Posted By: Charles @ Today at 08:18 am in North America
Teens rally for gun control at White House
AAP Tuesday, 20 February 2018 2:40AM
Dozens of teenage students have held a "lie-in" on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida.
The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters held their arms crossed at their chests. Two activists were covered by an American flag, another was holding a sign asking, "Am I next?"
Ella Fesler, a 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria ... [more]
Cyclone Kelvin blue alert issued as apocalyptic clouds bring heavy rainfall to Broome
By Erin Parke, Emily Smith and Rebecca Dollery
Photo: A low-slung storm front approaches Cable Beach in Broome on Thursday. (ABC News: Erin Parke)
A stranded family of tourists have been rescued from floodwaters as Broome has the first taste of the storm system expected to develop into the strongest cyclone of the season.
The system is forecast to develop into Tropical Cyclone Kelvin, bringing wind gusts of up to 165 kilometres per hour and isolated rainfall of up to 500 millimetres to Western Australia's northern coast.
A blue alert applies to people between Cape Leveque and De ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 15 2018, 01:38 PM in North America
TRUMP SAYS U.S. SPENT $7 TRILLION IN MIDDLE EAST ‘MISTAKE,’ NOW IRAQ MAY COST $88 BILLION MORE TO REBUILD.
President Donald Trump has criticized U.S. spending of more than $7 trillion on conflicts and reconstruction efforts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, shortly after officials said the U.S. would not pledge money to a major conference geared toward helping Iraq rebuild after more than 15 years of conflict.
Trump’s remarks, which coincided with the release of his 2019 budget proposal, hit out at the choices of past administrations, especially over foreign policy in the Middle East and Central Asia, since the 2001 invasion of ... [more]
Queensland weather: Mt Isa road worker says Brisbane can't complain about the heat
Photo: Mt Isa traffic controller Chris Petersen said he wasn't even sweating at 42C.
South-east Queenslanders might be cranking up the air-conditioners for one of the hottest February weeks on record, but Mount Isa road worker Christopher Petersen reckons those people are a "pack of sooks".
Mr Petersen, a traffic controller in the state's north-west, said he felt pretty comfortable this week, despite the severe to extreme heatwave.
It hit 42 degrees Celsius in Mt Isa yesterday and is forecast to hit that mark again today.
"It's great here ... I'm not even sweating, I think you're a pack of sooks if you're ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 13 2018, 09:28 AM in Education
School backs down over Tim Winton booklist row after backlash
ABC South West WA By Jacqueline Lynch
Photo: Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey says schools should "produce students who are capable of navigating an adult world".
A WA school principal upset by "abhorrent" reading material on the curriculum containing "vulgar language" and "explicit sexual innuendo" has backed away from banning novels by authors such as Tim Winton, Nam Lee and Craig Silvey after a community backlash.
In a letter to parents on Friday, Ted Kosicki, the head of Busselton's Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, slammed reading matter offered to students as & ... [more]
Resurrecting the country show in a struggling town
By Kit Mochan
Photo: A small gold coin donation was all it cost for people to visit the Darkan Sheepfest. (ABC News: Kit Mocham)
Amid complaints over overpriced tickets, food and rip-off rides, Australia's agricultural shows are declining in popularity in cities but the tiny town of Darkan, around 200km south of Perth, has held its first one in over 60 years.
With gold coin donation entry at the door, free kids activities and no sideshow alley in sight, the inaugural 'Sheepfest' is a back-to-basics show with agriculture front and centre.
"That was one of our biggest things, we didn't want to have a big cost for families… they don't have to wo ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Feb 12 2018, 07:50 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed
The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victoria's largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.
An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.
Fairfax estimated the church's Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.
The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the aver ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 12 2018, 05:14 AM in Asia / Pacific
China Ends 25-Year Wait as Yuan Oil Futures to Start Trading.
After a wait of about a quarter of a century, the world’s biggest oil buyer is finally getting its own crude-futures contract.
In a challenge to the world’s dollar-denominated oil benchmarks Brent and West Texas Intermediate, China will list local-currency crude futures in Shanghai on March 26, according to the nation’s securities regulator. The start of trading, open to foreigners, will mark the end of years of delays and setbacks since China’s first attempt at a domestic contract in 1993.
If the futures are embraced by overseas investors and become a benchmark for global oil transactions, China’s hoping the yuan could challenge the dominance of the greenback in internation ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 09:48 AM in Breaking News
Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran and Syria after jet shot down, says Israel will do 'whatever necessary'
Photo: The remains of the F-16 Israeli war plane are seen near the Israeli village of Harduf. (Reuters: Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will do "whatever is necessary" to defend itself against aggression, after Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid in Syria.
The Israeli military said the F-16 jet crashed after it came under fire during a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria, after earlier shooting down an Iranian drone reportedly flying over Israeli territory.
The two pilots managed to eject before the cra ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 09:29 AM in ACT & NT
NT fracking inquiry may recommend major delay in industry resumption
Exclusive by Jane Bardon
Photo: Only one person at two recent inquiry meetings expressed a pro-fracking stance. (ABC News: Jane Bardon)
There could be a significant delay in the resumption of fracking in the Northern Territory, with the head of an inquiry considering whether to put the brakes on not just production, but exploration as well.
In December the Gunner Government's fracking inquiry recommended in its draft report that three years of scientific studies should be carried out before full-scale gas production could take place.
But now the head of the inquiry is considering whether to appl ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 8 2018, 03:03 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Child abuse survivors to be offered apology from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Karen Sweeney | AAP Thursday, 8 February 2018 8:40AM
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse by the end of the year.
"As a nation, we must mark this occasion in a form that reflects the wishes of survivors and that affords them the dignity to which they were entitled as children, but which was denied to them by the very people who were tasked with their care," Mr Turnbull told parliament on Thursday.
Providing an update on the government's response to the royal commission report rele ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 7 2018, 03:54 PM in Other Political News
Richard Luiji Di Natale has something he doesn’t like to broadcast.
It Is What It Is.·Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Richard Luiji Di Natale . The Greens party leader who loves to tell us Aussies that we live on stolen land and our nation isn’t legitimate and that we should give it all back to the aboriginals.
Richard Luiji Di Natale. The son of Italian immigrants. That right. His parents fought against us during the war. No one in his family fought or died for the country he is critical of while he is taking advantage of it.
Richard Luiji Di Natale. The Greens party leader who despis ... [more]