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We are not doing nearly enough to prevent bushfires Unless there is a substantial increase in prevention investment, governments will continue to commit Victorians and all Australians to the growing, unsustainable liability of natural disaster impacts. Opinion National Victoria Bushfires We are not doing nearly enough to prevent bushfires By Kate CotterFebruary 11, 2019 2.38pm Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Recovering from bushfires in Victoria costs taxpayers $700 million every year, a cost which is estimated to double by 2050* The direct economic cost of recovery of the 2015 Wye River bushfire was $300 million - under full evacuation on a severe fire day (not extreme or Code Red)
Major New Zealand wildfire expected to burn for weeks Authorities hope most of 3,000 people evacuated from town threatened by wildfire will be able to soon return home. No significant rainfall is forecast in the area over the next two weeks Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and there have been wildfires razing the south and flooding in the tropical north New Zealand's weather has not been as extreme, although it did experience a heatwave over the last few days of January
Heat waves rocking Australia seen as climate change warning - World A storm cloud is seen from a plane in Sydney, Australia, on Friday This still image is taken from a video obtained from social media on Saturday Coral bleaching, a deadly disease that strikes reefs when oceans heat up, has risen nearly five-fold since the 1980s, threatening the future of these vital ecosystems
Elizabeth Warren says Trump ‘may not even be a free man’ in 2020, on first day of campaign The Democratic senator, who has often beefed with the president, slated his 'racist' behaviour The volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait Support free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent Minds There’s a racist tweet, a hateful tweet And what are we, as candidates, as activists, the press, going to do about it
Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar announces run for president The Democratic senator from Michigan hopes to appeal to blue collar white Democrats who shocked the world by delivering the midwest to Mr Trump in 2016 Officials voiced fears that the toll was set to rise AFP/Getty 1/50 10 February 2019 Lindsey Vonn holds her dog Lucy as she celebrates with coaches and family members after the Women's Downhill event of the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Are, Sweden on February 10, 2019
Trump says he ‘works probably more hours than any past president’ after schedule leaks Remarks come after his daily schedules over three months revealed Emergency services were called on the afternoon of the 24 December after residents of the building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning EPA 47/50 26 December 2018 A young man dressed in a Father Christmas suit distributes gifts to children in the old city of Mosul AFP/Getty 48/50 25 December 2018 A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell
Government is 'killing' fracking by suspending work over tiny tremors THE GOVERNMENT has been accused of killing the fracking revolution by forcing drilling firms to suspend work over tiny tremors. It comes after a group of 49 scientists urged ministers to urgently r… Prof Fisher said Britain could stop relying on the likes of Qatar and Norway for gas imports if the fracking industry is allowed to expand Lee Petts, chair of pro-fracking group Lancashire For Shale, said the shale gas industry could potentially create 64,000 jobs and a £33 billion supply chain in the UK RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL
'Staggering': Cash incentives improve kids' learning, research shows Cash rewards can vastly improve kids' learning, but only under the right circumstances, writes Richard Holden In medicine, researchers use randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to study the effectiveness of potential treatments, such as a pill or a diet It also led to a fairly large increase in performance on state-level standardised maths tests Continue the conversation at our SMH Student Facebook group
'Lost' blood scandal files trigger fears of a cover-up Although most of the files relating to the contaminated blood scandal have since been retrieved, at least 45 documents are still missing and unaccounted for. Mr Evans believes the reason some files were removed by the Department for Education was so the removal of others would not look suspicious The inquiry has always been free to request any files they wish to review and we will ensure these are shared as soon as possible.’
‘Maduro must go!’ US sanctions target only corrupt officials to save Venezuelans, Guaido tells RT Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim leader has told RT that the ‘corrupt regime’ there is solely to blame for its dire humanitarian situation, and promised that democracy will be embraced, with free elections, once Maduro is gone. It is not true that there is an economic blockade Somewhat dodging the question about when the ‘free and fair’ elections – so craved by some foreign states and others who believe Nicholas Maduro ‘usurped’ power amid the oppositions’ boycott of last year’s polls – might take place, Guaido refused to name any specific dates
Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own In three states, at least three self-described teenagers told Reddit they share a problem: Their parents are staunchly opposed to vaccination. (All 50 allow opt-out for medical reasons.) Late last year, Lindenberger, now a high school senior, confided in a pastor, who suggested he was legally free to make decisions Read more: Vape pen kills man after exploding in his mouth Administration seeks to fund religious foster-care groups that reject LGBTQ parents
Opinion | Trump’s Nightmare Opponents Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown and how to be a middle-class fighter. When Democrats can instead come off as middle-class fighters, they tend to win The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook , Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram
Opinion | No Winner in a New Arms Race Are the United States and Russia entering a dangerous new era of unchecked nuclear weapons development? The pact’s imminent collapse has intensified concerns that the United States and Russia will let the 2010 New Start agreement, with its caps on deployed nuclear warheads, intercontinental ballistic missiles and heavy bombers, as well as requirements for verification and data exchanges, expire in 2021
Jennifer Aniston 'hugged Brad Pitt and thanked him for coming' Brad Pitt was greeting by a hug from birthday girl Jennifer Aniston, as she celebrated with 200 pals including Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow (who also once dated Pitt) Forget the famed Clive Davis party, the biggest bash in Los Angeles on Saturday was across town at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood Leonardo DiCaprio also managed to slip in unnoticed Reese Witherspoon was the biggest party-goer of the night and emerged after midnight looking bleary-eyed before tumbling down a flight of stairs
Australia is the canary, and the coalmine, for the world when it comes to water stress | R Keller Kopf As extreme climate events happen around the world, Australian communities are running out of water About 150 km north of Walgett lies Cubbie Station, and at 230,000 acres it is apparently the largest irrigated farm in the southern hemisphere Cubbie Station doesn’t pump water from rivers that flow through Walgett, nor has it reported harvesting water since April 2017 R Keller Kopf is a freshwater ecologist at Charles Sturt University
PM Update: Messy wintery mix moves in tonight, probably causing issues for the Monday morning commute Frozen precipitation moves in just before midnight and persists into tomorrow morning, causing lots of headaches for the morning commute. View the current weather at The Washington Post Light rain/freezing rain persists through the early morning, compounding commuting issues And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram Want our 5 a.m. forecast delivered to your email inbox
Opinion | Count the number of women running for president. And get used to it. No one can say this time “I’m fine with a woman being president, there’s just something not right about this woman being president.” By Margaret Carlson February 10 at 4:21 PM Margaret Carlson writes a weekly column for the Daily Beast The criticism is partly based on a survey of staff turnover from 2001 to 2016 that placed Klobuchar first on the top-10 list , which contained six other female members
Fire survivors must relocate again after FEMA pressures Paradise to reverse RV rules FEMA said $1.7 billion in aid was in jeopardy if Paradise and Butte County continued to let residents live in RVs on burned and toxic land, so local officials reversed course. Potentially hundreds could be displaced again. She stops by a water filling machine to fill up four or five gallons of water and purchase propane and gasoline when needed Skinner learned Friday that the owner of a dance studio her daughter attends is lending the lot to displaced RV residents Dejected, Skinner said she blames local officials for letting the disaster happen
Labour rebels quitting are doing right thing — but wrong to blame Brexit A DOZEN Labour rebels are about to “burst the dam” and quit Jeremy Corbyn’s Marxist tyranny, The Sun reported yesterday. If so, it’s been a long time coming. Almost four years have passed since Lab… The £5billion licence fee like the European Grand Project is on its way out Getty - Contributor 5 Labour consumes itself with in-fighting over its support for dictators such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin AFP or licensors 5 As countries lined up to condemn the Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, Jeremy Corbyn attacked 'outside interference' Not known, clear with picture desk 5 Economist Bernard Connolly exposed the secretive abuse of power at the very top of the European Union
Wind to blast Britain overnight as snow forecast to freeze UK until March Yellow warnings for ice are still in place in parts of Scotland as the Met Office say we haven't seen the last of the snow yet Britain is set to be blasted by wind tonight as the remnants of Storm Erik blows off The greatest chance of snow may occur just before milder air ousts cold air across the UK A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police would not confirm whether the death on Saturday of kitesurfer amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon was weather-related
Cory Booker Woos Iowans With ‘Love’-Heavy Brand Of Progressive Patriotism “If we stand with that love in America ... we will rise,” the New Jersey senator declared. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks at a brewery in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Saturday Grassley, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, can make or break any proposed legislative changes to the country’s system of law enforcement and incarceration Roberta Rosheim, a 69-year-old retired school teacher and union activist, and her husband, David, 74, a seller of rare books, went into Booker’s Des Moines town hall skeptical
PM risks fresh Tory rift after refusing to rule out Corbyn's soft Brexit demands THERESA May risked sparking a fresh Tory rift after refusing to rule out Jeremy Corbyn’s demands to soften her Brexit deal. In a letter to the Labour leader the PM agreed to enter further talks wit… In her letter to Mr Corbyn the PM writes: We intend to give Parliament a bigger say in the mandate for the next phase of the negotiations to address concerns that - because the Political Declaration cannot be legally binding and, in some areas, provides for a spectrum of outcomes - MPs cannot be sure precisely what future relationship it would lead to
INTERVIEW: After battling cancer, Ryuichi Sakamoto learns about its cause Award-winning musician Ryuichi Sakamoto couldn't believe it when he found himself among the 1 millio And I would have to be working concurrently on music production for director Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015), which I promised to do before I was diagnosed with cancer (This article is based on an interview by Misako Yamauchi.) (Fearless Ryuichi Sakamoto won’t stay silent on Okinawa base)
Global coal phase-out raises viability questions about Japanese plants Concern about the dramatic impacts of climate change has led to a global shift away from using carbon-emitting coal for power generation, but in post-Fukushima Japan where nuclear remains a dirty word, coal is now king. In committing to the Paris Climate Accord, Japan, the world's fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse… However, the reduction was widely viewed as insufficient by environmental activists as it only represents an 18 percent cut compared with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol's base year of 1990 Among some 5,300 visitors in fiscal 2017 through March 2018, about 800 were from abroad The government should quickly switch to a policy of promoting a coal phase-out, he said
Gemma Collins' boyfriend Arg skipped DOI after night with Scarlett Moffatt James Argent skipped Gemma Collins' Dancing On Ice skate after late night with Scarlett Moffatt Gemma Collins had to perform on Dancing On Ice tonight with the support of her boyfriend James Argent Gemma did not join the gang on the outing as it was just horus before she was due back on the rink She left the competition after failing to get the backing of the voting public or the judges How to be in the audience When is it on