Cattle carcasses elevate disease risk
Hundreds of thousands of putrefying cattle carcasses and a soil-borne bacteria stirred up by heavily contaminated floodwaters have ramped up the disease risk in north Queensland.
One woman has died and nine people remain seriously ill in Townsville after becoming infected by melioidosis bacteria following unprecedented flooding that inundated thousands of homes.
Townsville Hospital’s Julie Mudd says seven of the sick people remain in hospital in a stable condition, two others are being cared for at home.
“It’s a very serious infection,” Dr Mudd told reporters.
About one in five people who contract the infection die, however, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.
The bacteria can enter the body through a cut or a person’s airway, and the elderly and children are at higher risk, Dr Mudd said.
The death in Townsville takes the flood toll to three, following the deaths of two men more than a week ago.
Police are still searching for a 35-year-old man who disappeared in floodwaters at Groper Creek, south of the city, on Friday.
Officer hurt after car rammed
A Melbourne police officer has suffered a minor injury after a police vehicle was rammed by a couple in a stolen car in the city’s southeast.
Police found a man and a woman sleeping inside the stolen car at Black Rock at about 2.30am this morning.
But as officers tried to arrest them the vehicle speed off, ramming a police car and leaving an officer with a minor arm injury.
The car was later dumped in a nearby suburb and the couple were arrested as they tried to flee on foot.
Prison guard sacked over alleged affair
A female prison officer has been fired from a Sydney prison and charged after allegedly having an affair with an inmate.
The 33-year-old officer at Parklea Correctional Centre was arrested at a Stanhope Gardens home on Wednesday afternoon.
It is alleged the woman has a romantic relationship with a 41-year-old male inmate, compromising her position as a correctional officer.
The worker was dismissed on Wednesday and the minimum security inmate will be transferred to another prison.
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said the charge against the correctional officer does not relate to sexual conduct.
She is set to appear at Blacktown Local Court on March 7 charged with engaging in a relationship with an inmate causing a safety risk to a correctional centre.
The woman has been charged over the alleged relationship.Source:News Limited
Disgust at man’s creepy dating ad
An “atrocious” dating ad is being slammed online for its unreasonable list of demands a potential partner must meet.
An unidentified Canberra man took to Facebook in his quest for love, reeling off a staggering list of requirements in his future lady.
But some of the bizarre specifications — such as insisting the lucky lady be between “43-47kg”, work out regularly, and have C cup breasts — have ruffled a few feathers online.
The post was discussed on Mumsnet where users called it a shocking example of “casual racism and blatant misogyny”.
“What a racist and misogynistic f**k,” one person fumed.
“I was distracted by his casual racism and his blatant misogyny, and his bizarrely specific list of requirements. A 40kg weight range?! Weirdo,” another said.
“Dude’s 35 but his range is 19-23? Yikes, that’s so creepy,” one person pointed out.
“This is unbelievably creepy. I feel like I need to take a shower after reading this,” another shared.
The dating ad — which was originally posted on Facebook in October 2018, but been shared in the forums overnight — started off innocently enough, with the singleton revealing he was a “35yo lost soul looking for love”.
However it didn’t take long for the mystery man to start revealing his wishes.
He wrote: “If you’re between 19-23, no taller than 5’1 (155cms) caucasian or maybe something exotic, have a job, licence, reasonably modern car, regularly gym (no skinny-fat girls thanks), have an ‘innie’ vagina, C cup breasts, no cheap tattoos or face piercings.”
Read the full disgusting ad below.
People were understandably disgusted by the man's requests. Picture: MumsnetSource:Supplied
NSW govt admits ‘confusion’ over festivals
The NSW government admits its music festival “self-assessment matrix” has caused “confusion and misunderstanding” in the entertainment industry after hundreds of musicians and promoters launched a campaign against the state’s “war on music and culture”.
Almost 33,800 people — including many prominent bands and music festival organisers — have signed a petition letter that warns “music lovers, your music is under attack” from Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
“Overbearing regulation, exorbitant police bills, a lack of respect for NSW businesses, and very little recognition of the significant positive impacts of music on our communities is forcing music out of NSW,” the open letter reads.
“The state government has declared a war on music and culture in NSW, proclaiming that music and music festivals are high-risk activities.”
The premier, earlier this week, said “high-risk” festivals would need to improve safety standards to satisfy a new licensing system after five fatal drug overdoses in as many months.
The petition letter countered by demanding a music roundtable to review regulation affecting live music, transparency on policing and medical bills, collaboration with government to keep festivals safe.
Byron Bay Bluesfest organisers said they feared they would have to leave NSW because their festival could be classified as “high risk” under Ms Berejiklian’s scheme.
The government, later on Tuesday, sought to reassure operators only festivals with “a poor track record and/or heightened risk” would face increased scrutiny. Festivals with favourable histories will likely be deemed low risk and not need to pay extra to meet new police or health requirements.
The NSW government has admitted there is some confusion over the risk assessment of music festivals.Source:Facebook
Man told he is ‘too heavy’ to fly
A wheelchair-bound man said he was made to feel like an “idiot” by Jetstar staff after they refused to fly him home because of his weight, leaving him stranded for five days.
Ian Smith flew with the airline three weeks ago from Ballina to Sydney to go on a Fijian cruise.
The 67-year-old then made a trip to Melbourne, with Jetstar staff helping him into his seat each time.
However when Mr Smith tried to return to his home in Lismore the airline refused to let him board.
His son David told 7 News that at first staff wouldn't give them a straight answer as to why he was being denied boarding, until they eventually claimed he was “too heavy” to be transferred by the airline’s wheelchair.
Mr Smith has been in a wheelchair for 15 years and is extremely independent and often takes trips to Melbourne to see his children, but he said the experience left him “gutted”.
“They treat me like an idiot and I’m not an idiot. I’m disabled, but I’m still a human being,” he said.
In a statement to 7 News, Jetstar apologised to Mr Smith, claiming staff who had helped lift him to his seat on previous flights had breeched policy.
He was eventually flown home on Wednesday by Qantas.
A disabled Lismore pensioner was left in limbo stranded in Melbourne and not allowed to return to his home in NSW because he was too heavy to fly. 67-year-old Ian Smith had been waiting in a hotel room next to the airport because @JetstarAirways wouldn't take him back to Sydney. pic.twitter.com/iLKfM7aLza— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 13, 2019
Violent clash at Parliament House
Two Aussie MPs have been involved in a violent altercation at Parliament House in Canberra over sexual harassment claims.
An argument between United Australia Party Senator Brian Burston and One Nation adviser James Ashby turned physical following claims Mr Burston made about Pauline Hanson sexually harassing him.
Senator Burston told News Corp that Mr Ashby ran up to him as he and his wife were leaving a dinner function and put a phone close to his face.
He claims he received cuts to his hands when he tried to take the phone away.
“I told him to f**k off,” Mr Burston said.
When Mr Ashby reportedly continued to purse the couple, Mr Burston said he “lost it”.
“I grabbed him and I pushed him up against the wall.”
Bloody marks were reportedly left on Ms Hanson’s office door, but Mr Burston denied claims they were made by him.
Mr Ashby has denied attacking him, saying he was just trying to take photos of Ms Hanson leaving the event.
Mr Burston claims he has reported the incident to the Australian Federal Police.
Senator Brian Burston and One Nation adviser James AshbySource:Supplied
Woman charged over NSW bushfire
A woman has been accused of starting a bushfire that destroyed multiple homes in northern NSW, with residents and crews spending a second night battling the blaze.
The 40-year-old woman was charged yesterday night after she allegedly lit rubbish on fire in a steel drum in her backyard near Tabulam during a total fire ban.
The fire was allegedly lit on Tuesday morning and left unattended in hot, windy weather.
It quickly spread to bushland, incinerated almost 3000 hectares of land and forced the evacuation of the Jubullum Aboriginal area before destroying five houses.
She has been charged with intentionally causing fire and being reckless to its spread during a total fire ban.
She is set to face Casino Local Court on February 27.
Fire crews spent Wednesday night battling that blaze along with erratic fires at Wallangarra and Tingha, as a southerly change swept through the state along with cooler conditions.
There are reports of homes lost on the edge of Tingha and residents spent much of the night defending properties in the surrounded bush township.
The cool change should see fire bans relaxed across the state.
A woman has been charged with starting one of the devastating fires in northern NSW. Picture: Joshua GraingerSource:Supplied