Posted: 4 December, 2016

Fears Up To 40 Dead After Fire Breaks Out At California Dance Party

Multiple fatalities have already been confirmed.

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A fire that erupted during a dance party at a warehouse used by an artists' collective in Oakland, California, has killed at least nine and about two dozen people are missing, raising fears that more bodies will be found inside.

City and Alameda County officials said they expected the death toll to climb once the burned-out ruins of the two-story building were shored up and recovery teams were able to safely enter the structure.

The blaze started at about 11:30pm on Friday in the city's Fruitvale district, a mostly Latino area that is also home to many artists living and working in converted lofts.

The cause of the blaze and exact number of casualties remained undetermined, said Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, who called it the worst single-structure fire she had seen in her career.

Nine fatalities had been confirmed, and authorities were working to account for "a couple of dozen" other people and were "expecting the worst", Sergeant Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the county sheriff, told a news conference.

The remains of only one of the nine confirmed dead had been recovered as of Saturday because the warehouse was still too unstable to enter, said Deputy Fire Chief Mark Hoffmann.

He said about a dozen people survived the blaze, including one individual who went to a local hospital for treatment. The party was taking place on the second floor of the building, which had just two exits, at the time the blaze began, officials said.

The warehouse roof collapsed onto the second floor of the building during the fire, according to authorities, and portions of the second floor caved in on the first story.

Authorities said they did not suspect arson, but investigators want to find out if the building, which was partitioned into artists' studios, had a history of building code violations.

The city's buildings and planning chief, Darin Ranelletti said there were reports that people were living there, but no permits had been issued for habitation. It was unclear, he said, whether special permits would be needed for the artists who had set up shop inside.

Many of the victims were young people in their 20s or 30s, authorities said.

Authorities have said they did not know how many people were at the party or how many lived on the premises.

A Facebook event page showed 176 people planned to attend the party, which featured electronic music performances.

- Reuters

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Posted: 4 December, 2016

MORE Thunderstorm Asthma Could Be Headed For Melbourne

ON ALERT.

Victorians have been warned to prepare for more thunderstorm asthma attacks later today, two weeks after a deadly freak storm hit Melbourne.

The National Asthma Council Australia says expected thunderstorm conditions combined with high pollen counts can lead to breathing problems for people with asthma and hay fever.

The world’s worst recorded thunderstorm asthma attack claimed eight lives and saw more than 8500 hospitalised in Victoria.

“As we have seen with the recent events in Melbourne any serious asthma attack can be life-threatening and have tragic consequences,” Dr Jonathan Burdon said.

“Act quickly if you start to have symptoms such as shortness of breath or wheezing.”

Earlier this week, Victorian president of the Australian Medical Assoc­ia­­tion Lorraine Baker said she thought people who were caught-out the most by the extraordinary ­circumstances were those with mild asthma.

“What is of concern to the medical profession is people can assume they have outgrown asthma or their asthma has become mild or easily controlled.”

Tim Cartwright, who was acting Victoria Police chief commissioner in 2015, will review Ambulance Victoria’s response to the storm.

“We know there were a number of families who lost loved ones and it is essential we review every aspect of our response so we can learn lessons from events such as this,”

Ambulance Victoria chief executive Tony Walker said on Saturday. The results of Mr Cartwright’s review will be given to the Inspector General of Emergency Management, who is doing a review of the health system’s response to the storm.

Previous thunderstorm events have been recorded in 2010 and the 1980s. Wagga Wagga also experienced an epidemic of thunderstorm asthma in October 1997

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Posted: 3 December, 2016

Man Dies After Being Run Over By His Wife’s Uber

Tragic accident

A Toowoomba man has died after being run over in his own driveway by an Uber bringing his wife home from a night out.

The man in his 40s had apparently fallen asleep in his driveway, and then when his wife was coming home herself, the Uber she was in allegedly ran over the top of him.

“They haven’t been able to see him because of the camber and slope of the driveway,” Senior Sergeant Jamie Deacon told Seven News.

“And he has been run over.”

Police are treating it as an accident.

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Posted: 2 December, 2016

Warnie GOES OFF At Tabloid Magazines In Australia!

"They shouldn’t be able to do it"

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Shane Warne has taken a swing at magazine writers in Australia, claiming they're actually worse than UK tabloids. 

Warnie's been about town promoting his new Warnie Mojis emoji range, and stopped for a chat with Marto and Ed Kavalee for Breakfast.. 

The guys hit him up about whether English tabloids are the worst for nailing him: 

“Without trying to be funny, we’re worse here. Some of our magazines that make up lies, they’re factually incorrect, they go on for weeks and weeks and bang on about absolute rubbish."

"We’re worse than anyone. We are worse than anyone and that is a bad thing for Australia. It’s ridiculous, it’s out of control.”

As for whether there is one magazine that attacks him the most?

“Those women’s magazines, I don’t know how they continually get away with it. It’s just ridiculous."

"I had something the other week in one of them. I’m very civil with my ex-wife Simone. She’s the mother of my children, she does a wonderful job. I’m friends with her, but, I never even spoken about anything about reconciling with her. We’re just friends and suddenly, a double page spread [claiming] I want to get back with her."

"That’s just rubbish. It’s just pure fact lies that just made up. They shouldn’t be able to do it, that’s the problem. There’s too many people out there that buy them, and they like listening to lies. They are just lies.”

Listen to the FULL CHAT, here: 

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Posted: 2 December, 2016

Pre-Xmas Fuel Price Sprike Predicted

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Just in time for Christmas, and Aussies are being warned about a fuel price hike on the way.

Over the next three weeks, we're told to prepare for rises of around 8c a litre for unleaded.

Economists reckon it's all to do with an historic deal to cap oil production.

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Posted: 2 December, 2016

Weather Bureau Revises Max Temps For Week-Long Heatwave

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A very slight reprieve for Brisbane as we head into this week-long heatwave, with the weather bureau revising the maximum temperatures. 

Earlier this week, we were prepping for a top of 36°. As of this morning, the Bureau of Metorology has today's maximum at 32° in Brisbane city, but still hotter out west. 

Gatton is the hot spot, with the mercury tipped to reach 40°! 

Paramedics are warning us to stay cool and hydrated.

"What we need to do is be careful.. make sure we keep out of the sun, avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day, keep ourselve hydrated and look if you're unwell, or young or quite old it's actually quite risky"

Tony Hucker warns heat stroke can actually be fatal. 

"It can actually kill you. Once your brain gets to a temperature of 40° it's dangerous. We need to get that temperature down as soon as possible, or it could be a fatal outcome".

 

The RSPCA is worried about pets, especially after shocking stats revealed just how many people are still leaving pets in hot cars... they say it takes just 6 minutes to kill them. 

Queensland Health has activated a safety plan which is usually only used in the event of floods of cyclones. It's to make sure hospitals are prepared for th influx of heat-related incidents. 

"We've done a lot of planning to ensure we have the staff there but if we all work together, we can beat the heat this summer."

Yesterday, 6 people were hospitalised due to the heat.. including an 85 year old Toowoomba woman and a 10 year old boy from Rockhampton. 

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

QLD Man Fends Off Four Intruders

A man was lucky to escape with his life after he was hit over the head with a metal bar in a targeted burglary at his central Queensland home, police say.


The 45-year-old was able to fend off four masked men, tackling one to the ground despite a severe gash to his forehead.


He is set to to have surgery for the gash.


"It's just fortunate we aren't dealing with a dead body here," Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said.


Police say the four intruders, wearing white face masks, entered the house in the Gladstone suburb of Clinton around 10pm on Wednesday and demanded money.


They believe it was a targeted burglary and are investigating reports threats had been made against the victim's son.


The metal bar and one of the intruders masks was left at the house following the struggle and will be tested for DNA.


The man's family was also home at the time.


Police are searching for the intruders and are seeking help from the public.


"It's a very traumatic incident, to see your husband and father with quite a significant injury," Det Sen Sgt Peachey said.

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

British Airways' Digital Pill

Is this the answer to beating jet lag?

British Airways is looking to technology in an attempt to improve the flying experience and hopefully minimise the effects of jet lag.

The airline has just filed a patent application to develop a "digital pill".

The idea is that passengers, upon boarding, consume one of these digital pills. The sensor then relays information back to the flight attendants about each passenger, such as changes in temperature, stomach acidity, body movement, sleep phase, eye movement and heart rate.

This means that flight attendants will know when you're uncomfortable, when you're asleep and not to be bothered, and when you're hungry and need some sustenance.

Importantly, it's hoped that in helping regular travellers tailor their sleeping and eating times to their destination, would help to minimise jet lag.

The question remains though, whether passengers will swallow it? Literally.

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

Shocking Amount Of QLD Dog Owners Are STILL Leaving Dogs In Cars

RSPCA Queensland has slammed irresponsible pet owners for leaving animals in unattended cars to suffer in the sweltering heat. 

In October, RSPCA inspectors were called out to assist with a whopping 95 cases of pets being left in cars by their owners... a five percent increase since 2015. 

Senior Inspector Lisa O’Neill said “We have been saying daily, we just don’t understand how people lack the common sense to realise that it’s too hot to leave your dog in your car!

“If it's 30 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over 40 degrees in less than five minutes!”

The RSPCA revealed they tested a light coloured vehicle this week and the temperature rose to 47 degrees in 12 minutes!

"If you added a dog panting in the car to the equation and they would have been dead."

If you see an animal in distress left in a vehicle or on the back of a ute, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.

 For more information visit www.justsixminutes.com.au.

 RSPCA Queensland has tips for keeping your pet cool in during the heatwave here

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

State Govt Gives Orange Sky Laundry Due $300k For Homeless

The legendary Brisbane pair that run a mobile laundry and shower service for the homeless will get a massive helpping hand from the government - to the tune of almost $300,000! 

Orange Sky Laundry is the brain child of Nic Marchesi and his best mate Lucas Patchett.

It all started back in 2014 when they built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Since then, they've expanded to 10 vans, a team of 700-odd volunteers, custom fitted the vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers service and even included showering services. 

In a single week, they wash more than 6.5 tonnes of laundry throughout the Brisbane area. 

It's no surprise they took out this year's title of Young Australian of the Year

Today, the Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni has announced Orange Sky Laundry is the first of 24 recipients of the State Government's Dignity First Fund

“The Dignity First Fund, announced at the end of July was created to support projects that provide immediate dignity to people experiencing homelessness through the hard times."

“Orange Sky’s impact is about more than just clean clothes and a shower. They provide meaningful human connection for people doing it tough. It has been an outstanding example of our Dignity First principles in action"

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

Heavily Armed Police Surround Sydney Home

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In breaking news, heavily armed police have surrounded a home in Gladesville, Sydney. Watch the videos below.

Police confirmed an operation is currently underway in Chapman Street at Gladesville.

"Officers from Strike Force Talon, the dog unit and public order and riot squad police are involved,” read a Police statement.

"Police executed a firearms prohibition order today at about 930am.

"2 men and a woman are currently assisting police with their inquiries."

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

NSW Shark Attack

A surfer has been bitten by a suspected great white shark on the NSW mid north coast, prompting lifeguards to close a popular beach.

Paramedics were call to Seven Mile Beach at Pacific Palms south of Forster just after 9am on Thursday.

The man, 65, is believed to have been bitten by a great white shark measuring between 2.5-3.5 metres.

He suffered a deep laceration to his foot and has been airlifted to Newcastle's John Hunter hospital where he's in a stable condition, police said.

The man's surfboard was bitten in half, with a huge chunk taken out of the side, according to photo posted on the Newcastle Herald website.

Surf Life Saving NSW are sending assistance.

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