Australia swelters through one of hottest years on record

Space Daily – January 10, 2018

Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2017 despite the lack of a warming El Nino weather phenomenon, official figures showed Wednesday.

Seven of the vast continent’s 10 warmest years have occurred since 2005, with only 2011 cooler than average, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in its annual climate statement.

“Despite the lack of an El Nino — which is normally associated with our hottest years — 2017 was still characterised by very warm temperatures,” the weather bureau’s climate monitoring chief Karl Braganza said in a statement.

“Both day- and night-time temperatures were warmer than average, particularly maximum temperatures, which were the second-warmest on record.”

The data came ahead of the release of global mean temperatures by the World Meteorological Organisation, with BOM projecting that 2017 was one of the world’s three warmest years on record — and the hottest without an El Nino.

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Australian parliament passes same-sex marriage bill

DW – December 7, 2017

In the Canberra parliament’s final session of the year on Thursday, lawmakers engaged in a lengthy debate as several amendments put forward by opponents of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage were voted down.

The Australian parliament voted 146 to 4 in support of same-sex marriage.

“What a day for love, for equality, for respect! Australia has done it,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the House. “Every Australian had their say and they said it is fair, get on with it!”

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside Parliament House and packed the public gallery in anticipation of the legislation going through.

“It’s a historic day for Australia today and I think the celebrations around the country when we finally … achieve marriage equality are going to be immense,” Greens party senator Janet Rice said.

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Comment: John Durrad http://www.setapartbytruth.org

A support in the Australian Parliament of 146 to 4 for same-sex marriage shows how far this world is out of step with the Word of God. “What a day for love, for equality, for respect” quoting the Australian Prime Minister. No! Our love must first of all go to God, and God is against same-sex marriage. Someone asked Jesus Christ this question.

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind
This is the fist and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matt 22:36-39

So we love God first and keep His commandments, but we must also love our fellow man, but not in the way of same-sex marriage.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.”
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Gen 1:27, Gen 2:24

Surely it is not too hard to understand that two men in a marriage relationship cannot populate the earth!

‘Flu-pocalypse’ Predicted Due To Ineffective Flu Shots, Doctors Say

CBS Philadelphia – November 30, 2017

CBS Local — U.S. health officials are bracing for a devastating flu season this winter that many people won’t even be able to ward off with their annual flu shot.

The possibility of a “flu-pocalypse” is being talked about after record numbers of patients were diagnosed with influenza in Australia, whose flu season just ended. In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a group of infectious disease doctors say that Australia’s vaccination against the flu was only effective 10 percent of the time this year.

“What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was almost an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told WTOP. “That’s what happened in Australia and it is likely that that’s what we’re going to see here.”

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Australia gay marriage referendum: Public votes ‘Yes’

DW – November 14, 2017

Results of a two-month nationwide survey show a majority of the public supports lifting a ban on same-sex marriage. The result is set to intensify a divisive debate about how to enshrine marriage equality into law.

Australians voted “Yes” to a controversial national survey on whether to allow same-sex marriage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced late on Tuesday.

The results, which showed 61.6 percent of voters are in favor of a change in the law versus 38.4 percent opposed, were released at 10.00 a.m. local time (23.00 UTC), and came after more than a decade of wrangling over whether to follow almost every developed country in overturning a ban on gay marriage.

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Gonorrhea rates in Australia up 63% in 5 years, data show

Meera Senthilingam – November 5, 2017

(CNN)Rates of new gonorrhea diagnoses among Australians rose 63% in just five years, reveals a new report on the nation’s sexual health.

Australian health experts highlighted the alarming rise — from 62 to 101 infections per 100,000 people — and the need for people to be more aware of the infection as the reasons behind the trend are not yet fully understood.

There were more than 23,800 new cases of gonorrhea diagnosed in 2016, and about 75% of them were among men, according to the Annual Surveillance Report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia, published Monday.

In males, rates of gonorrhea infection were highest in 20- to 29-year-olds last year, while in women they were highest in 15- to 24-year-olds. But older age groups also saw increased numbers.

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Christian Woman Fired After Revealing She’ll Vote ‘No’ in Australia’s Gay Marriage Referendum

Samuel Smith – Sep 20, 2017

A children’s entertainment company has found itself at the center of a controversy after it fired a Christian contractor simply because she posted on Facebook that it’s alright to vote “no” in Australia’s national referendum on same-sex marriage.

As citizens of Australia participate in a postal survey this month asking if gay couples should be allowed the right to marry, a woman known only by her first name, Madeline, took to her Facebook page in late August to reveal that she planned vote “no” against the measure.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation-owned news outlet Triple J Hack reports that Madeline added a Coalition for Marriage “It’s OK to Vote No” filter to her Facebook profile photo on Aug. 29, a filter that was set to expire just days later.

This past Sunday, weeks after posting the filter, she was informed via Facebook message that she had been let go from her job at Capital Kids Parties in Canberra.

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Alarm over flesh-eating ulcer cases in Australia

AFP – September 20, 2017

The spread of a flesh-eating bacterial condition in Australia sparked calls Thursday for more government-funded research into the disease, which is normally limited to developing countries.

Buruli ulcer, a leprosy-like disease that rots flesh, is usually found in parts of Africa and was named after the Ugandan village where it was discovered.

It was first diagnosed in Australia’s Victoria state in the 1930s and a growing number of cases have hit Bellarine Peninsula south of Melbourne.

“It seems to us that it is an outbreak in (native marsupial) possums in (Bellarine), connecting to humans directly or indirectly through biting insects,” Paul Johnson of Melbourne’s Austin Hospital told AFP.

Johnson said the disease has crossed the bay that separates Bellarine from adjacent Mornington Peninsula and warned “the number of cases are continuing to increase”.

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Thousands rally in support of Australia gay marriage as polls narrow

AFP – September 10, 2017

Sydney (AFP) – Thousands of Australians dressed in rainbow colours rallied Sunday in support of same-sex marriage ahead of a postal ballot, as polls showed the “yes” campaign’s lead shrinking despite backing from the nation’s top political leaders.

Carrying vibrant posters and calling for marriage equality, the marchers packed the streets of central Sydney and Brisbane two days before the ballot papers were set to be mailed out to some 15 millions Australians.

Marriage equality has attracted popular support in recent years, but such unions are yet to be legalised in the country amid political wrangling. In a bid to resolve the issue, the conservative government moved to hold a postal ballot after its preferred option of a national referendum was twice rejected by the upper house.

“If a majority votes yes, then we will ensure a… bill is presented to the parliament which will legalise same-sex marriage,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday told those conservative Liberal and National politicians who support the “yes” campaign.

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North Korea Warns Australia That Aiding US Would Be ‘Suicidal Act’

Sputnik News – August 21, 2017

North Korea has warned Australia against committing a “suicidal act” by supporting the US and South Korea should those countries attack Pyongyang.

This threat follows comments made by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemning the North’s weapons development, saying in a statement to ABC, “North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbors and no regard for international law.”

He added, “We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and dangerous threats to the peace of our region and the world.”

https://sputniknews.com

Building Permit Denied for Australian Synagogue Because ‘It Might Draw Terror Attack’

Simon Kent – August 7, 2017

SYDNEY, Australia — Jewish leaders in Australia’s biggest city have reacted with dismay after a court rejected their application to build a new synagogue on the grounds that it could become a terrorist target.

The temple was destined for a piece of land just a short walk from Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach but nearby residents complained that its presence might draw a terror attack. Inspectors from Waverly Council, which was tasked with the initial approval process, agreed. They pointed to the synagogue’s own design, which included setback buildings and blast walls, as evidence that an attack could be anticipated.

Waverley Council had previously refused the development application for reasons including that the site was “unsuitable for a synagogue because of the potential risk to users and other members of the general public.”

They also said the design would have an “unacceptable impact” on the street and neighborhood.

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