One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has accepted the resignation of the party's Queensland leader and Senate candidate Steve Dickson after he was caught on camera groping strippers and making derogatory comments about women. Dickson resigned from the party on Tuesday after more footage from an Al Jazeera sting was made public, following on from video released last month which showed him meeting with officials from the U.S. National Rifle Association. 'White women **** a whole lot better, they know what they are doing, Asian chicks don't,' Mr Dickson was recorded saying in the footage aired on Monday. 'I've done more Asians than I know what to do with.' The footage showed Mr Dickson groping the breasts of one dancer before putting money into the underwear of another. 'I've asked her, she said she wants to come home and suck my d***,' he said while receiving a lap dance. Senator Hanson said she was 'shocked and disappointed' after seeing the footage - … [Read more...] about ‘I’m upset by this, Steve is a family man’: Pauline Hanson accepts resignation of One Nation’s Senate candidate after he is caught groping dancers in strip club scandal
I was in Venice when the acqua alta struck on 28 October 2018. I noted in my diary: “It happened today. The first big acqua alta of the year, with a siren at 09.17, followed by two steady tones. One tone is for 1.1 metres, two 1.2 metres, three 1.3 metres and four 1.4 metres or more. The tidal chart says the level should peak just after noon. At 12.30 I put on my green rubber boots. Stepping out along the canals, I found the water above my ankles and immediately had to re-learn how to walk. Walking at normal speed causes the water to splash over your boots and on to your legs. I slowed down, finding I also needed to watch out for little waves from the boats on the canal, which rode up right over the submerged pavement. “Tourists used bin bags or fluorescent pink plastic booties over their shoes, walked barefoot or just got their shoes wet. Judging by the laughs and picture taking, high water looked fun, but not for the tourists who held heavy suitcases to their chests to … [Read more...] about Deep trouble: can Venice hold back the tide?
The US Air Force has dropped 40 tons of laser-guided bombs on what it called an 'ISIS infested island' in Iraq F-15 and F-35 jets were used to bomb Qanus Island, which sits in the middle of the Tigris River in central Iraq, in order to destroy hiding places for jihadi fighters. Colonel Myles B Caggins, spokesman for Operation Joint Resolve, tweeted: 'Here’s what it looks like when US Air Force F15 and F35 jets drop 36,000 kg of bombs on a Daesh infested island.' Daesh is a derogatory Arabic term for ISIS. The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an island along the Tigris River that's 'infested' with members of the Islamic State group. The first of the bombs can be seen on the upper left side of this image A video released by the military showed massive explosions along the island on Tuesday The explosions created mushroom clouds billowing from the island that appeared to have been subjected to carpet bombing … [Read more...] about The return of shock and awe: US warplanes led by F-35 stealth jets drop 40 TONS of laser-guided bombs on ‘ISIS infested Iraqi island’ to destroy terrorist stronghold and stop flow of fighters from Syria
A Sydney GP working in the suburbs hardest hit by bushfire smoke plaguing NSW has said she is devastated for her patients, many of them unable to afford air filters, air-conditioning or masks. Dr Kim Loo works in Rouse Hill, which along with Richmond and St Mary’s on Tuesday recorded some of the highest levels of ultra-fine PM2.5 particles, small enough to enter the lungs and bloodstream. On Tuesday afternoon the 24-hour average index for Rouse Hill stood at 430, with anything above 200 rated “hazardous”. Levels ranged as high as 2,200 in some Sydney suburbs on Tuesday. Bathurst, Orange, Armidale and Goulburn also experienced hazardous air quality. “My poor patients, many live on the margins of poverty,” a tearful Loo told Guardian Australia. “They live in houses that aren’t sealed. I know there are guidelines telling people to stay inside if they have certain health conditions, but that’s no good if your house isn’t sealed and you … [Read more...] about NSW bushfires: doctors sound alarm over ‘disastrous’ impact of smoke on air pollution
Police in New Zealand have launched a criminal investigation after White Island erupted, leaving Two British women in hospital and killing up to 13 people. The two women were among 47 people on White Island, a volcanic tourist island also known as Whakaari, when it erupted with a large plume of ash and steam at 2.11pm on Monday. As horrific details emerged about the eruption – in which most victims suffered severe burns – New Zealand Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims announced the investigation as questions emerged over why tour groups were allowed into the volcano zone despite scientists' warnings of increased activity. 'I can confirm now that we will commence a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the death and injuries on White Island,' Mr Tims told a press conference, adding the probe would run parallel to an investigation by WorkSafe New Zealand. Of the 47 people, 34 were rescued from the island and 31 of them remain in hospital, some … [Read more...] about Police in New Zealand launch criminal investigation after volcano island erupts killing up to 13 people and leaving two British women in hospital