Student from Australia trapped in Wuhan Sydney
Student from Australia trapped in Wuhan leaves home for the first time in weeks, a city deserted, and supermarkets empty.
Daniel Ou-Yang is currently stuck at the ground zero of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. He is a 21-year-old student from Sydney. He stepped outside for the first time in weeks and what he saw was devastating. He shared his experience with the rest of the world in which he told that the streets in the city were deserted. The shelves on the supermarkets were empty. The city is currently under lockdown, and there is no way to go in or out of the city.
He is among the 600 Australians who are now stuck in the Chinese city. He was visiting his grandparents and got stuck amid the lockdown. The officials told the residents not even to open the doors and windows of their homes. He shared a video of his trip into the city, which he described as painful and emotional. He said that it broke his heart to see people nervous. Most of the snacks, preserved food, meat and sanitisers were out of stock. He didn’t even bother to look for the mask.
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Sydney news roundup: Boy charged with mom's murder, coronavirus fear in the air and more.
The day in Sydney was full of events and not good ones. One teenager was charged with the murder of his mom. The police arrested him after neighbours informed them about screams coming out of a house at Woolooware in the city's south after 1:00 am. A 42-year-old woman was found with multiple stab wounds.
She died later in the hospital. In other news, there are mixed messages about coronavirus. The NSW health department of Education has apologies for changing the advice they issued. They said that only students who were in contact with the confirmed cases have to stay home and not all of them.
In recent reports, the response time of firefighters in NSW is much longer than expected. The wage cost has also increased by more than $180 million.
Teen stabbed mum, charged by the police for her death.
A teenage boy has allegedly informed the police that he killed his mother. He has led away from the family home in Woolooware. He stabbed her in the house overnight. The 16-year-old stepson has been charged with murder, and he was refused bail.
The neighbours called police after they heard high-pitched screams from the house in the middle of the night. The woman was treated for multiple stab wounds on the scene and was taken by the paramedics to St George Hospital in a critical condition where she died a short time later. She was originally from Thailand.
One of the neighbours said that the screams lasted for 30 seconds, and they sounded like if she was in a lot of pain. The boy was charged with murder and appeared before a children's court, where he was formally refused bail on Wednesday afternoon.
The Council will allocate funds to twinning strategy after Brexit.
Allocation of more council cash to secure essential twinning links with other countries is only possible once Brexit has been initiated. The city councillors have discussed the potential to earmark money for the twinning strategy instead of finding funds on ad hoc basis. Portsmouth has many cultural and economic links with locations all across the world that include Caen in France, Duisburg in Germany, Zhuhai in China and Sydney in Australia.
More links have been recently formed including Sylhet in Bangladesh, and they have made plans to create further trade and educational ties with China. Lord Mayor and head of the Portsmouth Pensioners Association, Alan Burnett said in his statement that it is not a domestic issue. Still, it is essential for the economy in Portsmouth that is twinned with the global economy.
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Two coronavirus patients in Sydney have been recovered
More than 20 cases of coronavirus have been noticed in Australia so far, mostly in New South Wales. Today it has been reported that two infected people are completely recovered. These are 35-year-old and 53-year-old men, who have recently returned from China. Their doctors say that symptoms of the illness have completely disappeared and they took tests, which showed that there are no viruses in their bodies. Other people with the virus are still in hospitals.
Medical people in NSW are still investigating the disease and will not be surprised, if there are new cases of infection in the state.
NSW firefighter tells about fires
The bushfires in Australia are not over yet. Firefighters are still fighting it. One of them is Alana Haswell, who works in New South Wales.
Wherever forces are still fighting to get the bush fires under control. Haswell and her colleagues have been deployed across the state, in the Blue Mountains, on the coast, and also in Cooma, about five hours southwest of Sydney. Sometimes they fought the flames around the clock and brought people to safety.
She says It is actually impossible to completely extinguish the fires yourself. A huge area is burning, which is densely overgrown and which is difficult to reach. There is also no water supply, so helicopters and water cannons are used. Our main task at the moment is to protect people and their homes and to support the NSW RFS, the New South Wales volunteer fire service. The danger has not yet been averted.
There are many reasons why the bushfires are more intense and bigger this year. I personally believe that the main reason is climate change. It is much warmer and the drought makes it easier for the fires to spread. But there are many reasons that all add up to this "perfect storm" this season.
here are enough firefighters who are ready to help and fight the bushfires. But there don't seem to be enough other resources like fire engines. They are urgently needed because this is the only way we have access to water.
Sydney rescuer of kangaroos
A 47-year-old headmaster of the successful international company from Sydney has been deeply disappointed by the fire situation in New South Wales and its consequences for animals, especially for kangaroos. His name is Marcus St Vincent. He left his work and moved closer to nature to help these animals.
Just outside Sydney he saw more than 50 hungry kangaroos, they had nothing to eat at all. National parks are not able to feed evry animal. So the man bought hay bales and carried them to kangaroo with his boat. But that was not enough for him. Mr Vincent launched a charity and created a site for kangaroo donations. He has already raised $12,000.
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A man is fighting for his life
Two weeks ago a young man was seriously injured in bashing in the South of Melbourne. He was there in the middle of the night when a group of men came up to him and organized bashing. The man received severe injures and was taken to hospital in a serious condition. Now he is fighting for his life.
Police are investigating circumstances of the accident and asking any witnesses to help, especially those who have cars can help with recordings of their dash cams. Officers suppose there were a lot of people in that district at the time of assault.
Postponed classes in Melbourne because of coronavirus
The biggest Australian university which is situated in Melbourne decided to postpone the beginning of classes for two weeks more as they are worried about coronavirus infection in the country. There have been noticed more than 20 cases of infecting in Australia, mostly in New South Wales and several cases are in Victoria.
Monash University in Melbourne is the university with the biggest number of students in Australia. Direction of the educational establishment said they are shocked by such a dangerous illness in the country and are waiting for those students and teachers, who are in affected places. That's why they postponed the beginning of the term to March 16.
New heat wave for Melbourne
It seems weather in Victoria went mad and meteorologists inform this is only the beginning. Very high level of humidity, hail and dirty flows can take place again. They also told about new heat wave in the state. Western part of Victoria is still suffering because of the bushfires and there is a serious thunderstorm warning for those districts.
Electricity in Melbourne have suffered too, it was turned off because of heat and humidity. So the government ask people in the city to reduce usage of electricity in the evening, as the electric system does not bear high temperature and intensive usage.
So Victoria has to be ready for new weird weather as dirty rains and hail can happen again. Fortunately they are expected to be less intensive.
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Facebook settles Illinois privacy lawsuit for $550 million.
Facebook Inc. has settled an Illinois lawsuit for the sum of $550 million. The company allegedly violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. According to the reports, it is the largest cash settlement every resolving a privacy related lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, it was alleged that Facebook collected biometric information in the form of face prints to support the face tagging feature. It violates the 2008 Illinois law. The company denied the allegations all the times during the suit. Jay Edelson of Edelson PC who represented the plaintiffs said in the statement that biometrics and geo-location are the two primary battlegrounds for the company.
They will define the privacy rights of the coming generation. Facebook and other companies must pay the required attention to the importance of such information. The payout per user can go as high as $200 per user.
Chicago leads in awards and other local NHTA winners.
Theatre companies in the state held their annual awards. The New Hampshire Theatre Alliance hosted it. Winnipesaukee Playhouse won Best Professional Production of a Musical for “Chicago,” Director of Professional Production of a Musical for Clayton Phillips with “Chicago,” Best Actress in a Professional Production of a Musical for Ashley Whalley as Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” among many others.
New London Barn Playhouse won Best Actor in a Professional Production of a Musical for Jeffrey Kringer as Frank in “Catch Me If You Can” and Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Production of a Drama/Comedy for Grayson Powell as Black Stache in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Hatbox Theatre won Best Community Production of a Musical with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Best Actress in a Community Production of a Musical with Rachel Hunton as Olive in “Spelling Bee,” Best Supporting Actor in a Community Musical for Spencer Costigan as Leaf in “Spelling Bee,” and many others.
The company from Houston to provide training to private astronauts at NASA facilities.
A Houston company KBR is currently training NASA astronauts, and it will soon start to provide training to the private and deep-pocket counterparts at NASA facilities. The company has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Johnson Space Center under which it will train private astronauts in a wide variety of spaceflight tasks.
It included operating onboard International Space Station systems, integrating into the existing ISS crew, performing routine operational tasks, maintaining health and performance and responding to emergencies. KBR will also provide medical operations and service before, during and after spaceflights.