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Man attacked by 2.5 metre croc used this tip to escape

<p>An off-duty wildlife ranger has made a surprising escape from the jaws of a 2.5 metre crocodile after it launched at him while flyfishing.</p> <p>Craig Dickmann, 54, was flyfishing at the remote Cape York Peninsula when the crocodile shot out of the water and attacked his thigh.</p> <p>While he was wrestling free from the crocodile, his hand became degloved and he was able to poke the crocodile in the eye.</p> <p>After escaping from the jaws of the saltwater crocodile, Dickmann drove more than an hour to Heathlands Ranger Station where he works to get help.</p> <p>Queensland Ambulance Service superintendent Warren Martin said that it was incredible that Dickmann survived such an attack.</p> <p>"This was a life or death response," he said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-11/ranger-pokes-crocodile-in-eye-after-attack-cape-york/11693150" target="_blank">ABC</a>.</p> <p>"The patient really understood the gravity of the situation and knew that he was fighting for his survival."</p> <p>After arriving at Heathlands Ranger Station, Dickmann called emergency services and was given first aid by another ranger. The ranger then drove Dickmann to Bramwell Station to wait for a Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) plane.</p> <p>Bramwell Station owner Wendy Kozicka said that Dickmann was in good spirits despite the attack.</p> <p>"He was very cheerful — but he's a very cheerful person," Ms Kozicka said.</p> <p>"His hands were wrapped up and we were teasing him about that, saying 'Are you sure you have all your fingers?'"</p> <p>Superintendent Warren Martin said that the incident was a “remarkable story” of survival.</p> <p>"There wouldn't be many people in Cape York who could say they have had an interaction with a crocodile like this and still be talking about it," he said.</p> <p>"Not only was [Mr Dickmann] by himself fishing, but after being released by the crocodile having to drive for an hour back to his residence to seek help."</p> <p>Dickmann remains in a serious but stable condition at Cairns Hospital, where he is expected to undergo surgery. He is being supported by his family and senior departmental staff.</p>

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Family claims Jetstar kicked them off flight for “looking ethnic and being Muslim”

<p>A couple who had their dream wedding in Bali say that the experience was ruined on the flight home due to an altercation with Jetstar.</p> <p>Sarah Aslan, 23, and her wedding party of 22 had planned to return to Melbourne on Monday via a Jetstar flight, but were instead escorted off the flight and left in Denpasar Airport at 2 am local time.</p> <p>The ejection was due to a confrontation between a flight attendant and Mike Mahmoud, who was a member of Sarah’s group.</p> <p>"I really truly don't believe I was arrogant, I just wanted to get home" he says to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/jetstar-wedding-party-call-out-jetstar-after-being-kicked-off-bali-flight/0e9eb1b0-9f68-4211-be55-e598cff058d0" target="_blank">9 News.</a></em></p> <p>The family continued to argue with staff and other passengers claimed that things were so heated, the pilot made the decision to turn the plane around and kick the family off the flight.</p> <p>The family are Turkish-Australian and some among the wedding party were wearing headscarves.</p> <p>"Personally, it did feel like we were being attacked for looking ethnic and being Muslim" Sarah says.</p> <p>"That's why I started crying. I'm like, I just want to go home, I don't to be here anymore."</p> <p>Jetstar booked the wedding party on another flight 24 hours later at no extra cost, with the family arriving back in Melbourne on Tuesday night.</p> <p>However, other family members have taken aim at the airline, saying that they were “racially, verbally and physically assaulted”.</p> <p>One family member, Selim Tutunca, spoke about the incident on Jetstar’s Facebook page.</p> <p>“We were racially, verbally and physically assaulted by both Jetstar crew members and Bali airport officials. We have footage of all of this,” he wrote.</p> <p>“We were kicked off the flight even though we hadn’t even spoke a single word to the crew members. We have been waiting for over four hours and my children are sleeping on benches at the airport.</p> <p>“We weren’t accommodated by Jetstar whatsoever. We tried speaking to them and they didn’t want to know anything about us.”</p> <p>Jetstar are disputing the entire incident despite the family’s story.</p> <p>“The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority, and we do not tolerate any kind of disruptive or abusive behaviour,” a Jetstar spokesman said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/family-claims-they-were-kicked-off-jetstar-flight-for-looking-ethnic-and-being-muslim/news-story/90a0eac8d850863448c664710b280b52" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“We take these allegations extremely seriously and are investigating the matter, however our crew dispute the claims made by these passengers.”</p>

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“As bad as it gets”: Catastrophic conditions forecast for NSW and QLD bushfires

<p>With three people dying and 200 homes and sheds being lost to bushfires over the weekend in NSW and QLD, experts have warned that the worst is still yet to come.</p> <p>Firefighters are on the front-line battling blazes in both states, with residents in parts of Western Australia also being on high alert with “extreme fire danger” forecasted for the South Interior.</p> <p>There are also catastrophic conditions predicted for the Greater Sydney and the Greater Hunter areas tomorrow.</p> <p>Anthony Clark from the RFS has said that the situation would be “as bad as it gets”.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us, but the simple message is we’re not going to get on top of those fires before these really bad conditions hit on Tuesday,” Mr Clark said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/nsw-and-qld-bushfires-worst-may-still-be-yet-to-come-with-catastrophic-conditions-forecast/news-story/705539262c371c80f4e00c4ab32b1979" target="_blank">news.com.au.</a></em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">It's been a weekend of destruction and devastation across NSW in the midst of a bushfire emergency but this morning we're being warned the worst is yet to come. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9News</a> <a href="https://t.co/uiWr7IYpKR">pic.twitter.com/uiWr7IYpKR</a></p> — Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1193622471968116736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Meteorologist Ben Domensino has said that a mass of hot air is moving to the east from Western Australia.</p> <p>“It is elevating fire danger ratings in South Australia and parts of Victoria today on Monday, then on Tuesday, the threat will shift and focus into NSW and Wednesday, it pushes further north,” he said.</p> <p>“So that’s why we’re seeing these danger ratings in South Australia elevated fire danger ratings across multiple states on multiple days.</p> <p>“The drought’s been widespread and in some places record breaking.</p> <p>“We have known this has been coming for months because we’ve had this dry weather leading up to the hottest time of year.</p> <p>“Now we’re seeing the winds increasing, the temperatures increasing, which are typical of this time of year. But we don’t normally have this much fuel.</p> <p>“We are seeing all of those conditions combined to create the perfect conditions for catastrophic fire danger ratings which is the highest rating on that scale and the first time it has been issued for Sydney.”</p> <p>It was a devastating weekend, with 200 homes and sheds lost in QLD and NSW and three people passing away due to the bushfires. There are still 61 fires burning in NSW and 51 fires still burning in Queensland.</p> <p>The RFS site has warned that those with a “catastrophic” rating that “leaving early is the only option”.</p> <p>“Leave bushfire prone areas the night before or early in the day – do not just wait and see what happens,” the RFS site says. “Homes are not designed to withstand fires in catastrophic conditions so you should leave early.”</p> <ul> <li>For bushfire updates in NSW, go to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me" target="_blank">NSW RFS website</a>.</li> <li>For bushfire updates in QLD, go to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">QLD RFS website</a>.</li> <li>For bushfire updates in Western Australia, go to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/" target="_blank">Emergency WA website</a>. <span> </span><span> </span></li> </ul>

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Outrage after tourists charged nearly $200 for three hot dogs and a sandwich

<p>A group of tourists have slammed a Rome bar over an unusually hefty bill for their meal.</p> <p>Leo Recchia told Italian newspaper <em>Il Messaggero </em>that he took his family to the bar on Via dell Conciliazione near St Peter’s Square.</p> <p>They were charged €119 (AU$190) for three hot dogs, a ham and cheese sandwich, four cans of Coca Cola and a bottle of mineral water.</p> <p>Included in the bill was a €17 ($27.4) service fee.</p> <p>“€22 for each hot dog.... Almost €20 for service,” said Recchia. “To think that the night before we had gone to a restaurant behind the Pantheon – we spent the same, but for a complete dinner.”</p> <p>The bar owner told the publication, “We had other cases like this, other complaints, but the prices are on the menu, you can check. Also, we are near the Vatican, it costs.”</p> <p>The complaint is the latest claim of rip-off meals in Europe.</p> <p>In May, Rome restaurant Caffe Vaticano was criticised after giving diners <a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travellers-stories/rome-restaurant-slammed-for-outrageous-bill/news-story/5a8c5a7762a6f8d5230e4134f4e11abd">a bill of €81.4</a> ($132) for two burgers and three coffees.</p> <p>In January, <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1070491/florence-italy-ice-cream-tourist-police-fine-italian-holidays">an ice cream shop in Florence was fined €2,000</a> ($3,204) for charging a Taiwanese tourist €25 ($40) for a gelato served in a cone.</p>

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Tourist mistake on the London Underground costs them $200k a year

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For many tourists visiting London, the London Underground is a blessing as it’s easy to navigate, fast and boasts 270 stations across 11 lines.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, some tourists are too eager to jump on the Tube and it’s costing them almost $200k a year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A report by the UK’s </span><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/london-tourists-waste-100k-year-travelling-two-closest-tube/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Telegraph</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has shown that tourists in central London are wasting money catching the London Underground between the two closest stations on the network, which are Leicester Square and Covent Garden.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The stations in London’s West End are about 275 metres apart and take four minutes to walk between them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ride on the Tube between the two stations takes just 45 seconds and costs 2.40 pounds (AUD $4.48) for a single pay-as-you-go ticket.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A freedom of information request by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Telegraph</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> showed that an average of 862 people travels between the two stations each week. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that close to 45,000 people are making the short journey each year, spending unnecessary funds to do so to the tune of AUD $201,600.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report pointed out that walking between the stations is probably quicker than catching the Tube anyway after factoring in time spent getting down to the platform, waiting for a train and then returning to street level.</span></p>

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Restaurant sign asking customers to “not presume the gender of our staff” goes viral

<p>A restaurant has urged customers to “please not presume the gender of our staff” and instead use gender-neutral terms, such as “they” or “them” until “you know the person’s pronouns”.</p> <p>A photo posted to social media shows a sign in the restaurant’s window to avoid saying “she is already helping me” as well as avoiding saying “thanks miss” or “hey man”.</p> <p>“Please use neutral terms, so you aren’t mistakenly referring to someone as a gender they are not,” the sign says.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">When snowflakes run a restaurant and get triggered by customers. Yeah, no thanks. <a href="https://t.co/QwE4v9bLcN">pic.twitter.com/QwE4v9bLcN</a></p> — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) <a href="https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1191266779810545664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Folks, pals, buds, champ, friend are all great ways to address others without presuming their gender. Greetings and goodbyes can be as simple as saying ‘hello everyone’ or ‘thanks buddy’.”</p> <p>The sign concludes by reminding customers that “it’s okay to ask people which pronouns they use” and that “it is always helpful when you share yours, in an Instagram bio, or when asking someone else”.</p> <p>“Little things like this can go a long way to make people feel seen and safe to be themselves. Thank you for helping us build a positive environment for our staff and our patrons alike!”</p> <p>Many were quick to slam the sign, even though it’s not clear where the photo of the sign was taken.</p> <p>One person replied, “I remember an old phrase from my days working in retail, ‘The customer is always right.’ Apparently, in 2019, that is no longer the case. Wonder how this is gonna work out for this place.”</p> <p>Another asked, “Is being misgendered really worse than being called ‘champ’ or ‘buddy’ by another adult?”</p> <p>“Life isn’t safe, reality is always a shock, from the moment we exit the womb. Inner security comes through going out there and knowing the real word,” they wrote.</p> <p>However, others were more than happy to go by the new rules, saying that they don’t see a problem with the sign.</p> <p>“Just one more example of why right-wingers don’t give a f**k about the wellbeing of workers,” one person wrote.</p> <p>Another said that the initial response to the tweet was “legitimately disgusting”.</p> <p>“The fact that people actually think like this hurt me. Respect other people, please,” they wrote.</p>

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New Indigenous sacred site calling for Uluru-style ban

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indigenous activists are now calling for a popular hiking spot to be closed to hikers due to the cultural significance to the traditional owners of the land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mount Warning in the Tweed ranges in northern NSW is considered a sacred site to the traditional owners, the Bundjalung people, but it’s a popular spot with hikers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bundjalung Elder Robert Corowa has said that the recent closure of the Uluru climb has given him and his community a new sense of hope.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m ashamed to go there … it makes me really sad to watch people climbing it. I don’t want to let people think they’ve got the right,” he said.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1YlIFChOLf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1YlIFChOLf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Subida do Mt. Warning pra ver o nascer do sol, cansativo, mas a vista é sensacional! 🇦🇺</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/gumastavo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Gumastavo</a> (@gumastavo) on Aug 20, 2019 at 4:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Corowa has said that visitors who hike Mount Warning are disrespectful to the sacred spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m ashamed to go there … it makes me really sad to watch people climbing it. I don’t want to let people think they’ve got the right,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, rainforest park manager Mark Bourchier said that he was concerned that the closure of the mountain would impact tourism to the area as it attracts up to 100,000 visitors annually.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we go shutting the mountain, I can see there would be way less visitors to the area,” he told </span><a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/mt-warning-next-on-climb-chopping-block/news-story/d4c4e9c4fc5a8fa55373c698bef7da53"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Courier-Mail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p> </p>

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“You are the worst!”: Sunrise presenter Sam Armytage snaps at Jetstar for poor service

<p>Sunrise<span> </span>presenter Sam Armytage has launched a scathing attack against budget airline Jetstar for its “rude staff” and extra charges to overweight baggage.</p> <p>The presenter shared the experience on her Instagram, where she explained that she spent $700 for last-minute flights to Queensland for a funeral.</p> <p>Upon her flight home, Armytage was shocked to learn that she was forced to pay an extra charge for overweight baggage travelling home.</p> <p>“@jetstaraustralia you are the worst! Paid $700 for last minute flights to Queensland for a funeral … Then (was) charged $60 extra at gate home for same amount of carry-on as we flew up with yesterday. Go figure?!?!” she wrote angrily to her followers.</p> <p>“Will definitely choose @qantas or @virginaustralia next time. Every time,” she declared.</p> <p>The tirade continued with complaints against the lack of legroom and the “rude staff”.</p> <p>“Not to mention how rude the staff are while they’re charging you extra … Leg-room shot …,” she wrote in a follow-up post.</p> <p>It turns out that Armytage wasn’t alone in her experiences, as many of her followers sent her private messages sharing their issues with Jetstar.</p> <p>“I was 180g over and they charged me $60. I was gutted as I literally took no clothes so I could take my nursing books to study, I even tried to explain to the lady and she didn’t care. Have never flown (with) them again!”</p> <p>“They’re a nightmare – vowed I’d never fly with them again,” another follower said.</p> <p>Despite Armytage promising never to fly with Jetstar again and vowing to fly with Qantas or Virgin, Jetstar is wholly owned by the Qantas Group.</p>

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Whales and dolphins found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time

<p>Scientific research doesn’t usually mean being strapped in a harness by the open paratroop doors of a Vietnam-war-era Hercules plane. But that’s the situation I found myself in several years ago, the result of which has just been <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-019-00952-0">published</a> in the journal Marine Biodiversity.</p> <p>As part of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlIXcq2ijZQ">Ocean Cleanup’s Aerial Expedition</a>, I was coordinating a visual survey team assessing the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.</p> <p>When the aircraft’s doors opened in front of me over the Pacific Ocean for the first time, my heart jumped into my throat. Not because I was looking 400m straight down to the wild sea below as it passed at 260km per hour, but because of what I saw.</p> <p>This was one of the most remote regions of the Pacific Ocean, and the amount of floating plastic nets, ropes, containers and who-knows-what below was mind-boggling.</p> <p>However, it wasn’t just debris down there. For the first time, we found proof of <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-019-00952-0">whales and dolphins in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch</a>, which means it’s highly likely they are eating or getting tangled in the huge amount of plastic in the area.</p> <p><strong>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch</strong></p> <p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is said to be the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world. It is located between Hawaii and California, where huge ocean currents meet to form the North Pacific subtropical gyre. An estimated <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5864935/">80,000 tonnes of plastic</a> are floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.</p> <p>Our overall project was overseen and led by The Ocean Cleanup’s founder Boyan Slat and then-chief scientist Julia Reisser. We conducted two visual survey flights, each taking an entire day to travel from San Francisco’s Moffett Airfield, survey for around two hours, and travel home. Along with our visual observations, the aircraft was fitted with a range of sensors, including a short-wave infrared imager, a Lidar system (which uses the pulse from lasers to map objects on land or at sea), and a high-resolution camera.</p> <p>Both visual and technical surveys found whales and dolphins, including sperm and beaked whales and their young calves. This is the first direct evidence of whales and dolphins in the heart of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/296602/original/file-20191011-188797-8wu2a.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/296602/original/file-20191011-188797-8wu2a.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em> <span class="caption">Mating green turtles in a sea of plastics.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">photo by Chandra P. Salgado Kent</span>, <span class="license">Author provided</span></span></em></p> <p>Plastics in the ocean are a growing problem for marine life. Many species can mistake plastics for food, consume them accidentally along with their prey or simply eat fish that have themselves eaten plastic.</p> <p>Both beaked and sperm whales have been recently found with heavy plastic loads in their stomachs. In the Philippines, a <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47608949">dying beaked whale</a> was found with 40kg of plastic in its stomach, and in Indonesia, a dead <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/sperm-whale/">sperm whale</a> washed ashore with 115 drinking cups, 25 plastic bags, plastic bottles, two flip-flops, and more than 1,000 pieces of string in its stomach.</p> <p><strong>The danger of ghost nets</strong></p> <p>The most common debris we were able to identify by eye was discarded or lost fishing nets, often called “ghost nets”. Ghost nets can drift in the ocean for years, trapping animals and causing injuries, starvation and death.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/297849/original/file-20191021-56220-k3ttsu.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/297849/original/file-20191021-56220-k3ttsu.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em> <span class="caption">Crew sorts plastic debris collected from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on a voyage in July 2019.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">EPA/THE OCEAN CLEANUP</span></span></em></p> <p>Whales and dolphins are often found snared in debris. Earlier this year, a young sperm whale almost died after spending three years <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/digit-sperm-whale-saved-from-rope-entanglement-ghost-net-fishing-gear-off-dominica/">tangled in a rope from a fishing net</a>.</p> <p>During our observation we saw young calves with their mothers. Calves are especially vulnerable to becoming trapped. With the wide range of ocean plastics in the garbage patch, it is highly likely animals in the area ingest and become tangled in it.</p> <p>It’s believed the amount of plastics in the ocean could <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43477233">triple</a> over the next decade. It is clear the problem of plastic pollution has no political or geographic boundaries.</p> <p>While plastics enter the sea from populated areas, global currents transport them across oceans. Plastics can kill animals, <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718346072?via%3Dihub%22%22">promote disease</a>, and <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322703874_Plastic_waste_associated_with_disease_on_coral_reefs">harm the environment, our food sources and people</a>.</p> <p>The most devastating effects fall on communities in poverty. New research shows the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w">rapidly growing</a>, posing a <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-019-00952-0">greater threat to wildlife</a>. It reinforces the global movement to reduce, recycle and remove plastics from the environment.</p> <p>But to really tackle this problem we need creative solutions at every level of society, from communities to industries to governments and international organisations.</p> <p>To take one possibility, what if we invested in fast-growing, sustainably cultivated bamboo to replace millions of single-use plastics? It could be produced by the very countries most affected by this crisis: poorer and developing nations.</p> <p>It is only one of many opportunities to dramatically reduce plastic waste, improve the health of our environments and people, and to help communities most susceptible to plastic pollution.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Schapelle Corby breaks silence in exclusive first interview about time in Bali prison

<p>Schapelle Corby has opened up about what life was really like for her nine years behind bars in Bali’s Kerobokan jail. </p> <p>In those nine difficult years in a cell, Corby fell in love and also claims she was abused by Bali nine member Renae Lawrence. </p> <p>While speaking with the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/schapelle-corby-on-love-babies-and-being-the-bachelorette/news-story/8fe5a17e187aaaf1b3be6ed5d8c4c25b" target="_blank"><em>Sunday Telegraph,</em></a><em><span> </span></em>the 42-year-old made a series of explosive claims, including that Lawrence assaulted her both physically and mentally. </p> <p>Schapelle says she lived in fear of Lawrence who was a “bully” to her, with claims she choked her. </p> <p>“I’ve had comments from other people who saw us in the visit area together and were like, ‘How do you let her speak to you like that?’ but I wasn’t really seeing it,” Corby explained to the publication.</p> <p>She admitted she rubbed Lawrence the wrong way a few times so decidedly aimed to stay out of her way. </p> <p>Lawrence, through her lawyers, “vehemently” denied the claims made by Corby. </p> <p>Schapelle is likely to never completely be out of the eyes of the media or the public, and says finding a job is almost impossible. </p> <p>She says every time she leaves her home, she is hyper conscious of people taking her photo. </p> <p>The mental scars continue to haunt the Australian celeb, and also impacts how she travels. </p> <p>Despite being able to reenter Bali to visit her boyfriend of 13 years, Ben Panangian - it is not something she is willing to do as of yet. </p> <p>Corby will release a revised version of her 2006 autobiography, <em>My Story: Schapelle Corby</em> on October 29.</p>

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Iconic tourist destination slugging visitors with a “tourist tax”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The popular tourist destination of Venice has announced that they are going to start charging day-trippers a new tax from July 1</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">st</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The day-trip tax for tourists was announced about a year ago, but the implementation of the tax has been delayed as authorities argued about how it would be enforced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, city officials have announced that while they’ll confirm the exact fee closer to the date, they will be charging between 3 and 10 euros ($AUD 4.90 to $16.30) a day for day-trip visitors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Overnight tourists or visitors will be exempt as they already pay tax as a part of their accommodation fees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are also exemptions to be expected for those visiting Venice to work, study or visit family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Venice is a canal city that’s been popular amongst tourists, the floating city is struggling under the weight of overtourism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than 20 million people visiting the destination each year, this is a far cry of their estimated permanent population of 260,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Locals have even begun to protest the amount of tourists who come and visit Venice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Venice local named Tommaso, who attended a </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/ships-out-of-the-lagoon-locals-march-against-cruise-ships-in-venice/news-story/5d646acacc7f5110c95da8fa069e3f2d"><span style="font-weight: 400;">protest at St Mark’s Square in June</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, said Venice’s lagoon has “never been so full”, leaving the city and locals at the “mercy of mass tourism”.</span></p>

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Pilots accused of having live stream bathroom camera

<p><span>A Southwest Airlines flight attendant has sued the airline after she reported spotting two pilots livestreaming hidden-camera footage from the plane’s bathroom into the cockpit.</span></p> <p><span>Renee Steinaker alleged in her lawsuit that she discovered the surveillance when she was working on a flight in 2017, <em><a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/10/25/southwest-airlines-lawsuit-pilots-livestreamed-plane-bathroom-flight-attendant-claims/2458570001/">The Arizona Republic</a> </em>reported.</span></p> <p><span>At one point during the flight, Captain Terry Graham asked Steinaker to come to the cockpit so that he could leave to use the lavatory, following the airline’s requirement that two crew members must be in the cockpit at all times.</span></p> <p><span>Steinaker said when she entered, she noticed an iPad mounted to the windshield showing a livestream of Graham in the bathroom.</span></p> <p><span>According to the suit, co-pilot Ryan Russell seemed panicked and told her the camera was part of a “new security and top secret security measure that had been installed in the lavatories of all Southwest Airlines' 737-800 planes”.</span></p> <p><span>“They led her to believe that she and others had been filmed – had been videotaped if you will – while they were using the lavatory,” said aviation attorney Ronald Goldman. “It’s really hard to imagine a more outrageous kind of conduct.”</span></p> <p><span>Steinaker took a picture of the iPad as an evidence. She said she was told not to speak about the incident and warned that “if this got out, if this went public, no one, I mean no one, would ever fly our airline again”.</span></p> <p><span>The suit also alleged that the airline’s management attempted to silence and intimidate Steinaker and other flight attendants after they reported the incident.</span></p> <p><span>Steinaker’s husband David, who also works as a flight attendant, was “subjected <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/26/us/southwest-airlines-hidden-bathroom-camera-trnd/index.html">to at least five performance audits</a> in the course of a few months following the incident, when in his prior twenty-four –[years] of service, he only had approximately three audits”, the suit stated.</span></p> <p><span>The pair is suing the airline and the pilots for invasion of privacy, causing Renee Steinaker emotional distress, sexual harassment and retaliation.</span></p> <p><span>Southwest Airlines has denied that any camera was placed in the lavatories. </span></p> <p><span>“The safety and security of our employees and customers is Southwest’s uncompromising priority. As such, Southwest does not place cameras in the lavatories of our aircraft,” an airline representative said in a statement to <em>The Arizona Republic</em>.</span></p> <p><span>“Southwest will vigorously defend the lawsuit. When the incident happened two years ago, we investigated the allegations and addressed the situation with the crew involved. We can confirm from our investigation that there was never a camera in the lavatory; the incident was an inappropriate attempt at humour which the company did not condone.”</span></p>

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Jetstar leaves mum in tears after refusing to board toddler

<p>A woman and her toddler were reportedly refused to board a Jetstar flight from Queenstown, New Zealand, because the child was not wearing shoes.</p> <p>A passenger who witnessed the incident unfold revealed that others offered the family footwear for the youngster but they were still unable to board.</p> <p>“Just a saw a Samoan mum with two small children refused entry on to a plane at Queenstown airport because her son had no shoes,” wrote Isobel Mebus on Facebook.</p> <p>“Other passengers offered her son shoes to put on but still she was not allowed to board. Shame on you JETSTAR, really really disgusted.”</p> <p>According to reports by the<span> </span><em>New Zealand Herald,</em><span> </span>Jetstar staff said the offer of footwear from fellow passengers was taken back once they were informed that the child would need to wear them for the duration of the flight and disembarking the plane.</p> <p>Ms Mebus said she saw the woman exit the gate in tears before people approached staff about the issue.</p> <p>“There was an older Samoan couple behind me and she was explaining to them that she wasn’t allowed on the flight because her son didn’t have shoes on,” she told the<span> </span><em>Herald</em>.</p> <p>“So people started rallying around, and the older couple said, ‘Well we’ll just go and buy him some shoes’ because the Mum didn’t have any money on her.”</p> <p>But after the woman’s belongings were taken off the plane, other passengers were forced to deal with delays.</p> <p>According to Jetstar’s terms and conditions, the airline has the right to refuse a passenger entry if they are not wearing footwear.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em>, Jetstar confirmed the incident. “We were unable to board a family on a flight from Queenstown to Auckland yesterday as a passenger in their group was not wearing shoes,” said a spokesperson.</p> <p>“We understand this was frustrating for the family however for safety reasons we require all passengers to wear footwear when boarding, while inflight and when disembarking our aircraft.”</p> <p>They then told the<span> </span><em>Herald<span> </span></em>that the family stayed an extra night in Queenstown with relatives and was put on a flight the next day at Jetstar’s expense.</p> <p>“We arranged for the family to travel on the next available flight at no additional cost,” the spokesperson told<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em>.</p>

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Local authorities beg tourists not to use Google Maps to find “hidden beaches”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spike in lost visitors has prompted the local authorities in Sardinia, Italy to warn tourists about using Google Maps to find hidden beaches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The island is famed for its white sand coves and stretches of sand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Local authorities have recently reported a spike in lost tourists who have tried to find the island’s “hidden beaches” but ended up on dangerous cliff edges instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emergency services and the fire brigade are regularly called out to rescue tourists who find themselves stuck on dirt tracks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A family who were travelling in a Porsche were forced to abandon the vehicle after nearly falling off a cliff.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">144 vehicles have been rescued in two year and authorities are now putting up signs that advise visitors not to use Google Maps on the island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baunei Mayor Salvatore Corrias told </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/sardinia-google-maps-tourists-lost-baunei/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the signs are in both English and Italian, warning of the road tracks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said Google Maps were "misleading" drivers and often took cars on "unpassable tracks".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Google Maps spokesperson told </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/10147431/tourists-google-maps-sardinia-beaches/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sun Online Travel</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">: </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're aware of an issue in Sardinia where Google Maps is routing some drivers down roads that can be difficult to navigate due to their terrain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're currently working with the local government to resolve the issue and are investigating ways we can better alert drivers about these types of roads."</span></p>

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Recall on Powerfoods frozen meals after salmonella outbreak

<p>Fifteen Australians have contracted salmonella poisoning that has been linked to a line of frozen microwave meals.</p> <p>Health authorities say that CORE Ingredients are recalling several of their Powerfoods frozen meals following the outbreak.</p> <p>Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has said that the products are available in IGAs in NSW, ACT, VIC and NT as well as at independent retailers in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, NT and WA. The brand is also in Coles nationally and may cause illness if consumed.</p> <p>South Australia Health has confirmed three of the cases, with two confirmed by authorities in the ACT.</p> <p>South Australia Health’s Dr Fay Jenkins explained that there are 15 cases nationally of Salmonella Weltevedreden in people who have consumed the products.</p> <p>“We are urging anyone with these meals in their freezers to throw them away or return them to where they bought them,” Dr Jenkins said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/food-warnings/urgent-recall-on-powerfoods-frozen-meals-after-outbreak/news-story/da415edb7b4992df4452b9cbc3e3af7d" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“While this particular type of salmonella is unusual, any kind of salmonella poses serious health risks and symptoms of infection can begin anywhere between six and 72 hours after exposure and last for three to seven days.”</p> <p>Food products in the recalled section are 150g and 310g of:</p> <ul> <li>Going Nuts</li> <li>Deep South Chilli</li> <li>Muay Thai Meatballs</li> <li>Holy meatballs</li> <li>Naked Chicken</li> <li>Seismic Chicken</li> <li>Old School and Smokey Mountain Meatballs</li> </ul> <p>Dr Jenkins said that people need to be aware of the symptoms of salmonella.</p> <p>“More severe symptoms may occur in young children, older people, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised and may lead to hospitalisation,” she said.</p> <p>“Anyone who develops these symptoms and is concerned should see their doctor and get tested for salmonella.”</p> <p>The products impacted include those with best before date markings from 26/08/2020 to 4/10/2020.</p>

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“You are shooting yourself in the foot”: Tourists baffled over Uluru climb ban

<p>While some tourists from all over the world are rushing to climb Uluru before it is banned on Saturday, some are questioning why local traditional Indigenous Australians called for a ban in the first place. </p> <p>Ayers Rock Resort has been jam packed for most of 2019 meaning nearly 5,000 people are trying to get a chance to climb Uluru before it is too late. </p> <p>Some Australian tourists have gone to extreme measures and camped illegally on private land around Uluru during school holidays, because the resort's campground has been full.</p> <p>The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board made the decision to impose an official ban from October 26 to pay respect and recognition to the rock’s cultural significance to the Anangu people. </p> <p>Melbourne tourist Stefan Gangur, 51 told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.yahoo.com/author/australian-associated-press-562" target="_blank"><em>AAP</em><span> </span></a>he opposes the ban because it is a vital source of income for the community. </p> <p>"What are people doing out here? It is part of the economy and how it runs out here" he said.</p> <p>"You are shooting yourself in the foot, as long as everyone respects it, it is okay.</p> <p>"It is no secret a percentage of the money from the national park passes goes back to the Aboriginal people."</p> <p>The controversial ban of one of Australia’s most prolific and well known landmarks has prompted warnings that Uluru faces an uncertain future. </p> <p>A chain was built on the steep of the western face of Ayers Rock in 1964 and will be dismantled from October 28. </p> <p>The National Park’s general manager Mike Misso told AAP Uluru will become a better destination for tourists as more Anangu people will be working and benefitting from it. </p> <p>"The dominant reason for the UNESCO World Heritage listing was the living cultural landscape of nature and culture intertwined through traditions over thousands of years," he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.yahoo.com/author/australian-associated-press-562" target="_blank">AAP.</a></em></p> <p>"The closure of the climb enhances the park's world heritage values. It's in conflict if you have got inappropriate visitor activity,”Grant Hunt, chief executive at the resort’s operators Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia said. </p> <p>"For every tourist destination, you have to reinvent yourself, if you just offer the same people go elsewhere.”</p> <p>Mr Hunt says there is far more to Uluru than the climb, with more than 100 tours and experiences for tourists to experience - from riding mountain bikes, to Aboriginal cultural tours, helicopters and skydiving. </p> <p>“The travelling public have become much more culturally mature than they were 20 years ago,” Mr Hunt said.</p> <p> “I think most people expect this and in fact want it to happen.</p> <p>“There’s a minority who still don’t of course and you always get that with any decision but certainly our research and feedback says about 80 per cent of people are supportive of the climb closing.”</p>

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Man gets kicked in the head by passing train driver

<p><span>A man has gotten more than he bargained for after filming dangerously close to a speeding train.</span></p> <p><span>The short video posted to social media shows the young man was kicked in the head by a train conductor who held nothing back as he passed by.</span></p> <p><span>The younger man, who was filming, had headphones in and an oncoming train can be heard in the distance.</span><span> </span></p> <p>The train sounds the horn and the man is suddenly flung forward as the train passes by.</p> <p>"Wow, that guy kicked me in the head!" the man in the video yells as the train passes by, clutching at his face.</p> <p>“Hope I got that on film!”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dy8Yt-P614w"></iframe></div> <p><span>It’s unclear why the man was filming so close to the passing train, but commenters on Reddit have said that he’s lucky to be alive.</span></p> <p>"I've never seen someone so happy to be kicked in the head before," one commenter said.</p> <p>"That had to hurt," another said.</p> <p>"Likely saved this dipsticks life," one commenter said. "Rather a boot to the noggin then some thing either going through your head or knocking it off."</p> <p>"(He) could’ve died and he’s thinking about the video," another commenter said.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see when the man gets kicked in the head.</p>

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You can now visit Chernobyl’s control room

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tourists are now able to visit the radioactive control room at Chernobyl which has been within the exclusion zone of access since the disaster more than 30 years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The control room is in decay and is located at Unit Four, where the reactor exploded.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is also the location of the deadly “elephant’s foot” radioactive mass which was discovered in the basement under the remains of the reactor.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByiXTkBIbSz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByiXTkBIbSz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">ChNPP from the inside: the “golden corridor” connects all the blocks of the station, including the destroyed fourth one. The name comes from the appearance of wall cladding, which creates a golden glow in the hallway. The length of the corridor is more than a kilometer! ⠀ ЧАЕС зсередини: "золотий коридор" з'єднує всі блоки станції, в тому числі, і зруйнований четвертий. Назва походить від зовнішнього вигляду обшивки стін, яка створює в коридорі золотисте світіння. Протяжність коридору - більше кілометра! ⠀ ЧАЭС изнутри: "золотой коридор" соединяет все блоки станции, в том числе, и разрушенный четвертый. Название произошло от внешнего вида обшивки стен, которая создает в коридоре золотистое свечение. Протяженность коридора - более километра!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/chernobyltour/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> CHERNOBYL TOUR</a> (@chernobyltour) on Jun 10, 2019 at 10:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the control room is still a hotbed of radioactive activity and measures at around 40,000 times the safe level, visitors are only able to visit the control room for five minutes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision to open the site up to tourists came after the success of the HBO mini series </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chernobyl</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which outlined the disaster and what mistakes led to it happening. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B06dUzTALb8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B06dUzTALb8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Nowadays you can go inside the Chernobyl nuclear power station, see the main circulation pumps and one of the control rooms. Book a private tour to visit the ChNPP ☢️ ⠀ На сьогоднішній день ви можете побувати всередині Чорнобильської АЕС, побачити головні циркуляційні насоси та відвідати один з блочних щитів управління. Замовляйте приватний тур для відвідування ЧАЕС ☢️ ⠀ На сегодняшний день вы можете побывать внутри Чернобыльской АЭС, увидеть главные циркуляционные насосы и посетить один из блочных щитов управления. Заказывайте частный тур для посещения ЧАЭС ☢️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/chernobyltour/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> CHERNOBYL TOUR</a> (@chernobyltour) on Aug 8, 2019 at 11:40am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vitalii Viktorovych Petruk, the head of Ukraine's state agency for the Exclusion Zone, mentioned the popular TV series by name when talking on the decision to open up the site.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The HBO series boosted the interest to Chernobyl. Everybody now wants to see more, and we are going to satisfy the demand."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This year alone has seen more than 85,000 visitors flock to the Ukraine to visit the infamous abandoned city.</span></p>

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Mother with blind child denied parking permit, receives abusive windscreen notes from angry parents

<p>The mother of a blind girl in Townsville, Queensland says that she will continue to park in disabled spots despite being denied a permit and being yelled at by other parents.</p> <p>Taylor Blennerhassett’s six-year-old daughter Mackenna Murray is blind due to septo-optic dysplasia, which means that she has to use a cane to get around.</p> <p>Depsite her daughter’s severe condition, Taylor was denied a permit to use disabled parking spots in Queensland.</p> <p>Taylor told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7578639/Townsville-mother-receives-abusive-notes-car-parking-disabled-spot-blind-daughter.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em><span> </span>that when picking her daughter up from school, she has been subjected to abuse in the form of notes from other parents left on her windscreen.</p> <p>“Mackenna is completely blind but we are unable to get a parking permit, so I arranged with the school to get permission to park in the disabled spots,” she explained.</p> <p>“I get messages that I'm not supposed to park there, it's rude of me to park there and I don't deserve to park there.</p> <p>“I've had people say I'm lazy and I'm taking spots away from families that actually need them.”</p> <p>Taylor said that as she often picks up Mackenna from school, she is subjected to at least one letter a week from angry parents.</p> <p>“It was quite hurtful considering no one left names or numbers for me to explain myself or the situation,” she said.</p> <p>“There's not much I can do about it as all I've been handed is a piece of paper.”</p> <p>As Taylor has worked out a solution with Mackenna’s school, the school ended up giving Taylor a laminated sign saying that she had formal permission to park in the disabled spots.</p> <p>Taylor said it was a “kick in the guts” when they were denied an official disability pass from the state, as she often fears that Mackenna could walk into traffic if parked in a spot far away.</p> <p>“It is absolute bull***, I have to tell her when there's a step, I have to tell her when there's a ditch or any obstacle in her way, if I don't do that she'll trip and hurt herself,” she said.</p> <p>“I'm trying to get awareness out there that vision impaired people need the parking even for the safety side of things.”</p> <p>Due to the backlash of being denied a disability permit, a Transport and Main Roads Minister told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7578639/Townsville-mother-receives-abusive-notes-car-parking-disabled-spot-blind-daughter.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em><span> </span>that they’re looking into it.</p> <p>“Following community feedback, Transport and Main Roads is currently assessing the feasibility of expanding the Australian Disability Parking Permit Scheme criteria to include people with vision impairment.</p> <p>“We commissioned an independent consultant to undertake the review, which has involved consultation with community, government and disability sector stakeholders.”</p> <p><em>Photo credit:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157195952372489&amp;set=a.10150744009212489&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">Taylor Blennerhassett Facebook</a></em></p>

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