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Brazilian public health officials
are working to stop an outbreak
of yellow fever that has killed at
least 40 people in Brazil from
becoming an epidemic, urging
people to seek vaccinations in
nine of the country’s 26 States.
The Health Minister said
yesterday that 70 cases of the
fever and 40 deaths have been
confirmed in the outbreak
centered in rural areas of the state
of Minas Gerais, while another
47 deaths and 368 suspect cases
are under investigation.
That is up from just seven cases
last year and the highest number
The outbreak comes as Brazil
continues to battle Zika that has
led to a spike in babies being born
with microcephaly, a condition
marked by an abnormally small
head and often resulting in grave
Yellow fever is a viral disease
found in tropical regions of
Africa and the Americas that
mainly affects humans and
monkeys and is transmitted by
the same type of mosquito that
spreads dengue and the Zika
Most people recover after
the first phase of infection that
usually involves fever, musc le
and back pain, headache, shivers,
loss of appetite and nausea or
vomiting, the World Health
Health officials have distributed
4.9 million yellow fever vaccines
since the start of the year.
In states where inoculation is
recommended, Brazilians rushed
to get a shot and public health
centers ran out of vaccines.
In Brasilia, the capital, the
death of one person suspected
of picking up the virus in
nearby Minas Gerais was being
investigated, and inhabitants had
to queue up for three hours in
some cases to get vaccinated.
Brazil has never managed to
entirely eradicate rural yellow
fever, but it has not registered
cases of the disease in urban areas
The South American country
recommends that visitors from
abroad get vaccinated for yellow
fever. — Reuters
kills 40 in Brazil
A set of special stamps will
honour musician David Bowie.
Royal Mail says it will be the first
time it has dedicated an entire issue
to an individual music artist.
The 10 stamps, including images
of famous album covers Hunky
Dory and Aladdin Sane, will go on
sale on March 14.
Four of the stamps will show
Bowie in action live on tour, ranging
from his Ziggy Stardust tour of
1972 to his 2004 Reality Tour.
“ For five decades David
Bowie was at the forefront of
contemporary culture, and has
influenced successive generations
of musicians, artists, designers and
writers,” Philip Parker of Royal
Mail said. “ Royal Mail’s stamp
issue celebrates this unique figure
and some of his many celebrated
personas.” — PA
David Bowie honoured with stamps
The Royal Mail stamp issue to honour the late music giant David Bowie.
An outback Queensland pilot has
faced court accused of sabotaging
planes and inflicting permanent head
injuries on an aircraft engineer.
Josh Hoch, 31, was arrested
on Tuesday after a protracted
investigation into the alleged
tampering of aircraft at Mount Isa
Police allege Hoch applied “abrasive
material” directly into the engines
of aircraft, resulting in “catastrophic
engine failure” and two forced
More problems were detected in
another two planes before they took
Police said the damage was limited
to two private air charter ser vice
providers and not the broader aviation
community or major commercial
“There have been no further
instances of aircraft being damaged,
and police wish to reassure the
travelling community of their safety,”
police said in a statement.
It is also alleged Hoch inflicted
permanent and life-changing head
injuries on an aircraft engineer, in
his 60s, at Charters Towers in July
Hoch appeared in the Mount
Isa Magistrates’ Court yesterday
with 342 offences,
including grievous bodily harm and
endangering the safety of persons in
He was granted bail and had his
case adjourned to the same court on
February 22. — AAP
Pilot charged with sabotaging aircraft, attacking engineer
The Indian government plans to
measure the height of Mount Everest to
put to rest speculation that a powerful
earthquake in 2015 may have caused it
organisation Sur vey of India will send
an expedition to the world’s tallest peak
later this year, the agency ’s chief Swarna
Subba Rao says.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the
Himalayas on April 25, 2015 — which
devastated Nepal’s capital Kathmandu
prompted scientists to wonder if the
Everest ’s height and position had been
Rao said Sur vey of India would send
an expedition to measure the mountain
using two techniques: one team would
climb the peak and use GPS to measure
the height, while another team would
use trigonometry to measure it from
Scientists say a satellite-based GPS
calculation is a more accurate technique,
but Rao said using different methods
would help settle the issue once and for
No dates have been set yet for the
2017 expedition. Rao said the mapping
agency would collaborate with the Nepal
The mountain is located on the
international border of China and Nepal.
Everest was given the title of the world’s
tallest mountain in 1856 after sur veys
by various organisations including the
Survey of India. — DPA
President Donald Trump was to
start signing directives today to begin
building a wall along the United States
border with Mexico and crack down on
US cities that shield illegal immigrants,
moving quickly on sweeping and divisive
plans to curb immigration and boost
The Republican president is also
expected to take steps in the coming
days to curb legal immigration, including
executive orders restricting refugees and
blocking the issuing of visas to people
from several Muslim-majority Middle
Eastern and North African countries
including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq,
Iran, Libya and Yemen.
In an inter view with ABC News
overnight, Trump said construction on
the wall would start within months, with
planning starting immediately, and that
Mexico would pay back to the United
States “100%” of the costs.
Trump, who took office on Saturday,
will start signing executive orders at
the Department of Homeland Security,
including a plan to bolster the force that
polices illegal immigration.
That would include hiring 5000 more
US Customs and Border Protection
agents used to apprehend people seeking
to slip across the border and tripling
the number of US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agents used to
arrest and deport immigrants living in
the United States illegally, congressional
aides with knowledge of the plan said.
The administration will also seek to
end the actions of “sanctuary cities,”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer
told a news briefing. In cities such
as San Francisco local officials, often
Democrats, refuse to co-operate with
Federal authorities on actions against
Trump will instruct the Federal
government to look at ways to stop
providing certain funds to cities that
refuse to comply, Spicer said.
On Twitter, Trump reiterated his
promise to build a wall along the roughly
3200km US-Mexico border. Trump has
long said that he will make Mexico pay
for the wall, but Mexican officials have
forcefully resisted this idea.
“ We’ ll be reimbursed at a later date
from whatever transaction we make
from Mexico,” Trump told ABC. “I ’m
just telling you there will be a payment. It
will be in a form, perhaps a complicated
form. What I’m doing is good for the
United States. It ’s also going to be good
for Mexico. We want to have a very
stable, very solid Mexico.”
His plans, which he has said are
necessary to protect Americans from
crimes committed by illegal immigrants,
prompted an immediate outcry from
immigrant advocates who said Trump
was jeopardising the rights and freedoms
of millions of people.
“The border wall is about political
theatre at the expense of civil liberties,”
Christian Ramirez, director of the
Coalition immigrant advocacy group,
“It is not national security policy.
Border communities are among the
safest in the nation and patrolling them
with tens of thousands of heavily-armed,
poorly-trained, unaccountable agents
puts lives at risks. This will turn these
communities into de facto military
zones,” Ramirez said.
Trump made cracking down on illegal
immigration a key element of his
presidential campaign, with supporters
often chanting “build the wall” during
The cost, nature and extent of the wall
remain unclear. Trump last year put the
cost at “probably $8 billion,” although
other estimates are higher, and said the
wall would span 1600km because of the
terrain of the border.
Many Democrats have opposed
the plan and could try to thwart any
legislation to pay for the construction in
the US Congress, although Republicans
control both the Senate and House of
Spicer said Trump would also end the
practice known by critics as “catch and
release” in which authorities apprehend
illegal immigrants on US territory but
do not immediately detain or deport
Trump’s actions could fundamentally
change the American stance on
immigration, as well as further testing
relations with Mexico.
Many Americans view their country
with pride as “a nation of immigrants,”
and President John Kennedy wrote a
book with that title more than half a
century ago. But Trump successfully
tapped into resentment toward the
roughly 11 million illegal immigrants
and said during the campaign he would
deport them all.
Trump, who in announcing his
presidential bid in June 2015 accused
Mexico of sending rapists and criminals
into the US, has also threatened to slap
hefty taxes on companies that produce
in Mexico for the US market and to
tear up the North American Free Trade
Agreement between the Mexico, Canada
and the United States.
Trump and Mexican President Enrique
Pena Nieto are due to meet next week.
Asked about Trump’s wall, US
Republican Senator John McCain said
a physical barrier is not enough to secure
the border and called for the additional
use of obser vation towers, drones and
“ Walls can be easily breached,”
McCain, whose home State of Arizona
borders Mexico, said.
Later in the week, Trump is expected
to suspend the issuing of visas to people
from countries where it is deemed that
adequate screening cannot take place,
pending a review to determine what
screening must occur.
Trump is expected to limit the number
of refugees to 50,000 a year, down from
100,000, and to impose a temporary ban
on most refugees. — Reuters
Young surfer’s encounter with big shark
A 10-year-old surfer has had an
amazing brush with death after
gliding his board over a massive
great white shark.
Eden Hasson was catching the
last of the light while surfing at
Samurai Beach in New South
Wales on Tuesday evening when
he got the fright of his life.
The young surfer said he did not
realise the dark shape he saw in
the sea was a great white shark
as he enjoyed the last of the day ’s
“When I took offI thought I
saw something and when I went
hit something and I thought it
was seaweed,’’ he said.
“Then when dad called me
in I thought it must be a shark
because there was a big school of
fish we saw.’’
His father, lifetime surfer Chris
Hasson, was standing on the
rocks taking photographs of his
son when he saw a dark shadow
in the water.
Hasson, who is a Nelson Bay
real estate agent, was snapping
away when he zoomed in and
caught the head of a 3m great
white shark just as Eden glided
his board over it.
“Check its mouth,’’ Hasson told
his friends on Facebook.
“It has rolled over having a good
look at his yummy yellow new
Hasson said the extraordinary
photograph came about as Eden
rode the wave to the beach.
He quickly zoomed in and was
shocked at the image he saw.
“ Eden was half way out and I
called everyone in. I showed them
the photo and everyone was in
awe laughing,’’ Hasson said,
“One of the surfers said just
before the wave a large school of
mullet arrived. ’’
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The chilling moment Eden Hasson surfs past the great white shark.
Trump targets ‘sanctuary cities’
Trump seeks voter fraud probe
President Donald Trump says he will
seek a “major investigation” on voter
fraud that will focus on two states and
illegal voters, despite numerous studies
showing that voter fraud is rare in the
“I will be asking for a major
investigation into voter fraud, including
those registered to vote in two States,
those who are illegal and . . . even, those
registered to vote who are dead (and
many for a long time). Depending on
results, we will strengthen up voting
procedures!” Trump said on Twitter.
Congressional Republicans are set
to overturn a slew of Obama-era
regulations next week, including a
controversial anti-bribery rule aimed at
United States resource companies such
as Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron
Corp, according to a top lawmaker.
After six years of legal battles, the US
Securities and Exchange Commission
in June approved the rule requiring
companies to disclose payments to
foreign governments. It will probably
be killed swiftly with two simple
Other rules eyed for quick overturning
by Congress include newly minted
environmental, gun control and labour
relations measures, sources said.
Under the Congressional Review Act,
Congress can use simple majority votes
to stop recent regulations in their tracks.
The timing in the law means that any
rules that became final after May 31
could go on the chopping block.
House of Representatives Majority
Leader Kevin McCarthy, the second-
most powerful Republican in the
chamber, had said he would start using
that law quickly after President Donald
Trump was inaugurated to help roll back
regulations the party considers abusive.
House Republicans have been on a blitz
of regulatory reform, passing bills to
drive down regulations’ costs and create
more congressional oversight.
The Republican-dominated House will
bypass the committee process and go
directly to a vote by the entire chamber
on a half-dozen resolutions, McCarthy’s
spokesman said overnight.
Further rule reversals are likely to
come out of various committees,
Representative Greg Walden,
Republican from Oregon, said yesterday.
Given the resolutions only require
simple majorities to pass, they will
probably sail through the House and
then pass the Senate, where Democrats,
the minority party, can not mount a
filibuster against them. They could then
zoom to the White House for fellow
Republican Trump to sign.
Walden also said the Congressional
Review Act broadly wipes out entire
regulations and forbids agencies from
writing new versions in their place. That
could be dangerous for a rule with some
provisions that Republicans support, he
Earlier this month, McCarthy said
the House would try to kill regulations
protecting streams and forests from coal
mining’s impacts, curbing methane leaks
on public lands, and requiring employers
to report workers’ information as part of
an attempt to end pay discrimination.
Republicans kill rules on graft, labour, guns, environment
Russian President Vladimir Putin
showed his rarely seen musical side
overnight as he sang a brief excerpt
from a Soviet-era space exploration song
called 14 minutes to the launch with
students at Moscow State University.
Putin was visiting the university as part
of Students’ Day in Russia when one
student began playing a guitar.
Holding a microphone, Putin sang “On
the dusty paths of distant planets, our
tracks will remain,” drawing a round of
applause from those in attendance.
The song was written in 1960 and
became synonymous with Yuri Gagarin’s
space journey in 1961. It was also
performed in space a year later by Russian
cosmonauts and remains popular with
It is not the first time that Putin, a judo
black belt better known for his macho
posturing, has sung in public.
In 2010, when ser ving as Russian prime
minister, he sang Blueberry Hill at a
children’s charity event after performing
the opening notes on a piano. — Reuters
Putin hits the
Global hunger unprecedented
Kuwait hanged seven people at its
central prison overnight, including a
prince in the ruling Al-Sabah family,
according to a statement carried by State
news agency Kuna.
It appeared to be the first time a
member of the royal family has been put
to death in Kuwait, where the Emir has
ultimate say over affairs of state.
Sheikh Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-
Sabah was sentenced to death in 2010
for killing his nephew, another prince,
according to Kuwaiti newspapers.
Al-Sabah’s crime was “premeditated
murder and possession of a firearm and
ammunition without a licence,” Kuna
Another Kuwaiti man convicted of
murder was also executed.
The other four men and one woman
also hanged hailed from Bangladesh,
Egypt, Ethiopia and the Philippines and
were convicted of offences ranging from
murder, attempted murder, kidnapping
and rape. — Reuters
Kuwait executes prince
Global hunger levels are at their
highest for decades with Nigeria,
Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen facing
the risk of famine and 70 million people
in need of food aid, a specialist United
States-based agency said overnight.
People in 45 countries are unable
to feed themselves largely because
of conflict, drought and economic
instability, the Famine Early Warning
Systems Network said.
“The combined magnitude, severity,
and geographic scope of anticipated
emergency food assistance needs
during 2017 is unprecedented in recent
decades,” the agency said in a statement.
In north-eastern Nigeria, hit by a
seven-year insurgency by Boko Haram
Islamist militants, a study backed by
United Nations and other aid agencies
suggests famine occurred in 2016 and
could be ongoing.
In Yemen and South Sudan, persistent
conflict, economic instability, and
restricted humanitarian access make
famine possible in 2017, the agency said.
In Somalia, failed 2016 rains and a
forecast of poor spring rains threaten
a repeat of 2011 when famine killed
One third of the 70 million people
needing emergency food aid live in four
countries — Yemen, Syria, South Sudan
Conflict is disrupting trade and
humanitarian access in the first three of
these, while Malawi has been hit by poor
An El Nio, or warming of the Pacific
Ocean, in 2016, followed by La
Nina, characterised by unusually cold
temperatures in the equatorial Pacific
Ocean, in 2017 are causing hardship
across the Horn of Africa and southern
Africa. — Reuters
Nun named Senior Austr alian of Year
A Catholic nun who has spent half a
century helping the Northern Territory’s
Tiwi people has been named Senior
Australian of the Year.
Sister Anne Gardiner was bestowed
the honour last night at a ceremony in
Parliament House’s Great Hall.
The 85-year-old used her acceptance
speech to call for greater recognition of
Australia’s indigenous people in policy.
She said, sadly, Australia does not
always accommodate for cultures like
“My hope is that this will be redressed
in my lifetime,” Sister Anne said, with
the Tiwi Islands flag over her shoulders.
Sister Anne arrived on Bathurst Island
in 1953 and has worked tirelessly with
the indigenous community. She also
founded an op shop and cafe to help
raise money for the community. — A AP
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