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Two women have become the
first fatalities in Cyclone Debbie’s
devastating aftermath as residents of
several New South Wales towns are
warned they will not be home for
some time with five areas declared
natural disaster zones.
One woman’s body was found by a
family member yesterday morning on
a flooded property in northern NSW.
Police say she disappeared overnight
in floodwaters at Upper Burringbar,
20km south of Mur willumbah.
No one else at the property was
injured and a police spokeswoman
said it was still unclear exactly how
the woman died.
“ It took police a few hours to reach
the property due to flooding,” she said.
A 64-year-old woman died in the
Hunter region after her and her
husband’s car was swept off a causeway
at Gungal, west of Muswellbrook.
There are also concerns for residents
who have called for help but cannot
yet be reached.
Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore,
Richmond Valley and Tweed local
government areas have been declared
natural disaster zones following the
worst flooding in decades, while
Lismore’s centre is inundated.
Some 628mm of rain has fallen
over the Wilsons River valley since
Thursday. At Mur willumbah, the
Tweed River level peaked slightly
higher than the 1954 flood early
yesterday at 6.2 metres.
The natural disaster declarations
fixing damaged public
infrastructure, including roads, will be
Individuals, however, will have to
wait until assessments are done and
floodwaters have receded to access
funding, NSW Emergency Ser vices
Minister Troy Grant says.
Heavy rain hit the region when
ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie collided
with a cold front from the south.
About 20,000 people were ordered to
leave their homes in northern NSW.
“ It may be some days before people
are able to access their properties
again,” NSW SES acting deputy
commissioner Mark Morrow told
reporters in Sydney.
The emergency organisation has
responded to 330 calls for assistance
since Thursday afternoon and they
keep coming in. Mr Morrow says the
biggest risk now is complacency.
“If you don’t need to go out, then
don’t,” he said.
Nimbin residents were told to boil
their water after the council warned
supply in some parts was not being
Two dead as floodwaters retreat
Dinosaurs in London
A man views an animatronic life-size dinosaur ahead of an interactive exhibition, Jurassic Kingdom, at Osterley Park in west London.
Dust in Australian coalmines
is risking the lives of miners and
more needs to be done to regulate
it, a study has found.
In the 1960s there was a very
high incidence of lung disease
among Australia’s coalminers until
limits were placed on the dust that
could be produced.
After that there was a massive
decline in the prevalence and
severity of Coal Workers
Pneumoconiosis, an incurable lung
disease that can lead to respiratory
It was then thought for decades
that there were no cases in
However, a new review from the
University of Melbourne shows
there has been an increase in the
number of CWP cases in Australia
since the year 2000 — particularly
in Q ueensland.
“A review of reports into
optimum levels of dust that
were recommended noted that
they were higher in Queensland
compared to other States such as
NSW,” Dr Jennifer Perret said.
“The levels that are recorded
often exceeded the recommended
amounts even though the average
was below the limit.”
There is personal protective
equipment available to miners
but usage patterns are not well
documented, the review says.
Dr Perret says there may not be
safe limits of dust exposure and
research needs to look further
into individual risk factors that
may be contributing to a miner’s
The review says a comprehensive,
regular screening for miners is
Lung disease again
risks miners’ lives
Deadly cholera is spreading
through drought-ravaged Somalia
as c lean water sources dry up, a
top aid official said, deepening a
humanitarian crisis in a country
that is on the verge of famine.
The Horn of Africa nation has
recorded more than 18,000 cases
of cholera so far this year, up
from about 15,000 in all of 2016
and 5000 in a normal year, Johan
Heffinck, the Somalia head of EU
Humanitarian Aid, said.
The current strain of the disease
is unusually deadly, killing about
one in 45 patients.
Somalia is suffering from a severe
drought that means more than
half of its 12 million citizens are
expected to need aid by July.
Families have been forced to
drink slimy, infected water after
the rains failed and wells and rivers
“ We are very close to famine,”
The Security Information
Network (FSIN), which is co-
sponsored by the United Nations
food agency, said in a report that
Somalia was one of four African
countries at high risk of famine.
Somalia’s rainy season normally
runs from March to May, but there
has been no rain this month.
The drought has hit particularly
hard in the breakaway northern
region of Somaliland, where the
rains began to fail in 2015, killing
off animals that nomadic families
rely on to sur vive. —
First drought, now cholera
Czech divers are preparing
to search the world’s deepest
under water cave again to see if
there is more to be discoverer from
its already record-breaking depths.
Last September researchers
identified the flooded limestone
cave, called Hranicka Propast and
located 300km east of Prague,
as the deepest of its kind when
they reached 404m below Earth’s
Access to the under water part of
the cave is inside a gorge nestled
within a forest.
Exploration was halted then
because the cord of a submersible
robot used for the expedition was
not enough to reach the bottom of
the cave, Michal Guba from the
Czech Speleological Society said.
The mini-submarine got then
tangled in its cords on its way up
and it has remained in the water,
diver David Cani said, adding it
could be hopefully retrieved in
The cave, which has become
tourist attraction, is not accessible
Cani went only as deep as 200m,
leaving the rest of the journey to
“It is dark, gloomy there, but
I had a euphoric feeling when
I got there,” he said, referring
the complete darkness of the
under water cave.
“The rock (of the cave) goes
1.2km deep, (but) if we reach
500m, we will be happy too.”
Until now, Italy’s Pozzo del
Merro was considered the world’s
deepest flooded cave. —
New search of deepest cave
Swiss bank Credit Suisse has been
dragged into yet more tax evasion
and money laundering investigations,
after a tip-off to Dutch prosecutors
about tens of thousands of suspect
accounts triggered raids in five
Co-ordinated raids began on Thursday
in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany,
France and Australia, the Dutch office
for financial crimes prosecution (FIOD)
said, with two arrests confirmed
The Dutch are “investigating dozens
of people who are suspected of tax fraud
and money laundering”, the prosecutors
said, adding that suspects had deposited
money in a Swiss bank without
disclosing that to authorities.
British tax authorities said they had
also opened a criminal investigation
into suspected tax evasion and money
laundering by “a global financial
institution” and would be focusing
initially on “senior employees”, along
with an unspecified number of
“The international reach of this
investigation sends a clear message
that there is no hiding place for those
seeking to evade tax,” Her Majesty’s
Revenue and Customs said in a
Neither the D utch nor the British
disclosed the name of the bank involved.
However, Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s
authorities had visited its offices
in Amsterdam, London and Paris
“concerning client tax matters” and it
The Dutch FIOD seized administrative
records as well as the contents of bank
accounts, real estate, jewellery, a luxury
car, expensive paintings and a gold bar
from houses in four Dutch towns and
Credit Suisse ‘co-operating’ in money laundering case
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1. What was the name of the Lone Ranger’s horse?
2. Who is buried on One Tree Hill, in the centre of the park he
donated to Auckland?
3. To the nearest whole number, how many revolutions does the
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10. What is interesting about the words abstemious and facetious?
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7 Saxophone, 8 1960, 9 Dry ice, 10 They contain all five vowels in order.
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