Florence Pugh had a quick and fiery response on Instagram to a critic of the age gap between the actress and her boyfriend, Zach Braff.On Saturday, the “Little Women” star shared a snapshot of herself outside Greenblatt’s Deli in Los …
Tasmanian Times is taking a two-week break from our Saturday editions. The last of 2019 was Saturday 28 December and the first of next year will be 18 January. In between, however, we have some occasional articles scheduled for publication. There is plenty of recent content up for your summer reading. In particular look out […]
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lead tributes for a NSW volunteer firefighter who died on the fireground on Monday after a truck rolled over in severe winds 70 km east of Albury.
Two other firefighters suffered burns in the accident.
“Devastated at the terrible news of the loss of another volunteer firefighter and two others injured near Jingellic in southern NSW where a truck has rolled over. In a separate vehicle another firefighter has been injured,” the PM Tweeted.
“This is awful news for the families and our sympathies are with them. These are testing times. We are so grateful for the courage and dedication of our firefighters.”
Devastated at the terrible news of the loss of another volunteer firefighter and two others injured near Jingellic in southern NSW where a truck has rolled over. In a separate vehicle another firefighter has been injured.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) December 30, 2019
This is awful news for the families and our sympathies are with them. These are testing times. We are so grateful for the courage and dedication of our firefighters.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) December 30, 2019
As many as 11 emergency fire warnings were in place in the state of Victoria, where conditions were expected to become extreme overnight, while fires were also threatening South Australia and Tasmania.
Tourists and Residents evacuate Victoria holiday spot
Thousands of residents and holiday makers have been told to evacuate a swathe of Victoria as soaring temperatures and strong winds fanned massive bushfires.
With the mercury set to top 40 degrees Celsius in Melbourne, authorities urged an estimated 30,000 tourists to leave East Gippsland, an area half the size of Belgium.
The fire danger is forecast to be extreme in seven of the state’s nine districts and threatened to close the Princes Highway, a major road artery in the region.
The warm front is heading rapidly into New South Wales (NSW), with temperatures expected to spike on New Year’s Eve as hundreds of thousands gather around the harbour city of Sydney to watch its famous firework celebrations.
NYE celebrations have been cancelled in Parramatta, Wollongong and Campbelltown due to unsafe weather.
Swati Pandey contributed to this report.
Senator James Lankford on Sunday said he does not think President Donald Trump “as a person is a role model for a lot of different youth.”Lankford’s comments came during an interview with CBS News’ “Fac…
TOKYO (Reuters) ― Japanese police found the remains of at least five people in a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on the coast of one of Japan’s outlying islands on Saturday, a Coast Guard official said.
Police made the discovery in the wooden boat’s stem around 9:30 a.m. local time on Saturday on Sado island, which is off the coast of Japan’s northwestern prefecture of Niigata, Coast Guard official Kei Chinen said.
Police found the heads of two persons, as well as five bodies, Chinen said, adding that the cause of death is under investigation.
The official could not immediately confirm whether the heads belonged to the five bodies or were from two other people, saying that is being investigated.
The wooden boat ― described by some news outlets as a “ghost boat” ― had letters and numbers written in Korean on its outside, he added.
‘Ghost boat’ containing human remains washes up on Japanese island https://t.co/vMpbOHUzr5
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 28, 2019
A police officer first spotted the wooden boat on Friday afternoon. Police waited until Saturday before entering it due to unstable weather.
The discovery on Saturday marks the second time since last month that a wooden boat has washed up on the shores of Sado island, Chinen said.
The grisly find adds to the troubles that Japan and South Korea have with their neighbor North Korea, as strained diplomatic ties over the North’s nuclear arms program could make an investigation difficult to carry out.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given the United States until the end of the year to propose new concessions in talks over his country’s nuclear arsenal and reducing tensions between the adversaries.
Also on Friday, Japanese public broadcaster NHK sent a news bulletin that incorrectly reported North Korea had launched a missile that fell into waters east of the Japanese archipelago, issuing an apology explaining it was a media training alert.
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Celebrities often talk about the “village” it takes to get them, above-average-looking people, ready for an event. But it’s for good reason: Hairstylists and makeup artists work tirelessly behind the scenes to create aesthetically pleasing masterpieces, from the subtle and delicate to the wild and outrageous.
A few of those looks — 25, to be exact — sparkled a bit more brightly in our 2019 memories than others. We thought it only fitting to pay homage to the talented artistry and eye-catching results ― and we don’t just mean Billy Porter’s Met Gala glam.
There was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fiery red lip, Judge Judy’s clip-in ponytail, and Michelle Obama’s entire book tour. There was Megan Rapinoe at the ESPYs, Lizzo at the American Music Awards, Lizzo basically everywhere she went, and so many more.
Check out 25 of our must-see beauty moments from 2019 below.
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Continuing a much-loved annual tradition, former President Barack Obama shared his favorite books, movies and TV shows of the year.On Saturday, Obama posted his book list, writing, “Here are the books that made the last year a little brighte…
Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon, announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with, and is undergoing treatment for, stage 4 pancreatic cancer.“I have been in some kind of fight ― for freedom, equality, basic …
Authorities have warned about a “dangerous” batch of high-dose (ecstasy) pills doing the roundsin the shape of light blue ‘LEGO’ blocks.
The pills, recently seized and tested in northern NSW, contain double or even triple the common dose and have prompted NSW Health to issue an official warning ahead of New Year’s Eve.
The average dose of MDMA in the light blue “LEGO” shaped tablets was 150mg. NSW Health also warned of blue triangular/shield shaped tablets, stamped with a “TESLA” logo.
Professor of Medicine at Monash University Paul Komesaroff said the effects of overdoses of ecstasy from the LEGO tablets would be more intense than the effects of smaller doses, to the point where it could be fatal.
“Such effects may include confusion, paranoia, anxiety, elevated body temperature and excessive sweating, abdominal pain, very high blood pressure and an irregular and rapid heartbeat, kidney failure, seizures, and loss of consciousness,” he told HuffPost Australia.
Professor Komesaroff said while it is good that NSW Health has provided advice about the LEGO and Tesla pills (which may save people from injury or even loss of life) it is “surely also appropriate to warn them about others too” through introducing pill testing to Australian summer events.
“Pill testing can help identify other specially risky preparations individuals might obtain, but it also provides an opportunity to advise many potential users of the risks to which they might be exposing themselves” he said.
“Careful, respectful and accurate education of potential drug users is one of the main advantages of pill testing which presumably both the Government and the police vigorously support.”
Professor Komesaroff also warned that hot weather will also increase the dangers.
“When ecstasy is taken with alcohol or in hot weather with inadequate water intake the effects are increased still further,” he said.
The NSW Government recently announced Amnesty Bins would be placed at some music festivals so patrons can throw out illegal drugs without fear of prosecution or penalty but Professor Komesaroff said this strategy doesn’t come without complications.
“This would require a cumbersome legal arrangement much more complicated than that required for the proposed testing programs,” he said.
There has been six deaths at recent NSW music festivals, which found MDMA toxicity was the cause of death in five people, and combined MDMA and cocaine toxicity in one person.
Professor Andrew Dawson, Clinical Director of the NSW Poisons Information Centre urged anyone who was unwell from MDMA to immediately call Triple Zero.
“Importantly, look after your mates. If you feel unwell, or if your friend feels unwell, do something about it. Don’t ignore it. You won’t get into trouble for seeking medical care,” he said.
Our audio feature on the Taste of Tasmania includes a pakana welcome in palawa kani and English; Taste food curator Megan Quill talking about the food offerings; Moo Brew‘s Dave McGill on independent brewers; Will Chapman of Tasmanian Pasta & Sauce Company talking pasta and gnocchi; Sarah Anderson of the Tasmanian Fruit Pie Company […]
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