Tag: Australia

Healthcare workers in Australia get 3 months free phone service from local telco

As part of the recognition for the life-saving work during the current coronavirus pandemic, Australian telecommunications company Optus is offering doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers free phone services for three months. The telco, which is the second-largest in the country, launched the initiative to...

Australia’s universities to feel financial impact of coronavirus outbreak

In writing an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald on January 31, Salvatore Babones enumerated the economic effects of the Wuhan coronavirus on China-dependent universities in Australia. Being well-versed with the education system in Australia, the writer illustrated a scenario that could occur during...

Australian woman dies in cake-eating contest

A woman died while taking part in a cake-eating competition to celebrate Australia Day, local media reported Monday. Paramedics were called to a pub in the state of Queensland on Sunday afternoon after a woman was involved in a "medical incident". Public broadcaster ABC reported the...

Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?

A week ago, koalas at an Australian wildlife park were in the path of raging bushfires. On Friday, they were soaking wet and being carried to safety from flash floods. Months of drought that have contributed to Australia's catastrophic bushfire season have this week given...

Race to save animals on Australia’s fire-ravaged ‘Galapagos’

by Holly ROBERTSON On an island famed as Australia's "Galapagos" for its unique and abundant wildlife, rescuers are racing to save rare animals in a bushfire-ravaged landscape. The charred forest floor on Kangaroo Island is littered with corpses of animals incinerated by the blazes that swept...

Australia firefighters race to contain blazes as heatwave looms

by Andrew BEATTY Firefighters raced to contain massive bushfires in southeastern Australia Tuesday, taking advantage of a brief drop in temperatures and some much-needed rainfall before another heatwave strikes later this week. Exhausted volunteers cleared ground vegetation and carried out controlled burns before temperatures and winds...

Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

by Holly ROBERTSON Thousands of Australians forced from their homes by rampaging bushfires now find themselves stuck in makeshift camps, fearful for the future and turned refugees in their own country. On golf courses, cricket ovals and showgrounds -- anywhere with a minimal amount of combustible...

Power supply fears as troops called to battle Australia bushfires

by Holly ROBERTSON / with Andrew Beatty and Glenda Kwek in Sydney Skies turned black and ash rained down as fires raged across southeastern Australia on Saturday, threatening power supplies to major cities and prompting the call-up of 3,000 military reservists. Temperature records were smashed, and...

Wildlife ravaged by Australia fires could take decades to recover

The bushfires raging across Australia have had a devastating impact on the country's unique flora and fauna, with some estimates putting the death toll at nearly half a billion animals in one state alone, and experts believe it could take decades for wildlife to...

Bushfires reach Melbourne as heatwave fans Australia blazes

Around 100,000 people were urged to flee five Melbourne suburbs on Monday evening as Australia's spiralling bushfire crisis killed a volunteer firefighter battling a separate blaze in the countryside. Authorities in the country's second-biggest city downgraded an earlier bushfire emergency warning but said residents should...