Weekly news wrap – Stuff you may have missed

Weekly news wrap – Stuff you may have missed

Massa Turnbull, he got the power

The Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee scheme received a boost today when Victoria, NSW and Tasmania supported a plan to continue developing the concept with a view to refining and introducing enabling legislation by the end of next year. The ACT and South Australia, which opposes the plan on the grounds it will stall development of renewables and extend the use of coal, disagreed. Queensland did not participate because a caretaker government is in office until this weekend’s election result is finalised. The latest modelling suggests only 28-36 per cent of Australia’s power will come from renewable sources by 2030.

Fittler scores Origin gig

Brad Fittler has been named coach of the NSW Origin team, succeeding Laurie Daley. Fittler has a great record in Origin as a player, with 31 matches and 6 winning campaigns. He captained the team 14 times, leading them to victory in two series, in what was a golden era for the Blues. NSW have won just one series in the past 11 years.
George Peponis, chairman of the NSWRL, said Fittler was an ideal candidate for the role, unanimously approved by the state board. “His recent efforts in the Rugby League World Cup with Lebanon serve as a reminder of his talents as a coach and they provide a window into the exciting future which he will bring the New South Wales State of Origin team,” he said.

Explosion may have sunk San Juan

The Argentine Navy has announced it fears a missing submarine, the San Juan, suffered catastrophic damage while submerged in the South Atlantic with 44 crew aboard. The Associated Press reported that American marine monitoring devices had detected an “anomalous” acoustic signal believed to be an explosion in the area the sub was operating in soon after  radio contact was lost. A spokesman said the sound was “singular, short, violent and non-nuclear” but consistent with an explosion. Family and friends of the crew, gathered at the naval base, reacted with grief and anger.

New era for Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, formally deposed president Robert Mugabe’s right-hand man, was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s new leader today and has promised to take the bankrupt country in a new direction. Both Mugabe and his wife, known as “Gucci Grace” for her expensive tastes, have been granted immunity from prosecution in a deal that will allow them to stay in the country. The controversial former leader was pressed into resigning this week after 37 years as leader of the African nation.

Simply supah, dahling

Kendall Jenner has become the highest-paid model in the world, bumping Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen, who held the title for 15 years, from the top spot. The 22-year-old racked in $US22 million over the past 12 months through lucrative endorsement deals and her family’s reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Governments sign Rohingya refugee deal

The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya refugees. The Rohingya fled Myanmar when army and militia action subjected them to murder, rape and arson. Myanmar considers them aliens and has refused to give them citizenship. Rohingya spokesmen in Bangladesh have said they will not return to Myanmar unless they are granted citizenship, their land is returned and they can enjoy the same rights as other ethnic minorities in that country.

Refugee journalist Boochani arrested

Journalist and Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani was arrested when PNG paramilitary and immigration personnel entered the defunct detention centre yesterday to forcibly move-on hundreds of refugees who refused to leave after the camp’s formal closure last month. Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance denounced his arrest as “an egregious attack on press freedom” with the International Federation of Journalists similarly describing the arrest as an “attempt to silence a critical voice”. Mr Boochani has been one of the few voices reporting on the deteriorating conditions and mistreatment of people in the camp.

Exposing the truth

Facebook is to introduce a tool that will allow users to check if they liked or followed any of the “fake news” sites and pages created by the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and August 2017. Facebook has estimated that more than 126 million people engaged with content produced by the agency over the period, which included the US election. The Russian agency allegedly distributed false information in an attempt to influence people’s votes.

Pop idol dies of organ failure

Partridge Family star and singer David Cassidy has died of organ failure, aged 67. Cassidy has previously spoken publicly about his battle with alcoholism and more recently dementia. He was best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the ’70s sitcom, attracting hordes of young fans. He went on to release solo albums and hit the top 5 on UK charts in 2001. – Compiled from web sources by Joshua Gaske and Teaghan Wilson

Top photo: Wind farm at Bungendore, NSW, by Brian McNamara ex Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Joshua Gaske

Joshua Gaske

Joshua is a massive news junkie. He has a keen interest in politics, current affairs, entertainment and media. Twitter: @JoshuaGaske