Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Rising temperatures at Australian Open [tennis match] 'caused by global warming' (?)
Australian temperatures are not in close lockstep with the global average and they are not even in step with one-another. While Southern Australia does seem to be having unusually warm weather lately, December and January in S.E. Queensland where I live have been unusually mild. This January in Brisbane has so far been the coolest I can remember in fact. So all we are looking at is local warming, not global warming. But could the local warming be in some way caused by global warming? Hardly. There has been no global warming for over 18 years and things that don't exist don't cause anything. So the claims below are just the usual Greenie phlogiston
The Australian Conservation Foundation reported that in recent years players have complained about the heat at the first grand-slam tournament of the year, including Canadian Frank Dancevic, who collapsed during a match in 2014.
Analysis from University of Melbourne Atmosphere and Ocean researcher Ben Hague shows January temperatures in Melbourne have risen by 0.8 degrees Celsius each decade since 1987, but in the two weeks of the Australian Open the increase has been 1.25 degrees.
The Bureau of Meteorology 2015 Climate Statement showed days of extreme weather are on the increase across Australia.
A number of tennis clubs have implemented extreme heat policies to fulfill their duty of care to players, including Victoria based Australasian Academy of Tennis Coaches.
“At our local tennis school, our heat policy is 35 degrees,” their CEO Lynton Joseph said. “When the temperature hits 35, all lessons and play stops – there is no discussion.
“The most recent science from the Bureau of Meteorology and others shows an increase in extreme weather days in Australia and sports clubs have a duty of care to take precautionary measures.”
Climate change manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation, Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, said global warming was the catalyst for the scorching temperatures.
“Global warming is already having a big impact in Australia and the effect on both professional and local community sportspeople and sports clubs is significant,” she said.
“To stop these global warming impacts getting even worse, our government needs to support clean energy solutions that will cut pollution, and put the interests of the community ahead of the interests of a handful of big polluting energy companies.
Can’t spell, can’t count: Bosses lash out at Australian workers’ lack of skills
WORKERS have such poor literacy and numeracy skills they can’t do simple sums, type on a computer or give clear directions in a worrying trend employers have revealed is cruelling their business.
The problem has been exposed by an Australian Industry Group study that found staff’s English and maths skills are so bad hardly a workplace in the country is unaffected.
The report, released today, found nine out of 10 bosses complain they have staff who can’t calculate orders, prepare work riddled with errors or give confusing directions.
AI Group chief executive Innes Willox said the results indicated a “deepening concern about the level of foundation skills in the workforce and a continuing drag on the nation’s productivity”.
He called on the Turnbull Government to tackle the problem as the need for highly educated workers became more crucial, with high-skilled occupations growing faster than low-skilled work.
It follows an international report showing 44 per cent of Australians have literacy proficiency below a level set as the minimum to operate effectively in the workplace and society.
Numeracy was worse, with 55 per cent below the proficient level, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies found.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Government realised it must arrest our slide down international comparison tables for mathematics and literacy.
“We must embrace the digital age, diversify our economy and upskill Australians to meet the jobs of the 21st century,” Senator Birmingham said. “Key to the success of this and future generations of young Australians is in having an excellent grasp of literacy and numeracy.”
He said the Government was improving teacher standards and pushing maths and science in schools. “Mistakes are costly and business is saying too many mistakes are being made,” he said.
Police officer filmed shoving mum's throat multiple times
WARNING, DISTRESSING: An Australian police officer has been filmed repeatedly pushing a woman by her throat, causing her to fall backwards.
Queensland police have been contacted by Yahoo7 for comment on this matter but declined at time of publication.
Loanna King, 17, said police allegedly entered the Boondal home, near Brisbane on Saturday night.
She claimed police barged inside and grabbed her younger brother, 16, while she was inside with her mother.
She said she was told he was being arrested for alleged domestic violence.
Miss King told Daily Mail Australia she had been left with scars on her legs after she was dragged out to the street by officers.
Footage shows her brother being pushed up against a wall while police handcuffed him.
His mother can be heard telling an officer that the boy is her son before she is told to ‘get back’ and is pushed in the shoulder.
Natasha starts to scream ‘that’s my son’ when the same officer shoves her in the throat with quite a bit of force.
Miss King told Daily Mail her two-year-old brother was left alone inside the home during the arrests.
The family was issued with a court order for obstructing police and they were released on to the street about 20 minutes later.
Since the video was shared on Facebook it has sparked outrage with many claiming it was an act of ‘police brutality’ and violence against a woman.
Muslim who has 'spoken highly of Australians who travel to fight with ISIS' is revealed as a TEACHER at a popular Islamic school
A man with 'sympathetic' views towards ISIS has been revealed as a teacher at an Islamic college in Victoria.
Khoder Soueid has been named as a high school teacher at the Australian International Academy - previously known as King Khalid College - in Caroline Springs in Melbourne's west, according to the Herald Sun.
A LinkedIn page believed to belong to Soueid lists him as a 'teacher at AIA' and a worker in 'education management'.
It was also revealed the Islamist teacher was named in documents related to a young boy who pleaded guilty to plotting an attack last year, according to the newspaper.
Soueid ran a Facebook page where he spoke highly of Australians who had travelled to fight with ISIS. The page, which has since been shut down, had more than 3000 followers, including a 17-year-old boy from Greenvale who pleaded guilty to planning to detonate a series of explosives in Melbourne on Mother's Day last year.
According to the newspaper, the Australian Federal Police believe the 17-year-old used Soueid's Facebook page to get in touch with other people who had extremist views.
The Australian International Academy is located in Caroline Springs in Melbourne's west - and was previously known as King Khalid College
'Enquiries reveal he is an Australian-based Muslim sheik. Soueid has expressed sympathetic opinions in relation to the actions of the IS to Australian media,' the AFP statement of facts related to the 17-year-old said, according to the Herald Sun.
The newspaper also claimed the Australian International Academy had spoken to Soueid about his social media posts.
Soueid has previously been linked to ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, who is suspected of helping to radicalise the two 18-year-old arrested over the alleged Anzac Day terrorism plot.
Prakash made contact with Soueid, who has a large following of young men in Melbourne, via Twitter so the pair could communicate, according to The Age. 'As Salaamu Alaykum akhee [Hello brother] please follow me,' Prakash wrote.
Soueid has posted a number of video message on YouTube, many where he discusses teaching of the Koran.