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Tyaak house fire: Three dead, 11 injured in regional Victoria - 7NEWS.com.au
Arson squad detectives are investigating the cause of a fire which has killed three people and injured 10.
Three people have died, and 10 others have been injured after a fire razed a home in regional Victoria. Emergency services were called to the property on Cunninghams Road in Tyaak, about 11.40pm on Saturday. It is believed 13 people were staying at the holiday property when the fire engulfed the house, Victoria Police confirmed on Sunday. A 33-year-old man and a six-year-old boy died at the scene, and a 34-year-old man was taken to hospital where he later died, police said. Several others were taken to hospital with injuries. The Arson and Explosives Squad detectives are investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the fire.
Some Americans have gargled bleach: survey - 7NEWS.com.au
A US report has found some Americans have ingested household cleaning products in the false and dangerous belief it could protect them from COVID-19.
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates Americans are putting household disinfectants including bleach into their bodies because they believe such practices can ward off coronavirus - "preventive" measures are ineffective and dangerous. The study, posted by the CDC on Friday, explored how much its 502 participants knew about disinfectants and asked how those subjects were using such products to stop the spread of the deadly pandemic that has killed more than 110,000 Americans. "These practices pose a risk of severe tissue damage and corrosive injury and should be strictly avoided," the report said. "Although adverse health effects reported by respondents could not be attributed to their engaging in high-risk practices, the association between these high-risk practices and reported adverse health effects indicates a need for public messaging regarding safe and effective cleaning and disinfection practices aimed at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in households." Concerns about the ingestion of household cleaning products spiked in April when President Donald Trump speculated during a news briefing that disinfectants, "by injection inside or almost a cleaning," could someday be used to clean the lungs of people infected with COVID-19. According to the CDC, four per cent of those surveyed, 20 people, admitted they'd drank or gargled household agents including bleach. A staggering 18 per cent of participants confessed they'd applied cleaning agents to their skin. Nearly 10 per cent inhaled fumes from potentially toxic household disinfectants. The CDC continued to preach safe guidelines. "COVID-19 prevention messages should continue to emphasise evidence-based, safe practices such as frequent hand hygiene and frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces," the report said.
Apple is tracking people who stole iPhones - 7NEWS.com.au
The warning message reads: “The device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted.”
Apple is sending a clear message to people whove stolen iPhones from its stores: Youre being tracked. The company is actively disabling the iPhones that are stolen from the displays of its retail stores, leaving them inoperable. Screenshots of Apples warning message started to pop up on sites such as Twitter and Reddit earlier this week amid global protests following the death of George Floyd. Apple stores, which recently started reopening across the United States after months of closures due to the global pandemic, reported vandalism and theft at several locations, including in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Please return to Apple Walnut Street, read one message, referencing its Philadelphia location, posted to Twitter. The device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted. In the video below: The top 10 UFOs caught on camera Are we alone in the universe? This evidence suggests we arent! For this list, well be looking at the most famous, argued about, and unusual videos of unidentified flying objects. Apple declined to comment on matters of security. However, the effort isnt specific to the ongoing protests. The company has long installed special software on its stores iPhones to track the whereabouts of stolen items. This software does not come on purchased iPhones. In a memo sent to employees on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called the killing of Floyd senseless and pledged to donate to human rights groups, including the Equal Justice Initiative.
Fears of a COVID-19 super spreader as COVID-19 patient travels between states - 7NEWS.com.au
The man took two domestic flights, lived in shared accommodation and socialised with dozens of friends and family.
Queensland has recorded just one new case of COVID-19, however, authorities fear that one man may have infected dozens more. QLD Health Minister Dr Steven Miles said a Melbourne man had been in contact with a confirmed case before travelling to Queensland while infectious for a fruit picking job this week. The 24-year-old flew on Virgin VA313 on Monday from Melbourne to Brisbane and socialised with up to 15 family and friends during an overnight stay on the citys southside before travelling onto Bundaberg on Virgin flight VA2905. Upon his arrival in Bundaberg, he was transported by his employer to share accommodation where he completed a shift and was in contact with a number of people. Queensland Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles. Credit: DAN PELED/AAPIMAGE Clearly there is a lot of work here for our contact tracers to do, Miles told reporters on Saturday. Authorities say the contacts in Brisbane, those in the shared accommodation, and on the two flights will need to be traced and placed in self-isolation. Miles said it is very recent and their understanding of the case may change over time. The man has mild symptoms and is in isolation in Bundaberg under clinical supervision after entering the state as a seasonal worker. Four people who shared the accommodation with him have tested negative and a clinic has been set up at the farm where he was working, to test other people there. Health authorities have encouraged QLD residents not to wait for a phone call but to front for testing as soon as they develop symptoms. Miles also took the opportunity to address the risks associated with interstate travel. What this case underlines for me is the risks associated with people travelling, particularly from Victoria into Queensland, he said. Youve had politicians out week after week irresponsibly calling for our borders to be openif you just imagine the risks.
Coronavirus: WHO changes recommendations on face masks in public spaces - 7NEWS.com.au
The World Health Organisation has updated its guidance to recommend that governments ask people to wear fabric face masks in public places.
The World Health Organisation has updated its guidance to recommend that governments ask people to wear fabric face masks in public places to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. See more in the video above WHY THE CHANGE? The WHO says the widespread use of face masks or coverings by the general public is still not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence. But it says a growing amount of observational evidence from several countries that have ordered or recommended the wearing of masks, as well as the difficulty of social distancing in many settings, is enough for it to change its advice. WHEN SHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK? The WHO recommends the wearing of non-medical masks by:
- everyone in public settings such as stores, at work, social or mass gatherings, and in closed settings such as schools or places of worship
- people living in cramped conditions, such as in refugee camps or slums
- on public transport
- choose materials that capture droplets but remain easy to breathe through.
- avoid stretchy materials, because stretching may increase pore sizes, and preferably use a fabric that can be washed at 60°C or higher.
- a minimum of three layers is needed, including an absorbent inner layer, touching the mouth, and a synthetic outer layer that does not easily absorb water.
- wash frequently, at the highest temperature possible, and dont share.
Baby in second Adelaide hospital tests positive to bacterial infection Serrata marcescens - 7NEWS.com.au
It comes after a group of babies at the Flinders Medical Centre were confirmed to have the infection earlier this week.
A rare bacterial infection has now been confirmed in a baby at a second Adelaide hospital, prompting all infants in a specialised unit to be tested. SA Health says the baby in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Womens and Childrens Hospital had returned a positive swab for Serratia marcescens. The infant is reported to be in a stable condition. It comes after babies at the Flinders Medical Centre were confirmed to have the infection earlier this week. File image of a baby in a special care neonatal unit. Credit: Nenov/Getty Images SA Health says work is underway to determine if there is any link between the case at the hospital and those at the FMC. One of the babies had earlier been transferred to the hospital but was being treated in a separate area. Out of an abundance of caution, all babies within the Special Care Baby Unit will be swabbed and tested for Serratia, SA Health said on Friday. However it is common for this bacteria to be in the gut of humans, especially if hospitalised and unwell. Families of babies within the unit are currently being advised of the precautionary testing underway. After the two positive tests at the FMC, three more babies there were found to be carrying the bacteria but were showing no signs of infection. Serratia can cause urinary and respiratory issues, and lead to pneumonia.
Madeleine McCann ‘assumed dead’ as German child abuser suspect identified - 7NEWS.com.au
The young girl disappeared while on holiday in Portugal with her parents in 2007.
Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in Portugal in 2007 aged just three, is dead, Germanys prosecutor says after identifying an imprisoned German child abuser as a murder suspect. McCann vanished from her bedroom on May 3 during a family vacation in the Algarve while her parents were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz. Her disappearance sparked an international search, with missing posters of the little girls face papered across the world and celebrity appeals for information that could help track her down and bring her abductors to justice. We assume that the girl is dead, Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said on Thursday. The public prosecutors office in Braunschweig is investigating a 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder. Madeleine McCann. Credit: Metropolitan Police The German man, who was not publicly named, lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 and burgled hotels and holiday flats as well as trading drugs, German police said. He is currently in detention over a different matter. British and German police appealed for information about the man and released photographs of vehicles - a Volkswagen camper van and a Jaguar - which he used at the time. German police said earlier that the suspect, who lived near Praia da Luz, has been sentenced on numerous occasions to prison terms for sexual abuse of children in the past. They said they were treating the case as a suspected murder and had determined the method used to kill McCann. No body has ever been found. One of two cars police are investigating and have appealed for help for help with is a distinctive VW T3 Westfalia campervan. Credit: Metropolitan Police via Australscope All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice, her parents, Kate and Gerry, said in a statement issued before the German prosecutor spoke. We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know as we need to find peace. Chevron Right Icon We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive. Police said they wanted to speak to a thus-far unidentified second person who spoke with the German suspect from a Portuguese phone number on May 3, 2007, at the time of McCanns disappearance.
Madeleine McCann breakthrough: Police ‘have almost enough evidence to charge suspect with murder’ - 7NEWS.com.au
Detectives investigating the disappearance of the British tot have taken the unprecedented step of identifying a suspect.
Police investigating the case of missing Madeleine McCann have almost enough evidence to charge suspect with murder, it has been reported. Detectives investigating the disappearance of the British tot have taken the unprecedented step of identifying a suspect. Watch the video above The German male, aged 43, is currently serving time in prison over an unrelated offence, but detectives have officially named him as a suspect. Detectives leading enquiries into the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have identified a man currently imprisoned in Germany as a suspect in the youngsters disappearance. Credit: Metropolitan Police via Australscope The man had been living a transient life in a camper van, and working in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleines disappearance. The tot disappeared from the resort, in the Algarve, on May 3, 2007. Christian Hoppe, director of the National Crime Agency, told German TV on Wednesday evening how his colleagues have been building a case. German authorities are treating their investigation as a murder inquiry, while Scotland Yard say it is still a missing person case. German police believed they had almost enough evidence to charge him with Madeleines abduction and murder, Mr Hoppe said. One of two cars police are investigating and have appealed for help for help with is a distinctive VW T3 Westfalia campervan. Credit: Metropolitan Police via Australscope Hoppe, from Germanys Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), told the countrys ZDF television channel the 43-year-old is serving a prison sentence for a sex crime and has two previous convictions for sexual contact with girls. German newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung reported the suspect was carrying out a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal in 2005. The suspect has also been linked to a 1993 Jaguar XJR6. Credit: Metropolitan Police The newspaper said he was convicted of the offence in Braunschweig district court in December last year. A BKA appeal said: There is reason to assume that there are other persons, apart from the suspect, who have concrete knowledge of the course of the crime and maybe also of the place where the body was left. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the camper van in or around Praia da Luz on the night Madeleine went missing, or in the days before or weeks after. Detectives also want to speak with anyone who saw the van together with the Jaguar, or individually, during the spring and summer of 2007.
Flinders Medical Centre conducting investigation after five babies infected with rare bacteria - 7NEWS.com.au
An investigation is underway as to how the outbreak occurred in the Adelaide Hospital.
An infant is in a serious condition after an outbreak of a rare bacterial infection inside the neonatal unit of an Adelaide hospital. Five babies at the Flinders Medical Centre have been found to be carrying Serratia Marcescens, which has not been seen in more than 20 years. Watch the video above The first positive case was confirmed on Monday May 18 and was immediately isolated and treated with antibiotics. A second baby, who used the same bed space following a deep clean, returned a positive result almost two weeks later. Three further babies have been confirmed to be carrying the bacteria but are asymptomatic. Admissions to the Flinders Medical Centres neonatal ward will be restricted. Credit: Hospital Research Foundation Serratia is an organism commonly found in the gut and environment, which can cause infection invulnerable and unwell patients, Southern Adelaide Local Health Director Dr Diana Lawrence said. Once we became aware of the second baby displaying symptoms, we immediately launched a thorough investigation into the origins of the infection by testing the environment where the bacteria can grow, and for precaution, tested all 40 babies within the unit and all recent discharges. The hospital says more than 200 tests have been taken from within the unit with only one positive result. New patient admissions will be limited and all babies in the unit will be tested and screened as a safety precaution.
110 million-year-old dinosaur’s stomach contents revealed - 7NEWS.com.au
Dinosaur stomachs and evidence of their diets is rarely preserved.
A dinosaur with impressive armoured plates across its back became mummified around 110 million years ago after enjoying one last meal before dying. And now we know what it ate for its last meal. Dinosaur stomachs and evidence of their diets is rarely preserved. Occasionally, seeds and twigs have been found in the guts of dinosaur remains, but never conclusive evidence about the actual plants. In this case, a muddy tomb encased and preserved the dinosaur so well that even its stomach contents remain to tell us that it was a picky eater. The details of this dinosaurs plant-based diet were published Tuesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science. David Greenwood, the study coauthor, is a Brandon University biologist and University of Saskatchewan adjunct professor. The leaf fragments and other plant fossils were preserved down to the cells, Greenwood said in an email. This artists illustration places the nodosaur in its habitat 110 million years ago. Credit: The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology The nodosaur, known as Borealopelta markmitchelli, was found in 2011 during mining operations north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. After its death, the dinosaurs remains ended up in what was an ancient sea, landing on its back in the muddy sea floor and remaining undisturbed until nine years ago. Its been on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta since 2017. The fossil was unveiled after museum technician Mark Mitchell dedicated six years to painstakingly revealing the dinosaurs preserved skin and bones from the marine rock in which it was encased. In life, the dinosaur a type of ankylosaur weighed more than a ton. But it lived off of plants, and favoured ferns, based on the contents of its stomach. The chunk resembling its stomach is about the size of a soccer ball. Jim Basinger is study coauthor and a University of Saskatchewan geologist. The finding of the actual preserved stomach contents from a dinosaur is extraordinarily rare, and this stomach recovered from the mummified nodosaur by the museum team is by far the best-preserved dinosaur stomach ever found to date, Basinger said in a statement. The fossil of the nodosaur is incredibly well preserved. Credit: Sue Sabrowski/The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology When people see this stunning fossil and are told that we know what its last meal was because its stomach was so well preserved inside the skeleton, it will almost bring the beast back to life for them, providing a glimpse of how the animal actually carried out its daily activities, where it lived, and what its preferred food was. This discovery sheds light on definitive evidence of what a large herbivorous dinosaur ate in this case, a lot of chewed-up fern leaves, some stems and twigs. The details of the plants were so well preserved in the stomach that they could be compared to samples taken from modern plants today. We could see the different layers of cells in a leaf fragment including the epidermis with the pores, called stomata, through which plants take in carbon dioxide, Greenwood said. We could also see the surface patterning of the epidermis cells, which was like a jigsaw pattern that we see on many living ferns. This discovery changed what the researchers know about the diet of such large herbivores, and the plant material revealed more about the dinosaurs interactions with its environment. This nodosaur was picky. The researchers compared the contents of its stomach with fossil leaf studies from the same time period and region. The nodosaur specifically ate the soft leaves of certain ferns and largely neglected common cycad and conifer leaves. This is a detailed look at the stomach contents of the nodosaur. Credit: The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology Overall, they found 48 microfossils of pollen and spores including moss and liverwort, 26 club mosses and ferns, two flowering plants and 13 conifers. Caleb Marshall Brown is study author and curator of dinosaur systematics and evolution at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The lack of horsetails, and rarity of cycads and conifers is surprising, given that these are very common in the surrounding flora, Brown said in an email. Even within ferns, it looks like Borealopelta may have had a preference for certain types of ferns, while ignoring others. The preservation of the plant material in its stomach suggested the dinosaur died and was buried soon after eating. Based on the growth rings and maturity of some of the plant material, the researchers were able to determine that the dinosaurs death likely occurred between late spring to mid-summer, Brown said. Then theres the matter of charcoal, which was also found in its stomach. That likely meant that it was grazing in an area hit by wildfires. The researchers know forest fires were common during the early Cretaceous period, 100 million to 145 million years ago. And after forest fires, ferns flourish low to the ground. When you think about it, this may actually make a lot of sense, Brown said. Chevron Right Icon When you think about it, this may make a lot of sense. If you are a nodosaur, you can only feed close to the ground. This new growth will also be more palatable and has a higher nutrient content than established growth [like conifers]. As a result, many large mammal herbivores we are familiar with today will seek out recently burned areas in both grasslands and forests, as they provide unique feeding opportunities. This stomach block from the nodosaur is about the size of a soccer ball. Credit: Sue Sabrowski/The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology Wildfires likely occurred in the area where the nodosaur was grazing in the previous six to 18 months, Greenwood said. Thats enough time for lush ferns to pop up. The discovery of charcoal together with a fern-filled stomach opens a window into the biology of this large herbivorous armoured dinosaur as it suggested Borealopelta was likely a keystone herbivore that shaped the landscape by its grazing, and that it also grazed on the ferns growing in open areas created by wildfires, Greenwood said. That is so cool. Paleobotany, which is the study of plant fossils, provides insight that dinosaur skeletons simply cant, Greenwood said. Gizzard stones, much like those swallowed by birds to help with digestion, were also found in the dinosaurs stomach. The researchers will continue to study the dinosaur to see what other secrets they may unveil, like how this nodosaur was able to thrive and achieve such a large size with relatively poor quality food, Brown said. Greenwoods graduate student, Jessica Kalyniuk, is studying fossil plants from the Gates Formation in Albertas Rocky Mountain Foothills to learn more about the forests where the nodosaur lived. In the video below: Fresh figures will outline COVID-19 economic impact Fresh figures being released this morning are expected to outline the impact of the coronavirus crisis with Australia on the brink of recession.