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Gold-coast-my-life. Rain, flash floods and thunderstorms sweep over Melbourne. Heavy rain, flash floods and severe thunderstorms have swept over Melbourne and rain is forecast to hit bushfire-affected parts of New South Wales and Victoria later this week.
In just 30 minutes, 44mm of rain fell at Avalon on Wednesday afternoon, and wind gusts reached 110km/h as wild weather hit the state’s south and moved north. At St Albans, 54mm fell in 30 minutes between 4.15pm and 4.45pm as the bureau of meteorology updated its forecast to include the possibility of giant hail. Across the country, the bureau has forecast up to 10mm of rain could fall over active fire regions in NSW and Victoria on Wednesday, with more expected on Thursday and Friday. Iskhandar Razak (@Isk137)Coming down hard. A welcome relief in #melbourne @abcmelbourne #rain pic.twitter.com/7NDevv9vF9January 15, 2020 Daniel Strickland (@DanStrickAus)A great downpour near Cooma on my way to Bega.
Lightning strikes also started at least two fires in the Great Otway National Park as the storm swept northeast. Australians need a 'slip slop slap'-style campaign to learn about air pollution. Unprecedented bushfires have sparked health concerns for Australia’s most vulnerable populations, but proper education and adequate policies may help the public to cope better, according to the Public Health Association of Australia.
People such as children under the age of 14, those over the age of 65, pregnant women and individuals with pre-existing respiratory issues are at the highest risk during periods of poor air quality. “It seems that we’ve reached a point where we have to navigate air quality like we’ve never been forced to before, and I liken it to the days when we realised the level of UV rays from the sun contribute to skin cancer,” said Terry Slevin, the CEO of PHAA. Public Health Association Australia (@_PHAA_)Australians are having to become air-quality smart. Like learning about UV, the sun and its effect on skin cancer, we’ll need to adapt to the new world where clear unpolluted air can't be taken for granted. Our media release just out #bushfiresAustralia 14, 2020. Bose to shut all retail stores in Australia in move towards online shopping. Sound and speaker specialist Bose will shut all retail stores in Australia as the company moves towards a more online-focused business model.
The American-owned and operated audio company today confirmed it would be shutting 119 physical retail stores across Australia, Europe, Japan and North America. Employees at these stores will lose their jobs, with Bose saying "outplacement assistance" and "severance" will be offered. "Additional details, including the number of employees affected, will remain private," Bose said in a global statement. 9News has contacted Bose Australia for a specific number of stores, and understands at least eight local locations have been earmarked to close. The audio giant will keep 130 stores open in Greater China and the United Arab Emirates, as well as additional stores in India, Southeast Asia and South Korea.
Bose has cited the "dramatic shift to online shopping" as the primary driver for the closure of brick and mortar stores. Overqualified migrants present a $6 billion opportunity for Australia's economy, study shows. Posted about 11 hours agoWed 15 Jan 2020, 10:19pm Qusay Al-Turkey was a distinguished archaeologist, author, university professor and media commentator back in his home country of Iraq, before moving to Perth in 2017.
Key points: Migrants from non-English-speaking backgrounds face hurdles gaining workResearchers say migrant workers could add $6 billion to the economyEmployers looking for skilled workers have been urged to give migrants a chance He now spends most of his time working at a food truck in the northern Perth suburb of Mirrabooka to earn an income. Occasionally he also does casual relief work in schools teaching Arabic. He has 22 years of experience under his belt, but despite applying for between 50 and 100 jobs, Dr Al-Turkey has struggled to secure a stable position in his field.
"I applied many, many times for a job in my major as a teacher, but I think it's very difficult to find a job in a university," he said. TikTok not approved for use on Australia's Defence devices - Science News - ABC News. The #army hashtag on TikTok may have over 11 billion views, but the Australian Defence Department is still not a fan.
Key points: The Chinese app TikTok is not approved on Defence devicesThis follows a similar military ban in the United StatesPoliticians are concerned about the app's data security, among other issues The popular Chinese smartphone app is not allowed on Australian Defence devices, following a similar ban by US military forces. TikTok is not used nor has it been whitelisted, according to a Department of Defence spokesperson. The Pentagon also now discourages personnel from having the app, even on their personal smartphones. Owned by the Chinese technology giant ByteDance, TikTok allows users to make short video clips, often set to music.