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  1. ISIS militants storm Philippines city and kill 21 in murderous rampage - beheading police chief, taking a Catholic priest hostage and raising extremist black flag above the mosque Fighting between Islamists and soldiers erupted in the city of Marawi yesterday It was sparked by a raid on the house of Isnilon Hapilon, the Filipino head of ISIS President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the bottom half of the island ISIS-inspired group Maute responded by taking priest and worshipers hostage A Filipino Archbishop today warned the group threatened to kill the abductees. A police chief has been beheaded and 21 people killed when more than 100 ISIS-linked militants stormed a city in the Philippines. Members of the Maute Islamist group overran Marawi on Mindanao island leading to hours of pitched gun battles in the streets. 'The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and there,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said. Terrorists also attacked the Cathedral of Our Lady Help and abducted church staff including Father Chito Suganob and worshipers. 'They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,' Filipino Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement. National military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said 13 government soldiers were killed along with 13 militants. President Duterte, who declared martial law in parts of Mindanao after militants clashed with soldiers in Marawi yesterday, said he may extend it to other parts of the country if extremists seek sanctuary elsewhere. 'We are in state of emergency,' he told reporters in Manila after a state visit to Moscow, adding he would deal with militants 'harshly'. Chilling photos on social media purported to show Maute gunmen planting an ISIS-style black and white flag on top of a building in the middle of the city. 'At the time of his capture, Father Chito was in the performance of his ministry as a priest,' Archbishop Villegas said. 'He was not a combatant. He was not bearing arms. He was a threat to none. His capture and that of his companions violates every norm of civilised conflict.' But Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra has refused to confirm reports the terror group took hostages and insisted that the local government has the situation under control. In a telephone interview with national broadcaster ANC, Gandamra said he was working with the military to bring peace and order to the city. Police and military spokesmen were not immediately available to comment on Villegas's report of the hostage taking. The fighting in Marawi erupted yesterday when security forces raided a house they believed Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang and Philippine head of ISIS, was hiding. The United States regards Hapilon as one of the world's most dangerous terrorists, offering a bounty of $6 million for his capture. More than 100 gunmen responded to the raid by burning buildings and conducting other diversionary tactics, according to Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Security analysts say Hapilon has been trying to unite Filipino militant groups that have professed allegiance to IS. These include the Maute group, named after two brothers who lead it and which is based near Marawi. Duterte had repeatedly said the growing influence of Islamic State was one of the nation's top security concerns, and martial law was necessary to stop it. However Islamist militancy is not new to the southern Philippines, where a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency claimed more than 120,000 lives. Muslim rebels orchestrated a siege in the southern city of Zamboanga in 2013 that left more than 200 people dead. But the government of then-president Benigno Aquino did not declare martial law. Aquino also said he had considered imposing martial law just before standing down last year in Sulu, island strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf in the far south of Mindanao. But Aquino said he decided against it partly because military rule could spark resentment among local people. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4539562/ISIS-militants-storm-Philippines-city-Marawi-killing-21.html?ito=social-facebook
  2. There is another one as well and not sure whether it is worth starting a new topic....here is the gist of it, so it is up to the moderators...His FB page is still open.... Man extradited from Philippines to USA faces 13 child abuse charges POSTED BY: M G MARTIN MAY 13, 2017 http://philippineslifestyle.com/blog/2017/05/13/man-extradited-from-philippines-to-usa-faces-13-child-abuse-charges/
  3. I just sent a message to Paul bout a posting issue..Maybe it should have come here.....I am lost with the tech side of problems...


    It is in news headlines re-Attack in Syria...

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      This account is ONLY used by IPS, the company who made the forum software we use on this site. No need for any members to attempt to contact them. They only use this account when I request them to do so.

  4. A WOMAN has been found safe, hours after her car was found submerged in north Queensland, as the Premier warned it could be months before the region recovered. A search for two drivers started today after two cars were swept away in the surging waters, with at least one of the vehicles found submerged on the Bruce Highway near Proserpine with its windows down. Both were later found safe. There were several rescues today after motorists became stranded in flood waters. Rising dam levels and forecast deluges put the state on notice for more dangerous flooding. PREMIER: THE HARD WORK ABOUT TO BEGIN THE Queensland Premier has arrived in Bowen to assess the damage left behind. Annastacia Palaszczuk flew into the small coastal town this afternoon to tour affected areas with Brigadier Chris Field. She said it could take many months before the Whitsunday region recovers from the damage sustained by the category four tropical cyclone. Ms Palaszczuk also paid tribute to the community for listening to the advice of police and emergency services. She said the damage in Bowen was less than expected. “It’s not as widespread as first was anticipated,” Ms Palaszczuk said. Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Mayor said there had been few injuries in Bowen, despite the devastating cyclone. Ms Palaszczuk said she would visit Proserpine next to check how badly the town was hit by Cyclone Debbie. “We expect there to be some more widespread damage but we will be looking at that very closely in the next few hours,” she said. SEVERE WEATHER WARNING FOR MUCH OF THE STATE Severe weather warnings are in place in multiple regions as it continues to trigger a flood threat for the Queensland coast from Gladstone to Tweed Heads. “The hard work is about to begin,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “The clean up and restoring the power and making sure that people can get back to their normal lives. That’s not going to happen overnight, that’s going to take some time. “We’re going to be with the families of the Whitsunday region for many, many days and weeks and months to come.” A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall was issued at 5.16pm for Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central West and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts. “Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will continue to generate areas of very heavy rain over the Capricornia, Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts today,” it said. “Currently the heaviest rainfall is occurring over the areas between inland from Mackay. A separate severe thunderstorm warning is current for heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts for areas of thunderstorms stretching from Townsville through Mackay to Emerald. “Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250mm are expected, with significantly higher totals possible locally. “This rainfall will likely be very intense at times, leading to a risk of localised flash flooding. Locations that may be affected include Mackay, Sarina, Carmila, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Clermont, Emerald, Springsure and Rolleston. “The focus for heavy rain will then shift south and extend into the southeastern quarter of the state during Thursday, with further daily rainfall totals in excess of 200mm possible. “This rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area this week, and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts. “Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 120km/h, are occurring in the warning area, particularly about the coast and islands and also over higher ground inland.” Moderate flood warnings are in place for the Lower Burdekin, Don, Connors, Isaac and Proserpine rivers and Theresa Creek. A major flood warning is in place for the Pioneer River. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Matthew Bass warned about the weather system’s dangerous winds, despite no longer being a cyclone. “We are expecting damaging wind gusts up to 120km/h with this system as it tracks to the south,” he said. At 11am a severe weather warning for heavy rain and damaging winds was issued for the Central Coast and Whitsundays forecast districts, predicting 100mm of rain an hour that would lead to possible flash flooding for Mackay, Sarina and the ranges west of Mackay. A separate warning was also issued for the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central West and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts. “Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150-250mm are expected, with significantly higher totals possible locally,” the alert said. “This rainfall will likely be very intense at times, leading to a risk of localised flash flooding. “Locations that may be affected include Mackay, Sarina, Carmila, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Clermont, Emerald, Springsure and Rolleston.” NO ESCAPE: THOUSANDS STRANDED ON BATTERED ISLANDS TRAUMATISED guests and residents remain stranded on battered Daydream and Hamilton islands — which is running low on drinking water following Cyclone Debbie — after poor weather delayed evacuation efforts. Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski tonight said police had tonight made it to Hamilton Island, but no evacuations had taken place from the Whitsunday Islands after bad weather compromised plans. It was earlier planned that traumatised guests and residents on Daydream and Hamilton islands would be flown out of the region today. It comes as a woman has shared shocking video of the damage to her Daydream Island room caused by Cyclone Debbie. The 36-second video shows her room was blown apart in Cyclone Debbie. The ceiling has caved in, doors have been blown off and the floor is strewn with debris. “Lost my home, job and lots of my possessions. What a horrific 48 hours,” she wrote. MACKAY ISSUES EVACUATION ORDERS EVACUATION orders have been issued for parts of the Mackay region, as authorities fear rising water levels will see homes inundated following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. It comes as the region’s mayor said there was just 24 hours of drinking water left. The Mackay Regional Council has advised residents they “need to urgently conserve water as part of the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie”. Of most concern around Mackay are the Eton and Mirani areas, which have started flooding. Residents living downstream from the Kinchant Dam were this afternoon being warned to leave their homes and move to higher ground. Residents downstream of Middle Creek Dam have also been advised to evacuate. BUNDABERG RESIDENTS TOLD TO ‘STOCK UP’ AS FLOODS HIT AT LEAST one town has been cut off and five people rescued from cars stranded in flash flooding as the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie move further south. Residents in parts of the Bundaberg region have been advised to stock up on supplies, with the flooding expected to intensify. The roads to and from Woodgate — a coastal town just south of Bundaberg — were this morning cut off, with flash flooding limiting access to the region. Goodwood Rd was closed to traffic in both directions. Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads, with several people already rescued today after becoming stranded in their cars. Three people were rescued after becoming trapped on the roof of a car on a flooded road at Logging Creek, south of Bundaberg, at about 10.30am. Also south of Bundaberg, two people were rescued after becoming trapped in a car in flood waters at about 12.30pm at Redridge. They were taken to hospital in a stable condition. SOUTHEAST TO EXPECT UP TO 250mm OF RAIN SOUTHEAST Queensland will feel the full brunt of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie, with up to 250mm of rain to hit some regions. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Matthew Bass warned southeast Queensland should prepare for possible flooding. Mr Bass said the low pressure system was moving south-westerly before looking likely to move west over Emerald, the Darling Downs and into the southeast by Thursday night. “Were expecting 150mm to 250mm with this system — particularly in the coastal ranges and also near where the low centre is actually tracking through the interior,” Mr Bass said. The southeast is expected to start receiving the heavy rain Thursday night before the system moves off the coast on Friday. CLEAN-UP UNDER WAY BUT SLOW GOING MORE than 63,000 homes and businesses remain without power in north Queensland, with Mackay residents the latest to be affected by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. An Energex spokeswoman said 18,000 Mackay residents are waiting for electricity to be restored following damaging winds and flooding rains passing through the coastal town on Tuesday morning. Some Mackay suburbs had their power cut on Monday evening as a precautionary measure while others lost electricity supply as the low pressure system dumped around 100mm/h as it headed southwest on Tuesday. “We are getting crews into Mackay as soon as possible, but it will depend on what level of access we get as to how fast we can get people back online,” the spokeswoman said. “We will prioritise with hospital and essential services being connected first in the next 24 hours.” Power is still out in the towns which felt the full force of Cyclone Debbie when it touched down on Monday. She said crews were still on their way to Bowen and Airlie Beach to assess the damage before they start restoring power to the towns. “We do know the last two hours they have got people heading into those areas.” Flooding is stranding residents of north Queensland communities already battered by Cyclone Debbie, as forecasters warn the state’s southeast to also brace for a drenching. Floodwaters have cut off the main roads in and out of the cyclone-ravaged towns of Airlie Beach, Bowen and Proserpine. Motorists tried to leave the tourist town of Airlie Beach on Wednesday but came to an abrupt halt on Shute Harbour Rd, just a few kilometres from their destination. The Proserpine River spilled over during Cyclone Debbie, all but swallowing road traffic signs and a railway crossing. New pictures of the devastation in Proserpine have emerged as the rain continues to bucket down in the city. A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued, with fears of flash flooding in Mackay, Sarina and ranges west of Mackay in coming hours. Earlier on Wednesday, the Pioneer River in the Mackay region was rising but authorities were confident no homes in the town were under immediate threat. The Clark Range in the Pioneer River catchment area had recorded over 340mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. “The heaviest rain is in Mackay. We are seeing rainfall in the vicinity of 90 to 100mm per hour and it’s been occurring over a couple of hours … and we are likely to see flash flooding,” BoM forecaster Brett Harrison said. Residents in parts of the Bundaberg region are also being advised to stock up on supplies as flash flooding causes problems in the area. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-cyclone-latest-news-tracking-for-cyclone-debbie/news-story/24d2d9539440515fc0d354940612e9cd
  5. The destructive core of Cyclone Debbie is already being felt along the north Queensland coastline, with wind gusts hitting Hamilton Island off the Whitsundays "like freight trains" and reports of roofs starting to lift in the Whitsundays. About 25,000 people in low-lying areas have been urged to reach higher ground ahead of an expected storm surge. The eye of the slow-moving category four cyclone was over Hayman Island at 8:00am, where gusts of up to 190 kilometres per hour are already being felt. Almost 650 millimetres of rain has fallen in some communities in 24 hours. "The place is just shaking continuously." The latest tropical cyclone advice has Debbie located about 95 kilometres north-east of Bowen, where the streets are deserted. "The eye itself probably around 50 kilometres across," he said. "It's a decent size for an eye, but really you have got to look at the whole system of damaging winds all the way from Townsville to right down past Mackay and extending inland to Collinsville." The police commander in charge of the state's disaster response, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, said damage is being reported, and it is expected to get worse. "We're getting reports of roofs starting to lift, even in some of our own facilities in the Whitsundays," he said. Proserpine resident Tina said trees around her house were already falling. "I can hear trees that are starting to go over. It's frightening. The trees are sort of laying over," she said. "If this is halfway there goodness when it's fully here it's going to be devastating." Ergon Energy spokesman John Fowler said about 23,000 properties were without power between the Whitsundays and Mackay. "Now, that will go on for some time and then it will take many hours after that before the winds drop away. "So we're in for all day." Senior hydrologist Sue Oats said the system would deliver heavy rainfall in and around Mackay and Bowen. "Currently we've got a flood warning out for the Pioneer river around Mackay and the Don river around Bowen," she said. "At this stage we haven't had sufficient rain over them to get the rises but we are expecting that to commence in the next couple of hours." Wind speeds at Hamilton Island 220 Ks per Hour as the Eye hovers over. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/bom-warning-cyclone-debbie-hours-from-hitting-north-queensland/8391174
  6. A lot also is because of the increase in tourist traffic and movement of people often thru the refugee program, where contact is made before any screening process has been carried out...The potential for TB to make a comeback is very real because of our already over stretched health system...
  7. A DEADLY outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis has occurred in Australia because a Sydney doctor wrongly diagnosed a 23-year-old university student with asthma and then lung cancer before realising it was TB. An investigation by News Corp Australia has uncovered a further 10 people were infected by the disease after the man tried to get treatment from his GP and only after his third return visit — and three months of sickness — was referred for an X-ray which uncovered a 6cm hole in his lung. Patient Zero was told by his inner-west Sydney GP that his persistent cough, shortness of breath and general malaise was likely lung cancer and sent immediately to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on October 21 where tests confirmed he was suffering from a slightly drug resistant strain of tuberculosis. By that stage the Sydney University graduate was highly contagious due to his misdiagnosis and he had already infected 10 people. Tuberculosis is a slow growing bacteria and the longer a patient goes without treatment the more infectious they are. The latest bungle by a NSW doctor highlights a farcical health system plagued by problems. It follows months of screw ups by our health professionals including: * The deaths of two newborn babies who were given the wrong gas at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and; * A fake Indian doctor who allegedly worked under false documentation in a number of Sydney hospitals. The collective scandals ultimately led to the resignation of former health minister Jillian Skinner last month. And the federal Health Department has issued a slapdown to NSW over the handling of the case. “TB is a nationally notifiable disease which means that there is enhanced surveillance by the Commonwealth and states and territories,” a spokeswoman for the federal health department told News Corp Australia. “Regarding the NSW case, the Federal Department of Health will be following up with NSW Health. The issue of whether there needs to be further education of health professionals about TB, will also be raised with the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA).” PATIENT ZERO News Corp Australia has chosen not to reveal the identity of Patient Zero to protect his privacy amid fears he will be stigmatised or not be able to find work as a result of his TB diagnosis. Patient Zero was placed in isolation at RPA for three weeks and then spent a further eight weeks in isolation at home. He is still on 16.5 antibiotics a day and has to present to hospital each weekday morning to receive his drugs which he will take for a total of nine months. Those who contracted the disease off him are either also on antibiotics or under monitoring by their local chest clinics for up to two years. “I just felt like I had a really bad flu that wouldn’t go away,” Patient Zero told News Corp Australia. “I was otherwise still myself and was even surfing three times a week.” Patient Zero said he likely picked up the disease while backpacking in Morocco, Vietnam, Cambodia Bali and Thailand. He said doctors told him he was one of the only non-refugee cases they had seen of TB in a long time. Patient Zero was petrified to discuss his case openly for fear of persecution. “I just don’t want people to work out that it was me who was sick with this.” He said those infected included members of his family but also people he worked and studied with. Tuberculosis is a highly infectious airborne disease caused by a bacterial infection. It can damage a person’s lungs or other parts of the body and cause serious illness or death. Around 1300 cases of TB are diagnosed in Australia each year, however drug resistant strains are rare. It kills 1.8 million people a year and is the biggest single disease killer in the Asia-Pacific region. HEALTH DEPARTMENT: TB ‘NOT SPREAD BY BRIEF EXPOSURES’ Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health denied there had been an “outbreak” of TB. “Public announcements about people with TB disease are rarely necessary as TB is not spread by brief, casual exposures,” Dr Sheppeard said. “NSW has one of the lowest rates of TB in the world.” Dr Sheppeard said TB should be suspected in people with persistent coughs longer than three weeks. But she said there was no current investigation into the doctor’s misdiagnosis because a “complaint” had not yet been made. Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association said doctors needed to keep TB front and mind when seeing patients with a persistent cough. “Its incidence is on the rise around the world and it is very important it remains in the differential diagnosis,” Dr Gannon said. “We underestimate it at our peril.” Patient Zero’s story comes as Australian tuberculosis experts warn a lack of funding for TB research could result in a doubling of cases in Australia in the next five years and potentially the introduction of more drug-resistant cases. The Tuberculosis Centre for Research Excellence is due to run out of funding at the end of the year. Gabriella Scandurra executive officer for the TBCRE said TB was a “real threat” for Australians without continued research into how best to treat the disease. “It will only be a matter of time until the numbers shoot up because we’re going to have more Australian travellers coming back with TB,” Dr Scandurra said. “This is just a ticking time bomb and it is going to be a complete economic catastrophe for Australia if we have more drug resistant strains because the cost of keeping people in isolation is astronomical.” http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/i-just-felt-like-i-had-a-really-bad-flu-patient-with-tuberculosis-wrongly-diagnosed-by-sydney-doctor/news-story/3ebc350eb529ede46d127b54111c8a13
  8. An elderly refugee advocate has denied marrying a 31-year-old asylum seeker to bypass Australian immigration . "I want to look after her in the future. I care about her. Is that a problem?" Mohsen Norozi said while defending his marriage to Dianne Baumann. The pair surreptitiously wed late last year after Norozi spent four years detained in an offshore detention centre on Christmas Island. Baumann, who is currently with her husband on Manus Island denied allegations her marriage was a ploy to secure a visa. "Mohsen and I have known each other a long time and we’ll be sharing a house together for a long time in the future," she said. Baumann would not reveal her age to News Corp and Norozi also reportedly refused to divulge his home country or his reasons for trying to flee Australia. Baumann who is a staunch advocate for the abolishment of offshore detention has reportedly posted several photos on her Facebook account showing her time spent with Norozi. However, tentative new laws announced last year by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that stipulate no asylum seeker on Manus Island or Nauru will ever settle in Australia will trump the legality of pair's marriage in enabling Norozi to secure an Australian visa. http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/03/25/10/27/elderly-australian-denies-asylum-seeker-marriage-is-for-visa?ocid=9newsfb
  9. Cyclone Debbie has intensified to a Category 3 system with winds in the Townsville region now expected to be worse than those recorded when Category 5 Yasi hit north Queensland six years ago. Thousands of people have been evacuated to safe areas and hundreds of buildings have been lined by sandbags as the region prepares for the system to make landfall south of Ayr as a Category 4 sometime between 7am and 8am AEST tomorrow. "It is possible the crossing area could be anywhere between Townsville and Proserpine. That is the uncertainty of cyclones," Bureau of Meteorology regional director Bruce Gunn said. The very destructive wind core of the cyclone could be about 100km wide, he said. The warning area extends from Cardwell to St Lawrence and as far west as Charters Towers. Winds of up to 100km/h are expected to develop in the city today. Once Debbie makes landfall it is expected to bring winds of up to 260km/h. TIMELINE (all times AEST) Monday 3pm: Wind gusts are expected to strengthen with rain fall at 23mm. 7pm: Wind gusts will continue to strengthen. Category 3 cyclones generally bring destructive wind gusts of between 165km/h to 224 km/h. They cause some structural damage to properties and caravans. Power outages are likely. 9pm: Debbie is expected to remain as a Category 3. Wind gusts are expected to strengthen, reaching 108km/h. Conditions will be worst in Airlie Beach with winds of 118km/h, 120km/h in Hamilton Island and 106km/h in Mackay. Tuesday 12am: Wind gusts of up to 105km/h are expected to ravage the warning area as Debbie intensifies and nears the coast. Up to 20mm of rain is expected to fall at midnight. 1am: Debbie is expected to remain a Category 3. Wind gusts are forecast to reach strengths of 117km/h as Debbie nears the coast. Rain is expected to ease a little with up to 15mm forecast. 4am: Debbie is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 cyclone. Wind gusts up to 240km/h are expected with 200mm of rain forecast to fall across the region, with some areas expecting 400mm. The cyclone is set to be strongest in Ayr and Home Hill with winds blowing at 118km/h. The cyclone is set to bring more severe winds than Cyclone Yasi to Townsville. 7am: Debbie is expected to make landfall between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough. Category 4 cyclones bring very destructive wind and gusts of 225km/h to 279km/h. They cause significant structural damage and cause dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power outages are common. Wind gusts over 117km/h are expected with 26mm of rain forecast to fall. 11am: Strong wind gusts of 121km/h are forecast to continue as Debbie moves over land. 4pm: Debbie is expected to downgrade back to a Category 2 as it moves inland in a west-southwest direction. 7pm: Debbie is expected to downgrade to a Category 1. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the window for people to move to safety is closing, and people must comply with evacuation orders stretching from Home Hill to Proserpine, including Bowen. She said 3500 people had already been evacuated between Home Hill, just south of Townsville, and Proserpine, adding: "In relation to Bowen, we have extended that further. A further 2000 residents will be asked to leave." Police Commissioner Ian Stewart warned everyone in the cyclone's path to think carefully about their safety and said one person had already died in a traffic crash in Proserpine. "Sadly, we have just learned that there has been a fatal traffic accident near Proserpine and we believe it is associated with this weather event and it looks like a tourist has lost their life in that traffic accident," he said. "The message is very, very clear at this stage. It is time to think very logically about your safety and the safety of your family." Residents close to the affected area are warned to remain vigilant as they could see the worst of the weather before the storm even makes landfall, Weatherzone Meteorologist Rob Sharpe told 9news.com.au. “Some locations will see the worst conditions from this event in the late afternoon and event (today),” Mr Sharpe said, pointing to Hamilton Island and Mackay as two notable examples. “As the systems approach those areas will see dangerous conditions.” Mr Sharpe warned that “coastal inundation” is expected and “can be quite dangerous”. If the storms makes landfall during high tide “water will go higher than the highest astronomical tide line (HAT) for the year,” Mr Sharpe said. The HAT record for this year is 3.73 metres. The high tide in Bowen - expected at 9.42am today – is predicted to reach 3.67m, Mr Sharpe said, making it likely the 2017 HAT record will be overtaken if the storm makes landfall at this time. Bowen could see the worst of the cyclone if it remains on its current track, Mr Sharpe said, explaining that the area directly beneath the cyclone, and just south, are generally the hardest hit areas. Towns affected by the storm are expected to see up to 200mm of rain within 24 hours, Mr Sharpe said. Areas beneath the eye could see as much as 400mm. “The cyclone is moving quite slowly which is what makes the rainfall dangerous,” Mr Sharpe said. “It means it can drop a lot of rainfall over a long time.” Authorities are concerned that many people are not taking the warnings to be prepared seriously. The Whitsundays Regional Council has issued evacuation maps and advised residents living in red zones to leave now. However, many residents, including Jan Bridges, are refusing to leave their homes despite being in the direct path of Cyclone Debbie. Police and State Emergency Service officers door-knocked homes in the small town of Alva Beach, south of Townsville, on Sunday, informing residents a forced evacuation of the low-lying area had been enacted. "I'm staying," Ms Bridges told them. Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox urged residents to move to higher ground. "If you are unable to evacuate, the cyclone shelters in Bowen and Proserpine will be opened on Monday as a last resort," Mr Willcox said. "The cyclone shelters have capacity for 800 people each and are only available to those people at highest risk from cyclone effects that have no other option." "The issue here is that the winds are going to be incredibly strong and as Jess (Millward) was saying, a lot of these houses are pre-1985 so if people cannot go and stay with family and friends, I am urging people to please hop on those buses and leave town," Ms Palaszczuk said. Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas have cancelled flights to and from Townsville airport for today and Tuesday, as well as some Mackay airport flights. All flights to Hamilton Island have been cancelled. "Jetstar will be contacting all passengers on cancelled flights to provide options, including moving to flights on other days or a voucher credit," the airline said in an alert on its website. Authorities say once the weather sets in, people need to stay off the roads and not try to cross flooded areas. More than 1000 emergency services staff and yet more Australian Defence Force personnel have been deployed to the affected region. "I’ve never seen so many officers pre-deployed before," the premier said. "We have the ADF working with the SES, working with police. We have people working around the clock, we have Energex workers ready on the ground to respond when the power goes out. We already have fuel being transported up in to that area and food stocks." Twenty-five schools between Ayr and Prosperpine will be closed today and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there may be further closures as the storm nears the coast. Yasi, a Category 5 cyclone, caused $800 million in property damage when it tore across north Queensland in February 2011, with structures in Townsville, Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell and the Dunk Island resort affected. One man died after he asphyxiated from carbon monoxide issuing from a faulty generator at a house in Ingham. http://www.9news.com.au/Wild-Weather/2017/03/24/09/42/North-Queensland-residents-brace-for-cyclone
  10. and out with the guys.......
  11. With some much ''Fake News'' around the world..You need a Link to prove your Link is Legit...
  12. Here is the Video.....DO NOT OPEN IT...if you prefer not to.....There are plenty of Islamic State executions much more graphic and barbarous that have been public for years...... https://www.zerocensorship.com/uncensored/german/hostage-jurgen-kantner-beheading-execution-abu-sayyaf-graphic-video-403870