17.08.18 / Low / – About Today - Friday 17 August
17.08.18 About Today - Friday 17 August
17.08.18 About Today - Friday 17 August
17.08.18 Australia Do You Know This Melbourne Creep
The hunt is on for a man who performed a sex act in front of a woman on a public tram before assaulting another on a peak-hour tram in Melbourne.
Detectives have released a computer generated image of the man, following the incident on a Melbourne Tram.
The sickening sexual offence took place on Wednesday August 15 just after 8am, on the packed city-bound 86 tram in Fitzroy, a suburb in Melbourne's north.
Victoria Police released a computer generated image of the man, who is believed to be Caucasian in appearance, with a thin build
The unidentified man approached a 25-year-old woman and publicly exposed himself.
He then began to masturbate in front of her, and although she was horrified, she was physically unharmed.
The man continued to act erratically as he approached a 22-year-old woman and sat opposite her.
The first woman exited the tram at 8.15am before the second woman followed suit just five minutes later.
Officers believe the man exited the tram at 8.25am, at Parliament station in Melbourne's CBD.
Police are seeking information from two men who intervened in the assault, and any other witnesses who may be able to help police in their investigation.
A man publicly exposed himself on a tram before he masturbated in front of one woman and punched another in the arm
Victoria Police released a computer generated image of the man, who is believed to be Caucasian in appearance, with a thin build.
He was wearing a dark hoodie and black pants at the time of the assault.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
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17.08.18 Australia More Than 500 Firefighters Struggle To Contain Blazes
More than 500 firefighters are struggling to contain dozens of unseasonable blazes burning from Victoria to Queensland, with conditions set to worsen in the coming days.
Nearly half of the 99 fires ravaging NSW were uncontained as of Thursday morning and are expected to continue to burn for at least a week.
One of the state's out-of-control blazes is raging in Cullendore Creek, about 5km from the Queensland border.
Another, which is under control, is burning near Wonboyn in the far south-east of NSW. Between those towns, 97 other fires are searing the nearly 2,000km stretch of drought affected coastline.
Scientists are 'gobsmacked' at the number of out-of-control bushfires burning across the state in winter.
'We're seeing something which is unusual in the extreme. It's worrying, it's mind-bending,' environmental change academic David Bowman said on Wednesday.
More than 500 firefighters are struggling to contain dozens of unseasonable blazes burning from Victoria to Queensland
Nearly half of the 99 fires ravaging across nearly 2,000km of NSW coastline were uncontained as of Thursday morning
Very high fire danger warnings are on Thursday in place for the New England, Northern Slopes and Far North Coast regions of the state.
Watch-and-act messages were issued for fires in the Blue Mountains, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Bega Valley, Mount Kingiman and North Nowra.
Four firefighters were injured while battling a blaze in Caparra near Taree on Wednesday night, when the truck rolled down a hill.
17.08.18 New Tick Causing Deadly Fever In Mexico Heading To US
A new tick is causing a deadly fever in Mexico and is now heading towards the US, scientists have warned.
In a report published on Wednesday, researchers said the infection, known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), is causing uncontrollable versions of the infections in people living south of the border.
RMSF is already dangerous enough because it can lead to hearing loss, paralysis and even limb amputation when left untreated.
While it is usually spread by two similarly related ticks, an unrelated species called the brown dog tick - one that is more likely to bite people - has been the cause behind the recent epidemic.
The infection has been seen in the US before, but scientists say that this recent epidemic in Mexico has seen higher viral loads in those infected, which could cause a devastating outbreak if it makes its way to America.
A new tick, the brown dog tick (pictured), is causing a deadly fever in Mexico and is heading towards the US, scientists have warned
RMSF is a bacterial infection that is spread through tick bites, usually from the American dog tick and the Rocky Mountain wood tick.
Signs and symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.
There are approximately 3,000 cases reported every year in the US with 60 percent of reported RMSF cases occurring in five states: Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
17.08.18 Australia Pilot Incapacitated After Plane's Cabin Depressurised
A Qantas pilot was left incapacitated after his plane's cabin suddenly depressurised at 20,000ft, it has been revealed.
An investigation has being launched after a cargo plane owned by the company suddenly lost pressure mid-flight, incapacitating one of the pilots on board.
With the first officer incapacitated the captain was forced to descend from 20,000ft to 8,000ft after pulling on an oxygen mask.
An investigation is being launched after a cargo plane owned by the company depressurised mid-flight and causing one pilot to lose consciousness.
A Qantas spokeswoman told Stening Simpson that the incident was caused by an air conditioning fault.
'The Boeing 737 freighter diverted into Canberra on Wednesday night following a fault with the onboard air conditioning system that affected the ability to maintain pressure in the cabin,' the spokeswoman said.
'We are conducting an investigation into the incident and the aircraft is being inspected by engineers.'
Cargo freight planes run with two pilots as standard practice.
The Boeing 737 was en-route from Brisbane to Melbourne on Wednesday when pilots received a wing body overheat warning near Narrandera in New South Wales
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate and released an early report.
'During cruise, the crew of the cargo flight received a wing body overheat warning resulting in a reduction of cabin pressure,' the report read.
'The crew donned oxygen and descended to 20,000 ft. The First Officer was subsequently incapacitated and the Captain descended to 8,000 ft and diverted the aircraft to Canberra.'
A wing body overheat warning indicates a leak in the corresponding bleed air duct, in this case it was a fault with the air conditioning system which forced the plane to divert.
A plane is still functional with this type of warning, however pilots are required to lower their altitude to match the pressure before looking to land.
'During cruise, the crew of the cargo flight received a wing body overheat warning resulting in a reduction of cabin pressure,' a safety report read.
Flight data and interviews will be key components to the investigation.
'As part of the investigation, the ATSB will collect and examine information on the aircraft’s flight data recorders and interview maintenance and flight crew,' the report stated.
'A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.'
'Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.'
The plane is owned and operated by Express Freighters Australia, which in turn is owned by Qantas.