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20.10.17  /    /   – About Today - Friday 20 October

20.10.17 About Today - Friday 20 October

China: 19th Communist Party Congress - Tight security and heightened restrictions expected in Beijing and throughout country for duration of congress Guatemala: Revolution Day Hinduism: Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light) Kenya: Mashujaa Day

20.10.17  /  High  /  Japan – Another 6.1 Earthquake Struck Off Kyushu

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20.10.17 Japan Another 6.1 Earthquake Struck Off Kyushu

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off southern Japan on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake struck 424 miles off Japan's island of Kyushu at a depth of 6.2 miles, the agency said.

There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Shaken: The 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck 424 miles off Japan's island of Kyushu

Shaken: The 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck 424 miles off Japan's island of Kyushu

This comes two weeks after a similar earthquake, at 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit 180 miles east of Iwaki, south of Fukushima, Japan.

 

20.10.17  /  High  /  Belarus – Avoid Demonstration In Minsk 21 October

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20.10.17 Belarus Avoid Demonstration In Minsk 21 October

Image result for us embassy minsk Belarus (Security threat level - 3): On 18 October 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Minsk issued a Security Message that reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an upcoming demonstration planned in Minsk. The Belarusian National Congress is planning to hold a demonstration on Saturday, October 21 at 14:00 at Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk. This gathering has not been approved by Minsk authorities. “We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore reminded to avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. The Embassy also reminds U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances, and monitor local news sources for updates.”

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Australia – Commonwealth Bank Warning Customers Of Scam Message

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20.10.17 Australia Commonwealth Bank Warning Customers Of Scam Message

The Commonwealth Bank is warning its customers to beware of a scam message that asks them to log into their accounts via a link.

The messages, sent in order to hack personal details, were delivered to hundreds of customers through phishing emails and texts across Australia.

Those who received the messages – which contained spelling errors - were told to log into their accounts using the link provided.

Customers with protected computers will be directed to a page that flags the phishing emails

Customers with protected computers will be directed to a page that flags the phishing emails

A CommBank spokesman responded to the scam in a statement, urging customers to forward the messages to the company's Security team.

'Yes, this is a phishing text, where the sender is trying to get information on your banking, the statement said.

 

20.10.17  /  News  /  Australia – End Of An Era As Holden Production Line Closes

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20.10.17 Australia End Of An Era As Holden Production Line Closes

 
A image from a 1970s advert showing a Holden car inside a map of AustraliaImage copyright Holden
Image caption A 1970s advert featuring a Holden car and smiling, patriotic Australians

Australia's final locally made car will leave the production line on Friday when Holden stops manufacturing in the nation. It is considered the end of an era after similar exits by Ford and Toyota, writes the BBC's Hywel Griffith in Sydney.

"We love football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars." The chorus to Holden's 1970s TV advert tells you everything you need to know about the company that gave Australia its first homegrown, mass-produced motorcar. Or almost everything - since 1931, this all-Aussie brand has in fact been owned by the American giant General Motors. It is Holden's position in the global market that is key to understanding the rise and fall of car manufacturing in Australia. Holden started off as an Adelaide saddle-maker before adapting to the arrival of motorbikes and cars by supplying upholstery and vehicle bodies. Following World War Two, it got the backing of the Australian government, which wanted to kickstart domestic car manufacturing and give the nation some global status. The birth of the first Holden 48-215 in 1948 began the public's love affair with "Australia's own car", which would blossom over the decades.
A tearful former Ford employee speaks to reporters after a factory closure last yearImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption A former Ford employee speaks to reporters after a factory closure last year
"It's what we grew up with, it's just what we know," explains Jason Fischer from Gosford Classic Car Museum, as he shows me their collection of vintage Holdens, from one of the first 48-215s to a classic Aussie ute. "I came home from hospital in a Holden car, my dad had one, my grandfather had one and so on, so you know - it's just a natural progression." While there were other cars on the market, Holden could lay claim to producing the first vehicle made by Australians, for Australians. "They were rugged, they could deal with our temperatures," Mr Fischer says. "Outback Australia is a pretty harsh place and these things were made tough."

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Australia – Extreme Sydney Weather Update

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20.10.17 Australia Extreme Sydney Weather Update

Sydney will be drenched with long overdue showers on Friday as the harbour city is expected to receive a month's worth of rain in one day.

The New South Wales has experienced just 0.2mm of precipitation in October, a month that normally sees plenty of rainfall for the beginning of the wet season.

Queensland is also set for further downpour following last weekend's torrential rain that saw overflowing dams and flash flooding.

The extreme weather could be the 'nail in the coffin' for farmers in rural areas across the state.

Sydney will be drenched with long overdue showers on Friday as the harbour city is expected to receive a month's worth of rain in one day

Sydney will be drenched with long overdue showers on Friday as the harbour city is expected to receive a month's worth of rain in one day

The New South Wales has experienced just 0.2mm of precipitation in October, a month that normally sees plenty of rainfall for the beginning of the wet season

The New South Wales has experienced just 0.2mm of precipitation in October, a month that normally sees plenty of rainfall for the beginning of the wet season

Rain pours from the Story Bridge is Brisbane after it received 27.6mm of rain on the weekend

Rain pours from the Story Bridge is Brisbane after it received 27.6mm of rain on the weekend

Sydney is expected to receive between 15mm and 25mm on Friday, far exceeding the less than 1mm Observatory Hill has monitored through the first 19 days of October.

The capital city sweltered through the driest September on record, so the wet forecast will be a relief to many.

The average rainfall in September is 68.4mm, but this year, Sydney got only 0.2mm.

October's average rainfall is 76mm, but so far this month, there's also only been 0.2mm.

Parramatta has seen just 23mm in the past three months. Friday's forecast will see resident's gardens get a much needed drink.

Sydney is expected to receive between 15mm and 25mm on Friday, far exceeding the less than 1mm Observatory Hill has monitored through the first 19 days of October

Sydney is expected to receive between 15mm and 25mm on Friday, far exceeding the less than 1mm Observatory Hill has monitored through the first 19 days of October

 
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