World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 29 November 2018
Hello Australia!! - Another day of fire dangers in Queensland - Does Australia treat its au pairs unfairly? - The Brexit will wreak havoc upon Britain, says the government's own reports - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The heat wave in Queensland is not letting up, and there is still a catastrophic fire threat declared for Capricornia, Central Highlands, and Coalfields. With up to 200 bush fires burning, officials are urging people in Campwin Beach, Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach, and Oyster Creek to evacuate. Education Queensland says more than 40 schools will be closed today as a result of the fires.
It's clean-up day in Sydney after a month's worth of rain - or more - fell on the NSW metropolis, causing all sorts of problems from cancelled trains and flights to flooded homes and businesses. At least three people are dead: Two in traffic collisions, and a NSW State Emergency Service who collapsed while responding to an emergency call.
Australia exploits foreign au pairs who come here to work as babysitters but wind up doing heavy housework and chores without proper compensation. A new study - called Cultural Exchange or Cheap Housekeeper? - says instead of a cultural exchange and some pocket money, most foreign au pairs are spending 36 hours a week doing daily cooking, cleaning, and other household tasks, while eight percent of those surveyed said they worked for 50 hours a week. Many who complained to the Fair Work Ombudsman felt they were brushed off; and without alternative accommodations, most felt they had no choice but to accept the unfair, unregulated poor working conditions.
Any form of Brexit will leave the UK worse off than staying in the European Union, according to a Bank of England report, which further states the resulting financial crisis could be worse than the 2008 crash. Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned the UK economy could shrink by eight percent the immediate aftermath of the Brexit next March, home prices could fall by almost a third, and the Pound could contract by a quarter. Meanwhile, the UK government came up with its own forecasts, and they're also bad: If the UK follows PM Theresa May's Brexit plan, the economy will shrink 3.9 percent over 15 years - if the UK crashed out of the EU in the "hard" Brexit as preferred by the most enthusiastic Brexiteers, that shrinkage becomes 9.3 percent in the worst-case scenario. Which means the UK government is actively pursuing a policy that its own research says is going to plook the country.
At least ten people including foreigners are dead after an attack on a compound in Afghanistan that is used by the British security form G4S. A car bomb blew up outside and gunmen stormed the compound, engaging in a heavy exchange of gunfire. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sri Lanka placed its top military officer into custody for allegedly using his authority to cover-up for an intelligence officer who allegedly murdered eleven men in 2008-2009, during the final stages of the Civil War with separatist Tamil rebels. Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne appeared in court and denied the allegations. He appears to be the first Sri Lankan official to face charges for crimes during the 26 year conflict.
New Zealand is banning the mobile company Spark from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade over security concerns, just as Oz did three months ago. The nation's spy agency said Huawei poses a "significant network security risk". NZ and Oz are part of the "Five Eyes" security alliance with the US, UK, and Canada - and a US report in 2012 warned phone companies not to use Huawei kit because of the company's ties to China's state security apparatus.
The state-run rail company of the Netherlands will compensate Holocaust survivors and their relatives for transporting Jews to a Nazi facility and then transferred to death camps. Of the 107,000 Jews that were transported on NS rail, only about 5,000 survived. NS describes the era as a black page in the history of the company and country.