Refugee Camp Receives Football Pitch and More Zedlines...

Syrian refugees in Jordan’s largest refugee camp now have a football pitch, which was built as part of efforts to normalise life for the displaced people living in the camp. (Image source: Pixabay)

Funded by FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations, the football pitch will become a place of relief for those who are currently living in caravans in Jordan’s al-Zaatari camp.

Syria’s civil war is now in its seventh year, and infrastructure in improving in the camp in an effort to normalise the lives of the 8000 Syrians who have fled to al-Zaatari.

More on Offer from Redcliffe Ferry

Following its maiden voyage a fortnight ago, the Redcliffe2MoretonExpress ferry will run an extra weekly service and offer discounts for local residents.

In addition to their Sunday services, the ferry will also run on Friday due to the unexpected and overwhelming demand for the service.

Locals will be able to purchase discounted seats; those living in Redcliffe postcodes 4017 and 4018 will be able to get a seat one way for $25 for adults, $15 for children, or a discounted family pass for $65 each way.

QLD House Prices

Although house prices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast are consistently increasing, Queensland’s regional cities are facing a median price plunge.

A report by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland has revealed unit markets in Gladstone, Townsville and Bundaberg dropped almost 44% in the last 5 years.

The REIQ report shows this is due to a mining downturn and a reducing population in regional cities.

Breakthrough in Stillbirth Cause and Possible Prevention

An Australian researcher had discovered a medical breakthrough in understanding the complications behind stillbirths, developing an enzyme test for mothers which could determine when a baby is in danger.

Professor Rodger Smith from the Hunter Medical Research Institute has found deteriorating placenta to be a trigger in many cases.

Professor Smith believes the placenta is able to age at a rate quicker than the mother’s due date, and these future tests to alert doctors of the mothers enzyme levels may save babies lives.

SA’s Public Plea: Only Call an Ambulance in an Emergency

South Australia’s ambulance service is stretched to the limit, and people calling them for non-emergencies are the ones to blame.

The state has issued a public plea to only call for genuine emergencies, as the system has been clogged with maladies which could have been treated by a pharmacist, GP, or community nurse.

South Australian Ambulance Chief, Jason Killens, said “Over the last 48 hours there's been some examples where people have dialled triple zero for an emergency ambulance that they simply do not need."

He also said the ambulance service had “callers in their 20s and 30s who have rung us for toothache, people who have rung us because they have stubbed their toe, and people who have been to the toilet twice in an hour."

Questions of Legitimacy Over Singapore’s New President

Halimah Jacob will be sworn in as the newest president of Singapore today, but questions surrounding her legitimacy are already being raised.

Jacob, a former speaker of parliament, is taking the role despite not being voted in by the public because she was the only candidate who fit the narrow selection criteria, which was set out by the government.

The fact Jacob was the only candidate has many in Singapore questioning whether her appointment was, in fact, part of a rigged process.

The role of a president in Singapore is largely that of a figurehead, while the prime minister handles most government duties.

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