InternationalTransgender day mourns those lost to violence

The day is a culmination of Transgender Awareness week, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender people and address the issues trans people face.

Today is the international Transgender day of remembrance, dedicated to honouring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti transgender violence. 

The day was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.  

A 2014 report on hate crime from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows that, of the victims murdered, 80% were people of color, 55% were transgender women, and 50% were transgender women of color. 

Queensland election: women make up less than 1 in 3 candidates. 

Analysis by Fairfax Media has found that less than 32 per cent of of Queensland election candidates are women. 

The report found that The Greens had the most balanced numbers with with 41 women and 52 men, with Katter's Australian Party only producing one woman running in the election.

The election is set to take place this Saturday the 25th of November. 

Baby Croc causes beach closure.

Four Mile Beach has been forced to close until further notice, after a baby crocodile has been spotted swimming inside stinger nets.

Captain of the beach patrol, Colin Cameron, spotted the crocodile while sweeping the enclosure, which was not far from a family of visitors enjoying the water. 

Two Environmental and Heritage Protection rangers arrived on scene, waiting 90 minutes for the outgoing tide to fall, before watching the 1 meter reptile swim away. 

Sydney city councillors condemn anti-vacc inclusion on city website.

City of Sydney councillors have the decision to feature an anti-vaccination academic on the city’s website.

Dr Judy Wilyman, whose research includes a critical analysis of the Australian Government’s vaccination policy, will be speaking at an event listed on the website.

Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, says the event is ‘entirely contrary to our values’ and asked staff to remove the advertisement entirely. 

Scientists, fishery managers join forces to save fish supplies.

Scientists and fishery managers have collaborated to ensure the ecological and sustainable capturing of fish. 

Dr John Morrongiello [MORRON - YELLOW] and his colleagues are working to understand how environmental conditions are affecting the growth of Rock Flathead, a commercially valuable fish. 

Dr Morrongiello says managing the environmental and economic impacts of fisheries is a collaborative effort between consumers, scientists and the industry. 

Stampede kills women in line for food aid in Morocco.

15 women in west Morocco have been killed in a stampede during a food aid distribution, according to the interior ministry. 

The incident has injured at least another 40 women, who joined hundreds of poor women gathering to receive supplies in Sidi Boulaalam on Sunday. 

King Mohammed ordered that the victim’s families be assisted where needed, adding that a criminal investigation has been opened.