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Hussein Hashi Farah was in Kenyan custody on allegations of involvement in a terror attempt on Australia; the operative word being “was”.  The prisoner was released from his incarceration in what at first appears to be a simple–but costly–mistake.  Eric Kiraithehe, a spokesman for the Kenyan police force had this to say: “I think there was an oversight – he was handed over to the ordinary duty policemen and they were not given the full information.”  The policeman that released Farah claims that he honestly believed that he was another illegal immigrant who would be dealt with by another department the next day  However, the release of this dangerous suspect may not be just a simple case of mistaken identity.  Three Kenyan policeman and two businessmen have been placed under arrest on suspicion of bribery.  The Australian Broadcaster ABC has apparently heard rumors that would suggest such.  Whether accidentally or deliberately, Hussein Hashi Farah has been freed, and so commenced the hunt to recapture him.



The Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system including over 2,900 individual reefs. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from the outer space. It is also the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. It is built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyp. And it got selected among the new Seven Wonders of the World.  But the Great Barrier Reef is threatened by the dangerous gas co2. The Great Barrier Reef has only a 50 percent chance of survival, if global CO2 is not reducing by 2020, an australian scientist announced. Australia is also one of the world’s biggest CO2 producers. But the Australian government is struggling to have a hostile Senate pass its planned emission-trading scheme.  The final vote is beginning in next week. I think Australia government should solve this problem immediately, because the Great Barrier Reef is not just a tourism site it is also the valuable culture in the world.

The incident

The incident

On Thursday, a 6 month old baby boy, who was sitting in his pram on the platform of a train station, rolled off the edge of the platform and fell head first in into the path of an incoming train. Luckily the train had slowed right down to stop, but the baby and his pram were underneath. This miracle baby actually managed to survive and only got a small bump on his head. This incident, which happened at Ashburton railway station in Melbourne, Australia, was captured by a CCTV camera. You see the mother letting go of the pram for a second while talking to someone else, and it started rolling of the edge of the platform before she realised, and horror-struck mother ran to try and save her baby but just missed the pram. I think it is unbelievable that this has happened and the baby survived with hardly being injured.

En un estado del sureste del pais de Australia llamado Victoria, las temperaturas subieron hasta los 47 grados centigrados y los fuertes vientos formaron un ambiente parecido a un horno, formando un incendio gigantesco donde unas 80 personas sufrieron quemaduras y fueron hospitalizadas, 700 hogares familiares fueron destruidos tambien por el fuego y hay mas de 100 desaparecidos hasta el momento.

Testigos del momento describen este terrible desastre como una nube negra que se extendia por el cielo donde un resplandor naranja invadia sus hogares y los volvia cenizas. Sorprendentemente es que el fuego no ha sido apagado y se teme que no se podra apagar hasta dentro de unos dias.

Los daños se estiman por ahora entre unos 7 millones de dolares, aunque todavia no se ha podido evaluar bien la perdida ya que algunas zonas que ya han sido totalmente quemadas estan restringidas y el fuego todavia esta en pie y podria causar mas daños.

aussiewildfiresTowns that have been destroyed during some of Australia’s worst wildfires have been declared crime scenes by local police. Raging fires have torn through the Australian state of Victoria killing an estimated 170 people. Victoria police suspect that some of the fires were started by arsonists, prompting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to call the acts “mass murder.” Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Monday: “I think it’s important that the nation braces itself for more bad news. This is a little horror which few of us anticipated.” The fires in Victoria have destroyed more than 750 homes leaving more than 5,000 people homeless. In addition, a total of 1,100 square miles of land have been burnt according to Victoria Country Fire Service. Wildfires are not an uncommon event in Australia but due to the extreme heat and the worst drought in a century, these wildfires have caused much more damage than pervious ones.

In my home, which is Sydney, there is a risk that severe bush fires could return next week. Temperature are thought to be in the 40s which is normal during summertime in Australia. Bush fires have been a normal occurrence in Australia due to its hot and dry climate. Many people have lost their homes because they were near bushland and carried on to their houses. As soon as the weather gets hotter the risk of a bushfire occurring increases dramatically. Once a bushfire starts it usually turns back really quickly. The cause of the fires are normally due to the increased heat and occur without human influence but the fires that are burning now are thought to be caused by two F-111s which is a  tactical strike aircraft which is used by Royal Australian air force that did practice bombing runs on the site of the fires. There hasn’t been much property damage yet but officials are trying to prevent that by containing the fires before the heat wave hits Sydney next week.