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Storm season: Bureau of Meteorology says one cyclone has potential to cross Queensland coast

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts four cyclones will form off Queensland this upcoming storm season, with at least one of them potentially crossing the coast. The 2014-15 Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook, released today, shows the east coast can most likely expect a “near average” tropical cyclone season…

 

Resilience Week – 13-19 October 2014

Volunteering Queensland leading the way...

Volunteering Queensland leading the way…

We are proud to present Resilience Week, held from 13-19 October 2014. Now in its third year, Resilience Week encourages you to learn about resilience and discuss this with your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Resilience is not only about disaster preparedness, although that’s an important part of it, it’s all about being informed, making connections and taking action. The week recognises that everyone can help build community resilience in their area and that individuals, nonprofits, community groups, businesses, agencies, councils and government all have a role to play. We can all start making small changes now for a more resilient future…

 

Typhoon Vongfong hits south Japan, moves to main island

Large waves created by Typhoon Vongfong crash into a cliff wall along the coast of Okinawa Photo: AFP

Large waves created by Typhoon Vongfong crash into a cliff wall along the coast of Okinawa Photo: AFP

The strongest storm to hit Japan this year battered the southern islands of Kyushu and Shikoku early on Monday, brought heavy rain to Tokyo and caused extensive travel disruption. Typhoon Vongfong has forced the cancellation of more than 635 domestic flights, the public broadcaster NHK said. At least one overseas flight was cancelled, according to an airline. Dozens of train services, including Shinkansen bullet trains, were suspended, according to NHK…

 

Forget the audience figures. Difficult stories need to be told

Disasters are part of our world and need to be reported on – even at the risk of the Carnage Overload seemingly driving away Today’s listeners. Jamie Angus, the editor of Today, saw 300,000 or so of his weekly listeners switch off in the latest bout of audience research; and he thinks he knows why. We’re all used to Compassion Fatigue, a drear deluge of natural and human disasters producing more apathy than generosity. Now try Carnage Overload, morning after morning of Gaza, Syria, Iraq, the Ukraine. “People think ‘I can’t take this any more’ … and they turn over to Radio 2.”…

 

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