About 18 thousand people have left their homes on the east coast of Australia due to flooding caused by heavy downpours. This was announced by the Premier of the State of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian, a video from the press conference was posted on Facebook.
“About 15,000 people have been evacuated from homes in the Mid-North Coast region from cities, and another 3,000 people from western Sydney, located in the floodplains of the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers,” she said.
According to her, the north coast of the region near the city of Port Macquarie was most affected by the flooding.
In February, flooding occurred in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India as a result of the collapse of a glacier. Then the police reported that 14 people were killed. Among them, the workers of the local hydroelectric power station “Rishiganga”, which is under construction on the Dhauliganga River, were killed. After the collapse of the glacier, the water in the river rose and completely washed away the dam of the station. Some people were trapped in a tunnel near the dam, the authorities are trying to save them.
But he still doesn’t know the details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Philip, 99, finally returned home to Windsor Castle after being hospitalized in February. He underwent heart surgery, after which he underwent rehabilitation in the hospital for 28 days. All the while, the royal family kept him away from the news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview.
“The family is very keen that he doesn’t know the full details of the interview,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Australia’s 9Honey. It was quite difficult to do this since in the UK news reports are full of reports about Harry and Meghan and it was impossible to completely isolate Prince Philip from this information. But every effort was made on the part of the royal family to ensure that the unpleasant news did not worsen his well-being.
Although Prince Philip has been released from the hospital, the threat to his health remains. Prince Harry and Meghan were criticized for not canceling their interview when Philip was admitted to the hospital. Queen Elizabeth II’s husband is due to turn 100 in June.
Minister to pay compensation to the rape victim
The sex scandal that broke out in the Australian Ministry of Defense has received an unexpected continuation. We will remind you that here four women accused the employee of the staff of the Ministry of Defense of sexual crimes. Defence Secretary Linda Reynolds denied the allegations but was forced to give evidence in Parliament. But the day before, she had insulted one of the applicants, calling her a “lying cow”.
According to the Australian military department, now their boss compensates the offended Brittany Higgins for moral damage. The minister must publicly apologize to Higgins, pay her compensation, and pay off the legal costs. In addition, Linda Reynolds is required to make a donation to an anti-sexual assault charity.
Brittany Higgins — the same former employee of the ministry, who after resigning made a statement that she was raped by one of her colleagues directly in the office of Reynolds. The minister was on sick leave at the time. It was there that she called her former subordinate a “lying cow” — this became known to the public.
The Prime Minister of Australia said that he does not accept such behavior from his subordinates. However, he did not demand the dismissal of the Defense Minister. So the Linda Reynolds scandal is over. But the sex crimes scandal in the ministry continues.
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, was accused of sexual harassment by three women at once. And in Ireland, an investigation has begun against Conor McGregor. The incident probably occurred in December 2018.
France is thinking about stopping the supply of anti-coronavirus vaccine outside the EU. This was stated by the country’s Minister of Health Olivier Veran, reports the Daily Mail.
France could follow the example of Italy, which has blocked the supply of 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Australia, the official said. The Italian authorities explained this decision by the fact that the vaccine is needed primarily for the citizens of the country.
Olivier Veran believes that France can also do the same if the process of vaccination of the population in the country goes too slowly.
Italy became the first EU country to take advantage of new export laws to stop vaccine supplies. Australia said it was very disappointed with this move, which indicated despair. Australia is just preparing to open its own production of drugs and therefore depends on the export supplies of the vaccine.
In early February, experts from the international insurance company Euler Hermes came to the conclusion that too low rates of vaccination in Europe threaten significant losses and even failure in the economy. A delay in this process is already being observed and may result in additional costs of 90 billion euros in 2021 alone.
An employee of the Ministry of Defense raped women right in the parliament building
In the Australian parliament, four women have accused an employee of the Ministry of Defense of sexual crimes.
One of the women reported that she was sexually assaulted right in the parliament building, in the office of Defense Minister Linda Reynolds.
Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds herself had to explain herself in the Senate. After a while, she stopped answering questions and left the hall in tears, and when it was time to speak to the press, she went on sick leave.
The number of charges against an employee of the Australian Ministry of Defense has increased to four. There was information that the statement last week added more statements from three women.
Information on the first charge of rape became known to the public last week. An employee of the press service of the Minister of Defense of Australia, Brittany Higgins, contacted the police with a statement.
Higgins claimed that in March 2019, she was raped by a man in the office of then-Defense Industry Minister Linda Reynolds. The incident occurred after drinking alcohol together.
After that, three more women accused the official of a similar crime. One of them is a former Liberal Party worker, the other is a female volunteer on the 2016 election campaign.
Another woman applied for the case in 2017. It took place in the Public Bar in Canberra, where representatives of the political elite like to gather. According to the woman, the man allowed himself unacceptable touching.