Call to protect WA killer whale hotspot from mining

Call to protect WA killer whale hotspot from mining

By Cameron McAloon, Christine Layton and Alice Walker Posted September 08, 2016 09:15:28 Photo: Bremer Bay canyon is home to large pods of killer whales. (ABC Rural: Fiona Pepper) Related Story: Bremer Bay canyon: scientists find out why killer whales and sharks are drawn to hotspot A biodiversity hotspot for large marine animals off Western Australia’s southern coast should be protected from mining, an independent review has found. Bremer Bay canyon is a hotspot for animals such as killer whales, sharks, sperm whales, dolphins and giant squid, thought to be…

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What is holding disabled Australians back from participating in recreational sport?

What is holding disabled Australians back from participating in recreational sport?

By Colin Cosier Posted September 07, 2016 18:44:10 On the eve of the Paralympic opening ceremony in Rio, there are calls to improve sport participation rates for disabled Australians at the grassroots level. Australians living with a disability take part in recreational sports or physical activity at a fraction of the rate of the rest of the community. Experts said a range of factors were contributing to the low participation rate, including transport, finances and outdated facilities. Peter Downs, who manages Play by the Rules, the national body ensuring sport…

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Rare one-horned rhino shot by poachers dies

Rare one-horned rhino shot by poachers dies

Posted September 07, 2016 22:30:45 A one-horned rhino has died weeks after it was shot by poachers in Nepal, becoming the first of the rare animals to be killed in the country in over two years. The injured adult male was taken to the Chitwan National Park, the country’s biggest rhino conservation area, for treatment after it was shot in a forest in southern Nepal in August. But on Wednesday staff at the park said it had died of its injuries, becoming the first rhino to die at the hands…

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Why you NEED to watch the Paralympics

Why you NEED to watch the Paralympics

And the astonishing pace and accuracy of the five-a-side soccer players belies the fact that all of the players are blind or partially sighted. But in the midst of the biggest crisis to face the Paralympic Games in its 56-year history, it is easy to lose sight of the sporting achievements and entertainment offered by the athletes. Paralympic sports are fast, exciting and fiercely competitive. Here are some events that might surprise you… ‘Murderball’ It’s not an idle nickname. This is wheelchair rugby, a full contact sport and every bit…

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Ferguson activist found dead

Ferguson activist found dead

The victim was identified as Darren Seals, 29, formerly of St. Louis, said St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Sgt. Shawn McGuire. Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, county police received a call from Riverview, a northern suburb, to assist local authorities with a vehicle fire. Upon putting out the fire, police found Seals inside the vehicle. He had suffered a gunshot wound, police said. McGuire declined to release further details, pending an ongoing investigation. The area where the vehicle was found is a largely residential street hosting apartment complexes and…

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