Snowglobes filled with liquid meth seized in Australia

Robie de Guzman   •   July 25, 2019   •   532

Australian authorities said on Tuesday (July 23) that they had discovered more than $700,000 worth of liquid methamphetamines hidden inside a batch of snow globes from Canada.

The 15 snow globes were X-rayed and returned a presumptive positive result for the drugs, the Australian Border Force (ABF) said.

The drug-filled snow globes contained figures, including a llama and a panda, and when shaken, glitter floated around inside the liquid.

A further investigation will be conducted by the Australian Federal Police. (REUTERS)

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Gov’t of Australia warns its citizens against polio outbreak in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2019

The Australian National flag is seen flaming on the paddock in Melbourne, Australia, 25 March 2010. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

MANILA, Philippines – The Australian government on Tuesday (September 24) issued a travel advisory to its citizens warning them against the health risks of polio virus.

Australians are also advised to make sure they get polio vaccine to keep protected from the disease.

“The Philippines Department of Health has reported a polio outbreak. Make sure you’re vaccinated against polio,” the Australian government said in its latest travel advisory posted on its official website, Smartraveller.

“We haven’t changed the level of our advice ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ in the Philippines. Higher levels apply in the southern parts of the country,” the advisory concluded.

Heavy winds fan Australian bushfires, threatening homes

UNTV News   •   September 9, 2019

Strong winds fanned bushfires in two Australian states on Monday (September 9), with flames out of control in some areas ravaging thousands of hectares of land, fire services officials said.

Bushfires have started earlier than normal in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, in the southern hemisphere spring, prompting fire service warnings for the summer, which runs from December through February.

As of Monday, five properties had been confirmed destroyed, with five damaged in New South Wales (NSW), while more than 200 homes were saved from the flames, the NSW Rural Fire Service said.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of damaging winds, with peak gusts of about 90 kilometers an hour (56 mph), along the east coast of New South Wales for Monday.

The wind was expected to ease on Tuesday (September 10). (REUTERS)

DFA: Remains of Filipino who saved friend in Canada to return to PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that it will assist in the repatriation of the remains of the Filipino who saved his friend in Canada.

In a statement, the DFA said they are coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in Canada.

“The Consulate General is coordinating with Canadian authorities and his family in the Philippines for the repatriation of his remains,” the statement reads.

Consul General to Calgary Zaldy Patron reported the Filipino died saving his friend in Lake Snye in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on August 23.

The DFA also sends their condolences to the family of the Filipino.—AAC

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