Malaysia has some of the most dangerous roads in the world, but a ragtag group of vigilantes have been taking matters into their own hands.
Listen to the full audio documentary – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rnafternoons/taking-road-repairs-into-their-own-hands/8138368
And read the article here – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-21/meet-the-rebel-road-fixers-making-malaysias-roads-safer/8093470
As part of Pride Vs Prejudice we look at a group of
Australians trying to find a new way of being faithful, modern Muslims.
Watch here – http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/story-hunters/LE1551H045S00
The Hazelwood power station and coal mine are just visible from David Briggs’ property up in the mountains that surround the town of Morwell. He sweeps an outstretched arm across the valley and points, in case I miss it. His old fluorescent mining jacket hangs loosely on his frail limbs.
Morwell is a small town encircled by open-cut coal mines and power stations in the Australian state of Victoria, less than a hundred miles east of Melbourne. A few miles to the north of it stand the massive exhaust stacks of the Yallourn power plant. Farther east lies the Loy Yang plant. The Hazelwood power plant and mine complex pushes right up against the town’s southern border; only a four-lane freeway and a thin strip of grass separate the mine from some homes. All power lines from here lead to Melbourne.
Full article – http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/life_beyond_coal/
Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met face-to-face with his one-time sworn enemy Anwar Ibrahim for the first time in 18 years, as the two unite behind a push to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The historic meeting of the two titans of Malaysian politics took place in a courtroom on Monday, where imprisoned Opposition Leader Anwar was mounting a legal challenge to controversial security laws recently introduced by Mr Najib.
Full article – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/mahathir-mohamad-meets-with-enemy-anwar-ibrahim-in-malaysia/7827558
Adelaide Uni is in damage control over its links to Taib Mahmud, writes freelance journalist Jarni Blakkarly.
Australian universities have been confronted with a new cautionary tail about the perils of accepting donations from potentially corrupt foreign officials.
Full article – https://www.crikey.com.au/2016/07/21/malaysian-pollie-gets-uni-forecourt-named-in-his-honour/
At Yamakura Dam, 45 km southeast of Tokyo, construction workers are screwing together a 51,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of floating solar panels. When completed, it will be one of the world’s largest floating solar projects.
Roughly 30 percent of the work on the project in Chiba Prefecture is complete, and when it comes online in 2018, the 13.7 megawatt facility will provide enough electricity to power almost 5,000 households annually.
Full article – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/22/business/hurdles-mar-japans-renewable-energy-equation/#.V8kAKGM_sw0
Exclusive by Jarni Blakkarly and Pat McGrath –
Victoria’s Health Department is investigating whether a patient-sharing deal between The Royal Melbourne Hospital and a private clinic headed by the hospital’s urology chief is in breach of Medicare billing rules.
Full article – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/victorian-government-investigates-royal-melbourne-hospital-deal/7785704