The Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud speaks to reporters in Canberra announcing the federal government is appointing an Inspector-General to oversee the governance of the Murray-Darling basin. "This will be a statutory position, one that will report to me and the Murray Darling state ministers," Mr Littleproud says. "It will be holding to account the Murray-Darling basin authority, the commonwealth government and state governments," he states. "He or she will have the power to compel evidence".
The cows of Qatar's Baladna farm, housed in climate-controlled farms in the desert, exemplify the lengths to which Qatar has gone to resist what it calls an economic "blockade" enforced by its Saudi-led neighbours.
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison supported by senior cabinet colleagues speaking to the media in Canberra announces a suite of measures to alleviate the financial impacts of the drought across the country. Mr Morrison says the government will increase the financial support from $350 million to $1 billion, plus an extra $1billion dollars available as interest free loans to farmers and small businesses. The prime minister also announces that Commonwealth will pay the South Australia government to use desalination water as a replacement of the 100 giga-litres of water that will be diverted to famers on the Murray river so they can use it to produce fodder for stock.
Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering at least six children and three women — all of them U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico — in a grisly attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk, authorities said Tuesday. The dead included 8-month-old twins. Eight children were found alive after escaping from the vehicles and hiding in the brush, but at least five had bullet wounds or other injuries and were taken to Tucson for treatment. The attackers apparently killed one woman, Christina Langford Johnson, after she jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she wasn't a threat, according to an account published by family members and corroborated by prosecutors and a relative in a telephone interview. A relative, Austin Cloes, says Johnson may have saved her infant daughter by placing her on the floor of the SUV. Around the ambush scene, which stretched for miles, investigators found over 200 shell casings, mostly from assault rifles. The attack took place Monday in a remote, mountainous area in northern Mexico where the Sinaloa cartel has been engaged in a turf war. The victims had set out to see relatives in Mexico; one woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband Utah Sen. Mitt Romney called the deaths "unthinkable' and said there are known drug cartels in the area.
James Dean, who died at the age of 24 in 1955, will be digitally recreated for the film, "Finding Jack." Dean's likeness will be used for a character named Rogan in the Vietnam War action-drama. "Finding Jack" centres on thousands of army dogs who were abandoned during the war. The film is being directed by Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, who say Dean's family gave their blessing. "Full body” CGI will be used. A voice actor will also be brought in. "Finding Jack" begins production later this month and hits theatres next year on November 11.