Man and dogs die in QLD flash flood, as the east prepares for more rainfall.
A man and a number of dogs have died after a ute was washed away by floodwaters in southern Queensland.
Queensland police say the man and the animals had been in a ute with a woman when it was washed away at Kingsthorpe, northwest of Toowoomba, around 5am this morning.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service swift water rescue crews managed to rescue the woman, but the man and a number of dogs didn't survive.
"A man was located deceased in the ute. A number of dogs also died," police said in a statement on Monday morning.
"Investigations are ongoing and police will prepare a report for the Coroner."
QFES swiftwater rescue crews also rescued two other drivers who became stranded in floodwaters at Greenmount and at Drayton, south of Toowoomba, this morning.
Parts of southern and southeast Queensland have been placed on flood watch for today and tomorrow as a coastal trough moves inland.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned of possible intense rainfall of up to 200mm, that could bring "dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding" in parts of Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Caboolture, Coolangatta and Ipswich.
⚠️⛈️A Severe Weather Warning for Heavy Rainfall is still current in #SEQLD. Locally INTENSE RAINFALL leading to dangerous and LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is possible with thunderstorms. Flood Watch and Flood Warnings current. Details: https://t.co/CinugnxqkN pic.twitter.com/FQPcpCj6oJ— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) March 27, 2022
Meanwhile, in NSW a severe weather warning has been issued for the state's already flood-affected northern region.
Heavy rainfall with a risk of possible life-threatening flash flooding is predicted for the Northern Rivers, the North Coast and the Northern Tablelands on Monday and through to Tuesday, Bureau of Meteorology Senior Meterologist Jonathan How told AAP.
"We are expecting the rain to really ramp up today," he said.
Chance of 100mm of rain in #NSW today for the #NorthernRivers and parts of #MidNorthCoast and #NorthernTablelands. Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain possible in the northeast with chance of life threatening flash flooding.— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) March 27, 2022
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He stressed while the conditions were similar to those in the recent Lismore flood, the outcome was not predicted to be as widespread and severe.
"We are expecting fairly widespread minor to moderate flooding, but not at this stage expecting the significant, major widespread flooding."
- With AAP.
Follow along with Mamamia's Oscars 2022 live feed.
Happy Oscars Day, everyone! Yes, today is Hollywood's night of nights and Mamamia will have you covered throughout.
Today's show will see all the pretty famous people gathered at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre. The ceremony will have a host for the first time since 2018 - three hosts, actually. Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes will divide up the work. Hall's already hinted at roasting a few people, which is half the reason we all tune in, right?
There are few possible historic moments up for grabs too: Jane Campion could become the first woman to win Best Director twice (she's already the first to be nominated more than once) and West Side Story's Ariana DeBose is the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, which would make her the first ever queer woman of colour to win. Together with Kristen Stewart, their nominations make 2022 the first year two openly LGBTQ+ actors are nominees.
Oh, and there will be a BEYONCE PERFORMANCE.
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Man charged with 21yo woman's murder, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Morning, it's Monday March 28 and we have a big week ahead in news.
Today, we'll be hearing all about the 2022 Academy Awards, including the biggest Oscar wins and all the sparkly red carpet fashion.
Then, all eyes will be on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tomorrow night when he delivers the 2022 Federal Budget, ahead of the May election.
But first, let's start off the week with a rundown of the five biggest news stories you need to know this morning.
1. Man charged with murder of 21yo NSW woman.
A man has been charged with murder after a woman died with multiple stab wounds outside a home in NSW.
Police found 21-year-old Mackenzie Anderson with significant injuries lying outside her home in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield on Friday night.
Police and NSW Ambulance paramedics assisted the woman but she died at the scene.
A three-year-old child was also found at the scene, covered in blood but physically unharmed, police said on Saturday.
A 22-year-old Mayfield man, who was arrested and taken to hospital for a hand injury, has since been charged with murder, aggravated enter dwelling with intent, and breaching a domestic violence order.
The man was refused bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.
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You can also call safe steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for further information.
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2. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had 10 psychoactive substances in his body, early report finds.
Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for multi-platinum rock band Foo Fighters, had an assortment of drugs in his system when he died, Colombian authorities have said.
An initial forensic medical examination and urine toxicology report of the musician's body revealed 10 substances in his system, including THC (marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, according to a statement from the Colombian attorney-general's office on Saturday.
"The National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to conduct the necessary medical studies to ascertain the cause of death," the attorney-general's office statement added.
Emergency services responded to a call of a patient with chest pains at the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota on Friday. Hawkins was found dead in the hotel room, authorities said.
Hawkins was in Bogota to perform with the Foo Fighters, two nights before the band's headlining set at Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday. He was 50.
Hawkins had a history of drug use. A heroin overdose in 2001 left him in a coma.
If this post brought up any issues for you, you can contact Drug Aware, Australia's 24hr alcohol and drug support line. You can reach them on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024.
3. Budget to provide practical household help.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says his fourth budget will provide practical measures to ease cost of living pressures, as the government gears up for a federal election in May.
While he was light on detail in a series of television interviews on Sunday, Frydenberg said Tuesday's budget will contain responsible and practical measures, and he does not expect it will add to prevailing inflation pressures.
"There will be a number of measures in the budget that go to the heart of the cost of living issue," Frydenberg told ABC television.
But he warned inflation will accelerate as a result of a spike in fuel and food prices due to the war in Ukraine, and that will be reflected in the budget forecasts.
Annual inflation was running at 3.5 percent as of December.
“We recognise that fuel prices are very high.”— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) March 26, 2022
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he will introduce initiatives in the upcoming federal budget to help with the cost of living and high housing prices. #9Today
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Economists expect the budget to show a much-improved bottom line, alongside major forecast upgrades for growth, wages and inflation, and an unemployment rate that is projected to be well entrenched below four per cent.
4. Senate to pay tribute to Kimberley Kitching today.
Senators from across the political divide will pay tribute to the late Kimberley Kitching in a specially convened sitting today.
The Victorian Labor senator was laid to rest last week following her sudden death aged 52 from a suspected heart attack in Melbourne on March 10.
Labor frontbencher Katy Gallagher said it would be an important day for the parliament.
"I understand her family will be joining us in the Senate and I'm sure all of us would hope that it's a day where her life and her legacy and her campaigns that she was very successful in, can be respected and observed," Senator Gallagher said.
At her funeral last week, Kitching's husband Andrew Landeryou described her as having been subjected to "the unpleasantness of a cantankerous cabal, not all of them in parliament".
Labor has rejected calls for an independent inquiry to examine bullying allegations, with Anthony Albanese and former leader Bill Shorten saying the late senator would want the party to move on and dedicate itself to a victory at the election due in May.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has refused to hold an independent inquiry into claims the late Senator Kimberley Kitching was bullied. The internal Labor allegations have also led to personal attacks between the Prime Minister and Mr Albanese. @pablovinales pic.twitter.com/f8rkcxi3X7— SBS News (@SBSNews) March 23, 2022
Albanese said Senator Kitching did not make a formal complaint about any bullying allegations and did not come to him directly with any concerns.
5. Ukraine prepared to discuss neutrality.
Ukraine is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia but it will have to be guaranteed by third parties and put to a referendum, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said in an interview.
Speaking to a group of Russian journalists via video call, Zelenskiy said Russia's invasion had caused the destruction of Russian-speaking cities in Ukraine and said the damage was worse than the Russian wars in Chechnya.
Earlier on Sunday, Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor told Russian media to refrain from reporting an interview done with Zelenskiy and said it had started a probe into the outlets which had interviewed the Ukrainian leader.
"Roskomnadzor warns the Russian media about the necessity of refraining from publishing this interview," it said.
Russian prosecutors said a legal opinion would be made on the statements made in the interview and on the legality of publishing the interview.
You're all up to speed. We'll bring you more of the biggest news stories throughout the day.
- With AAP and reporting from DPA.
Hannah Clarke to Kim Kardashian: Why did no one intervene?
As the inquest continues into the death of Hannah Clarke and her three children at the hands of her estranged husband, grim details about a string of abuses that occurred in the lead-up to their violent murders are coming to light.
At the same time, in a very different part of the world, people are watching on as Kim Kardashian continues to face harassment from her ex-husband Kanye West. It seems no-one is willing to intervene.
The Quicky speaks to a family violence prevention specialist, and a family law expert to find out what measures we can all take when we witness concerning and escalating behaviour.
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