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Aerial Footage Shows Huge Dust Storm Over Queensland
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A dust storm lashed Charleville, Queensland, on Feb. 20. 
 
Storms hit nearby Western Downs and further north in Townsville. More than 5,000 people were left without power. 

Aerial footage captures the extent of the dust storm.

Credit: Royal Flying Doctor via Storyful and Paige Donald via Storyful

Alligator Removed After Hiding Under Truck in Florida
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2018-02-21    0 views
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said it was called to a home in Sable Ridge, Florida, after a resident discovered an alligator hiding under a truck in their driveway on February 20.

This footage, shared by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, shows the 8.5-foot-long gator struggling with its captor after being removed using a lasso.

Credit: Pasco Sheriff's Office via Storyful

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South Korea's "Garlic Girls" curlers spawn viral tributes online
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2018-02-21    0 views
This is an imitation of South Korea’s female Olympic curling team.

The team, named the "Garlic Girls” after their hometown, have become an overnight internet sensation. So far, they are 6-1 at the Pyeongchang Games.

Their fairytale run is being celebrated on social media. Fans have posted memes and parody videos with mops and robot vacuum cleaners.

The team has become the first Korean rink to reach the Olympic semifinals after beating the United States 9-6 on Feb. 20.

Team member Kim Yeong-mi said they were clueless about their newfound fame since they turned off their phones to avoid distractions.

Credit: Reuters/JU YONG-PAK/YOUNG MIN BAEK

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【翻牆必看】中共貪官舌尖上的腐敗——他們怎麼吃?
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2018-02-21    0 views
大紀元每天為讀者梳理翻牆必看的視頻版文章:
1.中共貪官舌尖上的腐敗——他們怎麼吃?
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/18/2/20/n10158937.htm

2.中共人大高官傅瑩為朝鮮核武「洗白」遭駁斥
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/18/2/20/n10156885.htm

3.紐教授因揭中共滲透遭報復 總理承諾調查
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/18/2/20/n10159128.htm

4. 澳華裔議員與州長前顧問被曝與中共關係密切
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/18/2/20/n10157465.htm

更多資訊請關注:
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North Korea cancelled meeting with Mike Pence
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2018-02-21    0 views
North Korea made a last minute cancellation to a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Winter Games, Pence’s office said on Feb. 20.

Pence was scheduled to meet with Pyongyang officials, including Kim Jong Un’s sister, on Feb. 10, a day after the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.

But according to officials, North Korea cancelled 2 hours before the meeting was set to start.

In the days before, Pence had just condemned North Korean human rights abuses and announced plans for new sanctions.

After the cancelled meeting, U.S. officials issued a statement.

“This administration will stand in the way of Kim’s desire to whitewash their murderous regime with nice photo ops at the Olympics. Perhaps that’s why they walked away from a meeting or perhaps they were never sincere about sitting down,” Pence‘s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement.

Signs of a thaw in relations between the two Koreas has sparked speculation of a lead-up to direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang, after months of tension and heated exchanges between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has held off from carrying out any weapons tests since November, when it shot off its largest intercontinental ballistic missile yet.

Credit: Reuters

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Police Officers Rescue Woman Who Slips Through Gap Between Train and Platform
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2018-02-21    0 views
Police officers came to the rescue of a woman, who was stuck between a train and a platform at Manly railway station, Queensland, on October 28, 2017.

Queensland Police said Senior Constable Jason Goodwin and Constable Sam Rosswere were patrolling the station when they noticed a woman had fallen into a gap between the train and the platform during the Manly Halloween festival. Senior Constable Goodwin slid down the platform to stabilise the woman’s neck, while railway staff kept the train stationary. This video shows the incident.

The scene was cleared within an hour with no serious injuries. Superintendent Shane Holmes said the officers, who received certificates of merit, prevented possible severe injuries.

Credit: Queensland Police via Storyful

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U.S. woman found with eye worm previously known only in cattle


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Published at: 2018-02-13

26-year-old woman from Oregon becomes first human to have her eye infected with 14 of these tiny worms previously only seen in cattle.

An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists said 14 translucent parasitic worms of the species Thelazia gulosa, all less than half an inch (1.27 cm) long, were extracted from the 26-year-old woman’s eye over a 20-day period before her symptoms dissipated.

This species of Thelazia worm was previously seen in cattle throughout the northern United States and southern Canada, the researchers reported in a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. They said the study indicates that North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously understood to such infections.

If the worms remain in a person’s eye for a prolonged time, they can cause corneal scarring and even blindness, according to the researchers.

“Cases of eye worm parasitic infections are rare in the USA, and this case turned out to be a species of the Thelazia that had never been reported in humans,” said study lead author Richard Bradbury, who works with the CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.

Bradbury said previously it was thought there were only two different species of these eye worms that infected humans worldwide, and that Thelazia gulosa is now the third.

The researchers said the woman noticed a small, translucent worm in her left eye after experiencing irritation. Her frequent outdoor pastimes during the summer months exposed her to the infection, they added.

She was from the city of Gold Beach, located on Oregon’s coast along the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles (65 km) north of the California border.

Previous cases of such eye worm infections have been reported worldwide, predominantly in Europe and Asia and in rural communities with close proximity to animals and with poor living standards, the researchers said.

Eye worms are found in a variety of animals including dogs, cats and certain wild carnivores.


Credit: Reuters

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