Daily News Roundup

March 11, 2019

Reuters: Pascal Rossignol

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with ‘no survivors’ of 157 people aboard

An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi has crashed, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.

Flight ET 302, a Boeing 737-800 MAX, lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after take-off, the pilot then sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return.

The plane model was the same as the Lion Air flight that crashed off the coast of Indonesia last year, killing 189

Citizens from 35 countries were on board the flight, which was likely carrying people to attend a major United Nations environmental conference in Nairobi.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had no information that Australians were on board the flight.

It said the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa would continue to make urgent inquiries of local authorities in Ethiopia.

The Red Cross has joined teams scouring a vast area for human remains and pieces of the plane, which disintegrated on impact.


Jaguar attacks woman who ‘crossed barrier to take selfie’ at Arizona wildlife park

A woman has been attacked by a jaguar after she crossed a barrier at a United States zoo in a bid to take the perfect selfie with the big cat.

The jaguar swiped through fencing and left the woman with deep gashes to her arms after she crossed the protective barrier

The big cat will not be euthanised because it “was not the animal’s fault”, the zoo confirmed

Eyewitnesses on Saturday said the animal was in its enclosure at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Phoenix, Arizona when it lashed out through fencing, leaving deep gashes on the woman’s arm after she climbed over the barrier to get closer.

Footage taken at the scene showed the woman writhing on the ground in pain with a deep laceration near her left wrist, as shocked onlookers tried to comfort her.

Wildlife World Zoo said the visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to her arm from one of its female jaguars, adding: “Please understand why barriers are put in place.”


Julie Bishop says politics is ‘lonely’ and ‘isolating’ as a woman in wake of deluge of female departures

High-profile Liberal MP Julie Bishop has spoken about how “lonely” and “isolating” it can be as a woman in politics, as she proposed a radical change to the way Federal Parliament works.

Julie Bishop announced her impending retirement from politics in February. The veteran politician said Parliament House “is not a family-friendly place”. High-profile politicians Kelly O’Dwyer and Kate Ellis have also recently announced their decisions to leave federal politics.

Taking to the stage for an all-female panel in Sydney, Ms Bishop reflected on her 20-year political career that — at one time — saw her as the only woman sitting around an all-male Cabinet table.

“It can be pretty lonely. You keep very much to yourself as a woman,” she said.

“You don’t go out drinking with the boys — it’s just not the same camaraderie.

“Parliament House is not a family-friendly place,” she claimed.

The departure of Liberal Minister Kelly O’Dwyer and Labor’s Kate Ellis — both in their early 40s with young children — seemingly backs up that theory, although they have both given personal reasons for leaving.

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