Brekky Wrap: Trump's Iran Sanctions And Government Pressured To Do More For Farmers
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump has warned trading partners about their relationship with Iran. He tweeted on Tuesday that "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States," after he reimposed sanction on the country. The fresh sanctions follow Trump pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal in May -- a deal he described as "one-sided" and the "worst I've ever seen". Key U.S. allies however, including Britain, France and Germany have vowed to continue to back the deal which calls into question the future of the economic relationship between the U.S. and the European Union.
Meanwhile, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has called for action rather than "more rhetoric" from North Korea since agreeing to denuclearise. He declared that the rogue nation has not taken the necessary steps to begin removing its nuclear weapons and called on Kim Jong-un to do so. Bolton also said the U.S has kept its side of the Singapore declaration that followed the historic summit on June 12 and that North Korea should do the same.
Over to California now and the West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution to remove Donald's Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The resolution asks the city of Los Angeles to remove the star “due to [Trump’s] disturbing treatment of women and other actions.” The vote to remove the star however, is largely symbolic as the West Hollywood City Council has no authority over the Walk of Fame --the Chamber of Commerce are the ones that make calls about removing stars. It is not expected that the Chamber of Commerce will act immediately, if at all, on the City Council's vote.
AFL player Andrew Gaff has been handed an eight-week ban after a sickening on-field punch that broke Andrew Brayshaw's jaw and shattered three teeth. Gaff pleaded guilty on Tuesday and it took the Tribunal just 14 minutes to decide on the verdict. The West Coast Eagle said he intended to hit Brayshaw in the chest, not in the face and he apologised for his actions. Gaff's suspension will see him out for the rest of the season and make him ineligible for the Brownlow Medal.
Drought Crisis: Special Coverage
Farmers struggling through the worst drought in 100 years welcome the financial assistance offered by state and federal governments, however believe that it won't go as far as ending their struggles completely. Governments have coped backlash for certain spending choices like the nearly $50 million to "commemorate the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific" or Or the $247 million to "renew and continue the National School Chaplaincy Programme". While no one is suggesting these investments aren't worthwhile or valuable, farmers are crying out for water and feed for their animals. Read the full story at the link below.
There are plenty of ways to support drought-stricken farmers, like buying Australian grown produce or donating to a registered charity, but there is one way you can help, while getting a solid feed as well. The Parma For A Farmer initiative is happening all over the country where $1 from every parma sold at participating pubs will be donated to Buy a Bale. Check out the list of pubs in your state at the link below.
READ MORE: How To Help Struggling Farmers
Proposed new social media guidelines in Tasmania will warn public servants of criticising politicians through their online activities. If implemented the guidelines will say liking or sharing a post is like creating the post yourself. The proposal also offers advice for using certain emojis over the internet like the 'angry face' emoji. The proposal for these changes comes just weeks after Tasmanian woman Angela Williamson was sacked By Cricket Australia for voicing her view about abortion on Twitter.
Usain Bolt will join the Central Coast Mariners for an "indefinite training period". While we won't see him on the field just yet, Bolt thanked the Mariners for giving him a chance to explore the possibility of him playing professional football. "I'm looking forward to the opportunities to prove that with hard work anything is possible," Bolt said.
Australia's population clock ticked over to 25 million overnight reaching the historic milestone 24 years earlier than expected. The 25 millionth Australian was most likely a migrant, as immigration accounts for nearly two thirds of Australia's growth.
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