As fuel supplies teeter on the brink of depletion UN facilities are grappling with a surge of 600,000 displaced Palestinians, straining their capacity.
The health ministry, under the control of Hamas in Gaza, has reported over 700 casualties due to Israeli airstrikes, which have persisted for two consecutive days. Israel maintains that the targets of these airstrikes are primarily Hamas fighters and their infrastructure. This military response was triggered by a large-scale cross-border assault on 7th October, leading to over 1,400 casualties and 222 hostages. Israel, along with the UK, the US, and other nations, designates Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Fuel deliveries to Gaza have been obstructed by Israel, citing fears that the fuel could be diverted by Hamas for military purposes. Israel accuses Hamas of hoarding diesel, refusing to distribute it.
Gaza’s hospitals, facing a dire situation, have taken the painful decision to close down all departments except emergency rooms to conserve fuel for life-saving equipment like ventilators, incubators, and dialysis machines.
As the situation worsens, healthcare facilities are at risk of collapsing. The World Health Organisation’s representative, Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, warns that UN-supported hospitals are operating generators at minimal levels for critical operations.
Gaza’s electricity has been sporadic since Israel halted its supply in response to the Hamas attacks. With the sole power station running out of fuel on 11th October, backup generators are the only source of electricity.
Aid groups and medical professionals in Gaza are sounding the alarm, emphasising that more lives are at risk if essential equipment fails due to the absence of electricity. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), overseeing the largest humanitarian operation in Gaza, has declared it will cease operations if additional fuel supplies aren’t secured by Wednesday night.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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