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Portugal and the U.S. fall victim to intense wildfire conditions

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Extreme fire conditions have spread across the globe with the U.S. scorched and dozens injured in Portugal

Dozens have been injured as a wildfire tears through Portugal leaving 12 firefighters and 17 civilians in medical care.

3,000 firefighters have now been deployed to tackle the inferno as temperatures throughout the country reach 43 degrees Celsius.

The European Union has activated its air fleet assistance programme allowing member nations to share their resources.

Spain has been one of the first countries to lend a hand, mobilising two firefighting planes.

96 per cent of Portugal is considered as being in ‘extreme’ or ‘severe’ drought and the sweltering heat wave currently hanging over the nation is only expected to worsen.

The government has declared a heightened state of alert which will remain in place until at least Friday.

Wildfires throughout the U.S.

It’s been an explosive few months when it comes to wildfires in the U.S., but it’s tipped to get a whole lot worse as summer approaches.

Landscapes are being described by experts as ‘tinderboxes’ – so dry that a single spark could lead to catastrophe.

The Pacific north-west, north California, Texas, Hawaii and Alaska are all forecast to be among those hardest hit by fire conditions.

Four key factors are at play here – drought, dried fuels, windy or warm weather and ignitions.

The climate crisis is also making matters worse and leading to more intense conditions.

Over the first six months of this year alone, we’ve seen a controlled burn in New Mexico escape its containment and escalate into a wildfire in Alaska, a lightning storm led to the destruction of 2 million acres, and this is just to name a few.

When compared with the previous 10-year average, 220 per cent more land has been lost as a result of fires.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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U.S. home prices surge 47%

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American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

Tom Hutchens, the Executive Vice President of Production at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #economy #housing #housingmarket #homeprices #homesales #inflation #trending

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