It can be difficult to have a moment to yourself on a Tuesday, aye. You have to check in with what the Kardashians are up to. You have to ignore a heartfelt text that your Dad sent. And you have to procrastinate everything else by gobbling up seven bags of chicken flavoured chips.
However, amidst this chaos, it’s important you make some time to learn what’s going on in the news. Here are some of today’s biggest headlines:
Melbourne Airport Has Had a Major Security Breach
If you’re getting an Aussie flight today, you might be in for a rough-as-guts time. This is because The Australian has reported that a major security breach at Melbourne Airport’s first terminal has caused some huge delays.
“A passenger appears to have inadvertently passed from an unscreened area to a screened area of the airport in Melbourne,” explained Qantas in a statement. This caused thousands of passengers to get off their flights and head back into the terminal.
They also said, “Safety is our number one priority, but we know this disruption is causing some inconvenience for our passengers and we apologise for that. We are investigating how this incident occurred.”
One affected passenger, Tim Joyce, told Nine News that he was pleased with Qantas’ response. He expressed, “The pilot pretty much told us straight away that there was somebody who slipped through the terminal.”
“I am glad they have evacuated the terminal to make sure everyone is safe, because it is definitely worth a few hours of waiting.”
As of this morning at least eleven flights have been delayed or cancelled. The breach is also likely to cause flow-on effects in airports across the country.
Kyiv Was Smashed By Multiple Missiles
On a very serious note, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv has been attacked by missiles for the first time in months. The Guardian has outlined that a main road junction, a children’s playground, and the outside of a train station were hit. Multiple people have died as a result of the attack.
“This is not a strategic target,” stated Victoria Amelina, a Ukrainian war crimes researcher in Kyiv. “If they hit this bridge, it is a weird revenge for the Crimea bridge. This is a bridge where the tourists walk.”
“It’s terrible,” commented another local, Tetiana Kononir. “I don’t know what to say. Who can know what Putin is thinking. I can’t even say whether he’s sick or whether he’s trying to frighten us or not.
Nevertheless, Kononir additionally declared, “This only unites us even more. He will never defeat us. He will never put us on our knees.”
The Plan to Save Australia’s Mountain Pygmy Possums
In some bitter-sweet news, scientists have a plan to save our mountain pygmy possums from extinction. Bitter because these critters are struggling to survive the climate crisis. Sweet because the ABC has noted that there’s a hopeful plan to save them.
The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service is now using a custom breeding space that mimics the possum’s underground environment. They are also planning on deliberately propagating these marsupials to survive warmer climates.
“Projects like this are really important because we’re trying to future-proof this species and make sure it doesn’t go extinct,” asserted Doctor Hayley Bates, a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
“And if this works for the pygmy possum, we can start to look at other species as well.”