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Three kids dead after student opens fire in US school on his birthday

Two school students have been shot dead in the US this morning, before the gunman turned his weapon on himself.

Local police responded to an incident in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, following reports a student had opened fire on his classmates.

It’s understood he shot at five students before turning the gun on himself.

A 16-year-old girl and two 14-year-old boys have died at the scene, while two others are reportedly suffering serious injuries.

The 16-year-old gunman, whose birthday is today, is also in a ‘grave’ condition in hospital after shooting himself.

Reports from the scene say the shooting happened 20 minutes before the start of school.

A motive hasn’t been established.

NSW Police

NSW FIRES: Police hunting arsonists over deliberately lit blazes

Police are still trying to track down multiple people suspected of deliberately lighting fires across New South Wales.

Over 60 fires are still burning across New South Wales today, with exhausted crews working to contain at least 20 that are considered out of control.

One suspected arsonist was reportedly taken into custody last night, after he was spotted acting suspiciously by an army crew.

It’s understood they chased him through Sydney’s Royal National Park, though police are yet to confirm this report.

Following catastrophic conditions on Tuesday, fire fighters will take advantage of easing conditions today, before they’re expected to worsen again over the weekend.

Temperatures are tipped to soar over 30 degrees again in parts tomorrow, though the winds aren’t currently expected to strengthen.

There is still little to no rain on the forecast for the next few days.

Those with respiratory problems are being urged to stay indoors and keep medication nearby, with smoky conditions expected across the state again.

Presentations to emergency departments for breathing issues almost doubled in the past week alone.

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Multiple injuries in two car crash, Gold Coast

Three people have been hospitalised after a two car crash in Upper Coomera overnight.

It happened on Abraham and Reserve Road around 6.30pm.

Paramedics – including Critical Care – assessed three people at the scene, all needing to be transported to hospital for further treatment.

A woman suffered chest and shoulder injuries, while a man suffered abdominal injuries.

They were both taken to stable to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The third person’s injuries are unconfirmed though they were taken stable to Robina Hospital.

Beach stage at Surfers Paradise during Schoolies 2016

Gold Coast braces for schoolies influx this weekend

The Gold Coast is getting ready for another wave of school leavers, with volunteer organisations confident of another successful year.

Approximately 18,000 schoolies are expected to descend on the Glitter Strip this weekend, as Surfers Paradise transforms into a hive of celebrations and activities.

Behind the scenes, the Safer Schoolies Response has been working to ensure that schoolies participants are well looked after.

It’s coordinated by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women in partnership with the City of Gold Coast, nine other government agencies and seven support services.

Mark Reaburn, the Chairman of the Safer Schoolies Response, says plenty of volunteers will be on hand, but says the behaviour of schoolies has changed.

“There’s not the alcohol consumption there used to be.

“The kids are becoming much more conscious of their image and that’s part of the world we’re in.

“I think behaviour-wise we’ve seen a change, but there will certainly be kids who’ll push themselves to the limit,” Mr Reaburn said.

Mr Reaburn says their response won’t change much from last year, just a few tweaks here and there, and that schoolies will be encouraged to hang out at the beach party, which is considered a safe zone that police are better able to monitor.

“We do it to get the kids out of their rooms, we do it to get the kids dancing on the sand and wearing themselves out in an alcohol free, safe environment,” Mr Reaburn said.

Red Frogs will have a huge presence again this year, with approximately 700 volunteers in the first week.

They’ll be stationed strategically throughout hotels, so that they’re never far away when called upon.

Chris George from The Red Frogs says their hotline is prepared for at least 10,000 calls that week.

“Those calls will vary from, you know, they want a pancake or they want someone to help clean their room at the end of the week, to the more severe mental health concerns and the schoolies’ concerns for their friends.

“Which is fantastic because they’re reaching out,” Mr George said.

He also believes there’s never been a safer time to be a schoolie on the Gold Coast.

“Schoolies, you know, 15-20 years ago were having a really big time.

“A lot of alcohol, a lot of drugs, a lot of risk taking… but we’ve really seen the culture of schoolies change over the last few years.

“I think that’s really around the education seminars that the Red Frogs have been doing in schools,” Mr George said.

Qantas Dreamliner

Qantas pledges zero net emissions by 2050

Qantas has become the second airline to commit to zero net emissions by 2050 amid mounting scrutiny of the aviation industry’s carbon footprint.

The airline announced on Monday it will cap its net emissions at 2020 levels, and that it will offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations from 2020, including across its Jetstar, QantasLink and Qantas Freight operations.

The pledge exceeds that made by global industry body International Air Transport Association – which has committed to halving emissions from 2005 levels by 2050 – and is in line with the commitment made by British Airways owner International Airlines Group last month.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the company’s 2050 goal will be achieved through fuel efficiency and the use of carbon offset schemes, rather than by people flying less often.

“Concerns about emissions and climate change are real, but we can’t lose sight of the contribution that air travel makes to society and the economy,” Mr Joyce said in a release.

“The industry has already come a long way in cutting its footprint and the solution from here isn’t to simply ‘fly less’ but to make it more sustainable.”

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