MORE: Huge megafire threatens to form The homes of Beau Williams and his father Brian Williams were lost in the Noosa fires in November. Picture: Peter WallisMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoSocial media sites have also been inundated with offers of accommodation for family and friends needing a bed for the night. There’s a bushfire emergency accommodation public group set up for Canberra which already has 4,904 members.Accommodation sharing sites have opened up ways for bushfire ravaged communities to seek shelter, with Airbnb activating its Open Homes to help fire evacuees find emergency housing in New South Wales and Victoria. The offer also extends to relief workers and fire fighters. The Royal Australian Navy helping evacuate people from Mallacoota during bushfire relief efforts. Picture credit: AFP PHOTO/ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY.The Australian East Coast has been hard hit this bushfire season, with Queensland seeing fires start as early as September last year, continuing through to December, while New South Wales and Victoria now have extreme danger zones with whole communities on alert or evacuating. Writer Erin Riley was among those who’ve jumped in to help via her “Find a Bed” initiative.“The biggest challenge we have right now is getting the message out to people in need,” she told News Corp Australia. “Over 500 people have volunteered their homes, but it’s hard to get the message out to people who are stranded with limited coverage. The response from people willing to help, though, has been absolutely amazing.” Bushfire arrived into the township of Malua Bay, just south of Batemans Bay. New Year’s Eve. Picture: Alex Coppel.Thousands of Aussies have opened their houses, units and investment properties as free emergency accommodation for people fleeing devastating firestorms that raged across three states.Multiple sites have opened up with zero cost for emergency accommodation in properties normally listed for up to hundreds of dollars a night, while individuals have also begun co-ordinating online efforts to link those needing a bed with those offering accommodation. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER A bushfire reaching Lithgow in the lead up to Christmas. Picture: Tim Hunter.Her “Find a Bed” initiative registers those who need a place to stay, asking where they are and what kind of accommodation they need; and then connecting them to the closest matching offer of accommodation.“If you have a spare bed or room for animals: let us know and if someone who needs a place to stay that matches what you can offer registers, we’ll put you in touch with them.”The site said that “due to the urgency of getting people into accommodation, we can’t screen people”.“We will connect you via phone and recommend you have a chat before making a decision about offering or accepting accommodation.” People lining up to register for evacuation by HMAS Choules in Mallacoota during bushfire relief efforts. Friday January 3. Picture credit: AFP PHOTO/ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY/SHANE CAMERON.“If you’ve been displaced or are helping with relief efforts, you can book free accommodation between 1 January 2020 and 16 January 2020.”Airbnb hosts were protected under the company’s insurance scheme, which allowed temporary housing to open up to over 30,000 people since the emergency initiative began in 2012. The scheme started post Hurricane Sandy when “hosts decided to offer their homes for free to neighbours who were forced to evacuate”, according to the short term accommodation site.
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___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:______ The Latest: English soccer authorities still waiting April 1, 2020 Associated Press A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended. English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___ The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
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Hudson’s Bay High School is the latest Clark County school to send letters home to parents after health officials confirmed cases of whooping cough.This week, Clark County Public Health confirmed two cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, at the Vancouver high school. Hudson’s Bay is the eighth local school since Oct. 1 to have identified cases of whooping cough, according to Clark County Public Health.Earlier this week, health officials confirmed multiple cases of whooping cough at Mountain View High School dating back to November. So far this year, nine cases have been reported at the east Vancouver school.Six other local schools each have one confirmed case of whooping cough: Mount Pleasant School, Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, Riverview Elementary School, Union High School, Minnehaha Elementary School and Cascadia Technical Academy. Two Clark County residents at a Portland private school are also among the local cases of whooping cough.Clark County typically has nine to 16 cases of whooping cough each month. In November, four cases were reported locally. Health officials have recorded 20 cases so far this month.