At least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend in Bangladesh while millions were left marooned or homeless in low-lying northeastern parts hit by the worst monsoon floods in the country's recent history, officials said.
What was intended as a ten-day vacation in a sunny Egyptian Red Sea resort for Ukrainian manager Oleksandr Golovkin and his family, has lasted more than 100 days placing the now refugees under uncertainty with the war in their country dragging on.
Businesswoman Kellie Sloane says "nothing like a blackout" to get people "focused" on the issue of energy. "Transition is always going to be an unsteady period," she told Sky News host Erin Molan. "Perhaps we can learn from this wake-up call and also realise just how important it is to put in some of those transitional plans."
One person was killed and several injured after sudden strong gusts of wind hit the coast of northern France on Saturday, June 18, Le Parisien reported. The Calvados prefecture told local media that a 31-year-old male kitesurfer died after a strong gust threw him into the window of a restaurant in Villers-sur-Mer. Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Footage posted by Twitter user @nar2manon showed parasols, chairs, and tables overturned in Trouville-sur-Mer. The Calvados prefecture said the extreme weather would continue on Sunday with thunderstorms and gusts of up to 100 km/h predicted. Credit: @nar2manon via Storyful
Commentator Prue MacSween says she hasn't got as "big a problem" with the idea of a shared equity housing scheme as she "initially thought". This comes after the NSW government announced a shared equity program for single parents, older single people, nurses, teachers and police officers. "We provide social housing for people who can't afford to buy their own place," Ms MacSween told Sky News host Chris Smith. "So if we can get people who were never going to be able to afford to buy a home, to stump up two per cent, and then take some pride and earn some dignity in home ownership, and perhaps in the end maybe own their homes one day, then I haven't got as big a problem with it as I initially thought. "The taxpayer's paying for this social housing anyway, so isn't it better if we can get people to take some responsibility?"
Reports of so-called “revenge porn” on social media by young people has almost doubled over the past year, according to shocking new figures from the eSafety Commission that inspired a new campaign against the trend.
Bubs Australia CEO Kristy Carr says the US' baby formula shortage "really is a crisis unfolding". Bubs Australia has come to the rescue of families and babies in the US after the drastic shortage saw President Joe Biden make an appeal for the manufacturer to send urgent stocks. "It's one thing looking at image after image of empty shelves while sitting back here in Australia but when I'm here and talking to the parents at the stores it's really a dire situation," Ms Carr told Sky News host Chris Smith.
One person was killed and several injured after sudden strong gusts of wind hit the coast of northern France on Saturday, June 18, local media reported. Le Parisien, citing the Calvados prefecture, reported that a 31-year-old male kitesurfer died after a strong gust threw him into the window of a restaurant in Villers-sur-Mer. Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Video posted by Twitter user @armariagostonao shows sand blowing on a beach in Deauville. The Calvados prefecture said the extreme weather would continue on Sunday with thunderstorms and gusts of up to 100 km/h predicted. Credit: @armariagostonao via Storyful
Tetyana Pyshna, who fled the conflict in Ukraine with her 12-year-old daughter Anastasia, says the ordeal has been the "hardest time" in their lives. The pair left their home in the city of Kremenchuk, leaving behind their husband and father, as well as the rest of their family. "We all cried ... all people cried," Ms Pyshna told Sky News host Erin Molan. "It was very hard for all." She said the hardest part is not knowing when they can see their family again. "And can we come back to our country? Can we come back in our home?"
With a blessing for its EU ambitions and a pledge of unwavering support from Britain, Ukraine vowed on Saturday to prevail against Moscow as it battled Russian assaults near a key eastern city and multiple locations came under shell and missile attack. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
Rescue work was underway in southern China as the region was pounded by severe storms, triggering flooding in cities and mudslides in rural areas, leaving residents stranded amid swirling flood waters.
A British government policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, which has stirred widespread criticism, is meant to deter migrants crossing from France. But in a Calais camp, many still want to make the perilous journey. Lucy Fielder reports.
Sky News host Paul Murray says there's "a little more pain coming our way" amid predictions the cost of living is set to surge. "What exactly is the plan, of course, to deal with all of this?", Mr Murray said.
Sky News host Paul Murray says flying the Aboriginal flag on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge permanently shouldn't be "that hard". The NSW government announced in February it intended to install an additional flagpole on top of the bridge and recently revealed a commitment of $25 million to do so. "The issue is, why hasn't it happened? Why does it cost so much money?", Mr Murray said.
Former Victorian Liberal Party President Michael Kroger says people now think the government “can do everything”. “This was one of the downsides of the pandemic,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray. “The Labor party have inculcated people with the view that government can do everything.”
Pauline Hanson's Chief of Staff James Ashby says he believes Prime Minister Anthony Albanese when he says power prices will go down, because people "won't have power to actually accumulate a bill". "We are facing brownouts and blackouts, that's the only way we're going to see reduction in power bills, is because the lights won't turn on," he told Sky News host Paul Murray.
French politician Marine Le Pen cast her vote in the commune of Henin-Beaumont, France, during the second round of parliamentary elections in the country on June 19. After all votes were counted in the first round of elections on Sunday, June 12, Le Pen’s National Rally scored 18.68 percent of the vote, up from 13.2 percent in the first round in the 2017 elections, FRANCE24 reported. National Rally candidates advanced to the second round run-off in more than 200 electoral races across France, up from 120 in 2017, FRANCE24 said. Le Pen was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election in April. Credit: @GauthierBret via Storyful
Independent Senator David Pocock says the government’s emissions reduction target of 43 per cent is “a good start”, however he is hoping to achieve 60 per cent. “I think the thing that Australians want is for an end to the climate wars and to actually have a target that we can work towards,” he told Sky News host Erin Molan. “We have to be looking after everyday Australians. “This is such a huge opportunity for us here in Australia. We’ve got more renewable resources than anywhere else.”
Sky News host Jenna Clarke says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese revealed he aims to legislate Labor’s emission reduction target, in his agenda for the first sitting week of parliament. “One thing that’s really confusing … is this 43 per cent emissions reduction target that he’s trying to legislate,” she told Sky News host Erin Molan. “It’s already on the cards … why is there a need to legislate?”
Sky News host Paul Murray says the "safety net" of reliable power "has been undercut". "It's been undercut by state government, by big business, and every time the former federal government tried to do something about it, guess who said no? Big business and the former and current state governments," Mr Murray said.
Former minister and Laundy Hotels Executive Craig Laundy says the 5.2 per cent minimum wage rise will "be the latest kick in the guts" to businesses. 'We've had two massive closures through COVID, we can't find staff, we've got all sorts of short-term inflationary impacts – through no fault of our own – that are being passed onto the cost side of every business in the country," Mr Laundy told Sky News host Erin Molan. He said there will need to be "big decisions" from the government to address the issues businesses are facing, such as staff shortages.
Satellite imagery from May 31 and June 18 shows China’s third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, before and after its launch in Shanghai on Friday, June 17. The ship is China’s first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier that uses catapults, state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The Fujian has a full-load displacement of more than 80,000 tons and is equipped with electromagnetic catapults and arresting devices, Xinhua said. The ship is set to carry out mooring tests and sea trials after its launch, Xinhua added. An image released by Maxar shows the moored Fujian on June 18. Further images captured on the same date show the empty Jiangnan Shipyard where the ship was launched. Maxar said an image of the carrier in the dockyard was taken on May 31. Credit: Maxar Technologies via Storyful
Former Labor Minister Graham Richardson says the fact Australia has a new government means there's a "chance" for a thawing of its relationship with China but "knowing the Chinese, it won't be quick". "And I think you're just going to have to negotiate and they'll just allow a little bit of time to elapse and then they'll say okay, we can resume normal relations," Mr Richardson told Sky News host Chris Smith.
Liberal Senator Jim Molan says the war in Ukraine has "shifted" for the "simple reason that it's not hitting the headlines every single night". Mr Molan said some estimates indicate 100-200 Ukrainian fighters are killed per day and civilian casualties would be "horrendous". "At the moment we're not hearing that in Australia because we've been through the election, we've been through COVID, we've been through a whole bunch of stuff which has take our attention," he told Sky News host Erin Molan. Mr Molan said while Australia has been sending modern weapons, "we can always do more".
Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun says Russian President Vladimir Putin “is changing the rhetoric” to justify his invasion of Ukraine. “When the full-scale invasions started, he had different explanations for it,” she told Sky News host Chris Smith. “He was talking about the protection of the people of Donbas … he was also talking about regime change in Kyiv. “But now he’s talking about a different reason for attack – which is the West forcing Ukraine into NATO. “We are an independent state; it’s our decision which alliance to join or not to join. “Secondly, we have never been a threat to Russia.”
NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham says “it’s a basic reality that solar and wind can’t keep the lights on 24/7”. “You need the backup … you need to keep the coal going, the gas going and build the nuclear so you’ve got reliable baseload power to provide the essential power for the people,” he told Sky News host Chris Smith. “It’s the thing that’s the total backbone of the entire economy and our society.”
Australia will prioritise the purchase of nuclear-powered submarines able to hit the water the fastest, under an Albanese Government pledge to deliver a “fit for purpose” defence force to meet modern threats.
Sky News host Erin Molan says the West may be "scared" to help "too much" in Ukraine's fight against Russia. "It's horrific and like most things that are uncomfortable, it's sometimes easier to just pretend it isn't happening at all - but it is, people are dying, hundreds every single day," she said. "Are we cowering to a bully? And yes that bully is Putin, in fact ‘bully’ is just the tip of the iceberg," Ms Molan said. "What if it was happening right here, to your families, in this country?"
Sky News host Chris Smith says Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest words on his invasion of Ukraine were "breathtaking and moronic". Mr Smith said the Russian President was speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum where he "described the US as thinking they were 'God's own messengers on planet Earth'". "That to me burns of jealousy and envy. It's deep seated hatred, for the sake of hating," Mr Smith said. He also said Mr Putin's "bizarre and twisted defence" of why he invaded Ukraine "defies logic". "Putin says, 'it was forced and necessary. It was a decision by a sovereign country, that has an unconditional right, based on the UN Charter, to defend its security'."
The Australian National University’s Professor of Economics Warwick McKibbin says Australia can avoid a recession. “We didn’t have to have a recession in 1991 – it was bad policy choices,” he told Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood. “It’s not just up to the Reserve Bank … you have to coordinate monetary policy, fiscal policy, you need a very clear energy and climate policy so that investors will go out there and start investing in new technologies. “So this is an all policy issue that needs to be addressed.”
The NSW government committing $25 million to ensure the Aboriginal flag flies permanently on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is another "pathetic attempt at virtue signalling", according to Sky New host Chris Smith. Mr Smith said the flag tends to alternate with the NSW flag, but a third flagpole is set to be installed by the end of the year. "A $25 million gesture to apparently 'close the gap', we were told today," he said. "Close the gap? Maybe $25 million would be far better off spent on health, education and some basic infrastructure in regional Indigenous communities. "That's what closing the gap really means - it's not symbolism."
A player spectacularly failed with an elaborate throw-in attempt at a schoolboys’ soccer tournament in Limerick, Ireland, on Friday, June 17. The stunt took place during the shield final of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) UMBRO Kennedy Cup, coverage sponsored by SUBWAY, between Clare and Limerick Desmond. In the footage, the Clare player can be seen running towards the pitch, ball in hand. He raises the ball over his head, before attempting a flip. The ball fires out in the opposite direction to the pitch. “No way,” the commentator is heard saying in disbelief as several of his teammates put their hands on their heads. Credit: SFAI via Storyful