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Cyclone Debbie in Australia continues to cause Chaos with extreme Weather Conditions

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Sydney, March 30, 2017: The aftermath of tropical Cyclone Debbie in Australia on Thursday has continued to cause chaos, with extreme weather conditions continuing throughout much of the state of Queensland.

Schools in the southeast area of the state have been closed, and employers have been told to send their workers home, as the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a month’s worth of rain to fall in the course of the day, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The two biggest cities in Queensland, the capital Brisbane, and tourist hot-spot the Gold Coast are bracing for huge downpours, with winds clocking between 90 to 125 km per hour set to hit by Thursday afternoon, with a heavy deluge of rain already falling in both areas.

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has called for residents to put safety first, and to immediately retrieve their children from schools in the affected regions.

“We don’t want parents and children to be on the road in 90 km/h weather or heavy rainfall,” Trad said.

With safety as a primary focus, attention is also being directed to the massive recovery operation that is underway, with around 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel being deployed as part of “Queensland Assist 17,” the recovery operation in conjunction with state emergency services crews.

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One of the main priorities for the rescue and recovery operation is the tourism hub of the Whitsunday Islands, the popular island group which includes both Hayman and Daydream Island.

Tourists have been stranded since the catastrophic weather event, with flights to get visitors and staff out of the devastated areas set to begin later this afternoon, weather permitting, as all maritime methods of transportation have been shut down due to the extreme weather conditions.

But Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the public to not cancel planned trips to the resorts that have been hit, as the potential toll to tourism would see the cost of damages compounded upon if they were to lose even further revenue. (IANS)

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Twitter to Live Stream FIFA Related Content, An Effort by Broadcasters and Teams

Brazil, France and Spain are among the teams Twitter would be featuring as they train and travel around Russia.

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In a bid to engage more people on Twitter, broadcasters from the US and Australia, and several other teams competing in the FIFA World Cup will live-stream tournament-related content on the platform, a media report said.

“Within seconds of every goal at this summer’s FIFA World Cup, a highlight will be clipped and posted on Twitter,” SportTechie website reported late on Wednesday.

Every night, broadcasters in the US (Fox Sports) and Australia (SBS) will air live analysis shows on the micro-blogging platform, the report said.

“World Cup 2018 is the most global event in the history of our content partnerships business,” Jay Bavishi, Twitter’s Senior Partnerships Manager for Global Content, was quoted as saying.

"Within seconds of every goal at this summer's FIFA World Cup, a highlight will be clipped and posted on Twitter," SportTechie website reported late on Wednesday.
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According to the report, Twitter has partnerships with 24 publishers across 12 countries and regions for delivery of on-field content, studio analysis and behind-the-scenes access.

Brazil, France and Spain are among the teams Twitter would be featuring as they train and travel around Russia.

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Twitter recently commissioned research and said the results showed that more people use Twitter and stay longer on the platform during major live events than on other social media services.

“It is the first place that communities come to watch what’s happening and talk about it. That’s especially true around the soccer community and around World Cup,” Matt Derella, Twitter Vice President, Global Revenue and Partnerships, said.

The platform noted that football “fans are a particularly active bunch with a year-over-year increase in soccer video sharing of 144 per cent”. (IANS)