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this is do w. news live from berlin firefighters in australia under relentless strain for nearly 4 months now among those working to put out the flames are many volunteers they've taken leave from their paid jobs in some cases risking their minds now the australian government has announced plans to compensate them and honor their efforts also coming up families are on edge in ukraine as a prisoner swap between captured ukrainian soldiers and crowborough separatists is set to take place later today.
i'm mary in evanston it's good to have you with us australia is bracing for another week of bushfires as temperatures are expected to soar firefighters have been trying to contain the fires since september 8th people have died 2 of them firefighters many of those on the frontline are volunteers and now the australian government says it will pay them for their efforts. it's one of australia's worst bushfire seasons over. with so many blazes to battle it's often volunteers who answer the call for help. giving their time and paying the costs just like. 1516 hour shifts in
a row you're exhausted at the end of that you might have one day break and then they want you to go again. it just takes a toll physically. emotionally on the family they don't see you and me it means i use my annual leave a main said i you know i use my time in leech time. now there's help for the helpers some volunteers to be compensated for about 20 days worth of income lost while fighting the recent fires. as this is a very prolonged fosli this is putting additional demands on our firefighters in particular and it means that the turnouts in the call outs have been far more extensive than in previous years going well and beyond and above what is normally expected of those who are engaged in volunteer services. already public servants have been pledged additional leave to join the fight with
a straight these some are just getting started the country needs more helping hands to step up to the challenge. and joining me now from sydney is james morris he's a spokesman for the new south wales rural fire service thanks so much for being on our program well there's been a bit of good news for the volunteer firefighters with the government saying they are now going to be paid just how much of a difference is this going to make to their lives. it's a mighty huge difference to those volunteers who have given so much time in the last 5 to carve a half month or so without bush was as you mentioned a lot of them taking on paid leave taking time out from the jobs especially those who have business sina's small business owners in the walks who have lost income so they saw our forefathers who have been out for more than tend. to be able to climb up to $300.00 a day with
a maximum of $6000.00 off of highway and said look don't like the future difference to the daily living and in support of family and those people who have armed fortunately missed out during that on the helping communities of the files well unfortunately we are getting reports of further bushfires or updating just overnight and still apparently sydney harbor is new year's eve fireworks display is still planned to go ahead from your perspective is that a good idea. we continue to work with obviously the pari technique agencies and organizations as well as obviously other emergency services as well as a bureau of meteorology which we're keeping in close contact with at this stage 35 bands are predicted for the greatest sydney area for tuesday which is new year's eve we are expecting that change to come through see me in the light afternoon noodles like
a couple hours to to fully come through which will reduce the temperatures lastly the same increase in winds potentially through the early stages and hopefully before those 9 o'clock fireworks but certainly they staged as there's no forecast of issues all the safety concerns with that will continue to work with other firefighting agencies such as far as the new south wales to bolster and support then they start should there be any heightened level of requirements needed ferries of course land in and around sydney harbor. james morris from the new south wales rural fire service we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and wish all the best to you and your colleagues. let's get a check now of some of the other stories making news around the world there's been a stabbing attack at a jewish holiday celebration near new york city authorities say 5 people were hospitalized with injuries 2 of them are in critical condition the attack appears to be the latest in a string of anti-semitic attacks in new york this month. in lebanon hundreds of
protesters rallied outside the home of the country's new prime minister demonstrators fired flares and demanded the resignation of hassan the op who is backed by the islamist group hezbollah lebanon is facing its worst political crisis in decades protests against corruption and mismanagement have gripped the country since october. a truck bomb attack in somalia has killed at least 78 people the device exploded during morning rush hour at a busy security checkpoint in the capital mogadishu the country's president mohammed abdul latif or moncho blamed a militant islamist group for the attack. a key outcome of the recent summit between ukraine and russia is an agreed prisoner swap which is set to take place in the coming hours a similar prisoner exchange took place in september relieved families celebrated the moment and it signaled a slight turn in the strained relations between ukraine and russia but an estimated
14000 people have died in the ukrainian conflict and a war weary families are hoping bet today's exchange will lead to a real peace process. a major prisoner exchange with russia i'm pro russian separatists in september it broke inmates time and forced to the heart of the war nice to meet crime could soon be ending it was an early victory for ukraine's new president the music lenski. we're all agreed the 1st step to one block. or not. it is returning our soldiers political prisoners. who more than 5 years the ukrainian army has been fighting russian back separatists in the country's aist doors cost around 14000 lives until he came duster region into a conflict saw and. efforts to stop the fighting have come to little when selenski
was elected in i pro he promised to restart the peace process that culminated in a meeting this month with his french german and russian counterparts in which today's exchange was a grade. a. that and i'm an exchange between both sides in this conflict to whom based on swapping everyone on the. pieces with the 2 major exchanges complete by the end of the year the impetus in the coming 12 months will be on diplomacy completing the exchanges is a way of building trust between russia and ukraine and the separatists. let's get more on this from our correspondent david stern who's in kiev and who's following today's events for us so david how exactly is this prisoner exchange between russia and ukraine likely to play out i mean do we know for example just how many prisoners are supposed to be swapped. we'll only know the details
when it actually takes place or shortly before both the timing and the numbers those are still in the air it's an it's uncertain we're getting different reports of how many people are actually going to be exchanged possibly more than 50 from the separatist side 80 from the ukrainian side or maybe even more maybe 80 from the breakaway republics and 100 and more than 100 from the ukrainians but as i say this will become clearer later as well as when and where it takes place one expects however that it will take place on some neutral area that the 2 sides will it's exchange them directly and then the those that have been released from the unrecognized lugansk and peoples republics will be flown here to kiev and arrive at the main airport and bodies full well just how significant is this want likely to be in terms of improving the very strained relations between ukraine and russia
. well obviously anything in this direction is a positive step how positive we will remain we will wait to see but as we heard in the report this is all part of the peace process that has been undertaken by president selenski one of his main promises was to bring peace in the east we did see this this summit in france recently and there were promises that there would be there would be further steps this is the 1st major thing to happen since the summit but obviously the war continues people there is shelling just recently wounded and dead more than 14000 and as you have heard so there remains to be a great deal that means that needs to be done before we see a full peace in the east all right david stern reporting from kiev we thank you very much. well more than 6000 families in
a western kenya are suffering from the impact of flooding and heavy rains that began on christmas eve the residents of sue move fear the flooding could become worse while they wait for aid to arrive east africa's experiencing abnormally heavy rains which have been linked to the indian ocean being warmer than usual. in the kenyan county of kisumu water has crept everywhere residents struggle to find safe and dry places away from the muddy waters they are appealing to the government for help. children food went with the water in the books for the kids to my belongings ultimate here and i don't know where i will go to. there's no place to sleep we don't even have tents no water to drink and i have children in college as well as in secondary and primary schools. adult court it started on christmas night has left homes and businesses sup merged this
week's floods are the latest to hit kenya earlier heavy rains have already forced thousands of people to evacuate many have started to return to clean up their homes but this week's dumb and poor has those hopes residents look at the tide of brown water with anxiety and gloom. one of the biggest success stories of germans force this year was long jumper. she won gold at the world championships and doha but as we are about to see there's a lot more to her than just athletics. nane the piano are just one of. many talents for me it's all about testing myself pushing my limits. is tuned for success. i'm always working on myself in order to be the best. gemini's female athlete of the year 2019 the finishing touch to
a spectacular year in which she won gold at the world at that it's championships in doha. i've never experienced that the. feeling like how to achieve something truly extraordinary. a press. best of 7 meters 30 and 2019 she reached another level of consistency in passing this 7 meter mock at 7 different events and remaining unbeaten throughout the season. becoming the best to a long time because you have to keep on believing in yourself just doesn't off took almost at the age of 8 me humble discovered her passion for the long jump she then won gold at the under $23.00 european championships in 2015 she minds by taking trips to asia and you just meditation to relax a script on 2 feet gives you such
a deep sense of clarity. after her success at the world championships and i like coming home boys now favored to win in the big gold in tokyo in august i mean it would be a unique opportunity to surprise myself and even the whole world. unbelievable. who is certainly on sound after what has been an incredible 2019. the annual sydney to hobart yacht race in australia has come to an end with a maxi comanche 1st to finish the journey spending around 630 nautical miles comanche made a bold move and track further out to sea than the rest of the competition it was not smooth sailing for the race leader at one point when the yacht briefly came to a complete standstill but eventually the tactic paid off and comanche claimed its 3rd victory in 5 years finishing the race and one day 18 hours and 30 minutes.
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