ABC Fact Check unit to close due to budget cuts

ABC Fact Check unit to close due to budget cuts

Updated May 18, 2016 16:16:57 The ABC’s Fact Check unit is set to close as part of budget cuts likely to result in the loss of 14 jobs across the corporation. ABC News director Gaven Morris confirmed the proposed changes in an email to staff on Wednesday afternoon. On top of the ABC’s regular annual budget, the former Rudd government provided $60 million over three years for enhanced newsgathering services. In this month’s budget, the Federal Government trimmed that funding to approximately $41.4 million for the next three years. Mr…

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Fossil bird with 6m wingspan found in Antarctica

Fossil bird with 6m wingspan found in Antarctica

Posted May 19, 2016 09:55:16 Photo: The pelagornithid would dwarf the albatross, the largest flying bird alive today. (Supplied: Steven Chown) The fossil remains of a 50-million-year-old bird with a six-metre wingspan have been found in Antarctica. Paleontologists at a natural history museum in Argentina said they had identified the pelagornithid, or bony-toothed bird, nearly three years after its fossilised bones were first found at an Argentine research base on the Antarctic island of Marambio. “Almost three years ago, remains began to appear of what we believed could be this…

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US Federal Reserve signals interest rate rise possible in June

US Federal Reserve signals interest rate rise possible in June

Posted May 19, 2016 09:19:22 Photo: US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is treading a careful path on rate rises. (AFP: Nicholas Kamm) The US Federal Reserve has signalled that a June rate rise is firmly on the agenda if economic conditions continue to improve. In the minutes from the Fed’s April meeting, where rates were left steady at between 0.25 and 0.5 per cent, officials said a hike would be “appropriate” if key indicators on inflation and employment stay on a positive track. “Most participants judged that if incoming…

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Tasmania: youth justice supervision in 2014–15

Tasmania: youth justice supervision in 2014–15

released: 27 Apr 2016 author: AIHW This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in Tasmania in 2014–15, and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2014–15. ISSN 2202-1841; ISBN 978-1-74249-917-8; Cat. no. JUV 81; 8pp.; Internet only Publication Publication table of contents Youth justice fact sheet no. 61 Number and rate under supervision Age and sex Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people Time under supervision Sentenced and unsentenced detention Recent trends: 2010–11 to 2014–15 Box 1: Youth…

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Aussie Olympian’s Rio fear factor

Aussie Olympian’s Rio fear factor

Nightmare.OLYMPIC silver-medallist Jess Fox has revealed she has already lived her Rio Olympics nightmare. The Australian canoe slalom star was training at the Rio de Janeiro Whitewater Stadium — the 2016 Olympic venue — when everything that could have gone wrong did. Her two week training camp in Rio with teammate Ian Borrows, her mum Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi and a physiotherapist was the perfect preparation for dealing with the delays and unexpected roadblocks athletes will face during the Games, beginning August 5. Writing in a blog for the Australian Olympic Team…

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