Saturday, August 23, 2014

It's the end of an era for MythBusters

It's the end of an era for MythBusters: Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara are leaving the series.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced the fan-favorites would depart the show at the end of the Thursday, Aug. 21 episode of the hit Discovery program.

Kari and Grant took to Twitter to share their feelings with fans after the announcement.

Telstra call centre jobs will not exist in five years

Telstra's chief executive has put a five-year time limit on thousands of Australian-based call centre jobs, saying online services are the way of the future.

David Thodey dropped the bombshell just over a week after Telstra wowed investors with a $4.3 billion full-year profit.

Mr Thodey told 774 ABC Melbourne radio host Jon Faine he does not brush off criticism levelled at Telstra for sending jobs offshore, but the company cannot ignore change.

"In the reality these jobs will not exist in five years," he said.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Chinese fighter jet makes 'dangerous' pass at US Navy aircraft in international airspace

The United States has lodged a diplomatic protest after a Chinese fighter jet flew dangerously close to a Navy plane in international airspace, performing aerial manoeuvrers just metres away.

The Pentagon said the "very dangerous" incident happened 200 kilometres east of China's Hainan Island on Tuesday near a Chinese submarine base.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Chinese fighter jet made several passes at the P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Government to remove social security benefits for Australians identified as security threat

The Federal Government is introducing new laws that will see Australians stripped of their welfare benefits if they are identified as a threat to national security.

Currently welfare payments can only be cancelled if the recipient no longer meets social security eligibility rules.

The Government says the new measures will ensure that Australian taxpayers are not financing members of terrorist organisations.

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One-punch killers to spend 10 years in jail under new Victorian laws

Perpetrators of one-punch deaths will soon face 10 years in jail in Victoria, with the state introducing Australia's toughest laws on such killings.

The sentence will apply whether the death is caused by the punch, or by the victim striking his or her head in the fall.

Anyone convicted of manslaughter in a gang attack also faced a decade in prison under laws to be introduced in the Victorian Parliament this week, Attorney-General Robert Clark said.