Website blunder exposes Liberal Party's growing pains

Website blunder exposes Liberal Party's growing pains

Posted July 16, 2017 08:23:36 The WA Liberals did something this week that’s becoming increasingly core business for an opposition in modern day politics – it released a whistleblower website. Launched without fanfare, it was a seemingly innocuous act, until the site was revealed to have significant flaws. The original website, registered to Opposition Leader Mike Nahan, urged anyone aware of misconduct by public officers, including ministers and MPs, to submit their details via an online form, and promised it would be “100 per cent confidential.” The problem was that…

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Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to take math's highest award, dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to take math's highest award, dies at 40

She was 40. The Iran native thrived in study of curved surfaces such as doughnut shapes and amoebas — to a degree that other bright minds in the field dared not explore, her colleagues have said. In 2014, she became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics and equivalent in reputation to a Nobel Prize. The International Mathematical Union established the award in 1936 and has presented it to at least two people every four years since 1950. All 52 recipients before Mirazkhani were…

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Danger lurking in our hospitals

Danger lurking in our hospitals

MORE than half of doctors in Australia’s public hospitals are working unsafe hours — some more than 70 hours in a single shift. A new audit by the Australian Medical Association found that 53 per cent were on rosters that placed them at significant or higher risk of fatigue. Intensive care physicians and surgeons were the most stretched. One doctor reported working an unbroken 76-hour shift, alongside others who endured shifts of between 53 and 72 hours. AMA president Michael Gannon was left dismayed. “It is disappointing that work and…

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Tourists hump it to Boulia for 'Melbourne Cup of camel racing'

Tourists hump it to Boulia for 'Melbourne Cup of camel racing'

Posted July 16, 2017 05:22:55 Photo: Camel owner, trainer and jockey Glenda Sutton said training camels could be a challenge. (ABC News: Ash Moore) Related Story: Chatsworth manager heads south towards family Related Story: Thousands hump it across the dusty outback to Boulia camel races Thousands of tourists have humped to outback Queensland to take in the 21st annual Boulia Camel Races. Dubbed the Melbourne Cup of camel racing, the event offered everything from camel races and camel tagging to mower races, fireworks, and live music. Secretary Shelley Norton said…

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World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

Image copyrightEthiopian Wolf Image caption The Ethiopian wolf has lost 99% of its rangeSix of the world’s large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study. The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming. Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say scientists. This relies on human willingness to share the landscape with the likes of the wolf. The research,…

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