ANU investigates claims of essay farm access and more 11am Zedlines

Australian National University is investigating claims that students are purchasing assignments from company Assignment King.

Brisbane's EatSafe marks fifth year 

Brisbane City Council has released its list of 2015 food prosecutions, marking the fifth year of its EatSafe inspection program.

The CBD’s Beijing House received the largest fine, with $42,000 worth of penalties relating to selling unsuitable food and hygiene complaints.

The program has raised the average compliance rate in businesses to 90 percent, in comparison to just over 40 percent when the program began.

More than 1500 fines have been issued to business over the past five years, with 60 licences ultimately cancelled.


Children survive concrete pontoon flipping

Eight children have miraculously survived after a concrete pontoon flipped and landed on top of them in a dam north-west of Brisbane.

A group of scouts, aged between 11 and 15, were thought to have been standing on the edge of the pontoon at the Baden Scout Camp when it capsized, falling onto their heads.

Reports say the children sustained spinal injuries, bruising and shoulder dislocations, although no one is in a serious condition.  


Essay farm allegations for ANU

Australian National University is launching an investigation into an essay farm selling finished assignments to Chinese students in Canberra.

Concerns were raised by former students, believing someone within the university community was exploiting international students for profit.

The company, Assignment King, advertises its services in Mandarin, promising to deliver original assignments that will not trip anti-plagiarism software.

ANU says any student caught using the service would face disciplinary action and potential expulsion.


Wind farm seeks Indigenous stakeholders

A wind company in New South Wales is looking for Aboriginal stakeholders to aid in preparing a heritage assessment.

White Rock Wind Farm, to be located west of Glen Innes, will see 70 wind turbines initially constructed, providing power to 75,000 homes a year.

The company is looking to connect with Aboriginal stakeholders with cultural knowledge of the Maybole and Spring Mountain area.

Registrations close later this month.


Fossil fuel burning causes delay of next ice age

Scientists have found the rate of fossil fuel consumption has postponed the next global ice age for at least 100,000 years.

The research, published in the journal Nature, reviewed the eight previous ice ages over the past 800,000 years, and found that human activity via climate change has drastically altered geological patterns.

Researchers say the bottom line is human activity is causing the Earth to skip a whole glacial cycle.


Al Jazeera America closes down

Al Jazeera America will shut down its cable news channel, despite the initial heavy spending used to try and break into the U.S. market.

The current business model has been labelled as unsustainable in light of the economic challenges.

The Qatar-based news agency launched their American service in 2013, pledging to offer a more serious and in-depth approach to current affairs.

Al Jazeera is still planning on expanding its digital coverage in the US, after the channel shuts down in April.