1. In the US the two week government shutdown looks set for a resolution. President Barack Obama said there had been some progress in Senate negotiations on a possible compromise to reopen the federal government and avoid a U.S. default as soon as Thursday. President Obama is meeting this morning (AEDT) with bipartisan congressional leaders. Analysts are warning that if the US government default on their debt obligations the world markets could be sent into a spin. Congress is racing against the clock. US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that the U.S. will quickly exhaust its ability to pay the bills on Thursday.
2. A TV special in the UK has released new details about the suspects wanted in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007. They are focusing in particular on the sighting of a man walking down the street with a child in his arms on the evening of the 3rd of May around 10pm.
“The child was described as about three to four years old, with blonde hair, possibly wearing pyjamas. That’s why we’re so interested in this particular incident,” Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood told BBC television. Two of the suspects are German-speaking, according to the German tabloid Bild and the British newspaper The Times.
3. An app that helps pregnant women be more aware of their unborn baby’s movements could cut the rate of stillborn deaths by as much as 30 per cent. The smartphone program called My Baby’s Movements will be rolled out to 27 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand as part of a push by the ANZ Stillbirth Alliance to reduce stillborn deaths. The app aims to raise awareness among pregnant women of the importance of noticing reductions in a baby’s movements.
More than 2000 babies were stillborn in 2010. The study of 3000 women in Norway who were more than 28 weeks pregnant showed that monitoring decreased foetal movement could reduce the death rate by a third.
4. Parents are being warned of possible childcare fee increases with providers across the country formally told the conditional funding offers they received under Labor to give staff pay rises have been revoked.
Education Department sent childcare providers a letter on Friday revoking the offer of funding.
The Abbott government have a month-long review on whether it can get back $300 million allocated by Labor for pay rises in the industry, to compensate for its increased quality reforms.
Rebecca Swainson, director of [email protected] in Brisbane is just one who told the newspaper she would have to increase fees. Other centres are considering legal action.