Swimming's world governing body FINA has voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in women’s elite-level competition. The decision, passed by a vote of the FINA Congress in Budapest, means male-to-female athletes will be eligible for elite women’s competitions only if they can prove they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond a certain stage or before the age of 12. FINA will also institute a committee to work on establishing a third 'open' category for participation in future elite-level competitions. Representatives heard a report from the body's 'transgender taskforce' - made up of leading figures in the world of medicine, law and sport, before voting.
At least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend in Bangladesh while millions were left marooned or homeless in low-lying northeastern parts hit by the worst monsoon floods in the country's recent history, officials said.
Commentator Prue MacSween says she hasn't got as "big a problem" with the idea of a shared equity housing scheme as she "initially thought". This comes after the NSW government announced a shared equity program for single parents, older single people, nurses, teachers and police officers. "We provide social housing for people who can't afford to buy their own place," Ms MacSween told Sky News host Chris Smith. "So if we can get people who were never going to be able to afford to buy a home, to stump up two per cent, and then take some pride and earn some dignity in home ownership, and perhaps in the end maybe own their homes one day, then I haven't got as big a problem with it as I initially thought. "The taxpayer's paying for this social housing anyway, so isn't it better if we can get people to take some responsibility?"
Reports of so-called “revenge porn” on social media by young people has almost doubled over the past year, according to shocking new figures from the eSafety Commission that inspired a new campaign against the trend.
French politician Marine Le Pen cast her vote in the commune of Henin-Beaumont, France, during the second round of parliamentary elections in the country on June 19. After all votes were counted in the first round of elections on Sunday, June 12, Le Pen’s National Rally scored 18.68 percent of the vote, up from 13.2 percent in the first round in the 2017 elections, FRANCE24 reported. National Rally candidates advanced to the second round run-off in more than 200 electoral races across France, up from 120 in 2017, FRANCE24 said. Le Pen was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election in April. Credit: @GauthierBret via Storyful
Independent Senator David Pocock says the government’s emissions reduction target of 43 per cent is “a good start”, however he is hoping to achieve 60 per cent. “I think the thing that Australians want is for an end to the climate wars and to actually have a target that we can work towards,” he told Sky News host Erin Molan. “We have to be looking after everyday Australians. “This is such a huge opportunity for us here in Australia. We’ve got more renewable resources than anywhere else.”
Gold Coast senior coach Stuart Dew says the Suns are as well placed as possible heading into a defining period for the football club, but they will face Port Adelaide in Adelaide and host Collingwood and Richmond in back-to-back home games over the next three weeks without star defender Will Powell.
Sky News host Jenna Clarke says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese revealed he aims to legislate Labor’s emission reduction target, in his agenda for the first sitting week of parliament. “One thing that’s really confusing … is this 43 per cent emissions reduction target that he’s trying to legislate,” she told Sky News host Erin Molan. “It’s already on the cards … why is there a need to legislate?”
Satellite imagery from May 31 and June 18 shows China’s third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, before and after its launch in Shanghai on Friday, June 17. The ship is China’s first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier that uses catapults, state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The Fujian has a full-load displacement of more than 80,000 tons and is equipped with electromagnetic catapults and arresting devices, Xinhua said. The ship is set to carry out mooring tests and sea trials after its launch, Xinhua added. An image released by Maxar shows the moored Fujian on June 18. Further images captured on the same date show the empty Jiangnan Shipyard where the ship was launched. Maxar said an image of the carrier in the dockyard was taken on May 31. Credit: Maxar Technologies via Storyful
Former Labor Minister Graham Richardson says the fact Australia has a new government means there's a "chance" for a thawing of its relationship with China but "knowing the Chinese, it won't be quick". "And I think you're just going to have to negotiate and they'll just allow a little bit of time to elapse and then they'll say okay, we can resume normal relations," Mr Richardson told Sky News host Chris Smith.
The Australian National University’s Professor of Economics Warwick McKibbin says Australia can avoid a recession. “We didn’t have to have a recession in 1991 – it was bad policy choices,” he told Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood. “It’s not just up to the Reserve Bank … you have to coordinate monetary policy, fiscal policy, you need a very clear energy and climate policy so that investors will go out there and start investing in new technologies. “So this is an all policy issue that needs to be addressed.”
A leading expert has called for a royal commission into the treatment of sports-related concussions in Australia amid new revelations against one of the AFL’s former longstanding advisers Dr Paul McCrory.
Global sporting brands Manchester United and the LA Lakers – or local heavyweights such as the Brisbane Broncos and Collingwood – could own Big Bash League teams if a push to revolutionise the ailing competition is successful.
Around $326 million worth of Dine and Discover vouchers remain unused by New South Wales residents. The Dine and Discover scheme was set up to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery for businesses across the state. However, close to 13 million vouchers remain unused. The vouchers are set to expire at the end of the month and can be redeemed at participating venues across the state including restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, galleries and cinemas.