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MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 NATION 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Posties to face sack as emails stamp out the letter SYDNEY: Australia Post is set to announce hundreds of job losses and step up its calls for the Federal Government to subsidise its obligation to deliver mail door to door five days a week, one month after its chief executive said the letter delivery operations were bleeding money. The postal service said yesterday it was preparing an announcement that involves shifting resources and investing in areas in response to customer needs. Australia Post has made it very clear that it is confronting dramatic change due to the impact of declining revenues in our letters service, it said in a statement, a month after the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey ruled out privatising the postal service in his Budget speech. The postal service has already flagged its letter delivery business will suffer a $350 million loss this financial year, up from last years $218 million loss. The overall business, however, remains profitable due largely to the rise in parcel delivery volumes brought on by online shopping. Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour in a recent speech said the letter delivery business under current momentum, will lose over $1 billion annually in the coming years due to the ongoing rise of digital communication. Furthermore, by 2025 only ten years from now the letters business in Australia will have completely evaporated and accumulated billions of dollars of losses, he said. Australia Post is expected to step up its calls for the Federal Government to subsidise the Community Service Obligation that requires it to de liver mail door-to-door five days a week, or to allow it to cut mail delivery to three days a week. Given the communitys dwindling use of our letters service, without fundamental change its becoming impossible for us to meet both our commercial obligation and our current Community Service Obligation targets, Mr Fahour said last month. The Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbulls office declined to comment. New Zealand Post has already announced its plans to cut standard mail delivery to three days a week in urban areas from July 2015. The union which represents postal workers has already conceded the inevitability of large scale job cuts. Its a terrible blow to lose jobs on this scale but Australia Post is a big and evolving organisation and well be making the case that new roles should be found for people who want to continue their service, said union official Jim Metcher. Australia Posts troubles, however, pale in comparison to other overseas postal organisations. US Post for example lost $US20.9 billion and 66,000 jobs in the two years to September 30 2013. Sext messages turn youth on to porn MELBOURNE: Two in five young Victorians view porn at least once a month, startling new research reveals. Half of those who viewed pornographic material were 14 or younger when they first saw the explicit images. The Burnet Institute annual youth survey of people aged 15-29 shows that almost 80 per cent were using dating and socialising apps like Snapchat, Tinder and Grinder. It also re veals that sexting is on the rise with 48 per cent of the 1000 people surveyed admitting to sending a sexually explicit text message, compared with 40 per cent last year. Head of sexual health research at the Burnet Institutes Centre for Population Health Dr Megan Lim said they found Snapchat a common tool used for exchanging sexts, was the most popular app. It comes less than a week after sexting hit the headlines following Carltons decision to expel Josh Bootsma after the mother of a teenage girl provided the club with photographs the defender sent her. Almost a quarter of the people who had sexted, admitted they had received images weekly or daily. The young people, interviewed at the 2014 Big Day Out in Melbourne, showed only a quarter of people knew that it was illegal to pass on a sext without permission, but most agreed with the law. We found 77 per cent of people thought it was a good idea to make sexting illegal for passing on a text without permission, Dr Lim said. They found of those that sexted, 17 per cent sent images weekly or daily. The survey helps health researchers identify emerging issues and evaluate healthcare campaigns. Confident baby chimpanzee Fumo, who is now 8 months old, is growing up fast and is spending more and more time away from mum Kuma. The little chief just loves putting on a show for visitors to Sydneys Taronga Zoo Picture: TOBY ZERNA SYDNEY: Like many babies his age, Fumo is exploring the world around him with his mouth. The 7-month-old chimp is tasting and licking everything he can get his hands on in his enclosure at Sydneys Taronga Zoo. And he is living up to his name, which means chief, or spear, in Swahili. He is mister confident, keeper Katie Hooker said. Fumo enjoys riding on his mums back but will also venture out on his own to explore. He is taking new foods and everything goes into his mouth. Hes also putting on a show for zoo-goers. He goes up to the glass and pulls funny faces. He will lick the glass making everyone laugh, she said. Fumo is super strong, really alert, really curious and is good at developing relationships with the big adults. They absolutely adore him and give him kisses. But hes still and always will be a mummys boy. Fumo is venturing off but still stays close to his mum, Ms Hooker said. Male chimps form close bonds with their mothers and will stay in the same community even in the wild. Sex toy suspect in dress BRISBANE: A male thief wearing a dress and crotchless pants attacked a Brisbane sex store worker with sex toys during a bungled burglary. Police say the 34-year-old man forced his way through the ceiling of the store in the northern suburb of Aspley in the early hours of Saturday. The female manager of the store was alerted when the man set off an alarm. When the owner confronted the man, who was wearing a wig, dress and crotchless pants, he allegedly threw a number of sex toys at the woman. The thief climbed back through the ceiling and on to the roof where he was arrested by police. The Murrumba Downs man has been charged with break and enter and possessing dangerous drugs. Gang executions probe MELBOURNE: A crime syndicate in Melbourne believed to be behind a string of heists netting more than $6 million is now being investigated over three executions. The police suspect the same underworld gang is involved in cold-blooded killings and big stings spanning 22 years, among them the Richmond road gang robbery of 1994. Operation Tideland has been probing a link between the heists and the murders. Tideland officers have not ruled out uncovering other serious crimes by the outfit. We are investigating the three murders but also a number of historical armed robberies that we believe have been committed by the same sophisticated criminal syndicate, taskforce head detective SenSgt Mark Burnett said. Man flees deportation PERTH: A Vietnamese man is still on the run after escaping from Serco guards at Perth Airport while he was being deported, but is not believed to be a danger to the community. The man fled while under escort at the departures check-in area on Saturday morning. A spokesman for Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday that efforts were continuing to locate the man, who is not known to be a threat to the public. The departments detention services provider will investigate the details of the incident, he said. The departments contract with Serco has clauses regarding underperformance, which may include financial impacts. Its understood the man had travelled to Australia by boat. Delivery services will lose over $1 billion annually in the coming years Mummys boy with a taste for mischief