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Malcolm Roberts was a UK citizen when he nominated, High Court finds -…

22-09-2017 Australia The Editor

Malcolm Roberts was a UK citizen when he nominated, High Court finds - The Sydney Morning Herald

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a citizen of the United Kingdom by descent at the time of his nomination for Parliament, the High Court ruled. And Senator Roberts' attempt to renounce his British citizenship via an email would not be effective, Justice Patrick Keane said in a judgement handed down late Friday afternoon. Play Video Don't Play Abbott speaks out after alleged assault Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:19 High court rules against Malcolm Roberts High court rules against Malcolm Roberts One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a citizen of the United Kingdom by descent at the time of his nomination for Parliament, the High Court has ruled. Abbott speaks out after alleged assault Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:53 Video duration 01:53 Abbott speaks out after alleged assault Abbott...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Malcolm Roberts was a UK citizen when he nominated, High Court finds -…

22-09-2017 Australia The Editor

Malcolm Roberts was a UK citizen when he nominated, High Court finds - The Sydney Morning Herald

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a citizen of the United Kingdom by descent at the time of his nomination for Parliament, the High Court ruled. And Senator Roberts' attempt to renounce his British citizenship via an email would not be effective, Justice Patrick Keane said in a judgement handed down late Friday afternoon. Play Video Don't Play Abbott speaks out after alleged assault Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:19 High court rules against Malcolm Roberts High court rules against Malcolm Roberts One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a citizen of the United Kingdom by descent at the time of his nomination for Parliament, the High Court has ruled. Abbott speaks out after alleged assault Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:53 Video duration 01:53 Abbott speaks out after alleged assault Abbott...Read full article on News GN Australia

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One Nation's Malcolm Roberts Sent UK Citizenship Questions To Wrong Em…

22-09-2017 Australia The Editor

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts sent two emails attempting to enquire about and renounce his British citizenship to online addresses that were non-existent or were made defunct more than half a decade earlier, the High Court heard on Thursday. Roberts appeared at the Court in Brisbane for a cross-examination to address the question of his possible British citizenship and the possibility that he may have been ineligible for election at the time of the July 2016 ballot. Oops. Senator Malcolm Roberts sent emails to query & then renounce his Brit citizenship to WRONG email addresses, High Court hears. #auspol — Mark Ludlow (@M_Ludlow) September 21, 2017 HC hears that email addresses Sen Roberts sent emails to re. Brit cit. actually exist - they were decommissioned in 2010 @abcnews — Donna Field (@DonnaFieldQld) September 21, 2017 The courtroom heard that Roberts sent the two...Read full article on News GN Australia

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One Nation's Malcolm Roberts Sent UK Citizenship Questions To Wrong Em…

22-09-2017 Australia The Editor

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts sent two emails attempting to enquire about and renounce his British citizenship to online addresses that were non-existent or were made defunct more than half a decade earlier, the High Court heard on Thursday. Roberts appeared at the Court in Brisbane for a cross-examination to address the question of his possible British citizenship and the possibility that he may have been ineligible for election at the time of the July 2016 ballot. Oops. Senator Malcolm Roberts sent emails to query & then renounce his Brit citizenship to WRONG email addresses, High Court hears. #auspol — Mark Ludlow (@M_Ludlow) September 21, 2017 HC hears that email addresses Sen Roberts sent emails to re. Brit cit. actually exist - they were decommissioned in 2010 @abcnews — Donna Field (@DonnaFieldQld) September 21, 2017 The courtroom heard that Roberts sent the two...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic after cutting off power to P…

22-09-2017 Australia The Editor

Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic after cutting off power to Puerto Rico; at least 19 killed - ABC Online

Deadly Hurricane Maria has flooded parts of the Dominican Republic while grazing past it after directly hitting Puerto Rico causing severe flooding and cutting off power to the entire island. Key points:Hurricane Maria has killed at least 19 people throughout the CaribbeanPuerto Rico and Dominica are left completely destroyed as authorities assess damageIt is now heading away from the Dominican Republic, and no longer expected to hit US The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 19 people and devastated several small islands, including St Croix and the US Virgin Islands.Overnight, Maria was heading north-west away from the Dominican Republic carrying sustained winds of up to 195 kilometres per hour on a track that would take...Read full article on News GN Australia

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US President Donald Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on No…

22-09-2017 Australia The Editor

US President Donald Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea nuclear program - The Sydney Morning Herald

US President Donald Trump has announced sanctions on North Korea that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with the rogue nation, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program. In New York on Thursday, local time, Trump also said that Chinese President Xi Jinping had ordered Chinese banks to stop conducting business with Kim Jong Un's regime, a crucial step by North Korea's largest trading partner. Play Video Don't Play Mexico searches for survivors against increasing odds Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:17 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:00 Trump turns sanction screws on North Korea Trump turns sanction screws on North Korea North Korea's textiles, fishing, IT and manufacturing industries could be targeted under a new executive order signed by...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

22-09-2017 World News The Editor

Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

Oh, Thursday night! The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) held off the San Francisco 49ers (0-3), 41-39, in a wild intra-divisional shootout in Week 3. Here's what we learned: 1. After failing to score a touchdown through two games, the 49ers offense woke up just in time for a furious second-half comeback attempt. Shaking off a first-play interception, Brian Hoyer grew more efficient as the game went on, leading four second-half touchdown drives and connecting with his underrated playmakers on tosses short and long. Hoyer hooked up with Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon on lengthy gains and found Trent Taylor for intermediate plays. But a failed extra point and two-point conversion kept San Francisco from tying this one up and sending the Levi's faithful into hysterics. Early mistakes from Hoyer and a multitude of penalties kept San Francisco from earning its first win of the Kyle...Read full article on News GN World

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Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

22-09-2017 World News The Editor

Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

Oh, Thursday night! The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) held off the San Francisco 49ers (0-3), 41-39, in a wild intra-divisional shootout in Week 3. Here's what we learned: 1. After failing to score a touchdown through two games, the 49ers offense woke up just in time for a furious second-half comeback attempt. Shaking off a first-play interception, Brian Hoyer grew more efficient as the game went on, leading four second-half touchdown drives and connecting with his underrated playmakers on tosses short and long. Hoyer hooked up with Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon on lengthy gains and found Trent Taylor for intermediate plays. But a failed extra point and two-point conversion kept San Francisco from tying this one up and sending the Levi's faithful into hysterics. Early mistakes from Hoyer and a multitude of penalties kept San Francisco from earning its first win of the Kyle...Read full article on News GN World

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Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

22-09-2017 World News The Editor

Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

Oh, Thursday night! The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) held off the San Francisco 49ers (0-3), 41-39, in a wild intra-divisional shootout in Week 3. Here's what we learned: 1. After failing to score a touchdown through two games, the 49ers offense woke up just in time for a furious second-half comeback attempt. Shaking off a first-play interception, Brian Hoyer grew more efficient as the game went on, leading four second-half touchdown drives and connecting with his underrated playmakers on tosses short and long. Hoyer hooked up with Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon on lengthy gains and found Trent Taylor for intermediate plays. But a failed extra point and two-point conversion kept San Francisco from tying this one up and sending the Levi's faithful into hysterics. Early mistakes from Hoyer and a multitude of penalties kept San Francisco from earning its first win of the Kyle...Read full article on News GN World

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Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

22-09-2017 World News The Editor

Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

Oh, Thursday night! The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) held off the San Francisco 49ers (0-3), 41-39, in a wild intra-divisional shootout in Week 3. Here's what we learned: 1. After failing to score a touchdown through two games, the 49ers offense woke up just in time for a furious second-half comeback attempt. Shaking off a first-play interception, Brian Hoyer grew more efficient as the game went on, leading four second-half touchdown drives and connecting with his underrated playmakers on tosses short and long. Hoyer hooked up with Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon on lengthy gains and found Trent Taylor for intermediate plays. But a failed extra point and two-point conversion kept San Francisco from tying this one up and sending the Levi's faithful into hysterics. Early mistakes from Hoyer and a multitude of penalties kept San Francisco from earning its first win of the Kyle...Read full article on News GN World

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Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

22-09-2017 World News The Editor

Rams withstand 49ers' 2nd-half comeback in thriller - NFL.com

Oh, Thursday night! The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) held off the San Francisco 49ers (0-3), 41-39, in a wild intra-divisional shootout in Week 3. Here's what we learned: 1. After failing to score a touchdown through two games, the 49ers offense woke up just in time for a furious second-half comeback attempt. Shaking off a first-play interception, Brian Hoyer grew more efficient as the game went on, leading four second-half touchdown drives and connecting with his underrated playmakers on tosses short and long. Hoyer hooked up with Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon on lengthy gains and found Trent Taylor for intermediate plays. But a failed extra point and two-point conversion kept San Francisco from tying this one up and sending the Levi's faithful into hysterics. Early mistakes from Hoyer and a multitude of penalties kept San Francisco from earning its first win of the Kyle...Read full article on News GN World

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Pakistan army says death toll from India shooting rises to 6 - Washing…

22-09-2017 World News The Editor

By Associated Press By Associated Press September 22 at 2:07 AM ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military says the death toll from the overnight cross-border shooting by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has risen to six. The latest incident comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly expressed concerns over human rights violations in India’s part of Kashmir. The region is divided between Pakistan and India but claimed by both. Friday’s statement by the army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, says 26 people, including women and children, were also wounded in what he called “unproved” Indian shelling across the boundary in the Charwah and Harpal villages, on the Pakistani side. Initially, the army on Thursday said that four civilians had died from Indian fire in Kashmir. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights...Read full article on News GN World

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'Prices immediately reduced': ACCC digs teeth into energy crisis - Gla…

22-09-2017 Business News The Editor

'Prices immediately reduced': ACCC digs teeth into energy crisis - Gladstone Observer

Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims. AAP Image/Dean Lewins THE nation's consumer watchdog has confirmed the power price fears felt by Gladstone's major industries and warned without action it will be "dire". In an update to its power price review the Australian Competition and Consumer commission said this week rising network costs and market concentration contributed to the current electricity crisis. "Generator market power was clearly seen in Queensland with two generators having two thirds of capacity and prices spiking," Chairman Rod Sims said. "When the Queensland Government directed its generators to tone down their bidding, prices immediately reduced significantly." Mr Sims, who said they were a third of the way into their inquiry, said the solution was multi-faceted. "We know we have an energy affordability problem and we have some...Read full article on News GN Business

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Solar Batteries: Australians see energy storage as the future, poll fi…

22-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Solar Batteries: Australians see energy storage as the future, poll finds - ABC Online

Related Story: Solar batteries 'exploding' in popularity with uptake tipped to triple: audit Related Story: How battery storage could solve our energy problems As power prices continue to surge, Australians believe household solar storage batteries are the key to cheaper and more reliable energy, according to a new poll of 2,000 households. Key points:A survey found almost three-quarters of people believe solar batteries will become commonplace68 per cent of households with solar panels are considering purchasing a battery The price of storage batteries in the first half of 2017 only dropped by 5 per cent The Climate Council found nearly three-quarters of those surveyed believe batteries, coupled with solar systems, would become...Read full article on News GN Business

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Solar Batteries: Australians see energy storage as the future, poll fi…

22-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Solar Batteries: Australians see energy storage as the future, poll finds - ABC Online

Related Story: Solar batteries 'exploding' in popularity with uptake tipped to triple: audit Related Story: How battery storage could solve our energy problems As power prices continue to surge, Australians believe household solar storage batteries are the key to cheaper and more reliable energy, according to a new poll of 2,000 households. Key points:A survey found almost three-quarters of people believe solar batteries will become commonplace68 per cent of households with solar panels are considering purchasing a battery The price of storage batteries in the first half of 2017 only dropped by 5 per cent The Climate Council found nearly three-quarters of those surveyed believe batteries, coupled with solar systems, would become...Read full article on News GN Business

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Fuel shortage: Finally some good news for flyers - New Zealand Herald

22-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Air New Zealand believes it won't have to cancel any flights today because of fuel issues and expects its planes should run according to schedule. Thousands of passengers were disrupted this week after a pipeline carrying jet fuel from Refining NZ's Marsden Point ruptured. But the national carrier says its domestic network has "operated largely as normal for the past two days". "Air New Zealand is expecting to operate its regular schedule tomorrow with no fuel-related cancellations," it said. Advertisement "The airline is continuing to implement a range of measures to reduce fuel uplift in Auckland, including some long-haul international services making refuelling stops at either Australian or Pacific Island airports." Meanwhile the travel restrictions on civil servants have been lifted. Public sector workers were asked earlier this week to avoid non-essential flights. However,...Read full article on News GN Business

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Tony Abbott declares war on everything - Echonetdaily

22-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Tony Abbott declares war on everything - Echonetdaily

Greg Foyster cartoon Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy Well, that turned out well didn’t it. Despite prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s desperate attempts to appease the conservative faction of his Coalition government by compromising everything he ever stood for on climate and clean energy, it’s clearly not enough. His predecessor Tony Abbott effectively dialled back the climate and energy debate to 2009 by announcing that he would cross the floor and vote against anything that looked remotely like a climate change policy, or represented even the smallest subsidy for renewable energy. In doing so, Abbott has done what Turnbull dared not in the past two years: jettison Abbott-era policies. While Turnbull was too afraid to make those policies more ambitious, Abbott has now come out and effectively dumped the very policies he put in place: its Paris climate commitment, and the...Read full article on News GN Business

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8@eight: Miners set to struggle; $A slumps - The Sydney Morning Herald

22-09-2017 Business News The Editor

8@eight: Miners set to struggle; $A slumps - The Sydney Morning Herald

It promises to be a tough day at the office for Aussie miners today and the commodity story is clearly front and centre. 1. ASX: Interestingly, we can see Aussie SPI futures sitting up 19 points (+0.34%), suggesting the ASX 200 cash market should unwind at 5675 and holding the bottom of the multi month range for dear life. Could today be the day we see a more convincing break of this trading range and to establish a new range of say 5600 to 5400? Or are we set to see the bulls come alive and support prices with the prospect of holding through the weekend? My best guess is there are downside risks to the opening call, although the market will tell us exactly how they are feeling from around 10:15 aest. Play Video Don't Play ASX winners and losers - a snapshot Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:43 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 03:15 Welcome to a world of...Read full article on News GN Business

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Numbers game is anything but straightforward as politics takes over - …

23-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Numbers game is anything but straightforward as politics takes over - The Canberra Times

It's often said that in order to manage something, you need to be able to measure it. When it comes to making public policy though, even measurement is rarely straightforward. Far from being clean, crisp and unambiguous, the numbers become political. Take climate change, for example. Like most people, I am inclined to think there is something going on in relation to climate. For a species that uses as much energy as we do, with nowhere for its byproducts to go other than the atmosphere, our activities must be making a difference. It's easy to forget we only narrowly averted a catastrophic hole in the ozone layer, thanks to our abundant use of chloroflurocarbons. Environmentalists argue that the science of climate change is settled. Photo: Michael Probst As with the ozone hole, the basic mechanism of climate change is well understood. When we add CO2 to the atmosphere the sun's heat...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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You need to be in Canberra to comprehend the lunacy of politics in 201…

23-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

You need to be in Canberra to comprehend the lunacy of politics in 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

The world has been stood on its head here in Canberra. The government that insisted it couldn't decide whether same-sex marriage could be legalised contracts out the question to a divided community through a non-compulsory, non-binding vote...and then, with overwhelming support from across the Parliament, is able to introduce without even need of a vote draconian legislation to stop the hate speech it knew would ensue. Play Video Don't Play Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:30 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:13 Fairfax Ipsos September poll results Fairfax Ipsos September poll results Bill Shorten's standing as preferred prime minister has taken a hammering from voters, but Labor has kept its strong six point lead over the Coalition in the two-party preferred vote. Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politicians who voted for Parliament House fence alarmed now they've s…

23-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politicians who voted for Parliament House fence alarmed now they've seen it - The Sydney Morning Herald

The giant steel fence slowly encircling Parliament House is a "monstrosity" and risks further alienating the public from their representatives, one of the few politicians to vote against the fortification says.  Construction workers placed the first 2.6-metre steel panels across the upper reaches of the building's sloping roof this week, with work to accelerate before MPs return to Canberra in mid-October. Large gum trees have also been chopped down, and manicured lawns ripped up to dig trenches for the structure.  The security fence is installed across the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares The fence – and a series of new guardhouses – will eventually seal off vast stretches of the Parliament's exterior currently accessible to the public. The security overhaul will cost taxpayers $126 million.  Fairfax Media has spoken with a number of MPs who voted for the...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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'I'm not afraid to stand up for my beliefs': Teen party entertainer 'l…

23-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

'I'm not afraid to stand up for my beliefs': Teen party entertainer 'let go' for same-sex marriage view hits back - The Sydney Morning Herald

A Christian kids entertainer who was fired from her Canberra job for saying she would vote 'no' in the same-sex marriage survey has hit back, saying she is "not afraid to stand up for my beliefs" and should not have lost her job. The 18-year-old, who only identified herself as Madeline, was hired as a contractor and worked just two shifts for Capital Kids Parties in Canberra before she was "let go" on Sunday. Play Video Don't Play Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:30 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:41 Teen fired for same-sex marriage view ... Teen fired for same-sex marriage view hits back A Christian childrens' entertainer who was fired from her job for sayng she would vote 'no' in the same-sex marriage survey may have a claim under the ACT Discrimination Act. Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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The Empirical Strikes Back: Malcolm Roberts' difficult day in court - …

23-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

The Empirical Strikes Back: Malcolm Roberts' difficult day in court - The Sydney Morning Herald

When Pauline Hanson returned to Canberra last year after nearly two decades in the political wilderness the conventional wisdom was that she was older and wiser, more "sophisticated". She had learned from the mistakes of the 1990s, when the party fell apart as a result of infighting and incompetence. Play Video Don't Play Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:30 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:36 Malcolm Roberts' startling citizenship ... Malcolm Roberts' startling citizenship turnaround The One Nation senator concedes he didn't renounce his British citizenship until after nominating for parliament. Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:30 Video duration 00:30 Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Astro Labe, the 38-year-old the man who 'headbutted' former prime minister...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Tony Abbott says he was injured after being assaulted by same-sex marr…

23-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Tony Abbott says he was injured after being assaulted by same-sex marriage campaigner in Hobart - The Sydney Morning Herald

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he was a victim of "politically motivated violence" after he was assaulted by a same-sex marriage campaigner in Hobart. Mr Abbott said he was headbutted by a same-sex marriage campaigner in a Hobart street on Thursday who told him: 'You deserve it because of all the things you've said.' Play Video Don't Play Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:30 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:33 Abbott allegedly 'headbutted' by YES ... Abbott allegedly 'headbutted' by YES campaigner Tony Abbott says he suffered minor injuries after being headbutted in a Hobart street and has reported it to police. Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:30 Video duration 00:30 Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Abbott 'headbutter' speaks Astro Labe, the 38-year-old the man who...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Sustainable cities? Australia's building and planning rules stand in .…

22-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities. You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents. But our newly released review of building and land-use planning policies around Australia has found New South Wales is the only state without serious gaps in legislation and enforcement. Research shows a large percentage of new dwellings in Australia fail to meet even minimum building requirements when checked after construction. There is little legislation and enforcement, with the notable exception of NSW’s Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX). This means neither building codes nor state planning systems are achieving sustainability goals required for a low-carbon future for cities and buildings. Further reading: Affordable,...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Sustainable cities? Australia's building and planning rules stand in .…

22-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities. You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents. But our newly released review of building and land-use planning policies around Australia has found New South Wales is the only state without serious gaps in legislation and enforcement. Research shows a large percentage of new dwellings in Australia fail to meet even minimum building requirements when checked after construction. There is little legislation and enforcement, with the notable exception of NSW’s Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX). This means neither building codes nor state planning systems are achieving sustainability goals required for a low-carbon future for cities and buildings. Further reading: Affordable,...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

22-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. As a city situated around a precious but fragile lake environment, we look to balance growth with conservation of the natural assets that characterise Lake Macquarie and contribute so much to our enviable lifestyle. Council does this by developing programs and policies that promote environmentally responsible behaviour in areas such as building practices, waste management, and water and energy use. We also providing infrastructure that promotes active transport and healthy lifestyles, among many other initiatives. Our annual Living Smart Festival offers residents the chance to discover ways they can introduce sustainable ideas and practices into their own lives. This year’s Living Smart, at Speers Point Park on Saturday 23...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

22-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. As a city situated around a precious but fragile lake environment, we look to balance growth with conservation of the natural assets that characterise Lake Macquarie and contribute so much to our enviable lifestyle. Council does this by developing programs and policies that promote environmentally responsible behaviour in areas such as building practices, waste management, and water and energy use. We also providing infrastructure that promotes active transport and healthy lifestyles, among many other initiatives. Our annual Living Smart Festival offers residents the chance to discover ways they can introduce sustainable ideas and practices into their own lives. This year’s Living Smart, at Speers Point Park on Saturday 23...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Testing the sustainability of retirement income strategies - Money Man…

22-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Testing the sustainability of retirement income strategies - Money Management

Minh Ly looks at modelling strategies to help advisers help clients understand how likely a desired spending level can be sustained during retirement. Australians enjoy one of the longest life expectancies in the world and this is expected to increase over the next 40 years. Although the longevity story is not a new one, it does highlight a key challenge when providing retirement income advice: how do advisers help retirees achieve their income goals for a long time, or even a lifetime? Additionally, market volatility, specifically the order of returns or sequencing risk, can make this task even more difficult as it can significantly impact how long capital lasts.   Related News: While retirement income strategies need to address longevity and sequencing risk, it is often difficult to test how robust strategies are against these variables. This is because of the mismatch between...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Testing the sustainability of retirement income strategies - Money Man…

22-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Testing the sustainability of retirement income strategies - Money Management

Minh Ly looks at modelling strategies to help advisers help clients understand how likely a desired spending level can be sustained during retirement. Australians enjoy one of the longest life expectancies in the world and this is expected to increase over the next 40 years. Although the longevity story is not a new one, it does highlight a key challenge when providing retirement income advice: how do advisers help retirees achieve their income goals for a long time, or even a lifetime? Additionally, market volatility, specifically the order of returns or sequencing risk, can make this task even more difficult as it can significantly impact how long capital lasts.   Related News: While retirement income strategies need to address longevity and sequencing risk, it is often difficult to test how robust strategies are against these variables. This is because of the mismatch between...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Forget gym, daily chores will keep you healthy: Study - Times of India

22-09-2017 Health News The Editor

CHENNAI: Forget renewing your gym membership or joining Zumba classes. Washing clothes, moping the floor or weeding your garden for 30 minutes a day can cut the risk of death by more than a quarter and bring down the risk of heart diseases by 20%, scientists said in a study published in The Lancet.The 'Prospective urban rural epidemiology (Pure)' study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries (including four states in India), scientists demonstrated any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 150 minutes a week, to raise the heart rate. The study was published in the medical journal Lancet. This is the second time in the last two months the pure study is turning conventional beliefs on their head. In August, contrary to popular belief, the study concluded that not only is consumption of many fats good and carbohydrates bad, but that a balanced diet...Read full article on News GN Health

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Buruli ulcer: How to avoid being infected by gruesome flesh-eating bac…

22-09-2017 Health News The Editor

Buruli ulcer: How to avoid being infected by gruesome flesh-eating bacteria - ABC Online

Related Story: 'Epidemic' of disgusting flesh-eating disease hits parts of Victoria A Victorian teenager was recently reported to be suffering from a Buruli ulcer, an infection caused by the "flesh-eating" bacteria Mycobacterium ulcerans. She was said to have caught it on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, where cases seem to be on the rise.Buruli ulcer, also known as Bairnsdale ulcer, occurs in many areas of the world, including Victoria. Besides the Mornington Peninsula, Australian cases have also been reported in tropical areas, including north of Mossman in Queensland, and the Capricorn Coast of Queensland near Yeppoon. In Victoria, the number of reported cases has definitely increased over the past two years. As of September 2017,...Read full article on News GN Health

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How the banks give you a 'sucker score' - NEWS.com.au

22-09-2017 Health News The Editor

YOUR credit score should really be called a “sucker score”. Why? Because it’s a number that exists for only one reason: to tell banks how much money they’re going to be able to make off of you. The higher it is, the more of your money goes to them. That’s not how they sell it, of course. They sell it as a metric for determining “credit worthiness”. But if you really break down what makes a credit score higher or lower, you’ll see that they aren’t being honest about what it actually is. For example, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t use credit all that much, but can make large purchases and pay them off in a matter of days or weeks, that should be an indicator that you’re the most “credit worthy” person on the planet. Right? Shouldn’t the people who do that have the highest credit scores? Nope. You’re actually penalised for that, and your credit score goes down. Banks hate you,...Read full article on News GN Health

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Prostate cancer on the rise in rural India, cases may double by 2020 -…

22-09-2017 Health News The Editor

New Delhi: The second most common cause of cancer, Prostate cancer, is rising in the rural part of India, say experts. Prostate cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths among men around the world and if health experts are to be believed, the number of cases will be doubled by 2020. "Most of the metastatic prostate cancer cases are from rural areas. Therefore, it's a challenge to government and doctors to decrease the risk factors and take prostate cancer risk in the rural areas very seriously," P.N. Dogra, Professor and Head of Urology at AIIMS, said in a statement on Thursday. The rural masses need to be made aware of the treatment, drugs and technologies to combat the disease. "There is an urgent need to create awareness about prostate cancer threat amongst the rural population," said Anup Kumar, Head (Department of Urology and Renal Transplant) at Safdarjung...Read full article on News GN Health

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Study shows four in five women can't orgasm from penetrative sex - NEW…

22-09-2017 Health News The Editor

GENTLEMEN, we need to talk about your performance in the bedroom. Chances are you think you’re pretty good at sex, and your clever partner probably makes all the right sounds in all the right places so your ego gets a boost. Yup, there’s a fair chance she’s faking it. A study from the United States has revealed four in five women — 81.6 per cent, to be precise — actually don’t orgasm from penetrative sex. That’s not to say women don’t enjoy the missionary position; just that in most cases, it’s not going to get her rocks off. It’s a huge contrast to men, who typically orgasm 95 per cent of the time. The research, conducted by Indiana University’s School of Public Health and published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, aimed to fill the gap between public understanding of female orgasms and actual science. “The study results challenge the mistaken, but common, notion that there...Read full article on News GN Health

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Banned doctor seeks protection order against 'harassing' regulators - …

22-09-2017 Health News The Editor

Between 2007 and 2012 Dr Quach worked as a general practitioner in the ACT and Sydney. In 2011, NSW authorities prosecuted him in relation to his treatment of a delirious patient. Rather than sending the patient to hospital for psychiatric assessment, Dr Quach offered to observe the patient's condition by taking the patient and their friends out to dinner. Another complaint related to included diagnosing a vomiting 20-year-old woman with a middle-ear infection before sending her for a pregnancy test, even though she assured him she was a virgin. Individuals who seek personal protection orders, which are similar to domestic violence orders, typically have their identities protected by the courts. But in the context of Dr Quach's long-running legal manoeuvres, the ACT Supreme Court found this month there was a public interest in identifying him. "In short, [Dr Quach] has, in his...Read full article on News GN Health

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