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More than $100000 raised to reinstate Australia Day billboard with Mus…

20-01-2017 Australia The Editor

More than $100000 raised to reinstate Australia Day billboard with Muslim girls, but not all are happy - The Canberra Times

3452527 more-than-100000-raised-to-reinstate-australia-day-billboard-with-muslim-girls-but-not-all-are-happy-the-canberra-times It took just a matter of hours for a crowdfunding project launched on Wednesday to reach $100,000, surpassing its original goal of $50,000 to fund a campaign for racial and religious tolerance.  The campaign was started after a billboard advertising an Australia Day event in Melbourne was removed due to social media outrage and threats made over its depiction of two Muslim girls in hijab.  The original image used in the controversial billboard was taken at Docklands on Australian Day 2016, and featured on the Victorian government website.  Photo: Victorian Government Dee Madigan, executive creative director at Campaign Edge, created the GoFundMe page with support from anti-Islamophobia advocate Mariam Veiszadeh.  Explaining the campaign, Madigan wrote on the GoFundMe page: "The same groups who complain 'Muslims don't assimilate', complained about the photo OF AUSTRALIAN MUSLIMS...Read full article...

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Djokovic suffers huge shock at Australian Open, Serena serene - Yahoo …

20-01-2017 Australia The Editor

3452525 djokovic-suffers-huge-shock-at-australian-open-serena-serene-yahoo-news Melbourne (AFP) - Novak Djokovic suffered arguably the biggest defeat of his career when he crashed out of the Australian Open to 117th-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin on Thursday, extending his mystifying slump in form. With Istomin inspired, the defending champion sent down 72 unforced errors as he lost 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the second round to end his bid for a record seventh title at Melbourne Park. Later, Rafael Nadal beat Marcos Baghdatis and in the women's draw, Serena Williams ousted Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4. But third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was a major casualty when she lost 6-3, 6-2 to Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. It is more than a decade since Djokovic made such an early exit from the Australian Open, and he hasn't lost in the second round of any Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008. Djokovic had only been defeated by a player outside the top 100 once...Read full article...

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Video: Peter Handscomb rides his luck to continue summer run-feast aga…

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Video: Peter Handscomb rides his luck to continue summer run-feast against Pakistan - Fox Sports

3452523 video-peter-handscomb-rides-his-luck-to-continue-summer-run-feast-against-pakistan-fox-sports ON the back of another century from skipper Steve Smith, Australia has bounced back from their defeat in Melbourne to defeat Pakistan in the third ODI by seven wickets at the WACA Ground. Smith finished unbeaten on 108 to guide Australia to a comfortable victory, but the victory was set up by a superb spell by opening bowler Josh Hazlewood, who took 3-33 from his 10 overs. The victory sees Australia go two-one up in the best of five series, with the two nations to next meet on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Here are five things we learnt from Australia’s seven-wicket win. Handscomb snares stunner 0:36 Handsome start to Peter’s career Peter Handscomb’s extraordinary summer with the bat just continues to get better and better. After averaging a tick under one hundred (99.75) with the bat in his first four Test matches, the Victorian middle order batsman scored 82 on debut...Read full article...

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Italy avalanche: Rescue efforts underway after 30 people trapped in ho…

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Italy avalanche: Rescue efforts underway after 30 people trapped in hotel - ABC Online

3452521 italy-avalanche-rescue-efforts-underway-after-30-people-trapped-in-hotel-abc-online Related Story: Three large earthquakes hit Italy's devastated Amatrice region A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials say. Key points:Three bodies have been recovered so far, authorities struggling to find signs of lifeThe situation has been ongoing for more than 16 hoursThe scene is being described as a "pile of rubble", heavy snow is continuing to hamper recovery efforts More than 24 hours after the avalanche hit, the Civil Protection department said just two bodies had been recovered. Rescue workers were continuing their search for other victims or possible survivors as night fell.Titti Postiglione,...Read full article...

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Julian Assange 'happy' to go to the US - NEWS.com.au

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Julian Assange 'happy' to go to the US - NEWS.com.au

3452519 julian-assange-happy-to-go-to-the-us-news-com-au Julian Assange says he is 'happy' to go the US after President Obama commuted Chelsea Mannings sentence. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will go to the US. Picture: AFP/Ben Stansall WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange says he is standing by his offer to go to the United States now that Chelsea Manning is being released. Speaking from the Ecuadorean embassy in London via a live stream on Thursday, the Australian signalled there would be “many discussions” on his future before Manning leaves prison in May. LIVE WikiLeaks general press conf #askWL https://t.co/mm5nJ3COkE — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2017 It comes after his lawyer, Barry Pollack, yesterday told The Hill that Manning’s clemency didn’t meet Assange’s conditions for extradition. “Mr Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms Manning’s sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May,...Read full article...

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Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow takes oath in Senegal embassy as…

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Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow takes oath in Senegal embassy as regional troops gather - ABC Online

3452517 gambia-s-president-elect-adama-barrow-takes-oath-in-senegal-embassy-as-regional-troops-gather-abc-online Related Story: UN warns Gambia's President to leave power after election loss Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has been sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal as West African troops prepare to back him in a showdown with a defiant incumbent Yahya Jammeh. Key points:Adama Barrow had surprise win in Gambia electionYahya Jammeh has been in power since 1994Troops from Senegal, Ghana among those preparing to move into Gambia "This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in a lifetime," Mr Barrow said in a speech immediately after taking the oath of office.The ceremony was broadcast on Senegalese television and a giant TV screen showed proceedings to several hundred watching outside the embassy.Mr Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup,...Read full article...

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As a Disabled Person, I'm Terrified of the Trump Administration - Slat…

20-01-2017 World News The Editor

As a Disabled Person, I'm Terrified of the Trump Administration - Slate Magazine

3452545 as-a-disabled-person-i-m-terrified-of-the-trump-administration-slate-magazine President-elect Donald Trump speaks on Tuesday in Washington. Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images As a disabled person, I am terrified of the incoming Trump administration. When I say that, people tend to assume that it’s because our president-elect famously mocked a disabled journalist at a rally (and, implausibly, continues to deny what we all saw happen). But that moment isn’t what keeps me up at night. What renders me sleepless is the fear of his proposed policies: repealing the Affordable Care Act; shuttering the Department of Education; appointing a Cabinet with no regard for civil rights, safety nets, or inclusion, to be overseen by a vice president who gutted Medicaid in his state and a speaker of the House who wants to gut Medicare. Advertisement Over eight years, the Obama administration pursued profoundly progressive policies for disabled Americans. In dozens of ways...Read full article...

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Chelsea Manning, precedents, and why conservatives could never stand P…

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3452543 chelsea-manning-precedents-and-why-conservatives-could-never-stand-president-obama-washington-post President Obama said he felt comfortable commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials. (Reuters) For the first question of his final news conference as president Wednesday, President Obama was asked to defend his decision to commute Chelsea Manning's prison sentence. Manning, then an Army private named Bradley Manning, was convicted of leaking secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years. Obama was asked whether commuting her sentence would “send a message” to potential future Mannings that leaking classified materials won't be punished harshly. Obama demurred: Let's be clear: Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence, so the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that...Read full article...

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Democrats will allow Friday confirmation votes on some national securi…

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Democrats will allow Friday confirmation votes on some national security nominees but promise fights on other picks - Washington Post

3452541 democrats-will-allow-friday-confirmation-votes-on-some-national-security-nominees-but-promise-fights-on-other-picks-washington-post Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Senate Democrats will allow votes to confirm two of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees immediately after his inauguration Friday — but are promising to delay proceedings for many of the rest. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that Democrats would agree to vote Friday on the nominations of defense secretary pick Gen. James Mattis and homeland security secretary choice Gen. John F. Kelly, both of whom have support on both sides of the aisle. Schumer added that Democrats would be willing to start debating Friday the nomination of CIA director nominee Michael Pompeo, as well, and vote on his nomination if time allows. But Schumer added that if Trump doesn’t send some of his other, more controversial nominees back to Senate committees for more questioning, Democrats will use the...Read full article...

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High-Rise Collapses In Tehran, Killing Firefighters Working Inside - N…

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High-Rise Collapses In Tehran, Killing Firefighters Working Inside - NPR

3452539 high-rise-collapses-in-tehran-killing-firefighters-working-inside-npr Enlarge this image An Iranian firefighter walks amid the debris of Tehran's 17-story Plasco building after it became engulfed in flames and collapsed Thursday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP/Getty Images An Iranian firefighter walks amid the debris of Tehran's 17-story Plasco building after it became engulfed in flames and collapsed Thursday. AFP/Getty Images A high-rise in downtown Tehran, Iran, caught fire and collapsed on Thursday, killing firefighters who were working inside the building. Reports suggest at least 20 firefighters died, and many more people — including firefighters and civilians — were injured. The horrifying scene was "inadvertently shown live on state television," The Associated Press reports, and left other firefighters and eyewitnesses crying in the streets. More people are believed to be trapped in the rubble, NPR's Peter Kenyon...Read full article...

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Rick Perry Says He Is No Longer a Climate Change Denialist - New York …

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3452537 rick-perry-says-he-is-no-longer-a-climate-change-denialist-new-york-times The former Texas governor addressed his awkward history on the issue up front in his testimony.“My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking,” he said, adding, “In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.” Continue reading the main story Mr. Perry acknowledged that he had changed his views about the established science of climate change, which, in his 2010 book, “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington,” he called a “contrived, phony mess.”“I believe the climate is changing,” Mr. Perry said. “I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man-made activity.”Mr. Perry, perhaps more importantly, said he had learned about the department’s mission, most notably its oversight of the...Read full article...

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Senegalese troops enter Gambia to force longtime leader to step down, …

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3452535 senegalese-troops-enter-gambia-to-force-longtime-leader-to-step-down-reports-say-washington-post NAIROBI — Senegalese troops entered Gambia on Thursday in a bid to force the West African country’s longtime leader to step down after an election loss, news services reported, and the successor chosen by voters last month took the oath of office in exile. “We have entered Gambia,” Senegalese army Col. Abdou Ndiaye wrote in a text message to the Reuters news agency. There were no other immediate details of the reported incursion. Earlier Thursday, Gambia, a tiny country known for its large number of migrants fleeing to Europe and a coastline that draws scores of British sunbathers, gained a new distinction: as a nation with two presidents. One is Yahya Jammeh, 51, the mercurial strongman who has ruled Gambia for 23 years and refused to step down after losing last month's presidential election — even as troops from neighboring Senegal threatened to invade the country to oust him. The...Read full article...

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Two-tier market: Brisbane's apartment and housing gap to widen - Mozo.…

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Two-tier market: Brisbane's apartment and housing gap to widen - Mozo.com.au

3452563 two-tier-market-brisbane-s-apartment-and-housing-gap-to-widen-mozo-com-au Thursday 19 January 2017 Article by Tom Watson Investors have been urged to focus their attention away from Brisbane’s booming apartment market, as oversupply threatens to stagnate capital growth. New research from property investment firm Momentum Wealth has revealed a higher than average apartment approval rate could drive down prices, while a stable level of new home approvals could increase the value of housing stock. “We’re likely to see a greater divergence between the performance of houses and apartments, given these supply-side fundamentals,” said Momentum Wealth Managing Director Damian Collins. “The research report explains that as the pipeline of new apartment projects comes to market, it’s going to weigh on rental returns and capital growth for these types of assets, particularly in those areas with a high concentration of new stock.” According to the report, the top...Read full article...

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Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WOPEY) Broker Price Targets For The Coming We…

20-01-2017 Business News The Editor

3452561 woodside-petroleum-ltd-wopey-broker-price-targets-for-the-coming-week-fiscal-standard Recently analysts working for various investment brokerages have changed their ratings and price targets on shares of Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WOPEY). Recent broker ratings and price targets: 01/13/2016 – Woodside Petroleum Ltd. had its “neutral” rating reiterated by analysts at JP Morgan. 05/29/2014 – Woodside Petroleum Ltd. was downgraded to “market perform” by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. 10/17/2013 – Woodside Petroleum Ltd. was upgraded to “buy” by analysts at Citigroup. Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has a 50 day moving average of 23.02 and a 200 day moving average of 21.75. The stock’s market capitalization is 20.49B, it has a 52-week low of 17.06 and a 52-week high of 24.60. The share price of the company (WOPEY) was down -0.21%, with a high of 24.60 during the day and the volume of Woodside Petroleum Ltd. shares traded was 19196. Woodside Petroleum Ltd (Woodside) is an oil...Read full article...

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CSL surge keeps ASX in the black - The Sydney Morning Herald

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CSL surge keeps ASX in the black - The Sydney Morning Herald

3452559 csl-surge-keeps-asx-in-the-black-the-sydney-morning-herald Local shares closed slightly higher, propped up by massive gains in blood products heavyweight CSL and Bega Cheese, but the market lost a lot of initial impetus as investors turned cautious ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration. Hawkish comments from the US Federal Reserve was another major driver of market sentiment, boosting the US dollar which prompted gold, copper and oil to move off recent highs. Traders Christopher Fuchs, left, and Sal Suarino work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: AP The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index and the broader All Ordinaries Index each finished up 0.2 per cent to 5692.2 points and 5745.4 points respectively. Biotechnology firm CSL, which is one of the top ten companies in the ASX by market capitalisation, enjoyed a 12.5 per cent leap to $111.50 thanks to a significant profit upgrade following much stronger than anticipated sales. That...Read full article...

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WA unemployment falls slightly to 6.6% - The Australian

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3452557 wa-unemployment-falls-slightly-to-6-6-the-australian The West Australian treasurer says he is aware some people are still doing it tough in the "transitioning" economy as the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 per cent. Official figures released on Thursday show the state's unemployment rate fell in December from 6.9 per cent in November. The national rate rose to 5.8 per cent for the same period, putting WA above the national average for December and second highest behind South Australia. WA Treasurer Mike Nahan said the proposed 51 per cent public float of Western Power - which is a major issue for the March election - would create thousands of jobs as $3 billion would be invested in projects. "This is demonstrated by the latest Labour Force data showing the two states with the lowest unemployment rates are NSW and Victoria, which are selling assets to create jobs by building new infrastructure," he told AAP. The figures also revealed...Read full article...

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Bega investors happy little vegemites on Kraft deal - The Australian F…

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Bega investors happy little vegemites on Kraft deal - The Australian Financial Review

3452555 bega-investors-happy-little-vegemites-on-kraft-deal-the-australian-financial-review Deal maker: Bega executive chairman Barry Irvin. David Rowe Everyone knows Vegemite and cheese go well together, and Bega Cheese's $460 million acquisition of Australia's most iconic brand is the dairy company's first step towards transforming itself into a major consumer-goods brand. Bega executive chairman Barry Irvin has another big deal in the pipeline, although it is not clear if that involves an acquisition (Bellamy's anyone?) or an asset sale (bye bye Blackmores joint venture?). Either way, he has acquired a powerful Australian brand at a reasonable multiple which allows the company to diversify away from cheese at the right time. Investors warmed to the deal which caught short-sellers on the hop. Bega's stock has been out of favour since October because of its exposure to companies like infant milk formula group Bellamy's and vitamins producer Blackmores which have run...Read full article...

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BHP, Vale in push for Samarco settlement - The Australian

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BHP, Vale in push for Samarco settlement - The Australian

3452553 bhp-vale-in-push-for-samarco-settlement-the-australian The Bento Rodrigues village, ruined by the flood after the collapse of the Samarco dam in Brazil. BHP Billiton and Vale appear to be making progress to bring down the cost of a $64 billion civil case over the 2015 Samarco tailings dam burst that killed 19 people and caused widespread environmental damage, striking a deal to bring federal prosecutors together with Brazilian authorities who previously agreed to an $8bn claim. The move appears to be confirmation from both sides that a ­penalty of somewhere between $8bn and $64bn will be in order. At the same time, BHP has warned that any restart of the idled iron ore mine is a long way off, signalling that Brazilian government talk of it resuming operations in the next couple of months is optimistic. Last night, BHP said it had entered a preliminary agreement with federal prosecutors making the 155 billion Brazilian real ($64bn)...Read full article...

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Australian Christian Lobby office car explosion not politically motiva…

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Australian Christian Lobby office car explosion not politically motivated: police - The Canberra Times

3452993 australian-christian-lobby-office-car-explosion-not-politically-motivated-police-the-canberra-times ACT police have confirmed the van that exploded outside the Australian Christian Lobby offices in Canberra on Wednesday night was detonated by the driver but have ruled out political motivation as a reason. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Deputy Chief Police Commander Mark Walters said the driver appeared to have ignited gas cylinders inside the vehicle about 9.30pm. Play Video Don't Play The state of our climate in 2016 Play Video Don't Play Video duration 04:41 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:23 A scene of devastation: Shelton A scene of devastation: Shelton A van filled with gas bottles has exploded out the front of the Australian Christian Lobby in Canberra. The groups head Lyle Shelton says they've received death threats. The state of our climate in 2016 Play Video Don't Play Video duration 04:41 Video duration 04:41 The state of our...Read full article...

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'Raw deal': the sexual politics of workers' compo - The Canberra Times

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'Raw deal': the sexual politics of workers' compo - The Canberra Times

3452991 raw-deal-the-sexual-politics-of-workers-compo-the-canberra-times Men have been granted taxpayer-funded workers' compo for getting hurt in bar fights, falling out of bedroom windows drunk or for injuries playing cricket at lunchtime, according to a veteran Canberra lawyer. In contrast, barrister Allan Anforth says, a female RAAF member sexually assaulted in her room on base by a drunken airman who broke in, had her claim for workers' compensation knocked-back and had to take her fight to the Federal Court. Canberra barrister Allan Anforth. Photo: Rohan Thomson Mr Anforth says his latest high-profile public service compensation case, of ex-ATO worker Roseanne Howes and her breast reduction procedure, was vigorously opposed by authorities, and ultimately failed, because it concerned a woman's sexual organs. The veteran lawyer and barrister says he has seen enough of male private sector workers, public servants and ADF members who have won workers...Read full article...

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Meet your new Assembly: How Aerobics Oz Style led Elizabeth Lee to a c…

20-01-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Meet your new Assembly: How Aerobics Oz Style led Elizabeth Lee to a career in politics - The Canberra Times

3452989 meet-your-new-assembly-how-aerobics-oz-style-led-elizabeth-lee-to-a-career-in-politics-the-canberra-times Elizabeth Lee reckons her ability to walk into a room and own it harks back to her group fitness instructor training. As a 16-year-old, she would groove along to Aerobics Oz Style with little hand weights every weekday morning. Elizabeth Lee MLA. photo by: Jamila Toderas Photo: Jamila Toderas Later, while studying law at the Australian National University, she started teaching self-defence at Fernwood Fitness (she is a taekwondo instructor). Before her class, though, she would watch the group fitness and be hit with nostalgia. That's why she decided to make like Wendi and June and learn how to teach it. The Canberra Liberal Campaign Launch. Candidate for Kurrajong Elizabeth Lee. Photo: Jamila Toderas "It's going to sound really weird but I used to tell my students that anything you do ... you need to think about it in terms of being transferable," Lee laughed. "So for me, you know,...Read full article...

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Explained: Politicians' entitlements rules and why they're under fire …

20-01-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3452987 explained-politicians-entitlements-rules-and-why-they-re-under-fire-abc-online Health Minister Sussan Ley's decision to step down from cabinet amid an expenses scandal has reignited calls for tougher restrictions on politicians' entitlements.The Nigerian-born former pilot has faced a public backlash after purchasing a $795,000 luxury apartment while on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.Despite insisting two separate investigations will prove she broke no rules, Ms Ley has admitted she failed the "pub test".Labor and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have already called on the Government to introduce changes to entitlements recommended by the Finance Department last year.What entitlements are under fire?Ms Ley's travel arrangements were booked before the sweeping review, which was launched after former speaker Bronwyn Bishop used chartered helicopters to attend party fundraisers. ...Read full article...

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Why Australian voters want to 'drain the swamp' in Canberra - NEWS.com…

20-01-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Why Australian voters want to 'drain the swamp' in Canberra - NEWS.com.au

3452985 why-australian-voters-want-to-drain-the-swamp-in-canberra-news-com-au Sussan Ley has stepped aside as health minister following revelations of taxpayer-funded trips to Qld. Australian voters have had it with politicians and their entitlements. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP AUSTRALIAN voters are so fed up with entitled members of parliament and their excuses for using taxpayers’ cash they are seeking to drain the Canberra swamp of career politicians, a prominent electoral expert has warned. Drawing on shocking results from his recent research that showed Australian voter satisfaction at a record low, ANU political professor Ian McAllister told news.com.au the latest controversy surrounding sidelined Health Minister Sussan Ley’s use of taxpayer funds was exactly the sort of behaviour by politicians that’s stirring an electoral revolt. The embattled MP has been stood down from her senior parliamentary position while taxpayer-funded trips to...Read full article...

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Politics are just too important for social media - The Canberra Times

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Politics are just too important for social media - The Canberra Times

3452983 politics-are-just-too-important-for-social-media-the-canberra-times After watching the news sector decline for years, we find our politics drowning, really, in lies, distortions, propaganda and accusations now, of "fake news". Only the rise of a Twitter demagogue such as Donald Trump has jolted some of the global public from their complacency. So maybe vigorous political journalism has a chance after all. Just maybe.   Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of InfoWars.com is a hit on social media.  But if political journalism is to thrive and reach a bigger share of the public, counting on social media to achieve that goal may be a mistake. Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are rapidly becoming a wasteland of untruths and misinformation. It's not just the "fake news" out-rating real news on Facebook, but the bots and trolls on Twitter that can be used to overwhelm reality-based information. Social media can be easily gamed by those in the know. As...Read full article...

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Sustainability worth the price - Business News

20-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3452643 sustainability-worth-the-price-business-news New research shows homebuyers are willing to pay extra for energy-efficient design. Sustainable design is being listed alongside affordability, location and size as must-haves for Western Australian homebuyers, who are increasingly seeking out environmentally efficient developments. New research out of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute showed sustainability was now ranked as the fourth biggest driver for dwelling choice in Perth, with homebuyers willing to pay extra for future cost savings. CUSP research fellow Jemma Green said consumers were increasingly becoming attracted to developments with features such as solar panels and lithium battery technology for more efficient energy use, or water saving measures and electric vehicle charge points. The report showed that 46 per cent of the buyers surveyed who purchased in an energy-efficient development said...Read full article...

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Tassie high school wins global renewable energy and sustainability pri…

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3452641 tassie-high-school-wins-global-renewable-energy-and-sustainability-prize-educationhq-australia A Tasmanian high school has taken out the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Global High Schools category, Oceania region, at a prestigious awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, January 16  – Flanked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, students from Huonville High received the award in front of dignitaries from across the globe. The international prize celebrates pioneers in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy and offers nine awards across five categories. The rural Tasmanian school was a runner up in last year’s competition, but this year their vision for how to integrate renewable energy into their operations and curriculum really wowed the judges. “The project is around renewable energies, so the ideal situation would be to turn the school into a carbon neutral...Read full article...

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What Freiburg can teach Canberra about sustainability - The Canberra T…

20-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3452639 what-freiburg-can-teach-canberra-about-sustainability-the-canberra-times Canberra showcases itself as clean, clever and sustainable to good effect, but in marketing terms it could learn a lot from Freiburg – known internationally as Germany's sustainable city. A map for visitors to this city of about 220,000 people in south-west Germany identifies 29 "green spots", ranging from hydro, biogas, solar cooling, passive high-rise to a solar tower and bike station, all locations readily accessible by bicycle or public transport. Like Canberra, Freiburg has focused efforts on improving walking, cycling and public transport. Public transport was extended so that most people now live within 500 metres of a tram stop. Freiburg built 400 kilometres of bike paths, and provided secure bicycle parking at transit stations. On those streets marked with the blue sign, cars may travel no faster than walking speed. Many local roads are thus designated as children's play...Read full article...

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What Freiburg can teach Canberra about sustainability - The Age

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3452637 what-freiburg-can-teach-canberra-about-sustainability-the-age Canberra showcases itself as clean, clever and sustainable to good effect, but in marketing terms it could learn a lot from Freiburg – known internationally as Germany's sustainable city. A map for visitors to this city of about 220,000 people in south-west Germany identifies 29 "green spots", ranging from hydro, biogas, solar cooling, passive high-rise to a solar tower and bike station, all locations readily accessible by bicycle or public transport. Like Canberra, Freiburg has focused efforts on improving walking, cycling and public transport. Public transport was extended so that most people now live within 500 metres of a tram stop. Freiburg built 400 kilometres of bike paths, and provided secure bicycle parking at transit stations. On those streets marked with the blue sign, cars may travel no faster than walking speed. Many local roads are thus designated as children's play...Read full article...

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ADSW holds student event on sustainability - Trade Arabia

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3452635 adsw-holds-student-event-on-sustainability-trade-arabia More than 600 students from the UAE and countries around the world took part in the second annual “Student Exclusive” at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) in the UAE capital yesterday (January 18).Now a signature event of ADSW, the Student Exclusive is focused on empowering young people to think and act sustainably.Dr Ahmed Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, delivered the event’s keynote address, describing the Student Exclusive as integral to the success of ADSW.“The culture of the UAE is based on sustainability. If you go back 100 years, people only consumed what they required; they only used what they needed. But today, we are all guilty of consumption that is not very responsible. The government is trying to help us by raising awareness, and by investing in renewable energy resources. But regardless of what we do as the government, a culture of sustainability needs...Read full article...

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Study finds current corporate sustainability reporting misses the mark…

20-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3452633 study-finds-current-corporate-sustainability-reporting-misses-the-mark-phys-org A new study finds that corporate sustainability reporting often focuses on issues that are unimportant to stakeholders, and offers specific suggestions to improve the content of future corporate sustainability reporting efforts. "Right now, most corporate entities rely on guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) when developing their sustainability reports," says Marianne Bradford, a professor of accounting at North Carolina State University and lead author of a paper on the work. "We wanted to know whether stakeholders – particularly consumers – care about the aspects of sustainability those GRI guidelines promote. And our findings show that it's a mixed bag." "These findings are important because industry standards on sustainability reporting are evolving," says Scott Showalter, a co-author of the paper and professor of practice at NC State. "As a result, it's...Read full article...

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UK court rejects bid for bridge to be recognized as sport

20-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3452893 uk-court-rejects-bid-for-bridge-to-be-recognized-as-sport FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015 file photo, a player holds a selection of playing cards, during a game, in Coventry. Bridge players who want the card game recognized as a sport have lost their latest legal bid in Britain. The Court of Appeal in London on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 upheld an October 2015 ruling backing Sport England’s refusal to put bridge in the same category as badminton, billiards and ballroom dancing. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP, File) More LONDON (AP) — Bridge players who want the card game recognized as a sport have lost their latest legal bid in Britain. The Court of Appeal in London on Thursday upheld an October 2015 ruling backing Sport England's refusal to put bridge in the same category as badminton, billiards and ballroom dancing. The English Bridge Union, which has some 55,000 members, had sought the designation. The union had argued that a lack of sporting...Read full article...

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Gay prince on front line of India's war against AIDS

20-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3452891 gay-prince-on-front-line-of-india-s-war-against-aids From setting up his own charity to hanging condoms on trees, Manvendra Singh Gohil has dedicated himself to fighting the scourge of AIDS since coming out 10 years ago as India's first openly gay royal. A member of a royal warrior clan and heir apparent to the throne of Rajpipla in deeply conservative Gujarat state, Gohil uses his fame and status to educate the gay community about safe sex and their rights in a country where gay sex is a criminal offence. "People say homosexuality is a part of western culture. It is absolutely wrong," Gohil told AFP in an interview, citing the Kamasutra and the homoerotic sculptures that feature in ancient temples across the country. "It is the hypocrisy in our society which is refusing to accept this truth. And this motivated me to come out openly and tell the world 'I am gay, so what? And I am proud of it'." Gohil has been part of a campaign against...Read full article...

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Ancient warm period hints at bigger-than-expected sea level rise

20-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3452889 ancient-warm-period-hints-at-bigger-than-expected-sea-level-rise By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected six meters (20 ft) over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said on Thursday, based on clues from an ancient warm period. Sea levels have risen by about 20 cms (8 inches) in the past 100 years, with a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica spilling water into the oceans. Many studies have assumed that rising temperatures are a condition for a much faster melt. A study in the journal Science, however, said sea temperatures in a natural warm period about 125,000 years ago were "indistinguishable" from today, rather than up to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) hotter as previously thought. "The trend is worrisome as sea levels during the last interglacial period were between six and nine meters (20-30 ft) above their present height," Science said of...Read full article...

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Germany legalizes cannabis for medicinal purposes

20-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3452887 germany-legalizes-cannabis-for-medicinal-purposes BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's lower house of parliament on Thursday passed a law that legalizes the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes for people who are chronically ill. Those suffering from serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain or a lack of appetite or nausea could be offered marijuana under the law. The draft law says patients will only have the right to be treated with cannabis "in very limited exceptional cases" and patients will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis. "Those who are severely ill need to get the best possible treatment and that includes health insurance funds paying for cannabis as a medicine for those who are chronically ill if they can't be effectively treated any other way," said Health Minister Hermann Groehe. A Health Ministry spokeswoman said cannabis would only be used as a last resort when nothing else seemed to work. She...Read full article...

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France says duck cull mostly over as bird flu stabilizes

20-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3452885 france-says-duck-cull-mostly-over-as-bird-flu-stabilizes PARIS (Reuters) - France will scale back preventive slaughtering of ducks to counter bird flu after the culling of 800,000 birds this month helped slow the spread of the disease in the southwest, the country's agriculture minister said on Thursday. France resorted to a mass cull after the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu started spreading among farms in the southwest, the country's main production zone for the duck and goose liver speciality foie gras. "We have passed the peak in preventive culling," Stephane Le Foll told reporters. "We have zones where the situation has started to stabilize." The 800,000 birds culled preventively were in addition to about 1 million that died or were slaughtered at farms where the H5N8 virus was detected, he said. France had confirmed 152 cases of H5N8 bird flu on farms as of Thursday, and is one of a number of European countries to have...Read full article...

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Costco to pay $11.75 million over lax U.S. pharmacy controls

20-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3452883 costco-to-pay-11-75-million-over-lax-u-s-pharmacy-controls By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp <COST.O> will pay $11.75 million to resolve claims that some of its pharmacies filled improper or incomplete prescriptions for controlled substances in violation of federal regulations, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The deal, one of several corporate settlements being unveiled during the last days of President Barack Obama's administration, came as U.S. authorities grapple with an opioid drug epidemic. "This settlement demonstrates the accountability and responsibility that go along with handling controlled prescription drugs," U.S. Drug Enforcement Assistant Administrator Louis Milione said in a statement. A Costco spokesman declined to comment. Under the settlement, Costco acknowledged that from 2012 to 2015 some of its pharmacies dispensed drugs without complying with the Controlled Substances Act and related...Read full article...

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