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Queensland weather: Latest updates - NEWS.com.au

19-02-2017 Australia The Editor

Queensland weather: Latest updates - NEWS.com.au

3556597 queensland-weather-latest-updates-news-com-au Storms are expected to roll in across the southeast. Picture: News Limited THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled a severe thunderstorm warning for the southeast. Earlier, the bureau warned that thunderstorms were likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding. The bureau said a thunderstorm was heading towards the southeast that was forecast to affect Rosewood, Hatton Vale and Marburg by 5:30 pm and Bundamba Lagoon, Amberley and the area south of Amberley by 6:00 pm. Severe #QldStorm north of Laidley moving rapidly to the southeast towards #Ipswich. Check radar at https://t.co/QsApdmRc3l pic.twitter.com/r8l5z7ceVM — BOM Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 19, 2017 Other locations which may be affected today include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Caboolture and Goondiwindi. “There will...Read full article...

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Trump gets what he wants in Florida: Campaign-level adulation - CNN

19-02-2017 Australia The Editor

3556595 trump-gets-what-he-wants-in-florida-campaign-level-adulation-cnn Trump, who just months ago finished campaigning for the office he now holds, was both selling what his administration has done in its first 30 days and trying to change the subject after a chaotic month. The President was forced to fire his national security adviser, struggled to roll out his travel ban and strained to explain a growing story about how members of his 2016 campaign made repeated contact with Russian individuals known to US intelligence.Trump, clearly ready for some relief from the confines of Washington and the limitations of the house he ran to occupy, reverted back to his campaign habits, basking in what energized him for months during the slog of his race against Hillary Clinton.At one point, Trump invited Gene Huber -- a supporter who said he arrived at the venue at 4 a.m. ET to be the first in line for the event -- up to the stage. The man was briefly stopped by...Read full article...

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Sydney weather: Third day of storms for NSW as Sydney prepares for a w…

19-02-2017 Australia The Editor

Sydney weather: Third day of storms for NSW as Sydney prepares for a wet afternoon - The Sydney Morning Herald

3556593 sydney-weather-third-day-of-storms-for-nsw-as-sydney-prepares-for-a-wet-afternoon-the-sydney-morning-herald Sydney is in for another wet afternoon with thunderstorms expected to batter the east coast of NSW on Sunday. As residents survey the damage after two days of wild thunderstorms and hail, Weatherzone is predicting a reasonable chance of showers over Sydney in the afternoon, and an outside chance of storms in the north of the city.  Play Video Don't Play NSW storms: whopper hailstones hit Hornsby Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:41 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:33 NSW storms: 3 struck by lightning, towns ... NSW storms: 3 struck by lightning, towns battered by hail Three women were struck by lightning in the NSW southern highlands during the second day of severe storms across the state on Saturday. Vision courtesy ABC News 24. NSW storms: whopper hailstones hit Hornsby Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:41 Video duration 00:41 NSW...Read full article...

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Dan Vickerman dead: Rugby in shock as former Wallaby dies aged 37 - Th…

19-02-2017 Australia The Editor

Dan Vickerman dead: Rugby in shock as former Wallaby dies aged 37 - The Sydney Morning Herald

3556591 dan-vickerman-dead-rugby-in-shock-as-former-wallaby-dies-aged-37-the-sydney-morning-herald The Australian rugby community has been rocked by news former Wallaby Dan Vickerman has died. The 63-Test Wallaby is understood to have died on Saturday night. It is believed there were no suspicious circumstances. Vickerman leaves behind a wife, Sarah, and two young children. Dan Vickerman played 63 Tests for the Wallabies. Photo: Jason Oxenham Vickerman, 37, was a South African-born second rower for the Wallabies between 2002 and 2011 and played his professional career with the Waratahs and Brumbies. After playing in his second Rugby World Cup in 2007, he took a break from international rugby for three years to study in England. He earned a degree in Land Economics from Cambridge University and also had a short stint with Premiership club Northampton Saints in the 2009-2010 season.  He was forced to retire in 2012 due to persistent injuries to his leg, and went on to carve out a...Read full article...

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Old foes Aust and Japan now strong allies - NEWS.com.au

19-02-2017 Australia The Editor

3556589 old-foes-aust-and-japan-now-strong-allies-news-com-au Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australian and Japanese World War II soldiers were "ferocious in combat and then forgiving", and the two nations have since formed a powerful friendship that pays dividends. Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Darwin - the most destructive attack mounted by a foreign power on Australia. Mr Turnbull praised the reconciliation between the two countries, which have since forged strong economic ties. Japan has become the Northern Territory's largest trading partner, and Darwin is home to the multi-billion dollar Inpex gas plant - Japan's biggest foreign investment project. "The fleets of LNG carriers that will be heading north to Japan are just another part of that very strong partnership," Mr Turnbull said. Mr Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten joined dignitaries from Japan and the United States at a memorial...Read full article...

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North Queensland shark attack victim has leg amputated after emergency…

19-02-2017 Australia The Editor

North Queensland shark attack victim has leg amputated after emergency surgery - ABC Online

3556587 north-queensland-shark-attack-victim-has-leg-amputated-after-emergency-surgery-abc-online Related Story: Friends' first aid treatment saves man bitten by shark A Queensland spearfisherman attacked by a shark on Saturday has had one of his legs amputated. Key points:Glenn Dickson was bitten by a shark after jumping into waters off Hinchinbrook Islandon Saturday morningThe father of two is still critical following emergency surgery at Cairns HospitalA crowdfunding website has raised more than $10,000 for his recovery Spearfisherman Glenn Dickson had just jumped off a boat and into the waters off Hinchinbrook Island on Saturday morning when he was bitten on the left leg, which caused severe blood loss and loss of consciousness.Paramedics praised the three friends who were with the father of two for applying a tourniquet using clothing and...Read full article...

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A Liftoff Deferred: SpaceX Mission From NASA's Historic Launch Pad Del…

19-02-2017 World News The Editor

A Liftoff Deferred: SpaceX Mission From NASA's Historic Launch Pad Delayed - NPR

3556615 a-liftoff-deferred-spacex-mission-from-nasa-s-historic-launch-pad-delayed-npr Enlarge this image SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared Friday for a launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch Pad 39A, one of the renovated space shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA, has been the site of many of NASA's most famous liftoffs. Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared Friday for a launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch Pad 39A, one of the renovated space shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA, has been the site of many of NASA's most famous liftoffs. Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET Poised on the brink of ushering in a new era, NASA's historic launch pad in Florida will need to wait another day for its milestone. At the last minute, the private space company SpaceX scrubbed its Saturday launch, which would...Read full article...

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More rain in store after 3 killed in California storms - CNN

19-02-2017 World News The Editor

3556613 more-rain-in-store-after-3-killed-in-california-storms-cnn Storms are due to start overnight Saturday and linger through Monday, with 2 to 4 inches of widespread rain expected, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. Some areas may get up to 10 inches.Driving rain could drastically reduce visibility, Chinchar warned.Meanwhile, power is still out and cars submerged across Southern California, which experienced one of its most drenching storms in recent years.More than 131,000 customers lost power Friday night, officials said. Late Saturday evening, 6,100 people still remained without power, Southern California Edison told CNN. Sinkholes, localized floods and downed trees and power lines also were reported. In Victorville in San Bernardino County, one person was found dead Friday in a flooded vehicle, firefighters said. A second storm victim, a 55-year-old man, was electrocuted when a power line fell Friday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los...Read full article...

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Trump gets what he wants in Florida: Campaign-level adulation - CNN

19-02-2017 World News The Editor

3556611 trump-gets-what-he-wants-in-florida-campaign-level-adulation-cnn Trump, who just months ago finished campaigning for the office he now holds, was both selling what his administration has done in its first 30 days and trying to change the subject after a chaotic month. The President was forced to fire his national security adviser, struggled to roll out his travel ban and strained to explain a growing story about how members of his 2016 campaign made repeated contact with Russian individuals known to US intelligence.Trump, clearly ready for some relief from the confines of Washington and the limitations of the house he ran to occupy, reverted back to his campaign habits, basking in what energized him for months during the slog of his race against Hillary Clinton.At one point, Trump invited Gene Huber -- a supporter who said he arrived at the venue at 4 a.m. ET to be the first in line for the event -- up to the stage. The man was briefly stopped by...Read full article...

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'Jane Roe' made abortion legal. Then a minister made her repent. - Was…

19-02-2017 World News The Editor

3556609 jane-roe-made-abortion-legal-then-a-minister-made-her-repent-washington-post Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe from the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, passed away on Feb. 18 after spending decades at the heart of the abortion debate. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) When Flip Benham opened an office of his antiabortion group next door to an abortion clinic that employed Norma McCorvey, the two saw each other through the cliches of their respective ideologies. McCorvey, also known as “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, saw Benham’s group as “vicious, mean-spirited, fire-breathing, sanctimonious, self-righteous, bigoted hypocrites,” she would later write. Benham, a minister, told the New York Times that he was setting up shop “at the gates of hell.” [Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide, dies at 69] Those “hypocrites” had already driven an abortion doctor out of Dallas and shut down another clinic in the...Read full article...

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Anthony Davis loses in first round of 2017 Skills Challenge - NOLA.com

19-02-2017 World News The Editor

3556607 anthony-davis-loses-in-first-round-of-2017-skills-challenge-nola-com New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis went down in the first round of the 2017 Taco Bell Skills Challenge at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night, with New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis coming away the winner. Davis was knocked out in the first round by Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic--who was a injury replacement for Philadelphia's Joel Embiid. "I just had fun. I'm glad the bigs won it, though," Davis said. "I just tried to start fast but the hardest thing is making that pass. Everybody misses the pass, but I actually made it on my first try, but I just missed the (3-pointer)." Davis, who will be starting for the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game, jumped out to an early lead after the dribbling and passing stations, but Jokic knocked down his first 3-point attempt after Davis missed his first two.  Utah's Gordon Hayward and Porzingis met in the...Read full article...

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Clyde Stubblefield, the 'Funky Drummer' for James Brown, Dies at 73 - …

19-02-2017 World News The Editor

3556605 clyde-stubblefield-the-funky-drummer-for-james-brown-dies-at-73-new-york-times By his late teenage years, he was already playing drums professionally, and he moved to Macon, Ga., after playing with Otis Redding, who hailed from there. There, he performed with local soul acts, and was introduced to Brown by a local club owner. Soon, he was flying to join Brown on the road, and became a permanent band member. Continue reading the main story He performed with them on and off for about six years, one of two key drummers — the other was John Starks, who was also known as Jabo — playing on the essential James Brown albums of the civil rights era: “Cold Sweat,” “I Got the Feelin’,” “It’s a Mother,” “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Sex Machine.” He performed at some of Brown’s most important concerts, including at the Boston Garden following the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and for United States service members in Vietnam.His...Read full article...

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Dollar falls back below 77 US cents - NEWS.com.au

19-02-2017 Business News The Editor

3556633 dollar-falls-back-below-77-us-cents-news-com-au THE Australian dollar is lower, dropping back below the 77 US cent mark, despite the US dollar weakening against a basket of currencies. At 0635 AEDT on Friday, the Australian dollar was worth 76.96 US cents, down from 77.17 US cents on Thursday. The US dollar weakened against a basket of major currencies overnight, posting its steepest one-day drop in more than two weeks, due to lower US bond yields and uncertainty over the timing of the Federal Reserve’s next interest rate rise. Traders have scaled back bets on a looming US rate rise as they concluded Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen did not deliver enough conviction at her economic testimony before Congress on whether the central bank’s next rate increase will come at its March 14-15 meeting. Westpac’s Imre Speizer said the US dollar index shed around 0.6 per cent with no obvious news to prompt the decline, while the Aussie...Read full article...

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Willis buys out Russell's Australian actuarial business - The New Dail…

19-02-2017 Business News The Editor

3556631 willis-buys-out-russell-s-australian-actuarial-business-the-new-daily Global asset advisor and actuary Willis Towers Watson has signed an agreement to buy  Russell Investments’ Australian actuarial practice for an undisclosed sum. “Providing a broad range of superannuation and actuarial services is the core purpose of our retirement team in Australia,” said Andrew Boal, Regional Head of Australasia for Willis Towers Watson. “The combination of our teams will strengthen our value proposition for all our clients, by providing a wider and deeper range of expertise and service that covers both traditional and new retirement and analytic solutions.” Russell Investments’ stand-alone actuarial business has provided services to major Australian and New Zealand based clients for more than 30 years. The deal will see 22 staff and over 50 clients spanning the Corporate, Government, Master Trust, and Industry Fund sectors come under Willis’ control. “The move...Read full article...

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Domo Heads to the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2017 - Yahoo Finan…

19-02-2017 Business News The Editor

3556629 domo-heads-to-the-gartner-data-and-analytics-summit-2017-yahoo-finance SILICON SLOPES, UT--(Marketwired - February 17, 2017) - Domo is headed to the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2017 events to help IT and business intelligence (BI) leaders maximize the value of their business data. Serving more than 1,000 enterprise customers, including 20% of the Fortune 50, Domo will demonstrate how it helps technology and data professionals maintain sanity and control while meeting the growing demand for real-time data access across the enterprise. IT and BI leaders interested in seeing Domo in action can visit Domo at both the APAC (Australia) and North America (Texas) events: Sydney, AustraliaFebruary 20 - 21, 2017Domo Booth #S6 Grapevine, TXMarch 6 - 9, 2017Domo Booth #105 At the North America event, Niall Browne, chief information security officer at Domo and James Slagle, vice president of BI & Data Analytics of Apria Healthcare will present on how to...Read full article...

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Old trams with outdated technology being considered for Adelaide, Oppo…

19-02-2017 Business News The Editor

Old trams with outdated technology being considered for Adelaide, Opposition says - ABC Online

3556627 old-trams-with-outdated-technology-being-considered-for-adelaide-opposition-says-abc-online Related Story: SA Government to spend an extra $20m on more trams Outdated trams are being considered at an inflated price by the South Australian Government just so they can be in use before the state election next year, the Opposition says.The Government announced last year it would spend $20 million buying additional trams and building a new 100-metre line from North Terrace to the Festival Centre.Opposition transport spokesperson David Pisoni said the Government was paying $5 million each for trams that were built in 2010."New South Wales and the ACT are buying brand new trams for similar capacity for around $3.2 million each, so they have the latest technology and they have a 10-year head start on the life of those trams," he said.He said SA...Read full article...

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Time to shop for best home loan deals - The Hindu

19-02-2017 Business News The Editor

3556625 time-to-shop-for-best-home-loan-deals-the-hindu There has always been a lot of fanfare and expectation around the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy. Borrowers make a hard case for rate cuts. Depositors cringe every time rates head south. And banks are chided for being tardy in lowering lending rates. The reaction to the recent policy was however more muted, with the RBI keeping rates on hold. Also, after reducing policy rate by a whole 175 basis points since the beginning of January 2015, the central bank appears to have changed course, signalling the end of the rate cut cycle. Here’s what borrowers — old and new — should do to ensure they get the best deal on home loans, before the tide turns. Don’t wait Are you waiting for rates to fall further before taking a home loan? Sorry to dash your hopes, but it may not be a good idea to play the waiting game. Lending rates have already dropped by nearly one percentage point over...Read full article...

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Weekend property auction clearances soar in Sydney and Melbourne - The…

19-02-2017 Business News The Editor

Weekend property auction clearances soar in Sydney and Melbourne - The Australian Financial Review

3556623 weekend-property-auction-clearances-soar-in-sydney-and-melbourne-the-australian-financial-review Vern and Jo Smith sold their Cemorne apartment for $500,000 over the reserve. They're moving to Wagga. Auction clearance rates soared in Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend, although some property experts questioned whether higher clearance rates would translate into another year of strong price growth. Domain and Corelogic both showed similarly high auction clearance rates for the weekend, with more than 83 per cent of the 675 homes listed for sale in Sydney selling at auction, equating to $460.9 million worth of real estate changing hands. The clearance rate was up on the previous week's 80.2 per cent and the 73 per cent on the same weekend last year. "It's another extraordinary result for Sydney," Domain chief economist Dr Andrew Wilson said, "And next week it could be even bigger, with the number of property listings to rise about 30 per cent to 900. Bidding for the...Read full article...

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Canberra's oldest politician is upset Malcolm Turnbull is cutting his …

19-02-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3557061 canberra-s-oldest-politician-is-upset-malcolm-turnbull-is-cutting-his-business-class-flights-perk-business-insider-australia When he finally steps away from politics, senator Ian Macdonald, the former Queensland lawyer turned Howard government minister will have spent more than 30 years in Canberra. The 71-year-old “Father of the Parliament” is currently a government backbencher on around $200,000 a year. But plans by his boss, Malcolm Turnbull, to cut back on the perks of office, including a “life gold pass”, which gives retired pollies 10 free return domestic flights for two each year at taxpayer expense, have him threatening to cross the floor. Today in the senate, Macdonald argued that politicians are underpaid and under-appreciated, so it’s up to him to fight for their rights. “Someone has to start arguing for politicians, arguing for parliamentarians, saying why they’re there,” he said. “They don’t get particularly well paid.” MPs earn between $197,000 up to a little over $500,000 as PM. Certainly...Read full article...

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Politics live: Fallout from Liberals' decision to preference Pauline H…

19-02-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3557059 politics-live-fallout-from-liberals-decision-to-preference-pauline-hanson-s-one-nation-brisbane-times 3:21pm on 13 Feb 2017 End of the day. What happened? National Party MPs are concerned about the WA Liberal Party's decision to preference One Nation; Liberal ministers have shrugged off the deal, raising questions about what will happen at the next federal election; the Turnbull government is playing hardball on its childcare package by linking savings from other welfare cuts to funding for the national disability insurance scheme; calls for a bipartisan approach on energy policy were rebuffed; and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull marked the ninth anniversary of the apology to the stolen generations. My thanks to Andrew Meares and to you for reading and commenting.​ You can follow me on Facebook. Andrew, Alex (hopefully) and I will be back in the morning. Hope to see you then. 3:05pm on 13 Feb 2017 Labor frontbencher Penny Wong thinks it's all the Prime Minister's fault. "For over 20...Read full article...

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ACT is perfect for a collegial-style politics and parliament ... but w…

19-02-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

ACT is perfect for a collegial-style politics and parliament ... but will we get it? - The Canberra Times

3557057 act-is-perfect-for-a-collegial-style-politics-and-parliament-but-will-we-get-it-the-canberra-times This week marks the return of parliamentary sittings for ACT legislators. It won't be the inaugural sitting of the expanded, 25-member Legislative Assembly – that took place in December and was largely ceremonial: new parliamentarians were welcomed; committees were established. But this week's sittings are a chance for our representatives to set the tone for the next four years; to show they are willing to ditch politics as usual in favour of a more collaborative approach to governing our city. Canberrans were never keen on the idea of an ACT parliament. They voted against self-government (in a 1978 referendum) before the Commonwealth eventually imposed it anyway, just under 30 years ago. The Legislative Assembly has 12 new members.  Yet it's a great shame there wasn't, and likely still isn't, more enthusiasm among this city's comparatively well-educated voters to embrace local...Read full article...

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Hypocrisy, thy name is politics - The Canberra Times

19-02-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Hypocrisy, thy name is politics - The Canberra Times

3557055 hypocrisy-thy-name-is-politics-the-canberra-times It is among the more glaring ironies that professional politicians tend to recoil in horror when accused of "playing politics". But it's an accusation as frequently made in Canberra as it turns out to be correct. Play Video Don't Play The most trafficked mammal you've never heard of Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:02 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:23 Renewable blame game Renewable blame game The Liberal Party has been accused by Labor of lying about the reason for South Australia's blackouts by blaming renewable energy, something Malcolm Turnbull rejects. Courtesy ABC News 24. The most trafficked mammal you've never heard of Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:02 Video duration 01:02 The most trafficked mammal you've never ... The most trafficked mammal you've never heard of Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss...Read full article...

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Politics live: Nick Xenophon says government's welfare changes 'too ha…

19-02-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3557053 politics-live-nick-xenophon-says-government-s-welfare-changes-too-harsh-the-canberra-times 4:22pm on 14 Feb 2017 End of the day. What happened? one of the government's key reforms - its welfare omnibus legislation - looks dead in the water after the Nick Xenophon Team said it would not support it; this leaves the legislation - which includes changes to childcare - without enough support in the Senate; the government has not yet said what will happen to the various measures contained in the legislation;  MPs gathered to listen to the government deliver its annual progress report on Indigenous disadvantage; but the report was not encouraging. My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares for their superb work and to you for reading and commenting. You can follow me on Facebook. Andrew, Alex and I will be back in the morning. Until then, go well. 4:13pm on 14 Feb 2017 "I believe all electrons are created equal," the Deputy Prime Minister tells Sky News. 4:08pm on 14...Read full article...

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National Disability Insurance Scheme becomes latest victim of partisan…

19-02-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

National Disability Insurance Scheme becomes latest victim of partisan politics - The Canberra Times

3557051 national-disability-insurance-scheme-becomes-latest-victim-of-partisan-politics-the-canberra-times A unity ticket which had placed the National Disability Insurance Scheme beyond politics has been shredded, with the Turnbull government accused of "holding the disabled to ransom" and Labor refusing to admit the $22 billion scheme lacks $4 billion in funding. The landmark social scheme became a political football this week after Treasurer Scott Morrison linked its funding to a range of controversial welfare cuts. A brawl then broke out on Wednesday over Coalition claims that Labor left a multi-billion dollar black hole in the NDIS budget. Play Video Don't Play 75 years since bombing of Darwin Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:16 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 03:03 Paralympian's emotional criticism Paralympian's emotional criticism The NDIS is not welfare and should not be considered a burden by the government, gold medallist Kurt Fearnley says, after...Read full article...

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Former executives voice concerns about sustainability of Tasmania's ..…

19-02-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Former executives voice concerns about sustainability of Tasmania's ... - ABC Online

3556713 former-executives-voice-concerns-about-sustainability-of-tasmania-s-abc-online Two former salmon industry executives have added their voices to concerns raised about the sustainability of parts of Tasmania's $700 million salmon industry.This week the country's second-largest salmon farmer, Huon Aquaculture, took the extraordinary step of launching legal action over its environmental concerns about overstocking against the State and Federal Governments.It has been dismissed by some as competitive tension between companies, but one of the original salmon farmers from Macquarie Harbour, Ron Morrison, said he had been raising the same concerns for four years."It's my backyard, I've spent all my life here on the harbour so it's quite disappointing to see what's happened in recent years," he said.A scientific report into the health of the harbour has...Read full article...

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Teaching sustainability in Australian schools: who's missing out? - SB…

19-02-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3556711 teaching-sustainability-in-australian-schools-who-s-missing-out-sbs Sustainability is supposed to be a priority across the national curriculum, but the reality varies greatly between schools around Australia. Teachers are calling for more support, while academics want a federal plan. Teaching Australian school children about sustainability appears to be a case of hit and miss despite a decade-long push to make it a priority across the national curriculum. A survey of Queensland teachers found that many were unaware of a 2008 directive by federal and state education ministers to incorporate sustainability across all subjects, while others said they did not have any spare room in a curriculum that they said was inflexible. But schools in Victoria, NSW and ACT appear to be ahead in sustainability programs, where schoolyards are being turned into veggie patches and children are encouraged in water saving and other eco-friendly measures. Victoria and NSW...Read full article...

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Why Paris 2024 promises record sustainability wins - GreenBiz

19-02-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3556709 why-paris-2024-promises-record-sustainability-wins-greenbiz Stade de France Stade de France, the projected site of the Opening Ceremonies of Paris 2024 should that city win the right to host the Olympics. It is one of many already-existing structures, the use of which will keep carbon emissions low.  The Paris 2024 Olympics bid committee promises to host the "Greenest Games Ever" by slashing carbon emissions by more than half compared to London 2012 and Rio 2016. To have the opportunity to make good on that guarantee, the City of Lights first has to win its competition with Budapest and Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Games. That decision will be made in September at the IOC meeting in Lima, Peru — and both cities have put forth very strong sustainability plans of their own.  With the bid process coming into its home stretch — the Paris team submitted the third and final version (PDF) of its "Bid Book" to the International Olympic...Read full article...

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To advance sustainability, fight inequality, researcher says | Harvard…

19-02-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3556707 to-advance-sustainability-fight-inequality-researcher-says-harvard-harvard-gazette Unless social and economic inequalities are addressed, sustainability efforts in urban centers will likely stall or never take hold, according to a new Harvard study. Authored by Robert Sampson, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, the study suggests that technological approaches must be accompanied by efforts to reduce those inequalities, create strong, long-lasting neighborhood social networks, and foster greater citizen interaction with government if sustainability projects are to be successful. The research is described in a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “With the advent of big data and explosion in computing power, there’s been a great deal of attention paid to the notion of ‘smart cities’ that coordinate the operation of the various municipal systems, like power, energy, water and transportation,” he said. “While that is...Read full article...

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13 Sustainability Newsletters Worth Your Time - Triple Pundit - Triple…

19-02-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

13 Sustainability Newsletters Worth Your Time - Triple Pundit - Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)

3556705 13-sustainability-newsletters-worth-your-time-triple-pundit-triple-pundit-registration-blog With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business. The early days of the Donald Trump administration have been anything but boring. Many of us open our news apps with baited breath these days, as the incoming administration delivers policy after policy that sends the broader sustainability community into an uproar. But amidst the cries that the sky is falling, the discerning reader can still find plenty to be optimistic about. Renewable energy continues to get cheaper and gain market share, and some analysts say Trump’s antics could unintentionally push corporate social...Read full article...

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Iowa Western student recognized for efforts in promoting sustainabilit…

19-02-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3556703 iowa-western-student-recognized-for-efforts-in-promoting-sustainability-the-daily-nonpareil Nicholas Endorf lives in Omaha but spends a lot of his time in Council Bluffs. In his second year of college, Endorf is a student at Iowa Western Community College pursuing his associate’s degree in sustainable energy. “I figured if I could do something I loved that benefited the planet and provide a healthy ecosystem for my son to grow up in, it would be the best of both worlds,” Endorf said. Endorf was recently named to the All-Iowa Community College Academic Team for 2017, which honors Iowa’s best and brightest enrolled in community colleges across the state. “It’s actually very flattering and very humbling,” Endorf said. “I didn’t expect it, but it was very nice to know all of my hard work was recognized. It was a nice honor to be given that.” Endorf was nominated to receive the award by Iowa Western. He’s the only student from the college to be named to the team. “IWCC is very...Read full article...

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Stem cells could cure hereditary deafness within 5 years - New York Po…

19-02-2017 Health News The Editor

3556961 stem-cells-could-cure-hereditary-deafness-within-5-years-new-york-post Scientists believe they are on the brink of a cure for people born deaf after producing stem cells to correct a hereditary defect. Experts have found a way of growing new cells for the cochlea, the spiral cavity of the inner ear. These can be used to replace faulty ones in people deaf from birth due to a genetic error. They hope a treatment could be available to patients within five to 10 years. Professor Kazusaku Kamiya, a specialist in ear diseases who is leading the research, said: “I am very excited by what we have done. We hope this work will lead to a cure for a form of hereditary deafness. “We have found a way to make cochlear stem cells. The next step is to find a way to safely inject them into the patient’s ear.” The work, which is being carried out in a laboratory at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan, aims to correct a mutation in a gene called Gap Junction Beta 2, which...Read full article...

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Cold caps help breast cancer patients avoid trauma of hair loss - CNN

19-02-2017 Health News The Editor

3556959 cold-caps-help-breast-cancer-patients-avoid-trauma-of-hair-loss-cnn "I lost my mother-in-law to cancer and was very aware of how our last memories of her were her not looking like herself and not the way she'd want to be remembered," Lefferman said. "It was terrifying to me that my kids would possibly have this frightening image of me be the last one if I didn't survive, and I was just determined that they wouldn't have that experience. I did everything I could in every way to normalize life for them and make it as untraumatic as possible."At the time, Lefferman's doctor had just returned from an annual breast cancer meeting where there was a presentation on cold caps. She told Lefferman that it might be an option to help her maintain her natural hair, although she didn't know anyone who had tried it. Lefferman had looked into wigs and even purchased one, but she wanted to keep her own hair if possible.Breast cancer patients can wear cold caps...Read full article...

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Could this be a good reason to turn vegan? Meat-eaters are TWICE as li…

19-02-2017 Health News The Editor

3556957 could-this-be-a-good-reason-to-turn-vegan-meat-eaters-are-twice-as-likely-to-get-diabetes-daily-mail Experts assessed the impact of eating different types of fats and type 2 diabetes They discovered that it only takes 12g of butter each day to trigger the conditionFindings highlight the importance of swapping animal fats for olive oil and nutsBy Stephen Matthews For Mailonline Published: 17:55 GMT, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 18:04 GMT, 17 February 2017 e-mail 284 shares 55 View comments Vegans are at lower risk of developing diabetes, new research suggests.Consuming animal products doubles someone's risk of developing the potentially fatal condition, scientists claim.And it only takes less than a tablespoon of butter each day, according to...Read full article...

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By the numbers: What are the most attractive female lips? - Knowridge …

19-02-2017 Health News The Editor

By the numbers: What are the most attractive female lips? - Knowridge Science Report

3556955 by-the-numbers-what-are-the-most-attractive-female-lips-knowridge-science-report What dimensions might create the most attractive lips in women? A new study published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery used focus groups and morphed computed images to try to find out because established guidelines may help achieve optimal outcomes in lip augmentation. In the study by Brian J.F. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California, Irvine, and coauthors, faces of white women were ranked by attractiveness with varied lip surface areas created for the faces and upper to lower lip ratios manipulated. As it turns out, lips with a 53.5 percent increase in surface area from the original image with a 1 to 2 ratio of upper to lower lip that make up about 10 percent of the lower third of the face were deemed to be the most attractive, according to the results. The study noted limitations, including that because there is no established reference range for total lip...Read full article...

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Armchair diagnosing Donald Trump with mental illness does a terrible d…

19-02-2017 Health News The Editor

3556953 armchair-diagnosing-donald-trump-with-mental-illness-does-a-terrible-disservice-to-psychology-quartz In 1964, after Fact magazine polled more than 12,000 psychiatrists and wrote a cover story on the 1,189 who considered Republican Barry Goldwater mentally unfit for presidency, the American Psychiatric Association officially banned its members from commenting on a public figure’s mental health without examining them. With this policy, known as the Goldwater rule, the APA made clear that passing such judgement from afar was morally reprehensible and unethical. Yet there has been an unrestrained rush to offer armchair diagnoses of US president Donald Trump. Critics of the president and opposition politicians are openly discussing whether the president is mentally well, and there are dozens of articles on whether Trump fits the profile of a psychopath or narcissist. “Goldwater, schmoldwater,” wrote Zoe Williams in her Guardian article, in which she argued that Trump “has the classic...Read full article...

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One million penguins gather in Argentina to feast on abundant fish bef…

19-02-2017 Health News The Editor

3556951 one-million-penguins-gather-in-argentina-to-feast-on-abundant-fish-before-migrating-the-independent More than one million South American penguins have descended upon Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula to migrate, according to local officials. The gathering is a record high, they say, thanks to a recent abundant supply of fish. What has become the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins will be quite a spectacle for the tens of thousands of people who visit the reserve every year. Officials say the small islets along the peninsula are ideal for the penguins to nest and feast on fish such as sardines and anchovies, and small crustaceans, near the shoreline. The warm-weather, flightless birds breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile. They migrate as far as Brazil between March and September, then come ashore in September or October so that males and females can take turns to look after their eggs and hunt for food. Tourism experts advise visitors to come see...Read full article...

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