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Tiahleigh Palmer: Child welfare advocates call for more support as bac…

25-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Child safety advocates are calling for independent monitoring of children in care following the Tiahleigh Palmer case, as Queensland police continue to dig up the backyard of her accused killer in search for clues.There are calls for a reintroduction of Queensland's Independent Community Visitors scheme to all placement types across the system including foster carers. CREATE Foundation CEO Jacqui Reed said there needed to be more commitment from the Federal Government for independent tools to externally monitor children in care. "At the moment it would seem that the lack of oversight is contributing to fact that some of these cases are happening and that children and young people are reaching out to try and talk to adults but are unable to get their message across or be heard," she said.Meanwhile, police have returned to search the Chambers Flat...

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Whadjuk man walking across Australia to meet Prime Minister Malcolm Tu…

25-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Clinton Pryor is on what he calls a Walk for Justice from Perth, through the nation’s red centre and to Parliament House in Canberra where he hopes to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A Whadjuk man from the Noongar people of South West Western Australia has told SBS World News he is walking across Australia to bring Aboriginal Affairs to the head of the Prime Minister’s agenda. Clinton Pryor said that he wanted the walk to catch the Prime Minister’s attention and he hoped to meet with him when he reached Parliament House in Canberra. He told SBS World News his people were hurting and that it was “time to give his people what they want”. “What I see these days is I see a lot of my people are in pain and they are hurt and they are frustrated,” he said. “We’ve been asking for a very long time to start listening to us and the government keeps ignoring and ignoring and this is...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Wildlife documentary star Rob Bredl 'in good spirits' days after croco…

25-09-2016 Australia The Editor

The "Barefoot Bushman" Rob Bredl, who was attacked by a crocodile on his family's north Queensland wildlife farm this week, is recovering well and expected to be out of intensive care today, his family says.The 66-year-old wildlife documentary star was feeding the crocodile at Bredl's Wild Farm at Bloomsbury near Proserpine on Thursday when it lashed out, partially severing his hand and leaving him with bite marks on his right leg.He was flown to Mackay Base Hospital before being moved to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where a family spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition."Rob is recovering well and will be out of the Intensive Care Unit today," the spokeswoman said."So far surgeries have gone well and things are looking good."He remains in good spirits."We appreciate all the well wishes but request that people respect our...Read full article on News GN Australia

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What Aussie did after cop's death - NEWS.com.au

25-09-2016 Australia The Editor

What Aussie did after cop's death - NEWS.com.au

The death of a Bali cop has lead to Aussie Sara Connor and Brit David Taylor being held in Denpasar Police Station as suspects. As they await any charges, here is a timeline of events. Sara Connor and David Taylor share a kiss after the police re-enactment at the Jimbaran Home stay. Picture: Zul Edoardo EXCLUSIVE. IN the hours after a Bali police officer was murdered Australian woman Sara Connor showered, called her bank to block her lost visa card, cut up the dead officer’s ID cards, went to a shop to buy cigarettes with her British boyfriend and slept. The next day they threw away the ID cards and went to the beach. An unknown item founds at the crime scene. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied The day after that Connor and David Taylor went to the beach, the fish market and had lunch by the seaside. On the third day, realising she needed to register her car in...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Pauline Hanson says she would vote for same-sex marriage legislation -…

25-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Pauline Hanson spoke on radio about same-sex marriage on SaturdaySaid people should move to a country where gay marriage is legalThe politician said she would vote for same-sex marriage in the SenateThe One Nation leader she said she didn't personally favour gay marriageBut if Australians wanted same-sex marriage,  she would follow suitBy Cindy Tran for Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press Published: 12:55 GMT, 24 September 2016 | Updated: 14:00 GMT, 24 September 2016 e-mail 2 View comments Pauline Hanson has opened up about her stance on equality, claiming she isn't against homosexual people but suggested that Australians should move to a...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Canberra Raiders lose to Melbourne Storm but not bowed - The Sydney Mo…

25-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Canberra Raiders lose to Melbourne Storm but not bowed - The Sydney Morning Herald

If anyone thought the Canberra Raiders would be a penalty goal away from the NRL grand final at the start of the season they'd be "dancing with the fairies", coach Ricky Stuart believes. And while Stuart was hurting as Canberra's season ended on Saturday night, he was adamant it was the "start of a real competitive era" for the Green Machine. Shattered Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson at full-time. Photo: Quinn Rooney The Storm proved too strong when it mattered as they edged out a Green Machine that was like the Terminator and simply refused to die, with a few errors at crucial moments proving costly in a 14-12 loss to the Storm in Melbourne on Saturday night. They seemed dead and buried in the second half when fullback Jack Wighton was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul for holding down Storm winger Marika Koroibete in the tackle as they slipped to a 14-6 deficit with less...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Tulsa officer late to career, had de-escalation training - Washington …

25-09-2016 World News The Editor

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa police officer accused of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man took a roundabout path toward her dream job of joining law enforcement, with stops as a convenience store clerk, an Air National Guard member and a teaching assistant. Family members and colleagues say Betty Jo Shelby, 42, was an engaged community member, a churchgoer and cool-headed enough to be tapped as a field-training officer even though she didn’t join the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office until 2007 and the city’s force until 2011. Despite completing de-escalation training, Shelby “reacted unreasonably” when she fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, according to an affidavit prosecutors filed with the first-degree manslaughter charge. Shelby, who posted bond early Friday, faces four years to life in prison if convicted. Shelby’s attorney, Scott Wood, said...Read full article on News GN World

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FBI releases notes from Clinton email investigation - CNN

25-09-2016 World News The Editor

The notes, taken from interviews of top Clinton aides, supporters and others, include details of how a close Clinton confidant explained how the State Department made sure the White House system would not bounce back the emails from the then-secretary of state.But the documents -- a summary of which had already been released in the overall FBI report -- provide little in the way of major bombshells.Politically, however, Friday's release helps keep the issue relevant before the debate. The release also comes hours after news that top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills had obtained a limited immunity deal from the FBI in order to cooperate with its investigation.In one exchange, an unidentified interviewee details alleged efforts by a top State Department official, Patrick Kennedy, to argue during the release of the Clinton emails for classifications that would protect her. But Kennedy, in his...Read full article on News GN World

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Washington mall shooting: Manhunt underway after gunman kills 5 - CNN

25-09-2016 World News The Editor

Authorities believe only one person fired the shots Friday night at Cascade Mall in Burlington, about an hour north of Seattle.A search is underway for an armed man who headed toward Interstate 5 after the attack, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.Francis released a blurry surveillance photo of a man described as the suspect. His motive or relationship to the victims, if any, are unclear, he said.The names of the victims were not immediately released. Moviegoers asked to leave Witnesses described chaotic scenes and confusion when the shooting started about 7 p.m. local time Brandi Montreuil told CNN she was watching a movie at the mall when attendants suddenly told them to leave. "I didn't know anything," she said. "The theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they were asked to have everyone leave immediately." At...Read full article on News GN World

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A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump - New York Times

25-09-2016 World News The Editor

All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton. But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random — even compulsive. However, a closer examination, over the course of a week, revealed an unmistakable pattern: Virtually all of Mr. Trump’s falsehoods directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction. Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, described the practice as creating “an unreality bubble that he surrounds himself with.” The New York Times closely tracked Mr. Trump’s public statements from Sept. 15-21, and assembled a list of his 31...Read full article on News GN World

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African American Museum opening: 'This place is more than a building. …

25-09-2016 World News The Editor

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, President Obama said the museum helps to "better understand the lives of the president, but also the slave." (The Washington Post) In a speech filled with reminders of America’s dark and not-so-distant past, and hopes for a brighter future, President Obama helped to inaugurate the National Museum of African American History and Culture today in Washington. The country’s first black chief executive stood before a crowd of more than 7,000 official guests — and thousands more gathered on the National Mall — and repeated the words of poet Langston Hughes: “I, too, am America.” “African American history is not somehow separate than the American story. It is not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story,” Obama said. Behind him, the 400,000 square-foot museum...Read full article on News GN World

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Eighteen killed in Islamic State attack north of Iraq's Tikrit - Reute…

25-09-2016 World News The Editor

By Ghazwan Hassan | TIKRIT, Iraq Eighteen people, including two children, were killed on Saturday when militants shot at a checkpoint north of Tikrit and then set off two bombs at the entrance to the Iraqi city in attacks later claimed by Islamic State.It was the first such assault since Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, was retaken from the ultra-hardline jihadist group in April 2015.One militant was killed at the checkpoint after shooting dead five security personnel and two young civilian bystanders at around 5 a.m., according to police and sources from Salahuddin Operations Command, which is responsible for security in the area.Two other militants continued on about 7 km to the city limits where one of them detonated the explosives in his pickup truck and the other set off an explosives-filled vest, the sources said. The blasts killed 11...Read full article on News GN World

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8@eight: ASX to open higher as Fed rally continues - The Sydney Mornin…

25-09-2016 Business News The Editor

8@eight: ASX to open higher as Fed rally continues - The Sydney Morning Herald

The local sharemarket looks set to open higher as global stocks continue to rally after the Bank of Japan and the US Federal Reserve left interest rates on hold, suggesting the era of cheap money isn't about to end just yet. SPI futures were up 27 points, or 0.5 per cent, at 5381 at 7:15 am in Sydney, while the Aussie dollar rose 0.2 per cent to US76.41¢. There's no major local economic and company news on the calendar today as markets end this week of big central bank decisions, with political news expected to take centre stage next week.  Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:48 Market looks to BoJ and Fed Video duration 00:16 ASX closes on a high Video duration 02:47 A period of outperformance in store for ASX 200 Video duration 00:46 Solomon Lew: Modern retail champion Video duration 02:12 Scaling a mountain at Investible's boot camp

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Tech Targets: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, AUD/USD, NZD/USD, USD/JPY - UOB - eFXn…

25-09-2016 Business News The Editor

EUR/USD: Shift from bearish to neutral: In a 1.1120/1.1290 range. The breach of 1.1240 yesterday has shifted the outlook for EUR to neutral. The lack of a sustained down-move was not surprising as we have indicated previously that any weakness is likely limited to 1.1100 (low was 1.1119 on Wednesday). We are neutral now and expect EUR to trade in a broad 1.1120/1.1290 range for the next couple of weeks GBP/USD: Bearish: Increasing risk of a short-term low. We highlighted the rapidly waning momentum yesterday and advocated shorts to book some profit at 1.3035. Subsequently, GBP rallied strongly and edged 1 pip above our stop-loss at 1.3120 (overnight high of 1.3121). From here, the risk of a short-term low would continue to increase and a clear break above 1.3120 would not be surprising (unless GBP can move and stay below 1.3035 within the next 1 to 2 days) AUD/USD: Neutral: Bullish...Read full article on News GN Business

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Bank mega-profits under scrutiny - The New Daily

25-09-2016 Business News The Editor

Bank mega-profits under scrutiny - The New Daily

Australian banks are among the most profitable in the world because they prioritise shareholders over customers — a fact illustrated this week by the Reserve Bank governor. Governor Lowe came prepared to his first parliamentary grilling. Photo: AAP Dr Philip Lowe came armed to Thursday’s parliamentary hearing, his first as Governor, with a series of charts that showed relatively steady profits for the major banks despite economic instability. “My assessment is that the borrowers have largely borne the cost of that, not the shareholders,” Dr Lowe told the Standing Committee on Economics. “It’s an interesting question about who ultimately should bear the cost.” A member of the Committee, Greens MP Adam Bandt, told The New Daily it was “very significant” that the Governor chose to emphasise the return on equity of the banks. The major banks have averaged a 15 per cent return on equity...Read full article on News GN Business

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Instagram catches half a million advertisers - Business Insider

25-09-2016 Business News The Editor

Instagram catches half a million advertisers - Business Insider

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. BI Intelligence Instagram now has over 500,000 advertisers on its platform – twice as many as six months ago, according to the company. The milestone marks Instagram’s rise into an advertising juggernaut in its own right, as it continues to grow revenue contributions to parent company Facebook. At the same time, it reflects that rival photo-centric social platforms – like Pinterest and Snapchat – have their work cut out for them if they’re to supersede Instagram. Instagram fully opened to advertisers in September last year when it launched Instagram Ads API, although it first started serving ads in 2013. Before this, Instagram's most recent update on advertiser numbers was in February when it registered 200,000 monthly advertisers. To date, there have been...Read full article on News GN Business

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7-Eleven dodging payroll tax in NSW, Opposition says - ABC Online

25-09-2016 Business News The Editor

The NSW Government must immediately investigate the failure of 7-Eleven's 231 stores in the state to pay payroll tax, the state Opposition has said. Labor's Daniel Mookhey said Freedom of Information documents revealed 7-Eleven and its franchisees had paid no payroll tax in NSW for at least the past three years.Mr Mookhey said the money could have gone towards nurses and paramedics."The victim's of the NSW Government inaction are the honest businesses that do pay their taxes," he said.The revelation comes in the wake of a scandal over 7-Eleven employees being underpaid by as much half the minimum wage.The Labor Party asked why the Baird Government was not seeking the money it is owed.In Victoria, the Office of State Revenue is investigating the company's payroll tax compliance.Mr Mookhey said the NSW Government was relying on that investigation to...Read full article on News GN Business

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'Various assurances' from IBM: ABS - Sky News Australia

25-09-2016 Business News The Editor

'Various assurances' from IBM: ABS - Sky News Australia

Updated: 2:45 pm, Saturday, 24 September 2016 The Australian Bureau of Statistics insists it received "various assurances" from the computer company running the online Census about the system's resilience to denial of service attacks. But despite the risk management plan listing DDoS attacks as a potential disruption, the online system crashed on Census night after a fourth attack - preventing millions of Australians filling out the form. In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the 2016 Census, the ABS maintains it was part of IBM's contract to mitigate that risk. "During 2016, the ABS had sought and received various assurances from IBM about operational preparedness and resilience to DDoS attacks," the submission says. It says investigations subsequently identified IBM had failed to properly implement geoblocking under a protection dubbed 'Island Australia'. The...Read full article on News GN Business

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has offered some advice to sleepin…

25-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has offered some advice to sleeping Senator Derryn Hinch - NEWS.com.au

MP Kevin Hogan wakes up Senator Derryn Hinch during the Governor-General’s speech. Picture: Gary Ramage DEPUTY Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has offered some advice to Senator Derryn Hinch after he was caught napping during his first day on the job. Senator Hinch reportedly admitted he closed his eyes for a minute, during a 35-minute long speech by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove yesterday. Liberal Member for Fisher Peter Slipper caught sleeping as Indonesian President Yudhoyono address Ministers, MPs and Senators in the House of Representatives. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied He was snapped by photographers being gently prodded awake by Nationals MP Kevin Hogan. But Mr Joyce this morning confessed Senator Hinch was “not alone” in the Senate chamber yesterday. “Just get up and get a glass of water,” he told the Seven Network. “But welcome to the Senate. It looks so good on...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Federal politics: live coverage from Parliament House - The Sydney Mor…

25-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

7:47pm on 1 Sep 2016 And on that note, we'll wrap up for the day. What happened? The first sitting of the 45th Parliament has officially ended  The Turnbull Government finished the week by losing three votes in the lower house. Senior ministers including Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Social Services Minister Christian Porter were absent from the chamber during the procedural motions giving Labor the numbers it needed The Coalition is still working out who's fault that is - they were understood to have been given permission from Christopher Pyne, the Leader of the government in the house, to leave Canberra after adjournment, but other sources contended it was the fault of the whips For a full recount of the happenings, here's Michael Kozoil's report  We'll be back on Monday September 12 when everyone makes it back to the chamber.  Hopefully.

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'Jerryn' turns heads at Canberra's Midwinter Ball - The Sydney Morning…

25-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

'Jerryn' turns heads at Canberra's Midwinter Ball - The Sydney Morning Herald

Judging from the outfits displayed at the annual Midwinter Ball in Canberra, the jobs and growth of the Australian fashion industry can be chalked up as the 45th parliament's first win.  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in a Morticia Addams-style gown by Sydney designer Rachel Gilbert, was the belle of the political ball in a black crepe de chine floor length number that boasted a train longer than the to-do list of her new foreign policy white paper.  Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:22 Politics and fashion collide at Midwinter Ball Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:02 Evacuation order issued for Forbes in NSW's central-west Video duration 01:44 Australian World Orchestra comes home Video duration 01:56 Let the au pairs stay Video duration 02:39 The clinic where wines go for a...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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John Howard says 50/50 gender split in politics is unrealistic due to …

25-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

John Howard says 50/50 gender split in politics is unrealistic due to caring responsibilities - The Sydney Morning Herald

Former prime minister John Howard says female representation in Parliament is unlikely ever to reach 50 per cent because Australian women still carry greater responsibility for the care of children.  Speaking to the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday, Australia's second-longest-serving prime minister said a mainstream debate about the gender breakdown of politics must recognise the fact that the capacity of women to pursue careers in Parliament is sometimes limited by their family responsibilities.  Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:04 I don't believe in quotas: Howard Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:02 Evacuation order issued for Forbes in NSW's central-west Video duration 01:44 Australian World Orchestra comes home Video duration 01:56 Let the au pairs stay Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politics live as details of same-sex marriage plebiscite revealed - Th…

25-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

5:04pm on 13 Sep 2016 This is where we will leave you today, as we head to the Senate to cover the upcoming maiden speeches. But first - what have we learnt? The SSM marriage plebiscite dominated the sitting day - 'citizen panels' will help decide how the money allocated for the yes and no campaigns will be spent, Liberal Senator Dean Smith will cross the floor when it hits the upper house and Tim Wilson apologised to the Prime Minister over a party room 'misunderstanding'.  And the government and opposition did come to an agreement over the Coalition's omnibus savings bill - which Labor managed to announce first. That's it for me - Stephanie Peatling, Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen will be back with you Wednesday morning.  Have a lovely evening and thank you for reading. 4:35pm on 13 Sep 2016 Special Minister of State Scott Ryan is on Sky talking more about the details of...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Labor powerbroker Stephen Conroy resigns from the Senate - NEWS.com.au

25-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Labor powerbroker Stephen Conroy resigns from the Senate - NEWS.com.au

Senior Labor senator Stephen Conroy has announced he will retire from the Senate. Labor Senator Stephen Conroy has announced his shock resignation from parliament. VETERAN Labor senator and former minister Stephen Conroy has tendered his resignation from parliament, saying he was sick of “explaining to my young daughter why people have shouted abuse at her Daddy in the street”. He tabled a speech in the Senate at 9pm AEST yesterday which began: “You should always go out on top ... it must be time to say farewell.” The senator went on to say how his nine-year-old daughter, Isabella, was missing her father more as time went on. “She increasingly misses me when I can’t be at soccer training or a match... I always vowed that I would be there for Isabella like my dad was for me,” he wrote. Senator Conroy has represented Victoria in the Senate since 1996 and served as...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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ANZ property funds, companies lead GRESB global ranking on ... - The A…

25-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

ANZ property funds, companies lead GRESB global ranking on ... - The Australian Financial Review

Covering all sides: GRESB head of Asia Pacific Ruben Langbroek says investors increasingly want improvements in companies' environmental, sustainability and governance aspects. Ben Rushton  Property companies and funds in Australia and New Zealand led the world for a seventh straight year in measures such as environmental, social and governance performance. Australia and New Zealand entities scored a collective 74 out of a maximum 100 in the 2016 GRESB Real Estate Snapshot, up from 70 a year earlier, reflecting improvements made in assets and in the businesses owning them to improve carbon reduction, energy reduction, transparency, communication and other sustainability measures.  "Australia's leading position has to do with the very unique combination of at one end, a very competitive market – ESG in property performance is seen as a proxy for high-quality portfolios and good...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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5 ways Fishermans Bend can become a sustainability champion - The Fift…

25-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Mandating high building standards, precinct-wide organic waste management and sustainable transport are just a few of the ways sustainability ambitions for the Fishermans Bend urban renewal project can be delivered, according to a new report from design firm HIP V. HYPE prepared for the City of Port Phillip in collaboration with the City of Melbourne. The report reviewed international best practice examples of sustainability in order to inform the approach taken to Fishermans Bend. A total of 51 projects were investigated, with deeper investigation of the 15 most relevant projects to the City of Port Phillip and Melbourne’s six sustainability principles for Fishermans Bend – low carbon city, water sensitive city, climate adept city, connected and liveable city, low waste city, and biodiverse city. A number of trends were found across international projects including high mandatory...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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A road ahead for sustainability - Investment Magazine

25-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

A road ahead for sustainability - Investment Magazine

David Blood, who co-founded Generation Investment Management with former vice president of the US, Al Gore, has outlined five priorities to focus the sustainable investment effort on over the next five years. “We need to step up our efforts in the next three to five years no matter who gets into power in the US,” he says. “We don’t have nearly enough capital in the transition to [a] low carbon economy. It’s not just renewable energy, everything will change.” Speaking at the PRI in Person conference in Singapore last week, Blood said that the framework around sustainable investing rests on two things: The macro environment and the drivers of change – such as the environment, climate change, poverty, health, and demographics – are becoming more intense, and interlinked and so more relevant to business and investors From a business point of view, the issues of reputation, brand...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Education leaders gather to chart a future for sustainability at ... -…

25-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Educators and administrators from 33 nations gathered at MIT last week for the third World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, where they discussed successful programs already adopted at their institutions, and plans for improving and expanding education about sustainability over the coming years. The first symposium was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, in conjunction with the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development. A second symposium was held in Manchester, U.K., in 2014. This year’s symposium at MIT featured 175 participants, from six continents, most of whom presented research papers or participated in panel discussions at the three-day meeting. The meeting was co-sponsored by MIT’s Office of Sustainability, which was formed three years ago. Julie Newman, director of that office, said her mission, and that of the symposium, was “to generate new and proven ways...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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This Green Entrepreneur Teaches Sustainability — in a Shipping Contain…

25-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

This Green Entrepreneur Teaches Sustainability — in a Shipping Container - Small Business Trends

Kaley Foster is a green business entrepreneur who runs an all-natural beeswax candle company, Urban Buzz, from her home in Akron, Ohio. Like many in her generation, Foster, a Millennial, age 29, shares grave concerns about climate change and its impact on the environment. “When I founded my candle company, I focused on using beeswax, which is more environmentally-friendly than other types,” Foster told Small Business Trends in a telephone interview. “I’m not the greenest person in the world but had the idea of sustainability in the back of my mind. My choice of wax brought it to the forefront and, from there, things began to snowball.” Foster combined her entrepreneurial talents and passion for sustainability to crowdsource the Akron Sustainer Project to teach area residents, small business owners and non-profit organizations about the many uses of environmentally-friendly...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Greener pastures: the dairy farmers committed to sustainability ... - …

25-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

A Victorian dairy herd. Dairy farmers have set a national target to reduce industry greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2020. Photograph: Reuters It was a soil bacteria course in New Zealand that convinced Reggie Davis to change his farming methods. The fourth-generation Victorian dairy farmer had become increasingly concerned by the costs, chemicals and time involved in the use of nitrate fertilisers to maintain – what was considered to be – high-quality pasture for his dairy herd. “I’ve always regarded myself as a progressive farmer, open to new ideas,” he says. So when his dairy herd nutritionist mentioned that the US biological farming advocate Dr Arden Andersen was running a soil management course in New Zealand, Davis decided to go. He asked around to see if any neighbours might be interested. Within weeks, 40 other dairy farmers from Victoria’s south-west had signed up for...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Medically unfit' Fury out of Klitschko rematch

25-09-2016 Health News The Editor

BERLIN (Reuters) - Next month's world heavyweight title rematch between champion Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko was called off on Friday for a second time with the Briton ruled "medically unfit". The fight was due to be held on Oct. 29 in Manchester, having been originally postponed in July when Fury suffered an ankle injury. "Tyson has this week been declared medically unfit to fight," his promoters Hennessy Sports said in a statement without elaborating. "Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. "We and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch. Tyson is understandably devastated by the development," read the statement. "We...Read full article on News YH Health

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The 10 Healthiest Places to Live in America

25-09-2016 Health News The Editor

If you're looking for a fresh start somewhere you can finally focus on your health, consider a move to Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The bedroom community outside Denver is the healthiest town in America, according to MONEY. As part of its annual "Best Places to Live" report (which this year focused on small cities), MONEY ranked the healthiest locales in the U.S. based on a range of factors, including access to medical care, rates of common diseases, and the residents' own assessments of their personal health. For anyone who wants to prioritize fitness, eating right, and aging well, it certainly can't hurt to live in a place where healthy values are woven into the local culture. Check out the list below to see some of the communities that do this best. (For the full list of MONEY’s "Best Places to Live in 2016," click here.) The Best Places To Live If You Love Outdoor Sports 10. St....Read full article on News YH Health

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Feds push back on states targeting Planned Parenthood funds

25-09-2016 Health News The Editor

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Obama administration has proposed barring states and other recipients of federal family planning grants from placing their own eligibility restrictions on where the money can go, which would undermine the efforts of 13 Republican-led states to prevent such money from going to Planned Parenthood. The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting public comments about the proposed changes to the Title X grant program until Oct. 7. It contends that these state restrictions have hurt the quality and geographic availability of family planning services to the poor families that Title X is intended to reach. It also says the program is cost-effective, noting that every grant dollar spent on family planning saves an average $7.09 in Medicaid-related costs. The proposed rule change was welcomed by Planned Parenthood, which relies on Title X to provide...Read full article on News YH Health

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Thousands march in Dublin, abroad for Irish abortion rights

25-09-2016 Health News The Editor

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of protestors marched in Dublin, and Irish expatriates joined in demonstrations around the world on Saturday, to put pressure on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal restrictive abortion laws. Regulations in the once stridently Catholic Ireland are among the strictest in the world and next month Prime Minister Enda Kenny will call a citizens' assembly to advise the government on whether a vote should be held to boost access to abortion. Demonstrators marched in the rain on government buildings from Dublin's main thoroughfare of O'Connell Street, bringing traffic to a standstill by the River Liffey as they chanted, beat drums and held placards saying "My Body, My Choice". "It's a woman's right to choose and it is ridiculous to say that anybody else, the state or the church, has to right to tell that woman what happens to...Read full article on News YH Health

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UK doctors call off strike action

25-09-2016 Health News The Editor

LONDON (Reuters) - A union representing British doctors on Saturday called off a series of strikes scheduled for the next three months, citing concerns about patient safety. The British Medical Association (BMA) had planned a full withdrawal of labor by junior doctors on Oct. 5-7 and 10-11, Nov. 14-18 and Dec. 5-9, which would have been the longest stoppages in the nearly 70-year history of the National Health Service. Junior doctors - a term covering recent medical school graduates right through to doctors who have been working for well over a decade - have staged a series of walkouts over a new work contract the government plans to impose next month. The BMA said its decision to suspend the action follows feedback from doctors, patients and the public, and discussions with NHS England about the ability of the NHS to maintain a safe service if industrial action were to go ahead.

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A 'compact' city could help us ditch cars and live longer, says Melbou…

25-09-2016 Health News The Editor

A 'compact' city could help us ditch cars and live longer, says Melbourne Uni - The Age

Melbourne – the land of restaurant-laden laneways, coffee the envy of the world, AFL (enough said), and Australia's hippest hipsters. And yet it seems our beloved city could be making us sick. Melbourne was found to rely heavily on cars. Photo: Pat Scala Why?  Cars. And lots of them. The Melbourne University research found increasing the number of parks in Melbourne could improve health.  Photo: Pat Scala New research from Melbourne University, published in medical journal The Lancet, explores the link between urban design and health in six cities – Melbourne, Boston, London, Delhi, Sao Paulo and Copenhagen – and found poor urban planning could be making us unwell. Of the six, Melbourne was the most reliant on cars, accounting for 85.1 per cent of kilometres travelled each day compared to just 55 per cent in London. Advertisement Walking and cycling accounted for only 2.1 per...Read full article on News GN Health

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