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Police drop probe against Queensland MP Rick Williams - Brisbane Times

30-05-2016 Australia The Editor

Police drop probe against Queensland MP Rick Williams - Brisbane Times

Queensland Police won't pursue Labor MP Rick Williams over forgery and harassment allegations. Photo: Supplied A police investigation into Queensland MP Rick Williams over serious forgery and harassment allegations has been dropped. The claims, made by the rookie MP's former employee Bruce McLean, were referred to police in the middle of last year. The Queensland Police Service issued a statement on Monday saying it had finalised an investigation into Mr Williams, the state MP for Pumicestone, and had referred aspects of the matter for external legal opinion. "After relevant investigation, and careful evaluation and assessment of the available evidence, it has been concluded there is insufficient evidence to support any reasonable prospect of successful prosecutions," it read. "The QPS does not intend to take any further action in relation to this matter." Mr Williams had been...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Tributes flow after Australian man Jamie Bright killed fighting with K…

30-05-2016 Australia The Editor

Tributes flow after Australian man Jamie Bright killed fighting with Kurds against Islamic State - The Age

Video will begin in 5 seconds. More video Recommended Bodies of two children and woman found in Adelaide Family shaken after gatecrashers storm Kew house party Labor on track to win 12 seats Young girl killed by family horse Calls to crack down on thugs passing themselves as protesters Replay video Aussie reportedly killed in Syria Jamie Bright was fighting with the Kurds against terror group IS when he was reportedly killed. PT0M49S 620 349 An Australian man reportedly killed fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State terror group in Syria has been praised as a hero by friends and comrades.  Jamie Bright, 45, who was believed to have previously served in the Australian Army, was shot dead in north-east Syria close to the strategically important town of al-Shaddadi last Wednesday, Kurdish groups said. A file picture of Syrian Kurdish militia members of...Read full article on News GN Australia

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NSW chiropractor Chris Nelson charged over Nova Peris racist Facebook …

30-05-2016 Australia The Editor

NSW chiropractor Chris Nelson charged over Nova Peris racist Facebook posts - The Age

Video will begin in 5 seconds. More video Recommended Family shaken after gatecrashers storm Kew house party Labor on track to win 12 seats Young girl killed by family horse Calls to crack down on thugs passing themselves as protesters Emergency crews search for woman's body after croc attack Replay video Nova Peris' emotional farewell Bill Shorten comforts a teary Nova Peris as the retiring Labor Senator pleads for voters not to judge her. Vision ABC News 24 PT2M23S 620 349 A man will face court after he allegedly sent racist and offensive messages to senator Nova Peris on Facebook. Chris Nelson, a chiropractor and osteopath from Woy Woy on the NSW central coast, was arrested and charged on Monday afternoon after posts on the Olympic gold medallist's Facebook page, appearing to come from his account, called Ms Peris a "black c---" and told her to "f--- off" and...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Missing Perth man Sean Mitchell: Body found in Swan River after search…

30-05-2016 Australia The Editor

Missing Perth man Sean Mitchell: Body found in Swan River after search called off - ABC Online

Related Story: Fears for missing Perth man after bag found in Swan River The body of a Perth man missing since last Friday night is believed to have been found in the Swan River, with police saying his death does not appear to be suspicious.Sean David Mitchell, 37, was last seen drinking with friends at a beer cafe on Murray Street in the city's CBD about 5:00pm on May 22.Mr Mitchell, from the southern suburb of Samson, boarded another friend's yacht later that evening, and his bag containing some of his belongings was found in the river the following day.Police said a member of the public had discovered a body in the water in the vicinity of Chidley Point Reserve in Mosman Park on Monday."It is believed the body is that of missing man Sean Mitchell,...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Labor slammed on WestConnex funding double-talk - The Sydney Morning H…

30-05-2016 Australia The Editor

Labor slammed on WestConnex funding double-talk - The Sydney Morning Herald

Video will begin in 5 seconds. More video Recommended Family shaken after gatecrashers storm Kew house party Labor on track to win 12 seats Young girl killed by family horse Calls to crack down on thugs passing themselves as protesters Emergency crews search for woman's body after croc attack Replay video WestConnex protesters fenced in by contractors Residents opposed to the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway project are moved on by police after being enclosed in fencing by contractors at St Peters in Sydney's inner west. PT2M36S 620 349 The NSW and federal governments are contradicting claims by the Labor Party that federal funds for construction of the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway have already been paid. In a tricky issue for opposition transport spokesman Anthony Albanese, who faces a tight contest for the inner-city seat of Grayndler, Labor has said the...Read full article on News GN Australia

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No sign of Kiwi woman taken by croc - 9news.com.au

30-05-2016 Australia The Editor

A woman is feared dead after being taken by a crocodile during a late-night swim in far north Queensland in what has been described as an avoidable tragedy. Cindy Waldron's friend Leeann Mitchell tried to drag her to safety after she was pulled under water as they swam at Thornton Beach in the Daintree National Park on Sunday evening. But local federal MP Warren Entsch says they shouldn't have been swimming there at that time of night. "This is a tragedy but it was avoidable," Mr Entsch told AAP on Monday. "If you go swimming at 10 o'clock at night, you're going to get consumed." He went so far as to describe it as an act of "human stupidity" and says he hopes it doesn't spark a "hysterical debate about crocodile management". Police and SES volunteers conducted a large-scale land, air and sea search on Monday, but failed to find any trace of New Zealand-born Ms Waldron, 46, who had...Read full article on News GN Australia

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In campaign chaos, Donald Trump shows his management style - Washingto…

30-05-2016 World News The Editor

For the past two months, Donald Trump has presided over a political team riddled with turf wars, staff reshuffling and dueling power centers. But the tensions are more than typical campaign chaos: They illustrate how Trump likes to run an organization, whether it’s a real estate venture or his presidential bid. Interviews with current and former Trump associates reveal an executive who is fond of promoting rivalries among subordinates, wary of delegating major decisions, scornful of convention and fiercely insistent on a culture of loyalty around him. Whether the drama of recent weeks has been cathartic or calamitous is an open question — and one that is increasingly important as the general election phase of the campaign unfolds. The tumult has often dominated news coverage, stepping on Trump’s own campaign message and averting the spotlight from missteps by leading Democratic...Read full article on News GN World

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Three Days, 700 Deaths on Mediterranean as Migrant Crisis Flares - New…

30-05-2016 World News The Editor

Three Days, 700 Deaths on Mediterranean as Migrant Crisis Flares - New York Times

Photo A woman was helped aboard an Italian Navy vessel on Sunday at a harbor in southern Italy. As of Wednesday, roughly 41,000 migrants had been rescued at sea this year after leaving Libya. Credit Antonio Parrinello/Reuters ROME — The migrant ships kept sinking. First came a battered, blue-decked vessel that flipped over on Wednesday as terrified migrants plunged into the Mediterranean Sea. The next day, a flimsy craft capsized with hundreds of people aboard. And on Friday, still another boat sank into the deceptively placid waters of the Mediterranean.Three days and three sunken ships are again confronting Europe with the horrors of its refugee crisis, as desperate people trying to reach the Continent keep dying at sea. At least 700 people from the three boats are believed to have...Read full article on News GN World

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Beachgoer bitten by possible shark in Corona del Mar - KABC-TV

30-05-2016 World News The Editor

CORONA DEL MAR, NEWPORT BEACH (KABC) -- A beachgoer 150 yards off the coast of Corona del Mar State Beach in Newport Beach was possibly bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon, according to rescue officials.Newport Beach lifeguards patrolling the waters spotted a female swimmer in distress at about 4:15 p.m. near the 1900 block of Bayside Drive. They heard the victim screaming and upon arrival discovered her with what appeared to be an animal bite wound or wounds to her shoulder and upper torso.According to Newport Beach lifeguards, the victim was bleeding heavily from her wounds but was conscious and talking to emergency personnel when she was transported to a nearby hospital.Eyewitness News learned Orange County Global Medical Center received a middle-aged female patient with wounds consistent with a shark attack, and she was expected to survive.Elizabeth Harris was at the beach and...Read full article on News GN World

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Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally - New…

30-05-2016 World News The Editor

Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally - New York Times

Photo Bikers listened on Sunday as Donald J. Trump delivered remarks to a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial during the 29th annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle run. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump, the Manhattan real estate mogul who boasts about his wealth, maintains a fleet of aircraft and sells his own brand of neckties, paid respects on Sunday to an incongruous constituency.“Look at all these bikers,” Mr. Trump, standing before a crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial, said with admiration. “Do we love the bikers? Yes. We love the bikers.”Mr. Trump was addressing a gathering at the 29th annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle run, a vast event over Memorial Day weekend that is dedicated to accounting for military members taken as prisoners of war or listed as...Read full article on News GN World

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Can Donald Trump Win? These Battleground Regions Will Decide - New Yor…

30-05-2016 World News The Editor

But Mr. Guerrero, a Republican who described himself as a religious Catholic, said he recoiled when Mr. Trump began attacking Heidi Cruz, Senator Ted Cruz’s wife. “He is not qualified to run this country,” Mr. Guerrero, who is an actor, said of Mr. Trump. “This country was made by people who believed in God.”Should Mr. Trump get trounced in South Florida, he might be hard-pressed to make up the difference elsewhere.Trump supporters believe he can improve upon Mitt Romney’s performance in North Florida, in the conservative panhandle region and in the Jacksonville area. But Mr. Romney found it difficult in 2012 to overcome a catastrophic defeat in Miami. He cut into President Obama’s support across most of Florida, but the president held steady in Tampa and Orlando, two other diverse cities, and expanded his margin of victory in Miami-Dade by about 69,000 votes over his 2008 lead. ...Read full article on News GN World

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Australian MP blames 'human stupidity' for suspected fatal croc attack…

30-05-2016 World News The Editor

The women, who were not from the area, were reportedly swimming in waist deep water on remote Thornton Beach, in the Daintree National Park in Cairns at about 10.30 p.m. Sunday night (8:30 a.m. ET) when the woman was taken by the crocodile.North Queensland member for parliament, Warren Entsch, who represents the region, said the victim should be blamed for the attack, not the crocodile."You can't legislate against human stupidity," Entsch said on Monday, noting that Thornton Beach lies next to a creek where tourism operators run crocodile-spotting tours."This is a tragedy but it was avoidable. You can only get there by ferry, and there are signs there saying watch out for the bloody crocodiles," he added. "If you go in swimming at 10 o'clock at night, you're going to get consumed." Victim still missing A senior operations supervisor with Queensland Ambulance Service, Neil Noble,...Read full article on News GN World

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Arrium administrator 'quietly confident' of receiving Government money…

30-05-2016 Business News The Editor

The administrator of South Australian steelmaker Arrium says it is "quietly confident" of receiving Federal Government investment for the debt-laden company before the election. Key points:Administrator seeking more than $100 million to upgrade facilitiesArrium has more than $4 billion in debt, more than 8,000 jobs under a cloudUnlikely operations can be sold without Government investmentGovernment does not want to invest while company in administration Arrium's administrator, KordaMentha, said it needed more than $100 million, over four years, to upgrade facilities at the Whyalla steelworks and mining operations, and will meet with the South Australian and federal governments in Adelaide tomorrow.But the South Australian Treasurer said if the Government were to put the money on the table, it would want to place it into a fund for a future...Read full article on News GN Business

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ANZ faces $2.5 billion bill in legal battle with Indian entreprenuer -…

30-05-2016 Business News The Editor

ANZ faces $2.5 billion bill in legal battle with Indian entreprenuer - The Sydney Morning Herald

Video will begin in 5 seconds. More video Recommended Horse's arse helps Donald Trump Mining stocks worth a short-term hold Start-up offers internships to refugees Don't get mad, get even Election 2016: Treasurers' face off Replay video Explainer: Who regulates our banks? Whether it's interest rates, competition, resilience or misconduct, ACCC, APRA, ASIC and the RBA are the lead banking watchdogs. PT1M21S 620 349 ANZ Bank faces a $2.5 billion-plus claim from the billionaire founders of Burrup Fertiliser Pankaj and Radhikha Oswal after the bank allegedly forced the sale of their business for far less than they say it was worth and while they were under "duress". Lawyer for the couple, Tony Bannon SC, told the Supreme Court of Victoria that ANZ Bank and receiver PPB worked together to ensure the business was sold for a base price to another of...Read full article on News GN Business

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Qantas reaping benefits from its domestic capacity cut - The Sydney Mo…

30-05-2016 Business News The Editor

Qantas reaping benefits from its domestic capacity cut - The Sydney Morning Herald

Video will begin in 5 seconds. More video Recommended Horse's arse helps Donald Trump Mining stocks worth a short-term hold Start-up offers internships to refugees Don't get mad, get even Election 2016: Treasurers' face off Replay video Tourism boom offsets mining gloom for as election looms Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, on how Qantas deals with a changing social and political landscape, and standing up for the little guy. PT2M47S 620 349 A decision by Qantas Airways to lower domestic capacity in response to weak demand is already paying off for the airline, if not for consumers, in the form of a rebound in airfare prices and the percentage of seats filled. Qantas last month announced it would cut capacity in the June quarter as a result of softness in demand related to the upcoming federal election on July 2 and a fall in consumer confidence, in a move that led brokers...Read full article on News GN Business

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Private Equity reveals appetite for slice of Four 'N Twenty profit pie…

30-05-2016 Business News The Editor

Private Equity reveals appetite for slice of Four 'N Twenty profit pie - The Sydney Morning Herald

COMMENT Patties Foods look set to sell business to Pacific Equity Partners for $300 million. The owners of the company that brought Australians Four'N Twenty pies and Nanna's dessert, Patties Foods, looks set to cash in their (pie'n) chips – selling the business for a tasty $300 million to private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners. Relative to the company's share price a month ago of around $1, the offer being contemplated of $1.65 a share looks pretty generous. It's understandable that shareholders would be tempted. But last year the company became the damaged goods of the food industry. Remember the Hepatitis A frozen berries scare of 2015? Although it was never proven that Patties Foods lines, Nanna's or Creative Gourmet, were contaminated , their sales of frozen berries slumped. The stock was recalled and ultimately the company discontinued the product. On the back of the...Read full article on News GN Business

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ASX ekes out gain as investors grapple with 5400 - The Sydney Morning …

30-05-2016 Business News The Editor

ASX ekes out gain as investors grapple with 5400 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Market sentiment towards gold is negative at the moment. Photo: Jim Rice The Australian sharemarket eked out a small gain in a choppy day of trade, stumbling around the 5400 level as investors proved reluctant to make major moves ahead of public holidays in the United States and Britain.  The ASX took its positive lead from Wall Street's Friday session after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would "gradually and cautiously" lift interest rates in coming months. But a lack of conviction and volume in local markets kept a lid on local buying during Monday trade. The S&P/ASX 200 ended trade up 2 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 5408, while the All Ordinaries closed up 4 points, or 0.07 per cent, at 5473.6. The S&P/ASX 200 ended trade up 2 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 5408. Regional markets ended mostly positive and the Nikkei closed at a one month high on the...Read full article on News GN Business

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Figures in line with plodding GDP growth - NEWS.com.au

30-05-2016 Business News The Editor

There was enough in the latest batch of economic data to allay fears that the economy stalled in the March quarter but it doesn't look as though any speed records were threatened. The key indicator was a measure of company profits, which fell, according to the numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. So did the bureau's estimate of unincorporated business profits. An estimate of total wage earnings also released by the ABS on Monday rose, but only just. All these income measures will be slotted into the estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) that will be revealed by the ABS in the national accounts on Wednesday. Taken together, they fell by a little more than one per cent. But it's not nearly as dire as it looks. The estimate of profits does not include the banks, a big omission given the profits they rake in every quarter, and it excludes some other key sources of...Read full article on News GN Business

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Australia-China Relations and the Politics of Canberra's Submarine Dea…

30-05-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

If there is one image that Canberra has been able to consistently maintain in its foreign policy, it is the Machiavellian dictum that we are a species, ‘fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain’. In a shift from the previous best-of-friends relationship between former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared that Australia’s submarine contract will go not to Tokyo, but to Paris. Chinese media outlets have mused that Australia has necessarily swung back to the economic teat of the Chinese market; the announcement coming as it did on the back of a trip by Turnbull to Beijing. [1] The shift of the submarine tender from Japan to France can be considered a big win for Chinese foreign policy; if the perception of solidarity with the US consensus in the South China Seas is of any concern. While Beijing is predisposed to view...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Turnbull urges voters to 'keep the course' as he confirms 2 July elect…

30-05-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Our plan, our budget, our economic plan, is fair, not just to Australians today, but to the generations that will come after us. What Labor left us with was a mountain of debt and a trajectory of structural deficits that imposed a larger and larger burden on our children and our grandchildren. Every measure we have laid out, every single one, will deliver stronger economic growth and more jobs. Economists may debate how much growth, how many jobs. Time will tell, but every single one is pulling in that direction. Look at the Labor party - everything they are doing, increasing the tax on investment, refusing to relieve the burden of tax on Australian businesses, despite advocating for it in the past, imposing new taxes, everything Labor is doing is absolutely calculated to stop our economic progress in its tracks. And that is why we are asking theAustralian people for the privilege of...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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I Asked Canberra's Waiters What They've Learned About Politics By Serv…

30-05-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

"Never trust anyone who is rude to a waiter," is an oft-cited way to judge character, often used as dating advice. But it's as good a way as any to pick the country's leader, especially if we value empathy in the political class. I visited a number of food and drink places around Canberra, from high-end restaurants to mid-range eateries, chain cafes, and independent bars. I wanted to find out what the politicians are actually like as customers, and how the people who serve them plan on voting. Heavy tips wouldn't go astray, even if the age of entitlement is over. But the news was the same across every venue: when pollies come in for a meal or a drink, they're well behaved. This is good news for anyone busting tables at $17 per hour, but bad news for an ethics-free reporter keen to ferment gossip. "They're too visible," one restaurant owner tells me. "They can't act up when they're in...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Election 2016: Australian Tax Office to review its ruling on controver…

30-05-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Election 2016: Australian Tax Office to review its ruling on controversial politicians' entitlement - The Sydney Morning Herald

Video will begin in 5 seconds. More video Recommended Bodies of two children and woman found in Adelaide Family shaken after gatecrashers storm Kew house party Labor on track to win 12 seats Young girl killed by family horse Calls to crack down on thugs passing themselves as protesters Replay video Election 2016: the photographers' campaign Photographers Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares are travelling with Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.These are some of their key images. PT1M1S 620 349 The Australian Tax Office will review a controversial entitlement, which has enabled politicians from both sides to cash in on generous tax deductions. The rules allow MPs and senators to claim a tax-free $273-a-night travel allowance to stay at their own Canberra properties, while simultaneously deducting rent, rates, maintenance and other costs on the property from their...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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/video/video.news.com.au/News/Politics/ - NEWS.com.au

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/video/video.news.com.au/News/Politics/ - NEWS.com.au

A tax ruling from 1999 allows MPs to claim all expenses related to properties they own in Canberra. Labor MP David Feeney’s failed to declare his negatively geared investment property in his Batman constituency. FROM multimillion-dollar homes, to charter planes to generous retirement packages, the perks that come with being a politician are extremely generous. Not only do all MPs receive a base salary of $195,130, many are claiming hundreds of thousands in entitlements on top. Their casual use of taxpayers’ money was underlined this weekend when the government was questioned over why members are claiming travel allowances of $273 a night while staying in tax-deductible second homes. Labor MP David Feeney last week admitted he had failed to disclose his ownership of a $2.3 million negatively geared investment property in his Melbourne seat of Batman. Now, the...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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'Political' APSC wants public servants silenced: union - The Canberra …

30-05-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

'Political' APSC wants public servants silenced: union - The Canberra Times

Public servants are being silenced by a politically motivated push to keep them from speaking out ahead of July's federal election, according to their main workplace union. Australian Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has declined to respond to the Community and Public Sector Union attack. Photo: Jay Cronan Public servants have been warned to watch their Facebook likes and shares during their election campaign, prompting an angry response from the Community and Public Sector Union, while Defence Force personnel have been told they will be punished if caught electioneering in uniform. The union, which is campaigning for a Labor win on July 2, says the orders from the Australian Public Service Commission, and its boss Liberal loyalist John Lloyd, is "politically motivated over-reach" and "breathtakingly hypocritical". Mr Lloyd declined to respond to the union's attack. The...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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The Sustainability Science Program at 10 - Harvard Gazette

30-05-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

In 2006, as New Orleans reeled from Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore released “An Inconvenient Truth” to international acclaim and debate, Harvard launched a University-wide program to investigate and strengthen the emerging field of sustainability science. Based out of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), the Sustainability Science Program was envisioned as a catalyst and training ground for generating greater understanding of global sustainable development opportunities by bridging cross-disciplinary academic research with real-world practice and policy design. The program was one of the earliest anywhere to focus on creating a cadre of young sustainability science scholars. Over the last decade, it has brought together experienced Harvard faculty and graduate students through a robust fellowship program, hosting yearlong visits by 135 master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral students, as...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Finding a balance between economic and environmental sustainability - …

30-05-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Sustainability is the backbone of business – this has always been true and for largely obvious reasons. Any organisation which is absent of sustainability is destined to, at some point or another, fail. Typically this is not a desirable outcome for an organisation. So sustainability is the name of the game. In today’s society what exactly do we have in mind when referring to sustainability? I will elaborate on the concept under two broad themes: economic, and environmental. “Economic sustainability” can be taken as meaning a combination of (i) remaining commercially viable (both now and ideally across future generations) and (ii) being able to sustain operations in the face of unexpected and severe events, such as the global financial crisis which struck in 2007/8 for example. Economic sustainability can be viewed through five capitals, which include: -Natural capital which comes...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Addressing energy technologies and policies that shape future sustaina…

30-05-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

A quickly growing global population presents a variety of challenges, and raises the critical question: How can we sustainably meet energy needs while considering — and preventing — environmental and human impacts? An ever-increasing demand for energy requires the development and maintenance of an underlying infrastructure providing important services and utilities, such as power and communications. As new energy technologies emerge, researchers need to consider factors such as materials and costs — but beyond the actual technologies, researchers also need to determine which policies and incentives will help ensure that the technologies are used efficiently. Research from MIT's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society uses data and models to better design and predict the outcomes of technologies and policies in the critical area of energy and environmental sustainability. Smart grids...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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TRL releases guidebook on sustainability in Qatar - Construction Week …

30-05-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

TRL releases guidebook on sustainability in Qatar - Construction Week Online

The recently launched manual was produced in a collaboration project between TRL and Qatar Standards, as well as Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Qatar University. RELATED ARTICLES: Qatar: International standards vital in projects | Technology key to Oman's energy sustainability | How the UAE is addressing sustainability The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Qatar Standards have launched a guidebook aimed at support recently launched sustainability initiatives by the Qatar government. Aptly titled Recycled Aggregate in Construction – Qatar Experience, the guidebook highlights the various practices and construction standards as required for the development of green buildings. The recently launched manual was produced in a collaboration project between TRL and Qatar Standards, as well as Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Qatar University. The 225-page book includes data...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Fond Doux recognized for sustainability and satisfaction - St. Lucia N…

30-05-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Fond Doux recognized for sustainability and satisfaction - St. Lucia News Online

PRESS RELEASE – Fond Doux Plantation& Resort’s commitment to excellence and environmental stewardship has been recognized with a recertification by Green Globe International, as well as a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from both TripAdvisor and Hotels.com. “We are extremely proud to again be certified as a Green Globe property, and grateful to have received Certificates of Excellence from both TripAdvisor and Hotels.com. We’ve always believed that a resort property can offer an outstanding guest experience, and do so in an environmentally sustainable way,” so it’s wonderful to see this recognition “said Fond Doux co-owner Eroline Lamontagne. The Green Globe Standard provides resorts and organizations with a framework to assess their environmental sustainability performance, monitor improvements and achieve certification. Under the Green Globe Standard a selection of more than 380...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Kamehameha Schools promote sustainability through 'Donation Station' -…

30-05-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Kamehameha Schools promote sustainability through 'Donation Station' - Hawaii News Now

(Image: Kamehameha Schools) (Image: Kamehameha Schools) (Image: Kamehameha Schools) KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kamehameha Schools and Kupu started a new eco-friendly initiative aimed at helping out Hawaii's educators. Their 'Donation Station' opened in Kaka'ako on Saturday, which provides free, gently-used supplies, furniture and small appliances to educators. All the donations came from Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama campus and other Kamehameha Schools facilities. The goal is to promote sustainability and reduce waste in our communities. "We have, as an organization, decided to really move in the direction of sustainability," said Amy Brinker, Kamehameha Schools Sustainability Manager. "And as a result of that, we have staff that are interested in waste diversion and recycling and all other kinds of sustainability. So we noticed that there was this opportunity to take some of...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Melbourne team developing robotic arm which could restore sensation of…

30-05-2016 Health News The Editor

Researchers from the University of Melbourne believe they have discovered a way to help amputees and stroke victims, developing a robotic arm which will allow users to experience the sensation of touch. The discovery could help return full movement and the sense of touch to amputees and aid recovery for patients with paralysis. Research into the development is being overseen by the St Vincent’s Hospital-based Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery. St Vincent’s Director for Orthopaedics Peter Choong said a prototype arm would be developed based on research and technology that allowed for an enhanced sensory element, which could restore the sensation of touch. It will expand upon current robotic limbs that use electrodes – or “buzzes and clicks” – to assist a person’s senses, pushing boundaries in transmitting messages from the brain directly to the arm, Prof. Choong said. The...Read full article on News GN Health

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Another nurse assaulted by a patient at RBWH - Brisbane Times

30-05-2016 Health News The Editor

Another nurse has been assaulted by a patient at the Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital less than a week after another serious incident there. Police were called to the hospital at about 6.30pm on Saturday after a disturbance involving a patient where a 62-year-old female nurse was allegedly assaulted. Nurse attacks 'totally unacceptable' A spike in assaults on nurses will result in extra security at south east Queensland hospitals. Nine News A 44-year-old Lutwyche woman was charged with serious assault of a public officer, wilful damage and possession of a knife in a public place. A spokeswoman for Metro North Hospital and Health Service confirmed the incident had occurred. "We can confirm that a nurse was assaulted by a patient at the RBWH yesterday," she said. "Our hospitals are places where people receive health care, not venues for bad behaviour and violence. Advertisement...Read full article on News GN Health

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Flesh-eating tropical bug sweeps the Middle East after thriving in ISI…

30-05-2016 Health News The Editor

Flesh-eating tropical bug sweeps the Middle East after thriving in ISIS-strongholds - NEWS.com.au

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disfiguring disease spread by sand flies. Picture: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images WARNING: Distressing images. A FLESH-EATING tropical disease is sweeping the Middle East and may yet end up in Europe, after Islamic State’s civil war helped to create the perfect breeding grounds for infected vectors. Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by bites from infected sand flies, which are thriving in the squalid conditions created by the war in the Middle East. The disease can eventually lead to severe scarring, and is spreading rapidly as displaced people and refugees flee the ISIS strongholds where the disease is thriving, The Sun reports. Sufferers experience open sores on the skin, nose bleeds and difficulties breathing and swallowing. Picture: Natalie Behring-Chisholm/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied Those infected suffer from open sores on...Read full article on News GN Health

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Gordonvale resident near Cairns tests positive to Zika virus - ABC Onl…

30-05-2016 Health News The Editor

Queensland Health workers have been deployed to Gordonvale, south of Cairns in far north Queensland, after a resident tested positive to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.The department said the resident recently returned from Thailand and Bali.The Dengue Action Response Team has been working in the area over the weekend, spraying for mosquitoes and urging residents to take precautions.The disease has been linked to birth defects.Dr Richard Gair from the Tropical Public Health Service said mosquito-spraying teams had been sent to Gordonvale."It's not people they come in contact with, it's the fact that they infect mosquitoes and those mosquitoes then infect other people," he said."The sooner we find out about a case, the better chance we have of controlling any transmission because the mosquitoes don't actually become infectious until about 10 days...Read full article on News GN Health

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Not sure what the Medicare rebate freeze means? Here's what you need t…

30-05-2016 Health News The Editor

The newly elected president of the Australian Medical Association, Michael Gannon, says the nation's GPs are at "breaking point". Speaking this morning on RN Breakfast, Dr Gannon backed the campaign from GPs to unfreeze Medicare rebates. So what does it all mean — for doctors and patients?The Conversation has broken the issue down for you.The Australian Labor Party will lift the Medicare rebate freeze if elected to office in the July federal election.We know health issues feature strongly in election debates, but what does this proposal actually mean for most of us?How Medicare worksMedicare is our public health insurance system, which funds a range of services such GP visits, blood tests, X-rays and consultations with other medical specialists.The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) lists the services the Australian Government will provide a...Read full article on News GN Health

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Australia's IVF industry under scrutiny: Why the 'miracle pregnancy' i…

30-05-2016 Health News The Editor

Australia's IVF industry under scrutiny: Why the 'miracle pregnancy' is a myth - NEWS.com.au

Sonia Kruger with her daughter Maggie, who was born through IVF using a donated egg from a younger woman. SONIA Kruger is a statistical anomaly. The average age of first time mothers in Australia is 28, but last year at age 49, she gave birth to her first child, Maggie. The host of Today Extra and The Voice had experienced several miscarriages and was told her chances of falling pregnant naturally were “very slim”, so she decided to try IVF. “My doctor was very clear about my chances of getting pregnant through IVF. [If I used my own eggs], he told me statistically my chances of success were zero,” Kruger told news.com.au. “He said no woman aged 45 or over had been successful in carrying a baby to term using her own eggs. It was my decision to proceed as I hoped with all my heart I might be able to beat the odds.” When Kruger announced that she was pregnant, she was frank about...Read full article on News GN Health

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