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The nine Lower House MPs who didn't vote on same-sex marriage - NEWS.c…

08-12-2017 Australia The Editor

JUST a few days ago Barnaby Joyce was elected by the people of New England to represent them in the parliament. Then on Thursday, when the first opportunity arose for the reinstalled Deputy Prime Minister to put forward a vote since being eligibly elected, he abstained. Mr Joyce was among nine politicians in the House of Representatives who decided not to participate in the historic vote on the Marriage Act. Much has been made of the four MPs who cast their vote against the bill when it finally came time for the House to decide yesterday. Their lonely figures couldn’t be missed against the mass of 136 politicians. These were politicians who were adamantly against the bill that would make same-sex marriage legal and allow for some protections to be claimed by religious institutions that didn’t agree with those unions. There were others like them on the other side, who despite their...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Council orders Brunswick block owners to fix flammable cladding - The …

08-12-2017 Australia The Editor

Council orders Brunswick block owners to fix flammable cladding - The Age

Owners of an apartment block in the inner north covered in combustible cladding have received an emergency order to make their building safe within three months. The order required immediate action that will cost owners around $250,000. Play Video Don't Play ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading consumers Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:55 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:26 Grenfell warning for Australia Grenfell warning for Australia Warnings have been issued about Australia's lax building laws and the risk of a Grenfell style fire happening here, during a Senate inquiry into non-compliant cladding. ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading consumers Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:55 Video duration 01:55 ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading ... ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading consumers The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Council orders Brunswick block owners to fix flammable cladding - The …

08-12-2017 Australia The Editor

Council orders Brunswick block owners to fix flammable cladding - The Age

Owners of an apartment block in the inner north covered in combustible cladding have received an emergency order to make their building safe within three months. The order required immediate action that will cost owners around $250,000. Play Video Don't Play ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading consumers Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:55 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:26 Grenfell warning for Australia Grenfell warning for Australia Warnings have been issued about Australia's lax building laws and the risk of a Grenfell style fire happening here, during a Senate inquiry into non-compliant cladding. ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading consumers Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:55 Video duration 01:55 ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading ... ACCC sues Voltaren for misleading consumers The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Geoffrey Rush responds to allegations of inappropriate behaviour - NEW…

08-12-2017 Australia The Editor

VETERAN Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has broken his silence on the allegations of inappropriate behaviour being made against him, dubbing the claims “intolerable” and announcing he’s filed a defamation lawsuit. Rush, 66, faced media in Melbourne on Friday where he denied the claims that allegedly occurred during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear in 2015. The actor said he would be taking legal action against The Daily Telegraph for publishing reports about the claims, which he dubbed “false”, “demeaning”, and “intolerable”. “It is an action I’m taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community,” he said. “This has created irreparable damage to my reputation, has been extremely hurtful to my wife, my daughter and my son and to my extended...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Geoffrey Rush responds to allegations of inappropriate behaviour - NEW…

08-12-2017 Australia The Editor

VETERAN Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has broken his silence on the allegations of inappropriate behaviour being made against him, dubbing the claims “intolerable” and announcing he’s filed a defamation lawsuit. Rush, 66, faced media in Melbourne on Friday where he denied the claims that allegedly occurred during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear in 2015. The actor said he would be taking legal action against The Daily Telegraph for publishing reports about the claims, which he dubbed “false”, “demeaning”, and “intolerable”. “It is an action I’m taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community,” he said. “This has created irreparable damage to my reputation, has been extremely hurtful to my wife, my daughter and my son and to my extended...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Queensland election: Townsville win delivers Labor 48 seats but LNP re…

08-12-2017 Australia The Editor

Queensland election: Townsville win delivers Labor 48 seats but LNP refuses to concede - ABC Online

4338133 queensland-election-townsville-win-delivers-labor-48-seats-but-lnp-refuses-to-concede-abc-online Related Story: Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election The embattled LNP leader Tim Nicholls is again refusing to concede he has lost the Queensland election, despite Labor winning its 48th seat. The ABC's election computer has awarded the knife-edge seat of Townsville to sitting Labor MP Scott Stewart over the LNP's Casie Scott.That gives Labor a more comfortable majority of 48 seats over the LNP's 39.In his victory speech on Thursday afternoon, Mr Stewart said he won by 214 votes. Contacted by the ABC on Thursday, the LNP again refused to concede defeat, and said the party was waiting on results from other north Queensland seats.Mr Stewart said it was clear the LNP could not form government. "I think Tim Nicholls should stand up, make...Read full article...

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Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Die…

08-12-2017 World News The Editor

(Want to get California Today, our daily newsletter on the state, by email? Here’s the sign-up.)LOS ANGELES — Firefighters battled to hold back flames that on Thursday threatened tens of thousands of homes in Southern California and forced new evacuations, as officials implored residents to remain vigilant in the face of a rash of wildfires across greater Los Angeles that will quite likely not abate for days.More than 200,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been told to leave their homes. The city of Ojai, nearly surrounded by blazes, was evacuated on Thursday, as were parts of the coastal city of Carpinteria. And hundreds of schools were closed and roads were blocked. With well over 100,000 acres scorched, residents were on edge, watching the news footage of hills and canyons going up in smoke.Across seven counties, millions of cellphones shook and squawked with a...Read full article on News GN World

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Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Die…

08-12-2017 World News The Editor

(Want to get California Today, our daily newsletter on the state, by email? Here’s the sign-up.)LOS ANGELES — Firefighters battled to hold back flames that on Thursday threatened tens of thousands of homes in Southern California and forced new evacuations, as officials implored residents to remain vigilant in the face of a rash of wildfires across greater Los Angeles that will quite likely not abate for days.More than 200,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been told to leave their homes. The city of Ojai, nearly surrounded by blazes, was evacuated on Thursday, as were parts of the coastal city of Carpinteria. And hundreds of schools were closed and roads were blocked. With well over 100,000 acres scorched, residents were on edge, watching the news footage of hills and canyons going up in smoke.Across seven counties, millions of cellphones shook and squawked with a...Read full article on News GN World

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State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire - UPI.com

08-12-2017 World News The Editor

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area. Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents. He had previously declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said. The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 2,500 acres in size with zero containment. Cal Fire said the blaze destroyed two structures and damaged 12 others. A total of 700 crews from Cal Fire, North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire and Camp Pendleton Fire, worked...Read full article on News GN World

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Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Die…

08-12-2017 World News The Editor

(Want to get California Today, our daily newsletter on the state, by email? Here’s the sign-up.)LOS ANGELES — Firefighters battled to hold back flames that on Thursday threatened tens of thousands of homes in Southern California and forced new evacuations, as officials implored residents to remain vigilant in the face of a rash of wildfires across greater Los Angeles that will quite likely not abate for days.More than 200,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been told to leave their homes. The city of Ojai, nearly surrounded by blazes, was evacuated on Thursday, as were parts of the coastal city of Carpinteria. And hundreds of schools were closed and roads were blocked. With well over 100,000 acres scorched, residents were on edge, watching the news footage of hills and canyons going up in smoke.Across seven counties, millions of cellphones shook and squawked with a...Read full article on News GN World

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State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire - UPI.com

08-12-2017 World News The Editor

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area. Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents. He had previously declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said. The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 2,500 acres in size with zero containment. Cal Fire said the blaze destroyed two structures and damaged 12 others. A total of 700 crews from Cal Fire, North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire and Camp Pendleton Fire, worked...Read full article on News GN World

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State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire - UPI.com

08-12-2017 World News The Editor

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area. Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents. He had previously declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said. The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 2,500 acres in size with zero containment. Cal Fire said the blaze destroyed two structures and damaged 12 others. A total of 700 crews from Cal Fire, North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire and Camp Pendleton Fire, worked...Read full article on News GN World

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ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016 - The Syd…

08-12-2017 Business News The Editor

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the Tax Office showed on Thursday. Exxon Mobil, which has oil and gas production in the Bass Strait and a stake in the giant Gorgon LNG project among other assets in Australia, reported $6.7 billion in income, but it reported a loss for taxable income and paid no tax, similar to the previous two years. Play Video Don't Play Fed to signal rate hike in 2018 Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:08 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:23 Multinational tax net tightens Multinational tax net tightens The global effort to extract a fair share of tax from multinationals is stepping up, say Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan. Courtesy ABC News24 Fed to signal rate...Read full article on News GN Business

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ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016 - The Syd…

08-12-2017 Business News The Editor

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the Tax Office showed on Thursday. Exxon Mobil, which has oil and gas production in the Bass Strait and a stake in the giant Gorgon LNG project among other assets in Australia, reported $6.7 billion in income, but it reported a loss for taxable income and paid no tax, similar to the previous two years. Play Video Don't Play Fed to signal rate hike in 2018 Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:08 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:23 Multinational tax net tightens Multinational tax net tightens The global effort to extract a fair share of tax from multinationals is stepping up, say Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan. Courtesy ABC News24 Fed to signal rate...Read full article on News GN Business

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Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - AB…

08-12-2017 Business News The Editor

Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - ABC Online

Wind gusts of up to 81 kilometres per hour have been recorded in Beaudesert as severe thunderstorms bear down on south-east Queensland.The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned that areas between the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, and Coolangatta on the border are at risk of damaging winds this afternoon. In the latest severe weather warning, BOM said thunderstorms had been detected in Cleveland, Caboolture, Narangba and Burpengary.They are moving towards the north-east. They are forecast to affect Redcliffe, Beachmere, Bribie Island and Beerburrum and Caloundra, the area south-west of Caloundra, waters off Bribie Island and northern...Read full article on News GN Business

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Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - AB…

08-12-2017 Business News The Editor

Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - ABC Online

Wind gusts of up to 81 kilometres per hour have been recorded in Beaudesert as severe thunderstorms bear down on south-east Queensland.The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned that areas between the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, and Coolangatta on the border are at risk of damaging winds this afternoon. In the latest severe weather warning, BOM said thunderstorms had been detected in Cleveland, Caboolture, Narangba and Burpengary.They are moving towards the north-east. They are forecast to affect Redcliffe, Beachmere, Bribie Island and Beerburrum and Caloundra, the area south-west of Caloundra, waters off Bribie Island and northern...Read full article on News GN Business

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Containers stranded at sea as Maritime Union strike blockades Port of …

08-12-2017 Business News The Editor

Containers stranded at sea as Maritime Union strike blockades Port of Melbourne - ABC Online

Victorian supermarket shelves could be empty and fresh food could rot at sea if a union-backed blockade at the Port of Melbourne does not end soon, the Victorian Transport Association has warned. About 50 workers from the Maritime Union of Australia have shut down the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) over the alleged treatment of one of its members.The dispute has been ongoing for 10 days, forcing precious cargo to be diverted to Adelaide and then taken by road to Melbourne."There are goods coming directly into the shelves, there are goods being bought left right and centre," said the association's chief executive, Peter Anderson."Unfortunately the supply chain will be disrupted by this action."Accusations of company bullying and intimidationThe long-running...Read full article on News GN Business

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Containers stranded at sea as Maritime Union strike blockades Port of …

08-12-2017 Business News The Editor

Containers stranded at sea as Maritime Union strike blockades Port of Melbourne - ABC Online

Victorian supermarket shelves could be empty and fresh food could rot at sea if a union-backed blockade at the Port of Melbourne does not end soon, the Victorian Transport Association has warned. About 50 workers from the Maritime Union of Australia have shut down the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) over the alleged treatment of one of its members.The dispute has been ongoing for 10 days, forcing precious cargo to be diverted to Adelaide and then taken by road to Melbourne."There are goods coming directly into the shelves, there are goods being bought left right and centre," said the association's chief executive, Peter Anderson."Unfortunately the supply chain will be disrupted by this action."Accusations of company bullying and intimidationThe long-running...Read full article on News GN Business

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Milo Yiannopoulos to descend on Federal Parliament with Senator David …

08-12-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

CONTROVERSIAL right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos will speak at Parliament House in Canberra today despite an attempt by the Greens to ban him. Yiannopoulos will speak in the exclusive private dining rooms at 11am at the invitation of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm. Media, politicians and staffers have been invited to attend. Extra security measures are expected to be in place when he arrives. A fight broke out between his supporters and protesters at Yiannopoulos’s event in Melbourne on Monday and police were forced to use pepper spray. Senator Leyonhjelm flagged security arrangements are likely to be beefed up for the visit. “I wouldn’t call myself a disciple of him by any means,” Senator Leyonhjelm told AAP, adding he didn’t agree with all his controversial views. He expects Yiannopoulos to embark on an “outrage campaign” to stir up the politically correct. MORE:...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Chaos will continue into the New Year with the legitimacy of decisions…

08-12-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

THE 45th Parliament of Australia is close to losing its authenticity as a representative body and it could soon be time to shut it down and start again. The citizenship bungles by sitting members and senators have repopulated both houses with new MPs or recycled old ones and added an unprecedented blight of uncertainty. It is time to halt proceedings until we know who’s staying and who’s going. Otherwise any decisions by Parliament will be open to formal and informal challenge, and have their legitimacy questioned. The House of Representatives and the Senate have been churned in an unprecedented manner since the July 2 election last year. And the hunt for citizenship scalps is corrosive. “This reflects the delightfully feral state of Australian politics at the moment,” said an unimpressed Labor MP Ed Husic on Sky News today. And it is likely there is more instability and political...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - T…

08-12-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

6:07pm on 6 Dec 2017 Time for me to call it a day. What happened? two Labor politicians have been referred to the High Court - Katy Gallagher and David Feeney; this means 13 MPs have now been caught up in the citizenship saga; the opposition proposed a block of nine MPs be referred to the High Court as a means of breaking the deadlock on the matter; but the government opposed the measure;  there will be more of this tomorrow;  when the House of Representatives will also finalise the same-sex marriage legislation. My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for their work today and to you for reading and commenting. You can follow me on Facebook. Alex, Nick and I will be back in the morning. We hope to see you then. Good evening. 5:57pm on 6 Dec 2017 MPs leave the chamber and debate on same-sex marriage resumes. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - T…

08-12-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

6:07pm on 6 Dec 2017 Time for me to call it a day. What happened? two Labor politicians have been referred to the High Court - Katy Gallagher and David Feeney; this means 13 MPs have now been caught up in the citizenship saga; the opposition proposed a block of nine MPs be referred to the High Court as a means of breaking the deadlock on the matter; but the government opposed the measure;  there will be more of this tomorrow;  when the House of Representatives will also finalise the same-sex marriage legislation. My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for their work today and to you for reading and commenting. You can follow me on Facebook. Alex, Nick and I will be back in the morning. We hope to see you then. Good evening. 5:57pm on 6 Dec 2017 MPs leave the chamber and debate on same-sex marriage resumes. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Bishop denies rift with China - Sky News Australia

08-12-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Bishop denies rift with China - Sky News Australia

Updated: 12:56 pm, Thursday, 7 December 2017 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop strongly denies relations with China are at a low after its Canberra embassy scolded the Australian media and political class. The embassy lashed out against what it said was a 'Cold War mentality', following the Turnbull government's flagged crackdown on foreign interference and earlier resentment about a new foreign policy blueprint. When asked whether relations with Beijing were at a low, Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra on Thursday: 'The Australian government enjoys a very close, comprehensive, strategic partnership with China'. Ms Bishop said she welcomed China's commitment to ensuring there would not be any illegal interference in Australian political affairs. She insisted Beijing was deeply concerned by the behaviour of Labor senator Sam Dastyari and his dealings with a Chinese...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Bishop denies rift with China - Sky News Australia

08-12-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Bishop denies rift with China - Sky News Australia

Updated: 12:56 pm, Thursday, 7 December 2017 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop strongly denies relations with China are at a low after its Canberra embassy scolded the Australian media and political class. The embassy lashed out against what it said was a 'Cold War mentality', following the Turnbull government's flagged crackdown on foreign interference and earlier resentment about a new foreign policy blueprint. When asked whether relations with Beijing were at a low, Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra on Thursday: 'The Australian government enjoys a very close, comprehensive, strategic partnership with China'. Ms Bishop said she welcomed China's commitment to ensuring there would not be any illegal interference in Australian political affairs. She insisted Beijing was deeply concerned by the behaviour of Labor senator Sam Dastyari and his dealings with a Chinese...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Commitment to sustainability: Nothing new for ranchers - Beef Magazine

08-12-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

By Sara Place You’ve heard it before – we have a growing world population that will reach over 9 billion by 2050, but we don’t have an ever-expanding amount of land. As a result, we need to do more with less. This core issue is at the heart of current concerns about “sustainability,” but sustainability is nothing new in American agriculture. Related: 7 ranching operations awarded top honors for stewardship, sustainability In November 1909, Henry P. Armsby, a father of modern animal nutrition and member of the National Academies of Sciences, delivered an address in Chicago as the president of the newly formed “American Society of Animal Nutrition,” the current American Society of Animal Science. Armsby began his address outlining the prevailing predictions of a growing human population, stating “…it would be foolish in the extreme to close our eyes to the fact that the intensity of...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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France leads on food sustainability, Australia lags - Gourmet Travelle…

08-12-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The Economist releases their annual index focused on the future of food. This week The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), with France taking out the top spot and Australia coming in at number 14. The FSI - now in its second year - paints a picture of how many people have access to good food, the environmental cost of that access, and how that's expected to change in the future. Thirty-four countries were assessed on 58 food sustainability criteria falling under three main categories: nutritional health, how sustainably agricultural land is managed and the steps being taken to reduce food waste. Australia's place towards the middle of the list reflects our struggles as a nation with obesity and poor diet, inaction on climate change and a lack of crop diversity in farming. These were balanced by positive scores for overall quality of life, a...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Electric vehicles dominate sustainability awards - Australasian Transp…

08-12-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Electric vehicles dominate sustainability awards - Australasian Transport News

Date: 08.12.2017 European Transport Prize for Sustainability see MAN and Mercedes-Benz take major gongs as Volkswagen takes van title MAN Truck & Bus receives its award (left to right): Susanne Stephan, media consultant at Transport; Felix Kybart, head of alternative drives, MAN Truck & Bus AG; Christopher Kunstmann, CFO, MAN Truck & Bus Germany; and Bert Brandenburg, director of Huss-Verlag. Electric propulsion was to the fore in the latest European Transport Award for Sustainability. MAN’s conventional-looking eTruck, Mercedes-Benz’s futuristic eTruck rigid and Volkswagen’s e-Crafter took out the major awards, while BPW Group also got into the act with its eTransport electrically driven axle. The European Transport Prize for Sustainability is awarded every two years by German media enterprise Huss-Verlag and industry publication Transport, and is aimed at strengthening...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Revisiting EY Centre: A sustainable sandstone tower on the Sydney shor…

08-12-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

It’s been over a month since the Sustainability Awards winners were announced, but our winning projects – selected from a competition jury of some of the industry’s most knowledgeable voices – are still receiving accolades the world over. A few weeks ago, the 2017 Sustainability Awards Commercial winner was chosen to represent the country within one of the world’s most revered architecture awards programs, the World Architecture Festival (WAF). EY Centre at 200 George Street, Sydney received a highly commended prize within the festival’s Office category. Designed by FJMT and developed by Mirvac, the 37-storey skyscraper was recognised for its twin achievements of design quality and sustainability merit. FJMT’s design for the multi-million-dollar office project consisted of two overlapped round towers with a timber and glass façade. Completed in 2016, the EY Centre represented the...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Avid embraces EnviroDevelopment as consumers switch onto sustainabilit…

08-12-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Avid embraces EnviroDevelopment as consumers switch onto sustainability - The Fifth Estate

Rising energy and water bills are making home buyers more interested in sustainability, according to Avid Property Group general manager Queensland Bruce Harper. “The latest bills concentrate people’s minds on energy and water,” he says. It might not always be the primary decision driver when purchasing property, but it is an important part of many people’s decision-making now, he says. Bruce Harper The developer, previously Investa Land, has made sustainability a focus across all its communities, recently achieving UDIA EnviroDevelopment certification across its entire portfolio of masterplanned residential projects. UDIA Queensland chief executive Marina Vit says it is the first developer to have its entire active project portfolio rated with the tool. “It is a significant achievement for a single developer to receive EnviroDevelopment certifications across its current portfolio...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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The Future Economy Project: Advice from Sustainability Experts - Harva…

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The Future Economy Project: Advice from Sustainability Experts - Harvard Business Review

Mint Images – Art Wolfe/Getty Images Harvard Business Review interviewed the CEOs and other business leaders who signed up to the Future Economy Project, our initiative spotlighting businesses’ sustainability agendas. We then virtually convened the project’s advisers for a roundtable discussion about what they viewed as the major issues raised in the interviews, and their own counsel for executives wishing to create long-term value through a sustainable business agenda. The discussion with Michael Toffel and Rebecca Henderson of Harvard Business School, Tensie Whelan of NYU’s Stern School of Business, and Andrew Winston of Winston Eco-Strategies has been condensed and edited for clarity. HBR: Of the interviews, what jumped out at you? Toffel:  I thought Paul Polman was spot-on when he was breaking down the challenge of corporate sustainability into tactical and systemic issues....Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Injecting Smart Glue Could Be A Temporary Fix For Severe Eyeball Injur…

08-12-2017 Health News The Editor

Injecting Smart Glue Could Be A Temporary Fix For Severe Eyeball Injury On The Battlefield - IFLScience

Researchers have developed a new treatment that involves injecting smart glue into the site of a major injury in the eyeball. This then solidifies into a plug to seal the wound. In theory, this should give the patient more time to get to safety and receive medical treatment in order to permanently close the injury and hopefully save the eye from further damage. Although less discussed, serious eye injury is a major problem in modern warfare. “If you look at historical data over the last several decades, the rate of war-related ocular injuries has steadily increased from a fraction of a percent to as high as 10 to 15 percent,” explains researcher John Whalen, who co-authored the study published in Science Translational Medicine, in a statement. This is at least in part down to the changes in warfare, particularly when it comes to improvised explosive devices. Niki Bayat et al.,...Read full article on News GN Health

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A father's heartache when his son with autism discovers his entire gra…

08-12-2017 Health News The Editor

When you send your child off to school, all you want for them is to have a happy time. To make friends, feel included and enjoy themselves. So you can imagine this Sydney dad’s heartache when his seven-year-old son discovered all of his classmates at a birthday party that he was the only one not invited to. Yahoo7 reported that, the father-of-four, originally from New Zealand, shared his story on a Kiwi dad’s Facebook page, saying his son, who has autism, was so embarrassed to see not just his classmates but his entire grade, already gathered at the beach in Cronulla. The dad, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained that the family had taken a trip to the beach where they spotted his son’s classmates at the birthday party. "When my boy walked into the park with his Mum to wait for us to arrive, he saw not only every kid in his actual class, but every kid in his whole grade was...Read full article on News GN Health

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Woman regrets getting plastic surgery 30 times for her boyfriend - NEW…

08-12-2017 Health News The Editor

WELL, that’s a deal-breaker. Berry Ng, a 22-year-old YouTube star from Hong Kong, has had more than 30 plastic surgery procedures in the past five years — all to impress her now ex-boyfriend. She says she started going under the knife because her ex criticised her looks and kept comparing her to supermodels, reports Next Shark. Ng has spent more than $US3,000 ($4000) augmenting her forehead, eyes, cheeks, nose, chin and breasts. But that still wasn’t enough to impress her critical beau. “At that moment, if he had stopped me and told me that I was beautiful enough, I would have stopped, but he didn’t,” she said. Even after all of her operations, he still didn’t like her breasts. So she got them augmented last year. When Ng’s mother saw her after that last operation, she started crying. In that moment, Ng realised her plastic surgery obsession had gotten out of control. She’s...Read full article on News GN Health

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Study points to Canola-Alzheimer's link - SBS

08-12-2017 Health News The Editor

The long-term consumption of canola oil might be bad for the brain, new research suggests. A US study involving mice has linked the consumption of the vegetable cooking oil with the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, including worsened memory, worsened learning ability and weight gain. The Philadephia-based University of Temple researchers started by dividing the mice into two groups at six months of age, before the animals developed signs of Alzheimer's. One group was fed a normal diet while the others were fed a diet supplemented with the equivalent of about two tablespoons of canola oil a day. When the mice were assessed 12 months of age, one of the first differences observed was body weight. Animals on the canola oil-enriched diet weighed significantly more than mice on the regular diet. Maze tests to assess working memory, short-term memory and learning ability uncovered more...Read full article on News GN Health

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Six foods that actually make you hungrier - NEWS.com.au

08-12-2017 Health News The Editor

WITH Christmas just a hop, skip and a jump away, you’re probably preparing to eat yourself silly. And you know how it goes: half an hour after declaring you are never going to eat again, ever, you find yourself standing at the fridge, looking for a snack. Food may sate your hunger, but some things do a better job than others. Here are the six biggest offenders in the food and drink that fails to fill you. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS This may pose as the healthy alternative to sugar but, in many ways, you’re still having your cake and eating it too. Found in an abundance of food and drink labelled “diet” or “sugar-free”, artificial sweeteners are considered safe, however their affect on the body’s ability to gauge how many calories are being consumed is fairly poor. This results in you being enticed to crave more and eat more — all the while receiving little to no satisfaction. Plus the...Read full article on News GN Health

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Potential cure for haemophilia in groundbreaking gene therapy - Illawa…

07-12-2017 Health News The Editor

Potential cure for haemophilia in groundbreaking gene therapy - Illawarra Mercury

Eunice Lee, with her son, Mark Lee, who has successfully completed a gene therapy trial for haemophilia, and her granddaughters, Grace, 10, and Violet ,18 months, and her daughter in law, Shannon Salo, at the Charles Perkins Centre at RPA in Sydney. Eunice lost two other sons to haemophilia. 7th December 2017 Photo: Janie Barrett A new gene therapy for haemophilia B has the potential to cure the life-threatening bleeding disorder in one dose, groundbreaking research suggests. Researchers at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney have called their findings a major breakthrough for people with the hereditary disorder caused by defective or missing coagulation factors, which prevents their blood from clotting properly. Haemophilia patients are dependent on multiple infusions of factor concentrates, as many as three a week, to guard against major bleeding that can be triggered...Read full article on News GN Health

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