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Republicans reject rigged election reports - NEWS.com.au

11-12-2016 Australia The Editor

Republicans reject rigged election reports - NEWS.com.au

3323327 republicans-reject-rigged-election-reports-news-com-au Republicans rejected reports about a secret CIA assessment finding that Russia sought to tip the US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour. Picture: AP. REPUBLICANS rejected reports about a secret CIA assessment finding that Russia sought to tip the US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour, as a Democratic Senate leader called for an investigation. “The intelligence is wrong,” Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told CNN. “It didn’t happen.” He was referring to a New York Times report saying US intelligence agencies had “high confidence” that Russian hackers infiltrated the Republican National Committee’s computer systems as well as Democratic Party’s, but released information taken only from Democratic computers. News about the CIA report, first reported by The Washington Post on Friday, drew an extraordinary rebuke from the president-elect’s...Read full article...

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A 3.2-metre great white the first of five sharks caught in new nets al…

11-12-2016 Australia The Editor

A 3.2-metre great white the first of five sharks caught in new nets along mid-north NSW coast - The Sydney Morning Herald

3323325 a-3-2-metre-great-white-the-first-of-five-sharks-caught-in-new-nets-along-mid-north-nsw-coast-the-sydney-morning-herald A 3.2-metre great white was the first of five sharks caught in brand new nets deployed along the infamous stretch of northern NSW coastline that has been marred by a rash of attacks over the past year.  The hulking female was found ensnared off Sharpes Beach, Ballina at 11.30am on Saturday during a routine check of the nets by Department of Primary Industry personnel, just days after the net was installed.  Play Video Don't Play Homeowner arrested during WestConnex eviction Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:16 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:33 Mike Baird faces shark net protest Mike Baird faces shark net protest Protesters confronted the NSW Premier as he announced a six month trial of shark nets on the state's far north coast. Homeowner arrested during WestConnex eviction Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:16 Video...Read full article...

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Criminals using 3D printers to make guns, police say after organised c…

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Criminals using 3D printers to make guns, police say after organised crime raids - The Age

3323323 criminals-using-3d-printers-to-make-guns-police-say-after-organised-crime-raids-the-age Crime gangs are using 3D printers to make guns, in a disturbing trend in organised crime in Victoria. Police on Sunday morning seized 14 firearms including three made using a 3D printer at raids across Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. A property in Jacksons Road in Noble Park has been raided and arrests were made. Photo: Paul Jeffers A police operation targeting organised crime raided 13 homes on Sunday morning across Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, arresting nine people.  Among those taken into custody were a man and a woman arrested at a property in Jackson Road, Noble Park North, just after 6:40am on Sunday.  Police said firearms, a sword, silver ingots, cash, drugs believed to be methamphetamines and MDMA, prescription drugs and stolen property were seized in the raids, which were part of a five-month operation targeting firearms trafficking and the manufacture and sale of...Read full article...

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Istanbul explosion: Twin blasts outside soccer stadium kill 29, leaves…

11-12-2016 Australia The Editor

Istanbul explosion: Twin blasts outside soccer stadium kill 29, leaves 166 injured - ABC Online

3323321 istanbul-explosion-twin-blasts-outside-soccer-stadium-kill-29-leaves-166-injured-abc-online Related Story: Turkey's east rocked by deadly car bombs Related Story: More than 30 people killed in car bombing in Turkish capital Two explosions, one thought to have been a suicide bomb, have killed at least 29 people and wounded 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul, officials said, in an attack apparently targeting police hours after a match between two of Turkey's top teams. Key points:Blasts suspected to have been caused by a car bomb and a suicide bomberThey targeted police and civilians, aiming to cause as many casualties as possible, the Turkish President saidA number of riot police were wounded in the blast Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 27 of the 29 killed were police officers, and that 17 of the wounded were...Read full article...

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Vic accused in hospital as remains found - NEWS.com.au

11-12-2016 Australia The Editor

3323319 vic-accused-in-hospital-as-remains-found-news-com-au A man charged with murdering Melbourne mother Karen Rae may have suffered a heart attack in recent days as authorities searched for her remains. Tony John Smith, 49 , appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Sunday charged with murdering Ms Rae on April 15 last year. The mother disappeared from her Frankston North home on that day and hasn't been seen since. Human remains found in bushland next to the Frankston Freeway on Saturday are yet to be identified. But it's believed they belong to the mother who was 48 when she vanished. Crews searched the bushland area on Friday and returned on Saturday. A lawyer acting for Smith on Sunday told the magistrates court the Langwarrin man had spent the past two nights in the Royal Melbourne Hospital being treated for a heart condition. If Smith hadn't actually had a heart attack he'd suffered "something similar", the lawyer told...Read full article...

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Cormann won't lock in surplus timing - NEWS.com.au

11-12-2016 Australia The Editor

3323317 cormann-won-t-lock-in-surplus-timing-news-com-au Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the Turnbull government won't be locked into an artificial budget surplus deadline, rather it will aim to get back to balance as soon as it can. "We need to make decisions that are both fiscally and economically responsible," he told Sky News on Sunday after a week that saw economic growth contract for the first time in over five years. He and Treasurer Scott Morrison will hand down the budget update on December 19. In the May budget a surplus was projected in 2020/21. However, an independent analysis last month warned since May the budget had deteriorated over the next four years by some $24 billion because of record low wages growth hitting tax revenues, an issue Mr Morrison has not disputed. But Senator Cormann made clear the government won't be entering into "so-called stimulus spending", dismissing suggestions the economy is already in...Read full article...

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Nigeria Uyo: Scores dead in church collapse - BBC News

11-12-2016 World News The Editor

3323347 nigeria-uyo-scores-dead-in-church-collapse-bbc-news Media captionFootage of the aftermath of the roof collapseA church roof has collapsed in Uyo, south-east Nigeria, killing at least 60 people attending a bishop's ordination.Some reports put the number much higher, with many people are believed to be still trapped under the debris. Hundreds of people were inside the Reigners Bible Church including Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel, who survived the disaster.The church was still under construction and workers had rushed to complete it for the ordination, witnesses said.Mr Emmanuel said there would be an investigation into whether safety standards had been compromised. Pictures from the scene show collapsed metal girders and corrugated iron sheeting.President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed "deep sorrow" over the incident. ...Read full article...

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Islamic State fighters re-enter ancient Palmyra in Syria - BBC News

11-12-2016 World News The Editor

3323345 islamic-state-fighters-re-enter-ancient-palmyra-in-syria-bbc-news Media captionA look inside the ruins after they were recaptured from so-called Islamic State in MarchIslamic State group fighters have re-entered Palmyra, nine months after losing the ancient Syrian desert city.Monitoring groups say militants and pro-government forces fought fiercely in the centre of Palmyra.An activist there told the BBC that the city was now "more or less" in IS hands.Reports from Palmyra say about 50 Syrian troops were killed and there was an unconfirmed report that the rest were fleeing. There are concerns for the safety of civilians still in the city.The surprise setback for the government of President Bashar al-Assad comes as Russian-backed Syrian government forces are closing in on the remaining rebel-held area of the city of Aleppo.US urges 'grace' as Aleppo's fall nearsIS 'loses 50,000 fighters in two years'Why IS militants destroy ancient sitesIS held...Read full article...

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FBI and CIA give differing accounts to lawmakers on Russia's motives i…

11-12-2016 World News The Editor

3323343 fbi-and-cia-give-differing-accounts-to-lawmakers-on-russia-s-motives-in-2016-hacks-washington-post CIA briefers told senators in a closed-door briefing it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to officials. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post) In a secure meeting room under the Capitol last week, lawmakers held in their hands a classified letter written by colleagues in the Senate summing up a secret, new CIA assessment of Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. Sitting before the House Intelligence Committee was a senior FBI counterintelligence official. The question the Republicans and Democrats in attendance wanted answered was whether the bureau concurred with the conclusions the CIA had just shared with senators that Russia “quite” clearly intended to help Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton and clinch the White House. For the Democrats in the room, the FBI’s response was frustrating — even shocking. During a...Read full article...

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More than 30 dead as tanker rams into vehicles on Kenya road - WHIO

11-12-2016 World News The Editor

3323341 more-than-30-dead-as-tanker-rams-into-vehicles-on-kenya-road-whio Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 7:58 AMPublished: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 @ 7:52 PMBy: Theresa Seiger - Cox Media Group National Content Desk An Australian man sprang into action when a kangaroo wrapped its hands around his dog's throat, running toward it and punching it in the face in what is considered by some to be one of the most Australian videos to hit the internet yet. >> Read more trending stories The short video, which has since gone viral, was posted to Facebook Saturday by a man who said he got it from his "buddy from Australia." "The buck has hold of the dog and not the other way around," an animated Aussie announces as the dog and kangaroo come into focus. "The buck 'roo sees the odds stacking against him and tries to get the dog with its claws one last time." The kangaroo lets go of the dog and the dog's owner squares up against it. He delivers a single...Read full article...

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Army-Navy game 2016: For first time since 2001, Midshipmen fall to Bla…

11-12-2016 World News The Editor

3323339 army-navy-game-2016-for-first-time-since-2001-midshipmen-fall-to-black-knights-washington-post BALTIMORE — For the first time in 15 years, Navy was first to sing its alma mater after its game against Army. That gloomy distinction falls to the loser of one of college football’s most storied rivalries, one the Midshipmen had owned since installing the triple-option offense. But that typically efficient rushing attack hardly got on track Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, with Navy pinning its fortunes upon a quarterback making the first start of his career. Zach Abey found himself in that uncomfortable circumstance because of injuries to both players who had started the season ahead of him, and the sophomore initially played as if overwhelmed. By the time the final whistle sounded in a turnover-filled 21-17 loss, Abey had thrown two interceptions, both in the first half, and Navy’s 14-game winning streak over Army, a series record, had ended. The Midshipmen committed three...Read full article...

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Lamar Jackson's incredible year ends with him as Heisman winner - ESPN

11-12-2016 World News The Editor

3323337 lamar-jackson-s-incredible-year-ends-with-him-as-heisman-winner-espn 10:00 PM ET NEW YORK -- Louisville came ready to promote quarterback Lamar Jackson at ACC media day in July, bringing along a slew of notepads emblazoned with his name and picture, placed right next to the school's football guide. The move was bold, and rarer still considering Jackson was about to begin his true sophomore season and had seven career starts. But coach Bobby Petrino felt so strongly about his young quarterback, he gave the go-ahead to begin promoting Jackson. Among the 28 players gathered, Jackson was the only sophomore. But he never betrayed his age. He smiled but said little, a player known more for his highlights than his sound bites. Still, it is hard to imagine anybody in Louisville could have envisioned what was about to unfold. Week 1. Charlotte. Jackson scored on a 36-yard touchdown run on the opening drive. Then he delivered another score, and another. Eight...Read full article...

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When will you be too old for your job? - The Sydney Morning Herald

11-12-2016 Business News The Editor

When will you be too old for your job? - The Sydney Morning Herald

3323361 when-will-you-be-too-old-for-your-job-the-sydney-morning-herald One way to prepare for retirement is to save. Another way: Don't retire. It's surprisingly common to put very little aside and hope you never need to hang up your cleats for good. Among investors under age 35, more than four-fifths (83 per cent) say they plan to work during retirement, according to a survey in the US released this month by Merrill Edge. Even office workers can't postpone retirement forever. Photo: Belinda Pratten It's not just millennials: 79 per cent of Generation X and 64 per cent of baby boomers who are still working agree. And how many retirees surveyed actually have some sort of job? That would be 17 per cent. From a financial perspective, working into your 70s or 80s can be a great idea. It's also completely unrealistic for many workers, especially if they want to stick to their chosen profession. It's not just blue-collar workers with physically demanding...Read full article...

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Nervousness as US interest rate hike looms - NEWS.com.au

11-12-2016 Business News The Editor

3323359 nervousness-as-us-interest-rate-hike-looms-news-com-au The US Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates this week but the Australian share market's ongoing rally could relax in anticipation of the board's accompanying comments. Australian investors will find out on Thursday morning whether the US Federal Reserve will raise rates for the first time in 12 months, which AMP Capital's chief economist Shane Oliver said is 100 per cent priced in. "If they hike rates it's certainly not going to be a surprise to anybody," Dr Oliver said. "The focus is going to be on how dovish or hawkish the statements are that the Fed will put out after the meeting and the subsequent press conference by Janet Yellen." The rate range is likely to increase by 0.25 per cent to 0.5 - 0.75 per cent, and a further two rate hikes are expected next year, he said. "The Federal Reserve will probably express confidence in the economy and therefore leave the...Read full article...

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Vic govt to build missing road link - Sky News Australia

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Vic govt to build missing road link - Sky News Australia

3323357 vic-govt-to-build-missing-road-link-sky-news-australia Published: 12:47 pm, Sunday, 11 December 2016 Victoria's Labor government has committed to building the $10 billion North East Link freeway if it wins the next state election in 2018. The so-called 'missing link' would complete the Metropolitan Ring Road by connecting the ring road to either the Eastern Freeway or EastLink. Some $35 million will be spent developing a business plan and selecting a route over the next two years. But the Andrews government won't sign any contracts before the November 2018 election. 'When we build the missing link that completes the ring road you'll be able to drive from Ringwood to Tullamarine without stopping at a single traffic light,' Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement on Sunday. The project would take 10 years to complete and create up to 5000 jobs, the governments says. It would be funded by a mixture of government contributions...Read full article...

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Qantas to axe Melbourne-Dubai-London QF9/QF10? - Australian Business T…

11-12-2016 Business News The Editor

3323355 qantas-to-axe-melbourne-dubai-london-qf9-qf10-australian-business-traveller 75,000 Qantas Points + No Annual Fee 1st Year - ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Ad Receive 75,000 Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months plus no annual fee for the first year. T&Cs, fees and charges. Online offer only. Click here to apply now. by David Flynn | December 11, 2016 EXCLUSIVE | Qantas could axe its daily Melbourne-London flights from early 2018, with the long-running route cancelled in favour of a new non-stop Boeing 787 service between Perth and London. Emirates would move to fill in the new gap in Qantas’ network, rostering one of its own aircraft onto the Melbourne-Dubai leg as a codeshare with Qantas, according to a plan developed between the airlines. The Gulf airline already runs three daily flights between the cities – two on the flagship Airbus A380 and a third on the long-range Boeing 777-300ER. After arriving into Dubai...Read full article...

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Mona waterfront vision to cost $2 billion, likely to change over 30-ye…

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Mona waterfront vision to cost $2 billion, likely to change over 30-year timeframe - ABC Online

3323353 mona-waterfront-vision-to-cost-2-billion-likely-to-change-over-30-year-timeframe-abc-online Plans to transform Hobart's Macquarie Point being touted by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) comes with a $2 billion price tag and could take 30 years.More details have been released of Mona's vision for the former industrial site but the Premier Will Hodgman said it was likely be different from what would eventually be delivered. Mona's Mac Point wishlist: A reconciliation art parkNine major fire and light installationsTasmanian Aboriginal history centreLight rail (three stations)Eden ProjectContemporary gallery and art spaceAntarctic science and research precinctSix-star, 500-room hotelConference and exhibition centreProduce market (day and night)Hobart music bowl Upgraded Antarctic gatewayUpgraded cruise terminal facilitiesResidential retail marina with...Read full article...

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Cormann won't lock in surplus timing - NEWS.com.au

11-12-2016 Business News The Editor

3323351 cormann-won-t-lock-in-surplus-timing-news-com-au Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the Turnbull government won't be locked into an artificial budget surplus deadline, rather it will aim to get back to balance as soon as it can. "We need to make decisions that are both fiscally and economically responsible," he told Sky News on Sunday after a week that saw economic growth contract for the first time in over five years. He and Treasurer Scott Morrison will hand down the budget update on December 19. In the May budget a surplus was projected in 2020/21. However, an independent analysis last month warned since May the budget had deteriorated over the next four years by some $24 billion because of record low wages growth hitting tax revenues, an issue Mr Morrison has not disputed. But Senator Cormann made clear the government won't be entering into "so-called stimulus spending", dismissing suggestions the economy is already in...Read full article...

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LIVEBLOGLast Updated 4.10pm AESTPoliticsNow: Australian politics live from Canberra, Senate, House of Reps - The Australian

3323793 livebloglast-updated-4-10pm-aestpoliticsnow-australian-politics-live-from-canberra-senate-house-of-reps-the-australian Malcolm Turnbull says the government is using its offensive cyber capability in the fight against IS. Senator Rod Culleton at the White Ribbon Day 2016 Breakfast. Picture: Gary Ramage Thank you for joining us for PoliticsNow on day three of the final sitting fortnight for the year. Here is how the day unfolded. Rachel Baxendale4.10pm:Zebra line stirs up Senate Senate Question Time saw Labor Senator Glenn Sterle make jibes about Employment Minister and Minister for Women Michaelia Cash resembling a zebra, while she gave a speech about the importance of respect for women and combating domestic violence ahead of White Ribbon Day on Friday. Michaelia Cash today. Senator Cash’s WA colleague Linda Reynolds noticed Senator Sterle’s antics, and raised them with Senate President Stephen Parry. She described the comments as “highly derogatory” on any day, but “particularly...Read full article...

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LIVEBLOGLast Updated 4.10pm AESTPoliticsNow: Australia politics live f…

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LIVEBLOGLast Updated 4.10pm AESTPoliticsNow: Australia politics live from Canberra, Senate, House of reps - The Australian

3323791 livebloglast-updated-4-10pm-aestpoliticsnow-australia-politics-live-from-canberra-senate-house-of-reps-the-australian The Senate has shot down the federal government's proposed $5 departure tax hike. Barnaby Joyce. Picture: AAP. Thank you for joining us for PoliticsNow and the final sitting day of parliament for the week. How the day ufolded 4.10pm:Question time: what we learned David Crowe Labor wanted a question time fight over the backpacker tax but Malcolm Turnbull had a bigger argument on his mind. The first half of question time was utterly inconsequential, as Labor fired question after question at the government over the backpacker tax, an issue where Labor has formed a unity ticket with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and independent Jacqui Lambie to argue for a lower tax rate for foreign workers. Only when Tanya Plibersek asked Malcolm Turnbull about the “extreme right” of the Liberal Party – a question that was ruled almost (but not quite) completely out of order – did...Read full article...

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Basket of deplorable political phrases don't fit Canberra - The Austra…

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Basket of deplorable political phrases don't fit Canberra - The Australian

3323789 basket-of-deplorable-political-phrases-don-t-fit-canberra-the-australian ‘Alt-right’ Richard Spencer adores Trump and the Nazis. In the year Donald Trump was born, George Orwell wrote about the “special connection between politics and the debasement of language”. He warned of the risk to our language and thought of mindlessly adopting and repeating the language of political hacks designed to conceal, rather than reveal, what is going on. As president-elect Trump and his supporters promise to “drain the swamp”, Australia’s political language is under attack from a virulent strain of Twitter-borne contagion: the jargon that infected the US election and Brexit campaigns. Like George HW Bush’s reverse two-fingered victory salute during a visit, some of the newly adopted terms sit awkwardly in the local landscape. Others have origins far removed from contemporary mean­ing.Drain the swamp Who would have thought Ronald Reagan would adopt an anti-capitalism...Read full article...

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Behind the Lines: Australia's best 2016 political cartoons on show at …

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Behind the Lines: Australia's best 2016 political cartoons on show at ... - ABC Online

3323787 behind-the-lines-australia-s-best-2016-political-cartoons-on-show-at-abc-online From the hilariously astute to the stark and thought-provoking — the year's best political cartoons are about to go on show at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Hosted and curated by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the annual Behind the Lines exhibition showcases the work of cartoonists from across the country who are at the very top of their game.Fairfax Media's Cathy Wilcox took out the exhibition's top gong for political cartoonist of the year."The nice thing about this award is that it's recognition for a body of work," Ms Wilcox said."It lends a little weight to the cartoons, which go out every day and just disappear into the ether ... [it's] a nice reward for that daily grind."

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Malcolm Turnbull can clean the political swamp - The Sydney Morning He…

11-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Malcolm Turnbull can clean the political swamp - The Sydney Morning Herald

3323785 malcolm-turnbull-can-clean-the-political-swamp-the-sydney-morning-herald Not all of Donald Trump's campaign themes were bad. One, in particular, was positive – his promise to "drain the swamp". This was his rallying cry against the cash-rich favour-exchange machine that goes by the name of Washington DC. It could equally be called Canberra, ACT. Trump is not likely to be the one to rid the US system of corruption, nepotism and collusion. Play Video Don't Play Who revealed submarine leak? Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:13 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:52 Tony Abbott's advice for the PM Tony Abbott's advice for the PM The former PM eyes a return to cabinet while urging Malcolm Turnbull to repair aspects of the 2014 budget. Who revealed submarine leak? Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:13 Video duration 01:13 Who revealed submarine leak? Who revealed submarine leak? There was a massive security breach...Read full article...

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UN expert says Australians (and their leaders) have a big racism probl…

11-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

UN expert says Australians (and their leaders) have a big racism problem - The Sydney Morning Herald

3323783 un-expert-says-australians-and-their-leaders-have-a-big-racism-problem-the-sydney-morning-herald The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism has condemned Australian politicians from major and minor parties whose statements are contributing to an increase in "xenophobic hate speech" and negative views about migrants. Mutuma Ruteere has also warned that political leaders who do not denounce such views are tacitly contributing to the normalisation of hard-right and racist opinions. Mutuma Ruteere says Australia is not unique among western democracies in grappling with popular support for parties with discriminatory policies and racist views. Photo: EVAN SCHNEIDER / UN "If they do not speak out they lend legitimacy to them. It's very easy for darkness to drive out the light. It's very easy for the bad to demean the good. It's much harder to clear out the political space once it's infected by racists," Mr Ruteere said in Canberra on Wednesday. Mr Ruteere was finishing a visit...Read full article...

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Why Trump's vow to kill Obama's sustainability agenda will lead busine…

11-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

3323447 why-trump-s-vow-to-kill-obama-s-sustainability-agenda-will-lead-business-to-step-in-and-save-it-the-conversation-us During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, committed to easing restrictions on drilling and mining on federal lands, and promised to push for oil pipelines and other controversial energy infrastructure. Perhaps most troubling to the sustainability community, however, is his vow to abolish President Barack Obama’s executive actions on climate change, such as the Clean Power Plan. He also promised to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which he claimed was bad for business and threatened U.S. sovereignty. Now President-elect Trump has appointed a noted denier of climate change – and of the scientific consensus behind it – to lead the EPA’s transition team. This has wiped away the faintest glimmer of hope that Trump would revert to his view in 2009, when he agreed that climate change was...Read full article...

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John West lands top sustainability award - FOOD Magazine - Australia

11-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

John West lands top sustainability award - FOOD Magazine - Australia

3323445 john-west-lands-top-sustainability-award-food-magazine-australia Latest News Twinings releases new tea blend SA wine industry leads way on solar uptake New Kale chips suitable for gluten intolerance Small manufacturers will get into the zone at foodpro Solidifying its position as Australia’s most sustainable tuna brand, Simplot Australia owned John West, was awarded the highest accolade at the 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards, in Sydney recently. John West Australia, the only national supermarket brand to be recognised in the awards this year, won the Communication for Change Award, followed by the prestigious 2016 Banksia Gold Award, which reflects the ‘Best of the Best’ across the categories. Earlier this year, alongside the WWF-Australia (WWF) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a world leading brand commitment was made, to help end unsustainable fishing methods within the canned tuna industry in Australia, thanks to Pacifical,...Read full article...

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Sustainability reporting set to expand globally - InvestorDaily - Inve…

11-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

3323443 sustainability-reporting-set-to-expand-globally-investordaily-investordaily Currently, 17 stock exchanges recommend their listed companies provide environmental, social and governance (ESG) reportage, but UNCTAD division on investment and enterprise director James Zhan said this figure is expected to grow by the end of 2016. "Twenty-one stock exchanges have confirmed to us they will introduce new guidelines either this year or within the first quarter of next year, and we know that many of them are close because they have posted draft guidelines on their websites for comment and discussion," he said. Mr Zhan said such reporting had “come of age” and that companies were more likely to act sustainably when they were required to report on ESG issues. The commitments to sustainability reporting are part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative launched in 2009 by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, UNCTAD said. UNCTAD SSE inititative co-ordinator Anthony Miller...Read full article...

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Aquarevo First Stage Release Proves Sustainability In Demand - The Urb…

11-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

3323441 aquarevo-first-stage-release-proves-sustainability-in-demand-the-urban-developer-registration The first stage of ‘Aquarevo’, Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential development, sold out in record-breaking time, with over 80 families seeking to secure the initial 44 lots.A collaboration between South East Water and Villawood Properties, Aquarevo adopts a unique integrated approach to water management through the use of South East Water’s OneBox® and Tank Talk® technology, along with rainwater used for hot water, recycled water, and solar panels.It’s water management systems will ultimately save up to 70 per cent in potable water use and 50 per cent of energy use, making Aquarevo Australia’s leading residential development in terms of water and energy efficiency.Approximately 80 buyer groups had lined up to secure prime lots in the Aquarevo development within hours of the news release. First come, first served, the initial 44 lots were snapped up within hours...Read full article...

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The Food Sustainability Index: Establishing a more sustainable food sy…

11-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

The Food Sustainability Index: Establishing a more sustainable food system - POLITICO.eu

3323439 the-food-sustainability-index-establishing-a-more-sustainable-food-system-politico-eu Our food systems cannot feed us all and the global population is skyrocketing. Access to adequate nutrition is uneven, and resource depletion and other environmental challenges mean we must urgently rethink food production and consumption. How to solve these seemingly insurmountable problems? The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), a study developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN), begins to answer this question. It highlights gaps and provides real, replicable examples of practices and policies from 25 countries to promote sustainable food systems. To complement this work, the EIU and the BCFN are collaborating on a City Monitor to assess the efforts of municipalities around the world. The 2016 edition covers 16 cities selected on the basis of geographic representation, data availability and their sustainable...Read full article...

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Lego-like buildings to tackle sustainability in the Australian mass ho…

11-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Lego-like buildings to tackle sustainability in the Australian mass housing market - ABC Online

3323437 lego-like-buildings-to-tackle-sustainability-in-the-australian-mass-housing-market-abc-online Castlemaine architect Simon Disler thinks there is a crucial missing step when designing more sustainable houses for the mass housing market: flexibility."We wanted to come up with a building concept that was really about having a modular floor planning system that means you can shuffle the parts of the building around to adapt to a site to get good performance," Mr Disler said.That means thinking about lot size and orientation and then adapting a floor plan to the site so that a house faces the sun.He said this step is a cost-effective way to save energy consumption — but it is missing in the mass housing market. Dr Masa Noguchi, Associate Professor in Environmental Design at The University of Melbourne agrees. Even through it was difficult to provide a precise figure in...Read full article...

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When will you be too old for your job? - The Sydney Morning Herald

11-12-2016 Health News The Editor

When will you be too old for your job? - The Sydney Morning Herald

3323703 when-will-you-be-too-old-for-your-job-the-sydney-morning-herald One way to prepare for retirement is to save. Another way: Don't retire. It's surprisingly common to put very little aside and hope you never need to hang up your cleats for good. Among investors under age 35, more than four-fifths (83 per cent) say they plan to work during retirement, according to a survey in the US released this month by Merrill Edge. Even office workers can't postpone retirement forever. Photo: Belinda Pratten It's not just millennials: 79 per cent of Generation X and 64 per cent of baby boomers who are still working agree. And how many retirees surveyed actually have some sort of job? That would be 17 per cent. From a financial perspective, working into your 70s or 80s can be a great idea. It's also completely unrealistic for many workers, especially if they want to stick to their chosen profession. It's not just blue-collar workers with physically demanding...Read full article...

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Heroic Oshin to Mum: 'I will protect you' - Perth Now

11-12-2016 Health News The Editor

3323701 heroic-oshin-to-mum-i-will-protect-you-perth-now OSHIN Kiszko looks into his mother’s eyes and tells her not to worry. The six-year-old Perth boy is terminally ill with a brain tumour and has just days to live. The once lively, bubbly child is now confined to bed and only able to drink water. “All the love in my heart is in your heart and all the love in your heart is in everyone’s heart,” Oshin tells his mum Angela Kiszko. Placing his hand on his mum’s heart, he says “Your heart won’t ever be broken. I will protect you.” They are words that bring tears to Ms Kiszko’s eyes but also fill her heart with admiration for the youngest of her five children with partner Adrian Strachan. Oshin was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in November last year but his mum and dad opposed the radiotherapy treatment recommended by Princess Margaret Hospital doctors. Oshin received chemotherapy treatment only and in September was moved to...Read full article...

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'Patients will die if they don't fix this': Hospitals rationing, stock…

11-12-2016 Health News The Editor

'Patients will die if they don't fix this': Hospitals rationing, stockpiling first-line antibiotics amid drug shortage - The Age

3323699 patients-will-die-if-they-don-t-fix-this-hospitals-rationing-stockpiling-first-line-antibiotics-amid-drug-shortage-the-age A national shortage of three first line antibiotics is forcing hospitals to stockpile, ration and use back-up treatments that expose patients battling serious infection to more toxic drugs, and embolden superbugs. The drugs Vancomycin, Aciclovir and metronidazole are the latest in a long list of antibiotic shortages over the past few years which are the most effective, least expensive, least toxic and least likely to cause resistance, infectious diseases doctors say. Play Video Don't Play Dreamworld reopens for charity weekend Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:55 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:33 How to prevent superbugs How to prevent superbugs What measures can we take to reduce the risk of superbugs from developing and spreading? Dreamworld reopens for charity weekend Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:55 Video...Read full article...

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How to tell if you have a problem with alcohol - NEWS.com.au

11-12-2016 Health News The Editor

How to tell if you have a problem with alcohol - NEWS.com.au

3323697 how-to-tell-if-you-have-a-problem-with-alcohol-news-com-au If looking at these rum and Cokes makes you feel green this morning, it’s time to ask yourself these questions. DO A few evening beers make your mornings un-beer-able? Does a Vodka Martini make your brain feel shaken, or stirred? Has a Dark’N’Stormy been clouding your thoughts? For most people the occasional night out is not a big deal — but when a hangover becomes a regular part of your weekend routine it’s a sign something might not be right. It’s an alarming statistic that one in five Australian adults regularly drink harmful amounts of alcohol. This chronic alcohol use can cause liver failure, stomach ulcers, bleeding problems, damaged nerves, injured brain cells and an increased risk of some cancers. It can take years of regular hangovers before people even consider whether they might have a problem, but sometimes you’ve just got to ask the right questions. The following...Read full article...

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Owasso Children Found Severely Malnourished: Authorities Arrest Parent…

11-12-2016 Health News The Editor

3323695 owasso-children-found-severely-malnourished-authorities-arrest-parents-for-worst-case-of-child-abuse-ever-seen-the-inquisitr At the moment, the details of the case are still scant. But authorities and medical staff from Owasso, Oklahoma, have described what they have seen as the “worst case of child abuse” they have ever encountered. According to a report from Oklahoma’s Own News on 6, Collinsville couple Kevin Fowler, 25, and Aislyn Miller, 24, were arrested on Friday after Owasso police responded to a child abuse call. It wasn’t stated who made the call, but the two children who were taken to the city’s Urgent Care facility were reportedly in very bad condition, with “multiple nurses” treating the victims. Owasso police sergeant Michael Barnes was quoted by News on 6 as having told officer Scott Brengi that it was the worst case of child abuse he remembers seeing. One of the children, an infant girl, was suffering from severe malnutrition and diaper rash, and had bedsores. News on 6 added that the child...Read full article...

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Boy, 2, in critical condition after he found in a backyard swimming po…

11-12-2016 Health News The Editor

3323693 boy-2-in-critical-condition-after-he-found-in-a-backyard-swimming-pool-in-sydney-s-castle-hill-daily-mail Boy, almost two, found in a backyard swimming pool in Sydney's north-westHe had been in the pool for about five minutes before he was found on SaturdayToddler was rushed to The Children's Hospital at Westmead, in Sydney's westNew South Wales police may investigate if the pool fence complied with rules By Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia Published: 02:10 GMT, 11 December 2016 | Updated: 02:10 GMT, 11 December 2016 e-mail View comments A boy who is almost two was splashing about in a backyard swimming pool for five minutes before he almost drowned.A doctor and an intensive care paramedic arrived by helicopter to treat the 22-month old toddler at Castle Hill, in Sydney's...Read full article...

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