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Coptic bus attack: Egypt hits jihadist camps in Libya after 28 Christi…

27-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Coptic bus attack: Egypt hits jihadist camps in Libya after 28 Christians slain - The Australian

Relatives of Coptic Christians carry coffins of their relatives who were killed during a bus attack, following their funeral service, at Abu Garnous Cathedral in Minya, Egypt. Picture: AP Egypt launched six air strikes on jihadist camps in Libya after masked gunmen attacked a bus of Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 28 people, many of them children. Assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it was heading for the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200km from Cairo, before fleeing, the interior ministry said. It was the latest attack on Copts after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists bombed three churches in December and April, killing dozens of Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in a televised address, said Egyptian forces had hit a jihadist training camp in retaliation. State television reported six air strikes...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Trump-Russia: Diplomat says Jared Kushner sought secret channel with K…

27-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Trump-Russia: Diplomat says Jared Kushner sought secret channel with Kremlin - The Sydney Morning Herald

Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Donald Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to US officials briefed on intelligence reports. Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by US officials. Play Video Don't Play G7 summit braces for clash on trade, climate Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:39 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:43 Trump tells Russians that firing Comey ... Trump tells Russians...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Anthony Foster remembered as a 'voice for survivors' - 9news.com.au

27-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Anthony Foster has died aged 64. (AAP) Tributes have poured in for Anthony Foster, who dedicated his life to seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. He is believed to have died from a major stroke after falling and hitting his head on Friday night. He was 64. Mr Foster became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993. Mr Foster and his wife, Chrissie, shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Their daughter Emma took an fatal overdose of medication in 2008, and Katie was hit by a car after binge drinking in 1999, leaving her brain-damaged and in need of 24-hour care. Many have described Mr Foster as a voice for survivors who...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Careers Australia collapses leaving students in limbo - Wingham Chroni…

27-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Careers Australia collapses leaving students in limbo - Wingham Chronicle

One of Australia's largest private training colleges has collapsed, leaving 15,000 students in limbo and plunging 1000 staff into unemployment. One of Australia's largest private training colleges has collapsed, leaving 15,000 students in limbo and plunging 1000 staff into unemployment. The embattled Careers Australia was placed into voluntary administration late on Thursday - six weeks after it was stripped of federal funding due to dismal completion rates and aggressive recruitment practices. Classes have been suspended at the college's 14 campuses across Australia and teachers have been stood down. Employees received a letter from administrators PPB Advisory on Thursday night, which said the company had insufficient funds to meet payroll and other costs. "You have been stood down without pay until further notice effective immediately," it read. The administrators, David McEvoy...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Referendum a challenge: PM - The Australian

27-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Referendum a challenge: PM - The Australian

PM Malcolm Turnbull says the 1967 referendum was a 'crucial point in Australia's reconciliation journey'. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with wife Lucy, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Michael Long during The Long Walk. Picture: Andrew Henshaw Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the National Reconciliation Week lunch in Melbourne on Saturday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned on Saturday that “controversial” changes to the constitution have little hope of succeeding with political unity after indigenous leaders called for a treaty instead of “symbolic” constitutional acknowledgment. On Friday, hundreds of indigenous leaders at Uluru abandoned the prospect of a statement of acknowledgment in the constitution recognising Aboriginal people as the original owners of the land. Instead, they decided to push for a constitutionally elected indigenous body in...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Two more arrested as Manchester attack probe count reaches 11 - SBS

27-05-2017 Australia The Editor

British police said they arrested two more people during raids on Saturday in connection with the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert. The arrests of the two men, aged 20 and 22, bring to 11 the number of suspects held in Britain over Monday's attack, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. Police in Libya have also detained the father and brother of 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi. Mark Rowley, head of Britain's counter-terrorism police, said on Friday that police had captured "a large part of the network" linked to the atrocity in which seven children under 18 years old were among the 22 dead. "We are very happy we've got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there's still a little bit more to do," he said. The bombing at a concert by US pop idol Ariana Grande was the latest in a series of...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Boehner chides Trump administration 'disaster' - CNN

27-05-2017 World News The Editor

Story highlights The former House speaker said that his hopes for tax reform had dimmed John Boehner also downplayed concerns over the Russia scandal Boehner also said that his hopes for tax reform had dimmed, calling the preliminary discussions that are going on "just a bunch of happy talk." "I was a little more optimistic about it early in the year; now my odds are 60/40 ... The border adjustment tax is deader than a doornail," he said, referencing a controversial plank of the tax plan currently being sketched by House GOP leaders. As for the House successfully passing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Boehner sounded unimpressed. He acknowledged Trump "did what he could," but the former House speaker said he would have looked to "repair" to law instead. Boehner also downplayed concerns over the Russia scandal swirling around the White House, saying investigators...Read full article on News GN World

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After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For…

27-05-2017 World News The Editor

After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice - NPR

Enlarge this image Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas, Egypt. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption toggle caption Jane Arraf/NPR Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas, Egypt. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Jane Arraf/NPR Across a field from the unfinished concrete house where she lives, Suad Thabet can see the spires of the Abu Qarqas monastery. The 70-year-old Coptic Christian grandmother has had trouble sleeping since she was attacked in her nearby Egyptian village of Karm a year ago. She says living near the monastery makes her feel safe. Since the toppling of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and in the wake of a...Read full article on News GN World

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Federal judge tosses life sentences for convicted beltway sniper Lee B…

27-05-2017 World News The Editor

The life sentences that Lee Boyd Malvo received for his role in the 2002 sniper shootings which occurred in Virginia were thrown out Friday by a federal judge, because Malvo was 17 at the time of the attacks. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, and in 2016 the court decided that ruling should be applied retroactively. And so even though Malvo entered pleas in Spotsylvania County, Va., and agreed to serve two life sentences without parole, in addition to being convicted by a jury and sentenced to two life sentences in Chesapeake, Va., U.S. District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson vacated all four sentences and ordered resentencings. The ruling does not apply to the six life sentences Malvo received in Maryland after he pleaded guilty to six murder charges there. His Maryland lawyers are...Read full article on News GN World

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Gianforte's behavior was inexcusable. The House should not tolerate it…

27-05-2017 World News The Editor

Gianforte's behavior was inexcusable. The House should not tolerate it. - Washington Post

Greg Gianforte celebrates his win. (Rachel Leathe/Associated Press) “GIANFORTE GRABBED Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.” That was Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna’s account of how Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, the day before Mr. Gianforte won a special election to fill Montana’s at-large congressional seat. Along with an audio recording of the incident, the eyewitness accounts confirm that the now-congressman-elect engaged in brutish behavior. That he subsequently tried to blame Mr. Jacobs for the incident, in which the reporter was merely asking an honest question, makes Mr. Gianforte’s actions all the more inexcusable. Inexcusable means inexcusable. The House, led by Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who said “there’s never a call for physical altercation,” should have made clear that Mr. Gianforte would...Read full article on News GN World

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Mild in Mideast, Trump Is All Elbows in a Europe Eager to Jab Back - N…

27-05-2017 World News The Editor

But critics say that his behavior overlooks the fact that America’s most durable alliances are in Europe, not the Middle East, and that Europeans are not likely to buy Mr. Trump’s bluster. Continue reading the main story “Everybody sees that he’s trying to be a tough negotiator with the Europeans, whom he apparently views as a bunch of weaklings,” said Daniel Gros, the director of the Center for European Policy Studies, a think tank in Brussels. “But nobody sees any use in firing back. They think there will be very little action on trade. Ultimately, they think it’s harmless.”On Friday evening, White House officials reported that Mr. Trump’s first day of meetings with the leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan had been lively and productive. The leaders discussed terrorism, North Korea, Iran, trade and climate change, they said, and there was even hope...Read full article on News GN World

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies a…

27-05-2017 World News The Editor

“If that leadership cannot be physically liquidated, it can at least be expelled from the country,” he wrote. Continue reading the main story That same year, however, he resigned from the State Department planning council as a protest against expanded American involvement in the war in Indochina under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Continue reading the main story Then he became a foreign policy adviser to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who defended the expansion in his 1968 presidential campaign. Continue reading the main story His bond with Jimmy Carter developed through the Trilateral Commission, the group David Rockefeller created in 1973 as a forum for political and business leaders from North America, Western Europe and Japan to consider the challenges facing industrialized countries. Mr. Brzezinski was the commission’s first director. (Mr. Rockefeller died...Read full article on News GN World

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OPEC's weakest link is not the country you think - The Sydney Morning …

27-05-2017 Business News The Editor

OPEC's weakest link is not the country you think - The Sydney Morning Herald

Thanks Vienna, you've been wonderful. OPEC and a few associates announced it would prolong supply cuts, as we knew it would. Photo: Bloomberg OPEC and a few associates announced on Thursday this week they would prolong supply cuts, as we knew they would. OPEC extended its cuts by nine months. It even admitted a new member, Equatorial Guinea, boasting 0.3 per cent of global oil production and a ranking of 135th out of 188 on the UN's Human Development Index. (Yay?) Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince: Opec's weakest link could be the one usually regarded as the strongest: Saudi Arabia. Photo: Bloomberg But if you can look past the fanfare, OPEC's weaknesses are glaring. And the weakest link could be the one usually regarded as the strongest: Saudi Arabia. The fact OPEC has roped in frenemy-in-chief Russia to bolster its agreement, and hopes this relationship will...Read full article on News GN Business

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Morgan Stanley offers a reality check on Tesla vs. Ford - Business Ins…

27-05-2017 Business News The Editor

Morgan Stanley offers a reality check on Tesla vs. Ford - Business Insider

The Tesla Model 3.YouTube/Motor Trend See Also Morgan Stanley thinks Tesla will ramp Model 3 production much slower than expected Tesla's biggest bull on Wall Street is running again, and shares are jumping Morgan Stanley on Tesla: 'We expect the Model 3 to be a really nice car' — but there's a catch Ford ousted Mark Fields as CEO this week and replaced him with Jim Hackett, an executive with a futuristic outlook who will most likely be tasked with talking up Ford's efforts to transform itself into a Tesla-beating mobility company. The development, which surprised much of the auto industry, has been chalked up to Ford lagging companies such as Tesla and Uber when it comes to the future of transportation. But that analysis is wrong, even if it supports the story that Ford wants to tell. Fields was fired for a stock price that fell 40% during his tenure. Rationally,...Read full article on News GN Business

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Renewables Grew at Record Pace in 2016 - ValueWalk

27-05-2017 Business News The Editor

Renewables Grew at Record Pace in 2016 - ValueWalk

About About ValueWalk Corporation Premium explainer Member Login Password Reset Profile Premium Sign Up Explainer Contact Guest Posts And Hedge Fund Letters Advertise Donate to ValueWalk Comments Policy Authors DMCA Legal Disclaimer DMCA Books Editors’ Full List of Book Recommendations Editors Favorite Ten Books Recommendations For Beginners Michael Burry’s List Tom Gayner’s List Donald Yacktman’s List Eddie Lampert’s List Bill Gates’ List Peter Cundill’s List John Griffin’s List Ray Dalio’s List Howard Marks’ List Charlie Munger’s List Bill Ackman’s List Dan Loeb’s List Jim Chanos’s List David Einhorn’s List Jamie Dimon’s List Joel Greenblatt’s List Guy Spier’s Reading List Seth Klarman’s List Warren Buffett’s List John Griffin’s List VALUE INVESTING Screeners Valuation Stock Screener Graham-Dodd Stock Screener Stock Watchlists Graham Formula Stock Screener Intrinsic Value...Read full article on News GN Business

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (GT) Shares Sold by Retirement Syste…

27-05-2017 Business News The Editor

Other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. State Street Corp boosted its position in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 12,419,631 shares of the company’s stock worth $383,401,000 after buying an additional 294,763 shares in the last quarter. LSV Asset Management boosted its position in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co by 5.0% in the third quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 9,267,168 shares of the company’s stock valued at $299,329,000 after buying an additional 440,800 shares during the period. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co by 5.4% in the third quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,143,650 shares of the company’s stock valued at $198,440,000 after buying an additional 315,818 shares during the period. BlackRock...Read full article on News GN Business

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EPA defends guidelines not to report contaminated property sites if la…

27-05-2017 Business News The Editor

A review into the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority's (EPA) management of significantly contaminated sites by Macquarie University found the agency routinely did not declare contaminated sites where property values could be affected.The Chief Executive Officer of the EPA, Barry Buffier, said human health remains the agency's main consideration in reporting contaminated sites to the community."If the land was significantly contaminated and posed the risk to human health or the environment we would declare it as significantly contaminated regardless of any impact on property value," he said.The review found the internal guidelines state that declaring land, particularly residential land, can affect the valuation of a property and the EPA does not declare off-site residential land to avoid unnecessarily blighting the...Read full article on News GN Business

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The Medicines Company (MDCO) Stock Rating Lowered by ValuEngine - Apps…

27-05-2017 Business News The Editor

On Tuesday, November 8 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Outperform". As per Tuesday, September 15, the company rating was upgraded by Argus Research. The firm has "Market Perform" rating given on Monday, August 31 by Oppenheimer. 11/15/2016 - The Medicines Company had its "buy" rating reiterated by analysts at Guggenheim. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of COP in report on Friday, February 5 with "Outperform" rating. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a "buy" rating on shares of The Medicines Company in a research note on Saturday, March 18th. Therefore 73% are positive. Analysts on average have given a price target of $60.67 to The Medicines Company (MDCO) stock. The Medicines Co had 9 analyst reports since August 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Friday, August 28 by Jefferies. The stock of The Medicines...Read full article on News GN Business

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Politicians' children, retired MPs face travel expenses cut from July …

27-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politicians' children, retired MPs face travel expenses cut from July - The Sydney Morning Herald

Federal politicians using travel perks to bring their children to Canberra will lose access to business class fares from July, while former MPs will have fewer free flights to the capital after they leave Parliament. The Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal announced on Monday it had formalised a range of recommendations from the Turnbull government's independent review of the travel rules for politicians, triggered by revelations that Bronwyn Bishop had spent $5000 on a helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong. Play Video Don't Play Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:06 Perusing pollies' perks Perusing pollies' perks Politicians are meant to declare their interests, but Adam Gartrell argues the system is only semi-transparent and lacks oversight. Nine charged over $165m ATO...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Heard it through the grapevine: a new take on political debate - The C…

27-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Heard it through the grapevine: a new take on political debate - The Canberra Times

Groups of young Canberrans ventured out to the region's vineyards last month to create a potentially volatile mixture - politics and wine-tasting. Grapevine is the brainchild of consultancy group Consult Australia and young volunteers FutureNet, with the aim to foster civil debate outside of social media's frenzied bubble. (L-R) Ben Cargill, Brachy Wilson, Jonathon Burrows, Rhys Mitchell, Liam Blight and Kevin Keith before they boarded the bus for their winery tour. Photo: Rohan Thomson Consult Australia's ACT state manager Kevin Keith said the idea was a way to engage Canberra's young, creative people. "The debate becomes so polarised, so quickly; there's inputs that sort of stirs up the debate. We're trying to counter that, face-to-face in an open environment," Mr Keith said "What we're looking to do is debate city issues in the region, but also provide a creative space for these...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politics meets manufacturing: Trio agree to nationwide industry gather…

27-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politics meets manufacturing: Trio agree to nationwide industry gathering in Canberra - Manufacturers' Monthly

Trio to speak with manufacturers in Canberra (Images: Wikipedia) Latest News They have traded political blows over the best course for Australia’s industrial future – a topic that has been endlessly scrutinised in the media sphere while bodies on the factory floors continue to weather winds of change. Now, three of parliament’s major power players for Australian industry and innovation will come face to face at a conference specially prepared to discuss what’s to become of the country’s manufacturers. Senators including Minister for Industry Arthur Sinodinos, Shadow Minister for Industry Kim Carr, and Nick Xenophon, leader of the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), have all agreed to attend the first National Manufacturing Summit in Canberra next month. At Parliament House on June 21, the Centre for Future Work and the Australia Institute have arranged an event it is hoped will offer a fresh...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Mark Latham has a shot at being NSW kingmaker, not Canberra Senator, s…

27-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Mark Latham could join Christian Democrat Fred Nile and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in the NSW upper house. Labor leader-turned-anti-elites campaigner Mark Latham is unlikely to win a Senate seat for his new party, the Liberal Democrats, but could easily be elected to the NSW upper house, according to political consultant Glenn Druery. Mr Latham would only need 2 per cent of the vote to be elected to the NSW legislative council, Mr Druery said, where he might hold the balance of power with Christian Democrat Fred Nile and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. The next state election is March 2019. Changes to the voting rules for Senate elections and the Liberal Democrats' low levels of support make a return to federal politics by Mr Latham almost impossible, according to Mr Druery, who helped set up a coalition of small parties at the 2013 election that...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Bill Shorten's budget reply a guide to the political battlelines for 2…

27-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Bill Shorten's budget reply a guide to the political battlelines for 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

In politics as in life, you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. This is why governments hold budget lock-ups for journalists. They want the whole picture understood by reporters before the first accounts are written. Of course, "understood" is used advisedly here. There are clear limits to what can be absorbed by even the most experienced reporters when racing through a several-hundred-page document in a hermetically sealed room over five frantic hours. Play Video Don't Play Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:16 Budget 2017: the great political reset Budget 2017: the great political reset Mark Kenny argues the 2017 budget has recast Canberra politics, and not just for the government. Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Public service push for gender-neutral bathrooms - The Sydney Morning …

27-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Public service push for gender-neutral bathrooms - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Commonwealth public service is making a push toward gender-neutral bathrooms at its Canberra buildings, to foster greater inclusiveness of transgender and intersex employees. Inclusive bathrooms at the Department of Environment and Energy in Canberra. Photo: Supplied But the moves have already angered conservative government MPs, who argue the efforts are a waste of taxpayers' money and may make employees "uncomfortable". The Department of Environment and Energy has installed "inclusive" bathrooms at its Canberra headquarters, while Fairfax Media has confirmed the Treasury building will be fitted out with unisex bathrooms as part of a refurbishment. It reflects a movement that is much more advanced in the United States, where debate has raged in recent years about the liberalisation of bathrooms in schools, universities and public buildings. Australia has largely resisted...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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French and Australian experts on solving the world's sustainability ch…

27-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The Conversation and the Australian French Embassy presented a panel between French and Australian experts at the University of New South Wales in March, opened by the French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault. In his opening remarks, Ayrault celebrated the signing and coming into force of the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to limit warming to well-below 2℃, however he highlighted that more action needs to be taken around the world. “Some are tempted to slow it down, or worse, to take a step backwards. We can currently see this in the United States. "Tackling climate change is a democratic fight. Individual actions are like votes: on their own, they seem powerless, but together, they give new meaning to our societies,” he said. The panel discussion included screenings of clips from the French documentary Tomorrow. View the...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Australian Fashion Week: Designers must focus more on sustainability, …

27-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Australian Fashion Week: Designers must focus more on sustainability, eco-fashionistas say - ABC Online

Related Story: 'You can be a bogan and wear Gucci': Why menswear is gaining pace in fashion scene Related Story: Latest fashion is 'transparent' and locally-made The Australian fashion industry still has "a long way to go" in the production of environmentally friendly textiles according to eco-fashionistas, who want brands to do more to incorporate sustainable practices.On average, for every metre of fabric used when making shoes or clothing, 20 per cent is discarded as waste.Traditional dyes used to stain fabrics have damaging effects on the environment, while the widespread use of blended fabrics such as cotton and elastane make clothes impossible to recycle and be repurposed.Kelly Elkin from not-for-profit organisation...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Woodford Folk Festival stems attendance as founders grapple with susta…

27-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Woodford Folk Festival stems attendance as founders grapple with sustainability - ABC Online

Organisers of the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland's south-east say its unique environment and local infrastructure cannot continue to cope with its growing crowds, so have embarked on a set of controls to reach sustainability.The six-day festival held annually between Christmas and New Years Eve outside the Queensland Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Woodford grew by a record five per cent last year, attracting 132,000 festival-goers.Changes to the festival will also include a cap on patrons through the gate, the introduction of car restrictions and parking fees.Festival Director Bill Hauritz said attendance at the 2016 festival put "a real strain on infrastructure"."It was growing too fast for us to handle so we've put a cap on the festival," he said."We...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Why Should Not for Profits Enter the Premier's Sustainability Awards? …

27-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

New research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria chief executive, Stan Krpan says the Premier’s Sustainability Awards provide a channel for passionate individuals, communities and businesses to share their great work with all Victorians. “One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians in the not-for-profit sector can demonstrate their commitment is by entering the annual Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” he said. “With 10 categories in this year’s program, there’s an opportunity for a range of organisations to celebrate their sustainability leadership with the wider Victorian community.” Previous finalists from the community sector say their involvement in the awards has led to improved staff morale,...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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3M doubles sustainability efforts - Office Products International (sub…

27-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Consumer business group 3M has published its 2017 sustainability report. Consumer business group 3M has published its 2017 sustainability report. It highlights the group’s accomplishments in addressing global environmental and health challenges in 2016. This edition is the first to show the progress it has made towards its 2025 sustainability goals. The firm aims to reduce global manufacturing waste by 10% in the next ten years, as well as improve its uptake of renewable energy and invest in sustainability projects. In the report, 3M admitted that progress reaching its 2025 target was not at the level it had expected. But, undeterred, it has doubled down on its efforts. Among the 2016 achievements was the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, to drive business value and community impact. 3M also donated more than $67 million to...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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You are in: - CHOICE

27-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Unpacking the foodprint from meal boxes Last updated: 23 May 2017 Meal boxes can be a real lifesaver for busy households but how do they compare to shopping at the supermarket when it comes to food waste and packaging? Due deliverance On Sunday night I opened the fridge to see two clean and bare crisper drawers, devoid of the usual bendy carrots, shrivelled ginger or brown, pockmarked eggplant. Far from panicking at starting the week without groceries, I knew that within 12 hours the drawers would be stocked with perfectly portioned ingredients for four tasty dinners that I would never have dreamt up while wandering the supermarket aisles. My family tried meal box delivery services from five companies for five weeks. It's been a tasty food journey, but one of the unexpected results was a discernible drop in household food waste. No longer do half-used bunches of coriander and...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Thieving wild monkeys drive hard bargain when bartering to return purl…

27-05-2017 Health News The Editor

New research looks at the marauding macaques in Bali that swipe people's things and don't return them until the perfect food is procured. Flip-flops, hats, glasses and even phones – nothing is safe when it comes to the little monkey jerks at the Uluwatu temple in Bali. The swiftness with which the resident long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) swoop in and snatch the sandal off a child or the glasses straight off the face is commendable to be sure, if not a bit terrifying to the unsuspecting victim. But even more surprising is the cunning with which they barter the return of stolen goods. Soft banana? Swat. Fruit in a bag? Swat, growl. Peanuts? Swat, chew on glasses. It’s not until a favored food is offered that the monkey will grab the item and leave the ransomed item behind. [embedded content] As it turns out, the behavior is unique in the wild – well not the wilds of, say,...Read full article on News GN Health

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Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo Welcome Sextuplets After Struggling To Get P…

27-05-2017 Health News The Editor

Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo Welcome Sextuplets After Struggling To Get Pregnant For 17 Years - Huffington Post Canada

ADVERTISEMENT Giving birth to one or even two premature babies is hard enough, but to bring six into the world at once is a miraculous feat. But, that’s exactly what Ajibola Taiwo did when she gave birth to three boys and three girls at 30 weeks. She and her husband, Adeboye, welcomed their sextuplets into the world on May 11, 2017, after having struggled to conceive for 17 years and having spent over 50 million naira ($213,000) on procedures including in-vitro fertilization, reported the Naija Standard Newspaper. Adeboye told the Standard that there had been pressure on him to divorce his wife and marry a different woman because of their difficulties getting pregnant. “I made it known to them that I love my wife so deeply,” he said. “I assured them that my wife, Ajibola, would surely give birth to baby for me at God’s own time and in His season.” The sextuplets were born on...Read full article on News GN Health

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Climate change is keeping Americans awake at night. Literally. - Washi…

27-05-2017 Health News The Editor

Climate change is keeping Americans awake at night. Literally. - Washington Post

(iStock) In 2015, a record heat wave roasted Southern California. At the time, Nick Obradovich was a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego. During the day, he said, everyone on campus turned sluggish and grumpy. Sundown brought little relief. “For a number of nights in the heat wave, I was lying in bed with lots of time to think,” Obradovich said, now a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. He wondered if anyone had studied the relationship between sleep and temperature anomalies. Scientists have observed poor rest in hot laboratory environments and sweltering houses. But as far as Obradovich could tell, he told The Washington Post, no one had tracked a large number of sleepers in their homes across the United States. Obradovich decided to investigate. As he and his colleagues...Read full article on News GN Health

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Woman battling cancer marries her high school sweetheart - Daily Mail

27-05-2017 Health News The Editor

Ronda Bivens, 28, married Matthew Mager, 29, in Knoxville, Tennessee last weekHigh school sweethearts had always dreamed of a big wedding before she was diagnosed with a rare for of cancer 12 months agoRonda had her leg amputated and underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment, but the cancer then spread to her lungsWhen her health took a turn and doctors gave her days to live, Matthew fulfilled his promise to marry her The couple have been together 10 years and have two young children together By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com Published: 20:15 BST, 26 May 2017 | Updated: 00:31 BST, 27 May 2017 e-mail 6.9k shares 276 View comments A...Read full article on News GN Health

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Lack of sleep causes your brain to eat itself - New Zealand Herald

27-05-2017 Health News The Editor

Lack of sleep causes your brain to eat itself - New Zealand Herald

The cells, known as astrocytes, act like mini Hoovers in the brain, sweeping up cells as the brain's connections become weak and break apart. Photo / 123RF Your brain starts to eat itself if it hasn't had enough sleep, according to a new study. Researchers studied lab mice, and found that "clean-up" cells were more active in their brains when they were sleep-deprived. The cells, known as astrocytes, act like mini Hoovers in the brain, sweeping up cells as the brain's connections become weak and break apart, reports Daily Mail. "We show for the first time that portions of synapses are literally eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss," lead author Michele Bellesi told New Scientist. According to the research team at Italy's Marche Polytechnic University, the seemingly alarming process is actually a positive thing. "They [our synpases] are like old pieces of furniture," Bellesi...Read full article on News GN Health

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23 million GP services delayed in Turnbull's Medicare thaw - The Sydne…

27-05-2017 Health News The Editor

23 million GP services delayed in Turnbull's Medicare thaw - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Medicare rebate freeze will remain in place for tens of millions of GP services – including mental health plans and chronic disease management – for another three years under little-known details of the Turnbull government's budget. A gradual thaw in the deeply unpopular indexation freeze, which doctors claim has forced them to increase prices and in some cases abandon bulk-billing, was the centrepiece of the government's health budget earlier this month. But doctors and the federal opposition are now accusing the Coalition of trying to sneak out details that show the thaw will be slower than advertised. The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader both addressed the AMA's conference on separate days. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Under Health Minister Greg Hunt's agreements with doctors' groups, indexation will be reapplied to bulk-billing incentives, visits to the doctor, allied health...Read full article on News GN Health

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