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Teen pregnancy program had a reverse effect: study - The Sydney Mornin…

27-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Teen pregnancy program had a reverse effect: study - The Sydney Morning Herald

They're the baby robots that ruined the social lives of high school students in every teen TV show for the past two decades. Just last week, in The Bachelor Australia, Richie Strahan deployed the screaming dolls to test the parenting prowess of his bevy of beauties. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:39 Do RoboBabies dream of electric mums? Video duration 02:33 Lee Lin Chin: 'like CSIRO on Facebook' Video duration 01:18 The science behind: chromatography Video duration 01:09 The science behind: the vortex cannon Video duration 00:46 The science behind: the methanol gun Video duration 00:45 The science behind: the banana hammer Video duration 00:34 The science behind: electric hair Do RoboBabies dream of electric mums? A study of WA schoolgirls caring for robotic babies reveals surprising results. But a baby simulator...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Bankstown hospital manager suspended over gas mix-up - ABC Online

27-08-2016 Australia The Editor

The former general manager of a Sydney hospital has been suspended over a gas mix-up that left one newborn baby dead and another injured.In July, NSW Health confirmed the babies were affected by a problem with an oxygen supply outlet at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney's south-west.One of the infants died and another suffered suspected brain damage after they were accidentally given nitrous oxide — also known as laughing gas — instead of oxygen from gas lines installed in the birthing suite.It followed an incident at the hospital in January 2014, in which another newborn baby was affected by a loss of oxygen.In a statement, NSW Health secretary Elizabeth Koff said a report on the recent incidents had been given to the babies' families and would be made public once they had time to consider its contents."As a result of investigations to date, as...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Home Hill stabbing: Plea for injured 'hero' Brit Tom Jackson to stay s…

27-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Home Hill stabbing: Plea for injured 'hero' Brit Tom Jackson to stay strong - Brisbane Times

Stay strong Tom. It's a long, warm afternoon, and the slow pops from a ping pong game out front of the north Queensland backpacker hostel are lazy at best. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:49 Alleged killer fails to appear Video duration 02:22 Thomas a hero after stabbings Video duration 00:57 Car shot on Pacific Motorway Video duration 01:11 Thor vows 'I'll be back' Video duration 01:57 Murder charge over hostel stabbing Video duration 01:53 Stabbing accused 'turned on police' Video duration 01:39 Attacker infatuated with victim Alleged killer fails to appear A French man accused of stabbing a British tourist to death near Townsville and leaving another backpacker in a critical condition avoids a court appearance on Friday. A light breeze blows the smell of sugar cane smoke across a park across the road in a way...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Italy earthquake: Death toll hits 278 as preparations made for state f…

27-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Italy earthquake: Death toll hits 278 as preparations made for state funeral - ABC Online

Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake have faded, with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Key points:State funeral to be held on Saturday (local time) for some victimsMore than 1,000 aftershocks recorded after quake2,500 residents have been left homeless Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of Amatrice, which was levelled in the disaster, but there was no sign of life beneath the debris."Only a miracle can bring our friends back alive from the rubble, but we are still digging because many are missing," town mayor Sergio Pirozzi told reporters.In nearby villages, such as Pescara del Tronto,...Read full article on News GN Australia

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French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on1:41 - NEWS.com.…

27-08-2016 Australia The Editor

French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on1:41 - NEWS.com.au

A French court has suspended a ban on full-body "burkini" swimsuits imposed by a Mediterranean resort that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners. Nathan Frandino reports. The mayors of coastal towns in France say they were forced to introduce a burkini ban for the safety of the people following clashes between locals and Muslims. FRANCE’S highest administrative court has suspended a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit brought by local authorities in a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups. But the ruling, which only applied to the ban imposed by Villeneuve-Loubet, was quickly dismissed by several other towns, including Nice, which vowed to keep the restrictions in place and continue imposing fines on women who wear the full-body swimsuit. In a judgment expected to set a precedent, the State Council ruled that local...Read full article on News GN Australia

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New clues in search for missing Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski - The…

27-08-2016 Australia The Editor

New clues in search for missing Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski - The Age

Crucial new clues have reportedly emerged in the case of missing Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski, as police investigate mobile phone data that could shed light on her movements and those of her husband on the day she disappeared. Ms Ristevski, 47, was last seen leaving her Avondale Heights home at 10am on June 29. Karen Ristevski has been missing for two months. Photo: Supplied by Victoria Police Her husband Borce Ristevski said the couple had an argument before she left their home in Oakley Drive to go for a walk to "clear her head". Police are now reportedly combing mobile phone data after it was revealed both their phones were detected by transmitter towers located on the Calder Highway later that day. News Corp Australia has reported Ms Ristevski's mobile phone was detected in the vicinity of Gisborne, about 40km north-east of her Avondale Heights home. Mr Ristevski's...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Parents Of American Captured By ISIS Outraged Obama Broke His Word To …

27-08-2016 World News The Editor

Advertisement - story continues below The parents of Kayla Mueller, who was taken captive by ISIS in 2013 and accidentally killed in February 2015 during a Jordanian airstrike on the terrorist group, are rebuking President Barack Obama for breaking his word to them. When Obama met with the Muellers a month after their daughter’s death, he told them he wanted to help. “He asked what he could do for you,” said Marsha Mueller, Kayla’s mother, recalling their private meeting with Obama when the president visited Phoenix. Advertisement - story continues below Related Stories Obama promised a donation to the foundation that was set up to honor their daughter. “He says, ‘You won’t know, it’ll be an anonymous donation, but I will,’” said Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father. Seventeen months later, they are angry that Obama did not keep his word. Advertisement - story continues below “I’m...Read full article on News GN World

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Italy earthquake: More than 2000 forced to live in camps - CNN

27-08-2016 World News The Editor

Camps have been set up in several affected areas, including Amatrice, the hardest-hit town, where hundreds of people were killed and buildings -- many from the 14th century -- crumbled in the aftershocks.Italy's civil protection agency told CNN that 2,100 people were living in the camps and said that more would be built to accommodate those in need.Images from an Amatrice camp showed displaced people lining up for pasta and an elderly couple sitting on the edge of mattresses on a gym floor, having a meal as those around them hug and console one another. 'So many dead, so many children' At a camp in Sant'Angelo, northeast of Amatrice, people gathered and shared their stories of loss. One woman, Angelina Leone, could not hide her devastation. "There is no hope, too many people dead. And Amatrice doesn't exist anymore. Amatrice has disappeared, and there are so many dead, so many...Read full article on News GN World

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US blood supply should be screened for Zika, FDA says - CNN

27-08-2016 World News The Editor

The new recommendation applies "across the board to anyone collecting blood," explained Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. This includes very large blood collection establishments, such as the American Red Cross, and some very small establishments, such as academic centers, he said.The Red Cross said it will phase in universal testing. Currently, it is conducting Zika tests in five southeastern states and will expand testing to four additional states in the south central and southwestern US over the next two weeks, the organization said in a statement. The Red Cross did not offer details about which states are covered.Expanded testing should remain in effect until the risk of transmitting the virus through blood transfusions is reduced, the FDA recommended."We've come to a critical juncture: the risk to the blood supply combined with...Read full article on News GN World

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Icahn denies attempt to sell Herbalife stock, buys more shares - Reute…

27-08-2016 World News The Editor

Carl Icahn said he did not attempt to sell his Herbalife Ltd (HLF.N) stake, and had instead bought more shares in the health supplements maker, rejecting hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's claim that he had been offered some of Icahn's shares.Herbalife shares rose 4 percent in extended trading, reversing course after Icahn said he had bought 2.3 million shares on Friday."Completely contrary to what Bill Ackman stated on television today, I have never given Jefferies an order to sell any of our Herbalife shares," Icahn said in a statement after market close.Ackman, who unveiled a $1 billion short bet against Herbalife in 2012, said on CNBC earlier in the day that Icahn's planned stake sale would accelerate the company's downfall."I continue to believe in Herbalife," Icahn said, disclosing a 20.78 percent stake in the company.He held 18.32 percent of Herbalife as of July 15. ...Read full article on News GN World

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Politics|As Donald Trump Repels Minority Voters, GOP Fears Its Future …

27-08-2016 World News The Editor

Asked how fellow Republicans could win election to statewide office in the West, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona offered some blunt advice: “Distance yourself from Donald Trump.”“That’s difficult,” he added, “but I think we’ve got to do it if we’re concerned not just about this election but elections to come.”Otherwise, Mr. Flake said, “this will last decades.”Most demographers did not believe Arizona could be truly competitive for Democrats in a presidential election until 2020 at the earliest. But Mr. Trump’s unpopularity has spawned a demographic double threat that has implications in Arizona and beyond: His is not just weak among Hispanics but with educated white professionals who have moved to places like Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix in search of better jobs and a lower cost of living.The trouble signs for the November election have been building. In Colorado, the percentage...Read full article on News GN World

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France's burkini debate: About a bathing suit and a country's peculiar…

27-08-2016 World News The Editor

PARIS — France’s highest administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a coastal area of the south of France, capping a month of intense national scandal and international outrage. In the last month, more than two dozen French cities and towns have outlawed the full-bodied swimsuit — designed for Muslim women to enjoy the beach while still observing traditional codes of modesty. Local governments had imposed the bans in the name of secularism because, for some, the burkini seemed an unwelcome display of religion threatening the basic French ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. But for many French Muslims and members of France’s intelligentsia, the bans sparked an instant outrage over an unnecessary crackdown on a nonexistent problem. The same was true for millions of international observers, especially after images surfaced this week of a French police...Read full article on News GN World

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Murray Goulburn pay rise 'doesn't pass the sniff test': Barnaby Joyce …

27-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Murray Goulburn pay rise 'doesn't pass the sniff test': Barnaby Joyce - The Sydney Morning Herald

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has hit out at the directors of milk giant Murray Goulburn, declaring their 50 per cent pay rise awarded last year "doesn't pass the sniff test". After a year of retrospectively slashing the price of milk solids paid to farmers, losing key executives and seeing its share price slide, the co-operative now faces an ACCC inquiry into the dairy industry. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:36 We will delve deeper: Joyce Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:04 City of Sydney election: the elevator pitch Video duration 02:22 Thomas a hero after stabbings Video duration 03:12 Mike Baird's bubble bursts, poll reveals Video duration 00:46 Australia Post posts a profit Video duration 03:03 Concerns over ASIO questioning powers Video duration 00:23 Cop...Read full article on News GN Business

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Brewer takes aim at mid strength market: $6m war chest to launch Heine…

27-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Brewer takes aim at mid strength market: $6m war chest to launch Heineken 3 - MuMbrella

Heineken will plunge more than $6m into the launch of its new low carb beer, Heineken 3, and back off marketing its master brand until 2017 as it uses Australia as the global launch pad for the new beer. Planning for the launch has been underway for months as the brewer attempts to capitalise on the growing interest in more “sessionable” drinks. The new brand steps into a market that is dominated by Lion’s XXXX Gold, Carlton Mid and Coopers Mid. Estimates suggest one-in-five beers sold in Australia are mid-strength. Alessandro Manunta, marketing director at Heineken Lion, told Mumbrella he did not believe the new line would cannibalise the master brand, but instead would allow Heineken to grab a bigger share of the afternoon drinking market where people did not want to drink a full strength beer. The recipe and branding is also aimed at attracting more women to beer. “(It) came from...Read full article on News GN Business

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Scott Morrison and the 'Get Your Hand Off It' generation - SBS

27-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Treasurer Scott Morrison believes that Australia has developed a 'handout generation' who pay no tax and are crippling our economy. Unsurprisingly, he isn't referring to big business tax dodgers but rather, young people. Comedian Lucy Valentine pleads the case for a generation that has been told to 'get your hand off it'. By Lucy Valentine 26 Aug 2016 - 12:58 PM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 12:58 PM Ah, ScoMo, the gift that keeps on giving. A wealthy straight white man who claims to have experienced bigotry for opposing same sex marriage.  A man who wanted youth to wait a month before accessing the dole. A man who has me blocked on twitter for tweeting at him “What’s up you meme loving fuck.” Scotto’s back to blaming those dirty welfare bludgers (looking at you, Grandma) for the budget deficit.  The treasurer is warning of a new divide between the ‘taxed and taxed-nots,’ sounding like some...Read full article on News GN Business

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NBN needs another $20 billion of public money to finish rollout - The …

27-08-2016 Business News The Editor

NBN needs another $20 billion of public money to finish rollout - The Sydney Morning Herald

The federal government will have to plow another $20 billion into the national broadband network as it battles higher than expected costs next year. And NBN Co has been forced to change plans for 1.5 million households to avoid a potential cost blowout. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:33 Turnbull: I've 'turned around' the NBN Video duration 01:34 Meet Harvard's Octobot Video duration 01:01 Apple fixes dangerous security flaw Video duration 01:27 Pizzas delivered by drone Video duration 01:28 Windows 10 update bricks webcams Video duration 00:46 China launches world first quantum communications satellite Video duration 00:39 Census: internet's hilarious memes Video duration 00:41 NASA's mesmerising rocket in slo-mo Turnbull: I've 'turned around' the NBN The Prime Minister cites the National Broadband Network as...Read full article on News GN Business

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$3bn Masters disaster was all DIY by Woolworths - The Australian

27-08-2016 Business News The Editor

$3bn Masters disaster was all DIY by Woolworths - The Australian

Woolworths will sell of their Masters Home Improvements stores. Picture: Toby Zerna Woolies shares Masters The choice of Braybrook in Melbourne’s west as ground zero for Woolworths’ (WOW) grand home improvement experiment was always an odd one. Sure, you have to start somewhere if you’ve got five years to develop 150 sites around the country. But Braybrook? It’s in the top 10 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged suburbs. What’s more, the location chosen by Woolies to open its first Masters store in 2011 was slap-bang in the middle of Bunnings territory — the Maribyrnong big box is only 3km away, and Sunshine is even closer. For one hardware expert, though, it just didn’t feel right. “The fitout was expensive, it oozed style, there was lots of space and light, and the products looked beautiful,” he said. “It was designed to make women feel fantastic, but that’s not the market....Read full article on News GN Business

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Cabcharge feels pain of service fee cap, Uber competition - The Austra…

27-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Cabcharge feels pain of service fee cap, Uber competition - The Australian

Cabcharge chief executive Andrew Skelton. In the face of intense competition from Uber and app-based fare payment intermediaries, Cabcharge has seen its profit whittled away by a regulatory crackdown on the taxi payment group’s service fees. Cabcharge yesterday booked a net profit of $25.6 million for the year to June 30, a slump of 45 per cent year-on-year. A writedown of nearly $30m on its national taxi licence portfolio in the wake of a campaign against the group’s service fee hurt the bottom line, as annual revenue fell 10 per cent to $168.8m. While chief executive Andrew Skelton was upbeat on the group’s underlying earnings, investors were less impressed, sending shares down 11 per cent to $3.27. Recent decisions by NSW, Victorian and West Australian state governments capping Cabcharge’s service fee at 5 per cent have cut its national average service fee. Cabcharge derives...Read full article on News GN Business

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159-years of farm craft lost in Canberra - Farm Weekly

27-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

THE non-return of Tasmanian Liberal Richard Colbeck to the federal Senate represents another telling blow for farm representation and rural experience, with 159-years of service and expertise now lost from the previous parliament. Mr Colbeck is a former Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture who was first elected in 2002 and was Tourism and International Education Minister in Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry and the Minister Assisting the Trade and Investment Minister. But he was brutally dropped to the vulnerable fifth position on the Tasmanian Liberal Senate ticket at the double dissolution election, after a bitter internal power struggle with Eric Abetz. Mr Colbeck earned a substantial reputation among farm stakeholders for being a sturdy performer who didn’t seek flashy news-headlines but worked diligently behind the scenes doing his job. He was always willing to speak at industry...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Canberra's federal politicians open their door at Parliament House - T…

27-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

The long white corridors of Parliament House are anonymous and, dare we say it, just a little sterile. But behind each door, members and senators can inject a little of their own personality, adorning their office with art, mementos and significant objects. The Parliament House art collection numbers more than 6000 artworks and parliamentarians can choose from just under 4000 from the rotational collection to furnish their suites. The number of works allocated depends on the position held. What artworks they choose reflects their tastes and what they hope to reflect in their office. But it's also the little bibs and bobs collected along the way, the books, the mementos, which tell a story about each politician. We went behind the white door into the office of ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja; Labor member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann; Labor member for Fenner Andrew Leigh and ACT Labor...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Canberra's newest politician, Val Jeffery, sorely disappointed by self…

27-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Canberra's newest politician, Val Jeffery, sorely disappointed by self-government - The Canberra Times

Having voting for self-government almost 30 years ago, the ACT's newest politician, Val Jeffery, said it had been "a circus" since the beginning and he had been sorely disappointed. Self government had brought insecurity, uncertainty and bureaucrats, he told the ACT parliament, delivering his maiden speech. Since self government, not one kilometre of rural gravel roads had been sealed, the Tharwa bridge had been ignored until having to be closed for seven years for rebuilding, Smith's Road bridge had been "set up to wash away", the Angle and Point Hut crossings had never been raised, the 50-year-old water supply had been left to fail, and the school had been closed. Val Jeffery with Giulia Jones and the Liberal team after his maiden speech on Tuesday. Photo: Elesa Kurtz Bushfires were possibly a greater threat to Canberra than terrorism, Mr Jeffery said, recalling a lifelong...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Long-time Canberra political correspondent Catherine McGrath to leave …

27-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Long-time Canberra political correspondent Catherine McGrath to leave SBS to focus on media and events business - The Canberra Times

Groundbreaking political correspondent Catherine McGrath is departing the press gallery after a long and distinguished career but she has no plans to leave Canberra. Photo: Supplied Trailblazer Catherine McGrath has resigned from SBS-TV as its chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief. However, she will be staying in Canberra to focus on a  business career  as a media trainer and strategic event consultant. Next week will see her conclude her on-air role after reporting federal politics for 20 years in the press gallery for SBS and ABC-TV but she will be working behind the scenes at SBS until the end of September. She will be replaced by Daniela Ritorto.​ "It's been wonderful and I've enjoyed every minute," she said of her long media career. McGrath is remarkable, not only for the longevity of her career in such a highly competitive environment, she also helped raised...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Artist Megan Walch's accidental foray into national politics - The Can…

27-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Artist Megan Walch's accidental foray into national politics - The Canberra Times

She's the contemporary artist who has inadvertently been swept up in the world of national politics. Megan Walch's painting Blue Donut was purchased for the Parliament House collection in 2014. Malcolm Turnbull in front of Megan Walch's artwork, "Blue Donut", at Parliament House. Photo: Supplied Hanging in the corridor where foot traffic passes to get to party room votes, the artwork has since featured as a backdrop to a number of thrills and, of course, spills over the past two years. As pollies have shuffled along the corridor, Blue Donut has found its way into both national and international media coverage. Its coincidental appearances have inspired her newest exhibition, appropriately titled The Spill. It features new works that give a nod to other modern incidents including Pistol and Boo, and the intriguingly titled Pink F---s Black. "A spill can be an accident, or an intent...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Banks and China suffer in Canberra's political furies - The Australian…

27-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Banks and China suffer in Canberra's political furies - The Australian Financial Review

Unlike his counterparts, Narev knows how to speak to ordinary people and is not afraid of doing so. Daniel Munoz Commonwealth Bank Boss Ian Narev answered his own question this week when he pondered why the fevered political climate of the election campaign had not ended. Unlike his counterparts, Narev knows how to speak to ordinary people and is not afraid of doing so. Out and about on the back of a record profit, Narev went on the warpath defending his institution against what the sector feels are overtly populist, ill-informed and damaging calls by Labor and the minor parties for a royal commission – and possibly a new tax – into the "greedy" banks. "If we speak, particularly to our business customers, and small businesses who are suppliers, who are making decisions about where to create jobs, what we hear very consistently is that they all recognise the outcome of the...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Sustainability: Made in Germany, debated in perpetuity - ABC Rural ...…

27-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Sustainability: Made in Germany, debated in perpetuity - ABC Rural ... - ABC Online

Farmers around the world are finding themselves in a never-ending quest to become more sustainable. The difficulty is, while everyone wants to decide how food should be grown, those who eat it consistently show in their buying habits that no matter how food is grown, they still want it cheap. It's this battle for sustainability that Dr Thorsten Kraska, Manager of Science at the University of Bonn in Germany, finds himself in the middle of. "The growers are in a conflict, they have to make money with their crops and the public want to make sure the growers do nothing to the field wanting them to stay in ancient times but at the same time they want food at very cheap prices," he said. "Every grower wants sustainability on their farm but the...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Spotlight on sustainability - UQ News - The University of ... - UQ New…

27-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Spotlight on sustainability - UQ News - The University of ... - UQ News

Sustainability seminars, share cars and a suitcase rummage—these are just a few of the 28 events happening during The University of Queensland’s Sustainability Week from 15 - 19 August. UQ’s fourth annual celebration of all things sustainable features a packed line-up of talks, tours, tree-planting, film screenings, workshops and more. The week promotes all aspects of sustainability, from transport and biodiversity to renewable energy and climate change solutions, and aims to encourage everyone to get involved in creating change for a sustainable future. UQ Manager of Energy and Sustainability Andrew Wilson said many events, such as the rooftop solar tours and film screenings, were open to all. “Sustainability Week is a great opportunity for UQ to showcase its commitment to sustainability, at the same time as engaging the campus community,” he said. “Activities like planting trees or...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Manufacturers cannot afford to view sustainability as a luxury: Kimber…

27-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Manufacturers cannot afford to view sustainability as a luxury: Kimberly-Clark - Manufacturers' Monthly

Image: www.oren.org.au Latest News Kimberly-Clark ANZ’s Sustainability Advisor Ryan Kane spoke to Brent Balinski about the company’s sustainability drive in the last five years, and the priorities that will take it through to 2020.  Is committing your company to sustainability worth the effort and expense? According to Kimberly-Clark Australia, which recently released its five-year sustainability strategy, it’s essential. The company decided in 2011 – matching a triple bottom-line approach – to approach sustainability in three areas: people, planet and product. Of nine goals among these three pillars, it met eight. For the planet pillar, for example, it reduced carbon emissions by 37.4 per cent and cut manufacturing waste delivered to landfill by 88.6 per cent. Ryan Kane, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor at Kimberly-Clark – ‎Kimberly-Clark Australia and New...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability - Nature.com

27-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability - Nature.com

Lee Powell/The Washington Post/Getty New York City's High Line park, a transformed former rail line. Manhattan skyscrapers, rather than rustic rural towns, are quickly becoming the picture of sustainable living in the twenty-first century. San Francisco, Copenhagen and Singapore each top their regions in the Green City Index (see go.nature.com/2bxjac9). As sites of innovation and economic dynamism, these places exemplify a blend of density and livability that large, prosperous cities in the 'global south', such as Mumbai in India and São Paulo in Brazil, increasingly emulate. A few decades ago, cities were seen as sustainability problems rather than solutions. Then, as concerns about suburban sprawl, shanty towns and climate change grew, so too did awareness that clustering people in energy-efficient buildings and walkable, shady neighbourhoods makes cities more pleasant to live in...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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In Profile: NDY's Tony Arnel on the evolution of sustainability since …

27-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Tony Arnel, global director sustainability, Norman Disney & Young, is a judge on this year’s Sustainability Awards. He is a life fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia, a founding director and was chair between 2007–2012. During this time, he was also chair of the World Green Building Council (2008–2011). Architecture and Design spoke to Arnel about changes to sustainability since the GBCA, creating places of value, and why we need investment and incentives when it comes to sustainability. You are a founding director of the Green Building Council of Australia. How has sustainability changed since you started the GBC? The evolution of the green building movement has been extraordinary. When we established the GBCA in 2002, there was no common language for sustainability. There were no agreed-upon benchmarks or training programs to share knowledge and skills. The Green Star...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Sustainability key to super | Money Management - Money Management

27-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Sustainability key to super | Money Management - Money Management

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has announced it will assess the impact of opposition's proposed measures, including the taxation of superannuation, on fund members and the system, and stressed that all the decisions should be considered in the long-term context. It also said that it was vital the members of the system would be provided with the right explanation of the nature of these changes so they could fully understand them. ASFA chief executive, Jim Minto, said any package should also be considered in terms of the long-term sustainability of the system while the changes must be administratively viable so as not to impose greater costs on fund members. Related News: Sunsuper grows its adviser market "It is important that we give everyone the chance to build an adequate nest egg with which to retire," he said. "The proposed reduction in concessional...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.

27-08-2016 Health News The Editor

By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases of local transmission in Florida, the growing number of travel-related infections and concerns that Zika-tainted blood could unwittingly be given to a pregnant woman, putting her unborn baby at risk of severe birth defects. “The transfusion of a pregnant woman with blood infected with the Zika virus could have terrible consequences,” Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during a conference call with reporters. The current Zika...Read full article on News YH Health

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EpiPen Users Have Few Options for Generic or Alternate Drugs

27-08-2016 Health News The Editor

The rising cost of EpiPens has led many to wonder whether there are cheaper options available on the market. The drug epinephrine has been around for decades, but the EpiPen, which is made by Mylan, has become the go-to epinephrine auto injector for many people in the U.S. There are multiple reasons why the EpiPen has become so popular, including diminishing competition and the fact that pharmacists in many states cannot automatically substitute a generic alternative. Recalls from Mylan's competitors have also boosted sales of the EpiPen. Two other companies, AUVI-Q and TwinJect, have recalled their epi injectors over issues with dosage and the device. There appears to be one other company making an epinephrine auto injector available in the U.S., according to data available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That company, Impax Laboratories, creates an epinephrine injector...Read full article on News YH Health

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Whiplashed investors stay skittish about St. Jude

27-08-2016 Health News The Editor

By Carl O'Donnell and Lauren Hirsch (Reuters) - One day after a short seller claimed that St. Jude Medical Inc's <STJ.N> heart implants are vulnerable to deadly cyber attacks, investors appear most concerned about whether the accusation will derail St. Jude's $24 billion planned deal for Abbott Labs <ABT.N> to buy it.St. Jude's stock at one point fell around 3 percent on Friday, though it ended the day slightly up, following a drop of around 5 percent on Thursday after Muddy Waters Capital leveled the accusation against St. Jude. The stock continues to trade well below its price on Wednesday of around $82 per share. St. Jude called the allegations "false and misleading." St. Jude in April agreed to sell itself to Abbott, and the deal was widely considered a slam dunk before the cyber security concerns were raised. "It's hard to imagine that this could scuttle the deal," said one...Read full article on News YH Health

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Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

27-08-2016 Health News The Editor

Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak: How do people become infected? Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found. How do you treat Zika? There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika infection. Companies and scientists are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Zika, but...Read full article on News YH Health

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Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread

27-08-2016 Health News The Editor

The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: First human cases detected in Uganda and Tanzania 1954: Virus found in Nigeria 1960s-80s: Zika detected in mosquitoes and monkeys across equatorial Africa 1969–83: Zika found in equatorial Asia, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan 2007: Zika spreads from Africa and Asia, first large outbreak on Pacific island of Yap 2012: Researchers identify two distinct lineages of the virus, African and Asian 2013–14: Zika outbreaks in French Polynesia, Easter Island, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia. Retrospective analysis shows possible link to birth defects and severe neurological complications...Read full article on News YH Health

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Judge won't block California's strict child vaccination law

27-08-2016 Health News The Editor

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the strictest in the nation for eliminating exemptions based on religious and personal beliefs. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego comes as the law faces its first test with the end of summer break. A lawsuit filed by 17 families and two foundations sought an injunction while the lawsuit works its way through the courts. The law went into effect July 1 and eliminated religious and personal beliefs as reasons for opting out of the state's mandatory immunizations. It requires all children to be vaccinated before attending private or public schools or day care facilities unless doctors determine medical reasons for not doing so. Sabraw wrote in his ruling that "case law makes clear that states may impose mandatory...Read full article on News YH Health

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