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Donald Trump: 'I can't be doing so badly because I'm President and you…

24-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Donald Trump: 'I can't be doing so badly because I'm President and you're not' - NEWS.com.au

3631927 donald-trump-i-can-t-be-doing-so-badly-because-i-m-president-and-you-re-not-news-com-au U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee Chairman, Republican Devin Nunes says intelligence agencies swept up incidental communications by Donald Trump's political campaign after the election. US President Donald Trump has defended himself against claims of dishonesty in a new interview with Time magazine. Picture: Jim Watson DONALD Trump has defended himself against accusations of dishonesty in an extraordinary interview and insists his gut instincts turn out to be right. In an interview with Time magazine, the US President defended many of his controversial claims including that Barack Obama “wire-tapped” his phone. Mr Trump also said many things he predicted, including Brexit, turned out to be correct and that he’s an “instinctual person” who knows how life works. Speaking to Time’s Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer for the magazine’s cover...Read full article...

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Cheryl Grimmer murder accused refuses to front court - Starts at 60

24-03-2017 Australia The Editor

3631925 cheryl-grimmer-murder-accused-refuses-to-front-court-starts-at-60 The man accused of murdering Cheryl Grimmer in 1970 chose to remain in his cell today rather than attend a bail hearing. Reports said that the 63-year-old, who was arrested in Victoria on Wednesday and extradited to New South Wales yesterday, did not attend Wollongong Local Court on Friday or apply for bail. Bail was then formally refused, the Melbourne Age reported. But the Age said that the man’s defence lawyer asked that her client receive urgent psychiatric attention while in custody on the murder charge. Grimmer’s brother, Stephen Grimmer, and his niece, Melanie Grimmer, had attended court in the hope of seeing the accused, and said afterward they were disappointed he had declined to appear.  Stephen Grimmer said he was wearing sunglasses to hide his tears.  “You don’t want to see big boys cry,” he told news agency AAP.  The matter was adjourned to May 24 while police prepared...Read full article...

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London attack: Australian family opens holiday snaps to discover famil…

24-03-2017 Australia The Editor

London attack: Australian family opens holiday snaps to discover family snap with slain police officer - NEWS.com.au

3631923 london-attack-australian-family-opens-holiday-snaps-to-discover-family-snap-with-slain-police-officer-news-com-au Police on Thursday identified the man responsible for a terror attack outside Britain's Parliament as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. The attack left at least four dead and dozens injured. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/Associated Press. Four people were killed in the London terror attack, and here’s some detail about the victims. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images AN Alice Springs jeweller has recalled how he and his family recently posed for a photo with the police officer killed in the terror attack on London. Andrew Thorogood was in the English capital in October and crossed paths with PC Keith Palmer when the family visited the Houses of Parliament. “We passed him on the way in and watched one of the debates, then on the way out we had to hand in our passes and we were waiting for Claire’s parents,” Mr Thorogood told the NT News. “I said ‘mate would you mind if we get a...Read full article...

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Jury retires to decide Ron Medich's fate in murder trial over Michael …

24-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Jury retires to decide Ron Medich's fate in murder trial over Michael McGurk's death - The Sydney Morning Herald

3631921 jury-retires-to-decide-ron-medich-s-fate-in-murder-trial-over-michael-mcgurk-s-death-the-sydney-morning-herald After a seven-week trial, the jury has retired to deliberate on whether wealthy property developer Ron Medich is guilty of the murder of his business foe Michael McGurk and the later intimidation of his widow, Kimberley. It was 6.25pm on September 3, 2009 when Mrs McGurk heard her young son screaming, "There was a pop and there's blood" and that his father had been hurt.   Ron Medich outside the NSW Supreme Court.  Photo: Daniel Munoz Mrs McGurk rushed outside to the street in front of their Cremorne home to find her Scottish-born husband still in his car, his foot resting on the framework of the opened driver's door. He had been murdered by a shot to the back of his head. The Crown's star witness Lucky Gattellari, who was then Mr Medich's right-hand man, said that in early 2009 Mr Medich was '"distraught and raving" about the problems Mr McGurk, 45, was causing. Prosecutor Gina...Read full article...

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Wife allegedly murdered by husband rejected his extremism, a court hea…

24-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Wife allegedly murdered by husband rejected his extremism, a court heard - NEWS.com.au

3631919 wife-allegedly-murdered-by-husband-rejected-his-extremism-a-court-heard-news-com-au A woman's body was found in Broadmeadows, wrapped in plastic and a blanket. Picture: Channel 7 A MELBOURNE woman allegedly murdered by her Islamic State sympathising husband once refused to read a book about sharia law so he sliced her hand, a court has heard. The young mother-of-three was found in bushes in the suburb of Broadmeadows in June last year and her husband was later charged with her murder. A male relative testified at the accused’s committal hearing on Friday that the alleged killer had told him on more than one occasion of his desire to fight for IS in Syria, and that this had caused conflict with his wife. “He plainly told me that he wants to fight and this country is not for us,” the relative said. “He gave her a sharia law book and she said, ‘I don’t want to follow it’ and then he sliced her hand.” Police documents tendered to the court say the wife’s objection...Read full article...

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Donald Trump Driving A Truck? Amid House Debate On Health Care Bill, P…

24-03-2017 Australia The Editor

3631917 donald-trump-driving-a-truck-amid-house-debate-on-health-care-bill-president-pretends-to-drive-18-wheeler-international-business-times President Donald Trump climbed into a truck in front of the White House Thursday and pretended to drive it. He got into the driver's seat and gave the horn a good honking. The president also made all sorts of whimsical faces while posing for pictures, riding the 18- wheeler. Trump was busy at the White House, meeting CEOs and drivers from the largest trucking companies in the country while the House Republicans were struggling to get support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA). According to a White House pool report, the president and Vice President Mike Pence met with drivers and CEOs. Two 18-wheelers were parked outside, one with an U.S. flag and the other had a photograph of a trucker and a boy with the words "It takes 7 million people to move America. ...like my dad."  Trump also joked during his meting that he could not spend too much with the truckers because of the AHCA...Read full article...

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Principal accuses Racine girl of selling sex toys at school - WTMJ-TV …

24-03-2017 World News The Editor

3631947 principal-accuses-racine-girl-of-selling-sex-toys-at-school-wtmj-tv-press-release-registration-blog UPDATE: Principal Says Kids Sexualized Water Snake Wigglies RACINE -- A Racine family says their principal accused their child of selling sex toys at school. The 12-year-old girl's father has been trying to clear his daughter's name ever since she was suspended for three days from Trinity Lutheran School on Geneva Street in Racine. Parents may recognize the toy in question. They are called "water snake wigglies." The girl claims she had permission from a teacher to sell the children's toys. However, the principal at Trinity Lutheran School accused the student of selling what she thought were sex toys. The school's pastor, Pastor David Gehne, said this issue already went before the school board, which sided with the principal. "We wouldn't discuss the details of any situation regarding one of our children, they're all minors," said Gehne. "In your wildest imaginations, no adult could...Read full article...

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Ukraine's leader calls killing of Putin critic a Russian terror act - …

24-03-2017 World News The Editor

3631945 ukraine-s-leader-calls-killing-of-putin-critic-a-russian-terror-act-cnn Denis Voronenkov, who'd been a Communist member of Russia's lower legislative house before he left, was fatally shot outside a hotel in broad daylight, officials said.Voronenkov becomes the latest in a string of Russian critics of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government who were killed or injured in mysterious circumstances.The suspect in his death died in the hospital after a shootout with Voronenkov's bodyguard. Poroshenko's accusation drew a sharp rebuke from Moscow. Any claims that Russia is connected to the killing are "absurd," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Russian state-run TASS news agency. Voronenkov had denounced Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and said he was cooperating with Ukrainian prosecutors' treason case against former President Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian politician who fled Ukraine after deadly 2014 protests. Body lies...Read full article...

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Israeli man, 19, arrested in connection with threats against Jewish Co…

24-03-2017 World News The Editor

3631943 israeli-man-19-arrested-in-connection-with-threats-against-jewish-community-centers-in-us-other-nations-washington-post (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) JERUSALEM — Israeli police on Thursday arrested a young man with dual U.S. citizenship in connection with a wave of threats to Jewish communities and institutions in the United States and other countries, according Israeli authorities and the FBI. Authorities said the 19-year-old suspect, who lives in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, appeared to be behind the bulk of the recent threats, though it was unclear exactly how many. Israeli police said in a statement that the cyberattack squad of its fraud unit had worked with the FBI and police organizations from other countries to track the suspect, whom they identified as Jewish. A motive was not immediately clear. The suspect is thought to have used advanced camouflage technologies when contacting the institutions and making the threats, Israeli police said. A U.S. official, who spoke on the...Read full article...

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Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era - New Y…

24-03-2017 World News The Editor

3631941 congress-moves-to-strike-internet-privacy-rules-from-obama-era-new-york-times The privacy rules were created in October by the Federal Communications Commission, and the brisk action of Congressional Republicans, just two months into Mr. Trump’s administration, foreshadowed a broader rollback of tech and telecom policies that have drawn the ire of conservative lawmakers and companies like AT&T, Verizon and Charter. Continue reading the main story Republican lawmakers and the new chairman of the F.C.C., Ajit Pai, have said the privacy rules were onerous and unfairly strapped regulations on telecom carriers, but not on web companies such as Facebook and Google that also provide access to online content.“It is unnecessary, confusing and adds another innovation-stifling regulation,” Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said this month when he introduced the resolution to overturn the rules using the Congressional Review Act procedure that lets Congress...Read full article...

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London victims: Police officer, teacher, American tourist killed - CNN

24-03-2017 World News The Editor

3631939 london-victims-police-officer-teacher-american-tourist-killed-cnn Kurt Cochran, who was visiting London from Utah with his wife, died as a result of injuries sustained in the attack, his family and church said. He was in his mid-50s, according to police.British national Aysha Frade, a 43-year old teacher, was identified as another victim.And Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old father and husband, was the unarmed police officer on duty at the gates of Parliament when the attacker stabbed him to death.A fourth person, a 75-year-old man, died late Thursday from injuries, according to Metropolitan Police. A wedding anniversary Kurt Cochran and his wife, Melissa, were visiting London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when, police say, Khalid Masood drove a vehicle into people walking along Westminster Bridge. Cochran's death was confirmed by family members and his church. His wife, Melissa Cochran, suffered a broken leg, a broken rib and a cut to...Read full article...

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No conflict in Trump hotel lease with government, federal agency says …

24-03-2017 World News The Editor

3631937 no-conflict-in-trump-hotel-lease-with-government-federal-agency-says-los-angeles-times President Trump can keep his hotel near the White House, in a building he leases from the government, a federal agency has decided, determining that the unprecedented arrangement does not present a conflict.The General Services Administration, which is under Trump’s control, signed off on the deal after his son Donald Trump Jr. and lawyers tweaked the lease to prevent the president from receiving any of the proceeds from hotel operations, according to an agency letter released Thursday afternoon. The move, along with the president’s decision to turn operation of the business over to his sons, was enough to satisfy the agency that the president’s company, Trump Old Post Office LLC, was not in violation of a provision of its lease that forbids any federal official from getting “any benefit” from the deal.“Accordingly, the lease is valid and in full force and effect,” said the letter...Read full article...

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Downer EDI shares go down, down, down - SBS

24-03-2017 Business News The Editor

3631959 downer-edi-shares-go-down-down-down-sbs Downer EDI shares have plunged after a capital raising among institutional shareholders to fund the proposed Spotless takeover met with limited enthusiasm. Source: AAP 24 Mar 2017 - 2:16 PM  UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO Shares in infrastructure and mining services company Downer EDI have fallen more than 20 per cent after institutional investors showed limited enthusiasm for a capital raising to help fund its $1.26 billion takeover of cleaning and catering firm Spotless Group. Downer EDI hopes to raise $1.011 billion through an offer of two new shares for every five held by both institutional and retail investors. The company on Friday said it had raised about $757 million through the offer of new shares to institutional investors. But those institutional investors took up only 66 per cent of their entitlements. Also, a bookbuild aimed at selling the entitlements that weren't taken up...Read full article...

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WA GST return hits 34 cents, blows hole in budget - ABC Online

24-03-2017 Business News The Editor

3631957 wa-gst-return-hits-34-cents-blows-hole-in-budget-abc-online The new West Australian Government has been handed a major budget blow, with the state set to be hundreds of millions of dollars worse off due to a lower than expected GST allocation.Treasurer Ben Wyatt admitted it would be virtually impossible to meet Labor's pre-election commitment of bringing the state budget back to surplus by 2019-20, following the revised figures from the Commonwealth Grants Commission.WA had been expecting to get 38 cents out of every GST dollar raised in the state in 2017-18, but that has now been revised down to 34 cents.While the 34 cent figure is an improvement on the 30 cents WA receives for 2016-17, it is still a substantial write down on Treasury's expectations.The Grants Commission explained the allocation by saying WA "remains the state with the strongest fiscal capacity". External Link: GST share by state ...Read full article...

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ASX claws back lost ground after biggest drop in 2017 - The Sydney Mor…

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ASX claws back lost ground after biggest drop in 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

3631955 asx-claws-back-lost-ground-after-biggest-drop-in-2017-the-sydney-morning-herald The Australian sharemarket ended the week on a positive note despite jitters surrounding the passing of US healthcare legislation, billed as the first big test of the Trump administration's legislative prowess. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 rose 0.8 per cent to 5753.5 on Friday, narrowing the weekly loss to just 0.8 per cent, after the market on Wednesday experienced its biggest slump since November. The broader All Ordinaries Index also fell 0.8 per cent over the five trading sessions.    Global bourses tumbled on Wednesday over fears that the Trump administration might be unable to get its healthcare reform bill through Congress. Staunch resistance within the Republican party, delaying the vote to Friday night, sparked worries Trump might struggle to get the necessary backing for his pro-growth plans such as tax cuts. Wall Street's S&P500 fell 1.4 per cent during the week's first four...Read full article...

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CBA, ANZ, St George join rush to raise home loan interest rates - ABC …

24-03-2017 Business News The Editor

CBA, ANZ, St George join rush to raise home loan interest rates - ABC Online

3631953 cba-anz-st-george-join-rush-to-raise-home-loan-interest-rates-abc-online Related Story: NAB raises home loan interest rates Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and St George have joined NAB and Westpac in another out-of-cycle increase in mortgage rates for investment and owner-occupier loans. Key points:NAB and Westpac raised rates for investment and owner-occupier loans earlier this monthBanks blame booming housing market and concerns APRA will tighten lending standards for rate riseThe rise won't affect owner-occupiers repaying interest and principal ANZ has lifted investor home loans for existing customers by 25 basis points to 6.85 per cent from March, while existing owner-occupiers making interest-only repayments will see their rates rise by 2 basis points to 5.45 per cent in July.Owner-occupiers repaying interest and...Read full article...

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New report reveals which health funds have won and lost customers - Th…

24-03-2017 Business News The Editor

New report reveals which health funds have won and lost customers - The Sydney Morning Herald

3631951 new-report-reveals-which-health-funds-have-won-and-lost-customers-the-sydney-morning-herald Medibank has topped the list of health funds that have shed the greatest number of members, according to a new report. The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman's latest State of the Health Funds Report shows that Medibank lost 45,676 customers between June 2015 and June 2016, followed by Westfund, which lost 865, and HCF, which said goodbye to 502. Play Video Don't Play Why new jets could destroy airlines Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:24 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:34 Forget banks, your health insurance is a ... Forget banks, your health insurance is a rip-off The utter gall of NIB in boasting about ripping off the public makes the banks look nice. Why new jets could destroy airlines Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:24 Video duration 02:24 Why new jets could destroy airlines Why new jets could destroy airlines The global...Read full article...

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Why Chinese investors keep buying Australian property: it's cheap - AB…

24-03-2017 Business News The Editor

3631949 why-chinese-investors-keep-buying-australian-property-it-s-cheap-abc-online It is said real estate is all about "position, position, position".Perspective could equally be thrown into the equation as well, and from the perspective of China's rapidly growing millionaire class, Australian capital city properties are not only cheap, but high-yielding as well.Detailed analysis from the big broking house Credit Suisse has found that despite the hurdles to Chinese investment in Australian property constantly being raised, it is still seen as good value.Perhaps the starkest statistic from the perspective of value is the fact that the median price for a two-bedroom apartment in Shanghai is around $900,000, which is 25 per cent more than the median apartment price in Sydney.Then there is the issue of rental yield.In Shanghai, rental yields average around 1.5 per cent, half what a landlord of an equivalent property in...Read full article...

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Former treasury head Ken Henry attacks political system in Canberra co…

24-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3632379 former-treasury-head-ken-henry-attacks-political-system-in-canberra-conference-abc-online Former federal treasury head Ken Henry has lashed out at the political and media dysfunction that he says has led to reform paralysis. Key points:The former Treasury secretary says political brawling has stunted fiscal, economic growth and environmental challengesEvery major infrastructure project gets turned into a political fight, Dr Henry saysHe said Australians are calling for leaders to develop a clear vision for our future The National Australia Bank chairman told a conference in Canberra that "politicians have dug themselves into deep trenches from which they fire insults designed merely to cause political embarrassment". "Populism supplies the munitions," Dr Henry said. "And the whole spectacle is broadcast live via multimedia, 24/7. The country that Australians want cannot even be imagined from these trenches."Dr Henry contrasted...Read full article...

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Private mobile phone numbers of nearly every federal MP accidentally p…

24-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Private mobile phone numbers of nearly every federal MP accidentally published online - The Sydney Morning Herald

3632377 private-mobile-phone-numbers-of-nearly-every-federal-mp-accidentally-published-online-the-sydney-morning-herald The private mobile phone numbers of hundreds of federal politicians, former prime ministers and senior political staffers have been inadvertently published online in an embarrassing blunder by a government department. The Department of Parliamentary Services failed to properly delete the numbers before it published the most recent round of politicians' phone bills on the Parliament House website, potentially compromising the privacy and security of MPs from cabinet ministers down. Play Video Don't Play Cheryl Grimmers brother speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:52 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:14 Politicians' phone numbers revealed Politicians' phone numbers revealed In a massive breach of privacy and security, parliamentary officials have inadvertently published the private numbers of past and present politicians. Cheryl Grimmers brother...Read full article...

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Minister Michael McCormack invokes penalty rates to defend ... - The S…

24-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Minister Michael McCormack invokes penalty rates to defend ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

3632375 minister-michael-mccormack-invokes-penalty-rates-to-defend-the-sydney-morning-herald Malcolm Turnbull's Small Business Minister has charged taxpayers nearly $50,000 to stay in his wife's Canberra apartment but has defended the spending by comparing his travel allowance to penalty rates. Michael McCormack is one of about 50 federal politicians believed to use their $273-a-night Canberra travel allowance to help pay off a second home. His wife bought the property in the leafy suburb of Kingston - close to Parliament House - in May 2013 and he now stays there whenever he visits. Play Video Don't Play Cheryl Grimmers brother speaks Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:52 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:27 Ley breaks her silence Ley breaks her silence Former Health Minister Sussan Ley decided to release the report into her conduct, breaking her silence on the travel expenses scandal that ended her frontbench career. Cheryl Grimmers brother...Read full article...

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Politics live as Turnbull responds to Westminster attack - The Sydney …

24-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3632373 politics-live-as-turnbull-responds-to-westminster-attack-the-sydney-morning-herald 4:31pm on 23 Mar 2017 End of the day. What happened? a raft of welfare changes and cuts were passed by the Senate at midnight last night; these are the savings measures designed to offset the government's childcare changes; the Senate will sit late tonight but it is expected to have enough votes to pass the legislation; security was tightened at Parliament in the aftermath of the London terrorist attack; and Parliament paused at the start of the question time to remember those killed and injured in the attack. My thanks to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen for their superb work and to you for reading and commenting. You can follow me on Facebook. Andrew, Alex and I will be back - with the rest of the parliamentary crew - on Monday. Until then, enjoy your evening and weekend. 4:25pm on 23 Mar 2017 The childcare changes are expected to pass the Senate late tonight. The government...Read full article...

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Pauline Hanson starts horrific new hashtag attacking Muslims in light …

24-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Pauline Hanson starts horrific new hashtag attacking Muslims in light of London terror attack - NEWS.com.au

3632371 pauline-hanson-starts-horrific-new-hashtag-attacking-muslims-in-light-of-london-terror-attack-news-com-au Senator Pauline Hanson says that One Nation has the only policy that "protects you from the growing threat of Islamic terror", while trying to start her new hashtag, #Pray4MuslimBan. Credit: @PaulineHansonOz Just when we thought she couldn’t sink any lower, Pauline Hanson has done the unthinkable – used a terror attack to One Nation’s advantage. Picture: AAP PAULINE Hanson has been slammed for using a terror attack to One Nation’s advantage while Queensland MP Bob Katter claimed Australia was having serious attacks “every three or four weeks”. Senator Hanson has started a social media campaign designed to push her Muslim ban. “I woke up this morning to hear about another terrorist attack in London,” she said in a video from Parliament House. “It’s amazing the Muslim mayor over there has said terror attacks are ‘part and parcel’ of a big city. Well no, they’re...Read full article...

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Malcolm Turnbull welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Canberra for b…

24-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Malcolm Turnbull welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Canberra for bilateral talks - NEWS.com.au

3632369 malcolm-turnbull-welcomes-chinese-premier-li-keqiang-in-canberra-for-bilateral-talks-news-com-au Supporters welcome Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP Image/Sam Mooy AUSTRALIA and China’s leaders nearly got into a “beef” today after chicken was served at a state lunch in Canberra, not prime Aussie cuts. China’s Premier Li Keqiang jokingly ribbed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for not serving Australia’s famous beef at the Parliament House lunch after media reports their trade talks this week would secure Australia a massive increase in beef exports to China. Prime Minister Turnbull listened with a wry grin as Premier Li outlined his surprise to find chicken on the menu, not beef, during a wideranging speech where he pledged to stand by Australia in fighting for free trade and stability in the Asia-Pacific. Australia and China’s leaders nearly got into a “beef” today after chicken was served at a state lunch in Canberra, not prime...Read full article...

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The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability - The Co…

24-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3632047 the-decoupling-delusion-rethinking-growth-and-sustainability-the-conversation-au Our economy and society ultimately depend on natural resources: land, water, material (such as metals) and energy. But some scientists have recognised that there are hard limits to the amount of these resources we can use. It is our consumption of these resources that is behind environmental problems such as extinction, pollution and climate change. Even supposedly “green” technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure, and cannot grow indefinitely on this (or any) planet. Most economic policy around the world is driven by the goal of maximising economic growth (or increase in gross domestic product – GDP). Economic growth usually means using more resources. So if we can’t keep using more and more resources, what does this mean for growth? Most conventional economists and policymakers now endorse the idea that growth can be “decoupled” from...Read full article...

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Let's help put some soul in sustainability - Illawarra Mercury

24-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Let's help put some soul in sustainability - Illawarra Mercury

3632045 let-s-help-put-some-soul-in-sustainability-illawarra-mercury Stories, ideas, tips and tricks to living a more sustainable life will be shared at the first Talking Landcare event for 2017. Landcare Illawarra coordinator Megan Rowlatt. Stories, ideas, tips and tricks to living a more sustainable life will be shared at the first Talking Landcare event for 2017. And Landcare Illawarra has pulled together a spectacular lineup of speakers to feature in the ‘Put Soul in Sustainability’ talk at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre on Thursday, March 23. Alison Mellor, Lloyd Niccol and the team from Fair Food Forager will talk about a range of issues from backyard urban sustainability, to renewable housing design and energy efficiency, to making responsible consumer choices in our day to day lives. “This event is a great opportunity to showcase what is happening locally, yet has ripple effects across the globe,’’ Landcare co-ordinator Megan Rowlatt said.

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Volvo's hybrid sustainability push for trucks - The West Australian

24-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3632043 volvo-s-hybrid-sustainability-push-for-trucks-the-west-australian After Tesla gut-punched the rest of the world’s car builders with an electric platform that actually worked, and spectacularly well at that, the rest have scrambled to take the same formula and adapt their future focus. Now every manufacturer has a project or concept car that sits on a flat battery platform with an electric motor at each end. But the seismic shift of Tesla’s technology has infected truck builders as well, and Volvo has now added a concept hybrid truck that is designed for long-haul applications. Apart from the vehicle’s other tech improvements, the headline is a reduction in fuel consumption of about 30 per cent. In this sector, that’s bigger than big. It’s a gigantic cash tease for linehaul operators who will be looking for the day when the technology hits series production. Contributing to the savings are improvements in aerodynamics, and reductions in rolling...Read full article...

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Population growth posing problems for planets water preservation, expe…

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Population growth posing problems for planets water preservation, expert says - ABC Online

3632041 population-growth-posing-problems-for-planets-water-preservation-expert-says-abc-online Related Story: Australian ag tech companies look to drive further water use efficiencies Political will was one of the main barriers to preserving the planet's water supplies, experts told a water forum on day one of the World Science Festival in Brisbane.Andras Szollosi-Nagy, former secretary of UNESCO's International Hydrological Program and governor of the World Water Council, said population growth posed a huge challenge for water management and sustainability.With the United Nations projecting the world's population would surge to 9.7 billion by 2050, the challenge of water sustainability would be both a political and ethical issue, Professor Szollosi-nagy said."Do we have the right to leave the next...Read full article...

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Japanese innovation serves sustainability - euronews

24-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3632039 japanese-innovation-serves-sustainability-euronews Daleen Hassan, Euronews: _Japan is drawing on its experience and knowhow to try and meet the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations for 2030. “This edition of Spotlight looks at how Japanese innovation serves sustainability. “Faced with an aging, diminishing pool of skilled workers in the construction sector, Komatsu is using artificial intelligence to improve productivity and also to encourage women to join the workforce. Let’s take a look at Smart Construction._ Smart construction Stereotyped as “dirty, hard work and dangerous,” the construction sector is considered an industry that is undesirable for younger generations. Smart Construction systems are based on information communication technology. Laser-scanning drones are used to survey specific job-sites. The data is then used to create 3D surveys and this information is shared with all machines and workers...Read full article...

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: Canberra's Maribyrnong Primary School leading …

24-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Canberra's Maribyrnong Primary School leading the way in sustainability - ABC Online

3632037 reduce-reuse-recycle-canberra-s-maribyrnong-primary-school-leading-the-way-in-sustainability-abc-online Each lunch break at Maribyrnong Primary School in Canberra, students donning capes and masks give up their play time to help save the environment.These "power rangers" investigate each classroom to see if any lights, monitors or electronic whiteboards have been left on. "We go around and if their lights and computer monitors are on we give them a sticker that's called an energy mite, and we give them rainbows if the lights and monitors are off," year four student Aiden Barinton said."At the end of each month, the class with the most rainbows gets an award." The program is one of the many initiatives the school started to achieve its five-star energy accreditation from Actsmart Schools. "It's...Read full article...

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Sleep, Perchance To Dream - Huffington Post UK

24-03-2017 Health News The Editor

3632295 sleep-perchance-to-dream-huffington-post-uk March 17th was World Sleep Day. Maybe you were asleep and you missed it, or if like me you are continually in search of the holy grail of a good nights sleep, then maybe it served as a kind of wake-up call? I routinely get between 7 and 8 hours sleep a night, but is it good sleep? You know, the kind that refreshes and restores, because to be frank, I don't always bounce out of bed each morning feeling fully rested and powered up ready to go. I know from my work on mindfulness that many of us spend on average 9 hours a day on some type of screen - be that a tablet device, laptop, desktop, fitbit, or smart-phone, and that is actually longer than many of us spend asleep each night. Our 24/7 lifestyle and omnipotent access to screens of all types, suppress the release of melatonin - the sleep inducing hormone - by messing with our body clock and this also makes us more disposed to go to...Read full article...

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DNA repair discovery could lead to drugs to reverse ageing, fight canc…

24-03-2017 Health News The Editor

DNA repair discovery could lead to drugs to reverse ageing, fight cancer and help space travel - ABC Online

3632293 dna-repair-discovery-could-lead-to-drugs-to-reverse-ageing-fight-cancer-and-help-space-travel-abc-online A drug to reverse ageing and treat cancer may be a step closer after a team of scientists identified a critical step in how cells repair damaged DNA. Key points:Researchers say mice given a vitamin booster were better at repairing DNA damage"Many aspects of ageing were reversed"The discovery could lead to drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer's, and improve astronauts' health Their discovery could even help survivors of childhood cancers and help NASA get astronauts to Mars."For most of the 20th century we knew that our [cells' ability to repair DNA gets worse over time] and we get old and it's the main reason we get cancer," Harvard and UNSW professor David Sinclair said."So what we've discovered is the reason why."Published in the journal Science, the international team...Read full article...

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Home pregnancy tests kits recalled across Australia - NEWS.com.au

24-03-2017 Health News The Editor

Home pregnancy tests kits recalled across Australia - NEWS.com.au

3632291 home-pregnancy-tests-kits-recalled-across-australia-news-com-au Women have received false results about their pregnancy causing a nationwide pregnancy test recall. Courtesy: The Today Show A staggering number of home pregnancy test kits have been recalled across Australia. ALMOST half the home pregnancy tests available in Australia have been pulled from the market after pregnant women received negative results using the kits. The Therapeutic Good Administration has conducted a sweeping review of the DIY testing kits to ensue they meet sensitivity claims, with worrying results. Of more than 30 self-test urine pregnancy test kits on the market, 14 have ceased sale or been recalled across Australia. The crackdown was prompted after a report of three false negative results using the One Step HCG urine pregnancy test from a family planning clinic. The TGA tested the product, finding it to be “insensitive”, recalled and cancelled it...Read full article...

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Majority of cancer cases just the luck of the draw, scientists suggest…

24-03-2017 Health News The Editor

Majority of cancer cases just the luck of the draw, scientists suggest - NEWS.com.au

3632289 majority-of-cancer-cases-just-the-luck-of-the-draw-scientists-suggest-news-com-au This fluorescence-coloured microscope image shows a culture of human breast cancer cells. Environmental risks and heredity get the most blame for cancer, but new research released on Thursday suggests random chance may play a bigger role than people realise. Picture: Ewa Krawczyk/National Cancer Institute CANCER patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumour run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people realise: Healthy cells naturally make mistakes when they multiply, unavoidable typos in DNA that can leave new cells carrying cancer-prone genetic mutations. How big? About two-thirds of the mutations that occur in various forms of cancer are due to those random copying errors, researchers at Johns Hopkins...Read full article...

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Leon Lloyd out collecting for epilepsy, Purple Day - Narooma News

24-03-2017 Health News The Editor

Leon Lloyd out collecting for epilepsy, Purple Day - Narooma News

3632287 leon-lloyd-out-collecting-for-epilepsy-purple-day-narooma-news Narooma man Leon Lloyd raising money for the International Day of Epilepsy, also known as Purple Day. Narooma man Leon Lloyd has been raising money for the Epilepsy Foundation as the International Day of Epilepsy, also known as Purple Day is on Sunday, March 26. Narooma man Leon Lloyd has been raising money for the Epilepsy Foundation as the International Day of Epilepsy, also known as Purple Day is on Sunday, March 26. Narooma man Leon Lloyd has been raising money for the Epilepsy Foundation as the International Day of Epilepsy, also known as Purple Day is on Sunday, March 26. Mr Lloyd, 44, has been living with epilepsy for most of his life, ever since that first seizure on the rugby league field back when he was 18. He also attributes trauma or blows to the head he sustained while playing footy in Victoria and up at Nowra. Now he wants to help spread the word and is keen to be a...Read full article...

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Sydney measles alert: two children and young woman in western Sydney c…

24-03-2017 Health News The Editor

Sydney measles alert: two children and young woman in western Sydney contracted the infectious disease - The Sydney Morning Herald

3632285 sydney-measles-alert-two-children-and-young-woman-in-western-sydney-contracted-the-infectious-disease-the-sydney-morning-herald  Health authorities have urged the public to be on alert for measles symptoms after two children and a young woman contracted the highly infectious disease and spent time in western Sydney. The two children, a boy and a girl, and woman in her twenties had not been vaccinated against the measles, and were infectious while visiting several public places in Auburn and Chester Hill between March 16 and 23, NSW Health advised on Friday. Two children and a woman have contracted measles and were infectious in western Sydney Photo: US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention They visited: NAS Medical Centre, Auburn, on March 19 and 22 Cheso Medical Centre, Chester Hill, on March 20 Rawson Street Medical Centre, Auburn, on March 21 Auburn Hospital Emergency Department on March 23 The latest three confirmed cases bring the total number of measles infections in NSW to 11 for 2017, eight of...Read full article...

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