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Expenses scandal: Andrews targets rorting MPs with reform of 'outdated…

25-04-2017 Australia The Editor

Expenses scandal: Andrews targets rorting MPs with reform of 'outdated' system - The Age

Disgraced MP Don Nardella will be forced to repay $98,000 in expenses following a "profound" overhaul of Victoria's entitlement system that will include tough new penalties for rorters, "real-time" reporting of expense claims, and removing politicians' ability to set their own salaries and allowances. Premier Daniel Andrews vowed to take a hardline approach to help restore public faith in the parliament, which was badly shaken following revelations in The Age that former Speaker Telmo Languiller and Mr Nardella claimed a lucrative "second residence" allowance to live on the Bellarine Peninsula, away from their electorates in the western suburbs. Play Video Don't Play Anzac Day weather: plenty of rain Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:53 Don Nardella kicked out of Labour Party ... Don Nardella kicked out of Labour...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Former Perth student Henri van Breda pleads not guilty of family axe m…

25-04-2017 Australia The Editor

Former Perth student Henri van Breda pleads not guilty of family axe murders in South Africa - ABC Online

Related Story: Former Perth student charged with murdering family in South Africa Related Story: Three members of Perth family murdered in South Africa A former Perth student accused of murdering three members of his family with an axe has pleaded not guilty, saying he fought with a laughing attacker during the killings at their upscale South African home. Key points:Police sergeant says suspect at the scene looked "nervous but wasn't crying"Accused says a person wearing a ski mask attacked familyFamily had emigrated to Australia but returned to South Africa several years ago The trial of South African Henri van Breda began more than two years after his parents and older brother were killed in Stellenbosch, a scenic...Read full article on News GN Australia

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The criminal case that could nail Assad - NEWS.com.au

25-04-2017 Australia The Editor

The criminal case that could nail Assad - NEWS.com.au

Man opens up to Four Corners about his Syrian torture. CREDIT: ABC/Four Corners Mazen Alhummada was detained and brutally tortured by Syrian security officials. THOUSANDS of pictures showing dead Syrian men, some with their eyes gouged out or with screaming expressions still on their frozen faces, are part of mounting and damning evidence against Bashar al-Assad. The shocking images were smuggled out of Syria in 2014 by a forensic photographer who worked for the country’s military police force. They sit with some 600,000 pages of records that investigators say paint a picture of systematic torture sanctioned at the highest levels. Stephen Rapp, a former American ambassador, quit his high-level posting in the Obama administration to help lead the investigation into atrocities in Syria. “I sat at a computer and went through (the photographs), one after the other, and...Read full article on News GN Australia

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French election: Marine Le Pen stands down from National Front party a…

25-04-2017 Australia The Editor

French election: Marine Le Pen stands down from National Front party ahead of May 7 vote - ABC Online

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has shocked France by announcing she is stepping down as leader of her party. Key points:It is believed Le Pen is trying to broaden her appeal beyond the party's right-wing baseOpinion polls have consistently put rival Emmanuel Macron ahead for the presidencyLe Pen is expected to ruthlessly attack Macron's lack of experience in coming days Ms Le Pen is still running for president on May 7, but is in the short term at least distancing herself from the National Front party (NF) founded by her father in 1972."I have always considered that the president of the republic is the president of all French people," the 48-year-old told French television."Now is the moment to move from words to action and it is the reason why it...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Queensland's Dalby State School damaged by 'deliberately lit' fire - A…

25-04-2017 Australia The Editor

Queensland's Dalby State School damaged by 'deliberately lit' fire - ABC Online

A fire that has razed a number of buildings at one of Queensland's oldest schools, in Dalby west of Brisbane, was deliberately lit, initial police investigations have revealed.The blaze started just after midnight at the Dalby State School, spreading to the administration block, music hall and classrooms at the school.The music room is disintegrated, and the administration block and two classrooms extensively damaged.Firefighting inspector Neil Fanning said five hours after starting the fire was still burning, but 20 firefighters had brought it under control. It is estimated there has been $700,000 worth of damage caused."The fire has impacted one third of the buildings at the school," he said."The music...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Thousands line streets for Sydney's Anzac Day march - The Sydney Morni…

25-04-2017 Australia The Editor

Thousands line streets for Sydney's Anzac Day march - The Sydney Morning Herald

About 16,000 servicemen and women turned out in polished medals and an assortment of ceremonial headwear - from berets to bearskins - for Sydney's Anzac Day march. It is the 102nd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Play Video Don't Play Drone captures sharks feasting off NSW beach Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:40 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:21 ANZAC dawn service above Sydney Harbour ANZAC dawn service above Sydney Harbour An exclusive Anzac Day dawn service was held at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with all profits from the climb donated to Mates4Mates. Drone captures sharks feasting off NSW beach Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:40 Video duration 00:40 Drone captures sharks feasting off NSW ... Drone captures sharks feasting off NSW beach Stunning aerial footage shows running mullet and sharks close...Read full article on News GN Australia

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The Latest: Group decries the way statues are being removed - Washingt…

25-04-2017 World News The Editor

The Latest: Group decries the way statues are being removed - Washington Post

Workers dismantle the Liberty Place monument, which commemorates a white paramilitary group that tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government. (Gerald Herbert/AP) On the same day that some southern states were honoring their rebel heritage, masked workers in New Orleans dismantled a monument to that past — chunk by chunk, under darkness and the protection of police snipers. “We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) said after a 19th-century obelisk honoring what the mayor called “white supremacists” was taken down early Monday. The Battle of Liberty Place monument, which honors members of the Crescent City White League who died trying to overthrow the New Orleans government after the Civil War, was the first of four statues linked to the Confederacy that are set to be torn down in New Orleans. Landrieu said that...Read full article on News GN World

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Macron's strong finish in the French election shows populist wave may …

25-04-2017 World News The Editor

BERLIN — In this era of fiery populism and muscular anti-globalist forces, politicians across Europe are suddenly discovering an electoral surprise. It might actually pay to embrace the European Union. The top finisher in the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday is Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old centrist who jets to Berlin to give speeches in English. The blue-and-yellow banner of the E.U. flutters off his campaign headquarters. He is strongly favored to beat his anti-Europe rival, Marine Le Pen, in a May 7 runoff. After years in which the E.U. was the favorite foil for ascendant politicians on the continent, the 28-nation club may be making a comeback despite Brexit and President Trump’s euroskepticism. The Netherlands’ staunchly pro-European Green Left party quadrupled its support in elections last month. The former European Parliament president Martin Schulz...Read full article on News GN World

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Senate staff perplexed by unusual White House private briefing on Nort…

25-04-2017 World News The Editor

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on April 24 announced that the White House will host a meeting on North Korea for all senators. (The White House) The White House announced Monday that it would host an unusual private briefing on North Korea for the entire Senate, prompting questions from lawmakers about whether the Trump administration intends to use the event as a photo op ahead of its 100-day mark. Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the lawmakers would be briefed Wednesday by several senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He emphasized that the meeting plan had been convened by Senate leadership and that the White House was serving “as the location.” Yet the White House setting perplexed lawmakers who have grown accustomed to such briefings taking place in a secure location on Capitol...Read full article on News GN World

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In Chicago, Obama tells young leaders that 'special interests dominate…

25-04-2017 World News The Editor

On April 24, in his first public appearance since leaving office, former president Barack Obama spoke with young adults in Chicago on finding common ground in Washington politics. (The Washington Post) CHICAGO — In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, former president Barack Obama told young leaders here Monday that “special interests dominate the debates in Washington” and that getting involved in their communities is the best antidote to the divisiveness dominating the country's politics. Obama, who has kept a relatively low public profile since the end of his second term, did not mention President Trump once during the 90-minute event at the University of Chicago, but said he was determined to galvanize younger Americans to do more politically because they were the ones best positioned to bridge the current political divide. “The single most...Read full article on News GN World

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Teacher accused of abducting teen girl planned to flee to Mexico, cour…

25-04-2017 World News The Editor

Police arrested kidnapping suspect Tad Cummins in Siskiyou County, Calif., on Thursday, April 20. He was wanted for the March abduction of Elizabeth Thomas, 15, a student of his at Culleoka Unit School outside Nashville. (Reuters) A Tennessee teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl will be transferred to his home state to face charges in the case, according to reports. Authorities arrested 50-year-old Tad Cummins late last week, some five weeks after he was suspected of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas, a student of his at Culleoka Unit School near Nashville. His attorney, Benjamin Galloway, argued Monday in federal court in Sacramento that the charges “do not involve force or coercion” and that the teen went with Cummins “on her own free will,” according to the Sacramento Bee. The attorney said Cummins is “is looking forward to return to Tennessee as soon as possible,” to...Read full article on News GN World

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Why cutting corporate tax and raising the deficit might not hurt Trump…

25-04-2017 World News The Editor

Why cutting corporate tax and raising the deficit might not hurt Trump politically - Washington Post

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (right) listens as President Trump speaks during a meeting on the federal budget in February. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press) For those who have tracked Republican politics over the past few years, the Trump administration’s proposal to slice the corporate tax rate without worrying about deficits seems like an anathema. President Trump himself repeatedly criticized his predecessor on the campaign trail for allowing the national debt to balloon, but here he is arguing that adding to that debt is of secondary concern to reducing taxes owed by big business. (To be fair, Trump also repeatedly talked about cutting corporate taxes as a candidate, often repeating the incorrect charge that American businesses faced the highest taxes in the world.) But recent polling bolsters the idea that the move is politically safe for Trump — assuming that he continues to...Read full article on News GN World

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NSW retains title for best peforming economy - Sky News Australia

25-04-2017 Business News The Editor

NSW retains title for best peforming economy - Sky News Australia

Published: 7:09 pm, Monday, 24 April 2017 New South Wales has retained its title as the best performing economy - although the ACT is hot on its heels. Commsec's latest State of the States report again revealed a multi-speed economy - with NSW, Victoria and the ACT all performing well. But Western Australia remains the lag. While unemployment has eased over the past three months, Commsec says the state is still struggling after the end of the mining construction boom. The study aims to paint a cohesive picture of the nation's engine rooms by gauging each state's performance in eight areas. Aside from the three economic indicators already mentioned in which NSW ranks first, the remaining categories are economic growth, unemployment, population growth, construction work and housing finance. Applying trend rather than the more volatile seasonally adjusted measures, CommSec...Read full article on News GN Business

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UBS calls the top of Australia's housing boom - NEWS.com.au

25-04-2017 Business News The Editor

UBS calls the top of Australia's housing boom - NEWS.com.au

UBS argues that housing prices have reached an “unsustainable peak”. Picture: UBS CALLS of a housing bubble are nothing new, but there’s one thing no one can say for sure: when it will finally burst. Now a leading investment bank has called the peak, in the latest of a long stream of predictions that Sydney and Melbourne’s seemingly endless price growth is about to reverse. After a weekend of lower-than-usual auction clearance rates, UBS analysts put out a client note warning that it was now “ringing the bell” on the housing market. “We are ‘calling the top’, but stick to our forecasts for commencements to ‘correct but not collapse’,” wrote economists Scott Haslem, George Tharenou and Jim Xu in the client note. “While the historical trigger for a housing downturn (of RBA hikes) is missing, mortgage rates are rising, and sentiment of home buying collapsed to a record low,” they...Read full article on News GN Business

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Westpac, St George Bank lift rates for interest-only borrowers - The A…

25-04-2017 Business News The Editor

Westpac, St George Bank lift rates for interest-only borrowers - The Australian

Westpac’s adjusted fixed rates are for new loans only. Fixed rates on a three-year loan. Westpac has increased fixed rates for interest-only loans in the wake of a crackdown by regulators aimed at cooling runaway property prices, but this will hit owner-occupiers harder in the latest series of out-of-cycle rate changes. Owner-occupiers taking out fixed-rate interest-only loans face three times the increase in rates as investors, with a raft of changes announced yesterday eliminating a gap between interest costs for the two types of buyers. However, principal and interest-only fixed-rate loans for two or four years have been cut, with investors advantaged by larger reductions but still paying a premium over owner-occupiers. Westpac will cut fixed-loan rates by between 11 basis points and 31 basis points for principal and interest borrowers, while its St George Bank subsidiary...Read full article on News GN Business

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Analysts pessimistic about Coca-Cola Amatil outlook - The Australian

25-04-2017 Business News The Editor

Analysts pessimistic about Coca-Cola Amatil outlook - The Australian

Consumers are losing their taste for soft drinks Coca-Cola Amatil Analysts are increasingly anxious about the growth outlook for drinks bottler Coca-Cola Amatil after it delivered a lacklustre trading update on Friday. At the heart of the concerns are worries about its flagship soft drinks unit as increasingly health-conscious consumers look for alternatives, although even its previously flourishing bottled water operation now faces headwinds. News of the weak start to the year for its Australian beverages arm has already forced five investment banks to cut target prices on CCA stock. UBS was among those to warn CCA’s confidence in a second-half rebound might prove “optimistic”, while Citi noted revenues would likely face increasing pressure through both the second half of this year and fiscal 2018. Citi believes water, not soft drinks, is at the heart of the current malaise,...Read full article on News GN Business

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Bankruptcy trustees challenge Joseph Gutnick's $50000 pay - The Austra…

25-04-2017 Business News The Editor

Bankruptcy trustees challenge Joseph Gutnick's $50000 pay - The Australian

Stera and Mordechai Gutnick walk to court yesterday. Bankruptcy trustees investigating the $275 million of debts owed by mining magnate Joseph Gutnick have questioned whether he is receiving an “artificially low” salary of under $50,000 to avoid creditors while continuing to steer his companies. At the same time, his wife earns nearly six times that amount working for him as a trainee jewellery designer. The complex family and financial arrangements of “Diamond Joe” Gutnick came under the spotlight yesterday as his eldest son Mordechai and wife Stera testified in the Federal Court about his self-declared bankruptcy. More than half of his debts are to related parties, including a loan of more than $30m from his wife and other family businesses. Mrs Gutnick said she didn’t know the basis for the loan or whether any of it had been repaid, as her usual practice was to sign documents...Read full article on News GN Business

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Australian DroneShield drone gun being 'trialled in the Middle East' -…

25-04-2017 Business News The Editor

Australian DroneShield drone gun being 'trialled in the Middle East' - The Sydney Morning Herald

London: The military of a G7 nation has purchased a drone gun or drone jammer made by a jointly Australian and US-owned company to trial in the Middle East, according to the device's manufacturer, for what could possibly be use against the Islamic State.  DroneShield, a company based in Sydney and the US state of Virginia, told the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday that one of its DroneGun test units was purchased by the military of a G7 country "understood to be deployed for testing in the Middle East."  The drone jammer being used in a company demonstration video. Photo: DroneShield "While the fact that the sale involved only one test unit means that the revenue from the sale is not material, the sale is important in that this is the first sale of DroneGun to the military of a G7 country," DroneShield said. "The sale comes as ISIS and other non-state actors rapidly increase...Read full article on News GN Business

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Why Mal Meninga was left speechless the day he quit politics - NEWS.co…

25-04-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Why Mal Meninga was left speechless the day he quit politics - NEWS.com.au

Meninga will never live down his embarrassing political backflip. IT’S the Mal Meninga story that will never die. No matter what his heroics playing for Canberra, Queensland and Australia were, his legacy will always carry with it the side story of his infamous political career. We can’t really call it a career though, given it lasted about as long as the 200m athletics final at the Olympics. In 2001 the rugby league icon was planning to announce his candidacy to run as an independent in Canberra politics, but after going blank when asked a question during an interview, he walked out of the radio studio he was in and that was it. In a split second he went from wanting to be a politician to not wanting to be a politician. It’s somewhat ironic given some of our public servants are renowned for reneging on promises. He’s rarely talked about that moment in the past 16 years, but...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Labor electorates line up for Canberra public servants - The Sydney Mo…

25-04-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Labor electorates line up for Canberra public servants - The Sydney Morning Herald

Communities in regional Labor-held seats are among those lining up to attract public servants relocated from Canberra. Most of the 199 submissions to a Labor-controlled Senate inquiry endorse decentralisation. Joel Fitzgibbon is Labor's shadow minister for agriculture and regional Australia. Photo: Supplied What began as a political exercise to scrutinise the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority move to Armidale has opened the door for towns and cities across the country to seek an injection of federal stimulus. Wishful submissions were made from local governments in key Labor seats including Ballarat, Bendigo, Corio, Cunningham, Eden Monaro, Lingiari and Paterson. Maitland City Council, adjoining the Hunter electorate of Labor agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon, says decentralisation will help address skill shortages in regional Australia and ease...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Robert Davidson's Stalin's Piano to premiere at CIMF - The Canberra Ti…

25-04-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Robert Davidson's Stalin's Piano to premiere at CIMF - The Canberra Times

Robert Davidson's Stalin' Piano will make its world premiere at the Canberra International Music Festival. Photo: Supplied  Composer Robert Davidson considers himself a political person - "probably predictably a little left leaning" - but he isn't out to make a political statement with any of his art. "What I'm interested in is telling a story," he says. "Getting to the person behind the politician … all the resonances and layers of meaning ... that is where a lot of the communication takes place, it isn't the words, it's about tuning into their souls." For both of his contributions to the Canberra International Music Festival, Davidson has intertwined politics and art, layering them on many different levels. His first concert is the world premiere of Stalin's Piano, to be played by Russian pianist Sonya Lifschitz. The story behind the piece is a fascinating one. Davidson read an...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Public servants poorly used in policy and governing: former PM&C d…

25-04-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Public servants poorly used in policy and governing: former PM&C deputy secretary - The Canberra Times

Australia's best and brightest public servants are being poorly utilised in policy responses to key issues including housing affordability, a former high-ranking official has warned.  Meredith Edwards, deputy secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the 1990s and emeritus professor at the University of Canberra, says good policy formulation and implementation would help rebuild the public's trust in politics and has called for a more inclusive and consultative approach from Canberra's public service ranks.  Good policy development will improve public trust in government: Professor Meredith Edwards Photo: Graham Tidy "I do think good policy can rescue politics, but with the qualification that we need to learn to do policy and its processes differently," Professor Edwards said.   "Public servants need to rethink how to influence policy. The old ways we might...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Canberra should play political game on decentralisation to save jobs -…

25-04-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Canberra should play the political game on decentralisation. Let Sydney and Melbourne take the hit. Canberra shouldn't have too much to fear from public sector decentalisation. As many have pointed out, Canberra exists because of a federation compromise to create a greenfields capital in a regional location. Australia was much more decentralised in 1927 when the future King George VI officially opened parliament in the new city. We still rode on the sheep's back and state capitals weren't as dominant as they are today in terms of population. The process announced this week by Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash is actually a good one. Departments need to either indicate they're suitable to move to the regions or justify why all or part of their operation is unsuitable. No decisions have yet been made and presumably there won't be much of a business case for moving bigger...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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decentralisation just a political stunt? Let's hope so - The Canberra …

25-04-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

decentralisation just a political stunt? Let's hope so - The Canberra Times

One of the first reactions to the National party's announcement of its big public service decentralisation policy on Wednesday was to dismiss it as a political stunt, an empty promise to job-hungry regions from a desperate party that could never be practically implemented. For the sake of the nation, leaving aside the fortunes of its capital city, we should all hope so. The Nationals' policy neatly encapsulates the business model of the wave of populist politics sweeping much of the developed world: it promises a quick and simple fix to the complex problem of regional decline in the hope of a prompt electoral pay-off. It is no coincidence it was wheeled out between the Prime Minister's nationalistic pitches to recapture votes lost to anti-immigration sentiment on the left and right. Like much of the quick-fix policies that may come to define this political era, "decentralisation"...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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H&M to launch its most sustainable collection yet. But is it enoug…

25-04-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

H&M to launch its most sustainable collection yet. But is it enough? - The Sydney Morning Herald

If you're anywhere near an H&M store on April 20, expect queues. On that day, the Swedish fast-fashion chain will launch its sixth Conscious Exclusive range – a capsule collection of women's, men's and children's wear made to its highest principles of sustainability and fair trade. The showpiece evening dress of the Conscious Exclusive collection is made of Bionic yarn, specifically 89 plastic bottles and recycled polyester.  Photo: Supplied Thanks to the time difference, the pieces will hit Australian stores earlier than Europe, although only the women's and children's wear is available here. The collection, which costs up to about $300 for formal dresses, includes sequins made from recycled polyester and fabrics from factories that offer its workers better wages and working conditions than the average in those countries. The Conscious Exclusive collection, a small part of H&M's...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Philips' Sustainability Performance Influences Interest Rate for New R…

25-04-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Philips' Sustainability Performance Influences Interest Rate for New Revolving Credit Facility - Sustainable Brands

Image Credit: Philips/Flickr Royal Philips (Philips), a leader in health technology, has announced an agreement with a consortium of sixteen banks for a new €1 billion Revolving Credit Facility with an interest rate that will be dependent on the company’s year-on-year sustainability performance improvement. A revolving loan facility is a financial institution and flexible financing tool that allows the borrower obtain a personal loan where the borrow has the flexibility to draw down, repay and redraw loans advanced to it. The facility was created by Philips in collaboration with ING acting as the sustainability coordinator and supported by the banks in the consortium, which include ABN AMRO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ICBC, ING, JPMorgan, Mizuho Bank, Morgan Stanley, MUFG, Rabobank, Société Générale and UBS. “This...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Dutch professors call for €200 billion investment in sustainability ..…

25-04-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Dutch professors call for €200 billion investment in sustainability ... - NL Times

By Janene Pieters on April 24, 2017 - 09:35 greenhouse gas emissions Frank J. (Frank John) Aleksandrowicz Wikimedia commons. Ninety Dutch professors called on the new government to invest 200 billion euros into sustainability in the coming decades, in an open letter published in Trouw on Monday. With this money the Netherlands can build new, smart infrastructure for green energy, sustainable water supply and climate-conscious mobility, according to the professors. The professors made 12 recommendations on how the Netherlands can improve sustainability. These include closing all coal-fired power plants within three years, introducing a mileage charge for motorists, pushing more money into making housing more climate-neutral and appointing a separate Minister for Energy and climate.  Following these recommendations could make the Netherlands the European leader in sustainable...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Bar Nine's Zayde Naquib Talks Sustainability At The Cafe Level - Sprud…

25-04-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Bar Nine's Zayde Naquib Talks Sustainability At The Cafe Level - Sprudge

Coffee is good. Coffee waste is not. Every time we indulge in a cup of to-go-Joe from our favorite local cafe, we also inevitably engage in the unsavory behavior of throwing out its paper cup after taking the last savory sip. You don’t have to do the math to know there are a lot of coffee cups piling up in landfills around the world—two and a half billion per year in the United Kingdom alone. And while it might appease you to think of most single-use coffee receptacles as recyclable—think again. Many paper cups are in fact lined with polyethylene, which makes them entirely un-recyclable. Bleak news, to be sure. Thankfully, as time goes on, more and more coffee consumers are taking note of the consequences of their takeaway habit. Perhaps more importantly, coffee shops are too—and doing something about it. Los Angeles’s Bar Nine founder Zayde Naquib is trying to move his company...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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UO named sustainability hub for Pacific Rim university network - Aroun…

25-04-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities has chosen the UO to host the new APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Research Hub, a clearinghouse for collaborative research and innovative solutions in urban development with a focus on city-landscape interactions. The association is a network of 45 leading research universities in the Asia-Pacific region. The universities span 17 economies, building international cooperation, fostering talent, contributing to social and economic advancement and developing new knowledge on the major challenges facing the region. “As an international leader in sustainable urban design and landscape planning, the UO is an ideal home for the hub,” said Christoph Lindner, dean of the College of Design. The new hub is managed at the UO with support from the eight other universities that make up the steering committee: the Australian National University;...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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5 Easy Ways To Sneak More Sustainability Into Your Day - Collective Ev…

25-04-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

  We're creating viewer supported news. We need your help! There’s no denying sustainability has become a trending topic. But why exactly is it so big? And have you been doing your part to be sustainable? To be sustainable means to maintain a certain rate or level. Because we live in a biological system, we must be diverse in order to survive. To become diverse and stay diverse, we have to avoid the depletion of natural resources to keep ecological balance in check. How do we do this? We need to use our resources more wisely, so that we can ensure our future generations can also rely on them to live. Naturally, the reality is that we take our resources for granted. Being busy hinders us from being mindful quite often — or at least it’s the excuse many of us use. And that’s not a bad thing so much as it is a habit that should be acknowledged and then shifted. To create this, and...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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How Exercise Can Benefit Your Brain

25-04-2017 Health News The Editor

Aerobic exercise, resistance training (such as weight lifting), and tai chi can all boost brain function in people older than 50, concludes a review published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Those mind-strengthening benefits even provided a boost to those who were already suffering from mild cognitive impairment, which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The researchers also found that “multicomponent” programs--which combine aerobic exercise and resistance training as recommended by the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines—were particularly effective in boosting brain health. Resistance training and aerobic exercise each release different types of compounds that “help support the growth of neurons in the brain,” says study author Joe Northey, a Ph.D. candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and...Read full article on News YH Health

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Is There a Solution for Woman's Urinary Incontinence?

25-04-2017 Health News The Editor

The following material contains mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. “Yes, I’m a woman in her 20s that regularly pees herself,” confesses America. She can’t sneeze or cough without “going a little bit.” It became a serious problem after the birth of her second child. Now she often wears a pad and avoids drinking water. “My doctor told me to do some exercises ‘down there,’” she says, “but it just didn’t work for me.” She’s not alone – 15 million adult women in America suffer from urinary incontinence. But Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Niccole might have a solution for America. He explains that her condition is known as “stress incontinence” and he believes it can be corrected with a quick laser procedure. Watch: Urinary Incontinence The Doctors put America’s results to the ultimate test – they sent her to a comedy show! Was she able to laugh it up without letting it all...Read full article on News YH Health

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PBA Is no Laughing Matter

25-04-2017 Health News The Editor

PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA) is a little-known disorder, but it affects about two million people in the U.S. Those affected are subject to sudden episodes of uncontrollable laughing or crying unrelated to their actual feelings. Dyanna suffered a stroke five years ago. Afterward, she says, “I started crying or laughing for no reason at all. I wasn’t sad, and there was nothing funny.” Dyanna was often embarrassed, especially in public, but she couldn’t control the episodes. UCLA Professor of Psychiatry and Aging Dr. Gary Small joins The Doctors to explain PBA. “Post-stroke patients like Dyanna, or people with neurologic conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, ALS, MS, and Parkinson’s – they may be at risk for PBA.” “I was validated and relieved to know that this was not uncommon after a stroke,” says Dyanna, “and that it was manageable.” ER Physician Dr. Travis...Read full article on News YH Health

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Woman with Excessive Facial Hair Returns - See Her Amazing Transformat…

25-04-2017 Health News The Editor

Diamond, who had a beard due to hormonal imbalances caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, returns to show off her new look! Diamond was distressed by her facial hair – ashamed to go out, and depressed by her appearance. Now she’s received laser hair removal treatments and her shaving days are over! Watch: Why Am I Growing a Beard? Celebrity stylist Kim Kimble is also on hand. She’s given Diamond a complete makeover, complete with hair extensions. “I think she looks fabulous!” says Kim. “I love it because you have true confidence now,” says ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. “We wanted address what you saw in the mirror,” adds Ob/Gyn Dr. Nita Landry, “But we also wanted to address the underlying issue, which was the polycystic ovary syndrome.” Diamond is now on medication to manage the condition. Watch: Woman with Beard Gets Diagnosis The Doctors invite Diamond to strut her stuff for the...Read full article on News YH Health

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Dr. Dow's Brother's Recovery from Multiple Strokes

25-04-2017 Health News The Editor

Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow has helped countless guests to The Doctors deal with difficult and painful events. Now he reveals his own family’s struggle with his brother David’s strokes. “He was a really happy kid, he was a really smart kid,” says Dr. Dow. When David was 10, their parents took the brothers on vacation. In the hotel, David threw up, then lost the ability to speak or move the right side of his body. When they reached the hospital, the doctor told his mother, Carol, “It appears he’s had a stroke.” Watch: Mini Stroke A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted -- portions of the brain can die off. In David’s case, the stroke destroyed more than half of his brain, focused in the language centers. Dr. Dow recalls, “I’ll never forget walking into that intensive care unit because he just looked at us but he couldn’t talk anymore.” David had a rare...Read full article on News YH Health

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Freeze the miso or rinse the chicken? Test your food safety knowledge …

25-04-2017 Health News The Editor

We’re thinning out what’s in WaPo Food Lab cold storage today, inspired by talk of #springcleaning. Our job will take a while but here’s a way to make yours a 15-minute task: Do it in stages over the course of a weekend or two. Start with just the crisper drawers. • Those hairy carrots are fine to eat, although it might be better to peel them rather than just scrub as we typically do. • Limp lettuce can be revived with a soak in icy cold water. • Turn that mangle of tired-looking parsley and other herbs into pesto. Advertisement The exercise got us thinking about food storage and safety, and it just so happens your USDA has launched a new FoodKeeper app, with mobile accessibility. Consult it as you clean! Or hold off on that just long enough to test your knowledge on the topic. Q: Once opened, jarred horseradish can be refrigerated for 12 months. A: False. It can be...Read full article on News GN Health

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