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Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana test

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MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A Montana Republican running for the U.S. Congress has been charged with assaulting a reporter hours before polls were to open on Thursday for a special election that could test U.S. President Donald Trump's political clout.

The incident on Wednesday threatened to roil a tightening race in the Republican-leaning state, where a Democratic political novice aimed to pull off a victory in a contest seen as a bellwether for next year's U.S. congressional elections.

It was not clear what effect the assault charge against Republican technology executive Greg Gianforte would have on the Montana race, where 37 percent of the 699,207 registered voters had already submitted absentee ballots, according to state election officials.

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How Do Muslims Fast On Ramadan?

As the holy month of Muslims, Ramadan starts, millions around the world are preparing themselves for fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan, which depends on moon sighting, will begin either May 27 or May 28. Muslims believe Ramadan is a time to improve moral character and focus on positivity.

The month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting, and nightly feasts, starts on different dates every year. In the U.S., the Fiqh Council of North America announced that Ramadan would be observed from May 27, based on astronomical predictions. Europe too will observe Ramadan from May 27 as per the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and the Islamic Relief UK charity.

During this time, there are two greetings people can use: Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem. Both are correct and can be used interchangeably, they just mean different things. Mubarak is a request that Ramadan be blessed...


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Gritty part of Manchester recalls 'angry' suicide bomber

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The terror manhunt in Manchester focused on a gritty area of the city notorious for gangland murders on Friday as the head of a local mosque where suicide bomber Salman Abedi worshipped recalled him as an "angry" young man.

Armed police raided a house in Moss Side overnight in connection with Monday's attack, shutting off a street of red-brick homes and shouting: "Hands on the ground! Get on the ground!"

A 30-year-old man was arrested in the raid which involved around 30 officers, neighbours said, while police searched a barber's shop nearby where a local shopkeeper said three of Abedi's cousins worked.

At the Salaam Community Association and Masjid, housed in a squat modern block, mosque chairman Abdullah Norris said 22-year-old Abedi had started coming there in January but had flouted mosque rules.

Norris said he had told Abedi, who killed 22...


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'Who gives a crap' about environment? | MPNEWS - Mornington Peninsula News

Big group effort: School students mucked in at The Briars to learn about how humans can have an impact on the environment. Picture: Yanni

A YOUTH Environmental Forum at The Briars last week gave students from schools in the region the chance to learn more about human environmental impacts and solutions.

Arranged by Frankston Council, with help from the Frankston High School eco team, the day was about educating students to become better environmental leaders to educate their own school communities.

Students from Mount Erin, McClelland, Padua, Monterey and John Paul colleges and Frankston High School enjoyed the day funded by Frankston Council, ethical fashion brand Etiko and toilet tissue company Who Gives a Crap? that donates 50 per cent of its profits to building toilets in the developing world.

“It is hoped this might be the beginning of an interschool network in which students...


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Uate relishing change of environment - NRL.com - NRL.COM

Uate relishing change of environment

Akuila Uate has re-discovered his best form at the Sea Eagles. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos.

He earnt the nickname "Thriller" at the Knights after a nine-year career and now Manly Sea Eagles winger Akuila Uate is turning back the clock after what he described as a "disappointing exit" in the Hunter last season.

The sight of Uate into open space against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday night would have had those on the northern beaches chuffed at what they saw, however Knights fans could be excused for feeling like coach Nathan Brown made the wrong decision letting the club's all-time leading try-scorer go in a trade-deal for injured Knight Jamie Buhrer.

Newcastle's loss is the Sea Eagles' gain and it has been a wild journey for the 29-year-old but his 80-minute performance against the Titans was a true reflection of just how much Uate has relished a change of...


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Environment Day aims to connect people to nature - Echonetdaily

The Greens will have their Giant Earth Ball on display at the Caldera Environment Centre's 2017 World Environment Day Festival. Photo supplied

The Giant Earth Ball will be on display at the Caldera Environment Centre’s 2017 World Environment Day Festival. Photo supplied

This year’s UN theme for World Environment Day invites us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

In our region the Caldera Environment Centre’s annual World Environment Day Festival will be on again, weather permitting, on Sunday June 4 at Knox Park from 10am-3pm.

Speakers include Steve Harris the CEO of ENOVA, our north coast community-owned electricity retailer.

Enova now has close to 2,500 customers and is the industry leader in offering 12 cents per kilowatt hour. The team is working on new plans to support local energy generation. Your questions will be answered at the presentation or at the Enova stall.

Mullumbimby inventor Sapoty Brook's solar trike will be on display at the 2017 World Environment Day Festival in Murwillumbah. Photo supplied

Mullumbimby...


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Fun Environment Day at The Joan - Blue Mountains Gazette

Family arts festival and comedy gala for World Environment Day at The Joan on June 4.

Tripod at The Joan

Tripod at The Joan

Penrith City Council will host a free family arts festival on Sunday, June 4, to celebrate World Environment Day at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

The festival will include World Environment Sun-Day and the Talking Rubbish Comedy Gala, events curated by much-loved musical comedy trio Tripod.

World Environment Sun-Day will be a fun and action-packed afternoon from noon-4pm at the green Mondo outside The Joan. The family-focused event will encourage recycling, upcycling and waste reduction. There will be food trucks and entertainment throughout the day with a sustainable and enviro-focus.

Budding filmmakers are invited to submit three-minute films on the theme of emptying recyclables for the Binema Film Festival with the winner to be announced on the day. Live music...


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What Does Trump's Budget Mean for the Environment? - The Atlantic

Didn’t we just go through this?

In early March, President Trump proposed a budget that would have scaled back the federal government’s stewardship of the environment beyond recognition. The budget traded historically unprecedented cuts to the EPA for $50-billion boosts to defense spending, and it shuttered long-running programs that protect wild areas outside of any one state’s dominion, like the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

The budget scared environmental leaders, who also assured supporters that such a plan could never pass Congress. (Among American adults, environmental protection is really quite popular.) And they were right. After two months of negotiations, Congress approved a bipartisan spending bill that preserved nearly all of the EPA’s funding while actually increasing support for renewable-energy programs.

In other words, all those...


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Lithgow to host environment conference - Lithgow Mercury

The NSW Regional Environment Conference, focused on clean energy and a coal-free future, will be held at Lithgow on June 3.

FILE IMAGE: Mt Piper

FILE IMAGE: Mt Piper

Lithgow will host the Nature Conservation Council’s NSW Regional Environment Conference on June 3.

According to its agenda released on May 25, the conference at Lithgow Uniting Church on June 3 will focus on a clean energy future and plans to support Lithgow and other coal mining communities through the change. 

Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said Lithgow sat at the sharp end of the transformation within the energy sector, with the closure of Wallerawang Power Station in 2014. 

“We have been urging the NSW Government to work with Lithgow and other coal communities to ensure they are supported during the clean-energy transition,” she said.

“Society as a whole will benefit from a 100 per cent renewable energy system, so the broader...


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Pesky goats actually helping the environment - Sky News - Sky News Australia

It's tough for trees to thrive in the semi-desert Sous valley region of southern Morocco, but scientists have found that some might be getting a helping hand from an unlikely source.

While the local goats have been considered something of a menace because of their fondness for the argan fruit, Spanish ecologists have observed an unusual way in which they might actually be helping - they are constantly spitting out their seeds.

Domesticated goats in the region are inordinately fond of climbing to the precarious tops of argan trees to find fresh forage.

In some arid habitats, such as argan forests, most green vegetation is at the tops of the trees - which can grow 10 metres high.

Local goatherds are known to encourage the activity, pruning the bushy, thorny trees to make it easier for goats to ascend them, and even helping the goats'...


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Environment Day fun at The Joan - Blue Mountains Gazette

Family arts festival and comedy gala for World Environment Day at The Joan on June 4.

Tripod at The Joan

Tripod at The Joan

Penrith City Council will host a free family arts festival on Sunday, June 4, to celebrate World Environment Day at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

The festival will include World Environment Sun-Day and the Talking Rubbish Comedy Gala, events curated by much-loved musical comedy trio Tripod.

World Environment Sun-Day will be a fun and action-packed afternoon from noon-4pm at the green Mondo outside The Joan. The family-focused event will encourage recycling, upcycling and waste reduction. There will be food trucks and entertainment throughout the day with a sustainable and enviro-focus.

Budding filmmakers are invited to submit three-minute films on the theme of emptying recyclables for the Binema Film Festival with the winner to be announced on the day. Live music...


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Taking sewage seriously - to avoid pollution offences - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

There are five basic steps water and sewage services operators can take to minimise the risk of committing pollution offences.

Recent cases have identified inadequate environmental management procedures, poorly maintained records and obvious compliance deficiencies within both public and private water and sewage services providers. To minimise costs and risk of environmental and reputational harm, providers of water and sewage services need to spend time and budget up front to ensure that environmental compliance procedures represent best practice, are understood by employees, effectively implemented and regularly updated and improved.

What can water and sewage services operators do to minimise risk?

  1. Identify environmental law compliance requirements and key risk areas;
  2. Develop a best-practice environmental compliance framework that includes operational checks and balances,...

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The Real Lowdown: The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment, Vol. 12 - Natural Resources Defense Council

A budget that puts our health and environment last, reopening the door to highway pollution, and more attempts to squash progress on climate action.

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Presidents’ budgets are about values, putting money behind what matters most. And they lay out a vision for our country’s future. That’s why President Trump’s newly released fiscal year 2018 budget is such a startling document.

Through its thousands of pages and voluminous tables, a clear picture emerges: Trump’s vision is to put polluters and dirty fossil fuels first—and all the rest of America last. He strives to take us backward, and in doing so continues his all-out assault on our health and environment. The Trump budget, NRDC President Rhea Suh said, is a “scorched-earth campaign, literally and figuratively.”

Trump’s proposed cuts—from deep to drastic—would jeopardize everything from scientific research to...


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Christian school bans 'immoral' pregnant teenager from attending her own graduation

A pregnant teenager - an honour student with straights As - has been branded “immoral” by her school and told she cannot attend its graduation ceremony.

Officials at Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland, said Maddi Runkles, 18, was not welcome at the event because she had to be held “accountable for her immorality”.

“Maddi is being disciplined, not because she’s pregnant, but because she was immoral,” David Hobbs, the school administrator, said in a statement.

“Heritage is also pleased that she has chosen to not abort her son. However, her immorality is the original choice she made that began this situation.”

The teenager said she had originally considered having an abortion, but decided against doing so. She told the New York Times she considered herself “a practising born-again Christian”.

She said she intended to raise her baby, a boy, with the help of her...


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Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report

New details about Chris Cornell's death revealed by TMZ Thursday claimed the singer had fresh track marks on his arm when he was found dead in the bathroom of his MGM Grand Detroit hotel room last week Thursday. However, while authorities ruled the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman's death as suicide, his family raised doubts over the findings.

According to TMZ, which cited sources, the track marks were "obvious" on Cornell's body. It had earlier been revealed the singer had a history of using drugs. The toxicology tests will reveal which drugs were found in his system.

Amid Cornell's family putting out a statement saying he may have taken more Ativans than prescribed to him, another witness who saw him during his final performance also hinted at a drug overdose causing his death.

Read: Chris Cornell Toxicology Report Awaited For Drug-Related Cause Of Death, Singer's Gravesite To...


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NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow

Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed.

"At present NATO-Russian relations are at their worst since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement.

The ministry said NATO was pursuing a policy of "containment" towards Russia that has seen it bolster its forces along the country's border in eastern Europe.

"The direct consequence is the increase in the potential for conflict in Euro-Atlantic region," it said.

The broadside from Moscow came a day after NATO leaders met in Brussels.

The threat from Russia has tended to be a major focus of NATO summits since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and then backed a bloody separatist insurgency.

But the Thursday meeting saw the...


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'Who gives a crap' about environment? - Mornington Peninsula News

Big group effort: School students mucked in at The Briars to learn about how humans can have an impact on the environment. Picture: Yanni

A YOUTH Environmental Forum at The Briars last week gave students from schools in the region the chance to learn more about human environmental impacts and solutions.

Arranged by Frankston Council, with help from the Frankston High School eco team, the day was about educating students to become better environmental leaders to educate their own school communities.

Students from Mount Erin, McClelland, Padua, Monterey and John Paul colleges and Frankston High School enjoyed the day funded by Frankston Council, ethical fashion brand Etiko and toilet tissue company Who Gives a Crap? that donates 50 per cent of its profits to building toilets in the developing world.

“It is hoped this might be the beginning of an interschool network in which students...


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Read more: 'Who gives a crap' about environment? - Mornington Peninsula News

Environment Day aims to connect people to nature - Echonetdaily

The Greens will have their Giant Earth Ball on display at the Caldera Environment Centre's 2017 World Environment Day Festival. Photo supplied

The Giant Earth Ball will be on display at the Caldera Environment Centre’s 2017 World Environment Day Festival. Photo supplied

This year’s UN theme for World Environment Day invites us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

In our region the Caldera Environment Centre’s annual World Environment Day Festival will be on again, weather permitting, on Sunday June 4 at Knox Park from 10am-3pm.

Speakers include Steve Harris the CEO of ENOVA, our north coast community-owned electricity retailer.

Enova now has close to 2,500 customers and is the industry leader in offering 12 cents per kilowatt hour. The team is working on new plans to support local energy generation. Your questions will be answered at the presentation or at the Enova stall.

Mullumbimby inventor Sapoty Brook's solar trike will be on display at the 2017 World Environment Day Festival in Murwillumbah. Photo supplied

Mullumbimby...


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Read more: Environment Day aims to connect people to nature - Echonetdaily

Uate relishing change of environment - NRL.COM

Uate relishing change of environment

Akuila Uate has re-discovered his best form at the Sea Eagles. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos.

He earnt the nickname "Thriller" at the Knights after a nine-year career and now Manly Sea Eagles winger Akuila Uate is turning back the clock after what he described as a "disappointing exit" in the Hunter last season.

The sight of Uate into open space against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday night would have had those on the northern beaches chuffed at what they saw, however Knights fans could be excused for feeling like coach Nathan Brown made the wrong decision letting the club's all-time leading try-scorer go in a trade-deal for injured Knight Jamie Buhrer.

Newcastle's loss is the Sea Eagles' gain and it has been a wild journey for the 29-year-old but his 80-minute performance against the Titans was a true reflection of just how much Uate has relished a change of...


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Read more: Uate relishing change of environment - NRL.COM

What Does Trump's Budget Mean for the Environment? - The Atlantic

Didn’t we just go through this?

In early March, President Trump proposed a budget that would have scaled back the federal government’s stewardship of the environment beyond recognition. The budget traded historically unprecedented cuts to the EPA for $50-billion boosts to defense spending, and it shuttered long-running programs that protect wild areas outside of any one state’s dominion, like the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

The budget scared environmental leaders, who also assured supporters that such a plan could never pass Congress. (Among American adults, environmental protection is really quite popular.) And they were right. After two months of negotiations, Congress approved a bipartisan spending bill that preserved nearly all of the EPA’s funding while actually increasing support for renewable-energy programs.

In other words, all those...


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Read more: What Does Trump's Budget Mean for the Environment? - The Atlantic

 

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