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Cyanide coffee murder: Australian Jessica Wongso, accused of friend's …

28-09-2016 Australia The Editor

An Australian permanent resident accused of murdering her friend with a cyanide-laced coffee is due to take the stand for the first time in an Indonesian court.The country's most popular television stations, which have carried the court's proceedings live day and night for an audience hungry for more, are expected to reach peak ratings when 27-year-old Jessica Wongso testifies today.Police allege, after returning from Australia to Indonesia, Wongso spiked her friend Mirna Salihin's iced coffee with cyanide as they dined with another friend at an upmarket shopping mall in Jakarta in January.CCTV vision played in the court showed the victim, also 27, slumped in her seat at the restaurant table after sipping the coffee. External Link: CCTV footage of Mirna Salihin collapsing after drinking an iced coffee allegedly laced with...Read full article on News GN Australia

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MP faces questions about 'lobbyist' speech - SBS

28-09-2016 Australia The Editor

A Queensland coalition MP is facing questions following claims parts of a speech he delivered defending a property developer were written by a lobbyist. Source: AAP 28 Sep 2016 - 10:10 AM  UPDATED 9 HOURS AGO Embattled Liberal MP Stuart Robert's 2012 parliamentary speech defending a Gold Coast developer could have jeopardised the legal defence of an Australian man wrongly detained in Dubai for five years, according to his lawyer. Fairfax Media has reported entire sections of the speech had been written by a lobbyist for developer Sunland, which was involved in a Dubai dispute that resulted in Australian man Marcus Lee being imprisoned and then placed under house arrest before finally being exonerated. Mr Lee's lawyer John Sneddon said Mr Robert's speech came at a "quite a cruicial point" in the case and was dangerous for Mr Lee's defence. "We thought it was just a bizarre thing to...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Cy Walsh Found Not Guilty Of Murdering His Dad Due To Mental Incompete…

28-09-2016 Australia The Editor

The South Australian Supreme Court has today formally ruled Cy Walsh not guilty of murdering his father Phil Walsh by reason of mental incompetence. Justice Ann Bampton today formally found Cy not guilty of murder, ruling that while it was accepted that Cy did kill his Dad, he was not criminally responsible due to his mental state at the time. 27-year-old Cy was detained in a high-security psychiatric facility after he was arrested and charged last year. Under South Australian law, Cy will now be placed on a lifetime psychiatric supervision order. A victim impact statement was read to the court on behalf of Phil's wife and Cy's mother, Meredith Walsh. "My heart remains broken. Our daughter is devastated by the loss of her father. Our son Cy is also shattered by what has happened, and has to live with the consequences of his illness, an illness that has destroyed our loving...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Shimon Peres: the man who helped lead Israel to nationhood - ABC Onlin…

28-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Shimon Peres: the man who helped lead Israel to nationhood - ABC Online

Related Story: Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies In 1934, Shimon Peres came to the land that would become the state of Israel. By the time of his death at the age of 93 he had held practically every major office in the nation he helped build. Shimon Peres factfilePM of Israel from 1995-1996Minister of foreign affairs from 2001-2002President from 2007-2014Winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 He was his country's elder statesman, and the last surviving member of the generation who created the modern Jewish state and led it for decades.Like his fellow nation-builders, Mr Peres' political and personal life was shaped by the horrors of the Holocaust and the anti-Semitism which plagued Europe.He was born in Poland to a timber merchant father and...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Mackay fluoride removal vote sparks calls for government action - Bris…

28-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Mackay fluoride removal vote sparks calls for government action - Brisbane Times

A Queensland council slammed for removing fluoride from its water supply says councillors never should have had the power to make the decision in the first place. Mackay mayor Greg Williamson joined a chorus of calls for the state government to take back control of water fluoridation, hours after voting on Wednesday to remove it. Mackay's council has voted to remove fluoridation from the city's water supply, joining the more than 20 other Queensland councils to do so.  The Australian Medical Association Queensland and the Australian Dental Association both decried the north Queensland council's decision. "I think it's a very sad decision," AMAQ chairman Dr Shaun Rudd said. "I think that when you have a known safe way to prevent, especially kids, from … teeth decay, you should go with it." "If you don't, I think it's a sad day for Mackay." Advertisement ADA spokesman Dr Michael...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Coroner yet to decide on Ms Dhu footage - 9news.com.au

28-09-2016 Australia The Editor

Releasing footage of the final days of an Aboriginal woman in custody would be the most powerful and effective way of honouring her memory, her father has told the West Australian coroner. Ms Dhu, whose first name is not used for cultural reasons, died two days after being locked up at South Hedland Police Station in August 2014 for unpaid fines totalling $3622, stemming from charges including assaulting police. Ms Dhu's family initially opposed media requests to obtain the vision, which was repeatedly played during an inquest, but their lawyers later said the family had reconsidered their position and believed it was in the public interest. Coroner Ros Fogliani dismissed the application, saying the footage was distressing and Ms Dhu's privacy outweighed the public interest, but she is now reconsidering the matter and heard submissions on Wednesday to a packed court room. Some...Read full article on News GN Australia

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DJI launches drone the size of water bottle - CNNMoney

28-09-2016 World News The Editor

DJI launches drone the size of water bottle - CNNMoney

We tested DJI's new foldable drone DJI's latest drone is so small it can fold up to the size of a water bottle. The Chinese manufacturer unveiled on Tuesday the Mavic Pro, which is nearly half the price and size of its flagship Phantom drone ($1400). While the form factor is unquestionably slimmer -- and it weighs in at a lean 1.65 pounds -- it doesn't compromise on features. The Mavic Pro comes with a 4K 12 megapixel camera, livestreaming support, a three-axis gimbal and gesture control. The drone, which starts shipping on October 15, will be available in two versions: one priced at $749 and a $999 deluxe model that comes with a controller. You'll need to use an app on your phone to fly the cheaper model. Related: GoPro announces foldable Karma drone The pricier Phantom 4 touts a better camera, but with a more affordable price tag and the ability to fold up...Read full article on News GN World

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Appeals court considers Obama's climate change plan - Washington Post

28-09-2016 World News The Editor

President Obama’s signature effort to combat global warming was alternately lauded as a reasonable attempt to move the nation toward cleaner energy sources and faulted as an unconstitutional, job-killing power grab during seven hours of vigorous legal arguments Tuesday. With the Clean Power Plan’s future on the line, a 10-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struggled to discern whether the proposal goes too far in trying to compel power plants to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. The Obama administration contends it merely used its authority to nudge the industry in a direction many companies already are headed — toward more renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar. This central piece of Obama’s environmental legacy, which will probably remain unsettled even after he leaves office in January, aims to slash the greenhouse-gas emissions...Read full article on News GN World

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Wells Fargo Claws Back Millions From CEO After Scandal - Wall Street J…

28-09-2016 World News The Editor

Updated Sept. 27, 2016 10:01 p.m. ET !-- -- !-- -- Wells Fargo!-- --!-- -- WFC 0.47 % !-- -- & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive John Stumpf will forfeit $41 million for the bank’s burgeoning sales scandal, marking one of the biggest rebukes to the head of a major U.S. financial institution. The bank’s board moved to rescind pay for Mr. Stumpf and former community- banking head !-- -- Carrie Tolstedt!-- -- ahead of a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee Thursday. Wells Fargo’s board said Ms. Tolstedt, who oversaw retail banking during bad behavior there, will forfeit unvested equity awards valued at $19 million. The board said she won’t exercise “outstanding options” during an investigation into the bank’s sales practices. Ms....Read full article on News GN World

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SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars -…

28-09-2016 World News The Editor

SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars - Space.com

Now we know how Elon Musk plans to get 1 million people to Mars. At a conference in Mexico today (Sept. 27), the SpaceX founder and CEO unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), which will combine the most powerful rocket ever built with a spaceship designed to carry at least 100 people to the Red Planet per flight. If all goes according to plan, the reusable ITS will help humanity establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet within the next 50 to 100 years, Musk said at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara. [SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport for Mars in Images] "What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible — make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," he said. Mars transport system A cutaway look at SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System spaceship to ferry...Read full article on News GN World

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Controversial 3-parent baby technique produces a boy - CNN

28-09-2016 World News The Editor

The mother previously had four pregnancy losses and had given birth to two children, one who survived less than a year, another who lived only 6 years due to the syndrome. For religious reasons, the mother wanted to use a technique that would not require the destruction of fertilized eggs, which an approved treatment in the United Kingdom would require.Led by Dr. John Zhang, founder of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, her doctors left the US, where the technique has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and performed their work in Mexico, which is free of similar regulations.Though billed by Zhang as a "first ever," a different version of this same technique had been used by fertility clinics in the past, explained Professor Hank Greely of Stanford University, who specializes in the ethical, legal and social implications of new biomedical technologies.

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After a Disappointing Debate, Trump Goes on the Attack - New York Time…

28-09-2016 World News The Editor

Against Mr. Trump’s brooding, Mrs. Clinton cut a strikingly different profile on the campaign trail on Tuesday, emerging emboldened from her encounter with the Republican nominee. At a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Mrs. Clinton, brandishing her opponent’s debate stumbles, assailed Mr. Trump’s comments suggesting he avoided paying taxes and welcomed the 2008 financial crisis as a buying opportunity.“What kind of person would want to root for nine million families losing their homes?” Mrs. Clinton asked the crowd. “One who should never be president, is the answer to that question.”Having shaken at least temporarily the malaise of the past month, Mrs. Clinton must seek to gain a durable upper hand over Mr. Trump, who before the debate had been delivering a more focused message on trade, immigration and national security.Mr. Trump’s comportment on Tuesday threatened to undermine his gains of...Read full article on News GN World

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Sydney at risk of 'housing bubble', warns UBS - The Sydney Morning Her…

28-09-2016 Business News The Editor

Sydney at risk of 'housing bubble', warns UBS - The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney is facing a 'housing bubble' after a surge in prices in the past five years, according to a UBS Group report. The UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index report analysed residential property prices in 18 'financial centre' cities around the world, with Vancouver, London and Stockholm topping the list and Sydney coming in fourth.  Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:41 Glenn Stevens: The future of property Video duration 01:42 Wells Fargo boss takes $50m pay cut Video duration 01:09 We're slowly waking up to the lazy tax Video duration 01:56 Who are the banks screwing over the most on rates? Video duration 04:17 Andrew Abercrombie and Wolf Blass share their journey to the top Video duration 00:41 Mobile users slam #Vodafail Video duration 00:16 ASX closes on a high Video duration 02:47 A period of outperformance in...Read full article on News GN Business

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ASX wary of threat from hackers - SBS

28-09-2016 Business News The Editor

ASX shareholders are far more interested in cyber security for the market operator's new system than the recent major market outage. Source: AAP 28 Sep 2016 - 5:54 PM  UPDATED 1 HOUR AGO The operator of the Australian share market admits a new blockchain-style system for stock purchases will be a target for hackers, but says it will be prepared to face the threat. Just over a week on from a hardware failure that halted much of a day's trading on the share market, ASX chairman Rick Holliday-Smith fielded only a couple of questions about the outage from shareholders at the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday. ASX investors were far more interested in quizzing him about cyber security for the new "industrial strength" distributed ledger technology (DLT) being developed as a possible replacement for the market operator's current technology for clearing and settling stock...Read full article on News GN Business

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ACCC chairman Rod Sims takes swipe at Coles and Woolworths - The Sydne…

28-09-2016 Business News The Editor

ACCC chairman Rod Sims takes swipe at Coles and Woolworths - The Sydney Morning Herald

ACCC chairman Rod Sims has taken a swipe at supermarket heavyweights Woolworths and Coles and the companies' supporters for criticising planned changes to competition laws saying the arguments against the changes "makes no sense". Mr Sims said ongoing criticism of changes to section 46 in the competition law act, a part of competition law that deals with the misuse of market power, by some large firms was curious. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:44 The man who exposed Coles in his spare time Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:06 Cy Walsh found not guilty Video duration 01:59 Asthma tablet caused 'monster' behaviour Video duration 02:45 South Australia loses power supply Video duration 03:01 Severe weather is on its way Video duration 01:29 Kaddour changes police interview...Read full article on News GN Business

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Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth apartment losses rise: Corelogic - The Aust…

28-09-2016 Business News The Editor

Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth apartment losses rise: Corelogic - The Australian Financial Review

Some 15.6 per cent of Brisbane CBD unit sales are now loss-making compared to 12 per cent last year. Danny Watkins/EyeEm The number of Brisbane apartments selling at a loss has accelerated in the past year, Corelogic's June quarter Pain & Gain report says.  Some 15.6 per cent of Brisbane CBD unit sales are now loss-making compared to 12 per cent last year.  "And it's not just a CBD problem, it is a broader problem across Brisbane for the unit market," senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said.  Melbourne also had a high number of loss-making resold apartments; 17 per cent of unit sales are at a loss in the quarter to June 2016 but that number has not changed from a year ago.  Perth and Darwin apartment sales continue to worsen also - 38.3 per cent of inner Perth apartment sales were at a loss for June 2016 versus 16.5 per cent last year. Darwin notched up at 25.9 per...Read full article on News GN Business

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AGL hit by backlash on carbon emissions and executive pay - The Sydney…

28-09-2016 Business News The Editor

AGL hit by backlash on carbon emissions and executive pay - The Sydney Morning Herald

Energy utility AGL suffered its "first strike" on Wednesday as shareholders pushed back at the high level of executive pay at the company as it also faced criticism for moving too slowly to reduce its heavily reliance on coal-fired power plants. AGL owns the Loy Yang A power station in Victoria which uses brown coal and ranks among the biggest emitters of carbon in the country, while also operating two large black coal generators in the Hunter Valley, north-west of Newcastle. Protesters rally outside AGL Energy's annual meeting in Sydney. Photo: Christopher Pearce Shareholders attending the annual meeting were confronted with demonstrators opposed to some of the group's activities, while it was also criticised during the meeting for being too slow in boosting the role of renewable energy in its portfolio, with one shareholder calling for the company to quit all coal-fired generation...Read full article on News GN Business

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ASX largely flat, AGL does heavy lifting - The Sydney Morning Herald

28-09-2016 Business News The Editor

ASX largely flat, AGL does heavy lifting - The Sydney Morning Herald

After a strong start, local shares trimmed early gains to finish mostly flat on Wednesday, though utilities stocks did their best to keep momentum in the green.  Utilities did most of the heavy lifting, buoyed by AGL which surprised investors with a $600 million buyback and flagged a rise in underlying profit.  ASX largely flat, AGL does heavy lifting. Photo: Sasha Woolley The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index and the broader All Ordinaries Index each closed 0.05 per cent higher to 5412.4 points and 5500.2 points respectively.  AGL shares have lagged in recent months, though they soared 5.8 per cent after the buyback announcement and closed at $18.70.  "We are a little surprised by the timing of the buyback announcement given commentary at the FY16 result," said Paul Johnston, analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada. "And suspect that this is, at least in part, due to the recent meaningful...Read full article on News GN Business

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has offered some advice to sleepin…

28-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has offered some advice to sleeping Senator Derryn Hinch - NEWS.com.au

MP Kevin Hogan wakes up Senator Derryn Hinch during the Governor-General’s speech. Picture: Gary Ramage DEPUTY Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has offered some advice to Senator Derryn Hinch after he was caught napping during his first day on the job. Senator Hinch reportedly admitted he closed his eyes for a minute, during a 35-minute long speech by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove yesterday. Liberal Member for Fisher Peter Slipper caught sleeping as Indonesian President Yudhoyono address Ministers, MPs and Senators in the House of Representatives. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied He was snapped by photographers being gently prodded awake by Nationals MP Kevin Hogan. But Mr Joyce this morning confessed Senator Hinch was “not alone” in the Senate chamber yesterday. “Just get up and get a glass of water,” he told the Seven Network. “But welcome to the Senate. It looks so good on...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Federal politics: live coverage from Parliament House - The Sydney Mor…

28-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

7:47pm on 1 Sep 2016 And on that note, we'll wrap up for the day. What happened? The first sitting of the 45th Parliament has officially ended  The Turnbull Government finished the week by losing three votes in the lower house. Senior ministers including Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Social Services Minister Christian Porter were absent from the chamber during the procedural motions giving Labor the numbers it needed The Coalition is still working out who's fault that is - they were understood to have been given permission from Christopher Pyne, the Leader of the government in the house, to leave Canberra after adjournment, but other sources contended it was the fault of the whips For a full recount of the happenings, here's Michael Kozoil's report  We'll be back on Monday September 12 when everyone makes it back to the chamber.  Hopefully.

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ACT election: Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson talk voting, politics at …

28-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

ACT election: Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson talk voting, politics at forum on Sunday - The Canberra Times

Former Canberra Times editor Jack Waterford. Photo: Graham Tidy If you're not enrolled to vote yet, you've missed out. But for the Canberrans who have got themselves on the electoral roll, the next step is deciding who to vote for on October 15. And in a Hare Clark voting system with five politicians elected from each seat, that's not always an easy task. Former long-time Canberra Times editor and now columnist Jack Waterford, this reporter Kirsten Lawson, and Riot Act editor Charlotte Harper talk voting, elections and politics at 3pm Sunday at Muse at the East Hotel - where you get a chance to ask questions and take part in the discussion. Canberra Times chief ACT political reporter Kirsten Lawson.  This year's election is more interesting than many after 15 years of Labor government, and the shift to five electorates. But are the Liberals up to the task? So long has Canberra been...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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'Stuff up, not conspiracy': Stephen Conroy explains mysterious resigna…

28-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

'Stuff up, not conspiracy': Stephen Conroy explains mysterious resignation from Parliament - The Sydney Morning Herald

Stuff-up or conspiracy? Stephen Conroy says one should always assume the former, although he has done little to quell the conspiracy theorists regarding his own mysterious resignation. The outgoing Labor senator gave his first interview since quietly tabling his resignation speech last week, appearing on Andrew Bolt's program on Sky News on Tuesday evening. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:46 Conroy's first interview post resignation Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:06 Cy Walsh found not guilty Video duration 01:59 Asthma tablet caused 'monster' behaviour Video duration 02:45 South Australia loses power supply Video duration 03:01 Severe weather is on its way Video duration 01:29 Kaddour changes police interview statement Video duration 01:45 Gifted kids need the 'tools...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Make no mistake, Labor and the Coalition are playing politics with sam…

28-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Make no mistake, Labor and the Coalition are playing politics with same-sex marriage - The Sydney Morning Herald

It is hard to recall a bigger failure in recent history from Australia's political class than the debacle over legalising same-sex marriage. The Coalition's implosion over the carbon pollution reduction scheme in 2009, combined with the Greens' insistence on the perfect being preferable to the good, comes close. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:24 Plebiscite merry go round Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:06 Cy Walsh found not guilty Video duration 01:59 Asthma tablet caused 'monster' behaviour Video duration 02:45 South Australia loses power supply Video duration 03:01 Severe weather is on its way Video duration 01:29 Kaddour changes police interview statement Video duration 01:45 Gifted kids need the 'tools to interact' Plebiscite merry go round The same sex...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Rudd's lost plan for a national museum of Indigenous Australians - The…

28-09-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Rudd's lost plan for a national museum of Indigenous Australians - The Sydney Morning Herald

Kevin Rudd had begun secret discussions to create a new national cultural institution before he was dumped as prime minister – a vision that would have built on his legacy as the leader who apologised for systemic mistreatment of the first Australians over generations. Behind the scenes, the then prime minister instructed bureaucrats in 2009 to begin discussions for a landmark museum dedicated to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to be built in Canberra's parliamentary triangle on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 03:02 Indigenous MPs break new ground Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:06 Cy Walsh found not guilty Video duration 01:59 Asthma tablet caused 'monster' behaviour Video duration 02:45 South Australia loses power supply Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Beef sustainability consultation phase moves onto consumers, public gr…

28-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

What does sustainable beef mean to retailers, special interest groups and customers? Their views are now being canvassed to help develop the first-ever Australian Beef Sustainability Framework. For the past three months the steering group responsible for developing the sustainability framework has been consulting extensively with the cattle industry. It is now focusing on consultation with downstream beef users and public groups to help guide development of the Framework. “Consultation will help identify priority areas for industry – from on-farm, feedlot, transport and processing perspectives,” sustainability steering group chair Prue Bondfield said. “From there we will develop indicators to track performance using existing data sets. “The Framework will not establish or endorse measurement systems at an individual business level.” “The Framework will be pre-competitive; it’s about...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Stockland takes stock of sustainability - The Australian Financial Rev…

28-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Stockland takes stock of sustainability - The Australian Financial Review

Stockland group executive John Schroder showcases one of Australia's largest rooftop solar installations, at the Stockland Shellharbour shopping centre. Supplied Stockland, the $11.5 billion diversified property group, has reduced operating costs by $60 million through a range of sustainability initiatives. The long-term saving, which improves the bottom line for investors and the occupancy cost for tenants, is detailed in the group's Sustainability Reports released last week. Chief executive Mark Steinert said the reports demonstrated the shared value created for security holders through "world-leading sustainability initiatives" being implemented across the business. Many of the reports do put numbers on sustainability initiatives. The London Benchmarking Group puts a monetary value – $6.3 million in cash, time and in-kind donations – in the contribution to community...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Ranking NFL's surprise teams by sustainability - ESPN

28-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Sep 26, 2016 The four starting quarterbacks from the NFL's conference championship games last season combined for zero touchdown passes with seven interceptions in Week 3. Two of them, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, didn't play. The other two, Cam Newton and Carson Palmer, might wish they hadn't played after what happened Sunday. The NFL has delivered no shortage of surprises through the first three weeks. The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles have gone 3-0 with quarterbacks who started zero games for them last season. The Los Angeles Rams have won two straight after an opening-week debacle that made it appear the road from St. Louis to California would lead them to the first overall pick in the 2017 draft. I've taken these five surprise teams and ranked them by how likely it will be for each to sustain its early success. 1. Patriots go...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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A missed opportunity for sustainability - EurActiv

28-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

The new EU non-financial reporting requirements, while a step in the right direction, lack the scope and the necessary verification requirements to be a real game-changer writes Beate Sjåfjell. Beate Sjåfjell is a professor at the University of Oslo. She is the coordinator of the H2020-funded project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART). The convergence of crises that we face as a global society, with its grand challenge of how to achieve social progress for all without destroying the very basis of our existence, emphasises the importance of discussing the role of business. One thing is for sure: ‘business as usual’ is a very certain path towards a very uncertain future. We know that there is a strong will in the EU to ensure the contribution of business to sustainability – environmental, social and economic. However, the regulatory tool of choice for the EU and...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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No U.S. Cities Among Top 25 in Sustainability Index | Digital Trends -…

28-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

It looks like the U.S. has its work cut out for it in sustainability. The Arcadis 2016 Sustainable Cities Index was just published and no U.S. city is in the top 10, according to Curbed. Zurich topped the list of 100 cities, followed closely by Singapore, Stockholm, Vienna, and London. Seven U.S. cities made it into the top 50, with New York at 26, Boston 34, San Francisco 39, Seattle 43, District of Columbia 44, Denver 49, and Los Angeles 50. Another 10 U.S. cities made the list, scoring from 51 (Philadelphia) to 69 (Detroit) in the sustainability ranking of 100 leading cities in the world. Related: Google sends machine learning researchers to the mountain views of Switzerland The Arcadis sustainable cities index rates cities based on the degree to which they balance, “the immediate needs of today without compromising the demands of tomorrow…” Three sub-indices covering quality of...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Here's why more companies like Coca-Cola are paying attention to …

28-09-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Coca-Cola (KO) says it is working to repay Mother Earth for all the water it uses to make its products around the world. “Water is our number one critical ingredient,” Bea Perez, Coca-Cola’s chief sustainability officer told Yahoo Finance at the recent Concordia Summit in New York City. The Atlanta-based beverage giant uses water to make its billions of soft drinks, juices and purified waters. In 2015, Coca-Cola says it returned 115% of the water it used globally that year, roughly 192 billion liters. “India was our wake-up call,” Perez says. Coca-Cola’s massive water footprint in India has drawn harsh criticism from residents and activists who accuse the company of using too much local groundwater, particularly in drought-stricken areas and in regions where homes and farms need it to survive. Perez says the company has since made water a key business priority, spending $2 billion on...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Thailand rules out Zika link in two microcephaly cases; investigating …

28-09-2016 Health News The Editor

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand ruled out on Wednesday Zika as the cause of two cases of microcephaly but is investigating two other cases that could be the first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia of the condition that results in babies being born with small heads. Microcephaly is a rare birth defect that has been linked, in Brazil in particular, to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is spreading in Southeast Asia. Thai health authorities said on Tuesday they were investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly in three babies and a 36-week old unborn baby. But on Wednesday, Apichai Mongkol, director-general of the ministry's Department of Medical Sciences, said Zika had been ruled out as the cause in two of the cases. "The test results showed that two did not have the Zika virus but it is still unclear with the other two because we found three flavivirus which means it...Read full article on News YH Health

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World's first baby born from 3-parent technique: report

28-09-2016 Health News The Editor

Miami (AFP) - The world's first baby has been born using a controversial new technique by US scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, said a report. The baby boy was born five months ago in Mexico to Jordanian parents, and is healthy and doing well, said the report in New Scientist magazine, described as an "exclusive." The boy's mother carried genes for a disorder known as Leigh Syndrome, a fatal nervous system disorder which she had passed on to her two previous children who both died of the disease. She had also suffered four miscarriages. The woman, whose identity was withheld by New Scientist, and her husband sought the help of John Zhang, a doctor from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City to have a baby that would be genetically related to them but would not carry the inherited disease. The United States has not approved any three-parent method for...Read full article on News YH Health

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Thais probe babies with microcephaly for Zika link

28-09-2016 Health News The Editor

Thailand is testing three babies and an unborn child with microcephaly whose mothers are infected with Zika to see if the infants' condition is linked to the virus, the Public Health Ministry says. Zika causes only mild symptoms in most, including fever, sore eyes and a rash. But pregnant women with the virus risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly -- a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads. There have been no confirmed cases of Zika-related microcephaly in Thailand so far, but authorities have been monitoring 36 pregnant women infected with the virus. "If a case of Zika-related microcephaly is confirmed then it would be the first confirmed case in the WHO Southeast Asia region," said Michael Vurens van Es, World Health Organization regional spokesman. Among the women being monitored by Thai authorities, eight have now given birth and three of the babies...Read full article on News YH Health

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Zuckerberg initiative poaches AstraZeneca board member

28-09-2016 Health News The Editor

LONDON (Reuters) - The $3 billion health initiative set up by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has hired one of AstraZeneca's non-executive directors to head up its science drive. The British drugmaker said on Wednesday that Cornelia Bargmann would step down from its board next month to take up a new role as president of Chan Zuckerberg Science, part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Leif Johansson, AstraZeneca's chairman, said the board was sorry to see her leave but understood Bargmann's decision to focus on the new assignment. Zuckerberg and Chan unveiled their new initiative last week, with a goal to "cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime". Their plan echoes the big global health ambitions of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, another philanthropic endeavor funded by tech industry money that has similarly tapped the...Read full article on News YH Health

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Politics of Pain series prompts calls for action

28-09-2016 Health News The Editor

When the Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press launched a two-part series about the politics behind the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic last week, reactions came swiftly from around the country. More than two dozen editorials and columns were written in response to the “Politics of Pain” project. News outlets from across the nation demanded reforms, calling for congressional and local hearings, changes to campaign finance rules and tighter regulations. One columnist suggested dissolution of the Pain Care Forum, a national coalition of drug companies and their allies that was the focus of the investigation. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., also cited the reporting from the Senate floor Thursday as he called for action. “The Money Mile and its army of Big Pharma lobbyists are the reason mandatory prescriber education is not the law. It is the reason the Food and Drug...Read full article on News YH Health

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Aleppo bombardments hit bakery, hospital: residents

28-09-2016 Health News The Editor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bakery and major hospital were hit in bombardments of rebel-held eastern Aleppo early on Wednesday, residents said, as Syrian government forces pressed their Russian-backed campaign to retake the whole city. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles on this hospital...at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters. "The rubble fell in on the patients in the intensive care unit." The strikes also hit the hospital's oxygen and power generators, and patients were transferred to another hospital in the area, medical workers at the M10 hospital said. A bakery in another rebel-held district was hit around 3 a.m., as people lined up to collect bread, residents said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said the bakery in the...Read full article on News YH Health

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