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Carlton president defends club's position on same-sex marriage - The A…

21-09-2017 Australia The Editor

Carlton president defends club's position on same-sex marriage - The Age

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has strongly defended his club's refusal to take a position on same-sex marriage, saying "it's not for organisations to tell people how to vote". Greater Western Sydney four years ago became the first AFL team to take a stand in support of marriage equality. The AFL and a number of other clubs including Geelong, Sydney, the Western Bulldogs and Essendon have backed the "yes" vote, but LoGiudice said of his club: "We don't like telling people what to do. People don't like being told what to do. Play Video Don't Play Walker opens up about death of Walsh Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:34 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:14 AFL 'YES' sign up for a day AFL 'YES' sign up for a day The league replaced the AFL sign at its Melbourne headquarters with a temporary "YES" sign, but the sign has since been taken down following a...Read full article on News GN Australia

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North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - …

21-09-2017 Australia The Editor

North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - The Sydney Morning Herald

Moscow: At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that US officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. US officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The North Korean tanker Ma Du San as identified by marinetraffic.com Photo: Sergei Skriabin/MarineTraffic Changing course and the complex chain of different firms - many offshore -  involved in shipments can complicate efforts to check how much fuel is supplied to North Korea and monitor compliance with a cap on fuel imports under UN sanctions. "As part of North Korea's efforts to acquire revenue, the regime uses shipping networks to import and export goods," US Assistant...Read full article on News GN Australia

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North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - …

21-09-2017 Australia The Editor

North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - The Sydney Morning Herald

Moscow: At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that US officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. US officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The North Korean tanker Ma Du San as identified by marinetraffic.com Photo: Sergei Skriabin/MarineTraffic Changing course and the complex chain of different firms - many offshore -  involved in shipments can complicate efforts to check how much fuel is supplied to North Korea and monitor compliance with a cap on fuel imports under UN sanctions. "As part of North Korea's efforts to acquire revenue, the regime uses shipping networks to import and export goods," US Assistant...Read full article on News GN Australia

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North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - …

21-09-2017 Australia The Editor

North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - The Sydney Morning Herald

Moscow: At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that US officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. US officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The North Korean tanker Ma Du San as identified by marinetraffic.com Photo: Sergei Skriabin/MarineTraffic Changing course and the complex chain of different firms - many offshore -  involved in shipments can complicate efforts to check how much fuel is supplied to North Korea and monitor compliance with a cap on fuel imports under UN sanctions. "As part of North Korea's efforts to acquire revenue, the regime uses shipping networks to import and export goods," US Assistant...Read full article on News GN Australia

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North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - …

21-09-2017 Australia The Editor

North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia - The Sydney Morning Herald

Moscow: At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that US officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. US officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The North Korean tanker Ma Du San as identified by marinetraffic.com Photo: Sergei Skriabin/MarineTraffic Changing course and the complex chain of different firms - many offshore -  involved in shipments can complicate efforts to check how much fuel is supplied to North Korea and monitor compliance with a cap on fuel imports under UN sanctions. "As part of North Korea's efforts to acquire revenue, the regime uses shipping networks to import and export goods," US Assistant...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Malcolm Roberts signed citizenship form without reading it, High Court…

21-09-2017 Australia The Editor

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has admitted to signing a form which said he was a British citizen, but says he did so without reading the document. Key points:Senator Roberts sent two emails to inactive addresses during attempts to check his citizenship statusSenator Roberts conceeded he did not read his citizenship form, which his sister filled out for himHe said it remained unclear whether he still held his British citizenship Senator Roberts' claims he did everything he could to renounce his British citizenship before the 2016 federal election are being tested in Brisbane today.The constitution bans people with dual citizenship from being elected to Federal Parliament.Questions were raised as to whether Senator Roberts held dual citizenship because he was born in India to a Welsh father and Australian mother.Under questioning from...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship' - Reu…

21-09-2017 World News The Editor

MANILA (Reuters) - Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive. Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads. Robredo, who was not...Read full article on News GN World

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Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship' - Reu…

21-09-2017 World News The Editor

MANILA (Reuters) - Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive. Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads. Robredo, who was not...Read full article on News GN World

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Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship' - Reu…

21-09-2017 World News The Editor

MANILA (Reuters) - Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive. Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads. Robredo, who was not...Read full article on News GN World

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Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatall…

21-09-2017 World News The Editor

Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatally shoots deaf man - Washington Post

Police Capt. Bo Mathews answers a question at a news conference in Oklahoma City on Sept. 20. (Sue Ogrocki/AP) Neighbors yelled “he can’t hear you!” But the two officers kept shouting commands. Sgt. Christopher Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey ordered Magdiel Sanchez to drop a 2-foot-long metal pipe. Instead, the 35-year-old stepped from the porch of the single-story house in suburban Oklahoma City, apparently oblivious to the shouts. Magdiel Sanchez (Sanchez Family/AP) With about 15 feet of distance between them, both officers discharged their weapons — one a gun, the other a taser. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday night. The uniformed officers arrived at the address looking for the driver of a hit-and-run incident nearby. Sanchez was the son of the driver they were looking for. What they did not seem to know was that he was deaf. This was the account Oklahoma City...Read full article on News GN World

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Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship' - Reu…

21-09-2017 World News The Editor

MANILA (Reuters) - Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive. Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads. Robredo, who was not...Read full article on News GN World

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Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatall…

21-09-2017 World News The Editor

Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatally shoots deaf man - Washington Post

Police Capt. Bo Mathews answers a question at a news conference in Oklahoma City on Sept. 20. (Sue Ogrocki/AP) Neighbors yelled “he can’t hear you!” But the two officers kept shouting commands. Sgt. Christopher Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey ordered Magdiel Sanchez to drop a 2-foot-long metal pipe. Instead, the 35-year-old stepped from the porch of the single-story house in suburban Oklahoma City, apparently oblivious to the shouts. Magdiel Sanchez (Sanchez Family/AP) With about 15 feet of distance between them, both officers discharged their weapons — one a gun, the other a taser. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday night. The uniformed officers arrived at the address looking for the driver of a hit-and-run incident nearby. Sanchez was the son of the driver they were looking for. What they did not seem to know was that he was deaf. This was the account Oklahoma City...Read full article on News GN World

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Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to wal…

21-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to walk away with $9m - The Sydney Morning Herald

Executives at James Packer's casino operator, Crown Resorts, have found out the hard way that the house doesn't always win.  The top five executives, including executive chairman John Alexander, lost $7.5 million of incentive payments for the 2017 financial year, according to Crown's annual report released on Thursday. Crown executive chairman John Alexander: "It has been a challenging period". Photo: James Alcock But it was only indirectly related to the company's disaster in China, where 19 employees were detained last October and then jailed for promoting gambling.  The executives' cardinal sin was not hitting the earnings per share (EPS) target that was the sole performance hurdle required by the long-term incentive plan they were given in 2014. James Packer. Photo: Sahlan Hayes "In financial year 2017, Crown did not meet the relevant EPS hurdle and accordingly, no entitlement...Read full article on News GN Business

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Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to wal…

21-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to walk away with $9m - The Sydney Morning Herald

Executives at James Packer's casino operator, Crown Resorts, have found out the hard way that the house doesn't always win.  The top five executives, including executive chairman John Alexander, lost $7.5 million of incentive payments for the 2017 financial year, according to Crown's annual report released on Thursday. Crown executive chairman John Alexander: "It has been a challenging period". Photo: James Alcock But it was only indirectly related to the company's disaster in China, where 19 employees were detained last October and then jailed for promoting gambling.  The executives' cardinal sin was not hitting the earnings per share (EPS) target that was the sole performance hurdle required by the long-term incentive plan they were given in 2014. James Packer. Photo: Sahlan Hayes "In financial year 2017, Crown did not meet the relevant EPS hurdle and accordingly, no entitlement...Read full article on News GN Business

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Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to wal…

21-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to walk away with $9m - The Sydney Morning Herald

Executives at James Packer's casino operator, Crown Resorts, have found out the hard way that the house doesn't always win.  The top five executives, including executive chairman John Alexander, lost $7.5 million of incentive payments for the 2017 financial year, according to Crown's annual report released on Thursday. Crown executive chairman John Alexander: "It has been a challenging period". Photo: James Alcock But it was only indirectly related to the company's disaster in China, where 19 employees were detained last October and then jailed for promoting gambling.  The executives' cardinal sin was not hitting the earnings per share (EPS) target that was the sole performance hurdle required by the long-term incentive plan they were given in 2014. James Packer. Photo: Sahlan Hayes "In financial year 2017, Crown did not meet the relevant EPS hurdle and accordingly, no entitlement...Read full article on News GN Business

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Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to wal…

21-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Crown Resort bosses lose $7.5m in bonuses, ex-CEO Rowen Craigie to walk away with $9m - The Sydney Morning Herald

Executives at James Packer's casino operator, Crown Resorts, have found out the hard way that the house doesn't always win.  The top five executives, including executive chairman John Alexander, lost $7.5 million of incentive payments for the 2017 financial year, according to Crown's annual report released on Thursday. Crown executive chairman John Alexander: "It has been a challenging period". Photo: James Alcock But it was only indirectly related to the company's disaster in China, where 19 employees were detained last October and then jailed for promoting gambling.  The executives' cardinal sin was not hitting the earnings per share (EPS) target that was the sole performance hurdle required by the long-term incentive plan they were given in 2014. James Packer. Photo: Sahlan Hayes "In financial year 2017, Crown did not meet the relevant EPS hurdle and accordingly, no entitlement...Read full article on News GN Business

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Inland rail consultation process a complete farce, Queensland farmers …

21-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Inland rail consultation process a complete farce, Queensland farmers say - ABC Online

Related Story: Inland railway to go across Queensland floodplain despite deadly warning The consultation process for deciding which route the Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland railway would take in southern Queensland was "a complete farce", according to local farmers. Key points:Selection process for inland rail route lacked transparency, locals sayFarmers concerned chosen path could be "catastrophic" in event of floodInfrastructure Minister Darren Chester stands by the process Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester today announced the railway's path would go across floodplains north of the New South Wales border.The chosen route is similar to the alignment known as the "base case" proposed by the Australian Rail and Track Corporation (ARTC) in...Read full article on News GN Business

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Inland rail consultation process a complete farce, Queensland farmers …

21-09-2017 Business News The Editor

Inland rail consultation process a complete farce, Queensland farmers say - ABC Online

Related Story: Inland railway to go across Queensland floodplain despite deadly warning The consultation process for deciding which route the Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland railway would take in southern Queensland was "a complete farce", according to local farmers. Key points:Selection process for inland rail route lacked transparency, locals sayFarmers concerned chosen path could be "catastrophic" in event of floodInfrastructure Minister Darren Chester stands by the process Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester today announced the railway's path would go across floodplains north of the New South Wales border.The chosen route is similar to the alignment known as the "base case" proposed by the Australian Rail and Track Corporation (ARTC) in...Read full article on News GN Business

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Numbers game is anything but straightforward as politics takes over - …

22-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Numbers game is anything but straightforward as politics takes over - The Canberra Times

It's often said that in order to manage something, you need to be able to measure it. When it comes to making public policy though, even measurement is rarely straightforward. Far from being clean, crisp and unambiguous, the numbers become political. Take climate change, for example. Like most people, I am inclined to think there is something going on in relation to climate. For a species that uses as much energy as we do, with nowhere for its byproducts to go other than the atmosphere, our activities must be making a difference. It's easy to forget we only narrowly averted a catastrophic hole in the ozone layer, thanks to our abundant use of chloroflurocarbons. Environmentalists argue that the science of climate change is settled. Photo: Michael Probst As with the ozone hole, the basic mechanism of climate change is well understood. When we add CO2 to the atmosphere the sun's heat...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Massive security fence erected at Parliament House - The Sydney Mornin…

22-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Works to install a massive steel security fence across the lawns of Canberra's Parliament House won't be completed until June 2018. On Tuesday, tourists and visitors watched as contractors used a large crane to install 2.6m prefabricated panels across the sloping lawns, which form part of the building's roof. Photo gallery Parliament House security fence installed in Canberra The fence is part of more than $126 million in security upgrades and fortification works planned for Parliament House. Veteran press gallery journalist Michelle Grattan led criticism of construction, describing the fence as "appalling" on social media. The latest work comes after a series of mature trees were removed at Parliament last week and large trenches were dug in the lawn. Advertisement Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has criticised the security fortifications, while Victorian independent Derryn Hinch...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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You need to be in Canberra to comprehend the lunacy of politics in 201…

22-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

You need to be in Canberra to comprehend the lunacy of politics in 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

The world has been stood on its head here in Canberra. The government that insisted it couldn't decide whether same-sex marriage could be legalised contracts out the question to a divided community through a non-compulsory, non-binding vote...and then, with overwhelming support from across the Parliament, is able to introduce without even need of a vote draconian legislation to stop the hate speech it knew would ensue. Play Video Don't Play Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8 Plus Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:17 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:13 Fairfax Ipsos September poll results Fairfax Ipsos September poll results Bill Shorten's standing as preferred prime minister has taken a hammering from voters, but Labor has kept its strong six point lead over the Coalition in the two-party preferred vote. Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politicians who voted for Parliament House fence alarmed now they ... …

22-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politicians who voted for Parliament House fence alarmed now they ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

The giant steel fence slowly encircling Parliament House is a "monstrosity" and risks further alienating the public from their representatives, one of the few politicians to vote against the fortification says.  Construction workers placed the first 2.6-metre steel panels across the upper reaches of the building's sloping roof this week, with work to accelerate before MPs return to Canberra in mid-October. Large gum trees have also been chopped down, and manicured lawns ripped up to dig trenches for the structure.  The security fence is installed across the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares The fence – and a series of new guardhouses – will eventually seal off vast stretches of the Parliament's exterior currently accessible to the public. The security overhaul will cost taxpayers $126 million.  Fairfax Media has spoken with a number of MPs who voted for the...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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'I'm not afraid to stand up for my beliefs': Teen party entertainer 'l…

22-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

'I'm not afraid to stand up for my beliefs': Teen party entertainer 'let go' for same-sex marriage view hits back - The Sydney Morning Herald

A Christian kids entertainer who was fired from her Canberra job for saying she would vote 'no' in the same-sex marriage survey has hit back, saying she is "not afraid to stand up for my beliefs" and should not have lost her job. The 18-year-old, who only identified herself as Madeline, was hired as a contractor and worked just two shifts for Capital Kids Parties in Canberra before she was "let go" on Sunday. Play Video Don't Play Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8 Plus Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:17 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:41 Teen fired for same-sex marriage view ... Teen fired for same-sex marriage view hits back A Christian childrens' entertainer who was fired from her job for sayng she would vote 'no' in the same-sex marriage survey may have a claim under the ACT Discrimination Act. Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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The Empirical Strikes Back: Malcolm Roberts' difficult day in court - …

22-09-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

The Empirical Strikes Back: Malcolm Roberts' difficult day in court - The Sydney Morning Herald

When Pauline Hanson returned to Canberra last year after nearly two decades in the political wilderness the conventional wisdom was that she was older and wiser, more "sophisticated". She had learned from the mistakes of the 1990s, when the party fell apart as a result of infighting and incompetence. Play Video Don't Play Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8 Plus Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:17 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:36 Malcolm Roberts' startling citizenship ... Malcolm Roberts' startling citizenship turnaround The One Nation senator concedes he didn't renounce his British citizenship until after nominating for parliament. Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8 Plus Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:17 Video duration 01:17 Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8 ... Pro-style photography with the iPhone 8...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Sustainable cities? Australia's building and planning rules stand in .…

21-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities. You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents. But our newly released review of building and land-use planning policies around Australia has found New South Wales is the only state without serious gaps in legislation and enforcement. Research shows a large percentage of new dwellings in Australia fail to meet even minimum building requirements when checked after construction. There is little legislation and enforcement, with the notable exception of NSW’s Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX). This means neither building codes nor state planning systems are achieving sustainability goals required for a low-carbon future for cities and buildings. Further reading: Affordable,...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Sustainability experiments - Shepparton News

21-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were front and centre at McGuire College when Year 7 students showcased projects based on harnessing energy. Teacher Lynda Howard said the STEAM Fair on Wednesday was about students using solar, wind, and water in their sustainability experiments. Projects were then judged by Deakin University’s STEAM project officer Barry Plant and Goulburn-Murray Water’s Stuart Nield. Wilmot Rd Primary School Year 6 students had the chance to vote on projects, while parents were invited to check them out after school hours. Mr Nield was looking for construction quality, whether students understood the concept of what they were doing, and putting it into practice. ‘‘The classrooms were assigned to a task and had to build and explain their project; one classroom tackled perpetual motion, another created solar ovens, another harnessed wind power...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Sustainability experiments - Shepparton News

21-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were front and centre at McGuire College when Year 7 students showcased projects based on harnessing energy. Teacher Lynda Howard said the STEAM Fair on Wednesday was about students using solar, wind, and water in their sustainability experiments. Projects were then judged by Deakin University’s STEAM project officer Barry Plant and Goulburn-Murray Water’s Stuart Nield. Wilmot Rd Primary School Year 6 students had the chance to vote on projects, while parents were invited to check them out after school hours. Mr Nield was looking for construction quality, whether students understood the concept of what they were doing, and putting it into practice. ‘‘The classrooms were assigned to a task and had to build and explain their project; one classroom tackled perpetual motion, another created solar ovens, another harnessed wind power...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

21-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. As a city situated around a precious but fragile lake environment, we look to balance growth with conservation of the natural assets that characterise Lake Macquarie and contribute so much to our enviable lifestyle. Council does this by developing programs and policies that promote environmentally responsible behaviour in areas such as building practices, waste management, and water and energy use. We also providing infrastructure that promotes active transport and healthy lifestyles, among many other initiatives. Our annual Living Smart Festival offers residents the chance to discover ways they can introduce sustainable ideas and practices into their own lives. This year’s Living Smart, at Speers Point Park on Saturday 23...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

21-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Mayor's Message | Living Smart Festival - Lakes Mail

Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. Sustainability is an important part of everything we do in Lake Macquarie. As a city situated around a precious but fragile lake environment, we look to balance growth with conservation of the natural assets that characterise Lake Macquarie and contribute so much to our enviable lifestyle. Council does this by developing programs and policies that promote environmentally responsible behaviour in areas such as building practices, waste management, and water and energy use. We also providing infrastructure that promotes active transport and healthy lifestyles, among many other initiatives. Our annual Living Smart Festival offers residents the chance to discover ways they can introduce sustainable ideas and practices into their own lives. This year’s Living Smart, at Speers Point Park on Saturday 23...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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2017 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards finalists announced - A…

21-09-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The finalists have been announced in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards by the premier Daniel Andrews and the minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio and include a number well-known and also lesser-known additions to this years’ shortlist. Now in their 15th year, the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards, recognise and celebrate those who are leading the way to a sustainable future, with this year, 29 finalists making the cut. According to the Victorian government, the 2017 Awards has had its broadest cross section of entries in their history and showcase real ingenuity and innovation in the way Victorian’s approach sustainability. THE FINALISTS Built Environment category •             Glen Eira City Council – Booran Reserve. An unused and inaccessible 1.6Ha old reservoir, decommissioned in the late 1970’s, is transformed into a...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Dementia research at the heart of new publication - Talking Aged Care

21-09-2017 Health News The Editor

Produced in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia and the University of Queensland The Brain: Dementia is designed to shed light on all aspects of Australia’s biggest killer, which is expected to affect 1.1 million by 2056. Including information on the latest research, explanations of the disease and stories from prominent Australians, like Alzheimer’s Australia ambassador Ita Buttrose, Queensland Brain Institute Director Professor Pankaj Sah says the 24-page publication is an “essential resource” for anyone living with or affected by dementia. “We explain the science behind dementia – its causes and risk factors – in an accessible and informative way,” Professor Sah says. “We also share some of the compelling progress our researchers have made, including the breakthrough discovery...involving ultrasound as a potential treatment for dementia. “Ultrasound could one day be used to...Read full article on News GN Health

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Why just one raisin can curb your food cravings - New Zealand Herald

21-09-2017 Health News The Editor

If you are struggling to shed those last couple kilos, then you may want to try eating a raisin very slowly. While it may sound like one of the strangest weight loss tips ever, this advice actually comes from an expert in mental-health nutrition, Leslie Korn, Ph.D. The author of The Good Mood Kitchen, swears that chewing on a single raisin for a couple of minutes can help stop your hunger pangs. Korn states that those wanting to try the hack should pick up a raisin and first feel it's texture on their fingers and allow their mouth to water before placing it on their tongue. Advertisement Once the raisin is on your tongue, you should explore the surface before you slowly begin to chew. When swallowing, simply imagine the fruit travelling to the stomach and ask yourself "What does my body really need?" Korn told the New York Post: "The raisin exercise couples our awareness with...Read full article on News GN Health

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Barnaby Joyce reveals why he always wears that hat in bizarre video - …

21-09-2017 Health News The Editor

DEPUTY Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is one of Australia’s most recognisable politicians, but without his signature accessory he could easily be mistaken for any other country MP. So luckily, the Nationals Leader is very rarely seen without wearing a hat from his collection of signature Akubras. Mr Joyce loves the Aussie hat company so much, he’s previously said in interviews he likes to gift their hats to foreign dignitaries as a sample of the finest manufacturing regional Australia has to offer. And in a thoroughly bizarre video featuring a number of dancing, stripping and whip-wielding Nationals MPs, the leader has revealed the roots of his affinity for the trademark headpiece. “Where are the highest incidents of melanoma in Australia? Walcha,” he says to the camera. “Where did I grow up? Near Walcha. And guess what I’ve had. Melanoma.” The National Party made the video featuring...Read full article on News GN Health

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Mystery flesh-eating bug cases 'running rampant' - 9news.com.au

21-09-2017 Health News The Editor

Mystery flesh-eating bug cases 'running rampant' - 9news.com.au

Doctors and patients are pushing for more research into a flesh-eating disease spreading across Victoria at epidemic rates. Cases of mycobacterium ulcerans, which eats away at the limbs like gangrene, have more than doubled in the state in the last year with 240 new cases. In the past few months nine people have been diagnosed with it each week. "It is an increase, but for reasons we fully don't know why," a Victorian Health Department department spokesman said. "It's a medical conundrum." The disease, also known as the Bairnsdale or Buruli Ulcer, is strangely migrating from the Bellarine peninsula to the Mornington Peninsula, which has become a hot-spot for the disease. Among the most recent cases is teenager Ella Crofts, who was left with a hole the size of her palm in her knee after being diagnosed in April. Related Articles "My knee was feeling a bit sore but there wasn’t...Read full article on News GN Health

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Vaping: Smoking alternative which became global phenomenon - STV News

21-09-2017 Health News The Editor

At a vape shop in Glasgow, people are engaged in the revolutionary act of sitting around and having a chat. For many, e-cigarettes have become more than just an alternative to smoking: they're a lifestyle in themselves. With that lifestyle, communities both real and virtual have popped up where vapers can swap tips and talk about the wide range of vaping products out there as well as socialise. On Thursday, for the first time, experts from the NHS, Scottish Government, charities and academia teamed up to declare e-cigarettes as "definitely less harmful" than tobacco. Vaporeyes, in the city's south side - like many other such stores around Scotland - seems to function not only as a shop but almost as a kind of cafe, with regulars sat around the kiosk as if it was a bar. "You can come into a place like this and the people here, we talk to each other and we share all the different...Read full article on News GN Health

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Brisbane man's horror accident reveals the real cost of road trauma - …

21-09-2017 Health News The Editor

"It's extremely difficult; we've been going to food parcel places that help out," Mr Hetherington said. Mr Hetherington's brother-in-law set up a GoFundMe page for the family, which has helped, but it's likely they will be relying on aid for a while as the father-of-two said his recovery could take "a year-plus, easy". Mr Hetherington is just one of thousands of Australians affected by road trauma in Australia. The Economic Connections Cost of Road Trauma in Australia report released this month found that while road fatalities had fallen by 25 per cent between 2006 and 2015, injuries requiring hospitalisation had increased. For 2015, the report found each road fatality cost the economy $4.34 million, and it put the cost of road injury at $239,000 per hospitalisation. That year there were 1205 fatalities and 27,964 hospitalised injuries. Nationally, the ECON report estimated the total...Read full article on News GN Health

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