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Panama disease outbreak on Queensland banana farm prompts quarantine r…

12-07-2017 Australia The Editor

Panama disease outbreak on Queensland banana farm prompts quarantine restrictions - ABC Online

A devastating banana disease has resurfaced in the state's far north, prompting Biosecurity Queensland to put strict quarantine measures in place.Chief biosecurity officer Jim Thompson said samples taken from a property in the Tully Valley south of Cairns in the state's far north have tested positive for Panama disease tropical race 4.The banana farm has been locked down and is 'under direction' of biosecurity agencies.More conclusive tests are not expected to be available for four to six weeks.But authorities have acted swiftly to control and contain any further spread by issuing a biosecurity notice earlier today."In effect, the property will be under biosecurity directions in terms of how they'll operate, that won't be very different from the directions that...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Coroner investigates Qld coal train death - 9news.com.au

12-07-2017 Australia The Editor

The death of a man whose body was found inside a coal train at Brisbane's port is being treated as suspicious but police aren't investigating it as a murder. The man's body was found when a carriage containing about 50 tonnes of coal was being unloaded at the Port of Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon. "There's nothing at this stage to suggest that anything untoward has happened other than somehow this gentleman has made his way into this coal wagon," Detective Inspector Owen Elloy said. "If anyone did anything I'd say they'd probably be in there as well." Nothing was found with the body, police are not looking for suspects and the homicide squad isn't presently involved, he told reporters at the scene. It is understood the death is being investigated as misadventure. The train the man's body was found on had travelled 11 hours from the Cameby Downs mine near Chinchilla, which is about...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Sydney stepfather had sex with stepdaughter, 12, in school uniform - N…

12-07-2017 Australia The Editor

Sydney stepfather had sex with stepdaughter, 12, in school uniform - NEWS.com.au

A salesman has admitted he had sex with his stepdaughter while she was in her school uniform and that he filmed himself having sex when she was asleep and he said ‘oh yeah baby’. WARNING: GRAPHIC COVERAGE A SALESMAN has admitted he had sex with his stepdaughter while she was in her school uniform and that he filmed himself having sex when she was asleep. A video taken by the man while molesting the teenage girl shows them having sexual intercourse and the girl saying afterwards, “Where’s my school shirt?” The 45-year-old took to the witness box during his trial in the Sydney District Court and admitted trying all types of sex with the girl for more than four years from just after her 12th birthday. The accused man, who has pleaded guilty to performing 99 sexual or indecent assaults on the girl, agreed he regularly had sex with her in the family living room on school...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Protesters plead not guilty after allegedly super-gluing themselves to…

12-07-2017 Australia The Editor

Protesters plead not guilty after allegedly super-gluing themselves to railings at Parliament House - 9news.com.au

A group of protesters will face trial on charges of damage to Commonwealth property for allegedly gluing themselves to railings at Parliament House in November last year. Facing the ACT Magistrates Court today the three men and four women entered pleas of not guilty. Timothy Buchanan, Phillip Evans, Hannah Grant, Samantha Hawker, Chamomilla Hill, Sally Hunter and Jason Ray were committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court. In a statement read by Ms Hunter outside, the group said they would continue demonstrations over the treatment of asylum seekers in detention. “We believe until the camps are closed and people are brought to safety that it is imperative that people take direct action,” said Ms Hunter. "We took direct action inside our Parliament House in an attempt to be heard. We called out to our elected representatives to demand that they end their inhumane policies." In...Read full article on News GN Australia

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University professor posts in exasperation after students failed to sh…

12-07-2017 Australia The Editor

University professor posts in exasperation after students failed to show up to class - NEWS.com.au

A frustrated university professor at his class on the first day of the new semester. Picture: LinkedIn A UNIVERSITY professor has delivered an exasperated plea highlighting the sad plight of university attendance, blaming “Netflix binges” in part for poor performance. Adrian Raftery, an Associate Professor in superannuation within the Deakin Business School in Melbourne, posted an image of his classroom which was supposed to introduce the first class of the second semester — but sadly, there was no one in it. Literally, no one had shown up. “Unfortunately the world we live in these days, that is the absolute minimum standard of service so incentive to come to uni does diminish,” the professor opined in the comments on his LinkedIn page. “Netflix-binges over a weekend or a couple of days are now the norm.” Professor Adrian Raftery posted this image of his empty classroom at...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Live: State of Origin III, Queensland vs NSW at Suncorp Stadium - NEWS…

12-07-2017 Australia The Editor

THE script has been written perfectly. NSW has dominated all but 20 minutes of the two matches played in the 2017 State of Origin series yet still Queensland heads into Game 3 with an even chance of ensuring the shield remains up north courtesy of a miraculous comeback in Game 2. The Maroons are without Johnathan Thurston and Darius Boyd but their best performances in the interstate cauldron have often come in the face of the greatest adversity. Blues skipper Boyd Cordner heads into the decider under an injury cloud after tweaking his calf three weeks ago but is expected to take his place in the starting side. Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt make their debuts for Queensland as Michael Morgan slots into the centres. NSW will look to exploit those forced changes while trying to block out the noise of a parochial pro-Maroons crowd in Brisbane. It’s a clear night in Brisbane and kick-off is...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Texas girl electrocuted while using cellphone in bathtub - USA TODAY

12-07-2017 World News The Editor

Texas girl electrocuted while using cellphone in bathtub - USA TODAY

CLOSE Madison Coe, of Lubbock, was at her father’s home in Lovington, New Mexico, over the weekend when she either plugged her phone into a bathroom outlet or grabbed the already-plugged-in device as she sat in the tub, Time Woman plugging charged into tablet.(Photo: Zyabich, Getty Images/iStockphoto) A 14-year-old girl from Lubbock, Texas, died Sunday after being electrocuted in a bathtub while using her cell phone, according to local reports.  Madison Coe was electrocuted after she either grabbed her phone that was plugged in or plugged in her phone, her grandmother Donna O'Guinn told KCBD-TV. The teen was visiting her father in New Mexico when the incident occurred.  “There was a burn mark on her hand, the hand that would have grabbed the phone. And that was just very obvious that that’s what had happened," O'Guinn told the news station.  Coe's family hopes...Read full article on News GN World

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Beachgoers form a human chain to save a family trapped in a rip curren…

12-07-2017 World News The Editor

Nine beachgoers, including two children and an elderly woman, were trapped in the current at Panama City Beach in Florida on Saturday. Bystanders on the shore saw them yelling and waving their arms, and they jumped into action."I saw a group of people, a few at first, and then more and more, start forming a human chain," witness Rosalind Beckton told CNN.The chain grew to around 70 to 80 strangers, all holding hands and stretching to reach the trapped group. All of the swimmers made it out. Roberta Ursrey was at Panama City Beach in Florida with her family on Saturday when she realized she couldn't see her sons from the shore. She spotted the boys, who are 8 and 11, screaming and crying far out in the water, she told CNN affiliate WJHG. Ursrey and her family ran out to rescue them, but they were overpowered by the current. The family and several others who had tried to help Ursrey's...Read full article on News GN World

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Is ISIS leader Baghdadi alive? 'I don't have a clue,' says commander o…

12-07-2017 World News The Editor

The U.S. military is pushing back against a report released today indicating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a Tuesday article noting that the organization, which in on the verge of defeat in parts of Iraq and Syria, had received information confirming the leader was killed. In June, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of ISIS commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa -- the de-facto ISIS capital. But the Pentagon still hasn’t been able to corroborate the ministry’s claims. In Tuesday’s briefing, Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commanding officer in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS, said he doesn’t have proof that Baghdadi is alive, but also said he had received a report suggesting Baghdadi wasn’t in fact killed by the...Read full article on News GN World

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Special ops forces among 16 dead in Marine Corps plane crash - CNN

12-07-2017 World News The Editor

The other nine Marines killed were from Orange County, New York, county executive Steve Neuhaus said. The KC-130T aircraft was based in New York, officials said.Investigators are trying to determine why the plane crashed in western Mississippi's Leflore County on Monday afternoon, Maj. Andrew Aranda said.The transport plane, carrying fifteen Marines and a Navy corpsman, was moving personnel and equipment from North Carolina to a western base to train before deploying, the Marine Corps said. "The incredible demands of this dangerous and demanding calling forge some of the tightest units and family bonds found in the US military," special operations command said. "This loss impacts us all." Neuhaus said the New York-based Marines will be flown back to Dover Air Force Base, then to Orange County. The names of the deceased weren't immediately released, but a father of one of the Marines...Read full article on News GN World

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Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor trade insults as press tour begins - …

12-07-2017 World News The Editor

Mayweather,McGregor take trash talk to new heights (0:51) As two of the loudest mouths in combat sports collide at their first news conference, the verbal jabs fly early and often. (0:51) 11:19 PM ET LOS ANGELES -- The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor spectacle is officially underway. Mayweather, boxing's former pound-for-pound king, and McGregor, the UFC's biggest superstar, launched their joint promotional tour on Tuesday inside Staples Center. The four-stop tour, which promotes their Aug. 26 boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, ends in London on Friday. The pay-per-view event will air on Showtime and is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Conor McGregor, right, predicted Tuesday that he would knock out Floyd Mayweather inside four rounds. Mayweather, meanwhile, said he would beat McGregor in any arena, boxing or MMA. Harry How/Getty...Read full article on News GN World

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2017 MLB All-Star Game: 13 things to know about the AL's extra innings…

12-07-2017 World News The Editor

MIAMI -- It took a little longer than expected, but the American League has once again claimed league superiority with an All-Star Game win. Tuesday night at Marlins Park, the AL defeated the NL (AL 2, NL 1) in 10 innings in the 88th annual All-Star Game. This was the first All-Star Game to go to extra innings since 2008 and the 11th to go to extra innings overall. The AL has now won each of the last five All-Star Games. Here are 13 things to know about the 2017 All-Star Game. Latin American legends were honored before All-Star Game Prior to the start of the All-Star Game, Latin American baseball legends were honored during an on-field ceremony. Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Tony Perez, and Ivan Rodriguez were all in attendance -- Rodriguez, who was part of the 2003 World Series champion Miami Marlins ,...Read full article on News GN World

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Train removalists: Brisbane man fined $250 for moving fridge on train …

12-07-2017 Business News The Editor

Train removalists: Brisbane man fined $250 for moving fridge on train - ABC Online

Turns out you are not allowed to move white goods onto a train in Queensland, even if it is outside of peak hour.But as Queensland Rail security video reveals, two would-be rail removalists in Brisbane had a crack a couple of months ago.The footage shows a man encountering some difficulty as he wheels a fridge, mounted on a hand trolley, from a rail overpass into an elevator.He then manoeuvrers it onto the Bowen Hills platform and into a waiting train. Security guards then direct him, and the fridge, back off the train where he is given a ticket for bringing an oversized item onto a train.The man and his fridge are then escorted back towards the station entrance.The man was fined $252 for the fridge, and...Read full article on News GN Business

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When is $1 not worth $1? Australian government accused of 'legalised t…

12-07-2017 Business News The Editor

When is $1 not worth $1? Australian government accused of 'legalised theft' over damaged currency crackdown - NEWS.com.au

A look at the purpose and processes of mutilated currency redemption. The RBA is refusing to redeem damaged currency imported from overseas. HOW much is a dollar worth? If it falls between the car seat cushions, or it gets lost in the washing machine, it’s worth big bucks to Ronnie Shahar. Every year, countries all over the world ship millions of tonnes of scrap metal to processing plants in China, India and South-East Asia, the remains of old cars, vehicles, washing machines and vending machines. The scrap metal is laden with old coins in every conceivable currency — chipped, bent, burnt, fused or otherwise severely mutilated — which have to be extracted by hand. The problem is, no bank will take them. It’s currency only a mother could love. That’s where Mr Shahar comes in. For more than 20 years, the 47-year-old Australian-born entrepreneur has been travelling...Read full article on News GN Business

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Why McDonald's is disappearing from food courts - NEWS.com.au

12-07-2017 Business News The Editor

Why McDonald's is disappearing from food courts - NEWS.com.au

McDonald's is moving away from food courts to focus on freestanding stores like North Kellyville. DOES retail therapy make you crave a Big Mac? You may find it more difficult to find one at the shopping centre food court, with McDonald’s shifting its focus towards airports, railways and highways. As operators like Westfield ramp up their efforts to turn shopping centres into retail “destinations” with high-end food offerings, traditional fast food is said to be falling out of favour. “Big shopping centre owners want to get sexier-looking tenants. Maccas and Hungry Jacks are not seen as healthy or bespoke enough,” Joshua Bush, leasing executive at Colliers International, told Fairfax Media. “Food court space is more likely to be casual dining with a local operator like Rolld, Zeus Street Greek or Guzman y Gomez, because they’re perceived to offer healthier options.” Geoff Dart...Read full article on News GN Business

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NSW ICAC hears from Eman Sharobeem's sons Richard and Charlie - ABC On…

12-07-2017 Business News The Editor

NSW ICAC hears from Eman Sharobeem's sons Richard and Charlie - ABC Online

A former Australian of the Year finalist allegedly transferred tens of thousands of dollars into her sons' bank accounts and bought the eldest a motorbike using funds that were meant to help vulnerable immigrant women.A corruption inquiry into Eman Sharobeem turned its attention to her sons Richard Sharobeem, 25, and Charlie Sharobeem, 29.Ms Sharobeem is being investigated for allegedly rorting more than $680,000 from the NSW Government when she was in charge of two not-for-profit groups for disadvantaged migrant women in Sydney's west from 2003 to 2015.She is accused of submitting invoices for services that were never provided, and using the money to pay for gardening supplies, holidays, a luxury car, cosmetic surgery, furniture, clothing, jewellery, gym...Read full article on News GN Business

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Resolute Mining Limited share price climbs on production update - Motl…

12-07-2017 Business News The Editor

The Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG) share price has been the stand out performer amongst the gold miners during trade today.In afternoon trade its shares are up almost 4% to $3.80.Why have its shares climbed higher?This morning Resolute provided the market with a production update for FY 2017 and its guidance for the year ahead.According to today?s release, full-year gold production reached 329,834 ounces. This exceeded both its original production guidance of 300,000 ounces and upgraded guidance of 325,000 ounces.Furthermore, this was achieved with an all-in sustaining cost of A$1,130 per ounce, which was notably better than its original… The Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG) share price has been the stand out performer amongst the gold miners during trade today. In afternoon trade its shares are up almost 4% to $3.80. Why have its shares climbed higher? This morning Resolute...Read full article on News GN Business

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ATO staffer leaks phone hacking how-to online, reveals fraud investiga…

12-07-2017 Business News The Editor

A tax office staffer has been disciplined after publishing a step-by-step guide to hack mobile phones, potentially teaching criminals to steal sensitive information. Key points:Disclosure by staffer shows how to bypass passwords, obtain data when phone is flatStaffer claims to have worked on intelligence taskforces, researched dark web for GovernmentDocument refers to Cellebrite, the company that reportedly helped FBI hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone The disclosure reveals the Australian Tax Office's (ATO) fraud investigation tactics and a push for powers normally associated with police and intelligence agencies.The instructions showed how to bypass passwords and obtain data even if the phone battery is flat and does not have a sim card.The tax office was unaware of the breach when contacted for comment by the ABC. The material was taken...Read full article on News GN Business

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Politics live as Malcolm Turnbull faces leadership pressure on energy …

12-07-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

4:44pm on 14 Jun 2017 Okay, end of the day. What happened? the Coalition is in chaos - again - over climate change and energy; Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not-so-subtly took a swipe at Tony Abbott over his management of the issue; late this afternoon backbencher George Christensen said he cannot vote for a Clean Energy Target; he also suggested the government should open its own coal-fired power stations; the government has also paid $70 million to settle a case brought by Manus Island detainees; Immigration Minister Peter Dutton blamed Labor for the case, My thanks to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen for their beautiful work and to you for reading and commenting. You can follow me on Facebook. Andrew, Alex and I will be back in the morning with some pretty pictures from tonight's Midwinter Ball. Until then, good evening. 4:21pm on 14 Jun 2017 Back on the Manus Island...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politicians and reporters glam up for Mid Winter Ball in Canberra - 9n…

12-07-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politicians and reporters glam up for Mid Winter Ball in Canberra - 9news.com.au

Politics might be Hollywood for ugly people, but Canberra has just hosted its Oscars equivalent that was anything but hideous. Defying the old adage, politicians and political reporters put on a glamorous display at the Press Gallery's annual Mid Winter Ball in the Great Hall of Parliament House. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led the fashion pack in a feathered and bedazzled purple and cream gown. Labour leader Bill Shorten's wife Chloe stunned in a tight off-the-shoulder purple gown. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy wore a black jacket over a white top with a floor-length skirt. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)(9NEWS)(9NEWS)(9NEWS) While the men at the ball almost all matched in black tuxedos, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce added flair to his outfit that stole the spotlight. Wearing an...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Everything's going Bill Shorten's way as media focuses on fractured Li…

12-07-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Everything's going Bill Shorten's way as media focuses on fractured Liberals - ABC Online

Bill Shorten has been on holidays this week. Probably just as well. The "energiser bunny" would have felt the need to be out every day, as usual. His absence left more room for the fractured Liberals.Mr Shorten's extraordinary political luck continues, as Tony Abbott rampages, to the despair or fury of frustrated colleagues.But it is not just his opponents that have been raining political gifts on Labor.Last weekend saw the start of the phase-in of the Fair Work Commission's decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for retail, hospitality, fast-food and pharmacy workers.Admittedly this isn't WorkChoices. But for Mr Shorten it could become a pale version of it. Hundreds of thousands of employees stand to lose, very many of whom are low-income earners. And it's not just...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Majority of federal MPs refuse to sign up to Tony Fitzgerald's ethical…

12-07-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Majority of federal MPs refuse to sign up to Tony Fitzgerald's ethical ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Fewer than a quarter of federal politicians have agreed to commit to new ethical standards devised by legendary corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald - and there is not a single Turnbull government MP among them. Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. Photo: Greg White The former judge teamed up with the left-leaning Australia Institute think tank to survey every federal politician on their values as part of a plan to clean up Canberra and build momentum for a federal anti-corruption body. The Queensland QC – who presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry that ultimately led to the resignation of former state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen – developed the questionnaire to test MPs about their attitudes towards accountability, integrity, nepotism, deception and the spending of public money. Only 53 federal politicians agreed to the new ethical standards drawn...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Memo Canberra: it's about public interest, not your petty politics - T…

12-07-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Ideology and trenchant tribalism are unhelpful in formulating public-interest policies, because ideology and tribalism require adherence to doctrine, rather than to evidence-based, flexible and practical solutions and improvements. Some consider the sapping internecine strife, driven by the monumental tension between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his dumped predecessor, Tony Abbott, as a battle for the very soul of the Liberal Party. Others see the battle as being primarily about an ego-charged lust for power. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is the sole beneficiary. Given this context and the associated febrile condition of his government, Mr Turnbull would have known when he spoke during a speech in London about the Liberal's Party's heritage that it would hardly salve. But, over time, his words might come to be seen as a circuit-breaker in a situation in which citizens'...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says there will be no new 'carbon…

12-07-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says there will be no new 'carbon tax' on cars, but prices may still rise - The Sydney Morning Herald

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has sought to hose down reports the government is planning to introduce a new "carbon tax" on cars that will see the price of some popular vehicles soar by up to $5000. Play Video Don't Play NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for mining licence Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:14 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:21 This is a beat up: Frydenberg This is a beat up: Frydenberg Any plans for a carbon tax on cars is as likely as Elvis making a comeback according to Energy and Environment minister Josh Frydenberg. NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for mining licence Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:14 Video duration 01:14 NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for mining ... NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for mining licence The government's buyback of Shenhua's coal mining exploration licence on the Liverpool Plains has diminished the...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Sustainability adopting a people-centric approach - The Sydney Morning…

12-07-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Sustainability adopting a people-centric approach - The Sydney Morning Herald

While sustainability in the built environment has traditionally been associated with environmental aspects such as energy, water and waste, there has been a huge spike in interest in the benefits associated with social initiatives as we take a more people-centric approach to sustainability. With up to 90 per cent of business costs associated with people (salary and benefits), organisations have realised the potential of unlocking this value – specifically increasing productivity, improved staff engagement, attraction of top talent, and more importantly attrition of this talent. Lendlease's new headquarters at International House, Barangaroo in Sydney is designed around employee wellbeing. Photo: Peter Rae As it relates to the built environment, the design, management, operation of the space have a huge part to play in the health and wellbeing of people. Earlier studies by the World...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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How an obscure Austrian philosopher saw through our empty rhetoric abo…

12-07-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

“Sustainability” is, ironically, a growth industry. Ever since the term “sustainable development” burst onto the scene in 1987 with the release of Our Common Future (also known as the Brundtland report), there has been a dizzying increase in rhetoric about humanity’s relationship with our planet’s resources. Glossy reports - often featuring blonde children in front of solar panels or wind turbines - abound, and are slapped down on desks as proof of responsibility and stewardship. Every few years a new term is thrown into the mix - usually preceded by adjectives like “participatory” or “community-led”. The fashionability of “resilience” as a mot du jour seems to have peaked, while more recently the “circular economy” has become the trendy term to put on grant applications, conference notices and journal special editions. Over time journals are established, careers are built, and...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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2017 Sustainability Awards: Q&A with Jason O'Hagan, managing direc…

12-07-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The Sustainability Awards 2017 are only a few months away, and Architecture & Design is proud to announce Weathertex as the official sponsor for the ‘Multiple Dwelling’ category. Architecture & Design spoke to Jason O’Hagan, Weathertex’s managing director, about the value of third-party certification and the history of Weathertex’s manufacturing processes. Weathertex recently received the first Platinum certification from GreenTag globally for their ‘Natural’ range of timber products. In light of that, could you explain the difference between an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and a Lifecycle Analysis (LCA)? Essentially, an EPD is a lifecycle assessment, although an LCA can be produced by a manufacturer, who may be making favourable assumptions about a product that can skew the results (regarding its longevity, [for example]). On the other hand, an EPD is issued by an...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Air Products' sustainability report shows progression - gasworld

12-07-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The report details the company’s performance aligned to its ‘Grow, Conserve and Care’ approach to sustainability management; aiming to grow through sustainability-driven opportunities, conserve resources and reduce its environmental footprint through cost-effective improvements, and care for its employees, customers and communities to channel operation and growth. According to the report, Air Products delivered 53% of revenues from sustainable offerings and saved $9m in cumulative energy costs in fiscal year 2016. The company also pumped $72m into research and development (R&D) spending. The report also revealed that Air products saved 950 million gallons of water, recorded a 0.55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity and posted an 0.65% improvement in air separation unit (ASU) energy efficiency over the course of 2016. It also recorded an overall distribution efficiency...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Saint Laurent Launches Sustainability-Focused Couture Training Program…

12-07-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Saint Laurent Launches Sustainability-Focused Couture Training Program - Fashionista (blog)

!-- tml-version="2" --Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesLuxury conglomerate Kering has declared its intent to make sustainability a core tenet of how it does business on more than one occasion. Now Kering-owned label Saint Laurent is showing how it plans to participate in its parent company's goal, according to WWD. Saint Laurent just announced the launch of a sustainability-focused couture training program in partnership with two French schools, the Institut Français de la Mode and the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.The program will consist of two parts: an internship component at Saint Laurent's headquarters in which students will focus on "craft and creativity" in an experiential format, and classes taken through the participating schools that will last 25 days. At the end of the six-month program in March 2018, students will present a "special...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Can you live comfortably and sustainably at the same time? - Domain Ne…

12-07-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The multiple Archibald Prize-finalist and his wife Yuge have teamed up with Sekisui House to transform the site with large murals, as well as a gallery to showcase works from other artists. Meanwhile at The Hermitage, Sekisui House’s masterplanned community in Gledswood Hills, southwest of Sydney, the local residents descend on a local pocket park to play cricket, precinct versus precinct. They have also set up a resident and friends Facebook page where the community can borrow equipment such as wheelbarrows and lawnmowers from each other and offer excess supplies such as turf, plants or paint. It’s all part of the community aspect that is a key principal for Sekisui House. Whether the development consists of land, homes, or apartments, the aim is the same – to make spaces that are truly liveable by cultivating communities. “In West End in Brisbane there’s a very active community,”...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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A woman's tweet about taking a mental health day went viral. Here's wh…

12-07-2017 Health News The Editor

A woman's tweet about taking a mental health day went viral. Here's why it shouldn't have - USA TODAY

Many Americans aren't validated for taking a sick day to focus on mental health.(Photo: Marjan_Apostolovic, Getty Images/iStockphoto) The Internet is fixated on a boss’s reply to an employee who took time off for her mental health, and the viral response reveals much of what is right and wrong about mental health care in America. Madalyn Parker, a Michigan web developer at live-chat platform Olark, who suffers from depression and anxiety, sent an email to her team saying she’d be off for two days to focus on her mental health. Afterward, her boss thanked her for the candor. She shared the exchange on social media in late June, and it's now been retweeted more than 12,000 times. When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision.

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Twins kept alive for 123 days inside brain-dead mother's womb - The Ne…

12-07-2017 Health News The Editor

A brain-dead mother in Brazil has been kept alive on life support for 123 days to deliver her unborn twins in a tragic case that has made medical history. Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, suffered a fatal stroke in October 2016 while nine weeks pregnant. Her husband, Muriel Padilha, 24, was initially told her babies had three days to live, before doctors made the radical decision to keep them alive, after a faint heartbeat was detected inside their mother’s womb. “They said as soon as their little hearts stopped beating, they would turn off the gadgets and I would be able to bury my wife,” he told Caters News. “We did an ultrasound on the embryos thinking they would be failing in the womb but to our surprise they were clinging to life,” Nosso Senhora do Rocio Hospital head of neurological ICU Dr Dalton Rivabem said. [embedded content] “Frankielen’s organs were all intact and...Read full article on News GN Health

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Mum's warning over dangers of trampoline centres for toddlers goes vir…

12-07-2017 Health News The Editor

Mum's warning over dangers of trampoline centres for toddlers goes viral - NEWS.com.au

It was meant to be a fun day out for the family, but things took a nasty turn for mum Kait and her 3-year-old son Colton. Picture: Facebook THEY’RE a popular choice for kids’ birthday parties and keeping energetic kids occupied during school holidays, but a mum in the US has issued a heartbreaking warning to other parents who visit indoor trampoline centres with their children. In a Facebook post that has now gone viral, mum Kait Ellen posted a heartbreaking picture of her three-year-old son Colton lying in a hospital bed, squirming in pain. During what was meant to be a fun few hours for her boy and the family at a local trampoline centre, Kidspot reports that Ellen’s son Colton suffered an horrific fall and broke his femur, the largest and strongest bone in the human body, which has now resulted in a hip spica cast. After being told by a paediatric orthopedic surgeon that no...Read full article on News GN Health

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Mum files complaint with human rights commission over treatment autist…

12-07-2017 Health News The Editor

A Victorian mother has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over treatment her autistic son received at a Peninsula Primary School. Six-year-old Gabriel Eyre attended Balnarring Primary for term one this year before moving to another school after his mother says he was excluded and suffered catatonic fits and self-harm as a result. Mirinda Eyre says her son was only allowed between two and four hours at school per day because of perceived behavioural issues and was offered the chance to weed and sweep the animal enclosure to provide stimulation between lessons. A disability advocate has filed the complaint on the family's behalf after Gabriel's paediatrician recommended he be removed from the school instead of being placed on anti-psychotic medication. Ms Eyre said the lack of assistance from a qualified aid regressed her son's learning by two years and he became so...Read full article on News GN Health

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The Daily Telegraph Is (Kinda) Sorry For Accidentally Suggesting Being…

12-07-2017 Health News The Editor

The Daily Telegraph Is (Kinda) Sorry For Accidentally Suggesting Being Gay Is Unhealthy - Junkee

The paper compared same-sex attraction to drug use and obesity. Today The Daily Telegraph ran a story covering the apparent “health crisis” facing young Australians. The report was based on a NSW government survey covering drug use and eating habits amongst young people. But it’s the accompanying infographic, suggesting that same-sex attraction is unhealthy, that’s attracted the strongest response and led to the paper’s editor issuing a sort-of apology. Here’s the image:Yep, that’s a statistic on the number of LGBTI high school students in Australia… under a headline about how unhealthy young people are. The other statistics cover issues like drug use, obesity and psychological distress, so including the number of same-sex attracted school students in Australia does feel a bit of out place. The graphic was slammed on social media. The @dailytelegraph says same sex attraction is a...Read full article on News GN Health

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Isabel suffered horrific sores on her body following a vaccination - N…

12-07-2017 Health News The Editor

Isabel suffered horrific sores on her body following a vaccination - NEWS.com.au

Isabel before her vaccination that caused the allergic reaction. WARNING: Graphic images AN EIGHT year old who suffered a horrific allergic reaction leaving her with no skin has defied the odds to run three triathlons. Isabel Olesen, from Melbourne, developed painful sores all over her body just 48 hours after having a childhood vaccination — something that left her fighting for her life. Her mum, Edwina, 39, was horrified and after rushing her to hospital. She was diagnosed with Steven Johnson Syndrome (SJS) — a rare but life threatening allergic reaction to medication or an infection. Isabel had the worst form of SJS doctors had ever seen and, after being sedated, her skin started to blister and swell. Isabel Olesen developed painful sores all over her body just 48 hours after having a childhood vaccination.Source:Supplied Isabel's mum, Edwina, was horrified when the...Read full article on News GN Health

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