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Estranged husband charged after allegedly attacking wife with axe at M…

28-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Estranged husband charged after allegedly attacking wife with axe at Melbourne shopping centre - 9news.com.au

3645629 estranged-husband-charged-after-allegedly-attacking-wife-with-axe-at-melbourne-shopping-centre-9news-com-au A woman was taken to hospital after allegedly being attacked by an axe at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre. (9NEWS) A man accused of a vicious axe assault on his former wife at Melbourne’s Fountain Gate shopping centre yesterday has appeared in court. The 45-year-old has been charged with attempted murder and other assault offences after allegedly attacking the woman with an axe at the Narre Warren complex about 10am. The mother-of-two was allegedly struck with an axe 24 times, leaving her bloodied and helpless, the court heard. Police at outside The Beauty and Brow Parlour yesterday. (9NEWS) She remains in the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition. Hasan Zaman, owner of The Beauty and Brow Parlour, told 9NEWS yesterday staff called security and police when his colleague was allegedly attacked. "She couldn't talk, she was badly beaten," Mr Zaman said. "I don't know what he was...Read full article...

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Federal Court rules in favour of Victorian man over NDIS payment of tr…

28-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Federal Court rules in favour of Victorian man over NDIS payment of transport costs - ABC Online

3645627 federal-court-rules-in-favour-of-victorian-man-over-ndis-payment-of-transport-costs-abc-online The Federal Court has upheld an appeal against the funding arrangements for transport under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.Liam McGarrigle, 21, challenged an earlier ruling that the NDIS pay only 75 per cent of his necessary transport costs.Justice Debbie Mortimer ruled that the decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal erred in law and be set aside.She has ordered the tribunal to reconsider the matter.Mr McGariggle, who has autism, lives at Moriac, 25 kilometres from Geelong.He spends nearly $16,000 per year on taxis transporting him to and from his work and NDIS-supported activities.Victorian Legal Aid's Joel Townsend said the McGarrigle family were pleased with the decision."The support Liam's receiving is not for transport in general, it's for...Read full article...

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Man holed up in a Bendigo home as police close roads and try to coax h…

28-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Man holed up in a Bendigo home as police close roads and try to coax him out - The Age

3645625 man-holed-up-in-a-bendigo-home-as-police-close-roads-and-try-to-coax-him-out-the-age A major police operation is entering its fourth hour in Bendigo as police try to negotiate with a man holed up inside a property in the suburb of Jackass Flat. Police, including the heavily armed critical incident response team and the dog squad, have been at the Howard Street property since just after midday on Tuesday. Play Video Don't Play Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:15 Bendigo siege: 'the house is surrounded' Bendigo siege: 'the house is surrounded' Police are currently outside a property in Jackass Flat where they are attempting to negotiate with a man. Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Video duration 01:49 Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Dramatic dash...Read full article...

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AFP raid on Labor offices 'improper' - 9news.com.au

28-03-2017 Australia The Editor

3645623 afp-raid-on-labor-offices-improper-9news-com-au NBN documents seized by federal police during raids on the office of a former Labor senator will be withheld from investigation after a Senate committee found it was an "improper interference" on the functions of parliament. The Senate privileges committee has recommended the seized documents be returned to Stephen Conroy but that parliament refrain from making a finding of contempt. "The committee considers that an improper interference has occurred on this occasion," committee chair Labor's Jacinta Collins told parliament on Tuesday. The committee noted that information discovered during the raids may have helped identify an NBN employee alleged to have leaked information. The documents were seized during raids on the Melbourne office of former senator Conroy and the home of his staff member during the federal election. They have been under lock and key in the Senate clerk's safe...Read full article...

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Cyclone Debbie makes landfall as destructive and damaging winds hit Qu…

28-03-2017 Australia The Editor

Cyclone Debbie makes landfall as destructive and damaging winds hit Queensland coast - NEWS.com.au

3645621 cyclone-debbie-makes-landfall-as-destructive-and-damaging-winds-hit-queensland-coast-news-com-au Waves crashed against the shoreline south of Mackay as category four Cyclone Debbie travelled west towards the north Queensland coastline, creating havoc on Tuesday, March 28. Sarina Beach appeared less than inviting as waves churned and frothed close to the clubhouse amid severe weather lashing major cities that included Townsville, Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands. A Bureau of Meteorology report showed the outer edge of the cyclone was starting to strike Sarina at about midday on Tuesday, while the eye was tracking over Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island to the north. Credit: Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club via Storyful Tropical Cyclone Debbie makes landfall on the east coast of Australia. ‘CATASTROPHIC’ tropical cyclone Debbie is located 20 kilometres west of Proserpine tracking south west through the Whitsunday region at nine kilometres per hour. Queensland’s Bureau...Read full article...

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China extradition treaty: how did the Turnbull government get it so wr…

28-03-2017 Australia The Editor

China extradition treaty: how did the Turnbull government get it so wrong? - The Sydney Morning Herald

3645619 china-extradition-treaty-how-did-the-turnbull-government-get-it-so-wrong-the-sydney-morning-herald At 8.40am on Tuesday, just minutes after Julie Bishop had publicly backed a China extradition treaty and walked into a meeting of the leadership group, Bill Shorten rang Malcolm Turnbull. The opposition would not back ratification of the treaty; China would not be added as "an extradition country" under the Extradition Act. Play Video Don't Play Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:33 Diplomacy at its finest Diplomacy at its finest When discussing the decision not to ratify the China extradition treaty, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Labor's Penny Wong choose their words very carefully. Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Video duration 01:49 Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Grant Denyer cheats death in...Read full article...

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Leggings, spandex, yoga pants: You can wear what you want on a flight,…

28-03-2017 World News The Editor

Leggings, spandex, yoga pants: You can wear what you want on a flight, but beware 'buddy pass' rules - USA TODAY

3645127 leggings-spandex-yoga-pants-you-can-wear-what-you-want-on-a-flight-but-beware-buddy-pass-rules-usa-today CLOSE United Airlines is under siege on Twitter after airline employees reportedly stopped two young girls from boarding because they were wearing leggings. USA TODAY United Airlines found itself in the middle of a public relations kerfuffle this weekend after it did not allow two young girls to board a flight because they were wearing leggings. It was later revealed that the girls were traveling on employee passes, sometimes colloquially referred to as “buddy passes.” Such passes allow family and friends of airline employees to fly for free or at deep discounts, but they also come with conditions that include dress-code guidelines. But that detail emerged only after the story went viral across social media, leaving some casual fliers wondering what the dust-up means for them. “Nothing,” says Henry Harteveldt, founder of the San Francisco-based travel consultancy...Read full article...

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Here's how senators plan to vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch…

28-03-2017 World News The Editor

3645125 here-s-how-senators-plan-to-vote-on-supreme-court-nominee-neil-gorsuch-cnn Republicans, who number 52 in the Senate, need eight Democrats to join them in order to end the expected filibuster, or in more technical terms, invoke cloture.If they don't reach 60 votes, they can still get around it by changing the rules and requiring only a simple majority, or 51 votes, to end the debate.So far, only two Democrats -- Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota -- have signaled they are not planning to filibuster, which means they would vote with Republicans to advance his nomination. But it's unclear how both senators would vote on final confirmation of Gorsuch. RELATED: Neil Gorsuch Fast Facts Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont tweeted Monday that he is not supporting Gorsuch's confirmation, but at the same time he's "never inclined" to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee. "I need to see how Judge Gorsuch answers my written Qs, under oath,...Read full article...

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KING: Democrats should oppose Trump and Republican Party — but also pr…

28-03-2017 World News The Editor

3645123 king-democrats-should-oppose-trump-and-republican-party-but-also-present-better-ideas-new-york-daily-news I've never voted for a Republican a single day in my life, but as an American, I found what the Republican Party pulled last week to be deeply embarrassing. For the past eight years the Republicans based most of their identity on opposing and repealing and replacing Obamacare. They held more than 60 different nearly unanimous votes over that period demanding that it be repealed. Then, with full control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency, when it came time for them to repeal and replace it, moments before the vote was to be held, they took their ball and went home. They called off the vote. It was one of the most shocking moments I've ever seen in Congress. I was watching live when the debate on the floor of the House was suddenly halted and they went to recess. Minutes later, Paul Ryan held a press conference and announced that "Obamacare is the law of the land." What the...Read full article...

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Trump approval hits new low after failure of health care bill - The Bo…

28-03-2017 World News The Editor

Trump approval hits new low after failure of health care bill - The Boston Globe

3645121 trump-approval-hits-new-low-after-failure-of-health-care-bill-the-boston-globe Comments Print Andrew Harrer/European PressPhoto Agency President Trump spoke during a bill-signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Monday. President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has fallen to a new low in the wake of the failure to pass a new health care bill, according to the latest polling results from Gallup. Just 36 percent of Americans surveyed between Friday and Sunday approved of the job Trump was doing as president, according to Gallup. That was down from a job approval rating of 41 percent prior to the health care bill’s failure on Friday. And it was a percentage point below what had been lowest job approval mark of Trump’s young presidency, 37 percent, which was recorded in the three day stretch ending March 18. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. By...Read full article...

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Owners vote 31-1 to OK Raiders move; Dolphins vote against - ESPN

28-03-2017 World News The Editor

Owners vote 31-1 to OK Raiders move; Dolphins vote against - ESPN

3645119 owners-vote-31-1-to-ok-raiders-move-dolphins-vote-against-espn 9:04 PM ET PHOENIX -- The Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas after garnering enough votes from NFL owners on Monday to relocate to Southern Nevada. No betting on the Super Bowl in Nevada? Don't laugh, it's possible with the arrival of the Las Vegas Raiders. Here's why the Raiders' move will test the NFL's opposition to sports betting. The Raiders' dalliance with Las Vegas began some 14 months ago. Here is a look at how the team got approval and the roadblocks it had to overcome. The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, becoming the third NFL team since the beginning of 2016 to relocate. Here's how we got here, and here's what's on the horizon. 2 Related The Raiders received 31 of 32 votes to approve the move. Only 24 votes were needed. "I have mixed feelings; it's very bittersweet," Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com after the announcement was made Monday. "I...Read full article...

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White US army veteran charged over black man's murder - BBC News

28-03-2017 World News The Editor

White US army veteran charged over black man's murder - BBC News

3645117 white-us-army-veteran-charged-over-black-man-s-murder-bbc-news Image copyright AP Image caption James Harris Jackson reportedly admitted he harboured feelings of hatred towards black men A white US army veteran accused of stabbing a black man to death has been charged with murder as an act of terrorism in a New York court.James Harris Jackson, 28, earlier admitted stabbing Timothy Caughman, 66, with a sword in Manhattan on 20 March.He is already charged with the murder as a hate crime.He is said to have admitted he had harboured feelings of hatred towards black men for years and last week's attack was a "practise run".On Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement that Mr Jackson "prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black...Read full article...

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Woolworths warns prices will rise on surging electricity costs - The S…

28-03-2017 Business News The Editor

Woolworths warns prices will rise on surging electricity costs - The Sydney Morning Herald

3645649 woolworths-warns-prices-will-rise-on-surging-electricity-costs-the-sydney-morning-herald Woolworths chief executive Brad Banducci says growing competition has destroyed the supermarket duopoly it enjoyed with rival Coles, and the sector's world-leading profit margins. But he warned that soaring electricity prices were a "material issue" and will lead to higher prices on the shelves. Electricity is Woolworths' third largest cost, behind labour and rent. Play Video Don't Play Protecting mugs from themselves Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:31 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:31 Woolworths earnings report Woolworths earnings report Supermarket chain Woolworths has beaten rival Coles in sales growth for the first time in over 7 years. Protecting mugs from themselves Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:31 Video duration 02:31 Protecting mugs from themselves Protecting mugs from themselves How far should our watchdogs go to...Read full article...

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Car-sharing: Young people driving upheaval of Australia's new industry…

28-03-2017 Business News The Editor

Car-sharing: Young people driving upheaval of Australia's new industry, report says - ABC Online

3645647 car-sharing-young-people-driving-upheaval-of-australia-s-new-industry-report-says-abc-online As many as 1.5 million Australians could be using car-sharing schemes within 10 years, with research forecasting more big changes for the automotive industry. Key points:Changes to the new car industry are happening at "breakneck speeds"Governments are being urged to adopt a new approach to car sharing servicesThe automotive is not anticipating a big drop in car sales Millennials in urban areas are driving the trend, with Roy Morgan research showing 200,000 Australians are already using car-sharing services like Go-Get and Flexi-car.Scott Browning from Quickar, who helped analyse Roy Morgan's survey of 50,000 people, told a briefing change was coming at "breakneck speed".He said the average Australian car sat idle for 23 hours a day, and many...Read full article...

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Markets Live: ASX tops 5800 as CBA soars - The Sydney Morning Herald

28-03-2017 Business News The Editor

Markets Live: ASX tops 5800 as CBA soars - The Sydney Morning Herald

3645645 markets-live-asx-tops-5800-as-cba-soars-the-sydney-morning-herald That's all for today - thanks for reading this blog and posting your comments. We'll be back tomorrow from 9am. Have a good evening. The local market shrugged off negative offshore leads to surge to its highest close in two years, in a broad-based rally driven by strong performances in the big banks.  The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 1.3 per cent to 5821.2, its highest since May 2015, while the broader All Ordinaries index added 1.2 per cent to 5860.4. The gains came despite a weak session on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones index fell for an eighth straight session, its longest losing streak in nearly six years.  "Stocks came out of the gate incredibly strong," said Citi Global Markets director of equity sales Karen Jorritsma. "That's despite offshore leads not being very strong, and a lack of overnight data." "I think the market is having a bounce-back." Key to the market's...Read full article...

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Telstra joins global YouTube boycott as toll mounts on Google - The Sy…

28-03-2017 Business News The Editor

Telstra joins global YouTube boycott as toll mounts on Google - The Sydney Morning Herald

3645643 telstra-joins-global-youtube-boycott-as-toll-mounts-on-google-the-sydney-morning-herald Telstra is the latest Australian company to join the global advertiser boycott of YouTube over fears its brand was being associated with bigoted or extremist content.  The telecommunications giant said on Tuesday it was working with YouTube owner Google to ensure its strict advertising guidelines were upheld, but in the meantime was suspending ads from the video platform.     Boycott: Telstra has joined several global companies to have pulled their ads from YouTube.  Photo: Craig Sillitoe "We have made the decision to pause our advertising on YouTube until we are satisfied there is an appropriate level of protection for our brand," a Telstra spokesman said.  Telstra had been made aware that a pre-roll video advertisement and a side banner were running on a video published by a "men's rights activist" that attacked writer and Fairfax Media columnist Clementine Ford. The video...Read full article...

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Frank Wilson quits Quintis to join potential sandalwood takeover - ABC…

28-03-2017 Business News The Editor

Frank Wilson quits Quintis to join potential sandalwood takeover - ABC Online

3645641 frank-wilson-quits-quintis-to-join-potential-sandalwood-takeover-abc-online Related Story: Quintis hits back at vicious burn from US short-seller Related Story: Tropical Forestry Services becomes Quintis as the company shifts focus Quintis managing director Frank Wilson has resigned from the company he helped establish, to potentially be part of a business looking to take over the sandalwood company.In a shock announcement that prompted the ASX to ask for further clarification, Mr Wilson, who is the major shareholder of Quintis, said he had been approached "by a well-funded, credible party" that was looking to take control of the company. In order for proper governance processes to be followed, Mr Wilson said he had resigned to focus on "assessing and developing this confidential approach into a proposal as soon...Read full article...

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Outdated energy market threatens supply security, says AEMO's Anthony …

28-03-2017 Business News The Editor

Outdated energy market threatens supply security, says AEMO's Anthony Marxsen - The Sydney Morning Herald

3645639 outdated-energy-market-threatens-supply-security-says-aemo-s-anthony-marxsen-the-sydney-morning-herald The operator of the nation's energy markets has warned that Australia's electricity market is out of date and needs to be overhauled as it faces another summer at the end of 2017 that brings with it the threat of power supply shortages as hot weather causes a spike in energy demand and overwhelms available supplies. The newly installed chief of the energy markets, New Yorker Audrey Zibelman​, made it clear her focus since she took on the job just over a week ago was to get through the summer ahead, in the light of the threats to the national energy supplies, which emerged last summer when there were successive warnings of low supplies in NSW and Victoria along with widespread blackouts in South Australia. Play Video Don't Play Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:47 AEMO report...Read full article...

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Canberra is full of political delusions, but Turnbull's is the biggest…

28-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3646075 canberra-is-full-of-political-delusions-but-turnbull-s-is-the-biggest-cadtle-hills-news All eyes will be on the WA state election next Saturday to see how Labor polls. Pauline Hanson's supporters firmly believe One Nation speaks for an overlooked, yet quintessentially "real" Australia. Others insist the Coalition is the faithful vessel of the nation's defining or "core" values. And then there's the narratively inclined ALP. Labor lore positions it, uniquely, as the custodian of Australia's great egalitarian story. This is Fantasia - a kind of political multiverse, where alternative realities, or what some might unkindly call delusions - seek to annihilate each other in the quest for popularity. Even here though, things are on the move, which is why, despite the insularity of the Canberra bubble, all eyes will turn westward this week, desperate to know the voters' verdict in the state election next Saturday. Amazingly, given that an unlikely 10 per cent swing is...Read full article...

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PM ready for Shorten's penalty rates attack - The Australian

28-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

PM ready for Shorten's penalty rates attack - The Australian

3646073 pm-ready-for-shorten-s-penalty-rates-attack-the-australian Politicians are back in Canberra. Welcome to the Australia’s live coverage of parliament. Here’s how today played out. • In Question Time Malcolm Turnbull accused Bill Shorten of “taking backhanders for years’’. Malcolm Turnbull planned to introduce legislation to crack down on so-called “corrupting benefits” or secret deals between union and employer groups. • And as the nation’s politicians returned to Canberra, the most recent Newspoll showed voters have responded to the Coalition following Mr Turnbull’s plan to expand the Snowy Mountains power scheme, with the polls cutting Labor’s lead from 52 to 48 per cent in two party preferred terms. 5.00pm: Ministers’ phone numbers public Elsewhere in politics news, federal ministers’ personal mobile phone numbers have been put online after a government department failed to ensure they were properly deleted from a report. The Department...Read full article...

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PoliticsNow: Live news, reports and analysis from Canberra - The Austr…

28-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

PoliticsNow: Live news, reports and analysis from Canberra - The Australian

3646071 politicsnow-live-news-reports-and-analysis-from-canberra-the-australian 18C and childcare reforms are on the agenda this week. Welcome to PoliticsNow, The Australian’s rolling coverage of parliament. Here’s how today played out. • The Coalition partyroom endorsed far reaching changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, including powers to “terminate” any complaint considered to be trivial. • Bill Shorten opened Question Time by asking Malcolm Turnbull why he has chosen to “weaken protections against racist hate speech.” RHIAN DEUTROM 9.00pm: PM defends 18C changes Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended his proposed changes to the wording in Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in a video, vowing to restore balance and clarity to the legislation. In a 2-minute video, posted online this evening, Mr Turnbull said the legislation, which will be introduced to the Senate this week, will seek to strengthen and defend Australian’s...Read full article...

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Minister Michael McCormack invokes penalty rates to defend generous tr…

28-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Minister Michael McCormack invokes penalty rates to defend generous travel allowance - The Sydney Morning Herald

3646069 minister-michael-mccormack-invokes-penalty-rates-to-defend-generous-travel-allowance-the-sydney-morning-herald Malcolm Turnbull's Small Business Minister has charged taxpayers nearly $50,000 to stay in his wife's Canberra apartment but has defended the spending by comparing his travel allowance to penalty rates. Michael McCormack is one of about 50 federal politicians believed to use their $273-a-night Canberra travel allowance to help pay off a second home. His wife bought the property in the leafy suburb of Kingston - close to Parliament House - in May 2013 and he now stays there whenever he visits. Play Video Don't Play Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:27 Ley breaks her silence Ley breaks her silence Former Health Minister Sussan Ley decided to release the report into her conduct, breaking her silence on the travel expenses scandal that ended her frontbench career. Grant Denyer...Read full article...

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Jacqui Lambie is upset and angry - but not ashamed of her story - The …

28-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Jacqui Lambie is upset and angry - but not ashamed of her story - The Sydney Morning Herald

3646067 jacqui-lambie-is-upset-and-angry-but-not-ashamed-of-her-story-the-sydney-morning-herald It wasn't the overdue bills Jacqui Lambie was thinking about as she delivered a speech that gripped Parliament. It wasn't the suffocating panic a broken fridge could bring, or the choking heartache that came with explaining to her sons why they couldn't enjoy the same things as their mates. Play Video Don't Play Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:33 'You have no idea how bloody tough it is' 'You have no idea how bloody tough it is' An impassioned speech by Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie ends in tears as she condemns the government's cuts to welfare, saying "what you are doing is shameful". Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:49 Video duration 01:49 Grant Denyer cheats death in rally crash Grant Denyer cheats death in...Read full article...

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WA's GST share is only 34c in the dollar - The West Australian

28-03-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3646065 wa-s-gst-share-is-only-34c-in-the-dollar-the-west-australian Canberra bureaucrats have continued to kick WA while it’s down over the GST, decreeing the State will only get back 34c in the dollar raised. The Commonwealth Grants Commission today released the relativities between the States over how the GST will be carved up in 2017-18. WA’s share will rise from its record low of 30.3c to a still pitiful 34.4c. This equates to an extra $378 million in revenue, for a total of $2.354 billion. The WA Treasury had originally forecast getting 38c in the dollar. While acknowledging the State’s economy has been hit hard because of falling iron ore royalties and below average growth in stamp duty and payroll tax, the commission argued this had been offset by slowing population growth reducing the need for investment. New state treasurer Ben Wyatt says he's furious about the latest GST carve-up. The commission argued WA still had the strongest fiscal...Read full article...

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Gloucester's Sustainable Futures Convention - Gloucester Advocate

28-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Gloucester's Sustainable Futures Convention - Gloucester Advocate

3645735 gloucester-s-sustainable-futures-convention-gloucester-advocate The Sustainable Futures Convention in Gloucester attracts over 200 people from around the country. A successful day: Presenters from Saturday's workshops gather on stage for a thank you and a photo. Picture: Supplied Related stories: Well over 200 people from around the country packed Gloucester High School auditorium for the second Sustainable Futures Convention sponsored by Groundswell Gloucester on March 25 and 26.  The convention is designed to help people look towards and deal with a positive but sustainable future as the world’s economies transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Attendees were able to choose from numerous workshops dealing with such issues as keeping rural communities resilient, maintaining good soil systems, living in a sustainable way, dealing with changing economies, how to influence the political process, the arts and culture in rural...Read full article...

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The Future NHS Plans Delivering Transformation and Sustainability - Em…

28-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The Future NHS Plans Delivering Transformation and Sustainability - Emergency-Live (press release) (blog)

3645733 the-future-nhs-plans-delivering-transformation-and-sustainability-emergency-live-press-release-blog Appointment: 18th May 2017 at the Royal National Hotel in London. Want more clients across the STP’s, Vanguard Sites and wider NHS? I am reaching out because I am organising our sixth conference on the Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability will be bringing together professionals and peers working within the health and social care systems and its associated partners, to continue the debate as to the future of the NHS. The event will feature a highly informative agenda, presenting speakers and sponsors who are experts in their field, plus examples of best practice which delegates may feel appropriate to adopt into their own provision arrangements. This conference isn’t a tradeshow/expo and is targeted towards senior management so that every conversation that is to be had on the day is going to be of high value. These delegates all pay to attend which mean they...Read full article...

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Visual media can help sustainability reporting - GreenBiz

28-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3645731 visual-media-can-help-sustainability-reporting-greenbiz Show, don’t tell. It’s rule No. 1 for writers and presenters. Yet, most sustainability disclosures still take the form of static, text-dense reports, usually delivered on an annual basis, that tell without showing. The good news is that a large majority of big companies actually compile and release sustainability information compared with just four years ago; about 81 percent of all S&P 500 organizations in 2015, versus just 20 percent in 2011. That’s a pretty impressive improvement, and a positive sign that investors are becoming more interested in declarations about programs for improving energy efficiency, conserving water, reducing waste and so on. It’s a matter of "Trust, but verify." Last year, some big U.S. companies went a step further, embracing integrated reporting, the idea of discussing how a company’s positions and performance on environmental social and governance...Read full article...

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Rural America advances on sustainability, calling it common sense - Gr…

28-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3645729 rural-america-advances-on-sustainability-calling-it-common-sense-greenbiz President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established science of climate change, and his choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA many times and regularly sided with the fossil fuel industry. Even if the Trump administration withdraws from all international climate negotiations and reduces the EPA to bare bones, the effects of climate change are happening and will continue to build. Local officials in red states responsible for public health, soil conservation, parks and natural resources management, as well as county commissioners and mayors, are concerned about climate change. In response to real threats and public demand, cities across the United States and around the world are taking action to address climate change....Read full article...

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Apple's 2016 supplier sustainability report shows labor ... - Macworld…

28-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3645727 apple-s-2016-supplier-sustainability-report-shows-labor-macworld-macworld Apple takes environmental sustainability seriously, but producing electronic devices that don’t cause harm to the earth or the people who make those devices requires the efforts of Apple’s suppliers, too. That’s why the company enforces standards for its partners, and according to Apple’s 11th annual supplier sustainability progress report, 2016 saw dramatic improvements. Apple audited 705 suppliers and found 98 percent compliance with a 60-hour maximum work week, a new high. Apple removes partners from its supply chain who don’t meet its standards for labor and human rights, and in 2016 the company ceased working with three suppliers, BuzzFeed reported. Apple also cut out 22 suppliers who were found to smelt conflict minerals. Smartphones use many minerals, including gold, tungsten, tantalum, and tin, that can be sourced from conflict zones where the mining and sale of those...Read full article...

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Eastern Bank Joins Influential Sustainability Group to Help Advance ..…

28-03-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3645725 eastern-bank-joins-influential-sustainability-group-to-help-advance-3bl-media-press-release March 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ -The nonprofit sustainability organization Ceres announced today that Eastern Bank has joined the Ceres Company Network. The Ceres board of directors approved the mutual bank’s membership in February 2017. In joining the Ceres Company Network, Eastern Bank affirms its commitment to maintaining a sustainable business across Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Ceres membership will help support Eastern Bank’s continued efforts to improve its sustainability policies, procedures, and social and environmental performance. The Ceres Company Network includes more than 50 companies from diverse sectors including financial services, food and beverage, footwear and apparel, and electric power, among others. Eligibility for Ceres Company Network membership requires an executive-level commitment to sustainability and a dedication to...Read full article...

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This is the single most unattractive thing men can do after sex - NEWS…

28-03-2017 Health News The Editor

This is the single most unattractive thing men can do after sex - NEWS.com.au

3645979 this-is-the-single-most-unattractive-thing-men-can-do-after-sex-news-com-au Men who are more insecure about their masculinity are more likely to base their worth on their sexual performance. A STUDY has shed light on the worst thing men can do in bed — and it seems women are united in hating this unattractive habit. This new report, titled Do Women’s Orgasms Function as a Masculinity Achievement?, reveals some interesting insights into heterosexual relationships. The paper explores how “masculine” men feel after making their partner orgasm, and reveals how men can hijack a woman’s big moment to inflate their own ego. According the Journal of Sex Research paper, plenty of men base their own masculinity on how good they are in bed. And it goes on to explain that men can “ruin things” by boasting about their own performance and making a woman’s orgasm all about them. The study asked 810 men to discuss their sexual habits, and rate how masculine they feel...Read full article...

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'Sightings' of extinct Tasmanian tiger spark major search in Australia…

28-03-2017 Health News The Editor

'Sightings' of extinct Tasmanian tiger spark major search in Australia - Evening Standard

3645977 sightings-of-extinct-tasmanian-tiger-spark-major-search-in-australia-evening-standard Apparent sightings have been made of the Tasmanian tiger – over 80 years after the animal was declared extinct. The last known specimen of the carnivore, which has gained almost mythical status in Australia, died in a zoo in Tasmania in 1936. However, after two apparently credible sightings – one from a tourism operator and one from a park ranger – scientists will set up more than 50 cameras to try to spot the creature in Cape York, a peninsula in the north-east of the country. Professor Bill Laurance will be heading the survey, which will take place across remote locations in Australia's largest wilderness area. The Tasmanian tiger disappeared after the arrival of British settlers (AFP/Getty Images) He told the Telegraph: “We have cross-checked the descriptions we received of eye shine colour, body size and shape, animal behaviour, and other attributes, and these are inconsistent...Read full article...

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Hayfever 'hiding' thunderstorm asthma risk - SBS

28-03-2017 Health News The Editor

3645975 hayfever-hiding-thunderstorm-asthma-risk-sbs New research has revealed many more people than previously thought are at risk of thunderstorm asthma, which claimed the lives of nine Victorians last year. Source: AAP 28 Mar 2017 - 10:36 AM  UPDATED 8 HOURS AGO People who suffer from hayfever should have asthma medications in arms reach at all times especially in pollen season, lung experts are advising. New research presented at the Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting in Canberra on Tuesday suggests that a history of hayfever is one of the "greatest" risk factors of thunderstorm asthma. Dr Daniel Clayton-Chubb says this "hidden" population of Australians are often unaware they're at risk and need to be prepared. "Severe thunderstorm asthma symptoms can strike rapidly and without warning," he said. Nine people died in Victoria late last year and over 8500 required emergency hospital...Read full article...

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Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue - that beats…

28-03-2017 Health News The Editor

Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue - that beats - The Sydney Morning Herald

3645973 scientists-convert-spinach-leaves-into-human-heart-tissue-that-beats-the-sydney-morning-herald Washington: If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood - and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr Oz - look no further than spinach. Popeye to the contrary, spinach alone won't pump anyone up. But it does have a few physical properties of the type that excite biomedical engineers. Spinach grows a network of veins, for instance, that thread through its leaves in a way similar to blood vessels through a human heart. Play Video Don't Play Most cancer caused by DNA errors Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:21 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:33 How spinach can help literally rebuild ... How spinach can help literally rebuild hearts Popeye has nothing on these bioengineers, who have taken a simple spinach leaf and transformed it into a sheet of beating human heart tissue. Most cancer caused by DNA...Read full article...

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Bush faces more drug problems than meth alone - UQ News

28-03-2017 Health News The Editor

3645971 bush-faces-more-drug-problems-than-meth-alone-uq-news A high use of methylamphetamine and prescription medications is a problem for regional Australia, according to an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) report designed to combat illicit drugs. The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), a University of Queensland research centre, led the first of nine National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program reports. Professor Jochen Mueller said the program, conducted in conjunction with the University of South Australia, analysed wastewater from 51 sites, accounting for 58 per cent of Australia’s population. “Methylamphetamine is described by ACIC as an ‘illicit drug of disproportionate harm’, hence a particular focus on its consumption,” Professor Mueller said. “Higher than national average levels of meth were consumed in Western Australia and South Australia, while regional Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania...Read full article...

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Big brain cancer study offers ray of hope - NEWS.com.au

28-03-2017 Health News The Editor

3645969 big-brain-cancer-study-offers-ray-of-hope-news-com-au For far too long little has been known about who's at risk of brain cancer, a rare yet deadly disease that appears to strike people at random. However that is changing, with scientists uncovering 13 new genetic errors associated with an increased risk of developing glioma - the most common form of brain cancer. One of the newly discovered genetic changes increases a person's risk by as much as a third, according to a study published in journal Nature Genetics. The others influenced risk by at least 15 per cent each. This "hugely" exciting new research means doctors may be able to identify patients at risk earlier, said Michelle Stewart, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's Head of Research Strategy. It could also mean that there are targets for "badly needed" new drugs to be developed. "The information that they've learnt means that they can work out what drugs may be effective at those...Read full article...

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