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Donald Trump leaves strange guest book note at Israel's Holocaust memo…

24-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Donald Trump leaves strange guest book note at Israel's Holocaust memorial - The Sydney Morning Herald

Play Video Don't Play Manchester United hold one minute's silence Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:58 Trump: Palestinians 'ready to work for ... Trump: Palestinians 'ready to work for peace' As he wrapped up his visit to the Middle East, US President Donald Trump pushed for progress on a peace deal, insisting Palestinians are ready to work at it. Manchester United hold one minute's silence Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:53 Video duration 00:53 Manchester United hold one minute's ... Manchester United hold one minute's silence United took a break from their Europa League final preparations to hold a minute's silence for the victims of Monday's suicide attack in Manchester. Manchester: 'A community that sticks together' Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:40 Video...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Child falls from second-storey window in Blaxland - Blue Mountains Gaz…

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Child falls from second-storey window in Blaxland - Blue Mountains Gazette

A child was rushed to Westmead Hospital after falling from a second-storey window in Blaxland. A child was rushed to Westmead Children’s Hospital today [Wednesday, May 24] after falling from a second-storey window at a Blaxland home. The CareFlight helicopter at St John's Oval, Blaxland. Police said emergency services were called to Hope Street about 2.25pm following reports a child had fallen from a window. “Officers from Blue Mountains Local Area Command attended and have commenced investigations,” police said in a statement. “A boy, believed to be one-year-old, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.” CareFlight's rapid response helicopter landed at nearby St Johns Road where the boy had been taken by ambulance to meet the specialist medical team. However, after assessment by CareFlight's...Read full article on News GN Australia

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One Nation adviser Sean Black arrested in Brisbane - The Sydney Mornin…

24-05-2017 Australia The Editor

One Nation adviser Sean Black arrested in Brisbane - The Sydney Morning Herald

Queensland police have charged a senior One Nation adviser with multiple counts of assault. Play Video Don't Play Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:56 Raw Vision: One Nation adviser arrested Raw Vision: One Nation adviser arrested One Nation adviser Sean Black is arrested in Brisbane on assault charges. Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Video duration 02:53 Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud One of those to be charged is the son of the Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston, who will appear in court. Police hunt for grandmother's killer Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:33 Video duration 01:33 Police hunt for grandmother's killer Police hunt for...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Militants warn: Martial law could lead to gross rights violations - Su…

24-05-2017 Australia The Editor

MILITANT groups have strongly protested and questioned the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, saying it would not resolve the conflict but merely create more problems and lead to violations of people's rights. Human rights watchdog Karapatan said Martial Law will inevitably result in intensified military operations, which could result in civilian casualties and lead to an "open season for extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, torture and other forms of rights violations." "Martial law is not the answer. It will never result to anything but gross violations of people's rights," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said in a statement. She called for an in-depth investigation into the clashes that erupted between Muslim extremists and government troops in Marawi City, a major trade hub in Lanao del Sur, and urged citizens to remain vigilant. Palabay assured in a text...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied's ABC show Australia Wide axed - The Australian

24-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Yassmin Abdel-Magied's ABC show Australia Wide axed - The Australian

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, whose ABC show has been axed by the ABC. Picture: Chris Pavlich The ABC is discussing future opportunities with Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, despite axing the show she hosts. Ms Abdel-Magied generated a furore last month with her controversial Anzac Day post: “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...).” But the national broadcaster says the decision to scrap her Australia Wide show was unrelated to the backlash over her comments. “ABC News is changing how we deliver long-form local journalism in order to better match our audience’s needs,” a spokeswoman said. “Instead of concentrating on one weekly broadcast slot, we will be using our best local and state-based longer-form pieces across the news channel, the extended weekend 7pm news and online. “As a result, Australia Wide has not been renewed for another season.” The axing of the show,...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Indigenous leaders recreate 1967 referendum victory photo - ABC Online

24-05-2017 Australia The Editor

Indigenous leaders recreate 1967 referendum victory photo - ABC Online

Fifty years ago, a group of Indigenous leaders stood victorious on the steps of Parliament House.They had just helped drive the most successful referendum in the nation's history.Nine out of 10 Australians had voted "yes" to including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, and allowing Parliament to make laws for Indigenous people.Warning: This story contains images of Indigenous people who have diedToday those campaigners and their families gathered on the steps once again in celebration of what has changed and as a reminder of what remains to be done.Aunty Diana Travis was only 19 when she came to Canberra for the third and final leg of the referendum campaign.She was one of the youngest at the time, but today she stood as an elder."My journey...Read full article on News GN Australia

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CIA director alerted FBI to pattern of contacts between Russian offici…

24-05-2017 World News The Editor

The CIA alerted the FBI to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign last year, former agency director John Brennan testified on Tuesday, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said he became increasingly concerned that Trump associates were being manipulated by Russian intelligence services as part of a broader covert influence campaign that sought to disrupt the election and deliver the presidency to Donald Trump. “I was worried by a number of the contacts that the Russians had with U.S. persons,” Brennan said, adding that he did not see proof of collusion before he left office on Jan. 20, but “felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well-founded and needed to look into those issues.” Brennan’s remarks...Read full article on News GN World

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Militant solons oppose Duterte's martial law declaration - Inquirer.ne…

24-05-2017 World News The Editor

Representatives from the militant Makabayan bloc in Congress on Wednesday opposed President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, vowing to vote to revoke the proclamation once the President reports to Congress. In a statement, Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas and Emmi De Jesus said they condemned the Maute group’s siege in Marawi city that compelled Duterte to declare martial law in the entire Mindanao region for 60 days. READ:  Martial law declared in Mindanao; Duterte to fly back home from Moscow  ADVERTISEMENT “Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) strongly condemns the ongoing siege of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur by members of the Maute group. Civilian lives are at great risk as reports of road blockades and burning of schools and the city jail have been confirmed. It should be noted that the crisis in Marawi was preceded by the military’s failed manhunt against ISIS...Read full article on News GN World

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White House gears up for prolonged Russia fight - CNN

24-05-2017 World News The Editor

After initially dismissing the probe -- which has ballooned into a Justice Department inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller -- as nothing more than a politically motivated "witch hunt," the White House's top officials are beginning to realize that the drumbeat of stories about Russia could overshadow the administration's objectives for months, if not years.Trump is expected to hire attorney Marc Kasowitz to represent him as part of a team on matters related to the inquiry into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia, according to a senior administration official and a person close to Trump.Trump and his aides have also discussed establishing a crisis communication effort led by advisers outside and inside the White House to combat allegations, sources tell CNN.Corey Lewandowski, Trump's controversial former campaign manager, has been seen in the White House to discuss possibly...Read full article on News GN World

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Lindt siege findings: Malcolm Turnbull flags changes to make Defence F…

24-05-2017 World News The Editor

Lindt siege findings: Malcolm Turnbull flags changes to make Defence Force intervention easier - The Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said Australia's century-old defence laws could be adjusted in accordance with the recommendations of the Coroner's inquest into the deadly 2014 Lindt Cafe siege, raising the possibility of the Australian Defence Force being given greater leeway to step into terrorist incidents. Play Video Don't Play Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:42 Keeping Australians safe from terrorism Keeping Australians safe from terrorism Intelligence and law-enforcement agencies must remain agile and well resourced to counter terrorism, says Malcolm Turnbull. Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Video duration 02:53 Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud One of those to be charged is the...Read full article on News GN World

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Trump's budget cuts children's health insurance program - CNN

24-05-2017 World News The Editor

Trump's budget cuts children's health insurance program - CNN

When Trump ran on a promise to end Obamacare and give people better health care, he promised not to touch Medicaid "like every other Republican," and yet Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday that Trump personally approved each cut. "I can tell you exactly how it went down," Mulvaney said. "I went into the President with a list of proposed entitlement reforms. "He went down the list, yes, yes, no, no, yes, no, yes, no, no," Mulvaney said. "The nos were all Social Security and Medicare. That is it. He said, 'I promised people on the campaign trail I would not touch their retirement and I would not touch Medicare, and we don't do it.' " Mulvaney emphasized that the biggest savings in the budget come from cutting or scaling back entitlement programs. The budget would also slash other programs that help the working poor. It cuts food stamps, student...Read full article on News GN World

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Landslide buries California's scenic highway near Big Sur - Local 10

24-05-2017 World News The Editor

(CNN) - The sweeping views of a coastal scenic highway in California are gone. A portion of the Pacific Coast Highway, considered by some as one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., was buried in dirt and stones by a massive landslide, the California Department of Transportation said. On Saturday, more than a million tons of rock and dirt fell down the slope and onto the ocean about 8 miles north of San Luis Obispo. The landslide along California's State Route 1 extends about a quarter mile and has the road covered in a 35 to 40 feet deep layer of dirt. The highway runs through Big Sur, which is a major tourist attraction. Authorities have closed all access to the highway and they don't know when it will be reopened. "No words needed but here's a few: million tons of rock/dirt, about 1/3 mile of roadway covered 35-40 feet deep. Mother Nature hard at work," a spokesperson for the...Read full article on News GN World

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Dreamworld to 'review' real estate - NEWS.com.au

24-05-2017 Business News The Editor

Dreamworld to 'review' real estate - NEWS.com.au

Deborah Thomas speaks out on Ardent Leisure's handling of Dreamworld tragedy: 'We thought we were doing the right thing." Dreamworld has struggled to bring back visitors. DREAMWORLD’S owner says it is “reviewing” its options for surplus real estate at the Gold Coast theme park in the wake of last year’s ride tragedy. In a statement on Wednesday, Ardent Leisure said it had kicked off a review earlier this year of its 2015 Master Plan for the Dreamworld Gold Coast precinct, which could unlock its real estate value. The Dreamworld precinct covers 60 hectares, with the park itself taking up 35 hectares. A spokesman for Ardent Leisure said while the review would be “all-encompassing”, it would mainly be focused on the 25 hectares of surplus land. “Dreamworld is located on prime real estate adjacent to the new Coomera town centre and core infrastructure,” the company...Read full article on News GN Business

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Why these 4 ASX shares have jumped higher today - Motley Fool Australi…

24-05-2017 Business News The Editor

In afternoon trade the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has given back its morning gains and has fallen into the red. At present the index is down 0.1% to 5,756 points.Four shares which have outperformed the market by a considerable distance today are listed below. Here?s why they have jumped higher:The ALS Ltd (ASX: ALQ) share price is up 13% to $6.60 following the release of a solid full-year result. This led to Citi upgrading the testing services company?s shares to a buy rating all the way from a sell. Furthermore, the broker increased its price target from $5.60 to… In afternoon trade the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has given back its morning gains and has fallen into the red. At present the index is down 0.1% to 5,756 points. Four shares which have outperformed the market by a considerable distance today are listed below. Here’s why they have jumped higher: The...Read full article on News GN Business

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Anxiety levels across Australia are tumbling - Business Insider Austra…

24-05-2017 Business News The Editor

There’s a bit of negativity in Australia right now. Almost daily, we’re bombarded with things that are, supposedly, terrible. Wage are growing at the slowest pace in at least 20 years, with unemployment elevated. Housing is overvalued, propped up by huge levels of debt, with the risks of a correction — or worse — continuing to grow. And then there are the politicians. Where oh where to start with that mob! The concerns only seem to be growing. It’s enough to make you down in the dumps about living in Australia, and perhaps a little anxious. While you might think that would be the result, the truth is that Australians, collectively, aren’t all that anxious right not, at least compared to levels in recent years. According to the latest consumer behaviour survey from the National Australia Bank (NAB) today, the consumer anxiety index — which measures concerns about future spending and...Read full article on News GN Business

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Magellan's Hamish Douglass says Uber is a 'Ponzi scheme' - The Sydney …

24-05-2017 Business News The Editor

Magellan's Hamish Douglass says Uber is a 'Ponzi scheme' - The Sydney Morning Herald

Uber's practice of persistently raising capital from private investors is akin to a Ponzi scheme, according to veteran investor and Magellan Financial Group chief executive Hamish Douglass.  In a candid interview at the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Conference in Sydney on Wednesday, Mr Douglass lamented the dramatic losses awaiting Uber investors as automated driving technology permeates the market. Play Video Don't Play ASX winners and losers - a snapshot Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:43 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 04:01 How Uber's controversial CEO built an ... How Uber's controversial CEO built an empire The story of Travis Kalanick and how he went from UCLA dropout to CEO of the world's most valuable technology startup, Uber. ASX winners and losers - a snapshot Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:43 Video...Read full article on News GN Business

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Westpac to offload up to $645 million in BTIM shares - The Sydney Morn…

24-05-2017 Business News The Editor

Westpac to offload up to $645 million in BTIM shares - The Sydney Morning Herald

Westpac is selling its remaining stake in fund manager BT Investment Management, offloading up to $645 million worth of stock to institutional investors and signalling it intends to ultimately sell all shares it holds in the business. Westpac will see a small improvement in its capital position by selling down its stake in BTIM. Photo: Jesse Marlow In a move that will improve Westpac's capital position, the bank is selling 60 million shares it holds in BTIM, which will take its stake in the investment manager from 29 per cent to 10 per cent. The bank, which used to hold a controlling 59 per cent of BTIM before selling this down in 2015, said it intended to sell the remaining 10 per cent stake, subject to market conditions. This would not occur before May 2018. Westpac chief financial officer Peter King said the bank no longer needed the stake in BTIM. Photo: Bloomberg The sale will...Read full article on News GN Business

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Moody's downgrades China's debt for first time in 26 years - The Austr…

24-05-2017 Business News The Editor

China has hit back at Moody's decision to downgrade saying that its assessment of the risks to its economy were flawed. China and one of the world's most influential ratings agencies are at loggerheads after Moody's delivered a scathing assessment of Beijing's economic policy making and downgraded the country's debt for the first time in 26 years. In what will be viewed as a rebuke of China's debt-funded growth model, Moody's said on Wednesday economic reforms were moving too slowly and excess credit had imperilled the financial system. It questioned Beijing's ability to rein in credit, while at the same time maintaining high levels of economic growth. China's Finance Ministry was quick to reject the Moody's decision, saying the methodology used by the agency was flawed. "This view overestimates the difficulties facing the Chinese economy and ... underestimates the government's...Read full article on News GN Business

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Messy politics of public service decentralisation and the Canberra reg…

24-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Messy politics of public service decentralisation and the Canberra region - The Sydney Morning Herald

The push by the Nationals – led by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Nationals' deputy leader Fiona Nash – for systematic decentralisation of federal public servants to regional cities, has accelerated. Government departments will now be forced to justify why at least some of their functions should not be moved out. As criticism mounts, the Nationals are redoubling their efforts. Crucially, they are being supported by their senior partners in the Turnbull government, the Liberals. Not a word of criticism has come from senior Liberals, including the Prime Minister himself, though the only federal Liberal representative in the national capital, Senator Zed Seselja, has spoken up. The cost of moving the pesticides authority is likely to reach $60 million. Photo: Stephen Jeffery Many persuasive arguments, by the ACT government, local federal MPs, and local business and community...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politicians' children, retired MPs face travel expenses cut from July …

24-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politicians' children, retired MPs face travel expenses cut from July - The Sydney Morning Herald

Federal politicians using travel perks to bring their children to Canberra will lose access to business class fares from July, while former MPs will have fewer free flights to the capital after they leave Parliament. The Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal announced on Monday it had formalised a range of recommendations from the Turnbull government's independent review of the travel rules for politicians, triggered by revelations that Bronwyn Bishop had spent $5000 on a helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong. Play Video Don't Play Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:06 Perusing pollies' perks Perusing pollies' perks Politicians are meant to declare their interests, but Adam Gartrell argues the system is only semi-transparent and lacks oversight. Nine charged over $165m ATO...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Politics meets manufacturing: Trio agree to nationwide industry gather…

24-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Politics meets manufacturing: Trio agree to nationwide industry gathering in Canberra - Manufacturers' Monthly

Trio to speak with manufacturers in Canberra (Images: Wikipedia) Latest News They have traded political blows over the best course for Australia’s industrial future – a topic that has been endlessly scrutinised in the media sphere while bodies on the factory floors continue to weather winds of change. Now, three of parliament’s major power players for Australian industry and innovation will come face to face at a conference specially prepared to discuss what’s to become of the country’s manufacturers. Senators including Minister for Industry Arthur Sinodinos, Shadow Minister for Industry Kim Carr, and Nick Xenophon, leader of the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), have all agreed to attend the first National Manufacturing Summit in Canberra next month. At Parliament House on June 21, the Centre for Future Work and the Australia Institute have arranged an event it is hoped will offer a fresh...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Mark Latham has a shot at being NSW kingmaker, not Canberra Senator, s…

24-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Mark Latham could join Christian Democrat Fred Nile and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in the NSW upper house. Labor leader-turned-anti-elites campaigner Mark Latham is unlikely to win a Senate seat for his new party, the Liberal Democrats, but could easily be elected to the NSW upper house, according to political consultant Glenn Druery. Mr Latham would only need 2 per cent of the vote to be elected to the NSW legislative council, Mr Druery said, where he might hold the balance of power with Christian Democrat Fred Nile and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. The next state election is March 2019. Changes to the voting rules for Senate elections and the Liberal Democrats' low levels of support make a return to federal politics by Mr Latham almost impossible, according to Mr Druery, who helped set up a coalition of small parties at the 2013 election that...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Bill Shorten's budget reply a guide to the political battlelines for 2…

24-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Bill Shorten's budget reply a guide to the political battlelines for 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

In politics as in life, you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. This is why governments hold budget lock-ups for journalists. They want the whole picture understood by reporters before the first accounts are written. Of course, "understood" is used advisedly here. There are clear limits to what can be absorbed by even the most experienced reporters when racing through a several-hundred-page document in a hermetically sealed room over five frantic hours. Play Video Don't Play Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video duration 02:53 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:16 Budget 2017: the great political reset Budget 2017: the great political reset Mark Kenny argues the 2017 budget has recast Canberra politics, and not just for the government. Nine charged over $165m ATO fraud Play Video Don't Play Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Public service push for gender-neutral bathrooms - The Sydney Morning …

24-05-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Public service push for gender-neutral bathrooms - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Commonwealth public service is making a push toward gender-neutral bathrooms at its Canberra buildings, to foster greater inclusiveness of transgender and intersex employees. Inclusive bathrooms at the Department of Environment and Energy in Canberra. Photo: Supplied But the moves have already angered conservative government MPs, who argue the efforts are a waste of taxpayers' money and may make employees "uncomfortable". The Department of Environment and Energy has installed "inclusive" bathrooms at its Canberra headquarters, while Fairfax Media has confirmed the Treasury building will be fitted out with unisex bathrooms as part of a refurbishment. It reflects a movement that is much more advanced in the United States, where debate has raged in recent years about the liberalisation of bathrooms in schools, universities and public buildings. Australia has largely resisted...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Australian Fashion Week: Designers must focus more on sustainability, …

24-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Australian Fashion Week: Designers must focus more on sustainability, eco-fashionistas say - ABC Online

Related Story: 'You can be a bogan and wear Gucci': Why menswear is gaining pace in fashion scene Related Story: Latest fashion is 'transparent' and locally-made The Australian fashion industry still has "a long way to go" in the production of environmentally friendly textiles according to eco-fashionistas, who want brands to do more to incorporate sustainable practices.On average, for every metre of fabric used when making shoes or clothing, 20 per cent is discarded as waste.Traditional dyes used to stain fabrics have damaging effects on the environment, while the widespread use of blended fabrics such as cotton and elastane make clothes impossible to recycle and be repurposed.Kelly Elkin from not-for-profit organisation...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Woodford Folk Festival stems attendance as founders grapple with susta…

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Woodford Folk Festival stems attendance as founders grapple with sustainability - ABC Online

Organisers of the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland's south-east say its unique environment and local infrastructure cannot continue to cope with its growing crowds, so have embarked on a set of controls to reach sustainability.The six-day festival held annually between Christmas and New Years Eve outside the Queensland Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Woodford grew by a record five per cent last year, attracting 132,000 festival-goers.Changes to the festival will also include a cap on patrons through the gate, the introduction of car restrictions and parking fees.Festival Director Bill Hauritz said attendance at the 2016 festival put "a real strain on infrastructure"."It was growing too fast for us to handle so we've put a cap on the festival," he said."We...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Why Should Not for Profits Enter the Premier's Sustainability Awards? …

24-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

New research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria chief executive, Stan Krpan says the Premier’s Sustainability Awards provide a channel for passionate individuals, communities and businesses to share their great work with all Victorians. “One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians in the not-for-profit sector can demonstrate their commitment is by entering the annual Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” he said. “With 10 categories in this year’s program, there’s an opportunity for a range of organisations to celebrate their sustainability leadership with the wider Victorian community.” Previous finalists from the community sector say their involvement in the awards has led to improved staff morale,...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Dow Highlights Progress in 2016 Sustainability Report - FoodIngredient…

24-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Dow Highlights Progress in 2016 Sustainability Report - FoodIngredientsFirst

23 May 2017 --- The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) have released its 2016 Sustainability Report, laying a solid foundation with strong first-year results since announcing its 2025 Sustainability Goals.  Prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Comprehensive Option (GRI 102-54), GRI is the most widely used framework for sustainability reporting used globally by businesses, governments and other organizations. The report highlights the successes of Dow’s commitment to redefine the role of business at its intersection with society.  “Our 2025 Sustainability Goals are designed to do nothing less than help redefine the role of business in society,” said Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer. “By driving unprecedented collaborations, Dow is leading the way in developing societal blueprints that will advance the transition to a more...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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A Mighty Giant for Green Sustainability - Printing Impressions

24-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

A Mighty Giant for Green Sustainability - Printing Impressions

Image from 123rf.com Green sustainability for a business, that’s what I’m talking about!  Everywhere you turn today, you see “green” this or “green” that. In our town there is now a new bank called The Green Bank. I’m not kidding! So, let me tell you about a Mighty Giant that promotes Green sustainability, by stomping out waste in your business. Loads of Green money is apt to appear out of nowhere as a result! Our “Mighty Giant” promotes a healthier environment with all that tramping about, invoking any Green-loving person to be hysterically happy when he’s on the job. Okay, let’s talk GREEN sustainability! What does going GREEN mean? Simply stated, going Green is being considerate of the environment. Green is also linked with the term sustainability. A simple definition of green sustainability is — a means of influencing our neighbors and everyone’s activity, so the world and its...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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The Future of Fashion? CFDA's Graduate Showcase Proves It's All About …

24-05-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Parsons graduate Panisa Busayanont with her collection of upcycled knitwear.Photo: Griffin Lipson/BFA.com For the first time ever, the CFDA is presenting a showcase of graduates of five fashion schools in the United States under one roof. Deemed the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, the event culls together top talents from Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Pratt Institute, the Academy of Art University, and the Rhode Island School of Design at midtown’s Center415. Each recent graduate has been equipped with a small square of space they can deck out in their own designs. Some, like Pratt’s Erik Goldberg, collaged their mood boards all over for an immersive experience, others opted for a more unobtrusive take. Personal preferences aside, the collective showed some undeniable trends about the future of fashion. The biggest takeaway is that...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Early puberty linked to poverty in Melbourne-based children's survey -…

24-05-2017 Health News The Editor

Related Story: Parents struggling to recognise childhood obesity under new 'norms': experts Children who grow up poor are much more likely to hit puberty earlier than more well-off kids, Melbourne-based research has suggested.The research, published in the American Journal of Pediatrics, also suggests children are hitting puberty about five years earlier than they were 150 years ago.Researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute monitored 3,700 children from birth.They found that boys from poor backgrounds were about four times more likely to hit puberty by ages 10 or 11, and girls from those backgrounds were twice as likely, than children in higher socio-economic groups.Their report said the link between underprivileged children and early puberty could be attributed to a range of environmental...Read full article on News GN Health

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Ask the Dentist: New e-cigarette laws welcome but solution is to quit …

24-05-2017 Health News The Editor

!-- /.related-extra -- !-- related-caption-- NEW laws on e-cigarettes came into force in the UK on May 20, restricting tank size and strength, as well as ingredients. Health campaigners claim the new regulations could signal a significant breakthrough in helping people to quit smoking, but share concerns over potentially unknown side effects. The changes ban certain ingredients, including colourings and caffeine. E-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before they can be sold. Vape tanks larger than 2ml are no longer permitted while e-liquid bottles now have a maximum capacity of 10ml. A maximum nicotine strength has also been set at 20mg (2 per cent). Dr Nigel Carter of the Oral Health Foundation welcomes the new regulations that will now impact the 2.3 million Brits who use e-cigarettes....Read full article on News GN Health

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Melanoma could affect anyone regardless of skin color - News-Medical.n…

24-05-2017 Health News The Editor

May 23, 2017 Sidney Brown thought the mole on his nose was just an annoying pimple. He didn't consider that it could be a cancerous tumor, because, Brown thought, "skin cancer is something white people get." The misconception that people with more pigment -- called melanin -- in their skin cells are protected from cancer-causing ultra-violet rays nearly cost Brown his life. Brown's mole turned out to be a melanoma, the least common form of skin cancer, but also the deadliest. While most people associate skin cancer with sun exposure, melanomas are more likely to be caused by genetics than the sun's ultraviolet radiation, and far more likely to develop on sun-protected areas of the body in blacks, Hispanics and Asians. May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the occasion for numerous messages about the importance of limiting time in the sun and using sunscreen....Read full article on News GN Health

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Palliative care report reveals system is failing rural Australians - T…

24-05-2017 Health News The Editor

A new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that more people are accessing palliative care services in hospital than ever before. The report reveals that hospitalisations for palliative care are growing faster than any other incident of hospitalisation, rising by 19 percent between the 2010/11 and 2014/15 financial years.  However, the statistics also revealed that access to good palliative care services remain largely dependent on patient location and socioeconomic status. Palliative Care Australia Chief Executive Officer Liz Callaghan says people living outside of major cities have less access to community-based palliative care options, leaving them more reliant on regional and rural hospitals. “The national statistics show that regional areas have a higher rate of palliative-care related hospitalisations than major cities,” Says Ms...Read full article on News GN Health

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Flu immunisation rates down: Why aren't we getting the jab? - ABC Onli…

24-05-2017 Health News The Editor

Flu immunisation rates down: Why aren't we getting the jab? - ABC Online

For years I refused to get the flu jab. I know, I know. The elderly and infants put at risk. Unnecessary time off work. I felt bad about it. I ummed and ahhed. I still didn't get the shot.I'm just one of the people the WA Government is targeting, in a bid to boost immunity rates around the state.According to the WA Department of Health, more than 1,500 people were hospitalised due to flu last year.The department said the uptake of the vaccine was declining, particularly in kids, dropping from 42 per cent to just 7 per cent from 2010 to 2014.Health Minister Roger Cook said there had been a dramatic downturn in vaccination rates in other age categories."In the over 65 cohort, previously it was over 60 per cent, and now it's just over 50 per cent of that cohort who are...Read full article on News GN Health

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Snakes are not lone hunters, they slither in groups to increase succes…

24-05-2017 Health News The Editor

New Delhi: Snakes, long thought to be solitary eaters, coordinate their hunts to increase the chances of success, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Tennessee (UT) in the US observed the Cuban boa - the island nation's largest native terrestrial predator - in bat caves for the study. Many Cuban caves shelter large bat colonies, and in some of them small populations of boas regularly hunt the bats as they fly out at dusk and return at dawn.  Researchers noticed that the boas hung down from the ceiling of the cave entrance and grabbed passing bats mid-air.  They found that if more than one boa was present, the snakes coordinated their positions in such a way that they formed a wall across the entrance.  This made it difficult or impossible for the bats to pass without getting within striking distance of at least one boa.  Such group hunts were always...Read full article on News GN Health

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