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Teen pregnancy program had a reverse effect: study - The Sydney Mornin…

26-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Teen pregnancy program had a reverse effect: study - The Sydney Morning Herald

They're the baby robots that ruined the social lives of high school students in every teen TV show for the past two decades. Just last week, in The Bachelor Australia, Richie Strahan deployed the screaming dolls to test the parenting prowess of his bevy of beauties. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:39 Do RoboBabies dream of electric mums? Video duration 02:33 Lee Lin Chin: 'like CSIRO on Facebook' Video duration 01:18 The science behind: chromatography Video duration 01:09 The science behind: the vortex cannon Video duration 00:46 The science behind: the methanol gun Video duration 00:45 The science behind: the banana hammer Video duration 00:34 The science behind: electric hair Do RoboBabies dream of electric mums? A study of WA schoolgirls caring for robotic babies reveals surprising results. But a baby simulator...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Man allegedly threatened fire-fighters with an axe as house burned, sa…

26-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Man allegedly threatened fire-fighters with an axe as house burned, say police - The Sydney Morning Herald

A group of fire-fighters who were attempting to put out a house fire on Sydney's Northern Beaches were allegedly confronted by an axe-wielding man, who is believed to be a resident of the burning home. Police say the fire-fighters were called to a burning house on Alexander Road in Whale Beach around 2am on Thursday morning, where they began trying to extinguish the fire. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:58 Firefighters threatened with axe Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 02:10 'Dinosaur' tree's secret survival plan Video duration 00:21 Greyhound racing ban bill passes Video duration 00:39 Mitra Alavi describes her sister Video duration 00:33 Wife murderer sentenced to 15 years Video duration 01:19 Climate warming began 180 years ago Firefighters threatened with axe NSW...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Home Hill stabbing: British journalist Tom Jackson attacked as he went…

26-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Home Hill stabbing: British journalist Tom Jackson attacked as he went to aid of Mia Ayliffe-Chung - Herald Sun

“SELFLESS” hero Tom Jackson was stabbed in the face, head and torso trying to save murdered girl Mia Ayliffe-Chung after she fled, badly injured, into the hostel’s bathroom. The 30-year-old British journalist remained in the Townsville Hospital last night with horrific injuries as his father Les completed a frantic dash to reach his son’s bedside. RACISM: Mia’s poignant post before murder Police have described Mr Jackson’s actions as “completely selfless”, saying he drew the attention of his ­alleged attacker by going to the aid of a dying woman. Detectives yesterday charged French national Smail Ayad with murder, two counts of attempted murder, serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of assaulting police after he allegedly refused to answer questions. Tom Jackson remains in the Townsville Hospital. Police have accused him of attacking 12 different officers – including biting one on...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Teenage girl in critical condition after being hit by car in Scoresby …

26-08-2016 Australia The Editor

A TEENAGE girl has been flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital with critical head injuries after being hit by a car in Scoresby this morning. Police believe the 14-year-old student from The Knox School was running across the road to catch a bus and has run into the path of a car travelling north on Stud Rd near Scoresby Secondary College. The black Mazda CX5, driven by a 25-year-old woman from Scoresby, has struck the girl. The girl has been airlifted to hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the Mazda was not injured. Paramedics are now transferring 14 y/o girl, hit by car at Scoresby, into the air ambulance.. @7NewsMelbourne — Kristy Mayr (@KristyMayr7) August 25, 2016 The girl was treated at the scene before being flown by air ambulance to the Royal Children’s Hospital. On its Facebook page this morning, The Knox School said the international student is from China and...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Police officers rammed in dead-end street attack in Thornbury - The Ag…

26-08-2016 Australia The Editor

Police officers rammed in dead-end street attack in Thornbury - The Age

Three police officers have been attacked while trying to corner a suspected car thief in a dead-end street in Melbourne's north. The officers say it was almost like the car thief tried to drive "over the top of them" as he rammed their patrol cars in Thornbury in the early hours of Friday morning. It's the second time a police car has been rammed in Melbourne's inner north in the past few weeks.  Photo: Rohan Thomson He almost ran over one detective, before smashing into the car of an unsuspecting young woman as he was trying to make his escape. It was the second case of out-of-control drivers dicing with death to evade police overnight. The series of incidents began when police pulled up to a Holden Colorado, suspected of being stolen from the Essendon/Moonee Ponds area some days ago, on Cosmas Grove shortly before 1am. The driver of the Holden Colorado took-off, driving down a...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone as toll hits 250 - SBS

26-08-2016 Australia The Editor

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. A magnitude 4.3 aftershock has rattled the town of Amatrice, Italy just one day after the earthquake claimed the lives of 250 people. The aftershock crumbled already cracked buildings, rattled residents and closed already clogged roads. It was only one of the more than 470 tremors that have followed Wednesday's pre- dawn quake. Firefighters and rescue crews using sniffer dogs worked in teams around the hard-hit areas in central Italy, pulling chunks of cement, rock and metal from mounds of rubble where homes once stood. Rescuers refused to say when their work would shift from saving lives to recovering bodies, noting that one person was pulled alive from the rubble 72 hours after the 2009 quake in the...Read full article on News GN Australia

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U. of C. tells incoming freshmen it does not support 'trigger warnings…

26-08-2016 World News The Editor

University of Chicago class of 2020, get ready for a college experience filled with debate, discussion — and possibly discomfort. As colleges across the country wrestle with balancing academic freedom and open discourse with student health and safety, University of Chicago Dean of Students John Ellison told incoming freshmen in a letter what they should expect on campus. "Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own," the letter said. Trigger warnings — used to alert students of sensitive material that might be uncomfortable, offensive or traumatic to them, such as discussions about race and sexual assault —...Read full article on News GN World

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Italy earthquake: Rescuers' desperate search for survivors as toll hit…

26-08-2016 World News The Editor

And when it settles, they go back at it, desperate to find anyone who might miraculously have survived this week's quake that killed at least 250 people and injured more than 360 others in central Italy.A 4.1 magnitude aftershock on Thursday shook aid workers as they sorted through debris in the afternoon sun in the town of Amatrice, one of many tremors to have followed Wednesday morning's 6.2-magnitude quake that reduced villages to rubble.A CNN crew in Amatrice was filming in front of a house when the structure partially collapsed, and others around it were completely flattened."People were just running onto the roads away from buildings in a panic. We saw our cameras shaking, and journalists here too were panicking," said CNN producer Margot Haddad. It was more bad news for rescuers, who have been desperately combing through mountains of rubble for a second day. Wednesday's quake...Read full article on News GN World

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Orlando Hospitals Say They Won't Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Shoot…

26-08-2016 World News The Editor

Orlando Hospitals Say They Won't Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting - NPR

Enlarge this image Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla. Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla. Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Two Orlando-area hospitals are waiving the medical bills of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, praising the community response and saying they want to contribute. More than 50 people were wounded in the June 12 attack on the Florida gay nightclub, and 49 people died. Orlando Regional Medical Center has treated 44 victims of the shooting — more than any other hospital. The center's parent company, Orlando Health, says it will not charge victims for their...Read full article on News GN World

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AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy - Fox News

26-08-2016 World News The Editor

PARIS –  French mayors are drawing international anger for banning the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit worn by a small minority of Muslim women. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy. WHAT ARE BURKINIS? They're a recent retail invention, not a religious requirement in any country. Around a decade ago an Australian woman of Lebanese origin created a swimsuit for Muslim women designed to permit them to keep their bodies covered while working as lifeguards on Australian beaches. Her design was dubbed the burkini or burqini. Burkinis cover the head, torso and limbs — much like a wetsuit with a hood. The word conflates the words bikini and burqa, a full-body covering with only a mesh screen for the eyes. Burqas are worn primarily in Afghanistan. Burkinis are rarely seen in France, where you're more likely to spot women sunbathing topless. International sales...Read full article on News GN World

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A look at what's next in the Colombian peace process - Fox News

26-08-2016 World News The Editor

BOGOTA, Colombia –  Colombia's government and the country's biggest leftist rebel group have reached a peace deal that puts the South American nation on the threshold of ending a five-decade war. Here's what lies ahead and some of the remaining hurdles: ___ REFERENDUM ON PEACE Colombians will get a chance to vote on the accord on Oct. 2. Although polls show approval is likely, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is deeply unpopular and many voters may prefer a scenario that would allow them to seek revenge. The opposition also is likely to try to convert the vote into a referendum on Santos, whose approval rating is near the lowest it has been since he took office in 2010. Possible low voter turnout is also a concern because a minimum of 13 percent of the registered voters, or about 4.4 million people, must vote in favor for the accord to be ratified. ___ REBEL CONGRESS In the...Read full article on News GN World

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First on CNN: US fires warning shots at Iranian vessel after close enc…

26-08-2016 World News The Editor

U.S. aircraft carriers A rainbow forms over the bow of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as the ship steams in the Pacific Ocean on February 3, 2015. Hide Caption 1 of 31 U.S. aircraft carriers A MV-22B Osprey, from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. The V-22 Osprey is being tested, evaluated and is slated to be planned replacement for the C-2Q Greyhound as the singular logistics platform on an aircraft carrier for at-sea delivery of personnel and equipment. Click through the gallery to see other U.S. aircraft carriers. Hide Caption 2 of 31 U.S. aircraft carriers Tug boats maneuver the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's turn ship evolution on June 11, 2016. This is a...Read full article on News GN World

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Woolworths loses $1.2b, slashes dividend 54 pc - The Australian Financ…

26-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Woolworths loses $1.2b, slashes dividend 54 pc - The Australian Financial Review

Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci hopes a rise in same-store supermarket sales in the first few weeks of 2017 will be sustained. Jessica Hromas Woolworths needs to lift supermarket sales by at least 2 per cent this year to return to profit growth after posting a $1.2 billion loss in 2016 – its first as a listed company – and slashing its dividend. Chief executive Brad Banducci gave Woolworths' long-suffering shareholders a glimmer of hope that the worst may be over for Australia's largest retailer, saying same-store sales in Australian supermarkets had risen 0.3 per cent in the first eight weeks of 2017, the first growth in 15 months, despite intense competition from Coles and Aldi. Woolworths shares, which have fallen more than 40 per cent in the past few years, rose as much as 7.5 per cent to their highest level since October, catching out investors who have short sold the...Read full article on News GN Business

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David Jones' ambitious $100 million plan to become Australia's top foo…

26-08-2016 Business News The Editor

DAVID Jones is gearing up for a “transformative” few years, with its high-stakes plan to enter the food business about to kick into gear. Ian Moir, the chief executive of South African parent company Woolworths Holdings, told investors to expect substantial losses over the coming two years as he brings his vision to life. Releasing the company’s latest full-year results in South Africa this afternoon, Moir vowed to make David Jones “the best top-end food business in Australia”, leveraging South African retailer Woolworths’ supplier relationships to create a premium offering that stand out from existing retailers. “There’s nobody that does quality, innovative, premium food in Australia,” Moir said, “They’re all in a rush to the bottom ... They’re driving on price, they’re not looking from the top end of the market.” Woolworths Holdings will invest $75 million to $100 million over...Read full article on News GN Business

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Mayne Pharma profit rises 379 per cent after acquisitions - The Austra…

26-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Mayne Pharma profit rises 379 per cent after acquisitions - The Australian Financial Review

Chief executive Scott Richards said Mayne was ready to support increasing sales after spending $29 million on research and development and $30 million on its two manufacturing sites. Josh Robenstone Drug maker Mayne Pharma said its net profit soared 379 per cent to $37.4 million after the acne treatment it acquired in February 2015 delivered on expectations and a key generic drug sold well after launch.  Mayne has been the hot stock on many fund managers' lips after it paid $US652 million ($855 million) to buy a generic drug portfolio from Israeli giant Teva Pharmaceuticals in June. The company told investors to expect significant growth in 2016-17 driven by the recent acquisition, but did not provide specific guidance. Chief executive Scott Richards said the company was prepared to support increasing sales after spending $29 million on research and development and $30 million...Read full article on News GN Business

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Murray Goulburn pay rise 'doesn't pass the sniff test': Barnaby Joyce …

26-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Murray Goulburn pay rise 'doesn't pass the sniff test': Barnaby Joyce - The Sydney Morning Herald

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has hit out at the directors of milk giant Murray Goulburn, declaring their 50 per cent pay rise awarded last year "doesn't pass the sniff test". After a year of retrospectively slashing the price of milk solids paid to farmers, losing key executives and seeing its share price slide, the co-operative now faces an ACCC inquiry into the dairy industry. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:36 We will delve deeper: Joyce Video duration 02:11 Lindt siege police response in question Video duration 01:03 Blackface outrage during book week Video duration 02:10 'Dinosaur' tree's secret survival plan Video duration 01:15 Why was Hanson-Young dumped? Video duration 03:02 Meet Australia's youngest head down flyer Video duration 02:22 Thomas a hero after stabbings We will delve deeper: Joyce The...Read full article on News GN Business

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Australia Post returns to profit despite drop off in snail mail - ABC …

26-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Australia Post returns to profit despite drop off in snail mail - ABC Online

Australia Post has returned to profit despite another significant and damaging decline in its traditional letter deliveries business.Full-year profit after tax rebounded to $36 million after the continued terminal decline of "snail mail" prompted last year's $222 million loss.But ongoing digital disruption has seen addressed letter volumes fall by another 9.7 per cent, contributing to a $138 million loss in the postal business — the largest decline in Australia Post's 207 year history.Chief executive Ahmed Fahour has described the profit as "modest" and driven by the rise of Australia Post's parcels business, which has grown by eight per cent in a competitive market.Despite the turnaround, Mr Fahour painted a pessimistic outlook for traditional letter...Read full article on News GN Business

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Coca-Cola Amatil profit up as water sales offset weak soft drink deman…

26-08-2016 Business News The Editor

Coca-Cola Amatil profit up as water sales offset weak soft drink demand - The Sydney Morning Herald

Coca-Cola Amatil is on its way to achieving mid-single profit growth targets, lifting net profit by 7.8 per cent to $198.2 million in the six months ending June after higher sales of bottled water offset weaker demand for fizzy drinks. The net profit result, buoyed by lower interest costs, exceeded consensus forecasts of about $190 million and followed a tough first half in 2015, when profits rose only 0.9 per cent due to declining water sales and price cuts in carbonated beverages. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:53 A bumper week of ASX corporate earnings Video duration 01:44 Woolworths' short-sightedness destroyed value Video duration 01:19 Milk talks target $1 per litre Video duration 01:06 EpiPen price hike draws White House slap down Video duration 01:41 Six reasons for Masters' $3 billion fail Video duration 00:57 Target...Read full article on News GN Business

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American politics 'fully insane' while Australia is 'merely neurotic':…

26-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

American politics 'fully insane' while Australia is 'merely neurotic': O'Rourke - The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian politics is "merely neurotic", whereas American politics is "fully insane". America has "gone completely around the bend," satirist P.J. O'Rourke told the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday, shortly after Hillary Clinton formally became the first woman in American history to lead the ticket of a major political party. Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:42 'Republican party reptile' backs Clinton Video duration 01:10 Tornadoes rip through Indiana Video duration 01:21 Burkini sales soar after French ban Video duration 01:05 Iran vessels 'intercept' US ship Video duration 01:19 Clinton blasts 'alt-right' Trump Video duration 01:01 Harlem scoffs at Trump Video duration 01:22 Mylan to discount EpiPen Video duration 00:43 London burkini beach party 'Republican party reptile' backs...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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159-years of farm craft lost in Canberra - Farm Weekly

26-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

THE non-return of Tasmanian Liberal Richard Colbeck to the federal Senate represents another telling blow for farm representation and rural experience, with 159-years of service and expertise now lost from the previous parliament. Mr Colbeck is a former Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture who was first elected in 2002 and was Tourism and International Education Minister in Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry and the Minister Assisting the Trade and Investment Minister. But he was brutally dropped to the vulnerable fifth position on the Tasmanian Liberal Senate ticket at the double dissolution election, after a bitter internal power struggle with Eric Abetz. Mr Colbeck earned a substantial reputation among farm stakeholders for being a sturdy performer who didn’t seek flashy news-headlines but worked diligently behind the scenes doing his job. He was always willing to speak at industry...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Canberra's federal politicians open their door at Parliament House - T…

26-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

The long white corridors of Parliament House are anonymous and, dare we say it, just a little sterile. But behind each door, members and senators can inject a little of their own personality, adorning their office with art, mementos and significant objects. The Parliament House art collection numbers more than 6000 artworks and parliamentarians can choose from just under 4000 from the rotational collection to furnish their suites. The number of works allocated depends on the position held. What artworks they choose reflects their tastes and what they hope to reflect in their office. But it's also the little bibs and bobs collected along the way, the books, the mementos, which tell a story about each politician. We went behind the white door into the office of ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja; Labor member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann; Labor member for Fenner Andrew Leigh and ACT Labor...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Canberra's newest politician, Val Jeffery, sorely disappointed by self…

26-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Canberra's newest politician, Val Jeffery, sorely disappointed by self-government - The Canberra Times

Having voting for self-government almost 30 years ago, the ACT's newest politician, Val Jeffery, said it had been "a circus" since the beginning and he had been sorely disappointed. Self government had brought insecurity, uncertainty and bureaucrats, he told the ACT parliament, delivering his maiden speech. Since self government, not one kilometre of rural gravel roads had been sealed, the Tharwa bridge had been ignored until having to be closed for seven years for rebuilding, Smith's Road bridge had been "set up to wash away", the Angle and Point Hut crossings had never been raised, the 50-year-old water supply had been left to fail, and the school had been closed. Val Jeffery with Giulia Jones and the Liberal team after his maiden speech on Tuesday. Photo: Elesa Kurtz Bushfires were possibly a greater threat to Canberra than terrorism, Mr Jeffery said, recalling a lifelong...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Long-time Canberra political correspondent Catherine McGrath to leave …

26-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Long-time Canberra political correspondent Catherine McGrath to leave SBS to focus on media and events business - The Canberra Times

Groundbreaking political correspondent Catherine McGrath is departing the press gallery after a long and distinguished career but she has no plans to leave Canberra. Photo: Supplied Trailblazer Catherine McGrath has resigned from SBS-TV as its chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief. However, she will be staying in Canberra to focus on a  business career  as a media trainer and strategic event consultant. Next week will see her conclude her on-air role after reporting federal politics for 20 years in the press gallery for SBS and ABC-TV but she will be working behind the scenes at SBS until the end of September. She will be replaced by Daniela Ritorto.​ "It's been wonderful and I've enjoyed every minute," she said of her long media career. McGrath is remarkable, not only for the longevity of her career in such a highly competitive environment, she also helped raised...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Artist Megan Walch's accidental foray into national politics - The Can…

26-08-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Artist Megan Walch's accidental foray into national politics - The Canberra Times

She's the contemporary artist who has inadvertently been swept up in the world of national politics. Megan Walch's painting Blue Donut was purchased for the Parliament House collection in 2014. Malcolm Turnbull in front of Megan Walch's artwork, "Blue Donut", at Parliament House. Photo: Supplied Hanging in the corridor where foot traffic passes to get to party room votes, the artwork has since featured as a backdrop to a number of thrills and, of course, spills over the past two years. As pollies have shuffled along the corridor, Blue Donut has found its way into both national and international media coverage. Its coincidental appearances have inspired her newest exhibition, appropriately titled The Spill. It features new works that give a nod to other modern incidents including Pistol and Boo, and the intriguingly titled Pink F---s Black. "A spill can be an accident, or an intent...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Spotlight on sustainability - UQ News - The University of ... - UQ New…

26-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Spotlight on sustainability - UQ News - The University of ... - UQ News

Sustainability seminars, share cars and a suitcase rummage—these are just a few of the 28 events happening during The University of Queensland’s Sustainability Week from 15 - 19 August. UQ’s fourth annual celebration of all things sustainable features a packed line-up of talks, tours, tree-planting, film screenings, workshops and more. The week promotes all aspects of sustainability, from transport and biodiversity to renewable energy and climate change solutions, and aims to encourage everyone to get involved in creating change for a sustainable future. UQ Manager of Energy and Sustainability Andrew Wilson said many events, such as the rooftop solar tours and film screenings, were open to all. “Sustainability Week is a great opportunity for UQ to showcase its commitment to sustainability, at the same time as engaging the campus community,” he said. “Activities like planting trees or...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Manufacturers cannot afford to view sustainability as a luxury: Kimber…

26-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Manufacturers cannot afford to view sustainability as a luxury: Kimberly-Clark - Manufacturers' Monthly

Image: www.oren.org.au Latest News Kimberly-Clark ANZ’s Sustainability Advisor Ryan Kane spoke to Brent Balinski about the company’s sustainability drive in the last five years, and the priorities that will take it through to 2020.  Is committing your company to sustainability worth the effort and expense? According to Kimberly-Clark Australia, which recently released its five-year sustainability strategy, it’s essential. The company decided in 2011 – matching a triple bottom-line approach – to approach sustainability in three areas: people, planet and product. Of nine goals among these three pillars, it met eight. For the planet pillar, for example, it reduced carbon emissions by 37.4 per cent and cut manufacturing waste delivered to landfill by 88.6 per cent. Ryan Kane, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor at Kimberly-Clark – ‎Kimberly-Clark Australia and New...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability - Nature.com

26-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability - Nature.com

Lee Powell/The Washington Post/Getty New York City's High Line park, a transformed former rail line. Manhattan skyscrapers, rather than rustic rural towns, are quickly becoming the picture of sustainable living in the twenty-first century. San Francisco, Copenhagen and Singapore each top their regions in the Green City Index (see go.nature.com/2bxjac9). As sites of innovation and economic dynamism, these places exemplify a blend of density and livability that large, prosperous cities in the 'global south', such as Mumbai in India and São Paulo in Brazil, increasingly emulate. A few decades ago, cities were seen as sustainability problems rather than solutions. Then, as concerns about suburban sprawl, shanty towns and climate change grew, so too did awareness that clustering people in energy-efficient buildings and walkable, shady neighbourhoods makes cities more pleasant to live in...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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In Profile: NDY's Tony Arnel on the evolution of sustainability since …

26-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Tony Arnel, global director sustainability, Norman Disney & Young, is a judge on this year’s Sustainability Awards. He is a life fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia, a founding director and was chair between 2007–2012. During this time, he was also chair of the World Green Building Council (2008–2011). Architecture and Design spoke to Arnel about changes to sustainability since the GBCA, creating places of value, and why we need investment and incentives when it comes to sustainability. You are a founding director of the Green Building Council of Australia. How has sustainability changed since you started the GBC? The evolution of the green building movement has been extraordinary. When we established the GBCA in 2002, there was no common language for sustainability. There were no agreed-upon benchmarks or training programs to share knowledge and skills. The Green Star...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Why Your Firm Should Be Engaging the Board on Sustainability ... - Env…

26-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Sustainability is a top business issues for CEOs of major global companies. This is according to The Conference Board’s annual CEO Challenge survey, which found chief executives ranked sustainability among the top five global challenges for the first time since the survey’s launch. The organization defines corporate sustainability as “the pursuit of a business growth strategy that creates long-term shareholder value by seizing opportunities and managing risks related to the company’s environmental and social impacts.” Other surveys send a similar message about the importance executives place on environmental and social sustainability issues. The most recent UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study report finds that 70 percent of executives representing companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion see climate change presenting growth opportunities for their company within the...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Sustainability key to super | Money Management - Money Management

26-08-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Sustainability key to super | Money Management - Money Management

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has announced it will assess the impact of opposition's proposed measures, including the taxation of superannuation, on fund members and the system, and stressed that all the decisions should be considered in the long-term context. It also said that it was vital the members of the system would be provided with the right explanation of the nature of these changes so they could fully understand them. ASFA chief executive, Jim Minto, said any package should also be considered in terms of the long-term sustainability of the system while the changes must be administratively viable so as not to impose greater costs on fund members. Related News: Industry fund recruits CFS executive manager "It is important that we give everyone the chance to build an adequate nest egg with which to retire," he said. "The proposed reduction in...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Hair transplants make men look more attractive, youthful: survey

26-08-2016 Health News The Editor

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Balding men who seek to look better or younger by undergoing hair transplants are on the right course, a small new study suggests. People shown before-and-after pictures of hair transplant recipients rated men with more locks as looking more attractive and younger, researchers found. People also thought the men looked more successful and approachable after the procedure. "It was satisfying to us," said senior author Dr. Lisa Ishii, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. "I definitely don’t want to be doing a procedure on people that doesn’t make a difference." Hair transplant procedures vary by doctor, Ishii told Reuters Health. Generally, individual hairs are taken from the back of the head to fill out areas of the scalp with hair loss. "We’ve been doing these procedures for years and everyone assumes it does something for your...Read full article on News YH Health

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Lung cancer doctors eye Merck's Keytruda over Bristol's Opdivo

26-08-2016 Health News The Editor

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Recent clinical trial results are likely to lead doctors to treat more patients who have a common form of lung cancer with a Merck drug at the expense of a Bristol-Myers Squibb medication at least until more data emerges, oncologists and analysts say. The yet-to-be-published studies involve drugs in a new class designed to enable the body's immune system to fight cancer. A recent trial of Merck's Keytruda showed that it worked better than chemotherapy as an initial treatment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients with high levels of a protein called PDL1, believed to help identify those most likely to benefit from this type of immunotherapy. A separate trial of Bristol-Myers' Opdivo, which included patients with much lower levels of the protein biomarker, did not show an advantage over chemotherapy. "It seems likely that PDL1, if...Read full article on News YH Health

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Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine

26-08-2016 Health News The Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum. Only a fraction of young vapers were inhaling nicotine, a nationwide survey showed. The majority — two-thirds — said they vaped "just flavoring." Nicotine is considered harmful to the developing teenage brain. But the finding raises big questions about how U.S. health officials are portraying the threat of e-cigarettes to youths, said Richard Miech, the study's lead author at the University of Michigan. Federal estimates of how many youths are using any nicotine-containing tobacco products — including traditional cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes — may be inflated because of mistaken assumptions about how much...Read full article on News YH Health

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Hundreds challenge human pyramid limits at Indian Hindu festival

26-08-2016 Health News The Editor

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Hundreds of people attending a Hindu festival in India's western Maharashtra state on Thursday defied India's Supreme Court order limiting the height of human pyramids due to safety concerns. Members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) regional party wearing T-shirts reading "I will break the law" formed a human pyramid 49 feet (15 m) tall in Thane district at a Janmashtami celebration marking the birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna. India's Supreme Court on Aug. 17 upheld a lower court's decision banning youths under 18 from participating in the ritual and restricting the height of the human pyramid to 20 feet (6 m). The pyramids invoke Krishna who, according to tradition, formed human pyramids with friends to break pots of butter or curd hung from the ceilings of houses so that they could steal the contents. Maharashtra's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party...Read full article on News YH Health

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Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus

26-08-2016 Health News The Editor

By Reuters Staff HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial center on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. At a media conference late on Thursday, Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Leung Ting-hung, said relevant measures had been taken to prevent the virus from spreading further. He said the government's priority was controlling the mosquito population in Hong Kong. "The patient is a 38-year-old woman with good past health. She has developed joint pain and red eyes since August 20," the department of health said in a statement. It said it would report the case to the World Health Organization. In February, a mainland Chinese man who flew into Hong Kong was diagnosed as having the Zika virus, according to...Read full article on News YH Health

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Judge rejects doctors' lawsuit against Quackwatch website

26-08-2016 Health News The Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit brought by two pioneers in the anti-aging movement who said an online article about them suggests they're quacks has been tossed out by a judge. Dr. Robert Goldman and Dr. Ronald Klatz failed to allege in their lawsuit that a Quackwatch website article about them was false, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe ruled on Wednesday. The doctors, both of Boca Raton, Florida, and Chicago, are co-founders of the not-for-profit American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and are licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Illinois. They sued a retired psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen J. Barrett, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and his Quackwatch website, saying they learned in 2014 that the defendants' five-sentence 2000 article appeared high in internet search results during searches of the doctors' names. The article said Klatz and Goldman in December 2000 agreed to pay...Read full article on News YH Health

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