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Confrontation between diplomat and brother-in-law led to deadly 'trust…

17-11-2017 Australia The Editor

A DISAGREEMENT with his brother-in-law led Australian diplomat Julian Simpson to propose a “trust game” that saw him accidentally plunge five storeys to his death in New York City early Wednesday morning. A clearer picture has emerged of the events that led to the 30-year-old falling off the roof his apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Mr Simpson, his wife Lauren Waugh, and her brother James Waugh were partying in Manhattan with a group of about 10 on Tuesday night, celebrating the Yes vote in Australia’s same-sex marriage survey. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the party — who had been drinking heavily — went up to the roof of Mr Simpson’s building to see the Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colours in celebration of the affirmative result. Police said the brother-in-law became angry when Mr Simpson scared Mr Waugh’s wife by spinning her around by the arms on...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Christopher Pyne blames porn on hacker - The Sunshine Coast Daily

17-11-2017 Australia The Editor

Christopher Pyne blames porn on hacker - The Sunshine Coast Daily

The offending tweet, which saw Christopher Pyne say he was “hacked”. AN embarrassing "like" from government frontbencher Christopher Pyne's official ­social media account of an ­explicit gay porn tweet could spark an investigation into whether national security has been compromised by ­unnamed foreign powers. The Defence Industries Minister's account liked the lewd video at 2am yesterday, prompting Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi to call for Parliament to investigate if defence secrets had been put at risk. The snafu is the latest in a long line of social media debacles to confront politicians, with Texan Republican Ted Cruz in September blaming a similar 'liking' of a pornographic video on Twitter on one of his aides. Senator Bernardi, no fan of Mr Pyne, said he nevertheless sympathised with him. "I'm deeply concerned about national security implications of (the)...Read full article on News GN Australia

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UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum 'assaulted' rival Colby Covington with a b…

17-11-2017 Australia The Editor

UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum 'assaulted' rival Colby Covington with a boomerang - The Sydney Morning Herald

4292617 ufc-fighter-fabricio-werdum-assaulted-rival-colby-covington-with-a-boomerang-the-sydney-morning-herald Brazilian UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum​ has been charged by police after allegedly assaulting rival fighter Colby Covington with a boomerang outside a Sydney hotel on Thursday afternoon. According to police, two men got into an altercation about 1.30pm outside the hotel on George Street. UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum throws a boomerang at rival Colby Covington outside a Sydney hotel. Photo: Youtube In a video posted online by New Zealand UFC fighter Dan Hooker, a man who appears to be Werdum, 40, can be seen gesticulating and pointing at Covington, 29, before launching a boomerang at him from close range. The boomerang strikes Covington in the neck, but it does not return to the thrower. Werdum has been charged by police after the alleged assault. Photo: Youtube The boomerang was in a plastic shopping bag, but flew out of the bag as it struck Covington, who caught the bag. The man who...Read full article...

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'Savage': Trump's plan to lift ban on imported elephant trophies from …

17-11-2017 Australia The Editor

4292615 savage-trump-s-plan-to-lift-ban-on-imported-elephant-trophies-from-africa-slammed-sbs Animal rights groups, celebrities and scientists have all expressed anger at a move by the Trump administration to lift an importation ban of elephant trophies from Africa to the US. By Riley Morgan 3 MINS AGO  UPDATED 1 MIN AGO A host of public figures have slammed US President Donald Trump's administration as it prepares to lift the ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the looming reversal of Obama's policy despite elephants remaining part of the Endangered Species Act. Animal rights group, The Elephant Project, spearheaded the condemnation of the decision. Reprehensible behaviour by the Trump Admin. 100 elephants a day are already killed. This will lead to more poaching. https://t.co/rld67eM018 — The Elephant Project (@theelephantproj) November 16, 2017 "Reprehensible behaviour by the Trump Admin....Read full article...

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Half a tonne of cocaine found on yacht caught off NSW coast - Yahoo7 N…

16-11-2017 Australia The Editor

Half a tonne of cocaine found on yacht caught off NSW coast - Yahoo7 News

A yacht concealing at least half a tonne of cocaine in its hull has been intercepted by authorities off the NSW coast near Newcastle, with three men behind bars. The vessel was intercepted at the Lake Macquarie suburb of Toronto on Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation that started in August into international drug trafficking by sea, police said.Three men have been charged over the alleged importation of drugs. Photo: 7 NewsOne of the men who was arrested today. Photo: NSW PoliceThree men aged 47, 63 and 68, have been arrested and charged over the alleged importation.All three men were refused bail and are due to face Newcastle court on Thursday.Half a tonne of cocaine has been...Read full article on News GN Australia

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Half a tonne of cocaine found on yacht caught off NSW coast - Yahoo7 N…

16-11-2017 Australia The Editor

Half a tonne of cocaine found on yacht caught off NSW coast - Yahoo7 News

A yacht concealing at least half a tonne of cocaine in its hull has been intercepted by authorities off the NSW coast near Newcastle, with three men behind bars. The vessel was intercepted at the Lake Macquarie suburb of Toronto on Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation that started in August into international drug trafficking by sea, police said.Three men have been charged over the alleged importation of drugs. Photo: 7 NewsOne of the men who was arrested today. Photo: NSW PoliceThree men aged 47, 63 and 68, have been arrested and charged over the alleged importation.All three men were refused bail and are due to face Newcastle court on Thursday.Half a tonne of cocaine has been...Read full article on News GN Australia

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S. Korea, US stress diplomatic solution for NK nuclear issue - The Kor…

17-11-2017 World News The Editor

S. Korea, US stress diplomatic solution for NK nuclear issue - The Korea Herald

The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States on Friday upheld bilateral cooperation in forging a path for a diplomatic solution to bring North Korea to dialogue. The two also said Pyongyang needs to show a “clearer sign” of willingness to talk.  From left: Lee Do-hoon, South Korea`s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs and his US counterpart Joseph Yun (Yonhap) Lee Do-hoon, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, held a meeting with his US counterpart Joseph Yun to discuss security issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula and ongoing threats from the North’s fast-growing weapons program. The meeting was held on Jeju Island.“There is no doubt that both of the presidents want to find a peaceful way in regard to North Korea’s nuclear issue. So we discussed them and agreed the pressure campaign...Read full article on News GN World

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Zimbabwe military 'engaging' with Mugabe over leadership impasse - CNN

17-11-2017 World News The Editor

The statement, which was read on state television, said the ZDF had made "significant progress" in its operation to apprehend "criminals" around Mugabe, the justification it used for its overnight military takeover Wednesday.Mugabe, who has ruled the country since its independence in 1980, is still -- nominally, at least -- head of state. He appeared in photos published in local media Thursday, speaking with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga at Zimbabwe's State House.It was the first time the 93-year-old leader had been seen since the military took control of key institutions, and placed the aging leader under house arrest. Mugabe's wife, Grace Mugabe, however, has not been seen since the apparent coup. Political maneuvering by the couple to position Grace as Mugabe's heir apparent is at the heart of the political tumult in the southern African country. Last week...Read full article on News GN World

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Mugabe seen in talks with military amid Zimbabwe political chaos - CNN

17-11-2017 World News The Editor

Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald's editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images.Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys.Mugabe appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, triggering the political tumult.Mugabe -- who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years -- has all but lost his grip on power as the country's military leaders and senior officials in his own party turn against him. But he is yet to make a public...Read full article on News GN World

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Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - W…

17-11-2017 World News The Editor

The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Nov. 16, which is seen as a major victory for the senator who fought 18 counts of alleged corruption. (Reuters) Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet. The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months. That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47. As The Post's Paul Kane wrote a while back, Democrats could have made it work procedurally, but it...Read full article on News GN World

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Mugabe seen in talks with military amid Zimbabwe political chaos - CNN

17-11-2017 World News The Editor

Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald's editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images.Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys.Mugabe appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, triggering the political tumult.Mugabe -- who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years -- has all but lost his grip on power as the country's military leaders and senior officials in his own party turn against him. But he is yet to make a public...Read full article on News GN World

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Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - W…

17-11-2017 World News The Editor

The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Nov. 16, which is seen as a major victory for the senator who fought 18 counts of alleged corruption. (Reuters) Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet. The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months. That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47. As The Post's Paul Kane wrote a while back, Democrats could have made it work procedurally, but it...Read full article on News GN World

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David Jones dip shows up department store struggles - The Sydney Morni…

17-11-2017 Business News The Editor

David Jones dip shows up department store struggles - The Sydney Morning Herald

A deep sales slump at David Jones has underlined the tough conditions in the department store sector and sparked a prediction that lower prices will be needed to lure shoppers. A trading update released by David Jones's South African-based owner, Woolworths Holdings, revealed sales at its Australian department stores declined 5.3 per cent in the past 20 weeks. Play Video Don't Play How to create your own chef's garden Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:32 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:59 David Jones unveils Bondi Junction food ... David Jones unveils Bondi Junction food hall David Jones' executive of food Pieter de Wet takes us on a tour of the department store brand's revamped Bondi Junction food hall. How to create your own chef's garden Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:32 Video duration 01:32 How to create your own chef's...Read full article on News GN Business

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How dyslexic teen Brandon Evertz built a $620 million company without …

17-11-2017 Business News The Editor

BRANDON Evertz is proof you don’t need a uni degree to make it big. At just 23, the founder of social video review platform Big Review TV is thought to be the youngest chief executive of an Australian public company. Since listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2014, the firm which Mr Evertz bootstrapped off a $500 loan from his dad has soared in value to a market capitalisation of nearly $620 million. “When I was in school I always had a massive passion for the internet and video,” Mr Evertz said. “I knew I wanted to do something in business involving those elements. I’m dyslexic so in the process a lot of my learning was through video tutorials, and I noticed the same thing with a lot of my friends as well.” According to Mr Evertz, the business idea came while on a campervan trip around Australia with his estranged dad Richard, himself an entrepreneur. “I didn’t have a...Read full article on News GN Business

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Powerful inquiry into banks in the balance as Nationals MPs ponder cro…

17-11-2017 Business News The Editor

Powerful inquiry into banks in the balance as Nationals MPs ponder crossing the floor - The Sydney Morning Herald

A Nationals-led push to defy Malcolm Turnbull and force a powerful commission of inquiry into Australia's banks could finally succeed, with another backbench Coalition MP suggesting he might cross the floor to back the probe. Queensland MP Llew O'Brien​ told Fairfax Media that he was a "50-50" chance to vote for a commission of inquiry, which has the same powers as a royal commission but reports to the Parliament, not the executive. Coalition senator Barry O'Sullivan is leading a Nationals push for a banking commission of inquiry. Photo: Andrew Meares If he voted in favour of it, and was joined by one more Coalition MP – for example, fellow Queensland MPs George Christensen or Warren Entsch, who have previously called for a royal commission – an inquiry would likely be established through the support of Labor, the Greens and the crossbench. Mr O'Brien told Fairfax Media "I'm...Read full article on News GN Business

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Red Balloon pays penalties for excessive credit card surcharges - The …

17-11-2017 Business News The Editor

Red Balloon pays penalties for excessive credit card surcharges - The Sydney Morning Herald

"When their face says it all" is the motto Red Balloon touts to people shopping for skydiving, hot-air ballooning and other experiences. However, the online retailer founded by entrepreneur and television personality Naomi Simson has egg on its face after it paid penalties totalling $43,200 for alleged breaches of consumer laws. Red Balloon founder Naomi Simson is a judge on television show Shark Tank. Photo: Network Ten The penalties follow four infringement notices issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which alleged Red Balloon charged four consumers excessive surcharges on payments they made by MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. "Red Balloon was charging these customers more than allowed under the law prohibiting excessive payment surcharges on card transactions," said ACCC deputy chairman Dr Michael Schaper. Naomi Simson, pictured with her 1961...Read full article on News GN Business

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One Nation's price of government: Ease gun laws - The Australian Finan…

17-11-2017 Business News The Editor

One Nation's Steve Dickson wants changes to guns laws as the price of supporting one of the major parties in government. One Nation's Queensland leader Steve Dickson has warned Pauline Hanson's party will have "many" conditions for an incoming government if it holds the balance of power after next Saturday's election. While Mr Dickson has previously stated taxpayer funding for a new coal-fired power station was a "deal-breaker", he said new dams and roads and relaxed guns laws would also be on the table if the major parties are forced to negotiate in a hung parliament. It comes as former long-serving Liberal prime minister John Howard took aim at the Palaszczuk government on Friday saying he did not know where Ms Palaszczuk stood on Adani's $16.5 billion Carmichael mine and criticised the rapidly rising number of public servants in Queensland. "The first requirement of effective...Read full article on News GN Business

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One Nation's price of government: Ease gun laws - The Australian Finan…

17-11-2017 Business News The Editor

One Nation's Steve Dickson wants changes to guns laws as the price of supporting one of the major parties in government. One Nation's Queensland leader Steve Dickson has warned Pauline Hanson's party will have "many" conditions for an incoming government if it holds the balance of power after next Saturday's election. While Mr Dickson has previously stated taxpayer funding for a new coal-fired power station was a "deal-breaker", he said new dams and roads and relaxed guns laws would also be on the table if the major parties are forced to negotiate in a hung parliament. It comes as former long-serving Liberal prime minister John Howard took aim at the Palaszczuk government on Friday saying he did not know where Ms Palaszczuk stood on Adani's $16.5 billion Carmichael mine and criticised the rapidly rising number of public servants in Queensland. "The first requirement of effective...Read full article on News GN Business

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Politics live as Barnaby Joyce remains under pressure over citizenship…

18-11-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

7:03pm on 15 Aug 2017 Okay, time for me to call it a day. What happened?  various government ministers accused the opposition of treachery for colluding with the New Zealand Labour Party to attempt to bring down the Australian government; Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she might not be able to trust a New Zealand Labour government because of this; the New Zealand Labour Party (which faces an election shortly) said it had some communication with an Australian Labor staffer about the matter but only a general question about citizenship was asked in the New Zealand parliament; the Australian staffer was later revealed to be Labor frontbencher Penny Wong's chief-of-staff; despite this sideshow the government's near hysterical campaign about traitors has not gone down well; it also threatened to go after Labor MPs with possible citizenship issues; Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Jacqui Lambie hopes for return to Canberra - The West Australian

18-11-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Jacqui Lambie believes she has unfinished business in federal politics after becoming the latest MP to quit parliament over the citizenship fiasco. The colourful Tasmanian senator made a tearful goodbye to the upper house on Tuesday as she confirmed her UK citizenship through her Scottish-born father. "There's so much more I wanted to do here and I hope to get another chance to keep going at it," Senator Lambie told parliament. "I don't really care which side it's on, I do hope to come back." She hasn't ruled out returning to Canberra via the lower house if Labor MP Justine Keay faces a by-election in her Tasmanian seat of Braddon. The Turnbull government is continuing to pressure the opposition to refer Ms Keay and her party room colleague Susan Lamb to the High Court over their citizenship doubts. As one chapter closed on Senator Lambie's political career, former NSW premier...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Same-sex marriage vote: Penny Wong's tears of relief - The Sydney Morn…

18-11-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Same-sex marriage vote: Penny Wong's tears of relief - The Sydney Morning Herald

"I'm nervous," said Penny Wong.  Play Video Don't Play The battle for Bennelong Play Video Don't Play Video duration 04:03 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:48 Same-sex marriage: Political support Same-sex marriage: Political support Federal politicians in favour of same-sex marriage have reacted with emotion to Australians voting yes to marriage equality. The battle for Bennelong Play Video Don't Play Video duration 04:03 Video duration 04:03 The battle for Bennelong The battle for Bennelong The first polling is in after Labor put up high-profile candidate Kristina Keneally against John Alexander in the Bennelong byelection. National affairs editor Mark Kenny reveals the results. Mungo Man returned to ancestral land Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:22 Video duration 03:22 Mungo Man returned to ancestral land Mungo Man...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Peter Dutton opens door to New Zealand refugee deal with Papua New Gui…

18-11-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

Peter Dutton opens door to New Zealand refugee deal with Papua New Guinea, but warns of risks - The Sydney Morning Herald

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australia's wishes and would run the risk of souring both countries' diplomatic relationships with Australia – making it unlikely without Canberra's blessing. Play Video Don't Play The battle for Bennelong Play Video Don't Play Video duration 04:03 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:54 Squalid conditions on Manus Island Squalid conditions on Manus Island Footage obtained from inside the detention centre shows mouldy showers and dirty toilets with detainees describing their desperate situation. The battle for Bennelong Play Video Don't Play Video duration 04:03 Video...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia Canberra

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Adani highlights everything wrong with Australian politics today - The…

18-11-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

A ready explanation of why Australians hold politicians in such low esteem can be found in a solitary word: Adani. Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, fighting for her political life in the state election now under way, has been caught up in a humiliating and entirely foreseeable potential conflict of interest over public funding arrangements for Adani’s proposed Carmichael thermal coal mine in central Queensland. Ms Palaszczuk, premier since February 2015, shocked even close supporters when she announced that her government would veto a crucial $1 billion federal loan for the mine’s rail link. The Premier is avowedly pro-Adani, almost embarrassingly so, even in the face of the most damning allegations of financial crimes and corruption levelled at Indian conglomerate Adani Group. Not to mention the doubts raised about the economic viability of its controversial...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia AU

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Australian Constitution: Why nation is formed on a lie - News.com.au -…

18-11-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

WE ARE often told that we need more honesty in politics, more people power, that our leaders need to speak the truth. But the real truth is that we can’t handle the truth. The real truth is that the world is built on bullshit. Take away the bullshit and the world collapses. This is true at every level of society. If everyone was completely honest with their partner — voiced every nagging criticism or every sexual fantasy — not a single relationship would survive. If every parent was completely honest with their children no child would ever eat their vegetables or have their bath or go to bed feeling safe and secure. If every worker was completely honest with their colleagues no workplace would function. Just look at what happens every time private office emails are publicly exposed: almost invariably someone gets fired and the company dragged into disrepute. And now, due to a...Read full article on News GN Politics Australia AU

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New Zealand Tourism industry aims for sustainability - SpiceNews

17-11-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

New Zealand Tourism industry aims for sustainability - SpiceNews

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has launched the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, establishing eight Goals for the tourism industry to attain by 2025. Individual businesses are being invited to adopt 14 Commitments designed to support the industry to reach the Goals. A new website (www.sustainabletourism.nz) has also been launched. The New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment is a response to the boom times experienced by the industry in recent years, according to TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts. “The Tourism 2025 aspirational goal to reach $41 billion a year in total tourism revenue is on track to be achieved a number of years earlier than 2025,” he said. “This has generated many business and employment opportunities, as well as benefitting New Zealand’s economy and communities across the country. “Now we are facing the challenges of managing and sustaining...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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The world governing body for sailing sports launches its Sustainabilit…

17-11-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The world governing body for sailing sports launches its Sustainability Agenda 2030 - Climate Action Programme

World Sailing has launched its sustainability agenda targeting a series of aspects across sailing including events, training, venues and facilities.  Sustainability in sailing events will be addressed through measures such as incorporating sustainability standards in all bid documents for venue partners, abolishing the use of single use plastics during all the events by 2020 and reducing carbon consumption by 50 percent by 2024 compared to 2018 levels. Other key areas that the World Sailing Sustainability Commission has pledged to address are the protection of the ecosystem’s health and biodiversity, carbon footprint reduction and promotion of resource efficiency. Sustainable technical standards are one of the key areas that will be addressed with the sailing body has pledging to collaborate with marine industry associations and other actors to promote sustainable equipment and...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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The world governing body for sailing sports launches its Sustainabilit…

17-11-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

The world governing body for sailing sports launches its Sustainability Agenda 2030 - Climate Action Programme

World Sailing has launched its sustainability agenda targeting a series of aspects across sailing including events, training, venues and facilities.  Sustainability in sailing events will be addressed through measures such as incorporating sustainability standards in all bid documents for venue partners, abolishing the use of single use plastics during all the events by 2020 and reducing carbon consumption by 50 percent by 2024 compared to 2018 levels. Other key areas that the World Sailing Sustainability Commission has pledged to address are the protection of the ecosystem’s health and biodiversity, carbon footprint reduction and promotion of resource efficiency. Sustainable technical standards are one of the key areas that will be addressed with the sailing body has pledging to collaborate with marine industry associations and other actors to promote sustainable equipment and...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Mysuru meet on U.N. SDGs calls for sustainability - The Hindu - The Hi…

17-11-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Mysuru meet on U.N. SDGs calls for sustainability - The Hindu - The Hindu

Vidya Venkat !---- MYSURU, !---- November 17, 2017 00:15 IST Updated: November 17, 2017 00:19 IST "; var writeOnDocument = true; var skipOnDeviceValue = "[medium, small]"; var noSkipOnDevice = skipOnDeviceValue.length > 0; if(noSkipOnDevice) { if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("large") > -1 && (isDesktop || isLargeDesktop)) { writeOnDocument = false; } if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("medium") > -1 && isTablet) { writeOnDocument = false; } if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("small") > -1 && isMobile) { writeOnDocument = false; } } if(writeOnDocument) { d.write(adcode); } }(document); Addressing a packed audience comprising mostly of college students, Dr. P.J. Dilipkumar, former Director General, Forests, Government of India, made a rather grim observation: “Your generation is poised on the cusp of crisis. Our generation made the mistakes, now your generation bears the...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Mysuru meet on U.N. SDGs calls for sustainability - The Hindu - The Hi…

17-11-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Mysuru meet on U.N. SDGs calls for sustainability - The Hindu - The Hindu

Vidya Venkat !---- MYSURU, !---- November 17, 2017 00:15 IST Updated: November 17, 2017 00:19 IST "; var writeOnDocument = true; var skipOnDeviceValue = "[medium, small]"; var noSkipOnDevice = skipOnDeviceValue.length > 0; if(noSkipOnDevice) { if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("large") > -1 && (isDesktop || isLargeDesktop)) { writeOnDocument = false; } if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("medium") > -1 && isTablet) { writeOnDocument = false; } if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("small") > -1 && isMobile) { writeOnDocument = false; } } if(writeOnDocument) { d.write(adcode); } }(document); Addressing a packed audience comprising mostly of college students, Dr. P.J. Dilipkumar, former Director General, Forests, Government of India, made a rather grim observation: “Your generation is poised on the cusp of crisis. Our generation made the mistakes, now your generation bears the...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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Sustainability in kids' minds - The West Australian

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Sustainability in kids' minds - The West Australian

Dunsborough Primary School students during BayOK Day.Picture: Pierra Willix Dunsborough Primary School’s sixth annual Bay OK Day was held earlier this month, which saw students participate in several environmentally focused activities. The day involved students carrying out science, sustainability and environmental education activities at Old Dunsborough and Point Picquet. Activities included touch pools, whale watching, microscopes, scientific sandcastles, learning about the Geographe Catchment, storm-water, beach safety and more. Dunsborough Primary School sustainability leader Helena Nicholson said through the activities, students developed a great appreciation for, and understanding of, Geographe Bay and the impact, both positive and negative they could have on the environment. PICTURES: Dunsborough Primary School students at the event.Picture: Pierra WillixDunsborough Primary...Read full article on News GN Sustainability

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GoFundMe page set up to raise $100000 for Sydney baby born without eye…

17-11-2017 Health News The Editor

A SYDNEY mum is hoping to raise $100,000 for pioneering treatment after her son was born with no eyes. Archie Innes, aged 10 months, was born with rare SOX2 Syndrome, leaving him blind, hearing-impaired and being fed from a tube, but pioneering treatment may one day allow him to see the world through robotic eyes. He was also diagnosed with severe motor delay which means he finds it hard to lift his head up. Mum Fiona Gould has raised more than $10,000 in just two days on the GoFundMe page to pay for pioneering sight treatment in the US — meaning he might one day be able to see. She said: “He’s my miracle man, he is a truly amazing little boy and he’s doing really well. “We found out at 33 weeks during a foetal MRI that he would have no eyes, and that brought a lot of shock and anxiety about how he’d be. “In the end, his blindness became the best case scenario because of all the...Read full article on News GN Health

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Have headaches actually changed? - NEWS.com.au

17-11-2017 Health News The Editor

HEADACHES have been knocking us down and making us pop pills since time immemorial and unfortunately there might be another version of the debilitating ache on the horizon. In a new ad released by Panadol, one of Australia’s leading painkiller brands, we’re told “headaches have changed”. The ad promotes Panadol’s “Home of Reconnection”, a house on the NSW South Coast that’s inviting a handful of families to spend a weekend there and get away from technology. Why? Because a side-effect of our technology-saturated world is giving everyone “life headaches”. And it was that exact term, a “life headache”, that didn’t sit well with the panel of Gruen earlier this week, an ABC show that deconstructs advertisements. The ad campaign, branded as a way of “reminding Australians to take time away from their devices and reconnect with friends and families”, even enlisted the talents of radio...Read full article on News GN Health

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PMS a 'myth' for women who need a 'get-out-of-jail-free' card - Toowoo…

17-11-2017 Health News The Editor

PMS a 'myth' for women who need a 'get-out-of-jail-free' card - Toowoomba Chronicle

One female psychologist claims that PMS is just a ‘myth’ and the effects it can have on women have been wildly exaggerated. Picture: iStock MOST are thought to have been affected at some point in their lives by premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which can cause symptoms such as mood swings, bloating and breast tenderness. According to Monash University 90 per cent of women experience at least one symptom each month and some women can be affected so severely that it impedes on their day-to-day life. But one female psychologist has claimed that PMS is nothing but a myth that women use as an "excuse for when they need a break". Robyn Stein DeLuca, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, believes the severe effects of PMS have been exaggerated through the media and the medical community. In reality, women were just feeling...Read full article on News GN Health

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WA Australian of the Year nominee Nick Gottardo humbled by support of …

17-11-2017 Health News The Editor

Being nominated for WA’s Australian of the Year awards would have any-one chuffed — but for Nick Gottardo it is particularly poignant. The childhood cancer researcher was not nominated by his peers or other experts — instead he has the families of children with cancer to thank. Dr Gottardo, who is co-head of the Telethon Kids Institute’s brain tumour research team and head of oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital, said he was incredibly honoured to be nominated for the 2018 awards. “I feel very humbled to be nominated for this award, particularly as I was nominated by a group of parents and grandparents of children who’ve had cancer,” he said. “I see this honour as a reflection of the dedication and passion of everyone who is working to improve the lives of kids with cancer, and an opportunity to raise awareness about childhood cancer, which is the biggest cause of death by...Read full article on News GN Health

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Rare botulism toxin likely cause of poisoning after family eats wild b…

17-11-2017 Health News The Editor

UPDATE: Doctors believe three people left gravely ill after eating wild boar are suffering from botulism, a Waikato Hospital spokeswoman says. “While we don’t know the exact cause and source of this illness, we now believe it is botulism. The three patients are responding to botulism antitoxin and are recovering in hospital. “We have sent samples off to a specialist centre in Queensland for testing but it may take several weeks before we get the results. We have no evidence to believe there is any public health issue,” the spokeswoman said. Husband and wife Shibu Kochummen, 35, and Subi Babu, 32, and Kochummen’s 62-year-old mother, Alekutty Daniel fell ill a week ago after eating what is thought to have been contaminated wild boar. All are stable in the Hamilton hospital’s acute ward. Botulism, a rare and potentially fatal illness, is caused by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum....Read full article on News GN Health

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What is Black Death? Here is all you need to know about the deadly pla…

17-11-2017 Health News The Editor

What is Black Death? Here is all you need to know about the deadly plague - International Business Times, India Edition

People queue at a pharmacy in downtown Antananarivo to buy protection masks against infections and medicines against plague.Getty Images The outbreak of deadly plague — christened Black Death by many — in Madagascar has claimed the lives of more than 170 people, according to the official figures. The outbreak started in August and infected more than 2,000 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization has said. It is described as the "worst outbreak in 50 years." At least 10 African nations have been put on high alert over fears regarding the spread of the plague, with WHO ordering nine to step up preparations. The speed with which the plague is spreading is alarming, and people are worried that the Black Death will eventually hit the US, Europe and Britain. So, what is Black Death? The Black Death is a widespread plague infection that peaked in Europe between 1346 and 1353....Read full article on News GN Health

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