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Trump is Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' - Sky News Australia

08-12-2016 Australia The Editor

3313973 trump-is-time-magazine-s-person-of-the-year-sky-news-australia Updated: 10:23 am, Thursday, 8 December 2016 Time Magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year, citing the upheaval in American politics brought about by the election campaign and victory of the New York businessman. "It's hard to measure the scale of his disruption,' Time said in its announcement on Wednesday, noting Trump's eclectic career as real estate magnate and reality television star before winning the highest office in the land. 'For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump's victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,' it said. The magazine said its short list included Trump's rival in the 2016 presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton, as well as Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan and singer Beyonce. US pharmaceutical and biotechnology stocks came under pressure after Trump said in the Time...Read full article...

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We need a national push for DV leave: Premier - The Sydney Morning Her…

08-12-2016 Australia The Editor

We need a national push for DV leave: Premier - The Sydney Morning Herald

3313971 we-need-a-national-push-for-dv-leave-premier-the-sydney-morning-herald The push for paid leave for domestic violence victims across Australia is back on the agenda ahead of Friday's meeting of state, territory and federal ministers. On Thursday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk renewed her call for domestic and family violence leave to be introduced across Australia. There has been a renewed push for domestic violence leave to be available for women across Australia.  Photo: Michele Mossop "I believe very firmly that there should be a national push to have domestic and family violence leave recognised," Ms Palaszczuk said. "It's the right thing to do by families, I believe that employers should embrace this and honestly we need to keep issues surrounding domestic violence on the national agenda." Ms Palaszczuk called for domestic violence leave to be introduced across the nation on White Ribbon Day in November. Speaking ahead of the Council of Australian...Read full article...

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Mind the Gap: Woolworths scheme to hit suppliers for extra payments cl…

08-12-2016 Australia The Editor

3313969 mind-the-gap-woolworths-scheme-to-hit-suppliers-for-extra-payments-cleared-in-case-against-accc-abc-online Woolworths did not violate consumer law through its Mind the Gap scheme in 2014, a federal court judge has ruled. Key points: Mind the Gap scheme collected $18 million from suppliers in late 2014Those not willing to pay extra payments were seen as "not supportive"ACCC ordered to pay part of Woolworths' costs The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took Woolworths to court over the scheme, which saw the retailer claim $18 million from suppliers to help reduce a $53 million shortfall in half-year profits.But Justice David Yates said he was not satisfied that Woolworths engaged in unconscionable conduct.Woolworths chief legal officer Richard Dammery welcomed the judgement. "We defended the case because we firmly believed we did not act unconscionably and we did not break the law," he said.ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said the consumer...Read full article...

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Government killed emissions scheme despite knowing it could shave $15 …

08-12-2016 Australia The Editor

Government killed emissions scheme despite knowing it could shave $15 billion off electricity bills - The Sydney Morning Herald

3313967 government-killed-emissions-scheme-despite-knowing-it-could-shave-15-billion-off-electricity-bills-the-sydney-morning-herald The Turnbull government has been sitting on advice that an emissions intensity scheme - the carbon policy it put on the table only to rule out just 36 hours later - would save households and businesses up to $15 billion in electricity bills over a decade. While Malcolm Turnbull has rejected this sort of scheme by claiming it would push up prices, analysis in an Australian Electricity Market Commission report handed to the government months ago finds it would actually cost consumers far less than other approaches, including doing nothing. Play Video Don't Play Leaders go to war Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:35 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:54 States consider carbon trading States consider carbon trading South Australia suggests the states set up their own carbon intensity trading system, but Mike Baird is not so keen. Courtesy ABC News...Read full article...

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Collarenebri woman Mary Miller charged over moonshine alcohol deaths -…

08-12-2016 Australia The Editor

Collarenebri woman Mary Miller charged over moonshine alcohol deaths - The Age

3313965 collarenebri-woman-mary-miller-charged-over-moonshine-alcohol-deaths-the-age A shop owner has been charged with selling toxic moonshine that killed three people near the north-western NSW town of Collarenebri. Mary Miller, 56, was arrested on Tuesday almost a year after three residents of a nearby Indigenous mission - Sandra Boney, Norman Boney and Roger Adams - died from injuries relating to methanol ingestion. Karen, Zoey and Sheila Adams, the family of Roger Adams who died after drinking toxic moonshine.  Photo: Sarah Whyte / 730ABC An inquest in October found that Ms Miller had sold crates of homemade alcohol for up to $150 from her second-hand furniture store in the town. Ms Miller made the toxic brews at home and labelled it as red wine, rum, Tia Maria and beer. A community memorial set up in Collarenebri for Norman Boney, Sandra Boney and Roger Adams. Photo: ABC/Sarah Whyte She claimed she had a barter system with several residents from the Walli...Read full article...

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Penrith bomb scare: device resembling crude petrol bomb found at Sydne…

08-12-2016 Australia The Editor

Penrith bomb scare: device resembling crude petrol bomb found at Sydney substation - ABC Online

3313963 penrith-bomb-scare-device-resembling-crude-petrol-bomb-found-at-sydney-substation-abc-online NSW police are examining a suspicious device, initially thought to be a homemade bomb, that sparked an emergency response after being found at a power substation in Sydney today.Officers said the item, discovered at a Penrith electricity substation, resembled a "crude petrol bomb" consisting of a container of liquid and a battery.Forensic examinations will continue to determine the device's contents, but police said it did not contain any explosives.Shortly after 8:00am, Endeavour Energy workers discovered the object within the facility's perimeter."We located a device as a result of a routine inspection this morning at the Kingswood substation," Endeavour spokeswoman Kate McCue said."It appears it was thrown over the fence and it might have broken into pieces." ...Read full article...

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Trump taps wrestling executive to lead Small Business Administration -…

08-12-2016 World News The Editor

3313989 trump-taps-wrestling-executive-to-lead-small-business-administration-washington-post President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Linda McMahon for administrator of the Small Business Administration. Here's what you need to know about her. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post) President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate professional-wrestling executive Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration, his transition team announced Wednesday. If confirmed, McMahon would be the first Cabinet secretary to ever face a “Stone Cold Stunner” on national television. McMahon, 68, a co-founder and former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, was one of Trump’s early backers and contributed more than $6.5 million to support his campaign. She and Trump have had business ties for decades, dating to the late 1980s when WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation, held WrestleMania, an annual pay-per-view event, at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. [

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Trump's Pick of EPA Foe to Lead Agency May Spark Senate Fight - Bloomb…

08-12-2016 World News The Editor

3313987 trump-s-pick-of-epa-foe-to-lead-agency-may-spark-senate-fight-bloomberg President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of a chief opponent of the Obama administration’s climate agenda and a staunch oil industry ally to lead the Environmental Protection Agency prompted vows to battle the nomination. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt -- who sued the EPA to overturn some of President Barack Obama’s signature initiatives -- is Trump’s pick to lead the agency, according to people familiar with the decision. It is a major victory for oil, gas and coal companies that have complained about a heavy hand at the agency. Pruitt relishes his role as its chief antagonist; an official bio on the 48-year-old Republican’s website proclaims him "a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda." "I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece...Read full article...

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Trump hires a third general, raising concerns about heavy military inf…

08-12-2016 World News The Editor

3313985 trump-hires-a-third-general-raising-concerns-about-heavy-military-influence-washington-post President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security, officials familiar with the decision said Wednesday, recruiting a third former member of the military’s brass to serve at the highest levels of his administration. Trump’s choice of Kelly — and his continued deliberations about tapping as many as two more military figures for other posts — has intensified worries among some members of Congress and national security experts that the new administration’s policies may be shaped disproportionately by military commanders. “I’m concerned,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “Each of these individuals may have great merit in their own right, but what we’ve learned over the past 15 years is that when we view problems in the world through a military lens, we make big mistakes.” Despite...Read full article...

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Federal judge kills recount effort in Michigan - The Hill

08-12-2016 World News The Editor

Federal judge kills recount effort in Michigan - The Hill

3313983 federal-judge-kills-recount-effort-in-michigan-the-hill A federal judge has stopped the hand recount of nearly 5 million ballots in Michigan, a decision that seems to secure Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence's praise of Carrier union boss resurfaces after Trump tweet Becerra: California ready to fight Trump administration Twitter CEO says his feelings about Trump's tweets are 'complicated' MORE's narrow victory in the traditionally blue state. ADVERTISEMENT U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who effectively ordered the recount to begin Monday, sided with a state appeals court Wednesday in halting the effort, ABC News reported.On Tuesday, a Michigan appeals court ruled 3-0 that Green Party candidate Jill Stein should not have been allowed to demand a recount because she is not an "aggrieved candidate." Goldsmith, after hearing arguments from the state Republican Party and GOP attorney general, agreed. "Because there is no basis for this court...Read full article...

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Donald Trump just insulted a union leader on Twitter. Then the phone s…

08-12-2016 World News The Editor

Donald Trump just insulted a union leader on Twitter. Then the phone started to ring. - Washington Post

3313981 donald-trump-just-insulted-a-union-leader-on-twitter-then-the-phone-started-to-ring-washington-post President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Chuck Jones uses a flip phone, so he didn’t see the tweet. His friend of 36 years called him Wednesday night and said: The president-elect is smearing you on Twitter. Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016 If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016 Jones, a union leader in Indianapolis, represents the Carrier workers whose jobs Donald Trump has pledged to save. He said the sudden attention from the country’s next leader didn’t feel real. “My first thought was,...Read full article...

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13 things we learned while playing Super Mario Run - CNET

08-12-2016 World News The Editor

3313979 13-things-we-learned-while-playing-super-mario-run-cnet What does Mario feel like on your iPhone? It feels like Mario, more than you'd think.Nintendo's upcoming, much-hyped game, Super Mario Run, is exclusive to iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) for now, with an Android release to follow in 2017. It's been designed from the ground up for phones, and will cost $9.99 (£7.99, AU$14.99 and 9.99 euros) when it launches in dozens of countries on December 15. Or, it's free. How does that work, and what does it all feel like?I tried the first eight courses of Super Mario Run in advance of its release during a play session with Nintendo, and this is what I learned.The courses are fast, but they feel like Mario levels. If you've ever played a single-button jump-type mobile game (Rayman Adventures from Ubisoft comes to mind), expect something similar here. Mario keeps running no matter what you do, and even hops over small enemies automatically....Read full article...

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PepsiCo gets gender equality award - FOOD Magazine - Australia

08-12-2016 Business News The Editor

PepsiCo gets gender equality award - FOOD Magazine - Australia

3314007 pepsico-gets-gender-equality-award-food-magazine-australia Latest News New Kale chips suitable for gluten intolerance Small manufacturers will get into the zone at foodpro PET bottle making stability increased with less energy Oxygen permeability tester for food and package makers PepsiCo Australia has been awarded the Workplace Gender Equality Agency ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ citation for the third year in a row. The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation has been given to the top 100 organisations in Australia that meet the stringent criteria for best practice in promoting gender equality. PepsiCo Australia is leading the way for the food and drink industry – and the only FMCG company on the 2016 citation list. This accolade is in recognition of PepsiCo’s ongoing commitment and effort to workplace gender equality through encouraging work life quality and flexibility in the workplace; supporting women at all...Read full article...

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Bill Lewski is back, but with a hazy memory when it comes to investor …

08-12-2016 Business News The Editor

Bill Lewski is back, but with a hazy memory when it comes to investor money - The Sydney Morning Herald

3314005 bill-lewski-is-back-but-with-a-hazy-memory-when-it-comes-to-investor-money-the-sydney-morning-herald Misplacing $27 million? Anyone can do that...What about $50 million?  Melbourne businessman Bill Lewski can't recall where $27 million of investors' money paid to him by way of a listing fee for the since-collapsed Prime Trust have ended up, a court has heard.  Melbourne businessman Bill Lewski just can't recall where the investor money has gone, the court has heard.  The Prime Trust's founder's memory was also hazy when it came to the whereabouts of a further $50 million that was at one point held by family company Retirement Guide. Mr Lewski made the admission during a public examination into the affairs of the responsible entity for Prime Trust, Australian Property Custodian Holdings at the Supreme Court of Victoria on Thursday. He also revealed that he's back in the retirement village business, advising a company with properties in Townsville and Brisbane.  Lapsed statute of...Read full article...

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Why a higher Australian dollar isn't 'complicating' the economy's tran…

08-12-2016 Business News The Editor

3314003 why-a-higher-australian-dollar-isn-t-complicating-the-economy-s-transition-just-yet-business-insider-australia Australia is a mining nation, ensuring that when monthly trade data is released by the ABS, the first thing that many look at is the performance of its commodity exports. However, perhaps it’s time to look beyond just what’s happening with iron ore, coal and LNG exports. Almost by stealth, Australia’s services exports hit a record-high in October, rising by 2% to $6.212 billion. To put that figure into perspective, the value of non-rural goods exports — including heavyweights iron ore, coal and LNG — totaled $16.224 billion in October. Smaller, yes, but still a chunky part of Australia’s export jigsaw puzzle. And, within the services figure, a large proportion comes from tourism and education exports, a key component within the economy which, along with commodity exports, public infrastructure investment and household consumption, has been tasked with helping to keep the economy...Read full article...

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Woolworths did not break any law with Mind the Gap scheme: Federal Cou…

08-12-2016 Business News The Editor

3314001 woolworths-did-not-break-any-law-with-mind-the-gap-scheme-federal-court-the-sydney-morning-herald Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims warned grocery suppliers that its failed unconscionable conduct case against Woolworths left them in an "unfortunate position" amid calls for law reform and greater protections for small businesses. The Federal Court ruled Woolworths' attempt to systematically squeeze as much as $60 million out of suppliers through Mind the Gap scheme to plug a profit shortfall in late 2014 was not unconscionable and did not target vulnerable suppliers who were "ripe for exploitation". Mr Sims said it was unfortunate that Woolworths had successfully argued this was "absolutely standard behaviour" and that there was nothing unusual about Mind the Gap. "We took this case on because we were concerned that seeking money from supermarket suppliers to fill  a profit gap went beyond commercial hard bargaining and we were concerned that small...Read full article...

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Jobs to go as IAG cuts $250 million over three years - The Sydney Morn…

08-12-2016 Business News The Editor

Jobs to go as IAG cuts $250 million over three years - The Sydney Morning Herald

3313999 jobs-to-go-as-iag-cuts-250-million-over-three-years-the-sydney-morning-herald IAG has confirmed it will cut jobs as part of a plan to strip $250 million from the business over the next three years  The insurance company said the cost-cutting measures, outlined to shareholders at an investor briefing on Thursday, would include a reduction in staff numbers. IAG employs more than 9000 people across Australia.  Photo: Peter Morris IAG flagged last month it was planning to move jobs offshore by next year.  Chief operating officer Mark Milliner said the company had "no absolute numbers" on how many jobs would go. IAG chief executive Peter Harmer formerly headed its digital labs division. Photo: Daniel Munoz "The reality will be we will have less people in the businesses," he said.  "I don't think we know any specific numbers yet." Advertisement Mr Milliner said some jobs would go due to parts of the business, including accounts and payroll, being moved offshore....Read full article...

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ASX hits three-month high as banks join the party - The Sydney Morning…

08-12-2016 Business News The Editor

ASX hits three-month high as banks join the party - The Sydney Morning Herald

3313997 asx-hits-three-month-high-as-banks-join-the-party-the-sydney-morning-herald How the market moved on Thursday  The local market leapt to its highest in more than three months, prompting talk of an early Santa rally as a number of blue chips hit 2016 highs. The mood was upbeat from the start of trade after Wall Street posted its best day since the US elections, with the S&P500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the small-cap heavy Russell 2000 all hitting record highs. The S&P/ASX 200 Index and the All Ordinaries both rose 1.1 per cent to their highest since late August.  Photo: Daniel Munoz Broad-based buying drove the S&P/ASX 200 Index and the broader All Ordinaries Index both up 1.1 per cent to 5543.6 points and 5599 points respectively, their highest since late August.  Technology stocks were the winners of the session but financials and miners also posted strong gains, with only healthcare and utilities finishing in the red.  "We've had the perfect...Read full article...

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Donald Trump's triumph rocks Canberra - The Sydney Morning Herald

08-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Donald Trump's triumph rocks Canberra - The Sydney Morning Herald

3314427 donald-trump-s-triumph-rocks-canberra-the-sydney-morning-herald The success of rogue Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has forced the Turnbull government into a furious recalibration of policy, from international trade agreements to crucial foreign and strategic treaty arrangements. In a statement delivered shortly after Mr Trump's victory speech, Mr Turnbull emphasised the "enduring national interests" of the US-Australia relationship. Play Video Don't Play Trump picks wrestling magnate for cabinet Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:44 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:11 Clinton a no show on election night Clinton a no show on election night Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta addresses supporters, saying the White House race is still too close to call. Trump picks wrestling magnate for cabinet Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:44 Video duration 00:44 Trump picks wrestling...Read full article...

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Australia's best 2016 political cartoons on show at Old Parliament Hou…

08-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Australia's best 2016 political cartoons on show at Old Parliament House - ABC Online

3314425 australia-s-best-2016-political-cartoons-on-show-at-old-parliament-house-abc-online From the hilariously astute to the stark and thought-provoking — the year's best political cartoons are about to go on show at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Hosted and curated by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the annual Behind the Lines exhibition showcases the work of cartoonists from across the country who are at the very top of their game.Fairfax Media's Cathy Wilcox took out the exhibition's top gong for political cartoonist of the year."The nice thing about this award is that it's recognition for a body of work," Ms Wilcox said."It lends a little weight to the cartoons, which go out every day and just disappear into the ether ... [it's] a nice reward for that daily grind."

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Malcolm Turnbull can clean the political swamp - The Sydney Morning He…

08-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Malcolm Turnbull can clean the political swamp - The Sydney Morning Herald

3314423 malcolm-turnbull-can-clean-the-political-swamp-the-sydney-morning-herald Not all of Donald Trump's campaign themes were bad. One, in particular, was positive – his promise to "drain the swamp". This was his rallying cry against the cash-rich favour-exchange machine that goes by the name of Washington DC. It could equally be called Canberra, ACT. Trump is not likely to be the one to rid the US system of corruption, nepotism and collusion. Play Video Don't Play Leaders go to war Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:35 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:52 Tony Abbott's advice for the PM Tony Abbott's advice for the PM The former PM eyes a return to cabinet while urging Malcolm Turnbull to repair aspects of the 2014 budget. Leaders go to war Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:35 Video duration 01:35 Leaders go to war Leaders go to war Not smiling now - South Australia's Jay Weatherill and Malcolm Turnbull...Read full article...

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UN expert says Australians (and their leaders) have a big racism probl…

08-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

UN expert says Australians (and their leaders) have a big racism problem - The Sydney Morning Herald

3314421 un-expert-says-australians-and-their-leaders-have-a-big-racism-problem-the-sydney-morning-herald The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism has condemned Australian politicians from major and minor parties whose statements are contributing to an increase in "xenophobic hate speech" and negative views about migrants. Mutuma Ruteere has also warned that political leaders who do not denounce such views are tacitly contributing to the normalisation of hard-right and racist opinions. Mutuma Ruteere says Australia is not unique among western democracies in grappling with popular support for parties with discriminatory policies and racist views. Photo: EVAN SCHNEIDER / UN "If they do not speak out they lend legitimacy to them. It's very easy for darkness to drive out the light. It's very easy for the bad to demean the good. It's much harder to clear out the political space once it's infected by racists," Mr Ruteere said in Canberra on Wednesday. Mr Ruteere was finishing a visit...Read full article...

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Corbell finds Victorian renewal after politics - The Canberra Times

08-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

Corbell finds Victorian renewal after politics - The Canberra Times

3314419 corbell-finds-victorian-renewal-after-politics-the-canberra-times Former ACT government minister Simon Corbell will be announced as Victoria's "Renewable Energy Advocate" later this week. Mr Corbell  held an ACT Legislative Assembly seat for nearly 20 years, making him  the territory's longest-serving politician, and held some of the toughest portfolios, including attorney-general's, police and emergency services, health and environment and climate changes.   'Mr Renewables' former ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has been appointed Victoria's Renewable Energy Advocate.  Photo: Graham Tidy Mr Corbell is also a Labor-left factional stablemate of Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, who will announce the appointment on Friday. But the former ACT politician is steeped in clean energy policy and politics after years in charge of planning and executing a succession of of ambitious schemes for wind and solar power to fuel the national...Read full article...

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One Nation senator Rod Culleton fights 'hidden constitution' for polit…

08-12-2016 Australian Politics The Editor

One Nation senator Rod Culleton fights 'hidden constitution' for political life - The Canberra Times

3314417 one-nation-senator-rod-culleton-fights-hidden-constitution-for-political-life-the-canberra-times Amid comparisons to Jesus, an interruption from a former dentist turned paint-bombing court-denier and allegations that the constitution has been "hidden in a drawer since 1975", One Nation Senator Rod Culleton battled for his political life on Wednesday. A larceny conviction at the time of his election, later annulled, sits at the centre of the West Australian's eligibility to sit in the Senate.  Play Video Don't Play Leaders go to war Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:35 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:10 One Nation, two egos One Nation, two egos Pauline Hanson pays out on her One Nation senate colleague Rod Culleton, saying he's not a team player and the attention has gone to his head. Leaders go to war Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:35 Video duration 01:35 Leaders go to war Leaders go to war Not smiling now - South...Read full article...

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Sustainability reporting set to expand globally - InvestorDaily - Inve…

08-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

3314091 sustainability-reporting-set-to-expand-globally-investordaily-investordaily Currently, 17 stock exchanges recommend their listed companies provide environmental, social and governance (ESG) reportage, but UNCTAD division on investment and enterprise director James Zhan said this figure is expected to grow by the end of 2016. "Twenty-one stock exchanges have confirmed to us they will introduce new guidelines either this year or within the first quarter of next year, and we know that many of them are close because they have posted draft guidelines on their websites for comment and discussion," he said. Mr Zhan said such reporting had “come of age” and that companies were more likely to act sustainably when they were required to report on ESG issues. The commitments to sustainability reporting are part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative launched in 2009 by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, UNCTAD said. UNCTAD SSE inititative co-ordinator Anthony Miller...Read full article...

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Aquarevo First Stage Release Proves Sustainability In Demand - The Urb…

08-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

3314089 aquarevo-first-stage-release-proves-sustainability-in-demand-the-urban-developer-registration The first stage of ‘Aquarevo’, Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential development, sold out in record-breaking time, with over 80 families seeking to secure the initial 44 lots.A collaboration between South East Water and Villawood Properties, Aquarevo adopts a unique integrated approach to water management through the use of South East Water’s OneBox® and Tank Talk® technology, along with rainwater used for hot water, recycled water, and solar panels.It’s water management systems will ultimately save up to 70 per cent in potable water use and 50 per cent of energy use, making Aquarevo Australia’s leading residential development in terms of water and energy efficiency.Approximately 80 buyer groups had lined up to secure prime lots in the Aquarevo development within hours of the news release. First come, first served, the initial 44 lots were snapped up within hours...Read full article...

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Now More Than Ever, We Need Global Solidarity for Sustainability - Tri…

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Now More Than Ever, We Need Global Solidarity for Sustainability - Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)

3314087 now-more-than-ever-we-need-global-solidarity-for-sustainability-triple-pundit-registration-blog By Teresa Fogelberg Imagine you’re crouched down on the starting block, focused on the track ahead of you. You look to your left and see Usain Bolt. Turn to your right and look at Flo-Jo. You know it’ll be a challenge, but you’re fired up and ready to try. At the finish line is a sustainable world – something we are in a race against time to reach. With a rapidly increasing population on one side of us and fast-depleting resources on the other, we have to accelerate our sustainability journey if we are to win the race. Here’s the one difference: We are actually all on the same team. This is not a solo race; it’s an international effort. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the fuel that will give our global team the boost it needs. And we have to work together – across politics and party lines. The 17 SDGs aim to address the major sustainability challenges we face today. Under...Read full article...

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Sustainability reporting in stock exchanges 'comes of age' | GreenBiz …

08-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

3314085 sustainability-reporting-in-stock-exchanges-comes-of-age-greenbiz-greenbiz As many as 21 stock exchanges across the world could introduce sustainability reporting standards in the coming months. They would join the 17 exchanges that currently recommend listed companies to report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues — going a step further by providing model guidance to participating companies. These exchanges have pledged to list their guidance on the Sustainability Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative. It's a peer-to-peer platform that invites global exchanges to promote ESG disclosure among listed companies and among each other. SSE includes over 60 exchanges — representing more than 70 percent of listed equity markets — and more than 30,000 companies with a market capitalization over $55 trillion. "Sustainability reporting has come of age,"said James Zhan, director of the division on Investment and Enterprise at the U.N. Conference on Trade...Read full article...

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El Paso Library Unveils Enviornmental Sustainability Collection - El P…

08-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

El Paso Library Unveils Enviornmental Sustainability Collection - El Paso Proud (press release) (blog)

3314083 el-paso-library-unveils-enviornmental-sustainability-collection-el-paso-proud-press-release-blog By Andra Litton | alitton@ktsm.com Published 12/07 2016 01:18PM Updated 12/07 2016 01:18PM © Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. El Paso, Texas The El Paso Public Library will be unveiling a new collection of books that encourages environmental sustainability. The collection is entitled Nature Matters, and will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 at the Memorial Park Library Branch located at 3200 Copper. The books were recently added to the collection through a private donation from Marshall Carter-Tripp. Tripp is the Director of the Centennial Museum and Gardens at the University of Texas at El Paso. The initial collection will include thirty books with such titles as My Backyard Jungle, The Voice of the Coyote, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating and many more. The books will be available for checkout...Read full article...

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Asia-Pacific's road to sustainability | Bangkok Post: opinion - Bangko…

08-12-2016 Sustainability News The Editor

Asia-Pacific's road to sustainability | Bangkok Post: opinion - Bangkok Post

3314081 asia-pacific-s-road-to-sustainability-bangkok-post-opinion-bangkok-post Shamshad Akhtar is the executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap). (Photo by UN.org) Transport is a key contributor to economic growth, prosperity and to societal well-being. Physical links across Asia and the Pacific have increasingly improved through years of steady investments in the Asian Highway, a project endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN Escap) commission at its 48th session in 1992 to promote intergovernmental agreements to develop a regional highway network,and the Trans-Asian Railways, as well as through the facilitation of land transport projects. These intertwined projects have resulted in a network of 140,000 kilometres of roads being developed in 32 countries, which, in turn has enabled better connectivity within Asia as well as between Asia and Europe, and...Read full article...

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HIV alert for male-to-male sex in Philippines

08-12-2016 Health News The Editor

3314343 hiv-alert-for-male-to-male-sex-in-philippines Manila (AFP) - HIV infections among men having sex with men in the Philippines have surged 10-fold in five years, with authorities largely ignoring the problem, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday. The Catholic country has one of the fastest-growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia-Pacific because successive governments have failed to promote contraceptives and give sex education to gay or bisexual men, it said. "National education on effective HIV prevention methods is non-existent, and laws prohibit condom access and HIV testing to people under 18 without parental consent," the report said. Out of the 35,000 cases of HIV documented in the Philippines since 1985, 81 percent were from men having sex with men, HRW said, citing government data. The problem is quickly getting worse, with 25 new cases of HIV being documented in the Philippines every day, according to...Read full article...

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EU regulator accepts Sanofi/Regeneron's Dupixent product for review

08-12-2016 Health News The Editor

3314341 eu-regulator-accepts-sanofi-regeneron-s-dupixent-product-for-review PARIS (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Union's health regulator, has accepted for review the Dupixent product being developed by drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron, the companies said on Thursday. Dupixent is aimed at adults with eczema or moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD), who are candidates for systemic therapy. If cleared by regulators, Dupixent would be the first approved systemic treatment for eczema, which in severe cases produces infection-prone rashes and a constant itch as bad as poison ivy. Some analysts expect Dupixent to cost up to $30,000 a year and to capture eventual annual sales of more than $5 billion. A biologics license application (BLA) for Dupixent was accepted for Priority Review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September. As per the U.S. Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the target FDA action date is...Read full article...

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Brisbane Trains: Gold Coast, Beenleigh and Airport lines delayed - Bri…

08-12-2016 Health News The Editor

Brisbane Trains: Gold Coast, Beenleigh and Airport lines delayed - Brisbane Times

3314339 brisbane-trains-gold-coast-beenleigh-and-airport-lines-delayed-brisbane-times The Premier has criticised Queensland Rail for its handling of another major transport meltdown as delays continue to mount. Queensland Rail was warning of delays of 45 minutes for the Gold Coast, Airport, Beenleigh and Ferny Grove Lines five hours after a train breakdown triggered a chaotic morning. Play Video Don't Play City Hall light spectacular Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:16 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:44 Train problems 'off the wall' Train problems 'off the wall' Commuters say it was faster to walk to work than catch a Brisbane train on Thursday after a series of rail failures. Nine News City Hall light spectacular Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:16 Video duration 01:16 City Hall light spectacular City Hall light spectacular A narrated, animated light show The Day Before Christmas will be projected on to...Read full article...

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Lockout laws: Baird to relax closing times for Sydney venues - Herald …

08-12-2016 Health News The Editor

Lockout laws: Baird to relax closing times for Sydney venues - Herald Sun

3314337 lockout-laws-baird-to-relax-closing-times-for-sydney-venues-herald-sun SYDNEY’S controversial lockout regime has been relaxed, with Premier Mike Baird signalling the laws could be even further loosened in coming years. Closing times in the CBD have been changed from 3am to 3:30am and lockout times are being moved from 1:30am to 2am, providing live entertainment is provided at venues. NSW Premier Mike Baird makes the announcement this morning. Picture Kym Smith Opposition Leader Luke Foley did not criticise Mr Baird’s announcement of the half-hour changes to the lockout laws, but accused him of a broader “neglect of boosting Sydney’s night-life”, saying “it’s not all about people spewing up in the Cross at 3am”. NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley wants a night-time mayor to be brought in for Sydney. “We’ve always said that those restrictions in the Cross, in the CBD, are a minimum community standard for known trouble spots,” Mr Foley said. “We’ve never...Read full article...

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Perth animal hospital calls for cat blood donors - The Sydney Morning …

08-12-2016 Health News The Editor

Perth animal hospital calls for cat blood donors - The Sydney Morning Herald

3314335 perth-animal-hospital-calls-for-cat-blood-donors-the-sydney-morning-herald A Perth vet hospital has set out to run its first feline Red Cross blood drive - encouraging WA cat owners to volunteer their own pets in order to make life saving donations. The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University has set up the new Community Blood Donor Program in response to a rising number of felines requiring blood transfusions. Play Video Don't Play Trump picks wrestling magnate for cabinet Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:44 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 00:51 Drowning kitten resuscitated by Italian ... Drowning kitten resuscitated by Italian coastguard The one-month old kitten pulled from a Sicilian harbour came back to life after receiving mouth-to-mouth. Trump picks wrestling magnate for cabinet Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:44 Video duration 00:44 Trump picks wrestling magnate for cabinet Trump picks wrestling...Read full article...

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Victorian parliament to vote on assisted dying laws next year - The Sy…

08-12-2016 Health News The Editor

Victorian parliament to vote on assisted dying laws next year - The Sydney Morning Herald

3314333 victorian-parliament-to-vote-on-assisted-dying-laws-next-year-the-sydney-morning-herald Terminally ill Victorians could be able to legally end their lives, with Premier Daniel Andrews backing historic legislation to be introduced to parliament next year. If passed, they could be the first laws in Australia to legalise euthanasia since the Northern Territory's laws were quashed by the Federal Government. Victorian laws would be immune from Commonwealth intervention. Play Video Don't Play CCTV: Drunken parking crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:21 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:49 Dan Andrews' twitter statement on ... Dan Andrews' twitter statement on assisted dying In a statement released on Twitter, Victorian Premiere Daniel Andrews discusses the upcoming debate on voluntary euthanasia. CCTV: Drunken parking crash Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:21 Video duration 00:21 CCTV: Drunken parking crash CCTV: Drunken...Read full article...

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