Monthly Archives: March 2005

Quote of the Moment: “Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.” The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a … Continue reading

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The war in Iraq and its aftermath has almost doubled malnutrition rates among many Iraqi children, according to a United Nations specialist on hunger. Acute malnutrition rates among Iraqi children under the age of five nearly doubled late last year … Continue reading

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New research has contradicted warnings from nutritionists and the dairy industry that a dairy-free diet can lead to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. A team, led by Dr Luigi Fontana of the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, reports … Continue reading

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Australians are overworked, and far from taking ‘sickies’ tend to go to work when sick, according to new research. Research by recruitment firm CareerOne has found most Australians work when they feel ill because they are conscientious or fear losing … Continue reading

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The majority of Australians consider US foreign policy to be as dangerous as Islamic fundamentalism, and are more worried about global warming than terrorism or ‘illegal immigration’, a survey has revealed. The inaugural Lowy Institute Poll asked 1,000 randomly-selected Australians … Continue reading

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One in 10 Australian managers display behaviour comparable to psychopaths, according to new research. A psychotherapist with the consultancy Banks Management Group, Dr Glyn Brokensha, has coined the term ‘powerpath’ to describe such managers. He describes powerpaths as deceitful, cold-hearted … Continue reading

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The Federal government gave several million dollars of public money to a failed tourist railway, and allegedly offered to write off over 1 million dollars of its tax debts. The Beaudesert railway project in Queensland was offered $400,000 in Federal … Continue reading

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A Brisbane school has suspended a Year 11 student for ‘retaliating’ to a 45 minute beating from a trained kickboxer. Balwyn High School’s principal Bruce Armstrong said that students had recorded the attack using a camera on a mobile phone. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “On May 30, my squad was ambushed for the first time in the eastern part of Ar Ramadi in what was called the ‘Sunni Triangle.’ We heard a whistle as we passed an area that was … Continue reading

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Victorian Labor Party president Brian Daley has threatened legal action against the party’s administrative committee for refusing to deal with branch-stacking, and has criticised party leaders Steve Bracks and Kim Beazley for refusing to intervene. The committee, which is dominated … Continue reading

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