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Sydney man accused of meat grinder bomb plot was trying to prevent terrorist attack, court told

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Lawyer says Khaled Khayat never took the bomb to Sydney airport on 15 July 2017One of two Sydney brothers accused of plotting to bring down an Etihad flight with a bomb hidden in a meat grinder was actually trying to prevent a terrorist act, a jury has been told.Richard Pontella said contrary to what his client, Khaled Khayat, told police, he never took the bomb to Sydney international airport on 15 July in 2017. Continue reading…



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Publish date : 2019-03-19 05:25:23

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‘Broke up with sleep’: Cory Booker exposed as addicted to coffee jokes

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Democratic presidential hopeful has tweeted at least 14 times in 10 years about cheating on sleep with his ‘hot friend’ coffeeThe US Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker has been exposed on Twitter for making the same joke – about loving coffee so much he is “dating it” – almost every year for the past 10 years.The New Jersey senator has tweeted slight variations on the same phrase – that he has “broken up with” sleep and is now “dating coffee” – 14 times over the past decade. Continue reading…



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Author : Naaman Zhou

Publish date : 2019-03-19 04:04:50

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Australian house prices down in every capital city except Adelaide and Hobart

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ABS data shows capital city prices fell 2.4% in December quarter and 5.1% over 2018Home prices across Australia’s capital cities fell by 2.4% in the three months to December, trimming the total value of the country’s dwellings to $6.7tn.Prices fell 5.1% across the whole of 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Residential Property Price Index, released on Tuesday. Continue reading…



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Publish date : 2019-03-19 02:49:29

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Scott Morrison rules out One Nation preference deal after Christchurch attack

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PM toughens the Coalition’s line against Pauline Hanson’s party as he aims to promote community harmonyScott Morrison has ruled out a preference deal with One Nation, toughening the Coalition’s line against the far-right nationalist party in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.The comments follow a speech by the prime minister on Monday denouncing racism and “tribalism” and urging Australians to “disagree better”, as the government aims to promote community harmony despite its own record of divisive comments regarding asylum seekers. Continue reading…



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Author : Paul Karp

Publish date : 2019-03-19 01:05:10

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Social workers can do so much more than just pick up the pieces

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At its best, social work can break cycles of crisis, and help people change their lives and communitiesGuardian Jobs: see the latest vacancies in social care
Too often, social services are designed as rotating doors. They focus on individuals in crisis who, when the symptoms of the emergency have eased, are sent directly back to the stressful situation that caused all the damage – a painful, costly and tragic cycle.There is little focus in formal social services on helping people to transform their environments to provide ongoing support and love, let alone engaging people to become advocates for their rights. Yet outside these limitations, social workers are supporting connections in communities designed to last people’s whole lifetimes. In many countries we call it “working beyond services”. There are countless examples around the world. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/19/social-workers-more-than-just-pick-up-pieces

Author : Rory Truell

Publish date : 2019-03-19 00:05:02

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‘Flintstone’ house sparks lawsuit from California town: ‘It’s an eyesore’

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The quirky home features dinosaurs and a sign proclaiming ‘Yabba-dabba-doo’, but neighbors aren’t amusedCalifornia architecture has captured the world’s imagination with its classic midcentury bungalows and beach houses. But one architectural landmark in the state has gone a distinctively different route, and it’s not to the town’s liking.The “Flintstones” home in northern California appears to take its architectural cues from the town of Bedrock. The experimental house was built in the 1970s using a technique that involved spraying concrete to create curved walls. The result is a building where Fred and Wilma would feel at home, and it has become a landmark for drivers passing on I-280. Continue reading…



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Author : Matthew Cantor in Oakland

Publish date : 2019-03-18 22:01:37

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Michael Daley claims Asian workers taking young people’s jobs in Sydney

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Labor leader says ‘no offence’ meant after video surfaces of him saying ‘our kids are moving out … and foreigners are moving in’The New South Wales opposition leader, Michael Daley has been forced to defend a video from 2018 in which he said young Sydneysiders were leaving and being replaced by workers from Asia.The footage shows comments made in September during a Politics in the Pub session in Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains, the Daily Telegraph reports. Continue reading…



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Publish date : 2019-03-18 21:21:44

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UK media ‘tokenistic’ in its attitude to diversity, says Trevor Phillips

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Former broadcaster and politician says TV in particular is ‘self-congratulating’Trevor Phillips has said diversity in the British media can be generously described as “tokenistic” and that its failures have affected the knife crime debate.The former broadcaster and politician, who also headed the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said television in particular was “self-congratulating” regarding its diversity drive, while efforts lagged way behind what was being done in the US to tackle the problem. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/uk-media-tokenistic-attitude-diversity-trevor-phillips

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Publish date : 2019-03-18 19:47:38

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Priti Patel’s brazen anti-aid agenda is ultimately all about Brexit | Peter Beaumont

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Backing calls from the TaxPayers’ Alliance to face down ‘NGO cartels’ shows a profound misunderstanding of how the aid system worksPriti Patel is not known for her transparency or her subtlety.The former international development secretary was forced to resign over misleading prime minister Theresa May over an undeclared “family holiday” to Israel that – among other things – saw her fail to tell the British embassy that she would be meeting with Israeli politicians and visiting the occupied Golan Heights, against all British government conventions for a serving minister. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/mar/18/priti-patel-brazen-anti-aid-agenda-all-about-brexit

Author : Peter Beaumont

Publish date : 2019-03-18 18:11:06

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Climate modelling cited by Angus Taylor did not model Labor policy

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BAEconomics modelling had been used by energy minister to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under LaborLifting Australia’s emissions reduction target from 27% to 45% by 2030 would increase the implicit carbon price by as little as $24 a tonne, according to new modelling.The BAEconomics modelling, released on Tuesday, was leaked to the Australian and then used by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under Labor. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/19/climate-modelling-cited-by-angus-taylor-did-not-model-labor-policy

Author : Paul Karp

Publish date : 2019-03-18 17:00:08

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