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'Cranks' like Paltrow are a health risk, says NHS chief

'Cranks' like Paltrow are a health risk, says NHS chief

'Cranks' like Paltrow are a health risk, says NHS chiefcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeLondon: The head of the NHS has attacked Gwyneth Paltrow for "peddling dubious 'wellness' products" as he warns against "quacks, charlatans and cranks".Sir Simon Stevens took aim in a lecture on Thursday at the "dubious 'wellness' products" being promoted by celebrities on the internet, and said "fake news" was putting people's health at risk.The chief executive of NHS England singled out Paltrow's brand Goop for promoting treatments that carry "considerable risks...

February 11, 2020
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NSW dam levels reach two-year highs, RFS declares all fires now contained

NSW dam levels reach two-year highs, RFS declares all fires now contained

Dam levels reach two-year high, RFS declares all fires now containedcloseAdvertisementOur coverage of the is free for all readers. Please consider supporting our journalism .By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeA deluge of rain over the past week has resulted in Sydney's dams reaching their highest total since April 2018, while the Rural Fire Service has announced that all of the remaining blazes had officially been contained.Warragamba Dam was at 73.9 per cent of its capacity on Thursday evening, and the collective average supply for all of the state's dams was just over...

February 13, 2020
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NSW fires: Lindfield Road blaze finally out after 210 days

NSW fires: Lindfield Road blaze finally out after 210 days

Fire near Port Macquarie extinguished after 210 dayscloseAdvertisementOur coverage of the is free for all readers. Please consider supporting our journalism .By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeA fire that had been burning for nearly seven months in northern NSW has finally been extinguished, after a unique effort from several organisations.The Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW were joined by the Department of Primary Industries and Environment, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and the Department of Health in extinguishing the Lindfield Park Road fire, which had...

February 13, 2020
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Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labour

Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labour

Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labourcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeNike, Apple and a major manufacturer building trains in Australia are among the dozens of global brands implicated in a new report on forced labour in China, amid growing international concern over the treatment of the Uighur people.The report, by the US State Department-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute, alleges some factories that supply the brands appear to be using Uighur workers sent directly from re-education camps.The...

March 2, 2020
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Italy's coronavirus cases soar to more than 1100 as top US agency says cancel all travel

Italy's coronavirus cases soar to more than 1100 as top US agency says cancel all travel

Italy's coronavirus cases soar to more than 1100 as top US agency says cancel all travelcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeLondon: America's top public health agency has told US citizens they should not travel to any part of Italy, in a fresh blow to the country's struggling economy that will also be interpreted as a lack of confidence in efforts to stop coronavirus from spreading across Europe.The number of confirmed cases in Italy rose overnight from 821 to 1128. Eight more people died from the illness, bringing the death toll to 29 in what is the...

March 2, 2020
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Coronavirus: Telstra tells close to 20,000 staff to work from home for rest of the month

Coronavirus: Telstra tells close to 20,000 staff to work from home for rest of the month

Telstra tells 20,000 staff to work from home for rest of monthcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeTelecommunications giant Telstra has ordered all Australian staff to work from home from Monday as the coronavirus crisis continues to intensify, a move that will affect nearly 20,000 workers across the country.Telstra's Australian-based staff will be required to work remotely until the end of March, with the telco also scrapping all events and meetings of more than 25 people effective immediately. Cancellations of all domestic travel were also put in place...

March 13, 2020
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Coronavirus: Charges laid over toilet paper fracas at Sydney supermarket

Coronavirus: Charges laid over toilet paper fracas at Sydney supermarket

Charges laid over toilet paper fracas at Sydney supermarketcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThe furore over toilet paper panic-buying has escalated with two women charged in Sydney following an alleged assault at a supermarket that was captured on video.The women, aged 23 and 60, have been charged with affray over the alleged fight at a Chullora Woolworths store on Saturday morning, sparked by an apparent dispute over toilet paper. Footage of the incident quickly circulated on social media on Saturday, showing staff intervening in a dispute between...

March 8, 2020
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Italian doctors propose intensive care age limit to save younger patients

Italian doctors propose intensive care age limit to save younger patients

{{data.meterPrompt.countRemaining}}{{data.meterPrompt.message}}Already subscribed? {{data.paywallPrompt.countRemaining}}{{data.paywallPrompt.title}}{{data.paywallPrompt.message}}Already subscribed? By Bevan ShieldsAmsterdam: Italian doctors say the coronavirus pandemic may mean patients over a certain age could be banned from intensive care units and left to die to give others a better chance of survival.The advice – distributed by the Italian College of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care amid a rapidly escalating outbreak in Europe – warns of the difficult moral and...

March 12, 2020
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Coronavirus outbreak: Over 30,000 Chinese students have arrived in Australia since travel ban started

Coronavirus outbreak: Over 30,000 Chinese students have arrived in Australia since travel ban started

Over 30,000 Chinese students have arrived in Australia since travel ban startedcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeA third of the 106,000 Chinese students initially trapped offshore by the coronavirus travel ban have made their way to Australia after waiting out their 14-day isolation periods in third countries.Since mid-February, 31,196 Chinese students have landed in Australia, Department of Home Affairs figures show. In recent weeks, up to 1000 students a day have been arriving to start or return to their studies.While the large number of students...

March 12, 2020
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100 million trees by 2023: Climate right for raising funds

100 million trees by 2023: Climate right for raising funds

100 million trees by 2023: Climate right for raising fundscloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeStartups are capitalising on renewed interest in environmental solutions after to the front of investors' minds."We've got a problem in front of us. If we don't act, it will get worse. Where there's a problem, there's a market," co-founder of AirSeed Technologies Andrew Walker said.Mr Walker and his South African-based co-founder Andries Louw have raised more than $180,000 over the past two days on their path to a million-dollar crowdfunding raise via the...

February 11, 2020
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