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Listeriosis death prompts authorities to shut down Melbourne catering company - Dotemirates
22/02/2019

Listeriosis death prompts authorities to shut down Melbourne catering company

Victorian health authorities have temporarily shut down a catering company in Melbourne's south-east after its food was linked to the listeriosis death of a woman in her 80s.The iCook Foods company in Dandenong South supplies food to Meals on Wheels, aged care facilities and a number of hospitals in Melbourne's eastern and south-eastern suburbs.Acting chief health officer Brett Sutton ordered the closure of the company's kitchens overnight following an investigation into the death of the woman at Knox Private Hospital due to listeriosis in early February."My heart goes out to the family of this woman that died," Dr Sutton said."In...


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19/03/2019

Westpac expects to slash 900 jobs as it quits financial advice

By business reporter Stephanie Chalmers Westpac is expecting to cut 900 full-time jobs as it quits its loss-making financial advice business and restructures its wealth and insurance arms.The bank struck a deal with firm Viridian Advisoryfor an undisclosed sum, which will see Viridian take on some of Westpac's financial advice customers and planners.Addressing analysts and reporters, chief executive Brian Hartzer said approximately 9,000 to 10,000 customers will receive an offer to transfer to Viridian, while the bank is "working through other solutions" for other financial advice customers.Mr Hartzer estimated 900 full-time positions will be made redundant as a result of...
19/03/2019

Music festival organisers say new regulations are 'an invasion of civil liberties' and 'a political move'

ABC Newcastle By Anthony Scully and Liz Farquhar New South Wales music festival operators have criticised the State Government's new strict licencing scheme, saying it stifles the music industry and that festival-goers should be free to take their own risks.Matt "Magpie" Johnston has been running The Gum Ball and other music festivals on his family's Hunter Valley property for 14 years, and said it was "a scary time" for new players entering the market."If I was to start now, I don't think I'd be able to do it," Mr Johnston said.In NSW, 14 festivals found to be high-risk by the...
19/03/2019

Port Adelaide dolphin calf population decimated

ABC Radio Adelaide Every dolphin calf born in Adelaide's Port Riverthis summer breeding season has died, sparking concerns that the whole population could disappear.Over the past two years, 10 of the 12 calves born in the Port River have died — many of them after being hit by boats.The South Australian Government plans to introduce a 7-knot speed limit within part of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.Mike Bossley from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society told ABC Radio Adelaide that a calf called Merlin had been discovered dead on Sunday.He said it was the fourth calf to die in the area...

19/03/2019

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern leans on Facebook to drop Christchurch shooting footage

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken Facebook to task for failing to remove graphic vision of the Christchurch shootings from its platforms, despite assurances it would.On Friday, a gunman with a semi-automatic weapon livestreamed the massacre of 50 worshippers as they gathered for prayers in two locations: a mosque at Deans Avenue in central Christchurch and another mosque in the suburb of Linwood.The footage, which shows the gunman moving through the interior of a mosque and shooting at his victims indiscriminately, was widely circulated in the hours after the attack.Facebook said it had removed 1.5 million videos from...

DED launches 14 new business activities to promote investment in local food production

The Department of Economic Development (DED), in Dubai in co-operation with the UAE Ministry of Food Security, has introduced 14 new business activities in the field of agricultural production and aquaculture in view of the growing interest in these activities and the importance being given to food security in the country. The move is part of DED’s strategy to enable business owners engage in activities that respond to market needs while successfully competing and growing in the local market. With the latest addition the total number of business activities licensed by DED has gone beyond 2,200. The new business activities...

Rupee beats EM peers

Mumbai: The Indian rupee continues to advance from strength to strength, cementing its position as the best performer among the emerging market peers. The currency advanced 0.9 per cent on Monday to 68.46 per dollar, its highest level since August 2018, widening month-to-date gains to 3.4 per cent. The rupee turned the best-performing currency among EM peers as stock inflows surged, bolstered by prospect of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election following recent tensions between India and Pakistan. "The rupee has performed exceptionally well as geopolitical headwinds have not only subsided, but have turned into political tailwinds for the Modi administration,...