Serving in the shadows: Transgender troops face uncertain future

Serving in the shadows: Transgender troops face uncertain future

For the past few years, photographer Jeff Sheng has been taking portraits of US military members who are transgender. Many of their faces, however, had to be hidden or obscured to protect their identities. It wasn’t until June of last year that the Defense Department lifted a ban on them serving openly. Now they may have to continue serving in the shadows — or risk losing their job. President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets Wednesday, announced that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve “in any capacity”…

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Surging power bills force customers to make unhealthy choices, says Coles boss

Surging power bills force customers to make unhealthy choices, says Coles boss

Posted July 28, 2017 09:29:08 Rocketing power bills are forcing some Australians to make unhealthy food choices as they manage tighter household budgets, the head of the Coles supermarket chain has warned. John Durkan said average families — and especially those on low incomes — were even having to trade off buying healthy food as they balanced higher power costs with record slow wages growth. “We should be concerned that many households feeling cost-of-living pressures are spending less on fresh produce and fresh meat,” Mr Durkan told a business lunch…

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US foreign aid cuts may be 'death sentence' to women in Malawi

US foreign aid cuts may be 'death sentence' to women in Malawi

They meet the traditional healer in a sparsely furnished room, a half-hour’s bumpy ride outside Blantyre, in southern Malawi. “I mix these secret herbs with hot water,” he says, gesturing to a concoction in a plastic container. “They all want a shortcut to terminate their pregnancy.” “Once a woman drinks the mixture, she starts bleeding in less than an hour,” he says, adding that the whole process takes only a few hours. The healer, who asked CNN not to be identified because abortion is illegal in Malawi, shows us where…

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Coles boss blasts ‘expensive’ water

Coles boss blasts ‘expensive’ water

COLES boss John Durkan has lobbed another blow at Coca-Cola, heralding a potential cutback of its bottled water from supermarket shelves. Mr Durkan blasted the soft drink manufacturer, which depends the lucrative Mount Franklin range to bolster its bottom line as sales of sugar-laden products wane, for charging Australians more for their products than in overseas grocery markets. “This is frustrating to me because often the price differences relate to the same product made and sourced from the same place,” Mr Durkan said, vowing to keep investing in lower prices…

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Slice of island heaven for just $320,000

Slice of island heaven for just $320,000

Posted July 28, 2017 06:20:09 Photo: The cost of some Magnetic Island’s apartments has gone down by more than $150,000 in 13 years. (AAP: Tourism Queensland) Related Story: Townsville stadium plans boost hope for local jobs Related Story: Queensland’s worst and best performing resale suburbs When it comes to real estate you would be lucky to find a decent property in a capital city for under $320,000. But it could afford you a luxury waterfront two-bedroom apartment on Magnetic Island, just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville. Since the…

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