Finally, an end to the corflutes

Corflute-holding Labor campaigners lined the streets, dancing to the tune of a new democracy sausage being made as I drove past a northern suburbs polling booth in the electorate of Yerrabi on Saturday. The campaigners across all facets of Canberra’s lively political life were out in the sunshine for the day, enjoying a few last hours of optimism before the raw numbers started to flow in after 6.30pm. Sunshine the Airedale waits patiently as his owners Rebecca Clark and Scott Norman vote. Photo: Karen Hardy While many families headed out to schools and booths around the city; lines were short, some non-existent, partly due to the massive number of voters who got in early. They could now relax in the knowledge they did not have …

HHS: Donald Trump's election won't derail Obamacare enrollment for 2017 FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 -- Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration says it will forge ahead with health insurance sign-ups for 2017. "We are all in for this open enrollment," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Press Secretary Marjorie Connolly said in a statement Thursday. In fact, more than 100,000 people signed up for coverage on Wednesday, the most in any day since sign-ups for 2017 coverage began on Nov. 1, the administration said. The federal health agency and its enrollment partners "continue to execute a robust outreach strategy . . . to let Americans know affordable coverage is available," Connolly said. If the law were repealed, roughly 22 million Americans would find themselves without health insurance, according to The New York ...

White House says 'Trumpcare' won't measure up to Obamacare The White House said Tuesday it’s doubtful that President-elect Donald Trump’s new nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, an outspoken foe of Obamacare, will be able to improve the health insurance program. Noting that Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia is an “ardent opponent” of the Affordable Care Act, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the nominee will need to take direction from Mr. Trump rather than devising his own plan to replace Obamacare. “With all due respect to Congressman Price, it will be his job to implement the president’s plan, not his own,” Mr. Earnest said. “We’ll see if ‘Trumpcare’ measures up.” The president’s spokesman said the administration has set a “pretty high bar” with Obamacare, and listed five achievements of...

3 to 5 Cups of Coffee Daily May Prevent Alzheimer's Risk Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may provide protection against age-related cognitive decline and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, a new report claims.The report by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health, highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing the risk of cognitive decline.The report concludes that a moderate intake of coffee (three to five cups per day) may provide protection against age-related cognitive decline and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's."Moderate coffee consumption could play a significant role in reducing cognitive decline which would impact health outcomes and health-care spending across...

Trump Tower renamed Dump Tower on Google Maps Someone renamed Donald Trump's midtown Manhattan building on Google Maps, and the new moniker isn't very flattering. Instead of Trump Tower, it was briefly renamed "Dump Tower". Briefyl, Trump Tower was renamed Dump Tower on Google Maps.  WPIX-TV reports that users of the mapping service began noticing the new name for the Fifth Avenue building on Saturday and some took to social media to report it. Trump, the Republican president-elect, has not yet commented on it. Trump has been using Trump Tower as his transition headquarters. A Google spokeswoman said the company has changed the name back to its original. The spokeswoman said user contributions help provide an up-to-date map, but also occasionally lead to inaccuracies. AP

Carols by Candlelight in Canberra – what's on and where There are few things more magical than Carols by Candlelight. So get your Santa hat and picnic ready and get along to these carols in Canberra this week and in the coming weeks. Carols by Candlelight at Stage 88. Photo: Penny Bradfield Christmas carols in the beautiful gardens of Lanyon Homestead They are on Saturday, December 10, from 5pm to 9pm - carols start at 7pm. Entry is $10 per car. Bookings not required.  The homestead is on Tharwa Drive, Tharwa. Carols by Candlelight at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park They are from 7pm on Wednesday, December 14. Candles available for a gold coin donation. Canberra Southern Cross Club will provide song sheets to download or view on your phone or tablet. Christmas with the Salvos in Tuggeranong Town Park They are ...

The Dave Taylor video that will have Canberra Raiders fans salivating It's the video that will have Green Machine fans licking their lips – Dave Taylor sweating up a storm ahead of Canberra Raiders' pre-season as he looks to earn an NRL contract. Taylor has been training in his native Queensland and will join the Raiders for pre-season on Monday. Dave Taylor is working hard to get ready for the Canberra Raiders' pre-season. Photo: Getty Images He's looking to impress after England Super League club Catalans released him with a year to run on his two-year deal. Former Raider Todd Carney was released at the same time with two years left to run on his contract. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has offered Taylor an NRL lifeline with a training contract and the chance to ...

Australia v South Africa Test series: Josh Hazlewood maintains stranglehold over Hashim ... Josh Hazlewood's continued domination of Hashim Amla has spared Australia paying a massive price for confusion in the cordon as they chase a face-saving victory in the third Test. The Australians ran the gauntlet after the Proteas great was given a reprieve by debutant Matt Renshaw after a misunderstanding with Matthew Wade. It's still early days in the relationship between wicketkeeper and first slip but the pair do not appear on the same page. Familiar fate: Hashim Amla walks as Josh Hazlewood is congratulated. Photo: Getty Images With deposed stumper Peter Nevill back among the runs for NSW, the gaffe has raised further questions over Wade's reinstatement behind the stumps at the expense of a man who many regard as the superior keeper. Wade also fell ...