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2010-01-26 13:28:00

CHICAGO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Construction Safety Council will be hosting its 20th Annual Construction Safety Conference next month. The conference will be held on February 16 - 18, 2010 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. To commemorate the Construction Safety Council's 20th Anniversary, an awards banquet will be introduced at the Conference & Expo on February 17th during lunch. The program is designed to recognize outstanding efforts in...

2009-12-10 10:41:00

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Construction Safety Council will be hosting its 20th Annual Construction Safety Conference February 16 - 18, 2010 in Rosemont, IL. This is the largest construction-specific safety conference held in the U.S. Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, February 16. John Howard, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., LL.M, is the Director of the National Institute for...

2007-06-04 10:26:20

CANBERRA, Australia -- Prime Minister John Howard ditched his long-standing opposition to a greenhouse gas reduction target for Australia with a pledge Sunday to set a national pollution limit next year. But critics said Howard's new stance is nothing more than a ploy to negate the environment as an issue during elections due later this year. Howard, leader of his center-right coalition government since 1996, also told an annual meeting of his ruling Liberal Party's national council that...

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2007-01-31 08:25:00

SYDNEY, Australia - Average temperatures in Sydney will rise by about 9 degrees during the next 65 years, with devastating consequences including 1,300 more heat-related deaths per year, according to a government study released Wednesday. With Australia gripped by its worst drought on record, the issue of climate change has emerged as a battleground in this year's national elections. Prime Minister John Howard has come under renewed criticism for not ratifying the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, making...

2006-09-01 03:41:07

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called on migrants, particularly Muslims, to integrate into Australian society by quickly learning English -- sparking warnings his comments may lead to race riots. The head of the government's Muslim advisory committee, Ameer Ali, said on Friday that Howard's comments could fuel race riots like those at Sydney's Cronulla beach last December. "We have already witnessed one incident in Sydney recently in Cronulla, I don't...

2006-08-24 03:11:18

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia announced a A$10 billion ($7.6 billion) plan to increase the size of its army on Thursday so it could respond more quickly to emergencies caused by growing instability in small Asia-Pacific nations. Prime Minister John Howard said the army would seek an extra 2,600 troops, on top of the 1,500 extra forces announced earlier in the year, to provide two more battalions. He said the rapid deterioration of law and order in the Solomon...

2006-08-17 01:20:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Australian politicians will push to overturn a ban on cloning stem cells for medical research after Australia's conservative Prime Minister John Howard said he would allow a conscience vote on the issue. The issue, to be debated in September, will stir deep moral passions among Australia's politicians and likely divide the ruling Liberal-National Party government soon after an internal revolt forced Howard on Monday to scrap tough new refugee laws. "Putting a bill...

2006-08-14 07:31:03

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned plans for tougher new asylum laws on Monday after a revolt by government lawmakers, as eight illegal immigrants were found on a remote island in the Timor Sea. The new laws, drawn up to ease Indonesian concerns after Australia granted asylum to 43 Papuans, would have sent all asylum seekers who arrived by boat on mainland Australia to detention camps on the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru. But Prime Minister John Howard...

2006-08-14 04:25:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Car-loving Australians on Monday were offered cash rebates to convert their vehicles to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rather than petrol in a government move to reduce the country's dependence on Middle East oil. Prime Minister John Howard unveiled a A$1.6 billion ($1.2 billion) program over eight years to help combat high world oil prices, but said there was no way to escape rising prices. "This is a difficult time for Australians faced with high petrol...

2006-08-14 00:21:24

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned on Monday plans for tougher new asylum laws, designed to ease Indonesian concerns, after a revolt by government lawmakers ensured Prime Minister John Howard could not pass the legislation. The revolt handed Howard the biggest parliamentary defeat in his conservative government's 10 years in office, and forced him to withdraw the changes ahead of a vote. "The whole bill is out," Howard told reporters, adding he accepted that he did not have the...