‘Tortoise’ method wins diet race: study

A “tortoise and the hare” approach to weight loss is most likely to succeed in the race to slim, research has shown.


As in the well known Aesop’s fable, consistent plodding appears to be more effective than a mad dash to the finish line.

The study of 183 participants found “hares” most likely to crash diet their way to slimness lost less weight over two years than “tortoises” who shed a consistent number of kilograms each week.

Researcher Dr Emily Feig, of Drexel University in the US, said: “It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control program is really important for maintaining changes over the long term.”

Obese and overweight individuals were enrolled into a year-long weight loss program based on meal replacements and behavioural strategies such as self-monitoring, kilojoule counting and increased exercise.

Bigger weight fluctuations in the first six and 12 weeks led to poorer weight control 12 months and two years later, the results published in the journal Obesity showed.

For example, a person who lost 1.8kg one week, regained 0.9kg the next week, and then lost 0.45kg a week later, fared worse than someone who shed 0.45kg a week consistently for three weeks.

The scientists did not explore the reasons why some participants’ weight varied more than others.

But previous research has shown that trying to slim too fast can set up a yo-yo cycle of crash dieting and fluctuating weight.

Chief investigator psychologist Professor Michael Lowe, also from Drexel University, said sticking to weight loss goals was important, even if progress was slow.

“Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three-quarters of a pound each week,” he said.

Qantas shares fall on broker warning

Qantas shares have fallen after investment bank JP Morgan warned that the airline faces persistent weak domestic air travel and challenging international conditions.


The carrier’s shares were down 6.48 per cent, or 38 cents, at $5.64 at 1400 AEST, after having rallied to $6.02 on Friday – their highest level in almost 10 years – following a strong full-year result.

But on Monday, Qantas stocks began to fall after a JP Morgan report cautioned that the share price was too high.

“To justify the current share price ($6.02), we estimate further domestic fare increases in the order of 10 per cent (holding into perpetuity) are needed,” the report by analysts Guy Bunce and Peiting Liang said.

They said that since July 2016, Qantas had outperformed the broader market significantly and investors should capitalise on the gains.

“Given the persistent headwinds from a weak domestic air travel market and challenging international conditions, we recommend investors take profit.”

Qantas on Monday announced a major reshuffle of its senior executives in its low cost carrier Jetstar and in its international division.

Jetstar CEO Jayne Hrdlicka will become CEO of Qantas’ loyalty and digital ventures division, while current international and freight boss Gareth Evans will take over at Jetstar, in changes effective from November.

Freight, catering and airports division manager Alison Webster will become CEO of international, while freight will come under the management of domestic business CEO Andrew David.

Qantas delivered its second highest underlying annual profit in its 97-year history on Friday of $1.4 billion and announced a $373 million buyback to increase shareholder returns.

The results came a year after the carrier delivered a record $1.5 billion underlying profit and marked the completion of the airline’s $2 billion turnaround that began in 2014 and included 5,000 job cuts, major fleet changes and new routes.

Asylum seekers given three-week deadline to leave government housing

Dozens of asylum seekers living in Australia after receiving medical treatment lost their $200 fortnightly welfare payment from Monday.


They have three weeks to leave their government housing, an Immigration department notice has confirmed. 

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said around 60 people – mostly single men – would receive notice letters imminently.

“From Monday 28 August you will need to find money each week for your own accommodation costs. From this date you will also be responsible for all your other living costs like food, clothing and transport,” the letter reads. 

“In the next three weeks you need to move out of government-supported accommodation.”

The crackdown may eventually affect around 400 asylum seekers who came from the offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru to receive medical treatment in Australia.

Govt is giving this fact sheet to ex-medical asylum seekers in Aus. Confirms immediate halt to welfare money & 3wk housing deadline #auspol pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/tOZn8sO33k

— James Elton-Pym (@JamesEltonPym) August 28, 2017


The asylum seekers were transported to Australian hospitals for medical care and were expected to return to the offshore centres on Manus Island and Nauru when their treatment was complete.  

They will now be placed on a special new visa: the ‘final depature Bridging E visa’, which compels recipients to leave the country. 

“We want people to go [back] voluntarily,” Mr Dutton told ABC Radio on Monday.

“They won’t be staying in Australia, they will be going back to Nauru,” he said, referring to the group of 400.

“If … they’ve received their medical assistance and they’re refusing to go back to Nauru then they will not be provided with the assistance.”

Many of the people affected are now engaged in a legal fight to remain in Australia.

The Human Rights Law Centre, which represents many of the affected asylum seekers, said it would continue to fight for its clients to remain in Australia.

“These cases have a very simple proposition: our clients would suffer serious harm if they were returned,” the Centre’s executive director Hugh de Kretser told SBS World News.

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Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph has been given examples of asylum seekers “exploiting” the system, including a case where a man fell off gym equipment and another with a “stomach complaint”.

Another asylum seeker reportedly spent money on prostitutes.

“The government doesn’t bring people here from Nauru and Manus because they’ve got a headache, they bring them here because they require urgent medical treatment,” Mr de Krester said.

“We have women who have been sexually assaulted on Nauru, we have kids who have been so traumatised by what they’ve seen in immigration detention on Nauru that they require urgent psychiatric help, we’ve got men who’ve been bashed on Manus Island who suffered serious head injuries who’ve been brought to Australia.”

Daily Telegraph publishes cases of asylum seekers with minor injuries eg. ‘stomach complaint’. Other cases include rapes, bashings #auspol pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/jJh84F1OrJ

— James Elton-Pym (@JamesEltonPym) August 27, 2017

Refugee advocates say the government is trying to make the asylum seekers “destitute” to force them back to Manus Island and Nauru.

Labor and the Greens have voiced their strong opposition to the move.

Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said the opposition would look for ways to block the welfare cut-off.

Mr Dutton said that was a “backflip” from Labor and a departure from bipartisanism on immigration matters.

He said it would “send a bad signal” to let the group stay in Australia, creating the appearance of a medical route into the country that could “encourage self-harming” in detention centres.

SBS World News presented a series of questions to the Immigration department, but the department pointed to Peter Dutton’s recent media appearances. 

The asylum seekers will still receive some healthcare assistance through Medicare and will be given access to a community case worker. 

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CBS creates Aust market hook with Ten buy

US media giant CBS Corporation will use its surprise purchase of troubled broadcaster Ten Network in order to pave its way into the Australian market.


CBS on Monday announced it had agreed to buy Australia’s third largest free-to-air commercial network, which had recently been placed into receivership.

Under the terms of the agreement, CBS gains Ten’s ELEVEN channel – of which CBS already has a 33 per cent stake – channel ONE and growing digital platform TENPLAY.

The US broadcasting giant also announced it will launch its digital subscription video on-demand and live-streaming service in the local market.

Chief executive of CBS Studio International Armando Nunez said the acquisition presented CBS with “considerable broadcasting opportunities” in Australia, and allowed for further multi-platform distribution and growth.

The broadcaster, which has a current market capitalisation of $US28 billion ($A35 billion), already this month unveiled plans to expand its CBS All Access service internationally.

It announced an initial launch in Canada in the first half of 2018 and forecast other markets to follow.

The service gives subscribers on-demand access to more than 9,000 episodes of current and past shows including NCIS, 2 Broke Girls and Madam Secretary, and access to CBSN and CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

CBS expects the service, which launched in the US in October 2014, to have eight million subscribers by 2020.

Fusion media analyst Steven Allen said the move was just “another play on another platform of the market” with the company seizing the opportunity of a low cost entry on the back of its Ten acquisition.

“They have now got the infrastructure of Ten and they don’t have to set things up,” Mr Allen told AAP on Monday.

“So it is a low cost entry and it is worth a gamble.”

Mr Allen said despite the takeover Ten will remain largely intact, especially over the next 18 months, and could incorporate some new programs that emerge from the US next month.

Moving Australia Day is ‘garbage’: Joyce

A bid by a suburban Adelaide council to acknowledge Australia Day as the day of European invasion and shift the traditional celebrations is “garbage” and “social engineering”, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says.


The Marion Council will consider a motion next month from Councillor Bruce Hull seeking to recognise the feelings of indigenous Australians.

But Mr Joyce has suggested the council stick to “rubbish and roads”.

“Every time a council decides their job is not to look after rubbish and roads but some social engineering for our nation, it is just garbage,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.

Mr Hull will put a motion to council to abolish citizenship ceremonies on January 26 as a mark of respect to indigenous people, many of whom view that date as “invasion day”.

The councillor’s motion follows similar moves in two Victorian councils earlier this month which voted to shift citizenship ceremonies from January 26.

The moves by the Yarra City and Darebin councils were condemned by the federal government which has stopped them from holding any citizenship ceremonies.

Marion Council Mayor Kris Hanna said he was unsure if councils were the appropriate forum for a debate about Australia Day.

“If there is to be this debate it really needs to take place on the national stage,” he Hanna said.

The council which holds around ten citizenship ceremonies a year for 800 people conducts three ceremonies on January 26 and the mayor said he was unsure if Mr Hull’s motion would receive the support required to bring it before council for a vote.

“I’m not really sure that there will be a majority in the city of Marion council that will support this going ahead.”