Elizabeth Gary-Smith

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Alternative office furniture to avoid sitting at a desk all day

Is it time for a standing desk?<p>To be honest, there is debate about whether a standing desk — in and of itself — can help reverse a sedentary lifestyle. But experts say it's a step in the right direction.<p>At the very least, a standing desk can serve as a constant reminder to weave more activity into …

Bit by bit, a more fit workplace

Nearly all of us need to make more time for fitness. Finding that time, though, can seem impossible.<p>But what if you could wedge that workout in at work? If it sounds far-fetched (or a great way to get yourself fired), listen up.<p>Dr. James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic, says Americans …

How to add a workout at the workplace

1. Walk or bike to work once a week.<p>2. Don't park your car in the spot closest to the front door. Instead, find the parking stall farthest away. (Of course, take security into consideration.)<p>3. Stairs, no elevators.<p>4. Stop the impulse to email. Instead, get up off your duff and walk to a …

Kindergartner Takes Down Trash

<i>The average person generates about 7 pounds of trash every day, according to a Columbia University study--nearly 50 pounds per person per week. That's roughly the weight of my kindergartner. Figuring out how to put a dent in that pile of trash can feel overwhelming, unless you think about it like a</i> …

Manus Island: Violent breakout at detention centre occurred after asylum seekers learnt of PNG fate

Tensions at the Manus Island detention centre erupted into a violent breakout on Sunday night, after asylum seekers were told their only option for …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

California's transgender law allows male high schooler to make girls' softball team

A California high school student who believes he is a girl trapped in a boy's body just made the girls' softball team.<p>Pat Cordova-Goff, 17, a strapping senior at Azusa High School, in Azusa, an hour east of Los Angeles, can play with and against girls because of a September change in state law went …

'Juno' actress Ellen Page reveals she is gay

Actress Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film "Juno," came out as gay Friday at a conference in Las Vegas for educators and counselors who work with gay youth, The Los Angeles Times reported.<p>"I’m here today because I am gay, and because …

Climate change: Greg Hunt backs Coalition policy after IMF chief Christine Lagarde urges Australia to remain 'pioneers'

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has backed the Coalition's direct action policy after the head of the IMF said she hoped Australia continues its …

Who Is Buried in Charlemagne’s Tomb?

AACHEN, GERMANY—Bones and bone fragments from Charlemagne’s gilded sarcophagus in Aachen Cathedral belonged to a tall, thin, older man, according to …

Archaeology

Republicans admit racism is contributing to immigration reform gridlock

<b>Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)</b><p>Even some Republicans are willing to say that racial panic drives much of reform’s opposition<p>Elias Isquith<p>January 30, 2014 3:05pm (UTC)<p>For years, if not decades, activists on both sides of the aisle have been trying to comprehensively reform America's …

In 2009, Half the World’s Polio Cases Were in India: Today, There Are None

Good news does not always flow freely in India. Too many children still go hungry. Violence against women endures. Inflation is soaring, and gay sex …

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world

The world's wealthiest people aren't known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe – who between them control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together – could squeeze onto a single double-decker.<p>The extent …

India Celebrates 3 Years Without Polio

The country's milestone offers hope for eradicating the disease and promoting other health efforts<p>On January 13, India completed three years without a new case of polio. Six days later, the country conducted the first of two annual National Immunization Days. After 29 years of slogging away at this …

Scott Morrison to appear before Senate inquiry, but refuses to budge on asylum seeker policy

While Mr Morrison confirmed that ''personal defensive equipment'' is used by border protection personnel to deal with ''any non-compliance'', he …

Scott Morrison faces hostile Senate committee to defend Operation Sovereign Borders

Senator Carr then accused Mr Morrison of not having read the material he was keeping secret from the Australian public.<p>Mr Morrison replied that it …

Asylum seeker transferred to Christmas Island, ending six week period without any arrivals

• Federal politics: full coverage<p>For the first time in almost six weeks an asylum seeker coming to Australia by boat has been taken onto Christmas …

The bigger picture behind smaller loans: instability and micro-finance

As a dedicated supporter of Kiva, I love all of the fascinating new loan products and businesses that are financed through Kiva loans; however, after …

Human Trafficking Ring Coerced Girl, 15, into Prostitution, Prosecutors Say

Some of the activities defendants are accused of occurred in Belleville, prosecutors say.<p>Four people have been charged in a 35-count indictment for …

Child Trafficking

UNICEF outlines war on sex trafficking

UNICEF's chief of child protection talks about efforts to fight the sex trafficking trade and help the victims.

Super Bowl on guard for human trafficking criminals

The hordes of people flocking to this year's Super Bowl might be an attractive target for human traffickers looking to make new clients<p>NEW YORK — Thousands of fans will descend on New York and New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII — and experts say human traffickers will be lurking behind them.<p>The …

Bay Area Survivor Of Human Trafficking Describes Ordeal

RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — Human trafficking is being called an epidemic in Contra Costa County. There were just four cases prosecuted in the county in …

7 Ways You Can Help Fight Child Trafficking

<b>Tell Congress to protect children.</b><p>Abused or neglected young people are extremely vulnerable to trafficking. Two bills before Congress can reduce the …

What happened to our open, welcoming land?

My own claim to being an exemplary outsider, which for some existential reason I thought was a wonderful thing for a writer to be, was itself knocked …