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Australia Diary: Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules pose a serious risk to your health

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has tested a product labelled Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules and found that the capsules contain the undeclared substances sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Consumers have been advised that sibutramine is a prescription-only medicine (which was the active ingredient in Reductil). It was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events.

phenolphthalein is a prescription-only substance previously marketed as an oral laxative, withdrawn from sale from many markets in the late 1990’s due to concerns over its carcinogenicity with long term use.

The supply of Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine and phenolphthalein is illegal in Australia.

Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety or efficacy as required under Australian legislation, and the place of manufacture is not approved by the TGA. TGA investigations have shown that a number of people in Australia may have bought the product online.

The TGA is working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) to help stop future shipments of Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules from entering Australia. If these capsules are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.

The TGA is advising consumers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites and has produced a short video on the risks associated with buying medicines and medical devices online. Products purchased over the Internet:

Australia and Fiji Reaffirm Strengthening Security Relationship

Senator Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Defence

Australia and Fiji have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening defence relationship following a successful bilateral defence ministers’ meeting in Nadi on 2 November.

Australia’s Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, and Fiji’s Minister for National Security and Defence, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola MP, discussed growing bilateral defence relationship and regional security interests.

The program included a meeting with Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, and a tour of Fiji’s Blackrock peacekeeping training facility.

“Fiji is an important partner to Australia in the South Pacific and we have a long history of defence cooperation focused on maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping,” Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne and Minister Kubuabola agreed to strengthen the Australia-Fiji defence relationship by establishing formal annual Australia-Fiji Defence Ministers’ meetings.

“I am pleased we are establishing a new Defence Ministerial Meeting between Australia and Fiji, as this further demonstrates our enduring commitment to deepening our defence relationship”, Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne also offered a package of support for Fiji’s Blackrock training facility, worth approximately $2 million, which Minister Kubuabola accepted. This package will further enhance our defence cooperation in the area of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and peacekeeping.

“Supporting the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to construct a humanitarian supplies warehouse at its Blackrock training facility will enhance Fiji’s ability to respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises in Fiji and the region,” Minister Payne said.

“I was pleased to also offer the establishment of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) instructor position at the base to enhance the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ peacekeeping capability.

“Australia appreciates the force protection role of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, for United Nations peacekeepers, including ADF personnel in the Golan Heights and Syria.”

Australian Defence Companies Win Global Contracts 

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne MP, has congratulated two Australian companies for winning work on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built by BAE Systems in the United Kingdom.These contracts were won under the Defence Global Supply Chain (GSC) program which is managed by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

Facebook and eSafety Office partner to protect Australians online

The eSafety Office of Australia is taking part in a global pilot with Facebook to prevent intimate images of Australians being shared on online, according to the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Australia is one of four countries participating in a limited global pilot with Facebook that will help prevent intimate images of Australians being posted and shared across Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups and Instagram.

Australia Today: Support to put Australian arts on the international stage

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awoCanberra: Arts Minister of Australia George Brandis has announced grants to three leading Australian arts companies to support them in their international endeavours.

Making the announcement (April 2), the Minister said: I am announcing grants to three leading Australian arts companies to support them in their international endeavours. Over $600,000 will be used by the Australian World Orchestra, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and the Queensland Show Choir to present their work to international audiences and showcase the excellent quality of the arts in Australia. A grant of $550,000 has been awarded to the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) to support administration costs for 2015 and to maintain the Orchestra’s standard of international artistic excellence.

The Australian World Orchestra will be touring India this year in October under the baton and invitation of internationally renowned Indian conductor, Meastro Zubin Mehta. the AWO will perform two concerts in Mumbai on October 25 and 26, one concert in Chennai on October 28 and and one in Delhi on October 30.

Prince Harry to begin military attachment with the Australian Defence Force

Prince Harry will arrive in Australia on Monday, 6 April to begin a four week attachment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO and other senior Army officers will join Prince Harry to officially mark the start of his military attachment with the Australian Army. Defence is aware of the public interest in Captain Wales’ attachment with the Australian Army and will provide imagery of his military activities during his four week attachment.

Costly fine for green zone breach

A commercial reef line fisherman from Gladstone has been fined $12,000 after being convicted for a second time of fishing in a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park green zone. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef.

Fiji joins the Seasonal Worker Program

Julie Bishop
Julie Bishop

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop announced this week that Fiji has become the tenth country to sign up to Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program today. The Seasonal Worker Program is a mutually beneficial initiative, providing valuable opportunities for Fijian workers to secure short-term employment in Australia, and helping Australian employers to fill gaps in the available labour force. The program is consistent with our focus on creating jobs, boosting incomes and contributing to economic development in our region.

Support for women leaders in sport

More than 700 women from 31 different sports will be supported in Australia to reach their leadership potential through the Federal Government’s Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) programme.

Category five storm threatens Vanuatu

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Vanuatu cycloneSuva (Fiji): Tropical Cyclone Pam with windspeed expected to go beyond 275 km/h is expected to turn into a category 5 storm and hit at least a million people with its core around the South pacific island of Vanuatu tonight.

The forecast is that the storm could leave devastating impact through torrential rain, flash flood and landslides.

UN emergency supplies have been put on standby and more than 250,000 people living in the danger area have been warned.

Tropical cyclone Pam moves across the South Pacific, could develop into a “supercyclone”

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Tropical Cyclone PamSuva (Fiji): Tropical Cyclone Pam is now headed towards Vanuatu

All ships have been grounded throughout Vanautu and community leaders have been warning the residents to move to safer places and evacuation centres.

According to David Gibson, the acting Director of meteorological department in Vanuatu said that by Friday afternoon the Southern part of Vanuatu and Port Vila on the Island of Efate are expected to face severe and damaging winds by Friday afternoon. Tropical Cyclone Pam has the potential to become the strongest storm ever experienced in the country, he told the media.

David Gibson says Port Vila on the Island of Efate and the Southern part of Vanuatu are expected to face severe and damaging winds on Friday afternoon.

This is the first time that Vanuatu would experience a category five cyclone. In 1987 Tropical Cyclone Uma was category three and then four as it moved.”

Pam has cleared the Solomons and now has Vanuatu in its sights. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Pam to pass to the east of Vanuatu on Thursday.

Fiji Meteorological Service

has issued warning that severe Tropical Cyclone Pam – CATEGORY 4 was located near 11.4 South and 169.7 East AT 111200 UTC

It is expected to sustain winds of 90 knots close to the centre increasing to 110 knots by 121200 UTC.