#SheSociety Rounds up today’s top news stories:
– The White House has said President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve the federal gun background check system after a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the President had spoken to Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers.
Mr Cornyn introduced the bill to improve federal background checks last November, days after a gunman killed more than two dozen people in a church in Texas.
Meanwhile on a cold drizzly Washington winter public holiday a group of teenagers was taking on the pro gun organisation, one of the most entrenched and powerful lobby groups in the US.
Seventeen of them lay on the cold wet ground outside the White House — symbolic of those slain in last week’s horrific Florida high school shooting.
-Barnaby Joyce is staring down his critics and says he is not going anywhere, despite fallout from his affair with a staffer, blasting suggestions he should be ousted as Nationals leader as a “witch-hunt”.
The deputy prime minister, who’s taken personal leave after his affair with a former staffer was made public, also played down a phone hook-up between Nationals officials on Monday afternoon.
“I am humbled by the support in my electorate and in the community,” he told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.
And in another development Nationals MPs won’t be holding a full party room meeting in Canberra next week, giving Joyce some breathing space from continued pressure.
-A Japanese company has created a banana that you do not need to peel before eating, ABC news reports..
The Mongee banana (pronounced ‘mon-gay’ and meaning ‘amazing’) has an edible skin which is said to taste like a vegetable and have a lettuce-like texture.
It has been a labour of love for 68-year-old Setsuzo Tanaka from Okayama Prefecture who has spent the past 40 years perfecting the technique for growing them.
Banana seedlings are frozen, then thawed and replanted, which his company, D&T Farm, calls the “freeze-thaw awakening” method.