Green light for Green Jobs

first_imgGreen light for Green Jobs Green Jobs created across WA as part of the COVID-19 State Recovery PlanRegional projects to receive funding from December 2020 Projects will target the emerging restoration economy, including support for emerging Aboriginal enterprisesTraining and development opportunities on offer for job-ready workers and disadvantaged groups  More than 100 environmentally focused, conservation jobs are set to be created in 2020 with an initial investment of more than $4 million as part of the McGowan Government’s Green Jobs Plan. First round grants totalling more than $4 million will go to projects in regional Western Australia to create new green jobs that improve the habitat for WA’s unique and important flora and fauna. A range of environmental organisations will deliver work including fencing, seeding, planting and managing threats, to improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna such as Carnaby’s Cockatoo.Partially funded by the government’s Offsets Fund for Recovery (OFFR) and Native Vegetation Rehabilitation Scheme (NVRS), the Green Jobs Plan is focused on providing employment opportunities for people in the regions whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19.The Green Jobs Plan program is being overseen by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Initial projects which will be delivered include seed collection and propagation to ensure the supply of seed and seedlings for the next two years of revegetation work. Over three years, the Green Jobs Plan will see a total of $60.3 million invested in Green Jobs.Projects are located across the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Peel, South-West and Great Southern regions and target biodiversity values including cockatoo breeding and foraging habitat, and fragmented remnant vegetation in highly cleared landscapes.The Green Jobs Plan also provides free training to people in the regions, for selected skillsets to support our recovery from COVID-19. Qualifications in horticulture, rural operations and conservation and land management are included so participants in the Green Jobs Plan can gain a nationally-recognised qualification while they work.As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:“The McGowan Government’s Green Jobs Plan is a win-win, it’s making a real difference for our unique environment and at the same time creating vital employment and training opportunities right across the State.“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt particularly hard in regional WA, so we’re determined to help communities.“It’s important the economic recovery of Western Australia works hand in hand with the continued protection of our State’s magnificent and precious environment.“Ensuring our environment is not only protected but enhanced through our Green Jobs Plan will place Western Australia in an ideal position for economic recovery post COVID-19.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Australia, Cockatoo, covid-19, employment, environment, flora and fauna, foraging, Government, horticulture, Investment, Minister, regulation, southern, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

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Australian War Memorial redevelopment approved

first_imgAustralian War Memorial redevelopment approved The Hon Sussan Ley MPMinister for the EnvironmentI have today approved the Australian War Memorial redevelopment proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999.The decision, based on Departmental advice, follows a rigorous assessment of the proposal against the heritage values of the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House Vista, in keeping with both National and Commonwealth Heritage Management Principles.In making this decision, I acknowledge the diverse range of community and stakeholder submissions made during the consultation period and the public interest in the project.The Australian War Memorial holds a sacred place in the hearts of Australians and there are 29 strict conditions of approval to minimise and mitigate the residual impacts on the site’s National Heritage and Commonwealth Heritage values.The Memorial will be required to prepare a Heritage Impact Assessment of the final design for my approval to ensure the site’s heritage values continue to be protected.The iconic shape and front façade of the building will be preserved throughout this redevelopment, as will the main commemorative area including the Pool of Reflection, the Roll of Honour, the Hall of Memory, and the galleries dedicated to the First and Second World Wars.I am satisfied the conditions of my approval will ensure the Australian War Memorial will continue to be an outstanding national museum and memorial that recognises and commemorates an important part of Australia’s history. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian War Memorial, biodiversity, building, commonwealth, community, environment, environment protection, Government, house, Impact, memory, parliament, project, public interest, worldlast_img read more

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UK PM Climate Ambition Summit opening remarks 12 December 2020

first_imgUK PM Climate Ambition Summit opening remarks 12 December 2020 Thank you very much Zeinab, thank you Secretary-General Antonio, thank you to my fellow leaders, excellences.Good afternoon from London, where we are coming to the end of an extraordinary and difficult year, I think with a sudden surge of scientific optimism.Because after barely 12 months of the pandemic, we’re seeing the vaccine going into the arms of the elderly and vulnerable, vaccines that have been products each and every one of them of vast international efforts in laboratories around the world.And so my message to you all, is that together we can use scientific advances to protect our entire planet, our biosphere against a challenge far worse, far more destructive even than coronavirus.By the promethean power of our invention we can begin to defend the earth against the disaster of global warming.And by that I mean that together we can reduce our emissions, we can radically cut our dependence on fossil fuels, we can change our agricultural practices, and in short we can reverse the process by which for centuries, humanity has been quilting our planet in a toxic tea-cosy of greenhouse gases.And at the same, we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs, millions of jobs across the planet as we collectively recover from coronavirus.If you doubt our ability to do that, let me tell you that when I was a child of six, this country depended on coal for 70% of our energy needs. That coal dependency is now down to 3% or less and since 1990, the UK has cut our CO2 emissions by 43% – more than any other G20 nation – and yet our economy has grown by 75%.Today, we’re putting our foot to the accelerator – in a carbon friendly way of course – with a Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.We want to turn the UK into the Saudi Arabia of wind power generation, enough wind power by 2030 to supply every single one of our homes with electricity.We’re going ahead with massive solar programme, even though we can’t hope to emulate the incredible things being done by India, Australia or Morocco for instance. Hydro of course – we’re liberating the awesome potential of hydrogen, whether for homes or all sorts of uses.On electric vehicles we’re going to ban ICEs, new internal combustion engines by 2030, with a very ambitious programme. We’ll continue to develop new nuclear power.We want to lengthen the lead of London, the UK, as the natural home of green finance. We want our homes to be emitting progressively less and less CO2 and doing more and more retrofitting of our homes. And wherever the UK may be accused of lagging, we won’t be lagging my friends in lagging.We want to encourage all modes of green transport, cycling, walking and so on. We want to use the relatively new miracle of carbon capture and storage actually to take carbon from power generation and industrial processes and bury it in under-sea caverns created by the extraction of hydrocarbons.And we’re now consecrating 30% of our waters, 30% of our land surface, to nature, because we think wild nature is the best way and most effective way of retaining carbon in a natural balance.We do all these things because they’re right for the world, they’re right for our country – but also because we know that this green industrial revolution will generate as I say hundreds of thousands of high skilled, high paying, good quality jobs for generations to come.And we’re going to help our friends around the world by moving away from supporting drilling and mining for hydrocarbons, but putting £11.6 billion of our overseas aid to support green technology and decarbonisation across the planet.We want to work with all of you on this call, on this conference – let’s do it together. Let’s make it our collective commitment, as Antonio has just said, to get to net zero by 2050.We in the UK, as he says, are going to do our bit, we’re reducing our emissions by 68% at least on 1990 levels over the next decade. And I’m really awed and humbled by the efforts of other countries around the world to set their own targets.And I just want to repeat that key message. We’re doing this not because we are hair shirt-wearing, tree-hugging, mung bean-munching eco freaks – though I’ve got nothing against any of those categories, mung beans are probably delicious. We’re doing it because we know that scientific advances will allow us collectively as humanity to save our planet and create millions of high skilled jobs as we recover from COVID.So thank you all very much for joining this conference, this Ambition Summit, thank you to Secretary General Antonio, thank you to my co-host Emmanuel Macron, who I know shares my keen interest in protecting the ecosystems of our seas and oceans, and I look forward to seeing you all in Glasgow face-to-face next year. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. 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Local firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan

first_imgLocal firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick awarded contract for Perth Cultural Centre masterplanMasterplan to set vision for future opportunities in the precinct Western Australia is one step closer to a revitalised Perth Cultural Centre, with the contract for the masterplan awarded to Perth architectural firm Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick.The masterplan will set out a vision for the future development of the precinct enabling works to be staged over time, consistent with a vision for development and activation of the Perth Cultural Centre.This co-ordinated approach contributes to the delivery of the City Deal and the Cultural Infrastructure Framework.Revitalisation of the precinct will increase tourism and visitation numbers, which supports the diversification of the economy, creates jobs and develops business opportunities.As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:“Revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre is well on its way with improved lighting, landscaping and shaded seating, along with the recent opening of the WA Museum Boola Bardip.“The Perth Cultural Centre is a key part of our cultural infrastructure assets, with the potential to be a central point for local visitors and tourists in our capital city.“The work of the Perth Cultural Centre Taskforce, established by the Government in late 2019 and chaired by John Carey MLA, has been instrumental in getting this important work to this stage.“I would like to thank John and all the members of the taskforce for their efforts and commitment.“The State Government is continuing to develop a vision for a strong and sustainable precinct that creates opportunities for the resident cultural institutions and, in turn, creates positive outcomes for the community of Western Australia.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, community, culture, deal, Economy, future, Government, infrastructure, jobs, Minister, outcomes, Perth, sustainable, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

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Close ‘disgraceful’ Guantánamo camp – UN experts urge incoming US administration

first_imgClose ‘disgraceful’ Guantánamo camp – UN experts urge incoming US administration The United NationsExactly 19 years after the Guantánamo Bay detention centre first opened, UN independent human rights experts on Monday urged the incoming United States administration of Joe Biden, to close the notorious military prison as soon as possible.Citing the rapidly deteriorating health of detainees who remain, along with the mental and physical harm inflicted on them in cruel and inhuman conditions, eight right experts warned that the aging inmates are at increasing risk.“Guantánamo is a place of arbitrariness and abuse, a site where torture and ill-treatment was rampant and remains institutionalized, where the rule of law is effectively suspended, and where justice is denied”, the experts said on the 19th anniversary of its establishment, on 11 January 2002.Moreover, they pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating health vulnerabilities for the increasingly elderly prison population.“The very existence of this facility is a disgrace for the United States and the international community as a whole”, the UN experts said. “Guantánamo should have been closed a long time ago”.Living in ‘legal limbo’ In 2003, the facility held 700 prisoners. Nineteen years later, 40 detainees remain with only nine having been charged with, or convicted, of crimes.UN experts have consistently demanded the dismissal of the Military Commissions and the closing of the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, saying they are incompatible with the US’ obligations under international law.“We must not forget these detainees, who have been subjected to torture or victims of comparable trauma, and still languish in Guantánamo, in a virtual legal limbo, outside the reach of the constitutional judicial system of the United States”, they said.“The prolonged and indefinite detention of individuals, who have not been convicted of any crime by a competent and independent judicial authority operating under due process of law, is arbitrary and constitutes a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or even torture”.Even those cleared remain imprisonedMilitary Commissions are still undergoing pre-trial proceedings on motions to suppress evidence resulting from torture, according to the experts.And as fresh trials are not expected to commence anytime soon, proceedings are likely to last several years, leaving the defendants incarcerated indefinitely.While six of the inmates had long been cleared for transfer and one more recently for release, all remain behind bars. “The Military Commissions violate the requirements of impartiality, independence and non-discrimination and should never have been used in the manner in which they were deployed at Guantánamo”, said the independent experts.“These individuals should receive a fair and public hearing by competent, independent and impartial civilian court previously established by law”, they added.Uphold legal responsibilities The experts said the US must uphold its international legal obligations, conduct prompt and impartial investigations of alleged human rights violations and provide redress and rehabilitation to those who have endured prolonged arbitrary detention or any form of torture or ill-treatment.“With a new administration coming into office in the United States and as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Guantánamo must finally be closed forever”, they spelled out.The Special Rapporteurs appealed to the US authorities to “prosecute, in full compliance with human rights law, the individuals held at Guantánamo Bay or, alternatively, immediately release or repatriate them while respecting the principle of non-refoulement”.About the experts Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. Their positions are honorary and they are not paid for their work.Click here for the names of experts. /UN News Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, community, council, covid-19, detention, Government, Human Rights, mental, military, Prison, prisoners, rule of law, Torture, trauma, U.S., UN, United Stateslast_img read more

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CPVV Partners With Uber to Deliver MPTP… Have They Learned Nothing?

first_imgCPVV Partners With Uber to Deliver MPTP… Have They Learned Nothing? Rod Barton MPCPVV Partners With Uber to Deliver the MPTP… Have They Learned Nothing?Rod Barton MP condemns the Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) for partnering with Uber to deliver the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP).The MPTP assists with the travels needs of people with accessibility and mobility needs by offering subsidised taxi fares. This program is an essential service that exists to ensure that everyone can access safe and efficient transport, especially those most vulnerable.For years, taxis have delivered the MPTP. Undertaking training that allows drivers to transport vulnerable groups. This is a program that has long been built on trust, flexibility and safety.Unfortunately, this program is now under attack. The CPVV is now allowing rideshare company Uber to offer trips under the MPTP. This completely undermines the principles that are the foundation of the MPTP program.We have seen time and time again, that when incidences happen, Uber fails to be a good corporate citizen. During police, investigations Uber have previously refused to supply critical information and demanded Victoria Police serve an international warrant! Yet the CPVV has chosen to let Uber transport Victoria’s most vulnerable.There have to be questions asked about whether this is appropriate. While taxies are required to have camera’s inside the car to ensure safety, Uber is subject to no such regulation. It is also very concerning that those with accessibility and mobility needs will now be subject to Uber’s unregulated surge pricing. A cost that will be worn by consumers and the treasurer. Not only that, but Uber does not even offer Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles.This forces us to ask, what is the solution the CPVV is trying to solve?It is obvious that this partnership between the CPVV and Uber does not serve the interests of Victorians, but rather the business interests of this huge multi-national! How else could you explain the CPVV’s choice to gift the MPTP program to a company with such little care for safety, fairness, and justice when the existing program has been delivering quality services for years.Greater transparency is needed if we are to understand how the CPVV could have come to this decision. Barton calls on the government to immediately release all details of any trials conducted as well as the:– risk assessment;– impact on established operators;– stakeholder assessment; and– economic review.The CPVV’s announcement of the program has been served at the worst time in the history of the taxi and hire car industry.After years of economic devastation that began with the removal of taxi licenses in 2017 and has been compounded by the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the taxi and hire car industry is on its knees.The industry has not recovered. The regulator has provided no clear plan for recovery but has for Uber! This announcement by the CPVV may well be the final blow that will cripple this industry.Thousands of Victorian families in the taxi and hire industry are struggling to put food on the table. For rural and regional taxi families the MPTP can represent up to 50% of their turnover. This is the difference between small communities having a taxi service or not.In this pandemic, one would have thought Minister Carroll would show some compassion for the struggles of these families.Gifting the MPTP to Uber shows just how far removed the CPVV and the Minister are from the real financial suffering experienced by those in the industry. The government just had to put in 22 million dollars to prop up the now limited fleet, now Transport Minister Ben Carroll has approved 50,000 part-timers to service Victoria’s most vulnerable.Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Transport Matters Party Rod Barton MP:“In this time, it is the regulator’s responsibility to see the financial devastation experienced in the taxi and hire car industry and respond with compassion, fairness and transparency. Gifting the MPTP to Uber is nothing short of kicking the industry while it’s already on its knees.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, business, Carroll, corporate, Eastern, Government, industry, Minister, mobility, pandemic, regulation, risk assessment, Transport, Uber, Victoria, Victoria Policelast_img read more

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Working for Parliamentary Counsel Evlogi Kabzamalov

first_imgWorking for Parliamentary Counsel Evlogi Kabzamalov I joined the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel last year, after nearly 10 years of working as a tax lawyer in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. While I greatly valued my time spent in private practice, I had become increasingly drawn to working in the public sector. I wanted to broaden my horizons and use my legal skills to make a tangible difference to society. The job description of Assistant Parliamentary Counsel aligned well with these aspirations. It offered the opportunity to work on a diverse range of important legal issues, which is not possible in the increasingly specialised private sector.In the short time I have been here, I have already worked on several coronavirus measures, on the UK Government’s response to the Grenfell fire and on the renewal of the UK’s armed forces legislation, among other matters. I have had the opportunity to peer into parts of society that I might never otherwise have been exposed to and to learn how they operate. I cannot imagine that many other legal careers would have been able to offer such variety.Drafting legislation can be daunting and difficult. I was struck by how much brainpower was required to draft even a very short provision. I found the process to be far more rigorous than drafting a clause in a commercial contract. However, this makes it all the more rewarding when you finally manage to produce a coherent and water-tight draft. There is something quite satisfying about seeing a provision which you have helped to shape appear on Legislation.gov.ukThe job is not limited to drafting either. You have to become acquainted with the intricacies of parliamentary procedure and learn how to handle a bill through Parliament. This not only requires a sharp legal mind but good project management and people skills. You will have to build relationships with colleagues in the office, instructing government lawyers, the House Authorities and other stakeholders. This all makes for a very interesting and rewarding career.I joined the office at a strange time, just as the pandemic was beginning. I only had a few weeks in the office before we all had to start working from home, but everyone has been very supportive and welcoming. I have been impressed by how well the office has managed the transition. The upside of these turbulent times is that it is definitely an exciting and dynamic time to be working as a drafter. I am very glad to have made the move. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:career, coronavirus, fire, Government, Grenfell, house, legislation, New Zealand, pandemic, parliament, project, Society, UK, UK Government, United Kingdomlast_img read more

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Recognition for Manchester scientists involved in Lighthouse Labs project

first_imgRecognition for Manchester scientists involved in Lighthouse Labs project Staff and students at the University of Manchester have been recognised for their role in helping to establish the Alderley Park Lighthouse Laboratory in Cheshire, a key component of the Government’s COVID-19 testing programme in the battle against Coronavirus.The Alderley Park Lighthouse Lab is one of several government super-labs across the UK, which forms the Lighthouse Lab network: the largest diagnostics network in UK history. At the end of October, the network had the combined capacity to process half a million tests samples each day.The Medicines Discovery Catapult at Alderley Park co-ordinated the build of the national Lighthouse network following a request from the Department for Health to rapidly expand Covid-19 testing, and runs the Cheshire Lighthouse Lab.The Alderley ‘super-lab’, required an army of scientifically-trained volunteers to help increase the UK’s COVID-19 testing capacity when the site was created from scratch in March.Dozens of University of Manchester staff and postgraduate research students across the campus offered up their expertise and services.Nearly a year on, the lab has processed its 7 millionth sample, and following the call for volunteers, has subsequently provided year in industry placements for 14 undergraduate students from the University.Mark Wigglesworth, Site Director at the Alderley Park Lighthouse Lab, paid tribute to the scientists who helped make the Alderley Park facility a reality.Mark said: “We were astounded by the sheer number of volunteers who stepped forward at the start of the year to dedicate their time and energy towards a common goal; how the application of technology and science can contribute towards the eradication of the terrible pandemic we’ve all had to endure this year.“Over 1,000 individuals from all walks of life answered the call and within a few short weeks, we were operational. Following the launch, we’ve had a great deal of these volunteers join the team as full-time staff.“Today, our almost 600 staff members can sample up to 50,000 tests a day, and we’ve just processed our 7 millionth sample. It’s a tremendous figure, but one that would have been impossible were it not for the tenacity and hard working ethos of our volunteers and wider team.”Several University of Manchester placement students, including Iona Glidden, Joseph Turner and Anjali Sivaram, recently gave a presentation about their experiences working with the Alderley Park team throughout the pandemic.Iona commented: “We received a lot of virtual applause from the staff members at the University of Manchester, who found the talk very interesting and informative.”Anjali said: “They were very proud of all their students who are contributing to the national effort against Covid”. And when asked about how they found the work at the Lighthouse, Joe concluded: “it is a privilege to be on the frontline for one the most difficult time periods of our generation.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:coronavirus, diagnostics, director, Discovery, full-time, Government, health, Iona, postgraduate, research, Scientists, students, technology, UK, university, University of Manchesterlast_img read more

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New eCommerce program creates buzz for Queensland exporters

first_imgNew eCommerce program creates buzz for Queensland exporters Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark FurnerQueensland’s native bees are helping a local company take its unique natural products to one of Asia’s largest eCommerce markets.Native Beeings is one of six Queensland companies selected to participate in a new eCommerce pilot run by Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) which helps exporters get direct access to some of Asia’s fastest growing and most sophisticated consumer markets.Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the eCommerce program is helping small businesses like Native Beeings explore their export potential and take advantage of the growth in digital trade that COVID-19 has stimulated.“Starting with Korea, which has the third largest eCommerce market in Asia behind China and Japan, this program helps export-ready Queensland businesses explore new opportunities presented by Asia’s digitally-savvy consumer population,” Mr Furner said.“Korea is in the top five fastest-growing eCommerce markets globally and is worth a whopping $115 billion.“The sophistication and sheer size of these markets offer our exporters some very exciting opportunities to expand overseas, diversify their businesses and plan for the future.“Queensland is known around the world for its clean, green and great-tasting produce, and we are continuing to back our agricultural exporters as they play a key role in Queensland’s Unite and Recover economic recovery plan.“We are building on that reputation and growing our regions to promote our exports to the world.“With programs like this, the Palaszczuk Government is helping our exporters explore the many new export channel options available to them with these booming online marketplaces.”Building on the success of TIQ’s China Digital Commerce Accelerator Program, which culminated with 20 Queensland businesses selling their products direct to Chinese consumers in the lead-up to the massive Lunar New Year sales period, the Korea eCommerce pilot will see exporters list multiple products across Korean eCommerce platforms and sell directly to Korean consumers.Mr Furner said while COVID-19 had disrupted traditional market channels such as food service, the pandemic also provided impetus for Queensland companies to explore the potential eCommerce presents.“Having travelled to Korea myself I’ve seen first-hand how well-regarded Queensland products are and the quality they are known for,” Mr Furner said.“Our exporters need to explore new channels in these highly promising markets. This program offers a way for them to test the market, scale up sustainably and seek out opportunities to grow.”Native Beeings makes a bee propolis product that has benefits for health and skin and is already benefiting Queensland’s natural environment, with its hives now found in native bush areas and farms, reviving the native bee populations and helping with pollination.According to Native Beeings Managing Director Mariki Visser, the pilot is an amazing opportunity for them.“These eCommerce platforms are large and have so much potential. To have someone guiding us on the in-country marketing requirements and holding our hand through the process is just incredible.“Korea is a high-end consumer market and given we’re targeting customers who appreciate high quality and natural ingredients, it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Ms Visser.Expressions of interest are now also being called for Queensland exporters to participate in a Taiwan eCommerce program, which will allow these companies to market their products to millions of users on PCHome24, one of Taiwan’s largest eCommerce platforms.Interested exporters can visit tiq.qld.gov.au to apply for the Taiwan program.Trade and Investment Queensland is the State Government’s dedicated global business agency, with a network of offices around the world and throughout regional Queensland.The successful companies for the Korea program are:Native BeeingsMorlifeEco Modern EssentialsHive and WellnessSummerland CamelsBJP Laboratories /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:accelerator, accelerator program, Agriculture, Asia, Australia, China, chinese, environment, Fisheries, Furner, Government, Japan, Korean, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, Small Business, Taiwanlast_img read more

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Three silks: District Court Judge material

first_imgThree silks: District Court Judge material Three highly experienced NSW barristers have been appointed to the District Court of NSW, including an Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Deputy Senior Public Defender and a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). Attorney General Mark Speakman said the depth and range of experience shared by Andrew Coleman SC, Craig Smith SC and Tanya Smith SC will be great assets to the jurisdiction when they ascend the bench in March.“All three have had impressive legal careers, clocking up more than 80 years collectively in criminal, civil, coronial and tribunal matters, acting in complex trials, appeals and inquests in state and federal jurisdictions,” Mr Speakman said.Andrew Coleman SC has been practising law for 33 years in Australia and England and took silk in NSW in 2010. He specialises in commercial, insurance and sports law. Mr Coleman was appointed as Senior Member (part time) of NCAT in 2014, hearing matters and appeals in the Consumer and Commercial Division, in the Occupational Division and on the Appeal Panel.Craig Smith SC has practised as a barrister for 20 years, predominately in the criminal law. Early in his career he worked at Legal Aid NSW and the Western Aboriginal Legal Service. He took silk in 2014, in the same year becoming Deputy Senior Public Defender. Mr Smith has appeared in trials in the District Court and the Supreme Court and in appeals in the Court of Criminal Appeal.Tanya Smith SC has worked for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for 23 years, most recently as Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2019.Mr Smith will be sworn in on Monday, 8 March, Mr Coleman on Monday, 15 March and Ms Smith on Monday, 29 March.The new judges will replace retired judges Michael Bozic, Anthony Blackmore and Laura Wells.Download media release: Three silks: District Court Judge material PDF, 173.47 KB /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, attorney-general, Australia, career, court, Criminal, Department of Communities and Justice, director, Download, Government, insurance, Laura, law, Media, NSW, Silk, sports, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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