Tlicho government takes Ottawa to court in battle over consultation natural resources

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories sits on one of the largest untapped oil and gas reserves in the world and getting at those resources has never been easier thanks to new legislation passed by Ottawa.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, at least one Indigenous government isn’t pleaed with the new policies and they are going to court to try and stop them.last_img

Cyber security program being offered after Ransomware issues

Information Technology Services will offer a cyber security awareness program for faculty, staff and students this fall.The program will inform the Brock community about the risks of being connected and teach safe practices to keep all of our systems and data as safe as possible after a nasty threat that resurfaced across the Internet this past week called Ransomware.Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on an infected computer, including shared drives, and demands payment to decrypt them. There is no known way to decrypt these files once they are encrypted except to make the payment, which Brock University is strongly against.This type of infection is very disruptive and in some cases results in loss of data if backups are not being performed on a daily basis by the end user.??Ransomware is typically spread through email attachments, but can also be spread by visiting a malicious or hacked website that will try to exploit outdated browser plugins.The best way to avoid infection is to not open any attachments in emails from?unknown sources. Also avoid attachments from known sources that seem suspicious?and be careful of the websites visited.Keeping your systems up to date with security patches and staying current with your antivirus/malware protection software will also help protect your systems and data.If you suspect that your computer has been infected please turn the? computer off immediately and call the ITS Help Desk at ext. 4357.Recovering from a Ransomware infection depends on how quickly the infection is detected, how promptly the computer is powered off and whether a backup of your data is being done on a regular schedule.For more information on backing up your data please contact the ITS Help Desk.Information the Brock University cyber security awareness program will be posted as it becomes available. read more

Last friendly matches in London Easy wins for Sweden and Serbia –

← Previous Story Novak Djokovic enjoys Olympic atmosphere with handball stars! Next Story → Andrea Lekic about Women’s Tournament: “Norway is the first favourite for gold” In the three friendly matches which have been played in “Copper Box Arena” in London, Serbia, Sweden and Croatia win.SWEDEN – KOREA 28:20 (18:9)SERBIA – GREAT BRITAIN 41:18 (19:7)CROATIA – ICELAND 25:23 Copper Box ArenaHandball arena in LondonLondon handball

England rugby coach Jones wonders if Scotland can back up big talk

first_img 23,859 Views Monday 27 Feb 2017, 3:00 PM https://the42.ie/3261157 By AFP Android Short URL England rugby coach Jones wonders if Scotland can back up ‘big talk’ The Calcutta Cup will be a clash of egos in a fortnight’s time. Share Tweet Email ‘Expectations’“We’re looking forward to Scotland coming down,” said Jones ahead of the Triple Crown decider.“They’re talking big already, they’re on a roll, they’re confident, but they’ve got to carry round the expectations now for the whole Scotland nation for the next two weeks before they come down and play us,” the Australian added.For all the frustration he felt with Italy’s approach on Sunday, Jones — yet to lose a match as England coach after he was appointed following the team’s first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup — had no complaints about his side’s position.“If you said where we wanted to be at the end of three rounds (of the Six Nations), we’re exactly there.“Six tries, three wins, a bonus point. Mate, we’re flying.”Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO ENGLAND HEAD COACH Eddie Jones tried to get an early blow in against Scotland by questioning whether they could back up “their big talk” in next month’s Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.Jones’ men remained on course for a second successive Grand Slam with a 36-15 win over Italy at Twickenham yesterday, after eventually overcoming the Azzurri’s spoiling tactics of refusing to commit to rucks.Victory over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup clash on 11 March would see Six Nations leaders England equal world champions New Zealand’s all-time record of 18 successive wins by a leading rugby union nation. Source: James Crombie/INPHOScotland, however, are on a roll after beating Wales 29-13 at Murrayfield on Saturday and can complete a Triple Crown by causing an upset at Twickenham.“We believe we can beat England if we play like we did in the second half,” said Scotland captain John Barclay after his side scored 20 unanswered points against Wales at Murrayfield.But the fact remains that Scotland have not beaten England at Twickenham since 1983. Feb 27th 2017, 3:00 PM Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 20 Comments ‘Some of the chat is just ridiculous. It affects the players’O’Shea delighted by England’s eventual show of respect as Italy refuse to be taken to the cleaners iTunes Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Woman arrested over gruesome machete murder of Mikolaj Wilk in Ballincollig

first_imgWoman arrested over gruesome machete murder of Mikolaj Wilk in Ballincollig The Cork resident was brutally assaulted on 10 June 2018. Mikolaj Wilk with his wife Elzbieta Short URL Friday 12 Apr 2019, 4:56 PM 13 Comments By Hayley Halpin 28,221 Views https://jrnl.ie/4589633 Share80 Tweet Email A WOMAN IN her 30s has been arrested by gardaí investigating the murder of Mikolaj Wilk last year. She is the fifth person to be arrested in connection with the brutal killing on 10 June 2018.  The woman was arrested today and is currently being detained at Gurranabraher Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. A man in his 30s was arrested earlier this week and taken to Togher Garda Station. He remains in custody under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. The three men previously arrested were released without charge and a file prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. On 10 June 2018, four men kicked down 35-year-old Wilk’s front door in Ballincollig and subjected him to a brutal 10-minute assault with what gardaí believe was a machete. His family, including his two children, were in the house at the time.His wife Elzbieta suffered serious slash wounds to her arms and hands as she tried to fend off the attackers. The killing of Wilk, a father-of-two and landscape gardener originally from Poland, sent shockwaves through the local community. Previously, gardaí confirmed they were liaising with Latvian, Polish and Lithuanian police in their attempts to trace those responsible for his death. Mikolaj Wilk with his wife Elzbieta Apr 12th 2019, 4:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ontario Police Are Using SMS Spam To Locate Murder Witnesses

first_imgWhat do you do when you’ve been trying to solve a murder for nearly a year and you’re out of leads? Sending 7,500 text messages to potential witnesses is one option.That’s what the Ontario Provincial Police are doing in an attempt to bring Frederick John Hatch’s killer to justice. 10 months ago, Hatch was murdered outside of Erin, Ontario, a town of about 11,000 residents that’s 50 miles northwest of Toronto.Despite offering a $50,000CAD reward, they’ve yet to receive any tips about the case. They even turned one of their vans into a rolling billboard, but the Crimestoppers phones remained silent. This week, they turned to a sort of modern take on the dragnet: a tower dump.What’s a tower dump? You’ve probably guessed that it involves cell towers. The “dump” part comes when police obtain a court order that compels carriers to provide the cell numbers of anyone who was near the scene of the crime.They do what they can to respect privacy. A previous request in Canada asking to dump nearly 100,000 numbers was denied by Justice John Sproat, who ruled it to be unconstitutional. Sproat laid out some pretty clear advice as to how tower dumps could be used in the future, and the OPP and RCMP agreed to follow them.Police are hopeful that people won’t see the texts as an intrusion. In the Hatch case, at least they’re being sent with the best of intentions: to get a killer off the streets. Privacy advocates don’t have a problem with it this time, but they do have very serious concerns about overreach in future cases… and it’s not hard to see why.last_img read more

Public meetings for the week of Nov 19

first_imgMondayClark County council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 1 p.m., special meeting: approval of a final settlement agreement in pending litigation and budget authorization relating to payment of costs.Vancouver City Council, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 4 to 6 p.m., workshops: agenda includes an overview of Greater Portland Pulse, the 2018 state legislative agenda and an agreement for the Vancouvercenter project.• 7 p.m.: regular meeting: agenda includes several public hearings including two right-of-way vacations, a surplus of public utility property and a continuation of a moratorium on Tower Mall development.Camas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.• 4:30 p.m., workshop: Crown Park pool assessment and master plan, Heritage Trail trailhead parking alternative plan, bicycle helmet ordinance, addressing animal noise, snow and ice policy update and snow plow and anti-icing routes map revision, City Hall roof replacement, North Shore sewer transmission system construction update.• 7 p.m., public hearing: Northeast Adams Street community development block grant proposed application.Battle Ground City Council, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St., Battle Ground.• 6 p.m., workshop: sewer rate study.• 7 p.m., public hearings: property tax levy, mid-biennial budget review and amendments, fire capital facilities plan, transportation system plan amendment, public records.Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland.• 6 p.m., regular meeting: board officers appointments, Friends Memorandum of Understanding Amendment.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave., Woodland.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: property tax levy, water rates, sewer rates, 2018 final budget, interfund loan from capital reserve to sidewalk project.Yacolt Town Council, Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: historic preservation, Battle Ground Public Schools bond, finance committee rotation, appoint new mayor pro-tem.TuesdayClark Regional Wastewater District, Board meeting room, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court, Vancouver.• 7 a.m., Regular Meeting, agenda at www.crwwd.com.Clark Public Utilities, Operations Center, education center, 8600 N.E. 117th Ave. Vancouver.• 9 a.m., regular meeting.Skamania County commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.• 9:30 a.m. regular meeting.• 5:30 p.m. public hearing: 2018 preliminary budget.Clark County Civil Service Commission, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Conference Room 511, Vancouver.• 3 p.m., meeting: background investigations, review and certify eligibility list, recruitment update.Port of Camas-Washougal, 24 S. A St., Washougal.• 4 p.m., executive session.• 5 p.m., regular meeting.C-Tran, C-Tran Administration Offices, Conference Rooms A/B 2425 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.• 5:30 p.m., regular meeting.last_img read more

Fitch gives TCI AA rating SP results still to come

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jun 2015 – Standard and Poor’s ratings are likely due in soon for the Turks and Caicos; this is the group which last year gave the TCI a BBB+ rating, which ranks as a leader in the region. But ahead of that information coming, a published report from Fitch says it has affirmed the “UK Government Guaranteed Turks and Caicos Islands’ USD170m 3.20% notes at ‘AA+’. This is an extremely positive prognosis as the country next year seeks to refinance that UK guaranteed loan and in recent weeks welcomed in a team from the S&P to give a 2015 assessment of the islands fiscal performance. All indicators are that the Turks and Caicos will get a good re-finance deal next year; better repayment terms and that will mean less strain on TCIG to repay the monies which were borrowed to manage government expenditure and to pay off a colossal debt said to be created and left behind after the Mike Misick led PNP Administration. Related Items:a++ rating, fitch, s&Plast_img read more

Modi promises inclusive India

first_imgIndia`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland during a thanksgiving ceremony by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to its allies at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, on 21 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a huge election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of pursuing business-friendly policies and a hard line on national security.Official data from India’s Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 298 of the 542 seats available, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament.That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.”Together we will build a strong and inclusive India,” Modi said on Twitter on Thursday. “India wins yet again!”Modi’s victory boosted financial markets as investors expect his government will continue to pursue economic reforms. He will be under pressure to create employment for the tens of millions of young people coming on to the jobs market in the next few years and to boost depressed farm incomes.”The immediate challenges are to address employment, the issue of agricultural income and revive the banking sector,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at Care Ratings in Mumbai.But making good on his promise to unite the country will be difficult as the BJP campaign was often divisive, prompting the minority Muslim community to express fears that they were being treated as second-class citizens.His pledge to take a strong stand against the separatist movement in Muslim-majority Kashmir has also added to tensions with nuclear arch rival Pakistan.Members of his party now want him to take a harder line on national security, as well as build a controversial temple on the site of a mosque that was demolished by a Hindu mob in Ayodhya in 1992.”I want Modi to finish terrorism from Kashmir (and) make Pakistan bite the dust again and again,” Shekhar Chahal, a BJP worker from New Delhi said on Thursday. “I am confident that Modi will also make the temple in Ayodhya.”Celebrations BeginAt BJP headquarters in New Delhi, party workers set off firecrackers and began decorating the building with floral decorations ahead of an expected victory party.”It’s a stamp of approval by voters on the honest and decisive leadership of Prime Minister Modi,” said Nalin S Kohli, a BJP spokesman.Congress leaders were sombre.”Why despite a weak economy people preferred the BJP is something we have to understand,” said Salman Soz, a party spokesman.”People have given them a second chance. I hope they use it well.”The NDA’s predicted margin of victory, at 348 seats to 85 for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, according to TV channel NDTV, is much larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.Final results are due by Thursday evening.Security SwingModi was under pressure when he began campaigning, losing three state elections in December amid rising anger over farm prices and unemployment.However, campaigning shifted towards India’s relationship with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan after a suicide car bomb killed 40 Indian police in the contested Kashmir region in February, to the benefit of the right-wing BJP, analysts said.Long-time foe Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India, but in a possible warning, it announced that it has conducted a training launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which it said is capable of delivering conventional and nuclear weapons at a range of up to 1,500 miles.The BJP has also capitalised on the star power of Modi, a frenetic campaigner, as well as superior financial resources.It outspent Congress by six times on Facebook and Google advertising, data showed, and by as much as 20 times overall, sources told Reuters this month.The poor showing from Congress, that was ahead in just 52 seats, will lead to questions over the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty whose father, grandmother and great grandfather all served as prime minister.Gandhi, who is expected to address media at 4:00pm (1030 GMT), trailed the BJP candidate in the Amethi constituency that his family has held almost continuously for the last four decades.”The Congress party has not been able to improve at all,” said Rahul Verma, a fellow at the centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.”One big story is the emerging challenge for the Congress to remain a national alternative to the BJP. That now is under question.”Battle Of BengalThe BJP performed strongly in several states where it has previously struggled, including in West Bengal, where it targeted the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party in campaigning that often turned violent.The BJP was leading in 17 of 42 seats in the state, which sends the third largest number of lawmakers to parliament, significantly better than the two it won in 2014, Election Commission data showed.”The party is heading for a stunning victory in West Bengal,” said Jayprakash Majumdar, a BJP vice president in the state.Indian stocks surged to historic highs as Modi headed for victory. The broad Nifty index rose as much as 2 per cent, continuing a strong run after exit polls showing a Modi victory were released on Sunday.”For global investors, political stability and continuity is an important factor while taking a view on investing in any country,” said R Sivakumar, head of fixed income at Axis Mutual Fund in Mumbai. “This will keep India on the radar of global equity investors.”last_img

Get louder

first_imgBacardi and Only Much Louder bring you the fourth edition of the festival featuring more than 200 bands across six stages. All set to take over the Capital on 30 Nov and 1 Dec, Millennium Post talks to Nischay Parekh and Prateek Kuhad who will be a part of the madness…NISCHAY PAREKH: How did your journey with music begin?My first ever brush with music was my mother’s cassette collection. I had the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye and my world was changed forever, I just didn’t know it yet. I started playing and writing songs at 11. Once the songs started coming, I knew that this is what I had to do with my life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your album, Ocean.Ocean is an experimental pop album filled with playful orchestration and cinematic moments. In terms of sound it’s very lush and I’m very proud of the production. The songs themselves are about relationships, longing and other very universal themes. However, I enjoy making these larger than life themes very intimate, that’s why you’ll find pandas, ghosts and secrets in my Ocean.Your most memorable gig?The Pune edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender a few weeks ago. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCould you give us a little insight of your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender?The live experience at the Bacardi NH7 Weekenders will be intimate, interactive and full of colour. We have a surprise in store for the audience as well. Our mission is to create a very special experience for everyone. Immersing people into the story that music is telling is of prime importance. Bring your imagination.What is your take on Bacardi NH7 Weekender shaping music in India? Bacardi NH7 Weekender just injects the Indian scene with huge amounts of positive energy. It creates a vibe like no other.Besides music, tell us something more about Nischay Parekh?I love television, food and reading. Outside of music I’m a pretty ordinary guy.PRATEEK KUHAD: Which bands/musicians have been the biggest influences on your music?Musically, especially my guitar playing is influenced a lot by Nick Drake, John Mayer, Elliot Smith and The Tallest Man On Earth. What I love about all these artists is their incredible ability to write the most amazing songs, both musically and lyrically. I aspire to do the same.What can we expect from your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi?I’m playing at all four editions of Bacardi NH7 Weekender (Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata), so there’s a lot to be brought to the table. You’ll just have to come to the gigs and find out for yourself!last_img read more

KMCs Central Store to repair condemned vehicles machinery

first_imgKolkata: The Central Store of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been given the additional responsibility of repairing condemned vehicles or machines that were once used by various departments of the civic body. Mayor Firhad Hakim has recently handed over this responsibility to the Central Store with the Entally workshop unable to meet deadlines because of small number of employees who are unable to take up such repair works. The Central Store is involved in the purchase of equipment needed by various departments from time to time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe defunct machines or vehicles like handcarts are dumped in the “condemned store”. Recently, employees at the Central Store have used parts of such discarded handcarts to come up with five new ones. Such handcarts are used by the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC. “These vehicles will be soon handed over to Entally workshop for use. We are also floating tender for manufacturing more such handcarts from those abandoned defunct vehicles,” a senior KMC official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that after taking over as Mayor, Hakim had initially kept the charge of Central Store with him but later due to work pressure, he handed over its charge to Member Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. It was Singh who obtained the nod of the Mayor in taking up repair of the condemned articles in the Central Store. The Central Store has also put into use five fire extinguishers out of 250 that were lying abandoned in the KMC’s condemned store. Tenders will be floated for refilling of the rest of the fire extinguishers. In fact, the KMC has planned that the vehicles on wheels that will be handed over to the affected garment traders in Gariahat will also be made by the Store employees. The Central Store has also restored a battery-operated cart for waste disposal out of a good number of such vehicles that were lying defunct at the condemned store. “If this job is carried out with seriousness then the KMC will be able to save its expenditure to a reasonable extent,” the official said. It has been decided that 16 CCTV cameras will be installed in the Store for security of the various equipment. The condemned store will also have CCTVs. The surveillance infrastructure will be linked with the room of Singh as well as the manager of the Central Store. The KMC also has plans of setting up a modern laboratory at the Store for assessing the quality of new equipment that are purchased.last_img read more

Chrome 70 features option to restrict extension access

first_imgChrome 70 features option to restrict extension access by Martin Brinkmann on October 01, 2018 in Google Chrome – Last Update: October 01, 2018 – 8 commentsExtensions can be really useful for a huge number of things. From blocking unwanted content to changing websites, improving the usability of the browser or improving your shopping experience.Chrome extensions are limited in what they are allowed to do. Chrome supports a permission system that requires that extensions request certain permissions, e.g. access to data on all sites, and that users need to grant extensions the requested permissions.Criminals and some extension developers have found loopholes in the automated system that Google uses to vet extensions. Security firms identified malicious or privacy invading extensions in the Chrome Web Store multiple times in 2018 alone.If you installed extensions in Chrome before, you may have encountered extensions that request wide-reaching permissions (access data on all sites) even though they are supposed to run only on some or a single site. Not all extensions that do request this permission are malicious but some are that or at least problematic from a privacy point of view.While users can verify extensions for Chrome before they install them to make sure they are legitimate, it is just a minority that does so as it requires knowledge of JavaScript and how Chrome extensions work.Google revealed plans today to improve the situation with the release of Chrome 70 in mid-October 2018.User control over sites extensions may run onGoogle plans to give Chrome users control over the hosts that extensions may access. Currently, if an extension has permissions to change data on all websites it may do so and the user can’t do anything about it at that point other than remove it again from Chrome.Starting with Chrome 70, Chrome users may restrict host access of extensions in the following ways:Restrict access to specific sites, e.g. ghacks.net only.Enable click to activate for all sites.A right-click on any installed extension displays the new “this can read and change site data” item in the menu. When you hover the mouse cursor over it you get the options to restrict access of that extension.You may also manage on which site extensions run on chrome://extensions when you click on the details button of an installed extension.The new “Allow this extension to read and change all your data on websites you visit” menu provides options to limit the extension to “on-click” or “on specific sites”.The selection of “on specific sites” displays the list of sites the extension is allowed to run on. You can add multiple sites to the list which act as a whitelist in that case then. The extension’s access to the site is blocked if it is not on that list.Note that the new functionality becomes available after you install an extension. Chrome extension installations from the Chrome Web Store don’t display options to limit site access of an extension that is about to be installed at this time.It is possible that Google will change that going forward or integrate an option in Chrome to set a different default for extensions that request access to all sites.For now, it is only possible to change site access permissions after installation.Chrome highlights extension icons that want access to a site but don’t have that access due to access restrictions.A click on the extension icon displays “reload page to use this extension”.The extension is granted access to the page then and you may use its functionality on the page afterward.The selected extension gets rights to access the selected page only if you activate it but not on any other page if it is set to activate on click only.If you want an extension to run on all pages of a site select the “on site” option instead.Closing WordsChrome users will get better extension control in Chrome 70. It is then possible to restrict extensions to run only on a small set of sites or activate only when they are clicked on. The default, access granted everywhere, seems to remain the same though.I see the new options as a tool for advanced users who want to limit extensions that they install. It is certainly the right move for certain kinds of extensions. A video or image download should only run when you need it and not whenever you load a site in the browser.I can’t really see this become very popular with new or inexperienced users, though. It would be great if Google would add an option to set a default for new extensions.Chrome users who run version 70 already can enable the feature right now by setting chrome://flags/#extension-active-script-permission to enabled.I’d love to see this implemented by other browser makers as well.Now You: What is your take on the announcement?Tip: Check out our lists of best Chrome extensions and best Firefox add-ons.SummaryArticle NameChrome 70 features option to restrict extension accessDescriptionGoogle plans to give Chrome users control over the hosts that extensions may access when it releases Google Chrome 70 in mid-October 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Report calls for travel levy to fund travellers in strife

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) came to the aid of 14,574 Australians overseas last year, but budget cuts and unrealistic expectations are challenging the department’s continued service, a report has revealed.According to the department’s annual report, DFAT has some 1,500 consular cases running at any one time in the context “of a widening gap between the expectations and reality of what government can and can’t do for Australians abroad”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. To offset the soaring costs of helping those who get into strife overseas, travellers could be forced to pay a travel levy for foreign trips and higher fees for passports if recommendations from a joint standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and trade report are taken up by the government.The report found Australia’s diplomats are “chronically underfunded” as the burden of consular support for the thousands of Australians in trouble overseas grows.To offset the soaring costs of helping those who get into strife overseas, travellers could be forced to pay a travel levy for foreign trips and higher fees for passports under a new plan by the government.The report suggests a tiered levy that will take into account those people who take out travel insurance and those who are unable to or fail to obtain travel insuranceIn 2011-12, officials had helped 14,574 Australian travellers who ran into trouble overseas, including giving 365 travellers $218,470 in emergency loans.On top of this, 14,500 Australians were helped when in difficulty, such as those who were arrested overseas, and more than 200,000 Australians needed some form of minor consular help, such as for lost passports. Expectations are high for Aussie travellers seeking help from the government when abroadlast_img read more

Northern Australia tourism businesses given new edge

first_imgGlen Helen Gorge Northern Territory. By Toby Hudson, via Wikimedia CommonsThe Australian Government is unlocking the vast potential of northern Australia small and medium tourism businesses with a new team of experts deployed to provide one-on-one business advice.This AU$13.6 million Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is one of a suite of new programmes announced in response to Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.The initiative will combine the Entrepreneurs’ Programme with the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Programme to meet the needs of tourism businesses in northern Australia.This team of five expert Entrepreneurs’ Programme Business Advisers and Facilitators have an understanding of the challenges tourism businesses in the north face and will provide businesses with the right tools and advice to overcome these challenges.Tourism businesses in northern Australia with a turnover or operating expenditure of AU$750,000 or more will have access to the new dedicated team.“The north has untapped potential, abundant natural beauty and talented people,” Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said.“It is also close to key trading markets in Asia. More business, trade and investment in the north helps all Australians through economic growth, more jobs, higher incomes and better living standards.”“The Government is committed to seeing northern Australia reach its full economic potential. This initiative furthers this pursuit by helping northern tourism businesses to market themselves to the world and to give them a competitive edge,” Minister for Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg said.Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the successful ASBAS programme would also be extended and tailored for small tourism businesses in northern Australia.“Australia’s two million small businesses employ over 4.5 million people and deliver $340 billion for our economy every year,” Minister O’Dwyer said. In Northern Australia alone, there are around 100,000 small businesses.“This initiative will support small tourism businesses to lead the economic charge in northern Australia.”Established not-for-profit small business advisory services can now apply for funding through the ASBAS programme to increase their capacity to provide low cost advice to tourism small businesses in northern Australia.Small businesses can expect to be able to receive this tailored assistance from ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative providers from mid-2016.“Tourism is one of five key sectors that will provide economic growth into the future – this initiative will help businesses in the north capitalise on that growth,” Minister for Tourism Senator Richard Colbeck said.“It will encourage more tourists to visit our spectacular rural and regional areas which will bring widespread benefits to local communities, including jobs.”“I am particularly eager to see growth in indigenous tourism – to support genuine employment while retaining connection to country. We are seeing a surge in demand for indigenous tourism experiences from our high value tourism markets.” Developing northern AustraliaSource = Australian Governmentlast_img read more

Super Bowl Live concert series will include Prince

first_imgSuper Bowl Live concert series will include Prince tribute by The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2017 12:27 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MINNEAPOLIS – A series of free, outdoor concerts during the 10-days leading up to the Super Bowl will include a Prince tribute and plenty of Minnesota flavour.Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis announced their concert lineup for Super Bowl Live on Friday.The festival will include a “Prince night,” during which Sheila E., the Revolution and Morris Day & the Time will pay tribute to the Purple One.The New Power Generation will also perform during the festival, as well as other Twin Cities favourites, including Soul Asylum, the Suburbs, Bob Mould, Mint Condition, and more.Jimmy “Jam” Harris says the concert series is an opportunity to showcase Minnesota music for a worldwide audience.One non-local act will be Idina Menzel. She’ll open the series by singing a hit from the Disney movie “Frozen.”last_img read more

Government satisfied with securitygenerals report Updated

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades had not set preconditions for the resumption of talks as certain people had suggested, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Saturday, a day after it emerged that the UN would be dispatching a senior official to test the waters for resuming reunification talks.Responding to the release of an advanced copy of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ report, Prodromou noted the fact that he was interested in continuing the negotiation and intended to appoint an envoy to sound out the two sides.Anstasiades, the spokesman said “was not setting preconditions as certain people had suggested; he meant exactly what the SG is proposing now, that is, an adviser to test the waters, to determine if readiness really exists.“We hope the Turkish side will also display readiness since, as it is known, so far there was no positive response from Anakara to appoint an SG adviser,” Prodromou said. “In any case, our side, the president, is ready.”“I believe there is still scope for the sides to act responsibly and decisively in order to chart a common way forward for the island,” Guterres said in his report.“In the coming period, I intend to send a senior UN official to conduct in-depth consultations with the parties. The consultations will provide a more formal, structured, and detailed channel for the parties to convey to the UN the outcomes of their reflection since Crans-Montana and to help determine whether conditions have or have not matured at this stage for a meaningful process. I encourage the parties to recognise the importance of this exercise and to seize the opportunity accordingly.”He said that should the sides jointly decide to resume talks, the six-point framework that he had introduced in Crans-Montana on June 30, 2017 could form the basis for negotiations aimed at reaching a strategic agreement and paving the way for the comprehensive settlement.The framework contained elements related to territory, political equality, property, equivalent treatment, and security and guarantees and became the focus of a debate in the Greek Cypriot side after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci announced in April this year that he accepted it the way it was submitted.The secretary-general’s statement in his report that his June 30 framework could form the basis of negotiations is significant because of the government’s response to Akinci’s invitation to resume talks based on the framework.Anastasiades issued a written statement on May 2, in which he replied that if Akinci accepted the Guterres’ framework, “as it was presented to the sides on July 4, this is a positive development”.However the July 4 document was not the Guterres framework but rather the Greek Cypriot’s interpretation of it, following clarifications from former special envoy Espen Barth Eide.Prodromou said the secretary-general’s report proved there was interest and the Greek Cypriot side was satisfied because “reference is made to the Guterres framework, which, beyond dates, discussions, it clearly includes six parameters, among which the two that are essential to us, abolition of guarantees and Turkey’s rights of intervention, and withdrawal of the occupying army.”  You May LikeBusiness+15 JOBS WE’RE ABOUT TO LOSE THANKS TO COMPUTERSBusiness+UndoWomenReality6 Tasty Foods That Help You Grow Hair Much FasterWomenRealityUndoZimbioWhat You Need To Know About Every Movie Coming To Theaters This SummerZimbioUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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