Falling debris from Gastineau Apartments closes Pocket Park, demolition scheduled for November

first_imgJuneau | Public SafetyFalling debris from Gastineau Apartments closes Pocket Park, demolition scheduled for NovemberJuly 13, 2015 by Lisa Phu Share:Tourists stand in front of the closed Gunakadeit Park, also known as Pocket Park, on Monday. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The burnt out Gastineau Apartments will finally be demolished by the end of November, according to Juneau’s city attorney. In the meantime, the city says the downtown buildings are a public safety concern. It’s temporarily closed the neighboring park due to falling debris.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/07/14CLOSEDPARK.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The city closed Pocket Park at the end of last week.“One of our workers was in there the other day and noticed some broken glass in the fountain area,” says Colby Shibler, park maintenance supervisor for Parks and Recreation, “and realized that it wasn’t a broken bottle and then looked up and noticed a bunch of the windows were broken out in the building there and realized that the glass was probably falling out of the window or had been broken out from the inside, it looked like, and was concerned about glass falling on people in the park.”Dave Lane admits people have trespassed into the apartments in the past, but now he says the buildings are more secure. Lane does construction for the owners of Gastineau Apartments, James and Kathleen Barrett.“We as of late, and that being the past 8 months, 9 months, have been patrolling more. Almost every evening, we come through and we make sure there’s no one in here at that time. We made sure everything is secure to the best of our abilities,” Lane says.Gastineau Apartments still have unboarded, broken windows. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)City building official Charlie Ford says the Barretts are being negligent with security.“I had been working with Mr. Barrett to try and keep the building secured and all of a sudden, I noticed a side door was open and there was a ladder leaning up against the Rawn Way side of the building that was obviously used for access to get into the upper floors,” Ford says.Ford sent a letter to the Barretts Monday asking them to board up more windows and clean up the remaining glass shards. He says if they don’t care of it, the city will.Gastineau Apartments have been uninhabitable since a November 2012 fire. The city declared the buildings a public nuisance soon after. The Barretts have repeatedly missed deadlines for repairs or demolition. Part of the building caught on fire again in March.The Barretts had until June 19 to turn in paperwork and plans for demolishing the buildings. When they failed to do that, the city sent a letter a week later stating that it would demolish them on its own. At the end of June, the Assembly appropriated $1.8 million to do that.James Barrett says that’s hindered his own plans to sell or demolish the buildings. He says he’s talked to more than 30 companies.“It’s just put me at a standstill when we thought we were moving forward. I’m going to see where the other contractors who are bidding are going to end up. That’s about all I can do at this point,” Barrett says.Barrett says he’s seriously considering suing the city.Share this story:last_img read more

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Swastika appears on South Tongass Highway, Ketchikan’s second incident of racist vandalism in less than a week

first_imgCommunity | Crime & Courts | SoutheastSwastika appears on South Tongass Highway, Ketchikan’s second incident of racist vandalism in less than a weekApril 15, 2021 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:A section of South Tongass Highway near the location where the swastika was painted is shown on Wednesday. (Eric Stone/KRBD)A second spate of racist vandalism in less than a week has appeared in the Ketchikan area. An 11-foot-wide swastika and other hateful symbols were painted Wednesday along a main road just south of town.A green-and-white swastika drawn across the southbound lane of the South Tongass Highway appeared Wednesday morning. The spray-painted anti-Semitic and white supremacist symbol drew widespread condemnation from community members.Hannah Bayles was sitting on Rotary Beach with a friend, just up the road. She said it’s distressing.“It feels like a space has been created where people feel comfortable doing that without fully understanding the impact that it has on our community members,” Bayles said.She said more people in the community need to better appreciate the power of symbols.“I think when we’re comfortable with people driving around town with their Confederate flags, or hanging their Confederate flags inside of their businesses that are inside the Plaza (Mall), it’s not a big leap to see swastikas spray painted on the sidewalk,” she said.One passerby who said she’s of Jewish descent called the vandalism disgusting and hurtful. She didn’t want to be identified out of fear of being targeted by white supremacists.A local LGBTQ group condemned the vandalism and imagery. Ketchikan Pride Alliance’s Ryan McHale said the community needs to have a serious conversation about its values.“Because if we want community members to feel like they can be safe here, especially our Jewish community members, our Black community members, or queer, LGBTQ+ community members, how can they feel safe if they’re seeing swastikas and racist epithets on walkways and roads?” he said.The first vandalism appeared over the weekend on a trail and skatepark near Schoenbar Middle School, but the latest outbreak was south of city limits. Ketchikan police say they’re still investigating the first incident, but the latest vandalism is out of their jurisdiction.An Anchorage-based Alaska State Troopers spokesperson confirmed that they’re investigating.“At this time troopers have no suspects or leads,” spokesperson Austin McDaniel said in an email Wednesday. “We have informed Ketchikan Police Department and are investigating any ties between the recent two instances of vandalism. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan at (907) 225-5118.”Ketchikan police have also yet to publicly identify any suspects. Lt. Andy Berntson said the vandalism near the middle school included a social media handle that was misspelled.“Well, usually if you’re looking at people that are identifying themselves or signing their handiwork, they generally spell their own name correct,” Berntson said. “So, I think we feel pretty good thinking that that person is not a suspect.”Officials with the state Department of Transportation, which maintains South Tongass Highway, say they plan to use pressure washers on Thursday to remove the paint from the roadway.Police Lt. Berntson said his department is taking its investigation seriously.“We can’t have this stuff become commonplace. It’s not okay. And so certainly when you add in the content of it, it’s juvenile, it’s all about hate, and it’s just got no place in our town — or any town — but it certainly doesn’t belong here,” he said.Anyone with information about either incident can call Ketchikan police’s anonymous tip line at 225-CLUE.Share this story:last_img read more

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Voters don’t like ‘Big Pharma.’ But they could soon elect a Senate that includes two pharma lobbyists and a CEO

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? What is it? Voters don’t like ‘Big Pharma.’ But they could soon elect a Senate that includes two pharma lobbyists and a CEO Log In | Learn More Tags Congressdrug pricinggovernment agenciespolicyWhite House WASHINGTON — In the past year alone, President Trump has bellyached about drug makers charging “rip-off” prices, numerous Democrats have accused the pharmaceutical industry of pure greed, and polls have shown that voters believe lowering the cost of prescription medicines should be among government’s top priorities.But if Republicans prevail in just two nailbiter races on Tuesday, the Senate’s ranks would suddenly include two former drug industry lobbyists and even a pharma CEO. About the Author Reprints [email protected] Politics center_img Republican senatorial candidate Bob Hugin Seth Wenig/AP Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Lev Facher @levfacher Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Lev Facher Nov. 2, 2018 Reprintslast_img read more

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In Pictures: Music Generation Laois hosts Trad Summer School

first_img WhatsApp GAA By Gavin Cooper – 27th July 2019 Facebook GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Community In Pictures: Music Generation Laois hosts Trad Summer School NewsCommunity Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSMusic Generation Laois 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Twittercenter_img In Pictures: Music Generation Laois hosts Trad Summer School Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Previous articleCouncillor Aisling Moran makes it a clean sweep at her first municipal district meetingNext articleRemember the Game: Laois U14 camogie finish Leinster final all-square with Offaly in 2004 Gavin Cooper WhatsApp The participants had great fun interacting with fellow musicians and it was a great three days.MOXIE, an Irish traditional band, took to the stage at the Courtyard Venue to give participants a concert on the second day of the summer school.The student’s also performed their own concert on the final day of the summer school.Photographer Denis Byrne was on hand to capture the action as it happened.Check them out below:Sean O’Riada Gold Medal Winner Sean Gavin from Chicago performing at the Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School Photo: Denis ByrneAoibheann Lynch, Aine Fitzpatrick, Dearbhla Lynch and Tommy Cunningham Photo: Denis ByrneAoibheann Ni Fhaolain, Sarah Cunningham and Orla Ging Photo Denis ByrneOlivia Penfold, Tara Lowry, Mary Jo Flaherty, Niamh Kelly and Tara Kelly Photo: Denis ByrneFionan McGabhann, Sean Gavin and Jesse Smith onstage at the Dunamaise Theatre Photo: Denis ByrneEmily Moriaty and Monica Dineen Photo: Denis ByrneSinead and Sophie Murray with Tom and Stephen Hudson Photo: Denis ByrnePaula Tierney with Florence and D.J Fahey Photo: Denis ByrneMoxie onstage at Kavanaghs as part of Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School Photo: Denis ByrnePhoto: Denis ByrneDarren Roche of Moxie onstage at Kavnanaghs Photo: Denis ByrneDerek Hickey and his group Photo: Denis ByrneThe Cunningham family at Kavanaghs Photo: Denis ByrneSEE ALSO – Ranking our ten favorite Offaly people of all time Twitter The Courtyard Venue in Kavanagh’s Portlaoise played host to a Trad Summer School recently.The Trad Summer School was ran by Music Generation Laois.The summer school is an annual event that allows young people to take part in workshops. These workshops run over three days.These workshops help them to improve their music skills and to have fun with other youngsters.There was a great turnout for this year’s summer school. Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

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Banana Industry Rebounds

first_imgRelatedBanana Industry Rebounds Banana Industry Rebounds UncategorizedApril 8, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s banana industry has rebounded to where it was before the devastation caused by several hurricanes in 2004/05, with a projection that some 30-35,000 tonnes of the produce will be exported this year.According to Dr. Marshall Hall, Chairman of the Banana Export Company of Jamaica and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica Producers Group, plans are in place to continue the banana resuscitation programme, which should result in some 50,000 tonnes of bananas being exported in 2007.Following hurricane Ivan in 2004, the banana industry began recovering by May last year. However, hurricanes Dennis and Emily hit soon thereafter and the banana industry took another fall.“We have been working assiduously to recover from all three hurricanes and I can report that as of January this year, we were back to where we were before Ivan,” Dr. Hall informed JIS News.He attributed the quick turn around in the banana industry to the support received from the European Union after hurricane Ivan. Although the support was long in coming and did not materialize until late 2005, he said because it was promised, farmers were able to secure materials, such as fertilizers.Meanwhile, Dr. Hall explained that the reason for the change in the shipment of bananas from Port Antonio to the Kingston Wharf was merely a cost effective one.“Because our tonnage of bananas is not as large as it used to be.and because we are trying to get the most efficient shipping cost, we enter into what is called a contract of affreightment, that is, we do not charter the vessel, we merely charter space on the shipping vessel,” he explained.He told JIS News that the particular vessel, which was selected, was too large for Port Antonio and as such they had to divert to Kingston, and would continue to do so for the remainder of the year.Asked if the move had inconvenienced farmers in any way, Dr. Hall said definitely not. He explained that for the large estates, St. Mary and Eastern Banana, Kingston was about the same distance from them as Port Antonio, so there was no real impact.As for small farmers, he said those who are located in the Rio Grande Valley in Portland continued to deliver their bananas to Port Antonio at no extra cost. At the Port Antonio pier, they are palletized and sent into Kingston at no extra cost.“I think I can say no farmer has been disadvantaged and that the additional cost of shipping the small farmer’s banana from Portland is more than offset by the lower cost of shipping as a result of using bigger ships that call at Kingston,” he explained. RelatedBanana Industry Reboundscenter_img RelatedBanana Industry Rebounds Advertisementslast_img read more

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NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRIME MINISTER THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COMING TO OFFICE – MARCH 30

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedNATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRIME MINISTER THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COMING TO OFFICE – MARCH 30 NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRIME MINISTER THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COMING TO OFFICE – MARCH 30 UncategorizedMarch 30, 2007 RelatedNATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRIME MINISTER THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COMING TO OFFICE – MARCH 30center_img RelatedNATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRIME MINISTER THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COMING TO OFFICE – MARCH 30 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail It has been one year since I became Prime Minister and I greet you this evening in a spirit of thanksgiving and with a renewed commitment to service.I give thanks for God’s enabling Grace throughout this year of challenges, changes for the better and the sowing of seeds for future reaping.I also thank you, the Jamaican people, for your support, encouragement and inspiration.I never cease to be motivated by your courage, strength and unquenchable spirit.This evening I come before you as your servant-leader, to give account of my stewardship.One year ago, taking a stand for justice, I pledged to advance human rights and individual liberty.The Justice System Reform Programme now underway is central to the fulfillment of that pledge. It is the most comprehensive review and overhaul of the justice system ever undertaken in our country.Let me give you one clear indication of commitment. Over the past 22 years, we spent $455 million dollars on capital development within the justice system. Last year alone, 436 million dollars was allocated for this purpose.In addition, some 1.35 billion dollars has been allocated to rehabilitate and build court houses, starting with those in Santa Cruz and Port Antonio, now under construction.To ensure a swifter, more efficient administration of justice, our court systems and procedures are being modernized.Work continues on developing a Victims Charter so that the victims of crime can be compensated in some way for their suffering.This leads me to another important concern. During the year, I continued to appeal to the nation, from the depths of my heart, to restore family values and protect our children.I have instructed the law officers to ensure that legislation concerning these matters be presented to Parliament in short order.We will be relentless in our efforts to restore family values and make sure that our children, women, men, youth, senior citizens and persons who are physically and mentally challenged enjoy the rights and get the respect they deserve.On the burning issue of crime and security, let me say this: We have not reached where we want to be and need to be as a country, but some progress was made in tackling crime during the year.Operation Kingfish has established a permanent presence in Western Jamaica and we have expanded the operations of other crime fighting units in that part of the island.Reflecting on the work of our security forces, I salute them this evening. I give the assurance that efforts to provide them with better equipment, strengthen their intelligence gathering capabilities and improve the general working environment will continue.Fellow Jamaicans, I ask you to continue assisting and supporting the security forces in the fight against crime.In keeping my pledge to balance people’s lives as we balance the books, we have paid special attention to protecting the weak and vulnerable.Starting with health, I can report that over 1.8 billion dollars was spent to improve the country’s health infrastructure.Let me give a quick profile of improvements to benefits for over 500 thousand Jamaicans: Renovation and construction work at the Annotto Bay, Mandeville, BlackRiver, Falmonth and Cornwall Regional hospitals, among others;Acquisition of vital diagnostic and other medical equipment;Forty-eight new ambulances joining the fleet;Two Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand (284,000) persons now enrolledunder the National Health Fund, filling some 2.4 million prescriptions;Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand (230,000) persons now registered beneficiaries under the PATH programme, receiving benefits of over 215 million dollars;Increase of school attendance and use of preventative health care services because of PATH;Forty per cent increase of health care visits for children 0-6 years last year.Stronger and healthier children is our goal. We are on the way to achieving that objective.Let us consider some other ways in which we have been balancing people’s lives.NIS pensioners received a 66 per cent increase in benefits during the year and the National Minimum Wage was increased by 14 percent.2,754 housing solutions for sugar workers.I shared the joy of inner city residents who were among the 486 beneficiaries receiving keys to their own homes under the government’s Inner-city Housing Programme.Very shortly, another 600 residents and their families will be enjoying a similar experience. Overall, 5,000 such houses for 5,000 families will be built in various communities.I turn now to Education.As the passport to the future, education continued to take centre stage.During the year, three thousand six hundred and ninety-five new school places were provided and we spent over one billion dollars on critical repairs to 276 schools.Three hundred more schools are targeted in the next phase of repairs. 82 repair contracts have already been awarded.I believe in providing the best facilities possible for our students and teachers.We are spending 2.9 billion dollars to provide thirteen thousand additional spaces, building eight new schools and expanding and upgrading of twenty-three schools.A record 120,000 units of furniture were delivered to schools and contracts totaling half a billion dollars have been awarded to local manufacturers to ensure a continuous supply of quality furniture for our teachers and students.We continue the focus on giving our children the best possible start in their educational life. The very successful pilot nutrition programme for early childhood students, implemented during the year, will be expanded in the new budget year.Of course, to be sustainable, this balancing of people’s lives must rest on three important features: a growing economy, improved infrastructure and expanded opportunities for business. How are we progressing?In agriculture, one of the critical pillars of the economy, production grew by 24 per cent last year.Over 800 farm families benefited under the national irrigation development programme in Hounslow and Pedro Plains in St Elizabeth and Seven Rivers in St James.2000 farmers received assistance under the Agricultural Support Services Programme.During the year, there was a record number of investment projects. The result? Unprecedented levels of construction activities in resort developments, highways, roads, airports, seaports, housing and the bauxite-alumina industry!Investment was also strong in information, communication and technology.Tourism had a 17 per cent growth in visitor arrivals and 18 per cent in cruise ship passengers. For the first time, we welcomed 3 million visitors in a single year.We are on target to add another 15,000 rooms over the next five years.All of these developments mean additional jobs in construction and long term operations. They mean new opportunities for manufacturers, business people, transport operators, farmers and people who supply goods and services.The economic indicators have also been positive.Inflation was 5.8 per cent, the lowest in decades. Interest rates declined not once, not twice, but four times in the past year, bringing interest rates to its lowest level in over 20 years.Our net international reserves at the end of 2006 stood at 2.4 billion U.S. dollars.We have broadened the opportunities for small entrepreneurs with the creation of the one billion dollar loan programme financed from the National Insurance Fund. To date, 850 million dollars have been committed for disbursement through participating lending institutionsImportant infrastructure improvements have taken place.Those who have traveled on the completed road from Ocho Rios to Falmouth can testify that we now have a first class highway. Work continues on the Ocho Rios to Port Antonio as well as the Falmouth to Montego Bay sections of the North Coast Highway.But, we are not only focused on building highways.Over 3.5 billion dollars is being spent on road repairs which affect communities, housing schemes and farm roads.Contracts for the construction of over 20 bridges were signed during the course of the year to improve transportation and communication, especially for rural citizens.Thousands of Jamaicans have been provided with piped water by the Rural Water Supply Company. The Cotterwood Water Supply System in St Elizabeth and the Mango Valley Water Supply System in St Mary are but two examples. In bringing our international gateways to first world standards, some 250 Million U.S. dollars have been spent on airport improvement.Looking outside Jamaica, during the year, I visited several countries and met with both government and private sector leaders.We cannot afford to live in isolation from the rest of the global community. Indeed, for every enlightened nation, this is the era of co-operation and I have continued to build on the foundation of regional and international relationships established by my predecessors.Our country has made significant gains from greater economic cooperation and development agreements cemented because of these visits. I have just shared with you some of the highlights of my first year in office. It is not a comprehensive list of achievements, nor does it take into account some of the biggest challenges, some of them, unexpected, that we have faced and continue to face.There are many other matters that will be discussed and concluded in my new year of service which begins tomorrow.The challenge of providing training opportunities and gainful employment for our young people will be one such issue to be discussed and addressed.We have many more rivers to cross and mountains to climb. However, I am confident that with unity and cooperation we can make Jamaica a better place for all.In the meantime, let us be proud of the progress we have made and every achievement, small or large, along the way. We must be inspired and encouraged by our victories.Last Sunday, we observed the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Trade in Africans, borne out of the struggles of our ancestors and others who supported the cause.Our ancestors paid a great price for our existence today, as proud, independent Jamaicans. They left us the opportunity to create what they never enjoyed — a society in which we can be prosperous and free. We have a responsibility to honour this legacy.Fellow Jamaicans, if we are true to our rich heritage, the sacrifices we make today will lead to a brighter, peaceful and more prosperous Jamaica.Be assured that there is a steady hand, guided by God, steering this ship; a heart full of love for the people; a strong determination to work for this country’s productivity and prosperity and very importantly, a willingness to listen to and learn from those who want to see Jamaica victorious.As a nation we are committed to becoming “Out of many, one people”. The “many”, of varying interests and persuasions, can only become “one people” when we develop a common vision and a set of objectives that bind us together in love and hope for this nation.I say to you again tonight as I did a year ago, that ‘together we aspire, together we can make it happen’. We are a great people and under God, are destined to achieve greatness.Good night and may God continue to richly bless and keep you, and shine his face always upon Jamaica, land we all so dearly love.last_img read more

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Seniors Benefit from Computer Training Course

first_imgSeniors Benefit from Computer Training Course UncategorizedNovember 25, 2008 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Senior citizens in St. Ann, who participated in an eight-month computer course, were presented with certificates of completion at a graduation ceremony held recently at the Runaway Bay United Church in the parish.The training course was organised by the St. Ann chapter of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC), in collaboration with the St. Ann Parish Library and Sandals Dunn’s River Hotel and Spa.The graduating class of 16 seniors and four NCSC volunteers were introduced to basic computer skills including using Microsoft Word and the Internet.Valedictorian, Carol James, expressed sincere gratitude to the agencies involved, for providing the opportunity for the seniors to access the computer training.“At first, we were a little apprehensive about the course especially those of us who had no knowledge at all about a computer,” she said, noting that it was a bit challenging but through hard work, determination and dedication, they managed to succeed.“Exploring the Internet was extremely exciting, having all that information at our fingertips, and what was very fascinating also was the fact that we were able to send emails to our families and friends in different parts of the world,” she stated.Meanwhile, a member of the graduating class, Hussefeta Simms, described the experience as fulfilling.“One of my most memorable moments was when I was able to write letters to my children using Microsoft Word. I was excited to share what I was learning so I proceeded to emailing and printing these documents,” she said.She also commended the tutors on the level of patience they showed, when the seniors seemed not to be grasping a concept with ease.Stating that one is never too old to learn, Ms. Simms said: “with each life experience there is a valuable lesson to be learnt, and as such, you have to prepare yourself whether you are young or old.”A total of 195 persons including 19 basic school students have to date benefited from the computer training course. RelatedSeniors Benefit from Computer Training Coursecenter_img RelatedSeniors Benefit from Computer Training Course RelatedSeniors Benefit from Computer Training Courselast_img read more

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National launches trans-Tasman bubble petition

first_imgNational launches trans-Tasman bubble petition The New Zealand National PartyThe National Party has launched a petition calling on the Government to get a move on with the trans-Tasman travel bubble, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. /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:Government, launch, New Zealand, New Zealand National Party, nzpol, Petition, travellast_img read more

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Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody requires urgent action 30 years on

first_imgRoyal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody requires urgent action 30 years on Statement attributable to Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, President, Law Council of Australia.The Law Council of Australia is calling for a comprehensive national response to address the vastly disproportionate imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 30 years on from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).In 1991, the Royal Commission concluded: “The conclusions are clear. Aboriginal people die in custody at a rate relative to their proportion of the whole population which is totally unacceptable and which would not be tolerated if it occurred in the non-Aboriginal community.” This occurred because “too many Aboriginal people are in custody too often.”Yet in December 2020, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate was 2,333 persons per 100,000 adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, compared to the imprisonment rate of 208 persons per 100,000 adult population generally.One of the key findings of the Royal Commission was that, in order to address this national tragedy, governments must “let go of the controls” and allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to identify and own the solutions on the issues that affect them and their communities, in accordance with the right to self-determination.First Nations peoples have consistently provided these solutions. They were most recently reflected in the ALRC’s Pathways to Justice Report. Its implementation must be prioritised.The refreshed Closing the Gap process requires more ambitious targets for reducing incarceration, and clear frameworks and sufficient resources in place to achieve them.We need increased funding for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services.We must raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years, with the Commonwealth Government leading action across all Australian jurisdictions.We must establish a national justice reinvestment body and expanded justice reinvestment trials, to redirect prison spending to early intervention and prevention strategies, comprehensive support, and ‘exit strategies’ to transition people out of the prison system.We need increased investment in social support services, including in remote areas, to stop the rapid increase in the number of Aboriginal women imprisoned, and to deal with the underlying reasons children become embroiled in the criminal justice system.We need a suite of state and territory-led statutory reforms addressing the contribution of bail, parole and mandatory sentencing to over-incarceration. /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, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australia, Australian, Closing the Gap, commonwealth, criminal justice, early intervention, family violence, gap, Government, Investment, law, Law Council of Australia, prevention, royal commissionlast_img read more

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The new triple-motor Audi E-Tron S sports almost 500 horsepower

first_img ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSAudiLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Audi bolsters its EV lineup with the 2020 e-tron Sportback The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The combined output of the three engines is 429 horsepower and 596 lb-ft of torque, but push the pedal a little farther and 496 horsepower and 718 lb-ft of torque becomes available for eight seconds. This extra boost will rocket the S models to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds.RELATED See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Audi e-tron S  Audi The S models also feature different bumpers, flared wheel arches and larger intakes for, uh, the electricity to get in. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Audi pauses electric E-Tron assembly to correct production issuesBattery capacity for the vehicles remains the same as the base model, at 95.3 kWh, but 91 per cent of that is now available versus the previous 88 percent. Of course, that means that range will go down slightly, as does the extra weight and extra power. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Audi confirmed early March it’s building an E-Tron S and E-Tron Sportback S with an extra electric motor – for a total of three – compared to non-S cars.Both vehicles receive a bump in power thanks to the new drivetrain, which improves on the stock layout. On the base model E-Tron, the motor in the front sends 168 horsepower and 182 lb-ft to the ground, while the rear motor produces 188 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.For the S models, though, the motors have traded spaces, with the more powerful rear motor moved to the front and the less powerful front motor taking a back seat, where it’s joined by a second motor to effectively double the power. The front motor now makes 201 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, while each rear motor makes 177 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos advertisementlast_img read more

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