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first_imgCommunity clubs are being forced to pay for government’s pokies addiction Australian GreensThe Victorian Greens have called on the Andrews Labor Government to waive any licencing fees for clubs and venues that want to phase out their poker machines.Despite reports of RSL clubs wanting to end their reliance on harmful pokies, without government support they may be liable for up to $1 million in licencing fees.Pokies are designed to be addictive and cause massive financial stress that can lead to family breakdown, crime, job loss, depression and suicide.Each year these machines rip $2.7 billion from Victorians.Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, said it was cruel to make clubs and venues that were trying to do the right thing pay for the government’s pokies addiction.She added that RSLs were never meant to become mini-casinos and that it was time for the government to give community clubs an exit pathway from pokies. Community clubs should be supported to transition to new forms of revenue like live music, and not penalised for ditching the pokies.Before the last election, the Greens proposed a phase out of the pokies in Victoria by 2028, and opposed a 20-year licence lock-in for clubs and venues.At the time the government refused to disclose which clubs would be signing up to this plan and how clubs would be able to exit it without huge financial penalties.As stated by Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam MLC:“The Andrews Labor Government is hooked on pokies revenue and is making clubs and venues pay for their addiction.“RSLs trying to do the right thing should be supported to transition away from harmful pokies and into new forms of revenue, not met with gigantic fees that leave them with no choice but to keep their poker machines.“It’s time the government gave community clubs an exit pathway from pokies addiction by waiving their licencing fees.” /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:addiction, Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, community, crime, depression, election, Family, gambling, Government, licence, Loss, Music, penalty, pokies, suicide, Victorialast_img read more

first_imgPenrith City Council joins NSW government in upgrading historic Emu Plains police cottage The NSW Government is investing $1.5 million to help transform an historic police cottage on the banks of the Nepean River in Emu Plains into a restaurant or café.Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government has appointed Penrith City Council as Crown land manager of the beautiful riverside site and provided funding to restore this 113-year old building.“We have allocated $1.5 million from the COVID-19 stimulus program to help the council restore the historic former police cottage on the reserve and turn it into a café or restaurant,” Mr Ayres said.“The police station and residence was built in 1908 and functioned until 1921 with the residence continuing to be used for police officers until the 1950s.“Now 70 years later it will be transformed into a restaurant or café on the beautiful banks of the Nepean River for all the community to enjoy.”Mr Ayres said the COVID-19 stimulus program was funding improvements to Crown land reserves across the State.“The stimulus program supports the upgrade of projects on Crown reserves to improve public spaces and infrastructure, such as museums, historic buildings and showgrounds, while supporting local jobs and economies,” Mr Ayres said.“Green spaces and recreational facilities are critical for the health of communities by providing quality places where people can relax, exercise, play and enjoy the natural environment.”Penrith City Council Deputy Mayor Tricia Hitchen said the old Police Cottage is a key element in the greater upgrade of the Regatta Park precinct and, Penrith City Council will contribute an extra $1 million on top of the funding from the NSW Government announced earlier this year.“The old Police Cottage will be restored and repurposed as a waterfront dining venue for locals and visitors to enjoy while preserving the historic cottage for years into the future,” Clr Hitchen said. Artist impressions of what the revamped cottage will look like as a dining venue /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:building, community, council, covid-19, Emu Plains, environment, exercise, future, Government, industry, infrastructure, jobs, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, Penrith, police, quality, restaurantlast_img read more

first_imgKretzschmar wants Biegler in Leipzig Related Items:Stefan Kretzschmar Kretzschmar criticizes IHF resin-free decision: You should prove that is dangerous ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsStefan Kretzschmar is coming home! Legendary German left wing and one of the iconic faces in world of handball, famous for his tattos, but moreover personality, will join Fuchse Berlin since January 1, 2020.The 46 years old Berliner is “coming home” to overtake position of the sports director of Fuchse Berlin, responsible also for communications and sponsoring.Stefan is coming from famous family. His mother Waltruda was one of the best players ever, while his father Peter was head-coach of East Germany.Kretzschmar was a part of famous Magdeburg’s generation who won the EHF Champions League 2002. He also won European gold medal with Germany at EHF EURO 2004. Recommended for you 1 Comment Pingback: VIDEO: Kretzche rentre à la maison! – Handball Actu ShareTweetShareShareEmail Exclusively Stefan Kretzschmar before EHF F4: Kiel and Barca favorites, but Kielce and HSV can reach final 1 Comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

first_img All 6 Months Regional President Quim Torra called the ruling “an act of vengeance, not an act of justice.” Protesters took to the streets across Catalonia as soon as the sentence was out. By the evening, roads and railways had been blocked, more than 100 flights to Barcelona had been canceled and the regional police had charged against demonstrators at the airport.Catalan regional President Quim Torra | Josep Lago/AFP via Getty ImagesHow it will go from here is less clear.The independence movement has been split since 2017, with some advocating further confrontation and others restraint. The proximity of the election and competition between the two main secessionist parties offers incentives for hard-liners, while the ruling means Catalan leaders now know what could happen to them if they push too far.“The Generalitat [Catalan government] has two possible paths,” said Andreu Mas-Colell, a Catalan economist and regional minister between 2010 and 2016 under a previous secessionist administration.“One is institutional disobedience,” he said, which in his view will end up with Madrid applying direct rule over the region, as it did in 2017 in response to the declaration of independence. Another, he argued, “is the path of declarative disagreements but not of institutional disobedience.”“I don’t think they will dare to do the same [push for independence]. There will be lots of noise, many high-flown statements … but not an outbreak like the one of 2017,” said Oriol Bartomeus, a politics professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. For more polling data from across Europe visit POLITICO Poll of Polls.Sánchez will be sure to remind voters that he was fiercely criticized for pushing the state’s attorney to accuse Catalan leaders of the lesser charge of sedition during the proceedings, instead of the prosecutor’s choice of rebellion. That the court eventually endorsed the attorney’s view could play to his advantage.Against this backdrop, if things get out of control in the streets, or if the regional government embarks on an insurrectionist push, Sánchez will be tempted to prove to the electorate that he’s up to the challenge by using extraordinary measures to impose order, such as direct rule — and he’s already warned that he’s ready to do just that.3. Spain’s chronic illnessThe Spanish establishment, including the PM, may claim that the separatists have been defeated and no longer see Catalan independence as an existential threat, but it’s not going away.Support for independence has remained at around half the population of Catalonia in recent elections. 1 Year But if Socialist Sánchez no longer sees a threat to Spain’s “territorial integrity,” as he did back in 2017, he would do well to watch his back ahead of a general election on November 10.The court decision means he will have to navigate a minefield during the campaign — and some factors will be out of his control, including the scale of public protests in Catalonia and the attitude of the Catalan government.“There will be lots of noise, many high-flown statements … but not an outbreak like the one of 2017” — Oriol Bartomeus, politics professor in BarcelonaSpanish right-wing parties tend to perform well at the ballot box on matters of national unity and Monday’s ruling means the election campaign will all be about Catalonia — providing little incentive for hard-liners on all sides to calm things down.Here are three factors that will determine Spain’s political future:1. The independence camp’s unpredictabilityThe ruling was more lenient than the prosecutor had sought — and it angered right-wing commentators for that very reason — but it nonetheless triggered the ire of the independence camp. A more unpredictable factor is whether the public protests trigger a major incident or end up with someone seriously hurt, which could escalate the crisis to a new level, Bartomeus warned.2. Sánchez seeks the right balanceWhen he took office last year, Sánchez adopted a new strategy on Catalonia.In contrast to the previous, conservative administration of Mariano Rajoy, Sánchez promoted dialogue with Catalan authorities. He implemented an aggressive and relatively more sophisticated public relations campaign against them at the international level, while also vowing to uphold the constitution, which says the country cannot be split up.How much emphasis there was on dialogue and how much on upholding the law — in other words, has he preferred the stick or the carrot — has varied depending on the political situation. On Monday, as in recent months, Sánchez brandished the stick, warning that his government stands ready to respond to any challenge with “democratic firmness, proportionality and unity.”Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez | Angel Navarette/AFP via Getty ImagesSpanish right-wing parties traditionally gather support from those fond of national unity, both inside Catalonia and in the rest of Spain, while the Socialists feed from a more diverse crowd and have often relied on a good performance in Catalonia for success at the national level. This makes Sánchez’s electoral equation even more complex.Maintaining a balance ahead of the ballot won’t be easy for Sánchez, with rivals on the right and the left attacking the Spanish leader on Monday, either for having had pro-independence parties as partners in parliament or for being too hard by ruling out a potential pardon for the convicted Catalan leaders — which Sánchez seemed to do in his statement on Monday. In 2017, support for secessionist parties was 47.5 percent in the regional ballot, which took place with independence leaders already jailed awaiting trial, the regional government under the control of Madrid, and images of riot police charging against voters in the October referendum fresh in people’s minds.As a result, support for independence didn’t reach much beyond Catalonia’s traditional nationalist base, but it did result in a new pro-independence regional government in Barcelona.“I hope the sentence will become a wake-up call for the independence camp and that they see it as an opportunity to turn the page” — José Manuel Albares, top adviser to Pedro SánchezThat balance appears the same and signs are that it will stay that way.Even though Sánchez has repeatedly cautioned that the crisis will take “decades” to solve, he has of late promoted the view that the court ruling should be a turning point. “Violating the constitution isn’t a way to achieve anything,” said José Manuel Albares, the top international adviser in the PM’s office.“I hope the sentence will become a wake-up call for the independence camp and that they see it as an opportunity to turn the page,” Albares said. MADRID — The Catalan independence push of October 2017 was a bold political move — and it ended badly for the main characters.Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday convicted 12 separatist leaders on charges of sedition, disobedience and misuse of public funds, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 13 years.Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the ruling is the end of the road for a secessionist movement that he claimed had “failed” to gain either internal or external support. Kalman Smooth Kalman 2 Years The conservative Popular Party, the far-right Vox and the liberal Ciudadanos attempted to frame the last general election in April as a referendum on Sánchez’s Catalan policy and painted the PM as a traitor. They failed, with polls indicating that Catalonia wasn’t among the most important worries for citizens. But they will get a second chance in November.SPAIN NATIONAL PARLIAMENT ELECTION POLL OF POLLS For the time being, and barring unexpected moves, the Spanish government will have to continue to handle a regional government with ample powers and the economic means to attempt to portray Spain as a fascist state on the global stage.“It is in the common interest that this stays a low-intensity conflict,” said Mas-Colell, the economist. “Any intention to achieve independence unilaterally — for those who believe it was possible — well, they’ve already seen it is not.” Also On POLITICO Spain’s Supreme Court jails Catalan leaders for up to 13 years By Diego Torres Trial of Catalan ‘rebels’ deepens rift over independence By Guy Hedgecoelast_img read more

first_imgEarlier this year, SRAM had a surprise announcement. After years under the Saris roof, the PowerTap brand had been acquired by SRAM. Rather than replacing or rebranding the products as Quarq, SRAM said that the new-to-them products would sit alongside current crank based power meter options.A few months later, the SRAM PowerTap products are now available for sale through stocking SRAM dealers. The G3 hub will be offered in 24, 28, and 32 hole options for $499 for the rear hub. The P2 pedals on the other hand will sell for $899 a set and include a set of 6° cleats and the required AAA lithium batteries. Both are available now (except the 28h hub) from stocking SRAM dealers or directly through the Quarq website below.quarq.comlast_img read more

first_imgDefence secretary Michael Fallon has said lawyers who represented Iraqis making false allegations against British soldiers should apologise.Fallon (pictured) told the House of Commons today that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has begun a review of lawyers’ conduct following the publication of the report of the Al-Sweady inquiry. The five-year inquiry, which cost £25m, found the most serious allegations, of murder and torture of Iraqi detainees in 2004, were the ‘product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility’.Birmingham firm Public Interest Lawyers, one of the firms that acted for the detainees, made no apology in a statement released today and insisted the report upholds some allegations against the British army.The statement said the inquiry was ‘legally necessary, morally justified and politically required’. It added: ‘Until the evidence was complete, the families of the deceased had an understandable, genuine and sincere belief that mutilation, torture and murder of their loved ones had occurred.‘We are delighted that after this lengthy period of time the families of the deceased no longer have this cloud of uncertainty hanging over their heads and are able to find some resolution of their understandable need to discover how their loved ones died.’In a statement, national firm Leigh Day admitted it ‘did not get things right’ over the disclosure of a document given to its lawyers by a client in Syria seven years ago, but which was handed over to the inquiry only in September 2013.The statement added: ‘We have apologised to the inquiry for not realising the significance of this document sooner.‘Since this came to light, earlier this year, the government asked for the Legal Aid Agency to investigate the sequence of events and the conduct of the law firms involved.‘That investigation has now taken place and we along with the law firm working on the inquiry have been informed that we have no case to answer.‘At the same time we have been working with the SRA to ensure that in all areas, especially the demanding foreign work of the firm, we have training and structures in place to prevent any similar mistakes in the future.’Fallon told the commons today that the allegations were a ‘shameful attempt to use our legal system to attack and falsely impugn our armed forces’.He said Iraqi detainees, their accomplices and their lawyers must ‘bear the brunt’ of the criticism for the protracted nature and cost of this ‘unnecessary’ inquiry.‘The falsity of the overwhelming majority of their allegations, the extraordinarily late disclosure of a document showing the nine detainees to have been insurgents and the delay by their lawyers in withdrawing the allegations of torture and murder have prompted the SRA to investigate possible breaches of professional standards.’He added that the authority is expected to complete its investigation into the two firms responsible, Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day, early next year.Inquiry chairman Sir Thayne Forbes made nine separate recommendations, including improvements to the collection, storage of, and ability to search documents and records.He concluded that while some force was used against the detainees while they were being restrained during capture, there was no deliberate ill-treatment.The central allegation in judicial review proceedings was that 20 or more Iraqi citizens were murdered at Camp Abu Naji following their capture after a battle at the ‘Danny Boy’ British checkpoint in southern Iraq. Forbes said he was ‘completely sure’ none of the bodies of the deceased was mutilated or mistreated by the British in any way and that none had been tortured by British soldiers prior to their death.The inquiry itself involved more than 37 million files searched to produce disclosure of more than 5,000 documents and 70 video clips.The inquiry obtained 610 written witness statements, and 282 witnesses were called to give oral evidence over 169 sitting days and 44 weeks.The outcome of that process was recognition on 20 March 2014 by the legal representatives of the Iraqi core participants that no Iraqis captured alive during the course of the battle on 14 May 2004 died or were killed at Camp Abu Naji.last_img read more

first_imgTHE INDONESIAN government announced on November 5 that it plans to invest 15·8bn rupiah in modernisation and upgrading of the national rail network, using a mix of public and private funds.According to the Director-General of Rail Transport at the Ministry of Railways, Wendy Aritnang, much of the money will go on infrastructure, including track, signalling and bridges. Much of PT Kereta Api’s rolling stock fleet is also in need of renewal, she added. The government is planning to raise US$2bn through bond financing during 2008, towards an estimated US$140bn needed to renew much of the country’s infrastructure. Public transport is seen as a high priority for investment, following a series of high-profile accidents across various modes. On November 7 contractors double-tracking part of PTKA’s South Line ‘handed back’ the station facilities at Yogyakarta following upgrading of the signalling. Invensys Rail Group is providing Westrace interlockings at nine stations on the newly-doubled section, and was responsible for modifying the Siemens MIS801 interlocking at Yogyakarta to suit the new track layout.last_img read more

first_imgThe Secretary General of the United Nations has awarded medals to over 600 Ugandan Officers and Militants serving under the sixth United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU VI) in Somalia. The Secretary-General of the United Nations has awarded medals to over 600 Ugandan Officers and Militants serving under the sixth United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU VI) in Somalia. (Deo Akiiki/twitter)United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has honored 600 Ugandan troops guarding UN facilities and personnel in volatile Somalia, a Ugandan official said on Monday.Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, the deputy Ugandan military spokesman, tweeted that the troops, serving under the sixth United Nations Guard Unit in Somalia, received medals from Guterres.“The medals are recognition of the one-year selfless service… in securing the UN facilities and personnel against Al-Shabaab threats,” Akiiki said, referring to the Al-Qaida-linked extremist group.An award ceremony, held in Somalia, was presided over by James Swan, a special representative of the UN secretary-general for Somalia. The troops are deployed in Somalia on a rotational basis.Besides providing protection services to the UN, Uganda provides the bulk of the troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia.Uganda has over 6,000 troops deployed in Somalia.Related UN to reduce troops from Somalia force UN lauds Somalia electionscenter_img UN aid worker killed in Somalialast_img read more

first_img Related Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) — It started back in 2002, now the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway, with 96 films being showcased over 12 days in New York City.One of its founders, Robert De Niro, was on hand to launch the festivities in New York City Wednesday night.“[P]eople like to come to it and we’re … still standing — so that speaks for itself right there,” the legendary actor told ABC Radio. He added, “I’m beyond very happy that people and filmmakers want to be part of it…”This year’s fest kicked off with a tribute to one of late-night comedy’s greats. Love, Gilda is a new documentary that focuses on the life of Gilda Radner, who made her mark during the heyday of Saturday Night Live, and who passed away from ovarian cancer back in 1989. Laraine Newman, Radner’s SNL castmate, told ABC Radio, “She was a very warm, loving, generous person…I love that she is acknowledged.”Radner’s legacy and impact lives on for modern day entertainers like Keegan Michael Key. “Her and Belushi were the ones I noticed the most as a child watching SNL because of their physical comedy,” said Key. “That is the the thing that speaks to anybody…”  Among the other highlights of the 12-day festival will be a special screening of Scarface tonight, which will precede a Q&A panel with stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pheiffer, Steven Bauer and director Brian De Palma.The festival will hold a special screening of Schindler’s List on April 26 that will be followed by a conversation with director Steven Spielberg and stars Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley.On Saturday, De Niro will interview Bradley Cooper as part of the festival’s Storytellers series.The Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 29. More information is available at TribecaFilm.com.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more