Light at the end of the tunnel: Southern rail owner and RMT to meet for fresh talks next week after Aslef deal

Share Friday 3 February 2017 4:10 pm The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has agreed to meet with Southern rail’s parent company for fresh face-to-face talks, in an effort to settle its long-running dispute over the role of the guard.It comes after an agreement was reached between Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and train drivers’ union Aslef in their row, which should bring an end to the union’s industrial action – subject to a referendum of Aslef members. Aslef had suspended strikes planned for January in return for the talks at the Trades Union Congress (TUC).Read more: We have a deal: Southern rail resolves long-running dispute with AslefNow, Southern wants to bring an end to all walkouts, by inviting the RMT for talks next week.GTR chief executive Charles Horton has written to Mick Cash, the RMT’s general secretary, saying his negotiating team was willing to meet next week “in a spirit of open and positive dialogue to explore the areas of difference between us with a view to resolving the dispute in the interests of our customers and employees”.Yesterday, the RMT initially said it would need to see details of Aslef’s deal with Southern before committing to negotiations. Light at the end of the tunnel: Southern rail owner and RMT to meet for fresh talks next week after Aslef deal Read more: People are leaving floral tributes to Southern rail at train stationsHowever, Cash later said: RMT understands that central to the agreement with Aslef is a guarantee of a second person ‎on the train. We also understand that the implementation of that aspect of the agreement is subject to further discussions and negotiations with RMT around the safety competencies of that second member of staff.”It is now essential that we open up urgent ‎discussions with GTR around this core issue of the second safety-critical staff member, and the details of their future role, that will allow us all to move forwards. RMT is available for those talks with immediate effect.  Rebecca Smith Aslef has said its members needed to see details of the deal, before they can be revealed publicly. Southern and Aslef announce agreement reached: whatsapp whatsapp read more

The MP trying to unseat House of Commons speaker John Bercow claims he has support from government ministers

And today, Duddridge told BBC Radio 4: “Ministers have been on the phone to me over the weekend, as well as backbenchers and people of all political parties, saying they will vote with me in the lobbies against speaker Bercow.“Enough is enough, we need a new impartial speaker.”Read More: Is speaker John Bercow an embarrassment to the House of Commons?Duddridge is currently the only signatory to the motion, tabled just before parliament went into recess. Although it remains open to signatures during the break, the list of signatures will not be updated until business resumes next week.Since the motion was tabled, it has also emerged that the speaker voted for Remain in the EU referendum, and bemoaned Labour’s failure to make a stronger case against Brexit ahead of last summer’s vote, with Duddridge arguing it showed a failure to maintain the required impartiality. Mark Sands Commons leader David Lidington yesterday said Bercow’s Brexit remarks would elicit “a strong reaction” from some MPs, but Lidington steered clear of criticising the speaker. Former culture secretary John Whittingdale yesterday warned that Bercow’s “scoresheet is mounting up”.Read More: Commons speaker John Bercow defends controversial Trump interventionDowning Street sources have made it clear the government will not intervene to protect Bercow, with ministers likely to be offered a free vote on any motion.A spokesman for the Prime Minister said today: “The position of the speaker is a matter for Parliament and the MPs in parliament.” Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com The MP trying to unseat House of Commons speaker John Bercow claims he has support from government ministers The Tory MP behind a motion of no confidence in John Bercow claims he has secured cross party support for his bid to unseat the House of Commons speaker, with government ministers also on board.Southend MP James Duddridge put forward an Early Day Motion late last week following Bercow’s intervention over Donald Trump. Monday 13 February 2017 3:57 pm whatsapp read more

Under ‘Save Our State’ banner, coalition implores Dunleavy to reverse budget cuts

first_imgBusiness | Economy | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentUnder ‘Save Our State’ banner, coalition implores Dunleavy to reverse budget cutsAugust 7, 2019 by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media Share:Representatives from almost 30 organizations from around the state gathered outside the Robert B. Atwood Building in Anchorage to urge Gov. Mike Dunleavy to change course on his line-item vetoes to the state’s operating budget. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)A coalition of more than two dozen organizations gathered for a press conference Wednesday in Anchorage under the moniker “Save Our State.” Their message for Gov. Mike Dunleavy: no more vetoes.State legislators passed House Bill 2001 at the end of July. It would reverse most of the nearly $400 million in budget vetoes that Dunleavy enacted at the end of June. It would also set permanent fund dividends at $1,600 this year. That’s in contrast to Dunleavy’s desire for a full PFD under the 1982 statutory formula. That would yield PFDs of roughly $3,000.Michael Fredericks is chair of the board for Anchorage nonprofit Catholic Social Services. At the press conference, she said that the governor’s vetoes would cut their budget by $1.2 million.Fredericks said that more than 3,000 clients were served by CSS in the first quarter of this year, with needs ranging from housing and food to those of refugees and pregnant women.“Twenty-one percent of them were over 55,” Fredericks said. “Sixteen percent of them are children.”She said the organization has already had to close the Clare House homeless shelter during the day in order to maintain nighttime operation. Fredericks said CSS projects a 48% increase in homelessness, should the governor veto the funds a second time.‘Who are the 100?’ If budget vetoes stand, Anchorage shelter says it must choose who stays and who leaves.Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami was another speaker at the event. He said early estimates show that Alaska would lose jobs under Dunleavy’s vetoes. When asked if he was optimistic that the governor would sign a bill that would undo most of his vetoes, Beltrami pointed to constituents’ testimony to state lawmakers.“The people have spoken overwhelmingly. And the Legislature has fixed it twice,” Beltrami said. “Sign the budget, governor. No more vetoes. Let’s get Alaska back on track.”House Bill 2001 was delivered to Dunleavy’s desk Wednesday morning for his signature. In his most recent statements on the budget, Dunleavy stood by his vetoes.The governor has until Aug. 30 to sign or veto the bill, or to issue line-item vetoes.Share this story:last_img read more

WATCH: Class video honours legendary Christy O’Brien and Laois senior hurlers

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WATCH: Class video honours legendary Christy O’Brien and Laois senior hurlers Previous articleREVEALED: Managers and team names announced for Laois GAA Divisional CompetitionNext articleBREAKING: New Laois senior football manager revealed Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. 2019 is a year that will go down in the annals of Laois hurling history as one of the most memorable ones ever.The senior hurlers won the Joe McDonagh Cup after defeating Westmeath in Croke Park and then stunned the hurling world a week later by knocking out Dublin.That set up an All-Ireland Quarter final against eventual winners Tipperary which is where the journey ended for 2019.Also this year, one of Laois’s most famous hurlers was inducted into the Leinster GAA Hall of Fame.Borris-In-Ossory’s Christy O’Brien was paraded in front of the crowd at half time in the Leinster hurling final between Kilkenny and Wexford.Born in 1933, O’Brien first arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he linked up with the Laois minor team.He joined the senior panel during the 1952 championship. Christy later became a regular member of the starting fifteen, however, he ended his playing days with the county without any silverware.As a member of the Leinster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions, he won four Railway Cup medals.Throughout his career O’Brien made 20 championship appearances. He retired from Laois following the conclusion of the 1968 championship.At club level, Christy is a five-time championship medallist with Borris-in-Ossory.He led his club to victory in 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 and lastly in 1972.Christy is widely regarded as one of the greatest hurlers to ever play the game and back in 2010 he was selected at full forward on a a special Hurling Team of the Century made up of players never to have won an All-Ireland medal.Back in 2017, a DVD about Christy O’Brien was launched by Noel Sheridan in Racket Hall in Roscrea. But now, to honour him and an incredible year for the Laois senior hurlers, a video has been produced.The song, ‘The bould Christy O’Brien’ was written over 50 years ago by Mick Bowe from Mountrath.The song was updated to mark the honouring of Christy and the success of the hurlers.Edited by Billy Sinnott, the video features Don Sinnott who listens to Laois’s win over Dublin on Midlands 103 with Jack Nolan.At full time, he is joined by young Laois fan Rían O’Reilly who inspires him to sing the Christy O’Brien song.Check it out below:SEE ALSO – LISTEN: Club football previews, managerial situation and Divisional Competition – it’s our latest football Podcast TAGSChristy O’Brien By Alan Hartnett – 12th September 2019 Facebook GAA Twitter Facebook Pinterest Home We Are Laois WATCH: Class video honours legendary Christy O’Brien and Laois senior hurlers We Are Laois 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA WhatsApp GAA WhatsApplast_img read more

Pension plans market value up: StatsCan

James Langton Companies Statistics Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The market value of Canadian pension plans rose 3.9% in the first quarter, according to new data from Statistics Canada (StatsCan). StatsCan reports that employer-sponsored pension funds had a total market value of $1.2 trillion at the end of the first quarter, up 3.9% from the previous quarter. The data refers only to trusteed pension plans, which cover about five million Canadian workers. For these plans, the value of their investments in stocks grew 4.5% in the first quarter, StatsCan says. StatsCan also notes that this outpaced the 3.1% gain in the value of shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) for the same period. At the same time, the value of real estate assets grew by 3.7% in the quarter, but bond holdings edged down 0.2%, it notes. Foreign investments now represent almost a third of total pension fund assets (32.6%), and the value of these holdings increased by 6.9% in the quarter, it reports. StatsCan also reports that pension fund revenues totaled $36.1 billion in the first quarter, which was unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2012. However, expenditures fell by 3.6% to $15.5 billion in the same period, which increased net income for a third straight quarter to $20.6 billion. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Economists weigh in on upcoming inflation, retail sales numbers

first_imgNFC - Near field communication mobile payment 123RF Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Related news Michelle Schriver Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says The Bank of Canada’s core-common component measure of inflation should remain at 1.8%, it said, so both headline and core inflation remain close to target.In a report released today, Scotiabank Economics noted that inflation in Canada relative to the U.S. is of “great importance.” While Canadian inflation is on target, it’s moved away from the Federal Reserve’s target, given past U.S. dollar strength, among other factors. “This should allow the [Bank of Canada] to remain on hold as the Federal Reserve cuts rates to, in part, push inflation higher,” it said.Scotiabank and CIBC forecast two Fed rate cuts this year; CIBC forecasts the next rate cut from the Bank of Canada to come in June 2020. (Scotiabank has no rate cuts in its Canadian forecast through 2020.)Manufacturing shipments will also be released Wednesday, with CIBC forecasting a “strong” 2.0% growth, which it described as a rebound to normal levels of activity rather than any sustainable acceleration in growth—the case with much of Canada’s recent economic data, it said.Other upcoming economic releases for Canada include retail sales for May, on Friday. While retail sales started the second quarter on soft footing with 0.1% growth in April, “shoppers likely opened their wallets again in May,” helped by autos, higher gas prices and a rebound in seasonal purchases delayed by the late arrival of warmer weather, said the CIBC report. The bank forecasts sales growth at 0.6%, while consensus forecasts 0.3%. In a weekly report, National Bank said it expected more lacklustre auto sales, and its forecast is in line with consensus.Looking ahead to the second half of the year, CIBC said spending growth will likely decelerate, particularly with the household savings rate running at “what seems to be unsustainably low levels.”The U.S. will release retail sales for June on Tuesday, with “solid” spending expected as a result of labour income gains, the CIBC report said, forecasting a gain of 0.3% month over month. Though employment gains are expected to shrink going forward, lower interest rate expectations will provide an offset for spending power, it said.National Bank’s forecast is a tick more conservative, at 0.2%, but still translates to a healthy 7.4% annualized in the second quarter, it said.Other U.S. releases include industrial production (Tuesday) and housing starts (Wednesday), both for June. CIBC forecasts the former to gain 0.2%, as does National Bank, based on gains in manufacturing payrolls and hours worked. For housing, lower mortgage rates are supportive, a sign that homebuilding could hold up better ahead, CIBC said.Globally, releases next week include trade data for the eurozone, trade and inflation for Japan, and second-quarter GDP data for China.For full details, read the reports from CIBC, Scotiabank and National Bank. Keywords Inflation,  Interest rates,  Economic forecasts,  Economic indicators Among the economic data to be released next week, Canada’s inflation numbers will likely be the most anticipated, though investors shouldn’t expect the data to move the dial for interest rate expectations.Canada’s consumer price index (CPI) for June will be published Wednesday. As a result of falling gas prices, CIBC Capital Markets said in a weekly economics report that it expects a decline in CPI of 0.2% month over month (non-seasonally adjusted), causing the headline rate to decelerate to 2.0%. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Justice Ministry Begins Consultations on Victim’s Charter

first_imgRelatedJustice Ministry Begins Consultations on Victim’s Charter Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Justice has commenced a series of public consultations to garner input in the development of a Victims’ Charter, in the effort to reverse public perception that the perpetrators of crime and criminal activities have more rights than the victims.The first consultation was held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre on September 7, with many persons participating in the discussions.It was established that the State had an obligation to preserve and protect the rights of all citizens and one way of doing so is to develop and maintain a sound justice system in which citizens had confidence and trust.The Victims’ Charter is therefore intended to address the needs of victims of crime with a view to bringing balance to the manner in which victims and those charged for committing crimes are treated.In his presentation at the forum, Director of the Victim Support Unit, Rev. Osbourne Bailey, noted that victim support systems, when entrenched in a Victims’ Charter, would be free and confidential and would integrate networks and community involvement. He noted that they would also be neutral and equal to all persons who were victims of crimes.“When a Victims’ Charter becomes entrenched in this country, I believe that public confidence in the criminal justice system will be greatly enhanced. I also feel that the many cries on placards shown on television for ‘we want justice’ would probably be replaced by an understanding that indeed ‘we have justice’ here in this country,” Rev Bailey said.“We believe that the respect for human dignity . and much of the harm done to victims will be repaired and some restitution is bound to happen. When individual victims are restored, we also believe that communities will be restored by this process. We believe also that it will bring Jamaica in line with practices internationally, where victims’ rights are entrenched in some form of law,” he added.Persons were given the opportunity to make their inputs to the draft Victims’ Charter.The Victim Support Programme in Jamaica, spearheaded by the Ministry of Justice, is the only one of its kind in the entire Caribbean, and is intended to assist persons against whom crimes have been committed. Justice Ministry Begins Consultations on Victim’s Charter UncategorizedSeptember 12, 2006center_img RelatedJustice Ministry Begins Consultations on Victim’s Charter RelatedJustice Ministry Begins Consultations on Victim’s Charterlast_img read more

Govt. Providing Safer and Healthier Environment – PM

first_imgRelatedGovt. Providing Safer and Healthier Environment – PM Advertisements RelatedGovt. Providing Safer and Healthier Environment – PM Govt. Providing Safer and Healthier Environment – PM UncategorizedMay 2, 2007center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has said that the Government is shaping the future of the country by providing a safer and healthier environment for families.Making her contribution to the 2007/08 Budget Debate in the House, yesterday (May 1), Mrs. Simpson Miller cited the Soapberry Sewerage Project in St. Catherine as one such critical initiative. She informed that the $3.4 billion project, scheduled for completion in September of this year, would serve 600,000 residential and commercial customers in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.“The Soapberry Sewerage Project, a major initiative to promote the health of our people, represents the beginning of the reclamation of the Kingston Harbour, from the devastating effects of pollution,” she told the House, adding that the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) had been instructed to pay priority attention to sanitary conveniences, particularly in rural communities.Turning to the National Beautification Programme, Mrs. Simpson Miller said this involved more than just the cleaning up of garbage, as it was about building positive self-image and promoting self-confidence. “It is about re-socializing individuals and communities, to accept responsibility for keeping their surroundings clean. It is about affirming people’s worth as human beings. It is about valuing people, as members of our Jamaican family,” she said.The Prime Minister stressed that people’s physical circumstances could not be divorced from their values and attitudes. “You cannot talk about encouraging people to have positive values and attitudes, when they live in sub-standard conditions,” she said, adding that “a healthy, clean environment is a pre-requisite for a productive nation.”Some $635 million has been allocated to the beautification programme.“The Lift Up Jamaica Programme has implemented a total of 1,478 projects, including clean up and beautification projects in all parishes of Jamaica. In addition to this, the Tourism Product Development Company is implementing 67 beautification and maintenance programmes, in sections of Negril, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, Portland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon and St. Catherine,” Mrs. Simpson Miller informed.Already, she disclosed, more than $100 million has been spent on various projects in these areas, while $220 million has been approved from the Tourism Enhancement Fund for the full implementation of the projects.“The involvement of the private sector in the beautification programme, is being done primarily through the adopt-an-area programme, which is a ‘joined up government’ initiative between the National Works Agency, the Tourism Development Product Company and the Ministry of Local Government and Environment,” she pointed out.. RelatedGovt. Providing Safer and Healthier Environment – PMlast_img read more

Minister Ng speaks with Liz Truss, U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade

first_imgMinister Ng speaks with Liz Truss, U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade From: Global Affairs CanadaReadoutToday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss.Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss.Minister Ng and Secretary Truss welcomed Canada’s Royal Assent of the Canada-U.K. Trade Continuity Agreement as a positive step in the historic relationship between the two countries that will benefit workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Both ministers reiterated that they are working to ratify the agreement and are taking all necessary steps to implement it for April 1, 2021.Minister Ng welcomed the U.K.’s interest in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and updated Secretary Truss on the public consultations Canada launched on March 12, 2021 to seek Canadians’ input on Canada’s priorities for future negotiations on a free trade agreement with the U.K., as well as the U.K.’s joining the CPTPP.Both ministers affirmed their commitment to work together at the G7 trade and investment ministerial on March 31, 2021 on shared trade priorities, with a focus on WTO reform, health, inclusive trade, climate policy and women’s economic empowerment.With regard to the WTO, Minister Ng and Secretary Truss discussed their shared goals on WTO reform and the importance of rules-based multilateralism in trade, particularly in supporting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.The ministers exchanged views about their continued efforts to advance the WTO trade and health initiative to strengthen global supply chains and facilitate the equitable flow of essential medicines and medical supplies. /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:agreement, business, Canada, empowerment, free trade, G7, Government, International trade, Investment, Minister, public consultation, Secretary, secretary of state, Small Business, supply chain, United Kingdom, WTOlast_img read more

Connecting Asia-Pacific with Smart, Safe and Resilient Roads

first_imgConnecting Asia-Pacific with Smart, Safe and Resilient Roads Geneva, Switzerland – UNITAR Road Safety Global Training Initiative and the International Road Federation (IRF) joined forces to deliver on the 18th of March of 2021 a Master Class on Management Practices for Safer Roads, in the framework of the International Road Federation regional conference on Connecting Asia-Pacific with Smart, Safe and Resilient Roads.During this Master Class, 180 senior government authorities from Ministries of Roads and Public Works, as well as representatives from the private sector were introduced by UNITAR to the “Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit” and to a successful case study featured in the Toolkit from the city of Gurugram, India.Ms. Angela Montano from UNITAR presented some of the main features of the Toolkit and explained how this interactive e-learning tool introduces an innovative management methodology for improving existing road infrastructure for the benefit of all road users, especially the most vulnerable. Participants were also invited to express their interest and approach the Institute to ask for guidance or to receive training and assistance for implementing the Toolkit in their cities.From the private sector perspective, Ms. Amrita Sarna, Public Affairs Manager from AB InBev shared how the Toolkit was successfully implemented in the city of Gurugram, India as a public-private collaboration between the government of Haryana and the support of private sector partners. Based upon an exhaustive mapping exercise, Gurugram was ranked in 2017 on top of the list for city with highest number of road accidents related deaths in the northern Indian state of Haryana. In 2019, there were a total of 1154 road accidents in Gurugram of which close to 90 were fatalities. To reduce this, the city of Gurugram, following the Toolkit’s recommendations and methodology, committed to identify “black spots” and to implement corrective measures to improve the highest-risk road intersections such as Hero Honda Chowk and Shubash Chowk. Suggested interventions, with necessary compliance, are expected to reduce in 2021 the number of fatalities and serious injuries by up to 48%.This successful collaboration with IRF allowed participants to explore more-in-depth the Toolkit with special emphasis on the need to improve road infrastructure, the importance of law enforcement, on the value of partnerships with a collaborative and multi-stakeholder approach to road safety, and on everyone’s responsibility as road users to put efforts on making roads safer for all.LinksThe Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit is free and currently available in English, Chinese, French, Spanish and PortugueseFor easy access, you can also download the Toolkit through its App version, available for Android and iOS devices /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:Android, Asia, chinese, conference, English, exercise, French, Government, Honda, India, infrastructure, participants, road accidents, road safety, spanish, Switzerlandlast_img read more