Hearings to examine climate change bills

first_imgHearings to examine climate change bills The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is holding public hearings for its inquiry into climate change bills on Friday 29 January and Monday 1 February 2021.The two private members’ Bills were introduced in Parliament by Zali Steggall MP on 9 November 2020, and referred to the Committee for review.The Bills seek to alter Australia’s current climate change management and establish a new Climate Change Commission to replace the current Climate Change Authority.Committee Chair Mr Ted O’Brien said: “The Committee will consider the Bills carefully and we’re looking forward to hearing the views of a range of interested parties.”Acknowledging a high level of interest in the inquiry, Mr O’Brien noted the Committee’s experience in managing inquiries on issues of important public policy. “We have recently managed inquiries into nuclear energy, bushfires, Scope 3 emissions and feral cats, and so the Committee is well placed to now deliberate on the proposed climate change bills. “As a Committee, we’ll do what we always do,” said Mr O’Brien. “We won’t draw any conclusions prematurely, but rather assess the information with dispassionate independence.”The Committee will commence its hearing on Friday with the key Australian Government agencies managing Australia’s current climate change framework.The hearing will then consider views from the health, science, technical, environmental, infrastructure, energy, planning, business and investment sectors.On Monday, the Committee will hear from some state and local government bodies and others including grassroots community groups, policy development organisations, academics and legal experts.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, committee hearings are not presently open for physical attendance by members of the public. Proceedings will be available to watch live or later on the Parliament’s website at aph.gov.au/live.Public hearing detailsDate: Friday 29 January 2021Time: 9.30 am to 4.45 pmLocation: Via video and teleconferenceDate: Monday 1 February 2021Time: 11.00 am to 5.00 pmLocation: Via video and teleconference /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, bushfires, business, climate change, Commission, community, coronavirus, environment, Government, infrastructure, Investment, pandemic, parliament, sciencelast_img read more

Seniors applaud government’s assistance

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Seniors applaud government’s assistance by: – September 30, 2013 58 Views   no discussions Seniors from twenty-three groups at the Dominica Council on Ageing’s first National Senior Rally in Portsmouth on SundayThe government of Dominica has been applauded for the assistance and programs which has been implemented to assist senior citizens.Seniors from twenty-three groups who attended the Dominica Council on Ageing’s first National Senior Rally in Portsmouth on Sunday, 29th September, gave a resounding applaud to the government’s efforts at alleviating the plight of elderly citizens.“The government of Dominica, we would like to recognize that it has contributed tremendously to the event today,” acting chairman Nigel Lawrence said.He indicated that not only has the government contributed to the staging of the rally, but “every year, for the past three years, the government of Dominica has opened an avenue to us”.As part of the United Nations agreement, he explained, the government has allowed the Council and other representatives of older persons to meet with the Cabinet to dialogue on what the issues are affecting older persons and what they would like of the government.“So far, we’ve gotten a lot of the things we’ve gone to the government for, and for that I would like us to recognize that today we can boast of free medical care for older persons who are over a certain age that is over sixty” Mr Lawrence said.In addition, the government has also implemented the Yes We Care program which is geared at providing care for senior citizens who are unable to do so on their own and have no family members or relatives who can assist them in that regard.“I would like as the acting chairman of the Dominica Council on Ageing, to ask you let us give a resounding round of applause for the contribution of government for recognizing and for alleviating the plight of older persons,” Mr Lawrence said.He also noted that the government has been doing several other things for elderly citizens. “Today we are where we are supposed to be, we are here on our own ground, I want you to understand today that it is your time,” he stated.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

R&S Introduces 5G Site Testing Solution for Installation and Troubleshooting

first_imgRohde & Schwarz has introduced a 5G Site Testing Solution (5G STS) that provides the industry with an integrated package of proven test equipment that combines all the necessary functional, RF and signaling tests for 5G installation and troubleshooting. These solutions will tackle the challenge of successfully deploying and operating a new network infrastructure that has a radically different architecture from previous cellular generations.Site acceptance and troubleshooting of each new cell site must test new capabilities, such as beamforming and 5G/LTE dual connectivity, to verify the correct installation and performance and to ensure that the required quality of service (QoS) is delivered to end-users. With the 5G Site Testing Solution from Rohde & Schwarz, network field service engineers gain a powerful test toolkit to accelerate the process of site acceptance and troubleshooting new cell sites.The 5G STS comprises the R&S TSMA6 receiver plus the R&S TSME30DC downconverter, the handheld network troubleshooter QualiPoc Android, and the R&S Cable Rider ZPH analyzer. At the core of the solution is the R&S TSMA6 autonomous receiver that uses Automatic Channel Detection (ACD) to show all LTE and 5G signals, identify channel frequency and decode the PCI/SSBs information in order to provide quality analysis of the signal.The addition of the QualiPoc Android smartphone enables field service engineers to detect the presence of a 5G carrier and to verify the fundamental parameters of uplink speed, downlink speed, and latency. QualiPoc Android can conduct cell and beam quality measurements and verify the presence and quality of the LTE anchor cell, which is essential in 5G non-stand-alone (NSA) mode.The optional R&S Cable Rider ZPH, which combines spectral analyzer and cable and antenna tester functionality, can measure the occupied bandwidth of the 5G carrier. Using a time gate, it isolates the uplink signal, which is important for interference hunting in TDD networks. The zero span feature enables the SSB to be viewed in the time domain and to determine how many beams there are. The R&S Cable Rider ZPH can also measure optical power and RF-conducted measurements of VSWR and distance-to-fault at the cell site.With the 5G STS from Rohde & Schwarz, field service engineers benefit from Automated Channel Detection (ACD) to automatically configure the receiver with the correct measurement settings rather than to manually enter them into the instrument. The solution is also significantly faster and more sensitive than a traditional spectrum analyzer. It can run 5G and LTE tests simultaneously, and it executes all necessary tests for efficient 5G site verification and troubleshooting in one integrated package.Click here for more information on R&S 5G Site Testing Solution.last_img read more

Pity! “In love with Grisho” saw Vicky Tomova’s account

first_imgBulgaria’s first racket in women’s tennis Victoria Tomova was eliminated at the start of the clay tournament in Istanbul, which is in the International category. She lost to qualifier South Bouchard of Canada 2-6, 4-6 after 95 minutes of play. The match did not start well for the 25-year-old from Sofia, who allowed two breakthroughs and started with a 0: 3 game, informs BNR. Tomova returned one break, but the Canadian, who reached №5 in the world, immediately made a new one and kept her lead until the end of the set. The second set was more equal. Up to 3: 3 the two exchanged two breakthroughs. Bouchard then made a new one, which managed to solidify for 5: 3. Victoria then served to stay in the match and did the job. The 26-year-old tennis player from Montreal applied for a place in the round of 16. Tomova reflected one matchball, but capitulated in the second.The Bulgarian made three breakthroughs from nine opportunities, and allowed six of the same chances. She won only 38 percent of the points in the first service played against 56 percent for the opponent.last_img read more

Ward weaves his magic at Parichat

first_imgTravellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, Nov. 28, Pleasant Valley – Stableford1st Norman Cheetham (14) 40pts2nd Robbie James (13) 37pts 3rd Billy Allan (19) 35ptsGreg Ward.On Monday the TRGG set off to do battle at Pleasant Valley and Norman Cheetham was pleasantly surprised with his return of 40pts on the day, which was good enough to take him to the top of the leaderboard and walk off with all the prize money yet again.  Our Norman has had a good year so far and there are still four weeks to go for our wily old Aussie.In second place with another fine score around a tricky course came Robbie James with his 37pts.  Taking third place was our own Billy Allan who managed to keep his ball on the fairway, which is more than he could do later in the week.  More of that later.Tuesday, Nov. 29, Pattavia – Stableford1st Mike Simpson (33) 37pts2nd Alastair Anderson (14) 36pts3rd Ken Brehm (20) 35ptsIt was a welcome return to Pattavia Century for the TRGG clientele On Tuesday.  This is the course with the lightning greens but judging by the winning scores I should hazard a guess that at least the top three players found them reasonable.  Mind you, the eventual winner did have an awful lot of shots to play with and was able to play double bogey golf most of the way round.Jim Cooper.Mike Simpson was that man and he was able to pick his way round and avoid most of the trouble and come home with 37pts to take first prize.  Alastair Anderson also had a good day, playing to his handicap which meant he had to pay par golf for the best part of his round.  My old adversary Ken Brehm, who I am looking forward to meeting again soon to resume our next keenly fought contest, took third on the day.Wednesday, Nov. 30, Parichat – Stableford1st Greg Ward (14) 37pts2nd Roger Wilkinson (14) 33pts3rd Ally Walker (13) 31ptsIt was another quick return to play Parichat on Wednesday.  Now some people believe that golf is an expensive game to play, a sentiment with which I have to agree, especially when you play Parichat.  The golf ball manufacturers love this course and I defy any golfer in the world to finish the eighteenth hole and to still be playing with the same golf ball they drove off with on the first.  But I guess we must all be masochists to return to play the course time and time again.Alan Thomas.At half way round Billy Allan had managed to lose nine golf balls and was asking his playing partners if he could borrow some of theirs.  They all laughed, they had none left either.Anyway back to the competition. Greg Ward had a good day and returned a quite remarkable 37pts.  He is obviously in league with the Devil.  Someway behind came Roger Wilkinson, one of my playing partners, who started the round terribly but finished with a back nine of 20pts which helped considerably.Ally Walker came home in third place with just 31pts, a good effort at Parichat.Thursday, Dec. 1, Green Valley – Stableford1st Jim Cooper (15) 38pts2nd Derek Thorogood (15) 33pts3rd Ted Senior (18) 33ptsOn Thursday we began the new month with our weekly visit to Green Valley.  Jim Cooper, who has been hiding his golfing talents well below the surface for most of this year returned with a vengeance and decimated the opposition.  His 38pts on the day was far too good for the rest.It was déjà vu for second placed Derek Thorogood who seems to like that podium position.  Ted Senior is another who has been hiding his light under a bushel of late and returned to the leader board in third place.Friday, Dec. 2,Khao Kheow – Stableford1st Alan Thomas (6) 38pts2nd Greg Ward (13) 36pts3rd Ian Bell (6) 35ptsThe golfing week drew to a close at Khao Kheow (A & C courses) on Friday.Alan Thomas is the steadiest golfer I know.  In fact I think he should have been christened Eddie Thomas.  He just never seems to put a foot wrong and is a joy to watch playing.  He did the business again at Khao Kheow and his 38pts took him to the No. 1 slot yet again.  Greg Ward had to settle for second place while Scotsman Ian Bell, who hits a mean ball, took third place.last_img read more

Manchester City confirm Mendy signing

first_img IN SPORT.ES Sport EN 24/07/2017 RELATED STORIES Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have confirmed the signing of the23-year-old French left back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco. OFICIAL: Mendy ficha por el Manchester City Mendy will now join up with the City squad on their US tour.center_img City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs”. After announcing the signing of Danilo from Real Madrid, Manchester City have now announced the signing of Mendy for €57 million, a great piece of business for Monaco who paid €13 million for the player just a year ago. Official: Man City sign Real Madrid’s Danilo Upd. on 25/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy said. “They are one of Europe’s leading clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football. I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful”.last_img read more

Getafe drop points against Real Betis1-1 at Benito Villamarin

first_img Real Betis took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Joaquín in the 73rd minute, seeing the game to a 1-1 draw. Upd. at 23:13 SPORT.es The first 45 minutes was in favour of Getafe, thanks to a goal from Jaime Mata 15 minutes in the game, thereby seeing the first half to a 0-1. 15/09/2019 Real Betis and Getafe draw 1-1 on Sunday at Benito Villamarin. Real Betis went into the match knowing victory after winning at home stadium by a 2-1 victory against Leganés while Getafe scored a 1 draw against Alavés, adding a point in the last match played of the competition. As of today, Real Betis is 15th in the LaLiga, with 4 points from 4 matches, while Getafe sits at 18th with 3 points after playing a total of 4 matches.center_img At the end of the match, both teams made 3 substitutions each. For Real Betis Loren Morón, Álex Moreno and Javi García came on for Wilfrid Kaptoum, Alfonso Pedraza and Joaquín, while Getafe substituted Ángel Rodríguez, David Timor and Enric Gallego with Jorge Molina, David and Nemanja Maksimovic. The referee booked eleven players. Aissa Mandi, Barragán and Nabil Fekir from Betis saw the yellow card and William Carvalho and Loren Morón saw the red card, while for Getafe David, Allan Nyom, Mauro Arambarri, Damián Suárez, Djene Dakonam and Marc Cucurella saw a yellow card as well. CEST Real Betis will play against Osasuna at away stadium, while Getafe will face Mallorca at home stadium.last_img read more

Tyler’s talent with numbers

first_imgBy Nick Creely Tyler Finn first learnt his craft as a budding statistician in the grandstands of the MCG, watching…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Art floods in

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN THE Cardinia Grand Art Exhibition is set to become a premier art event in Cardinia Shire. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Portugal’s PM Costa, “I am Proud to be a IO”

first_imgIf there was one takeaway from the just concluded 14th Pravasi Bharitiya Divas (PBD January 7-9) it was India’s determination to connect with People of Indian Origin (PIO’s). They certainly pulled out all the stops at this largest even PBD held in Bangalore, its world famous IT capital. Unlike the previous PBDs, this inaugural biennial conclave was preceded by a yearlong series of focused discussions chaired by foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her top Ministry officials, with specially invited members of the Indian Diaspora.Some of the recommendations from those discussions were already evident, especially an emphasis on youth – exemplified by the Youth PBD. These Diaspora youth delegates (there were nine from Guyana) were given the opportunity to interact and network with their peers – including Indian students from across India studying in Bangalore. There were, of course, exposed to the curated and living civilisational response of this southern region of India, igniting an appreciation for the tremendous diversity of India, of which they are part.For myself, a member of the panel addressing the plenary session, “Connecting Contemporary India to the Diaspora in Girmitiya Countries: Link to the Past for a Shared Future”, the highlight was the address by the Chief Guest of PBD 2017, Antonio Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal. During his speech, he whipped out his “People of Indian Origin (PIO) card, held it aloft and announced, “I am proud to be a Person of Indian origin (PIO) – the first to lead a European country!”His origin was in Goa, the part of India that had been a colony of Portugal subsequent to Vasco da Gama’s historic discovery of a sea route to the East from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope of Africa. What was remarkable to me was his enthusiastic embrace of his Indian Origin, even though, in his case, Portugal had been expelled from Goa by an armed Indian invasion in 1961. Full diplomatic relations had only been resumed in 1975.It also reinforced a point I have been making in our country: we have to re-examine the narratives we have inherited from the colonial era. Those narratives came out of different contexts and answered what may be irrelevant in the present. Costa’s act reminds us that changes since then might have made some old labels like “enemy”, and “coloniser” anachronistic in the modern era.His declaration of being a PIO, while being a Portuguese, emphasises that accepting one’s origin in no way conflicts with one’s present nationality. As India’s PM Narendra Modi said to resounding, prolonged applause: The colour of the passports may be different; but not the ties of origin (blood). Costa also pragmatically played up his Indian origin to make a pitch for India to consider Portugal as a beachhead to interact with the rest of Europe in whatever field it chooses.The PIOs who had emigrated from India as indentured servants between 1834 (Mauritius) and March 12, 1917, when it was brought to a halt, did so after signing a contract or “agreement” that purported to describe their conditions and terms of employment in the new lands. The word “Girmit” is a Bhojpuri corruption of the world “agreement” and was first used by Fijian Indians to describe those who had decided to remain in their new countries: Girmitiya – People of the Agreement.This March, Girmitiyas from across the globe will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the abolition of Indentureship and PBD 2017 provided a platform to coordinate and support activities. The Social Cohesion Minister from Mauritius, for instance, committed his country’s help with digitisation of immigrants’ records, which can all be fed into an interactive database at the newly launched Girmitiya Research Centre in New Delhi.Going beyond the ongoing exchange of “cultural ambassadors”, India will also host events to commemorate the landmark event by highlighting the efforts of Gandhi, Gokhale and Maliviya to end indentureship. Quite significantly, in terms of their unfortunate later history, the Muslim League and Congress reunited for one last time to achieve this goal.last_img read more