Senate Passes Budget That Would Fund Government Into 2017

UncategorizedSenate Passes Budget That Would Fund Government Into 2017October 30, 2015 by Laura Wagner, NPR News Share:The Senate passed a bill to fund the government for two years. The measure suspends the debt ceiling and allocates $80 billion to domestic and defense programs.Jacquelyn Martin/APThe Senate passed a bill at 3:12 a.m. ET Friday that would raise the debt ceiling and fund the government into 2017. This means that there would be no fiscal standoffs and threats of government shutdown for more than a year.The measure is now on its way to the White House for President Obama’s signature, NPR’s Ailsa Chang reports for the Newscast unit:“For months, there was real concern the looming Nov. 3 deadline to lift the debt ceiling was going to send Congress into crisis mode, right when it was picking a new speaker of the House.“But now Congress has days to spare, having passed a budget agreement that raises the debt ceiling until March 2017. The deal also increases federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years — splitting that amount evenly between defense and domestic programs.“The agreement was negotiated by former Speaker John Boehner, three other congressional leaders and the White House. The newly elected speaker, Paul Ryan, supported the deal but says he’ll ensure a more inclusive process next time important legislation is at stake.”As we reported earlier this week, the package also includes provisions that delay a hike in Medicare premiums, sell oil from the emergency reserve to offset spending, and shift Social Security money around.“The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will, as of right now, be unable to pay full benefits late next year, when it would have to slash them by 19 percent. This bill would shift money from the old age fund and into the disability fund — a tactic Congress has used several times before.”Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Read Original Article – Published OCTOBER 30, 2015 3:12 AM ETSenate Passes Budget That Would Fund Government Into 2017Share this story: read more

Best of the Brokers for 29 October 2014

first_imgTuesday 28 October 2014 8:35 pm Express KCS To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] DIAMONDSBarclays Equity Research reiterated its “overweight” rating despite seasonally weak demand in the diamond industry. The broker maintained its 12-month price target of 290p for Petra and stated that it expected demand to firm up and management to maintain its price guide.SIGNumis reiterated its “buy” rating although it noted that SIG’s exposure to the French and German construction sectors could lead to a downgrade in growth prospects in 2015. However, the broker said a strong track record and good prospects in the UK still made the shares good value. whatsapp Tags: NULL Best of the Brokers for 29 October 2014 More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comcenter_img Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndo whatsapp Share last_img read more

Saudi Arabia oil minister Ali al-Naimi: We won’t cut production to prop up prices

first_img Saudi Arabia’s oil minister has insisted the country will not cut oil production to prop up prices, despite the key commodity collapsing by a further 25 per cent in value over the past month. “Whether it goes down to $20, $40, $50, $60, it is irrelevant,” Ali al-Naimi said yesterday.  “We are going to continue to produce what we are producing, we are going to continue to welcome additional production if customers come and ask for it.” Brent crude oil prices – an oil price benchmark – dropped by 2.17 per cent yesterday to $60.05 a barrel. It is nearly half the price it was in June. On 23 November it was $80 a barrel. He also believes Saudi Arabia’s counterparts in the Organisation of Petro­leum Exporting Countries (Opec) will adopt a similar policy.  “As a policy for Opec, and I convinced Opec of this, even Mr al-Badri [Opec secretary general] is now convinced, it is not in the interest of Opec producers to cut their production, whatever the price is,” al-Naimi told the Middle East Economic Survey. Referring to countries outside Opec, he said: “If they want to cut production they are welcome. We are not going to cut, and certainly Saudi Arabia isn’t going to cut.” Opec resisted cutting back on production in its November meeting, where the cartel decided to keep its target output unchanged at 30m barrels per day. The oil minister’s comments may have buoyed global stock markets. The FTSE 100 gained 0.48 per cent while in the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.87 per cent to reach 17,959.44. The end of year Santa rally may take the Dow nearer the 18,000 mark which it has yet to surpass in its history.  Stocks on the continent also edged up, with the German Dax rising 0.81 per cent and the French Cac 40 gaining 0.3 per cent. Even stocks in Athens jumped by 0.63 per cent yes­ter­day ahead of a new round of presidential elections today.  Despite oil prices slipping slightly yesterday, the Russian rouble shot up by eight per cent against the dollar. It now takes 55 roubles to purchase one dollar, the lowest amount of roubles required for 10 days. Over the past three months, any decline in oil prices has been closely followed by a similarly sized drop in the rouble. The rouble rebound also came despite Russia’s former finance minister Alexei Kudrin issuing a stark warning on the economy. “We are entering or have already entered a full-blown economic crisis, and we’re going to feel it to the full next year,” Kudrin said. Some analysts have suggested that Opec is refusing to slow production so that it can keep its market share. “The Saudis seem to be continuing with their game plan to shock prices lower by sticking it to the market that they will put more oil out if they have more customers for whatever price they are comfortable in selling,” said John Kilduff, partner at New York energy hedge fund Again Capital. “It seems like an all-out strategy on their part to finish all the weak players in the market who can’t survive at sub-$60 or even sub-$50 oil.” Meanwhile, the most heavily indebted oil companies in the world were primarily based in Latin America, said Capital Economics. 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Non-dom crackdown: What impact will taxing the global rich have on the UK?

first_imgWednesday 8 April 2015 9:34 pm Non-dom crackdown: What impact will taxing the global rich have on the UK? Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Share whatsapp whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express Tight finances and pressure to break the deadlock in the elect­ion campaign combined yester­day in a very focused new round of tax – on the foreign earnings of over 5,000 rich British residents.Labour first introduced a levy on long-term non-domiciled residents back in 2008, and the coalition has hiked it since. In December, chancellor George Osborne announced another increase. But Ed Miliband took it further yesterday, pledging to make all UK residents pay tax on worldwide income once they have been in the country for more than three years. The Labour leader argues that it should raise hundreds of millions of pounds, and make the system fairer. But it might not be that straightforward, as the targets are highly mobile. WHAT IS A NON-DOM?Most Britons with overseas earnings pay tax in the country where it is earned, and in the UK. Then they may get a rebate to make sure they pay up a maximum of the applicable UK rate. Under a complex set of rules, those with ties to a foreign country can register as a non-domiciled resident. That means they only pay the foreign tax, as long as the money stays overseas. Once a non-dom has been here for seven years of the past 10, a £30,000 annual charge is applied. This rises to £50,000 after 12 years, and will soon hit £90,000 for those who have been resident in the UK for 17 of the last 20 years, of £90,000 per year. HOW MUCH TAX DO THEY PAY NOW?The rich do pay a large share of tax in Britain. The top one per cent of earners pay roughly 28 per cent of all income tax, and the top 10 per cent pay more than 58 per cent of the total. And non-doms paid £6.18bn in 2012-12, plus another £223m in the levy, according to lawyers at Pinsent Masons. On top of that, there will be taxes on capital gains and on property transactions.Nonetheless, extra charges fit the political consensus that the rich should pay more. If the non-dom crack down does deter immigration by the global rich, then it could even cost the Treasury moneyHOW DID WE GET HERE?Income tax has existed for around 200 years, and the non-domiciled exemptions in their current form were brought in around 100 years ago. According to tax lawyers Baker Tilly, the idea was to make sure “new money” earned by businessmen overseas was taxed in the same way as “old money” of British landowners. Brits with overseas earnings were suddenly subjected to the same taxes as those who earned money at home, and the non-dom bit was brought in to give exemptions to those who lived in the UK but had real foreign family links. “How different the social and economic context is now! The UK landed gentry are no longer the world’s wealthiest and fewer ‘poor men’ of the UK make their fortunes overseas,” said Baker Tilly’s George Bull. “As the pendulum of tax fairness has swung so far away from its position in 1914, it’s sensible to reassess the place of domicile within a 21st-century tax regime.” WILL THEY ALL JUST LEAVE BRITAIN?Some will – but probably only a small proportion. Thousands of non-doms left when the levy was introduced and again when it was increased. The Office for Budget Responsibility’s attempts to forecast the impact of the coming levy increase plan for some of them to exit the UK. However, most of the more than 100,000 now registered as non-doms are only here for a few years, and Labour wants to keep this system, with a potential limit of three years. Around 5,000 pay the levy, which only kicks in after seven years in the UK. Those who have been here for that long are likely to have deep ties with Britain. While it may make the UK look like a less stable place to work, it is unlikely to drive all of those people away. A bigger impact may be that fewer will move to the UK in the future. If London wants to position itself as the world business and finance capital, it has to keep attracting global high-fliers. “This country has benefited enormously from attracting some of the most successful businesses and entrepreneurs in the world, with the previous Labour government recognising the benefits of an internationally competitive tax system,” said Simon Walker from the Institute of Directors. “While there may be little public sympathy for those who stand to be affected by reforms to non-dom status, the truth is that these things matter. There is a serious risk that large numbers of the international financial community, who have headquartered themselves in London at least in part because of our tax regime, will now exit the country.” Beneficiaries could include Zurich and Gibraltar, while cities like Frankfurt and Paris may lose fewer wealthy citizens to London over the long term. HOW MUCH MONEY WILL IT RAISE?Possibly nothing. If it does deter immigration by the global rich, then it could even cost the Treasury money. Labour hopes it will raise hundreds of millions of pounds but it all depends on how the non-doms react. Given they are internationally mobile, they may drain out of the UK shortly after. “Non-doms bring entrepreneurial drive and choose to base their businesses in the UK, which lead to generating tax receipts from VAT and corporate tax, and income tax and National Insurance by employing individuals,” said Blick Rothenberg’s Nimesh Shah.  “The next government… could be unknowingly faced with a severe dent to the UK’s economy,” said Shar.  Tags: NULLlast_img read more

California considers funding controversial research: editing genes in human embryos

first_img By Charles Piller Feb. 8, 2016 Reprints Global summit opens door to controversial gene-editing of human embryos OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine was created in 2004 to fund stem cell research, after the federal government stopped paying for most experiments with human embryos. Now the state agency is considering underwriting another controversial use of embryos that the federal government won’t support — editing their genes.Officials of the state agency, known as CIRM, discussed guidelines and safeguards for this type of research last week at a meeting of an internal committee that evaluates standards for research funding but made no decision about supporting such work. A new gene-editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 has revolutionized biomedical research and is thought to hold great promise for eventually helping scientists cure hereditary ailments such as Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease.Laws about embryo research are in flux around the globe, as nations struggle to keep up with quickly changing science. Following the first official government approval of an experiment that would alter human embryo DNA — in the United Kingdom last week — scientists there might soon use the cells during the first two weeks of embryonic development to study genetic factors in infertility.advertisement A donated human embryo seen through a microscope. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Related: The California stem cell agency has opened the prospect that state or private groups might take the lead in underwriting germline editing experiments in this country. CIRM spokesman Kevin McCormack said in an interview that his group’s standards panel will assess the issues and report to the full board within about two months. The agency might conclude that current rules are adequate to cover such work if the group chooses to fund it.“The science is evolving so rapidly, even if we don’t make any changes to our (standards), it’s important to look and see if they are good enough, strong enough the way they are,” McCormack said. This kind of research is legal in the United States, but the National Institutes of Health said last year that it won’t fund research involving gene editing of human embryos, eggs, or sperm. Changes to these “germline” genes are inherited by offspring.So far, no researchers have publicly announced experiments to implant altered embryos in a woman’s uterus, let alone use them to create a fully developed baby. But finding the right balance of risks and benefits for genetic changes that can be passed on to future generations remains a central dilemma — and fear — for scientists and the public. In December, an international summit on human gene editing endorsed germline editing research in non-human animals and left open the door to modifying the genomes of early human embryos, eggs, or sperm as long as they’re not used to establish a pregnancy.advertisementcenter_img CIRM, which already funds research using human embryos, is deciding whether to strengthen rules governing informed consent for embryo donors. Its standards experts are considering, for example, whether CRISPR can ethically be used on embryos obtained before the recent emergence of the gene-editing technology, or if it should be used only on newly donated biomaterials.The agency is considering the use of gene-edited embryos for research that allows them to develop no longer than two weeks, as in the UK experiment.California voters authorized $3 billion in bond sales to create CIRM, in response to a 2001 decision by President George W. Bush to sharply restrict federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. So far, CIRM’s board has committed about $1.9 billion to universities, individual researchers, and companies, although only $1.4 billion has actually been spent.Among state agencies that support stem cell research — including in Texas, Connecticut, New York, and Maryland — only California’s has publicly contemplated human embryo gene editing. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and Bioinnovation Connecticut have not yet considered funding such experiments, their spokespersons said. The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund has taken no position on this issue, and New York officials could not be reached for comment.Some important private groups that support stem cell research also have moved cautiously. Russ Campbell, a spokesman for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Triangle Park, N.C., said “this is not an area that we are pursuing or supporting.”Nancy Wexler, president of the New York-based Hereditary Disease Foundation, said her funds are currently committed to other priorities, and she does not anticipate supporting gene-editing of human embryos in the foreseeable future. But she called the recent move in the United Kingdom to promote this work “fantastic.”“Their ability to do that is going to help all of us,” Wexler said, “so I say bravo.” In the LabCalifornia considers funding controversial research: editing genes in human embryos Tags CRISPRgene editinggenetics Related: UK government agency approves editing genes in human embryos last_img read more

Lower-for-longer interest rates likely for Canada, too: TD

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work The Bank of Canada will likely follow the U.S. Federal Reserve Board in shifting its approach to monetary policy, allowing for lower rates for longer, says TD Economics.In a new report, TD said that the Fed’s new policy framework, which includes a more flexible approach to inflation and a new focus on employment shortfalls, means the central bank will likely take longer to raise interest rates. Related news Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Keywords Monetary policyCompanies Federal Reserve Board, Bank of Canada Falling interest rates concept Alaton/Istockphoto James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “The Federal Reserve’s change to Flexible Average Inflation Targeting is an effort to fight the stubbornly low inflation that has persisted for the last decade,” the report said. “It is trying to reset inflation expectations.”“A longer road ahead in meeting inflation and employment objectives equates to a more patient central bank and a policy rate that will be anchored lower for (even) longer,” it said.A similar shift is expected from the Bank of Canada, which is also reviewing its policy approach.“Though it is debating a range of different options, the most likely outcome is a framework that will allow higher inflation to offset past misses,” the report said.The results of the Bank of Canada’s review are due in 2021 when the government and the central bank will renew their agreement on an inflation-control target.Canada’s central bank “may choose not to follow the same direct objective of FAIT [flexible average inflation targeting], but the end result of lower for longer will be the likely outcome,” TD said.last_img read more

JICA/MOH Hosts Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases Training Seminar

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), this morning (June 18) opened the final training initiative in the Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) for the prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases in the region.The programme, which is geared at leaders, coordinators and managers of chronic non-communicable diseases prevention programmes, is being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from June 18 to 29. The first and second courses were held from January 26 to February 6, 2004, while the third session was held from January 20 to 29, 2005. The fourth course, which was scheduled for January16 to 27 was cancelled.The third country training programme is an essential component of the Japanese government’s Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) for developing countries. In 1998, the governments of Jamaica and Japan signed a five-year Joint Technical Cooperation Agreement targeting the Southern Region Health Authority (SRHA). Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, in an address presented by Director of Health Promotion and Protection, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller, explained that through this technical cooperation, a project was developed and implemented, focusing on the primary and secondary prevention of hypertension and diabetes.“A pioneering aspect of this project was the establishment of a disease prevention model, facilitated by technical support from Japanese counterparts throughout the entire project period,” he said. Mr. Dalley pointed out that through the project, JICA has equipped three fixed wellness centres and three mobile clinics and upgraded and equipped laboratory services and trained several members of staff from the SRHA through attachments in Japan. “This project has been successful and it was felt that this concept of promoting wellness could be shared with other Caribbean counterparts. This Third Country Training Programme has subsequently evolved from the joint technical cooperation project,” he explained.Meanwhile, Jackie Gurney, who spoke on behalf of Dr. Ernest Pate, PAHO Representative in Jamaica, said partnerships such as the Third Country Initiative and fostering networking between Caribbean countries is the strategy to adopt to ensure the promotion of national development. She expressed the view that although education about chronic non-communicable disease was being imparted, persons were not necessarily applying the knowledge to their lifestyles. “We know by now about the issue of epidemiological transition, aging of the population, the rise in chronic non-communicable diseases, and the burden and challenge it represents to the countries. We know about the risk factors and the protective factors.but unfortunately awareness does not necessarily lead to a change in behaviour. And this is where public health leadership is crucial and needs concerted efforts to ensure its strengthening,” she stated.Ms. Gurney said the leadership training programme therefore fit perfectly into the bigger picture where public health strengthening involves a lifecycle approach, including the unborn child, because studies have now clearly demonstrated the link between low birth weight and an increase risk for non-communicable diseases.“Public health strengthening means a re-vamping of primary health care as has been urged by the PAHO, with health promotion at the forefront with an integration of primary and secondary health care services. We don’t want people to reach hospital if we can avoid it. We would like the specialists to come to the clinic, to the primary health care setting. Public health strengthening also means a team approach to the care of chronic non-communicable diseases; not doctor centred, but team-centred, with the nutritionist at the forefront. Primary health strengthening must ensure evidence-based decision-making,” she told the audience. The PAHO representative noted that Jamaica is one of the few countries of the region that has presented a healthy lifestyle strategy policy and had adopted it at the Cabinet level.In his address, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masahiro Obata emphasized that the TCTP methodology facilitates the opportunity for a developing country such as Jamaica, to transfer knowledge to other developing countries. “In this situation, the reach of Japan is extended and multiplies beyond the initial input. The knowledge transferred here is not bordered by the confines of the SHRA.the method helps Japan to transfer knowledge to Jamaica and through Jamaica to the Caribbean,” he stated.Elaborating, the Ambassador said that through the project, health professionals from Jamaica have visited Japan to look at its systems for delivering health care and prevention advice. “These professionals then work with Japanese counterparts here in Jamaica, in creating a more structured environment for health care delivery. Today, the process continues as participants of third countries are once more embraced and the circle of knowledge widens,” he said.Ambassador Obata noted that during the last six years, there have been major achievements directly attributed to the project, with more than 800 health professionals trained in prevention of chronic lifestyle diseases, and more than 1,300 Jamaicans benefiting from preventative screenings. 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Community organisations slam decision to continue discriminatory and punitive Cashless Debit Card

first_imgCommunity organisations slam decision to continue discriminatory and punitive Cashless Debit Card 10 December 2020Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak organisations, legal services and human rights organisations have slammed the decision of the Morrison Government and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, with the abstention of the Centre Alliance in the Senate giving the government the numbers, to pass its Cashless Debit Card legislation and continue punitive, discriminatory and harmful scheme.The amendments do nothing to improve the lives of people on social security payments in the Northern Territory. Instead they will only create confusion and continue paternalistic compulsory income control in the Northern Territory, but now with two concurrent schemes – the Basics Card and the Cashless Debit Card.We collectively condemn the decision as a step backwards when it comes to aspirations of Closing the Gap, and a disappointing reflection of the long way we have to go before First Nations voices and the wishes and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are heard by decision-makers in Parliament House.Cheryl Axleby, Change The Record Co-Chair:“For thirteen years compulsory income management has denied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the same basic rights as everyone else – to make decisions about their own money, and their own lives. It is devastating to have this legacy of paternalistic and discriminatory policy-making continued with the Cashless Debit Card. We call on the Morrison Government, Centre Alliance and all members of Parliament to start walking the walk if they are genuine about Closing the Gap, and start listening to First Nations peoples and our communities.”Priscilla Atkins, NATSILS Co-Chair:“The fact that the racially discriminatory Cashless Debit Card Bill was continued without conclusive evidence of its effectiveness, following a completely inadequate consultation process is deeply concerning. This Bill will have harmful and damaging consequences for our people, is in direct conflict with the Closing the Gap agreement and should have been abolished in favour of Aboriginal community-controlled and led solutions and services.”Nolan Hunter, Amnesty International Australia Indigenous Rights Lead:“It’s hard to understand how we will ever get closer to First Nations people having their human rights respected when governments continue to treat us like second-class citizens. The CDC is dehumanising and attempts, unsuccessfully, to treat the symptoms of colonialism and dispossession.“What we need from Government is to trust Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to know what’s best for us and to support us in community-led solutions.”Paul Wright, National Director ANTaR“This is punitive, a policy that disproportionately targets First Nations communities and has been repeatedly shown not to work. The existence of the Cashless Debit Card undermines the Government’s stated objective to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to close the gap.”Josephine Langbien, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre:“The Morrison Government has failed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people once again. After completely disregarding the views of First Nations people, the Morrison Government has rammed through laws to extend the cashless debit card trials yet again, and introduce two different systems of income management in the Northern Territory. Compulsory income control in any form only serves to make life harder for people and families who have already experienced over 10 years of discriminatory social security policies.”Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS):“In the midst of the worst recession in a century, the government has decided to subject people to the punitive and demeaning cashless debit card on a permanent basis. This card discriminates against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is impractical, demeaning, unproven and expensive.“Instead of punishing people for being on a low income, the government should be working with First Nations People to deliver community-led solutions as well as permanently lifting income support payments so everyone can cover the basics.Deborah Di Natale, CEO, Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS):“The Cashless Debit Card does not work. It is essential that any programs for Aboriginal people recognise their sovereignty, and it’s essential that communities have control and agency over matters that affect them. This is at the heart of Closing the Gap. This is the opposite of the Cashless Debit Card.” /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. 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Ham-fisted driver buys a Ferrari F430, totals it after an hour

first_img 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 A British driver has survived a major crash in his Ferrari, an hour after he bought it. Local police called it a “miracle escape,” but the car was not so lucky.South Yorkshire Police posted photos on Twitter of the smoking and wrecked car, saying it “went airborne (and) burst into flames” beside a highway in northern England. The Ferrari F430 Scuderia, worth about US$260,000 when new, ended up a burning heap in a field.In a statement on Facebook, police said the driver “only had minor cuts and bruises” after Thursday’s smash, but they also detected “a sense of damaged pride.” RELATED TAGSFerrariNewsFacebook Inc.Ferrari F430Ferrari SpANorthern EnglandSouth Yorkshire PoliceTwitter Inc. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This used to be a Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The driver who wrecked it survived, but his ego reportedly took a hit. See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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” The force said the driver told officers: “I’ve only just got it, picked it up an hour ago.” Police urged local drivers to take care on the roads. center_img Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Afternoon Brief, November 22

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleThe Grateful Table Spotlights California Wine Country’s Uncrushable SpiritNext article2017 Wine Industry Financial Benchmarking Report® Provides Valuable Business Performance Data for Wine Industry Editor Share TAGSCiattiDan BergerExpediaKistlerLondonMark BixlerPennsylvania Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Pinterest Twittercenter_img Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, November 22Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, November 22By Editor – November 22, 2017 46 0 Linkedin ReddIt Trending Story:Drinking Red Wine May Elicit Feeling Both Tired and Sexy, Study FindsDrinkers may want to consider what alcoholic beverage to go for, as it may affect their mood according to research…Today’s News:Wine’s Trending Pursuit of Freshness: Why Less Is MoreWine boasts 6,000 years of documented history and a reputation woven in tradition and mystique. It’s an unlikely candidate for wholesale change…Wine & Weed Interactions: Planning a Safe EventAs recreational marijuana continues to grow in popularity, we are seeing more events that pair wine with high-end cannabis…Who Loses in the Breakthru/RNDC Merger? EveryoneHappy Thanksgiving to the thousands of independent suppliers that read my writings and the 100 or so distributors that check in with what we are doing…Consumers the Losers in Mega-MergerKistler Founder Mark Bixler DiesHow a Newly Minted Master Sommelier Sells WinesCalifornia Grape Varieties: Why Site MattersThe Grateful Table Spotlights California Wine Country’s Uncrushable SpiritThe Malbec Masters 2017: Results and AnalysisExpedia Launches Interactive Guide to Sparkling Wine RegionsSpotted Lanternfly Threat Expands in PennsylvaniaCiatti Global Market Report November 2017London Sees Launch of Strictest Sparkling Wine Classification in the WorldDan Berger: Italy’s Barolo Better with AgeWineIndustry.Jobs:Assistant WinemakerNashoba Valley Winery – Bolton, MA, United StatesWine Conferences ManagerZephyr Conferences – United StatesMaintenance MechanicRecruiting Associates Network – Napa, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefIndustry Events:WINnovation and Wine Industry Awards ReceptionNovember 28, 2017 – Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesUsing Drones for Vineyard ManagementNovember 29, 2017 – Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesNorth Coast Wine Industry ExpoNovember 30, 2017 –  Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesWine Industry WorkshopDecember 5, 2017 – WebinarAdvanced Social Media Marketing Strategy & TacticsDecember 6, 2017 – Sonoma, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Events…North Coast Wine Industry Expo #WINexpo:Wine in Cans Shifting Consumer Perceptions, Especially Among Millennial DrinkersAcquisitions Impact on North Coast Grape Growers Hard to Predict Due to Market “Hesitation”Trial Shows Amino Acid Based Nutrients to Increase Wine AromaticsWIN Expo 2017 Wine & Weed: A New Normal on the HorizonAdvancements in Protein Stability & CMC vs. Traditional Cold StabilizationThe Synergistic Actions of Enzymes and Tannins in WinemakingPét Nat Wines: A Fresh Look at an Old Style for 2017 and BeyondWIN Expo: The “Buying Show” for the Wine IndustryNorth Coast Wine Industry Expo Supports #CAWineStrong#ExpoDeals Offered by WIN Expo ExhibitorsTop Stories:Massive Gallo Winery Could Mean ‘Free-for-All’ in Lodi Wine CountryVisionaries in Wine Grape Irrigation Forecasting Earn WINnovation AwardNapa’s Colgin Cellars Sells Majority Stake to French Luxury Titan LVMHDuckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2014 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the YearWhy You Should Work in Various Industry RolesRepublic National Distributing Company and Breakthru Beverage Group to Form $12 Billion Company with North American FootprintCalifornia Releases Cannabis Regulations with No Limit on Farm SizeNapa County Approves Expanded Regusci Winery OperationsRemote, Small Winery Gains Napa County ApprovalOregon RisingThe Pros and Cons of Shelf TalkersAlcohol Percentages of Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Wines of 2017Winners Announced for the Harvest Challenge 2017List of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 WineriesHarvest Analysis: Crafting Wines with Precision and Quality Emaillast_img read more