Climate Change Act Review

first_imgClimate Change Act Review Peter Gutwein,Premier & Minister for Climate ChangeTasmania is a leader in climate action and we have achieved our target of net zero emissions by 2050 four years in a row.Because of our success, and in line with our legislative requirements, the Tasmanian Government has commenced an independent review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 (the Act), to ensure our legislation is as robust as possible and to consider a more ambitious net zero emissions target.Jacobs, a leading engineering and technical consultancy, has been appointed to conduct the Independent Review, while at the same time, central agencies DPAC and Treasury will analyse the opportunities and challenges for industry and jobs of a more ambitious target, to ensure it is evidence-based and informed by both science and economics.The Review will be carried out in consultation with the Tasmanian community, businesses, industry and the scientific community, and I will have more to say on this early next year.Funding of $300,000 was provided in the 2020-21 State Budget to progress the review of the Act and our emissions reduction target.The outcomes of the Review will inform amendments to the Act and the development of Tasmania’s next climate change action plan for post 2021.The full Terms of Reference for the independent review are available at: /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, climate, climate change, community, Engineering, Government, industry, jobs, legislation, Minister, outcomes, Premier, science, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, terms of reference, zero-emissionlast_img read more

Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Performance After Failing To Book Palestinian Show

first_imgMs. Lauryn Hill has made it clear that she does not want to play sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Hill was scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 7th, but was also aiming to perform in Ramallah, a city in the Palestinian Territory. However, complications prevented her from booking the latter, and, rather than perform in Israel only, Hill is cancelling both shows entirely.You can read the statement posted on her Facebook page:Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge. I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace. It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.Respectfully,Ms. Lauryn Hilllast_img read more

Apple Rolls Out New iPhone and Cheaper $99 Model

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Apple Inc. slashed the entry price for an iPhone in half ($99 for 8 gigabytes) and lowered some laptops by $300 Monday, the company’s first dramatic price cuts since the recession began a year and a half ago. According to Apple, the number of Mac computer users has tripled in the last two years, to 75 million. The company also unveiled its $299 32 gigabyte model, twice as fast with a longer battery life, with new features like built-in compass, video camera and satellite phone locator. Watch the video below, or read more in the Boston Herald… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

People pray for peace

first_imgSeven churches and the Abakhululi Prison Ministries walked the streets of Athlone to pray for an end to gang violence and drug abuse. Here, the group stops to pray. With the school holidays approaching, Athlone SAPS has called on residents to do their bit to keep children safe.Although gang violence has subsided in the area, Athlone SAPS spokeswoman Sergeant Zita Norman says this does not mean residents can let their guard down.On Saturday June 1, the Church of God Penticostal, Athlone Baptist Church, Pinkster Protestante Kerk, Christian Mission, God’s People Christian Centre in Heideveld, Jira Ministries in Bonteheuwel and the Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Athlone, together with the Abakhululi Prison Ministries, held a prayer walk from Athlone police station to the parking lot in front of the Athlone train station, where an open air church service was held. Former gang members also spoke of how they got out of a life of crime. The group was also supported by AthCraw Neighbourhood Watch.Sergeant Norman said extra police deployment had helped to quell a resurgence of gang violence in Bokmakierie“Due to police visibility, the gang violence has subsided. We only had one shooting incident over the weekend, where a door was damaged, but no-one was hurt. We welcome any initiative to keep gang violence at bay, and prayers are always welcome.“We urge the community to continue to report any criminal activities. With the school holidays coming up, our children’s safety is paramount,” Sergeant Norman said.Ringo Beukes, 52, from Parkwood, was one of those who shared their stories.He got involved with the “wrong crowd” at the age of 14, and by the time he was 16 he was in jail.“I was attracted by the flashy cars and the lifestyle of the gangsters and I also wanted that. From the age of 16, I was in and out of prison spanning over 35 years. I served time for crimes such as armed robbery, and house break-ins. When I made a decision at the age of 42 to change my life, I gave my heart to the Lord. At the time, my life was not less difficult, because although I changed my life, my children still needed to eat. The adaptation was not easy. Now, 10 years later, I work full-time in the church ministry as an evangelist,” Mr Beukes said.As a former 28s gang member, Robert Young, 54, has been between prison walls for 26 years.“I spent 32 years of my life doing crime. My wife had left me, and things were just spiralling out of control. The very first time I came to church, I gave my heart to the Lord. I immediately changed my life, and I started praying for my marriage. After a 10-year separation, my wife and I reconciled. Today I am a programme facilitator at Pollsmoor prison, a musician, comedian, and motivational speaker, among others,” Mr Young said.Evangelist Daniel Abrahams called on all churches to unite against what he calls this “spiritual warfare”.“Everybody just started to accept the bad things that are happening in our area. As the community, we need to bring the change… One of the things that stood out for me about the testimonies, is that many of them could have been saved from a life of crime if parents did not cover up their children’s criminal activities,” Mr Abrahams said.last_img read more

Litigant in person punches wife during hearing

first_imgA man has attacked his wife while representing himself in family court proceedings, highlighting security concerns as more people appear in court without a lawyer.The Ministry of Justice confirmed that an incident took place during proceedings at an Essex court last week in a hearing about residence and visiting rights.As the judge began to deliver their ruling, the father walked across the court and punched his wife several times in the head. He was restrained by court staff and arrested by police. At a magistrates’ court hearing the man pleaded guilty to assault and will appear for sentencing at the Crown court later this month.The man will also face contempt of court proceedings in London in a hearing before Sir James Munby, president of the family division, on Wednesday. Lawyers raised concerns that the removal of legal aid for most family cases in April would increase the number of litigants in person and increase the tension in family law cases.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: ‘Self-represented parties are not a new phenomenon – immediately prior to our legal aid changes about half of private law children’s cases involved them.’ 
She said: ‘Lawyers representing a party would not play a role in court security matters, and we have no evidence to suggest any increase in this type of incident since April.’HM Courts & Tribunals Service said: ‘HMCTS takes the issue of security within courts extremely seriously and has a robust security and safety system to protect all court users and the judiciary. 

This system includes mandatory bag searches, metal detectors and surveillance cameras, as well as court security officers who have legislative powers to protect all those in the court building. The powers of the court security officers include the ability to restrain and remove people from the building should there be a need.’A spokesman added: ‘Our security system is continually monitored to ensure that it is effective and proportionate, and mitigates against the risks faced.’A Law Society spokesperson agreed that the case raised serious concerns. He said: ‘We recognise that this situation can be very intimidating for people taking these actions. The law allows people to represent themselves and, while the judge can control excessive or intimidating behaviour and inappropriate questions, this will not stop the process being difficult and distressing.’The abolition of legal aid for many of these proceedings, in the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, will make this more common. The Law Society and others with significant experience of domestic violence cases argued that this presented risks whereby defendants would be more likely to proceed without representation and would confront their victims in court.’In this case, it is clearly wrong and deeply distressing to the alleged victim. We call on government to revisit rules governing the scope of legal aid in civil cases so that such situations can be avoided, for the sake of alleged victims and for the sake of justice.’last_img read more

Clippers bench leads them past Spurs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “It is always fun to watch some of your teammates play well,” Jordan said. “Everyone in the second unit gave us a spark. I’m glad we’re so much deeper than we were last year.”Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 27 points and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds.The Spurs outrebounded the Clippers 54-42 but shot only 40.2 percent from the floor.“They are playing good defense, but we definitely missed some wide-open shots tonight,” Leonard said.The Clippers built a 57-45 lead at halftime and never again trailed. They were up by 14 with 43 seconds left, but gave up consecutive baskets on inbounds steals to make the score more respectable for the Spurs.“You have to play 48 minutes in this league, and we played 24,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We played the last 24 minutes competitively, with some energy, some toughness, some fiber, whatever you want to call it. We didn’t for the first 24 and they did it for 48.”The loss dropped San Antonio to 23-6, with two losses against the Clippers. The Spurs lost by 24 points to Los Angeles at home last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine UFC star ‘Cyborg’ Justino has potential failed doping test Senators to proceed with review of VFA Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled by Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs (C) in front of Pau Gasol #16 (R) in the second quarter of the game at Staples Center on December 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers were already down one big star against San Antonio on Thursday night when another one got hurt late in the third quarter.Without forward Blake Griffin to start and Chris Paul to finish, the Clippers went exclusively to their bench in the fourth quarter to pull out a 106-101 victory over the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Paul said he did not believe his left hamstring injury was serious and he was holding out hope he could play Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.“I’m OK,” Paul said. “I think I just tweaked my hamstring. I’m glad I caught it when I did. It’s probably going to come back, but hopefully I’ll be ready for Dallas.”Griffin missed his second game following knee surgery Tuesday and is expected to be out up to six weeks.Paul still led the Clippers in scoring with 19 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists. Marreese Speights had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Raymond Felton scored 13 to lead the barrage off the bench.Los Angeles reserve Jamal Crawford and starters J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan each had 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT It was only San Antonio’s second road loss this season in 17 games.The Clippers’ bench outscored the Spurs’ reserves 58-33. Los Angeles took an 81-73 lead into the fourth and coach Doc Rivers never did return to his starters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I just rode ’em,” he said.“That was great. That just shows the confidence we have in our reserves.” We are young View commentslast_img read more

Haywood County Shooting Victims Identified

first_imgHaywood County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to investigate two deaths that occurred in the Fines Creek area.At 6:53 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, deputies responded to a residence after receiving a call that an individual had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies found two deceased individuals.The deceased have been identified as Nina Christina Martin, 36, and James Mark Ferguson Junior, 56.Detectives say Martin and Ferguson knew each other and both sustained gunshot wounds. They add that they believe this was an isolated incident.The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths is ongoing.last_img read more

The Push is On: Apple Turns on Push Notifications

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Even though the iPhone 3.0 OS update went out successfully yesterday, the #1 feature many users were still waiting for was the ability to receive push notifications. While a couple of apps had already been updated with this functionality over the last few days (Zillow, AP Mobile, Weather Alert, etc.), no push notifications went out yesterday. Only this morning, around 10am, did Apple enable push notifications and the first alert went out to the AP Mobile app.After thinking about how Apple has implemented notifications, however, we think that while this is a great feature, there are a couple of areas where we would like to see some changes.No Going BackFor one, there doesn’t seem to be an option to review which notifications have come in after dismissing them. So if you mistakenly close a notification instead of clicking on ‘View,’ there is no way to go back to see where the message came from. It would be nice if Apple could include a list of incoming push notifications somewhere – maybe even under the generically named ‘Messages’ icon where the SMS features now reside.No Quiet Time Another issue that doesn’t seem so pressing on a Thursday morning, but might become a problem by Thursday night, is that there is no way to set a ‘quiet time’ for push notifications. If you only want notifications during the day, but not at night, you will have to turn off notifications completely in settings. Sure, you could just turn off all sounds and maybe rely solely on badges, so you won’t be startled by a breaking news alert from the AP at 3am, but that would defeat the purpose.We Still Love PushWe assume that developers might be able to add some of these features themselves, but it would have been nice if Apple had included this itself. These gripes aside, though, we think that push is going to be a major game changer and can’t wait for more apps to support it (especially more Twitter clients and IM apps). Note: We will look at Apple’s push notifications from a developer’s perspective later today.Push Enabled AppsIf you are looking for a list of push enabled apps, by the way, the good people at AppAdvice feature a nice list of currently available apps, as well as some that should hit the App Store soon. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinoislast_img read more