Trump travel ban returns to court, with his own words at the center

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | NPR News | Politics | TransportationTrump travel ban returns to court, with his own words at the centerMay 8, 2017 by Carrie Johnson, NPR News Share:One of President Trump’s top priorities will get a test in court Monday when a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, hears arguments about the legality of his revised travel ban.(Public domain photo courtesy The White House)His first executive order restricting visitors from a handful of majority-Muslim countries provoked chaos at airports across the country in January. Federal judges stepped in to block the order, partly because it included legal permanent residents, who have rights under the U.S. Constitution.Weeks later, the White House issued a new order, dropping Iraq from the list of countries whose travelers faced restrictions and making clear green-card holders would not be covered.But those changes were not enough for immigrant advocates and refugee aid groups, who continue to challenge the revised travel ban as an unconstitutional attack on Muslims.“President Trump publicly committed himself to an indefensible goal: banning Muslims from coming to the United States,” wrote lawyers for the International Refugee Assistance Project.Refugee groups and individuals separated from family members overseas said they are taking the president at his own word: trying to use public statements by Trump and his aides during the campaign and after to prove the order is motivated by religious animus.Omar C. Jadwat, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, will handle the oral argument in Richmond for the plaintiffs. They claim the new executive order violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which requires the government to adopt a neutral approach to religion, and a 1965 federal immigration law that bars discrimination on the basis of national origin.The Justice Department is countering that the president enjoys sweeping authority at the border — an outgrowth of his responsibility to protect and defend national security. The court filing by the Trump administration described the revised order as a “temporary suspension of entry,” or a chance to pause and come up with better vetting procedures.Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall will argue that the court doesn’t need to delve any deeper into statements by the president or his advisers, because national security alone is a legitimate basis for the travel ban. The order itself makes no mention of religion, the government’s court papers said.But 42 former national security officials filed their own court brief to disagree. They said there’s no legitimate basis for restricting visitors from the six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Actually, their filing said, not a single American has died in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil at the hands of someone from those six nations in the past 40 years.On the other hand, several states including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Texas have weighed in on behalf of the Trump administration.No court ruling is expected Monday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. But that case does not signal the end of the road. In fact, in one week, on May 15, a different federal appeals court, the 9th Circuit, will hear arguments in a similar case brought by the state of Hawaii.The U.S. Supreme Court could be the ultimate decider.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

Poundland’s share sale to fund purchase of 99p Stores hurts price

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News / Container shipping alliances could be the key to survival for mid-size ocean carriers

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 23/03/2015 To remain competitive and have any hope of returning to consistent profitability, mid-sized container shipping lines need to undertake a deep-rooted internal transformation and form alliances.According to a report released last week by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), around $1bn of savings could be shared by partners in each “midsize alliance”.This equatesto 2.5-3% of the overall cost base of current alliances, if carriers joined forces on a whole range of cost factors.BCG described the container shipping industry as “a dangerous combination of fragmentation and overcapacity that has fuelled a downward spiral that has decreased earnings”.It said this had allowed just two types of shipping lines to flourish in recent years: the largest deepsea carriers such as Maersk and CMA CGM, with hugely competitive economies of scale and “a laser-sharp focus on operational improvements in response to persistently decreasing freight rates”; and niche specialists that have developed in a specific region catering for particular cargo interests, such as Wan Hai.Most of the remaining top-20 carriers are mid-sized deepsea lines that have been trapped in a vicious cycle since the onset of the recession, posting losses and destroying chunks of shareholder value. And while the dramatic fall in bunker costs could see many carriers at least exit loss-making territory, “this will be a temporary profit windfall that will erode quickly, and it could give unwary carriers a false sense of sustainable profitability”.There are grounds for optimism, however, suggests BCG, arguing that with wide-ranging internal transformation, such carriers could improve their operating margins by five to seven percentage points within two to three years.Secondly, more work needs to be done to realise the full benefits of alliances, which continue to have large amounts of strategic value untapped – the potential benefit is another two to three percentage point improvement in operating margins.“A value-added alliance model can unlock far more substantial value in the form of cost synergies, gained through joint procurement, joint operations and equipment pools. Integrated alliances can build on those gains, adding consolidated back-office functions and joint development of IT solutions,” says BCG.“Of course, such tightly knit alliances aim to generate competitive advantage and value for the long run, because those partners will find it harder to separate from these arrangements than from looser kinds of alliances.“Our investigations with speciality lawyers and former European and US maritime commissioners suggest that carriers face limited legal hurdles in building such operating models – provided that alliances don’t exceed certain size thresholds or distort competition. Many elements of the value-added and integrated alliance models are already in place in some currently filed alliance agreements.“Moreover, some regulations allow a wide range of synergy opportunities for alliances, including joint operations, equipment pools and IT development.”How this is likely to be received by shippers and regulators remains open to question. The proposed P3 alliance of Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM was rejected by China’s Ministry of Commerce  on the grounds that a joint operations centre, much like that suggested in the BCG report, represented a merger rather than alliance.The UK-based Global Shippers Forum (GSF) today said that alliances should develop a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and ultimately improve schedule reliability.At a conference in Gdansk, GSF secretary general Chris Welsh said: “Shipping alliances need to take responsibility for monitoring, measuring and benchmarking their performance on key trade routes to demonstrate enhanced alliance performance, and make that information transparent to regulators and their customers as evidence of their commitment to showing the pro-competition benefits of improved alliance services.”Mr Welsh argued that such a move could pave the way for disbanding the liner conference systems still prevalent in many maritime jurisdictions.“The alliance lines leadership should take the ultimate confidence-building step of pulling out of all conference and discussion agreements to give assurances that the exchange of sensitive information – including pricing information – on a regular basis within alliances does not lead to abuses of their market power or erect barriers to market entry.“While we recognise that the world’s main regulators and competition authorities have different regulatory approaches, there is some commonality and convergence in outcomes: namely preventing anti-competitive conduct by ensuring that unreasonable higher shipping costs are not imposed on shippers through information exchanges or manipulation of capacity,” he said.He added that sharing monitoring data between Chinese, US and European anti-competition regimes would further prevent possible abuse within alliances.last_img read more

News / Another box ship crew forced to abandon ship as containers catch fire

first_img By Mike Wackett 12/03/2019 Photo: Marine Nationale Fire hit a Grimaldi ro-ro/container vessel en route from Hamburg to Casablanca on Sunday, causing the crew of 26 and one passenger to abandon ship.The 1997-built Grande America, which has a container capacity of 1,300 teu, caught fire in the Bay of Biscay, approximately 150 miles south west of Brest late in the evening. At around 2am yesterday, the master took the decision to abandon ship.Fortunately, the British frigate HMS Argyll, returning to its home port of Plymouth, was in the area and responded promptly to a mayday signal.In very heavy seas, with the ships rolling at 30 degrees, the frigate managed to launch its sea boat and Royal Marines succeeded in rescuing the mariners from the Grande America’s lifeboat, which had been damaged as it smashed into the raging sea.The crew and passenger received medical care onboard the HMS Argyll and were later transferred to Brest where some required hospital treatment, although there are no reports of serious injuries.The fire apparently started in one of the deck containers and quickly spread to surrounding boxes, despite the efforts of the crew to extinguish the blaze.The blazing vessel continued to drift towards the French coast before the arrival of salvage tugs.The French authorities demanded that the vessel’s owner take “all necessary measures to stop the danger” posed by the stricken ship and to agree without delay to a contract for assistance, commonly used in such casualty situations and known as the Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF).The Grande America is deployed on the Italian family-owned shipping group’s North Europe-West Africa Southern Express service and, after calling at Antwerp on 28 February and Hamburg on 8 March, sailed for Dakar, Senegal and Conakry, Guinea, with ETAs respectively on 15 and 17 March, and was apparently due to make an inducement call at Casablanca.There have been a number of major container fires in the past year, including the 15,262 teu Maersk Honam on 6 March last year, the 7,500 teu Yantian Express on 10 January this year and the 9,200 teu APL Vancouver on 31 January.General Average was declared on all three casualties and appears certain to be declared on the Grande America, causing considerable delay and cost to shippers of surviving cargo.In the case of the Yantian Express the vessel is still discharging damaged containers at its Freeport safe port terminal, two months after the blaze was contained. THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, ONE and Yang Ming said this week cargo operations would take a further five weeks.Moreover, the carriers said that “they were not in a position to discharge sound cargo at the vessel’s current location” and that furthermore other terminals in the vicinity “may not have sufficient capacity”, leaving shippers in the dark about when they could expect to see their cargo.In the meantime, cargo interests are required to post GA and salvage security “so that their cargo can be released in a timely manner”.Administration costs connected to GA can be as high of 25% of the final total, which in itself can involve shippers paying over 100% of the CIF value of the goods to recover them.The APL Vancouver, which was towed to Singapore after the blaze was extinguished, is due to complete cargo inspections this week.last_img read more

News / CIMC chief insists rising steel costs won’t push up price of new containers

first_img Despite steel prices rising, new containers are unlikely to become more expensive, the boss of the world’s largest box manufacturer said last week.China International Marine Containers (CIMC) chairman Mai Boliang was addressing concerns about prices during the company’s annual general meeting.However, prices of new containers are more than double that of a year ago, due to heightened demand and well-publicised equipment shortages.And this year Chinese steel prices have increased by around 40%, according to data from the China Iron and Steel Association.But Mr Mai said raw material price fluctuations were normal, and not cause for concern.He added that Cosco-owned CIMC, with a global market share of 42%, had a long-established mechanism to forecast raw material prices.“If we forecast raw materials will become dearer, CIMC will purchase in advance and take orders [for containers] later,” he said. “Otherwise, we would have to charge higher prices for orders received after the price of raw materials rose.“And if we expect the price of raw materials to drop, the company will take orders early and purchase raw materials later.”He said, however, that CIMC’s market-monitoring mechanism showed the slow return of empty containers would continue to plague the industry, meaning the equipment crunch would persist throughout 2021.He explained: “The problem isn’t insufficient supply, but poor circulation of containers. There are two main reasons: one is that the world’s 20 busiest ports are currently in ‘traffic jams’, with ships queuing and empty containers unable to be shipped back; the other is that new Covid-19 outbreaks have caused many countries and regions to suspend economic and industrial activities.”In China, the equipment crunch is such that it has given rise to the phrase “yi xiang nan qiu“, meaning “one container is rare”.The situation has combined with tight shipping capacity to put upward pressure on freight rates. In May, the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index, which reflects the spot market, averaged 3,341.69 points, an increase of 18.1% from April.Last year, CIMC sold over a million teu in containers and its net profit soared 1,350%, to $304.75m, as demand for containers shot up. In Q1 21, CIMC achieved a net profit of $229.83m, reversing a net loss of $95.6m in Q1 20. By Martina Li in Taiwan 08/06/2021last_img read more

How mice are helping personalize cancer treatment

first_img Humanized mice will increase the success rate of drugs in human trials, decrease the cost of bringing new medicines to market, and expand the arsenal of weapons that doctors can deploy against cancer. They will also give doctors better information about which weapons to choose when faced with a particular foe, increasing patients’ chances of beating their cancer.The national cancer moonshot has recognized the promise of immunotherapy and the challenges it faces, making it one of 10 priorities for advancement over the next five years. “Current immunotherapy treatments represent only the tip of the iceberg of what is possible,” the moonshot’s blue ribbon panel wrote in September, “and human studies using newly developed, cutting-edge technologies are key to further advances.”There is no doubt that human studies will be essential to immunotherapy’s progress. But mice also deserve a place in the immunotherapy research agenda.Aidan Synnott is the executive director of discovery oncology at Charles River Laboratories, where he oversees the company’s oncology discovery services sites. Related: By Aidan Synnott Dec. 6, 2016 Reprints Tags cancerprecision medicine Beware the hype: Top scientists cautious about fighting cancer with immunotherapy First OpinionHow mice are helping personalize cancer treatment @criverlabs Immunotherapy represents one of the next frontiers of treating cancer. First used against lymphoma and breast cancer, immunotherapy is now being used and tested against a wide range of other cancer types.Yet plenty of obstacles must still be overcome before immunotherapy stands with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery as a major pillar of cancer treatment. We need to figure out why immunotherapy is effective in only 20 percent to 30 percent of patients. We need to understand why procedures like CAR-T therapy, which reprograms an individual’s own immune cells to track down and kill cancer, can cause serious and occasionally fatal side effects. And we need ways to determine which combinations of immunotherapy and chemotherapy or radiotherapy are best for each individual with cancer.Complicating these issues is the fact the immune system and cancer are both highly specific to each individual. In fact, two people with seemingly similar tumors growing in the same part of the body can experience vastly different outcomes from treatment.advertisement Related:center_img Xenograft mice are mice into which a human tumor has been implanted. These mice have been a valuable tool in cancer research for more than a decade. But their usefulness in immunotherapy is limited. For a human tumor to take root and grow in a mouse, the animal’s immune system must be disabled so it won’t recognize the implanted tumor as foreign and reject it. While that works well for testing chemotherapies, an immunotherapy can’t be tested in a mouse with no immune system.Fortunately, researchers have developed ways to introduce components of the human immune system into mice genetically modified to have no immune system of their own. These so-called humanized mice don’t reject a human tumor and, with an immune system in place, will respond to immunotherapy.When implanted with a tumor removed from a patient, humanized mice are in many ways stand-ins for that person. Called patient-derived xenografts, these animals may prove more realistic models than mice implanted with the standardized, dish-grown cancer cells that have traditionally been used for clinical research.In theory, humanized mice could be used to deliver truly personalized cancer care. Every patient could one day have his or her tumor implanted in several humanized mice, which would then be treated with various combinations of chemotherapy and immunotherapy to determine the most effective one.In practice, though, most patients won’t have the time or money to follow such a strategy. Instead, researchers are creating hundreds of tumor lines in humanized mice that capture as much of the genetic diversity of human cancers as possible. Because a cancer’s genes are the key to determining whether it will respond to a particular drug, testing a single treatment or combination of treatments on these mice should provide valuable data about what drugs will work for which patients. It heralds an era of truly precision-driven tools.My company, Charles River Laboratories, is already testing cancer immunotherapies against tumors from more than 550 patients that have been transplanted into lines of humanized mice. These studies will let us see subtle differences in effectiveness, side effects, and dose responses that are caused by the different mutations underlying these tumors and how they interact with the human immune system. They will help us refine CAR-T therapy and other approaches that rely on the immune system and identify genetic markers that indicate a cancer’s susceptibility to a particular treatment. A mouse carrying a cancer patient’s tumor graft under its skin is displayed in a Champions Oncology lab in Baltimore. Patrick Semansky/AP For cancer patients, newest treatments force the ultimate decision, with no room for error Aidan Synnott [email protected] One of the best ways to explore these differences is to study them in mice.Mice sometimes get blamed for disappointments in cancer research, such as when treatments that were promising in mouse studies do poorly in clinical trials. However, as we learn more about the complex interactions between cancer and the immune system, the need has grown for simple models that allow research into a limited set of factors in a controlled environment. Studies in mice can be a valuable predictor of clinical success as long as mouse models evolve with the science.advertisement About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Telefonkarten umgehen Störsender

first_img SHARE News By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.02.24 5:32pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News center_img Telefonkarten umgehen Störsender RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laut Berichten einer nordkoreanischen Quellen zufolge, benutzen Nordkoreaner die nahe der chinesischen Grenzregion leben seit neuestem ausländische Telefonkarten um mit der Außenwelt zu kommunizieren. Die Telefonkarten scheinen sich, trotz Meldungen über vermehrten Einsatz von Störsendern und Ortungsdiensten um gegen den Informationsfluss und die Flüchtlinge an der durchlässigen sino-nordkoreanischen Grenze anzukämpfen, durchzusetzen.  Eine Quelle aus der Nord Hamkyung Provinz verriet Daily NK am 27. Jänner „Die Kommunikation über Handys aus China wird geblockt und dadurch ist die Stimmung an der Grenze derzeit sehr angespannt. Händler und Familien mit Angehörigen in Südkorea konnten deswegen seit einiger Zeit niemanden kontaktieren, was zu einigen Problemen führte. Aber jetzt benutzen immer mehr Leute internationale Telefonkarten aus China, da diese nicht von den Störsendern beeinträchtigt werden.“Wie mehrere Daily NK Quellen bestätigten, wurde seit Anfang Jänner eine erhebliche Zahl an Kadern und Untersuchungsteams, die aus Studenten des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit bestehen an die Grenze bestellt. Gemeinsam mit der vermehrten Nutzung von Störsendern und Ortungsdiensten sorgte dies dafür, dass es Nordkoreanern immer schwieriger fiel mit der Außenwelt zu kommunizieren.Allerdings haben sich die chinesischen Telefonkarten für Zivilbürger so wie Grenzposten, die ihren Lebensunterhalt mit Handel und Geldsendungen [hauptsächlich aus Südkorea] verdienen, als effizienter Weg entpuppt, die repressiven Kontrollen zu umgehen. Weiter berichtete die Quelle „Die Telefonkarten werden von ethnischen Koreanern in China verkauft. Einige berichteten, dass die Karten nicht durch die Störsender beeinträchtigt werden und die Verbindung gut ist. Solche Neuigkeiten verbreiten sich schnell und die Zahl der Nutzer steigt“ „Ein Grenzposten den ich persönlich kenne, erzählte mir, dass er Anrufe tätigen konnte nachdem ein über den Fluss gekommener ethnischer Koreaner ihm zeigte wie man die Karte benutzte. Er sagte es sei unglaublich; er wurde nicht erwischt obwohl er früh abends- also dann wenn die Kontrollen am stärksten sind- länger als 20 Minuten telefonierte.“Da die Telefonkarten momentan die einzig simple Methode sind, die derzeitigen Kontrollen und Überwachung zu umgehen, dürfte der Bedarf weiter steigen, sagte die Quelle voraus.  Dennoch erwartet niemand ernsthaft, dass der Kampf gegen das nordkoreanische Regime hier endet. „Ich hörte, dass die Leute sich darüber beschweren, dass es nicht mehr lange dauern wird bis das Regime von den Telefonkarten Wind bekommt und neue Wege findet, uns das Leben zu erschweren.“ fügte die Quelle abschließen hinzu. News News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Michel Laurin appointed president and COO of Lussier Dale Parizeau

first_img Keywords Appointments,  Health insurance,  Life insurance Michel Laurin has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the Quebec-based insurance firm Lussier Dale Parizeau, the company said in a press release on Wednesday. Laurin will assume the position on Sept. 9. For the past 17 years, Laurin held roles at Industrial Alliance, including president and COO, home and auto insurance; and, more recently, senior vice president, national operations, car dealer services. IE Staff CETFA elects new board leader Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning open door business 123RF PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Lussier Dale Parizeau offers life and health insurance, in addition to personal and business insurance.“Lussier Dale Parizeau plays an important role as an insurance and financial services firm in Quebec due to its presence throughout the province, the size of its clientele and the diversified range of its products and services,” Laurin said in the release. “I look forward to contributing to innovative approaches and creating a unifying and mobilizing role with the teams.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Greater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton

first_imgGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton UncategorizedMay 13, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton has said that the Conference on the Caribbean to be held in Washington from June 19 to 21 is timely as it comes at a time when the Caribbean is “grappling with a raft of challenges arising from rapid globalization.”Senator Hylton, who was speaking at the opening of a two-day seminar on ‘Jamaica’s (CARICOM) Future Trade Relationship with the United States of America’ at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus on May 9 explained that, “the Caribbean is operating in an environment driven by competition, information and technology and requiring major adjustments in education and values and attitudes.” As a result he said “the region is confronted with the need to forge a new set of relationships with the United States, its main trading partner in the global economy, as well as with Europe, Canada and key developing countries”.The conference, he said, “provides a unique opportunity for the Caribbean and the United States to jointly review, assess and redirect the relations between the two regions as well as their cooperation in the international community.”According to the Minister, the Caribbean and the United States have a long history of mutually supportive and beneficial relations, sharing common values, common borders and common challenges.The recognition of these common interests has traditionally shaped the policies and perspectives of the two regions towards each other, Senator Hylton noted. However, he noted, critical indicators have suggested that this relationship has weakened significantly since the 1990’s.“There is a seeming disconnect between the objective need for greater cohesiveness in the relations between the two regions and the tensions from the increasing disadvantageous or insensitive treatment of the Caribbean in several aspects of US policies,” he explained.“We do not think that these are deliberate actions against the Caribbean, they are more likely the result of a stable relationship wearing thin from lack of specific attention,” he continued, adding that based on the importance of the relationship, there is an urgent need to establish a framework for continuous attention.The conference will see the 15 CARICOM Heads of State/Government in talks with the United States President, George W. Bush and Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.The meetings will highlight a wide range of issues affecting the Caribbean and is intended to establish the highest political commitment on behalf of the United States and CARICOM Member States to a consensus-based programme to stimulate growth, development and enhanced security in the region. The two-day seminar at the UWI was aimed at garnering information from members of the private sector, which will help to guide Jamaica’s position on trade issues at the conference. RelatedGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton RelatedGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hyltonlast_img read more

Aged care funding papers over chronic problems

first_imgAged care funding papers over chronic problems The Morrison Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations on COVID-19 will not provide the staffing levels, training, or transparency needed to end the crisis in aged care.The Morrison Government first refused to take responsibility for the aged care system during the pandemic and has been slow to act despite clear demands from workers and the Royal Commission.Despite previous announcements, aged care workers report that in many facilities infection control measures urgently recommended by the Royal Commission still aren’t in place, and where they are, already overstretched existing staff are being asked to take on these additional responsibilities.As stated by ACTU President Michele O’Neil,“This Government needs to take responsibility for the years of understaffing and low wages in aged care. There have been 685 preventable deaths caused by COVID-19.“The crisis in aged care won’t be turned around by one announcement, this Government shows no commitment to the long-term change which it has been told again and again is necessary.“We need minimum staffing levels with a mandated mix of skills on every shift in every workplace. This announcement takes us no closer to this goal.“Mandated training requirements are urgently needed to ensure that workers and residents are safe. This announcement will do nothing to improve training.“In the midst of a crisis in aged care which has been exacerbated by a pandemic, aged care workers need more funding, and they need that funding to be tied to outcomes for staff and residents so it cuts through the bloated for-profit system.“Yesterday the Morrison Government opposed legislation to require aged care providers to publicly report on how they spend their revenue. Accountability for government funding is long overdue.“We have been willing to work with the Morrison Government on this issue. So it is deeply regrettable that they continue to ignore the expertise of the workers in the sector.”Details for Press Conference:Who: ACTU President Michele O’Neil, ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler and Assistant Federal Secretary Lori-Anne Sharp, aged care workers from Victoria, NSW and Queensland.When: 10.30am Tuesday 1 December 2020Where: Senate Courtyard, Parliament House Canberra /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:ACTU, ANMF, Butler, Commission, conference, Federal, Government, infection, legislation, Morrison Government, NSW, parliament, President, Queensland, royal commission, Secretarylast_img read more