U.S. senators make budget plea for Coast Guard

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | Public Safety | State GovernmentU.S. senators make budget plea for Coast GuardMarch 9, 2017 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Members of the Coast Guard secure the Emergency Towing System. (Zoe Sobel/ KUCB)Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators wrote the White House budget director Wednesday asking him to spare the Coast Guard from the budget ax. According to the Washington Post and other news outlets, President Donald Trump plans to reduce funding for the Coast Guard by nearly 12 percent in his budget request to Congress.Nearly two dozen U.S. senators signed a letter asking Office of Management and Budget Director John Mulvaney to reconsider.Such a cut would run counter to the president’s goal of greater military investment and make it harder for the Coast Guard to stop drug traffic, the senators said.The letter also cites the nation’s need for more icebreakers as Arctic ship traffic increases.Among the 23 senators who signed, the only Republicans were the Alaskans, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker.Share this story: Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170308-02.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Crew Abandons F/V Akutan in Unalaska’s Captains Bay

first_imgAlaska’s Energy DeskCrew Abandons F/V Akutan in Unalaska’s Captains BaySeptember 14, 2017 by Zoë Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:The F/V Akutan is still moored in Unalaska’s Captains Bay. (Berett Wilber/KUCB)The F/V Akutan no longer has a crew and the ship’s 130,000 pounds of salmon has been offloaded.The processor has been anchored in Unalaska’s Captains Bay since late August and there’s no indication the boat will be leaving soon.“The reality of it is, there’s just a huge legal ball that needs to be worked through before any real decision can be made,” said Unalaska Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin.After a disastrous fishing season as a processor in Bristol Bay, the vessel’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid. and now the ship is disabled and unable to move.McLaughlin says the interagency task force that united to prevent the boat from spilling fuel, oil and other chemicals into the bay are in limbo unless the situation turns dire.“Right now — with the exception of the possibility that the responsible party is willing to step up — there’s kind of this big gaping hole of no jurisdiction until something more dramatic happens with the vessel,” she said.McLaughlin thinks the boat is stable for now and not in danger of sinking. But there is still fuel on board and the ship is in a precarious location for the environment.“It’s in front of salmon streams, it’s in front of native allotment land,” McLaughlin said. “It’s also in close proximity to Westward Seafoods’s intake. It’s not in a good place to have a problem.”In late August, responders removed almost 16,000 gallons of oil and sludge from the Akutan. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation estimates 20,000 to 23,000 gallons of marine diesel and other chemicals remain on board.McLaughlin says the city’s ultimate goal is to keep the vessel intact and get it out of Unalaska waters. A team of responders is monitoring the vessel.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska electronic group Indian Agent ‘won’t applaud your history’ in new album

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | KXLL | KXLL Tune In | SoutheastAlaska electronic group Indian Agent ‘won’t applaud your history’ in new albumOctober 16, 2017 by Annie Bartholomew, KTOO Share:<a href=”http://indianagent.bandcamp.com/album/meditations-in-the-key-of-red”>Meditations in The Key of Red by Indian Agent</a>An Alaska music group called Indian Agent has a new album out that uses electronic music to highlight historic atrocities committed against indigenous peoples.  The album “Meditations in the Key of Red” is out now on Homeskillet Records.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/10/16INDIAN-web.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Indian Agent’s first single “Life keeps on spinning” opens with lush soundscapes and deep grooves. The lyrics allude to a growing awareness and ideological shift.  It’s the latest release from Tlingit and Unangax̂ artist Yéil Ya-Tseen, also known as Nicholas Galanin. He’s joined by Zach Wass who also plays guitar in Silver Jackson and Seattle artist OC Notes. Indian Agent’s debut album is called “Meditations in The Key of Red.”“Red is reference to indigeneity, red is reference to anger, reference is to love,” said Galanin. Historically, Indian agents were government officials, who Galanin said carried out colonial agendas in the United States and Canada, banning ceremonial practices. Galanin said the group’s name Indian Agent and the album are an opportunity to educate through their music and art. “It was also an opportunity to reverse those ideas and roles and resist against it, I suppose, with our song, with our dance, with our strength and our words are empowerment,” he said. On their song “Can you hang” there’s a refrain: “We won’t applaud your history.” Galanin said the song is about the curriculum taught in our education system, the national holidays that are celebrated, and the values displayed by our monuments.“We’re familiar with the history and a lot of it’s not OK,” Galanin said. “A lot of it’s ugly and nasty, a lot of it’s rape and murder and all of these things. You can’t make it look nice with a bronze statue.”Recent history was also an influence. The song “Dakota” was written in response to last year’s Dakota Access pipeline protests. The track captures the conflict and unrest at Standing Rock, and includes audio samples recorded on the ground by members of his artist collective Winter Count.To Galanin, the idea that humans can own land is a myth, instead we belong to the land. It’s a theme throughout these recordings.Yup’ik musician Stephen Qacung Blanchett of the band Pamyua joins the album in “We move lightly on land and on sea.” “It’s a reference to our care, our respect that we have for place and the ocean and how powerful the land actually is and how powerful the sea is,” Galanin said. “And we have care for that and we understand through subsistence and through hunting and being out there with it. And the opposite side of that spectrum is complete lack of care and disrespect for it.” At the end, Blanchett sings in Yup’ik,“My people I come before you, singing our song and dancing.” It comes from a traditional entrance song protocol.The album ends with a the track “Mother,” featuring a visceral and unsettling performance from the internationally renowned Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. The release also includes appearances from Tlingit composer Ed Littlefield, and hip-hop producer and Macklemore collaborator Budo, among others. “Meditations in the Key of Red” is a marriage of electronics, vibrant percussion and acoustic instruments. It’s collaborative and experimental, layers of story and sound, and some of Galanin’s most cohesive work. Share this story:last_img read more

Anchorage’s sewer system is full of debris. Now there’s a giant vacuum to clean it out.

first_imgSouthcentralAnchorage’s sewer system is full of debris. Now there’s a giant vacuum to clean it out.September 23, 2019 by Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media Share:An Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility crew cleans a sewer pipe in East Anchorage on Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)Sewage moves beneath the streets of Anchorage in more than 700 miles of sewer lines. But other items wind up in those lines, too, like toys, clothes and shoes.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/09/ann-20190920-9.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Anchorage utility managers now hope a new high-powered vacuum system will help remove some of those things, improving flow and extending the life of the entire system.“We’re able to clean in one week what used to take us a month, and we wouldn’t even get it as clean,” said Sandy Baker, the public outreach coordinator for the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility.The utility began using the new equipment this summer, Baker said. First, a high-velocity jetter truck draws water from a hydrant and shoots it into the sewer main to loosen any blockages. Then a hydraulic power pack sucks it all up into a 25-cubic-yard vacuum box.The vacuum box can hold up to 60,000 pounds of accumulated sediment and debris. Crews bring it all back to the South Anchorage operations center, dump it out, drain the water, dry it up, then haul it off to the landfill for disposal. By this point, it resembles a pile of dirt.In years past, much of it would have remained in the sewer mains, Baker said. New technology is changing that. It’s saving money, too. Instead of paying $11 million to hire an outside company to clean just a portion of the city’s pipes, Baker said the utility invested $2.6 million in the equipment to do the job itself.Within 13 days, she said, utility crews had removed approximately 209 tons of debris from 1,650 feet of 48-inch sewer pipes.The utility plans on using the new equipment regularly now, Baker said. It’ll help keep Anchorage’s sewer system flowing smoothly, which is good news for everyone. When the pipes are blocked, there’s only one place for the sewage to go.“It’s gonna start backing up in people’s houses,” she said. “And nobody wants that happening.”Share this story:last_img read more

London house prices: Growth in the capital slows to lowest rate since 2012

first_imgUK house price growth slowed to 5.5 per cent in the year to May, according to data published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).London’s market was particularly subdued, falling to 4.3 per cent – the capital’s lowest figure since October 2012. Read more: Average property price in Kensington and Chelsea rises by £486,000 in one monthThe figuresThe growth was notably slower than the 9.6 per cent recorded in the year to April. As ever, the engine for price rises was in London and the South East – excluding these regions, the figure dropped to a more modest five per cent.The average house price rose by 5.8 per cent in England, 1.3 per cent in Wales, 2.2 per cent in Scotland and 8.8 per cent in Northern Ireland.The monthly (seasonally adjusted) figures showed prices fell by 1.3 per cent between April and May.Why it’s interestingThe data makes it clear that the market is continuing on a steady path, with last summer’s highs looking like a surge rather than a prolonged trend.That said, the ONS releases its data later than other indexes, and more recent indexes show the market is in a solid, but not spectacular, period of increases. Data from Rightmove – which uses asking prices rather than mortgage approvals – showed a 0.1 per cent drop in May followed by a robust three per cent jump in June.Jonathan Samuels, chief executive of Dragonfly Property Finance, said the Rightmove figures were likely to be on the money.As Rightmove showed earlier this week, asking prices have risen further and it’s hard to see this trend reversing with so few properties coming onto the market.It said London’s impressive growth this month was driven partly by an alleviation of fears over the mansion tax. What the analysts saidHoward Archer of IHS Global Insight said the ONS figures should be taken in the context of more bullish recent data:We currently expect house prices to increase six per cent in 2015 (which is an upward revision of our previous forecast of a five per cent rise). We currently see house prices rising by around five per cent in 2016. There is an upside risk to these forecasts coming from the current lack of properties coming on to the marketIn shortMore recent figures show a London rebound, but it will be interesting to follow the ONS’s data to see how the measures align.  Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineAdvertisement The Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineUndoEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndo Tuesday 16 June 2015 5:03 am London house prices: Growth in the capital slows to lowest rate since 2012 whatsapp Share whatsapp Billy Ehrenberg Tags: UK house priceslast_img read more

North Korea’s fruit-flavored soda market takes off

first_img SHARE News Coca-cola-flavored beverages in a restaurant in Pyongyang. / Image: Daily NK North Korea’s domestic beverage industry is currently building a market for soda, juices and other drinks. The innovations are unique as they feature water from local aquifers and fruit flavors.Fruit-flavored carbonated drinks sell well in North Korea. The country only recently developed a domestic beverage manufacturing industry in the early 2010s – previously, drinks like soda could only be produced by companies jointly owned with foreign companies. Today, however, North Korean factories are able to create different beverages of their own.Leading beverage manufacturers in Pyongyang, for instance, are Munsu Foodstuff Factory, Taedong Foodstuff Exchange, Nagwon Gunhung Exchange, Taedong River Fruit Processing Plant, Air Koryo Beverage Factory, 5.1 Food Factory, and the Kumkop Combined Foodstuff Factory.A GROWING NUMBER OF BRANDS AND FLAVORSAccording to a source, North Korean soda, in addition to Pyongyang’s Raengchon Soda or Changjon Soda, includes around 20 regional brands and flavors. Further on the market are cocoa carbonated juices, comparable with Coca Cola, and beverages with vinegar bases. Both are especially popular drinks for hot summer days.Furthermore, North Korea produces beverages with both local fruit flavors – such as apple, pear, grape, strawberry, and peach – as well as juices with exotic flavors like clementine, pineapple, mango or kiwi. Daily NK has been told that over 30 types of fruit juices are currently on the market. According to a source, one particular beverage, which features tastes of Ryanggang Province’s local specialties like blueberries, is so popular that it’s even being exported abroad.6Farmers at the Paekdusan Youth Blueberry Farm in Ryanggang Province harvesting blueberries. / Image: Image capture from the DPRK Today website.While North Korea still produces around nine different kinds of soda in Kyongryon Patriotic Soda Factory, a venture run by North Koreans in Japan, the country’s domestic beverage market is expanding as well. The most popular product among North Koreans is reportedly produced in Kumkop Combined Foodstuff Factory.COMPETITION HEATS UP BETWEEN BRANDSThough the main ingredients of the North Korean juices are basically the same as anywhere else – sugar, citric acid, fructose, carbonation and various fruit flavors – their tastes allegedly differ from international products.Cocoa carbonated juice, for example, is said to be less fizzy but sweeter than South Korean sodas. It’s thus particularly popular among children, according to sources. In addition, the beverages tastes apparently depend on the regional water supplies, manufacturing methods and added ingredients.“The flavors differ depending on the factory the juice was produced in,” a source told Daily NK on Monday. Therefore, he explained, factories “try hard to improve the product quality and participate in product fairs.”According to him, “North Koreans prefer products produced in the Kumkop Combined Foodstuff Factory. It’s particularly popular because it supplies athletes and is considered superior in quality compared to other brands.” This further indicates the “fierce competition for wholesaling among merchants in various markets,” the source said.*Translated by Violet Kim and edited by Laura GeigenbergerPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter News center_img 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] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

CRA, CPA Canada agree to cooperate

first_img Canadian tax authorities and the accounting profession are teaming up in an effort that aims to cut down on red tape, enhance tax compliance, and improve service to taxpayers. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) signed an agreement Wednesday, which, they say, signals a new era of cooperation between the tax collection agency and the accounting profession in order to improve the operation of the tax system. The agreement, which is a first between the agency and accountants, is also intended to promote regular dialogue between the two organizations on tax-related issues, and to ensure that input from accounting professionals is considered by the CRA. James Langton The agreement includes the creation of seven committees that focus on “priority” areas, including: services, compliance, tax administration, scientific research and experimental development, commodity tax, red tape reduction, and training. Those committees are each co-chaired by representatives from the CRA and CPA Canada. The CRA says that the agreement is a key element in its efforts “to build strong relationships with the Canadian accounting community and tax service providers so that Canada continues to have a well-functioning and world-class tax system that benefits all Canadians.” “I am pleased to sign the CRA–CPA Canada Framework Agreement on behalf of our more than 190,000 members. This framework ensures that input from Canada’s accounting professionals is considered by the CRA as it continues to modernize its programs and services. Our profession looks forward to enhanced collaboration with CRA as we collectively focus on a fair and efficient tax system for Canada with the best interests of taxpayers the key priority,” said Kevin Dancey, president and CEO of the CPA. “I am pleased that the CRA-CPA Canada Framework Agreement formalizes an important partnership. This agreement will help a clear path forward on how we will seek improvements to our tax system to better serve Canadian taxpayers,” said Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Companies Canada Revenue Agency, CPA Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Paving a path to gender parity in the C-suite

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter ISS to boost Canadian board diversity benchmarks Experts are still divided on how best to ensure greater gender parity on corporate boards and in senior leadership positions, yet the speed of progress appears to be increasing.There is a large supply of woman who are qualified to occupy board seats. Likewise, companies say they have demand for more women in these roles, says Beatrix Dart, professor and executive director of the Initiative for Women in Business at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, who spoke at the International Woman’s Day #PressforProgress event at Rotman. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Leah Golob Young Businesswoman Addressing Boardroom Meeting stockbroker/123RF Keywords Women Where’s the gender diversity on smaller boards? Despite this supply and demand, companies still struggle to reach greater gender parity. That’s partly because leaders often return to old, comfortable networks when filling positions, Dart says.One solution for this problem might be enforcing gender quotas, but the idea is met with resistance from many senior leaders. Women, in particular, are slow to embrace quotas because of the potential for backlash, says Lindsay Patrick, director of global ETF strategy at Toronto-based RBC Capital Markets. Many women fear that colleagues will perceive their career success as the result of enforced quotas.Utilizing other pressure points would be more rewarding, Patrick says.On the other hand, Dart notes that France was initially resistant to enforcing gender quotas on the boards of large companies, but that initiative has since been met with success.Toronto-based pension fund manager OMERS is one organization that has increased the number of women in senior leadership roles without enforcing quotas.“We said it would be a shame if as an organization we didn’t tap the widest possible talent pool globally,” says Satish Rai, chief investment officer at OMERS’ capital markets division. “Fifty percent of the population in Canada are women. So, we simply said when we hire people we want the broadest representation.”OMERS’ board is now comprised of 28% women. In senior positions at OMERS’ capital markets’ division, women have gone from fulfilling 0% of roles to 35% in the past two and a half years.Now when hiring for senior positions, OMERS ensures that every final round of interviews is comprised of at least one woman and at least one man.On Thursday, Toronto-based RBC Global Asset Management will launch a gender-focused ETF that aims to move the needle on gender equality in the workplace.RBC Vision Women’s Leadership MSCI Canada Index ETF seeks to replicate the performance of the MSCI Canada IMI Women’s Leadership Select Index, which is comprised of nearly 100 companies across all sectors of the Canadian market.Also readNew RBC ETF focuses on Canadian firms committed to gender diversity“Canada still lags behind other developed countries in the world in terms of where our women on boards are,” Patrick says. “It’s time we have a solution and a positive incentive to bring Canadian corporates to that table. And that’s what we’re hoping this [ETF] will do.”To qualify for inclusion in the index, companies must have three women on the board (or 30%). Alternatively, a company can have two women on a board, but they also must have one woman in a senior leadership position. Macklem points to child care, education to help ease protracted employment recoverylast_img read more

HMCTS telephone numbers being used by tax scammers

first_imgHMCTS telephone numbers being used by tax scammers An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across the Royal Courts of Justice following emails or phone calls by scammers.The scammers allege that payment is owed to HMRC and that warrants for arrest have been issued. Scammers tell individuals to look up /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:arrest, Courts, Government, justice, tax, tax scam, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Year of SA Wine to paint town red, white and rosé

first_imgYear of SA Wine to paint town red, white and rosé South Australian Tourism CommissionSouth Australia’s 18 wine regions will come together in the CBD for a special weekend-long festival to mark the 2021 Year of South Australian Wine and further drive visitation and expenditure across the wine state.Over two nights from 4-5 June, the Weekend Wine Revolution will see South Australian winemakers and local vendors take over Peel and Leigh Streets, with wine tastings, food, music and entertainment open to the public.The South Australian Tourism Commission and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) today announced details of the festival which will help cement South Australia’s wine credentials and inject visitors and spending into the city and to cellar doors across the state.SATC chief executive Rodney Harrex said South Australia is well-known as Australia’s wine state, thanks to its world-class wineries and wine regions.“Current research shows that South Australia has taken the lead as the Australian state most associated with ‘good food and wine’ and remains the clear leader for its association with credible wineries and wine regions,” he said.“Wine is a massive driver of visitors to and within our state, and a major economic asset for our regional communities.“That’s why we’re bringing the state’s wine regions into the heart of the CBD, as we continue to play to SA’s strengths with our 2021 Year of South Australian Wine campaign and drive visitors and expenditure into tourism businesses across the state.“I encourage all CBD workers and residents, and anyone travelling in Adelaide next weekend, to get behind our state’s incredible winemakers and come along to the Weekend Wine Revolution.”Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the State Government was proud to champion the wine industry, with the event a celebration of the resilience shown by the South Australian industry.“This industry is central to the culture of our state, and brings us national and international attention with Adelaide, South Australia a proud member of the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network,” he said.“I would encourage the Adelaide community to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see and taste some of the best from these 18 wine regions, right on their doorstep over this June weekend.”As part of the Weekend Wine Revolution, consumers will be incentivised to get out across SA’s 18 wine regions post-event, with ‘exclusive wine deals’ including discounts on wine tasting experiences and on bottles when buying at the cellar door.Operators along Peel and Leigh Streets will activate their venues with exclusive SA wines on pour and other offers in celebration of the 2021 Year of South Australian Wine, helping drive activity and spend within their business.The SATC has been working with the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) as part of the Year of SA Wine campaign and this event.SAWIA chief executive Brian Smedley welcomed the new event and its importance in showcasing South Australia’s wine regions.“This event is a fantastic way to encourage more visitors to explore our wine regions, every one of which offers a unique set of wine experiences,” he said.Participating wineries, representing SA’s wine regions, include: Unico Zelo, Paulett Wines, Patritti Wines, Delinquente Wine Co, Yalumba, Henschke, Hither & Yon, Mosquito Hill Wines, One Paddock Wines, Bremerton Wines, Murdoch Hill, False Cape Wines, Padthaway Estate, Terre e Terre Wines, Cape Jaffa Wines, Wangolina Wines, Good Intentions Wines, and Blok Coonawarra.A bottling station by Delinquente Wine Co will see guests getting to cork and seal their own wine to take home.The 2021 Year of SA Wine ambassador Merrick Watts will be mingling with guests at the event. A wine show projection will highlight SA’s wine regions.Entertainment by Gravity and Other Myths, Bait Fridge Art Collective, Slow Mango, Groundfloor Radio DJs, and Dragon Mill.The Weekend Wine Revolution runs Friday 4 June from 5pm until late, and Saturday 5 June from 6pm until late. It is open to the public and free to attend.The festival is supported by the Drink Easy Awards.See the full calendar of wine events supported by the Year of SA Wine campaign at southaustralia.com/wine. /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:Adelaide, Ambassador, Australia, Australian, Australian industry, Commission, Coonawarra, Entertainment, Government, Leigh, Padthaway, regional development, resilience, SA, South Australia, tourism, wine industrylast_img read more