Greens demand investigation into Western Sydney airport offsets scandal

first_imgGreens demand investigation into Western Sydney airport offsets scandal The Australian Greens MPsThe Greens say an investigation is needed into the offsets for the Western Sydney Airport, after revelations that consortiums including advisors to the NSW government made millions from the development.An investigation by Lisa Cox at The Guardian revealed that over a quarter of all offsets sold in the NSW scheme were collected by the consortiums.As stated by Greens Leader, Adam Bandt:“Public trust is paramount for major projects and the revelations published in the Guardian this morning puts a massive question mark over the environmental value of offsets for the Western Sydney Airport.“There needs to be an investigation into any conflicts of interests and possible insider trading.“This is happening on the Morrison government’s watch. Our national environment laws are too weak.As stated by Greens Environment spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young:“The offsets system is an utter rort. Just another scam for the Morrison Government to give their big developer and mining mates a green light for the environment wrecking projects.“This is just more proof the Morrison Government and their state counterparts can’t be trusted to protect the environment and our wildlife. We need stronger laws, not weaker ones.“Next week the Senate will be reviewing the Morrison’s Government’s moves to scrap environment laws. I will pursue this scandal with the Government officials. The Government must be held to account.As stated by Greens Co-Deputy Leader, Larissa Waters:“Even the rorts are stuffed with rorts! This isn’t the first time serious questions have been raised about who’s profiting from the Western Sydney airport project.“Last year we discovered that the federal government had paid a Liberal Party donor 10 times the fair value of a parcel of land earmarked for a second runway, handing over $29.8 million of taxpayer money for property valued at $3.1 million.“And now we learn that a consultant has made a motza by advising governments to purchase environmental offset properties he had a financial stake in.“Clearly there are problems with the governance of this project and both the NSW and federal governments have a lot of questions to answer. It’s yet another reminder why the Greens continue to call for a strong and independent national corruption watchdog.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, corruption, environment, federal government, Government, investigation, Liberal Party, Morrison, Morrison Government, NSW, property, purchase, Sydney, Sydney Airport, taxpayer, Western Sydney, wildlifelast_img read more

Much Emphasis on School Security and Safety During March

first_imgMuch Emphasis on School Security and Safety During March National SecurityMarch 4, 2011 RelatedMuch Emphasis on School Security and Safety During March RelatedMuch Emphasis on School Security and Safety During March RelatedMuch Emphasis on School Security and Safety During Marchcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In continuation of its thrust to encourage and develop a culture of safety and security in schools, the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with the Ministry of National Security, launched School Security and Safety Month 2011,  at Jamaica House, yesterday (March 3). Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness said that, “school remains the safest place for children away from home.” He noted that more principals and administrative staff  have acknowledged the importance of proper management for the safety of all, and stressed that schools  are a microcosm of the society, and must exemplify the upholding of law and order as, “what is illegal in the society is illegal in the school.” The Minister said that is the reason  why the Ministry does not support protests by teachers that are in breach of the law. Mr. Holness stressed that security and safety must become a way of life. “The best way to define culture is what people do without thinking, what people do naturally, and we want safety and security to become something that we do without even thinking, that’s the strategy that we are employing in our schools,” he told the gathering of stakeholders. He assured that the Ministry continued to be vigilant in ensuring that schools adhere to the minimum standards and guidelines for security and safety that have been set out, and has taken a zero tolerance approach to infractions. “It is not optional for principals to decide…there is now a safety and security policy that binds everyone. It is more than just an administrative directive. In fact, the intention now is to roll this policy into a law, which is already being drafted,” Mr. Holness said. He pointed out that already, the policy has  been reaping fruit,  citing the stance taken against the use of cell-phones in schools, given the level of crime generated by cell-phone activity a few years ago, and which had in four instances, led to the death of students. The Minister said measures  are also being put in place to address other issues that are emerging, such as those related to the use of computer labs, and the trend of bullying. Of the latter, he warned that although no policy guidelines have yet been issued, “bullying will not be tolerated in our schools.” Under the theme: ‘School Security and Safety is Everybody’s Business’, the Ministry will be carrying out a series of activities throughout the month, led by a special committee which is co-ordinating the work being done throughout the various departments, to ensure safety in schools. This year’s activities include: a national church service set for Sunday, March 6, with regional church services to be held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month; a special morning of devotion in all schools on March 7; forums on the issues surrounding security and safety in schools, organised by  the Ministry’s community relations education officers; and the launch of the primary school segment of the Ministry’s School Safety Programme, on March 23. Additionally, the police, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, and the Social development Commission will be visiting schools to give talks on various elements of security and safety. Under the MoE’s Security and Safety Programme, four manuals have been introduced in schools, with the main one being the security and safety guidelines and minimum standards, which speaks to the promotion of a culture of security and safety in schools. The other manuals include: the guidelines for the management of hazardous materials and equipment; the disposal of hazardous waste; safety guidelines for contact sports; and the critical incidence management plan for a safe school environment. CONTACT: ALPHEA SAUNDERS Advertisementslast_img read more

Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power alert customers to phone scam

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Burlington Electric Department,Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power today are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam. In a new wave of calls today, Burlington Electric and Green Mountain Power customers have been receiving calls threatening disconnection if payment is not made immediately. These calls have been targeting primarily restaurants, but other customers have received similar calls.These calls are not from Burlington Electric or Green Mountain Power, and customers should hang up if they receive a call with such demands. If customers have any questions about their account status, they should call the authorized phone number for GMP, 888.TEL.GMPC (888.835.4672), or for BED, 802.865.7300.The utilities follow very clear state rules when working with customers about paying past due bills and do not demand credit card information or alternate payment mechanisms from a customer for any purpose and, if customers receive a call with such a demand, they should follow these steps:·        Do not provide payment or any other personal information;·        Do not engage with the caller;·        Immediately hang up;·        Do not call back the number; and·        Call BED Customer Service at 802.865.7300 or GMP Customer Service at 888.835.4672 to report the occurrence and to share any information you are able to provide, including name of the caller, caller’s phone number, and substance of the call.Further, customers receiving such calls are encouraged to report this scam by contacting the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program at 800.649.2424 (in-state only) or 802.656.3183 (from out of state numbers) or by visiting www.uvm.edu/consumer(link is external). Also, to further protect yourself against similar scams, please visit that same website address(link is external) to read about similar past scams.   Source: BED. GMP. 12.27.2016last_img read more

Knight Riders gain revenge over Tallawahs with victory in final-ball thriller

first_img(CPL) Javon Searles slapped the final ball of the night for four as Trinbago Knight Riders produced their second successive unlikely Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) run-chase to gain revenge on Jamaica Tallawahs with a four-wicket victory in Florida. Sunday night Russell’s one-man show had stunned the Knight Riders back in game three, but this time it was the Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo who was celebrating after his six-laden 11-ball 36 proved so crucial in snatching a victory that had looked so unlikely when Trinbago slumped to 28/3 at the end of the Power Play in pursuit of 183. The two sides in truth produced uncannily similar innings at Central Broward Regional Park, with run-scoring proving difficult in the first 10 overs before rapid acceleration after the midway point. The Tallawahs turned 58/3 into a seemingly impenetrable 182/5 thanks to 80 from Glenn Phillips and 72* for David Miller; the Knight Riders surpassed it as a midway 62/3 became a matchwinning 184/6. Darren Bravo, the hero of the victory over St Lucia Stars on Thursday, was to the fore again, striking five more Hero Maximums in a 35-ball 50 as he shared a century stand with Colin Munro, who filled the Phillips role with an expertly-paced 67 from 51 before being bowled round his legs by Russell. Skipper Dwayne Bravo provided the crucial shot of impetus the Knight Riders needed with three successive sixes off Krishmar Santokie in the 18th over and five in all in a blistering 11-ball stay at the crease.  Having needed 12 an over from the eighth over onwards, the Knight Riders somehow needed just seven from the final over. But there was still a twist to come in this extraordinary game. Dwayne Bravo was caught on the boundary looking for the match-winning Hero Maximum to leave Javon Searles to find five runs from the last two balls. A scampered two to long-off and a slap through cover off the back foot to the boundary did the job to spark scenes of jubilation. But the 106 added by Darren Bravo and Munro should not be forgotten among all that late drama. Without it the Knight Riders would have been doomed, and the influence of that duo for the champions this season is highlighted by the fact Darren Bravo now tops the Hero Maximum Race with 19, while Munro’s innings here took him ahead of St Lucia Stars captain Kieron Pollard at the top of the 2018 Hero CPL run-scoring charts. For much of the game, Darren Bravo looked like he might be the Knight Riders’ fall guy after a costly dropped catch.  Phillips had made only 44 from 41 balls when Bravo spilled a simple chance at a time when the Tallawahs were still looking to recover from their own slow start. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre came into the side with stunning and instant impact. He trapped Kennar Lewis lbw for just a single and also dismissed Steven Taylor cheaply as his four overs bowled off the reel at the top of the innings brought him 2/19. With Ross Taylor also failing to reach double figures before falling to Fawad Ahmed, the Tallawahs were in significant early trouble.  Phillips and Miller were watchful, to the extent that the run-rate only climbed back above six in the 12th over. The key moment of the innings arrived at the start of the 15th over. The Tallawahs were still on a flimsy-looking 91/3 with overs starting to run out when Phillips attempted a switch hit off Ahmed and sliced a simple catch to Darren Bravo in the deep. Inexplicably, the chance went begging. When Phillips did fall four overs later he had 80 runs to his name from 55 balls and the score had moved on to 159/4. Phillips’ ferocious hitting after his let-off included another switch hit for six and a pair of outrageous ramp shots over wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin. He struck five Hero Maximums in all. Miller was more fluent from the off, with his half-century coming up in just 25 balls with a nonchalant flick off his pads over square-leg for six. He was there at the end to dispatch the last two balls of the innings for a four and his fifth six of the day, way back over long-on, to finish on an unbeaten 72 from 34 balls.  In all, 80 came from the last five overs of the innings – and that was with Russell contributing only a couple of runs from a three-ball stay at the crease. Momentum was firmly with the Tallawahs, and the Knight Riders needed a good start to their innings. They didn’t get it. Pinch-hitter Sunil Narine fell without scoring, caught by Russell at mid-on off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, before a horrible mix-up in the calling saw Chris Lynn run out by half the length of the pitch to leave the run-chase in early disarray at 10/2. The Power Play ended with Brendon McCullum carving Oshane Thomas to Steven Taylor at point. He made only 8, and the Knight Riders had limped to 28/3 in those first six overs.They were leaving themselves even more work to do in the remainder of the innings than the Tallawahs had earlier in the day, with the required rate reaching two a ball as early as the ninth over. Darren Bravo and Munro recovered the situation, though, before Dwayne Bravo and right at the very end Searles added the finishing touches to complete a thrilling victory. The Knight Riders now have three wins from their five matches, as do the Tallawahs who have suffered back-to-back defeats in Florida after starting their campaign with three victories. Upcoming Fixtures: Tuesday 21 August – St Lucia Stars v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (6pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Wednesday 22 August – Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents (6pm), Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida.last_img read more