People / William Doyle to resign as US Federal Maritime Commissioner

first_img US Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle has informed Donald Trump he will be leaving his post at the start of January.Mr Doyle has been with the FMC since 2013, after being appointed by president Obama, having left his post as chief of staff at the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.A FMC statement said Mr Doyle let Mr Trump know of his decision to step down last week.“It has been an honour and privilege to continue serving in the Trump administration, and I thank President Obama for nominating and appointing me twice as a commissioner,” said Mr Doyle.“I have learned so much in this position, and I thank you both for the opportunity… I am proud to have worked alongside my fellow commissioners and with such a dedicated and hardworking staff.”No reason was given for his departure, but some have speculated it forms part of a continuing purge by Mr Trump to remove his predecessor’s appointees.Others, however, suggest Mr Doyle – who has built a strong rapport with the industry – is either in line for, or eyeing, a role with one of the major shipping lines.For his part, Mr Doyle simply said: “I am looking forward to what comes next in my career,” indicating retirement was not yet on the cards.During his five years in the post, Mr Doyle has been “intimately” involved in some of the major shake-ups in the shipping sector including mergers, bankruptcies, and continuing consolidation.“I’ve had the opportunity to find reasonable compromises with some of the largest ocean carriers and build solid working relationships with governments that oversee ocean-borne trade,” he said.“I am particularly pleased with the outcome serving as co-chair of the US-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations.”His tenure coincided with China’s decision to move its international maritime tax system from a business tax to a value added tax (VAT) regime.The FMC said Mr Doyle had been instrumental in this move, having voiced US business concern to the Chinese that VAT was being applied fairly to all businesses.He said China “was very attentive to the concerns”, ultimately leading it to issue a series of circulars exempting portions of shipping transportation from the VAT.He was also heavily involved in implementation of the Verified Gross Mass regulations and worked directly with Panama Canal Authority officials during the canal’s expansion.And following last year’s Hanjin bankruptcy, Mr Doyle strongly advocated for tighter financial safeguards in the shipping industry, including the establishment of a contingency fund in the event of another bankruptcy. By Alexander Whiteman 28/11/2017last_img read more

Fitbit likely won’t improve your health, study says

first_img About the Author Reprints By Associated Press Oct. 4, 2016 Reprints Associated Press LONDON — Wearing a fitness tracker may help you keep tabs on how many steps you take, but the devices themselves — even with the lure of a cash reward — probably won’t improve your health, according to the biggest study yet done on the trendy technology.Scientists say that although the activity trackers may boost the number of steps people take, it probably isn’t enough to help them drop pounds or improve overall health.“These are basically measuring devices,” said Eric Finkelstein, a professor at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, who led the research. “Knowing how active you are doesn’t translate into getting people to do more and the novelty of having that information wears off pretty quickly.”advertisement A study finds that fitness trackers, such as the Fitbit, are basically measuring devices. AJ Mast/AP Privacy Policy Tags fitnesswearable devicesweight loss Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. “These trackers can encourage people to take more steps, but it still seems like these random extra steps aren’t enough to really improve your health,” Finkelstein said. He said what’s needed is more “active steps,” or what would amount to brisk walking or more rigorous exercise.The study was paid for by Singapore’s ministry of health and published online Tuesday in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.The results seem to reinforce those of another recent study, published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In that study, conducted over two years, researchers found that adding wearable activity tracking devices to a diet and fitness program didn’t result in more weight loss. Those who didn’t wear devices lost about five pounds more than those who wore them, but both groups slimmed down and improved their eating habits, fitness, and activity levels.Fitbit, in a statement responding to the study published Tuesday, said: “We are confident in the positive results our millions of users have seen from using Fitbit products.” The statement went on to say that it was in the process of improving its trackers.center_img HealthFitbit likely won’t improve your health, study says Please enter a valid email address. Finkelstein and colleagues tested the Fitbit Zip tracker in a group of 800 adults in Singapore, by dividing them into four groups. Of those people, more than half were overweight and obese, and about one-third were active.A control group got information about exercise but no tracker, and a second group got the Fitbit Zip; everyone in those groups also got about $2.92 a week. Participants in the last two groups got the tracker and about $11 for every week they logged between 50,000 and 70,000 steps. One of the groups had the money donated to charity while the other kept the cash.advertisement Related: After six months, people with the Fitbit and who got the cash payment showed the biggest boost in physical activity. But after a year, 90 percent of participants had abandoned the device. The physical activity of the Fitbit wearers did not decline over the year as much as it did for those who were not given a tracker, but the higher activity level wasn’t enough to produce any improvements in weight or blood pressure. Fitness trackers may not help people keep weight off long-term Leave this field empty if you’re human: Finkelstein said that some of the newer fitness trackers have more advanced features, like prompts to exercise and ways to link to social media, but he still thinks it is unlikely people will radically change their exercise regimes without a more comprehensive approach.Some experts said the results were disappointing, if not unsurprising.“We should not be so naive to believe that simply by giving a sleek-looking gadget to someone, they will change deeply rooted lifestyle habits,” said Emmanuel Stamatakis, a physical activity expert the University of Sydney who was not part of the research.Others said the trackers might be more useful if they were aimed specifically at unhealthy people.“People who are active are already motivated so they don’t need these devices,” said Lars Bo Andersen of Sogn and Fjordane University College in Norway.—Lindsey Tannerlast_img read more

In Pictures: Former Laois Ladies footballers honoured in Croke Park

first_imgHome Sport GAA In Pictures: Former Laois Ladies footballers honoured in Croke Park SportGAALadies Football In Pictures: Former Laois Ladies footballers honoured in Croke Park By Siun Lennon – 20th September 2018 SEE ALSO – Twitter reacts to the final episode in ‘The Town’ documentary series Twitter Previous articleCalls for Post Office network to be modernisedNext articleGardai detect driver in Laois speeding on European Day Without a Road Death Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Community Facebook WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Council Pinterest The Laois Ladies football team of 1993 was honoured in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Ladies football finals on Sunday, September 16.This young Laois side became All-Ireland finalists for the fourth year in a row as they went down against a strong Kerry team 4-8 to 2-6.The team of that year were managed by the late Groggy Delaney, Mary Hickey and Patrick Brennan.In the three previous years, they were defeated by Waterford twice in 1992 and 1991, and by Kerry again in 1990.2001 was to be the year that the Laois ladies broke their spell of being bridesmaids on All-Ireland final day and defeated Mayo 2-14 to 1-16.Crettyard lead the wayCrettyard led the way for this Laois team of the early 90s, with a staggering 14 members of the panel hailing from the side, with has since amalgamated to become St Brigid’s.Timahoe were second, with the late Lulu Carroll plying her trade at wing-forward and had nine of her fellow clubmates line out alongside her on the panel.The excellence of these two teams certainly showed – as they hosted the Laois senior club championship final that same year – where Crettyard came away as victors on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-4.Indeed 1993 marked the fifth year that these two clubs met in the senior club championship final, and they continued to meet for a following nine years after that – until Sarsfields and Timahoe started another series of final battles from 2003 onward.LAOIS: Bernie Deegan (Timahoe); Elizabeth Loughman (Crettyard), Denise Langton (Crettyard), Connie Conway (Crettyard); Margaret Phelan, Mary Casey (Timahoe), Teresa Sheehan; Bríd Keogh (Crettyard), Martina Doyle (Crettyard); Lulu Carroll (Timahoe-RIP), Linda Brennan (Crettyard), Amanda Donoghue (Timahoe); Mary Keogh (Crettyard), Sue Ramsbottom (Timahoe), Margaret Brennan (Crettyard)Kathleen Murphy (Portlaoise), Claire Casey (Timahoe), Antoinette Brennan (Crettyard), Elizabeth Keogh (Crettyard), Pamela Ramsbottom (Crettyard), Alice Brennan (Crettyard) Eadaoin Murphy (Crettyard), Cora Graham (Timahoe), Nuala Casey (Timahoe), Ruth Lalor (Timahoe), Jackie Walsh (Timahoe), Lisa Hosey (Crettyard), Joan McCarrragher (Killeshin) Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Minister says ‘no threat’ to Laois social welfare service that caters for ‘10,000 people’

first_img Facebook TAGSCharlie FlanaganConor BerginJohn KingRathdowneyRathdowney Social Welfare Branch Office Minister says ‘no threat’ to Laois social welfare service that caters for ‘10,000 people’ Twitter Twitter Previous articleNew footpath and pedestrian crossing approved for busy road near Laois GAA groundNext articleCoronavirus: 34 further deaths and 473 new cases – as hospital numbers continue to decline Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 9th April 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Home News Community Minister says ‘no threat’ to Laois social welfare service that caters for… NewsCommunity “Obviously, Level 5 restrictions mean a curtailment to services but the office is open for appointments in exceptional circumstances.“I expect services to full resume as soon as the pandemic restrictions ease.”Community Welfare Services are provided by Community Welfare Officers (CWOs) who work for the Department of Social Protection.The majority of their work involves the administration of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme.The types of payments made under this scheme include: weekly Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Rent Supplement, Mortgage Interest Supplement, Diet and Heating Supplements, Back to School Clothing and Footwear Scheme and exceptional needs payments for items such as buggies, clothing, funeral costs etc.Cllr John King explained how important the service is to the people in that part of Laois.He said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that clarification from the Minister via Charlie Flanagan because this has caused great upset in our area.“This serves 10,000 people and James Maher has done incredible work to make his office Covid friendly.“He has a room set aside and properly set up safely with screens – and the service was available on Thursday and Friday.“From St Patrick’s Day, that service was withdrawn and people were told to contact a phone number in Portlaoise.“So I am delighted to receive this commitment from the Minister that the service will be restored.”Cllr Conor Bergin also welcomed the news – but says he will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.He said: “This is very welcome news and I welcome the clarification from Minister Humphries.“I also want to thank TD Charlie Flanagan for his work in contacting the Minister.“It is welcome news that the service is going to remain in Rathdowney and we will be keeping a special eye on the situation going forward.”SEE ALSO – New footpath and pedestrian crossing approved for busy road near Laois GAA ground Pinterest The Minister for Social Protection has confirmed that there is ‘no threat’ to a social welfare service in Rathdowney.Concerns for the future of Rathdowney Social Welfare Branch Office were raised last night when it appeared the service was going to move to Portlaoise.Fine Gael Councillor Conor Bergin said that when some people tried to contact the Community Welfare Officer in Rathdowney, they were informed that the service was no longer available and redirected to the Portlaoise Social Welfare Branch Office instead.This raised serious concerns as, according to fellow Fine Gael Councillor John King, the Rathdowney Social Welfare Branch Office serves around 10,000 people.Laois TD Charlie Flanagan was made aware of this issue by Cllrs Bergin and King – and he contacted Minister Heather Humphries to seek clarity on what the situation was.And the Former Minister for Justice says he has been assured by Minister Humphries that there is no threat to the service.He said: “The issue has been clarified to me by Heather Humphries who I spoke to last night in response to concern from the locality.“I was contacted by Cllrs Conor Bergin and John King and I am pleased to say that there is no threat to the ongoing operation there. Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

SK Cites ‘Isolation, Economy, and Human Rights’ as NK’s Top 3…

first_img SK Cites ‘Isolation, Economy, and Human Rights’ as NK’s Top 3 Issues News News Parsing statistics and data from 2014 in North Korea, the South Korean government cited the top three critical issues besetting the nation are diplomatic isolation, the economy, and dismal human rights conditions.“In the past, the nuclear issue was the mainfocal point, but now we need to respond to the other problems persisting inNorth Korea,” a top South Korean official stated on December 30th, going on to discuss the economic difficulties facing the nation.A change of pace from the past, he followed by broaching the topic of human rights conditions in North Korea. “North Korean human rights are a seriousissue. 111 UN member states voting to pass the draft resolution on human rightsconditions in North Korea is a significant figure and dealt a huge shock to the country,” he said.He went on to draw parallels between current North Korea and two periods from its history, maintaining that North Korea continues to fretover the how to survive in every evolving world of internationalrelations–particularly when it concerns its allies– much like it did duringthe detente between China and the United States during the 1970s and the end ofthe Cold War in the 1990s. “North Korea employed strategic maneuversduring the 1970s and 1990s,” he explained, going on to enumerate the examplesindicative of the North’s tactical survival plans. “The 1970s saw the ‘7.4Joint Statement’ between the two Koreas, and then in the 1990s, the Iron Curtainlifted and the Cold War came to an end, leaving North Korea reeling and anxiousabout its fate.”He asserted that North Korea stands to losethe most by continually returning to oft-employed provocative tactics, andurged it to “move in a direction that fosters peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Plagued by these three debilitating factors, he asserted thataggravating relations will serve only to exacerbate situation rather than offer any chance of ameliorating it. The official also addressed matters relatedto the Unification Preparatory Committee’s proposal to hold inter-Korean talksin January, saying that he looks forward to a positive response from the North, and that hope for the event to be realized should not be dismissed solely based on recent derogatory marks made by theNorth regarding the committee. “The New Year’s Address from North Koreawas interpreted as very positive in 2010, so President Lee Myung Bak spoke ofthe possibility of inter-Korean talks by the end of the year during aninterview with the BBC,” he pointed out. “However, the same year saw thesinking of the Cheonan and the Yeonpyeong Island attack, followed by a nucleartest in 2012.”“When it comes to inter-Korean relations, actions speak louder than words,” heconcluded. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img By Daily NK – 2015.01.01 4:51pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department storelast_img read more

North Korea’s agricultural reforms fall short

first_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News It has been four years since Kim Jong Un introduced agricultural reform measures, one component of which involves the individual management of plots. However, at present, residents complain that farming equipment and manure provisions are insufficient, and the quota demands absurdly high.   When the measures were laid out, it was announced that cooperative farms would be divided into smaller “pojeon,” managed by 3-5 farmers apiece. Before the reform measures, the farms were divided into much larger “bunjo” units, consisting of 10-25 people. After the harvest, each unit is responsible for providing a set proportion of the yield to the authorities. The rest, according to the reforms, should be the property of the workers. This is not how things have played out in practice. Although food production is up in North Korea, the authorities still grab as much of the yield as they please, and some of the measures have even become a means to exploit the workers.A defector who goes by Mrs. Han offered invaluable insight to the problems pervading the new system at a recent event hosted by the North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS) in Seoul. “When the pojeon system was first introduced, rural residents were singing its praises, thinking to themselves, ‘We’re finally going to be able to make a living.’ But when the system was actually implemented, the vast majority of the yield went to the state, leaving very little behind for the farmers who worked the land. That turn of events was deeply dispiriting for the workers,” said Mrs. Han, formerly the manager of the TaeHong Country Cooperative Farm in Ryanggang Province before she defected last October.NKIS President Kim Heung Kwang added that if the pojeon family unit system was truly implemented, the degree of autonomy and living standard of agricultural workers should have improved. “But that is simply not what has happened,” he pointed out.The most difficult aspect of the system, according to Mrs. Han, was the way the distribution is decided. It is determined based on whether or not the unit is able to fulfill the state’s set production quota. Those who can not meet the quota are provided with less. In the rural areas, many pojeon are managed by groups of families. If the yield is good, then they can satisfy the Korean Workers’ Party quota and therefore fare relatively well. If the land fails to produce enough, however, then the whole family is deprived of sufficient provisions. Most of the units underperform and receive very little as a consequence, Mrs. Han explained.“In my own case, my husband and I were tasked with managing a plot of 2,000 pyeong, mostly consisting of potatoes. We were given a production quota of 60 tons of potatoes by the Party. However hard we worked, it was difficult to end up with anything more than 40 tons of potatoes. And of course, when we couldn’t fulfill the production demands, we were provided with less,” she lamented.In order to really meet the expectations, Mrs. Han and her team needed fertilizer and pesticides, but the process of acquiring them from the state took far too long, if it came at all. Furthermore, they required about 300 kg of fertilizer, but were only provided with 100kg. “The local families in our area had similar experiences. It was hard for all of us. In state media, the Party has blamed the pesticide problem on a lack of expertise, not a lack of supplies. Many farmers struggled with proper handling of pesticides and ended up wasting them or damaging their crops,” she said.“Another problem with the high quotas is that if I got sick for three days, I wouldn’t be able to produce enough. To even get a diagnosis at the hospital, one has to prove that they are really sick. Of course, the hospitals don’t give proper treatment in North Korea, so the chances of getting a diagnosis slip from the hospital are also quite low. In those types of situations, it’s beneficial to give the doctor some cigarettes and ask for a favor.”   Although Kim Jong Un often stresses the importance of modernizing the production methods and equipment of the agricultural sector, farmers are still unable to procure their own tractors. Instead, they are forced to borrow from the state. The state companies buy 5,000 yuan tractors from China and get ‘ownership rights,’ before renting them out to the farm managers. Mrs. Han explained that during corn and potato harvest time, “we borrowed a tractor for a set amount of time.” She also recounted that in the month of May, many of the pojeon needed extra labor in order to get all of the required work done. As previously reported by Daily NK, this involved such measures as the authorities declaring a school closure to mobilize middle and high school students to the farms to assist in the agricultural work. Mrs. Han explained that residents mobilized from the cities to work on the farms are typically responsible for bringing their own food to eat while working, and in return state-run enterprises provided them with rations or wages. “Some of the more well-off rural residents paid people a small daily wage to come and work in their fields. They usually work for about three or four days out of the week, and then rest on the off days,” she said.Mrs. Han added that residents in agricultural communities are also required to raise livestock and contribute it to the Party. Bribes in the form of “meat provisions” payable to the Korean People’s Army [KPA] are an additional burden for most in farming regions, she said, noting, “Farm workers is required to give about seven or eight kg of pork to the KPA on a yearly basis,” she said. “My husband and I were no exception. This might not sound like very much to someone who has never raised livestock before, but for us, this was a considerable imposition. Those who had to borrow money to do so were forced to pay the loan back at 1.5 times the original amount.”  By Daily NK – 2016.09.05 4:41pm Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) North Korea’s agricultural reforms fall short North Korean defector and former farm manager Mrs. Han (left) and North Korean Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS)President Kim Heung Kwang at an event titled “Briefing Session on the Realities of North Korea” held on August 31. Image: Daily NKlast_img read more

LTC insurance: a growing opportunity for advisors

LTC insurance: challenges and opportunities “People are living longer, but not necessarily healthier,” says Fryer. “People’s health deteriorates with age.” Advisors have a responsibility to make clients aware of the potential impact of health-related costs on their retirement plans, says Marg Manias, insurance manager and living benefits specialist with Investors Group Inc. in Halifax. “It’s incumbent upon the advisor to understand that it’s his obligation, his duty of care, to talk about this,” says Manias. “We can’t tell people that we’re their financial advisors and not prepare them for their care years financially. It’s irresponsible.” In many cases, no one else in a client’s life is addressing the topic of LTC with them, notes Mark Halpern, certified financial planner and president of illnessPROTECTION.com Inc. in Markham, Ont. “We’ve got to do the best job possible and let our clients know what are all the risks.” says Halpern. “Nobody else is asking the tough questions.” Even within the financial advisor community, few are currently addressing the topic with their clients. This leaves a significant opportunity for advisors who are talking to their clients about planning for LTC. “We have a big opportunity, because this market is tiny – nobody is doing it,” says Halpern. He talks to all of his clients about planning for LTC, and he says they’re generally very receptive to it. “People are looking for having choice and options and flexibility,” he says. “That’s where long-term care insurance comes in.” The potential market for this product is extensive. With a massive cohort of Canadians approaching their senior years, the number of individuals requiring care is expected to surge in the decades ahead. Approximately 20% of Canadians will require LTC as they age, according to Stephen Frank, vice president of policy development and health at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. (CLHIA). “There’s going to be just an explosion of demand for this over the next 30-40 years, and it’s going to be a real challenge to support all of the people who are going to need care,” Frank says. Furthermore, care is certainly not cheap. On average, LTC costs $5,100 per month, however it can cost upwards of $8,000 per month, depending on the province and the type of facility. This poses a sizeable risk to the retirement plans of most Canadians. LTC insurance protects clients against this key risk by offsetting some or all of the cost of care, through monthly benefits of as much as $8,000. The benefit is typically triggered by a chronic illness, disability, cognitive impairment, or other age-related condition that prevents a client from managing a number of the activities of daily living without assistance. “The long-term care insurance product is probably one of the most innovative estate preservation tools that we have in our whole quiver,” says Manias. However, uptake of the product has been quite weak since its introduction 15 years ago. Whereas longevity risk and market risk tend to be top of mind for many Canadians who are heading into retirement, healthcare costs don’t often receive much consideration. Many Canadians assume that the government will cover any care they’ll need in old age, and many simply prefer not to think about the possibility of getting sick. “None of us wants to even entertain the thought of ever requiring care,” says Manias. “We just don’t think of ourselves as being old and frail.” This is the second article in a three-part series on long-term care insurance. On Thursday: Strategies for selling LTC insurance. Megan Harman Keywords Long-term care insurance Strategies for selling LTC insurance As baby boomers head into retirement, many are neglecting to plan for a major potential cost that threatens to rapidly deplete their nest egg: long-term care (LTC). Financial advisors have a huge opportunity to help clients plan for this risk, experts say, with an insurance product that they say is receiving far less attention than it deserves. LTC insurance protects clients against the hefty costs they could potentially face should they require care in the future. As Canadians are living longer than ever, this is a growing risk that should be considered as part of the retirement planning process, according to Paul Fryer, vice president of individual business management with Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media LTC insurance: a market overlooked read more

Tax relief for small brewers and distillers to support jobs 3 May

first_imgTax relief for small brewers and distillers to support jobs 3 May Australian TreasurySmall brewers and distillers will benefit from $225 million in tax relief to support more jobs and investment as part of the 2021-22 Budget.Under our plan to support jobs in this growing sector, small brewers and distillers will benefit from a tripling of the excise refund cap for small brewers and distillers from $100,000 to $350,000 per year.From 1 July 2021 eligible brewers and distillers will be able to receive a full remission of any excise they pay, up to an annual cap of $350,000. Currently, eligible brewers and distillers are entitled to a refund of 60 per cent of the excise they pay, up to an annual cap of $100,000.This will align the benefit available under the Excise Refund Scheme for brewers and distillers with the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Producer Rebate.There are around 600 brewers and 400 distillers across Australia, with around two thirds operating in rural and regional areas. The announced changes will allow these brewers and distillers to keep more of what they earn, helping them to invest, grow and support around 15,000 Australians that are currently employed in the sector.Additional support to brewers and distillers across the country will also serve as much-needed relief for those businesses severely impacted by COVID-19.Today’s announcement builds on the Morrison Government’s track record of supporting small brewers and distillers including by enabling them to automatically receive excise duty remissions when they lodge excise returns; providing them with record investment incentives; and fast tracking the reduction in the small company tax rate to 25 per cent by 1 July 2021.The Morrison Government is committed to assisting local manufacturing businesses to grow, create jobs and support Australia’s economic recovery. /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 Treasury, covid-19, Government, Investment, jobs, Morrison, Morrison Government, rebate, taxlast_img read more

Australian Government establishes a freight data hub

first_imgAustralian Government establishes a freight data hub Improved national freight data has taken a leap forward with the launch of the National Freight Data Hub prototype website. To fully capitalise on the value of enhanced freight data, the Australian Government announced $16.5 million in funding in the 2021-22 Budget over four years to develop the Hub further.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Hub will be a trusted source of freight data for industry, government and others to improve the efficiency, safety and resilience of the freight sector.“The Hub will highlight important information about traffic volumes, congestion, road condition and rest area usage, to improve road safety for the nation’s freight operators,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.“This commitment will in turn support the day-to-day operations of the transport industry, provide enhanced freight data across all supply chains and enable a data driven approach for future strategic planning and investment.“Every Australian, everywhere, every day relies on a truck driver, which is why we need high-quality, easily accessible data to make sure the movement of goods and services is as efficient as possible, especially as Australia’s freight task grows.”Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said industry asked for a congestion metric to assist with their businesses and the Australian Government has delivered this and more with the prototype Hub website.“The prototype website is an important first step that shows the Hub’s potential as a game-changer for the Australian freight and supply chain industry,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.“The website showcases government and industry cooperation on a number of projects and allows users to search for data relevant to their business.“In new world-leading visualisations, interactive truck telematics maps are publicly available at a national level with insights on congestion in our cities and a national map of truck rest stops.“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown more than ever the critical importance of our freight supply chains and all those involved.“This initiative informed by government, industry and others is a win-win for everyone.”Toll’s Head of Innovation Peter Carney said the congestion data will give the freight industry, and indeed all road users, a keener understanding of where and when congestion occurs.“This will enable road users and governments to develop strategies for managing the effects of congestion,” Mr Carney said.“The maps will assist drivers in planning their routes, because knowing where not to drive is as important as knowing where to drive.“Collaborating with the National Freight Data Hub has been an exciting project and we look forward to implementing changes on the ground using the data.”NSW Ports’ Chief Executive Officer Marika Calfas said the prototype website is an important first step toward a comprehensive National Freight Data Hub. “A fully developed National Freight Data Hub, with data across all supply chains, will assist with decision-making and evidence led-investments to enhance the efficiency and resilience of Australia’s freight supply chains and to quantify investment outcomes,” Ms Calfas said.iMOVE Managing Director Ian Christensen said Australia’s size and distance from world markets increases the scale of its freight task and it is therefore incumbent on us to work together to be efficient and drive down the cost of freight.“The prototype website has exceeded expectations,” Mr Christensen said.“The National Freight Data Hub is a crucially important initiative and iMOVE is eager to continue working with government and businesses to embrace data and increase information sharing for improved freight productivity.”The Australian Logistics Council’s Chief Executive Officer Kirk Coningham OAM said data is the new oil and having an integrated National Freight Data Hub is critical to the delivery of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.“The ALC commends the Government on the launch of the prototype website and looks forward to working together on this vital project, to ensure it meets the needs of industry now and into the future,” Mr Coningham said.Ben Newton, Head of Transport Development for Woolworths Group said: “The challenges of the past year have put a spotlight on the need for industry and government to work closely together across supply chains to deliver for the community. The Hub is a significant step forward in this collaboration, leveraging real-time data to achieve greater efficiency, safety and productivity outcomes across the transport network.”The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is developing the National Freight Data Hub in close consultation with industry, governments and other stakeholders. /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). 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Steve McQueen’s last movie car has just surfaced in a barn

first_img RELATED TAGSChevroletPontiacNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending in Canada Six Trans Ams were used for the film, and two were wrecked during production as part of a scene where the car gets blown up.According to Hemmings Motor News, the car was kept in a barn after a dispute between Pontiac and an extra in the movie who used his truck and trailer to tow the car away on-screen.Harold McQueen (no relation) received the title of one destroyed Trans Am from Paramount Pictures as payment for hauling away two destroyed vehicles to the junkyard.Pontiac did not sign off on the release of the title for the first Pontiac, and the second one was taken to the junkyard after Peter Levin Pontiac in Chicago Heights refused to take the rusty husk. Harold held on to the first Trans Am for 39 years with plans to restore it but never had the chance.The Trans Am is now owned by Carlyle Motors, who plans to restore the car back to movie specification. A 1979 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Steve McQueen in his last movie has been found in a barn in rural Illinois.The car was driven by McQueen in The Hunter from 1980, which follows the glamorized storyline of real-life professional bounty hunter Ralph “Papa” Thorson.The car doesn’t play a huge role in the movie, but it was still driven by Steve. This has the potential to be the most expensive Trans Am every sold, even exceeding the sale price of Burt Reynolds’ personal Trans Am, although currently the car is “not for sale.” advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 1979 Steve McQueen Trans Am from the movie “The Hunter” found in a barn in Illinois  Carlyle Motors COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more