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Boris Johnson warns Russia is “up to all sorts of dirty tricks” and could undermine the UK’s democratic process

whatsapp “There is very little doubt that the Russians are behind these things,” he said.Johnson was speaking in an interview with ITV’s Robert Peston when he said: by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropHabit TribeWe Ranked These Beautiful Women – Who Is Number 1?Habit TribeDailyforestMom Gives Birth To 7 Babies Where Are They 20 Years Later?DailyforestCrowdy FanDon’t Dress Yourself Old: These 17 Fashion Items Make You Look OlderCrowdy FanHealth Care10 Ways You Never Knew You Could Eat AvocadoHealth CareFEEDBUZZ9 Things That Happen to Your Body if You Workout and Don’t Drink Enough Water -FEEDBUZZHealth.recetasget5 Early Warning Cancer SymptomsHealth.recetasgetWalk In Tubs | Search AdsWalk-In Bathtubs Could Be The New Bathroom Trend Of 2021Walk In Tubs | Search Adsillusion.funIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water Immediatelyillusion.fun Boris Johnson warns Russia is “up to all sorts of dirty tricks” and could undermine the UK’s democratic process Johnson will travel to Moscow to speak with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in the coming weeks.A spokesperson said the visit is consistent with the UK’s “engage but beware” approach towards Russia and that Britain will engage with Russia “where it is in our national interest to do so”. Sunday 12 March 2017 9:39 pm More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Boris Johnson has warned Russia is “up to all sorts of dirty tricks” following an intelligence report that told political parties to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks.The foreign secretary said there’s “plenty of evidence” Vladimir Putin’s government is capable of undermining Britain’s democratic process, and he accused the Kremlin of bringing down French TV stations, hacking into the US’ Democratic National Convention and even the attempted assassination of Montenegro’s Prime Minister. Share First of all, we have no evidence that the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes at the moment.But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that. And there is no doubt that they’ve been up to all sorts of dirty tricks. Courtney Goldsmith whatsapp read more

 

City business groups unite in calling for EU to match UK no-deal Brexit preparations

Thursday 23 August 2018 1:06 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastHealthyGemBaby Has Never Eaten Sugar Or Carbs, Wait Till You See Her TodayHealthyGemBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsNovelodgeMan Pulls Hidden String In Scottsdale And Discovers Secret Room Filled With…NovelodgeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic Mirror Financial services lobby groups welcomed the preparations, while warning that no deal would be the worst scenario for firms in the UK and the EU.Catherine McGuinness, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, said described no deal as “the worst case scenario” facing the Square Mile, but urged the EU to reciprocate in putting in place unilateral measures on issues such as contract continuity.The UK government has already committed to a temporary permissions regime (TPR) to allow EU financial firms to continue using the so-called passport to serve UK clients after Brexit. However, this move has not been repeated on the EU side, to the increasing frustration of British regulators and business groups.“The clock is ticking – there are just over 200 days until Brexit,” said McGuinness. “It’s time the EU clarifies how trading arrangements might continue post-Brexit and takes steps to reciprocate the action taken by the government and UK regulators; if the EU fails to do so it’s not just the UK this will affect, it will harm EU businesses and consumers too.”The issue of contract continuity is “top of the list” of concerns which the European Commission must address, according to Miles Celic, chief executive of TheCityUK. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org He said: “Neither the industry nor the UK can fix this alone. This is a practical issue that impacts customers and clients. It is time for EU authorities to tackle it in that spirit.”Cooperation between the European Central Bank and the Bank of England over financial stability is one area where preparation has advanced, after a working group was set up in April. Brexit secretary Dominic Raab today cited this cooperation as an example of both parties working together – even if broader trade talks break down.Stephen Jones, chief executive of UK Finance, said: “A ‘no deal’ scenario can and should be avoided. Both the UK and our EU partners should focus on agreeing a managed exit and a clear framework for cross-border trade including in financial services. Jasper Jolly The City’s top business groups today called for the EU to secure cross-border financial trade in the event of a no-deal Brexit, after the UK government set out its warnings to firms on the consequences of negotiations falling through.The government today published technical notices covering 24 issues, including financial services, which will arise if no deal is agreed by 29 March 2019. Share whatsapp whatsapp City business groups unite in calling for EU to match UK no-deal Brexit preparations read more

 

Investigator says he found evidence of child porn on Wrangell doctor’s computer

first_imgCrime & Courts | Southeast | SyndicatedInvestigator says he found evidence of child porn on Wrangell doctor’s computerJuly 23, 2015 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Robert Boochever U.S. Courthouse is located on the ninth floor of the Hurff Ackerman Saunders Federal Building in Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)An Alaska-based FBI agent trained to detect sharing of child pornography over the internet testified that he could’ve obtained child pornography from a Wrangell doctor’s house on at least four occasions last year.Special Agent Anthony Peterson took the witness stand on Thursday in the trial of Greg Salard that is now underway in U.S. District Court in Juneau. Salard has been charged with felony receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography. He was arrested at his home in Wrangell last October after Peterson used a law enforcement version of a peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing program to access a video file of child pornography on a laptop computer belonging to Salard. Peterson says he was able to pinpoint the computer’s location at Salard’s house after tracing the Internet Protocol or IP address of the P2P program that he used.Peterson testified that he decided to execute a search warrant after observing Salard offer to share a child pornography video through the Ares P2P program. When Peterson and another agent arrived at the house and found Salard’s laptop, they discovered that a wiping program called CCleaner was already running. Most computer files leave remnants and can still be reconstructed even after they’ve been deleted, but CCleaner can wipe the hard drive clean and remove any evidence of a deleted file.Peterson also described three other occasions between May and October of last year in which he could see other files of child porn or download a partial file from Salard’s laptop.Peterson testified for the prosecution for most of the hearing. Later, he was questioned about the search for evidence of downloaded child pornography, detailing files that were recently viewed or deleted, and the use of various other P2P programs on Salard’s Alienware laptop.Peterson says he found evidence of all three activities after making a copy of the hard drive and using various tools or forensic programs to view individual data files that are buried deep within the operating system.It’s been an education for most of the fourteen jurors who, during jury selection on Monday, admitted that they have limited technical experience and may only use a computer for shopping, Facebook, blogging or gaming.Under cross examination, defense attorney Cara McNamara later went after Peterson’s perceived inexperience by quizzing him about the various routines of a computer’s operating system and file deletion routines.Earlier in the day, with the jury out of the courtroom, attorneys for both sides argued for admission as evidence a list of just over 6oo pornography files found on Salard’s laptop computer. Salard’s defense objected and said it should be limited to only 83 files that were positively identified as child pornography and not the other 525 files of other forms of pornography.Share this story:last_img read more

 

Over 70 men busted in ‘Operation Takedown’ to combat human trafficking

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Detectives with HCSO said they also arrested a local pastor, 39-year-old Earnest Benjamin, and a Land O’ Lakes girls high school basketball coach, 39-year-old Christopher Ray. Anyone wanting to report suspected human trafficking can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Over 70 men were arrested during a week-long anti-human trafficking operation in Hillsborough County. “Operation Takedown” took place from March 30 to April 9 ahead of WrestleMania in Hillsborough County. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said undercover detectives conducted chat, hotel, and streetwalker operations that led to 79 total arrests. Deputies with the sheriff’s office said multiple Florida law enforcement agencies helped catch suspects that were outside of Hillsborough County, including the Cape Coral Police Department. “This operation helped rescue three females from the perils of human trafficking,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. School bus driver accused of sexually assaulting student in Florida April 12, 2021 WATCH: Marine units save Florida man from sinking jet ski May 9, 2021 Speeder let off with warning donates ticket amount to fund for fallen deputy April 27, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Officehuman trafficking AdvertisementOf the 79 arrests made, 44-year-old Jason Brooks and 32-year-old Jamel Muldrew are both facing human trafficking charges. Brooks was arrested after he responded to a decoy prostitution advertisement, according to HCSO. He believed he was going to pay for sex with a 17-year-old girl. Muldrew was transporting a 17-year-old victim for the sole purpose of commercial sexual acts, according to Hillsborough County deputies. On top of the one count of human trafficking, Muldrew is facing charges of transporting for prostitution and deriving support from proceeds of prostitution. Tampa resident Rusty Harden, a registered sex offender, was also arrested on multiple felonies during Operation Takedown. Investigators said he’s accused of sending explicit messages and photos to an undercover detective he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Harden is one of four men arrested for traveling to meet a minor after using services/devices to solicit certain illegal acts. Homicide investigation underway after missing Florida woman’s body found burning June 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

 

Healthy U.S. economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Economy,  U.S.Companies Federal Reserve Board Christopher Rugaber The solid growth that the United States enjoyed before the viral pandemic paralyzed the economy this spring failed to reduce racial disparities in Americans’ income and wealth from 2016 through 2019, according to a Federal Reserve report Monday.Though Black and Hispanic households reported sharper gains in wealth than white households did, those increases weren’t enough to noticeably narrow the racial gaps. The typical white family possessed eight times the wealth of Black families and five times the wealth of Hispanic families in 2019, the Fed said. Related news Savings money jar full of coins concept for saving or investment for a house, retirement or education flynt/123RF Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers The Fed’s Survey of Consumer Finances, released every three years, analyzed incomes and wealth in 2019. The survey found that income for the typical U.S. family rose 5%, adjusted for inflation, from 2016 to 2019 to $58,600. That was weaker than the 9% income gain the typical family received from 2013 through 2016.While the report shows increases in income and wealth for lower-income and Black families, many economists worry that the pandemic has reversed those gains. Job losses this year have been concentrated among lower-income workers in the restaurant, hotel, retail and travel industries. Those workers are disproportionately non-white.Some measures did show a narrowing of income disparities. Average income among the wealthiest one-tenth of American families fell 6%, largely because of a steep fall among the richest 1%, Federal Reserve economists said. By contrast, average incomes among the bottom 60% of families rose.Yet average figures can be skewed by huge incomes at the very top. The Fed report noted, for example, that while average incomes for all families fell 3% from 2016 through 2019, excluding the richest 1%, average incomes rose 3.1%. Income for the richest Americans can fluctuate more sharply year to year than income for lower-income earners, Fed economists said, and likely fell because of smaller gains from stock, bond and property sales.Economists typically look at median incomes, which reflect the midpoint of all earners, as a way to filter out the extremes. Median income among the poorest one-fifth of Americans rose 3%, while median income for the richest one-tenth increased 6%, the Fed said.The median family income for whites grew 6%. For Black households, it was slightly better at 7%. For Hispanic families, incomes fell 1%. Median income for white families last year was $69,000, compared with $40,300 for Black families and $40,700 for Hispanics.Poorer Americans and Black and Hispanic households did gain wealth from 2016 through 2019, mostly from an increase in home ownership and home values. But those increases came from such low levels that they didn’t much narrow overall income disparities, the Fed said.Black households, for example, reported a 33% gain in net worth and Hispanic families 65%. Wealth in white households increased just 3%. While encouraging, median wealth for white families in 2019 was still much higher, at $188,200, compared with $24,100 for Black families and $36,200 for Hispanics.Economic research has found that differences in inheritances are a major factor behind the racial wealth gap. A separate Fed note released Monday found that 30% of white families report receiving an inheritance — three times the corresponding proportion of Black families and four times that of Hispanic families.The richest 1% of Americans owned one-third of the nation’s wealth in 2019, down slightly from nearly four-fifths in 2016. But wealth grew for the next-richest 9% of the population, the Fed said in another research note. So that the richest one-tenth of families owned 71% of wealth, unchanged from 2016. Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financiallast_img read more

 

Transport Minister to Seek Attorney General’s Advice in JUTC Matter

first_imgRelatedTransport Minister to Seek Attorney General’s Advice in JUTC Matter Advertisements RelatedTransport Minister to Seek Attorney General’s Advice in JUTC Matter RelatedTransport Minister to Seek Attorney General’s Advice in JUTC Mattercenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Transport and Works Minister, Michael Henry, has said that he will be seeking the guidance of the Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, regarding the current tenure of Acting Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Bindley Sangster, at the organization.Mr. Sangster had requested a leave of absence from his position to facilitate investigations by the Office of the Contractor General, into reported breaches in the award of contracts by the state-run transport company, in which he was implicated.Addressing journalists at a media briefing at Jamaica House on Thursday (Dec. 18), Mr. Henry said the JUTC Board had requested that Mr. Sangster stay on as Acting Managing Director until December 31, to facilitate a smooth transition by his successor. He said, however, that the Attorney General will be consulted on the matter.“I will stand by the Board’s request, subject to the Attorney General’s advice (but), I have only acceded to Mr. Sangster’s staying until that transition period has concluded. In the final analysis that decision will rest with (me, as) Minister,” Mr. Henry stated.Meanwhile, JUTC Chairman, Robin Levy, who was also present, said the Board of Directors stand ready to support Mr. Sangster, amidst allegations of breaches on his part, in his submissions to the Office of the Contractor General.“We have reviewed what the Contractor General has identified as the breaches that he committed, in terms of the statement to the OCG. We believe that he really has done nothing terribly wrong, and that all he did was, in his opinion, in the best interest of the company, at all times,” Mr. Levy stated.The JUTC Chairman also said that the Board will support any investigation that will be conducted into Mr. Sangster’s actions. “We will cooperate with any investigative authority but we do believe that he will be vindicated,” he added.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alwin Hales, who also attended the briefing, advised that internal auditors are examining the JUTC’s operations, adding that “we do not expect to discover anything additional, because the Board had endeavoured to make full disclosure, and that, we think, they did.”“Nevertheless, we are looking at the JUTC…, not only at events, but we are also looking at systems and procedures, to ensure that the organisation is complying with the Government’s guidelines on procurement procedures, and that if there are events that might not yet be disclosed, (that) those will be disclosed as well,” he stated. Transport Minister to Seek Attorney General’s Advice in JUTC Matter UncategorizedDecember 20, 2008last_img read more

 

Customs Department Allocated $2.4 Billion in Budget

first_imgRelatedCustoms Department Allocated $2.4 Billion in Budget FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of $2.4 billion has been allocated to the Customs Department this fiscal year, as Government moves to implement strategies to meet revenue targets, collect overdue amounts, and foster an environment for voluntary tax compliance.This is contained in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.In meeting the stated targets, measures will be put in place to improve information, communication and technological processes at the Customs Department and enhancing organisational and management practices.An agency under the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Customs Department has primary responsibility for the collection of customs duties.It also enforces all customs laws and regulations; issues licences to in-bond operators; provides surveillance of all vessels entering and leaving the island, thus preventing smuggling; inspects factories to ensure compliance with physical and accounting controls; and encourages voluntary compliance with the customs laws in an effort to maximise revenue collection. Customs Department Allocated $2.4 Billion in Budget ParliamentApril 15, 2009 RelatedCustoms Department Allocated $2.4 Billion in Budgetcenter_img RelatedCustoms Department Allocated $2.4 Billion in Budget Advertisementslast_img read more

 

NYS Volunteer on Course to Achieve His Goal

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Rayon Dwyer is a 21 year-old student of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, St. Andrew, who is aspiring towards a career in either medicine or the forensic sciences.To this end, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in bio-chemistry at the institution, and entering his third year in that programme in the 2009/10 academic year.Rayon’s career aspirations and attendant academic pursuits should come as no surprise. He readily admits to having always been scientifically-inclined, exhibiting an insatiable appetite for biology, in particular, while pursuing his secondary education at Wolmer’s Boys School in Kingston. He attended that institution for seven years, between 2000 and 2007, graduating with fairly impressive external examination results.“I have always been fascinated by what happens in the body,” informs the Former Wolmer’s Deputy Head Boy, pointing out that while another science subject, chemistry, was not a favourite, “I did it just the same.”Rayon’s quest towards fulfilling his pursuits got a boost in the summer of 2007, shortly after graduating from Wolmer’s and just ahead of his entry to the UWI, when he decided to get involved in the Summer Employment Programme administered by the National Youth Service (NYS), resulting in his placement at the Government Forensic Laboratory in Kingston for three weeks. This enabled him to get first hand exposure to the activities within the facility.“There’s a slot on the application form that allows you to indicate where you would like to go or what area you would like to get involved in. If you are affiliated with science, they try to involve you or get you as close as possible to some scientific experience,” he tells JIS News.Rayon says he was attached to the Chemistry Department at the lab, and was assigned data entry logging duties. He adds, however, that he had the opportunity to observe various forensic applications and inputs by the chemists and lab technicians, which primarily entailed the testing of substance samples that were brought in.“I was around them (chemists/lab technicians), and that was the good thing about it… I was learning around the experts,” he says.Regarding his expectation of the NYS and whether it was fulfilled, Rayon says: “My expectation was to get a new experience of the work field. Being at the forensic lab, you learned so much.” Reiterating his fascination with the physiology of the human body, Rayon points out that if he decides to opt out of medicine, forensic anthropology would still enable him to maintain a link with his “first love.”Outside of academics, Rayon has, through the UWI, been involved in several outreach activities. These include: First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience (SYE) programmes. He explains that on commencing studies at the UWI, students are exposed to a range of outreach programmes in which they can participate, pointing out that he chose the FYE.Rayon tells JIS News that participants are placed in groups headed by facilitators, depending on the number of volunteers involved, and the members decide on the slate of activities the members will undertake that year. To this end, they chose the Best Care Lodge on Trevennion Road, Kingston, where they worked, offering assistance of varying forms to the youngsters there.For the 2008/09 academic year, Rayon says he was involved in a mentorship programme, which was one of the options available to participants. He points out that he and his colleagues were assigned to work with students at the adjacent Mona High School.“I had that mentorship interest. I enjoyed talking to people, learning about their experiences; that’s how I go through life, and so I chose mentorship. We went there (Mona High) on Thursdays and helped the students with their homework,” he informs.The UWI student advises that he was also involved in a quality leadership programme at the institution during his second year. This, he points out, also entailed community outreach activities, primarily with a school.“I was active… I was Vice President for my group,” Rayon says, adding that the experiences gained from involvement in the three programmes were beneficial.“You learned something new every day. A teacher once said to me: ‘Any day you stop learning, that’s the day you’re dead. So, whether it’s work, or something else, you come away with something new; you go home with something new every day. It was quite an experience working on those three programme,” he points out.With the experience gained through the NYS Summer Employment Programme, Rayon says he will definitely encourage other young people to get involved. He points out that some persons complain of a lack of opportunities, but laments that many of these individuals seem intent on gaining what others have achieved through hard work, without a similar degree of application.Rayon also has some words of advice for other young people, like himself, whose lives are shrouded in uncertainty: “Times are hard and we are seeing it, we are experiencing it. But it’s a matter of knowing yourself. Get to know yourself, know what you are about, and not ‘what my friend is about’. What I think is wrong is that the majority of us, perhaps, don’t have that sense of individuality,” he tells JIS News.Rayon says he will be seeking to get involved in a mentorship programme again, during his final year at university. 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Why does CoRWM support a geological disposal facility?

first_imgWhy does CoRWM support a geological disposal facility? In 2006, CoRWM undertook an appraisal of the technical options for managing the UK’s radioactive waste, taking into account ethical considerations, an examination of overseas experience and a wide-ranging programme of engagement with both the public and interested parties / stakeholders.It was concluded that, within the present state of knowledge, the burial underground (200-1000 metres) of radioactive waste in a purpose built facility with no intention to retrieve the waste once the facility is closed, to be the best available approach. In 2018, CoRWM confirmed this position in its Position Paper Why Geological Disposal?.Such a facility is known as a geological disposal facility (GDF), and there is international consensus that this approach is the safest permanent solution to manage higher activity radioactive waste. This is already the chosen approach in countries including Canada, Finland, France, Sweden and Switzerland. Some of these countries are well on the way to developing their own GDFs.A GDF involves isolating radioactive waste deep inside a suitable rock volume to ensure that no harmful quantities of radioactivity ever reach the surface environment. This is achieved through the use of multiple barriers that work together to provide protection over hundreds of thousands of years.Where the radioactive waste that will go into a GDF comes fromAlternatives to geological disposal have been carefully considered and CoRWM continue to keep options under review, for example, they recently published a Position Paper on deep borehole disposal. At present, other alternatives are all either not technically achievable (for example: converting the waste to non-radioactive material), not environmentally safe (for example: disposal at sea or in ice sheets), or too dangerous to implement (for example: firing the waste into space on rockets).Unsuitable waste disposal methodsThe UK government policy for geological disposal is being implemented by Radioactive Waste Management Limited. Learn more about the current UK GDF siting process and the UK government’s decision to opt for a GDF.Robust Interim Storage of Radioactive WasteCoRWM’s second recommendation states that a robust programme of interim storage must play an integral part in the long-term management of the UK’s higher activity waste. A continued commitment to the safe and secure management of wastes that is robust against the risk of delay or failure in the repository programme is recommended.It is also recommended that in determining what reactor decommissioning wastes should be consigned for geological disposal, due regard should be paid to considering other available and publicly acceptable management options.The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body created through the Energy Act 2004, responsible for ensuring that all waste products from nuclear decommissioning, both radioactive and non-radioactive, are safely managed.Details of the UK’s Radioactive Waste can be found in the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory. /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:Canada, energy, environment, failure, Finland, France, Government, Government policy, Ice, nuclear, Radioactive, space, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

 

Record housing loan commitments continue in December: Australia

first_imgRecord housing loan commitments continue in December: Australia The total value of new loan commitments for housing and the value of owner occupier home loan commitments each reached record highs in December 2020, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today.The total value of new loan commitments for housing rose 8.6 per cent to $26 billion in December 2020, seasonally adjusted, a 31.2 per cent increase on December 2019.The value of new owner occupier home loan commitments rose 8.7 per cent to $19.9 billion in December 2020, 38.9 per cent higher than December 2019.ABS head of Finance and Wealth, Amanda Seneviratne, said: “Loan commitments for existing dwellings accounted for 53 per cent of December’s rise in owner occupier housing loan commitments, while construction of new dwellings accounted for 32 per cent.”“The value of construction loan commitments grew 17.1 per cent in December, more than doubling since the June implementation of the HomeBuilder grant.“Federal and state government measures, such as HomeBuilder, and historically low interest rates are supporting ongoing growth in housing loan commitments”, Ms Seneviratne said.Owner occupier first home buyer loan commitmentsIn December, the number of owner occupier first home buyer loan commitments rose 9.3 per cent to reach 15,205 (seasonally adjusted), a 56.6 per cent rise since December 2019.This is the highest level since June 2009, when similar rapid growth was spurred by the temporary tripling of the first home owner grant; part of the federal government’s economic support package in response to the global financial crisis.States and territoriesThe value of owner occupier home loan commitments rose across most states and territories.Victorian owner occupier home loan commitments rose sharply, up 20.1 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms in December, after a 19.6 per cent rise in November. This reflects a resurgence in housing market activity that began in October as COVID-19 restrictions were eased in Victoria.Loan commitments for investor housing and personal financeThe total value of loan commitments for investor housing rose 8.2 per cent to reach $6 billion.The value of new loan commitments for fixed term personal finance fell 0.5 per cent in November, seasonally adjusted, due to a fall in commitments for non-housing personal investment.The ABS appreciates the continued support of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and lending institutions in providing the data used to compile this publication and for the additional data insights being provided by lending institutions. /ABS 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:ABS, abs data, Australia, Australian, Federal, federal government, financial crisis, first home buyer, global financial crisis, Government, home buyer, HomeBuilder, Investment, Investor, record high, regulation, statistics, Victorialast_img read more