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Mayor of London election: Where do the major candidates stand on housing?

first_imgBailey said the new developer would “streamline housebuilding in London and tackle the housing crisis head-on by bringing together policymakers, with industry and borough leaders”. Mayor of London election: Where do the major candidates stand on housing? whatsapp She also says that she will lobby the government to cancel the right-to-buy scheme in London to ensure council housing stocks are not depleted. His manifesto also pledged to investigate whether to create a “right to buy back fund”, which would see councils able to buy back homes previously sold through the right to buy scheme. Londoners will go to the polls to elect their next mayor on 6 May (Getty Images) Also Read: Mayor of London election: Where do the major candidates stand on housing? Sadiq Khan The Liberal Democrat candidate says that “home working is here to stay” and that the capital should follow the example of Dutch city Rotterdam to get more people living in Central London. Sadiq Khan wants the power to put a cap on rents in London (Getty Images) Khan says that if he wins the election it will mean there is a mandate for the government to give him the powers to cap rents through a City Hall “private rental commission”. whatsapp The mayor has also said he will set up a new City Hall-owned property developer to carry out the rest of his housebuilding programme – a policy popular among all the candidates. She is also pledging to set up a City Hall-run property developer. Sian Berry Green Party candidate Sian Berry has also said she would lobby the government to get powers to impose rent controls if she wins the election next month. Shaun Bailey With the 6 May mayor of London election now just weeks away, City A.M. is producing a four-piece series on where the four leading candidates stand on different issues. Today, we look at the housing policies of the candidates from Labour, the Conservatives, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats. Londoners will go to the polls to elect their next mayor on 6 May (Getty Images) Also Read: Mayor of London election: Where do the major candidates stand on housing? He has also warned that he would “not apologise” if he is forced to raise council taxes in a potential second term to help pay for Transport for London (TfL). Show Comments ▼ Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey has also pledged to create a City Hall owned property developer – Housing for London (HfL) – if victorious next month. People would then be able to pay £5,000 each to buy shares in the new properties. He has set a target of building 10,000 new council homes as a part of his wider target to build 122,000 affordable homes between 2016 and 2023. Tuesday 4 May 2021 8:00 am Berry, a long-time advocate for caps on rent, is also calling for all renters in London to be able to keep pets. (Getty Images) Londoners will go to the polls to elect their next mayor on 6 May (Getty Images) Also Read: Mayor of London election: Where do the major candidates stand on housing? Londoners will go to the polls to elect their next mayor on 6 May (Getty Images) Porritt says the developer would be tasked with “bringing empty homes back into use, maximising the use of public land, and raising revenue to build sites of its own”. Luisa Porritt wants to covert empty offices into affordable housing Luisa Porritt Stefan Boscia The Green Party co-leader has also pledged to use more of the the mayor’s £4.8bn affordable housing budget to build council houses and social housing than Khan, however no target is given. The most high profile housing policy from Labour mayor Sadiq Khan in the 2021 election is a call for rent controls to be imposed in London – a power held by central government. The Tory London Assembly member has also pledged to build 100,000 shared ownership homes that would be sold for £100,000 each. She has also pledged to freeze out any property developer that has not taken action on removing unsafe cladding from City Hall contracts. Share Londoners will go to the polls to elect their next mayor on 6 May (Getty Images) Also Read: Mayor of London election: Where do the major candidates stand on housing? One of Luisa Porritt’s showpiece policies is a pledge to convert empty office space in Central London post-Covid into affordable housing if she wins. Shaun Bailey has pledged to build 100,000 shared ownership homes (Getty Images)last_img read more

 

Rescued hikers recount experiences atop Mount Edgecumbe

first_imgOutdoors | Search & Rescue | SoutheastRescued hikers recount experiences atop Mount EdgecumbeMarch 30, 2018 by Katherine Rose, KCAW-Sitka Share:Roman Sorokin waits as USCG rescue swimmer Keith Williams descends from a Jayhawk helicopter in the distance (Photo courtesy Josh Joseph)Five hikers were rescued this weekend after an attempt to ascend Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka didn’t go as planned.The unexpected obstacles they faced were met with quick decisions a touch of good humor.Though they didn’t make it to the top of the volcano, they made it down safely, with their inflatable unicorn rafts intact.Audio Playerhttps://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/Programming/Newscast.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When Josh Joseph and Roman Sorokin began planning a trip up Mount Edgecumbe, they wanted it to be magical.Literally, they wanted unicorns.“He tells me, “I was gonna ride this unicorn into the volcano,’ and he shows me this giant unicorn that he ordered and I was blown away,” Joseph said.They wanted to ascend the dormant volcano and celebrate at the end with a makeshift disco party.“We decided we could light up the volcano with a strobe light and I could get some lasers and a disco ball,” Joseph said. “We were gonna light the volcano up and make it look like a rave, because it all sounded really doable. It didn’t weigh very much to get that stuff up there.”Their friends Stephanie Kruse, Claire Turner and Elizabeth Borneman decided to join.For Kruse, her last chance to hike the volcano.“This is gonna be my last spring in Sitka. When I heard these guys were gonna go hike Edgecumbe I was like well I can’t pass up the opportunity to hike Edgecumbe,” Kruse said. “Then add in a dance rave party at the top of the mountain and I was sold.”But the friends didn’t just talk fantasy in their preparation. Sorokin said they were serious about their planning.“We really took the time to do our research. We looked up how to build a snow cave,” Sorokin said. “Tried to find as many contingency plans as we could- if the plan fails, here’s our plan A, plan B, plan C.”Even with planning, things can go wrong, and as the five friends began their way up Mount Edgecumbe on Saturday morning, the sky seemed clear.But when climbed higher and higher, visibility got worse.“By the time we hit the last post we were already sucked way in, and the visibility was pretty bad and it started blowing pretty hard,” Sorokin said. “Not too long after that snow started falling. We saw the pillar of rocks that is up at the top past the last post. We made the decision to lean to the left, thinking we’d end up in the crater. Somehow ended up doing the opposite, leaning to the right.”They mistakenly began to descend down the Shelikof side of Mount Edgecumbe.At one point, Kruse fell, and her pack was pulling her.She dropped it.Another member of the team tried to go after the backpack, but it was lost.The group then decided to burrow into the side of the volcano for the night, each taking turns digging out an ice cave.“I went to the bathroom right before,” Joseph said. “It sounded like not everybody did. There was no getting out of the cave. You definitely had to put shoes on. That slope was way too steep. Any movement you risk knocking down the ceiling.”Hiker Claire Turner hunkers down in the snow cave for the night. (Photo courtesy Josh Joseph)With limited movement, they hunkered down in the donut-shaped hole.Kruse’s friends gave her extra clothes and gear to keep warm, and they had one other amenity in their ice cave that was unexpected.“We had cell phone service the entire time in our snow cave,” Kruse said, laughing. “I think we all sent out ‘Hey, we’re all snug in our snow cave’ messages. Weather conditions aren’t what we hoped for so we just tuckered in for the night.”They even played one of the rave songs they’d intended to play in celebration of the summit: Darude’s “Sandstorm.”Fitting, because they were waiting out a snowstorm.They spent the night there, Sorokin waking up every two hours to make sure the ventilation holes weren’t plugged with snow.“Then I check the forecast at 5 and I see snowflake in my app. And I’m going, oh my gosh. I don’t think we’re gonna take another one of these.”Sorokin called the fire department and the group slowly began trying to make their way up the steep slope, back to the ridge line to find the trail.“Dave Miller actually drove out to the bridge to give me an update on what Edgecumbe looked like. He said, ‘Well I can see it town-side alright’ but at that time we had no visibility.”They came back to the cave to regroup and adjust their gear and decided to descend the mountain from their location.A rescue team from Air Station Sitka arrived about 11:30, and hoisted them to safety.As for hiking Mt. Edgecumbe again.Maybe not tomorrow, but Sorokin said probably someday.“Josh and I are already talking about a comeback. You learn every single time. You become wiser, smarter. You’re able to reflect on your fears and concerns,” he said. “I think Mother Nature was testing us to see if we were worthy of our next adventure.”Share this story:last_img read more

 

David Cameron promises new crackdown on corrupt London home buyers driving up house prices

first_img whatsapp Express KCS Monday 27 July 2015 9:19 pm Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img David Cameron promises new crackdown on corrupt London home buyers driving up house prices whatsapp Tags: David Cameron People UK house prices Prime Minister David Cameron will today vow to stop the UK from becoming a haven for “dirty money”. He promises to reveal corrupt offshore organisations that purchase high-end London properties using “laundered cash”, which increase prices, exacerbating the capital’s affordability crisis. “I want Britain to be the most open country in the world for investment,” Cameron is set to say in Singapore.  “But I want to ensure that all this money is clean money. There is no place for dirty money in Britain. Indeed, there should be no place for dirty money anywhere.” “Together, I believe we can defeat the cancer of corruption in all its forms and, with it, strike the biggest blow for our generation in the struggle to ensure greater prosperity in every part of the world.” He will also use the speech to express concern that luxury London homes are being bought “through anonymous shell companies, some with plundered or laundered cash”. Cameron is set to promise to introduce a public land registry of foreign companies in autumn, setting out what property they own. A similar system is already in place but the new plans make the information easier to access. He will also consult on whether to expand a newly introduced register of UK company owners to overseas companies who are granted public sector contracts.  last_img read more

 

Fugitive Friday: March 5

first_imgAdvertisement Every Friday, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers shares information on four fugitives authorities need help finding.Anyone with information on these four is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.1.       Christopher Hill – a repeat offender accused of stealing an ATV as a surprise gift for his kids2.       Joshua Sanders – wanted for ramming a marked police vehicle after a high speed chase through Fort Myers3.       Thomas Tomlinson – on the run after a series of hit and run crashes during an impaired driving incident4.       Ryan Vanpelt – accused of breaking into a Pine Manor home and violently attacking a victim Christoper Hill We’re starting off our list this week with a guy who probably thought he was going to score some major dad points with a new ATV, but in the end, he turned out to be nothing more than a common thief. Christopher Hill is once again on the run from the law, this time for violatingprobation on the heels of an arrest for burglary and grand theft. According to detectives, Hill stole the recreational vehicle out of North Fort Myers, then brought it up to Charlotte County as a surprise present for his kids. It took less than 24 hours for their mom to put two and twotogether and realize that Hill’s “gift” was actually stolen property that ended up being returned to its rightful owner. This was just the latest illegal move by Hill, who has 11 bookings under his belt for charges that include burglary, drugs, DUI and shooting into a dwelling. He is 5’8”, 140 pounds and upon his arrest, Hill will be held without bond. Joshua SandersAlso on the run this week is Joshua Sanders, who went on a high speed drunken rampage through the streets of Fort Myers. The dangerous chain of events started with a hit and run crash on S. Cleveland Avenue when Sanders rammed into a car and decided to bolt. His routeeventually led him to I-75, where he was spotted swerving in and out of traffic and driving so erratically that he flattened a tire in the process. When law enforcement came close to Sanders, he violently rammed a marked cruiser before continuing onward, where he was seen throwing various items out of the car, including plastic bags, a car’s head rest and even a prosthetic leg. When his wild ride came to an end, it’s no surprise that deputies found that Sanders had been driving under the influence, which is just one of several charges he faced that day. Over the years, this 42-year-old felon has been busted eight times locally, on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, battery, theft, drugs and DUI. He is a registered convicted felon who is 5’11,” 140 pounds and was last known to be living in the Pine Manor community. Fugitive Friday: May 28 May 28, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Fugitive Friday Advertisement Thomas TomlinsonNext up is a Cape Coral man whose repeated arrests, and even time behind bars in prison, hasn’t curtailed his criminal choices one bit. A brand new warrant for arrest of Thomas Tomlinson was issued earlier this week after he violated probation following his most recentarrest for DUI and hit and run. Tomlinson was busted after he crashed into a car, then fled southbound in the northbound lanes of Del Prado, hit a tow truck then drove off into a neighborhood, where he was handcuffed before he could cause any further damage. Prior to this incident, which landed him behind bars for five months, Tomlinson had been booked 10 times before in Lee, and three times in the Department of Corrections for battery, burglary, weapons offenses, resisting and other crimes. At one point, he was even charged withattempted murder after attacking and threatening to kill a man with a tire iron in the middle of the night. Tomlinson, 36, is 5’11”, 165 pounds, and is known to his friends as Colt. He is 5’11,” 165 pounds with a tattoo of the phrase “100 percent cracker” along with a spaceship and an alien on his right arm, a fish, flower and dragon on his left arm and a gun drawn on his chest. And upon his arrest, he will be held without bond. Ryan VanpeltAnd finally, you’d think that being arrested nearly 25 times would encourage a person to make some better life choices, but in the case of Ryan Vanpelt, that ah-ha moment still hasn’t happened. One week ago today, a new warrant for the arrest of this 42-year-old felon was issued after he violated probation on two counts of burglary with assault. Detectives say Vanpelt broke into a Pine Manor home and unleash a violent attack on the victim – a crime which landed him in the Lee County Jail for two months, followed by an extended stay in prison.Over the years, Vanpelt has continued to grow his rap sheet, with charges of battery, hit and run, drugs, contempt, grand theft auto and being a deadbeat dad. Detectives think Vanpelt is still here in town, possibly laying low with friends in the central Cape Coral area. Vanpelt is 6’2,”190 pounds, with a tattoo of a dragon on his shoulders and left hand, the names Cristina, Ryan and Dakota on his left arm and a tear drop inked on his right arm. Fugitive Friday: May 14 May 14, 2021center_img Fugitive Friday: May 21 May 23, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementDC 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 comments 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 comments Fugitive Friday: June 4 June 6, 2021last_img read more

 

Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, July 25, 2018

first_img Pinterest Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.William (Willie) Claxton                                                                                                        Ballytarsna, Pike of Rushall, LaoisWilliam (Willie) Claxton, Ballytarsna, Pike of Rushall, Portlaoise, Co Laois (Former employee of Avonmore) July 23. 2018, Peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Predeceased by his sister Alice (St. Ledger). Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Sarah, son Willie, daughter-in-law Sharon, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.May Willie Rest In Peace.Reposing at Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home, Castletown, Mountrath tomorrow, Tuesday evening, from 7 o’c with rosary in the funeral home at 9 o’c. Removal on Wednesday morning, July 25th, at 10.30 o’c to the Pike of Rushall Church for Funeral Mass at 11 o’c with burial immediately afterwards in Kyle Cemetery.Ann McEvoy                                                                                                                        Raheenaniska, Vicarstown, Laois / Curracloe, WexfordLate of Raheenaniska, Vicarstown, Co. Laois and Curracloe, Co. Wexford. Peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St Anne’s Ward, St Vincent’s Hospital, Athy. Loving daughter of Maureen and the late John McEvoy and dear sister of Mary and Paula. Deeply regretted by her loving mother, sisters, brother-in-law Adrian, nephews David and Adam, uncle Jim, aunts Ann and Philomena, cousins, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceReposing at St Vincent’s Hospital Chapel, Athy on Tuesday from 6pm with Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Wednesday at 10:20am arriving Church of the Assumption, Vicarstown for Requiem Mass at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Moyanna CemeteryPatricia Dwyer (née Molloy)Gash, Castletown, Laois / Blueball, OffalyPatricia Dwyer (nee Molloy), Gash, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and formerly of Glasshouse, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. July 21st. 2018. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family, in the loving care of the staff at the Hermitage Medical Clinic, Lucan. Patricia will be sadly missed by her loving husband Andy, brothers Dermot, Dan and Roger, aunts, uncle, sisters in law Deirdre, Mairead and Vivienne, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.May Patricia Rest In PeaceReposing at her home this Monday evening from 4 o’c with rosary in the house at 9 o’c. Removal on Tuesday morning, July 24th, at 10.40 o’c to St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown for Funeral Mass at 11 o’c followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium, Dublin. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to The Irish Cancer Society. House private please on Tuesday morning.Joshua Osahon OkonkwoLake Way, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, LaoisOkonkwo. Joshua. Lake Way, Kilminchy, Portlaoise. July 14th 2018 Died tragically while studying in Spain. Deeply regretted by his heartbroken parents Chris and Grace, his loving sister Anita, Grandparents Alice, James and Victoria, Uncle Kenneth, and many uncles and aunts, cousins, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegans funeral home, Portlaoise from 4pm until 7pm on this Sunday. Funeral prayers will take place in SS Peter and Paul’s church, Portlaoise at 2pm on Monday. Interment will take place afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise. Enquiries to Christopher Iro @ 087 2510534Heather Cowan27a Spindlewood, Graiguecullen, CarlowHeather Cowan of 27A Spindlewood, Graiguecullen, Carlow, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin on July 18th, 2018.Adored daughter of David and Mary, beloved sister of Eoghan and James and much loved grandchild of Mary Morrissey and Ian Cowan and the late Jimmy Morrissey and Janette Cowan. She will be sadly missed by her heartbroken parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, relatives and her large circle of friends.Reposing at her home from 2p.m on Friday with Prayers at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon in St. Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen and will be followed by Burial in Sleaty New Cemetery. House private on Saturday morning please. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Paediatric Unit, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny and St. John’s Ward, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, July 24, 2018 By Sarah Cullen – 25th July 2018 Facebook Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Deaths WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp TAGSDeaths RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Previous articleProfiled: The Laois U-16 Ladies vying for All-Ireland gloryNext articleYour guide as Laois Ladies head into the U-16 All-Ireland football final Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. 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North Korean Unification Strategy is Estrangement Policy

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Hwang Jang Yop, President of Committee for Democratization of North Korea, suggests and predicts that “It is no exaggeration to say that the original blueprint for Kim Jong Il’s dictatorship is Mao Zedong’s. Just as Mao Zedong’s dictatorship fell, so Kim Jong Il’s will fall as well.”In a recent interview with Free North Korea Broadcasting, President Hwang continued, “Mao Zedong and Kim Il Sung were followed by Kim Jong Il, who has continued with the totalitarian dictatorship.”He pointed out that “North Korea’s unification strategy is an ‘estrangement policy.’ They seek to cause estrangement between the U.S. and South Korea, Japan and South Korea, and the rich and the poor through this ‘unification strategy,’ saying the U.S. is an imperialist power and South Korea is an American colony.”He added that “Lying is a habit with North Korea; people from democratic countries should not believe those lies.”He also reiterated his opinion about the recent candlelight demonstrations against U.S. meat importation, saying that “[Pro-North Korea radicals] led candlelight demonstrations while South Korea negotiated the FTA and strengthened the South Korea-U.S. alliance. I wish the leaders of those demonstrations could be sent to North Korea to make them experience Kim Jong Il’s reign.”Also, “I thought I had to topple the Kim Jong Il regime as soon as possible, when I arrived here. But now I think it is more important to strengthen South Korea’s democracy and democratic awareness, and to let our people know as much as possible about North Korea by displaying the true circumstances in the country.”He also heavily criticized the Sunshine Policy of previous administrations, saying, “Some people say the Sunshine Policy is reasonable, but giving money to an individual, Kim Jong Il, without even telling the South Korean people, keeping distant from the U.S., South Korea’s closest ally, and saying ‘We are friendly with our brothers!’ is the Sunshine Policy.” North Korean Unification Strategy is Estrangement Policy Facebook Twitter News News AvatarPark Hyun Min News center_img By Park Hyun Min – 2008.08.27 10:43am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

 

TSX down, Wall Street up

first_imgIn New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 142.88 points to 26,214.60. The S&P 500 index added 22.67 points to 2,832.97 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 71.65 points to 7,408.03.U.S. stocks got off to a weak start in morning trading on Monday, but turned higher at noon after U.S. Congress moved closer to ending a government shutdown after Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill. The truce came after Republican leaders said they will soon address immigration and other contentious political issues.While the market has seemed to shrug off the bitter divide between Republicans and Democrats that led to last Friday’s U.S. government shutdown, “it’s becoming old news for investors,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“We’re all kind of waiting for some deal to work its way through — it’s just a matter of when, and hopefully the sooner the better. They got a deal this afternoon … and they succeeded in kicking the can down the road for a little bit.”On the Canadian corporate front, shares of medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc. rose $1.02, or 7.57%, to $14.50, as rival CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. gained $3.02, or 8.69%, to $37.79. A truce between the two companies will continue past the original Monday deadline — CanniMed has been fending off a hostile takeover by Aurora, which wants the company to abandon its friendly takeover of Newstrike Resources Ltd.Meanwhile, Empire Company Ltd.’s stock was up 28¢, or 1.10%, to $25.78 after subsidiary Sobeys Inc. became the latest Canadian grocer to wade into e-commerce. Sobeys signed a partnership deal with Ocado Group for the British company to help build the grocer’s online shopping business.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of US80.27¢, up 0.01 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the March crude contract added 26¢ to US$63.57 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up US4¢ to US$3.22 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gained US$1.20 to US$1,331.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was up US1¢ at US$3.20 a pound. David Hodges TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector upclose stock market arrows green and red piren/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Marketwatch Related news Wall Street hit a record high after U.S. Congress moved closer to ending a government shutdown, as Canada’s main stock index slipped into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index edged back 5.48 points to 16,347.98, with materials and industrials leading decliners. last_img read more

 

Time to “level up” Australia’s research commercialisation

first_imgTime to “level up” Australia’s research commercialisation Australia should seize the growing momentum to ‘level up’ in research commercialisation and research translation, Science & Technology Australia has said.The peak body will work with the Australian Government to shape policy options – including a new $2.4 billion Science Future Fund to drive stronger research commercialisation proposed in our recent pre-Budget submission – towards that goal.In a major speech on Friday, Education Minister Alan Tudge said his priority would be to drive stronger research translation and research commercialisation rates.Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said that goal strongly aligned with the ambitions of Australia’s science & technology community.“Australia produces truly world-leading science and technology, but we can do significantly more to translate it into products, services and jobs – and new companies,” she said.“Australian science is ready, willing and able to answer that call.”“We need to ‘level up’ Australia’s research translation and research commercialisation with a strategic funding boost of extra seed capital to drive that agenda.”“A new $2.4 billion science and research commercialisation fund would deliver powerfully toward that goal – generating jobs, boosting productivity and driving the economic recovery.”“A strategic Budget funding boost targeted in this way would also help maximise the returns from existing outlays on university research.”“And it could be designed to bring many more small and medium size businesses – the biggest component of our economy – into the opportunities from research translation and research commercialisation to transform the productivity and profitability of their firms.”The Government published a University Research Commercialisation consultation paper on Friday to invite stakeholders to contribute their ideas on achieving this goal.STA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this important conversation. /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:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, community, consultation paper, Economy, education, future, Government, Minister, peak body, research, research commercialisation, science, Science & Technology Australia, technology, universitylast_img read more

 

CU-Boulder Campus Arts And Culture Week To Run Sept. 13th Through 20th

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 3, 2007 A free noontime performance of “Shakespeare’s Sister” on Thursday, Sept. 13, will kick off Arts and Culture Week at the University of Colorado at Boulder, featuring the artistic and cultural highlights of the Boulder campus through a series of events from Sept. 13 through Sept. 20.Departments from across campus are hosting the free and low-cost events, ranging from a performance by a world-renowned musical artist to museum open houses.Wrapping up the week-long series of programs will be a CU Concerts Artist Series performance by internationally renowned trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium A protégé of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie and a founder of the groundbreaking band Irakere, Sandoval has won four Grammy Awards, six Billboard awards and an Emmy.The performance of “Shakespeare’s Sister” a one-woman show presented by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, will be at noon Sept. 13 at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater. Other highlights of opening day include the “Border Crossings” World Café, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Norlin Library, and an Open House hosted by the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in the Henderson Building located at 15th Street and Broadway.The World Café features readings, an international buffet and opening reception for the “Border Crossings/Crossing Borders” art and lecture series. The museum Open House, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., will feature tours of the museum’s exhibits and a world music concert by the band “Musical Missions.”Sept. 13 also marks the first film of the 2007 fall season for the International Film Series, with a free showing of “The Guatemalan Handshake,” a film noted for its offbeat humor and complex character sketches. Show time is at 7 p.m. in Muenzinger Auditorium.The expanded eight-day celebration of arts and cultural resources on the Boulder campus also will include Fiske Planetarium’s “Astronomy Day,” musical performances from CU-Boulder faculty, a CU Heritage Museum Open House and a special public talk about the CU Art Museum’s permanent Colorado Collection.Ongoing exhibitions during the week will include “Let Your Light Shine” at the Heritage Center on the third floor of Old Main, “Temple of the Warriors” at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and “Crossing Borders” at the University Memorial Center Art Gallery.On Sept. 15, before the 8 p.m. football game with CU versus Florida State, fans are encouraged to visit campus early for Astronomy Day at 1 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium. Planetarium Director Doug Duncan will lead an interactive discussion on “the joys of learning about the universe.”Several events on campus during Arts and Culture Week also are part of the community-wide EcoArts festival, including the Sept. 13 opening reception for the “Airlight” video installation in the ATLAS building. Related events include the “Weather Report” gallery show at Norlin Library and a free lunch and lecture on Sept. 20 at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.Tickets for the programming finale on Sept. 20 with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval are available through the CU Concerts box office at (303) 492-8008.Arts and Culture Week is presented by the Arts and Culture Roundtable of CU-Boulder in recognition of the student fee funding support that is vital to maintain cultural programs at CU-Boulder. For more information on events hosted during the week, please visit: www.colorado.edu/artsandculture.For year-round listings of CU-Boulder events, most of which are open to the public, visit the CU-Boulder Events Calendar at www.colorado.edu/events.last_img read more

 

Cookies for Koalas

first_imgHomeLifeEventsCookies for Koalas Jan. 22, 2020 at 6:00 amEventsFeaturedNewsNon ProfitsCookies for Koalaseditor1 year agoAustralian bushfiresCookies for KoalasfundraiserPerry family123 The Perry family hosted a “Cookies for Koalas” fundraiser last week to support wildlife rehabilitation after the recent Australian bushfires. The sale raised more than $2,000. This is fantastic! Marianne says: Tags :Australian bushfiresCookies for KoalasfundraiserPerry familyshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment January 22, 2020 at 2:21 PM center_img 1 Comment Comments are closed. Man gunned down after fight at Los Angeles mall restaurantCity of Santa Monica files reply brief in voting rights caseYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more