DfT publishes recommendations to deliver fairer deal for communities on HS2 property schemes

first_imgDfT publishes recommendations to deliver fairer deal for communities on HS2 property schemes An overhaul of how land and property is purchased for High Speed 2 (HS2) will deliver a fairer deal for communities impacted by the project, Transport Minister Andrew Stephenson announced today (Tuesday 17 November 2020), as he published a range of recommendations to improve acquisition processes.The 36 proposals are the result of the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) HS2 land and property review and pave the way for an improved system that focuses on better communication, more flexible compensation packages and tailored support for businesses.The review was commissioned by the HS2 Minister after the government gave the green light to build the entire HS2 project, alongside a commitment to improve management and boost transparency, accountability and value to the taxpayer.HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said:When we gave HS2 the go-ahead, we vowed that we would strengthen our oversight and control to ensure this vital project is delivered at the right price, and that those impacted by its construction get a fairer deal.As we build back better from COVID-19, these recommendations will ensure communities are treated with respect by establishing a more transparent compensation process and creating tailored support for businesses.Work on implementing the recommendations will begin immediately, with priority given to those that will have the greatest impact as swiftly as possible.Conducted over the summer, the review has been shaped by a number of key stakeholders, MPs that represent constituencies along the route and HS2 Ltd. The review also includes the lessons learnt from Phase 1 of the project and considers the compensation arrangements of other infrastructure projects.Among the recommendations published today are measures designed to speed up property valuations and disturbance payments, settle cases and disputes more quickly, and build on the improvements HS2 Ltd have introduced to engage more effectively with people.Tony Mulhall, Associate Director, Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors, said:We welcome the government’s proposals published today. Recommending better communication around a complicated system, such as compulsory purchase, and giving more support to those who may not be familiar with the processes is a positive step.RICS requires its professionals to always come to a fair and equitable outcome in a reasonable time frame that is to the benefit of all parties. Added government support for an improved faster and fairer system, with all sides adhering to established standards of good practice, can only be to the benefit of the communities along the routes and is something we fully support.The new proposals will be taken into consideration as the government progresses plans for Phases 2a and 2b of the project, which will see the delivery of high-speed rail services to a new station at Manchester Piccadilly, and to Leeds via the East Midlands.In September, HS2 Ltd announced that it had officially started construction on Phase 1 of the line, spearheading the creation of 22,000 jobs.Last month, the company announced the creation of 412 new apprenticeship opportunities, as part of its Skills, Employment and Education Strategy to create at least 2,000 apprenticeships during the life span of the project. /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:acquisition, communication, covid-19, education, employment, Government, Impact, infrastructure, jobs, Minister, project, property, purchase, speed, taxpayer, Transport, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

UK PM statement on COVID-19 Winter Plan

first_imgUK PM statement on COVID-19 Winter Plan Mr Speaker, thank you very much and with your permission, I will make a statement on the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan.For the first time since this wretched virus took hold, we can see a route out of the pandemic.The breakthroughs in treatment, in testing and vaccines mean that the scientific cavalry is now in sightand we know in our hearts that next year we will succeed.By the Spring, these advances should reduce the need for the restrictions we have endured in 2020and make the whole concept of a Covid lockdown redundant.When that moment comes, it will have been made possible by the sacrifices of millions of people across the United Kingdom.I am acutely conscious that no other peacetime Prime Minister has asked so much of the British peopleand just as our country has risen to every previous trial,so it has responded this time, and I am deeply grateful.But the hard truth, Mr Speaker, is that we are not there yet.First we must get through Winter without the virus spreading out of control and squandering our hard-won gains,at exactly the time when the burden on the NHS is always greatest.Our Winter Plan is designed to carry us safely to Spring.In recent weeks, families and businesses in England have, once again, steadfastly observed nationwide restrictionsand they have managed to slow the growth of new cases and ease the worst pressures on our NHS.I can therefore confirm that national restrictions in England will end on 2nd December, and they will not be renewed.From next Wednesday people will be able to leave their home for any purpose,and meet others in outdoor public spaces, subject to the Rule of Six.Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume,and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen.But without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a Winter or New Year surge.The incidence of the disease is, alas, still widespread in many areas,so we are not going to replace national measures with a free for all, the status quo ante Covid.We are going to go back instead to a regional tiered approach,applying the toughest measures where Covid is most prevalent.And while the previous local tiers did cut the R number, they were not quite enough to reduce it below 1,so the scientific advice, I am afraid, is that as we come out is that our tiers need to be made tougher.In particular, in tier 1 people should work from home wherever possible.In tier 2, alcohol may only be served in hospitality settings as part of a substantial meal.In tier 3, indoor entertainment, hotels and other accommodation will have to close, along with all forms of hospitality, except for delivery and takeaways.And I am very sorry obviously for the unavoidable hardship that this will cause to business owners who have already endured so much disruption this year.Mr Speaker, unlike the previous arrangements, tiers will now be a uniform set of rules,That’s to say we won’t have negotiations on additional measures with each region, it’s a uniform set of rulesWe have learnt from experience that there are some things we can do differentlySo from the 10pm closing time for hospitality we’re going to change that to so that it is last orders at 10 with closing at 11.In tiers 1 and 2, spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside – with capacity limits and social distancing –providing more consistency with indoor performances in theatres and concert halls.We will also strengthen the enforcement ability of Local Authorities,including specially trained officers and new powers to close down premises that pose a risk to public health.Later this week we will announce which areas will fall into which tier, I hope on Thursday,based on analysis of cases in all age groups, especially the over 60s,also looking at the rate by which cases are rising or falling,the percentage of those tested in a local population who have Covid,and the current and projected pressures on the NHS. I am sorry to say we expect that more regions will fall – at least temporarily – into higher levels than before,but by using these tougher tiersand by using rapid turnaround tests on an ever greater scaleto drive R below 1 and keep it there, it should be possible for areas to move down the tiering scale to lower levels of restrictions.By maintaining the pressure on the virus, we can also enable people to see more of their family and friends over Christmas.Mr Speaker, I can’t say that Christmas will be normal this year,but in a period of adversity, time spent with loved ones is even more precious for people of all faiths and none.We all want some kind of Christmas,we need it,we certainly feel we deserve it.But what we don’t want is to throw caution to the winds and allow the virus to flare up again, forcing us all back into lockdown in January.So to allow families to come together, while minimising the risk,we are working with the Devolved Administrations on a special, time-limited Christmas dispensation,embracing the whole of the United Kingdom, and reflecting the ties of kinship across our islands.But this virus is obviously not going to grant us a Christmas truce, it doesn’t know it’s Christmas Mr Speaker and families will need to make a careful judgement about the risk of visiting elderly relatives.We will be publishing guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable on how to manage the risks in each tier, as well as over Christmas.As we work to suppress the virus with these local tiers,two scientific breakthroughs will ultimately make these restrictions obsolete.As soon as a vaccine is approved, we will dispense it as quickly as possible.But given that this cannot be done immediately, we will simultaneously use rapid turnaround testing, the lateral flow testing that gives results within 30 minutes,to identify those without symptoms so they can isolate and avoid transmission.We are beginning to deploy these tests in our NHSand in care homes in England,so people will once again be able to hug and hold hands with loved ones, instead of waving at them through a window.By the end of the year, this will allow every care home resident to have two visitors, who can be tested twice a week.Care workers looking after people in their own homes will be offered weekly tests from today.And from next month, weekly tests will also be available to staff in prisons, food manufacturing, and those delivering and administering Covid vaccines.We are also using testing as the House knows to help schools and universities stay open,and testing will enable students to know they can go home safely for Christmas and indeed back from home to university.But there is another way of using these rapid tests,and that is to follow the example of Liverpool,where in the last two and a half weeks over 200,000 people have taken part in community testing, contributing to a very substantial fall in infections.So together with NHS Test and Trace and our fantastic Armed Forces,we will now launch a major community testing programme,offering all local authorities in tier 3 areas in England a six week surge of testing.The system is untried and there are of course many unknowns,but if it works, we should be able to offer those who test negative the prospect of fewer restrictions,for example, meeting up in certain places with others who have also tested negative.And those towns and regions which engage in community testing will have a much greater chance of easing the rules, the tiering, that they currently endure.Mr Speaker, we will also use daily testing to ease another restriction that has impinged on many lives.We will seek to end automatic isolation for close contacts of those found positive.Beginning in Liverpool later this week,contacts who are tested every day for a week will only need to isolate if they themselves test positive.If successful, this approach will be extended across the health system next month,and to the whole of England from January.And, of course, we are working with the Devolved Administrations to ensure that Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland also benefit as they should and will from these advances in rapid testing.But clearly the most hopeful advance of all is how vaccines are now edging ever closer to liberating us from the virus,demonstrating emphatically that this is not a pandemic without end.We can take heart from today’s news, which has the makings of a wonderful British scientific achievement.The vaccine developed with astonishing speed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca is now one of three capable of delivering a period of immunity. We don’t yet know when any will be ready and licensed, but we have ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, and over 350 million in total,more than enough for everyone in the UK, the Crown Dependencies and the Overseas Territories.And the NHS is preparing a nationwide immunisation programme, ready next month,the like of which we have never witnessed.Mr Speaker, 2020 has been in many ways a tragic year when so many have lost loved ones and faced financial ruin.This will be still a hard Winter,Christmas cannot be normal,and there is a long road to Spring.But we have turned a corner: and the escape route is in sight.We must hold out against the virus until testing and vaccines come to our rescue and reduce the need for restrictions.Everyone can help speed up the arrival of that momentby continuing to follow the rules,getting tested and self-isolating when instructed,remembering hands, face and space,and pulling together for one final push to the Spring,when we have every reason to hope and believe that the achievements of our scientists will finally lift the shadow of the virus.Mr Speaker, I commend this Statement to the House. /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:business, community, covid-19, Government, immunity, Ireland, liverpool, Minister, Prime Minister, public health, Scientists, students, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, universitylast_img read more

New Support For Victorian Alpine Businesses

first_imgNew Support For Victorian Alpine Businesses VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is backing businesses in the state’s alpine resorts to recover after their operations were devastated by bushfires and coronavirus across 2020.Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula confirmed an additional $6 million support will be made available to eligible businesses including hire outlets, retail shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and adventure companies such as dog sledding operations.The package provides payments of up to $25,000 to sub-tenant commercial operators across Mount Hotham, Mount Buller, Mount Stirling, Mount Baw Baw, Falls Creek and Lake Mountain. Some commercial operators in Dinner Plain also eligible for the program.The initiative brings the direct pandemic business support for alpine businesses to more than $10.3 million with $4.3 million previously announced from the Business Resilience Package to cover services fees owed to resort management boards and to accommodation providers who successfully applied for cancelled booking compensation via the Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program.Victoria’s Alpine resorts usually contribute $1.1 billion to the state’s economy during winter alone, attract more than 1 million visitors annually and employ 10,000 people.The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $13 billion towards measures to fight coronavirus, including more than $7 billion in direct economic support for Victorian businesses and workers.Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund.As stated by Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula“It is critical that our alpine resorts remain viable as we take steps toward COVID Normal and an anticipated return to the slopes in 2021. This investment ensures the lifts will be turning once again next year.”“Victorians have done a tremendous job to get to the position where we are now, with travel possible across the state and the conditions in place for a strong recovery in the visitor economy.”As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“This makes it easier for people to get out and enjoy our alpine resorts, while giving these businesses certainty for the season ahead.” /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, bushfires, business, climate, climate change, coronavirus, Dinner Plain, environment, Falls Creek, Government, Investment, Minister, Mount Buller, resilience, Stirling, tourism, Victorialast_img read more

Australian Retailers Association partners with legal firm Hitch Advisory

first_imgAustralian Retailers Association partners with legal firm Hitch Advisory Australia’s largest retail industry group, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and specialist legal firm Hitch Advisory have entered a strategic partnership to support Australia’s $340 billion retail sector.As exclusive legal partner for the ARA, Hitch will focus on industry wide initiatives such as advice on government legislation, tenancy services and SMB member education along with a range of other member benefits. Addressing the legal services gap for many SMB retailers, to kick off the partnership, Hitch is offering ARA members a free 30 minute legal consultation.ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the partnership will strengthen the ARA’s membership offering and ensure the ARA has access to best in class legal advice, in areas including mergers & acquisitions, leasing, consumer law, and general commercial law.“The pandemic period has accelerated a decade’s worth of change and innovation for our sector. As our sector transforms, the ARA is working with a select community of partners to help our members capitalise on this growth. Hitch Advisory is undoubtedly one of the best firms in the retail space with expertise across most of the major industry issues that will feature throughout this period of retail rebirth. We are thrilled to welcome them to the ARA community.”Hitch Advisory Co-Founder and Principal Olivia Hitchens said, “The entire Hitch Advisory team are thrilled to be partnering with the Australian Retailers Association. The ARA is Australia’s leading retail group and we are looking forward to bringing our Retail Law expertise to the ARA and its members. Navigating retailers through these unprecedented times and being an advocate for the industry is something we are very passionate about.”“Whilst Hitch Advisory already advises a large number of ARA members, this partnership will allow us the opportunity to work with additional retailers and to support the ARA in delivering its initiatives and to increase the existing value delivered to members. We look forward to collaborating with the ARA to drive change in the industry – particularly in areas such as leasing and long-term Covid-19 recovery initiatives,” Ms Hitchens continued.“As part of our partnership, Hitch Advisory will offer ARA members a free initial consultation as well as additional materials, education and support – something that is much-needed in the current uncertain climate.”Hitch Advisory is the latest addition to the ARA’s growing community of strategic partners, which includes Fabric/TBWA, Afterpay, American Express, and Deloitte. /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:Afterpay, america, american, Ara, Australia, Australian, Australian Retailers Association, community, consumer law, covid-19, education, Government, industry, innovation, legislation, retail sectorlast_img read more

Mail biosecurity ex-seeds expectations in 2020

first_imgMail biosecurity ex-seeds expectations in 2020 Department of Agriculture and Water Resources45,000 risky seed parcels have been intercepted at Australia’s international mail centres in 2020, while reports of unsolicited seeds being received through the mail have also continued.Acting Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, said the large volume of seed parcels were intercepted as they did not meet biosecurity conditions.“Seeds are most commonly intercepted biosecurity risk item at our mail centres and this year they made up 75 per cent of the total interceptions though the mail,” Dr Vivian-Smith said.“This is a concern for Australia, as seeds that arrive from overseas and do not comply with our biosecurity conditions can carry a range of risks.“This includes invasive species or harmful plant diseases that could threaten backyard gardens, agriculture industries and the environment.“We have detector dogs, biosecurity officers and x-rays in place to intercept parcels that may be a risk, but it is important to remember that we all have a role to play.“If you are purchasing goods from overseas, follow the correct process, check they are permitted and if there’s any biosecurity conditions.“Throughout the year, there has also continued to be ongoing reports of unsolicited seeds being received through the mail, with more than 260 reports so far.“These reports are important and demonstrate the vital role the community plays in identifying and reporting biosecurity risks.“Unsolicited seeds from overseas could also carry significant threats, so it is vital that they are reported to allow us to undertake the necessary investigations.“If you receive unsolicited seeds through the mail, do your part to support Australia’s biosecurity and report it immediately.”For more information on buying seeds and other goods from overseas.To report a potential biosecurity breach visit awe.gov.au/report or call 1800 798 636. /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:Agriculture, Australia, biosecurity, community, Dogs, environment, Government, Intercept, meet, species, visitlast_img read more

WA Government offers $1 million reward for information on Bikie killing

first_imgWA Government offers $1 million reward for information on Bikie killing The State Government is posting a $1 million reward for information to help Police in their investigation into the weekend killing of Nikolas Thomas Martin.The Government has been briefed on the homicide investigation and have decided to offer the reward to support Police efforts to track down those responsible.At about 8:40pm on Saturday December 12, 2020, Mr Martin was at the Kwinana Motorplex in company with several other outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates.Mr Martin received a single gunshot wound to his torso, which eventually proved fatal.To date, the person or persons responsible for the homicide of Mr Martin have not been identified.The WA Police Force has formed Taskforce Ravello in response to the murder which brings together specialist officers from the Gang Crime and Homicide Squads.The Government of Western Australia is offering of a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide of Nikolas Thomas Martin on December 12, 2020 at Kwinana.The Government may be prepared to consider recommending a protection from prosecution or pardon for any informant with information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible, provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the homicide.As stated by Police Minister Michelle Roberts:“This weekend’s killing displayed an open contempt for the law and for the people of this state.“Families and individuals deserve to go about their lawful business in peace and security, and not have this sort of trauma inflicted upon them by those who operate outside the law.“The McGowan Government stands firmly with our Police, both in seeking to identify and bring the person or persons responsible to justice.“And I know that our police will leave no stone unturned in their search for those responsible.“The offering of this reward is a measure of how seriously the Government takes this matter and I urge anyone who knows anything, to disregard manufactured codes of silence designed to protect the guilty.“Because by speaking the truth, they will make our community a safer place.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:arrest, Australia, business, community, Government, investigation, Killing, Kwinana, Minister, motorcycle, police, prosecution, security, trauma, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

Tribunal Initiates Final Injury Inquiry – Wheat Gluten from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Lithuania

first_imgTribunal Initiates Final Injury Inquiry – Wheat Gluten from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Lithuania From: Canadian International Trade TribunalThe Canadian International Trade Tribunal today initiated an inquiry to determine whether the dumping of wheat gluten originating in or exported from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Lithuania has caused injury or retardation or is threatening to cause injury. This final injury inquiry was initiated further to a notice received from the Canada Border Services Agency stating that a preliminary determination had been made respecting the dumping of the above mentioned goods.On April 22, 2021, the Tribunal will determine whether the dumping has caused injury or retardation or is threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry.The Tribunal is an independent quasi-judicial body that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance. It hears cases on dumped and subsidized imports, safeguard complaints, complaints about federal government procurement and appeals of customs and excise tax rulings. When requested by the federal government, the Tribunal also provides advice on other economic, trade and tariff matters. /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, Austria, Belgium, Border, Canada, federal government, finance, France, Germany, Government, industry, International trade, lithuania, Minister, parliament, tradelast_img read more

Insolvency reforms to support small businesses start today

first_imgInsolvency reforms to support small businesses start today The Morrison Government continues to implement its economic recovery plan with the commencement of the most important changes to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years.From today, eligible businesses experiencing financial distress can access a new, simplified debt restructuring process that allows them to restructure their existing debts while remaining in control of their business.The reforms reposition our insolvency system to help more incorporated small businesses, with liabilities of less than $1 million, restructure and survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 recession.As the economy continues to recover, it will be critical that distressed businesses have the necessary flexibility to either restructure or to wind down their operations in an orderly manner.The reforms are designed to help keep businesses in business and more Australians in jobs.Importantly, should an eligible business not be able to immediately secure a small business restructuring practitioner to commence this new process, the business can declare its intention to access the process through a notice on ASIC’s published notices website.From the date a declaration is published, temporary relief from insolvent trading liability and responding to statutory demands from creditors applies to the business for up to 3 months. The ability to declare such an intention will be available until 31 March 2021.For those businesses that are unfortunately unable to survive the economic impacts of COVID-19 recession, a new simplified liquidation pathway will be available to allow faster and lower-cost liquidation, increasing returns for creditors and employees.Complementary measures have also been enacted to ensure the insolvency sector can respond effectively both in the short and long term to increased demand and to the needs of small business.Together, these measures will reduce costs for small businesses, reduce the time they spend in insolvency process, promote greater economic dynamism, and ultimately help more small businesses through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 recession. /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:ASIC, AusPol, Australia, Australian Treasury, business, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, Government, Impact, jobs, Morrison, Morrison Government, recession, Small Business, websitelast_img read more

Tourism: A key sector in planning Outaouais’ economic recovery

first_imgTourism: A key sector in planning Outaouais’ economic recovery From: Canada Economic Development for Quebec RegionsCanada Economic Development for Quebec Regions grants $1M to help Nordik Spa-Nature to maintain its activities and pursue its growth.Chelsea, Quebec, January 18, 2021 – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)Around the world, tourism was one of the first industries affected by the pandemic; it will also be one of the last to be able to return to full working order. A pillar of the Canadian economy that generates $102 billion a year and represents 4% of all jobs (or the equivalent of 1.8 million workers), tourism is a major vector to diversify and develop the economy.Entrepreneurs in this sector- composed mostly of SMEs-have demonstrated resiliency, creativity and adaptability since the crisis began. To support them, the Government of Canada, through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), is signalling its presence with a contribution of $1 million to boost tourism in the Outaouais region.Helping tourism organizations make it through the crisisSince the start of the crisis, the Government of Canada has been supporting organizations in the tourism industry, including through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), deployed in Quebec by CED and its collaborators. As a reminder, the RRRF has made it possible to provide funding and technical support to businesses and organizations to help them maintain their activities. In this way, with the help of Sociétés d’aide au développement des collectivités (SADCs), Centres d’aide aux entreprises (CAEs) and PME MTL, 1167 organizations in Quebec’s tourism sector have received contributions through the RRRF totalling over $44 million. Thanks to this measure, some 9400 jobs have been maintained.The Member of Parliament for Pontiac and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science), William Amos, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced a repayable contribution of $1 million from the Government of Canada for Nordik Spa-Nature to enable it to rehire 121 employees in Chelsea on a short-term basis and strengthen its operations to pursue growth.The tourism industry, which plays a crucial role in the economic, social and cultural life of communities, represents an essential link in regional economic development. Through this support, the Government of Canada is attesting to its commitment to prepare the field for after the pandemic with a view to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient and more just economy for all.Quotes“The tourism industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, and the Government of Canada is committed to accompanying key players as they prepare to rebound vigorously after the economic crisis. We have been here since the start of this unprecedented situation, with concrete measures, and we will be here to support tourism as the health situation evolves. We must plan the economic recovery, which can only happen with the contribution of players in the tourism community, so that we can get off to a new start together and be stronger and more resilient.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED“The CED assistance announced today highlights our willingness to support the tourism industry and our commitment to Canadian businesses, organizations and citizens in these difficult times. The financial contribution granted to Nordik Spa-Nature is very good news for the Outaouais region and its attractiveness. Thanks to Government of Canada investments in the tourism industry, we are ensuring we will be ready to receive tourists from home, and then from around the world!”William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science)“I am delighted with this support announced today for an attraction that is a pillar for the Outaouais region. It is extremely valuable because it will also enable us to solidify an accommodation project in the RCM of Collines-de-l’Outaouais. Since the beginning of this crisis, the efforts our federal partners have made to listen to the tourism industry’s difficulties have been greatly appreciated.”France Bélisle, President and Chief Executive Officer, ATR de l’Outaouais“Before the pandemic, our business had many projects under development in Canada, including several we had to put on hold starting in March. The repayable contribution obtained through this program is welcome as it helps us cover expenses already committed to in ongoing projects to grow and improve operations. We are confident that the recovery will slowly take off in a few months, and we will once again be able to welcome our faithful visitors.”Martin Paquette, Founder and President, Groupe NordikQuick factsCED is a key federal partner in Quebec’s regional economic development. With its 12 business offices, CED is present to accompany Quebec businesses, supporting organizations and regions into tomorrow’s economy.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, is the minister responsible for the six regional development agencies (RDAs), including CED.Recognizing the importance of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) in supporting local tourism businesses, the Government of Canada proposed as part of the Fall Economic Statement (November 2020) an additional $500 million for RDAs.Total funding for the RRRF sits at over $2 billion, and at least 25% of this amount will be granted to boost local tourism businesses, representing over $500 million in support to kickstart tourism by June 2021. /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. 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NSW catches break on global stage

first_imgNSW catches break on global stage Deputy PremierThe world’s top surfers will compete in Newcastle from 1 to 11 April this year with the NSW Government securing the opening round of the prestigious World Surf League’s 2021 Championship Tour in Australia.Deputy Premier John Barilaro said that when both the Sunset Open in Hawaii and the Santa Cruz Pro in California were cancelled due to COVID, World Surf League looked to NSW to host the competition.“Due to COVID, a number of WSL competitions were being cancelled globally and NSW was seen as an ideal and reliable destination to salvage the competition,” Mr Barilaro said.“The Championship Tour is the sport’s premier competition and will attract 52 of the best international surfers including the likes of Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, Carissa Moore and Gabriel Medina, along with Aussies Sally Fitzgibbons, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright and Ryan Callinan.“With only a few months to go until surfing makes its debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, this event also gives our best Aussie surfers a valuable opportunity to put their skills to the test in an elite competitive environment.“Sun, surf and sand are a way of life in our coastal towns and we’re doing everything we can to ensure our coastal communities can reap the recreational, tourism and economic benefits that surfing provides.”Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the event would profile Newcastle to new audiences and potential visitors by showcasing the strengths of the region.“This is a huge opportunity to promote Newcastle, its world-class waves and the region’s natural assets and visitor attractions to tens of millions of avid surfers and potential holidaymakers around the globe.“The profile of the WSL Championship Tour will undoubtedly put Newcastle front of mind for many fans and start the all-important ‘dreaming’ phase of planning a holiday for when we can welcome international visitors again.“The NSW Government has a bold vision for NSW to be the premier event destination of the Asia-Pacific by 2030, and we are proud to secure significant international events of this calibre to help us achieve that goal.“NSW has demonstrated its ability to host COVID-safe events and our Government’s confidence to get businesses in Sydney and the regions back on track – this event will be another important step forward in our state’s recovery from the pandemic.”World Surf League Asia Pacific general manager Andrew Stark said the Newcastle event will see the world’s best surfers compete in a bid to win a share of over $1 million in prize money.“We’re excited to host the opening event of the Australian leg of the WSL Championship Tour in Newcastle and share the city’s fantastic surf breaks and truly spectacular coastline with the world,” Mr Stark said.The 2021 Championship Tour schedule currently includes events in Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Tahiti, and the United States.The Championship Tour is broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Sport in Australia, with international broadcast partnerships for coverage in Asia, Europe, and the United States.The WSL Championship Tour Newcastle is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and City of Newcastle. Find out more information. /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, california, Destination NSW, Government, Moore, New South Wales, Newcastle, NSW, Olympics, Owen, Ryan, South Africa, Sunset, Sydney, Tokyo Olympics, United States, Western Sydneylast_img read more