Exxonmobil closure – a devastating blow for workers

first_imgExxonmobil closure – a devastating blow for workers Australian Labor PartyLabor demands that Scott Morrison intervene to save thousands of jobs in Victoria following the announcement of the closure of ExxonMobil oil refinery at Altona.This is devastating news for hundreds of local workers and for the future of Australia’s fuel security.This decision will cost hundreds of direct jobs and impact thousands of workers in downstream industry. This is further proof that the Government has no plan for workers affected by these decisions.Australia’s petrochemical manufacturers all rely on by-products produced from the ExxonMobil refinery. These manufacturers will likely need assistance, given the year they’ve had through COVID, to ensure they don’t close.Following just months after the closure of the refinery at Kwinana in Western Australia, the Morrison Government has overseen the closure of half of our domestic refineries in the last six months.The Government announced a $211 million so-called fuel security package in September last year to keep refineries on line.Six months later another refinery will close its doors.Morrison and Angus Taylor said their fuel security plan would ‘create 1,000 new jobs and protect workers in the fuel sector and in fuel-dependent industries’.Instead, their ‘stewardship’ has seen the loss of 600 jobs at Kwinana, and the imminent loss of 350 direct jobs at Altona, and many thousands more if they continue to sit on their hands.Another hollow headline and empty promise never delivered by Scott Morrison.Labor warned then that the package was inadequate and failed to address Australia’s fuel security needs. Today’s announcement clearly shows this Government has no real plan.Scott Morrison’s policy vacuum has left hundreds of workers without jobs and the nation without a sovereign supply of domestic fuel. /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:ALP, AusPol, Australia, Australian Labor, fuel, future, Government, Impact, industry, jobs, Kwinana, Labor Party, Loss, Morrison, Morrison Government, oil, Scott Morrison, security, Victoria, Western Australialast_img read more

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Perez wanted Conte, not Zidane, to take over at Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane was not the first option to replace Rafael Benitez at Real Madrid. Florentino Perez offered the job to Antonio Conte first, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.  23/02/2016 CET Upd. at 19:07 Conte hinted he was ready to take over after Euro 2016, but Madrid needed someone to take over from Benitez immediately.  Jose Mourinho’s return was also contemplated seriously by Perez, but he was not interested in returning either given the friction with some of the players from his previous spell in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.  Only when Perez realised it was impossible to sign Conte did he turn his attention to Zidane, despite the fact the French coach has no top level managerial experience.  Fernando Baquero The former Juventus coach earned a lot of prestige during his spell in charge of the Turin-based club. He led them to three league titles, the first without losing a single game.  However, the Italian coach, who was flattered by the interest from Madrid, rejected the offer because his intention is to remain in charge of Italy at this summer’s European Championships in France.  After recent results, ‘Zizou’ has lost some of the credit he earned early on and Madrid may once again turn to Conte in the summer.last_img read more

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Ice finds Fire too hot to handle

first_imgAS IF ordained by the laws of nature, Team Fire melted Team Ice 28-20 in a nail-biting finish to the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Region can write own future

first_imgBy NICOLE WILLIAMS PREMIER Denis Napthine was presented with a locally made pen following his visit to Berwick last week,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Dedicated to duty

first_imgBy BRIDGET SCOTT THEIR free coffees, biscuit tins and collection of chocolates are proof enough of how much the Beaconsfield…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Guyana Bar Association walks out of CoI

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIR“Improper, unethical” and “unprofessional” were the words Attorney and President of the Guyana Bar Association Christopher Ram uttered, as he marched out of Wednesday afternoon’s session of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riots. This walk-out occurred during the cross-examination of Deputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels who prisoners claimed gave the orders to lock the prison door.The Attorney sought to make the correlation that Attorney Selwyn Pieters, who is representing the Joint Services and appointed by the State, is also representing Deputy Director Samuels .Ram grilled the witness over the supposition that Pieters’ counsel representation of Samuels is “a private arrangement” – a line of questioning that was discontinued by Commission Chairman James Patterson, who noted that divulging those details would violate lawyer-client privilege.Attorney Christopher Ram walks out of Wednesday’s session of the CoIThis did not however sit well Attorney Ram who pointed out a conflict of interest.“Here it is we have an entity that is subject of this enquiry, set up by the President and the same Government providing legal counsel,” the Bar Association President expressed.At this point, it was Attorney representing the Disciplined Services, Pieters who now attempted to object to Ram’s continued line of questioning. This however prompted the Bar Association to interject before Pieters could raise any of his concerns.“Mr Chairman, I am not going to take this interruption from the other side unless it’s a proper point of objection, we had enough from that side,” he noted. As Ram was subsequently allowed to proceed, he then asked Samuels if he was aware of any prisoner or survivor of the prison fire being provided with legal counsel by the State. Samuels responded in the negative.When Ram attempted to ascertain the reasons behind Samuels being sent on leave, Attorney Pieters was swift in disallowing a response from his witness.“Any personnel issues between Senior Superintendent Samuels and the Ministry of Public Security and the Director of the Prison are matters that are private,” Pieters opined.Ram then responded “The Bar Association will not sit down here and be interrupted; we have a serious problem in that we are not being allowed full opportunity to cross-examine. This is a matter that is in the press. A statement made by the Minister of Public Security, he says that ‘him going on leave’, that is, Mr Samuels is a necessity at this stage.”As he was not allowed to pursue this line of questioning, Ram then opted to withdraw from the CoI and reiterated that the decision has been taken since the Bar Association was not provided with a proper opportunity to examine the witnesses.“We believe that the purpose and objective of this Commission is being seriously compromised,” he stressed.Justice Patterson told Ram that if he decides to withdraw, he may not be allowed to return. At this point, Attorney Pieters in cross-talk questioned Ram if he had consulted with the Bar Association’s Board or if he “unilaterally” made the decision to withdraw. In a show of frustration, Ram uttered: “You give me a break” and departed from the room, shutting the door behind him.Earlier this week, questions over the lack of transparency were raised after the media and members of the public were barred from hearing the testimonies of Prison Service members Cleveland Hudson and another whose name was only give as “Officer Lyken.”“Officer Lyken” was reportedly ordered by his superiors to take video footage of the prison riots, while it is being floated that it was Hudson who gave the orders to lock the prison doors.Public Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan when questioned on Monday, opined that the closed door setting is within the authority of the Chairman.“The CoI is controlled by the CoI members… he has authority to do that. I suppose under the Terms of Reference and if he thinks it is a matter for security reasons, why not,” the Minister had noted. Following a period of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary, 17 inmates lost their lives as a result of fire.last_img read more

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Cajun-Light Flavors at Port Orleans French Quarter

first_imgShare This!If you’re not a fan of intense spice and spicy foods, Cajun food can sound scary. Between bold flavors and lots of spice, it may be a tough sell for fans of milder foods. But sometimes on vacation, it’s nice to do things outside of your norm. At Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter, many of the items on the menu are “Cajun-inspired”, but they are mild enough for all palates. Two of the meals that you’ll find that embrace that Cajun-inspired vibe are the Jambalaya and the Shrimp Po’ Boy.If you want to make the Shrimp Po’ Boy a safe option for all palates, simply ask for the remoulade sauce on the side. (For those who aren’t familiar, remoulade is a spicy mayonnaise sauce — the flavors the way that Disney makes it remind me almost of a zippy tartar sauce.) Without the sauce, this becomes a sub roll with shedded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and fried shrimp. For the amount of shrimp you get, the $11 price for the sandwich and chips is very reasonable.Another Cajun staple is Jambalaya — a mix of chicken and andouille sausage with vegetables, stewed together in a spicy sauce with rice. If you head to Louisiana, you can find some jambalaya that will make you believe in the existence of hell with the amount of spice burning up your mouth. But this is Disney — no more hell at WDW since Mr. Toad went to the great beyond. What you’ll find is a lovely blend of flavors with a hint of heat–just enough so that you’re eating jambalaya and not just a rice bowl with sausage. It also comes with a mammoth piece of cornbread, making this an incredibly filling meal for the $12 price tag.Do you like that Disney has presented these foods in a way that is pleasing for just about everyone, or do you think Disney should turn up the heat and make these dishes full Cajun spice? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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SA launches R71m graduate placement programme

first_img6 March 2014 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the R71-million Itukise Unemployed Graduates Programme, which will help unemployed graduates get work experience by negotiating placements at companies for them. Through Itukise, the DTI will engage with companies that have received different government incentives to provide work experience to unemployed graduates for 12 months, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of the programme in Cape Town on Tuesday. The department will also seek to place interns at companies interested in the programme. “Today most companies are looking for a high-quality skilled force, and that makes it more difficult for those without skills to find jobs in the labour market,” Davies said. “Graduates represent a small but important share of the human resource capacity towards a competitive and value-adding economy. Itukise will contribute to reducing the loss of investment in education.” He said the programme also presented an opportunity “to develop and market the profile of the manufacturing sector to young people, in the provision of decent work and in increasing opportunities for learning both on and off the job”. The National Skills Fund, within the Department of Higher Education and Training, has approved the R71-million funding over a two-year period, to be overseen by the DTI, which will disburse monthly stipends for placed graduates. The programme will be implemented in three sets of intakes over two years, with the first intake in April, the second in August and the last one in April 2015. Minister Davies said these programmes were necessitated by the structural changes to the country’s economy, which had seen the demand for unskilled labour waning. National Skills Fund CEO Mvuyisi Macikama said every workplace in South Africa “should be turned into a training space to create a skilled labour force”. He urged the youth to work hard and absorb as much as they could in order to master their craft. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Line-ups: Brescia v Inter

first_imgInter start Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez again, but bring back Kwadwo Asamoah, while Brescia have Mario Balotelli and Alfredo Donnarumma with a new goalkeeper. It kicks off at the Stadio Rigamonti at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Parma-Verona on the LIVEBLOG. Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri missed the opportunity to close on leaders Juventus, as both teams were held to draws at the weekend by Parma and Lecce respectively. The coach complained that he had very few options available to him following an injury crisis, as Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino and Danilo D’Ambrosio are still out of action. It means there is no rest for Lukaku and Lautaro, while Roberto Gagliardini again takes the midfield slot. Asamoah returns after a knee issue to take the left flank from Cristiano Biraghi, while Diego Godin completes the defence. Brescia boss Eugenio Corini is already under pressure, with reports Cesare Prandelli is being lined up to replace him just months after taking the team to the Serie B title. He has more problems to deal with, because goalkeeper Jesse Joronen suffered a knock against Genoa and is not even in the squad, so 31-year-old former Inter shot-stopper Enrico Alfonso has to make his career Serie A debut. Leonardo Morosini has also been left out, apparently in a technical decision, with Jhon Chancellor, Ernesto Torregrossa, Luca Tremolada, Giangiacomo Magnani, Federico Viviani and Daniele Dessena injured. Alfredo Donnarumma returns to the starting XI with star man Balotelli, who so far has only one goal to his name in the Rondinelle jersey. The trequartista role seems to be scrapped, moving to a 3-5-2 formation this evening that mirrors Inter, with 21-year-old Massimiliano Mangraviti brought in. Inter could win their first five away games of the Serie A season, something this club only achieved in 1966-67, 1997-98 and 2012-13. Brescia: Alfonso; Mangraviti, Cistana, Gastaldello; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Brescia bench: Andrenacci, Ndoj, Spalek, Zmrhal, Aye, Matri, Martella, Semprini Inter: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez Inter bench: Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, Politano, Lazaro, Borja Valero, Dimarco, Esposito, Biraghi, Bastoni Ref: Fabbri Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Moto X (2nd Gen) 32GB now available at up to Rs.6,000 discount via Flipkart

first_imgIn line with our earlier report, Lenovo-owned Motorola has launched the 32 GB variant of its much acclaimed Moto X second generation smartphone in India. The 32 GB variant just like the 16 GB variant is now available for grabs exclusively via online retail site Flipkart at a price tag of Rs.32,999.Moreover, Flipkart is also offering a discount of up to Rs.6,000 when you buy the Moto X (2nd Gen) 32GB variant in exchange of your old smartphone. Under the scheme, customers can get the Moto phone at a price as low as Rs.26,999. The scheme is applicable under Flipkart’s general terms and conditions, which can be read in detail upon visiting the website.That’s not all, Flipkart has also cut the price for the Moto X (2nd Gen) 16 GB variant by Rs.2,000. The 16GB variant of the second gen Moto X is now available at a price tag of Rs. 29,999 (for the basic plastic back panel version) and Rs. 31,999 (for the leather and wood finish back panels variants). The 16 GB variant was initially launched at Rs. 31,999 and Rs. 33,999 respectively.The 32GB variant of the Moto X (2nd Gen) boasts of the same specifications set as that of the 16GB version with the only difference being that the former comes with 32GB of internal storage. The device comes with 5.2-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor alongside 2GB RAM.It sports a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED ring flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and decks in a 2300mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more

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