Council committed to communities under native timber phase-out

first_imgCouncil committed to communities under native timber phase-out East Gippsland and Wellington shire councils have released the results of a new jointly commissioned study that will help inform decision making about the Victorian Government’s native timber harvesting phase-out.Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said East Gippsland has a long and significant history with the timber industry. For many of our communities, timber harvesting and processing is part of their identity.“In response to the announcement of the Victorian Government to phase out native timber harvesting by 2030 we have worked with Wellington Shire Council through a Timber Industry Taskforce to jointly engage a specialist economic impact consultant,” Cr Urie said.“This has ensured we have independent information available about the potential jobs impact on our communities that will be affected by the Victorian Forestry Plan.”Part of that analysis indicates around 1,110 jobs would be lost across East Gippsland and Wellington shires if native forest logging ceased immediately.“These jobs are important to both shires and include direct and indirect jobs,” Cr Urie said.“The information in the economic impact report will help us better understand the work needed to support our communities now and into the future.“We are also working with the Victorian Government on a pilot community transition program in Orbost. This program will investigate the best ways to create new employment opportunities. Council has and will continue to advocate for investment in East Gippsland in response to the transition announcement.“Recently, similar assistance for Swifts Creek and Nowa Nowa has also been announced and Council will work with the Government to ensure maximum benefits are gained from these rollouts.“We want to ensure that any industry restructure places communities at the centre of decision making and that resources are adequate and that no one is left behind.“We recognise timber workers have skills, expertise and equipment that is often used in a first response to fire events, for example. As the native forest industry is restructured, it is our expectation that their skills and machinery can be retained and used under such circumstances and that contractors are afforded other meaningful work within the forestry industry and other sectors.“We continue to seek greater detail from the Victorian Government about the transition out of native hardwood forests and the basis for the decision.“We will continue to work with communities across the region to ensure we are getting the best possible outcomes out of a challenging situation.”‍ /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:community, council, East Gippsland, East Gippsland Shire Council, employment, Forestry, Government, identity, industry, Investment, local council, Nowa Nowa, Orbost, outcomes, resources, Swifts Creek, Victoria, Wellington, Wellington Shire Councillast_img read more

Etisalat chief reflects on “positive change”

first_imgHome Etisalat chief reflects on “positive change” Etisalat CEO Saleh Al Abdooli said the company’s restructuring, which was announced earlier this year, was finalised during the second quarter of 2016.The aim of the process was “to help the delivery of our strategic objectives and enhance overall performance”, he said.The new chief, who came on board at the end of March, reflected: “While the industry is renowned for the speed of change, Etisalat is also under going positive change.”His comments came as the company reported a 2 per cent growth in second-quarter revenue to AED13.3 billion ($3.6 billion). This was mainly attributed to domestic operations and the performance of Maroc Telecom, and was impacted unfavourably by foreign exchange fluctuations, mainly in Egypt and Pakistan, as well as some fierce competition in certain markets.In the UAE, revenue increased year on year by 3 per cent to AED7.7 billion. The performance was the result of a growing subscriber base, coupled with the launch of new services and bundles to both consumers and enterprises.The performance of Etisalat’s international consolidated business disappointed with a 1 per cent fall in revenue to AED 5.5 billion.Consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty payment increased year on year by 51 per cent to AED2.3 billion. The increase in profit was the result of lower finance costs, a foreign exchange gain during the period against a loss in the year ago quarter, as well as a lower Federal Royalty payment and a lower share of results from associates and discontinued operations.The gain was partly offset by an increase in depreciation charges and taxation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 JUL 2016 Rakuten adds Etisalat to RCP open RAN list Previous ArticleAirtel’s profit drops sharply on higher costsNext ArticleSK Telecom’s profit drops as revenue growth stalls Richard Handford Tags Zain laments Covid-19 impact Etisalat to bring open RAN to Afghanistan Related Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Author EtisalatOoredooZainlast_img read more

Proportionality hits Brian May’s costs claim in neighbour dispute

first_imgA costs claim brought by rock musician Brian May against developer Wavell Group Limited is limited to 20% of the amount sought, a court has decided in the latest application of the principle of proportionality in civil costs.Costs judge Master Rowley determined that costs allowed in the case should be reduced to £35,000 plus VAT. May had sought £208,236.54 including VAT. May (pictured) and his wife, who live in Kensington, London, brought proceedings in the county court for nuisance caused by a neighbour’s basement development.The subsequent costs claim was disputed on grounds of being both unreasonable and disproportionate to the issues. The Mays had accepted compensation of £25,000 at an early stage in the claim.Rowley reduced the costs in two steps. First, cutting the claim to £99,000 as a figure that was more ‘reasonable’. The second reduction was made after a proportionality test, introduced by Lord Justice Jackson’s civil litigation reforms, was applied. The Mays had instructed Simon Farrell QC for the claim through a direct access scheme.Boodle Hatfield partner Colin Young, who acted for Wavell, said: ‘Costs incurred should be tightly focused on the issues at large in the proceedings. ‘If any party wishes to pursue matters outside of that focus, they cannot reasonably expect to recover the costs of such matters if they are successful in their case. The courts are likely to scrutinise ever more carefully the costs incurred.’Farrell told the Gazette: ‘In this case 25% of the total costs claimed comprised acoustic expert fees and not legal fees. The Master found that approximately £97,000 costs were reasonably and necessarily incurred in bringing and pursuing the claim to settlement. He then went on to apply the new proportionality test to that figure of the costs which he had found to be reasonable and reduced it further. Proportionality and costs is a developing area and the Master described it as being in a “transitional phase”. This case raises an important point of principle.’ An appeal is being considered, he added.last_img read more

BUZZER BEATER | ‘Irresponsible dad’

first_img sports personality, who is popular but is not that good in his chosen field, is currently embroiled in a controversy when he refused to recognize his twin children with a former girlfriend.A source told the Buzzer Beater that the sports personality’s relationship with his ex lasted for almost a year but it ended when the latter was four months pregnant to save his career.“Nangangamba kasi si sports personality na kapag lumabas na nakabuntis siya ay masira ang career niya kaya nakipaghiwalay siya dun sa ex-girlfriend niya,” said the source.“Nagmamahalan sila at umabot pa sila ng isang taon. Natapos lang iyong relasyon nila nung four months pregnant na si girl. Pinuntahan pa nga daw si girl ng magulang ni guy, binigyan ng panggatas para manahimik.”“A few years since then, tahimik namang napalaki ni girl ang kambal niya hanggang magkaroon sila ng komunikasyon kamakailan, Gusto raw sana makita ni guy yung anak niya.”“Naka-set na yung date pero hindi naman sumipot si lalaki. Tapos nung magkita sila sa isang party sinubukan ni girl na lapitan si guy pero hinarang siya nung mga kaibigan ni guy.”“Sa totoo lang, wala namang balak na maghabol si girl kasi kaya naman niyang buhayin yung anak niya sa trabaho niya ngayon. Kumpara sa propesyon ni guy, mas mapera si girl.”“Ang wish lang ni girl na sana huwag gawin ni guy dun sa karelasyon niya ngayon yung ginawa sa kanya. Unlike kay girl, kapag ginawa niya yun sa GF niya ngayon, tiyak aawayin siya ng mga netizens at babansagang stock in jerk.”****Kiefer Ravena does not mind the controversies hounding him as he is focused on regaining his strength for a much-awaited debut with the Alab Pilipinas in the 2017 Asean Basketball League (ABL).Alab head coach Mac Cuan said the former Ateneo Blue Eagles star is close to regaining his full strength and will be ready for their semifinals match against the Singapore Slingers on April 2.“Ang pinag tutuunan niya ng pansin ay ‘yung progress ng recovery niya so he could be ready for Game 1,” said Cuan on Ravena, who is recovering from a hand injury during his stint with the Mighty Sports in Dubai.The Iloilo City-native Ravena has been controversial lately when alleged private photos of his were leaked through social media. The suspect who allegedly blackmailed Ravena has been caught.Ravena, a two-time UAAP MVP, had earlier said that he is excited to play for Alab as it will be a chance for him to represent the country, which he failed to do after being cut from the Gilas Pilipinas last year.“Syempre yung focus ko nandito talaga sa paglalaro kasi matagal na rin ako nahinto,” said Ravena. “My focus is double, triple. Hindi ako pwedeng magpaapekto sa mga nangyayari.”“Sa akin naman, kailangan maayos ‘yung pag-handle ng lahat. Hindi ko masyadong iniisip ‘yan kasi lahat naman ‘yan speculations pa lang. For me, titignan ko na lang kung ano sunod na mangyayari,” he added.Aside from his contract with the Alab Pilipinas, Ravena is also currently under contract as a development player with the Texas Legends team in the NBA Developmental League./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’BUZZER BEATER | ‘Irresponsible dad’’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Sunday, April 2, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]last_img read more