Jeremy Hunt tells Boris Johnson to stop getting Brexit facts wrong in blistering letter response

first_img Jeremy Hunt tells Boris Johnson to stop getting Brexit facts wrong in blistering letter response In his reply, Hunt said: “I believe with a trusted negotiator and the right team we should get a deal by 31 October.  The foreign secretary has sent a letter to Johnson accusing him of not being straight with people over Brexit, and reiterated his challenge of a head-to-head debate before ballot members in the leadership contest go out to Conservative members. Jeremy Hunt has accused Boris Johnson of getting important facts wrong in a searing attack on his Conservative leadership rival. BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Conservative leadership candidate Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on June 27, 2019 in Bournemouth, England. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two MPs left in the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party. The winner will be announced on July 23rd 2019 and will also take up the post of Prime Minister of the UK and Northern Ireland. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images) In response to your questions, I believe with a trusted negotiator and the right team we should get a deal by 31 October. If however, there was no prospect of delivering Brexit with a better deal I would leave without one. Hunt also pulled Johnson up on his claim the chance of a no deal outcome was “a million-to-one against”, saying “this statement flies in the face of reality.” Hunt’s missive is a response to a letter from Johnson last week asking him to rule out extending the UK’s EU membership past 31 October. Over the past few days you have got some important facts wrong. I believe it is now more vital than ever that we conduct head to head debates this week before ballot papers go out, so party members can make up their minds if you – and indeed I – understand the detail on these crucial issues.  whatsapp I have a few questions too. He also said a free trade deal can be negotiated during a post-Brexit transition period – despite the EU ruling out such a plan without a withdrawal deal being passed first. You also maintain that in a no-deal scenario we can negotiate a free trade agreement during an implementation period.  It is a fact that there can be no implementation period without a withdrawal agreement because it would require a deal with the EU to reach this arrangement.  However much we wish something not to be the case, however strong the pragmatic or economic case for a different approach, the experience of the last three years has shown that the EU are prepared to put the cohesion of their political project above economics. We must be careful to face the facts as we find them.  Will you be straight with people that no deal means no implementation period? whatsapp The letter in full: Owen Bennett center_img I also believe the biggest risk to Brexit is a general election, and a Jeremy Corbyn government, before it is delivered.  Share Dear Boris Thursday 27 June 2019 10:30 pm You maintain it will be possible to trade without tariffs in a no deal scenario due to Article 24 (the so-called Gatt-24) arrangements.  Our Leave-voting colleagues – the Secretary of State for International Trade and the Attorney General – who between them boast considerable expertise on this topic, state that this is not the case because it would require a deal with the EU to reach this arrangement.  Geoffrey Cox’s legal advice is universally acknowledged to be full, frank and impartial.  If it were not so, you and many of your ERG colleagues would not have pointed to his opinion that the backstop risks trapping us within the EU’s orbit as a reason to vote down the withdrawal agreement.  Who is correct: you or the Attorney General and the International Trade Secretary?  Hunt then challenged his rival on three points Johnson has made since the leadership contest was narrowed to just two candidates last week. Johnson has claimed the UK could trade without tariffs in a no deal scenario under World Trade Organisation law – something disputed by international trade secretary Liam Fox and attorney general Geoffrey Cox. Thank you for your letter of 25th June. Ps. No need to reply – let’s discuss further at Sky on Monday evening? “If however, there was no prospect of delivering Brexit with a better deal I would leave without one.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance You stated yesterday that the odds of no-deal are ‘a million to one’.  Those odds are wildly different to those given by those in the business of actually judging the odds (some bookmakers put the chance of No Deal at 2:1), so I fear that this statement flies in the face of reality.  I am completely convinced that with the right approach there is a deal to be done. But we must level with people and acknowledge that this will be tough and complex. Our great country can ultimately flourish with or without a deal, but we need credible, detailed plans to make that happen. I had hoped we would be able to debate these issues in person at Sky on Tuesday evening or next Monday, or at one of the proposed debates next week, but as you don’t wish to face me in person before members have started voting, for now we must use your preferred method of debate, exchanging letters.last_img read more

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Gardaí investigating after car broken into in Laois

first_img Following a car being broken into in Laois, Gardaí are investigating the incident.Gardaí are investigating the incident which happened in Capponellan woods near Durrow.It occurred on Tuesday morning between 9.50am and 11am.A number of items, including hairdressing equipment worth around €500, were taken.Anyone with information is  asked to contact Abbeyleix Station on 057 873 0580.Today, Gardaí are in Durrow for a community engagement day in the area.SEE ALSO – Laois man Michael set to take First Dates by storm next week TAGSAbbeyleix GardaiAn Garda SíochánaDurrow Gardaí investigating after car broken into in Laois Twitter GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter GAA GAA Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleLaois’s Sansa Stark talks about acting on the internationally renowned Game of ThronesNext articleLaois handballer Brennan claims All-Ireland glory Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Home News Crime Gardaí investigating after car broken into in Laois NewsCrime 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin By Siun Lennon – 22nd March 2019 Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

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Manager Quirke says Laois footballers must ‘make improvements now and stop talking about them’

first_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Laois manager Micheal Quirke was disappointed with his sides loss to Meath in the O’Byrne Cup on Saturday, as an eleven point deficit at the interval all but ended the game as a contest.He said: “It was a disappointing scoreline. Very disappointing first half. We probably had a decent 20 minute spell just after half time where he had eight scores in a row.“We were poor and Meath looked like they are flying and were more than deserving winners.“You’re not going to win many games if you are conceding four goals. That’s one of many problems. There was a couple of kick-outs there that we had won comfortably and we lost the ball in contact.“They got two or three very handy goals so some of them weren’t even great play on their part. It was just really sloppy stuff from us and that’s all stuff that we can control ourselves, so at least we can work on that obviously.”Laois lost possession after winning some of their kick-outs and the Meath turnovers led to goals. Quirke was not happy with this aspect of the game.He said: “I just thought that a lot of our kick-outs – we actually won a good few of them, but then lost it within a couple of seconds of that in contact. It’s just another part of it. I’ve said several times that the kick-outs now are so important.“We did a really good job at the start of the second half of pressing their kick-out and got a lot of joy out of it. Every team is going to be doing that now. It’s just about when you win that ball, being able to handle the physicality into contact and get away from traffic and move the ball on.“We did a really poor job of that, especially in the first half. We were miles below where we should be.“Handling at inter-county level is something that you should nearly take for granted. You should be able to mind the ball, go through contact if you need to, but you secure the possession and move it onto the same coloured jersey.“At the start, whatever it was, we didn’t do a good job of that and they definitely got two of their goals from us taking ball into contact and slipping it close to our own goals and they profited from that. We need to do something better about that.”Laois travel to Roscommon in their first game of the league and Quirke is looking forward to the challenge that will bring.“We’re just looking forward to it obviously. We’ve still got a lot of guys that weren’t playing here today, the likes of Colm Murphy, Kieran Lillis, Gearoid Hanrahan and Colm Begley. A lot of guys that were unavailable for different reasons.“A couple of guys down with sickness and different things. We’ve plenty of fellas to add to this and we’re looking forward to the next couple of weeks really.“It’s going to be a massive test obviously going up there (Roscommon). Connacht champions, playing in Division one last year, Super 8 team.“They’re going to be favourites to get out of Division two and they’re going to be the toughest possible test that you can get so we’ve a lot of work to do and we’ve got another three weeks to do it.“We’ve one or two challenge games lined up. The last three games have shown us plenty and we know a lot more than we did when we started.“We just have to make those improvements now and stop talking about them I suppose.”SEE ALSO – Laois fall to Meath to end O’Byrne Cup campaign Manager Quirke says Laois footballers must ‘make improvements now and stop talking about them’ Home Sport GAA Manager Quirke says Laois footballers must ‘make improvements now and stop talking… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 6th January 2020 Pinterest TAGSLaois senior footballersLaois v MeathMike QuirkeO’Byrne Cup Twitter Twitter Facebook GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA WhatsApp Previous articleEight Talking Points from a difficult weekend for Laois GAA teamsNext articleDepartment of Justice says video of asylum seekers in cramped conditions in Laois ‘appears to be staged’ LaoisToday Reporter News last_img read more

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Local man set to perform at increasingly popular Laois parish online lunchtime concert

first_img WhatsApp Home News Local man set to perform at increasingly popular Laois parish online lunchtime… News By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th April 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter News Local man set to perform at increasingly popular Laois parish online lunchtime concert Facebook Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Previous articleFrom Buckingham Palace to the Wembley Arena – Laois musician remembers life as a pop star in the UKNext articleStudying during Coronavirus: St Fergal’s student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest This is a brilliant idea that is attracting many viewers and it continues today.The Coronavirus has changed life as we know it and one Laois parish is certainly moving with the extraordinary times that we find ourselves in.Rathdowney church will host its third online concert live from 1pm today.As all masses in the country have had to go behind closed doors due to Covid-19, parishioners will be used to tuning in to mass on the webcam by now.But now, using the same webcam, you will be able to watch a mini concert once a week.Local man Paul O’Brien, a member of the High Kings, was up first and it was a huge success. He was followed by well-known local artist Martin Delaney.While today another local man, John Kelly, is set to entertain.Parish Priest Fr Martin Delaney said: “Rathdowney Parish are having a weekly lunchtime concert, broadcast via our webcam from the Parish Church at 1pm each Tuesday.“This concert features local artists who will entertain us for a short 15 to 20 minute period with music and singing of their choice.“This is available to all on www.rathdowneyparish.ie and we hope it adds a little light in these times.“Any local artists who want to be part of this series can contact the Parish Office on 0505-46282 from 10am to 1pm daily.”SEE ALSO – From Buckingham Palace to the Wembley Arena – Laois musician remembers life as a pop star in the UK Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGSCoronavirusRathdowney Parish Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

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Sunshine Policy Spies

first_imgNews News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE Regarding the “fake defector spy scandal,” the President of the Association of North Korean Defectors Hong Soon Kyung commented, “North Korea’s intelligence strategy towards South Korea seems to have been to use beautiful female spies like Won Jung Hwa to approach South Korean high ranking officials.”President Hong presented his ideas on a radio program broadcast by the Peace Broadcasting Company (PBC) on the 28th, saying that “It is hard to believe that there have been no spies for the last decade. Some of them might have been disguised and others might have been dispatched directly from North Korea. I think the more the South Korean government appeases North Korea, the more North Korean spies are able to operate in South Korea.”He pointed out that “The South Korean authorities say that the time when the spy Won entered was 2001, when the South-North Korean relationship was relatively warm due to the Sunshine Policy. The fact that North Korea dispatched spies during this time exposes North Korea’s real intention even at the very moment of the sunshine era.”He added “The reason why the South Korean government has caught spies for the first time in ten years is not that there have not been spies, but because we have overlooked and neglected catching them.”About the claim that the type of spies sent to South Korea has changed, President Hong suggested that “There are no big differences actually.” He replied to a question about the possibility that there are more spies disguised as defectors by saying, “It is impossible to have no defectors considering North Korea’s economy and other human rights conditions. Most of them are very willing to resettle in South Korea, but I think the North Korean regime dispatched spies to make South Korean authorities unable to believe in defectors from the North.”“True defectors should be distinguished from spies. Then the current administration, the National Intelligence Service and the police should keep watch over them, instead of broadcasting that there are many spies among defectors so that defectors lose their trust in South Korean society,” Hong emphasized. News By Yang Jung A – 2008.08.28 5:57pm center_img Facebook Twitter AvatarYang Jung A Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Sunshine Policy Spieslast_img read more

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Clinton Sees “Very Isolated” North Korea

first_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Chris Green – 2009.07.27 3:26pm U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who gave a lengthy interview to MSNBC show “Meet the Press” in the United States on Sunday, believes that her recent vocal spat with North Korea at the ASEAN Summit in Thailand has served to clearly show that Pyongyang has arrived at complete international isolation, and has nowhere left to go if it refuses to improve it’s behavior, with “even Burma saying that they’re going to enforce the resolution of sanctions.”Clinton described her impression of a moment at the Summit when one of the North Korean representatives “launched a broadside attack on the United States, blaming us for literally everything that has ever gone wrong in North Korea going back decades.” Clinton explained how she was gratified to notice that, during the verbal assault, “I listened; everyone else just didn’t even look at him.” North Korea is “very isolated now,” she concluded.“They don’t have any friends left,” Clinton went on, referring to the will of the international community, “We are all on the same page and we are all committed to the same goal.”Clinton further reasserted that Pyongyang should not anticipate being rewarded simply for carrying out the requirements of the agreements it has already signed up to, for “doing what they said they would do in 2005 and 6,” or for “half measures.”Meanwhile, the North Korean ambassador to the UN made some unusually conciliatory remarks on Saturday. Speaking to reporters in New York, Ambassador Sin Son Ho is quoted as saying, “The six-party talks are gone forever, (but) we are not against dialogue. We are not against any negotiation for the issues of common concern.”“There is a specific and reserved form of dialogue that can address the current situation,” he declared, presumably referring to direct bilateral talks with the United States; something North Korea has been seeking for many years, but which Washington generally refuses to do.However, Clinton dismissed such bilateral negotiations in her interview, “We believe that the six-party talk framework which has everybody included is the appropriate way to engage with North Korea,” she claimed. SHARE News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twittercenter_img News News AvatarChris Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clinton Sees “Very Isolated” North Korea North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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FAIR Canada receives $3.75 million from OSC

first_img OSC finalizes DSC ban This cash injection follows a lengthy funding search. In 2012, the Stephen Jarislowsky Foundation provided $2 million to FAIR Canada on the condition that the investor advocacy organization find another $4 million in matching funds by Sept. 30, 2014. That deadline was extended several times but with no luck — in October 2019, FAIR Canada returned the original endowment.Jean-Paul Bureaud, executive director of FAIR Canada, said in an interview that the OSC’s funding represents “a vote of confidence in the contributions we make in terms of public policy discussions that affect retail investors.”The funding will also “allow us to rebuild the organization and try to bring it to the next level,” Bureaud said. “What I think is important is the duration of the agreement — it provides us with that stability which has been missing.”Bureaud is a lawyer who previously worked with the World Bank and the OSC. He became FAIR Canada’s executive director in August and replaced Ermanno Pascutto, who founded FAIR Canada in 2008 and had been serving as the group’s head on an interim basis.Grant Vingoe, acting chair and CEO of the OSC, stated in a release: “The OSC’s financial contribution will provide FAIR with stable funding over the next five years, allowing it to continue its important and valuable investor advocacy and protection work.”Bureaud says FAIR Canada’s immediate plans are to recruit more staff with policy experience. “Our core mission is to provide informed and insightful comments on public policy,” he said, adding that he would like FAIR Canada to not just react to what is put out for public comment, but to “begin the discussion” on policy matters.Longer-term, Bureaud plans to build more strategic partnerships “with different entities that share similar objectives and goals,” he said. “We’re stronger if we work together.”Bureaud says FAIR Canada will remain an arms-length, independent entity from the OSC, noting that the regulator has provided FAIR with funding in the past without restrictions.FAIR Canada also announced today that Ellen Roseman, financial journalist and consumer advocate, will serve as its chair; Preet Banerjee, financial services consultant, will serve as vice-chair. The organization has also appointed a new director, securities lawyer Neil Gross. Gross is a former executive director of FAIR Canada and chairs the OSC’s Investor Advisory Panel.As reported in September, investor advocacy in Canada has been shifting in-house to the boards and advi­sory panels of the investment industry’s regulators.At the time, Gross told Investment Executive that it was time for policy-makers to step up: “If the goal of investor advocacy is to help policy-­makers bring about better regulation that improves investor protection and raises investment industry professionalism, then that goal should be supported by funding from policy-makers.” After years of searching, FAIR Canada has received substantial operating dollars — an amount the organization’s new executive director says will provide much-needed stability.The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has announced $3.75 million in funding for the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (a.k.a. FAIR Canada). FAIR Canada will receive the funds, which come from the OSC’s Designated Fund, over five years in annual instalments of $750,000. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Modern urban skyscrapers in downtown Chicago from below to the blue summer sky. Sun reflecting in the glass facades of the urban futuristic buildings. Chicago, Illinois, USA iStock Melissa Shin Related news Keywords Investor protection,  Securities regulationsCompanies FAIR Canada, Ontario Securities Commission last_img read more

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Several Activities Planned to Mark Earthquake Awareness Month in Portland

first_imgSeveral Activities Planned to Mark Earthquake Awareness Month in Portland UncategorizedJanuary 14, 2009 RelatedSeveral Activities Planned to Mark Earthquake Awareness Month in Portland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several activities have been planned by the Portland Disaster Committee to mark January as Earthquake Awareness Month under the theme: ‘Earthquakes have no season – do your part, be earthquake smart’.Activities during the month, which comprise Earthquake Awareness Week observances from January 11- 17, will include educational talks and earthquake drills in schools, hotels, and offices.Schools involved in the programme include Belleview, Hope Bay, and St. Margaret’s Bay All-age; Norwich Primary; Shebian Preparatory; and Port Antonio, and Buff Bay High.The hotels selected for the activities are the Fern Hill Hotel and Goblin Hill Villas, while the offices are those at the Port Antonio branch of the Jamaica National Building Society; the Eastern Portland Electoral Office, the Ministry of Education’s Regional Office at Passley Gardens; and the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education, also in Passley Gardens.A special earthquake awareness talk and drill is also scheduled for the Portland High School in Port Antonio, as the main event for Earthquake Awareness Day in schools on Wednesday, January 14.Speaking to JIS News, Portland’s Disaster Coordinator, Denise Lewis, expressed confidence that the month of events will go a far way in increasing the awareness of residents about earthquake and the actions necessary to mitigate their effects.Noting that the events are spread across various communities in order to involve as many persons as possible, Mrs. Lewis exhorted the residents of the parish to give their fullest support to the programme in order to ensure its success. RelatedSeveral Activities Planned to Mark Earthquake Awareness Month in Portlandcenter_img RelatedSeveral Activities Planned to Mark Earthquake Awareness Month in Portland Advertisementslast_img read more

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Research reveals impact of feral cats on agriculture

first_imgResearch reveals impact of feral cats on agriculture Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesResearch conducted under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) has revealed that feral cats can cost the agriculture industry up to $12 million each year.The study shows that feral felines are passing on parasites such as Toxoplasma and Sarcocystis to livestock and poultry, with devastating consequences for sheep and goats.Infected cats often don’t appear sick themselves and through normal roaming behaviour can spread millions of tiny parasitic eggs into the environment. These eggs then persist in soil, pasture and water for months and can be ingested by livestock.Rates of diseases are particularly high among sheep, with Toxoplasma causing the loss of over 62,000 unborn lambs each year and affecting South Australia and Tasmania more severely than other regions.Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, welcomed the research as the first study to estimate the national production costs of cat-dependent diseases on farm animals.“While the environmental impact of cats has been well recognised, this research shows there is also a significant impact on livestock production,” Dr Schipp said.“The two most significant diseases impacting livestock are parasitic infections transmitted by cats which together are estimated to cost Australian farmers $11.7 million in annual production losses.“It is easy for livestock to contract these parasites as they simply need to graze in an area where cats have defecated.“While cat-dependent diseases affect Australian livestock, meat produced in Australia is wholesome and safe.“Our meat inspection processes are thorough and effective and our strict biosecurity laws help to ensure we can continue to enjoy our world class produce into the future.”Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box, said the research highlights the benefits of domestic cat containment and the importance of reducing the number of feral cats in and around farms.“I encourage the community to reduce the spread of disease to livestock from domestic cat populations, as well as reduce the risk of cat predation on native wildlife, by being responsible pet owners,” Dr Box said.“The best thing pet cat owners can do to lower the risks to livestock and wildlife is to keep their cats contained 24 hours per day and ensure that they are microchipped, registered and desexed.”The study conducted by the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub is part of a suite of research to improve our understanding and capacity to manage the impacts of feral cats on native wildlife.The Australian Government has mobilised more than $32 million since 2014 to support projects delivering direct, on-ground action and research to reduce the impact of feral cats.To find out more about NESP visit environment.gov.au/science/nesp /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, Australian, Australian Government, Commissioner, community, environment, Government, industry, livestock, parasites, production, research, South Australia, Tasmania, veterinary, wildlifelast_img read more

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Biosecurity risks with online Christmas shopping

first_imgBiosecurity risks with online Christmas shopping NSW consumers are reminded to look out for unwanted exotic plant pests in packages received from overseas, which pose a threat to the state’s $15.7 billion primary industries.NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Manager Plant Biosecurity Prevention & Preparedness, Chris Anderson, said it’s important for everyone to be aware and to report anything unusual.“Online shopping, gifts from family and friends or imported items can easily harbour insect pests and diseases which could cause damage and threaten farming communities,” Dr Anderson said.“If you are purchasing goods from overseas, especially seeds and items made from wood or organic material, check whether it can legally come into Australia.“From exotic fruit flies, exotic drywood termites and invasive snails, the Australian Government lists the top 40 unwanted plant pests on its website.“Australia is in the fortunate situation of being free of many significant pests that adversely affect agricultural production in other countries.“Good biosecurity practices protect us all from the impacts of animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds.“We all share the responsibility for managing biosecurity risks and together we can protect NSW’s strong economy, safe healthy food supply and unique natural environment.”NSW DPI encourages people to report any signs of pests and diseases found in imported goods by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 or use the online form. /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:Anderson, animal, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, biosecurity, Economy, environment, Family, Farming, Government, industry, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Department of Primary Industries, organic, production, websitelast_img read more

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