Morrisons follows Tesco in returning Covid-19 emergency support

first_img Morrisons will pay back £274m in emergency Covid-19 support Also Read: Morrisons follows Tesco in returning Covid-19 emergency support James Warrington whatsapp Morrisons said that while the pandemic had taken its toll on profits, it expected full-year figures to be in line with expectations excluding the £230m rates repayment. More From Our Partners LA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org But Morrisons said it had decided to pay the tax in full, adding that it was “grateful for the government’s swift action at the start of the pandemic”. The supermarket said it will also pay a special dividend of 4p per share, which relates to the previously deferred payment for the second half of the last financial year. In March the government waived all retail business rates for the financial year in an effort to cushion the blow of the pandemic. Morrisons has followed rival Tesco in deciding to pay back the business rates relief it received to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. The supermarket chain will hand back £274m to the government, £230m of which relates to its 2020/2021 financial year. Wednesday 2 December 2020 8:21 pm The move comes after Tesco said it would pay back £585m in business rates relief, ramping up pressure on its rivals to do the same.center_img Show Comments ▼ “We are grateful for the government’s swift action at the start of the pandemic which enabled the whole sector to face squarely into the challenges and disruption caused by Covid-19,” said chief executive Dave Potts. Morrisons will pay back £274m in emergency Covid-19 support Also Read: Morrisons follows Tesco in returning Covid-19 emergency support Morrisons will pay back £274m in emergency Covid-19 support In a statement this evening Morrisons said it had planned to make a decision on paying back business rates once the full cost and duration of Covid-19 became more clear, but had brought forward that decision. Morrisons follows Tesco in returning Covid-19 emergency support whatsapp Share “Throughout this difficult period Morrisons has done its best work to look after our colleagues, our customers and key workers, to feed the nation, to protect both the vulnerable and our smaller suppliers and to play a full and leading role in meeting the enormous challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic brought.” Tags: Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets The retailer said it expected the total impact of coronavirus to be around £270m. This is around £40m higher than its previous estimates, due to impact of the second lockdown and tougher tier restrictions.last_img read more

Chilkat Valley moose survey delayed due to lack of snow

first_imgSoutheast | WildlifeChilkat Valley moose survey delayed due to lack of snowFebruary 12, 2018 by Abbey Collins, KHNS-Haines Share:Three moose in the Chilkat Valley photographed during the 2016 survey. (Photo courtesy Carl Koch)A wildlife survey that happens annually in the Haines area, hasn’t taken place this year – at least not yet.Lack of snowfall in the Chilkat Valley is preventing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from conducting an aerial moose survey.Biologist Carl Koch estimates around a half dozen times the department hasn’t been able to complete the survey.He’s hopeful there will eventually be enough snow to do the research this year.But, Koch says it’s not ideal to survey later in the season. Antlers have dropped, so they can’t calculate a bull-to-cow ratio. It’s also not possible to survey antler configurations or to develop a cow-to-calf ratio.What they can still get is a minimum moose count, and calculate the percent of calves out of that total.When the survey was conducted in 2016, biologists counted the highest number of moose in the last 10 years.In 2014 and 2015, weather also pushed surveys until later in the season.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska voters strike down ‘Stand for Salmon’ ballot initiative

first_imgElection Coverage | Environment | Fisheries | Politics | State Government | WildlifeAlaska voters strike down ‘Stand for Salmon’ ballot initiativeNovember 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Loading election results…Ballot Measure 1 supporters greet early morning commuters on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Update (11:45 p.m.) — Elizabeth HarballFollowing months of intense debate and millions of dollars in campaign spending, Alaska voters defeated Ballot Measure 1 by a wide margin.Commonly known as the Stand for Salmon initiative, the measure was aimed at increasing protections for Alaska’s most iconic fish. It would have significantly toughened the environmental permitting process for mines, dams and oil developments in salmon habitat.The initiative faced strong resistance from the resource industry, Alaska Native corporations, unions and other groups. Opponents said it would hinder resource development in the state.The campaign against the initiative raised over 12 million dollars, far outstripping the initiative’s supporters, who raised over two million dollars.Update (10:15 p.m.) — Ryan CunninghamWith 38 percent of precincts reporting, “no” voters are leading by a wide margin. Ballot Measure 1 is down 61 percent to 36 percent. If approved, the ballot initiative would add new protections for Alaska’s salmon habitat.Original storyAlaska’s voters are weighing in today on a question that cuts to the heart of the state’s identity: What’s the right balance between resource development and protections for the state’s most iconic fish?Ballot Measure 1, commonly known as the Stand for Salmon initiative, is aimed at increasing protections for salmon habitat in Alaska. The eight-page measure includes a number of provisions, including a more stringent permitting process for projects with greater potential impacts to salmon habitat, with more opportunity for the public to comment. Another key element is that the measure limits offsite mitigation, which is the practice of restoring habitat in a different location to compensate for habitat impacted or eliminated by a project.The measure proved extremely controversial, drawing fierce opposition from oil and mining companies, Alaska Native Corporations, unions and other groups. They argued the initiative was too burdensome and would hinder resource development. Opponents formed a coalition under the name “Stand for Alaska – Vote No on 1” to campaign against it.Stand for Alaska raised a significant amount of money over the course of the campaign. By election day, Stand for Alaska had brought in over $12 million, with major donations from oil and mining companies like BP Alaska, Donlin Gold and ConocoPhillips Alaska.The measure’s supporters raised over $2 million. Much of their campaign was organized with support from local environmental groups like Cook Inletkeeper, as well as national groups like the Wild Salmon Center and Trout Unlimited. The campaign in favor of Ballot Measure 1 also received significant donations from John Childs, a Wild Salmon Center board member and private equity firm chairman, and Vulcan Inc., a company controlled by the estate of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.Until late this summer, it wasn’t even certain the initiative would end up on the ballot because the state challenged it in court. In August, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled parts of the initiative were unconstitutional because it explicitly barred the state from allowing certain permits in specific situations. After removing those provisions, the Supreme Court allowed the remainder of the initiative to go before voters.In addition to debating the substance of the measure, supporters and opponents also sparred over campaign transparency, both filing complaints with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The initiative also became a talking point in other major campaigns this election cycle: Governor Bill Walker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy came out against it, while Democratic candidate Mark Begich said he supported the initiative.This story will be updated as election results come in.Watch live election coverage:Share this story:last_img read more

HSBC’s profit plans hurt by regulatory cost burden

first_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoYahoo! SearchResearch Car Donation For CharitiesYahoo! SearchUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndo HSBC’s profit plans hurt by regulatory cost burden Show Comments ▼ Tim Wallace whatsapp Share whatsapp Monday 3 November 2014 9:13 pm HSBC’S profits came up short of expectations yesterday, and its shares fell as the bank’s bosses warned that its cost base it set to stay higher than it wanted for the coming years.The giant British set aside $378m (£236m) to cover legal bills over claims some of its traders may have tried to manipulate foreign exchange benchmarks.Pre-tax profits came in at $4.6bn, up two per cent on the year but around 12 per cent short of analysts’ predictions.Revenues climbed 4.6 per cent to $15.8bn, but operating expenses also climbed 15.7 per cent to $11.1bn. However, loan impairments dropped by 52 per cent to $760m.Profits before tax in commercial banking shot up 25.5 per cent to $2.4bn, while global banking and markets revenues rose 16.7 per cent.But earnings in retail banking and wealth management dived 15.9 per cent to $1.3bn.“We continued to build essential infrastructure to deliver against our risk and compliance commitments and fulfil our regulatory obligations in the third quarter,” said chief executive Stuart Gulliver. Around 10 per cent of HSBC’s staff now work in risk and compliance, after a series of scandals forced the bank to tighten up in areas like anti-money laundering controls.“Cost inflation in a number of our markets and a number of significant items also contributed additional costs,” said Gulliver.Analysts said this does not bode well for future profit figures from the bank.“While HSBC appears to have returned to revenue and loan growth, management believes that the regulatory and conduct costs of running a global bank have significantly increased,” said analyst Shailesh Raikundlia from Espirito Santo.“This means that management’s 2016 return on equity target of 12 per cent may be even more of a stretch, as the minimum capital requirements are likely to rise from the current core equity tier one ratio of 10.5 per cent used to calculate the targets.”HSBC’s shares fell 1.81 per cent. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Airbus and Boeing deals cleared for takeoff at Paris air show

first_img Show Comments ▼ Airbus and Boeing deals cleared for takeoff at Paris air show More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Monday 15 June 2015 8:44 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSingleszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing opened the Paris air show with a flurry of multi-billion-dollar plane deals yesterday, as hungry Asian and Middle Eastern carriers put in orders faster than the rivals can make them. Airbus said Garuda Indonesia had signed a letter of intent to buy 30 A350 XWB jets, worth $9bn (£5.8bn) at list prices – although airlines generally negotiate lower bills for a fleet order. Paris air show display Garuda also pledged to buy up to 30 of Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliners and 30 737 Max 8 jets in a deal that could be worth about $10.9bn. Airbus countered its Seattle-based rival by signing up Saudi Arabian Airlines to be its launch customer for the A330-300, with the carrier committing to 20, as well as 30 A320neo jets in a deal worth about $8.2bn at list prices. French President Francois Hollande joins the onlookers at the Paris air show Despite this, analysts expect this year’s aerospace industry jamboree to result in fewer big contracts than usual, with manufacturers turning their attention to producing the $1.8 trillion already on their order books. Airbus was upbeat about prospects for four-engined superjumbos But demand still remains robust, particularly from fast-growing Middle Eastern and Asian airlines. Airbus raised its 20-year forecast for jet demand by four per cent to 32,600.  The group was upbeat about prospects for four-engined superjumbos, including its A380, the  biggest passenger jet, which has so far failed to live up to sales expectations.  whatsappcenter_img Express KCS whatsapp Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Cybersecurity breaches prove costly

first_img Canadian Press Keywords Cybersecurity Phishing via internet isometric vector concept illustration Hacking credit card information website Cyber banking attack Online security polegaev/123RF Also readCybersecurity: The best defenceIt was based on a survey of 420 people with on-the-job responsibility for cybersecurity in their organizations.The 2018 report estimates that almost 87% of Canadian companies suffered at least one successful breach and 41% had sensitive data stolen last year.It also estimates that a breach costs $3.7 million, on average, in terms of network down time, employee work days, lost files and compromised information. Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The report was done by IDC Canada for Scalar Decisions Inc., a Toronto-based IT services company that has issued similar reports since 2015.Also readThe cybersecurity challengecenter_img Related news A new study suggests nearly 90% of Canadian organizations suffered at least one cybersecurity breach last year and sensitive data was exposed almost half of the time.The survey found that one in five breaches was classified as “high impact” because sensitive customer or employee information was exposed. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Desjardins Group says 2019 theft of 4.2 million members’ data cost $108 million IIROC urges vigilance amid heightened cybersecurity threatslast_img read more

Regional Innovators On Rise In Warrnambool

first_imgRegional Innovators On Rise In Warrnambool VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for economic growth in regional Victoria helping local entrepreneurs and startups to take their businesses to the next level.Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford today visited entrepreneurial hub The Hive at South West TAFE in Warrnambool to celebrate the growth of the startup ecosystem in the south-west region alongside organisations including the 25eight Group and Storytowns.Founded by Samantha Hurley and Phil Ore in 2015, 25eight Group helps Australian businesses and entrepreneurs to build capability, identify target markets, develop a strategy and be more competitive in global markets.The group’s approach of upskilling and supporting entrepreneurs in Victoria’s startup community was recognised by LaunchVic in 2018 with funding provided to deliver marketing education to entrepreneurs.Local entrepreneur Jarrod Pickford, creator of the Storytowns tourism podcast won the 2019 Ideas Place Pitch night after participating in the Warrnambool-based accelerator program which included a $10,000 cash prize, a mentoring package with 25eight Group and a membership to The Hive.As part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21, the Labor Government is investing $626 million to boost the state’s digital infrastructure and skills with a strong focus on regional Victoria.The Government is also investing $60.5 million to establish the Victorian Start-up Capital Fund to support entrepreneurs to scale-up and create jobs.This complements the $40 million for LaunchVic over four years to continue supporting growth right across Victoria’s startup ecosystem. Research from Deloitte Access Economics has found the Victorian startup sector could contribute an additional 15,700 Victorian jobs a year over the next 20 years.For more information on startup programs in Victoria visit launchvic.org.As stated by Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and Digital Economy Jaala Pulford“Regional startups and businesses play an important role in driving our economic recovery and future growth – creating local jobs, new technologies and solutions.” “We want to ensure that every Victorian that wants to have-a-go at starting their own business can do so – no matter where they live.”As stated by 25eight Group Co-founder and CEO Phil Ore“We are passionate about driving innovation and increasing competitiveness in regional Victoria to ensure decent work and economic development for all Australians and to further enhance the attractiveness of Australia to foreign investment.” /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:accelerator, accelerator program, Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Deloitte, Economic Development, entrepreneurs, foreign investment, Government, infrastructure, LaunchVic, Medical research, TAFE, Victoria, Warrnamboollast_img read more

First COVID jabs delivered today on Sunshine Coast

first_imgFirst COVID jabs delivered today on Sunshine Coast Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthThe spotlight will shine on Sunshine Coast University Hospital today, as frontline staff receive the COVID-19 vaccination marking another highlight in the pandemic response.Minister for Health Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said it was another momentous occasion for the state.“We expect 125,000 Queenslanders will be offered the vaccine in the very first phase of the vaccine’s rollout, prioritising those who are the most at risk of exposure to the virus,” Ms D’Ath said.“Our vaccine journey is just beginning and the next step on that journey starts here today on the Sunshine Coast.“I want to thank those individuals receiving the vaccine in this initial phase for setting a fantastic example for the rest of our community.”Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said protecting those most at risk of exposure to the virus will make a significant difference in keeping everyone safe.“We want all eligible Queenslanders to have the best possible protection from COVID-19,” Dr Young said.“So, when you get the vaccine, it means your symptoms will be less severe compared to someone who isn’t vaccinated.“There’s still a long road ahead of us but I know together we can achieve big things and I will be ready to roll up my sleeve, when it’s my turn.”Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Adjunct Professor Naomi Dwyer said it was a privilege to follow suit in the state’s largest coordinated vaccination effort.“This is history in the making and to be part of the first phase of rollout is very special,” Adj Prof Dywer said.“We’ve got our processes and systems ready for this vaccine, and our staff are lining up and keen for the jab.”Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt said that the administration of the first vaccination on the Sunshine Coast was an important step in keeping the community safe.“I’m thrilled to see the Sunshine Coast University Hospital starting their first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program,” he said.“This is such an important step forward for our community and all of Queensland.Member for Nicklin Robert Skelton said that people on the Sunshine Coast could stay up to date with the vaccine’s rollout on the COVID-19 Queensland Government website.“We’ll be keeping the community up to date as we ramp up the vaccine rollout progressively,” said Mr Skelton. /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:Ambulance, Australia, Caloundra, community, exposure, Government, health, health minister, hospital, Minister, pandemic response, Professor, QLD, Queensland, Sunshine Coast, university, vaccination, younglast_img read more

Owls, orchids boosted by Otway conservation projects

first_imgOwls, orchids boosted by Otway conservation projects The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the EnvironmentSenator The Hon Sarah Henderson, Senator for VictoriaEradicating invasive holly from wildlife corridors, restoring habitat for native orchids and helping fire-impacted tawny frogmouths are some of the successful projects to be funded under a $6 million Morrison Government investment to support Victoria’s unique Wild Otways environment and coastal communities from Bells Beach to Peterborough.The $6 million Wild Otways Initiative is being funded through the Morrison Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund and managed by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley today announced 23 projects which will see $855,000 support including for coastal environments along the Great Ocean Road, benefitting species including the masked owl, long-nosed potoroos, swamp antechinus, broad-toothed rat and native orchids.“These are on ground projects that reflect the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting communities and practical environmental action,” Minister Ley said.“As well as hands on conservation measures like tree planting and weed eradication, the projects will foster an ongoing legacy of community involvement and education.“Geelong College, for example, is using part of its funding to incorporate revegetation and land management into the school curriculum, so teachers and students can restore five hectares of habitat for the EPBC Act-listed Leafy Greenhood Orchid that is found on their Cape Otway campus grounds.”Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said another of the projects involved helping tawny frogmouth populations return to pre bushfire levels.“Weed eradication and mass plantings will create a tawny frogmouth corridor in the Wye Gully to improve habitat and enhancing the quality of water discharging into the Wye River,” Senator Henderson said.“The catchment authority will also work with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation to eradicate holly and advise on future indigenous planting.”A full list of the successful projects can be found here. /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:Aboriginal, Agriculture, Australia, Bells Beach, Cape Otway, conservation, Corangamite, Eastern, environment, Geelong, Government, Indigenous, Morrison, Morrison Government, Peterborough, revegetation, Victoria, Wye Riverlast_img read more

Geraldton to host Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot

first_imgGeraldton to host Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot Mid-West-Gascoyne region announced as first of two locations for Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilotTwo-year pilot a key part of larger effort to address overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home careAboriginal families at risk of child protection intervention to be provided with a culturally safe space to have input into decisions regarding their childrenThe Mid-West-Gascoyne region has been announced as the first of two locations for the Western Australian trial of Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM).Under the pilot, independent Aboriginal convenors will facilitate a culturally safe process to support Aboriginal families to make decisions on how to keep their children safe and connected to their community.It has been designed to strengthen Aboriginal self-determination and address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.The trial will work with three cohorts:Aboriginal families engaged in pre-birth planning, with the goal of preventing infants from coming into care;Aboriginal families engaged in Intensive Family Support, with the goal of preventing children from coming into care; andAboriginal families where one or more of the children in the family group are in care, with the aim of working towards safely returning them to family (reunification).The co-design of the pilot was facilitated through a series of roundtable meetings in late 2020. An independently selected implementation group of senior Aboriginal leaders have been meeting since February this year to consider and make decisions about a number of elements, including pilot locations and cohorts. This work is done in partnership with the Department of Communities.AFLDM is a model that provides a culturally safe space for family and extended family to support improved collaboration with families at risk of child protection intervention or with children in the child protection system.With different forms of AFLDM already in place in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, the WA trial is key to ensuring that the best model for WA is adopted.The pilot will support families in making culturally based, family-driven decisions through meetings facilitated by an Aboriginal practitioner who is external to the Department of Communities.The McGowan Government has invested $715,000 to establish implementation of the two-year AFLDM pilot, which was prioritised in the 2020 Western Australia Recovery Plan as a key initiative for supporting vulnerable people.The pilot complements a range of other initiatives to improve the safety of children, including the Aboriginal In-Home Support Service and efforts to expand and build the capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) sector in Western Australia.Further information on the AFLDM pilot can be viewed on the Department of Communities website.As stated by Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:“This pilot is significant because it aims to give Aboriginal people greater ownership of issues around family and child safety, and reinforces our efforts to address the high number of Aboriginal children in the child protection system.“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children make up almost 57 per cent of the children in out-of-home care in WA, so this overrepresentation can only be addressed through a combined effort by all.“Aboriginal organisations need to lead this work – they are the experts and we must work alongside them to deliver culturally appropriate solutions that will help to keep children and young people safe at home.“The McGowan Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal-led approaches that empower families, while ensuring that child safety is at the centre of all of our considerations.”As stated by AFLDM Co-Chair William Hayward:“The pilot is essential in the development of comprehensive and effective case planning approaches that are reflective and responsive to Aboriginal people.“The model is focused on best practice principles developed through Family Group Conferencing whilst aligning with Child Protection procedures.“This is a significant shift towards better outcomes and a more robust child protection system aimed at the reduction of our community’s overrepresentation of children and young people in care.” /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:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Australia, Australian, child safety, children, community, Geraldton, Government, Minister, New South Wales, outcomes, Queensland, Victoria, WA, Western Australialast_img read more