A new app has launched to solve that ever awkward question: “Should I give up my seat on the Tube?”

Monday 23 January 2017 8:14 am It has been developed by London-based firm 10x. Babee on Board needs two apps to work though – Request Seat for the women who want to request a seat and Offer Seat, for commuters who are happy to offer their seat.The request seat app costs £3.99 – in an effort to crack down on those misusing the app – though 10x has said 100 per cent of profits will go towards Project Healthy Children charity; the offer seat app is free.Read more: These are the 23 funniest #TubeStrike tweetsHew Leith, CEO of 10x, said: “A year ago an 80 year-old woman, who was sat next to me on a busy Tube, got up and offered her seat to a heavily pregnant woman. I was mortified. I was too engrossed on my smartphone to notice anything. So as soon as I let the older woman have my seat, I began racking my brains for a solution. By the time the Tube train pulled into the platform at Moorgate, I had the idea to use beacon bluetooth notifications so pregnant people could let commuters know they’d like a seat.”Another plus, he pointed out, is that it removes “any awkwardness for commuters”. And we all know how much commuters hate awkwardness.Here’s how it works: Rebecca Smith Well, fear not, hesitant commuters. For a new app launches today aimed at helping pregnant women specifically get seats on public transport. It’s called Babee on Board.Read more: How you can get a free soup this morningIt will essentially function as a smart Baby on Board badge – once it has been pressed it sends a notification to smartphones within a 15 foot radius so commuters who choose to opt in, will be alerted to the fact a pregnant woman needs a seat.Even if they’ve got their headphones in, eyes glued to their phone, or simply can’t see anything but a sea of people as the carriage is rammed. The app uses bluetooth technology so will work without the need for signal or Wi-Fi. whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com A new app has launched to solve that ever awkward question: “Should I give up my seat on the Tube?” Many of us have had the awkward moment of hovering awkwardly out of a Tube seat. To offer or not to offer? Does that person need a seat? whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorySwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSportPirateMeet The Woman Catherine Bell Is Dating At 52SportPiratePost FunCops Called To Investigate Smell From Abandoned House Didn’t Expect To Find ThisPost FunMaternity WeekAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongMaternity WeekNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health Share read more

Nuclear power in Alaska? Experts say it’s not as far-fetched as you think.

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Business | Economy | Energy & Mining | EnvironmentNuclear power in Alaska? Experts say it’s not as far-fetched as you think.November 21, 2018 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:A nuclear power plant in Illinois. Nuclear projects in Alaska would likely be much smaller. (Creative Commons photo by iluvcocacola)Electricity is expensive in Alaska. And that can make things difficult for families and businesses.One solution to that problem could be nuclear power. But the idea has been explored in Alaska before, in the Interior village of Galena, and went nowhere.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/11/NUKES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At an Anchorage conference this month, the Resource Development Council, an industry group, took another look.“From a project development standpoint, it may sound crazy,” said Eric Fjelstad, an Anchorage lawyer who chairs the RDC’s board, as he introduced a pair of nuclear industry leaders the conference. But, he added: “I’ve been in discussions that were serious about: ‘Why don’t we have nuclear?’”There are a lot of things that make nuclear power attractive in Alaska.Chief among them is the state’s high price of energy. In rural Alaska, electricity can cost six times the national average.It’s a big problem not just for the people who live here, but for developers trying to extract Alaska’s natural resources. Fjelstad works with oil and gas and mining companies, so he knows this firsthand.“Frankly, a lot of these projects that are in Alaska are power-challenged. That’s one of the biggest cost items,” Fjelstad said in an interview. “Mines require a lot of energy. So do oil and gas projects and other things.”Nuclear power, he added, “might be one of the tools in the toolbox.”It’s not just big, remote industrial projects that could benefit from nuclear power. John Hopkins, who runs a nuclear power company and was one of the speakers at the conference, said he thinks his reactors could be competitive in Alaska road system communities too.Hopkins’ company is called Nuscale. It’s based in Oregon and has 350 full-time workers; it’s trying to develop what are called small nuclear reactors, or SMRs.Each one can produce 60 megawatts of electricity, or about half as much as Anchorage’s new power plant off the Glenn Highway. Nuscale wants to fit as many as a dozen at a time into a power plant, which Hopkins referred to as a “12-pack.” The company says the reactors can safely turn off and stay cool without human intervention.“What we’re looking at is, does it make sense in a place like Fairbanks? We have a lot of defense priorities who need, essentially, 24-7 power,” Hopkins said in an interview. “And not only do you want to be able to provide the energy for the defense facilities, like let’s say Fort Greeley, but also the supporting community.”Alaska has taken a pretty hard look at nuclear power before. More than a decade ago, Toshiba, the Japanese corporation, offered to give a small nuclear reactor to the Yukon River village of Galena. It would have run unattended and had almost no moving parts.That project never happened. But energy experts say that small reactors like Toshiba’s and Nuscale’s could still be viable in Alaska. Gwen Holdmann, the director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at University of Alaska Fairbanks, helped write a report on them in 2011.“At a conceptual level, the economics do work better here in Alaska that they might in most markets,” she said. “And it is because we are shipping in a lot of fuel, especially in our more remote locations.”There are still all kinds of obstacles that would have to be negotiated to get nuclear power to Alaska.Permitting. Earthquakes. What to do with the used fuel.And before you even start worrying about those problems, there’s one thing that Holdmann says hasn’t changed from when she finished working on the report nearly a decade ago: You still can’t go out and buy a small modular reactor.“They really are not prime time. They’re not ready. They’re not available. They’re not off-the-shelf,” she said.Hopkins, who runs the nuclear power company, said his first project won’t be online until 2026.In the meantime, Holdmann said her organization is looking at hosting a workshop on small nuclear reactor technologies within the next six months, in partnership with a federal nuclear lab in Idaho.Share this story:last_img read more

Brexit News / Environment secretary Eustice accused of misleading MPs on shellfish rules

first_img By Alex Whiteman, Brexit reporter 08/04/2021 UK environment secretary George Eustice has been accused of misleading a parliamentary select committee last week, when he claimed the EU had changed regulations surrounding shellfish exports.In a letter to businesses on 10 December, seen by The Loadstar, Mr Eustice confirmed that exports of live bivalve molluscs (LBMs), including clams, oysters, cockles, mussels and scallops, would be prohibited from some UK waters post-Brexit.However, he told the the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee the EU changed the law in February this year.Mr Eustice and his department, Defra, were accused by a committee member of showing a “lack of understanding on the practices and relevant regulations” surrounding shellfish, leading to a collapse in exports of live bivalve molluscs from UK waters.Mr Eustice responded: “The EU changed its EHCs [export health certificates] in a manner that basically ends a trade it said could continue… it’s not that we don’t understand the law, but rather the EU has changed the law, and only announced this change on the 3 February.”However, it appears what Mr Eustice called  “change” was a clarification that, as now a third country, UK LBMs from Class B waters would not be permitted for depuration in the EU (a process by which shellfish are held in tanks of clean seawater to cleanse them of impurities).Mr Eustice himself made the UK industry aware of this on 10 December, in a letter noting “exports of wild harvested [LBMs] from Cat B waters for depuration in the EU will be prohibited, as there is no EHC suitable for them”.A spokesperson for Defra told The Loadstar that, rather than the department getting it wrong, the EU had in fact altered its position.“The legislation was clear that the export of live bivalve molluscs from Class B waters for purification could continue after the transition period… our correspondence with the commission confirmed this,” said the spokesperson.“Effectively it has changed the law to justify its position in blocking the trade, causing impacts for businesses on both sides.”However, legislation pre-dating Brexit says LBMs from Class B third country waters are prohibited from the EU unless they have been cooked or depurated.Mr Eustice was reminded of this by EC member for health and food safety Stella Kyriakides on 10 February.She told him in a letter: “Since the end of the transition period and, as provided for in the withdrawal agreement, the UK is no longer bound by EU law. Hence, the import of live bivalve molluscs from Great Britain into the EU is subject to the conditions applied to any other third country.“This is the reason why the above trade is no longer possible. This was rightly pointed out in your letter updating [UK businesses] on the border operating model and specifically on prohibitions and restrictions applicable following the end of the transition.“In your letter, you correctly underlined that the export of live bivalve molluscs from Class B production areas for further depuration in the EU would not be allowed.”Defra has yet to respond to requests from The Loadstar to clarify these inconsistencies. © Coatsey Coatsey |last_img read more

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over patient data sharing by Google and the University of Chicago

first_img David Ramos/Getty Images GET STARTED A federal judge in Illinois this month dismissed a high-profile lawsuit against Google and the University of Chicago that has put a spotlight on patient privacy as more companies seek to mine the reams of health data stored in hospitals’ medical records systems.The dismissal may not end the controversy over a data sharing deal between the two institutions as part of a research collaboration. Attorney Jay Edelson, founder of the privacy-focused law firm Edelson PC that filed the suit in June 2019, told STAT his firm plans to contest the court’s decision in federal appeals court. Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over patient data sharing by Google and the University of Chicago Health Tech By Rebecca Robbins Sept. 11, 2020 Reprints Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More Tags Artificial IntelligencehospitalslegalSTAT+ What’s included?last_img read more

Lee County Mosquito Control crews kill off pests in the area while educating residents

first_imgAll-electronic tolls to stay on certain Lee County bridges June 15, 2021 AdvertisementTheir education program includes students from elementary school to college level.Lee County’s Mosquito Control District is the only one in the country to partner with a local school board and employ school district teachers.“Bring those outside, real world, hands on experiences into the classroom for kids that may not have access to those experiences otherwise to help make those connections,” said Miller. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Lee County Commission could allocate over $3 million to fight homelessness June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Lee County officials to accept millions for homelessness relief June 13, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Lee Countylee county mosquito controlmosquitoes RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement LEE COUNTY, Fla.– If the Mosquito Control District did not work year round to control the mosquito population, Southwest Florida could have more mosquitoes than anywhere else on the planet.Lee County Mosquito Control crews are out in the community every day killing off the disease-carrying insects. They also have one of the largest education programs in the country.“One of our goals is to reach even our youngest citizens and start to teach them science and make sure they have that science literacy and that they understand what we do, why we do it and why it’s so important,” said Andrea Miller Lee County Mosquito Control’s Education Coordinator. Through in person and virtual learning, Lee County Mosquito Control’s education program reached more than 20,000 students this school year.“Some people think they’re bad but they’re kind of good for the environment because if we didn’t have mosquitoes the whole environment would mess up,” said Xavier Vernon, a 5th grader at St. Michael.The goal of the program is to educate students about the mosquitoes role in our environment and how they can stay protected from the disease carrying insect.“We can give them those tools to take home to help prevent or reduce the mosquito population around where they live,” explained Miller. Balloons from your outdoor celebration could be dangerous to wildlife June 16, 2021last_img read more

Bartering used to stock up during hectic autumn

first_imgNews News News It’s time for another episode of the weekly series MarketTrends, where we look at the latest developments in North Korea’s economy.Although the weather is cooling down and autumn is setting in, most NorthKoreans are busy with forced labor mobilizations. As a result, they don’t havethe free time to engage in leisurely activities like their counterparts inSouth Korea. We now turn to special correspondent Kang Mi Jin for more. Yes, that’s correct. North Koreans are busy as ever thistime of year. First of all, agricultural mobilizations take up quite a bit oftime. Additionally, residents are busy tending their personal plots to stock upfor the winter, and a large percentage of the population has been mobilized insome way or another to participate in the North Hamgyong Province floodrestoration efforts. In the midst of all this, we’ve seen another fall staple:the increasing practice of bartering to obtain products in places adjacent tothe marketplaces. This method often turns out to be cheaper than purchasinggoods with currency in the markets.Can you tell us a little more about bartering practices inNorth Korea?Once autumn arrives, people all over the country can be seenbartering for the goods they need. The goods typically traded in this fashionvary from region to region. For example, Ryanggang Province is a big potatoproducer, so residents there often trade potatoes for pears, which are producedin Hamgyong Province. In North Hamgyong’s Kilju County, residents generateprofit by trading apples and pears for potatoes from Ryanggang Province. Seems like a profitable operation. But, one thing strikesme: potatoes are on the cheaper side, whereas apples and pears tend to be a bitmore expensive. How do they address this discrepancy in the barter deals?That’s a good observation. They certainly aren’t traded on aone-to-one ratio all the time, with the ratios varying according to locationand product.Merchants can be clever by going to places where theexchange ratio is favorable. In this way, they increase their profits. Inpotato-producing regions, for example, the ratio of exchange is generally twokg of potato for one kg of apples/pears. However, in an apple producing regionlike Kilju County, the exchange is closer to one-to-one. The donju (newlyaffluent middle class) travel from place to place to get the best rates andmaximize their profits. A couple of these trips can provide enough of a profitfor ordinary folks to purchase enough grain to last through the winter.It seems like the North Korean people are really starting tohave a good understanding and appreciation for how pricing works in a marketsystem. One thing I am curious about is storage and transportation, which canbe tricky in North Korea because of the limited infrastructure.This is a top concern: what can be done to protect thequality of produce? Ordinary North Koreans have no reliable access to stablerefrigeration or electricity unless they provide it for themselves, so theyoften use underground storage to protect their produce. Potatoes are mucheasier to store than fruit. Residents focus a lot of attention on maintainingthe freshness of their fruit because they know that the value depends on it. Bydigging a two-meter deep hole, produce can usually be stored effectively.However, due to the difficulty of this preservation method, some choose toextend the shelf life by drying and storing their fruits.Bartering seems like a good way to maximize one’s assetseven in a financially tight situation. In addition, it makes it easier forresidents to purchase foods from all over the country and avoid over-dependencyon the authorities. Thanks for coming in today.  News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April By Daily NK – 2016.10.17 5:51pm SHAREcenter_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Facebook Twitter Bartering used to stock up during hectic autumn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Diane Tom joins Fiduciary Trust Canada

first_img Fiduciary Trust Co. of Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp., announced the appointment of Diane Tom as vice president of personal trust services. Based in Toronto, Tom will provide professional estate planning, executor and trustee services to high net worth clients in Canada. She joins the trust and estate planning team, led by Thomas Junkin, senior vice president of personal trust services. PenderFund names new SVP for investments TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Appointments “With more than a decade of industry experience, Diane is a highly-regarded and respected trust and estate professional,” said Junkin in a news release. “Her knowledge of estate, trust, tax and investment strategies and services for high net worth individuals and their families will contribute greatly to the strong momentum we have seen for our capabilities in Canada.” Prior to joining Fiduciary Trust Canada, Tom was a senior consultant in the professional practice group at TD Wealth, responsible for leading initiatives in the planning, administering and litigating of estates, trusts and other fiduciary structures. She holds a law degree from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.center_img Related news CETFA elects new board leader IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Cabinet Receives Report on Riverton Landfill Fire

first_imgCabinet Receives Report on Riverton Landfill Fire UncategorizedJanuary 9, 2007 Advertisements RelatedCabinet Receives Report on Riverton Landfill Fire FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has received an update from Minister of Local Government and Environment, Dean Peart, on the fire at the Riverton landfill, and has instructed the Minister, “to continue to take all the necessary actions in order to bring a total cessation to the existing situation there”.Information and Development Minister, Donald Buchanan, who made the announcement at yesterday’s (Jan. 8) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that Cabinet was satisfied with the report from Minister Peart.The fire, which started late December, is under control and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is working to clear the smoke nuisance, which is affecting residents of communities close to the dump.Giving an update on the National Beautification Programme, which was announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller last year, Minister Buchanan informed that $20 million has been allocated to the initiative from the Tourism Enhancement Fund. “There are further dialogue and project development exchanges, which are taking place .in terms of further support for the beautification programme from that fund,” he said.He told journalists that by next week, Mr. Peart, who chairs the steering committee in charge of the programme, “will be able to give a more comprehensive update as to the way forward with this particular programme”.On another matter, the Information Minister said that the number of persons being diagnosed with malaria was on the decline.“It is pleasing to be able to indicate that in the week, which ended on the 6th of January, there was only one new case of malaria being reported. This is against the background of the malaria outbreak peaking during the week, which ended on the 16th of December of last year, at a high of 43 cases. This is a clear indication that the back of the malaria outbreak has been broken and the matter is now basically fully under control,” he told journalists.He said that the government committed $189.6 million to fight the outbreak, with US$200,000 in support from the United States Agency for International Development and $8 million from the National Health Fund, in addition to assistance from the United Nations Children Fund and the United Nation Population Fund.The government of Cuba provided assistance in the form of technical expertise and “those acts of assistance and generosity is acknowledged by the government,” said Mr. Buchanan.Cabinet, on Monday, also approved the appointment of Patrick Hylton, group managing director for National Commercial Bank, as chairman for Harmonization Limited, the company with responsibility for the Harmony Cove development project.Harmony Cove is conceptualized as a 1,400-acre development for the northern coast of Jamaica, featuring estate villas, elegant homes, resort accommodations and boutique hotels.center_img RelatedCabinet Receives Report on Riverton Landfill Fire RelatedCabinet Receives Report on Riverton Landfill Firelast_img read more

$2 Million Fine Proposed for Scrap Metal Thieves

first_imgRelated$2 Million Fine Proposed for Scrap Metal Thieves Related$2 Million Fine Proposed for Scrap Metal Thieves FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, has proposed that persons found in possession of, or attempting to export stolen scrap metal, be fined $2 million, up from the current $3,000.“This Ministry will be recommending to the Cabinet that they approve and increase the fine to $2 million for anyone found in possession of stolen goods or attempting to export stolen goods,” the Minister said.He was speaking at a press conference, held at the Ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston on July 17.The Minister said that the increase in the fine would act as a deterrent to persons planning to break the law. “They will be out of business in a jiffy. Today it matters not, because the fine is so insignificant. So, it is that level of punitive measure that is going to be introduced into the mix that we hope will be a serious deterrent to anyone thinking of trying to break the law,” Mr. Samuda noted.“We feel that this is important enough to attract that fine of $2 million and removal from the list (of registered traders),” he added.Mr. Samuda informed that customs officers, as well as exporters have been trained “in the management and handling of the materials and they have been sensitized to the need for them to be constantly vigilant with respect to their purchasing habits and the persons from whom they purchase their metals.”He emphasized that this increased inspection would not cost the tax payers. “It will not be on our budget, because it has been agreed by the exporting community that they will underwrite the cost of the inspection. They will pay for the cost of these customs officers who will be inspecting the goods, because I believe they genuinely want to see their industry well regulated,” the Minister said.On another matter, Mr. Samuda explained that Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), the agency of the Ministry responsible for registering scrap metal dealers, would be embarking on a continuous monitoring mechanism. “A system will be put in place to continuously engage the community of traders on a regular basis to see that they are maintaining the standards that they have to achieve in order to be registered, and that it does not once again deteriorate into a loosely run, almost informal industry. It is something that can be beneficial if it is done properly,” the Minister informed.He said that scrap metal traders are conscientious hard-working persons who deserve the level of respect due to them, but had a stern warning for those who threaten Government employees.“Anyone found threatening an employee of this Ministry, who is engaged in an exercise in the interest of the people of this country, will not be permitted to continue in this industry as a trader. I will see to it that anyone who threatens, no matter at what level the officer operates, anywhere a threat can be corroborated, I will immediately instruct that that person be removed from the list of legitimate traders,” Mr. Samuda emphasized. $2 Million Fine Proposed for Scrap Metal Thieves UncategorizedJuly 20, 2008center_img Related$2 Million Fine Proposed for Scrap Metal Thieves Advertisementslast_img read more

Equal Pay commitment must apply to whole of community service sector

first_imgEqual Pay commitment must apply to whole of community service sector 9 March 2021Homelessness, domestic violence and a range of other services will have to cut the support they provide to people in need unless the Federal Government commits to continuing equal pay funding that it has extended for other community services.The funding ensures that staff in the community service sector, which is made up of 80% women, are fairly paid. The Federal Government has committed to continuing this funding for Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) supplementation in most services funded through the Department of Social Services. But, as yet, it has not committed to doing the same for a number of other community services. These services include homelessness services, domestic violence accommodation, alcohol and other drugs services, services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrant services, and several other service types.Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:“These services are vital at all times and especially in crisis. Without a commitment from the Federal Government to extend this funding, these services will have to reduce their staffing by hundreds of frontline workers.“We welcomed the Federal Government’s decision in the last federal budget to continue funding across much of the community service sector for Equal Remuneration Order supplementation, which ensures staff in this highly feminised workforce are fairly paid, compared with other industries.“But homelessness services, domestic violence accommodation services, alcohol and other drugs services, services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrant services, and several other services have been left out of this commitment and left to deal with the great uncertainty of whether they will need to significantly reduce their staffing levels from June 2021. This would mean hundreds less staff to support people facing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or dealing with addiction.“Following International Women’s Day on Monday, we’re calling on the Federal Government to ensure its equal pay commitment applies to the whole of the community service sector, which is made up of 80% women, and helps people in great need, including by ensuring women and children are able to leave violent perpetrators without becoming homeless,” Dr Goldie said. /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, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, alcohol and other drugs, Australia, Australian, Australian Council of Social Service, community services, domestic violence, Federal, federal budget, federal government, frontline workers, Government, homelessness, social services, womenlast_img read more