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  1. Obama announces sweeping gun control 

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    March 22, 2019 by admin

    US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announce the measures. Picture: REUTERSWASHINGTON: The US President, Barack Obama, has announcedsweeping gun control measures, calling on Congress to act fast to reintroduce a ban on assault rifles and to introduce a ban on high capacity magazines, as well as expand mandatory background checks to all gun sales.
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    Should the measures be passed they would be the most significant new laws on gun control created in the US since 1994.

    Making his announcement before four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre, he then sat before the assembled audience and signed23 executive actions– orders he can issue without Congressional action – he believes will help cut gun violence.

    They include instructing the Centres for Disease Control to study gun violence (doctors had been banned from gathering data or discussing guns with patients under regulations backed by the National Rifle Association), increasing funding for security in schools, nominating a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, increasing access to mental health treatment and instructing government agencies to share information for the background checks.

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    He acknowledged the political fight to have the measures passed would be long and difficult, but declared, “This is are first task as a society – keeping our children safe. It is how we will be judged.”

    He said the measures he was announcing were not only intended to help prevent future mass shootings, but also the daily toll of gun violence in America. He noted that since 20 children and six adults were shot in Sandy Hook a further 900 people had died “at the end of a gun” in America.

    In the audience watching the announcement were Chris and Lynn McDonnell, the parents of seven-year-old Grace who was killed in Sandy Hook. He said for them time since the killings had been measured in seconds and minutes rather than in days.

    Also in the audience was Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre. He earlier told the Vice President, Joe Biden, that he was in the audience not because of what happened to him, but because “what happened to me keeps happening to other people and we have to do something about it.”

    “Colin, I promise you we will,” said Mr Biden, who had put the package of reforms together on behalf of Mr Obama.

    Minutes after the President spoke the Texas representative Steve Toth appeared on CNN to say God conferred rights upon the people, not the Congress, and he would introduce legislation that would make it illegal to for federal agents to enforce the laws in Texas. A similar bill has already been introduced in Wyoming while other states and counties are considering following suit.

    Constitutional lawyers could argue federal law overrides state law, should the laws be challenged.

    The Floridian Republican senator, Marco Rubio, considered a potential future presidential candidate, quickly came out opposing the proposed ban on military-style rifles.

    “I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” he told the Laura Ingram radio show.

    “I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”

    He also condemned the President for choosing to share the stage with children as he made his announcement.

    “I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.”

    There was also much discussion today of anew advertisement released by the National Rifle Associationwhich calls the President an elitist hypocrite because his children are protected by armed guards, but he does not support the NRA’s proposal to install armed guards in all American schools – rather he wants to make them “gun-free zones”.

    Though recent polls have shown a majority of Americans support some increased gun controls – especially with regards to background checks – there is no certainty any of the measures he has proposed will become law.

    As he finished speaking the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the House would consider any bills when and if they were first passed by the Senate. And even though Democrats control the Senate, many of them are backed by the NRA and are sympathetic to its cause.

    Over the weekend even the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called for caution in acting on guns.

    In 1994, then-president Bill Clinton championed another ban on assault rifles that expired 10 years later.

    That ban is thought to have cost the party its control of the House and is one of the reasons the party has since been so fearful of gun control. Recent analysis shows the coalition of voters that supported the President in the recent election broadly support gun control.

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  2. ‘It is how we will be judged’: Obama announces widest gun control measures in 18 years

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    March 22, 2019 by admin

    Sweeping measures: US President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, announces his proposals to reduce gun violence. President Obama high-fives eight-year-old Hinna Zejah, one of four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre.
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    Chris, left, and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School student victim Grace McDonnell, attended President Obama’s announcement at the White House.

    Read the list of 23 executive actions

    WASHINGTON: The US President, Barack Obama, has announced sweeping gun control measures, calling on Congress to act fast to reintroduce a ban on assault rifles and to introduce a ban on high capacity magazines, as well as expand mandatory background checks to all gun sales.

    Should the measures be passed they would be the most significant new laws on gun control created in the US since 1994.

    Making his announcement before four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre, he then sat before the assembled audience and signed 23 executive actions – orders he can issue without Congressional action – he believes will help cut gun violence.

    They include instructing the Centres for Disease Control to study gun violence (doctors had been banned from gathering data or discussing guns with patients under regulations backed by the National Rifle Association), increasing funding for security in schools, nominating a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, increasing access to mental health treatment and instructing government agencies to share information for the background checks.

    He acknowledged the political fight to have the measures passed would be long and difficult, but declared, “This is are first task as a society – keeping our children safe. It is how we will be judged.”

    He said the measures he was announcing were not only intended to help prevent future mass shootings, but also the daily toll of gun violence in America. He noted that since 20 children and six adults were shot in Sandy Hook a further 900 people had died “at the end of a gun” in America.

    In the audience watching the announcement were Chris and Lynn McDonnell, the parents of seven-year-old Grace who was killed in Sandy Hook. He said for them time since the killings had been measured in seconds and minutes rather than in days.

    Also in the audience was Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre. He earlier told the Vice President, Joe Biden, that he was in the audience not because of what happened to him, but because “what happened to me keeps happening to other people and we have to do something about it.”

    “Colin, I promise you we will,” said Mr Biden, who had put the package of reforms together on behalf of Mr Obama.

    Minutes after the President spoke the Texas representative Steve Toth appeared on CNN to say God conferred rights upon the people, not the Congress, and he would introduce legislation that would make it illegal to for federal agents to enforce the laws in Texas. A similar bill has already been introduced in Wyoming while other states and counties are considering following suit.

    Constitutional lawyers could argue federal law overrides state law, should the laws be challenged.

    The Floridian Republican senator, Marco Rubio, considered a potential future presidential candidate, quickly came out opposing the proposed ban on military-style rifles.

    “I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” he told the Laura Ingram radio show.

    “I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”

    He also condemned the President for choosing to share the stage with children as he made his announcement.

    “I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.”

    There was also much discussion today of a new advertisement released by the National Rifle Association which calls the President an elitist hypocrite because his children are protected by armed guards, but he does not support the NRA’s proposal to install armed guards in all American schools – rather he wants to make them “gun-free zones”.

    Though recent polls have shown a majority of Americans support some increased gun controls – especially with regards to background checks – there is no certainty any of the measures he has proposed will become law.

    As he finished speaking the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the House would consider any bills when and if they were first passed by the Senate. And even though Democrats control the Senate, many of them are backed by the NRA and are sympathetic to its cause.

    Over the weekend even the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called for caution in acting on guns.

    In 1994, then-president Bill Clinton championed another ban on assault rifles that expired 10 years later.

    That ban is thought to have cost the party its control of the House and is one of the reasons the party has since been so fearful of gun control. Recent analysis shows the coalition of voters that supported the President in the recent election broadly support gun control.

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  3. Cycling etiquette and walking zones: council reveals active transport strategy

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    March 22, 2019 by admin

    Brisbane City Council wants to make the CityCycle scheme more attractive to potential users.A campaign to promote better cycling etiquette, a trial of bicycle pump and maintenance facilities along major bike routes, and “finding ways to make CityCycle more attractive” are key themes of a new active transport strategy for Brisbane.
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    Thefive-point plan outlined by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Wednesday comes on top of the $120 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program announced late last year.

    In unveiling the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012 – 2026, Cr Quirk said he hoped the next decade would see one walking or cycling trip made in Brisbane for every five powered journeys.

    It’s a big ask considering the latest census data shows only 1.2 per cent of all trips to work are made on bicycles and 3.7 per cent are on foot.

    “This strategy is about making walking and cycling an easy choice for Brisbane people,” Cr Quirk said.

    “After all, active travel has health, congestion reduction, environmental and money-saving benefits for the individual and the city, so there are plenty of reasons to get active.”

    Each priority outlined in the strategy comprises a range of actions which were determined through a community consultation process last year.

    Top priorities include making information available in various languages, improving safety by launching a shared pathway “rules and etiquette” campaign, extending the Active School Travel program to high schools and continuing to support events such as Bicycle Queensland’s Bike Week.

    Secondary priorities include Brisbane City Council looking for suburbs to become “model active communities”, reducing short car trips by creating “walking and cycling zones” around public transport stations, and making sure the city’s transport modes comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 by 2022.

    Creating a network of pathways along roads and rail lines are two of the six actions categorised as Priority Three, along with the completion of the Brisbane Bicycle Infrastructure Plan which will outline Brisbane’s primary cycle infrastructure requirements.

    The council will also install better signage, trial mid-commute facilities such as bicycle pump and maintenance stands, and find ways to make CityCycle “more attractive to community, business and visitors.”

    Meanwhile, Priority Four contains seven actions focusing primarily on safety, with council looking to separate pedestrians from cyclists on the city’s busiest shared paths and improving flows at notorious “black-spot intersections”.

    Priority Five is all about information, with plans to make trip information accessible on smartphones and roll out more electric counters to capture user data.

    Cr Quirk said multiple projects outlined in the strategy were already underway.

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  4. CSG project triggers community hostility

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    March 22, 2019 by admin

    The NSW Planning Assessment Commission will hold a public meeting in Helensburgh next month to hear community feedback on an application to extend drilling approval for 16 coal seam gas exploration wells on water catchment land in the area.
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    Apex Energy received planning permission to drill the holes around Darkes Forest and Maddens Plains in September 2009. However, the consent carried a three-year time-limit.

    Apex lodged a request with NSW Planning for a three-year extension of the expiry date in August last year, a month before the original approval period ended.

    The application triggered 237 public submissions, the majority of which objected to the proposal. Many residents expressed concerns that gas mining in sensitive water catchment areas could affect the region’s drinking water.

    NSW Planning has recommended the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approve the extension despite the community objections.

    A notice posted on the commission’s website this week confirmed a public meeting would be held in Helensburgh on Wednesday, February 13, ‘‘due to the level of public interest’’ in the application.

    Wollongong councillor Greg Petty told the Mercury he planned to lodge a notice of motion at the first council meeting of the year to have council staff address the two-man assessment panel on behalf of ratepayers.

    He said the council had previously voted to oppose any CSG exploration or mining in water catchment areas.

    ‘‘Making a public statement to this meeting will reinforce the council’s previous stand against mining in water catchment areas,’’ he said.

    ‘‘The community has been vocal and proactive in showing its opposition to CSG mining, through the Sea Cliff Bridge walk and the human sign on Austinmer Beach.

    ‘‘[The] council needs to show it supports the community’s stance, and will stand up and speak out on behalf of ratepayers.’’

    Cr Petty said he hoped neighbouring councils would also have speakers.

    The meeting is at Helensburgh Workers Club at 2pm. To register to speak, visit www.pac.nsw.gov.au.

    Thousands took part in a protest against CSG mining on Sea Cliff Bridge in 2011. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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  5. Novices hit right note in festival workshop

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    March 22, 2019 by admin

    In the wrong hands the Irish tin whistle can be a weapon of mass disruption.
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    But these aspiring players have started on the right foot, learning the basics yesterday from skilled player Johnnie Spillane at the Illawarra Folk Festival Summer School.

    Under Spillane’s guidance, the workshop class of 13 novices was soon hitting all the right notes – and in unison.

    Ken Bates of St Georges Basin is already a master of the harmonica and the ukulele, but yesterday took a walk on the Celtic side.

    Mr Bates said the tin whistle had proved a challenge as it involved a completely different skill set to his usual instruments of choice.

    ‘‘I find it a very difficult instrument to play. I’ve tried many times to learn to play it,’’ he said.

    ‘‘You don’t have to blow as hard with the tin whistle as with the harmonica.’’

    Isabella Thomas, 13, of Wollongong, was passing by the Northern Illawarra Uniting Church at Bulli when a sign for the festival workshops caught her eye.

    She admired Celtic music and gravitated towards modern musicians with a folk style.

    The Illawarra Folk Festival officially kicks off today, starting with a Mediterranean Lunch Concert.

    A nine-act charity concert starts at 3.30pm.

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    FOLK FEST HIGHLIGHTS

    Today

    Australian folk music legend Mike McClellan.

    Tomorrow

    ■ The Woohoo Revue, influenced by the likes of Balkan folk music, gypsy, jazz and swing.

    ■ Acclaimed Australian blues guitarist Fiona Boyes.

    Saturday

    ■ ARIA-winning bluesman Jeff Lang.

    ■ Shameless Seamus and the Tullamore Dews, headed by Midnight Oil guitarist and songwriter Jim Moginie, with friends.

    Sunday

    ■ Award-winning indigenous singer Christine Anu performing in the build-up to the festival finale at 5.45pm.

    ■ Celebrated English one-man band Rory McLeod.

    Isabella Thomas, 13, of Wollongong, and Ken Bates, of St Georges Basin, learn the art of tin whistling. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

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