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Like most people, we have invested in solar panels, spending thousands of dollars thinking of relief through solar gain credits. In 2020, our electricity retailer gave us 21 cents per kwh for Solar FIT. In 2021, it was reduced to 17 cents. We have been advised that the maximum they will give us now is 5 cents per kwh for 2022. We keep hearing that electricity charges are going down, not knowing where or how our usage rate has been 28 cents kwh over the past 3 years and remains the same. Our bill has gone up instead of down. I don’t know where the responsibility lies, the NSW government or the retail suppliers. We need to get answers because the direction Solar FIT is going, we won’t be getting FIT in the near future. Terry Stretton, Dapto For the Year 10 Advisor: Please bring little Dominic back to school after his work experience as Prime Minister. He did not do well and brings the school into disrepute. Make sure he doesn’t leave school again for any reason and I’ll see if we can get him transferred to public school later. For Year 12 Counselor: Please call young Scotty and explain to him that although he is the captain of the school, he cannot keep writing the same answer to different questions on his exam. People are starting to notice that he may not be completely comfortable in his areas. We probably also have to consider sending her to that Hillsong school down the street where singing at parties might suit her style. Phil Hirst, Wollongong Your correspondent Peter Simpson gave a very accurate and damning summary of Australian companies’ double standard towards older workers. Companies only want young workers to fill the positions and continually turn their backs on hiring nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of fully capable, ready and willing people to go to work. Perhaps Scott Morrison would like to explain why he wants to let hordes of foreign workers into Australia on the one hand, and shows absolutely no interest in helping our unemployed on the other. Dave Cox, former Corrimal NSW Minister Andrew Constance, is portraying himself as a bushfire reshaped man, an independent man, everyone, while running as a Liberal candidate for Gilmore. Sure, he seems like a nice guy, but as Transport Minister he wasn’t cut out for that. No more than the trains, ferries or trams he bought abroad. He is fleeing a disaster that has cost NSW taxpayers billions of dollars and left them with a crippled transport system. Hasn’t the LNP already filled its quota of incompetents? Geoffrey Dyer, Bundanoon Got something to say? Write us a letter below:



Despite violent past and toxic present, Britain and Ireland cannot escape the ties that bind them | Fintan O’Toole Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:06:00 +0000

ANearly 50 years ago, in the early hours of February 2, 1972, the British Embassy in Dublin was ravaged by fire. It was no accident. Huge crowds had gathered to protest outside the beautiful Georgian terrace in Merrion Square throughout the previous day. They cheered as young men climbed onto balconies and smashed a window. They threw gasoline and lit it. A firefight of petrol bombs was triggered by the crowd. People were chanting the slogan they had learned from the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965: burn, baby, burn. The police did nothing to stop the attack.

I was 14 at the time, so I wasn’t there. But some of my older friends were, and I wish I was with them. The assault was organized by the IRA, but most ordinary, peaceful Irish people approved of it. It seemed like the right thing to do, a reasonable response to the massacre the previous weekend in Derry of 13 unarmed civilians by the 1st Battalion of the British Army Parachute Regiment. A woman waiting for a bus in Dublin told the irish time“I felt outraged that the British were doing this and I felt that whatever the good and the bad, they would know how we felt when we burned down their embassy.”

The outrage wasn’t just the atrocity in Derry itself. This is also how the British lied about it, falsely claiming that the paratroopers had come under fire and were protecting themselves from the terrorists. The official Wiggry Inquiry, who essentially repeated this lie, made it clear that the British state had no interest in acknowledging what happened, let alone punishing anyone for what Derry coroner Major Hubert O’Neill, called”outright murder”. In the face of such impermeability, burning down the embassy indeed seemed the only way to let the British establishment know how most Irish people felt.

So 50 years after the founding of the Irish Free State, relations between Britain and independent Ireland were about as bad as they could get. There had been other low points, particularly during the Second World War, when Irish neutrality seemed, to many in Britain, an outrageous betrayal. But relations after Bloody Sunday looked even worse because the massacre was one episode – albeit a particularly disastrous one – in a conflict in Northern Ireland that continued to escalate. (1972 would indeed turn out to be the bloodiest year of the Troubles.) During these months, it was almost as if the two states of these islands were sliding uncontrollably into mutual and violent hostility.

Yet, just eight days before Bloody Sunday, something completely different had happened. British Prime Minister Edward Heath and Taoiseach Jack Lynch had been together in a ceremonial room in Brussels to each sign their country’s accession treaties to the European Economic Community. There are pictures of the two men standing side by side, both beaming with bonhomie. Less than a year after the Dublin embassy fire, the two countries would be close partners in the European project. It is fair to say, moreover, that Ireland owed their place in what was then an exclusive club to their deep economic ties to Britain. On its own, Ireland was too poor to justify a place at the top of Europe. It was admitted essentially in the wake of Great Britain.

It is strange, in retrospect, to see how these two stories played out side by side – one of deep, deep-rooted animosity, the other of intense cooperation; one full of fractures and divisions, the other a common commitment to “an ever closer union” in Europe. In this case, joining the EU has enabled Ireland to wean itself off its dependence on the British economy and achieve much more substantial independence. (One of the many things Brexiters could never understand is this notion that the supposedly oppressive EU could be a pathway for smaller nations out of the dominance of larger neighbors.) But it has also become a school in which the Irish and British governments have learned to work. very closely and respectfully together.

This experience, in turn, made possible the joint choreography of the 1990s, the carefully calibrated steps that culminated in the 1998 peace accord. In 2011, when the Queen became Britain’s first monarch in a century to visit southern ireland, it really felt like this good neighborliness had become a permanent condition, that British arrogance and Irish rage were on display in a museum of historical curiosities.

This illusion of permanence has been shattered by Brexit, not only by the loss of the common ground of EU membership, but also by the refusal to consider the consequences for the island of Ireland. Many Brexiters still see these consequences not as the inevitable results of their own choices, but as some sort of Irish plot to thwart them. There’s a corner of their minds where Brexit would have been a resounding triumph if the damned Irish hadn’t messed it up with their backstops and protocols. Overt attempts by the Johnson administration to tear up agreements on the Irish dimension of Brexit have revived that old specter, Perfidious Albion.

And yet, we should remember 1972. Even at that terrible nadir, the stakes were far too high for Britain and Ireland to allow their relationship to deteriorate into toxicity. Two little things brought them together: history and geography. The two great islands of our archipelago can no more escape each other’s fate than Great Britain can float in the Atlantic far from Europe.

Maybe there are even ways to understand each other better. Some slow learners in Britain have discovered, after only a century, that Ireland is an independent country with its own national interests and relations with Europe. The Irish have discovered that they do not have the monopoly on these islands of identity crises and binary tribalisms. It is new for Ireland to feel like the most stable and secure of the states in the archipelago and new for Britain to face the turbulent aftermath of a nationalist revolution. It may take us some time to get used to these new features. But in far worse circumstances, we found ways to face new realities together.

Fintan O’Toole’s most recent book is We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958

]]> Why is Russia invading Ukraine? Simple guide as UK embarks on Putin brewing | World | News Sat, 22 Jan 2022 15:32:00 +0000

Russia has gathered troops on its border with Ukraine in what many see as an aggressive move to invade the former Soviet Union state. The Kremlin has denied any plans to invade its neighbour, but President Vladimir Putin has so far mustered around 127,000 troops on the border, raising concerns.

President Putin fears that Ukraine will become a member of NATO, further removing it from Moscow’s control.

According to the latest polls from the Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR) of the International Republican Institute in Ukraine, a strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to become a member of NATO and the EU.

When asked which international economic union they would join if Ukraine could only join one, 58% of respondents said they would choose the EU.


President Putin claims that Russians and Ukrainians are “one people” and he feels that Russia has been “robbed” as Ukraine adopts a more European mentality.

Last summer, the president wrote a treatise called “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians.”

In this 5,000-word essay, he said: “I am convinced that the true sovereignty of Ukraine is only possible in partnership with Russia.

It now seems increasingly likely that President Putin will seek to take control of Ukraine by force.

Man arrested at Hyderabad airport for smuggling 2.7kg of gold in the form of paste and chains Sat, 22 Jan 2022 07:48:53 +0000 Customs officers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad seized 2,715,800 grams of gold items worth Rs 1.36 crore from a passenger.

Gold worth Rs 1.36 crore was seized from a passenger at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, customs officials announced on Saturday January 22. The passenger had arrived on flight 6E 025 from Dubai on Friday January 21. Authorities detected and seized 2,715,800 grams of gold artifacts worth Rs 1.36 crore from him. Gold chains and gold in paste form were concealed inside carry-on and checked baggage.

It is the latest in a string of gold smuggling incidents detected at the airport this month. On January 11, customs officers seized 1.48 kg of gold worth Rs 72.80 lakh from three female passengers who arrived from Dubai. The gold was seized in three separate cases. Two of the passengers had hidden the gold in underwear while the third had hidden it in the rectum.

On January 10, officials recovered 442.6 grams of gold worth Rs 21.70 lakhs from a passenger who arrived from Dubai. The gold in paste form was hidden inside a specially sewn underwear pocket. A day earlier, they recovered gold in the form of paste from a passenger who had concealed it in the bandages attached to the calves of both legs.

They seized 970 grams of gold worth Rs 47.55 lakh from a male passenger who arrived from Sharjah.

On January 7, authorities seized 330 grams of gold wires with white rhodium coating worth Rs 16.18 lakhs from a male passenger who arrived from Dubai. The gold was hidden inside the metal frame of a wheelie bag.

Earlier in March 2021, five passengers from Dubai were caught carrying 2.5kg of gold worth around Rs 1.15 crore, concealed in mixer-grinder motors and cutting devices . The contraband gold was found in their luggage.

CPPA-G requests Rs3.12 increase in Discos tariffs for December 2021 Sat, 22 Jan 2022 00:47:33 +0000

ISLAMABAD: The Central Power Purchasing Agency- Guaranteed (CPPA-G) has requested an increase of Rs 3.12 per unit in the tariffs of the electricity distribution companies (Discos) for December 2021, under the monthly adjustment mechanism of the fuel component (FCA), as generation from coal has overtaken generation from hydel in terms of units and cost.

According to CAPP-G, the primary reason for the proposed FCA increase was higher production from expensive fuels and previous adjustments. The impact of the approved increase will be passed on to all categories of Discos consumers, with the exception of vital consumers. It will also affect KE consumers as 1100-1300MW will be purchased from the national grid.

The regulator will hold a public hearing on February 1, 2022 to seek justifications from CAPP-G, NTDC and other relevant organizations regarding the proposed increase. According to data submitted to Nepra, in December 2021 hydel production was reduced to 1,769 GWh due to the annual canal closure of 2,816.49 GWh in November 2021, constituting 20.04% from 33.21 % of total production for the whole month of November.

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The Nepra team did not mention the average cost of generating hydel despite being repeatedly asked by the Authority to include it in the FCA figures. Electricity production from coal-fired power plants was 2,104 GWh in December compared to 1,379 GWh in November, showing an increase of nearly 53% for the month as a whole.

It also shows that coal production accounted for 23.83% of total production in December 2021, compared to 16.26% in November. The price of coal production was 13.3122 rupees per unit in December 2021.

HSD production was recorded at 251 GWh (2.84%) at 14.0862 rupees per unit. RFO’s production was 353 GWh (4% of total production) at Rs 22.2446 per unit.

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Ongoing recruitment of Director General for Enlargement raises concerns Fri, 21 Jan 2022 16:04:24 +0000

BRUSSELS – The selection procedure for the new Director General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission is underway and, at the beginning of the week, Politics expressed concern about a potential candidate, Poland’s permanent representative to the European Union, Andrzej Sadoś, questioning his willingness to insist on the rule of law and democratic standards in candidate countries. EU.

The Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) is responsible for helping countries with the prospect of joining the EU to meet the necessary criteria, monitoring their progress and supporting accession negotiations as required by the Board. The DG manages the Union’s bilateral relations with candidate and potential candidate countries on their way to the EU.

The Director General manages the work of DG NEAR. This role has been vacant since Christian Danielsson left it in July 2020 after nearly seven years in the role. Former assistant general manager Maciej Popowski served as interim general manager until the appointment of the new one.

The College of the European Commission, composed of all members, decided to fill a vacancy in June 2021, the decision having been published in the Official Journal in July.

The selection procedure is currently underway. In accordance with applicable rules and guidelines and to protect the Commission’s decision-making procedures as well as personal data, no details can be provided regarding the status of the procedure or the applicants, European Commission spokespersons said. European Western Balkans.

Our portal has also been informed that at the end of the selection procedure, the appointment decision will be taken by the College on the proposal of the Commissioner for Budget and Administration, Johannes Hahn, in agreement with President Ursula von der Leyen after consultation with Portfolio Commissioner Olivier Várhelyi.

However, Politics reported this week that, according to two officials, Sadoś has applied to become Director General of DG NEAR.

According to Politics, oProponents of giving the job to Sadoś claim that seeing him with (Olivér) Várhelyi heading DG NEAR would seriously undermine efforts to promote democracy and the rule of law in the EU neighbourhood, particularly in countries wishing to be part of an enlarged Union.

“Várhelyi and Sadoś – who are close friends – both have close ties to their home governments, which are accused by European institutions of backsliding on democratic standards,” the magazine reported.

Answer the question by Politics, Sadoś underlined that Poland remains committed to the high standards of the membership criteria.

“Decisions in the enlargement process and accession negotiations are taken unanimously, and Poland, together with other member states, sets the high standards…related to the rule of law, democratization, good governance, the fight against corruption, etc.”, he declared.

It’s not the first time that Politics tackles the operation of the enlargement services of the European Commission. In October 2021, the point of sale reported that, according to more than a dozen officials from several institutions and an analysis of internal documents, Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi oversaw a campaign to downplay rule of law and human rights concerns among candidates for EU membership

UK braces for dismal post-Christmas vegetable surplus – Is the food shortage over? | United Kingdom | News Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:00:57 +0000

In the run-up to Christmas 2021, mild weather conditions meant UK cauliflowers flowered too late for farmers to harvest.

Instead, UK retailers were forced to sell imports from France and Spain during the holiday season to meet consumer demand.

As a result, many farmers on both sides of the British Isles are now beginning to grapple with the problem of oversupply and what to do with it.

The commercial director of one such company – TH Clements – in Lincolnshire, said growing conditions in 2021 were among the worst “for many years”.

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Richard Mowbray told i News: “Cauliflower is a cool weather vegetable and the season got off to a bad start in August and September as we didn’t have cold nights which is important for growth.

“The plants did not flower at the right time, that is to say at the end of October and the beginning of November.

“Instead, they started flowering in December, which means they were a month late.”

One of the UK’s ‘big four’ supermarket chains, Tesco, has agreed to sell the vegetables but at a reduced price.

The most recent Brexit change – in force since January 1 – saw the addition of new customs rules for goods arriving in Britain from the EU.

Importers must now make full customs declarations on goods entering the UK from the EU and other countries.

As a result, traders can no longer delay making full import customs declarations for up to 175 days, as was the case previously.

Although the problem has eased somewhat, traders are also struggling with the lack of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers to deliver their orders.

Logistics UK, which represents freight and haulage companies, said last autumn there were 44,000 fewer HGV drivers than at the same time in 2019.

Since then, efforts have been made to encourage members of the profession not to leave and to increase the hiring of learner drivers, but problems persist.

Additionally, the ongoing Covid pandemic has also affected UK-related fresh produce supply chains.

Many workers have had to self-isolate at times, while the emergence of Covid variants such as Omicron has only further exacerbated already overstretched producers.

Punjab leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira obtained financial benefits from drug traffickers: charge sheet ED | Latest India News Thu, 20 Jan 2022 19:00:31 +0000

New Delhi: The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate has filed an indictment against Punjab Congress Leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira for allegedly laundering money in the drug smuggling racket of Fazilka in 2017, people close to the development said.

Fazilka drug kingpin Gurdev Singh was also named as a defendant in the ED indictment, filed the first week of January under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

ED discovered that Khaira had made large cash deposits into his bank accounts and those of his family members over the years, which he could not satisfactorily explain during questioning. The indictment states that between 2014 and 2020, Khaira spent more than 6.5 crores on himself and his family members. His income during this period was less than 3 crore, but the expenses exceeded 3.5 crore, said an official, requesting anonymity.

Agency investigators who did not want to be named said they provided substantial evidence to establish that the former lawmaker was involved with drug traffickers and received financial benefits from them.

Khaira, 56, was arrested by the central anti-money laundering agency on November 11 for his links to drug traffickers and counterfeiters manufacturing fake passports. At the time of his arrest, Khaira denied any wrongdoing and said he was being targeted by Central agencies for speaking out against the Center’s three new Farm Bills (since repealed). “It’s a political vendetta. Nothing else,” Khaira told the media during his abduction by ED on November 11, 2021.

Khaira won the assembly election in 2017 from Bholath in Kapurthala district (Punjab) on an Aam Aadmi party ticket. However, in January 2019 he left the party and formed the Punjab Ekta Party (PEP), which he merged into the Congress in June 2021.

He came under ED’s scanner in January 2021 in two cases – the first involving a cross-border drug smuggling ring uncovered in Fazilka, Punjab in 2015, in which 1.8 kg of heroin, 24 gold biscuits, two weapons, 26 real cartridges and two Pakistani SIM cards were seized by the police in Jalalabad (Punjab); and the second to a traffic of false passports in Delhi.

Nine traffickers were convicted in the Fazilka drug trafficking case in October 2017, including Gurdev Singh, Manjit Singh, Harbans Singh and Subhash Chander.

According to a senior ED officer who did not want to be named, Khaira was particularly close to Gurdev Singh, Fazilka’s drug smuggling boss and often sheltered him.

The politician’s name also appeared in the case in 2017. Although he was not named in the Punjab police indictment, a court in Fazilka issued him a summons to appear on 30 November 2017. However, the Supreme Court granted him relief by quashing the charges against him. At that time, he was the opposition leader of Punjab and an MP from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The main allegation against him is that he was supporting the international smuggling gang and profiting from the proceeds of crime.

Last year, the central agency questioned AAP National Secretary Pankaj Gupta and former party leader Kumar Vishwas about the foreign funds raised by the party in 2016 in the run-up to the Punjab assembly elections. Khaira traveled to the United States in 2016 to raise funds for the AAP from Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) ahead of the Punjab State Assembly elections.

US, UK start formal talks on Trump steel and aluminum tariffs Thu, 20 Jan 2022 02:17:44 +0000

The United States and the United Kingdom announced an agreement on Wednesday to begin talks on lifting the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger Welcomes Baby Boy Tennessee Legislator Introduces Self-Defense Bill In ‘Honor’ Of Kyle Rittenhouse Five Things To Know About New York AG’s Lawsuit Against Trump MORE in 2018.

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“Both parties are committed to working towards a rapid outcome that ensures the viability of the steel and aluminum industries in both markets in the face of the ongoing common challenge of global excess capacity,” the statement said.

In 2018, Trump slapped the European Union, Mexico and Canada with tariffs on steel and aluminum. The EU responded in kind with tariffs on American products like Kentucky bourbon and jeans.

The Biden administration announced it was easing some steel and aluminum tariffs for the EU last fall, leading the bloc to delay a tariff hike on U.S. products scheduled for December.

Rob Maron of the Distilled Spirits Council in the United States told the BBC he hoped for an “immediate removal” of whiskey tariffs.

Maron said it would help “support jobs in the United States as the economy seeks to recover from the severe economic impacts and significant supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The United States and the United Kingdom also explained that they had agreed to work together to manage “the world’s excess steel and aluminum capacity”, which they say is “largely led by China. “.

“The United States and the United Kingdom are close and long-standing partners, sharing the same national security interests as democratic market economies,” the statement said. “They can come together to promote high standards, address common concerns, and hold countries that practice harmful market-distorting policies to account.”

Prisoners suspected of drug trafficking inside a baby who ended up dead Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:33:00 +0000
The body of a little boy was found in a Mexican prison with an incision in the abdomen.

The body of a little boy was found in a Mexican prison with an incision in the abdomen. Here, a Mexican inmate in his cell. PJULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP via Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY — A dead child found in a trash can inside a notorious Mexican prison has fueled allegations that the child’s body may have been used to smuggle drugs into the facility.

The body of a little boy was discovered with an incision in the abdomen inside the prison of San Miguel in the state of Puebla, according to the state government. The suspicious circumstances of the child’s death have led to speculation that the child was used as a human drug mule, although the state government said it was still investigating the incident.

The baby, whose identity and family remain unknown, was discovered a little over a week ago by an inmate who was looking for plastic bottles in the trash can of the prison in the eponymous capital of Puebla. Initial reports said the baby was three months old when he died, but the state government recently claimed he was just six days old.

The news went unreported for several days until Reinserta vzw noticed the detail in a short clip in the local press and began to investigate. Reinserta works with the country’s prison population and focuses primarily on children who are raised behind bars with their incarcerated parents. The organization also runs programs that help young offenders reintegrate in society after his release.

reinsert issued a statement saying they “strongly condemn” the state government for this “heinous act”.

“Authorities are completely overwhelmed and complicit in the corrupt acts occurring inside the prison,” the statement said.

The group alleged that the San Miguel prison had been overrun by the inmates who now produced drugs within its walls, regularly brought in sex workers to service them, and even ran dogfighting game rings inside. interior. They then alleged that the dogs killed in those fights were thrown in the trash, as was the dead baby.

Saskia Niño de Rivera, co-founder of Reinserta, appeared on Mexican news network Milenio and called the government response to the death of the “absurd” baby.

She suggested that the incision on the baby’s abdomen indicates that the child “could have been used to bring drugs inside the prison.

She also expressed outrage that the government doesn’t seem to know how the baby got into the prison.

“How come the authorities didn’t realize that a minor came in – alive or dead – and never came out of the prison,” she said.

Governor of Puebla Miguel Barbosa finally addressed the scandal Only Monday after the child’s death made headlines across Mexico. He said the state attorney general’s office was investigating the incident.

Barbosa said: “This is a very serious matter. Lots of dirt will show up in [this investigation] and we will make it public once everything has been reviewed.