Local benefits set to be boosted

Local benefits set to be boosted

THERE is strong support to strengthen the powers of an independent government body charged with maximising local involvement in public projects. The State Government claims the proportion of contracts awarded to local companies has increased from 65 per cent to almost 80 per cent since former PIRSA boss Ian Nightingale was appointed as SA’s inaugural Industry Participation Advocate in February 2013. It now plans to introduce an Industry Advocate Bill in Parliament midyear following a consultation phase that closed on March 31. If passed, it will strengthen powers to hold…

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Prince estate seeks to stop release of new music

Prince estate seeks to stop release of new music

Posted April 20, 2017 05:41:37 Plans to release new music by Prince on Friday’s one-year anniversary of the singer’s death have been hit with a lawsuit claiming the works were stolen by his former sound engineer. Key points: A six-song EP was due to go on sale this week The songs are believed to have been recorded between 2006 and 2008 Prince died of an accidental overdose in April last year The six-song EP Deliverance, was due to go on sale on Friday and would mark the first in a…

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Serious unintentional injury involving a railway train or tram, Australia, 2009–10 to 2013–14

Serious unintentional injury involving a railway train or tram, Australia, 2009–10 to 2013–14

This report presents information on hospitalisations in Australia due to unintentional serious injury involving a train or tram for the 5-year period from 2009–10 to 2013–14. Over this 5-year period, there were 812 cases of serious injury involving a train (178 due to a level crossing collision), an average of 162 per year. Over the same period, there were 397 cases of serious injury involving a tram. ISSN 2205-510X (PDF) 1444-3791 (Print) ; ISBN 978-1-76054-100-2; Cat. no. INJCAT 177; 41pp.; $10 Download publication Table of contents Serious unintentional injury involving…

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UK Prime Minister drops election stunner

UK Prime Minister drops election stunner

In an unexpected statement at Downing Street, May said she was seeking a vote on June 8, less than halfway through the government’s five-year term. Opposition parties said they would not block the move, sending Westminster into full-throttle election mode. The European Union brushed off May’s announcement, saying it would not affect the negotiations on Britain’s departure. But May’s decision means that Europe’s three most powerful nations — France, Germany and Britain — will be convulsed by internal election campaigns as the clock ticks on the two-year deadline to complete…

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Turkey's top electoral board rejects referendum challenges

Turkey's top electoral board rejects referendum challenges

But the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), along with individuals and civil society groups, challenged the result — amid concerns over unstamped ballots in particular — and called for it to be annulled. After considering their complaints Wednesday, the electoral body ruled by 10 to one to deny the objections put forward by the CHP and hundreds of individuals, Anadolu said. The reform plan, put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), will give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping and largely unchecked powers. Turkish Prime Minister…

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