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Australia's Westpac to pay record fine for money-laundering

"I would like to apologise sincerely for the bank's failings," Peter King, Westpac's chief executive, said in announcing the fine, the largest civil penalty in Australian history. The fine, agreed between Westpac and AUSTRAC, Australia's financial intelligence watchdog, must be approved by a federal court.
 

'A very big mistake': Former NBN boss says network rollout to homes should always have been the priority

The former head of NBN Co has criticised the recently announced plan to give 6 million houses access to ultra-fast internet, saying it would have cost less for both the Government and customers if it had been done in the first place. Key points: Founding CEO Mike Quigley says the decision to use....

Grassley urges more aggressive lending of pandemic relief funds

Sen. Chuck Grassley is urging the U.S. Treasury to be more aggressive in pushing coronavirus relief funds into the economy to offset the impact of pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said this week that the $454 billion federal lending programs enacted in March to protect the economy were working as intended.

PA schools allowing more sports fans after court ruling

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some Pennsylvania school districts are letting more fans in the stands after a federal judge’s ruling that tossed statewide pandemic limits on crowd size, although legislative Republicans on Wednesday lost an effort to enshrine local control of school sports into law.

Trudeau: Country on brink of fall that could be "much worse than the spring"

In a rare primetime address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians that the country is on the brink of a fall "that could be much worse than the spring." "The second wave isn't just starting, it's already underway," said Trudeau, noting that when Canada first entered a lockdown mid-March, it did so after 47 cases had been identified.

O’Donnell delivers withering assessment of Government’s coronavirus response

Boris Johnson’s Government has over-promised and under-delivered as it proved incapable of combating Covid-19, a former head of the civil service is set to say. In a withering assessment of the Government’s actions, Lord O’Donnell who served as cabinet secretary to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David....

How to use the coronavirus contact tracing app

Users can download the NHS Covid-19 app from Apple’s App Store on iOS or Google’s Play Store for Android devices. Search ‘NHS Covid-19’. 2. Set-up. Users will be met with details about what the app does and a privacy notice first. The app will then ask for permission to use Bluetooth to carry out....

Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Lidl, Sainbury's, Co-op and Morrisons reveal if purchase limits will return

Asda. The supermarket chain said they currently have good availability in their stores and online slots. On Wednesday (September 23), Asda also announced a number of additional safety measures across its stores to provide an enhanced level of protection for customers and staff.

NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app launches across England and Wales: How it works

A coronavirus contact tracing app has launched across England and Wales following months of delay and questions about its effectiveness. The latest version of the app has been in testing among residents on the Isle of Wight and in the London borough of Newham since mid-August, after the first was marred by technical issues and eventually scrapped.

Boost funding for invasive species battle to save economy £2.7bn – nature groups

Spending just 6 million a year tackling invasive plants and animals in the UK would save 2.7 billion for the economy over 20 years, conservationists said. Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition of environmental groups, is urging the Government to increase its spend on tackling invasive species....

Making HGVs obtain permits to enter Kent ‘pointless and counterproductive’

Requiring hauliers to obtain special permits to enter Kent from neighbouring counties will be “pointless”, an industry body has claimed. Road Haulage Association (RHA) policy director Duncan Buchanan said the measure aimed at avoiding post-Brexit gridlock is simply a “tick box exercise”.

Students send messages to the outside world Daily Mail

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo. Five hundred students who were forced to isolate after a suspected coronavirus outbreak in the halls, send messages to the outside world through their windows. The students of Abertay University in Dundee living in the Parker House were asked to isolate as....

Rainstorm: Kwara distributes palliatives as AbdulRazaq visits victims

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq. Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday toured the Ilorin metropolis where last weekend’s rainstorm blew off the rooftops of hundreds of residential and commercial buildings and rendered thousands homeless. The tour coincided with delivery of food....

'Universal basic income could be our generation's NHS - a new model for welfare'

We are living in unprecedented times. The problems we face now are ones which demand very different, and potentially more far reaching, solutions than anything the country has experienced since the end of the second world war. But that moment is the one from which, I believe, we should be taking our inspiration.

Royal Navy of Oman's ship carrying aid sets sail to Sudan

Muscat: A military transport ship carrying necessities and aid has set sail to the Republic of Sudan from Oman. Oman has continued its effort to relief the sisterly Republic of Sudan which was recently hit by floods as a result of the heavy rains. Ministry of Defence said in a statement, "On....

CGS launches phase 2 of KDD

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) officially launched phase two of the Karoo Deep Drilling and Geo-environmental Baseline Programme (KDD) in Beaufort West, Western Cape. The KDD is a geoscientific research programme in the Karoo Basin by the CGS to conduct investigations aimed at developing a geo-environmental baseline model.

CBN cuts interest rate to 11.5 per cent

From Nduka Chiejina, Abuja. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reduced interest rate from 12.5 per cent to 11.5 per cent. The measure, according to the apex bank, was taken after its Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. It explained that the cut was taken to “provide cheaper credit” to Nigerians and businesses.

Sergey Minasyan, Ambassador of Armenia to Bucharest: Despite pandemic-related communication problems, Armenia and Romania have been sustaining active political dialogue during this year

On September 21, the Armenian nation celebrates Independence Day, and with it, the centuries-long aspirations of Armenians to create independent statehood, to ensure the cultural and economic development of Armenia and the prosperous life of future generations.

Iowa’s campus leaders chart different paths in difficult times

Just days after Iowa reported its first COVID-19 cases March 8, the state Board of Regents told its public universities to “move as quickly as possible toward the ability to deliver instruction virtually.” Shifting to online-only courses was a first for Iowa’s regent institutions, and University of....

Government unveils €375m plan to reopen schools in August

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has unveiled a €376 million plan to reopen schools fully by August. Speaking following a Cabinet meeting on Monday evening, Mr Martin said the reopening of schools was an "unprecedented logistical and policy challenge". He said there was "no substitute" for children....

London households cut spending the most during lockdown

Analysis shows government support helped offset declines in less wealthy parts of UK. Businesses in London and the south east of England have borne the brunt of drops in expenditure during the pandemic....

New look SA ministry set to be named

South Australian premier Steven Marshall is set to unveil his new reshuffled ministry, the mid-term changes prompted by three resignations. Mr Marshall is expected to announce the new faces in the his cabinet on Tuesday as the government seeks to put a scandal over parliamentary allowances behind it.

Hope virus has reached its peak in Vic

Victoria's second coronavirus wave could be close to its peak, but it may take months before case numbers return to single digits. Modelling by health authorities suggests Monday's record 532 new cases could mark the peak of the crisis. But VicHealth chief executive Dr Sandro Demaio said cases are....

Grave concern over virus hitting aged care

Aged care has emerged as Victoria's coronavirus flashpoint with fears the outbreak will kill more residents in coming days. Five of Australia's six deaths on Monday were linked to Melbourne nursing homes as the national toll rose to 161. Federal and state health authorities are deeply concerned....

Germany mandates tests for some travellers

Travellers returning to Germany from areas that are currently high risk for the coronavirus are to be compulsorily tested in future, Health Minister Jens Spahn says. Spahn said he would make use of his powers to "impose an obligation to test" for those arriving from high-risk areas amid reports of a....

Universities offer case for virus supports

Universities will present their case to senators for extra support in the face of plummeting revenue and expected higher demand during the coronavirus pandemic. A range of tertiary education bodies will face the COVID-19 Senate committee on Tuesday. The sector forecasts it will lose $16 billion over....

China collecting DNA samples of millions, experts suspect devloping tool for genetic surveillance

NEW YORK: Chinese authorities have been collecting DNA samples from across the country to develop a massive genetic database, in a bid to create a new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Emile Dirks, a PhD student in Political Science at....

Travel spending has vanished across Europe Quartz

Around April in a normal year, tourists begin flocking to Europe before reaching peak numbers in the early summer months, bringing with them an appetite to spend that’s critical to the region’s business ecosystem. But 2020 has not been a normal year. Because of health concerns over Covid-19 and....

Stop partying, young Spaniards warned as virus cases surge

Spain was removed from the UK’s safe travel list after a spike in cases. (Picture: AP) Young Catalans have been warned to stop partying or face another lockdown, following a surge in coronavirus cases. The Spanish region is attempting to halt a second wave of the deadly virus just one month after restrictions were eased.

Lawyer Debunks Rumour That Student Detained Over Goodluck Jonathan's Parody Twitter Account Had Been Released

Human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, has debunked a rumour making the rounds that Babatunde Olusola, an orphan and final year student of Chemical Engineering at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, who was arrested for creating a parody Twitter account of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had been released.

EXPOSED: Niger Republic Citizen Nominated As Non-career Ambassador By President Buhari After Claiming To Be From Jigawa State

Mr Ali Mohammed Magashi, one of the recently appointed non-career ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been discovered to be originally from Niger Republic and not Jigawa State as claimed, SaharaReporters has gathered. Magashi's immediate younger brother from same parents, Ahamadou Harouna....
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