We can’t let Covid-19 ruin the great work we’ve done to reduce plastics use

first_img Share The nation’s health is priority number one, but we must continue the great work we’ve done to reduce plastics use Tags: Climate change Coronavirus Net zero Plastic Waitrose Show Comments ▼ At the start of 2020, we saw this behavioural shift in full flow in our stores — with record numbers entering with their reusable bags and cups. And with the launch of our Waitrose Unpacked trial in July last year and our broad reduction of single-use plastics, the future looked truly bright.  This is a significant drop, but it’s only when comparing to figures from 2014 that our progress is really shown, with shoppers back then taking an average of 140 bags per year.  This is a monumental stepchange revealing that significant progress has been made since the introduction of the 5p charge in 2015. And although many may still feel aggrieved they have to pay for the privilege of accessing a service that used to be complementary, it clearly has proven a successful motivator in changing people’s behaviour, if not everyone’s mindset. But then Covid-19 took hold of the world.  Read more: Waitrose hires ex-Sainsbury’s director as new boss It not only consumed millions of us, it understandably shifted our priorities to the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. And in that shift in priorities, almost overnight, plastic went from social pariah to guardian — protective equipment such as masks, gloves and bottles of sanitiser are now a necessary barrier to shield ourselves and others from the potential spread of coronavirus. Main image credit: Getty This is why we have taken the decision to reintroduce our recycling collection service of carrier bags for all Waitrose.com deliveries, with customers able to return old carrier bags to their delivery driver from 17 August — something we strongly believe is the right thing to do. Recent government figures revealed that since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge, new carrier bag sales have fallen by 59 per cent in the past year in England’s major supermarkets. This translates to shoppers buying, on average, just four new bags per year compared to 10 the previous year. Read more: Are we heading back towards single-use plastic because of coronavirus? These are unprecedented times, and there has been an understandable increase in the use of single-use plastics throughout Covid-19. However, we must all be accountable for our own actions and ensure that we do not regress so far as to compromise the great steps we have taken in the last few years. Opinion Although this is a necessary use, sadly, it’s not taken long to see examples of protective gear discarded in our natural environment, with cases reported of masks and plastic gloves being left in our parks and on our beaches.center_img The safety of our customers and partners will always be our first priority. This means that we will without hesitation take any safety measures we need to in order to protect them.  The health of our society will always be paramount. This is why we took measures prior to the peak of the pandemic to protect our partners and customers — from postponing our bagless delivery trial, to introducing social distancing measures and a fixed time for elderly and vulnerable shoppers to enter our stores early on in the pandemic. Read more: A CEO’s guide to reaching net zero carbon emissions These are significant achievements, but they represent just the start. George Leicester-ThackaraGeorge Leicester-Thackara is head of corporate social responsibility at Waitrose. We stand firm by our pledge that by 2023, all our own-brand packaging is reusable, widely recyclable or home compostable, and the recommencement of our recycling collection service is a signal of that intent. Both as a business and as a nation, we’ve made historic progress to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics, and we must do all we can to ensure we keep on the right path. Indeed, in recent research, despite some members of the public claiming their view on plastics had changed as a result of Covid-19, over half said they wanted supermarkets to continue to prioritise the reduction of unnecessary plastics use. We simply don’t know how long this pandemic will last, and while our customers continue to be concerned about their wellbeing, because of this fact, they have also told us that they want us to continue, where possible, to reduce our use of unnecessary plastics.  whatsapp Friday 28 August 2020 7:30 pm But long term, our ambition remains the same. We have already made significant milestones. We have halved our packaging by almost 50 per cent; we have substantially reduced plastic packaging made from hard-to-recycle black materials; we introduced the world’s first compostable ready-meal tray, and we’ve invested heavily in helping organisations like the Marine Conservation Society clean up litter from discarded bottles and cans on our beaches.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapplast_img read more

To split or not to split? One Wall Street wag thinks Pfizer may remain intact

first_img Please enter a valid email address. After failed Allergan merger, Pfizer once again considers splitting up the company Of course, he pointed out this probably isn’t a new realization. In fact, he suggested this may explain why Pfizer turned its back on the idea and, instead, pursued two failed deals — with AstraZeneca and then Allergan — in order to lower its corporate tax rate. “This again begs the question, why bother to split?” he wrote.After all, Pfizer can point to the success of the new Ibrance breast cancer treatment, which generated $723 million in sales last year, its first year on the market, and the Prevnar vaccine franchise, which notched $6.25 billion in revenue in 2015. There are also added sales from the Hospira acquisition, which once prompted further speculation about a split.Interestingly, Anderson canvassed big investors, and 51 percent expect Pfizer to pursue a split. Meanwhile, 49 percent believe the drug maker would rely on more mergers and acquisitions and business development deals for growth if a split is rejected. Read acknowledged as much during a recent investor conference, he noted.Ironically, this may bring Pfizer full circle, because this is, essentially, “an extension of the strategy the company pursued over the last 15-plus years,” Anderson wrote. And “this is potentially troubling, because it was this same strategy that caused Pifzer to consider splitting up in the first place.”Just the same, Anderson suggested Pfizer executives may reject a split, since the stock is inexpensive relative to similar drug makers and offers total annual shareholder return of about 9 percent, when considering the dividend and earnings per share growth. And with healthy cash flows, he added, Pfizer can “continue to buy up its growth rate through acquisitions, something that investors in Pfizer generally seem okay with.”We asked Pfizer for comment and will pass along any reply. Leave this field empty if you’re human: [email protected] Related: By Ed Silverman July 18, 2016 Reprints Ed Silverman After its deal to acquire Allergan fell apart three months ago, Pfizer executives indicated they may split the company into different parts. The idea, which Pfizer first floated five years ago, would presumably unlock, or bolster, shareholder value by creating two different entities to produce older drugs and another that would focus on newer medicines.A decision is expected later this year, but one Wall Street analyst is questioning whether the big drug maker will follow through.In a note to investors, Sanford Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson suggested there are several reasons for the uncertainty. For one, Anderson wrote that Pfizer Chief Executive Ian Read last month alluded to the possibility that splitting up the company could disrupt cash flow and weaken the strength of its balance sheet.advertisement Why else may Pfizer reject a split? Using what he called a sum-of-the-parts analysis, Anderson suggested a split may not unlock “substantial additional” value for shareholders, after all. He forecasts a value of about $36 a share, which is roughly in line with the current stock price. And unlike in 2011, when growth prospects seemed fuzzy, Pfizer seems to be better positioned.advertisement Privacy Policy @Pharmalot Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. PharmalotTo split or not to split? One Wall Street wag thinks Pfizer may remain intact Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints Spencer Platt/Getty Images Tags AllerganAstraZenecaPfizerlast_img read more

The latest deal for a priority review voucher suggests prices are finally falling

first_img By Ed Silverman Feb. 21, 2017 Reprints Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints In a noteworthy deal, Gilead Sciences agreed to pay $125 million to Sarepta Therapeutics for a priority review voucher. But one Wall Street analyst expressed disappointment over the price tag and suggested the deal raises questions about how much these controversial vouchers can fetch going forward.Priority review vouchers, you may recall, were created several years ago by the Food and Drug Administration to encourage development of pediatric and tropical disease medicines. These vouchers are valuable to drug makers, because companies can later redeem them when seeking approval from the FDA for another medicine to treat any illness. And the agency is obligated to review the other drug in six months instead of the standard 10 months. 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. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED AP What is it? @Pharmalot GET STARTEDcenter_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More The latest deal for a priority review voucher suggests prices are finally falling [email protected] Pharmalot 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. What’s included? Tags FDApharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Portlaoise College become the first school in Laois to introduce reflective journals

first_img Portlaoise College is leading the way as the first school in the county to introduce reflective JCPA journals.The JCPA (Junior cycle profile of achievement) contains a students’ Junior Cert results, results from CBA’s (classroom based assessments) and information on other areas of learning that a student might have had during their first three years of secondary school.This profile creates a full picture of every student and the new journal will help the students keep track of all their developments and allow them to reflect on what they have accomplished.Teacher Ms. Catriona Walsh explains further, “I think this JCPA journal will help our students take ownership of their work and reflect upon achievements, the students are becoming more self-aware and appreciating other areas of learning.”Ms. Walsh, the Junior Cycle for teachers coordinator in Portlaoise College launched the journal with 1st and 2nd year students and it will come into immediate effect.Students will begin looking at areas of learning in extra-curricular activities, classroom based initiatives and whole school developments.Ms. Mary Marum worked on the design and lay-out of the journal. “The objective was to enable students to create meaningful content based on independent reflection.”The JCPA journal is certainly an efficient way of monitoring young people’s progress through school and creating opportunities for reflection.SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Knocking on the door of Knock NS in 2009 Previous articleJoe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 191 Renault Megane from €229 per monthNext articleChanges for Laois minor footballers ahead of Leinster defining Longford clash Bronagh Scully By Bronagh Scully – 17th May 2019 WhatsApp GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Facebook TAGSPortlaoise College Portlaoise College become the first school in Laois to introduce reflective journals Pinterest Facebook Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter WhatsApp Home News Education Portlaoise College become the first school in Laois to introduce reflective journals NewsEducation Pinterestlast_img read more

All new dining options at the Charter Bar in the Midlands Park Hotel

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th June 2019 Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp GAA Home Sponsored All new dining options at the Charter Bar in the Midlands Park… Sponsored GAA TAGSMidlands Park Hotel Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLaois teenager earns top award for not missing a day of school in 13 yearsNext articleAthy Tennis Club hold Pizza Tournament and present prizes LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR All new dining options at the Charter Bar in the Midlands Park Hotel The newly-expanded, designed and renovated Charter Bar in the Midlands Park Hotel is the perfect location for meeting friends for a coffee, signature cocktail, lunch or evening meal.This 3 Tier Bar is designed with your comfort in mind, decorated with rich colours, cozy seating, mood lighting all to create a relaxing atmosphere.The Charter Bar is open 7 days a week from 7.30am until late.Charter Coffee Dock The Charter Bar Coffee Dock is open from 7:30am-3:30pm Daily serving a huge selection of Java Republics Teas and Coffees to sit in or take away.At the Coffee Dock you will also find an assortment of pastries, scones, cakes, healthy snack bars, granola bars and lots more.Charter Carvery Lunch Carvery lunch is served Sunday–Friday from 12pm daily, you will find an extensive salad bar, healthy hearty soups including gluten free along with a selection of gourmet breads.There is a wide range of hot dishes from fresh fish, gourmet chicken, roast of the day and some of the family traditional favourites like lasagne, sheppard’s pie and lots more.The Pastry chef at the Midlands Park will definitely tempt your taste buds with a variety of creamy indulgent desserts along with some good old-fashioned favourites like apple crumble.The New Extensive Bar Food Menu is now being served from 3pm dailyThis Menu will suit everyone, with Burgers, Superfood Salads, Goats Cheese Starters, Sirloin Steaks and Ballykilcavan battered fish.Bottomless Brunch Looking for somewhere to go with the girls on a Saturday for a catch up, the Bottomless Brunch Menu it is just ideal.The brunch menu is available from 12noon to 3pm in the bar. The menu is an a la carte menu with all dishes priced individually and bottomless prosecco is served throughout your meal.To download all menus log onto www.midlandsparkhotel.com/dining.SEE ALSO – Four months gym and pool membership for the price of three in brilliant deal in Midlands Park Hotellast_img read more

EU bank reforms would further restrain trading: Fitch

first_img Related news Fitch says that banks are already withdrawing from certain businesses “as they realign their strategy with the evolving regulatory landscape and revenue prospects.” Nevertheless, it suggests that the proposed ban on proprietary trading would add additional constraints and impose implementation and compliance costs; while the possibility of requiring other high-risk trading activities, such as market-making, complex derivatives and securitisation businesses, to be placed into separate subsidiaries could also limit trading. “Some banks may choose to reduce trading rather than risk incurring the costs of a separation. These could be significant since strict rules would be in place to ensure the trading entity remains economically and operationally separate, including funding arrangements,” it notes. The proposed ban on prop trading is likely to have less impact than the Volcker rule in the U.S., “because it has a narrower definition for restricted trading activities and will only apply to European banks deemed to be of global systemic importance.” Where banks choose to spilt off a trading subsidiary, this would likely be neutral to slightly positive for the credit profiles of the overall bank, Fitch says. “It could reduce downside risk as the bank would not be obliged to support its trading operations in case of problems, although some may still do so to avoid damaging their reputation,” it notes. Already, bank structures are changing, Fitch says, particularly as they engage in resolution planning. “Plans are underway to place proprietary trading activities into separate subsidiaries in France and Germany, so the ban will mean exiting or selling these operations instead,” it says. And, it notes that UK banks have already begun steps to ring-fence their retail arms. “They may have to contend with separating more than one part of their business, if these proposals are agreed by the European Parliament and Council,” it says. “Much will depend on how the European Central Bank, when it takes up its role as single supervisor in November, requires banks and their subsidiaries to be capitalized and uses the proposed separation powers,” Fitch concludes, as most of the European banks covered by these structural reforms will come under its supervision. G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work Share this article and your comments with peers on social media U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s New structural reforms being proposed for the European banking sector will likely further restrain trading by these banks, says Fitch Ratings. In a new report, the rating agency says that proposals from the European Commission include a ban on proprietary trading and the prospect of having to split other risky trading activities into separate subsidiaries. The proposed ban on proprietary trading would take effect in January 2017, and the potential requirement to separate other trading activities would come into effect in July 2018. center_img James Langton Keywords Banking industry,  Europe High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

WisdomTree Canada launches two Asia-focused ETFs

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Stock market background design feelart/123RF IE Staff Desjardins to close four ETFs BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Keywords ETFsCompanies WisdomTree Asset Management Canada Inc. Toronto-based WisdomTree Asset Management Canada Inc. has completed the initial public offering of the hedged and non-hedged units of WisdomTree Japan Equity Index ETF and the non-hedged units of WisdomTree ICBCCS S&P China 500 Index ETF. The two new ETFs began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.WisdomTree Japan Equity Index ETF seeks to track, to the extent possible, the price and yield performance of the WisdomTree Japan equity index CAD before fees and expenses. The management fee is 0.51% for hedged units of the ETF and 0.48% for non-hedged units. This ETF provides exposure to dividend-paying stocks within Japan and traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange that derive less than 80% of their revenue from sources in the Japanese market. By excluding companies that derive 80% or more of their revenue from Japan, the index is tilted toward companies with a more significant global revenue base. The hedged version of the ETF is designed to provide exposure to Japan’s equity markets while neutralizing exposure to fluctuations of the Japanese yen movements relative to the Canadian dollar.“Japan is a market that has been underowned by investors for decades,” said Jeff Weniger, asset-allocation strategist with WisdomTree, in a statement. “However, across developed market economies, [Japan] represents a compelling opportunity as the Japanese economy is poised for growth, corporate fundamentals remain strong, valuations are cheap relative to Canada, and the Bank of Japan is likely to remain accommodative.”WisdomTree ICBCCS S&P China 500 Index ETF seeks to track, to the extent possible, the price and yield performance of the S&P China 500 index CAD before fees and expenses. The management fee for the non-hedged units of the ETF is 0.55%.This ETF provides exposure to the S&P China 500 index CAD, which selects the largest 500 eligible companies from the broader S&P total China BMI index, representing the entire universe of Chinese companies including A-shares and offshore listings that meet eligible criteria. The underlying index provides significant exposure to mainland China listings, with approximately 48.5% of the index investing in China A-shares as of June 30.“The WisdomTree ICBCCS S&P China 500 Index ETF provides investors with the opportunity to efficiently access diverse sectors in one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world,” Weniger said. “We expect to see China’s economy expand further as the government increases integration efforts with global investors. Chinese equities are certainly an area where index-based concepts are in high demand.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Sentry mutual funds switched to CI’s administrative platform

first_img Related news Businessman Using Calculator With Piggybank And Stack Of Coins On Desk andreypopov/123RF Toronto-based CI Investments Inc. announced Monday that its Sentry-branded investment funds have been switched to CI’s administrative platform.This marks the complete integration of the former Sentry Investments into CI, about a year after its acquisition by CI Financial Corp. (CI’s parent company) in October 2017, CI said in statement. IG Wealth amends product shelf Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies Sentry Investments Inc., CI Investments Inc. Anne-Marie Vettorel Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Also readCI buys Sentry for $780 millionThe single back-office point of contact aims to offer benefits to investors and advisors, providing easier access to CI’s lineup of portfolio management teams, including: Signature Global Asset Management, Cambridge Global Asset Management, CI Multi-Asset Management, Marret Asset Management, Harbour Advisors, and Black Creek Investment Management and, now, Sentry Investment Management.“Investors now have the ability to seamlessly switch among the wide range of funds, managed solutions and investment platforms offered by CI,” Roy Ratnavel, executive vice-president and head of sales, says in a statement.Current investors in the Sentry funds will continue to have access to existing services, including the Sentry preferred pricing program, a monthly fee-reduction program.As previously announced, as of Sept. 1, investments in Sentry funds will also have the benefit of fixed administration fees, resulting in management expense ratios that are the same or lower than previous levels.last_img read more

Gov’t Supports Drive to Educate Consumers Against Unethical Drug Use

first_imgGov’t Supports Drive to Educate Consumers Against Unethical Drug Use UncategorizedMarch 15, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, has said that the government was in full support of the international drive to educate consumers about the potential risks of unethical marketing practices by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies.The Minister, in his message to mark World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) today (March 15) under the theme: ‘Unethical Drug Promotion and Use’, pointed out that while there was no evidence of questionable relationships between pharmaceutical companies and physicians in Jamaica, the issue of unethical drug use should be of concern to citizens, especially with the availability of illegal bleaching creams on the market.“The popular use of steroids in prescribed amounts that are currently available on the streets of Kingston for bleaching the skin needs to be curtailed, reduced or banned and penal sanctions handed down to illegal importation of such products,” the Minister said.He warned that, “if the practice of bleaching the skin with massive amounts of steroids and household chemicals continues, the Ministry of Health will be faced with an epidemic within a matter of a few years”.World Consumer Rights Day 2007, the Minister noted, “points to the need for transparent marketing practices as an essential element of corporate social responsibility, particularly so in the pharmaceutical industry, where international drug companies invest billions of dollars into marketing firms, which create sustained campaigns aimed at ailing persons, doctors, pharmacists and relatives of convalescent consumers.”He added that Consumer International, the international consumer advocacy group, has noted that by sponsoring patient pressure groups, funding disease awareness campaigns and offering favours to medical experts, drug companies have found new and effective ways to influence consumer opinion.Minister Paulwell said that the government would continue to “pursue policies which hold the industry accountable for compliance with global codes for ethical drug promotion and rigorously enforce regulations on drug promotion in order to uphold the right of the consumer to credible, reliable and transparent drug and health information”.“Let us grasp the simple truth that we are all consumers and so the promotion and protection of consumer rights must remain everybody’s business, particularly when it relates to our health and well-being,” Minister Paulwell urged.An annual observance since 1983, World Consumer Rights Day is an opportunity to focus on and solidify the national and international consumer movement. During this time, special efforts are undertaken to promote the basic rights of all consumers and to demand that those rights are respected and protected. The day also presents an opportunity to highlight and protect market place abuses, which threaten to undermine consumer rights. Advertisements RelatedGov’t Supports Drive to Educate Consumers Against Unethical Drug Usecenter_img RelatedGov’t Supports Drive to Educate Consumers Against Unethical Drug Use RelatedGov’t Supports Drive to Educate Consumers Against Unethical Drug Uselast_img read more

New tech targets crazy ant invaders

first_imgNew tech targets crazy ant invaders James Cook University researchers will use a high-tech, ground-breaking technique to try to solve the expensive problem of yellow crazy ant (YCA) infestations.JCU’s Dr Cecilia Villacorta Rath and Dr Lori Lach will investigate using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques to track yellow crazy ant invasions in a three-year project, thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.Dr Villacorta Rath said invasive invertebrates are estimated to cost agricultural production $4.7 billion annually, and up to $8 billion, considering all impacts and expenses.“YCA colonies can reach such large population numbers that properties can become unliveable, unprofitable and unsellable as ants invade. YCA also pose a threat to the environment by removing biodiversity as they spread. The impact of the incursion of YCA in Cairns alone will exceed $700 million over the next seven years if not controlled,” said Dr Villacorta Rath.She said current methods of invasive ant detection rely on trapping, detection dogs, or sightings, and are labour-intensive, costly and highly reliant on weather conditions.“The project will apply eDNA methods for YCA detection. This involves testing soil and leaf samples for traces of the ants’ DNA.“The samples can be collected with minimal training and sent to the lab. If successful, it means we increase the sampling capacity by orders of magnitude,” said Dr Villacorta Rath.She said the technique could potentially be applied to other pests such as red imported fire ants and electric ants.“JCU is currently conducting eDNA monitoring of species of management concern, including amphibians, fish, reptiles and aquatic plants, in northern Australia. We know eDNA works in these environments, it’s just a matter of whether it translates to the battle against ants too,” said Dr Villacorta Rath.Dr Lach said the ability to simply take samples from the environment and test for invasive ants could revolutionise pest detection.“One of the keys to stopping invasive species is speed of detection of the initial invasion front. If we can respond quickly, we can snuff out potentially ruinous infestations before they really get going,” said Dr Lach.This project is supported by JCU through funding from the Australian Government’s Established Pest Animals and Weeds Management Pipeline Program – Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions, and in collaboration with Townsville City Council, local NRM agencies and relevant stakeholders from the Townsville and Cairns regions. /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:Agriculture, amphibians, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, biodiversity, Cairns, Cook, DNA, environment, Government, James Cook University, production, technique, Townsville, Townsville City Council, universitylast_img read more