“Cúmplices de Um Resgate” chega ao capítulo 100 com ficção e realidade

Rebeca segura cartaz de Manuela em meio às Mães da Sé

Rebeca segura cartaz de Manuela em meio às Mães da Sé

A novela “Cúmplices de Um Resgate””, exibida pelo SBT, chega à marca de 100 capítulos nesta sexta-feira (18).

Marcando a ocasião, vai acontecer o primeiro encontro entre a protagonista Rebeca (Juliana Baroni) e a vilã Regina (Maria Pinna), sequestradora de suas filhas.
A personagem da Juliana, pela primeira vez, surgirá sentada em frente à escadaria da Catedral da Sé, em São Paulo, junto com a ONG Mães da Sé, segurando uma placa e procurando sua filha.
Exceção à imagem de Manuela (Larissa Manoela), as demais placas são de casos reais. Ou seja, mistura de ficção com realidade.
Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

SBT estreia telejornal nesta quinta e “Carrossel Animado” perde uma hora

Patrícia Rocha já faz entradas ao vivo na programação do SBT

Patrícia Rocha já faz entradas ao vivo na programação do SBT

O SBT estreia nesta quinta-feira (17), o novo “Jornal do SBT Manhã”, com exibição das 7h às 8h e comando de Patrícia Rocha.

Com apresentação ao vivo, o informativo contará com uma pequena equipe de reportagens e irá utilizar também material de outros telejornais da emissora.
Em função dessa estreia, o “Carrossel Animado”, que entrava das 7h às 8h30, passa a ser apresentado das 8h às 8h30, seguindo o restante da programação normal. A atração infantil de Matheus Ueta e Ana Júlia, portanto, encolheu e perdeu uma hora de duração.
Patrícia Rocha já faz entradas ao vivo na programação do SBT, das 6h às 7h, com informações sobre trânsito e previsão do tempo, e agora ganha mais esse horário na casa.
Outros jornalísticos do SBT
Em novembro, os boletins noticiosos que entravam nos intervalos de toda a grade deixaram de ser apresentados. Em abril passado, como outra baixa, o “Notícias da Manhã” também foi extinto recentemente.
Toda a carga jornalística do SBT agora estava limitada aos telejornais “SBT Brasil” e “Jornal do SBT”.
Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Programa de Jô Soares entra em férias na Globo

"Programa do Jô" entra em férias nesta sexta

“Programa do Jô” entra em férias nesta sexta

Nesta sexta-feira (18), a TV Globo vai exibir o último “Programa do Jô” deste 2015. Férias para a companhia. O retorno está marcado para 28 de março, uma segunda-feira.

Nada contra as férias do Jô, muito menos da sua equipe. São mais que merecidas, até em função dos bons serviços prestados. O problema é que as madrugadas da TV ficarão bem menos inteligentes com o programa fora do ar.

Durante a sua ausência, como sempre acontece, o horário será ocupado por séries americanas e musicais.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

UberX legalised in New South Wales: compensation for taxi plate owners

December 17, 2015 – 6:36PM

Matt O’Sullivan

Transport Reporter

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Passengers face a $1 levy for each trip to help pay for a $250 million compensation package for the taxi industry after the Baird government decided to legalise ride-sharing services such as UberX.

The government has justified the levy over the next five years by insisting that the sweeping changes will significantly lower taxi and ride-sharing fares across the state.

While the levy will be slapped on taxis and ride-sharing operators from early next year, the government conceded that the industry is likely to pass on the cost to passengers.

"We expect fares to come down." Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

“We expect fares to come down.” Transport Minister Andrew Constance. Photo: Peter Rae

In a widely expected decision, NSW cabinet signed off on legalising ride sharing from midnight on Thursday and putting in place a compensation package, which includes payments of $20,000 to owners of taxi licence plates in perpetuity. The one-off payment will be capped at a maximum of $40,000 for owners of multiple plates.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the immediate repeal of more than 50 taxi and hire-car regulations would put downward pressure on fares and give consumers more choice, citing interest from the NRMA in starting its own ride-sharing service.

“Consumers have moved with technology. It is now time for government and industry to move in the same way,” he said. “We expect fares to come down.”

"Important step forward": David Rohrsheim of Uber Australia.

“Important step forward”: David Rohrsheim of Uber Australia. Photo: Peter Braig

Mr Constance said the $250 million compensation package recognised the “war widows and mum-and-dad investors” who had in many cases invested their life savings in taxi licence plates.

“It’s important that we don’t forget those who have poured their savings into taxi licences over the past decades and ensure they get equitable assistance as this industry adjusts to changes in our economy,” he said.

The package includes a fund of up to $142 million for taxi licensees who face hardship as a result of the changes, and a buyback scheme for perpetual hire-car licences.

The transfer value of a taxi licence in the state has crashed by almost a quarter in the past month to $228,500, amid growing speculation that the government was on the cusp of legalising UberX.

The government expects to recoup about $50 million a year from the $1 levy on each trip, which will go towards paying for the industry adjustment package. The levy will come into force once legislation is passed in February or March next year.

Mr Constance conceded that taxi drivers and other ride-sharing operators were likely to pass on the cost to passengers.

Labor and the Greens both welcomed the legalisation of ride-sharing services in the state.

However, a spokesman for Labor leader Luke Foley said the opposition was concerned about the total amount consumers would end up paying for the levy over five years.

NSW Taxi Council chief executive Roy Wakelin-King said the compensation package equated to only 10 to 15 per cent of the total value of licence plates in NSW, and the council needed to explore the detail to ensure “it deals with the potential loss that some owners will feel”.

“Every industry that has had some kind of micro-economic reform, such as the dairy industry and the fishing industry, has had a structural adjustment package,” he said.

“We need to make sure that we have a strong and viable future.”

NSW has almost 7100 taxi licence plates, about 5700 of which are in Sydney. About 70 per cent of taxi operators do not own a taxi licence but pay lease fees to the owner, or hold an annual taxi licence.

The Baird government’s decision follows on the heels of the ACT government passing legislation in October to permit ride sharing services such as UberX.

It means ride-sharing drivers will have to pay a one-off driver authority fee of $45 and an annual registration payment of between $120 and $200, depending on the size of their vehicle.

One of the concerns of ride-sharing drivers has been that licence fees will discourage them from operating because many drive for fewer than 10 hours a week.

While UberX drivers will no longer need to fear fines, incumbent taxi operators will still have sole access to ranks and the ability to pick up passengers who hail them.

Uber’s Australian general manager, David Rohrsheim, said the introduction of ride-sharing regulations was an “important step forward” and recognised consumers’ right to chose how they travelled around the state.

Uber began operating in Sydney in November 2012, but it wasn’t until 18 months later that it introduced its UberX ride-sharing option.

Sydney taxi driver Mohit Dharnia said he had been planning to buy a licence plate for a long time but the advent of Uber had put him off.

“Every week the earnings for drivers are going down so maybe in another two or three months … I will try Uber,” said Mr Dharnia, who has been a taxi driver for the past seven years.

Source : Sydney Morning Herald

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Source : The Mercury

Coroner delivers findings on 2013 firefighter deaths

December 17, 2015 – 7:55PM

Caroline Zielinski

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DSE firefighter, Steven Kadar, who died when a tree fell on his truck.

DSE firefighter, Steven Kadar, who died when a tree fell on his truck.

No operations officer had enough information to know to pull two Victorian firefighters out of danger while they were battling a bushfire in a remote alpine region, an inquest has found.

Steven Kadar, 34, and Katie Peters, 19, were back burning part of the Harrietville bushfire on February 13, 2013, when a giant alpine ash tree fell on their truck and killed them.

The inquest into their deaths was previously told they could have been pulled out of Pheasants Creek Track if the operations manager had known a storm cell was approaching.

DSE fire-fighter Katie Peters who died fighting the Harrietville bushfire in February 2013.

DSE fire-fighter Katie Peters who died fighting the Harrietville bushfire in February 2013.

Coroner John Olle said on Thursday the purpose of his inquiry was to identify areas for improvement, not to attribute blame, but he couldn’t reasonably criticise those who were in charge.

He found there was sufficient information available for Incident Control Centre staff to act but “not one person was in possession of all the fragments”.

“I find that each of these individuals expressed reasonable judgment with the information available to them,” Mr Olle said.

Sector Commander Michael Ritchie, Deputy Operations Officer Brian Leith McKenzie, Divisional Commander Craig Hore and Incident Controller Anthony Long could not reasonably be criticised for not withdrawing Mr Kadar and Ms Peters that day, Mr Olle said.

“In hindsight, I find the system failed to ensure all available information was collated and considered as a whole, by ground and operational managers,” he said.

“However, I am unable to find that, if the information had been collated, the decision to withdraw fire crews would have been made clearer.”

Mr Olle said it was not reasonable to expect even an experienced firefighter to have marked the tree in question as hazardous because of its position on the down slope about 25 metres from the track.

Mr Olle made 10 recommendations, including designing fire trucks to better withstand falling trees, and to avoid sending firefighters into alpine ash forests unless absolutely necessary.

Australian Workers Union Secretary Ben Davies said workers should always leave when they feel in danger.

“It’s not about weighing up risks: it’s about saying this is a place you shouldn’t be, you need to go right now and you don’t need managerial approval to do that,” he told reporters on Thursday.

– AAP

 

Source : The Age

Nine adoptions in the Australian Capital Territory in 2014-15: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report

December 17, 2015 – 3:37PM

Megan Doherty

City reporter for The Canberra Times

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There were nine adoptions in the ACT in 2014-15 but none of those was a “local adoption” where the child generally has no previous contact or relationship with the adoptive parents, according to a new report.

The Opposition has questioned why more adoptions are not taking place in the ACT while Barnardos Australia says it is critical more is done to secure a permanent solution for children who have been taken out of the family home due to abuse or neglect.

The nine adoptions in the ACT comprised two inter-country adoptions and seven “known child” adoptions which included adoptions by step-parents, other relatives and carers.

The report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Thursday, found nationally 292 adoptions were finalised in 2014-15, the lowest annual number on record―and a fall of eight per cent from the 317 adoptions in 2013-14.

In the ACT, the nine overall adoptions in 2014-15 were down from 17 adoptions the previous year and a dramatic drop from a previous high of 33 adoptions in the territory in 2003-04.

In the last 15 years in the ACT, there have been 22 local adoptions and 91 known child adoptions.

Barnardos ACT manager Annette Kelly-Egerton said local adoptions generally occurred when a parent relinquished a child and that was more likely to happen in the 1950s and 1960s when there was pressure for single mothers to give up their babies.

Ms Kelly-Egerton said her concern was with “known child adoptions” because those included children who had been put into care because they had been removed from the family home due to abuse and neglect and could not return to their birth parents, or else had no other kin to care for them.

She believed the ACT Government was taking steps to address the need for those children to have a stable and loving home.

“The new strategic plan in the ACT, A Step Up for Our Kids, is really aiming to achieve permanency for children, which could be an enduring parental responsibility order or adoption and that’s a very big, key feature,” she said.

“We would love to see more children who cannot return to their birth parents being embraced in a family, and permanently in a family.”

Ms Kelly-Egerton said she believed some parents waited more than a year in the ACT for an adoption to be finalised.

“It is an incredibly thorough process because this is actually taking birth parents’ rights away,” she said.

Opposition spokeswoman for family and community services Nicole Lawder said more should be done to address the low number of adoptions in the ACT and the length of time adoptions were taking in the ACT.

In response to a question on notice from Ms Lawder, Minister for Children and Young People, Mick Gentleman, told the Assembly in October that an application for a local adoption took an average of 10 to 12 weeks to be finalised by the Community Services Directorate.

Mr Gentleman also told the Assembly as at October 2, there were two applications for local adoption orders in the ACT court system.

Ms Lawder said despite Mr Gentleman’s responses, she had spoken to families who had waited months and even years to adopt a child in the ACT.

“I’m not sure what the problem is and that’s exactly why I’m calling on the government to facilitate the process,” she said.

“Other states seem to be able to do it better than we are. And whilst we hope it will improve from next year when a lot of the changes come through, do we really have the confidence it is going to become quicker and easier for people to adopt?

“I speak to many families who’ve already had children in their care for quite some time and it’s taking an inordinately long time for the process to be finalised.”

In the ACT, the seven known child adoptions were more than in Victoria (5), Tasmania (3), South Australia (1) and the Northern Territory (1).

The report also revealed that nationally the main country of origin for inter-country adoption was now Taiwan, where previously it had been China or the Philippines.

 

Source : Canberra Times

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