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SECO officials said that banks and asset managers can provisionally freeze funds, though the funds needed to be released if they could not establish that the assets were directly owned or controlled by a sanctioned individual. 

Switzerland releases some frozen Russian assets The Swiss government on Thursday reported that 6.3 billion Swiss francs ($6.33 billion) worth of Russian assets have been frozen under the country’s sanctions. The report said the figure indicates a decrease from the roughly 7.5 billion Swiss francs (over $7 billion) in funds the government reported frozen on April 7. A senior official

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Leo the Coastal Councillor gets placed on the Sex Offender register after his creepy, weird and pathetic Boat Harbour impromptu solo performance.

Leo suffering erectile dysfunction on the day in question hence no wanking was found guilty this week of prohibited behaviour and fined almost $1,000 over the performance that was quite clearly a flop. The sentencing Magistrate said she could not conclude Leo would not perform again. Leo’s position on the local council is now being questioned. 

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The class action was filed by irate investors who claim they sank money into the airline and suffered loss when it entered administration due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

Virgin Australia has downplayed the financial effects of a class action filed this week by investors claiming they were misled about the airline’s 2019 prospectus. A spokesperson said the airline had not seen court documents relating to the class action and could not comment on the allegations brought against it. “Regardless, Virgin Australia does not expect any financial consequence to

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‘Ukraine is not our ally, Russia is not our enemy. We need to address our crippling debt, inflation and immigration problems. None of this is Putin’s fault.”  

Republican Representative Paul Gosar (Arizona) has condemned the push from both parties in Washington to send billions of dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine. “Crippling debt, inflation and immigration problems,” he declared, are not “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s fault.” Gosar, an immigration hardliner and anti-interventionist, was one of 57 GOP lawmakers to vote against a $40 billion economic and military aid bill for

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Swastika stickers plastered at Beth Weizmann. Israeli ambassador Amir Maimon was in the building meeting Jewish leaders at the time

Two men have been arrested after plastering swastika stickers on the exterior of the Beth Weizmann Community Centre in Melbourne while Israeli ambassador Amir Maimon was inside. Maimon was in the building to meet with leaders from several Jewish organisations. One of the men made a lewd gesture with his finger the building’s CCTV cameras, while swastika stickers were also

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In-flight propeller loss involving Jabiru J120-C, registration 23-1531 at Devonport Airport, Tasmania on 16 January 2022 

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an in-flight propeller loss involving Jabiru J120-C, registered 23-1531, that occurred at Devonport Airport, Tasmania, on 16 January 2022.  During flight training circuit operations, the student pilot reported that the propeller struck a seagull. The propeller detached from the aircraft and the instructor assumed control and conducted a forced landing onto the

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Virgin Australia does not currently operate any long-haul international services as it does not have access to the widebody aircraft necessary to begin operating such services. They have sought authorisation to enter into similar codeshare pricing arrangements with a range of other international carriers.

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation for a proposed codeshare pricing arrangement between Virgin Australia and United Airlines. Currently Virgin Australia operates domestic services and limited short-haul international services and United Airlines operates long-haul services between Australia and the United States and beyond. Under the proposed codeshare, Virgin Australia and United Airlines would be able to put their code on

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Burnie basher avoids the can

STATE OF TASMANIA v M  9 MAY 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE Mr M , the jury has returned a verdict of not guilty on the charge of causing grievous bodily harm but guilty of the alternative charge of assault. As discussed with counsel, there are a number of pathways to this verdict arising from the evidence. My task is

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Where are all these class actions?

For 10 years TVN has heard about a “class action” against the Ashley Youth Detention Centre. Inmates current and former, and their family members, have been talking about the supposedly imminent settlements of their potential claims against the State for institutional abuse. TVN understands that there remain no class actions actually on foot before the courts, however. This is despite

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