News Updates

A Central Coast man appeared in Wyong Local Court today charged with 18 counts of child abuse-related offences by the AFP following a referral from the United States. 

The investigation began in September 2021 when the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) relating to the upload of child abuse material by a Kik user. Eastern Commander Child Protection Officers allegedly linked the 41-year-old man to the Kik account. A search warrant

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The privacy breaches impacted around 30 million Facebook users 

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has imposed a fine of $18.7 million (€17 million) on Facebook’s parent company Meta after an investigation into 12 separate data breach notifications revealed the company had prolifically violated EU privacy rules.  Meta failed to impose “appropriate technical and organizational measures which would enable it to readily demonstrate the security measures that it implemented

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Moscow has announced sanctions against US leadership, including Joe Biden, as well as the chiefs of the Pentagon and the CIA 

Russia on Tuesday sanctioned US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and ten other administration officials and political figures. Moscow has said that the sanctions are a reciprocal measure, imposed after Washington blacklisted top Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin. The latest additions to Russia’s “stop list” were announced by the Kremlin on Tuesday, and were

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President Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the European Council Charles Michel.  

The leaders continued the discussion on Russia’s special military operation to defend the Donbass republics as well as humanitarian issues, including measures to evacuate civilians.  The President of Russia emphasised the fact that in their public assessments of the developments, the European Union leaders ignored yesterday’s criminal and inhumane act by the Ukrainian military – a missile strike at a residential area in the centre of Donetsk using a cluster munition which brought about multiple casualties among the civilian population. Vladimir Putin laid out his principled assessments

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President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, at the Bahraini side’s initiative.  

The leaders discussed topical issues of Russia‒Bahrain cooperation in politics, trade and the economy. They also talked about measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus infection, including the successful use of Russian vaccines in the Kingdom. The leaders expressed the shared intention to further develop the friendly ties between Russia and Bahrain. Vladimir Putin spoke about the reasons for and goals of the special military operation to protect Donbass, about the measures being taken to protect civilians and about Russia’s efforts concerning talks with Ukraine representatives. 

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Meeting with Head of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency Veronika Skvortsova 

The President was updated on the main areas of the Agency’s activities, including continued efforts against the spread of COVID-19, such as the creation of the AmpliTest diagnostic test kit, the Mir-19 antiviral medication and the Convasel vaccine against the coronavirus. * * * President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon. Head of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency Veronika Skvortsova: Good afternoon, Mr President. Our task was to create a new antiviral triad: a test system, an antiviral medication and a vaccine against the coronavirus. Since March 2020,

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Scrutiny over UTas move 

The City of Hobart will prepare a report addressing key issues associated with the University of Tasmania’s planned relocation into the CBD. Following a motion moved by Ald Jeff Briscoe, the Council resolved to receive a report that considers the impacts of the relocation and subsequent Sandy Bay development proposal on residents, businesses, traffic and parking, and the City’s capital

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Short-stay rate changes proposed 

A report will be prepared to determine appropriate variable rates for residential properties that are listed as whole-house visitor accommodation. All residential properties are currently rated at the Assessed Annual Value. By introducing a differential rating system, a separate rate can be struck for properties that produce a commercial income through short-stay accommodation. An appropriate differential rate for vacant residential

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Israel declares state of emergency due to massive cyberattack 

Israel’s National Cyber ​​Authority on Tuesday, March 15, declared a state of emergency in connection with a powerful cyber attack. It is noted that as a result, all government websites stopped working, including the official website of the Mossad. On March 8, hackers hacked the websites of a number of major Russian departments, including: the Federal Penitentiary Service, the Ministry of

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Ticketek refunds, the true facts

What are the reasons I can request a refund if I have purchased Refundable tickets? When can I request a refund if I have purchased Refundable tickets? Refunds must be requested no more than 60 days after the event date What if an event is cancelled or rescheduled, who do I contact for a refund if I have selected Refundable

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