Kennerley made the comments on the Channel 10 show this morning after a news story about arrests of Extinction Rebellion protesters currently disrupting traffic and services across the country as part of a week-long “Spring Rebellion”. “Personally, I would leave them all super glued to wherever they do it,” she said. “The guy hanging from the Story Bridge. Why send emergency services? Leave him there until he gets himself out. No emergency services should help them, nobody should do anything, and you just put little witches hats around them, or use them as a speed bump.” Co-host Sarah Harris said, “God, you’re going to get us into trouble.” Kennerley added, “Is that wrong? Put them in jail and forget to feed them. Put them in some of the aged care homes around Australia, that would really sort them out.” Extinction Rebellion activists march in Brisbane on Monday. Picture: Regi Varghese/AAPSource:AAP Extinction … [Read more...] about ‘Use them as a speed bump’: Kerri-Anne Kennerley suggests running over climate change protesters
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MADRID: The UN climate change conference was locked in a stalemate over a number of technical issues relating to finance, loss and damage, and mechanism of a new carbon trading market, even as it went into an extra day on Saturday. The two-week-long climate negotiations, named COP25, undergoing in this Spanish capital was scheduled to conclude on Friday. But negotiators have been unable to arrive unanimously on commitments that would see nations to make new pledges by the end of 2020 despite endless rounds of negotiations and back-channel diplomacy. Negotiators and envoys of nearly 200 countries are apprehensive of the increasingly pressing topics like climate finance -- a support to developing countries, including India -- and on rules to govern carbon markets and the language that will frame how high the world aims during the next 12 months. Also the big emitters in particular have failed to put the world on a path to achieve 1.5 degrees Celsius to avert climate catastrophe and … [Read more...] about COP25: Stalemate continues in UN climate talks
By Shantanu Nandan Sharma It is 11 am on Thursday (December 12) and Guwahati is under curfew, imposed by the state government to curb the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). A small group of protesters defy the curfew and attempt to gather at Guwahati’s Latasil playground — a venue for sporting events as well as Bihu celebrations. Police act quickly and push the crowd back. Soon, another group emerges from a bylane to join the first group. The protesters refuse to budge despite police’s appeal. The law-enforcers lathicharge. But a third group, fourth and a fifth group come from the bylanes to join the main group outside the ground. Police fire tear gas shells to disperse the crowd streaming in from the bylanes. Within half an hour, protesters’ numbers swell to around 8,000, forcing the security forces to step back. The crowd now manages to enter the Latasil ground. A helicopter and a drone are pressed into service to monitor the defiant … [Read more...] about What lies ahead for Assam which is steadfastly, and often violently, protesting the new citizenship act?
With indications of a reverse migration from Gulf nations, several rehabilitation schemes launched by the State Government through Norka Roots are lending a helping hand to the returnees, especially those belonging to the low-income strata in Malabar. Time and again the Government has taken several measures in the wake of exodus of migrants from the Gulf. While the training programmes and NDPREM (NoRKA Department Project for Returned Emigrants) launched for the returnees have provided solace to a certain section of the emigrants, particularly those who have little to talk of savings after sweating out in desert lands, the real beneficiaries are the returnees of the Santhwana financial assistance scheme. Five years ago, when N.T. Kasim, who was working as a driver in Saudi Arabia, returned to his village at Neeleswaram in Mukkom municipality in Kozhikode, he had meagre savings for everyday expenses. All his savings was spent on constructing a modest house and he still had to maintain … [Read more...] about Santhwana during testing times
Over the past five decades, the role of Kerala’s diaspora in the economic, social, and cultural development of the State has been crucial. Although the migration of workers for employment is a universal phenomenon, migrants from Kerala have certain comparative advantages making them the most sought-after.Able to adapt to technically sophisticated and changing work environment, they have shown themselves capable of mastering new skills and technologies with ease. Worldwide, especially in the Middle East, the contributions of migrant workers are distinct and identifiable.The country tops the list of nations with $69 billion in remittances it received last year from the large pool of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled as per a study by the Reserve Bank of India. Kerala tops the States with $13.11 billion (19%, ₹95,000 crore) in remittances, showing the contribution of migrants in Kerala’s economy and development.A series of steps have been rolled out by the State … [Read more...] about Engaging the diaspora