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Sport Australia is on the right track by focusing on increasing grassroots participation rates

  Sport and politics mixed this week and for once the result was not a Molotov cocktail but, at least in theory, a soothing elixir. Sport Australia’s [formerly the Australian Sports Commission] national sports plan Sport 2030 is, like many such largely philosophical documents, long on rhetoric and short on detail. The headline-grabbing passages of the 71-page report carry a ...

Can the private sector salvage Egypt’s dilapidated railway system?

CAIRO — After three train cars flipped over July 13 near Al-Badrashin train station in Cairo’s Giza governorate and injured more than 55 people, the efficiency of Egypt’s railway system has been once again placed under the spotlight. The Al-Badrashin incident is not the first of its kind this year in Egypt. On Feb. 28, two trains collided in Beheira governorate in northern Egypt, killing 12 people and wounding ...

Erdoğan rebuked for claiming Israeli officials have ‘Hitler spirit’

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that “Hitler’s spirit” was resurgent among Israeli officials, while Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Turkey was becoming a “dark dictatorship” as the two regional powers clashed over a new law defining Israel as a Jewish state. At a meeting with lawmakers from his Justice and Development (AK) party on Tuesday, Erdoğan condemned the nation ...

Lebanon prepares to legalise medicinal marijuana

Beirut – The Lebanese parliament will soon review legislation to legalise medicinal marijuana, its speaker announced on Wednesday, as authorities seek ways to jumpstart the country’s struggling economy. With public debt at 150% of GDP, the third highest rate in the world, Lebanon charged consulting firm McKinsey & Company with setting out a vision to revitalise growth. McKinsey’s proposal, submitted ...

Steve Nutt’s vintage bike collection could be Australia’s largest

Steve Nutt’s new bike shed is bigger than most suburban house blocks and houses his collection of more than 200 vintage bicycles. The 69-year-old Gold Coast resident believes he has accumulated the largest collection of its kind in Australia. The former bike shop owner said he buys and rebuilds bikes built between 1890 and 1990. “I mainly collect racing bikes ...

Egypt repositions itself as a ‘global investment destination’ amid reform drive

Egypt is making progress with economic reforms and is “open for business,” the country’s minister of investment and international cooperation told CNBC Thursday. “We’re repositioning Egypt as a global investment destination so we’ve moved forwards with comprehensive improvements in the business environment,” Sahar Nasr, told CNBC’s “Capital Connection.” The drive to open up the business sector to foreign investment included ...

Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Australia has ceased providing direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying the donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Ms Bishop said funding was cut to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program after writing to the Palestinian Authority in ...

TAC Security Launches AI Based Cyber Risk Management Platform ESOF

India & USA based cyber security solutions provider TAC Security has announced a new platform ESOF (Enterprise Security on One Framework) for organizations to manage their entire IT security and risk assessment needs in one single platform. William May, Former Vice President IBM and Subinder Khurana, Former VP-Cognizant has helped TAC team to build the platform since past two years. ...

Australian telecom giant Telstra is slashing 8,000 jobs

Australia’s biggest telecom operator is cutting 8,000 jobs in a dramatic bid to bring down costs. Telstra (TLSYY) said in a statement Wednesday that it will slash employee and contractor roles as part of plans to reduce costs by 2.5 billion Australian dollars ($1.8 billion) by 2022. It will also sell off assets to pare down debt. The company, which has 32,000 employees, said ...

Australia’s Lost Generation: Battling Aboriginal Suicide

Young Aborigines are four times more likely to commit suicide than non-indigenous Australians. Experts and Aboriginal elders believe a variety of reasons drive Aboriginal youth to suicide, including a disconnection from traditional culture and land. In 2012, 101 East travelled to Western Australia’s Kimberley region to find out what was behind the abnormally high suicide rates there. Numbers were the highest among Australia’s ...