Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: China, China Censorship, China-Technology-News, Gmail, Google, Great Firewall of China | Comments Off
China-tech watchers are saying China has all but blocked the last remaining ways for people to access Gmail, Google’s email service.
They say Gmail traffic in China was shut down last week after Chinese authorities apparently plugged the third-party applications that allowed users to get around existing hurdles. Only a trickle of emails have got through since.
Gmail is the world’s biggest email service and has been largely inaccessible from within China since the run-up in June to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
But users could still access the service by using third-party mail applications, rather than the webpage. Gmail users could access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3, allowing users to communicate using Gmail on apps like Apple iPhone’s Mail and Microsoft Outlook :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: REBLOG | Comments Off
First Published by Fairfax in December 2013 :: In the Magistrates Court annual report, released on November 27 2013, chief executive Andrew Tenni said intervention orders had risen 42 per cent over five years, to a record 44,455 for 2012-13. That was up almost 4000 on the previous year, when then chief magistrate Ian Gray warned the steep rise in intervention orders was “a significant concern”.
Exactly why these numbers are soaring is a topic of hot debate in legal circles. Partly, it’s because definitions of abusive and violent behaviour were expanded five years ago to capture issues such as economic threats. Another reason is that Victoria Police are applying for many more intervention orders than they have in the past to combat family violence. People are also much more aware of their right to apply for an order by simply filling in a form at the Magistrates Court, with no fee. These changes are positive steps to match legal rights with community expectations.
Another reason, however, is misuse. It’s the elephant in the room that few wish to talk about. Several interview requests to the Magistrates Court and Victoria Police were stonewalled. A spokeswoman for the Magistrates Court warned she would not like to see a story that discouraged people from applying for intervention orders.
But barrister Nicholas Kanarev is prepared to stick his neck out, and wrote a paper earlier this year on Intervention Orders in Victoria: Their use and potential for misuse. He concluded that intervention orders have become a significant part of the legal landscape. “Often they are the entry point into the legal system by parties whose personal relationship has ended . . . Conversely, they can be another tool in the arsenal of feuding neighbours.”
Intervention orders are meant to protect people who are in real fear for their safety. Family violence intervention orders protect people from abusive or threatening relatives, often where partners have separated or have a volatile relationship. Personal safety intervention orders protect people from a non-relative who makes them feel unsafe, usually a neighbour or work colleague.
A typical order may prohibit someone from contacting the applicant in person, by phone, text or email or going within 100 metres of them, their home or their workplace.
In another recent case, Kanarev acted for a real estate agent who managed a block of flats. One tenant, who the agent suspected owned a cat in breach of the lease, refused an inspection, then took out an intervention order against him, falsely claiming he was stalking her. The agent was not allowed within 200 metres of her flat, making his job of managing the other flats impossible. The order was eventually overturned, but he had to make several trips to court.
“Certainly, they are being overused,” Kanarev says. “People are going to the courts at the drop of a hat.”
A growing number of cases involve social media. In September last year, a candidate in the Port Phillip council elections took out an intervention order against a rival candidate, claiming the rival was posting rude and inappropriate messages on Facebook and harassing him :: by Lucinda Schmidt :: Read the full Fairfax article »»»»
Posted: December 8th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Business News, Renovation Planning | Tags: Alan Dixon, New York Property Market, Renovation Planning, Wealth Creation | Comments Off
An Australian businessman’s investment fund has divided locals after amassing hundreds of properties and becoming the largest single investor in family homes in the New York region.
Over the past three years, Alan Dixon’s fund has spent $610 million on residential property, buying nearly 600 houses and making his company the biggest investor in single family homes in New York.
Mr Dixon’s fund buys historic houses, many of them abandoned or rundown. They buy them cheap, renovate them, and turn them into luxury homes which command top dollar on the rental market.
The purchases are made entirely in cash, and real estate broker Victoria Hagman said Mr Dixon’s all-cash deals are driving up prices :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 6th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Indeep Media, Renovation Planning | Tags: Green Building, Urban Development Planning, Urban Planning, Urban Sprawl | Comments Off
Urban planners and researchers warn increasing housing density in Australian cities must not be at the expense of tree cover and its cooling benefits.
A pilot study done by a team from the University of Melbourne warned “treeless” outer suburbs were a risk to health and wellbeing :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 4th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Business News, Socially Engineerd | Tags: Asia-Pacific, Asian Development Bank, Credit Corporation, Kiva, Microfinance, Poverty, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Social Lending | Comments Off
Scooters, coracles, beasts of burden and even crop stocks are providing the poor in the Asia Pacific region with new business opportunities. It’s a huge leap of faith for usually stayed banks and finance companies, but ‘movable asset’ loans are taking off.
Intangible assets, goods that are easily hidden, lost or sold, present unique risks for financiers. Since the global financial crisis the appetite of bankers for taking unnecessary risk has significantly reduced.
To overcome this, countries wanting to offer movable asset loans are passing legislation to set up “secured transaction” registers, one lender in PNG – Credit Corporation – secures 90 percent of its loans against movable assets and all of those loans have gone to Indigenous entrepreneurs :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 15th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Indeep Media | Tags: Interview Tips, Job Search, REBLOG, Unemployment | Comments Off
It’s a question that can toss an interview from smooth skiing too a railing downhill tumble, “So do you have any questions for me?”
While employers will score you on the answers you give throughout your interview, they are more likely to judge harshly at the questions you ask them.
Flipping roles, grilling your interviewer is potentially the deal closer in an interview, don’t be tempted by precariously obvious questions: salary, work hours or benefits, interviewers are more often than not put-off by a shallow, thoughtless, self-serving response.
How do you avoid a ten-eighty-three? :: Read the full article »»»»