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Melbourne’s homeless share their insights of city as tour guides

Posted December 13, 2015 11:38:54

Pete Burns (right) takes two people on a walking tour of Melbourne's inner east. Photo: Pete Burns (right) requires two men and women on a walking tour of Melbourne’s inner east. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)
Map: Melbourne 3000

A new social enterprise in Melbourne is hoping to give people experiencing homelessness a assisting hand by education them to work as tour guides.

The enterprise is the brain child of Jo Jenkins who has worked in the employment sector for ten years, and got the concept of equivalent projects in London.

Ms Jenkins stated the project, called No Fixed Address, aimed to give tourists and locals a distinctive view of Melbourne.

“We’re delivering high quality walking tours we believe are a tiny bit gritty, a little bit off the beaten track that are meant to be demonstrating what Melbourne is genuinely about,” she said.

“I guess the added value to that is we’re giving disadvantaged individuals employment possibilities.”

The enterprise’s initial tour guide, Pete Burns, has the gift of the gab, but he has had far more rough instances than most.

Pete Burns guiding a walking tour of Melbourne. Photo: Pete Burns guiding a walking tour of Melbourne. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)

Back in 2011 his developing organization went bust.

“I went from quite much possessing what I would think about a pretty good lifestyle to quite significantly living under a bridge,” Mr Burns stated.

He now lives in social housing – but hopes this new job will give him a additional enhance.

“For me to stand here these days I am genuinely excited because I can see it’s benefitting me,” he mentioned.

“I can see so many other individuals who’ll in fact advantage by coming into a plan like this.

“My dream is … my own apartment and that will occur, it’ll happen through obtaining a very good attitude, applying your self.”

The tours at the moment traverse just one particular route, mapped out by Ms Jenkins and Mr Evans, but Ms Jenkins said she hoped to add much more guides and more walks subsequent year.

“It is attempting to function with those folks and receiving them some knowledge getting them self-confidence,” she stated.

“This may well not be operate for them forever but hopefully they will go on to some thing else.”

Nikki Boer, a single of the very first buyers to attempt the tour, suggested it to locals and tourists alike.

“I believe that every person must do it, even if you reside in Melbourne, you know it really is just fantastic to get behind an organisation that is about social inclusion,” she mentioned.

The walking track along the Yarra River in Abbotsford, in Melbourne's inner east. Photo: The walking track along the Yarra River in Abbotsford, in Melbourne’s inner east. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)

Topics: travel-and-tourism, life style-and-leisure, community-and-society, homelessness, function, melbourne-3000, abbotsford-3067

Agen Sabung Ayam

Begin-ups share their want lists ahead of Innovation Statement

Posted December 02, 2015 21:50:48

Related Story: Opinion: Australia needs an innovation ‘skunkworks’
Map: Australia

The Turnbull Government has been urged to make bold reforms in order to invigorate the nation’s commence-up and innovation sectors.

Subsequent week, the Government will release its hugely anticipated Innovation Statement.

The document aims to overhaul Australia’s innovation ecosystem, covering science and investigation, financing, government procurement, commercialisation and talent.

Ahead of the release of the statement on Monday, 7.30 spoke to important players in the tech start off-up industry about what they consider is necessary.

It is one thing that can allow these early stage tips to get some community assistance.

Mark Tanner from Qwilr

Qwilr is a start off-up organization based in Sydney, founded by former Google employee Mark Tanner.

It makes it possible for users to turn classic documents such as quotes, pitches, and resumes into interactive webpages.

Mr Tanner mentioned there have been many techniques the Government could encourage this sector.

  • Permit superannuation funds to invest in commence-up organizations

“It’s incredible that we have this 2-trillion-dollar pool of capital … but it is very tough for that pool of capital to be invested in commence-ups or venture capital firms,” Mr Tanner stated.

“Normally speaking, the way that super has been legislated is that it has to have robust liquidity specifications and sturdy reporting needs.

“Now this is tough with a start-up … [but] there is a few issues that can be accomplished to make it a tiny bit far more lenient and easier to allow some per cent, and certainly you would not encourage a excellent per cent, but some per cent of that 2 trillion dollars to be invested in the local scene.”

  • Simplify the current Study & Development tax offset

“The R&D Grant is a superb point. The only thing inside that space is that it is extremely complicated,” Mr Tanner stated.

“Invariably you have to employ an outdoors accounting firm to help you with this process who can take $ five,000, $ ten,000, $ 20,000 for the process of just handling the application.

“Creating that method simpler, more straightforward and a little bit a lot more geared towards technologies begin-ups … would be a quite strong issue.”

  • Unwind equity crowdfunding regulation

“It really is anything that can allow these early stage ideas to get some community support, get that early small bit of cash that enables them to quit their job, start working on it complete time and try to make it a appropriate organization.”

The more income that goes into tech, the more VCs, the more start-ups there are going to be.

James MacGregor from Biteable

Biteable is a start-up technologies organization based in Hobart that was founded by 3 buddies.

It enables customers to generate straightforward videos on the web.

Chief executive James MacGregor stated the solution had 90,000 users across the globe.

  • Attract a lot more Venture Capital (VC) into Australia

“In Australia there’s a handful of VCs. There’s probably only realistically 3 or 4 that truly invest at the seed stage, which is the stage we’re at so it makes your possibilities quite restricted,” Mr MacGregor mentioned.

“Whereas in the US, there is hundreds, hundreds and hundreds of VCs that invest in actually early high-danger seed stage investments.

“The a lot more money that goes into tech, the far more VCs, the much more begin-ups there are going to be.”

  • Tax incentives and matched funding from government for start off-up organizations

“The core in Australia compared to Silicon Valley, is there just is not that much investment around.”

“That is a big hole and as soon as that’s fixed, it really is genuinely going to assist the sector.”

We do need to upskill, enhance our talent, and what is truly needed, is to ensure our start-ups are getting international from day 1.

Serafina Maiorano from Advance

Advance is a non-profit organisation that represents the 1 million Australians living overseas.

New York-primarily based chief executive, Serafina Maiorano, met with the Business Minister Christopher Pyne to urge him to contain a diaspora technique in the innovation statement.

  • Harness successful Australian talent overseas

“What Advance represents is an amazing global network of folks who are actually punching above their weight across each and every sector that we want to excel in, and they want to give back,” Ms Maiorano stated.

“It genuinely is a sensible grid of expertise. What’s critical is we locate a way to bring that ability set back to mentor young Australians and begin-ups”.

  • Connect Australian commence-ups with opportunities overseas

“We do require to upskill, boost our talent, and what is truly necessary is to ensure our start-ups are getting worldwide from day one, the marketplace is international. And to do that you require access to talent, you need to have access to capital, you want access to expertise and technologies.”

Exactly where we lack a concentrate is then taking those ideas and commercialising, creating a prototype and item.

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin from Blue Chilli

Blue Chilli is a start-up incubator in Sydney.

Founder Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin mentioned he received about 200 pitches from would-be begin-up organizations each and every month.

He invests in some and offers workplace space and expertise as they launch their firms.

He aims to build a billion-dollar start off-up portfolio by 2020.

In 4 years, Blue Chilli has built 70 commence-ups with a combined worth of $ 200 million.

  • Increase the commercialisation of new ideas

“We’re extremely good in this country at coming up with concepts. We have some of the greatest inventors in the planet. Our universities are very, very strong,” Mr Eckersley-Maslin stated.

“Where we lack a concentrate is then taking those concepts and commercialising, developing a prototype and item which is where 95 per cent of all tiny organizations fail.

“There is different reasons for that. One of them is a lack of risk capital, another is a lack of infrastructure to support those ideas, and that is exactly where the Government has a function to play to encourage that level of activity”.

  • Provide matched funding by means of commence-up incubators

“Firms like Blue Chilli exist to help entrepreneurs with concepts create the 1st 1 or two versions of these ideas and commercialise them in a threat-mitigated way.”

Subjects: enterprise-economics-and-finance, science-and-technologies, government-and-politics, data-and-communication, australia

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In their words: World leaders get in touch with for climate action in Paris

Posted December 01, 2015 09:26:32

Map: France

Globe leaders speak at the climate change summit in Paris.

Our agreement in Paris should give a typical platform for action. Australia is not daunted by the challenge. With fantastic optimism and faith in humanity’s genius for invention, we are confident that with collective leadership we will, with common cause, secure our future.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

As the leader of the world’s biggest economy and the second largest [greenhouse gas] emitter … the United States of America not only recognises our role in creating this difficulty, we embrace our duty to do anything about it.

Barack Obama, US president

Developed nations ought to honour their commitment of mobilising $ US100 billion every year from 2020 and offer stronger monetary assistance to establishing countries afterwards … It is also important that climate-friendly technologies be transferred to developing nations.

Xi Jinping, Chinese president

Infographic: Tuvalu prime minister Enele Sopoaga.

[Governments need to show the strongest leadership to limit] the effects of climate modify which we strongly think is also the cause of radicalism and terrorism. The plight of refugees we see today … and increasing terrorisms and radicalism represents a small measure of what the planet, mankind, will face if we do not tackle climate alter.

Tuvalu prime minister Enele Sopoaga

To resolve the climate crisis, very good will [and] statements of intent are not sufficient … We are at breaking point.

Francois Hollande, French president

This is a question of environmental necessity, but also of economic frequent sense … Our really future as humankind hinges on this … Billions of individuals are pinning their hopes on what we attain here in Paris.

Angela Merkel, German chancellor

Infographic: President of Comoros Ikililou Dhoinine.

We have to accept the reality that climate alter is accelerating more quickly than climate adjust negotiations.

President of Comoros Ikililou Dhoinine

We think about it crucial that the new climate agreement is based on the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and is legally binding. Each created and creating economies must take portion in its realisation.

Vladimir Putin, Russian president

Climate modify is a major global challenge. But it is not of our creating … We want the world to perform with urgency. We want a complete, equitable and tough agreement which should lead us to restore the balance between humanity and nature and in between what we have inherited and what we will leave behind.

Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister

I urge you to instruct your negotiators to decide on the path of compromise and consensus. Bold climate action is in the national interest of every single country represented at this conference. The time for brinksmanship is over.

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general

Infographic: Honduran President Juan Hernandez delivers a speech at the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate alter, on November 30, 2015 at Le Bourget (AFP: Jacques Demarthon)

For Honduras, climate modify is a matter of life and death. The figures never add up … we are not all equally responsible. We have not come cap in hand … we come to show you how  much we endure.

President of Honduras Juan Hernandez

If the planet have been a patient, we would have treated her long ago. You, ladies and gentlemen, have the power to place her on life support, and you need to surely begin the emergency procedures with no further procrastination.

Prince Charles of Britain

Topics: climate-modify, environment, france

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Tomatoes taste good because we slowed down their internal clocks

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Tomatoes were most likely 1st domesticated in the Andean region of Peru and Ecuador. From there, cultivation spread to Mexico, exactly where conquistadors located them, returning with them to Europe in the seventeenth century.

In the years considering that, we have bred them to create bigger fruit, to resist ailments, and to retain their shape and colour in neat supermarket pyramids. But the initial domestication event also chosen an agriculturally advantageous trait—it slowed down the plant’s circadian clock so it could thrive in the lengthy sunny days of the new latitudes it found itself in.

Circadian clocks are present in all kingdoms of life. They function to coordinate organisms’ metabolic and other activities with the external environment, notably the 24-hour light-dark cycle. Circadian clocks are known to regulate plant physiology and development and therefore nearly certainly influence the agricultural fitness of crops shockingly, they have not but been intentionally manipulated.

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