AUSTRALIA DAY has arrived, with Aussies everywhere celebrating their national holiday. Every year on January 26, Australia marks the day of Captain Arthur Philip arriving in the country with a fleet of British ships - here's how they celebrate. When is Australia Day? This year, Australia Day , also referred to as Straya Day, is being celebrated on Wednesday, January 26 2022. It is a public holiday, and is about national pride and achievements. The holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve (January 25), the Australia Day Honours list, and speeches from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. In 2022 for the first time, a person with disability was named the 2022 Australian of the Year - Paralympian tennis champion Dylan Alcott. In the capital of Australia, Canberra, the day is marked by a coronavirus restrictions-compliant food, music and firework displays, National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony. … [Read more...] about When is Australia Day 2022 and how is ‘Straya Day’ celebrated?
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A DEATH row inmate uttered his final words "I'm ready, Father" as he was executed despite his mom's desperate pleas for Donald Trump to spare him. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead just before 7pm after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana . Vialva was 19 years old when he shot dead Christian youth preachers Todd and Stacie Bagley before torching them in the trunk of their car in 1999 in Texas. He is just the seventh federal prisoner to be executed this year after the Trump administration won a legal battle to restart federal executions in April. Also, he is the first black inmate to be put to death as part of the new surge in state executions. In his final statement, the killer asked God to comfort the families of his victims, asking for "healing their hearts with grace and love". His final words were, "I'm ready, Father" and he was declared dead at 6.46pm. Vialva's mom Lisa Brown had pleaded with Trump to pardon … [Read more...] about Death row inmate, 40, utters final words, ‘I’m ready Father’ as he’s executed despite mom’s plea for Trump to spare him
E VER SINCE its first antitrust law passed in 1890, America has argued over what trustbusting is for. One school, named after Louis Brandeis, a judge, holds that big companies must be tamed because they corrupt politics and damage customers, competitors and staff. The other says the goal of antitrust is to protect the welfare of consumers, which can be enhanced by big, efficient firms. For decades the consumer approach has been ascendant, but now the consensus has frayed and trustbusters are heading in a Brandeisian direction. This is a mistake. Competition policy needs reforms, to correct past failings and to adapt to the digital economy. Yet it should continue to be based on the principle that consumers are what count. A shift towards more politicised and expansive antitrust is taking place across the rich world. President Joe Biden has appointed trustbusters, such as Lina Khan (pictured) at the Federal Trade Commission, who are exploring new responsibilities like protecting … [Read more...] about In defence of the consumer welfare standard
Dressed in nothing but a hot pink bodysuit, hat and thong, Igor Bancer gripped the bonnet of the stationary police van in Grodno, Belarus, to the cheers of a gathering crowd. Then he began to dance. It was September 5, 2020, less than a month since Alexander Lukashenko had won disputed re-election and as thousands still protested in the streets of the capital, Minsk. Bancer himself had only been released from jail two days earlier, having been arrested after the election as a known activist and singer of Belarusian anti-fascist punk band, Mister X. He and his friends debated how to respond as the police crackdown worsened. It seemed wrong to just carry on as normal, go to work, go home, go shopping. Equally, it was obvious that peaceful protest was not working: week in, week out, tens of thousands demonstrated on the streets for new elections and the regime responded only with more violence. Meeting violence with violence wasn’t going to work either. If they went … [Read more...] about Belarus punk rocker faces 1.5 years hard labour for semi-naked dance protest