zoom Sydney HarbourAustralian Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay announced yesterday the start of operations of the new Port Authority of New South Wales and welcomed the appointments of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The new authority was formed from the amalgamation of the Sydney, Newcastle and Port Kembla Port Corporations.“The NSW Government’s port governance review of the three Port Corporations found there were opportunities to improve efficiency in this critical part of the NSW transport network.The amalgamated Port Authority of New South Wales will ensure these ports can continue to meet the needs of our port users efficiently and effectively,” Minister Gay said.Port KemblaCEO Port Authority of New South Wales Grant Gilfillan said the amalgamation was a win for NSW businesses and port users.“This enlarged single corporation will deliver a more efficient and robust ports business for the state with the benefits of commercial discipline provided under the state-owned corporation model,” Mr. Gilfillan said.“We have an exciting future ahead of us and I am confident the expanded corporation will deliver even better services and outcomes for our major stakeholders and the people of NSW.”Port of NewcastleThe Port Authority of New South Wales will continue to be responsible for harbour masters and pilotage, navigation services, dangerous goods and marine pollution and emergency response.It is also responsible for managing Port Jackson, Yamba and Eden, and the Hunter Valley Coal Export Framework.Press Release; July 2nd, 2014
OCHA/ Themba LindenCivilians foraging near the Mosul University Presidency building, which bears the scars of fighting between Iraqi troops and ISIL militants.(file photo)‘Significant progress’ being made The progress that Mr. Khan referred to during his briefing includes putting in place core staffing, facilities and evidence collection practices; the employment of 79 staff members in Iraq – including criminal investigators, analysts, witness protection experts and forensic scientists – 55 per cent of whom are women; and the collection of documentary, digital, testimonial and forensic material is now being collected. Initial investigative work is focused on three areas: attacks committed by ISIL against the Yazidi community in the Sinjar district in August 2014, crimes committed by ISIL in Mosul between 2014 and 2016, and the mass killing of unarmed Iraqi air force cadets from Tikrit Air Academy in June 2014. In the last two weeks alone, said Mr. Khan, UNITAD has gained access to more than 600,000 videos related to ISIL crimes relevant to investigative work, as well as over 15,000 pages of internal ISIL documents originally obtained from the battlefield by leading investigative journalists. The Investigative Team, continued Mr. Khan, has received crucial support, from the Government of Iraq, Iraqi national authorities, and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Going forward, the team’s work remains dependent on the continued support of the Security Council and the international community more broadly. The ultimate success of the work of UNITAD, concluded Mr. Khan, will depend on the investigative team’s ability to draw on its independent and impartial status in order to make its work the “product of a collective endeavour”: a partnership between the Council, the victims and survivors of ISIL, national authorities and local actors, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. “It is only through such unity, and through our common recognition of the scale and gravity of the crimes committed by ISIL, that meaningful accountability can be achieved”. Mr. Khan was delivering his second report on the activities of UNITAD, during which he confirmed that his team has made “significant progress” in implementing its’ mandate, and that he expects investigators to provide concrete support for at least one case before the national courts, marking an “important milestone” in the delivery of their mandate. The team, he said, had heard harrowing accounts of “mass killings, of entire families erased and of women and girls taken as slaves”. He added that their courage in coming forward served to underline both “their continued heroism and the urgency with which we must work in order to deliver meaningfully on the promise made to them”, referring to the 2017 Security Council resolution that led to the creation of UNITAD. The message of the survivors — from Shia, Sunni, Yazidi, Christian, Kaka’i, Shabak and Turkmen communities — is that ISIL fighters must face justice, not revenge, he stated.