MIL-OSI Australia: Police search for missing man Allan Baines

Source: Victoria Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Clarinda man, Allan Baines.
The 63-year-old man was last seen on Clayton Road, Clayton on Friday 18 January about 10.30pm.
Police have concerns for Allan’s welfare as he has a medical condition which requires daily medication.
Allan has a solid build, grey hair and uses a walking frame.
He was last seen wearing no shoes, dark socks, dark pants and a blue jacket.
He is known to frequent Clarinda, Clayton and Heathmont areas.
Police have released an image of Allan in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.
Anyone with information about Allan is asked to contact Moorabin Police Station on 9556 6565.
Alex Day
Media Officer

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Heat Health Plans

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

Guidelines and key information

There is conclusive evidence that extreme heat and heatwaves have negative impacts on health. Even modest increases above average temperatures can have negative impacts on those most vulnerable to heat, but effective planning can reduce the effects of heat on health.

These guidelines are intended to raise awareness of the risks of hot weather to health, and to encourage and support the development of Heat Health Plans. Heat Health Plans outline the actions and systems in place to support those most at risk during periods of extreme heat and it is recommended that individuals, health and community service providers, district health boards, public health units and local government prepare their own Heat Health Plans as part of their emergency planning.

A summary of key information relating to Heat Health Plans is also available.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Remarks by External Affairs Minister at the Africa Day Celebrations at Vibrant Gujarat 2019

Source: Government of India

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat,
Shri Vijay Rupani
Hon’ble Ministers and dignitaries from
African Countries
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen…

Today is indeed a historic occasion. We are organizing “Africa Day” for the first time during Vibrant Gujarat Summit. This is the first time that we are dedicating a day to an entire continent. This is a clear recognition of the enhanced importance we attach to the place of African economies in the development and growth map of the contemporary world.

I am particularly happy that this historic day is being celebrated on the soil of Gujarat. Just as Gujarat was the State which gave us Mohandas Gandhi, Africa was the continent which gave India the Mahatma. The occasion is also significant as it is being held during 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji and 100th birth anniversary of the iconic African leader Nelson Mandela.

It is therefore an honour for me to address this august gathering on this very special occasion.India has always shared a special bond with the people of Africa and supported their liberation from colonialism and from apartheid. As Nelson Mandela himself said “We would not be talking victory today if the example set by the young Republic of India had not been followed by the rest of the world.”

Pan- Africanism inspired the founding fathers of Africa and led to the establishment of the Organization of African Unity and its successor organization, the African Union.

This has been taken to a new level with the signing of the historic African Continental Free Trade Agreement in March last year to bring about economic integration of Africa, in keeping with Agenda 2063 Vision document. We view our substantive engagement with the African countries through the prism of our own experience. When we became independent, we found that external assistance came with conditionality, both overt and covert, with prescriptions that would have constricted our sovereignty and independence.

As Africa pursues Africa-owned and Africa-led development, we are determined to anchor our partnership on the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit. We take pride in our model of cooperation with Africa which is demand-driven, consultative, participative, involves local resources, builds capacity and is based on Africa’s own prioritisation of its needs.

Prime Minister Modi has declared Africa as top priority in our foreign and economic policy. Articulating our Africa policy in 10 broad guiding principles during his visit to Uganda, he stated that our development partnership will be guided by African priorities. It will be on terms that will liberate African potential and not constrain African future.

In the last four years, our long standing ties with Africa have acquired vibrancy and dynamism. There has been unprecedented intensification of our political engagement with Africa with 29 visits to African countries at the level of President, Vice President and Prime Minister, apart from several Ministerial visits.

Let me add that visits have taken place from both sides; in addition to the visit of 41 Heads of State/Heads of Government who attended IAFS-III, we have hosted over 35 leaders from Africa for various events in the last four years, in addition to Ministerial level visits.

Keeping in mind the unprecedented engagement with Africa, the Union Cabinet of India has taken the decision to open 18 new Embassies and High Commissions in Africa in the next few years, which will take the number of Indian Missions in Africa to 47. The first of these Missions has already been opened in Rwanda last year.


Africa has emerged as an important trade and investment partner. India Africa bilateral trade stood at US $ 62.66 billion for 2017-18 which reflects an increase of nearly 22 % over the previous year. India is ranked as the third largest export destination in Arica.

We are happy that the Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme announced by India for Least Developed Countries has benefitted African nations and contributed towards steady increase in our trade figures by extending duty-free access to 98.2 % of India’s total tariff lines. 38 African countries now enjoy the benefits of our DFTP Scheme.

We view the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area as yet another opportunity to boost trade and economic ties with Africa. With the positive effects of “democratic dividend”, the African continent has become and remained one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

In recent years, there has been a surge in Indian investment in Africa. India is the 5th largest investor in Africa with cumulative investments of US$ 54 billion. Our investments are steadily growing in the African continent in a range of sectors.

These include telecommunication, hydrocarbon, exploration, agriculture, Education, petroleum refining and retail, IT services, chemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, automobiles among others. There is considerable potential to expand our business and investment ties further, especially in the areas of minerals and mining; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; infrastructure, high-technology manufacturing and information and communication technology.

Our Lines of Credit (LoCs), which are on highly favourable terms, have become popular and considerably expanded our development partnership with Africa. Currently, 189 projects in 42 African countries for nearly USD 11.4 billion are being implemented under Indian LoCs. These projects have had a positive impact in many African countries and are changing the lives of its people by covering a range of sectors like power generation and distribution, water related projects, especially in rural areas, agriculture, irrigation, railways, sugar plants, infrastructure and Information Communication and Technology.

In a new initiative, we have offered construction of Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centres in Africa as grant assistance, in the context of the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji. Our approach to Africa has focused on helping Africans realize their true potential in various fields through a number of capacity building programmes under the ITEC scholarships, ICCR scholarships and other training programmes under IAFS-III.

Our capacity building in Africa has been second to none and is benefiting thousands of Africans. I am happy that some of the African students in India have joined us today and I would like to extend a special welcome to these young representatives, who are the future of Africa.

To enhance cooperation with Africa in the Health and Education sector, an Agreement was signed in September 2018 to establish e-Vidhya Bharati Aarogya Bharati (e-VBAB) Network Project between India and Africa, which aims to provide tele-education and tele-medicine, thereby putting India’s knowledge and technical expertise at the service in African countries.

On the cultural front, last 4 years have been exceptional. Festivals of India were organized in 15 countries of Africa, in 12 for the first time. African cultural troupes have been regularly participating in Indian flagship events such as Surajkund Crafts Mela.


One of the most serious challenges toward international peace and security is the menace of terrorism. Many of the African countries like India are victims of terrorism. Consequently, preserving peace and security, countering terrorism and extremism is an important element of our engagement.

We are one of the largest contributors to UN Peace Keeping Missions and have participated in all the peacekeeping missions in Africa, playing an important role in the African continent. You are aware of the close security and defence relations we have had with many countries in Africa over the years.

We also support each other at international level and have common interests on international issues like UN Security Council reforms, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, cyber security and energy security.

An important element of our engagement is our connection with the Indian Diaspora. People of Indian origin, in whichever part of the world they are, be it the Western world, Gulf or the Middle East, Asia or Africa, have played a key role in socio-economic development of their adopted countries, while keeping Indian ethos, values and culture alive. While relationship with Africa is on an upswing, the challenge is to maintain this momentum and ensure that we build on the foundation of security, development and growth for the benefit of our peoples. I am confident that the 10 guiding principles given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for enhancing cooperation with Africa will unlock the immense potential that our partnership still holds.


Africa today figures prominently on the foreign policy radar of India. I am happy to note that our relations have not just remained confined to political arena but have blossomed into a multi-faceted association where each one of us contributes something of significant value.

Strong India-Africa relations will go a long way in redefining the contours of the international order on more egalitarian lines. We should not expect anything less from this shining example of South-South cooperation.

Let me conclude by saying that, as Africa marches in its journey towards security, renewal and prosperity, India will remain a trusted partner, working closely with Africa for the economic and social empowerment of its people.Long Live India-Africa Friendship…

Thank you.

January 19, 2019

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MIL-OSI Australia: New Australia-UK agreements will provide certainty to Australian exporters

Source: Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment

Australia and the United Kingdom have signed a new bilateral Wine Agreement and Mutual Recognition Agreement overnight in London, which will help ensure the continued flow of trade post-Brexit.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said these agreements would ensure arrangements already in place between Australia and the European Union for our wine and other exports continued to apply for the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

“This will mean Australian exporters can continue to benefit from existing arrangements for mutual recognition as they do currently, even if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement,” Minister Birmingham said.

“These agreements provide assurances to Australian exporters that they will be able to get their goods into the UK post-Brexit whether it be wine, medical devices or automotive parts without additional trade barriers or regulations.

“They are a significant and necessary step in our post-Brexit preparations, where we want to minimise disruptions to trade flows and provide as much certainty to Australian exporters as we can.

“On top of these, we’re committed to securing a comprehensive free trade agreement with the UK as soon as they are in a position to do so, which will even further boost trade flows between our two countries.”

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said nearly a third of our exported wine went to the UK last year.

“This agreement protects Australia’s geographical indicators so UK consumers know our wine is fair dinkum,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We can grow our UK trade under this agreement and put more money in Australian wine grower’s pockets.”

The Wine Agreement replicates an agreement already in place with the EU, meaning the UK will accept Australian labelling standards and certification standards as well as winemaking practices.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Mutual Recognition Agreement would ensure Australia and the UK continue to recognise the test reports and certificates issued by each other’s designated conformity assessment bodies.

“The Mutual Recognition Agreement will help facilitate trade flows between both countries, guaranteeing continuity of the existing mutual recognition arrangements post-Brexit,” Minister Andrews said.

“For Australian businesses, this will eliminate the cost and time of duplicative testing or the need for re-certification when their products arrive in the other country’s market.”

Media enquiries

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Children and adolescents under guardianship commended for perseverance in facing adversity

Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

Children and adolescents under guardianship commended for perseverance in facing adversity
Children and adolescents under guardianship commended for perseverance in facing adversity

     The Director of Social Welfare (DSW), Ms Carol Yip, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs), Mr Vinci Wong, showed their care and concern for some 170 DSW wards as well as children and adolescents receiving residential care services from the TWGHs today (January 19) during a joyful reunion with them at the 2019 Award Presentation Ceremony for DSW wards co-organised by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) and the TWGHs. Those who made remarkable achievements or showed great improvements in academic studies, conduct, sports, arts and serving others last year were commended at the ceremony today.     Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Yip expressed her appreciation to the awardees for being able to stay resilient in the face of adversity, overcome difficulties and rise to challenges in life with a positive attitude. She extended her gratitude to relatives, carers, volunteers and social workers who have been offering care and support to these children and adolescents. She also encouraged other children and adolescents to continue to work hard and strive to attain their higher goals.     Ms Yip also thanked the TWGHs for co-organising and sponsoring the event, which has offered great encouragement and best wishes for children and adolescents over the years.     At the ceremony today, a total of 44 children and adolescents were presented with either Best Achievement Awards or Best Improvement Awards.     Tsz-yin, a 10-year-old boy, was presented with a Best Achievement Award. Tsz-yin became a DSW ward and was admitted to a small group home as his parents passed away due to illness several years ago and his relatives could not take care of him in the long run. Despite some mishaps, Tsz-yin, at such a tender age, demonstrated great perseverance and managed to cope with challenges in daily life and studies. With his hard work and care and support from the staff of the small group home and his relatives, he not only managed to adapt quickly to the environment of the small group home, but also made outstanding achievements in academic and extra-curricular activities. Looking ahead, Tsz-yin would like to pursue a career as a firefighter to save lives and contribute to society.     Another awardee, Yuet (pseudonym), a 16-year-old girl, has spent her childhood in a foster family since she was 3 as her mother was unable to take care of her. The nurturance and support of the foster family has enabled Yuet to have a healthy upbringing and she also has had opportunities to develop her sports skills and leadership. She has excellent performance in inter-school athletics competitions and was elected as a house captain in school. Yuet also makes good use of her leisure time in volunteering to help the needy in the community and has received commendation for her service. She aspires to make contributions to society by serving as a nurse.     Children and adolescents are made wards of the DSW in accordance with the court procedures stipulated in the Protection of Children and Juveniles Ordinance (Cap 213) for various reasons, such as death, loss, imprisonment, long-term hospitalisation or incapability of their parents, or their being unable or unsuitable to live with their family members. The SWD’s case workers, according to the family conditions and needs of the wards, draw up appropriate long-term welfare plans for them, such as arranging for adoption or reunion with their families, or preparing them to live independently when they become grown-ups.     As at the end of November 2018, there were a total of 622 DSW wards. Among them, 46 per cent lived in foster care homes or small group homes. Thirty-two per cent lived in institutions while the rest lived on their own or with their parents, siblings or relatives.

Ends/Saturday, January 19, 2019Issued at HKT 11:51


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MIL-OSI Australia: Man charged with Bundoora homicide

Source: Victoria Police

Homicide Squad detectives have charged a man with murder following the death of Aiia Maasarwe.
The 20-year-old will face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court shortly.
The charge follows an extensive investigation into Aiia’s death following the discovery of her body near Main Drive and Plenty Road in Bundoora on Wednesday 16 January about 7am.
Police would like to thank the community and the media for the assistance that they have provided during this investigation.
Sergeant Anita Brens
Media Officer

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MIL-OSI Australia: Police officers assaulted – Tennant Creek

Source: Northern Territory Police

Saturday 19-Jan-2019 13:02

Three officers of the Northern Territory Police Force were allegedly assaulted overnight while responding to a call for assistance.

It is alleged that while the officers were escorting a 19-year-old female to a police vehicle, the female kicked a male officer to the groin and later kicked a female officer at the Tennant Creek Watch House.

The alleged offender had also thrown glass at the officers prior to being placed in the vehicle, with the glass shattering over the officers’ legs.

Superintendent of Tennant Creek Police Tanya Mace said that it is never acceptable to assault a member of the police.

“These men and women are responsible for ensuring the safety of our fellow community members and it is deplorable when they are physically and verbally assaulted in their attempts to keep others safe.

“Luckily these two officers did not require medical treatment, but that does not lessen the nature of the offence.

“We want our officers to return home to their loved ones, as any member of the public is entitled to do.”

The female was charged with three counts of assault police and one count of disorderly behaviour in a police station. She has been bailed to appear before the Tennant Creek Local Court in February.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Search at Browns Beach in Innes National Park

Source: South Australia Police

Police and emergency services are currently searching the water off Browns Beach, on the Yorke Peninsula after a man reportedly fell from rocks into the sea.

The alarm was raised by members of the public just before 12.30pm today, Saturday 19 January. A man had reportedly been fishing when he fell from rocks into the sea and has not been seen since.

Emergency services are are currently searching the area for the missing man. Police ask members of the public to please avoid the area while emergency services are at the scene.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Police search for missing Morwell man Warren Howe

Source: Victoria Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Morwell man Warren Howe.
Warren, 39, was last seen in a department store in Bourke Street, Melbourne on Friday 21 December 2018.
There have been possible sightings of Warren in Morwell CBD between Christmas and New Year.
Police have concerns for Warren’s welfare as he suffers from a medical condition and has failed to keep several appointments.
Police have released an image of Warren in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.
Warren has a slim build, matted shoulder length black hair and usually wears heavy coats.
Anyone with information about Warren is asked to contact Morwell Police Station on 5131 5000.
Sergeant Anita Brens
Media Officer

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