Controversial refugee scheme could be rolled out in Australia 

Controversial immigration scheme which brought 300,000 refugees into Canada could soon be rolled out in Australia

  • Canada welcomed more than 300,000 refugees under the scheme since 1970s 
  • Australia has a refugee scheme but this would bring extra sponsorships spaces
  • It would allowed individuals, businesses and community groups to cover cost 

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke appears open to expanding Australia’s refugee intake through more community sponsored refugee places.

Mr Hawke is weighing up a review into the relatively new community support program, which is based on a Canadian model where individuals, businesses or community groups cover the resettlement costs of refugees.

Canada has welcomed more than 300,000 refugees under the scheme since the 1970s.

The program was introduced in Australia in 2017 and has been reviewed by Alison Larkins, the Commonwealth coordinator-general for migrant services.

Canada has welcomed more than 300,000 refugees under the scheme since the 1970s, and it could bring more refugees to Australia

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SHOULD AUSTRALIA TAKE MORE REFUGEES?

  • Yes – we have the space 30 votes
  • No – we need to take care of Australians 289 votes

Mr Hawke said he was a strong supporter of the community support program.

‘It is great to see the strong interest and commitment to community sponsorship approaches within the Australian community, and the positive settlement outcomes being achieved through these channels, both through our current program and internationally,’ he said on Monday.

‘I look forward to ensuring the program becomes a genuine, successful partnership between community, business and the government, to provide beneficial outcomes to our refugee and humanitarian arrivals in Australia.’

The minister said he would consider Ms Larkins’ findings in detail and consider possible changes to strengthen the government’s approach.

‘I look forward to providing an update on my considerations in due course,’ Mr Hawke said.

In 2015, Australia resettled 5,211 refugees compared to 52,583 in America and 10,236 in Canada. 

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Strange string of lights seen over Seattle prompts UFO speculation

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched the fifth batch of its ‘Starlink’ space internet satellites – taking the total to 300.

They form a constellation of thousands of satellites, designed to provide low-cost broadband internet service from low Earth orbit.

The constellation, informally known as Starlink, and under development at SpaceX’s facilities in Redmond, Washington.

Its goal is to beam superfast internet into your home from space.

While satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Starlink is different. SpaceX says putting a ‘constellation’ of satellites in low earth orbit would provide high-speed, cable-like internet all over the world.

The billionaire’s company wants to create the global system to help it generate more cash.

Musk has previously said the venture could give three billion people who currently do not have access to the internet a cheap way of getting online.

It could also help fund a future city on Mars.

Helping humanity reach the red planet is one of Musk’s long-stated aims and was what inspired him to start SpaceX.

The company recently filed plans with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit above the Earth – three times as many that are currently in operation.

‘Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service,’ the firm said.

‘Every point on the Earth’s surface will see, at all times, a SpaceX satellite.’

The network will provide internet access to the US and the rest of the world, it added.

It is expected to take more than five years and $9.8 billion (£7.1bn) of investment, although satellite internet has proved an expensive market in the past and analysts expect the final bill will be higher.

Musk compared the project to ‘rebuilding the internet in space’, as it would reduce reliance on the existing network of undersea fibre-optic cables which criss-cross the planet.

In the US, the FCC welcomed the scheme as a way to provide internet connections to more people.

Fara Williams retires from football at the age of 37 as England’s most capped player EVER

Fara Williams announces her retirement from football at the age of 37 as England’s most capped player EVER, male or female, prepares to hang up her boots at the end of the season following a 20-year playing career

  • Fara Williams has announced her retirement from football at the age of 37 
  • The Reading midfielder will hang up her boots at the end of the season 
  • Williams is England’s most capped player, male or female, with 172 appearances

Fara Williams has announced she has taken the ‘difficult’ decision to retire from professional football at the end of the season following a 20-year playing career.

Williams, who is England’s most capped player, male or female, started her career at Chelsea before enjoying spells with Charlton, Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Reading – her current club.

The midfielder earned 172 caps for the Lionesses and was part of the squad that won Bronze at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. She also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Fara Williams has announced her retirement from professional football at the age of 37

The midfielder is England's most capped player, male or female, with 172 appearances

 The midfielder is England’s most capped player, male or female, with 172 appearances

The Reading player will hang up her boots at the end of the season following a 20-year career

The Reading player will hang up her boots at the end of the season following a 20-year career

Announcing her retirement on Twitter, Williams wrote: ‘After much consideration & despite offers to remain within the game, I have made the difficult decision to retire from professional football at the end of the season. 

‘It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have had a career of more than 20 years within the women’s game.’ 

The 37-year-old revealed in February that she had been diagnosed with a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome.  

The steroids required to treat the condition led to weight gain and other side effects.

And the midfielder admitted that recovery took a toll both physically and mentally.

Williams made her England debut against Portugal at the age of 17 in 2001. Since then, she has gone on the become England’s most-capped international player of either gender. She represented her country at seven tournaments. 

In her statement, Williams said it has been an ‘honour’ to make the most appearances for England of any player and thanked former Lionesses boss Hope Powell and assistant Mo Marley.

Williams was part of the Lionesses squad who finished third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada

Williams was part of the Lionesses squad who finished third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada 

At club level, the midfielder won back-to-back WSL titles with Liverpool in 2013 and 2014 and she has also won two FA Women’s League Cups and two Women’s Premier League titles. 

In 2016, she was awarded an MBE for her contribution to women’s football. 

Williams, who has spoken about how she was homeless at the beginning of her career, added: ‘I have experienced the rise of women’s football first-hand, with the game turning professional during my career.

‘Playing football is all I have ever known, but I am excited for the next chapter of my life. I look forward to remaining within the game, pursuing opportunities within the media and continuing my coaching badges.’ 

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Highest suspension bridge in Canada to open in May: Golden Skybridge crosses canyon 426ft up

Highest suspension bridge in Canada set to open in May: Pictures reveal thrilling new walkway that will allow visitors to cross a canyon at a dizzying height of 426ft

  • ‘Golden Skybridge’ will either be thrilling or nail-biting depending on the individual visitor’s head for heights 
  • The Golden Skybridge, near the town of Golden, will actually consist of not one but two suspension bridges
  • The lower one hangs at an elevation of 262ft (80m) – making it Canada’s second-highest suspension bridge

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Strolls in Canada are about to go to another level.

In May, the highest suspension bridge in the country will open, allowing walkers to cross a canyon in British Columbia at a height of 426ft (130m).

Crossing the walkway, the ‘Golden Skybridge’, will either be thrilling or nail-biting depending on the individual visitor’s head for heights.

When the Golden Skybridge, pictured, opens in May it will become, at 426ft, the highest suspension bridge in Canada

Golden Skybridge will offer up dramatic 360-degree views of expansive alpine vistas and a breathtaking view of a 200ft (61m) waterfall

Golden Skybridge will offer up dramatic 360-degree views of expansive alpine vistas and a breathtaking view of a 200ft (61m) waterfall

The Golden Skybridge, near the town of Golden, will actually consist of not one but two expansive suspension bridges, with the lower one hanging at an elevation of 262ft (80m) – still high enough to make it the second-highest suspension bridge in Canada.

The experience will offer up dramatic 360-degree views of expansive alpine vistas and a breathtaking view of a 200ft (61m) waterfall.

The two bridges will be connected via a woodland footpath totalling three kilometres (1.8 miles) in length and viewing platforms will provide guests with further opportunities to take in the picturesque landscapes.

An outdoor courtyard and café at the experience base, meanwhile, ‘will provide the perfect pre-and-post rest stops along the mountain journey’, says the company behind the bridge, adventure travel firm Pursuit, which will operate it in partnership with a group of local developers led by Paul Deutsch and Rav Soomal. 

The Golden Skybridge (pictured), near the town of Golden, will actually consist of not one but two expansive suspension bridges, with the lower one hanging at an elevation of 262ft (80m) – still high enough to make it the second-highest suspension bridge in Canada

The Golden Skybridge (pictured), near the town of Golden, will actually consist of not one but two expansive suspension bridges, with the lower one hanging at an elevation of 262ft (80m) – still high enough to make it the second-highest suspension bridge in Canada

David Barry, the President of Pursuit, said: ‘At Pursuit, we are focused on connecting guests to iconic places through unforgettable and inspiring experiences.

‘The Columbia Valley is one of those remarkable places that is uniquely positioned to provide a stunning yet accessible mountain experience. Whether you’re staying in Golden or making it a stop along your journey between Alberta and British Columbia, the Golden Skybridge will soon become an iconic experience for Canadian and international visitors alike.’

For more adventurous explorers, the Golden Skybridge will also feature a tandem bungee swing and 1,200-metre- (3,937ft) zipline spanning the canyon, opening later this summer.

The two bridges that make up the Golden Skybridge experience will be connected via a woodland footpath totalling three kilometres (1.8 miles) in length and viewing platforms will provide guests with further opportunities to take in the picturesque landscapes

The two bridges that make up the Golden Skybridge experience will be connected via a woodland footpath totalling three kilometres (1.8 miles) in length and viewing platforms will provide guests with further opportunities to take in the picturesque landscapes

Located in southeast British Columbia 90 minutes from Banff, the mountain town of Golden is surrounded by six Canadian national mountain parks.

Historically known as an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, the mountain community is billed as a perfect basecamp to explore pristine mountain landscapes. 

The town is also a popular stop for visitors travelling between Calgary, Banff, the Okanagan and Vancouver.

For more information on the Golden Skybridge visit goldenskybridge.com. For more information on visiting Canada go to www.explore-canada.co.uk.

The Golden Skybridge will also feature a tandem bungee swing and 1,200-metre- (3,937ft) zipline spanning the canyon, opening later this summer

The Golden Skybridge will also feature a tandem bungee swing and 1,200-metre- (3,937ft) zipline spanning the canyon, opening later this summer

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