A Sydney man has been charged with grooming after sending pornographic text messages to two teenage girls.
The 47-year-old Prestons man will appear in Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday after being charged with using a mobile phone to send child abuse material, grooming underage people for sex and inciting a person under 16 to commit an act of indecency, police said.
He was refused bail.
Police searched the man\\\'s home on Tuesday, seizing a mobile phone and other electronic devices, after they were told the man had sent pornographic text messages to two girls in their early teens.
Unions Bankrolling NY Gov Cuomos Fight for $15
Andrew Cuomo may be driving the push for a $15 minimum wage in New York, but organized labor paid for the bus.The Democratic governor has traveled the state in a union-owned recreational vehicle to galvanize support for his proposal to enact a $15 minimum wage. He\\\'s featured in slick TV advertisements pushing the wage that look a lot like campaign ads. This past week he delivered yet another speech before thousands of workers gathered outside the Capitol, many of them bused in by unions.
Bankrolled by the unions, Cuomo\\\'s campaign not only cements his ties to organized labor, but also burnishes his progressive political bona fides amid a national debate over the minimum wage and income inequality.Cuomo characterizes the proposal as an alternative to what is being offered by Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, who he says has sought to capitalize on public anxiety over the economy. By being the first state to raise the minimum wage to $15, the governor said, New York can show the nation a more hopeful path.
\\\"People are angry. They\\\'re as angry in New York as they are in any other state,\\\" Cuomo said last week, following the Albany rally. \\\"It\\\'s working families, the middle class, who are fundamentally frustrated with their economic circumstance. There is an economic insecurity that eats at the table with people every night.\\\"
It\\\'s a sharp pivot from just last year, when Cuomo\\\'s administration dismissed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio\\\'s suggested $13 minimum wage as a political \\\"non-starter.\\\" But this year an even bigger increase is his top priority in the Legislature, where it faces a critical test in coming weeks as lawmakers negotiate a state budget, a grand political deal that the governor hopes will include his wage hike.In a sign of its importance to Cuomo, he named the campaign for the wage hike after his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.
The proposal would gradually raise the wage from $9 an hour to $15 by the end of 2018 in New York City and by 2021 in the rest of the state. He has proposed $300 million in small business tax cuts to help businesses absorb the higher labor costs, a number that critics say is far too low.To the Republicans and small business owners who warn of devastating effects from such a sharp wage hike, Cuomo is seeking to capitalize on the national debate over the wage to endear himself to organized labor and liberal voters in New York and around the country.
\\\"He had problems with $12, $13, but now $15 is a great idea,\\\" said Greg Biryla, executive director of the group Unshackle Upstate, adding that he believes supporters settled on $15 because of how \\\"Fight for $15\\\" rolls off the tongue.\\\"It\\\'s a political number, and anyone who thinks otherwise really isn\\\'t looking at the facts,\\\" said state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. \\\"It\\\'s a political goal to garner support from the people that think this is a good idea.\\\"
The Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice, the non-profit created by labor unions to lobby for the $15 wage, is housed in the Manhattan headquarters of 1199 SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, the largest health care union in the nation. A financial disclosure filed with the state indicates that so far the campaign has spent $1.7 million on expenses including Cuomo\\\'s RV tour and advertisements.
Cuomo has received more than $250,000 in campaign contributions from SEIU and the other unions supporting the Campaign for Economic Justice since 2008.The increase is popular with New York voters, two thirds of whom support Cuomo\\\'s plan, according to a Siena College poll released last month. Eighty percent of Democrats back the increase; 36 percent of Republicans do. Polls show similarly broad backing for Cuomo\\\'s other big priority of the year, a family leave proposal that would let workers take up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a new child or sick loved one.
Three U.S. States Sue Volkswagen, Say Executives Covered Up Diesel Cheating
Senior executives at Volkswagen AG including its former chief executive covered up evidence that the German automaker had cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, three U.S. states charged on Tuesday in civil lawsuits against the company.New York, Massachusetts and Maryland filed separate, nearly identical lawsuits in state courts, accusing the world’s No. 2 automaker of violating their environmental laws. The lawsuits, which could lead to state fines of hundreds of millions of dollars or more, complicate VW’s efforts to move past the “Dieselgate” scandal that has hurt its business and reputation, and already cost it billions of dollars.
The suits outlined more than a decade of efforts by VW to deceive regulators in the United States and Europe, citing internal VW documents.VW last September admitted using sophisticated secret software in its cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests, with millions of vehicles worldwide affected. The scandal prompted the departure of VW’s CEO and other executives.The states charged that dozens of VW employees at various levels knew that the company’s “clean diesel” engines could not meet pollution standards in normal driving without compromises to performance or fuel economy. The suits publicly identified for the first time many of these employees and accused them of “unlawful conduct.”
The suits said at least eight employees in VW’s engineering department deleted or removed incriminating data in August 2015 after a senior attorney advised them of an impending order not to destroy documents. The New York suit stated that “some but not all of the data has been recovered.”The suits were filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in Albany, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in Boston and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh in Baltimore. Additional states could file similar actions, Schneiderman’s office said.Healey said the suit is aimed at sending a message “to all auto manufacturers that violating laws designed to protect our environment and our public health is unacceptable and will be punished with significant penalties.”
Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan criticized the states’ decision to file suit and said the company already has agreed to spend billions of dollars to address all environmental harms from the excess emissions.The states’ claims “are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities,” Ginivan said. “… It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now.”
Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and VW’s former global head of marketing, Christian Klingler, knew by spring 2014 “of the existence of unlawful “defeat devices” and did nothing to prevent both Audi and Volkswagen from repeatedly deceiving regulators,” the New York lawsuit stated.In March 2014, VW learned that West Virginia University had conducted testing that found real-world testing on two VW diesel cars had emissions five to 35 times legally allowable limits, the suits alleged.
That prompted an email to Winterkorn in May 2014 from Frank Tuch, then head of group quality management for Volkswagen, who wrote that “a thorough explanation for the dramatic increase in NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions cannot be given to the authorities.”German prosecutors said last month that Winterkorn is under investigation.The New York suit stated that current CEO Matthias Muller, then head of project of management at Audi, and Winterkorn became aware in July 2006 of the effect of undersized urea tanks on the ability to comply with emissions standards. The suit said VW opted to install defeat software instead of larger tanks to save money.
The suits did not state Muller was aware of the cheating.The suits alleged that VW initially used the defeat devices in 2.0 liter vehicles because the soot filter would break within 50,000 miles if used at all times, far sooner than required under U.S. law.The suits cited internal documents from as early as 2007 about Volkswagen’s determination to promote “clean diesel” technology as a rival to Toyota Motor Corp’s Prius hybrid. The states obtained 1.1 million documents totaling 7.5 million pages in their nine-month VW investigation.
VW has admitted that it installed improper software that deactivated pollution controls on more than 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide, and last month agreed to pay $15.3 billion to settle U.S. federal litigation and charges lodged by 44 U.S. states that the company violated consumer fraud laws.The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency have not yet reached a deal with Volkswagen on fines as part of separate settlement that could lead to an outside monitor overseeing VW’s compliance with U.S. laws. VW also faces a Justice Department criminal investigation.VW faces potentially billions of dollars more in costs in the United States if it is forced to buy back 85,000 3.0 liter Audi, Porsche and VW cars and SUVs sold since 2009. Last week, California rejected its proposed fix plan.
Explosion near Indian consulate in Afghanistan
Kabul: An explosion was on Wednesday reported near the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan\\\'s Jalalabad city, capital of the eastern Nangarhar province.The blast, believed to be a suicide attack, occurred around noon (local time).\\\"We cannot provide details on casualties. There is fear of possible casualties, both civilian and security personnel,\\\" Xinhua quoted a police official as saying.Government troops cordoned off the area shortly after the blast, keeping people away from the site fearing a second blast.
Several warning shots were also fired by the security force personnel.Unofficial sources said the Indian Consulate office may have been the target of the attack in the city.The nature of the blast might have been group attack or complex assault, involving several attackers, the official said.The Iranian and the Pakistani consulate buildings are also located at the same place.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kirk to be First Republican to Meet With Court Nominee
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is slated to be the first Republican senator to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.Kirk\\\'s office says the senator is scheduled to sit down with Garland on Tuesday.Kirk was the first Republican senator to break with his party and call for a vote on President Barack Obama\\\'s Supreme Court selection. The senator is facing a difficult re-election battle in a Democratic-leaning state and Garland, the chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a Chicago native.
The White House says Garland will also continue meetings with several Democrats, including Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Ben Cardin of Maryland on Monday, and Al Franken of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York on Wednesday.In breaking with party leaders earlier this month, Kirk urged his colleagues to \\\"just man up and cast a vote.\\\"The statement by Kirk came two days after Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland, a Chicago native, is chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Kirk\\\'s stance directly contradicts the path charted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that most GOP senators have followed. McConnell has said for weeks that there will be no Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for any Obama nominee for the vacancy and no confirmation vote by the Senate.\\\"Right, it\\\'s just man up and cast a vote,\\\" Kirk said on the \\\"\\\'Big\\\' John Howell\\\" show on Chicago radio station WLS. \\\"The tough thing about these senatorial jobs is you get yes or no votes. Your whole job is to either say yes or no and explain why.\\\"
Kirk said he believes McConnell won\\\'t relent, saying, \\\"I don\\\'t see his view changing too much.\\\"Kirk is being challenged in November by Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and is considered one of the GOP\\\'s most endangered incumbents.Illinois Democratic Party spokesman Sean Savett said Kirk should \\\"publicly rebuke the strategy of the Republican majority leader he voted for, not predict the strategy\\\'s success.\\\"Democrats in next-door Iowa pounced on Kirk\\\'s comment.
\\\"If our neighboring senator is willing to cast an up-or-down vote on Judge Garland, why isn\\\'t Chuck Grassley?\\\" said former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, hoping to be the Democratic candidate against the longtime senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley has supported McConnell\\\'s refusal to hold committee hearings or a Senate vote.Friday evening, Grassley campaign spokesman Eric Woolson said, \\\"Chuck Grassley is elected by the people of Iowa and he is standing up for the people of Iowa.\\\"
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