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US jobless benefit claims down by 11K in one week

US jobless benefit claims down by 11K in one week

US jobless benefits fell by a larger-than-expected 11,000 in one week, suggesting a healthy labor market and more job growth in March 2006. The Labor Department said the number of Americans filing initial claims for state unemployment aid fell to 302,000 in the week ended March 18 from an upwardly revised 313,000 in the prior week.

March 23, 2006 by in Government : AU

ATO signs AU$300 million outsourcing extension

ATO signs AU$300 million outsourcing extension

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has extended its information and communications technology (ICT) outsourcing agreement with services heavyweight EDS in a two-year deal worth AU$300 million.EDS said today the contract extension -- due to expire in June 2008 -- built on a six-year deal signed in June 1999.

April 5, 2005 by in Government : AU

Anti-spam assault spans Asia-Pacific

Anti-spam assault spans Asia-Pacific

Australian regulators have signed an agreement with Asia-Pacific nations to step up the war against spam.Twelve Asia-Pacific communications and Internet agencies have joined the Australian Communications Authority in signing a memorandum of understanding -- the Seoul-Melbourne Anti-Spam Agreement --on cooperation in countering spam.

April 27, 2005 by in Government : AU

AU electricity player beefs up outage management systems

AU electricity player beefs up outage management systems

Geospatial solutions provider Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions has been awarded a contract to provide an outage and mobile workforce management system based on Intergraph's InService for South Australian electricity distribution company ETSA Utilities.Using the new system, ETSA Utilities expects to improve outage management processes and optimise network reliability, crew dispatch capability, mobile tracking for 200 field units and outage reporting.

January 5, 2005 by in Government : AU

Australia coordinates spam scam sweep

Australia coordinates spam scam sweep

Consumer protection agencies around the world are gearing up in the next 48 hours for an international assault on scams in spam on the Internet.The annual International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network's (ICPEN) Internet sweep, coordinated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), will aim to uncover scams that use spam and the Internet to lure victims.

February 21, 2005 by in Government : AU

Feds line up women for ICT summit

Feds line up women for ICT summit

On the morning of International Women's Day, the federal government has announced the members of an advisory group which will help plan a Women in ICT summit to be held later this year.The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, said of the summit: "We need more women interested in ICT, studying ICT and working in ICT.

March 7, 2005 by in Government : AU

Competition watchdog recommends tight caps on Telstra pricing

Competition watchdog recommends tight caps on Telstra pricing

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission plans to recommend that price caps be retained for both local and dial-up Internet calls in its review of Telstra's current price control arrangements.The competition watchdog released the draft version of its review yesterday, asking for submissions from interested parties before it sends its final version to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts by 31 January.

November 9, 2004 by in Government : AU