Son of New South Wales police chief and his American girlfriend slain during road trip in Canada

The Japan Times

MONTREAL - Two homicide victims found in western Canada are the son of a high-ranking Australian police official and the young man's American girlfriend, Canadian police said. The bodies of Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old Sydney native, and Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, from North Carolina, were discovered Monday along a remote stretch of highway in northern British Columbia province, the police said in a statement late Friday. A blue Chevrolet minivan registered in neighboring Alberta province was found on the side of the road, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said, without confirming whether the van belonged to the couple. Fowler had settled in British Columbia, local news media said, but the pair had been traveling extensively. Deese's family told U.S. media that the couple had embarked on a road trip through Canada.


Adani Carmichael Coal Project: Environmentalists Protest Queensland's Approval To 7.7B Venture, Legally Challenge Govt Nod

International Business Times

Several environmental activists have launched a protest outside the parliament of Queensland state, Australia on Monday, criticizing the government's approval to grant three mining leases to India's Adani Enterprises Ltd. The conglomerate received a nod from the state government for the estimated 10 billion Australian dollars ( 7.7 billion) Carmichael coal project Sunday after years of delays over environmental concerns. Environmentalists have been fighting against Adani's project, saying it could lead to loss of habitat for indigenous fauna due to port dredging and shipping, as well as climate change caused by using coal from the mine. The approval also coincides with extensive coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef due to climate change. "This mine means that Pacific islands will be submerged with the amount of carbon emissions produced from it," nonprofit 350 Pacific's Lisa Jameson told SBS, a local news network.


Digital driver's licence coming soon to phones in New South Wales

ZDNet

This ebook, based on a special feature from ZDNet and TechRepublic, looks at emerging autonomous transport technologies and how they will affect society and the future of business. Citizens in New South Wales will soon have access to a digital driver's licence, after trials in Dubbo have proven successful. Speaking at the Overcoming the Challenges of Digital Transformation conference in Canberra on Tuesday, Service NSW chief product officer Christian Wood said to expect a go-live of mid-2018. "Police are checking [digital licences] at roadside stops; pubs in Dubbo now accept digital driver's licences," Wood explained. "The target is to have this rolled out in the middle of this year to the broader public for full launch."


Licences go digital in New South Wales

ZDNet

The New South Wales government has now made the first wave of its digital licences available through the new "My Licences" digital wallet in the latest version of the Service NSW app. Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said the launch marked a leap in government technology, and has paved the way for digital driver licences to come into effect by 2019. "NSW is leading the nation in government technology, and the number one reason is that we are determined to offer the best services to make life easier for the people of NSW," Perrottet said. Within the updated Service NSW app, citizens can renew their licence and update their details without needing to visit a Service NSW centre. Perrottet initially announced that the state would begin the distribution of digital licences last November, and highlighted that each year in NSW, more than 23 million licences covering more than 750 different licence types are issued -- including 2.8 million plastic cards.


Queensland government to inject AU 1m into drone technology

ZDNet

The Queensland government has announced a AU 1 million investment in remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) technology, expected to benefit the LNG, agriculture, mining, energy, telecommunications, search and rescue, and environmental management industries. In addition to the cash injection, the state government has partnered with aerospace giant The Boeing Company, in conjunction with Boeing subsidiary Insitu Pacific, Shell's QGC project, and Telstra to further the drone research. Local small to medium-sized businesses specialising in related technology such as aerial photography, surveying, product development, and training for drone operators will also be consulted as part of the venture. "The project aims to capitalise on the capabilities inherent in drones to carry out remote-monitoring and inspection of key infrastructure and data analysis to allow for better decision-making," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement. In addition to creating 500 new jobs, Palaszczuk said she expects the technologies to be developed will include an improved airspace situational awareness prototype system that will enable the safe operation of RPAs over a broad area, as well as tools for enhanced data analytics.