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‘Operation Sleigh’ in full force to ensure safe travel during the festive period



As travellers get ready to take to the skies, authorities are on high alert for suspicious activity

International borders are open, and domestic travel has increased amid the Christmas period.

However, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) remains on high alert at airports around the country.

Dubbed ‘Operation Sleigh’ officers will step up their patrols across nine Australian airports during the busy December and January holiday period.

“Airports are not nightclubs. Intoxicated individuals on flights or in the terminal can be charged. Passengers who are convicted of an act of violence at an airport or endangering the safety of an aircraft in flight face serious penalties,” said AFP Commander Gail McClure.

The alert follows an uptick in alleged offences at Australian airports in recent months.

The AFP has charged more than 360 alleged offenders with 520 offences this year.

Around 20,000 incidents have taken place at AFP-protected airports around Australia.

Ms McClure said officers will be targeting intoxicated and offensive travellers. Meanwhile, disruptive behaviour in the skies will also place travellers on Santa’s ‘naughty list’.

“It’s a very exciting time and there is plenty to celebrate following the pandemic and the lifting of international travel restrictions, however we want to remind everyone that the airport isn’t the place to continue your Christmas parties at,” she said.

Over 500 members operate within the Airport Uniform Police, Protection Operations Response Teams and Counter Terrorism First Response team across nine domestic airports.

In addition, 49 explosive detection dogs and 25 canines are capable of detecting cash, drugs, firearms and prohibited devices.

Sidone Thomas is the chief operations officer at Sydney Airport, who said the summer holiday period will be a busy time for all airports.

“We are excited to welcome passengers for what will be our biggest Christmas since 2019, and want to thank everyone in advance for their patience and for treating staff and fellow passengers with kindness and respect.”

Operation Sleigh will cover nine Australian airports, which have been named after one of Santa’s reindeers.

Canberra will be known as ‘Op Rudolf’, while Melbourne will take ‘Op Blitzen’.

The AFP encourages all travellers to remain on high alert and report any suspicious behaviour to authorities.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Linda Yaccarino’s first task – dealing with Elon Musk



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In addition to lavish spending and hosting parties at luxury hotels, Linda Yaccarino has built a lifelong career in advertising.

You can compare this to Elon Musk, who sleeps on the couch of his friends homes.

As Twitter’s new CEO, Yaccarino replaces Musk as the company’s founder.

This new odd couple is the talk of Madison Avenue. Will they be able to work together?

This decision will determine the future of one of the most important social media companies in the world.

Since Musk took over Twitter in late October, many big-name advertisers have fled, and Yaccarino is tasked with regaining their trust.

Gwynne Shotwell, Musk’s No. 2, has long handled the day-to-day duties at SpaceX, freeing Musk up to focus on what he enjoys — like sending humans to Mars.

Yaccarino joins a company with 1,500 employees, many of them engineers and programmers who will still report to Musk as product development overseer.

Compared to her last job, Twitter’s advertising department is dramatically smaller. Over the past seven months, employees have endured rounds of layoffs and clients fleeing, partly due to Musk’s ownership changes, his content moderation changes, and his own controversial tweets.

The first major hurdle may be dealing with Musk. Perhaps Yaccarino will discover that a tightening economy, down-trodden ad market and shifting media landscape are nothing, compared to dealing with her now boss.

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Can new tech hires be sustained?



As technology companies continue to lay off staff, Australian research shows the future may be brighter

Australia has a target of delivering 1.2 million critical tech workers by 2030.

However, the sector has been battered by changes and layoffs since the pandemic came to light.

Kate Pounder is the CEO of the Tech Council of Australia, who said the pandemic changed the playbook for many companies across the sector.

“There is some evidence that there was a boom in job creation and company formation during the pandemic.”

The Tech Council of Australia recently revealed an 8 per cent increase in tech jobs last year.

It means Australia’s tech workforce is around 935,000.

“When there’s change in the labour market, you see people using that to start a business,” Ms Pounder said.

Despite the rapid layoffs across many major technology companies, Ms Pounder said for every job lost over the past quarter, 20 have been created.

“We are finding that the ease of people moving into jobs is getting a little better.

“It’s still challenging to find people in Australia, particularly for people in specialised roles,” she said.

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Tech layoffs reach their highest point in over 20 years



There have been over 130,000 layoffs across the technology sector in the last five months

The technology sector was billed as the most exciting industry to work in.

Big offices, big dreams, big money were all part of the parcel for many companies attracting staff.

As many organisations caught onto the momentum of the pandemic, the same energy has not been particularly met on the other side.

Thousands of workers have since been laid off as the good times stopped rolling.

In fact, the technology sector’s layoffs are the highest since the dotcom bubble burst 22 years ago.

The BT Group is one of the latest companies cutting staff.

Fifty-five thousand have lost their jobs as part of a corporate restructure.

CEO Philip Jansen will freeze his £1.1 million salary until he retires, according to reports from Sky News.

The ground is also shifting as artificial intelligence takes hold and the economy worsens.

BT Group said it is laying off 11,000 staff because of the increased capacity for artificial intelligence in the workplace.

At the same time, companies like Apple and Goldman Sachs are among those restricting or banning the use of tools like ChatGPT amid privacy or data concerns.

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