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July 4, 2021

News / Shippers hit lack of port workers and containers as lines add congestion surcharges

first_img By Mike Wackett 03/11/2020 Shippers around the world face huge supply chain challenges from port congestion and an acute shortage of containers.And one carrier source The Loadstar spoke to today said the problems “will get worse”.“There are so many pinch points building now and they will only get worse before the holiday season and may well run until Chinese New Year [in February],” he warned.The New Zealand port of Auckland is the latest in a long line of container hubs to see its shipping community slapped with a port congestion surcharge.MSC said today that, effective a B/L date of 9 November, it would impose a $300 per teu congestion surcharge on all imports to Auckland from Europe, Turkey and Israel, and imports from China, Japan and South-east Asia, although this has been labelled as a PSS (peak season surcharge).“Delays and wait times for vessels to berth in Auckland are being reported between 10 to 13 days,” said MSC. “The congestion is due to a lack of workers,” claimed the carrier.The action by MSC follows months of crisis at the North Island port, partly attributed to a stronger-than-expected peak season, which has caused disruption at many ports around the world after the sudden contraction in demand at the beginning of the pandemic.Australian ports are suffering from a huge build-up of empty containers, estimated in excess of 50,000, particularly at Sydney where recent industrial action has hit repositioning of equipment to Asia.Shipowner and vessel operator industry body Shipping Australia said that, while some of its members were looking at the option of using sweeper vessels to help evacuate boxes, issues with berthing congestion, compounded by the scarcity of ad hoc charter vessels, were hindering these efforts.And Hapag-Lloyd, the first transpacific line to suspend bookings of agricultural products from North America in order to reposition equipment to the more lucrative Asian export market, said the entire industry was facing an “historic challenge” for its container control systems.According to its director of global container logistics, Nico Hecker, container availability and utilisation across its network is coming under “enormous and unprecedented pressure”.He said: “We are currently seeing a ‘black swan’ event and experiencing the strongest increase in 40ft demand, following one of the strongest decreases in demand ever. Both happening within just six months.”Mr Hecker added that it was “hard to believe” that in early July the carrier had some 600,000 teu of empty equipment, for which it was seeking cheap storage, whereas the current 350,000 teu empty fleet – classified as “sitting on the ground” – would “hardly cover two weeks of export volumes”.Apart from looking at every opportunity to either purchase or lease equipment – the leasing market is currently ‘sold out’ – the carrier is also reducing the number of days shippers can pick up containers for export loading, said Mr Hecker.“We have to reduce empty idle times, which means that the container availability for exporters is now seven to eight days before the ship arrives.” Photo 66271833 © Rafael Ben Ari – Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

June 23, 2021

One foot out the door, Medicare chief launches Twitter barrage to defend the ACA

first_img About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More What is it? What’s included? One foot out the door, Medicare chief launches Twitter barrage to defend the ACA @RachelHBluth Tags insuranceMedicaidMedicarepolicy GET STARTEDcenter_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Rachel Bluth — California Healthline Jan. 19, 2017 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Politics Rachel Bluth — California Healthline Andy Slavitt, outgoing head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Andrew Harnik/AP Government bureaucrats are not often Twitter celebrities. But Andy Slavitt, head of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, is making a name for himself with a barrage of fiery tweets in defense of the Affordable Care Act, breaking with the traditionally mute posture taken by federal employees.As the Act — known as Obamacare — is coming under attack by the new Republican-controlled Congress and incoming Trump administration, Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, isn’t being shy online.last_img read more

June 20, 2021

All of Monday evening’s Laois GAA results as Barrowhouse take step closer to promotion

first_img Community WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSBarrowhouse Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Rugby Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Twittercenter_img Pinterest By Steven Miller – 18th June 2018 Previous articleLeinster Final Memory: Dublin deny Laois in ’85Next articleREVEALED: Selection committee to find next Laois hurling manager confirmed Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. All of Monday evening’s Laois GAA results as Barrowhouse take step closer to promotion Midlands Park Hotel Under-15 Football League Division 1Graiguecullen V Portarlington 6.30pmSEE ALSO – Leinster Final Memory: Dublin deny Laois in ’85 Facebook WhatsApp Home Sport GAA All of Monday evening’s Laois GAA results as Barrowhouse take step closer… SportGAAGaelic Football Twitter Barrowhouse have taken a big step towards reaching the semi-finals of the Laois ACFL Division 2, thanks to their 0-8 to 0-5 win over Park-Ratheniska this evening.Following on from their win over Ballyfin on Saturday tonight’s  win moves them on to 14 points and level with Courtwood in joint second. Barrowhouse’s remaining game is against Clonaslee on Wednesday evening in what will be their third game in five days.A win in that game would earn Barrowhouse top spot ahead of St Joseph’s, a final place and automatic promotion to Division 1B next season.Clonaslee are still in contention but need to beat Barrowhouse by at least 15 points to advance.There was also underage games down for decision this evening.Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2 Barrowhouse 0-8 Park Ratheniska 0-5Midlands Park Hotel Under-13 Hurling League Division 1 Castletown Slieve Bloom 6-5 Rathdowney Errill 3-9Camross V Abbeyleix St Lazarian’s 6.30pmBorris in Ossory Kilcotton V Portlaoise 6.30pmThe Harps 5-9 Clough-Ballacolla 2-5Midlands Park Hotel Under-13 Hurling League Division 2Raheen Parish Gaels 2-2 Mountrath 2-8Park Ratheniska-Timahoe V Clonaslee St Manmans 6.30pmlast_img read more

June 20, 2021

Lads selling roses, a beautiful sunset and a new full forward line – it is all in our Tweets of the Week

first_img By Sarah Cullen – 24th November 2018 Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter TAGSTweets of the Week Facebook Council Another wide and very varied week for Laois people on Twitter.hope I run into everyone today just cos I like what I’m wearing— Cathal O’Sullivan (@mista_osullivan) November 19, 2018We all know those days… Pinterest Lads selling roses, a beautiful sunset and a new full forward line – it is all in our Tweets of the Week Home We Are Laois Lads selling roses, a beautiful sunset and a new full forward line… We Are Laois Twittercenter_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleMoore hat-trick inspires Park Ratheniska-Spink to U-14 ‘B’ football successNext articleClassy Conroy leads Portlaoise to U-14 Hurling Championship victory Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Facebook WhatsApp Community Great to see the Romanians back selling roses on the main street on nights out. Guarenteed Shifts with a rose.— Ricky Maher (@RichardMaher1) November 18, 2018The boom is backWith Mezza Pizza and Zam Zam getting mentioned in @kojaque new vid, it really is a special day for the town! 🇳🇬@softboyrecords @keankavanagh— Kieran Lillis (@kieranlillis) November 17, 2018Portlaoise making it on the big [email protected] Are you by any chance from County Leash? I just saw a video that I thought was you for a few seconds…https://t.co/vBxWlBSdBI— Elle ⚪h Hell (@ElleOhHell) November 23, 2018You leave our accents [email protected] Why didn’t I ever get drafted for the Laois team in less than 3 words? 😄— John Denis Dunne (@johndenisdunne) November 23, 2018We don’t knowDoes anyone have all the lyrics to the ‘Laois Laois Laois’ chant handy? Need to learn them before the start of the league campaign— David Lawlor (@davidlawlor222) November 22, 2018We’re sure you’ll figure it out David!And now pic.twitter.com/N4GYt7wXcS— LovingLaois (@LaoisLoving) November 22, 2018ClassWhat’s all this fuss about the All Blacks – sure t’was only an old challenge not the championship – reminds me a bit of Laois beating Kerry in a challenge in 1986 (i think) before going down to Wicklow in the real deal— John Drennan (@DrennanPolitics) November 19, 2018An interesting take on thingsNew Laois full forward line,myself and Eoin Meade from Laois and this fella qualifies through the granny rule. Great weekend at the @FEXCOAGG. Great to captain the junior @SaigonGaels to an unbeaten Saturday. Wasn’t our day Sunday but Big congrats to @SAGaels for winning it pic.twitter.com/cmEnqFLDST— Conor Dormer (@conordormer) November 20, 2018We’ll take yee all lads!SEE ALSO – A list of powerful GAA women operating in a man’s world Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

June 19, 2021

Energy and Economy Cooperation Working Group

first_img News Energy and Economy Cooperation Working Group SHARE On the 7th at Panmoonjeom, the Economy and Energy Cooperation Working Group of the Six Party Talks officially entered discussion about the economic and energy aid that’s worth 950,000 tons of heavy oil that will be given accordingly with the North Korea’s nuclear disarmament process that is the secondary phrase of the February 13 Agreement with North Korea. This meeting was to establish a roadmap for economic, energy and humanitarian aid that’s worth 950,000 tons. Such is following the nuclear disarmament process after our government completed giving 50,000 tons of heavy oil as the North stopped the operation of the Yongbyun nuclear facility on the 14th, July. Following this, on this day the participating representatives of the working group from North and South Korea, U.S., Japan, China and Russia held the first meeting at the House of Peace on South Korea’s side in Panmunjom and entered negotiation to prepare each country’s response action at the level of North Korea’s actions of nuclear disablement and listing of nuclear programs.At this conference, the core of discussion topics was to discuss which aid items to draw out from each country that corresponds to 950,000 tons of heavy oil and when it will be provided to North Korea. Due to this, actions to negotiate what North Korea “wants” and what each country “can” give will be carried out.On this morning at the conference where everyone gathered, it is reported that China followed South Korea to express its intent to give 50,000 tons of heavy oil during the middle of the month. In the case that China leads the aid of 50,000 tons of heavy oil, each country only needs to give economic energy and humanitarian aid worth 900,000 tons of heavy oil. The February 13 Agreement enumerates that economic, energy and humanitarian aid worth 1mn tons of heavy oil will be provided if North Korea gave up nuclear weapons. Thus, North Korea left the possibility open that the items provided could be general items and not heavy oil.Realistically, North Korea’s tanks for storing heavy oil are for 50,000 tons of oil per month so even if [countries] wanted to, it is impossible to give all the heavy oil. Thus, as North Korea has mentioned at the last Six Party of heavy oil storage facility ground confirmation and development center equipment aside from heavy oil as a response procedure, it seems that this could be made concrete.However, even if each country decides on a list of items to send to the North to support, it is not an easy problem to draft a specific roadmap as to when and how.First during the secondary phrase, North Korea must “report a list of all nuclear programs that exist and deactivate all nuclear facilities” in an ordinary fashion. As this level takes at least 5-6 months of time, work must be carried out in a divisive way to provide North Korea an incentive and to induce a deactivation approach.Korea had previously suggested a “System of Heavy Oil Gift Certificates” at the six parties’ chief delegates meeting to achieve the goal of “disarmament by the end of the year” to make a written promise instead of waiting for a response action every time North Korea carries out a specific level of action. This is from the judgment that if North Korea waits for each country’s response actions at every level, an amount of time would be delayed as well.If North Korea accepted this proposal easily, the providing method and time for the response action would not be hard to reach an agreement but experts predict that there is not a high possibility of such case. In such situation, the working group will not be able to compile an agreement proposal and with only a rough frame, a detailed roadmap will be completed in the Six Party talks planned for early September.On one hand, it was reported that a government official asserted that among the North’s representatives included an authority that manages energy problems and claimed that a detailed agreement process is prepared. Also, as it was introduced that a U.S. Office of Management and Budget related authority was included in the representative team, it is known that there is an intention to give energy aid to the North.Chun Young Woo, our Six Party delegate of the Economy and Energy Cooperation Working Group said at opening remarks at the conference that “If North Korea carries out denuclearization processes for a secondary phrase, this conference will draft a aid schedule and formula according to 950,000 tons of heavy oil that will be provided.”Also, he claimed, “At this conference, our role is to make a proposal that is pragmatic and has a high effectiveness of correlating duties. At the end of many obstacles, the Six Party Conference process is gaining movement again and the skepticism is disappearing. 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June 19, 2021

MSS cadres summoned to Pyongyang for investigation

first_img MSS cadres summoned to Pyongyang for investigation Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News AvatarChoi Song Min NewsEconomy By Choi Song Min – 2017.03.29 2:51pm News center_img North Korea’s Organization and Guidance Department has been reportedly summoning high-ranking Ministry of State Security cadres from each province to Pyongyang for interrogation following the purge of Kim Won Hong, the former head of the surveillance organ, which is currently under fire for abuse of power and spurious reporting practices.“The MSS’ unchecked activities has earned them an investigation by the Organization and Guidance Department of the Korean Workers’ Party (OGD). The interrogations have been conducted for a month with a significant number of high-ranking executives being demoted, dismissed, or disappearing altogether,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on March 23. “MSS executives across all ranks nationwide have been summoned to Pyongyang for investigation. Many at the director and manager level have been released after drafting a self-critical essay. Others are less fortunate and have either been immediately dismissed or detained,” the source said. This has prompted many MSS officials, facing their own impending demise, to draw anxious parallels to past situations like the downfall of Kim Pyong Ha and the Shimhwajo case.Kim Pyong Ha was the first head of state security back in the early 1970s who executed or detained numerous administrative and Party cadres. He then reportedly took his own life when Kim Jong Il sent the OGD after him for straying from the Party’s orders. In the wake of the incident, the security body saw its authority greatly diminished.Now, concerns are rife among those affiliated with the MSS, a source in Pyongyang said. “Many fear the entire organization will be restructured or even dissolved, and there are rumors that even more officials will be dismissed, considering people’s heightened resentment toward the MSS,” he explained.“Some MSS officials even have plans to extract themselves from the organization altogether and find a more ‘stable’ line of work.” News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

June 18, 2021

Scotiabank posts higher Q4 profit

first_img Toronto-based Scotiabank said Tuesday it has submitted a binding offer to acquire Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.’s (BBVA) interests in its Chilean banking operation, BBVA Chile, and certain subsidiaries. If the deal goes through, it would double Scotiabank’s market share in Chile to roughly 14% and make the Canadian lender the third-largest non-state owned bank in the country, it added. The bank said the transaction is in line with its strategy to increase its scale within the Chilean banking sector and the high-growth Pacific Alliance countries, which also includes Mexico, Peru and Colombia. “This is a high-quality asset bank,” Scotiabank’s president and chief executive Brian Porter told analysts on a conference call. “It’s very well run,” he said. “We think it’s a good fit of assets, and will be a good fit of people and technology.” BBVA owns about 68% of BBVA Chile — which has $29 billion in assets and has 4,000 employees at 127 branches — and its minority partner, the Said family, owns about 32%. Scotiabank added that BBVA is willing to accept the deal if the Said family does not exercise its right of first refusal under a shareholders agreement. The $2.9-billion offer came hours before Scotiabank posted fourth-quarter earnings of $2.07 billion in net income or $1.64 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $2.01 billion or $1.57 during the same time last year. Canada’s third-biggest lender was the first of the country’s biggest banks to report its fourth-quarter earnings. Scotiabank posted net interest income, or the profit generated from loans, of $3.83 billion, up 5% from a year earlier. Adjusting for the negative impact of foreign currency translation, fourth-quarter net interest income grew 7%. Scotiabank’s latest quarter was helped by its Canadian banking division, with net income attributable to shareholders up by 12% to $1.06 billion. Its international banking division saw an 11% rise in net income to $605 million during the period, even amidst a string of natural disasters including hurricanes in the Caribbean and an earthquake in Mexico. Still, these profit bumps were offset by a 15% drop in fourth-quarter net income in its global banking and markets division to $391 million. Scotiabank’s provision for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $536 million, down from $550 million in the same period a year earlier. “Overall, we had been anticipating a weak close to the capital markets year for the group and, at least so far, that is what we have gotten,” said CIBC analyst Robert Sedran in a note to clients. “Soft revenues held back the results this quarter.” Shares of Scotiabank were down as much as 2.45% on Tuesday to $81.43 in early morning trading in Toronto. Even still, the bank reported a nearly 11% increase in net income for the fiscal year to $8.24 billion up from $7.37 billion a year earlier. Scotiabank’s diluted earnings per share for the 2017 fiscal year rose 8% to $6.49, compared to $6 in 2016. Its key measure of financial health, the common equity tier 1 ratio (CET1), increased to 11.5%, up from 11.3% in its third quarter and 11.% in the fourth quarter last year. That strong ratio gives Scotiabank the “optionality” to deploy its capital in various ways, including acquisitions, Porter said. If the transaction to acquire all the shares of BBVA Chile is completed, Scotiabank’s CET1 would be reduced by approximately 135 basis points, it said. Scotiabank’s chief financial officer Sean McGuckin told analysts that he expects the CET1 ratio to stay above 10.5. If successful, Scotiabank expects to settle the transaction during its first quarter, which ends on Jan. 31, and close the deal in the summer of 2018, bank executives said. Scotiabank shares fell on news of the proprosed deal to $1.75, or 2.1%, to $81.73 at the closing of markets. Photo copyright: deymos/123RF TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Keywords Earnings,  Banking industryCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news The Bank of Nova Scotia is doubling down on Chile with a $2.9-billion offer to buy a majority stake in a Chilean bank, as the Canadian lender’s latest quarterly profits rose despite a drop in trading revenues, natural disasters and a flying loonie. Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter elected IIF treasurer Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Armina Ligaya last_img read more

June 16, 2021

Victoria confirmed as Australia’s Edtech Hub

first_imgVictoria confirmed as Australia’s Edtech Hub From 2021, Melbourne will host the EduTECH International Congress and Expo, the largest education technology exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, held in Sydney for the last nine years.This announcement comes as Melbourne is rated as having the largest number of edtech companies in the recently released HolonIQ Australia and New Zealand EdTech 50 – an annual list of the most innovative edtech startups across the region.In a keynote speech at the 2020 EduTECH International Congress and Expo on 9 and 10 November, this year, Victoria’ Minister for Trade, the Hon. Martin Pakula, announced that Melbourne will host EduTECH from 2021.EduTECH attracts delegates from around the world and across the education and training sector, including educators, edtech founders, thought leaders, investors and administrators. The event will provide a valuable platform for Victoria to showcase its thriving digital edtech ecosystem and world-class education institutions.“Victoria has the right ingredients to kickstart Australia’s economic recovery and to play a world leading role in developing the technologies that will drive the fourth industrial revolution.” Minister for Trade, the Hon. Martin Pakula.The announcement comes as Victorian edtech companies were well-represented in the recently released HolonIQ Australia and New Zealand EdTech 50 – an annual list that recognises the most innovative and most promising edtech companies in the region.Melbourne has the largest share of edtech companies in the ANZ EdTech 50, which includes companies across education sectors and technology categories, including Workforce & Skills, Learning Environments and Education Management Analytics.The ANZ EdTech 50 evaluated 750+ organisations against five criteria:Market: The quality and relative attractiveness of the specific market in which the company competes.Product: The quality and uniqueness of the product itself.Team: The expertise and diversity of the team.Capital: The financial health of the company and in particular its ability to generate or secure sufficient funding.Momentum: Positive changes in the size and velocity of the company over time. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ANZ, Australia, Congress, digital, education, Global Victoria, Government, industrial revolution, market, Melbourne, Minister, New Zealand, quality, southern, Sydney, technology, Victoria, worldlast_img read more

June 16, 2021

High Tech Drones To Lift Victoria’s Firefighting Capabilities

first_imgHigh Tech Drones To Lift Victoria’s Firefighting Capabilities VIC PremierVictoria’s firefighting capabilities have been boosted with the launch of a new aviation unit and four new drones that will gather aerial images of fires and other emergencies to strengthen emergency response efforts on the ground.Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville joined Fire Rescue Commissioner Ken Block today to announce a new Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) aviation unit based at Burnley. The new unit will use cutting edge drone technology, led by a highly specialised team of firefighters.Featuring both high-definition thermal imaging and live streaming cameras, the unit’s four new drones are able to capture better quality footage from the air to support firefighting and other emergency service purposes.The drones represent a significant uplift in capabilities for FRV’s existing drone service – known as its remote piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) service – because of their ability to stay in the air for up to 30 minutes and to withstand difficult wind conditions.Importantly, the new drones can carry both thermal and optical cameras at the same time, an advancement on existing aircraft within the RPAS fleet which can carry only one type of camera at a time.The technology means firefighters can better monitor fires and other incidents from the air, and get a fuller picture of complex fires, ultimately increasing community safety and contributing to saving lives.FRV’s new aviation unit will be staffed by four dedicated specialist firefighters, including Civil Aviation Safety Authority-qualified drone pilots and specialist aviation accredited personnel.The unit, which became operational last month, has already been instrumental in supporting the response to a recent industrial fire in Laverton North.FRV drones were used last year to support rapid impact assessment of fire-affected areas throughout Victoria following the bushfires that ravaged large parts of the state in late 2019 and early 2020.As stated by Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville“As we saw during last year’s devastating bushfire season, our firefighters tackle some incredibly complex and challenging fires – these four new drones within Fire Rescue Victoria’s new aviation unit will significantly add to their fire-fighting arsenal.”“Thanks to this highly specialist aviation unit and these new highly specialised drones, our emergency services will have greater access to critical information and intelligence to efficiently contain fires, respond to emergencies and save lives.”As stated by Fire Rescue Victoria Commissioner Ken Block“This technology provides us with much greater situational awareness during a range of emergency incidents and dramatically improves timely decision making and community and firefighter safety.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aircraft, Arsenal, AusPol, Australia, Aviation, bushfires, civil aviation, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Commissioner, community, Emergency, Emergency Services, Government, intelligence, Laverton, Minister, streaming, technology, Victorialast_img read more

June 16, 2021

Armidale Regional Council secures $1.37 million in funding to upgrade local roads

first_imgArmidale Regional Council secures $1.37 million in funding to upgrade local roads Armidale Regional CouncilArmidale Regional Council has been successful in securing $1.37 million of funding from the Australian Government to conduct gravel re-sheeting and bitumen sealing on twelve local roads.The Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Stage 2 funding will see gravel re-sheeting on six roads, and bitumen sealing on six others over the next two years.Armidale Regional Council General Manager James Roncon said this funding will ensure our local roads remain at the highest standard.“These projects will boost the safety of our local roads and will improve the overall experience for drivers,” said Mr Roncon.“It is our top priority to deliver the community with the highest quality infrastructure, and through securing this grant we are taking the steps to do this,” he said.Council has received $637,217 for the bitumen resealing program, which will see works conducted on Starr Road, Yeoman Street, Wollomombi Village Road, Rockvale Road, Aberfoyle Road and Boorolong Road.“These works will begin with heavy patch and shoulder works, which we aim to complete within this financial year,” said Mr Roncon.“Once the heavy patches have settled for the required period, resealing will begin and we anticipate this will be complete by mid – 2023.”The gravel re –sheeting program will cost $400,000, and will see works done on Old Ebor Road, Kilcoy Road, Old Hillgrove Road, Metz Road, Sandon Road and Dumaresq Road.Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the road upgrades would deliver multiple benefits for the Armidale region.“Not only will this funding build better roads for our local communities, the construction work will keep local people in jobs and drive new money back into the local economy,” Mr Joyce said.“This is further delivery for people in the New England.”Works on these projects will be staggered over the next two years and are expected to be complete by the first half of 2023. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Armidale, Armidale Regional Council, Australian, Australian Government, community, council, Dumaresq, Ebor, Economy, Government, infrastructure, Kilcoy, local council, money, quality, Safety, Wollomombilast_img read more