League failure hits Manchester United revenues

first_img Tags: Manchester United Share MANCHESTER United yesterday reported a 10 per cent slump in revenues for the first quarter as a lack of Champions League football started to hit the club’s coffers.In the first three months of the 2015 financial year, the English Premier League club’s total revenues fell to £88.7m, from £98.5m in the same period last year. Within that figure, commercial revenue fell 5.2 per cent to £56.8m, broadcasting revenue dropped 13 per cent to £16.8m, and matchday revenues declined 21.8 per cent to £15.1m. The club, owned by the Am­erican Glazier family, pointed to the absence of lucrative Champions League football as the reason revenues dropped off – this season is the club’s first without European football in over 20 years.United did, however, demonstrate its enduring inter­national appeal and global brand power by signing a 10-year £750m kit sponsorship deal with Adidas in the first quarter, the largest of its kind in any sport in history.Ed Woodward, executive vice chairman, commented: “While we recognise that the 2014/15 fiscal year fin­ancial results will reflect our absence from the Champions League, we signed the largest kit sponsorship deal in the history of sport in the first quarter and, with that concluded, we are excited to focus our efforts on the meaningful growth opportunities in sponsorship, digital media and retail and merchandising.” The club also reiterated its previous forecast expecting rev­enues to total between £385m and £395m for the full fiscal year 2015. Tuesday 18 November 2014 8:44 pm Ollie Gordon whatsapp League failure hits Manchester United revenues Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

Frankfurt airport invests in facilities to lure flowers from Amsterdam

first_img“We are buying one this year, but if it brings in business we will definitely look to getting a second,” said Mr Blum.The centre is working in partnership with the Cool Chain Group, a specialist supply chain management company, for onward refrigerated distribution throughout Europe.Mr Blum maintained that Frankfurt’s facilities were unique in Europe, with several different areas, all kept at different temperatures. With the relevant authorities on site, and a consultancy arm, Mr Blum said transit times had been cut by up to half, to about four or five hours. “Having the authorities here has made the process better for customers,” he said. “We can offer a premium service.”Currently some 20% of volumes passing through Frankfurt’s perishable centre comprise of flowers, with 48% made up of fruit and vegetables, 5% meat, and the remainder being pharmaceuticals and ‘other’ goods – including, at one point, a whole frozen crocodile.About 70% of the shipments at the centre are transit traffic, with just 5% exports, (mainly peppers and tomatoes), and 25% imports. Colombian roses are popular with Russians, added Mr Blum. “They pay big money for them.”On The Coolstar‘s visit, live lobsters sat by tuna, dourade, and shellfish, while in the meat room Australian lamb jostled for space with Argentine beef.The majority of perishables arrive by freighter, which are parked against one wall of the centre for speedy processing.The centre has three shareholders – the Nagel Group, with 50%, LUG with 30% and Fraport holds the remaining 10%. Lufthansa accounts for about 55% of the volumes at the centre, which employs some 120 staff. Frankfurt’s perishable centre aims to take on the might of Amsterdam Schiphol in the flower sector as shippers increasingly buy flowers direct from source.While the Aalsmeer flower auction has long put Amsterdam top of the league in flower imports, a changing shipper business model, which is seeing more retailers buy direct from the grower, could open up opportunities for other airports in Europe.“We see an opportunity to take some of the business which is no longer going through the auction,” Oliver Blum, head of Lufthansa Cargo’s perishable team, told The Coolstar. “We are only expecting to see volumes this year go up by about 2,000 tonnes, from 60,000, but there will be more growth.”The perishables centre, which claims to be rivalled only by those in Cairo, Nairobi  and Miami, is investing – along with Lufthansa Cargo – €500,000 in a vacuum cooler this year to help boost its flower business. Vacuum coolers reduce pressure so that water starts boiling at 2°C. The boiling process takes heat out of the product so it can be cooled to 1°C or 2°C within 20 to 30 minutes. By Alex Lennane 04/04/2014last_img read more

News / ‘Aggressive’ blanking brings capacity crunch, cargo rolling and rocketing rates

first_img By Mike Wackett 29/05/2020 Container spot rates from Asia to the US soared this week as the aggressive blank sailing programmes of transpacific carriers resulted in a capacity crunch and container rollovers.The US west coast component of today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) leapt 25% to $2,097 per 40ft, 42% higher than the same week of last year and the highest rate recorded for the tradelane for some 18 months.The SCFI also recorded a 7.4% increase on rates to US east coast ports to $2,732 per 40ft.The robust market was also reflected in neighbouring Ningbo’s NCFI assessment, which reflected a 23.7% and 9.5% uplift in spot rates respectively for the US west and east coasts.The NCFI commentary described the USWC tradelane as a “hot market”, due to a pickup in demand combined with the “long-term substantial capacity reduction” on the route.Indeed, a local forwarding agent told The Loadstar this week carriers were “taking advantage” of full ships to hike their short-term rates, but suggested it was “likely to be short-lived” given the fall in future orders due to the pandemic.Indeed, 2M partners Maersk and MSC announced this week that they would extend the suspension of their TP11/Elephant US east coast loop to the end of July, which, according to eeSea data, removes up to 36,000 teu a month from the route.MSC said it would only resume the service “when there is a sufficient increase in market demand to justify it”.Meanwhile, on the Asia to Europe tradelane, there have been reports coming into The Loadstar this week of carriers rolling-over many lower-paying containers prompting short-term rates to rise.Martin Holst-Mikkelsen, head of ocean freight EMEA at Flexport, said today that “some carriers have built up roll pools”, adding: “We expect services will continue to remain well utilised in the coming two weeks, as overall capacity remains short.”He added: “Currently the outlook for July points to a return of full capacity. However, this could change fast, and carriers are proving their willingness to make adjustments with short notice.”According to eeSea data, ocean carriers have blanked 37, or 28%, of the scheduled 130 headhaul Asia-Europe sailings this month, but so far only 17%, or 21, of the advertised 122 June voyages have been cancelled.This week saw the SCFI record a 4.4% increase in its North Europe spot rate to $863 per teu, which is over 10% higher than the same week of last year. And for Mediterranean ports, the SCFI reading increased by 5.1% to $924 per teu, an impressive 25% higher than a year ago.On the back of this robust market, some carriers have taken the opportunity to increase their FAK rates again. For example, CMA CGM has hiked its rate to both North Europe and the Mediterranean by $100 to $2,100 per 40ft, effective 15 June.The Shanghai-based forwarding source confirmed that space was currently “tight” and that most of the larger carriers had upped their short-term rate offers this week. Gantry cranes in Northport Malaysia Wharf container terminal. Pelabuhan, Klang, Malaysia. © Igor Groshevlast_img read more

Atul Gawande, surgeon and storyteller, on health care’s ‘dramatic transformation’

first_imgWhy is there this journalistic void when you’ve shown that there’s wild interest in this topic? Well, I hope STAT can answer that question. I do have a lucky vantage point being a practicing clinician, having worked in politics and policy for a while, and being a public health professor. But other writers have dug in on some of these issues in a pretty spectacular way. Ultimately, what you want to do is park yourself in a clinic or in a hospital long enough to start seeing what really happens, and then trace the threads down.Are you ever worried about being scooped on these stories? No. You know, I wrote about McAllen, Texas — the most expensive county for Medicare in the country — and it seemed like an obvious thing to go and talk to people and interview them. Then it was an obvious thing to go back six years later and say, “What happened?” I told people the idea, I told people this is what I’m doing, I wasn’t hiding it, and I never worried I was ever going to get scooped.advertisement HealthAtul Gawande, surgeon and storyteller, on health care’s ‘dramatic transformation’ Dr. Atul Gawande at Ariadne Labs in Boston. Aram Boghosian for STAT Rick Berke By Rick Berke Nov. 11, 2015 Reprints I arrived in Boston in the snow-sieged winter as employee No. 1 on a venture, as executive editor, to create STAT. After decades as a journalist in Washington and New York, I knew little of the thriving health, medicine, and life sciences ecosystem in Boston. I knew one name, though: Dr. Atul Gawande.If anyone could help me figure out how to make STAT important and urgent, it would be the famed surgeon, journalist, and public health researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. We met at Ariadne Labs, where he is executive director. The conversation that follows has been edited and condensed.What’s the biggest overlooked story today in health and medicine? There’s a lot of coverage about what goes on inside the Beltway, a lot of coverage around drug pricing, and things like that. But the biggest story that’s going on is what it’s like to actually try to get health care. The American health care system is going from being designed to deliver on pills and procedures to being designed to deliver on outcomes. That is a dramatic transformation, and we don’t know how to do it.advertisement About the Author Reprintscenter_img @rickberke Tags drug priceshealth careMartin ShkrelipharmaceuticalsPresidential campaign [email protected] You’re no stranger to politics, having worked on health care policy for Bill Clinton. How do you see health-related issues playing out in this year’s presidential campaign? In general this year, health care is not a major player in the presidential campaign. It’s not nearly as big issue as stagnating wages for the middle class and income inequality, or the dysfunction of government — and that’s not a bad thing. I’m very glad to see other issues like the delivery of health care, improving our management of end-of-life care, and things like that have been kept off the table as major partisan political issues. It made me really angry when CNN injected into the Republican debate, asking: “What do you think about vaccines?” There’s no good direction where those answers could go from a public health point of view.Has any good come from the emergence of Martin Shkreli and his tactics of raising drug prices?Yeah, I think that’s an example of digging in deeply enough to actually see how the mechanics of drug pricing really work. There’s the Martin Shkreli version of the story, which is, as far as what I can see, pure profiteering. But then there is the whole business of pricing a drug that is completely lifesaving — and this is not a competitive marketplace. So, how does it work? I’d love to know much more about it.What’s harder, being a surgeon or being a writer?By far, the least stressful day of my week is the day I’m in the operating room. There are no phone calls, no email, you’re focused in one direction, and once you start, you have to finish. But when it comes to writing, any number of things can go wrong, and it can be never-ending. With the kind of long-form journalism that I do, I’m also trying to make even the structure and form feel new every time. So, I can’t fall back into a formula — whereas in surgery, you’re always trying to fall back into a formula, it’s exactly what you want to achieve each time.You write both magazine articles and academic papers. How does the editing process compare?The editing process in journalism, I think, sometimes offers better protection for the quality of the ideas and writing than our peer review process. At The New Yorker, they will not only look to see if I have references and sources for everything I say, they will look up the references and call the sources. And they will also search themselves to make sure I haven’t cherry-picked the information. It’s a much more rigorous process than the one I go through with my scientific work.That’s fascinating, but it’s also The New Yorker.Yes, The New Yorker’s fact-checking process is legendary. They even fact-check the jokes that I write. In a piece I wrote about childbirth, I told a joke that Bill Cosby had said. They fact-checked the joke, and it turned out that Carol Burnett had told it first. And so they called up Carol Burnett, who picked up the phone and was like, “Bill Cosby has been telling that joke wrong for 20 years. This is the way I said the joke.”Did you put all that in the piece?No, it’s too complicated. I just put in Carol Burnett’s properly told joke. Co-founder & Executive Editorlast_img read more

Do antioxidants promote health — or fuel cancer?

first_imgThat said, a handful of studies have found that antioxidants inhibit melanoma and other malignant cells growing in lab dishes. Maybe different antioxidants (beta-carotene; vitamins A, C, E; others) act differently and are less harmful, or even beneficial. Or maybe studies in lab dishes, when they contradict human studies, aren’t relevant.You might think that while antioxidants are a bad idea for cancer patients, they should help healthy people by preventing DNA damage that can trigger malignancies in the first place. Unfortunately, cancer turns out to be more prevalent than once thought: Many of us have undiagnosed micromalignancies that the immune system and other defenses keep in check. As a result, megadoses of antioxidants — in pills, not pomegranates — might be risky for everyone.The Takeaway: “There is no credible evidence that antioxidant supplementation positively affects health in general, or cancer risk in particular,” said epidemiologist Dr. Michael Goodman of Emory University School of Public Health. And there’s some evidence that taking antioxidant supplements can be harmful, “particularly at high doses.”This article was originally published on Nov. 5, 2015. @sxbegle By Sharon Begley Feb. 14, 2016 Reprints Tags antioxidantscancerdietary supplements In the latest experiment, scientists led by Martin Bergo of Sweden’s University of Gothenburg exposed melanoma cells growing in a lab dish to two kinds of antioxidants, including a cousin of vitamin E, at doses comparable to those in supplements. The cancer cells again became more invasive and migrated more, the scientists reported in Science Translational Medicine.Second Take: Here at STAT, we generally treat studies in lab animals as a great way to generate hypotheses about what might be true in humans — and an equally great way to be misled about that. But in this case, the mice results align with a growing body of evidence about antioxidants and cancer, including clinical trials. Way back in 1994, a large trial reported that supplement-size doses of beta carotene increased the risk of lung cancer in male smokers by 18 percent. One interpretation: Smoking triggered initially-undetectable cancer; antioxidants kept the body’s defenses from fighting it; the cancer grew enough to be detected. Two years later, another trial found that megadoses of beta-carotene increased lung cancer risk in smokers and people exposed to asbestos — populations likely to have incipient, if undiagnosed, lung tumors. And a 2011 study of 35,500 men found that large doses of vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent.advertisement Sharon Begley [email protected] center_img About the Author Reprints Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Genetically engineered tomatoes, designed to contain very high levels of antioxidants called anthocyanins. John Innes Centre UK via Getty Images Gut Check is a periodic look at health claims made by studies and by newsmakers. We ask: Should we believe this?The Claim: Antioxidants make malignant melanoma cells more invasive, causing them to metastasize farther, faster.The Backstory: Antioxidants have become a multibillion-dollar business, sold as dietary supplements or added to foods such as juices and cereal. Their popularity is based on the claim that they protect cells from aging and help ward off cancer by mopping up “free radicals” — molecules that zip around harming whatever they encounter, including DNA and cell denizens called mitochondria.Naturally, things are more complicated. Free radicals attack all kinds of cells — including cancer cells, said cancer biologist Zachary Schafer of the University of Notre Dame. So if antioxidants mop up free radicals, “that might help cancer cells,” he said, allowing them to proliferate and spread more easily. His research, using mice, has shown exactly that. So did a 2014 study, which found that antioxidants accelerated the spread of human lung cancer cells implanted in mice, partly by blocking a cancer-fighting gene called p53.advertisement Gut CheckDo antioxidants promote health — or fuel cancer? last_img read more

Drug makers question idea to shake up how Medicare pays for certain drugs

first_img WASHINGTON — Drug manufacturers are pushing back against one of the administration’s major proposals to bring down drug prices: a proposal to shift chemotherapy drugs and others administered in the hospital into a different part of Medicare.The idea — which Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar first hinted at in his confirmation hearings and then proposed in the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget — would give insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers new power to negotiate discounts on some of Medicare’s costliest drugs. That could mean big savings for the Medicare program itself, which might be passed on to consumers. 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. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Chris Kleponis/Getty Images Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? Politics About the Authors Reprints Erin Mershon Senior News Editor Log In | Learn More center_img Drug makers question idea to shake up how Medicare pays for certain drugs What is it? By Erin Mershon and Ike Swetlitz April 24, 2018 Reprints [email protected] @eemershon GET STARTED 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. Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricingMedicarepharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+last_img read more

Portlaoise College Student proves he has many strings to his bow

first_img Community Pinterest Home We Are Laois Portlaoise College Student proves he has many strings to his bow We Are Laois Unfortunately he didn’t take the overall winner award but gave amagnificent display reciting two poems, ‘May’ by Kerrie Harding and ‘The Second Coming’ by W.B. Yeats, a lot of learning of lines on top of a full script for a play.Ben’s day was only beginning. Accompanied by his parents and teacher Siobhan Holland, they headed to Heuston station to get back to Portlaoise College for the second night of ‘The Wizard ofOz’ and launching into ‘If I only had a brain’ on stage.Ben said: “The whole experience was unforgettable, I couldn’t believe that the final was on the same day as the show but it lead to something that only Miss Cripps and Miss Holland could pull off!”An incredible day for any student and this scarecrow is definitely not lacking brain power.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Kolbe Special School puts on spectacular Winter Wonderland for children Council Portlaoise College Student proves he has many strings to his bow WhatsApp We all have memories of busy school days but this second year student, Ben Campbell went above and beyond the call of duty for his art.The Portlaoise College student played The Scarecrow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in the school musical on Thursday December 6 and then headed to Dublin early Friday morning to take part in the final of Poetry Aloud, junior section category.Having reached the semi-final as a first year Ben made it to the final in the National Library with students from all over Ireland. Previous articleRory’s Stories coming to Colt GAA to help raise funds for clubNext articleLadies footballer Conlon calls for GAA and LGFA to come together Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. TAGSBen CampbellPoetry AloudPortlaoise College Facebook Twittercenter_img New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook By Aedín Dunne – 21st December 2018 Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Gov’t. First Year Review: Major Restructuring at NSWMA

first_imgRelatedGov’t. First Year Review: Major Restructuring at NSWMA RelatedGov’t. First Year Review: Major Restructuring at NSWMA RelatedGov’t. First Year Review: Major Restructuring at NSWMA Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government embarked on a programme when it came into power last year, to re-organise and restructure the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), in order to better manage the island’s solid waste.This charge has been led by Joan Gordon Webley, who was appointed Executive Director in November 2007.In February, Prime Minister Bruce Golding called on Jamaicans to become partners with the Government in this effort. Part of this re-organisation programme, he said, would include the re-fleeting and expansion of the capacity of the NSWMA.To this end, the NSWMA acquired 11 new large garbage compactors, the first in a fleet which will see a total of 60 new compactor units being delivered to the NSWMA, to manage solid waste collection and disposal.“We need to create a whole new culture in the society, where garbage is properly packaged, so that disposal can be more efficient and simpler. It is the citizens who will benefit eventually, because it means that we will be able to service communities with greater frequency than we are able to do now, because we wouldn’t have to be spending so much time picking up garbage just thrown down on the roadside,” Mr. Golding said.He congratulated the management of the NSWMA, under the leadership of Mrs. Joan Gordon Webley, for the hard work being done with the restructuring and re-organization of the NSWMA. He said the restructuring is necessary if the Government is to eradicate corruption, because the NSWMA is one of those agencies where corruption has been festering and so changes had to be made.Meanwhile, in April the agency was allocated $1.09 billion in the 2008/09 national budget to purchase 77 garbage trucks. Some $7 million was also allocated to facilitate improvement works at the Riverton City Landfill.Mrs. Gordon Webley issued a sound warning for business persons and householders, who disposed of their garbage improperly, promising strong penalties, as she stressed that fines for illegal disposal of garbage could be as high as $1 million and imprisonment of up to six months.To assist with its efforts at better waste disposal management and monitoring, the NSWMA employed a new Director of Finance, Corporate Director, Legal Officer and Landfill Co-ordinator.In June, the NSWMA re-zoned the entire island, in an effort to increase the cleaning zones, which will allow for intense cleaning across the country.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government Reform, Robert Montague, informed the House of Representatives, in his Sectoral Debate presentation, that the rezoning would also allow small truck operators a chance to acquire a zone.Mr. Montague informed that the responsibility for solid waste has been returned to the Councils, and that the cost of cleaning parishes would be submitted and subjected to discussions with parish councils.The State Minister further noted that the Department would be moving to close four small landfills and to use transfer stations instead. “Four stations are currently on the wharf. We will also be getting 23 compactors, 11 of which are in the island, and 12 tipper trucks. The acquisition of these equipment will greatly enhance operational efficiency and reduce our reliance on the supplemental fleet,” he said.In March, Mrs. Gordon Webley, said the agency would be exploring an energy plan of converting waste into energy.“The plan would allow the NSWMA to take out of the Riverton area and indeed the other landfills, those garbage which have been there for a long time and use them in providing energy,” she added.Mrs. Gordon Webley said the NSWMA would also be looking at the area of licensing, where the persons who collect garbage would be licensed.The NSWMA, which now falls under the Office of the Prime Minister, collects some 730,000 of the average 900,000 tonnes of household waste that the country generates annually.The agency played a vital role in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean, which lashed the island in August last year, when the Prime Minister requested the undertaking of a massive clean-up from September 29 to 30 and on October 7, after he assumed office. Gov’t. First Year Review: Major Restructuring at NSWMA UncategorizedSeptember 19, 2008last_img read more

Creating jobs with new upgrades to community infrastructure

first_imgCreating jobs with new upgrades to community infrastructure The ACT Government has announced funding for a range of new infrastructure projects under phase two of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said that the ACT Government’s focus was to use the funding to support local jobs whilst delivering much needed upgrades to local community facilities, assets and amenities.“The ACT Government has allocated the ACT’s $16.5 million share to provide a diverse range of work that will create jobs and deliver real community benefits,” Minister Steel said.“Many of these projects are underway, while others shovel ready, and further construction tenders will be released to provide a pipeline of work for the next 12 months.“Improvements to be delivered include upgrades to existing cycle and walking paths around Canberra as well as walking trails on Mount Taylor, playground and skate park improvements, Lake Ginninderra foreshore upgrades, public toilet upgrades, more urban tree planting and improvements to existing sporting facilities.”“Our jobs and economic recovery plan sets an ambitious target to grow our employment base to 250,000 by 2025 and funding these projects will continue to provide a strong platform for us to achieve this goal,” Minister Steel said.The Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program is an Australian Government initiative.The list of projects announced today are:Footpath/cycling/road improvements$2.6 million in funding for path maintenance to support walking and cycling, including replacing and repairing shared community paths$4 million in surge funding for road maintenance, including hot asphalt patching and resealing to repair recent rain damage and prevent future damageupgrades have been funded at Mount Taylor Nature Reserve’s zig-zag track including resurfacing and reinstatement of the stairs.Community recreation and open space improvements$1 million to purchase 3,000 plants to enhance Canberra’s living infrastructure in areas of low canopy cover and to replace ageing trees$1.26 million to install new shade sails and fencing at priority playgrounds, to make these spaces cooler, safer and more inclusiveLake Ginninderra’s swimming area will be revitalised with a top up of beach sand, landscaping improvements and an outdoor showera new competition standard half pipe will be constructed at the Belconnen skate park on Emu Bank.Sportsground improvementsnew LED lighting will be installed at Bonner Neighbourhood Ovalupgrades to irrigation will be undertaken at Curtin District Playing Fields$1 million in upgrades to sporting change rooms will be undertaken to make them female friendly in accordance with ACT Government Guidelines (locations to be determined).Facility improvements (includes safety, accessibility and infrastructure improvements)the Chifley Community Hub will be refurbished upgrades will be undertaken to the foyer, reception and kiosk upgrade splash park at Dickson Pool and upgrades to chainmesh fence and improve accessible entry at Manuka Pooltoilets at Lyneham local shops and Colbee Court in Phillip will be replacednew fencing, drainage and pavement improvements will be installed at the MuggaLane Resource Management Centre in Symonston, and a new driveway to allow the public to safely and easily drop-off mattresses at Soft Landings Hume for recycling.the campground amenities block will be refurbished and gutters and an aged air conditioning unit replaced at Exhibition Park in Canberraupgrades will see the installation of smoke detector heads, and improved security fencing and concrete paths at GIO Stadiumsecurity landscaping, scoreboard repairs and thermal and smoke detector upgrades will be delivered at Manuka Oval$2.185 million will be provided for upgrades at the National Arboretum including improved security, upgraded wheelchair accessible paths in the Central Valley and Himalayan Cedar Forest and upgrades to approximately 4.5 kilometres of unsealed roads to improve access during wet weathercourtyard upgrades will be undertaken at Dickson Library and the ACT Heritage library will receive internal upgradesfurther safety and maintenance work will be undertaken at community facilities to be determined /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:Accessibility, Act, ACT Government, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Canberra, Central, community, detector, employment, Exhibition, Government, infrastructure, pipeline, recycling, Transportlast_img read more

What’s next? Conquering your fear of the future

first_imgThe end of the semester is an exciting time, but with it comes the end of the old, familiar routine and the introduction of a new, less certain one. Whether you have it all figured out, or are taking things one day at a time, we’ve got the latest about staying in the right mindset as you go through any transition. Check it out in this month’s issue of Student Health 101 online magazine. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 9, 2014 last_img read more