Climate task force begins work — and push-back begins, too

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Energy & Mining | State GovernmentClimate task force begins work — and push-back begins, tooDecember 19, 2017 by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott chaired the inaugural meeting of Gov. Bill Walker’s climate change task force on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Lisa Busch of the Sitka Sound Science Center is one of 20 people chosen for the commission. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Gov. Bill Walker’s climate task force met for the first time Monday in downtown Anchorage.The 20-person team, formed by the governor this fall, is supposed to come up with a list of recommendations for how the state should respond to climate change.But the team is facing questions before it even begins work.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the day-long meeting, team members expressed a combination of fear and hope: Fear at how fast the natural world is changing, but hope that climate change might turn out to be as much an opportunity as it is a risk.Isaac Vanderburg, who runs the Anchorage business accelerator Launch Alaska, put it most succinctly.“Climate change is the one thing that keeps me up at night,” Vanderburg said. But, he added, if Alaska can seize the moment, “this is the greatest wealth-creation opportunity the planet has ever seen. I think in Alaska there’s an enormous opportunity here.”Ralph Andersen, head of the Bristol Bay Native Association, said the issue that’s gotten his attention is erosion.“We’re seeing way too many of our villages wash into the sea,” Andersen said. “We’re losing schools, power plants. Basic village infrastructure is either being lost or threatened.”Former state lawmaker and Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule encouraged the group to be realistic in its recommendations. He said promises have been made to Alaska communities in the past, especially on issues like village relocation.This time, Joule said, he’d like a frank discussion of what actions can really be taken, and, most crucially, who will pay for them.“Or whether or not they can be paid for,” Joule said. “At any level. I’ve seen communities that have been hanging out there, thinking that somebody’s going to pay for their move. Are we really?”Several team members have been here before — ten years ago, when then-Gov. Sarah Palin created a similar climate change task force.Molly McCammon, of the Alaska Ocean Observing System, was a part of that effort. She said the last decade has only made things more urgent.“The difference now is the rapidity of the change,” McCammon said. “I think ten years ago, we thought there was going to be more time to prepare and respond to things. Now, we are really facing some really immediate changes, and it’s just happening so much faster. We need to be able to act faster.”One big question is whether the team will be able to build support for whatever recommendations they come up with — not least from state lawmakers.In an indication of how hard that might be, Nikiski Republican Rep. Mike Chenault issued a blistering press release Tuesday complaining that the task force doesn’t include enough representation from business leaders and the resource industries. He said that leaves the team with an “obvious left-leaning foundation.”The task force includes just one representative from the oil and gas industry — BP Alaska President Janet Weiss — and none from mining or timber.It does include two representatives from commercial fishing, along with current and former local and tribal officials; representatives from the University of Alaska and other research organizations; several members with experience in renewable energy; and one from an environmental group.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, who is chairing the task force, defended its make-up. He noted that the Walker administration has also taken heat from environmentalists for not moving fast enough, and said the task force would engage the oil industry in “virtually every aspect of our work.”“The broadest range of voices, of Alaskans being involved and heard is, we believe, crucial to this effort,” Mallott said.Team members will split into working groups to come up with potential recommendations in four areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to environmental changes, research and immediate actions.The task force will meet in person just one more time before it must deliver formal proposals to the governor in September 2018.Share this story:last_img read more

Shawbrook bank poaches Santander UK boss Steve Pateman

first_imgFriday 2 October 2015 9:59 am Shawbrook bank poaches Santander UK boss Steve Pateman Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallUndoArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillUndoLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseUndoDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionUndo Another sign of the challenger banks are taking over? Shawbrook, the challenger which floated on the London Stock Exchange  in April, said today it had poached the head of UK banking at Santander to become its new chief executive. The bank said this morning that Steve Pateman’s appointment, which will begin in January, had come after Richard Pyman, who took a leave of absence in May, decided to step down.Pateman’s been at Santander since 2008, when his focus was on small businesses. He joined from RBS, where he oversaw business banking for retail customers.Iain Cornish, Shawbrook’s chairman, said Pateman will bring a “tremendous breadth and depth of experience across all of our asset classes and an outstanding track record in building highly successful SME banking businesses”.  Nathan Bostock, Santander UK chief executive, added: “Steve has played a key role in helping lead the remarkable transformation our business has undergone over the past five years.  In particular, we wish to acknowledge his work in creating a scale challenger in the SME market.” Share Emma Haslett Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

People / New president and COO as ATSG reshuffles executive team

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 10/09/2019 Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) chief operating officer, Rich Corrado (pictured above), has been elected president, effective on Monday.  He is to be replaced as COO by Edward Koharik, whose most recent role was senior vice president for FlightSafety International, and who has also worked at US Transportation Command – ATSG’s largest customer. Joe Hete will remain as chief executive, but relinquishes his role as president to “focus primarily on ATSG’s strategic planning and management team development”, said the company. Edward Koharik “Through his creative ideas and strong performance in a wide range of assignments at ATSG and elsewhere, Rich Corrado has proven himself ready to assume more leadership responsibility,” said Randy Rademacher, board chairman.   Since 2010, said the company, Mr Corrado has helped enhance and extend ATSG’s business model, now an industry standard known as “A+CMI.”  “He was among the first in the industry to recognise and plan for the exceptional growth in e-commerce transactions, and the opportunity to place ATSG’s midsize, medium-range Boeing 767 freighter aircraft at the centre of new time-definite express networks that e-commerce merchants require.” ATSG lags already-low industry standards in diversity. Its executive management team boasts just one woman (11%), and only one female director out of a total of eight. Every director and executive manager is white.last_img read more

Funding breakdown of Biden Administration’s latest COVID-19 investment

first_imgMobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data June 8, 2021 WASHINGTON — To improve the detection, monitoring, and mitigation of COVID-19 variants, the Biden Administration announced a $1.7 billion investment to help states fight the mutations.$1 billion of the funding will help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states, and other jurisdictions to monitor the circulation of the variants. $400 million will be used to support the launch of six new Centers of Excellence in Genomic Epidemiology. These centers of excellence will operate as partnerships between state health departments and academic institutions and will fuel cutting-edge research into genomic epidemiology.For example, the partnerships could focus on developing new genomic surveillance tools to better track pathogens of public health interest with the objective of developing surveillance methods to be used more widely in the public health system.  COVID-19 restrictions likely kept kids out of swim class, putting them at risk June 9, 2021 Advertisement$300 million will go towards building and supporting a National Bioinformatics Infrastructure.Experts use bioinformatics and complex computing to connect the dots between how pathogens spread and mutate to help solve outbreaks. This investment will support creating a unified system for sharing and analyzing data in a way that protects privacy but allows more informed decision-making.State funding breakdownRecipientNameInitial disbursement ALAlabama$3,593,711AKAlaska$1,301,896AZArizona$4,898,780ARArkansas$2,557,921CACalifornia (less LA County)$17,091,936COColorado$4,063,734CTConnecticut$2,858,697DEDelaware$1,434,966DCDistrict of Columbia$1,287,724FLFlorida$12,699,436GAGeorgia$6,732,998HIHawaii$1,677,852IDIdaho$1,881,778ILIllinois (less Chicago)$6,381,627INIndiana$4,598,546IAIowa$2,633,332KSKansas$2,500,516KYKentucky$3,354,450LALouisiana$3,453,954MEMaine$1,638,483MDMaryland$4,221,375MAMassachusetts$4,686,602MIMichigan$6,386,578MNMinnesota$3,998,300MSMississippi$2,535,036MOMissouri$4,271,779MTMontana$1,487,165NENebraska$1,962,725NVNevada$2,592,176NHNew Hampshire$1,646,998NJNew Jersey$5,779,696NMNew Mexico$2,051,956NYNew York (less NYC)$7,007,315NCNorth Carolina$6,661,942NDNorth Dakota$1,318,662OHOhio$7,321,756OKOklahoma$3,073,880OROregon$3,217,140PAPennsylvania (less Philadelphia)$7,062,902RIRhode Island$1,481,992SCSouth Carolina$3,728,600SDSouth Dakota$1,386,014TNTennessee$4,651,811TXTexas (less Houston)$15,555,044UTUtah$2,661,289VTVermont$1,242,807VAVirginia$5,589,242WAWashington$5,083,469WVWest Virginia$1,884,569WIWisconsin$4,098,728WYWyoming$1,217,959CHIChicago$2,380,016HOUHouston$2,174,709LACLos Angeles County$6,415,283NYCNew York City$5,480,079PHLPhiladelphia$1,770,253ASAmerican Samoa$927,139GUGuam$992,571MHMarshall Islands$942,797FMMicronesia$956,256MPNorthern Marianas$928,238PWPalau$911,922PRPuerto Rico$2,654,551VIVirgin Islands$958,344 AdvertisementTags: Biden administrationCovid-19White House RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Laois/Offaly CCTV Blockage Raised in Dail

first_img Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook The Sinn Fein TD blamed the hold up on CCTV cameras on ‘ping-pong’ between an Garda Síochana and local authorities.“There has been a game of ping-pong between senior Garda management and local authorities as to who will take responsibility for storing the data. This has dragged on and on and the schemes are now in jeopardy as a consequence.“I have raised this matter with the Minister for Justice and Equality who replied that he is trying to resolve it but in the meantime, these CCTV schemes and community alert schemes are paralysed as a result.“I call on the Taoiseach to examine this seriously with the Minister for Justice and Equality. It cannot be allowed to drag on. Grant money the Department has allocated is going down the tubes because this matter has not been resolved. The County and City Management Association said its members will not touch it because they are not the police force. The Gardaí also has stated it is not its baby either,” he added.Deputy Stanley insisted that one of the above must take responsibility for storing the data collected: “Someone must take responsibility and it is up to the Taoiseach and Minister for Justice and Equality to knock heads together and make somebody take responsibility and sort this out so that community alert schemes in counties Laois and Offaly and across the State can benefit from this funding.”Minister’s responseMinister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, answered:“I thank Deputy Stanley for this question. I am particularly familiar with the situation at national level and particularly in the area mentioned by the Deputy. It is an important crime prevention measure. I am very pleased that the Government has made available, through my Department, a sum to allow community CCTV.“There is a regulatory framework. I assure Deputy Stanley and Members that I am very keen to deal with this issue in a satisfactory manner. The regulatory framework to which I refer involves the local authorities, An Garda Síochána and the Data Protection Commissioner. I imagine everyone will agree there must be a proper legislative framework for this sensitive issue. I am keen to resolve the matter.”He stated that officials have been engaging with the relevant bodies on getting CCTV systems set-up ‘at the earliest opportunity’.“Officials from my Department are engaged with the County and City Management Association and local communities with a view towards resolving the matter in order that the CCTV system can be up and running across the country at the earliest opportunity.“Twenty-six of the 31 local authorities have now embraced the scheme in accordance with the regulations. I am anxious to sit down with the remaining handful of local authorities with a view towards dealing with the issue to which Deputy Stanley referred,” Minister Flanagan concluded.SEE ALSO – Laois school applies for extension Twitter By Siun Lennon – 28th September 2018 Community Pinterest TAGSBrian Stanley TDCCTV Community WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Previous articleSaga to re-open public toilets in Portlaoise wages onNext articleA quarter of Ireland’s top earners declare taxable income below the average industrial wage Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The issue of a lack of CCTV cameras in Donaghmore and Mountmellick was raised in the Dáil this week.Laois TD Brian Stanley raised the matter in the House of the Oireachtas, “Page 97 of the programme for Government states it will support the investment in closed-circuit television, CCTV, at key locations along the road network in rural and urban centres. There are several community CCTV schemes nationwide and the Department committed €1 million per year over several years.“In county Laois, however, the Donaghmore and Mountmellick schemes have been held up and a similar situation exists across the country. Many of these schemes have raised funds through their own voluntary efforts such as through cake sales, raffles and so on,” he said. Home News Laois/Offaly CCTV Blockage Raised in Dail NewsPolitics Laois/Offaly CCTV Blockage Raised in Dail New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Woman dies during childbirth at doctorless hospital in Onsong County

first_img AvatarKim Yoo JinKim Yoo Jin is one of Daily NK’s freelance journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A woman in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province, recently died while giving birth alone in a hospital without any doctors, Daily NK has learned.A source in the province told Daily NK last Wednesday that the woman, who lived in Gangan Village, had gone to a local hospital earlier this month after feeling birth pangs. The hospital was completely empty, and she died while giving birth all alone. “The woman’s husband submitted a petition to the provincial party, but received no response,” the source added.According to the source, doctors at the hospital have not been going to work because they have failed to receive any food rations or monthly wages amid worsening economic conditions following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The woman initially went to a local medical clinic along with her husband, but the facility had no doctors, so she was forced to go to a larger hospital in the village. The hospital, however, had no doctors, either, and her husband left her side to find a doctor who could help her.The husband ultimately found one doctor, but was forced to start his search for another doctor when that one turned out to have a different specialty. His wife went into labor by herself as he continued to search for help.The woman had visited the hospital several times before the birth, but was unaware she was going to have twins. After giving birth to the first child, she found that there was another baby in her stomach; however, she ended up dying of a severe loss of blood while giving birth to the second child.clinicsA doctor at a hospital in Pyongyang. / Image: Roan Harak, Flickr, Creative Commons“The husband had gone through the trouble of putting his wife in a cow-drawn cart and taking her all the way to the village hospital, but she ultimately died because so much time had passed and there were no doctors at the hospital,” the source said, adding, “The husband, angry at what had happened, submitted a petition to the provincial party.”In the petition, the husband argued that his wife had died because doctors were not doing their jobs amid the troubles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He further questioned how doctors could leave a hospital unstaffed during the daytime as they are responsible for maintaining the lives and health of the people.“The provincial party did question hospital [staff] about the death of the woman, but they’ve been unable to come up with much to say,” the source said, adding, “Hospital doctors are also unable to receive rations or monthly wages just like ordinary people, so it appears the provincial party won’t take any measures because [they believe] no one was responsible.”Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean Facebook Twitter Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News SHAREcenter_img News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

CLIEDIS makes changes to its executive committee

first_img The Thornhill, Ont.-based Canadian Life Insurance EDI Standards (CLIEDIS), the life insurance industry’s not-for-profit organization responsible for advancing electronic data exchange, announced on Thursday that it has added two new members — Mike Lewis and Heather Saxon — to its executive committee. CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies CLIEDIS — Canadian Life Insurance EDI Standards Lewis, vice president of strategic initiatives, individual insurance, with Canada Life/London Life, replaces Darlys Corbitt, who was named as the association’s new executive director in early October, as Canada Life’s representative on the executive committee. And Saxon, IS director, information services, retail markets with Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp., replaces Alan Bett as Manulife’s representative. See: CLIEDIS names Darlys Corbitt as its new executive director Bett, who joined CLIEDIS’ executive committee in April 2013 and took on the role of co-chairman in June 2014, stepped down due to a change in his role at Manulife. He will now serve in the roles as assistant vice president of business transformation with John Hancock Insurance. With Bett’s resignation from the CLIEDIS executive committee, Dennis Craig has agreed to take on the role of co-chairman for the remainder of the term. Craig has served on CLIEDIS’ executive committee since 2006 and has acted as co-chairman previously. CLIEDIS’ executive committee is made up of executives from the Canadian life and health insurance industry and is responsible for the governance of CLIEDIS. It ensures CLIEDIS drives and supports electronic data exchange through the promotion of the benefits of adopting industry standardsthat support industry priorities. Photo copyright: miluxian/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning IE Staff Advocis takes stand against new Saskatchewan tax on life insurance PenderFund names new SVP for investmentslast_img read more

Parents, Principals to Check-Up on Students at Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre

first_imgRelatedParents, Principals to Check-Up on Students at Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The management of the Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre is on a mission to reduce loitering and acts of violence by students at the centre and is appealing to parents, principals, and other stakeholders in the education sector to assist the initiative, by monitoring the activities of students, who use the facility.General Manager of the Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre, Arthur McKenley, told JIS News that Principal of the Ardenne High School in Kingston, Esther Tyson, in response to the appeal, recently toured the centre and checked-up on her students.“We are on a mission of involving stakeholders, principals, non-governmental organisations, the church, the police, parents, all stakeholders with an interest in the development of our students and their welfare, and the visit by Mrs. Tyson was a timely one,” he remarked.“She toured the facility, so she now has a feel for the place. She was able to see the buses leaving, some of them leaving half empty with students still loitering around, who should be on those buses,” he further commented, noting that students sometimes use the bus system as an excuse for their tardiness.According to Mr. McKenley, “the loitering, which exists, is commonplace at the centre in the mornings and afternoons” while most acts of violence result “from inter-school rivalry between some of our major boys’ schools, especially when it is approaching track season.”He advised that the initiative to monitor students, who use the facility, will continue into early 2009 because “we want to be fully prepared to engage the students leading up to the track season so we can reduce the elements of loitering and build a positive image for the Transport Centre. We are very much setting those issues and objectives as targets for this exercise.”In the meantime, he is calling on interested persons to get in touch with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and be part of the solution to help the children.“We are the watchmen over our children and we need to watch over our children…it takes a community to raise a child.and as we watch we need the presence of God and the church to ensure that our watching and our work are not in vain. So, we are asking, if you have an idea, a view, and a commitment to ensure that the next generation is fit and ready, there is a toll-free-number that you can call 1-888-JUTC-BUS,” Mr. McKenley urged.“Please get in touch with the centre, the administrative department of the JUTC and let us know what your thoughts and your views are and become a part of the solution,” he further advised.School principals, deans of discipline and other stakeholder groups will continue the initiative over the next few months by appearing at the centre to check up on the students as well as to get an understanding of the bus system. RelatedParents, Principals to Check-Up on Students at Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre Advertisementscenter_img Parents, Principals to Check-Up on Students at Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre UncategorizedDecember 12, 2008 RelatedParents, Principals to Check-Up on Students at Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centrelast_img read more

Old Harbour Gets Traffic Signals, Rehabilitated Road Opens

first_imgRelatedOld Harbour Gets Traffic Signals, Rehabilitated Road Opens Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail There should be some easing of traffic congestion in the town of Old Harbour, St. Catherine, with the commissioning into service of new traffic signals in the town square today (Jan. 7).Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, in his remarks at the function, which also included the official opening of the Gutters to Free Town main road, said that the signals would “facilitate the freer movement of traffic. It is supposed to be a timed signal that relates to where the traffic moves, in order that you are not held up at the other side.”Special Sergeant Peter Murphy, who spoke to JIS News, said that the traffic lights would help to make the job of the police easier, as personnel would not be required to direct traffic as much. He said pedestrians, especially, were having a hard time crossing the roads or were doing so improperly and the lights would help to alleviate that problem.Minister of Transport and Works, Honourable Michael Henry (right), speaks at a ceremony, held in Old Harbour St. Catherine, today (January 7), to officially open the Gutters to Free Town main road and to commission into service traffic signals in Old Harbour square.Innswood High School student, Janice Farmer, expressed pleasure that the traffic lights have been erected. “Children will know what to do. When you are walking you will see the red hand (which) stands for stop and you have to wait until you see the walk for you to walk. So this is best for us,” she said.In the meantime, Minister Henry stated that the 10-kilometre roadway, which was rehabilitated at a cost of $141 million, was evidence of Jamaicans’ “cess money at work”.He noted that the resurfaced road would provide a viable alternative to motorists, who do not wish to use Highway 2000, which attracts a toll.Minister of Transport and Works, Honourable Michael Henry (fourth right), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Gutters to Free Town main road, during a ceremony in Old Harbour square, in St. Catherine, today (January 7). Assisting the Minister (from third left) are: His Worship the Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr. Andrew Wheatley; Executive Director of the National Road Maintenance Fund, Clement Watson; and Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South Western, Honourable Everald Warmington.However, he cautioned drivers to be careful on the rehabilitated surface. “Let me equally say that as I repair roads, as I resurface them, let me ask the drivers to recognise that it is not meant for speeding; respect the pedestrian, respect the school children,” he urged.The road works is just the first phase of a comprehensive road rehabilitation project being undertaken in the area. The National Works Agency (NWA) announced that the project is to be continued from Old Harbour to Sandy Bay in Clarendon with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank.“It’s a process of resealing, putting in the proper drainage and, as we go through the townships, putting in the necessary sidewalks so that the pedestrians, who are also users of the roadway, have somewhere to walk and not have to walk in the road itself,” said Chief Executive Officer of the NWA, Patrick Wong. RelatedOld Harbour Gets Traffic Signals, Rehabilitated Road Openscenter_img Old Harbour Gets Traffic Signals, Rehabilitated Road Opens TransportJanuary 7, 2010 RelatedOld Harbour Gets Traffic Signals, Rehabilitated Road Openslast_img read more

Council to prioritise kindergarten infrastructure to support growth

first_imgCouncil to prioritise kindergarten infrastructure to support growth Baw Baw Shire Council will proactively seek funding for new and improved kindergarten spaces to cater for the growing community.At its meeting last night, Council resolved to pursue more opportunities to co-invest in kindergarten infrastructure with the State and Federal Governments.This approach aims to address a lack of three and four-year-old kindergarten places in Baw Baw Shire and reduce the burden on the ratepayers.Council’s decision follows the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement three-year-old kindergarten for all children over a 10-year roll-out period.This reform will add another year of funded kindergarten, with all children in Victoria having access to two years of play-based learning through a funded kindergarten program by 2029.Council’s enrolment data has shown a marked increase in three-year old kindergarten enrolments. Kindergartens in Drouin, Warragul and Trafalgar are now operating at capacity with waiting lists in place.Council’s position on kindergarten infrastructure is supported by the Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plan (KISP), which was adopted by Council in December 2020.The KISP represents the joint view of the Department of Education and Training and Council in estimating the growth in demand for kindergarten places within Baw Baw Shire. Drouin has been identified as the next priority area.Upgrading and developing new kindergartens is one of Council’s key advocacy priorities, with data suggesting that a new facility will need to be built every two years to cater for the growing population.There are currently 16 kindergartens in the Shire, which are a mix of Council-owned and privately-owned facilities.Council has been working in partnership with both State and Federal Governments to deliver new Early Learning Facilities co-located at primary schools, with projects recently completed in Warragul and Trafalgar.Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Danny Goss“Council now has a clear position on how we will fund future kindergarten infrastructure, allowing us to plan for projects and develop funding strategies to meet the high demand for kinder places. We will look to both the State and Federal Governments for support to make this possible, we cannot expect our ratepayers to fully fund these crucial projects.”Quotes attributable to Early Years Advisory Committee representative Cr Joe Gauci“The three-year-old kindergarten reform coupled with high-levels of population growth will put a squeeze on the already full facilities in towns throughout the Shire. We’re taking a proactive stance to balance the competing priorities of building new kindergartens while upgrading existing facilities, all within a rate-capped environment. We will continue to advocate strongly to the State Government for the support we need to make this happen to make sure our youngest residents have the facilities they deserve.” /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:Baw Baw, Baw Baw Shire Council, building, children, community, council, Drouin, education, environment, Federal, federal government, Government, infrastructure, local council, reform, Trafalgar, Victoria, Warragullast_img read more