Revealed: Cancelling Commons’ recess cost taxpayers £400,000 – and MPs didn’t even vote on Brexit bills

first_imgMonday 25 February 2019 2:17 pm Revealed: Cancelling Commons’ recess cost taxpayers £400,000 – and MPs didn’t even vote on Brexit bills whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoGadgetheory39 Of The Most Beautiful Women In HistoryGadgetheoryUndo Read more: May refuses to say if ministers will be sacked if they vote to delay BrexitWhen Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom announced the week-long recess – scheduled to begin February 18 – was to be scrapped, she said it was because the public wanted to see MPs “continue to make progress at this important time”.Yet the extra week saw no Brexit bills before the Commons, even though legislation relating to trade, agriculture, fisheries, immigration, financial services and health all need be rubber stamped by the time the UK leaves the EU – even if there is no deal with Brussels.A Cabinet source said important Brexit related work was carried out during the week on a more technical level that still needed input from MPs.Labour MP Nic Dakin, who uncovered the figures, told City AM: “Cancelling the recess was a costly political stunt. whatsapp Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, who provided the information as a representative of the House of Commons Commission, said in his answer: “There may be additional costs that cannot yet be quantified and there may be additional income from catering as the estate will be busier than expected.”While no primary legislation was voted on, secondary legislation to help get the UK ready for Brexit was put to MPs, including a number of statutory instruments recommended by the European Statutory Instruments Committee for upgrade to the affirmative procedure. A Cabinet source said: “Legislating for Brexit doesn’t just happen via primary legislation, but through critical secondary legislation too – which is exactly what the Commons debated and approved last week. It is right that parliament sat last week, at an incredibly important time for the country.”center_img More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Owen Bennett An extra week in parliament for MPs to tackle Brexit cost taxpayers’ £400,000 – yet no bills relating to the UK’s departure from the EU were voted on.City AM has learnt the decision to cancel last week’s parliamentary recess meant the Commons coffers were hit from cancelled tours, extra staff payments and postponing building works. Share “No significant votes took place and with many days finishing early in the previous month the business could have been managed effectively with better business management.“£400,000 may be an underestimate of the cost of cancellation – all money that could be spent on health, education or other public services.“Frankly this Conservative Government would find it difficult to organise a celebration in a brewery let alone negotiate a satisfactory way out of the EU.”Read more: Businesses, here’s your no-deal Brexit survival guideThe figures show that £90,000 was lost from cancelled tours of the estate; £10,000 was spent on staffing; while the cost of postponing planned building and maintenance work is between £200,000 and £300,000. Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

UK house prices: Regions near record high for June

first_img whatsapp Some eight per cent of towns offer affordable housing for key public sector roles, tumbling from 24 per cent five years ago. UK house prices near record high for new homes on market UK house prices are growing in northern UK regions while London house prices slip again UK house prices for newly-marketed properties neared a record high this month, spurred on by a cluster of UK regions shrugging off recent political uncertainty. Brian Murphy, head of lending at the Mortgage Advice Bureau, said: “The complex current market dynamic is driven by varying levels of consumer sentiment. whatsapp Four northern regions witnessed their highest ever asking prices in June, pushing property prices nationally up 0.3 per cent to just £91 below June 2018’s record figure of £309,439. Halifax, which produced the results, said the gap is due to UK house prices outpacing earnings growth for public sector workers. Central London remained the least affordable area, while the top three most affordable towns in Britain for key workers are all in the north west. “More buoyant markets in the north and midlands are helping to nudge up prices due to the seemingly relentless strength of buyer demand,” said Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst. “Buyers in four regions are seeing higher new seller asking prices on average than ever before.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance Read more: UK house prices grow at fastest rate for two yearscenter_img “One might suggest that those areas which are seeing more ambitious asking prices are somewhat insulated from the ongoing turbulence at Westminster – that or buyers and sellers in those areas are opting to ignore the headlines and carry on regardless, according to their personal circumstances.” According to Rightmove, the regions of East Midlands, the North West, Wales and Yorkshire & the Humber all enjoyed record asking prices. The scale of the UK’s housing problems were underlined this morning, with new research showing that less than one in 10 towns offer affordable property for nurses, teachers, paramedics, police and firefighters. Read more: UK housing market enters fifth month of subdued growth Average house prices have risen by 32 per cent compared to key worker average annual earnings growth of seven per cent. Sebastian McCarthy In London, Shipside blamed a combination of stretched affordability, moving costs including stamp duty and Brexit uncertainty for the 0.4 per cent drop in the capital, where prices in June have fallen for the last three years. Share That is despite newly-marketed houses in the capital falling in price by an average of 0.4 per cent this month. Monday 17 June 2019 8:20 am Tags: London house prices UK house priceslast_img read more

Alaska prepares for vessel disasters

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Aleutians | Oceans | Public SafetyAlaska prepares for vessel disastersSeptember 12, 2016 by Zoë Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:A helicopter practices dropping an Emergency Towing System on the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau. (Zoe Sobel/KUCB)On one of the nicest days of the summer, the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau needs help. The boat is playing the role of distressed vessel. A local tug slowly approaches its bow while crew members ready the Emergency Tow System. Horns blare and bang. One end of the rope is on the tug and the other on the Morgenthau. On both sides, people scramble to secure the lines for towing.Coast Guard Lt. Andres Ayure is coordinating the drill. He says the practice helps ensure everything is in working order.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/09/12RISK.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“If you don’t exercise it yearly, then with some time, some of these components could start decaying or start to break down,” Ayure said. “We wouldn’t find out until we have an actual emergency, which is not when we want to find out.”The city purchased its first Emergency Towing System after the 2004 grounding of the Selendang Ayu. When that ship split in half in rough seas off Unalaska’s coast, six people died and thousands of gallons of oil spilled in sensitive coastal habitatIf you ask conservation biologist Rick Steiner, it’s only a matter of time before the next disaster.“After that you’ll see all these politicians and people running around in their orange suits, clipboards and hardhats saying we need to do something better,” Steiner said. “All of that will be useless at that point.”As a member of the Shipping Safety Partnership, Steiner has helped institute some improvements in boating safety since the Selendang Ayu’s grounding. The Marine Exchange of Alaska has added more than 100 monitors to track boats 24 hours a day. Last year, the International Maritime Organization approved shipping buffer zones in the Aleutians to keep vessels further from shore.But Steiner says there’s still a lot to do. He wants better navigation aids, increased financial liability for shippers, and, most important, all-weather rescue tugs.Members of the Coast Guard secure the Emergency Towing System. (Zoe Sobel/ KUCB)“Let’s say you get this portable tow package on the bow of a disabled tanker out at Shemya,” he said. “What then? You don’t have an adequate rescue tug of open ocean, powerful thrust and capability to actually hook it and render ‘a save’ in most scenarios.”Steiner says the smaller, less busy Prince William Sound has 11 tugs. He’d be happy with three for the Aleutians and he wants to use the $5 billion Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to pay for them.It’s impossible to eliminate all risk, but Steiner says preventative measures, like buying tugs, would be economical. Oil spills are expensive to clean up and not very effective.Ed Page knows about the cost of oil spills firsthand. He spent 30 years in the Coast Guard, three of those cleaning up the Exxon Valdez spill.“Three years, $2 billion, 10,000 people, picked up 10 percent,” Page said. “That’s not a very good return on investment. So you want to say it’s difficult, yeah, that’s almost an understatement. It’s almost an exercise in futility. You got to give it a shot. Picking up 10 percent is better than picking up nothing, but still, prevention is clearly the way to go. There’s no doubt.”Cleaning up spills in the Aleutians or the Arctic would be even more costly.Now Page heads up the Marine Exchange of Alaska which works to improve safety by monitoring the locations of vessels in Alaskan waters. He says the size of Alaska’s monitoring network is massive — 1.5 million square miles — larger than anywhere else in the world.The statewide tracking system provides automatic alerts anytime a ship slows down or gets too close to shore.But now Page says, larger vessels, some bigger than the Empire State Building, are traversing Alaskan waters. And he says, there are no boats powerful enough to save them.“They’ve got 18,000 containers and they carry a tremendous amount of oil,” he said. “If you took the containers off the deck and lined them on the dock end-to-end, they would go 60 miles. If that vessel gets in trouble, there’s nobody who can give them a hand.”The boats are too big to stop in Alaskan ports. Page says they’re only passing through, just like the Selendang Ayu.The task of improving maritime safety is ongoing. Page says now they’re working on a new device — a parachute ship arrestor — that would work like a huge sea anchor to slow down and stabilize distressed vessels — providing more time for repairs or a rescue.Share this story:last_img read more

Bingo hall theft: Man in Halloween mask grabbed about $3,000 and ran

first_imgCrime & Courts | SouthwestBingo hall theft: Man in Halloween mask grabbed about $3,000 and ranNovember 16, 2017 by Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK-Bethel Share:Before a man in a bloody Halloween mask walked up to the register, Tuesday was a bingo night like any other.Audio Playerhttps://cpa.ds.npr.org/kyuk/audio/2017/11/171115_bingo_hall_robbery_pkg_final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jim Wycoff was the caller that evening.“It was a pretty routine night,” he said. “Everybody gets their cards, and then we go through game after game. We had just identified a winner.”Josie Andrews had just finished working the bingo hall’s concession stand, where she sells pretzels and nachos to customers.She was standing near the register, shuffling through the sheets for the next game, when a man walked in. Andrews said that he was wearing a mask that was made to look like it was bloody.“The way he was walking towards me I didn’t see any harm, like a gun or a knife,” she said. “The way he was looking at me I thought it was a prank. Next thing I knew he took the money and ran.”The thief had reached into the bingo hall’s cash drawer and grabbed a fistful of bills. Most people in the hall didn’t see the crime happen, but they definitely heard it.“All I heard was a guy yelling ‘Hey!’ with great force,” said Julie Springer, who was sitting at one of the tables closest to the door, playing a few games. “Next thing I know, somebody went out and several more people went trailing out after him.”“I was afraid; I was scared,” she said.Wycoff ran after the thief with at least three other men.“I see him going down the street towards the college, and so I’m running after him,” he said. “And he’s younger and faster than I (am). All I saw was his form running down the street; in the dark, in the shadows.”He said that the man in the mask gave him the slip when he sprinted past the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus.The Bethel Police Department was called, and officers spent some time last night reviewing the bingo hall’s security footage.This wasn’t a small-time robbery.According to Wycoff, the thief managed to grab several neatly bundled stacks of bills from the bingo hall’s cash drawer, a total of almost $3,000.Tuesday is the Lions Club’s bingo night, and the proceeds from the night’s games would have gone to them.“They run the Winter House,” said Wycoff. “One of their major funding efforts is to keep that going. It’s pretty sad when they (thieves) attack a charitable organization like that.”The cash drawer was open, and there wasn’t any kind of barrier that would prevent somebody from reaching in and taking something.Wycoff said that before this happened, the bingo hall didn’t think that it needed any extra security.“This is the first time this has happened in the 20 years I’ve been doing this,” he said. He added that the hall’s managers have already discussed adding additional security measures. “We need to make it a lot harder to do in the future, because if they’ve done this once, they’ll probably do it again.”Bethel Chief of Police Burke Waldron said that the police Department’s investigation is ongoing.“We have some information that we need to follow up on,” he said.Share this story:last_img read more

De nombreux soldats périssent dans un accident survenu sur un chantier.

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2015.01.19 12:04pm Selon la source, les soldats affectés à cestravaux furent contraints de marcher 200km à travers la forêt afin de rejoindreles différents chantiers. Les horaires stricts et le froid glacial ont conduitces soldats à développer l’un après l’autre des engelures. Dans ces régions montagneusesdu nord, les températures peuvent descendre jusqu’à -15 degrés Celsius, même àmidi, et même plonger à -20. De nombreux soldats périssent dans un accident survenu sur un chantier. Daily NK a appris qu’un tragique accidentsurvenu fin décembre sur un chantier a entraîné la mort d’une douzaine desoldats du 9ème Corps de l’Armée populaire de Corée (APC). Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April AvatarChoi Song Min Les soldats affectés auxdits travaux étaientapparemment retournés dans leur unité à la fin du moins dernier, selon lasource. « Les projets de réaménagement des sols existent depuis desdécennies, mais jusqu’à présent, les bureaux provinciaux de gestion des coursd’eau ou d’installations agricoles en avaient seuls laresponsabilité. C’est la première fois que l’on a fait manquer à destroupes leur entraînement hivernal pour les affecter à ces projets » aajouté la source. Celle-ci a précisé en outre que dans leur traitement de latragédie, les media ont évoqué le cas particulier de l’un des soldats quiétait, selon les autorités, « l’exemple même de la loyauté, conservant jusqu’àla fin l’image du Suryeong (Kim Il Sung) et du général (Kim Jong Il) ».Selon ces media, alors qu’il était en train de mourir, ce soldat a enveloppéson pin’s, sur lequel apparaissent les portraits des deux Kim, dans un papierblanc et l’a serré contre sa poitrine. La propagande d’État, via le TroisièmeCanal – système de transmission auquel seuls les Nord-Coréens sont exposés –s’est servie de la mort de ce soldat pour donner des leçons de couragemilitaire, arguant du fait que la victime avait « protégé, en donnant savie, les plus grands personnages du mont Paektu. » News Cette propagande sert, d’une part, à couvrirle fait que les autorités ont contraint des hordes de soldats à participer àdes travaux harassants malgré le froid glacial et, d’autre part, à désamorcertoute critique publique en transformant leur mort en d’héroïques sacrifices. Àen croire la source, les habitants ont cependant fait preuve de scepticismeflagrant. « Comment a-t-il bien pu penser à envelopper son pin’s dans dupapier et à le protéger alors que des tas de boue s’effondraient surlui ? ». « Où ont-ils pu trouver du papier blanc alors qu’ilsétaient en plein travail en extérieur ? S’il a eu le temps de penser àtout cela, alors il aurait mieux fait d’en profiter pour sauver sa vie. » La source pense que ces projets s’inscriventdans le cadre des grands travaux entamés par Kim Jong Un, qui doivent êtreterminés en octobre, pour le 70ème anniversaire de la fondation du parti, cequi expliquerait la mobilisation exceptionnelle de l’armée. « Étant donnéque la province de Ryanggang est celle où il fait le plus froid dans le pays,il est fort probable que les troupes ont été mobilisées afin de terminer lestravaux de réaménagement des sols avant que ces derniers ne gèlentcomplètement. » Les unités membres du 9ème Corps de laprovince de Hamgyŏng du Nord, stationnées dans le comté de Kyŏngsŏng, sontchargées de défendre le territoire de la province – des zones frontalièreschinoises jusqu’à la côte. Le fait que des dizaines de milliers de soldatsaient dû cesser leur entraînement pour être affectés à ces travaux estparticulièrement inhabituel.center_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News News « Toute l’armée a débuté un entraînementau combat en décembre, à l’exception du 9ème Corps » a expliqué le 9janvier à Daily NK une source de la province de Hamgyŏng du Nord. « À la place,ce corps était mobilisé sur des projets de réaménagements des terres, laconstruction d’une station de sports d’hiver, et des travaux à l’aéroport deSamjiyeon, dans la province de Ryanggang. » News SHARElast_img read more

Cryptoassets need oversight: regulator

first_img New York attorney general secures receiver for crypto firm Bitcoin should face tough capital rules, Basel Committee says James Langton The ESMA found that there are gaps in oversight because there are cryptoassets that do not qualify as financial instruments under the existing rules, which “leaves investors exposed” to significant risks. Assets that do qualify as financial instruments under the existing rules, on the other hand, need the existing requirements to be interpreted or re-considered to ensure those rules are applied effectively to cryptoassets.“Some cryptoassets may qualify as MiFID financial instruments in which case the full set of EU financial rules would apply,” said Steven Maijoor, chairman of the ESMA, in a release. “However, because the existing rules were not designed with these instruments in mind, [regulators] face challenges in interpreting the existing requirements and certain requirements are not adapted to the specific characteristics of crypto-assets.“Meanwhile,” Maijoor added, “a number of cryptoassets fall outside the current financial regulatory framework. This poses substantial risks to investors who have limited or no protection when investing in those cryptoassets.”The ESMA says that, at a minimum, the existing anti-money laundering (AML) requirements should apply to all cryptoassets and activities involving cryptoassets. It also says that there should be appropriate disclosure required, “so that consumers can be made aware of the potential risks prior to committing funds to cryptoassets.”The ESMA notes that its work on cryptoassets has highlighted several issues that are beyond its jurisdiction. It calls on European policy-makers to take up these issues, and says that it will continue to monitor the market’s evolution, while also cooperating with other global regulators.“In order to have a level playing field and to ensure adequate investor protection across the EU,” Maijoor said, “we consider that the gaps and issues identified would best be addressed at the European level.” How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Related news Many hands choosing cryptocurrency coins from box labeled ICO arrow/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Cryptoassets pose a new set of risks to investors, according to European securities regulators. The rules for traditional assets should apply to certain assets, they say, while other assets exist outside the regulatory perimeter.Following an analysis of the evolving markets for initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other cryptoassets, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued its advice to European Union (EU) policymakers today. It identifies several concerns with the existing regulatory framework for cryptoassets. Keywords CryptoassetsCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Labor need to support workplace protection laws

first_imgLabor need to support workplace protection laws Guy Barnett,Minister for ResourcesIt is time for Labor to get off the fence and back our workplace protection laws which are clearly needed here in Tasmania.It beggars belief that Labor would come out and condemn the Bob Brown Foundation’s most recent protests, yet refuse to support laws that are designed to allow hard working Tasmanians to earn a living for their families without fear of dangerous protests occurring in their workplace.Hopefully Shane Broad’s statement today is an indication that Labor has backflipped again this week – like last week’s reversal on 11/12 extension schools – and will now support our priority Workplace Protection legislation, which they previously tried to block.To the Bob Brown Foundation, I say enough is enough and I call on these protesters to cease their dangerous and threatening actions.These latest protests are attacking a facility where hard working Tasmanians are lawfully producing high quality products that are used for building homes here in Tasmania and across the nation.The protesters have followed harvesting operations from Wentworth hills, which is Permanent Timber Production Zone (PTPZ) land and was specifically set aside for sustainable forest harvesting by both Houses of State Parliament and agreed to by the Greens.We support the right to protest peacefully but dangerous actions are unacceptable and at a time when we desperately need to protect jobs and regional economies, it is extremely disappointing that BBF protesters would invade a legitimate workplace to try to stop hard-working Tasmanians earning a living.I call on Shane Broad to speak with the Labor member for Derwent and his Upper House colleagues, to explain why our Workplace Protection legislation is needed and ask that they support it for the sake of Tasmanian workers. /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:AusPol, Australia, building, Government, house, jobs, legislation, Minister, parliament, production, protest, quality, resources, sustainable, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Wentworthlast_img read more

Myilly Point Playground Precinct Open

first_imgMyilly Point Playground Precinct Open NT GovernmentFrom this weekend families and Top End locals will be able to enjoy the new Myilly Point Playground Precinct.The new landscaping and playground precinct includes:Shaded picnic areas;Seating;Tropical landscaping;Food truck ports, along with power and water services;Adventure play area with a rock slide and active climbing equipment; and aBasketball, scooter and skate area.The corner of the Myilly Point site is now lush and green and is ideal for community gatherings and children to play. It flows on from the work the Territory Labor Government is doing to revitalise the Darwin CBD in a place that locals and visitors enjoy.The playground development was delivered on this site through extensive community consultation. Future work on the site will acknowledge the history of the site, including the Kahlin Compound.Local business DTA Contractors completed the works which supported more than 20 jobs.The completion of stage one involved the redevelopment of a portion of the Old Hospital Site at Myilly Point on the corner of Lambell Terrace and Kahlin Avenue with multiple playground zones, landscaping, and carpark for the area.Remediation works have been carefully managed across the wider Myilly site and endorsed by the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority, with a fence installed to divide the playground from the rest of the site. This means any future development works will have a robust asbestos map and guideline for use.Quotes attributed to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:“The Territory Labor Government is revitalising the Darwin CBD. We have a vision for our Territory. We are cementing the NT as Australia’s comeback capital.“We have listened to the community and understand how important Myilly Point is to the Top End; this new precinct will recognise the history, enhance this key public space and provide a wonderful family friendly park for people to enjoy.”Quotes attributed to the Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby:“It’s great to have a new playground in the Port Darwin electorate. “I look forward to seeing families enjoying the new Myilly Point Playground this weekend, in time for Mother’s Day.“This is one more project complete which is revitalising our CBD and making our city an inviting and exciting place to live, work and visit.” /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:asbestos, AusPol, Australia, basketball, business, children, comeback, community, Darwin, environment, environment protection, Government, hospital, infrastructure, Minister, Northern Territory, planninglast_img read more

Minority Career Conference Exposes Students To Industries

first_img Published: Oct. 26, 1998 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Career Services department will host a statewide minority career conference on Nov. 11.More than 50 employers, including Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, the Colorado Department of Corrections, Andersen Consulting and the Federal Reserve Bank, will be on hand looking for full- and part-time employees and interns.The conference will be held in the University Memorial Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will provide an opportunity for African American, Asian American and Hispanic-Latino college and high school students from throughout Colorado to learn about various career options. Members of the community also are invited to attend.The mission of the conference is to connect minority applicants with industry representatives. “It also shows the business community that CU does have a diverse population,” said Derrick Watson, assistant director of Career Services. “In fact, we have very outstanding minority students and the corporate recruiters really enjoy interacting with them.”Amparo Garcia, a tri-executive of the Minority Business Student Association at the College of Business and Administration, encourages students to take part in the conference. “At no other time in our lives will we have so many recruiters from so many industries at our disposal,” she said. “Once you graduate, you have to search businesses one-by-one to find a career. This conference makes it so much easier.””The conference is definitely for people looking for a career, not a job,” Watson said. He said participants will leave the conference with a better knowledge of industries they are interested in.Participants are encouraged to bring resumes. Booths will be set up to provide information, set up interviews and answer questions. More than 500 students are expected to attend.last_img read more

CU Student Recovery Center Admitting Fall 2006 Students

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder is in the process of admitting a small group of clean and sober undergraduates recovering from addictive disorders to participate in its new Center for Students in Recovery starting this fall. Created last spring to support those in recovery from addiction — primarily alcohol and drugs — the Center for Students in Recovery is admitting its first five students this month, said program coordinator Jack Lavino. The center is providing the students with needs assessment, academic and housing support, 12-step meetings, addiction recovery education and community service opportunities, he said. All participating students are at least six months clean and sober and actively involved in structured recovery programs and community outreach efforts and meet the standard academic requirements of the university, Lavino said. “We are providing them support wherever they need it,” he said. “It may come in the form of academics, life skills issues or whatever it is they need to maintain their recoveries and succeed at CU-Boulder.” The CU-Boulder effort is based on a model, 20-year-old program emphasizing peer-based support at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, said Lavino. The Texas Tech program is admitting 90 recovering students this academic year and is partially funded by a $2 million scholarship endowment. CU is collaborating with Texas Tech administrators, who have visited campus and have provided CU with curriculum materials developed with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education. “This recovery center completes a continuum of care that CU-Boulder provides for students regarding addiction problems and solutions,” said Robert Cranny, director of the campus’s Wardenburg Health Center. CU-Boulder already has a number of alcohol education initiatives in place, including a program that helps parents of incoming students communicate with their children regarding alcohol use and abuse and includes follow-up studies on participating families, Cranny said. Cranny said he believes the number of CU-Boulder students in recovery from addiction is significantly higher than many have anticipated, making the new center an even more important resource on campus. “We are feeling very positive about this program, and it’s exciting to have students contacting us and showing interest,” said Lavino. Funded by $50,000 in seed grants from the CU Parents Fund, the center also recently received a $5,000 donation from the Louis and Harold Price Foundation of Louisville, said Lavino. The new center is expected to become self-funded through contributions and grants beginning in 2007. The program will include weekly “celebration of recovery” meetings on campus beginning Sept. 20. Open to all members of the Boulder community who are in recovery or are supporting family or friends in recovery, the meetings will be held on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in room 231 of Willard Hall on campus. “We hope people in recovery throughout the community will come to these meetings and help support our students,” Lavino said. The new center is housed at the College Inn on 17th Street and Arapahoe Avenue. Lavino said the center will be holding a “Rally for Recovery” at the University Memorial Center’s Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court at noon on Sept. 15 as part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. CU-Boulder is one of six universities in the country with student recovery programs. Others include Texas Tech, the University of Texas at Austin, Rutgers University, Case Western University and Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The center also is in contact with nearly three-dozen recovery high schools in the United States. For more information visit www.colorado.edu/healthcenter/recoverycenter/. Published: Sept. 4, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more