Contract awarded for $87.6 million defence infrastructure projects

first_imgContract awarded for $87.6 million defence infrastructure projects Contract awarded for first of four infrastructure projects at Australian Marine Complex  Fast-tracked projects worth over $87 million part of WA Recovery PlanThe four projects will create up to 600 construction jobs Construction work is about to begin on the first of four Australian Marine Complex (AMC) infrastructure projects which will help grow Western Australia’s defence industry.The $87.6 million projects will enable the AMC to support the larger and more complex Royal Australian Navy vessels entering service in the coming years.The projects include a new vessel transfer path, a new shipbuilding facility, a major wharf extension and upgrade, and three road intersection upgrades.Building and civil construction company Georgiou will deliver the first project, which is the new vessel transfer path.The new vessel transfer path will create greater connectivity across the AMC, between the floating dock and shipbuilding and sustainment facilities, including ASC, BAE and Civmec.Lanskey Constructions will deliver the new shipbuilding facility in the northern shipbuilding precinct, which will activate underutilised waterfront land to support commercial shipbuilding.  This will free up strategic land for sustainment activities to support the Navy.The extension to AMC Berth 1 will create a new berth and enable the facility to accommodate all Royal Australian Navy vessels, including Anzac class frigates, Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels, and the future Hunter class frigates.As stated by Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:“The McGowan Government’s investment of $87.6 million to fast-track four infrastructure projects at the Australian Marine Complex is already starting to deliver results.“The improvements will enhance the AMC’s reputation as Australia’s key defence industry hub and help secure defence contracts that will grow the WA economy.“The projects align with the Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan, which aims to double the value of the Department of Defence’s annual contribution to the State from $3 to $6 billion by 2030.” /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:Australia, Australian, building, Defence, Economy, future, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, jobs, Minister, navy, project, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

Juvenile Remandees Receiving Better Access to Education

first_imgJuvenile Remandees Receiving Better Access to Education EducationMay 22, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedMOE and VOUCH to Provide Diagnostic Services For Special Needs Children RelatedFive New Subjects Added to CAPE Syllabus Story HighlightsTwenty-six youngsters from juvenile correctional centres across the island are now sitting CXC examinations.The Government has improved the educational programmes of these institutions.Commissioner of Corrections, Jevene Bent, said several improvements have been made to enhance the quality of education offered within the island’s four juvenile institutions. Twenty-six youngsters from juvenile correctional centres across the island are now sitting Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations, as the Government improves the educational programmes of these institutions.Commissioner of Corrections, Jevene Bent, who made the disclosure, said several improvements have been made to enhance the quality of education offered within the island’s four juvenile institutions.She was responding to questions at a recent press conference regarding a National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report done in March, 2013 which found that the quality of teaching and curricular offerings at the centres were not up to standard.Ms. Bent pointed out that the Department of Correctional Services received the report in August last year, and had since then taken steps to improve the education of wards and remandees.She noted that while education for remandees who leave the institutions on a daily basis is limited, there are greater educational opportunities for wards, who have an average stay of three years.Wards and remandees are accommodated at the Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre in St. Ann, Rio Cobre Juvenile Centre in St Catherine, the Diamond Crest Juvenile Correctional Centre in Manchester, and the Metcalfe Street Secured Juvenile Centre in Kingston.The Commissioner noted that when the wards and remandees come into the facilities, they are risk-assessed as well as assessed generally to determine their level of education. “Quite a number of our wards and remandees are very low (in educational attainment), some of them cannot read and write. So there is a challenge with placement,” she said.Ms. Bent informed that additional and more qualified educators are now employed within the institutions.There are currently 28 trained teachers and instructors in the department, up from 10 when the NEI assessment was done.The Commissioner further informed that changes have been made to improve the various curricula offered, including an expansion of the number of subjects taught.In addition, Ms. Bent pointed out that the department now has a qualified educational coordinator, who has a Master’s degree in curriculum development, a first degree and a teacher education diploma.In the meantime, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, noted that since the report, improvements have been made to the way in which educational programmes are delivered by the institutions.He noted for example, that the female wards were previously splintered among several institutions, to receive the full range of subjects, posing logistics challenges. The programmes have since been consolidated and are now offered at the South Camp location.“We are coming from a position that was far from desirable to one that has improved substantially. We have not yet arrived at the ideal, but…a lot of work has gone into things so far,” he said.center_img RelatedQuality Early Childhood Education Critical – Rev. Thwaites FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Twelve Santa Monica playgrounds to open Friday

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Twelve Santa Monica playgrounds to open Friday Oct. 08, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsRecreationTwelve Santa Monica playgrounds to open FridayBrennon Dixson8 months agoopeningsplaygroundspublic health Santa Monica children and families can begin heading outdoors to enjoy local playgrounds starting this Friday.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced last week that playgrounds were cleared for safe reopening but officials gave cities the ability to decide exactly when monkey bars and slides would be safe for use again.Dozens of playgrounds throughout the county have opened since the revised health order, and city staff said Santa Monica’s Public Works teams have been hard at work evaluating equipment, replacing materials, pressure washing the grounds, and installing signage with guidance for a safe experience for visitors.And thanks to their diligence, 12 playgrounds will soon be available for use, according to city spokesperson Constance Farrell, who said the open play areas include:– Airport Park Playground– Clover Park Playgrounds– Douglas Park Playground– Gandara Park Playground– Joslyn Park Playground– Marine Park Playground– Memorial Park Playground– North Beach Playground (slide closed)– Reed Park Playground– South Beach Universally Accessible Playground– Tongva Park Playground– Virginia Avenue Park Playground“Parks that do not have nearby restrooms or need additional maintenance will not open until it is safe to do so,” Farrell added, so the Annenberg Community Beach House, Euclid Park, Ishihara Park, Ocean Park Beach and Ozone Park playgrounds are not included in the reopening orders. Muscle Beach and other outdoor exercise equipment at parks also remain closed, but their reopenings are slated soon.“The City is closely monitoring LA County Department of Public Health forthcoming reopening guidelines for outdoor fitness equipment and will release details of any additional reopenings at that time,” the news release states, mentioning access to open space and playgrounds is more critical than ever since students are participating in online learning.“We are excited to welcome families back to playgrounds across the City. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in following the guidelines and posted signage so that we can get outside and play safely,” Interim City Manager Lane Dilg said.City leaders noted Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District intends to reopen playgrounds at Roosevelt, Franklin, and McKinley elementary schools this weekend through the Playground Partnership. Reopenings at Edison, Grant, Roosevelt, and Los Amigos are slated to come by the end of next week.But it’s necessary that all visitors comply with the guidelines listed and fully accept they are using the playground and surrounding area at their own risk, the release reads, adding: “All playgrounds are subject to closure due to any events of COVID-19 exposure, or lack of cooperation with health and safety guidelines.”Tips to Stay Healthy:– Do not visit the playground or park when feeling ill. Check children for any flu-like symptoms before going to the park.– Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground. Use nearby restrooms to wash your hands frequently during your visit or bring your own sanitizing supplies.– Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone two years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.– No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.– Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of six feet.– People standing outside of the playground should remain six feet away from areas used by other visitors.– Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least six feet apart.– Patrons and visitors are encouraged to use playgrounds at different times to avoid crowds.– Individuals with underlying medical conditions should avoid the playground when others are present.– Limit visit to 30 minutes when others are waiting.– No adult team sports are allowed, nor are any competitions or spectator events.All recreational activities allowed to reopen and their specific protocols can be found at[email protected] :openingsplaygroundspublic healthshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUCLA Professor wins Nobel Prize in Physics for research on black holesCity Council candidates accused of hiding economic interests and illegal campaign advertisingYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Man pleads guilty to terrorism charge after blocking Hoover Dam bridge with armored truck

first_imgMohave County Jail(NEW YORK) — A man in Arizona has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges stemming from a June 2018 incident in which he created a barricade with an armored vehicle at the Hoover Dam, apparently in support of the far-right QAnon movement.Matthew Wright, 32, pleaded guilty on Feb. 4 to making a terroristic threat, aggravated assault and unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement vehicle.Wright, armed with a rifle in a black armored truck, blocked the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge over the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam, where the Arizona and Nevada state lines meet. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, when authorities arrived, Wright was standing next to the vehicle with a sign that read, “Release the OIG report,” known as a prominent demand of QAnon followers.After a nearly hour-long stand-off, Wright fled in his vehicle, driving over tire deflation devices and past law enforcement. Despite three deflated tires, he continued to flee state troopers for more than half an hour until he was apprehended along a dirt road heading toward the river, the ADPS said.Two assault-style rifles, two handguns and 900 rounds of ammunition were found in the armored truck.He was initially charged with obstruction of a highway, endangerment, unlawful flight from law enforcement, misconduct involving a weapon and terrorist acts, on June 15, 2018.Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe there is an anonymous figure inside the federal government, known as Q, who has inside knowledge into President Donald Trump and the deep state, and allegedly provides cryptic clues for people on the internet to decode. Many also believe that the government is hiding a secret report by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.Wright’s sentencing is scheduled for March 4. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

(3) Ohio State @ (14) Oklahoma Preview Part 4: “Can Barrett Continue His Heisman Run?”

first_img Related TopicsJ.T. BarrettOhio State Buckeyes (3) Ohio State’s upcoming match against (14) Oklahoma has a long list of implications at stake.First and foremost are the playoff chances of both of these teams.If Ohio State wins, they are validated as a top three team and will have a relatively easy road ahead with the exceptions of Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan. A Buckeye win over Oklahoma on the road would indicate that the team is ready for those challenges.If the Buckeyes fall to Oklahoma, the natural response of the college football world would be “If they have trouble with Oklahoma, how will they handle the elite teams, like Michigan?”On the flip side, an Oklahoma loss virtually ends their playoff hopes, whereas if the Sooners win, they become a legitimate contender in the playoff picture.If Oklahoma can get through this one with a 2-1 record, the general road ahead would mean the Sooners have to win out, but their playoff chances are alive if they run the table the rest of the way.This is about as big of a pendulum swing as one can find early in the college football season.Although this next example is further down the list of priorities, this game also has ramifications for the two starting quarterbacks, J.T. Barrett of Ohio State and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma.Barrett and Mayfield were both mentioned as potential Heisman candidates coming into 2016. Mayfield did not have a great game in the loss against (6) Houston in Week 1, but if he were to lead his team to the playoff, there’s a chance he’d be back in the conversation.Barrett, on the other hand, is firmly entrenched as a top candidate to win the award.He scored nine touchdowns in two games (six passing, three rushing). He’s the leader of a top three team that has a chance to run the table and reach the playoffs.If Barrett can add this victory to his resume, on the road, it only solidifies his spot in the Heisman race even further.He already has 498 passing yards in two games, and didn’t even need to play in the fourth quarter against Bowling Green.Barrett threw his first interception of the season on the opening drive against Bowling Green and has been nearly perfect ever since.Oklahoma’s secondary is as formidable as any the Buckeyes will face in 2016 and is led by two NFL Draft prospects, cornerback Jordan Thomas and  safety Ahmad Thomas.Safety Steven Parker is no slouch either, giving Oklahoma three returning starters in the secondary.Although the Sooners had trouble against Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. in Week 1 (most teams have the same problem), this will certainly be a few steps up for Ohio State compared to the first two cupcake opponents.Barrett has a deep arsenal of weapons to choose from in the receiver group.H-back Curtis Samuel has been deadly, with two receiving touchdowns and nearly 240 receiving yards on 14 catches.Dontre Wilson is another threat out of the backfield in the passing game and already has two receiving touchdowns.We still have yet to see Noah Brown make a big impact, but that seems to only be a matter of time.11 different Buckeyes have caught passes in only two games. Tight end Marcus Baugh is more than capable. K.J. Hill and Terry McLaurin have made big  plays already.There can’t be many teams that are harder to prepare for defensively than Ohio State.Much like our preview of Ohio State’s running back committee coming into this game, the Buckeyes have just about everything one could hope for as far all the elements and ingredients to a successful passing game.The offensive line is strong. The run game will open up the field for big passing plays.Oklahoma does not have an elite defense.Everything looks great on paper. Sure, Ohio State is “missing” weapons like Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller, and Jaylin Marshall, but that’s just a testament to how great the recruiting has been and how much talent is on this fresh crop.Look for Samuel, Wilson, and Brown to be some of the biggest impact players on Saturday night, but with this team, you never know who is going to step up and contribute.As with our breakdown of the running game against Oklahoma’s defense, this appears to be a heavy advantage of Ohio State coming into the game.If Barrett and his deep pool of receivers get the job done, the Buckeyes and Barrett will both be cemented as true contenders for the championship and Heisman trophy, respectively.Check back Saturday for part five of our preview series, when we give a general overview of the game, what to expect, key players to watch on both sides, and our prediction for the big game. Matt Medleycenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more