Industrial: No mercy for Mersey

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"Industrial: No mercy for Mersey"

Rescuers race to save scores of stranded whales in Australia

first_imgImages from the scene showed a shallow body of water, thick with scores of the large slick-black creatures maneuvering for space, and rescuers wading in as they worked to refloat the whales in deeper passages.About 60 people — including volunteers and local fish-farm workers — are involved in the rescue attempt. Government marine biologist Kris Carlyon said “about a third” of the 270 animals were dead by late Monday, and that rescuing survivors would be a challenging task likely to take several days.But there were hopes Tuesday that efforts were already paying off, with at least 25 rescued and escorted to open ocean by boats, according to the official leading the operation. Topics : ‘Notorious whale trap’ Most of a 30-strong group of whales on a nearby beach were found dead Monday, though two were saved and released.About 60 others on the sandbar are also believed to have since died and Carlyon said it was “inevitable that we’ve lost more”, but a detailed assessment using infrared cameras from the air was planned for Wednesday.Once the whales are returned to deeper water, Carlyon said, the biggest challenge is herding the social creatures out of the sandbar-riddled harbor — and hoping they don’t swim back to the remaining pod.Scientists said it was unclear what caused the latest stranding, but Carlyon suggested the pod may have gone off track after feeding close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.Karen Stockin, an expert in marine mammals at New Zealand’s Massey University, said Tasmania was a “particular hotspot” for pilot whale stranding in large pods.”It seems to be a notorious whale trap… you do tend to get these mass stranding events there,” she told AFP.Stockin said that while pilot whales were typically more resilient than other whale species, rescuers faced a race against the clock as the mammals can overheat, their muscles deteriorate and their organs become crushed outside their natural environment.”Time is never your friend,” she said. “So without doubt, the more expedited rescue missions are, the more likely there is an increased [chance] of survival.”Mike Double, the head of the Tasmania-based Australian Marine Mammal Centre, said it was “tragic” that such a massive pod had become stranded, but other whales had previously been saved from the same location.”The state team responsible for responding are extremely experienced and they’ll be absolutely working incredibly hard to get the best possible outcome,” he said. “We have now freed a small number successfully that appear to have stayed out at sea, and are now scaling up that approach,” Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said.Though mass whale strandings occur relatively often in Tasmania, such a large group has not been seen in the area for more than a decade.The animals are only accessible by boat, limiting the number of rescuers who can reach them.They are battling chilly and rainy conditions as well as the harbor’s unusual tides, which are dictated by barometric pressure.”In terms of mass whale strandings in Tasmania, this is up there with the trickiest,” Carlyon told reporters in the nearby town of Strahan.However, Carlyon said many of the partially submerged whales should be able to survive for the several days it would take his team to complete the task, in part due to the inclement weather.”It’s pretty ugly for people on the ground but as far as the whales go its ideal — it’s keeping them wet, it’s keeping them cool,” he said.Carlyon said rescuers would still have to “triage” the whales, prioritizing the healthiest and most accessible. Rescuers raced to save nearly 200 whales stuck in a remote Australian harbor on Tuesday, hoping to minimize the death toll of a mass stranding which had already killed 90.Officials said at least 25 of the mammals had been freed so far.A large pod of long-finned pilot whales is currently stuck on a sandbar in Macquarie Harbor, on Tasmania’s rugged and sparsely populated west coast, scientists said.last_img read more

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Job creation omnibus bill set to be passed into law at next House plenary session

first_imgThe House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg) and the government have agreed to pass into law the controversial omnibus bill on job creation in the next plenary session on Oct. 8, despite mounting opposition from members of the public – particularly labor groups – in recent months.“[The bill] has been approved for the next stage of the deliberation,” said Baleg chairman Supratman Andi Agtas during a meeting with members of the government on Sunday, as quoted by said seven House factions had conveyed their approval of the bill during the meeting: the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar, Gerindra, NasDem, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development Party (PPP). Two other factions – the Democratic Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) – objected to the bill, he said.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who was among the government representatives present during the meeting, said the government appreciated the speedy and “transparent” deliberation of the bill.He said the bill would improve bureaucratic efficiency and cut unnecessary red tape, particularly in regard to business permits and investments.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutesFurthermore, he claimed the bill would also be beneficial to the country’s workers, saying that the regulation would ensure safety nets for employees, such as new severance terms in the event of layoffs.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia said last month the government had been preparing the implementing regulations for the articles in the bill that had been agreed upon by lawmakers.The government is trying to revise 79 prevailing laws and more than 1,200 articles with the omnibus bill. The bill, which is more than 1,000 pages long and contains 174 articles in 15 chapters, has faced a backlash from labor unions, observers and NGOs that argue it will jeopardize labor rights and weaken environmental protection, among other issues. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces $5.8 Million to Prepare Youth Reentrants for Good Jobs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 20, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces $5.8 Million to Prepare Youth Reentrants for Good Jobscenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf is investing nearly $5.8 million to provide young adults who were in the justice system with educational, training and skills-building opportunities to better prepare them for good jobs and successful careers that we need in Pennsylvania.“This investment will help those who have interacted with the justice system to get the skills they need for a good job and to build a career,” said Governor Wolf. “Education and job training are crucial to removing barriers to work so people can put their lives back on track and build a stronger workforce in Pennsylvania.“Expanding educational and vocational programs for reentrants is the smart thing to do and a priority for my administration. These grants are a step in that direction.”The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded $5.8 million for Youth Reentry Demonstration Project grants to 10 local workforce development boards (LWDBs). These programs blend academic and job training, provide connections to area employers in high-priority jobs, support mentorships, and forge connections to education and training.L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today highlighted the $988,925 grant award for the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley (WBLV) at a press conference in Allentown, where she was joined by Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, and local workforce, education and county judicial representatives.WBLV’s grant program will integrate the PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley workforce system into the justice systems of Northampton and Lehigh counties that provide referrals of incarcerated youth to re-engage into education, training and employment. Post-secondary education partners Northampton Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College will coordinate the education and training needs of participants, and the Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance will provide expertise in employability and soft skills.“As Lehigh county executive, I am pleased that a coordination process has already been established for this grant, which will expand, enhance, and streamline connections between the justice and workforce systems to reengage young adults who were incarcerated or were subject to the justice system,” said Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong. “Lehigh County fully supports the Lehigh Valley Youth Reentry Demonstration Grant.”The Youth Reentry Demonstration Projects will operate through March 31, 2022. The program supports engaging young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, who were incarcerated or subjected to the justice system, in a career path leading to postsecondary education, job training and gainful employment.“Northampton County and the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley already have a strong connection through the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release program, a workforce system within the Northampton County Jail that prepares soon-to-be released inmates with career readiness skills,” said Northampton County Executive Lamont G. McClure. “This coordination process will be enhanced through the Youth Reentry Demonstration Grant, which will engage youth ages 18-24 into education, training, and employment.”“Reentry and reintegration are priorities for Governor Tom Wolf, who is focused on removing employment obstacles to help young adults overcome barriers to post-incarceration success,” said Deputy Secretary Cipriani. “Criminal justice reforms like the Clean Slate Law, coupled with the Wolf Administration’s workforce development initiative PAsmart, are part of the bold, innovative plans that Pennsylvania needs to build the strongest workforce in the nation.”The following 10 LWDBs received Youth Reentry Demonstration Project funds:The Berks County Workforce Development Board (Berks WDB) – A $500,000 grant was awarded to provide educational, social, and cognitive supports to reentrant and justice-affected young adults to prepare them for success in the registered pre-apprenticeship program to Berks Connections: Rebuilding, Reentrants and Reading (R3) Prep for Young Adults.Lackawanna Workforce Development Board – A $500,000 grant was awarded to the Lifeline to Success program to provide intensive, one-on-one case management services; adult mentoring; GED preparation and testing; occupational skills training; work experience; on-the-job training (OJT) opportunities and additional supportive services to increase employment opportunities for 75, 18 to 24-aged young adults in Lackawanna County.Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board (WBLV) – A $988,925 grant was awarded for the Lehigh Valley Youth Reentry Demonstration Project, to provide referrals of youth who were incarcerated or subject to the justice system, to re-engage them into education, training and employment.Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Development Board – A $500,000 grant was awarded forProject REAL (Reconnect, Engage, Advocate and Lead) to provide one-on-one mentoring and individualized services designed to alleviate barriers to employment to a minimum of 50 reentry young adults referred from the courts and other justice-involved organizations.South Central Workforce Development Board – A $500,000 grant was awarded to implement a Youth Reentry program that uses staff, mentorship, technology and post-release engagement to serve 24 incarcerated youth between the ages of 18-24.Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board – A $492,509 grant was awarded to the reSTARt Youth program to provide a platform for collaboration between workforce development services, the juvenile justice system, and service providers necessary for strategic removal of barriers faced by youth reentrants, and the vital continuum of care for successful, sustainable, gainful employment.Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board – A $500,000 grant was awarded to the Youth Reentry Cooperative Network (YRCN), a collaborative project between the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board and the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board. The program will provide post-secondary education, soft-skills training, and advanced training and will serve youth ages 18-24 from Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties who were incarcerated or were subjected to the justice system.Three Rivers Workforce Development Board – A $527,464 grant was awarded to create a partnership between Partner4Work, Allegheny County DHS, Auberle, Allegheny County Jail Collaborative and local programs targeted at foster care young adults. The program will provide young adults with justice system involvement opportunities for targeted workforce training programs that are tied directly to employers.Tri-County Workforce Development Board – A $500,000 grant was awarded for a youth reentry program for 30 young adults, ages 18-24 who were incarcerated or were subjected to the justice system to engage in a career path that leads to postsecondary education, advanced training, or meaningful employment.West Central Workforce Development Board – An $800,000 grant was awarded to a youth reentry program that will conduct needs assessments to determine skill sets and training gaps, need for supportive services, and training options, as well as literacy instruction, career exploration, and mentoring. Youth participants will be placed in paid work experience or on-the job training.The governor’s criminal justice reforms that help reentrants enter the workforce include Clean Slate, a first of its kind initiative helping those who have committed low-level offenses by removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education. The Wolf Administration has also introduced A Fair-Chance hiring policy, “banning the box,” for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction and eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Specific to youth, Gov. Wolf recently announced a bipartisan initiative with the General Assembly and the Pew Charitable Trusts to establish a Juvenile Justice Task Force to assess and report on the current justice system in the state as it pertains to serving youth. As well, Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order for the Protection of Vulnerable Populations engages state agencies and stakeholders to look at how we best serve youth in the juvenile justice system.Governor Wolf is also strengthening job training through his groundbreaking PAsmart program with a focus on skills for in-demand jobs. The governor has secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science education and $30 million for apprenticeships, career and technical education, and other job training programs.The Youth Reentry Demonstration Project is 100 percent funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.For more information about the Youth Reentry Demonstration Project awards, visit the Department of Labor and Industry website.To learn more about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit the PAsmart website.last_img read more

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Trinity Beach, Cairns North and Redlynch top list of popular suburbs

first_imgBradley and Daranee Montgomery at their Trinity Beach apartment. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYIN A handful of sought-after Cairns suburbs, more than one property is sold every two days.Trinity Beach, Cairns North and Redlynch top the list of popular suburbs, where 239, 223 and 217 properties (houses and units) were sold respectively in the 12 months to March.The suburbs of Mt Sheridan, Smithfield and Edmonton follow close behind, with 202, 194 and 189 properties sold.Ray White Cairns Beaches principal Paul Stirling said Trinity Beach drew buyers’ interest because of the wide range of properties on offer. “One of the reasons is the variety of property available that suits a range of buyers and thus draws people and family of all ages,” he said.“The beach and its facilities and the suburb’s shopping and school facilities are (also) a large drawcard.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoAt Trinity Beach, the median sale price currently sits at $489,000 for houses and $260,000 for units.Among current properties for sale at the beachside suburb is 29 Lae St, listed by Andrew Chapple of Cairns Platinum Realty for $430,000. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is positioned on a 910sq m block and has a pool.In the next most popular suburb of Cairns North, an average house fetches around $500,000, while the median unit price is $225,000.Currently for sale in the suburb, on the city fringe, is 314/2 Greenslopes St – a two-bedroom apartment in The Lakes Resort, listed by Clare Ferguson of LJ Hooker – Cairns Edge Hill.The 145sq m property is priced at offers above $289,000.In Redlynch, the average sale price for houses is $467,000 and you can pick up a unit there for around $245,000. Included in the current listings for the suburb is 6 Willie Ming Cl, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a media/family room, listed in the high $400,000s.last_img read more

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Haliade-X 12 MW Turbine Tower Rising

first_imgGE Renewable Energy has installed three out of four tower sections which will support the prototype Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine at Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.The final tower section will be installed once the nacelle arrives at Maasvlakte during the summer, GE Renewable Energy said.The Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France, and its 107-metre long blades are being manufactured at LM Wind Power site in Cherbourg, France.The prototype turbine will be installed onshore to facilitate collection of data during the initial period of operations which is needed to obtain the Type Certificate in 2020 and ship first commercial units in 2021.Back in June, GE Renewable Energy announced that the Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle and the 107-metre blade will be shipped to ORE Catapult’s testing facilities in Blyth, UK, as part of an advanced technology testing programme that will focus on enhancing the platform before it enters into serial production.last_img read more

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Deer-Related Accidents Up In Franklin County

first_imgWith hunting season in full swing, deer have been causing issues for commuters and police.The Franklin County Sheriffs Department has responded to six deer-related accidents since Wed. Nov 13.Of the six reported, three occurred on State Road 1, two on U.S. 52 and one on Fairfield Causeway Road.“This time of year is the hunting season, so that’s a factor since you have a lot of people in the woods,” said Bill Bevel, a District 9 Conservation Officer.Deer traditionally roam more during the dusk and dawn, therefore increasing the odds of a deer-related accident in the morning or evening.Bevel said drivers should be alert regardless of the situation.“If you just keep your eyes up and not be distracted by other things, your going to greatly decrease the possibility of having a car-deer collision,” referenced Bevel.The six accidents include only those reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.last_img read more

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OA senior named “face” of national organization

first_imgHallie Kile (left) pictured with her mother Vicki at a Huntington’s Disease Society of America event.OLDENBURG, Ind. – Oldenburg Academy senior Hallie Kile lost her father, Joe Kile, to Huntington’s Disease last year.Hallie is now making it her goal to raise awareness about the devastating degenerative brain disorder for which there is currently no cure.“I was kind of afraid to share my story for a while and then I realized I have a passion for it,” Hallie says.She is the ‘face’ of Huntington’s Disease National Youth Alliance for the month of November.“I am really happy about it and it has been humbling because it is actually my dad’s birthday month,” Hallie explained. “I want to be able to raise awareness if I can!”The National Youth Alliance provides education and support for youth coping with Huntington’s Disease.Hallie has also been tabbed to write articles for Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization where she can “get in contact with other people my age that have dealt with the same situation.”Learn more about Hallie and the Huntington’s Disease National Youth Alliance by clicking here.last_img read more

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Manchester City duo Mahrez and Laporte test Positive to Covid-19

first_img One of the conditions of the premier league re-start is continuous testing of players every two weeks even as the matches will continue to hold on empty stadium. League runners-up and Carabao Cup holders Manchester City were drawn to face either Bournemouth or Crystal Palace in the third round of the championship billed for 22/23 September. Read AlsoPSG rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests Should Man City reclaim the Caraboa Cup in the finals billed for Wembley February next year, they would have clinched the title a record four times in a row. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19. Algeria’s Mahrez, 29, and Frenchman Laporte, 24, will not train with their team-mates while they self-isolate in line with UK government and Premier League rules. Manchester City say neither player was displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Pep Guardiola’s side play Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first fixture of the new league season on 21 September.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their CareersThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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Luellen takes first Stuart Modified checkers

first_imgBy Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (June 23) – Clint Luellen scored his first Stuart Speedway IMCA Modified feature win of the season Friday night.Luellen made an early charge to the front from the fourth row and won handily ahead of Josh Gilman and Randy Havlik.Marcus Fagan paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Jamie Schirm prevailed in an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event that ended green, white, checkers following a late caution.Chase Rudolf ran out of laps in his pursuit of frontrunner Austin Luellen in the Karl Chevrolet Nortern SportMod main and John Gill led from lap eight to the finish of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.last_img read more

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