Boost for jobs, skills and tourism to support long-term economic recovery after bushfires

first_imgBoost for jobs, skills and tourism to support long-term economic recovery after bushfires Bushfire-affected communities across East Gippsland and Victoria’s North East will benefit from $8 million in funding to grow jobs, create apprenticeships, attract more visitors and help farms become more resilient.Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud and Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, announced the grants today, which will support the next steps in the region’s long-term economic recovery after last season’s bushfires.“With tens of millions in grants already provided directly to farmers and small businesses to help them re-establish their enterprises, we now have to look ahead and give them the tools, skills and specialist services they need to make the right decisions and prepare for the future,” Minister Littleproud said.Minister Neville said the funding will also benefit groups hardest hit by COVID-19.“We’re promoting regional and cultural tourism, providing mentoring and microfinance access to sole traders, creating 40 new apprenticeship and traineeship positions for young people, and helping Aboriginal communities establish new industries on Country.”Regional economic recovery programs funded as part of the Australian and Victorian Governments’$68.6 million Local Economic Recovery program (LER) include:$2,100,000 for On-farm Recovery Support Services, linking farmers with dedicated agricultural recovery experts to assist with pasture recovery, ground cover management and revegetation, soil health, erosion, farm water supplies and quality, risk and resilience planning (including fire preparedness), and mental health and wellbeing.$1,960,000 for the Gippsland and High-Country Visitor Reactivation Program, providing additional funds for Tourism North East and Destination Gippsland for industry support and promotion after bushfires and COVID-19.$1,280,000 for the Victorian Apprenticeship Bushfire Recovery Program to create 40 new apprenticeship and traineeship positions for young people in East Gippsland and the North East.$1,000,000 for a Microenterprise Development Program, based on a successful pilot program in the Latrobe Valley, providing coaching, mentoring, microfinance access and other resources to support sole traders.$1,000,000 for the Taungurung Bushfire Recovery Economic Prosperity Program, supporting Aboriginal cultural tourism opportunities on Taungurung Country (in the North East) and establishing the regional cultivation of mountain pepper – an in-demand ‘superfood’ used by Aboriginal people for generations.$500,000 to expand Growing Regional Opportunities for Work (GROW) Gippsland, a collaborative program owned by local businesses which redirects procurement spend towards local suppliers and creates jobs through inclusive employment.$160,000 to support Creative Victoria’s Regional Collections Digitisation Roadshow, for the preservation of precious documents and objects in bushfire-prone regions.The Australian and Victorian Governments’ $68.6 million Local Economic Recovery (LER) program provides funding for projects big and small to boost the long-term economy of fire-affected areas.Applications have now closed for LER grants of up to $5 million for major economic stimulus projects, and a round of local community project grants of up to $2 million. Bushfire Recovery Victoria received 34 applications for local community project grants, with results to be announced soon.The next round of community projects grants will open in March. Projects already funded under the Local Economic Recovery program include:$1,080,075 to begin work upgrading existing community facilities across East Gippsland,such as public halls and recreation reserve buildings$190,000 to restore and expand the Cudgewa tennis facility$128,700 to re-establish a tree-lined avenue of honour in Tintaldra$120,000 to build a pedestrian bridge joining Harrietville with the east branch of the Ovens$40,000 to create three large murals in Mount Beauty to reflect community pride“We’ll be funding major economic initiatives across these regions as part of this $68.6 million program, but we can’t forget that local-level projects like these are also essential to helping communities recover”, Minister Littleproud said.In addition to Local Economic Recovery grants supporting long-term recovery, farmers and small businesses also received support to rebuild and recover their enterprises in the aftermath of the fires.Over 2200 small businesses and primary producers received the $10,000 Small Business Bushfire Support grant to cover lost income, and over 400 directly affected primary producers received Emergency Bushfire in Primary Industries grants of up to $75,000. These grants close in Victoria on 31 January 2021, and you can see more or apply at www.ruralfinance.com.au.“We’re working closely with the Commonwealth to ensure that people who were among the most affected by these fires – the hundreds of individuals who lost homes, businesses and farms – are getting the support they need”, Minister Neville said.To learn more about the Local Economic Recovery program in Victoria, or see what else you might be eligible for, visit www.brv.vic.gov.au, contact 1800 560 760 or visit a local Bushfire Recovery Hub. /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). 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Ohio state representative was told by statehouse security that she doesn’t ‘look like a legislator,’ she says

first_imgOhio House of Representatives (NEW YORK) — Ohio state Rep. Emilia Sykes has had trouble on multiple occasions getting into the statehouse building and was even once told by security that she didn’t “look like a legislator,” she told ABC News.The state representative for the 34th district in Ohio said she believes she has been discriminated against because of her race in her own place of work.On Wednesday, Sykes (D-Akron), tweeted that she had trouble getting into the Riffe Center in Columbus, which is near the statehouse and houses many of the lawmakers’ offices.  Sykes told ABC News she was walking to her office when she entered the lane for people who have badges to enter the building — with her badge prominently displayed, hooked on her bag.As Sykes walked through, a security guard stopped her, asking her where she was going and telling her to he needed to see the badge.As Sykes kept walking, she told the security guard that she had already showed him the badge, which features a photo of the statehouse to signify authorization for traveling to and from the government building, she said.The security guard followed her down the hallway toward the elevator before Sykes asked him, “What else do you want from me? I showed it to you twice.” Then, he just moved on and went back to the security booth, she said.Sykes wrote on Twitter that Wednesday wasn’t even the “worst” encounter she had with statehouse security.Sykes said she was once told by statehouse security that she needed additional screening because she doesn’t “look like a legislator.”In February 2017, Sykes and a colleague were walking to the statehouse using underground tunnel that connects it to the Riffe Center, she said. When they got to the steps to get into the statehouse, she was stopped by security and told that her bag needed to be searched.Sykes questioned why her bag needed to be searched because statehouse employees had just received a memorandum stating a change to the security policy in which badge-carriers who undergo expedited security and not need to be searched. In addition, she was wearing her lapel pin for her district, which was given to each representative of the Ohio house, she said.Sykes’ colleague, who is 65 years old and white, was not stopped, she said. He defended Sykes, telling the security guard that she was a member of the state legislature, but the security guard simply responded that he didn’t care who she was, Sykes said.After a few minutes, the guard relented and let her through — without searching her bag, she said. After he saw her reaction after telling her that she didn’t “look like a legislator,” he then tried to tell her that it was because she looked “too young,” she said.“I was shocked by that response,” she said.Sykes described the encounter as “inappropriate,” especially given the memorandum she had just received. After it was over, she sent an email to the office of the house speaker and the sergeant of arms, asking for clarification of the policy. She said she was assured that she was correct in her understanding of the policy.Sykes’ tweets on Wednesday were in reply to her friend, Jeniece Brock, who tweeted that it was a “shame” that the 34-year-old was denied access into the statehouse building, despite being near the end of her second term and on the brink of running for a third in the November election.“America, we must do better,” Brock wrote.Sykes said that she believes both encounters had to do with her race, stating that the other seven black female legislators have experienced the same treatment, while her white colleagues have not.Once when Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Roselawn) forgot her badge and had an aide retrieve it, security still questioned whether it belonged to her, despite her photo being on it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.Reece, who had been a state legislator since 2010, said that she suspects the problems have been worse recently because of new policy, which added security guards who are less familiar with members of the House, the newspaper reported.Sykes said that badge-holders have “already been vetted as safe people to enter the building.”“[It] just seems odd that, even after that, plus the badge, plus the [lapel] pin … it’s still not enough to get into your workplace,” she said.Statehouse security is overseen by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, according to the Enquirer. State authorities did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Sykes spoke with a representative for the highway patrol on Thursday, who offered an apology as well as explained that the gentleman whom she encountered was new and didn’t want her to venture into a part of a building where she didn’t have access to.Sykes will follow up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol at a later date to tour their operations, she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Envy Alo Celebrates The Release Of ‘Ship It’ At Denver’s Lost Lake Lounge [Photos/Stream]

first_imgLoad remaining images Up-and-coming funk outfit Envy Alo have released a new full-length studio album Ship It, and they celebrated the release with a sold-out, hometown show at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver, CO Saturday night.Related: PREMIERE: The Lil Smokies Are Torn On Latest Single “Sharpest Edges” [Listen]Recorded at Evergroove Studio in Evergreen, CO over the course of 2019, Ship It is Envy Alo’s first full-length studio album since 2018’s Cruise Control and beautifully captures the band’s polished, eclectic sound. Envy Alo is a six-piece funk ensemble comprised of Callie Morrocco (vocals), Aaron Pettine (keys), Kevin Hinder (guitar/vocals), Kevin Supina (sax/vocals), Karl Summers (bass), and Nate Etter (drums), who together lead their audiences into uncharted, genre-defying territory. The eleven-track odyssey holds a groove and one’s attention, but dives between waves of soul, R&B, Afro-Cuban, drum & bass, blues, jazz, heavy rock, and of course funk, while still maintaining a cohesive final product. Supina says of the new record,This album truly feels like a culmination of the last few years of the band’s evolution, growing from four members to six. The title track actually started as an instrumental a few years ago and had been shelved for a while, but we dusted it off, Nate wrote some lyrics, and we totally rearranged it. I think that really encapsulates the changes we’ve gone through. All six members of the band have writing credits on the album, and our time in the studio was a truly collaborative effort. We had been playing most of the material live for a while before we got to the studio, allowing the songs time to evolve and everyone to find their unique voice on everything. Brad also helped us immensely in refining and realizing the vision we had for the album.Brad Smalling, owner of Evergroove Studio, engineered, mixed and mastered Ship It. The album also features guest musicians to create its full sound. Denver-based percussionist Will Trask (Great American Taxi, The High Hawks, Analog Son) is prominent on almost every track, with subtle layers of shaker and tambourine giving way to a handful of brilliant flashes on timbale, congas, and wood blocks. Taking cues from horn arrangements composed by Supina, the Mercenary Horns—brothers Mark and Matt Wilkolak—also put their stamp on the album with rich harmonies on trombone and trumpet respectively.Listen to the full album below.Envy Alo – Ship ItNext up, the band will play Snowstalk on January 25th supporting Magic Beans and Kyle Hollingsworth, then will head out on a Mountain West Tour through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado in March. Also, it was announced on Monday that Envy Alo will provide opening support for Ghost Light at the Ogden Theatre in Denver February 29th. Head to their website for tickets and a full list of dates.Scroll down to check out a gallery of images from the album release party for Ship It from Envy Alo at the Lost Lake Lounge in Denver on Saturday courtesy of photographer Tara Gracer.Setlist: Envy Alo | Lost Lake Lounge | Denver, CO | 1/18/20Set: Begs… [1] > Wind Tunnel [1] > Only Way, Ship It [1], Railroad Boogie [1] > …&… [1] > Give in to the Light  [1], Don’t Wanna Wait, Be Good, Trust [1], Crafty, Anker, Once [1], …Achin’ [1][1] With Mark Wilkolak on trombone and Matt Wilkolak on trumpetEnvy Alo | Lost Lake Lounge | Denver, CO | 1/18/20 | Photo: Tara Gracer last_img read more


Crane Rental assists fight against cancer

first_imgThe building was constructed and an opening was left in the roof just large enough for the accelerator and associated parts to be lifted in.First a 600-tonne capacity Terex AC500-2 cranes lifted in the gantry arms and counterweights, which were installed first, before the 40-tonne proton accelerator was also lifted into the building on its frame using two 3 m slings on the top, four 6 m slings on the bottom and eight shackles.The load was rigged with a 2.4 m spreader bar before the cargo was guided into the opening with only a few inches clearance, explained Crane Rental.After the cyclotron had been lifted in, two 5-tonne chain hoists, six 10-tonne chain hoists and two 20-tonne chain hoists, with ten dynamometers to check the weight and tension on each hoist and the shackles, were used to rotate the gantry arms and counterweights that would hold the cyclotron at a 135-degree angle.Constant monitoring of the dynamometers was critical in order to avoid overloading the lifting equipment or putting unnecessary strain on the gantry arm and supporting infrastructure. The rigging also had to be repositioned several times during the movement of each component to avoid damaging the equipment, said Crane Rental.After the cyclotron has been installed, a temporary roof cover was placed on it using chains, before a crane used a 5.2 m spreader bar, eight 12-tonne rolling blocks, 18 slings and 30 shackled to lift the 1.5 m thick concrete roof sections into place.  www.cranerental.comlast_img read more


People look at me and my partner differently, but it doesn’t matter: Dutee Chand

first_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT Written By First Published: 1st July, 2020 18:29 IST Press Trust Of India center_img Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand concedes that her revelation of being in a same-sex relationship last year led to people looking at her “differently” but insists that it doesn’t bother her one bit.The 24-year-old Dutee, considered the fastest Indian woman right now, has asked those in same-sex relationships to be courageous and stand firm.”One may fall in love anytime and with anyone. One does not decide that based on caste, religion or gender,” Dutee said in an online interaction with US Consul General in Hyderabad Joel Reifman.In May last year, Dutee had revealed that she was in a relationship with a woman from her village in Odisha. She had said that “coming out of the closet” was better than “hiding” her personal life from the public.”My partner supported me every time and I have chosen her for my life. People may look at us differently or call us by any name like gay, lesbian etc. That does not matter so far as we get to spend our lives with each other,” she added.Her family had objected to the relationship and her older sister even threatened to disown her, but Dutee has been unruffled, expressing her desire to settle down with the woman.”For all who are in love but afraid of the world you must show courage because the world has always taken time to accept all good things,” she said.”So please do not be afraid because it is your life and your happiness.” After her public disclosure, Dutee became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold in the World University Games by winning the 100m dash in a time of 11.32 seconds.She is a national record holder in women’s 100m with a time of 11.26 seconds. She also won a silver each in 100m and 200m in the 2018 Asian Games.(Photo Credit: PTI)  Last Updated: 1st July, 2020 18:29 IST People Look At Me And My Partner Differently, But It Doesn’t Matter: Dutee Chand Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand concedes that her revelation of being in a same-sex relationship last year led to people looking at her “differently” but insists that it doesn’t bother her one bit. LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more


Ravens-Giants: Inactives and pre-game notes

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Ravens are seeking a fresh start under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after the dismissal of Marc Trestman this past week.The problem is having three offensive starters inactive for the Week 6 meeting with the New York Giants as both teams attempt to snap losing streaks on Sunday. As expected, No. 1 wide receiver Steve Smith (ankle), Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), and rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) were all deactivated by Baltimore after missing practices and being listed as doubtful to play this week.Smith left last Sunday’s loss to Washington in the first quarter and did not return while Yanda is missing his first game since the end of the 2012 regular season. Stanley practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday, but he will now miss his third straight game with a lingering foot ailment.With Stanley out, fellow rookie Alex Lewis will make his second straight start at left tackle with John Urschel starting once again at left guard. Ryan Jensen will start at right guard in place of Yanda.Despite veteran right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh) being active, he is not 100 percent and may only be available as an emergency backup. Third-year lineman James Hurst was working as the starting right tackle during pre-game warmups.The defense is also in rough shape as linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and C.J. Mosley (hamstring) will not play after being deactivated. Dumervil was shut down again this week after quiet performances in his first two games since returning from offseason foot surgery. Mosley hurt his hamstring in the second half of the Week 5 loss to Washington and didn’t return.With Mosley out, third-year inside linebacker Zach Orr will relay the defensive calls in the huddle and veteran Albert McClellan will move inside. Dumervil’s absence should lead to more pass-rushing opportunities for the likes of Za’Darius Smith, Matt Judon, and possibly Kamalei Correa on Sunday.Veteran return specialist Devin Hester (thigh) is also inactive after missing practices on Thursday and Friday. How the Ravens elect to handle the return duties is more of a mystery as veterans Lardarius Webb, Mike Wallace, and Terrance West and rookies Chris Moore, Kenneth Dixon, and Tavon Young all fielded kicks during pre-game warmups. Webb did appear to field the majority of the punts, however.In all, the Ravens will be trying to break their two-game slide with five former Pro Bowl players sidelined with injuries. Rookie defensive tackle Willie Henry was the only healthy scratch for Baltimore.Meanwhile, there were no surprises among the New York Week 6 inactives as safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot) and starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) were declared out on Friday. As expected, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) and running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) were active after being listed as questionable.Sunday’s referee will be Jeff Triplette.According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures reaching the low 70s and winds up to nine miler per hour.The Ravens will wear white jerseys with black pants while the Giants don blue tops with white pants.Sunday marks the fifth regular-season meeting between these teams with Baltimore holding a 3-1 advantage, which doesn’t include the 34-7 victory in Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28, 2001. However, the Ravens haven’t won a road game against the Giants since Sept. 14, 1997.Below are Sunday’s inactives:BALTIMOREWR/RS Devin HesterLB C.J. MosleyLB Elvis DumervilDT Willie HenryG Marshal YandaOT Ronnie StanleyWR Steve SmithNEW YORKCB Eli AppleQB Josh JohnsonWR Tavarres KingS Darian ThompsonS Nat BerheLB Deontae SkinnerOT Marshall Newhouselast_img read more