New Bio-Wash Facility For Bendigo

first_imgNew Bio-Wash Facility For Bendigo VIC PremierTrain passengers in regional Victoria are set to benefit with construction beginning on a new bio-wash facility at the Bendigo Station precinct which will ensure more reliable services across the regional rail network.Due to the regional rail network spanning all corners of the state, unfortunately animal strikes can be a common occurrence with figures showing more than 100 strikes in a month can occur at times when wildlife is more active.V/Line currently has access to one bio-wash facility at South Dynon, near Southern Cross Station, so the construction of this additional facility in regional Victoria will help speed up the process to ensure trains can return to service sooner. It will also help cater for the growing number of new trains, which have been rolled out onto the regional network in recent years.The new $7.9 million indoor facility will be delivered by Coleman Rail and will feature state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and elevated railing, allowing staff to complete thorough inspections and clean all parts of a train before it returns to service.The Bendigo line has the highest number of animal strikes in the state, so this facility will enable trains that experience a strike on-route to Bendigo to be cleaned prior to operating another, with less disruption than if it had to return to the facility in Melbourne for cleaning.V/Line will also use the facility to clean trains from other parts of the network that don’t require immediate cleaning.The bio-wash facility will be built in the train stabling area near Bendigo Station that is not currently being used for services and is expected to create 50 jobs during the construction phase.Once finished, the facility will be leased to V/Line’s train maintenance provider Alstom to manage. Alstom has an agreement for cleaning at the facility to be completed by Bendigo Rail Workshops’ staff, creating another five to eight ongoing local jobs.As stated by Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll“The Bendigo bio-wash facility will help trains get back on the tracks faster after an incident, which is vital in delivering reliable services for passengers on the Bendigo line and across the regional rail network.”“As we continue to bring more trains onto the regional network, it’s equally important that we’re investing in the infrastructure to support that growth.” As stated by Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan“Animal strikes are unavoidable but can be incredibly frustrating for local passengers — having a biowash facility in Bendigo is a great investment that also supports local jobs.” As stated by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards“These upgrades will ensure trains can return to service sooner, giving passengers in regional Victoria a more reliable service.” /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:agreement, animal, AusPol, Australia, Bendigo, Carroll, Government, incident, infrastructure, Investment, Melbourne, Minister, public transport, southern, Southern Cross, strike, Transport, Victoria, wildlifelast_img read more

Harvard endowment posts solid positive return

first_imgHarvard University’s endowment earned an 8.6 percent return during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, bringing the overall value of the University’s endowment to $36.9 billion.The continued strong returns reinforce the endowment’s ability to provide critical support for Harvard’s academic programs and mission. In fiscal 2008, distributions from the endowment totaled $1.6 billion, contributing more than one third of the University’s operating budget in addition to supporting substantial capital outlays.Harvard’s endowment helps the University undertake specific activities donors have endowed over time, including financial aid, faculty salaries, and facilities maintenance. For example, endowment income supports Harvard’s student financial aid programs, which permit the University to admit qualified students regardless of their ability to pay.Strong endowment returns in recent years have enabled the University to make substantial new investments in financial aid. Support for undergraduates is expected to increase by approximately 25 percent, as Harvard College awards more in financial aid as a result of the recent enhancements directed toward lower, middle, and upper-middle income students. In addition, recent investments in financial aid have helped to reduce the median debt burdens for undergraduates by more than 50 percent, from approximately $14,000 in fiscal year 2001 to less than $7,000 in fiscal year 2008.Significant enhancements to financial aid were also made at a number of Harvard Schools. In mid-March 2008, Harvard Law School (HLS) announced that it will waive tuition for third-year law students who pledge to spend five years practicing law either for the government or for nonprofit institutions, and Harvard Medical School (HMS) announced that family contributions will be eliminated for entering students whose parents earn less than $120,000 per year.Throughout the University, scholarships and awards to students from University funds have more than doubled from fiscal 2001 to fiscal 2008, reaching $321 million from $156 million.This year saw transition in the leadership of Harvard Management Company (HMC). Jane L. Mendillo re-joined HMC effective July 1, 2008 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mendillo came to Harvard from Wellesley College where she managed the Wellesley endowment as its chief investment officer since February 2002. Mendillo, who spent nearly 15 years at HMC earlier in her career, knows HMC’s culture of excellence and professionalism well.Robert S. Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and former Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of HMC from early November 2007 through June 30, 2008. Effective July 1, 2008, Kaplan joined the Board of HMC. Kaplan provided strong leadership to HMC during a period of extraordinary market turbulence. Kaplan commented, “I have been exceptionally impressed with the hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence of the superb professionals at HMC. During this period of extreme market volatility, the staff at HMC has performed at an extraordinarily high level.” Kaplan succeeded Mohamed El-Erian, who announced in September 2007 his intention to leave HMC. El-Erian formally resigned at the beginning of December.In addition to outpacing the University’s total return target, HMC significantly out-performed relative to its internal benchmark. Furthermore, the fiscal 2008 performance compares favorably to that recorded by other large investment management institutions. Specifically, the endowment’s return of 8.6 percent puts it above the fifth percentile of the 165 large institutional funds as measured by the Trust Universe Comparison Service (3.2 percent) and well above the median (negative 4.4 percent). Relative to the major U.S. indices, the endowment out-paced the negative 13.1 percent registered by the S&P 500 Index in Fiscal Year 2008 and the 7.1 percent registered by the Lehman Aggregate Index (which is a broad measure of bond market performance). Speaking of fiscal year 2008 performance, Mendillo said, “With the work of talented staff, HMC registered a solid year of returns during challenging market conditions and a period of organizational transition. As a result, HMC provided critical support to a wide range of educational endeavors at the University.”The 8.6 percent return for the last fiscal year brings the endowment’s annualized 10-year performance to 13.8 percent and the 5-year annualized return to 17.6 percent. The endowment’s total value is affected by several factors each year, including investment returns, new contributions, and the annual payout for University programs. The endowment stood at $34.9 billion on June 30, 2007.The endowment is not a single fund, but more than 11,000 individual funds, many of them restricted to specific uses such as support of a research center or the creation of a professorship in a specific subject. The funds are invested by Harvard Management Company, which oversees the University’s endowment, pension, trust funds, and other investments at a cost less than outside management.Harvard seeks to spend about five percent of the endowment annually on University programs. Each school within the University uses a combination of income from investments, gifts from fundraising efforts, and tuition to cover the cost of educating students.last_img read more

Message from Bermuda Minister of National Security COVID-19

first_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Activities such as walking, high intensity training, yoga and meditation classes will now be available for those housed in the facility. They will adhere to physical distancing guidelines as outlined by the Ministry of Health, and we are thankful to be able to collaborate with members of our wellness community who have donated their time to ensure the wellbeing of our residents during their time in quarantine. Oct 15, 2020 To be clear, procurement of these items is the responsibility of the business. This is a timely reminder that hurricane season starts on June 1st and now would be a good time for residents to assess their emergency plans and storm supplies. Even as we navigate Covid-19, from a Government standpoint, I can assure Bermuda that all steps are being taken to ensure that we are ready for the season. Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to extend my thanks appreciation to the combined efforts of our charitable organisations. To date, the Third Sector has received $1.84 million into the Bermuda Emergency Fund for food and supplies for our most vulnerable. Through their work, they have on average on a daily basis provided 10,000 meals to individuals in need. Immediate closure of the business premise.Law enforcement action toward the proprietors. Oct 15, 2020 Extensive Police and Regiment resources will be visible across the island to ensure that businesses permitted to open fully comply with all regulations. Oct 16, 2020 Conducted 8,400 quarantine check-up calls and returning resident screenings.Fielded 200 mental health calls on average for support from people in distress: feeling isolated, anxious or depressed.Provided support for women and their children fleeing violent situations and requiring safe housing for 8 weeks.Facilitated for 10 people to receive support for sober living.Served an average of 28 unsheltered persons at the  Salvation Army per night (24/7 with shelter in place including people in transition).Provided transport for Covid – 19 testing and requisite ambulance decontamination and;Provided transport for seniors for medical appointments, dialysis, wound care and other health support. St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”Statement from BVI Minister of Health June 24Mr. Speaker, on Friday 19th June 2020, the National Public Health Laboratory reported two new cases of Covid-19. These were the first reported positive cases of Covid-19 since 25th April 2020, some seven weeks ago, and brings the total number of Positive cases for the TCI to 14, since the…June 24, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp A comprehensive operational plan is now in place controlled by the Gold Commander of the Bermuda Police Service, Assistant Commissioner Martin Weekes working in partnership with the Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda regiment, Major Ben Beasley.  With businesses preparing to reopen I cannot stress enough how critical it is that all establishments have the appropriate PPE supplies available for their staff and for their customers. Businesses are expected to publish the relevant guidance to patrons in prominent places within their establishment.Road side sobriety checks will be in place to enforce against alcohol use on the roads.The Coastguard will be active to ensure regulations compliance on the water.Police and Regiment officers will be present to ensure patrons leave establishments open during the night time economy promptly at 9.00 pm.The Curfew regulations will be in force from 10pm – 6am, and any breaches will be subject to law enforcement and/or arrest.Police and Regiment will also continue to be visible in public parks and other areas to ensure regulation compliance by the public.A new fixed penalty framework is being developed to address regulation breaches which will result in on the spot fine for individuals and businesses. Non-payment will result in court action.Any member of the public that sees a breach by a person or a business can report the breach to the police in one of the following methods:Report on the web portal 211  physical distancing measures.the use of PPE masks where mandated.required health regulation compliance in regards to cleanliness and sensitization.the appropriate number of persons within the premises.the enforcement of any other guidance set by the Ministry of Health.center_img Additionally, outside dining areas will be visited to ensure physical distance compliance and again that health measures are being adhered to. Other points to note for permitted businesses and the public include: Over the weekend, the Bermuda Weather Service provided an update on Tropical Storm Arthur. We expect this to become a subtropical storm when it passes Bermuda later this week. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… I am encouraging the public and our businesses to please be mindful and responsible when engaging in these expanded services. There are health protocols and restrictions in place. If the guidelines are not adhered to in accordance with the Emergency Powers Regulations, this could result in a business being closed.  Visits will be made to business premises to check: St. Lucia records more cases of COVID As the Premier indicated, we will be moving into Phase 2 on Thursday, and the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) and the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) will maintain their community engagement to ensure that the regulations are followed. You may be interested in… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 Also over the course of this crisis they have provided the following: Last week Friday we welcomed back returning residents on the Delta Airlines charter flight. One of the challenges that we had noticed from prior arrangements at the quarantine facility was that individuals were confined to their rooms for 24-hours a day. In an effort to make their stay more balanced and holistic the Ministry of National Security implemented a twice a week physical activity routine for the residents in the facility.   I wish to thank Myra Virgil and the full collective of charitable organisations who make up the Third Sector Emergency team. They have our gratitude for ensuring that those in need have food, shelter and support. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Advice will be given in regards to minor breaches. Serious breaches or repeated breaches will result in:last_img read more

Integrated energy centre ‘to create jobs’

first_img20 November 2012 South Africa’s Energy Department and state oil company PetroSA have launched an Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape province, PetroSA announced in a statement on Monday. The centre is a one-stop shop offering services of energy goods. It will house an information centre, a convenience store, car wash, an energy shop, ablution facilities and a fuels forecourt. Petrol, diesel, paraffin and LPG gas will also be sold at the centre. “For years Mbizana residents have had to travel minimum distances of 15 kilometres to nearby towns to purchase everyday commodities like electricity, petrol and other energy necessities,” PetroSA said. The centre, which cost R10.8-million to construct, will be owned by a registered co-operative made up of members of the local community and will plough back part of the profit from the centre towards growing the business and job creation. Once fully operational, 15 people will be employed. “IeCs are not just about the integration of energy services. Rather they are primarily about integration and co-operation among the three tiers and structures of government, for improved delivery of energy services to the poorest of the poor,” said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. The opening of the IeC was a significant milestone for PetroSA. “The centre is a showcase of our commitment to corporate social responsibility. I am sure that there are important lessons that PetroSA will take from this experience that will stand us in good stead for similar ventures,” PetroSA group chief executive officer Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said. The community is committed to ensuring that the venture is a success, said chairperson of the Mbizana IeC Co-operative, Zwelihle Moya. Source: read more