Australian shipbuilder ASC cuts jobs

first_img January 5, 2017 Australian government-owned shipbuilder ASC announced it would cut 130 jobs from its air-warfare destroyer project by the end of February.The cuts are due to a reduced amount of work on the three Hobart-class destroyers.The number of people required for work on the ships has been reducing since early 2015.ASC will cut some 45 trade positions while another 85 positions would be reduced in the welding, painting, operator and other trade groups.The company added that the workforce reductions would have no impact on ASC’s submarine workforce or planning for the future submarine project.In October 2016, ASC split into three businesses to better focus on the projects ahead. The split resulted in the creation of shipbuilding, submarine sustainment and infrastructure companies. Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian shipbuilder ASC cuts jobs Australian shipbuilder ASC cuts jobs Share this article View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: AWD View post tag: ASC Authoritieslast_img read more

When Layla met Greta

first_img“We must now seize the opportunity created by Greta. Politicians from all sides of the political divide must come together to tackle the biggest issue affecting not just the UK, but the world. First, the UK must declare a national climate emergency; local councils up and down the country are already doing so, but for the governments of the world to take note the UK must take the first step forward.” “I would love if that is what the prime minister decided to do off the back of your visit today, and what I can promise, as just one of many parliamentarians, but I hope I speak for all the parliamentarians in this room, when I say thank you so much for inspiring us, you are the future and we need to make sure that we do everything we can within our power to tackle this.” Speaking alongside Thunberg at a government press conference, Moran praised the Swedish teen’s harshly worded address to Parliament. “Imagine what a difference they could make to our political landscape if they were able to tip the balance in favour of MPs who put their concerns, climate change being top, first.” Moran went on to condemn Brendan O’Neill’s recent critique of Greta Thunberg, in which she was described as “chilling” with her “monotonous voice”, terming his seemingly unprovoked attack on the young activist “frankly unacceptable.” Greta Thunberg, invited to Westminster after the international success of her school climate strike initiative, told MPs “[their] ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.” “Greta has inspired and continues to inspire me on this issue.” “I hope very, very much that today and everything else you’re doing has woken up parliament, and collectively, as we have seen in various debates…we need to now declare that national climate emergency, as have many local authorities. Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, met this week with climate activist Greta Thunberg during the Swedish campaigner’s visit to Parliament. “What Greta shows to us all is that the myth that young people don’t care or are not engaged in politics is false. Young people care about their future, they care about the future of the planet, and they care that our generation is failing to protect it. center_img Turning to Thunberg as she spoke, Moran said: “to put it back to you, you said ‘we promise to go back to school as soon as you listen to science. I am the education spokesperson for the Lib Dems and a former science teacher; that was music to my ears.” Commenting after the meeting, Moran said: “I was delighted to meet with Greta today – she is such an inspiration and so driven. My call today to my fellow Parliamentarians is to heed her message and start by declaring that the UK is in a state of national climate emergency. “In February, I led a debate on climate change in the House of Commons. The first on the main floor of the house in over two years. The shocking lack of government debate and action is what led me to do it. But it is unacceptable that it took place only after young people started to say this isn’t good enough. Writing in the spirit of Thunberg’s youth-centric movement, Moran’s article in The Independent stated that “to suggest that young people aren’t ready to vote at 16 is now clearly a fallacy. Over 1,659 school strikes took place across 6 continents and 100 countries last month. Layla Moran applauded the strike taking place in her home city, telling press that she was “inspired by the 2000 young people in Oxford on Friday for Our Future”. She continued to commend Greta Thunberg’s actions, claiming she was “awestruck to meet [her]”, and that Thunberg “reminds us that this is about young people and their voice and their future. Later adding that the carbon emissions reduction, celebrated by parliament this year, was a product of “very creative accounting”. “I will work across party lines, as the Lib Dems have worked locally with the Green Party in Oxfordshire, to combat climate change. last_img read more

Betty Cain Wallace Passed Away

first_imgCCO CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR (JOE WALLACE) MOTHER PASSESBetty Cain Wallace passed away on January 21, 2018, in Morganfield, Kentucky. She was born on July 28, 1930, in Gillespie, Illinois and was raised in London, Kentucky and moved to Lexington, Kentucky when she reached school age where she graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1947.Mrs. Wallace married Bowers Wallace of Sturgis, Kentucky in 1951 and spent the remainder of her life in Sturgis.  She was dedicated to family, civic engagement, and was an involved member of the First Baptist Church of Sturgis.  As a 4-H leader, she was a member of the team that brought the first state championship to Sturgis in the team talent contest at the Kentucky State Fair in 1968 with the original score “Hello Kentucky”. Mrs. Wallace wrote all of the songs for Hello Kentucky. Betty created the term “Rocking Chair Roundup” that was selected by the Southern Baptist Association for nationwide adoption.Professionally Mrs. Wallace became the Executive Director of the Sturgis Community Rest Home and served in that capacity until 1983 when she joined her husband in retirement. Betty was a direct descendant of Benjamin Harrison who was one of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence and had two cousins to serve as Presidents of the United States.Mrs. Wallace was preceded in death by her husband Bowers Wallace, her parents Ester Lee and Nannie Cain, and siblings Bobby Jo Burton and Billie Lee Cain.  She is survived by sons John Bowers Wallace of Sturgis and his wife Cindy, City-County Observer contributing author Joe Jack Wallace and his wife Karen of Palm Desert, California, 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.Funeral will be at 1 PM on Wednesday 1/24/18 at Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis, KY. Rev. Shane O’Guin will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday 4 PM- 8 PM and 11 AM until service time on Wednesday. Burial will be at Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis, KY.Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church W.M.U. for missions.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Profits up 3% for Maple Leaf Bakery UK

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery UK has reported improved financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with profit up 3%.As part of Canada Bread’s Frozen Bakery division, which produces the New York Bakery Co range, the company reported increased profits on the previous year of 3% from £78.2m ($126.1m) to more than £80m ($129.2m). For the third quarter to 30 September 2011, sales volumes have increased in its UK operations due to its ongoing growth in bagel sales.Richard Lan, president and chief executive officer of Canada Bread, said: “While our volumes increased in the quarter we continue to feel the impact of high raw material costs, which we largely offset through cost reductions and improved operating efficiencies.“Our UK business is benefiting from manufacturing changes to focus on core categories and increase profitability. As commodity markets stabilise, we will continue to seek opportunities to drive volume and margin growth through reduced costs, innovation and product sales mix.”Adjusted operating earnings in Frozen Bakery for the third quarter also increased to £1.6m ($2.6m) from £1.3m ($2.1m) last year, largely driven by improved margins in UK bakery operations.Maple Leaf Bakery UK marks part of its success in the third quarter to the relaunch of its New York Bakery Co brand back in January. Backed by a £2.4m marketing campaign, it revamped its overall look and taste, complemented by a new advertising campaign, which has increased volume sales.last_img read more

Breaking news: Peters Bakery sold to Coopland

first_imgPeters Bakery has been sold to Scarborough-based Coopland & Son in a deal that will save more than 200 jobs.The move was announced today by Mark Firmin and Howard Smith of accountancy giant KPMG, joint administrators of Peters Bakery, which will see Coopland & Son (Scarborough) take charge of 22 Peters Bakery stores, involving the transfer of 129 store-based staff.In addition, the bakery business will also take over Peters’ 50,000sq ft factory and headquarters site at Durham’s Dragonville Industrial Estate, transferring 69 members of staff, as well as the north-east bakery’s retail van business, which sells baked goods to companies and industrial estates, transferring a further 10 employees over to Cooplands.KPMG added that 34 of Peters’ stores will immediately cease trading, resulting in 149 redundancies. Four staff in the distribution operation and two at head office have also been made redundant.Firmin said: “We undertook negotiations with several interested parties and this deal represents the best outcome for both the creditors and the employees of the company.  It means that as much of the business as possible will continue to trade under the new ownership of Cooplands, safeguarding more than 200 jobs.”In March this year, Cooplands featured at number 12 in British Baker’s BB75 list of high street bakery retailers, by store number, with 126 outlets at the beginning of 2012 – 17 more than in 2011.last_img read more

Mono gains acceditation

first_imgMono Equipment has been awarded the ISO 14001 certification in recognition of reducing its environmental footprint, decreasing pollution and waste, and supplying energy-efficient, sustainable products.The firm said the commitment is not just limited to its equipment range, but also relates to its manufacturing plant and management processes.”Everyday operations are continually monitored by specially trained staff, not only to meet legislative requirements but to encompass future changes,” it added.They join Falcon Foodservice Equipment and Williams Refrigeration in holding the accreditation in the UK.last_img read more

Chance The Rapper Debuts Original Poem, Covers Stevie Wonder In NPR Tiny Desk Concert [Watch]

first_imgToday, NPR released the highly awaited Tiny Desk concert from multiple Grammy-winner Chance The Rapper and, unsurprisingly, the Chicago native did a “good-ass job.” In the video, after introducing the members of his band (The Social Experiment), proclaiming that he’s a big fan of the video concert series, giving props to Tiny Desk contest winners Tank and the Bangas, and prompting laughs from the intimate crowd with his realization that the segments are, in fact, shot in an office, Chance and company slide into a slinky, minimalist reading of Coloring Book single “Juke Jam” to open the set. By the time they finish with a moving, chorally-tinged cover of 1974 Stevie Wonder tune “They Won’t Go When I Go” (dedicated to “someone close to me, who just lost someone close to them”), you can practically hear the sound of NPR’s middle-aged target audience texting their kids and young colleagues about how they’re now big fans of “that Chance Rapper guy.”Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”But despite the strength of these opening and closing tunes, the set’s true highlight comes sandwiched in between: a brand new poem, written specifically for the occasion. According to NPR, “Chance The Rapper knew he wanted to try a different approach for his Tiny Desk performance, so he decided to do something he said he hadn’t done in a long time. He wrote a poem. More specifically, he wrote a poem in the short time it took him to ride from his hotel in Washington, D.C. to the NPR Music offices. Calling it ‘The Other Side,’ Chance debuted it in the middle of his remarkable set, reading from his notes written out in black marker on sheets of typing paper.”Chance The Rapper Makes A $1 Million Donation To Chicago Public SchoolsChance delivers the poem, with his trademark grace and humility, a powerful rumination on life, both then and now, what is and what could be. In the video, he begins the dream-like soliloquy before an announcement on the office PA interrupts the recitation, prompting laughs, quick quips, and a mulligan on the poem. But this just allowed the audience one more chance to soak up Chance’s unique artistic wisdom as he read off hand-written sheets of loose-leaf paper. You can read a transcript of “The Other Side” below:Chance The Rapper Inspires Chicago Bulls To Donate $1 Million To Chicago Public Schools “I still have all the keys that are of no use to me. They used to, though. On the other side was a mansion on a hill, complete with LA pools and fireplaces and a rim made specifically for people who lie about being six feet to dunk on. Where a piano was for decoration, and an old record player was actually for the hoes. I was never awakened by the twisting of a doorknob, benzos kissed me goodnight. The bars finally stopped working. They used to, though. On the other side was a presidential suite, complete with living rooms, and empty beds, and a rainfall shower head fixture, and the freedom to smoke big dope. And smoking fees, also. And the possibility of making a beautiful girl i just met map out in her mind just how many times she could fit her apartment in this room, if I could just get in. The cards stopped working. They used to, though. On the other side was a family, complete with carpet stains and big loves, and ‘it’s your turns,’ and toys all over the place. I almost fell and broke my fuckin’ neck. And responsibility, and refrigerator magnets, and days on the couch, and nights on the couch, and lines drawn in the sand, and comebacks that crossed the line…And [trumpet plays] a horn line from our favorite make-up song plays, and just like that–we’ve rehabbed a home. The barge stopped working. I still have all the keys that are of no use to me. They used to work, though.”You can watch Chance The Rapper’s moving NPR Tiny Desk concert below:Next up for Chance is a performance at the UK’s Wireless Festival on Friday, July 7th. He will also headline several large-scale domestic festivals later this summer, including Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful. For a full list of Chance The Rapper’s upcoming dates, head to his website.last_img read more

Weissmans offer ‘a life-changing experience’

first_imgFor Paul Weissman ’52 and his wife, Harriet, the Weissman International Internship Program has been an incredibly rewarding experience, one that connects them with new students every year.“We decided to make it a work experience for the summer, because we felt strongly that people should interact with people in other cultures,” Paul Weissman said. “We wanted them to live and work with people abroad. In many cases, the recipients feel that it is a life-changing experience.”The Weissmans’ two sons and daughter spent time living in Paraguay, Wales, and Italy, and, “We saw from our children’s experience what a worthwhile endeavor it was,” Harriet Weissman said. “We could see the value of such an experience as a true education of the world. It’s a win-win situation: The students go abroad and have these amazing experiences, and they, in turn, act as the best possible ambassadors abroad.”The Weissmans make sure to meet the interns twice: before they leave, and after they return. They keep albums filled with pictures of the cohorts of interns who have traveled abroad through the program over the past 20 years.One requirement of the internship is that each recipient communicate about his or her experience, completing a report on what they’ve learned. Having just reread last year’s reports, Harriet Weissman considered them “mind-bogglingly inspirational.”“It’s wonderful to know that we’ve helped to have such an impact in so many young people’s lives, and for them to see that other cultures are not so very different from ours,” Paul Weissman said. “It’s been very gratifying to know that we have affected their lives so dramatically.”last_img read more

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue To Rise In Chautauqua County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ZUMA / MGN Image.MAYVILLE – The number of those hospitalized because of COVID-19 continues to rise in Chautauqua County.According to data released by the county Health Department on Monday, two additional hospitalizations were reported over the weekend, bringing the number of those hospitalized to 25.Additionally, 16 new cases of the virus were reported, that is in addition to 28 from over the weekend.Of the cases, nine are in Jamestown with 142 active countywide. The Health Department says there remain 14 residents and one employee at Tanglewood Manor in West Ellicott infected with the virus. Since the outbreak there, 23 employees and 75 residents have recovered from the virus.There remain seven active cases within the Jamestown Fire Department, with no recoveries reported.Since the outbreak started, 954 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the county, with 1,104 total cases reported.last_img read more

Head of Los Rastrojos Arrested in Colombia

first_img The Colombian police have arrested Erick Prieto Mora, alias ‘Medina’ and ‘Pipón,’ the head of the Los Rastrojos [The Stubble] drug-trafficking gang in the department of Antioquia (in northwestern Colombia) and accused of numerous massacres and murders, the police confirmed on June 17. “In effect, this individual was arrested as part of Operation Achilles in the municipality of Santuario. In addition, he has been identified as the top-ranking leader of Los Rastrojos in this department and several nearby regions,” a police spokesperson told AFP. Prieto Mora was arrested on a road that runs between Medellín, the capital of Antioquia, and Bogotá, while he was travelling in a pickup truck with his wife and son, he added. The authorities believe him responsible for the deaths of eight people in two municipalities in Antioquia on June 2 and 6 and for the murders of three other people in the same localities in May. They also accuse him of perpetrating numerous massacres and murders, engaging in extortion, and appropriating lands belonging to rural workers in what is known as the Urabá subregion, an area that includes a dozen municipalities in the neighboring departments of Antioquia, Córdoba, and Chocó (in northwestern Colombia). According to the Colombian police, Los Rastrojos, like other criminal gangs, called ‘Bacrim’ (an abbreviation of bandas criminales, ‘criminal gangs’) by the Government, is largely made up of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers. These groups are believed to be the heirs of the United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC, extreme right-wing), which held peace negotiations between 2003 and 2006 with the administration of Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), who granted them favorable treatment in court in exchange for confessing their crimes and making reparation to victims. Prieto Mora belonged to the Heroes of the Plains Bloc of the AUC, and following his demobilization, he became the leader of a regional faction of Los Rastrojos. On June 3, Venezuelan authorities arrested the Colombian Diego Pérez Henao, alias ‘Diego Rastrojo,’ a leader of this criminal gang, in the state of Barinas. Los Rastrojos, led by the brothers Javier Antonio and Luis Enrique Calle Serna, has ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerrilla group, and to the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, according to the Colombian police. By Dialogo June 19, 2012last_img read more