Sadness at death of Breda Delaney, former proprietor of well-known Portlaoise pubs

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic Pinterest Home News Community Sadness at death of Breda Delaney, former proprietor of well-known Portlaoise pubs NewsCommunity Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twittercenter_img TAGSBreda DelaneyWelcome Inn By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th April 2020 Previous articleLaois parish set for second online lunchtime concertNext articleStudying during Coronavirus: Clonaslee College student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic LaoisToday Reporter News Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp The death has taken place of Breda Delaney whose family owned two well-known Portlaoise pubs over the years.Mrs Delaney (nee Keaveney), who was originally from Tynagh in east Galway, and her late husband Michael originally owned the Welcome Inn in the Market Square in Portlaoise.They also owned The Hare and Hound pub on Main Street in Portlaoise which is now owned and run by her son Grellan. After Michael died at a young age, the Welcome Inn was run by Michael’s brother Aidan Delaney and his wife Nora.Breda is predeceased by her husband Michael and baby daughter Orla. Dearly loved mother to Kevin, Grellan, Michelle Farrell and Sinead McPherson.Deeply regretted by her loving familt, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers in law, sisters in law and special friend Kathleen.She is also mourned by Bernie and the wonderful staff of Ballard Lodge Nursing Home and a large circle of friends.Mrs Delaney passed away peacefully at Tullamore Regional Hospital.A private family mass will be celebrated at 12noon today (Tuesday) in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, and broadcast on webcam at Portlaoiseparish.ie.Given the exceptional climate, and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew Breda, a private Funeral with immediate family only will take place.The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Sadness at death of Breda Delaney, former proprietor of well-known Portlaoise pubslast_img read more

Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 191 Dacia Sandero from €47 per week

first_img Twitter Electric Picnic Previous articlePortlaoise Institute offers great choices for students for SeptemberNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, September 18, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Home Motors Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 191 Dacia Sandero from €47… MotorsSponsored By LaoisToday Reporter – 18th September 2020 WhatsApp TAGSDacia SanderoJoe Mallon Motors Facebook Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest This is another Exceptional Offer From JOE MALLON MOTORS.Why buy from Joe Mallon Motors? Confidence, peace of mind, reassurance.Price: €14,900Registration: 191 KE 3889Previous Owners: 1Engine Size: 0.9 litreTransmission: ManualMileage: 14,832 kmColour: GreyFuel Type: PetrolBody Style: Hatchback You can check out the finance arrangements you can avail of on this car here. SEE ALSO – Check out the new Joe Mallon Motors website here Facebook Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest This week’s Car of the Week from Joe Mallon Motors is a 191 Dacia Sandero.With a finance option in place, this car could be yours from €47 per week.This car is priced at €14,900. News Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 191 Dacia Sandero from €47 per weeklast_img read more

TSX ends lower amid weak jobs data

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Related news The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday amid data showing marginal growth in U.S. employment and uncertainty surrounding the potential economic impact of the eurozone’s debt crisis. Financials and energy stocks helped take the S&P/TSX composite index down 60.11 points to 12,408.25. The TSX had come back from an earlier deficit of more than 100 points as mining stocks improved. Keywords Marketwatch Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Malcolm Morrison S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector The TSX Venture Exchange moved up 7.57 points to 1,650.01. The Canadian dollar was down almost a full U.S. cent amid deeply disappointing employment data for Canada, with October recording the biggest loss in jobs since March 2009. Economy sheds 54,000 jobs in October The loonie fell 0.84 of a cent to 98.36 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that the economy shed 54,000 jobs overall, most of them in manufacturing and construction. Economists had expected a moderate increase in employment of 15,000 after September’s surprising 61,000 pick-up, although that was somewhat inflated by returning education workers. The jobless rate came in at 7.3%, 0.2 percentage points higher than in September. New York markets were also lower after the U.S. Labour Department reported that the economy created about 80,000 jobs last month, compared with expectations of 95,000. The jobless rate was nine per cent, down from 9.1% in September. The U.S. report also revised higher data from the previous two months, showing that an additional 104,000 jobs had been created in August and September. “If you take the optimistic view that the job situation isn’t worsening, then that just reaffirms that the U.S. economy continues to grow, albeit at a much slower pace than what people would hope,” said Phillip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Global Investment Management. But European worries trumped the jobs report and the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 61.23 points to 11,983.24. The Nasdaq composite index was down 11.82 points to 2,686.15 while the S&P 500 index declined 7.92 points to 1,253.23 as investors looked to Greece where prime minister George Papandreou faced a confidence vote in a political drama that threatened to hobble efforts by European leaders to contain the debt crisis. Markets were volatile earlier this week after Papandreou stunned markets by calling a referendum on the country’s bailout package. His plan, which he recinded on Thursday, nonetheless increased investor fears of a disorderly Greek debt default and the country’s possible exit from the eurozone. “That continues to weigh on markets,” added Petursson. “You know, it’s unfortunate that things seemed to be moving ahead at a nice pace last week and then at the start of the week Greece just throws this huge cloud of uncertainty over everything at probably the worst possible moment.” Meanwhile, leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful economies wrapped up a two-day meeting without agreeing on how to increase the firepower of the International Monetary Fund so that it can help stem the European debt crisis. But they did acknowledge that its resources should be boosted. Worries about the European debt crisis pushed the TSX down 111.26 points or 0.88% this week while the Dow industrials gave back 247.87 points or 2.02%. Possible damage to the eurozone’s financial sector and the latest sign of weakness in the Canadian economy pushed the TSX financial sector down 1.39% on Friday. Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back $1.13 to $45.85 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) lost 32 cents to $12.79. Commodity prices had weakened following the U.S. jobs report but the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ended the session up 19 cents at US$94.26 a barrel. The TSX energy sector lost 0.63% as Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) dropped 50 cents to C$37.73 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) dropped 31 cents to C$32.89. The base metals sector gained 0.94% even as the December copper contract on the Nymex closed two cents lower at US$3.56 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) rose 46 cents to C$22.81 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) climbed 99 cents to C$22.82. The gold sector was little changed while bullion prices dipped with the December contract down $9 to US$1,756.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was down 27 cents at C$52.23. Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) reported a five-fold increase in third-quarter profits on Thursday, citing an increase in sales and higher realized prices for gold for the big improvement. The Toronto-based miner earned US$83.8 million or 35 cents per share while revenue increased to US$278.4 million from $119.9 million in the same period last year. Its shares added a penny to $21.03. The industrials sector was also weak and Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) shares were four cents lower at $1.36. The airline beat expectations even though it lost $124 million or 45 cents per share in the summer period. Excluding foreign exchange losses, its adjusted profit was $270 million, or 55 cents per share, seven cents above analyst expectations. In other earnings news, Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REF.UN) reported its net profit rose nearly 10% to $11.3 million in the latest quarter as the company benefited from property acquisitions. Its units gained 10 cents to $35.54. read more

Five things to watch for in Canadian business this week

first_img 1. Housing startsCMHC releases its latest read on the Canadian housing market on Monday when it publishes its preliminary data on housing starts for March. The annual pace of housing starts cooled in February as higher mortgage rates and less stimulative economic conditions helped soften demand. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media 2. Cogeco earningsCogeco and Cogeco Communications issue second-quarter results on Tuesday. The Montreal-based cable and internet company signed a deal in February to sell struggling Cogeco Peer 1 Inc. six years after purchasing it.3. Scotia AGMThe Bank of Nova Scotia will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday in Toronto. The CEOs of three of Scotiabank’s rivals said last week that they expect muted economic growth, a slower spring housing market and have concerns about the country’s future prosperity, but expressed confidence in their ability to navigate any rough patches ahead.4. Shaw resultsShaw Communications will release second-quarter results on Tuesday. Shaw’s subsidiary Freedom Mobile drew the fifth-highest number of consumer complaints, after Bell, Rogers, Cogeco and Telus, according to a recent report by Canada’s telecommunications and television service.5. Pot statsStatistics Canada releases its StatsCannabis data availability on Wednesday. The agency said that the average price of a legal gram of medical or non-medical weed during the fourth quarter last year was $9.70, compared to the black market price of $6.51. Canadian Press center_img People examining economic statistic Financial examiner Vector illustration. simmmax/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian economy added 27,700 jobs in May: StatsCan

first_img Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The better-than-expected increase in the number of jobs follows a record 106,500 jobs that were added in April.Economists on average had expected the addition of 8,000 jobs for the month and an unemployment rate of 5.7%, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Year-over-year average hourly wage growth for all employees, a key indicator monitored by the Bank of Canada ahead of its interest-rate decisions, was 2.8% in May, up from 2.5% in April.The increase in jobs was made up entirely of full-time employment as there was no change in the number of part-time jobs.The overall gains were driven by an increase of 61,500 in the number of self-employed workers, while the number employees fell by 33,800 including a drop in 13,100 public sector employees and 20,700 private sector employees.The goods-producing sector of the economy added 4,900 jobs, while the services sector added 22,800.The health care and social assistance industry added 20,400 jobs in the month, while professional, scientific and technical services increased by 17,200.Business, building and support services lost 19,400 jobs and employment in accommodation and food services fell 12,000.Regionally, Ontario added 20,900 jobs in May, while B.C. saw the number of jobs rise by 16,800. Newfoundland and Labrador lost 2,700 jobs for the month.Compared with May 2018, the Canadian economy added 453,100 jobs including 299,000 full-time positions and 154,100 part-time jobs. Related news The economy added 27,700 jobs in May, while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since comparable data become available in 1976, Statistics Canada said Friday.The unemployment rate fell to 5.4% compared with 5.7% in April as the number of people looking for work fell sharply, it reported. Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords Economic indicators,  EmploymentCompanies Statistics Canada Blue infographics documents with 3D graphs and charts of glass johan2011/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Craig WongCanadian Press last_img read more

Study: Racial diversity stagnated on U.S. corporate boards

first_imgdiversity iStock.com / RLT_Images Many U.S. companies have rushed to appoint Black members to their boards of directors since racial justice protests swept the country last year.But in the two preceding years, progress on increasing racial diversity on boards stagnated, a new study revealed Tuesday. Black men even lost ground. Catastrophe bond market gains momentum Facebook LinkedIn Twitter U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s The study, conducted by the Alliance of Board Diversity and the consulting firm Deloitte, points to the steep deficit companies face when it comes to fulfilling pledges to diversity in their ranks. An overwhelming 82.5% of directors among Fortune 500 company boards are white, according to the Missing Pieces Report: A Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards.The study suggests that, until the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd galvanized a national reckoning on systemic racism, attention to racial diversity took something of a backseat to gender equality in boardrooms.Between July 2020 and May 2021, some 32% of newly appointed board members in the S&P 500 were Black, according to an analysis by ISS Corporate Solutions, which advises companies on improving shareholder value and reducing risk. That was a leap compared to 11% during the previous year.But the time before then shows a sudden shift in priorities. The Missing Pieces Report found that the number of women serving on Fortune 500 boards rose 4 percentage points to 26.5% between 2018 and June of 2020 — a faster pace of progress than the 2% increase over the preceding two years.In contrast, the number of racial minorities on Fortune 500 boards rose by just above a percentage point. That was a slower pace than the 2% increase during the previous two years. In a telling finding, the number of Black men on Fortune 500 boards fell by 1.5% between 2018 and June 2020, even as the representation of Black women rose by 18%.Attention to gender equality did bolster the ranks of minority women on Fortune 500 boards, though their numbers remain small at 6%, according to the census. The number of minority men remained virtually unchanged at just under 12%.With racial minorities holding so few seats to begin with, the findings underscore the need to pick up the pace of change, said Linda Akutagawa, chair for the Alliance for Board Diversity.Asian, Hispanic and Black women directors made the biggest percentage increases since 2018. But the raw number of seats each of those groups gained paled in comparison to the 209 seats gained by white women, according to the study. White women held three new seats for every new seat occupied by a woman from a racial minority.The Board Diversity Census based its findings on a two-year review of public filings through June 30, 2020. During that period, companies responded to pressure to appoint more women to their boards. California passed a law in 2017 requiring publicly traded firms headquartered in the state to have at least two or three women directors by 2021, depending on the size of their boards.Over the past year, more pressure has arisen for boards to focus on racial diversity. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law last year giving companies until the end of 2021 to have at least one board member from an underrepresented ethnic community, or who identify as LGBT. In December, Nasdaq filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt new listing rules requiring companies to publicly disclose their board diversity statistics.More than a dozen companies, including Zillow and M.M.LaFleur, signed a pledge in September to add at least one Black director to their boards within a year.Carey Oven, national managing partner of Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness, said that kind of rapid shift shows that progress on diversity is matter of corporate will, rather than a lack of qualified minority candidates.“It’s really a choice for boards to take steps to become more diverse,” Oven said.In April, 140 racial justice leaders published a letter in the Financial Times demanding that the country’s largest asset managers oppose all-white boards at this year’s shareholder meetings. But the letter also called for them to oppose boards “with arguably token representation by a single person of color.”“Boards draw a circle around everyone who is not a white male and call themselves diverse,” said Eli Kasargod-Staub, executive director of Majority Action, a nonprofit group that sponsored the letter. “That way of framing it often obscures that fact that they only have one person of color on their boards.”In December, Majority Action, along with the Service Employees International Union, released a report showing that 56 of the S&P 500 companies had all-white boards as of November 2020. The asset manager BlackRock voted to approve the entire board at 52 of those companies at their 2020 shareholder meetings, according to the report, which cited research from ISS Analytics and public filings. Vanguard voted to support the entire board at 51 of the companies.Some fund giants have acknowledged they have been slower to push boardrooms to appoint more people of color, compared to their advocacy to add more women. But many say the momentum is turning.BlackRock said this year that it’s raising its expectations for ethnic and gender diversity on corporate boards, and it voted against more than 130 boards in the early part of 2021 because of a lack of it. But it does not have a bright-line rule for how many people of color should be on a board, similar to how it expects U.S. companies to have at least two women on their board.Vanguard revised its proxy voting guidelines to warn it will vote against some board nominees at companies where lack of diversity is a concern. But a Vanguard spokeswoman said the investing giant believes “there is no one-size-fits-all mandate for board diversity” and will evaluate each board individually.State Street Global Advisors, the company behind the “Fearless Girl” statue that stared down the iconic charging bull statue near Wall Street, said it will start voting against the chair of the board nominating committee at S&P 500 companies next year if it doesn’t have at least one underrepresented minority. This year, it began voting against nominating committee chairs of companies that fail to disclose the racial and ethnic composition of their boards.“We did see that progress was not being made quickly enough,” said Benjamin Colton, State Street’s global co-head of asset stewardship. “It was difficult for us to even gauge progress because we did not have that disclosure available.” Global insurers’ focus on ESG will impact energy sector: report Alexandra OlsonStan Choe Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Diversity,  Disclosure,  ESG last_img read more

Business interruption insurance pandemic update

first_imgBusiness interruption insurance pandemic update The Insurance Council of Australia is in discussions with insurers, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and other stakeholders to consider a further test case that explores outstanding policy matters, including proximity and prevention of access, relating to the pandemic and business interruption insurance.The industry’s intention is that it would again meet the costs of both the policyholders and the insurers in any legal process, in the same fashion as the first test case regarding the Quarantine Act.The industry seeks to progress a court resolution of these matters quickly, and regardless of any decision around an appeal on the first test case.The Insurance Council will continue to work with all stakeholders and government to provide clarity for all parties and the industry. It will provide an update on these matters as soon as they are settled in coming weeks. /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, Australian Financial Complaints Authority, business, council, court, Government, industry, insurance, Insurance Council of Australia, interruption, meet, pandemic, prevention, quarantine, resolutionlast_img read more

Tenders called for new Carnarvon Fascine boat pens

first_imgTenders called for new Carnarvon Fascine boat pens Tender to design and construct boat pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour now open16 new pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour will provide increased year-round ocean access for Carnarvon skippers$7 million allocated to Fascine Entryway Project as part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan Tenders have been called for the design and construction of 16 new floating boat pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour – the first stage of a $7 million project to improve ocean access for the commercial and recreational fleet.Construction of the new pens has been brought forward to provide an immediate solution for vessels not currently able to navigate the Fascine to open water.Expected to cost up to $2.5 million, the year-long project will be undertaken while engineering and environmental studies continue to help determine the best approach to remedy long-term issues with access to the Fascine waterway.In the interim, regular hydrographic surveys of the waterway have started and will measure changes to the channel while navigation markers have been repositioned to ensure vessel safety.The Carnarvon Boat Harbour launching ramp and the facility will remain open and available to recreational users until a long-term solution to the Fascine entrance is implemented.Work is being supported by the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee which includes representatives from the Gascoyne Development Commission, the Department of Transport, the Shire of Carnarvon and the Carnarvon Yacht Club.The McGowan Government has allocated $7 million to help solve access issues at the Carnarvon Fascine as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.More information about the tender can be found at https://www.tenders.wa.gov.auAs stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:“Access issues for the Carnarvon Fascine have been an ongoing issue – we know how important being able to access the water is for residents and tourists that visit the region.“That’s why we’ve allocated $7 million of funding to provide immediate assistance and to fund a long-term solution to the access issues at the Fascine.“The release of today’s tender is an early milestone in the longer-term Fascine Entryway Project which will address access issues associated with this important waterway and provide significant economic and social benefits to the local community and the State.”As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:“The Shire of Carnarvon, the Department of Transport, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Carnarvon Yacht Club have shown their commitment to finding a long-term solution to this problem that has beset Carnarvon for many years.“The dedicated work of these groups in implementing an earlier trial dredging campaign is acknowledged and demonstrates the level of community support for a solution to the problem.“The State Government’s significant funding commitment through the WA Recovery Plan provides immediate assistance while the required investigations are undertaken to find a long-term solution to the access issues at the Fascine.”As stated by Mining and Pastoral MLC Kyle McGinn:“Whenever I visit Carnarvon people always tell me how important access to and from the Fascine is.“This $7 million commitment will help with not only a short term solution but help with a long term fix.“I’m pleased to be a part of the McGowan Government who is committed to delivering for the regions.” /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, campaign, Carnarvon, Commission, community, Engineering, Government, mining, Minister, ocean, project, regional development, Safety, Transport, visit, WA, Western Australia, yachtlast_img read more

Hot property at Angle Park as Structural Fire Behaviour Training Facility unveiled in Australian-first

first_imgHot property at Angle Park as Structural Fire Behaviour Training Facility unveiled in Australian-first South Australians will have increased protection against the threat of fire as MFS personnel strengthen their expert skills at the new state-of-the-art Structural Firefighting Training Facility.It’s the first of its kind in Australia, proudly delivered by the Marshall Liberal Government.The nation-leading facility at Angle Park – on Grand Junction Road – is a large “burn hall” containing 16 shipping containers to simulate live fire scenarios in houses, businesses and high-rise buildings.Minister for Emergency Services Vincent Tarzia said South Australians will see unprecedented benefit from the $4.3 million facility with better-than-ever trained firefighters deployed to blazes across the state.Today, Minister Tarzia and MFS Chief Officer Michael Morgan formally opened the facility – which supported 145 jobs throughout construction – after witnessing an intense firefighting demonstration.“This unparalleled training facility is as real as it gets when it comes to fighting fires and will be well-used by more than 1,000 MFS personnel for decades to come,” Minister Tarzia said.“Crews will battle blazes in homes, businesses and high-rise buildings simulated by shipping containers in a unique design not seen anywhere else in Australia.“Without doubt South Australian firefighters will have the best scenario training in the country.“Access to this realistic and diverse training environment is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for MFS crews to be better prepared to save lives and property.“The Marshall Government has committed more than $67.5m in additional funding to the MFS since 2018, including $11.5m in this year’s State Budget for 12 new appliances.“We anticipate the first new appliance to arrive in Australia this month and remain dedicated to protecting firefighters with investment in better equipment and technology.”Chief Morgan described the new facility as a “key asset” that is modelled on designs and learnings from international fire agencies.“It is with great excitement that the MFS welcomes this new facility at our Angle Park Training Centre,” Chief Morgan said.“This burn hall represents a great achievement by the many MFS personnel who contributed to the design, planning and construction phases of this project.“The facility will help our firefighters better predict and react to fire behaviour within a structure. This will not only enhance firefighter safety, but also help crews to reduce property and financial losses for South Australians.”A variety of basic, intermediate and complex live fire training scenarios can be trialled in the burn hall. The facility includes lecture rooms, purpose-built cleaning areas, a briefing and debriefing room, workshop spaces, equipment drying room, breathing apparatus compressor and cylinder fill station.The facility significantly boosts firefighter knowledge, safety, performance, and helps users make quick and informed risk assessments based on fire behaviour indicators.With an asset life of up to 50 years, MFS recruits will develop their ability at the facility while ongoing training and upskilling will be provided to metropolitan and regional MFS firefighters of all ranks.The internal access points of the shipping containers can be re-arranged to achieve tailor-made training scenarios. The MFS will make the facility accessible to the CFS and other agencies.Smoke from live burns will be contained within the shed, collected and treated to minimise the impact on the environment. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, demonstration, Emergency, Emergency Services, environment, Government, Investment, Minister, Morgan, project, property, purpose-built, risk assessment, SA Government, South Australia, technologylast_img read more

Elizabeth mass vaccination clinic opens in north

first_imgElizabeth mass vaccination clinic opens in north The latest COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic opens its doors today at Elizabeth, providing opportunities for people in the northern suburbs to receive the vital vaccine.Premier Steven Marshall said the Elizabeth clinic based at the Playford Civic Centre will provide both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to those eligible under phases 1a, 1b and 2a of the roll out program.“South Australia’s economic and health response to the COVID-19 threat has been world-leading. Week by week we are scaling up our vaccination efforts as we work with our health experts to deliver a safe and steady vaccine rollout,” said Premier Marshall.“The opening of the Elizabeth mass vaccination clinic is another major milestone in our plan to vaccinate the South Australian community, and later this year it will have the ability to scale up to deliver up to 10,000 per week.“The vaccination program is our doorway out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I encourage all eligible South Australians to book in, roll up their sleeve and get vaccinated.”“Giving every South Australian access to the COVID-19 vaccine is a priority for the Marshall Liberal Government, and the establishment of the Elizabeth clinic will further support our safe and steady scale up of the rollout,” said Minister Wade.“In its first week, this site will offer more than 2,300 appointments across 24 vaccination chairs. The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) will then scale up its operations in week two and providing up to 5,700 vaccination appointments for booking by the public.“Our Wayville and Noarlunga clinics have hit the ground running and our third metropolitan mass vaccination clinic will provide even more South Australians with access to the vital vaccine.”NALHN’s Director of Nursing Operations, Andrew McGill, said staff across NALHN have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, from putting their hands up in droves to help their colleague’s interstate to jumping at the opportunity to work at testing clinics in the community.“We are dedicated to playing our part in delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to people in the northern community in a safe and efficient way. To date, NALHN has already delivered more than 9,300 vaccinations as part of the healthcare worker program.“Online bookings for the Elizabeth clinic opened to the public on 19 May and almost 300 appointments have been made for its first day of operation,” Mr McGill said.“Bringing together the teams who have been providing the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital vaccination clinics, the Elizabeth clinic will have approximately 70 NALHN staff working at the Elizabeth site during any one shift. This will include nurses, pharmacists, administration and security staff.”The Elizabeth COVID-19 vaccination can be accessed via the southern entrance of the Playford Civic Centre and will open seven days a week between 8:30am and 3:30pm. Two hours free parking will be made available at the Windsor car park.You can check your eligibility and book in for a vaccine through the SA Health website. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations visit: covidvaccine.sa.gov.au. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Adelaide, AusPol, Australia, Australian, community, director, Government, health, healthcare, operation, Pfizer, Playford, SA, SA Government, SA Health, South Australia, vaccination, Windsorlast_img read more