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Road relief promised in Federal Budget

first_imgRoad relief promised in Federal Budget The City of Whittlesea welcomes the Australian Government’s funding announcement for several local projects in the Federal Budget for 2021/22.The Federal Government announced $2 billion for initial investment into a new intermodal freight terminal that will provide a vital link between Victoria’s two largest ports and the rest of Australia. One of the two preferred sites for the terminal is on the edge of the City of Whittlesea at Beveridge which would bring 20,000 jobs to the local area.The budget also promised a further $24.2 million of funding for O’Herns Rd/Hume Freeway Interchange to complete the project and $10 million for a detailed business base into the E6 Freeway.Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson thanked the Australian Government and said the funding was a win for City of Whittlesea residents.“Council is very pleased to hear that funding has been committed for projects that will improve the lives of people who live, work and study in the City of Whittlesea including the creation of local jobs.”“We know traffic has been a continued pain point for people living in our City, and Council has been working with both Federal and State government to find solutions to ease congestion and make the City of Whittlesea easier to move around,” Ms Wilson said.Ms Wilson said the E6 Freeway, O’Herns Road interchange and the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT) were projects Council had been advocating to the Australian and Victorian governments on behalf of residents and businesses for many years.The E6 will significantly relieve congestion on Whittlesea’s road network and provide an essential north-south road connection for residents in the Northern Growth Corridor.The BIFT will bring with it an enormous increase in local employment opportunities in an area which will be home to nearly a third of Melbourne’s future residential growth.“We also welcome the Australian Government’s significant commitment to mental health services and four-year-old kinder, which we will work hard to ensure will benefit our community,” Ms Wilson said.Other budget highlights include:$2 billion for ongoing funding for four-year-old kindergarten$278.6 million over four years to expand and enhance headspace and youth mental health services$112 million over four years for psychosocial support services$28.2 million over two years for the Stronger Communities Program which provides funding of up to $20,000 for small projects that deliver social benefits for local communities.$1 billion (additional) to extend the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. /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 Government, Beveridge, employment, Federal, federal budget, federal government, Government, health services, infrastructure, Investment, local council, Melbourne, mental health, Victoria, Whittlesea, Whittlesea City Councillast_img read more

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Steelers must win out to make playoffs

first_imgGREAT DAY—Le’Veon Bell (26) had a great day on the ground and through the air but it wasn’t enough. (Photos by Julio Torres)Cincinnati won ugly while the Steelers lost despite scoring 32 points dropping them a game and a half behind the Bengals. The two will face each other twice during the final four weeks of the season.The Steelers, 7-5, travel to Cincinnati, 8-3-1 this weekend in a must game for the Steelers if they have any chance of winning the tough AFC North. But at least they don’t have to worry about the rest of the division as the Baltimore Ravens lost a heartbreaker, 34-33, to the San Diego Chargers, while the Cleveland Browns, 7-5, lost to the Buffalo Bills 26-10.Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown racked up the stats, but the game was more lopsided in favor of the New Orleans Saints, 5-7, as turnovers by the offense set up Drew Brees and crew in constant good field position and the defense couldn’t stop them.Roethlisberger threw the ball 50 times completing 32 passes for 435 yards and two touchdowns with 16 going to Brown and Bell. Bell had a record 159 yards on 8 catches out of the backfield while Brown had 97 yards on 8 catches and 2 touchdowns. Bell also had 95 yards on the ground on 21 carries.Andy Dalton has been sporadic all this season with a red hot start to then cooling off and now getting hot again leading his team to the top of the tough AFC North.last_img read more

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First and last with the news

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows The small town of Bunyip will soon be without a newsagency after the proprietors decided to close…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Sign artist slapped with robbery charge

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) sign artist was on Tuesday arraigned on a robbery under arms charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jevon Gillis, 20, of Lot 18 Goedverwagting, ECD, appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh. It is alleged that on April 2 while being armed with a hand gun, Gillis robbed Diane Payne of a 48-inch television set valued 0,000, a Samsung tablet worth ,000 and two Alcatel cellphones valued ,000 among other items, a total value of 1,000.Police Prosecutor Aduni Inniss told the Court that the investigating officer recovered both the television set and the Samsung tablet.Despite the efforts of Gillis’ lawyer Paul Fung-A-Fat to get his client bail, he was remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 3, 2016.Meanwhile, in a related case, Javed Nurse, 36, a gold miner of Lot 34 House Street, Charlestown, was granted ,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Singh.It is alleged that between April 2 and 7, 2016, he received from Gillis in Georgetown a 48-inch television set and a Samsung tablet valued at 0,000 knowing same was feloniously stolen and obtained.Nurse pleaded not guilty to the charge and his Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat made an application for bail. Police Prosecutor Aduni Inniss had no objections to bail. The case will continue on May 3.last_img read more

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SA businesswomen beat global average

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 9 March 2011 Women currently hold 27% of senior management positions in South African companies, beating the global average of 20% by seven percentage points, consultancy Grant Thornton said on International Women’s Day. Research from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) also shows that the percentage of privately held businesses in South Africa that have no women in senior management at all has declined from 27% in 2009 to 23%, in contrast to the global average, which has risen from 35% to 38%. “The fact that South Africa outperforms the global average can be attributed to the emphasis placed by government on gender equality and employment equity,” Jeanette Hern, partner and head of corporate finance at Grant Thornton Johannesburg, said in a statement on Tuesday. “However, while the South African government holds an impressive record with many women in senior positions, the private sector business community still has a long way to go, particularly in the roles that women play.”Only 3% with woman CEOs Grant Thornton’s survey shows that of the companies in South Africa that employ women in senior managerial positions, 21% employ them as human resources directors, followed by financial positions such as chief financial officers and finance directors (20%), sales directors (9%) and marketing officers (8%). Only 3% of the South African companies surveyed had a woman chief executive officer (CEO), which is 5 percentage points lower than the global average of 8%. “Our statistic for the roles that women play in privately held businesses are in line with studies done on companies listed on the JSE,” said Hern. “According to a survey done by the Businesswomen’s Association, less than 5% of JSE listed companies have women CEOs. “Until businesses break out of the mindset that women are only suited for HR and finance positions, we will not be able to properly capture the value that women can add to the workplace.” Regionally, companies in the Eastern Cape have the highest proportion of women in senior management, at 33%, followed by Gauteng (28%), Cape Town (27%) and Durban having the lowest proportion at 26%.Global outlook According to Grant Thornton, G7 countries lag behind the global average with only 16% of women holding senior roles, while by region the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) scores highest with 27%. Women have become most successful in increasing their share of senior management roles in Thailand, Hong Kong, Greece, Belgium and Botswana, where the percentage of women in these roles has risen by at least 7% since 2009. “We can’t afford to be complacent, relying on the fact that we are outperforming our global counterparts,” Hern said. “The recent economic crisis has highlighted the need for businesses to be flexible and open to change in order to survive. The different perspective that women can bring is so important in our ever changing and complex world.” The annual Grant Thornton International Business Report is based on telephone interview lasting approximately 15 minutes with the chief executive officers or senior executives of over 11 000 medium to large privately held businesses in 39 countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Double blow for Torino

first_imgTorino have suffered a double injury blow after Lyanco and Diego Laxalt picked up problems while on international duty. Toro confirmed on their official website that Lyanco returned with an MCL injury in his right knee, while Laxalt suffered a myotendinous pull in his right thigh quadriceps. The former Bologna defender will not undergo surgery, whereas the Milan loanee will continue to be assessed. However, they could now miss the Granata’s next Serie A match against Inter on Saturday. Elsewhere, Kevin Bonifazi remains on a personalised training programme and Iago Falque is still receiving treatment for a muscle problem. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Simmons’ triple-double helps 76ers top Bulls

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Martinez gains slot to PyeongChang Winter Olympics PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls.Philadelphia played without guards JJ Redick (left leg), T.J. McConnell (personal) and Jerryd Bayless (left wrist), but Simmons picked up the slack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe rookie was just two assists away from a triple-double in the first half when he helped the 76ers to a 55-41 halftime lead with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. His slam dunk with 7:40 left in the third quarter was part of a dominating period for Philadelphia.Embiid’s 3-pointer with 4:23 left in the third stretched the 76ers’ lead to 25 points at 79-54. Embiid, who last week was named an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference, threw his hands up to get an already excited Philadelphia sports crowd even more revved up. Philadelphia has had difficulty protecting late leads this season and blew a 15-point second-half advantage in Monday’s 105-101 loss at Memphis, but the 25-point cushion was more than enough for the hot-shooting 76ers.Philadelphia made 16 3-pointers, finishing 16 for 32.The Bulls, who began play five games behind the eighth-place 76ers in the East, have been playing better basketball of late. But Chicago still could have been reeling from Monday’s 132-128 double-overtime loss to New Orleans in which the Bulls blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead.Chicago did get some good news before the game as Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen were selected by the league’s assistant coaches to the Rising Stars game, which features first- and second-year players and will be played on Feb. 16. Dunn will play on the U.S. team while Markkanen will compete for the World squad.Embiid, Simmons and Saric will team with Markkanen on the World team in the Rising Stars game.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Bulls: Ryan Arcidiacono, who played college ball at nearby Villanova, received a loud cheer when he entered with 3:13 left in the first quarter. … Dunn (concussion) missed his third straight game.76ers: Former Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels got a standing ovation when he was introduced in the second quarter. … Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris sat a few seats from each other courtside. .. With Philadelphia set to play the Patriots next week in the Super Bowl, the crowd erupted in several E-A-G-L-E-S! chants during the game.UP NEXTBulls: Host the Lakers on Friday night.76ers: Begin four-game road trip at San Antonio Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25), left, moves around Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday (7) during the second half on an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 115-101. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Ashes lost, coach Lehmann looks for football tickets

first_imgJust hours after his team surrendered the Ashes in abject fashion, Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has come under fire for turning to Twitter in search of tickets to an English Premier League soccer match.While Australia have some extra down-time after the fourth Test at Trent Bridge ended within three days, the tourists have much to ponder ahead of the final match at The Oval after losing the series to England 3-1.Some 50 miles (80 km) up the road from Nottingham, Stoke City host Liverpool in their EPL opener later on Sunday and Lehmann took to Twitter seeking help with tickets.”Would like to go to Stoke v Liverpool with a couple of people anyone help? @stokecity or @LFC can you please retweet.” the 45-year-old tweeted.With Australian cricket fans still reeling from their team’s capitulation, and the retirement announcement by captain Michael Clarke, many suggested Lehmann had more important things to worry about.”Probably not the best timing to be sending out a tweet like that, maybe take the team with u to learn their defensive game,” one respondent with the Twitter handle Ben McGrath offered.”I’ve also got some Trent Bridge Day 5 tickets to get off my hands if anyone wants :-)” said another.Lehmann later responded “Thanks so much for the abuse was asking a question that people might help. Don’t bother now! Thanks again people for being so abusive.”Only 18 months after helping Australia regain the Ashes on home soil with a 5-0 whitewash of England, Lehmann’s performance as coach and selector has come under renewed scrutiny.advertisementSelectors were heavily criticised for their surprising decision to replace allrounder Mitchell Marsh with his older brother, Shaun. Batsman Marsh failed in both innings, while the lack of his brother’s support as a fourth seamer placed the Australian pace attack under additional strain.The gambit also saw Clarke demoted to fifth in the batting order, a move seen as an act of protection for the struggling captain. Lehmann has now lost two out of three Ashes series in charge and many in Australia feel his time is up.The team are set to undergo a transformation with an influx of youth under Steven Smith, who is expected to be announced as captain after Clarke’s final Test in charge at The Oval.last_img read more

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first_imgJahlil Okafor featured on hype video.Duke freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, who is averaging 17.8 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game, is widely considered to be the best player in college basketball. It looks like the school is putting together a marketing campaign to make sure he’s rewarded for it. Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the team’s big rivalry showdown with North Carolina, Duke has released a “JAHS 15” hype video to promote him for Player of the Year. Both the graphics and the music in the clip reference the movie JAWS.Will it work? We’ll find out soon enough. Okafor is one of just a few viable candidates for the award.last_img read more

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The Most-Likely Upset Loss For Every Top 25 Team

first_imgCollage of logos of top college football programs.Upsets are a huge part of what makes college football so damn entertaining. Few things in sports are better than watching an undefeated, national championship-contending team go down in tragic fashion. Just last year, an undefeated Ohio State fell at home to Michigan State, an undefeated Alabama lost at home to Ole Miss and an undefeated Florida State lost on the road to Georgia Tech. All three of those games were among the most-entertaining of the season.  People really love watching an underdog pull off a spectacular upset victory. The 2016 college football season is now exactly one month away. Upsets are on the way. Most college football teams will suffer at least one unexpected loss this fall. While it’s tough to predict them (upsets are usually unpredictable by nature), we’re going to give it a shot. Here is every top 25 team (in ESPN’s preseason poll) most-likely upset loss. Start With No. 25 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

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