Delivering a ock-solid future for Tasmania’s minerals sector Guy Barnett,Minister for ResourcesThe Tasmanian Liberal Government knows that mining and minerals processing is vital for our economy and that’s why we are delivering on our 100-day commitment to extend exploration and drilling grants until 2025.With the Tasmanian economy continuing to recover strongly from COVID-19, the mining and minerals processing sector provides a rock-solid base to further grow exports and support local jobs.Almost 60 mineral exploration projects have now been approved for support under the Government’s Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative (EDGI) with 16 more successful proposals announced today under Round 5 of this important initiative.Tasmanian mining and minerals processing supports more than 5,600 jobs and contributes more than $2 billion a year into the state’s economy through exports alone.Since 2018, the EDGI initiative has provided more than $1.5 million to industry and investors to help identify new greenfield mining opportunities, as well as now supporting exploration of existing mine or mining lease sites.The EDGI program provides up to $50,000 for direct drilling costs and $20,000 for helicopter support, if required, for successful applicants wanting to undertake mineral exploration with a view to opening viable operations.The 16 projects announced under Round 5 will share in approximately $780,000 in funding, with 11 grants supporting greenfield exploration and five re-examining existing sites. These projects will involve more than 12 kilometres of exploration drilling.By opening the program to existing sites we are providing the opportunity to salvage even more valuable minerals like gold, copper, zinc, tin or iron from already developed sites which would have reasonably modest restart costs and lead-in time if the exploration results prove positive.Growing this sector will provide a vital boost for our regional communities, small businesses and families, especially in regions like the North-West Coast and West Coast.All up, our Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative is expected to drive a 60 per cent increase in greenfield drilling to open up sites that may not have previously been economically attractive for exploration.The Tasmanian Liberal Government continues to deliver for the mining and minerals processing sector with applications for Round 6 of the EDGI grants expected to open late this year. /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:AusPol, Australia, covid-19, Economy, exploration, future, gold, Government, helicopter, industry, jobs, mining, Minister, resources, Small Business, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, West Coast
Today is day 14 of the complete lockdown in India and its heartening to see that the citizens of our country, by and large, are adhering to the lockdown. The experts are of the opinion that India was able to rein in the corona to a greater extent due to the timely lockdown declared by the government. Even though the situation is under control, my sense says that there is a need to extend the lockdown by at least one more week, considering the episode of the Markaz and its fallout. I know it is a hard pill to swallow but there is a much greater reward if we can have full control over corona by this sacrifice.One thing is for sure, there is no differentiation in the way corona attacks people, every section of the society is under the threat of this virus and there is no way we can take it for granted. Yesterday British prime minister, who made light of the virus during its early stages of infection in the UK, is in ICU now and is reported to be serious. This pandemic is not a joke, it doesn’t differentiate people based on their status in the society nor their religion nor it cares if you are the prime minister or an ordinary daily wage worker. We must all realize that once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box and nothing changes it.There is no doubt each one of us is involved in the fight against the corona in our way and let there be no doubt that the aftermath of this pandemic will be another struggle for survival. That struggle will be the toughest ever anyone from the last two generations has encountered both physically, emotionally and economically. The governments in various countries are trying to find a solution to ease this struggle and finding out ways and means to reduce the impact on the economy of the respective countries. The financial burden on the countries due to this virus is staggering and any help, however small it is, will help the countries against its fight for survival.The Indian government has informed the public that the entire central government will take a 30% cut on their salaries for one year which include the President, Vice President, Prime minister, all ministers and MP’s and also announced a two-year moratorium of the MP local area development fund which in turn will add another 7000 crores to the kitty to fight against corona. By and large, the move was widely accepted by the concerned and then, as usual, there is an exception like Karti Chidambaram and few others. A person like Karti whose only qualification is that being the son of the seasoned politician and business conduit of congress leader Chidambaram. It is quite natural both will be opposing any move by the current government considering the way they are being forced to pay for their crimes against the people of the country. So, let’s forget about them and move forward with the good start and I do hope many more in the high end of the society will follow the leaders in helping to rebuild the nation.On the other side of the world, Italy and Spain seem to be able to finally take some control over the spread of the virus but it appears that the US and UK are paying the price for a delayed action by the government. It still amazes me that despite all the power they are supposed to hold, they failed to realize and recognize the deadly nature of the virus and brushed it aside as just another flue. I am sure both the leaders of the respective countries will be cursing that thought process now and I do hope they will be able to come out of this fight victorious, for the sake of their citizens.Almost all the countries in the world are fighting against this pandemic and it is important for all to work together and help each other in this fight. It is imperative that those who have plenty must share the riches with others. There is a huge requirement for various medicines and medical equipment for the fight against the corona and it appears that India is one of the major producers of the anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine, which seems to be an effective treatment for corona. I am sure the Indian government will take the correct decision in this regard for the export of the same to various countries with high impact especially the US and UK.I am also sure that many in the opposition and media are waiting for it to happen so that they can start blaming the government for making that decision. Irrespective of that, it is my view that we need to stand together and help whoever in need, in the best possible way we can. I am also sure that it will be bringing its own benefit if not today but tomorrow. And tomorrow is what we all look forward and that is where life goes.AK
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network is pleased to officially welcome Alice Hyde Medical Center as its fifth hospital. The inclusion of Alice Hyde, based in Malone, NY, in The University of Vermont Health Network strengthens a long-term partnership between the hospital and The University of Vermont Medical Center, which have been clinically affiliated since 1997.Over the course of that nineteen-year relationship, providers from UVM Medical Center have provided patients at Alice Hyde with access to high-quality specialty care close to home. In recent years, Alice Hyde has also collaborated with UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital to bring specialists to Malone. Specialists in Cardiology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Vascular Surgery and, most recently, Interventional Radiology see patients at Alice Hyde Medical Center on a regular basis. Many of the patients seeing these specialty providers used to travel to Plattsburgh or Burlington to receive their care. “Joining The University of Vermont Health Network is the next logical step in the development of our relationship with our regional partners to bring high quality care close to home,” said Douglas F. DiVello, President and CEO at Alice Hyde Medical Center. “Patients at Alice Hyde are already receiving specialty care from other providers here at our facility. Countless members of our local community have benefitted from this affiliation to-date, and our patients will continue to see more benefits as our relationship gets stronger. We are excited to officially be part of the Network, and to work closely with our partners to continue providing great care to our community.”“We are proud to share our specialty providers with Alice Hyde,” said Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and Community Providers, Inc. “Because of our collaboration with Alice Hyde Medical Center, patients are able to see their specialist closer to home. Dr Wolkowicz, who is one of our Cardiologists, now sees many patients in Malone who used to travel to Plattsburgh to see him. Not having to travel that distance is a huge benefit to those patients.”Though Alice Hyde has had a clinical affiliation for nearly two decades, joining the UVM Health Network brings additional benefits. As a UVM Health Network affiliate, Alice Hyde will enjoy a stronger connection to The University of Vermont Medical Center, one of the top academic medical centers. They will also benefit from significantly greater purchasing and negotiating power, as well as access to capital resources and enhanced technology.Under this affiliation, Alice Hyde remains a free standing hospital with its own board, management, workforce, licensure, medical staff and endowment. It is subject to the Network’s oversight and has representation on the Network’s Board of Trustees. Alice Hyde representatives will participate in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives. A letter of intent to explore affiliation was signed in April 2015. This was followed by several months of due diligence work and the adoption of a formal membership agreement in October 2015. The final step was to receive regulatory approval from various New York State agencies. The New York State Department of Health provided their approval on February 11, followed by additional approvals from the New York State Attorney General and Department of State. Alice Hyde Medical Center is the fifth affiliate hospital of The University of Vermont Health Network, and the first hospital to join the Network in more than 3 years. The UVM Health Network now consists of:The University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians HospitalThe University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital“This is an exciting moment for The University of Vermont Health Network,” said John Brumsted, MD, President and CEO of The University of Vermont Health Network and CEO of The University of Vermont Medical Center. “When we work together, our patients benefit. Our goal is to improve the quality of the health care services we offer through collaboration on joint clinical initiatives, and to integrate clinical services to improve quality and access.”About the University of Vermont Health NetworkThe University of Vermont Health Network is a four-hospital system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:The University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external)Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.
Peter Barker is managing director of BIM Academy, which was founded by Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture in 2010 as a centre of excellence to support industry through consultancy, education and research and development.Among its achievements, it has given graduates a head start in developing their skills before moving to sought-after jobs in industry, including FIFA World Cup 2022, Laing O’Rourke, RTKL and Turner and Townsend. BIM Academy has also built a reputation for authoritative and impartial advice on BIM strategy and implementation for clients such as Quintain, NBS, WRAP and Newcastle and Cambridge Universities, as well as clients in Hong Kong and the Middle East.Peter was the architectural director at Ryder Architecture responsible for the early research and development of BIM within the practice from 2003. He has over 25 years’ practical experience in the design and delivery of projects in a number of sectors including education, healthcare, leisure and process engineering.
There’s no shortage of talent nor ambition when it comes to Dalton Coker’s budding singing career. The 16-year old from Jacksboro is working his way toward his big break with plenty of enthusiasm. Two years ago as an eighth grader, Coker auditioned in Nashville for The Voice. Yesterday afternoon at Knoxville he auditioned for America’s Got Talent.He arrived at the Knoxville Convention Center around 8:30 am Thursday morning. He auditioned around 2 pm.The upside is his almost seven hour wait to sing his version of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” is over. The downside is his wait to learn if he made the cut is four months away.He told WLAF that, “If you play your own instrument, you can have music with your song. If you don’t you, must sing a cappella.” He sang a cappella.The Campbell County High sophomore has been singing since he was five. He credited his elementary school music teacher John Edwards as one of his early influences. The Children’s Band and the Wiggles played a role in getting him more interested in singing, Coker said with a laugh.Coker sings all genres from rap to rock and doesn’t have a favorite singer. But some of those he said, were “up there” are Nathan Sharp, Sam Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Ed Sheeran.His plans range from a singing career to moving to New York City and auditioning on Broadway or perhaps going on to college and majoring in voice.The WLAF staff hopes Coker will perform a number of Christmas songs on air this holiday season. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2018-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF MISTY COKER)Share this:FacebookTwitter
BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – Championship Saturday has arrived at the 31st annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Fifteen last-chance heats for Modifieds, the last-chance feature for Stock Cars and last-chance features for Modifieds get the Sept. 7 show started at Boone Speedway. The Karl Chevrolet Races of Champions for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars and the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds precede main events for all four divisions.Hobby Stocks, SportMods and Stock Car headliners are all 30 laps. The big dance for Modifieds is 40 laps. * Front row starters for the Harris RoC are Tim Ward and Dustin Smith, ahead of Ryan McDaniel, Jimmy Gustin, Clint Hatlestad, Brandon Beckendorf, Aaron Turnbull, Chris Abelson, Dylan Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Richie Gustin and Corey Lagroon.Scott Pippert will lead the Sunoco RoC field to the initial green, with defending race winner Donavon Smith to his outside. Brandon Czarapata, Abe Huls, Brian Irvine, Perry Misner, David Smith, Kevin Opheim, Jay Schmidt and John Heinz complete the lineup.Colby Langenberg has the pole start for the Hobby Stock RoC, with Randy Embrey to his outside. Trevor Holm, Brock Beeter, Corey Madden, Shannon Anderson, Jason Kohl, Chris Luloff, Bill Bonnett and Justin Nehring complete the third through 10th spots on the starting grid. Front row for the Northern SportMod RoC has Bobby Anders on the pole and Joel Rust outside. Third through 10th starters are Eric Elliott, Tyler Frye, Nick Roberts, Clint Luellen, Austin Kaplan, Danny Dvorak, Robby Rosselli and Carter VanDenberg.*Two drivers with their share of career wins and then some were recognized during pre-race ceremonies this afternoon.Mike Nichols won for the 300th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career while Shannon Anderson earned his career 200th IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory this season.Both are the career wins leaders in their respective divisions. *Sybesma Graphics best looking car contest winners were Gary Roberts in the Modifieds and Steffan Carey in the Stock Cars.Roberts’ ride promotes Goldenhar Syndrome. The wrap was done by his son (and fellow Modified driver) Matt.Carey pilots the original Witten’s Warriors car, promoting cerebral palsy treatment and awareness. *Another hotly contested rock, paper, scissors contest held during track prep determined the outside row of tonight’s Stock Car main event. Steve Meyer will lead Jake Masters, Brian Irvine, Wayne Gifford, Ken Tietz, Damon Murty, Todd Reitzler and Dustin Larson to green.*The results of more rock, paper, scissors: Chris Mills will start at the front of the outside row in Saturday’s Modified dance.Jon Snyder, Ryan Watnem, Jason Cummins, Shawn Kilgore, Jeff Taylor, J.D. Auringer and William Gould are next on the grid. *