Backing our local manufacturing businesses to grow

first_imgBacking our local manufacturing businesses to grow Joint media release with the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, The Hon Karen Andrews MPThe Morrison Government’s game-changing investment to super-charge manufacturing and grow jobs is now open to local businesses, with applications sought under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonno Duniam said he urged Tasmanian businesses to apply so they can benefit from the new grants, create jobs and take on the world.“The MMI is not about providing our manufacturers a sugar hit, it’s about backing our manufacturers to improve their competitiveness and scale them up to compete on the world stage,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.“If you have an exciting project in our priority sectors this is your opportunity to receive funding support and be part of an important national effort to expand and enhance our manufacturing sector.“This initiative is the centrepiece of our Modern Manufacturing Strategy, with two of the three investment streams under the MMI are currently open.The Manufacturing Translation Stream (MTS) will support projects to translate good ideas into new or enhanced commercial outcomes, while the Manufacturing Integration Stream (MIS) will support projects that integrate Australian businesses into global value chains, or that upgrade their existing position in a value chain.“I certainly encourage local manufacturing businesses to be part of our practical plan to secure the future of manufacturing and help create jobs and a stronger Tasmania.”Through the MMI, funding is being provided to successful applicants in six national priority sectors.First rounds are now open for Resources Technology and Critical Minerals, Medical Products, and the Space sector.Other priority sectors opening in the coming weeks are: Food and Beverage, Recycling and Clean Energy, and Defence.Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the opening of the MMI is delivering on the Government’s commitment to transform Australia’s manufacturing base.“Under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, co-funded grants are available for projects which have outstanding merit, commercial potential and will provide value to Australia in advancing the development of the our manufacturing priority sectors,” Minister Andrews said.“Taken together all the projects we fund under the MMI are designed to build Australia’s reputation as a reliable and high-value manufacturing nation and are a central element of our Modern Manufacturing Strategy.”To guide the types of projects the Government will back in each sector under the MMI, an industry-led road map is also being released.“The road maps set out our vision for manufacturing investment in each sector.They’ll continue to be built on over time to ensure we’re capturing new opportunities to grow these priority sectors and create jobs,” Minister Andrews said. /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:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Australian, clean energy, Defence, Government, industry, Investment, manufacturing, Morrison, Morrison Government, outcomes, recycling, resources, Tasmania, technologylast_img read more

Inbee earns 21st career LPGA win at Kia

first_imgCARLSBAD, Calif. – Inbee Park opened her LPGA Tour season with a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Kia Classic on the eve of the first major championship of the year. The Hall of Famer finally put it all together at Aviara Golf Club, winning her 21st LPGA Tour title after finishing second on the scenic course in 2010, 2016 and 2019. She tied LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith for 25th place on the victory list and moved within four of matching Se Ri Pak for the South Korean mark. “She’s somebody that I always looked up to when I was growing up, and obviously she’s always big in my heart,” Park said about Pak. “Trying to follow her footstep is always a great thing. Really happy that I’m getting close.” Full-field scores from the Kia Classic Park closed with a 2-under 70 for a five-stroke victory – the same margin she took into the day – over Lexi Thompson and Amy Olson. Park finished at 14-under 274, opening with rounds of 66, 69 and 69. The 32-year-old Park, ranked fourth in the world, now heads to the desert for the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage. She won at Mission Hills in 2013 for the third of her seven major titles. She also won in her first LPGA Tour start of the year in 2013, accomplishing the feat in the Honda LPGA Thailand. “It was a great week this week,” Park said. “It was my first week back out in three months or so, and I played so good. I mean, I couldn’t believe how I was doing out there this week. I thought this week was just kind of a preparation for next week, but I exceeded so much more. I’m just really happy.” Inbee Park ‘couldn’t believe’ victory at Kia Classic After making three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn, Park bogeyed the 12th and 13th, then got the two strokes back with a 40-foot eagle putt on the short par-4 16th. She three-putted the 18th for a bogey. Park gave the tour its first international winner of the year, after Americans Jessica and Nelly Korda and Austin Ernst swept the first three tournaments. Thompson bogeyed the last for a 69 to match Olson (68) at 9 under. “Inbee played great, so she was a tough chase,” Thompson said. “But I’m just happy with where my game is going into next week.” Top-ranked Jin Young Ko was 8 under after a 70.last_img read more

Russians Contemplate Importance of US Elections for Russia

first_imgAs the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the United States became clear, many Russians began to reflect on what the result might mean for Russia’s position in global affairs. While most Russians did not have a preference for the winner, the fierce political contestation in the US attracted massive attention, and not merely because of the entertainment value (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, November 4). Official Kremlin propaganda has unsuccessfully sought to present this exercise of public will on the other side of the world as a political circus or to interpret the divisions within the US electorate as a profound crisis of democracy (, November 5). The predictions of violent chaos in the streets of Washington, DC, and other US cities were disappointed; and in the days of meticulous counting of votes, Russians have had time to contemplate the issues that motivated millions of Americans to opt for change—or against it (see EDM, November 5).One immediately clear difference from the US elections of four years ago is that Russia has been almost entirely absent from the heated and multifarious political debates throughout the United States. This is only partly a consequence of cautious self-restraint on the part of Russian special services from interfering in the electoral process (Izvestia, November 5). More significant has been Moscow’s patent inability to make a difference in the key international problems that concern US voters: from the COVID-19 pandemic to world trade to the rise of China to climate change. This contraction of Russia’s profile as a major international troublemaker does not translate into opportunities for improving bilateral US-Russian relations, and most experts expect a further tightening of the Western sanctions regime (VTimes, November 5). Quite remarkably, some influential voices in Moscow now argue against the usual exploitation of the confrontation with the West for domestic purposes and habitual portrayal of the US as Russia’s inherently hostile adversary (Kommersant, November 2).One area where some positive developments could still happen is in arms control, which experienced a severe degradation during Donald Trump’s presidency. The most pressing issue now is the temporary prolongation of the New START strategic nuclear weapons limitation treaty, signed at the apex of the last US-Russian “reset,” in 2010. The treaty is scheduled to expire in February 2021 (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, November 1). President Vladimir Putin has offered some concessions to the US demands for freezing nuclear arsenals but has so far been disappointed by the constrained response from Washington (Ezhednevny Zhurnal, October 29). Engaging in meaningful talks with the US and reaching agreements that implicitly confirm Russia’s status as a nuclear superpower is a matter of exceptional importance for Moscow, but no US administration could possibly put any trust in Putin’s promises; so agreement on a workable verification scheme remains the key stumbling block (, October 30).The arrival of a new though familiar US president could help mend strained Transatlantic relations, an issue Russia tracks with deep concern (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, November 1). Every step toward restoring political cohesion within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) makes Moscow’s traditional game of playing on US-European disagreements less profitable. At the same time, despite an incoming new administration to the White House, Russian policy planners cannot realistically expect any softening of Washington’s position on burden-sharing; the US will continue to expect the Europeans to increase expenditures on their own defense (, October 27). Moscow will additionally have to expect greater US attention to Ukraine from the top. Most immediately, however, Russia’s interactions with the more united West will be affected by the maturing political crisis in Belarus, where Putin has no good options at the moment (see EDM, September 10, October 26). In recent days, the European Union adopted fresh sanctions against the beleaguered Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (Kommersant, November 6).Russia’s newly exposed inability to manage conflicts around its borders affects its strategic partnership with China, and Moscow has to reevaluate its stance in the reconfigured and perhaps less emotionally charged US-China competition (Interfax, October 23). More than likely, the new US administration will place weightier emphasis on strengthening ties with Indo-Pacific allies and key regional powers, such as India—which will reduce Russia’s options for maneuvering (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, November 5). Beijing may demand greater loyalty from Moscow, but Washington should not be expected to offer significant new incentives capable of splitting the Russia-China proto-alliance (, November 2).In the Middle East, Russia cannot count on any gains from the possible easing of tensions in US-Iranian relations or from a less cordial friendship between the new administration and Saudi Arabia. The main worry for Moscow will remain a probable drop in oil prices, but this could happen more as a consequence of the global recession than due to any shifts in US foreign and energy policies (Expert, October 28). As for the Russia-Turkey partnership, it is presently so firmly on the rocks that any issues President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan might have with the incoming US administration will not translate into fixing relations with the Kremlin (RBC, November 8).Perhaps the most significant impact of the US elections is that millions of Russians—by following the protracted and meticulous process of asserting a conclusive electoral result—have gained a clearer impression of democratic procedures and institutions, despite the propaganda noise produced by their state-controlled media (Kommersant, November 6). Public perceptions have moved away from the crude and politically convenient image of an aggressive superpower with a maverick leadership; instead, Russian have discovered a complex country struggling with difficult domestic problems and by no means bent on harming Russia (, November 6). Yet while the US seems on track to rebuilding close ties with its traditional allies and reasserting leadership in global affairs, Russia is conspicuously failing to stop the war in the South Caucasus, to sort out the political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan, or to undermine the pro-European candidate in the presidential elections in Moldova (Rosbalt, November 5).Putin never managed to engage in a truly profitable dialogue with Trump, and he will now have to deal with a US president wise to the Kremlin leader’s machinations and inherently opposed to Russia’s kleptocratic authoritarian regime. He may hope for preoccupation in Washington with President-elect Joseph Biden’s domestic agenda, centered first of all on the COVID-19 pandemic, which in Russia is also raging out of control. Nevertheless, Russian breaches of international norms and rules going forward will receive substantially higher scrutiny and likely face a better-coordinated response from the rehabilitated Transatlantic alliance. The worst prospect, from the Kremlin perspective, is a renewed White House commitment to upholding democratic values, which do not need deliberate government promotion to become a powerful proposition.last_img read more

USC receiver Pharoh Cooper’s big night earns national honors

first_imgIf there was a silver lining to the storm cloud that marked the University of South Carolina’s two-overtime loss to Tennessee on Saturday night, it was the play of sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.Cooper set a school record with 233 yards receiving during the 45-42 loss and accounted for four touchdowns. He had a career-best 11 receptions, including two for touchdowns, passed for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown. He also recovered an onside kick by the Volunteers.Today, Cooper was selected to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll and was selected the College Football Performance Awards national Wide Receiver of the Week.Spurrier says the jobs of his assistant coaches are safelast_img

Wells & Moon top the podium

first_imgPSC Golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, July 27, Burapha – StablefordDiv A (0-19)1st David Wells (18) 42pts2nd Geoff Braithwaite (10) 42pts 3rd Dion Lane (13) 39ptsDiv B (20+)1st Peter Moon (23) 39pts2nd James Mansell (27) 37pts3rd Tim Knight (25)  37ptsA cool overcast day greeted the six groups who played the well presented A and B courses at Burapha. We welcomed another Kiwi, James Mansell, who had a podium finish on his first game with us.  With the high scores lately I think we need to look at going back to having the option of playing the blue tees when the fairways are dry.Peter Moon won division 2 with 39 points, two ahead of the aforementioned James Mansell who beat Tim Knight on count back.  In the top division, David Wells won on a count back over Geoff Braithwaite after both players scored 42 points each.  Dion Lane was third with 39.Bob Lindborg and Neil Hughes both recorded birdie ‘2’s.Outback opinion: Weather – overcast, cool; Check-in – fast, efficient; Fairways – hard; Rough – medium; Greens – fast; Bunkers – wet; Value for money – good; Pace of play – under four hours; Drink stations – all open.last_img read more

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger honoured at LMA Awards

first_imgAdvertisement The 69-year-old Frenchman, who left Arsenal in May after a reign of 22 years, was presented with the League Managers’ Association (LMA) Service to Football Award by England manager Gareth Southgate at Thursday night’s president’s dinner at Wembley Stadium.Advertisement LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Arsene’s contribution to English football has been hugely important to the advancement of the national game since he arrived at Arsenal Football Club in 1996.Advertisement It is our privilege to bestow upon him the LMA Service to Football Award in recognition of his magnificent achievements.“On behalf of his peers in the LMA, I thank him for his dedication to the profession and hope he will continue to have an impact on the game for many years to come.”Advertisement Wenger steered the Gunners to 3 Premier League titles, the last of them in 2003/04 without losing a single game, and 7 FA Cups and twice won the Double.LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said: “The LMA is proud to recognise Arsene’s remarkable career in football management.“The role of the football manager has changed beyond recognition since Arsene’s first match at Highbury in 1996, but his profound influence on the game over the past 22 years means he truly deserves the admiration of his fellow practitioners in football.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Anderson Caps Off Smoke Eaters Overtime Victory vs. Centennials

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters used a 33-save performance from Adam Marcoux and an overtime winning goal off the stick of Bryce Anderson to help them to their 3rd straight win on home ice, picking up a 2-1 overtime victory over the Merritt Centennials at the Trail Memorial Centre on Friday night. Carter Jones opened the scoring for Trail while Adam Marcoux took the game from there, making some impressive stops to keep his team in the lead before Bradley Cocca’s 3rd period marker tied the game and forced overtime. Bryce Anderson would be crowned the hero, scoring 3:03 into the extra frame and helping Trail to their third straight home ice win. The Smoke Eaters came out with an energetic start and jumped on the scoreboard first with an opening goal at the 5:51 mark of the 1st frame. Trevor Zins sent a pass to the right face-off circle for Chase Stevenson, who zipped a pass across to the left wing where Carter Jones teed up a one-timer with Centennials netminder Vincent Duplessis having the puck go off of his glove and past him for Jones’ 9th of the season and a 1-0 Smoke Eaters lead on the power play.The scoreboard showed nothing in the 2nd period as the Smoke Eaters continued to hold their lead of 1-0 through 40 minutes of regulation. Adam Marcoux continued his strong play in the Trail goal, making stops on all 17 shots he faced through two periods while Vincent Duplessis stopped each of the 7 shots he faced in the middle frame and 12 of the 13 he saw through two periods of action. Bradley Cocca knotted the game up at 1-1 early into the 3rd period at the 3:28 mark of the final regulation frame. Cocca worked his way over the blue line and let a shot go from the top of the right face-off circle that eluded the glove side of Marcoux and past him to tie the game. Merritt had the stronghold in shots in the final 20 minutes of the contests but Marcoux continued to keep his team in the game, turning aside 15 of the 16 shots he faced in the 3rd period while Vincent Duplessis stopped all 6 shots thrown his way to force overtime. Bryce Anderson sped down the left wing and cut his way to the net on his backhand before lifting the puck to Duplessis, who made the stop but saw him momentum carry him past the goal line and result in a good goal for the Smoke Eaters and their 11th win of the season with Anderson collecting his 5th goal of the season. Adam Marcoux stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the game as his outstanding effort was rewarded with his 9th win of the season while Vincent Duplessis turned aside 22 of the 24 shots he saw in his 5th defeat of the season.  FINAL SCORE: 2-1 Smoke Eaters (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 34-21 CentennialsSMOKE EATERS PP: 1/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 4/43 STARS:1) Bryce Anderson (1-0-1)2) Vincent Duplessis (22 saves on 24 shots)3) Bradley Cocca (1-0-1)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Adam Marcoux (33 saves on 34 shots)ATTENDANCE: 1,978 The Smoke Eaters (11-12-4-2) head back out on the road for their final trip of the season to Kal Tire Place as they take on the Vernon Vipers (9-9-6-3) on Saturday night. Puck drop is slated for 6:00 PM with the broadcast available on as well as beginning at 5:50 PM with the Voice of the Smoke Eaters, Trevor Miller.last_img read more

BCIHL delays start of upcoming season due to COVID-19

first_img“We now know that these restrictions will prevent us from starting on time for the fall semester.”The BCIHL consists of five teams, including Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby; Trinity Western University in Langley; Vancouver Island College in Nanaimo and the University of Victoria.The BCIHL said in the media release membership approved a tentative 12-game regular season schedule for the winter term along with a modified playoff structure during last week’s annual general meeting.The BCIHL said individual teams are permitted to explore exhibition game opportunities for the fall semester within the boundaries of their institution, facility, and BC Hockey and Hockey Canada Return to Play protocols. “With concerns over the health, safety, and academic success of our student-athletes, each of our member teams agreed that January 15 is the earliest opportunity to kick off the regular season,” continued Munshaw. The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced Thursday that the 2020-21 regular season won’t start any sooner than January 15, 2021 due to safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are working closely with BC Hockey, our member institutions, our home arenas and our travel partners to ensure we return to action safely when the current restrictions are lifted,” said BCIHL President Chris Munshaw.last_img read more