Shame won’t solve the opioid crisis. Corporate dissembling only makes it worse

first_img David A. Patterson Silver Wolf About the Author Reprints Related: Two years ago I answered an early-morning phone call. “He’s dead … he’s dead …,” my daughter kept repeating. “Oh, my God … no …”A friend who’d been sleeping on her couch lay face down on the living room floor. He’d overdosed on prescribed opioids. My wife and I stayed on the phone as emergency responders arrived. Medical professionals gathered around the young man. The police questioned my daughter. They searched her apartment.They found no illicit drugs — just a devastated young woman comforting her toddlers.advertisement Addiction is a disease, a medical illness, labeled officially as a “substance use disorder.” Yet too many of us still believe addiction to be self-inflicted — that people choose this life of shame, guilt, helplessness, and hopelessness. And those suffering from substance use disorders often internalize that belief.advertisement Related: Taylor Wilson’s parents fought for 41 days to get their daughter treatment. They couldn’t stop another overdose Secret trove reveals bold ‘crusade’ to make OxyContin a blockbuster Opioid use is dangerous and substance use disorder is very difficult to successfully treat. But effective treatments do exist, just as they exist for other medical illnesses. Suffering individuals and their families must not be shamed into silence. They must feel free to speak up and get the help they need.With the aid of medical and addiction professionals, I began to recover. I earned a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s in social work. I spent 15 years on the front lines, providing clinical, addiction-related services. Later, I completed a doctorate and now teach and research these issues as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.My daughter’s friend was not so fortunate. Raised in Shepherdsville, Ky., he was an honor roll student at St. Xavier High School. But shortly after graduation, he was involved in a car wreck. He was prescribed opioids, became addicted to them, and soon began using heroin as well. For five years he wrestled with the illness, until the night emergency medical technicians carried his body from my daughter’s living room.He was 24 years old.David A. Patterson Silver Wolf, PhD, is associate professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He chairs the American Indian and Alaska Native concentrations in the Master of Social Work program.center_img LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images By David A. Patterson Silver Wolf May 16, 2017 Reprints First OpinionShame won’t solve the opioid crisis. Corporate dissembling only makes it worse This tragedy was one early pebble in the avalanche of opioid addiction now crashing into communities across our nation. In 2016, more than 55,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. The trauma is immeasurable. I understand the dynamic. Before I entered treatment in 1989, I, too, used alcohol and other drugs. At the age of 26, I felt guilt and shame for having ended up in a psychiatric hospital.I believed it was all my fault.Powerful external forces reinforce this message. Pharmaceutical executives deny responsibility for the opioid epidemic, even as companies like Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, which makes the highly addictive oxycodone, pay multimillion dollar settlements. Their language is careful but revealing. They use terms like “misuse” and “abuse.” They argue that their products are “designed to heal, not harm.” They rarely concede that these products are inherently addictive.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a very different picture. A recent report by Anuj Shah, Corey J. Hayes, and Bradley C. Martin finds that, for those starting a course of opioid therapy, the transition from initial pain treatment to chronic, long-term continued use begins within days. Among individuals prescribed opioids for eight days or more, 13 percent were still taking them a year later. Among those given a monthlong prescription, that number rose to 30 percent.Neither corporate deflection nor uninformed assumptions about “personal responsibility” will solve this crisis. Indeed, such messages are profoundly unhelpful. [email protected] Tags addictionopioidslast_img read more

Senate signals interest in changes to drug discount program

first_img Log In | Learn More Senate signals interest in changes to drug discount program Senior News Editor Sen. Lamar Alexander called on hospitals to clarify what they’re using the 340B program funds to do, and signaled an interest in at least weighing whether to rein in the program. J. Scott Applewhite/AP WASHINGTON — Key Senate Republicans have signaled an increasing interest in making changes to the so-called 340B drug discount program, adding to a chorus of House Republicans who are pushing to overhaul the program.The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee met Thursday to discuss the program with representatives of the hospitals who favor the program and the pharmaceutical companies who have long called for reining it in. The hearing was the first sign of serious Senate interest in the issue, and it follows a string of relatively heated meetings in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a flurry of bill introductions on the topic from lawmakers in both chambers and both parties. [email protected] What’s included? What is it? About the Author Reprints @eemershon center_img GET STARTED Erin Mershon Politics Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Erin Mershon March 15, 2018 Reprints Tags CongresspolicySTAT+last_img read more

WATCH: LOETB tutor shows how to make delicious lemon and blueberry muffins

first_img WhatsApp TAGSLOETBLOETB Video Brought to you in association with Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB)Recipe – Lemon and Blueberry MuffinsThese muffins are so light and fresh so don’t feel too guilty when you tuck in as they are only about 160 calories each compared to regular muffin recipes. And even less if you can resist the icing on top. This recipe can easily be changed to be Cinnamon and Raisin; Chocolate and Orange; Raspberry and Walnut. You can also make gluten free by using the correct gluten free flour.A very useful video tutorial is included at the bottom.IngredientsFor the muffins200g/7oz of self-raising flour75g/3oz of Caster sugar1 lemon150ml/quarter pint low fat natural yogurt50ml/2fl oz sunflower oil1 teaspoon of bread soda100/40oz blueberries2 eggs2 tablespoon of semi-skimmed milkFor the icing100g/4oz icing sugar4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juiceFresh lemon rindEquipment neededWeighing scalesLarge bowlLarge spoonWhiskZester/GraterJuicerSmall bowlMuffin trayInstructionsHead your oven to 180 degrees  Measure and sieve the flour and bread soda into the bowlWeigh the caster sugar and add to the flourZest the lemon and squeeze the juiceAdd in a tablespoon of lemon rindMix the eggs in a bowlMeasure the yogurt and add to the eggsMeasure and add in the milkNow add the oilMix it all well together with the whiskAdd the egg mix to the flour mixStir gently with a spoon to make a thick batterAdd the blueberries and stir gently with a spoon (don’t worry if it all turns a bit purple – it will work out fine!)When putting the mixture into the muffin cases, my advice is to use a potato scoop so all the muffins are the same sizeFill all the cases evenlyPop into the oven for 16-18 minutesOnce golden brown, take out of the oven and let cool (they smell amazing!)IcingNext, do the icingSieve the icing sugar ino the bowlAdd in the lemon juice and some lemon rind and stir until smoothSpoon some of the icing over each muffinAdd some more lemon rind on top Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WATCH: LOETB tutor shows how to make delicious lemon and blueberry muffins WhatsApp Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th November 2020 Facebook Twitter Previous articleYour guide to Saturday’s GAA action as Laois hurlers and camogie set for two big championship gamesNext articleLaois charity ‘Santa’s Helpers’ returns just in time for Christmas LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For more information on LOETB courses, check out the LOETB website here. SEE ALSO – Check out more great LOETB video tutorials hereSEE ALSO – WATCH: A simple step-by-step guide on how to make a vertical herb gardenSEE ALSO – WATCH: A helpful guide on how to use Zoom video calling as restrictions introduced again Facebook Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic News last_img read more

Talking Sport Podcast: Leinster championship draws and Matthew Whelan interview

first_img Pinterest Council Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Twitter TAGSMatthew WhelanTalking Sport By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th April 2021 Home We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Sport Podcast: Leinster championship draws and Matthew Whelan interview We Are LaoisPodcastsSports Podcast The Laois footballers have been drawn to play Westmeath in this year’s Leinster championship.It will be the third time in four years for the counties to meet at the quarter-final stage with Laois winning the 2018 and 2019 clashes.The semi-final draw will only be held after the quarter-finals in the summer.The football championship will again be straight knockout this year with no qualifiers for the teams beaten in their provinces.While in hurling, Laois will play Wexford in this year’s Leinster championship quarter-final. We’re back with the latest instalment of the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast.Host Alan Hartnett is in the hot seat once again and he is joined by his colleague Steven Miller.The pair take a look at the Leinster football and hurling championship draws which were made early on Tuesday morning. Electric Picnic Previous articleLocal group hosting online meeting to explore Blueway project opportunitiesNext articleSuccess for Laois trainer and owner in Tramore with Shantou Sisu LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Twitter Talking Sport Podcast: Leinster championship draws and Matthew Whelan interview Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Electric Picnic Should Laois win, they will meet Kilkennyin the semi-final. The winners of Dublin-Antrim will meet Galway in the semi-final.This week’s interview features Laois’s longest serving and leading appearance holder for the hurlers – Matthew Whelan.The Borris-Kilcotton man speaks about his decision to commit for a 15th year, the return of Cheddar, hopes for the season and ideal club structure.You can listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud below or by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Sport Podcast: Leinster championship draws and Matthew Whelan interviewSEE ALSO – Catch up on our latest Talking Sport Podcasts here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

6.28 Policy Goes Live in 3 Yangkang Counties

first_img News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2012.07.20 5:29pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News The outline of Kim Jong Eun’s agricultural reform agenda is slowing taking shape. The proposed reforms, which will see the size of the average cooperative farm production unit [bunjo] reduced to 4-6 people and grain procured at market prices, have already been delivered to provincial and municipal Party agencies. Now, three counties in Yangkang Province have been selected to test the plan.A source from Yangkang Province told Daily NK today, “They have handed down the new policy to cooperative farms in Daehongdan, Kim Hyung Jik County [formerly Huchang County] and Kim Jong Suk County [formerly Sinpa County). They are providing new seed varieties, fertilizer, weeding implements and what-have-you, and say they will give 30% of the grain to the farmers.“The state will take 70% of the target production and the farmers will get 30%, but if the farmers exceed the target then they get to keep the surplus,” the source then clarified, before adding a caveat, “Obviously, the key is the standard according to which the authorities set those targets.”“The farmers in the three counties are excited about it now that they have heard that they will be able to get 30% of the production and even the surplus as well. So much so that they think some people who left for the cities will come back to the area,” he noted, adding that in Kim Jong Suk County they are already bringing in new agricultural machinery, which is being described as coming from Kim Jong Eun.If the policy is implemented as stated, then the amount of production going to farmers should rise. This will be a welcome change for most; the Chosun People’s Army took direct responsibility for the management of food procurement and distribution during the food insecurity and famine of the 1990s, and this invariably left the farmers themselves with a vastly reduced share.However, it is not just internationally that concerns over the viability of the measures being implemented are being raised. Local people are not yet prepared to trust the authorities either, following a history of disappointments such as the 2009 currency redenomination. In consequence, many are reportedly looking upon the latest policy with skepticism; many expect the authorities to break their promises in one way or another, for example by taking more than 30% of production in order to feed the military.“In 1985 I went to Kim Jong Suk County and tested some changes like this for myself,” Lee Min Bok, who was once an agricultural researcher in North Korea, explained, before emphasizing, “For as long as they don’t move to a fully private farming model it is very hard to imagine that they will improve production or obtain a significant surplus.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter 6.28 Policy Goes Live in 3 Yangkang Counties News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

IOSCO issues policy measures to protect investors of OTC leveraged products

first_img OSC sanctions binary options enabler Keywords Binary options,  Investor protectionCompanies International Organization of Securities Commissions James Langton Digital illustration of Financial economic growth concept hywards/123RF A series of policy measures designed to address the risks posed by retail investors trading in over-the-counter (OTC) leveraged products generally, and binary options specifically, were announced Wednesday by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).IOSCO’s Report on Retail OTC Leveraged Products sets out steps for regulators to take to deal with the risks that arise when OTC leveraged products are sold to retail investors. OSC finalizes DSC ban Related news The report includes three toolkits for regulators that set out measures for increasing retail investor protection in the OTC market for leveraged products, such as rolling-spot forex contracts, contracts for differences and binary options, which are often traded on a cross-border basis.The toolkits provide guidance for dealing with the risks posed by dealers selling these products, advice for educating investors about the risks of OTC leveraged products, and insight on approaches to enforcement, particularly against unlicensed firms offering these kinds of products.“The policy, enforcement and educational measures included in the report are complementary and should be seen as part of a holistic approach to addressing the risks of the relevant products,” it says .Also Wednesday, IOSCO issued a public statement intended to warn investors and regulated firms about “the risks of investing in illegal or fraudulent binary options.” The statement also recommend regulatory responses for mitigating the risks and harm to retail investors.Binary options been banned for retail investors in Canada. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Strong growth for our primary industries

first_imgStrong growth for our primary industries Guy Barnett,Minister for Primary Industries and WaterThe latest Agri-Food Scorecard has confirmed another exceptional year of growth for Tasmania’s world-class primary industries.The report confirms the sector’s total farm gate value increased by seven per cent in 2018-19 to $1.9 billion, with total agri-food value also increasing to $2.92 billion.This is a fantastic result that demonstrates the importance of our primary industries to our economy, and confirms we are on track to grow the value of Tasmania’s agriculture sector to $10 billion a year by 2050 – driving investment and creating local jobs when our State needs them most in our recovery from COVID-19.The report also confirms our fresh produce is in demand, with the value of packed and processed food production increasing to $4.86 billion, and international agri-food exports reaching a record high value of $768 million.It demonstrates the strong demand for our world-class premium produce across the world, with Tasmania producing 4.5 times more food than is consumed domestically.We are continuing to implement a range of initiatives to ensure these great results continue, with the Budget confirming funding of $1.9 million over two years for the Agricultural Workforce Resilience package that has been critical in encouraging Tasmanians to roll their sleeves up through the Tassie Harvest Jobs, Take Your Pick campaign.We are also delivering on our ongoing commitments through our comprehensive Agri-Food Growth Plan for 2018-2023 which recognises the importance of agriculture to the State’s economy and sets out the blueprint to ensure it can continue to grow.The Report responds to stakeholder feedback in relation to capturing the value of some Tasmanian agricultural industries, and we have worked closely with industry and sought data from both the ABS and other reliable sources to provide a broader understanding of Tasmanian agriculture.The 2018-19 Tasmanian Agri-Food Scorecard can be viewed online at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/scorecards /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:ABS, AusPol, Australia, campaign, covid-19, Economy, food, Government, industry, Investment, jobs, Minister, production, record high, resilience, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Water, worldlast_img read more

Canada and FCM support first three-stage wastewater treatment plant in Capital Regional District

first_imgCanada and FCM support first three-stage wastewater treatment plant in Capital Regional District From: Infrastructure CanadaCanadians have learned the importance of forward planning, and collective action in this extraordinary pandemic year. COVID-19 will one day pass, but climate change will persist. Investing in innovative solutions to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency is key to creating cleaner, healthier communities, and sustainable economic growth.Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, announced more than $23 million for the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The GMF is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered to municipalities by FCM.This treatment plant will provide one of the highest levels of wastewater treatment through a three stage process, and is supported by upgrades to collection and conveyance systems, and the new Residuals Treatment Facility.The three-stage treatment process includes the physical separation of solids from wastewater, followed by a biological process using micro-organisms to breakdown organic compounds, before the wastewater passes through a fabric disc filter, further reducing contaminants like pharmaceuticals, microplastics, and personal care products.The untreated wastewater from seven municipalities that was previously released into the Strait of Juan de Fuca will now go through this rigorous process to reduce pollution in the waterway, and exceed both provincial and federal standards for wastewater treatment. The Wastewater Treatment Plant includes a green roof, and will recover wastewater’s thermal energy to heat buildings at McLoughlin Point. Other sustainable design features include LED lighting and a dryer at the Residuals Treatment Facility fueled by biogas created by the digestion process.Quotes“The state-of-the-art McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment system in the Capital Regional District is a great example of what can be achieved when communities and governments come together to support a more sustainable future. By investing $23 million in this model of green infrastructure innovation, the Government of Canada is helping to protect Vancouver Island’s precious environment, save money, and improve the lives of more than 320,000 people living in the area. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and CommunitiesWe are investing in the green projects we need to grow our economy, save Canadians money, create jobs and achieve our climate goals.”The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources“Municipalities are important partners in climate action. Their leadership in implementing local solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions will help us achieve our targets and set us on the path to net-zero emissions by building upon the national work already underway to protect our environment, strengthen local economies, and create well-paying jobs in communities across the country.”The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change“Municipalities own 60% of the country’s infrastructure. That is why local action is critical. And it is happening. Local governments, like the Capital Regional District, are leading the way with green solutions that can be replicated and scaled up across the country for deep national impact. Modern wastewater systems are not only good for the environment, they also make people’s lives healthier. This is what today’s announcement is all about – the federal and municipal governments working together to build better lives for Canadians.”Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities“The Capital Regional District thanks the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for their impactful contribution towards the Wastewater Treatment Project. The Wastewater Treatment Project will provide tertiary treatment for wastewater from the core area municipalities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Langford and Colwood, and the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. By providing a $20M loan and a $3M grant through the Green Municipal Fund, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is making an important investment in the coastal environment.”Colin Plant, Board Chair, Capital Regional DistrictQuick factsThe Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a $1-billion program funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by FCM.Since 2000, GMF has helped bring over 1360 projects to life.GMF projects have cut 2.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions-the equivalent of taking 608,000 cars off the road.GMF supports local innovation that can be replicated and scaled up across the country to tackle Canada’s climate challenges.GMF has created over 11,700 jobs across the country.Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.In British Columbia, the federal government has invested over $4.3 billion in 540 infrastructure projects through the Investing in Canada plan. /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:biological, Canada, climate change, efficiency, energy efficiency, environment, federal government, Government, infrastructure, innovation, Investment, pollution, President, sustainable, Victoria, wastewater treatmentlast_img read more

Highways England seeks partners to build £1.9 billion Lower Thames Crossing roads

first_imgHighways England seeks partners to build £1.9 billion Lower Thames Crossing roads For more than 65 years the Dartford Crossing has stood as the only crossing between Kent and Essex, a critical link carrying vital food, goods and services between the manufacturing centres, ports, and distribution hubs of the South East, Midlands and North of England. It is designed for 135,000 vehicles a day, but it now often sees 180,000 a day use it, leading to long delays which businesses across the country say act as a barrier to trade and jobs.The Lower Thames Crossing will improve journeys by almost doubling road capacity across the River Thames east of London. The two successful bidders will build a total of 14.3 miles of new roads that will connect the longest road tunnel in the UK to the strategic road network. If given the green light this reliable new route will help to unlock a wealth of long-term economic benefits, as well as play an important role in the country’s economic recovery by supporting over 22,000 jobs during construction, including hundreds of opportunities for apprentices, graduates, and local businesses.The tender process is for two roads contracts:The Kent Roads contract, which is a two-stage design and build contract for the part of the route from the A2/M2 corridor to 1km south of the southern tunnel entrance, with strategic utilities and environmental interfaces.The Roads North of the Thames contract, is also a two-stage design and build contract delivering the route from 1km north of the northern tunnel entrance to Junction 29 of the M25. New link roads are required to connect the route with the M25, A13 and A1089.Matt Palmer, Lower Thames Crossing Executive Director, said:Our roads connect us – we rely on them, and they are a critical part of our economic recovery and low-carbon future. The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road project this country has seen since the M25 was completed 35 years ago. These contracts show our commitment to this project, which will support 22,000 jobs during its construction and provide a huge economic boost to the UK economy when it opens for traffic.Our challenge is to build the new crossing in a way that not only supports the next generation of low carbon vehicles, but minimises our footprint, and allows us to enhance the natural environment and leave a positive legacy for our neighbours and users.The successful bidders and their supply chain will help Highways England achieve their ambition of making the Lower Thames Crossing the most environmentally sustainable road project ever delivered in the UK. They will support delivery of landscaping that will increase the biodiversity value of the area by 15% by planting over 260 hectares of new woodland, converting 400 hectares of arable land into semi-natural habitats, and creating new ponds, waterways, ditches and hedgerows. They will also be responsible for seven new green bridges that connect habits and species either side of the new road.The £600 million Kent Roads contract comprises:6km of new road, including a multi-level junction to connect the A2 to the Lower Thames CrossingEnvironmental mitigation is a the heart of our scheme, most visibly with two “Green Bridges” at Thong Lane & Brewers Road, these bridges are combine green spaces with walking, cycling and vehicle access and provide better connectivity for the landscape, ecology and habitats. Brewers Road will also cater for horse riders.The road has been design to minimise impact, and has extensive landscaping new and upgraded structures, embankments, cuttings and retaining walls.The diversion of utilities including strategic gas mains, electricity cables, water, and telecomsEcological works for species protection and habitat enhancement along the routeThe £1.3bn billion Roads North of the Thames contract comprises:16km of new road with over 30 proposed new and/or upgraded structures, embankments, cuttings and retaining walls, under bridges to take the route through the A13 and to join the M25 at Junction 29Environmental mitigation is at the heart of the scheme, the roads north of the Thames contract is extensively screened by bunding and landscaped along its length, with 5 “green bridges” these bridges are combine green spaces with walking, cycling and vehicle access and provide better connectivity for the landscape, ecology and habitats.Two viaducts at Tilbury over Tilbury Loop Railway and at across Orsett Fenn over the Mardyke flood plain. Both have been design to enhance connectivity under the crossing, supporting local community access.The diversion of utilities including gas mains and electric cables and towers.Ecological works for species protection and habitat enhancement along the route.Highways England is building on its track record of successfully delivering major projects by bringing in partners and expertise from across the infrastructure industry. The two roads contracts are the final of three main works contracts to be procured for the scheme, with the £2 billion Tunnels and Approaches contract currently out for tender and the £162.5 million Integration Partner contract awarded to Jacobs earlier in the year.Highways England plans to resubmit its application for a Development Consent Order later this year. An application was originally submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in October 2020 but was withdrawn in order to provide more information.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. /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:biodiversity, community, director, electricity, environment, environmentally sustainable, Government, industry, infrastructure, London, Palmer, planning, supply chain, sustainable, Thames, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Australian Regional Tourism Convention 2021 coming to Ballarat

first_imgAustralian Regional Tourism Convention 2021 coming to Ballarat Australian Regional Tourism and convention partner, City of Ballarat, is pleased to announce that Ballarat, Victoria will be hosting the 2021 Australian Regional Tourism Convention (ARTC) to be held 11-13 October 2021.“Ballarat is thrilled to be able to host the Australian Regional Tourism Convention. The City of Ballarat and our tourism partners are leaders in regional tourism and we relish the opportunity to show the great work being done in our region to inspire other tourism providers.” City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Daniel Moloney said.The ART Convention is a must-attend event for local councils, regional tourism organisations, tourism professionals and businesses, and government personnel wanting to contribute to the future of regional tourism in Australia, with the 2021 Convention theme ‘A Robust Visitor Economy – navigating our new future’Following the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions surrounding in person events, the City was unable to host the Convention in 2020, with the event being held virtually. Australian Regional Tourism and City of Ballarat are excited host the in-person event this year, providing the opportunity to highlight the valuable work being delivered in the tourism sector and the growing number of local entrepreneurial operators in the region. This event will showcase Ballarat as a tourist and conference destination.“We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Convention will be happening in person this year in Victoria. After the year we have all experienced, it’s time to come together in person and feel connected.” said Coralie Bell, ART Chair.“The City of Ballarat is going through rapid growth and delivers amazing visitor experiences and are committed to growing visitation to their region, providing an ideal location for a vibrant and inspiring convention,” continued Ms Bell.Regarded as the most significant annual event for anyone engaged in regional tourism, the convention provides delegates the opportunity to connect, share ideas and engage in robust discussions around opportunities and challenges being faced by the industry.Australian Regional Tourism will soon be calling for expressions of interest for presenters and will be putting forward a very exciting famil program to showcase the Ballarat region. /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:Art, Australia, Australian, Ballarat, Ballarat City Council, Bell, conference, covid-19, Economy, future, Government, industry, local council, pandemic, tourism, Victorialast_img read more