News story: Plans to tackle Northern rail issues top priority

first_img We are delivering the most comprehensive and significant modernisation of the national rail network since the Victorian era. Introducing new services, providing passengers with faster journeys and delivering more seats will be part of this essential transformation – but the level of disruption that passengers have experienced in the north is unacceptable. Improving the service for Northern customers is the number one performance priority for my department and we will work with the industry to keep disruption at a minimum. Rail media enquiries Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Northern is running hundreds more services now compared to last week, helping deliver the biggest change to rail timetables in a generation. But passengers have been disrupted and there is concern about performance among people who use the railway. I have spoken with the chief executive of Transport for the North and the Mayor of Greater Manchester to underline our absolute commitment to improving performance for passengers. We are working closely with train companies to drive down cancellations, and will support Network Rail and the wider industry in delivering these significant improvements. Urgent plans to tackle poor performance on Northern rail services have been submitted today (23 May 2018) to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Rail Minister Jo Johnson.Northern’s timetable recovery plan will tackle disruption to services following the greatest timetable change for a generation as the government carries out the biggest modernisation of the rail network since Victorian times to improve services for passengers across the country.Rail Minister Jo Johnson is leading discussions about the issue with Transport for the North (TfN) chief executive Barry White. Jo Johnson has also spoken to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.The Transport Secretary will be holding a teleconference with northern leaders tomorrow to discuss next steps. Officials are working urgently with TfN and Northern to improve services for passengers.Measures in the plan include: Rail Minister Jo Johnson said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 improving driver rostering to get more trains running now increasing driver training on new routes to get more services on line as quickly as possible additional contingency drivers and management presence at key locations in Manchester putting extra peak services in the timetable along the Bolton corridor, including between Buckshaw and Manchester Victoria, and Preston and Manchester Oxford Road improving performance of Northern rail services top priority extra services, increased driver training and additional driver rostering to get more trains on track Rail Minister is leading discussions with Transport for the Northlast_img read more

“Preserving a common good”: Harvard faculty speak on challenges facing education

first_imgWhat’s next for education under the Trump administration? That was the central question addressed at a one-day conference for education reporters at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) on April 26.“We’re living in a time where we are divided, often bitterly,” noted Richard Weissbourd, senior lecturer on education at HGSE and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), in his opening remarks. He hoped, he said, that the conference would provide a way for attendees to make connections with one another, and think about how to facilitate conversations in the field.The day began with a discussion on the role of education in preparing constructive, ethical citizens. Meira Levinson, professor of education at HGSE, expressed concern about the decline of civics education in the U.S. “We need a sense that life is about other people,” she said. “We need a recognition that democracy is hard.” She spoke of the failings of American government K-12 courses, and added, “We don’t know how to socialize our children into the messy, sometimes boring work of democracy.”Much of the federal education discussion under Secretary Betsy DeVos has focused on school choice, including vouchers and charter schools. Paul Peterson, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, and Marty West, associate professor of education, discussed the implications of increased options for school choice and the pressures that may create for school districts. The two are co-editors of Education Next, a journal produced through the Program on Education Policy and Governance at HKS.last_img read more

Gear On The Go: July 2019

first_imgLeki: Micro Vario Carbon Black Series Lowe Alpine: Altus Backpack The new Altus from Lowe Alpine features their new Air Contour carry system designed to provide optimal carry support and outstanding comfort during long days in the mountains. The Altus comes in both men’s and women’s specific versions and is available in several sizes ranging from 30-57 liters. This is a do-it-all pack that is great for any season. We’ve used ours on several long backpacking and peak bagging trips and we appreciate the extra comfort. It’s been a wonderful summer so far. Although it was a slow melt in the high country this year, we’ve enjoyed the extra water and how green it is in the mountains. We’ve finally been able to climb some classic Colorado 14ers, backpack to pristine alpine lakes, and van-camp under the stars in many of our favorite (and secret) rocky mountain campsites. The fall is nowhere in site, so here’s to keeping cool and enjoying the ride!  Leki’s lightest trekking pole got a facelift this year. The Mirco Vario Carbon, as the name suggests, is still made from carbon making it extremely stable and lightweight. These poles only weigh 7.3 ounces per pole. The tri-fold design makes them easy to stash in a pack or a crowded van. This year Leki updated their locking device (Core Locking Device or CDL) to a slimmer and more lightweight construction to ensure these poles are as light and easy to use as possible. Sometimes the best gear comes in the simplest form and smallest packages. This Coupler Kit is designed to hold you and your partner’s sleeping bags together. Perfect for people who want to sleep close and avoid navigating the crack between two sleeping mats.  With its lightweight (0.5oz) and low profile design, this is something you can pack and never know it’s there. There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!” Sea To Summit: Sleeping Mat Coupler Kit Loops last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Development of Business Park to Create More than 1,000 Jobs in Fayette County

first_img August 13, 2018 Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to create a business park in Uniontown, Fayette County, that will host more than 45 businesses and is anticipated to create more than 1,000 jobs upon completion of the development.“The development of pad-ready sites will help bolster Fayette County to the top of the list when businesses are looking for a place to call home,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m proud to support a project that will help Fayette County prepare for the business development and job creation projects of the future.”Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette was approved for a $500,000 grant to implement the authority’s strategic plan of creating a business park centrally located in Uniontown that can host more than 45 commercial, retail, and professional spaces. When completed, this project will be able to house more than 1,000 jobs for workers in the area, which would make a significant impact on the unemployment rate and ensure job growth in the North Fayette area.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Development of Business Park to Create More than 1,000 Jobs in Fayette Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

First homebuyers triumph at Berrinba auction

first_imgThe home at 39 Freshwater Drive, Berrinba.A four-bedroom property has sold under the hammer in Berrinba to a first homebuyer. The property, at 39 Freshwater Drive, sold for $490,000 on Saturday, June 3.Marketing agent Joel Stephan, of LJ Hooker Algester, said the auction attracted a crowd of about 20 onlookers and one registered bidder. An opening bid of $400,000 kicked proceedings off.“The bidder started things off and there was some back and forth until we got close to where the owner wanted to be,” Mr Stephan said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The property was called on the market and sold at $490,000.“The sale price was perhaps a bit lower than the vendors expected but they were stoked that it had sold.” Mr Stephan said the new owners were a young family buying their first home.“It’s always great selling to a first homebuyer — they’re excited, happy and nervous all at once. All that is only amplified when it’s a first homebuyer buying at auction.” Mr Stephan said the Berrinba market was quiet at present but he attributed that to the seasonal midyear slow down. “My expectation is for it to stay fairly steady for the next little while,” he said. “I’m finding right now buyers have their finance in order but they are sitting back, waiting and watching. “I’m confident towards the spring selling season the market will start to pick up. There will be a lot more buyer confidence.”last_img read more

Norway’s SWF to shift €44bn equities across the Atlantic

first_imgThe move was in line with advice received from Norges Bank, the ministry said.Jan Tore Sanner, the finance minister, said: “The changes we are proposing will ensure the investments better represent the distribution of value creation in listed companies globally.”The allocation to Europe is to be reduced by 6.5 percentage points to 26.5% of the portfolio, while the North American allocation will expand 6.4 percentage points to 48%, the white paper showed.Given that equities make up around 70% of the GPFG, a 6.5 percentage point change equates to around NOK478bn of the fund’s assets at today’s valuation.However, another recommendation made by the central bank’s department managing the GPFG, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which could have opened the way for wider-scale private equity investment, was turned down by the ministry in the white paper.NBIM had proposed changing today’s provision in the GPFG’s mandate for the fund to invest up to 1% of assets in unlisted companies intending to seek a listing, so that it allows 1% of the fund to be invested in any large unlisted companies – reasoning that in time, these firms would become listed.This was rejected in the white paper, with the ministry saying NBIM’s idea would make it more likely the fund would stay invested in unlisted companies for a long time.The ministry also dedicated a large section of the report on the GPFG to its work on climate risk – activity that Sanner said should be taken further.“Climate risk forms an integrated part of risk management, investment decisions and active ownership at Norges Bank,” he said.“There is every reason to believe the future importance of climate will be significant. In my opinion, Norges Bank should therefore further strengthen its work on this issue,” he said. Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund is to make a major shift in the geographic allocation of its equities portfolio, resulting in around NOK478bn (€44bn) of European stocks being sold to buy an equal amount of US stocks, after the government approved last year’s proposal from the fund’s managerThe green light – which still requires a parliamentary vote – came as part of the Norwegian government’s annual white paper on the management of the Government Pension Fund which was published yesterday, having been delayed from its usual April release because of the coronavirus.The white paper reported on results of the management of the sovereign wealth fund’s two parts – the NOK10.5tn Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) which invests outside Norway, and the smaller NOK257bn Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), which invests domestically and in other Nordic countries.The Ministry of Finance announced it was proposing to adjust the geographical distribution of the GPFG equity benchmark, reducing the share of developed markets in Europe while correspondingly lifting the proportion of US and Canadian equities. “There is every reason to believe the future importance of climate will be significant”Jan Tore Sanner, finance ministerTurning to the smaller GPFN, Sanner rejected one of the solutions put forward by its manager Folketrygdfondet to the problem of the fund currently nearing its 15% ownership limit for individual companies in some cases – instead proposing that money is withdrawn from the fund.Folketrygdfondet’s idea that the GPFN could reduce the proportion of assets it invested in Norway and increase it in the other three Nordic countries was also given short shrift.“The Ministry of Finance proposes to keep the allocation to Denmark, Finland and Sweden unchanged at 15%,” the government department said.Sanner said a withdrawal from the GPFN – which had also been among solutions mentioned by Folketrygdfondet – would need further assessment.“We will continue working on establishing the scope and framework for such withdrawals, in order to resolve the issue Folketrygdfondet has raised in a sound and appropriate manner,” he said.The ministry also said it was considering expanding the GPFN’s current provision for investing in unlisted companies intending to seek a listing, because it said that so far, that permission had hardly been used.Folketrygdfondet responded to the proposal positively by saying that withdrawals from the fund meant Norwegian society could reap the benefits of “fantastic value creation over many years”.“Folketrygdfondet has managed the almost NOK12bn that was invested in the 1960s and 1970s, so that it has grown to NOK257bn today, despite the fact that more than NOK100bn was taken out in 2006,” said the manager’s chief executive officer Kjetil Houg.“We are now looking forward to working with the specific design of the withdrawal scheme,” he said.The Norwegian government is currently making larger-than-usual withdrawals from the petroleum revenue generally directed into the GPFG, due to expense of the COVID-19 outbreak.But Sanner said that once the situation normalised, spending of petroleum revenue would be reduced.“This is important in order to ensure that also future generations will benefit from the Norwegian petroleum wealth,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? 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Portsmouth rocked by early morning gunshots

first_img Share Share LocalNews Portsmouth rocked by early morning gunshots by: – January 4, 2012 Sharing is caring! 339 Views   22 commentscenter_img Share Tweet Armstrong DrigoVillagers in the second town of Portsmouth, specifically those in the Cotton hill, Gutter area say they are traumatized after hearing a series of gunshot in that area this morning.According to a villager who wishes to remain anonymous, “Around 7 o’clock this morning I was just getting ready to go to work when I heard a loud explosive noise followed by a series of them. I would say about 15 of them in the Cotton Hill area that’s about North of the Portsmouth Secondary School in Gutter. The gunshots came from around the home of Armstrong Drigo, a very popular person in Portsmouth. The whole community is shocked and traumatized by the incident is like we do not know who is next”.Dominica Vibes News has been reliably informed that Drigo was questioned and released by the Police in connection with the shooting incident which claimed the life of twenty-two year old Tyson “Boyee” Thomas of that same village in December, 2011. It would appear that Drigo was led away from his house and shot execution style as his body was found riddled with bullets in a grassy area a short distance from his home.Dominica Vibes News will however seek an official report from the Police Public Relations Officer and provide the details as soon as it becomes available.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Sir Ferguson arrives ahead FA Derby against County

first_imgManchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted at Carrington on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s FA Cup challenge against Derby County. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s side will be looking to cap off what has been a difficult season with both Champions League qualification and a trophy, with the historic cup offering their best chance of silverware. Ferguson won the competition five times during his time at Old Trafford between 1986 to 2013, and continues to have an influence despite leaving almost seven years ago. The 78-year-old Scot is likely to be attending in his role as a director on the board at United, a position also held by Sir Bobby Charlton. Wayne Rooney set to battle former club Man U in FA Cup derby The Red Devils are currently on a run of eight game unbeaten as Bruno Fernandes continues to inspire his colleagues, with Solskjaer feeling confident as they aim for FA Cup progression. The Norwegian said on Wednesday when asked if he has been shocked by the progress of his Portuguese midfielder: “I’m not surprised because I saw what he can do on the pitch and his leadership qualities “If you do your due diligence and speak to people who knew his personality, you’d hope he’d have this influence. “But couldn’t be 100 per cent sure, some players take six months but the point was get him in because of the quality, he relishes it, loves being around the place, gives everyone a boost and has an aura.” The trip to Pride Park will also see Wayne Rooney play against his former side for the first time as a Championship player, which he is looking forward to. “Manchester United weren’t in the greatest run of form when the draw was made in January, but they have picked up in recent weeks,” Rooney told RamsTV. Read AlsoWillian, Barkley’s strikes dump Liverpool out of FA Cup “For me, it’s a big game. They are my former club but it’s a big challenge for us here against a very good team. “They will be favourites, so we just have to try and take our chances and stay in the game. Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

Hoosiers warned on a recent scam alert

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The U.S. Marshalls in the Southern District of Indiana are cautioning Hoosiers about a phone scam. Investigators say scammers are “spoofing” their number and demanding money from unsuspecting people. Marshal Dan McClain says, “Spoofing is when scammers use technology to make it appear to impersonate someone you know, or in this case law enforcement.”He says government officials will never call asking for money via a prepaid debit card, iTunes cards, or other forms of automatic payment. Even if an agent of the court calls and provides a court order, you should take steps to verify the information before any payment is made. Questionable calls should be reported to law enforcement immediately.last_img read more

Florida man arrested after threatening mass shooting at Publix

first_imgThe Highlands County Sheriff’s Office says a man threatened to shoot up a grocery store because not enough people were wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Health officials have recommend using face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)Authorities say 62-year-old Robert Kovner posted the threat on social media. Investigators say he threatened to carry out the shooting at a Publix, but didn’t say which specific store.Kovner was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a written threat of a mass shooting.last_img read more