Sandwich skills shortage? Pret a Manger boss Andrea Wareham is worried about filling jobs after Brexit

Thursday 9 March 2017 9:19 am Share whatsapp Brexit may be putting your avocado habit under threat, after the HR boss of Pret a Manger admitted she will struggle to fill jobs if she is only allowed to hire British applicants.At a House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, Andrea Wareham said just one in 50 people applying for jobs at the middle class sandwich chain are British.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeForeMediaMake More Money with Your Website Today! Check HowForeMediaHouse Sales | Search AdsYou May Not Believe How Fast You Can Sell Your House For CashHouse Sales | Search AdsKingdom Of MenThe Man’s Best Friend: WD-40Kingdom Of Mentibgez10 Signs & Symptoms of Lewy Body DementiatibgezMoneyPail Iconic Teen Stars From The 90’s & How They Look NowMoneyPail ProperFocusEveryone Over 50 Needs Those Self Adjusting Glasses for Near & Far VisionProperFocusCar NovelsCouple Call Wedding Off After Groom’s Crazy Mother Does Something UnexpectedCar NovelsHealthline: Medical information and health advice15 Evening Habits that are Definitely Bad for Night’s SleepHealthline: Medical information and health adviceDawn Vertrees JewelryRaw Diamond Engagement Ring Set, Raw Diamond Wedding Ring Set, 14k Rose Gold Diamond Engagement Rings, Raw Diamond Ring Set, Engagement RingDawn Vertrees Jewelry While 65 per cent of it non-British workers are European, staff come from 110 different countries, she added. “If I had to fill all our vacancies with British-only people I would not be able to fill them because of the lack of applications.”With a starting salary of £16,000, the committee suggested hiking pay might help. However, Wareham said Pret staff can increase their salary to £45,000 including bonuses “within a few years”. “I actually don’t think increasing pay would do the trick.”We do pay well above the National Living Wage. We have great benefits and we offer fantastic careers,” she said.  whatsapp She added that the company is going on a recruitment drive to hire British workers.“We are entirely accepting that the number of EU nationals will go down over time – we would love to increase the number of British nationals.”Last month Pret a Manger was named among 30 British private companies MPs want more oversight of.Under proposed rules, the companies – which also include John Lewis and Topshop owner Arcadia – will have to set out how they comply with the corporate governance code on matters such as accountability, relations with shareholders and remuneration. In 2015 it was hinted the company may be planning a flotation, but its private equity owner, Bridgepoint, quashed the rumours. “We said at the time of the refinancing in 2013 that we would extend our holding period for Pret. There are therefore no plans to sell Pret and no decision has been taken about the type or timing of exit,” a spokesman told City A.M..  Emma Haslett Sandwich skills shortage? Pret a Manger boss Andrea Wareham is worried about filling jobs after Brexit read more

Santander and Barclays face lawsuits over film financing schemes

first_imgMonday 8 April 2019 4:57 pm Tags: Barclays Company Santander Tax David Greene of law firm Edwin Coe, said: “Investors were told to expect income from film rights to pay off loans taken from banks and to provide further income. There were in fact no real loans and no income. We believe the banks, Barclays and Alliance & Leicester, were fully aware that their loans were fictional and that income was not in fact paying them off.”He added: “We are now preparing the case against the banks and will be issuing letters of claim to the banks. Alliance & Leicester was taken over by Santander and it is Santander that now carries the liability.”A Santander spokesperson said: “We have yet to receive notice from Edwin Coe of any action relating to Alliance & Leicester but we will review the claim when we have further details.”Barclays declined to comment. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Read more: HSBC sued for £150m in relation to Disney tax avoidance schemeLawyers acting for clients of Newport Tax Management are preparing letters before action to send to the two banks.Both of the film financing schemes failed, leaving investors facing investigation by HMRC.Nick Wood of Newport Tax Management said: “These are the latest examples of failed tax deferral schemes that were miss-sold on an epic scale. We are working with our partners at CFS Capital to secure significant funding in order to sue a number of other high street banks that provided financing and gave credibility to these types of investment.”Read more: Barclays and Bank of Ireland sued over film finance tax evasion scheme whatsapp Santander and Barclays face lawsuits over film financing schemes whatsapp Santander and Barclays are facing lawsuits from investors in failed film financing schemes.Santander could be sued for the role of legacy bank Alliance & Leicester’s role in part-funding the Imagine film financing scheme while Barclays is beng targeted over a similar scheme known as Timeless Releasing. Share More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com James Booth last_img read more

Researchers capture bear-salmon interactions on camera

first_imgFisheries | Outdoors | Southeast | WildlifeResearchers capture bear-salmon interactions on cameraAugust 3, 2016 by Molly Dischner, KDLG-Dillingham Share:Motion-activated cameras set up by researchers working with the University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Program catch bears in action on Lake Aleknagik streams. (Molly Dischner/KDLG)Researcher Anne Hilborn removes a memory card from a motion-activated camera set up at Happy Creek on July 17, 2016.(Molly Dischner/KDLG)Alaska Salmon Program researchers remove bear hair caught on a barbed-wire and put it into an envelope to send in for genetic testing as part of an effort to study how many bears are on Lake Aleknagik streams, how they move around during salmon season, and what exactly they do when humans aren’t watching. (Molly Dischner/KDLG)Motion-activated cameras set up by researchers working with the University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Program catch bears in action on Lake Aleknagik streams. (Molly Dischner/KDLG)1234 read more

Comment / Speculation grows over CEVA sale – K+N always on the acquisition trail, but would drive a hard bargain

first_imgBy Alex Lennane and Alessandro Pasetti 17/02/2016 Consolidation in the highly fragmented forwarding and logistics industry is on everyone’s lips right now. Lack of growth and cheap funding are boosting M&A prospects.Following last week’s rumours that market leader DP-DHL is considering the sale of its Global Forwarding unit to Japan Post for up to $5bn, and the closing of DSV’s takeover of UTi Worldwide, there is speculation that a sale of CEVA Logistics – or parts of it – by owner private equity house Apollo, is being considered, sources have told The Loadstar.The speculation remains unconfirmed, but The Loadstar believes Apollo is drafting plans to cut or minimise losses from an investment which, after 10 years, still appears unlikely to deliver the sort of returns private equity houses expect.Similarly, The Loadstar has been unable to confirm a rumour that Kuehne + Nagel is lining up as a potential buyer of CEVA, or part of it. CEVA has been on Apollo’s books for well over the typical four-year investment period sought by private equity. Apollo acquired TNT’s logistics arm for $1.9bn in 2006, and then, after a bidding war, it splashed out $2bn for EGL in 2007, creating today’s CEVA Logistics. At the height of the credit bubble, Apollo used a huge amount of debt to fund these purchases, and CEVA’s resulting capital structure is now one reason why its owner has not been able to exit the investment for almost a decade – the other one being a sluggish market for freight forwarders.ExitOne possible way out is an IPO. Apollo tried to list CEVA on the NYSE in 2013, but had to withdraw due to CEVA’s poor financial performance, which led to a comprehensive restructuring. A float of CEVA, according to one well-placed source, is “still a possible exit for Apollo, which I think wants to get out within the next six months. I’m sure if the markets weren’t quite so volatile at the moment it would be sooner”.But companies that carry large debt loads and offer little growth are unlikely to receive a top valuation these days, and once floated seem to carry a lot of downside risk.CEVA would need to raise equity to pay down its debts, but with a net leverage at just above seven times (based on annual adjusted ebitda of $270m and net debt of $1.9bn), investors would be uncomfortable committing to the deal.Firstly, revenue dropped 10% to $5.2bn in the first nine months of 2015. Secondly, its cash flow profile has slowly improved. Capex rose from $46m to $62m in the nine months ended 30 September, which proves that CEVA must invest to grow and remain competitive, but as it invests, it dilutes returns.In addition, financial markets are volatile and likely to remain so into 2017 – and, added to a potential SEC probe into Apollo’s dealing with CEVA shareholders, it is likely to be a very difficult sell.Yet the word is that Apollo still wants out.“CEVA is an eyesore in its portfolio,” commented the source. “Apollo has so much profit elsewhere that CEVA is an embarrassment. It would do anything to get rid of it.”By using debt (which was loaded onto CEVA’s book), Apollo only put some $200m into the company itself, according to our sources – $200m which Apollo could recover if CEVA received a valuation of over 0.4 times sales, or $2.7bn for the enterprise value (EV).If Apollo sought to break up the company, the problem would be how to value its two core business units – freight management and contract logistics – whose revenues are almost identical.A fair multiple for the EV based on sales indicates that CEVA’s intrinsic value could be between its net debt position of $1.9bn and $2.7bn – but the high end of that range implies a rich 10x adjusted ebitda multiple, and is based on the assumption that CEVA will have managed to hit $270m adjusted ebitda in 2015. At nine months in, it was $206m.All of which means that its equity could be worth up to $800m, and Apollo could see a rate of return of 16.6%.But it must find an eager buyer, and K+N is unlikely to be interested in its entire portfolio of assets unless it sells the lot at, say, $1.5bn – which would make Apollo’s return negative.PiecemealWhile K+N is always on the look-out for acquisitions, CEVA is likely to have “too many overlaps” and be at too high a price.“K+N might be possible, but it’s unlikely it would buy CEVA in its current structure. It doesn’t need, and wouldn’t want, the former EGL, and on the contract logistics side, would only want some of CEVA’s country operations. But if Apollo broke up CEVA and sold it in parts, K+N would be likely to be interested in some of it,” said the source.Another senior forwarding source added: “CEVA and K+N would have too many overlaps, and I do not think the synergies will do the trick here – obviously if the debt/interest burden were not so high on CEVA, it would show much better results.”K+N could, of course, place a low-ball bid and refinance CEVA’s debt at much more convenient rates, given the Swiss company’s strong balance sheet. But is that enough?“I believe the latest operating result was a lot of short-term improvements and they are one-offs,” added the source. “In terms of business, it is growing again after weeding out loss-making contracts, in particular in contract logistics. In terms of culture this would also be quite an exercise.”Apollo, which has $170bn-worth of assets under management, declined to comment on any possible sale of CEVA – as did Kuehne + Nagel, and CEVA itself.In its February analyst earnings call, Apollo chief executive Leon Black noted that it focused on buying distressed companies in a down cycle and selling them at a peak. Which is not the case with CEVA.But 10 years after Apollo’s investment, with little prospect of satisfactory gains, a sell-off is likely. And with a pristine balance sheet, K+N could well find its appetite whetted.last_img read more

Vetting AI, early IPOs, and an absence of suits: a conversation with a biotech VC at Andreessen Horowitz

first_img What’s included? 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. Tags biotechnologyfinanceSTAT+ Jorge Conde is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm. Andreessen Horowitz 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. Vetting AI, early IPOs, and an absence of suits: a conversation with a biotech VC at Andreessen Horowitz Unlock this article — plus daily market-moving biopharma analysis — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it? By Rebecca Robbins May 15, 2018 Reprints Log In | Learn More GET STARTED MENLO PARK, Calif. — The avenue known as Sand Hill Road is lined with low-slung, beige-hued buildings, interspersed with sunny courtyards and flowing fountains. If you didn’t know better, you could easily confuse venture capital’s Main Street for a resort.Up-and-coming tech CEOs have long been making the pilgrimage here for an all-important 50-minute meeting with Andreessen Horowitz, among the most prestigious of the many VC firms that have set up shop in the area. Now, more and more life sciences entrepreneurs are scoring meetings, too. Business last_img read more

Apple & TikTok remove app used to arrange parties during the pandemic

first_imgAdvertisementNeither Vybe Together, Apple nor TikTok immediately responded to requests for comment. The action against the app was first reported by The Verge.Vybe Together had a now-removed FAQ page that suggested it was supporting small gatherings, not large ones, The Verge reported.“We are aware that Covid is a major health problem to the country, our communities, our friends and family,” said the FAQ page. “If we all could just be in isolation this could actually go away. Having large scale parties is very dangerous. That is why we don’t support that. But Vybe is a compromise, no big parties but small gatherings. We could be living, at least a little during these times with Vybe.” Apple Maps new feature displays COVID-19 vaccination locations March 26, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against holding even smaller social gatherings that bring together people from different households due to the risk of COVID-19 spread, reported CNN.“The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with Covid-19 and Covid-19 spreading,” the CDC said in its guidelines. Many local governments have also issued directives banning gatherings.Before Apple and TikTok took action, Vybe Together got some flak on social media Tuesday.Taylor Lorenz, a tech and internet writer for the New York Times, was among those critical of the Vybe Together app.“Some terrible people built a whole app for finding and promoting Covid-unsafe large, indoor house parties and they’re using TikTok to market it to millions of ppl,” he tweeted. “They’re currently in the midst of promoting secret NYE ragers in nyc.”Lorenz identified a co-founder of Vybe Together, and included the person’s LinkedIn profile page. That page was offline as of Wednesday morning, reported CNN.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Fort Lauderdale woman finds iguana intruder in her house April 14, 2021 Vybe Together, an app that allowed people to arrange and attend parties that might violate COVID-19 safety protocols, has been taken down from Apple’s App Store, and its TikTok account has been shut down.The creators of the app used its Instagram account, which remains online, to explain why it disappeared from iPhones and iPads.“App Store took us down!!! We will be back!!,” The Instagram post read.The app’s suggested use is to “Find your vybe. Local wine nights, beer pong games and dancing in an apartment near you.” The app’s slogan is “Get your rebel on. Get your party on.” Apple to let Parler back on App Store April 20, 2021center_img RELATEDTOPICS Here were the most popular TikTok songs by state in 2020 March 30, 2021 AdvertisementTags: app storeappleTikTok AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

U.S.-NK Talks Head into 2nd Day

first_img AvatarChris Green U.S.-NK Talks Head into 2nd Day News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE News center_img By Chris Green – 2012.02.24 9:56am News Facebook Twitter The United States and North Korea entered an extended second day of talks this morning with both sides sounding cautiously positive but unwilling to draw premature conclusions.Speaking with reporters after the day’s events in Beijing, Glyn Davies, the leader of the U.S. delegation, commented, “The talks today were substantive and serious and we covered quite a number of the issues, and so as I say we’ll pick up again tomorrow and see if we can’t make a little bit of progress.”For his part, North Korean chief delegate Kim Kye Gwan agreed that the discussion had been both “positive” and “serious.”As expected, the talks appear to have focused on the twin topics of food aid and the halting of North Korea’s nuclear programs, things which media reports claim the two sides were nearing agreement on after the 2nd such round of talks at the end of October last year; however, neither side was willing to speak in specific terms.Promising a more comprehensive readout after today’s talks, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, Mark Toner told reporters in Washington, DC, “We’ve been very clear about what we’re looking for in providing this kind of nutritional assistance to North Korea. They need to still come back and answer some of the questions and issues that we’ve raised previously. But again, it’s hard for me to say how much of a major topic that is in these discussions.”Toner was also reluctant to be drawn on whether the question of improving inter-Korean relations formed part of yesterday’s agenda, but noted that it is still one of a package of issues that the U.S. views as important.“You know many of these issues, and certainly, better relations with North Korea’s neighbors is one of them,” he conceded.Reports suggest that in addition to agreeing to extend the talks into a second day, the two delegations also had dinner together last night, something which is likely to be seen as a positive sign going into today’s discussion. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Feds considering issuing more ultra-long bonds

first_img When bond ratings slip, investors shrug Catastrophe bond market gains momentum Now, it says that, subject to favourable market conditions, the 2.75% bond that matures on December 1, 2064 will be reopened using a syndicated process. The government did not say how much it hopes to raise with this latest issue. The previous issues of these bonds have reportedly been enthusiastically received by investors, both domestic and international. From the government’s perspective, the issuance of ultra-long bonds allows it to reduce refinancing risk at a time when interest rates are exceptionally low. Related news James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Keywords Bond The federal government is planning another round of ultra-long term bond issuance in a bid to lock in further low-cost funding. The Department of Finance department said Wednesday today is planning to reopen the 50-year bond issue that it first closed earlier this year, and has already reopened once. The government initially raised $1.5 billion with its first ultra-long bond issuance back in April, and raised another $1 billion in July. With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Lanao del Sur launches biggest water system with ILO, Japan, MOLE

first_imgLanao del Sur launches biggest water system with ILO, Japan, MOLE Wao, Lanao del Sur – The COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges and underscored the need for water access. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government of Japan today launched the largest water system in Lanao del Sur that will provide clean and safe water amid the pandemic.The water system connects six barangays (villages) with a population of over 10,000 people. These barangays have limited water access for two decades. The water system with 69 tap stands will cover communities, agricultural areas, schools and a birthing clinic.“Water has become more valuable during COVID-19 especially for areas facing multiple burdens such as extreme poverty, conflict, and climate change,” said Khalid Hassan, Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines.“We are grateful to the Government of Japan for giving us the opportunity to take part on Mindanao’s development through this water project that creates decent work, provides safe water and promotes peace,” Director Hassan added.Community members were trained and hired in construction, mostly those who lost their jobs and livelihoods due to COVID-19. Under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project, 263 community members were trained and hired in construction, mostly those who lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the pandemic.A Single Drop for Safe Water, as the project’s implementing partner further supported the community contractor, Katutungan Irrigators’ Association in building the water system. Workers received wages and social protection benefits. Occupational safety and health protocols were implemented.The project also ensured equal employment opportunity by engaging women in construction, and planned for its sustainability through social dialogue.In addition to promoting decent work and contributing to peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the project also helped upgrade technical and financial skills of the community.“The ILO’s first-hand knowledge and experience on the ground have been very vital. It warms our heart that the water system will serve as additional initiative of peace to make progress closer to the Bangsamoro community. We are quite pleased that opportunities for decent work and improved living conditions were provided to the locals, and proper health protocols were observed during construction,” said Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.Minister Romeo Sema of the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE), and Chair of the Project Advisory and Review Committee led the launch and turn-over of the water system to the local government and community members.“The turn-over of the water system from the ILO and Japan manifests their vibrant support in the Bangsamoro autonomous government to make our region a better place to live in. This is aligned with the 12-point priority agenda of the Chief Minister to ensure that basic services and programmes are accessible in communities of the region,” Minister Sema highlighted.Largely dependent on agriculture, the water system will further boost productivity since communities and farmers will no longer spend time lining and fetching clean and safe water through direct access.The new water system with counterpart from the local government is the biggest in Lanao del Sur as it connects six villages. The partnership also highlights the role of the local government in investing and sustaining efforts to provide basic services. The water system was completed at almost Php 17 million in total cost, including wages and benefits, and Php 3.9-million local government counterpart.The local government further adopted measures to settle right of way issues, supply construction materials and financial counterparts, and will soon legislate a local ordinance to ensure sustainability.“The water system is a big help and a dream come true for the community. We commit to provide funds, and institutionalize its maintenance through a local ordinance. The water system is indeed the most valuable project this year for the people of Wao,” Mayor Elvino Balicao, Jr. concluded.The new water system with 69 tap stands will cover communities, agricultural areas, schools and a birthing clinic. /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:Agriculture, Ambassador, climate change, community, conflict, dialogue, director, employment, Government, ILO, Japan, Minister, pandemic, Philippines, Rome, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Glenroy’s Big Dig Hits Next Gear

first_imgGlenroy’s Big Dig Hits Next Gear VIC PremierA marathon nine-day dig to excavate soil along the Craigieburn line in Glenroy starts tonight, as part of work to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Glenroy Road and build a brand new Glenroy Station.Around 19,000 vehicles pass through the Glenroy Road crossing each day, with the boom gates down for up to 43 per cent of the morning peak. Crews started preparing for this major excavation mission in March. The team is aiming to remove 4 Olympic swimming pools worth of soil from the rail line by the end of the blitz and 30 will need to be excavated for the rail trench that will remove the level crossing for good.Buses will replace trains on sections of the Craigieburn line from 8:15 pm Tuesday 6 April to first service on Friday 16 April.Crews are expected to hit basalt rock – as the rail corridor is built on top of the Western Victorian Volcanic Plain, which is the third largest rock formation of its type in the world. These works will cause higher than normal levels of noise, dust and vibration. Locals are thanked for their patience.Also, in Melbourne’s west, major construction is about to kick off at another congested level crossing site at Robinsons Road in Deer Park, which is being removed with a road under rail solution. The first of three 100-tonne piling rigs has now mobilised on to site and will soon start creating deep foundations for a new road underpass. Excavation under the rail line will start in the middle of the year.Meanwhile, a contract will shortly be awarded to remove two more level crossings at Neerim Road and Glen Huntly Road, both in Glen Huntly – where boom gates can be down for up to 58 per cent of the morning peak, when 40 trains run through the crossings.Early works on this project – which will lower the rail line into a trench – will begin towards the end of the year and be complete by 2024 – a year ahead of schedule. A new pedestrian and cycle path connecting Ormond and Caulfield will be a feature of the Glen Huntly level crossing removal, as will a new, modern Glenhuntly Station.Back at Glenroy, regional crews will use the upcoming construction blitz to get on with the next stage of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, carrying out bridge repairs, track maintenance and other critical works. The Glenroy Road level crossing will be gone, and the new Glenroy Station open for passengers in 2022 as part of a massive pipeline of work to improve transport in the northern suburbs.Work is now underway at 22 level crossing sites around Melbourne, with 46 of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings already removed.As stated by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan“In 2021 we’ll be removing one level crossing, on average, every single month. That’s a cracking pace and it’s exciting to see progress unfold at sites all over Melbourne.”“I want to thank the local community for their patience over the coming months – but we know the end result will be worth it. This crossing is one of the most congested in Melbourne, it’s time for it to go.” As stated by Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn“Thousands of vehicles get stuck at this level crossing every single day – it’s going to be great to see it gone for good and a brand-new station being built.” /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, community, Government, Huntly, infrastructure, marathon, Melbourne, Minister, Neerim, Pedestrian, pipeline, project, Shepparton, Transport, vehicle, Victoria, worldlast_img read more