ACT Government’s zero emissions vehicle program wins Australasian award

first_imgACT Government’s zero emissions vehicle program wins Australasian award Australian GreensThe ACT Government has won the 2021 Fleet Environment Award, awarded by the Australasian Fleet Management Association, recognising its outstanding achievement running a green fleet as part of a sustainable fleet policy.Minister for Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury, said the award recognises the success of the ACT Government’s zero emissions fleet transition to date and the benefits that this leadership can have in reducing emissions and encouraging industry transformation and broader changes.“Our fleet transition is reducing emissions and reducing air pollution so that Canberra tackles climate change and remains a great place to live,” Minister Rattenbury said.“We now have over 140 zero emissions vehicles in our fleet. This includes 52 electric vehicles, 70 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and 20 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.“The ACT Government is also committed to a zero emissions public transport system by 2040 at the latest. The procurement process is underway for 90 electric buses, the first of which is expected to commence operation in the next financial year.“The ACT Government passenger vehicles that have already been changed over to zero emissions vehicles have reduced our annual fuel consumption by around 160,000 litres, reducing CO2 emissions by over 400 tonnes each year.“The 20 Hyundai NEXO hydrogen vehicles in the ACT Government fleet are Australia’s first government fleet of hydrogen vehicles.“Battery and fuel cell electric vehicles each have their own advantages, and in the future our fleet is likely to be a mix of both. The hydrogen trial will help establish which work best in different scenarios.“Our fleet transition will continue rapidly over the coming years, and we’re also assisting the community to transition to zero emission vehicles, with a range of financial incentives and charging infrastructure.“I would like to congratulate and thank all of our partners and industry stakeholders that helped make this award possible.” /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:Act, ACT Government, air pollution, AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, Canberra, climate change, electric vehicle, environment, Government, Hyundai, infrastructure, leadership, public transport, sustainable, Transport, zero-emissionlast_img read more

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SapuraKencana, Proserv in subsea technology pact

first_imgMalaysia’s SapuraKencana Petroleum and UK’s Proserv are teaming to provide enhanced technology services offerings to clients in Asia Pacific. SapuraKencana’s  subsidiary, SapuraKencana Technology will, together with Proserv, provide a range of services across the drilling, production, maintenance and decommissioning market sectors with a focus on subsea production and subsea maintenance services.“The partnership will leverage on mutual strengths — Proserv’s suite of advanced subsea production equipment and controls and SK Technology’s technical support, resources and assets — to better support and enhance client projects,” SapuraKencana said Wednesday.Vivek Arora, Senior Vice President of Business Acquisition at SKPB said, “The partnership with Proserv allows our Group to strengthen the diversity of its range of services to clients, especially in operations and maintenance services. We can now provide clients with more technical expertise and resources to support a range of subsea projects, in particular facility optimization, to extend lifespan of fields, services and support.David Lamont, Chief Executive Officer at Proserv said, “We’re partnering with a company that is well-respected throughout Asia Pacific and that shares our values and commitment to service excellence. Our specialist capabilities complement SKPB’s diverse range of services, allowing us to further enhance our offering to clients particularly in the subsea services sector, whilst continuing to grow our presence in Malaysia and throughout the Asia Pacific region.Proserv is a technology services company first and foremost and this partnership firmly underlines our commitment to clients in the region through the delivery of highly reliable, efficient and competitive technology solutions.”last_img read more

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Law Commission seeks to overhaul deprivation of liberty safeguards

first_imgFour years to the day the government was told to ‘start again’ on the safeguards covering people detained under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Law Commission has unveiled a scheme to replace legislation branded ‘not fit for purpose’. Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) are a set of protections for adults who lack the mental capacity to consent to being accommodated in a hospital or care home for care or treatment. The safeguards also enable the family or patient to challenge any such deprivation.A House of Lords select committee report published on 13 March 2013 stated that the safeguards were frequently not used when they should be, leaving individuals without the protections parliament intended.The commission, in a final report and draft bill published today said: ‘In our view, there remains a compelling case for replacing the DoLS. There is widespread agreement that the DoLS are overly technical and legalistic, and too often fail to achieve any positive outcomes for the person concerned or their family.‘Consultation further suggested that the best interests assessment tends to “rubber stamp” the decision already taken by the care team, meaning that the DoLS are not really a safeguard. This is compounded by the urgent authorisation system which too often leads to the justification for a deprivation of liberty only being considered after the event.’The commission’s proposed ‘liberty protection safeguards’ would ‘dispense with the current carousel-like process in which, for example, a local authority makes a decision to place the person in a care home, the care home applies to the local authority for authorisation of the resulting deprivation of liberty and the local authority then decides whether to authorise a deprivation of liberty that they have already arranged.’Urgent authorisations would be replaced with a statutory authority to deprive someone of their liberty temporarily in ‘truly urgent’ situations and emergencies, but only to enable life-sustaining treatment or prevent a person’s condition deteriorating.A deprivation of liberty could not be imposed on someone until the proposed arrangements have been authorised.The commission, an independent body that reviews the laws of England and Wales, was asked by the government to examine current safeguards after local authorities experienced a tenfold increase in applications in England and a 16-fold increase in Wales following the Supreme Court’s Cheshire West judgment, which widened the number of vulnerable people considered to be deprived of their liberty.The commission today said an increasing number of DoLS referrals are unassessed and statutory timescales are routinely breached.Law commissioner Nicholas Paines QC said: ‘It’s not right that people with dementia and learning disabilities are being denied their freedoms unlawfully. There are unnecessary costs and backlogs at every turn, and all too often family members are left without the support they need.‘The deprivation of liberty safeguards were designed at a time when considerably fewer people were considered deprived of their liberty. Now they are failing those they were set up to protect. The current system needs to be scrapped and replaced right away.’The commission’s proposed scheme would focus on whether a deprivation of liberty is necessary and proportionate at the stage where arrangements are being devised. The safeguards would apply to hospitals, care homes, domestic settings and supported living.Paines said: ‘We know there are enormous pressures on health and adult social care at the moment, and our reforms will not only mean that everyone is given the protections they need, but could also deliver a saving to the taxpayer. That’s cash that can then be directly reinvested to support those most in need.’Responding to today’s report and bill, Law Society president Robert Bourns said: ‘As our population ages and the number of people who need long-term care grows, we think the existing measures to protect people who lack mental capacity are not fit for purpose.’We would welcome streamlined DoLS to provide vigorous protection to those who are after all some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Any new scheme should strengthen vulnerable individuals’ ability to challenge measures that are overly restrictive or abusive.’It should also be straightforward for those responsible for the care of people who lack mental capacity – care homes, hospitals and local authorities – to comply with safeguards. At the same time, penalties for non-compliance must be enforced more consistently than they currently are. This is in the best interests of those the measures seek to protect, as well as their families and any institutions with responsibility for people who lack mental capacity.’last_img read more

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Barotac Nuevo’s Caligdong now mentors booters in Canada

first_img“Enjoy din mag-coach dito,” Caligdong said during the Filoil Flying V Sports webcast Usapang Football hosted by Rick Olivares on June 13. “Malaking bagay ‘yung may previous experience ako.” “Siyempre, iba ‘yung challenges ng ibang mga lahi but nakikinig sila (at) natuturuan,” he added. “Ang biggest challenge ko ay ‘yung pag-English. But I am learning naman.” The Ilonggo took the coaching road after he decided to hang his boots in 2014. He already has AFC B, UEFA B, and Canada B licenses, among others. MANILA –Ilonggo Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong is now mentoring young booters in Ontario, Canada years after being one of the key players who brought the country’s national football team back on the international road. Former Ilonggo football star Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong is now an assistant coach for two youth football teams in Canada. He relocated their two years ago with his wife and three children. YAHOO NEWS One of Caligdong’s best highlights during his footballing days was becoming part of the historic Azkals side which booked its first ever semifinals seat in the 2010 Suzuki Cup. Caligdong – previously served as a sergeant in the Philippine Air Force – carried the country’s colors from junior to senior levels for 17 years and scored a total of 18 goals. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo-native, who relocated there two years ago with his wife and three children, is now serving as head coach for the Ontario Development League Boys Under-15 team and assistant coach for the North Mississauga Soccer Club’s Under-13 squad. “Dapat nung 2009 pa sa Texas, United States. Nung matapos na ‘yung football career ko, pamilya ko naman ang pinagbigyan ko. Naghintay sila nung nag-football ako. Ngayon, ako naman,” the 37-year-old football icon said./PNlast_img read more

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What does Singtel’s commitment mean for esports in Southeast Asia?

first_imgSingtel Group’s announcement last week represented an acknowledgement of esports from one of the largest ISPs in the region. They committed to working with their partners in Australia, India and Southeast Asia to grow the esports ecosystem.This was at the culmination of their PVP Esports Championship tournament which saw Team Secret taking home $80,000 (£61,000) in Singapore. However, what does this actually mean for the future of Southeast Asian esports and the surrounding regions?While details are sparse, at a Q&A session Singtel detailed some of their overarching goals and aims with this project. When asked about whether or not the company would continue with the PVP Esports Championship and develop it into a circuit, or act as more of a sponsor and facilitator of tournaments, Benjamin Pommeraud, Senior Advisor to Singtel Group said: “We are engaged in creating events locally and regionally. To your question, we are going to continue PVP in the future. On top of that, nothing says that we cannot also bring content produced by other people if it’s relevant to gamers. We’re going to explore any other ways to add value to gamers in our community.” It’s important to note that the region has a distinct lack of large-scale tournaments for most esports titles, with a handful of regional tournaments taking place in Indonesia and Malaysia for mobile games such as Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends. There have been tournaments like IEM Genting that brought international DOTA teams into the region, allowing fans and aspiring players a chance to meet top talent. There is also WESG, which pits National teams against each other and involves many countries within Southeast Asia, but its local events don’t have any offline component and receive no publicity. It’s clear that there is a latent interest for esports. Both Gamestart Asia and PVP Esports Championship were packed with fans, but currently no tournaments exist to capitalise on the interest.So how does Singtel fit into the bigger picture? Soon Sze Meng, VP of Business for Singtel International said: “There are 4 Cs we can remember. The first is content, the content we produce at a regional level. The second is community, building it across multiple countries. The third is connectivity, to see who is the most well placed beside our group, in mobile and the home to make sure gamers have the best experience. And last but not least is commerce, in many of these countries [our customers], have no credit card or bank account and they are able to use their prepaid deposit, their wallets, to be able to buy games and in-game microtransactions.”From his statement, we can begin to piece together Singtel’s goal with this venture into esports. Being one of the largest ISP providers and having a wide network of regional partners, they can easily leverage their reach with their customer base. In particular, the prepaid cards can be converted into credit to spend inside any mobile game instantly. This ease of access is a huge boon for Singtel and game developers and it’s in their best interest to ensure that games such as Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends continue to see success as they regularly pump out content. However, they understand the ecosystem well, and simply pushing for more in-game purchases won’t be sustainable over the long term. Founder of GameStart Asia and Managing Director of Eliphant, Elicia Lee, said: “I think it’s good that big players like Singtel are taking notice of esports, but that said, the challenge is when you have a company that doesn’t know gaming and comes in wanting to do something big. The fear is that they throw a bunch of money into something that doesn’t sustain and then leave. It’s bad for us and the industry. However, I think they are being quite brave. The three-year commitment is a good thing and with the right people in place, they’ll be able to achieve a lot more than someone like me.”Indeed, there have been many companies that see the allure of esports that attempt to jump in with the expectation of a quick turnover with no intention of longevity. As a result, it creates a vacuum after they leave and esports takes a step back with the loss of funding. At the very least, Singtel does not seem to be a company with those aspirations. Their tournament last month featured more than just Arena of Valor and as long as they incorporate a diverse range of games, the communities will benefit from their involvement.(Photo: RENDY ARYANTO/VVS.sg)But what about other companies? ISPs that have been in the game for a while? MyRepublic is one such example; a start-up that began six years ago, they had targeted the gaming market from the start. Sponsoring GameStart Asia for three years, they’ve slowly stepped into the esports arena, with aspirations for an amateur league later in the year. Fabian Lau, Regional PR Manager at MyRepublic said: “We knew we weren’t going to be the Samsung or SKT for League of Legends teams. So what could we do as a brand? We see ourselves as a grassroots community. We don’t have the money to throw at a big event, instead, we look at ourselves as part of the community and try to grow the community. It’s far more efficient to talk and listen to people here and get feedback.”Having a strong amateur and grassroots community is fundamental in building a long-lasting esports community. With so few tournaments available, it can be difficult to sustain multiple esports titles, especially with so many being popular on the global stage. While DOTA 2 may be hugely popular in SEA, with roots to the old Warcraft III mod harkening back to the days where PC Cafes were a dime a dozen, games like League of Legends or Rainbow Six Siege may suffer. Fighting games are an ecosystem of their own, with many titles seeing a resurgence in popularity. Ho Kun Xian, arguably the most famous player to hail from Singapore, has himself diversified into Shadowverse while simultaneously competing in Street Fighter V. While games like Hearthstone and DOTA 2 were present in Singtel’s tournament, what if fighting games never made an appearance? Xian said: “I’m not so worried, because I’ve played fighting games at the lowest. So it’ll never go lower than when I actually started playing. Back then, when I played tournaments abroad, the prize money was actually less than my air ticket and hotel, so I don’t think it’ll ever get worse than that.”There are many hurdles before Southeast Asia can be a major player in the esports scene. Even a big player such as Singtel, with their best intentions, won’t be able to find a solution overnight. Culturally, linguistically and logistically, there is a multitude of problems that could prevent the esports scene from ever blossoming into a vibrant community. However, it is clear that the players and fans are ready, and with the support of the telco giant, we should see great strides in the industry moving forward.Join our Discord Server!last_img read more

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Serena Williams powers past Giorgi for first win of 2020

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Williams’ first match since losing the US Open final in September, she took time to settle and was forced to save an early break point with the first six games all going with serve.But at 3-3 in the first set, Williams found her range and from there on the result was never in doubt.Auckland is an important tournament for the veteran as she prepares for the Australian Open later in the month with her eyes firmly on a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.While Williams is the undisputed face of American tennis, she has been joined in Auckland by the new wave of US tennis stars, headed by the tournament third seed Amanda Anisimova who did not disappoint.The 18-year-old, who captured world attention reaching the semi-finals of the French Open last year where she lost in three sets to eventual champion Asleigh Barty, needed 78 minutes to dispose of Kateryna Kozlova of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘People evacuated on their own’ Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Camila Giorgi of Italy during their women’s singles first round match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 7, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)Serena Williams found her power game after a sluggish start as she overcame qualifier Camila Giorgi to open her 2020 season with a straight-sets victory at the Auckland WTA Classic on Tuesday.With an eye on the Australian Open later in the month, the 38-year-old worked her way into a blistering performance that proved too much for the 1.7 metres (5ft 6in) Italian.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas ‘M-V-P!’: Ish Smith helps Wizards top no-Kemba Celtics More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption MOST READcenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Unlike Williams, Anisimova said she felt quite at home in the Auckland wind.“I’ve been training in Miami and it’s really the same,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high “I feel really good, it was fun to be out there,” Williams said after sealing her 6-3, 6-2 victory with her eighth ace against the 99th-ranked Giorgi.“It’s really good that I still have some power left in my arms and my legs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Williams, originally drawn to play two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova before the Russian pulled out due to a virus, said her preparation had been helped by playing doubles with Caroline Wozniacki the previous evening which allowed her to adapt to the blustery Auckland weather.“I knew it was going to be really tough but I think the doubles really helped. I got to come out here and play a little bit in these conditions and get used to them.” LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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MH-RAINS-BMC (BES2)

first_imgBMC gears up to tackle ‘heavy rainfall’ in Mumbai this weekendMumbai, Jun 7 (PTI) With the IMD predicting “heavy tovery heavy” rainfall along the Maharashtra coast, includingMumbai, over this weekend, the Mumbai civic body is preparingitself to prevent and tackle monsoon-related disasters.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)administration has taken a number of precautionary measures totackle any eventuality in view of extremely heavy rainfallwarning by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) from June9 to 11, a statement issued by the civic body said.”Leaves of all the senior officials, including DeputyMunicipal commissioners (DMCs), Assistant Commissioners (AMCs)and heads of departments have been cancelled and they havebeen directed to be available in their headquarters on June 9and 10 (Saturday and Sunday),” it said.On the steps being taken, the BMC said three teams ofNational Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be stationed atParel, Mankhurd (for eastern suburbs) and Andheri SportsComplex (for western suburbs). They are equipped withwalkie-talkies and flood rescue material.Besides, Navy personnel will be deployed in Colaba,Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for flood rescue if required,the BMC release said.In addition to this, six Flood Rescue Teams of MumbaiFire Brigade will be posted at the Regional Command Centresand emergency support functions like BEST (bus transportsystem), police, traffic police and education officers havebeen alerted.The education officers monitoring school premises inall 24 administrative wards have been asked to keep shelterschools open 247. Dewatering pumps will be kept ready andflood-prone spots will be monitored closely during the heavyrain period, statement said.advertisementAs per the IMD forecast, there is a possibility ofvery heavy rainfall in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Thane,Raigad and Palghar districts on June 9. There is a similarforecast for the six districts of Konkan region, includingMumbai, and surrounding areas on June 10 and 11. PTI APMNP NP NPRYS RYS RYSlast_img read more

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10 months agoGuardiola: Man City a better team than last season

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guardiola: Man City a better team than last seasonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant they’re a better team than last season.Champions City are involved in a tight title race with Liverpool this season, but Guardiola thinks his side have improved from a year ago. “In little details we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” he told Sky Sports.Asked how City have improved, Guardiola added: “Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Guardiola also revealed what impressed him most about his side’s title-winning season.”It was our consistency,” he added. Of course we dropped points, that happens, but after that we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.”Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.” last_img read more

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Klopp hopes that his players will recharge before the final game

first_imgLiverpool are about to play their final Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion today at home and then, they will have almost two weeks to prepare for the Champions League final game.Jürgen Klopp believes that this can be the decisive factor for his team that the squad will be given a short break to recharge the batteries and be fully ready and fit for the most crucial game of the whole season.The German coach spoke about this opportunity as he said, according to Team Talk:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The players will not be relaxed really, there will be hopefully moments when the boys can relax which is what they deserve and what they need. Rest is a great thing. For us it is good.”“We will do training, but it’s not a camp. It’s not like we will go there and train twice a day or three times a day. No.”“It’s to recharge the batteries. Then when we come home we have another week to prepare the game. We will prepare the game there [on the trip] as well. We have time together and stuff like that.”last_img read more

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Julen Lopetegui happy with Real Madrid squad

first_imgReal Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui claims he is very happy with his current squad.Daily Mail reports that Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui talked down speculations about the club’s possible transfer targets ahead of his side’s first La Liga match against Getafe on Sunday.Lopetegui also insisted that he is happy with the squad he has.‘Right now we’re focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have which is a squad we love, we have a lot of talent and we’re going to work with it,’ Lopetegui said.‘We like the players we have and I have no doubts about the squad I have. Our players have a fantastic attitude, and people are going to see a Madrid side with a lot of talent. The important players are the ones that are here, not the ones that are not.’Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lopetegui, however, said the main thing on his mind was having a strong start in La Liga.‘We have to focus on our games right now because the three points tomorrow are worth the same as all the other games, so we have to realise the season is starting now,’ added the former Spain coach.‘I’m really impressed with the enthusiasm the players have to revindicate themselves and with the talent they have.’‘We want to win this league title, it’s the competition which examines your work every day. My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing.’last_img read more

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