Record capital investment to create jobs announced

first_imgRecord capital investment to create jobs announced Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning The Honourable Dr Steven MilesDeputy Premier Steven Miles announced today Economic Development Queensland will accelerate capital investment in property developments to deliver construction projects and jobs across the state.Mr Miles said in the next 12 – 24 months EDQ would invest a record more than $200 million in South East Queensland alone across a range of project types from site enabling infrastructure works to complex building projects.“EDQ’s capital works program will support over 650 construction jobs and enable more than $1 billion in private sector investment,” Mr Miles said.“This capital works program is about building industry confidence, generating jobs and economic growth, innovation and maximising our potential across civil and construction sectors.“There are over twenty projects including road works, services and civil infrastructure, building and refurbishment contracts ranging from $0.5 million to $20 million.“The recently announced delivery of a new research and manufacturing facility at Northshore for Vaxxas to produce over 300 million needle-free vaccines a year is just one example of an innovative project that EDQ will be seeking open market Expressions of Interest for this year.“These projects are not just opportunities for large companies, we are also seeking involvement across the board, from small businesses, indigenous businesses or businesses increasing capability and scale.”To hear firsthand about the program of works and the state government’s procurement process, EDQ will be holding a briefing session at the Civil Contractors Federation on Thursday 28 January 2021.Mr Miles encouraged local contractors to attend the briefing session.“Local contractors have the opportunity to register and hear firsthand about the Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in Queensland,” Mr Miles said.“We welcome industry to attend and help us create vital construction projects and jobs across the state.”The EDQ works program briefing will be held at the Civil Contractors Federation offices, Brisbane Technology Park, 11 Hi Tech Ct, Eight Mile Plains on Tuesday 2 February 2021 commencing at 7.00am. For those unable to attend in person there will be arrangements to livestream the session.To secure a seat and register your attendance, contact Civil Contractors Federation https://www.ccfqld.com/event-4067361 /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:Australia, Brisbane, building, Economic Development, Government, Indigenous, industry, infrastructure, innovation, Investment, miles, Palaszczuk, project, property, QLD, Queensland, research, technologylast_img read more

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NASA astronaut accused of crime committed in space

first_imgABC News(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Authorities are investigating the first allegation of a crime committed in space.Astronaut Anne McClain has been accused of unlawfully accessing her estranged spouse’s bank account aboard the International Space Station.McClain and her spouse, Summer Worden, have been engaged in a custody battle over Worden’s six year-old son Briggs after filing for divorce in October 2018.“Lt. Col Anne McClain has an accomplished military career, flew combat missions in Iraq and is one of NASA’s top astronauts,” NASA said in a statement. “She did a great job on her most recent mission to the International Space Station. As with all NASA employees NASA does not comment on personal, or personnel issues.”Worden, a former Airforce Intelligence Officer, claimed McClain got into her account as part of a plan to gain parental rights of her son.But McClain’s attorney said when she accessed the account, she was making sure the couple’s finances were in order as she had been doing for years using passwords that weren’t changed.McClain tweeted her response to the allegations writing, “There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims. We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation. I have total confidence in the IG process.”The two married in December 2014 but after filing for divorce nearly four years later, Worden argues since McClain did not legally adopt Briggs, she does not have custodial rights.ABC’s Chief Transportation Correspondent, David Kerley, spoke with McClain in 2018 about operating in space before her six-month stint aboard the International Space Station. When asked about training in the Astronaut Corps and going to space for the first time she said, “I do know that it as been something so magical that has given me such a purpose my whole life and I’m really looking forward to achieving it,” she said.McClain and Worden’s divorce trial is set for Sept. 17th in Houston.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Inntopia launches Cloud Express

first_img“We put a huge amount of focus on data cleansing, deduping, and integrating every data source possible, so the guest profiles that exist in Marketing Cloud are second to none,” said Inntopia’s CEO, Trevor Crist. “But until now, only marketing had easy access to those profiles. With Cloud Express, accessing all of this data is now one click away for your front desk or call center, giving them powerful guest insight in the exact moment they need it.”The profiles include the typical data with a guest-service twist. For example, a front-desk agent welcoming a family will not only see their name and photo, but a glanceable view at key moments such as whether it’s someone’s birthday or anniversary as well as previous requests, customer notes from prior stays, their loyalty status, how long it’s been since their last visit, and lifetime spend.Cloud Express will first be available on Inntopia’s own CRS with two PMS partners following soon after. The integration will display a link within a guest’s record that, when clicked, will open that guest’s CRM profile in a new window complete with householded data, social profile information, survey and spend history, past transactions, and more.“It’s often been said that every member of your team is part of marketing because of their direct, face-to-face contact with every guest that walks through your door,” said Ben Zeeb, Inntopia’s SVP of Marketing Cloud. “Your marketing team already knows how critical a clean, complete guest profile can be when talking to guests at scale, and now Cloud Express will give every member of your team that same realization once they see how insightful certain information can be when engaging with guests one-on-one.”The initial concept of Cloud Express was built in partnership with Two Roads Hospitality who recently chose Inntopia to roll out a custom CRM, automation, and lifecycle messaging platform across most of their North American properties.About InntopiaInntopia is an integrated commerce, marketing, and intelligence platform based in Stowe, VT. Driven by a powerful one-cart booking system that allows rooms and activities to be sold side-by-side no matter the system in which they originate, the addition of a marketing CRM and forward-looking benchmarking system in 2016 have made the company one of the fastest-growing technology providers in hospitality. The company also has offices in Portland, ME, Denver and Edwards, CO, and Burlington, VT, and is proud to work with brands such as Two Roads Hospitality, Vail Resorts, The Grand America, and PGA Tour Experiences.Source: STOWE, VT, July 17, 2018 – Inntopia,Yes Inntopia,Vermont Business Magazine Stowe-based Inntopia announced today the release of Cloud Express(link is external), a system that gives front-desk and call-center agents one-click access to complete guest profiles directly from their CRS or PMS. Built as a bridge between Inntopia’s award-winning Marketing Cloud and Commerce technologies, Cloud Express takes the complete guest profiles once reserved only for the marketing team and puts them into the hands of a hotel’s or resort’s entire team.last_img read more

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U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – New Electronic Filing Requirements

first_imgU.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – New Electronic Filing Requirements U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – New Electronic Filing Requirements Effective December 1, 2015, there are important new electronic filing requirements for attorneys in the Southern District of Florida. The most important changes involve the filing of civil sealed and civil ex parte documents electronically via CM/ECF. In addition, there are new electronic filing requirements for emergency matters, motions to appear pro hac vice, and warrants of arrest in rem. For additional information, refer to the brief videos, quick reference sheet, and the revised CM/ECF Administrative Procedures on the court’s website (http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/?page_id=54). November 15, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

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How Smiling Can Backfire

first_imgScientific American:If you’re reading this at a desk, do me a favor. Grab a pen or pencil and hold the end between your teeth so it doesn’t touch your lips. As you read on, stay that way—science suggests you’ll find this article more amusing if you do. Why? Notice that holding a pencil in this manner puts your face in the shape of a smile. And research in psychology says that the things we do—smiling at a joke, giving a gift to a friend, or even running from a bear—influence how we feel.This idea—that actions affect feelings—runs counter to how we generally think about our emotions. Ask average folks how emotions work—about the causal relationship between feelings and behavior—and they’ll say we smile because we’re happy, we run because we’re afraid. But work by such psychologists as Fritz Strack, Antonio Damasio, Joe LeDoux shows the truth is often the reverse: what we feel is actually the product, not the cause, of what we do. It’s called “somatic feedback.” Only after we act do we deduce, by seeing what we just did, how we feel.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence

first_imgThe Atlantic:“There are lots of people at the place where I work, but there is one person who is really special. This person is really, really smart,” said Lin Bian. “This person figures out how to do things quickly and comes up with answers much faster and better than anyone else. This person is really, really smart.”Bian, a psychologist at the University of Illinois, read this story out to 240 children, aged 5 to 7. She then showed them pictures of four adults—two men and two women—and asked them to guess which was the protagonist of the story. She also gave them two further tests: one in which they had to guess which adult in a pair was “really, really smart”, and another where they had to match attributes like “smart” or “nice” to pictures of unfamiliar men and women.…“It’s an excellent, important, and well-designed paper,” says Alison Gopnik from the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the minds of babies and children. “The pattern it reports is very consistent with other studies which show the emergence of gender stereotypes at around age 6.”Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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New research uncovers the psychological consequences of daily news exposure

first_imgShare Pinterest After being exposed to negative news, people report more negative affect and less positive affect. This is true even of everyday news, according to a study published in The British Psychological Society.In today’s world, news is everywhere. The authors explain, “People can be updated about the latest developments in the world during the entire day and seven days a week”. Not only is news almost inescapable, but it is predominantly negative. This is concerning since numerous studies have found evidence that negative news leads to unfavorable emotional states.Much of the previous research has looked at reactions to extraordinary news events like terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The recent study wanted to look at whether the same effects would be found for everyday news. Furthermore, researchers wanted to examine why some people appear to be less affected by negative news. They questioned whether personal relevance or the personality traits of neuroticism and extraversion could explain this difference. Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img A longitudinal study took place where 63 Dutch adults (aged 18-82) recorded their responses to daily news reports in real-time using an app on their mobile phones. At the start of the study, subjects answered questions designed to measure the traits of extraversion and neuroticism. Participants were then prompted by notifications on their mobile phones at random moments throughout the day and questioned about whether they had seen any recent news reports. Subjects had to record these responses 5 times a day over 10 days.The questionnaire measured positive affect and negative affect using the Maastricht Momentary Mood Questionnaire and cognitive appraisal using an adapted version of the Geneva Appraisal Questionnaire. The cognitive appraisal section included a dimension on personal relevance.As expected, results showed that when everyday news was perceived as more negative, subjects experienced more negative affect and less positive affect. Researchers took this as evidence that news items don’t need to be extreme or shocking to affect people on an emotional level. Next, it was found that people reported more negative affect when negative news items were personally relevant.Those who scored high in neuroticism reported more negative emotions and less positive emotions in response to news. This was not surprising since neuroticism is typically associated with anxiety and negativity in response to everyday stressors. Extraversion, on the other hand, is a trait associated with more positive emotion and less negative emotion across a range of experiences. Interestingly, those scoring high in extraversion reported more positive affect but not less negative affect. This suggests that extraverts experience the same negative emotions in response to negative news as everyone else, but that they don’t allow it to affect their positive emotions.It is clear that news can negatively affect people’s emotions. Future research needs to look more at why some people are more affected by negative news than others. Researchers conclude, “We need to look more carefully at the way (negative) news is presented in the media, as well as the frequency of exposure to the news, in order to prevent people from being negatively affected by it”.The study, “Is the news making us unhappy? The influence of daily news exposure on emotional states”, was authored by Natascha de Hoog and Peter Verboon. Share on Facebook Emaillast_img read more

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News Scan for Jan 26, 2015

first_imgDisney-linked measles outbreak grows to 87 casesThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today confirmed that an outbreak of measles tied to southern California Disney parks in recent weeks has risen to 73 cases in California and 14 elsewhere, including 1 in Mexico.The 87 cases include 9 new infections reported since the previous CDPH update on Jan 23. Other states reporting cases are Arizona, 5 cases; Utah, 3; Washington, 2; and 1 each in Colorado, Oregon, and Nebraska.Of 71 California patients for whom the CDPH reported data, 4 (6%) are younger than 1 year and would not have been eligible for vaccination. Twenty-six (39%) are 19 or younger, while 61% are 20 or older.”CDPH is urging caution to individuals who are not vaccinated, especially infants under 12 months,” the agency said in its update.The CDPH added, “It is safe to visit these places, including the Disneyland Resort, if you are vaccinated. Therefore, CDPH recommends that anyone not already immunized against measles gets immunized at this time. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99% effective in preventing measles.”Most infected patients had not received the MMR vaccine, according to previous media reports. The initial case-patients had visited Disney parks from Dec 17 through Dec 20.In related news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jan 23 issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory on the outbreak. It said the CDC and state officials are investigating the outbreak, and it advised healthcare providers to be alert for measles symptoms in patients.Jan 26 CDPH update Jan 23 CDC HAN notice Jan 21 CIDRAP News scan on the outbreak Chikungunya cases rise by more than 22,000 in ColombiaThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported 29,628 new cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean and Americas on Jan 23, the majority of which occurred in Colombia, bringing the outbreak total to 1,163,189.The new total includes 1,135,892 suspected and 24,320 confirmed locally acquired cases and 2,977 imported cases of chikungunya. Colombia, already hit hard by the outbreak over the past several months, reported 22,277 new cases of the mosquito-borne disease, bringing the country’s outbreak total to 112,752.Guyana reported an increase of 5,339 cases, bringing its outbreak total to 5,415. The South American nation, which borders the Caribbean, previously had only 76 cases.PAHO also reported 4 new deaths related to chikungunya, 2 of which occurred in Puerto Rico, where 10 people have now died of the disease. One death was reported in the US Virgin Islands, bringing the territory’s death total to 2, and Barbados reported its first chikungunya-related death. The fatality total for the outbreak is now 176. Jan 23 PAHO update CDC declares sprout-related Salmonella outbreak overThe Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that sickened 115 people in 12 states is officially over, according to a CDC update issued Jan 23.The first Salmonella case was reported on Sep 30, and the multistate outbreak was later traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y.The Salmonella strain sickened four people since the CDC’s most recent update on Dec 16, with one new case each reported in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. The CDC reports that 25% of the 115 people affected by the outbreak required hospitalization.Given the 12-day shelf life of mung bean sprouts, it is unlikely that the contaminated sprouts are still available for purchase or consumption, the CDC said. Given sprouts’ frequent implication in foodborne disease outbreaks, the CDC recommends that consumers eat only cooked bean sprouts.Jan 23 CDC update Dec 17 CIDRAP News scan on outbreaklast_img read more

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Barbados disappointed at level of support for CCJ

first_img Jun 11, 2020 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 28, CMC – Barbados has expressed its disappointment that only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have joined the appellate jurisdiction of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who attended the 29th CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit that ended here on Tuesday, said that it is unacceptable that, to date, only four Member States have joined the Court.“We contend that it is a disgrace that after the Caribbean Court of Justice has been in existence for so long, that only four countries have signed on to that court in its appellate jurisdiction.“I do not buy the argument that there is a division of opinion in the countries that have not signed on to the Court in its appellate jurisdiction, because the biggest decision that CARICOM countries have had to make has been on Independence,” Stuart said.Via CMCWhile most of the CARICOM countries are signatories to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction.Stuart said that if “we’ve all decided that we want to be independent and we were able to unite the population on those issues, I cannot see why on matters relating to how our disputes are handled and how our grievances are addressed that we still believe that the former colonial master is better than people here in the Caribbean.”Prime Minister Stuart said that Barbados is of the view that, “you can’t have one foot in and one foot out” in terms of the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice.He expressed optimism that the matter would be addressed at the next CARICOM summit to be held in Jamaica in July and that more definitive answers would be taken on what steps Members States proposed to take to correct the situation.Meanwhile, the regional leaders, have adopted a tourism marketing plan that is designed to place regional countries on an upward trajectory.Prime Minister Stuart said the initiative was important since there were predictions that the upcoming hurricane season was forecast to be just as active as last year’s.“And, if that forecast holds true and there are any casualties in terms of CARICOM members [states], we have to be ready to spring into action to indicate that even though we may have had reverses in terms of a natural disaster, the Caribbean is still open for business,” he stated.Against the background of diminishing market share, Stuart noted that Barbados agreed in principle to the new tourism marketing initiative.The plan was presented by the Bahamas government,  which has lead responsibility for tourism in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… CDB hails Arthur as Steadfast, Passionate Defender of… CCJ Takes Lead in Assisting Justice Sector To Adjust to… Mar 18, 2020 Opinion: Caribbean Court of Justice VS the Privy Council(Kaieteur News Editorial,12 July, 2018) The recent ruling against presidential term limits in Guyana by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is revealing. The CCJ is the final court of appeal, replacing the Privy Council. Guyana is not the only country to be proud of the CCJ. Other CARICOM nations…July 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Referendum Day in Antigua/Barbuda and GrenadaThe people of Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada are voting today on whether or not to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as their final court. In both cases, a two-thirds majority of the total number of ballots cast is required to make the switch to the…November 6, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua and Barbuda moving to join CCJST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda says it is moving towards joining the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as the island’s final court. Cabinet has accepted a recommendation from Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Steadroy Benjamin, on the issue. The CCJ was established in 2001…August 5, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp COVID-19: CCJ takes safety measures CCJ Upholds COTED Decision on Cement Tariff Increase Jul 29, 2020 May 11, 2020last_img read more

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Plans to move nightclub to world’s tallest building

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