Skagway ferry service during dock repair hinges on Coast Guard waiver

first_imgShare this story: Business | Economy | Local Government | Southeast | Tourism | TransportationSkagway ferry service during dock repair hinges on Coast Guard waiverAugust 8, 2016 by Emily Files, KHNS Share:The Skagway ferry dock. (Emily Files, KHNS)Skagway borough officials wondered aloud what was happening with the planned Skagway ferry dock refurbishment, at a meeting last week.The project could cut off local ferry service for months.Whether Skagway retains any service during the dock project depends on a Coast Guard waiver the Alaska Marine Highway hopes to acquire.Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation said if the ferry dock project were to happen this winter, then it would probably mean a two- to three-month disruption in service for Skagway.But, they said if the project were delayed until next winter, the Kennicott ferry might be able to offer some limited service using one of Skagway’s other docks.The Matanuska usually provides winter ferry service to Skagway, but that vessel is due for engine replacement next year, taking the boat out of service for most of the fall and winter of 2017.That’s where the Kennicott might come in.It has to do with a certification that only some ferries hold, called the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, certification. SOLAS is required for vessels that run in international waters.The Matanuska has it, because its route includes Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The Kennicott is also SOLAS-approved.Swapping in the Kennicott would be good for Skagway.Sailings would be less frequent, but they would accommodate both passengers and vehicles.DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says that’s because the ship is adaptable to different kinds of dock.“Because it has the ability to service docks that don’t have floating ramps,” Woodrow said. “It can go to fixed docks where it uses this vehicle elevator lift to allow cars to go on and off the ferry.”Woodrow’s department doesn’t want to use the Kennicott as the Matanuska’s replacement, he said. It’s an expensive ship to run on a low-volume route.“It’s a larger ship than we need in Southeast especially on the Price Rupert run in the winter time.”The DOT would prefer to run the smaller, cheaper Malaspina while the Matanuska is out of commission, but there’s just one problem: The Malaspina doesn’t have a SOLAS certification because it usually sails the Bellingham, Washington, to Southeast route.DOT applied for a waiver with the Coast Guard to allow the Malaspina to operate without the certification on a short-term basis.Woodrow isn’t sure when they’ll get an answer from the Coast Guard.“We think that we will be able to receive that waiver especially since it’s just for a specific window,” he said. “But it’s really something that’s in the air and we’re waiting to hear back from the Coast Guard.”The service that might be available to Skagway hinges on the waiver.The interestes of DOT and Skagway are conflicted: It would be better for DOT to get the waiver and not have to use the Kennicott; It would better for Skagway if the waiver were denied, the project was put off until 2017, and the Kennicott sailed the Lynn Canal.If the Malaspina replaced the Matanuska instead, Skagway could lose ferry service for a few months. DOT is looking into other possibilities, Woodrow said.“To see if there is a way, at the very minimum, to provide passenger-only service. A determination on that has not been made.”Without ferries, Skagway residents would lose their most reliable form of transportation out of town.Flights from small airlines are often grounded because of inclement winter weather. Driving out of Skagway is contingent on the US-Canada border being open and road conditions, which are also at the mercy of winter weather.last_img read more

The Haden Triplets Stick to Their Family Roots

first_imgMusicThe Haden Triplets Stick to Their Family RootsHere’s everything you need to know about the L.A.-based roots trio playing the Echoplex Thursday nightBy Diana Siegel – January 27, 20151684ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWhen your father is world-renowned jazz bassist Charlie Haden and your mother descends from two orchestral mandolinists, you don’t really need to search far to find your life’s work. “What was I going to do,” asks Rachel Haden, one third of The Haden Triplets, whose self-titled album debuted on Jack White’s Third Man Records label last year. “Go to school to study and be a lawyer?” Fortunately, Rachel and her sisters Petra and Tanya acknowledged their innate musicality and embarked on careers as musicians. “Since we were kids, we have fantasized about doing our own record,” says Rachel. “We kept hearing of these sister bands, and [thought] God, we want to do this!” The trio finally got their wish, and teamed up with the legendary Ry Cooder to record the aforementioned album of roots Americana songs. The Haden Triplets bring their superb three-part harmonies and melodic instincts to the Echoplex this Thursday, January 29.Here’s everything you need to know about the L.A. trio.✷ Before polio damaged his vocal chords as a teenager (his impetus for picking up the double bass), Charlie Haden was a singer in his family’s band, performing bluegrass, country, and folk tunes on the popular Haden Family Band radio show. Petra, Rachel, and Tanya listened to recordings growing up, and performed their own versions of the songs. “That three part harmony automatically flowed,” notes Rachel. “Anything we sang sounded like country.”✷ Over the past two decades, the triplets have individually provided vocals and instrumentation to an array of prominent rock and pop jazz musicians. Rachel has played with Todd Rundgren, The Rentals, Jimmy Eat World, and Dead Can Dance, Tanya with the Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, and the Warlocks, and Petra with Bill Frisell, Sean Lennon, and Rickie Lee Jones, among many others.✷ “For 15-20 years, [our dad] had been saying ‘we’re going to make a record’ together,” says Tanya. In 2007, the triplets traveled to Nashville along with their father, brother Josh, who is the founding member, vocalist, and bassist in the band Spain, and several other prominent musician friends and did just that. The 2008 album Rambling Boy came out of that session.✷ Ry Cooder was instrumental in bringing The Haden Triplets’ debut album to life, serving as producer, and at times, mediator to the sisters. “We have rivalries, we argue, we have differences,” says Tanya. “When Ry came on board we said ‘ok, you’re the boss because we can’t work together alone; we’ll kill each other if you leave us in a room.” Fortunately, he didn’t, and all parties survived, record in tow.✷ The Haden sisters recently discovered a family relic: a cousin in Missouri unearthed the original Haden Family songbook, which contains hundreds of country classics from their grandparents’ radio show. There are no plans for a second album at the moment, but who knows. Maybe The Haden Triplets will revive the old family enterprise in the future. TAGSCharlie HadenEchoplexHaden Family BandRy CooderThe Haden TripletsPrevious article“Operation Trail Marker” Wants YOU to Help Get Better Signage in the Local MountainsNext articleLearn How the Sausage Gets Made at Café Pinot’s Charcuterie ClassDiana Siegel RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFind Your Groove at These Themed Dance Nights Around L.A.Celebrate Elvis Presley’s Birthday Every Night This WeekL.A.’s December Residencies: Steve Coleman, Fairground Saints, and Morelast_img read more

Sick people may ‘face extremely high premiums’ under House bill, CBO says

first_img By Julie Rovner — Kaiser Health News May 24, 2017 Reprints Sick people may ‘face extremely high premiums’ under House bill, CBO says Politics What is it? 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. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Log In | Learn More 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. Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags CongressinsuranceMedicaidpolicy The Republican overhaul of the federal health law passed by the House this month would result in slightly lower premiums and slightly fewer uninsured Americans than an earlier proposal. But it would leave as many as one-sixth of Americans living in states where older and sicker people might have to pay much more for their health care or be unable to purchase insurance at all, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.In some states, said the report, “less healthy people would face extremely high premiums, despite the additional funding that would be available” in the bill to help offset those increases. GET STARTED Julie Rovner — Kaiser Health News About the Author Reprints What’s included?last_img read more

What Sarepta’s game-changing data mean for biotech’s other Duchenne players

first_img @damiangarde National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Damian Garde June 19, 2018 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Dominic Romito, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, attends a 2016 FDA advisory committee hearing on an experimental treatment that has since been approved. John Boal for The Boston Globe About the Author Reprints Tags biotechnologySTAT+ Sarepta Therapeutics became the toast of biotech on Tuesday after revealing early data on a gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy that far outstripped Wall Street’s expectations.But Sarepta is hardly alone in the field, and nothing in biotech happens in a vacuum. Here’s a look at what the latest DMD results mean for the company’s competitors. 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.center_img What’s included? Damian Garde Log In | Learn More GET STARTED What Sarepta’s game-changing data mean for biotech’s other Duchenne players [email protected] Biotech What is it?last_img read more

Laois man elected new president of Macra na Feirme

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois man elected new president of Macra na Feirme Facebook A Laois man has been elected as President of Macra na Feirme – the Irish rural youth organisation.Errill native John Keane takes over from Thomas Duffy who comes to the end of his two-year term as president next month.Keane is from Devil’s Bit Macra in North Tipperary and defeated Daniel Long in a postal ballot.Laois candidates have a strong association with Macra over the years – and they have provided a number of national presidents over the years.Michael Gowing from Portlaoise was the most recent president when he served from 2009 to 2011 while Padraig Walshe – who would later go on to become president of the IFA – was Macra president from 1987 to 1989.Prior to him, Hugh Ryan was president from 1965 to 1967 and William Bland was the first organisation’s first president in 1947-48 and again from 1949 to 1951.John Keane is extremely well known in farming circles and is the son of former Glanbia chairman Martin Keane.He is also an accomplished hurler with Rathdowney-Errill and was midfield on the team that claimed senior glory in 2019.A dairy farmer, Keane is a former chairperson of Macra’s Agricultural Affairs Committee, as well as chairman of his club and of north Tipperary Macra.Keane was one of organisers of the ‘Make the Moove – Farmers Matter’ mental health and wellbeing initiative which held a number of workshops in 2019.He was also among the recipients of the 2020 ABP National Leadership Awards held by Macra back in December.Various bodies have paid tribute to John Keane following his election.Leinster Macra said: “Congratulations to John Keane of Devils Bit Macra and North Tipp Macra on becoming the next Macra President. John has been a super ambassador and leader for Macra and always puts Macras interests first, in particular in the past year as Chairperson and will no doubt excel as President.”Athboy Macra said: “Congratulations to our new Macra na Feirme President John Keane from Devilsbit Macra Na Feirme! We wish him the best of luck over the next 2 years!”Fair play John!SEE ALSO – Laois Hire sold in multi-million deal Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 7th April 2021 Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Home News Farming Laois man elected new president of Macra na Feirme NewsFarming TAGSErrillJohn KeaneMacra na FeirmeRathdowney-Errill Council Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Previous articleLaois Hire sold in multi-million dealNext articleCoronavirus: Five further deaths and 423 new cases – as EMA say blood clots should be listed as rare AstraZeneca side effect Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.last_img read more

Canadian gets jail time in U.S. penny stock fraud case

first_img James Langton Related news Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says The Canadian man who allegedly masterminded an international multimillion dollar boiler room stock scheme has been sentenced six and a half years in prison by a U.S. judge. The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Sandy Winick, 58, a Canadian who pled guilty last year to conspiring to commit wire fraud for running an international advance fee scheme, has been sentenced to serve 78 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay US$2.4 million in restitution and US$5 million in forfeiture. According to the indictment against him, and other court filings, Winick led two multi-million dollar fraud schemes, including an international “pump and dump” operation, and an advance fee scheme that targeted many of the victims in the first scam, which promised they would be able to sell their penny stocks. “Winick established and operated boiler rooms or call centers in various locations around the world, including Canada, Thailand, and China, to solicit fees from the victims,” U.S. authorities say, adding that he planned to open a call center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Winick was permanently banned and ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines and disgorgement by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) in 2013. Canadian pleads guilty in U.S. penny stock fraud case Photo copyright: belchonock/123RF Keywords Fraud DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Imposters among us, CSA warns Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Court rules in favour of labour-sponsored venture fund against fund manager Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Offering advisor alpha to clients

first_img Best Practices To Evaluate and Trade ETFs – Insights from an ETF provider hand holding a megaphone samuraitop/123RF How ETF investors are unique — and why it matters to advisors “We have to […] scale not just our choice of securities, but our portfolio design and the way we balance portfolios,” said Westmacott, as well as cash management, client communication and financial planning. “All these wrap up to be the total client experience.”The problem is these things are susceptible to noise, or tracking error.Noise must be managed because clients want to know they’re receiving a similar level of service to other clients in similar situations, said Westmacott.For securities selection, using ETFs is a way to cut the noise, he said—specifically advisor tracking error. For example, he said advisors are affected by such things as when they last ate, whether they’re late for an important meeting or whether they had lunch with a favourite fund salesperson.Beyond security selection, cutting noise increasingly means relying on algorithms, he said, referencing a Harvard Business Review article. As formal rules, algorithms reduce the noise problem in decision making.“The high-level viewpoint here is not that ETFs are coming, but that algorithms are coming,” said Westmacott. Using algorithms effectively allows advisors to focus on client goals, he said.Westmacott also considered portfolio withdrawal rates, asking whether a standard withdrawal rate is the best that algorithms have to offer clients. As an alternative, he uses a dynamic spending rule (the technical term is ARVA), whereby the withdrawal rate varies based on portfolio value, mortality and real interest rates.The result: “You’re transferring some of the asset volatility to income volatility,” he said. “You’re asking the client to tolerate some variability in their annual income.”Clients buy in to the process, accepting ongoing guidance—on budgeting, for example — instead of focusing on products, he said. “A key part of this process is to shift the conversation from assets to income.”At the same time, advisors must be sensitive to changes in client circumstances that alter income needs. (To reduce income volatility, asset liability management can be employed using bond ETFs to match future liability — that is, income.)Using a client example, he showed how a variable withdrawal rate reduces the risk of having insufficient funds over a client’s retirement years and makes portfolio outcomes more predictable.For more on managing withdrawal risk, see Westmacott’s paper, “Management of Withdrawal Risk Through Optimal Life Cycle Asset Allocation” co-authoured with University of Waterloo academics. Keywords ETFs Facebook LinkedIn Twitter How ETFs fit into a hybrid advice model Related news Advisors who shift away from stock-picking must create value from a client perspective. How to do that was recently discussed by Graham Westmacott, a portfolio manager at PWL Capital in Waterloo, Ont. He spoke at the ETF Summit presented by Advisor’s Edge and Investment Executive last week.Westmacott said focusing on advisor alpha means meeting clients’ goals, not beating the market. To do that efficiently requires mass customization, which comes with its own challenges. ETF Summit agenda Why attend our ETF Summit Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Michelle Schriver last_img read more

Prof. Rex Nettleford’s Life Can Never Die – says PM Golding

first_imgRelatedProf. Rex Nettleford’s Life Can Never Die – says PM Golding FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding says a great deal of Prof. Rex Nettleford’s life can never die. His work, Mr. Golding said includes the bridges he built to enable Jamaican’s minds to travel beyond self imposed boundaries, the confidence he inspired in Jamaicans, organisations he helped to build and his published works, writings and commentaries.Mr. Golding who was giving a tribute to Prof. Nettleford today (Feb 16) at the official service of thanksgiving at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in Kingston, described the cultural icon as one of the most talented researchers, conceptualisers and artistes.Some of the organisations Prof. Nettleford helped to build are the National Dance Theatre Company, the Extra Mural department of the University of the West Indies which became the School of Continuing Studies, now the University’s fourth campus and the Trade Union Education Institute now renamed in honour of the late Hugh Lawson Shearer.PM Golding said these organisations “must now carry on his (Prof. Nettleford) work with the same zeal with which he helped to build them.”“The work and the legacy he has left us have helped to change our lives and enrich our existence and experience and provide us with a better understanding of how we must move forward as a people,” Mr. Golding said. RelatedProf. Rex Nettleford’s Life Can Never Die – says PM Golding RelatedProf. Rex Nettleford’s Life Can Never Die – says PM Goldingcenter_img Prof. Rex Nettleford’s Life Can Never Die – says PM Golding Office of the Prime MinisterFebruary 18, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Marshall Government reaches for starts in new Space Sector Strategy

first_imgMarshall Government reaches for starts in new Space Sector Strategy The Marshall Liberal Government has launched South Australia’s Space Sector Strategy at the 10th Australian Space Forum.The new Strategy will aim to drive the state’s contribution to the Australian Space Agency goal of tripling the size of the nation’s domestic space industry to $12 billion by 2030, helping to create thousands of jobs.South Australia will focus its activities in space industry and research to propel the state’s growth in the sector and contribute to the national agenda.Launching the strategy, Premier Steven Marshall made it clear that South Australia’s space sector will be critical in the state’s economic recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic.“South Australia is unequivocally the home of space and this strategy sets a framework for South Australia to reach for the stars,” Premier Marshall said.“Businesses in the space sector will be creating thousands of job opportunities for South Australians over the next decade which is great for our economy.“Our vision for growth is simple – by 2030, South Australia will be designing, manufacturing, launching, and operating SmallSats (small satellites) to deliver actionable, space-derived intelligence for sovereign Australian missions – creating hundreds of jobs in the process.“Space is one of the nine sectors we have identified as a priority in our plan for further economic prosperity, helping to keep SA safe and strong and helping to create new jobs in this exciting sector.”“While the impact of the COIVD-19 pandemic has unequivocally affected the space sector, South Australia’s space sector growth target projects above average growth of 5.8% for the next ten years.The strategy was drafted in collaboration with industry and is a crucial part of South Australia’s broader Growth State Strategy, a partnership between the South Australian Government and industry to accelerate our economy through business expansion and innovation.Three pillars for growth shape efforts to build a thriving and enduring South Australian space ecosystem, dedicated to supporting the national strategy, cultivating South Australia as a centre-of-gravity for Australia’s expanding space activities, and capitalising on the opportunities of NewSpace.This means a focus on launch into accessible lower Earth orbits, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to exploit space-derived data, technological advances to develop small satellites, expanding a skilled workforce, and building on the state’s innovation ecosystem.South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) Chief Executive Richard Price says the already thriving South Australia innovation ecosystem is already in take-off with the emergence of new and disruptive markets.“While traditional space-related services fundamentally underpin our way of life on Earth and deliver a large proportion of the revenue attributed to the space sector, there are phenomenal opportunities for the new breed of space-related services that are unencumbered by legacy practice,” he said.“These NewSpace-enabled products and services have strong potential to improve the productivity and competitiveness of virtually every sector of the broader economy, as well as making a direct contribution to growth in South Australia.”“We are committed to getting behind new entrants in the space industry and supporting domestic and international companies to develop and grow innovative and disruptive ideas contributing to our space sector.”South Australia is widely acknowledged as a hub of space innovation in Australia. The state is concentrated on building a world-class entrepreneurial community and supporting infrastructure for innovators to collaborate and grow their ideas at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide’s central business district.The South Australia Growth State Space Sector Strategy can be accessed in full at www.growthstate.sa.gov.au/sectors /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Adelaide, artificial intelligence, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, building, community, coronavirus, Government, infrastructure, innovation, intelligence, machine learning, SA, SA Government, South Australia, space agencylast_img read more

Quality and Continuous Improvement – First Generation Magnox Storage Pond

first_imgQuality and Continuous Improvement – First Generation Magnox Storage Pond The use of continuous improvement has long been associated with manufacturing organisations such as car producers. This approach is fairly new to the NDA group businesses and one of the main reasons for not adopting it before now has been a lack of recognition that a manufacturing approach would be beneficial. What is helping gain traction is the realisation that each of our businesses needs to be able to deliver products, as do manufacturing companies, whether that is quantities of waste for interim storage or demolition of facilities and clean-up of land. There are significant benefits from applying these techniques.A collaborative approach to continuous improvement is being implemented across the NDA group. This has identified various levels of continuous improvement implementation, maturity and many different standards.In order to effectively manage implementation, experience from other sectors has helped define the priority improvement areas:ensuring that strategic objectives are cascaded at all levels in increasing detail throughout our businessesassociated performance targets are clearly defined and applied on a daily, weekly and monthly basisa strategy is embedded to align capability in order to address gaps identified between actual performance and targetsestablish an expectation to expose and close performance gaps at all levels, in all departments.Sellafield Limited has realigned itself to the approach described above, created a strategy, adopted a One NDA continuous improvement model, implemented a roadmap and created and started to deliver accredited industry good practice training to embed its strategy into the organisation. In addition, a baseline assessment tool to understand the maturity of continuous improvement across the organisation is now in use.A good practice approach within the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) shows how continuous improvement can improve performance. The mission delivery outcome to retrieve all Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from FGMSP by the required end date (SO31) has been cascaded through all levels of the team focussed on FGMSP using a range of appropriate measures and targets.What this means in FGMSP is that the objective of removing all the sludge and pond contents has been converted to a reduction in the metre cubed (m3) of contents per year to meet the currently planned completion date. Figure 14 shows the required annual sludge removal and the cumulative lifetime cost of doing so, which is used to track performance.The information on how much sludge has been removed can also be used to show the impact that more or less than planned sludge removal has on the estimated cost. In this example, each year the project is extended an additional sum of approximately £60 million would be needed showing how important it is to prevent timescales extending into the future.In cascading the decommissioning objective, the annual target is broken down into a weekly plan within which daily throughput (beat rate i.e. two sludge batches a day) is identified and incorporated in a Master Production Schedule. Linking the annual target number of sludge removed to achieve the m3 retrieval targets allows individuals to clearly understand how they contribute to mission delivery and become involved in solving any problems to achieve the throughput and then record any changes to the way they work in operations, maintenance, engineering, commercial or people issues within their Quality Management System (QMS).Visualisation and reviewing performance against targets not just for quantities of material but for safety, quality, cost and skills availability on a weekly basis allows gaps in performance to be exposed immediately and then closed by embedding improved capability in the workforce to problem solve systematically. Any learning can then be recorded and used in a continuously improving QMS.This approach is now accepted as good practice at all levels within FGMSP.Adopting this approach has contributed to 2019/20 delivery where all sludge targeted for removal was achieved against its most stretching target, increasing confidence that all of the sludge will be removed by 2026. /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:car, Engineering, future, Government, Impact, industry, meet, production, project, quality, Safety, UK, UK Government, workforcelast_img read more