Australia turns to idled factories to pull it out of COVID slump

first_imgWhat businesses say is needed longer-term are reforms that reduce energy costs, encourage innovation and cut red tape for investment.Andrew Liveris, former head of U.S. industrial giant Dow Chemicals, returned to his native Australia earlier this year to join Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s manufacturing advisory taskforce.”We have a lot of confusion about how to get investment approved here,” Liveris told Reuters. “So we have to adopt a business-friendly environment to attract foreign direct investment to an economy that can punch above its weight in terms of quality research and quality technologies.”(Re)start your enginesScarred by critical shortages during World War Two, Australia expanded its factory sector in following years, heavily protected by tariffs.By the end of the century, however, production had largely drifted offshore as businesses and politicians embraced globalization’s upsides.In 2019, manufacturing accounted for just 5% of gross domestic product, down from about 25% in 1960, while its share of the labor force has fallen to 7% from 17% in 1984.Liveris said manufacturing should make up closer to 15% to 20% of GDP.While some economists see that as an ambitious target, the shift in thinking has galvanized some early movers.H2X, a startup formed in May, is looking to resurrect local automobile production by making hydrogen cars in Port Kembla, a smelting town about 100km south of Sydney.Brendan Norman, the company’s chief executive who previously worked on hydrogen cars in China, expects a prototype to be ready later this year and production to start in 2022. The operation is looking to employ 100 people by the end of this year, which could ramp up to 5,000 by 2025.Norman said production could use 80% local content by 2024. That bet is based on a belief that Australia already has most of the skills and materials needed to make items such as supercapacitors and fuel cells, even if the manufacturing scale is not there yet.”Australia can certainly compete in this because it is high-tech manufacturing and this is something that we feel we should be able to encourage to come back,” he said.”If we’re producing the bulk of the world’s hydrogen, I’d like to think that we can produce the tools that are required to use it properly.”Scope for reformH2X’s plan relies less on low labor costs that offshore production provides and more on the value of intellectual property, like Germany’s high-tech factory sector.Visy Industries, a recycling and packaging company, expanded into glass manufacturing in a deal worth almost A$1 billion ($730.80 million).That move comes as China’s recent curbs on waste imports forces Australia to come up with innovative ways of dealing with its garbage.One of the central proposals of the manufacturing taskforce is to lower energy costs by boosting distribution.Australian businesses are paying about 50% more for natural gas than its export customers, the country’s competition watchdog said.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said last week that policies that foster entrepreneurship and cut red tape will be key in next month’s national budget.Tony Shepherd, former chairman of infrastructure firm Transfield Services, said Australia needed to use the crisis to better streamline investment policies across the multiple layers of government.”We couldn’t even produce the basic medical supplies and we were worried about toilet paper,” he said, referring to the panic buying of toilet tissue earlier this year. “If that isn’t enough of a wake up call for politicians to get going, I don’t know what is.”  Topics : Behind the pivot is a realization that Australia has been too reliant on Asia for the supply of essential goods. A recent worsening in relations with China, Australia’s biggest trading partner, has only strengthened that view.”If you look at it over time, we have been running down our manufacturing and we’re at this point of inflexion – we’re saying maybe we shouldn’t be doing that,” said Drew Woodhouse, a Sydney-based consultant at Bain & Company who looks at supply chain issues.For many, the coronavirus has shown that the benefits of globalization, namely low tariffs and cheap labor, are limited when the world economy grinds to a halt.That has prompted many in the industry to seriously consider bringing operations onshore, even if it means some costs go up.center_img In 2017, the last car Australia built rolled out of a General Motors’ plant in the city of Adelaide, ending seven decades of local automotive history and the belief that the country’s factories could ever compete globally.Three years later, policymakers are once again looking to manufacturing to generate some growth as they scramble to drive the economy through the coronavirus and out of its deepest slump on record.While Australians are unlikely to buy millions of locally made cars, refrigerators and toasters as they did in the 20th century, a government push that puts manufacturing at the center of its longer-term recovery plan has strong industry support and has kindled ventures that would have seemed far-fetched half a year earlier.last_img read more

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Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at Arsenal

first_imgThierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at Arsenal Fabregas made is debut at the age of 16 (Picture: Getty)‘People like Patrick and Gilberto couldn’t get near you and that’s when we knew you could play with us straight away. Then you go and score in the Carling Cup and the rest is history. ‘Sometimes people do not mention it. People rightly talk about Kevin De Bruyne right now because the guy is unbelievable and David Silva unbelievable but for me you’re up there with those guys.‘The way you play I’ve always been attracted to players that were clever on the ball and you’re one of the most clever I’ve played with.’MORE: Chelsea star Marcos Alonso trolls Cesc Fabregas during Instagram live with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry Henry was sceptical about Fabregas’ chances (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Fabregas on Puma Football’s Instagram, Henry said: ‘I remember the first time you trained with us and I looked at you…I’m sorry I had a bad haircut but that haircut you had was pretty bad.‘I looked at you and in those days the shirts were too big for anyone but on you it was like you had a dress on it was so big.‘I looked at the boss and said: ‘Who the hell is this?!’ and he said ‘Oh it’s the kid he won the World Cup with the U17s’ and I went ‘Oh that’s him he finished best player or top scorer or whatever it was’.‘So I remember people were talking about you. I saw you coming and man…I saw you and then the team it was you against Patrick [Vieira] and Gilberto [Silva] and went ‘oh my gosh all the very best’ but then you started moving the ball around, playing one-twos. Advertisement Cesc Fabregas proved Thierry Henry wrong (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits he wrote off Cesc Fabregas during the Spaniard’s first training session at Arsenal.The Monaco ace signed for Arsenal from Barcelona as a 16-year-old but he was thrown into first-team training by Arsene Wenger, despite his frame and stature. Arsenal were at the height of their powers when Fabregas arrived, boasting the likes of Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva and Edu in midfield as the Gunners went unbeaten during the Spaniard’s first season at the club.Henry, of course, was the Gunners’ talisman and the Frenchman held his team-mates to the highest standards at training.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFabregas was invited to the join the main group when he was just 16 and Henry has revealed that he questioned Wenger’s decision to sign the Spaniard during his first training session, before quickly releasing how good he could become. center_img Advertisement Comment Sean KearnsThursday 14 May 2020 7:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link177Shareslast_img read more

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Modulift Revamps Subsea Beams for O&G Project

first_imgBelow-the-hook equipment manufacturer Modulift has recently refurbished two subsea spreader beams for a subsea installation contractor before they were used to lift 260t and 280t manifolds for a field development offshore Libya.The standard Modulift SUB 380 beams originally offered up to 380t at 9m or 30 ft. and up to 16m or 52 ft. at a lower capacity.However, in this case, Modulift re-rated the capacity to 364t working load limit (WLL) with +1.5 dynamic amplification factor (DAF). The drop links were re-rated to 200t WLL, also with 1.5 DAF, and new data plates were added accordingly.Chris Schwab, account executive at Modulift, explained: “The principle reason for refurbishing the beams was so they could be reused on another project that required an additional strut to achieve a new span, and they needed to be re-rated to a higher capacity, yet lower DAF.”It was necessary to manufacture new 0.95m struts for each beam and shotblast all existing components. Testing was conducted on welds, plus new spans and capacities. The drop links had already been tested to a sufficient capacity as part of an earlier project, thus, additional testing for these was not required, Modulift said.Also included within the scope of work was the supply of new bolts and preparation of a calculations report so DNV could carry out verification against its Loadout, Transport and Installation of Subsea Objects criteria.Unlike Modulift’s standard spreader beams that are manufactured using circular hollow sections, the subsea range has an open section design, suitable for water submersion by eliminating the risks of cavity or pressure issues. They are finished with a three-coat paint system that is based on a two-pack epoxy paint system suitable for the marine heavy lifting environment.The physical size of the manifolds—fabricated in Ravenna, Italy—meant that they could only be brought offshore via a barge. Ground loading and crane capacity issues on site resulted in a requirement for a tandem crane lift. The installation vessel, however, had a single crane so to simulate the installation lift a single point lift was required. Schwab explained that the structures land on pre-installed guideposts and piles on the seabed so the structures require a very tight tolerance on installation level / trim.To achieve a simulated offshore single point lift, Modulift provided a MOD250/400 spreader beam and associated rigging to ‘join’ the two site cranes together using an inverted spreader bar arrangement. The SUB 380 spreader bar on each structure was connected to the structure via high performance synthetic slings and ROV-friendly shackles to form the installation rigging arrangement on the structures.Once subsea the Manifolds will act to combine power, communications, service fluids and production pipework from multiple gas wells into a single main pipeline/umbilical system.last_img read more

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Hammers stun Spurs

first_img Spurs were restricted to long shots for most of the opening half hour as Tomkins and Reid performed well to keep Jermain Defoe and Christian Eriksen quiet. Andros Townsend seemed to be the only Tottenham player capable of causing any problems. The winger slalomed past his marker and played a clever ball into Sigurdsson, but Jussi Jaaskelainen saved the forward’s low drive. Townsend could not draw a save out of Jaaskelainen though, as he cracked a 25-yard effort just wide. Paulinho fluffed two long-range efforts wide, much to Villas-Boas’ frustration. At the other end Reid wasted a glorious chance to put the Hammers ahead when he nodded Mark Noble’s corner wide when free in the box. Noble then chipped over the wall to tee up Nolan, but his volley trickled inches wide. That proved to be something of a wake-up call for Tottenham, who started the second half brightly. Defoe, making his first league start of the year, finally managed to get in behind the Hammers defence, but Jaaskelainen came off his line to smother the striker’s shot. Spurs could still not turn possession into goals, though. Eriksen failed to slip Defoe in again and at times the home side’s passing was poor. Vaz Te and Morrison shot wide as West Ham came into the game, and then the away side took the lead. Nolan unwittingly cleared Reid’s goalbound header off the Spurs line, but the New Zealand defender swept home the rebound. The Hammers fans were delighted and a blue flare was thrown onto the pitch from the away end. Six minutes later, the away end was in uproar again as West Ham made it 2-0. Nolan carved open the Spurs defence with a beautiful pass to send Vaz Te through. His shot rebounded off Hugo Lloris’ legs and he slid the ball home. Villas-Boas threw on Roberto Soldado, but Spurs then amazingly slipped 3-0 behind after a fantastic solo goal from Morrison. The former Manchester United man picked the ball up just inside his own half and drifted past Michael Dawson before lifting the ball over Lloris. Tottenham fans started to leave in their droves, realising there was no way back. The away fans, in contrast, sang “we want more” and Allardyce disappointingly asked the fourth official “is that all?” when he revealed there would be four minutes of added time. The injured Carroll tweeted that he was “buzzing” about the result and that was certainly the feeling among the away fans at the final whistle as they reflected on a satisfying win. Sam Allardyce had described his West Ham team as “relegation favourites” earlier this week, but on this evidence, the east London side will have no trouble staying up. Much had been made of West Ham’s lack of goals this term because of the absence of Andy Carroll, but the way in which the Hammers took their goals will delight Allardyce, and the visiting fans, who revelled in gaining the bragging rights over one of their arch rivals. As for Tottenham, the bubble of happiness that came with the arrival of seven new players has now burst. Boos rang out from the home fans at the final whistle. They know there is still much work to do if they are to mount a top-four challenge. A midweek trip to Russia looked to have taken the sting out of Villas-Boas’ side, who lacked a cutting edge throughout. Despite being underdogs, West Ham had the better of the opening exchanges. Mohamed Diame sneaked into the Tottenham box, but Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho did just enough to put the midfielder off. Stewart Downing then whipped in a cross from wide, but Kevin Nolan could only head wide. Spurs started to get into the game more and Gylfi Sigurdsson slipped Paulinho in to the box, but James Tomkins came to the rescue with a fine tackle. Tottenham suffered their biggest home defeat of Andre Villas-Boas’ reign as West Ham ran riot with a stunning second-half display in a 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane. The Hammers scored three stunning goals in 13 minutes to come away with their first victory at White Hart Lane since 1999. Winston Reid started the rout with a goal from a corner, Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the lead and then Ravel Morrison scored a superb solo strike to seal the 3-0 win. Press Associationlast_img read more

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SOCCER: DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE MATCH PREVIEWS

first_imgSOCCER: It’s a big weekend in the Donegal Youth League and Bonagee United will be confident heading into their fixture against Illistrin after they pulled back a dramatic draw at the hands of Fanad United.Fanad United faced Bonagee United in a windswept Tri-a-loch on Wednesday night. Fanad United were first on the scoresheet with a header from Ciaran Blaney on the 40th minute. Fanad then got the icing on the cake when Allen Pasoma finished nicely in the 78th minute. On the 85th minute Evan McCroary shot from 25 yards to find the back of the net with a lovely strike.But the game wasn’t over yet when the ball fell to Noah Sanni who finished despite having  much room to finish.The game finished with a 2-2 draw.Gweedore Celtic defeated defending champions Letterkenny rovers 2-1. Conor Boyle and Kyran Glennon were on the scoresheet for Gweedore. Ryan McLoughlin scored for Letterkenny rovers.On Saturday Fanad are in Gweedore to play United at Carrickboyle.Swilly Rovers play Keadue at Swilly Park while Bonagee will be looking to get their first win against Illistrin in Ballyare.SOCCER: DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE MATCH PREVIEWS was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BONAGEE UNITEDDonegal Youth LeagueFANAD UNITEDlast_img read more

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Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event

first_imgOne of the biggest Relay for Life events in Europe takes place in Letterkenny this weekend with thirty-six teams and a host of top entertainers preparing to take part.And interest in it continues to spread far beyond these shores with a number of Relay for Life organising committees in the United States requesting video footage of the traditional Luminaria service at the LYIT campus to show at their own events which are being staged in the coming weeks.“It represents a real international dynamic to our own Donegal Relay,” chairperson of the local committee, Robert O’Connor points out. Over 1.2 million euro has been raised to date by the Relay initiative in Donegal which now enters its eighth year and continues to boost funding for the Irish Cancer Society in helping to provide care and emotional support for patients and their families in addition to funding research.“We are grateful to all who are taking part including the survivors, the carers, the teams, and the singers and musicians,” chairperson O’Connor acknowledges.“It’s amazing the people who get involved. We had a husband and wife from Glenties, both of them cancer survivors and aged in their mid to late eighties, who came to Relay last year meaning to stay for an hour or so and instead stayed for the whole twenty-four hours.”Leading the ever popular Survivors Choir, Donal Kavanagh, also referred to the sense of solidarity and support that marks Relay for Life and the community response to it. “Donegal is one of the biggest Relay for Life events taking place in Europe. It’s something the county can be really proud of,” he told a special assembly of team captains.Previewing this weekend’s Relay, which runs from 5.p.m. on Saturday through to Sunday evening at the LYIT campus, chairperson O’Connor stresses it’s still not too late for survivors to register for next weekend’s Relay event. They can turn up on the day or contact Donal Kavanagh at 087-6319699.The survivors undertake the opening lap of the track at the L.Y.I.T. on Saturday evening and then, led by the Cloughaneely band, retire to the main building for the traditional banquet.Following the survivors, the carers embark on their lap – an acknowledgement of the unstinting work they do for those enduring the cancer journey.“They do all the dirty jobs that no-one wants to do. And they do it selflessly and out of love,” insists Donal. While the opening ceremony of this year’s Relay is scheduled to be performed at 4.40.p.m. on Saturday, with Charlie Collins acting as M.C., pre-entertainment will be provided by Callum Keaveney and David Craig from 4.p.m.As committee member Ena Barrett reveals, there’s a hugely impressive line-up of entertainers on the Relay programme with top performers such as Jim Devine, Michael English, Anne Biddy, Gary Gamble, Evelyn Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher, Shaun Cuddy, Seamus McGee, and Hugo Duncan to name but a few set to provide the song and the music and countless opportunities for the dancers among the attendance.“We’re very grateful to Paddy Bradley for helping to line up this fantastic array of performers, each of whom gave their time for free to generate the atmosphere and support the Relay initiative.”One of the most emotional segments of the Relay for Life experience is the Luminaria ceremony scheduled for 10.30.p.m. on Saturday during the fading embers of dusk. And as has been the case every year, Moya Brennan and family will be involved in this particular part of the weekend. “We’re honoured to have someone of her musical stature come here every year to perform,” the Relay chairperson indicates.Meanwhile, mass will be celebrated at 7.a.m. on Sunday by Fr. Ciaran Harkin in the An Danlann building while Highland Radio will broadcast live another richly rewarding aspect of Relay, the Gospel Hour at 9.15.a.m. and the Ecumenical Service at 10.10.a.m., both of them featuring an array of outstanding voices and instrumentalists.Among them will be the Survivors Choir who will perform at various stages over the 24 hours and will feature ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ as part of their repertoire.Global Hero of Hope, Suibhan Gillespie, will be overseeing the ponytail cutting segment on Sunday where the donations of hair are subsequently presented to the Little Princess Trust and go to make wigs for cancer patients.Organisers stress that while awareness and fund-raising play a significantpart in the event, the celebration element is a constant feature of the weekend activities.“We want people to come and dress up or whatever – anything to bring in the fun element. There’s always a great atmosphere at Relay and a lot of laughter over the weekend,” insists committee member, Charlie Quinn.Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Western bean cutworm monitoring continues in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Amy Raudenbush, John Schoenhals, CCA, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, CCA, Amanda Bennett, Bruce Clevenger, CCA, Sam Custer, Tom Dehass, Mike Gastier, CCA, Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Ed Lentz, CCA, Rory Lewandowski, CCA, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Eric Richer, CCA, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Curtis Young, CCA, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionAnother season of Western bean cutworm (WBC) trapping has officially begun! Bucket traps placed along the edge of a corn field with a lure were set between June 17th through 23rd and our first trap count is for WBC adults captured for week ending June 30th. Last week, 18 counties monitored 66 traps across Ohio for WBC adults. Overall, 76 WBC adults were captured and average moth per trap was 1.2 (Figure 1).Figure 1. Average Western bean cutworm adult per trap followed by total number of traps monitored in parentheses for week ending June 30, 2018.The adults begin to emerge in late June and peak flight occurs anytime between the 2nd through 4th week of July (Figure 2). Monitoring for the adults allows us to pinpoint the optimal time to begin scouting for egg masses as well as know when peak flight is across the state. It is important to note that WBC prefers to lay eggs in pre-tassel corn— and since the rain delayed planting in many parts of the state this year, Ohio has a lot of late planted corn. Therefore, a good scouting program is important!last_img read more

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Turks and Caicos Laws now available online

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Oct 2015 – The Attorney General’s Chambers is modernizing and now the laws of the country are available online. The announcement came this week in the House of Assembly from AG, Rhondalee Knowles who gave kudos to the government’s IT Unit, her own team including Tenecia Williams and the legislative drafters and she recognized the Regional Law Revision Center which assisted with the technicalities of getting all of the laws posted to the Chamber’s website. It was four months ago, in June that the Attorney General’s office told the public the 2014 revised edition of country laws were not only to come into force on June 15th, 2015 but that they would be available in an 11 volume, loose-leaf set and on CD-Rom. Those costs were put at $1,800 and $1,000 respectively. The laws now made available online are free and can be found at www.gov.tc/agc.com. AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Recommended for you Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Related Items:attorney general, online, rhondalee knowles, turks and caicos lawlast_img read more

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