Devastating impact on jobs if native timber industry ends The Mayor of Wellington Shire and chair of the Native Timber Taskforce, Councillor Garry Stephens, has announced that data obtained from a specialist economic impact consultant jointly engaged by the Wellington and East Gippsland Shire councils indicates that around 1110 jobs would be lost if native forest logging ceased immediately in both shires.This number includes direct and indirect jobs, ranging from forestry contractors to transport company workers, through to employees at shops where timber workers spend their money.In Wellington Shire alone this could have a devastating impact on the local economy, as forestry is a major employer. In particular, the towns of Heyfield and Yarram would bear the brunt of this impact and it presents a significant challenge for local government to make the best of a difficult situation.Wellington Shire Council has requested that the Victorian Government share the data and scientific basis on which the native timber phase-out decision was made and awaits a considered response from the government. Communities have a right to know and understand the basis for the decisions which affect their lives.We expect better of the government out of respect for local communities.Wellington Shire Council supports Timber Towns Victoria and the CMFEU in wanting to retain the jobs of timber workers.The East Gippsland Shire also wants to ensure that any industry restructure places communities at the centre of decision-making, that resources are adequate, and that no one is left behind.Timber workers have unique forestry skills, expertise, knowledge, and equipment that is often used in a first response to fire events. If timber jobs are lost, it is hoped that their skills and machinery are able to be retained and used under such circumstances and that contractors are afforded other meaningful work within the forest industry sector.Wellington Shire Council has also sought greater detail from Victorian Government officials about the transition from the harvesting of native hardwood forests to hardwood plantations. Council is not convinced that there is sufficient supply of hardwood or softwood to enable a smooth transition, especially with the recent impacts of massive bushfires.The Native Timber Taskforce strongly recommends that the Victorian Government: Provides the data and scientific evidence that underpinned the native timber phase-out decision. Plants more hardwood plantations with suitable species, to ensure long-term wood supply needs are met and jobs are maintained.Ensures an appropriate level of resourcing exists to support communities affected by this decision to the extent that no one is left behind. Works with communities to identify and implement job creation schemes in new and existing industries to minimise the impacts of the decision on affected communities. Does not support the import of hardwood from non-certified overseas sources that generally have lower compliance standards. /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:bushfires, council, East Gippsland, Economy, Employees, Government, Heyfield, Impact, industry, local council, resources, species, Transport, Victoria, Wellington, Wellington Shire Council, Yarram
Photograph of Hiroshima shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Photo by Shiegeo Hayashi Stephen Fox By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily [email protected] Aug. 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins.. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people. A few days later, Japan surrendered.For Santa Fe gallery owner and progressive activist Stephen Fox, Hiroshima Day has special personal meaning. In 1976, Fox served as New Mexico representative to the U.N. Special Session on Disarmament. He met survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and also met Shiegeo Hayashi, the Japanese photographer who was one of the two assigned by the Special Committee for the Investigation of A-bomb Damage to document the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Fox accompanied the delegation to Washington, D.C., where they met political figures, including Sen. Edward Kennedy. Although permission to visit the test site near Alamogordo was denied, Fox welcomed the Japanese delegation to New Mexico for a visit.“We decided to do an exhibition of Hayashi’s photographs in Old Town Albuquerque,” Fox remembered. “We used at least 300 large size photos. The 350th anniversary celebration for Neri Church was going on at the same time. The Hispanic community was amazed by the photos.”Fox has another striking memory concerning the bombing. When historian Zhores A. Medvedev lectured in New Mexico in 1978, Fox attended all three of his lectures on the Russian nuclear project and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Joining him at the Los Alamos National Laboratory lecture was none other than Edward Teller.“Dr. Teller asked Medvedev how he could talk about these things so openly. Medvedev replied, ‘Dr. Teller, scientist can’t be held responsible for what is done with their research. The same is true of historians.’ Teller stormed out.”Fox continues to be involved in peace activism and in promoting the role of the United Nations in solving the world’s problems peacefully.Source: Historical information/history.com
USA: Public consultation hearings are taking place this week in California and Nevada into the Environmental Impact Statement for the privately-promoted DesertXpress high speed line linking the southern California region with Las Vegas. The meetings in Las Vegas, Victorville and Barstow follow approval of the Draft EIS by the Federal Railroad Administration on March 18.DesertXpress Enterprises hopes to start construction next year on the 295 km electrified route, which would parallel Interstate 15 across the Mojave desert between Las Vegas and Victorville, which lies north of the San Bernadino mountains on the edge of the Los Angeles conurbation. Work is expected to take around four years, at an estimated cost of $3·5bn to US$4bn, generating several thousand jobs at a time when unemployment in California is rising rapidly.With trains operating at up to 240 km/h, the target journey time is put at 1 h 24 min. The line is projected to carry 10 million passengers a year from 2015, rising to 16 million by 2030. Describing the I-15 corridor as ‘one of America’s most-congested transportation corridors’, the promoters estimate that road-to-rail modal shift could reduce CO2 emissions along the route by 165 million tonnes.An independent study prepared for the Southern California Logistics Rail Authority by BSL Management Consultants found that DesertXpress was ‘clearly the most practical and viable alternative’ compared to a maglev proposal costing up to $52bn.According to DesertXpress backer Tony Marnell, ‘this project will provide significant benefits to both California and Nevada and is coming on line at the perfect time, with the government recognizing the need to find viable, alternative solutions for cleaner and more efficient modes of transportation.’ He believes that it ‘can be the model for other similar projects throughout America, demonstrating how private enterprise can partner with government to develop solutions that fulfil needs that may otherwise not be feasible in today’s economy.’ In the longer term, DesertXpress says the line could be extended westwards by 80 km from Victorville to Palmdale, where it would connect with the California High Speed Rail network linking San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.
In the final episode of COBRA, Sutherland (Robert Carlyle) continued his fight to keep his promise to turn the lights back on.If you want to avoid spoilers for COBRA, stop reading now.The episode opened up at the site of the barricade where the military clashed with protesters at the end of the previous episode. It was the morning after the violence and members of the public had laid flowers at the barricade while holding a peaceful vigil. One of the trucks was now displaying a message calling for Sutherland to resign. The media were reporting on the events of the night before, with details of the four civilians who lost their lives. Harry Rowntree (Con O’Neill), the General Secretary of the Lorry Drivers Unions, took full advantage of the situation to attack the actions of government.Archie (David Haig) held a press conference to announce that he had resigned his position. He placed full blame on the Prime Minister and hinted that he may even vote against the government in the upcoming confidence vote. Francine Bridge (Marsha Thomason) also quit and had a blazing row with Anna (Victoria Hamilton).Credit: Sky UKWith Archie resigning, Sutherland chaired the next COBRA meeting. He was informed that the soldier who suffered phosphorus burns had died. MI5’s Eleanor James (Lisa Palfrey) gave an update that 6 arrests had been made of Neo-Nazis who had infiltrated People’s Justice and contributed most of the violence. Sutherland said he’d take full responsibility for the use of firearms. A bit of good news came in from Fraser (Richard Dormer) who announced that the super transformer was undamaged and nearing the substation. Sutherland told him to break all the records to get it installed as quick as possible.Meanwhile, in the Red Zone at Northumberland hospital, Chief Constable Collier (Steve Cree) surveyed the situation and helped with the tidy up. He received a message that fuel supplies were low before the power went off and the hospital was plunged into darkness. Back in London, Archie paid a visit to Sutherland and offered his support in the upcoming confidence vote. In return he suggested reinstating Dominic Knight (Sam Crane) in the policy unit. He later held a meeting with Knight and said he didn’t have the support to challenge Sutherland. They needed Sutherland to sack Anna. He also met with Peter Mott (Edward Bennett) to get details of how the Ellie (Marisa Abela) situation was handled. Archie planned to leak the details to the press right before the confidence vote.After his earlier good news, Fraser was alerted to a situation involving the super transformer. The route they had take required crossing a bridge which was in danger of collapsing under the weight. The drivers refused to drive over the bridge and an alternative route would add an extra two days. Sutherland said to get another driver so Fraser just decided he’d do it himself. Initially the bridge held under the weight but started to crack and crumble as he approached the middle. Too late to turn back he went for it and made it safely across despite the damage to the bridge.Credit: Sky UKEleanor updated Anna on the situation with Edin (Alexandre Willaume). The meeting at the flat was a drug deal which was being paid for by him performing an assassination. Anna didn’t want to believe it and Eleanor said she wanted to do a deal with Edin for all the info he had on Tony Lulin. She also told Anna to get clear of Sutherland because Archie would only support him if she quit. MI5 later monitored a conversation between Anna and Edin where she told him to stay and take the offer but he refused. He said he loved her and that he’d go back home and wait for her.Ellie was monitoring social media to see what people were saying about her. She was upset at how things were going and argued with her mum. She later went to her room with a bottle of pills and alcohol. Sutherland decided to check on her and interrupted her which stopped her from taking her life.Sutherland held a meeting with Dominic Knight and Archie and they were under the impression that he would reinstate Knight. It was all a game just so he could tell them to get lost and they both left furious.During the next COBRA meeting, Fraser called in as the new super transformer was about to be tested for the first time. Anna asked Sutherland if he was sacking her and he said he wasn’t. The test went well and power to the Red Zone was restored. Everyone began celebrating but no one as much as Sutherland who had kept his promise.Credit: Sky UKArchie began plotting his next moves which were made more difficult by Sutherland’s success. He spoke with Eleanor but was warned off going after Anna.Sutherland spoke to Anna about next steps and said he’d go for a General Election if needed. She said he needed to offer something new and different and suggested he announce a wealth tax to help those affected by the storm. He wasn’t convinced at first but realised that she was right.At the last COBRA meeting, Sutherland thanked everyone for their efforts during the crisis. He said the confidence vote was irrelevant and that he intended to call a General Election. Fraser updated that there were still some instabilities in the Red Zone but all other zones were fully operational.COBRA has been renewed for a second season.