Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aznac View post tag: Frigate February 29, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian View post tag: awards Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: government Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract Share this article View post tag: contract A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their selection as preferred tenderer.Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said the new five-year contract was expected to provide better outcomes for industry and more effective, value for money outcomes for the Navy.“In June of last year my predecessor Minister Jason Clare announced the Government’s intention to reform the naval ship repair sector – commencing with the release of the tender for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates,” Senator Carr said.“I am pleased to announce the outcome of the Tender evaluation. I congratulate Naval Ship Management Australia, a joint venture of Babcock Australia and United Group Infrastructure, for being selected as the preferred tenderer.”Senator Carr said the announcement follows extensive consultation with industry on a new approach to contracts for repair and maintenance work.“In contrast to the previous arrangements which required every new maintenance activity to be individually contracted out, the grouping of ship repair and maintenance tasks offers the potential for significant cost savings. “These savings are achieved through reductions in contracting activity, greater ability to forecast work effort, and productivity gains through greater investment in workforce skills and infrastructure.“This initiative will provide industry with the predictability, certainty and stability that it needs to achieve efficiencies and provide job security for, and investment in, its workforce. “This new contracting approach is good for industry, it is good for job security and development, it is good for Navy, and it is good for Australian taxpayers who rightly demand maximum efficiency from every dollar spent on Australia’s defence.”Contract negotiations are expected to be finalised by June 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; View post tag: class Industry newslast_img read more

Triple C initiative inspires outdoor activity

first_imgLocal youths have a new opportunity to engage in the outdoors through Triple C, an initiative founded by Victoria Lam, a Notre Dame Ph.D. student in biology. Triple C – which stands for camping, climbing and cameras – is a “501(c)3 backed program that takes a three-pronged approach to connecting youth to the outdoors,” according to the organization’s Facebook page. The initiative brings together the Notre Dame Climbing Club, the Robinson Community Learning Center and La Casa de Amistad to provide local youths with photography lessons and outings, a stream ecology trip to Juday Creek and a rock climbing trip to Grand Ledge, Mich. Lam said she was inspired to start the initiative by Lisa Coleman-Puhvel, co-director and chief instructor of Yo! Basecamp, an organization that teaches rock climbing to youths in California. “I learned that [Coleman-Puhvel] has a wonderful program … serving children from the Tenderloin, an inner-city neighborhood in my hometown of San Francisco,” Lam said. “I found the work of her organization to be incredibly inspiring and felt that engagement in the outdoors would be a wonderful way too reach out to our community here in South Bend.” Lam said that 15 children from sixth grade to high school are enrolled in Triple C. She works alongside 12 Notre Dame undergraduates who serve as mentors to the kids throughout the program, five graduate students who volunteer on select days of the program, 56 graduate participants in rock climbing training and four graduate and Ph.D. students who serve as instructors in photography and ecology. “I submitted two grant proposals: one [to the Merrell Pack Project] through Outdoor Nation, a non-profit dedicated to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors … and the other to [Notre Dame] Grad Life [grants program],” Lam said. “Ultimately, we were generously granted funding by ND Grad Life and Merrell Pack Project and were able to provide all the equipment and gear, transportation and digital cameras for the kids to use for the program.” Triple C was chosen for funding from among 200 grant proposals submitted to Outdoor Nation for being part of the “top five that were most innovative, impactful and sustainable projects focusing on increasing outdoor recreation while also creating significant relationships with the environment,” Lam said. Lam, who is studying blood stem cell development and maintenance, said Triple C doesn’t tie in directly with her academic interests, but having served as the Philanthropy Chair for the Biology Graduate Student Organization, she has experience with community involvement programs. Lam said students should be inventive when pursuing their own community involvement initiatives. “In general, I would encourage everyone inspired to start their own initiative to just go out and do it,” Lam said. “There are many grant opportunities available and all you need is an idea you are passionate about and some good friends to help make it happen.” For more information on Triple C, check out Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more

Vincent Kompany on course for Man City return after Belgium appearance

first_imgVincent Kompany seems set to return to action for Manchester City this weekend after playing close to an hour for Belgium on Tuesday. He played 58 minutes without apparent setback as Belgium won 3-1 to secure top spot in Group B and a seeding for next summer’s finals in France. Kompany then delivered a positive update on his condition ahead of City’s Barclays Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday. He told Sky Sports News: “I feel great and I am glad I got to do it. I needed to be part of this. At the same time it’s going again now and I am just looking forward to the next games. “I play for my country and I am proud to do it. There are no small games. I have given everything I have, always, for City. I will carry on doing this and I will do the same for my country.” Kompany’s return, despite the previous reservations of Pellegrini, gives City some positive news after a difficult international break. Sergio Aguero, who scored five against Newcastle on his last City appearance, could be out for a month after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Argentina while David Silva injured his ankle on Spain duty. Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov also took a knock while away with Serbia. The full extent of their injuries will become clear after City have carried out assessments. These latest problems add to a number of issues City already had with Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy having also been sidelined. The influential City captain has missed his club’s last five games with a calf injury and was also declared unfit for international action by his club manager Manuel Pellegrini. But that did not stop him being called up and, after sitting out Saturday’s game in Andorra, the 29-year-old was deemed ready for action in his country’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel in Brussels. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more