Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade first stage complete

first_imgMooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade first stage complete Sunshine Coast CouncilAn important milestone was reached today (April 16) with the completion of the $8.5 million upgrade of Walan Street, between Venning Street and Smith Street in Mooloolaba.The Walan Street upgrade now completes stage one of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade project which will include the widening of Walan Street and Brisbane Road to four traffic lanes, a new Mayes Canal bridge and other intersection and landscape improvements.Division 4 Councillor Joe Natoli said the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade was an important transport project that would improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, improve traffic flow, reduce delays during peak periods and cater for future traffic growth.“We’re preparing now for the anticipated growth in traffic generated by residents, businesses and the attraction of Mooloolaba’s natural features, with daily trips expected to increase from around 61,000 today to more than 90,000 in 2041,” Cr Natoli said.“The upgrade to Walan Street is an important part of this future planning.“Motorists will also benefit from better access to the new ParknGo Mooloolaba Central car park and the new signalised intersection at Walan Street and Naroo Court.“Construction of the highly anticipated upgrade of Stages 2 and 3 of Brisbane Road to four traffic lanes will also soon begin.“It’s wonderful we are now in a position to move onto the Brisbane Road upgrade, which presents an opportunity to enhance the gateway arrival experience into Mooloolaba.“Thanks to the Federal Government’s $12 million funding contribution, we have brought forward the new Mayes Canal Bridge construction.”Stages 2 and 3 will now be built concurrently, with construction starting in May 2021 and anticipated for completion in late 2022.Councillor Natoli said these two stages would see the widening of Brisbane Road from two lanes to four lanes, connecting to Stage 1B Walan Street upgrade.“Located between Walan Street and Kyamba Court, Stages 2 and 3 will include intersection upgrades, provision for cyclists, landscaping and the new Mayes Canal Bridge,” Cr Natoli said.“The new bridge will maintain the same waterway clearance as the current bridge and be a 26.4-metre-wide, four lane bridge with shared pedestrian and cycle paths on both sides.“With Brisbane Road being one of Mooloolaba’s main arteries, we will keep traffic moving while we make this important upgrade.“Council will continue to make every effort to minimise impacts to the local community and businesses during construction however this is a major construction project and some inconvenience is to be expected.“Residents and interested parties will be provided with advance notice of anticipated impacts and will be updated as the project progresses.” /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, car, Central, community, council, court, Federal, federal government, future, Government, Pedestrian, project, QLD, Queensland, Safety, Sunshine Coast, Transportlast_img read more

News Scan for Feb 04, 2015

first_imgDuration of MRSA colonization might be shorter than thoughtThe median duration of colonization with community-based methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ambulatory patients is 21 days, shorter than the previously thought duration of 6 to 9 months, and treatment with clindamycin is associated with more rapid clearance of the infection, say findings of a study published yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The authors, many of them from academic centers and hospitals in Philadelphia, carried out a prospective cohort study of 243 community-based patients presenting at any of five academic hospitals in Pennsylvania between Jan 1, 2010, and Dec 31, 2012, with skin soft-tissue infection (SSTI) that was found to be MRSA.Patients and their household members (total, 803) performed self-sampling (or, for children, sampling by parents) from the nares, axillae, and groin for MRSA colonization every 2 weeks for 6 months. Clearance of the organism was defined as negative results in two consecutive sampling periods.The median duration of MRSA colonization, defined as the period from diagnosis to clearance, was 21 days (95% confidence interval [CI], 19 to 24). In 19.8% of patients, MRSA had not been cleared at 6 months.Clindamycin treatment of SSTI was associated with earlier clearance (hazard ratio [HR], 1.72; 95% CI, 1.28 to 2.30; P < 0.001). Older age was associated with longer colonization (HR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.98 to 1.00; P = 0.010). An increasing number of colonized household members was associated to a borderline-significant degree with a longer duration of colonization of the index case (HR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.71 to 1.01; P = 0.064).The authors say future studies "should examine the predictors of persistent colonization, the impact of prolonged duration of colonization on development of MRSA reinfection, and the potential role of total household decolonization in adults and children" as well as further elucidate the role of clindamycin as treatment. Feb 3 Clin Infect Dis study abstract Trial: One dose of H3N2v vaccine immunogenic in most adultsAn experimental vaccine provided protection against variant H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) after one dose in healthy adults 18 years and older, according to a study yesterday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.H3N2v viruses first emerged in 2011, but concern spiked in the summer of  2012 when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 306 cases. The incidence of known cases has since declined dramatically.The study comprised 211 people, 104 of whom were 18 to 64 years old, and 107 of whom were age 65 and older. Researchers administered two doses of the H3N2v vaccine (15 micrograms of hemagglutinin per dose) 21 days apart to measure serum hemagglutinin inhibition (HAI) titers, neutralizing antibody (Neut Ab) titers, and memory B cell response.HAI titers at or greater than 40 were present in 87% (95% CI, 79%-93%) of those under 65 and 73% (95% CI, 63%-81%) of those 65 and older after 21 days. HAI seroconversion occurred in 51% (95% CI, 41%-61%) of the younger group and 52% (95% CI, 41%-62%) of the older group, but neither seroconversion rate was statistically significant.A Neut Ab response occurred in 91% (95% CI, 84%-96%) of the younger group, and 59% (95% CI, 49%-69%) of this group seroconverted after 21 days. In older group, 82% (95% CI, 73%-89%) had Neut Ab titers, and 67% (95% CI, 57%-77%) seroconverted after 21 days.The authors said that, because 93% of the study population already had antibodies to H3N2v prior to vaccination, one dose of the vaccine should prove effective for a healthy adult population.Feb 3 J Infect Dis study Study: H3N2 viruses isolated from canine nasal swabsChinese researchers found two H3N2 influenza subtypes in pet dogs that contain both human and swine characteristics, according to a study yesterday in Virology Journal.Researchers obtained 261 nasal swabs and 315 blood samples from pet dogs in eight Chinese provinces during 2013. After identifying influenza A canine isolate virus (CIV) in 35 nasal swabs from dogs in Guangxi province, subtyping showed the presence of H3N2 in two samples.During subtyping, the viruses clustered with the human H3N2 Moscow/10/99 strain and most swine flu viruses. All blood samples were negative for CIV.The findings suggest that dogs may be regarded as intermediate H3N2 hosts, even though the virus has not firmly established itself in canine populations, the authors said.Feb 3 J Virol studylast_img read more

British students complete 2,000 mile kayak trip from Grenada to Florida

first_imgBritish students complete 2,000 mile kayak trip from Grenada to Florida  Two British kayakers completed an outstanding feat on Tuesday when their kayak landed on a beach at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Tuesday. The pair, Will McCreadie, 21, and George Parry, 22, were completing a one month, 2,000-mile journey by kayaking from the Eastern Caribbean island-nation of Grenada.McCreadie and Perry, students at Durham University in North-east England made the journey in a 22-foot kayak. They told reporters that they were happy and relieved to have arrived to US shore, and described the voyage as “physical and emotionally taxing.” They said during aspects the voyage they were surrounded by sharks and endured storms and huge waves, and were at different time scared, apprehensive and excited. However, the emotion they were feeling on reaching their final destination was “relief.”Their trip was not non-stop. They said they stopped at different Caribbean islands along the way, rested in lodgings or in hammocks on beaches. They expressed special thanks to those who provided meals and lodging for them on their stops along the way.That’s why the pair were so grateful for the help they said strangers gave them along the way.According to reports, the friends of eight years, accustomed to adventurous driving and cycling trips across countries said the objective of trip, beside the thrill, was to raise funds for their charity – “Get Exploring Trust.” They said the trust is to assist young people to embark on different adventures, especially disadvantaged people who couldn’t afford to fund the adventures of their dreams.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Kenya bars athletes from global travel

first_imgThe pandemic has disrupted other sporting events in North America while soccer matches in Europe have also been hit hard, with many high-profile fixtures taking place in empty stadiums.Related Berlin Marathon – Berlin, Germany – September 29, 2019 General view during the marathon-REUTERS Kenya’s athletics authority said on Thursday it had barred its athletes from traveling to international events due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.Kenya’s athletics authority said on Thursday it had barred its athletes from traveling to international events./ Image by Athletics Kenya.The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization labeled the outbreak a pandemic.More than 126,000 people have been infected globally by the virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements.The East African nation, which has not had a confirmed case of the virus, boasts some of the world’s top athletes, who regularly win medals at premier competitions in Europe, Asia and North America.“Following a directive from the Government of Kenya and due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearance and travel to international events for athletes,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.“In a bid to safeguard the athletes and consequently the country from the virus, we urge all athletes to cancel travel arrangements for the next one month pending further communication.”Bernard Ouma, who coaches 1,500m world champion Timothy Cheruiyot, told Reuters on Thursday: “Collectively we are taking precautions just as the country is taking precautions.“The risk of importation is what we are trying to avoid. So whatever measures are being taken by the authorities we will abide with them.“At the end of the day it’s about health … if by traveling you will get sick, then you avoid traveling.”A host of sporting events around the world have been canceled or postponed as countries try to contain the spread of the virus by discouraging mass gatherings.There are growing concerns that the outbreak may impact this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, though organizers say they are pressing ahead with the schedule.Late on Wednesday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. Global Entrepreneurship Summit:Kenya looking for economic gains Egypt bars Qataris over coronavirus fears Kenya Athletes Shine at Chicago Marathonlast_img read more

UWF Gets A Look At Live-Ball Performance In First Fall Scrimmage

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF football team went through a spirited 70-minute scrimmage at the University Park Artificial Turf Field Friday night.The Argonauts worked through approximately 80 plays that gave the first, second and third team offense and defense a good amount of reps in live ball situations.All four quarterbacks saw time on the field, with redshirt freshman Grey Jackson completing 9-of-18 passes for 125 yards, and graduate transfer Kaleb Nobles throwing for 129 yards on 15-of-23. Each signal caller threw for a score as well.But after the team’s ninth day of preseason practice was in the books, UWF head coach Pete Shinnick praised the effort of his defense on forcing a number of turnovers and keeping the offense from producing many lengthy drives.”We’ve got some pretty good guys playing at a high level on defense,” Shinnick said. “What we’ve seen with our offense, is if they are off, the windows are small and the defense definitely had a great day today.”Lawrence Lee had the big offensive highlight of the night when he collected a deflected ball in traffic and ran uncontested for a 75-yard touchdown score from Jackson on the 15th play of the schedule. Ishmel Morrow led all receivers with eight catches for 89 yards, including a 20-yard score late in the workout.Friday was the teams’ first of two scrimmages in fall camp. On Thursday, UWF will host Fan Day in conjunction with a 7 p.m. scrimmage on campus.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more