Travel Budget – Three Bears Band B http://threebearsbandb.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:56:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://threebearsbandb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Travel Budget – Three Bears Band B http://threebearsbandb.com/ 32 32 Tim Pallas says Labor election promises pass cost test https://threebearsbandb.com/tim-pallas-says-labor-election-promises-pass-cost-test/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:45:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/tim-pallas-says-labor-election-promises-pass-cost-test/ The Council of Small Business Organizations Australia reiterated its concerns about federal industrial relations legislation. Chief executive Alexi Boyd said more consultation is needed on the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill, which is at the center of a deadlock in federal parliament. “While we support some aspects of the proposed bill, we need to tackle […]]]>

The Council of Small Business Organizations Australia reiterated its concerns about federal industrial relations legislation.

Chief executive Alexi Boyd said more consultation is needed on the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill, which is at the center of a deadlock in federal parliament.

“While we support some aspects of the proposed bill, we need to tackle the wall of complexity that small businesses face when employing people,” she said.

Alexi Boyd, CEO of the Council of Small Business Organizations Australia. Olive + Maeva

“They are competing with big companies for talent in an already tight workforce. They don’t need more obstacles to jump through.

“We hear loud and clear that there are serious concerns among small businesses about the multi-employer bargaining aspect proposed in the bill. We ask that aspects of multi-employer bargaining be removed from the current bill.

Labor want the Bill to pass Parliament next week, but ACT independent David Pocock is not yet on board.

“Fundamentally, we don’t want this bill to add another layer of complexity to an already multi-layered IR system, which will discourage small businesses from employing more people and potentially stifle growth,” Boyd said.

“The true implications of this bill are not known. We ask the government to allow time and process for the impact to be discussed and understood. »

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Council backs independent review to improve travel support for children https://threebearsbandb.com/council-backs-independent-review-to-improve-travel-support-for-children/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:50:40 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/council-backs-independent-review-to-improve-travel-support-for-children/ November 21, 2022 Members of Cheshire East Council’s Children and Families Committee have agreed to push ahead with plans to improve and modernize travel support for children and young people in the borough following an independent review. The impact of inflation and the increased demand for school transport, particularly for children with special educational needs […]]]>

November 21, 2022

Members of Cheshire East Council’s Children and Families Committee have agreed to push ahead with plans to improve and modernize travel support for children and young people in the borough following an independent review.

The impact of inflation and the increased demand for school transport, particularly for children with special educational needs and disabilities, as well as the shortage of drivers, a reduction in the number of transport operators and the Fuel costs have all put pressure on the council’s budget.

At the time of the review, Cheshire East Council provided travel support for 3,557 children and young people with a budget of around £11million. The current estimated £2.5m pressure on this budget is set to increase further by the end of the financial year.

In May this year, the council appointed Edge Public Solutions to explore options to reduce pressure on the travel assistance budget and improve the customer experience. All with the aim of providing recommendations that will sustainably support the travel of children and young people over the next three years.

The independent review includes the following recommendations:

  • The creation of an integrated travel team, an integrated travel offer, policy and strategic direction;
  • Greater use of software to provide efficient routes to meet passenger needs and better use of suppliers;
  • Develop the procurement market with better competition, efficient and innovative procurement;
  • Strong governance and clear accountabilities, with an improved budget and performance culture; and
  • Changing the offer to provide “travel solutions”, including increased use of personal travel budgets

Cllr Kathryn Flavell 250x350Councilor Kathryn Flavell, Member responsible for children and families at Cheshire East Council, said: ‘I welcome the debate and consideration of these proposals to advance improvements to this important service, as the current arrangements are unsustainable. .

“I also welcome the extensive review undertaken by Edge Public Solutions, which highlighted that we are no different from other councils in trying to keep up with growing demand and shrinking supply.

“The Children and Families Committee has approved proposals to advance initial transformation plans, realize cost savings and establish an integrated travel support team.

“The needs of children and young people will absolutely be at the heart of the plans. We know that for some young people, travel training that provides hands-on support to get around by bus, on foot or by bike can help them get around independently and without fear, so they can get to school or college. Others require door-to-door service to meet their needs.

“I recognize that the proposals will bring about change for some of our children and families, and we are committed to working with parents, children, schools and other stakeholders to develop these new ways of working.

“We are going through extremely difficult times financially, but I want to stress that we are required by law to make arrangements for some children to go to school.

“We are investing in more school places to help more children attend a local school, reducing the need to travel and supporting a healthy lifestyle by walking or cycling where appropriate. . »

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Multnomah County Budget Office projects deficit for fiscal year 2024 amid risk of recession, inflation and higher personnel costs https://threebearsbandb.com/multnomah-county-budget-office-projects-deficit-for-fiscal-year-2024-amid-risk-of-recession-inflation-and-higher-personnel-costs/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:18:25 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/multnomah-county-budget-office-projects-deficit-for-fiscal-year-2024-amid-risk-of-recession-inflation-and-higher-personnel-costs/ November 18, 2022 The Multnomah County Budget Office released an update to its five-year budget outlook on Tuesday, November 15, forecasting a growing gap between revenue and expenditure in the latest General Fund forecast. The five-year forecast helps the County Board of Commissioners assess the long-term financial implications and stability of current and proposed policies […]]]>

November 18, 2022

The Multnomah County Budget Office released an update to its five-year budget outlook on Tuesday, November 15, forecasting a growing gap between revenue and expenditure in the latest General Fund forecast.

The five-year forecast helps the County Board of Commissioners assess the long-term financial implications and stability of current and proposed policies and programs. The forecast calls for a deficit of $2.6 million for fiscal year 2024, which begins July 1, 2023 and lasts until June 30, 2024. The deficit is expected to reach $15.4 million by fiscal year 2028 .

Business income and property tax collections are steady, said county economist Jeff Renfro. But they may be offset by factors such as increases in personnel costs in light of new collective agreements, growing recession risks and continued uncertainty about inflation.

“I will just say that now I think we are more likely to have a recession than not,” Renfro said. “And we incorporate that into some of our assumptions.”

Additionally, one-time funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, which supported a series of poverty, homelessness and health programs during the pandemic, is about to expire. President Deborah Kafoury said that while this funding was “fabulous and essential to providing services in our community,” the fiscal impact of continuing some of these programs would also increase costs.

Contradictions in the face of a growing risk of recession

While the most recent data shows inflation may be cooling, Renfro said, the Federal Reserve could keep interest rates higher longer than initially expected to ensure inflation falls. Each month that passes with higher interest rates increases the risk of recession, Renfro said.

Renfro noted that corporate profits rose massively during the most recent phase of the pandemic. This can in part be attributed to companies cutting costs by reducing the size of their physical space. But in the future, Renfro said, he expects increased pressure from inflation and rising personnel costs. Reduced profits would reduce county tax revenue.

In fiscal year 2023, Renfro said, the county could see its business income tax revenue decline 12% from the prior year.

The contradiction, Renfro said, is that household incomes continue to rise. Households have more savings than in the past. This means that households can continue to stimulate consumption, which is good for the economy.

Job growth in Multnomah County now exceeds growth in comparable metropolitan areas. Oregon has surpassed its pre-pandemic unemployment levels, and the county is expected to follow suit soon.

“Right now we’re basically at record highs (of unemployment),” Renfro said.

Inflation and rising interest rates have also reduced housing affordability, hitting low-income households the hardest. The decline in housing affordability will be exacerbated by increases in medium-term interest rates, as the slowdown makes the shortage worse. Data from the new Budget Office Data Library, created by County College intern Pari Magphanthang, confirmed these already existing disparities.

Curator Jessica Vega Pederson said rising interest rates underscore the need “to mitigate these disproportionate impacts through congressional action such as housing assistance, child support, or construction loans.”

Airport travel rebounds, but uncertainty remains over downtown business trends

The arrival of the pandemic has devastated domestic air travel at Portland International Airport. Since then, air transport has returned to a more traditional seasonal cycle, although at a lower level than before. Today, air transport, also affected by inflation, is about the same as ten years ago.

But even though air travel has been slow to recover, motor vehicle rental tax collections have returned to normal. This is because rental car prices are higher. Motor vehicle tax revenues also rebounded to normal levels.

“My hypothesis for the future is that, as supply chain issues and the rise priceproblems start to unwind, we’ll continue to get some kind of incremental traffic growth through Portland International Airport,” Renfro said.

Renfro noted surprising uncertainty in the downtown Portland commercial market. Many spaces, especially downtown, remain under lease even if they are not occupied on a regular basis. It’s unclear what will happen to the commercial real estate market as more and more of these leases expire.

Based on the structure of the county’s property tax system, Renfro said, the risk to the county’s commercial real estate market registry is somewhat limited. But property taxes make up 60% of county revenue, so even a small change will have an effect.

Regarding the use of commercial rental spaces in the city center, Curator Lori Stegmann said. “I know our board and other jurisdictions have had conversations about whether there should be some type of future incentive for commercial real estate to be converted to multifamily (housing), so more to come on that.”

On December 9, the Budget Office will release its annual budget handbook and guidance to help departments prepare their budgets for fiscal year 2024. Then, on February 13, 2023, departments will submit their budgets to the Budget Directorate. On February 24, the Budget Office will publish these program offers online.

The Budget Office will also release two other budget forecasts: one in March 2023 and one in May. On April 27, the president’s office will publish its draft budget, which is scheduled for adoption on June 18.

Commissioner Susheela Jayapal thanked Renfro for helping council think through all the factors that shape the county’s fiscal outlook.

“You do such a good job of clearly explaining these very difficult concepts,” she said. “Constantly managing all this uncertainty must be something of an economist’s nightmare.”

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Deluxe for Less: How to Plan a Luxurious Vacation on a Budget | Mercury of Illawarra https://threebearsbandb.com/deluxe-for-less-how-to-plan-a-luxurious-vacation-on-a-budget-mercury-of-illawarra/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:15:19 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/deluxe-for-less-how-to-plan-a-luxurious-vacation-on-a-budget-mercury-of-illawarra/ Making a few adjustments to your accommodation and making sure you plan well in advance will be hugely beneficial to how your vacation goes. Image from Shutterstock. So you plan a luxury vacation and try to work out all the issues to get the best value before you go. How exciting, there is only one […]]]>
Making a few adjustments to your accommodation and making sure you plan well in advance will be hugely beneficial to how your vacation goes. Image from Shutterstock.

So you plan a luxury vacation and try to work out all the issues to get the best value before you go. How exciting, there is only one problem, this money is quite limited.

Fear not though, we’re here to help, just because you’re not a multi-billionaire doesn’t mean you should miss out on the high life. In this article, we’ll teach you how to make a few minor changes to your planning period that will ensure you have the glorious and opulent trip you’ve been dreaming of.

So follow us and pack your bags, let’s go.

Go during a low season

Never underestimate the power of the offseason. Not only will hotels and accommodation in general be cheaper, but so will tours, restaurants and activities. So rather than having to sacrifice a beautiful and luxurious stay at your destination of choice, you can have it all.

Low season also makes the vibe of your trip feel more luxurious, there’s less crazy rushing and fewer crazy crowds, you can walk around without the hassle of hordes of people passing you by.

What’s better than that? You get a drastically reduced trip without the long queues and waiting times, sign up with us.

Set a budget you can stick to

Oddly enough, a budget is one of the most essential elements of a luxury vacation.

While you might be tempted to err on the side of caution and just spend, spend, spend, or maybe just go the “we’ll see how we do” route, this can often lead to overspending at the start of a vacation, leaving you with nothing at the end.

During the planning phase of your getaway figure out a number that you know is actually viable, then it’s simple, all you have to do is fill in the gaps, how much of that budget will go to accommodation, how much will go to food? Will you have an “emergency” fund?

Once all of these questions have been answered, your vacation will feel extra high end, there will be no unnecessary scrambling at the end of the trip, and no high debt to fall back on.

Reserve in advance

Booking anything last minute is a death sentence for your wallet. In the case of accommodation or tourism, they know that tourists are desperate for those last few places and as a result prices go up.

And, even if not, the only options left are often the most expensive, a week’s stay in the penthouse suite, anyone? That’s why you need to get organized much sooner rather than later.

As soon as the idea of ​​a vacation is mentioned, start setting up the logistics. Although it may only seem like a pipe dream, if you have a general idea of ​​where you would like to stay and what you would like to do, it will make things a lot easier if the trip comes to fruition.

Look at places off the beaten path

While Hawaii looks like a dream and London would be beautiful this time of year, why not spend most of your time somewhere a little left of center? It’s so rewarding in so many ways.

First of all, you will be without the hustle and bustle of other tourists everywhere, taking up space among all the main attractions. Not only is this frustrating, but it can be detrimental financially and in terms of time. Tourist attractions will have high prices because they know the demand is there and therefore unsuspecting or desperate travelers are likely to pay anything.

And, even if you somehow manage to avoid the deadly cost, long lines for just about anything you want to see could mean you miss out on seeing something else, and before that you didn’t realize it, your vacation is over and you’ve only seen half of what you wanted.

Choosing to travel somewhere a little less well-known eliminates many of these issues. The high prices are often considerably reduced and therefore you can travel in a slightly more luxurious way, without breaking the bank.

Take cheaper alternatives

When you’re on a budget, sometimes you have to cut a few corners, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to feel like you’ve made it. When it comes to accommodations, many are looking for a lavish trip, and many will try to book the most expensive of hotels to try and satisfy that lavish feeling.

This can go a number of ways, either the hotel is booked, but the remaining budget takes a hit in order to afford this grand cost. Or, the hotel is not booked because it is too expensive and you end up in a lesser space that leaves a lot to be desired.

None of these solutions seem ideal, so why not think left of center and try to stay in rental houses or apartments instead? You can end up living in a much bigger and more comfortable space for a much lower price. Additionally, living in a house or apartment opens up a number of neighborhoods that aren’t available when you limit your horizons to just a hotel.

Enjoy feeling like a local as you leave your chic abode each morning ready for a day of sightseeing.

So, as you can see, it really isn’t that hard to make a few little tweaks that will allow you to live the high life longer. Making a few adjustments to your accommodation and making sure you plan well in advance will be hugely beneficial to how your vacation goes.

Remember that you can still have opulence on a budget, it may take a little more forethought. So, you’ve made it, you’ve heard the ropes, and now you’re ready to go for that luxury getaway you’ve always dreamed of.

Don’t forget the SPF and at least five pairs of underwear, see you on the plane.

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A guide to traveling the world as a plus-size person https://threebearsbandb.com/a-guide-to-traveling-the-world-as-a-plus-size-person/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 15:01:59 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/a-guide-to-traveling-the-world-as-a-plus-size-person/ Milos, GreeceManuel Breva Colmeiro/Getty Images 5. Travel comfortably It’s always best to avoid jeans or restrictive clothing when traveling, especially on long-haul flights. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or car, comfortable clothing is a must. Lightweight t-shirts with leggings (my favorite are the Girlfriend Collective leggings which run up to UK size 30) and […]]]>

Milos, GreeceManuel Breva Colmeiro/Getty Images

5. Travel comfortably

It’s always best to avoid jeans or restrictive clothing when traveling, especially on long-haul flights. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or car, comfortable clothing is a must. Lightweight t-shirts with leggings (my favorite are the Girlfriend Collective leggings which run up to UK size 30) and unitards worn with an oversized shirt or H&M jumper are your best bet. It will help keep you cool and comfortable during the trip.

6. Be smart when packing your shoes

As someone who has wide and tall feet, I have to be careful when packing shoes because shoes can take up a lot of space in luggage, especially during winter travel. While you’re packing, decide what types of shoes you’ll need and how many outfits you can wear them with. I normally pack a pair of Chelsea boots, a pair of Converse sneakers (not only do they go with ANY outfit, but they’re wide and super comfy), a pair of chunky heels, and two pairs of flat sandals.

7. Express yourself

It’s quite common for tall people to keep quiet or apologize for their bodies when faced with a difficult situation abroad. Instead of talking, we tend to shrink down and do whatever we can to distract from our weight. It’s important to remember that we have as much right to travel as anyone else, and that means standing up for ourselves if we get so uncomfortable.

It’s easier said than done, but anything from asking a tour guide to walk more slowly on a guided tour; asking a flight attendant if you can move to a spare empty seat if you’re uncomfortable, or asking hotel and restaurant staff for larger seats without armrests can make a huge difference to your travel experience. You’ll find that people are nicer than you think, and most will be happy to try to accommodate you where they can.

8. Have fun

No one wants to pay to feel insecure and depressed on vacation, and spending the majority of the time comparing our bodies to others can be incredibly exhausting. When I go to hot destinations and want to go to the beach, I buy swimsuits that give me incredible confidence. Remember that the size of the swimsuit does not matter – what matters is that you feel comfortable and confident. Simply Be offers a wide range of well-fitting plus size swimwear and beachwear in a variety of different styles and designs.

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As the rebooted series enjoys international success, now is the time for a big-budget Doctor Who game https://threebearsbandb.com/as-the-rebooted-series-enjoys-international-success-now-is-the-time-for-a-big-budget-doctor-who-game/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/as-the-rebooted-series-enjoys-international-success-now-is-the-time-for-a-big-budget-doctor-who-game/ Doctor Who regenerates. When I say that, I’m not just talking about the in-universe concept of the main character’s cells growing back to cheat death, the canon rationale for a cast change. I’m talking about the series as a whole: it transforms, changes. It’s about to be something very different and very new, with a […]]]>

Doctor Who regenerates. When I say that, I’m not just talking about the in-universe concept of the main character’s cells growing back to cheat death, the canon rationale for a cast change. I’m talking about the series as a whole: it transforms, changes. It’s about to be something very different and very new, with a touch of the familiar all the same.

We deserve better than anything.

It’s not that uncommon with Doctor Who. More so than with its longtime American rival Star Trek, the “blue box show” can be divided quite neatly into eras based on the creative teams in charge and the actors portraying the Doctor. Still, it’s a bigger change than most – partly because it marks the return of legendary TV writer Russell T Davies to the top job as showrunner, but also and more importantly because he sees the series welcomed by American money and influence.

Davies’ return is significant because he was the man who revived the show in 2005 after more than a decade away, continuing to deliver one of the show’s biggest hits. He’s also a savvy writer, deftly weaving biting real-world commentary into family-friendly sci-fi adventures. But the money, naturally, is even more important – and this time Doctor Who has Disney’s backing.

The Edge of Time was… OK.

Famous for its wonky sets and dodgy CGI, the concept is quite simple: the BBC retains overall creative control and will air the show in the UK, but it will get a cash injection and stream worldwide via Disney+. . Disney’s influence offers a huge cash injection, with UK broadcast industry magazines reporting it will be effective triple the show’s budget, turning it into a £100million series.

This is all a big deal for Doctor Who on TV, but I also think it opens up an interesting conversation in games. It’s for a simple reason: mechanically and tonally, the world of Doctor Who is fertile ground for video games – and it’s barely been explored.

It’s time for the Doctor(s) to get the payback they deserve.

There have been games since the 2005 reboot, of course, and there are old games from the 80s too. the show – mainly in the UK. A game, for Wii, was big enough to justify paying the actors for voice work and for releasing a Wii Remote in the form of the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver tool, but at the same time not big enough to release anywhere else than in the UK and Australia.

The most recent major swing was The Edge of Time, a VR game that also got an early and early non-VR port as The Edge of Reality. This version had some interesting ideas and great vocal performances from two different TV doctors – but again felt quite consistently held back by the fact that it had big ambitions and probably a pretty slim budget. It also didn’t help its release alongside an era of the series that had near-catastrophic levels of popularity. But with this new deal, that could all change.

The reason I think Doctor Who is great for video games isn’t just because I’m a fan of the show, for my sins – it’s because of the way the show is structured. Its ability to go anywhere and do anything across genres is a perfect place for a creative development team to flex its imaginative muscles. The Doctor’s nature as a hero is also different from most – ready to blow stuff up once in a while, but also focused on intellect and non-violence – but in a rambling way, rather than a sort of Starfleet buzz and conference. The character is painfully British in style and execution – which still sets them apart in the genre.

The post-Jodie Whittaker era Who is about to be blind.

Although he’s so unique and so important, the great thing is that the Doctor doesn’t have to be the leader! That’s what The Edge of Time got right – understanding that the audience’s lofty dream in Doctor Who isn’t necessarily to be the Doctor, it’s to be with the Doctor. It’s different from Star Trek, where people want to be the captain, not a red shirt. In Doctor Who, companion characters are always the audience’s entry point – and that provides space for a perfect player insert character for any video game. It also decouples the game’s protagonist from any weird canonical red lines that the Doctor wouldn’t cross, in terms of the actions available to the player. It has been explored, but always with a limited budget, a high degree of stupidity and very little success.

There are many ways I could see this manifesting. A Telltale-style adventure game would be a perfect fit for the series. So would an action-adventure game filled with puzzles and bizarre combat. Perhaps most interesting would be a game that uses the TARDIS’s ability to travel anywhere to provide a genre-hopping experience that transforms mechanically and maybe even visually as you travel to different locations and face different threat. That’s really my point: the budget was never really there to fully utilize and exploit this property. I apologize for continuing to insist on the comparison, but Doctor Who is much more fertile ground for video game concepts than Star Trek, which really only functions as a pick-and-choose adventure or Bridge Crew. Like on TV, the show’s greatest strength is its sheer, unstoppable breadth.

Hopefully this Disney+ deal can unlock all of that. If the show’s new creative team gets its way, and Disney’s money is well spent, Doctor Who could quickly become one of the biggest family shows on TV – if not one of the biggest shows overall. . If this happens, a video game is practically necessary. It’s probably when, not if, now. I just hope he can live up to his potential.

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Labor defense budget spells out hard truths https://threebearsbandb.com/labor-defense-budget-spells-out-hard-truths/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 23:11:18 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/labor-defense-budget-spells-out-hard-truths/ The Albanian government’s first budget since winning the election in May was not designed to focus on Australia’s security situation or defense spending. Tasked with sharing Australia’s difficult economic situation with the Australian public, the budget had more immediate fish to fry. For Australians who wanted to see an increase in defense spending, it was […]]]>

The Albanian government’s first budget since winning the election in May was not designed to focus on Australia’s security situation or defense spending. Tasked with sharing Australia’s difficult economic situation with the Australian public, the budget had more immediate fish to fry.

For Australians who wanted to see an increase in defense spending, it was not this budget as it would have directly undermined existing defense reviews due in a few months. Certainly, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said the government will do whatever is necessary to ensure Australia has the defense force it needs in these strategically uncertain times.

But, as I explain in the latest edition of ASPI’s defense budget brief, the October budget documents give no indication of how much the government is willing to spend on this. While the strategic defense review under Stephen Smith and Angus Houston is carrying out its work and is not due to report until March next year, the government is sticking to the funding line inherited from the March budget of his predecessor. It is an artifact of the 2016 Defense White Paper, a document drawn up in another era and quickly overtaken by events.

Defense is therefore on standby while the government keeps its powder dry and waits for Smith and Houston (noting that their interim report was recently delivered to the government). He no doubt had conversations with review officials indicating his comfort zone for additional spending, but that has not been made public.

What we can tell from the information in this budget is that any increase in defense spending will require a difficult reprioritization. Although the government has received a revenue windfall this year due to high commodity prices, these are expected to return to normal. And with the government pledging to deliver the tax cuts agreed to by its predecessor, its revenues are under further pressure. At the same time, he faces five mounting spending pressures: interest on the growing debt, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, health care, elderly care and defence, above all increasing the existing defense funding line. The result is a forecast of deficit spending for the next 10 years.

This is not a good situation for review officials. They are tasked with delivering new military acquisitions faster over the next decade, but the existing acquisition plan is likely already unaffordable (without increased spending), with many entirely new capabilities or costly replacement projects. And with nuclear-powered submarines and frigates on the untouchable list, the challenge of delivering sooner becomes even more difficult, as these two programs will consume tens of billions of dollars over the next decade before they even deliver their first ships.

On top of that, inflation is rapidly eroding Defense purchasing power by billions of dollars every year. By the end of the forward estimates, Defense could have lost about $18 billion in purchasing power, even if inflation quickly returns to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s target rate. These are the predictions of the budget documents, but these predictions have not been very accurate in recent years.

This year, despite nominal growth of more than 7% in defense spending, real growth is less than 1% once inflation is taken into account (although, inflation being difficult to predict, it is also difficult to reliably quantify actual growth). It is hard to imagine that Defense can afford its ambitious acquisition program with an essentially static budget in real terms.

Inflation is also driving nominal GDP growth at an expected rate of 8% this year. This means that defense spending is falling as a percentage of GDP for the second year in a row despite the government providing the funding forecast in the 2016 white paper and the 2020 update. Planned defense spending has also fallen significantly just since the March budget, rising from 2.11% to 1.96% of GDP, although the funding line remains basically unchanged.

In summary, there is no pot of gold available to cover increased defense spending. That’s not to say the government can’t or won’t increase defense spending, but any increase will require either higher taxes (which seems unlikely, since the government is continuing the tax cuts planned by its predecessor ), either more borrowing (accelerating the vicious cycle of debts and deficits) or cuts in other priorities that have their own clientele.

When we look at the three main areas of Defense spending—capital acquisitions, personnel, and sustainment—there have been no significant changes since the March budget. With the Australian dollar at a 20-year low against the US dollar, the defense budget has received a large automatic top-up to maintain purchases, but there are no adjustments to offset inflation.

There are some spending changes, but they are broadly in line with what we would see in a mid-year budget update. For those tracking capability, the top 30 acquisition projects and sustainment products contain some interesting information, but the lists are fairly consistent with previous plans. We will have to wait for the results of the strategic review to see anything new.

Similarly, there have been no adjustments to the Defense personnel allocation since March. But that still means the Australian Defense Force needs to find around 13,000 more people this decade to harness the capabilities of its shopping list, even though it has only managed to grow by an average of 300 a year since the white paper. of 2016. Smith and Houston may have to consider whether it makes sense to get abilities the ADF can’t equip, or at least how the ADF can maximize its combat power without a lot of extra people. Of course, another HR strategy is based on “If you build it, they will come”.

The situation is also difficult with civilian and external defense personnel. To carry out its ambitious capability program, Defense has relied on a growing number of subcontractors. They have helped Defense spend record sums on its acquisition programs in recent years, despite the impact of Covid-19; however, they come at a cost. This growth may be over; in the October budget, the government is seeking $144.6 million “in external labor savings and savings on advertising, travel and legal costs.” That’s not a large percentage of Defense’s total budget, but if it means the organization can’t hire the people it needs to run the acquisition program, it’s hard to see how Defense will provide more capacity sooner.

Overall, while there were no surprises, the budget didn’t make it easy for Smith and Houston.

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BACKGROUNDER: Biden-Harris Administration Makes Historic Investment in US National Labs, Announces Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative https://threebearsbandb.com/backgrounder-biden-harris-administration-makes-historic-investment-in-us-national-labs-announces-net-zero-game-changers-initiative/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/backgrounder-biden-harris-administration-makes-historic-investment-in-us-national-labs-announces-net-zero-game-changers-initiative/ Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced $1.5 billion under President Biden’s Cut Inflation Act to build and upgrade America’s National Laboratories and advance American leadership in fields of science, research and innovation. Strengthening our national laboratories will increase economic growth, create well-paying local jobs, and help attract the skilled workers needed to develop clean energy solutions […]]]>

Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced $1.5 billion under President Biden’s Cut Inflation Act to build and upgrade America’s National Laboratories and advance American leadership in fields of science, research and innovation. Strengthening our national laboratories will increase economic growth, create well-paying local jobs, and help attract the skilled workers needed to develop clean energy solutions and other technologies that will reduce costs for families, improve the lives of people and respond to the climate crisis. Additionally, the White House announced a new report that identifies five initial priorities that will help the United States meet the President’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 50-52 percent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions. no later than 2050. To drive innovation in these technologies, the administration is also today launching the Net-Zero Game Changers initiative.

President Biden’s economic plan has secured transformational investments in American-made clean energy, including wind, solar, electric vehicles, batteries, and more. Investing in these made-in-USA solutions is essential to ensuring that the United States remains the global leader in clean technology and that American workers and communities benefit from the historic economic opportunities and well-paying jobs that come from building a clean energy economy. American investments in scientific research, including through our system of world-class national laboratories, are central to America’s economic competitiveness and enable innovation across the economy. Today’s funding announcements will provide a long-awaited boost to 13 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories that have been at the heart of major scientific discoveries and continue to be essential to advancing safety energy, economic and national of the United States.

Increased funding for National Laboratories under the Cut Inflation Act will support innovative research in clean technologies, including those identified by the Game Changers Initiative. These investments will help the United States meet its climate goals while reducing energy costs for American families, advancing America’s energy security, and creating well-paying jobs.

Today, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation John Podesta, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for Energy Sally Benson , and other senior White House and administration officials will highlight these announcements at the state Department of Energy. State-of-the-art Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.

Today’s announcements include:

Increased infrastructure funding for national laboratories: The US DOE announced $1.5 billion for fiscal year 2022 to build and upgrade science facilities, upgrade infrastructure, and address deferred maintenance projects at its Office of Science-run national laboratories. This historic investment will help advance the Biden-Harris administration’s vision to use solutions-focused research and innovation to address the nation’s greatest challenges and achieve the President’s ambitious climate goals. Projects include continuing to build everything from state-of-the-art electron colliders to the world’s fastest supercomputers, as well as upgrading critical electrical, fire safety and HVAC systems infrastructure to ensure laboratories DOE nationals are modern, safe, energy efficient and reliable.

For more information on the new funding for national laboratories, click here.

Advancing the Game Changers Initiative: The Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative is accelerating game-changing climate innovations by helping the United States meet the President’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. To kick off the initiative, the White House Office of Climate Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Office of Management and Budget are jointly releasing a new report, American innovation to meet 2050 climate goals, which describes 37 breakthrough R&D opportunities identified in federal agencies. Priorities include opportunities for short-term gains, investments in underserved communities through the Justice40 initiative, and long-term transformation of the energy system. The Administration will kick-start clean energy innovation with five near-term priorities:

  • Efficient heating and cooling of buildings: Building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is responsible for more than half of the energy use of residential buildings and almost one-fifth of the energy use of commercial buildings. While buildings in the United States have become more efficient in recent years, most existing heating and cooling equipment is still inefficient and uses climate-warming refrigerants, which harm consumers and contribute to climate change. Innovative technologies such as highly efficient heat pumps and advanced refrigerants could solve many problems simultaneously. In addition to GHG reductions, the benefits of successful innovation for efficient heating and cooling include significantly reducing indoor air pollution, tripling or quadrupling energy efficiency, boosting manufacturing national security, supporting well-paying jobs in our communities, promoting national and energy security, and reducing household consumption. energy bills. Additional innovation — coupled with financial incentives from President Biden’s Cut Inflation Act — will help reduce the upfront costs of these devices and make the clean option the easier option.
  • Aviation Net-Zero: Greenhouse gas emissions from air travel are expected to rise in the United States and around the world. At the same time, aviation – especially long-distance travel – is one of the toughest sectors for emissions reductions today. There are several options for cleaner aviation, including new carbon-neutral fuels, advanced biofuels, and electrification (including battery-electric and fuel-cell concepts). The U.S. public and private sectors are also exploring entirely new concepts for air travel, such as small electric vertical take-off and landing planes. Innovation will make zero-emission fuels and vehicles competitive with today’s aviation, while reducing the aviation industry’s reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Net zero electricity network and electrification: The original US electrical grid was not designed for today’s needs, including supporting widespread electrification of vehicles, new appliances, and industrial processes; deploy renewable energy on a large scale; and withstand the impacts of climate-induced extreme weather conditions. To ensure the availability of clean, affordable and reliable electricity while rapidly electrifying new parts of the economy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we must fundamentally transform the planning and operations of electricity distribution and transmission networks. 2050. The grid of the future must be able to detect and adapt to changing electricity demand and external factors in real time, while decarbonizing and increasing the total capacity of the grid. In addition to enabling electrification and integration of clean energy sources, these innovations will also reduce the total cost to achieve net-zero emissions across the economy and increase grid resilience.
  • Industrial products and fuels for a net zero circular economy: Industrial processes represent some of the toughest barriers to achieving net zero by 2050. This priority area focuses on new ways to make materials and fuels that reduce GHGs, increase efficiency, and reduce waste. It includes solutions to reduce GHGs and increase the efficiency of industrial process heating, materials production (such as metals, cement, plastics and chemicals) and water treatment processes. It also includes pathways to producing net-zero electrofuels – synthetic fuels made from clean electricity – that could be used as energy-dense transportation fuels. Advanced industrial processes also include the systems and technological innovations required for energy-intensive water treatment processes such as desalination and wastewater treatment. Producing all of these materials and fuels in a net zero economy will require the development of innovative chemicals, the strengthening of supply chains, and the design of processes and products to provide the same or better services to people who care about recycling and reuse.
  • Large Scale Fusion Energy: Fusion, the same process that powers the sun and stars, has the potential to transform the energy system. This could provide clean, reliable electricity in abundance anywhere in the United States or the world, and could create a whole new industry and the associated workforce. Fusion could potentially meet much of the demand for electricity and help eliminate GHG emissions from energy-intensive industrial processes, synthetic fuel production and desalination. For these reasons, it could have impacts far beyond electricity generation. Because it relies on abundant, clean fuel sources, it can benefit national security and improve air quality in areas historically burdened by fossil fuel generation.

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Live news: UK house prices fall in October as borrowing costs rise https://threebearsbandb.com/live-news-uk-house-prices-fall-in-october-as-borrowing-costs-rise/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:08:55 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/live-news-uk-house-prices-fall-in-october-as-borrowing-costs-rise/ Chinese regulators have banned celebrities from endorsing a host of products, including tobacco products, off-campus tutoring, infant formula, healthcare and medical products. The new rules, released Monday afternoon by the State Administration for Market Regulation and six other groups, will curtail the lucrative world of celebrity endorsements, which has been plagued by high-profile scandals in […]]]>

Chinese regulators have banned celebrities from endorsing a host of products, including tobacco products, off-campus tutoring, infant formula, healthcare and medical products.

The new rules, released Monday afternoon by the State Administration for Market Regulation and six other groups, will curtail the lucrative world of celebrity endorsements, which has been plagued by high-profile scandals in recent years.

The new rules prohibit celebrities from endorsing products through social media, TV ads, live streams or interviews.

“Celebrities should consciously practice socialist core values ​​in their publicity promotion activities,” the rules state. “Activities should be consistent with social morals and traditional virtues.”

The rules include internet influencers in their definition of celebrities, reflecting the increasingly powerful role that live streamers and online personalities can play in promoting products.

Live broadcasters, such as Chu Fei, left, are becoming increasingly influential in China © Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

They also prohibit the promotion of “distorted aesthetics” and the use of images or portraits of party and state leaders or revolutionary heroes.

All celebrity-endorsed products must first be thoroughly tested by them, and test results must be recorded in advance, under the new rules.

Companies should “consciously resist the selection of illegal and immoral celebrities as advertising spokespersons,” they added.

The celebrity endorsement industry has been hit by a series of scandals. Most recently, Li Jiaqi, a live streamer, disappeared from public view for three months after showcasing a tank-shaped cake in a June 3 video, which some analysts said Beijing interpreted as a reference. implicit in the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre the next day.

“If a company knows or should know that a celebrity has made false political or other remarks that violate core socialist values…it must…determine that the relevant advertisement interferes with social stability and order. social public”, the new State rules.

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Save and Splurge: A Restaurant for Every Budget in Boston https://threebearsbandb.com/save-and-splurge-a-restaurant-for-every-budget-in-boston/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/save-and-splurge-a-restaurant-for-every-budget-in-boston/ Time Out Market Boston Time Out, the global media company known for its digital city guides, is behind this sprawling food court on the edge of Boston’s Back Bay. There are 15 food concepts under one roof. Order fried chicken burgers, lobster rolls drizzled with butter, nori-sushi tacos, or Boston cream brioche donuts, then take […]]]>

Time Out Market Boston

Time Out, the global media company known for its digital city guides, is behind this sprawling food court on the edge of Boston’s Back Bay.

There are 15 food concepts under one roof. Order fried chicken burgers, lobster rolls drizzled with butter, nori-sushi tacos, or Boston cream brioche donuts, then take a seat at one of the long communal tables inside or outside. outside. An open kitchen offers a rotating program of guest chef cooking workshops.

If you’re looking for cheap food closer to downtown Boston, check out High Street Place, another stylish food court offering take-out pizza, bowls of bibimbap, canoli and craft beer. See: timeoutmarket.com/boston; highstreetplace.com

Time Out Market offers delicious take-out meals.

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Time Out Market offers delicious take-out meals.

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Pier 6

Visit Pier 6 for fresh New England seafood.

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Visit Pier 6 for fresh New England seafood.

New England is synonymous with seafood like lobster rolls and creamy clam chowder. At Pier 6 in Charlestown, you can try both, plus a full banquet of brackish delicacies transported from the surrounding waters.

At the raw bar, choose from the daily selection of oysters, shrimp cocktail, scallop ceviche or save yourself the hassle and enjoy them all in a convenient shellfish platter for US$140. Enjoy your feast on the sunny upper deck with city views.

The venue sits at the end of a wharf within walking distance of the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel, the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. See: pier6boston.com

The lobster popover at Woods Hill Pier 4.

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The lobster popover at Woods Hill Pier 4.

Woods Hill Pier 4

Terms like grass-fed, dry-aged, locally grown, and sustainably-caught aren’t just buzzwords at this modern restaurant on Boston’s reclaimed waterfront.

Owner Kristin Canty also owns a 360-acre farm 200 km away in New Hampshire that provides the finest cuts of meat and produce ranging from eggs and honey to blueberries and mushrooms.

You can taste the quality of the menu which offers small dishes to share such as crispy lamb chops, aged duck breast and clam crudo. The glass-walled space can accommodate more than 180 guests — but weather permitting, head straight to the lovely open-air patio for water views. See: woodshillpier4.com

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