Naval Group has, under the Future Submarine Program, signed the first phase of the Submarine Design Contract. The Submarine Design Contract is the first contract work scope to be fully executed under the Strategic Partnering Agreement.The scope for this phase of work includes the ongoing maturation of the Attack Class design as it progresses into the next design phase known as the Definition phase.The Submarine Design Contract also includes ongoing preparations for the build of the Attack Class in the Osborne shipyard in South Australia, including ongoing support to Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) for the design and build of the Submarine Construction Yard and the ICT systems that will be employed in there.“There is tremendous continuation and progress being made with the Future Submarine Program,” said Jean-Michel Billig, executive vice president Future Submarine Program, Naval Group.“The signing of the Submarine Design Contract is another significant milestone in the journey of the Future Submarine Program.“Through the execution of this Program, the Naval Group teams in both Australia and France will deliver a sovereign, regionally superior submarine capability to Australia.“In doing so, we will also help build a stronger Australian industrial capability, which will be supported by a skilled and experienced Australian workforce, providing jobs and other economic benefits for decades to come.”The first phase of the Submarine Design Contract is worth $605 million and will extend through to 2021.
The Government have launched a new initiative aimed at tackling the alarming levels of obesity in Ireland, with experts suggesting Ireland are on course to be the fattest nation in the world per capita. The government plan to tax fizzy drinks, while PE has been introduced as a subject on the Leaving Certificate.However, health experts predict that a levy on those who like fizzy drinks will do little to tackle the serious issue of obesity in Ireland. Minister for Health Simon Harris, issued the stark warning that Ireland risks becoming the fattest nation in the world unless some radical changes are made.Minister Harris said obesity is a ‘ticking time-bomb’ and said in some regards the bomb has already been detonated.National eating guidelines, calorie posting legislation and the prioritization of obesity services within HSE plans form part of the plan, which will be implemented over the next decade.A clinical lead to guide obesity policy within the health service will be appointed and a “whole of school” approach to healthy lifestyles is promised in collaboration with the Department of Education. A report in The Irish Times relayed the following information: Sixty per cent of Irish adults, and one in four children, are overweight or obese. The cost to society is estimated at more than €1 billion a year.The State’s foremost obesity expert, Prof Donal O’Shea, said the plan “could not be more different” from the 2006 report of the national obesity taskforce, on which he served. “That plan was dead in the water within the year and we weren’t even allowed hold a meeting to discuss it.”The current plan contains specific targets and timelines and the appetite for tackling obesity is much greater, he said. While he was not happy the sugar tax was not being introduced quickly, he recognised the need for compromise.Prof O’Shea said there are 300 people waiting for weight-reducing surgery in his clinic in Loughlinstown and 150 in another clinic in Galway. This year, he will perform 40 surgeries, the highest number so far, and a second surgeon may be appointed shortly.Mr Harris said there was no question of the plan having been watered down to suit the food industry. The Government was not ruling out legislation in the area, but wanted to begin with a collaborative approach. Legislation requiring restaurants to post the calorie content of meals will be law by the end of next year, his officials confirmed.Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said the new document was a plan with specific timelines and “not designed to sit on the shelf”.Ms Corcoran Kennedy acknowledged she has had to adjust her lifestyle to deal with weight issues. “I never thought I’d look forward to the day when I was overweight, by no longer being obese but I’m on the way there.”Ireland well on course to be the fattest nation in the world was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 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)