In Alaska stop, vice president gets refuel and military briefing

first_imgFederal Government | Military | SouthcentralIn Alaska stop, vice president gets refuel and military briefingFebruary 6, 2018 by Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media Share:Vice President Mike Pence stood alongside Gov. Bill Walker, Gen. Lori Robinson, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, and Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. (Photo by Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)Updated | 2:40 p.m. TuesdayVice President Mike Pence stopped Monday in Alaska on his way to Asia where he’ll lead the U.S. Olympic delegation in South Korea.During his refueling stop at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Pence toured the Alaskan Command Center. He also had a closed-door meeting with Gov. Bill Walker and top military officials, including Gen. Lori Robinson, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves and Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel.Pence took questions from the press inside an airplane hangar at JBER. Standing in front of an F-22 fighter jet, the vice president emphasized Alaska’s role in the American missile defense system.“Alaska is the home of missile defense, for all intents and purposes in the United States, particularly with regard to the rogue regime in North Korea,” Pence said. ” Alaska is ready, and America is ready.”More than 40 of the nation’s ground-based missile interceptors are housed at Fort Greely in Alaska’s Interior.Pence’s visit was a reinforcement of Alaska’s strategic importance, but at the upcoming Olympic Games, North Korean athletes will team up with South Koreans — a move that has eased military tensions on the peninsula.Still, Pence said, the nuclear threat from the North should not be underestimated.“Whatever cooperation that’s existing between North and South Korea on Olympic teams,” Pence said, “does not cloud the reality of a regime that must continue to be isolated by the world community.”The Trump administration has used harsh rhetoric at times against the regime in North Korea.But, as Pence reminded the press at the airplane hangar at JBER, Trump is a talker, so a meeting with members of the regime isn’t completely off the table when he’s in South Korea.“With regard to any interaction with the North Korean delegation, I have not requested a meeting, but we’ll see what happens.”From Alaska, Pence flew to Japan, to meet with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe before continuing on to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.— Emily Russell, Alaska Public MediaU.S. Vice President Mike Pence. (File photo courtesy The White House)Original story | 8:45 a.m. TuesdayIn Alaska stop, vice president gets refuel and military briefingVice President Mike Pence made a stop Monday in Alaska. Share this story: Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180205-01.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pence visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage before continuing on to Japan and South Korea. He’s part of a U.S. delegation that will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea this Friday.But at JBER, part of the vice president’s focus was on sending a message to North Korea.The vice president’s staff said in a written statement last month that Pence’s visit to Alaska and the Korean Peninsula would send a message of American resolve to North Korea’s leaders, as well as one of support for U.S. Olympic athletes and military service members stationed in the region.Pence planned to hear from several different military commanders at JBER, said Capt. Bryant Davis, a spokesperson for the U.S. Alaskan Command.“During his visit, they’ll talk about the strategic importance of Alaska,” Davis said. “And because of our position at the top of the Northern Hemisphere, you really reach pretty much any major location in the Northern Hemisphere within hours by aircraft. So it’s a very strategic and important location for homeland defense and homeland security.”Pence also was set to discuss the ballistic missile defense system, which includes dozens of interceptor missiles at Fort Greely in the Interior designed to guard against the type of nuclear attack that the North Korean regime has threatened in the past.The vice president planned to be on the ground in Alaska for a little less than two hours.— Casey Grove, Alaska Public Medialast_img read more

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China introduces new rules for brokerages to combat stock market rout

first_img China introduces new rules for brokerages to combat stock market rout Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Joe Hall Tags: Chinese economycenter_img Share China’s regulator for securities has issued new rules for brokerage firms as part of its attempt to stabilise markets following a spate of sell-offs that wiped trillions of dollars worth of value from Chinese equities.Read more: How China has tried to calm stock market chaos The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has instructed brokerages to provide stricter proof of identification on holders of securities accounts to prevent investors controlling or sharing multiple accounts.Investors will have to provide their real names and national ID numbers as part of the new rules.In a statement the CSRC said:Some institutional or individual investors hold ‘virtual’ securities accounts or trade with borrowed accounts. As real-name registration is required by the law, this illicit conduct may damage other investors’ legitimate interests.The government of the world’s second-largest economy has issued a series of other measures to combat serious hemorrhages on the Shanghai Stock Exchange resulting in losses exceeding the GDP of France and Mexico.Initial public offerings have been suspended and shareholders with five per cent or more of a company’s stock have been banned from selling for six months in a bid to stablise the market. Sunday 12 July 2015 12:48 pmlast_img read more

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US Army license being awarded to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine raises questions

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What is it? What’s included? GET STARTED US Army license being awarded to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine raises questions About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. A license that the Department of Defense plans to issue to Sanofi Pasteur for a Zika virus vaccine is being questioned by an advocacy group over concerns the product may be priced too high for many Americans, even though it was developed with taxpayer funds. And the issue is being raised as vaccine makers chase what some believe may become a lucrative market.Here’s the backstory: On Dec. 9, the Army placed a brief notice in the Federal Register indicating its intent to give an exclusive license to Sanofi Pasteur, one of the world’s biggest vaccine makers and a unit of the French pharmaceutical company. The move followed months of mounting alarm among public health officials over the spread of Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects. @Pharmalot Ed Silverman [email protected] By Ed Silverman Dec. 22, 2016 Reprints Pharmalot Tags pharmaceuticalsSTAT+VaccinesZika Viruslast_img read more

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No one wants to go back to lockdown. Is there a middle ground for containing Covid-19?

first_imgHealthNo one wants to go back to lockdown. Is there a middle ground for containing Covid-19? First came the freezes.Governors last month started to “press pause” on the next phases of their reopenings as Covid-19 cases picked back up. Now, in certain hot spots, they are starting to roll back some of the allowances they’d granted: no more elective medical procedures in some Texas counties. Bars, only reopened for a short time, are shuttered again in parts of California. And on Monday, Arizona’s governor ordered a new wave of gym, bar, and movie theater closures for at least the next month.These are measured retreats — a far cry from the lockdowns that much of the country burrowed into starting in March. But leaders are desperately hoping that the incremental approach can make a dent in the spread of the virus at a time when another round of lockdowns — and their accompanying disruptions to education, the economy, and the public psyche — seems beyond unpalatable, both politically and socially.advertisement As they try to limit restrictions, officials have zeroed in on a particular type of establishment: bars. There, people crowd together indoors for long periods of time — factors that encourage viral spread. Last month, Idaho health officials identified a cluster of 152 cases that originated from bars and clubs around Boise and shut down all venues in the area. Texas and Florida have similarly reimposed rules on bars.People in their 20s and 30s are also accounting for greater proportions of new infections in Arizona, Texas, and Florida now than at other times and in other places during the U.S. epidemic, leading to speculation that young people are flouting distancing recommendations and packing unsafely into bars.The Trump administration has pointed to the cases among young people, who generally experience milder infections, as well as a nationwide daily death count far below its level in April, to say that the country is not in the same crisis it was in months ago. Administration officials have not rolled out new strategies for mitigating the recent spikes in cases in the South and West.“Younger Americans have been congregating in ways that may have disregarded the guidance that we gave on the federal level,” Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Tags Coronaviruspublic health Even before states began to emerge from their lockdowns, experts were already trying to gauge which cocktail of interventions they could turn to should cases spiral again without having to rely on stay-at-home measures. They hoped more precise interventions — whether focused only on certain communities or business sectors or designed to protect the most vulnerable — could put out flare-ups of cases, a way to balance preventing the spread of Covid-19 from swamping health systems while still sustaining some semblance of society and economic activity.Now, states are going to find out if more targeted approaches can work. If they don’t, and if people don’t embrace other basic precautions like masking and distancing, it could require governors to reinstate even more restrictions. And if communities can’t contain their outbreaks, what might be left is another stay-at-home period — a sign, experts say, that economies won’t function until local epidemics are mitigated.“Cutting a middle ground where people don’t change their behavior is probably not tenable,” said Barry Bloom, an infectious disease expert at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “If people don’t do it voluntarily, then I think you have to start closing things so they don’t have the option of transmitting and being transmitted to.”Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. The challenge is, it can take some time to know if interventions are working. While new steps to keep people away from each other have an immediate effect on transmission, that won’t show up in case counts for some time, given that it can take a few days for a person to start feeling sick, then a few days more to get tested, then a few more to get results. That means infections that are reported a week and half from now have already occurred. And if the new measures aren’t sufficient to reduce transmission, spread will just continue to grow in the interim — though perhaps at a slower rate.Public health experts sometimes liken various interventions to slices of Swiss cheese. One slice — say, suspending sporting events — prevents some transmission, but the virus still has lots of holes to pass through, meaning lots of opportunities to transmit. By layering slices — promoting masks, no theater or concerts, limiting group activities, dining only outside — the idea is to stack enough strategies to cover up the holes left by any one slice and to block the amount of virus that can get through.Lockdowns, then, are like plopping a whole wheel of cheese on the problem. They’ve been shown around the world to dramatically cut rates of transmission, but they also introduce all sorts of economic, social, and health problems that communities want to avoid. Essentially, experts are trying to find the stack of cheese slices that can keep spread from overwhelming hospitals and minimize disease while creating the fewest disruptions to life. @DrewQJoseph Experts are calling for a 9/11-style commission on U.S. coronavirus response. Here’s where it could start They come as Texas, Florida, and other states are seeing record highs in daily coronavirus infections and intensive care units are teetering toward capacity, further proof that the coronavirus will run loose when given the chance. They also raise a serious question: whether such half-measures are sufficiently intensive — and were put in place in time — to have the necessary impact.“This is a good step to getting a handle on the epidemic,” said Ana Bento, a disease ecologist at Indiana University. “It still might not be enough.”advertisement Inovio claims positive results on Covid-19 vaccine but critical data are missing States where transmission is relatively low are also looking to what’s occurring elsewhere to guide their reopening decisions. This week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy cited “spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining” to push the return of that off “indefinitely.”Not every state that reopened early is facing an outbreak on the scale of those in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Colorado started to peek out from its shelter-in-place restrictions in late April, without a corresponding surge in cases.It’s hard to pinpoint any one reason that explains the difference. Colorado had an initial wave of cases, so perhaps residents — who, as a whole, are among the country’s healthiest — take more precautions. The state also reopened as case counts were declining, whereas others lifted restrictions as cases were plateauing or even increasing. Its governor, Jared Polis, stressed mask-wearing starting in April. By Andrew Joseph July 1, 2020 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: The timing of imposing restrictions also matters greatly. An intervention that could have a big enough impact to bend the curve if instituted on a given day might no longer provide that drag if put into place weeks later. Once the spread balloons past a certain point, there would just be too much virus in the community for halfway measures to succeed.“I would just urge people to remember if you put in milder interventions earlier on so that you do not build up this big powder keg of infections underneath you, which are then eventually going to start flowing into the ICUs, that’s a better outcome than allowing a large outbreak, which requires a shut down,” said Harvard epidemiologist William Hanage.If states are being more targeted with their measures, experts are pushing them to be smarter as well. They say governors should be prioritizing which institutions need to be open, and then devising strategies to accomplish that. Schools — which foster not only education and development, but provide child care and, for many, meals — are top of mind. So, experts say, the question shouldn’t be will schools open in the fall, but rather, what can we do so that they can?“We have this viewpoint that we will just reopen everything and go back to normal, but just do everything a bit more safely,” such as by wearing masks or capping capacity, said Helen Jenkins, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Boston University’s School of Public Health. But if everything that opens again contributes some amount to overall transmission, the approach might have to be keeping things like bars and casinos closed if you really want schools to have a chance this fall, she said.Schools can open in areas with low levels of transmission, “but if everything reopens, we risk tipping things over the edge to high transmission,” Jenkins said. “And then everything has to close down, and that’s something that no one wants.” The Double Decker, a popular Tampa, Fla., karaoke bar, is seen closed. Florida has suspended the consumption of alcohol at bars, but not restaurants, amid a recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Privacy Policycenter_img Andrew Joseph About the Author Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Trending Now: Related: Related: But experts have raised several critiques of the administration’s arguments. Whatever the explanation for the bulk of cases among young people — perhaps it’s changes in testing patterns, perhaps older people are taking precautions to protect themselves — cases building up in a certain population won’t stay in that population. The more virus that’s out there, the likelier it is to reach vulnerable populations, like older residents. Plus, even if younger people are generally less susceptible to severe Covid-19, some will still get seriously ill, require medical care, and die.As for deaths, clinicians have gotten better at caring for Covid-19 patients over the months, and perhaps the concentration of cases among younger people is leading to better outcomes. But experts also caution that deaths are a lagging indicator; the time from when someone contracts the virus to when their death is recorded can be weeks. With hospitalizations rising in many states, it’s likely that deaths will follow in time.“There is incredible stress on the system, and it appears that might be getting a whole lot worse over the next few weeks,” said Fred Campbell, an internist at UT Health San Antonio.The situation in San Antonio, where Mayor Ron Nirenberg said cases are rising in “an exponential surge,” led the city to blast out an alert to residents’ phones over the weekend, urging them to stay home and wear masks on essential trips. It was one example of local officials begging for the public’s help, sometimes asking for more than what a state mandates. In Los Angeles County, Barbara Ferrer, the director of public health, said last week that officials “did not expect the increases to be this steep this quickly” about cases rising after reopening, and directed residents to “wear a face covering and keep your distance.” Utah state epidemiologist Angela Dunn on Friday called for “large-scale behavior change on the part of all Utahns to reverse” the record cases the state was seeing. Please enter a valid email address. Gilead announces long-awaited price for Covid-19 drug remdesivir [email protected] But cases in recent days have started increasing.“We are on the razor’s edge,” said epidemiologist Elizabeth Carlton of the Colorado School of Public Health. “We have seen this steady decline in hospitalizations since the beginning of April, and that’s great news. But we are starting to see an uptick in cases.”Carlton noted that accelerating transmission in Arizona and Utah raises the possibility that cases could spill over into Colorado, where there’s not “some magic wand to protect us.” The reproduction number in the state — the average number of cases that come from each case — is about one, she said, which means that its epidemic, while not worsening, is not improving.“Equilibrium can be good, but it can also be quite nerve-wracking,” Carlton said. “It doesn’t take much to restart the wildfire.” General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Related:last_img read more

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, Dec. 22

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 RELATEDTOPICScenter_img SOUTHWEST Fla. – Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Tuesday, Dec. 22. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 1,223,015 (+10,434)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA:   21,052 (+76) TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA:   71,790 (+ 521)LEE COUNTY – 37,507 (+337) | 643 (+6)COLLIER COUNTY – 21,050 (+79) | 321 (+4)CHARLOTTE COUNTY – 6,665 (+55) | 217 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY – 3,068 (+27) | 48 (+2)DESOTO COUNTY – 2,758 (+21) | 51 (+0)GLADES COUNTY – 742 (+2) | 11 (+0) Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 May 31, 2021last_img read more

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Sadness in Portlaoise at the death of the much loved Jimmy Hilliard

first_img Twitter Facebook Home News Community Sadness in Portlaoise at the death of the much loved Jimmy Hilliard NewsCommunity WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd September 2020 The death has occurred in Portlaoise of Jimmy Hilliard, a much-loved community man who made a valued contribution to numerous groups around the town.For many years he operated the old scoreboard in O’Moore Park and was diehard Portlaoise GAA man who sold countless lotto tickets for the club over the years.Indeed the family have been actively involved in O’Moore Park through the years with his brother Tommy selling ice creams in the ground on the big match days.From Marian Avenue in the town he was predeceased by his wife Alice. He is survived by his sons Noel and Elizabeth and deeply mourned by their partners and family, his seven grand children and 11 great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and many friends.Active in the Portlaoise Men’s Shed, they also paid a lovely tribute to one of their most popular members.“It is with great sadness we got news of the passing of one of our members Jimmy Hilliard a true Portlaoise townie.“He was one of those special people who did not pass through life unnoticed.“His good humour and sharp wit brightened up any place and especially in the shed you were always guaranteed some fun when he got going.“We will miss him. Rest in Peace Jimmy – from all the lads at the shed.”SEE ALSO – Laois GAA secretary appeals to clubs to avoid Tyrone debacle and obey Covid-19 guidelines Twitter Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois dairy farmer announced as Farming for Nature AmbassadorNext articleCoronavirus: 234 new cases as Swedish epidemiologist tells Dail to allow virus spread in under 60s LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSJimmy HilliardMarian AvenueO’Moore ParkPortlaoise GAA WhatsApp Pinterest News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Sadness in Portlaoise at the death of the much loved Jimmy Hilliard Pinterest Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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Memorial Service in Toronto for Lady B Sept. 20

first_imgRelatedMemorial Service in Toronto for Lady B Sept. 20 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A memorial service is being planned in Toronto, Canada, for the late Lady Gladys Bustamante, wife of Jamaica’s first Prime Minister and National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante.The Ecumenical Service will take place on Sunday, September 20, at the Revivaltime Tabernacle, 4340 Dufferin Street, starting at 3:00 p.m.Chairperson of the Planning Committee, Ms. Letna Allen-Rowe, said the recent passing of Lady Bustamante was a great loss to Jamaica and Jamaicans, and it is important and fitting that Canadians celebrate her life.“We want to acknowledge and pay tribute to her unique and significant contribution to Jamaica as Jamaica’s First Lady,” said Ms. Allen-Rowe. “She stood side-by-side with her husband during the 1938 fight for the betterment of the workers of Jamaica, and was an integral part of the team which helped usher Jamaica into Independence in 1962,” she added.The service will feature tributes to Lady Bustamante, performances by choirs, singers, and dancers, and the participation of several ministers of religion from different denominations, including Rev. Audley James of Revivaltime Tabernacle, who will deliver the sermon; Bishop Dr. C. Lloyd Battieste from Redemption Faith Ministries and Rev. Anthony Chung from Ossington Baptist Church.The Planning Committee is made up of members of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation (JDCF), the South Clarendon Community Association and Friends of Jamaica.Lady B, as she was affectionately called, died on July 25 at the age of 97. She was accorded an official funeral by the Government on August 8. She was buried beside her husband in National Heroes Park, in Kingston. RelatedMemorial Service in Toronto for Lady B Sept. 20center_img RelatedMemorial Service in Toronto for Lady B Sept. 20 Memorial Service in Toronto for Lady B Sept. 20 Foreign AffairsSeptember 7, 2009last_img read more

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Hyper bringing home-grown line up to stage in 2021

first_imgHyper bringing home-grown line up to stage in 2021 Hyper is returning in 2021 with three standalone events headlined by West Australian acts Spacey Jane, Stella Donnelly and San Cisco.After a devastating cancellation of their sold out festival in March this year due to COVID-19, the Hyper team has created the series with a focus on top tier local artists in a COVID safe atmosphere.Drug Aware Hyper presents Spacey Jane will kick off the series on Saturday, January 30. The evening will also feature WAM Award winning artist Carla Geneve, rising star Adrian Dzvuke and young-guns muscle club.Spacey Jane formed in Fremantle in 2016Next up in the series will be Drug Aware Hyper presents Stella Donnelly on Saturday, February 20. This show will also feature Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks, Flewnt, Mia June and Indigo Ellis.The last show in the series, Drug Aware Hyper presents San Cisco, kicks off on Saturday, March 13 and features Triple J Unearthed High winner Arno Faraji as well as Noah Dillon and The Violets. Each show has the low entry fee of $15 and all run from 5.30 – 10pm, with group ticket packages available.Stella Donnelly was awarded Triple J Unearthed Artist of the YearTickets will be sold in stages so that potential impacts of COVID and roll-backs to Phase 3 restrictions will not affect whether the shows will go ahead. The first allotment of tickets are guaranteed a placement at the show in Phase 3 and beyond, with the second allotment guaranteed for the current Phase 4 and beyond and otherwise refunded.Each show has only 550 tickets available and these are expected to sell out quickly.The events will be held in the Locale event space on the corner of Cale Street and The Crescent, Midland.City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said the City is delighted to bring Perth’s best all-ages festival back in concert format next year.“Hyper attendees will also be able to enjoy gourmet food vans, a photo booth, free 18-hole adventure golf, games, merchandise and a signing tent for all of your favourite artists,” he said.San Cisco consists of Josh Biondillo, Scarlett Stevens and Jordi DaviesonMidland/Guildford Ward Councillor Claire Scanlan said the safety of attendees and artists is the highest priority, and after carefully considering State Government guidance the City is now ready to deliver COVID-safe events.“As we head towards the recovery phase of COVID-19 we can start reuniting our community and supporting our local music industry, and the next edition of Hyper will do exactly that” she said.The series of events, presented by Drug Aware and supported by Lotterywest, are all-ages, drug, smoke and alcohol free events.Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. /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:Alcohol, atmosphere, Australian, children, City of Swan, community, covid-19, festival, Fremantle, Government, industry, local council, muscle, parent, Perth, Swan, Western Australia, winnerlast_img read more

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Unlimited fines for those who breach fire safety regulations

first_imgUnlimited fines for those who breach fire safety regulations Building owners could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the Home Office has announced today.As part of the government’s work to ensure people are safe in their homes, these limitless fines will be handed out to anyone caught obstructing or impersonating a fire inspector as well as to those who breach fire safety regulations under the Fire Safety Order.These new measures, announced as part of the government’s response to the Fire Safety Consultation, will come into force as part of the legislation in the Building Safety Bill.The measures will amend the Fire Safety Order and will include a requirement for fire risk assessments to be recorded for each building and improve how fire safety information is handed over throughout the lifetime of a building.The Home Office have also announced a further cash boost of £10 million for Fire and Rescue Authorities across England, on top of the £6 million already announced in the Fire Covid-19 Contingency Fund. This will help with additional tasks related to managing the pandemic – such as driving ambulances and assisting at testing and vaccination centres.Fire Minister Lord Greenhalgh said:Everyone should be safe in the buildings where they live, stay or work.Our new measures will improve fire safety and help save lives, but will also take firm action against those who fail in their duty to keep people safe.Our incredible Fire and Rescue Services have played a crucial role in our response to the pandemic, from assisting at vaccination centres to driving ambulances. That is why we are giving them this cash boost, so they can continue their life-saving efforts.Roy Wilsher, National Fire Chiefs Council Chair, said:The NFCC welcomes the extra funding to support Covid activities carried out by fire and rescue services across England. Firefighters are responsible for administering around 1 in 240 vaccinations to the public.We also welcome the government’s response to its own fire safety consultation and the continued investment in fire and rescue services protection work.Ultimately, we want to see safer buildings for residents and are committed to working constructively with the Home Office and other partners on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations and other key fire safety policy areas.The new measures announced today will:improve the quality of fire risk assessments and competence of those who complete themensure vital fire safety information is preserved over the lifespan of all regulated buildingsimprove cooperation and coordination amongst people responsible for fire safety and making it easier to identify who they arestrengthen enforcement action, with anyone impersonating or obstructing a fire inspector facing unlimited finesstrengthen guidance issued under the Fire Safety Order so that failure to follow it may be considered in court proceedings as evidence of a breach or of complianceimprove the engagement between Building Control Bodies and Fire Authorities in reviewing plans for building workrequire all new flats above 11 metres tall to install premises information boxesThe Fire Safety Consultation took place last year to inform government work on improving fire safety. The government received feedback from over 250 stakeholders with an interest in building and fire safety, including residents, Responsible Persons and enforcing authorities, which we have used to inform our response.The government intends to launch a further consultation on personal emergency evacuation plans this spring to seek additional views on implementing the relevant Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations.The Home Office intends, subject to the Fire Safety Bill receiving Royal Assent, to lay regulations before the second anniversary of the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report which will deliver on the Inquiry’s recommendations. /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:anniversary, building, covid-19, Emergency, evacuation, failure, Government, Grenfell, Grenfell Tower, Investment, legislation, Minister, pandemic, risk assessment, testing, UK, UK Government, vaccinationlast_img read more

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Welcoming IRMCT’s work to hold perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda to account

first_imgWelcoming IRMCT’s work to hold perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda to account Thank you, Mr President.I would like to thank the President Agius, and Prosecutor Brammertz for their briefings to us today.We are impressed that the Mechanism has continued to function so well despite the difficulties imposed on it by COVID-19. Lockdowns have prevented travel, social distancing has required different ways of working, including as regards the Courtroom.It is also appropriate to express our condolences on the passing of Judge Kam, and we pay tribute to his contribution to international Justice.We are impressed that the Mechansim has nonetheless been able to progress its work and now we see cases coming to conclusion, with three important judgments scheduled to be handed down this month. Through its tireless work the Mechanism continues to show that impunity is not and will not be allowed to prevail.We continue to welcome the IRMCT’s work to hold perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda to account and remain committed to supporting the Mechanism. Building on successes to date, we are grateful for the Mechanism’s continued efforts to progress the case of Félicien Kabuga and ensure the remaining suspected genocidaires face justice. In particular, we would appreciate an update and progress on the case of we note that Protais Mpiranya remains at large and encourage all relevant states to cooperate in his arrest.,Mr President,We commend the Mechanism for making progress in the trials. In fact today, in one of its final judgments focused on the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Appeals Chamber of the Mechanism upheld the conviction of Ratko Mladić. His attempts to outrun and evade justice have failed due to the Mechanism’s tenacity. We hope this decision offers some respite to survivors and the families of his victims.We are proud to be supporting the Mechanism by agreeing to the transfer of Radovan Karadžić to serve his life sentence in a British jail. He is one of the few people in the world to have been found guilty of genocide. He, along with Ratko Mladić, was responsible for the massacre of men, women and children at the Srebrenica genocide and helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its remorseless attacks on civilians.International justice can only be achieved through international collaboration. We call on all Member States to assist the Mechanism. We have a collective responsibility to seek justice for victims. Under resolution 1966 of this Council, there is a clear obligation on all States to cooperate with the Mechanism.However, regional judicial cooperation in the Western Balkans continues to remain inadequate, which has direct implications for achieving justice for victims. The Mechanism’s referral of Serbia to this Council for a third time, for the failure to arrest and transfer Petar Jojić and Vjerica Radeta is serious, and follows years of requests, considerations and discussion. We urge Serbia to comply with the Mechanism’s order.We also call upon States to cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor in its efforts to track the remaining fugitives from justice.Mr President,Glorification of war criminals and the denial of genocide continue. This is unacceptable and increases the suffering of the victims. Reconciliation is difficult. We must accept and acknowledge the truth of the past to move forwards. Glorifying the perpetrators and instigators of these heinous acts takes us further away from reconciliation and hinders the achievement of a positive future. The UK will continue to condemn denial and glorification in all its forms and calls on all Member States to do so.Mr President,As you have seen through our actions, the UK remains committed to the Mechanism and we reaffirm our willingness to assist it wherever possible in fulfilling its mandate and implementing its vision of being a small, temporary and effective organisation.Thank you, Mr President. /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). 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