Serco profit jumps on crisis demand but shares fall flat

first_imgThursday 6 August 2020 8:24 am (AFP via Getty Images) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USABleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun whatsapp whatsapp Serco reiterated that forecast today, predicting full-year revenue to be around £3.7bn, and a profit of between £135m and £150m — both increases on last year’s figures.  Serco provides drive-through test centres in the UK and sources and maintains quarantine accommodation for travellers to Australia, among other services. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Serco profit jumps on crisis demand but shares fall flat Serco had recently declared its first dividend since 2014, but later withdrew the move due to the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It said today it would decide later this year whether to reinstate the dividend. Serco, which provides defence, security, immigration, health and transport services for governments in more than 20 countries, also continued to benefit from the acquisition of a US naval systems unit last year. An additional need for the back office and IT services that Serco provides to the government offset the lack of demand for its transport and leisure services, the firm said. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Serco profit jumps on crisis demand but shares fall flat center_img “Covid-19 has had little effect on profits; although there have been some dramatic impacts, positive and negative, on individual contracts, in aggregate the ‘ups’ on profits have balanced the ‘downs’,” Serco chief executive Rupert Soames said in a statement. Serco profit jumps on crisis demand but shares fall flat Its shares jumped in June after it confirmed it would be able to provide guidance for its full financial year, a metric which many firms have had to retract due to the pandemic’s uncertainty. However shares in Serco fell more than 10 per cent in morning trading. Show Comments ▼ Revenue from contracts that were related to Covid-19 came to about £130m, the company said. Share Emily Nicolle Underlying trading profit rose to £77.6m, up from £50.6m a year earlier. Outsourcing firm Serco said profit jumped 53 per cent in the first six months of the year, as demand for its services boomed during the coronavirus crisis. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comlast_img read more

Proposed state regulations would limit events hosted by Alaska brewers and distillers

first_imgArts & Culture | Business | Economy | Southeast | State GovernmentProposed state regulations would limit events hosted by Alaska brewers and distillersAugust 30, 2019 by Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines Leave a Comment Share:Macky Cassidy mixes a cocktail in the Port Chilkoot Distillery tasting room after it opened in 2014. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board recently proposed a regulation change that would prevent breweries and distilleries from hosting social gatherings that are advertised to the public. Brewers and distillers worry what the proposal could mean for their businesses.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/08/29AlcoholRegs.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Current state regulations restrict the activities that can take place at breweries and distilleries. Right now they’re not allowed to have live entertainment, dancing, televisions, pool tables, darts or recreational opportunities.On Monday the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced a proposal to clarify the definition of entertainment and recreational opportunities. The new definition would prohibit the use of tasting rooms as a venue for classes, performances, parties, festivals and other events.Jeanne Kitayama runs the Haines Brewing Company with her husband Paul Wheeler. Their tasting room serves as an art gallery during the monthly “First Friday” event in Haines.Kitayama said they would have to stop if the new regulations are adopted.“I don’t want to lose the First Friday art because this is an opportunity. It’s a great venue for a budding artist. We don’t charge consignment. We collect money for them and give it to them,” Kitayama said. “It would be sad to lose a lot of that.”According to a memo from Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Director Erika McConnell, the new language that prohibits these types of events aims to better reflect the legislative intent that brewery and distillery licenses are for manufacturers, not retailers.Port Chilkoot Distillery owner Heather Shade disagrees with the state’s approach to regulating breweries and distilleries. She believes the proposed regulations are a result of a lobbying effort to protect bar owners from competition with brewers and distillers.“I think the state should regulate the alcohol industry based on its mandate to protect public safety, and I don’t see these particular regulations as falling within that,” Shade said.It is not the first time that state regulations have been met with resistance from brewers and distillers. In 2018, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided that while bars could legally serve cocktails, distilleries could not. Lawmakers passed legislation a few months later that allowed distilleries to serve mixed drinks.Industry groups have begun to weigh in on the proposed restrictions on activities at breweries and distilleries. The Brewers Guild of Alaska opposes it, calling it a violation of First Amendment rights.The Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, or CHARR, has not taken a position. In an email, Alaska CHARR Executive Director Sarah Oates said that while setting clear requirements helps prevent confusion and frustration on all sides, the proposed regulations add challenges to the collaborative efforts that her organization has been working on with the brewers guild.The board’s proposal to restrict the use of breweries and distilleries for certain public events is open to public comment until Oct. 4.Share this story:last_img read more

After last year’s cancellation, Denali’s base camp manager prepares for return of climbing season

first_imgOutdoors | SouthcentralAfter last year’s cancellation, Denali’s base camp manager prepares for return of climbing seasonApril 13, 2021 by Colleen Coulon Love, KTNA – Talkeetna Share:Lisa Roderick outside her tent at Denali Base Camp in 2018. (Katie Writer/KTNA)It’s springtime in Talkeetna and while most of the town is preparing for summer, one local resident will be wearing her mittens and down clothing for a few more months.April 2020 brought an unprecedented lockdown to most of the world.  Even the Kahiltna Glacier was silent, a remote wilderness spot where Denali Base Camp is located.  It’s a place where climbers begin their ascent of Denali.Lisa Roderick is the manager of Denali Base Camp.  In a normal year, she spends mid-April through mid-July on the glacier, welcoming climbers and transmitting weather to pilots who shuttle climbers in and out of the camp with ski planes.But last year, all climbing permits in Denali National Park were suspended. That meant Roderick stayed home.“Last year, I was really shocked that climbing season was canceled, ‘cause I‘ve been going up there for 19, 20 years in a row,” she said. “But I ended up really enjoying the summer. I actually got a garden in.  My husband built me some raised beds and I grew lettuce and kale and I even tried to grow artichokes. But a moose ended up eating my one choke that I got.”This year, the climbing season is on and Roderick will be flying into the Kahiltna Glacier on April 28.  She will set up her tent and it will be her home until early July, when snow conditions deteriorate, bringing an end to the climbing season on Denali.But it’s not business as usual.  Roderick said there are some changes that climbers can expect when they land at Denali Base Camp.“Couple things that might be different this year is, you know, we have to wear masks when we’re at Base Camp,” she said. “If you’re gathering around, you have to be masked up.  Of course, when you’re climbing and you’re roped up, you’re spaced out, so you won’t have to wear your mask as you’re climbing, but if you stop for a break and everybody gathers up together, then you’ll have to put your mask on.”Although mitigations will be practiced on Denali, plans are also in place to identify and deal with possible COVID-19 infections.“So, there’s always Park Service rangers stationed with me at base camp and they handle all the medical things.  They’re all medically trained; they’re all EMTs,” Roderick said. “If some climber starts showing symptoms of COVID, they’ll have some test kits up at 14,000 and then we’ll have some test kits at Base Camp.  They’ll be giving tests as they see necessary.  Hopefully, we’re not going to have to deal with that kind of stuff but you never know.”Roderick and all the Denali National Park climbing rangers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 so whatever the season brings, she said she feels prepared and ready.“I’m definitely ready to get back up there for sure.  I’m starting to miss it a little bit. Hopefully, most of the people showing up will be vaccinated,” Roderick said.Share this story:last_img read more

UK house prices 2014: Which area saw the most growth?

first_imgSunday 28 December 2014 4:41 am Share Billy Ehrenberg whatsapp After a roller-coaster year for house prices the results are in: the London borough of Greenwich is the place for price rises.According to data from Halifax, house prices in Greenwich rose 24.6 per cent over the course of 2014, far above the national average of 8.5 per cent and almost twice that of the London average of 13 per cent. The net plus for the year brings the average cost of a house in the UK to £209,428, Halifax says. Here is a breakdown of the top ten gainers in 2014:Crawley is a notable addition: it is the only local authority  outside London to make the list.That’s the good news for sellers, but what about buyers? Houses in Bury, a town between Boulton (to the west) and Rochdale (east), have reduced in price by an average of 4.8 per cent during 2014, while Keighley, northwest of Leeds, is 4.4 per cent cheaper than it was a year ago. All of the fastest 10 fallers are in either the North of England, Wales, or Scotland.   The majority of these gains came in the first half of the year: towards the end of 2014 each three month period showed lower growth, with expansion falling dramatically in October.Buyer sentiment had eased strongly by November, when mortgage approvals, one measure of market sentiment, were down 24.7 per cent from January’s 76-month high of 48,753 according to the British Bankers Association. The figure constitutes a drop of 19.5 per cent compared to November 2013. center_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp UK house prices 2014: Which area saw the most growth? Tags: UK house priceslast_img read more

Electric Picnic dreams, roast dinners and bus driver lingo – it’s our Tweets of the Week

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic dreams, roast dinners and bus driver lingo – it’s our Tweets of the Week Home We Are Laois Electric Picnic dreams, roast dinners and bus driver lingo – it’s our… We Are Laois Twitter Community Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Oh….Bus drivers have a weird connection like robots putting their hands up driving pass eachother— Dylan Brennan (@dylbrenvibes) February 1, 2019They doThe lineups for festivals are looking so good I’m so buzzed for the EP one, don’t let us down— Er (@erinmurf1350) January 31, 2019We prayDon’t understand why people get a roast dinner out in a restaurant, such a wasted opportunity 🤭— eoin mcgannon (@eoinmcg22) February 2, 2019Under appreciated TweetSaw Laois unexpectedly beaten in an empty frozen Croke Park, then saw Ireland hammered by England in a slightly warmer pub. Worst of all, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. At least I had a few pints— Kevin Gorman (@kevin_gorman) February 2, 2019The feels‘Time spent in nature is never wasted’.’ Visit The Rock Of Dunamase in lovely Co. Laois, stunning place 💕 #discoverireland #beautifulireland #laois pic.twitter.com/yxHb5WAssj— Olivia Byrne (@BethOllieBiz) February 2, 2019WowRoss Munnelly in his 17th season as a inter county footballer. Has just the 1-06 for Laois. Absolute hero.— Jason McGoldrick (@Jasonmcg2) February 2, 2019That he certainly [email protected] @fiannafailparty @HSELive would be foolish to underestimate the level of support & depth of feeling there is for the striking @INMO_IRL nurses. Portlaoise store giving out free teas and coffees to nurses and midwives on strike today https://t.co/4stRN9hsi5— John Whelan (@SenJohnWhelan) January 30, 2019CorrectGot on the train there at portlaoise to go to heuston, €17 for a one way STUDENT TICKET!— Amber Fenlon (@Amber_Fenlon) February 1, 2019YikesSEE ALSO – Nine Talking Points as Laois lose first league game since 2017 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 2nd February 2019 TAGSTweets of the Week WhatsApp Previous article14-man Laois suffer first league defeat under manager SugrueNext articleNew Labour representative seeks nomination for Graiguecullen-Portarlington election Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community We’re back again with our Top Tweets of the Week from all around Laois.Someday I’ll write the inside story on Laoistalk, I’ll sell it to the highest bidder 💰💰💰 https://t.co/pnM6ADHri9— Brian Ramsbottom (@TheOneRam) January 31, 2019 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

IDB President Lauds Green House Project in Manchester

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Moreno, has lauded the Devon greenhouse project, as one that can help to meet world food demand.“In the next 30 years, the world is going to need 50 per cent more of the food that we currently produce, and if you look at the areas of the world where this can be done, there is no doubt that it will be in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Mr. Moreno stated.The IDB President who, along with Finance and Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, yesterday (Jan.18) toured the project located in Manchester, informed that a team from the IDB will, this week, look at the possibility of making a grant available to expand the project.“You have a basic structure here … to make this type of technology grow in these areas. It’s great,” he said, while urging the farmers to increase production.President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Moreno (3rd left), looks at strawberries being grown in a greenhouse in Devon, Manchester, when he toured the project yesterday (Jan. 19). Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw (2nd left), accompanied Mr. Moreno on the tour.Minister Shaw, in his remarks, noted that while the first phase of the project was concerned with the production of tubers and vegetable crops, the next phase will seek to increase the equity of farmers in the project.“This is another way of doing agriculture, to make it productive and meaningful and lift the quality of life of the small farmers of Jamaica. We want to get our small farmers involved, get finances for them, so that they can put in their little share of equity, and produce”.In addition, he indicated that “we are going to establish a modern package and storage plant where we will be able to price and transport the produce to hotels and export markets.”The Devon greenhouse project was established in 2004 and is managed by the Christiana Potato Growers Co-operative Association. It comprises eight greenhouses on six hectares (15 acres) of land. Crops under production are cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet peppers cauliflower, sweet and Irish potatoes and strawberries. IDB President Lauds Green House Project in Manchester Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 20, 2009 RelatedIDB President Lauds Green House Project in Manchester RelatedIDB President Lauds Green House Project in Manchestercenter_img RelatedIDB President Lauds Green House Project in Manchester Advertisementslast_img read more

More export choices for Tasmanian businesses

first_imgMore export choices for Tasmanian businesses Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for TradeTasmanian businesses will have more choices to help get their products and services to international markets through the Tasmanian Trade Alliance Program.The Trade Alliance Program supports the connections and shared services designed to help individual businesses and industries team up to reach target markets, overcome logistics barriers and take advantage of economies of scale.Under the first round of funding six Tasmanian industry associations are sharing in almost $130,000 to develop partnership opportunities across promotional, freight, distribution and quality assurance projects.Through our extensive consultation process on our COVID-19 economic recovery, our exporting sectors told us they wanted more support in finding, entering and growing export markets, and the Trade Alliance Program does just that.This round of funding will see:The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council extend the Eat More Seafood campaign into key domestic and international markets;Wine Tasmania investigate the establishment of a mainland-based collaborative Tasmanian freight and logistics hub;The Tasmanian Oyster Research Council (Oysters Tas) develop digital supply chain traceability and quality assurance systems;The Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group establish a specific pest- and disease-free registration system;The Tasmanian Maritime Network develop a new digital campaign to increase awareness of Tasmanian capacity and capability; andFermentation Tasmania establish a new B2B eCommerce platform to connect Tasmanian businesses with buyers around the world.Importantly, the second round of the Trade Alliance Program is now open to Tasmanian industry associations and regional organisations with funding of up to $25,000 each available to successful applicants to support new collaborative projects that will help grow Tasmanian exports.Applications for the second round of funding close on Friday, 15 January 2021 with more information available at www.trade.tas.gov.auThe Tasmanian Alliance Program is part of our more than $2.6 million Interim Trade Action Plan to empower local businesses to take their world class products and services to customers around the world. /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:AusPol, Australia, campaign, council, covid-19, digital, Export, fermentation, Government, industry, maritime, Minister, quality, research, research council, seafood, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, worldlast_img read more

World’s first Covid-19 vaccine alternating dose study launches in Nottingham

first_imgWorld’s first Covid-19 vaccine alternating dose study launches in Nottingham The world’s first COVID-19 vaccine study researching alternating doses and intervals of approved vaccines, begins today in Nottingham. The world’s first COVID-19 vaccine study researching alternating doses and intervals of approved vaccines, begins today in Nottingham. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-supported study, which will be run at the University of Nottingham Health Service, will determine the effects of using a different vaccine for the second dose to the first dose, in addition to two different intervals between doses.The study, classified as an Urgent Public Health study by the NIHR, is being undertaken by the National Immunisation Schedule Evaluation Consortium (NISEC) and the Oxford Vaccine Group, and is backed by £7 million of government funding from the Vaccines Taskforce.Over 800 volunteers, aged 50-years-old and above, are expected to take part in the study referred to as the COVID-19 Heterologous Prime Boost study, or ‘Com-Cov’, across eight sites across England – including in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.The study, run at eight National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) supported sites, will gather immunological evidence on different intervals between the first and second dose for a mixed-vaccine regimen against control groups when the same vaccine is used for both doses. A same-dose regimen is currently implemented for the national COVID-19 vaccination programme, and there are no current plans for this to change. Anyone who has received either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccination as part of the UK-wide delivery plan will not be affected by this study. They will receive their second dose from the same source and over the same 12 week interval. The clinical study will monitor the impact of the different dosing regimens on patients’ immune responses, and whether this can be a viable route to increase the flexibility of the UK’s vaccination programme. It has received ethics approval, as well as approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to commence. Should the study show promising results, then the government may consider reviewing the vaccine regimen approach if needed, but only if proven to be safe and recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This trial will find out if the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine can be safely and effectively boosted by the Pfizer vaccine, and vice versa. This is important to facilitate the longer term roll out of these vaccines in the population.” The study will initially have eight different arms, testing eight different combinations, but more products may be added:Oxford/AstraZeneca and Oxford/AstraZeneca – 28 days apartOxford/AstraZeneca and Oxford/AstraZeneca – 12 weeks apart – as a control groupPfizer/BioNTech and Pfizer/BioNTech – 28 days apartPfizer/BioNTech and Pfizer/BioNTech – 12 weeks apart – as a control groupOxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech – 28 days apartOxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech – 12 weeks apartPfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca – 28 days apartPfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca – 12 weeks apartThe 13-month study will monitor the impact of the different dosing regimens on patients’ immune responses, which have the potential to be higher or lower than from the same dose regimen.If the study shows promising results, the MHRA would formally assess the safety and efficacy of any new vaccination regimen before it would be rolled out to patients.Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Senior Responsible Officer for the study Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said: “Given the inevitable challenges of immunising large numbers of the population against COVID-19 and potential global supply constraints, there are definitely advantages to having data that could support a more flexible immunisation programme, if ever needed and approved by the medicines regulator.“It is also even possible that by combining vaccines, the immune response could be enhanced giving even higher antibody levels that last longer; unless this is evaluated in a clinical trial we just won’t know.“This study will be a promising opportunity to gain greater insight into how we can use the vaccines to stay on top of this nasty disease.”Professor Andrew Ustianowski, NIHR Clinical Lead for COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and Joint National Infection Specialty Lead, said: “This is another exciting step forward in finding a variety of vaccine options for the UK and globally, for which the NIHR is integral to ensuring the participant recruitment for this study and the gaining of robust data on safety and effectiveness.“We need people from all backgrounds to take part in this trial, so that we can ensure we have vaccine options suitable for all. Signing up to volunteer for vaccine studies is quick and easy via the NHS Vaccine Research Registry.”Matthew Snape, Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said: “This is a tremendously exciting study that will provide information vital to the roll out of vaccines in the UK and globally. “If we do show that these vaccines can be used interchangeably in the same schedule this will greatly increase the flexibility of vaccine delivery, and could provide clues as to how to increase the breadth of protection against new virus strains.” /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:clinical study, clinical trial, Government, health, immune responses, Immunisation, liverpool, London, Oxford, paediatrics, Pfizer, public health, UK, university, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, vaccinationlast_img read more

Study leads to £3.4billion investment in Scottish affordable housing

first_imgStudy leads to £3.4billion investment in Scottish affordable housing A study by the University of Liverpool has resulted in the investment of £3.4billion into affordable new homes by the Scottish Government.Researchers from the Department of Geography & Planning were commissioned by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Shelter Scotland and Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland to undertake research into housing needs in ScotlandThey identified the need for 10,600 dwellings per annum, or 53,000 over the period 2021-26 which would require approximately £3.4bn investment.They also recommended that the geography of housing in Scotland needs to be addressed due to the much larger overall housing need in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow rather than in other parts of Scotland. New affordable housing also needs to reflect the changing demographic structure in Scotland with more accommodation needed for older people.The study took into consideration the current housing situation, proposed housing projects between 2021 and 2026, the number of households currently in inadequate housing and how that could would increase alongside the projected supply of affordable lettings over the period.Liverpool planning expert, Dr Richard Dunning, who headed up the project said: “The current pandemic has highlighted the significance of everyone having a high-quality, affordable home to live in. It is incredibly important for health, wellbeing and the economic capabilities of countries in the short and long term. This research has shown that a small increase in Scottish Government funding over the next five years could provide every household in Scotland with an adequate home.”The study built on previous research from 2015 which led to the Scottish Government making a substantial increase in their funding for affordable housing between 2016 and 2021.The research was led by the University of Liverpool in partnership with the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Glasgow and the University of Cardiff. /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:affordable housing, Government, housing, Investment, liverpool, older people, pandemic, planning, research, Scotland, scottish, Sheffield, university, University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield, wellbeinglast_img read more

Rebuilding Mental Health Support For Young Victorians

first_imgRebuilding Mental Health Support For Young Victorians VIC PremierYoung people in Bendigo will get access to the mental health services they deserve with a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the local youth prevention and recovery care thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.The Victorian Budget 21/22 invests $3.8 billion towards decade-long mental health reform, delivering more community based services, more help for those with acute needs, more early intervention and a new dedicated system to support our kids. An estimated $700 million of this landmark package will flow to the regions.The Budget includes $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people – including $141 million to deliver five new, and upgrade three existing, Youth Prevention and Recovery Care units (Y-PARCs).The is expected to create approximately 400 jobs, with all projects expected to be completed by 2024.Offering a short‑term ‘step up’ from community care or ‘step down’ from hospital, Y-PARCs are staffed 24 hours, with support offered in a home-like setting, with shared kitchen, dining, lounge room and activity spaces.Bendigo is one of three existing Y-PARCs, alongside Dandenong and Frankston, that will share in $18 million in funding to undergo a significant refurbishment.The facilities will be designed to create a welcoming, safe and therapeutic environment with private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. Communal kitchens, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will provide ample space for leisure, recreational activities and family visits.The five new Y-PARCs, totalling 50 beds for young people aged 16 to 25 years, will be located in Melbourne’s North Eastern Metropolitan region, as well as the Barwon South-West, Gippsland, Grampians and Hume regions.Delivering better support for young Victorians is one of the key’s to the Labor Government’s plan to rebuild the state’s mental health system. It’s why the Budget also includes a $200 million School Mental Health Fund, which schools will use to deliver programs, staff and other support specific to their school community’s needs.The Fund will be rolled out to all regional and rural government schools as a priority from Term 3, 2022, with metropolitan schools to follow from 2023. Schools will be able to draw from a range of evidence-based measures proven to work – from the ‘Positive Education’ model to therapy dog programs to mental health first aid training.As stated by Minister for Mental Health James Merlino“Our mental health system is failing young Victorians – and their families. This is the case right across the state including right here in Bendigo. All the research tells us it’s critical we give our young people the mental health support they need, early and that is exactly what we are delivering.”As stated by Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan“This investment means more young people will be able to receive treatment and care close to their family, support networks and local community – which we know contributes positively to clinical and personal recovery.”As stated by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards“We know from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System that our system isn’t coping. 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