England’s coronavirus ‘R’ number rises to 0.8 to 1.0 range

first_img The south west of England remains the worst affected region with an R number of 0.8 to 1.1. England’s coronavirus ‘R’ number rises to 0.8 to 1.0 range Used by the government to inform decisions on easing lockdown, the R number represents the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to. An R number above 1.0 can lead very rapidly to exponential growth. Brent had the highest rate with 211 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Newham and Hackney. (Getty Images) Also Read: England’s coronavirus ‘R’ number rises to 0.8 to 1.0 range Friday 12 June 2020 4:35 pm Emily Nicolle Share (Getty Images) whatsapp A total of 292,950 people have tested positive so far. As of 5pm yesterday, of those who had tested positive for coronavirus, 41,481 people have died. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Meanwhile the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is continuing to fall. Around one in 1,700 people tested positive between 25 May and 7 June, compared to one in 1,000 before then. London has been the worst hit part of the UK for deaths, with significantly more deaths per 100,000 people than any other region. whatsapp The reproduction rate of coronavirus infections in England has risen to 0.8 to 1.0, slightly higher than the rest of the UK. It comes as the government prepares to allow non-essential shops to reopen on 15 June, with the hospitality industry set to follow on 4 July. (Getty Images) Also Read: England’s coronavirus ‘R’ number rises to 0.8 to 1.0 range Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersUndo Adjusted for age, nine of the 10 areas with the highest mortality rate in England and Wales were in London. For the UK as a whole, the so-called R number remains at 0.7 to 0.9. The news follows a rise in the number of deaths in the UK from coronavirus, increasing by 202 today. Show Comments ▼ Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

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Why autistic people like me need to help shape autism science

first_imgA larger movement now aims to recruit more so-called autistic advisers, and to encourage every researcher to seek input from autistic people when structuring studies. “Ask an autistic person,” has become a common refrain in the autism science community.The author speaks about autism to a class at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. John Elder RobisonPeople with autism have long volunteered to participate in research studies. Now we are discussing, and sometimes challenging, research strategies and ethics and are becoming involved in shaping the studies of tomorrow. That’s essential because the only people who really know what it’s like to live with autism are autistic people.Augusta University, for example, is starting an autistic-guided study into adult needs in the autism community. Research under discussion ranges from basic genetic studies to the development of therapies to help us succeed in workplaces and schools to concerns about early mortality and aging. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. APStock @johnrobison Please enter a valid email address. John Elder Robison Privacy Policy A driving game can help young people with autism learn the real thing Leave this field empty if you’re human: When autistic individuals and autism scientists get to know each other, it’s easier for autistic people to voice their concerns and discuss constructive paths to solutions. The emerging cooperation between autistic people and scientists is very exciting to me. What’s more, autistic people like my friend Dena Gassner are also “coming out” publicly about their own autism and becoming researchers themselves. That is very gratifying to see, and I look forward to the great contributions they will make to science.A few years ago, I was the only autistic advocate to be a voting member of INSAR, the professional society for autism researchers. Today there are at least 10 of us among INSAR’s 1,500 members, and more coming. I invite any autistic adult who is willing to make the commitment to understand the issues to join us in guiding the science that will lead us to better lives tomorrow.John Elder Robison is an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences; the New York Times bestselling author of “Look Me in the Eye,” “Be Different,” “Raising Cubby,” and “Switched On”; Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.; and visiting professor of practice at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass. He is also a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the federal government’s top-level autism committee. By John Elder Robison May 10, 2017 Reprints There’s a widespread view that autistic people need to “get scientists to listen to us,” and that “scientists need to stop ignoring autistic people.” That hasn’t been my experience at all. I first got involved with autism science when researchers from Harvard and the University of Washington tracked me down following the release of my first book and asked for my perspective on proposed work. Since then, autism scientists have welcomed me into their groups, answered my questions, sought my advice and paid attention to it. Tags autismneuroscienceresearch Related: About the Author Reprints Ten years ago, the director of the National Institutes of Mental Health invited me to serve our government in a similar capacity. With his support, and the encouragement of others in government, I have been proud to do that. Since then, I’ve been joined in this work by other autistic people. We’ve discussed hundreds of proposed research studies, and it has been gratifying to see some of them funded, with our ideas and suggestions integrated into research.advertisement This week I will join roughly 2,000 scientists and autistic advocates in San Francisco for IMFAR — the International Meeting for Autism Research. As an autistic adult, I feel it’s important to be in the midst of this gathering and to offer scientists my opinions about research, unmet needs, and unanswered questions.We have a saying in the disability advocacy community, “Nothing about us, without us.” When it comes to autism research, if we want science to address our concerns, we first need to make sure that researchers know what those concerns are.It’s been a decade since I got involved in guiding the direction of autism science. In the beginning, I knew little about medical science and its potential; all I knew was what I had wrestled with all my life. But along the way I’ve acquired a broader understanding of autism and how it affects individuals across the whole spectrum.advertisement First OpinionWhy autistic people like me need to help shape autism science last_img read more

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Verily’s top health leaders: We’re ‘trying to solve problems that many of us have lived’

first_imgHealth Tech 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. 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. By Erin Brodwin and Matthew Herper Jan. 22, 2020 Reprints Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. Log In | Learn More GET STARTED About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Dr. Vivian Lee, Verily’s head of health platforms Kim Raff for STAT linkedin.com/in/erinbrodwin/ What is it? Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Erin Brodwin SAN FRANCISCO — Andy Conrad, the CEO of Verily, the life sciences unit of search engine giant Alphabet, had some headhunting advice at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference last week: use Alphabet’s main product.“I found Jess by Googling who was running the biggest trial,” Conrad said during Verily’s first official appearance at health care’s biggest confab. What’s included? [email protected] @erbrod Matthew Herper Tags diabetesjpmmedical technologySTAT+ @matthewherper Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter. Verily’s top health leaders: We’re ‘trying to solve problems that many of us have lived’ last_img read more

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Women on maternity leave ‘being penalised’ says local senator

first_imgHome News Women on maternity leave ‘being penalised’ says local senator News Women on maternity leave ‘being penalised’ says local senator By Alan Hartnett – 23rd May 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Previous articleFlu vaccine to be made free for all ‘at risk’ and children under 12Next articleBREAKING: 13 more Coronavirus deaths and 76 new cases as 2 metre social distance rule set to stay 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. Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has said there is an urgent need for legislation to alter the new temporary wage support scheme from Revenue.According to the Fianna Fail Senator, information she received from constituents and from Dáil colleagues confirmed that the temporary wage subsidy scheme operated by Revenue is not eligible for women returning from maternity leave as they were not on the payroll in February before the scheme was established.She said: “I was shocked when I first learned that the temporary wage subsidy scheme was designed in such a way that it makes women returning from maternity leave not eligible. Facebook “This is entirely unfair, and I believe in breach of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 – 2004. This is discrimination against women in the 21st century and it is being let happen. This cannot be allowed to continue.“This unprecedented pandemic has brought much hardship to households as previously employed workers now avail of the pandemic unemployment payment or the temporary wage subsidy scheme.“The flaw in the legislation which discriminates against women returning from maternity leave only increases this hardship as in almost all cases income through the pandemic unemployment payment will be less than via the temporary wage subsidy scheme which they should be on.“The Minister for Finance has been made aware of the issue yet nothing has been done.“Changes are required to Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act (COVID-19) Act 2020.“This makes the need for a new Government even more urgent.”SEE ALSO – Down Memory Lane – 1999: Champions League drama, Ian Robertson and the end of the road for Tony Cascarino Pinterest News Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19MaternitySenator Fiona O’Loughlin Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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Homeless children forced to work in Tongrim prison camp ‘converted’ to…

first_img Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders But rather than a welfare program designed to help the children, the move is being seen as justification for forcing poor young North Koreans into hard labor.  NewsEconomy AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] A source in North Pyongan Province informed Daily NK on November 5 that “the efforts are part of Kim Jong Un’s stated aim of showing the nation’s ‘love for its children.’ Starting last year, the authorities began rounding up kkotjebi (homeless children) – commonly seen near markets, train stations, and main roads – and have sent them to the Tongrim site.” News Homeless children forced to work in Tongrim prison camp ‘converted’ to orphanage RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Prior to the conversion, prisoners housed in the Tongrim Correctional Labor Camp (also known as a “re-education camp”) were subjected to frequent beatings and forced to work under deplorable conditions, made worse by insufficient food rations. But due to increasing international focus on the North’s human rights violations over the past few years, the government has launched efforts to conceal the abuses occurring in the country’s numerous prison camps.  “Since the establishment of the Tongrim Orphanage, the number of homeless and wandering children in the Pyongan region has visibly dropped. Kids that used to crowd around the boiler rooms of restaurants to sleep at night have been rounded up and sent to the orphanage,” he added. News “In all likelihood, the regime will attempt to improve the facilities later when relations with China improve and when more tourists begin flooding the area. They may turn the orphanage into a propaganda showpiece, ultimately hoping to convince international investors of their positive progress,” a separate source in North Pyongan Province said.center_img By Daily NK – 2017.11.08 5:03pm The authorities then established the orphanage in 2016. But instead of remodeling the facilities to resemble an actual orphanage, it appears that the children were moved into the very same conditions to which prisoners were subjected prior to the so-called conversion.  The regime may have believed that the Tongrim camp was visible to tourists in the area due to its close proximity to the border city of Sinuiju. The original prisoners were thus moved to the more isolated Kaechon Correctional Labor Camp in 2014, though its facilities were not expanded until 2016, noted the source.  “Local residents must present grain, clothing, and other items to the orphanage. The authorities then give the children 3 paltry servings of cornmeal each day – barely enough to survive,”  News He added that the authorities are also likely to be using the orphanage to funnel youths into military conscription, nothing that “dozens of kids, barely even 17 years old, were taken from the orphanage this past April and forced into Construction Brigades – military units tasked with building projects – regardless of their health status or physical ability.” US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE Daily NK has learned that the North Korean authorities converted the Tongrim Correctional Labor Camp (also known as Camp 2) in North Pyongan Province into an orphanage last year. Prisoners formerly housed in Camp 2 were allegedly moved to the Kaechon Correctional Labor Camp (Camp 1) in South Pyongan Province two years prior, which was expanded by the authorities to increase its capacity. “The authorities have not established any kind of education programs for the hundreds of children being kept there. They have instead been mobilized to tend the fields. The central authorities have even passed the bills along to the local residents, forcing them to support the orphanage through various taxes,” he added.last_img read more

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North Korea Market Prices Update: June 25, 2019

first_img News SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2019.06.26 5:40pm North Korea Market Prices Update: June 25, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR All prices shown in KPW and current as of June 25, 2019. Data: Daily NK News Facebook Twittercenter_img Pyongyang77501210500015801300098006770 Sinuiju78001175492015601240097506850 Hyesan783012005500170012000100007000 North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News  1 USD1 RMBRice (1kg)Corn (1kg)Pork (1kg)Gas (1kg)Diesel (1kg) News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

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IIROC fines Wellington West, branch manager

BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Wellington West Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Fiona Collie Walters-Sagher and Wellington West admitted they failed to properly understand and to exercise diligence in recommending leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to registered representatives. They also admitted they failed to properly supervise reps who were recommending the products to clients. The lapse in supervision and due diligence took place between January 2009 and June 2009. Walters-Sagher was working as an interim branch manager in Thunder Bay, Ont. She was also a compliance officer based-out of the firm’s Winnipeg offices. During the time in question, an investment advisor at the branch recommended the high-risk ETFs to roughly 145 of his clients who suffered losses as a result. While Walters-Sagher was aware of the recommendations neither she nor Wellington West took steps to independently learn about the products, label them as high risk and to assess the suitability of the investments for the clients. Wellington West also agreed to pay $10,000 in costs. Walters-Sagher is now an IIROC registrant of Montreal-based National Bank Financial Ltd. National Bank acquired Wellington West in July 2011. Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social media An interim branch manager of Wellington West Capital Inc. and the firm itself have been fined $15,000 and $175,000 respectively by the Toronto-based Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). On November 1, an IIROC hearing panel accepted a settlement agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and Wellington West and Lesley Walters-Sagher. read more

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Police to be Recertified in Weapon Use by Year-End

first_imgPolice to be Recertified in Weapon Use by Year-End National SecurityMarch 25, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are expected to be recertified in the use of weapons by the end of December.This disclosure was made by the head of the Firearms and Use of Force Task Group, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Paul Robinson, in an interview with JIS News.According to ACP Robinson, members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) and District Constables will also be included in the programme.“This year, every member of the JCF, ISCF and District Constables, will have the opportunity to attend and be recertified in the use of the weapons they are issued,” he declared.He explained that officers who fail to successfully complete the initial exercise, will receive additional training to ensure that they meet the standards required by the JCF.He noted that there has been significant improvements in firearms training provided by the JCF, since the formation of the Firearms and Use of Force Task Group some 15 months ago.ACP Robinson explained that the Force is certifying the officers because of the soon to be introduced MP5 and Glock pistols.“What we are doing this year is to recertify them primarily on the MP5, which is about to be rolled out across the island, and the Glock pistols which have been brought in to replace the .38 revolvers which, in many cases, are well beyond their serviceable life,” he added.Mr. Robinson said that, in order to train the full capacity of the force, the JCF has now beefed up its range capacity at Twickenham Park so that 12 to 24 officers can be trained at once.“What we have done in the last six months is to increase or double the range capacity so, instead of having only 12 officers being trained at one time, we can now increase it to 24,” he asserted.He also informed JIS that the JCF is now working in the north west of the island, and is also looking to train officers on private ranges close to their place of work and, as such, will not affect their duties.The force has also introduced judgment training and turning target mechanisms. The Firearms and Coastal branches of the JCF have been dismantled and replaced by the Firearms and Use of Force Task Group. RelatedPolice to be Recertified in Weapon Use by Year-End RelatedPolice to be Recertified in Weapon Use by Year-Endcenter_img RelatedPolice to be Recertified in Weapon Use by Year-End Advertisementslast_img read more

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Better mobile connectivity for north eastern suburbs

first_imgBetter mobile connectivity for north eastern suburbs Digital connection in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs will receive a boost today with the switching on of a new mobile telecommunications tower at Little Para Pass.The new site is one of 29 new mobile base stations across South Australia being established under round 4 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP). The Little Para Pass site has been jointly funded by the Marshall Liberal Government and Telstra.Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP said, “Our highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program has seen a total investment to date of $52.4 million in South Australia alone. This includes $18.6 million from the Commonwealth to deliver up to 83 new mobile base stations across the state, with 49 of these base stations complete and on air.”“We continue to invest in the Program, in partnership with the telcos, state and local governments, to ensure residents and visitors to places such as Little Para Pass can access vital communications services for safety, checking in with family and friends, sharing content and conducting business.”South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said digital connection is vital for regional communities.“The Marshall Liberal Government has long-recognised the importance of effective telecommunications as critical infrastructure for our rural and regional communities,” Minister Basham said.“Mobile phone coverage and connectivity is vital for people living in regional and remote areas, especially now as we move into the bushfire season with residents heavily reliant on mobile coverage to stay connected.“It is why we established the $10 million Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund to assist in addressing mobile phone black spots which had been ignored by the previous Labor Government.“Our regions contribute around $25 billion a year to the state’s economy and effective mobile and internet connectivity is a major factor in continuing to attract investment, new business opportunities and people into our regional and rural areas of the state.”Member for King Paula Luethen said the new phone tower at Little Para Pass will be welcomed by the local community.“Fixing the Telstra mobile black spot here at Little Para Pass is another step in strengthening mobile phone services and connecting local families and businesses to the world,” Ms Luethen said.“A reliable mobile phone service makes a significant difference for families, individuals and businesses.“This will open up new economic opportunities for those in the area and increase safety.”Regional General Manager for Telstra in South Australia Mark Bolton said keeping connected with family and friends is important for all Australians.“Mobile connectivity plays a major role in connecting friends and families, businesses, farms, tourist spots and essential services across Australia,” he said.“The site will support Telstra’s current coverage in the area and provide additional connectivity to approximately 10 square kilometres of difficult hilly terrain, including the Little Para Reservoir and several local roads, including sections of One Tree Hill Road and Hannaford Hump Road.“Telstra has built 68 mobile base stations in SA under the Mobile Black Spot Program so far and also funded numerous small cell base stations for remote communities to deliver high speed 4G data services and mobile voice services.”The South Australian Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund has contributed directly to addressing 42 mobile phone black spot locations in regional South Australia and our investment has helped leverage 52 towers since March 2018.This outcome represents a total State Government investment of more than $8.88 million in mobile infrastructure in regional and remote South Australia from the $10 million Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Adelaide, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, commonwealth, communications, community, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Local Government, mobile phone, regional development, remote communities, SA, SA Government, South Australialast_img read more

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Hilltops Council Financial Assistance and Sponsorship Programs open for applications

first_imgHilltops Council Financial Assistance and Sponsorship Programs open for applications Hilltops CouncilHilltops Council is calling for applications from community organisations who are seeking financial assistance or sponsorship from Council for the period to 30 June 2021.Financial Assistance Program:Fund 1 – Small Scale Infrastructure FundTo assist organisations to provide infrastructure for their community/ sporting group. Council will fund a maximum of up to 50% of the cost of the infrastructure, to a maximum of $5000.Fund 2 – General Fund for Community Financial AssistanceThis fund is designed to assist community groups and organisations to undertake special programs or events. Council will fund a maximum of up to 50% of the cost of the event or program.Sponsorship Program:Sponsorships will be considered for not-for-profit groups, organisations or individuals seeking to organise an event/activity within the Hilltops Local Government Area that has demonstrable benefit to the community.All applications and supporting information must be submitted to Council on the prescribed forms which are available on Council’s website https://www.hilltops.nsw.gov.au/Services/Grants-and-Funding/Hilltops-Financial-Assistance-and-Sponsorship-Prog.aspx and at Council offices by 12 noon on Thursday 29 April 2021.“The Hilltops Council Financial Assistance and Sponsorship Programs recognise the important contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our community. Council provides this support to encourage and assist these groups and organisations to continue to make a positive contribution. I encourage community organisations and sporting groups to apply,” said Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram. /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:community, council, Government, Hilltops Council, infrastructure, local council, Local Government, websitelast_img read more

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