Science and tech has proved a damp squib in the fight against Covid-19

first_img (AFP via Getty Images) Science and tech has proved a damp squib in the fight against Covid-19 Over the past several decades, the speed of new technologies altering our everyday lives has been breakneck: from the smartphones in our pockets to the drones above our heads, almost no part of the way we live our lives has been left untouched by the innovations from the world’s finest minds.  We are seeing the biggest health pandemic since 1918’s Spanish Flu; the biggest threat to the world economy since 1929’s Great Crash; and the biggest civil unrest in the US since 1967 — all happening at the same time.  2020 is the year we learned about the true power of what humans can do. It’s now the time to equip them with the power that comes from a global response from the scientific community, driven by widespread use of analytics and artificial intelligence to inform that response.  The issue is this technology has not been deployed well, nor properly joined up. If there is one lesson learned it is that the scientific community needs to work better globally. A fragmented, siloed, compartmentalised approach just will not work in the face of global threats.  Main image credit: Getty Tags: Coronavirus Data science Digital health Healthtech But, no, the machines haven’t saved us. The robots didn’t take care of the sick. The algorithms didn’t help the most vulnerable. The solutions have been human and, in many ways, basic.  With such change in the air, 2020 should have been technology’s time to shine. So when faced with “the biggest challenge since World War II” (the UN’s words, not mine), technology should have been right by our side to help us take on a virus the likes of which almost nobody alive had ever seen.  What is needed is an effort to work together more internationally and recognise that global challenges need global solutions. Share whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. True, the greatest experiment in working from home of all time has worked better than most of us expected. True, internet providers have stepped up to cope with huge demands from an army of remote workers. And true, streaming services have saved us from boredom (thank you Joe Exotic). But almost nobody has been clapping for technology on Thursday evenings: instead we clapped for NHS staff, delivery drivers, shop workers, food manufacturers, and the police. We very quickly learned who is an essential worker and who is not. Iain BrownDr Iain Brown is head of data science at SAS UK & Ireland. center_img Show Comments ▼ We have become so used to technology solving most of our problems — GPS locating where we should be, Google presenting us with the answers, even Tinder finding us a date — that the expectations weighing on technology’s role in tackling the Covid-19 crisis were heavy and palpable.   So where does that leave people like me? The data scientists, the academics, the engineers, the IT specialists? Where have they been during this pandemic?     Read more: Coronavirus: Government begins to wind down furlough scheme Wednesday 2 September 2020 4:00 am For this to happen there needs to be better deployment of the already available (and highly capable) technology at a national and even organisational level. The pandemic has alerted many organisations, industries, and indeed countries to the fact they’re not as digitally advanced as they should be or perhaps thought they were. Even before the pandemic organisations were recognising the need for “digital transformation” so that data and analytics are used to inform every decision across the enterprise — meaning better decisions are made more quickly.   Read more: Technology can help bridge the divide between tenants and landlords Few of us alive today have lived through a year so tumultuous, historic, and (yes, that word again) unprecedented as 2020.  We know that technology is able to help us fight off challenges as big and global as a health emergency. Indeed, the technology is there: the artificial intelligence and the machine learning, the analytical tools, the scientists and engineers. There are pockets of expertise to be found all over the globe. In fact, behind the scenes the best scientific minds have been working on potential solutions to a host of Covid challenges. and the work they have done has been nothing short of remarkable.  I have always believed in the potential of AI to help solve the biggest challenges in our world: only by working together on a global scale can we achieve this. To avoid getting sick, we have been staying at home, keeping two metres away from each other, shunning public transport, wearing masks, and obsessively washing our hands (happy birthday to you…).  The problem is that technology’s role in the fight against Covid-19 has been a bit of a damp squib.     whatsapp Opinion More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Read more: Covid-19 could be the largest insured loss in history. 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G7 Brexit brawl: Raab hits out at ‘offensive’ Macron comments on Northern Ireland

first_imgThe UK and EU are in the midst of tense negotiations over how to implement the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol, with Johnson’s government calling for a more relaxed approach on customs checks for goods going between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The UK and EU both have the right to unilaterally trigger Article 16 and suspend the protocol if there are “serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade” caused by the other side. 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Johnson told Sky News yesterday shortly after his meeting with Macron that EU leaders needed to get it “into their heads” that the UK was a “single country”. Multiple media outlets reported yesterday that Emmanuel Macron made the claim during a fiery meeting with Boris Johnson at the G7 summit yesterday. (Getty Images) Stefan Boscia The pair were discussing the UK-EU row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and how chilled meats produced in Great Britain are due to be banned in Northern Ireland from the end of the month. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic earlier this week said his “patience is very, very, very thin”. Also Read: WTO boss plays down chances of UK-EU trade war over Northern Ireland The French President is said to have replied that the comparison does not work as Paris and Toulouse are in the same country, unlike Northern Ireland and Great Britain. “We need a bit of respect here, and also, frankly, an appreciation of the situation for all communities in Northern Ireland.” G7 Brexit brawl: Raab hits out at ‘offensive’ Macron comments on Northern Ireland The EU, meanwhile, want to avoid unchecked food and medicines entering into its single market through Northern Ireland. whatsapp Brussels has already threatened to launch a trade war with the UK if Johnson does not stick to the Northern Ireland Protocol on this issue. Also Read: G7 agrees to green global infrastructure plan to counter China’s Belt and Road scheme Dominic Raab has slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for saying Northern Ireland is not in the UK, calling the comments “offensive” and disrespectful. “But also, could you imagine if we talked about Catalonia, the Flemish part of Belgium, one of the lander in Germany, northern Italy, Corsica in France as different countries? One area of disagreement is the future of sausages produced in Great Britain as they are set to be banned in Northern Ireland from the end of this month. Johnson warned that he would “obviously not hesitate to invoke Article 16” if “the protocol continues to be applied in this way”. whatsapp The Prime Minister was reportedly trying to explain the anger over the upcoming sausage ban, saying to Macron that he would not be happy if meats could not be transported from Toulouse to Paris. 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Wall St falls on weak profit expectations – New York Report

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A new cost-shifting maneuver is causing average net prices for drugs to fall

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Ed Silverman June 5, 2018 Reprints Pharmalot What is it? The growing use of copay accumulators — a new weapon against widely used but controversial copay assistance cards that drug makers distribute to consumers — is causing average net prices for medicines to fall, according to a new analysis.In the first quarter of 2018, net prices after concessions made by drug makers declined 5.6 percent, compared with a 1.7 percent drop in the corresponding quarter a year ago. This occurred even though increases in average wholesale — or list — prices more or less held steady at 6.2 percent versus 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to Sector & Sovereign Research, which tracks the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ 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. [email protected] center_img Ed Silverman GET STARTED Nati Harnik/AP What’s included? About the Author Reprints A new cost-shifting maneuver is causing average net prices for drugs to fall @Pharmalot 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.last_img read more

30 defectors caught in China and repatriated to North Korea

first_img Approximately 30 North Koreans previously caught escaping the country and repatriated from China have been detained for months by Sinuiju state security agents. These individuals have been subject to continual beatings by security agents during interrogation, Daily NK has learned.“At the state security jail in Sinuiju, some 30 people who were caught in China are being held and interrogated,” a source from North Pyongan Province reported to Daily NK. “Although they were handed over by Chinese police back in April, for months the authorities have been conducting background checks and ordering them to write out their testimonies.”This news was corroborated by additional sources in North Pyongan Province.The prisoners are being detained in cells with leaky ceilings and are surviving on cornmeal mixed with grass and sand, and most are lacking enough energy to even sit upright in their cells. During hours of forced labor, if a prisoner collapses and is unable to get up, the other detainees are ordered to beat up that individual, reported the source. “Although one of the women was beaten up so harshly during interrogation that she can no longer walk, she has been completely neglected and received no medical attention,” the source said, adding that no one is held accountable in the event that a repatriated defector is starved or beaten to death. The North’s Ministry of State Security usually interrogates defectors who have been sent back initially in Namyang (North Hamgyong Province) or Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province). Prisoners are forcefully interrogated on the details of each individual they interacted with during their time in China, their travel history, and whether they came in contact with South Korean missionaries, watched videos, or received assistance in defecting. Depending on the severity of the alleged crimes, they are then sent to kyohwaso (long-term re-education camps) or labor-training camps. Those accused of the gravest offenses are immediately sent to political prison camps instead of being handed to the local authorities at their original place of residence. Throughout the process of interrogating the prisoners and determining the degree of criminality, habitual beatings and demands for bribes have become commonplace. Rather than using due legal process to punish the defectors, the authorities have instead learned that playing on fears can lead to bigger bribes being paid. “Even for those accused of relatively light offenses, cadre from the security office threaten them with a lengthy prison camp sentence, before openly asking for a bribe,” the source explained. “You can tell them that they can receive money, but only through someone in South Korea, and they’ll still agree, demanding them to send it through a third party in China,” the source reported. Among the individuals apprehended was a woman in her 30s, who was caught living with a Han Chinese man in Shandong Province and forcefully repatriated by the Chinese authorities. She was charged with committing a minor offense but was detained for months. Only after her relatives in the South sent 5,000 USD as a bribe was she sent back to her home in Hyesan, reported the source. The pervasiveness of security agents openly demanding bribes has infuriated many residents. “The fact that security agents are exploiting the leadership’s extreme hostility towards defectors is contributing to people’s underlying loathing for the regime,” the source noted.  30 defectors caught in China and repatriated to North Korea Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again center_img By Daily NK – 2016.09.23 1:06pm News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News NewsEconomylast_img read more

Some N. Korea factory workers in China are not getting paid

first_img TAGSlaborforeign currency-earningchinaworkers SHARE News News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korean workers at some factories in China are not getting paid because their workplaces have shut down due to financial difficulties, Daily NK has learned. “Factories and businesses in Yanji, Hunchun, Tumen and Kaishantun in Jilin Province – all places that use North Korean labor – are struggling financially because of COVID-19, and some have even gone bankrupt,” a China-based source told Daily NK on May 20. “Many North Korean workers have failed to receive their wages as a result.” According to the source, North Korean workers at a contract manufacturing factory in the Hunchun Border Economic Cooperation Zone are currently working without pay. Citing financial difficulties, the factory owner reportedly asked the workers to work without immediate compensation.Other factories in the development zone have also fallen into bankruptcy, leaving countless other North Korean workers without pay. “A factory that had employed about 150 to 200 North Korean workers recently shutdown,” a North Korean official in charge of workers in China told Daily NK. “We got a lawyer to try to get the wages owed, but gave up when it was clear we wouldn’t succeed.” “We asked Chinese traders to recommend other places the laborers could find work, but they said they would not be able to find a place for so many workers,” the official said. “It costs, at minimum, RMB 10 [USD 1.40] a day to pay for a single worker’s meal, but since the workers aren’t getting paid, [we] are using whatever money saved up to pay for food.” Another concern voiced by North Korean traders and labor managers in China is their increasing inability to pay the “loyalty fees” required by the North Korean government. “North Koreans are earning much less because they’re largely unable to work,” a North Korean trader active on the Sino-North Korean border told Daily NK. “How can we contribute to the loyalty fund if there’s no money? The authorities really can’t do much about [this situation], either.” That being said, North Korean workers in factory dormitories are “dividing themselves into teams to find any way possible to send money” back to North Korea, he added. North Korean workers have been forbidden by the North Korean government to return to the country until at least the end of the year as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. *Translated by Violet KimPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img Facebook Twitter AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

New index series focuses on yield

first_img Keywords Indexes Related news Bringing ethnic diversity to indexing Global index provider FTSE Group has Tuesday launched a new index series that focuses on the sustainability of corporate dividends. The new FTSE Global Sustainable Yield Index Series is designed to measure the performance of equity securities exhibiting “relatively high and sustainable” yields. The new index series will initially consist of 11 individual benchmarks capturing a range of different markets and regions. New indexes align with Paris Agreement targets James Langton center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media HSBC debuts stock-picking AI index The firm says that the new series has been developed as a result of market demand for indices that focus on yield and also factor in the likelihood that a dividend will be paid. “The new benchmarks exclude extreme yielding stocks and assess the financial and operating strength of the underlying business. A specific focus is given to companies identified as having strong balance sheets and the ability to generate positive cash flow,” it says. It also uses other screening criteria, including the payout ratio, and the incidence of historic and forecast dividend cuts. “The FTSE Global Sustainable Yield Index Series represents the evolution of income focused benchmarks,” said Peter Gunthorp, managing director, research & analytics at the FTSE. “In the current interest rate environment, the indices will be of particular note to market participants focused on the performance of companies exhibiting high and sustainable yields.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Grocon collapse should spur national security of payment laws

first_imgGrocon collapse should spur national security of payment laws CFMEU National Construction DivisionThe collapse of construction company Grocon shows Australia needs effective national security of payment laws to ensure workers, subcontractors and small businesses are not left carrying the can when builders and property developers go into administration or liquidation, says the CFMEU.“In nearly all instances it is small businesses and subcontractors who do the majority of the work on sites, but it is the big developers who hold back payments,” said Dave Noonan, CFMEU National Construction Secretary.“This is a massive rort that has been besetting the industry for decades. The latest Grocon collapse is just like Groundhog Day for anyone who has been around the construction industry for any length of time.”“The Federal Government is well-aware of the problem and commissioned John Murray, former CEO of Master Builders Australia and a former construction lawyer with decades of experience to investigate the widespread industry practice of non-payment or late payment of money owed for work done.”“The Murray Report made 86 recommendations around national security of payment laws and the introduction of statutory trusts which the government has been sitting on since 2017.”“Master Builders Australia have consistently acted to stop the introduction of security of payment laws which only serves interest of big property developers and builders, and damages the small businesses and subcontractors who actually do the work in the industry.”“We call on the MBA to support the recommendations made by their former CEO, John Murray, and do right thing for small businesses and subcontractors.” /Public Release. 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:Australia, construction industry, Federal, federal government, Government, industry, investigation, money, property, Secretary, security, Small Businesslast_img read more

Statement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on December 23, 2020

first_imgStatement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on December 23, 2020 From: Public Health Agency of CanadaOn December 23, 2020, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.December 23, 2020Ottawa, ONPublic Health Agency of CanadaAs the resurgence of COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to maintain COVID-19 at manageable levels across the country.Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 521,509 cases of COVID-19, including 14,425 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though many areas continue to experience high infection rates, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.At this time, there are 75,523 active cases across the country. The latest national-level data indicate daily averages of 6,614 new cases (Dec 16-22). COVID-19 is spreading among people of all ages, with high infection rates across all age groups. However, nationally, infection rates remain highest among those aged 80 years and older who are at highest risk for severe outcomes.Likewise, outbreaks continue to occur in high-risk populations and communities, including hospitals and long term care homes, correctional facilities, congregate living settings, Indigenous communities, and more remote areas of the country. The downstream impacts of weeks and months of elevated disease activity continues to be seen in still rising numbers of severe illness and death, significant disruptions to health services and ongoing challenges for areas not adequately equipped to manage complex medical emergencies.Nationally, hospitalisations and deaths, which tend to lag behind increased disease activity by one to several weeks are still increasing. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 3,372 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Dec 16-22), including 681 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. During the same period, there were an average of 109 COVID-19-related deaths reported daily. This situation continues to burden local healthcare resources, particularly in areas where infection rates are highest. These impacts affect everyone, as the healthcare workforce and health system bear a heavy strain, important elective medical procedures are delayed or postponed, adding to pre-existing backlogs.While we continue to prepare the way for widespread and lasting control of COVID-19 through safe and effective vaccines, Canadians are urged to continue with individual practices that keep us and our families safer: stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, follow local public health advice and maintain individual protective practices of physical distancing, hand, cough and surface hygiene and wearing a face mask as appropriate (including when you can not consistently keep two metres apart from people outside your immediate household).These practices are especially important over the holidays, as many of us are likely preparing for the holiday season, including shopping for gifts and other festive items and planning for ways to celebrate safely this year. Wherever possible, I encourage you to shop online or use curbside pickup to reduce your risk of exposure. If you do need to shop in person, plan ahead to avoid crowds, limit the number of people who shop with you and only pick up items you plan on purchasing. Please observe the COVID-19 safety measures in place in these settings, including floor markings and other physical distancing visual cues.This year’s holiday season will be different, and, for some, this may involve increased alcohol consumption. While the best way to avoid short and longer-term risks from alcohol is to not drink, Canadians who consume alcohol can consult Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines for strategies to help lower the risks. This resource offers information on standard drink sizes, recommended daily and weekly limits, and reminders to avoid alcohol and/or other drugs when pregnant or breastfeeding, and when operating a motor vehicle. And finally, please check with your local public health authority to find out what measures are in place for safer holidays this year, including limits on social gatherings. Remember that the safest way to celebrate this season is with members of your immediate household. This will not only help limit the spread as we continue to see a resurgence of COVID-19 activity in Canada, but the actions you take now could save lives.Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert app to break the cycle of infection and help limit the spread of COVID-19. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others. /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, breastfeeding, Canada, covid-19, disease, exposure, Government, health, health services, healthcare, Holiday, Indigenous, infection, outcomes, public health, resources, vehiclelast_img read more

Regular hire of community facilities 2021/22

first_imgRegular hire of community facilities 2021/22 City of Port PhillipApplications for regular hire bookings for 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 are now open.Our community facilities are available for use and hire by members of the public to support various social, recreational, cultural, leisure and lifelong learning activities and services. We enjoy seeing these facilities used in ways that foster community connection and support participation, health and wellbeing.We’re pleased to announce that applications for regular hire bookings for our community facilities for 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 are now open. Please submit your application using the online application form.Venues available for bookings are listed in the Regular Hire Application Package on the Regular Hire of Community Facilities page. Please note that we are still operating with a reduction in space capacity limits and group sizes in line with Victorian Government COVID-19 requirements.Applications will close Sunday 16 May 2021. Successful bookings will be advised in June 2021.If you have any questions about this application process, please contact the Venue Management team at [email protected] or call ASSIST on 9209 6777. /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:City of Port Phillip, community, covid-19, Government, hire, Internet, local council, online, Port Phillip, space, Victoria, wellbeinglast_img read more