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Bartlett hospital workers to get pay increase in new labor contract

first_imgCommunity | Health | JuneauBartlett hospital workers to get pay increase in new labor contractJune 4, 2018 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Bartlett Regional Hospital in 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)Union negotiators and management at Bartlett Regional Hospital have agreed to a new contract that includes gradual pay increases for about 400 hospital employees over the next three years. The Juneau Assembly approved the 36-page contract Monday evening without comment. A majority of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had voted to ratify the agreement last month. The terms call for a 1.5 percent increase for both union and non-union workers next year. That will be followed by an annual 1 percent increase over the next two years. The pay increases are projected to cost about $4.1 million over three years; the contract replaces last year’s agreement and expires in 2021.Share this story:last_img read more

Army wants to find snow-loving soldiers as it commits to ‘Arctic dominance’

first_imgArctic | MilitaryArmy wants to find snow-loving soldiers as it commits to ‘Arctic dominance’March 25, 2021 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Soldiers participate in a skijoring exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in January. (Alejandro Pena/USAF)The Army says it will boost its ability to operate in the Arctic, in part by recruiting soldiers who want to be in Alaska.The Army’s new plan for the region is called “Regaining Arctic Dominance.” The name implies both a commitment and an admission of neglect.Gen. Peter Andrysiak said the Army excelled in the far North during the Cold War. Then, he said, its Arctic skills “atrophied” as the focus shifted to warmer climates and the global war on terror.The new plan outlines a need for Arctic-capable equipment and also focuses on what Andrysiak calls “talent.”“When you go into a recruiting station, you’re going to be able to sign up there and say, ‘I want to go to Alaska, because I grew up in Colorado. I like to ski and I like to snowboard. I know that’s a key component of being able to operate in and through the Arctic,’” he said, describing a proposal that’s gaining support. “So what we want to do is make that opportunity available.”Andrysiak also said the Army wants to revive relationships with Alaska Native communities to teach soldiers Indigenous survival skills.The Army is the latest of at least seven military services or agencies to announce an Arctic plan in the past two years.Heather Conley, an Arctic expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the multitude of Arctic plans is a sign the U.S. government lacks a unified approach.“Now that we have so many strategies, now it’s time to make painful budgetary decisions and, you know, really prioritize this,” she said.In lieu of U.S. commitments, some of the Arctic plans instead highlight what America’s allies bring to the table, Conley said.“The Navy isn’t going to build new ice-strengthened surface vessels for use in the Arctic. They said very clearly in their strategy: They’ll think about it for the future,” Conley recalled.The Army plan mentions climate change as a threat to infrastructure. Victoria Herrmann, managing director of the Arctic Institute, said she wishes it had gone farther.“There wasn’t a forward-looking assessment of the rapid increase of how climate change will become a threat multiplier,” Herrmann said.Like other recent Arctic plans, the Army document notes a potential increase in ship traffic and acknowledges the region is becoming a place of competition for the U.S., Russia and China.Share this story:last_img read more

New Reviews: November

first_imgBooksNew Reviews: NovemberSusan Salter Reynolds just completed two new booksBy Los Angeles magazine – November 1, 2011348ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItBlue NightsBy Joan Didion(Knopf, 208 pages, $25)» This is what they mean by blood on the page. Didion turns herself inside out: mumbling, remembering, struggling as she traces the too-short life of her adopted daughter, Quintana Roo: in her long white christening dress, at her wedding, on her deathbed in 2005 at 39. This is what words are for, and they meet the test. Didion questions her own parenting and probes her fears and her frailty. No answers come, but even as the author feels trapped in blue light—in l’heure bleue—she offers a gentle warning. “How inadequately,” she writes, “I appreciated the moment when it was here.”    Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los AngelesBy Michael Gross(Broadway Books, 511 pages, $28)» Seven McMansions in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Holmby Hills, and Beverly Park are the main characters, though they’re nearly upstaged by the parade of murderers, lawyers, actors, pornographers, tycoons, and addicts who owned them. Designed in varying states of “faux-historical pastiche,” these houses are the corrupt core of life in the “mecca of self-invention.”  Fantasy and ambition, cheating and careless waste created them. Gross’s research is meticulous. Hard to read. Harder to put down.  TAGSUnreal EstateMichael GrossL.A. CultureJoan DidionBlue Nights2011November 2011Previous articleCarousel Of Progress At The L.A. ZooNext articleMuse StandLos Angeles magazine RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORJoan Didion’s Prose Remains Peerless in ‘Let Me Tell You What I Mean’Follow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.The Brentwood of My Youth—Joan Didion’s Brentwood—Is Long Gonelast_img read more

DHL’s new helicopter service will fly deliveries to Canary Wharf

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share Wednesday 21 January 2015 11:19 am DHL’s new helicopter service will fly deliveries to Canary Wharf Jessica Morris center_img More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes (Source: DHL Express UK)DHL Express has launched a helicopter service which will fly deliveries between London’s Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf, whittling down delivery times by skipping traffic jams. The chopper will enable important documents to be transported between DHL’s Heathrow base and the City in just 20 minutes, down from the two hours it would take by road.This means packages sent from the United States can be put onto overnight flights from New York, Boston and Chicago, enabling DHL to guarantee next-day delivery.”This new service from DHL Express offers even greater speed and reliability to our customers,” John Pearson, chief executive of DHL Express Europe said.”For the financial and professional services sector in particular, time really is money, so we are always looking for innovative, more efficient ways to move our customers’ shipments.”The DHL helicopter is a Bell 206 Jet Ranger – which will be operated for DHL by Heli-Charter – and is able to transport over 300 kg of letters and packages. whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

2018 Remembered – Two Broke Divas: Budget foundations – tried, tested and reviewed!

first_img Twitter Previous article2018 Remembered – Prominent Laois couple share their secret on how they stayed married for half a centuryNext article2018 Remembered – Two Laois supporters have left a special message in the O’Moore Park snow LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 26th December 2018 Council WhatsApp Community Facebook The cheapest foundation everyone is going mad for! 7.99 in Penneys and various pharmacies. Ok, so….. I’ve a few positives and a few negative on this one!It applies lovely, blends so well, is so workable on the skin. It has a matte finish and good coverage, perfect for my skin. Great first impressions. But unfortunately it just didn’t last on my skin, it broke down in a few hours, I was all patchy around my brows, nose and it set into my wrinkles on my forehead.It’s pretty good for €7.99,  it’a perfect for going about the place at weekend but I wouldn’t be wearing it out or to work.Note detox and protect foundationI love this one. It is most similar to MAC studio fix. It’s cost about €14. The formulation, like the other Note foundation, is quite thick but spreads surprisingly well, coverage is excellent and it’s good on my oily skin.It doesn’t break down and lasts all day. It does oxidise slightly, it gets slightly darker after a few hours, so be careful with your shade, I got a 3 but next time I’ll definitely get a 2. I really feel like I’ve hit the budget foundation jackpot with this one!I don’t know how dry skin would fair but if you’ve normal skin, invest, you won’t regret it. Again, the coverage is full, so if you like a more sheer natural look, L’Oréal infallible might be a better option.I’m a big fan of L’Oréal infallible but I haven’t used it since they changed the bottle from glass to plastic, this usually means a change in formulation too, so no review here until I try the new one!Here is some pictures of the foundation, these are on the inside of my arm so my natural pigmentation wouldn’t effect the shades:  left to right is 1. Flormar, 2. L’Oréal True Match 3. Note Luminous Foundation 4. Note Detox and Protect Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Pinterest TAGSFoundationTwo Broke Divas *these opinions are completely our own, made after using foundations for a sustained period of time. These opinions are based on our personal preferences. Please ensure you use your own judgement based on your own preferences and skin type.   WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Home Columnists 2018 Remembered – Two Broke Divas: Budget foundations – tried, tested and… Columnists So that’s it, our run down on budget foundations from someone who has oily skin and likes a full coverage, low maintenance foundation that lasts until home time!Until next time,Aoife and Louise We all love a bargain. I think it’s the Irish in us! But are they all worth it? Spend €10 on a foundation that turns out to be beyond useless … it may be a ‘bargain’ at the time, but becomes a waste if you only use it once.So, with all that said, we’ve tried five. Please excuse the grubby makeup bottles, at least its proof that they are well tested! Here’s how we got on…Flormar Perfect Coverage foundation I have a complete love/hate relationship with this foundation. It COMPLETELY depends on the condition of my skin. First off, its coverage is amazing, it covers every blemish and even takes down the redness from those pesky hormonal spots. You couldn’t fault it on that score. I’ve heard it being referred to ‘airbrush in a bottle’ which is true initially, but the airbrush doesn’t last, at least on me.I have oily skin, and when my skin is being very temperamental this foundation just melts off my skin, especially in warm weather. It doesn’t last as long as others and starts to break down after about four hours.A good powdering definitely keeps it set for longer, but I don’t powder on weekdays because I give myself about 10 minutes to get ready in the morning, I need something that works on its own, low maintenance is key.Unfortunately, I also find it sits into my wrinkles (ugh) on my forehead and makes them more noticeable, this only happens when the oil breaks through the foundation though. Over Christmas I went through a stage of dry skin, and this was my holy grail foundation (hence the love/hate relationship). My sister uses this everyday, she has dry skin. It works perfectly for her.To summarise: if you have oily skin steer clear, it won’t last and you’ll become shiny quite quickly. If you’ve dry skin, it’s definitely worth a go. It covers scarring and redness with ease. It comes in 6 shades and is roughly €11.L’Oréal True Match Foundation I know some people swear by this foundation, I’ve heard so many good reviews about it, but it’s just not for me. I’ll start with the positives, it comes in so many colours you are guaranteed to find your perfect shade, it’s divided into warm and cool tones, so it makes the who process of colour selection a lot easier.It’s spreads easy, blends well with a foundation brush and is workable on the face.What I didn’t like about it is that it was too sheer for my face. It didn’t have enough coverage. I’m prone to a break out or two, and I’ve redness around my nose. I like my foundation to cover these pretty quickly without much effort.Yes, I could wear a conceler and a primer beneath but at 7:30am on a Monday before work, that’s the LAST thing you’re going to find me doing. My foundation alone needs to be enough, no faffing around in the morning piling 10 products on my face! This foundation is available for approx €14.If you have perfect skin and like sheer coverage, this is the one for you. If you like a fuller coverage, I wouldn’t invest.Note Luminous Moisturising Foundation 2018 Remembered – Two Broke Divas: Budget foundations – tried, tested and reviewed! Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This is a relatively new brand to Ireland, I think it’s German. I’ve seen Note products on loads of bloggers pages, so I had to give it a try. This one was €9.99 from Sam Macauley.I found it really hard to get my correct shade, in the end I got shade 3, perfect with tan but too dark on my natural skin. I find the formulation to be quite thick, but it is surprisingly workable on the skin. It has very good coverage.As mentioned before, I have oily skin, so I was concerned about the ‘moisturising’ effect it might have on my skin. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s more of a glow than a bright illuminating effect. It lasts about 7/8 hours without breaking down.By the end of the evening I’m am quite shiny but it definitely holds up well for a €10 euro foundation. I did feel like I had makeup on though, if that makes sense, it was a little heavy on my skin. If you have normal/dry/slightly oily skin I’d recommend this. It’s definitely worth the small price tag.Catrice HD Foundation As the party season is still in full swing, we thought we should bring back this article from the Two Broke Divas on budget foundations that do just the trick.This one was a keen favourite with our followers as the Two Broke Divas tried and tested five of their favourite formulas for daytime to coverage for nights out. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more

La position du Sud face au MSBS du 9 mai

first_img Le gouvernement sud coréen a répondu à l’exercicedu tir de missiles mer-sol balistiques stratégiques (MSBS) de la Corée du Nord le9 mai en disant qu’il allait répondre fermement aux attaques du Nord, mais queles échanges privés ne seront pas affectés.Le porte-parole du ministère de la réunification, Im Byeong Cheol, a dit le 11mai dans le cadre d’un briefing régulier : « Le gouvernement sud coréen,face aux attaques, menaces et exigences injustes du Nord, va faire des effortspour premièrement se baser sur ses principes et répondre fermement, tout endéveloppant une confiance mutuelle par la coopération et le dialogue Nord-Sud, etrappeler aux citoyens des deux côtés leur appartenance à un même peuple ».Il explique : « Dans cettedirection, pour recouvrir l’identité commune du peuple coréen, notregouvernement va également promouvoir le développement des échanges privés. Ceséchanges privés sont l’objectif de notre politique gouvernementale et selon nosprincipes, nous allons nous concentrons pour qu’ils contribuent, dans l’ordre,au développement des relations Nord-Sud ».Il affirme sa position quant aux mesures du24 mai : « Le gouvernement ne change pas d’avis sur les mesures du 24mai, prises suite à l’attaque du Cheonan ».D’un autre côté, le porte-parole duministère de la défense nationale, Kim Min Sik a répondu : « Notre armée jugecet exercice de tirs de missiles sous l’eau très grave et inquiétant. Nousdemandons immédiatement l’arrêt du développement du MSBS, qui est un freint àla sécurité dans la péninsule et en Asie du Nord Est ». AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR La position du Sud face au MSBS du 9 mai There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News Facebook Twitter News By Daily NK – 2015.05.12 11:47am SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

First-time buyers in the Prairies eager to enter the housing market

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth IE Staff Miniature House on A Financial Graph iStock Keywords Housing,  Surveys First-time homebuyers in the Prairies think now is a good time to buy, according to the latest BMO Housing Survey.The survey found 70% of Albertans and 55% of respondents in Saskatchewan and Manitoba were optimistic about their housing markets. That contrasted with widespread pessimism in Ontario, where only 20% of respondents thought now was the time to buy. In B.C. and Quebec, only 22% of respondents were optimistic about their housing markets.Overall sentiment around affordability has cooled as the housing market has heated up. Across the country, only 32% of respondents said now was the time to buy.Almost 40% of respondents said they planned to wait for prices to come down before getting into the market.The pandemic has seen household savings skyrocket, and 80% of first-time buyers said they plan to use at least some of their excess savings for a down payment. But the amount they’re planning to put down on a house varies.Just over a third (36%) of respondents said they planned to put 5–10% down on a house. Almost 20% said they wanted to make a down payment of 16–20%, and nearly 15% said they wanted to put down 21–50%.Twenty per cent of first-time buyers said they were already pre-approved for a mortgage, and 48% said they planned to obtain pre-approval.BMO commissioned Pollara Strategic Insights to conduct an online poll of 1,000 adults from March 1–9. Online polls cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Samuda Calls for More Creativity in Manufacturing

first_imgSamuda Calls for More Creativity in Manufacturing CommerceOctober 15, 2009 RelatedSamuda Calls for More Creativity in Manufacturing FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has called for more creativity in the manufacture of products that will give Jamaican Brand greater prominence in the global marketplace.He also urged producers of such goods to ensure that they register their products to avoid piracy and earn maximum returns on their investments.Mr. Samuda was speaking at the CoK Co-operative Credit Union Limited’s annual public forum titled: ‘Small Business and Entrepreneurship – The Way to Survive in a Recessionary Environment’, held on Tuesday (October 13) at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.Citing the example of the Chinese, he said that they incorporate the creativity of the populace in the manufacturing of goods for the greater benefit of the country.“They recognise that the real profit, the real returns on that which is produced, does not lie in the manufacturing process alone…it lies in the creativity of the people so they must now design their own products. When they manufacture for Nike or someone else with the intellectual property, they (China) get only 12 per cent of the returns. So they now turn their attention to the creativity, the intellectual property that will give them the design, so that they will own the product and the brand, so that they will get maximum returns on their efforts,” the Minister outlined.Mr. Samuda contended that Jamaica can “take a leaf out of that book,” emphasising that “no longer can we continue to feel that, because it is easy to make money through financial paper, that we can go along (thinking) it’s alright to do that kind of activity.”“We must begin to appreciate the urgency with which we must apply ourselves, and start producing for the country in hard goods and services. Our producers have not had to really find it within themselves to compete effectively, because of the removal of real competition in the market place,” he stressed.Mr. Samuda further urged manufacturers to take the necessary steps to register their products and ideas with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) to protect themselves from falling victims to piracy.“One of the things that we have come to realize is the value of brand, and there is hardly a brand that is as good as the Jamaican brand, and that has been made so in a dramatic way, by the great successes of our athletes (and) our musicians. There are other aspects to what makes Jamaica, not just simply the actual products that we produce, but the (country itself), that makes us different from the rest of the world.“So, for those who produce products that can represent us overseas, I hasten to remind you that there are services available, through JIPO, (where) you can have the copyright laws applied, (and) you can have your products protected, so that you don’t (experience) the kind of intellectual piracy that is taking place generally,” Mr. Samuda said. RelatedSamuda Calls for More Creativity in Manufacturingcenter_img Advertisements RelatedSamuda Calls for More Creativity in Manufacturinglast_img read more

Hang in there, Australia – we’re in great shape but we’re only halfway through COVID marathon

first_imgHang in there, Australia – we’re in great shape but we’re only halfway through COVID marathon Article originally published in The Conversation, by Professor Brendan Crabb AC and Professor Mike Toole AM.In the midst of the anxiety over the latest outbreaks in NSW and Victoria, it is easy to forget the wider context of Australia’s privileged COVID position.Relative to most Western countries, some of which are losing someone to COVID every 60 seconds, we live in a largely COVID-free oasis. This puts us in an incredibly good position to carefully exit from the COVID crisis and manage a steady return to nationwide normality, without the suffering seen in other nations. But we have 12 months or so to go.Despite how it often appears in the media, the nine jurisdictions – one federal and eight states and territories – are actually in agreement on the highest-level issues. All jurisdictions have long agreed that COVID is so serious that each wants either extremely low (the aggressive suppression strategy) or indeed zero community transmission.In fact, we have reached an Australia-wide “zero tolerance” for COVID, increasingly recognising that COVID-zero is in the best interests of our health, social and economic well-being. This Australia-wide “crush it” attitude has been the single biggest driver of our success. It’s what we have in common with many of our equally successful neighbours, such as New Zealand and Thailand, and what sets us apart from the horror of the COVID carnage in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, the United States and elsewhere.We also agree this COVID-free status should be achieved with as little disruption as possible to society, non-COVID health (especially mental health) and the economy. None of this is in dispute. Moreover, we all agree on the two parallel strategies needed to achieve it:identifying and isolating cases and exposed individuals through testing and contact tracingand preventing transmission through interventions such as physical distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, movement restrictions (such as different degrees of “lockdown”, border control and quarantine) and improved ventilation.Different styles, shared valuesWhere different jurisdictions do differ is around the timing and extent of these interventions, rather than the value of those interventions. For example, contrary to popular belief, NSW does not rely solely on its testing and contact-tracing strategy (excellent though it is); it also uses all the other measures mentioned above.That’s not to say differences in how interventions are used are not sometimes important, but these differences should be seen in the wider context of the high-level agreement across Australian states and territories.There is no textbook to guide the use of the various interventions; it is all being worked out as new knowledge becomes available. An example of difference in nuance is the recent NSW outbreak response, compared with that in South Australia in November.SA chose to go hard and fast, implementing a short but widespread movement restriction policy. NSW also used movement restriction, but less severe and more geographically targeted.SA chose what it hoped would be short-term pain for long-term gain (which is as it turned out); NSW opted for softer but longer-lasting restrictions.Sydney commuters wearing masksMask mandates, such as the one recently ordered in NSW, will be here for some time to come. Dean Lewins/AAP ImageImportantly, however, both states used every one of the interventions mentioned above, and both aimed to reach COVID-zero with least disruption. Which was the better approach from a health and economic standpoint will require deeper analysis in due course.Speaking personally, we favoured stricter and more widespread movement restrictions early on in the Sydney outbreak, because there were substantial unknowns (the source of the Avalon cluster), questions about more than one quarantine leak (there were), whether there was spread to Greater Sydney and beyond (which happened) and with Christmas and New Year approaching.As it stands, the NSW approach is looking promising, but it is a myth to think this comes without major economic and social disruption.Despite the rhetoric, there is no easy way to COVID-zero, just a different mix of the same tools.We’re halfway thereWhy is all this important? Because although our exit strategy will be built around vaccines, the cold reality is that all the COVID controls we use now will be in place for the next nine to 12 months, and some will likely endure beyond that.Australians will not be fully vaccinated until late in 2021, according the federal government’s timetable, although the government announced yesterday that vaccination will begin two weeks earlier. During that time, the threat of COVID coming into Australia from high-transmission countries will remain.In fact, with the pandemic still growing, and what appear to be more highly transmissible strains becoming more prevalent, the threat of introduction is likely to increase. Once here, the threat of transmission is greater.Given the nation is already exhausted, it is crucial we find ways to safeguard public health even more rigorously in 2021 than we did in 2020.We must find a way to reduce interstate rankles, but also to rapidly adopt new findings or tools as they come to light. We can’t be stuck in our ways.Interstate cooperation, flexibility and open-minded public health responses are the key. Such flexibility, for example, might include a willingness to adopt a “go hard, go early” approach in one circumstance, but not in another.Crucially, our decisions should be decided by circumstance, not ideology. Leaders need to be more receptive to discussion around vexed issues, especially aerosol transmission and what needs to be done about it.The change in stance on mandatory masks in NSW was a great example of what can be achieved with a can-do attitude.We need pragmatic, constructive cooperation between jurisdictions. A common strategy for tight international border security and hotel quarantine is a must. Wouldn’t it have been great if NSW and Victoria had thrashed something out to each other’s satisfaction, preventing the New Year border chaos? It doesn’t reflect well on either that didn’t happen.Australians have come to appreciate just how precious a COVID-free existence is. They will not, and should not, give it up lightly. If we are to maintain it, we have to be kinder and more cooperative. There is still a long road ahead.Read the article on The Conversation. /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:Australian, Avalon, Burnet Institute, community, Dean, federal government, Government, mental health, New Zealand, NSW, public health, research, SA, South Australia, Sydney, United Kingdom, United States, vaccinationlast_img read more

Budget’s historic $2.3 billion investment in mental health and suicide prevention

first_imgBudget’s historic $2.3 billion investment in mental health and suicide prevention Department of HealthThe Budget commitment includes creating a landmark national network including up to 57 additional mental health treatment sites for adults. It will also fund more centres for youth and children through the Head to Health and headspace programs.The Plan builds on the government’s significant existing investment in mental health services for Australians throughout the 2019-­20 bushfires and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.It brings the government’s total estimated mental health spend to $6.3 billion in 2021-22.The Plan is based on five key pillars:prevention and early interventionsuicide preventiontreatmentsupporting the vulnerableworkforce and governance.The Plan will transform mental health care in Australia by:building a world-class Head to Health digital gateway for Australian dealing with mental health issuesensuring our mental health and suicide prevention system reaches Australians where they work, learn and liveenhancing mental health in primary careestablishing a network of mental health centres for adults, young people and children through the Head to Health and headspace programsbuilding a system that is efficient, joined up, easy to navigate and people-focusedproviding appropriate, ongoing follow-up care to every Australian discharged from hospital after a suicide attempt.This $2.3 billion investment is the first phase of the response to the findings of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Final Report.You can find detailed information about Health’s mental health and suicide prevention measures in the Minister’s media release and Budget fact sheets. /Media 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, Australian, bushfires, Commission, Department of Health, early intervention, Government, headspace, health, health services, healthcare, Investment, mental health, prevention, primary care, Productivity Commission, suicide prevention, treatmentlast_img read more