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With new advances, scientists and drug makers reach for ‘holy grail’ of diabetes treatment

first_img Log In | Learn More 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. Health Paul Griggs/Wellcome Images What’s included? What is it? For decades, Americans living with diabetes have been relying on injections of insulin to manage their illness. Those injections can be painful — and inconvenient.Two new developments — one a newly released study and the other the publication of new clinical trial data — describe advances toward an alternative approach: the delivery of blood-sugar-regulating hormones in a pill, long regarded as the “holy grail” of diabetes treatment. Tags diabetespatientsSTAT+ 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. Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Justin Chen June 25, 2018 Reprints With new advances, scientists and drug makers reach for ‘holy grail’ of diabetes treatment GET STARTEDlast_img read more

All the latest CCFL Results and Fixtures

first_img Pinterest GAA TAGSCCFL results and fixtures Facebook WhatsApp Home Sport Soccer All the latest CCFL Results and Fixtures SportSoccer Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results The latest results from the CCFL are in.It was a busy weekend of football with many games down for the decision.There were many Laois sides on the pitch where Towerhill Rovers fell short of a win while Stradbally Town A and B teams were also busy.Paddy Cotter Cup 1st RoundTowerhill Rovers 1 Highfield Utd 4Towerhill Rovers were aaway this morning in what was their first loss of the season.A Joey Delaney goal got the side on the scoreboard while they were eight players down from their usual squad.TOWERHILL: Richie Downey; Leon McDonald, Jack Fennel, Aidan McGovern David Hughes, Joey Delaney, Martin Hillard, James Furlong, Sean Mulhall, Nathan Carpenter, David Leonard. Subs: Brian McCormack for McDonald, Emeka for Leonard, Brian Dunne for Mulhall, Hayden Delaney for J Delaney.Stradbally Town A 3 Clonaslee Utd 0Stradbally A came away with a win this morning after defeating Clonaslee Utd.Making use of their pace and the big pitch Stradbally broke through the Clonaslee line when Benny Lawlor was pushed to the ground just as he was about to get a strike away.Jody Dillon calmly put away away a penalty before Clonaslee got into the game and had a couple of half chances to equalise but the Stradbally defense held firm.Just on the half time mark Stradbally doubled their lead when Richie Ryan fired a bullet header into the net after a pinpoint cross from Benjamin Lawlor, 2-0 at the break.Stradbally started the second half brightly again and continued to dominate possession.They finally got the third goal they deserved when after some great passing exchanges Benny Lawlor finished calmly into the bottom corner.STRADBALLY TOWN: Joe Walshe, Colin Murphy, Richie Ryan, Tim Flood, Podge Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Langton, Damien Murphy, Scott Osbourne, Benny Lawlor, Alex Conway and Jody Dillon. Subs: Justin Lalor, Jake Byrne, Billy Murphy, Jack Deegan, Jack Langton, Tom Shiel.Division 3AStradbally Town B 3 Maryborough 3Stradbally Town B’s played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Maryborough in the Leisure Centre this morning.They dominated the opening stages of the game with Liam Clancy, Noel Delaney and Colm Clancy going close before Maryborough scored with their first meaningful attack after 15 minutes.But the lads regrouped and got back on top where some fine play down the right saw Adam Murphy centre a cross where midfielder Sean Devoy volleyed it to the net to level the game after 25 minutes.They soon took the lead when Ciaran O’Neill slipped in Derek O’Gorman and he tucked a shot into the corner of the net.Stradbally’s third goal arrived just before half time when Murtagh Condron broke down a Liam Clancy cross and Adam Murphy delightfully clipped a shot into the top corner of the net with his left foot.However, the second half would be a very different affair. Maryborough got back to within one after 50 minutes and then Stradbally were reduced to ten men with just under half an hour to play as Liam Clancy picked up a second yellow card.The lads battled really hard with their numerical disadvantage as Eamonn Delaney and Richard Carolan made some last ditch tackles and keeper Sean Murphy was smart to deal with a number of dangerous crosses.However, their resistance was broken on 83 minutes when a corner wasn’t dealt with and Maryborough nipped in the equalise.Neither team created another chance in the time that remained and the spoils were shared.STRADBALLY TOWN B: Sean Murphy; Richard Carolan, Colm Clancy, Eamonn Delaney, Noel Delaney; Adam Murphy, Sean Devoy, Murtagh Condron, Ciaran O’Neill; Derek O’Gorman, Liam Clancy. Subs: Kilian Mcgannon for Murphy (70), Luke Kelly for O’Neill (80), Adam Nicholl-Waugh and Mark GannonRESULTSSaturday, 23rd NovemberSaturday Divisions Cup 1st RoundLongford Ath 6 Gaels Utd 1Colmcille Celtic 3 Moydow 2UCL harps 5 Longford Town Cruisers 1LFA Under 19 Cup 1st RoundTullamore Town 0 Shelbourne 3Under 19 Preliminary DivisionRaharney Utd 4 Mullingar Ath A 3Willow Park 2 Mullingar Ath B 0Under 17 Preliminary DivisionMullingar Ath C 4 Mucklagh 2Portlaoise 0 East Galway Utd 7Sunday, 24th November Paddy Cotter Cup 1st RoundTemple Villa 3 Monksland Utd 4 aetStradbally Town 3 Clonaslee Utd 0St. Carthage’s Ath 0 Tullamore Town 3Melville FC 2 Derry Rovers 9Highfield Utd 4 Towerhill Rovers 1Mullingar Town 8 Walsh Island Shamrocks 1Ballinahown 9 Mullingar Ath 1Coolraine 3 Clara Town 1Division 2Moate Celtic 1 Banagher Utd 2Division 3AMaryborough FC 3 Stradbally Town 3Cloneygowan Celtic 4 Rosenallis B 1Abbeyleix Athletic 4 Midlands Celtic 0Division 3BEast Galway 1 Ballinahown B 2Riverside FC 0 St. Cormacs Athletic 1Newcastle Athletic 4 Raharney Utd 4Kinnegad Juniors 9 Clonmore Utd 2Women’s DivisionWillow Park 7 Kinnegad Juniors 2FIXTURESFriday, 29th November 2019Kick off at 8pm unless statedO’Neills LFA Junior Cup 1st RoundDerry Rovers A v Clara Town – Brains Park, School Lane, Edenderry – OffalySaturday, 30th November 2019Kick off at 2pm unless statedCombined Counties Cup 1st RoundLongford Athletic v Gallen UtdSaturday Division 1Mullingar Town v Colmcille CelticCastlepollard Celtic v Gaels UtdGrange Utd v Moydow FCLongford Town Cruisers v UCL HarpsUnder 17 Preliminary DivisionBirr Town v Mullingar Ath A -11.30amMucklagh v Monksland Utd –Temple Villa v East Galway UtdUnder 19 Preliminary DivisionEdenderry Town v Raharney UtdMountmellick Utd v Abbeyleix AthEast Galway Utd v Tullamore TownMullingar Ath A v Mullingar Ath BSunday, 1st December 2019Kick off at 11am unless statedNew Balance FAI Junior Cup 4th RoundMullingar Town v Ballinahown ANew Balance FAI Junior Cup 5th RoundWillow Park v Regional UtdAthlone – 2pmFAI Youths Cup 3rd RoundBlarney Utd v Willow Park – 2.00pmJohn Farrell Combined Counties Cup 1st RoundMelville FC v Abbeyleix AthleticCloneygowan Celtic v BBC UtdRaharney Utd v Midlands CelticMonksland Utd v Mullingar AthleticWalsh Island Shamrocks v Tullamore TownBirr Town A v Monksland UtdLFA Junior Cup Ballinahown ADivision 1Gentex v Rosenallis AStradbally Town A v Towerhill RoversHighfield Utd v Mountmellick UtdLFA Junior CupMullingar TownIdle Clonaslee UtdDivision 2Coolraine v PortlaoiseMoate Celtic v St. Carthages AthleticTemple Villa v Banagher UtdCombined Counties CupMelville FC, BBC UtdDivision 3AKilleigh v Maryborough FCMountmellick Celtic v Derry Rovers BSt. Aengus v Stradbally Town BCombined Counties CupCloneygowan Celtic, Midlands Celtic, Abbeyleix AthleticIdle Rosenallis BDivision 3BBallinahown B v Kinnegad JuniorsClonmore Utd v Newcastle AthleticRiverside FC v Birr Town BEast Galway v St. Cormacs AthleticWomen’s DivisionClara Town v Killeigh – Stanley O’Hara Park – 2.00pmKinnegad Juniors v Mullingar Athletic – 2.00pmBealnamulla v Willow Park – 2.00pmMountmellick Utd v Birr Town – 2.00pmSEE ALSO – Portarlington advance to U20 football final after dramatic extra time defeat over PortlaoiseSEE ALSO – Books, jerseys, hats – the LaoisToday store is now open 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin All the latest CCFL Results and Fixtures Twitter By Aedín Dunne – 24th November 2019 Previous articlePortarlington advance to U20 football final after dramatic extra time defeat over PortlaoiseNext articleProperty Watch: Four houses in Laois currently for sale for around €400,000 Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook GAA last_img read more

Live Blog: Follow all of Sunday’s Laois club hurling championship action

first_img Twitter By Steven Miller – 13th September 2020 News Electric Picnic Previous articleProperty Watch: Five properties currently for sale in MountrathNext articlePoints difference misery for Mountmellick as Mulhall-inspired Ballacolla reach semi finals Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest WhatsApp The other game between Portlaoise and Slieve Bloom will decide who tops the group. The winner of that one will play Camross in the semi-final while the loser will play The Harps.Finally, in the third tier IHC, there’s plenty to play for with Mountmellick meeting Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton taking on Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe.All four teams remain in contention for the semi-finals while only Mountmellick are certain of avoiding the relegation playoff. Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Home Sport GAA Live Blog: Follow all of Sunday’s Laois club hurling championship action SportGAAHurling SEE ALSO – In Pictures: O’Moore’s celebrate third Laois camogie success in five years Twitter WhatsApp Live Blog: Follow all of Sunday’s Laois club hurling championship action Electric Picnic TAGSLive Blog Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Brought to you in association with Telfords, Portlaoise and MountrathIt’s another busy day of Laois club hurling championship action but the wheat is beginning to be separated from the chaff.By this evening the semi-final pairings in the top three grades of the Laois hurling championships will be known – as well as all three relegation finals.With supporters still prevented from attending games, we’ll be keeping you up to date on all the most relevant games.Steven Miller will be in MW Hire O’Moore Park for the Laois SHC double header. Camross and Ballinakill meet in the first game at 1.30pm. Neither side have a chance of advancing to the semi-finals but the loser of this game will have to play Castletown in a relegation decider. A draw, however, would be enough to save Ballinakill.In the second game, Abbeyleix will be looking to cause a shock against Rathdowney-Errill – a draw here would be enough to send Rathdowney-Errill through while Abbeyleix have to win.What may be worth keeping an eye on is the winning margin – a Rathdowney-Errill by seven points or more would ensure they top the group. If they do they will play Borris-Kilcotton in the semi-final. A win by less than seven points would see them take on Rosenallis.In the other games today, the big one in the Premier IHC is the meeting of Colt-Shanahoe and Ballyfin where the loser will drop into the relegation final to play Mountrath. Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

B.C. Discovery Fund to discontinue share sales

first_img Kensington Venture Fund successfully completes third closing VC fund of funds closes after topping its target Tessie Sanci GrowthWorks Canadian Fund files for creditor protection Keywords Venture capital Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img “The fund currently has $40 million in assets, with mature investments in eight companies, and over $4.0 million that it is required to invest,” says John McEwen, CEO of BC Discovery Fund. “Closing the sale of shares and eliminating further dilution is a typical evolution for venture funds that have achieved a mature portfolio.” The discontinuation of the fund’s Class A shares are voluntary and effective immediately. The continuous distribution prospectus for the fund, which lapses on April 15, 2015, will not be renewed. In addition, the fund’s board has also decided to present an alternative to its existing redemption model method of providing liquidity to its shareholders. The board is recommending that the fund adopt a dividend distribution model. The belief is that utilizing dividend distribution will allow all shareholders, regardless of the timing in divestment, to achieve the full liquidity available. This proposal will be put to a vote by shareholders at the fund’s next annual meeting. The fund invests in companies in the information technology, communications and health and life sciences sectors. Related news Vancouver-based Discovery Management Capital Corp. has announced that shares of its British Columbia Discovery Fund, a venture capital investment fund, will no longer be sold. The fund’s board of directors has determined it is best to maximize the value of the fund’s mature portfolio and any new investments to be made for the benefit of existing shareholders. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Harvest announces changes to ETF risk ratings

first_imgHarvest Portfolios Group Inc. on Wednesday announced changes to the risk ratings of certain Harvest ETFs.The risk rating for Energy Leaders Plus Income ETF will increase from “medium to high” to “high”. Related news New country risk ratings include ESG insights The risk rating for Harvest Global Resource Leaders ETF  will decrease from “high” to “medium to high”.No changes have been made to the investment objectives or strategies of these ETFs. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Horizons lowers risk ratings for 4 ETFs Keywords Risk ratingCompanies Harvest Portfolios Group Inc. BMO announces changes to several ETFs Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Economy on Track to Meet Fiscal Target – Davies

first_imgRelatedEconomy on Track to Meet Fiscal Target – Davies RelatedEconomy on Track to Meet Fiscal Target – Davies RelatedEconomy on Track to Meet Fiscal Target – Davies Economy on Track to Meet Fiscal Target – Davies UncategorizedOctober 18, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Hon. Omar Davies, has said that although there were challenges in meeting the fiscal target, “we are still within the projections for this point of the year”.Dr. Davies, who was addressing a press briefing at his National Heroes Circle offices this morning (Oct. 18) to review the performance of the real economy for the first half of the fiscal year, noted that “the deficit remains our major challenge, both in terms of reducing the debt ratios and also moving us to the point where we will first have a balance budget and then return to the issue of the surplus”.He added that, “we are seeking to keep the expenditure not just in line with the budget, but consistent with the revenue inflows”.According to data issued by the Ministry, the fiscal deficit of $16.9 billion was 25 per cent better than projected, while the primary surplus of $23.7 billion was 32.8 per cent above budget. Meanwhile, expenditure was $6.3 billion, or 6.1 per cent less than budgeted.Turning to inflation, Dr. Davies cited the decline in the inflation rate as being one of the major achievements for the year, noting that there had been a significant reduction since January, with the rate steadily declining from 13 per cent to 6.5 per cent at the end of September. “Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will be back to single digit in both the calendar and fiscal years,” he noted.In terms of monetary policy, the Finance Minister said there were several positives in this area, with the removal of the special deposit requirement for commercial and merchant banks, within the context of the relative stability of the foreign exchange market. The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) removed the special deposit requirement for commercial and merchant banks on May 1, and later reduced interest rates on its open market instruments by between 15 and 20 basis points.Dr. Davies noted that favourable macroeconomic conditions had positively impacted domestic interest rates, which declined three times during the review period to the lowest level in 20 years.Turning to investor confidence, the Finance and Planning Minister said that there was a “tightening” of the yields for government of Jamaica (GoJ) external bonds as investor confidence remained positive. For the period, the Minister told journalists, the Net International Reserves (NIR) had been “much more buoyant than we had anticipated”, due to strong private capital flows.“This is in the context of the Ministry of Finance still holding over $100 million from the 30-year bond, which will be utilized for the repayment of external debt,” the Minister expounded. The NIR now stands at approximately US$2.3 billion, exceeding the programme target by US$264.2 million.On the matter of remittances Dr. Davies said, “we are ahead of the pace for 2005”, adding that, “it is within the context of no new taxes, that we have boosted revenue flows”.He said that collections had been enhanced by the introduction of a number of initiatives including the Property Tax Arrears Project; the implementation of ‘easy payment’ facilities, including an ‘electronic drop box’ for cheque payments and returns filing; and an outbound call centre to assist with the management of tax arrears. Advertisementslast_img read more

State Service Review Interim Report

first_imgState Service Review Interim Report Peter Gutwein,PremierToday I have tabled the State Service Review Interim Report which outlines a number of issues to be considered by the Review over the medium term.The release of the Interim Report follows on from PESRAC recommendation no.64 that the review should recommence immediately.As I’ve said before, it has never been more important to ensure that the Tasmanian State Service is able to provide the leadership, advice and support required to ensure Tasmania thrives on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Interim Report highlights the many strengths of our State Service – including good people, committed to providing high quality services to Tasmanians.It also provides some early insights into lessons learnt from the recent response to the COVID-19 pandemic, given the need for State Service employees to be flexible and agile in their response during this challenging time.It also highlights the significant transformation that the State Service will need to undergo to successfully respond to future demands in the coming years.The Tasmanian Government believes it’s time we began operating as One State Service, working together to share resources and to be accountable for delivering outcomes across the whole of government, as well as individual agencies.The Interim Report also recommends a move to a facilitative employment framework which enables contemporary recruitment and workforce planning practices to provide an operating environment capable of meeting the needs of the government, the Tasmanian community and the 31,000 employees in the State Service.The Report clearly identifies the role of contemporary service delivery options including face-to-face, over the phone and on-line. Importantly, there are many initiatives in the 2020-21 State Budget that support this direction, including $57 million for the whole-of-government Digital Transformation Expenditure Program.The Report contains a small number of recommendations, however given the bulk of the Reviews’ recommendations will be made in the Final Report, the Government will respond to all recommendations at the same time.The Report will form the basis of further consultation with stakeholders prior to a final report being provided to the Government in March 2021.A copy of the Report can be found here: https://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/policy/review_of_the_tasmanian_state_service /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, community, coronavirus, covid-19, digital, Digital Transformation, employment, environment, future, Government, outcomes, Premier, quality, resources, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, workforce planninglast_img read more

CEFC and TransGrid Services in landmark investment to support Snowy 2.0 grid development

first_imgCEFC and TransGrid Services in landmark investment to support Snowy 2.0 grid development The CEFC has committed $125 million on behalf of the Australian Government to help finance the development of grid infrastructure critical to the delivery of the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project. In its first major grid infrastructure investment, the CEFC will fund TransGrid Services to increase the amount of reliable and secure electricity to the National Energy Market (NEM).The CEFC corporate debt facility with TransGrid Services is part of a complex project to connect Snowy 2.0 to the NEM. TransGrid Services will draw on the CEFC finance to design, construct, operate and maintain a new 330kV switching station and associated transmission lines as part of its agreement with Snowy Hydro Limited to provide connection services for 30 years.Snowy 2.0 will offer an important economic stimulus, including the creation of about 4,000 jobs during construction. It will also support new Renewable Energy Zones in southern NSW, including 1,900 MW of renewables projects in construction or under development, by enhancing security and reliability of supply via Snowy 2.0. CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said: “Investment in new storage, transmission and related infrastructure is essential to support the security and reliability of the grid during Australia’s clean energy transition.“Our ability to offer investment certainty in challenging market conditions is evidence of the critical role the CEFC can play in supporting grid related developments. Snowy 2.0 offers large scale energy storage and quick start electricity generation during peak demand, providing critical security and reliability services to the NEM. We are delighted to be working with TransGrid Services in investing in this exciting project.“On behalf of TransGrid Services, Richard Lowe said: “We are pleased to be part of this landmark investment with CEFC and delighted to support our long-standing customer Snowy Hydro in the development of the Snowy 2.0 project.“Snowy 2.0 is an important project for Australia. It will be the largest generator connecting to the NSW grid for over 30 years, a critical component in supporting the energy system transition as well as securing low emission and low-cost energy for consumers.”The AEMO 2020 Integrated System Plan identified Snowy 2.0 as a critical project for NSW and the NEM, with the potential to unlock the value of both existing and new renewable energy, while delivering reliable energy to consumers. The Australian Government has introduced legislation to create a $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund (GRF) to be administered by the CEFC. The GRF will support investment in new energy generation, storage and transmission infrastructure. The proposed $1 billion for GRF projects is in addition to the existing CEFC $10 billion capital allocation. Mr Learmonth added: “Through our specialist Clean Futures Team, we have a strong focus on investment in grid augmentation, including transmission, interconnectors, renewable energy zones, hydro, grid-scale battery storage and hydrogen. “We are confident CEFC capital, combined with our expertise in developing new markets and building investor confidence, can help accelerate investment in national building projects that can meet the rapidly evolving requirements of our energy network. This investment with TransGrid Services is an example of the kind of further national building investments we will be able to make through the GRF once it is established.”About TransGrid ServicesTransGrid Services is a provider of contestable transmission load and grid connection services in NSW and the ACT. /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:Act, agreement, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, CEFC, clean energy, corporate, electricity, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Learmonth, legislation, NSW, renewable, renewable energylast_img read more

Malvern Valley shops to get a facelift

first_imgMalvern Valley shops to get a facelift If you live near or shop at the Malvern Valley shopping strip on Chadstone Road in Malvern East we would like to hear from you.Partly funded by the Victorian Government, we are planning to give this popular local shopping precinct a facelift to create an attractive, vibrant space for locals to meet, shop and dine.A draft plan has been prepared that introduces wider footpaths, increased outdoor dining areas, new street furniture, attractive paving and lots more greenery.The traffic direction in and out of the car park will also change to improve safety and, to accommodate the people-focused design four car bays will be reclaimed.Before progressing this project we invite you to view the plans and have your say.To share your views visit the ConnectStonnington engagement hub and complete a short survey by Tuesday 22 December.At the close of the survey, all feedback will be considered in the final design.For more about this exciting local project visit the Malvern Valley Activity Centre page. /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:car, Chad, City of Stonnington, Government, local council, meet, project, Safety, space, Stonnington, survey, Victoria, visitlast_img read more

COVID-19 vaccines further evidence of success

first_imgCOVID-19 vaccines further evidence of success New Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows for the first time that individuals who receive a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine have approximately 80% lower risk of death with COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated individuals.The report also shows protection against death from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rises from approximately 80% after one dose to 97% after 2 doses.Separate new PHE analysis also confirms the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is highly effective in reducing the risk of hospitalisation, especially in older ages.In one paper published today, PHE looked at the number of new symptomatic polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive cases between December and April, and those who subsequently died within 28 days of their positive test and compared them according to vaccination status.This showed that COVID-19 cases vaccinated with a single dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the AstraZeneca vaccines had similar levels of protection against mortality after a single dose, at 44% and 55% respectively, compared with unvaccinated cases.Combined with the protection vaccines offer against becoming a case in the first place, this is equivalent to approximately 80% protection against mortality in individuals vaccinated with a single dose of either vaccine.For the first time, the latest analysis includes protection against mortality from the AstraZeneca vaccine, and additional protection from 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.The data shows that protection against mortality from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is even higher – around 69% – for confirmed cases who had their second dose at least 7 days prior to their positive test.When combined with the estimated protection against becoming a case, this is equivalent to an estimated 97% protection against mortality in individuals vaccinated with 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.A separate new PHE report also shows further evidence that the vaccine is highly effective in reducing the risk of hospitalisation, especially in older ages.For the over 80s, it is estimated that 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalisation by 93%.The findings highlight the importance of people completing their vaccination course.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:The evidence is clear that vaccines provide significant layers of protection against this awful disease. People across the country can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their risk of becoming seriously ill or hospitalised with the virus is significantly reduced after being vaccinated.This news will be life-changing for many people who have worried about the devastating impact of this virus, either to themselves or a loved one.The vaccine is saving thousands of lives and giving us hope on our road to recovery. When the time comes to get your jab, please join the tens of millions of people who are now benefitting from this vital protection.Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said:The vaccines are saving lives every day. This analysis gives us even more reassurance that the vaccine is highly effective in protecting adults against death and hospitalisation from COVID-19.Getting your vaccine will significantly reduce your risk of dying or becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. It will also significantly reduce your chances of getting infected and infecting others. It is vital to get both doses of your vaccine when you are offered it.Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi said:Vaccines have been one of the biggest medical marvels in history and the data published today proves how valuable they are in keeping people safe.It’s fantastic to see this real-world data and the impact both vaccines are having on protecting the public and the NHS.I urge all those invited to step up and book in your jab, and play a part in our journey out of the pandemic and back to normality.The vast majority of confirmed COVID-19 case data analysed in these reports are expected to be the B.1.1.7 (Kent) variant. For most of the other variants of concern, there is not yet sufficient numbers of confirmed cases with follow up to generate separate estimates of vaccine efficacy. /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. 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