Operation Heat Shield to deliver a major policing boost this summer

first_imgOperation Heat Shield to deliver a major policing boost this summer Operation Heat Shield funded again, off the back of its success in 2019-20Police to target crime and antisocial behaviour during summer monthsMore police on the beat in the CBD, suburbs and regional WAMajor boost to policing hours to increase police patrols and targeted operations to tackle burglary, theft and family violencePrevious Operation Heat Shield resulted in 2,500 arrestsFollows McGowan Government’s unprecedented investment to deliver 1,100 extra police officers The McGowan Labor Government has announced a major $5 million boost to WA Police to crack down on crime and antisocial behaviour over the summer months and keep Western Australians safe.The funding will ensure the highly successful Operation Heat Shield will run from December 2020 to the end of May 2021, with an additional 55,000 police hours deployed on the streets of the Perth central business district, and in other entertainment and shopping precincts, our suburbs and regional Western Australia.Heat Shield will deliver high-visibility policing to tackle the rise in crime rates historically experienced over the warmer months when more people are out socialising.This will include patrols at suburban centres, the Perth CBD and shopping, entertainment and transport hubs, and increased operations to target burglary, theft and family violence.The first Operation Heat Shield, which ran during the same period last year, resulted in 2,500 arrests, 1,425 summonses and 5,882 charges.As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:“There is no greater deterrence to crime and antisocial behaviour than a visible police presence, and Operation Heat Shield will ensure our police are out in force this summer.“My Government has made an unprecedented investment in WA Police resources across WA, to ensure the community is protected and our State remains safe and strong.“We know that historically, crime increases during the summer months and this major police blitz will ensure there is a major police presence on the streets, not just in the CBD, but across Perth’s suburbs and regional WA as well.“Supporting WA Police has been a key priority of my Government. Today’s announcement follows the significant boost to frontline police announced as part of the State Budget, with an additional 800 police officers recruited, on top of the 300 being delivered.”As stated by Police Minister Michelle Roberts:“To keep Western Australians safe and secure, the McGowan Government has increased police numbers and resources to record levels.“We’re resourcing our police more than ever before to continue to drive down crime and antisocial behaviour.“Thanks to all Western Australians’ commitment to beating COVID-19, we can be out enjoying time with family and friends.“With this further $5 million funding, Western Australians can expect to see a strong police presence throughout WA in our entertainment precincts, shopping centres, and on our roads.”Premier’s office – 6552 5000 /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:Australia, Burglary, business, community, covid-19, family violence, Government, Investment, Minister, operation, police, Premier, resources, violence, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

Healthcare honchos give a thumbs up to the union budget

first_img Add Comment MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Finance Health policies News Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on February 1, 2021 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share Healthcare honchos give a thumbs up to the union budget Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Union Budget 2021-22 Comments (0) But also highlight some areas where the budget fell short of expectations …Charu Sehgal, Partner and Leader, Lifesciences and Healthcare, Deloitte IndiaNo boost to encourage private investment in healthcare infrastructure, medical devicesThe budget 2021 has provided the much expected increase in public expenditure on Healthcare.   The FM has announced an outlay of Rs 64180 crores over six years though, on Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Bharat scheme in addition to the National Health Mission budget.There appears to be an integrated approach whereby both the short term and immediate needs as well as the longer term measures have been proposed. While the provision of Rs 35000 crores for COVID-19 vaccine and focus on disease control and surveillance will help cope with the immediate needs brought forth by the pandemic, the setting up of National Institutes for virology and Integrated Health Labs, an updated Health Information portal will all prepare us for future such eventualities.The pandemic had brought to the fore the stark shortage in infrastructure and medical and paramedical medical resources. The budget announced setting up and upgradation of primary, secondary and tertiary health units across districts and blocks as well as a focus on allied healthcare professionals and that is a welcome step.The budget has also looked at healthcare holistically and focused on other determinants of health such as nutrition, water and sanitation and air quality. Prevention and wellness have thus been a key focus. The total outlay on healthcare and wellness has been Rs 2.24 lakh crores including the above mentioned allied departments. This has been increased from Rs 91,000 crores last year.What seems to be missing was the support and boost that was expected to encourage private investment in healthcare infrastructure as well in manufacture of medical devices.There was also no mention of specific support and incentives for R&D and innovation for the Pharma and Medical technology.It was the private sector that really rose to the challenge during the last year whether it was on innovation or manufacture of drugs, devices and vaccines or on testing and treatment and it was expected that it will be provided a boost.Dr Rana Mehta, Partner and Leader Healthcare, PwC IndiaFocus on preventive and well-being will usher in a more holistic approach to reduce morbidity and mortalityHealthcare spend is proposed to more than double and this will help in rolling out the vaccination programme as well as strengthen the delivery system and build better capability and capacity to combat any future pandemics. India is rolling out the world’s second largest vaccination programme and the Government has provided for almost $5 billion in the next year’s budget to make it happen. Besides curative care the focus on preventive and well-being will usher in a more holistic approach to reduce morbidity and mortality.Vishal Bali, Executive Chairman, Asia Healthcare HoldingRs 35000 crore earmarked for COVID-19-19 vaccination drive will create the safety net for the countryHealthy India is core to India’s economic growth reflects in the 137 per cent increase in outlay for health at Rs 2,23,846 cr in budget 2021. The focus on healthcare with Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana with an outlay of Rs 64, 180 crore over six years shows that healthcare capacity building is now a key priority for the Government. The Rs 35000 crore earmarked for COVID-19-19 vaccination drive will create the safety net for the country. The overall capital expenditure increase of 26 per cent should drive infrastructure acceleration, the much needed GDP growth driver. Insurance sector which is an important pillar for any country should see an exponential growth with enhancement of FDI limit to 74 per cent from 49 per cent. Overall a forward looking budget to drive the 11 per cent GDP growth for India in FY22 as pegged in the Economic survey 2020.Vikram Thaploo, CEO, Apollo TelehealthNo major developments around digital healthcare or telemedicine was announcedThe Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced an allocation of Rs 64,180 crore over the next six years for the healthcare sector in the 2021 Union Budget. The budget allocated is in addition to the National Health Mission which is already in effect. One of the key initiatives proposed in this year’s budget is the addition of 17,000 rural and 11,000 urban health and wellness centres which is a supportive move for better patient care and will also pave the way for public-private partnerships. Also, the government has proposed to set up integrated public health labs in each district with 3,382 block public health units across 11 states.Another welcoming move is the outlay of Rs 1.41 crore for the Swach Bharat 2.0 mission which will help improve sanitisation and transform the lives of millions. Considering the government’s effort to curb the pandemic of COVID-19, it has also planned to set aside Rs 35,000 Crore for COVID-19 vaccine in FY22. Though, it must be admitted that the government has re-shifted its focus on healthcare in this budget, but considering the rapid integration of digital technology into healthcare, no major developments around digital healthcare or telemedicine was announced.Parvathavardhini Natarajan, Associate Director, Ratings, Brickwork RatingsNo tax benefits on R&D investments in pharma and lower GST for life-saving drugsAs BWR expected, Union Budget had reinforced the commitment of providing good and sufficient healthcare to its citizens with a whopping increase of 137 per cent in budgetary allocation from Rs. 94,452 crores in FY 2020-21 to Rs. 2,23,846 crore in FY 2021-22 to the health care sector. The proposed budget allocation of 1.8 per cent on GDP to health care is very much in with BWR expectations (2 per cent to 2.5 per cent)On the healthcare segment, the budget focussed on a holistic approach – Preventive, Curative and well-being from grass root level by launching Atmanirbar Swasthik Yojna Scheme with an outlay of Rs.64,180 crore for a period of 6 years which shall focus on developing capacities of healthcare systems, develop institutions for detection and cure of new and emerging diseases.The government also proposes to spend Rs 35,000 crore on COVID-19 vaccines and also plans to rollout pneumococcal vaccine across the country, which is expected to reduce 50,000 child deaths every year.The government has also laid other host of initiatives -Supplementary Nutrition Programme and Poshan Abhiyan 2.0 to be merged and launched as Mission Poshan 2.0, Setting up of Integrated Public Health Labs, establishing critical care hospital blocks, strengthening NCDC, expanding integrated health information portal, etc.The Union government is also proposing for Introduction of the National Commission for Allied Healthcare Professionals Bill.However, on the taxation side, the government did not meet the expectations of the industry which looked forward to tax benefits on R&D investments in pharma and lower GST for life-saving drugs.On the whole, healthcare remained undoubtedly the core theme of Union Budget 2021 and fulfilled the nation’s Sankalp on Healthy India.Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of IndiaWe welcome vision but concerns remainThe announcement of the PM Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojana is a step in the right direction towards strengthening our healthcare capacities and infrastructure. The increased investment of 50,000 crores over 5 years to strengthen research and development will surely put India’s innovation on the global map.However we must not lose our focus on maternal, child and adolescent health, including family planning. Prioritising social sector spending on women and young people’s health is central to all our futures. It will spur economic growth and recovery by ensuring a healthy population and ensure that the current health crisis does not increase existing gender disparities in access to affordable and quality healthcare.Rohitashwa Prasad, Partner, J Sagar AssociatesIf this growth were to be extrapolated, GoI should achieve target healthcare spend of 2.5 – 3 per cent of GDP well before target dateFor FY 21 GoI had budgeted Rs. 69,000 crore for healthcare, which was 1.6 per cent of GDP. The budgeted amount for FY 22 shows a significant increase. If this growth were to be extrapolated, the GoI should achieve the target of healthcare spend of 2.5 – 3 per cent of GDP (as envisaged in the National Health Policy 2017) well before its target date. This is quite promising and clearly illustrates the importance that the GoI is placing on the sector spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.What is also very commendable is that the GoI has allocated Rs. 35,000 crore for the COVID-19 vaccine as a separate line time. This shows that the GoI has avoided the pitfall of focussing all its resources on tackling communicable diseases at the cost of building healthcare systems generally because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which notwithstanding its materially adverse impact on the health and economy, is an extraordinary event. The GoI has thus avoided the saliency bias which the Economic Survey had warned against.Prabal Chakraborty, Practice Leader, Healthcare, Praxis Global Alliance Would expand reach of quality healthcare to a wider population baseBudget 20-21 is growth-oriented. There is a great focus on infrastructure, CAPEX, asset monetisation, and disinvestment. This is extremely encouraging. On the healthcare front, there is a growth of 137 per cent in the overall outlay and is intended to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. This would expand the reach of quality healthcare to a wider population base. Overall a very positive budget.Girish Rao, CMD, Vidal Health  FDI limit in insurance which has increased to 74 per cent is also a positive moveThis is clearly the most forward thinking budget in recent times. The fact that healthcare plans were taken up first by the FM shows the importance the government is giving to health of our citizens. Far reaching recommendations will transform public health. The increase in allocation to Rs 2.37 lakh crore was long overdue and we welcome this.PM-JAY has been a resounding success in bringing awareness and health coverage to large masses. The new Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PM-ASBY) with a special focus on building primary, secondary and tertiary care capabilities in rural India will bring attention to much neglected sector. Rs. 64,000 crore allocation over six years is a great beginning and will transform rural India.There is a need to build technology platforms to bring in large masses under the health care delivery platform. FDI limit in insurance which has increased to 74 per cent is also a positive move. This allocation will allow for more investment in this space.Special focus in nutrition deficient districts is another excellent initiative. Also the Rs 35,000 crore allocation for COVID-19 vaccination is ensuring equitable distribution of vaccination to all segments of our population.Anmol Arora, CEO, DocVitaOur country’s digital health ecosystem will leapfrog into the future137 per cent increase in health budget, and allotment of ₹64,180 crore towards PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana will provide the much-needed boost to our country’s health infrastructure. With healthcare at the forefront, and health and wellness taking a centre stage, the 17000 rural and 11000 urban centres are expected to pave the way for a new era in preventive health for India.As a result of this investment, our country’s digital health ecosystem will leapfrog into the future, and empower every Indian – whether living in rural or urban areas to access healthcare. The new health systems and integrations will help unlock the opportunities for telemedicine as well. This will be one of the world’s largest digital health ecosystems. With this impetus and motivation to health systems, we have the opportunity to lead and set an example for the rest of the world.Dr Pradeep Mahajan, CMD, StemRx BioScience Solutions This year’s budget by the Hon’ble Finance Minister is indeed very positive, and committed to the healthcare sector which needed a much needed deliberate boost post unprecedented virus outbreak last year. The announcement of a centrally funded scheme – Aatmanirbhar Health Yojana – with an outlay of Rs 65,000 crore over six years in addition to the National Health Mission is a welcome step towards strengthening primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare in the country.It is appreciable that the government has been very thoughtful regarding healthcare thereby focussing on curative and preventive health and wellbeing. The allocation this year is a whopping over 130 per cent rise from the budget last year. The proposals would make quality healthcare accessible and affordable, besides standardising, enhancing and elevating healthcare infrastructure across the countryVivek Sagar, Founder & CEO, HopeQure.comHope sizeable amount would be allocated for implementation of Mental Health Act 2017Health, Hope and Growth, with this in mind, 2021 Budget will be remembered as the Y2K moment in healthcare with FM’s announcement of spending of Rs 2 lakh crore in healthcare. While, we await the fine print, we hope sizeable amount of this would be allocated for implementation of Mental Health Act 2017 as the Budget 2021 focuses on health and well-being, physical and financial capital and infrastructure, inclusive development, reinvigorating human capital, innovation and research and development. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”last_img read more

Snakebit Spieth (76) twists in the wind at Valspar

first_imgPALM HARBOR, Fla. – Jordan Spieth needs a nap. Returning to Innisbrook, the site of his first victory of 2015 that helped catapult him to a historic year, Spieth hoped Copperhead’s friendly confines would wrest him out of what has been a pedestrian few weeks, at least by his own lofty standards. Instead, swirling winds and a swing that was just a fraction off led to an unsightly first round of 5-over 76 at the Valspar Championship and another uphill climb on Friday if he’s going to play the weekend. “It was tough. Wasn’t a very good round. I got off to a poor start and I was behind the 8-ball with gusty winds, you know, on a tough golf course,” said Spieth, who was tied for 113th when he finished his round. Things went sideways for the world No. 1 from the outset on Thursday, starting with a wayward drive at his first hole (No. 10) into a fairway bunker and a misplayed chip into a greenside bunker for an opening bogey. Spieth didn’t make his first par of the day until his sixth hole, and even then he needed to scramble to do so. He then appeared completely unsettled on the 16th hole, when he backed off his approach shot three times. “Stop gusting every time I’m over the ball,” he mumbled as the winds whipped to 30 mph on Day 1. Valspar Championship: Articles, photos and videos Spieth hit just 6 of 18 greens in regulation and 7 of 13 greens. Had it not been for some clutch play on the greens – he took 11 putts on his outward loop – things could have been much worse. Even after going out in 39, Spieth figured he could bounce back on his second nine. “Get even for the tournament,” Spieth thought. “I think I was 4 [over] at the time. I knew I’d have, you know, iron into No. 1 on a par 5 and wedge into 2 and couple other wedge opportunities. I knew it would be very challenging.” Although he was better on his second nine, it wasn’t enough. After a bogey at the third hole, Spieth played his final six holes in even par, but he still found himself nine shots off the lead and, for the second time in his last three tournaments, on the wrong side of the cut after 18 holes. Last month at the Northern Trust Open, Spieth opened with a 79. He bounced back on Friday with a 68 but still missed the cut for the first time since last September. He will need something similar on Friday if he has any chance to play 72 holes this week and continue his quest to defend the title that got everything started last year. Spieth explained the difference the last few weeks has been his inability to mitigate the damaged caused on days when his game isn’t quite right. “Unfortunately, right now on my off days – typically my history, I’m able to hold that around even par, and I’m just shooting too high a number,” he said. “Hopefully less wind tomorrow and I can work hard to play on the weekend.”  Spieth will have nearly 24 hours before he tees off for Round 2 to think about what he needs to do on Friday, and he planned to spend that time wisely. “I’m going to go rest. I’m going to go probably take a nap,” said Spieth, who tees off for Round 2 at 12:57 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Fiery Augenstein outduels Morikawa at U.S. Amateur

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Around the Vanderbilt golf team John Augenstein’s nickname is “Flash,” and it’s easy to see why. The swing loaded with speed. The on-course charisma. The big shot in the big moment. The Commodores junior added another highlight to his growing collection Wednesday, when he defeated world No. 3 Collin Morikawa in 19 holes during a Round of 64 match at the U.S. Amateur. Out of sorts early at Pebble Beach, Augenstein was 2 down to Morikawa after butchering the short seventh and then misplaying a shot around the green on 8. Standing on the ninth tee, he turned to Vanderbilt assistant coach/caddie Gator Todd: “I need to play the best 10 holes of my life to beat Collin.” And did he? “I don’t know,” he said later, smirking, “but I did enough.” Augenstein won the ninth hole after Morikawa dumped his approach shot into the hazard, drained a 30-footer on 10 to square the match and then took his first lead when he rolled in a 10-footer on 14. One down with three holes to go, Morikawa stuffed his approach into 16 while Augenstein, trying to play a perfect shot, misjudged the wind and left himself in a difficult position, short and right of the green. Augenstein appeared visibly frustrated once he found his ball, buried in the thick ryegrass short of the green. He told Todd that he didn’t think he’d be able to get inside of Morikawa’s shot about 6 feet away, but he dumped his pitch shot onto the front edge, rode the slope and trickled it into the cup for an unlikely birdie. “Come on!” he yelled, high-fiving Todd and tossing his wedge at his bag. “It was beautiful,” Todd said. “I’m not sure how he did that, but pretty cool that it went in.”   U.S. Amateur: Articles, photos and videos Morikawa answered by making birdie, then won the 17th with a par before both players halved the home hole with birdies. On the first extra hole, Augenstein hit his approach to 15 feet while Morikawa left it short. Morikawa raced his first putt by 6 feet and then missed the comebacker to lose the match. It may not have been the best 10-hole stretch of Augenstein’s career, but after that pep talk on 9 tee, he went 4 under to the house. “He’s a fiery little dude,” Morikawa said of his 5-foot-8-inch opponent. “You don’t want to get him on the wrong side because you never know what’s going to happen. He’s not going to give shots away.” The first-round match was a rematch of the Western Amateur quarterfinals two weeks ago, where Augenstein also won, that time by a 4-and-2 margin. “It’s the most fun format and where I can be my true self – emotional and aggressive and beat people,” Augenstein said. That’s what he did at the 2017 SECs, where he won the deciding points in both the semifinals and the finals. He starred again a few weeks later at the NCAA Championship, last season went 3-0 in SEC match play, and now has earned a reputation among his teammates as a primetime player. “I’ve hit a lot of big shots and putts in my career,” said Augenstein, ranked 26th in the world after recently winning the Players Amateur. “I get locked in and focused, and there’s not a shot that I don’t think I can pull off. I’m not scared to fail.” The comeback victory against Morikawa – a three-time winner last season at Cal and one of the best amateurs in the world – didn’t surprise Todd. He’s seen firsthand how explosive Augenstein can be on the course. “He’s just fiery,” Todd said. “He does things under pressure that you’re not supposed to do. He’s just a special kid.”last_img read more

News / Kuehne + Nagel can boost overland services with acquisition of Jöbstl

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 25/07/2019 Kuehne + Nagel has expanded its overland capabilities with the acquisition of Austrian SME Jöbstl.K+N said the move would benefit customers seeking capacity into Eastern Europe and groupage services.“By adding Jöbstl’s portfolio, we are able to offer more services to customers in the region, as well as further develop our overland network strategically,” said senior vice president for overland Europe Uwe Hott.“Transport operations, particularly connections to neighbouring countries will be further strengthened, while increasing frequency of departures and shortening lead-times.” Mr Hott said he expected SMEs to be a core beneficiary of the improved services. The acquisition has added to K+N’s 130+ overland connections in Europe.General manager for Austria Franz Braunsberger said Jöbstl was strongly rooted in its home country.“The family-owned company stands for reliability, flexibility and customer service with a personal touch – values that are also extremely important to Kuehne + Nagel.”No price was announced alongside news of the acquisition, which remains subject to approval by antitrust authorities.Managing director Christoph Jöbstl said he was pleased with the deal and the company’s integration into the K+N network.“Together we will be able to offer our customers an even wider range of services,” he added. “Combining our networks, we can build synergies and create room for growth that will benefit both our customers and employees.”last_img read more

PlayVS expands to Canada with GameSeta acquisition

first_imgPlayVS expands to Canada with GameSeta acquisitionThe high school and college esports league will partner with BC School SportsMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterThursday 21st January 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareScholastic esports league PlayVS has acquired Vancouver-based startup GameSeta.The latter specialises in managing logistics and building infrastructures for esports leagues in high schools across Canada. With this acquisition, PlayVS expands its activity to the country, as it’s currently serving high schools and colleges in the US. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.GameSeta co-founders Tawanda Masawi and Rana Taj will head PlayVS’ operations in Canada. PlayVS will also partner with BC School Sports , the governing body for school sport in British Columbia.In its announcement, PlayVS also highlighted the growth of its platform, which has 230,000 registered users, and saw a 460% increase in its userbase since launching its college offering.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games The league currently services all 50 US states and has partnerships with 23 state associations.Masawi commented: “As the world has transitioned to a digital-first landscape, gaming has become a lifeline engaging Canadian students with their schools and peers in a constructive way. Personally, I believe this is the biggest opportunity for Canadian schools to deliver a world-class esports experience for students. We cannot wait to hit the ground running and get to work.”PlayVS raised $15 million in Series A funding back in June 2018, before securing an additional $30.5 million investment in November of the same year during a Series B round. In September 2019, it raised another $50 million in Series C funding, bringing it to a total of $96 million in just over a year. The company raised $107 million in total to date.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG loses money in Q1 despite greater revenuesESL Gaming parent company doesn’t expect a significant return to live esports events until 2022By Brendan Sinclair 12 days agoGrid secures $10m in Series A fundingGerman-based esports data company will use the “investment to take on the US”By Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Survey: 19% Of U.K. Musicians Considering Quitting Due To Lack Of Gov’t Support

first_imgA new survey from the Musicians’ Union shows that 19 percent of musicians in the U.K. are considering quitting the profession. This possible exodus of one-fifth of the workforce comes from a lack of government stimulus in response to COVID-19.Even among those who qualify for assistance, 26 percent say that they will still struggle financially in the period between payments. As economies around the world cautiously begin to reopen retail and dining, the live music industry is remains far from a soundcheck.Related: Survey: 84% Of Music Freelancers Have Yet To Receive COVID-19 Relief FundsAccording to the survey from the union of over 32,000 musicians across the United Kingdom, the government’s stimulus package leaves severe gaps in coverage. Just as in the United States, musicians and other self-employed artists are more likely than most to fall into those gaps. Add that with the fact that the live music industry, given the frequency and necessity of crowded rooms and tight spaces, will be slow to reopen and it creates a severe disincentive for staying in the profession. Musicians’ Union General Secretary Horace Trubridge said of the results,We risk facing a devastating impact on the music industry. From providing us with the joy of live music, to teaching our children, musicians play a huge part in our everyday lives and to wipe out a fifth of that will have unimaginable consequences. This comes after U.K. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced a £398 billion relief package for small businesses across the country in March. While the aid was designed to help local businesses pay rent and employees, even while closed, it left sizable red tape around self-employed workers with 38 percent of musicians surveyed unable to obtain any government aid. Additionally, the Musicians’ Union addressed gaps in coverage for those who are part self-employed (less than 50 percent of their total income), those who have been self-employed less than a year, those who function as a limited company, those with annual profits over £50,000, and musicians on maternity leave.“In Germany, the total package for the arts is worth £46.3billion,” Trubridge pointed out. “With the Government also promising financial support to micro businesses of up to five employees. Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have all announced funds and aid packages for the sector.”Just like in the U.K., many musicians stateside are having trouble staying afloat during the pandemic, with the national government providing little assistance. Although physical gigs are non-existent and federal aid to musicians is about as plentiful, many artists are embracing their craft more than ever. As the amount of live streams has grown into a veritable flood, as well as the growing prevalence of online lessons from prominent musicians, the avenues of promotion for artists have simply diversified, rather than dwindled. Plus now that everyone is forced to stay at home, the pipeline from musician to fan is as direct as ever. English writer G.K. Chesterton said that “art consists in limitation,” and his countrymen and women back home are likely inclined to agree with him right now.Read the full survey from Musicians’ Union here.[H/T NME]last_img read more

Roger Waters ‘Us + Them’ Concert Film To Receive First-Ever Digital Release [Video]

first_imgRoger Waters has announced that his 2019 concert film, Us + Them, will see a digital release on June 16th.The film followed Waters on his 2017-18 Us + Them tour, which saw the former Pink Floyd bassist perform 156 times across the globe. Co-directed by Waters and Sam Evans, Us + Them captured footage of his time in the U.K. and Amsterdam, with concert video coming from his four shows at the Ziggo Dome in the prominent Netherlands city. Furthermore, the Us + Them film documents the tour’s enthralling visuals, including a recreation of London’s Battersea Power Station as well as the inflatable pig from the cover of Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals.Related: Roger Waters Goes On Facebook Rant Bashing David Gilmour, Pink Floyd Website [Video]Included in the film’s tracklisting are quite a few songs from iconic Pink Floyd albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. Additionally, Us + Them also features performances of several tracks from the rarified Animals, including “Dogs” and “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”.Waters posted a trailer for the film to YouTube on Thursday and the video’s description contained a special surprise: “Viewers on digital will have access to all-new post-feature content including two additional concert songs not included in the original feature (“Comfortably Numb” and “Smell the Roses”) as well as A Fleeting Glimpse, a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour.” Watch the Us + Them trailer below and scroll down for a full tracklisting.Us + Them – Trailer[Video: Roger Waters]As is the case with virtually all musicians, Waters recently canceled his 2020 This Is Not A Drill tour due to the ongoing health crisis. While he has yet to reschedule those performances, a statement posted to his website notes that the tour will take place next year. Visit his website for additional tour and film release information.Us + Them Tracklisting“Speak to Me” (Played on tape, with parts of the vocal track from “When We Were Young”)“Breathe”“One of These Days”“Time / Breathe (Reprise)”“The Great Gig in the Sky”“Welcome to the Machine”“When We Were Young” (Shortened version without the vocal track)“Déjà Vu”“The Last Refugee”“Picture That”“Wish You Were Here”“The Happiest Days of Our Lives”“Another Brick in the Wall (Parts II & III)”“Dogs”“Pigs (Three Different Ones)”“Money”“Us and Them”“Brain Damage” (with vocal intro)“Eclipse”View Tracklistlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students support local schools

first_imgFor more than seven years, the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) Program at Saint Mary’s has helped students at Title I schools in South Bend to succeed. “The main goal is to provide extra resources for area schools and area kids while also allowing Saint Mary’s students the opportunity to serve and learn from the community,” Jessica Bulosan, director of the CAT Program, said. Participants in the CAT Program attended the lecture on Saturday by Erin Gruwell titled “Teaching Tolerance” to gain insight on their work in low-income schools. Christin Kloski, student director for the CAT Program, said Gruwell spoke about the impact a mentor and teacher can make on a student, especially when the students challenge authority.  “Our students are our true educators,” Kloski said. “We learn from them, and they help us to rework our teaching or tutoring to apply to their own lives or life experiences. “The lecture simply gave all of us the extra push we needed to believe in what we are doing in the CAT program.” Kloski, a junior, said Gruwell’s words resonated with participants of the CAT program, even if they never have to deal with such things themselves. “[Gruwell’s] story is unique and can and should be applied to the CAT program,” she said. “Her words of inspiration and constant encouragement of her students is exactly what we must keep in mind and apply to our own students.” Kloski said Gruwell’s lecture was especially meaningful because Saint Mary’s students often work with kids whose lifestyles may be different than theirs. “Some of the students are just from torn-up homes,” Kloski said. “They are going through a lot more than we can ever imagine an eight- or nine-year-old going through.” The CAT initiative began in 2006 as an AmeriCorps program in which Saint Mary’s students read to students at Title I schools for a half hour each week, Bulosan said. “As our students would go in, they noticed there was a lot of need besides just reading to the kids,” she said. “Since then, the program has been developing and growing into what it is now.” Bulosan said approximately 20 students are serving Coquillard Elementary and Jefferson Junior High through the CAT Program this semester. Kloski said the program selects a few students each year to serve as CAT scholars. These students receive $1,000 a semester for two years of service. CAT requires scholars to work in the schools for 250 hours and to complete a larger service project each semester. Students can also choose to be teaching assistants at Coquillard or to work as tutors at Coquillard or Jefferson, Kloski said. Approximately 50 students participate in CAT’s pen-pal program during the spring semester, Bulosan said. In this project, Saint Mary’s students correspond with Coquillard students by handwritten mail. The program concludes with a dinner at the end of the semester. Kloski said the pen-pal program enables students to participate in CAT without making a major time commitment. “You get to see what’s going on in [South Bend students’] little world,” Kloski said. “It’s also a mentoring program. … Just giving out your personal experiences can help them set goals.” Bulosan said students from various majors participate in the CAT Program.  “Obviously, we have a lot of education majors in the program because it gives them a little extra experience,” she said. “We also have psychology and communicative disorders majors, but we take absolutely anybody who enjoys working with kids and wants to help kids.” The CAT program serves the South Bend community just as much as it does Saint Mary’s students, Bulosan said. “We’re definitely there for the kids. In Coquillard, we’re the only after-school program that they have,” Bulosan said. “But also, we want to help get Saint Mary’s students out of the bubble, into the community, working with kids and having fun doing it. “We hope they learn, that they get just as much out of [the program] as they are giving to the kids. We hope they learn about diversity, diversity of opinions, diversity of experiences, just more about the world around them.” Kloski stressed the importance of getting off campus and learning about the surrounding community. “You experience so much that you can’t if you don’t get out of the Saint Mary’s bubble,” Kloski said. “We’re trying to find ways to connect our Saint Mary’s community with the local community, primarily with the schools that are involved with our program.” Kloski said her three years participating in CAT have been a meaningful part of her education at Saint Mary’s. “It’s a rewarding experience in what you are doing with the people and just seeing you can change lives, legitimately,” Kloski said. “You can see the change from year to year with your students.” Kloski said the lower-income students might face problems at home that affect their behaviors in the classroom, but the relationships they develop with the Saint Mary’s students positively impact their school experiences. “You [as a Saint Mary’s student] may be going through something tough, and when you get to the school, your kids may give you the biggest hug for no apparent reason other than that you arrived,” Kloski said. “You’re helping them succeed, little by little.   Contact Haleigh Ehmsen at [email protected]last_img read more

Woman, 2 children injured after vehicle crashes into store; bystander arrested for interfering

first_imgA woman and two children suffered non-life threatening injuries after their vehicle crashed into a Port Arthur business Saturday night.Port Arthur Police responded at approximately 10 p.m. to Value Dollar store, 3400 Gulfway Drive, Det. Mike Hebert said. It is not known if any citations were given to the driver as the case remains under investigation. Police did not elaborate on a possible cause for the collision.An arrest unrelated to the collision was made at the scene. A man, whose name was not released, was charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant and resisting arrest. Hebert said the man had walked up to the scene and had no connection with anybody in the vehicle.center_img The business was boarded up and shuttered on Monday.last_img read more