City officials mandate many travelers to Juneau quarantine themselves for 14 days

first_imgThe quarantine order applies to travelers coming from outside of Alaska, as well as to people coming from communities with known COVID-19 cases within the state. As of Sunday, 22 people have tested positive for the virus in the communities of Anchorage, Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Soldotna and Sterling. The Juneau Assembly’s quarantine order does not apply to travel tied to certain critical industries. The industries the Assembly exempted were flagged by state health officials in a health alert on Friday. The Alaska-specific list was based off of recent federal guidance on “essential critical infrastructure workers.” The self-quarantine order does not apply to work-related travelers in these fields: transportation and logistics, agricultural operations including fish and fish-processing,energy – including oil and gas production,critical manufacturing,raw production for manufacturing, including mining and timber,water, wastewater and sanitation,government functions,public safety and first-responders,health care and public health,financial services,communications, and defense.On Friday, state health officials strongly advised all Alaskans stop non-essential travel. It also urged Alaskans who are out of state to return home. The Juneau self-quarantine order is in effect until April 16.The Juneau Assembly debated the measure and variations on the exemptions for several hours on Sunday. Much of the debate focused on balancing protection of public health, minimizing economic hardship, and infringing on civil liberties. The body passed it in a 6-3 vote. Mayor Beth Weldon and Assembly members Wade Bryson and Loren Jones voted no. Jones was particularly concerned about the erosion of civil liberties. He said the federal government “doesn’t know what they’re doing,” and officials within it are seeking extraordinary powers during the crisis. “But I think, going down this route, we are continuing to go one step closer, one step closer to loss of civil rights,” Jones said. “That’s a fear that I have, that in order to assuage our concerns today, we’re going to put ourselves in a place where we’re not going to be able to go back.” Assembly members Michelle Hale and and Maria Gladziszewski were particularly grave about the health crisis to come. Hale offered an unsuccessful amendment to limit many of the industry exemptions.Gladziszewski said she would be willing to take even stronger actions to “flatten the curve.” She said, without a vaccine, treatments or widespread testing, options are limited. “The only tool we have is, at this point, a blunt instrument of keeping people separate,” Gladziszewski said. “Soon, we should have more testing so we can ease up on these things. … The sooner we put it in place, … the less likelihood we have to have to keep it for longer.”The Assembly plans to hold another special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to consider a “hunker down” emergency order further restricting people’s movement within Juneau. It’s modeled after an emergency order Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued on Friday.This story has been updated with additional details from the Assembly’s debate. Share this story: 1 Sections | Coronavirus | Juneau | Local Government | TransportationCity officials mandate many travelers to Juneau quarantine themselves for 14 daysMarch 22, 2020 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Capital City Fire/Rescue Captain Roy Johnston talks to people arriving at Juneau International Airport on Saturday. The airport sees multiple daily flights to and from Seattle — one of the epicenters of coronavirus spread in the United States. Voluntary screenings began last week. Beginning Monday, city officials are mandating 14-day self-quarantines for many travelers. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Beginning Monday, many travelers coming to Juneau will be mandated to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Juneau Assembly passed the public health mandate in a special meeting on Sunday. last_img read more

News / Maersk Line boosts Triple-E fleet with order for 11 even bigger containerships

first_imgDSME chief executive Sung-Leep Jung and His counterpart at Maersk Line, Søren Skou With the twentieth and final delivery of its Triple-E series of 18,270 teu ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) due to take place this month, Maersk Line yesterday announced the next phase of its fleet expansion with an order for what will become the largest ships in its fleet.A public signing ceremony at the DSME shipyard in South Korea yesterday saw Maersk Line chief executive Soren Skou place a new order for 11 Triple-E next generation 19,630 teu vessels for delivery in 2017 and 2018.The ships represent a capacity increase of 1,360 teu on the original Triple-Es, or 7.4%, while in terms of physical dimensions – with a length of 400 metres, beam of 58.6 metres and a draught of 16.5 metres – they are virtually identical to the first generation, which just goes to show how container vessel design has changed in terms of squeezing out more slots from current dimensions since the Triple-E was first conceived.A spokesman said that the new units would have 1,000 reefer plugs, compared with the 600 on today’s Triple-Es. He added that although the final specifications of the vessels were still under discussion, it is expected that the engines will also be of the twin-screw type. Maersk executives had previously indicated to The Loadstar that it might look for smaller engines since slow-steaming became commonplace.“While the contract is for a twin skeg [the projecting after section of a vessel’s keel, where the propeller is sited], we may yet opt for a single skeg. We expect the output to be +60 KW, equivalent to 550 VW Golf cars,” the spokesman added. By Gavin van Marle 03/06/2015center_img The new vessels are also considerably cheaper than the $185m per unit that Maersk forked out for the original Triple-Es in 2011. The company said yesterday the order was worth $1.8bn, representing a per ship price of $163.6m. This puts it on a par with its carrier rivals, which have been paying in the $150-160m for more recently delivered UKCVs, such as the CSCL Globe and MSC Oscar. There is also an option for six additional units.Maersk said the new vessels will operate its Asia-Europe service, replacing smaller, less-efficient ships.Maersk Line chief operating officer Søren Toft said: “I am very happy with this order. These vessels will help us stay competitive in the Asia-Europe trade and will be key in our strategy to grow with the market. It is the second order this year and we expect to order more vessels, which we can add to our fleet from 2017 and onwards.”Earlier this year, the company placed an order for seven 3,600 teu ice-class feeder vessels, which are due to enter its intra-Europe subsidiary Seago Line’s fleet, and it said yesterday that over the next five years it planned to invest a further $15bn in “newbuildings, retrofitting, containers and other equipment”.At the group capital markets day in September, Mr Skou forecast that the line would require an extra 425,000 teu of capacity by 2017, some of which could be covered by short-term charters. Over the medium term period, of 2017-2019, Mr Skou said it would need about 30 newbuilds.As from yesterday, the Maersk orderbook stands at total of around 370,000 teu – comprising a final Triple-E; seven Baltic feeder vessels; eleven 9,500-10,00 vessels, which it will take on long-term charter over the course of this year and the next; and the eleven 19,630 teu vessels ordered yesterday – which would rise to 485,000 teu if the six options are exercised.Its current fleet capacity totals 3m teu, of which 1.7m teu is on 255 owned vessels, with the remaining 1.3m teu on 346 chartered vessels.The 11 new ULCVs will sail under the Danish flag.last_img read more

Having stomach troubles? Try swallowing this mini robot

first_img CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Has your child swallowed a small battery? In the future, a tiny robot made from pig gut could capture it and expel it.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are designing an ingestible robot that could patch wounds, deliver medicine, or dislodge a foreign object. They call their experiment an “origami robot” because the accordion-shaped gadget gets folded up and frozen into an ice capsule.“You swallow the robot, and when it gets to your stomach the ice melts and the robot unfolds,” said Daniela Rus, a professor who directs MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “Then, we can direct it to a very precise location.”advertisement Related: Related: In the LabHaving stomach troubles? Try swallowing this mini robot Tags robotstechnology Associated Press By Associated Press July 19, 2016 Reprints Not your grandma’s pills: 7 intriguing new ways to deliver drugs center_img It’s still a long way before the device can be deployed in a human or animal. In the meantime, the researchers have created an artificial stomach made of silicone to test it.Rus said one of the robot’s most important missions could be to save the lives of children who swallow the disc-shaped button batteries that increasingly power electronic devices. If swallowed, the battery can quickly burn through the stomach lining and be fatal.advertisement Robot surgeon performs first soft-tissue operation by itself MIT’s team has a patent pending and presented its research at a robotics conference in Sweden this spring. Rus said medical companies have expressed interest in clinical applications, which require going through the regulatory process of conducting animal and human studies.“It’s a nifty idea,” but it could be a decade or so before hospitals could use such a device, said William Messner, a professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University in Massachusetts who is not involved with the project. He said it could also have promise in performing biopsies.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has to get involved with anything like this and they’re rightfully very careful about any kind of medical instrument,” Messner said. “The big problem is: What if it gets stuck? Now you’ve really got a problem.”The multidisciplinary project fits into the growing field of soft robotics that coalesced with the 2013 founding of the peer-reviewed Soft Robotics Journal, based at Tufts. The Boston region is a hub for research into the moving machines made of flexible materials that can change shape and size, making them useful for surgery and other complex environments.— Matt O’Brien About the Author Reprints Elise Amendola/AP The robots could seek out and capture the battery before it causes too much damage, pushing it down through the gastrointestinal tract and out of the body.The robot’s flexible frame is biodegradable, made of the same dried pig intestine used for sausage casing. The researchers scoured markets in Boston’s Chinatown before finding the right material to build an agile robot body that could dissolve once its mission was accomplished.“They tried rice paper and sugar paper and hydrogel paper, all sorts of different materials,” Rus said. “We found that sausage casing has the best properties when it comes to folding and unfolding and controllability.”Embedded in its meaty body — it wouldn’t be hard to make a kosher version, Rus said — is a neodymium magnet that looks like a tiny metal cube.Magnetic forces control its movement. Researchers use remote-control joysticks to change the magnetic field, allowing the robot to slip and crawl through the stomach on the way to the object it is trying to retrieve or the wound where it must deliver drugs.Would it hurt to ingest a robot? Probably not, said research team member Steven Guitron, an MIT graduate student in mechanical engineering.“I’m sure if you swallowed an ice cube accidently, it’s very similar,” he said.last_img read more

FDA is urged to probe a Louisiana program for ‘illegally’ testing an addiction treatment on inmates

first_img About the Author Reprints What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. FDA is urged to probe a Louisiana program for ‘illegally’ testing an addiction treatment on inmates GET STARTED Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED 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. Pharmalot 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. @Pharmalot center_img [email protected] Ed Silverman A consumer advocacy group and more than two dozen academics are demanding regulators investigate Louisiana corrections officials and a small company for testing an implantable version of an addiction treatment on inmates, but without following regulations governing clinical trials.The pilot program involves sustained-release naltrexone implants, which are surgically inserted under the skin in the stomach. The medication is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a tablet and injectable to treat alcohol and opioid dependence, but not a surgically implanted form of the drug. APStock By Ed Silverman Nov. 20, 2019 Reprints Log In | Learn More What’s included? Tags opioidsSTAT+last_img read more

All of this week’s golf results as the season winds down

first_img Facebook Twitter Community TAGSGolf results New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Here are all of this week’s golf results from the weekend.RATHDOWNEY GOLF CLUBOpen Fourball sponsored by Bowe’s Foodhall & Café1st Liam Coady (17) and Enda Fogarty (18) 46pts2nd Michael Shortt (15) and Dermot Gibbons (18) 44pts3rd Sean Stapleton (21) and Ollie Stapleton (10) 44ptsLadies Prize: Eileen Dowling (17) and Ann Grace (28) 44ptsOpen Scramble sponsored by Corcoran’s Fairway 19 Council Home Sport Golf All of this week’s golf results as the season winds down SportGolf PORTLAOISE GOLF CLUBClub Christmas Hamper1st Raymond Dalton 43pts (22)2nd Patrick Raferty 40pts (12)3rd Robert Kelly 39pts (19)3 Person Champagne Scramble1st Mary Dunne 99 pts Overall WinnerTadgh McEvoy.Sean Walsh2nd Ann Mulhall 98 pts Overall Runner-UpTrevor WhelanMick Mulhall3rd Noel Scully 96 pts Overall 3rdLarry SwaynePeter Snr ConroyPORTARLINGTON GOLF CLUB18 Hole OPEN Singles Stableford1st Pat Greensmith 39Pts2nd Conor Delahunty 38PtsMen’s 18 Hole OPEN Stableford Singles – Sunday 21st October1st Glen Brereton 43Pts2nd Finian Daly 39PtsGross John McCusker 32Pts3rd Rory Goggin 38Pts (B9)Ladies Golf – Golden Girls Results Thursday 25th October 20181st – Celeste Sweetman, Jo Lawrence & Cathy Rice (44 pts.) [B6]2nd – Anne Delaney, Mary Moran & Marie Bogan (44 pts.)Ladies Results – Tuesday 23rd October 201818 Hole Single Stableford1st – Carmel Fitzpatrick (36 pts.)2nd – Jo Lawrence (35 pts.)3rd – Carmel Bolton (35 pts.) [B6]Ladies Golf – Golden Girls Results Thursday 18th October 20181st – Noreen Savage, Celeste Sweetman & Rose O’Shea (36 pts.)2nd – Agnes Holland, Mary Moran & Eve Dunne (32 pts.)Ladies Golf – Results Tuesday 16th October 2018 18 hole stableford1st – Anne Delaney (35 pts.) [B6]2nd – Gretta Foran (35 pts.)3rd – Eina Pang (34 pts.) [B9]SEE ALSO – Here is the 2018 LaoisToday Senior A hurling Team of the Yearcenter_img Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ THE HEATHOpen Singles 29/10/181st Damien Delaney(4)39 pts2nd Brendan Tynan(28)39 pts3rd Michael Brody(19)38 pts4th Emlyn O’Reilly(11)37 pts3 Person Team Event 28/29 Oct 20181st Damian DelaneyColm O ReillyAnthony O Reilly 129.52nd John ConroyEmyln O ReillyJohn Taylor 130.53rd John KellyAndrew ByrnePat Ring 131Open Singles 26/10/181st DJ Fahey(17)37pts2nd Martin Lawlor(9)37pts3rd Ned Ryan 35pts Facebook Community By Alan Hartnett – 31st October 2018 Seniors Results 26/10/’18Cat A.1st Martin O’Sullivan 38pts2nd Ollie Stapleton 38ptsCat B.1st Peter Bergin 35pts2nd Kieran Holland 34pts All of this week’s golf results as the season winds down Previous articleLaois school sends out warning against ticket fraudstersNext articleLove Island star set to visit Laois Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

NK Human Rights Film Festival Travels to US

first_img The 4th annual North Korean Human RightsInternational Film Festival, hosted by the Network for North Korean Democracyand Human Rights [NKnet], will travel to the Young Nak Presbyterian Churchof Monterey and the Santa Clara United Methodist Church in the Bay Area from November 6th-9th. KimYoung Hwan , Senior Researcher at NKnet, is scheduled to speak on unificationof the two Koreas and human rights conditions in the North during the upcoming event, a joint collaboration with the Korean-AmericanCommunity Association of Monterey.Three films will feature during the US portion of the festival’s tour: Please Grant MyWish, an animated film addressing the political prison camp system in NorthKorea; North Korea VJ, a documentary about human rights abuses in the nation; and Our Family, which focuses on community life among teenage defectors and was one of the most popular selections during the Seoul leg of the festival in September.“International interest in the human rightssituation in North Korea is higher than ever,” the organizations’ members urgedthe audience during a showing of the festival’s films last January in Hawai’i. “We hope this event can raise awareness of unification and human rights in North Korea even more among the Koreancommunity and others in the United States.”The festival, first launched in 2011, isthe first of any sort to feature films focused solely on these two issues, and has been praised for shedding light on the humanrights abuses in North Korea while encouraging people to get interested and fostersupport for a unified Korean Peninsula. SHARE By Daily NK – 2014.11.05 3:43pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China NK Human Rights Film Festival Travels to US Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News last_img read more

Why SRI outperforms

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Seniors susceptible to emotional appeals by fraudsters

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Inducing emotions in older adults increases their vulnerability to phony sales pitches, suggests research by psychologists at Stanford University. With funding from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the AARP Fraud Watch Network, the researchers used laboratory experiments to examine whether inducing excitement and anger impacts susceptibility to fraud. Keywords Fraud,  SeniorsCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says James Langton Related news Imposters among us, CSA warns Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In older adults, “both excitement and anger increased intention to purchase the items compared to no emotional arousal,” the FINRA Foundation says in a statement announcing the research. This was not the case in younger adults, where researchers found “no significant differences in intention to purchase, suggesting that heightened emotion did not have an effect on younger adults’ susceptibility.” Additionally, the believability of advertising and purchase intentions were not significantly related in older adults, the research found. “The findings suggest that older adults’ intention to purchase was not based on perceived credibility, but rather on the emotional states they were experiencing,” FINRA says. Researchers also found that the direction of the emotional state – positive or negative – didn’t matter, “an indication that both emotional states have a broad influence on older adults’ susceptibility to fraud.” “Whether the con artist tries to get you caught up in the excitement of potential riches or angry at the thought of past and future losses, the research shows their central tactic is the same and just as effective,” says Dr. Shadel, research lead for AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. “Cons are skilled at getting their victims in to a heightened emotional state where you suspend rational thinking and willingly hand over your hard earned money to a crook.” “This research is a major advance in our understanding of how fraud works. Recognizing the mechanisms of scams helps investors to protect themselves,” adds Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. “Money is emotional, and managing your emotions around financial decisions is critical to avoiding fraud.” Photo copyright: karenr/123RF DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraudlast_img read more

Eric P. Winer elected ASCO President for term starting in June 2022

first_imgEric P. Winer elected ASCO President for term starting in June 2022 Seventh Dana-Farber affiliated physician to lead ASCOThe American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has elected  Eric P. Winer, MD, to serve as its President for the term beginning in June 2022. He will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in June 2021. Winer is the chief clinical development officer, senior vice president for medical affairs, chief of the Division of Breast Oncology, and the Thompson Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.“I am deeply honored to be named President-Elect of ASCO and serve our members who are committed to improving patient care around the world,” Winer said. “ASCO is as equally devoted to improving outcomes for patients as it is to supporting oncology professionals and enhancing their ability to deliver the best possible care, and I look forward to supporting the ASCO mission in this role.”Winer is the Principal Investigator of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Breast Cancer. Dana-Farber’s breast cancer program cares for thousands of individuals with breast cancer each year and has an extensive research portfolio with the goal of extending the lives of individuals with breast cancer and minimizing suffering from the disease. Winer has received numerous awards for breast cancer research, while also being recognized for his efforts to mentor younger clinicians and investigators.Winer is a long-time member and volunteer of ASCO. He served on the ASCO Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015, and he served as chair of the ASCO Government Relations Committee, Cancer Communications Committee, and Health Services Research Committee, among numerous other volunteer roles. He is the 2017 recipient of ASCO’s Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award and Lecture.Winer will be the seventh Dana-Farber affiliated physician to serve as president since ASCO was founded in 1964. The previous six were Emil Frei, MD, 1968-69; George P. Canellos, MD, 1993-94; Karen H. Antman, MD, 1994-95; Robert Mayer, MD, 1997-98, and Bruce Johnson, MD 2017-18 and Monica Bertagnolli, MD, 2018-19. /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:american, breast cancer, Bruce, cancer, cancer research, communications, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, disease, Government, health services, medicine, oncology, outcomes, patient care, President, Professor, researchlast_img read more

Help is only a phone call away

first_imgHelp is only a phone call away Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and WellbeingThe Anglicare Alcohol and other Drugs Helpline is being expanded to operate 24 hours, seven days a week from Christmas Eve through to 8 February 2021, to help provide support to Tasmanians as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response.The phone helpline was established in August with funding from the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s additional $4 million for mental health, including alcohol and drug supports, as part of the COVID-19 Stimulus Package.Anglicare Tasmania has reported increasing numbers of referrals to its alcohol and other drug programs since March, and by extending the helpline’s operating hours we are making sure support is available over the holiday period.We recognise that 2020 has been a challenging year, with COVID-19 also resulting in an increase in alcohol use and new drinking habits, changes in drug use, a changing client cohort, as well as increased incidents of mixing alcohol and prescription medications.If you need help, please call the Anglicare Alcohol and other Drug Helpline on 1800 243 232. Or to talk to someone about broader mental health concerns phone – A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 98 44 34.A full list of alcohol and other drugs services across Tasmania is available from the Primary Health Tasmania Health Directory Tasmanian Health Directory – Primary Health Tasmania and from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council Tasmania website ATDC – Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Alcohol, alcohol and other drugs, AusPol, Australia, coronavirus, council, covid-19, drug, Government, health, Holiday, mental, mental health, Minister, stimulus package, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, websitelast_img read more