Following a major restoration project Jubilee Pool, an iconic feature of the Penzance seafront for 80 years, will be reopening to the public on Saturday 28 May 2016 from 10am to 6pm.
Members of the community are invited to come along and visit the renovated Grade II Listed pool which has been restored to its former glory. It will be free entry on the day for visitors to come and see the refurbished pool and learn about the significant structural work that has been completed. In addition visitors will have the opportunity to swim for free on the day.
Also in attendance will be several local bands and volunteers from The Friends of Jubilee Pool who will be on hand to answer any questions about the pool’s history and heritage.
Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Chair of the Project Steering Group said: “Cornwall Council is proud that we, in collaboration with our partners, have successfully completed this significant restoration project. By investing in the long term future of Jubilee Pool we have acted together to safeguard this community asset for future generations.”
David Nebesnuick, Mayor of Penzance, said: “There’s a very positive feeling throughout the community about the reopening of Jubilee Pool. Cornwall Council wishes to devolve many services locally including the pool. This is an exciting opportunity for the town to realise its full potential including exploring the ideas brought forward by Martin Nixon and the Friends of Jubilee Pool in the future.”
Cornelius Olivier, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Central, said: “I am extremely pleased that Jubilee Pool will once again be open to the public this summer. I am sure that this much loved local amenity will prove to be as popular as ever.”
Martin Nixon, Chair of the Friends said: “I've been passionate about Jubilee Pool for over thirty years, but I continue to be overwhelmed by the enormous support that the public and local stakeholders in particular Cornwall Council, have demonstrated throughout this project. We look forward to the pool's future with great enthusiasm and there can be no doubt that it will prove a key driver in Penzance's future regeneration.”
Amelia Kitchen, Project Co-ordinator for Tempus Leisure said:“We are very much looking forward to reopening and operating this great lido and are confident that all of the visitors from near and far will appreciate the scale of the repair works that have been made possible by this renovation project.”
Andrew Berryman, Project Manager for CORMAC, said: “As a local Penzance man it has been a pleasure to represent CORMAC on this prestigious project and working with the stakeholders to carry out essential repairs on such an iconic Cornish landmark. We have had some challenging times during the construction process but by working closely with the project team these hurdles have been overcome. We look forward to Jubilee Pool being busy once again.”
Following the opening on Saturday 28 May 2016 Jubilee Pool will be open as normal for the summer 2016 season and a civic opening of the pool will take place later in the summer season.
The Friends of Jubilee Pool are continuing to raise funds towards the pool’s future, visit their website, www.jubileepool.co.uk for more information.
Story posted: 4 May 2016.
The NHS is not a data company. Google's pretty good with that kind of thing.
No wonder, then that the millions of pieces of information the health service has amassed about the nation's wellbeing - from admission times to blood tests - is being shared with the company in pursuit of the shared and very human goal of diagnosing serious illnesses.
Deep Mind, the artificial intelligence startup which is one of Britain's biggest tech success stories after being acquired by Google, will have access to potentially millions of patient records.
Cue the scare mongering headlines: alert the church elders.
I don't take the issue of privacy lightly, but the truth is, this kind of sharing is not new. Data has been shared with private companies for years. Cerner is just one private company with which the NHS shares data, along with more than 1,000 under an information-sharing agreement drafted in 2014.
New Scientist, which broke the exclusive on the deal last Friday, also details the work the University of Oxford is already doing integrating artificial intelligence into diagnosing disease thanks to access to medical data.
In fact, the sharing deal with Deep Mind is the best so far in securing patient privacy - the information is completely encrypted. Not a single employee of Deep Mind or Google has access to the information of patients, it is only machine readable according to the Royal Free London NHS Trust, which the deal is with. And let's not forget the two organisations have been working together since February on an app called Stream which can help doctors monitor patients.
If the NHS, which does an amazing job at treating patients already, can't negotiate doctors' working hours, what hope is there for it becoming a world leading creator of diagnostic technology? The NHS should be applauded for its progressive approach to scientific research, whether it's with a private company or university lab. It will make the jobs of doctors and other NHS staff easier and help them treat illnesses which end people's lives.
The NHS is amazing at many things, but let's all be honest, its history with IT is not a great one and failed plans have cost tax payers billions. Just today the Information Commissioner's Office fined an NHS Trust £185,000 for posting the private details of more than 6,000 staff online. The enforcement officer said the Trust had "played fast and loose with the highly sensitive and private information".
We shouldn't be concerned about Google's breaching patient privacy, said Ross Anderson of the University of Cambridge, speaking to New Scientist and who taught Deep Mind's co-founder Demis Hassabis.
Anyone lamenting the risk of their private data being shared with Deep Mind - that can of worms is already open when it comes to privacy risks, from the NHS to telecoms firms. And even without encryption, I would trust my personal data with Google more than I would the NHS.
They also underestimate the potential benefits of data sharing. Today, with Deep Mind it's about using AI to detect acute kidney disease (AKI), something that affects more than one in six patients. That's just the start. This is the kind of technology which could be saving lives within our lifetime.
We should see the sharing of our personal data as an act with the same influence and impact as signing up to become an organ donor. Who wouldn't want to help save people's lives?