Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Sale of cancer treatment halted, Ebola vaccine deal signed

first_imgPharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Sale of cancer treatment halted, Ebola vaccine deal signed Martin Shkreli is seeking for new lawyers in his quest to beat securities fraud charges, according to Bloomberg News, which cited a court filing.Zafgen says that its obesity drug candidate met both main goals in a late-stage trial, which gained notoriety last year after two patient died, Xconomy tells us.Pfizer is expected to reach a joint production deal later this month with Polysan, which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to TASS.The FDA approved two additional indications for the Cosentyx medicine from Novartis for treating ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, Modern Medicine says.Lilly and Incyte are seeking FDA approval for their experimental JAK inhibitor, called baricitinib, to treat moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, Pharma Times writes.The FDA has begun a priority review of an Eisai treatment for the most common form of kidney cancer, according to PMLive.Pfizer invested $46 million in separate collaborations with four R&D companies that specialize in developing gene therapies and immuno-oncology candidates, among other things, Outsourcing Pharma tells us. By Ed Silverman Jan. 20, 2016 Reprints Top of the morning to you. And a fine one, it is, although a bit nippy here on the Pharmalot campus, where a warm sun is shining, the shortest of short people has left for the local schoolhouse, and the official mascots are happily snoozing. As for us, we are keeping toasty by quaffing cups of delicious stimulation. As always, we invite you to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. And now, time to get on with things. Here are a few items of interest to help you along. Hope your day is successful and do keep us in mind when you hear something interesting …Two Indian states halted sales of the Avastin cancer treatment, which some doctors also use off-label to treat macular degeneration, after the treatment hampered the vision of 15 patients, Reuters reports. Studies have shown Avastin, which is made by Roche, can help with the eye affliction. But the drug maker has repeatedly warned about the risk of contamination, since vials of the cancer treatment must be divided for eye patients.The New York attorney general reached a deal with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to extend a $6 price cut on naloxone, which can reverse an opioid or heroin overdose. The drug maker was widely criticized over the past two years by state officials and members of Congress for its pricing. Last summer, Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, said state agencies were paying $41 a dose, a 111 percent increase from June 2014.advertisement About the Author Reprints The Gavi global alliance for vaccines, a public-private partnership, signed a $5 million deal committing to purchase a vaccine that Merck is developing to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus, Reuters writes. In doing so, the organization believes the arrangement will help the drug maker take the vaccine through late-stage clinical trials. As part of the arrangement, Merck is expected to seek licensing by the end of 2017.French Health Minister Marisol Touraine criticized the slow response of the contract research organization running the clinical trial in which one patient died and others are in critical condition, PharmaFile writes. She noted that BioTrial did not report that the patient with the worst side effects was taken to a hospital for four days. “Faced with such a serious situation, we would expect the laboratory to approach the health authorities more quickly,” she said.advertisement Ed Silvermancenter_img [email protected] @Pharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Hogan/STAT Tags AvastinEbolaMartin Shkrelilast_img read more

Is the Novartis breakthrough gene therapy overpriced or not?

first_img Late last year, Novartis (NVS) began marketing a breakthrough gene therapy for treating youngsters with advanced leukemia and slapped a $475,000 price tag on the one-time treatment. The eye-popping number sparked debate, but the drug was quickly deemed cost effective by a nonprofit watchdog.The controversy is far from over, though. 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. Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Feb. 9, 2018 Reprints What is it? [email protected] Pharmalot Log In | Learn More Is the Novartis breakthrough gene therapy overpriced or not? What’s included?center_img 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 Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Georgios Kefalas/Keystone/AP Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED @Pharmalot GET STARTED Tags cancerdrug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

ELECTED: Paddy Bracken first elected in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick

first_imgHome Politics Local Elections ELECTED: Paddy Bracken first elected in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick PoliticsLocal ElectionsNews SEE ALSO – In Pictures: We bid adieu to day one of the local and European elections By Siun Lennon – 27th May 2019 Twitter Pinterest Prior to the fifth round of votes, Independent councillor James Kelly was on top since earning 1,517 first preference votes.He is now second in the running with 1648 votes.Fifth count Facebook Paddy Bracken (FF) 1752 votesJames Kelly (Ind) 1648 votesSeamus McDonald (FF) 1395 votesJohn King (FG) 1274 votesOllie Clooney (Ind) 1171 votesDavid Goodwin (FG) 1067 votesConor Bergin (FG) 1042 votesBrendan Phelan (Ind) 976 votesLorna Holohan Garry (SF) 819 votesLiam O’Neill (FF) 637 votes WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action from Day 2 of the Local Election countNext articleELECTED: Paschal McEvoy gets the fourth seat in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington area Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. TAGS2019 Local ElectionsBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick MunicipalBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick Municipal DistrictCllr James KellyCllr Paddy BrackenJames KellyLocal ElectionsLocal Elections 2019Paddy Bracken 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshincenter_img WhatsApp Brought to you in association with People First Credit UnionAfter four counts of no-one reaching the quota in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick area, Paddy Bracken is the first over the line on the fifth count.The Mountmellick man received 1752 votes on the fifth count, after receiving 187 of Fergal Conroy’s votes from the fourth round of counting.Bracken has been a member of Laois County Council since October 2003 when he was co-opted in place of John Moloney when TDs were no longer allowed to also sit on the council.He had been a member of Mountmellick Town Council at the time and was first elected to that in 1987.He has since been re-elected to the Council in 2004, 2009 and 2014. He received 1,051 first preferences in 2014. Twitter GAA Pinterest GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory ELECTED: Paddy Bracken first elected in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Facebooklast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 15, 2020

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest News Facebook Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Áine Hetherington-HegartyClonkeen, Portlaoise, Laois / Rathdowney, LaoisÁine Hetherington-Hegarty, Clonkeen, Portlaoise and formerly Harristown, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. May 12th 2020. Unexpectedly, deeply regretted by her mother Josie and Paddy and family, Fiona, Sharon and Ger, her brother Patrick, sister-in-law Catherine, aunts, uncles, cousins and a wide circle of friends.Rest in PeaceAs per COVID-19 Directive, house, funeral and burial strictly private. Details will be announced at a later date.Liam BurkeRathmoyle, Abbeyleix, LaoisPredeceased by his loving wife Margaret and sister Kathleen. Sadly missed by his hearthbroken children Richard and Michelle, daughter-in-law Julie and son-in-law Niall, grandchildren Tiernan, Isabelle and Siún, brothers Donal, Seán and Noel, sisters Sheelagh, Maureen, Margaret and Breda, extended family, nieces, nephews, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.Ardheis Dé goraibh a anamDue to COVID-19 Directive a private family funeral will take place. A memorial service for Liam will take place at alater dateCaroline MonaghanTullamoy, Stradbally, LaoisFuneral Arrangements LaterPatrick Hallinan17 Dunmasc, Portlaoise, LaoisRetired Garda Inspector, Clontarf, Raheny and Dublin Airport. Dearly loved husband of Elizabeth. Deeply regretted by his loving family, sons Mark, Paraic, Séamus and Richard, daughters-in-law, grandchildren Ross, Romy, Tadhg, Finn Emily and Philipa, brother James, sisters Janette, Margaret and Kathleen, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.May He Rest In PeaceA mass to celebrate Patricks life will be held at a later date. In accordance with government guidelines on public gatherings a private family funeral will take place.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Thursday, May 13, 2020 By LaoisToday Reporter – 15th May 2020 Twitter Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous articleMoment in Time: Portlaoise Charity Truck Show in 2009Next articleMatthew Whelan with high praise for ‘outstanding trainer’ Brother Philip Ryan LaoisToday Reporter Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 15, 2020 TAGSDeaths in Laois Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 15, 2020 Deaths Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Run-down residents turn to noodles for power food

first_img News Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2015.09.18 11:03am This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing youweekly updates on the North Korean economy. This week we sat down with reporterKang Mi Jin to discuss the latest trends; but first, let’s take a look at howthe jangmadang [market] has been doing. We’ll begin by providing a rundown on the priceof rice, the currency conversion rates, and the cost of other goods in NorthKorean markets. The price of 1 kg of rice was 6,000 KPW in Pyongyang, 6,000 KPWin Sinuiju, and 6,200 KPW in Hyesan. The USD was trading at 8,260 KPW inPyongyang, 8,200 KPW in Sinuiju, and 8,320 KPW in Hyesan. Moving along, thecost of 1 kg of corn kernels was 2,300 KPW in Pyongyang, 2,250 KPW in Sinuiju,and 2,300 KPW in Hyesan. One kg of pork was selling at 14,500 KPW in Pyongyangand 15,000 KPW in both Sinuiju and Hyesan. Gasoline was trading at 9,000 KPWper kg in Pyongyang and Sinuiju and at 7,000 KPW per kg in Hyesan. Finally, 1kg of diesel fuel was selling at 5,500 KPW in Pyongyang, 5,100 KPW in Sinuiju,and 5,000 KPW in Hyesan. This has been a rundown on North Korea’s latest marketprices.1. Up until now, we’ve heard the prices ofvarious goods throughout North Korea. Now, as we enter the beginning of fall,we’re heard reports that cheong-su gugsu is getting a lot of attention inYanggang Province. For more detail, we turn to special reporter Kang Mi Jin. Yes, I was also surprised to suddenly catchwind of the spreading word of a certain kind of noodle soup in North Korea. Butthe more I heard, the more it began to make sense. As Yanggang Province entersthe start of summer, potato harvest there is reaching its peak. As residentsget ready to pitch in extra hours for the Autumn Harvest Mobilization, they arealso frantically working on their own plots to ensure that they’ll have enoughfood. But Yanggang Province gets chilly early. Residents in that region arelikely to see white egrets fly by and frost on the ground. But the residentshave found a way to endure the mobilizations and make the necessarypreparations during this difficult time. Before they head out for the agriculturalmobilizations, they tend to their own plots, looking to extract an earlyharvest. Families gather together and help each other by rotating from one plotto the next until they have reaped everything they can. Of course, the houses receivingthe help make some delicious lunch, bread, and snacks for their volunteerhelpers. But when it comes time for dinner, most people go for noodles. There’s a couple reasons for this. Firstly,the noodles are a hearty and tasty meal. Second, they are on the cheaper side,so it’s less of a burden on the household finances. Cold noodle soup is also agreat way to cool off in a heat wave. It’s also good and parties. It’sconsidered a necessary stock for everyone’s kitchen. Plus, since it is soaffordable, it is also known as an affectionate gesture to share it with thefamily. 1-1. Cheong-su gugsu is also available here inSouth Korea. Does South Korean cheong-su gugsu ever make its way to the marketin the North? There are standing restrictions on SouthKorean products, so it is difficult to see that in the jangmadang (vendoroperated marketplace). Although there are some exceptions for food products,the majority of sources indicate that South Korean cheong-su gugsu is hard tofind. The available varieties come from China and from a noodle factory inYanggang Province called DaeHong Dan. DaeHong Dan’s noodles are made frompotato starch. I think that there will be a time soon when North Koreans willbe able to try South Korea’s version of cheong-su gugsu. Sources indicate thatmost of the cheong-su gugsu currently sold in Yanggang Province is manufacturedin China and includes noodles made from wheat and noodles made from corn. I’mtold the wheat variety is more popular. 2. Can you explain for us a little bitabout the pricing structure of the wheat vs. corn made noodles? I’d be happy to. The wheat and cornvarieties go for the same price: KPW 6,000 (about USD 0.73). I’ve thought aboutthe reasons why the residents enjoy cheong-su gugsu so much and one of thereasons I’ve come up with is that is is traditionally one of ethnic Koreansfavorite foods. But after thinking a bit more deeply, I came to a differentconclusion. The residents lead busy and difficult lives. Noodles offer them asimple and convenient, yet nutrient loaded, food solution to their constanttime shortage problems. When I was getting my house built in NorthKorea in 2007, I rented out some laborers and decided that noodles were a greatway to keep them fed and energized. Making a traditional meal requires priceyrice, boiling soup, and preparing various banchan side dishes. But with noodlesoup, all you need is one side dish or a bit of kimchi and you’re set. And it’sa crowd pleaser as well. At the present, 1kg of rice goes for KPW 6,200 inHyesan Agricultural Market, which is approximately enough for four adults. But1 kg of noodles can feed about 5~6 adults. It’s a more economical choice anyway you look at it. 3. We know that the soup sold well in thesummer and will continue this popularity throughout the fall. We also hear thatit isn’t just the residents scurrying to prepare for the autumn harvest whohave fallen head over toes for the noodles, other residents are also getting inon the trend. What can you tell us about that? Yes, this is another thing I was curiousabout, so I inquired. Right now in Yanggang Province’s Hyesan city, residentsare being mobilized to construct statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il andconstruction projects abutting the area around the statues. In order toencourage the residents to work harder, organizations like companies andinminban leaders are providing one bowl of cheong-su gugsu. Noodles are a popular food for events thatgather large amounts of people. As you mentioned before, North Koreans reallyenjoy noodles in the summer, but as soon as summer hits, there are a number ofoccasions that traditionally call for the consumption of noodles. Weddings and60th birthday parties are examples. And sometimes even when it’s not theirbirthday, women will invite their friends over to enjoy a bowl of noodles. As Isay this, memories of my life in North Korea are flooding into my imagination. 4. Sounds like cheong-su gugsu is perfectfuel for mobilized residents and farm workers alike. It’s easy to make and itdoesn’t require lots of banchan to accompany it, so it’s a natural selectionfor the busy North Korean residents. Outside of the jangmadang, is there anyway for the residents to get their hands on cheong-su gugsu? Yes. There are many different kinds ofnoodles just like cheong-su gugsu, including corn noodles, wheat noodles, etc.cheong-su gugsu noodles are smooth and pack a strong flavor. They’re a bit moretasty than wheat or corn noodles. Right now wheat and corn noodles are sellingfor about 5500 KPW per kg. This yields a slightly smaller amount of food than acomparative amount of cheong-su gugsu. Cheong-su gugsu costs about 500 KPW morethan the other brands, but it actually produces more final product when it’scooked and it tastes great, so the residents prefer it. You mentioned earlier that you perceivedthat the residents are looking for simplicity. I think you hit the nail on thehead. During the course of the year, there is basically no time when theresidents get to put their feet up and relax. That’s doubly true for the fallseason when agricultural and civil mobilizations are compounded by the need towork on one’s individual plot, and then there’s kimchi to make and vegetableharvests to tend to all while getting ready for a grisly winter. For such busypeople, noodles almost become a part of the family. They help save time andmoney and conserve precious resources. I think that’s why they have caught onas the go to food. 5. After hearing that, how could they notlike cheong-su gugsu?  Right now it is getting a bit chilly here in Seoulduring the morning and at night. I get the impression that it might be evencooler in North Korea. With that in mind; how do they prefer to eat thenoodles, cold or hot? As you just hinted at, North Korea has sortof passed the point of chilly mornings and nights and moved into the crisp fallweather period. When it gets a little chilly like this, I think the soup providerand the soup eater both benefit when it gets served warm. In the fall, mostresidents prefer warm soup. On North Korean menus, there’s even a dish called‘September Noodles,’ which is of course served hot. Another delicious option isto put the noodles in soy bean paste stew. When unification happens, let’s go togetherto my hometown in Yanggang Province and I’ll prepare for you ‘Farmer’s DelightNoodles,’ one of the specialties there. These days, I hear there’s anothervariety using potatoes as well. Today, on September 9th, North Korea celebratesthe founding of the country. Instead of eating gugsu to celebrate the meaningof that holiday, many residents will be deliciously slurping down noodles likethey do on just about any other day. 5-1. Haeb Nong-ma Gugsu is a noodle soupmade with potatoes, no? Absolutely correct. haeb nong-ma originallymeans to use this year’s produce before it goes bad. A certain percentage ofresidents like to use the potatoes from their own garden to make this kind ofnoodle soup. I also hired some workers for the potato harvest every year in aworker-exchange type situation. Nothing treats guests quite like noodles do. 6. If sales continue to do well like this,the vendors are going to be quite happy about that. But if cheong-su gugsusells extra well, doesn’t that come as a detriment to the sales of wheat andcorn noodle vendors?   That’s a complicated matter to dissect.We’ve heard from an inside source that while cheong-sy gugsu popularity isclimbing it hasn’t affected the sales of the competing varieties, which stillhold a spot in the marketplace. Some residents are so bent on saving everypenny possible that the 500 KPW difference actually adds up: it’s enough for1kg of salt. So there are plenty of people who still go to corn and wheatnoodles. Plus, as soon as autumn strikes, there are lots of wholesale ordersfor vendors in valley regions, so there’s enough demand to keep all the vendorsin the green. 7. Something I have been curious about thatI’d like to ask you. You mentioned that the mobilized workers are fed noodlesoup. But the mobilizations can sometimes be in remote areas. There likelyaren’t any restaurants nearby. I am curious how they transport and provide thesoup? I think it’s important to examinelogistical issues like this, so thanks for bringing this up.  Theygenerally eat it on site. A few of the mobilized workers will leave the site togo prepare the food. They separate into little parties to collect the bowls, soup,noodles, and banchan separately.  The noodles get dried up and put in abig circle. The banchan [side dishes] is placed in the middle. They say when itis prepared this way it tastes even better than homemade. For the agricultural mobilizations, they gooff to a nearby house to prepare it. We’ve gotten word that the noodles simplytaste better when consumed outside. I think some of our North Korean listenerswill know what I am talking about. I think we will also have some listeners inNorth Korea who prepare to make and serve noodles tomorrow. Next time we meet,I’ll talk about one of the market’s hot sellers: cigarettes. Be well everyone!Until then. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Run-down residents turn to noodles for power foodcenter_img News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store SHARElast_img read more

Proposed U.S. money market reforms would lower AUM: Moody’s

first_img Research finds that diversity in asset management pays off U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s Related news Keywords Asset management companies,  Money market funds Proposed regulatory reforms to the U.S. money market fund industry will likely lead to lower assets under management and higher operating costs for independent fund managers, says Moody’s Investors Service in a new report. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to finalize reforms to the US$2.6 trillion money market fund industry at some point this year, which Moody’s says will probably “result in loss of AUM and higher operating costs for MMF managers.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img James Langton The SEC’s proposals call for institutional prime and tax-exempt money market funds to shift to a variable net asset value structure (VNAV); and, for a 2% liquidity fee and redemption gates to be imposed on investors in both institutional and retail non-government funds, in the event of high redemptions. A final rule could adopt either proposal or combine both, the rating agency says. And, it suggests that if either of them are enacted, the use of money market funds by institutional investors (the largest source of money market fund assets, and the constituency most negatively impacted) will decline. “Overall, we find that large bank-sponsored money managers are better positioned to adapt to new rules than independent managers, said Rory Callagy, a Moody’s senior analyst and the author of the report. “That’s because offering bank deposit products in addition to government [money market funds] as well as other liquidity products will help these firms recapture flow rates compared to their peers.” Looking at four leading independent managers in terms of money market AUM: Fidelity Management & Research, Federated Investors, BlackRock, Inc., and The Vanguard Group; Moody’s says that Federated’s overall business is most sensitive to either SEC proposal. Money market assets generate roughly 40% of the firm’s annual revenue and its brand image is intertwined with these funds, it says. BlackRock, Vanguard and Fidelity will be less affected, it suggests, as money market funds constitute only a small percentage of their total AUM. However, Moody’s also says that BlackRock is most vulnerable to the VNAV reform proposal, as 65% of its U.S. money market AUM would be affected. And, that Fidelity will feel a significant impact from the liquidity fee and redemption gate proposal, as 18% of its overall AUM would be affected. Even so, Moody’s says that the most aggressive reform scenario would not result in rating changes for either of the firms it rates, BlackRock and Fidelity. Money markets face reforms to address liquidity worries: Moody’s Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

New tool aims to help measure effectiveness of financial literacy programs

first_img Keywords Financial literacyCompanies Canadian Bankers Association, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Related news Organizations that provide financial literacy programs now have a tool available to help them evaluate their program’s effectiveness thanks to a partnership between the Toronto-based Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), Prosper Canada, also of Toronto, and the Ottawa-based Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). How to connect with your clients’ kids The free “financial literacy outcome evaluation tool” consists of evidence-based financial literacy outcomes and indicators against which individual organizations can compare their programs. The tool is available online to public, private and community-based groups engaged in financial education. “The banking industry has long supported efforts to improve the financial literacy of Canadians and the work done by financial education organizations in communities across the country,” says Terry Campbell, president of the CBA, in a statement. “With this evaluation tool, financial literacy educators will now be able to evaluate the outcomes of their programs to ensure they are having the desired impact.” The CBA provided funding for the tool while Prosper Canada, a non-profit organization, led its development in consultation with financial literacy practitioners and an advisory committee with representatives from the CBA and the FCAC, other international financial literacy evaluators and key stakeholders. “We’re very excited to be launching this tool and offering financial educators rigorous metrics and practical help to evaluate their programs,” says Elizabeth Mulholland, CEO of Prosper Canada, in a statement. “Having a shared pool of evidence-based indicators will also enable us to begin using some common measures and, over time, to start exploring the comparative effectiveness of different financial education approaches.” The tool, which is available in English and French, can be accessed online at http://www.outcomeeval.org/home. Photo copyright: designer491/123RF Intuit and Highline Beta launch fintech accelerator Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Report reveals Canadians’ weak knowledge of retirement income Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Tessie Sanci last_img read more

49 Cases of Chemical Poisoning in Portland Last Year

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail According to data from the Ministry of Health, the parish of Portland had 49 cases of chemical poisoning last year, the highest rate in the island, and in fact, was among the top five parishes with the highest rates in 2003 and 2004.The other parishes were Westmoreland, St. Mary, St. Thomas and Trelawny.Registrar of the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA), Hyacinth Chin Sue, told JIS News that although the parish did not have the highest incidence of chemical poisoning, based on the small population, the rate was not only high but it also warranted attention.“They only had 49 cases last year, but because of the small population that translates into 0.03 per cent being poisoned, not just from pesticides but from other chemicals like bleach, which is common,” she informed.As such, the main activities for Pesticide Awareness Week (September 24 to 30), will target Portland, under the theme, ‘Pesticide Registration: Facilitating Trade, Protecting Health and the Environment’.On September 27 at 10:00 a.m. personnel from the PCA will make a presentation on the topic of pesticide safety, storage and handling, at the Mount Pleasant All-age and St. Margaret’s Bay All-age Schools, before heading to Hope All-age School at noon for a similar presentation. Puzzle sheets, pens, bookmarkers among other items will be distributed to the students.Public Health Inspectors will benefit from a presentation by the PCA on pesticide regulations and management on September 28. This will be hosted at the Portland Health Department beginning at 10:00 a.m.The major highlight will be an open forum at 2:00 p.m. at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), which will include four presenters and panel discussion.Commenting on the collaboration with the parish health department and CASE, Mrs. Chin Sue said both entities were looking at ways to address the problem.“They are coming up with some very interesting ideas about how they are going to deal with the distributors of bleach and other chemicals in the parish,” she noted.One such idea, she said, was to encourage bulk distributors of chemicals to invest in tamperproof bottles. “You know that a lot of the bleach bottles and a lot of the fabric softeners in your home are not tamperproof. In some cases you even see the bleach and softeners in cooking oil bottles with cooking oil labels on the back, while bleach is marked on the front,” she pointed out.A public education campaign, the Registrar said, would have to accompany any ideas implemented.For the time being, however, Mrs. Chin Sue said monitoring systems were in place and that information received from the various clinics and health facilities in the parish was being collated. She acknowledged that while statistics reflected that Portland had the highest rate, “there was the possibility that there was better reporting of the poisoning cases there than in other parishes”.“We are hoping that measurably, we will be able to say in a couple years that through the different interventions there will be a reduction in the number of cases in Portland,” she told JIS News.As for the other activities to observe the week, a pesticides exhibition will be on display in the lobby of the Ministry of Health on King Street throughout the week. There will also be a daily presentation beginning on September 26 at 8:30 a.m. on pesticide related information at post natal clinics at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.In addition, there will be a presentation on the licensing process to pest control operators at the office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St. James on September 26 at10:00 a.m.Overall, pesticides in 2005 accounted for 13 per cent of confirmed cases of poisoning, while bleach was by far the most common agent implicated in the cases of poisoning. 49 Cases of Chemical Poisoning in Portland Last Year UncategorizedSeptember 22, 2006 Advertisements Related49 Cases of Chemical Poisoning in Portland Last Yearcenter_img Related49 Cases of Chemical Poisoning in Portland Last Year Related49 Cases of Chemical Poisoning in Portland Last Yearlast_img read more

Legislative reforms to enhance access to English language tuition

first_imgLegislative reforms to enhance access to English language tuition The Government has tonight passed legislation to give more migrants access to more free English language classes, so they can have the best chance to succeed in Australia.The Immigration (Education) Amendment (Expanding Access to English Tuition) Bill 2020 is one of the most significant reforms to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in the program’s history.It is the first part of the Morrison Government’s three-part plan to make English tuition more accessible, ensure better quality outcomes and encourage greater participation.The reforms will remove the 510 hour limit on a person’s tuition entitlement and raise the upper limit for AMEP eligibility from functional to vocational English.Time limits for commencement and completion of tuition will also be removed for migrants who first arrived in Australia on or before 1 October 2020.Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said English is fundamental to a person’s success in Australia.“Without English, it is harder to get a job, harder to be an active member of the community, and harder to participate in our democratic processes,” Mr Tudge said.“Only 13 per cent of those with no English skills are in work compared to 62 per cent of those who speak English well.“Migrants with no English skills are also more vulnerable to fall victim to foreign interference and misinformation, and will likely find it harder to seek help if they are a victim of family violence or exploitation.“Like all Australians, the Morrison Government wants migrants to be able to take advantage of all the opportunities Australia offers and these reforms will help achieve this goal.“The reforms mean that most migrants regardless of when they arrived can access free English language classes and attend for as many hours as necessary.”AMEP providers integrate settlement skills into their tuition programs, including how to access government and community services, banking, medical assistance and emergency services, as well as understanding Australian law and their rights.The Government has also committed to making the AMEP more flexible to help those who are working or have caring responsibilities, including mothers. These changes may include better use of technology, online classes and on-the-job learning.Government will work closely with English language providers to ensure these reforms improve quality and results, by linking funding directly to outcomes.Based on recent trends there is close to a million people in Australia who do not speak English well or at all – with about half of those being of working age.The AMEP, which is managed by the Department of Home Affairs, is currently delivered nationally across 58 regions by 13 contracted registered training organisations. Migrants with low levels of English are encouraged to contact their local AMEP training organisation to find out about their eligibility and access to English classes.More information on the Adult Migrant English Program is available on the Department of Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au/amep​ /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:amendment, AusPol, Australia, Australian, citizenship, community, community services, Emergency, family violence, Government, Home Affairs, immigration, legislation, Morrison Government, outcomes, settlement, technologylast_img read more

Canada invests in projects to improve access to services for persons with disabilities in Cumberland and Colchester

first_imgCanada invests in projects to improve access to services for persons with disabilities in Cumberland and Colchester From: Employment and Social Development CanadaCOVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities and has shed light on the number of Canadians that continue to face barriers to being fully included in their communities and workplaces. One of the many ways the Government of Canada is taking action to break down those barriers is through funding programs like the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities and has shed light on the number of Canadians that continue to face barriers to being fully included in their communities and workplaces. One of the many ways the Government of Canada is taking action to break down those barriers is through funding programs like the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).Today, in celebration of National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2021, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Irek Kusmierczyk, and the Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, Lenore Zann, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, hosted a virtual event to highlight four projects led by organizations in Cumberland-Colchester that received over $317,000 in EAF funding. Funding through the Small projects components of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) will support Factory 58 Holdings Inc., the Village of Bible Hill, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, and the Municipality of the County of Colchester.The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program that supports construction projects across Canada that improve the accessibility, safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities in our communities. The program helps provide vital accessible infrastructure such as ramps, automatic doors and accessible washrooms. It directly supports organizations so they can offer programs, services and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities.The projects announced today involve renovations of all sizes, from making two floors fully wheelchair accessible for the Municipality of the County of Colchester to installing a lift allowing access to another floor at Factory 58 Holdings. These projects are excellent examples of how, by working with organizations, the Government of Canada is helping to break down barriers to accessibility and disability inclusion. /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:Accessibility, Bible, Canada, community, covid-19, Cumberland, disability, employment, Government, Impact, infrastructure, Minister, parliament, Safety, Secretary, workforcelast_img read more