June 16

PBS support for Australians living with leukaemia

first_imgPBS support for Australians living with leukaemia Patients living with one of Australia’s most common forms of leukaemia are set to benefit from expanded access to a breakthrough medicine through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).From 1 December, access to Venclexta® (venetoclax) will be extended in combination with obinutuzumab for the first-line treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia who have co-existing conditions and are unsuitable for fludarabine-based chemo-immunotherapy.Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is a relatively uncommon type of cancer however it is the most common type of leukaemia diagnosed in Australia with around 1,000 people diagnosed each year.Based on a landmark research discovery by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Venclexta was also co-developed and trialled in Australia, showcasing the great work of our nation’s medical researchers.Up to 500 patients every year are expected to benefit from this listing.Without PBS subsidy, these patients would pay more than $69,250 per course of treatment. Thanks to PBS subsidy, they will pay $41 per script or $6.60 with a concession card.The Morrison Government is continuing to make important medicines available to Australians at affordable prices.These PBS listings have been recommended by the independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.Since 2013, the Government has approved more than 2,500 new or amended listings on the PBS at an overall investment by the Government of over $11.8 billion.The Government’s commitment to ensuring that Australians can access affordable medicines, when they need them, remains rock solid. /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, breakthrough, cancer, chronic, Department of Health, Discovery, Government, health, healthcare, Investment, leukaemia, Medical research, medicine, Morrison, Morrison Government, research, treatment, Walter and Eliza Hall Institutelast_img read more

May 24

Fulton Tax Commissioner Defends Use of $39,000 Vehicle

first_img Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand spoke with WABE in his first radio interview since controversy surrounding a $39,000 dollar county vehicle he purchased for county use began earlier this month.??:??Concerns about the 2013 Ford Explorer purchased by Ferdinand last year for his official use were raised by Commission Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann. Both commissioners questioned the vehicle’s expense after examining a routine take home vehicle report. Despite the concerns, Ferdinand says he’s done nothing wrong. He says the opinions expressed by Chairman Eaves and Commissioner Hausmann don’t represent the feelings of the entire board.“The board of commissioners have approved the use of a vehicle for that office, tax commissioner, since 1998. It meets all the county guidelines, and as recently as this year my vehicle has been approved for take home purposes. “Ferdinand says he and members of his staff only use the vehicle for county purposes.“I do a lot of things besides sit in my office and collect money. I have a very long county, I have five offices, I speak a lot at night, and I would say that I do not use that vehicle for my personal use. I have several vehicles myself.”Chairman Eaves says Ferdinand did not violate any county policies but he’s concerned about public perception due to the expense of the vehicle. As a result, Eaves says he’s hoping to meet with Ferdinand and plans to ask him to reassign his vehicle to another department.“He’s doing a great job in terms of his duties, but the issue of the public trust in terms of our resources is out there, so let’s try to figure out some sort of resolution so we can restore the public trust, that were doing the best we can in terms of managing our resources and being as frugal as possible.Ferdinand says he will sit down with Eaves if asked, but as far as giving up the vehicle…“At this point in time no. There’s no reason why I would consider not using that vehicle in the way we’re using it right now.”Chairman Eaves says the board of commissioners should also reexamine its current policy when it comes to county take home vehicles. Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

March 2

Alex Bowman lands pair of XFINITY Series races with Chip Ganassi Racing

first_imgMORE: Bowman to drive No. 88 in ’18 | Bowman takes place among up-and-comersCONCORD, N.C.  — Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that through their technical partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, Alex Bowman, 24, will pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 7) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 11). Hendrick Automotive Group’s HendrickCars.com, which features more than 43,000 new and pre-owned cars for sale, will serve as the primary sponsor in Charlotte with additional support from Vannoy Construction. A sponsor for Phoenix will be announced at a later date.“We’re excited to welcome Alex to the No. 42 team for two races. He’s a great young talent, who can help us with our goal of winning an NXS owners’ championship,” team owner Chip Ganassi said. “Initially those two races were earmarked for (Kyle) Larson but we wanted him to focus on the (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) playoffs so we appreciate Rick (Hendrick) and his team for allowing us to put Alex in our car. Hendrick Motorsports has been a tremendous partner of CGR for many years.”The Tucson, Arizona, native made his NXS debut in 2012, and finished runner-up to Larson in the 2013 NXS Rookie of the Year standings. In 50 series starts, Bowman has five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes along with three poles. Bowman moves into the No. 88 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2018.“This is a terrific opportunity for Alex to get back into a competitive environment and work with a championship-caliber team,” HMS owner Rick Hendrick added. “I think he’ll pick up right where he left off. It’s also a valuable platform for us to promote HendrickCars.com in our (Hendrick Automotive Group’s) home market. Chip is a great friend, and we’re looking forward to working with his team on and off the track.”Bowman joins Larson, Tyler Reddick and Justin Marks as drivers of the No. 42 Chevrolet in 2017. Currently the No. 42 team leads the NXS owners’ standings following Reddick’s win at Kentucky Speedway. Through 27 starts, the combination of Larson, Reddick and Marks has four wins, 11 top-five, 15 top-10 finishes and two poles. Larson picked up victories in Fontana, Richmond and Dover prior to Reddick’s win in the first round of the NXS playoffs.“I’m really excited to get back in a race-winning car with a team like CGR,” Bowman said in the release. “A huge thanks to Chip and Mr. Hendrick for putting this together for me to get some valuable seat time heading into 2018. My goal is to win two races and help the No. 42 team win the NXS owners’ championship.”last_img read more

January 18

Shimano Tiagra 10sp updated w/ slim ergonomic R4720 disc brakes, lower gearing

first_imgShimano’s 4th-tier Tiagra groupset doesn’t often get accolades for innovation, but continually evolves with solid trickle-down tech. Now, still 10-speed Tiagra gets a significant hydraulic disc brake overhaul thanks to a slimmer set of Dual Control levers and lower (dare I say gravel-ready) gearing that more aligns with how many of us actually ride road these days.Shimano Tiagra 10-speed ergonomic R4720 disc brakesWhile lacking in glamour, Tiagra offers much of the same shift performance as 105 at much lower price. And when bikemakers are looking to offer bikes that are actually affordable, Tiagra is often the entry-level pricepoint on otherwise high-end bikes. Part of that is because even though Tiagra doesn’t step up to 11 speeds, it offers looks (& performance) on par with 105 or even Ultegra in some instances.Now a new set of slim Dual Control levers that are a direct evolution from Dura-Ace to Ultegra to 105, and now to Tiagra offer both better fit in riders’ hands and much improved aesthetics. Tiagra R4700 got an option for hydraulic disc brakes a few years back with a non-series 10sp set of RS405 levers, that used the much maligned, bulbous 105 hydro levers. While the ergonomics weren’t quite as bad as they looked, few riders were happy with the look of the giant levers. Now the point is moot as the new R4720 hydraulic disc brake, 10sp mechanical shift levers are almost indistinguishable from 105.With the new levers also comes a second short reach version for small hands (R4725) that could also be well suited for more off-tarmac riding as they also include a bit more outward slant.Tiagra also now adds its own series-branded flat mount brake calipers for a complete unified road disc brake groupset look. Inside the mechanics of the Dual Control levers are identical to 105 (yet with 10 speed indexing) promising a boost in shift performance for Tiagra, and the same excellent brake power & modulation as more expensive Shimano road disc groupsets.Tiagra R4700 sub-compact gearingBeyond new levers & brakes, Tiagra now adds a third 48/34T chainset option to the road compact (50/34) & semi-compact (52/36) options. While not easier on the lower end, the smaller combo should deliver more usable gearing for rougher or steeper riding, while also cutting down the number of front shifts in regular riding.Tiagra-level disc brake hubsIn addition to standard groupset components, Tiagra now also gets its own level centerlock, 12mm thru-axle disc brake hubset. The e-thru Tiagra hubs use 12mm x 100/142mm spacing and are available in 28 or 32 hole drilling.Tiagra continues to offer a good starting point for riders new to road riding and specifically road disc, and will continue to see broad OEM spec on affordable drop bar bikes. All of the new components will be available at retail in June 2019, complimenting the existing Tiagra 2×10 groupsets.bike.Shimano.comlast_img read more

December 31

Former NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick to join Dartmouth-Hitchcock

first_imgVermont Business Magazine John T Broderick, Jr, former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, will join Dartmouth-Hitchcock as Senior Director for Public Affairs. Broderick has long been a prominent and effective advocate on issues of vital importance to the people of the State of New Hampshire, most recently as a tireless advocate for the Campaign to Change Direction New Hampshire, the first statewide effort to advance a national initiative to change the culture of mental health.“Dartmouth-Hitchcock has a rich and distinguished history of providing world-class, state-of-the -art health care to those in need in all corners of our state,” noted Broderick. “I couldn’t be prouder to become a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock team. As Senior Director for Public Affairs, I look forward to working with many others across New Hampshire, Vermont and the region to advance Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s mission on behalf of the health and well-being of the people and communities it has so long served.”Broderick will assume his new position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on April 3, working closely with newly named Vice President for Communications and Marketing Josh McElveen and a strong and experienced team. He will be primarily responsible for outreach to business and community leaders and policy makers to broaden understanding of the challenges faced and the opportunities offered by New Hampshire’s only academic medical center in a time of rapid transition in health care delivery and value-based payment models.In making the announcement, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel John Kacavas, who has operational responsibility for Communications and for Government Affairs, said “We could not be more pleased to welcome John to Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Over the course of his varied and distinguished career, John has elevated every institution and public advocacy effort of which he has been a part. It will be an honor and a pleasure to work with him in service to Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s mission to achieve population health through high quality care at a reasonable cost.”Following a distinguished career as one of the preeminent trial lawyers in New Hampshire, Broderick served as an Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court for nine years before being named Chief Justice, serving with distinction as New Hampshire’s top judicial official from 2004 to 2010. Among his many awards and honors, Broderick twice received the Justice William A. Grimes Award for Outstanding Judicial Professionalism, as well as the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor, the Business and Industry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the N.H. Bar Association President’s Award for Distinguished Public Service, and the Governor’s Commission on Disability Lifetime Achievement Award.Upon stepping down as Chief Justice, Broderick brought his formidable talents to academia, becoming Dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. In little over three years, he led the effort to elevate UNH Law’s standing to a top 100 law school and give it a national profile. He then served as the first Executive Director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at UNH Law, drawing his network of national leaders and policy makers to New Hampshire to discuss the important issues of the day.Broderick was an Adjunct Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College for more than 10 years and he has received numerous honorary degrees. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Virginia Law School.Source: ​LEBANON, NH – D-H 3.30.2017DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK(link is external) (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center(link is external), the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock(link is external), four affiliate hospitals, 24 ambulatory clinics and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth(link is external) and the White River Junction VA Medical Center(link is external).last_img read more

October 1

JCB backhoe gets Stage V upgrade

first_imgThe new JCB 3CX backhoe loaderUK-based construction equipment manufacturer JCB has released an updated version of its 3CX backhoe loader, with an EU Stage V-compliant diesel engine.The company said the new 55kW machine offers a combination of improved operator comfort, plus increased productivity and performance.The new engine incorporates a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) and promises an operating life of approximately 8,000 hours.Its sealed-for-life crankcase ventilation module and hydraulic tappets, says JCB, need no manual adjustment, which lowers service and maintenance requirements, potentially reducing the overall cost of ownership.The company says the 3.0-litre engine delivers 10% more torque than the previous model and estimates a fuel saving of 7%.In terms of productivity, the machine boasts automatic levelling, ensuring a horizontal operating position on uneven terrain, while an upgraded auto drive lets operators easily select engine speed for road travel.JCB says both tyre wear and fuel consumption on the 3CX can be reduced with new auto two-wheel drive (2WD), which switches the transmission from 4WD to 2WD when additional traction is not required.The company says, if the machine needs to dig into a pile or a face, then 4WD can be selected, as maximum tractive effort is required.When the machine backs away and starts to travel at speed, the transmission automatically changes to 2WD.The 3CX’s new Command Plus cab comes with four integrated LED beacons as standard, removing the need for the operator to climb up and improving site safety with the beacons visible from all angles. A total of 10 lights are now available as an option, which, along with larger mirrors, offer operators improved all round visibility.As well as a new interior colour scheme, the loader’s cab has a new seat (plus a headset on the Advanced Easy Control model) and a three-spoke steering wheel that gives an improved view of the redesigned front display screen.The new model also benefits from the first stereo radio to be factory-fitted by JCB. It includes Bluetooth telephone compatibility, plus USB, AUX and SD card capabilities.Radio functions are displayed on the new side display screen, which also provides access to various operating menus. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more