September 4

Chancellor Javid to ‘simplify’ the tax system in autumn budget

first_imgRead more: Javid unveils extra £2bn to turn charge no-deal Brexit preparations He revealed he plans to set out government spending plans for the next financial year in the “first half” of September, but there would be a more comprehensive review of taxation and spending in his first annual budget, which could still come before Britain leaves the EU on 31 October. “I think taxes should be efficient,” Javid said, adding that he wouldn’t reveal exact plans until the budget. 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No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmStuff AnsweredBest Mattress Deals for Seniors 2020Stuff AnsweredElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauProFind Bath Bathroom Renovation Quotes1 Day Shower Installation: How Much Does it Cost?ProFind Bath Bathroom Renovation QuotesFinance DailyHomeowners Born Before 1985 Can Get This Huge Benefit in June (But You Must Request It)Finance DailyLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthSenior Cars | Search AdsThe Best SUVs for Seniors (The Price Might Surprise You)Senior Cars | Search Ads However Javid did say he would stick to the existing budget guidelines, which see annual borrowing kept to under 2 per cent of gross domestic product. Chancellor Javid to ‘simplify’ the tax system in autumn budget Chancellor Sajid Javid has suggested he will simplify the tax system when he sets out his first budget in the autumn. center_img Share Javid said he was a “low tax guy” and that it was important to “always be thinking about the lowest paid” in his first interview since taking on the role, speaking to The Times. Michael Searles Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street in London on August 13, 2019 after a meeting with US National Security Advisor John Bolton. – US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday that Washington wanted “to move very quickly” on a trade deal with Britain after it leaves the EU, and that the White House would wait until after Brexit to address various security concerns. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images) “When we have the budget, I will be thinking about whether we need to make any changes to the fiscal rules,” he said. Another change he is considering is with regards to the government’s current long-term plan of eliminating the deficit by the mid 2020s.  Saturday 17 August 2019 8:54 am “It is obvious to me that when you’ve got some of the lowest rates on government debt this country has ever seen I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t thinking seriously about how do we use [that opportunity],” he said. whatsapp Read more: Corbyn fails to drum up support for plan to block no-deal Brexit Javid also added that a no-deal Brexit would “require a significant economic package as a response”, but did not give details on what that would like.last_img read more

September 4

Barnier: Brexit deal ahead if Britain stops backtracking

first_imgWednesday 24 June 2020 4:29 pm It comes as chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday said the UK will “tailor” capital rules for insurers inherited from the EU, as he set out how Britain will regulate the City after the Brexit deadline.  Poppy Wood In a virtual think-tank event this afternoon, Michel Barnier called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give “clear signals” that the UK is ready to work towards a trade deal with the EU. Britain can still achieve a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union as long as the UK stops “backtracking” on its commitments, the EU’s chief negotiator said today. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Also Read: Barnier: Brexit deal ahead if Britain stops backtracking by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryAdventure CrunchHere Are the Most Famous Pro Wrestlers From the Past TodayAdventure CrunchDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteabley Sunak yesterday said the UK would make reforms to maintain the soundness of capital markets and manage future risks.  “Our problem is not related to timing, but to substance, in particular that the UK keeps backtracking on its commitments in the political declaration,” Barnier said, referring to the 31-page document published last year that set out the direction of future trade discussions. whatsapp Talks between the EU and UK are set to intensify in the coming weeks, as the UK inches closer to its 1 July deadline for extending the transition period, which is due to expire on 31 December. “It’s in the UK’s particular interest to avoid a no-deal,” he said, adding that the EU was willing to “find a margin of flexibility” on the sticking point of Britain’s fishing waters. center_img Show Comments ▼ If a UK-EU trade deal is struck by the end of the year, the UK could begin the new trading relationship as soon as the transition period ends.  (Getty Images) Also Read: Barnier: Brexit deal ahead if Britain stops backtracking whatsapp Barnier added that he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic about achieving a deal, describing himself as “determined” to break the stalemate. “I believe that the deal is still possible,” he said. The EU chief negotiator cautioned that a failure to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union would damage the UK’s economy irreparably. Barnier: Brexit deal ahead if Britain stops backtracking Share The UK formally left the EU on 31 January, and the government has repeatedly ruled out any extension to the transition, meaning any deal must be formed by the end of the year. Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletterlast_img read more

September 4

Pizza Express draws up plans to close 75 restaurants

first_imgNigel Frith, senior market analyst at Ask Traders, said: “At a time where restaurants are supposed to be coming out of lockdown and taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, it’s a shame to still see yet another chain axing jobs within the hospitality trade. The final number of proposed Pizza Express closures is said to be undecided, and will depend partly on the progress of formal talks with landlords, which are expected to start next week. It comes as the restaurant group, founded in 1965, is expected to undergo a wide-scale restructure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. High street restaurants have continued to feel the strain of the pandemic, as footfall plummeted to record lows during lockdown and social distancing measures continue to hamper business capacity as outlets slowly reopen. Pizza Express is drawing up plans to close up to 75 restaurants around the UK as the pizza chain undergoes a wide-scale financial restructure as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The latest survey by the Office for National Statistics published last week found that six in 10 UK adults would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable to eat indoors at a restaurant.  The company is mulling the closure of “around 75” of its 470 UK outlets through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), Pizza Express said today. Pizza Express declined to comment. whatsapp The government last week announced it will cover half the bill for dining out in August as part of its Eat Out to Help Out scheme to encourage consumers to support the hospitality sector after the coronavirus lockdown. Also Read: Pizza Express draws up plans to close 75 restaurants However, the move has done little to allay customer worries over the spread of the virus in enclosed spaces. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Pizza Express, which has 627 outlets in the UK and overseas, reported a 1.1 per cent increase in revenues to £548.8m in the 12 months to December. “Closing 75 out of 470 restaurants within the UK doesn’t seem too much in the grand scheme of things, but when it comes to employees being out of work, the hospitality trade is hardly recruiting at this moment in time, for all we know it could be a lot more stores than we think.” Hony Capital, the Chinese firm that acquired the restaurant chain in 2014 for £873m, is thought to be ceding control to its bondholders as part of a restructure of the group, according to the Times. Thursday 16 July 2020 1:42 pm The proposed closures will likely impact many hundreds in Pizza Express’ 8,000-strong UK workforce. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government will provide vouchers a 50 per cent discount for sit down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK. Pizza Express draws up plans to close 75 restaurants Poppy Wood The company is yet to publish its full 2019 accounts as a result of Covid-19 related delays, however its 2018 accounts show a pre-tax loss of £55m. Other restaurant chains, including Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia owner Casual Dining Group, Prezzo and burger chain Byron, have been forced to call in insolvency practitioners or explore sale processes as a result of the pandemic. Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter He added: “Pizza Express was struggling before the pandemic but it looks like this could be the final nail in the coffin.” Earlier this month, Pizza Express said it would withhold rent payments for the quarter, as the firm attempts to recover from months of closure due to the lockdown. Also Read: Pizza Express draws up plans to close 75 restaurants Share Ninety one of Casual Dining Group’s restaurant outlets closed with immediate effect earlier this month, slashing 1,900 of the firm’s 6,000 staff in the process.  Byron earlier this month filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, in an attempt to protect it from creditors during talks with potential buyers and save upwards of 1,200 jobs. 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August 24

Gardentalk – Season finale

first_imgGardentalk | OutdoorsGardentalk – Season finaleOctober 27, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:A dragonfly takes a moment to rest inside a greenhouse on Douglas Island earlier this summer. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)It’s time to put your garden to bed, unless your carrots, beets, parsnips and kale are still growing.During this season’s final Gardentalk segment that aired on KTOO’s Morning Edition, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski provided some tips for cleaning up your yard and garden that will provide for a worry-free and effortless startup next spring. Get rid of the wilted, past-harvest plants, and start mixing compost into your garden beds.“The soil microorganisms and the worms will be working on all of that stuff over the winter,” Buyarski said.You can also spread out seaweed or spruce and hemlock boughs for a combination compost and ground cover before you cover with plastic.“Then, you can come back in the springtime, hopefully, pull your plastic off those beds and get right to planting,” Buyarski said. Listen to the October 27 segment of Gardentalk:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/10/garden102716.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Buyarski cautions against composting all of your old potato vines, and roots of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips and radishes. They could be infected with potato scab or root maggots which could survive the heat of the compost and reemerge in your garden next year. He recommends burning such debris, or bagging it up and sending it to the dump.Keep an eye out for any slug eggs, and squish them when you see them. They also will likely survive composting unless you have a very large and super hot (about 150 degrees) compost pile that has been started with horse manure.Finally, trim off any broken tree branches and gently knock off any early snow that may fall and weigh down on leaves and branches.Ed Buyarski will return to the KTOO airwaves next spring. In the meantime, visit the Gardentalk archive here.Share this story:last_img read more

July 13

Entrepreneurs flock to UK with surge in foreign-born directors

first_img Entrepreneurs flock to UK with surge in foreign-born directors Share Tags: NULL Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressUndo Show Comments ▼ Sunday 19 April 2015 11:28 pmcenter_img More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com BRITAIN is open for business, with record numbers of foreign born entrepreneurs flocking to the UK to set up new companies, according to consultancy firm Procorre.The new report, published today, identified India as the biggest source of UK-bound talent, with over 16,000 directors of British companies originating from the emerging superpower.The subcontinent was also the home of the second largest contingent of foreign-born entrepreneurs, with just under 10,000 individuals of Pakistani origin listed as directors of small UK companies.Closer to home, Germany provided the third largest number of directors (7,770) with Italy in fourth (7,624).Procorre said government initiatives aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs from overseas to the UK were paying off. It highlighted the Entrepreneur Visa as an example of proactive policy. whatsapp Express KCS whatsapplast_img read more

June 23

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Purdue snubs New Hampshire subpoena for OxyContin documents

first_imgA decade ago, Mylan Pharmaceuticals decried so-called authorized generics as a threat to the conventional generic drug industry, Bloomberg News writes. There is irony in this, of course, because this is the very same tactic that Mylan is now using to sell a lower-cost version of its own EpiPen device, which is causing an outcry over its price tag and continual price hikes taken by the drug maker.Walgreens Boots Alliance formed a partnership with Prime Therapeutics in hopes of capturing a greater share of the prescription-drug market and better compete with CVS Health, the Wall Street Journal tells us. Prime is a pharmacy benefits manager that is owned by 14 Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans. The companies will combine specialty and mail-service businesses, and Walgreens will become the preferred pharmacy for Prime to fill their prescriptions.advertisement About the Author Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Chinese drug sales to the US are growing despite safety concerns, Bloomberg News tells us. Chinese exports of pharmaceutical products and health supplements worldwide jumped 3 percent to $56 billion last year. Meanwhile, more than 5,000 drug factories in China are supplying the domestic market, and more than 500 facilities are registered to sell to the US.A study found that the Praluent med sold by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals reduced the need for apheresis treatment in patients with very high cholesterol by 75 percent versus a placebo, Pharma Times reports. The late-stage study assessed the injectable drug in patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, who require regular weekly or biweekly apheresis, an invasive procedure designed to remove LDL cholesterol from the blood.A proposed class action lawsuit filed by New York City police detectives and hotel workers accuses Valeant Pharmaceuticals of racketeering by forcing them to pay exorbitant prices for medicines, Reuters says.Martin Shkreli sold his remaining stake in KaloBios, severing his ties with the drug maker he once led as the company seeks to distance itself from its former chief executive, the Wall Street Journal writes.India’s National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority is trying to speed the process used to recover money that drug makers overcharged some companies, the Hindu Business Line reports. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Purdue snubs New Hampshire subpoena for OxyContin documents center_img Ed Silverman @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Aug. 30, 2016 Reprints Tags MylanOxyContinPurdue Pharma Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. In fact, we have an early speaking engagement, but managed to squirrel away a couple of items for you, which will appear shortly. Meanwhile, the time has come to reach for a cup of stimulation and make our way for the nearest locomotive. As for you, here are some tidbits. Have a smashing day and do keep in touch…The New Hampshire attorney general accused Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, of stonewalling demands for information the company collects about suspected criminal trafficking of its painkiller, the Los Angeles Times reports. In refusing to comply with the subpoena, Purdue cited longstanding objections to the state’s use of a private law firm in an ongoing investigation of the company and other opioid makers.An important clinical trial of the most promising new treatment for Parkinson’s disease in decades might be delayed because of a feud between a key scientist and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, STAT reports. The influential organization had a falling out with a prominent Georgetown University researcher, and it remains unclear whether Georgetown will be able to obtain the medicine from its manufacturer so that the study can proceed.advertisementlast_img read more

June 23

Andrew Cuomo’s Covid-19 nursing home fiasco shows the ethical perils of pandemic policymaking

first_img Privacy Policy Related: By Rachel Cohrs Feb. 26, 2021 Reprints [email protected] PoliticsAndrew Cuomo’s Covid-19 nursing home fiasco shows the ethical perils of pandemic policymaking @rachelcohrs Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. The second, and more ethically problematic decision, was the call to hide data about how many nursing home residents died in nursing homes, and how many Covid-19 patients were transferred from hospitals to nursing homes.The Cuomo administration managed to keep much of that data under wraps until late January, when the dam broke. The Democratic state attorney general published a bombshell accusation that the administration undercounted nursing home deaths by more than 50%. Data obtained by the Associated Press showed more than 9,000 recovering Covid-19 patients were transferred from nursing homes to hospitals, which was 40% higher than the previously disclosed number.Then, earlier this month, the New York Post published an explosive report based on leaked footage of one of Cuomo’s top aides claiming the administration hid data on nursing home deaths to avoid political retribution from Trump. Related: Backed by big hospitals, a former Microsoft executive wades into the messy business of selling patient data Related: Hospitals’ Covid-19 heroics have them poised for power in the new Washington STAT+: Related: Washington Correspondent Rachel reports on the intersection of politics and health policy. The governor days later put a provision in the state budget that curbed patients’ ability to sue nursing homes and hospitals. Both hospitals and nursing homes had advocated for it.Cuomo’s team also proceeded despite early compelling evidence that nursing home residents were especially vulnerable to Covid-19. The first known cluster of Covid-19 cases in the United States happened in a Washington nursing home. Media reports featuring public health experts warning of nursing home residents’ vulnerability emerged in early March, well before Cuomo’s directive.As criticism mounted, Cuomo effectively rescinded the nursing home transfer policy on May 10. It remains unclear what level of accountability Cuomo will face. The FBI and federal prosecutors opened an investigation into his administration’s handling of the data. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has called for an investigation, but spokespeople for Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) did not respond to STAT inquiries on the issue.Even if Cuomo dodges criminal or civil liability, he will still face political accountability at the hands of voters.Gusmano, the Rutgers professor, said he understood the governor’s political concerns that Trump may have weaponized the nursing home data to harm New York, but they don’t excuse the governor’s clear effort to mislead the public and state lawmakers.“What they are learning now, is that they would have been better off admitting the consequences of this decision,” Gusmano said. WASHINGTON — The humbling of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on pandemic policy has been spectacular and swift. Within a matter of days, one of America’s most trusted voices in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic became a political pariah.Outrage over Cuomo’s decisions — first, to require nursing homes to accept Covid-19-positive patients when New York’s hospitals were overflowing, and then, to hide data about deaths of nursing home residents — has engulfed Albany in recent weeks. Court orders, leaks, and investigations revealed that Cuomo dramatically and intentionally understated the pandemic’s toll on nursing home residents in New York.Cuomo’s fall from grace is a cautionary tale of the perils of policymaking during a public health crisis. Making the right decisions in the early days of battling a novel virus is incredibly difficult, and leaders shouldn’t fear retribution for tough choices they made in good faith, five ethicists and public health experts told STAT. But that doesn’t absolve leaders from taking responsibility for their missteps.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Cuomo’s first missteps came in March. New York City hospitals were overwhelmed, and New York’s influential hospital lobby was pleading with Cuomo to issue policy on transfers to nursing homes. Greater New York Hospital Association spokesperson Brian Conway said hospitals made the request because Cuomo had ordered hospitals to immediately increase bed capacity by at least 50%.Cuomo on March 25 issued the controversial directive that told nursing homes they couldn’t deny patients coming from hospitals admission based on a Covid-19 diagnosis.Evaluating the ethics of that directive is a little more complicated than evaluating your average executive order. In the midst of a crisis, public health ethicists said, policymakers don’t have the luxury of time to do typical outreach and data analysis, but they do have a responsibility to be as thorough as they can. Cuomo wasn’t alone in prohibiting nursing homes from discriminating against patients based on their Covid-19 infection status — officials in other states with similar nursing home policies faced criticism, but managed to avoid career-threatening blowback.Hospitals were truly overwhelmed, and data has shown the nursing home transfer policies were not the sole or primary drivers of Covid-19 nursing home deaths. The number of deaths that may have been caused by the policies remains unclear.But then Cuomo hid the data.“Cuomo got such positive press as someone who was a straight shooter, particularly in contrast to somebody like President Trump. … Lying about the nursing home data is antithetical to that, and caused a real problem,” said Michael Gusmano, a professor of health policy at Rutgers University.Cuomo’s office did not respond to questions about his administration’s nursing home data reporting. To get ahead of variants, Covid-19 drug makers use evolutionary biology as a guide The revelations shed unflattering light on Cuomo’s decision to cherry-pick data and stonewall the advocates and journalists who had been seeking transparency for months.Cuomo had repeatedly boasted about an apples-to-oranges comparison of New York’s nursing home deaths compared to other states.Another talking point was a July report from the New York State Department of Health that defended the transfer policy based on incomplete numbers.The Cuomo administration even trotted out “independent reviewers” to bolster the report. Three of the four were hospital executives and a hospital lobbyist who advocated for the policy. One reviewer, Michael Dowling, the president and CEO of Northwell Health, also wrote a book about the pandemic that has an endorsement from Cuomo splashed across the cover. Carmel Shachar, the executive director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, said it was ultimately Cuomo’s responsibility to ensure his staff was analyzing potential consequences.It’s not clear he did. Cuomo and his team didn’t talk to some relevant nursing home stakeholders before they made the policy, and were perhaps overly reliant on the politically powerful hospital industry. LeadingAge New York President and CEO Jim Clyne, who represents nonprofit nursing homes in New York, said he didn’t hear about the policy until after it was released. The national lobby representing nursing homes called the policy a “mistake” that could cause more hospitalizations.The policy seemed to be overly “hospital-centric” because the experts called upon to shape the policy were primarily in the hospital sector, said Jim Lytle, senior counsel at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Cuomo has expressed open distrust toward scientific experts, and instead has preferred to work with the health care industry.“I don’t think it was meant to be harmful, but I don’t think it was well-intended,” said Richard Mollot, executive director of the New York-based Long Term Care Community Coalition. “I think it was an utter lack of regard for nursing home residents.” Related: ‘We need to get in the room’: Hospital chaplains struggle to balance Covid safety with patients’ spiritual needs Please enter a valid email address. Rachel Cohrs New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York. John Minchillo/AP About the Author Reprints Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Trending Now: Using the incomplete numbers, the report found that the primary driver of Covid-19 in nursing homes was asymptomatic spread by staff, which other analyses have confirmed. The virus was present in many nursing homes before the transfer policy was enacted. But the health department also argued that the analysis showed admission policies were “not a significant factor in nursing home fatalities,” and has maintained that stance after new data was revealed.New York Attorney General Letitia James said it’s not clear if that’s true.In January, she countered the health department’s declaration of innocence, saying more analysis is necessary but the transfers “may have contributed to increased risk of nursing home resident infection, and subsequent fatalities.”The Albany-based Empire Center for Public Policy — which sued the Cuomo administration for nursing home death data and won — also analyzed the new numbers. The group argues that there was a statistically significant increase in resident deaths in nursing homes that accepted hospital transfers. The analysis shows that the effect was more pronounced upstate, where Covid-19 was less prevalent in communities at the time of the March directive. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Cuomo may have had reason to be concerned about the data being politicized by the Trump administration. Trump’s Justice Department requested nursing home data from four Democratic governors in August, and expanded its inquiry a week before the presidential election. In September, Trump blamed management of the pandemic in “blue states” for the high Covid-19 death toll in the United States. During the last presidential debate, Trump mentioned statistics on nursing home deaths in New York to argue the state had poorly handled the pandemic.The ultimate ethics test for Cuomo’s actions should be whether his decision to withhold data was based on the public interest, or his personal interest, said John Pelissero, a senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.“What appears to have come out is that the Cuomo administration made a politically expedient decision,” Pelissero said. “In doing so, for what appears to be political reasons, they failed to serve the public interest.”Cuomo on Feb. 15 expressed regret for not releasing more data sooner, but still has stood by the transfer policy. “You’re asking for the public to entrust you with executive power during this time, when you don’t have all the information yet. You have to assure the public that you are using that information to adapt accordingly. If you don’t do that, the public wouldn’t be able to trust you,” said Anita Ho, an associate professor of bioethics at the University of California, San Francisco.The ethicists said that Cuomo’s conduct stands out not because the policy he put in place was especially egregious, but because he obscured public health data for political gain.advertisement Truth and transparency after Covid-19: Mending the relationship between hospitals and the communities they serve Tags Coronavirusgovernment agencieshospitalslegalstateslast_img read more

June 20

Local woman’s experience training a service dog for her children with autism

first_img Pinterest Local woman’s experience training a service dog for her children with autism WhatsApp News WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Home News Community Local woman’s experience training a service dog for her children with autism NewsCommunity Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Twitter Facebook SEE ALSO – Woman whose wedding was postponed launches fundraiser for ‘Do It for Dan’ Previous articleMinister for Justice Charlie Flanagan on early release of prisoners, extra Gardaí and extra legislation if neededNext articleLISTEN: LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast on Coranavirus, fixture speculation, Netflix and sports book recommendations Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Facebook By Megan Shiel – 18th March 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Stef McGinn from Portlaoise is in the process of training her dog Baylee to be a service dog for her three children.Her children, DJ (12) and twins Áine and Aoifá (10) have autism and sensory processing disorder.She has enlisted the help of Martin Maher from Scallywags Dog Training in Portlaoise to train Baylee.Stef spoke with LaoisToday about her experience training Baylee for her children.She said: “I got Baylee in February 2019. After looking for a few weeks, myself and Martin went to look at a litter and I stood back and let Martin look because I’d have literally taken them all home with me … after careful thought he decided that Baylee was the man for the job.“All three of my children have autism and sensory processing disorder. Due to all three having both diagnosis it is very difficult for me to take the children out on my own.“I am a single parent and without a second person there I rely on my parents a lot to help me with outings and ultimately more often than not we have to split the outings. Baylee will help me by being my second person.”Stef explained how Baylee has already changed their lives.“Due to the SPD holding hands is difficult for them, one of the twins in particular so she will be attached to Baylee via a belt and a harness and he will act as my second person and leave me a hand each for the other two children.“He will also act as a calming aid for the three of them when we are out and about and even at home just having him running round and being with them, he has a calming effect on them, even just to stroke him as they walk past or lay up on the couch beside them.“I am hoping that having Baylee the public in general will be more empathetic towards my children.“If one of them is having a hard time in public people will see Baylee and see ‘Service Dog’ on his vest and hopefully they will realise there is a hidden disability here and walk away rather than stop, stand, stare and judge and make the children more agitated by an accumulating crowd.“One of my daughters is also a flight risk so Baylee is currently being trained to lay down when his harness lead is pulled so he can alert me that she is trying to run, he is vital for my children’s safety.”Stef says that the whole experience has been incredible.She said: “This whole experience has been wonderful thanks to Martin, he has been with me every step of the way, he listened to my concerns for the children and he has been trained accordingly for my own children’s needs.“I felt this was the best route to go down for my family to get our own puppy and have him trained for us, this suits our situation, Baylee is being reared in our home from 8 weeks old.“He is used to the children being loud, he is used to the children playing with him, he is used to the rough and tumble that comes with my children and he absolutely loves every minute of it.“Because he was reared with us absolutely nothing phases him, literally nothing we throw at him, he is always wagging his tail and happy to learn and please Martin and myself.“I am so happy that I get to be part of his training too, Martin had all the ground work done and then Martin trained me to work with Baylee.“I have enjoyed every minute of it and I am looking forward to the rest of this experience, I cannot recommend Martin enough.”“Baylee has been training for about nine months and in that time his progress is unbelievable, he takes everything in his stride and he loves every minute of it.“When he sees his vest coming he cannot stop wagging his tail and he walks with ease and he is really proud of himself and he knows how important he is.“He has another few months to go in his training, we have attached martins daughter to him and she has been a big help in the flight risk training.“We will be attaching my daughter in the coming months, his training will always continue even after he is fully trained as a refresher to both myself and to Baylee to make sure neither of us get lazy or pick up habits.” Electric Picnic TAGSautismMartin MaherScallywags dog trainingStef McGinn last_img read more

June 19

North Korean authorities use trolleys to recapture transport market share

first_img SHARE News NewsEconomy North Korean authorities use trolleys to recapture transport market share Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2018.02.19 5:02pm AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju ride a trolley through Pyongyang on the night of February 4. On the trolley, Kim emphasized how  the country’s mass transit system improves the lives of the people. Image: Rodong Sinmun News News The number of trolley cars and their hours of operation have expanded in Pyongsong City and across the country. This development has elicited mixed reactions from locals. On the one hand, it represents an improvement for the country’s public transport. On the other hand, some residents are seeing it as a way for the authorities to make more money from the people.  “There’s been a noticeably large jump in the number of trolleys operating in Pyongsong City,” explained an inside source from South Pyongan Province during a telephone call with Daily NK on February 13. “Electricity provision to the number one line has become almost normal since January, resulting in added convenience.”  According to the source, electricity only flows to homes in Pyongsong for three hours per day. However, the trolleys operate from 8am in the morning to 10pm at night, showing that the authorities are strategically distributing electricity. Power failures and service stoppages normally do not extend beyond 30 minutes. “Even just a few years ago, the Pyongsong trolleys suffered from blackouts during rush hour, resulting in a form of transportation paralysis. The cadres and upper class used taxis to travel from our area to Pyongsong Station [about 4 kilometers], but university students and normal residents didn’t have the money to afford it, so many loaded up their bags on their bicycles and traveled into town,” the source explained.For this reason, the improved trolley services come as welcome news to residents without a lot of money. It also serves as a cheap and convenient transport method for the tens of thousands of residents visiting from other areas heading towards Pyongsong’s wholesale market. Due to the added convenience, these improvements are being lauded. However, there are some who have been quick to point the authorities’ financial motives. Private taxis have become powerful market actors for short, medium, and long trips. The trolley improvements can be seen as a way for the authorities to recapture some of the market share.   The authorities are able to kill two birds with one stone: they can use the trolleys as a profit maker and as fodder for political propaganda by touting them as an improvement to the people’s lives.“The trolley system is run by the Public Transport Office, and the cost of a fare is 1,000 KPW, which is approximately 50% of the monthly wage of an average state worker. It’s cheaper than a taxi, but similar to the market rate, so the price isn’t a strong draw for residents,” a separate source in South Pyongan Province said.“The trolleys collect a fee of 1,000 KPW for adults and 500 KPW for children regardless of how far the passenger rides,” the source added. “When you consider the size of transportation flows in Pyongsong, the government is sure to be making a lot of profit from the public trolley system.”   On February 1, Kim Jong Un visited the newly built Pyongyang Electric Trolley Factory, reported by Korean Central News Agency as saying, “These modern facilities have been completed and the supplementary equipment has been brought in, so regular production has begun. The mass transport trolley system should be added to the face of Pyongyang.” Kim Jong Un then rode a trolley in Pyongyang on February 4, proclaiming that it will improve the lives of the people.    last_img read more

June 17

Survey on Gangs in Schools Underway

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A survey to assess the prevalence of gangs in 10 schools across the island is currently being conducted by the Safe Schools Secretariat.The survey, which began in June, is being carried out by the School Resource Officers (SROs), in collaboration with Principals and Guidance Counsellors. In an interview with JIS News, Co-ordinator for the Police in the Safe Schools Programme, Superintendent Norman Heywood pointed out that the survey would not target students who were in groups, but “will focus on those students who are organized, have a common design and those who are bent on procuring money and other items by means of extortion”. Additionally, he said that the survey would target students who took on the names of prominent gangs operating in the community.He noted that in the long term, the investigation would be done in all schools involved in the Safe Schools Programme. The data, he added, would determine the influence and extent of gang activity in schools and the impact of these gangs on them. It is expected that various interventions will be designed by officials of the Safe Schools Programme to stem the problem.These interventions, Mr. Heywood acknowledged, could involve a more direct approach by calling in parents to deal with the matter or by having a one-on-one session with an SRO.Commenting on the proliferation of gang activity in schools, the Co-ordinator said that students normally joined gangs as a result of parental neglect. This, he said, resulted from a need to seek approval from other students.“I learned very early in the programme that because of protection from other students, persons would join gangs, sometimes because of lack of self-esteem and because others are easily influenced,” he pointed out.Mr. Heywood told JIS News that since the start of the Safe Schools Programme, the Police have managed to dismantle three school-based gangs. However, there were still seven known gangs operating in the school system.In order to eliminate them, he said the Police were now carrying out the necessary investigative work. Additionally, he noted that SROs have been successful in dismantling school-based gangs in the Spanish Town area, adding that they have been working with community members in order to develop partnerships to prevent the resurgence of these gangs.The Safe Schools Programme was instituted in November 2004 and is a government initiative to tackle the problem of violence in schools. To date, a total of 114 police officers have been trained as SROs, with 97 dispatched to 92 schools. An additional 36 SROs should be added to the complement by June, 2007. RelatedSurvey on Gangs in Schools Underway Survey on Gangs in Schools Underway UncategorizedJuly 23, 2006 RelatedSurvey on Gangs in Schools Underwaycenter_img RelatedSurvey on Gangs in Schools Underway Advertisementslast_img read more