UK to pledge £340m increase in funding for World Health Organisation

first_imgSaturday 26 September 2020 1:34 pm whatsapp He will commit an initial 71 million pounds to the global vaccine partnership known as COVAX to secure purchase rights on 27 million doses, and 500 million to a separate COVAX initiative to help poorer countries access a vaccine. Show Comments ▼ (Getty Images) Share Delivering a recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Johnson will say the COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers to trade. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun The United States gave a year’s notice in July that it is leaving the U.N. agency – which was created to improve health globally – after Trump accused it of being too close to China and having mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic. “After nine months of fighting COVID, the very notion of the international community looks tattered,” he will say, according to advance extracts distributed by his office. UK to pledge £340m increase in funding for World Health Organisation His plan includes a global network of research hubs, more vaccine manufacturing capacity, and an agreement to reduce export tariffs imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Unless we unite and turn our fire against our common foe, we know that everyone will lose. Now is the time therefore … for humanity to reach across borders and repair these ugly rifts.” Britain, along with France and Germany, is expressing support for the WHO, albeit tied to reforms, when the body faces criticism over its pandemic response. whatsapp Tags: Coronavirus He will also present a five-point plan to improve the international response to future pandemics. (Getty Images) Also Read: UK to pledge £340m increase in funding for World Health Organisation (Getty Images) Also Read: UK to pledge £340m increase in funding for World Health Organisation Reuters Johnson will also announce £340m in funding for the WHO spread across four years – a 30 per cent increase on the previous four-year commitment – with around a third of the money dependent on reform to the organisation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge on Saturday a 30 per cent increase in funding for the World Health Organization while urging reforms to the global health body and calling for a revival of cross-border cooperation to end “ugly rifts”.last_img read more

Dr Martens pays back furlough money after pandemic sales surge

first_img“The pandemic presented challenges to our operations and ways of working, and our priority throughout was to keep our people and consumers safe,” said chief executive Kenny Wilson. “I am very proud of the resilience, dedication and agility of our teams across the globe.” It came as the company reported bumper trading for the year to the end of March after shifting its focus to ecommerce. James Warrington whatsapp Also Read: Dr Martens valued at more than £3.7bn in London IPO The fashion retailer, which is known for its chunky boots, said the strong trading was driven largely by ecommerce. whatsapp Dr Martens pays back furlough money after pandemic sales surge Share With the impact of the listing stripped out, pre-tax profit was up by a third to £151.4m. Dr Martens enjoyed bumper demand during its initial public offering in January, which valued the boot brand at £3.7bn. The company said it expected high teens revenue growth in 2022 and was aiming to increase ecommerce to 40 per cent of total sales. The firm also plans to start paying a dividend next year.center_img Dr Martens has handed back money borrowed under the Covid furlough scheme after reporting strong revenue growth in its first results as a publicly-listed company. However, investors put the boot in to the footwear maker, with shares snking more than 10 per cent at the open this morning. This helped offset a 40 per cent decline in retail performance as store closures battered sales. Online revenue rose 73 per cent to represent almost a third of total sales as lockdowns prompted a shift to online shopping. Dr Martens posted bumper trading in its first results as a listed company (Image: Dr Martens) Dr Martens said it had continued to invest in the brand during the pandemic, increasing its headcount by over 250 people and opening 18 new stores and a third-party distribution centre in New Jersey. Thursday 17 June 2021 8:42 am Also Read: FTSE reshuffle: Newcomers Dr Martens and Moonpig battle for promotion Revenue rose 15 per cent over the year to £773m. Pre-tax profit was down 30 per cent at £70.9m, though this was impacted by costs of £80.5m related to the firm’s London stock market float. The British bookmaker said it received £1.3m under the government’s job retention scheme in the early part of the pandemic, but had since returned the funds. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

For the first time in 6 months, Bethel has week with no new COVID-19 cases

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | Southwest | WesternFor the first time in 6 months, Bethel has week with no new COVID-19 casesFebruary 19, 2021 by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel Share:Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation workers wait to perform COVID-19 tests. (Katie Basile/KYUK)The City of Bethel hit a pandemic milestone by marking one week with no new confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation did not announce any new cases from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, making it the first week with no new cases in the regional hub in six months, since early August 2020.The absence of Bethel cases follows an overall decline in cases across the region and the state over the past month. Cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta began dropping before the winter holidays, rose again during and after the holidays, and have been declining since.The holidays also marked the beginning of COVID-19 vaccinations in the region. As of last week, nearly 60% of the region’s eligible population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges.Over the past two weeks, the health corporation has announced an average of 11.9 cases per day. That’s a steep decline from the region’s pandemic peak, when cases averaged 66 new cases per day during a two-week span around Thanksgiving, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 4.Despite the declines, the region still maintains the highest COVID-19 case rate in the state, a position the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has held since October 2020.YKHC is encouraging all Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities to remain locked down through Feb. 28 to continue slowing the spread of the virus. It is also urging everyone age 16 and older to get vaccinated.Share this story:last_img read more

Could financing health care like a home hold down drug costs?

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Pharma wants more freedom to pitch drugs. A separate review panel could be a problem [email protected] The notion is appealing. After all, making it possible for patients to obtain expensive life-saving medicines could go a long way toward tackling the mushrooming problem of rising drug costs — an issue that’s likely to become even more vexing as pricey personalized medicines become available.But before anyone signs on the bottom line, consider the fine print.For one, some diseases may be riskier than others. Lo’s paper points to hepatitis C treatments as good examples of why such loans are needed. The medicines don’t come cheap — running anywhere from $54,600 to $94,500 for a course of treatment, depending upon the drug and regimen — and some private and public payers are facing lawsuits and investigations for restricting access to only the sickest patients.Yet hep C drugs have been in high demand because they offer cure rates exceeding 90 percent. This is the kind of result that should entice the financial community, since the patient would be more likely to return to health and pay off the loan on schedule. But not every illness is so easily vanquished. This underscores the challenges lenders may face as they evaluate the credit risk of sick consumers.Here’s another concern: If health care loans are guaranteed by the federal government the way that student loans are, the pharmaceutical industry may not feel constrained about pricing. And with more people borrowing money to obtain and pay for more treatments, health care costs could soar when the loan system is intended to do the opposite.As Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a left-leaning Washington think tank, pointed out, the loans “may give drug makers incentive to do exactly what we don’t want them to do. And there’s nothing to stop them from trying” to raise prices.Others worry that securitization is problematic, because this is the same mortgage-bundling technique that led to the Great Recession.“I’m not sure these loans would prevent us from more bankruptcies any more than easy mortgages prevented us from disaster in the housing market,” said Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at the New York University School of Medicine.Lo acknowledged the proposal is only a starting point, and he said he hopes the idea can gain enough traction to eventually convince insurers and government agencies to take on the loans. This weekly column offers opinions on the latest pharmaceutical industry news.Consumers take out loans every day to purchase houses, cars, and college tuition. What if they could do the same for expensive medicines?It’s an idea that a group of Boston-area health economists floated last month in response to the rising cost of prescription drugs. And as envisioned, everyone involved in health care and finance could benefit from the availability of a health care loan.Patients would gain access to needed medicines. Drug makers would gain more confidence their treatments would find a market and generate more revenue that could be invested in research. And by bundling the loans and then reselling them — a financial maneuver known as securitization — banks could create a market to attract and reward investors.advertisement By Ed Silverman March 8, 2016 Reprints “There’s a win-win, but the most important thing is that we would be saving lives,” said Andrew Lo, a health economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who proposed the idea of health care loans in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Lo and his colleagues suggest lenders could earn 9 percent on nine-year loans and investors could earn a hypothetical 12 percent annual return from a loan fund. And as a further enticement to consumers, they propose a pay-for-performance mechanism in which a loan could be cancelled if a treatment fails to work and an illness returns before final payments are due.advertisement About the Author Reprints Miguel Medina/AFP/GettyImages With drug costs rising, it’s time for pharma companies to open their books Related: Related: Ed Silverman @Pharmalot Already, some on Wall Street seem open to the notion.“I think it is worth exploring,” said Tom Rutledge, who heads the fixed income group at the Magnetar Capital hedge fund. “The question is how do we make it transparent for everybody involved, and make it a fair market for both borrowers and lenders?”Indeed, more work is needed in order to create a dedicated loan market and overcome legitimate skepticism about mortgaging patient lives. This is a distasteful notion, but perhaps it will spur policymakers into addressing drug costs.If for no other reason than that, Lo and his colleagues deserve credit for putting the issue on the table. The Pharmalot ViewCould financing health care like a home hold down drug costs? Tags drug priceshepatitis Cpharmaceutical industrylast_img read more

A growing number of states are eyeing laws to prohibit a controversial cost-sharing tool

first_img What is it? What’s included? By Ed Silverman April 4, 2019 Reprints Adobe [email protected] A growing number of states are eyeing laws to prohibit a controversial cost-sharing tool 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. About the Author Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Over the past 10 days, Virginia and West Virginia became the first states in the U.S. to adopt laws that preclude certain health plans from using copay accumulators, a new weapon against widely used but controversial copay assistance cards that drug makers distribute to consumers.The laws, which cover individual and small market plans, come as a growing number of health plans and employers embrace accumulators to blunt rising drug costs. About 30% of employers have adopted them and another 21% are considering doing so over the next couple of years, according to the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit. Wal-Mart and Home Depot are recent examples.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. Log In | Learn More GET STARTED Ed Silverman @Pharmalot Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharmalot Tags drug pricinglegislationpharmaceuticalsSTAT+stateslast_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: Midlands Park Hotel seeking to fill a number of roles

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic Facebook Pinterest TAGSMidlands Park Hotel Pinterest JOB VACANCIES: Midlands Park Hotel seeking to fill a number of roles At the Midlands Park Hotel, we want to create an exceptional service for our guests. Our mission is to relentlessly focus, in equal measures, on creating a caring environment for each other; while we deliver exceptional care and experience for our guests. We currently have over 160 team members in our hotel, and we are growing from strength to strength, we pride ourselves on our diverse, multicultural workforce, who enable us to provide exceptional guest care to our fabulous guests. Our team are the backbone of everything we do, we are always seeking ways to grow, develop and engage our people to enable us to be one of the leading 4* star hotels in Ireland. Our people are talented, passionate, and motivated to drive the Midlands Park Hotel to be recognised by our industry for delivering exceptional guest care and experience. Since re-opening our guests are excited to be welcomed back to the Midlands Park Hotel, we are able to offer our stylish rooms, fantastic Charter Bar & Eatery, Triog Restaurant and Kelly’s Steakhouse experiences. We are looking for exceptional people to join our exceptional teams. The positions we are currently looking to recruit for are.Experienced Pro-Active Sales Manager Qualified Swim Instructors Qualified Personal Trainers Chef de Partie Kelly’s Steakhouse Experienced Host Night Porter Bar Tenders/Mixologists Reward Package @ The Midlands Park Hotel Career Development Opportunities. Educational Assistance Programme Free Gym & Pool Membership Staff Recognition Awards Lean Management Training Employee Assistance Programme Employee Voice Uniforms ProvidedMeals on Duty Discounts to our sister hotel, The Riverside Park Hotel. Wellness Week Staff Social Events To ApplyIf you have experience and are looking to join a business that appreciates your knowledge, skills and attitudes t hen send your CV to [email protected] more information see hereIf you would like to advertise a job vacancy, get in touch with LaoisToday by calling 057 8670722, 085 7180700 or emailing [email protected] ALSO- check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday here Home Jobs JOB VACANCIES: Midlands Park Hotel seeking to fill a number of roles Jobs Twitter Laois County Council granted almost €500,000 from Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund Electric Picnic receives €423,000 funding under Live Performance Support Scheme WhatsApp GAA Here are all of Monday and Tuesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Previous article‘Chaotic traffic’ as emergency services rescue elderly woman as Laois tourist destinationNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, June 9, 2021 LaoisToday Reporter Community Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 9th June 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

State of Public Emergency to Protect Life and Property – Justice Minister

first_imgRelatedState of Public Emergency to Protect Life and Property – Justice Minister RelatedState of Public Emergency to Protect Life and Property – Justice Minister State of Public Emergency to Protect Life and Property – Justice Minister UncategorizedAugust 20, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Justice and Attorney General, A.J. Nicholson, has said that the state of public emergency issued last night (Aug. 19) by the Governor General, on the advice of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, is to ensure the protection of life and property of Jamaicans in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean.“It is the duty of the government to protect,” the Minister stressed in an interview with JIS News.He explained that in circumstances where there is a threat of rioting and looting, then the Prime Minister is duty bound to ask the Governor General to give extra powers to the security forces and other authorities to enable them to prevent these occurrences. “This is to better enable the authorities to carry out their duties in these circumstances,” he stated.According to the Minister, the powers that are given to the authorities must be exercised only for the protection of life and property and “no rights are to be curtailed other than for the protection and preservation of life and property.”He noted for example, that persons may be prevented from going into a dangerous zone or a place that has been cut off, and if there is imminent threat or danger of looting or reasonable suspicion that this will take place, the security forces may curtail the movement of persons for specific periods.The Minister pointed out however, that it is not only the security forces that are enabled during a state of public emergency, as agencies of government that have to clear roads, open up closed communities and get facilities and food to remote areas, are also given extra powers. “They may have to commandeer equipment that is owned by private citizens and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will be able to get supplies to persons in a district that may be cut off,” he said. “It is in these circumstances that a state of pubic emergency is contemplated by the Jamaican Constitution; it is not a statement to the public that there is anything other than a hurricane having passed through,” the Attorney General told JIS News.Under the Constitution, the Governor General may issue a proclamation declaring a state of public emergency in certain circumstances, for example, where a hurricane is about to strike or has struck.The proclamation, according to the Constitution, should be issued for one month. However, it may be revoked before the one-month period because the situation may change.center_img RelatedState of Public Emergency to Protect Life and Property – Justice Minister Advertisementslast_img read more

Security Ministry to Accelerate Legislative Agenda this Year

first_imgRelatedSecurity Ministry to Accelerate Legislative Agenda this Year RelatedSecurity Ministry to Accelerate Legislative Agenda this Year RelatedSecurity Ministry to Accelerate Legislative Agenda this Year Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, has said the Ministry will be seeking to accelerate its legislative agenda this year, as part of broader efforts to put a dent on criminal activity.This will include lending support to the Ministry of Justice in advancing the five proposed crime bills through Parliament, the Minister said in his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday (January 22).The five crime bills are: the Bail Act; Offences Against the Person Act; Constabulary Force Interim Provisions for Arrests and Detentions Act; Amendment to the Parole Act; and Evidence Act.Other pieces of legislation falling under the purview of the Ministry, which the National Security Minister said will be pursued include: Amendment to the Firearms Act; Amendment to the Fingerprints Act, “to be able to hold fingerprints longer than the law now allows”; Amendment to the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) , “to widen the scope of provisions for the revocation of licenses of security companies and security guards”; promulgation of the DNA Bill; legislation for the electronic tagging and monitoring of certain categories of inmates; and amendment to the Corrections Act to establish Boards of Visitors for juvenile correctional and remand centres.“We will be targeting these pieces of legislation because we hold firm to the view that, as a matter of policy, we have to provide to the security forces, an environment that is conducive to their acting more effectively as they carry out their operational responsibilities,” he stressed.Turning to the twin scourge of economic fraud and identity-related crime, Senator Nelson said that this is a “rapidly growing area”, fuelled by the recruitment of technological expertise by criminal networks and collaboration with transnational gangs.Noting that the Government is taking advantage of available international assistance to deal with this challenge, the Minister informed that as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, Jamaica can benefit from effective international co-operation in combating all aspects of organised crime, including economic fraud and identity-related crime, particularly through the mutual legal assistance mechanisms.“A Memorandum of Understanding has (also) been developed between Jamaica and the United States of America (USA) to deal with one aspect of misuse of identification information to scam elderly Americans out of millions of dollars,” he informed.As it relates to initiatives locally, Minister Nelson said that in addition to the recent passage of the Cyber Crime Bill in the Senate, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has a dedicated unit, which collaborates with commercial and other private sector entities to build knowledge and encourage co-operation in dealing with the challenge.Senator Nelson also gave the Ministry’s undertaking to partner with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, to actively pursue implementation of the Proceeds of Crime Act, which he described as an “important legal instrument”.This, he added, in a bid to strengthen the administration’s efforts to efficiently and effectively curtail the activities of individuals engaged in “illicit enrichment.” Security Ministry to Accelerate Legislative Agenda this Year National SecurityJanuary 24, 2010last_img read more

Hydrogen power station visionary policy South Australia needs

Hydrogen power station visionary policy South Australia needs Communications, Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU) of South AustraliaThe Communications, Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU) of South Australia commends the South Australian Labor Party’s hydrogen power plan.The SA Labor Party has committed to building a hydrogen power station, hydrogen storage facility and 250MWe of hydrogen electrolysers, if elected.This plan will inject thousands of well-paid, secure jobs into the energy industry, from the construction phase through to unlocking renewable energy projects and developing a hydrogen export industry.It will also attract new businesses to operate and grow jobs in South Australia.It is the visionary policy that South Australians need to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, and transition to a low-carbon future.Quotes attributable to CEPU SA State Secretary John Adley:“This is just really good policy. It is the vision South Australia needs at a time when unemployment is high and there is enormous potential in harnessing renewables.”“Our state has a high reputation in leading the way on renewable energy projects. This announcement shows the rest of Australia the way forward in energy policy that supports workers, consumers and the environment simultaneously.”“The Labor Party is showing us a concrete plan for the future of our energy industry, something that the current SA State Liberal Government is sorely lacking.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Australia, Australian, Australian Labor, CEPU, communications, environment, Government, industry, Labor Party, power station, renewable, renewable energy, SA, Secretary, South Australia, unemployment read more

Your student government: Welcome Buffs!

first_imgCategories:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 22, 2015 center_img By the University of Colorado Student GovernmentYou are about to embark on a life-changing adventure along with astronauts, actors, politicians, writers, engineers, people who are going to change the future; and you will be immersed in resources, opportunities, and brain trusts strong enough to facilitate your mark on this world.  As a Buff, you have the opportunity to grow and explore through a vast and dynamic myriad of organizations, clubs, and programs across CU.Your RAs, professors and advisors will relentlessly tell you time and time again that students who get involved in the CU community beyond the classroom have overall higher GPAs (as well as far more interesting Instagrams), and CUSG should definitely be at the top of your list of organizations.The CU Student Government (CUSG) is one of the largest and most autonomous student governments in the country. We allocate and implement over $28 million in student fees across cost centers, programs and student groups every year. CUSG is run for the students, by the students, and impacts every single Buff throughout their time in Boulder.The student resources, or “cost centers,” under CUSG’s direct purview include the massive Recreation Center, the Environmental Center, the Volunteer Resource Center, the UMC, the Cultural Events Board, and KVCU (Radio 1190) among many others. CUSG also serves as a fierce advocate for Buffs, student voice to the CU administration, and leads lobbying efforts at the state capitol with legislation directly affecting university students. If you’re a first-year student, make sure to pay special attention to the CU Student Government Freshman Council. Freshman Council members work closely with executive staff on high priority programs including Homecoming, elections, and legislative affairs, as well as craft events of their own. Members chosen for this program have the unique opportunity to shadow executives and legislators for an entire year, and gain skill-building (and resume-building) experiences.The resource centers that CUSG funds and oversees create programs and communities that are responsible for shaping four years of Boulder not just into an education, but an experience. Each cost center is run by a board comprised of students from a wide range of majors, and freshman are highly encouraged to apply for board member seats.Follow CUSG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@CUSGBoulder) to stay up to date with all the programs, events, and opportunities your student leaders are working on throughout the year.last_img read more