Editor’s Notes: The City is right to warn the EU against its own Brexit complacency, UBS’s forecasting woes and Xavier Rolet’s agricultural insight

Editor’s Notes: The City is right to warn the EU against its own Brexit complacency, UBS’s forecasting woes and Xavier Rolet’s agricultural insight The calls to legalise cannabis are growing stronger – even former Tory leader William Hague thinks it’s high time for a change. Still, imagine my surprise to find my walk over London Bridge yesterday morning clouded by an unmistakable smell. I thought I was cracking up, but soon clocked a smartly dressed City slicker undistinguishable from other commuters were it not for the massive joint he was smoking. Is this what people mean when they talk of liberalising City regulations?Xavier Rolet’s agricultural insightMost City-types on Twitter stick to their brief, rarely straying much beyond currency movements, central banking or share tips. Nice then, to see Square Mile wonk William Wright ask his Twitter followers why, having clocked the agricultural landscape on a flight back from Vienna, the fields were arranged in long, thin strips. Step forward Xavier Rolet, former LSE CEO, to explain: “the strips allow for crop rotation & diversification, offering a modicum of resistance to erosion…” Thanks, Xavier.Charlie Elphicke pays attention to City A.M.Before becoming a minister, Tory MP Steve Baker was an invaluable asset to parliament’s Treasury Select Committee, often catching Bank of England officials and regulators off-guard with his own original thinking on economic theory. He even used to wave the occasional copy of City A.M. at Mark Carney to make his point. This tradition seems to have been picked up by Charlie Elphicke, who quoted us at length when grilling new MPC member Jonathan Haskel, noting that we offer more reliable guidance on rate rises than the Bank of England itself.UBS’s forecasting woesSpare a thought for UBS, which claimed that their sophisticated modelling had concluded that Germany were the favourites to win the World Cup. Ten-thousand simulations and many hours of analysts’ work had gone into the prediction, which crumbled faster than a German fan watching Tuesday night’s game against South Korea. Incidentally, UBS once claimed 1,000 staff would leave London as a result of Brexit. They since revised this prediction to 250. Tricky game, forecasting. 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Post a Funding Request Today.askforfunding.com The heat is rising in the City, and not just because of the recent heatwave.On Wednesday, the normally mild-mannered chief of TheCityUK, the finance industry’s main lobby group, unleashed his frustration at EU regulators over their failure to meet the UK halfway on securing a legal basis for the continuation of cross-border contracts post-Brexit. Christian May Share whatsapp whatsapp Friday 29 June 2018 10:12 am After the Bank of England warned that derivative contracts with a notional value of £96 trillion are under threat, Miles Celic fumed “the biggest barrier to addressing this issue is the EU regulators’ failure to accept and get to grips with the risk”. Celic has been the City’s cool head on Brexit, but it seems even his patience is wearing thin.He remains diplomatic, but make no mistake: the City feels keenly that it has done its part to ensure financial stability post-Brexit, whereas EU regulators appear to be dragging their feet.Whether this is due to incompetence or a misguided political strategy, is up for debate, but whatever the cause it is remarkable, and alarming, that (to quote Mark Carney) “the EU has not yet indicated their solution to these fundamental issues” – not least because a failure to agree on a technical solution “would be expected to have more material impacts on the costs and availability of finance on the continent”.In other words, refusing to cooperate on a framework of mutual interest will hurt EU businesses and member states more than it hurts us. Little wonder, therefore, that the association of German asset managers has said that “proper and unobstructed” access to London is crucial to their sector.One of the reasons why London is the world’s number one financial centre is because its regulators and policy-makers are hugely experienced. They know what they’re talking about, and their EU counterparts would do well to engage with the Bank’s proposed “rock solid solution” – or they’ll most likely live to regret it.Is the City going to pot? read more

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As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

first_imgFederal Government | Health | Nation & World | Pew Charitable TrustsAs Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it upJanuary 26, 2018 by Christine Vestal, Stateline Share:Charlottesville, Virginia, has the highest health insurance premiums in the country for individuals who do not qualify for federal subsidies and are not enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance. Market uncertainty, spurred by White House efforts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, has resulted in heftier premiums nationwide. Some states are trying to mitigate further hikes. (Photo by Christine Vestal, The Pew Charitable Trusts)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Repeatedly rated one of the healthiest and happiest places to live in the United States, this medium-sized college town with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains tends to attract entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative types who can live anywhere they want because they’re not tied to a corporate job.But this year, many of those untethered workers may be wishing they lived anywhere but here. Residents of Charlottesville and three surrounding counties who buy health insurance without employer support or government subsidies have been hit with the highest health insurance premiums in the country — more than three times the price they paid last year.Premiums are also substantially higher than average, although not as high as in Charlottesville, in southwestern rural Georgia, certain Colorado ski resort towns, the Connecticut suburbs of New York City, and large parts of Wisconsin and Wyoming, among other places.Charlottesville’s premium spike may be an anomaly. But insurance experts say it could be an indication of what might happen in other parts of the country next fall, when insurers post their final rates for 2019.Nationwide, premiums for average-priced policies — according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis — offered on and off the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act rose by more than a third compared with 2017. The biggest statewide hikes were in Iowa (88 percent), Utah (78 percent), New Hampshire (78 percent), Wyoming (72 percent), and Virginia (66 percent).The underlying cause of the rate hikes is clear: efforts last year by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — and promises of further attempts in the year ahead.“It all added up to chaos and uncertainty in the insurance market,” said Sabrina Corlette, a Georgetown University research professor and insurance expert. “And uncertainty always leads to higher premiums.”This year, a handful of Democratic-led states are gearing up to curb further rate hikes by enacting laws and adopting insurance regulations designed to shore up the traditional insurance industry and restore parts of the ACA, known as Obamacare.At the same time, at least one Republican-leaning state has moved to further unravel the federal health law by encouraging insurance companies to offer cheap policies with fewer benefits. Others are expected to follow.Both red and blue states are reacting to a series of federal actions.The federal tax overhaul enacted in December repealed the individual mandate, which required everybody to have health insurance or pay a financial penalty. The requirement was designed to ensure that healthy people signed up for insurance so that premiums for everyone remained affordable.Two months earlier, President Donald Trump withdrew billions in federal insurance industry subsidies that allowed insurers to keep premiums affordable while holding down copays and deductibles.Around the same time, Trump also cut the health exchange enrollment period in half. And earlier in the year, he slashed the marketing budget for federal exchanges to further damage the health law by curtailing enrollment.This year, both branches of government promise further attacks on the health law, including final actions on two administration proposals. One would encourage insurers to offer short-term policies with variable copays and deductibles, and the other would allow people to form groups to create so-called association health plans with cheap premiums and limited benefits.Known for its scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah National Park, Albemarle County, Virginia, which includes Charlottesville, has the highest health insurance rates in the country for residents who earn too much to qualify for federal subsidies. Virginia and other states are considering measures to protect consumers from unreasonably high health insurance rates. (Photo by Christine Vestal, The Pew Charitable Trusts)States RespondIn Idaho, Republican Gov. Butch Otter followed the administration’s cues, signing an executive order this month that directs the state insurance agency to draft rules allowing insurance companies to offer cheap plans with stripped-down benefits.Going in the opposite direction, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Maryland are considering legislation that would recreate the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by requiring nearly all residents to enroll in a health plan or pay a fee. Massachusetts has a mandate on the books that it said it intends to enforce.Taking a different tack — one that has been endorsed by members of both political parties — Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon have created so-called reinsurance programs designed to cover higher-than-average claims with state money and thereby reduce overall risk for insurance companies so they can offer consumers lower premiums.Under the health law, the federal government can reimburse states for any money spent on reinsurance programs that results in lower premiums, and thus reduced federal tax subsidies, as long as the reimbursements do not exceed federal savings. Washington state and Wisconsin are considering similar programs this year.In New Jersey, newly elected Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order this month directing state agencies to invest in greater outreach and education to encourage more people to sign up for coverage on the state insurance exchange when it opens in November. California and New York launched similar advertising and marketing campaigns last year for the same reason.By encouraging more people to enroll, states can improve the odds that their insurance markets will stabilize and premiums will remain affordable.“Consumers are still confused about health insurance subsidies, and they’re hearing a lot of bad news about the ACA,” said Sarah Lueck, an insurance analyst at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “States need to tell consumers that the market isn’t crumbling, because it’s not. There are still some really good deals out there.”It’s too early to know how many other states will move this year to fill the policy gaps in the tattered Affordable Care Act. But consumer advocates are urging lawmakers and governors to act sooner rather than later.“States need to prepare now if their initiatives are going to have the desired effect,” Lueck said. If states want to stabilize the insurance industry by establishing individual mandates or reinsurance programs, they need to have their policies in place before spring and summer, when companies are required to file preliminary rates for 2019, she said.For states that want to follow New Jersey’s lead and beef up outreach and marketing for their insurance exchanges this year, there’s a little more time. Insurance exchange marketing typically doesn’t start until September, two months prior to open enrollment in November.But there’s another approach states can take at any time to protect their traditional insurance markets from the continued uncertainty created by attacks on the ACA from Congress and the Trump administration.Once federal agencies finalize rules allowing cheaper, substandard health policies, states can prohibit those policies from being sold within their borders unless they comply with ACA consumer protections, according to a recent article by a group of consumer advocates in the policy journal Health Affairs.New Jersey and New York already have such prohibitions, and Minnesota allows non-complying health plans to be sold only under limited circumstances.Unsubsidized ConsumersBefore the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014, people who were self-employed, between jobs or working part time and were not offered employer-sponsored health plans typically had to pay the highest prices for health coverage because insurers considered the relatively small pool of individuals riskier than larger groups.Many people who faced high-priced individual insurance policies took their chances and went without coverage. Others opted for cheaper plans with high out-of-pocket expenses and limited benefits.For this group, the ACA’s consumer protections were a huge boon. Confident they could find affordable health insurance, many workers were able to strike out on their own for the first time.Insurers were prohibited from refusing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charging people higher premiums because of their medical history. And although individual market premiums still tended to be higher than group plans, rates and coverage improved in the first four years after the federal health law took effect.But last year’s revisions to the law may have changed all that.As a result, many states can be expected to take action this year to protect this group of consumers from unreasonably high insurance premiums, said Timothy Jost, a retired law professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and an ACA expert. They will either be propping up the ACA and the traditional health insurance market, or further undermining the federal health law by promoting cheaper, lower quality policies, he said.The result, he said, will be even greater disparities than already exist between states in the number of people who can afford quality health care coverage.In fact, the Trump administration’s tactics are likely to bolster the overall proportion of Americans enrolled in Medicaid and federally subsidized exchange policies, said Joel Ario, a health care analyst with the law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips who worked in the Obama administration. That’s because the policies will remain affordable and people will enroll in them even without the coercion of the individual mandate, he said.Sara Stovall, Karl Quist and Ian Dixon at Stovall’s kitchen table in Charlottesville, Virginia. On behalf of 700 other residents, they’re gathering data to convince state regulators that the health insurance premiums in their community are unjustified. (Photo by Christine Vestal, The Pew Charitable Trusts)Left out will be people not covered by employer-sponsored insurance and with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid or federal exchange subsidies. Nationwide, about 22 million people purchase insurance in the individual market, according to Kaiser. About 43 percent of them have incomes too high to qualify for federal tax subsidies on the exchange.Charlottesville resident Sara Stovall is among them. She, and fellow residents Ian Dixon and Karl Quist, have hired an attorney to represent them and a group of more than 700 other locals who in November were hit with exorbitant premiums. They’re arguing in a case before the Virginia Insurance Bureau that the rates filed by Optima Health — a Virginia-based insurance carrier and the sole remaining provider of health coverage in their area — violated federal law.But even if they win the case and the state orders Optima to issue refunds, they and the others in their group won’t personally benefit. The money would go to a regional insurance pool and ultimately would be deducted from future premiums for all policies.Stovall, Dixon and Quist, all of whom had incomes just above the federal limit, could not afford their 2018 insurance premiums, roughly $3,000 a month for a family of four. Stovall, whose husband’s freelance photography business is growing, said their premiums would have been more than their mortgage payment.Dixon, a self-employed software developer, said he and his family moved from Washington, D.C., to Charlottesville two-and-a-half years ago, when he quit his day job. “I heard there was a good startup community here,” he said. “But if individual insurance rates had spiked that year like they did this year, we never would have come here.”Share this story:last_img read more

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Los Angeles Has Become a Hub for a Wave of Queer…

first_imgArtLGBTQLos Angeles Has Become a Hub for a Wave of Queer Street ArtistsFrom commissioned murals to wheatpasted posters, gay art is popping up all over L.A.’s streetscapeBy Marissa Gluck – August 21, 20192953ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItCoverage of the global street art scene would lead you to believe it’s largely the domain of straight, cis men, but as a queer street art movement spreads across the country, Los Angeles has become a prominent locus. While some of the work is aggressively homoerotic, many of the pieces are coy winks to queer culture, coded and accessible to anyone familiar with the language.Photographer and filmmaker Daniel Albanese has been traveling across the globe to document the queer street art movement. Since 2017, he has been working on a feature length documentary and book on the subject. It’s an ongoing labor of love as he interviews the artists producing queer art meant for public consumption. Albanese came to L.A. in July to document the queer artists painting, wheat pasting, and posting stickers across the city’s streets.While Albanese has found that most cities usually only have one or two queer street artists, he discovered that L.A. outpaces them all. While in L.A., he interviewed and documented the work of a half dozen artists such as stencil artist and activist Jeremy Novy, muralist David Puck, and witty wheatpaster Little Ricky.Art by Little RickyTheDustyRebelDespite his research, Albanese isn’t totally sure why L.A. is a magnet for queer street art. “I’m still trying to figure that out,” Albanese admits. “I don’t know it is by happenstance or if it’s a combination of things. There is a large gay community in L.A., a lot of space, and a lot of neighborhoods to put up work.”Albanese is also quick to point to the history of street art as a form of self-expression for marginalized communities. In the LGBTQ+ community, there’s a rich legacy of using street art for political protest, dating back to the 1980s work of ACT UP to bring greater awareness of the AIDS crisis. “Some of the most successful uses of street art for political purposes has been by queer street artists,” Albanese argues.“Some of the most successful uses of street art for political purposes has been by queer street artists.” —Daniel AlbaneseThe artists working today vary in style, subject, and medium. Homo Riot, arguably the godfather of today’s crop of street artists working in L.A., began to funnel his anger at the passage of Prop 8’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2008 by plastering images of gay men on utility boxes, construction sites, and abandoned buildings. As he explains on his website: “It was initially a ‘fuck you’ to the general public for not supporting our rights, but it quickly became a message of positivity and support to the LGBTQ community. My goal was to add to the conversation around gay rights and gay pride and to expand the ideas of what it meant to be gay.” The work isn’t subtle nor is it timid. Men holding their genitals or pissing or wielding batons while bare-assed are all common in Homo Riot’s work.Ricky Sencion, or Little Ricky as he’s known, is born and raised in L.A. In contrast to Homo Riot’s overt depictions of gay men in a monochrome palette, Little Ricky takes a more whimsical, brightly colored approach to queer street art. Playing on the concept of the black sheep, Little Ricky features pink sheep as a recurring motif in his work.Art by Little RickyTheDustyRebel“I read a biography of Alexander McQueen where her referred to himself as a ‘pink sheep’,” says Sencion. “It was a life-changing moment. I wasn’t planning on working in the street but thought I had to. Sheep belong in the street.” Little Ricky reworks the pink sheep in multiple contexts. This year, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is reimagined as one of his ewes all over the city.Jeremy Novy works as a muralist, stencil artist, and occasional curator. In 2011 in San Francisco, he curated the exhibition A History of Queer Street Art. His work draws from gay pornography, the culture of drag queens, and gay icons, such as his homage to Keith Haring. Yet his most recognizable work is probably his series of koi fish found in murals, stencils, and stickers. The koi are a reference to anti-authoritarian symbols in Chinese art under communist rule.Art by David PuckTheDusty RebelDavid Puck, a UK transplant to L.A., is a traditional figurative and portrait painter. Their boldly colorful murals, made primarily with spray paint and acrylic, explores the queer experience, often by depicting drag icons or gender non-conforming individuals. What may read as a portrait of a beautiful woman to the uninitiated, is actually a depiction of Miss Vanjie of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. Unlike some of the other artists who specialized in self-commissioned work (or what less generous neighbors may call “illegal” murals), Puck works exclusively on commissioned murals. According to Albanese, because of the subject matter, “they have a lot more work to do to find the walls that will accept that.”Horn Dog specializes in graffiti, usually featuring a simple, geometrically rendered dog in sunglasses, smoking a cigarette. For Albanese, Horn Dog’s medium of choice—spray painted graffiti—makes him a bit of an exception in the world of queer street art. “He’s wrestling with how to make his work more obvious that he’s gay-identifying,” says Albanese. Graffiti “is a different animal. It’s more macho.”Not to be confused with Horn Dog, Diva Dog is another L.A.-based queer street artist who creates a rainbow-colored sticker or wheatpaste dog, based on their childhood pet. “They want to pass on the joy and protection their dog gave to them to the larger community,” explains Albanese. “[The dog] watches over gay people.”Art by HornDogTheDustyRebelWhile the larger culture, particularly in major urban areas, moves towards greater acceptance, the idea that the gay community still needs protection remains relevant. “The queer experience of the street is different” than that of straight males who typically dominate street art, says urban planning professor at Cal State Northridge Brettany Shannon. She points to the disproportionate number of LGBT youth who become homeless due to family rejection and abuse. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+.When Albanese set out to document queer street art, he wasn’t sure how many queer-identifying street artists there were creating work that confronted the LGBTQ+ experience. He’s now up to 140 in his database. And a global network is beginning to form, thanks to technology and social media that allows the artists to share their work. “They’re generally creating work in isolation, particularly as a queer artist,” says Albanese. “They’re usually excited and moved to find others like them doing [street art].”While queer street artists are working in multiple mediums, in a wide array of styles and subjects, Albanese finds value in the very existence of their work, regardless of how ephemeral it may be. Given the way queer people have had to hide their sexuality, and create coded language to create communities, and battle prejudice, discrimination, and homophobic policy, there is solace to be found in the work of these artists. Albanese explains: “All expressions of queer existence is a revolutionary act by default.”RELATED: WeHo Has Strong Feelings About a Rotating Moose Returning to the Sunset StripStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSHomo RiotQueer street artStreet ArtPrevious articleJon Voight Isn’t the Only Celebrity Who Thinks Donald Trump Is GreatNext articleWhat’s with Kamala’s Big Dip in the Polls?Marissa Gluck RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORCoronavirus-Themed Murals Have Popped Up Across L.A.The Best Exhibits at Museums and Galleries in L.A. in MarchTake a Nighttime Tour of These Illuminated Works of Public Artlast_img read more

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Lord Mandelson doubts Labour can win the General Election

first_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: General Election 2015 Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 11 March 2015 9:06 am whatsapp Share Jeff Misenti center_img whatsapp Lord Mandelson doubts Labour can win the General Election by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBall The man who helped rebrand the Labour party and turn it into an election winning machine doubts his party can secure a majority at this year’s General Election.Lord Peter Mandelson told the Retail Week conference: There will almost certainly be a stalemate hung Parliament in two months’ time.Given the state of the polls, Mandelson’s observation is right in line with the predictions of many political observers. However, it’s interesting to note that the master of spin is unwilling to say Labour is on course for a clear-cut victory.Tory party chairman Grant Shapps responded to the comments:Lord Mandelson is confirming what we now all know – the only way Miliband will get into Downing Street is if he’s carried there in Alex Salmond’s pocket.That would mean more borrowing, higher taxes and weaker defences. Hardworking taxpayers would pay the price for the resulting economic chaos and a weak leader who simply isn’t up to the job of being prime minister.In another blow to Ed Miliband, Mandelson appears to be taking the Conservatives’ side in the seemingly endless debates about the TV debates. ITV’s Joanna Partridge reports the Labour peer has said the broadcasters should not “empty chair” David Cameron if he refuses to take part in the debates.The Tories have led in three out of four polls this week, causing some commentators to speculate whether this is beginning of the “crossover” point, where the Conservatives begin to consistently out-poll Labour and build momentum.Election strategists had hoped the polls would turn, but the parties have been roughly neck and neck for the past several months.The Guardian’s seat projection puts the Tories on 279 seats and on Labour 266. Election Forecast, on the other hand, gives the David Cameron 293 seats and Ed Miliband 271. last_img read more

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ICER, the controversial cost-effectiveness watchdog, reverses course on two migraine drugs

first_img In an unusual move, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review has reversed course and decided a pair of new drugs for treating acute migraine attacks have greater value than thought initially. And the cost-effectiveness watchdog is pointing to its decision as an example of its willingness to exercise greater flexibility in the face of long-standing criticism of its approach to evaluating new medicines.The nonprofit reassessed the drugs — Ubrelvy from Allergan (AGN) and another from Biohaven Pharmaceuticals (BHVN) that is not yet available — after reviewing a re-analysis of clinical trials it asked Allergan to conduct. ICER determined the Allergan tablet deserved a revised value closer to the $4,900 list price. Given both drugs are quite similar, ICER also determined the Biohaven drug should be priced the same. ICER, the controversial cost-effectiveness watchdog, reverses course on two migraine drugs @Pharmalot Adobe What is it? 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. [email protected] Tags drug pricingneurologySTAT+ Log In | Learn More 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.center_img What’s included? GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Feb. 25, 2020 Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmalot last_img read more

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Lee Health caring for lowest number of COVID-19 patients in over 3 months

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021 AdvertisementThere are nine COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 20 in the intensive care unit. Lee Health is running at 85 percent bed capacity with 7.3 percent of those being COVID-19 patients. RELATEDTOPICS Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Advertisement Lee Health saw a 6% drop in ICU bed availability Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Lee Health campuses across Lee County continue to see progress with the amount of coronavirus patients they care for.On Monday, the health system reported that they’re caring for 90 COVID-19 patients. Lee Health hasn’t reported a number that low since November 6, 2020. Since Friday, 30 new COVID-19 patients were admitted and 30 COVID-19 patients were discharged.Positivity rates of COVID-19 tests at Lee Health labs were a reported to be at 17.8 percent. AdvertisementTags: Covid-19Lee Health Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021last_img read more

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Emo Rath’s Eoin bags another gold medal as Laois athletes excel

first_img Community Community Facebook Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Emo Rath athlete Eoin Keenan brought the curtain down on his juvenile athletics career with another gold medal winning performance, this time in the boys under nineteen triple jump.He was competing in the Juvenile Track and Field finals in Tullamore.Eoin only took up triple jumping this year, making the win even more impressive.Four times during the event he passed his previous best of 12.78m, culminating with a gold medal winning jump of 13.25m and 34cm ahead of the second placed athlete.Other Laois athletes competed in the finals such as Ava O’Connor, who runs with the Tullamore Harriers. Ava had a very busy weekend, as on Saturday she was apart of the Irish schools team which took part in the SIAB games in Scotland.She secured a a fifth place finish in a competitive Girls U-16 1500 m race, which helped Ireland to a silver overall team medal in the championships.She made it to Tullamore Sunday after her flight and claimed another silver medal in the U-16 1500m.St Micheal’s AC sprinter John Ikpotokin was also on the podium as he finished third in the Boys U-14 200m, and also won bronze in the 80m earlier in the month.Ger Kelly from St Abban’s also won the bronze medal in the U-19 hammer with a throw of 42.88m.Laois also had two athletes in the Girls U-16 200m final. Grainne Lalor from Rosenallis-Kilcavan AC and Helen Ikpotokin from St Micheal’s AC were flying the flag for Laois.Helen narrowly missed out on a medal in fourth place, as did Grainne who came sixth.Eoin also won 3 gold medals recently in Tullamore at the Leinster T&F competition.They were for U-19 Triple Jump, U-19 Long Jump and the U-19 High Jump.Recently Emo Rath AC upgraded their long and triple jump facilities.They will be hoping more athletes can now follow in Eoin’s footsteps.SEE ALSO – The Summer Athletics Camp is back in Vicarstown again this July By Sarah Cullen – 24th July 2018 TAGSathleticsemo rathEoin Keenan Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Previous articleEight young players to watch out for in the intermediate football championshipNext articleGovernment taking action against fodder shortage Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Home Sport Athletics Emo Rath’s Eoin bags another gold medal as Laois athletes excel SportAthletics Emo Rath’s Eoin bags another gold medal as Laois athletes excel WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

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From Florida to Portlaoise – we meet the Panthers new American Trudy Walker

first_img GAA Photo: Portlaoise Panthers Portlaoise Panthers have welcomed Trudy Walker from Florida who has joined the Division 1 National League Women’s team for their 2019/2020 season.Trudy is settling into Portlaoise having joined the club from Jacksonville University, Florida.We caught up with Trudy to find out about where her career began, her first impressions of Portlaoise and what the coming season will hopefully bring. Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Twitter Age: 22Hometown: Fortpierce, FloridaPosition: ForwardBiggest influence: I’ve a lot of influences. I can’t think of just one.Pre-game rituals: It’s not a ritual but I prepare myself mentally because basketball is my ministry. I say my prayers and talk to god and ask him to lead me and guide me in the game.Pre-game song: A lot of Boosie before a gameFavourite player: Denis RodmanMotto: “i AM”How has your transition from home to Portlaoise been so far?It has been great. The people are nice, I like the culture, my teammates, coaches and my host family. There is a lot of rain though.Biggest achievement of you career so far?Finding my role on my team, always providing as much as I can, coming to Ireland and having a positive effect and attitude and getting better in every ‘training session’. I am always taking advantage of opportunities.What made you start playing?I started playing when I was about 10 or 11. I had different people investing their time and knowledge into me and it just went from there. I always wanted to be a professional player.Favourite thing about Panthers so far?The support system from the Portlaoise community and being a being a role model in the kids’ lives and in their dreams of becoming great players. Home Sport Basketball From Florida to Portlaoise – we meet the Panthers new American Trudy… SportBasketball Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleGardaí urge students to stay safe as Junior Cert celebrations set to kick offNext articleWomen in Sport: Memories, mentors and hopes with Laois Ladies football ace Anna Healy Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. From Florida to Portlaoise – we meet the Panthers new American Trudy Walker Where you up until you came to Portlaoise?I came here from Jacksonville University and I was in another University before that. College basketball prepared me and made me solid.What do you hope the season will bring?A lot of Ws (wins). I hope to make long term friendships and relationships with teammates and coaches and the community and do well in the championship. I want to make the team better and for the team to make me better.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Absolutely class video showcasing the best that Laois has to offer WhatsApp Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSNational LeaguePortlaoise PanthersTrudy Walker Twitter Facebook GAA Facebook By Aedín Dunne – 4th October 2019 WhatsApplast_img read more

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FSCO warns clients of mystery shopping scam

first_img Related news The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has issued a warning to two companies are conducting a mystery shopper scam, sending letters and cheques bearing the Insurance Institute of Canada’s name and logo to certain individuals, citing payment for a mystery shopper assignment. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The scam typically involves the companies My Shop Ltd. (using the email address [email protected]) or Mystery Global Survey Group (using the email address [email protected] or an @globalservicesurveygrp.org email address) asking the individuals to deposit a cheque; keep a portion of the money in their account as payment; and wire a sum of money to another person’s account. However, the cheque will not clear and the individuals will not be able to recover the sum transferred. These are fraudulent cheques and not authorized by the Insurance Institute of Canada, nor is the Insurance Institute of Canada affiliated with My Shop Inc. or Mystery Global Survey Group, in any way. FSCO warns consumers to exercise caution if they are contacted by anyone from these companies and are encouraged not to deposit the cheque or contact the company. Instead, FSCO is asking customers to forward copies of the materials received to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Photo copyright: karenr/123RF New Brunswick regulator reports increase in suspected fraud Imposters among us, CSA warns IE Staff Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Keywords FraudCompanies Financial Services Commission of Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraudlast_img read more

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New report explores adaptable housing for Australians with disability

first_imgNew report explores adaptable housing for Australians with disability The Commission has today released a new report, produced by Monash University’s Urban Lab, exploring adaptable housing for people with disability in Australia.The report was commissioned by the Australian Human Rights Commission in line with Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett’s term goal to increase access to accessible housing for Australians with disability.In Australia, 4.4 million people live with disability, and 96% of people with disability live in private homes. Many existing homes are inaccessible and finding appropriate housing remains a challenge for many Australians with disability.Improving housing accessibility can and should be achieved in two ways: by ensuring that new homes are constructed to meet minimum accessibility requirements; and by modification or adaptation of existing homes, which is the focus of this report.The report considers design-informed approaches and new innovations to adapting, retrofitting or fabricating existing homes to improve accessibility for people with disability who are capable of independent living or assisted independent living. These approaches to improved accessibility will also benefit other members of the community, such as pram users.It was produced by researchers in the Monash Urban Lab, a research unit at Monash University’s Department of Architecture focused on the role of design-informed approaches in addressing housing accessibility, affordability and quality.Commissioner Gauntlett said the report was a unique opportunity to synthesise the work of diverse fields, including design, human rights, regulation and funding, to consider new and innovative approaches to improving housing accessibility for Australians with disability of all kinds.“Accessible housing benefits all Australians. It enhances economic and social participation, reduces the need for care and keeps people out of care institutions, hospitals and aged care facilities. The ability to transform existing housing stock into accessible housing quickly and affordably is an important piece of the accessible housing puzzle,” he said.The report is the first stage of a broader project, which includes exploring adaptable housing through design research units being taught at Monash University with a view to developing a replicable and systematic approach to accessible housing adaptation.The report is particularly relevant for individuals and organisations interested in accessible housing, including government, peak bodies and advocates as well as design students, and is available at https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights/publications/adaptable-housing-people-disability-australia-scoping-study. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, affordability, aged care, architecture, Australia, Australian, Australian Human Rights Commission, Commission, Commissioner, disability, Government, Human Rights, Monash, Monash University, regulation, universitylast_img read more

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