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Our drug policy often prioritizes eliminating rare disease. One researcher asks: Is that the right goal?

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Our drug policy often prioritizes eliminating rare disease. One researcher asks: Is that the right goal? Nicholas Florko Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” 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. @NicholasFlorko Log In | Learn More [email protected] Politics About the Author Reprintscenter_img What’s included? Dr. Peter Bach speaks at the STAT Summit in Cambridge, Mass. Emilie Pickering for STAT Dr. Peter Bach wants to turn the entire philosophical underpinnings of America’s health care system upside down.In a new argument — first laid out in a zippy 10-minute speech at last week’s STAT Summit in Cambridge, Mass. — Bach suggests the incentives created by policymakers to improve public health aren’t actually the best ideas for achieving that overarching goal. By Nicholas Florko Nov. 26, 2019 Reprints What is it? 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. Tags drug pricingHealth DisparitiespolicySTAT+ GET STARTEDlast_img read more

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Push for gender equality to accelerate post-pandemic

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO The pandemic has widened that gap, as women lost jobs at a higher rate than men.“Globally, employment loss for women was 5% in 2020, compared with 3.9% for men,” Moody’s reported, as female-dominated industries, such as retail and hospitality, have been among the hardest hit by physical distancing demands.“With the economic crisis triggered by Covid-19 disproportionately affecting women, we expect louder calls in some countries for targeted steps to improve gender equality as part of economic recovery plans,” the report said.Government efforts to improve inclusion have included measures to encourage female participation in the labour force through spending on schools and childcare, along with ensuring that their tax regimes don’t penalize dual-earner households.Moody’s said its research indicates that the payoffs from greater inclusion of women in the labour force include a boost to economic output, “while their rising incomes support consumption and strengthen household finances.”Additionally, greater workforce participation can help offset the negative economic effects of population aging, while expanding a country’s tax base.At the corporate level, Moody’s also reported that companies with a larger percentage of female board members tend to have higher credit ratings.“Our analysis of the board composition and ratings distribution of Moody’s-rated companies in Europe and North America suggests a correlation between board-level gender diversity and credit quality,” it said.The rating agency said it views “the presence of women on boards — and the potential diversity of experience and opinion they bring — as a factor that contributes to good corporate governance.”Given the benefits of greater equality, once the pandemic recedes, Moody’s said that “government and investor focus on gender inclusion will likely increase.” With the economic fallout from Covid-19 disproportionately hurting women, governments will need to step up gender equality efforts to repair damaged economies, Moody’s Investors Service says.In a new report, the rating agency said its research on the links between gender metrics and credit risk revealed that narrowing gender gaps are correlated with an array of macroeconomic benefits. James Langton Related news Keywords Women,  Pandemics,  CoronavirusCompanies Moody’s Investors Service CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCan Young Businesswoman Addressing Boardroom Meeting stockbroker/123RFlast_img read more

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Trade Must Be Supportive of Efforts to Obtain Regional Sustainable Development – Governor-General

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Kenneth Hall has said that as a major contributor to the achievement of sustainable development, it was important for trade to be carried out in a fair and equitable environment.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2006 International Trade Exposition held at the Pegasus Hotel yesterday (October 10), Professor Hall said that for world trade to play an important role in development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) the environment must “be fair, free and equitable.specifically they have insisted that trade agreements should take account of the stages of development, the size of the economies and the historical legacy of our trade relations”.He noted that there were different interpretations about the elements of sustainable development. “Jamaica views the concept of sustainable development as having at least three pillars: economic, social, and the environmental. But this is not universally accepted and in some of the trade agreements being negotiated between our countries some of the potential trading partners, less emphasis is placed on some elements of this concept,” explained Professor Hall.He further pointed out that CARICOM countries have had a long history of non-reciprocal trading arrangements. “Major export enter the markets of the major trading partners without duty, and in some cases at guaranteed prices without themselves providing similar conditions for imports into their markets,” the Governor-General added.However, he said, “within the new regime of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reciprocal trade arrangements are now the standard without providing necessarily for transitional arrangements for our countries. Liberalization of tariffs and the immediate reciprocity would place these countries in a disadvantageous position that could result in undermining the economic, social and environmental components of our society.”He added that it was becoming more evident that for trade to play its role (in development), there had to be terms and conditions that are “compatible and supportive of our efforts to obtain sustainable development within a reasonable time frame”. RelatedTrade Must Be Supportive of Efforts to Obtain Regional Sustainable Development – Governor-General RelatedTrade Must Be Supportive of Efforts to Obtain Regional Sustainable Development – Governor-General RelatedTrade Must Be Supportive of Efforts to Obtain Regional Sustainable Development – Governor-Generalcenter_img Trade Must Be Supportive of Efforts to Obtain Regional Sustainable Development – Governor-General UncategorizedOctober 11, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

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CU-Boulder's Foreign Language Lab Reaches Out To Colorado Schools To Promote Interest In Languages

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 6, 2001 Beyond its core focus of supporting CU-Boulder’s five foreign language departments on campus, CU-Boulder’s Anderson Language Technology Center has existing outreach programs and several new ones planned for fall 2001 to expose Coloradans to foreign language offerings not widely available in Colorado. ALTEC Director Kuan-Yi Rose Chang believes the CU programs will help schools throughout the state improve their foreign language instruction and help the state gradually expand foreign language offerings in public schools. Some of the new and existing outreach and foreign language support programs include the following: o CU undergraduate students in Italian have worked this semester at West High School in Denver to help language teachers in their high school classes. The CU students get credit for their work through CU’s Foreign Language Service Learning Program, and they gain valuable teaching experience on the side. In fall 2001, CU students will provide teacher assistance in Japanese and Chinese at public schools along the Front Range through the Service Learning program. And Japanese students will begin visiting Japanese-speaking residents of nursing homes this fall, Chang said. o Through CU in Residence, Chang and other faculty members and students have visited schools in Montrose and Buena Vista for daylong “exposure course” presentations of Japanese, Chinese and Italian. The CU students teach high school, middle school and elementary school students basic language communication skills to get them interested in foreign languages. Sterling will be added to the program next year. “What we’re trying to do in those short presentations is to pique the students’ interest in taking language courses in high school,” said Chang. “We do a lot of activities focusing on cultural awareness and the kids get quite a lot out of it in the short time we have.” The cultural awareness comes not only from learning a smattering of new words in Japanese or Chinese, but also from the very presence of people from another culture. “In Montrose, some of the students may never have seen an Asian face in person and, by the same token, some of our graduate students from foreign countries have never been to an American public school before,” Chang said. “So for both the schoolkids and the university students, CU in Residence is a great experience. It mutually benefits both parties.” o All foreign language audio tapes, now available only at ALTEC on campus, are being converted from analog to digital format, which will make the tapes available via the Web over the next year to two years, Chang said. The conversion will mean that students taking foreign language classes will be able to listen to the tapes through their own computers in the comfort of their homes instead of physically going to the lab to listen to tapes. Currently, foreign language students must go to the lab in the Hellems Arts and Sciences building Monday through Saturday and the lab is open only until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. most days of the week. Once the Web tapes are available, students will be able to access them at any time of the day. Tapes already converted for Italian classes are being tested this semester so that improvements can be made before more language tapes are made available via the Web this fall. Japanese and Italian will be available in the fall with Spanish, German and French Web tapes to be made available later. Students will be given passwords in order to be able to access the tapes, due to copyright restrictions, Chang said. Eventually tapes for about 35 courses will be converted so they can be accessed on the Web, she said. o In fall 2001, ALTEC will have a new PC classroom available for foreign language classes. Faculty will be able to reserve the “smart” classroom, which will be equipped with VCR and DVD equipment, in addition to the latest model PCs. For more information about the ALTEC Lab and its programs call (303) 492-6217.last_img read more

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Several Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSeveral Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day RelatedSeveral Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day Several Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day CultureMay 25, 2010center_img RelatedSeveral Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several projects were carried out in Portland on Monday (May 24) as communities in the parish joined the rest of Jamaica to put work into Labour Day 2010.The projects, which included the cleaning of drains, bushing of roadways, erection of road signs, building of bus sheds, and refurbishing of public buildings, were undertaken by community groups and organisations, which worked closely with the Portland Labour Day Committee.The Parish Labour Day Project was the painting and beautification of the Muirton Boys Home in Manchioneal, including painting of walls and whitewashing of various sections of the compound.The work extended to the farm with the planting of 100 fruit tree seedlings and repairing of a chicken coop, under the supervision of the Portland Office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). The home, which houses 20 boys, has been in operation for 30 years.Other organisations participating in the day’s work included the Jamaica Red Cross, Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), National Youth Service (NYS), Tourism Action Club and the various church groups in the area.Chairman of the Portland Labour Day Committee and Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, told JIS News that the home was chosen as the parish project in keeping with the National Labour Day theme: ‘Our children, show them we care’.He noted that the work carried out at the facility was designed to lift the spirits of the residents.Manager of the Muirton Boys Home, Maxine Palmer, expressed gratitude to the Portland Labour Day Committee for choosing the institution as the parish project, and thanked the various organisations and individuals, who worked on the project, for their kind gesture and generosity.last_img read more

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Zero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas

first_imgRelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Police have said they will be taking a zero tolerance approach to issues of law and order during and after the passage of Tropical Depression Tomas.“In times of natural disasters, we are aware that persons with criminal intent would want to prey on the vulnerable and persons who have suffered,” Assistant Superintendent of Police, Clifford Blake, told a press conference organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), at its offices in Kingston, today (November 3).He said the police would be deploying additional personnel to safeguard evacuated communities, to provide security at the various shelters and to ensure that lives and property are secured. He urged Jamaicans to play their part by reporting suspicious activities to the police.Assistant Superintendent Blake also advised neighbourhood watch groups to meet and activate their own security plans ahead of the impending storm. He also advised Jamaicans to ensure their own security by safely locking away their valuables and properly securing their buildings, especially places of business.His other tips include storing enough fuel for motor vehicles in case of emergencies, charging cellular phone batteries and making note of the numbers for the nearest police station.In addition, he implored persons who might have to evacuate their homes to inform the police of this, to ensure they are accounted for and that personnel are dispatched to secure their property.Assistant Superintendent Blake said the police have already activated its command centre at Old Hope Road, Kingston, and that the police would be working with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) during the period. RelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas Zero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas National SecurityNovember 3, 2010center_img RelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas Advertisementslast_img read more

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EC sets date for Facebook/WhatsApp decision

first_img Author Apps Previous ArticleHTC rallies in AugustNext ArticleRovio announces new CEO WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure HomeAppsNews EC sets date for Facebook/WhatsApp decision approvalcompetitionECEuropeFacebookWhatsApp Tags India threatens action over WhatsApp privacy changecenter_img Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours European antitrust regulators will deliver their decision on Facebook’s proposed $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp on 3 October this year.The European Commission was officially notified of the deal on 29 August and is reported to have sent out a second round of questionnaires to rival companies to gain their opinion on whether the deal would lead to price rises and restrict innovation.The move marks the start of the formal review of the deal, after which the regulator could decide to launch a more detailed investigation or wave the deal through.The Wall Street Journal said the latest questionnaires are more detailed than the first batch sent in July, suggesting officials want to fully understand the distinction between a social network and messaging app to make an informed decision about Facebook and WhatsApp.The questionnaires are likely to have been sent to mobile operators, social networks and ISPs identified as operating in at least one of the markets concerned. The companies are believed to have until 8 September to provide responses.An EC spokesman would not comment on the questionnaires when approached by Mobile World Live.It was reported in July that the Commission had sent out detailed questionnaires with the aim of gauging how the deal could potentially impact competition in the market.It was Facebook itself that asked the EC in May to conduct a review covering all 28 countries within the EU to avoid the possibility of separate reviews in multiple markets.Facebook said at the end of July that it may extend the deadline for closing the WhatsApp deal to 19 August 2015 if the applicable closing conditions, other than certain regulatory approvals, have been satisfied.It added that it expects this to be the case and that the deal should close during the second half of 2014.The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cleared the deal in April, but notified Facebook and WhatsApp about their obligations to protect consumer privacy, including the fact that post-merger WhatsApp must continue to honour prior promises made to consumers.Analyst firm Ovum said it doesn’t expect the deal to be overly troubled by the EC but said it could result in further guidelines around personal data protection for WhatsApp users.“WhatsApp needs to ensure that personal data is protected at all times, as any misuse or leakage of data could cause WhatsApp to lose its market leader status to strong competitors such as Line and WeChat that are not too far behind,” wrote senior analyst Neha Dharia in a research note.Ovum has estimated that services like WhatsApp cannibalised SMS revenue by more than $32.5 billion globally in 2013. It also noted the expected release of the WhatsApp voice calling service could see regulatory intervention in markets where mobile VoIP is not yet popular. Tim Ferguson Related Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 SEP 2014 last_img read more

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EC opens consultation on 700MHz usage

first_img ITU calls for rural coverage action Richard Handford US mobile broadband user numbers rise Previous ArticleThai junta’s dangerous steps to neuter telecoms regulatorNext ArticleAlibaba leads investment in Indian m-pay firm — report Related Home EC opens consultation on 700MHz usage Tags Author 700 MHzECmobile broadbandRegulatoryTechnology AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 JAN 2015 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more IFA Berlin to get fresh format The European Commission has launched a public consultation on opening up the 700MHz band for mobile broadband.Interested parties are invited to give their views on the options laid out by former Commissioner Pascal Lamy in a report published last September.Lamy backed turning over the 700MHz band in Europe to be used for wireless broadband by 2020 (plus or minus two years).Mainly used at present for digital TV and wireless audio equipment, the 700MHz band is particularly suitable for mobile broadband, and much sought after by operators. The 700MHz band is also known as UHF spectrum.The consultation will run until 12 April 2015.Lamy also put forward a so-called “2020-2030-2025” formula which aims to offer regulatory stability for broadcasters in the remaining spectrum below 700 MHz (470-694MHz), which is safeguarded until 2030.The 2025 date refers to the deadline for a review to assess technology and market developments.last_img read more

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Fears Irish crab exports to China may cease over new protocols

first_imgIt’s been claimed that Irish crab exports to China may have to cease because of new protocols being implemented by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.Up to now, Export Health Certificates for brown crab have reflected a naturally occurring problem that the animal, throughout its lifetime, builds up cadmium from the seas around it.The EU confines its standard to the white meat of claws and legs, but in China the same standard is applied to “all edible parts”.The industry says the SFPA is now demanding that the Chinese standard be adhered to, but is refusing to become involved in discussions to harmonise the EU and Chinese protocols.Jimmy White, Manager of Hannigan Fish Trading in Burtonport, says this is not necessary:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/jimmygfhgfhgfhgfhcrabWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ By News Highland – December 4, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp WhatsApp Fears Irish crab exports to China may cease over new protocolscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Previous articleDecisions on Ballynass applications to be published this weekNext articleDonegal fire service respond to almost 640 incidents in ten months News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Premium / Against the odds: The Spirit decision makes DSV sexy? Hardly

first_img Forgotten your password? Please click here << Go back Please either REGISTER or login below to continue New Premium subscriber REGISTER By Alex Lennane 03/06/2020 Password* Please Login LOGIN Email* Reset Your Password Premium subscriber LOGIN The spirit of Panalpina is gone. Both the aircraft, and the spirit. But, to paraphrase a Premium headline this week, the decision makes DSV sexy? Hardly. It’s finance fluff.As any proper air cargo enthusiast will tell you, having an aircraft may not look good on the bottom line, but it sure is sexy. And it was Panalpina’s USP, a point of pride for the whole air cargo industry. It underlined the importance of freighters, in a way that airlines, with ... Reset Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premiumlast_img read more