High-skilled worker shortage adds to UK exporters’ headache

first_img whatsapp High-skilled worker shortage adds to UK exporters’ headache Thursday 13 August 2015 8:54 pm Express KCS PROFESSIONAL skills shortages are adding to the struggle faced by UK exporters, a survey has found today.Difficulties in hiring were reported by 68 per cent of exporters, according to figures released by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). “If we are going to reverse the UK’s trade deficit, then businesses need a workforce with the appropriate skills and knowledge to trade and compete on the global stage. Businesses must be able to attract and, crucially, retain the talent they need to stay ahead,” said BCC director general John Longworth.The UK’s strict visa rules for non-EU skilled workers has come under fire for exacerbating skills shortages. It came as exports suffered in the three months to June. A rise in export sales was reported by 33 per cent firms compared with 15 per cent that said sales were down. The balance of 18 per cent marks a drop from 23 per cent in the first three months of the year, implying a drop in export sales. At the beginning of 2014 the balance was over 40 per cent. A separate survey from the Confederation of British Industry yesterday found that graduate hiring had increased over the past year, but that many firms were concerned about the graduates’ skills. Sharecenter_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Two new ventures strike deals with drug makers to combat generic shortages

first_img Underscoring concerns about ongoing drug shortages, two different ventures representing hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. are announcing separate deals on Wednesday in which manufacturers have agreed to provide medicines that are in short supply.In the first deal, CivicaRx, which is a generic drug company formed by several large hospital systems and three philanthropies, has reached an agreement for Xellia Pharmaceuticals to manufacture antibiotics, including vancomycin and daptomycin. The deal marks the first such arrangement since CivicaRx launched several months ago. About 900 hospitals are part of the CivicaRx network. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Ed Silverman Bottles of prescription drugs are filled at the central pharmacy of Intermountain Heathcare, a member of CivicaRx. George Frey/Getty Images By Ed Silverman May 15, 2019 Reprints Pharmalot [email protected] 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. What’s included? About the Author Reprintscenter_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. What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More GET STARTED Two new ventures strike deals with drug makers to combat generic shortages @Pharmalot Tags drug pricinghospitalspharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

A lifesaver with a catch: Powerful new cancer drugs can trigger diabetes — and no one is certain why

first_img “Type 1 diabetes is like being in hell, man. It’s horrible.” Elie Dolgin 23andMe will tell you how your DNA affects your diabetes risk. Will it be useful? Jaime Vidal Roughly 1% of patients receiving immunotherapy drugs experience the same irreversible side effect. Making matters worse, oncologists have little clue why.“There are a lot of case reports,” said Dr. Kevan Herold, a clinical immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine who last year published a case series of his own. “But there isn’t a good understanding yet of who’s most likely to develop these adverse events from checkpoint inhibitors.”On Wednesday, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, JDRF (formerly called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and the Helmsley Charitable Trust announced they are joining forces to launch a $10 million, three-year research initiative designed to identify the root causes of drug-induced diabetes among cancer patients.Eventually, researchers involved in the project hope to discover new therapeutic strategies for preventing diabetic complications without sacrificing any of the cancer-destroying potential of livesaving immunotherapy drugs.“But the first step,” said Dr. Zoe Quandt, an endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, “is understanding the immune responses of patients so we can consider which drugs would be good ones to try.”‘A lot to handle’Autoimmune-related toxicity problems have dogged checkpoint inhibitors since their earliest days of clinical testing — although generally patients see them as a small price to pay for a treatment that can beat metastatic cancer back into remission.Participants in some of the first trials for Yervoy, a drug that blocks an immune-cell brake called CTLA-4, developed inflammatory diseases of the pituitary gland, thyroid, and other organs. More cases soon followed among patients given the next generation of agents, drugs such as Opdivo and Keytruda that target PD-1, another brake pedal found on T cells.Those complications, if caught quickly, rarely prove debilitating for all that long; once- or twice-daily hormone replacement therapy can usually make up for the lost organ function.Insulin-dependent diabetes is a different story. It’s more of a daily slog, with patients having to carefully and constantly track their blood sugar levels and self-inject different types of insulin at different times of the day — or else risk falling into a diabetic coma or having one’s blood turn into a toxic, acidic stew.“Type 1 diabetes is like being in hell, man. It’s horrible,” said Jaime Vidal, 79, a retired mailman from San Bruno, Calif., who developed the disease two months ago after receiving Opdivo through a trial protocol for people with operable cancer of the esophagus. “If I knew then, when I opted for the clinical trial, what type 1 diabetes entailed, I would never have gone for the immunotherapy. Never. I would have taken the chance of the cancer coming back.”The condition can also come on quickly. Blood sugar levels spike precipitously. Many patients land in intensive care. Once discharged, they face a particularly hard-to-control form of the disease, known as “brittle” diabetes, in which glucose levels can quickly swing from too high to too low, or vice versa. Even the smallest insulin injection can throw the balance out of whack. The first two rounds of treatment went off without a hitch. But last November, after receiving a third dose of potent immunotherapy for his skin cancer, Rich Lenihan started to feel tired and weak.He was urinating constantly, and no amount of water could abate his thirst. A blood test revealed glucose levels that were through the roof.Lenihan, at age 62, had developed a disease akin to type 1 diabetes — formerly called “juvenile” diabetes — a rare complication of drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors that rev up the body’s immune assault on tumor tissue.advertisement By Elie Dolgin May 29, 2019 Reprints Rich Lenihan developed a disease akin to type 1 diabetes — formerly called “juvenile” diabetes — at age 62. Courtesy Rich Lenihan HealthA lifesaver with a catch: Powerful new cancer drugs can trigger diabetes — and no one is certain why Trending Now: “It can be a lot to handle,” said Dr. Monica Girotra, an endocrinologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.The only potential upside: A self-directed attack on beta cells may be a sign of amped-up immunity more generally. And according to case reports, patients who develop drug-induced diabetes tend to have stronger and more long-lasting anti-cancer responses to checkpoint inhibitor treatments. “So that’s kind of the silver lining,” Quandt said.The new grant money will go toward launching a massive prospective study involving 1,500 to 2,000 patients undergoing checkpoint inhibitor therapy at more than 30 community hospitals and clinics across the United States. Only a few dozen may eventually develop diabetes — but researchers won’t know whom in advance. So to catch that fulminant disease process in action, they plan to collect blood samples from every patient along each step of their therapeutic odysseys.For those ultimately diagnosed with diabetes (and some who aren’t), scientists will then throw the kitchen sink of single-cell “omics” technologies on their samples before, during, and after disease onset, in an exploratory effort to uncover biomarkers underpinning the phenomenon.“I’m pretty open-minded about what mechanistically can be happening,” Parker Institute president and CEO Jeff Bluestone told STAT. “And I’m really optimistic that we’re going to learn a lot quickly.” Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprints [email protected] Newsletters Sign up for Cancer Briefing A weekly look at the latest in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. Later this year, the National Cancer Institute will also start building a repository of tissue and blood specimens collected from patients who experience immune-related side effects after undergoing checkpoint inhibitor therapy. “We’ll then backtrack to learn more about what might have happened along the way,” said NCI senior investigator Dr. Elad Sharon.But whereas Bluestone and his colleagues — including Herold and other physician-scientists from Yale, UCSF, the Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston — plan to prospectively stockpile biospecimens from a single registry of patients treated as part of routine clinical care, the NCI team will work after the fact to centralize samples amassed through dozens of government-backed immunotherapy trials. “It’s really a complementary effort,” Sharon said.Dr. Juan Jaume, an endocrinologist at the University of Toledo Medical Center, welcomes both initiatives. “We should not withhold the treatment of cancer just because of this side effect,” he said, “but we need to learn more about it so we can provide safeguards.”Two of a kindThe research could also have spillover benefits beyond the cancer clinic.There are already hints of a genetic predisposition shared by people with the two forms of insulin-dependent diabetes. And now by studying cancer patients whose bodies begin destroying insulin-producing cells in the pancreas after drug treatment, scientists hope to discover why this same process occurs spontaneously in children and young adults with type 1 diabetes.“If the lessons that we learn from this study are generalizable,” said Ben Williams, a program officer for the Helmsley Trust’s T1D program, “then this could help a lot of people with the spontaneous diabetes that an otherwise healthy kid might get.” Privacy Policy Related: “The good news is we know what’s wrong with you,” Lenihan recalled his doctors telling him — as they whisked him off to the ICU.The bad news: He would need to control his glucose with insulin shots for the rest of his life.advertisement Tags cancerdiabetespatients @ElieDolgin Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: For his part, Lenihan, a software quality assurance engineer from Griswold, Conn., who blogs about his struggle with melanoma, is getting used to living without a working pancreas — monitoring blood sugar levels with the device he wears on his abdomen, and pricking himself with insulin several times each day.His latest scans this month came back clean, with no signs of active disease growth in his skin, lungs, brain, or anywhere else where metastatic lesions had cropped up before. But he had to stop taking immunotherapy after developing colitis, another autoimmune-related side effect, and now the prospect of the cancer returning weighs heavily on his mind.His doctor, Yale oncologist Dr. Mario Sznol, is less concerned, though.“He’s got a pretty good chance of remaining in remission for a very long time, maybe forever,” Sznol said.As for living with diabetes? “That’s the unfortunate trade-off.”last_img read more

In Pictures: Selection of great images as Mountrath claim junior hurling title

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleProgress in sight as contract signed for straightening of notorious Laois roadNext articleSpink see off Killeshin in replay to book junior quarter-final place LaoisToday Reporter Relatively speaking, Mountrath is a big town.But their hurling club has been starved of success while their neighbouring clubs on so many occasions and in a number of different grades have tasted silverware.Camross are non-stop winning championships of some sort, Slieve Bloom were intermediate champions last year, Trumera have won intermediate and juniors and Castletown have been senior champions on numerous occasions and Senior ‘A’ champions as recently as 2016.Mountrath, though, for such a proud club haven’t been as lucky. That’s probably why there was such great celebrations in O’Moore Park on Tuesday night as they got the better of their neighbours Camross to win their first ever Junior ‘B’ title.It may have been Mountrath’s second team (their first team are still in the mix in the Senior ‘A’) against Camross’s third team but their intermediate success in 2001 was 18 years ago and their last major championship triumph.Their 0-19 to 0-12 win in O’Moore Park was rightly celebrated joyously and was somewhat of a turnup for the books given that Camross had beaten them by 21 points in the opening round.But Mountrath responded well and wins over Rathdowney-Errill, Portlaoise and Colt got them back into the final.And with Brandon Russell firing over 11 points and a selection of great Mountrath servants playing their part too, they turned the tables on a Camross side suffering their third final defeat in a row in this grade. Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was in O’Moore Park to get a selection of images from the celebrations. Facebook GAA Facebook SEE ALSO – JOB VACANCY: CJ Sheeran’s in Mountrath are looking for an office administrator GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 28th August 2019 GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory In Pictures: Selection of great images as Mountrath claim junior hurling title TAGSLaois JHC ‘B’Mountrath Home Sport GAA In Pictures: Selection of great images as Mountrath claim junior hurling title SportGAAHurling Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

In Pictures: Rathdowney-Errill Golf Classic proves a big hit after lockdown lifts

first_imgHome Sport Golf In Pictures: Rathdowney-Errill Golf Classic proves a big hit after lockdown lifts SportGolf Facebook When things were at their worst amid the Covid 19 lockdown, golf was deemed as one of the few sports that could be played with the requisite social distancing.As the lockdown restrictions began to ease and the gates were finally opened on May 18th after closing on March 24rd Rathdowney-Errill GAA club took the opportunity to host their annual golf classic, on Friday/Saturday last, raising much needed funds towards the future development and promotion of hurling in the Rathdowney-Errill Parish.Conditions were perfect throughout Friday, while on Saturday, after a somewhat damp start to proceedings, the clouds lifted and we ended up with a beautiful afternoon for golf, resulting in some exceptional scores being recorded.Over 200 golfers participated, including some former and current players and many other golfing enthusiasts who were willing to help support the club. Regardless of one’s golfing ability, an enjoyable day was had by all.“We had competitors travelling from as far away as Tramore, Ballygunner, Mount Sion, Lucan Sarsfield’s, J KBrackens, Tullaroan, Tullamore, Portumna and Ballinasloe.“Course Greenkeeper, Lorcan Dunne, certainly put his extensive knowledge of the course to good effect leading his team, comprising Patricia Rowland, Colm Browne and Alex Stenson to top prize in Category 1.“They were closely followed home by Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Fairbrother, Tom Murphy and Conor Sheedy representing the J K Bracken’s Club from Templemore. Seanie Kelly, Jim Murphy, Callum Creegan and Eddie Hogan were a match for all comers in Category 2.“We also had plenty of teams made up from non-regular golfers, some showing a natural talent for the game, with the winning prize going to Brian “BB” Bowe, Michael Cleere, Liam Smeaton and Phil Russell.“Clough-Ballacolla clubman, Shane Maher, with a stunning drive down the 18th, took home the Men’s longest drive prize.“Other prizes were hotly contested on the day with Shaun Meehan clinching the Nearest to the Pin prize and Maire Ní Riordáin winning the Ladies Long Drive.Our juveniles were not forgotten either with the Paddy Hassett led team of Philip Tynan, Harry Wynne and Oisín Barry tying with Moore and Hanrahan brothers, Oisín, Tomas, Charlie and Dillon.A special thanks goes to Lorcan Dunne and the greenstaff for ensuring the course was in such pristine condition and presented to the competitors so immaculately.“Feedback from participants was very positive, receiving favourable comment throughout the two days play.  Also, a big thank you to Rathdowney Golf Club Captain, Matt Doyle who couldn’t have been more helpful in both the build up to the event and on the day itself.“Once again, the club would like to take this opportunity to thank their main sponsor “Flynn’s Medical Hall” and all the other companies and individuals including Dunnes Stores, Oldtown Construction, Devlin Media Group, Dowling’s Bar Errill, Glanbia, Cosie’s Bar the Square, the “Hair House” Conoboro Road, Super Valu, Tramore Golf Club, Sox’s Bar Mountrath, Martin Keane, Ray’s Bar Errill, Peter Gray, Meadow Meats, Kirwan Bain, Billy Fitzpatrick and Keane’s Service Station for making the event such a wonderful occasion. They are already looking forward to a repeat performance next year.” Twitter WhatsApp In Pictures: Rathdowney-Errill Golf Classic proves a big hit after lockdown lifts WhatsApp Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSRathdowney Golf ClubRathdowney-Errill Pinterest SEE ALSO – Laois GAA Juvenile chairman praises clubs for Covid-19 response as season gets underwaycenter_img Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd July 2020 Previous articleCoronavirus: Nine new deaths and seven new cases as Tanaiste calls for schools to reopen in SeptemberNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, July 24, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter Twitter News last_img read more

Complaints about life and health insurance industry rise to highest level ever

first_img The number of consumer complaints about the life and health insurance industry has surged to the highest level ever, the OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI) has reported. Megan Harman Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Life insurance industry,  ComplaintsCompanies OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance Manulife, Sun Life report modest impact from Hong Kong turmoil Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Manulife Canada CEO sees Apple and Netflix as competitors as insurance evolves Sun Life Financial buying Pinnacle Care International In OLHI’s 2017 annual report, released on Tuesday, the organization reported that it received 2,632 complaints in the fiscal year ended March 31. That is up by 23.2% from last year’s total of 2,136 and up by 6.8% from the number of complaints in fiscal 2014-15. More than half of the complaints received involved denied claims, at 57.5%; whereas 17.4% of complaints were related to service, 13.9% were related to products, 6.3% involved marketing and sales and 4.9% involved underwriting. Disability insurance was the product with the highest volume of complaints, comprising 34.8% of total complaints; followed by life insurance, which comprised 30.7% of complaints. Complaints about employee health and dental coverage comprised 18.4% of total complaints, and 6.7% of complaints involved travel insurance. There were some notable changes in the volume of complaints coming from each region of the country, OLHI reports. In particular, the number of complaints in Quebec soared to 1,343 from 986 last year — an increase of 36.2%. Quebec consumers now represent more than half (51%) of all complaints across the country. The volume of complaints also grew in the Prairie provinces to 270, up by 25.6% over last year, and in British Columbia, where complaints were up by 24.4% to 168. OLHI opened 26 new investigations and closed 25 investigations during the 2016-17 fiscal year. Of the closed cases, 28% were settled in favour of the consumer. That’s a sharp drop from last year, when 80% of OLHI’s investigations were settled in favour of the consumer. OLHI notes in its annual report that it’s pursuing changes to the way that complaints about independent agents are handled. Specifically, the organization has been in discussions with the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) regarding this issue. OLHI says the CCIR has determined that complaints involving independent insurance advisors should be handled through advisors’ errors and omissions (E&O) insurance rather than through OLHI. “The CCIR determined that E&O insurance is a viable option as a dispute-resolution process and recommended that OLHI work with industry to ensure complaints of this nature are transferred to E&O insurers,” says Andrea Zviedris, communications manager at OLHI, in a statement emailed to Investment Executive. When OLHI receives complaints from consumers about their independent agents, the organization now encourages them to ask their agent to submit a claim against their E&O insurance. Photo copyright: garagestock/123RF APEXA platform launches after several delays garagestock/123RFlast_img read more

Report recommends Quebec prohibit disparities in retirement plans

first_img Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Quebec should engage with the rest of the provinces to address the unequal treatment of pension plan members that has emerged in recent years, a report from a government task force concludes. The provincial government released a report Thursday from a task force that was struck to examine the issue of the unequal treatment of pension plan members base solely on hiring date, which typically makes plans less generous to newer workers. After studying the issue, the group has concluded that Quebec cannot act unilaterally without harming the competitiveness of its businesses. Keywords Pensions,  Quebec Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump James Langton Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The report recommends that the government act to prohibit new disparities in retirement plans, group insurance plans and other benefits plans. It also calls for an interprovincial working committee to “jointly examine the possibility of legislating to prohibit disparities” in these sorts of plans. “We openly welcome this report and I would like to thank the members of the task force, who are proposing several worthwhile avenues. The question is complex and we will take the time to properly analyze the proposals to find the best solution. From the standpoint of working conditions and retirement plans, we have a duty to treat fairly young people and future generations,” says Carlos Leitão, minister of finance of Quebec, in a statement. “To ensure intergenerational equity, the Quebec government must continue to be a leader in Canada in the realm of labour standards. At the same time, the government must ensure that Quebec companies and firms operating in Quebec find a favourable business environment there. A healthy economic environment benefits all Quebecers. Quebec can do even more but it cannot act alone. To this end, it must send a clear signal that intergenerational equity is a question that it will promote beyond its borders,” adds André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Community Pharmacy to join COVID-19 vaccine workforce

first_imgCommunity Pharmacy to join COVID-19 vaccine workforce Community pharmacies around Australia are being invited to join the nation-wide effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Australians over the coming months, as work continues to protect more people from the deadly pandemic.The Australian Government is committed to providing access to safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19, and the distribution effort will be one of the largest logistical operations in our country’s history.An expression of interest (EOI) process will commence on 1 February 2021 for community pharmacies around Australia to participate in the, “Community Pharmacy COVID‑19 Vaccination Program,” to immunise priority populations from Phase 2a (expected from May 2021) onwards of the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination rollout strategy.Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said, “Community pharmacy will be an important partner in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.”“Utilising the existing network of thousands of community pharmacies will ensure the general population have broader access to COVID-19 vaccinations, provide choice in where the community receive a vaccine, and address barriers to access some parts of rural and regional Australia,” Minister Hunt said.“Participation in the program will be voluntary and pharmacies will need to demonstrate they meet the highest safety standards and have capacity and capability to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, as well as ensuring they continue to provide important services to their local communities. These standards have been informed by the expert medical advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).”The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, George Tambassis, said community pharmacists across Australia welcomed the opportunity to be part of the healthcare sector’s commitment to ensuring the maximum possible uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations.“Some 94 per cent of pharmacies are members of the pharmacy profession’s quality assurance program, QCPP, and the robustness of this program underpins the sector’s ability to meet the challenges of the pandemic and the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations, while maintaining the levels of service and medicine delivery critical to their role as frontline healthcare professionals,” Mr Tambassis said.“With a network of some 5.800 pharmacies across Australia, appropriately trained pharmacists are ideally placed to provide the opportunities and access for Australians to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.“Our members are committed to helping protect communities in all areas of the country and, as has been shown during all phases of this pandemic, will continue to go above and beyond for their patients.“The Guild looks forward to helping ensure the resources and skills of pharmacists are recognised and quickly utilised in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.”An EOI process commenced recently for general practices to assist in the delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and community pharmacies will be another important vaccination point for many communities.Community pharmacies will be incentivised to provide both doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Australians wishing to be vaccinated, to ensure maximum uptake of the vaccine.The Australian Government will continue to work with state and territory health authorities and the health sector to finalise the locations for vaccine distribution.All health professionals involved in the vaccination program will have undertaken specialised training, which is currently in development. This training is expected to be rolled out from early February.Many of Australia’s community pharmacies are already critical in the delivery of the seasonal influenza vaccines across the entire population, and their efforts in stepping up to support the COVID‑19 vaccine program will be important in ensuring wide accessibility and take up.This will be the first time a national community pharmacy vaccination program will be rolled out funded by the Commonwealth Government. /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, aged care, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, commonwealth, Department of Health, general practice, Government, health, healthcare, Immunisation, influenza, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, President, resources, vaccinationlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Student to Receive ATLAS Institute’s First Doctorate Degree

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado at Boulder student Revi Sterling will graduate on Friday, Dec. 19, with the first doctorate degree in technology, media and society from the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society, or ATLAS, institute.Sterling’s dissertation on advancement through interactive radio, or AIR, dealt with efforts to link disadvantaged women with local community radio stations and other community-based resources such as non-governmental organizations and extension programs. She conducted her research in Nthongoni, Kenya, which is in the southeast part of the country and is off the cellular and electrical grid.Sterling’s research focuses on gender, development and technology and specifically examined the use of information and communication technologies as empowerment strategies for women in developing regions. Radio is the dominant mass media in developing areas, and community radio is rapidly growing as an alternative to commercial and government programming, and to most advanced technologies, she said.”By letting the women themselves produce radio content, the women involved had a great deal of ownership in the project, and also produced interesting broadcasts, including radio plays, songs and debate programs to discuss such issues as witchcraft, women’s health and women’s roles, religion, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and working with non-governmental organizations,” Sterling said. “These programs operated as a ‘myth-buster,’ and the plurality of voices and opinions gave voice to each woman’s unique experience.”Sterling created a portable, inexpensive communication device that is able to record, store and replay feedback from women listeners who have no other way to communicate with their community radio station.”While my favorite part of the research was following up with women to understand what reactions they faced after being heard on the air, it was the interviews with men that were most salient to this work,” Sterling said. “Men who had formerly considered their wives as property were astounded by the knowledge and poise their wives, daughters and mothers shared on the radio, and many men stated that if the radio station thought that these women were important enough to broadcast, that they themselves would benefit to listen to the women in their families as well.”Sterling will continue to track the AIR program for several years to see if power shifts between men and women actually occur as a result of the technology. She said the problem with most research in this area is that no one is doing the necessary long-term studies to determine if the technology is a novelty item or if it can support long-term development strategies.Prior to joining the ATLAS doctorate program, Sterling was employed by Microsoft for 10 years. Five of those years were spent in the external research program group where she began outreach efforts to increase the number of female computer scientists and technologists, and also developed and supported programs for high school and college women, including working with CU.ATLAS was established in 1997 to integrate information and communication technology in disciplines across the Boulder campus and beyond. The institute advocates for technology education for people and programs that traditionally do not have access to equipment and resources. There are currently 10 doctorate students in the ATLAS program.ATLAS also offers an undergraduate certificate program in technology, arts and media aimed at giving any student in any major an opportunity to explore information technologies and relate them to their own disciplines.For more information about the doctorate program at ATLAS visit www.colorado.edu/atlas/education/phd/overview.html. Published: Dec. 17, 2008 last_img read more

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

first_imgInternational Day of United Nations Peacekeepers Foreign AffairsMay 28, 2014Written by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade RelatedLogistics Hub to Enhance Trade Creation and Expansion RelatedState Minister Says Religious Persons Should Not Fear Flexi-Work Bill Jamaica is pleased to join the international community in commemorating International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers under the theme, “A Force for Peace. Change. The Future”.  Our observance of the Day provides us with the unique opportunity to pay tribute to all of the valiant men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations worldwide, and to honour the memory of the more than three thousand ‘Blue Helmets’ who have lost their lives in the cause for peace.There can be no debate about the important role played by the United Nations in restoring and maintaining peace and security in the quest to create a stable environment for millions of people across the world.Peacekeeping is, however, by its nature, a dangerous undertaking, as Peacekeepers risk their lives on a daily basis.  Jamaica therefore remains deeply concerned about the increased number of attacks on peacekeepers which threaten the role of the United Nations in the peace process. As we remember our fallen brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace, let us strengthen our resolve to ensure that succeeding generations can enjoy a world that is free from war and conflict.Whilst we recognise the sterling contribution of all peacekeepers, we pay particular homage to the women who have responded to the call to serve on the frontlines, thus ensuring a gender perspective in UN peace support operations, and allowing for special attention to be paid to the needs of women and girls in post-conflict processes.Female peacekeepers have provided significant support to persons who have experienced gender-based crimes, sexual exploitation and acts of violence against women and children in conflict-torn areas. Their presence has not only reinforced the importance of attention to gender-specific crimes in conflict situations, but has also served to inspire women and children across the world, through their service.Jamaica has been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping operations for more than two decades.  Our courageous men and women have served around the world, including in Liberia, Sudan, Timor-Leste and Haiti. Currently, twelve (12) Jamaican Police Officers are deployed as part of the UN peacekeeping contingent to the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. We are also pleased to lend support to Haiti, our neighbour and CARICOM sister, with the deployment of additional Officers at the end of the month.Jamaican peacekeepers are respected worldwide for their dedication and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.  We pay tribute to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) which has responded readily to the call to assist in the restoration of peace in war-torn areas across the globe. More importantly, the JCF must be commended for producing an impressive cohort of Officers who have represented Jamaica with pride in their noble pursuit, and who continue to demonstrate the capacity of Jamaica to make its mark in the international sphere.The Government of Jamaica salutes all the men and women in United Nations peacekeeping, and encourages them to continue to be a ‘force for peace, change, and the future’ in their service to humanity. Story HighlightsJamaica is pleased to join the international community in commemorating International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers under the theme, “A Force for Peace. Change. The Future”. There can be no debate about the important role played by the United Nations in restoring and maintaining peace and security.Jamaica has been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping operations for more than two decades. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedReggae Poster Contest Entries on Display at OAS International Organisations DepartmentMay 2014last_img read more