Downing Street dismissed such speculation today as untrue. “People of BAME groups are also more likely than people of White British ethnicity to be born abroad, which means they may face additional barriers in accessing services that are created by, for example, cultural and language differences.” (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: BAME people up to twice as likely to die from coronavirus, says PHE report whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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When taking these factors into account, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said Covid-19 death rates among Black Britons was up to four-times higher than white Britons. Show Comments ▼ (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: BAME people up to twice as likely to die from coronavirus, says PHE report BAME people up to twice as likely to die from coronavirus, says PHE report Shadow Labour secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the figures showed that Covid-19 “thrives on inequalities”. The report found that Britons with a Bangladeshi ethnicity were twice as likely to die than White Britons from Covid-19, while “people of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity had between 10 and 50 per cent higher risk of death”. 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Share whatsapp “Yes indeed, black lives matter but it is surely a call to action that black, Asian and minority ethnic people are more likely to die from Covid and more likely to be admitted to intensive care from Covid,” he said. “Black lives matter, as do those of the poorest areas of our country.” Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data The report was unveiled today, after media speculation that its release had been delayed due to fears it could stoke racial tensions in light of ongoing protests in the US. UK residents with a black and Asian ethnic minority (BAME) background are up to twice as likely to die from coronavirus, according to a new Public Health England (PHE) report. One campaigner told ITV that the report was “toothless” and “a damp squib”. “This work underlines that being black or from a minority ethnic background is a major risk factor,” he said. Health secretary Matt Hancock addressed MPs shortly after the report was released, saying he felt a “deep responsibility because this pandemic has exposed huge disparities in the health of our nation”. Tuesday 2 June 2020 4:04 pm “The relationship between ethnicity and health is complex and likely to be the result of a combination of factors,” the PHE report said. “Firstly, people of BAME communities are likely to be at increased risk of acquiring the infection. This is because BAME people are more likely to live in urban areas, in overcrowded households, in deprived areas, and have jobs that expose them to higher risk.
Health | Interior | MilitaryNational service dog nonprofit helps Fairbanks veteransNovember 25, 2016 by Dan Bross, KUAC-Fairbanks Share:A Paws For Purple Hearts service dog greets visitors during an open house at the group’s new training center in south Fairbanks November 12th. (Photo by Dan Bross/KUAC)A national nonprofit group that provides service dogs to military service members and veterans has opened a new training facility in Fairbanks.Paws for Purple Hearts involves service members and vets in the dog training process.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2016/ann-20161123-08.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The atmosphere is upbeat as people and dogs mix during an open house event at Paws For Purple Hearts new Fairbanks facility.The young dogs, Labrador and golden retrievers, wearing blue vests, calmly interact with visitors amidst the distracting party atmosphere. They’re young and and still in training, but obviously special animals.In Fairbanks for the open house, Paws For Purple Hearts national President and CEO Greg Sipple emphasizes that his group’s service dog program is different and his dogs are “the most sedate, calming and mellow dogs that we could find.””A lot of places will try to have that dog keep the world away from the veteran,” Sipple said. “Our philosophy is help the veteran get through and integrate back into society. So we’ll have the dog come closer to comfort them at times when their anxiety is high- even when they’re sleeping. The dog can sense the dreams, the emotion and the cortisol being emitted, ad the dogs will comfort the veteran.”Sipple, a former Navy pilot, also points to another unique aspect of the program: use of active duty service members and veterans suffering a range disabilities, including PTSD, to help train the dogs.”Right now the demand for service dogs is far out-stretching the capacity of every organization combined. So what we’re trying to do is make a force multiplier,” Sipple said. “By having the veterans come in, training with the dogs once or twice or three times, as many times as they really want to — something about that magical connection between a dog and a human being and their ability to read and understand our emotions is really what is the magical part of the organization.”Fairbanks is one of five locations in the U.S. where Paws For Purple Hearts operates, and the first to get a purpose-built training facility.With a large veteran population and three military installations, the interior Alaska location makes sense, but Sipple credited two local residents with bringing the organization to Fairbanks: Betsy Jacobs, the program coordinator for Paws for Purple Hearts and Nathan Colin, the director of Paws for Purple Hearts.Both longtime Fairbanks residents, Jacobs and Colin previously involved in therapy dog work. They saw the need for service dogs.”I would often be asked, ‘How do I get a service dog?’” Jacobs said. “I didn’t have an answer for them. There was no place in town where you could get one.”So the couple got trained by service dog pioneer and Paws for Purple Hearts founder Bonnie Bergen in California.”Once Betsy and I both went through her program, she seemed to think we were good candidates,” Colin said. “She asked us if we could open up a Paw for Purple Hearts here in Fairbanks.”Since March Colin and Jacobs say the fledgling Fairbanks branch of Paws For Purple Hearts, has worked with four dogs and about 25 service members and veterans.“Positive dog training — Susan Sampson has allowed us to use her facility free for the entire time, March until now,” Jacobs said.“Until we got our own facility now,” Colin said.“So we’ve only been meeting twice a week, but now that we’ve got our own place, we’ll be able to expand our service immensely,” Jacobs said.“And the neat thing snout our services – all our classes, all our events, everything for the servicemen and veterans – are free,” Colin said. “And if any of them want a dog, the dog is free.”That’s a big deal as the couple said trained service dogs can cost as much as $75,000.Paws For Purple Hearts CEO Sipple said the organization is entirely funded by private donations and grants, noting that Alaskan people and businesses have been generous in helping the organization get started and he aspires to expand into Anchorage and Juneau.Share this story:
Behind Tiger Woods’s arrest and pain meds lies a problematic surgery HealthTiger Woods told officers during arrest he had taken Xanax Tiger Woods, arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence in May, told officers he had taken Xanax. Among the medications listed on the affidavit was Vicodin, an opioid pain medication. The FDA warns on its website that mixing Xanax with opioids may cause “profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death.” Related: JUPITER, Fla. — Tiger Woods told officers during his DUI arrest last month that he had taken Xanax, as well as other prescription medications.Woods’ claim was revealed in an unredacted version of the Jupiter Police Department’s investigation report, obtained Friday by The Golf Channel.Woods, the 14-time major champion who had back surgery in April, was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes around 2 a.m. on May 29 and arrested on a DUI charge. A breath test registered 0.0 for alcohol, corroborating Woods’ claim that he had an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medicine.advertisement By Associated Press June 10, 2017 Reprints Woods told officers at a testing facility that he had taken several prescriptions, and the arrest affidavit listed four medications, but not Xanax.In the unredacted portion of the investigation report, officer Christopher Fandry described interrogating Woods at the scene. It was then that Woods said he had taken Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.advertisement Tags opioidspharmaceuticals Associated Press About the Author Reprints
With a flood of amendments, some senators seek to water down drug-pricing bill About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More Tags Congressdrug pricingpolicySTAT+ Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? Nicholas Florko 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. [email protected] WASHINGTON — Lawmakers will wade through more than 100 potential amendments when the Senate Finance Committee takes up its sweeping new drug pricing package on Thursday.Some of the amendments could significantly rework the package, like an amendment from Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would eliminate the controversial provisions in the bill that would restrict drug makers from raising prices beyond the rate of inflation. A separate amendment from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) would only allow that provision to go into effect if HHS certifies it won’t lead to higher launch prices. Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) Jacquelyn Martin/AP What is it? Politics GET STARTED 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. By Nicholas Florko July 24, 2019 Reprints @NicholasFlorko
Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 20th January 2021 Twitter Facebook Previous articleFamily of young Laois man who sadly passed due to cancer launch fundraiser in his memoryNext article‘Heartened to see reduction in case numbers’ but Laois GPs ask patients to avoid contacting doctor’s surgeries for vaccine list Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic TAGSYouth Work Ireland Laois €47,723,693 has been allocated to youth organisations around the country by the Minister for Children Rodrick O’Gorman.The Laois-Offaly wing has received €427,253 which is the smallest of any body.Our neighbours Kilkenny and Carlow received €1,279,273 while Kildate and Wicklow were granted €2,175,700.Additional funding will see National Youth Organisations benefit from an increase to some €12 million in universal funding under the Youth Services Grant Scheme.Local youth clubs will benefit from an increase to €2.25 million.Youth Information Centres will see an increase in allocations to services and be supported through a new nationwide programme of co-ordination and modernisation – funding of €1.57 million is being provided for this purpose.Education and Training Boards (ETBs), like LOETB, will receive €4.6m to support their work and engagement with young people.As the mid-level governance structure for Exchequer funded youth service provision, ETBs perform a key role in the assessment and development of youth services in their area. The remaining investment will strengthen quality, see the development of a new youth strategy, support the important role of ETBI, and support the operations of Leargas, Gaisce – the President’s Award, EU and North/South Initiatives and the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy.A total of €66.8 million is going to be spent on the sector and Green Party Minister Pippa Hackett, who hails from Geashill, welcomed the news.She said: “Our young people are having a tough time being restricted at a stage in life when they should be spreading their wings.“As a mother, I know this well. So I’m delighted that my colleague Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made funding available to their support organisations, including €427,253 for youth organisations in Laois and Offaly.”SEE ALSO – Laois pub faces closure after licence renewal application rejected WhatsApp Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR €427,000 in funding granted for Laois and Offaly Youth Services Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Home News Community €427,000 in funding granted for Laois and Offaly Youth Services NewsCommunity Pinterest
Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Rudy Mezzetta Integral Wealth Securities Ltd. in Toronto is taking over the advisors and associated assets of Global Maxfin Capital Inc., the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)-regulated platform of the Global Financial Group of Companies, both of which are located in Richmond Hill, Ont.Integral Wealth is acquiring 12 advisors and about $280 million in assets from Global Maxfin Capital, said John Gibson, CEO of Integral Wealth, in an interview. Keywords Mergers and acquisitionsCompanies Global Financial Group Inc., Integral Wealth Management Inc. Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Related news 123RF Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIA Facebook LinkedIn Twitter An IIROC member firm, Integral Wealth currently operates a private client group business with 11 advisors and wealth managers in seven offices across the country, managing about $600 million in assets for affluent clients. The company also operates a capital markets business.Gibson characterized the acquisition as “well suited to us,” indicating that discussions with two Global Maxfin Capital advisors with larger-sized accounts developed into a deal to acquire all of the platform’s advisors and assets.“We had some familiarity with some of the advisors, the practices are well suited to our existing business and to our supervisory capacity here, and we were on the same back office, so we were a natural host venue for the advisors and for the assets,” Gibson said. Both Integral Wealth and Global Maxfin Capital use custodial services from Fidelity Clearing Canada ULC.Global Maxfin Capital president and CEO Bill Charles, who indicated that his company was notifying affected clients about the transfer of advisors to Integral Wealth, said that the deal “makes sense in an industry where size and scale matters.”He said that Global Financial, which has a Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) platform subsidiary, an insurance subsidiary, an asset management company and a group RESP unit, will now focus on its existing businesses.“We have a very robust MFDA dealership, a very robust insurance/MGA platform,” said Charles, who is also CEO of Global Investments Inc. and the president of Global Insurance Solutions Inc.Global Maxfin Capital is currently in the process of resigning from its IIROC membership, having informed IIROC of its intention to do so on May 3, the self-regulatory organization confirmed.According to IIROC, resigning from the SRO is a voluntary process that permits a firm to wind up its affairs in an orderly manner. Resigning firms have to notify clients, transfer all client accounts, conduct a termination audit, pay outstanding fees and agree to maintain books and records before receiving IIROC approval to resign.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health and Environment, Rudyard Spencer, has informed that work is ongoing on the finalisation of the country’s National Implementation Plan (NIP) for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).“These chemicals pose a serious threat to human health and the environment. The NIP outlines the country’s status in relation to the 12 POPs, commonly referred to as the ‘dirty dozen’, listed under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants,” Mr. Spencer informed in Gordon House yesterday (June 3).The Minister added that it is anticipated that the NIP will be finalized and submitted to Cabinet for approval in the first quarter of the 2008/9 financial year.On another matter, Mr Spencer said work continued towards the completion of an Act for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and the Natural Resources Conservation (Wastewater and Sludge) Regulations.The Act for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer seeks to facilitate the phasing-out of the importation of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), while the Natural Resources Conservation (Wastewater and Sludge) Regulations will regulate the treatment and discharge of wastewater and sludge in the environment.“It is anticipated that the regulations will be promulgated in the 2008/9 financial year,” Mr. Spencer said.Meanwhile, the Bio-Safety and the National Environment and Planning legislation are being developed. The Bio-Safety Bill deals with the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and will facilitate the country’s accession to the Protocol on Biosafety under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).For the National Environment and Planning legislation, Mr. Spencer informed that through funding from the Environment Action Programme (ENACT), a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for the review of the existing environment and planning framework and the development of a new environment and planning regime in Jamaica. “A consultant was contracted to conduct this review,” Mr. Spencer said. RelatedWork Ongoing on National Plan for Persistent Organic Pollutants RelatedWork Ongoing on National Plan for Persistent Organic Pollutants Work Ongoing on National Plan for Persistent Organic Pollutants UncategorizedJune 5, 2008 Advertisements RelatedWork Ongoing on National Plan for Persistent Organic Pollutants
RelatedHerb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 Herb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 CultureApril 28, 2009 RelatedHerb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 RelatedHerb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding yesterday (April 27) approved the model of the statue that will be erected in honour of Olympic great, Herb McKinley.Sculpted by noted Jamaican artist Basil Watson, the presentation was made in the presence of Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who informed the Prime Minister that the sculpture will be installed at Independence Park in November, on the second Anniversary of the death of the sprinter.Minister Grange acknowledged Mr. Watson’s generosity and commitment in granting the government an irrevocable royalty free license to use and reproduce the material for the purposes of advertisement and promotion, including the right to commercial exploitation of the material which includes the production of photographs and miniatures. The money earned from this activity is earmarked for a special creative industries and cultural enhancement fund to be established by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange (centre), looks on as renowned sculptor, Basil Watson, (left) and Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), David Mais (right) shake hands. This was, during the signing of the contract drafted for the creation of a statue of the late sports icon Herb Mckenley at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on December 19. The contract, formalise an agreement for the Ministry’s engagement of Mr. Watson’s services for the creation of the statue, which will be mounted at Statue Road at Independence Park, where the National Stadium and Arena, and National Indoor Sports Centre, are also located.Mr. Watson said that the title of his sculpture is, “Beyond the Tape”, as he sought to evoke the spirit of giving of the pioneer sprinter. When installed, “Beyond the Tape” will be in context with the other statues at the Park. Mr. Watson noted that in athletic terms Dr Arthur Wint represented “the start”, Don Quarrie “the stride”, Merlene Ottey “celebration at the finish”. Herb McKinley went “beyond the finish line by mentoring and coaching generations of athletes”.The statue is already being sculpted and will be bronzed in Atlanta, USA. Advertisements
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Amazon reels in MGM Justin Springham Verizon shuffles executives Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Home Verizon on mission to speed up 5G development Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read more Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 APR 2016 Previous ArticleMobile PoS firm Payleven targets developersNext ArticleVerizon focuses on 5G, IoT and millennials in Q1 report UPDATED 22/4: The concept of ‘speed’ is a much talked about element of future 5G networks, but US mobile operator Verizon has a slightly different focus on 5G speeds right now as it seems more intent on driving fast development of the technology than touting headline-grabbing gigabit download rates.Speaking in a keynote at the Brooklyn 5G Summit this morning, Verizon Wireless’ VP of networks, Adam Koeppe (pictured), repeatedly stressed the operator’s desire to “move things along a lot faster than they typically go in our industry.”The operator was first out of the blocks in the US to unveil 5G trial plans, announcing last September that it would hold 5G field trials in 2016. At the time it said it was working with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung as part of Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum. In February at Mobile World Congress (MWC) it said it was set to move to pre-commercial form factors and testing later this year. And at MWC it also formed a partnership with Asian operators NTT Docomo, KT and SK Telecom, called the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance, on the development of 5G trial networks.“The biggest thing in this group is passion,” commented Koeppe today. “We sit down every few months and go through what we are going to do collectively to get to 5G faster. The four here are very much in tune with rapidly expanding the technology landscape. It’s a group of like-minded operators and a way to drive things faster.”And there was more reference to ‘faster’ throughout the presentation; Koeppe said Verizon is fully committed to the 5G standardisation process but wants to “make it go faster,” while the operator is keen to “find the innovation that is occurring and make it go faster.”Koeppe said Verizon already has “a lot” of field trials happening now: “real-world environments in both fixed and wireless.”On the subject of actual speeds, the Verizon network head told Light Reading on the sidelines of the event that it has pushed data rates over 1 Gb/s in some (“eight or nine”) of its 5G field trials and is testing equipment at 15GHz, 28GHz, 39GHz and 64GHz.Koeppe stressed in his keynote that 5G development would benefit from wider support. “We want to create a lot of excitement in the ecosystem. That’s why we are talking about what we are doing now and later. We want to create a buzz. That’s a key way to progress the technology… We need action. We’re driving a lot of that but we need the entire ecosystem to get moving. This is exactly the path we want to go down – rapid innovation.”Koeppe was certain that the 5G development cycle will be a lot shorter than the industry is typically used to. Despite this bullish approach, industry consensus suggests 5G won’t be officially standardised for at least another year or two, with the first fully commercial networks launched in 2020. Tags Related 5GVerizon