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University of Minnesota sues Gilead for infringing on hepatitis C patents

first_img Related: @Pharmalot Please enter a valid email address. There was, for instance, intense interest in recent patent litigation between Gilead and Merck. In that case, Merck sought royalties from Gilead, claiming the compounds Gilead purchased from another company closely mimicked the hepatitis C compounds Merck researched a dozen years earlier. Gilead filed a lawsuit in response, arguing the Merck patents were invalid. A jury agreed, but the verdict was overturned two months ago after a federal court judge determined a Merck attorney had lied.However, consumer groups have also pointed to Gilead patents as an example of a broken patent system. These groups lost a round last May, though, when Indian officials reversed course and granted a patent to Gilead Sciences for Sovaldi. A year earlier, the Indian Patent Office rejected the company’s patent application on the grounds that it was not a significant improvement compared with an earlier compound developed by another company. By Ed Silverman Aug. 31, 2016 Reprints Gilead gets a big win as India upholds a Sovaldi patent, after all A Gilead spokesman wrote us that the company “strongly believes that it has the sole right to commercialize (Sovaldi) in the US. We believe the University of Minnesota’s patent is invalid and is not infringed by the sale of Gilead’s medicines for chronic hepatitis C.” Eric Risberg/AP About the Author Reprints [email protected] Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you’re human: Whether the litigation with the University of Minnesota holds the same potential for such drama is unclear. The school is claiming the patent that was infringed only refers to the technique for having the drugs absorbed in the body, not the basis compound.“I think they’re just trying to get a payoff,” said Tahir Amin, director of intellectual property at IMAK, an advocacy group that battled Gilead in India and is challenging Sovaldi patents in other countries. “I think this just goes to show what we’ve been saying all along — this kind of science is commonly used. They’re just staking a claim for their own purposes. Unfortunately, the patent system creates monopolies when, in such instances, no one should have exclusivity on old science.” Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. Such disputes are not uncommon, but the Gilead hepatitis C drugs have generated a bonanza — more than $19 billion in sales last year, although Epclusa was not available until recently. This explains why patent challenges to its hepatitis C products are closely watched. Sales have slowed recently, but investors, in particular, still want to know if this highly lucrative revenue stream might be further diminished.advertisement Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Once again, Gilead Sciences finds itself defending a challenge to a patent for its groundbreaking hepatitis C treatments. The latest test comes from the University of Minnesota, which filed a lawsuit arguing the drug maker infringed a patent pertaining to the blockbuster Sovaldi medicine, as well as two follow-up drugs, Harvoni and Epclusa.In its lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on Tuesday, the university maintained that all three drugs are covered by patent rights that were assigned to the school by Dr. Carston Wagner, a professor and an endowed chair in the department of medicinal chemistry in the university’s college of pharmacy. The school contended that he received the patent in August 2014.The patent refers to “antiviral compounds and methods for using those compounds to treat viral infections, such as that caused by hepatitis C virus,” the lawsuit states. “The importance of Dr. Wagner’s contributions … as disclosed and claimed in the patent, was widely recognized by his peers in the scientific community. Gilead’s medicines incorporate these contributions.” (Here are the exhibits).advertisement PharmalotUniversity of Minnesota sues Gilead for infringing on hepatitis C patents Tags Gilead Scienceshepatitis Cpatentslast_img read more

Toronto stock market set to advance amid higher crude oil, gold prices

TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch Related news The Toronto stock market appeared heading for a positive start to the trading day Tuesday as oil prices continued to shoot higher on improving demand prospects. Higher commodities had earlier pushed the Canadian dollar past parity with the U.S. dollar as traders awaited the Bank of Canada’s scheduled announcement on interest rates. The central bank was widely expected to leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector The loonie rose as high as 100.11 cents US. It later traded at 99.91 cents US, up 0.21 of a cent from Monday’s close. The loonie has not closed above parity with the greenback since Sept. 20. U.S. futures were positive as the Dow Jones industrial futures slipped 14 points to 11,811, the Nasdaq futures were up two points to 2,376.8 and the S&P 500 futures added 0.2 of a point to 1,247.3. Oil prices charged ahead for a third day as markets grow more optimistic that European leaders are set to deliver a comprehensive plan to deal with the region’s debt crisis on Wednesday. Among the measures, the 17-nation eurozone is set to boost the powers of its bailout fund. German lawmakers said the fund’s lending capacity could reach more than €1 trillion. The plan is also expected to lighten Greece’s debt load by having the country’s private bondholders agree to sharper losses. Meanwhile, ailing European banks will be asked to raise fresh capital to protect them against such losses. The December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped $3.02 to US$94.29 a barrel. Crude had surged almost US$4 a barrel Monday in the wake of data showing China’s manufacturing sector expanded during September, lowering fears that the country’s economy is in for a hard landing as it tries to bring down high inflation. Bullion prices also advanced with the December gold contract up $8.10 to US$1,660.40 an ounce. Copper prices were unchanged after the Chinese manufacturing data helped send the metal 23 cents higher to US$3.45 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, which is often used as a barometer of global economic health since it is used in so many applications, from wiring to infrastructure. There were plenty of earnings reports for traders to take in. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) reported a decrease in third-quarter earnings as higher fuel prices and operating expenses offset its stronger revenues. Net earnings were $186.8 million or $1.10 per share, missing analyst estimates by a penny. The railway’s revenue came in at US$1.34 billion, which met expectations. Online investment broker TD Ameritrade says its fiscal fourth-quarter profit shot up 44% to US$163.7 million or 29 cents a share, missing estimates by two cents. Revenue came in at $703.5 million, which missed estimates of $713.6 million. U.S. manufacturing conglomerate 3M lowered its earnings expectations for the year as slowing growth overseas continues to impact its business. 3M issued the outlook as it reported third-quarter earnings fell about 2% to US$1.09 billion, or $1.52 per share, from $1.11 billion, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 10% to $7.53 billion. Asian shares ended mostly higher after a skittish day of trading. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index closed 0.9% lower, South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.5% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 1.1%. Benchmarks in mainland China, India, Taiwan, Singapore, and New Zealand also advanced. European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 up 0.04%, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 1.36% and the Paris CAC 40 dipped 0.67%. Malcolm Morrison Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

U.S. President Trump’s Remarks at Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit

first_imgU.S. President Trump’s Remarks at Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit The White HouseSouth Court AuditoriumEisenhower Executive Office Building2:06 P.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please. (Applause).Thank you very much. Appreciate it very much.I’m honored to welcome doctors, scientists, industry executives, and state and local leaders to our historic Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit. It’s been some journey for all of us. It’s been an incredible success.We’re grateful to be joined by Vice President Mike Pence, who has done an absolutely incredible job on the Coronavirus Task Force. Mike, thank you. Stand up, Mike. (Applause.) Great job.We’re here to discuss a monumental national achievement. From the instant the coronavirus invaded our shores, we raced into action to develop a safe and effective vaccine at breakneck speed. It would normally take five years, six years, seven years, or even more. In order to achieve this goal, we harnessed the full power of government, the genius of American scientists, and the might of American industry to save millions and millions of lives all over the world. We’re just days away from authorization from the FDA, and we’re pushing them hard, at which point we will immediately begin mass distribution.Before Operation Warp Speed, the typical timeframe for development and approval, as you know, could be infinity. And we were very, very happy that we were able to get things done at a level that nobody has ever seen before. The gold standard vaccine has been done in less than nine months.On behalf of the entire nation, I want to thank everyone here today who has been involved in this extraordinary American initiative. I also want to recognize members of my administration who have worked tirelessly in this effort:Alex Azar. Please, Alex. Where’s Alex? Thank you, Alex. Great job. (Applause.)Moncef Slaoui. Where are you, Moncef? Thank you very much. Great job. (Applause.)A man who’s now going to be very important, General Gus Perna. I have no doubt about it, right? (Applause.) Logistics.Jared Kushner. He’s worked so hard. Where’s Jared? Jared, wherever you may be. Thank you. Thank you, Jared. (Applause.)Dr. Deborah Birx. Deborah? Thank you very much, Deborah. (Applause.)Admiral Brett Giroir. Where is Brett? (Applause.) Great job you’ve been doing, Brett.Surgeon General Jerome Adams. (Applause.) Jerome, thank you very much. Terrific.Dr. Robert Redfield. (Applause.) Robert, thank you very much. Appreciate it.Administrator Seema Verma. Seema? Thank you. (Applause.)Dr. Peter Marks. Peter? Where’s Peter? Thank you. (Applause.)Paul Mango, Adam Boehler, and Brad Smith — thank you very much. Great job. (Applause.) Thank you all very much. Incredible job. And many others, also. Many, many others.We’re also grateful to be joined by Governors Greg Abbott. Where’s Greg? (Applause.) Bill Lee. Bill? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Bill. Ron DeSantis. Ron? (Applause.) Thank you, Ron. Thank you. Thank you very much. Great job, Ron. And John Bel Edwards. John Bel. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, John Bel. Thank you very much.As well as Senator John Barrasso, who is a fantastic doctor, also, by the way, I have to say. (Applause.) When we — when I need info on that subject, I call up John. Thank you, John, very much.Senator Steve Daines. Congratulations on a great win. Great win. (Applause.) That was easier than you thought, it turned out, right? It was a little easier than you thought. Great going. We’re proud of you.Congressman Greg Walden. Greg, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much.And Congressman Brad Wenstrup. Thank you, Brad. (Applause.) Great job. And many, many others.My administration provided a total of $14 billion to accelerate vaccine development and to manufacture all of the top candidates in advance — long in advance.As a result of this unprecedented investment, we are exceedingly proud that both Pfizer and Moderna have announced that their vaccines are approximately 95 percent effective, which is a number that nobody expected to be able to get to, far exceeding anything that really we — that anybody thought. We went out and we said, “What do you think a maximum would be?” And I think doctors — we all came up to the conclusion that something like that would be really incredible.And we have other candidates looking right now. We have some big ones that we’re going to be announcing very soon. We have some companies — great, great companies out there you all know about: Johnson & Johnson and — and others. And they’re all coming in, and they’re coming in very quickly. We expect to have some news on that very shortly. And we have worked very well with the companies, but if for any reason we have any problems, we will be instituting the Defense Production Act, and we will make sure that we don’t have any problems for very long. We’ve instituted it before.Two additional companies, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — as you know, the Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose, one-shot vaccine, so we’re going to see how that works. That would be very helpful if that all came out, and I think it probably will. Also, they’re showing tremendous — tremendous promise, all of them. Tremendous prob- —We’re — we’re very hopeful that the FDA will authorize the Pfizer vaccine within days. We got to get it moving. And Moderna vaccine almost immediately thereafter. Large numbers of tests and samples have been done, so hopefully that’ll go very quickly.If authorized, tens of millions of vaccine doses will be available this month. And we’ll get it distributed very quickly. We have that all set. And hundreds of millions more will quickly follow.Every American who wants the vaccine will be able to get the vaccine. And we think by spring we’re going to be in a position that nobody would have believed possible just a few months ago. (Applause.) Yeah. Amazing. Really amazing. They say it’s — they say it’s somewhat of a miracle, and I think that’s true.The plan we put forward prioritizes the elderly and patients with underlying conditions, as well as healthcare workers and first responders.The ultimate decision rests with the governors of the various states — and I hope the governors make wise decisions — who will decide where the vaccines will go in their state and who will get them first. We urge the governors to put America’s seniors first, and also, I think those who work with seniors, which obviously you’re going to have to do that. I think they have to go together. And doctors, nurses, first responders, et cetera.This will quickly and dramatically reduce deaths and hospitalizations. And within a short period of time, I think we want to get back to normal. A very standard phrase. We want to just get back to normal, get back to where we were a little more than nine months ago. We were doing incredibly. And in many respects, we’re still doing incredibly with our stock markets and everything else, which are hitting all new highs.We’ve already finalized a partnership with Walgreens and CVS, whose executives join us today. Thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much. We appreciate it very much. (Applause.) And they will deliver vaccines directly to nursing homes as soon as the states request that they do so.Later today, General Gus Perna will outline the detailed plan to rapidly distribute the vaccine to every state, territory, and tribe. States have designated over 50,000 sites that will receive the vaccine. We’ve worked very closely with the states. Actually, we’ve had very good relationships with the governors — I almost think all of the governors — at least in those conference calls that are somewhat secret, other than sometimes on occasion, Mike, the press will break in, which is fine too. (Laughter.)It’s amazing how you leave those rooms and about 10 seconds later — there wasn’t even time for a leak — they were on the call. (Laughter.) But that’s all right. So you assume that. You always assume that. But they’ll be going through pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare providers.Through our partnership with FedEx, UPS, and McKesson, we’ll ship doses from warehouses directly to the designated sites. And we’re thrilled to be joined by representatives of those, really, great American companies. Those companies have worked with us, and they’ve been incredible to work with. And I want to thank you all for being here. Please, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much.As I’ve stated all along — and I guess as you saw pretty vividly. I heard about the — I heard about what they — we’re going to show prior to my coming. You saw that very few people thought that this was possible. Of course, they’ll be saying now, “We always told you it was so.” But we have them saying a little bit different.But it has been incredible. And it will end the pandemic. It will end the pandemic. And we’re working with other nations. As you see actually by looking at your screen today, we’re working very closely with other nations also to get the vaccines out to other nations. And that’s very important. We work with the world. We’re working with the world. We have great companies, and we’re working with the world.In just a few minutes, I’ll sign an executive order to ensure that the United States government prioritizes the getting out of the vaccine to American citizens before sending it to other nations.Now, if necessary, I told you, we’ll invoke the Defense Production Act, but we don’t think it will be necessary. If it is — it’s a very powerful act, as you know, because we’ve used it very, very successfully.While we begin to swiftly deploy the vaccine, we’ll continue to expand the availability of groundbreaking therapies. Since April, advances in treatments have already helped reduce the mortality rate by 85 percent. Think of that: 85 percent. (Applause.) It’s an incredible number.I’ve delivered on my solemn promise to make the antibody treatments — they’re brilliant; they’re highly successful — available to every American, and we’re doing that free of cost — totally free of cost. So we’re making them available, and they’re available now. And if somebody gets sick, it works, where they go and they get treatment if that’s what the doctors are prescribing. And it’s been incredible, the success.And when you hear 85 percent, that’s some number. To me, that’s a number that goes along with anything else, including the vaccines, when you think about it. As well as we’ve done with the vaccines, when you hear “85 percent,” people — people find that one hard to believe. But you look at the stats, and you see what’s happening.And you look at other countries; they’re having tremendous difficulties in Europe — tremendous. Beyond — relatively beyond what we’re having. They’re having them all over the world.But this will vanquish the — the problem, this horrible scourge — as I call it, the “China virus,” because that’s where it came from.The virus has really been looked at and studied all over the world, and our scientists, our industrial and economic mobilization has been like nobody else in the world could have done. And it’s very important that we share that with others and other nations.I’ve worked and invoked the Defense Production Act over 100 times to manufacture essential supplies in the United States. Despite the grim projections from the media eight months ago, where they said this was impossible — they actually said — and you saw that a little bit, but I could give you two hours’ worth of it. But they said it will never happen; you could never do it; it was a pipe dream. But we — we did something that nobody thought was possible.And we also did it where no American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator. When we — when this first came out, we weren’t equipped for that. Nobody was equipped for that. And we’re now making ventilators. And we have all we need in this country, but we’re sending them to countries all over the world. We’re making thousands and thousands of ventilators a month.The United States has also created the largest, most advanced, and most innovative testing program in the world by far. We’ve conducted over 200 million tests. Think of that: 200 million tests — more than all of the European Union combined. It’s not even close.Just 10 months ago, none of these innovations even existed. The tremendous progress that we’ve made is a testament to what our nation is capable of. When America is faced with a challenge, we come through — and we always come through — to overcome every hardship and surmount every obstacle. And I think you’ll be seeing that over the next few months; the numbers should skyrocket downward.We are the most exceptional nation in the history of the world. Today, we’re on the verge of another American medical miracle. And that’s what people are saying. People that aren’t necessarily big fans of Donald Trump are saying, “Whether you like him or not, this is one of the greatest miracles in the history of modern-day medicine” or any other medicine — any other age of medicine.American companies were the first to produce a verifiably safe and effective vaccine. Together, we will defeat the virus, and we will soon end the pandemic, and we will save millions and millions of lives, both in our country and all over the world. And we’ve already started.Thank you again to every person here today and for the incredible achievements that you’ve done. You’re going to be very proud of this day, and you’re going to be very proud of this period of time because nobody thought this was possible. Nobody thought it was even remotely possible to do what we’ve done in a period of less than nine months — something that — just not even thinkable.And we took a lot of heat when we said this is our goal, and we, frankly, weren’t even quite using the numbers that we used. We far exceeded what we thought. If we would have said “sometime next year,” I think most people would have said, “That would be great. That would be a miracle.” But we did it long before sometime next year.So now I want to ask several leaders who have been crucial in this effort to join me on stage as I sign the executive order to ensure that American citizens have first priority to receive American vaccines. And then we’re going to be working with other countries all over the world, and I think we’ll be able to start doing that almost immediately also, because we have millions of doses coming in.So thank you very much. Thank you. It’s a great honor. (Applause.)(The executive order is signed.)So, let’s see here. I guess we have to do our Vice President, right? (Applause.)AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you, Mr. President.THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.)Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.)Any questions, please? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you all. (Applause.) Any questions, please? A question?Yes, please.Q Mr. President, it’s clearly a success, this vaccine. I’m wondering, though, what your message is to the American people, given all of the increasing cases right now, about what they should do over Christmas and the hardship that they’re all facing as this virus does get worse.THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, well, CDC puts out their guidelines, and they’re very important guidelines, but I think this: I think that the vaccine was our goal. That was number one because that was the way — that was the way it ends. Plus, you do have an immunity. You develop immunity over a period of time, and I hear we’re close to 15 percent. I’m hearing that, and that is terrific. That’s a very powerful vaccine in itself. And just tremendous progress has been made.One of the reasons we do show so many — and I say this, and I’ve been saying it for a long time — so many cases is because of the fact that we have 200 million tests. And you take — I think India is actually in second place with just a fraction of that number. So we’re many times greater than the second country, and India has 1.4 billion people where — our testing program has been incredible.And we actually are also coming out with new tests very shortly that will make the process even easier, and you won’t need doctors necessarily to do the test. So we have some incredible tests coming out in a very short period of time.Yeah, please.Q Mr. President, some of these scientific officials here in this room have encouraged Americans not to travel this holiday season, not to go to large gatherings. Across the street, you’ve been holding holiday parties with hundreds of people, many not wearing masks. Why are you modeling a different behavior to the American people than what your scientists tell?THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’re Christmas parties, and frankly, we’ve reduced the number very substantially, as you know. And I see a lot of people at the parties wearing masks. I mean, I would say that I look out at the audience at those parties, and we have a lot of people wearing masks, and I think that’s a good thing.Yeah, please. Over here. Go ahead.Q The next administration will be the one, ultimately, that implements a lot of the distribution of this vaccine and will oversee much of the future of the way Operation Warp Speed goes forward. Why not include members of the Biden transition team as part of this summit that you’re hosting today?THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re going to have to see who the next administration is — because we won in those swing states, and there was terrible things that went on. So we’re going to have to see who the next administration is. But whichever the next administration is will really benefit by what we’ve been able to do with this incredible science, the doctors — all of the people that came up — the lab technicians. The wor- — the work that’s been done is incredible, and it will be incredible for the next administration.And hopefully the next administration will be the Trump administration, because you can’t steal hundreds of thousands of votes. You can’t have fraud and deception and all of the things that they did, and then slightly win a swing state. And you just have to look at the numbers. Look at what’s been on tape. Look at all the corruption. And we’ll see. You can’t win an election like that.So hopefully the next administration will be the Trump administration, a continuation — which has led us to the highest stock markets we’ve ever had, the best employment numbers we’ve ever had, a rebuilt military.If you look at — the tax reductions are the greatest in history; the regulation reductions, the greatest in history. It leads us to Space Force, which nobody thought was possible. All of the things we’ve done. And we were rewarded with a victory.Now, let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage — whether it’s a legislator or legislatures, or whether it’s a justice of the Supreme Court or a number of justices of the Supreme Court. Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right.I received almost 75 million votes, the highest number of votes in the history of our country for a sitting President — 12 million more than the 63 million we received four years ago. President Obama received 3 million less in his second term, and he won easily. I received 12 million more, which, by the way, is a record. Twelve million more.And they say that when the numbers came out — and the numbers came through machines. And all of those ballots were taken away and added. All you have to do is turn on your local television set and you’ll see what happened with thousands of ballots coming out from under tables — with all of the terrible things you saw. All you have to do is take a look.And if somebody has the courage, I know who the next administration will be. And I’ll tell you what: Life will be much easier for this country because of what we’ve done right now and because of a lot of the people in this room. The job you’ve done on the vaccine, together with a lot of others, has been a modern-day miracle, and it’s really been acknowledged as such.And I want to thank you. I want to give you my love, and I want to give you my thanks because you’re very special people.And now, good luck. You distribute that, General, and really set records. Okay? Set records, just like we’ve been doing for four years.Thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) /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:america, China, coronavirus, Donald Trump, employment, Europe, European Union, executive order, FDA, Government, healthcare, India, mortality rate, stock market, Supreme Court, United States, White Houselast_img read more

Andrews’ desire to be liked costs taxpayers

first_imgAndrews’ desire to be liked costs taxpayers Liberal Party VictoriaVictorian taxpayers have forked out more than $770,000 to pay for Daniel Andrews’ Facebook advertising.It has been revealed in Public Accounts and Estimates (PAEC) hearings, thatbetween 2019-20, Daniel Andrews’ Facebook spend was $158,874.For the last five years this out of touch Premier has bought likes to boost his image and sell his spin.Financial Year Premier’s Facebook Advertising spend2015-16 $122,5072016-17 $162,2612017-18 $166,7512018-19 $160,0002019-20 $158,874The value of Premier’s Facebook advertising over five years is a whopping $770,393.As stated byShadow Assistant Minister Scrutiny of Government and Deputy Chair of the Public Accounts and Estimates committee , Richard Riordan:“Daniel Andrews is using Victorian taxpayer dollars as his own credit card to buy likes on Facebook, at the same time he’s asking struggling Victorian businesses to repay grants.“Andrews is boosting his Facebook posts to make him appear more popular.“Andrews’ $770,000 big social media spend simply doesn’t pass the pub test when so many Victorians have lost their jobs.” /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:Andrews, Australia, credit card, Facebook, Government, jobs, Liberal Party, Liberal Victoria, Media, Minister, Premier, social media, taxpayer, VIC, Victorialast_img read more

Motorcycle milestone: Ducati is joining the electric revolution

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos RELATED TAGSNews Where does this leave Ducati? At the starting line of what’s sure to be a very long race. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada advertisement You’d like more details, no doubt, as would we, but that’s all we have to go on for the moment. It’s far from a product launch, but it’s a sure sign we’re on the verge of seeing many more gasoline bike brands enter the electric fray.For Ducati, going electric might be a lot more about holding on to its stellar reputation as a builder of no-compromise racing machines, and their street-legal equivalents, than it is about going green. After all, the company was forced to look on as upstart electric bike builder Lightning claimed the title of fastest production motorcycle in 2014, with its mind-meltingly fast LS-218.It wasn’t long before Kawasaki’s H2 bested the Lightning, but Kawasaki had to use every trick in the book, including a supercharger, to do it. We imagine Ducati has been watching all of this and taking careful note. RELATED Feature Story Motor Mouth: Harley-Davidson is going electric – and adventure touring, too by  David Booth  | July 30, 2018 We hope it has also been taking note of prices, too. Harley-Davidson is asking north of $36,000 for its 2019 LiveWire, which has drawncriticism from several corners. But Lightning has just announced a new model—the “Lightning Strike,” which will be capable of a 240-km range, with a 240 km/h top speed.The clincher? It’s reportedly going to start at just over $17,000, which means it’s going to be neck-and-neck with California’s Zero Motorcycles. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Ducati Zero electric concept  Handout / Ducati Some might say electric motorcycles stopped being a side-show hobby the moment Harley-Davidson announced it would produce one. And while that may feel accurate from a North American perspective, to the rest of the motorcycling world, the electric age likely began on January 11.That’s when Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali let it be known the fabled Italian brand would soon begin selling electric bikes.“The future is electric, we’re not far from starting series production,” he said at a MotoStudent event in Spain, though we imagine it sounded way cooler in Italian or perhaps Spanish. last_img read more

More than 1 lakh nurses trained across India to fight against COVID-19

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story COVID-19infection preventionnursinguse of PPEs Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Add Comment Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services More than 1 lakh nurses trained across India to fight against COVID-19 The 4-hour, free online course is accredited by major nursing associations of India, grants continuing education credits to qualified participants and offers practical, demonstration-based, and immediately applicable support.To strengthen the fight against COVID-19, over 1 lakh nurses from various hospitals in the country have undergone skill development training in infection prevention and control in the COVID-19 crisis, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the role of nurses in handling COVID-19 patients and self-care.Initiated by Generation India, a youth employment not for profit organisation, along with its coalition partners, this 4-hour, free online course offers practical, demonstration-based, and immediately applicable support.This free online course has reportedly been disseminated across 18 states and over one lakh nurses have already registered for this course.The coalition included partners like Columbia Asia Hospital, who offered the medical content and Learnet Skills and UNESCO, who supported the launch and rolled out the course. Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) was the certification partner while healthcare bodies National Health Authority (NHA) and Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO) were Strategic Partner (Public Health).Other organisations such as Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Orion Edutech, DNC (Delhi Nursing Council), IPNA (Indian Professional Nurses Association) have also significantly contributed towards the dissemination of this course.According to Arunesh Singh, CEO, Generation India, they worked with various nurses’ associations of India to get the programme accredited and published on their website, at no charge, so that the programme is available to as many nurses as possible. The programme also grants continuing education credits to qualified participants.Several participants remarked on how helpful it is to have demonstration videos, which are not usually a component of nurses’ training. In particular, the content on roles and responsibilities of a nurse in handling COVID-19 and stress management has been especially well received.The course can be accessed at https://www.generation.org/india-covid-19/. Read Article COVID-19 Updates Infection Control News Public Health Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on November 9, 2020 Comments (0)last_img read more

JCDC Extends Deadline for Applications

first_imgJCDC Extends Deadline for Applications CultureFebruary 6, 2011Written by: E. Hartman Reckord RelatedJCDC Extends Deadline for Applications RelatedJCDC Extends Deadline for Applications The deadline for submission of applications in the dance, music, speech, drama and traditional folk forms of the 2011 Festival of the Performing Arts and Children’s Gospel Song Competitions, has been extended to Friday, February 11.Programme Director at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Dorrett Thaxter, said the date has been extended to allow more persons to enter the competition.“Our mandate is to unearth, to develop, to showcase and to preserve our culture and so we want to ensure that as many persons as possible get the opportunity to really expose their talent,” Mrs. Thaxter told JIS News.She said the closing date for the Children’s Gospel Song Competition, one of the entertainment arts, has been brought forward.“That competition is usually held on Palm Sunday and that’s the Sunday before Easter, so we pulled it out of the entertainment arts date, which is the last Friday in February,” she said. The Gospel Song competition allows children between the ages of 6 and 15 years to express themselves utilising any genre of music to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.Mrs. Thaxter said the JCDC has partnered with the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Vision 2030, Jamaica and other groups, in promoting the performing arts competition.She is encouraging participants to enter items in music, speech and drama that speak to Jamaica’s 2030 Development Vision.“They can write items that can speak to this topic and there will be cash awards and trophies, courtesy of the PIOJ,” she added.Mrs. Thaxter said participants can write about the benefits of the PATH Programme, which aims to deliver benefits by way of cash grants to needy persons in the society.“That, again, has exciting prizes, cash awards and trophies for the most outstanding in speech, drama and music,” she said.The Programme Director said application forms can be collected and handed in at JCDC parish offices islandwide. Persons may also log on to www.jcdc.gov.jm or contact the head office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, for entry forms.She said the JCDC will accept persons who have previously entered the competition. “You can enter as often as you can and for whatever area you want to enter,” she said.Entries are accepted from Jamaican citizens and persons who reside in Jamaica for a period not less than two years at the closing date for entries. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedJCDC Extends Deadline for Applications Story HighlightsThe deadline for submission of applications in the dance, music, speech, drama and traditional folk forms of the 2011 Festival of the Performing Arts and Children’s Gospel Song Competitions, has been extended to Friday, February 11.Programme Director at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Dorrett Thaxter, said the date has been extended to allow more persons to enter the competition.“Our mandate is to unearth, to develop, to showcase and to preserve our culture and so we want to ensure that as many persons as possible get the opportunity to really expose their talent,” Mrs. Thaxter told JIS News. Advertisementslast_img read more

Reduction in Electricity Rate

first_imgRelatedReduction in Electricity Rate RelatedReduction in Electricity Rate Reduction in Electricity Rate EnergyFebruary 20, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton Advertisements Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining has successfully negotiated with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for a reduction in electricity rates, for both commercial and residential customers.Among the measures to be implemented is a wholesale rate, which will apply to the top 20 per cent of industrial customers, and this represents a 25 per cent discount.Residential consumers will also come away with some benefits as well, as the company has agreed to offer a $250 discount as an incentive to customers who pay their bills in full before the due date.center_img RelatedReduction in Electricity Rate FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining has successfully negotiated with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for a reduction in electricity rates, for both commercial and residential customers.Among the measures to be implemented is a wholesale rate, which will apply to the top 20 per cent of industrial customers, and this represents a 25 per cent discount.Residential consumers will also come away with some benefits as well, as the company has agreed to offer a $250 discount as an incentive to customers who pay their bills in full before the due date.“This will help the company improve its collections, and will allow those of us who like to be early to derive some benefit for being proactive, ” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, told the House of Representatives in a Statement on Tuesday, February 19.The Minister also announced a change in the disconnection policy of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited.“No longer will the JPS automatically disconnect consumers who miss their payment date by a day or a week. Instead, those customers will face a late payment ‘fine’ of $250, and will only be eligible for disconnection if they are in arrears for over one month,” Mr. Paulwell stated.He noted that the measures are to come into effect by July 1, 2013, subject to the approval of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).“The JPS has also agreed to adjust the time of use discount they offer commercial and industrial consumers for their off peak usage. These measures will greatly ease the burden on the production and manufacturing sector, “Mr. Paulwell said.Meanwhile, the Energy Minister informed that the JPS is currently working on seven new systems that will allow the utility company to offer a variety of improvements in their billing and collections and customer service in general.He noted that one of these systems, which will allow for prepaid electricity service, is already being tested in a pilot project.“These steps represent a monumental shift in the way that our electricity sector operates, and I commend the JPS for working with the Government to deliver these improvements to the Jamaican consumers, both residential and industrial,” Mr. Paulwell said.He added that the Ministry expects that the majority of these measures will be endorsed by the OUR in short order.last_img read more

UTECH Joins with American University to Provide Training in NCDs

first_imgUTECH Joins with American University to Provide Training in NCDs EducationMay 21, 2013Written by: Derrick Scott RelatedSummer Training for Teachers of Special Education Advertisements RelatedParents’ Places Providing Critical Supportcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Public Health in Minneapolis is joining forces with the University of Technology School of Public Health, to carry out a five-year training programme in non-communicable diseases (NCDs).The disclosure followed a visit to the university by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Stephen Vasciannie last week, who held discussions with a number of health professionals.Associate Professor of Public Health at the UMN, Dr. Mark Pereira, said some US$1.5 million is being sought from the National Institute of Health to carry out the programme.“We aim to sustainably strengthen the capacity of UTECH, its faculty and staff, and the surrounding communities and institutions in Jamaica, with pressing public health problems in the area of NCDs in order to conduct and evaluate translational and implementation research on NCDs and related disorders,” Dr. Pereira said.He pointed out that “our ultimate goal is to provide a sustainable platform for continued development and implementation of evidence-based interventions at the individual, group, and community levels. Through this process, we will train a cadre of young public health professionals, who will devote their careers to improving the health of Jamaica.”Dr. Pereira and Dr. Winston Davidson from UTECH will work together, with their faculty members, to oversee all components of the research training programe, which will focus on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; physical activity and nutrition; maternal and child health; adolescent health; mental health; aging; and cancer.Each research and training area will have designated faculty from UTECH and from UMN as leaders and mentors.Professor Pereira said that “given the extent of the public health problems throughout the Caribbean, we also envision our programme serving as a model for future programmes in collaboration with institutions in the surrounding countries of this diverse and developing region.”Contact: Derrick Scott RelatedStudents of Tavares Gardens Primary Benefit from Career Daylast_img read more

Olasky at Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design and the Anthropology of Homelessness

first_img TagsanthropologyDiscovery Institutedowntowneconomicshomelessnessintelligent designMarvin Olaskymascotmental illnesspovertyprogressiveSeattleThomas Sowelltraditionvirtue-signalingwelfareWorld Magazine,Trending Culture & Ethics Intelligent Design Olasky at Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design and the Anthropology of HomelessnessDavid [email protected]_klinghofferSeptember 11, 2018, 3:00 AM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidecenter_img Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share The historical core of downtown Seattle where we work is awash with mentally ill homeless people. It’s both heartbreaking to see and, often, pretty scary. These are people who are obviously, sometimes floridly not in control of themselves.Marvin Olasky, editor of World Magazine, spoke at Discovery Institute the other day and offered what I thought was a very meaningful take on the situation here. He told a story about encountering, not in Seattle, a grizzled homeless man sleeping on a children’s slide in a park. Turning to a companion with a progressive outlook, Olasky lamented that the man was doing this, preventing kids from playing there. The companion piped up that the man had every right to sleep on a slide if he wanted to.Intelligent DesignOlasky pointed out that our responses to the homeless have a lot to do with how we see human beings and how we see the world — designed, not designed. If designed, then a person is not meant to sleep in a place like that, and a slide is not designed as a place to sleep. The park is “intelligently designed” for play, for children not indigent adults. It’s the kids who have a “right” to play there, not the man to use the place as an impromptu camping ground. There’s a proper, intended order to things.The Poor as MascotsFrom a progressive perspective, the homeless, like others in poverty, aren’t even fully people per se — as the economist Thomas Sowell has said, they are “mascots,” that is, objects that serve a role for others in virtue signaling. It’s good to have them around, to be used as recipients of our pitying gaze. That makes us feel good. The idea of placing demands on them so that they can get well is not, in this view, a sensible proposal. Olasky pointed out that the root meaning of “welfare” — to “fare well” — has become detached from our conceptions of what it means to help the poor.I often wonder why different people come down on different positions on a range issues, including what to do about homelessness and much else. What’s the pivot that turns us toward more traditional solutions, versus the wrongly named “progressive” ones? Part of the answer surely has to do with this question of anthropology — What is a human being?last_img read more