AbbVie offers a ‘huge’ discount on Humira to fend off European rivals

first_imgPharmalot AbbVie offers a ‘huge’ discount on Humira to fend off European rivals By Ed Silverman Nov. 1, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints In hopes of fending off biosimilar competition for its franchise drug, AbbVie (ABBV) has apparently won the bidding to supply its Humira rheumatoid arthritis treatment to an unspecified European market at a steep 80 percent discount, according to a Wall Street analyst.Biosimilars are nearly identical variants of pricey, brand-name biologic drugs, but are expected to cost less while providing the same result in patients. However, the savings are generally expected to be in the range of 20 percent to 30 percent off the price of a brand-name biologic, which is why the AbbVie discount in Europe generated some notice this week. Ed Silverman What is it? Log In | Learn More 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. GET STARTEDcenter_img What’s included? @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. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. David J. Phillip/AP Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags drug pricespharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

The White House’s about-face on drug rebates is a loss for public health

first_img John Arnold: Trump administration’s good effort on drug rebates is bad policy By Peter J. Pitts July 11, 2019 Reprints Peter J. Pitts Can facts win out over fiction?All of this is contingent on the executive branch and Congress being honest brokers and not hucksters. As the great health care philosopher Frank Douglas once said to me, “It’s not what you control, it’s what you contribute.”Taking the heat off of pharmacy benefit managers does nothing to enhance access to essential medicines. The White House’s decision may be a win for the status quo, but it is a lost opportunity for real systemic change.Peter J. Pitts, a former FDA associate commissioner, is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Related: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images Related: Those rates aren’t set by pharmaceutical companies. They’re the domain of the pharmacy benefit managers and insurance companies. During the last five years, pharmaceutical spending has increased by 38% while the average individual health insurance premium has increased by 107%. During the same period, rebates, discounts and fees paid by the biopharmaceutical industry to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers have risen from $74 billion to the aforementioned $166 billion. Facts, as John Adams said, “are pesky things.”Government policies should encourage rebate dollars to flow back to patients who need to take prescription drugs. Will greater transparency of contracting practices on the state level drive better pharmacy benefit manager behavior? That’s one theory. Such transparency efforts in New York and Connecticut, for example, will be the bellwether. But greed often trumps shame and, without penalties, will the C-suite at Big Payer choose to do the right thing by patients and reduce their hefty profits?At the heart of the debate is whether we are going to improve our health care system through the use of smart and evolving free-market principles, such as more focused regulation that addresses the exclusionary contracting that locks out savings from biosimilars, or go down the sound-bite-laden path of “free health care.” Pharmaceutical company rebates to pharmacy benefit managers that are tied to formulary restrictions create an incentive for entrenched market leaders to “bid” incremental rebates to prevent or limit access to competitive medicines. This model, coupled with escalating cost-sharing requirements, harms patients by driving up prices, which results in reducing access to innovative drugs.Allowing pharmacy benefit managers to continue with business as usual means a continued disincentive to promote a more aggressive uptake of both biosimilars and less-expensive generic drugs. Worse, reinforcing the status quo moves us even further away from a health care ecosystem based on competitive, predictable, free-market principles and not outrageous solutions like “Medicare for All.” Zany ideas don’t solve complicated public health problems. There are no simple solutions to complex obstacles — and politicians hate that.Not following through on the proposed rule to ban rebates is harmful to patient health and the public purse. One of the biggest threats to the body politic is nonadherence to the medicines physicians have prescribed: It causes 125,000 deaths each year and is responsible for 10% of hospitalizations. Why don’t people take their medicines? Often because their copays and co-insurance rates are too high. Now the pharmaceutical industry is off the hook. So are the big payers. And important systemic change is off the table and the status quo rules. What happens to health care reform when all we’re left with are silly soundbite solutions like “drugs from Canada” or “price controls from Slovakia”? That’s no win for patients. [email protected] Related: After Trump pulled the plug on rebates, his options to reduce drug prices narrow. And he may need Congress Trump abandons drug pricing proposal that would have ended certain drug rebates  First OpinionThe White House’s about-face on drug rebates is a loss for public health About the Author Reprints Even in the complicated ecosystem of drug pricing, one fact stands out: $166 billion in discounts from pharmaceutical companies go directly into the coffers of pharmacy benefit managers. That’s 37% of our nation’s entire expense on drugs.Not a single dollar of that largesse is used to reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs when they need medicines. So when the White House boldly developed a rule to change the dynamic by banning many rebates drug companies pay to pharmacy benefit managers under Medicare, policy experts applauded. That proposed rule died last night, the victim of intense lobbying and general ignorance. Who loses? Patients. Who wins? The status quo.When a group of pharmaceutical CEOs testified before the Senate Finance Committee in February, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he supported “reforms that would create a system in which transparent, upfront discounts benefit patients at the pharmacy counter, rather than a system driven by rebates that are swallowed up by companies in the supply chain.” When asked if they would lower prices if the pharmacy benefit managers played fair, every hand on the panel went up.advertisement For shame, Mr. President. Was all of that really just political theater?advertisement Tags Donald TrumppharmaceuticalsWhite Houselast_img read more

Open Information Morning for courses in Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre

first_img Previous articleOpen information day for Accounting Technician course in Portarlington Further EducationNext articlePreviewing the Laois IHC clashes as semi-final places up for grabs LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre will host an information morning next week where you can find out about all the full time and part time courses they have to offer.The event will take place on Thursday, August 29, from 10am to 12 noon.You cam register for full and part-time courses with classes starting on September 9.The Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre has a wide range of courses, including:General Studies QQI Level 4eBusiness QQI Level 5Business Administration QQI Level 5Business Management QQI Level 6Art/Animation QQI Level 5Art QQI Level 6Healthcare Support QQI Level 5Community Care QQI Level 5Leaving Certificate (7 subjects)Word Processing & Bookkeeping modules (Part-time)PLC and VTOS places available.You can apply to study at Abbeyleix Further Education &Training Centre here.Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre is based on the Mountrath Road in Abbeyleix and can be contacted on 057 8731127, by emailing [email protected] can also get further information by visiting the LOETB website or the Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre website.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie TAGSAbbeyleixAbbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Open Information Morning for courses in Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre Home Sponsored Open Information Morning for courses in Abbeyleix Further Education & Training Centre Sponsored Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA GAA WhatsApp GAA Facebook Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th August 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

All the recent job vacancies, as advertised on LaoisToday

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous articleFinal places up for grabs in Sunday’s Laois GAA club championship actionNext articleCrooked Compass: One Laois couple and their van conversion project LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Killeen Civil Engineering – Maintenance MechanicKilleen Civil Engineering are looking for a Maintenance Mechanic.The role would be based in the Portlaoise Head Office with a requirement for visiting sites to undertake the required work.See full details here.  Pinterest WhatsApp There are a number of jobs in Laois being advertised on LaoisToday at the moment.Below we have listed all of the roles advertised on LaoisToday in the last two weeks. In each instance you can click through to the full job description to read more.Childminder/Cleaner – Rosenallis areaChildminder/Cleaner required in Rosenallis – 3km from Mountmellick – to mind one child (8 years old) in child’s home. Must have a car for school run (local school nearby).Hours: 8.50am to 9.20am – morning; 2pm-3.30pm – afternoon. 3 hours a day,  5 days a week.Housework – some cleaning and ironing.Contact: (087)6435516, (086) 8568608 or (057) 8628826 Charles R Wynne Ltd – Artic Lorry DriverCharles R Wynne Ltd – specialist feed ingredients manufacturer – are seeking to hire an experienced artic lorry driver. See full details here. Pinterest Full-time positionRate negotiableSee full details here. Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 27th September 2020 Home Jobs All the recent job vacancies, as advertised on LaoisToday Jobs Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Killeen Civil Engineering – Quantity SurveyorKilleen Civil Engineering are looking for a Quantity Surveyor to join our Commercial Team. The role would be based in Portlaoise Head Office with a requirement for visiting sites to undertake the required work.See full details here. Portlaoise Family Resource Centre – Community Childcare Service ManagerPortlaoise Family Resource Centre Ltd wish to recruit a Community Childcare Service Manager.The post is full time 40 hours per week. The Community Childcare Manager will report to the Manager of Portlaoise Family Resource centre.See full job description here. All the recent job vacancies, as advertised on LaoisToday Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook CJ Sheeran Ltd – Wood MachinistCJ Sheeran are looking to hire a Wood Machinist for our busy factory in Mountrath.The successful candidate will be responsible for the manufacture of bespoke premium quality timber gates as well as specialist timber packaging and crating.See full details here. Porter Decorators – PainterPorter Decorators are looking to hire an experienced painter based in Laois. Oakdale Nursing Home – Personal Assistant/ReceptionistOakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington are currently recruiting for the following position: Personal Assistant/Receptionist.The successful candidate MUST be of a compassionate disposition and must have genuine respect for the elderly.See full job description here.If you would like to advertise a job vacancy, get in touch with LaoisToday by calling 057 8670722, 085 7180700 or emailing [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday here Facebook News Primary Colours Hair Studio – StylistPrimary Colours Hair Studio based on Bull Lane in Portlaoise are seeking to advertise for the position of a full time and a part time senior stylist.See full details here.last_img read more

China the Target of NDC Threats

first_img SHARE Analysis & Opinion By Kim So Yeol – 2011.05.31 4:37pm Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? AvatarKim So Yeol center_img China the Target of NDC Threats RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Only four days after Kim Jong Il’s return from China, the National Defense Commission (NDC) yesterday declared in a bellicose statement that North Korea will not deal with the South Korean administration of President Lee Myung Bak, is cutting the military communication line on the east coast and shutting down a liaison office at Mt. Geumgang. In the statement, released on the 30th, the NDC proclaimed that the North will “enter into nationwide, all-out attacks to put a stop to the Lee Myung Bak faction’s confrontational maneuvers against the Republic,” and that “these all-out attacks by our military and people will form a merciless offensive.”Citing the reason for the move, the NDC went on, “They are misleading international and domestic opinion, as if they can make the emergency situation they want come about by dragging time while criticizing our generous suggestion of a new turning point towards reunification and peace through harmony and cooperation via broad, unconditional dialogue and negotiation.”North Korea experts suggest, however, that this outburst of vitriol is likely to actually be an expression of discontent over the results of the most recent China-North Korea bilateral meeting in Beijing.Jeung Young Tae, a senior researcher with the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), explained to The Daily NK, “It goes without saying that China will have tried to persuade Kim to make an effort to engage the South in conversation during his visit to China, but North Korea has now threatened inter-Korean relations. This implies that the conflict with China may have been very significant.” Jeung went on, “As the forms of aid or rewards from China were not sufficient, in its own way the North is holding a protest.” He went on, “It looks like a declaration for China; that North Korea is doing things its own way.” Cho Young Ki, a professor from Korea University, agreed, saying, “It was to try and deliver a complaint about China through inter-Korean relations.” Despite the bellicose rhetoric, however, cutting the military communications line along the east coast is unlikely to have a real impact on inter-Korean relations for the time being. The communications line in question is a copper and optical fiber cable strung between the two Koreas along the East Sea coast. It is used to communicate with the Mt. Geumgang Tourist Zone, where around ten South Koreans working for Hyundai Asan reside so as to maintain the company’s tourist facilities. They work shifts there, coming and going a few times a week. However, North Korea did not threaten to cut the West Sea coast communications line, which runs to the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Professor Cho analyzed, therefore, “Looking at it the other way, the ‘dollars problem’ is an urgent one, so it doesn’t seem likely that North Korea will do anything extreme.” Meanwhile, elsewhere in North Korea’s shouty statement of intent, it warned, “As far as psychological warfare against the Republic is concerned, as we have already warned, we plan to issue a sudden physical reaction at any target, at any time.” North Korea threatened the South on February 27th, saying it would fire on the origin of any psychological warfare, and then again on April 22nd, saying it would attack the place where balloons containing leaflets and other anti-Kim materials are launched; Imjingak, north of Seoul. Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

Trade in the Port of Nampo seemingly unhindered by sanctions

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Trade in the Port of Nampo seemingly unhindered by sanctions News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter SHARE By Daily NK – 2016.10.21 3:08pm center_img VOA (Voice Of America) reported on October 18 that although it has been five months since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2270 imposing sanctions on North Korea, robust trade activity can still be seen in the Port of Nampo in North Korea. The U.S.-based organization conducted an analysis of satellite images taken by the American private satellite company Digital Globe.“We confimed that the open-air storage yard, the size of which is 350 m by 250 m, in the Port of Nampo is now fully packed with trading goods,” VOA reported.  “Also, two large container vessels were seen anchored at the dock, and 10 trucks heading to the port on nearby roads were detected.”VOA also added that, compared to the photo image taken of the same location on February 2, not much difference can be seen from October and May last year when there were robust trade activities. The number of containers and trucks has even increased.Resolution 2270 calls for strict regulations on exports from North Korea and inspection of cargo coming and going from its borders. The volume of exports from North Korea was expected to dip dramatically, however, VOA notes that, at least with regard to the number of cargo containers visible, little has changed following the sanctions.  The coal export port located approximately 1.5 km away from the container port is also showing signs of increased activity.“Three vessels of lengths between 140-170 m can be seen loading coal in the port. This is an increase compared to the photo images captured respectively in May and October last year, and late February, when only two vessels were spotted,” VOA noted.Steady Sino-North Korea bilateral trade despite the sanctions could provide an explanation for the observations. Resolution 2270 includes mandatory inspections of cargo to and from the DPRK, a ban on exports from the DPRK of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore, and a ban on transfers of aviation fuel, including rocket fuel, to the DPRK. But the regulation on transactions (especially of coal) was revised to exclude “transactions deemed necessary for livelihood purposes,” at China’s request.According to Korea International Trade Association statistics, the volume of trade between China and North Korea during the first half of this year grew by 0.6% compared to the same period last year, and the total volume of trade between the two countries in August reached approximately 620 million USD, an increase of 48% compared to July. In August, the imports from China to North Korea reached approximately 330 million USD, a rise of 74% compared to July, while exports to China from North Korea reached approximately 280 million USD, an increase of 24% from July. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Ministry Develops Guidelines for Setting Auxiliary School Fees

first_imgRelatedMinistry Develops Guidelines for Setting Auxiliary School Fees FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, has announced that the Ministry has developed guidelines for setting auxiliary fees for secondary schools.This comes against the background of numerous complaints received by the Ministry regarding exorbitant increases in non-obligatory contributions (auxiliary fees) requested by some schools.In a statement to the House yesterday (July 22), Mr. Holness said that the Ministry “has since been monitoring the situation and we have communicated directly with the leadership of all schools to give guidance and direction in the setting of the auxiliary fee.”Outlining the guidelines, he noted that charges for items such as insurance, ties, IDs, among others, are to be treated as payment for goods and services to be consumed by individual students and therefore, should not be treated as auxiliary fees. In addition, items that fall under user fees should not attract a mark-up.“Although parents are encouraged to contribute within their ability, it is not a requirement for admission to school and no child is to be denied access to an education because of parental failure or unwillingness to contribute,” he emphasised.The Minister said that in arranging for auxiliary fees for the 2008/09 school year, it must be taken into account that the Ministry of Education has increased the tuition fees paid by the Government, ranging from 20 to 27 per cent over what was paid last year, resulting in a fee of $10,500 per student.Additionally, Principals are directed to ensure that where an increase is deemed necessary, including the addition of new types of fees, the total should not exceed the amount for the previous academic year by more than 20 per cent, which is the rate of inflation reported by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) for the 2007/08 fiscal year.Furthermore, Mr. Holness said that Parent Teachers’ Associations (PTA) should be involved in determining the level of these contributions, which must be within the ability of the majority of parents to afford. All auxiliary fees must be attached or related to a finite development project approved by the PTA.“The Ministry of Education does not want to regulate the voluntary contribution to schools. We hope the Principals will abide by the guidance given above and regulate themselves. However, let me reassure Jamaica that the Ministry of Education will act through policy and legislation if the situation is not reasonably attenuated,” Mr. Holness warned.Mr. Holness noted however, that while the Ministry supported the view that parents ought to contribute to the development of the school, the Government had a duty to ensure that no child is excluded by his or her inability to pay any fee charged by the schools. “We also have a duty to ensure that no child is discriminated against or deprived of any service normally delivered in the school because of their economic or social status,” the Minister stressed.He pointed out that the charging of auxiliary fees could be a positive means of involving parents who could afford to contribute to the development of the school and the education sector generally, and that for the most part, “parents are willing to contribute to the development and implementation of the schools’ programmes. However, there are those who are unable to contribute, either because they are unwilling or they simply just don’t have the means. Nevertheless, no child should be excluded or discriminated against or deprived because of inability to pay.”In 2007, the Government of Jamaica abolished compulsory tuition fees at the secondary level and undertook the responsibility of paying full tuition fees for students. Under the fully subsidized tuition policy of the administration, schools now get 100 per cent of the agreed operating cost of the school relative to what they would have collected from parents previously.“The Government is committed to increasing the allocation to schools to eventually reflect the true and realistic school operating cost. This year we have increased the allocation by an average of 23 per cent. We have also committed to consistent and timely disbursement of funds, so that schools can plan and manage their cash flow,” the Minister said.He said that despite these improvements in funding, some schools still found it necessary to hike the auxiliary fee, which would nullify the Government policy to promote access and make secondary education compulsory. Mr. Holness noted too, that the Government acknowledged that some schools might have experienced a fall-out in the payment of the auxiliary fees last year, and the increases in utilities this year would have presented a challenge, but that based on investigations, some schools have unjustifiably increased their auxiliary fees.The Minister urged persons who are faced with these exorbitant fees, to contact the Ministry directly, any of the regional offices, or their Member of Parliament. “For the purpose of ensuring that no child is denied, I will be putting in a hotline number which will be made available publicly, that a parent who feels disenfranchised can call and get assistance,” Mr. Holness said.In the meantime, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, in his comments on the issue, said that even though there are real costs involved in education that cannot be evaded, “those costs must be managed and they must be controlled. They can’t be costs that are allowed to just run wild to camouflage inefficiency, to cover up bad decisions and in some instances, corruption.”Mr. Golding noted that the education of the country’s children had to be a partnership, a burden that is shared across the board. “The Government has its responsibility, the parents have their responsibilities, and they have been carrying a substantial portion of the burden..We are however, concerned about the approach being taken by schools in use of auxiliary fees. Auxiliary fees are voluntary and we are not going to allow any school to impose them and to seek to transform them into a mandatory requirement,” he pointed out.The Prime Minister also pointed out that the practice where the school gate and the classroom door were being used as the “instruments of compliance and enforcement,” would not be allowed to continue. “It is not going to be accepted, because to do so is going to return us to the days of elitism when education was available to the children of those families who could find the money,” he said.He suggested that schools partner with parents and the community to turn to alternate sources to raise funds, such as fund-raising activities. “There was a time when part of a school’s routine activity involved fund-raising. Some schools still do, but there are some schools which have seen the auxiliary fees as an easier means of raising money. They must enlist the partnership of parents and the community in which they operate. They must start raising some money to support the computer labs that have to be set up; (and) to provide the additional resources needed to provide the additional facilities that the students need,” the Prime Minister stressed. RelatedMinistry Develops Guidelines for Setting Auxiliary School Fees Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMinistry Develops Guidelines for Setting Auxiliary School Fees Ministry Develops Guidelines for Setting Auxiliary School Fees UncategorizedJuly 24, 2008last_img read more

Attorney General appoints Andrew T. Cayley as Chief Inspector of HMCPSI

first_imgAttorney General appoints Andrew T. Cayley as Chief Inspector of HMCPSI The Attorney General, the Rt. Hon. Suella Braverman QC MP has appointed Andrew T. Cayley CMG QC as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).As part of the recruitment process, Mr. Cayley was subject to a pre-appointment hearing with the Justice Select Committee on Thursday 14 January. The committee recommended Mr. Cayley’s appointment. He is expected to take up post on 1 April 2021.Andrew T. Cayley was the Director of Service Prosecutions from 2013 to 2020. He led the Service Prosecuting Authority through major reforms and the Service Justice Review. From 2009 to 2013 he was the United Nations Chief International Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Here he was responsible for prosecuting the leadership of the Khmer Rouge for the genocide, extermination and murder of up to two million of their citizens between 1975 and 1979.From 1995 to 2007, he was Prosecuting Council and Senior Prosecuting Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). At the ICTY he was co-counsel in a case that secured the court’s first conviction for genocide regarding events at Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina in July 1995; he also led for the prosecution in several other high-profile cases involving various aspects of the Yugoslav conflict. Also at the ICC, Mr Cayley led the investigation and pre-trial proceedings regarding allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since 1 July 2002 in Darfur, Republic of Sudan.Mr Cayley first qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts in 1989, transferring to the English and Welsh Bar in 2007. He is a Governing Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He was appointed Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for services to human rights and international criminal law in 2014, and appointed Queens Counsel in 2012.Commenting on the announcement, Attorney General the Rt. Hon. Suella Braverman QC MP said:I’m pleased to announce Mr Cayley as Chief Inspector. His role is crucial to driving improvements across the justice system especially for victims. I’m confident that Andrew’s extensive prosecutorial and leadership experience will stand him in good stead to successfully lead the Inspectorate. I look forward to working with him during his tenure.Commenting on the announcement, Andrew T. Cayley CMG QC said:I am honoured that the Attorney General has appointed me as Chief Inspector, a role that is so vital to improving the criminal justice system and reinforcing public trust in it. I look forward to leading the team in delivering a comprehensive and high-quality inspection programme.Mr Cayley has been appointed following a fair and open assessment process conducted in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. He donated £10,000 to the Conservative Party in 2019.Role of HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution ServiceHer Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service, the head of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) is appointed by the Attorney General. This is a fixed-term public appointment. The Chief Inspector acts independently of the Attorney General and of government.HMCPSI has a statutory duty to inspect the operation of the CPS and SFO and report to the Attorney General, who superintends both organisations. Its reports plan and important role in effective superintendence.The operational relationship between the Attorney General and the Chief Inspector is set out in a protocol agreed between the Law Officers (the Attorney General and Solicitor General) and the Chief Inspector. /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. 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$9.5 million to provide high-speed Internet access to more than 1,000 households in agglomeration of La Tuque by

first_img$9.5 million to provide high-speed Internet access to more than 1,000 households in agglomeration of La Tuque by From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaThanks to a $9.5-million joint investment made as part of Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, 1,020 households in the Mauricie region will have access to high-speed Internet services by September 2022.Thanks to a $9.5-million joint investment made as part of Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, 1,020 households in the Mauricie region will have access to high-speed Internet services by September 2022.The announcement was made today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford; Marie-Louise Tardif, Member of the National Assembly for Laviolette-Saint-Maurice; and Charles Beaudet, Xplornet’s Vice-President, Quebec.Xplornet will receive $ 5.73 million to support the deployment of high-speed Internet services to 1,020 homes. The investments announced will accelerate the deployment of reliable and efficient infrastructures in the municipalities of La Bostonnais, La Tuque and Lac-Édouard.Over the next few months, Xplornet will take an inventory of the targeted regions to ensure that no household will be left without service.High-speed Internet services are considered indispensable in a modern society like Quebec’s. Access to high-performance, reliable and affordable Internet services is at the core of our communities’ socio-economic development. The projects funded under Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed are a key part of the digital shift in Quebec and will promote access to telemedicine, distance learning, entertainment, online shopping and telework.Quotes“The people of the Mauricie region, as in other Quebec regions, absolutely need reliable connectivity. The COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of having access to broadband digital services. By investing in these high-speed Internet projects in the region, we’re helping bridge the digital divide, stimulate economic growth and create jobs.”– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain“Our ambitious goal is to provide high-speed Internet access to the entire Quebec population by September 2022. The partnership agreement with Xplornet will allow for the deployment of high-quality infrastructure in the Mauricie region. We are investing heavily to make Quebec a leader in connectivity.”– Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford“The pandemic has made high-speed Internet essential to our day-to-day lives. The investments announced are unprecedented and demonstrate the extent to which the Quebec government is making this file a priority. Reliable and efficient services are a key part of our region’s economic development and vitality.”– Marie-Louise Tardif, Member of the National Assembly for Laviolette-Saint-Maurice“The investments will help create sustainable jobs and a dynamic economy, which will benefit all of Quebec. Xplornet supports the governments of Canada and Quebec in their commitment to quickly connect all Quebec homes, and we are very proud to be a part of this important historic effort. We look forward to starting work in the Mauricie region.”– Charles Beaudet, Xplornet’s Vice-President, QuebecQuick factsOperation High Speed is a joint initiative of the governments of Canada and Quebec that aims to connect 148,000 households, particularly through unprecedented agreements with six of the biggest telecommunications companies.Operation High Speed will give Quebec the highest connectivity rate in Canada, at 99%.To reach the goal of 100% connectivity in Quebec by fall 2022, approximately 36,000 households, for which no projects are planned, will still need to be connected. These households are in areas that are particularly difficult to reach and sparsely populated. Technological solutions are currently being considered, and the strategy chosen to reach these households by September 2022 will be announced at a later date.The Government of Canada has allocated billions of dollars to Internet infrastructure in rural and remote regions, including $2.75 billion as part of the Universal Broadband Fund, of which $1 billion comes from Budget 2021.Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. is one of Canada’s leading broadband service providers. For over a decade, Xplornet has been providing innovative fixed and mobile broadband solutions to rural customers at work, home and play across Canada. Today, Xplornet offers voice and data communication services through its unique hybrid fibre wireless and satellite network that connects Canadians to what matters. /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. 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NSW jobs surging to full health

first_imgNSW jobs surging to full health The Premier, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western SydneyMedical technology is the star of the NSW Government’s first round of the Jobs Plus Program delivering about 280 jobs with Baxter Healthcare and biotechnology company SpeeDx announced as the first businesses to be part of the program.Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $250 million program from Investment NSW was an opportunity for the state to invest in its future prosperity by nurturing industries, technology and stimulating job creation.“NSW is open for business – our world-leading management of the pandemic has made our state a premier destination for relocation and expansion,” Ms Berejiklian said.“Jobs Plus is focused on propelling NSW into post-pandemic prosperity by incentivising the private sector to invest in job creation opportunities and support through the critical stages of business development.“Supporting Baxter Healthcare and SpeeDx to take their NSW operations to the next level will support approximately 280 direct jobs in medical equipment manufacturing and biotechnology over the next four years.”Baxter Healthcare, Australia’s only local manufacturer of intravenous (IV) medical fluids will invest in a major expansion of its advanced manufacturing facility in Western Sydney, supporting more than 600 existing jobs in NSW and creating approximately 80 new jobs by June 2024.SpeeDx will look to establish a new global headquarters, including relocating manufacturing capabilities from the US to Sydney and improving supply chain bottlenecks, creating almost 200 jobs by June 2024.Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said supporting the growth of medical technology and healthcare innovation protected lives as well as the economy.“The pandemic put a spotlight on the value of these high-growth, essential industries and backing their growth is crucial to ensure our economy is fuelled by sustainable, knowledge-based jobs that are here for the long run,” Mr Ayres said.“The Jobs Plus Concierge Service is helping businesses to navigate government agencies, programs and application requirements, making NSW the best place in the world to base or expand your business,” Mr Ayres said.Baxter Healthcare General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Steven Flynn said that the company was proud to partner with the NSW Government to invest in modern manufacturing operations in Western Sydney and create jobs in the local medtech sector.“As Australia’s only local manufacturer of IV medical fluids, Baxter is committed to supporting our hospitals and healthcare professionals with reliable supply of medicines during the pandemic and beyond,” Mr Flynn said.“This major expansion of our medical manufacturing facility in NSW will help to strengthen our national supply chain resilience and support continued export growth of Australian Made medicines.”SpeeDx CEO Colin Denver said that the company had recently grown over 50% in just over a year, with continued growth planned for the NSW office with focus on the creation of innovative diagnostic tools that improve patient care in the field of infectious disease and antibiotic resistance.“This government support comes at a pivotal time for the company, as we expand into new headquarters and significantly increase our manufacturing capacity, improve supply chain security and increase Australia’s sovereign capacity for important diagnostic tests,” Mr Denver said.The Jobs Plus Program provides eligible companies with support, including payroll tax relief, streamlined planning approval and subsidised training programs, as well as the provision of free or subsidised government spaces and accommodation.Australian businesses that employ 20 or more staff and international companies with at least 80 employees looking to create a minimum of 30 jobs before June 2024 are eligible to apply for Jobs Plus.To check your eligibility and find out more via the Jobs Plus Program. /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:advanced manufacturing, antibiotic resistance, Australia, Australian, Baxter, Berejiklian, biotechnology, Gladys, Gladys Berejiklian, Government, infectious disease, manufacturing facility, New South Wales, New Zealand, NSW, patient care, Sydney, Western Sydneylast_img read more