Brexit: City faces wait beyond 2020 for EU market access

first_img “In some areas we will not be in a position to adopt equivalence decisions . . . not all EU parameters are in place in these areas,” Dombrovskis said. The City of London may not know whether it will gain post-Brexit access to EU markets until next year, according to Brussels’ financial services chief. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Dombrovskis said the UK may have to broker arrangements with individual EU countries on financial services to ensure City of London firms do not completely lose access to mainland Europe on 1 January. Brexit: City faces wait beyond 2020 for EU financial market access A pedestrian is reflected a window as he walks by the Bank of England in London on May 7, 2020 (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Brexit: City faces wait beyond 2020 for EU financial market access Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoGadgetheory39 Of The Most Beautiful Women In HistoryGadgetheoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyUndoThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndoNinjaJournalistCareless Workers Caught In Jaw-Dropping MomentsNinjaJournalistUndo It comes after the UK was late in submitting its equivalence assessment forms to the EU earlier this summer. Dombrovskis said EU member states have still not come to terms with their own regulatory changes for the financial services sector, meaning it could take some time to secure market access for the UK. Share Square Mile firms will only be able to continue to access lucrative EU markets if Brussels grants the UK regulatory equivalence for financial services. A pedestrian is reflected a window as he walks by the Bank of England in London on May 7, 2020 (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Brexit: City faces wait beyond 2020 for EU financial market access Downing Street blamed the delay – which amounted to a few weeks – on the EU handing over the forms at the last minute. “UK investment firms can have this access via national regimes,” he said. European Commission executive vice president Valdis Dombrovskis warned yesterday that regulatory equivalence – which would give City firms access to the EU – could still take months to be granted. A pedestrian is reflected a window as he walks by the Bank of England in London on May 7, 2020 (AFP via Getty Images) Tuesday 18 August 2020 11:24 am Financial services access after the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December has not been a part of the UK-EU free trade deal talks as each country can decide unilaterally whether to allow access to the other’s financial services firms. Brussels only grants equivalence if the UK’s regulatory regime is comparable to the EU’s. “Implementing rules are not yet in place.” Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Stefan Boscia whatsapplast_img read more

Vote postponed over Juneau’s controversial ‘camping ordinance’

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Community | Housing | Juneau | Local Government | Mental Health | Public SafetyVote postponed over Juneau’s controversial ‘camping ordinance’January 24, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Juneau homeless resident Everett Johnson, far left, testifies about sleeping on the streets before the Juneau Assembly on Monday. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)Juneau’s controversial anti-camping ordinance that would empower police officers to crack down on homeless people sleeping downtown has been postponed until next month.That’s following more than 90 minutes of testimony from dozens of residents including merchants, social workers and homeless people.They all agreed on one thing: Juneau has a serious homeless problem.But speakers had radically different viewpoints.Douglas resident Greg Capito told the Juneau Assembly on Monday night that tensions are rising between increasingly desperate people sheltering downtown, and that employees and patrons are increasingly afraid.“In the last three years, downtown Juneau has changed and, ladies and gentlemen, not for the better,” Capito said. “There’s fear in the eyes of everybody. When you look in somebody’s eyes and see fear you never forget it.”Other speakers also testified that they were feeling increasingly unsafe downtown, especially after dark.But 27-year-old homeless Juneau resident Lisa Williams said that if the proposed ordinance is passed, she doesn’t know what she’d do.“We have nowhere to go. And we’re already homeless,” she said. “If we had money to pay for something we would pay for it. You guys are trying to give us tickets or whatever — but if we’re homeless how are we going to pay for it? We don’t have anything, we don’t have a home. We’re staying in cubbyholes and everyone is saying they’re scared but — we’re harmless.”Daryl Miller, owner of a downtown commercial printing business, said he likes the idea of more shelter capacity and an emergency warming station. But he’s reached the breaking point with people sleeping downtown.“I’m tired of babysitting and cleaning up on a daily basis,” Miller testified. “So much so that I will be moving my business in the next three months from its current location, and one of the main reasons is because of the daily cleanup.”Another longtime homeless resident, Everett Johnson, said elected officials don’t know what it’s like to be destitute and challenged them to put themselves in his place.For people like him it’s a matter of daily survival, he said.“You want to get us off downtown? OK — build us another shelter. Don’t make it difficult. We’re already having a hard time,” Johnson said, his voice trembling with emotion. “As I look at every one of you you guys got a bed, a warm place. Not me, not me. As a matter of fact, I brought my bed with me and that’s my sleeping bag.”The Juneau Assembly concluded the ordinance’s public hearing and is scheduled to revisit the issue at its Feb. 13 meeting.Share this story:last_img read more

After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M

first_imgFederal Government | Health | SouthcentralAfter misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21MDecember 9, 2018 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. (Photo courtesy of ANTHC)The federal government has paid an Anchorage woman more than $20 million after a bad diagnosis led to the amputation of her arms and legs.Staff at Alaska Native Medical Center in 2011 thought the woman had shingles, when she actually had a worsening skin infection and was in the early stages of sepsis. They sent her home, but several days later, Mardi Strong returned near-death, suffering septic shock. Ultimately, doctors were forced to amputate her limbs.Strong is a member of the Yakima Indian Nation and was a construction worker in Alaska. She had recently completed a two-year certificate in computer-aided design to become an engineer.Instead, in the seven years since the misdiagnosis, Strong has been seeking compensation from the Department of Justice, which represents Native hospitals in medical malpractice issues.“It’s only now that we’re able to get her the care she needs,” said Rick Vollertsen, Mardi Strong’s attorney.Vollertsen said evidence in the court fight included depositions from hospital staff taken in 2015 for the trial. Those depositions indicated, at least in 2015, that the hospital had failed to review its procedures and did not issue any discipline to the staff involved.“I was unable to ascertain from these care providers that they’d been properly trained in how to recognize sepsis or that they understood the telltale signs of sepsis,” Vollertsen said. “It’s kind of scary.”He said the money will help fund her ongoing medical needs. But the settlement should also have encouraged better practices to avoid further misdiagnoses.Alaska Native Medical Center denied that it failed to properly review the case. That’s according to a written statement the hospital issued, in which ANMC says it, “profoundly regrets the experience of Ms. Strong and her family.”“While this isolated outcome is in no way representative of the exceptional care ANMC provides to patients, we have taken the opportunity to carefully scrutinize each step of the care we provide for possible improvements,” the statement said.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, which defended the federal government and eventually agreed to pay Strong, refused to answer any questions for this story.Vollertsen, Mardi Strong’s attorney, says the settlement amount should be enough to encourage the Department of Justice to require better follow-up from hospitals that have made such huge mistakes, which are called “sentinel events.”“So the taxpayers have paid this claim,” Vollertsen said. “The concern that I have is that the government has some weight to bring to bear on this hospital system, to mandate that the corporate culture change occurs that quality assurance principles are adopted, with vigor.”Shortly after the multi-million-dollar settlement this October, Strong was in Colorado undergoing preparations for upgraded prosthetics.Vollertsen said Thursday that yearlong process, which involves surgery and learning how to use prosthetic arms and legs, continues. Vollertsen said his client continues to heal, both emotionally and physically, now that the settlement is public and finalized.“I know it was important to her to have this case heard,” Vollertsen said.Share this story:last_img read more

Trains delayed at Waterloo as signal failure disrupts journeys in an out of Waterloo

first_img Waterloo station whatsapp Jessica Morris Share Friday 21 August 2015 12:23 pm Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp Trains delayed at Waterloo as signal failure disrupts journeys in an out of Waterloo Commuters journeying in and out of Waterloo faced delays of up to 20 minutes until 10am due to a signalling problem.The National Rail website said a signalling problem between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction is causing disruption to journeys.Trains towards London Waterloo will not call at Berrylands. Passengers should circulate via Surbiton.Trains between Hampton Court and London Waterloo won’t run between Surbiton and London Waterloo.Some trains from London Waterloo to Guildford will stop additionally at New Malden and Berrylands.Buses are running between Hampton Court and Surbiton.All trains to and from London Waterloo may be delayed by up to 20 minutes. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wraplast_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 30 September 2015

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Negotiating drug prices without restricting patient access: lessons from Germany

first_imgFirst OpinionNegotiating drug prices without restricting patient access: lessons from Germany All health plans pay the same collectively negotiated prices.Since its implementation in 2011, the German system of drug assessment and negotiation has achieved net prices lower than those in the U.S. The German system is among those cited by the Trump administration and by legislators from both the Democratic and Republican parties as a benchmark for rates that could be paid by Medicare. Yet the prices are high enough to attract manufacturers interested in launching drugs into the German market.In the U.S., private payers extract price concessions from manufacturers by threatening to restrict physicians’ prescribing (by requiring prior authorization and step therapy) and patient adoption (by imposing coinsurance and deductibles). The German system does not rely on these tools. The G-BA provides guidance to physicians on high-cost new medicines that includes the scope of the EMA market authorization, the G-BA’s assessment of patient-relevant clinical benefits, safety precautions for use, and the price of the drug compared to those for available alternatives.Physicians are free to prescribe any EMA-authorized drug that has been assessed by the G-BA without receiving prior approval from their patients’ health plans. Regional physician associations develop percentage targets for prescription of generic over branded drugs and for biosimilars over branded biologics, with the goal of reducing expenditures. Consumer cost sharing is capped at a very modest 10 euros per prescription, with caps on out-of-pocket cost sharing for low-income patients and those living with multiple chronic conditions.The carrots for manufacturersThe German pharmaceutical market has several features that are quite attractive to drug firms and keeps them interested in ensuring a long-term presence in Germany.By statute, all drugs are covered and available for physician prescription in Germany immediately upon receiving market authorization by the EMA. In a drug’s first year on the market, it is available at a price unilaterally determined by the manufacturer. During that year, the G-BA conducts comparative assessments and the sickness fund association negotiates prices, which are applied in the second and following years. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Leave this field empty if you’re human: Once the insurer association has negotiated a price, it cannot interfere with physician prescription through prior authorization or with patient access by imposing additional cost sharing.Pharmaceutical manufacturers can count on the actual volume of sales approximating pre-launch estimates that derive from demographic and epidemiologic factors. This contrasts with the frequent sales shortfalls experienced in the United States due to prior authorization and cost sharing.The sticks for manufacturersFrom the manufacturer’s perspective, access to the German market is an all-or-nothing case. Failure to reach agreement with the insurer association reduces revenues to zero. In the U.S., by contrast, failure to reach agreement with one payer does not preclude agreement with others, and manufacturers will extract the highest prices from their least sophisticated negotiating adversaries.Drug price negotiations in Germany function as a repeated game, since each manufacturer can expect to negotiate with the same purchaser for multiple products. Even small single-product pharmaceutical firms typically have signed co-marketing agreements with, and have their prices negotiated by, large multi-product manufacturers with a substantial presence on the German market. A manufacturer’s reputation for reasonable pricing on one product will carry over to subsequent negotiations under the watchful eye of the sickness funds, the physician associations, patient advocacy organizations, and the Ministry of Health. Adobe Combatting misinformation on biosimilars and preparing the market for them can save the U.S. billions The negotiation process is highly structured, with a statutory right to four confidential sessions and a constrained opportunity for extension to a fifth. Failure to agree during those sessions results in the drug being referred to an independent arbitration board. This board conducts its own assessment and does not merely split the difference between the insurers’ and manufacturer’s final price offers. The board does not negotiate, but unilaterally decides on a price it feels best accords with the drug’s clinical value and society’s need for cost control. From the establishment of the collective price negotiations structure from 2011 through March 2019, 230 drugs have gone through comparative benefit assessment and 35 of these have had their final price decided by arbitration rather than negotiation.Manufacturers of drugs assessed by the G-BA as offering no incremental benefit must negotiate a price with the insurer association under a ceiling set by the price of the comparator therapy.From 2011 to the end of 2018, the G-BA decided that 43% of new drugs offered no incremental benefit, 18% offered positive but “non-quantifiable” benefits (mainly orphan drugs without comparator arms in their clinical trials), 17% offered only a minor incremental benefit, 23% offered a moderate benefit, and just 1% offered a major benefit.ConclusionThe German health care system achieves price moderation without the formulary exclusions, prior authorization requirements, and consumer cost sharing used by insurers in the United States. Its structure and processes offer potentially significant insights for drug policy discussions, and for Medicare price negotiations, in the United States.James C. Robinson, Ph.D., is professor of health economics and director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dimitra Panteli, M.D., is senior research physician and fellow at the Berlin University of Technology. Patricia Ex, Ph.D., is the chief executive officer of the German Managed Care Association. The clinical assessments are conducted and commissioned by a federal committee called the Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss (G-BA), a quasi-public entity governed by the national associations of physicians, dentists, hospitals, sickness funds, and patient advocates. A statutory principle of the German system is that there will be no incremental price without incremental benefit. The G-BA’s assessments are based on patient-relevant clinical endpoints such as overall survival, functional ability, and reduction in symptoms, rather than on intermediate endpoints such as reduced tumor size or a change in biomarker levels. Trending Now: Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. [email protected] Dimitra Panteli Privacy Policycenter_img Once the umbrella organization of sickness funds negotiates the price of a drug, the manufacturer is prohibited from unilaterally raising the price in subsequent years. Prices can be adjusted over time only if the G-BA conducts a new comparative effectiveness analysis, followed by a new round of negotiations.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticals About the Authors Reprints James C. Robinson [email protected] Patricia Ex [email protected] Related: By James C. Robinson, Dimitra Panteli, and Patricia Ex June 27, 2019 Reprints In the ongoing conversation about high drug prices in the United States, some loud voices argue that the solution is to allow Medicare to negotiate prices directly with manufacturers. The Congressional Budget Office and others say this would lead to the exclusion of some drugs from coverage, require physicians to obtain prior authorization more often than they already do, and impose more cost sharing on patients — strategies that would keep patients from accessing medications they can benefit from.That doesn’t have to be the case. Germany’s approach to negotiating drug prices shows that it can be done successfully without limiting access.The health insurance and pharmaceutical purchasing system of Germany builds on 110 health plans, referred to as sickness funds, that cover health expenses for 90% of the population, plus 48 indemnity insurers, who cover the remainder. As we wrote in the journal Health Affairs, these funds collectively negotiate prices with drug manufacturers. The negotiations, conducted after a drug has received market authorization by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), are based on an assessment of the clinical benefit offered by the new drug compared to treatments already in use.advertisementlast_img read more

Signs of Discussion of a Peace Treaty

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion AvatarPark Hyun Min Analysis & Opinion SHARE Analysis & Opinion [imText1]As North Korea declared nuclear disarmament on the 14th to follow the halting of the Yongbyun nuclear complex operation, there has been an ongoing discussion on the North-South peace treaty both within and outside of the government.After completing a trip to Mt. Geumgang on the 18th, South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jae Jung said, “It is necessary to have an institutionalization of peace with various content on a peace treaty for the peninsula. I would think that the government would have such a proposal in the near future.”Minister Lee claimed, “The discussion on a peace treaty is important. It is difficult to state a detailed point of time regarding the formation of a peninsula peace treaty but at least a partial discussion should be completed before August 15th.”Accordingly, during the regularly scheduled briefing the following day, Vice-Minister of Unification Shin Eon Sang said, “It is time for a round of talks on the advancement of peace, peace treaty or the issue of peace (between the North and South). At the ministerial talks, the peace treaty issue can be discussed.”Regarding this, the Blue House presented its view by stating that “these are premature stories that have come out without being filtered purely on a brainstorming level” and tried to quiet down the debates. However, President Roh Moo Hyun attended the inception ceremony of the National Unification Advisory Council and stated his view that “it is necessary to reach nuclear disarmament on the peninsula and transition from a state of cease-fire to a peaceful system.”Government, mobilization of a task force for a peace treatyCurrently within the government, ministries of foreign security such as the Blue House, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Unification and the Ministry of National Defense have participated in a task force to discuss the peace treaty and have hastened to prepare for discussions. Conversely, the increase of media attention on the peace treaty started last November at the APEC Summit Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. At this conference where the U.S.-South Korea summit talks took place, U.S. President Bush surprised South Korean President Roh and South Korean government officials by commenting on the termination of war and the conclusion of a peace treaty.With the upcoming presidential election, the pan-ruling party has been attempting for a reverse effect in the political situation by asserting a “North-South Summit Talks” and a “peace treaty.”The U.S. also believes that the Korean peninsula peace treaty negotiations can start this year but such is under the assumption of nuclear disarmament of the peninsula.South Korea only holds a supporting role in the discussion on the peace treatyAs seen in the six party talks, South Korea only holds a supporting role in the negotiation between North Korea and the U.S. It is questionable as if North Korea will even consider South Korea as a direct party of the peace treaty conclusions.Until the mid-1970s, North Korea asserted for the conclusion of peace negotiations between the North and South. However, the 1968 Vietnam Peace Talks that opened as a four-party talk with the U.S., Viet Minh, South Vietnam and the Vietnamese National Liberation Front was carried on as a bilateral talk between the U.S. and Vietnam in actuality. Furthermore, the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the Vietnam military unification of Viet Minh ensued. Witnessing this, North Korea then turned around to state their position as a “Peace Negotiation towards the U.S.”Afterwards, North Korea did not recognize South Korea as a direct part of the peace negotiations and insisted a bilateral agreement with the U.S. The reason as revealed during talks with a North Korean foreign affairs official representative shows that “South Korea is not an actual party that signed to a cease-fire negotiation.” Such is because “[North Korea] believes the U.S. has supreme military command over South Korea.”Peace treaty negotiation is done through verbal agreements on peace but there are concerns that in reality, this may bring a gap in security on South Korea’s part.Even this past 13th through remarks of the Panmunjom Representative Office, North Korea stated that it “proposes that a U.S.-North Korea conference is carried on with a U.N. representative present at a location to be decided at the discretion of both parties (U.S. and North Korea) at any time to discuss the peace of the Korean peninsula and the issue to ensure security”. This confirmed the bilateral talks between North Korea and the U.S. excluding South Korea. By asking for the attendance of the U.N. representative, this shows that North Korea has the strategy to connect the “Disbanding of the UN Command” with the “Withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea”.There are many who point to the fact that a “peace treaty” discussion without the agreement of the citizens will be very dangerous as the great effect on national security will be inevitable. Especially as North Korea is cognizant of the South Korean presidential elections, it is important to be aware of the analysis that security experts present that state North Korea will be aggressive in their actions that will seem to carry out the February 13 Agreement until the end of the year.It is evident that there is the intent to connect the withdrawal of U.S. troops in South Korea with the conclusion of the peace treaty through a direct negotiation with the U.S while the U.S. presents its position that without denuclearization, advancement in the discussion of a peace treaty will be difficult.According to the opinion of a pan-ruling party presidential election candidate, if a North-South Summit Talks convenes in the near future and produces a North-South Joint Peace Treaty that surpasses the June 15th Declaration, there is great possibility for a wave of effects in the situation concerning South Korea’s presidential election. Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”center_img By Park Hyun Min – 2007.07.31 10:04pm Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter Signs of Discussion of a Peace Treaty Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

Veterinary Services Division Conducts Bird Flu Response Exercise

first_imgVeterinary Services Division Conducts Bird Flu Response Exercise UncategorizedNovember 6, 2006 RelatedVeterinary Services Division Conducts Bird Flu Response Exercise RelatedVeterinary Services Division Conducts Bird Flu Response Exercise RelatedVeterinary Services Division Conducts Bird Flu Response Exercisecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Senior Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands recently tested the nation’s ability to respond to animal disease outbreak in the island, particularly, the Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). The simulation exercise took place in Old Harbour, St. Catherine is the first of its kind to be staged in the island.Dr. Headley Edwards, Director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands told JIS News that the mock exercise was intended to evaluate the level of the country’s preparedness in the event of an actual outbreak of Bird Flu.“While there is no Avian Influenza outbreak in Jamaica at this time, it is important for us to be able to respond efficiently to contain and eliminate any possible outbreaks and Jamaica has to take a proactive approach to the matter of disease prevention,” he said, while adding that the simulation exercise had a regional perspective.He noted that participants from another 11 CARICOM (Caribbean Community) nations including Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Dominica, Cayman Islands, and Suriname, had been invited.“In looking at our national response we have taken into consideration, that there are a number of activities which must take place, some of which have already been done,” Dr. Edwards said.Outlining the mock scenario where a small poultry farmer found his birds dying and sought the assistance of the Veterinary Services Division, he pointed out that the steps in the response process involved a number of requirements.“The farmer would have informed the Veterinary Services Division, and the laboratory personnel would have gone on to the farm to investigate the disease.We would carry out the sample, test rapidly at this stage and process that sample for verification, which would have been confirmed at an international reference laboratory. After receiving the information, on the type of disease, the symptoms of which would reflect the Avian Influenza, the Ministry of Agriculture through the Disaster Preparedness Disease plan would now institute a quarantine and investigate further,” he said.Dr. Edwards said that the response mechanism required a National Emergency Animal Disease Committee (NEADCOM) headed by the Ministry of Agriculture, involving some 12 agencies. He also noted that a task force had to be set up under the jurisdiction of the Director of Veterinary Services.“Once the Emergency Committee meets, then you would now instruct the task force to implement the Government’s programme. That would be what we are seeing here today, which is the exercise of investigation, reporting, and trying to determine what we would do to control the disease,” Dr. Edwards said.Other activities he pointed out including setting up road blocks within the quarantine area, the establishment of a headquarters outside of the quarantine area, setting up checkpoints manned by the military and the police, and where necessary the intervention of the other agencies such as officials and representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).“So our people are out in the field carrying out their investigation as to how many birds are affected, where they are and we also have an appraisal team, which will be saying how much damage has been done in terms of their assets, whether or not we have to destroy the birds and the possibility of compensation,” he explained.Another critical component of the process is the control and eradication programme, which involves disinfection and sanitization.“The control and eradication programme that is implemented in any disease depends on the situation, and the disease that you are involved in, so a number of things are taken into consideration, the environment, the method of disposal, the effect on the nutrition of the population etc and to also take into consideration international guidelines for disposal etc. Presently our response can also include vaccination,” he said.The simulation exercise was carried out by the Veterinary Services Division in the Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).According to Dr. Edwards, the exercise was supported by these international organizations in an effort to help countries that are not yet affected.“There is no evidence of the disease in the Caribbean and the Latin American region at this stage so the aim is to help to put in place preventative measures and carry out surveillance to determine whether there is any evidence of the disease, so we had great support from these agencies in conjunction with the local poultry industry and the Caribbean Poultry Association,” Dr. Edwards informed.He further outlined that, “in addition Jamaica is a member of the World Organization for Animal Health and we have reporting responsibilities and obligations as to the disease status of each country and also one of the operating activities of the Vet Services is that these simulation exercises should be conducted at least once every two years”.Participants included government employed and private veterinarians, animal health technicians, public health officials, the police, the military, representatives from the ODPEM, NEPA, and the Jamaica Fire Brigade, and Ambulance Services.This is the first simulation exercise being held for Avian influenza.Dr. Edwards noted that simulation exercises are usually done for the animal disease, which is most threatening at the time.“We have already had exercises for ‘foot and mouth’ disease, and classical swine fever in pigs,” he disclosed.Meanwhile, Dr. Cedric Lazarus, Regional Project Coordinator at the FAO told JIS News some of the measures, which have already been taken by the authorities to help prevent a Bird Flu outbreak.“Some bio-security measures are in place especially in terms of our commercial poultry farmers and producers such as Jamaica Broilers and Caribbean Broilers to prevent Avian Influenza from getting into flocks.Measures include construction of modern tunnel ventilated poultry houses into which wild birds cannot enter and these wild birds are potential sources of the Influenza virus,” Dr. Lazarus said.He pointed that these measures have been emphasized over the last five years. In addition commercial producers no longer contract farmers who have not upgraded to these modern and computerized poultry houses.Other measures he said include keeping visitors off farm areas; enforcement of the use of protective gear by workers on a farm; regular daily health checks by owners and field officers; and reports of any kind of disease outbreaks in a flock.He also outlined some of the symptoms of the disease, pointing out that usually there are no warning signs.”In most instances, the birds die suddenly without any previous sign of disease. In some instances, they are depressed, lethargic, unwilling to move, they have swollen bluish, wattles, combs and heads and there might be bloodspots on the legs and feet. There may or may not be diarrhea but for the most part symptoms are not very frequent,” he said.Dr. Lazarus noted that for diagnosis of the disease, samples of the birds’ blood, tissue, faeces, and organs as well as other samples need to be taken, which must be sent to a laboratory for determination and/or confirmation of Avian Influenza. In addition a post mortem should be done. Advertisementslast_img read more

Pursuing peace and stability in Sahel

first_imgPursuing peace and stability in Sahel Many thanks, Madam President, and I would like to join others in thanking all our briefers for their contributions today.I would also like to pay tribute to the forces of the G5 Sahel, to UN peacekeepers serving in MINUSMA, and to international troops deployed in Operation Barkhane and to all those working to bring peace and security to the people of the Sahel. The UK’s own deployment to MINUSMA has begun, and we look forward to contributing to the protection of civilians and progress towards long-term and sustainable peace.Sadly, since we last met, the security situation in the Sahel has continued to deteriorate. The region has suffered from a number of deadly attacks on civilians and military personnel, including attacks on MINUSMA. People across the Sahel continue to suffer from violence, illicit trafficking and food insecurity, which drive displacement and increase humanitarian need.Madam President, against this challenging backdrop, we commend G5 Sahel member states for increasing their operational capability and effectiveness against those forces who seek to destabilise the region.We would welcome more detail on the Forces’ measures of success beyond operational reporting. This includes an update on how the G5 Sahel force is working with the UN country team to create an enabling environment for development and for monitoring the return of national armed forces and local authorities. We believe that governance, sustainable development and peacebuilding are the building blocks for stability in the Sahel.Regional efforts to address the problems of the Sahel are also a cause for optimism. We note ECOWAS’s pledge of $1 billion to fight terrorism and the AU’s forthcoming deployment of 3,000 troops to complement the efforts of the Joint Force. We continue to encourage all partners who have committed to support the Joint Force to fulfill those commitments.Madam President, as others have said today, there can be no sustainable peace and security in the Sahel without the protection and promotion of human rights and compliance with international humanitarian law. As we have said before, all G5 governments must ensure that any allegations of violations committed by their security forces are thoroughly and transparently investigated and that all perpetrators are brought to justice. This is essential not only to prevent human suffering, but to prevent impunity, strengthen the social contract between citizens and state, and avoid creating grievances that fuel further violence.MINUSMA’s support to the Joint Force hinges on full compliance with the UN’s human rights due diligence policy. We strongly encourage the force to implement all risk mitigating measures without delay, and we also urge the force to maintain momentum on fully operationalising their own human rights compliance framework.In conclusion, Madam President, we know that security challenges in the Sahel remain deeply complex and the G5 Sahel Joint Force is a key actor in securing a sustainable, long-term solution. It is important that the force and all other elements of the UN and international response in the region remain coordinated and coherent to maximise their impact. The United Kingdom will continue to play its part, working with the UN, the G5 Sahel states and all our partners across the region in pursuit of peace, stability, sustainable development and justice for the people of the Sahel.Thank you, Madam President. /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:building, environment, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Impact, military, operation, President, pursuit, security, sustainable, terrorism, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, violencelast_img read more

Appointment of National Vocational Education and Training Regulator

first_imgAppointment of National Vocational Education and Training Regulator The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Ms Saxon Rice to the role of the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Regulator.Ms Rice will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), starting from 1 January 2021, for a five-year term.Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said ASQA has an important responsibility to protect and enhance the quality of training in Australia.“In her role as Chief Commissioner of ASQA since December 2019, Ms Rice has been focused on the implementation of internal reforms, making significant progress to improve engagement with training providers to help improve the quality of VET,” Minister Cash said.“In addition, her work has ensured ASQA provided responsive and balanced support to training providers throughout the COVID-19.“I congratulate Ms Rice on her appointment and I’m confident ASQA is well-placed to continue implementing the Government’s priorities which will ensure there is fair, transparent and effective regulation of the VET sector.”The Rapid Review of ASQA’s Regulatory Practices and Processes recommended internal structural changes to ASQA to support implementation of reform to ASQA’s regulatory approach and modernise its governance arrangements.The governance changes to ASQA create the single statutory office of the National VET Regulator and abolish all previous commissioner roles.Dr Irene Ioannakis’ appointment as Deputy Chief Commissioner of ASQA will cease on 31 December 2020.Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said Dr Ioannakis has made a positive contribution to ASQA since joining the agency in 2017, supporting Government priorities for regulation of the VET sector.“I thank her for her service, which has included addressing the challenges of COVID-19, and more recently, in the reform process of ASQA.” /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:ASQA, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Australian Skills Quality Authority, business, Commissioner, covid-19, education, employment, Family, Government, Minister, quality, reform, regulationlast_img read more