With companies in uproar over business rate increases, should the tax just be scrapped?

Monday 20 February 2017 4:01 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHealthline: Medical information and health advice15 Evening Habits that are Definitely Bad for Night’s SleepHealthline: Medical information and health adviceHabit TribeListing Down The Most Beautiful Women In The WorldHabit TribeYarnwee12 Real Reasons Why Men Drift Apart Over TimeYarnweeFIXDNew Car Diagnostic Tool Takes United States by StormFIXDAnyMuscle9 early warning signs and symptoms of diabetesAnyMuscleHousediverTom Selleck’s Life Behind The Camera RevealedHousediverMiaw StoreSome acts from your cat may be a sign for alarm. Get to know it nowMiaw Storeflarebox.info10 Rare Dog Breeds You May Have Never Heard Aboutflarebox.infoHouse CoastMom Gets Strange Feeling About Future Son-In-Law, Checks Old Photos And Confirms Her Suspicions Are CorrectHouse Coast Sancho Simmonds and Edwin MorganEdwin Morgan is director of policy at the Institute of Directors Share Estimates suggest businesses that will be hit will see increases in bills of up to 245 per cent. Cash that should be spent on job creation and investment in growing will be used instead to settle the upcoming increases in business rates.Indeed, the impact of business rates appears to run entirely counter to Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at the CBI where she suggested the new strategy would help Britain overcome the long-standing challenges in our economy that have held us back for so long. Business rates are a long-standing challenge that are not currently being addressed.Edwin Morgan, deputy director of policy at the Institute of Directors, says No.As one of the few taxes that goes in part to local authorities, it would seem a strange time to get rid of business rates, just as the government attempts to give councils more control over their finances.The UK generally has a very centralised tax system, but allowing authorities to keep 100 per cent of the growth in rates, coming into effect by the end of this Parliament, should help to make them focus on supporting their local business community.That said, there are problems with the business rates system, which have been highlighted by the recent furore over this year’s revaluation. In the short term, the chancellor should use the Budget to raise the threshold for getting tax relief to premises with a rateable value of £100,000, to help small shops and pubs facing big increases in their bills.Longer term, a much broader review is needed, to establish a level playing-field for high street and online retailers. whatsapp Sancho Simmonds, a partner and scaleup lead at Smith & Williamson, says Yes.Business rates belong in another age. They are an antiquated way of taxing companies and they don’t take into account the fact we are living in a modern age.Many small companies have now been taken out of the range, but there is a huge risk that the changes will hurt our scaleup and larger businesses. Business rates only appear to limit the potential of our scaleups, so why have them at all? With companies in uproar over business rate increases, should the tax just be scrapped? whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org read more

State seeks death penalty against Lee County man accused of killing 2-year-old

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Negative returns for most equity funds in April: Morningstar

IE Staff Keywords Fund performanceCompanies Morningstar Research Inc. Sector Watch: Dodging potholes on the home front Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Sector Watch: Performance at home and beyond Within the diversified equity categories, funds that invest outside of Canada typically had a harder time than their domestic counterparts in April. The Japanese equity fund index, one of the worst performers, decreased by 3.9% but still outperformed the benchmark Nikkei 225 index’s 5.6% loss thanks to the appreciation of the yen versus the Canadian dollar. Also near the bottom were the fund indices that track the European equity, emerging markets equity, global equity, and international equity categories, with pullbacks ranging from 2.2% to 2.8%. “Concerns about Europe weighed heavily on global equities, specifically with Spain in the spotlight following downgrades to its sovereign debt rating and the credit rating of several Spanish banks. The list of countries in the region with shrinking economies continues to lengthen,” says Morningstar fund analyst Nick Dedes. North American equity markets were also in the red last month but the losses were much milder. Both the S&P/TSX Composite index in Canada and the S&P 500 index in the United States lost 0.6%, which was the same return posted by the Canadian equity fund index. However, Canadian holders of U.S. equity funds also had to contend with a depreciation of the U.S. dollar versus the loonie, which resulted in a decrease of 1.4% for the U.S. equity fund index for the month. Elsewhere, the Canadian small/mid cap equity and Canadian focused small/mid cap equity fund indices decreased by 1.9% and 1.3%, respectively, while the Canadian dividend & income equity fund index was one of only four equity fund indices to go up in April; it eked out a 0.2% increase. The best performing fund index in April was the one that measures the real estate equity category, which increased by 3.5% thanks to strong gains by real estate investment trusts (REITs). “The relative attractiveness of REIT distributions continues to draw yield-seeking investors to these securities. Improvements in occupancy rates, along with low Canadian bond yields pushing down capitalization rates, have also bolstered the sector’s performance,” Dedes says. The other equity fund indices that posted increases for the month were greater China equity (1.6%) and health care equity (0.2%). For a third consecutive month, the worst performer among all fund indices was precious metals equity, which decreased by 7.3%. “With no immediate indications of additional quantitative easing from the recent Federal Reserve open market statement, the price of gold has continued to drop. A number of economists expect movements in the price of bullion to remain in large part tied to decisions around monetary policy stimulus from the Fed or European Central Bank in the near-term,” Dedes says. Final performance figures will be published next week. Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February Related news After posting solid returns during the first three months of 2012, most equity funds in Canada were in negative territory in April, according to preliminary performance numbers released Wednesday by Toronto-based Morningstar Research Inc. Among the 22 Morningstar Canada fund indices that measure the aggregate performance of equity fund categories, only four managed to stay positive last month. Balanced funds for the most part had flat or slightly negative returns. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Bank economists share optimism for 2020

first_img Tara Deschamps Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Avery Shenfeld, managing director and chief economist at CIBC Capital Markets, said he expects the Canadian equity market to slightly edge ahead of one of its biggest competitors.“We’ve gotten used to the fact that the Canadian equity market kind of trails the U.S. equity market year after year, but…this might be the year that they nudge their nose above the S&P 500 in terms of performance,” he said.“It may not be a banner year, but still a bit better than the U.S.”He believes profit growth may return to U.S. equities, but won’t repeat the strong year they had last year.Also readBanks offer their 2020 outlooks and prioritiesEquity markets face a number of uncertainties, including a November U.S. election and tensions between the U.S. and China, which are expected to sign a trade agreement next week. The U.S. is also embroiled in a standoff with Iran, which fired missiles at American military bases in Iraq on Tuesday in retaliation for a U.S. strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week, causing oil prices to rise.Shenfeld believes oil could hover around $60 a barrel, which he called “still fairly profitable for the Canadian energy sector.”If war breaks out, he suggested that rate may surge to $100.The real win for the sector, he said, was greater clarity from the federal government and industry around plans for pipelines.“That should help the oil companies look a little brighter by the end of the year,” Shenfeld said.His BMO Financial Group counterpart, managing director and chief economist Douglas Porter, found optimism in the rise of housing sales and prices, federal fiscal policies supporting growth and firmer oil plans. He pushed back on rumours of an impending recession.“We are not particularly downbeat on the outlook for 2020 for Canada,” he said. “Given the global uncertainties there is a possibility we could get pulled down if everyone else does, but I don’t see a Canada downturn developing.”He was encouraged by Canadian population rates that “we have not seen in decades,” noting that in the last year the population grew by 1.5% or 550,000 people, while the U.S. is experiencing its slowest growth rate in a century.“There was about a quarter century where Canada and the U.S. were seeing almost identical population growth rates,” he said. “It’s a bit of a mixed blessing in terms of the economy, but it does set a firmer bid in terms of housing and consumer spending.”Dawn Desjardins, Royal Bank of Canada’s vice-president and deputy chief economist, found some positives in the health of the labour market, but said “it is not without challenges.”Technology is bound to disrupt the market and re-skilling will be key to keeping Canadians employed, she said. RBC has predicted 25% of jobs will be heavily disrupted, and expects people to change jobs more frequently than they once did.According to Desjardins, Canadians have the skills to step into new roles, but the country has to continue to put time and money into training young workers and continuing to evolve jobs.She was heartened by the country seeing wage growth in recent months and noted that the country has had a 11-year streak for economic expansion. Related news Canada’s top bank economists predict the country will see a few bright spots in 2020, even as the globe grapples with uncertainty in the Middle East and China.The country will likely experience wins in the equity, housing and oil markets, leading economists told attendees at a Toronto breakfast put on by the Economic Club of Canada on Wednesday. Keywords Economic forecasts Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Maintaining Profits economic growth chart businessmen illustration retrorocket/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

North Macedonia and UK sign Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement

first_imgNorth Macedonia and UK sign Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement The Agreement strengthens the trading relationship between the UK and North Macedonia, worth £1.8bn in 2019, by securing continued preferential access and paving the way for increased trade in future.The UK has today (3 December) signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement with North Macedonia, the UK’s largest trading partner in the Western Balkans.The preferential terms secured by this Agreement will enable British business to continue to trade as they do today after the Transition Period and in turn will help protect North Macedonia’s economic stability and prosperity.The Agreement also sets out the UK and North Macedonia’s ambitions for our future relationship including the strengthening of our political, economic, security and cultural ties.FCDO Minister for the European Neighborhood and the Americas Wendy Morton said:I welcome the signing of the UK-North Macedonia Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement which sets the foundations for an even more ambitious relationship between our countries. This includes future cooperation in tackling climate change, improving education, and standing up for human rights.The Agreement will also strengthen our already substantial ties in trade and investment. North Macedonia is the UK’s largest trading partner in the Western Balkans and the UK is North Macedonia’s second largest import market. The signing of this Agreement gives exporters and consumers the certainty they need to continue trading freely and with confidence as the Transition Period ends.International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena said:Free and fair trade is vital as we work to recover from the economic impact of coronavirus, and so I am delighted that today we’ve secured our trading relationship with North Macedonia.Today’s agreement gives certainty for business in both countries and demonstrates our commitment to building on our strong trade ties with North Macedonia and the Western Balkans region.Her Majesty’s Ambassador to North Macedonia Rachel Galloway signed the Agreement with Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani in Skopje.Her Majesty’s Ambassador to North Macedonia, Rachel Galloway said:Following North Macedonia’s accession to NATO, this Agreement is another positive step in strengthening UK-North Macedonia relations. North Macedonia offers great opportunities for UK companies and investors across a variety of industries and the signing of the Agreement marks a new era of increased investment in both our economies. The UK remains committed to North Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic path and we will continue to stand together as NATO Allies.The Agreement provides a framework for closer political dialogue and increased cooperation on important issues such as the environment, education, and human rights. By signing the Agreement, the UK has reaffirmed its commitment to a close relationship with North Macedonia and to playing a continued positive role in the region.When the Agreement enters into effect at the end of the Transition Period, British businesses and consumers will continue to benefit from existing trading terms with North Macedonia, including the tariff-free trade of industrial products.Trade between the UK and North Macedonia was worth £1.8 billion in 2019. Top UK exports to North Macedonia last year were non-ferrous metals (£1.1 billion), inorganic chemicals (£77 million) and textiles (£4 million). Meanwhile top imports to the UK from North Macedonia were metal ores & scrap (£49m), clothing (£16m) and furniture (£13 million).BackgroundStatistical sources: ONS, UK trade release (non-seasonally adjusted)This Agreement will now be subject to domestic parliamentary procedures in both the UK and North Macedonia.In under two years, the UK Government has signed or agreed in principle trade agreements with 54 countries. Total UK trade with these countries was worth £166 billion in 2019.This accounts for 90% of the value of trade with non-EU countries that we set out to secure agreements with at the start of the trade continuity programme.Source of trade statistics: UK total trade: all countries, non-seasonally adjusted April to June 2020 /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, climate change, coronavirus, environment, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Government, Human Rights, International trade, Investment, Macedonia, NATO, Skopje, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Canada expands Memorial Grant Program to correctional, parole and probation officers

first_imgCanada expands Memorial Grant Program to correctional, parole and probation officers From: Public Safety CanadaToday, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced that the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders will be expanded to recognize the service and sacrifice of correctional, parole and probation officers who have lost their lives as a result of their duties.The Government of Canada stands with the people who risk their lives to keep us safe and with their families when tragedy strikes.Today, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced that the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders will be expanded to recognize the service and sacrifice of correctional, parole and probation officers who have lost their lives as a result of their duties.Their families will be able to apply to the Memorial Grant Program in early 2021. Eligibility will be retroactive to April 1, 2018, the start date of this program.The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders provides a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000 to the families of first responders who die as a result of their duties.Correctional, parole and probation officers play an important role in upholding public safety. Canadians rely on them to impose custodial sentences safely and humanely, and to prepare people for safe reintegration into their communities following their time in custody. This recognition of service and sacrifice for families who lost a loved one is an important initiative that highlights how our country supports the people who risk their lives to protect us.The Government of Canada continues to work to improve that support in collaboration with the public safety community to assess the need to expand this program to other public safety personnel. In the coming months, the Government of Canada will move forward with a targeted consultation to consider the scope of this program.Quotes“The Government of Canada recognizes that repeated exposure to challenging work conditions can be a danger not only to physical health but to mental health and personal resilience. The selflessness and sacrifice of these professionals commands the respect of all Canadians, and their families deserve to be treated with the greatest compassion and support.”– The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency PreparednessQuick factsThe Memorial Grant Program for First Responders is one part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to prioritizing support for public safety personnel. On April 8, 2019, The Government of Canada released the Supporting Canada’s Public Safety Personnel: An Action Plan on Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries. A plan to support research, prevention, early intervention, stigma-reduction, care and treatment for all types of public safety personnel, all across the country.If you are struggling with mental health, or know someone who is, there are many available resources that can help recognize signs and offer a safe place to talk with trained professionals. These resources are available 24-hours a day and can be accessed online and through the phone. /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:Canada, community, custody, early intervention, Emergency, emergency preparedness, exposure, Government, Internet, mental, mental health, Minister, research, resilience, resources, Safetylast_img read more

Vancouver Fire Department responds to house fire

first_imgName*Email*Website Vancouver Fire Department responds to house firePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, May 12, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments guestLabel guestLabel One person was treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation. A single resident in a house fire was treated at the scene by units from the Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) Tuesday.Vancouver fire units were dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 9312 NE 11st street in the French Glen section of central Vancouver. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire DepartmentVancouver fire units were dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 9312 NE 11st street in the French Glen section of central Vancouver. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire DepartmentAt about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday (May 11),  Vancouver fire units were dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 9312 NE 11st street in the French Glen section of central Vancouver. The first engine arrived approximately four minutes after dispatch and reported fire showing from a bedroom window at the rear of a single-story house. A hose line was stretched to the rear of the house and the fire was effectively attacked from the outside. Once additional units arrived, a second hose line was taken into the house to put out all remaining fire.  It took 25 firefighters approximately 10 minutes to extinguish the blaze. One person was treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation.  Units remained on scene for an hour putting out hot spots and performing salvage and overhaul operations. One person was displaced as a result of the fire. This fire is being investigated by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office.The Vancouver Fire Department would like to remind people if there’s a fire — get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning building.Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyFrench Glen neighborhoodhouse fireLatestVancouverVancouver Fire Departmentshare 0 Previous : City of Battle Ground residents invited to provide feedback on draft Housing Action Plan Next : What’s best for workers isn’t covered on government website about coming payroll taxAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Big, beautiful Maybach 6 concept debuts at Pebble Beach

first_img While the fate of the Maybach 6 as a production car hasn’t been decided, Mercedes also makes it clear we can expect this sort of powertrain technology in production vehicles soon, most likely under its recently announced all-electric sub-brand. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept While the idea of a two-door Maybach isn’t new, the 6 coupe is sufficiently modern under the skin. That hood doesn’t hide an engine at all; it’s a storage compartment with hidden luggage, as power comes from a series of four electric motors at each wheel, plus an 80 kWh battery pack. In total, Mercedes says the Maybach 6 concept generates 738 horsepower and sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under four seconds before topping out at 250 km/h.Speaking of the electric powertrain, Mercedes says the Maybach 6 concept can travel just over 200 miles, or 321 kilometres, on a full charge. That can be accomplished either wirelessly or through a conventional wall outlet. It’s also capable of a DC quick-charge, which adds 62 miles (just under 100 kilometres) of range in just five minutes. 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? 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From the hood that seemingly stretches for miles on end to the extended tail; from the classic lines to the 24-inch translucent wheels, this car is the very definition of extravagant. A chrome grille up front with Mercedes’ three-point hood ornament, plus gullwing doors complete the look. From tip to tail, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 measures six metres, hence the name. Take note, Scaldarsi Motors – this is the right way to class up a Mercedes.The interior is equal-parts stunning, extravagant and modern. The button-tufted seats, the rose-gold accents and the open-pore wood floor certainly lives up to its luxurious intentions. Meanwhile, the windshield is exactly that and so much more – it also functions as a heads-up display, while a smaller (but much longer) screen runs across the dashboard – and even onto the doors. Being a glimpse into the future after all, the Maybach 6 concept’s interior functions can be operated via gesture controls and, of course, it features autonomous driving capabilities. center_img RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzLifestyleNew VehiclesPeopleAutomotive EnginesAutomotive TechnologyCars and Car DesignCulture and LifestyleMaybach-Motorenbau GmbHMercedes-Benz International Inc.Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceRolls-Royce plcScience and TechnologySports CarsTechnology COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

How to reduce waste at home

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 22, 2020 • By Environmental Center Our habits have changed now that we are spending more time at home, and there are things we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle now. Here are some tips for saving money and resources at home. DIY face maskWearing a face covering is crucial to preventing illness, and you can make one yourself using things you’ll find around your house. Learn how to make your own CDC-approved face mask. Bundle deliveriesWhen buying online, choose the “bundle deliveries” option when it’s offered to cut down on the packaging used and shipping costs. Consider combining orders with others in your household if you’re ordering from the same online stores.Packaging materialsIf you have more packages showing up at your door these days,here’s what you can do with boxes, envelopes and other materials.Cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed in your recycling bin. Some shipping envelopes are recyclable, and others are not. Recyclable envelopes include craft (orange in color) with no padding, standard white envelopes and paperboard envelopes. Other envelopes, like plastic bubble wrap envelopes, can only be recycled at special facilities. If you’re in the Boulder area, you can take these items to CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials). CHaRM is also able to recycle some of the materials you find inside your packages, like bubble wrap and plastic wrap. Block styrofoam can be recycled at CHaRM, and packing peanuts can be brought to CHaRM for reuse. Learn more about what packaging materials you can and can’t recycle.Food and beverage containersThere can be some confusion about what is recyclable when it comes to grocery store items. Here are a few tips for recycling in Boulder County. You can recycle all plastics labelled PLA 1 through PLA 6 in your home recycling bins. Clean plastic items as best you can. Remove metal lids from glass bottles and jars and put both in the recycling bin. Give paper cartons and Tetra Paks (like soup and nut milk cartons) a quick rinse before recycling.Aluminum and steel cans are almost infinitely recyclable! Clean and place them in your recycling bin. Clean plastic bags can be bundled and recycled at participating grocery stores or at CHaRM. Most frozen food boxes are not recyclable and should go into your landfill bin.If you’re not in Boulder County, check your local recycling guidelines.Earn PIPs at homeScan these QR codes and earn PIPs for recycling and composting at home.Learn MoreFood wasteBefore grocery shopping, take inventory of what groceries you have to avoid buying more than you need. To help use up items before they expire, try an app like SuperCook to find recipes with ingredients you already have. Get creative with your groceries and have some fun in the kitchen! Takeout containersYou can recycle or reuse most of your takeout containers. With paper takeout boxes, check to see if they are compostable (no plastic lining). Otherwise, they go into the landfill. Styrofoam containers are another non-recyclable. Recyclable takeout materials include:Aluminum foil: Crumple into a ball two inches or larger.Pizza boxes: Empty and flatten (if the bottom is too greasy, remove and recycle the top half).Plastic soup containers: Clean out and recycle or reuse.Sustainable Buffs is a series brought to you by the Environmental Center. Learn more sustainability tips and ways to get involved at colorado.edu/ecenter.Categories:Sustainable BuffsSustainabilityCampus Communitylast_img read more

Vaccinating lactating mothers: What’s right, what’s wrong

first_img Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share breastfeeding mothersCOVAXINCOVID-19 vaccinationCOVISHIELDlactating mothers vaccinationnon-live virus vaccines Vaccinating lactating mothers: What’s right, what’s wrong COVID-19 Updates News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha While healthcare experts do support this development, there still seem to be a bit of suspicion around itThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) recently accepted the recommendations made by the National Expert Group of Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) for vaccinating lactating mothers to protect them from COVID-19 using the two vaccines Covishield and COVAXIN that are currently being administered in India, even though such women were not a part of any clinical trials.While healthcare experts do support this development, there still seem to be a bit of suspicion around it.For instance, Bejon Misra, Founder, Patient Safety and Access, argued that a pre-vaccination screening of the vulnerable groups should be the primary step at the vaccination centres to understand their medical history and take preventive measures to avoid any side effects.“Pre-vaccination screening at vaccination centres is must for people who are vulnerable – pregnant women, lactating mothers and those suffering from chronic diseases. Since the concept of public health care is missing in our system, there is a large population unaware of the fact that it might be risky to take a vaccine if they are already on medication for a disease. Therefore, it is essential to see their past medical history and understand if there could be any possible side effects post-vaccination,” he emphasised.On the contrary, Dr Prasanna Bhat, a Delhi-based paediatrician, asserted that there is no harm in vaccinating lactating mothers for COVID-19; instead, it will help in developing antibodies against the disease, which is good for both – the mother as well as her child.He also said, “It is important and safe to vaccinate lactating mothers as it will not only protect them, but they would secrete antibodies in the breast milk, which would be beneficial for babies.”The same thought was shared by Dr Neeraj Lal, Group Senior Vice President, Medicover India and renowned virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang.“Antibodies that transfer into the breastmilk may actually protect the child,” said Dr Lal.Dr Kang also mentioned, “Vaccinating lactating mothers may protect the baby because the mother will make antibodies against the virus.”Dr Sanish Davis, President, Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR), also agreed that getting breastfeeding women vaccinated is getting protection for two, i.e., when a breastfeeding mother who’s vaccinated for COVID-19, feeds her baby, the antibodies will be passed on to the infant as well, providing them some protection against the disease.“There are no disadvantages for breastfeeding women getting vaccinated as compared to the general group,” he claimed.Just like all of them, Dr JP Dadhich, Co-Chair – Global Council, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), informed that several studies have reported presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the breastmilk of COVID-19 positive mothers.“Since, currently, COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended in children, antibodies against the disease in breastmilk may be a source of life-saving protection to the infants against this infection,” he suggested.Backing the government’s guidelines, Dr Lal further said, “The government arrived at this decision after deliberation over the evidence from other countries. It has been reviewed by NEGVAC before the decision to allow lactating women access to any COVID vaccine that was finally made.”But, no clinical trials….Highlighting that none of the two vaccines have undergone a clinical trial, Dr Kang said, “The vaccines specifically made in India have not undergone any clinical trial on lactating women. Our system wants companies to develop vaccines, but if something goes wrong, where both the mother and the baby are affected, there are liability, insurance and compensation issues. So, it wants the treatment but doesn’t want the risk. Hence, when companies enroll for clinical trials, they rule out pregnant women. Now by doing this, we are doing the right thing in protecting women during the trial, but we are doing the wrong thing by not testing a product that is likely to help them.”She also stressed that once trials are conducted in adults without any mishappening, it should be made mandatory for pregnant women too.“After the trials are conducted in adults and there is nothing that happens, it should then be made mandatory to include some pregnant women. These are the kinds of discussion that people are having, but, right now, there is no regulation for that,” she added.Further, according to Davis too, there are no specific clinical trials conducted in this group of population and it is not usual to do specific studies only in lactating women in vaccine development.Non-live-virus vaccines cause no harmDr Bhat notified that both the vaccines are non-live-virus vaccines. “None of the vaccines – Covishield and COVAXIN – that are being administered in India, are live-virus vaccines. We know that spike protein is being used to make Covishield and COVAXIN is being made using time-tested age-old technologies of killed virus. Hence, the virus cannot cause any harm to the individual who gets the vaccine.”Sharing a similar view, Dr Dadhich mentioned that both Covishield and COVAXIN are non-live vaccines, which are not expected to be significantly excreted into breastmilk or absorbed by the infant.“So far, other non-live, inactivated vaccines (recombinant or killed organism) have not reported to cause adverse effects in infants via breastfeeding. In fact, non-live vaccines, like flu vaccine, are considered safe, and, therefore, routinely used in lactating women,” he pointed out.Health experts do not expect safety issues with any product that is equivalent to an inactivated vaccine. In line with this, Dr Kang also said, “We don’t expect safety issues for either pregnant women or lactating women. Pregnant and lactating women were not included in the trials but after the vaccines have started to be used in different parts of the world, there are data on pregnant women who were vaccinated during pregnancy as well as on lactating women, where there has been no concern whatsoever.”She also informed, “There is already data from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on 35,000 pregnant women who have received the vaccine, and unknown number of lactating women, but I can’t imagine that is less and there are no safety issues.”The strive for dataTo fight the pandemic, emergency use authorisation of vaccines/drugs is something that is required across the world and the authorities are doing the same.Misra agreed that the current situation is dire and an emergency use authorisation of vaccines is the need of the hour and there is a limited data available. His only point of contention was that even that limited data is not available in the public domain. However, it is necessary to do so for achieving sustainable public health care.“Even if the trials are conducted on a small scale, the data must be available in the public domain because transparency and accountability is needed for any action taken by the government and policy makers. Whatever data is collected, it should be shared with the scientific community at least, so that they can analyse it and make the required contribution in the process,” he lamented.In spite of such a scenario, Dr Dadhich expressed hope that perhaps, in future, some data will be available regarding these trials.“None of the clinical trials of the vaccine available so far (including Covishield and COVAXIN) have included pregnant and lactating women as study subjects. However, post-use data should be available in future as many countries have included lactating women in their vaccination programme,” he said.Adding to it, Dr Davis said, “The UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that although “there is lack of safety data for these specific vaccinations in breastfeeding, there is no known risk in giving these vaccines to breastfeeding women. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccination also be offered to breastfeeding women, without the need to avoid vaccination or stop breastfeeding. The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) recommends vaccinating these women in line with the recommendations of international bodies.”To understand the basis of the recommendations made by NEGVAC on the issue, Express Healthcare had also sent a query to one of the members of this group. 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