Almost 3.5m people of working age in the UK have never had a job

first_img“With young people today expected to end their working lives at a later age than previous generations, it’s understandable that they want to start their working lives at a later age too. Almost 3.5m people of working age in the UK have never had a job, study finds Michael Searles by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funnyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTheFashionBallAll The Reasons It Won’t Last With Meghan – According To HarryTheFashionBallPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinition Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Laura Gardiner, research director at the Resolution Foundation, said: “More and more of us are now working, with employment hitting record highs and worklessness hitting record lows. Read more: Employment tribunal rules ethical veganism is a philosophical belief The report said the employment rate of those aged 16 or 17 had almost halved in the past two decades. From 48.1 per cent in 1997-99 to just 25.4 per cent in 2017-19. Tags: UK jobs, employment and wages “But this lack of work experience can create longer-term problems, particularly if they hit other life milestones like motherhood or ill-health before their careers have got off the ground.” In 1998, just 5.4 per cent of the same demographic had never worked. center_img “The rising number of people who have never had a paid job has been driven by the death of the teenage Saturday job and a wider turn away from earning while learning. “But despite this, around one in 12 working-age adults have never worked a day in their lives – a 50% increase since the late 1990s. The number of people aged between 16 and 64 to have never had a paid job has increased by 50 per cent over the last 20 years, according to a new study by think tank Resolution Foundation. It indicated that two-thirds of that fall was driven by a reduced employment rate among that age group at school or college. It found that 3.4m people in the UK had never had a job, or 8.2 per cent of those of working age. whatsapp Share Read more: UK employment rate breaks record but wage growth slows Saturday 4 January 2020 12:57 pm More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks 3.5m people of working age in UK have never had a job (Getty Images) last_img read more

Corporate spy firm tries to clean up ‘James Bond’ industry’s image

first_imgStewart Kelly, founder and chief executive of GTI, has called the intelligence industry a “late bloomer” in technology adoption, adding that its slow uptake has contributed to its “impression as a murky, shady, mysterious James Bond industry”. Kelly added: “When it comes to fraud and corruption, companies need to be demonstrating that they’re actually paying attention to these issues, rather just running a quick check and getting the green light.” Share The UK’s intelligence gathering laws will now likely be subject to similar scrutiny as those of the US, as Britain seeks to strike a data sharing deal with the EU post-Brexit. whatsapp The London-headquartered firm is set to provide an “alternative approach” to the global intelligence and investigations industry, offering ethical and technology-led resources to banks, corporations and law firms in more than 200 jurisdictions. Also Read: Corporate spy firm tries to clean up ‘James Bond’ industry’s image Poppy Wood Intelligence services are used by companies around the world to perform due diligence on employees, clients and business partners to make informed management decisions. However, its reputation has suffered at the hands of several high-profile scandals, including the use of intelligence services by convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein to smear and intimidate his victims. However, new GDPR rules have paved the way for a cleaner approach to corporate intelligence. The fresh data rules, which came into effect in 2018, mean targets of investigations now have the right to identify who is looking into them and the data they are gathering. “The intelligence and investigations sector doesn’t make use of technology anywhere near as much as it could,” said Kelly adding that it was “crying out” for reform. Kelly said the revelations proved business needs to weed out the “box check approach” to due diligence processes. And the European Court of Justice’s decision earlier this month to ban a data sharing-deal between the US and the EU has lifted the threshold for surveillance laws in the UK. whatsapp Speaking to City A.M, GTI chief Kelly said the scandals had created an “image of mystery” around the corporate intelligence industry, when “the reality is actually far more vanilla”. Recent allegations surrounding British fast fashion firm Boohoo have once again thrust the investigations sector in the spotlight, after it was revealed that workers at a garment factory producing clothes for the brand were paid as little as £3.50 an hour. “How did all these investors invest in Boohoo and take their word for it?… You’ll find that in intelligence there’s still, in some cases, this kind of box check approach. [They say] ‘we’ve got a report from the big name so everything must be fine.’” center_img Earlier this year, London-listed oil group Lekoil saw shares plunge more than 70 per cent after it fell victim to a high-stakes fraud, in which the Nigerian-focused firm paid middlemen to facilitate a bogus loan worth more than $184m. Also Read: Corporate spy firm tries to clean up ‘James Bond’ industry’s image More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.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‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Kelly said: “It may end up being slightly less James Bond, but recent scandals show that things need to change — and if ethics don’t get there first, then surely the pace of technology will.” “This type of work actually helps corporations combat corruption, helps banks combat financial crime [and] helps investigate wrongdoing. So for every individual case where there’s a story of dodgy goings on or people going through bins or people following people in the Caribbean islands, there’s actually thousands and thousands of much more normal routine cases.” Wednesday 29 July 2020 11:40 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerUndoPost FunWoman Refuses To Tip Waiter But Didn’t Realize What She Left At The TablePost FunUndo Kelly said his new investigations platform will utilise technology to help “lift the veil of mystery” in the industry and make investigations “more streamlined, more efficient [and] more cost effective.” Technology firm Ground Truth Intelligence (GTI) has today launched its ethical investigations platform in London, as the company seeks to shake-up the corporate intelligence industry following high-profile scandals involving companies such as Lekoil and Credit Suisse. Boohoo denied any knowledge of claims, but opened a review into its working conditions. Corporate spy firm tries to clean up ‘James Bond’ industry’s image Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter Such an agreement will likely add pressure to the increasing need for transparency in the corporate intelligence sector. Show Comments ▼ Several corporate blunders have also tarnished the industry’s reputation, including Credit Suisse’s spying scandal last year, which led to the high-profile resignation of chief executive Tidjane Thiam. The Swiss Bank was thrown in the spotlight after it emerged two former employees had been put under surveillance by a corporate espionage company.last_img read more

Developing a Strategic Vision of the Future

first_imgIdentify signs of change Sponsored Friday 11 June 2021 2:26 pm Having a strategic forecasting process.Being open to alternative versions of the future.Dealing with uncertainty using data.Looking intentionally at adjacent areas of disturbance.Being willing to be flexible, to recalibrate the strategy. It is time to have courage and willingness to take organizations into the future in these times of uncertainty. But the truth is that uncertainty does not have to be synonymous with risk. It means being flexible, while maintaining our vision for the future. That’s what a futurist does. To achieve this, Webb recommends following three key steps: According to Amy Webb, world-renowned authority on strategic foresight for business, today many industries are asking the same question: What is the future? Read this article to discover how to develop a strategic vision. Amy Webb will join the first edition of WOBI Management Week (June 28 – July 1, 2021), a 4-day digital event with world class business thought leaders that will address the latest trends and ideas in today’s most relevant management topics. If you want to learn more, don’t miss Amy Webb in WOBI Management Week, who will explore the emerging tech trends and show you how to prepare yourself and your business for the next disruption. You have to be looking for the signs of change, especially in times of great disruption. The 11 macro sources of change are: The key is not to assume that everything matters, but to methodically obtain this data and analyze it to determine what does matter and what are the present signs that speak about the future. People are emotionally addicted to certainty. We believe that we can control the future through certainties and that we can obtain these certainties through the collection of sufficient data. In times of uncertainty we must open our minds and value alternative possibilities that will adapt to the situations that may arise. It is important to consider all the emerging data that is being created in real time in order to foresee different scenarios. While companies that stay on the side of the road, watching, are characterized by: whatsapp Prioritize next stepscenter_img Technology.Education.Infrastructure.Government.Geopolitics.Economy.Public health.Demographics.Environment.Media and telecommunications.Distribution of wealth. The profound uncertainty in these times produces two types of organizations, those that find the way and those that stay on the sidelines. The companies that find the way are characterized by: Show Comments ▼ One of the problems for companies is that much of the data they collect goes nowhere. Forecasting goes beyond detecting signals and data. You have to know what the trend is and then move on to the next step. Create scenarios that describe possible outcomes. You have to know what you are monitoring, what decisions are going to be made and what actions are going to allow you to move forward. Developing a Strategic Vision of the Future Share Address your core beliefs Not having a strategic forecasting process.Believing that they control the future.Being closed off to alternative versions of the future.Ignoring uncertainty until a crisis erupts.Preferring the return of the known investment and concrete answers.Being vulnerable. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comlast_img read more

Southeast lawmakers agree on need for fiscal plan but differ on components

first_imgEconomy | Juneau | Southeast | State GovernmentSoutheast lawmakers agree on need for fiscal plan but differ on componentsJanuary 24, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Bert Stedman, R- Sitka, talks about the Alaska Permanent Fund in March 2017. Stedman has joined with the Senate majority in supporting a draw from the Alaska Permanent Fund without additional taxes. Southeast Alaska’s other lawmakers say the draw should be part of a complete, sustainable plan. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Southeast Alaska legislators all agree that the state needs to draw from the Alaska Permanent Fund to keep state government running. They also agree that a draw is only part of a fiscal solution. It’s the other parts of that solution that they disagree over.Independent Rep. Dan Ortiz from Ketchikan sees the permanent fund as a major asset for the state.“You know,  that permanent fund is the best thing’s that happened in the history of our state in terms of government action, and it’s really important that we preserve that fund,” he said.Ortiz said he’s willing to use the funds to run the state government, but he doesn’t want lawmakers to open the door to an annual process of deciding how much to take from permanent fund earnings.“No, that’s not acceptable,” he said. “We can’t do that to the public.”Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman said doing that would be too risky.“The ad-hoc draws are very deadly because 21 and 11 – 21 members of the House and 11 members of the Senate – could clean everything out except what’s constitutionally protected in the permanent fund,” he said.To solve that problem, Stedman proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit the size of a draw from the fund and protect permanent fund dividends.“You wouldn’t have the permanent fund to go to and just rob chunks out of,” he said. “The door would be closed, and the lock on it would have been spun and you wouldn’t have the combination.”For Stedman, this could be enough for this year. He doesn’t see the need to pass a broad-based tax now as part of the fiscal plan.Juneau Democratic Rep. Sam Kito III disagrees. He said he’ll resist passing a bill drawing from the Permanent Fund – like the Permanent Fund Protection Act — if it doesn’t include a broad-based tax. He said including a tax as part of a comprehensive plan would ensure the plan is sustainable, and that its effects on different groups is balanced.“I do think that it’s only a piece,” he said. “And I do have a concern that if we pass the Permanent Fund Protection Act without additional broad-based revenue that it will be virtually impossible to get broad-based revenue at any point in the future. And so, there needs to be some balance to the fiscal plan.”The nonpartisan Legislative Finance Division estimated that if the legislature only draws from the permanent fund without additional revenue, there will be a budget gap of more than $560 million.Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins said this is why he supports taxes as part of a comprehensive plan to balance the budget in the long run. He’s concerned that if the Legislature draws from fund earnings without a plan, it will continue to draw from earnings unpredictably in the future.“This is one of the reasons why we need to pass a fiscal plan, because you can’t live in La La Land and think you can balance the budget simply talking about government waste and cutting government when there’s really no practical way to cut government anywhere close to the amount needed to balance the budget,” he said.Different versions of plans to draw from the permanent fund are currently being considered by the Legislature, including Stedman’s constitutional amendment bill. Some include taxes. Some don’t.Emily Kwong in Sitka, Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan and Berett Wilber in Haines contributed to this report. It is part of a CoastAlaska series talking with Southeast lawmakers about the start of the legislative session.Share this story:last_img read more

Wuhan cargo flights into Anchorage suspended; no additional Chinese medical flights planned, officials say

Share this story: Coronavirus | Health | Nation & World | Southcentral | State Government | TransportationWuhan cargo flights into Anchorage suspended; no additional Chinese medical flights planned, officials sayJanuary 29, 2020 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink speaking at a press conference in Anchorage about the flight carrying 201 passengers from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus, that landed in Anchorage on Jan. 29. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Officials in Alaska say everything went as planned with a flight stopping briefly in Anchorage overnight, returning 201 Americans from Wuhan, China, amid the spread of the coronavirus.At this point, there are no similar efforts planned for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, although cargo flights from Wuhan have been suspended.At a press conference Wednesday, members of the governor’s administration, medical professionals and the Anchorage airport manager debriefed reporters after the repatriation flight.The plane left for Southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test at the airport when the aircraft stopped there to refuel Tuesday night.Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he was proud of the state’s response.“The chances of any Alaskan getting sick as the result of this plane landing and then going through the screenings is basically zero. It’s extremely, extremely low,” he said.State officials worked closely with federal and tribal partners. Overnight, the passengers were taken off their plane into the north terminal at Ted Stevens, which is closed to the public currently. There, they underwent health screenings and were all cleared to continue.Here’s how Alaska is preparing for the Wuhan coronavirusChief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said the state used recently-tested emergency coordination strategies from natural disasters and global health crises over the last several years.“We took the experiences and the work and the preparation that went into the Ebola outbreak, the mumps outbreak, our recent earthquake and so many more events, and applied them to this current challenge,” she said.According to Zink, federal officials have not said whether they plan to repatriate any more citizens through Alaska. Officials stress that for the flying public in Alaska, there are no changes to expect as a result of the coronavirus. But they do stress taking special care to practice good hygiene, like thorough hand-washing and covering coughs, particularly if you’re traveling through airports.Zink, as well as the governor, recounted relieved citizens on the plane once it touched down in Anchorage.“When I reflect back on the moments of these past few days, it’s really the cheers on the plane, the harrowing stories of U.S. citizens trying to get home,” Zink said. “The sounds of children being grateful for a stuff animal being donated by the Red Cross. Or the gentleman wanting to leave one of his few possessions, a pen with a U.S. and Chinese flag on it, to thank a worker that was helping to care for him.”The airport’s north terminal is separate from the domestic terminal that most flying Alaskans are familiar with, and it has its own separate ventilation system.Watch the latest legislative coverage from Gavel Alaska. read more

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in L.A.

first_imgUncategorized5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in L.A.Controversy aside, the month is filled with culturally engaging shindigs and showcases. Here are just a few.By Catherine Green – February 5, 2013805ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItLincoln and Django Unchained have plenty of people thinking hard about African American heritage and whether our country has come all that far in embracing civil rights. Officially recognized by the federal government in 1976 (though it was first celebrated at Kent State in 1970), Black History Month has grown into a calendar mainstay, though not without controversy. Why just one month? We don’t pretend to have the answer, but we will be swinging by a few of the city’s best offerings this month.1. 21st Annual Pan African Film & Arts FestivalRave Cinemas 15, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw PlazaFeb. 7-18, times varyPick and choose among 150 new films from around the globe — Africa to Canada to the South Pacific. Then browse around the array of artists and craftspeople showcasing poetry, fashion, and other works before sitting in on a few of the free forums and panels. Consider it your one-stop shop cultural extravaganza. More information2. City of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Opening CeremonyCity HallFeb. 8, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Speaking of extravaganzas, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s planned celebration is sure not to disappoint. A brief program starts things off inside Council Chambers at 10 a.m. before the party gets going outside in Fletcher Bowron Square with lunch and performances by JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble and ADAAWE. Danny Glover, LL Cool J, and LeVar Burton will be among those specially honored for their contributions. More information3. Central Park Five Screening and Q&ASchool of Cinematic Arts, USCFeb. 13, 6-9:30 p.m.On a more serious note, you’ll definitely want to hear from three of the Central Park Five, a group of Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully accused of raping a woman in New York City, for this special screening of the documentary revisiting their experience. Reception with refreshments starts at 6 p.m., followed by the film screening and Q&A immediately afterward. More information4. Black Women State of the Union: Taking FlightCompany of AngelsFeb. 15-24; Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.You’ve got a few chances to catch these ladies on stage, and from what we’ve heard, you won’t want to miss it. Depictions of Black women in film, notions of beauty and fanaticism about hair weaves, the Black woman’s quest for love — these are just a few of the issues coming under the ensemble’s scrutiny. More information5. African American Treasures: History & Art From the Collection of Bernard & Shirley KinseySanta Monica College Art GalleryFeb. 12 – March 9; opening reception Feb. 16The Kinseys are opening up a few choice selections from their expansive cultural collection — twenty-some original artworks and nearly forty more artifacts that show off “the profound African American cultural and historical impact on the United States,” according to gallery director Marian Winsryg. More informationPhotographs courtesy the City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations Facebook page. TAGSAfrican-American History MonthBlack History MonthCalifornia African American MuseumCity HallJazzAntiquaL.A. CulturePrevious articleLAPD Purchases New Sophisticated Heat Beam Which We Call a “Laser”Next articleFreaks and Geeks: The Oscar Noms Class PhotoCatherine Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHow Debutante Culture Became Part of Black Life in L.A.If Garcetti Goes to India, Who’ll Step In as Interim Mayor?Will Council President Nury Martinez Jump into the Mayor’s Race?last_img read more

Experts urge Biden to expand access to therapies, patient genetics in cancer ‘moonshot’

first_imgAt Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, DNA from every patient’s tumor undergoes multigene panel testing as part of our Profile project. Using a technology known as next generation sequencing, we check for the presence of mutations in more than 300 genes. Other major cancer centers also use multigene panel testing for many of their patients. The results have uncovered amazing things about cancer, some of which have led to new treatments. A presidential cancer moonshot (again)Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:1001:10  Presidents have been promising to cure cancer for 45 years, but cancer is still very much with us. Alex Hogan/STAT Most of this sequencing is being paid for by philanthropy and institutional dollars. That isn’t sustainable. The time is right for insurers to start paying for it. We recommended that the vice president ask the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to consider reimbursing multigene panel sequencing for cancer. This would vastly increase the number of cancer patients who have their tumors sequenced.The AACR got the attention of the vice president’s staff in part because of the association’s Project GENIE. Seven institutions are pooling their clinical sequencing data and all of the clinical data associated with it. Projects analyzing these data are already underway. But the AACR doesn’t have the money or the resources to do this on a national scale. The vice president and his office could influence the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology or other entity to build a repository for sequencing data from all around the country. This would rapidly move the needle in understanding cancer and treating it more effectively.Today, detailed genomic information about cancer is available only from comprehensive cancer centers or from individuals who have the money to pay for sequencing their tumors. We need to democratize genomic information as it applies to cancer by expanding the number of cancer patients who have their tumor genes sequenced. The benefits of this kind of testing are already so manifest that it should be made available to everyone with cancer.Barrett J. Rollins, MD, is the chief scientific officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Linde Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.Otis Brawley: Cancer has been with us for thousands of years. It will not be cured in a year’s time but will take concerted, long-term, sustained effort. That said, there are several things the vice president could do in the short term to improve cancer treatment and survival.Gathering and analyzing data about large numbers of cancer patients could provide quick and important advances. The vice president could help overcome privacy laws that do relatively little to protect privacy but a lot to keep researchers from collecting meaningful data. HIPPA and other laws — or incorrect interpretations of them — prevent researchers from sharing genetic and other data. For example, a project called CancerLinQ, organized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, aims to improve cancer care by gathering data from around the country. But real or perceived privacy issues, along with difficulties connecting disparate electronic health records, may scuttle it.Logistic issues and less-than-optimal care account for far too many early deaths from cancer. In Atlanta, 7 percent of black women and 2 percent of white women diagnosed with early, low-stage breast cancer don’t get treated within one year of their diagnoses. The delays, which can affect survival, are often due to problems like inability to get to a treatment center, not being able to take time off of work, and other logistic issues. Twenty percent of women with breast cancer get less-than-optimal treatment; the percentages are even higher for other cancers.“Moonshot” may be an appropriate description for the vice president’s initiative. When John F. Kennedy announced he wanted to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, much of the engineering to do that already existed. What was needed was someone to put together all the pieces of the puzzle. Applying the science and discoveries that we already have to the American population could go a long way to preventing deaths from cancer.Finally, it would be wonderful to see the vice president continue to be a champion for good science and clinical work after he leaves office. As someone who is liked and respected by both Democrats and Republicans, he has the opportunity and standing to provide American medicine and American science with guidance that is sorely needed.Otis Brawley, MD, is the chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society and professor at Emory University.By Gary Gilliland: It’s fantastic that the vice president has decided to launch a concerted effort to fight cancer. The timing is excellent, since we are at an inflection point in the way we think about cancer treatment.This is a very different time than when President Nixon declared his war on cancer in 1971. We couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel then. Now we can.Four or five years ago, there was little we could do for cancers like metastatic melanoma and metastatic lung cancer. Today, we are telling many patients that we can cure these diseases. This change was brought about largely because we have learned to harness the power of the immune system to attack cancer, just as it attacks foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.Drugs like pembrolizumab (Keytruda) — which was used to treat former President Jimmy Carter’s advanced melanoma — take the brakes off the immune system and let it go after tumors with relatively few side effects.When I think about what the vice president could do in a relatively short time to fight cancer, it’s not about tumor sequencing or data sharing. There’s no question that these are really important and will lead to new insights, but they will take some time to pay off. Instead, I think a “moonshot” should aim to make the new, potentially curative therapies available to everyone with cancer, not just to those being treated at designated comprehensive cancer centers. We have these therapies; let’s get them out there.With something as potentially devastating as cancer, which affects so many individuals and so many families, you don’t want to overpromise and underdeliver. But I truly believe that we have the opportunity to move forward quickly and have a more dramatic impact on cancer outcomes in the next few years than we have had in the last 50.Gary Gilliland, MD, is the president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.By Austin Frakt: I would urge the vice president to invest in data infrastructure and access.Researchers spend a shockingly large amount of time accessing, or trying to access, data they need to do their work. It can take many steps to obtain clinical or administrative data, sometimes even data that has been collected specifically for researchers to use. Having to take many steps to access data, or having to overcome barriers to do it, slows research. Beefing up data availability and data infrastructure and removing regulatory and other obstacles would speed up research. Because they would accelerate a wide range of work, these are useful steps even when specific research areas haven’t yet been defined. They would give researchers and research organizations more time to efficiently and effectively do actual research instead of dealing with red tape.Some red tape provides important functions. For example, it’s essential that clinical trial or administrative data be handled carefully, especially when it contains personal information. But the requirements often go too far and the hurdles can take too long to clear, bringing research to a crawl.For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently began removing from the data they provide to researchers all records for patients with substance use disorder diagnoses. This makes it difficult to study the opioid crisis, the spread and treatment of hepatitis C (which disproportionately affects substance users), and a wide range of mental health care. This new barrier to data, which had been previously available, has derailed productive researchers who now must figure out new ways to conduct their work.In my world, such data infrastructure issues are common. I’d be surprised if they aren’t just as common in cancer research as well.Austin Frakt, PhD (@afrakt), is a health economist in the US Department of Veteran Affairs and associate professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He is also an editor-in-chief of The Incidental Economist.This story has been updated to include comments from Gary Gilliland. Patrick Skerrett @PJSkerrett By Patrick Skerrett Jan. 13, 2016 Reprints Barrett Rollins: Share data from cancer patientsOtis Brawley: Use influence even after leaving officeGary Gilliland: Make existing potentially curative treatments available to allAustin Frakt: Invest in data infrastructure and accessBy Barrett Rollins: I had the honor to be part of the contingent from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) that met last week with Vice President Biden’s staff. We proposed two efforts that could be accomplished in the near term and that could provide substantial advances against cancer. Both revolved around sharing data from cancer patients.advertisement Tags cancerJoe Bidenmoonshot About the Author Reprintscenter_img First OpinionExperts urge Biden to expand access to therapies, patient genetics in cancer ‘moonshot’ Vice President Joe Biden could use some advice on his “moonshot” to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Win McNamee/Getty Images Editor, First Opinion Patrick Skerrett is the editor of First Opinion, STAT’s platform for perspective and opinion on the life sciences writ large, and the host of the First Opinion Podcast. Vice President Joe Biden unveiled his “moonshot” initiative against cancer Tuesday following a shout-out from President Obama during the State of the Union address. Biden said it’s time to “accelerate our efforts to progress towards a cure, and to unleash new discoveries and breakthroughs for other deadly diseases.”Biden’s aides have already held a series of closed-door meetings with cancer researchers.Read more: Biden lays out road map for his ‘moonshot’ against cancerSTAT asked experts inside and outside the cancer world what advice they would offer the vice president to help move his project forward.advertisement [email protected] last_img read more

Beacon Securities to divest its retail operations next week

first_img Keywords Investment dealersCompanies Beacon Securities Ltd. Leede Jones Gable launches capital markets business Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Donalee Moulton Ontario task force looks to boost industry competition PI Financial bought by joint venture The decision to focus on institutional operations began to take form in 2012. After more than two decades as an East Coast firm, Beacon expanded its operations to Toronto and subsequently opened offices in Calgary and Montreal. With that growth came the push to expand the firm’s private client group. To do that, Holland looked at everything from bringing on partners to hiring new advisors during a cross-country trek lasting 14 months. But ultimately, the decision was made that the firm could no longer operate in the retail space. “We’ve looked. We’ve tried,” says Holland. “We came to the conclusion [the best place for] our staff and our clients was where the focus is on retail.” Advisors had a say in choosing their new home, says Holland: “We wanted to involve staff and presented them with a short list.” Assante Hydrostone administers more than $1 billion in assets on behalf of clients in Atlantic Canada. “It has scale,” says Holland. Holland, who returned to Nova Scotia in 2006 to the company his father, Lonny Holland, had founded in 1988, notes that the boutique firm, a full-service investment dealer serving clients across the country, had occupied an increasingly unusual niche in the Canadian investment landscape. “It’s rare to find fully integrated investment dealer firms at this size,” Holland says. Enjoying the level of success Beacon has experienced is also unusual, he adds: “We’ve expanded meaningfully at a time when other firms have experienced challenges.” Growth has defined Beacon over the past decade as its staff has risen to 40 in four offices across the country from roughly six people in 2006. However, it’s the institutional side of the business that has driven that growth. Its revenue has grown by more than 50% a year since 2012, according to Holland, who declined to provide assets under management. Now, Beacon is turning even greater attention to its institutional operations, fixed-income and equity capital markets. “We will focus on the piece of the business we have grown significantly since we expanded in 2012,” says Holland. “Our firm is committed to growing our national platform in the institutional area.” “What you’re witnessing is a boutique that is rolling out a well-developed and coherent plan,” says Ian Russell, president and CEO of the Investment Industry Association of Canada in Toronto. “It’s one thing to offer a very specific retail service, but in the current environment, you need a lot of scale and size. Most clients are looking for a much broader suite of products and services.” Halifax-based Beacon Securities Ltd. will divest its entire retail operation effective Sept. 1 to focus on its institutional operations, a decision three years in the making. “At the end of the day, we felt clients were best served by a firm that did only [retail],” says Daniel Holland, Beacon’s executive vice chairman and managing director in Halifax. Five of Beacon’s six retail advisors will move to Assante Wealth Management (Canada) Ltd.’s Hydrostone office. The sixth advisor has joined an investment services team with one of Canada’s Big Five banks. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

World’s first vegan ETF launches next month

first_img Keywords Responsible investing The index starts with the S&P 500 universe and then excludes firms that don’t adhere to vegan values.For instance, it rules out firms that engage in animal testing, produce animal-derived products, and are involved in research involving animals and genetically-engineered animals. It also screens for other environmental and social concerns, including human rights, weapons and tobacco products.“So many compassionate people go to great efforts to avoid buying products that contain animal ingredients or have been subject to cruel testing, but when it comes to their investment options, they’re actively, albeit often unwittingly, supporting companies and industries that exploit and torture animals,” said Claire Smith, CEO of Beyond Investing, in a release. “Our ETF offers them the opportunity to invest in line with their values. And because we love humans as much as other animals, we have defense and human rights screens as well.”As of July 31, there were 277 companies in the index.The fund carries total operating expenses of 0.6%.Beyond Investing also intends to “engage with companies to encourage them to make their business practices to be more animal-friendly, by removing animal products from their business lines and improving their services to vegans,” Smith said. James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Vegans will soon have an investment product that reflects their values, with the first vegan ETF set to launch on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) next month.The US Vegan Climate Exchange Traded ETF will debut on the NYSE on Sept. 10. The fund, which has been developed by Beyond Investing LLC, will track the US Vegan Climate Index, which the firm launched in June 2018. Related news ESG interest on the rise, but so is fear of greenwashing FGP launches ex-energy equities fund Harvest of organic vegetables 123RF/lola1960 Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Orange Street in Kingston to be closed for repairs

first_imgRelatedOrange Street in Kingston to be closed for repairs RelatedOrange Street in Kingston to be closed for repairs Advertisements RelatedOrange Street in Kingston to be closed for repairscenter_img Orange Street in Kingston to be closed for repairs Local GovernmentNovember 24, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Effective tomorrow evening, the National Works Agency (NWA) will be closing sections of Orange Street in Downtown Kingston. The corridor will be closed at intervals to allow for repair works.Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says the project will take in the section of Orange Street between Harbour Street and Slipe Road.The work will be undertaken at nights in order to minimize delays and inconveniences to business operators and commuters Downtown. The roadway will be closed in the vicinity of the works at 7 pm each day and reopens at 5 the following morning.Mr. Shaw says between November 25 and December 15, the contractors working on the Agency’s behalf will be milling (removal of old asphalt) badly deteriorated sections and then repaving. The scope of the works also includes repairs to the sidewalks and curbs. These aspects of the work are slated to be done in January next year.The work to be undertaken forms part of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme’s (JDIP) periodic maintenance component, which is being implemented island-wide at a cost of over half a billion dollars.Mr. Shaw says under the programme, East, West, North and South Parades will also be getting similar attention.last_img read more