Chancellor Philip Hammond unveils Midlands Engine strategy with £392m investment and plans to cut congestion

whatsapp Thursday 9 March 2017 2:17 pm The region is already the headquarters for a range of big businesses including Jaguar Land Rover, JCB and Rolls-Royce and home to more than 10m people with an economy worth £217.7bn, which is 13 per cent of the UK’s annual output.Read more: Midlands Engine shifts up a gear with progress on major regional schemesBut despite its strengths, the economy has fallen behind in recent years; in 2015 the productivity gap between the Midlands and the UK average was 15 per cent.A skill shortage, the fragmented nature of the region’s economy and a “lack of entrepreneurship and economic dynamism” were highlighted by the government as key issues that the Midlands Engine strategy would help to address.Karl Edge, Midlands regional chairman at KPMG, said: “The statistics don’t lie: the Midlands is the real heartland of automotive and manufacturing. Further investment in regional infrastructure will improve connectivity for residents and visitors, and help to attract foreign investment and bolster our connections with the rest of the world, which will be crucial as the UK exits the EU.” There are also transport and infrastructure plans to improve the Midlands, including a commitment that by 2018, all rail passengers in the Midlands will have the option to use a smart ticket on local rail services and investment in local transport improvements including £25m to tackle congestion in the Black Country.Read more: HS2 delays contract award to CH2M as Mace mulls legal action on losing outHammond said: “The Midlands Engine Strategy is an important milestone, setting out the concrete actions we are taking, where we are not only investing in what it does well but also tackling some of the long standing productivity barriers in the region including skills and connectivity.”There are developments in the works that should make a significant difference to the region, such as HS2 which will place the Midlands at the heart of England’s high speed rail network.The government looked to assuage any Brexit jitters, saying it was working with businesses and local government across the region to ensure the Midlands’ interests are “fully considered”. whatsapp Share Collaboration is key, and the government’s hands-on approach is reassuring, particularly at a time when uncertainty has caused some nervousness. Chancellor Philip Hammond unveils Midlands Engine strategy with £392m investment and plans to cut congestion Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled details of his Midlands Engine plans today, including £392m through the Local Growth fund to improve transport connections.This includes £151m for the West Midlands City region, the largest award for any area. Rebecca Smith Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likealldelish11 Anxiety Causing Foods To Stay Away FromalldelishUndoillusion.funUse These Warnings From Nature To Avoid Emergencies Or Disastersillusion.funUndoBreast Cancer | Search AdsWarning Signs of Metastatic Breast CancerBreast Cancer | Search AdsUndoAuto carTop 5 best super sports cars 2021 | AutocarAuto carUndoRelationshipsWhat do the words “I love you” mean at every stage of the relationship?RelationshipsUndoMortgage FanaticRemember The Waltons? Now We Know How The Revered Family Drama Was MadeMortgage FanaticUndoanymuscle.comDiabetes and kidney failureanymuscle.comUndoMedical Billing & Coding | Search AdsMedical Billing and Coding Courses May Get You A Job Sooner Than You ThinkMedical Billing & Coding | Search AdsUndoYourSportSpotAfter Céline Dion’s Weight Loss, She Revealed The True CauseYourSportSpotUndo read more

UK accuses Iran of violating international law for arresting ambassador

first_img Edward Thicknesse UK accuses Iran of violating international law for arresting ambassador Sunday 12 January 2020 12:04 pm “The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.” (AFP via Getty Images) The demonstrations began after Iranians took to the streets to show their anger at the regime, calling officials “liars” for initially denying having shot down the Ukrainian jet, which had 176 people on board, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Security minister Brandon Lewis backed up Raab’s statement, telling Sky News that the arrest, which happened after Macaire stopped for a haircut, was “totally unacceptable.” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that the missile attack was an “unforgivable mistake.” Yesterday Iran admitted to “unintentionally” shooting down the plane, after a raft of world leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, blamed it for the tragedy. Under the terms of 1961’s Vienna Convention, it is illegal to detain diplomats. The Foreign Office will demand a full explanation. Read more: World leaders blame Iran for accidentally shooting down plane whatsapp He said: “Iran does need to step back from that kind of activity and play a proper part in working with partners to de-escalate.” center_img Tags: Iran by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab issued a statement condemning the arrest. It said: “The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law. whatsapp Read more: Iran admits “unintentionally” shooting down Ukrainian plane There were four UK nationals aboard Wednesday’s flight, which was bound for Kiev. Rob Macaire was arrested after the vigil turned into a protest against the Iranian regime, which he was accused of helping to organise. Share The UK has accused Iran of a “flagrant violation of international law” after its ambassador was arrested returning from a vigil for those who died when the Islamic Republic shot down a passenger plane on Wednesday. Show Comments ▼ The mistake occurred shortly after Iran had launched ballistic missile strikes against US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani. The ambassador, who was released after about three hours, later tweeted that he “wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations.”last_img read more

Coronavirus crisis could affect 59m jobs across Europe

first_img“However, despite many businesses being forced to postpone current recruitment drives, the ISE has revealed only a quarter (27 per cent) of companies will be recruiting less graduates this year, showing there is still demand. Low-risk occupations include 160.5m workers that either do not work in close proximity to others, such as accountants, architects, and journalists, or whose work provide essential health services, such as physicians, ambulance drivers, and health- service managers, or other essential services such as police, food production, education,public transit, water, or utilities. Also Read: Coronavirus crisis could affect 59m jobs across Europe If Europe fails to control the virus within one quarter and is forced to implement lockdown measures throughout the summer the economic consequences could be “severe,” the report said. The research said 26 per cent of total jobs across the 27 member state of the European Union plus the UK could be affected by reductions in hours or pay, temporary furloughs or permanent layoffs. Medium-risk occupations include 14.7m workers that perform their work in close proximity to others, but not to the general public. These include machine operators, construction workers, and psychologists. In this scenario the unemployment rate for the EU-27 is projected to peak in 2021—at 11.2 per cent—and is unlikely to recover to 2019 levels by 2024, McKinsey said. The devastating economic effects of the coronavirus lockdown could affect 59m jobs across Europe, according to a reporting published today by consultancy giant McKinsey. James Booth Before the covid-19 outbreak, 60 per cent of Gen Z (aged 18-22) typically secure a graduate position before leaving university. Tags: Coronavirus However, of those graduating this summer, only one fifth (18 per cent) currently have a job lined up. Even then, three-fifths (60 per cent) of those are worried their position will be impacted by covid-19, as several companies retract offers and put recruitment on hold. Also Read: Coronavirus crisis could affect 59m jobs across Europe Show Comments ▼ whatsapp McKinsey said high-risk occupations include 54.8m workers, most of whom work in close proximity and significant exposure to the general public; they include retail cashiers, cooks, and actors Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndo whatsapp Young people are most likely to be affected with 41 per cent of jobs for 15-24 year-olds (7m) at risk, compared to 25 per cent and 23 per cent among 25-54 year-olds and 55-64 year-olds respectively. If the virus is contained within two-to-three months of economic shutdown, the report predicted unemployment peaking at 7.6 per cent in 2020, before returning to the pre-crisis level of 6.3 per cent by the fourth quarter of 2021. Also Read: Coronavirus crisis could affect 59m jobs across Europe High-risk occupations include 54.8m workers, most of whom work in close proximity and significant exposure to the general public; they include retail cashiers, cooks, and actors. Georgina Brazier, jobs expert at Milkround, said: “Understandably, the situation around covid-19 is having a knock-on effect for student and graduate’s confidence in the current jobs market. Share Monday 20 April 2020 12:01 pm Coronavirus crisis could affect 59m jobs across Europe “Students should be reassured there are still various well-renowned companies looking for ambitious entry-level talent, to join their business and help deliver change. Most notably, the education, medical, accounting, IT and engineering, as well as the public sector are amongst the industries still continuing to hire.” Separately, research from graduate careers site Milkround and Dig-In found three-quarters of recent graduates and current students feel that the ongoing situation around covid-19 will heavily impact their future career prospects.last_img read more

French PM resigns ahead of Macron reshuffle after election trouncing

first_imgFriday 3 July 2020 9:49 am whatsapp Last night the president told regional media that the final phase of his tenure would have a new team. Doubts had arisen over Philippe’s future after Macron said last month that he wanted to “reinvent” his presidency. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) While a surge in support for the Green party showed Macron’s shortage of support from left-wing voters, Philippe was victorious in the port city of Le Havre, of which he used to be mayor. whatsapp It added that Philippe would continue to manage government affairs until a new cabinet had been named. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: French PM resigns ahead of Macron reshuffle after election trouncing Philippe, who has served as prime minister since 2017, was one of the few success stories in France’s recent municipal elections. French PM resigns ahead of Macron reshuffle after election trouncing (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: French PM resigns ahead of Macron reshuffle after election trouncing The Elysee palace said that a new prime minister would be named within the hours. French prime minister Edouard Philippe has this morning resigned ahead of a government reshuffle by president Emmanuel Macron. According to close advisers, Macron is looking to revamp his centrist En Marche party to become more appealing to the left. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data He said that he would be targeting pension reform in his final two years in office. Edward Thicknesse Show Comments ▼ Share It is customary in French cabinet reshuffles for the prime minister to resign first before new appointments are made, and there is nothing to stop Philippe from being returned to the role. “The new phase entails new goals of independence, reconstruction, reconciliation and new methods. Behind that there will be a new team,” Macron told La Montagne newspaper.last_img read more

Canada’s border is still closed to nonessential travel, even if you’ve been vaccinated

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | SoutheastCanada’s border is still closed to nonessential travel, even if you’ve been vaccinatedMarch 29, 2021 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:The American-Canadian border is seen at the Klondike Highway between Alaska and British Columbia on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2014. (Creative Commons Photo by James Brooks)Your RV or campervan may be all tuned up and ready to drive the Alaska Highway, but Canada’s borders remain closed to all but essential travel. And don’t bother flashing your vaccination card.“I think we’re all going to wait patiently until such a time that the health situation allows us to loosen border restrictions internationally,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in mid-March. “That’ll be eventually. But not for today.”Kelley Lee, a professor of public health at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, said it’s likely the travel restrictions will remain through the summer. She said they protect Canadians from exposure to the higher infection rate in the United States.“I don’t need to tell you that you [in the U.S.] have had far more cases. You’ve had something like 31 million infections,” said Kelley, Canada research chair of global health governance. “We’ve had less than a million.”Even when adjusted for population size, Canada has had far fewer cases. The two countries also differ in vaccination rates. The U.S. has vaccinated a greater share of its population, while Canada has had trouble acquiring sufficient supply.Lee said Canada can’t allow travel based on vaccination status because there’s still so much uncertainty about the vaccine’s impact on transmission. If you’re vaccinated, you’ve lowered your risk of becoming sick or dying, she said, but it’s not clear that you can’t transmit the disease.”It’s not really possible for the government to just assume that people who have been vaccinated don’t pose a risk to other people,” Lee said.Canada considers travel for work or school to be essential. Alaskans in the Lower 48 have also been allowed to transit Canada if they can show they’re driving north to go home. Alaskans on essential travel in Canada don’t have to quarantine, but they do have to limit their interactions and drive the most direct route.Share this story:last_img read more

In a Coronavirus World, ‘The Love Boat’ Is Still Afloat

first_imgTVEssaysPop CultureIn a Coronavirus World, ‘The Love Boat’ Is Still AfloatA campy confection that gleefully ignores the realities cruise-ship life is just what Doc ordered right nowBy Anthony Pignataro – April 22, 20201717ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItAs the coronavirus continues to put the brakes on travel, the cruise ship industry has taken a massive hit. In early March, Princess Cruises—which operates the Diamond Princess, which made so many headlines at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic—announced it was shutting down for at least 60 days (the line’s Grand Princess remains off the coast of Northern California in a kind of pandemic-induced limbo).While this seems both prudent and optimistic (social distancing and self-quarantining will likely last well into the summer, if not longer), it hasn’t dampened the public’s love for ocean cruising. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported on April 9 that cruise bookings for 2021 “are up considerably compared with pre-coronavirus data.”The assumption that COVID-19 will be manageable by then is simply that—an assumption. A vaccine remains at least a year and a half away, and antiviral treatments remain experimental. And it’s unknown when universal testing, which is mandatory for preventing future pandemics, will become a reality. Going on a cruise without those safeguards—especially when outbreaks of diseases like norovirus have long plagued cruise lines around the world—seems like gambling with very poor odds. For now, the safest way to take a cruise may be by watching old reruns of the television program The Love Boat.There’s a logic to this, especially as television has taken on ever greater importance as one of the few escapes available to us. Though filmed in the late 1970s, the connection between The Love Boat and Princess Cruises—which allowed the show producers to use its ship Pacific Princess (and sometimes Island Princess) for filming—remains surprisingly strong.It was in early February of this year, about a month before everything went to hell, when my girlfriend Angie and I stood on one of the top decks of the Royal Princess, a 143,000-ton cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. The ship was launched in 2012 and is capable of carrying 3,600 passengers (by comparison, the RMS Queen Mary weighed 80,000 tons and carried about 2,000 passengers). We were just about to pull away from the dock at the Port of Los Angeles, bound for Catalina and Ensenada, when the ship’s horn blew. I stood awkwardly for a moment, trying to identify the unusual tune, then laughed and shook my head.The horn was blowing the first few bars of the theme song from the old Love Boat TV show, which aired from 1976 to 1986. And it wasn’t the only reference my girlfriend Angie and I found to 1970s television during our brief four-day cruise. In our stateroom, we watched the ship’s official safety video, which starred the original Love Boat cast, including Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie McCoy), who had been fired from the show in 1984 due to her cocaine addiction.Though The Love Boat has been off the air for more than three decades (the short-lived 1998 reboot starring Robert Urich and Joan Severance is a curious footnote in TV history), you can still find reruns on MeTV. In fact, for the next few months or so, that’s the only way most people will be able to take a cruise.Each week, the show drowned in layers of syrupy fantasy. Producers structured each episode in a three-arc format, with one comedic storyline usually involving the crew of the Pacific Princess (Captain Merrill Stubing, the ship’s doctor Adam “Doc” Bricker, bartender Isaac Washington, and Gopher, the assistant purser, played by Fred Grandy, who later represented Iowa as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives), one written as a drama (sometimes with tragic overtones), and the last containing pure slapstick humor. But regardless of the individual story, the overall thrust of each episode was the same: no matter what the passengers wanted when they boarded the ship each week, they would find love, and that love would better their lives.For instance, one week a kissing bandit (a very young Billy Crystal) boards the ship and molests every woman he can find (which they all, of course, adore) except the young woman he actually finds attractive. Or another time, a young Black woman who is finishing research into some portion of African American history learns to love Hambone, an old Negro Leagues baseball player portrayed by Scatman Crothers (this particular episode ends with the very white Capt. Stubing delivering a cringeworthy lecture on the true value of African American history to the researcher).Cathy Schwichtenberg of the University of Iowa explored all this in an essay titled “The Love Boat: the packaging and selling of love, heterosexual romance, and family” published in the journal Media, Culture and Society in 1984:“[I]n The Love Boat, ‘love’ as a floating signifier is transformed into a commodity when linked with a ‘boat’—a ‘thing,’” Schwichtenberg wrote. “Through the exchange of money for a cruise, love becomes the ultimate reward, the panacea for all ills. As the lyric of the ‘Love Boat song’ indicate, love is ‘life’s sweetest reward.’ Hence, the cruise functions as the mediating term between money and love. Indeed, once the promise of love is bought via the cruise, the crew, which functions to unify couples, must do good on the promise.”The crew itself functioned as a family structure that audiences could rely on week to week, and that added a great deal more fantasy to the show. In simple terms, even when the show was airing in the 1970s, most cruise ships didn’t have American crews. And they certainly don’t today, either—cruise lines long ago got addicted to the lower wages they could pay non-American workers.Contrary to what television audiences see when they tune in each week to The Love Boat, cruise ship crews live solitary, harsh lives. “Often signed to six or eight-month contracts, cruise ship employees often work seven days a week for a minimum of 12 hours per day, while making anywhere from around $550-$1,000 per month,” Business Insider reported in 2019. “And those who have the most physically demanding jobs, like waiters and cleaners, tend to receive inadequate medical care when they first report an injury, [maritime attorney Jim] Walker said.”It was just as bad in the days of The Love Boat. In fact, the 1974 book Love Boats—which the television series was very loosely based on—did not glamorize the life of a cruise ship worker. Written by Jeraldine Saunders, who was the first woman ever promoted to cruise director, the book ostensibly tells real-life stories of how passengers found love and adventure throughout her career on the high seas (at the time of her book, and The Love Boat TV show, cruise ships usually only carried about 600 passengers). Saunders describes living in a cabin near the ship’s propeller shaft, working 15 hours a day, every day, for 11 months at a time, while the ship endlessly steamed in and out of American, Mexican, and Caribbean ports. Even a single afternoon in port could be a rare, not-to-be-missed treat.She also wrote about the time a fellow officer on the ship attempted to rape her, other crewmembers sneaking passengers off to hidden nooks in the ship for sex, and even one horrible Christmas cruise during which two passengers killed themselves:“A passenger complained to me and said, ‘Jeraldine, don’t you think that two suicides on one cruise is a bit much?’ The poor, hard-working cruise staff gets blamed for everything. She must have thought that I sat down to make out the daily program and said, ‘Let’s see, I think we will have two suicides today.’”Today, sexual assault and suicide (or at least, mysterious deaths) remain problems on cruise ships. The Washington Post reported in December 2019 that reports of sexual assaults had jumped nearly 32 percent from the first nine months of 2018 (60 incidents) to the same period in 2019 (79 incidents). And in late 2018, Quartz reported that, “Since 2000, 284 people have fallen off cruise ships—and another 41 from large ferries—an average of about 1.5 people per month.”It’s depressing stuff, and yet, I still find at least some enjoyment in an episode of The Love Boat. Not because it reminds me of days spent at sea, but because it stands as a unique treasure trove of both television and movie actors. Ethel Merman, Florence Henderson, Sherman Hemsley, Jaclyn Smith, and Troy Donahue all made one or more appearances on the show. It was also a trip to see young actors like Tom Hanks (who recently emerged from coronavirus quarantine in Australia), David Hasselhoff, and Jessica Walter, who was unknown but eerily familiar until I realized she later played Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development.Flawed and unrealistic though it may be, the show is the only way most of us will go to sea, at least for near future.RELATED: Thousands of People Are Stuck on a Cruise Ship Off the Coast of CaliforniaStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSCoronavirusCOVID-19Cruise shipPrincess CruisesThe Love BoatPrevious articleThe Pandemic Has Had Environmental Upsides, but Will They Be Short-Lived?Next articleDisney Heiress Blasts Company Over Worker Furloughs: ‘WHAT THE ACTUAL F***?’Gwynedd Stuart RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORL.A. Restaurants Are Dealing with a Major Labor Shortage—What’s the Issue?How Real Is the Threat of an Eviction Crisis in L.A. 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Hospital demand for hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients is waning

first_img Related: The shift comes amid controversy over the extent to which hydroxychloroquine can help Covid-19 patients. The drug, which is approved to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as malaria, had been widely touted a few weeks ago by President Trump, helping to spark a binge of prescription writing and hospital orders that created severe shortages.advertisement The ongoing uncertainty over whether hydroxychloroquine can successfully treat Covid-19 appears to have eroded demand considerably among hospitals, according to new data. At the same time, anecdotal evidence suggests that patients with lupus, a condition for which the drug is approved to treat, are having an easier time filling prescriptions for the first time in weeks.From the week ending April 17 to the week ending April 24, demand plunged 62% among hospitals placing orders for the decades-old malaria drug. The number of tablets sought fell to 198,500 from 462,850 during that stretch, according to Vizient, a group purchasing organization that negotiates contracts for medicines on behalf of about 3,000 hospitals and health care facilities in the U.S.At the same time, supplies appear to be stabilizing, most likely due to donations from several large manufacturers — including Bayer, Teva Pharmaceutical and Novartis — that agreed to provide millions of tablets to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile after the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for hospitals.advertisement Hospital demand for hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat lupus and malaria, appears to be declining. John Locher/AP FDA’s Woodcock on authorizing emergency use for hydroxychloroquine: ‘We did the best we could’ As a result, the so-called fill rate — the rate that orders were able to filled and shipped to hospitals — is starting to bounce back. Although the rate hovered around 55% mid-month and then fell to 32% several days later, it now stands at 45%, according to Dan Kistner, group senior vice president for pharmacy solutions at Vizient. He also expects the fill rates to stabilize and improve over time. Meanwhile, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients have become collateral damage. For weeks, many were unable to obtain their usual prescriptions, causing concerns about their health. Some also were alarmed after hearing a drumbeat of warnings about side effects risks, according to Kenneth Farber, president of Lupus Research Alliance, an advocacy group that is sponsoring an observational study to assess the incidence of Covid-19 among lupus patients who are already taking hydroxychloroquine for their condition.Over the past several days, however, he indicated that the shortage has abated most everywhere and lupus patients say they are finding it easier to obtain hydroxychloroquine. He attributed the change to increased production and reservations among some physicians to increasingly prescribe the tablet for Covid-19. But he worries hoarding may return if studies indicate the drug is useful for the coronavirus.“One very unfortunate aspect of the whole hydroxychloroquine debate is all of the exaggeration promulgated both by the original proponents of its use for Covid-19 and by detractors of the idea of using it. Proponents exaggerated the value of the anecdotal evidence suggesting that hydroxychloroquine was a useful treatment for Covid-19 and detractors, to discourage the use of the drug, exaggerated the side-effects of hydroxychloroquine,” he wrote us.“This unfortunate controversy had its nature in politics as much as in science. Lupus patients were the victims of the ridiculous controversy.” PharmalotHospital demand for hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients is waning [email protected] Tags Coronaviruspharmaceuticalscenter_img @Pharmalot Covid-19 Drugs and Vaccines Tracker By Ed Silverman April 28, 2020 Reprints About the Author Reprints Related: Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. The rush occurred even as evidence was lacking that hydroxychloroquine — and a related drug called chloroquine — might be effective in thwarting the novel coronavirus. The picture was further muddied by a growing number of small studies – especially from France and China – that offered tantalizing suggestions of efficacy, but widely criticized for being poorly designed.Consequently, a growing number of physicians and public health experts cautioned that the tablet should not be embraced as a salve until more data is obtained from several trials under way. Toward that end, the FDA last week issued a cautionary note to health care providers because the drug may cause irregular heart rhythms, especially when used in combination with the azithromycin antibiotic.Nonetheless, shortages persisted due to supply constraints faced by the companies – mostly in China and India – that supply the active pharmaceutical ingredient for the drug. The problem spread to compound pharmacies as well, after one U.S. supplier boosted wholesale prices for the ingredient after it became harder to obtain raw materials from its own overseas sources. 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Canadian officials urge residents not to let moose lick their cars

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementBy allowing moose to lick the salt off your car, they will become habituated with being around cars, CNN reports. That poses a risk to both the animals and the drivers who can accidentally crash into them.“Moose and cars are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it’s going through your windshield,” Young said.The best way to stop a moose from coming close to your car is simply driving away when you see them approaching, he added. RELATEDTOPICS Canadians officials have an important message for residents: “Do not let moose lick your car.”Officials in Jasper, an alpine town in Canada’s Alberta province, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick the salt, a treat moose find hard to resist, off their cars.“They’re obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their body,” Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. “They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars.”At the Jasper National Park, where people often park on the side of the road in hopes of catching a glimpse of the moose, letting the animals near your car is actually a serious danger. Advertisement AdvertisementTags: carsMoosecenter_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Another important warning Young and other officials continue to emphasize is the importance of staying inside your car and avoiding any interactions with the wildlife, including moose.While other animals typically run away when humans approach, moose will stand their ground and charge if they feel threatened.“We’ve been seeing a lot more moose lately. The wolf population is decreasing, which means there’s fewer predators and the moose population is going up as a result,” Young said. “This also means people need to be respectful and give them space.”Visitors are not allowed to feed, entice or disturb wildlife in national parks and violators could face fines up to $25,000, he added.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Dog with terminal cancer fulfills another bucket list activity November 16, 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

Face masks are washing ashore at Fort Myers Beach

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS US will aim to cut carbon emissions by 52% by 2030, Biden says April 22, 2021 That’s a concern for Garrett Ruppe. Not for himself, but the animals that live in the water. “I mean the masks is going to make that way more difficult for all the sea creatures really,” said Ruppe. Masks could be deadly to the wildlife living in the water near Fort Myers Beach. “If they’re exposed in the sun in the water for a period of time the dyes will eventually leak out and materials will break down,” said Fancher.  $3 million budgeted for environmental improvements in SWFL April 28, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Balloons from your outdoor celebration could be dangerous to wildlife June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: environmentpollution FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s a sign of the times. Face masks are now washing ashore at Fort Myers Beach. Wes Douglas said he’s seeing worn face masks everywhere. “I’m not surprised to be honest with you,” said Douglas. “I see them in the parking lot. I see them on the ballfield. See them everywhere.”All of those places can lead straight to the ocean, said the leader of Keep Lee County Beautiful.  Japan records earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years April 6, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement“Ever since the pandemic started, we definitely are seeing an uptick in it,” said Executive Director of KLCB, Tricia Fancher. This past weekend, 21 major cleanups were held across the county. They were all part of the American Cleanup Day. “In all of the locations there were facemasks found,” said Fancher.  Advertisementlast_img read more

White House asks court to dismiss lawsuit over drug imports from Canada

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Biden administration is urging a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that could stand in the way of Florida and other states importing prescription drugs from Canada.In a legal brief filed Friday, the White House argues that the lawsuit filed last year on behalf of U.S. pharmaceutical companies was premature because the federal government has yet to approve any importation programs.The administration’s legal filing came on the same day Florida’s Republican governor, who is considering a run for the White House in 2024, called on the Biden administration to approve its drug importation application.Florida and New Mexico are the only two states thus far to formally ask the U.S. government to allow federally approved drugs to be imported from Canada, arguing that doing so would save Americans millions of dollars. Other states are poised to follow, despite a lawsuit raising concerns over safety and costs that was filed by the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, the trade group that represents U.S. drug producers. DeSantis signed a bill in 2019 allowing prescription drugs to be imported from the neighboring country, but the plan awaits federal approval.In November, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under then-President Donald Trump issued a ruling, which DeSantis said was based largely on Florida’s plan, further opening the door for states to pursue importing prescription drugs. That same month, the trade group filed its lawsuit.The governor’s office on Friday issued a statement asserting that the current government’s legal filing “puts the Biden Administration on the record in support of the FDA rule.”The Florida governor has increasingly taken a combative tone against the Biden administration as he positions himself as one of his party’s leading critics of the current White House.“It is disappointing that the FDA appears to have no timeline to review any state importation proposals as referenced in today’s filing,” the governor’s statement said. “Floridians have been waiting long enough for lower drug prices, and there is no good reason to keep them waiting.”Some consumers have long crossed into Mexico and Canada to buy medicine that sells for far less than in the United States. But it’s against federal law to import drugs.The lawsuit filed by the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America accuses the federal government of failing to demonstrate the safety of importing medicine and any actual cost savings.DeSantis and others have dismissed those concerns, saying that Canada, like the United States, has stringent pharmaceutical guidelines, and “we obviously would have our process to ensure quality.”DeSantis said his state is ready to act swiftly to put its program into place should the federal government approve its request to launch a drug importation program. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Drug importsFlorida Advertisement AdvertisementIn its legal filing, President Joe Biden’s administration argues that drug companies “pre-emptively launched this wholesale attack” on a program that has yet to be implemented.“Although two proposals have been submitted to FDA, no timeline exists for the agency to make a decision,” the government’s motion states.During a Friday news conference, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Floridians could save as much as $150 million in drug costs in the program’s first year. RELATEDTOPICS Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more