How the not-for-profit Civica Rx will disrupt the generic drug industry

first_imgFirst OpinionHow the not-for-profit Civica Rx will disrupt the generic drug industry Bottles of prescription drugs are filled at the central pharmacy of Intermountain Healthcare in Midvale, Utah. Intermountain is one of the founding health care organizations of Civica Rx, which aims to make essential generic medications accessible and affordable. George Frey/Getty Images About the Author Reprints A pharma exec raised the price of antibiotic by 400 percent — and the government can’t do much about it In response to high pharmaceutical prices and their harmful impact on American consumers, President Trump has proposed lowering Medicare drug prices by tying them to the lower prices that other industrialized countries pay for the same drugs. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential contender, has proposed creating a government-run pharmaceutical manufacturer to mass produce generic medicines in order to lower prices. Tags pharmaceuticals They also know what constitutes a reasonable cost. That means they can make commitments in advance to purchase specific amounts of medications from Civica Rx at predetermined prices long into the future. Not a penny of profit will be paid out. Any excess funds will be invested back into the organization to perpetuate its not-for-profit mission. Within three to five years, Civica Rx expects to offer its member hospitals up to 100 generic medicines.The company will operate on a membership model, with several levels of membership that will allow access for all hospitals, regardless of size. Members will range from small community hospitals of fewer than two dozen beds to the largest hospital systems in the nation.This membership system will ensure that Civica Rx’s long-term volume commitments will let it lock in prices that are both reasonable and transparent. The same price per unit will be offered to each hospital, and no hospital will be able to scoop up the supply.Locking in prices will ensure stability and consistency in both drug availability and cost. It also allows Civica Rx to commit to supplying its partners with the volumes of medications they need over the long term. That’s the key to enabling the company to produce specific drugs. With many health systems working together, we have the capacity to inject competition into the generic drug marketplace, an injection that is long overdue.Marc Harrison, M.D., is president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, a governing member of Civica Rx. Here’s an idea that won’t cost taxpayers a dime: a not-for-profit generic drug company that will shake up the marketplace and benefit the American people. That’s the idea behind Civica Rx, a not-for-profit company formed by three philanthropies and numerous health care organizations that represent about 800 U.S. hospitals. One of the founding health care organizations is Intermountain Healthcare, where I am president and CEO. Martin VanTrieste, the former chief quality officer for Amgen, is serving without compensation as the CEO of Civica Rx.advertisement Elizabeth Warren has a new way to lower drug prices: have the government make medicines In 2015, Turing bought the rights to Daraprim, the trade name of generic pyrimethamine, and raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750, which boosted the cost of a normal course of treatment from about $1,350 to $75,000. An internal Intermountain Healthcare analysis indicated that a not-for-profit manufacturer can produce and sell pyrimethamine for $3.50 per tablet, which is less than 0.5 percent of the price of Daraprim after it was acquired by Turing ($750) and 25 percent of the price before the acquisition ($13.75).Two main things allow companies like Turing and Nostrum to jack up their prices: limited supplies of the drugs and the ease with which a pharmaceutical company with deep pockets can undercut anyone who’d consider investing in a competitor by drastically reducing the price long enough to put them out of business. Civica Rx’s not-for-profit model will correct that situation.With the clout of its large volume commitments, Civica Rx is creating its own market. The participating institutions know how much of each medication they need, and have records that reveal it with great precision. Marc Harrison Related: @MarcHarrisonMD The generic drug industry should cause prices for medications to drop. But lately it has been engaging in price gouging and making it difficult to obtaining some vital medications.You’ve heard the stories: a 5,000 percent increase by Turing Pharmaceuticals for one tablet of generic pyrimethamine, which is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a rare infection; a 2,800 percent price increase in a single year for digoxin, a commonly prescribed heart medication.The chief executive of Nostrum Laboratories, a generic pharmaceutical company, even argued there is a “moral requirement … to sell the product at the highest price,” as he defended a 500 percent increase in the price of nitrofurantoin, a generic drug used to treat bladder infections that is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines.advertisement By Marc Harrison March 14, 2019 Reprints Related: Our company has a different moral requirement than that of Nostrum and many other generic drug companies: to put patients and their needs first.Unlike for-profit companies, Civica Rx is a public asset whose mission is to ensure that essential generic medications are accessible and affordable. These are drugs that have emerged from the patent-protection period and are in the public domain. The company will work to ensure they remain that way.Civica Rx will draw on the collective volume of commitments from its member health care organizations to serve the public good. It will initially focus on 14 hospital-administered generic drugs and expects to have its first products on the market this year.Shortly after the launch of Civica Rx in September 2018, more than 120 health organizations that represent about one-third of the nation’s hospitals contacted the company and expressed their commitment to the venture or interest in participating with it. Civica Rx is also collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which could bring its considerable buying power to the table and would likewise benefit greatly from less-expensive generic medications.The challenge is clear. Take the example of nitrofurantoin. Nostrum Laboratories raised the price of a bottle of the drug from $474.75 to $2,392, according to Elsevier’s Gold Standard Drug Database. In an interview, Nirmal Mulye, Nostrum’s chief executive, defended the quintupling of the price, saying, “We have to make money when we can. The price of iPhones goes up, the price of cars goes up, hotel rooms are very expensive.”FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb responded on Twitter:1/2 Regarding @FT story today @bydavidcrow; there’s no moral imperative to price gouge and take advantage of patients. FDA will continue to promote competition so speculators and those with no regard to public health consequences can’t take advantage of patients who need medicine— Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) September 11, 2018last_img read more

Sanctions spell boom for private shoe manufacturers

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing youweekly updates on the North Korean economy. For the fourth week of March, wehave reporter Seol Song Ah joining us for the show. Together, we will take acloser look at how residents are coping economically as sanctions set in andthe weather warms up. Ms. Seol, what are the hot items in the market thesedays?The private market in North Korea is notjust active in the spring, but all year round. Nevertheless, the differentseasons do influence market activity. As we head into the spring, vendors willneed to ensure they have stock that matches their customer’s needs based onthings like the weather and time of year. For example, when it warms up a bit,people start to wear different clothes, right? The market needs to take note ofthese trends and work hard to stay ahead of them. For the vendors, this is akey ingredient to success.The spring season also brings new pricesand different methods of conducting business. On today’s edition of MarketTrends, I’m going to discuss how shoe manufacturers are faring in the springmarket, with special emphasis on the regional aspect of private shoeproduction.Your point about picking the right productsto match the season is an interesting one. But didn’t you mention that thereare special regions for shoe manufacturing? I presume that if one has the moneyto step into the business, they could simply do so regardless of location. Canyou explain a little more about this? Of course, if one has the space and the seedmoney to engage in production of things like shoes, it is possible to a certainextent. The most salient hurdle for entrepreneurs is seed money andprofitability. Shoe production requires fuel, which is usually charcoal, and soacquiring that is the first step. The price and quality of charcoal in NorthHamgyong Province is different from that in South Pyongan Province. You needquite a bit of coal to produce rubber soles. Charcoal with a higherheating value (anthracite) is only mined in South Pyongan Province. If the donju (nouveau riche) in NorthHamgyong Province wanted to make shoes in the spring, they would start byinvesting and manufacturing. But for them, the price of coal  isconsiderably more expensive. Therefore, the markets in Hwanghae Province andNorth Hamgyong Province end up buying spring shoes that were produced in SouthPyongan Province wholesale. Because of this, producers in South PyonganProvince (and also nearby locations such as Sinuiju in South Pyongan) haveleveraged this strategic advantage and become famous for this sort ofmanufacturing. So it appears that this regionalspecialization is a natural result of resource availability. What kind of shoesdo the manufacturers in South Pyongan Province make in the spring? As we swing into spring, the first thingresidents begin to change is their clothes and especially their shoes. InMarch, the weather is still a bit chilly, so people wear thin winter coats, andstop wearing fur boots and winter boots.  So people begin to buy and wearsneakers, shoes, comfortable shoes, and so on, around this time of year. April 1 is back to school day. So manufacturers like to produce shoesto sell in March, so that the kids will have new shoes to wear when schoolstarts in April. Parents in North Korea remain focused ontheir kids and like to invest in their future to increase their chances ofsuccess, so they tend to buy shoes for them despite the cost. South Pyongan’sSunchon Market is considered the hottest place to buy shoes wholesale. Untilthe shoes appear at the market, the production and transportation process is soseamless, it seems as if all the steps needed have been undertaken by the samecompany. This is an illusion arising from close cooperation between the variousproducers. Because coal is included as a prohibitedexport item on the international sanctions list (UN Security Council Resolution2270), a lot of the coal that would have gone to foreign buyers is stayingwithin the country. Before the sanctions, it was quite difficult to acquirehigh energy coal, no matter how much one was willing to pay. Now that themining companies are providing high energy coal in exchange for credit, shoemanufacturers have been able to get their hands on a fuel source much more easilyand this has spurred production. I have heard that state-operated shoefactories produce shoes of an acceptable quality. Is that the case? To list a few of the state-operatedfactories, we could start with the one that Kim Jong Un recently inspected,Pyongyang Shoe Factory. There is also the Sinuiju Shoe Factory, the SunchonShoe Factory, and the Hyesan Shoe Factory in Ryanggang Province. These days, aseconomic localization and independence are emphasized, propaganda has emergedtouting the aesthetic qualities of the newest state-produced shoes to hit themarkets. The problem is that the state factories just can’t produce enough ofthem. They produce specialty products according to season, and these aredistributed according to each resident’s loyalty status, so ordinary workingfolks will rarely receive them. Also, while the state operated factoriesmake better quality shoes than the private factories, the designs have not keptup with the current trends in fashion. Even middle school students are unhappyto wear shoes that are drastically behind the newest styles. In the official general markets, high quality shoes from China and South Korea are available for purchase, butthese are quite expensive. So for consumers who are looking for a low tomid-priced pair of shoes that aren’t too out of fashion, privately-producedshoes are the way to go. I’m curious how these shoes are soldthroughout the country and what sorts of workers are employed to make theseprocesses work. Producing one pair of shoes requires awell-orchestrated division of labor. You start with the leather and rawmaterials, then recruit a rubber sole specialist, someone to take care of theshoelaces, another to make the midsole, and one more to complete the design.These sections of the process can be completed at different homes or sometimesin a factory warehouse that is rented to bring the various stages of productiontogether under one roof.Sections of the private shoe manufacturingprocess are usually undertaken by individual household units. Factory workersand students are sometimes employed by these family units. Production of therubber soles gives off noxious fumes, so the pay is doubled. Usually healthywomen are hired for this role. Students are sometimes used to puncture theholes in the fabric where the shoelaces are threaded. Thin aluminum or ironrings are then placed in these holes. Female students are said to enjoy thiskind of work and seek it out. A day’s wages is typically a kilogram of rice.This is greater than than the state nutrition guideline for adults of 700grams.  I’m wondering how all these various partsof the production process come together to form the final product. Can youplease explain that a bit?Shoe production is a process that cannot behandled by one or two people alone. As you mentioned, it is a productionprocess and therefore requires cooperation and coordination between manyparticipants. The raw materials are purchased from runners (retailers who travelto buy and sell) who acquire their goods from the Chinese city of Dandong.Instead of selling at Jonghap Market, these runners transport the raw materialsdirectly to the shoe producers. In this way, the shoe manufacturers have theirown form of infrastructure set up. The runners can sell the raw materials todozens of clients in the same region. By working together, the private shoeproducers form a fully functioning factory that can compete with state shoefactories.    The raw materials are processed into shapesfor shoes, sneakers, and student’s shoes, and then sent to final production.Rubber soles undergo the same process. The sole producers adjust their designaccording to the final producer’s demands. The various producers are all linkedup in this vast network and the final product gets sold off wholesale. China is participating in the internationalsanctions against North Korea. Considering this, do you think that it will bepossible to continue procuring raw materials from Dandong in the future? I think you hit on a very important point.The sanctions target mining, coal, and other foreign currency earning methodsfor the regime. There is nothing in the sanctions that targets the imports andexports of private businesses. Right now, dozens of container trucks streamback and forth from Dandong in China to Sinuiju in North Korea to provide NorthKorean private businesses with the resources they need to generate a profit.From there, the materials are transported to markets around the country. Whenone considers the fact that coal has suddenly become more available in thedomestic market and that the raw materials required for production are stillavailable, you might even say that the sanctions have produced a boom inprivate shoe manufacturing in North Korea. As we close, we’ll take a look at marketprices in the North.We’ll start off with last week’s riceprices, the foreign exchange rate, and other price movements. We’ve receivedreports that grain prices across multiple regions have not experiencedsignificant changes despite the international sanctions.The price of 1 kg of rice was 5,160 KPW inPyongyang, 5,090 KPW in Sinuiju, and 5,080 KPW in Hyesan. The cost of 1 kg ofcorn kernels was 2,100 KPW in Pyongyang, 2,190 KPW in Sinuiju, and 2,200 KPW inHyesan. The US dollar was trading at 8,128 KPW in Pyongyang, 8,150 KPW inSinuiju, and 8,065 KPW in Hyesan. The Renminbi was trading at 1,290 KPW inPyongyang, 1,280 KPW in Sinuiju, and 1,270 KPW in Hyesan, a little lower thanlast week.Moving along, 1 kg of pork was selling at11,500 KPW in Pyongyang, and 12,000 KPW in Sinuiju and Hyesan. Gasoline wastrading at 7,200 KPW per kg in Pyongyang, 7,180 KPW in Sinuiju, and 7,250 KPWin Hyesan. Finally, 1 kg of diesel fuel was selling at 5,500 KPW in Pyongyang,5,400 KPW in Sinuiju and 5,250 KPW in Hyesan.*This segment reflects market conditions for the week of March 21-25. SHARE News Sanctions spell boom for private shoe manufacturers AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img News News Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2016.04.01 5:45pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Surveillance agents covertly planting bugs in the homes of defectors’ relatives

first_imgNewsEconomy News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) The North Korean authorities have reportedly strengthened their efforts toward monitoring, intimidating, and coercing the families of defectors. According to sources inside the country, security agents are desperate to accomplish goals prior to the review period for the “200-Day Battle,” and are now closely watching the families of defectors by planting bugs in their houses, while covertly monitoring neighborhoods pretending to be merchants.“Recently, provincial State Security Department and Ministry of People’s Security [police] officers have significantly intensified their level of surveillance on the families of defectors. The security agents are not only directly visiting their houses but also covertly monitoring them, disguised as ordinary merchants,” a source in North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on November 8.“There was even a recent case where a security agent abruptly visited a house belonging to a defector’s family pretending to come for drinks, before secretly attaching a bugging device under the table,” the source said, adding that, “When a family member asked the agent, ‘Why would you install such a thing in our house?,’ the agent responded by saying, ‘I don’t know anything.’”“Sometimes bugging devices can be found hanging on bicycles. As such devices appear, the families of defectors are coming under a lot of psychological pressure.”“Under such circumstances, defectors’ families are responding with advice such as, ‘We must check our house after anyone other than a family member visits.’ They are also telling each other to be cautious in speaking and behavior, so as not to be caught by the security agents who are likely to be monitoring them.”He further explained that these security agents are not only strengthening their surveillance and control over the families of defectors but are also using methods of coercion as well. This is because if a defector can be persuaded to return to North Korea, it is recorded as a significant achievement for the agent and a propaganda coup.A source in Ryanggang Province reported that recently, State Security Department agents have been visiting the families of defectors and saying things like, “Tell your family member to come back; they will be forgiven.” But most people doubt such claims, aware of the intensified surveillance for all involved if a defector is indeed to return.“The security agents are desperate to rack up achievements before the review of the ‘200-Day Battle’ which will be held until December 17. It seems likely that different methods of persuasion, intimidation, and surveillance will be employed depending on circumstances,” another source in South Pyongan Province added.The North Korean regime is known to intensify its surveillance of defectors who return, after using them for regime propaganda, as a second defection would reflect badly on the authorities. Therefore, returned defectors are required to make frequent reports, and are placed under constant surveillance, even on holidays. News SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Surveillance agents covertly planting bugs in the homes of defectors’ relativescenter_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.11.10 3:47pm News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Statement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on February 10, 2021

first_imgStatement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on February 10, 2021 From: Public Health Agency of CanadaOn February 10, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.February 10, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of CanadaAs COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to maintain COVID-19 at manageable levels across the country.Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 810,797 cases of COVID-19, including 20,909 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though many areas continue to experience high infection rates, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. As well, the emergence and spread of certain SARS-CoV-2 virus variants /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, coronavirus, covid-19, disease, Government, health, healthcare, infection, Ottawa, pandemic, public health, viruslast_img read more

3 UK CEO says O2 deal will address “imbalance” in market

first_img David Dyson, CEO of 3 UK, believes there is a “significant imbalance” in the UK operator market and “fundamentally disagrees” that four operators in the country is a good thing, Financial Times (FT) reported.He was speaking in support of his company’s £10.5 billion acquisition of O2, which has not received support from the country’s regulator, Ofcom. The deal is awaiting approval from Brussels, although the European Commission may take a hard line on the matter.Dyson said that “after 13 years of fighting incredibly hard, 3 UK has 10 per cent market share and is still subscale in an industry where scale is really important to be sustainably competitive”. The merger would up this market share to around 40 per cent.“We have shown that we have always used our spare capacity to drive competition. We have been hamstrung over the past two years and I can’t wait to get on the front foot,” he said, adding that the operator is running out of capacity on some UK sites.Dyson believes consumers and the government would agree with his stance, given the ‘not-spots’, reliability of networks and state of 4G rollout in the country.He also said BT, with its acquisition of EE, and Vodafone UK are making things hard for smaller rivals because they have control of more spectrum.“The deal means faster speeds and more capacity. The merged group drops an additional 25 per cent of capacity into the UK market,” he commented.Separately, FT said 3 UK will stick to existing network-sharing arrangements after the merger, addressing concerns that the deal will upset the current balance where operators have combined their masts into two networks — one used by 3 UK and EE, and the other by O2 and Vodafone.“The merger is about the smallest operator taking control over our future. It’s in our DNA to compete. We just want a level playing field,” Dyson said.Last week, 3 UK owner CK Hutchison pitched three promises to the European Commission in a bid to gain approval for its bid.These included not raising prices of voice, text or data for five years; investing £5 billion in that period; and enabling “other meaningful competitors” to enter the market using its network. Tags Español AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 FEB 2016 Author Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleGoogle opts out of upcoming US spectrum auction – reportNext ArticleVodafone’s contribution to the public purse drops Home 3 UK CEO says O2 deal will address “imbalance” in marketcenter_img Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Related Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more 3 UKCK HutchisonDavid DysonO2Telefonicalast_img read more

Notes and nuggets for the LPGA’s closing stretch

first_imgThe PGA Tour’s youth movement has nothing on the LPGA’s. Of course, if you follow the LPGA, you’ve been watching the women’s game get younger for a long time now. But have you checked out the Rolex Women’s World Rankings lately? Yes, 18-year-old Lydia Ko tops the rankings, the youngest No. 1 in the history of the men’s or women’s game, but she has a lot of youthful company. Five of the top 17 players in the women’s world rankings are LPGA rookies. And Ko’s not even a rookie. If In Gee Chun had claimed tour membership after her U.S. Women’s Open victory, six of the top 17 in the world would be LPGA rookies. That’s absurd, but it speaks to the remarkable strength of this year’s LPGA rookie class, which has claimed six titles this season. Some news, notes and nuggets with just three events left on the 2015 LPGA schedule: More on youth being served – Sei Young Kim is 22 years old, but she’s the old woman among the four winners on the fall Asian swing so far. Ko, 18, won in Taiwan, Lexi Thompson, 20, won in South Korea and Jessica Korda won in Malaysia. Korda is a month younger than Kim, who won in China. • The average age of a PGA Tour winner this calendar year is 30.2 years old. • The average age of an LPGA winner is 23.6. • The average age of the top 10 men in the Official World Golf Ranking is 32.6 years old. • The average age of the top 10 women in the Rolex World Rankings is 23.5 years old. By the way, here are those five LPGA rookies among the top 17 in the world rankings: No. 7 Sei Young Kim, No. 9 Hyo Joo Kim, No. 15 Minjee Lee, No. 16 Ha Na Jang and No. 17 Brooke Henderson. Lewis leads the field in Japan – Lewis returns to a course she has conquered before as she seeks to claim her first victory this season in the finale of the fall Asian swing. Lewis won the Toto Japan Classic in 2012 at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club when the event was played as the Mizuno Classic.  Though Lewis hasn’t won this season, she is third on the LPGA money list with $1,832,425 in earnings. That’s a tour record for the most money any woman has won in a season without a victory. Lewis has six second-place finishes and three third-place finishes this season. The field this week includes three of the top 10 players in the world with No. 4 Lexi Thompson and No. 9 Hyo Joo Kim joining No. 3 Lewis. Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb, Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng are among other headliners playing. Who’s on the CME Globe top-three points bubble? – The top three players on the points list are guaranteed to win the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot if any of the three wins the season-ending Tour Championship. Ko has clinched the No. 1 spot for the points re-set in Naples, Park has clinched the No. 2 spot and Lewis is still in a little tussle with Sei Young Kim and Lexi Thompson for the No. 3 spot, though Lewis could clinch that in Japan this week. Lewis is third in CME points with Kim trailing her by 243 points and Thompson trailing her by 683. The winner of an LPGA tournament gets 500 points, second place gets 300 points and third 190 points with points awarded through 40th place. Kim isn’t playing in Japan this week but will play Lorena Ochoa’s event next week in Mexico. Lewis isn’t playing in Mexico. Thompson is playing in both Japan and Mexico. If Lewis finishes second or better in Japan, Kim can’t catch her. If Lewis wins in Japan, neither can Thompson. Who’s on the CME Globe top-nine points bubble? – Only the top nine players after the points re-set at the Tour Championship have a shot at winning the $1 million jackpot. Shanshan Feng holds the ninth spot in this week’s points standings, but she’s vulnerable. She isn’t playing in Japan or Mexico. Every player sitting 10th through 18th in points has a chance to pass Feng. Also, Chella Choi at 20th remains mathematically alive for a top-nine spot in the re-set because she’s playing in both Japan and Mexico. So are Azahara Munoz at 32nd and Pornanong Phatlum at 33rd, but Munoz and Phatlum will have to win in both Japan and Mexico to pass Feng. A Wie bit close to the top-72 bubble – The top 72 in CME points qualify for the Tour Championship. So do any players tied for 72nd. Min Lee holds the 72nd spot in points, but the most notable story near the bubble is Michelle Wie. She enters the Toto Japan Classic 65th in points, and she isn’t guaranteed a spot in Naples just yet. There are 10 players competing in Japan who trail Wie in CME points. If eight of them pass her this week, Wie gets bumped to 73rd on the point list. Wie isn’t playing the Lorena Ochoa Invitational next week. Yes, it would take an unlikely cosmic alignment of the stars for Wie not to qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship, but the LPGA doesn’t divide up CME points for players who finish in ties, the way it does for money. For example, if Mina Harigae, Marina Alex and Maria McBride all finish tied for second in Japan, they’ll each get the 300 points that comes with a second-place finish. That’s why Wie isn’t mathematically guaranteed a spot just yet.last_img read more

Helpline advised GPs can request different vaccines, but not the case – Dr Duffy

first_img Twitter Helpline advised GPs can request different vaccines, but not the case – Dr Duffy By News Highland – May 9, 2021 AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleRSA making theory tests available to all drivers this monthNext articleSinn Fein calling for ban on block purchase of residential properties News Highland Facebookcenter_img Facebook Some people who’ve expressed concern about getting a particular Covid-19 vaccine have been told by the HSE’s helpline to ask their GP for a different jab.That’s according to Dr Illona Duffy, a GP in Monaghan, who says this is a breach of HSE policy.Currently, there are age limits on the AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines due to rare blood clotting events.Dr Duffy says says she’s concerned about what some older patients are being told by staff manning the HSE helpline:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

HTC launches $100m VR Accelerator

first_imgHTC launches $100m VR AcceleratorLocated in Beijing, San Francisco, TaipeiRachel WeberSenior EditorTuesday 26th April 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlehtcHTC, the manufacturer of the Vive headset, is launching a $100 million accelerator program to help support virtual reality developers.”Join the VR Revolution. Apply to HTC VIVE’s VR Accelerator: VIVE X. Our mission is simple: We want to help cultivate, foster and grow the global VR ecosystem by supporting startups and providing them with education, investment, and mentorship,” HTC said. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Shape the future today by participating in our accelerator programs located in Beijing, San Francisco, Taipei and more locations to come.”The details available on the application page are still a little vague but promise access to “leaders in VR,” mentorship, education, investment, networking opportunities and support with ” functions such as Accounting, Finance, HR, Legal etc. so that you can concentrate on making your company great.”Companies can apply at the official site.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesHTC unveils two Vive trackersThe new Vive Tracker and facial tracker will both launch in the US this MarchBy Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoHTC hosting conference in virtual reality to mitigate coronavirus riskThis year’s Vive Ecosystem Conference will have ‘cloned rooms’ so no limit for attendanceBy James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Hoboken council OKs recovery plan that allows businesses to utilize outdoor…

first_img Bayonne Hoboken council OKs recovery plan that allows businesses to utilize outdoor spaces By John Heinis – June 4, 2020 9:09 am 0 Facebook Twitter The Hoboken City Council unanimously approved (9-0) a business recovery plan that will allow businesses to utilize outdoor spaces starting on June 15th. Photo via Street Blogs La.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewBusinesses can now begin utilizing the shared spaces once given approval from the City. The application for streateries, parklets and open streets is now active and can be accessed by visiting the city’s small business recovery page.“We want Hoboken businesses to have as many tools at their disposal to expand outdoor operations, which is what this new ordinance provides for,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a joint statement.“Hoboken is committed to making the best use of public space through expanded sidewalks, streateries, parklets and closed streets, to give our businesses a fighting chance.”Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced on Monday that outdoor dining would be permitted by the middle of this month, signing an executive order yesterday making it official.“Hoboken will continue to fight for our businesses, and the ordinance we passed [yesterday] will expand outdoor capacity and lift up our small business owners,” added Council President Jen Giattino.“Now more than ever we need to maximize on underutilized spaces throughout Hoboken and I look forward to a collaborative process with the business community to activate these areas to help mom and pops succeed while keeping with the charm of our city,” noted 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco.The new concepts include a sidewalk cafe expansion, which would allow an extra hour of operation on Thursdays, Fridays an Saturdays, “streateries” which would convert parking spaces into outdoor dining areas, converting curbside parking into a mini-park, opening certain streets just for businesses and pedestrians, and retail use for sidewalks.Each measure would require an expedited approval process, officials said.“On behalf of the Economic Task Force, we are excited to reopen our great city! We have been working extremely hard amongst ourselves and with city officials,” exclaimed Grace Sciancalepore and Anthony Pino.“The expanded outdoor spaces throughout Hoboken will allow all businesses to get back to work for you! Please be patient with us as we are adapting to new procedures and safety precautions. Every one of us is committed to keeping you healthy as you come back and enjoy Hoboken small businesses. See you all soon!” CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne Previous articleFerrante: Conduct of cops charged in George Floyd murder ‘would never be tolerated in Hoboken’Next articleBertoli’s lawyers speak out: ‘He strenuously denies’ evading taxes & interfering with IRS law John Heinis Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGShoboken business recovery planhoboken city counciljen giattinomike defuscooutdoor diningravi bhalla SHARE Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops CommunityHobokenNews Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Sorority suspended for scavenger hunt that university calls ‘morally questionable’

first_imgLehigh University(BETHLEHEM, Pa.) — A sorority at a university in Pennsylvania has been banned from the campus for more than two years after an investigation revealed that drugs, alcohol and sexual activity were part of a scavenger hunt run by the Greek organization, the university said.Alpha Chi Omega’s Theta Chi chapter has lost its recognition from Lehigh University, which is about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and will be banned from campus through May 2020, the university said in a statement to ABC News.“Lehigh University expects all students to uphold community standards,” the statement said. The scavenger hunt “failed to meet these standards.”The event was held in early December 2017 and called Road Rally, according to a post on a blog for the Lehigh Greek community, which the university confirmed is accurate.After the university received reports of the incident, it placed the chapter on interim suspension on Dec. 12, the blog said. The national organization of Alpha Chi Omega went to the university to conduct its own investigation, which led to the sorority’s headquarters putting the Lehigh chapter on probation, according to the blog.Alpha Chi Omega’s national headquarters did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. However, according to The Associated Press, the national organization conducted an investigation resulting in probation and individual punishments..Lehigh University’s investigation led to its discipline committee on March 5 finding that the campus chapter of the sorority had violated several terms of the university’s code of conduct, including on hazing, respect for community and respect for self, according to a statement by the committee posted on the Greek organizations’ blog.On the hazing charge, the discipline committee found that the sorority “created a situation that occurred on and off campus involving morally questionable quests such as a scavenger hunt” and treasure hunts. The actions that were part of such hunts “may not have been required for affiliation” in the sorority but “are clearly considered a rite of passage and a consistent part of membership.”In explaining its decision to temporarily end the sorority’s recognition by the university, the panel said “the incident was a significant reprehensible event that the entire chapter was aware of and leadership endorsed.”“There is credible information that this event has been going on for years,” the committee said, adding that it is “deeply concerned about the escalated nature of the content of this year’s list.”The sorority has the right to appeal, according to the disciplinary committee statement posted on the Greek community blog.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more