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Inflation and business rates to deliver £6.8bn hit to small businesses

Monday 27 February 2017 12:18 pm Fourteen per cent of small and medium businesses – a proportion representing £252bn in turnover – expect revenues to drop.Read more: Alarm bells sound over rising costs and inflation Business rates have been re-evaluated for the first time in seven years, and are sky-rocketing for many firms, especially in the capital. The rise in commercial property taxes comes in on 1 April, with the average shop contending with an 8.4 per cent hike in rates.In London, some businesses are facing rate rises of 45 per cent or more.Read more: What next for inflation? Share whatsapp Over a third of the UK’s 5.4m small and medium sized companies said rising business costs are one of the top three risks to their business. Research by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that one in five might close down, or sell their business, due to business rate rises.BREAKING: New research from @fsb_policy – “Business rates shock to small business growth prospects”https://t.co/fUYwWNiBiq pic.twitter.com/tcAouK02No— FSB (@fsb_policy) February 27, 2017RSA’s Russell White said: Inflation and business rates to deliver £6.8bn hit to small businesses Inflation and business rate rises could deliver a £6.8bn hit to small and medium-sized businesses this year.The rising costs are leading more than half (57 per cent) of these firms to predict their revenues will not grow this year, according to a report from insurance group RSA. whatsapp The business environment is expected to become much harsher in the coming year, and it’s crucial that businesses plan ahead to ensure that they are prepared. The government also has a role to play by considering ways through which it can mitigate the negative effects that increasing business costs could have on the economy. Helen Cahill More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org read more

As Trump looks overseas for drug pricing ideas, one expert says France has some useful approaches

first_img GET STARTED As the U.S. grapples with rising costs for prescription medicines, the Trump administration has floated a proposal that would have Medicare use a so-called International Pricing Index as a benchmark to pay for certain drugs. Although still being crafted, the idea has, once again, focused attention on the different prices paid in the U.S. and other countries. So Suffolk University professor Marc Rodwin, who specializes in health law, has begun studying payment systems elsewhere and recently looked at France, where retail drug spending declined between 2008 and 2017, compared with rising spending in the U.S. We spoke with him about the different approaches taken by the two countries and what lessons can be learned. This is an edited version of our conversation.Pharmalot: What prompted this and why start with France? A pharmacy in Paris. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images What is it? Pharmalot [email protected] Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED As Trump looks overseas for drug pricing ideas, one expert says France has some useful approaches Ed Silverman STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included? About the Author Reprints Tags BostonDonald Trumpdrug developmentdrug pricingMedicareSTAT+ Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Dec. 3, 2019 Reprintslast_img read more

Facing medical supply shortages, Trump invokes wartime law that could give government authority over private manufacturing

first_img Privacy Policy @levfacher Tags CoronavirusDonald Trumpglobal healthWhite House By Lev Facher March 18, 2020 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. [email protected] Trump also said he would deploy two Navy hospital ships to American cities hard-hit by cases of coronavirus and the respiratory disease it causes, known as Covid-19. One, the USS Mercy, will be deployed to New York, Trump said. The president said his administration would soon decide where on the West Coast to deploy the other ship, the USS Comfort, which is based in San Diego.“We’ve also alerted a variety of field and expeditionary hospitals to be prepared to deploy as well, as needed, based on direction from the commander in chief,” said defense secretary Mark Esper.Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. The Pentagon, Esper said, was moving forward with plans to donate 5 million respirator masks and up to 2,000 ventilators to the health department. Esper said the first 1 million masks would be available immediately.The White House also rolled out an array of new changes meant to stem the pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services was waiving regulations that limit doctors to practicing medicine only in the state where they’re licensed.The regulation, said Vice President Mike Pence, “will allow all doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas.” Please enter a valid email address. Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences.center_img Leave this field empty if you’re human: Pence also urged the public to delay upcoming elective medical procedures to ensure that hospitals and health care providers maintain capacity for the expected onslaught of severe coronavirus cases. He urged hospitals to do the same proactively.“We are again, today, asking every American and our medical community leaders and hospitals to partner with us in delaying elective procedures across the country in our health care system to ensure that medical supplies and medical capacity go where they’re needed most,” he said. About the Author Reprints Lev Facher WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday said he would invoke the Defense Production Act, a law that gives the federal government sweeping power to ramp up manufacturing capacity during a national crisis, as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.The law could allow the president to effectively force private companies to manufacture specific goods necessary to the government’s efforts to stem the pandemic. Already, health experts have expressed concerns about shortages of drugs and of personal protective equipment that medical workers rely on to deliver care.The move follows calls from top lawmakers, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), the top Democrat in the Senate, to invoke the law to ramp up production of needed medical supplies.advertisement President Trump speaks on March 18. It was not immediately clear, however, how the Trump administration would wield the new authority. In a press conference, Trump said he was invoking the law “just in case we need it.”Trump said his administration aimed to ramp up production for ventilators, “millions” of masks, and “certain pieces of equipment,” though he did not specify what the government’s specific needs were, or what quantity of supplies the White House hoped could be produced.advertisement HealthFacing medical supply shortages, Trump invokes wartime law that could give government authority over private manufacturing last_img read more

Mauritania Independence Day Message

first_imgMauritania Independence Day Message On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Mauritania as you celebrate your 60th National Day of Independence.The United States is honored to have been the first country to recognize Mauritania’s independence on November 28th, 1960. We strongly support your reforms to root out corruption, attract foreign investment, and make Mauritania a more just, open, and inclusive society. We applaud your administration’s progress in addressing Mauritania’s long-standing struggle with slavery and human trafficking and look forward to further success on this front.We appreciate Mauritania’s leadership as President of the G5 Sahel in 2020 and laud your nation’s efforts to increase the region’s security sector capacity, address underlying causes of terrorism, and strengthen the voices of mainstream leaders in vulnerable populations.May all Mauritanians enjoy peace, prosperity, and good health in the year ahead. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, american, corruption, Department of State, Government, Human, human trafficking, Investment, Mauritania, President, security, Slavery, Society, terrorism, United Stateslast_img read more

Burnet report supports ACT safe injecting facility

first_imgBurnet report supports ACT safe injecting facility Image: The medically-supervised safe injecting room in North Richmond, VictoriaA Burnet Institute report has recommended that a medically supervised drug injection room be opened in Canberra, with the ACT government to undertake community consultation before making a final decision.Led by Professor Paul Dietze, Burnet Program Director Behaviours and Health Risks, the report found there was support for an injection room from local stakeholders and the wider community, but noted further work was needed to build understanding of the rooms.“All the evidence suggests that the population of the ACT is more supportive of safe injecting rooms than other parts of the community,” Professor Dietze said.“But that in itself is not enough, and the ACT government now needs to engage in public consultation that’s balanced and appropriate.”Commissioned by the ACT government, the report incorporated a needs analysis and detailed review of injecting room models in use in Australia and internationally.It recommended that only a small facility should be established in a central location such as Civic, where it would be used by up to 120 people daily.The report recommended the facility be co-located with existing support services such as homeless or medical services.ACT Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said in addition to community consultation, further scoping work would include development of an appropriate model for the facility.“The findings from this report will help to inform further community discussion as we continue to develop policies and initiatives that reduce the harms associated with drug use,” Minister Stephen-Smith said. /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:Act, Australia, Burnet Institute, Canberra, community, director, drug, Government, health, homeless, Minister, North Richmond, Professor, public consultation, research, Richmond, Victorialast_img read more

Western Australia coronovirus update as at 19 April 2021

first_imgWestern Australia coronovirus update as at 19 April 2021 The Department of Health has reported two new cases of COVID-19 overnight.The new cases include a man in his 20s and a young boy who is travelling with his family. All have arrived from overseas and are now in hotel quarantine.The State’s total number now stands at 975.WA Health is monitoring 25 active cases of COVID-19 and 941 people have recovered from the virus in WA.To date, the WA Department of Health has administered 76,244 COVID-19 vaccinations, including 16,261 people who have received both doses. Yesterday, 162 people were vaccinated.The Commonwealth Government vaccination national roll-out figures can be found on the Australian Department of Health website (external site).Yesterday, 293 people were assessed and swabbed at WA Health COVID clinics.There have been 988,693 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 136,808 were from regional WA.To date, 55 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 40 of the B.1.1.7 strain, 14 of the B.1.351 strain and one of the P1 variant (Brazilian variant).Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19. /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:Australia, Australian, commonwealth, covid-19, Department of Health, Family, Government, health, hotel, quarantine, vaccination, visit, WA, WA Health, website, Western Australialast_img read more

ASIC quarterly update January to March 2021

first_imgASIC quarterly update January to March 2021 ASIC has today released its first quarterly update report, which covers the period from 1 January to 31 March 2021.The January to March 2021 period saw ASIC continue to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We supported banks, superannuation trustees and insolvency practitioners to understand and comply with changes in the regulatory environment. ASIC also provided information to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.During January to March 2021, ASIC continued to progress its work related to Government reforms that expanded ASIC’s role in superannuation to include conduct regulation. We are working closely with APRA to drive good conduct in the superannuation sector.The report also covers ASIC’s use of new regulatory tools such as the product intervention power, and our preparation for new tools introduced by recent law reforms.Read the full report /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:APRA, ASIC, Australia, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, covid-19, environment, Government, law, law reform, pandemic, regulation, superannuationlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Business Center Receives National Award

first_img Published: Nov. 22, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder Business Advancement Center received a prestigious national award for its economic development work in one of Colorado’s quickly growing industries.The National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers (NAMTAC) identified The Business Advancement Center’s project, “Colorado Sees the Light, Supporting the Photonics Industry,” as one of nine winning projects in the Economic Development category. The photonics industry, with approximately 150 organizations in Colorado, specializes in the intensity of light and includes products such as fiber optics, optical discs and laser printers. The $60 billion global industry is expected to grow 200 percent in the next 10 years. The Business Advancement Center has conducted industry research and helped strengthen industry infrastructure by fostering partnerships between private industry, state agencies, and federal laboratories.The project was led by Gary Horvath, a marketing analyst at the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Business and Administration. NAMTAC’s annual competition recognizes organizations that help clients become more competitive globally, more viable in their fields of expertise or more capable of delivering services to the public sector. The organization announced the winners of the 1999 Project of the Year Awards at the Annual Fall Conference in Seattle, Wash. NAMTAC is a not-for-profit association that provides advocacy, information and a forum to enhance the performance of organizations providing business, economic development and technical assistance to businesses and communities.last_img read more

Afternoon Brief, June 30

first_imgPinterest TAGSAlabamaBaron Philippe de Rothschild SACaliforniaChinaFinger LakesFood & Wine MagazineJapanLodiLodi Wine SymposiumMonsantoNapaNew YorkNova ScotiaOregonSonoma CountyTreasury Wine EstatesVinexpoWomen for WineSense Linkedin Trending Story:Another Oregon Winery Plucked by a California EstateA boutique, family-owned California winery has acquired an Oregon counterpart, the latest deal in an ongoing movement made by vintners from the Golden State …Today’s News:Napa County Receives $250,000 from State for Farmworker HousingGov. Jerry Brown this week signed a state budget that includes $250,000 that Napa County has long sought to help keep its farmworker housing program financially afloat …Sonoma County Opens Its Doors for Cannabis Business Applications July 5Imagine if all the grape growers, vintners and wine retailers in Sonoma County had to get in line at a county office to stay in business …Lodi Wine Symposium Brings Experts TogetherFor the second year in a row, Wine and Roses hosted the Lodi Wine Symposium, giving growers, winemakers and other professionals a chance to meet one another …The Best of Riesling Winners AnnouncedTesting Helps Farmers Understand Their Soil, Researchers SayWomen for WineSense: Finger Lakes Wineries Join National Organization for Weekend SymposiumFirst Delta Tunnels Lawsuits FiledWhy Nova Scotia Excels at Sparkling WineThe Vinexpo Blind Tasting Challenge Hosted by Job Arvid RosengrenFood & Wine Magazine Will Leave New York for AlabamaMonsanto Reports Earnings for Third Quarter 2017Treasury Wine Estates Partners with Baron Philippe de Rothschild for ChinaJapanese Scientists Find Link Between Alcohol and AgingPackaging, Marketing, Heritage and InnovationWineIndustry.Jobs:Customer Service RepresentativeRecruiting Associates Network – American Canyon, CA, United StatesSkilled Cellar WorkerConeTech, Inc. – Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesGeneral ManagerDancing Dragonfly Winery – St. Croix Falls, WI, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefIndustry Events:Make It Personal – Mastering the Digital Customer ExperienceJuly 5, 2017 – WebinarVirginia DTC RoadshowJuly 18, 2017 – Leon, VA, United StatesRosé Technical TastingJuly 19, 2017 – Ukiah, CA, United States2017 International Bulk Wine and Spirits ShowJuly 26, 2017 – South San Francisco, CA, United StatesWine & Weed SymposiumAugust 3, 2017 – Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Events…Top Stories:Are Napa, Sonoma Vineyards Getting Too Pricey?Building a New Winery with Deep Roots in Paso RoblesWine Executive Charles Banks Sentenced to Four Years for FraudResearchers Working to Manage Grapevine VirusWhatever Happened to California Syrah?California’s Wine Industry Was Built on Slave LaborConstellation Brands Revenue Rises Three Percent on Beer Boost Despite Declining Wine SalesCelebrity Somms Are Leaving the Floor – Because They Have to11 Beer, Wine Tasting Rooms in Washington Found Violating Public Health RulesThe One Shift in Thinking About Wine That Could Help Professionals EverywhereThe Ongoing Attempt to Kill America’s Greatest Wine RetailersVineyard Sale in Monterey County Reported by Santa Rosa FirmA Really Stupid Wine Article, AnnotatedWhat Happens When a Winery’s Iconic Tree Topples?Harlan Estate, Napa’s Most Talked About Winery, Reveals Its Next Cult Red Email Share Advertisement Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement center_img Twitter Facebook Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, June 30Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, June 30By Editor – June 30, 2017 33 0 ReddIt Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Previous articleVidon Vineyard Doubles Down on PhD WinemakersNext articleIBWSS San Francisco Is Here – Get Your Visitor Pass Today Editorlast_img read more

Pickersgill: Jamaica Meeting the Challenge of Protecting Marine Resources

first_imgRelatedPickersgill: Jamaica Meeting the Challenge of Protecting Marine Resources Pickersgill: Jamaica Meeting the Challenge of Protecting Marine Resources EnvironmentJuly 12, 2012 RelatedPickersgill: Jamaica Meeting the Challenge of Protecting Marine Resources RelatedPickersgill: Jamaica Meeting the Challenge of Protecting Marine Resources Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said that Jamaica is meeting the challenge of protecting the country’s marine resources through policy and other safeguard measures. He said that the process to develop a Protected Areas System Master Plan (PASMP) is “far advanced” and should be completed later this year. The plan aims to take a holistic approach to protected areas management in Jamaica and will encompass not only marine, but freshwater and terrestrial protected areas. In addition, he informed that between 2009 and 2011, 12 new fish sanctuaries were declared across the island and “with this, Jamaica’s total marine protected areas increased to 15 per cent”. Minister Pickersgill was speaking at on July 10 opening of a two-day planning meeting for next year’s Caribbean Summit of Political and Business Leaders, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The summit falls under the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), launched in 2008, which seeks to galvanise leadership and chart a new course for protecting and sustainably managing the marine and coastal environment across the region. Senior Government officials from 10 Caribbean countries, including ministers and permanent secretaries, are making preparations for the summit, where phase two of the CCI will be launched. At the launch of the initiative at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany, Jamaica was one of eight Caribbean countries that committed to conserving a minimum of 20 per cent of marine areas by 2020. Minister Pickersgill expressed the hope that more Caribbean countries will step up to the challenge of conserving marine and coastal areas, stressing that “we must stand ready to make significant commitments and if we are to achieve sustainable management of our protected areas, including our marine areas”. Director of Natural Resources in the Environmental Management Division in the Ministry, Jerome Smith, told JIS News that this is the first of three planning meetings for the summit, where government and private sector leaders will come together “to try to forge a way forward and make commitments for the protection of marine resources”. “So, this meeting will be deciding on the agenda and the project documents that will be used for the summit next year. This is the first senior officials planning meeting. There are supposed to be three senior officials planning meetings before the summit, which will be in the British Virgin Islands next year,” he informed. The CCI seeks to galvanize political will to protect and better manage marine and coastal resources; to mobilise funding, including putting sustainable funding mechanisms in place; and to accelerate and support on-the-ground action to implement the various marine and coastal conservation commitments made by governments. The 10 governments participating in the planning meeting are: Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; British Virgin Islands; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Puerto Rico. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more