Six per cent of people in England may have already contracted coronavirus

first_img (Getty Images) Also Read: Six per cent of people in England may have already contracted coronavirus In terms of age, people between the ages of 18 and 34 were most likely to have developed antibodies, while people over the age of 65 were least likely. Professor Graham Cooke, professor of infectious diseases and research lead at Imperial College, said: In addition, people from black or Asian ethnic backgrounds had far higher rates of infection, at 17 per cent and 12 per cent. The results, which were released this morning, show that based on the testing six per cent of the country may have caught the disease. “There are still many unknowns with this new virus, including the extent to which the presence of antibodies offers protection against future infections.  As of yesterday, the Department of Health’s officials statistics show that 313,798 people have caught the disease. Of these, 41,329 have died. In the world’s largest home antibody testing programme, over 100,000 volunteers tested themselves at home using a finger prick test between 20 June and 13 July to check if they have antibodies against the virus. However, there is not yet enough evidence to say whether testing positive for antibodies makes one immune to the virus. (Getty Images) Tags: Coronavirus whatsapp According to the trial, almost 96 per cent of those with a confirmed case of coronavirus was found to have antibodies. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionUndoNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperUndoYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndo Six per cent of people in England may have already contracted coronavirus center_img Edward Thicknesse “Using the finger-prick tests suitable for large scale home testing has given us clearest insight yet into the spread of the virus in the country and who has been at greatest risk.  Share Thursday 13 August 2020 9:18 am (Getty Images) Also Read: Six per cent of people in England may have already contracted coronavirus “These data will have important implications as decisions to ease lockdown restrictions in England.” People living in London are most likely to have been infected, with 13 per cent of tests showing people had developed antibodies. Show Comments ▼ Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Key workers were also far more likely to have developed antibodies, with those working in care homes and health care showing rates of 16 per cent and 13 per cent respectively. whatsapp Over 3.4m people in the UK may have already contracted coronavirus, a new study from Imperial College has shown.last_img read more

‘It has exceeded my expectations’: Here’s what in-person school looks like in Mat-Su

first_imgCoronavirus | Education | Southcentral‘It has exceeded my expectations’: Here’s what in-person school looks like in Mat-SuSeptember 24, 2020 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media Share:Kelly Mrozik instructs her first-grade students at Dena’ina Elementary School near Wasilla on September 21, 2020. Students in grades 3 through 12 must wear face masks, but younger students do not have to. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Teacher Kelly Mrozik wore a cloth face mask at Dena’ina Elementary School near Wasilla on Monday as she asked her room of 16 first-grade students a math question: What sign do you use when you want to add two numbers together?Wayne, a student who sat on the carpet in front of her, pointed to a plus sign on the board.“Very good,” Mrozik cheered. “Elbows, Wayne!”Mrozik and Wayne bumped elbows. That’s the school-during-the-coronavirus version of a high five. There are other versions too.“Sometimes we even do like a shoe bump, or we do a toe tap, or a happy dance,” Mrozik said. “I do a lot of air high fives from across the room.”A student at Dena’ina Elementary School in Wasilla plays by the swingset during recess on September 21, 2020. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Mrozik is among the hundreds of teachers and thousands of students who have returned to Mat-Su classrooms this fall, and she described the first month of school as “amazing.”The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is the state’s largest school district to resume in-person classes. And, so far, Mat-Su Superintendent Randy Trani, principals and teachers say it’s going better than expected. Yes, there have been COVID-19 infections, they say. The district planned for that. But, what’s key, according to Trani: The cases have been caught early enough that it doesn’t appear the virus has spread through school buildings.“It’s going better than we probably could have hoped,” Trani said.Listen to this story:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A teacher addresses students at Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School near Wasilla. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)‘Well here it goes, the big experiment’Trani said the school district spent the summer crafting a plan for the school year, but he still felt nervous during the first few days of classes.“When those kids were coming back that first week, I remember saying, ‘Well, here it goes, the big experiment,’” Trani said.To the south, the state’s largest school district, in Anchorage, had opted to begin the school year in August with all of its classes online. It’s now gearing up for students to return to classrooms in October.Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Trani. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)In Mat-Su, Trani said, the district has benefited from a list of factors to hold in-person classes during the pandemic.For one, he said, “Community spread in the Mat-Su Valley is low compared to many other spots in the country.” Also: “Geographically, we’re spread out over a large, large area.”The number of students in classrooms is generally smaller too, so it’s easier for students to sit farther apart, he said.About 65% of Mat-Su’s nearly 18,000 students opted to return to in-person classes this fall. The rest are continuing with online classes, or enrolled in a correspondence school, according to the district.Trani said support from school staff and families has also been critical.“We have to rely on all of the parents, all of the students and all of the staff to make sure that we’re following just some simple rules,” he said.Server/Cashier Julie Whitfield prepares for lunchtime at Dena’ina Elementary School. Whitfield said lunches had already come individually packaged prior to the pandemic. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Those rules include keeping children home if they’re even a little bit sick, he said. And, school staff are asked to immediately send students to the nurse if they’re showing any symptoms of COVID-19. If kids do get sent home, they can’t return to school until they have a negative COVID test, Trani said.Also, families and staff need to be ready to quickly pivot to online learning if a school building must close or if a student must quarantine because of possible exposure to the virus.Since school started in late August, the district has publicly announced about 10 known COVID-19 infections and had to temporarily shut down about a half-dozen schools.“We’ve shut down schools for a day or two or three, and those get highlighted, but the vast majority of the student days have been in person,” Trani said.A sign at Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)‘Your mask does get a little sweaty’The school district is also requiring all teachers and staff, plus students in grades 3 through 12, to wear face masks.“When you walk through the schools, it really just hasn’t been an issue. Kids are willing to wear their masks,” Trani said.At Dena’ina Elementary on Monday, some of the younger kids in kindergarten, first grade and second grade — who aren’t required to have masks— didn’t wear one on, including students in Mrozik’s class.But the older students did. They’re allowed to take off their masks at lunch, as long as they’re not facing anyone.Iselin Swalling, 11, set her mask on the table while she ate. She described wearing a mask at school as “pretty okay.” It’s a fun way to express yourself, she said. Her favorite mask has soccer balls on it because soccer is her favorite sport. But, she said, a mask isn’t ideal when you’re exercising.Iselin Swalling during her lunch break at Dena’ina Elementary School. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)“Sometimes if you do like gym or something, your mask does get a little sweaty, but that hasn’t been too weird,” she said.Amy Campbell, who teaches third and fourth grade at Dena’ina, said making sure her students wear masks has been less of an issue than she expected.“They can go and take a mask break over by our door, which is not around anyone,” she said. “But they really don’t do that very often.”Teacher Amy Campbell at Dena’ina Elementary School. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Nearby Dena’ina, at Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School, 16-year-old Lexi Seymore wore a face mask as she delivered newspapers to classrooms on Monday afternoon.“It sucks. But I don’t think people are super upset or anything about it,” she said about the masks. “It’s to keep everybody safe.”Lexi Seymore at Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)It’s not just the masks that are different at Redington this year.To avoid crowding in the hallways, students can’t use lockers. There are fewer classes each day, but those classes are longer to keep students in more contained groups. Also, students are going to class in person just four days a week.Directional arrows to increase social distancing at Redington Sr. Jr/Sr High School in Wasilla on September 21, 2020. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)‘It has exceeded my expectations’Back at Dena’ina, Principal Andrea Everett said the biggest challenge so far has been adjusting to a new online platform so students can transition more easily from school to home.“It is a new program for teachers. And so they’re spending a lot of time getting trained,” she said.Principal Andrea Everett of Dena’ina Elementary School. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)But, overall, Everett said it seems like most everyone at Dena’ina is happy to be back at school.“I think it has exceeded my expectations,” she said. “I think people can spend a lot of time worrying about things, especially when we haven’t been through anything like this. So there was a lot of worry. And in reality, it’s gone really, really well.”At the state health department, Dr. Liz Ohlsen is working closely with schools to set up coronavirus mitigation plans. She said the fact that there’s no evidence of COVID-19 transmission within school buildings yet is huge.“It’s a testament to how much effort has gone into this,” she said. “Nothing is ever going to be perfect in a pandemic, and unfortunately, we will probably continue to see cases in schools. But the real goal is to stop transmission within schools.”A banner outside of Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Nationwide, public health experts also say that, according to early data, there’s little evidence that the coronavirus is spreading inside school buildings, the Washington Post reports.Another data point Ohlsen is watching is whether reopening Mat-Su Schools has impacted the number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Alaskans in the region. So far, she said, there hasn’t been a rise.Ohlsen said she’s been impressed. Moving forward, she said, the most significant obstacle will be keeping up the current level of vigilance.“I think the huge thing that’s looming for Mat-Su is this thing that’s looming for all of us: COVID fatigue,” she said. “Everybody’s sick of this.”Share this story:last_img read more

General Election 2015: Facebook’s voter registration reminder will prompt every single UK user to be on the electoral register for May

first_imgThe next thing you’ll see being shared by everyone you know on Facebook might come as a surprise.It won’t be a hilarious video, the latest meme, or your friends and families pictures, and anyone who is averse to politics should stay away from Facebook on Thursday. Every single British adult in the UK who is eligible to vote will see this message in their Facebook feed urging them to register to vote ahead of May’s General Election. ​For Voter Registration Day, part of the Electoral Commission’s campaign to get everyone registered so they can have a say on polling day, it has teamed up with the social media titan to get the message out there.The startling fact is, more people in the UK visit Facebook every single month than the total number of people who voted in the last election in 2010Those who are of a political persuasion will also get to add registering to vote as one of their “life events” amid relationship and job statuses. With the average person having 120 friends on Facebook, it’s another way to raise awareness.It’s the first election in which people are able to register to vote online, so letting people know online makes sense. Anyone who sees the message will be able to click through right then and there.In a bid to get more younger voters registered- they’re currently under-represented on the electoral register- there will be a targeted Facebook advertising campaign aimed at reaching any young person who will be aged 18 by the day of the vote on 7 May.The Electoral Commission will be hoping its efforts will increase turnout above the near historical low of 65 per cent in 2010.The register to vote reminder and “life event “ feature were also used in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum. While there’s no immediate data available on the success of the campaign in Scotland, or its reach, a US study on the 2010 presidential elections found over 300,000 people went to the polls having seen conversations from their friends about voting on Facebook.“We saw at the Scottish Independence Referendum that young people are passionate and engaged about the issues that affect their lives,” said the Electoral Commission’s director of communications Alex Robertson. “It’s vital that we continue to reach them on platforms like Facebook with information that’s accessible to them.”The indyref was the most discussed topic of the year on Facebook, and the General Election is expected to top that. “We expect the election to be one of the most talked about topics on Facebook of 2015, and we hope that through partnerships like this one with the Electoral Commission, we can make sure those conversations lead to higher turnout on 7 May,” said Facebook’s politics and government specialist Elizabeth Linder.If any further proof of Facebook as a political platform is needed, look no further than another astonishing fact: the combined audience of the major political parties on Facebook is more than double the number of real-life members of the parties. whatsapp Tags: Facebook whatsapp Wednesday 4 February 2015 2:55 pm Sharecenter_img Lynsey Barber Show Comments ▼ General Election 2015: Facebook’s voter registration reminder will prompt every single UK user to be on the electoral register for May last_img read more

News / CH Robinson continues consolidation plans with $226m APC Logistics buy in Australia

first_img CH Robinson has stuck to its pledge to grow via acquisition, having agreed to buy Australia’s APC Logistics for A$300m ($226m).APC is Australia’s largest independent forwarder, with a 10% market share, and has been CH Robinson’s agent since 2000 on US-Australasian business.The Melbourne-headquartered company earned revenues of some $251m in the past fiscal year, and has seven offices in Australia and two in New Zealand.The acquisition is expected to be accretive in 2016 and 2017 and will be financed through cash and funds drawn from an existing revolving credit facility. After the deal closes, CH Robinson will integrate APC into its global forwarding division, and single global technology platform, Navisphere. It hopes to gain new volumes from Europe and Asia into Australia, and expects to win new e-commerce business with the deal.“APC Logistics is a high quality company with a proven track record of success,” said Mike Short, president of CH Robinson’s global forwarding division.“Combining their expertise and strong customer and carrier relationships with CH Robinson’s service offerings and network will create more robust capabilities for our customers and add scale to our business.”The US forwarder has had its eye on acquisition targets, hoping to boost its global network. As it released its first quarter results in April, chief executive John Wiehoff said it was “aggressively” looking at M&A opportunities – and at expanding through agents.“While we’re proud of our global footprint … we also acknowledge that it’s a significant growth opportunity for us to expand.“We have plans to open offices in Europe and Asia that will expand our geographic footprint. There are other parts of the world, where we don’t have a presence and work through agents, that we think we can continue to grow, as well as optimising.”CH Robinson’s most recent acquisition was online trucking marketplace, which it bought for $365m.The forwarder has said that it will only consider companies which are a good cultural fit. CFO Andrew Clarke said in April: “The areas in which we look to continue to invest in are where we think combining companies and cultures makes sense – global forwarding, Europe and managed services all present interesting opportunities.“The filters we use to evaluate deals are pretty rigorous and, as a result, we end up passing on a pretty high percentage.”CH Robinson reported $3.3bn in gross revenues in the second quarter, missing estimates by about $130m. By Alex Lennane 01/09/2016last_img read more

Are insurance policies saving patients money, or keeping them from the treatment they need?

first_img Dr. Kenneth B. Blankstein, oncologist Related: Karin Keyes was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis roughly eight years ago while enduring excruciating pain. Alice Proujansky for STAT As science makes once-unthinkable treatments available, patients are increasingly facing a harsh reality: Insurance companies are forcing them to try older, less expensive therapies for months before covering pricier ones.Insurers have long relied on a cautious approach to control costs and spare patients from expensive medications they might not need. But in more than a dozen interviews with doctors and patients, a picture has emerged of insurers growing more aggressive as they respond to financial pressures.The result is a reliance on what is known as “step therapy,” whereby patients are forced to try cheaper treatments before they graduate to more expensive ones, even when health care providers are confident the inexpensive treatments will not work.advertisement Tags drug therapyhealth insurancepatients HealthAre insurance policies saving patients money, or keeping them from the treatment they need? Take Karin Keyes, a 45-year-old psychotherapist on Long Island. Keyes was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis roughly eight years ago while enduring excruciating pain.Her doctor prescribed Orencia, one of an expensive new generation of so-called “biologic” anti-inflammatory drugs that can cost as much as $50,000 annually.Keyes’s insurer at the time said it would not cover Orencia unless she tried methotrexate, a far less expensive treatment. Methotrexate helped slightly, but Keyes was still in pain and had limited movement. Still, because she technically responded to the drug, she didn’t qualify for Orencia.When she changed to a new insurer, her doctor prescribed Orencia again, this time with success. “My pain went to zero,” Keyes said. “I started hiking, living a normal life.”It was not a permanent solution. When that insurer filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, Keyes’s new insurer said it would not cover Orencia unless she failed on methotrexate again.“They had all the documentation. They’d seen that I’d not done as well on methotrexate,” she said. “They still denied it.”Keyes, a 45-year-old psychotherapist, holds a dose of her anti-arthritis medication. Alice Proujansky for STATDoctors and patient advocacy groups said insurance companies often insist on step therapy regardless of past medication failures. For some patients, though, one trip through the process can bring significant risks and strain.Kathleen Arntsen, of Verona, N.Y., said her ophthalmologist prescribed Travatan Z eye drops in 2014 to treat glaucoma because he feared that other medications might trigger side effects and because her eye responded well to samples of the medication.Arnsten’s insurer said she would have to try two cheaper drugs first. Over the course of seven weeks, those medications led to “massive” swelling and pressure, she said.At the end of the span, the insurer approved Travatan Z, but her vision continued to deteriorate. She is blind in that eye, and is considering having the eye removed because of persistent pain.Arntsen, who has advocated for step-therapy regulations in New York, said she and her doctor cannot say for sure whether the delay caused her vision loss, but she believes it was a contributing factor.“I’m an educated advocate, and my doctor didn’t give up on this, yet I was forced to fail a treatment he predicted I’d fail on,” she said.Pearson, of ICER, said there’s no effective way of determining how well or poorly insurers are handling step-therapy disputes with doctors and patients. In a 2014 Health Affairs report he coauthored Rahul Nayak, Pearson set forth some ethical guidelines for fairly applying step therapy.Chief among them: clearly define failure; don’t cause long-term harm; rapidly review relevant new evidence in developing step-therapy guidelines; and give doctors quick and easy ways to appeal an insurer’s decision. Please enter a valid email address. Spurred by stories like these, state legislators, who regulate Medicaid plans and much of the nation’s private insurance, have begun pushing back. In recent months, at least five states, including California and Indiana, have passed legislation to rein in step therapy approaches, known by critics as “fail first” policies. More than a dozen other states now have such laws on the books.advertisement “The patient’s being told to use a drug we know isn’t going to work, but we have to use it anyway for someone with terminal illness? To me that’s just insane.” Related:center_img Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. By Bob Tedeschi Aug. 22, 2016 Reprints In one example, a woman with lupus said her vision was severely affected after an insurer forced her to try multiple medications before paying for one that her doctor initially wanted to prescribe. In another, a patient with lung cancer took a break from a successful chemotherapy regimen, then was blocked by her insurer from resuming it until she had tried other drugs. Leave this field empty if you’re human: State laws restricting the practice of step therapy vary widely.According to the National Patient Advocate Foundation, a nonprofit group, Indiana’s law is the most aggressive. Among other things, it bars insurers from restarting the step-therapy sequence if they had already failed certain treatments with a previous insurer, and insurers must adjudicate appeals within three days.Advocates said that patients in other states will do well to review the step-therapy policies of prospective insurers before signing up. Larger insurers will often post lists of drugs that are subject to step-therapy restrictions, but sometimes even those restrictions can vary based on a particular employer’s health plan, for instance.“Step therapy can have a place in a reasonable plan design,” said Alan Balch, chief executive of the National Patient Advocate Foundation. But that plan should be transparent to patients and allow for appeals, he said. “There is no humane reason to deny a patient access to a therapy that has the best chance of curing them.” An ‘insurance warrior’ fights to get pricey therapies covered Privacy Policy Insurers argue that, beyond individual patient cases, step therapy has improved their ability to cover a wide range of patients and medications.“Step therapy is addressing the problem of making sure patients get the right treatment at the right time, and if there’s an affordable alternative, they have access to it first,” said Clare Krusing, a spokeswoman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.Doctors and ethicists generally do not dispute that theory. Dr. Steven D. Pearson, founder of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a health care industry think tank, said that in situations in which two treatments would likely offer equal benefits, “most people would say it’s reasonable to try the less expensive one first.”But “the important nuance comes when there might be specific reasons where a patient or doctor feels like the more expensive drug would work better,” he said. “So it all depends on what the harm would be if they tried the less expensive one first.”The rise in step therapy policies is being driven by a host of factors, including rising drug costs. Employer-sponsored health plans are growing more restrictive with coverage, analysts said, as businesses seek to control healthcare spending. Participants in Affordable Care Act health care exchanges have also been affected: Many patients have switched carriers, either by choice or because insurers have exited the exchanges. When they do, patients are often told to restart step therapy protocols anew. J. Russell Teagarden, a health care industry consultant with experience in setting drug coverage policies for health insurance plans, said the last recommendation in particular is “very difficult” to follow because the complexity of many cases means it takes time and medical specialists to resolve them.Teagarden, a former executive at the pharmacy benefits management company Medco Health Solutions, which was acquired by Express Scripts in 2012, said that step-therapy policies and decisions “would keep us up at night. It’s a big job to stay on top of. It requires people and a lot of money and not every company can do it. It’s a real issue.”Some insurers, he said, “play games with these things, and put them in place simply because it’s a barrier. They’re looking for attrition. No one will admit it, but that’s the case. And shame on them.”Patients’ frustration is shared by doctors, who have grown accustomed to — but no less frustrated by — the insurance industry’s efforts to contain costs. Sometimes the insurer’s step-therapy decisions perplex doctors.Dr. Kenneth B. Blankstein, an oncologist in Flemington, N.J., is treating a woman for lung cancer. She responded well to the first chemotherapy drugs he prescribed. When her health was stable, he gave her a “temporary break” from chemo to spare her some of its side effects.But when he tried to return her to the treatment, the insurer balked, saying that the “temporary break” was evidence that the treatment had failed. Despite Blankstein’s protests, the insurer said she would have to move next to Tarceva, another treatment.“She had under a 5 percent chance of a response on Tarceva,” he said. “Yet they insisted, so we had to.”As Blankstein expected, the patient did not respond, but instead of letting her return to the first chemo cocktail, the insurer insisted she try another drug first.The patient ultimately switched to Medicare, which covered the first chemotherapy protocol. Her health is stable.“The patient’s being told to use a drug we know isn’t going to work, but we have to use it anyway for someone with terminal illness? To me that’s just insane, but it’s the way they do things,” Blankstein said. “It’s taken away clinical judgment. It’s managing by algorithms.” More health plans want to pay for drugs based on patient outcomes last_img read more

Additional blood cancer responses seen with Allogene’s off-the-shelf CAR-T cells, updated study shows

first_img Tags ASCObiotechnologyCAR-Tdrug developmentSTAT+ By Adam Feuerstein May 29, 2020 Reprints Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Wellcome Collection @adamfeuerstein 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. Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. What’s included? Allogene on Friday released updated results from the first study of its off-the-shelf CAR-T cell therapy for an aggressive form of B-cell lymphoma. More patients are now responding, including additional patients experiencing complete remissions.The new study results, updated from the initial disclosure two weeks ago, remain preliminary but important because they represent potential progress for the CAR-T field. If successful, the Allogene treatment, called ALLO-501, could be widely available and allow patients with advanced blood cancer to be treated on demand. Today’s bespoke CAR-Ts, by comparison, must be genetically engineered from each patient’s own cells. Adam Feuerstein Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img What is it? [email protected] Biotech Additional blood cancer responses seen with Allogene’s off-the-shelf CAR-T cells, updated study shows GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More 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.last_img read more

Coast Guard suspends search for man that fell overboard during evening Fort Myers cruise

first_imgFMPD surrounds home after shooting June 12, 2021 AdvertisementThe Coast Guard confirmed they received a notification at approximately 8 p.m. Friday from a boater of a dinner-cruise vessel that a man had fallen into the water not wearing a lifejacket. Witnesses said that just after 8 p.m. Friday, the man was going from the third to the second deck on the boat during a dinner cruise when he slipped because of the rain and fell into the Caloosahatchee River.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Myers police assisting the Coast Guard with the search. FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Coast Guard has confirmed that crews suspended their search for the man that fell overboard during an evening cruise in the Caloosahatchee River Friday. Crews confirmed that 37-year-old Joel Henderson is still missing. Multiple agencies were searching the Caloosahatchee throughout the night and began again at first light on Saturday morning. The Coast Guard searched for Henderson for 11 and a half hours between east of the Cape Coral Bridge and west of Highway 41. “We ask that all mariners keep a sharp lookout while transiting the waterways in the Caloosahatchee River and to call our command center at (727) 824-7534 with any reports of new information,” Deputy Commanding Officer of Coast Guard St. Petersburg Shawn Lansing said. WATCH: Fort Myers lotto looter on the run with stacks of scratchers June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Coast GuardFort Myers Thief scoops up tip jar at Fort Myers ice cream shop June 16, 2021 Dealer found guilty for selling drugs in Fort Myers June 17, 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 JC Cruises did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 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 commentslast_img read more

Reopening schools and childcare facilities ‘among the safest things we can do’ says Taoiseach

first_img WhatsApp Reopening schools and childcare facilities ‘among the safest things we can do’ says Taoiseach WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleLaois’s next makeup star to feature on BBC’s ‘Glow Up’Next articleAchieve, Connect and Enjoy – the key tips Brent Pope offers Laois business people Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest Home News Reopening schools and childcare facilities ‘among the safest things we can do’… News TAGSchildcareLeo VaradkarSchools Facebook Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that reopening schools and childcare facilities are ‘among the safest things we can do’ as the country moves its way through the Coronavirus pandemic.Mr Varadkar made the comments to RTE News at the office of the Revenue Commissioners in D’Olier Street, Dublin where one of the main contact tracing centres in the State is located.There is growing evidence now that children are not susceptible to this disease in large numbers and also, different from influenza, they are not super spreaders.He said: “I think we still have a lot to learn about this virus and we are learning all the time.“But if you take what HIQA has said today and what Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation has said today, they are very much of the view that the emerging evidence is that among the safest things we can do over the next couple of months is to reopen our schools and childcare facilities.“To allow children to return education and return to normal life.“I am conscious of the fact that some countries in Europe, never fully closed their schools, and some never fully closed their childcare facilities.“I think it wouldn’t be a good reflection on us, as a society for us to be the last people who are able to re-open our schools and re-open our childcare facilities.“But we need to make sure we do it safely and work with the education sector and the childcare sector to make sure that it’s possible.“But it is encouraging that there is growing evidence that those who are at least, at least risk from the virus are children, young people, and on like for example with influenza they don’t appear to be super spreaders, and I think that is very significant.”The Minster for Health Simon Harris said that “any report that helps us is welcome” but he added that we were still dealing with a virus that we are learning more about every day and therefore “evidence is inconclusive”.SEE ALSO – Electric Picnic is CANCELLED for 2020 and ticket details confirmed Facebook Electric Picnic News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By Alan Hartnett – 13th May 2020 Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

ASC panel declines to reciprocate OSC order

first_imgJames Langton Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords EnforcementCompanies Alberta Securities Commission Related news An Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) panel declined to follow the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) in banning a former investment banker amid allegations of improper insider trading. The panel denied a bid from ASC staff seeking to reciprocate an order imposed by the OSC against Richard Moore, citing a lack of information in the case. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Last year, Moore entered a settlement agreement with the OSC, which imposed several sanctions including a 10-year trading ban and 15-year registration ban. (See Investment Executive, Ex investment banker to pay more than $800,000 for improper trades, April 16, 2013.) ASC staff were seeking to impose a reciprocal order in Alberta. That reciprocation is not automatic however, the panel noted in its decision. It must conclude that the sanctions are also in the public interest in Alberta. The decision notes that the evidence to establish this doesn’t have to be extensive, and it may be contained within the settlement of decision that prompted the original sanctions. However, in this case, the panel ruled that it didn’t have that evidence in the initial OSC order. “This is no criticism of the OSC order, which appears to serve its intended purpose. The difficulty is that we were given no additional information,” it says. “In the result, we do not know who Moore is, nor what he did (or failed to do) that led to the OSC process. We do not know what, if anything, was admitted in his settlement agreement with OSC staff, or what otherwise occurred that resulted in issuance of the OSC order.” “We therefore do not know enough to determine whether Moore poses a risk to Alberta investors or the Alberta capital market,” it said, adding that it can’t determine whether it’s necessary to reciprocate the OSC order without more information. Last year, the OSC and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) both announced settlements with Moore, formerly of CIBC and UBS, concerning allegations of improper trading ahead of corporate acquisitions.last_img read more

Rave Reviews for David Heron

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Award winning Jamaican Playwright and actor, David Heron has marked his return to the Off Broadway stage with excellent reviews for his work in the highly successful revival of the Greek tragedy, Medea, which concluded a limited run at the world famous National Black Theatre in Harlem, recently.Writing for the Harlem News Group, respected theatre critic, Linda Armstrong wrote that, “Medea is mind blowing.Something that you will experience profoundly and that you will not soon forget.”In a cast that included Tony Award winning actress, Trezana Beverley, Mr. Heron, who played the role of The Messenger, was singled out by Miss Armstrong who wrote: “David Heron does an outstanding job as he graphically describes the events that Medea has had a direct hand in.”On the website,, critic Kat Chamberlain said that, “David Heron’s Messenger is particularly effective, with a colourful delivery that does not go over the top.”In a new adaptation by acclaimed scholar, Nicholas Rudall, the play tells the story of the Sorceress/Princess Medea, who is left for another woman by her husband, Jason of The Argonauts, and decides to seek revenge at any cost.The production was directed by award winning actress and Director Petronia Paley, whose credits include Another World, Guiding Light, Electra and the Broadway revival of On Golden Pond, opposite James Earl Jones.Medea marks Mr. Heron’s third Off Broadway appearance in less than one year. He made his Shakespearean debut to excellent reviews as Laertes, opposite One Life To Live star, Timothy D. Stickney, in Hamlet at The Workshop Theatre last April, and appeared immediately afterwards in The New Federal Theatre’s popular revival of Errol John’s classic Caribbean play, Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, produced by American theatre legend, Woodie King, Jr .Mr. Heron’s own play, Love and Marriage and New York City enjoyed great success at The National Black Theatre Festival held in Winston Salem, North Carolina last August, and will tour Toronto, Canada in May.After that assignment, he heads to Virginia to appear in The Taming Of The Shrew and Othello with the Virginia Shakespeare Company until the end of July. Rave Reviews for David Heron UncategorizedMarch 13, 2008 RelatedRave Reviews for David Heron RelatedRave Reviews for David Heroncenter_img RelatedRave Reviews for David Heron Advertisementslast_img read more