As scandal hits the frontrunner for the French presidency Francois Fillon, is this good news for Marine Le Pen?

Dylan Kissane and Denis MacShane Dylan Kissane, a France-based writer and director at The CoSMo Company, says Yes.After five years of mismanagement by Francois Hollande’s Socialist left, the electorate in France is primed for change.Until recently, Francois Fillon seemed to be the natural choice: a known quantity on the centre-right, a devout Catholic, and the man endorsed by Les Républicains as the best bet to set France on a desperately needed new course. But with the scandal over payments made to his wife sowing seeds of doubt, the presumption that he would defeat front-runner Marine Le Pen in the second round of presidential voting is looking shaky. whatsapp Share Thursday 2 February 2017 4:01 am whatsapp As scandal hits the frontrunner for the French presidency Francois Fillon, is this good news for Marine Le Pen? Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoWolf & ShepherdNFL Star Rob Gronkowski’s Favorite ShoesWolf & ShepherdUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoDental Implant Info | Search AdsDental Implant Costs In 2021 Might Almost Be UnbelievableDental Implant Info | Search AdsUndoCarsGeniusThese 4 Loaded SUVs Are Now Dirt CheapCarsGeniusUndoTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishUndo If Fillon falls to the wayside and the far-left socialist challenger Benoit Hamon proves equally unelectable, who is left to challenge the leader of Front National? With Emmanuel Macron the only other serious contender for the second round, Le Pen will be feeling confident this week that her chances of winning the country’s top job have only been improved by Fillon’s poorly timed problems.Denis MacShane, the UK’s former Europe minister who regularly writes and comments on French media, says No.The revelations that Francois Fillon has been using parliamentary funds to pay his wife and family are now getting so strong and so reeking that it is hard to see how he can continue. Fillon portrayed himself as Monsieur Irréprochable, France’s Mr Clean, and now he has been infected by the English MPs’ disease of putting wives, sons and daughters on the parliamentary payroll.But Marine Le Pen has similar problems. Yesterday, the European Parliament demanded she pay back €300,000 she took in parliamentary expenses and used to pay two associates who did party political work. She is up to her ears in dodgy loans from Kremlin controlled banks and any spotlight on exotic political money changing hands catches her in its beam.The main beneficiary is Emmanuel Macron, the new boy on the French block offering a pro-reform, pro-EU, pro-market new beginning. He is a rich banker so doesn’t need to help himself from parliamentary funds. read more


London fintechs secure billions from US investors

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald Show Comments ▼ US fintech Plaid recently opened an office in Shoreditch, opting for London as their new home outside of the US and Canada.  whatsapp Surging subscription revenue partially offset a decline in advertising London fintechs have secured $3.6bn in venture capital investment this year with more than half coming from US investors.  One of the biggest funding rounds involving American investors this year was Revolut’s Series D round, involving US firms Technology Crossover Ventures and Ribbit Capital.  While the capital’s fintechs are exploring the US for expansion, the last few months have seen notable US and Canadian firms confirm their commitments to the UK.  Fintechs received $2.2bn, more than 60 per cent of overall investment, through funding rounds with at least one US investor, according to data from Dealroom and London & Partners.  Surging subscription revenue partially offset a decline in advertising Also Read: London fintechs secure billions from US investors despite virus and Brexit uncertainty Friday 16 October 2020 12:02 pm London is now the second most popular for global investment, behind San Francisco with $5.1bn and ahead of New York’s $2.2bn.  Keith Grose, head of international at Plaid said:”As a fintech company based in London you have access to investors, clients, world-class talent and savvy customers all in one city, making it a unique place to be.”  Fintech remains one of London’s largest and best performing sectors, accounting for 44 per cent of all VC investment into London’s tech companies so far this year.  Surging subscription revenue partially offset a decline in advertising Also Read: London fintechs secure billions from US investors despite virus and Brexit uncertainty It is nearly double the US funding from last year, even as the capital’s startups grapple with the effects of the virus and the impending Brexit deadline.  whatsapp Funding rounds including a US investor tend to be significantly larger in value than those without US backing. The average deal value involving US investors is $44m compared to $12m without.  The sector appears to be weathering the storm of the virus with recent data from Beauhurst suggesting UK fintechs have avoided the worst of it.  Last week, Canada’s Clearbanc announced plans to launch in the UK and committed to investing £500m in e-commerce firms.  London fintechs secure billions from US investors despite virus and Brexit uncertainty The capital also takes the top spot for deal count with 169 deals closed this year suggesting investors are still confident in London’s prospects even amid the pandemic.  Share Laura Citron, chief executive of London & Partners said: “The UK capital is a natural home for fintech because it combines the power of global financial markets with a deep tech talent pool, supportive regulation and an early-adopting customer base.” Tags: FinTech Angharad Carrick last_img read more


UK business activity shrinks as fresh lockdown hits services sector

first_img The UK economy contracted again this month after fresh lockdown restrictions were imposed Also Read: UK business activity shrinks as fresh lockdown hits services sector whatsapp Nevertheless, the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants still dragged down the services sector, which saw its PMI level drop to 45.8 from 51.4 last month. The figures reflects both stockpiling by EU customers ahead of a potential trade shock when the Brexit transition period ends in January and disruption at UK ports, which led to delays in the supply chain. Manufacturing bucked the overall downward trend, with PMI for this sector rising to 55.2 — the joint highest level since 2018. The UK economy contracted again this month after fresh lockdown restrictions were imposed Also Read: UK business activity shrinks as fresh lockdown hits services sector The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 47.4 in November, according to initial readings, down from 52.1 in October. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoBigGlobalTravelCelebrities That Are Still Married TodayBigGlobalTravelUndoPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsUndoBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoSoGoodly20 Historical Photos They Dare Not Show You In SchoolSoGoodlyUndo Tags: Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) The UK economy contracted again this month after fresh lockdown restrictions were imposed “Nevertheless, while the outlook is looking brighter for next year, there’s still a challenging winter to endure, and so businesses will likely remain cautious amid the ongoing uncertainty.” The index authors said they expected unemployment to continue rising to a peak of roughly 6.5 per cent in the spring. Show Comments ▼ The figures represent a five-month low and the first time since June that the index has fallen below the crucial 50.0 growth threshold. Monday 23 November 2020 10:46 am whatsapp The figures show that chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extent the furlough scheme to the end of the first quarter has done little to stem the flow of redundancies. Job losses in the private sector also accelerated this month, with the composite employment index falling to 42.1 from 43.4. The UK economy is expected to contract in the fourth quarter after Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented a second four-week national lockdown, which is due to end of 2 December. “Despite the unknowns, the hope offered by the vaccine breakthroughs could be powerful in helping to curb the pace of redundancies as firms have more incentive to keep staff on furlough with the prospect of an improving picture by March,” said Rhys Herbert, senior economist at Lloyds Bank. But manufacturing output is expected to fall in the first quarter even if a Brexit trade deal is reached, as overseas customers have brought forward activity to the final quarter of this year. UK PMI sank to a record low of just 13.8 in April and improved only to 30.0 in May. However, the data was well above the consensus of 42.5. UK business activity contracted this month as the rollout of fresh lockdown measures took its toll on the services sector. Economists said the improved data for November was likely due to an increased number of businesses continuing to trade in some form, for example through click and collect services. There were some bright spots, however, and the survey found managers were at their most optimistic since March 2015, largely thanks to progress in the development of Covid-19 vaccines. James Warrington Share But the data indicates that the economic impact of the second lockdown is significant less severe than the initial measures at the start of the crisis. UK business activity shrinks as fresh lockdown hits services sector last_img read more


News / Test case dispute after UK cycle courier wins ‘worker’s rights’

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 09/01/2017 A bicycle courier has won her legal fight to be recognised as a “worker” by CitySprint, after the judge described the firm’s employment practices as “contorted” and “indecipherable”.Maggie Dewhurst took the London-based same-day courier service to court in November to gain recognition as a “worker” rather than an “independent contractor”.While both are classifications of self-employment, “workers” are considered integrated within a business to such a substantial degree that they deserve basic employment rights such as paid holiday and sick leave.Judge Jo Wade described CitySprint’s business model as “window-dressing” and wrote in her judgment: “It is CitySprint which has the power to regulate the amount of work available, and it keeps its couriers busy by limiting the size of the fleet.”The case also found that if CitySprint allowed its couriers to subcontract – a fundamental right for “independent contractors” – it would be in breach of its contract with health care supplier HCA International, which forbids the practice.In paragraph 56, Judge Wade concluded that “any concept of her [Ms Dewhurst] operating a business is a sham”.Ms Dewhurst, who chairs the couriers and logistics branch of the Independent Workers of Great Britain union (IWGB), said the tribunal showed CitySprint’s operation to be wilfully exploitative and fuelled by an “absurd set of incentives”.“The reality of a courier’s working life has been exposed. It’s a tough, physically and mentally demanding job, in a low-pay sector – we are not high-flying entrepreneurial executives.“CitySprint and its rivals have been using the excuse that their couriers are entrepreneurs for many years, but this was found to be an artificial construction and that couriers are in a subordinate position.“It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been playing the game like this, their time is now up,” she said.A CitySprint spokesperson told The Loadstar it was disappointed by the ruling and that it would be reviewing the judgement in detail.“This case has demonstrated that there is still widespread confusion regarding this area of law, which is why we are calling on the government to provide better support and help for businesses across the UK who could be similarly affected,” said the spokesperson.The firm also claimed the ruling applies to a single individual and argued that it did not represent a test case, a claim refuted by a spokesperson for the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).“There is no question about it, it is a test case,” the ITF spokesperson told The Loadstar. “It is impossible to see it as anything else.”CitySprint tried to fight the case by claiming its couriers enjoy many freedoms, such as flexibility and high pay, a claim described by IWGB general secretary Jason Moyer-Lee as “laughable”.“This was just about the most laughable claim of the entire case, and is illustrative of CitySprint’s ruthless attitude towards its hard-working couriers,” said Mr Moyer-Lee, who argued that CitySprint’s own witnesses failed to demonstrate either flexibility or high pay.“Simon Baker, head of fleet and compliance at CitySprint, asserted that couriers may expand their businesses by bribing staff in loading bays in order to be allocated more work,” he added.Mac Urata, inland transport sections secretary of the ITF, told The Loadstar this was the latest ruling to “challenge the emerging model that seeks to paint workers as self-employed freelancers for their employers’ benefit”, more commonly known as the gig economy.“And it’s a model that needs to be challenged: it too often deprives workers of their basic employment rights, as well as undercutting regulation that has been built up to protect the wider public,” said Mr Urata, who compared the case to the similar decision three months ago by the London Employment Tribunal concerning Uber drivers.ITF president Paddy Crumlin said the Uber judgment had “torn away the mask of driver independence” that Uber had assiduously cultivated.“In Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, Brussels and beyond – with more cases certain to come – the challenges are being heard and the courts are making clear that workers deserve workers’ rights.”last_img read more


Safety, the weather and lots of fun – what to expect at this year’s Laois GAA Cul Camps

first_img TAGSCúl CampsLaois GAAMike Henchy Home GAA Cul Camps Safety, the weather and lots of fun – what to expect at… GAACul CampsSport News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic Safety, the weather and lots of fun – what to expect at this year’s Laois GAA Cul Camps Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date The first week of the GAA’s annual Cul Camps is set to get underway from Monday July 20.A total of 30 camps will be held at GAA clubs throughout the county over the coming five weeks – with the first five beginning next week.The Coronavirus has changed just about every aspect of our lives and the Cul Camps are no different – so says Laois GAA Games Development Manager Mike Henchy.The Kerry native and his team have been working very hard over the last number of weeks to ensure that the camps can go ahead this year.And speaking to LaoisToday, Mike called on parents to play their role in making sure everything goes to plan for all involved.He said: “First of all it is very important to note that people know that they cannot simply show up to a camp this year as would’ve been permitted in the past. You must register online first – we cannot have people taking part who are not registered.“Parents and guardians are a very important stakeholder this year in terms of health screening. Every parent will receive an email as their camp approaches with information on this.“A checklist will be provided and we need parents to make sure they can tick off everything. It is so important that we get real cooperation with this from parents because everything that we put in will not work unless that happens.“Following the traffic management plan as advised by the clubs when both entering and exiting the grounds is crucial. During drop off and collection, social distancing measures are in place.“The activities will have interaction in their pods as normal but again as we have our lunch or any other breaks, social distancing will be observed.“While it is also important to note that all of the children will operate in pods.“Ordinarily, we would operate a rotational model where kids would go from one coach to the other but this year in order to try control the number of people who come into contact, all children are going to operate in pods or groups.“All parents must make sure that all the things that their child brings to the camp are labelled. Their bags, waterbottle, lunchboxes and every parent must provide their child with their own labelled bottle of hand sanitizer as well.“Sanitization is extremely important and it will happen on a regular basis throughout the day.“The dressing rooms is each venue will only be used for access to the toilets and as a holding area for their bags.”With GAA facilities around the country remaining closed until later in the year, planning for the weather is something that camp organisers will really have to focus on this year.If it rains, taking the children inside isn’t an option and Mike revealed how he will be studying Met Eireann each night before each day of a camp.He said: “The weather also comes into play. We will be watching the weather very closely every evening before each individual day. If we need to make a call on whether a camp goes ahead or not, it will be done on the nigh before.“If we do get caught that the weather forecast turns out worse during a particular day than was predicted, I would ask all parents to give their child a little rain jacket that they can keep in their bags.“But if it persists being very wet or thundery, I would ask all parents to keep an eye on their phones because if we have to call a camp off, the children will not be allowed to stay indoors during the wait for collection.”So far, more than 1,800 children have signed up and it is estimated that by the time all the camps have taken place, around 2,200 will have taken part.This is down on previous years but Mike says after the year everyone has endured thus far, Cul Camps this year are all about providing a service to the children.He said: “This is not about the numbers for us this year, this is about providing a service for the children who have been locked up for so long.“We want to create a fun, enjoyable and safe environment for the kids. That is a very important message that we want to get across because this year has been very difficult for everyone – children included.“They have been taken out of school and separated from their friends and loved ones for months on end. A very difficult thing for a child so our Cul Camps this year will focus primarily on fun.”For more information on Cul Camps in Laois, click here.SEE ALSO – #LoveLaois: ‘No shows’ a low blow to hairdressers and beauticians as they cope with the new realities of doing business RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 16th July 2020 Previous articleWhat a job! Would you like to be an undercover Ice Cream taster for Supermac’sNext articleLaois pubs express their frustration as re-opening delayed until August 10 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. Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more


North Korea crackdown broadens on international calls

first_img North Korea crackdown broadens on international calls News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 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] US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Residents wait to see detained family members at a Ministry of State Security office in a border region of North KoreaResidents wait to see detained family members at a Ministry of State Security office in a border region of North Korea. Image: Daily NKNorth Korea’s security services are cracking down on international calls in the Sino-North Korean border region. It appears that most of the activity, however, is aimed at extracting money from ordinary North Koreans, Daily NK has learned.North Korean Ministry of State Security (MSS) agents have long used mobile phone radio locators to identify suspected homes for raids and punish international callers. Recently, however, agents are diversifying their approaches and trying to catch more international callers by pretending to be ordinary people and conducting stakeouts.“Agents who catch international callers in the act demand bribes to secure their release from custody,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK, adding that the authorities have also arrested smugglers to demand information on international callers.“A woman living in Kangan-dong, Hyesan, was recently arrested by the MSS but didn’t know why.”She was arrested by three agents after returning home from work at the local market and was later interrogated about a call she had made to South Korea four years ago.“She was arrested because of a call she made between a family in North Korea and a defector,” said the source. “She had forgotten about it because it was so long ago. Ultimately she paid a bribe of 3,000 yuan to the agents and was released.”The source also added that MSS agents are using informants arrested for illicit drug transactions, smuggling, and other economic crimes to identify people who have made international calls to South Korea or China.The agents know that international callers generally have more cash on hand.“People are getting arrested not just for the international calls they’ve made recently, but also those made long ago, so a lot of people will likely be rounded up,” said a separate source in Ryanggang Province. “A lot of people who have been arrested by the MSS are now trying to scrape up money [so they can pay bribes].”“These days, people caught helping defectors need to pay bribes of 10,000 Chinese yuan or more, so some have to sell their houses just to get the money.” SHARE By Kang Mi Jin – 2019.07.12 6:07pm center_img News Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News NewsEconomylast_img read more


CGA Ontario gives $2 million to support financial education

Related news Greens would axe RESP IE Staff “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to establish and expand these important funding partnerships with Ontario’s leading universities and colleges,” says Doug Brooks, CEO, CGA Ontario. “The positive impacts this additional funding will create for students, academics and financial professionals are tremendous.” CGA Ontario’s funding will also result in the development of an accounting study and support centre for students, an innovative “Interview Room” to prepare job candidates to perform under pressure, a software gaming simulation to help students learn accounting in a fun and interactive environment, a Research Excellence Fund and CGA Professorship in Accounting, and networking and professional development initiatives for CGAs. The recipients of CGA Ontario’s most recent funding are Brock University, Conestoga College, Ryerson University, Seneca College, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Western University. CGA Ontario made a significant contribution last year to the Schulich School of Business to establish a chair in international entrepreneurship. CRA updates child-related tax folios Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Kids’ post-secondary costs delaying parents’ retirement Seven universities and colleges across Ontario will receive $2 million from the Certified General Accountants of Ontario to help students, faculty, staff and working professionals do more with their financial careers. The funding will help schools in Ontario attract talented professors and researchers, support and promote research in finance and accounting, and award students with scholarships into the CGA Ontario Program of Professional Studies. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Education read more


Franklin Templeton appoints CIO of emerging markets equity

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Fund managers,  Appointments San Mateo, Calif.-based Franklin Resources, Inc., operating as Franklin Templeton Investments, has hired Manraj Sekhon as chief investment officer (CIO) of emerging markets equity, overseeing the emerging markets equity teams across the organization.Sekhon will join the firm on Feb. 19, and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office. He will report to Stephen Dover, head of equities for Franklin Templeton, the company says in a news release. CETFA elects new board leader IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Earlier in January, emerging markets fund manager Mark Mobius has announced his plans to retire from Franklin Templeton on Jan. 31.Also readMark Mobius to retire from Franklin TempletonIn the course of his more than 20-year career in global investment, Sekhon has managed portfolios on behalf of pension plans, sovereign wealth, endowments, insurance, family offices and private wealth clients.Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Sekhon served as the chief executive, CIO and director of Fullerton Fund Management, a Singapore-based asset manager. Prior to that, he served as director and head of international equities at Henderson Global Investors, where he led a team managing global and Europe, Australasia and Far East portfolios for clients around the world.Sekhon will oversee Franklin Templeton’s more than 80 emerging markets equity investment professionals based in 20 offices around the world and representing over US$45 billion in assets under management.“As part of the next phase in the evolution of our emerging markets teams, we are pleased to bring on a leader who I am confident will best leverage the breadth of our investment talent across emerging markets equities to deliver the high quality investment strategies and performance that our clients expect, says Dover in a statement. Leadership corporate hierarchy recruiter team leader employee selection new job jirsak/123RFlast_img read more


Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Cases of Ebola

first_imgStatement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Cases of Ebola The White HouseInfectious diseases are transnational health and national security threats. While the world is reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in both Central and West Africa. The world cannot afford to turn the other way. We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively, and with commensurate resources to stop these outbreaks before they become largescale epidemics.President Biden has been briefed on the situation in both Central and West Africa, and his prayers are with the families of those who have died and those who are impacted by Ebola, COVID-19, and other ongoing global health challenges. The Biden Administration will do everything in its power to provide U.S. leadership to stop these outbreaks, working with the affected governments, the World Health Organization, the African Union and the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and neighboring states.On February 16, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with the Ambassadors of Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to the United States to convey the United States willingness to work closely with the governments of affected countries, and neighboring countries whose citizens would be at risk of the current outbreak spread. Mr. Sullivan emphasized President Biden’s commitment to provide U.S. leadership to strengthen health security and create better systems for preventing, detecting, and responding to health emergencies.Outbreaks require swift and overwhelming response in order to avoid catastrophic consequences. Since the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the United States has endeavored to elevate and prioritize health security assistance with partners through the Global Health Security Agenda and with strong support from Congress. We cannot afford to take our foot off the gas – even as we battle COVID, we must ensure capacity and financing for health security worldwide. President Biden’s first National Security Memorandum directed that U.S. leadership in health security and global health be elevated, prioritized, and strengthened. The United States stands ready to do everything in its power to ensure a robust global response and to stop these outbreaks. /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:Africa, African, Central, Congo, global health, Government, Guinea, health, leadership, liberia, President, prevention, resources, Sierra Leone, United States, White House, World Health Organizationlast_img read more


Mass vaccination idea doesn’t make sense

first_imgMass vaccination idea doesn’t make sense The NSW’s Government’s plan to rollout mass vaccination sites makes no sense.Community pharmacies are expected to come onboard to provide COVID-19 vaccination as part of Phase 2a commencing in June. There are over 5,900 community pharmacies across Australia and in capital cities 97 per cent of Australians are within 2.5km of their local pharmacy. Outside of capital cities, 66 per cent are within 2.5km of their local pharmacy, making community pharmacies the most accessible healthcare provider nationally.The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Professor Trent Twomey, said it makes no sense for the NSW Government to exclude community pharmacies as one of their major vaccination providers for COVID.“We’re trained and experienced in providing vaccination. Last year we provided an estimated 3 million flu vaccinations. We’ve done the same mandatory COVID vaccination training as the GPs and nurses. We have the consult rooms set up and ready to go. We’re only down the road for many Australians, who visit us at least 18 times a year on average,” he said.“So with this mass vaccination idea, how does it work if I need to go to a footy stadium for my COVID shot? Assuming I’m in a city near a footy stadium, I’d have to take time off work during the week, then have to get to the stadium in the traffic probably with my young family in tow, wait for hours for my shot in close quarters with hundreds of others, putting us all at greater risk of community transmission, and then wait around, then to find a way home for all of us. Why wouldn’t I just want to go to my pharmacy down the road from home on a weekend? I could be back at home within 30 minutes with no disruption to my family, and a lot less risk of community transmission. It just doesn’t make sense.“We’re used to working over public holidays and being open for extended hours and on weekends. Last year there were over 462 million individual patient visits to local pharmacies. We’ve also seen in the US that the most successful rollout has been in West Virginia where they’ve gone with the local pharmacy option as the vaccination provider.“We understand and support the Government’s vaccine rollout strategy, but if we want to move to a rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccination, it makes sense that they use our national network of healthcare professionals. In at least 60 towns around Australia we are the only primary healthcare provider in town.”In mid-February over 4,000 community pharmacies expressed an interest in providing the COVID-19 vaccination. As of Friday 26 March, the Pharmacy Programs Administrator contacted those pharmacies to advise they were seeking further information. It is expected that the current stage of collecting further information will be completed by the end of April. Following that the Australian Government will undertake a selection process in May. The Pharmacy Guild has no details on the scope or timing of the selection process, or when community pharmacies will be brought on to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. /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, Australian Government, community, covid-19, Government, healthcare, NSW, pharmacy, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, President, Professor, vaccination, vaccine, Virginia, West Virginialast_img read more