Mayoral hopefuls head out on holiday

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Spike in prescribing dexamethasone to Covid-19 patients may do more harm than good

first_img Related: Hospitals see shortages of a cheap steroid that one study says helps Covid-19 patients Watch: Understanding dexamethasone, the steroid used to treat Trump’s Covid-19 Despite that, some clinicians might prescribe dexamethasone “off-label” to non-hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the same way that clinicians have prescribed other unproven Covid-19 treatments, such as hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. To explore this possibility, we examined national data on prescriptions for oral dexamethasone that were dispensed from pharmacies across the U.S. between October 2017 and September 2020. These data, compiled by IQVIA, are considered the gold-standard of prescription dispensing data in the U.S.advertisement The Food and Drug Administration has not approved dexamethasone to treat patients with Covid-19 in the hospital or at home. In addition, Covid-19 treatment guidelines from the National Institutes for Health specifically recommend against using dexamethasone use in patients who do not need oxygen, as the RECOVERY trial did not show it benefitted these patients and potentially showed evidence of harm. [email protected] We raise this issue because there is no evidence that dexamethasone benefits Covid-19 patients who aren’t severely ill and because it has known side effects, such as depression, mood swings, and psychosis. Until there is evidence of effectiveness and safety, we believe it is premature for clinicians to prescribe dexamethasone for Covid-19 patients who are not severely ill.We also raise this issue to highlight our broader concerns about off-label prescribing of unproven treatments for Covid-19. In March 2020, there was a large increase in prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19. This occurred despite the lack of evidence that this medication was effective against the disease and despite knowledge that hydroxychloroquine increases risk of dangerous irregular heart rhythms in other patient populations. Subsequent clinical trials demonstrated that hydroxychloroquine does not benefit patients with Covid-19.Off-label use of prescription drugs can also be costly to insurers and patients. Both dexamethasone and hydroxychloroquine are inexpensive generic drugs, so widespread off-label use would not entail high costs. However, many potential Covid-19 drugs that might be prescribed off-label are high-priced, branded drugs.The future will bring many potentially promising but unproven drugs for Covid-19. We understand why clinicians may be tempted to prescribe these drugs off-label. It is difficult not to intervene when facing a disease as dangerous as Covid-19. Yet this difficulty does not justify prescribing unproven drugs that could easily do more harm than good.Kao-Ping Chua is a primary care pediatrician and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics of the University of Michigan Medical School and the department of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Adam S. Cifu is a general internist and professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. Rena M. Conti is an associate professor in the department of markets, public policy, and law at Boston University Questrom School of Business and the associate research director of biopharma and public policy for the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Access to the prescription data was provided through the IQVIA Institute’s Human Data Science Research Collaborative, the purpose of which is to promote research into the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the U.S. health care system. IQVIA was not involved in the analysis in any way. @kaopingchua First OpinionSpike in prescribing dexamethasone to Covid-19 patients may do more harm than good Kao-Ping Chua @adamcifu Adam Cifu About the Authors Reprints Related: [email protected] Matthew Horwood/Getty Images By Kao-Ping Chua, Adam Cifu, and Rena M. Conti Nov. 2, 2020 Reprints Before April 2020, the number of dispensed prescriptions for oral dexamethasone averaged just under 260,000 per month. That number dropped to approximately 180,000 during April 2020 — likely because fewer people sought medical care due to fears of contracting Covid-19 — and rose to 237,000 during June 2020.In July, the number of prescriptions shot up to 335,000, then tapered off a bit during August and September. During these three months, the total number of dispensed dexamethasone prescriptions was almost 175,000 higher (22.7%) compared with the number of prescriptions dispensed during the same three-month period in 2019.Monthly dispensed prescriptions for oral dexamethasone from October 2017 to September 2020. Data include prescriptions dispensed from 92% of U.S. retail pharmacies and 70% of mail-order and long-term care pharmacies. Source: IQVIA National Prescription Audit The prescribers accounting for the greatest increases in dispensed dexamethasone prescriptions between these two time periods were internal medicine physicians (up 51,900 prescriptions, or 46.8%), nurse practitioners (up 38,300 prescriptions, or 28.3%), and family medicine physicians (up 35,000 prescriptions, or 39.8%).The increase in prescriptions between the two time periods occurred only in adults aged 20 years and older, for whom dispensed dexamethasone prescriptions increased 33.0%. Among those aged 0 to 19 years, prescriptions decreased by 37.3%.To see if the rise in dexamethasone prescription dispensing during July through September 2020 was driven by greater demand for oral steroids in general, we also examined dispensed prescriptions for other oral steroids such as prednisone, which is often prescribed for conditions like asthma attacks or poison ivy. As with dexamethasone, the monthly number of dispensed prescriptions for other steroids fell sharply between March and April 2020, from 6.2 million to 4.0 million, again likely because fewer people sought medical care. But unlike oral dexamethasone, the number of dispensed prescriptions for other steroids rose to just 4.5-4.6 million during July through September, a level far below the pre-pandemic baseline.Monthly dispensed prescriptions for oral steroids other than dexamethasone (including betamethasone, cortisone, deflazacort, fludrocortisone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, and prednisone) from October 2017 to September 2020. Data include prescriptions dispensed from 92% of U.S. retail pharmacies and 70% of mail-order and long-term care pharmacies. Source: IQVIA National Prescription Audit The rise in dispensed dexamethasone prescriptions beginning in the summer of 2020 coincided with the publication of results of the RECOVERY trial, occurred only in adults, was driven by prescribers who usually work in clinics and other non-hospital settings, and did not reflect increased demand for oral steroids generally.Collectively, these findings suggest that clinicians are increasingly prescribing dexamethasone off-label to non-hospitalized patients with Covid-19.It is difficult to predict if increased prescribing of dexamethasone will continue, although we suspect that its administration to President Trump during his hospitalization raised public awareness of the drug’s potential as a Covid-19 treatment. This could lead patients with Covid-19 to request this medication, increasing pressure for their physicians to oblige. Dexamethasone, a potent steroid medication, is in the news as a possible treatment for people with Covid-19.A June 2020 press release for the UK-based RECOVERY clinical trial announced that dexamethasone reduced the risk of death in hospitalized Covid-19 patients who needed mechanical ventilation or additional oxygen. The following month, results of the trial were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.Public attention increased even more in early October when President Donald Trump was given dexamethasone after he was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for Covid-19. He was given the steroid presumably because he had a severe case of the disease.advertisement Rena M. Conti Tags Coronaviruspharmaceuticalsphysicianslast_img read more

How much did Thanksgiving contribute to Covid-19 spread? It’s wait and see for now

first_img General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. [email protected] What’s more, spread could compound in the interim. If people contract the coronavirus at Thanksgiving, within a few days they could be passing it to their colleagues, their teammates, and others — all before they show symptoms, and even if they never show symptoms. HealthHow much did Thanksgiving contribute to Covid-19 spread? It’s wait and see for now Related: And now we wait.Thanksgiving is over, and public health officials’ persistent warnings that large celebrations and travel could douse accelerant on out-of-control Covid-19 spread have passed. But whether their warnings were heeded — and what kind of impact Americans’ decisions might have had — won’t be clear for a few weeks.It will take a few days for those who got infected to start feeling sick, to get tested, and to get their results back. It will be two weeks or so before people who get sick enough to need hospital care show up in emergency departments. And it could be another two weeks after that before the seriously ill die, and a bit longer before those deaths are recorded in official tallies. It’s why experts describe metrics such as hospitalizations and deaths as lagging indicators — the results of transmission that occurred weeks prior.advertisement Andrew Joseph The pre-holiday messages from public health officials were direct, and sometimes desperate. Please don’t travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned. Don’t gather with people outside your households, and if you do, keep it to a small number, governors and mayors pleaded.“The best gift we can give each other, the most gratitude that we can express to one another, is to keep one another safe this Thanksgiving,” Wayne Frederick, the president of Howard University and a surgeon, said he told his patients. “And the only way to do that is to stay apart from one another.”Many people got on board. A STAT-Harris Poll showed most people were less likely this year to travel out of state to visit family and friends or take a flight for Thanksgiving, findings backed up by a range of other surveys showing most people planned to wait until next year for their traditional turkey feasts.But some people definitely gathered together. Data from the Transportation Security Administration showed that more than 1 million air travelers were screened the Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving — a threshold rarely hit since March, though it’s still less than half of the number of travelers screened around Thanksgiving last year.Public health authorities have blamed past holiday weekends for spiking cases in some areas, but gatherings of family and friends are just one log on the fire that is the U.S. epidemic. New cases have cropped up among college students socializing, kids playing after-school sports, and people taking exercise classes. They’ve been fueled at indoor restaurants, religious services, prisons, nursing homes, and other sites. Transmission is so high in many places it’s often hard to track down where people got infected. Travelers at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. KAMM/AFP via Getty Images Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy By Andrew Joseph Nov. 29, 2020 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: As cases have increased, some states and local communities have taken an increasingly hard line against those activities, shuttering indoor dining again or prohibiting after-school activities. But many others have resisted because of concerns about the social and economic impact of taking such measures, particularly without additional federal aid for those who would be affected.In the U.S., the pandemic has reached a point of dissonance. Over the past several weeks, there have been waves of remarkably heartening news on the vaccine front, with multiple candidates showing efficacy levels that surpassed top public health officials’ expectations. If all goes to plan, vaccines will start reaching some people by the end of the year, with the rest of the population eligible to get in line over the coming months. A culling of Covid-19 is within sight.At the same time, cases and hospitalizations nationwide are reaching record levels, according to STAT’s Covid-19 Tracker. The country reported more than 2,000 deaths on two days last week for the first time since the spring. Health experts are trying to motivate people to hang on a few months more, to take the steps that can help blunt transmission — and to urge public officials to implement new plans to force cases down.“There is such a moment and a need for us to rally and do this smartly and save lives over this winter, because if we hold out, it can make a tremendous difference,” Amber D’Souza, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said at a briefing before the holiday. “This really is the moment to pull things in, because the way that infectious diseases work, it is exponential. We will see cases continue to double every few weeks until we get this under control.”Meanwhile, thousands of people are showing up to already packed hospitals for care, further overwhelming stretched health care staff.“I cannot be in four rooms at once, I cannot be at the bedside of four patients at once,” Consuelo Vargas, an emergency room nurse in Chicago, said on a press call arranged by National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses in the country, ahead of the holiday. “We are being forced to choose who we are going to pay attention to first, and where do you want to be on that list? Your goal should be to not get on that list. Social distance, wear a mask, avoid large crowds.”Another nurse, Juan Anchondo of El Paso, Texas, noted that his city has received national attention for its Covid-19 outbreak, which has forced the city to bring in refrigerated trucks to hold bodies. He said other communities could find themselves in similar straits, particularly with the December holidays on the horizon.“This all started after Labor Day, just a steady spike of Covid infections,” Anchondo said. “I’m afraid because the holidays are coming up — Thanksgiving, Christmas — I’m afraid it’s going to be worse here, and everywhere else in the states. It’s a scary time out there right now.” “Probably what this means is three or four weeks after Thanksgiving, we will see more people die than otherwise would have,” said Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We’ll see more people get infected over Thanksgiving. And unfortunately, it will probably be a lot of older people who are gathering together with their families.”advertisement @DrewQJoseph About the Author Reprints ‘The trend is irreversible’: How Covid-19 could drive a shift toward decentralized trials Tags Coronaviruspublic healthlast_img read more

Split season a ‘no brainer’, says Laois GAA secretary

first_imgHome Sport GAA Split season a ‘no brainer’, says Laois GAA secretary SportGAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, December 3, 2020Next articleIn Pictures: Laois secondary school students present 200 care packages to homeless charity Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSLaois GAANiall Handy Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 3rd December 2020 Split season a ‘no brainer’, says Laois GAA secretary Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy says that the proposed split season that would see the inter-county championship played first and the All Ireland final in July is a “no brainer” and something that the association should adapt in the coming seasons.It would mean that inter-county season would start earlier, the April club month would no longer apply, the All Ireland finals would be in July and the club championship across the country would have an uninterrupted spell to be completed.“If there is to be any good from this pandemic, it may seem that a resolution has beeninadvertently found to the ongoing club versus county crux and scheduling of games, withwhat now is being referred to as the ‘spit season’,” writes Handy in his annual report to this year’s Laois GAA convention.“The split season approach was adopted this summer as the association dealt with the fall out on club and county structures and also the difficulties posed by the pandemic.“While the deterioration in Covid-19 cases in the community has necessitated the pausing of club championship activity in recent weeks, the much-heralded success of the decision to play the majority of club competitions before the resumption of the inter-county calendar has provoked a wider debate on the merits of the GAA perhaps adopting this ‘split season’ approach on a permanent basis.“From our perspective in Laois, I believe there was a positive response to being able toplay off our club competitions while inter-county activity was suspended before resumption was allowed on September 14, with inter-county games starting again on October 17.“In particular, inter-county players being free to dedicate their time to club duty made a big impact.“The GAA’s Fixture Review Taskforce are currently examining a model that wouldpotentially move the Association into windows of activity that would begin intercounty competitions in the early part of the year, with All-Ireland finals brought forward and inter-county championships being potentially finished as early as July.“Basically this would eliminate the present scenario of April being dedicated to club games for Inter County players.“Club league games without intercounty players are free to take place during this timeand in the new normal, I would envisage those outside the Inter County match day panelof 26, would also be free to play with their clubs on those weekends.“After the All-Irelands are played at an unprecedented earlier time of year, it would leave an uninterrupted window for club championships to then take place in July, August, September and part of October with the provincial club championships starting in mid-October.“With the Electric Picnic weekend likely to be incorporated into our calendar again, this would leave a potential 14-week period for us to complete our championship calendar, prior to having our champions in each grade ready to compete in their respective Leinster Club championships in mid-October.“Whilst traditionalists will likely oppose a July calendar for All Ireland finals, in myopinion this is a ‘no brainer’, and would remove any ambiguity over player availability andhelp create more regularity and certainty in the planning of a club fixtures programme.“This proposed split season model is likely to become before Congress in 2021 with a motion to incorporate into rule for 2022 season, but with the continued uncertainty with Covid-19, it is likely National CCCC and Management committee will implement it on a trial basis for 2021, in accordance with the powers vested in them by Special Congress.”You can listen to the latest LaoisToday Talking Sport episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podbean or below on Soundcloud.The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Sport: Laois GAA accounts, convention plus the Laois man in All Ireland camogie finalSEE ALSO – Electric Picnic, remote working and 2021 recovery – Leo Varadkar addresses Laois Chamber members Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date last_img read more

Vanguard managing director elected CETFA chairman

first_imgIE Staff Atul Tiwari, managing director of Toronto-based Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. was elected chairman of the Canadian ETF Association (CEFTA), Vanguard announced on Wednesday. CETFA is the national trade association of Canada’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry. “The association does important work educating investors about ETFs,” Tiwari says. “Investors are increasingly turning to ETFs for precise access to markets at a low cost, but there is still a great need for investor education.” Canada is the birthplace of the ETF, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in March, Vanguard notes. Assets in ETFs in Canada totalled $85.5 billion in more than 400 ETFs from 10 ETF providers at the end of May, reflecting a 25% increase in total assets for the one-year period. IFIC names new chair FSRA appoints new board member Related newscenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Canadian Exchange Traded Fund Association, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media New manager joins Fidelity NorthStar teamlast_img read more

Fed leaves key rate unchanged at low level amid global risks

first_img RBC CEO sees inflationary pressure building as economy bounces back Related news The central bank said it would hold short-term rates in a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, far below levels that have been typical during previous expansions. Chairman Jerome Powell and other Fed officials have indicated that they see that range as low enough to support faster growth and hiring.The Fed’s statement was nearly identical to the one it issued after its December meeting, though it described consumer spending as rising at only a “moderate” rather than at a “strong” pace. That change likely reflects relatively modest spending by Americans over the winter holidays.Last year, the Fed cut its benchmark interest rate three times after having raised it four times in 2018. Powell and other Fed officials credit those rate cuts with revitalizing the housing market, which had stumbled early last year, and offsetting some of the drag from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.Many economists and investors had hoped that U.S. and global growth would pick up this year, now that the U.S. and China have signed a preliminary trade deal that removed some tariffs on Chinese goods. Indeed, the International Monetary Fund said last week that low interest rates and reduced trade tensions would likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth.But China’s viral outbreak has injected fresh doubts into that outlook. The coronavirus has in effect shut down much of that nation and seems sure to slow the Chinese economy — the world’s second-largest — which had already been decelerating. The virus has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003.Major companies across the world have responded by suspending some operations in China. Starbucks said it plans to close half its stores in China, its second-largest market. British Airways has halted all flights to China, and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing.Hotels, airlines, casinos and cruise operators are among the industries that have suffered the most immediate repercussions, especially in countries close to China. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s suppliers in China have been forced to delay the re-opening of factories that have closed for the Chinese New Year holiday until Feb. 10.Investors seem increasingly to believe that the Fed will feel compelled to cut rates again later this year. The chances of a cut by September’s Fed meeting have risen to about 56%, according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s FedWatch tool, up from 37% just a month ago.Still, the Fed will likely wait to see how last year’s rate cuts play out. Among other benefits, the cuts have helped drive down mortgage rates and led home buyers to bid up prices on a dwindling number of available properties. Home sales jumped in December and were nearly 11% higher than a year earlier.Since they last met in December, Fed officials have presented a nearly unified front in support of keeping rates unchanged, possibly for the rest of this year. That contrasts with last year, when both “hawks,” who tend to favour higher rates, and “doves,” who typically lean toward lower rates, occasionally dissented from the Fed’s rate decisions.The Fed’s decision came a day after President Donald Trump urged Fed chair Jerome Powell to cut rates in a tweet, arguing it would make U.S. interest rates “competitive with other Countries.” Yet the Fed hopes to avoid the ultra-low and negative interest rates that exist in much of Europe and Japan, which they — and most analysts — see as evidence of weak economies.Most analysts think the Fed would be more willing to cut rates if there were clear signs of a sharp economic slowdown. Still, some Fed watchers say they foresee a rate cut by the summer or after November’s elections.One reason for a potential future cut is that inflation remains chronically low. According to the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, prices rose just 1.5% in November from a year earlier, below the central bank’s 2% annual target. Since the Fed adopted that target in 2012, inflation has failed to consistently reach that high, to the surprise of the Fed and most economists. CRA announces prescribed interest rates for Q2 Christopher Rugaber Federal Reserve building in Washington DC, US. Close up of a top part of the building with eagle statue. avmedved/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a low level Wednesday amid an economy that looks solid but faces potential global threats.The Fed sketched a mostly positive picture of the U.S. economy in the statement it released after its latest policy meeting. It also repeated its pledge to “monitor” the world economy, which may be held back in the coming months by China’s viral outbreak. Stock and bond markets have gyrated in the past week over fears about the virus. Keywords Interest ratesCompanies Federal Reserve Board Fed is in no hurry to raise interest rates, Powell says Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Residents of Westmoreland turn out for Local Governance Symposium

first_imgRelatedResidents of Westmoreland turn out for Local Governance Symposium RelatedResidents of Westmoreland turn out for Local Governance Symposium Residents of Westmoreland turn out for Local Governance Symposium Local GovernmentMarch 3, 2010 RelatedResidents of Westmoreland turn out for Local Governance Symposiumcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail It was standing room only at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-mar yesterday (March 1), as representatives of political, social and business groups and ordinary residents turned out in numbers for the Westmoreland leg of the Parish Visioning Symposia.The Westmoreland symposium was the eight in a series of sessions being staged in parishes across the island by the Department of Local Government in collaboration with the local authorities, aimed at engaging community members in the process of developing a 20-year sustainable development plan for each community and parish. The sessions are being held under the theme: ‘My Community, Our Parish, One Jamaica – My Vision’.There was general agreement on the part of the presenters at the Westmoreland session that the broad-based consultation is the best way for the country to move forward, with all expressing their approval for the event, and encouraging the residents to give of their full participation.The participants were told that their contributions in the break-out workshops, to take place in the afternoon, will ensure that they have played an all important role in the development of a sustainable plan for the development of their community, which is in keeping with the national vision.Persons making presentations in the morning session included Custos of Westmoreland, Owen D Sinclair; Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte; the three Members of Parliament for the parish, Dr. Wykeham McNeil, Roger Clarke, and Luther Buchanan;; and Chairman of the Parish Development Committee, Rev. C Wilson.Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague, in his address, encouraged all the participants to put their differences aside and make their contributions in the interest of the parish in general and their communities in particular.“Let us turn a new chapter in Jamaica, let us write it together, because today, the decisions we make will affect our children and their children,” he stated.He emphasised that the aim is to establish interconnectivity between the community and parish plans and national development imperatives.Following Mr. Montague’s presentation the participants broke out into workshop groups for in-depth discussions on topics such as; Infrastructure and the Environment, Economic Development, Social Services and Governance. Some 24 government entities were represented at the event.The series of symposia moves to the parish of St. Elizabeth today (March 2), then on to Clarendon on March 3, and St. Catherine on March 8. Advertisementslast_img read more

Battle to end violence against children in Australia’s neighbourhood critically underfunded

first_imgBattle to end violence against children in Australia’s neighbourhood critically underfunded More than one billion children experience violence every year, costing world economies between $AU2.61 trillion to $AU9.15 trillion annuallyJust over $AU653 million (less than $AU1.30 per child and 0.9 per cent of total development investments), went directly towards ending violence against children between 2017 and 2018World Vision estimated that 85 million extra children are at risk of violence because of the impacts of COVID-19The battle to end violence against children is critically underfunded in Australia’s region, despite one billion children globally experiencing violence, costing economies up to $AU9.15 trillion a year, a report by World Vision has revealed.Counting Pennies II, published by World Vision International and partner aid agencies Save the Children, UNICEF, Plan International and Child Fund, reveals that less than $AU2.6 billion was invested in causes related to ending violence against children, with only $AU668 million (less than $AU1.30 per child) towards specific projects to tackle violence against children.More positively, researchers also found that since the initial report, Counting Pennies I (2017), investment into ending violence against children had increased by 67 per cent globally, but Australia is ranked eighth out of 10, contributing $AU82 million to end violence against children.“While this is a large contribution, it still falls short of the additional $AU55 million we estimate is needed to address violence in the region,” World Vision Australia’s Child Rights senior policy advisor, Mercy Jumo, said.“Violence against children not only undermines humanitarian aid and development progress, has an enormous negative impact for the children affected and for global economies.”Ms Jumo said children accounted for half of those living in poverty and more than half of the world’s refugees, and investing in children was a sound investment as it brought a trinity of development benefits.“The report confirms the sad fact that children are an afterthought, and that even before the pandemic, their needs were overlooked and underfunded.“Investment in children not only immediately improves the lives of those vulnerable children, but builds their health, capacity and productivity for the future and lays the foundations for strong development outcomes for the next generation,” she said.Adequate funding of ending violence against children in the Pacific, for example, was in Australia’s national and regional interest, she said.A joint 2019 report by World Vision, Save the Children, ChildFund and Plan Australia called on the Government to invest $55 million over three years in specific programs to address ending violence against children in the region – something which had undoubtedly grown due to the impact of COVID-19.A 2020 World Vision survey of seven cities in India alone found more than 300 million children in city slums and temporary settlements were at greater risk of hunger and violence abuse due to COVID-19.World Vision has also called for the establishment of a separate Child Rights Unit within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and development of a specific Children’s Strategy for Australian Aid.Andrew Morley, World Vision International President & CEO, said: “World Vision welcomes the increase in funding to end violence against children as a step in the right direction. But even with this progress, the number of children exposed to violence is likely to increase. We predict 85 million more children are now at risk of violence due to the impact of COVID-19.“Even with a 67 per cent increase in funding, we are still in a position where less than 1 per cent of foreign aid is prioritised for children in desperate need of protection and support. Clearly more needs to be done. As a child-focused organisation, it is of critical concern that less than 1 per cent* of all overseas aid funding goes towards ending violence against children.” /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. 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PATH to Launch Back To School Campaign

first_imgRelatedPATH to Launch Back To School Campaign PATH to Launch Back To School Campaign LabourSeptember 9, 2012 RelatedPATH to Launch Back To School Campaign Advertisementscenter_img RelatedPATH to Launch Back To School Campaign FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will launch its back to school campaign, dubbed: “School Wi Seh”, on Tuesday, September 11, at the Kingston High School, starting at 10.00 a.m. Project Director for PATH, Dunstan Bryan, told JIS News that the campaign aims to affirm the benefits of education by promoting regular school attendance, and subsequent completion, by youngsters in households benefitting under the programme. He added that the initiative is designed to reinforce community participation by reaching out to parents, guardians and the general public, in an effort to secure their endorsement of education as one of the proven vehicles capable of “breaking the cycle of poverty”. Mr. Bryan said based on previous tracking reports, there is a relatively high compliance at the beginning of some of the academic terms. He, however, lamented that this gradually tapers off and is soon eclipsed by a steady decline in students’ attendance at school, an anomaly which he said PATH is currently seeking to address, through several interventions. “In a comparative analysis of the 2010 and 2011 compliance reports, there is consistent decline in most parishes, among students at the Grades 7 to 9 and 10 to 13 levels, at 87% and 83% respectively,” the Project Director informed. Against this background, he said the PATH has taken a preliminary step towards “breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty”, with the campaign’s implementation. This, he informed, will entail several school interventions, intended to increase the compliance rate of the beneficiary programme, islandwide. He noted that careful consideration has been given to the variables that would contribute to the moderate to high levels of non-compliance, and the extent to which promoting a strategic message could assist in reversing the trend and endorsing education. Mr. Bryan is encouraging parents and guardians within PATH households, to visit the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s parish offices, and provide all the relevant information on each child, in order to receive the full benefits, to which each beneficiary is entitled. last_img read more

Ukrtelecom controlling stake goes to Ukraine’s richest man

first_img Author Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tags Previous ArticleAT&T sells part of America Movil holdingNext ArticleEE has a dig at UK 4G rivals AkhmetovFinancialSCM GroupUkraineUkrtelecom Vodafone, MTS expand Ukrainian partnership Home Ukrtelecom controlling stake goes to Ukraine’s richest man Related Ukraine 3G licence holder and fixed-line monopoly Ukrtelecom is to come under the control of a company controlled by Rinat Akhmetov, the country’s richest man.SCM Group’s acquisition of a 92.79 per cent stake in Ukrtelecom from Austrian investment group EPIC adds to Akhmetov’s telecoms business, which already includes a minority stake in Ukraine number-three operator Life, which is co-owned by Turkcell.Financial Times sources put the acquisition price at approximately $1.3 billion, the amount paid by EPIC to acquire the stake in the 2011 privatisation process. The transaction still needs to be approved by antitrust regulators.Ilya Arkhipov, the managing director of SCM Advisors, said the group hopes to use its experience and synergies with its other telecom businesses “to offer new products and services to the existing customers, to attract new clients and build a more advanced telecommunication infrastructure in Ukraine”.SCM’s acquisition of Ukrtelecom could potentially bring nationwide high-speed mobile broadband based on WCDMA technology to Ukraine for the first time.Ukraine mobile market leader Kyivstar is co-owned by Telenor and Russia’s Alfa Group and had 27.5 million connections at the end of the first quarter of 2013, according to Wireless Intelligence. The local subsidiary of MTS has 20.8 million connections, while  Life has 11.1 million.Alexander Valchyshen, head of research at Kiev-based investment bank Investment Capital Ukraine, is quoted by the Financial Times as saying the move is the latest example of Ukraine’s oligarchs shuffling old Soviet assets at “hefty discounts” rather than investing in R&D.However, SCM Group said the acquisition “will not limit competition in Ukraine’s telecom market” and that it invested $2.2 billion in upgrading the country’s industrial infrastructure to compete in global markets and improve services and products available to Ukrainians.Akhmetov also controls around half of Ukraine’s steel, ore, coal and thermoelectricity sectors following state privatisation and secondary market acquisitions. Verizon sees positives in service revenue despite drop AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 JUN 2013 MTS sells Vodafone Ukraine to Bakcell Tim Ferguson last_img read more