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FDA slaps clinical hold on Seattle Genetics after four patients die in cancer drug trial

FDA slaps clinical hold on Seattle Genetics after four patients die in cancer drug trial

first_img Four patients have died of liver toxicity while being treated with an experimental cancer drug from Seattle Genetics — leading the US Food and Drug Administration to place a handful of the company’s early stage clinical trials involving the treatment on hold.The drug, called vadastuximab talirine, was being tested in patients with acute myeloid leukemia — a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. More than 300 patients have been tested with this drug thus far, the company said in a statement. FDA slaps clinical hold on Seattle Genetics after four patients die in cancer drug trial By Meghana Keshavan Dec. 27, 2016 Reprints Meghana Keshavan What is it? What’s included? Tags cancerdrug developmentgeneticsSTAT+ Leukemia trials involving a monoclonal antibody treatment from Seattle Genetics are on hold after four deaths Anna Tanczos/Wellcome Images [email protected] GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Biotech 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. Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. @megkesh Log In | Learn More last_img read more

As syphilis comes roaring back, newborn babies are tragic victims

As syphilis comes roaring back, newborn babies are tragic victims

first_img Some diseases fade away. Others seem to do that, but then come roaring back. That’s what has happened with syphilis, especially congenital syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection passed from mother to child.When I became a public health physician in 2007, congenital syphilis was something I had read about but never seen. Today, consulting on cases of it has become routine; my colleagues and I at the California Prevention Training Center received more than 100 requests for consultations about congenital syphilis in 2019 and 2020. An April 2021 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms this disturbing trend nationwide. In 2019, the last year with complete data, there were 1,870 cases of congenital syphilis in the U.S., a 300% increase over the past five years.Though congenital cases are just fraction of the country’s approximately 130,000 cases of syphilis, it’s spiraling out of control, surpassing the peak of mother-to-child transmissions of HIV at the height of the AIDS crisis.advertisement By Ina Park May 20, 2021 Reprints First OpinionAs syphilis comes roaring back, newborn babies are tragic victims The public health response to congenital syphilis must address lapses in maternal screening and treatment, which states are attempting through increasing the frequency of prenatal screening or deploying contact tracers to deliver penicillin to clinics so pregnant people with syphilis are given timely treatment. Clinicians also need additional anti-syphilis therapies, as the fragile supply chain for injectable penicillin makes it vulnerable to shortages.Health departments will need to get creative in their outreach to pregnant people who don’t seek out prenatal care. In western states, where one-third of women with syphilis use methamphetamine or opioids, integrating public health efforts for sexually transmitted infection programs and substance use programs will be essential to ensure success.The Covid-19 pandemic may inadvertently help the U.S. public health system get where it needs to go. The pandemic brought an influx of funding to health departments to modernize infrastructure and expand the contact tracing workforce. Once the end of the pandemic is in sight, it will be essential to maintain gains in staffing and pivot efforts back toward the epidemic of sexually transmitted infections and other ills that went neglected while the pandemic consumed the country’s attention.Those of us in public health would also be wise to learn from the successes of the past. If HIV/AIDS has taught us anything, it’s that ending mother-to-child transmission of infectious diseases is achievable when health care workers and public health experts have the tools for prevention and the political will to use them. HHS must honor its commitment to the federal Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan, fight the scourge of congenital syphilis, and provide all infants born in the U.S. the healthy starts in life they deserve.Ina Park is a public health physician, medical director of the California Prevention Training Center at the University of California San Francisco, and author of “Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs” (Flatiron Books, 2021). Tags infectious diseasepediatricspublic health But though we thought we were done with syphilis, syphilis was just getting started with us. Fueled by waning fear of HIV coupled with the rise of internet hookups, cases began to creep up in 2001.Despite laws in most states requiring prenatal screening for syphilis and HIV with blood antibody tests, the curves of these two infections began to diverge. HIV in newborns plummeted from 1,760 cases in 1991 to 39 cases in 2018. Meanwhile, congenital syphilis cases soared, with 43 states reporting cases in 2019; Texas and California vied to be the best of the worst, accounting for half of all U.S. cases.Pregnant people affected by syphilis and HIV reside in overlapping Venn diagrams. They tend to be people of color struggling with poverty, homelessness, substance use, or incarceration. Yet while eleventh-hour interventions such as antiretroviral therapy can prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, it’s not so easy to prevent transmission of syphilis, which requires one to three weekly penicillin injections delivered at least a month before delivery. Many pregnant people fall through the cracks here: One-third of congenital cases occur because the mother is not adequately treated before delivery. One in four get prenatal care only late in their pregnancies or no care at all until the onset of labor, missing the window to prevent congenital syphilis and its consequences.Bending the curve of syphilis transmission will take a robust, coordinated prevention plan. A road map to guide this effort is the Department of Health and Human Services’ first Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan, which went into effect in January 2021. Its five-year goals include reducing the rate of congenital syphilis by 15%, and lowering disparities among Black, Hispanic, and Native American babies, who are three to six times more likely to suffer from congenital syphilis than white infants.More funding will be needed to get there. Until now, sexually transmitted infections like syphilis and gonorrhea have been HIV’s poor cousins: CDC funding for them has stalled out at approximately $160 million per year for nearly two decades compared to routine increases for HIV, with funding for it reaching $964 million in FY 2021. Congenital syphilis cases surge to 20-year high as officials re-up calls for testing Related:center_img About the Author Reprints Ina Park Infants infected with HIV appear to be normal and healthy. Those born with syphilis, in contrast, can have skeletal and facial deformities, as well as deafness and blindness, and up to 40% of those with congenital syphilis are stillborn or die early. These deaths and physical problems are preventable tragedies: Testing is cheap and widely available, and treatment with antibiotics is highly effective. Every case is a sentinel event, signaling holes in the health care safety net that must be addressed with the same urgency as the perinatal HIV epidemic 30 years ago.First Opinion Podcast: STAT’s weekly podcast covers the people, issues, and ideas shaping the life sciences writ large. Subscribe today.Most physicians of my generation emerged from medical training unaware of syphilis. Two decades ago, this sexually transmitted infection had reached a nadir — 80% of U.S. counties reported zero cases in 1999. Capitalizing on this “narrow window of opportunity” the CDC launched an elimination campaign, the third such attempt in the agency’s history. As rates dipped lower the following year, it seemed that Y2K would usher in a syphilis-free millennium, and public health officials were poised to pop the champagne.advertisement @InaParkMD The left palm of this newborn infant’s hand exhibits a copper colored rash, characteristic of congenital syphilis. CDC [email protected] last_img read more

PP calls for former Portlaoise primary school to be demolished as vandalism grows

PP calls for former Portlaoise primary school to be demolished as vandalism grows

first_img TAGSDepartment of EducationMonsignor John ByrnePortlaoise Community Council Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest PP calls for former Portlaoise primary school to be demolished as vandalism grows Previous articleOur Duke set for Gold Cup tester at Gowran this SaturdayNext articleTime for Fine Gael TDs to stand up for rural Ireland, says Renua David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Twitter Pinterest SEE ALSO – Late Late Show Valentine’s couple return to Laois location where love first blossomed The speedy demolition of the former St Paul’s school on the Borris Road is being sought by Monsignor John Byrne PP amid incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.These photographs show the scale of damage done at the former school building in a matter of months.Msgr Byrne confirmed that gardaí and the fire service have been called to the site.center_img Twitter Home News Community PP calls for former Portlaoise primary school to be demolished as vandalism… NewsCommunity WhatsApp By David Power – 14th February 2018 There have been a number of incidents of vandalism at the building since it was vacated in late August of last year.“Once one window is broken it seems to be an invitation for all the windows to go,” Msgr Byrne said.“We have attempted to keep it boarded up and keep the building protected, but it has just gone beyond us.“There have been incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism. The gardaí and the fire service were called there. I am afraid what might happen in a building where there is broken glass,” he said.Msgr Byrne outlined concerns over potential drug use at the site, and associated activities which he he said could lead to a “serious situation”. “The building presents insurance issues for us. I would say we have wasted money on it, rather than spent it, trying to protect a building which is going to be demolished,” Msgr Byrne said.He said it was understood that the school would be knocked shortly after they vacated it.“I would like to see the Department of Education advance the demolition, as part of the contract,” he said. Msgr Byrne said he understood that there was a certain amount of urgency around their vacation of the site to make way for the new St Francis School.“The St Francis School will be a rapid build one and will appear very quickly. Whatever happens, the site will have to be cleared,” he said. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad last_img read more

Birthday Publication Legitimizes Kim Jong Eun

Birthday Publication Legitimizes Kim Jong Eun

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News [imText1]It has been revealed that North Korea’s National Defense Commission contributed a four-page spread to “Chosun People’s Army,” the publication of Ministry of the People’s Armed Force, on January 8th, which is alleged to be the birthday of Kim Jong Eun, third son of Kim Jong Il. In it, the logic of the third generation dynastic succession was explained. Open Radio for North Korea recently obtained a copy of the newspaper, which it made public yesterday, April 7th. In the January 8th edition, Chosun People’s Army emphasized the loyalty of the military to the third generation succession in its first page editorial, saying, “The People’s Army will continue the tradition of loyalty to the Supreme Leader and Supreme Commander.” The editorial went on, “The critical capacity to carry loyalty to the Supreme Leader and Supreme Commander down to the successor belongs to the People’s Army, the gun of the Mt. Baekdu (the Kim family). All the soldiers of the People’s Army should continue their mission and duty as the main force of revolution, as it was done in the past; in the tradition of loyalty to complete the Juche revolution.”The editorial used a new expression, “the leadership to complete the great achievements of the Military-first Revolution” which many people assume to mean Kim Jong Eun.The expression, “leadership of the Military-first Revolution” can be seen again on page 2 in another article, “For the Completion of the Succession for the Great Achievements of the Military-first Revolution,” which states, “Without the leadership of the Military-first Revolutionary Leaders, who lead the entire military in establishing the strong military climate and determined military system of the Supreme Commander, we can never think of the victorious, unbeatable, and strong military of the Mt. Baekdu revolution, which uses arms to guarantee the succession and link up the Juche revolutionary achievements.” Or, to put it another way, the revolution cannot be completed without loyalty to the successor who will inherit the leadership system of Kim Jong Il.On the third page, a solo writer contributes, “The Good Fortune of the General.” This essay backs the legitimacy of the dynastic succession through three generation of the Kim family, stating, “To us armed soldiers, the biggest piece of good fortune is that of receiving one generation of generals after another.” “Thoughts about January,” a prosaic contribution to page 4, speaks of the true colors of Kim Jong Eun. “We, the people, sang the song of spring in April to spread the virtue of our parental Supreme Leader,” it begins, “We also believed in our Supreme Commander and sang that February is also spring. However, today we nobly sing that the spring future of Military-first Chosun will begin in January.” Kim Il Sung’s birthday is on the 15th of April, Kim Jong Il’s birthday is in February (16th), and Kim Jong Eun’s birthday is allegedly January (8th). North Korea made January 8th a national holiday this year. Regarding the newspaper, Open Radio for North Korea explained, “The newspaper is the bulletin of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces and National Defense Commission. It was founded on July 10th, 1948. Approximately 400,000 copies are published every day and it is considered secret for security reasons, which makes getting it out of the country very difficult.”[imText2] By Daily NK – 2010.04.08 3:11pm News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img SHARE News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter Birthday Publication Legitimizes Kim Jong Eun North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Kim Jong Il Set for Grand Marshal

Kim Jong Il Set for Grand Marshal

first_imgNewsEconomy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again An inside source has revealed that the North Korean authorities plan to honor Kim Jong Il with the title ‘Grand Marshal’ on February 16th, which would have been the late leader’s 70th birthday.[imText1]The source told Daily NK, “The Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces ordered each division to submit a suggestion to welcome the 70th anniversary of comrade Kim Jong Il’s birth by raising him to Grand Marshal’.”“They were ordered to submit the proposals by February 5th,” he added.Kim Jong Il was made ‘Marshal of the DRPK’, the rank below Grand Marshal, in April, 1992. The only Grand Marshal in North Korean history to date has been Kim Il Sung, who received the rank on his 80th birthday, also in April, 1992. It is suspected that part of the reason why the North Korean authorities want to so rapidly endow Kim Jong Il with the highest available rank is to free space to move Kim Jong Eun up the ranks, too. Kim Jong Eun was made Supreme Commander of the People’s Armed Forces on the 30th of last month but is still only General Kim, technically below the rank of people like key supporter Vice-Marshal Lee Young Ho, the army chief of staff.Thereafter, the inside source also predicted, “After the submission of proposals to make him Grand Marshal, North Korea will bring the army forward to submit proposals to designate Supreme Commander Kim Jong Eun a ‘Hero of the Republic’. North Korea made Kim Jong Il a ‘Hero of the Republic’ on the same day Kim Jong Eun was made Supreme Commander, December 30th, 2011. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News AvatarLee Seok Young News center_img News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter By Lee Seok Young – 2012.01.16 12:15pm Kim Jong Il Set for Grand Marshal SHARElast_img read more

Former Edmonton rep fined $100,000

Former Edmonton rep fined $100,000

Fiona Collie Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Toronto-based Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has fined Charles Floyd of Edmonton $100,000. A hearing panel in January 2013, found that Floyd had made unsuitable recommendations and unauthorized discretionary trades for a client in 2008. As well, the same hearing panel found that Floyd’s branch manager, James Gordon MacDonald, failed to properly supervise the account. Edmonton rep made unsuitable recommendations: IIROC In addition to the fine, IIROC ordered Floyd to disgorge $5,860 and permanently banned him from registration. As well, Floyd must pay $15,000 in costs. In the case of MacDonald, IIROC levied a $35,000 against the former manager and suspended him from acting as a branch manager for one year. MacDonald must also rewrite and pass the Conduct and Practices Handbook exam and the Branch Managers Course before being reinstated as a branch manager. MacDonald must also pay $5,000 in costs. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator read more

Council elects new Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Council elects new Mayor and Deputy Mayor

first_imgCouncil elects new Mayor and Deputy Mayor Councillor Sharon Gibson is the new Mayor of Latrobe City Council after the mayoral election was held at the Council Chamber in Morwell on Friday evening.Cr Darren Howe was elected Deputy Mayor. The duo will lead the new council following the recent Local Government election.Cr Gibson has been a West Ward Councillor since December 2008, and served as Mayor from November 2013 to October 2014. She was Deputy Mayor three consecutive times.“I’m honoured to be given the confidence of my colleagues to lead Council for the next 12 months. As Mayor, it is not about the title; it is about the community,” Cr Gibson said.“This will be a critical time as Council works with the community to recover from the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”Cr Gibson said the community had endured a tough year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Council will continue its support of the community and business sectors as we move into COVID-Normal,” she said.Cr Gibson promised to continue Council’s advocacy work to position Latrobe City as a regional city alongside Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.“We need to be a strong voice in Spring Street and in Canberra because without that we won’t get anything,” she said.Cr Gibson also pledged to drive a strong, unified voice across Latrobe City.“United this community stands; divided we don’t,” she said.High on her list of projects is the planning and construction of the Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Stage 2 and the Kernot Hall upgrade in Morwell.Cr Howe, an East Ward Councillor, joined Council in November 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor in 2018/19.Latrobe City Council Chief Executive Officer Steven Piasente welcomed Cr Gibson and Cr Howe, and is looking forward to a productive working relationship for the betterment of all residents and businesses of Latrobe City.“The Council works with the community to set the agenda for the organisation, while I as the Chief Executive Officer, work with the Council to implement its policies across the organisation, drawing on the expertise of our staff to advise Councillors in their role,” Mr Piasente said.“The election of a new Council is a chance to continue on the good work of the previous council while bringing a fresh vision that respects the community’s aspirations for their City.”Cr Kellie O’Callaghan was the only other candidate for the mayoral role. Immediate past Mayor, Cr Dan Clancey, also stood for the role of Deputy Mayor. The first Ordinary Council Meeting for the new Council will be on 7 December 2020. /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:Ballarat, Bendigo, business, Canberra, community, council, covid-19, election, Geelong, Gibson, Government, Latrobe, Latrobe City, Latrobe City Council, local council, Local Government, Moelast_img read more

SAPOL crack code on safe breakers

SAPOL crack code on safe breakers

first_imgSAPOL crack code on safe breakers SAPOL detectives honed in on two suspects staying at an Adelaide Hills caravan park following multiple Serious Criminal Trespass offences in the region, including the theft of $100,000, a safe and jewellery from a Strathalbyn business.Investigations into the duo showcase how SAPOL is combatting Serious Criminal Trespass offences – which continue to diminish like South Australia’s overall crime rate – to keep the community safe.SAPOL’s November crime statistics reveal Serious Criminal Trespass crimes decreased by a massive 21% (3,517 offences) in comparison to the same 12-month period over 2019/20.Minister for Police Vincent Tarzia said the persons of interest were staying at a local caravan park.“Proactive police work led to the arrest of these two individuals and shows hardworking officers are relentless in their efforts to catch criminals,” Minister Tarzia said.Western Adelaide Criminal Investigation Branch (WACIB) detectives pursued the case in Adelaide and arrested the pair. Mount Barker Criminal Investigation Branch (MBCIB) members attended a Glenelg address where a car belonging to the duo was found.Documents and jewellery were uncovered during a search of that vehicle and directly linked the suspects to the Strathalbyn Serious Criminal Trespass incident. Investigators discovered the bail address supplied by the suspects was false and both were remanded in custody.The monthly crime statistics have yet again shone a light on the impact of the previous Labor Government’s cuts to SAPOL. The latest data shows 18,797 fewer offences were committed on the Marshall Liberal Government’s watch when compared to the same period a decade ago.“The Marshall Liberal Government values SAPOL and has boosted its crime-fighting capability with more than $170 million in extra funding,” Minister Tarzia said.“This includes $93.2m allocated in 2020-21 State Budget to keep South Australians safe – and historic funding for Crime Stoppers to crackdown on criminal activity in the community.”Last month, a Crime Stoppers tip-off helped SAPOL dismantle one of South Australia’s largest-ever cannabis crops worth millions of dollars.Today’s statistics also show welcome decreases in other categories, including a 12% drop in Homicide and Related Offences. Crimes against Person and Property had a decrease of 13,439 offences. Robbery and Related Offences dived 22%, Theft and Related Offences dipped 16% and Common Assault was down by more than 3,500 offences.Total Offences Against the Person increased marginally by 4%, but is a result of legislative and system changes to the recording of particular offences within the category. It does not reflect an actual increase in offending.v /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, AusPol, Australia, business, community, crackdown, Government, incident, investigation, Jewellery, Minister, Mount Barker, SA Government, SAPOL, South Australia, statistics, Strathalbynlast_img read more

Setting up long term growth, not a short term comeback

Setting up long term growth, not a short term comeback

first_imgSetting up long term growth, not a short term comeback Business Council of AustraliaGrowing our economy by just one per cent extra a year would leave each Australian $770 better off per year and help us return to full employment, according to the Business Council of Australia’s pre-budget submission.“May’s budget gives Australia a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on the gains we’ve made managing COVID-19 to remain a frontrunner in the global recovery,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.“But to capitalise on this and transform our economy for the future, we need to grow faster than the below 3 per cent growth rates we were experiencing prior to the pandemic.“Every time we grow the economy by one per cent that translates to an extra $20 billion of GDP. That’s equal to more than $770 for each everyday Australian and around $5 billion more to pay for the government services we all want and expect.“If we grow each year at more than 4 per cent until 2023-24, we would generate an extra $170 billion in GDP and around $40 billion more in revenue in today’s dollars.“Our submission makes clear that the best way to pay down debt is to grow the economy.“Right now, we have a window to begin reshaping our economy to create new and better jobs, equip people with world-leading skills and pay higher wages.“This budget can’t solve all of the nation’s deeper structural problems in one hit but it can put the conditions in place for long-term growth, not a short-term comeback.“Our focus is on four priorities: reopening the economy, putting in place the fiscal settings for recovery and growth, rebooting business investment and finetuning a workforce recovery strategy.“Our starting point is that we cannot allow our success in managing the pandemic to become our Achilles heel. We need to manage risk, not be risk adverse.“Reopening the economy can be safely and permanently achieved by tying the easing of restrictions to the vaccine roll-out.“The budget needs to empower the private sector to do the heavy lifting in the economy so business can get on with creating new jobs, getting people back to work and investing.“But one of the main roadblocks to success is the shockingly low rates of business investment. As a share of the economy, business investment is at a 28-year low.“An investment recovery can’t just ride on the ute’s back. Support is needed for the major projects with the big multiplier effects through the economy and ongoing investment incentives for energy projects.“We need to do everything we can to encourage big companies to make the large investments that will transform the economy and set us up for growth.“We also continue to call on the Senate to pass practical and workable changes that go to the heart of fixing problems in the workplace relations system.“The stakes are too high to miss out on this chance for reform. Australia needs a workplace relations system that encourages new investment and jobs to fuel our economic recovery.“The government is absolutely right to end JobKeeper and begin the process of the private sector leading Australia’s recovery and growth phase.“But this will be stifled at every point if we continue to have a stop-start opening and closing of our borders and locking down states on the back of a small number of cases.The Business Council’s pre-budget submission calls for measures to:Reopen the economyunlock the economy with a national risk-based plan that links the vaccine roll-out with sensible measure to unwind restrictions, andend knee-jerk state border closures to rebuild confidence and create new jobs.Position the budget for growthput in place a fiscal strategy to support growth, andbe transparent about the level of debt the economy can cope with and work towards that as the core target. Drive new job creation and investmentextend the government’s temporary expensing measure until 2023 to bring forward projects, let businesses expand and employ more peoplea broad-based 20 per cent investment allowance that makes us a more competitive place to do business, start big projects and create jobsmake the Foreign Investment Review Board more effective by streamlining the process for low-risk investments, andspeed up the process of getting rid of red tape which is holding back investment.Get research and development rightturn Australia’s world class ideas and research into jobs by setting national priorities and focussing on our existing and emerging strengthsassistance should be scaled for impact and not be spread too thinlythe scheme should support partnerships between universities and business, and back in the modern manufacturing strategy, andbe willing to co-invest with the private sector and universities to grow new industries which will grow new jobs.Build the infrastructure we needinfrastructure projects to pursue a place-based approachall jurisdictions to implement best practice strategic planning and planning approvals systems that lead to faster and lower cost approvals for projects of all sizes, anda renewed focus on regionalisation.Create an energy system ready for the futureput in place a 2050 net-zero target across the economy, so everyone knows where we are heading and when we’ll get there, andprioritise investment incentives for the energy sector and decarbonisation projects.Skill up the workforce and return people to workprovide additional funding to support at least 1,000 new digital micro-apprenticeshipsgive Australians the skills they’ll need for free for new jobs including the basics with a national scheme to build basic literacy, numeracy and digital literacy through a foundation skills guaranteeproperly recognise short courses and micro-credentials through a national skills passport that works like a digital CV, andboost women’s workforce participation by reducing the disincentives to work in the child care subsidy and increasing paid parental leave and encouraging more equal sharing of care.You can download our submission here /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, business, Business Council of Australia, comeback, Download, employment, foreign investment, GDP, Government, infrastructure, Investment, JobKeeper, red tape, research, workforcelast_img read more

Free Entry To Phillip Island For Local Heroes

Free Entry To Phillip Island For Local Heroes

first_imgFree Entry To Phillip Island For Local Heroes VIC PremierLocal heroes who fought devastating bushfires in Victoria and who continue to work at the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic will have free access to Phillip Island’s attractions for a month.Minister for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today joined Phillip Island Nature Parks Chair Liz Stinson and CEO Catherine Basterfield to announce the free entry, which will run until Sunday 6 June.One of the many attractions first responders and medical staff will have access to is the new Joan Kirner Education Wing – also launched today.The wing recognises the instrumental role Mrs Kirner played in protecting Phillip Island’s penguins. As Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands in 1985, Mrs Kirner bought back 774 housing and other lots that made up the Summerland Residential Estate, protecting the penguin colony from extinction.The wing is one highlight of the Penguin Parade visitor centre, which opened in July 2019 thanks to $48.2 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government and $10 million from Phillip Island Nature Parks.Students will learn about penguin lifecycles at the wing through digital technologies and hands-on activities and tour groups will get briefings from rangers.Police officers, firefighters and SES members and medical and health workers can visit penguins.org.au and use the promo code First Responders, or email [email protected] to book their free ticket. ID must be shown on arrival.As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“This small gesture is to say a big thank you to Victoria’s first responders for their brave work on the frontline.”“For the next four weeks our frontline workers can access Phillip Island’s stunning attractions for free – whether it is watching the world-famous Penguin Parade, or visiting Koala Reserve, Antarctic World or Churchill Island.”“It is fitting that we also pay tribute to Joan Kirner’s significant contribution to Phillip Island’s penguin colony by officially naming this education wing in her honour.”As stated by Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale“Phillip Island is a world-class tourist destination and this gesture will enable our first responders to enjoy these popular attractions for free over the next four weeks.”As stated by Phillip Island Nature Parks Chair Liz Stinson“We’re thrilled to officially open the dedicated education wing at our Penguin Parade visitor centre and to name it in honour of Joan Kirner, and her dedication to saving the island’s Little Penguins.” /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:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Bass, bushfires, Churchill, climate change, conservation, coronavirus, education, environment, extinction, frontline workers, Government, Jordan, SES, students, Victorialast_img read more