Doctors don’t vote — at least not enough.We’re less likely to vote than lawyers, other professionals, farmers, and the general population. In some recent elections, less than one-third of doctors voted.It’s not clear why. Some doctors may simply be too busy and, without protected time from work, can’t get to the voting booth. Some may feel that caring for patients fulfills their sense of social purpose, making other forms of civic participation, like voting, seem less important. Indeed, physicians seem to volunteer and donate to candidates at lower rates than other professionals, too.advertisement Related: Why don’t medical schools teach us to confront racism and police brutality? One positive sign is that more physicians are now running for office. Between 1960 and 2004, only 25 members of Congress were physicians, accounting for just 1 percent of elected representatives. Since 2005, however, 27 physicians have been elected to Congress, with 18 serving in the 114th Congress alone. In some ways, this represents a return to our roots: More than 10 percent of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were physicians, and during the first 100 years of Congress, almost 5 percent of its members were.But an important disconnect should be highlighted: Physicians as a group are growing more liberal while those representing the profession in Congress are almost exclusively conservative.advertisement Finally, physicians provide an increasingly rare link in an increasingly unequal society. We not only bear witness to the struggles of the most disadvantaged members of the communities we serve, but we’re also in a position to do something about them. For doctors — unlike for many policymakers — it’s more than just theoretical when a homeless shelter is closed or an insurance benefit cancelled. It’s not an abstract concept when a young mother can’t take a day off work to see me for her diabetes, or an elderly man can’t afford the medications I prescribe. Our work forces us to confront these issues in a visceral, not a cerebral, way.Doctors are leaders of an evolving health system now equal parts medicine, economics, and politics. But we’re not as involved as we need to be. Our responsibilities to patients, policy, and the public extend beyond clinics and hospitals. We can’t all volunteer, donate, advocate, or run for office. But at the very least, let’s vote.Dhruv Khullar, MD, is a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. About the Author Reprints If my health as an anesthesiologist has to be painstakingly vetted, so should a president’s First OpinionMore doctors need to vote and get politically involved Political donations made by doctors to Republicans have declined substantially over the past 20 years. In 1996, nearly 75 percent of physician campaign contributions went to Republicans; in 2012, less than half did. A key driver in this shift is the increase in women and minority physicians, who tend to support Democrats. Medical students, too, are now far more likely to identify as liberal than are other young adults.Contrast this with the physicians currently serving in Congress: All are men, most are white, and all but three are Republican. This is not problematic in itself, but it does suggest that physician representatives have very different views than the physician electorate — and that those purporting to speak for the profession actually may not be.Adding an important voiceRegardless of party affiliation, more politically active physicians could add an important voice to our political and social discussions. Health care accounts for the largest share of the economy, at more than 17 percent of the gross domestic product. In the 2012 presidential election, health care was the second most important issue to voters. This year, prescription drug pricing emerged as a major public concern, and both Republican and Democratic voters favor government intervention to help reduce prices.Americans, increasingly skeptical of and disenchanted with politics, still seem to trust doctors. A recent poll found that 90 percent of Americans had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of respect for doctors, as compared to 48 percent for business executives, 45 percent for lawyers, and 20 percent for politicians. They also identify doctors as the professionals most likely to make the right decisions for the health system.Political participation could also help doctors preserve autonomy in a profession increasingly encroached upon by external factors like guidelines, regulations, metrics, and payment changes. As medicine continues to evolve, we must do a better job helping to navigate and drive these changes. If we abdicate our role in the political process, we do so at our own peril. Joe Raedle/Getty Images @DhruvKhullar By Dhruv Khullar Oct. 3, 2016 Reprints Dhruv Khullar Related: Tags doctorspoliticsvoting
Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. has agreed to sell all its U.S. fixed annuities and accumulation riders to Security Benefit Life Insurance Co. and to Equitrust Life Insurance Co., two affiliates of U.S.-based Guggenheim Partners. The transaction, which represents approximately US$800 million in contract liabilities and related assets, was carried out through the U.S. branch and the U.S. subsidiaries of the Quebec City-based insurer. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Annuities lead year-over-year premium growth in 2019 Keywords Annuities Related news Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CLHIA calls on feds to allow annuities in TFSAs IE Staff The transaction will have a favourable impact on the firm’s capital, Industrial Alliance says. The insurer expects to sale to increase its solvency ratio by eight percentage points. The transaction is subject to the regulatory approvals in the U.S. The sale reflects the firm’s decision to focus its resources in the United States on the continued development of its life insurance business, Industrial Alliance says. Since the acquisition of the American-Amicable platform in 2010, the insurer has successfully expanded its distribution network, built market share in new territories and in 2011 achieved year-over-year organic growth of 26% in its life business. Industrial Alliance says its plan is to scale up the U.S. life business, reduce unit costs and increase its contribution to the overall profitability of the firm. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Waco, Tex, the company’s U.S. subsidiaries are focused on the low-to-middle income market for simplified life insurance products.
First sod turned on Kings Quarter development Peter Gutwein,PremierMichael Ferguson,Minister for State GrowthIn another great sign of confidence in Tasmania, the first sod has today been turned on the landmark $300 million Kings Quarter development in Kingston.Premier Peter Gutwein said the development is a bold, innovative project that demonstrates the confidence in our state and our growing economy.“The first stage of the development will result in the construction of 80 new, environmentally responsible homes, along with associated infrastructure, delivering over 60 jobs per annum during construction and over 600 new jobs once complete and millions of benefits to the local Kingborough community,” the Premier said.“We are focused on growing our economy, creating jobs, and getting even more Tasmanians back into work as we continue to rebuild a stronger Tasmania, and projects like this are exactly what our State needs as we continue to recover.“Traders in Purple are a significant investor in the Tasmanian economy, reflecting the company’s faith and confidence in our State as the place to invest.“It’s another positive step in our ongoing recovery, and comes after the Revised Estimates Report released earlier this week confirmed improvement in the State’s financial position, and our economy is growing faster than expected.”Minister for State Growth Michael Ferguson said the development was fantastic news for local businesses and the broader Kingborough economy.“Today marks the beginning of a development that will ultimately encompass a range of housing types, as well as retail, dining, entertainment and office space, centred around the Kingborough Council’s new multimillion dollar public park and playground area,” Minister Ferguson said.“It will bring jobs, investment, and numerous economic benefits to our State, which will be vital in our economic recovery from the pandemic.“The Tasmanian Government is playing its part to future-proof the area with $72.3 million committed for initiatives that will support improved southern transport access to Hobart city, a key component of the Hobart City Deal.” /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:AusPol, Australia, community, Economy, Ferguson, Government, Hobart, infrastructure, Investment, Investor, Kingston, Minister, pandemic, Premier, project, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Transport
California utility admits it may have ignited fireMandatory evacuations ordered for residents near Getty fireYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours ago October 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM Paul Scott says: Comments are closed. If you want to see electric vehicles take over sooner, stop buying new internal combustion cars. The only new car anyone should buy is an EV. Tell your favorite car dealer that you want an EV that does what you need and that is affordable. Until that vehicle is available, you are willing to wait. “No Plug – No Deal!”If you need a different car, there are bargains out there for used EVs and hybrids. But please do not buy any more new gas-burning cars. We want to kill the internal combustion industry completely so that all of ground transportation eventually is powered by clean, renewable electricity. 1 Comment HomeOpinionColumnsEarthTalk: Will EVs outnumber gas-powered cars on American roads? Oct. 28, 2019 at 6:00 amColumnsEarthEarth TalkEnvironmentFeaturedNewsEarthTalk: Will EVs outnumber gas-powered cars on American roads?Guest Author2 years agoearthtalkevsIt looks like we might have to wait some two decades for electric vehicles (EVs) to displace internal combustion cars as the kings of the American road. (Mike Pexels) EarthTalk®From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I see more and more EVs out of the road. When will they start to outnumber internal combustion cars on American roads? — Jane L., New Bern, NCElectric vehicles (EVs) have been around about as long as cars themselves. In fact, primitive EVs were the dominant form of automotive transportation at the dawn of the auto age in Europe and the U.S. in the late 19th century. It wasn’t until the 1920s—when the U.S. road system was starting to be built out and cheap oil was available from newly tapped Texas oil fields—that internal combustion cars began to take over as the predominant vehicles across the United States.And we never looked back. Until recently, that is. Nowadays, EVs (Teslas, Leafs, Bolts, etc.) are indeed everywhere. Analysts estimate the EVs will be cheaper to buy than internal combustion cars as soon as 2022. Beyond that, it’s probably only a matter of two decades before EVs represent the majority of cars, light trucks and SUVs plying American roads.In 2018, EVs made up only about six percent of total U.S. new car sales, but that figure represents an astonishing 70 percent growth from the year prior. Moving forward, analysts expect around 13 percent annual compound growth in the EV sector for the foreseeable future. Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research arm of the New York-based media company, expects sales of passenger EVs to overtake conventional internal combustion-based vehicles by 2038 (with EV sales topping 50 million a year as compared to conventional vehicle sales of 47 million by then). After that, EVs, with their lower ongoing fuel and maintenance costs, will continue taking over more and more of the market every year, calling the very future of the internal combustion engine passenger car into question. As technologies mature (allowing for better battery storage and extended driving range) and manufacturers ramp up production and prices come down accordingly, consumers will begin to look exclusively at EVs when shopping for new cars. Indeed, a recent survey of 2,000 adults living in either California or the Northeast Tristate Area (NY, NJ, CT) by consulting firm West Monroe Partners found that the majority (59 percent) of respondents think their next vehicle will be an electric car. Not surprisingly, the survey found that Gen Zers (those born after 1996) are especially inclined toward EVs. That said, only 16 percent of respondents are driving around in EVs today, and concerns including short battery life and lack of charging stations (limiting the vehicles’ range), as well as high up-front purchase costs, are still holding many of us back from taking the all-electric plunge. But the writing is on the wall for gas guzzling passenger cars as we overcome these short-term hurdles. With about 15 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the tailpipes of our internal combustion cars and light trucks, and gasoline becoming more and more expensive, the inevitable switchover to EVs—despite efforts by the Trump administration to reduce national fuel efficiency standards and bolster the ailing oil industry—is going to be a win-win for consumers and the planet. 2038 can’t come too soon!CONTACTS: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, bnef.com; “Who is Leading The Charge on Electric Vehicles?” bit.ly/leading-charge; “Yes, Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper,” bit.ly/ev-cheaper.EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https://earthtalk.org. Send questions to: [email protected] :earthtalkevsshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment
NORTON, Mass. - PGA champion Justin Thomas made three long birdies on a long, wet TPC Boston for a tournament-best 63, giving him a share of the lead with Marc Leishman going into a Labor Day finish in the Dell Technologies Championship. Leishman also played bogey-free Sunday and had three straight birdies on the back nine for a 65. They were at 12-under 201 with no room for error on a leaderboard that was packed with some of golf's best players. Paul Casey, who played in the final group last year at TPC Boston, shot 67 and was one shot behind. Jordan Spieth birdied his last two holes and was among those two shots back. Not to be forgotten was Dustin Johnson, who birdied four of his last five holes and was three behind.
The European Commission (EC) must “listen” to buyers if it is to take advantage of its new EU safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTPAs), according to TAPA.Noting a record number of cargo thefts from trucks in Europe this year, the Transported Asset Protection Association has called on the EC to work with it.TAPA has developed its own Parking Security Requirements (PSR), which it claims would support the development of the commission’s offering. And by working together there would be less confusion in the market over two standards, it said.TAPA proposes adapting its PSR to include the core requirements of SSTPA, while retaining its existing oversight mechanisms. By Alex Lennane 04/12/2019 © Derektenhue “This will give TAPA certification users an established base of knowledge and experience to call upon and will help promote a faster take-up of certified parking sites across the EU,” said the association.“Therefore, we are now reaching out to the EC to formally start discussions and are looking for support. Many TAPA members have already expressed a keen interest in this approach,” it added.It claims a lack of secure parking places is the biggest threat to the safety and security of drivers, trucks and cargo in Europe.“We are not looking to compete with the EU SSTPSA, we simply want to add value to it,” said Thorsten Neumann, president of TAPA in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.“In PSR, we have developed a standard which has been created by industry, for industry, and is already being used at 53 parking locations offering more than 5,000 secure parking places in 10 countries.“By the end of 2020, we expect to have 80 PSR-certified sites and have put the infrastructure and expertise in place to deliver a full end-to-end certification support to the industry.”He warned that there was some caution in the market over the EC’s standard, because the predecessor to SSTPA, called EU LABEL, failed to attract sites and failed to maintain certification.“Our solution is based on this business reality as well as our knowledge of what customers of secure parking places will accept. We support all initiatives, standards and regulatory requirements which promote the safety and security of people, goods, equipment and services in the global supply chain as long as they are affordable, easy-to-adopt, fit-for-purpose and sustainable. We hope the commission’s representatives will step forward to talk to us to achieve a real step change in secure parking in Europe.”In the first 11 months of 2019, TAPA’s Incident Information Service recorded more than 3,500 cargo thefts from trucks parked in unclassified parking locations in the EMEA region. European Parliament research has estimated that cargo crimes cost businesses in Europe some €8.2bn a year.But these record statistics will increase, says TAPA, with December one of the worst months of the year for cargo crime. Last December there were 585 crimes reported across 16 countries, against an average of 318 for the first 11 months of 2019.The majority, which amounted to a loss value of €8.9m, involved criminal attacks on trucks, with thefts of toys and games, tobacco products, tyres, tools and building materials, pharmaceuticals, metal products, furniture and household appliances, food and drink products, cosmetics and hygiene products, computers/laptops, clothing and footwear products, cash and car parts.
LinkedIn 0 Reddit By gvancachaligava says: Dear gvancachaligava, Once you register, the organizers will send you further details. You should wait to hear from them and then direct more specific questions to them, as Mladiinfo is not the organizer and we cannot provide you with concrete answers about the program. Kind regards,Mladiinfo team Share 0 By Mladiinfo says: 3 thoughts on “European Human Rights Moot Court Competition” on October 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm Youth Future Conference-A Week in a Sustainable World → +1 ← Atlas Corps Fellowship for NGO Workers, USA Tweet Log in to Reply Similar Stories on October 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm By gvancachaligava says: on October 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm Log in to Reply is it enough only full fill this registration form, or is it necessary other things before 31 October? September 23, 2013 Published by austin Thank you for information :)) Log in to Reply Deadline: 31 October 2013 (for registration); 10 October 2013 for sending questionsOpen to: all law students in ELSA Member Countries (see list HERE) as well as Council of Europe Member Countries (see list HERE).Prize: traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for a period of one monthDescriptionIn order to provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the field, the European Law students’ Association (ELSA), has launched the 2nd edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition in cooperation with the Council of Europe.The competition, which simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights, is open to all students from ELSA countries as well as from countries that are members of the Council of Europe.The simulation of a court trial is often divided into two phases: the written phase and the oral phase. In the written part students draft submissions or memorials on behalf of the applicant and the respondent.The written phase leads to the oral phase which means simulations of court hearings where students represent the applicant and the respondent. The teams will examine a fictive case and draft written submissions for each party.The teams will be evaluated based on their written admissions and the best 16 teams will compete in the European final at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.PrizeThe winning team will be awarded with a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for a period of one month.EligibilityThe competition is open to all law students in ELSA Member Countries (see list HERE) as well as Council of Europe Member Countries (see list HERE).ApplicationTo officially register for the competition please fill in the following Registration Form HERE before 31 October 2013. Each team will receive an e-mail with their team number and further instructions.Deadline for sending questions: 10 October 2013.Deadline for teams to register: 31 October 2013, 12 pm CET.Deadline for written submission: 15 November 2013, 12 pm CET.Please carefully review the Rules HERE, guidelines HERE, and final case HERE. Further details are available on the official website HERE. Seminar “Artificial Intelligence and its impact on Young People” in Strasbourg Council of Europe – Youth Delegate Program in Strasbourg The European Press Prize – The Award for Excellence in Journalism Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Pocket European Human Rights Moot Court Competition
Twitch gets Overwatch League rightsStreaming platform signs deal for exclusive third-party rights for regular season and playoffs outside of China for next two yearsBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 9th January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTwitchRelated JobsSenior Game Designer - UE4 - AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer - REMOTE - work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor - GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games With the Overwatch League inaugural season kicking off tomorrow, Twitch today announced that it has struck a two-year deal to be the exclusive third-party provider for the league in every region except China. The deal covers the first two seasons of Overwatch League, including regular season, playoffs, and finals, and will see Twitch stream the competition in English, Korean, and French."The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams," said Twitch COO Kevin Lin. "Given Overwatch's consistent reign as a top viewed game by our community, we look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride."This deal expands on the pre-existing agreement Twitch has with Overwatch developer Blizzard. Last year, the company secured exclusive third-party platform rights for an assortment of Blizzard tournaments running through the end of this year, including the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship, StarCraft II World Championship Series, Hearthstone Championship Tour, and more. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesStreamer Phantoml0rd wins three-year Twitch lawsuitCS:GO player James Varga was banned from the platform in 2016By Danielle Partis 15 days agoTwitch continues to grow in Q1 2021, but YouTube Gaming is laggingHours watched on Twitch are up 97%, but Facebook is poised to overtake YouTube By Danielle Partis 28 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
India had Chanakya and China had Sun Tzu. The philosophies of both have served to guide their respective countries and each other in war and diplomacy alike. The need to know your adversary was highlighted by them as an inescapable requirement before taking it on in a conflict. The Chinese have based their foreign policy on the premise that it will differ from country to country and if there exist differences, it is not necessary that a flexible approach will be adopted.The guiding factor in the Chinese scheme of things is that results and outcomes are envisioned first, and then efforts made to ensure that they become actualities. The time that may be required to accomplish set goals and objectives is of no consequence; however, the modus operandi can be altered, if prevalent circumstances call for a modification of approach. However, the goals are neither changed nor lost focus on. In the light of the foregoing, the way the Chinese have kept the Line of Actual Control open to guesses and varying interpretations could well have a different motive altogether.It has been three months that the standoff in Ladakh took place and there are no indications that the Chinese have any inclination to restore status quo ante. The armies of both countries are like that stage in a game of chess – they are not in check, but cannot move but into check. The established set of attitudes of the Chinese needs to be appreciated. It also needs to be appreciated that negotiations with them will not bear any fruits quickly.Many would not know that when the Chinese come for talks, they do so with extensive preparation. Past statements and documents are referred to, with even punctuation marks being interpreted and accorded significance from their perspective. No conclusions are drawn on whatever transpires in a meeting. There are designated people who make notes of the proceedings and then compare their inferences among one another. A final call is taken by the authorised person based on information and assessments provided fed to him.While not discounting the need to settle all disputes with China amicably and through discussions, one also needs to be reminded that during the last over one and a half decades, we have had nearly two dozen dialogues between special representatives nominated by the two countries. Their outcome, however, has been naught. The Sino-Indian border dispute needs to be resolved at the earliest, but the Chinese seem to be in no great hurry to do so. The truth is that in their scheme of things, settlement of the border dispute is not an issue of prime concern at all. This is borne by the fact that China has resolved her boundary disputes with all countries that she shares a border with, except of course India.During the last three months, there have been a series of talks between the military commanders of the two countries. The talks revolve around disengagement and de-escalation; and that they are inescapable to have peaceful borders. Post-Galwan incident, there have been no skirmishes reported in Ladakh, however, the Chinese disengagement, a pullback to state it in clearer terms, is yet to materialise.When the Indian Army negotiates or engages in talks, it is guided by some stipulations that cannot be altered. Any deviation from such stipulations will tantamount to relegating national interests in some form or the other. That is a predicament that we are faced with and it will not cease to exist. Our intended objectives of having talks with the Chinese should be to accomplish both strategic and tactical winnings. The foregoing implies reinforcing our position of strength without loss of an inch of our territory.As military-to-military talks continue, there should be no let-up in diplomatic efforts. Such efforts should focus on evolving confidence-building measures that are critical for the existence of a peaceful border between the two countries. Various agreements that were reached in the past certainly contributed to the Line of Actual Control being relatively tension-free for good about three decades. However, whatever has transpired in Eastern Ladakh in recent months is not normal; the casualties inflicted upon the Indian Army in Galwan was certainly a big deviation from the normal. To that extent, all past treaties and agreements are suspect and redundant.India never faced any aggression via the Himalayas. Invasions took place from the west and the mighty Himalayas were always regarded as having a formidable defence potential. The month-long Sino-Indian war in October-November 1962 shattered that myth. Today, the situation stands altered. Creation of infrastructure and resources has led to an environment wherein military operations in inhospitable climatic and terrain conditions are very much possible.There was a time when we talked of a campaign season for military operations against and by China wherein onset of winters was seen as a limiting factor. Even today, this may be true, but not entirely impossible. It will come with a cost, like what happens in Siachen against Pakistan. Having understood that the Chinese are not to be trusted, the Indian Army simply cannot lower its guard in Ladakh or elsewhere along the Line of Actual Control. The ongoing talks have to be conclusive. Till such time that happens (and it is unlikely that it will happen in the immediate future), we need to beef up our strength and capabilities; and reduce our vulnerabilities. That would gear us for a long drawn strategic and tactical battle with the Chinese. Intimidatory tactics, the like of which that have been employed by the Chinese in the past, should be discerned and a proactive approach maintained to deal with Chinese belligerence.