Joe Curtis Share However, the lack of a positive outcome on “sends a message to traders that this situation won’t be resolved quickly”, said CMC Markets analyst David Madden.The US dollar managed to climb yesterday as investors took advantage of its weakened value in the face of Trump’s criticism of the Federal Reserve, as well as market fears around legal woes facing the Trump administration.Madden added: “The US dollar rallied yesterday as bargain hunting kicked in, and the currency seemed to enjoy the so-called flight-to-quality effect again, on account of heightened trade tensions with China.”However, investors are waiting for Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s speech at Jackson Hole later today following Trump’s tirade at the bank’s decision to raise interest rates.Connor Campbell, financial analyst at Spreadex, said markets have proved resilient in the face of trade war escalations and the UK's no-deal Brexit advice. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo - Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.commoneycougar.comDiana's Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThis Woman's Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeNovelodgeMan Pulls Hidden String In Scottsdale And Discovers Secret Room Filled With...Novelodge US-China trade war: China promises to 'keep retaliating' against Trump's tariffs China will continue to retaliate against US trade tariffs, finance minister Liu Kun said today, after talks in Washington between the superpowers fizzled out without resolving their escalating trade war.US markets fell at the end of trading last night, while the Dow closed 0.3 per cent lower, with Boeing and Caterpillar dragging the index down as low-level negotiations between the two superpowers wrapped up without resolving the trade dispute. whatsapp whatsapp "When we take measures, we try our hardest not to harm the interests of foreign businesses in China. That's why our tariff measures are targeted to avoid affecting them as much as we can."Analysts said the trade talks are widely regarded as a disappointment.“The bar had been set low for the trade negotiations and it appears that even those low expectations have been missed,” said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group.While China’s Commerce Ministry described the talks as “constructive” and frank, with the parties agreeing to keep in touch on next steps, market sentiment dipped, despite Trump prefacing the talks with remarks indicating he expected the discussions to end in little progress.Chinese equities rallied despite the inaction, with the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index closing up 0.2 per cent, and its Shenzhen Stock Exchange also up 0.2 per cent. Read more: Boeing braced for tariff rises as US-China trade war continuesFresh tariffs came into force yesterday, with President Trump issuing 25 per cent taxes on $16bn (£12.5bn) of Chinese imports, and China responding in kind with tariffs on 333 American products. In total, $100bn of both countries’ exports are subject to duties."China doesn't wish to engage in a trade war, but we will resolutely respond to the unreasonable measures taken by the United States," Liu told Reuters in an interview."If the United States persists with these measures, we will correspondingly take action to protect our interests."However, he added that he wants to minimise tariffs' impact onboth native and foreign businesses operating in China. Friday 24 August 2018 10:07 am "Given the amount of bad news out there at the moment – from Thursday’s trade talk-undermining tariff tit-for-tatting between the US and China, the ominous clouds of a no deal Brexit, and Trump’s potential legal problems – the markets have done well to not lose their heads this week," he said. Read more: Trump imposes fresh tariffs on China
Business secretary Alok Sharma will deputise. More details of exactly what the committee’s remit will be, and what powers it might have, will be made available shortly. Measures include statutory sick pay made available to all those advised to self-isolate because of the virus, with the government refunding the cost to businesses for up to 14 days at a cost of £2bn. Tags: Coronavirus Sunak also pledged to pour money into the National Health Service, saying it would have however many “millions or billions” it required to tackle the disease. “Whatever it takes, whatever it costs, we stand behind our NHS,” he said. The economic and business response committee will consider the impact of Covid-19 as it continues to spread throughout the world, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed this morning. Monday 16 March 2020 12:35 pm Show Comments ▼ Catherine Neilan Johnson and Sunak also met the new Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey this morning, just hours into his tenure, to discuss the impact on markets, as well as the UK’s fiscal and monetary response including action taken last week. The Bank of England cut interest rates back to record-lows of 0.25 per cent on Wedsnesday morning, ahead of Sunak’s first Budget. The chancellor then went onto pledge a £30bn package of stimulus, of which £12bn was new money earmarked specifically to deal with the coronavirus fall out. whatsapp Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his chancellor Rishi Sunak to head up a new committee specifically dealing with the economic fall-out of the coronavirus. whatsapp Chancellor Rishi Sunak and business secretary Alok Sharma leave Downing Street (Getty Images) More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Coronavirus: Sunak to head new economic and business response committee Share
Self-exams aren’t helpful, and other surprising facts about breast cancer In cancer, it’s back to the future as old treatments make cutting-edge ones more effective A human breast tumor that was transplanted into a mouse for study. National Cancer Institute/Univ. of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center But some oncologists not involved in the study were more cautious.“I don’t think they accomplished what they meant to,” said Dr. Harold Burstein, a breast cancer physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He noted that there was, indeed, “a small advantage from chemotherapy” even when the genetic test suggested low risk and therefore no need for chemo.Women who had chemo despite genetic results saying they were at low risk had a 1.9 percentage point greater chance of surviving to five years without the cancer showing up in their bones, brain, liver, or other metastatic site. They also had a 1.5 percentage point greater chance of being alive, compared to women who put their faith in the genetic test.“A difference of 1.5 percentage points, if real, might mean more to one patient than to another,” oncologists Dr. Clifford Hudis and Dr. Maura Dickler of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center wrote in an editorial accompanying the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. A benefit of “only” 1.5 percentage points is something “that clinicians and patients might find meaningful.” Sharon Begley Related: Breast cancer study shows benefit to extended treatment with aromatase inhibitors By Sharon Begley Aug. 24, 2016 Reprints Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. About the Author Reprints If widely adopted, the results could spare 35,000 women with early-stage breast cancer in the US each year the ordeal, toxicity, and expense of chemotherapy, hormone-based therapy such as tamoxifen, or other drugs after they undergo the first-line treatments of surgery and, usually, radiation.advertisement The test’s manufacturer, Amsterdam-based Agendia, and sponsors of the study described it as “landmark” research that “could change clinical practice.” It’s a dilemma more and more cancer patients will face as genetic testing becomes part of everyday health care: When a DNA test indicates low risk of a tumor spreading, but traditional tests show a high risk, which do you believe?According to a large European study of 6,693 patients published on Wednesday, many women with early breast cancer can safely believe the genetic test.Patients who skipped chemotherapy when a genetic test showed low risk of the cancer advancing but a traditional test suggested high risk were almost as likely to survive five years without the cancer recurring as those who had chemo. (The traditional tests look for cancer cells in lymph nodes and fast-dividing cells, for instance, and include demographic facts of life, such as being over 50.)advertisement Another concern is how long the patients in the study, who had stage 1 or 2 breast cancer, were followed: five years. The study therefore can’t say whether skipping chemo based on a genetic test makes it more likely that early breast cancer will spread six, 10, 15, or more years later. (The researchers are continuing to study the women in order to answer that.)The main results of the study, called MINDACT, were presented in April at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The NEJM paper goes into more detail.In actual numbers, 94.8 percent of women with genetic results indicating a low risk of advanced disease but “clinical” results indicating a high risk made it to five years without their cancer advancing if they skipped chemo. Among patients with similar test results who opted for drug treatments, 96.7 percent did. Looked at another way, 5.2 percent of the no-chemo group saw their cancer advance within five years, while 3.3 percent of women who had chemo did.The study, led by Dr. Martine Piccart of the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels and conducted in nine European countries, is the latest to assess how well genetics can guide cancer treatment, not only to identify a treatment but also to say when treatment (especially chemo) can safely be skipped.A 2015 study, also in breast cancer, reported that a test of 21 genes, called Oncotype DX, could identify which patients have a 99 percent chance of surviving without metastatic tumors appearing in the next five years even though they did not have chemotherapy. The genetic test used in MINDACT, called MammaPrint, analyzes 70 genes associated with a breast tumor’s chance of metastasizing. It was approved for early breast cancer by the Food and Drug Administration in 2007 and has a list price of $4,200, which Medicare and some private insurance plans cover.The study was funded by the nonprofit European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer; six of the 34 authors have financial or other ties to Agendia. Study coauthor Laura van’t Veer of the University of California, San Francisco, is the company’s cofounder, its chief research officer, and inventor of MammaPrint.She defended the study’s focus on five-year results because if breast cancer is going to metastasize it is most likely to do so in the first two to five years after a woman’s initial treatment. As to whether the 1.5-percentage-point lower chance of avoiding metastasis is enough to make women ignore the encouraging genetic results and choose drug therapy, “the small benefit [of that therapy] is something to discuss between a woman and her physician,” said van’t Veer. “Everyone has to reach their own judgment.” HealthWhen DNA and medical tests disagree about breast cancer risk, which to believe? @sxbegle Related: Related: [email protected] Tags breast cancercancergenetics
Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Antigen-based metric could better predict which patients benefit from immunotherapy, study says GET STARTED 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 By Shafaq Zia Feb. 21, 2020 Reprints 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. What is it? What's included? Cervical cancer cells. Matthew Daniels/Wellcome Log In | Learn More Immunotherapy has unleashed a revolution in care for some cancer patients. But most immunotherapies help only a small subset of patients, meaning doctors often have to resort to a trial-and-error process to determine who might actually benefit from the novel treatments.Now, scientists have developed a new metric they believe can help predict whether patients will respond to a class of immunotherapies known as checkpoint inhibitors, drugs that train the body’s natural defenses on cancer cells. Tags cancerimmunotherapySTAT+
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CRA resumes full range of audit activities James Langton White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Many of the observations noted during 2013 have not changed from prior inspections and relate to fundamental auditing principles,” said Robert Maday, deputy director of the division of registration and inspections and program leader of the broker-dealer firm inspections program. The PCAOB reports that audit deficiencies were found in portions of 70 of the 90 audits that it looked at; and, that independence issues were found in 21 on the 90 audits, where firms helped with the bookkeeping or preparation of the financial statements they audited, which is contrary to SEC rules. “We again urge firms that audit broker-dealers to re-examine their audit approaches and we remind firms that independence rules applicable to broker-dealer audits prohibit bookkeeping or financial statement preparation by the auditor,” Maday added. The PCAOB also says that its inspectors saw a high percentage of issues with the audit firms it reviewed, whether or not the firm audited public companies, and regardless of how many broker-dealer audits they performed. It also says that the number of findings were high for the broker-dealer audits it looked at, regardless of the broker’s reported net capital, revenues and assets. Its inspections of brokers’ auditors for 2014 are well underway, the PCAOB says. It plans to inspect approximately 60 audit firms covering portions of about 100 audits. Related news The audit firms that examine U.S. broker dealers continue to suffer from a high number of independence issues and audit deficiencies, according to the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). In its latest report on its inspections of auditors that examine registered broker-dealers, the PCAOB says that it identified audit deficiencies, or independence issues, in 56 of the 60 audit firms inspected, and in 71 of the 90 audits inspected. While the percentage of audits with inspection issues was slightly lower than in previous inspections, the PCAOB expressed concern over the nature and number of these continuing issues. Keywords United States, Auditors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has slowed
Dogsled Team for Film Festival in Toronto UncategorizedMay 11, 2006 RelatedDogsled Team for Film Festival in Toronto Advertisements RelatedDogsled Team for Film Festival in Toronto RelatedDogsled Team for Film Festival in Toronto FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail On September 7 this year, a Dogsled team from Jamaica will be featured at the annual Toronto Film Festival, with the premiere of ‘Sun Dogs’.‘Sun Dogs’, currently in production in Jamaica, is a documentary feature, chronicling the struggle and adventure of the dogsled team, which raced at the 2006 United Kingdom (UK) Sled Dog Championship in Aviemore, Scotland, held from January 21 to 22. The team placed 27th out of 40 competitors.Founder/Chairman of Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Jamaica, Danny Melville is Executive Producer of the Palm Pictures feature film, with Andrea Stewart as Director/Producer.“I had been in Edmonton, Canada, taking a look at custom-made dune buggies for a new Chukka Caribbean Adventures tour and spotted an odd-looking dogsled; it turns out the sled was designed for dry-land racing, and I thought what a great idea for Jamaica,” Mr. Melville told JIS News.“I ended up in Loch Ness country where I met the sled’s owner, champion Scottish dog-sledder Alan Stewart, and watched him give sled dog rides to tourists. I knew right then and there that a dogsled team wouldn’t just be a great soft adventure attraction, but would be a wonderful catalyst for ‘Brand Jamaica’ in the manner of the Bobsled team,” he added. The Jamaica Dogsled team was born then.Miss Stewart followed the progress of the team, as Mr. Melville, Mr. Stewart and Chukka Caribbean Adventures’ Director of Operations and novice ‘musher’, Devon Anderson, competed in the championship in Scotland.The film also followed the progress of Mr. Anderson’s assistant ‘musher’, Oswald Marshall, as he travelled to Minnesota to experience dog sledding in its natural form – on snow.“Jamaica’s natural beauty and multi-layered cultural texture is a feast for a filmmaker. The story of the Jamaica Dogsled team provides a window into its soul. The team has given the world another reason to rekindle its on-going love affair with this unique island,” Miss Stewart said.The 12 ‘sun dogs’ on the team, many of them strays from the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA), have been given a new lease on life. The JSPCA works closely with Chukka Caribbean and the team to monitor the dogs.Dogsled training is currently underway at the Chukka Cove farm in St. Ann, in preparation for the unique tour experience to be offered by Chukka Caribbean Adventures this summer.
$378 Million for Universal Access to HIV Treatment UncategorizedApril 4, 2008 Related$378 Million for Universal Access to HIV Treatment Related$378 Million for Universal Access to HIV Treatment FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health and Environment continues to place emphasis on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with an allotment of $378.2 million to provide universal access for HIV treatment, care and prevention service.This is set out in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which is being funded by a grant from the Global Fund, with the Ministry of Health and Environment acting as the implementing agency, commenced in April of this year and is expected to run through to March 2013.Under the project, the Ministry expects to strengthen the multi-sector national response to prevent and address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Jamaica. This will be done through consolidating existing gains, while scaling up to reduce the transmission of new HIV infections and mitigate the impact of the HIV epidemic.This is in addition to providing universal access to Anti-retroviral treatment, care and support and also protecting fundamental human rights of individuals, while empowering all Jamaicans to make healthy choices. Also included in its objectives is an overall national and workplace policy and structures necessary for implementation.For this fiscal year, there are a number of deliverables, which include targeting 100,000 persons for counselling and HIV testing, 1,700 commercial sex workers, 2,000 men having sex with men, 600 inmates and 75,000 sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic attendees, through prevention activities.Activities under the programme are also aimed at adolescents and youth as some 50,000 students will be among those reached through life-skills based on Health and Family Life Education Intervention (HFLE) in schools, while 16,000 adolescents (10 -14 years) and youth (15 -24 years) will be targeted through prevention interventions in out-of-school settings.This is in addition to increasing from 5 per cent to 20 per cent, schools with at least one teacher trained in life skills based HFLE interventions and who taught in the last year.Some 500 infants born to HIV mothers will receive Polymerase Chain Reaction testing according to national guidelines and 1,500 additional CD4 test will be conducted in accordance with national guidelines.Among other goals of the project are to increase from 25 to 35 per cent the number of reported cases of discrimination receiving redress by settlement; improving the percentage from 60 to 65 persons living with HIV/AIDS on anti-retrovirals, reporting at least 90 per cent adherence by pill count and also increasing from 55 to 60, the number of institutions adopting policies to address HIV/AIDS.Sixty-five individuals in stakeholder organizations will also be trained in strategic information monitoring, evaluation and/or surveillance. Related$378 Million for Universal Access to HIV Treatment Advertisements
RelatedIUC Awards 20 Scholarships to Inner City Youths FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Grace Kennedy Foundation Director, Caroline Mahfood, has said that providing scholarships for inner city residents is one of the best ways of improving their communities.“A nation’s development and success is directly related to the capabilities of its human resources, consequently, scholarships benefit not only the individuals who receive them, but their families, their communities and the nation,” Mrs. Mahfood said.“Providing educational opportunities for youths from the inner city is undoubtedly one of the best strategies that we can use to effect changes in these communities,” she concluded.Mrs. Mahfood was giving the main address at a Press Conference and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the International University of the Caribbean (IUC) at its main campus, Old Hope Road, Kingston, on Tuesday (October 6).The IUC, through its Tertiary Tracks Programme, has contributed 20 scholarships to suitably qualified residents in four inner city communities to pursue four-year Bachelors of Science degree programmes, in either Community Development or Programme and Project Management. Ten of the scholarships were presented at the function.Mrs. Mahfood congratulated the IUC on expanding tertiary level education opportunities to the four communities – Hannah Town, Kingston Gardens, Fletchers Land and downtown Kingston.She also commended the multi-location approach of the university, which has 17 satellites in four regions.One of the International University of the Caribbean’s (IUC) scholarship awardees, Orlando Pinto, entertaining the audience at their awards ceremony at the campus, Old Hope Road, Kingston, on Tuesday (October 6).She said that this will allow more Jamaicans, who cannot afford accommodation, to access tertiary education. She also lauded the university, for seeking to reduce the imbalance between males and females in tertiary institutions by offering most of the scholarships to men.“While we applaud the industry and ambition of Jamaican women, it is important to national development that our men are equally empowered,” she said.Councillor for the Hughenden Division, Audley Gordon, who represented Kingston’s Mayor, His Worship Desmond McKenzie, said that the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) was impressed with the vision that the IUC has shown, in terms of its selection of projects, in such a short space of time.“There is a critical need for social intervention in these communities, and we are happy that we don’t have to rely solely on the national budget, or donations from the business sector, but that the church and the academic community are willing to step up to the plate to play their part, as well,” Councillor Gordon said.He expressed the hope that the effort will send a signal to other sectors of the society, as well as the residents of the inner city communities, “that we have passed the stage where we can just sit back, and blame everything on the Government.”“We hope that others will realise how valuable each input is to the process of the social and economic prosperity, and recognise the role each of us will have to play in building a nation,” he added.Other speakers at the function included: the President of the IUC, the Rev. Dr. Maitland Evans; Assistant Vice-President, Dr. Canute Thompson; the project manager, Grace-Ann Cornwall, who moved the Vote of Thanks; and Pro Vice Chancellor Irene Walters.The total value of the scholarships is $16 million. Each scholarship is valued at $800,000 per year. There were five criteria used to select awardees: involvement in community work; displaying potential to undertake University level work; ability to demonstrate financial need; potential of developing as a mentor and effective community leader; and the matriculation requirements of the University. Advertisements IUC Awards 20 Scholarships to Inner City Youths EducationOctober 10, 2009 RelatedIUC Awards 20 Scholarships to Inner City Youths RelatedIUC Awards 20 Scholarships to Inner City Youths
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 1, 2007 The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication will use a $75,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to launch a three-year, traveling program designed to empower journalists and other citizens in communities throughout Colorado with professional newsgathering techniques and hard-nosed tips for negotiating the "invisible Web." Foundation trustees approved the grant in late April for a program named in honor of George Orbanek, a CU-Boulder alumnus and longtime publisher of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, a Cox Newspapers Inc. publication. The George Orbanek Journalism Workshop: An Outreach Program for Negotiating the Invisible Web and Interactively Engaging Residents of Colorado Communities will take place five times annually in towns and cities in every corner of the state and across the Denver metropolitan area. The first workshop will take place in late July in Grand Junction. CU-Boulder journalism and mass communication professors, staff and graduate students will lead on- and off-site, interactive workshops, said Program Coordinator Alan Kirkpatrick. "News is more than quotes, sound bites and photo ops," Kirkpatrick said. "This program will help local journalists hone their professional skills and expose citizen journalists, bloggers, community activists and others to time-honored journalistic techniques - the kinds of hands-on newsgathering and fact-checking needed to produce reliable, objective information for print, broadcast or the Web." Each year, the traveling series of workshops will begin in Grand Junction, focusing on information relevant to the seven counties served by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and covering a large swath of the Western Slope. Major components of the interactive program will include teaching participants how to access information on the "invisible Web," or the estimated 95 percent of Web information that general search engines cannot locate, and how to implement effective strategies for engaging citizens through blogs, podcasts and other new-media applications. According to Kirkpatrick, workshop participants also will learn how to access Web-based, journalism-related resources and how to make a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request. In addition, they will be able to access online or CD tutorials from classrooms, newsrooms and other work areas. "Over the last decade the Information Age has morphed into the Internet Age," he said. "Never before has so much good information been so directly available to so many people in smaller communities, but much of that information is coated in spin, opinion and dubious authenticity." For more information on how to participate in the workshops, contact Alan Kirkpatrick at (303) 492-5480 or [email protected] To learn more about the CU-Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication visit www.colorado.edu/journalism/. For more information about the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel visit www.gjsentinel.com/.