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J&J loses another lawsuit tying Risperdal to male breasts

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first_img [email protected] “This is the worst of all worlds for J&J,” said Thomas Kline, an attorney who represented the Wisconsin man in the latest trial. “The company has now lost four failure-to-warn cases in a row. But the first three losses involved very significant disfigurement, and this latest case involved less disfigurement. These findings don’t bode well for the company.”The health care giant faces approximately 8,000 such lawsuits filed in state and federal courts around the country, but whether this string of losses will prompt settlement negotiations is unclear.On the one hand, the negative publicity surrounding the side effect attributed to Risperdal is clearly a liability. But J&J also follows a typical pharmaceutical playbook of fighting product-liability lawsuits, at least until a clear pattern is established. One expert says that it is probably too soon for the company to pursue a far-reaching settlement.“J&J has not compiled a good track record … so far in the Risperdal trials, but relatively few cases have been tried to date,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond law school, who tracks pharmaceutical industry litigation. “My sense is that J&J may be willing to have several more trials to see whether it can win some before it seriously considers the prospect of settling a number of cases.” Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints Once again, Johnson & Johnson has lost litigation trial in which a young man successfully claimed the company failed to warn that its Risperdal antipsychotic could cause him to grow breasts. A Pennsylvania state court jury late last week ordered the company to pay $500,000 to a Wisconsin man who developed breasts when he was 12 years old while taking the drug.The health care giant has now lost all four trials in which its drug caused gynecomastia, which is typically caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. In three of the four verdicts, compensatory damages were awarded. In one trial, a jury found J&J failed to warn of the risks, but did not award punitive damages because a direct link between breast growth and Risperdal was not established. Tags Johnson & JohnsonRisperdalside effects PharmalotJ&J loses another lawsuit tying Risperdal to male breasts Ed Silverman @Pharmalot Johnson & Johnson has lost a lawsuit in which a male plaintiff sued the firm after developing breasts while on the drug Risperdal. Mel Evans/AP Drug maker challenges tribal court’s right to hear lawsuit By Ed Silverman Dec. 14, 2015 Reprints The cases have drawn attention for a few reasons. For one, the trials have served as a reminder that J&J paid $2.2 billion nearly three years ago to resolve criminal and civil allegations of illegally marketing Risperdal to children and the elderly. Along with a manufacturing scandal involving recalls of countless over-the-counter medicines, the Risperdal episode sullied the company’s well-honed reputation.advertisement In addition, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler served as a paid expert witness in the first trial. He testified that J&J knew about the risks associated with Risperdal, but failed to disclose the data showing the extent to which youngsters may develop gynecomastia. In a report prepared for a 2012 case that was settled, Kessler wrote J&J had violated the law (you can read the report here, here, here and here).When asked whether J&J plans to appeal the latest verdict, a spokeswoman wrote us that the company is considering its options.advertisement Related:last_img

A big study finds antidepressants are effective in adults, but will it end debate?

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first_img By Ed Silverman Feb. 22, 2018 Reprints Tags mental healthpharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+ 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. [email protected] Seeking to end a long-running debate over whether antidepressants are truly effective, a group of researchers conducted a sweeping new analysis of hundreds of studies and determined the pills were useful in relieving depression among adults.Although effectiveness and side effects varied, the findings indicated antidepressants were, across the board, more effective than a placebo. Consequently, the results provide “the best currently available evidence base to guide the choice about pharmacological treatment” for adults suffering from depression, the researchers wrote in The Lancet, where the new study was published. GET STARTED A big study finds antidepressants are effective in adults, but will it end debate? Joe Raedle/Getty Images What is it? About the Author Reprintscenter_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. @Pharmalot What's included? Log In | Learn More Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharmalot Ed Silvermanlast_img

DEA plan to stem supply of prescription drugs draws skepticism

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first_imgPolitics WASHINGTON — With pressure building on the the Drug Enforcement Administration to stem the supply of prescription drugs, a new proposal aims to empower the agency to more aggressively limit manufacturing levels and to put hundreds of drug makers on notice.It’s not yet clear whether the proposal will achieve either goal. Tags opioidspolicy By Lev Facher April 24, 2018 Reprints [email protected] 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. Lev Facher DEA plan to stem supply of prescription drugs draws skepticism 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. @levfacher center_img What is it? GET STARTED Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What's included? Rick Bowmer/AP About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences.last_img

The latest hurling Team of the Week as curtain comes down on Laois club season

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first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin The latest hurling Team of the Week as curtain comes down on Laois club season Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Home Sport GAA The latest hurling Team of the Week as curtain comes down on... SportGAAHurling By LaoisToday Reporter - 22nd October 2019 Pinterest GAA Previous articleKilleen scoop up the Roinn 3 Girls Shield title after brilliant battle with CastletownNext articlePortlaoise Educate Together NS take home Roinn 5 Boys Shield title LaoisToday Reporter TAGSLaois SHCLaois SHC 'A' Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img GAA WhatsApp Twitter Twitter The double header of Laois county hurling finals in O’Moore Park brought the curtain down on the adult club scene in Laois and with it comes one of our last Team of the Weeks of the year.Unsurprisingly the two champions dominate with six each from Rathdowney-Errill and Rosenallis on our selected 15 with two from Borris-Kilcotton and one from The Harps.We have also chosen two subs of the week with one each from The Harps and Rathdowney-Errill.1 – Damian Madden (Rathdowney-Errill)The Rathdowney-Errill goalkeeper pulled off a couple of great saves in the second half, particularly on Aaron Dunphy just after the same player had scored a goal moments earlier.He also saved another one at close range and, apart from one poor puckout, in general his clearances were of a high quality. In his first county final appearance, Madden can look back fondly on this display. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest WhatsApp 2 – Jimmy Corrigan (Rathdowney-Errill)Corrigan picked up Borris-Kilcotton’s top forward PJ Scully for most of the game and limited Scully to just one point from play.Solid with possession, he rarely put a foot wrong, and a fine county final appearance rounds off another very consistent season.3 – Marcus Redmond (Rosenallis)The Rosenallis backline got well on top of their opponents early on and Marcus Redmond was very influential from full-back.He picked up a couple of different opponents over the course of 60 minutes, cut out a lot of attacks, and brilliantly blocked a couple of Harps shots on goal.4 – Ruaidhri C Fennell (Rosenallis)The Fennell brothers comprised half of the Rosenallis defence and they all played central roles in giving their side a strong platform in the game.Ruadhri kept tabs on The Harps long-serving dangerman John Brophy with a brilliant performance and set the tone for the day by winning the first couple of balls that came his way.5 – Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill)Killeen enjoyed a good season with club and county and had a fine game on Sunday, getting on a lot of ball and using it well. Was deservedly named man of the match after the game.6 – Cathal C Fennell (Rosenallis)With The Harps playing a two-man full-forward line for the most part, Cathal C Fennell played a very important supporting role dropping back in front of the full-back.He also cleared a lot of ball and rarely put a foot wrong.7 – Fiachra C Fennell (Rosenallis)The third Fennell brother, Fiachra, was named man of the match. Following on from a fine display in the semi-final when he got a goal, he was excellent again here and as well as keeping tabs on his man – Paudge Delaney for parts of it – he also chipped in with two brilliant first-half points.8 – Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill)Paddy Purcell moved to midfield for Sunday’s final having been stationed in the full-forward line for most of the semi-final.Never got a chance to really stamp his influence on the game but seemed to be dragged down almost any time he threatened to go on one of the maurauding runs of his.9 – John Lennon (Rosenallis)Like Purcell, Lennon carried his county form onto the club scene and had a fine first-half performance, scoring two points from play at crucial stages as Rosenallis turned the screw on Rosenallis.Got on a lot of ball and was very influential from midfield.10 – Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton)On a disappointing day for Borris-Kilcotton, Foyle had one of his better games of the season and hit two points from play.Worked hard, got a lot of ball and was one of Borris-Kilcotton’s better players over the course of the 60 minutes.11 – Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill)Kavanagh was central to a lot of Rathdowney-Errill attacks and while he missed a few he’d have expected to score, he worked very hard and finished with 11 points to his name.Again, like Purcell and Lennon it continues a good season for him at club and county level.12 – Eoin Clancy (The Harps)Eoin Clancy was The Harps’ best player, and spent most of the game around midfield.Worked very hard, took his goal brilliantly late on and added a point almost straight away. Will be disappointed that his late effort for an equaliser went astray but his overall display was very good.13 – Brian Fitzpatrick (Rosenallis)Fitzpatrick made the goal for Ronan Murray in the first half and also chipped in with a couple of great points from play.Seemed to cause problems every time he got in possession.14 – Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)Following on from his match-winning goal in the semi-final, King was next in line to Eric Killeen for the man of the match award.Hit four points from play, two in each half, and was always an option for his team-mates out the field.15 – Joe Campion (Borris-Kilcotton)Joe Campion has had a very consistent season for Borris-Kilcotton and carried that into the final.While space was very hard to come by, he worked very hard, chipped in with a point and made the goal for Aaron Dunphy.SubsTommy Moore (The Harps)Moore came on early in the game for the injured Daniel Comerford and did well, winning a lot of ball and clearing it well.Brandon McGinley (Rathdowney-Errill)Probably unlucky not to be starting, McGinley was introduced early in the second half for Rathdowney-Errill and his pace really challenged the Borris-Kilcotton defence in the closing 20 minutes.SEE ALSO – 7 Talking Points from the Laois hurling finals GAA last_img

June 28th Policy: It’s Regime Security, Stupid

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first_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarMok Yong Jae By Mok Yong Jae - 2012.08.28 2:15pm Facebook Twittercenter_img June 28th Policy: It’s Regime Security, Stupid RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The goals that underpin North Korea’s so-called ‘June 28th Policy’ of economic changes are rooted in the security of the Kim Jong Eun regime, and therefore it is very unlikely that any real reform and opening is going to occur. This was the message delivered during the morning session of an academic forum, ‘Likelihood of Kim Jong Eun System Reform and Opening’, hosted today by the Korea Institute for National Unification.According to Prof. Kwon Young Kyung of the Institute for Unification Education, “Kim Jong Eun’s four ‘treatises’ and his April 15th speech have made it perfectly clear that Kim Jong Eun will not take a single step outside the frame of his predecessors’ Suryeong ideology. Since Kim Jong Eun is constantly asserting the need to strengthen the People’s Army, we should also not anticipate any change to the strategy of the military-first line.“While the North Korean economic improvement policy is preserving the governing systems of the Chosun Workers’ Party and the Suryeong dictatorship, we can say that they are at the level of seeking some changes,” Kwon continued. However, “It’s very hard to imagine Kim Jong Eun, who has said that ‘we must take Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism as the revolution’s sole guiding ideology’, becoming a reformer, something which related documents clearly show.”For the June 28th Policy to succeed, Prof. Kwon added, the following features would be needed: ▲ guaranteed funding for the initial production by work units; ▲ an enforceable and enforced ban on the expropriation of excess production by the authorities; ▲ financial reforms to allow autonomous economic activities by work units and individuals.“They have to bring in a system of partial private enterprise like the Chinese ‘Household-Responsibility System’ at the same time,” Prof. Kwon added.Researcher Kim Jung Ho of Korea Eximbank agreed with the position of Prof. Kwon in his own speech, saying, “If they really do bring in economic improvement measures, then they will be a tool for the strengthening of the economic foundations of the new regime rather than a way to improve the lives of the North Korean people.” News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img

TSX finishes flat; Dollar edges down

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Shares of Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) were up 62 cents, or 3.34 per cent, to $19.21 after the natural gas giant said it will create a new public company that will focus on southern Alberta. The Calgary-based company also announced a cut in its quarterly dividend to seven cents from 20 cents and that it would slash its workforce by 20 per cent as it struggles with persistently low prices. Shares in Open Text (TSX:OTC) ran ahead $7.77 , or 10 per cent, to $85.32 as the software company said that it is buying U.S.-based cloud technology provider GXS Group in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $1.17 billion. GXS Group Inc. a will become a subsidiary of Open Text based in Waterloo, Ont. And in the health sector, Endo Health signed a deal to buy Canadian specialty drug maker Paladin Labs (TSX:PLB) in a cash-and-stock deal worth about C$1.6 billion. Both Endo and Montreal-based Paladin will then be folded into a newly formed Irish holding company. Paladin stock soared $31.59 , or 49.43 per cent, to $95.50. The Canadian dollar was down 0.37 of a cent at 95.62 cents US. U.S. indexes were mixed amid a string of economic data coming out during the week, culminating in the latest U.S. employment report. The Dow Jones industrials was 20.9 points lower at 15,618.22, the Nasdaq added 3.27 points to 3,939.86 and the S&P 500 index lost 4.96 points to 1,762.97. At mid-morning, the Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index for October showed higher than expected expansion with a reading of 55.4. Economists had expected the index to come in at 54. That data, along with third-quarter economic growth figures on Thursday, will go a long way to determining when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to reduce its monetary stimulus. Traders are, if anything, more uncertain about when the Fed might cut back on those US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases after last week’s central bank meeting left them with the impression that tapering could start as soon as December. “Certainly we’re more confused than ever in terms of when this tapering is going to start,” said Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company. “And I believe that whether it’s December or March, it doesn’t really have a material impact one way or another. It’s just that they don’t know.” The gold sector led decliners, down about 1.1 per cent as December bullion gave back $6.60 to US$1,308.10 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) lost 21 cents to C$5.18. The TSX base metals sector was up 0.4 per cent with December copper up a cent at US$3.26 a pound. Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX:SLW) has signed a deal to acquire half of the gold produced by Hudbay Minerals Inc. at the Constancia mining project, currently under construction in southern Peru. Silver Wheaton slipped 30 cents to C$23.32 while HudBay (TSX:HBM) shares were ahead 23 cents to $8.83. The TSX energy sector was flat while December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $1.25 to a five-month low of US$93.37 a barrel. Oil has fallen about 5.4 per cent since Oct. 28 as data showed greater than expected inventory levels in the U.S. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) lost 22 cents to C$12.82. Traders are also absorbing a run of corporate earnings reports this week. On Tuesday, WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) said net income in the third quarter was $65.1 million or 50 cents a share, a decline of 7.8 per cent from the same time last year but two cents better than expected. Total revenue grew to $924.8 million from $866.5 million a year earlier, an increase of 6.7 per cent and its shares climbed 20 cents to $27.50. Meanwhile, traders also looked to the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank. Until last week’s news that the annual inflation rate in the 17-country eurozone fell to just 0.7 per cent in October, no change in policy was expected. Now, many economists think the ECB will either reduce its main interest rate to a record low of 0.25 per cent or hint at future easing. Keywords Marketwatch Malcolm Morrison Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Toronto stock market closed flat Tuesday amid falling gold stocks, but the TSX found support from major corporate developments in the tech, energy and health-care sectors. The S&P/TSX composite index was unchanged from Monday at 13,361.78. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector

BMO introduces fund focused on women-led corporations

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first_imgThe wealthy can help empower women: UBS report Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Although the product may be considered a good fit for advisors who are women or advisors whose client base is focused on women, “we want all advisors to have this as an offering within their toolbox,” says Kevin Gopaul, chief investment officer and senior vice president with BMO Global Asset Management. Impact investing refers to portfolios that are built with the purpose of producing a measurable and beneficial social or environmental impact in addition to a financial return. The companies that are reflected within the fund will be derived from those included in London, U.K.-based Barclays Bank PLC’s Women in Leadership North American Total Return CAD Index. The stocks must have at least $250 million in market capitalization, with 90% of the portfolio held in U.S-based companies while the remaining 10% will be held in Canadian companies. However, the reference to an index does not mean it is a purely passively managed fund, says Gopaul, as the firm’s investment managers can choose the weighting of the securities. The portfolio has proven its financial success, according to Gopaul, who says that it has outperformed the S&P 500 composite index by 22% in back tests that go back to June 2008. This supports findings from various studies conducted in recent years that have shown companies led by women, or with a heavier representation of women on their boards, are often more financially successful than those with fewer women. For example, companies with CEOs who are women produced a return on equity (ROE) of 15.2% in 2013 whereas companies with CEOs who are men produced a ROE of 11.9%, according to The CS Gender 3000: Women in senior management report produced by Zurich-based Credit Suisse AG, which analyzed the success of 28,000 managers at more than 3,000 companies. The Credit Suisse report, which was published in 2014, also includes multiple examples of companies within different sectors in which women representing more than 15% of senior management produce a higher ROE than companies in which women constitute less than 10% of senior positions. BMO Women in Leadership Fund was developed directly in response to consultations with advisors and investors. “We find a growing demand and a growing segment of investors want their investments to reflect either their personal principles or they want to have conviction with the money they have to invest,” Gopaul says. “We’re trying to respond with a couple of ideas. It’s all about giving investors choice.” That choice also now includes BMO Fossil Fuel Free Fund, a responsible investment mutual fund that aims to provide long-term growth of capital by investing in a globally diversified portfolio of equities that excludes companies involved primarily in the development and infrastructure of fossil fuels. Photo copyright: stockbroker/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Tessie Sanci Toronto-based BMO Investments Inc. is counting on the success of women corporate leaders to provide financial and social returns to clients who invest in its new BMO Women in Leadership Fund. The mutual fund, which was launched to financial advisors on Thursday along with the new BMO Fossil Fuel Free Fund, is the firm’s first foray into “impact investing.” Specifically, BMO Women in Leadership Fund will invest in North American companies whose CEO is a woman or in which women represent at 25% of the board of directors. BMO to launch six new mutual funds Related news Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Keywords Fund launchesCompanies BMO Investments Inc. last_img

Seizure of contraband at Warkworth Institution 5 December

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first_imgSeizure of contraband at Warkworth Institution 5 December From: Correctional Service CanadaOver the last three weeks, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, several packages of contraband were seized on the perimeter of Warkworth Institution, a medium security facility.Over the last three weeks, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, several packages of contraband were seized on the perimeter of Warkworth Institution, a medium security facility.The seized contraband included tobacco, drugs, cell phones, SIM and SD cards, as well as phone chargers. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $228,000. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.CSC is heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions so that it may receive additional information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions. These activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members working at CSC institutions.The toll-free number, 1‑866‑780‑3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous. /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:Canada, Dogs, drug, environment, Government, police, property, Safety, security, Warkworthlast_img

£400,000 boost for retirement saving trials

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first_img£400,000 boost for retirement saving trials With the pandemic impacting people’s lives in different ways, many will already be reviewing their current situation – including those wanting a fuller working life, those able to put more into their savings after a period of working from home, or those looking to improve their resilience for the future.At a time where many are worried about job security, the “mid-life MOTs” will enable people to identify the skills they will need for the job journey they want, helping them make more informed choices and build their future financial resilience.The new funding will be given to ten organisations to develop and trial the locally-led MOTs. This initiative will help workers to plan for the future they want.Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman, said:It’s no secret I am a huge fan of this idea.While we started work on this before the pandemic, the last twelve months have bought people’s financial resilience into sharp focus – making a mid-life MOT a timely exercise for many.And it’s not just about retirement savings, but also about enabling people to enjoy a fuller working life by helping them understand the skills they will need to learn along the way.The trials will help the DWP understand:The actions individuals take as a result of undertaking the mid-life MOT;The user needs among those most at risk of experiencing long term unemployment;The effectiveness of using local delivery channels and how these can complement the Money and Pensions Service (MAPs), the National Careers Service (NCS) and Public Health England (PHE), in supporting individuals with later life planning.The ten local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) across England could each receive up to £40,000 to develop, and implement, the mid-life MOT trials. /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:exercise, future, Government, health, job security, Minister, money, pandemic, public health, resilience, retirement, security, trial, UK, UK Government, unemploymentlast_img

Congratulations to Department of State Employee Ian Brownlee For Being Named as 2021 Service to America Finalist

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first_imgCongratulations to Department of State Employee Ian Brownlee For Being Named as 2021 Service to America Finalist The State Department is pleased to announce that Mr. Ian Brownlee, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, and the multi-agency team he led, have been named as one of the finalists for the 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for their efforts in repatriating more than 100,000 U.S. citizens stranded in countries around the world when borders were closed and airports shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In early 2020, the Department of State rose to meet the historic challenge posed by coronavirus all over the world. The U.S. government has no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens, and Mr. Brownlee and his team demonstrated the spirit of public service by working round-the-clock to help U.S. citizens return home.The Sammies are the premier awards program recognizing America’s best in government, sponsored by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. This year, the Partnership is adding a COVID-19 Response medal to recognize the extraordinary federal workers who played a leading role in responding to the pandemic and saving lives.On Wednesday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, the Partnership and Axios will air a virtual event to recognize the 2021 Service to America Medal finalists. All 29 finalists are also eligible for the Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award. Members of the public can vote online for the federal employee they believe has made the most significant contributions in public service. The People’s Choice winner will be announced in the summer.The Partnership will recognize the seven recipients of 2021 Service to America Medals, including the Federal Employee of the Year, this fall. /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:america, Choice, coronavirus, covid-19, COVID-19 Response, Department of State, Federal, Government, online, pandemic, Premier, Public Service, Secretary, secretary of state, winner, worldlast_img