WASHINGTON — The Biden administration met privately this month with some of the nation’s biggest health care companies and lobbying organizations to discuss how to rework the health care supply chain.Some 30 companies, including 3M, AmerisourceBergen, and Dupont were invited to a private “workshop” held via WebEx on April 5, along with lobbying groups representing drug makers, hospitals, pharmacists, and drug distributors, according to an invite obtained by STAT. Log In | Learn More [email protected] What is it? Nicholas Florko Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Exclusive What’s included? About the Author 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. Biden officials met privately with 3M, AmerisourceBergen, PhRMA, and more to debate shoring up the national stockpile GET STARTED @NicholasFlorko Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! 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. By Nicholas Florko April 20, 2021 Reprints U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order on Jan. 21. Alex Wong/Getty Images Tags Coronavirusgovernment agenciespharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+VaccinesWhite House
Advertisements By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A number of agricultural stakeholders in St. Elizabeth are lauding the rainwater harvesting project being undertaken in Lititz, noting that it has brought hope of increased yield for farmers, who have long suffered the effects of seasonal drought conditions. The $4.5 million project now underway and is slated for completion in June, involves resuscitation of a six million-gallon catchment tank located in the area for the harvesting and storage of rainwater, which will be piped to farmers utilising solar technology. The scope of work includes repairing cracks in the tank, bushing of the premises and removal of debris, erecting a security fence, installing a solar pump and conveyance system, and designing and installing a gravity drip system. “This is an important project that will assist the farmers. It is of utmost importance,” stated President of the Lititz Production and Marketing Organization (PMO), Vincent White, at the recent launch. The four agro-processing facilities in the parish – Southern Food Processors, Southside Distributors, Jamaica Exotic Flavours and Essences Company, and a bammy factory in New Building, also stand to benefit from increased supply of produce. Chairman of the Alpart Community Council, which assists the farming community, Lenworth Blake, hailed the initiative as “timely” due to the fact that the drought period is on. He noted that during a calendar year, farmers in the parish usually benefit from about four months of rainfall, and most of that goes to waste. He said that through the project, that water will be collected and farmers will have a reliable irrigation source during the dry period. “It is a great project especially using the solar pumps to pump the water to the farmers, and certainly, it will make this community a better community, a richer community, and farmers will be laughing all the way to the bank,” Mr. Blake said. Being undertaken by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), through funding from the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project also addresses the problem of land degradation, by introducing farmers to best practices in drip irrigation and land husbandry. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, who launched the project, said the country’s farmers deserve up-to-date water storage and delivery facility to improve their capacity to increase production to ensure food security. He also called for other such projects to be undertaken in other parts of the island “not only for irrigation purposes…but to prevent the land degradation problem that has been dogging us for sometime now, caused mainly from deforestation, excessive land mining and other activities.” Chief Executive Officer of the NIC, Douglass Walker, also stressed the importance of land preservation and sustainable farming. “Land degradation is everybody’s business; food security is equally important, so we must do everything in our powers to ensure that we are one step ahead of all potential obstacles that could affect us, and put measures in place to prevent and reduce the effects of land degradation and climate change,” he said. Resident Representative for the GEF, Dr. Arun Kashyap, in his remarks, said his agency is committed to supporting food security through farming while ensuring land preservation. Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for East St. Elizabeth where Lititz is located, Richard Parchment, urged the farmers to take care of the facility, “so that the agencies see the venture as viable and fund the rehabilitation of other unused tanks in the parish”. “We want to say to the farmers, the system being developed, we want you to treat it well. Based on what the farmers do, it is going to be a template for what can happen in South East St. Elizabeth, so I am imploring the farmers to do what is necessary to ensure that the system becomes a success,” he said. The NIC, in the meantime, is advising farmers to utilise the black tanks to store rainwater for irrigation purposes. “This will reduce the amount of water used from the regular water system. Rainwater is also a good source of water in times of drought and it can always be used to complement the normal water supply,” the agency stated in a report. The agency also advised that, “farmers can set up mini catchment areas on farms, harvest the water and use it later for crops, which will in turn, give a higher yield. Farmers may also build underground storage tanks on farms and catch and channel the water from the roof to the source of storage”. The underground storage method, the agency said, is suitable in hilly areas where water is scarce because of a lack of access to regular water system. RelatedRainwater Project Brings Hope of Increased Crop Rainwater Project Brings Hope of Increased Crop AgricultureApril 3, 2012 RelatedRainwater Project Brings Hope of Increased Crop RelatedRainwater Project Brings Hope of Increased Crop
CCA inks tower deal with Tillman Infrastructure Home Regional US operators facing staff, tech challenges Previous ArticleGoogle boosts Android emergency service availabilityNext ArticleAT&T, Airstream create connected caravans Related Diana Goovaerts Author Microsoft abandons physical retail Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 SEP 2018 Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) CEO Steven Berry told Mobile World Live rural and regional US operators are looking to build better employee recruitment programmes to address a longstanding staffing challenge.Berry explained attracting employees to live and work in the rural areas where CCA’s members operate has always been difficult and, with the millennial workforce on the rise, operators are looking for new ways to recruit and retain young talent.“As we move into this new 5G era, you have different employees and different types of training requirements, so many of our carriers said: listen, we need an update on what are the human resources requirements in this new marketplace,” he said.“Everyone is concerned about how do you obtain, retain and train employees in this fast-moving wireless world.”The topic is just one of two new subjects CCA members asked to be addressed at the organisation’s forthcoming Annual Convention in October. The other is how smaller operators can adapt their retail presence for the future.Like top-tier operators, Berry noted regional operators are seeing more customer activity online and recognise the need for stores to move beyond static displays.Customers “want to know the services and capabilities of the phones,” and experience the features they see online in the real world. But, Berry said, many CCA members have not updated their outlets “in some time”, despite advances in technology including 4G, VoLTE and a pending surge in data use in the 5G era presenting “a whole different way of interfacing with the consumer”.Other areas up for discussion include marketing; spectrum; policy; and network technologies including 5G, IoT, artificial intelligence and automation. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Covid surge forces CCA conference online Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Competitive Carriers Association (CCA)retail
The Argos continue their road trip this weekend against GSC competition. They will play (1-5) Auburn-Montgomery on Friday night at 4:30pm CT and (3-3-2) Montevallo on Sunday afternoon at 1pm CT.Both contests this weekend will feature live video and live stats, which can be found at GoArgos.com. West Florida ranks 3rd in Goals-Against Average (0.167), 6th in Total Goals Scored (26), 8th in Total Points (70), 12th in Points Per Game (8.75), and tied for 2nd in Shutout Percentage (0.833) nationally for Division 2. Sam Waarum ranks 7th nationally for Division Two and is the leader for the Gulf South Conference in Total Assists with 5. Esthefanny Barreras is ranked 4th in the NCAA for Division Two in Goals Against Average with (0.176). UWF is joined by Mississippi College as the only Gulf South Conference teams to land in the most recent top 25 polls. Mississippi College is ranked 22. Lee University was previously ranked number nineteen last week, but they fell to Montevallo in overtime by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday. West Florida takes on Montevallo this upcoming Sunday at 1pm CT. West Florida is ranked first in the South Region polls this week, retaking the top spot from Barry University. Barry University, Mississippi College, Rollins College and Lee University round out the top five spots in the South Region rankings. For the latest information on West Florida women’s soccer, follow Argo athletics on Twitter @GoArgos. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UWF jumped up back to number four in the United Soccer Coaches poll this week. West Florida’s defense was nearly perfect this past weekend as they allowed only one shot on goal all weekend. The Argos defeated West Georgia on Friday night 1-0 with UWF completely dominating time of possession in the match, and outshooting the Wolves 23-3. In Sunday’s game the Argonauts scored three goals to beat the Valdosta State Blazers 3-0. The victory helped extend their win streak to 8 games. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
In this Monday March 6, 2006 file photo, Team USA outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., left and coach Ken Griffey, Sr., right, share a laugh during batting practice at Chase Field in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File)SEATTLE (AP) — For a moment, forget about what Ken Griffey Jr. was as a professional.Ken Griffey Sr. remembers a time when his son was a kid, before he became The Kid, running around the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse with the sons of other players like Tony Perez and Pete Rose.And, of course, wearing his dad’s hat backward in order to see.“You’re talking about a kid 7, 8, 9 years old and his thinking was, ‘I can’t see to catch the ball, I got to do something to make this hat fit.’ So he just turned it around backward and he got used to doing that,” Ken Griffey Sr. recalled on Wednesday after his son was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. “He would come in all the time and turn it around backward just to play catch. And that’s what was the funny part. A lot of people didn’t understand it. … He never disrespected the game. This was a game he knew and he loved and he enjoyed playing.”The younger Griffey took his place in the Hall along with Mike Piazza on Wednesday. Griffey will go to Cooperstown with the highest vote percentage at 99.3, getting 437 of 440 ballots. That bettered Tom Seaver’s 98.84 in 1992.Griffey’s No. 24 was flying high, too, on a banner atop Seattle’s famed Space Needle hours after his election.The backward hat was a signature of Griffey as much as his smile, the flawless swing and the highlight catches. The elder Griffey said the family was hoping to get the call on his son’s first year of eligibility; the highest vote percentage was a shock.“I’m just a proud father, just glad everything went the right way,” Griffey said. “He did the things that he was supposed to do the right way and that is what is most important to me.”The two Griffey’s will be linked as father-and-son professionals and specifically the time they spent with the Mariners in the same lineup in the 1990-91 seasons before the elder Griffey retired. When they were in the lineup together, father typically batted second and son third. They homered back-to-back in September 1990 at Angels Stadium off Kirk McCaskill.For the older Griffey, being in the lineup together was special — and a little odd the first time.“It’s the first time I ever heard me being in the batter’s box and hearing somebody holler out ‘Let’s go dad!’ and he’s the hitter behind me,” Griffey said. “That was a strange feeling. I had to step out of the batter’s box and get myself back in order to think about what I’ve got to do, which is try to get a base hit.”The elder Griffey, from Donora, Pa., was a three-time All-Star in his career and was on the Hall of Fame ballot once, receiving 22 votes in his only appearance in 1997 before being dropped. The younger Griffey credited his dad for instilling the work ethic that made him the best player in baseball for much of the 1990s.“He was an All-Star. He wasn’t a superstar, but he was an All-Star and the work ethic that he had and the things that I knew at an early age because I watched him and the things that he told me … only fueled me to go out there and want to play and be the best,” the younger Griffey said.___AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.
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As if the incident wasn’t bizarre enough, the events which have followed after Gavin Gunning said “it’s my baw” have been just as entertaining. On Tuesday we were told the Dundee United defender had left the club but now he’s apparently consulting his agent and refusing to quit with immediate effect. Get the popcorn out…Meanwhile it could be be the end of the famous Killie pie after the club entered a legal battle over the trademark. Zinedine Zidane displayed some Hulk moves on the touchline as his Real Madrid side progressed to the Champions League semi-finals, sensationally ripping his suit. Partick Thistle’s David Amoo turns 25 today. And ex-Rangers and Celtic striker Mo Johnston also celebrates his birthday, he’s turning 53. And in Scotland, Hibs Hibsed it again… Whether you like the term or not it keeps coming back and there’s only one team to blame for that. This time the Easter Road side threw it away against 10-man Falkirk, losing a two goal lead with three minutes to go. Adam Davy / EMPICS Sport SNSIn 2004: Roy Keane announced he would return to play for the Republic of Ireland. The former Celtic midfielder had previously quit international football after his highly-publicised bust-up with former international boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup finals. SNSAndy Goram. The former Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper was born 1964. He was just 21 years old when this photograph was taken.
16 May 2008South Africa’s highly matured information technology (IT) services market has been growing at a healthy pace, fuelled by economic growth and national development projects, with research and advisory firm IDC expecting the market to exceed US$4-billion (about R30.01-billion) this year.In a recent research report, the agency found that IT outsourcing constituted more than a third of the services market, the largest market share of all IT services categories, followed by systems integration, deployment, and support services.This indicated a sophisticated and mature IT spending model, with a year-on-year growth of 11%, which was at odds with most of the Middle East and Africa region where outsourcing constituted a relatively a small percentage of IT services revenue.“Economic growth and national development projects are playing into the hands of IT services providers, both in terms of hardware and software implementations as well as custom development, outsourcing, and other services,” said IDC South Africa senior research analyst Pieter Kok in a statement this week.“A maturing marketplace is an important driving force behind the growth in services spending. As local companies develop their decision-making processes, the benefits of services delivered by an external provider are becoming more visible, fuelling further adoption.”Kok explained that as a result, clients were making better decisions, negotiating better terms, demanding better results, and hence, reaping the benefits of their IT investments.IDC predicts that the South African IT market will grow at an average annual rate of 11.3% to nearly $5.670-billion (about R43.13-billion) by 2011.The growth would be spurred by government projects such as adopting e-government strategies and the adoption of open source software, as well as preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, technology upgrade cycles, de-regulation, and growth in the small and medium business market.The skills shortage in the country, however, remained a major inhibitor in the IT services market.“Despite public and private sector attempts to address the severe skills shortage in the country, filling vacancies and keeping them has been a tough task,” said Pieter Kok.“Should measures passed to remedy the situation prove futile, sourcing of expensive international skills will cause a drastic increase in the cost of doing business in South Africa, making it more difficult for local companies to effectively compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
What will the device be used for? Senior clinicians may use the device to look up information and monitor their patients when they are on call. Mid-level clinicians may use their mobile device to help them make better decisions and to seek guidance from more senior members of the care team.How much data entry will be performed on the device? Certain form factors lend themselves better to view only or capturing data in simple forms, requiring minimal data entry versus more intensive data entry where a keyboard and mouse would be necessary. Look for peripheral compatibility to ease the transition for new tablet users.What information will be presented on the device? Viewing medical images and videos requires a certain amount of screen real estate. High-definition screens improve the experience, especially when used for patient education and engagement.How long must the battery last per charge? Typical shifts last from 8 to 12 hours. Unless multiple docking stations are readily available that charge the device or batteries can be hot swapped, then battery life should last the duration of the longest shift for the unit.Are multitasking and collaboration required? The ability to open multiple windows and move between them, such as between a unified communication application and the EHR, helps improve clinician workflow. Clinician collaboration is made possible with the ability to share a screen view and use videoconferencing at the same time.”I think the real impact is going to come when some of these major vendors start writing applications for the native Windows 8 platform, with the swiping, pinch-and- zoom, and touch controls natively understood by the application and leveraged to their fullest extent,” said Timothy Young, end-user device engineering manager, Penn Medicine.The ability to deploy Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 Pro as a managed device is very attractive to IT executives. However, the underlying infrastructure — device management tools, security systems, WiFi networking — and the IT support staff must be ready to support Windows 8 from end to end before devices are widely deployed to end users.Part 2 of this blog series will feature real-world case studies of tablets in healthcare.To learn more about how tablets are enabling productivity at Shanghai Longhua Hospital, see the video below:Opens in a new window When an industry as time-sensitive as healthcare implements new technology, the priority is to make the transition as smooth as possible. Disruption is never ideal, but when patients’ lives are on the line, a drop in productivity could have significant consequences. To seamlessly integrate new technology, standardization and user familiarity are key. Once standardization and familiarity are taken into consideration, IT managers must consider employees’ needs from a holistic viewpoint.In the first of this 2-part series, I will feature the factors IDC Health Insights author Lynne A. Dunbrack believes that healthcare organizations should consider when choosing tablets. In the second part, I share some real-world case studies featuring PC tablet usage in healthcare.In the comments section, share what tablet features you think are most important in a health care environment. For me, I value the ability to get the best information available to my Dr and attending nurses about both my personal medical history, my current diagnostics and any information from other specialists in their hands – while maintaining my personal privacy. Chris @chris_p_intelWhat’s Driving the Demand for Healthcare Tablets?The following three trends play a significant role in healthcare professionals’ tablet adoption:Increasing adoption of mobile technology, in particular tablets. According to the most recent Pew Internet Project statistics, 31% of consumers own a tablet computer and 45% own a smartphone.Consumerization of technology. As clinicians become more facile with tablet devices for personal use, they will want to use them professionally to care for their patients and will expect similar levels of capabilities; for example, on-demand access to healthcare information.Meaningful use mandates physician utilization of electronic health records (EHRs). To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), physicians will have to increase their use of certified EHRs. Tablets make it easier for highly mobile clinical workers to access health information and document care as they make their rounds through the hospital and see patients in the physician’s office.The Right Device for the Right TaskDifferent use cases will dictate different types of devices and form factors. Before selecting and deploying mobile point of care devices, healthcare organizations should ask the following questions: For more conversations about IT Center and tablets in healthcare, click on the hashtags below:#itcenter #InsideTablets
Taking an exception to Wipro Chairman Azim Premji’s questioning the priorities of the government in view of the huge money spent on the Commonwealth Games, Sports Minister M S Gill on Sunday said the industry should look what it was doing for sport, before criticising.Premji in a recent article in a leading national daily had said that the thousands of crores of rupees being spent on Games could have been used for building schools and improve infrastructure in the poor parts of the country like Bihar.Gill was obviously not pleased with what Premji wrote.”Let (Indians) industry look what they are doing. The sportsperson of the country need money. My (message) for big captains (of industries) is that they should come forward,” Gill said on the sidelines of the National Sports Awards ceremony here.Sports Minister M.S. Gill.Premji, who heads India’s one of the largest software development companies, is the currently second richest person of the country with a personal wealth of USD 17 billion.The Sports Minister cited example of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for his charity works for USA and asked the Indian industry to follow suit.”I do wish to say that the Industry should contribute towards promotion of sport and spokespersons. I look at Bill Gates. He is doing so much, lot of charities and things which interests him for America,” he said.Initially the budget of the Organising Committee was 655 crore but the total spending now is estimated to be Rs. 11,494 crore.advertisementAnd it will be close to 28,000 crore if the additional amount of Rs. 16,560, spent by Delhi government for the development of infrastructure in the capital is added.”Is this drain on public funds for the greater common good? How can we forget that we could have established primary schools and health centres in tens of thousands of villages? Can we ignore this splurge the next time a malnourished child looks at us in the eye?””India needs more schools, and the existing schools need better infrastructure and more teachers. To not have this, and to instead spend on a grand sporting spectacle sounds like we have got our priorities wrong,” Premji had written.Gill on his part, spoke about industry houses like Tata Steel Limited, who were presented ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar’ for their contribution in development of sport in the country.”We have started recognising, from last year, to recognise the industry houses (who are doing something for sport). Tata got their second award today,” he said.