Jacobs Awarded Contract to Design Concept for Asteroid Capture System for NASA

first_img Subscribe More Cool Stuff 29 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Jacobs Awarded Contract to Design Concept for Asteroid Capture System for NASA From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today it was awarded a Phase I contract for the conceptual design of an asteroid capture system for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The ARM forms a critical part of NASA’s technology development plans for future human spaceflight operations and the overarching goal of a manned Mars mission.The goal of this contract is to design a system capable of capturing and securing an asteroid as wide as 10 meters and as heavy as 1,000 metric tons. Jacobs’ concept uses a series of deployable booms that unfold and extend around the target asteroid. NASA is interested in the technology not only for ARM, but also for capture of unresponsive satellites or other large orbital debris.This is one of four awards made by NASA for asteroid capture system concepts. Jacobs is constructing a physical model of the proposed design and demonstrating a successful capture using a simulated asteroid.In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Robert Norfleet stated, “NASA is one of our most valued and longest enduring client relationships. We are proud to be selected for this significant project and look forward to the opportunity to continue building on our established relationship.”Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by two hit-and-run drivers

first_imgOfficials in Oakland Park are currently investigating the death of a man they say was struck by two drivers who then left the scene of the accident.The incident occurred around 4:30 am Saturday at the 1800 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.According to the report, the pedestrian used a designated crosswalk to walk from north to south along the boulevard. He then entered the eastbound lanes of Oakland Park and then walked north where he stood near a median. That’s when he was struck by a vehicle heading west in the far left lane.The driver of that vehicle believed to be driving a Mazda 6 sedan made between 2009 and 2011, left the scene. The victim was then struck by another driver in a Honda Civic.The victim, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities.Investigators were able to locate the driver of the Honda Civic who is now cooperating with police, however, they are still searching for the first driver.While it was reported that the force of the impact knocked the victim out of his shoes, officials also reported that excessive speed was not considered a factor in the crash.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

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Steelers trample Broncos, must face explosive Bengals

first_imgThen came the second half and an entirely new Steelers offense took the field, well, after Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to the wrong team to give Denver a 10-7 lead. But then he came back in just four plays to get that touchdown back, passing for 56 yards, with Rashard Mendenhall adding 24 on the ground leading to a 3-yard touchdown reception by Hines Ward to take a 14-10 lead. The Steelers never looked back from that point as the defense, behind James Harrison and Troy Polamalu, dominated the Broncos, holding them to three and out while picking up two interceptions, one by Polamalu and a second by Carter.If it had not been for the two miscues by Roethlisberger, the game probably would have been a blowout. On one play he was stripped of the ball leading to a 54-yard touchdown by D.J. Williams, and the other play was after driving down to the 15 yard line where he threw the ball behind Ward, which led to an interception-killing the drive.The offense, however, looked very impressive in the second half as the Steelers controlled the ball with a time of possession of 24 minutes to Denver’s 7. Roethlisberger was 21 of 29 for 233 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, evenly distributing the ball to his three wide receivers, although he didn’t go to tight end Heath Miller as much as in the past. After only one reception in the previous game, Ward had seven receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns, Santonio Holmes had six for 93 yards and rookie sensation Mike Wallace had four for 69 yards and one touchdown. Miller only had three for 18 yards.The key to the game, however, was the blocking of the right side of the line led by Willie Colon, Trai Essex and Justin Hartwig, who not only protected the quarterback, but opened big holes for Mendenhall who took full advantage of any little crease as he had his second best game of his short career with 156 yards on 22 carries. This was against the number one defense in the league entering the game.While the Steelers were accumulating 173 yards rushing they held the league-leading Broncos to just 27. Kyle Orton was 23 of 38 for 221 yards passing and was forced into three interceptions, after giving up only only one coming into the game. Brandon Marshall did look impressive with 11 catches for 112 yards but most were in the middle of the field, and none turned into a touchdown.Now the 6-2 Steelers will face the surprising Bengals in Heinz Field this Sunday with first place in the AFC North on the line. The Bengals kept the pressure on the Steelers Sunday by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 17-7 in a game that was much more lopsided than the score indicates. Carson Palmer is looking impressive and he and Chad Ochocinco are really beginning to click as he was 20 of 33 for 224 yards and one touchdown, with Ochocinco grabbing five for 66 yards and Laveranues Coles six for 72 yards. One huge loss for Cincinnati is the other wide receiver, Chris Henry, who is out for the season with a broken arm. This will put a lot more pressure on Ochocinco to produce against double teams. Someone else will have to step up.The Bengals not only have an impressive passing game but Cedric Benson is second in the league in rushing as he picked up 117 yards on 34 carries against the stiff Baltimore defense. They are no longer a one-dimensional team; their defensive unit is just as impressive as the offense, holding a potent Ravens offense that had been averaging 30 points a game to just 7 points.The winner will have sole passion of first place in the division and pretty much be in the driver’s seat.In the next four games the Steelers will face the Kansas City Chiefs (1-7), the Baltimore Ravens (4-4), Oakland Raiders (2-6) and the Cleveland Browns (1-7). The Bengals will face the Raiders, the Browns, the Detroit Lions (1-7) and the Minnesota Vikings (7-1).Note: Tyrone Clark did not play due to health reasons. The fact that he considered playing is amazing. One game or an entire season is not worth your life. The Steelers put together their best second half of the season and by far their best fourth quarter to hand the Denver Broncos their second loss, setting up their biggest game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals.The Broncos controlled the first half but still trailed 7-3 as a result of a Tyrone Carter 48-yard interception for a touchdown. AGELESS—Hines Ward celebrates with offensive tackle Willie Colon after Ward caught a touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 28-10 victory in Denver. last_img read more

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Mates hold off late Vikings charge to remain undefeated in WKMFFL

first_imgThe Dam Inn Mates held off a late charge by Castlegar to remain undefeated in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League.The Mates Kelly Voykin tossed a pair of touchdowns sparking the home side to a 26-24 victory over the Castlegar Vikings Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The win was the fourth of the season for the first-place Mates.Dam Inn started the game fast as Voykin connected for his first TD pass on the opening drive.Joel Devito then picked off a Steve Mota pass to give the Mates excellent position for another run at the end zone. Despite the slow start, Mota led the charge against a Mates defence that lost a few key starters in Mike Lucas and Nate Fedorchuk.But the rally was shortlived as the Mates were able to hold on to secure the two-point victory.Voykin also rushed for one major while connecting for a one-point conversion.The other pivot for Dam Inn, Vic Hoodicoff also had a TD pass and a one-point conversion.Devito, Ken Malakoff and Rick Nixon were on the receiving end of TD passes from Hoodicoff and Voykin.Dan Rywaczuk and Del Melnyk also had interceptions for Dam Inn.In the preliminary game, Nelson Hour Glass had an easy time keeping pace with Dam Inn as the Heritage City squad earned a freebee after Brewers forfeited the game due to lack of players.The league is idle Thanksgiving weekend before returning to action October 14 when Dam Inn meets Brewers at 11 a.m. and Hour Glass plays the Vikings at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Kootenay Ice snap losing streak with series sweep of Blazers

first_imgPercival, with his second of the game, made the score 5-3 after 40 minutes.The Blazers once again outscored the Ice in the third 2-1 but a goal by Post in the final minute was enough to give Kootenay the series sweep.Sookro finished the game with five points to lead the Ice.Adam Maida was in goal for both games in goal.The Ice remains at home for a two-game weekend series against South Island Royals.Saturday’s game is at 4 p.m. with Sunday’s contest set for 9:45 a.m. Both games are at the Cominco Arena. Time to break up the Kootenay Ice.After going winless in eight games to start the season, the Ice racked up two straight wins — 3-2 and 6-5 — over the Thompson Blazers in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League play at the Cominco Arena in Trail. In game one,The Ice took an early lead late in the first period as Kyle Hope of Trail scored the first goal on the power play and Brandon Sookro from South Slocan followed up with a goal of his own minutes later.Nelson’s Justin Post put the home team up 3-0 before the Blazer rallied to make the game close on goals by Nicholas Chyzowski and Ryan Clifford.Game two (2) was another tight one for the two (2) teams, but it was the Ice that came out strong and took an early first period lead.  Sookro opened up the scoring for the Ice just 30 seconds into the game before Nelson’s Austin Tambellini made it 2-0 on the power play.Nolan Percival and Smith also scored in the opening frame to give Kootenay a 4-1 lead.last_img read more

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Odds even

first_imgBOCAUE, Bulacan—Barangay Ginebra and Meralco will fight through exhaustion to gain a head start in the PBA Governors’ Cup championship that is now down to a best-of-three series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts come into Game 5 carrying the momentum after winning the last two games to tie the series and would try to move on the hill as the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena here hosts the final three games of what has been the closest-fought title series of the season about to end.“We now have a series, guys,” Meralco’s Norman Black proclaimed after outlasting the Gin Kings in a close endgame for the second straight night on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMorale boost“Coming back [from 0-2] down to tie them is a big morale boost for us. But it will still be very tough moving forward.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Both will be playing without key players for the remainder of the series.Meralco’s Ranidel de Ocampo is out because of a torn calf muscle while Cone has ruled out Sol Mercado who twisted an ankle near the final buzzer of Game 4.Meralco has been successful in holding down Ginebra’s huge roster in the last two games, with its ploy of running keeping the 7-foot Greg Slaughter, the Best Player of the Conference, on the bench in the endgame.The Bolts also rode out the inspiration given by former Most Valuable Players Jay Jay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa, who beat them here last year.“The players were just simply determined not to let them (Caguioa and Heterbrand) beat us again,” Black said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “This is the way it should be,” Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone said after the 83-85 loss where his players failed to call for a timeout with under 20 seconds remaining.“We are playing a very tough team and they have been able to exploit our weaknesses.”Tip off is at 6:30 p.m. with Meralco shooting to move ahead for the first time in the series and inch closer to the franchise’s first title.“If you asked me before the start of this series if I would be happy [being 2-2] with them at this point, I would have said yes,” Cone added.Key players missingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

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Will Aishwarya win ‘Razzy’ to match her hubby?

first_imgAishwarya Rai BachchanWe are a little tired of the glut of Bollywood awards that flood our TV screen every year, so a few imaginative types have cashed in on the boredom.Suddenly, various organisers are announcing their own desi versions of the Raspberry Awards-or the Razzies -to “honour” the ” worst of the worst” in Bollywood.If popular awards have become dime a dozen, you already have more than one set of awards that claim to be the ultimate Razzies for Bollywood.Over the past couple of years we have had the Golden Kelas. Now, another set of trophies, called the Ghanta Awards, are set to give the Kelas competition.The doubt of course remains over how many in self- obsessed, narcissistic Bollywood will be sporting enough to accept “trophies” for their bad shows with a vote of thanks.Very few in Hollywood are game to turn up at the Razzies. “If films such as Peepli [Live] , Phas Gaye Re Obama and Tere Bin Laden can take a jibe at social foibles, why can’t award ceremonies cock a snook at the mightiest of stars and filmmakers when they make a bad film?” says a newgeneration producer, not wishing to be named.Among the very few who were sporting enough to accept an Indian Razzy was Abhishek Bachchan. Last year, on receiving a Kela for Delhi-6, Abhishek sportingly said: ” This is a milestone in my career. I won for worst accent in Delhi- 6. Chalo , at least Delhi- 6 won something.” In comparison, Kareena didn’t quite seem to find it funny. “If Sandra Bullock can (win a Razzy and an Oscar in the same year), why can’t I bag a Kela Worst Actress for Kambakkht Ishq and then a Best Actress for 3 Idiots? I take it as a compliment,” she said.Leading the nominees for this year’s Kela for Worst Actor is Shah Rukh Khan for My Name Is Khan. Others nominees are Imran Khan for I Hate Luv Storys, Neil Nitin Mukesh for Lafangey Parindey, John Abraham for Jhootha Hi Sahi, Hrithik Roshan for Guzaarish and Vivek Oberoi for Prince. The actresses are Sonam Kapoor for Aisha, Deepika Padukone for Housefull and Break Ke Baad, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan for Raavan, Kajol and Kareena for We Are Family, Priyanka Chopra for Anjaana Anjaani and Pakhi Tyrewala for Jhootha Hi Sahi. Housefull, I Hate Luv Storys, Veer, My Name Is Khan, Tees Maar Khan, Aisha, Anjaana Anjaani and Action Replay vie for this year’s Worst Film Kela.The Ghantas, which created a furore by launching their website with a near-nude, photoshopped picture of Shakti Kapoor on its web page, are being launched this year. Blue, Raavan , Kurbaan , Pyaar Impossible and Housefull are in contention for the Worst Film.Kareena (for Kurbaan and We Are Family), Aishwarya (Robot and Raavan), Barbara Mori (Kites), Sonam (Aisha and I Hate Luv Storys), and Anushka Sharma (Badmaash Company) are vying for the Worst Actress award.Uday Chopra (for Pyaar Impossible), Himesh Reshammiya (Radio), Abhishek (Raavan), Shahid Kapoor (Chance Pe Dance , Milenge Milenge , Badmaash Company and Paathshaala) and Akshay Kumar (Blue, Khatta Meetha and Housefull) are competing for the Worst Actor Ghanta.The winners will be chosen according to online votes.advertisementlast_img read more

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Off-Field Referee Uniform

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce ordering for the Off-field range for referees courtesy of BLK is now available.To place an order please use the following Survey Monkey Portal – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RefereeUniform Ordering Deadline – Midnight Wednesday, 10 December 2014Please see the attached Uniform Catalogue to assist in your ordering.For any enquires please contact Matt Irons [email protected] Filestfa_blk_off-field_off-field_range_-_2014-pdfRelated LinksReferee Uniformlast_img read more

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When Did Florida State, Jimbo Fisher First See Video Of Dismissed QB De’Andre Johnson Punching Woman?

first_imgDe'Andre Johnson seen on camera punching a woman.De’Andre Johnson Florida StateOn Monday, Florida State dismissed four-star freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the dual-threat QB punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar in June. Some were critical of FSU and head coach Jimbo Fisher for taking until Monday night to dismiss the talented prospect. Fisher and Florida State officials, though, claim they see the video tape until it was published online yesterday. Via @JShankerESPN: #FSU officials didn’t see video of Johnson punching woman until it was published on Tallahassee Democrat site Monday— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015#FSU official said Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t see video until Monday night because he was traveling in West Virginia— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015In the end, all that really matters is that Johnson was dismissed and justice gets served. But that’s pretty hard to believe.last_img read more

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$800 Million Allocated to Repair Farm Roads

first_imgStory Highlights “As a rural Member of Parliament for a constituency in which agriculture is the main economic activity, I am extremely sensitive to the plight of farmers. As the former Minister of Finance, I had no hesitation in ensuring a substantial allocation in last year’s Budget of nearly $500 million for the rehabilitation of farm roads, plus another $800 million in this year’s Budget for the same purpose,” he said. Newly appointed Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Government will be allocating $800 million for the improvement of the island’s farm road network.Mr. Shaw, who was speaking at the launch of Farmers’ Month on Tuesday (April 4) at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston, said the allocation, included in the Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, will see the rehabilitation of several roadways, which will help to boost agriculture.“As a rural Member of Parliament for a constituency in which agriculture is the main economic activity, I am extremely sensitive to the plight of farmers. As the former Minister of Finance, I had no hesitation in ensuring a substantial allocation in last year’s Budget of nearly $500 million for the rehabilitation of farm roads, plus another $800 million in this year’s Budget for the same purpose,” he said.Mr. Shaw, who was appointed to the post late March, noted that there is significant potential for growth in the agricultural sector.“It has only been a week now since I assumed this portfolio, but I have already made it abundantly clear that my mission is to unleash the latent potential of agriculture, manufacturing and tourism, thus contributing to growth in the economy and enhancing rural development and prosperity for all farmers. The farmers are at the centre of the Ministry’s mandate,” he said.President of JAS, Norman Grant, told JIS News that the announcement is welcome news for the island’s farmers, as upgraded road conditions will greatly improve efficiency as well as contribute to increased earnings in the agricultural sector.“I would like to welcome the Minister’s announcement for the allocation of $800 million towards farm road improvement… . We called last year for $1 billion, up from the $500 million and we are happy that it is moving in the right direction. We will engage the Ministry and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to ensure that this is expedited, because there is a strong correlation between increased production and improvement of the rural and farm road network. The JAS is delighted that this allocation has been made,” the JAS President said.He added, “It is important to note, that if we want to increase production and productivity, that we (address the need for a proper) rural road network and farm roads in the agricultural areas.”Celebrated annually throughout the Month of April, this year’s commemoration of Farmers’ Month marks the 35th consecutive staging since its launch by the JAS to recognise the contribution of Jamaica’s farmers to national development.Activities for the month are being held under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow’ and include church services, health fairs, training sessions, a farmers’ award ceremony and a mini expo. Newly appointed Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Government will be allocating $800 million for the improvement of the island’s farm road network. Mr. Shaw, who was speaking at the launch of Farmers’ Month on Tuesday (April 4) at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston, said the allocation, included in the Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, will see the rehabilitation of several roadways, which will help to boost agriculture.last_img read more

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Coalition Avenir Quebec promises to improve eyewear coverage

first_imgMONTREAL – The Coalition Avenir Quebec wants young people to be able to see clearly now.The party says it will reimburse up to $250 every two years for anyone 17 or under who needs glasses or contact lenses.Currently, Quebec’s health insurance board covers the cost of an eye exam for youngsters but not the purchase of eyewear.Coalition Leader Francois Legault made the promise in eastern Quebec today on Day 8 of the provincial election campaign and said good vision is essential to success in school.Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said he wants an additional 200,000 Quebecers to be working from home by 2025.Lisee believes having people work from home improves quality of life and also cuts down on traffic congestion.last_img read more

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Voting Opens For Top 100 DJs In Aid Of UNICEF

first_imgDJ Mag has announced UNICEF will be this year’s beneficiary from their annual Top 100 Global DJ Poll.DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll is the world’s biggest publicly voted music poll – with over 1 million votes in 2016 – and the definitive annual guide to the world’s most popular DJs. In 2016, Martin Garrix, the 20-year-old Dutch superstar, was voted the youngest ever No.1 DJ, and took the coveted top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.Voting opened this week – Wednesday 5th July at 12pm BST– for the 2017 edition of the Top 100 DJs Poll, and runs until Wednesday 13th September at 11.59pm BST. Dance music fans can cast their vote at www.top100djs.com.The results will be announced at a special awards show during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) in October (further details and the event date will be announced soon). The full reveal of the Top 100 DJs Results will take place across DJ Mag’s digital and social channels on the same night, climaxing with the unveiling of the The World’s No.1 DJ. The magazine will then issue the Top 100 DJs print edition on 25th October, featuring interviews with every single DJ in the poll. Further. Top 100 DJs events will be revealed soon.Unicef, the global children’s organization, is the official charity beneficiary of Top 100 DJs 2017. Unicef works in over 190 countries around the world to keep all children healthy, happy and safe. They ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. DJ Mag will use the Top 100 DJs 2017 events and awards ceremony to raise money for Unicef, as well as giving voters an opportunity to enter a charity raffle, with prizes including an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) to attend the Top 100 DJs Awards Show and meet the winning DJs. Further details on Top 100 DJs fundraising activities will be announced soon.In addition to Facebook and Google, fans can also vote for the first time via WeChat, Asia’s biggest social network. The voting platform has been opened up to more territories, reflecting the new frontiers of international club culture. The app is now translated into Russian, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese, in addition to seven other global languages. These changes will dramatically expand the reach of the poll and ensure it remains inclusive and globally representative.Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director, Catherine Cottrell, said:“We would like to thank DJ Mag for supporting Unicef through the 2017 Top 100 DJs poll. The money raised through working with this long-established cornerstone of the dance music calendar will have a great impact on the lives of children around the world. DJ Mag readers’ donations will help Unicef to continue to protect children in danger and transform their lives. With your help, we can make the world a safer place for children.”DJ Mag Managing Director, Martin Carvell, said:“We’re very excited to have Unicef as the charity beneficiary of Top 100 DJs 2017. Both the Top 100 DJs and the dance music industry have grown immensely over the last 25 years. Over 1 million people voted in last year’s poll and with the continuing global expansion of electronic music, we feel that the time is right for us, as music fans, industry, and DJs, to give something back.last_img read more

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CN Rail lining up pilot plant partners to make oilsands bitumen pucks

first_imgCompanies in this article: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian National Railway Co. says it is planning to build a pilot plant worth up to $50 million next year to create pucks made of oilsands bitumen to transport by rail and ships to customers around the world.CN has been working for years on a technology that mixes and coats the heavy, sticky oil with polymer plastic, creating a pellet-shaped product called CanaPux that can be shipped in an open rail car and will float if spilled into water.James Cairns, vice-president of petroleum and chemicals at CN, says the railway is in discussions with the federal and Alberta governments, along with potential oilsands industry partners and the Heart Lake First Nation of northern Alberta, to fund the 10,000-barrel-per-day pilot plant.He says he hopes pilot project costs will be split into thirds between CN, government and industry.If the pilot succeeds, CN would build a commercial-sized plant with capacity to convert up to 50,000 barrels per day of heavy crude.Cairns says the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed Asian customer who is interested in importing the pucks to his country and separating the oil and polymer for processing and sale.“It’s not going to replace pipelines, not even close,” Cairns said, noting the current mismatch between pipeline capacity and western Canadian oil production that has been blamed for punishing price discounts.“This is just another idea, another way of getting Canadian product to market, that we can build upon.”last_img read more

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Stage North Theatre Society wins awards at Mainstage 2018

first_imgVERNON, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society travelled to Vernon on June 27th to participate in Mainstage 2018.Mainstage went on from June 27th to July 7th and saw Stage North perform two plays. The first play they performed was Blackbird while the second was Mary’s Wedding.The play Blackbird was a heavy drama about two people who had a very unconventional affair when they were young, while Mary’s Wedding followed a girl in the 1920’s on the day before her wedding while the love of her life was in World war One. Blackbird was named the winner of the Burnaby award, which is given to the runner-up play at the competition. The play also won the Best Set Design and Property Awards.Mary’s Wedding was chosen as the workshop play, which meant it was worked on by professional directors and performed for a viewing audience. The play was given the Workshop Award for their efforts.last_img read more

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People are ready to oust Modi Abhishek

first_imgArra (Bankura): Taking a dig at the Prime Minister on Monday, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the people have caught the double standards of Narendra Modi and are ready to oust him.”People have caught the double standards of Modi and have decided to oust him. On May 23, the lead of Trinamool candidates will go up and Modi will go to tender his resignation to the President,” said Banerjee. He was addressing a mammoth rally here on Monday afternoon. Banerjee said Modi is talking about Hinduism, but in reality he has done nothing. “Five years ago in 2014 he had talked about the construction of Ram Mandir and is talking about it again to gain mileage for the polls,” he said. The Trinamool Youth Congress president said Mamata Banerjee has improved the places of worship for all religions. “The vast areas surrounding Tarakeshwar temple have been upgraded and beautified. In Dakshineshwar, a skywalk has been constructed to facilitate the pilgrims. In the temple town of Tarapith, massive development has been carried out. Even the burial grounds and crematoriums have been restored and developed,” he said. Banerjee alleged that “the corrupt people are thronging around Modi.” “Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya want Modi’s return. Modi addresses meetings with the prime accused of Saradha chit fund scam sitting next to him. All the corrupt people have taken shelter in BJP,” he said, adding: “Pakistan Prime Minister and ISI want Modi to come back. But the people in this country want to oust him. The farmers, workers, small traders and common people will vote him out.” He said that in the past seven years, massive development has taken place in Bankura. Steps have been taken to address the water crisis in some pockets. People from all walks of life have received benefits under the various schemes taken up by the state government. He urged people to cast their votes in favour of party nominee Subrata Mukherjee. “Go to the polling stations early in the morning and give your opinion in our favour,” he said.last_img read more

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Is that a smartwatch youre not wearing Googles may actually appear

first_img Citation: “Is that a smartwatch you’re not wearing?” Google’s may actually appear (2013, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-smartwatch-youre-google.html Google has designs on flip-up wristwatch Want to play smartwatch? That’s the game where you pretend to buy a big-vendor smartwatch that doesn’t exist but everyone talks about nonetheless. There is the Samsung smartwatch rumor mill, the Apple smartwatch rumor mill, and, as of this week, a burning-up Google rumor mill. The Google talk was sparked by Financial Times blogger, Tim Bradshaw, this week. In his blog titled “Google is working on a smartwatch, too” he said according to “a person briefed on the project” that Google’s smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, and the watch will “act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system.” Explore further There is no word of a date when it might launch but there are clues that Bradshaw might be writing about more than extra ingredients for the Samsung-Apple-Google rumor mill. Since the project is attributed to the Android unit and not the X Lab, the project might be earmarked for launch rather than multi-phased explorations that may or may not surface any time soon. The Google X Lab hatches technologies for the future such as the much-publicized self-driving cars and glasses. Another clue lies in the date October 2011, when Google filed a patent for a “Smart-watch including flip up display.” The filing described a smart-watch that can include a wristband, a base, a flip up portion, and a camera. The patent described the camera as one that can be in communication with the processor and the flip up portion can form a viewfinder for the camera when in the open position and be configured to display information regarding an image within the viewfinder.A popular view about a likely Google smartwatch is that wearable computing in and of itself is considered as an inevitable sign of the future, which makes the watch undertaking all the more plausible. Moving information away from the confines of desks and PC screens, the mobile computing labs outside Google are busy tinkering with wearable devices that operate in the physical world. While talking sneakers and Google glass already grab attention as what-ifs, they might be less amenable to immediate and easy uptake than would wearable watches. Should Samsung and Apple rush out smartwatches, Google would be left in the dust. As the Financial Times blog noted, smart watches, whether by Apple, Samsung, or Google, would jumpstart the wearables market. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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FEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover

first_imgFEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover trailer homes in Texas.The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the trailers for temporarily homeless families after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. But not all of them were used. Now FEMA is auctioning the leftovers online to the public with a minimum bid of $100 for trailers that range from 1 bedroom units, valued at $57,354, to 3-bedroom units with a value of $70,965.This practice is controversial (more on that later).And it brings up the question: What happens to surplus humanitarian aid?Bassam Michel Ibrahim, head of global logistics for the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international aid group, says that a surplus of humanitarian supplies should be a rare occurrence. In his experience, relief organizations are consistently up against a lack of funding and a lack of supplies.According to Ibrahim, aid missions usually go through an intense planning process to ensure that all supplies are delivered and used as intended. This detailed process allows aid groups to report to their donors exactly how their money is being used, and it means there are almost never leftovers.If there is a surplus, Ibrahim says it’s usually because problems arise that are outside of their control – like conflict breaking out or a landslide cutting off the only road to a village – that prevent them from delivering the aid. Nonetheless, surpluses do occur.Guillaume Brumagne, a logistics supervisor at Doctors Without Borders, says that the medical aid group deals with leftover supplies on a regular basis because their teams bring a lot of items – including drugs, medical equipment and shelters – when they arrive in a country to address a health crisis. Once the crisis is over and it’s time to scale down, they must figure out what to do with what’s left.”The general rule within [Doctors Without Borders] is always to try to see how can these items benefit another partner within the country,” says Brumagne.Brumagne says that whether the item is a used tent or unused medical equipment, they try to donate it to a similar actor in the area – possibly the ministry of health, a local health clinic or another medical charity. If they can’t find someone in the medical field who can use the item, they donate it in a way that still helps the local population. For example, Doctors Without Borders has donated tents to create more classroom space for schools.The one thing they try to avoid is giving supplies to someone who will then sell them.”The foundation of what we do is bringing aid to people that is completely free, accessible and without any kind of discrimination,” Brumagne says. “Even if in the end we don’t use the aid ourselves, we want to find a way for it to benefit the people it’s supposed to benefit, without them having to pay for it.”Both Ibrahim and Brumagne say they’ve never seen a reason to sell aid instead of donate it.”Why would we?” says Ibrahim. “There are always more needs than we are able to meet.”Other aid agencies, including those that are part of the U.S. government, also try to donate surplus property from disaster relief efforts. But in some instances, as in Texas, arms of the U.S. government do sell things off. In fact, there are official channels for them to do so, whether the excess supplies are trailer homes, tents, office supplies or other items. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), federal agencies may sell unneeded property to the public through GSA’s auction system if no other government agencies or qualified voluntary organizations are interested in it.The official policy FEMA sent NPR says that when the agency’s trailer homes are deemed “unsuitable for disaster survivors elsewhere,” FEMA can either put them up for auction or sell them to the current occupants.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA was criticized for selling trailer homes at “cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage.” Since then, the agency has said they sell mobile homes at an “adjusted fair market value,” not cut-rate prices or for pennies on the dollar. The official policy that FEMA provided to NPR does not address at what age or in what condition the units are put up for sale.Although the U.S. government willingly sells certain disaster-relief supplies, regulations prohibit the sale of government-issued military and humanitarian meal rations. So if you see them offered by an online retailer, for prices like $100 for a case of 10 meals on eBay, they’re likely being sold by the recipients themselves by the company that makes them.Janet Nelson, who co-owns TheEpicenter.com – an Oregon-based company that sells emergency supplies – says her company only carries overstock humanitarian daily rations from manufacturers. When the government doesn’t purchase the entire order placed with a manufacturer, the manufacturer repackages the kits for civilian use and sells them to dealers like Nelson’s company. She says the last time they sold humanitarian daily rations was right after Hurricane Katrina.And then there are the reports that FEMA tents were used at the failed Fyre Festival – a luxury music festival held on a Bahamian island in April 2017 that quickly spiraled into an epic fail, from lodging to meals to security.The mainstream media and social media widely reported that leftover FEMA disaster-relief tents were the accommodation for festival-goers, who spent thousands of dollars to attend. That claim is repeated in two new documentaries about the festival.But that’s not the case. Clay Kimsey, a sales representative for the manufacturer (Shelter Systems) says the tents were purchased brand-new through a third-party vendor that was “not any type of humanitarian group.””Yes, those were our structures,” he says, and they have on occasion sold their tents to relief organizations and government agencies. In the case of the Fyre Festival, they were sold for recreational use at an event that turned out to be a disaster.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter: @joannelu Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Three times a week 66yearold Tod Gervich inject

first_imgThree times a week, 66-year-old Tod Gervich injects himself with Copaxone, a prescription drug that can reduce the frequency of relapses in people who have some forms of multiple sclerosis. After living with the disease for more than 20 years, the self-employed certified financial planner in Mashpee, Mass., is accustomed to managing his condition. What he can’t get used to is how Medicare’s coinsurance charges put a strain on his wallet.Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit. With the cost of specialty drugs increasing, some Medicare beneficiaries could owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket drug costs every year for a single drug.Recent proposals by the Trump administration and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would address the long-standing problem by imposing a spending cap. But it’s unclear whether any of these proposals will gain a foothold.The 2006 introduction of the Medicare prescription drug benefit was a boon for seniors, but the coverage had weak spots. One was the so-called doughnut hole — the gap beneficiaries fell into after they accumulated a few thousand dollars in drug expenses and were then on the hook for the full cost of their medications. Another was the lack of an annual cap on drug spending.Legislative changes have gradually closed the doughnut hole so that this year beneficiaries no longer face a coverage gap. In a standard Medicare drug plan, beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the price of their brand-name drugs until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Once patients reach that threshold, the catastrophic portion of their coverage kicks in, and their obligation drops to 5 percent. But it never disappears.It’s that ongoing 5 percent that hits hard for people, like Gervich, who take expensive medications.His 40-milligram dose of Copaxone costs about $75,000 annually, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In January, Gervich paid $1,800 for the drug, and he paid another $900 in February. Discounts that drug manufacturers are required to provide to Part D enrollees also counted toward his out-of-pocket costs. (More on that later.) By March, he had hit the $5,100 threshold that pushed him into catastrophic coverage. For the rest of the year, he’ll owe $295 a month for this drug, until the cycle starts over again in January.That $295 is a far cry from the approximately $6,250 monthly Copaxone price without insurance. But, combined with the $2,700 he had already paid before his catastrophic coverage kicked in, the additional $2,950 he’ll owe this year is no small amount. And that assumes he needs no other medications.”I feel like I’m being punished financially for having a chronic disease,” he says. He has considered discontinuing Copaxone to save money.His drug bill is one reason Gervich has decided not to retire yet, he says, adding that an annual cap on his out-of-pocket costs “would definitely help.”Drugs like Copaxone that can modify the effects of the disease have been on a steep upward price trajectory in recent years, says Bari Talente, executive vice president for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Drugs that five years ago cost $60,000 annually now cost $90,000, she says. With those totals, Medicare beneficiaries “are going to hit catastrophic coverage no matter what.”Specialty-tier drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer and other conditions — defined by Medicare as those that cost more than $670 a month — account for more than 20 percent of total spending in Part D plans, up from about 6 percent before 2010, according to a report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a nonpartisan agency that advises Congress about the program.Just over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in Part D plans who did not receive low-income subsidies had drug costs that pushed them into catastrophic coverage in 2015 — more than twice the 2007 total — according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.”When the drug benefit was created, 5 percent probably didn’t seem like that big a deal,” says Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now we have such expensive medications, and many of them are covered under Part D — where, before, many expensive drugs were cancer drugs” that were administered in doctors’ offices and covered by other parts of Medicare.The lack of a spending limit for the Medicare drug benefit sets it apart from other coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, the maximum amount someone generally owes out-of-pocket for covered drugs and other medical care for this year is $7,900. Plans typically pay 100 percent of customers’ costs after that.The Medicare program doesn’t have an out-of-pocket spending limit for Part A or Part B, which cover hospital and outpatient services, respectively. But beneficiaries can buy supplemental Medigap plans, some of which pay coinsurance amounts and set out-of-pocket spending limits. Medigap plans, however, don’t cover Part D prescription plans.Counterbalancing the administration’s proposal to impose a spending cap on prescription drugs is another proposal that could increase many beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs.Currently, brand-name drugs that enrollees receive are discounted by 70 percent by manufacturers when Medicare beneficiaries have accumulated at least $3,820 in drug costs and until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Those discounts are applied toward beneficiaries’ total out-of-pocket costs, moving them more quickly toward catastrophic coverage.Under the administration’s proposal, manufacturer discounts would no longer be treated this way. The administration says this would help steer patients toward less expensive generic medications.Still, beneficiaries would have to pay more out-of-pocket to reach the catastrophic spending threshold. Thus, fewer people would likely reach the catastrophic coverage level at which they could benefit from a spending cap.”Our concern is that some people will be paying more out-of-pocket to get to the $5,100 threshold and the drug cap,” says Keysha Brooks-Coley, vice president of federal affairs at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.”It’s kind of a mixed bag,” says Cubanski of the proposed calculation change. “There will be savings for some individuals” who reach the catastrophic phase of coverage. “But for many, there will be higher costs.”For some people, especially cancer patients taking chemotherapy pills, the lack of a drug-spending cap in Part D coverage can seem especially unjust.These cutting-edge, targeted oral chemotherapy and other drugs tend to be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries often hit the catastrophic threshold quickly, says Brooks-Coley.Patty Armstrong-Bolle, a Medicare patient who lives in Haslett, Mich., takes Ibrance, a pill, once a day to help keep in check the breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. While the medicine has helped send her cancer into remission, she may never be free of a financial obligation for the pricey drug.Armstrong-Bolle paid $2,200 for the drug in January and February of last year. When she entered the catastrophic coverage portion of her Part D plan, the cost dropped to $584 per month. Armstrong-Bolle’s husband died last year, and she used the money from his life insurance policy to cover her drug bills.This year, a patient assistance program has covered the first few months of coinsurance. That money will run out next month, and she’ll owe her $584 portion again.If she were getting traditional drug infusions instead of taking an oral medication, her treatment would be covered under Part B of the program, and her coinsurance payments could be covered.”It just doesn’t seem fair,” she says.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Neither KHN nor KFF is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter: @mandrews110. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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More than 130 people in the US die of an opioid

first_imgMore than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.”It’s important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances,” says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.A handful of patients at the university’s clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that’s injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.FDA and ‘orphan drugs’That’s because a quirk in federal law may prevent a competing drug called Brixadi from going on sale until 2024. “It’s ready for market now,” says Mike Derkacz, CEO of Braeburn, which makes Brixadi. “We are deemed safe and effective by FDA, but we are unable to make the product available to patients during this crisis.”Sublocade was approved for sale in 2017 and, like any new drug, was granted three years of exclusive access to U.S. markets. That time is up next year. But in December, the Food and Drug Administration told Braeburn it might have to wait four more years because Sublocade was designated an “orphan drug,” which gives it seven years of exclusive access. Sublocade, which is made by Indivior, isn’t an orphan drug in the traditional sense. Normally, these are medications that treat illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 people a year. Opioid addiction is not a rare disease.In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. were addicted to prescription opioids or illicit opiates such as heroin, and 47,000 people died of an overdose.The Trump administration declared opioid addiction a public health emergency that same year — just a month before Sublocade hit the market — and made helping people get medication-assisted treatment a priority.That’s why the makers of Brixadi were shocked when the FDA gave their product only tentative approval in December. Derkacz says it doesn’t make sense, in the middle of what many call an epidemic, to treat buprenorphine drugs as if they treat a rare disease.”There have been studies that show a reduction in mortality by 40% with buprenorphine,” Braeburn’s CEO says. “That keeps people alive. That gives people a chance to get back to their lives and recover fully.”A back-door approachSo why is Sublocade considered an orphan drug? Like many things related to prescription drugs, the reasons are wonky and sort of irrational.Indivior created its first buprenorphine-based drug, called Subutex, in the 1990s. At the time, treating addiction with other drugs wasn’t mainstream. There were methadone clinics in some U.S. cities, but they were heavily regulated by law.The company asked the FDA to give it orphan drug status — but instead of saying there weren’t many potential patients, Indivior said it had little hope of earning back its investment in Subutex and needed extra time with no competition. Few drugs have ever received orphan status this way. But at the time, it made sense to the FDA.The orphan designation was granted, and Subutex hit the market in 2002.Since then, Indivior has made billions in revenue from sales of the drug and its successors, Suboxone and Sublocade, partly because the orphan designation is automatically attached to every new formulation of buprenorphine the company makes.Indivior’s executives declined to be interviewed for this story. But in response to written questions, the company says, “Indivior stands by FDA’s decision, which was supported by both the law and the facts at that time.”Derkacz says Braeburn has asked the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Sublocade’s orphan status. And an FDA spokeswoman says the agency is actively considering that request.The right drug ‘can save their life’Long-acting, injectable treatments for addiction have some advantages over tablets and dissolvable films. Patients don’t have to remember to take medication each day, and they can avoid the drugstore.”It provides a little bit more anonymity for patients that don’t want to disclose that they have an opiate use disorder,” says Michelle Lofwall, a psychiatrist and medical director at two University of Kentucky clinics that treat patients struggling with opioid addiction.”Some patients have felt stigmatized when going to the pharmacy, like they don’t feel like they’re necessarily treated all that well once they show their prescription,” she says.Lofwall participated in Brixadi’s clinical trial, so she’s one of the few health care providers who has used both medications. She says they’re slightly different and that she’d like to have the choice to offer her patients.”From a public health perspective, and just as a provider physician trying to treat patients, they need to have all the options,” Lofwall says. Being on the right drug “literally can save their life.””As a clinician, it’s always important for me to have more tools,” Andrea Barthwell, an addiction treatment specialist, wrote in public comments on Braeburn’s FDA petition. “Moreover, there are gaps in care from the current buprenorphine treatment options that Brixadi may fill.”Brixadi can be used weekly as well as monthly, allowing doctors to see their patients more frequently and monitor them more closely at the start of treatment, according to several comments.Another issue is cost.Sublocade costs about $1,580 per month, according to marketing materials from Indivior, and some insurance companies won’t pay for it. “In Kentucky,” Lofwall says, “we haven’t been able to get it for patients who are on several different Medicaid managed-care programs.”By contrast, a generic version of the buprenorphine film costs about $140 a month, according to the website GoodRX.com.Daniel Smith, who leads the medication-assisted treatment program at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., says he doesn’t know any doctors who use Sublocade now.”Long-acting buprenorphine is definitely advantageous over short-acting for many reasons, but cost and availability have been the challenge,” he says.But if a competitor drug came on the market, Smith says the price of Sublocade might fall, and he might then be willing to prescribe it to his patients. 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A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Two opposition parties are writing urgent letters to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey – while a third is demanding an investigation – about a possible cover-up over documents linking the “fitness for work” test with the deaths of benefit claimants.Senior figures from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats said this week that they were writing urgently to McVey to ask whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had shown the documents to the independent expert the government commissioned to review the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2013 and 2014.The Green party’s co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said the failure to be clear about what happened with the documents had “all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up”. He has called for an independent investigation.The SNP also said it would be seeking answers from DWP.Dr Paul Litchfield (pictured) was commissioned by DWP to carry out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has so far refused to say if he was shown letters written by two coroners and a number of secret DWP internal “peer reviews” into deaths linked to the WCA regime.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last month’s birthday honours, published the two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of them mentioned the documents, all of which link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.A spokesman for Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said she would be writing to McVey “as a matter of urgency”.Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat shadow work and pensions spokesman, said: “I will be writing directly to the secretary of state, Esther McVey, to seek clarification whether or not her department, the DWP, ever showed [Litchfield] the documents linking the WCA to the deaths of benefit claimants.“The public has a right to know, particularly now he’s been awarded a gong.”Neil Gray, the SNP’s social justice spokesman at Westminster, added: “This issue has thrown up a number of questions for the DWP and we need a clear and definitive statement on what people knew and when. We will be seeking those answers.”Even though DWP possessed all the coroner’s letters and peer reviews, it has claimed in a freedom of information response that it holds no information in its records on whether they were shown to Litchfield while he was reviewing the WCA.Since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that DWP and its ministers deliberately covered-up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013 and each warned of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.The call for evidence for Litchfield’s second review was issued on 10 June 2014, five months after coroner Mary Hassell had written to DWP following an inquest into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, who had had significant, long-term mental health problems.Hassell had told DWP that the trigger for O’Sullivan’s suicide had been the conclusion by civil servants that he was fit for work, but she said that neither DWP nor the Atos doctor who had assessed him through the WCA process had asked his GP, psychologist or psychiatrist for information about his mental health.Hassell told DWP that it needed to take action “to prevent further deaths” like Michael O’Sullivan’s.But despite that urgent call, Litchfield’s second review failed to mention Hassell’s letter or a similar letter sent to DWP by another coroner in 2010 following the suicide of Stephen Carré.Litchfield’s two reviews also failed to mention the peer reviews.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”.One of the aims of these reviews is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.Litchfield has so far refused to comment about the documents.But Professor Malcolm Harrington, the independent expert who carried out the first three reviews of the WCA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has already told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter (the second letter had not yet been written by the time he completed his third review) nor any WCA-related peer reviews.Bartley said this week: “If the Department for Work and Pensions failed to show Dr Litchfield vital documents linking the work capability assessment with the deaths of benefit claimants, DWP are clearly implicated in a cover-up.“If he was shown them but didn’t mention them in his reports, then so was he.“This has all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up over the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people. “There is no justification for secrecy, it is clearly in the public interest for the truth to be told and there should be an independent investigation of what happened.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “As we’ve previously said, this was an independent review, and DWP provided information alongside other stakeholders – on request.“Any evidence used was referenced in the review.”last_img read more

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first_imgSenior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her by Disability News Service (DNS), based on her daughter’s case and the wider scandal of deaths linked to the actions of DWP ministers and senior civil servants.But Haddad refused to answer many of the questions for legal reasons.Among the questions about her daughter’s case, Dove asked how DWP could have made so many serious safeguarding failings.Her ex-husband asked whether anyone had been disciplined or lost their job over their daughter’s death.Dove asked Haddad why she should believe that DWP had fixed the system when it had made similar promises after so many other deaths.And she asked why DWP kept making mistakes that led to the deaths of disabled people when it had carried out so many secret reviews into deaths linked to DWP actions.Crucially, she also asked about the alleged cover-up which saw DWP fail to show the independent expert ministers had appointed to review the WCA a series of secret reviews into benefit-related deaths and letters written by coroners linked to the assessment process. And Dove asked if she could see the secret review that would have been carried out by DWP after her daughter’s death.Haddad promised Dove that she would provide written answers to all the questions.The meeting took place in the offices of Labour’s Dr Paul Williams, Dove’s MP, in Thornaby-on-Tees.Dove said that Haddad insisted in the meeting that ministers had not ordered her and Stewart to apologise in person, but that they had instead “got together and decided we needed to come here and say sorry”.Dove told DNS she was glad the meeting had taken place, but she warned DWP that this would not be the end of her campaigning, although her legal team would now take the lead in seeking justice for her daughter.She said: “It hasn’t really changed things because she’s dead and she’s not coming back.“I told them that five minutes away from here, my daughter is in that cemetery.”Dove believes Haddad was on the verge of tears when she heard her speak about Jodey and showed her pictures of her daughter.She said: “I thought she had a tear in her eye when I got upset and showed her letters from Jodey saying she was in debt and which said, ‘Please, mam, look after my babies.’“I could see a tear in her eye but at the same time she had to hold it back.”But she said Haddad also told her: “I am a mother of two. I know how you would have felt.”Dove said Haddad and her colleague were left speechless when she told them that campaigners were calling DWP “murderers”.After the meeting, a DWP spokesperson said: “Senior officials have met with Mrs Dove today, to apologise again for the failings in handling her daughter’s case and discuss the lessons learnt.“We fully accepted the Independent Case Examiner’s findings earlier this year and have since reviewed and strengthened our procedures to ensure all vulnerable claimants are safeguarded.”The number of people signing a petition in Jodey Whiting’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has now passed 42,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeePicture: Joy Dove being interviewed by ITV News after the meetingA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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