Top Senate Democrat heads back to drawing board on drug pricing

first_img What is it? By Rachel Cohrs April 30, 2021 Reprints WASHINGTON — A powerful Democratic committee chair is starting to work on a new drug pricing package, rather than advancing an existing bill — an onerous effort, but one that may be Democrats’ best hope for substantive action this Congress.Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a longtime advocate of drug pricing reform, said he will take on the unenviable task of working to build a drug pricing package that can get unanimous support among his Democratic colleagues, rather than pushing ahead with a more aggressive House proposal or a more modest, bipartisan package he painstakingly crafted over years. President Biden called on lawmakers to pass Medicare drug price negotiation this year, and if they are going to succeed, a major factor will be Wyden’s ability to craft a consensus. Top Senate Democrat heads back to drawing board on drug pricing Washington Correspondent Rachel reports on the intersection of politics and health policy. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED GET STARTED Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Sarah Silbiger/AP @rachelcohrs center_img Tags Congressdrug pricingpolicySTAT+White House 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. Rachel Cohrs About the Author Reprints 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. Politics [email protected] What’s included?last_img read more

Portlaoise still cleanest Midlands town in latest anti-litter league rankings

first_img Twitter Facebook Facebook Home News Portlaoise still cleanest Midlands town in latest anti-litter league rankings News By Alan Hartnett – 6th January 2020 Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest TAGSIBAL anti-litter leaguePortlaoise WhatsApp Previous articleDepartment of Justice says video of asylum seekers in cramped conditions in Laois ‘appears to be staged’Next articleLaois people called to take part in a TV show about their first love Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Portlaoise still cleanest Midlands town in latest anti-litter league rankings News “It was also noted that Peppers Lane was a much improved site on previous surveys.”Indeed the only area which let Portlaoise down was the derelict building across the road from Kelly’s Steakhouse.The report said: “By far the most heavily littered site in Portlaoise was the Derelict Building opposite Kelly’s Steakhouse/Midland Park Hotel where heavy levels of a wide variety of litter items had accumulated behind the railings.”The best and worst: Litter by the numbersSEE ALSO – Department of Justice says video of asylum seekers in cramped conditions in Laois ‘appears to be staged’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Electric Picnic Kilkenny has once again been deemed cleanest of 40 towns and cities surveyed by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).Portlaoise remains the cleanest town in the Midlands with Athlone down in 12th place.Portlaoise are seventh out of the 40 towns examined and the report is very complimentary.It says: “With eight out of the ten sites getting the top litter grade in Portlaoise, the town has maintained the progress made in recent years.“The Main Street, Hinds Square and Fitzmaurice Place (the amphitheatre has been removed and the area reconfigured) all presented well and were very good with regard to litter. Portlaoise has fallen three places in the latest anti-litter league rankings but is still among the cleanest towns in the country.Laois’s county town comes in as Ireland’s seventh cleanest town and is ranked ‘Cleaner than European Norms’.So this is certainly good news as Portlaoise was ranked in 21st place 12 months ago before rising to fourth in June. Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

NK Super-Notes Still Circulating …Reconfirmed on the Spot

first_img [imText1]It was confirmed that even in the recent situation that the U.S has imposed an additional sanction against North Korea, super-notes have been circulating in and around North Korea. Super-notes are most delicately made counterfeit dollar bills. In order to confirm whether or not recently North Korean counterfeit dollar bills are circulating, DailyNK purchased a super-note from a governmental trader in North Korea again following last January. Last 22nd, Cho Chun Ho(pseudonym, 38), businessman trading with North Korea in Dandong China, tapped on the possibility of purchasing counterfeit dollar bills. He said that, “If we try to contact with sellers first, they (traders belong to the department of the general rear management under North Korean Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces) will check out a few details about us”, and “so purchasing bills could take time”. After two days, Cho Chun Ho called us and said that, “I asked them to give a sample of a super-note to me to show it to a purchaser”. “They trusted and gave me one because I have always traded with them. Even now, the quality of the counterfeit dollar bills are so good that we cannot purchase them at under 70 dollars”.Cho also said that, “If you want to purchase a great quantity, I will connect you to them”, adding “they are the last products so that you had better hurry up”. ‘The last product’ seems to be related to the new 100 dollar bills plan of the U.S. On the 28th, we revisited Global Standard KEB with the new super-note we purchased in Dandong. The person in charge of counterfeit dollar bills at Global Standard KEB judged it a super-note made in 2003. He added that, “recently such 5 or 6 super-notes have been reported”. He said that, “the counterfeit dollar bills made in 2001 begin with the serial number ‘C’, and most elaborate ones made in 2003 begin with ‘D’. The counterfeit dollar bills beginning with ‘D’ is most circulating super-notes”. Subsequently, he said that, “Because the U.S plans to issue new 100 dollar bills, the great quantity of the counterfeit dollar bills is very likely to be distributed and circulated”. In early January of this year, DailyNK purchased a super-note made in North Korea and Global Standard KEB judged it a super-note. Seo Tae Suk, the best counterfeit dollar bill discerner in Korea and work at Global Standard KEB stated that, “It must be the most recently issued super-note”. Since the U.S financial sanction against North Korea, North Korea has feigned ‘to be ignorant’ about the counterfeit dollar manufacture. Last March, during a talk between the U.S and North Korea, it admitted its substantial responsibility and even suggested an association between North Korea and the U.S, yet there has been no progress.On the 26th, in regards to the counterfeit dollar manufacture spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of North Korea claimed that, “We set up a perfect legal and institutional environment to prevent the illegal activities such as forgery bills and money laundering”, adding, “We are not the counterfeiter and rather, the victim of the counterfeit dollar manufacture and circulation because of the U.S”. Yet, DailyNK found out that such a claim of North Korea is completely different from the fact, and counterfeit dollar bills have still been circulating. Furthermore, DailyNK verified such super-notes have been circulating even in North Korea at 70 dollars.(DailyNK report of July 31st “Counterfeit Dollar Bills, ‘Unofficial but Public Currency’ Circulated in North Korean Market”)Recently, an information source informed that the counterfeit dollar bills have been distributed via Vietnam. He also said that if the counterfeit dollar bills are blocked from the foreign passages such as Vietnam, they are likely to flow backwards to North Korea. Yet it does not happen yet. The super-notes did not fall in price. In the meanwhile, in the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly, Kim Seung Kyu, the Chairman of the National Intelligence Service, revealed that, “A suspect under indictment on a charge of smuggling counterfeit dollar bills by the U.S investigation authority stated he had manufactured super-notes in North Korea at a trial. [imText2][imText3] News By Kwon Jeong Hyun – 2006.08.30 6:35pm AvatarKwon Jeong Hyun News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img Facebook Twitter News SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak NK Super-Notes Still Circulating …Reconfirmed on the Spot North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Bustamante left Jamaica a Template for Good Governance?Says PM Golding

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has lauded the contribution of Jamaica’s first Prime Minister, the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, on the foundation he laid in governance and the leadership he provided the nation in the early post-independence period.Speaking at a remembrance service yesterday (Feb24) in honour of the 124th anniversary of the birth of the National Hero, Mr. Golding said Sir Alexander left the people of Jamaica, a template for good governance.He added: “No political leader, regardless of the party represented, should have any excuse in terms of what it takes to provide good, strong, effective leadership.”The remembrance service was held at Sir Alexander’s birthplace, Blenheim, Hanover.Mr. Golding said it was the principles that Sir Alexander stood for, the inspiration of his memory and the dream that he had for Jamaica and his passion for the people, especially the working class – that motivated and inspired him (Mr. Golding) to soldier on, in the interest of the people of Jamaica.The Prime Minister said it was the foundation laid by the founding fathers such as Sir Alexander that allowed Jamaicans of every colour, race and class to live as one. He reflected on several situations where Sir Alexander exhibited his indignation and disgust for the oppression of working class people and his passionate and protective instinct for women.He said despite not being formally trained in certain areas, Sir Alexander’s foresight led him to make some prudent decisions which have laid good infrastructure foundation for the city of Kingston. He cited the construction of the Sandy Bay Gully as one such area in which Sir Alexander demonstrated good engineering capability that has withstood the test of time.Other tributes to the memory of the late statesman came from: Councillor Lloyd Hill, the Mayor of Lucea; Mrs. Enid Gonsalves, Acting Custos of Hanover who represented the Governor General and Mr. Kavan Gayle, President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.They all reiterated Sir Alexander’s profound concern for and the championing of the rights of the working class. Other tributes in folk and gospel song and dance were also presented by the Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High , the Hertford Cultural Group and the Hopewell Deliverance Youth Choir while the Reverend Royland Thompson of the Hanover Ministers’ Fraternal and Minister of Brownsville United Church, delivered the message.Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Golding, along with several other government and civic leaders, laid wreaths at Sir Alexander’s shrine at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. RelatedBustamante left Jamaica a Template for Good Governance?Says PM Golding Bustamante left Jamaica a Template for Good Governance?Says PM Golding UncategorizedFebruary 26, 2008 RelatedBustamante left Jamaica a Template for Good Governance?Says PM Goldingcenter_img RelatedBustamante left Jamaica a Template for Good Governance?Says PM Golding Advertisementslast_img read more

Safer Internet Day: Three in ten teens contacted online by strangers

first_imgSafer Internet Day: Three in ten teens contacted online by strangers Teenagers are spending around two hours a day online, have four different social media services, and there’s a good chance they have had a negative experience online – including being contacted by a stranger. That’s according to new research released today by the eSafety Commissioner, to coincide with Safer Internet Day.“Our research shows that while teens’ increased use of technology offers many benefits, there is a distinct downside – dealing with negative online experiences such as unwanted contact and cyberbullying,” says Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant.The research, The digital lives of Aussie teens, shows:Teenagers used an average of four different social media services, with newer services such as TikTok gaining ground.Just over four in 10 teenagers had at least one negative online experience in the six months to September 2020, with three in 10 having experienced unwanted contact from a stranger.Two in 10 teenagers reported being sent unwanted inappropriate content, such as pornography or violent content.Nine in 10 teenagers sought to build positive online relationships after experiencing negative online behaviour themselves. These acts of kindness included posting positive/nice comments about others, supporting or listening to a friend who had a bad experience or making sure that peers were not excluded online.“The pleasing news is that, compared to 2017 research, more teens appear to be taking some form of action after a negative online experience. That could mean managing it themselves, such as blocking the person or reporting the issue. However, a large percentage of teens still ignore potentially harmful online experiences or believe nothing will change if they seek help,” says Ms Inman Grant.“The release of this research coincides with Safer Internet Day – a day when the world comes together with a shared vision of making online experiences better for everyone.“This year we are encouraging people to ‘start the chat’ about online safety – whether that’s with friends, in the workplace, or parents at home with their children. Does your teenager know where to turn if they’ve had a negative experience online, or been approached by a stranger?“It’s never too early to start the chat and this goes for younger children too. Today we also released two fantastic resources to help young children learn about online safety. The Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 picture book and My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah will have them reading and singing along as they build good digital habits. If your children are online, you need to talk to them about safety and eSafety’s resources can help,” says Ms Inman Grant.Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Hon Paul Fletcher MP says that Safer Internet Day is an important day in the calendar:“Safer Internet Day gives us all the opportunity to ‘start the chat’ about online safety. The Government recently committed to enhancing Australia’s world-leading online safety framework through the proposed Online Safety Bill, which will further protect Australians against harmful online abuse.”Background informationSafer Internet Day is an annual, worldwide event. In 2021, it falls on Tuesday 9 February. Safer Internet Day aims to create a safer, better internet for all. The awareness campaign encourages people to navigate the online world safely every day of the year.The eSafety Commissioner is the Official Committee for Safer Internet Day in Australia and is responsible for promoting the initiative locally. On Safer Internet Day, millions of people unite to inspire positive change and raise awareness about online safety.Data for The digital lives of Aussie teens was collected from 17 to 28 September 2020 with 627 in-scope teenagers responding to the survey via mobile phone.Resources being released today include a picture book for young children, called Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 and the My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aussie, Australia, campaign, Commissioner, communications, cyberbullying, esafety, eSafety Commissioner, Government, infrastructure, Internet, mobile phone, research, resources, social media, technology, Teenagerslast_img read more

UK PM unveils new aid for girls education to prevent pandemic ‘lost generation’

first_imgUK PM unveils new aid for girls education to prevent pandemic ‘lost generation’ The Prime Minister will take part in live classroom link-up with schoolchildren in Kenya today (13 May 2021) to urge world leaders to invest in education, supporting the UK’s ambition to get 40 million more girls into school in the next five years.He will visit a school in the UK with Julia Gillard, former Australian PM and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, and speak to President Uhuru Kenyatta at a school in Nairobi as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme.It comes as the UK announces £55 million for a new programme to drive crucial research into education reforms, turbocharging efforts to get girls into school and learning. The What Works Hub for Global Education will advise governments across Africa and Asia on the most impactful and cost-effective ways to reform school systems and support female enrolment.Improving girls’ access to education is a key part of the UK’s G7 Presidency and is at the heart of global efforts to build back better from the pandemic. Investing in education helps lift communities out of poverty and protects girls from early marriage and forced labour.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:Supporting girls to get 12 years of quality education is one of the smartest investments we can make as the world recovers from Covid-19. Otherwise we risk creating a lost pandemic generation.Across the world there is a vast untapped resource – girls whose education has been cut short or denied altogether, who could be leading efforts to pull their communities out of poverty.I’m going to be working throughout the UK’s G7 presidency to ensure leaders invest in those girls and boost children’s life chances around the world.Today’s visit comes ahead of the joint UK-Kenya Global Education Summit in London in July, which aims to raise $5 billion over the next five years for the vital work of GPE.Julia Gillard, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), said:COVID-19 has worsened the global education crisis and hit children in lower-income countries the hardest, with life-changing consequences for millions.Now, we are at a decisive junction. When the world builds back from the pandemic, ensuring that every girl and boy has the opportunity for a quality education is the single best investment we can make for a more sustainable, peaceful and resilient future.The Global Education Summit this July, co-hosted by the United Kingdom and Kenya, is a critical opportunity to fully fund the Global Partnership for Education and help transform education systems to make them more equitable and effective.The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented global learning crisis, with 1.6 billion children out of education around the world at the height of school closures. It has also compounded the obstacles to schooling that girls already face, including poverty, gender-based violence and child marriage.President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta said:Protecting domestic education budgets and ensuring that we do not lose education momentum because of the COVID-19 pandemic will enable us to create more prosperous and resilient economies.We need to make smart investments in education technology to help close the digital divide and leapfrog infrastructure deficits in schools.The Global Partnership for Education provides critical catalytic funding that promotes education quality and equity and maximizes the value of government investment in education. That’s why I have teamed up with Prime Minister to raise US$5 billion for GPE.The Foreign Secretary will also launch a Girls’ Education Action Plan today (13 May 2021) which sets out the steps needed to help meet the UK’s targets to get 40 million more girls into school and 20 million more girls reading by the age of 10 by 2026.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:The UK has ambitious targets to get 40 million more girls into school and 20 million more girls reading by the age of 10, now adopted by the G7 under the UK’s Presidency.To help reach this goal we’re announcing £55m for the new What Works Hub for Global Education. The funding will help schools target teaching to the right level of pupil understanding, explain the benefits to parents of sending their daughters to school, and measure the effectiveness of school programmes and reforms aimed at keeping girls in the classroom. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, Asia, Australia, Australian, Boris Johnson, G7, Government, infrastructure, Julia Gillard, Kenya, London, Nairobi, PM, U.S., UK, UK Government, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Researchers kick off observational study for antimicrobial resistance

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Study aims to guide development of new treatments and reverse global increase in deaths of newbornsGARDP collaborates with public and private partners to tackle unaddressed public health gaps, notably for drug-resistant bacterial infections.Over 80 researchers from 11 countries met today to understand sepsis in newborns and current antibiotic prescribing practices. This is part of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership’s (GARDP) broader programme to develop new and improved antibiotic treatments for newborns. GARDP established in 2016, is a joint initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).While significant progress has been made in recent years to improve child health globally, including a 50 percent reduction in child mortality since 1990, the number of preventable deaths in newborns remains unacceptably high. Neonatal deaths now represent 44 percent of all deaths in children under the age of five. Of great concern, is the estimated 214,000 deaths in newborns attributable to drug-resistant infections.GARDP’s observational study is responding to this global concern. The data generated from the study will inform GARPD’s ambition to develop and deliver new antibiotic treatments for newborns with drug-resistant bacterial infections. Limited research on newborns has resulted in a lack of evidence about appropriate treatment of serious and drug-resistant infections in this vulnerable population.Speaking on the occasion Anupriya Patel, MoS Health and Family Welfare said, “Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threat to global health, food security, and development today. It is a major and rapidly growing public health problem globally, with estimates of up to 700,000 deaths per year. AMR is threatening to compromise the gains we made as a country to control the infectious diseases like malaria, and tuberculosis.”The Government of India is well aware of the impending AMR crisis and strongly committed to tackling it. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has identified AMR as one of the top 10 priorities for the ministry’s collaborative work with WHO.Vinod Paul, member, NITI Aayog highlighted on the need to have a Anti microbial Stewardship program (AMSP) on a mass scale, carve out funds across all areas for research to tackle AMR and urged ICMR to create wider reach and visibility for its surveillance data to inform communities and prescribers.Balram Bhargav, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, ICMR highlighted the importance of a joint role of all the stake holders to reduce infant mortality rate and Anti microbial resistance.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Manica Balasegaram, Director, GARDP said,“ Antibacterial resistance is one of the main barriers to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal to reduce neonatal mortality and he presented to audience the GARDP strategy to address neonatal sepsis and other programs. GARDP and ICMR together committed to investing a million euros in next two years.”Other attendees at the event such as Professor Randeep Guleria, Director, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, representatives from WHO, India, Dr S Eswara Reddy, Drugs Controller General of India, Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and Dr Chander Shekhar, Additional Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research also emphasised for multistakeholder engagement to address this multifaceted public health challenge. Share Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts By EH News Bureau on July 5, 2018 center_img News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Researchers kick off observational study for antimicrobial resistance The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Your Column Here – The Shock Doctrine in Santa Monica

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsYour Column Here – The Shock Doctrine in Santa Monica May. 01, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedNewsYour Column HereYour Column Here – The Shock Doctrine in Santa MonicaGuest Author1 year agobudgetcity councildoctrineyour column hereSanta Monica Airport Victor FrescoRecently, pro-development group Santa Monica Forward sent a letter to our City Council suggesting what they would like the City to do in response to our budget crisis.Reading it we were reminded of Naomi Klein’s seminal work, The Shock Doctrine, wherein Ms. Klein posits that crises are often used as tools by those with power to push through agendas they had long sought but were unable to achieve through democratic means. A crisis provides the disruption and turmoil powerful interests need to accomplish long sought but unpopular goals.Santa Monica Forward demonstrates a perfect example of this as they attempt to gut our city’s development standards by using our current crisis as an excuse to dispense with long-established zoning regulations and other community protections.Their proposals can be summed up in two problematic thoughts: Build more. Tax more.Here is why these are bad ideas:• Development revenues, even in times of hyper-development here in Santa Monica, have not offset increased costs in city services, staff, pension obligations or other essential services. Over the past 25 years residents increasingly have shouldered the burden of additional property and sales taxes and fees – to support our schools, affordable housing, water and sanitation, parking and more. And the more the City has built, the more residents’ share of taxes has increased. There is no reason to believe, other than wanting it to be so, that more development will lead to solving our City’s current financial problems;• New development, as a part of the approval process, must do more than promise future revenues; it must also properly analyze all of the true costs to the City once projects are built, including the additional city and essential services to support those projects, and the related impacts on our environment. Without knowing both sides of the equation, benefits AND costs, revenue projections alone are meaningless;• We now have the highest sales taxes in the State. Residents and businesses struggling to survive are not able to shoulder more. It’s the City’s obligation to demonstrate sound fiscal responsibility, starting with a zero-based budget that upholds essential services like police and fire, sanitation, water, streets, libraries, and homeless resources, and then proposes fair cuts to non-essential services in a public and transparent process;• A paradigm shift is underway as to key assumptions the City has used to drive its planning process. Instead of trying to build massive amounts of new housing in Santa Monica for a commuting workforce, City planners should acknowledge that current telecommuting throughout different industries may be changing the workplace significantly, generating major benefits for employees, employers and the planet (a better work/life balance with fewer hours commuting, equal or greater worker productivity, and much reduced vehicle emissions.) This could force urban cities throughout the state to think differently about where to place new housing and density. It is certainly too soon to blindly call for increased development;• Another key planning assumption that needs to be analyzed is the realistic amount of sustainable retail and restaurant businesses in the coming years, given a possible shift to telecommuting, increasing online sales, and new social distancing requirements for restaurants that very well may force many of them out of business. Planning requirements for ground-floor retail in every new development may not work now;• The pandemic also has shown us that because of social distancing, residents need MORE open space and park space, as well as buildings designed with more open space, not less space and greater density;• Sustainable building requirements, especially incentivizing adaptive reuse of existing buildings like the former Papermate site, are far superior to destroying existing buildings to accommodate large new buildings that use raw materials and generate lasting and greater occupancy impacts, including water, electricity, sewage, traffic gridlock and pollution. A planning maxim is “the greenest building is the one already built.”Even before the current, massive projected fiscal shortfalls resulting from this ongoing pandemic, Santa Monica was grappling with growing budget problems and projected deficits due to declining revenues from key sources the City relied upon, including reduced hotel occupancy bed taxes, and reduced retail spending sales taxes and fees, coupled with growing and unsustainable pension fund requirements. The way for Santa Monica to truly move forward is to get a handle on the spending side of the equation, by taking a scrupulous look at the increased staffing our city carries compared to similarly sized Southern California cities.This crisis should not be used as an excuse to push through even more development and greater density, and to do it with even less neighborhood input. Santa Monica’s character must NOT be for sale to the highest bidder to build greater density buildings that are unsustainable, and that end up burdening our city and our environmental resources, inevitably leading to greater taxes for residents.Residents are the heart of our city. They don’t lobby Council for money or personal gain or for their own pet projects. Residents use their voices to tell you what the city cannot lose and what matters, never more so than in the current, strange new world order. We hope they have a seat at the table.Tags :budgetcity councildoctrineyour column hereshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia governor orders Orange County beaches to close164 coronavirus cases confirmed in Santa Monica, death toll remains at 9You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Cook leads RSM Classic by three at Sea Island

first_imgST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the RSM Classic. Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey – his first of the week – to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course. ”Putting is key right now,” Cook said. ”Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we’re looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.” Former University of Georgia player Chris Kirk was second after a 64. ”I’m really comfortable here,” Kirk said. ”I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic. My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.” Brian Gay was another stroke back at 14 under after a 69. ”I love the course,” Gay said. ”We keep getting different wind directions so it’s keeping us on our toes. Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we’re getting a new course every day.” RSM Classic: Articles, photos and videos Full-field scores from the RSM Classic J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under. ”I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,” Spaun said. ”I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.” Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour. ”I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,” Cook said. ”I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I’ve just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.” He planned to keep it simple Saturday night. ”I’ve got my parents here and my in-laws are both here as well as my wife,” Cook said. ”Go home and just have a good home-cooked meal and just kind of enjoy the time and embrace the moment.” Kirk won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015 at Colonial. ”It’s nice to be back in contention again,” Kirk said. ”It’s been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow and I’ll keep my foot on the pedal and stay aggressive, try to make some birdies.”last_img read more

Sunless Skies sales lead to Failbetter Games layoffs

first_imgSunless Skies sales lead to Failbetter Games layoffsDeveloper says Early Access RPG sold 15% of what Sunless Seas managed in comparable span; Fundbetter Games program discontinuedBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 7th February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleFailbetter GamesFailbetter Games has hit some turbulence with Sunless Skies. In a post on the company website today, the London-based developer today said that Early Access sales of the literary RPG have fallen well short of the mark set by its predecessor Sunless Sea.Sunless Skies has sold just 15% of what Sunless Sea had in a comparable time period, prompting the studio to make some cuts to headcount.”The business has a lot less cash in the bank than we wanted to have at this point,” the company said in its update. “Late last year we made some hard decisions to ensure a couple of things: that we don’t reach launch in a financial state that would put the studio in danger of closing before we can make another game, and that we continue with a better structure for a business making games of our kind. With much regret, we have just completed a redundancy consultancy process and four of us are leaving as a result.”A Failbetter Games representative told GamesIndustry.biz the team had a headcount of 16 before the layoffs.”We’re keenly aware that, like all indie studios, we are a small and vulnerable vessel,” the statement read. “We’re committed to keeping this studio open and making games. We’re in no danger of failing to deliver Sunless Skies, and never have been. The decisions we’ve made over the last few months will enable us to make more games after Sunless Skies and be around for many years to come.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games As for what went wrong, Failbetter said it went into Early Access too early when the game wasn’t in a shape to generate as much interest as it would have liked. It was further hampered by having so much of its initial playerbase coming from Kickstarter, as those fans didn’t have to purchase the game on Steam when it hit Early Access, which decreased its visibility on the storefront. The full launch of the game has been pushed back from its previous May target, but a new launch window has not been announced.Other areas of the company’s business are also taking a hit, as Failbetter has decided to stop supporting the mobile version of Fallen London in the second quarter of this year, choosing to instead revamp the game’s web version and focus on that. Additionally, it is retiring its “Fundbetter Games” program, which was set up in 2016 to fund independent narrative and interactive fiction titles.”Giving back to the community was very rewarding, and we have some ideas for how we’d do it again in future, but right now we just don’t have the spare funds or bandwidth,” the company said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesFailbetter Games’ quest to eradicate crunchAdam Myers and Hannah Flynn talk about making Sunless Skies with a dedication to ethical development practicesBy Connor Makar A year agoFailbetter: Sunless Skies did “far better than we needed it do”London-based indie reportedly in good financial health following critical and commercial success of latest titleBy Haydn Taylor 2 years agoLatest comments (1)Dan Pearson Product Marketing Manager, Genvid3 years ago Sorry to hear this, lots of good folks there. Hope to see things improve soon. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more