AstraZeneca surpasses revenue expectations as Pfizer bid fades

first_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Oliver Smith Thursday 6 November 2014 8:44 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The Wrap AstraZeneca surpasses revenue expectations as Pfizer bid fades center_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunElvenar#StayAtHome and Play this Fantasy Game. No Install.ElvenarLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution Show Comments ▼ PHARMA giant AstraZeneca yesterday reported that third-quarter revenues had grown five per cent to $6.54bn (£4.09bn), beating analyst expectations of $6.41bn.The results mark the FTSE 100-listed firm’s third consecutive quarter of growth, having rejected a £74bn takeover bid by Pfizer in May.“I’m pleased to report our third consecutive quarter of revenue growth, driven by a strong contribution from our growth platforms,” said chief executive Pascal Soriot. “Brilinta, respiratory and diabetes, our three core franchises, increased sales by 38 per cent in the quarter, supported by continued selective allocation of sales and marketing resources.”In a call with reporters Soriot said hopes of a takeover by Pfizer remained unlikely after US tax changes. AstraZeneca’s shares slipped 0.62 per cent to close at 4,591.50p. whatsapplast_img read more

News / Forwarders who fear the digital age should ‘get out now’

first_img The growing global middle class will lead to more products coming to market and therefore more opportunities for forwarders.But those who fear the transparency digitisation brings should get out now.This was the view of executive director of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) Ruth Snowden when discussing the emergence of digital forwarders.At the International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) executive summit in Miami last week, she said digital tools gave the industry the opportunity to remove waste. © Ginasanders By Alexander Whiteman 24/10/2017center_img “Despite the benefits, there is a fear among traditional forwarders of a threat to their business from digitisation and the transparency it brings. To be frank, those that fear to compete in a transparent market probably cannot compete and should get out of the industry.”Ms Snowden said the idea that all forwarders did was input data was nonsense – their focus was shipment optimisation and carrier selection based on industry knowledge.She also said that forwarders which fail to offer value-added services were not likely to survive in the long run.“The margins involved in air freight are simply too low for forwarders to pay people that do not provide any sort of added-value product.“They have to have a set of core competencies and industry knowledge sought by shippers, with digitisation supplementing this through data provision, when it is needed and to those that need it.”IATA global head of cargo Glyn Hughes compared the role of forwarders in the modern economy with travel agents.“They bring enhanced value and, to draw comparison with the passenger business – something I know cargo hates – it’s like travel agents in the age of Kayak and Expedia,” said Mr Hughes.“You have online portals that provide flight costs in a transparent, open way, but you still have travel agents that bring the added value.”Figures from Kayak last year, however, suggested high street travel agents could be extinct within five years as more people book online, and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) said the number of people booking with high street travel agents had dropped more than 30% since 2006, with more than 80% now booking directly.Chief executive of digital forwarder Twills Logistics Troels Stovring said his company had been born out of a legacy forwarder, with a focus on user experience.“Technology should not be seen as a disruptive influence on the industry, but rather an enabler that moves things forward,” said Mr Stovring. “It enables information and data flow but does not remove people … forwarders still need boots on the ground, digitisation just frees them from rudimentary tasks.”Chief operating officer of Freightos Victor Ofstein said the word transparency had had a “complete makeover” since 2012, “when it was seen as a dirty word”.last_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Rising drug prices cost workers’ compensation programs

first_img [email protected] About the Author Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Rising drug prices cost workers’ compensation programs By Ed Silverman April 5, 2016 Reprints Tags drug pricesGilead Sciencesopioids Good morning,  everyone, and how are you today? A bright, shiny sun is enveloping the Pharmalot campus, although it is not yet enough to counteract the bitter cold. In fact, our short person, who is under the weather, is staying home to avoid the frosty air. As for us, we are keeping warm with cups of stimulation — our flavor this week is Mocha Java for those keeping track. Meanwhile, here are a few items of interest. Have a smashing day and keep in touch …Rising drug prices contributed to a 2.2 percent increase in pharmacy spending for American workers’ compensation payers last year, according to a report from Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits manager. Opioids were the costliest type of medicine at $450.90 per-user-per-year, although on average, injured workers received 2.91 opioid prescriptions per year — down from 3.33 prescriptions in 2014.Gilead Sciences is paying $400 million to buy a subsidiary of Nimbus Therapeutics, which is developing a drug to treat an non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, which is an increasingly common metabolic disorder that causes life-threatening fat buildup in the liver, the Associated Press writes. NASH can cause inflammation, cell damage, progressive scarring, and cirrhosis of the liver, and affects up to 15 million Americans.advertisementcenter_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot Ed Silverman The Indian Supreme Court is seeking a response from the Health Ministry concerning allegations that Ranbaxy Laboratories supplied adulterated drugs in the country, the Economic Times reports. A so-called Public Interest Litigation was filed by a consumer advocate who seeks to shut down three plants run by Ranbaxy, which is now owned by Sun Pharmaceutical.Sanofi launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever and plans to administer the world’s first licensed vaccine to 1 million schoolchildren, the Associated Press says.advertisement Catalent missed its forecast for returning a suspended softgel facility back to full production, but says production of essential drugs has begun at the French plant, Outsourcing Pharma reports.The Food and Drug Administration approved Descovy, a combination HIV drug developed by Gilead Sciences, according to Business Insider.Even as Indian regulators are upgrading their review standards, plant inspection reports show that Indian facilities had a high rate of data integrity issues last year, PharmaBiz writes.Pfizer reported positive Phase 3 trial results with its PCSK9-inhibitor cholesterol-lowering drug bococizumab, paving the way for a regulatory filing in coming months, PMLive tells us.UK regulators say that an Indian plant run by Rusan Pharma continue to break regulatory rules due to quality-control issues, according to InPharma Technologist.last_img read more

Most antidepressants don’t work on kids and teens, study finds

first_img Related: Privacy Policy Related: Please enter a valid email address. “No one should be on any other antidepressant, and I think it’s doubtful that people should be on Prozac, as well,” said Dr. Jon Jureidini, a child psychiatrist at the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia, who wrote a commentary that ran with the study. “The case for Prozac is quite weak.”Prozac was found to significantly benefit children and teens with major depression, though the magnitude of benefit ranged from almost nothing to a dramatic improvement.advertisement @kweintraub Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Karen Weintraub The vast majority of antidepressants given to kids and teens are ineffective and potentially dangerous, according to a new study in The Lancet.Of 14 regularly prescribed drugs, only one — Prozac — proved effective enough to justify giving to children and teens, the researchers found.If medications are given at all, Prozac should be the drug of choice, the study concluded.advertisement Sixty-five percent of the studies were sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, but Cipriani said he was able to use statistical manipulations to reduce any company bias.“I think our data are quite robust. However, we cannot rule out the possibility of sponsorship bias,” said Cipriani, who has earned fees as an expert witness for a generic drug manufacturer that makes some antidepressants. Only one of the paper’s 19 authors reported receiving personal and grant funding from large pharmaceutical companies.More research is needed on the causes of depression in children and teens and on the longterm use of antidepressants, Cipriani said.“The message is, medication should not be an easy answer to the problem of major depression,” Cipriani said, “But at the same time, we have a tool which is effective, so if needed, let’s use it.” Tags antidepressantsdepressionteenagerscenter_img This antidepressant may be no better than cheaper alternatives. But demand could soon soar By Karen Weintraub June 8, 2016 Reprints Depression screening for adults and adolescents has benefits, but don’t ignore the downsides Matt Dtrich/The Indianapolis Star/AP Karen Weintraub is an independenthealth/sciencejournalist, journalism teacher, and bookauthor. HealthMost antidepressants don’t work on kids and teens, study finds Leave this field empty if you’re human: Several doctors warned that patients shouldn’t stop taking their medications because of this study. Abruptly stopping medication can cause problems, including suicidal thinking. And some individuals might still benefit from the other drugs, Cipriani said.“If the patient’s responding to one treatment, they have to keep the treatment, of course. But on average, if I have to start a treatment, probably the best one is fluoxetine [Prozac] and not the others,” Cipriani said.Medication as the only optionThe new paper, a so-called meta-analysis, looked at 34 previously conducted studies. Those studies included more than 5,200 children and teens who took one of 14 antidepressants or a placebo an average of 8 weeks. The study did not consider long-term use of the drugs because there hasn’t been enough previous research to analyze, Cipriani said.Although several of the studies claimed to include patients as young as 6, Cipriani said there was virtually no data on children younger than 9.Dr. Carl Bell, a community psychiatrist and clinical professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said that until recently, he doesn’t remember seeing children younger than 13 who were suicidal or severely depressed. “I don’t know what happened, but now I see it all the time,” he said.In his experience, antidepressants work well on his preteen and adolescent patients.Bell said he would be happy to refer his inner-city patients to social services and therapy, but they’re “pretty much nonexistent” in the communities he serves. “That only leaves one choice,” he said: medications.Questioning methodsOthers raised concerns about the methods used to conduct the study.Prozac looked the best merely because it has been the subject of the most research, said Dr. Maurizio Fava, a psychiatric researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.“I think the conclusion is a conclusion that is biased,” he said.Many of the other drugs would have been seen as effective if the study’s authors had properly considered the impact of placebos, he said. Because of the powerful placebo effect in treating depression, only a small number of participants in each of the 34 studies would have shown a benefit beyond the placebo. Only a large study, or multiple studies considering the same drug — as was available for Prozac — would show a benefit, Fava said. Other drugs the researchers analyzed — including Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Cymbalta — showed no benefit over placebo for this age group.About 3 percent of children under 12, and 6 percent of teens worldwide are believed to have depression. It’s not clear how many of them are on medication.Forms of talk therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, have been shown to be effective against depression in young people, and regular exercise and adequate sleep can also make a difference, Jureidini said. The vast majority of children do not need to be medicated for their depression, he said, but many are.“What we’re up against is the marketing enterprise of the pharmaceutical industry combined with wishful thinking on the part of doctors and parents that there might be a good, simple solution for adolescent distress,” he said. “It’s something we need to take very seriously, but we don’t need to make it into a medical condition when it most times isn’t.”A different kind of depressionQuestions have been raised before about the usefulness of antidepressants in young people whose brains are still developing. More than a decade ago, the Food and Drug Administration added a black-box warning to a number of antidepressants used by teenagers, saying that they might increase suicidal thinking.In older people, antidepressants like Prozac are believed to trigger the growth of new brain cells and new connections among them, but there is no obvious biological benefit to the developing brains of children and adolescents.Depression also looks different in young people, often showing up as aggressive behavior, irritability or poor school performance, rather than an obviously depressed mood, said Dr. Andrea Cipriani, the University of Oxford psychiatrist who led the new study. About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Coronavirus: 53 new cases confirmed – 19 of them in Laois

first_img Electric Picnic Coronavirus: 53 new cases confirmed – 19 of them in Laois Home News Community Coronavirus: 53 new cases confirmed – 19 of them in Laois NewsCommunity Facebook Twitter Twitter Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The source of transmission for over 90% of cases reported today has been identified.“This is a positive development in light of the number of cases reported over the past few days.“However, our five day average for cases reported is now 47. We all need to continue to adopt a prevention mindset and continue making good choices to protect ourselves and others while trying to live safely with COVID-19.“People are still susceptible, this virus has not changed. We know how to break the chains of transmission.“Let’s stay the course by physically distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.” News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Electric Picnic Nineteen of the 53 confirmed cases of Coronavirus today are in Laois, according to figures from the Department of Health.It is understood a number of these are in a Direct Provision centre – and it brings the new cases in the county to 37 in the last 12 days, behind only Dublin in terms of overall new cases in that time period.The 53 cases recorded today are the highest number of cases recorded on a Sunday since May 31.There have been no new deaths today.Of the new cases in Ireland today, 80% are under 45 years of age while 45 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case. Four cases have been identified as community transmissioncenter_img Previous articleSlieve Bloom off to winning start as they beat newcomers Colt-ShanahoeNext articleMoment in Time: St Aengus host last awards night before the school is demolished Jenny Miller Pinterest Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCoronavirus Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp By Jenny Miller – 2nd August 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role last_img read more

IIROC introduces secure email service

first_imgJames Langton Hearing for failed PACE Securities execs set for 2021 The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has introduced a new, secure email service for communicating confidential information with dealers. IIROC announced Tuesday that it has adopted a new email service for transmitting confidential, private, or sensitive, information between the self-regulatory organization (SRO) and its dealers. The new system, known as OneWorld, facilitates the use of encrypted email. It allows IIROC to protect email transmissions to dealers, and when a dealer replies to an email sent within the service, the response will also be encrypted. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Investment dealersCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Related newscenter_img The regulator notes that emails sent through the service are deleted 30 days after they are sent. If a firm fails to retrieve an email within 30 days, it won’t be available, so the service should not be relied on for document retention. Dealers are encouraged to develop a procedure to save emails outside of the secure system if a retention period greater than 30 days is required. IIROC also notes that it is currently working on a facility that will allow electronic data files to be transmitted without the file size restriction that’s normally associated with email. It will be testing this solution over the summer, and anticipates full implementation in the fall. Among other things, this facility will be used for regulatory reporting that is currently sent via EMX, it notes. The EMX service will be fully phased out by September 1, at which point all of its historical content will be deleted. Court appoints counsel for investors in PACE Securities wind-up Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Octagon Capital dismissed by IIROClast_img read more

Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s and Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh’s Meetings with German

first_imgStatement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s and Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh’s Meetings with German The White HouseNational Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Dr. Jan Hecker, Foreign and Security Advisor to the German Chancellor, to discuss our close cooperation on a range of regional and global issues. They talked about the upcoming G7 leaders meeting and NATO summit, the importance of securing Europe’s energy future, collective efforts to share COVID-19 vaccines, coordination on cybersecurity and response to ransomware attacks, and foreign policy priorities including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, the Sahel, and the Western Balkans. Experts from both governments discussed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including U.S. concerns about the risks it poses to Ukraine and European energy security.Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh also met today with Professor Lars-Hendrik Röller, German Chancellery Chief of Division for Economic, Financial, and Labor Policy, to discuss a range of economic issues, including objectives for the upcoming G7 Leaders meetings, vaccine dose sharing, forced labor, post-COVID economic recovery, and 5G security. /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:5G, cybersecurity, energy security, Europe, european, G7, German, Government, Iran, NATO, Nord Stream, pipeline, Professor, Russia, security, Ukraine, United States, Vaccines, White Houselast_img read more

Opinion: Vancouver officials should be pushing ‘to begin planning for at least one, if not two, new transportation corridors across the Columbia River’

first_img Toni Terwilliger Toni Terwilliger 2 days ago I loooovveeee articles like this where non technical people try to give their opinion on subjects they have no education on. Even in a 20 year time span, getting one new corridor across the Columbia is a huge stretch (money, environmental impacts, right of way costs, planning, design, construction). Not to mention the fact that WA can’t even come to the acknowledgement that a form of transit is needed on the new I-5 bridge to get that funded and constructed, and ya’ll think we’re going to get a brand new corridor? You’re fooling yourselves. 0 Reply jim jim 2 days ago Reply to  Toni Terwilliger Transit is simple: Let buses share general purpose lanes with cars & trucks. And PAY ANY TOLL. There, problem solved with no additional cost. Most people don’t know, but it the CRC had taken this approach we would be now building a toll free bridge. Toll free because it would be well under a billion and that 200 million wasted on planning could have provided 1/2 of the local match to federal highway funds. see http://www.nobridgetolls.com/index.html BTW, the liars behind the CRC kept claiming that they could not get Federal money unless they build light rail. The truth is that they could get Federal Highway money, but without light rail they could not get rail money, which would have been well below its actual cost.Last edited 2 days ago by jim 0 Reply David King David King 2 days ago Reply to  jim Letting buses & freight share general purpose lanes with commuters in autos increases traffic congestion, wastes time and money. All of this is magnified by the Delta Park bottle neck where I- 5 goes down to 2 lanes southbound and addtl. bottleneck at Rosequarter. HOV/ Express lanes dedicated for freight, express buses and legit carpools would free up traffic flow for the rest of us. Or better yet a dedicated bridge for freight & Express buses west of I-5. I have only been commuting into DT PDX via I-205 & I-5 for 21+ years! 1 Reply Lakeron Lakeron 2 days ago Vancouver doesn’t have sufficient sidewalks or bike lanes on most roads and we’re talking bridges?Last edited 2 days ago by Lakeron 0 Reply jim jim 2 days ago Reply to  Lakeron Why would any sane person promote getting more people killed on bikes? Bikes have a death rate of many times that of cars. http://www.debunkingportland.com/bicycles_kill_people.html -1 Reply Christopher Markarian Christopher Markarian 2 days ago Well done. I learned a lot. 1 Reply Erik Erik 2 days ago Or Vancouver could do a better job of making the city appealing to higher paying jobs to keep those 70,000 residents on this side of the river. 9 Reply Olivier Olivier 1 day ago Reply to  Erik Building bridges is overrated anyway. I hear that walls are much cheaper than bridges these days 😉 No but seriously, I couldn’t agree more. Did we receive any of that $240 million given to Oregon through income taxes? Why should a toll be put on the bridge? It would be economically sound for Oregon to want to use WA commuter money to build the bridges themselves, guaranteeing future income by making Clark County commuters happy. They appear to be driving people away (pun intended) rather than retaining their income source. Their loss is SW WA reward. I personally think we should not think about building a third corridor across the river, the congestion would give commuters incentive to search for jobs here. Instead, Vancouver and the other cities in CC need to think long term at attracting businesses to create more local jobs. If we in CC want to retain any sense of conservative political ideology, it is not going to be done through getting closer economically with Portland. It will have to be done by charting a new path, one not taken by Portland. 0 Reply pete pete 2 days ago Over the years, in several communities, I’ve seen local “experts” try to ram “solutions” down the throats of the local taxpayers. The basic problem is the “experts” have some sort of idealized plan that fits they basic notions of “how things SHOULD be.” They never think to look at “what are people doing now” and “what are people willing to change (if at all) to accomplish the goal” (in this case cross-river transportation). Yes, “experts” can provide ideas that might be attractive, but (sadly) for a long time urban planners (so-called “experts”) have a particular viewpoint that simply does not correspond with how people want to live (choice: rabbit warrens and chicken coops, vs. single family homes with outside space for children to play) or how they want to travel (choice: crammed shoulder to shoulder into a stuffy, stinky transit car or riding in an automobile you already own). So, the problem is the the “experts” think we should live, work, and move about our community one way (and we’ll “nudge you” by not building the facilities you want) while the people actually want something entirely different. As noted elsewhere, the Portland “metro area” (which includes much of Clark County) is evolving into a “center-less city” (with multiple shopping and working locations) rather than a central city with ring of “bedroom” communities. This is a common development pattern throughout the US. In many cases, a 30 minute drive by automobile opens of 3 to 5 times the number of possible work locations vs. the restrictions of public transit systems (including busses and especially the inflexible trolly cars so popular with “experts” and free spending politicians). I’m no expert in “urban planning” but I do have much expertise in looking at “marketing problems” and the “experts” are trying to sell a “solution” that actually does not serve the market. If the experts get their way, it will fail. 1 Reply Dap Dap 1 day ago I agree that Vanc & the county need to do a much better job in Maintaining’ our roads , & planning for the future, in terms of traffic…. We have MAJOR Potholes & dangerous conditions All over the city & yet are paying over $100 each for Car Tabs each year, TO maintain ROADS & transp. w.in city limits! : but those Millions of dollars are NOT Fixing current damage & crews are Not “mapping out” thr roads & highlighting where reoairs need to be done! ; Yes plan for future bridges & get people involved who know How to get things DONE! But Rt NOW Focus OUR MONEY On Fixing main & side streets that could Damage people’s Cars, before u get SUED & Waste it on lawyers…. ; And for Gods Sake, Take Out some of the DIVIDERS That makes driving in this City A Nitemare!!! those ignorant codes need to be changed Immediately.. that block off entrances to Schools… Stores… Businesses and often dont allow Uturns to get into important places & services!!! its the Stupidest law or setup I’ve ever seen in my life! OPEN SECTIONS of middle lanes where entrance & exits are VITAL & Reduce the stress & potential Rage on drivers! I guarantee you atleast 75 – 80% of local residents & tax payers Agree! ; ) 0 Reply 10 CommentsOldest Newest Most Voted Inline FeedbacksView all comments Opinion: Vancouver officials should be pushing ‘to begin planning for at least one, if not two, new transportation corridors across the Columbia River’Posted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Thursday, June 10, 2021in: Opinion, Staff Opinionsshare 0 Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Websitecenter_img I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel Clark County Today Editor Ken Vance offers his thoughts on efforts by Vancouver officials to develop the city’s long-term 20-year vision for its transportation systemYou might have seen our story Thursday from the city of Vancouver about the upcoming City Council workshop on June 14 during which members will get an update from staff on the development of the city’s long-term 20-year vision for the city’s entire transportation system.Over 70,000 Clark County residents work in Oregon. In 2018, 73,240 Clark County residents paid $236 million in Oregon income taxes according to the Oregon Treasurer. Photo by Mike SchultzOver 70,000 Clark County residents work in Oregon. In 2018, 73,240 Clark County residents paid $236 million in Oregon income taxes according to the Oregon Treasurer. Photo by Mike SchultzThe city’s comprehensive transportation system planning project “examines travel conditions for all users of the city’s transportation system, including those who drive, walk, bicycle, use mobility aids, ride transit or deliver freight.’’blankEditor Ken VanceThe news release from the city stated “at the workshop, city staff will establish how the updated Transportation System Plan will reflect the council’s core values of equity, safety, sustainability and climate action.’’ You see, as is usually the case, that’s exactly where government leaders and elected officials lose my support and trust. Issues as important as transportation should be established from a baseline of the citizens’ core values, not those of the council members and the staff.Once updated, the Transportation System Plan will create a transportation vision in the city for 2040. It’s supposed to reflect the community’s values and needs but recent actions of Vancouver’s staff and elected officials don’t reflect my values and needs or those of virtually anyone I know. Here are examples that support my belief:• Vancouver officials have consistently made the decision to not expand the city’s Urban Growth Boundary and add land for development. Their actions indicate they want “high density’’ housing, which ultimately raises the cost of housing and the demand for services.• Vancouver leaders appear to be pushing for transit-oriented development, which is the “green’’ thing to do, but in reality, it makes for more traffic congestion for people who want to use their cars.• The city has already reduced the number of parking spots required for many new apartment complexes, creating another issue for people with cars.• The city has been pushing to eliminate parking spots in the downtown area in favor of bike lanes. This hurts area businesses rather than helping them attract customers.Throughout the many discussions in recent years about transportation congestion issues in Clark County and the surrounding areas, I believe a majority of citizens have made it clear. They want to keep their cars and they want to have the ability to use them to get to where they need to go. A recently completed survey of area residents supports my claim, as shared in this previous Clark County Today story. As previously reported, an overwhelming majority (84 percent) of respondents said that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, they regularly drove alone. Twenty one percent rode bicycles and 27 percent rode public transit.The city of Vancouver’s comprehensive transportation system planning project “examines travel conditions for all users of the city’s transportation system, including those who drive, walk, bicycle, use mobility aids, ride transit or deliver freight.’’ Photo by Mike SchultzThe city of Vancouver’s comprehensive transportation system planning project “examines travel conditions for all users of the city’s transportation system, including those who drive, walk, bicycle, use mobility aids, ride transit or deliver freight.’’ Photo by Mike SchultzA 2018 survey by PEMCO of Oregon and Washington drivers indicated 94 percent of respondents preferred their cars. In 2012, a Metro survey indicated 84 percent of Portland-area drivers preferred using their cars.Like it or not, it’s pretty clear the core values of the majority of citizens includes the preference to use our own vehicles for transportation, both locally or regionally. Therefore, members of the Vancouver City Council and city staff should not be progressing with plans to further their own core values over ours.Remember, the reality is that over 70,000 Clark County residents work in Oregon. In 2018, 73,240 Clark County residents paid $236 million in Oregon income taxes according to the Oregon Treasurer.  It would seem logical to me to assume the majority of those people are Vancouver residents. Therefore the members of the Vancouver City Council should respond to the needs of their citizens who’s major concern is time lost in traffic congestion, while going to and from work in Oregon.The city should be pushing the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council to begin planning for at least one, if not two, new transportation corridors across the Columbia River.  In support of my claim, consider that a 1980 Bi-State Study forecast 185,000 cross-river daily trips in 2000, as shared in this previous Clark County Today report. A 1988 study showed I-205 traffic had already exceeded the 200 forecast. WSDOT reports over 300,000 daily crossings were taking place prior to the pandemic. That 1988 study also discussed the benefits of two new bridge crossings, one west of I-5 and one east of I-205.The 1988 study concluded the following: “A crossing west of I-5 would provide some traffic relief to I-5 and would provide direct access to the growth centers of Washington County and the port activities in Rivergate and Vancouver.” It also addressed an additional eastside transportation corridor.How to get involved?Project staff anticipates the updated plan will be completed by the end of 2022. The city claims that throughout this process, the city will offer a variety of opportunities for the community to get involved, provide input and help shape the plan.Those interested can learn more about the Transportation System Plan update, stay up to date on the project, and find out how to get involved by visiting www.beheardvancouver.org/VancouverMoves. Community members can watch the June 14 workshop live or on demand at www.cvtv.org. Council workshops and meetings continue to be held remotely.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:20-year visionCity of VancouverClark CountyClark County TodaycolumncommentaryEditor Ken VanceLatestOpiniontransportation systemTransportation System PlanVancouverVancouver City CouncilVancouver Movesshare 0 Previous : Letter: ‘I hang on to the belief that both Oregon and Washington will come around to the advantages of a Musk-like tunnel for rubber tired electric transport’ Next : Vancouver Police arrest suspect in sexual motivation burglariesAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabellast_img read more

CU-Boulder Professor Named APA Division President

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Joseph Juhasz, professor of architecture and environmental design at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been named president-elect of the population and environmental division of the American Psychological Association. Juhasz will begin serving a one-year term as president in August. The APA division, also known as Division 34, includes about 400 members studying the psychology of natural and constructed environments, as well as population psychology. Juhasz, a member of the CU-Boulder faculty since 1974, is an environmental psychologist who is known for analyzing office decor and how workers’ choices reflect their personalities. He was named a fellow of the APA in 1988. The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado’s Boulder and Denver campuses prepares students for careers in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, urban design and other design and planning-related fields. The college offers the only undergraduate and graduate education in these fields in the state of Colorado. Published: Jan. 11, 2001 last_img read more

Salute to National Heroes to Begin October 19 Celebrations

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe annual wreath laying ceremony, to honour those who fought for freedom and nationhood, will begin celebrations for National Heroes Day this year.The ceremony, usually held in the afternoon, which will get underway at 7:50 am on October 19 at National Heroes Park.Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Production Manager, Gregory Simms, said a decision was taken this year to begin the national celebrations by honouring the heroes. RelatedEdna Manley College Gets $4.9 Million for Rex Nettleford Arts Conference RelatedChild Protection Committee To Be Set Up In St. Thomascenter_img RelatedStrides Made in Securing Oral Cultural Heritage – Minister Salute to National Heroes to Begin October 19 Celebrations CultureOctober 16, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson The annual wreath laying ceremony, to honour those who fought for freedom and nationhood, will begin celebrations for National Heroes Day this year.The ceremony, usually held in the afternoon, which will get underway at 7:50 am on October 19 at National Heroes Park.Government officials will pay homage to Jamaicans, who have received the nation’s highest honour, the Order of National Hero. They fought for freedom against slavery, for the right of all adult Jamaicans to vote, and for the birth of independent Jamaica.In an interview with JIS News, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Production Manager, Gregory Simms, said a decision was taken this year to begin the national celebrations by honouring the heroes.“This year, there is a particular interest to ensure that we honour and recognise members of the highest order that can be given in Jamaica, which is the Order of the National Hero. In the past, there was usually a salute to these heroes in the afternoon at the Heroes’ Park but we’ve decided to change things up a bit this year and to begin the day by saluting these heroes before we proceed to the National Honours and Awards,” he said.There will be floral tributes from Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; President of the Senate, Senator Floyd Morris; Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness; Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke; and Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla.This will be followed by the Ceremony of Investiture and presentation of National Honours on the lawns of King’s House, beginning at 9:00 a.m.A total of 222 men and women will be recognised for their outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields.The ceremony, to be presided over by the Governor-General, will be streamed live on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) website at: www.jis.gov.jmGuests attending the function should be seated by 8:30 a.m.Heading the list of recipients is Dr. Glenford Christian, OD, who will receive the Order of Jamaica (OJ), for invaluable contribution to the Pharmaceutical Industry.Seven other persons will be conferred with the Order of Jamaica. They are Ambassador Derrick Roy Heaven, CD, for distinguished service in the Public Sector and sterling leadership provided to the Sugar Industry; Dr. Vincent Getchun Hosang, OD, for philanthropic and dedicated service to Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora in New York; Professor Elsa Ann Leo-Rhynie, CD, for outstanding contribution to Academia; and Reverend Dr.  Burchell Knibb Taylor, CD, for distinguished service in the field of Religion locally and internationally.Also to receive the OJ are: Denis O’Brien (Honorary), for his sterling contribution to the Telecommunications Industry in Jamaica; Reverend Father Louis Letellier Grenier, SJ, OD, for distinguished service to Religion, Education and Voluntary Service for more than 60 years; and Professor Graham Roger Serjeant, CD, for sterling contribution to Sickle Cell research, locally and internationally.Other award categories include the Order of Distinction (in the ranks of Commander (CD) and Officer (OD); the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; and the Badge of Honour for Meritorious and Long and Faithful Service.last_img read more