IE Staff How to connect with your clients’ kids Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) bestowed awards on three individuals at its final SEDI awards gala dinner last week in Toronto. The awards recognize the extraordinary achievements of SEDI’s many partners and program participants in expanding economic opportunity for low-income Canadians. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media These are the last awards to be given out under the SEDI name, as the organization announced its new identity – Prosper Canada. The three SEDI Award winners are: > Passion for Financial Literacy Award – Florence Brake Brake, a financial literacy coordinator and Trainer with Causeway Work Centre in Ottawa, is known for her contagious enthusiasm for assisting others to become more financially literate and independent. > Investing in the Future Award – Ed Bennett Bennett transitioned through various programs until he enrolled in SEDI’s Independent Living Account (ILA) program at Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) in Toronto. With the help of ILA, he was able to transcend addiction, issues of trauma and identity, and homelessness to build a well-balanced life and a home. > Robert E. Elliott Award – Al Etmanski In 1989, Vancouver social entrepreneur Al Etmanski and his wife Vickie Cammack co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) – a family-led organization created to secure the future for people with disabilities. PLAN provides advice, assistance and advocacy in relation to government benefits, home ownership, and legal and financial solutions, and has mentored over 40 similar organizations worldwide. The first SEDI Awards were awarded in 2004 to celebrate individuals who exemplified a Canada where everyone has access to lifelong social and economic opportunity. This year’s gala ended with the launch of SEDI’s new identity, Prosper Canada. Continuing SEDI’s mission, and as Canada’s leading champion of financial empowerment, Prosper Canada is a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Related news Top Canadian hedge fund returns 16% over 10 years Keywords Awards, Financial literacy Whistleblower, reporter receive anti-corruption prize Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Home EU regulatory body slams Kroes’ reform proposals BEREC, which represents the EU’s 28 national regulatory authorities (NRAs), says proposals for a single telecoms market are “being rushed through the European legislature without proper explanation and full exploration of its potential consequences”.No doubt miffed it didn’t play a bigger part in the consultation process to help shape the measures put forward by Neelie Kroes – EU’s digital chief – BEREC argues that the draft regulation may well jeopardise competition and investment.While lauding the objectives of a single market, BEREC says the reforms represent “a shift away from the current approach [based on pro-competitive regulation] towards one that favours market consolidation”.Curiously, however, there was nothing specific in Kroes’ reform package about making tie-ups between operators any easier.BEREC nonetheless claimed the Europe telecoms sector was “not quite as bleak as has been suggested” and Kroes’ plans risked undermining the legal certainty needed by companies to invest.(Quoting OECD figures (August 2012), BEREC points out that some of the most competitive markets in Europe offer mobile communication at half the price of the US.)BEREC is also concerned that the proposals represent a “substantial shift” in the balance of power between the commission, member states and NRA in the commission’s favour.“These proposals risk undermining the ability of national regulators, whether acting individually or collectively, to take appropriate and proportionate regulatory action in all the relevant markets,” stated BEREC.In response to the criticisms, Kroes, quoted by the Financial Times, said all feedback would be carefully looked at: “BEREC’s input has been essential in the drafting of the regulation, and they’ll remain essential in the implementation, no doubt about it,” she said.For its part, however, BEREC clearly felt it didn’t play an active role in the consultation process. “We would have welcomed the opportunity to cooperate with the commission during the conception and elaboration of this legislative initiative, which was also not subject to a public consultation, and therefore did not benefit from the input of consumers, industry players and national regulators,” said the body.As a result, argues BEREC, the commission did not have the opportunity to test the extent to which its proposals would deliver on its stated objectives, or the extent to which they are operationally feasible or effective, or have unintended consequences. Author BerecNeelie KroesRegulatory Related Previous ArticleAT&T looking at $5B tower saleNext ArticleNFC-based wallet initiative launched in Austria Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 SEP 2013 EC moots post-roaming rate regime EC warns against prioritising traffic during Covid crisis Ken Wieland Tags Regulators outline final EU roaming rules
The shippers claimed freight forwarders had not provided any service other than buying capacity, and had acted only as agents on their behalf. But when asked how they used freight forwarders, the shippers said they used them only for “special shipments”, when “something is late and has to be got there in the nick of time”.The court’s ruling noted: “That freight forwarders offered a service that the [airlines] do not; ie a faster service … undermines the [shippers’] argument that freight forwarders are merely agents and not an intermediate link in the chain of distribution.”The case referred to funds paid out by Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and China Airlines.The court noted that an earlier settlement, by Lufthansa, had specifically included “purchases made through freight forwarders”. It also noted that the same law firm which represented SAS, which had settled the claim, was the same firm that was arguing now on behalf of the shippers.The court said that the lawyers must therefore have understood the agreements made. In addition, there were no contracts between the shippers and the airlines.Notice and administration costs amounted to $530,000. How the net settlement fund will be distributed among freight forwarders has yet to be decided. By Alex Lennane 11/04/2016 Shippers are not entitled to any funds paid out by airlines to forwarders in the long-running air cargo antitrust case, a New York court has ruled.The reason, it says, is because freight forwarders acted as more than agents.Shippers such as DuPont and Sears had argued that, as buyers of air cargo services using freight forwarders only as brokers, they were entitled to settlements offered by a group of airlines accused of breaking antitrust legislation.However, the court ruled that as indirect purchasers of air freight capacity they had no claim, and that freight forwarders had provided services other than brokerage. © Gor Grigoryan
Alice Ripley (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) View Comments Star Files Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 35:47Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -35:47 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Tony winner Alice Ripley is once again stepping into the shoes of Trisha Lee, a Christian widow whose daughter recently came out as genderqueer, in Elise Forier Edie’s The Pink Unicorn. Originally running at off-Broadway’s Episcopal Actors’ Guild in May 2019, Ripley is now starring in the solo show at The Cell Theatre through August 25. “The script has changed a little bit; it’s improved,” Ripley told Paul Wontorek in a recent interview on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “The story is really Trisha’s journey about finding strength and enough clarity to go forward with what she knows is right. We have an open conversation; it is by no means the final word.”Taking on this project was personal for Ripley, who sees it as a chance to promote advocacy, awareness and inclusion. “I have always been an ally [to the LGBTQ community],” she said. “Recently, I’ve learned the difference between ally and advocate. It was after the Pulse tragedy that something dawned on me about being an advocate. When this play came to me, I saw it as a chance to help as an advocate, too.” While Ripley says she views The Pink Unicorn as a comedy, she also sees similarities to her Tony-winning turn in Next to Normal. “Next to Normal broke people’s hearts open and this is doing the same thing,” she said. “I could see people physically change, and that’s happening here. It’s exciting for me because, again, this is another world I didn’t really know. I’m taking on a voice, and I’m humbled that I get to be the one to be Trisha’s voice just to start the conversation.”Ripley has appeared in several acclaimed Broadway productions and she is returning to a beloved show from early in her career for a short stint later this summer. “I’m playing Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at the North Shore Music Theatre,” she said. “I’ve been singing ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ because it’s just my personality. Norma’s pretty layered. It’s a short run; it’s like a free sample. It’s a perfectly baked five-star version, but a sample of the true core of Norma.”Check out Ripley in The Pink Unicorn through August 25!Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below! Alice Ripley
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network is pleased to officially welcome Alice Hyde Medical Center as its fifth hospital. The inclusion of Alice Hyde, based in Malone, NY, in The University of Vermont Health Network strengthens a long-term partnership between the hospital and The University of Vermont Medical Center, which have been clinically affiliated since 1997.Over the course of that nineteen-year relationship, providers from UVM Medical Center have provided patients at Alice Hyde with access to high-quality specialty care close to home. In recent years, Alice Hyde has also collaborated with UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital to bring specialists to Malone. Specialists in Cardiology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Vascular Surgery and, most recently, Interventional Radiology see patients at Alice Hyde Medical Center on a regular basis. Many of the patients seeing these specialty providers used to travel to Plattsburgh or Burlington to receive their care. “Joining The University of Vermont Health Network is the next logical step in the development of our relationship with our regional partners to bring high quality care close to home,” said Douglas F. DiVello, President and CEO at Alice Hyde Medical Center. “Patients at Alice Hyde are already receiving specialty care from other providers here at our facility. Countless members of our local community have benefitted from this affiliation to-date, and our patients will continue to see more benefits as our relationship gets stronger. We are excited to officially be part of the Network, and to work closely with our partners to continue providing great care to our community.”“We are proud to share our specialty providers with Alice Hyde,” said Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and Community Providers, Inc. “Because of our collaboration with Alice Hyde Medical Center, patients are able to see their specialist closer to home. Dr Wolkowicz, who is one of our Cardiologists, now sees many patients in Malone who used to travel to Plattsburgh to see him. Not having to travel that distance is a huge benefit to those patients.”Though Alice Hyde has had a clinical affiliation for nearly two decades, joining the UVM Health Network brings additional benefits. As a UVM Health Network affiliate, Alice Hyde will enjoy a stronger connection to The University of Vermont Medical Center, one of the top academic medical centers. They will also benefit from significantly greater purchasing and negotiating power, as well as access to capital resources and enhanced technology.Under this affiliation, Alice Hyde remains a free standing hospital with its own board, management, workforce, licensure, medical staff and endowment. It is subject to the Network’s oversight and has representation on the Network’s Board of Trustees. Alice Hyde representatives will participate in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives. A letter of intent to explore affiliation was signed in April 2015. This was followed by several months of due diligence work and the adoption of a formal membership agreement in October 2015. The final step was to receive regulatory approval from various New York State agencies. The New York State Department of Health provided their approval on February 11, followed by additional approvals from the New York State Attorney General and Department of State. Alice Hyde Medical Center is the fifth affiliate hospital of The University of Vermont Health Network, and the first hospital to join the Network in more than 3 years. The UVM Health Network now consists of:The University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians HospitalThe University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital“This is an exciting moment for The University of Vermont Health Network,” said John Brumsted, MD, President and CEO of The University of Vermont Health Network and CEO of The University of Vermont Medical Center. “When we work together, our patients benefit. Our goal is to improve the quality of the health care services we offer through collaboration on joint clinical initiatives, and to integrate clinical services to improve quality and access.”About the University of Vermont Health NetworkThe University of Vermont Health Network is a four-hospital system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:The University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external)Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.
September 1, 2016 Regular News Bar board considers time standards for email service Bar board considers time standards for email service Saying they are concerned about manipulations by unscrupulous lawyers, the Bar Board of Governors has tabled consideration of rule amendments that remove an extra five days to respond to documents served by email. The board, at its July 29 meeting, considered a variety of amendments to Civil Procedure Rules, as well as the Rules of Judicial Administration, and Appellate Court Rules relating to the service of documents. The civil rules merely corrected references to the Rules of Judicial Administration dealing with service times, and the board recommended those be approved by the Supreme Court by a 41-1 vote. But board members objected to two amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration, 2.514 and 2.516, and one appellate rule, 9.420. The Rule 2.514 amendment removes email service from a subdivision that allowed five additional days for responding to service by regular U.S. mail. The Rule 2.516 amendment removed email from a section that said email service would be treated as service via U.S. mail for time computation purposes — which adds five days to those allowable times. Rule 9.420 specified that service by email in appellate matters be treated as service by U.S. mail for time computations and exempted appellate service from the time reductions in the RJA amendments. Judson Cohen, vice chair of the RJA Committee, said the extra five days allowed for email service, which was passed a few years ago, was always intended to be temporary and to be eliminated as lawyers got used to switching from paper to electronic court documents. It was done, he said, because the shift from paper to electronic service was “mind-bending” and the committee wanted to give lawyers time to adjust. Giving them in essence an extra five days to respond to served documents was seen as a way to ease that transition. Under the amendments, email service would be treated the same as electronic service through the court’s statewide e-filing portal, fax, or hand delivery, Cohen said. Appellate Court Rules Committee Chair Kristen Norse said the appellate rule amendment exempted appellate rules from the RJA amendments because appellate practice is different from other practices, and the committee felt the extra time was needed. Board members expressed two main concerns. One was that the time periods would be different in different rules. The second was the loss of the extra five days with email service might hurt practitioners if their opponents timed delivery for an inconvenient time, say 11:59 p.m. on a Friday night. “I don’t care whether we add five or take away five days. Whichever way you go, you should be consistent,” President-elect Mike Higer said. “Here, we’re making it more difficult for our practitioners.” Cohen said the RJAC discussed attorneys trying to game the rules by timing their service to inconvenience their opponents, but said in those cases lawyers always had the option of seeking relief from the court. But board members said that might not always be practical. “It’s great to say you can seek relief from the court, but frequently I can’t get a hearing in the time I need one,” said board member Bruce Robinson. “I don’t want to have two sets of standards. I want life simpler for our lawyers, not more complex.” Other board members agreed, and the board eventually voted to table the three amendments to get more input, including from the Trial Lawyers Section.
New rapid diagnostics partnership announcedA new public-private partnership to address inappropriate antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through wider use of rapid diagnostics was launched today at an event in Madrid.VALUE-Dx, a project of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, brings together six in vitro diagnostics companies with 20 non-industry partners to “generate evidence on the medical, economic, and public health value of diagnostics in tackling AMR,” according to a news release from project partner, the University of Edinburgh. The project will focus on acute respiratory tract infections acquired in community care settings, one of the most frequent causes of inappropriate prescribing.”This is an exciting and groundbreaking opportunity to address one of the greatest barriers to adoption of rapid diagnostics,” Till Bachman, PhD, deputy head of infection medicine at the University Edinburgh, said in a statement. “It will shift the focus from the cost to the added value diagnostics provide in the fight against AMR.”Other partners include bioMerieux, Accelerate Diagnostics, the University of Antwerp, and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The project is co-funded by the European Commission, Wellcome Trust, and private companies, with a budget of €14 million ($15.7 million) over 4 years. Apr 1 University of Edinburgh news release Chinese study finds many diverse resistance genes in live poultryA new study in the Journal of Infection suggests that live poultry markets in China are a significant reservoir for antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs).In the study, Chinese researchers used large-scale metagenomic sequencing to explore the diversity and abundance of ARGs in the gut microbiomes of poultry in live-poultry markets (LPMs). Because these markets are known to be a high-risk environment for the spread of avian flu to people, the researchers theorized they may also be a potential site for the dissemination of animal-origin ARGs. For their analysis, the authors collected 753 poultry fecal samples from 22 cities in 18 provinces, sequenced the genomes of 130 representative samples to create a catalogue of gut microbial genes, and compared the genes with genes from the pig gut and human gut microbiomes.Overall, the analysis revealed the presence of 539 ARGs in live poultry that could be classified into 235 different ARG types. Both the number of ARGs and ARG types in live poultry were significantly higher than they were in humans and pigs, suggesting a greater diversity and enrichment of ARGs in live poultry. The overall abundance of ARGs was also highest in live poultry, followed by pigs and then humans. A total of 65 ARG types were shared among the three groups. Mapping of the ARG types to their corresponding antibiotics showed that tetracycline-resistance genes were the most abundant in all three groups.Using polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing, the researchers then investigated the distribution of the MCR-1 gene in all 753 live poultry fecal samples, finding it in 449 samples (59.6%). The MCR-1 gene was present in samples from all 18 provinces, and positive rates were similar in chickens, ducks, pigeons, and geese. The gene was also found in seven wild birds, and the researchers also identified MCR-3 and MCR-5 genes.”The LPM is a special environment in China, where city dwellers have the opportunity to contact live animals and the viruses and bacteria carried by them,” the authors of the study write. “We propose that LPMs represent a high-risk environment for the dissemination of animal-origin ARGs to public health.”Mar 29 J Infect study Illegal antibiotic prescribing in Sri LankaAn experimental study involving fake patients revealed a high level of illegal antibiotic prescribing in community pharmacies in Sri Lanka, according to a new study in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.The cross-sectional study involved visits to 242 community pharmacies by 32 trained “pseudo-patients” (pharmacy school students or recent graduates) who pretended to have a relative with clinical symptoms of four randomly selected common infections. Three of the infections were viral (acute sore throat, common cold, acute diarrhea) and one was bacterial (uncomplicated urinary tract infection [UTI]). Each pseudo-patient requested an unspecified medicine for the condition, and a research assistant recorded the interaction. Sri Lankan law prohibits the supply of an antibiotic without a prescription.In 41% (99/242) of visits, antibiotics were sold illegally without a prescription in response to the reported clinical symptoms, with two-thirds (65/99) being sold for underlying viral infections. Antibiotics were provided for 55% of uncomplicated UTIs, 50% of acute diarrhea cases, 42% acute sore throat cases, and 15% of common colds. Patient history was obtained in less than a quarter of interactions, and pharmacy staff recommended a visit to a physician in only 18% (44/242) of cases; yet in 25% (11/44) of those interactions, an antibiotic was still obtained. Roughly half of the pseudo-patients were advised on how and how often to take the antibiotics, and less than a quarter were advised on when to stop taking them. In nearly two thirds of instances, antibiotics were sold by a staff member other than a qualified pharmacist.While the availability of a pharmacist reduced the likelihood of illegal antibiotic sales (odds ratio, 0.53; 95% confidence interval, 0.31 to 0.89, P = 0.016), it did not appear to reduce inappropriate prescribing.”In addition to strict implementation of policies, awareness and educational interventions must be implemented to improve appropriate antibiotic dispensing practice among pharmacists and their staff,” the authors of the study conclude.Mar 29 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control study