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Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Health | ProPublicaAmid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillersSeptember 17, 2017 by Katie Thomas, The New York Times and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Share:Butrans is a skin patch that delivers buprenorphine. It treats pain and opioid addiction. (Creative Commons photo by 9ballguy)This story was co-published with The New York Times. At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications.The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.Drugmakers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies and doctors have come under intense scrutiny in recent years, but the role that insurers — and the pharmacy benefit managers that run their drug plans — have played in the opioid crisis has received less attention. That may be changing, however. The New York State attorney general’s office sent letters last week to the three largest pharmacy benefit managers — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and OptumRx — asking how they were addressing the crisis.ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed Medicare prescription drug plans covering 35.7 million people in the second quarter of this year. Only one-third of the people covered, for example, had any access to Butrans, a painkilling skin patch that contains a less-risky opioid, buprenorphine. And every drug plan that covered lidocaine patches, which are not addictive but cost more than other generic pain drugs, required that patients get prior approval for them.In contrast, almost every plan covered common opioids and very few required any prior approval.The insurers have also erected more hurdles to approving addiction treatments than for the addictive substances themselves, the analysis found.Alisa Erkes lives with stabbing pain in her abdomen that, for more than two years, was made tolerable by Butrans. But in January, her insurer, UnitedHealthcare, stopped covering the drug, which had cost the company $342 for a four-week supply. After unsuccessfully appealing the denial, Erkes and her doctor scrambled to find a replacement that would quiet her excruciating stomach pains. They eventually settled on long-acting morphine, a cheaper opioid that UnitedHealthcare covered with no questions asked. It costs her and her insurer a total of $29 for a month’s supply.The Drug Enforcement Administration places morphine in a higher category than Butrans for risk of abuse and dependence. Addiction experts say that buprenorphine also carries a lower risk of overdose.UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, places morphine on its lowest-cost drug coverage tier with no prior permission required, while in many cases excluding Butrans. And it places Lyrica, a non-opioid, brand-name drug that treats nerve pain, on its most expensive tier, requiring patients to try other drugs first.Erkes, who is 28 and lives in Smyrna, Georgia, is afraid of becoming addicted and has asked her husband to keep a close watch on her. “Because my Butrans was denied, I have had to jump into addictive drugs,” she said.UnitedHealthcare said Erkes had not exhausted her appeals, including the right to ask a third party to review her case. It said in a statement, “We will work with her physician to find the best option for her current health status.”Matthew N. Wiggin, a spokesman for UnitedHealthcare, said that the company was trying to reduce long-term use of opioids. “All opioids are addictive, which is why we work with care providers and members to promote non-opioid treatment options for people suffering from chronic pain,” he said.Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Obama, said that insurance companies, with few exceptions, had “not done what they need to do to address” the opioid epidemic. Right now, he noted, it is easier for most patients to get opioids than treatment for addiction.Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University, went further, calling the insurance system “one of the major causes of the crisis” because doctors are given incentives to use less expensive treatments that provide fast relief.The Department of Health and Human Services is studying whether insurance companies make opioids more accessible than other pain treatments. An early analysis suggests that they are placing fewer restrictions on opioids than on less addictive, non-opioid medications and non-drug treatments like physical therapy, said Christopher M. Jones, a senior policy official at the department.Insurers say they have been addressing the issue on many fronts, including monitoring patients’ opioid prescriptions, as well as doctors’ prescribing patterns. “We have a very comprehensive approach toward identifying in advance who might be getting into trouble, and who may be on that trajectory toward becoming dependent on opioids,” said Dr. Mark Friedlander, the chief medical officer of Aetna Behavioral Health who participates on its opioid task force.Aetna and other insurers say they have seen marked declines in monthly opioid prescriptions in the past year or so. At least two large pharmacy benefit managers announced this year that they would limit coverage of new prescriptions for pain pills to a seven- or 10-day supply. And bowing to public pressure — not to mention government investigations — several insurers have removed barriers that had made it difficult to get coverage for drugs that treat addiction, like Suboxone.Experts in addiction note that the opioid epidemic has been changing and that the problem now appears to be rooted more in the illicit trade of heroin and fentanyl. But the potential for addiction to prescribed opioids is real: 20 percent of patients who receive an initial 10-day prescription for opioids will still be using the drugs after a year, according to a recent analysis by the CDC.Several patients said in interviews that they were terrified of becoming dependent on opioid medications and were unwilling to take them, despite their pain.In 2009, Amanda Jantzi weaned herself off opioids by switching to the more expensive Lyrica to treat the pain associated with interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder condition.But earlier this year, Jantzi, who is 33 and lives in Virginia, switched jobs and got a new insurer — Anthem — which said it would not cover Lyrica because there was not sufficient evidence to prove that it worked for interstitial cystitis. Jantzi’s appeal was denied. She cannot afford the roughly $520 monthly retail price of Lyrica, she said, so she takes generic gabapentin, a related, cheaper drug. She said it does not manage the pain as well as Lyrica, which she took for eight years. “It’s infuriating,” she said.Jantzi said she wanted to avoid returning to opioids. However, “I could see other people, faced with a similar situation, saying, ‘I can’t live like this, I’m going to need to go back to painkillers,’ ” she said.In a statement, Anthem said that its members have to meet certain requirements before it will pay for Lyrica. Members can apply for an exception, the insurer said. Jantzi said she did just that and was turned down.With Butrans, the drug that Erkes was denied, several insurers either do not cover it, require a high out-of-pocket payment, or will pay for it only after a patient has tried other opioids and failed to get relief.In one case, OptumRx, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, suggested that a member taking Butrans consider switching to a “lower cost alternative,” such as OxyContin or extended-release morphine, according to a letter provided by the member.Wiggin, the UnitedHealthcare spokesman, said the company’s rules and preferred drug list “are designed to ensure members have access to drugs they need for acute situations, such as post-surgical care or serious injury, or ongoing cancer treatment and end of life care,” as well as for long-term use after alternatives are tried.Butrans is sold by Purdue Pharma, which has been accused of fueling the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin. Butrans is meant for patients for whom other medications, like immediate-release opioids or anti-inflammatory pain drugs, have failed to work, and some scientific analyses say there is not enough evidence to show it works better than other drugs for pain.Dr. Andrew Kolodny is a critic of widespread opioid prescribing and a co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Kolodny said he was no fan of Butrans because he did not believe it was effective for chronic pain, but he objected to insurers suggesting that patients instead take a “cheaper, more dangerous opioid.”“That’s stupid,” he said. Have you had trouble paying for prescription drugs? Tell us about it.ProPublica deputy data editor Ryann Grochowski Jones contributed to this report. Erkes’s pain specialist, Dr. Jordan Tate, said her patient had been stable on the Butrans patch until January, when UnitedHealthcare stopped covering the product and denied Erkes’s appeal.Without Butrans, Erkes, who once visited the doctor every two months, was now in Tate’s office much more frequently, and once went to the emergency room because she could not control her pain, thought to be related to an autoimmune disorder, Behcet’s disease.Tate said she and Erkes reluctantly settled on extended-release morphine, a drug that UnitedHealthcare approved without any prior authorization, even though morphine is considered more addictive than the Butrans patch. She also takes hydrocodone when the pain spikes and Lyrica, which UnitedHealthcare approved after requiring a prior authorization.Erkes acknowledged that she could have continued with further appeals, but said the process exhausted her and she eventually gave up.While Tate said Erkes had not shown signs of abusing painkillers, her situation was far from ideal. “She’s in her 20s and she’s on extended-release morphine — it’s just not the pretty story that it was six months ago.”Many experts who study opioid abuse say they also are concerned about insurers’ limits on addiction treatments. Some state Medicaid programs for the poor, which pay for a large share of addiction treatments, continue to require advance approval before Suboxone can be prescribed or they place time limits on its use, both of which interfere with treatment, said Lindsey Vuolo, associate director of health law and policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Drugs like Suboxone, or its generic equivalent, are used to wean people off opioids but can also be misused.The analysis by ProPublica and The Times found that restrictions remain prevalent in Medicare plans, as well. Drug plans covering 33.6 million people include Suboxone, but two-thirds require prior authorization. Even when such requirements do not exist, the out-of-pocket costs of the drugs are often unaffordable, a number of pharmacists and doctors said.At Dr. Shawn Ryan’s addiction-treatment practice in Cincinnati, called BrightView, staff members often take patients to the pharmacy to fill their prescriptions for addiction medications and then watch them take their first dose. Research has shown that such oversight improves the odds of success. But when it takes hours to gain approval, some patients leave, said Ryan, who is also president of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine.“The guy walks out, and you can’t blame him,” Ryan said. “He’s like, ‘Hey man, I’m here to get help. What’s the deal?’” Share this story:last_img read more

European Commission slashes 2015 eurozone growth forecast to 1.1 per cent

first_img Tags: Eurozone Tuesday 4 November 2014 5:23 am More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com The European Commission (EC) has cut its 2015 growth forecast for the eurozone from 1.7 per cent to 1.1 per cent, citing a slowdown in market activity, as well as the threat from rising tensions in Ukraine and a lack of investment.It added that growth in the bloc this year is expected to reach just 0.8 per cent, down from the 1.2 per cent it expected in May, while the figure will remain below the European Central Bank’s two per cent target until at least 2016. Forecasts for growth in Germany and France were cut from two per cent to 1.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent to 0.7 per cent respectively. By contrast, its forecast for the UK was raised to 2.7 per cent, from 2.5 per cent in May.Growth in the wider European Union doesn’t look much better: the EC said it expects GDP in the 28-country bloc to rise 1.3 per cent this year, down from 1.6 per cent expected in May, rising to 1.5 per cent in 2015, down from two per cent.Its forecast for inflation in the eurozone was similarly anaemic: the EC said it expects inflation in the region to peak at 0.5 per cent this year, rising slightly to 0.8 per cent next year and 1.5 per cent the year after.Pierre Moscovici, the EC’s commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs, warned recovery will be a long, slow process.There is no single, simple answer to the challenges facing the European economy. We need to act across three fronts: for credible fiscal policies, ambitious structural reforms and much-needed investment, both public and private. We must all assume our responsibilities, in Brussels, in national capitals and in our regions, to generate higher growth and deliver a real boost to employment for our citizens. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Emma Haslett Share whatsapp European Commission slashes 2015 eurozone growth forecast to 1.1 per cent last_img read more

13 point plan submitted to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in Laois town

first_imgHome News Community 13 point plan submitted to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in Laois… NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TAGSGreen PartyJohn HollandPippa HackettPortarlington Previous articleNew hurling amalgamation refused for 2021 as decision on increasing senior hurling championship also pushed backNext articleLaois native appointed to top job in Limerick Institute of Technology 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. Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Facebook Council By Alan Hartnett – 16th February 2021 13 point plan submitted to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in Laois town Electric Picnic Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic Pinterest Facebook A new speed limit, increased pedestrian crossings and new cycles lanes are some of a proposal to improve infrastructure in a Laois town.The plan for Portarlington has been submitted to Laois County Council by Green Party representative John Holland.Mr Holland, a Cork native now living Portarlington with his wife and two young children, says that the town ‘has been underfunded for active travel for years’ and he is calling on ‘Laois County Council to now provide improved walking and cycling infrastructure’.In a detailed submission to the County Council, Mr Holland has pointed out the changing commuter trends in the town and the growing level of remote working.He has highlighted the Council’s obligations under the Smarter Travel Scheme and the importance of using the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS) as a guiding document for a new infrastructure.Mr Holland said: “Portarlington and its surrounding areas need to be more pedestrian and cycle friendly and more accessible for local residents of all ages and abilities.“We need to see Portarlington more as a place and less as a thoroughfare. The key consideration needs to be the vulnerable road user.“This is clearly not currently the case in Portarlington where cars are the primary consideration in current planning and infrastructure.“Portarlington is designated as a Key Service Town within Laois and should be treated accordingly.”In Mr Holland’s submission, he wishes to see a 30km/h speed limit introduced within the town – focussing especially on schools and main streets such as Station Road, Canal Road and the R420 main road through Portarlington from Lea Road/Canal Road junction to outside town boundary on Offaly side.He also wants to see a pedestrian or raised zebra crossing installed at the Maxol roundabout and on Upper Main Street.Mr Holland is also calling for three new cycle lanes to be created: One on Upper Main Street from the Maxol roundabout to the library, along Link Road to Market Square and up Patrick Street to Colaiste Iosagain; another on Station Road from Odlum’s roundabout to the train station; and a third on on Crowe Lane to Ballymorris Road roundabout and down to Sandy Lane National School.While the Green Party representative wants to see a continuation of dual cycle lane on Canal Road from Scoil Phadraig to the Odlum’s roundabout.Meanwhile, four new footpaths are also proposed under this submission.These are: One on the right hand side of Station road from Portarlington train station to the turnoff for Corrig Wood; Another on Portlaoise Road R419 to Blackhall Bridge and up Canal Road to Ballymorris Road junction; a third on Corrig Lodge road from Corrig Wood to the last houses before Tirhogar Drive; and finally a footpath on Lea Road R420 to Portarlington Rugby Club.Speaking about the submission, Green Party Minister Pippa Hackett says funding has been made available to local authorities for this work and there is no longer any excuse for not providing a good active travel system in a town like Portarlington.She said: “The Government has made €50million available to local authorities for active travel as well as approving the appointment of 248 staff nationwide to work on improved infrastructure.“Giving Portarlington a good public realm in its town centre and good access for walking and cycling could dramatically change the town for the better.“It has a particularly young population ­- 53% of the population is under 35 – and we could eliminate a lot of short car journeys by offering them betters routes to the town centre.”SEE ALSO – Gardai and Revenue seize €192,000 worth of drugs in Laois WhatsApplast_img read more

BlackRock Sliver Bullion Trust converts to ETF

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Effective November 5, SVR will become the first and only physical silver bullion ETF listed in Canada offering both hedged and non-hedged units providing investors with the option to invest according to their view of the U.S. to Canadian dollar exchange rate. SVR seeks to replicate the performance of the price of silver bullion, less fees and expenses. To achieve its investment objective, SVR invests in long-term holdings of unencumbered silver bullion in 1,000 troy ounces international bar sizes. SVR does not speculate with regard to short-term changes in silver bullion prices and is not actively managed. The prospectus disclosure of SVR has been updated to reflect the conversion and certain other related changes. Effective, November 5th, the ticker symbol for the hedged units will change to SVR (formerly SVR.UN) and the ticker for the non-hedged units will remain the same SVR.C. IE Staff Companies BlackRock Canada Toronto-based BlackRock Investments Canada Inc. said Monday it is converting the closed-end fund, BlackRock Silver Bullion Trust (TSX:SVR.UN), into an exchange traded fund (ETF), renamed the iShares Silver Bullion Fund (TSX:SVR). “We are excited to announce the conversion of our SVR fund to an ETF structure that will provide Canadian investors a more liquid and efficient option for accessing exposure to physical silver bullion,” said Mary Anne Wiley, managing director and head of iShares at BlackRock Canada. “This conversion further broadens and solidifies our iShares ETF commodity fund family providing investors yet another tool to diversify their portfolio”. read more

JDF Chief Urges Graduates to Recognise Value of Partnership

first_imgRelatedJDF Chief Urges Graduates to Recognise Value of Partnership RelatedJDF Chief Urges Graduates to Recognise Value of Partnership JDF Chief Urges Graduates to Recognise Value of Partnership EducationMay 30, 2009 RelatedJDF Chief Urges Graduates to Recognise Value of Partnershipcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major General Stewart Saunders, has urged graduates of the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course, to recognise the immense value of working together in partnership.“The course has equipped you with the requisite knowledge to enable you to improve the systems and procedures of your present organisations, to understand the communication linkages required for inter-organisational and inter-regional liaisons and the value to be realised through combined efforts,” he told them.Major General Saunders was speaking at the graduation ceremony, which was held at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) training camp at Moneague in St. Ann, recently.The 19-week course for 30 participants from the Caribbean and Canada, sought to prepare the junior officers to perform junior or intermediate staff functions at the Unit or the Force Headquarters level, and command functions at the sub-unit and unit levels within the context of the Force or Brigade.He pointed out that the course would continue to produce, improve and enhance the cadre of middle management leaders.“Therefore, with your new found knowledge, you have a serious challenge ahead. You are required to not only display the new qualities achieved, but also and most importantly, to put yourself in a position where you can impart knowledge to your subordinates, peers and superiors alike and improve upon those areas in your organisation that have ultimate responsibility,” the Chief of Defence Staff said.“If you do all this when you return to your respective organisations and nations, then you will be ensuring the continuity of thoughts, words and deeds in the development of a unified approach to the leadership and management across the wider Caribbean and internationally,” he added.Emphasising the value of partnership, Major General Saunders said that the partnerships with Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Caribbean nations had not only facilitated the development and continuation of the programme, but by extension, had contributed immensely to regional development, integration and stability.“Partnerships of this nature are not only crucial but add immense value to our organisations and nations, as they allow us to build capacities that are critical to lasting development,” he noted.The graduates, he said, should not only be determined to ensure improvements, but should also seek to be bold and recommend changes where there was a need and demand acceptable performance standards.“Do not be afraid to make decisions using the tools that have been cemented in your brains over the last five months, as this is critical to your present phase of development,” he appealed, and encouraged them to keep the lines of communication open and continue to improve on the partnership as they charted the path of the future.The course was structured to familiarise candidates with problem solving and decision making techniques, leading to recommendations and the ability to communicate those recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing.last_img read more

GM’s OnStar is coming to your phone in the form of an app

first_imgGM cars will get Amazon Alexa capability in second half of 2020 Trending Videos Mobile Crash Response can detect a crash with the sensors in your smartphone, and immediately notify an Emergency-Certified OnStar advisor, who will connect you with first responders.The Roadside Assistance function can be used if somebody needs a jump-start, has a flat tire, or gets locked out of their vehicle.Pushing the big red button on the app connects you to Emergency Services, an OnStar Emergency-Certified advisor that is available 24/7. Location Status lets you see the location of those in the “My Family” section of the app, based on their GPS location.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 With OnStar Guardian, members with active service plans and up to seven of their family members and friends can access critical OnStar safety services from their compatible phones.  GM Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos advertisement Trending in Canada GM is taking its OnStar technology from its vehicles and putting it in the palm of your hand in the form of a new smartphone app. The new “Guardian” app allows customers to access remote vehicle assistance services while they’re away from their car.The service was previously only available in-car to those who were subscribed to OnStar, but the app extends that coverage to anywhere you have service. OnStar can also be extended to up to seven family and friends as part of a limited-time offer.The app hopes to connect people with their families by offering a suite of safety technologies that GM considers an extension of OnStar. Bosch develops smartphone app to send out distress call for motorcycle ridersThe technology is especially helpful in the current pandemic environment; as things start to slowly open up, people are trying their hardest to keep track of their loved ones.“We’ve got over 20 years of experience dealing with public safety, and we’ve been looking at ways that we can extend that promise beyond our existing member base,” says Jeffrey Haase, head of OnStar Guardian, GM’s Global Innovation. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS “So this is a unique opportunity for us to deliver the promise of OnStar to friends and family that might not be driving a GM product but clearly have a relationship with that person that owns a car.” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSCadillacFlexNew VehiclesFlex ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder Honors Distinguished Engineers For Contributions

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 19, 2004 Six alumni and a former fund-raiser for the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science were honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award at the 39th annual Engineering Awards Banquet on April 16. The awards recognize alumni and special friends of the college who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and significant contributions in their fields. Dean Robert H. Davis presented the 2004 awards in the categories of education, government service, industry and commerce, research and invention, and a “special” category honoring non-alumni who have provided outstanding service to the college. The recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected for the awards by the Engineering Advisory Council. Enid M. Ablowitz, vice president and director of advancement for the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, was recognized in the special, non-alumni category for her work as a fund- and friend-raiser while serving as the college’s director of engineering development and then assistant dean for advancement, from 1989 to 2001. Her impact is visible in the more than $100 million in gifts for scholarships, fellowships, professorships, endowed chairs and building additions for the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and the Discovery Learning Center. She also helped to cultivate the $250 million gift that created the CU Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. Lori A. Clarke, professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts, was recognized in the research and invention category for her innovative research in software engineering. Clarke has been recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery, which elected her Fellow in 1998, and by the University of Massachusetts, which awarded her its Chancellor’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991. Gregg A. Jacobs, head of the Naval Research Laboratory’s Ocean Modeling and Prediction Branch at Stennis Space Center in Missouri, was recognized in the research and invention category for his contributions as an ocean modeler and researcher in satellite oceanography. Jacobs is a world-recognized expert in the use of satellite altimeter data for modeling and monitoring ocean circulation. Vern Norviel, lead attorney of the Patents and Innovations Counseling Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., was recognized in the industry and commerce category as one of the top intellectual property attorneys and high-tech corporate leaders in the country. In 1996, he was named senior vice president and general counsel of Affymetrix, a biotechnology company that pioneered the “DNA chip” technology. He then played a role in and joined a spinoff of Affymetrix, Perlegen Sciences, a company developing methods for rapid scanning of the human genome for the development of therapeutic and diagnostic products. Lucinda M. Sanders, executive-in-residence for CU’s Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) initiative, was recognized in the industry and commerce category for her outstanding technical and management contributions to the computer science industry. She led a successful career with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Avaya Inc., where she retired as vice president for research and development. She holds four patents in communications software and is a recipient of the prestigious Bell Labs Fellow award. Marshall L. Silver, chief technical adviser for natural disaster risk reduction for the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, was recognized in the government service category for his contributions in both education and international service in civil engineering. He was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago, for 25 years and later served as chief technical adviser for the United Nations Development Program in India and Pakistan before taking his current position in Hanoi. Stein Sture, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, was recognized in the education category as an outstanding educator in the field of civil engineering. Sture has been a civil engineering professor at CU-Boulder since 1980, and has served in various capacities from department chair to associate dean. He is an active member of 13 professional and scientific societies and a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics.last_img read more

Downtown Santa Monica office building sells for $117 million

first_imgHomeNewsDowntown Santa Monica office building sells for $117 million Dec. 26, 2017 at 8:40 amNewsDowntown Santa Monica office building sells for $117 millionKate Cagle3 years agoNo tags  The 6-story office building at 520 Broadway has been sold to a Los Angeles-based private investor for $117 million.  The investment firm behind the purchase said the tremendous growth of Silicon Beach and local limits on office development made the 1980’s building a “trophy asset.”“This is a unique investment opportunity in a very supply constrained region of Silicon Beach,” said Michael Cho, President of Olive Hill Group.  “520 Broadway is the only building of this size in the Downtown area not held by long-term ownership.  Future acquisition opportunities in Santa Monica will be rare, which strategically positions this property to perform well over time.”The property has been named one of Los Angeles’ Outstanding Buildings of the Year by the Building Owners and Managers Association twice (2014 and 2017).  The building underwent 13.2 million in renovations in 2013.Current tenants include shared-office space giant WeWork, which is currently charging about $550 a month for a dedicated desk in the building and $900 per month for a private office.  A parking pass in the underground garage currently goes for about $250 a month, according to their website.The 112,822 square foot building is 82 percent occupied, according to a press release by Olive Hill.“Demand for office space in Santa Monica is the most competitive in the LA area and we have already received three offers to lease space in this building since we entered into the purchase and sale contract,” said Tim Lee, who is vice president of corporate development and legal affairs at the firm.  “Over the past 15 years, Santa Monica office occupancy has averaged roughly 90 percent.”The building is walking distance from the Expo stop, the Third Street Promenade and hundreds of new apartments that will be coming online over the next few years.  The firm is eyeing cash-flushed tech companies to fill up any empty space, noting Los Angeles tech companies raised $4.2 billion in 2016, a nearly 40 percent increase over the previous year.“We expect this number to continue to climb, attracting more and more tech startups and companies to the region,” Lee said.Santa Monica’s newly adopted Downtown Community Plan (DCP) estimated overall office occupancy downtown at 94 percent, compared to 90 percent for Los Angeles County as a while.  Because of the demand and proximity to the beach and shopping, rents here are about 60 percent higher than the County average.“This is true despite the aging quality of the office supply, in part because the continued increases in demand for space exists in an environment in which there has been almost no additional office space added in the last 20 years,” reads the DCP.  Lack of space pushed Google and Riot Games out of the city.  The plan tries to focus construction of new office space along the Expo Line to mitigate the traffic impact of any expansions.Olive Hill Group has purchased more than $2.4 billion of commercial assets since forming in 1996.The same building sold to a New York firm just two years ago for over $90 million, according to a 2015 report in the Los Angeles Times.  At the time, tenants included the Xbox video gaming division of Microsoft Corp., television and film producer Zodiak USA and Boston Private Bank, according to the [email protected] on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsFILM REVIEW: THE SHAPE OF WATERShort-term rental giant amends lawsuit against Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agolast_img read more

Join the Discovery Insiders Tour to Israel and Explore a Very Timely and Precious Vision

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share I’ve already told you about the Discovery Insiders Tour, headed for Israel this coming fall, September 8 to 17, 2019, and featuring Stephen Meyer, Michael Medved, George Gilder, and Titus Kennedy. The details are here. It’s nine days in the Holy Land, and an opportunity to explore the roots of profound debates in science, politics, and culture.But it’s more than that. It is also very timely, as I want to add on a personal note, as a Jew. After the attack in Pittsburgh this past Shabbat, Jews around the United States are feeling vulnerable and on edge. At a time like this, it is a wonderful blessing to have friends, especially those in the Christian community. A Continent AwayI learned of the shooting on Saturday morning from the security guard at our synagogue, who functions informally as a town crier. George is a Christian who follows the news on Saturday, whereas Orthodox Jews do not use phones or computers on the Sabbath. Beyond keeping us safe, which is enough of a service already, if there is news of special interest, he’ll often let us know as we enter the building. So from our friend George, we heard what had happened. The world is small, and the Jewish world is far smaller. A continent away from Pittsburgh, everyone was greatly distraught.In this context, I’m reminded of my gratitude for the vision that animates Discovery Institute. Am I taking the occasion of a crime and a tragedy to promote a tour? Yes, and without apology. The Israel trip includes Tel Aviv, Galilee, Masada, Qumran, and Jericho, with outstanding seminars and discussions, and the Sabbath in Jerusalem. It is expensive, inevitably, which has to be admitted. But if you can afford it, you should go.Not Despite, but BecauseI think this is important to say. Discovery Institute, like the movement around the theory of intelligent design, is a big tent that includes Christians, Jews, and people of no settled views about faith. But it’s more than just a big tent that welcomes all. In ways that are both different and similar, Jews and Christians are pressed by hostile forces in our culture. One response might be to come together despite differences. And that’s a fine thing. This is the way of civilized people, and always has been. The only problem is that it can dilute the particulars of what we believe.Another response, though, might be to come together in friendship because of shared if different commitments. Do you see the crucial distinction? This is something seemingly new under the sun — Jews and Christians united because of their faiths, not despite them. I’ve had some very interesting conversations with colleagues about this. It’s a vision characteristic of Discovery Institute, traceable to the outlook of co-founders Bruce Chapman and George Gilder. Of course I’m not saying this perspective is to be found only at Discovery Institute. But it’s something very precious, and worthy of your support.Mind, Not MatterThe trip to Israel in September is an expression of this. With Michael Medved and Stephen Meyer, participants will see Israel as Jews see it and as Christians see it. These are different perspectives but the mission of Discovery Institute, by design, includes celebrating both. Why? You should read Discovery’s Mission Statement. It’s not the usual corporate talk you might expect from a committee. It’s from the heart. It begins:Mind, not matter, is the source and crown of creation, the wellspring of human achievement. Conceived by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks and Christians, and elaborated in the American Founding, Western culture has encouraged creativity, enabled discovery and upheld the uniqueness and dignity of human beings.This is a pretty good expression of the theme of the Discovery Insiders Tour, and Israel is the perfect place to learn more in detail about its meaning with Discovery Institute scholars. If you can go, you should. On a practical note, to do so you will need to sign up by January 1.Photo: Masada National Park, Israel, by Andrew Shiva/Wikipedia. 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LUH patients urged to participate in Patient Experience Survey

first_img Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Patients discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital are being urged to participate in the National Patient Experience Survey, which is running for the second year in 40 hospitals across the country.Nationally, an estimated 28,000 patients will receive the survey in the post by mid-June.Rachel Flynn, who heads up the survey, says last year’s results helped to affect change at a number of hospitals, including Letterkenny, and this year’s survey will help ensure those improvements are continuing.She says the local participation record is very good…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/rachelraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – June 8, 2018 center_img LUH patients urged to participate in Patient Experience Survey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAudio Update – Glenveagh is still Donegal’s most popular attractionNext article22 people awaiting admission at LUH News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

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