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Pharmalittle: Merck takes a victory lap; AstraZeneca fallout continues

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED By Damian Garde July 28, 2017 Reprints What is it? National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Pharmalot Tags cancerpharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+ Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img About the Author Reprints Damian Garde Log In | Learn More Pharmalittle: Merck takes a victory lap; AstraZeneca fallout continues Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] @damiangarde Good morning, one and all. Damian Garde here, filling in for Ed Silverman with your requisite helping of morning headlines. It’s Friday, as you undoubtedly know, which means your week, likely laden with meetings, deadlines, and other sundry horrors of working life, is coming to a close. Before you set off on a weekend we hope is devoid of drug industry distraction, settle in with one of those cups of stimulation — iced, perhaps — and enjoy these tidbits from around the pharma world.Merck shattered analysts’ profit predictions on the strength of its star cancer therapy, Reuters tells us, as sales of Keytruda nearly tripled year over year. Amid the changing sands in immuno-oncology, Merck remains in the lead thanks in part to setbacks for rivals Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche, and AstraZeneca. And on the topic of earnings, if you’re keen to dig into what has been an interesting quarter for biopharma, join STAT for a live chat today at noon ET.last_img read more

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Statement From Acting Premier On NSW Border Closure

first_imgStatement From Acting Premier On NSW Border Closure VIC PremierVictorians know all too well: this virus moves fast. It’s why, as a state, we need to move faster.On the advice of our public health team, and from 11.59pm 1 January 2021, Victoria will close its borders to New South Wales.This is not an easy choice – and certainly not one we wanted to make on a day that’s supposed to be about celebrating.But we know this is the right decision if we’re to protect everything Victorians have worked so hard to achieve.Under the changes, any Victorian currently in the Green Zone will have until 11.59pm tomorrow night to come home.This does not include Victorians in the Blue Mountains City Council and Wollongong City Council local government areas, who must apply for a new permit and arrive before 11.59pm tonight.Any Victorian, regardless of where they’re arriving from in New South Wales, will need to get tested and then quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in our state.Unfortunately, that means no going to work, no trips to the supermarket or visits to the local park. That’s a big sacrifice. But as we’ve seen in recent days, it’s integral to keeping our state safe.For those in our border communities, we understand that you need to be able to travel in between New South Wales and Victoria, and we will have a process in place to allow that to happen. Details will be confirmed shortly.We also understand this will have implications for those who are travelling through New South Wales from other part of our nation. For those this applies to, we’ll also have more to say about our arrangements soon.Existing provisions for freight, domestic air crews, those exiting mandatory quarantine, medical care and emergency services will remain the same.Authorised Officers will continue to monitor arrivals at our airports, and our hardworking Victoria Police officers will continue to guard our state’s borders.These changes are in addition to those announced earlier today, limiting the number of people who can visit your home each day to 15, in addition to making masks mandatory when indoors.I know people are well and truly ready to be rid of this year, and this virus. But in taking it seriously, and acting quickly, we can stop its spread.My message to Victorians: we’ve got this. By wearing our masks, limiting our gatherings and getting tested if we have any symptoms, we can squash this virus just like we have before.And to our friends just north of the border – stay strong. We’ll see you soon. /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:AusPol, Australia, Blue Mountains, Border, council, Emergency, Government, New South Wales, NSW, police, Premier, public health, supermarket, travel, Victoria, Victoria Police, Wollongong, Wollongong City Councillast_img read more

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Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group

first_imgArihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group Hon Andrew Little Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques.“Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the Ministerial Advisory Group,” Lead Coordination Minister for the Government Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry Andrew Little said.“I’m pleased with the broad range of skills and experience members will bring to the group, encompassing leadership, collaboration and advocacy.“The membership includes affected whānau, survivors and witnesses, representative communities, civil society, local government and the private sector.“We want to ensure we have representation from all our diverse communities, and will be talking to Pacific, rainbow, disability and rural communities for potential candidates to join the group,” Andrew Little said.The group is being established in response to recommendation 44 of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report: Establish an Implementation Oversight Advisory Group.The Ministerial Advisory Group will play a key role in providing independent advice to the Government on the way it implements the commission’s recommendations.“I’m looking forward to working with Arihia and the group as we respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and make New Zealand a safer, more inclusive country for everyone,” Andrew Little said.The full list of Ministerial Advisory Group members is:Arihia Bennett (chair)Abdur Razzaq KhanAliya DanzeisenDr Arif AliBariz ShahBernard O’DonnellClaire Appleby-PhillipsDeborah JamesDr Edwina PioEva ChenIman Gamal FoudaHaris MurtazaJennifer Khan-JanifJos RaffillsKatrina AzerKodrean EashaeDr Maysoon SalamaDr Mai TamimiMustafa DerbashiNissa MowjoodNoeleen van de LisdonckParminder KaurPatrick O’ConnorRadiya AliRichard LeungTahirah MotonDr Shaystah DeanStephen Goodman /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:Attack, Christchurch, Commission, Dean, Government, leadership, Minister, New Zealand, pacific, royal commission, Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, Societylast_img read more

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Clark County prepares for financial impacts of pandemic

first_imgCounty departments have submitted draft reduction scenarios and, in combination with current efforts, have been able to realize approximately $4 million is cost savingsVANCOUVER – Clark County officials have been monitoring revenues and expenditures due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and developing initial assumptions on potential revenue loss. Clark County Councilor Gary Medvigy told Clark County Today that he hopes area residents will shop locally so sales tax revenue can be used to help the county deal with budget impacts due to the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Chris BrownClark County Councilor Gary Medvigy told Clark County Today that he hopes area residents will shop locally so sales tax revenue can be used to help the county deal with budget impacts due to the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Chris BrownThe county is anticipating current year revenue losses of $5 to $13 million. In order to prepare for the revenue shortfall, the county is implementing a phased-reduction approach to balance the 2020 budget.The initial phase included implementing strategic initiatives at the onset of the COVID-19 response, including:Established a hiring freezeEliminated non-essential spendingEliminated overtime when possiblePut some General Fund projects on holdCounty departments have submitted draft reduction scenarios and, in combination with current efforts, have been able to realize approximately $4 million is cost savings. These savings are primarily attributed to personnel vacancy savings and delaying projects.County departments continue to review their General Fund budgets, assessing service levels and additional potential cost savings measures. Departments will be submitting reduction scenarios to include a 2 percent, 3 percent and 5 percent reduction that may be realized in June, July and August. The county’s finance team — which consists of the interim county manager, the finance director, the deputy treasurer and the budget director — will continue to monitor expenditures and actual revenues received and will adjust the projections as needed on a weekly basis.Interim County Manager Kathleen OttoInterim County Manager Kathleen Otto“While there are many challenges during this unprecedented time, the county is reviewing opportunities in which we can continue to provide necessary services to Clark County residents,” said Interim County Manager Kathleen Otto. As with many other local jurisdictions, Clark County will receive funding through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The anticipated amount is $26.8 million. The Auditor’s Office is currently reviewing county expenses to ensure all Department of Treasury guidelines are met.“What we do know is that funding from the CARES Act cannot be used for revenue losses,” said Otto.County Chair Eileen Quiring expressed confidence that the county’s finance team’s response was appropriate based on its initial assumptions.Clark County Council Eileen QuiringClark County Council Eileen Quiring“I really think our finance team and our Interim County Manager Kathleen Otto is doing a spectacular job forecasting,’’ Quiring said. “Kathleen is working very hard to find efficiencies and the departments are definitely cooperating. We’re looking at everything in order to try to save funds.’’“I know we have to think about the county and its revenue and financial problems, but I really feel for the people of Clark County, the small business owners and others who were working and now are out of a job because of this pandemic,’’ Quiring said. “At this point they must be feeling pretty desperate. We at the county are doing everything we can to tighten our belt. We’re getting cooperation from all of our departments.’’Councilor Gary Medvigy also responded to a request for a response to the county’s budget adjustments from Clark County Today, which was also sent to councilors Julie Olson, John Blom and Temple Lentz.Clark County Councilor Gary MedvigyClark County Councilor Gary Medvigy“The budget is just one casualty of it,’’ said Medvigy, referring to the impact of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. “I’m confident as much as we can be in our budget projections. I think it’s well within our capacity. The estimates show that we can move through it pretty safely with the numbers we are seeing.’’Medvigy praised Clark County residents for paying their property taxes on time and also pleaded with them to continue to shop locally.“I want to emphasize, please buy locally,’’ he said. “We don’t have income tax but we do have a sales tax. We depend on sales tax. That’s a constant pressure we have. Everyone can do their bit by shopping locally.“I also want to thank our taxpayers,’’ he said. “They are paying their property taxes on time in great numbers. That’s also a positive aspect of what numbers we’re looking at. We know a lot of people are struggling out there, but a good number of people are stepping up and paying their taxes on time and in full measure. We’re on target. We’re almost in a better place than I thought we would be right now.’’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WIAA wants your input on state basketball format Next : Ilani set to reopen May 28AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Clark County prepares for financial impacts of pandemicPosted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Monday, May 18, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

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Rolls-Royce builds its final Phantom VII sedan after 13 years

first_img RELATED TAGSPhantomRolls-RoyceNewsRolls-Royce PhantomRolls-Royce plc Rolls-Royce has put the finishing touches on its final current-generation Phantom sedan.Naturally, it’s a bespoke model. On the customer’s request, a Rolls-Royce collector themselves, the final Phantom is finished with a number of nautical touches, including deep blue paintwork with matching interior details, white-striped tires, a timepiece displaying 24 different time zones inside and, of course, a solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.Meanwhile, as this lucky buyer adds the final Phantom to their surely priceless collection, the automaker is already hard at work on the next-generation model. Chief among the changes will be a new, lightweight aluminum chassis. The rest of the upcoming Phantom’s hard points likely won’t change – motivation will still come from a 12-cylinder engine, and the design isn’t expected to differ greatly from the outgoing model. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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” Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › If you missed your chance with the current Phantom, fear not – the next-generation Phantom is set to debut later this year. And if sedans just aren’t your style, Rolls-Royce also has an SUV in the pipeline.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Rolls-Royce Phantomcenter_img advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada 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 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Rolls-Royce Phantom See More Videoslast_img read more

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On The Road: Between motorcycles and med school, one wins out over the other

first_imgSupplied / Brett Hart We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › In the competition in Japan, the mechanics had 80 minutes to complete a technical lab consisting of two components — first, get the bike running, and second, complete a service list and adjust what needed to be adjusted on the bike. Then, the competing technicians had to complete a customer service lab, where they listened to a ‘customer’ who’d brought a bike in for work.“The main portion of that lab was the importance Yamaha placed on how you treated the customer during the return of the serviced motorcycle,” Hart explains.Throughout the competition, Hart felt that he was doing well but was still surprised at the awards ceremony when he was declared the overall winner.“I couldn’t believe I’d actually done it,” he says.Hart was presented with the trophy as winner of the Yamaha World Technician GP and part of the recognition will be an upcoming Moto GP trip. After winning, Hart’s girlfriend Jordan Van Eerden flew into Japan and the pair took a week to explore the country. “I’m glad I didn’t become a physician,” Hart concludes. “I’m sure I would have liked the job, but my life is pretty sweet right now.”Greg Williams is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Have a column tip? Contact him at 403-287-1067 or [email protected] Deciding against medical school, he began a pre-employment program at Fairview College that set him up to become a motorcycle technician. He got his first job at Seitzco Motorsports in Okotoks, s a single-line Yamaha dealer bought out by Cycle Works Motorsports. He worked at Seitzco for six years before moving on to Walt Healy Yamaha in Calgary and then Blackfoot Motosports.Meanwhile, Hart had watched his mentor Ryan Peddie become involved with the Yamaha World Technician GP competition. In 2007, Peddie had placed first in the Canadian qualifier and traveled to Japan.“I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Hart says.In 2009, Hart began competing in the events that take place every two years. He placed in the top three at his first Canadian qualifying event, and then fourth two times in a row. In July this year, he clinched the top spot in the national event at Yamaha’s Toronto headquarters, and that gave him a spot in Japan.“I knew I’d be working on the Yamaha MT-09 in the sport bike class,” Hart explains, and continues, “to prepare for the competition, I spent time studying the manuals for that bike, and I’d stay after work and de-bug an MT-09 that had been given an ‘issue.’”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Master technician Brett Hart of Calgary, who just won the top spot at Yamaha’s World Technician GP in Iwata, Japan, shows his appreciation for one of his favourite brands of motorcycle. advertisement Supplied / Brett Hart Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Master technician Brett Hart works to de-bug a Yamaha during the Canadian finals for World Technician GP. It was his first place finish in the Canadian event that saw him jetting to Iwata, Japan to participate in the Yamaha World Technician GP, where he clinched the top spot, becoming the first Canadian tech to ever do so.  Supplied / Brett Hart RELATED TAGSYamahaNewsOn the Road Hart was 10 years old when his dad, Tim, put him on the back of a 1985 Honda XL600. The pair explored the roads and the country around their Vulcan, Alberta hometown. When Hart was 12, he decided it was time to buy a motorcycle of his own. After a summer of mowing lawns and painting fences, Hart had saved up enough money to lay down $300 for a 1981 XL125.“As soon as I got my own Honda, my dad stated teaching me how to do simple things, such as oil changes,” Hart explains.When Hart blew the engine in his next bike, a Honda XR350, he simply bought another exact same model. He badly crashed that machine in the dirt and wrecked the frame. That saw him doing his first engine swap, putting the still-healthy motor from the crash victim into the chassis of his first XR350.“It was just something I did for fun and it kept me out of trouble,” Hart says.By the time he was 16 and armed with a driver’s licence, Hart had moved to street bikes and a 1984 Kawasaki GPZ900. Soon after, he reached the critical juncture of having to make a decision about what he’d do after high school.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Master technician Brett Hart works to de-bug a Yamaha during the Canadian finals for World Technician GP. It was his first place finish in the Canadian event that saw him jetting to Iwata, Japan to participate in the Yamaha World Technician GP, where he clinched the top spot, becoming the first Canadian tech to ever do so. Throughout high school, Brett Hart thought he would become a doctor. As graduation loomed, however, he reflected on his young life and decided he’d follow his passion: Motorcycles, and more specifically, fixing them.“Being a physician would have been OK,” Hart says. “But I don’t think I would have loved doing the job.”And Hart clearly loves being a master motorcycle technician with a career at Blackfoot Motosports. It’s given the Calgarian opportunities he’d never imagined, and taken him places such as Iwata, Japan. It was there, in mid-October, that Hart beat out 21 competitors from 19 countries and regions to take top spot in the prestigious Yamaha World Technician GP — essentially, a motorcycle mechanic and customer service skills competition.“Brett’s one hell of a hard worker and a super smart mechanic with a great depth in his ability to troubleshoot,” says Blackfoot Motosports president and CEO Doug MacRae. “We couldn’t be prouder of his World Tech GP win, and he’s an integral piece of the puzzle around here.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Brett Hart of Calgary, a master technician at Blackfoot Motosports, celebrates being the first Canadian ever to win the top spot at the prestigious Yamaha World Technician GP in Iwata, Japan. 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” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Supplied / Brett Hartlast_img read more

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Order your spring textbooks today

first_imgCategories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: Jan. 5, 2021 Placing a textbook order with the CU Book Store is the fast, easy and convenient way to get all of the correct course materials for your classes, guaranteed. The textbook department is closed to in-person shopping, for your convenience and safety all textbooks must be ordered. The CU Book Store is processing orders as quickly as possible.For instructors: Helping students with course materialsThe CU Book Store is open and ready to assist students with their course material needs. The textbook department is closed to in-person shopping, for student’s convenience and safety all textbooks must be ordered. School supplies, technology and Buff Gear are available for in-store shopping or ordering online.Students just need their IdentiKey to place a textbook order and will receive free ground shipping on orders of $49 or more through February, or they may pick up in-store. Please check store hours before visiting the store. The book store has also extended their return policy for textbooks, Buff gear and school supplies.If you or a student have questions or need assistance, contact the CU Book Store via live chat, email or call 303-492-7089.All you will need is your IdentiKey to place an order. You can choose your preference of rental, used or new books. Receive free ground shipping on orders of $49 or more through February, or choose in-store pickup. By ordering, you will also receive alerts if your professors add additional course materials to your classes after your order has been processed. It’s fast, easy and convenient!School supplies and technology products are also available to order online. Please make sure to bring your Buff OneCard when visiting the store and your order number for in-store pick up.Please check store hours before you visit. They have also extended their return policy for textbooks, Buff gear and school supplies.If you have textbook questions or need assistance ordering, contact the CU Book Store via live chat, email or call 303-492-7089.Textbooks, course materials come in many formatsDay 1 Digital Access, rental books, digital materials, open educational resources and more—learn more about each of these formats and how they are delivered and billed.Textbook rentalsRenting textbooks is a cost-effective option. You can highlight and make notes in rental books and if you decide to keep it, no problem! Textbooks can be purchased at the end of the term for the difference between the rental and retail prices—no additional fees. Please make sure to return your rental books on time to avoid extra costs.Bill your textbooks, school suppliesThe CU Book Store is the only place where students can charge their purchases to the tuition and fee bill! Students may charge textbooks, school supplies and technology accessory purchase’s up to $1,500 per semester to their student tuition and fee bill. Visit the book store website for complete details.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Chardonnay Scores 91 Points in Wine Enthusiast

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Chardonnay Scores 91 Points in Wine EnthusiastIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessLucas & Lewellen Vineyards Chardonnay Scores 91 Points in Wine EnthusiastBy Press Release – July 21, 2014 37 0 Facebook Email ReddIt Share Linkedin TAGSLucas & Lewellen VineyardsWine Enthusiast Pinterest AdvertisementSanta Barbara County, California- (July 21, 2014) The approaching August issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine highlights the best of California wine and food.  As part of this special issue, Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded Lucas & Lewellen’s 2012 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay with a 91 point score. The popular food friendly style and acclaim of this score has spurred interest in this Chardonnay at Lucas & Lewellen’s Tasting Room in downtown Solvang.Director of Winemaking, Megan McGrath Gates, says: “This Chardonnay embodies the region and soils from which it hails in northern Santa Barbara County. The area is illustrious in its own right. Our 2012 Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards Chardonnay doesn’t disappoint with its creamy entry, mouth feel, and flavors that dance and linger. It was not aged in oak but did go through malo-lactic fermentation which gives rise to rich aromas: fresh creamery butter, tropical notes, citrus, and true-to-variety signature Chardonnay character.”Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room Manager, Andrew Moore adds:  “This new world Chardonnay deviates quite a bit from the more classic French-styled Chardonnays we are known for.  The new kid on the block has quickly become one of our most requested wines.  If the success of this particular vintage is any indication, we’ll be seeing more of the no-oak, buttery interpretation of Chardonnay at Lucas & Lewellen in the future.”The Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room is located at 1645 Copenhagen Drive-Solvang, CA – open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – open later on weekends. For more information, call 805-686-9336, or visit www.LLwine.comAdvertisement Twitter Previous articleThree mistakes every small winery makes when dealing with retailers, and how to correct them for more sales into the channelNext articleAfternoon Brief, July 21 Press Releaselast_img read more

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All Obligations Will Be Met – Finance Minister

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the Jamaican people, noting that the increase in the 2015/16 Budget is to ensure that “all obligations we entered into will be fulfilled.”Dr. Phillips said the Government continues to acknowledge the sacrifices and commitments made by public and private sector stakeholders, at all levels, to ensure the successful implementation of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP).In this regard, he said, civil servants can “rest assured” that the Administration will be negotiating “reasonable” wage agreements with them. Further, that the administration remains steadfast in its undertaking to reduce the debt, which he projects will fall to 130 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by March 2016.The Minister was making his presentation at the opening of the 2015/16 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on March 12, under the theme: ‘Strong Foundations for Growth and the Expansion of Opportunities’.The Finance Minister said the Government is also intent on fulfilling its obligations to: reducing the Budget deficit; and further reducing the current account deficit to 2.3 per cent during the 2015/16 fiscal year.“Despite the difficult circumstances of the reform, we have (also) made provisions in this year’s Budget to continue to protect the poorest and most vulnerable in the society (by expanding) the social budget to $4 billion, including both the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and the Primary School Feeding Programme,” Dr. Phillips said.Other notable provisions, the Finance Minister highlighted, include: $8 billion allocated to the health budget, “to ensure that the social gains made in the past, can be sustained;” and $3 billion for major road infrastructure development.The total Central Government expenditure for 2015/16 is $641.5 billion. All Obligations Will Be Met – Finance Minister Budget 2015/2016March 16, 2015Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedMore Tax Relief for PAYE Workers RelatedBPO to Yield 6,400 Additional Jobs Story HighlightsFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the Jamaican people, noting that the increase in the 2015/16 Budget is to ensure that “all obligations we entered into will be fulfilled.”Dr. Phillips said the Government continues to acknowledge the sacrifices and commitments made by public and private sector stakeholders, at all levels, to ensure the successful implementation of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP).In this regard, he said, civil servants can “rest assured” that the Administration will be negotiating “reasonable” wage agreements with them. center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGrowth Accelerating in Tourism Sector – Finance Minister Advertisementslast_img read more

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House Passes Bill to Modernise Public Procurement Legislation

first_imgAdvertisements Story HighlightsA Bill to modernise Jamaica’s public procurement legislation was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 7.The Public Procurement Act will reflect new policy thinking and international best practices in the area.Opening the debate on the Bill, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, said it will facilitate greater participation of the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) sector in public procurement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Bill to modernise Jamaica’s public procurement legislation was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 7.The Public Procurement Act will reflect new policy thinking and international best practices in the area.Opening the debate on the Bill, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, said it will facilitate greater participation of the Micro, Small and Medium-size  Enterprise (MSME) sector in public procurement.“The Bill includes a definition of offsets in Clause 2, which recognises the policy of this Government to apply margin of preference….to encourage Jamaica’s economic growth, in particular, among the MSME sector,” Mr. Dalley said.He noted that with the introduction of offsets, there will be the creation of policy space to facilitate the growth of the MSMEs.“A certain portion of Government contracts will be set aside only for the MSME sector. For example, if procurement is to be done, let us say, at a cost of $10 million, certain contractors and suppliers of a higher grade will not be allowed to bid on those procurements. Those procurements will be reserved only for the MSME sector,” Mr. Dalley explained.He added that the Joint Select Committee spent a lot of time ensuring that the Bill bolsters the work of small businesses in Jamaica.The Bill will also provide for the establishment of the Procurement Policy Office, the Public Procurement Commission and strengthen and expand the function of the Procurement Review Board that will regulate and harmonise the public procurement process.It also removes from the Contractor General’s Act all provisions related to the National Contracts Commission (NCC), to be replaced by the new Public Procurement Commission.The methods of procurement have also been expanded, and the circumstances in which bidding occurs broadened to include open and closed framework agreements, as well as electronic Government procurement.In his contribution to the debate, Member of Parliament for East Central St. James, Edmund Bartlett, said the Bill “breaks new grounds in terms of building Jamaica’s capacity to deliver in the international trade, as well as in terms of efficiencies, which are vital if we are to be regarded as being a place to do business, raise our families and to live a prosperous life.”The Bill is to be sent to the Senate for its approval and, if passed, will be Jamaica’s first stand- alone instrument, which will guide and regulate how the Government spends tax-payers’ dollars on procuring goods, services and works. RelatedJamaica Making Strides in UN Development Agendacenter_img RelatedGovernment Senator Calls for Restructuring of School Boards RelatedSenate Passes Income Tax (Amendment) Act, 2015 House Passes Bill to Modernise Public Procurement Legislation ParliamentJuly 9, 2015Written by: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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