TfL should increase fares to promote social distancing, says think tank

first_img The congestion charge was put on hold indefinitely by mayor of London Sadiq Khan last month. Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance said on Thursday that the UK’s R was between 0.6 and 0.9, after being as high as three at the start of the outbreak. Stefan Boscia Boris Johnson will set out the government’s plan to ease lockdown on Sunday, with some sectors expected to return to work at the end of the month. People, some wearing face masks walk past Elephant and Castle underground station on April 22, 2020 (Getty Images) Transport for London (TfL) should increase fare prices at peak times once the coronavirus lockdown is eased, according to one of the country’s top think tanks. IFS deputy director Robert Joyce said: “More than ever the government needs to mitigate uncertainty wherever possible, promote and share innovation and help smooth the matching of workers to jobs. “This will dictate how many people can be safely carried on our services and the extent to which mitigating measures, including re-timing journeys to spread demand out of peak times and managing stations differently, will be needed. whatsapp Construction, and other industries where work cannot be done from home, will be among the first worksites to open. If the reproduction rate is one then it means every coronavirus carrier will infect one other person. Monday 4 May 2020 5:51 pm The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) released a new report today, suggesting measures such as increased fare prices would act as a disincentive for people catching public transport once workplaces begin to open. Downing Street’s plan is to slowly open up the economy, while keeping the reproduction rate, R, of the coronavirus outbreak to below one. 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TfL should increase fares to promote social distancing, says think tank “Continued working at home for everyone where possible will be absolutely essential, alongside other major changes to people’s routines including staggered shift and opening hours, additional restrictions on the use of the public transport, and bold measures that ensure we get substantially more people walking and cycling.”  People, some wearing face masks walk past Elephant and Castle underground station on April 22, 2020 (Getty Images) Also Read: TfL should increase fares to promote social distancing, says think tank Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ A spokesperson for Khan said the easing of social distancing restrictions would pose “serious challenges around maintaining social distancing”.last_img read more

In a single day, Dillingham clinic vaccinates almost 20% of community

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | SouthwestIn a single day, Dillingham clinic vaccinates almost 20% of communityFebruary 17, 2021 by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham Share:A health care worker fills a syringe with a dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 13, 2021. (Izzy Ross/KDLG)The Dillingham High School gym hummed with activity Saturday. Health care workers sat at tables spread across the room as people waited for a dose of the Moderna vaccine.It was Dillingham’s second weekend clinic, and the first since the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation opened the vaccine clinic to anyone over the age of 18.Patricia Owens was among a group waiting patiently on the gym’s hard plastic bleachers. She had just received her second shot of the two-dose vaccine.“I want to be healthy for my community and the people around me. I want to be able to see my mom and my grandkids,” she said.People who get vaccinated may still be able spread COVID-19. But Owens said getting the shot gives her hope that it’ll be safer for her to travel and see her family. Her mom is 87 and lives in Palmer.“In fact, I wanted to ask somebody when can I go see my mom. And my grandkids!” she said. “I’ve got lots of grandkids. They live in Anchorage, so it’s been over a year since I’ve seen them.”Kimberly Williams, a Curyung Tribal Council member chief, was among those who volunteered at the clinic. She is also an essential worker with Tanana Air, so she had already received her second dose.“I got my second dose and I went smelting on Saturday and Sunday, so you can tell the vaccine didn’t hit me at all,” she said.The clinic was organized by the health corporation in partnership with the tribe, the city, and the state-run Dillingham Public Health Clinic.Once people got their shot, workers with the tribe handed them a blue tote bag.“So the tribe, through our CARES money that we have received from the Department of Treasury, have put together CARES kits,” she explained. “We have our tribal administrator here and some workers giving out masks, gloves, a thermometer, an O2 sat machine so that if you do get COVID you’re able to monitor your oxygen saturation level.”Williams said the clinic is going well, although they’re not as busy as she’d like to see.“I’m helping with the vaccination and filling out the cards, and they have nine stations here, and not every station is busy at the same time,” she said. “I would love for us to all be busy giving out the vaccinations.”The clinic was structured to serve Elders and those considered high-risk during separate hours. But the stream of people showing up to get the vaccine was slow enough that nobody was turned away when they arrived.Sierra and Joseph Roehl received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Izzy Ross/KDLG)In the bleachers, Sierra Roehl, 22, waited with her younger brother, Joseph.“I’m relieved, yeah,” said Joseph, who is 19 and works at the N&N grocery store.“We got our second dose today,” Sierra said. “It was so short. We actually came a little earlier than noon, and we were kind of able to sneak by and get our shots right away. And it feels pretty good — a lot faster process than the last time.”Sierra is the assistant manager of Bayside Diner and the Bristol Inn, and receiving the vaccine brings her hope.“I can’t wait to open more, for the community to have dine-in at the diner, and then have more business. Because obviously this whole summer, winter has been so slow,” she said. “So the summertime — we’re really hoping that a lot of people in the community are able to be a lot more comfortable with this situation going on to allow us to get more income and revenue for the business during the summer here.”The tribal health organization is sending teams of health care workers into the villages to offer the vaccine throughout the Bristol Bay region.In all, approximately 425 people received either the first or second dose at the clinic.Share this story:last_img read more

College’s Collingwood Cup All-Ireland soccer heartbreak for Portlaoise’s McCormack

first_imgHome Sport Soccer College’s Collingwood Cup All-Ireland soccer heartbreak for Portlaoise’s McCormack SportSoccer College’s Collingwood Cup All-Ireland soccer heartbreak for Portlaoise’s McCormack By Alan Hartnett – 6th February 2019 Community WhatsApp WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Previous articleMountmellick Macra gearing up for their 21st PantoNext articleIn Pictures: Gaelscoil Portlaoise host annual Grandparents Day 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 Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Facebook TAGSCollingwood CupSean McCormack Council Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR He was extremely busy too, pulling off a number of saves over the course of the 110 minutes.He kept the game scoreless after 25 minutes when UCC’s Matthew McKevitt got in one-on-one with him but McCormack diverted his shot onto the post off his leg. A really fine save.And things got even better for McCoramck’s team on the 37th minute as UL got the goal which gave them a half time lead. Alan Murphy was the man who got it, a deadly strike into the roof of the net.However, UL’s quest for the first ever Collingwood Cup was undone four minutes from full time.Simon Falvery’s strike equalised for UCC and the game headed for two periods of ten minutes of extra time.And in the 93rd minute, UCC captain Robert Slevin scored what proved to be the winner.UL, who are hosting the competition this year, reached the final after great wins over Maynooth and Ulster University.They defeated Maynooth 3-1 in the last eight before seeing off Ulster University 2-0 in the semi final – with McCormack keeping a clean sheet.SEE ALSO – Portlaoise CBS students and teachers all set for Zambia trip Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Sean McCormack’s UL team before the RUSTLERS IUFU Collingwood Cup Final match between University of Limerick and University College Cork at Markets Field in Limerick. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile UL 1 UCC 2 (After Extra Time)RUSTLERS IUFU Collingwood Cup FinalUniversity of Limerick suffered All-Ireland College’s soccer heartbreak this afternoon following an extra team defeat to University College Cork in Market’s Field in Limerick this afternoon.And there is a strong Laois connection with the losing side as Portlaoise AFC goalkeeper Sean McCormack was between the posts for UL.last_img read more

Count 8 drama in Kildare South with FF in the firing line

first_img Previous articlePeter Ormond eliminated following 7th Count in Laois-Offaly but still no second electionNext articleELECTED: Barry Cowen takes second seat in Laois-Offaly to continue family tradition John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. It’s significant as the gap between the outgoing TD, Fiona O’ Loughlin of FF and the challenger, the Portarlington based independent, Cathal Berry is just 323, with the army man narrowly out in front.Berry and his team ran his highly effective campaign with military precision and now that he has his nose in front it is hard to see him being caught.In reality Fiona O’ Loughlin would require to get all of the Sinn Féin surplus to win and that’s simply not going to happen.The most she can hope for at this stage is to significantly narrow the gap to the point where considering a call for a recount could be on the cards.There is a lot at stake so certainly don’t rule that out.But for now Cathal Berry, the Independent whose campaign was launched by former PD Leader and Minister for Justice, and serving Senator Michael Mc Dowell, is on target to win a seat. It’s a FF seat he has in his sights.If Berry does take the seat it will mean a TD for Portarlington which ironically was only transferred into the Kildare South constituency on this occasion. It would be some turn up for the books.It would also lead to some soul searching in Fianna Fáil as it will be a huge setback to them.In the event that it does pan out this way Fianna Fáil would only have one TD from Kildare South, the outgoing Ceann Comhairle, Seán O’ Fearghaíll, who is automatically returned to the 33rd Dáil.For Dr Cathal Berry it would be a sensational victory for a candidate who has come from nowhere in his first ever election and blindsided all his opponents.We should have the result of the Patrica Ryan surplus transfer count in a couple of hours as each vote will be scrutinised in detail.Meanwhile in Laois-Offaly the count continues to count 8th the distribution of Peter Ormond’s 4449 votes as he has just been eliminated, with the Independent Carol Nolan well placed and the favourite to retain her seat.Losing out here will be Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy in an election which has proved a chastening experience for both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as all the old rules and conventions around party support and transfers go out the window.Count 7 – Quota 11,816Patricia Ryan (SF) 12,152 – ELECTEDMartin Heydon (FG) 11,676 (+2,025)Cathal Berry (IND) 10,693 (+2,423)Fiona O’Loughlin (FF) 10,370 (+1,434)SEE ALSO – Check out all the 2020 General Election coverage on LaoisToday Pinterest TAGS2020 General ElectionCathal Berry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Home News Count 8 drama in Kildare South with FF in the firing line NewsPolitics Kildare South is playing out as a bit of a nightmare for Fianna Fáil.Instead of securing a gain which they had targeted they are now struggling to win a single seat of the three up for grabs.It’s gone right down to the wire now on the 8th count – the distribution of Patricia Ryan’s surplus of 336. Pinterest GAA WhatsApp By John Whelan – 10th February 2020 center_img Count 8 drama in Kildare South with FF in the firing line Facebook News WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festivallast_img read more

Laois Councillor calls on 5G companies to be made liable for any ill effects to people

first_img WhatsApp Facebook 5G Pole Laois County Councillor Aisling Moran has called on companies who install and switch on 5G technology to be made liable if there are any side effects which make people ill.The Fine Gael Cllr made the call at May’s monthly meeting of Laois County Council which was held online.Back in October, Laois County Council imposed a suspension on the erection of masts and antenna associated with 5G. However, according to Cllr Moran, they have continued to pop up around the county and she says, ‘it seems they cannot be stopped’.Cllr Moran said: “In light of this, what we should do, is to make those telecommunication companies totally responsible and liable for any court cases that might arise in the future over side effects from their 5G.“They have to give us a written undertaking that they will be liable for any side affects that might arise from them.”Also, Cllr Moran called for the National Broadband Plan to be fast-tracked in order to cater for all of the people who are now working from home in the Coronavirus pandemic.She said: “There is a big issue with broadband in rural areas – and this pandemic has highlighted the problems further. “The National Broadband Plan is talking about delivering it over a number of years.“But the reality is that this really needs to be fast-tracked and delivered within a year to give people in rural areas a chance.”SEE ALSO – Minister Flanagan steps in to block ‘family visit’ for Laois man who murdered Carlow mother By Alan Hartnett – 30th May 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Pinterest Previous articleFr Paddy: Spirit of God, loving and freeNext articleLaois GAA club turn the sod on €180,000 new development 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. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp News center_img Facebook Laois Councillor calls on 5G companies to be made liable for any ill effects to people Home News Laois Councillor calls on 5G companies to be made liable for any… News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS5GCllr Aisling MoranNational Broadband Plan Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

DBRS maintains Alberta credit rating

first_img Alberta hopes higher oil prices will power recovery Keywords Alberta Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Related news “The negative trend reflects that Alberta continues to erode its low debt advantage through sustained deficit spending,” the agency said in a release Friday. “Moreover, the province has yet to provide a credible plan to restore balance.” Credit ratings affect how much governments pay to borrow money. Alberta had a $10.8 billion deficit last year and is forecasting a $10.3 billion deficit this fiscal year. Finance Minister Joe Ceci has said the NDP government hopes to balance the budget by 2024. DBRS said it is not convinced this can be achieved even though Alberta’s economy is improving and appears to have turned a corner supported by a modest rise in oil prices. “Given their reluctance to use additional tax room and the continued focus on maintaining services and funding growth, this objective is highly uncertain since it relies on a sustained recovery in economic activity buoyed by higher oil prices.” Ceci responded to the DBRS rating by accentuating the positive. “DBRS has maintained our AA-high credit rating, recognizing our province’s strong fiscal fundamentals and the many positive economic trends and signs of recovery happening in our province right now,” he said in a statement. “Alberta’s economy is expected to lead the country this year in economic growth, and jobs are returning. Our balance sheet remains the strongest in Canada and we continue to have the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio among the provinces.” Ceci’s statement did not address the agency’s concerns or its warning about a possible credit rating downgrade in the coming year. He said Albertans should remember that the province’s credit rating is among the highest in Canada and the government will continue spending on needed infrastructure projects and public services. “We will continue to restrain spending below population growth plus inflation and, as the economy continues to recover, the deficit will decrease over time.” Opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said the DBRS release is the latest warning by bond rating agencies about government spending and debt. He said it should prompt the NDP to take action to get Alberta’s finances in order. “The NDP should take steps to reduce spending,” Jean said in a release. “Another credit downgrade — our sixth in just two years — would severely hurt borrowing rates and core government services.” Toronto-based credit rating agency DBRS Ltd. is maintaining Alberta’s credit rating but says the outlook for the long-term is negative because of the NDP government’s unwillingness to tackle its deficit and growing debt. DBRS says the rating remains at AA-high, but the trend on long-term ratings has been changed to negative from stable and the province could face a downgrade within a year. center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Alberta’s economy ‘stuck in low gear’ John Cotter Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Health Ministry and UHWI Sign MOU for Training of Medical and Nursing Students

first_imgAdvertisements Health Ministry and UHWI Sign MOU for Training of Medical and Nursing Students UncategorizedApril 26, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) this morning (April 26) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to formalise arrangements for the ongoing training of the island’s medical and nursing personnel.The MOU will take effect in the 2007/08 academic year and will last for a period of five years, following which it will be revised.Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, in his remarks at the signing ceremony held in the UHWI’s boardroom, explained that under the arrangement, hospitals managed by the Ministry will be recognised by the University of the West Indies (UWI) as clinical training sites for medical, nursing, and students in other health professional groups.“The Ministry of Health and the Regional Health Authorities will give priority for clinical places to such students from the UWI. The UWI will be responsible for accrediting these institutions for training based on criteria laid down by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Medicine and other health professionals,” he said. The UWI, he indicated, will support the efforts of the Ministry to upgrade its facilities to reach the required accreditation standards.Students eligible for clinical training at the health facilities are: those taking the medical training programme; elective medical students registered with the UWI; nursing students in undergraduate and graduate programmes; physical therapy students pursuing bachelors and graduate programmes; students in the diagnostic imaging bachelors programme; and graduate students in medicine.According to the Health Minister, the move is critical for the next stage of development of the UHWI and the Faculty of Medical Sciences. “There is a partnership; we have pledged the support, and we have pledged the legislative and policy decisions if necessary and the financial resources from the government. I want you now to pledge to the people of Jamaica that you will keep your standards, and you will make sure that this facility remains the number one premier facility in the English-speaking Caribbean,” he stated.Professor Archibald McDonald, Acting Chief Executive Officer of UHWI and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, indicated that the new arrangement will enable the training of medical and health students in small groups.“What we do in the faculty is small group teaching and the nurses as well prefer to teach students in small groups of say four to eight and for the medical students, no more than eight students should be around a bed. Clearly, the UHWI will not be able to do this,” Professor McDonald said.“So we intend to expand the teaching to other institutions and as early as May 2007, we will have students doing formal rotation through the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” he informed, noting that facilities at Spanish Town and Mandeville will also be utilized.He gave the university’s commitment to “putting in the (institutions), the facilities that students need, things such as libraries and computers. That is the commitment on the part of the University of the West Indies; to assist these institutions in upgrading those facilities, which are needed by students,” he stated.In the meantime, Professor McDonald informed that a new building is slated to be constructed for the department of Basic Medical Sciences on lands adjacent to the University Hospital. He informed that construction should commence in January 2008.“Once those facilities are in place, we intend to increase enrolment (in the faculty of Medical Sciences) to 300 students. Now, in order to train these 300 students, we need access to the government institutions, which is another reason why this MOU is so important,” he pointed out. RelatedHealth Ministry and UHWI Sign MOU for Training of Medical and Nursing Studentscenter_img RelatedHealth Ministry and UHWI Sign MOU for Training of Medical and Nursing Students RelatedHealth Ministry and UHWI Sign MOU for Training of Medical and Nursing Studentslast_img read more

St. Mary 4-H Celebrates Achievement Day March 30

first_imgRelatedSt. Mary 4-H Celebrates Achievement Day March 30 St. Mary 4-H Celebrates Achievement Day March 30 AgricultureFebruary 5, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Mary 4-H Clubs Parish Advisory Council and Leaders’ Association will be staging the annual Parish Achievement Day celebration at the Oracabessa High School, St. Mary, on Tuesday (March 30).The days’ events will begin at 9 a.m. and will include competitions in public speaking, 4-H Boy and Girl of the Year, home economics, environmental and agricultural events and agri-processing.Held under the theme, “Youth involvement in local food production for sustainability”, the function will also feature displays by a number of government and non-government entities, a lunch hour concert and a prize giving ceremony.Speaking to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Charlene Edwards-Butler, 4-H Parish Development Officer for St. Mary, said that a minimum of 50 4-H clubs are scheduled to participate in the events, adding that the competitive towel folding, involving community 4-H Clubs, will be introduced at the function.She also stated that a number of events, including table setting, recitation, pet identification and plant identification, will also be conducted for the first time for 4-H Clubs in basic schools.Noting that special focus will be placed on banana and its by-products, Mrs. Edwards-Butler said this will be done to showcase the wide range of derivatives that can be realised from bananas, through agro-processing, and the enormous economic opportunities inherent in that line of production.Stating that the events have been carefully planned to attract the interest of the public and intensify the friendly competitiveness of the participating clubs, she said she was confident that the function will achieve the same level of success that has attended previous ones.Paying tribute to the teachers and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to prepare the 4-H clubbites for the event, she said support and commitment have played a pivotal role in keeping the organisation active and vibrant over the years. RelatedSt. Mary 4-H Celebrates Achievement Day March 30center_img RelatedSt. Mary 4-H Celebrates Achievement Day March 30 Advertisementslast_img read more

New analysis identifies vulnerable supply chains

first_imgNew analysis identifies vulnerable supply chains Preliminaries: Cover, Copyright and publication detail, Terms of reference, Contents, Preface, and Abbreviations Executive summary Findings 1 About this study 1.1 Background to the study 1.2 What was the Commission asked to do? 1.3 How does this study relate to other reviews and government initiatives? 2 Supply chains and risks 2.1 Supply chains are complex, and becoming more so 2.2 Supply chain vulnerabilities 3 A framework to identify vulnerable supply chains 3.1 The links between wellbeing and supply chains 3.2 The approach to identifying goods and services that are vulnerable, essential and critical 4 Applying the framework to Australian imports 4.1 How important are imports to economic activity? 4.2 How vulnerable are Australian imports to disruption? 4.3 How reliant is the production of essential goods and services on vulnerable imports? 4.4 Direct and indirect contribution of vulnerable imports to the consumption of essential goods and services 4.5 Possible extensions to this work 5 Supply chain risk management 5.1 A framework for managing risks 5.2 Understanding risk 5.3 Managing supply chain risks 5.4 Risk ownership and the role of government A Consultation B Case studies in vulnerability B.1 Estimating global supply concentrations B.2 Case studies C Technical application of the analytical framework C.1 Assessing import vulnerability C.2 Assessing essential goods and services Annex A: Data sources Annex B: Classifications D Import demand elasticities D.1 What is elasticity of demand and why is it useful? D.2 Estimating elasticities for chemicals References /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:Australia, Australian, Commission, Government, import, production, Productivity Commission, study, supply chain, terms of reference, wellbeinglast_img read more

State Biotechnology Conference Slated For CU-Boulder On Sept. 14

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Scientists, engineers, students and business representatives will present their latest research findings and exchange new ideas at the 12th annual Colorado Biotechnology Symposium at the University of Colorado on Sept. 14.The conference, to be held at the University Memorial Center, will bring together biotechnology researchers from university, industry and government laboratories in Colorado to share recent research and development progress. Expected to draw about 300 participants, the event is sponsored by the Colorado Institute for Research in Biotechnology, or CIRB, and has received state funding from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. The annual biotechnology conference alternates between CU-Boulder and Colorado State University.”The goal is to promote interaction and cooperation between academia, government and industry on particular biotechnology issues,” said Robert Davis, a CU-Boulder chemical engineering professor and chair of the 1999 symposium. “The conference documents successful collaborative research through scientific presentations and promotes future successes by linking academics with business and industry representatives sharing similar research and development interests.”More than 300 people are expected to attend the symposium, including about 100 students, said Davis. “Students get the opportunity to share their research with industry, learn about the business end of biotechnology and network with possible future employers,” he said. The conference will begin with registration in the UMC Lobby at 8 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. by Professor Davis and Carol Lynch, CU-Boulder’s associate vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School. The plenary address at 9 a.m. by Dr. Lisa Brannan-Peppas from Biogel Technology Inc. of Indianapolis will focus on biodegradable polymers in targeted and controlled drug delivery. Five parallel sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. One of the sessions, co-chaired by Charles Ferris of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and Jonas Kiken of the Colorado Venture Center in Denver, is titled “The Business of Biotechnology.” It will include a panel discussion on “Positioning Yourself for Two-Fold Success: The Patent Process and Early Commercial Concerns.”Another session will be a “minisymposium” on RNA biotechnology featuring presentations by researchers from CU-Boulder, CSU, the CU Health Sciences Center and the Beckman Research Institute of Duarte, Calif. One of the papers presented will detail a ribozyme-based gene therapy for AIDS.A third parallel session on new, high sensitivity detection methods for molecular biology involves presentations by researchers from CU-Colorado Springs, CSU, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes of Baltimore, Biostar Inc. of Boulder and Baxter Hemoglobin Therapeutics of Deerfield, Ill. A fourth morning session focusing on processes and medical biotechnology will include presentations by researchers from CU-Boulder, the Health Sciences Center, CSU, Amgen Inc. of Boulder and SHOT Inc. of Floyd Knobs, Ind. CU-Boulder researchers Jeffrey Heys and Victor Barocas will present new research on the mathematical modeling of fluid mechanics in the eye as part of the session.The fifth morning session, which covers agricultural, energy and environmental biotechnology, includes presentations by researchers from CU-Boulder, CSU and the University of Arizona. CSU researchers will report on sequential anaerobic/aerobic treatment of PCB-contaminated soil. A poster and social session in the afternoon will feature dozens of technical posters describing recent biotechnology progress in Colorado, along with tabletop displays on industrial products and services. Corporate sponsors include Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals Inc., Amgen Inc. Proligo LLC and Dharmacon Research Inc., all of Boulder, as well as Heska Inc. and Cytomation Inc. of Fort Collins, Western Separations of Lake Forest, Calif., and the Piscataway, N.J., office of Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Inc.For conference registration and fee information, contact Ellen Romig in the CU-Boulder chemical engineering department at (303) 492-6650. Published: Sept. 9, 1999 last_img read more