International High-speed Rail Association (IHRA) and Embassy of Japan in India in collaboration with Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), conducted a Japan Travel Seminar 2019 recently, ‘The Shinkansen – Make your way through Japan with a high-speed Train’, at The Lalit, New Delhi.The key agents of New Delhi were invited to the event. The objective of the seminar was to introduce, promote Japan tourism in India and help Indian travellers know about the rich cultural heritage of the country and for travellers to explore it through the high-speed train.The opening ceremony was kicked off by a welcome greeting by Masafumi Shukuri, Chairman, IHRA; Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan and Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Minister of Tourism, Government of India. This was followed by a brief presentation by Mamoru Kobori, Executive Vice- President, JNTO and Akihiko Tamura, Former Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner.“The Shinkansen, commonly known as a high-speed train, is the safest and the most reliable mode of transport within Japan. The aim of the high-speed train is to shorten the time people spend travelling from one destination to another. The high-speed train may change the way tourists travel, leaving more time for them to enjoy the destination. It plays a very prominent role in the country’s economy and lifestyle. Even India has decided to have its own high-speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, which will help us build a better relationship between the countries,” said Masafumi Shukuri, Chairman, IHRA.Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan said, “India is a key market for Japan. Recently the 3rd Meeting of India-Japan Tourism Council summit was held in India in early January 2019 to improve our relationship with India. We have decided to promote Japan in South India and are planning to start direct flights from Chennai and Bangalore as well to Japan, very soon.”Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Minister of Tourism, Government of India thanked the gathering and commented that he was looking forward to the inauguration of the high speed rail in India. He also expressed his sincere wish that the relationship between India and Japan should continue to flourish and grow.Mamoru Kobori, Executive Vice-President, JNTO made an extensive presentation on the JNTO website, its navigation and features. He also spoke about The Japan Specialist Program, key visuals of Japan and requested the attendees to enrol in the same.The final presentation was by, Akihiko Tamura, Former Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner who said, “The Shinkansen is the most effective mode of transport within Japan as it cuts down the travel time immensely. The high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will play a major role in Indian economy and lifestyle as well.”Several senior officials attended the seminar from the Tourism and Urban Planning and Transportation department of India and Japan.#ANA and #JAL will introduce new direct flight route from Japan to Chennai and Bengaluru, respectively.
August 12, 1997Ken and Lori examint the results of previous night’s glaze firing.
Estonia-based transmission services provider Levira has appointed Gabriel Cocean as sales executive for playout and media management services.Levira said the appointment would help with its planned expansion into other central and eastern European territories. Cocean previously worked at IPTV software provider Espial.“The central and eastern Europe is the key region for the continued expansion of Levira,” said Indrek Lepp, director of the division of media services. “Therefore we are delighted to welcome Gabriel to our sales team. I am confident that Gabriel’s experience will help us achieve our goals in the CEE area.”
Channel 4 has announced plans to shut down its youth-skewing network E4 on May 7, the day of the UK general election, to encourage its viewers to “stop watching TV and get out and vote.”Channel 4 said that E4 will switch off its regular schedule, commercials and promos for the day, instead airing footage of “Darren – the guy in charge of making sure E4 is on” who will be seen manning the ‘on’ and ‘off’ switch in the channel’s fictional control room.“Less than half of under-25s voted at the last election so we’ve engaged the most powerful weapon that we have at our disposal to try and boost that number – switching off their favourite TV channel for the day,” said Channel 4’s chief marketing and communications officer, Dan Brooke.Channel 4 said the move marks the first time that a UK channel will shut down to encourage people to vote.
President Trump presented a broad-brush outline of how his administration hopes to stem the decades-long increase in prescription drug prices and spending, in a speech Friday in the Rose Garden of the White House.The administration also released a 39-page document describing a variety of proposals it is either considering or studying in an effort to lower costs to individuals, corporations, the government and the economy as a whole.There were few concrete actions taken today. The plan mostly lists dozens of “potential” steps the administration may take, along with many others that were included in the president’s budget proposal and will require congressional action. Several options are “requests for information.”Nevertheless, the president characterized the proposal as “the most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people.””We will have tougher negotiations, more competition and much lower prices at the pharmacy counter and it will start to take effect very soon,” Trump said.The president was accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who played a major role in developing the plan.Trump said he wants to eliminate “middlemen” in the drug industry — which includes pharmacy benefit managers and wholesalers — and he criticized industry lobbyists for making a fortune at the expense of taxpayers and patients.U.S. patients spent nearly $329 billion on prescription drugs in 2016, according to the National Health Expenditures Survey. That’s an increase of about $100 billion in the past 10 years.Many researchers say the biggest reason behind the rising spending is high prices for prescription drugs. Often, companies are rewarded for setting a high retail price because insurers negotiate discounts off that initial price.The blueprint released Friday reiterates proposals that were included in the White House budget proposal. Those include allowing Medicare’s prescription drug plans to slim down the number of drugs they pay for to spark price competition among pharmaceutical companies, and capping how much money Medicare patients themselves can spend on drugs each year.”On the positive side, I will say that HHS does seem to be paying close attention to this issue, given all the issues they bring up in the blueprint document,” says Walid Gellad, director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh.”On the negative side, it’s a bunch of questions, not a specific plan for how to proceed.”Azar, in a briefing following the Rose Garden speech, acknowledged the plan is sweeping and would take years to implement. He said the administration will pursue those ideas it can get done.”This is a major restructuring of a huge portion of the U.S. economy. One doesn’t do that lightly,” he said.The plan, like the budget, also proposes limiting price increases Medicare would pay to the rate of inflation and changing some rules around generic drug approvals to prevent companies from blocking new generic competition.Many of those ideas would require legislation and congressional approval.Azar, in his briefing, emphasized his desire to change the way pharmacy benefit managers operate — specifically a system where they negotiate rebates off high drug prices.”We are calling into question today the entire structure of using rebates in the pharmacy channel,” he said.The president also wants to take steps to ensure foreign governments don’t get lower prices for drugs than do U.S. taxpayers – which he referred to as “global freeloading.””It’s unfair, it’s ridiculous, and it’s not going to happen any longer,” he said.Critics say that proposal is unlikely to help lower prices here in the U.S.”Lifesaving medicines aren’t more expensive here because they cost less elsewhere,” Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders USA, wrote in an article published in The Hill. “They’re priced out of reach everywhere because pharmaceutical corporations are charging exorbitant prices simply because they can—and the U.S. government lets them.”One thing Trump did not propose was allowing Medicare, the government health care program for the elderly, to directly negotiate lower drug prices for its beneficiaries. That’s a change from his rhetoric during his campaign and transition.”We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we don’t bid properly,” he said at a news conference in early January 2017. “We’re going to start bidding and we’re going to save billions of dollars over a period of time.”But shortly after Trump moved into the Oval Office he wavered on that commitment, first saying that he didn’t want Medicare to engage in what he called “price fixing” and then, through his former spokesman Sean Spicer, saying once again he favored allowing the federal government program to deal with drugmakers to get lower prices.Medicare accounts for about one-third of U.S. prescription drug spending. Current U.S. law prohibits Medicare officials from interfering in the negotiations between drugmakers and the insurance companies that administer Medicare’s prescription drug plans.The only government report that looks at the issue is a 2007 Congressional Budget Office study that concluded it would have a “negligible effect” on prices.But Gellad says that report was limited, because it looked only at the effect if Medicare were not allowed to exclude drugs from its coverage list.”There is no evidence that allowing Medicare to negotiate doesn’t help,” says Gellad. “In fact, the CBO said that in certain circumstances, with the right formulary, this type of negotiation could help.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
There’s new evidence that a woman’s levels of female sex hormones, including estrogen and progesterone, can influence her risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.Women are less likely to develop dementia later in life if they begin to menstruate earlier, go through menopause later, and have more than one child, researchers reported Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago.And recent studies offer hints that hormone replacement therapy, which fell out of favor more than a decade ago, might offer a way to protect a woman’s brain if it is given at the right time, the researchers said.The findings could help explain why women make up nearly two-thirds of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s, says Maria Carrillo, the association’s chief scientific officer.”It isn’t just that women are living longer,” Carrillo says. “There is some biological underpinning. And because of the large numbers of women that are affected, it is important to find out [what it is].”Scientists have long suspected that sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone play a role in Alzheimer’s. And two studies on dementia and what occurs during a women’s reproductive years support that idea.One of the studies looked at nearly 15,000 women in California. And it found an association between a woman’s reproductive history and her risk of memory problems later in life.The risk of dementia for women who had three or more children was 12 percent lower than the risk for women who had one child, according to Paola Gilsanz of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, and Rachel Whitmer of the University of California, Davis.Also, women who began to menstruate earlier and went through menopause later were less likely to develop dementia. Menopause at age 45 or younger seemed to increase the risk by 28 percent.Another study of 133 elderly women in the U.K. found that the more months of pregnancy they experienced during their lives, the lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s.The findings all suggest that female sex hormones — which rise at puberty and during pregnancy, then fall at menopause — are somehow affecting a woman’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The results also suggest that greater exposure to these hormones, through more pregnancies or more reproductive years, can reduce a woman’s risk.But it’s still not clear whether the mere presence of female sex hormones is a reason that the frequency of Alzheimer’s is greater in women than in men.One possibility is that it’s not female sex hormones on their own, but rapid changes in their levels that are a problem, says Pauline Maki, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who presented research at the Alzheimer’s conference.”Women experience these very dramatic hormonal transitions that in the long run can give rise to Alzheimer’s disease,” she says.One way for women to minimize the dramatic hormonal changes that occur at menopause is to use hormone replacement therapy.That approach fell out of favor more than a decade ago when a large study found that women who took estrogen plus progestin after menopause were actually more likely to get some form of dementia. They also appeared to have a higher risk of heart disease and breast cancer.But Maki says more recent studies suggest that hormone therapy — especially estrogen alone — really can be helpful if women get it at the right time.”The effects of hormone therapy depend on the timing of use,” Maki says. “Use later in life is detrimental, whereas use early in the menopausal transition could be beneficial.”An analysis presented at the Alzheimer’s conference supports that idea.It found that in two recent studies, women who started taking estrogen after age 65 were more likely to have trouble with thinking and memory. But women who started taking estrogen between 50 and 54 were not.And estrogen may benefit the mental function of younger women because it reduces the hot flashes associated with menopause, Maki says.”The more hot flashes a woman has, the worse her memory performance,” Maki says, citing her own research. “And when we intervene to address those hot flashes, her memory performance bounces back.”Findings like that are renewing interest in the idea that someday, it may be possible to use hormones around the time of menopause to prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia later on, Maki says.In the meantime, there’s evidence that hormonal differences between men and women may affect their brains in ways that affect doctors’ ability to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s, Maki says.At the Alzheimer’s conference, she presented research showing that women tend to have higher verbal memory skills than men, even when they are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. As a result, women are likely to be diagnosed with the disease later than men.It’s unclear whether male hormones, such as testosterone, affect a man’s risk of Alzheimer’s.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
If the feds enforce marijuana laws in the Golden State, legislators there want them to receive no help from local cops. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Image credit: Macduff Everton | Getty Images Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Next Article Guest Writer California Strikes Back: Proposed Law Bans Locals from Working with Feds on Pot Crackdown Add to Queue dispensaries.com April 18, 2017 4 min read Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Looking for a way to battle against a potential crackdown by the Trump Administration on legalized marijuana, California lawmakers have turned to another area where they don’t always see eye-to-eye with officials in Washington.Taking a page from laws creating sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, a group of lawmakers have submitted a bill that bans California law enforcement from working with federal authorities if they attempt to take action against marijuana grow facilities or dispensaries that operate legally under state law. Doing so would require a court order signed by a judge.Assembly Bill 1578 lays out the goal plainly.The bill forbids local authorities from working with federal agents, including using “agency money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to assist a federal agency to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California.”The local agencies include “but is not limited to” police, sheriffs, university police and any state agencies. In another words, everybody.Related: 3 Big Things You Need to Know Before Charging Into the Legal Marijuana BusinessStates’ Rights vs. Federal LawThe bill clearly has come in reaction to rhetoric of officials in President Donald Trump’s administration. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug, listed as dangerous as heroin.Among those who keep reminding the nation of this fact is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has made his opposition to marijuana legalization clear multiple times (famously opining that “good people don’t smoke marijuana”). Here are some of his latest comments during a press conference in March.In April, Sessions charged a task force that he created with reviewing lenient federal enforcement policies in regard to marijuana. This also certainly include the Cole Memo, written by an attorney in the Justice Department during President Barack Obama’s administration. The memo restricts enforcing federal marijuana law in states where marijuana is legal.Related: Oxford University Researchers to Explore the Potential Benefits of Medical MarijuanaSessions has said much of the memo is “valid,” but the appointment of the task force as well as the request for records from Colorado about marijuana law enforcement has some continuing to question what Sessions has in mind.California is one of eight states (including the District of Columbia) that have made adult-use marijuana legal. Sales are expected to start in January 2018. If the job growth and economic boon of marijuana that has happened in Denver is any indication, California has a potential billion-dollar industry on its hands.ReactionAssemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who represents Los Angeles, is the lead sponsor on the bill. He told L.A. Weekly his main goal is to protect the burgeoning marijuana industry in the Golden State, which he called “one of the greatest businesses” in the state.Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition that represents legal marijuana businesses, said the coalition is focused on making sure “the intent” of the bill becomes law. “Cherry-picking when to respect states’ rights and arbitrarily doing so is inconsistent at best and confusing at most,” he told L.A. Weekly.On the other hand, law enforcement officials have opposed the bill. “This is ridiculous that this looks like a solution to somebody,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, told the Los Angeles Times.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Subscribe Now Cannabis
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Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. The States Planning to Legalize Cannabis Should Avoid These 7 Big Mistakes Image credit: Aaron McCoy | Getty Images –shares Legalizing weed? Here’s exactly what your state shouldn’t do. Listen Now Add to Queue Scott McGovern Contributor Ten states and Washington D.C. already have some form of adult-use weed legalization — and the next states to legalize cannabis have a lot to learn from them. Legalizing weed brings massive new tax revenue, but it also requires navigating a messy road of creating, regulating and enforcing a brand new industry that will have significant demand from its inception. On top of that, cannabis remains federally illegal.To avoid disappointing residents and costing millions in tax revenue, the next states to legalize cannabis should avoid these seven big mistakes.Legalization has three big problems, the biggest of which is federal.Federal restrictions remain the biggest obstacle for the next states to legalize cannabis. Normal business considerations are much more complex for marijuana companies. This means not having access to banking services, which can include everything from loans to bank accounts to exit strategies.Other complications resulting from weed’s federal classification include only being able to operate a business within your region, which can be as small as a municipality. Taxes are also astronomically high for legal cannabis businesses. Federal roadblocks aside, the next states to legalize cannabis faces two other obstacles:1. Incentivizing black and grey market businesses to join the legal, tax-paying market.2. Creating and sustaining a legal market customer base.To varying degrees, each state that has legalized recreational use has struggled with these obstacles. In order for the next states to legalize cannabis to succeed, legislators should avoid these seven big problems.Don’t tax too much.By August 2018, California fell $100 million short of its projected annual tax revenue following marijuana legalization. It isn’t a coincidence that California has high marijuana taxes. An eighth-of-an-ounce (approximately 3.5 grams) that would cost $40 on the black market is around $70 in stores.To capitalize on legalization, the next states to legalize cannabis should stay clear of 40 percent taxes on weed, which is what they were in some part of California before reforms. As is predictable, high cannabis taxes encourage consumers to return to the black market.Conversely, levying high taxes on weed businesses, rather than on the consumer, can short supply. An earlier iteration of Washington state legislation levied 25 percent tax on cultivators, producers and retailers. To avoid taxation at each level of the supply chain, cultivators and producers integrated with one another.If states want to follow New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision for legalization and not create “big cannabis,” they’ll need to discourage vertical integration by not levying significant taxes at each step fo the supply chain.Related: Study Warns Sky-High Marijuana Taxes Drive Consumers Back to the Black MarketDon’t make it too easy to ban dispensaries.Weed is legal statewide in California and Massachusetts. However, this does not mean that you can buy weed in all municipalities across the state. Just 33 percent of Californian municipalities have legalized recreational sales. The Boston Globe reported that 189 of Massachusetts’ 351 municipalities banned weed shops before legalization.If the next states to legalize cannabis want tax dollars and equal access to recreational and medical marijuana, then they have to make sure local governments can’t create “pot deserts.” For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed legalization currently states that only cities and town of over 100,000 residents will have that authority.Set safety standards that smaller producers can meet.In the fall of 2018, approximately 20 percent of California’s weed failed lab tests. A product can fail for reasons ranging from pesticide contamination to mislabeling products. Requirements for tinctures and edibles are typically more stringent. The cost of these tests range into the thousands of dollars, which can leave producers with wares that they cannot sell in the legal weed market. As a result, they often turn to the black market.Related: Pesticide Contamination Is a Growing Cannabis Safety ConcernMake sure there are enough testing labs, and that they’re prepared.Everyone agrees that the next states to legalize cannabis should give people access to safe products. This means that each state has to create a comprehensive infrastructure for lab testing. Without enough well-equipped labs, the market will be throttled by a testing bottleneck. California’s packaging and testing regulations left dispensaries struggling with customers dissatisfied with the lack of products (and high prices for what they did have).Not only are unhappy customers less likely to return when their needs are not met, but lower sales translates to less tax revenue for the state.Do not overlook the importance of distributors.According to New York’s current version of the Cannabis Law, you cannot hold a distribution and a retail license at the same time. You can, however, legally produce and distribute products. This means that large scale operations will both produce and distribute their own product. Smaller farms that focus on growing the plant may not have a plan for distribution.To prevent the creation of big cannabis in the next states to legalize cannabis, each must make sure to license enough distributors so as not to leave small farms without a means to get their product to retail locations. For example, Trinity County in California’s fabled Emerald Triangle has more than 200 licensed marijuana growers but no distributors. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for farmers to legally sell their products.Related: Many Licensed California Marijuana Growers Face Regulatory Roadblocks Getting Their Harvest to MarketHave enough supply to meet demand.We’re on the verge of creating some of the world’s biggest legal weed markets. For example, just New York City’s retail cannabis market will be worth $1.1 billion — that estimate does not include the rest of New York state.But meeting demand will be a massive challenge nationwide. In order to meet it, the next states to legalize cannabis will have to make sure there are enough licensed weed producers, distributors, lab testers and retailers. This means making sure that obtaining a license is neither too complicated nor too expensive. If either is the case, producers and consumers will return to black market weed.Related: 11 Facts Cannabis Entrepreneurs Should Know About the Black MarketUse a single supply chain tracking system.One of the biggest forthcoming complications for the next states to legalize cannabis is creating a verifiable system for tracking product from “seed to sale.”This is complex when you have a supply chain that has to adhere to strict health and safety requirements and is forced to deal almost entirely in cash. Additionally, all states mandate that the entire process cannot occur all under one roof. For example, weed has to be tested by a third party.There are software options on the market specifically designed for this purpose. Another solution for avoiding the paperwork, expense and hassle of seed to sale tracking is putting the marijuana supply chain on the blockchain. Some cannabis cryptocurrencies strive to do just that.Related: Cryptocurrencies Could Solve 2 Big Problems for the Cannabis IndustryLegalizing weed can mean many different things.There are states that have legalized weed and those that have not. However, legalization has vast distinctions across states and even municipalities within those states.Cannabis legalization is, most importantly, what the majority of Americans want. It is also one of the most important steps to counteract the War on Drugs, the opioid epidemic and many more of our nation’s problems. But how we tax weed, how we regulate and record its quality, and how we license producers, distributors and retailers will determine whether the next states to legalize cannabis are as successful as they can be. Next Article February 7, 2019 Green Entrepreneur Podcast Legal Marijuana 7 min read Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Image credit: Shutterstock We Feel Less Responsible for Acting Badly When Ordered to Do Something Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Guest Writer Laura Entis Behavior –shares February 26, 2016 Add to Queue 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business In the early 1960s, Stanley Milgram published one of the most famous (and depressing) experiments of the 20th century. In it, he found that the vast majority of participants were willing to inflict physical pain, via electric shock, on strangers when instructed to do so by an authority figure in a lab coat.The experiment may have been ethically dubious — understandably, many participants were deeply traumatized by the ordeal — but it raised important questions about human nature and obedience.In a new study published in Current Biology, researchers attempt to get at the root of why we are so easily persuaded to commit unethical actions when ordered to do so by another person. To answer that, they first needed to parse out the differences between what happens in the brain when we act badly by our own volition vs. when we are compelled to do so by someone else.Related: 3 Ways to Use the Power of Persuasion in Your MarketingParticipants were given £20 each, assigned the role of agent or victim and paired up in groups of two (eventually, they would switch roles). All agents were then given three tabs: The first administered “a demonstrably painful electric shock” to their assigned victim, the second enabled them to steal a small percentage of the victim’s £20 for themselves, and the third did nothing. In some cases, a researcher told the participants the tab they should press. In others, they were allowed to choose for themselves. Regardless, every time a tab was pressed a tone would sound.According to the study, “coercion increased the perceived interval between action and outcome, relative to a situation where participants freely chose to inflict the same harms.” In other words, agents who proactively decided to either shock or steal from their assigned victim reported hearing the tone sooner than those who were ordered to perform the same action.This is important because previous research indicates our perception of time is fluid. When we consciously decide to perform an action and then follow through, the outcome feels immediate. In contrast, when an action feels unintentional and outside of our control, our perception of the speed at which it occurs slows down.The difference in perceived interval between action and outcome indicates that “people who obey orders may subjectively experience their actions as closer to passive movements than fully voluntary actions,” the authors write.Related: 5 Ways You Might be Undermining Your Authority“Specifically, coercion may reduce the linkage that normally binds the experience of actions to their outcomes,” they continue. “Indeed, emotional distancing from distasteful outcomes of one’s own necessary actions forms a specific part of training and professional culture in medicine and in the military.”All of which is to say, when we receive orders to act badly, our brains help us distance ourselves from the consequences of our behavior. In real life, this disconnect may help explain why corrupt and morally-reprehensible behavior has a tendency to spread through organizations and even industries.How then do we combat this harmful dissociation? According to the study, “learning the true valence of one’s actions’ outcomes might potentially make the sense of agency more resilient to the undermining effects of coercion.”So the next time your boss asks you to act in a way that violates your moral code, remember: just because someone told you to perform the action doesn’t mean you aren’t responsible for the consequences. Register Now »
Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Amy Osmond Cook –shares Add to Queue August 25, 2016 Donald Trump’s supporters often point to his experience as a successful businessman to bolster their case that the GOP nominee has the right qualifications to be president. It’s true that Trump has devoted entire books to chronicling his business successes, but as democrats and others launch attacks on Trump’s business credentials — and question whether he’s really as business savvy as he says he is — another presidential candidate who built his career and his fortune on his business acumen is garnering increasing attention. Meet Gary Johnson, the libertarian party’s nominee for president.Related: Survey Shows Presidental Candidates Miss the Mark on Small-Business IssuesJohnson spent the first two decades of his career building a construction business from scratch. When he started Big J Enterprises in 1976 in New Mexico, he was the company’s only employee. Johnson grew his business into a multimillion-dollar company with more than 1,000 employees, selling it for $10 million in 1999, a few years after being elected governor of New Mexico.Later in life, Johnson started the nonprofit advocacy organization, Our America Initiative, to promote free-enterprise ideals. He also served for a year-and-a-half as CEO of Cannibis Sativa, a Nevada company that manufactures and sells legal marijuana products. In a June op-ed piece, Fortune magazine proclaimed that Johnson might be “the closest thing the business community has to a candidate” and “corporate America’s best bet for president.”Johnson credits much of his success to the business skills he’s honed and perfected throughout his life. He says his guiding principles for navigating the business world are the same ones that he now uses to navigate the political world. I sat down with Johnson recently to talk about his advice for succeeding in business. Here are his top four tips:1. Always keep your word.Johnson says when you promise something, you need to deliver on it, and you need to do so on time and under budget. When he was governor of New Mexico, he routinely vetoed bills that he believed the state didn’t need and couldn’t afford — 750 in all — earning him the nickname “Governor Veto,” a badge he wears with pride. “Do what you say you’re going to do for people,” he told me. “Given the fact that I did business for thousands in Albuquerque (as New Mexico’s governor), you would think someone would complain somewhere. No one complained because I made right by everybody.”Related: The Secret to Becoming Exactly Who You Want to Be2. Always tell the truth.Johnson says that he has never shied away from sharing the truth, even when it was politically unpopular. He is one of the most high-profile political voices advocating legalizing marijuana, and he’s been vocal about this long before mainstream Americans began coming around to the idea. His approval rating took a hit when he announced his support in the 1990s for marijuana legalization — a shocking position at the time for a Republican governor at the time — but it didn’t faze him. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything,” Johnson told me. “It’s hard to do damage to someone who is telling the truth.”3. Always be on time.Johnson views being on time as central to a strong work ethic. He was born in rural North Dakota to working-class parents, an experience that informed his views on work ethic. “Everybody’s on time,” he told the Fargo Inforum newspaper, describing the values of the people from his hometown. “There’s just an unquestioned work ethic… Just the whole honesty, integrity — that’s what was ingrained in my life.” In my conversation with him, he also emphasized the importance of being on time. “I show up on time to a fault.”4. Always admit your mistakes.Johnson says he’s never been shy about acknowledging his mistakes and doing whatever he can to make right by them. At a presidential town hall forum in August, Johnson declared that the Black Lives Matter movement had helped him realize his “head’s been in the sand” on the issue of racial prejudice. “I think we’ve all had our heads in the sand,” he said during the forum. “And let’s wake up. This discrimination does exist.” Related: The Pivotal Ages of the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs (Infographic)Johnson is hoping the skills and acumen he’s honed through his experience in business will parlay into his most successful run for president yet. He ran on the libertarian party ticket in 2012 and earned about 1 percent of the popular vote, an accomplishment he’s hoping to build on significantly in 2016. Along the way, he’ll be taking his own best advice as he works hard to keep his commitments, be truthful, be on time, and admit when he’s made a mistake. 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November 3, 2016 Conscious Innovation in the Age of Millennials 7 min read Innovation Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Image credit: Kelvin Murray | Getty Images Next Article Making money is no longer a simple bottom-line equation of arbitrage, in which entrepreneurs sell goods at a markup and keep costs at a minimum. Having a good product at a fair price, and with great customer service, is no longer enough to succeed — it’s merely the cost of entry. And in today’s hyper-competitive environment, entrepreneurs must be innovative.Increasingly, innovation doesn’t just mean building a better mousetrap. It means operating with a new sense of awareness of factors that go beyond profit and loss. “Conscious innovation” is what Daniel Dworkin, partner at Schaffer Consulting, describes as his take on what Raj Sesodia and John Mackey from Whole Foods described as “conscious capitalism,” a method of doing business that looks at the benefits that can accrue to all stakeholders. (In addition to the traditional stakeholders of business owners and stockholders, this also includes employees, partners and the communities in which you operate.)Related: 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Practice ‘Conscious Capitalism’“Innovation is a hard challenge,” said Dworkin. “If you take a step forward, you take three back, and you get the doors closed in your face from every angle. You have to fight to get in front of customers to break through the noise, to get resources from your sponsors, and you have to have a deep sense of passion for what your organization is doing, and for the strength of your idea to really succeed. Innovators that work for conscious companies innately have that deep sense of engagement and resiliency to get up, despite setbacks, and keep going down the road to whatever innovation outcome you’re trying to achieve.”You don’t have to take a financial hit to do good.The idea of paying above market rate for goods (as in the case of fair trade goods), paying attention to underserved populations or moving away from command-and-control leadership is by no means Marxism, and the profit motive remains firmly in its rightful position. In fact, in a study by Professor Raj Sisodia, co-author of “Conscious Capitalism,” conscious companies analyzed from 1996 to 2011 outperformed the S&P 500 index by a factor of 10.5.What has complicated the drive for growth and profits is that consumer awareness of what you do and how you do it is at an all-time high. Operating as a conscious company is no longer the stuff of idealistic college students who haven’t yet learned about the harsh realities of commerce and cut-throat competition. Operating as a conscious company today is a meaningful tactic for revenue growth and customer retention and often the foundation of the next wave of innovation.“Conscious companies aren’t just feel-good, do-good organizations,” said Dworkin. “It is directly tied to business performance.” While Wall Street traditionally measures value in terms of return to stockholders, a conscious company measures value in terms of a broader ecosystem. This ecosystem includes owners and shareholders, but also includes value created for the employees and team members, to the consumer and to the community in which the company operates.Employees want more than just a paycheck.What we expect out of a job has also morphed over the years. In the post-war boom era of the fifties and sixties, the Greatest Generation wanted a steady paycheck and benefits, and they got it. Millennials have a different set of goals, and they have redefined what they think a job should be — and more companies, finding it difficult to find new hires, are re-evaluating how they do business. “Talent, retention and recruitment is huge,” said Dworkin. “Increasingly, millennials and the generations that follow are looking for companies that they can really connect with on more than just a transactional basis.”Related: This Is How to Train Your Managers to Boost Engagement With MillennialsIn the effort to see employees as valued stakeholders, conscious companies are doing more to create a new type of work environment where people feel optimally engaged. The way that leaders lead in a conscious company represents a big departure from traditional command-and-control leadership. “It’s the way they inspire and enable people,” said Dworkin. “Their whole frame of reference is to create the conditions for their team to thrive, versus simply telling people what to do and making sure they get it done. You’ll find that companies are actively developing and promoting leaders who operate in this sort of servant-leadership orientation.”Entrepreur Iskra Tsenkova, founder of the Angel Shave Club, a boutique subscription shave club for women, was inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who dedicates her life to helping girls in underprivileged countries obtain an education. “My education meant a lot to me while I was growing up in Bulgaria,” said Tsenkova. “The Malala Fund was a natural choice for me and my business. I’ve been blessed to experience the power of equal education for women, and I believe that every girl and woman should have the right to access that power.”Tsenkova notes the many advantages of running a conscious company. “Every single member of my team feels like they are a part of something bigger and more meaningful. The reward of knowing that the message your company is sending and the cause that it is standing behind is transforming little girls’ lives across the world is simply priceless.”What does a conscious company look like?It can be anything from the stereotypical dotcoms who spoil their employees with nap rooms, free gourmet cafeterias and private buses; to fair trade companies that support third world farmers; or investment funds that put money into socially-aware companies.In the fashion industry for example, new designers need to be innovators in an environment where everybody is an innovator. Styles change so fast, by the time the latest designs hit the local discount chain stores, they are already out of date. Runway2Street delivers on fashion innovation, while remaining true to their socially conscious roots. A pioneer of the “slow fashion” movement, Runway2Street connects stylish women with emerging and independent brands, which use sustainable luxury practices that are socially, environmentally and ethically responsible.Everytable, launched intentionally from the beginning as a conscious company, uses variable pricing as part of their social mission, with grab-and-go meals priced according to the neighborhoods they serve — less than $4 in low-income areas, and $8 in higher-income areas. The first location opened in late July in South Los Angeles. Founded by Sam Polk, an ex-Wall Street hedge fund trader, Everytable’s mission is to create communities and democratize healthy food.Related: Startups to Watch: 10 Innovators Making More Happen“Businesses are recognizing that empathy is just as important as drive and determination in the way they pursue growth,” said Dworkin. “People in organizational development roles, organizational psychologists, and strategic HR people have been waving these flags for years, saying that if you want people to perform, you have to give them autonomy, some opportunity to show meaningful improvement. You have to give them feedback, and you have to have opportunities to pursue purpose-driven work.”Employees want — and are receiving — a greater sense of buy-in and ownership. They want to be part of a profitable enterprise, but more importantly, they want to be part of an enterprise that is doing something positive in the world. As we recognize this new set of business imperatives, we are changing the definition of what it is to be successful. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Author of Add to Queue 134shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Employees want more than a paycheck. They want to be engaged in good work. Dan Blacharski
OppSource, a leading provider of next-gen sales engagement for B2B sales teams, announced the hire of Derek Gavigan as Vice President of Sales. Gavigan will be leading the company’s sales team while developing and executing a comprehensive sales strategy as the software company continues to grow its base of elite enterprise customers.“As we continue to grow, we need sales leadership that can help us with our focus on enterprise SaaS sales,” said Mark Galloway, CEO and Co-Founder at OppSource. “Derek has a great track record of success in pursuing and closing large enterprise SaaS deals. In his role as VP of Sales, he’ll be 100% focused on growing OppSource’s business by leading sales, coordinating with our board members, and helping us take on the large enterprise opportunities we are pursuing. Derek’s makeup in terms of culture, style, and approach are nothing short of a perfect fit for our growing business.”Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch SponsorsAn accomplished enterprise SaaS leader with over 15 years of experience bringing innovative and disruptive technology to market, Derek has worked for organizations from sales enablement tools like BigMachines (acquired by Oracle) to marketing analytics platforms like Adometry (acquired by Google). He brings a wealth of knowledge to OppSource on how to penetrate markets, drive customer relationships and help the organization scale in a way that drives accelerated growth and sales performance. His mix of experience across multiple SaaS start-ups and large enterprise software companies will help to drive the company’s culture and philosophy as they move customers into the new age of sales engagement.Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsAbout OppSource: OppSource helps B2B sales organizations more effectively engage with buyers to drive profitable revenue growth across the entire sales team. Their next-gen sales engagement platform is designed to help B2B salespeople orchestrate the myriad of touch points required to engage with today’s buyers. In addition to automated sales TouchPlans™, the platform’s integrated machine learning and artificial intelligence captures, transcribes, and analyzes conversations to minimize data entry, improve productivity, and provide actionable insights that advance pipeline progress, anchor coaching efforts, and accelerate salesperson onboarding.Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology B2B salesDerek GaviganNewsOppSourceSaasSales Engagement Previous ArticleAdstream Expects Inevitable Merger of TV and Digital Ad Buying To Drive Marketers Faster Toward Process AutomationNext ArticleMutare Unveils Mutare Voice Spam Filter at Cisco Live OppSource Hires Former RevJet Director to Grow Business, Lead Enterprise Deals Globe NewswireJune 13, 2019, 1:34 pmJune 13, 2019
Source:https://www.elsevier.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 26 2019Medicare-for-all, a solution that would bring United States healthcare policies more in line with other industrial nations, faces strong opposition and is unlikely to be enacted in the foreseeable future. A commentary appearing in the American Journal of Medicine, published by Elsevier, proposes another approach that the authors believe would achieve wider access to care without triggering widespread opposition: a Medicare buy-in option for individuals under 65 years of age.With the most expensive medical care in the world, shorter life expectancies, lower immunization rates, and higher infant and maternal mortality rates than other OECD nations, the US continues to be in the throes of a healthcare crisis. The authors of this commentary demonstrate a link between these poor outcomes and the fact that millions of Americans have limited or no access to ongoing medical care, due to the lack of health insurance even after the Affordable Care Act narrowed the gap.”Americans without health insurance receive sub-optimal healthcare and do not live as long as those who are insured. They are less likely to have a usual source of healthcare, less likely to fill prescriptions, and more likely to postpone or go without care due to cost. Patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and asthma, who lack a regular source of healthcare are at a greater risk of premature mortality than the insured. Medicare-for-all would solve most of these problems,” noted Joseph S. Alpert, MD, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA, and Editor-in-Chief, the American Journal of Medicine.Related StoriesSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsMedicare Advantage overbills taxpayers by billions a year as feds struggle to stop itRobin Hood to rescue of rural hospitals? New math promised on Medicare paymentsThe authors attribute the fierce legislative and public opposition to Medicare-for-all to concerns about disruption of the healthcare industry, which is the nation’s largest with more than 16 million jobs. With much at stake, interests like the health insurance business, pharmaceutical industry, and for-profit HMOs and hospitals have stoked unwarranted fears of expanded Medicare. The authors point to another solution that has been proposed, to expand Medicare by lowering the age of eligibility, but because it would require an increase in the Medicare tax rate, it is not likely to gain much popularity.”A much better alternative is to allow Americans younger than 65 the option to buy into Medicare and pay a premium until they reach the age of eligibility. Many of America’s 27 million uninsured would finally have access to lifesaving preventive care without increasing government costs,” explained lead author James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA. “A voluntary program would allow individuals to keep their employer-based and other private insurance. Without an unwanted mandate and increased government spending, we believe the proposal has a good chance of success and could pave the way to enact universal coverage in the US.”According to Dr. Dalen, “If the price were right to buy into Medicare, this option would likely be very popular. Companies that provide health insurance to their employees may find that Medicare provides better coverage for their employees at a lower cost and may want to opt in.”
The researchers looked at four commonly available sunscreen products that are used maximally in a population. They observed the amount of the drug absorbed via the skin when applied over it maximally as directed by the manufacturers. Results revealed that all of the four active ingredients present in the formulations of sunscreen were absorbed via the skin. The researchers add that there is no evidence that these ingredients are unsafe but say that more studies are necessary to evaluate the safety of these ingredients when they are absorbed via the skin.They also state that most of the safety tests are part of a product’s approval and need to be conducted before it is available for use. Same is true for each of these ingredients, the authors of the study assure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now strictly regulates sunscreens like other drugs and formulations and has the same stringent set of rules that go into their approval. As part of the new rule, the FDA has called upon manufacturers to come up with extensive safety data on 12 active ingredients present in commonly available sunscreen formulations. The FDA states that ingredients that are absorbed 0.5 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) or higher in blood need to undergo strict safety tests to see if they could lead to cancers or birth defects in the users. According to this latest study, these four ingredients in question have a higher than the 0.5 ng/mL absorption in blood. Their safety is not yet ascertained.The study focuses on maximal use of these products as well as their use in young children and in pregnant women. The authors explain that as the sunscreens become more powerful and broad spectrum to protect against the UV rays of the sun, the concentrations of their key ingredients tend to rise.First author Murali K. Matta and colleagues included 24 healthy participants who applied the 4 commercially available sunscreen formulations. The randomized clinical trial was conducted at a phase 1 clinical pharmacology unit. The four ingredients they studied included avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. They were asked to apply 2mg of the sunscreen per 1 cm2 to 75% of body surface area 4 times per day for 4 days. The team collected 30 blood samples over 7 days from each of the participants. Maximum plasma concentrations of Avobenzone in the 2 sprays, lotions and creams respectively were 4.0 ng/ml, 3.4 ng/ml, 4.3 ng/ml and 1.8 ng/ml. For oxybenzone similarly the values were 209.6 ng/mL, 194.9 ng/mL, 169.3 ng/mL for spray 1, 2 and lotion respectively. For octocrylene absorption level was 2.9 ng/mL, 7.8 ng/mL, 5.7 ng/mL and 5.7 ng/mL for 2 sprays, lotion and cream respectively. For ecamsule the values were 1.5 ng/mL for the cream. Rash was the commonest side effect observed with the use of the sunscreens.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyLiving with advanced breast cancerThe authors conclude, “The systemic absorption of sunscreen ingredients supports the need for further studies to determine the clinical significance of these findings. These results do not indicate that individuals should refrain from the use of sunscreen.”Dr. David Leffell, a spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology and Yale School of Medicine dermatologist, in a statement said, “Studies need to be performed to evaluate this finding and determine whether there are true medical implications to absorption of certain ingredients.” Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Working Group, or EWG, in his statement said, “The sun is the real enemy here… It’s not news that things that you put on your skin are absorbed into the body. This study is the FDA’s way of showing sunscreen manufacturers they need to do the studies to see if chemical absorption poses health risks.”A decade old study from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had looked into the levels of oxybenzome in the urine samples of participants and found it in 97% of the samples. Oxybenzome present in the sunscreens is linked to hormonal changes in boys, shorter pregnancies and low birth weights of babies etc. Oxybenzone in sunscreens is also known to cause contact allergies. Hawaii has since then banned the use of oxybenzone and octinoxate in sunscreens because it could damage the marine ecosystem and bleach the corals. The European Union too has eliminated oxybenzone from sunscreen products. But oxybenzone remains in use in the US with at least two thirds of the sunscreens sold in nation containing the chemical.Commeting on the latest study, former FDA Chairman Dr. Robert Califf assured that the results of the study do not “mean these ingredients are unsafe.” The Personal Care Products Council, the national trade council for sunscreen, cosmetic and personal care product chief scientist, Alex Kowcz said, “The presence of sunscreens in plasma after maximal use does not necessarily lead to safety issues. It’s important for consumers to know that for the purpose of this study, sunscreens were applied to 75% of the body, four times per day for four days — which is twice the amount that would be applied in what the scientific community considers real-world conditions.” She added that reports of this kind may dissuade the general population from using sunscreen.The American Academy of Dermatology recommends application of at least 1 ounce of sunscreen on the exposed parts of the skin every two hours or after swimming. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMay 7 2019Sunscreens are one of the most essential means to protect oneself from the harmful UV rays of the sun and protect oneself from skin cancer. Skin cancer, say health officials, remains one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. Millions of people use sunscreens with an SPF of over 15 when stepping out. New studies are focussing on the safety of these sunscreens for long term use.A recent trial called “MUsT” or maximal usage trial looked at the long term use and safety of sunscreens. The study was titled, “Effect of sunscreen application under maximal use conditions on plasma concentration of sunscreen active ingredients: a randomized clinical trial”. The study results were published yesterday (6th of May 2019) in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This pilot study was conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration. Image Credit: Rawpixel / Shutterstock
courts and legal crime, law and justice The recent amendments to the SC/ST law passed by Parliament cannot be stayed at this stage, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday, as it sought the Centre’s response on a batch of pleas challenging the fresh provisions. The pleas have sought declaration of the amendments to the Schedule Castes and Schedules Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as ultra vires.Parliament on August 9 had passed a Bill to overturn a March 2018 order of the apex court concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the SC/ST law.On Friday, a Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan issued notice to the Centre and sought its response in six weeks. Counsel for petitioner Prathvi Raj Chauhan said the Bench should at least stay the operation of the new provisions till the plea is being heard.To this, the Bench said: “What stay? It is now a legislation and cannot be stayed at this stage.” SHARE SHARE EMAIL September 07, 2018 COMMENTS SHARE COMMENT Published on laws Reservation