We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics

first_imgThat kind of growth, combined with the expertise required to evaluate these clinics and claims, represents a huge a challenge.The first step to addressing it is to increase public awareness of what has been proven to work and what has been approved by the FDA.So far, only a few stem cell treatments have been proven to work, such as bone marrow transplants, and they have been authorized in only a few cases for blood disorders, including certain cancers. Yet hundreds of clinics in the U.S. defiantly offer stem cell products and therapies that have never been approved by the FDA or been proven effective by any responsible laboratory or test.Many of these clinics mimic legitimate protocols, extracting patients’ own stem cells (these are called autologous stem cell transplants), elaborately concentrating or modifying the cells, then infusing or injecting them back into the individual.Everything looks official, from the lab coats to doctors’ graduation certificates on the wall. But the payment is in the clinic’s bank and the patient is long gone before it becomes clear that these unproven therapies are at best useless and at worst damaging.The issue is so serious that Google recently barred ads for unproven or experimental medical techniques, particularly targeting unapproved gene and cellular therapies. But Google alone can’t protect an unwitting public. Privacy Policy Rogue stem cell clinics continue to victimize hopeful patients seeking cures for cancer, Parkinson’s disease, autism, chronic pain, and more.Most of these treatments are unproven and unsupported by evidence, wasting precious time and health care dollars for desperate patients and often doing more harm than good to patients’ health and survival.Yet public demand for stem cell treatments is outpacing our ability to regulate them. Government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission should be stepping up to the plate to do this, but it isn’t likely that the money will be found soon to do that. It’s going to take a larger effort that includes legislators and medical associations who are already empowered to move against these clinics.advertisement David A. Pearce Tags precision medicinestem cells A human stem cell Sílvia A Ferreira, Cristina Lopo and Eileen Gentleman, KCL/Wellcome Collective The ruling gives the FDA authority to define certain kinds of stem cell products as drug products, which brings them under the umbrella of other FDA rules. If the case isn’t overturned on appeal, the FDA can stop hundreds of clinics from using what amounts to unapproved drugs.Other federal agencies have taken steps to protect the public in this arena. The Federal Trade Commission, for example, won a $3.31 million judgment last year against a California-based physician and the two companies he controls on charges of deceptively advertising that “amniotic stem cell therapy” can treat serious diseases such as Parkinson’s, autism, macular degeneration, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and heart attack.“Clinics must have solid evidence to back up their claims before advertising that stem cell therapy can treat serious medical issues, particularly those affecting children and older adults,” said Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement on the ruling.Taking responsibility as a medical communityThere’s no question that regenerative medicine will yield cures. An estimated 950 developers are conducting more than 1,000 clinical trials worldwide. But as this work continues, we must stop rogue clinics.That will take a multipronged effort.The public, along with clinicians and researchers, must be educated about the threat of unregulated stem cell clinics and therapies. We must prompt medical boards to take action and pressure peers in the legitimate, regulated practice of regenerative medicine to be part of the solution by advancing and broadening access to safe and tested treatments. We must not turn a blind eye to stem cell hucksters and we must, as individuals and as a community, demand more effective policies from our legislators and more effective rules and enforcement from our regulators.The U.S. successfully turned back the nation’s addiction to cigarettes with a forceful coalition of experts and celebrities hammering home the proven dangers to lungs and life. Similar coalitions are now at work trying to turn around the nation’s opioid crisis. It’s time for credible physicians and researchers — perhaps in alliance with recognizable, engaged elected officials and celebrities — to publicly endorse and promote forceful and immediate action against bogus stem cell clinics.David A. Pearce, Ph.D., is president of innovation and research at Sanford Health. He also serves on the board of Alliance for Cell Therapies Now, a coalition of organizations representing patients, health care providers, and the academic and scientific communities to advance safe and effective regenerative cell therapies. Sanford Health is currently conducting four stem cell trials, all of which have been routed through appropriate regulatory channels and were approved by the FDA. Related: Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. @DrDavidPearce Kudos to Google for banning stem cell ads. Other tech companies should follow center_img We are at a tipping point in medicine when it comes to using our own bodies to heal ourselves. Regenerative medicine seeks to restore or establish normal function by replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs. Stem cells in the body have the capacity to develop into new tissues like bones and brains, blood and organs. According to the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, there were two stem cell clinics in the United States in 2009. By 2017, that number had grown to more than 700; a study published last year found that the number of clinics with websites had doubled on average every year between 2009 and 2014.advertisement About the Author Reprints First OpinionWe need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics Leave this field empty if you’re human: The FDA has begun some of this work, releasing in November of 2017 a “Framework for the Regulation of Regenerative Medicine Products” that promises to increase enforcement against providers offering unapproved interventions. The framework also proposes new policy and oversight standards for stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine that the agency hopes will:make clear which products are subject to full FDA approval and which are not.make the review process for new therapies more efficient and reduce some of the regulatory requirements on product developers.Even if that framework becomes formal regulation— and so far it hasn’t — the FDA’s enforcement power is largely one of public shaming when regulations are ignored. The Justice Department can seek an injunction on behalf of the FDA and a federal court can issue a restraining order.In the fall of 2019, an exhaustive report by Pew Charitable Trusts reported a broad consensus among experts from the legal, scientific, clinical, bioethics, and advocacy fields endorsing the FDA framework for regulating the field of regenerative medicine, which includes stem cell therapies and other treatments intended to repair or replace damaged, diseased, or dysfunctional cells, tissues, and organs.But many experts interviewed for the Pew report expressed concern that the FDA lacked both the funding and the staffing necessary to oversee stem cell clinics, which is supposed to ramp up in November 2020.The 21st Century Cures Act, for example, includes provisions for the FDA to attract more personnel experienced in regenerative medicine, but it didn’t provide additional funding for doing that. Without hiring more FDA experts trained in the stem cell sciences and deploying them effectively, it will be difficult to protect patients from bogus clinics and cures.We must do more to guard against charlatan clinics and unethical doctors. Not only are they harming the patients they profess to serve, but they are also undermining public support for — and confidence in —tested, reviewed, and approved procedures and therapies that, when successful, may transform or eliminate maladies that plague millions on this planet.Small steps forwardMany legitimate researchers and clinicians are now working to show how approved therapies can be effectively and safely used in humans. A federal district court judge, Ursula Ungaro, gave that good science a win last June by ruling in favor of the FDA in a lawsuit against a Florida-based stem cell company whose treatments have been alleged to cause blindness in several patients. The decision was considered a major victory by the government in its fight to police the industry.The judge noted that in the procedure before the court — extracting stem cells from fat and then preparing them to be returned to the patient — so much processing is required that the product is legally a “drug,” and therefore falls under the full jurisdiction and regulatory power of the FDA. By David A. Pearce Feb. 6, 2020 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Canada case highlights possible long-term risks of experimental stem cell therapy Related:last_img read more

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Talbot named COO of RBC Capital Markets

Fiona Collie TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Richard Talbot will be stepping into the role of chief operating officer of Toronto-based RBC Capital Markets in November, says an RBC spokesperson. Talbot was previously co-head of global research with RBC Capital Markets and will be replacing Mark Hughes. Hughes is set to become the chief risk officer of the Royal Bank of Canada in January 2014, RBC announced in August. Related news RBC also said that Hughes will become deputy chief risk officer on Nov. 1, 2013. Talbot will officially move into the COO position that same day. RBC had no comment as to a possible successor to Talbot at global research. CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies RBC Capital Markets Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Johnson’s win elevates ‘no deal’ Brexit risks to U.K. economy

first_imgBig Ben, Westminster Bridge on River Thames in London, the UK. English symbol. Lovely puffy clouds, sunny day Michal Bednarek/123RF Most economists think a so-called “no-deal” Brexit will be a lot worse than that.A deep recession is widely predicted for that scenario. Whether it would be as deep as the one that followed the global financial crisis — more than 6% — no-one knows, but almost all economists agree that jobs will be lost and that public finances will get stretched.A “no-deal” Brexit effectively means that on Nov. 1, tariffs will be slapped on traded goods between the U.K. and the remaining 27 EU countries. Other impediments to trade, including on Britain’s crucial financial services sector, will have to be imposed, such as new restrictions on the movement of people, customs and regulatory standards. Britain would also face the prospect of losing the trade deals the EU has struck over the years, including recent ones with Canada, South Korea and Japan — these account for around 11% of U.K. trade.Richard Branson, the Virgin Group founder whose career has taken him from owning a record label to planning flights to space, thinks it will be a disaster — so much so that the pound will slump in value to be worth just a dollar for the first time ever. The pound has borne the brunt of Brexit uncertainty, falling more than 10% from $1.50 on the day after the June 2016 referendum. It’s near two-year lows at $1.2450 as the “no-deal” talk escalates.Though both sides of the English Channel will suffer in a “no-deal” scenario, Britain would suffer relatively more given that British exports to the EU account for around 13% of the country’s annual GDP, versus 2.5% of the EU’s.Planning for a “no-deal” Brexit, which Johnson is expected to accelerate in his first days in 10 Downing Street, will help marginally.Measures such as stockpiling medicines, sourcing more products from outside the EU or modifying road links in southeast England around the port of Dover to manage freight traffic can help, but only up to a point.“Planning is unlikely to do much to mitigate the short-term disruption of ‘no deal’,” said John Springford, deputy director at the Centre for European Reform.For one, he said, there is “too little time to build new border and road infrastructure to reduce congestion at the Dover-Calais crossing and on the M20 motorway in Kent.” That raises the stakes for companies like the operator of the Channel Tunnel, which said Tuesday that a “no-deal” Brexit was now the main scenario in its earnings forecasts.In his pitch to become prime minister, Johnson said he wants a deal but that he would make sure Britain leaves the bloc on Oct. 31, the revised Brexit date after the initial March 29 deadline was extended following the British Parliament’s rejection of Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. That dealt with citizens’ rights, Britain’s financial obligations to the EU following 46 years of membership and making sure no hard border emerges between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K. The EU has said a deal is a pre-requisite before discussions can commence on a wide-ranging trade pact.With parliament seemingly opposed to “no-deal,” many Brexiters have promoted the idea that Johnson suspend parliament so Brexit just happens. The implications of such a move would be unpredictable. It could lead to civil unrest and a surge in Scottish nationalism, in addition to the instant economic hit. Johnson has said he doesn’t want to go down that path but hasn’t ruled it out.Given these uncertainties, business executives are unsure how to plan and have reined in investment over the past two years. That’s one of the main reasons why Britain’s economy has stuttered and talk of a recession has grown.“With economic growth already faltering, a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit could cause widespread disruption to trade, a sharply lower exchange rate, higher inflation and lower living standards,” said Arno Hantzsche and Garry Young of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.Most forecasters concur with that analysis so it would be a big step for Johnson to back such a move, without a mandate — in the Brexit referendum of June 2016, talk of a “no-deal” Brexit was confined to the periphery of the Leave campaign.Johnson could therefore push for a general election in the fall after what many expect to be a failed attempt at renegotiating May’s withdrawal agreement. With opinion polls showing Britain’s electorate split across multiple parties, all bets are off on the outcome and whether any incoming government backs another referendum to reverse the initial result.Johnson could equally opt to ditch his “do-or-die” pledge with regard to an Oct. 31 Brexit and seek another extension, giving him time to put a crowd-pleasing tax-cutting budget in place for an election next year.Whatever happens — and given this is Brexit, anything can and probably will — the British economy is set to remain stuck in the mud for months to come.Whether it sinks will hinge on the decisions Johnson makes in his first weeks in power. Related news HSBC reported to plan 10,000 job cuts globally With Boris Johnson confirmed as the next leader of the Conservative Party and British prime minister, the outlook for the British economy has certainly become murkier — and potentially more perilous.Johnson’s comprehensive victory over Jeremy Hunt has made it more likely that Britain could leave the European Union on Halloween without a withdrawal agreement, a prospect that even the most ardent Brexit believers concede would be disruptive in the short-term before any benefits start to manifest. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Pan PylasAssociated Press Keywords Brexit Bank of England keeps key interest rate on hold at 0.75% Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian business needs Brexit certainty but Johnson plan only a start: observerslast_img read more

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Australian NGOs Stand with Local Partners in Wake of TC Yasa

first_imgAustralian NGOs Stand with Local Partners in Wake of TC Yasa Australian NGOs are preparing to support local people in response to Tropical Cyclone Yasa as assessments of damage and destruction take place across Fiji.ACFID’s NGO members are liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the extent and nature of the response, and determining how to best support local responders on the ground in Fiji.A State of Natural Disaster has been declared in Fiji and the National Disaster Management Office has reported that over 23,000 people were evacuated and took shelter in 450 evacuation centres overnight.Tragically, extensive damage and fatalities are now being reported by the National Disaster Management Office.ACFID CEO, Marc Purcell, commented:“Local NGOs are already delivering support to people affected by Yasa, and the role for Australian NGOs right now is to assist their partners and local people in the most effective way possible.“Local people are best placed to know what’s need and where, so we need to shape support on reports coming back in.“The multiplying effects of COVID-19, and Tropical Cyclone Harold in April, have depleted supplies in many Pacific countries and created further restocking challenges. The immediate priority is getting the required supplies to the right place.”Australian NGOs have been working closely with their partners, local governments and communities in Fiji on long-term disaster preparedness and resilience. The Australian Humanitarian Partnership – a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian NGOs – has been a critical part of those efforts.Purcell described how the Australian public can support the relief effort:“We are asking the public to show their generosity with cash donations to approved appeals. Cash is fast, flexible, and is used to meet the immediate and changing needs of those affected.“Unsolicited goods sent to disaster zones consistently end up in landfill and hinder response efforts. We cannot afford for supply chains to be congested when COVID-19 has forced tight restrictions.”ACFID’s thoughts are with its sister peak-body, the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), based in Suva.Purcell added:“The thoughts of ACFID and its members are with our dedicated friends at PIANGO as they respond to TC Yasa at the end of a difficult year.”Members of the public can view a list of consolidated ACFID-member appeals at: https://acfid.asn.au/content/tropical-cyclone-yasa-fiji-emergency-appeal. All ACFID member appeals listed have been checked and meet ACFID Code of Conduct requirements. /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:Australian, Australian Council for International Development, Australian Government, cash, covid-19, Cyclone, disaster, evacuation, Fiji, Foreign Affairs, Government, Humanitarian, meet, pacific, resilience, Suva, tradelast_img read more

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What is status of public plant breeding programs in United States?

first_imgWhat is status of public plant breeding programs in United States? Programs could disappear as they see reduced budgets, staffingJanuary 7, 2021 – Most plant-based foods we eat today are a product of innovative plant breeding programs. The January 7thSustainable, Secure Food Blog explores the process and importance of plant breeding, and how these programs are at risk of extinction.According to blogger Kate Evans, “U.S. public investment in plant breeding programs has fallen. The current funding model of short-term grants (1-, 2- or sometimes 5-year awards) is particularly challenging for breeding programs which require typically a 7- to 12-year process, or far longer.”There’s a lot involved when it comes to crop breeding. Breeders first select plant parents based on desirable characteristics. These could be taste, size, cooking ability, yield, disease resistance and more. They then cross-pollinate, growing seeds that are hybrids of the parents. They are the “children.” These “child” seeds are germinated, nurtured, and then meticulously evaluated. Many inferior seedlings are ultimately discarded, with only a few of them advancing to a new round of parenting.There are many benefits of plant breeding, including an improved food supply. Unfortunately, plant breeding programs have been struggling to remain afloat as budget shortfalls and other factors have come into play. To learn more, read the entire blog: https://sustainable-secure-food-blog.com/2021/01/07/what-is-the-status-of-public-plant-breeding-programs-in-the-united-states/About us: This blog is sponsored and written by members of the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. Our members are researchers and trained, certified, professionals in the areas of growing our world’s food supply while protecting our environment. We work at universities, government research facilities, and private businesses across the United States and the world.The American Society of Agronomy is an international scientific and professional society with its headquarters in Madison, WI. Our members are researchers and trained, certified professionals in the areas of growing our world’s food supply, while protecting our environment. We work at universities, government research facilities and private businesses across the United States and the world. /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:america, american, American Society of Agronomy, children, disease, environment, extinction, food, Government, Investment, parenting, research, science, Society, United States, worldlast_img read more

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EOFY super tax tips

first_imgEOFY super tax tips As we approach the end of the 2020/21 financial year, it’s time to get your finances in order.The previous 18 months may have seen massive global disruptions due to COVID-19, but superannuation continues to be a great way to save for your retirement.It also benefits from a number of government incentives that can help you reduce your tax and boost your long-term super balance. We’ve outlined several strategies below.But the clock is ticking, and you’ll need to take the following actions ahead of June 30 to enjoy the benefits.Things you need to knowGet your contributions in on timeIf you want to include your super contributions in the 2020/21 financial year, you’ll need to get them in before 30 June 2021. This is particularly important if you plan to claim a tax deduction for contributions.Depending on how you make your contributions the final cut-off date may be even earlier. Learn about our contribution deadlines.Be aware of your contribution limitsThere are annual caps on super contributions.You can contribute up to $25,000 towards your super every year in ‘concessional payments’. This includes the Super Guarantee (SG) contributions made on your behalf by your employer and any salary sacrificing you may be doing.You can also make $100,000 in non-concessional (after-tax) contributions each year.In both instances, ‘catch-up’ rules may allow you to bring forward up to three years’ worth of contributions. This is something our financial planners can assist with, as there are tax penalties for exceeding these amounts.5 ways to get the most out of your super this financial year1. Lower your taxes with a deductible super contributionIf you have spare funds available, a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution can be an effective way to reduce your tax.Paying additional amounts into your super and lodging a Notice of Intent (NOI) with your super fund allows you to offset this amount against your annual income. For example, if you were to pay an additional $10,000 into your super, you could then claim this as a tax deduction. In the process, you’ll reduce your taxable income.Note that claiming a tax deduction on any after-tax ‘non concessional contributions’ means they becomes a ‘concessional contribution’ and are subject to the $25,000 limit.^Download the Notice of Intent form (NOI).2. Make an after-tax ‘non concessional’ contributionIf you’ve reached your $25,000 concessional limit you can still contribute towards your super. You won’t be able to claim this as a tax deduction, but it means you can continue to grow your super and benefit from long term investment earnings.These non-concessional (after-tax) contributions are capped at $100,000 per year. Although you can combine up to three years’ worth of contributions under the ‘catch-up’ rule for a total of $300,000.Making after-tax ‘non concessional’ contributions is easy – you can make a direct BPay payment directly into your account.3. Consider salary sacrificingSalary sacrificing allows you contribute a part of your pre-tax income directly into your super. Essentially, you nominate to have a certain amount of your wages paid directly to your super with every pay cycle.The benefit of salary sacrificing is that these contributions are taxed at 15%, which is usually lower than the marginal tax rate you’d be paying on your income.Depending on how often you’re paid, it may be too late to take advantage of salary sacrificing for the 2020/21 financial year. But this is something you can set up for next year. In most cases you simply need to speak with your organisation’s payroll person and nominate how much you’d like to salary sacrifice.Just remember that salary sacrifice contributions are counted as ‘concessional contributions’ and are subject to the $25,000 limit along with the contributions your employer makes on your behalf.4. Take advantage of the government co-contributionIf you earn less than $54,837 and make a personal (after-tax) contribution to your super fund, you may be eligible for a government co-contribution of up to $500.If you qualify for the above, for every $1 in after-tax funds you contribute towards your super (up to $1,000), the Government will chip in $0.50, up to a maximum of $500. /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:Catholic Super, covid-19, Download, Government, Investment, penalty, retirement, salary, super, superannuation, taxlast_img read more

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Twilight’s second show welcomes Latin Night

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentTwilight’s second show welcomes Latin Night Aug. 31, 2019 at 5:00 amEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsTwilight’s second show welcomes Latin Nighteditor2 years agoBanda Las AngelinasBoxed Water MassChristopher MoragaHelado NegroLatnix performerLocal Meets GlobalSan ChaThomas D’Agostinotwilight concertConcert goers relax in the synthetic grass section during the “Twilight on the Pier” concert series on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica calif. By Jackie SedleyRunning with the theme of “Local Meets Global,” the Aug. 28 Twilight Concert event served to emphasize Latin culture. Hosting the infamous Helado Negro as headliner, and featuring Banda Las Angelinas and Latinx performer San Cha, audiences found themselves enshrouded in the melancholic yet uplifting energy brought about by Latin-inspired melodies and performances.The turnout seemed to be a cultural melting pot; while many visitors came out in support of Helado Negro, others simply seemed drawn by the emphasis on music unfamiliar to them. For other crowd members, the night’s cultural inclusion struck a personal chord. “I kind of like this [week’s] music better, because honestly I kind of grew up with it,” said returning concertgoer Christopher Moraga. “I know how to dance to it a little more.”In addition the cultural diversity seen in the crowd, show also appealed to a wide variety of age demographics.“It’s a family event,” said Boxed Water Mass Marketing Manager Thomas D’Agostino. “We also got great people anywhere from 20 to 40 to 50 years old, it’s a great mix of people.”The comedy stage drew a smaller crowd. Nevertheless, visitors seemed to appreciate the inclusion of the stand-up stage, as it further emphasizes the diverse interests observed by attendees.“Culture is culture, do everything you can,” said attendee Lucas Serventi when asked about his thoughts on the concert stage. “Embrace all of it.”The Santa Monica Pier will continue to host the Twilight Concert Series on Wednesdays for the entirety of September. Continuing with cultural themes, the next four weeks consist of “Middle East Beats,” “Island Tides,” “Aussie Splash,” and “Japanese Vibes.”This story was produced as part of a partnership between the SMC Corsair Student newspaper and the Daily Press. [email protected] :Banda Las AngelinasBoxed Water MassChristopher MoragaHelado NegroLatnix performerLocal Meets GlobalSan ChaThomas D’Agostinotwilight concertshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBrush fire ignites above MalibuWrong choice at Rite AidYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

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T-Mobile US to get $2B boost ahead of spectrum auction

first_img Author T-Mobile US struck an agreement to issue and sell senior notes worth $2 billion to majority shareholder Deutsche Telekom, giving it a cash injection ahead of this month’s planned incentive auction.The notes, which will mature in 2021, can be issued by no later than 7 December this year, according to an SEC filing, with T-Mobile US “required to use the proceeds from the sale for acquisitions of low band spectrum”, or refinancing of debt and general corporate purposes.T-Mobile US reportedly said it could spend up to $10 billion in the so called “reverse auction”, kicking off on 29 March, which will see the country’s broadcasters sell off spectrum in the low band 600MHz.AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, among others, are also expected to spend big in the auction, while T-Mobile US’ closest competitor Sprint, internet giant Google and cableco Charter Communications have said they will not be involved.Analysts told Mobile World Live last month the auction could raise up to $30 billion in total.Deutsche Telekom owns a 66 per cent stake in T-Mobile US, and a spokesman for the company said the agreement was sealed to give the company financial flexibility, reports Reuters. Kavit Majithia Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Deutsche Telekom eyes 5G, fibre lead Previous ArticleKorean operators fight high 2.1GHz reserve priceNext ArticleGoogle reveals more progress with Project Loon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 MAR 2016 Home T-Mobile US to get $2B boost ahead of spectrum auction T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound Amazon reels in MGM Related Tags Deutsche Telekomincentive auctionT-Mobile USlast_img read more

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Broker-dealers at convergence of wealth and retirement

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Count Them

first_imgCount that you can talk…Count that you can walk…Count that you can run…Count on the heat…Of the sun…Count that you can read…And hear, and smile, and breathe…Count that you can see…Crows, and pigeons, and geese…Count that you have today…Count on the fact, you can say…Say “thank you” to THEM…And pray…That you’ve lived another day…Count that, in isolation,There are millions who think…The same way…Did you ever think the world…Would become this over turned?Did you ever stop to see…What the world would, one day, be?And it’s no one’s fault if they didn’t…If they didn’t stop to see…We all took our lives for granted…Thinking endlessly…Life would be only happy…And much as this time is taking its toll…On people big…On people small…I’d like to think…Life is still good…Though, for a while…It won’t be as it “should”,So I grumbled at first…I pouted and frowned…But the whole wide world…Is universally down…It’s not only me…Not only you…Though you think you’re alone…We’re all grappling through…And I’ve thought…“What if…We’ve to live life like this?For a long time to come…Wearing masks…Everyone…”So what if we do?What we can…We will do…Count the silver linings…That every cloud brings…For there is learning…In everything…(I can, now, hear birds sing)…Count the workaholic parents, who…Never stayed home…They’re reading to their kids…And children aren’t alone…Count the many sons…Who’d never talked to mums…They never had the time…Because they only counted dimes…Count the person, who…Never thought she knew…How to make a bed…Or manage a chicken stew…Count the philanthropy…And generosity…That once was all but forgotten…And is true of humanity…Do yourself a kindness…See from all the blindness…Life that you knew…Thinking the centre was you…That wasn’t true…You’re just one among many…And the many aren’t few!Count all the positives…That come from negatives…And smile at the moments you have…To do, and think, and just…live!last_img read more

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