AstraZeneca boss brands £9m pay packet “annoying” when compared to peers

first_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndo Sunday 23 September 2018 6:15 pm Callum Keown whatsapp Tags: Trading Archive Pascal Soriot, who was paid £9.4m in 2017 down from the £14.3m he received the previous year, said he was annoyed at not being paid less than other chief executives, he told the Sunday Times.Read more: New Glaxosmithkline chief executive pay package under investor pressureShareholders had raised concerns over his £9m pay deal, more than 37 per cent voted against the pay package and said it was “not suitably aligned with performance”.The £70bn drugmaker had reported a 46 per cent drop in operating profits for the first quarter, shortly after the 59-year-old’s pay packet was announced.He said: “The truth is I’m the lowest-paid CEO in the whole industry. “It’s annoying to some extent, but at the end of the day it is what it is.”Soriot said he and GlaxoSmithKline boss Emma Walmsley were the “lowest paid” in Europe and the US.Read more: GlaxoSmithKline names Emma Walmsley as chief executiveWalmsley, who took the reins in April 2017, was paid £4.9m in her first full year – less than the £6.8m her predecessor Sir Andrew Whitty earned in his last full year in charge.Soriot said: “There’s other things in life than money. I’m not going to complain but me and Emma are the lowest paid in Europe and the US.” AstraZeneca boss brands £9m pay packet “annoying” when compared to peers Share The chief executive of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca said he finds it “annoying” he is not paid as much as his peers. More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the whatsapplast_img read more

Greek debt talks collapse: European equities hit by Grexit fears

first_img whatsapp Emma Haslett Greek debt talks collapse: European equities hit by Grexit fears Tuesday 17 February 2015 4:06 am European markets were knocked by fears of a Grexit this morning, after the collapse of emergency negotiations last night.The FTSE 100 dropped 0.13 per cent, while Germany’s Dax fell 0.7 per cent and France’s Cac dropped 0.9 per cent. Meanwhile, equities in Athens fell four per cent, led by banking shares, which dropped more than eight per cent. Greek 10-year bond yields jumped 1.5 percentage points to 9.46 per cent.The falls came after talks between European finance ministers descended into acrimony last night, after Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis took objection to a draft statement, which required Greece to stick to its “current [bailout] programme”. Following the meeting, Varoufakis said he had been ready to agree to an extension of the existing programme, but added that the conditions imposed by the statement were too strong.In a bizarre series of events, the maverick Greek finance minister said he had been presented with a draft statement by European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici which he was broadly happy with. Yet, Varoufakis claimed, this draft was suddenly replaced by a new version which implied Greece would have to stick to measures it vehemently opposes. “[The original draft] was replaced with another document, that took us not just back to last Thursday, but indeed it took us back to last Wednesday – when we were pressurised to extend the current programme,” Varoufakis said.  “It proved impossible for the Greek government, despite our infinite goodwill, to sign the offered communique.”  The new draft was subsequently leaked by angry Greek officials, showing Varoufakis’ markup of document, complete with angry underlinings.   center_img Share whatsapp Tags: Greek debt crisis Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Coronavirus: Three further deaths and 313 new cases as big jump in Laois cases recorded

first_img Electric Picnic A further 313 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and three new deaths have been announced by the health authorities this evening – as well as a big jump in Laois cases.There were 18 new cases announced in Laois meaning the 14-day incidence rate in the county is now 66.1 – up from 49.6 yesterday.Laois had the fifth highest number of new cases confirmed today – just behind Dublin, Mayo, Kilkenny and Donegal.Coincidentally, Mayo and Laois, who had been doing well up until today, are the only counties in the country where a school has closed early for Christmas over Covid fears.While there are now 56 active cases in Laois, up from 42 yesterday.The national average is now 81.2.Of the cases notified today;144 are men / 169 are women67% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 35 years old70 in Dublin, 31 in Mayo, 21 in Kilkenny, 19 in Donegal, 18 in Laois and the remaining 154 cases are spread across 19 other counties.As of 2pm today 197 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.New Cases in LaoisDecember 10 – 18December 9 – 2December 8 – 3December 7 – 2December 6 – 2December 5 – 0December 4 – 9December 3 – 2December 2 – 0December 1 – 1November 30 – 5November 29 – 2November 28 – 2November 27 – 4November 26 – 4November 25 – 614-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationDecember 10 – 66.1December 9 – 49.6December 8 – 54.3December 7 – 56.7December 6 – 55.7December 5 – 55.5December 4 – 56.7December 3 – 49.6December 2 – 50.8December 1 – 55.5November 30 – 55.5November 29 – 51.9November 28 – 50.8November 27 – 55.5New cases in Laois during past 14 daysDecember 10 – 56December 9 – 42December 8 – 46December 7 – 48December 6 – 47December 5 – 47December 4 – 47December 3 – 42December 2 – 43December 1 – 47November 30 – 47November 29 – 44November 28 – 43November 27 – 47Bulk of vaccine expected in 2021Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said there will be a “build up” of Covid-19 vaccine availability in January and February next year, followed by higher volumes in March, April and May.Speaking at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Mr Martin said there had been a commitment by EU leaders to coordinate the roll-out of the vaccine, which would be led by the European Commission.He said the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would come first, and the Moderna vaccine was due for conditional market authorisation on 12 January.The Government is due to receive details today from the High-Level Task Force on Covid-19 Vaccination of how to roll out the Covid-19 vaccines – but details on that are not expected until next week. Twitter Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 11th December 2020 Home News Coronavirus: Three further deaths and 313 new cases as big jump in… News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Previous articleCall for government to approve funding for expansion of Portlaoise Hospital Emergency DepartmentNext articleBrian Moss: Pamela Anderson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Waterford support Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Coronavirus: Three further deaths and 313 new cases as big jump in Laois cases recorded RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic last_img read more

OECD unemployment stable in January

New data for February 2012 show that the unemployment rate for the United States was stable at 8.3% (following five consecutive monthly declines) while it fell by 0.2 percentage point in Canada (to 7.4%), the OECD notes. In the euro area, the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 10.7% in January, a record high since the start of the global financial crisis, the Paris-based OECD says. Within the Euro area, the unemployment rates fell in Austria and the Slovak Republic, remained stable in Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, and Slovenia, while they rose in all other Euro area countries, it notes. The rate for Germany rose slightly to 5.8%, marking an end to the continued decline seen since April 2005. And, in Spain the rate now stands at 23.3%, the highest unemployment rate in the OECD area. Among non-European OECD countries, the unemployment rate fell slightly in Australia and Mexico, while it increased slightly in Japan and Korea. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Keywords EmploymentCompanies Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development U.S. jobless claims drop to new pandemic low U.S. employers added a modest 559k jobs in May James Langton The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said Tuesday that the unemployment rate for the OECD remained stable at 8.2% in January. There are about 44.8million people who are considered unemployed across the OECD area, which is down 0.3million from January 2011, but still 13.8million higher than in January 2008. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Protecting Canadians during pandemic and driving economic recovery

first_imgProtecting Canadians during pandemic and driving economic recovery From: Competition Bureau CanadaOpening statement by Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition – Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology – December 3, 2020Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (view the full webcast)December 3, 2020(As prepared for delivery)IntroductionMadam Chair and members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to appear before you today.This committee has a long history of advancing the public policy discussion on competition issues. Canada needs more competition, and your committee’s efforts consistently bring competition into sharper focus. We are happy to support your important work.In these opening remarks, I want to highlight the importance of competition in responding to COVID-19. Although we face an uncertain future, an emphasis on competition today will not only protect consumers when they are at their most vulnerable, but will also ensure that our rebuilt economy is one where competition drives lower prices, improved productivity, and increased levels of innovation to the benefit of all Canadians.Mandate and Overview of the BureauThe Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian consumers and businesses prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.The Bureau does this by administering and enforcing the Competition Act. Under the Act, the Bureau investigates a wide range of anti-competitive behaviour, including abusive conduct by dominant companies, deceptive marketing, price-fixing, and bid rigging. The Bureau also reviews mergers and acquisitions to ensure that they do not substantially harm competition. Finally, as Canada’s competition expert, the Bureau promotes pro-competitive government policy.Competition Enforcement Protects Canadians during the PandemicCompetition enforcement is more important than ever. Businesses can use crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic, as cover to consolidate market power or engage in anti-competitive activity. Vigorous competition enforcement stands opposed to those who wish to capitalize on uncertainty and fear.Since the first weeks of the pandemic, the Bureau has taken action against businesses making unfounded or misleading claims that their products could prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. As a result of our interventions, most of the businesses have taken corrective action, pulling products that raised concerns from their shelves or stopping the claims. The Bureau continues to monitor the situation and will take further action as needed.At the same time, the Bureau moved quickly to support the supply of critical products and services across Canada. We issued a statement, which continues to apply, providing the marketplace with a principled yet flexible approach to competitor collaborations designed to support crisis response efforts. Even though this is a significant departure from our traditional enforcement approach, we felt it was the right thing to do in these exceptional circumstances. Having said that, we will have zero tolerance for any attempts to abuse our flexibility.Sadly, in the months ahead, it is possible that we will see a rise in merger transactions involving failing businesses. In assessing these transactions, we must maintain our normal rigour and analytical framework. Relaxing our standards in a crisis period could cause irreversible enhancement of market concentration, leading to deeper and longer-term harm to consumers and the economy.Finally, we continue to prioritize competition in digital and data-driven markets. For example, in the past six months, the Bureau has undertaken a number of actions in this area, including:our recent settlement with Facebook related to deceptive privacy claims;our ongoing investigation into the business practices of Amazon; andour participation in the CRTC’s review of Canada’s wireless industry.The Bureau will continue to do everything in its power to protect consumers and businesses from anti-competitive activity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Competitive Policy-Making Drives Economic RecoveryIn addition to vigorously enforcing the law, the Bureau also champions pro-competitive government policy. Competition-friendly policies can aid economic recovery by stimulating entry, productivity, and innovation.To support these efforts, the Bureau has released a Competition Assessment Toolkit for policymakers. This step-by-step guide helps policymakers identify issues that impact competition and encourages them to use the resources available to them-including the Bureau-to maximize the benefits of competition for Canadian consumers and businesses.We urge governments across Canada to use competition as a focal point in facilitating economic recovery.ConclusionWe still have a challenging path ahead in combatting the effects of COVID-19. However, even in the face of a global pandemic, we can be sure that our focus on competition today will empower consumers and promote productivity, innovation, and economic growth during our recovery. The Bureau will continue to do all that it can to build a stronger and more competitive Canada.I would like to thank the Committee for the opportunity to appear today. We look forward to your questions. /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:business, Canada, Commissioner, covid-19, Economy, Facebook, Government, Government policy, industry, innovation, investigation, resources, science, settlement, technology, wirelesslast_img read more

Minister Ng speaks with United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

first_imgMinister Ng speaks with United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo From: Global Affairs CanadaReadoutYesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Gina Raimondo, the United States Secretary of Commerce. During their conversation, Minister Ng congratulated Secretary Raimondo on her confirmation as Secretary of Commerce.Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Gina Raimondo, the United States Secretary of Commerce. During their conversation, Minister Ng congratulated Secretary Raimondo on her confirmation as Secretary of Commerce.Minister Ng and Secretary Raimondo agreed to continue the close collaboration between Canada and the United States on the COVID-19 economic recovery, including through support for women entrepreneurs, accelerating the recovery of small and medium-sized enterprises, and ensuring integrated supply chains remain open and resilient. This includes working together on implementing the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, mitigating the economic effects of climate change, and building on opportunities in the critical mineral sector.Minister Ng and Secretary Raimondo reiterated the importance of ongoing work under the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership to revitalize and expand our historic and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship, and ensure a strong, sustainable, and inclusive economic recovery on both sides of the border.Minister Ng raised Buy America and its potential impacts on American and Canadian businesses and workers. Minister Ng also highlighted that it is in the interest of both countries to reach an agreement on softwood lumber, and raised the importance of the continued, safe operation of Line 5.Minister Ng and Secretary Raimondo agreed to continue their dialogue, and look forward to meeting in person as soon as COVID-19 safety protocols allow. /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:agreement, america, american, business, Canada, climate change, dialogue, entrepreneurs, Government, International trade, Minister, operation, Secretary, Small Business, supply chain, sustainable, United Stateslast_img read more

CU Student Experiments To Ride Balloon 17 Miles Above Colorado Plains

first_img Published: April 11, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Six tiny University of Colorado at Boulder experiments will be lofted by a large helium balloon from Windsor, Colo., to a height of about 17 miles before drifting back to Earth on the eastern plains via parachute on Saturday, April 20. The experiments were designed and built by undergraduates affiliated with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium based in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The high-altitude balloon will be launched by the Colorado-based “Edge of Space Sciences” group, or EOSS, a nonprofit organization that has been flying balloon payloads for Colorado students since the early 1990s. Each of the six CU-Boulder experiments is enclosed in a cube approximately four inches on a side and one pound in weight. They will be tethered beneath the balloon, which is expected to rise as high as 100,000 feet in about 90 minutes. The eight-foot-diameter balloon will expand to roughly 30 feet in diameter as it rises to roughly 17 miles, then burst and release the payloads via a parachute. The 31 students involved in the project, primarily freshmen and sophomores from various disciplines across campus, developed the experiments this semester in a class titled “Gateway to Space.” The class is taught by Chris Koehler, deputy director and research coordinator for the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. EOSS volunteers will track the balloon with Global Positioning Satellite equipment following its scheduled 9 a.m. launch. The payloads are expected to drift eastward for roughly 100 miles with prevailing winds and then will be retrieved by a team of EOSS chasers. “This is a great experience for the students,” Koehler said. “They take their idea, build it, test it and fly in one semester.” The launch site is about one mile east of exit 262 on Interstate 25 just west of Windsor. EOSS participants also will be flying a special video camera that transmits live television back to a ground station at the Windsor launch site. Created with NASA funding in 1989, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium was designed to give students – primarily undergraduates – experience in designing, building and flying space instruments. Of the 50 space grant consortiums in every state, Colorado’s has been the most active, designing, building and flying three sounding rocket payloads and three space shuttle payloads in the past decade. The consortium consists of students from CU-Boulder as well as 15 other colleges and institutions in the state. The consortium is headquartered at CU-Boulder and directed by Elaine Hansen.last_img read more

Transcript: How society is redefining gender

first_img Published: July 22, 2019 LISA: Welcome to Brainwaves, a podcast about big ideas produced at the University of Colorado Boulder; I’m Lisa Marshall. This week, redefining gender: what does it really mean to be a man or a woman? Can one be both? Or neither? How much do these definitions really matter and as they become more fluid, how is it shaping sports, politics, even language? [MUSIC]LISA: We’ll start with a conversation with Roger Pielke Jr., head of the Sports Governance Center at CU Boulder and author of “The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports.” Pielke recently came back from Switzerland, where he testified in a landmark legal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The main question: whether South African track star Caster Semenya has too much testosterone to compete as a female. Welcome, Roger.ROGER: Thank you. Good to be here.LISA: So in your book, you dedicate an entire chapter to the history of gender testing in sports. Can you talk a little bit about when governing bodies first started to do this and why? Were men actually posing as women in sporting events?ROGER: The issue goes back more than a half-century and really was initiated as part of the Cold War. The United States and the West were in battle with the Soviet Union and its bloc and at the time, it was the emergence of the heavy doping era where a lot of women would take steroids and other drugs, became very masculine in appearance. And it raised questions at least among sports authorities that maybe there were some men seeking to sneak in as women in sports competition. The reality is that no man has ever been found out to be smuggled into elite track and field. So it turned out to be really a nonissue, but sex testing has stayed with us for that entire time.LISA: So this has been going on for decades; what are some of the ways at governing bodies and even teams have gone about this over the years?ROGER: Yeah it started out, and it’s pretty incredible from today’s perspective, they didn’t do this in the Olympics, that they did it in the World Championships, they had what were called “naked parades.” They would have the women athletes disrobe and parade them in front of judges, older men, to make sure they were woman enough to compete. Even in the 1960s, that didn’t go over so well. So very quickly, they moved to what they hoped would be very simple scientific tests: take a swab from inside somebody’s mouth or take a vial of their blood, and do some tests, and determine who’s a woman and who’s a man. It turns out that that has never really worked because human biology is wickedly complex and there’s no simple biological test that you can apply to determine who is a man, who’s a woman.LISA: So it sounds like the latest iteration of this that the IAAF, the governing body for track and field, recently proposed new rules that would require women with high testosterone to medically lower those levels in order to compete. I think some listeners would be shocked at that as well. Can you just give me a little bit of the backstory on what led up to this rule change?\ROGER: So the most recent incarnation of rules which were put in place in 2011 arose after South African sprinter Caster Semenya really burst onto the public scene in 2009, in Berlin. Semenya was remarkably fast, very kind of stereotypically masculine looking and raised concerns among athletics officials that perhaps there was a gender issue here. They very quickly moved away from sex testing to determine who’s a man and who’s a woman, and they moved on to this idea that within the class of female athletes, perhaps there are some women who it’s unfair to have them compete with other women because they have too much testosterone, and so they put in place a testosterone limit for women, not for men, and that was struck down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and 2015; and the rule that is currently being educated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport is the second go-around on the testosterone rule, which is very similar but focused really only on the events that Caster Semenya runs.LISA: You recently published a study that was critical of the science that this rule is based on. Can you talk a little bit about what you found about the research that it’s based on?ROGER: So in 2015, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport struck down the original testosterone rule, what the court said was that if we had evidence that women with high testosterone had a performance difference from other women, that was of the same magnitude as men over women, so about 10 to 12 percent, then maybe we could talk about regulation. At the time they said, “Well, but we don’t have any of that evidence.” So they sent the international association that governs track and field called the IAAF, they sent them away, and said, “Do your homework. Come back in two years let us know what you found.” They came back with a study two years later that was the basis for the brand-new regulations. We were able to obtain, with a lot of difficulty, about 25% of their data. We recreated their study and found that the data was shot through with errors mistakes, and we calculated about 17 to 32% of the data was flawed, which is a big number. It’s certainly not the basis for any sort of regulatory policy. We published our results and called for the original paper to be withdrawn, which is what you do in science when you have poor results, and it could have been just sloppiness and there’s no malfeasance necessary, just sloppy science. They didn’t withdraw it. They continued to push ahead with the regulations, and that is what got me involved with this case in Switzerland.LISA: I’ll ask you two questions: Is testosterone a good measure for athletic ability? And is it a fair measure by which to determine whether an athlete is a man or a woman? ROGER: Yeah, I think, I mean, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here. There’s the two questions here: Should be we be regulating a natural biological characteristics that people have? Even if it does confer some performance advantage? There are some athletes like Michael Phelps who has short legs and long arms, there’s basketball players that are super tall, there’s all sorts of physical biological conditions that elite athletes have that most of the rest of us don’t. It turns out that there are some women with higher testosterone levels. The only way to judge whether higher testosterone in men or women confers a performance advantage, is actually to do the measurements to do the science. And the science that the IAAF has done on this topic doesn’t really support their case. And just as an example, the one event for women that has the biggest difference, according to whether the woman has higher low testosterone levels, is the 100 meters, and it turns out that women with lower testosterone outperform women with higher testosterone. It’s about a 6% difference, and it’s much larger than the differences among the events between 400 meters and 1 mile that the IAAF is seeking to regulate. So it raises some really interesting and important questions that if indeed testosterone confers an advantage, should we only be concerned about high testosterone? What about low testosterone advantages? Similarly if you look at the same IAAF data, you see very similar sorts of results for men. There are some events where men with high testosterone outperform others and other events were men with low testosterone outperform. If we’re going to regulate by testosterone, why limit it only to women? So my view is that the IAAF research raises a lot more questions than it answers.LISA: So bigger picture, going forward, all over society right now, gender is really being sort of redefined, it’s becoming a little bit more fluid than it used to be. What does this mean for sport; is this something that other sports, other governing bodies are going to have to contend with?ROGER: It would be very straightforward I would think for sports to regulate gender, similar to how it regulates nationality. For example, if you want to change countries, many sports have a five-year waiting period, you need to have a residency period. What if we had a similar approach? Doesn’t have to be five years, but what if we had a similar approach to people who want to switch gender? I’m sure there could be medical tests but also some sort of procedures in place. For example, you have to spend three years, five years in your new gender without changing back and so on. I think sport is only at the beginning of figure out what sort of procedures make sense for sport for people who want to change lanes. I want to emphasize, that the case of Caster Semenya is not one of those cases. Semenya was born a woman, raised a woman, went to school as a woman, entered elite sport as a woman, has never had any question as to what her gender is and hasn’t ever changed, so that’s a little bit, I think procedurally, is a little bit easier sort of question than ones involving athletes who want to change lanes.LISA: Well and no matter what the decisions are that are made, it has a real impact on these athletes. Not only in their sporting life, but in their home life so, big decisions with big  consequences. Thank you so much for joining us, Roger, and we appreciate you taking the time. ROGER: Thank you.[MUSIC]LISA: Gender has sparked a lot of big questions in politics for years. Questions like: how do you define gender? And can someone who was born a man but identifies as a woman be housed in a women’s jail? Or should people be able to use gender specific restrooms and other public facilities based on the way they personally choose to identify? Now, the marbled halls of legislative chambers around the country are hearing from new voices on those issues with four openly transgender lawmakers now in the United States. One of them is Brianna Titone, a state representative out of Arvada, Colorado, the first transgender lawmaker in Colorado history. Brainwaves executive producer Andrew Sorensen sat down with her recently.ANDREW: Sitting just across from the steps of the Colorado Capitol here in downtown Denver, beautiful spring day here with Representative Brianna Titone and as someone who comes into this legislature as kind of a first, what’s the reception been like, positive, negative … both? BRIANNA: You know, I’ve tried to go across the aisle make some friends over on that side. The Democrats have all been very friendly, we’ve had a chance to meet up before the session got started, as far as the other side of the aisle, they’ve been a lot more respectful than I anticipated. I was kind of scratching my head a little bit and waiting to see what happens. But they probably read the articles that I had commented about in the in the past, that I was going to wait and see what happens, and you know, they got the message that, you know, that kind of disrespect that we’ve seen in other places is not going to be tolerated here.ANDREW: Now I know as a person who is trans, your identity is much more than that, obviously, but you have taken a stance on several issues that do affect people who are trans. Tell us a little bit about some of those issues and kind of how they’ve played out here in this session. BRIANNA: Yeah, sure, there’s two bills that come to mind immediately: One is the ban on conversion therapy, and that bill, I actually came to testify on several times in the House and Senate over the years it’s been through, and that was kind of how I got my start in paying attention to politics and getting involved. When I went to the ONE Colorado Lobby Day, and we were talking about that issue and other issues, and it was really good to see it actually on the floor today, go through the concurrence reading from the Senate amendments and we passed it again, and it’s going to be on its way to the governor’s desk. So that one, in particular, I fought hard for not only here in the Capitol but going around different municipalities to try to get them aware that this was a problem, get some of the city councils to adopt proclamations or resolutions against it, more symbolic than any kind of regulatory things, because they don’t have the authority. But it was just to say, you know, when I came back down here to testify that there were other people in other places that are represented by all these people, that they don’t want this in our state. And of course, you know, really what it took was getting that extra Senate majority to be able to pass it in the Senate and then get that passed. The other bill is the birth certificate modernization bill: we call that Jude’s law now, named after one of the kids that testified time, after time, after time, just trying to get the ability to change her identity and make it a little bit easier streamlined process. And this doesn’t affect me. I was born in New York, and I can have my birth certificate changed. I have the paperwork ready to go when I have some time when I send it in. But this is for, you know, the residents of Colorado that want to get their documents changed. It’s important for us, as people, to really feel that we have everything completed, and everything is done, and that we don’t have any bit of things that remind us of ourselves the way we used to be. And we’re trying, you know, that’s kind of how a lot of trans people feel, we’re trying to get away from the people we had to pretend to be our whole entire lives we want to be people that we are now, and we don’t want to be reminded that.ANDREW: Where are we, would you say, kind of as a society with these issues however you want to frame them? Some people might classify it as, you know, it feels like it’s going against their values, and other people are saying these are human rights issues but where are we kind of on the spectrum of getting laws like the birth certificate law that you mentioned passed, like banning conversion therapy, where are we, and how does it make you feel as a person kind of seeing this play out in the political discourse?BRIANNA: Well, since I was getting involved in the conversion therapy ban in particular, there were I think maybe eight states that had banned at the time when I started getting involved. And now we’re up to sixteen or seventeen, and every time I look at the news, another place is doing this, another place is saying, “Yes, we agree with the science, we agree with the organizations that govern a lot of these groups of professionals, that this is a bogus type of treatment.” It’s not a treatment, it’s a sham. And people are recognizing that and they’re doing it. Puerto Rico just did it recently. We’re up to sixteen or seventeen states, a lot of other countries have banned this practice. It is encouraging to see that, because it’s a slow process and we’re just starting to really ramp up, and we will hit that plateau, where there will be a lot of states that will not want to change. They will resist and they will try to even go backwards against this and, you know, I think it’s just going to be a shift and we’re where people live and they’re going to move out of those places because they want to just be themselves.ANDREW: Thanks so much, appreciate it.BRIANNA: Thank you very much for your time, thank you.[MUSIC]LISA: As gender definitions shift, so does language. That can be a challenge if your language is thousands of years old. We found a couple of people trying to help Hebrew make that shift. EYAL: Shalom, my name is Eyal Rivlin. ANDRES: Eyal Rivlin teaches Hebrew at CU Boulder’s program in Jewish Studies. He’s coached hundreds of students through the trickier parts of the ancient language. But one student he had last year left him stumped. EYAL: When I received an email from Lior Gross that they would like to join my class, I noticed that the signature, it said “They/them/theirs.”ANDRES: Lior, who graduated in December, is gender non-binary.EYAL: Hebrew is a very binary language, meaning that any sentence, even if I’m saying, “The student is good,” every part of that would need to be either masculine or feminine.ANDRES: Hebrew didn’t have an option that would respect Lior’s gender identity.LIOR: So it created this real distance for me in terms of like how I wanted to show up in Jewish community, versus how I could.ANDRES: Lior and Eyal started meeting in person to find an alternative. Eyal called family in Israel and Lior researched other languages. They couldn’t find a clear solution, so they decided to create their own.EYAL: It needed a little bit of hutzpah… ANDRES: … To use a hebrew word… EYAL: …a little bit of pushing the envelope, and saying “Well, it hasn’t been done, but we need to make this happen.”ANDRES: Lior and Eyal invented a new gender construction and launched the Non-Binary Hebrew Project last October.EYAL: We found a sound that in Hebrew is native to the masculine conjugations and a letter that in Hebrew is more intuitive to feminine conjugations. We put them together, and when you look at it, the letters look feminine but the sound is a masculine sound. So in a sense it holds both the masculine and the feminine.ANDRES:  The word student for example could be said as masculine…EYAL: Talmid.ANDRES: …Feminine…EYAL: Talmida.ANDRES: …and now non-binary.EYAL:  Talmide.ANDRES: Native speakers can learn to apply their non-binary solution in less than 30 seconds, and they all have had success teaching the rules in his classes, but the project really started to spread after Lior launched their website.LIOR: Some of the messages we’ve gotten have been, you know, non-binary Jews reaching out and saying, “I’m so glad that I’m not alone, I didn’t know that there were other people like me,” teachers in Hebrew school saying, you know, “How do I use this in my classroom?” people from different faith traditions reaching out and saying inclusivity is important. ANDRES: The attention that they’re getting could inspire some more changes.LIOR: It has, in some ways, made me more excited to engage with the Hebrew language and to use it more in different contexts in ways than otherwise I might not have been so interested in, just because I didn’t have such a stake.ANDRES:  You can find out more about the project including upcoming webinars at For Brainwaves, I’m Andres Belton.LISA: Thanks for joining us on Brainwaves. If you like what you hear, please like and subscribe. Keep an eye out for next week’s episode, when we talk to some of the world’s best experts on aliens and space travel. I’m Lisa Marshall. Dirk Martin produced today’s show. Andrew Sorensen is the executive producer. Our intro music is composed by Andres Belton. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Gov’t committed to sports development – Grange

first_imgGov’t committed to sports development – Grange SportApril 23, 2011 RelatedGov’t committed to sports development – Grange RelatedGov’t committed to sports development – Grange RelatedGov’t committed to sports development – Grange Advertisements By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, says that the Government is committed to investing in sports as a vehicle for economic advancement and wealth creation. She was speaking at an intellectual property and sports seminar on April 19 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Miss Grange said that despite limited resources, some $465 million was injected in the sector in 2009/10, with $218 million spent on infrastructure projects through the Social Development Fund (SDF), and more than $247 million was contributed to the national sports associations. She informed that several sports facilities have been constructed by the various Government and quasi government institutions, while the physical facilities at the National Stadium, Montego Bay Sports Complex, and the Mona Bowl have been improved. She noted further that every effort is being made to maintain existing facilities while encouraging and paving the way for individuals and business entrepreneurs to come on board, especially with respect to the maintenance of community facilities. “We are in the process of streamlining our administrative machinery so that we can offer more technically savvy and efficient professional services,” she stated. Calling for more private and civil society investment in the sector, the Minister suggested the promotion of sports as a commodity and commercial venture be undertaken as part of a new business model, thereby encouraging further investment. In the meantime, Miss Grange commended the organisers of the seminar, which looked at the protection of sporting rights and intellectual property (IP). She said it is important that athletes learn that their intellectual property goes beyond their years of active engagement and becomes their pension. “Even if they change careers, the legacy of their prowess will always bring added value, and it should be well managed so that they can reap all the benefits,” she posited. Miss Grange noted that in today’s world where information spreads instantly, it is also vital that persons learn how to enforce rights against piracy, how to use domain names, and even how to leverage IP in getting the right sponsorship package and reaping the benefits. “We must also recognise that brand management is a team sport so these concepts must be understood by athletes, managers, publicists, agents, and lawyers – everybody. The seminar was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in co-operation with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) and in collaboration with Attorneys-at-Law, Gordon McGrath.last_img read more

Government Remains Committed To Vibrant Partnerships – PM

first_imgAdvertisements Government Remains Committed To Vibrant Partnerships – PM Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 5, 2012 RelatedGovernment Remains Committed To Vibrant Partnerships – PM RelatedGovernment Remains Committed To Vibrant Partnerships – PM By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reportercenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says her administration remains committed to a vibrant partnership with all critical stakeholders, including the private and public sectors. Speaking today at her swearing-in ceremony, Mrs. Simpson Miller added that the government is also committed to international partners, particularly the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as the administration identifies the basis for a new agreement with the Fund. The Prime Ministerpointed outthat the new government’s policies are based on the principle that the private sector is a main participant in shaping the economy.  However, she said in a time of crisis, the government must act to stimulate growth and to restore confidence in the country’s ability to pay its way. “Hence, in the short and medium term, we will use state resources to stimulate employment through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).  We will do so in a transparent and non-partisan manner, to improve critical areas, such as the infrastructure and the environment, which support economic growth,” she said. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the government will also broaden and deepen its input into the Regional Integration Movement, by restoring Jamaica’s vibrant and vigorous participation. She highlighted one important agenda item, which is to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice at the country’s final appellate jurisdiction, and end “judicial surveillance” from Britain. “We must fully repatriate our sovereignty. And, in going forward, we invite the Opposition to follow through on the statements which it recently made that we were ‘not far apart’ in our respective positions. Let us, together, complete this aspect of Regional Integration within the life of this administration,” the new Prime Minister said. Mrs. Simpson Miller, the nation’s 7th Prime Minister, is being installed for the second time.  She led the People’s National Party (PNP) to victory over the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the general election on December 29, 2011, winning 42 of the 63 Parliamentary seats. RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changeslast_img read more