Biotech About the Author Reprints What is it? Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Janice Haney Carr/CDC/Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia via AP By Adam Feuerstein Nov. 25, 2019 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a once-daily pill for sickle cell disease that works in an entirely new way — by boosting hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying molecule found in red blood cells.The novel drug was developed by the biotech firm Global Blood Therapeutics and will be sold under the brand name Oxbryta. The drug’s approval came three months earlier than expected. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More @adamfeuerstein Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Global Blood secures FDA approval for new pill to treat sickle cell disease Adam Feuerstein STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? [email protected] Tags biotechnology
Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Report, which has identified deficiencies in the sector, is an indication that gaps need to be filled in the system.The Report, which assessed the operation of nearly 1,000 schools, found glaring weaknesses in school leadership and management, and faulty teaching/learning methods.It also found that strong security and wellness programmes exist at many of the nation’s secondary educational institutions, as well as a high level of awareness among students on relevant issues.Speaking at the launch of the Report, held on Tuesday, September 15, at the Overseas Examinations Commission, in St. Andrew, the Minister said no time should be wasted in casting blames for deficiencies in the education system, as all efforts must be made to deliver results for students.“That is why we have to take these reports very seriously; that is why we don’t want any argument that it is not my fault as teacher, or my responsibility, because the home is not right,” the Minister told the audience.He argued that although challenges at some homes might affect the learning of children, there is a responsibility for teachers and Ministry officials to give of their best.“We still have to do our duty, we have to stop making excuses, and we have to stop finding a problem for every solution. Our task is to add value. We now have the empirical tool to do so, there is no excuse,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Chief Inspector, Maureen Dwyer, said her team of inspectors found that where school leadership focus on the core business of education, staff was inspired, and children eager to learn.“Those leaders were the ones who made the balance between the social side of things, and the academic learning,” she said.The mandate of the NEI is to assess the standards attained by the students in primary and secondary schools at key points in their education, and to report on how well they perform, or improve.The NEI makes recommendations to the Ministry of Education to support improvement in the provision of quality education. The full Report can be obtained at: www.nei.org. RelatedTwo Honoured With Spanish Order of Civil Merit RelatedEvery School To Have Literacy Coordinator FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister Says NEI Report Shows That Gaps Need To Be Filled EducationSeptember 16, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedTeachers To Be Trained To Improve The Way Boys Learn Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (left), is joined by public and private sector officials in perusing the 2015 National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Report, at its launch, today (September 15), at the Overseas Examinations Commission, in St. Andrew. From second left are: businessman, R. Danny Williams; Chief Inspector, Maureen Dwyer, and Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock. Story HighlightsMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Report, which has identified deficiencies in the sector, is an indication that gaps need to be filled in the system.The Report, which assessed the operation of nearly 1,000 schools, found glaring weaknesses in school leadership and management, and faulty teaching/learning methods.It also found that strong security and wellness programmes exist at many of the nation’s secondary educational institutions, as well as a high level of awareness among students on relevant issues. Education Minister Says NEI Report Shows That Gaps Need To Be FilledJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements
“The current minimum standard no longer provides an adequate level of security and the binary approach does not recognise or reward those that have taken additional steps to secure their vehicle.”It added that the costs of illegal immigration to the broader economy were huge – between £3,000 and £25,000 to remove a single failed asylum seeker from the country – and that its proposals sought to separate honest truckers from those who were profiting from the crisis.“We recognise that the clandestine challenge at the border can be varied. At one end of the spectrum, a clandestine could break into a lorry unknown to the driver and the haulage company who have taken all reasonable measures to secure the vehicle.“At the other end of the spectrum, a driver could be knowingly transporting large numbers of clandestines to the UK having taken payment from an organised criminal gang,” it said.As well looking to modernise the regime, the Home Office is also looking at whether penalties should be extended to rail freight operatorsWith the migrant situation around Calais having been at crisis point since the summer, the review can’t come soon enough for the cross-Channel freight industry.FTA manager of road freight enforcement Chris Yarsley said: “FTA is pleased to see the government working with our industry in an effort to try and combat illegal immigration. The levels of penalties have not been amended for over 10 years and vehicle security technologies have been improved immensely, so it is now time to look at the entirety of the scheme.”The government said that UK and French border authorities had apprehended 40,000 attempted clandestines last year, compared with 18,000 the year before and 11,000 the year before that.The impact on the wider economy is also beginning to be understood – clandestine activity is claimed to have resulted in damage to transported food which had to be destroyed each month this summer and was worth £2m. By Sophia Murray 08/03/2016 The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the UK Home Office’s plans to review the heavy fines for HGV drivers and firms caught unknowingly transporting illegal migrants.They face penalties of up to £2,000 for each migrant – and with up to 40 clandestines discovered each day last year in Dover, the scheme has so far cost truckers £6.6m.The dynamics of illegal immigration have changed dramatically since the penalties were first introduced over a decade ago, which the government described as a binary approach combining prevention and penalties – should a clandestine be discovered on a vehicle deemed to have met adequate security measures, then no penalty will be levied.However, in a consultation paper launched today, the Home Office said that approach had “failed to keep abreast with developments, either in the methods employed by migrants or in the technology available to secure freight vehicles.