BCSC sanctions founders, companies in failed insurance venture Between August 2005 and June 2008, Mitschele, Michael Minor and Tim Minor distributed PVT shares to approximately 322 investors, raising around $5.2 million. At the time of the distributions, Mitschele was president and CEO of PVT, a B.C. company whose business was the development and commercialization of parking meter technology. Michael Minor was a director of the company. In a statement of admission dated December 18, 2011, Michael Minor and Tim Minor admitted that they “traded and distributed $3.2 million worth of PVT securities without being registered or having filed a prospectus, and when no exemptions from the registration and prospectus requirements applied”, and in doing so contravened B.C.’s securities laws. The panel found that PVT traded $3.5 million in PVT shares to 272 investors without being registered or having filed a prospectus with no applicable exemptions, and in doing so contravened securities laws. The panel also found that Mitschele, as president and CEO of PVT, breached securities laws when he authorized, permitted and acquiesced in PVT’s contraventions of securities laws. The panel directed the parties to make submissions on sanctions according to the schedule set out in the findings. Keywords Illegal distributionsCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Related news A British Columbia Securities Commission panel has found that three B.C. men and a parking technology company illegally distributed securities when they raised approximately $3.5 million from investors who did not qualify for exemptions from securities laws. The panel found that Photo Violation Technologies Corp. (PVT), Frederick Lawrence Marlatt (a.k.a. Frederick Lawrence Mitschele), Michael Wallace Minor, and Michael Garfield Timothy (Tim) Minor traded in securities without being registered in B.C., and distributed those securities without filing a prospectus. All three men are B.C. residents. Compensation funds available for Phoenix group victims IE Staff Former Alberta planner fined, banned for illegal distribution scheme Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By Sanjiv Das on May 19, 2018 Students who want to pursue a career in paramedic and allied healthcare courses will be benefittedKissht, a fintech EMI payment and digital lending platforms announced its partnership with VIVO Healthcare (VIVO), a leading healthcare education and training company to provide easy finance options for short-term courses across all training centres in India. This agreement will help students who want to pursue a career in paramedic and allied healthcare courses. The uniqueness of this offering is that students will get easy finance without submitting any collateral.Through this easy finance loan options, students can opt for courses like emergency medical technician, dialysis technician, dental assistant, X-Ray technician, radiology technician, cardiac care technician, medical lab technician, operation theatre technician provided by VIVO.With training centres in 35 cities across 18 states, VIVO provides skill-based employability training for the healthcare industry. In addition, VIVO offers many community based healthcare training programmes such as life support, emergency response, and health and safety courses for schools, corporates, hospitals and government bodies.Speaking on this occasion, Krishnan Vishwanathan, CEO and the Founder, Kissht says, “VIVO Healthcare provides huge employment opportunities to its students looking to make a career in the healthcare industry. Keeping in line with VIVO Healthcare’s mission of Skilling India to Save Lives, we hope that with Kissht’s quick loan finance and easy EMI payment, there will be an increase in the number of students signing up for these courses.”“Educational loans are a key driver to enabling more and more students to access quality skill based training and thereby getting employment in the fast growing healthcare industry. Kissht’s innovative credit scoring platform will allow many first time borrowers to access loans for their educational requirements across all our training centres, added Mohit Mehra, COO, VIVO Healthcare. Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Kissht partners with VIVO Healthcare Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha
Offering a novel clue about the basic biology of pancreatic cancer, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have confirmed a decades-old discovery of a link between blood type and the risk of developing the disease.The finding, published online by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on March 10, is based on an analysis of blood type and pancreatic cancer occurrence in participants of two large health-tracking studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.The new study demonstrates that while people’s overall risk of pancreatic cancer is relatively low — with nearly 40,000 new cases diagnosed annually in the United States, compared with nearly 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer — people with blood types A, B, or AB were more likely to develop the disease than those with type O.“Except for several rare familial syndromes, the genetic factors that raise or lower an individual’s risk for pancreatic cancer are largely unknown,” said the study’s lead author, Brian Wolpin, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies done several decades ago suggested a link between blood type and the risk of various malignancies, including pancreatic cancer, but they were limited by the fact that they ‘looked back’ at cancers that had already occurred and involved relatively few cases. We wanted to see if the association held up using modern patient cohorts and research techniques.”They found that, compared to participants with type O blood, those with type A had a 32 percent higher chance of incurring pancreatic cancer, those with type AB had a 51 percent higher chance, and those with type B had a 72 percent higher chance.Within the entire group, 17 percent of pancreatic cancers were attributable to inheriting a non-O blood group. But because the lifetime risk of developing the disease is relatively low (estimated at 1.3 percent) and the increased risk associated with blood type relatively modest, screening tests for pancreatic cancer risk are unlikely to be based on blood type alone. The real value of the findings is what they suggest about the inner workings of the disease, the authors say.The four human blood groups are defined by the type of glycoproteins — confections of sugar and protein — found on the surface of red blood cells and other cells, including those in the pancreas. A gene known as ABO helps construct these glycoproteins by ordering the placement of sugar molecules on a protein “backbone” called the H antigen. The pattern formed by these sugars determines whether an individual’s blood type is A, B, AB, or O. (In the O type, no sugars are attached to the antigen.)Experiments by other investigators have shown that normal pancreas cells carry a different pattern of these blood-type antigens than pancreatic tumor cells do, suggesting that changes in the ABO gene’s activity may occur as the cells become cancerous. Researchers speculate that alterations in the antigens may interfere with the cells’ ability to signal and adhere to one another, and with the immune system’s ability to detect abnormal cells — potentially setting the stage for cancer.Blood-type antigens may also affect the level of inflammatory proteins in a person’s blood. Chronic inflammation has been linked to pancreatic cancer risk.Intriguing as these findings are, they don’t necessarily prove a direct link between blood-type antigens and pancreatic cancer development, the authors assert. It is also possible that the ABO gene is merely a marker for other, nearby genes that are more directly involved in cancer development.“The association between blood type and pancreatic cancer risk provides a new avenue for getting at the biological mechanisms that underlie the disease,” Wolpin says. “Understanding the biology will put us in a better position to intervene so the cancer doesn’t develop or progress.”The study’s senior author is Charles Fuchs of Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Co-authors include David Hunter and Edward Giovannucci of BWH and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH); Andrew Chan of BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital; Patricia Hartge and Stephen Chanock of the National Cancer Institute; and Peter Kraft of the HSPH.
The fam’ and I came back from a stroll Monday evening to find this on our doorstep:…which happens more frequently than we’d expect, what with the existence of the Internet and all. And every time it happens, I find myself wondering, “How much use do people have for the Yellow Pages these days?”Do you keep a hard copy of the Yellow Pages at your house? Why or why not? When was the last time you actually opened the Yellow Pages? What were you looking for?Talk Amongst Yourselves is shawneemissionpost.com’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!
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Prairie Village police say they’re looking for suspect who fled vehicle after pursuit. Prairie Village police said law enforcement is still looking for the two men who appeared to be burglarizing a car in the 7600 block of Rainbow St. around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. An officer saw the men holding flashlights near a vehicle in a driveway. When the officer tried to stop them, the got into their car and fled “at a high rate of speed,” according to the department. Prairie Village police stopped the pursuit after the suspects drove at a high rate of speed into Kansas City, Mo. Authorities later found the suspect vehicle unoccupied at 75th and Pennsylvania. It had items taken during auto burglaries in it. Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects should contact Prairie Village police at 913-642-5151 Shawnee council grants rezoning for Reflection Living. The Shawnee council Tuesday evening unanimously approved the planning commission’s recommendation to rezone a section of land in the 7100 block of Silverheel Street to make room for Reflection Living. The Wichita-based Home Care Plus organization’s preliminary plan is to build two group homes on a 3-acre lot.
Board of Governors reviews proposed IOTA rule amendment Nov 18, 2020 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Stories Supreme Court seeking comments on IOTA task force proposals The Bar Board of Governors has been briefed on proposed Bar rule amendments from the Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds, including that the Supreme Court is now seeking comments on the rule changes.Former Bar President Mayanne Downs, chair of the task force, presented its recommendations to the court at the board’s interim November 16 meeting.That discussion included deadlines for commenting on the amendments, whether the board should take a position, and a separate proposal from public board member Jody Hudgins to boost interest payments by banks on IOTA funds.The amendments would apply to Bar Rule 5-1.1(g), which governs the IOTA program.Under the task force proposal, “All IOTA monies will be paid to experienced and already-in-this-business-and-good-at-it grantees in Florida and they would use all that money to hire and pay lawyers so that lawyers can provide direct legal services,” Downs said.Grantee legal aid agencies would be able to use 10% for overhead and The Florida Bar Foundation, which collects IOTA funds from banks and distributes it to local programs, would be able to use 15% for overhead — the first time there have been limits on overhead, Downs said.It would eliminate the Foundation using IOTA funds for grants to improve the administration of justice, as allowed in earlier Supreme Court IOTA opinions. It would mandate that IOTA funds be distributed within six months of receipt. The rule amendments also call for a two-year review if it is ultimately adopted by the court.An official notice is online and will be in the December edition of the Bar News. The court has set a January 4 deadline for comments and the task force has until January 25 to respond, Downs said.The court’s directive in creating the task force in October 2019 was to consider an alternate model for collecting and distributing IOTA funds, whether there should be priorities and limits on how IOTA funds are spent, and whether there should be reporting requirements in the rule (the Foundation now provides a detailed annual audit). The court also, Downs said, specified that “in doing all of our work, we ‘shall give priority consideration to the need for funding direct legal services for low-income litigants in Florida.’”Board member Paige Greenlee, a former member of the Foundation Board of Directors, asked if the Board of Governors would be taking a position on the rule amendments, adding “I’ve heard from several constituents with concerns.”President Dori Foster-Morales noted the court set up the task force with administrative support from the Bar, but has not asked the board for its position.“We are here for discussion and if that’s something that people want to do, then a motion could be made to do that,” she said.No motion was made at the meeting.Board member Josh Chilson said the proposed amendments would do away with the Foundation’s program to help repay student loans for legal aid attorneys and asked Downs about that.Downs called that and the recognition of some other Foundation programs that would lose funding “agonizing” but said it could be reviewed in two years if ending the loan repayment assistance made it difficult to hire or retain legal aid attorneys. She also said the Foundation or legal aid programs might be able to find other funds for that effort.IOTA Interest RatesHudgins, who also serves on the Foundation Board of Directors, outlined a different amendment to Rule 5-1.1(g) he is proposing on behalf of the Foundation to set a standard interest rate for banks to pay in lawyers’ IOTA accounts. He said it has been discussed with the board’s Disciplinary Procedure Committee and the DPC will revisit it at the board’s regular December meeting.“There’s no equitable…index on the rate being paid on the IOTA funds,” Hudgins said, adding few lawyers know what rate is being paid on their IOTA account and those rates are generally too low.“Why are banks paying such a low fee? Because we can. Why can we pay such a low fee? Because you guys don’t ask. Why do you not ask? Because it really doesn’t have any economic effect on your practice of law or on your well-being,” said Hudgins, who is a banker. “It has a tremendous effect on the access to justice for the low to moderate income folks around Florida who need access to justice.”The proposal would set the minimum interest rate on IOTA accounts at 25 basis points [the current rate averages 11 basis points] and allow it to rise when interest rates increase.Hudgins said he expects “banks to complain a bit” but ultimately go along with the proposed rule change because it is fair and equitable. He noted that every extra basis point paid on IOTA accounts yields an extra $670,000 for the Foundation and its grant programs.He presented more details at a recent Foundation Board of Directors meeting.
Although “watchful waiting” (WW) is the recommended approach to antibiotic treatment for acute ear infections in young children, a recent survey of parents suggests that relatively few physicians fully explain the rationale for this approach, including the nature of acute otitis media (AOM) and the risks of antibiotic overuse.The survey, described in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, showed that only 10% of parents recalled receiving information about the adverse effects of antibiotics, and only 4% reported receiving comprehensive information about the why and how of WW.But the study also showed that parents who did remember hearing detailed information about WW were more likely to follow that advice.Parents often skepticalAs noted in the report, WW involves providing antibiotics for young children with AOM but advising caregivers not to use the drugs unless symptoms persist. Although studies support the practice, parents “remain skeptical and generally unenthusiastic,” and consequently the approach is underused, the authors say.In the study, five researchers from Pennsylvania State University questioned a nationwide sample of 134 parents of children under 5 years old who had AOM. The parents had been provided with antibiotics to be used in case their children’s symptoms didn’t improve within a specified time.The study’s twofold aim was to examine how well parents’ recall of healthcare providers’ explanation and instructions matched American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on WW, and to assess the relationship between parental recollections and reported compliance with WW.The AAP guidelines for pediatric AOM advise providers to use the clinical exam to determine if the patient has AOM, which is bacterial, as opposed to a viral condition, the report notes. For severe AOM, immediate antibiotic treatment is recommended, but the guidelines suggest WW for patients under 2 years old who have mild AOM and for those 2 years and older who have “nonsevere” AOM.The guidelines say providers should explain the self-limited nature of most AOM episodes and the potential adverse effects of antibiotics. In addition, providers are advised to tell parents to monitor their children’s condition, use analgesics (such as acetaminophen), and obtain follow-up care.Few parents heard about antibiotic risksOnly 10% of the parents recalled getting information about the harmful effects of antibiotics, while 58% reported learning about the nature of AOM, and 64% reported being told about one or both of these topics, the report says.Three fourths of the parents recalled being told to monitor their child’s symptoms, but only 29% reported getting advice about medication for pain, and 22% reported an offer of follow-up care during the WW period.Only 4% of the parents recalled receiving at least one of the two types of explanation (risks of antibiotics and the nature of AOM) and all three types of instruction, the authors found.The survey also revealed that 27% of the parents did not comply with WW.”Of parents who complied with WW, 63% reported that the physician explained the nature of AOM (versus 42% of noncompliant parents), 88% reported being instructed to monitor their children’s symptoms (versus 61% in the noncompliant group), and 38% reported instruction to use medication to manage pain (versus 14% of the noncompliant parents),” the report says.A statistical analysis indicated that compliance was significantly associated with having received information and advice on these three topics. The analysis showed that explaining the risks of antibiotics and instructing parents on follow-up care did not have statistically significant effects. But the number of parents who recalled hearing about antibiotic risks was so low (10%) as to prevent a strong test of the effect of this information on compliance, the authors said.Misunderstandings revealedIn other findings, even when parents reported hearing explanations about the risks of antibiotics, their understanding of the subject was not necessarily correct, the survey showed. One participant reported, “If children are given antibiotics when it is not necessary, they can build up an immunity to them.” This misunderstanding illustrates the challenge of understanding antibiotic resistance and the need for healthcare providers to more clearly communicate the dangers of overuse, the authors said.The findings, the researchers said, suggest that providers don’t fully follow the AAP guidelines when communicating with caregivers about WW, an interpretation that is consistent with high rates of injudicious antibiotic prescribing for AOM. But the results almost certainly also reflect parents’ difficulty in understanding and remembering what providers tell them.”The current study provides evidence that health care providers are not powerless to resist parents’ misconceived desire for antibiotic treatment, but can use explanation and instruction to guide them toward compliance with WW,” the researchers comment. “A starting point is ensuring that key elements of explanation and instruction are actually provided, which will also bring providers into alignment with AAP guidelines.”MacGeorge EL, Caldes EP, Smith RA, et al. Reducing unwarranted antibiotic use for pediatric acute otitis media: the influence of physicians’ explanation and instruction on parent compliance with ‘watchful waiting.’ J Appl Commun Res 2017 (published online May 30) [Full text]See also:Related Jun 5 press release
But not all encounters are as friendly for the rangers from the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (Tide), whose job includes enforcing the managed access (MA) programme that since 2016 has given traditional fishers the rights to secured grounds if they obtain licences and report their catch. Illegal fishing has declined, says Halliday, but at night there are illicit incursions from Guatemala and high-speed chases around the reserve’s 500-square miles of pristine sea – a vast space to monitor for just four rangers alternating shifts at their station on Abalone Caye. Read more at: The Guardian Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (The Guardian) Across the turquoise water by the mangrove, ranger Allan Halliday spots a fishing skiff. “We’re going over to say hello,” he says, before abruptly changing the boat’s direction. But his real task is to check the couple on board have the licence to fish in this part of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, one of nine designated zones in Belize. “We aren’t complaining but others do,” says Alonzo Reymundo, of the rules that now restrict Belize’s 3,000 commercial fishers to two geographic areas each. He and his wife Anselma have been fishing off southern Toledo for 30 years and their boat is laden with 50 or so pounds of shrimp – more than enough, he says, flashing his licence. Today’s catch will be sold as bait and fetch around 330BZ$ (£135), he says. Aug 6, 2019 OPINION: Going with the Wind: Transition to Clean Energy in… Jul 23, 2019 Revitalising sponging – a key industry in The Bahamas Nov 7, 2019 CARICOM must ensure high seas remain healthy, protected… Jul 25, 2019 Jamaica to host Regional Sargassum Forum Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed to secure progress You may be interested in… Anna Ramirez wins Belize’s Punta Fuego Outstanding Fisher Award 2015Since she was seven years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea. Her most challenging moments have involved…July 1, 2015In “Belize”Fisheries Ministers of CARICOM, Central America join forces to promote ocean-based economic growthBELIZE CITY, FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2019 (CRFM)—After several hours of deliberation at their Second Joint Meeting held in Belize on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, Fisheries Ministers from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organisation for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) inked…October 7, 2019In “Agriculture”UNGA_ – Statement by Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred ElringtonMadame President Heads of State and Delegations Distinguished Ministers Excellencies At the outset I wish to express the sympathies of the Government and people of Belize with the Government and people of Indonesia in view of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which killed over 400 persons. At the same, I…September 30, 2018In “Belize”Share this on WhatsApp
Foster’s Fairplay, not for the first time, is calling out for some assistance for Kevona Davis, that super talent from head coach Michael Dyke’s programme at the Edwin Allen High School, situated in the hilly terrain of Frankfield in Clarendon. Despite the excellence she has displayed for her school at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls‘ Athletics Championships, this academically stable athlete has been injured for the last three years when the occasion has arisen for her to showcase her obvious talent for the benefit of her country. First, at the now-defunct World Under-18 Championships held in 2017 in the Kenyan city of Nairobi, she ran the 100m and was hurt at the end of the race, copping a bronze medal but taking no further part in the event. In both 2018 when she was set to take part in the World Under-20 Championships and this year during the actual trials for the Junior Pan Am Championships, injuries halted her progress. Future at stake Considering all that has been mentioned, together with the awesome talent she has shown, it is full time for someone or some group to notice that another gifted athlete could be lost, unless the requisite corrective action is taken. This gives rise to a wider view of the system. Davis’ case presents just one example of the measure of talent that exists in the sport. There are several who attend schools throughout the country who toil in anticipation of the type of support that it will take for the to make it to wherever their ultimate destination lies. Stories abound as to the assistance that comes from coaches and parents, guardians and other groups of supporters. They deserve commendation. However, this is far from being enough.This call is for the governing body of the sport, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), to come to the fore in an effort to provide a much-needed shoulder of support on which young athletes who are in need can lean whenever the relevant situation arises. The JAAA should take the initiative to identify these athletes who are struggling to maintain the condition that it is necessary for them to sustain their efforts. This is not to say that the JAAA is unaware of the problems faced by these athletes and those who are employed to guide them. There are programmes already in place to address some of the issues, but the Kevona Davis case illustrates that what is being done needs to be buttressed by additional action where required. Come on, JAAA. This is not meant to detract from the work that is being done in support of the nation’s young athletes. It is simply a call for extra energy to be expended to make the present success somewhat better. To provide feedback, email: [email protected] .