"We did not develop this medicine (Nexavar) for Indians," said Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers at a little reported pharmaceutical conference. "We developed it for Western patients who can afford it."
An extra 110,000 patients have been admitted to hospital with cold-related illnesses largely because of rising energy prices, Labour is set to claim today.
Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, will blame the Government’s failure to get to grips with the ‘cost of living crisis’ for the raised admissions to A&E.
In a speech about the NHS in Birmingham today, he will link the raised admissions for respiratory and circulatory problems with the £300 rise in the average energy bill.
As winter keeps an enduring, ferocious grip on Minnesota and much of the nation, the price of propane is jumping and all types of furnaces are running extra hard, putting residents like Selleck on the brink of freezing pipes and financial disaster.
Administrators of government heat-assistance programs and nonprofits are seeing a spike in requests for help.
Propane suppliers already are rationing supplies and natural gas users began feeling the pinch Sunday, when Xcel Energy and other utilities asked customers to conserve fuel in the wake of a Canadian pipeline explosion that has limited the flow of natural gas.
CenterPoint Energy is telling customers that January bills for natural gas could be double what they were in December, depending on the customer, spokeswoman Becca Virden said.
Selleck got some help from the Salvation Army after he used up his allotment of government heating assistance that is administered through the Lakes and Pines Community Action Council in Mora, Minn.
There, staff member Vickie Palmquist said the crisis department is overwhelmed this season with heartbreaking stories.
“Clients are calling in and saying ‘We’re keeping it at 50 degrees to make it last longer,’ ” Palmquist said. “When you hear of these little old ladies and little old men that are keeping their house at 50 degrees … I want to take them home and stick them in my … house. I just feel so bad and I can’t do anything and all of us feel like that here and our hands our tied.”
NEARLY 400,000 households in Scotland are living on incomes below the level needed to afford an adequate standard of living - an 18% rise over three years, according to new research.
Among the 1.9 million Scottish households whose minimum needs are covered in the research, one in five fell short of this standard in 2011/12, a rise of 70,000 from 2008/9.
Anti-poverty campaigners in Scotland blamed the rise on benefit cuts and called for a government rethink.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report examined income adequacy as measured by the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), a gauge to what he public think we all need for a socially acceptable standard of living.
The researchers from the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at Loughborough University found that, of the 390,000 households, 88,000 have less than half of MIS, while 212,000 had less than three-quarters of the amount needed.
Is this really fair for Americans? More often than not, people blame homelessness and poverty on the bad decisions the affected party has made. But really, shouldn't we blame our political leaders instead for not accepting this war on poverty? After all, aren't they the ones that pass the laws for increases in minimum wage? Yes, we as citizens must put in effort to make our voices heard about this great injustice, but in the end, the ones voting hold the power to change the wage.
As the rich and powerful attending the World Economic Forum summit enjoy their sleek stay in Davos - Private helipad! Alpine spa! Cigar lounge! - let's hope some maverick pulls out a copy of Monday's appalling Oxfam report showing that the richest 85 people on the globe (a number, it's been pointed out, that could fit in a double-decker bus) control as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. Even more alarmingly, the report documents a growing "opportunity capture" as the rich wield ever-greater political influence to skew policies - deregulation, tax laws, cuts in public services - that ensure the trend continues.
In short, the world in which our "representatives" live is light years from where the majority of people live, and the divide between the governors and the governees is especially stark for the 40 percent of people whose net worth is zero (or, technically, less than zero, since their income and other assets are far exceeded by their debts). This widening chasm is not just a matter of wealth, but most significantly a literal separation of the privileged few from the experiences, needs and aspirations of the many who're struggling to make ends meet and worried that opportunities for their children to get ahead are no longer available to them.
The scariest thing about this proposition is that models suggest that many of the people who could well be most harmed by these technologies are already disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Imagine this: North America decides to send sulfur into the stratosphere to reduce the intensity of the sun, in the hopes of saving its corn crops — despite the real possibility of triggering droughts in Asia and Africa. In short, geoengineering would give us (or some of us) the power to exile huge swaths of humanity to sacrifice zones with a virtual flip of the switch.
For-profit corporate-owned prisons like solitary confinement because it extends a prisoners’ sentence. It is also far more expensive to keep prisoners in solitary confinement—one study estimates that the average cost of housing an inmate in a supermax prison is $75,000, as opposed to $25,000 per cell in a regular state prison. This cost is passed along to taxpayers.
Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to accept whatever job they can get. They are also also unwilling to demand healthy and safe environments.
The Air Force says it is "relatively confident" the cheating ring didn't extend beyond the 34, except there may be 37, with another 17 who knew about it but didn't report it, and another 200 who had their certifications yanked just in case and will have to retake the test, but now their behavior has been deemed “absolutely unacceptable" in a program with the capacity to wipe out civilization, such as it is, that's expected to cost upwards of $355 billion during the next decade. But it's all good.
"Very importantly, I want you to know that this was a failure of some of our airmen. It was not a failure of the nuclear mission.”
Our current military budget is said to be larger than the next largest 29 countries' military budgets combined, so bloated that even the Washington Post calls it "staggering" and so much more than our old ally the U.K. that Robert Gates warned this week they may no longer be able to play with the big boys/guns if they keep cutting their defense budget. One must ask, again, how much is enough? Especially given that credit unions are now offering low-interest classroom supply loans to desperate teachers trying to buy erasers and paper within a school budget decimated to make way for...you get the picture. With an array of appalling facts, charts and graphs to illustrate the many other socially useful purposes to which our current blood money could be put.
Now that Koch Bros. stand-in Scott Walker's anti-labor policies have successfully tanked Wisconsin's economy - it ranks 49th, with wages falling at twice the national rate and job creation plummeting from 11th to 44th place - his GOP colleagues have come up with yet another ingenious idea. Reportedly at the urging of the state's largest business group, Sen. Glenn Grothman, who has earlier proposed easing child labor laws and eliminating Martin Luther King Day, wants to amend state law to offer workers a "voluntary" seven-day work week; current Wisconsin law requires employers to give workers at least 24 hours off every seven days, a requirement Grothman calls "goofy," adding that he doesn't know why Democrats or anyone else would oppose a win-win idea that's a matter of "freedom."
“Let’s be clear: our federal minimum wage of just $7.25, which has not budged in more than four years, is now a poverty wage. No American who works a full-time job should have to struggle to put food on the table or pay the bills,” said Harkin, who is Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. “All around the country, we’re seeing the impact of growing income inequality and stagnant wages on millions of American families. Raising the minimum wage will help narrow the income gap and enable millions of low-wage working Americans to make ends meet.
“The Supreme Court failed to grasp the extreme predicament family farmers find themselves in,” said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, President of lead plaintiff OSGATA. “The Court of Appeals agreed our case had merit. However, the safeguards they ordered are insufficient to protect our farms and our families. This high court which gave corporations the ability to patent life forms in 1980, and under Citizens United in 2010 gave corporations the power to buy their way to election victories, has now in 2014 denied farmers the basic right of protecting themselves from the notorious patent bully Monsanto,” Gerritsen said.
Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments but these ten will give a taste.
To millions of migrants, Britain is a land of plenty - but, once here, many are brutally maltreated by their own countrymen. On Saturday, we told how gangmasters savagely exploited Eastern Europeans. Today, we reveal the shocking treatment of some workers in curry restaurants...
If everyone had enough to live, no one could be exploited any longer.
Elephant ivory is fashioned into intricately carved statues, jewelry and religious icons, which are in demand worldwide, but especially prized in East Asia and the Philippines—a $7 billion to $10 billion a year business. Most ivory is processed in China, but a lot of the carving is now being done in Africa itself, particularly in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The prime subject for African carvers, ironically enough, is elephants. Ivory elephants may already outnumber the living creatures, which are being killed at the unsustainable rate of 35,000 per year.
Britain’s biggest independent energy firm, with 120,000 customers, suggested: “Stick to a low-usage energy plan on fast days, then use what you like on the other five and you could save an average of £154 a year.”
The company, which charges an average £1,120 for dual fuel each year, advised customers: “Shower together. It can save you £34 a year – just ask permission from the other person first!”
First Utility also proposed that customers “opt for an early night”: “Putting out the lights and turning off the box can save you £18 a year – and it could be lots of fun.”
But Shadow Energy minister Tom Greatrex said the advice was an “insult” to millions of people struggling to pay their bills.
Evidence of Our Growing Wealth Inequality
This first fact is nearly ungraspable: In 2009 the average wealth for almost half of American families was ZERO (their debt exceeded their assets).
In 1983 the families in America's poorer half owned an average of about $15,000. But from 1983 to 1989 median wealth fell from over $70,000 to about $60,000. From 1998 to 2009, fully 80% of American families LOST wealth. They had to borrow to stay afloat.