When people think of America's former president, farming isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. But the philanthropist sees global agriculture as containing some of the biggest issues of our time, namely, food security and feeding the planet. We talk to Clinton about all that, and his Great-Uncle Buddy.
With the availability of online-cheating services and more online degree options, it’s conceivable that someone could pay an extra $1,000 a class—about $40,000 for an entire 120-credit bachelor’s degree—to simply hire someone to earn the degree for them. Considering the already high cost of tuition and the boost in earning potential a degree affords, an extra $40,000 to never even go to class, even online, may be the deal of a lifetime for someone with means. An easy No Need to Study path through college for those who can literally pay extra should also fuel lingering questions of class and race bias in higher education. Elite education opportunities already skew to those most able to afford to them. But the ability to get a degree by opening a checkbook instead of a textbook does, at a minimum, complicate efforts to flatten the education-access pyramid.
Oil companies who succeeded in weakening a California climate change bill massively increased their lobbying spending during the final chunk of the Legislature’s calendar, shelling out nearly $11 million to persuade lawmakers and to run a media campaign.
A centerpiece of Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats’ agenda, Senate Bill 350 became the target of a fierce opposition campaign from oil companies that targeted Democrats considered politically vulnerable and warned about gas rationing. In the end, bill backers succumbed, removing a provision that would have mandated a 50 percent cut in petroleum usage.
Newly filed lobbying disclosures illuminate the scope of the industry’s blitz from the start of the July to the end of September, a period that encompasses the frantic final stretch of the legislative session.
A pair of industry associations and a handful of oil companies combined to spend $10.7 million in the third quarter.
SAN FRANCISCO - Airbnb has spent more than $8 million and hired a top political operative to defeat a San Francisco initiative on the ballot Tuesday that could threaten the growth of one of the most valuable global technology companies.
Backers of a referendum aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs in California said Wednesday that they had gathered more than enough signatures to place their measure on the November, 2016, ballot in the most populous U.S.
In the four years since the Dutch bundled-payment model for type 2 diabetes was introduced, patient mortality rates and costs have dropped significantly. (My colleagues and I expect to report the specific numbers in a journal article in the next few months.) The model has had success for three key reasons:
It was codified. The Dutch Diabetes Federation Health Care Standard (DFHCS), agreed on by all national provider and patient associations, specifies the minimum requirements for optimal diabetes care and sets the criteria for improvements. By law, the bundled-payment contract must include all services described in the DFHCS, which identifies what services to provide but not who delivers those services or where and how they are delivered. In addition, the DFHCS specifies a standardized minimum data set of quality measures, thereby giving care groups an incentive to adopt innovations and to reallocate tasks so that providers each do the work that best matches their qualifications. It fostered transparency through use of electronic health records. By 2010, three years after bundled payments were introduced, 66% of the care groups had web-based electronic health records (EHRs) where subcontracted providers were required to record their data. The EHR system made patient data available to primary care providers in real time and helped to reduce duplicated services. Web-based EHRs also enabled care groups to benchmark the performance of care providers, who could then learn from one another. In addition, the EHRs were used to generate accountability reports for insurers and to inform the public about care groups’ achievements. In interviews conducted by the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, most providers said that they perceived this greater transparency as the main success of the reform. It optimized the value of clinical expertise. Care groups are led by providers, who use their clinical knowledge directly in decisions to achieve efficient, high-quality care. Therefore, fewer low-value services are purchased, and both overuse of unnecessary services and underuse of high-value services are avoided. For instance, after bundled payments were introduced, the number of routine check-ups went down for diabetes patients with well-controlled blood-glucose levels but went up for patients who needed more-intensive monitoring. Also, diabetes patients who had no abnormalities on their annual eye exam were switched to a biannual eye-exam schedule, consistent with Dutch clinical-practice guidelines.
Schiffman and his collaborators, who just published a paper in JAMA, found that p53 does not work in elephants quite like it works in humans. Instead of expending extra energy on fixing bad DNA, elephant p53 simply kills the cell with faulty DNA. “It’s like buying a new car rather than fixing an old one,” explains Trent Fowler, the young manager of Schiffman’s lab. Killing cells, the elephant models suggests, is a better bet than trying to set them straight.
If Alaska implemented a standardized salary schedule for its teachers, most rural school districts would have to pay their educators a lot more. For teachers in Southeast Alaska’s Pelican City School District, it would mean a 105 percent raise.
Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that a project proposed through the citizen initiative process and subsequently approved by a council—without a public vote—was exempt from a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, overturning a lower court decision. Now, a project can avoid months of costly CEQA-related delays if a developer raises enough signatures for an initiative and the council or board simply ratifies the project.
In the ongoing fight between Democrats and Republicans over election procedures like voter ID and early voting, the Democrats are supposedly the champions of higher turnout and reducing barriers to participation. But when it comes to scheduling off-cycle elections1 like those taking place today, the Democratic Party is the champion of voter suppression.
Indeed, few people will vote today. Many elections are taking place, but almost all are for local offices. School boards, for example, are up for election in Houston; Fairfax County, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina and in hundreds of other communities that oversee the education of millions of schoolchildren. But only a small number of highly engaged voters will participate in the elections for these offices.
Reducing four wheels to two wheels or no wheels – Palmerston North's civic and business leaders need to come up with innovative ways to encourage people to bike or walk to work, say Massey planners who have released a report ...
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