Press release: New charges announced for regulatory services

first_imgThe Environment Agency has today published its new charging scheme for regulatory permits and services, which will be effective from 1 April 2018.The new charges have been introduced so that businesses and organisations cover the full cost of the services they receive rather than the public – this represents a more financially-sustainable model which is simpler, fairer and more effective and that will lead to long-term environmental improvements. Charges for permits and other regulatory services have remained static for the last 7 years.The charges were drafted with feedback from industry and were subject to a public consultation. The consultation response document is also being published today, which includes the changes we have made as a result of comments we have received from customers, trades associations and the public.The charges reflect the amount of regulatory effort needed at a site and will allow the Environment Agency to invest further in our permitting service. Businesses that are well-managed and low-hazard present a low environmental risk and will be charged less. Higher-risk or poor-performing businesses will be charged more.Neil Davies, Environment Agency Director of Regulatory Charges, said: The Environment Agency carries out a valuable role in regulating the impact of businesses and industry on the environment and it is right that those that benefit from this service should cover the full cost. The new charging structure will create a simpler, fairer and more sustainable system which will enable better regulation and protection for the environment. The new charges will come into effect on the 1st April 2018 – the start of the new financial year. Our work to regulate industry protects and enhances the environment. The changes that have been announced following the recent consultation will mean that businesses and not the public pay for the full services they use. This is more financially-sustainable, will lead to a better service to businesses and long-term improvements to the environment. We have been engaging with trade associations over the last year while we were developing these proposals. Their input into this process has been really valuable and the feedback has helped shape the new fee structure. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:last_img read more

Credit Union Value Proposition: Still awesome after all these years

first_imgOn June 14, we gathered a group of more than 90 credit union leaders from across North America at Harvard University to talk about cooperative strategies for sustained competitive advantage and business model evolution. And some pretty big darn deal stuff happened.The first research output delivered through our new Centers of Excellence approach came out earlier in June, and Filene Fellow and Harvard Business School professor Dennis Campbell was there to share his insights on the connection between culture and performance, further delving into the case study of Handelsbanken. We discovered how local decision-making and distributed control can be the path to long-term success. We also heard from Wisconsin’s Verve, a Credit Union all about “the new age credit union merger,” and from Conexus Credit Union in Saskatchewan, sharing their approach to put member financial well-being at the center of their strategy. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

First womb-transplant baby born

first_img Tweet Share Share Share HealthLifestyle First womb-transplant baby born by: – October 4, 2014center_img Sharing is caring! 104 Views   no discussions A woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, in a medical first, doctors report.The 36-year-old mother, who was born without a uterus, received a donated womb from a friend in her 60s.The British medical journal The Lancet says the baby was born prematurely in September weighing 1.8kg (3.9lb). The father said his son was “amazing”.Cancer treatment and birth defects are the main reasons women can be left without a functioning womb.If they want a child of their own, their only option is surrogacy.Medical marvelThe identity of the couple in Sweden has not been released, but it is known the mother still had functioning ovaries.The couple went through IVF to produce 11 embryos, which were frozen. Doctors at the University of Gothenburg then performed the womb transplant.The donor was a 61-year-old family friend who had gone through the menopause seven years earlier.Drugs to suppress the immune system were needed to prevent the womb being rejected.A year after the transplant, doctors decided they were ready to implant one of the frozen embryos and a pregnancy ensued.The baby was born prematurely, almost 32 weeks into the pregnancy, after the mother developed pre-eclampsia and the baby’s heart rate became abnormal.Both baby and mum are now said to be doing well.In an anonymous interview with the AP news agency, the father said: “It was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby.“He’s no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell.”‘Step change’Two other medical teams have attempted womb transplants before.In one case, the organ became diseased and had to be removed after three months. Another case resulted in miscarriages.Prof Mats Brannstrom, who led the transplant team, described the birth in Sweden as a joyous moment.“That was a fantastic happiness for me and the whole team, but it was an unreal sensation also because we really could not believe we had reached this moment.“Our success is based on more than 10 years of intensive animal research and surgical training by our team and opens up the possibility of treating many young females worldwide that suffer from uterine infertility.”Liza Johannesson, a gynaecological surgeon in the team, said: “It gives hope to those women and men that thought they would never have a child, that thought they were out of hope.”However, there are still doubts about the safety and effectiveness of the invasive procedure.Dr Brannstrom and his team are working with another eight couples with a similar need. The results of those pregnancy attempts will give a better picture of whether this technique can be used more widely.Dr Allan Pacey, the chairman of the British Fertility Society, told the BBC News website: “I think it is brilliant and revolutionary and opens the door to many infertile women.“The scale of it feels a bit like IVF. It feels like a step change. The question is can it be done repeatedly, reliably and safely.”The couple, fresh from celebrating the birth of their child, will soon have to decide if they want a second.The drugs used to prevent the womb being rejected would be damaging in the long term – so the couple will either try again or have the womb removed.BBC Newslast_img read more

Rose Bowl Preview: Wisconsin’s forgotten man ready to shine

first_imgComing into the 2010 season, John Clay was Wisconsin’s bona fide star.He was the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in rushing yards and touchdowns. He was the running back who dealt with some Heisman hype at the start of the season, the workhorse who was expected to carry the Badgers all year long.But Clay wasn’t the one scoring touchdown after touchdown as UW rode its running game to a conference title.No, Clay was watching his teammates pile up the points from the sideline while he nursed a knee injury.Sophomore Montee Ball is now the team leader in touchdowns with 17. True freshman James White is the team leader in rushing yards with 1,029.Clay is now looking up at those two backs on the depth chart.And when the Badgers take the field for their first possession at the Rose Bowl Jan. 1, Ball is expected to trot out with the first-team offense.“Right now, Montee would be our starting running back,” Bielema stated when he met with reporters Sunday. “John has to wait for a few other guys to get in. Montee’s playing as good of football as anybody. No question.”Earlier in the year, Clay was the one playing as good of football as anybody.In the days leading up to Wisconsin’s clash with then-No.1 ranked Ohio State, Clay and the Badgers were constantly reminded of an impressive streak. The Buckeyes came into Madison having gone 29 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.That streak ended that night Madison.Clay put together one of his greatest performances, running for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against one of the best defenses in college football. He was explosive, he ran like a man with a purpose and the Badgers came away with a monumental 31-18 victory.The very next week in Iowa City, Clay was ready for his encore.Against one of the more talented defensive lines in the country, the 255-pound running back carried the ball a season-high 24 times and piled up 94 yards to go along with two trips to the endzone. He continuously fought through gang tackles and scored on a critical fourth-and-one conversion down in the red zone.The Badgers needed every inch, winning the game 31-30.Those were the two biggest wins of UW’s season. They were also Clay’s two best performances to date.But after a bye week to rest up and get healthy for the stretch run, injury struck. Clay suffered a sprained knee that sidelined him against Purdue. The junior missed the next two games, and in his absence, Ball and White put on a show.The two backup tailbacks ran for an astounding 665 yards and 11 touchdowns combined against Indiana and Michigan.All of a sudden, Clay became a non-factor. UW continued to dominate without him.Clay was healthy enough to return in the season finale against Northwestern, but he only saw four carries. Ball and White dominated, again leading UW to a 70-23 win that captured the Big Ten title.Was it frustrating to watch his teammates close out the season from the sideline? You bet.“It did get frustrating,” Clay said. “But I didn’t want to hinder the team with me not being 100 percent.”Sophomore center Pete Konz has dealt with injuries throughout his career, and he can relate to what Clay went through down the stretch.“You almost feel not a part of the success because your team is doing so well without you,” Konz explained. “It’s a hard feeling to shake off and you have to realize this is all about the team, it’s never about one person.”Still, Clay’s individual performances earlier in the year haven’t been forgotten by his teammates.They know how important he’s been to this team’s success.“Not to belittle our accomplishments at the end of the year, but those are games we felt we should have won. Against tougher teams like OSU and Iowa, Johnny was always there to pick us up,” Konz said. “He’s always the one to say ‘Hey, I’m going to get these extra yards even if I have to go through two people’. That’s the kind of leadership you need that the younger backs are still developing.”As UW prepares for TCU, Clay is preparing to make an impact when his team needs him most, in the Granddaddy of Them All.The Horned Frogs bring the No.1 ranked defense to Pasadena, and TCU is allowing less than 90 yards per game on the ground.TCU presents a daunting challenge, and running backs coach John Settle is glad to have his talented backfield back at full strength, with Clay doing his best to wear down TCU’s defensive front.“The knee injury is healed up, he’s been doing some extra work after practice and to get him back with the physicality he plays with will only help us,” Settle said. “I have no doubt that he will show up on one of the biggest stages he’s ever played on.”Clay is planning to do just that.“I’m feeling really good and I’m anxious to get back out there,” Clay said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been out in the huddle with the guys, grinding the ball out and playing our kind of football.”Clay has been waiting patiently for his chance to help his team, and now that opportunity comes at the Rose Bowl against college football’s top statistical defense.The stage is set for UW’s star running back to once again shine in the spotlight.“I’m looking forward to challenge. You live for these moments,” Clay said. “A game with this kind of environment and everybody is going to be watching us… I’m just really looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.”last_img read more