14 May
2020

“Football generates € 4.1 billion in taxes and you have to consider it”

first_imgJosé Guerra is the second authority in LaLiga after occupying the position left by Javier Gómez. He attends to AS by telephone in an interview that began last Thursday and was updated yesterday, since the events (and announcements) follow one another with almost no time to assimilate them.LaLiga delivered a report to the clubs analyzing how to share any losses with the players. Later, the employer’s association urged ERTE and AFE criticized it. Why did they make that statement in the middle of the negotiations?Because the Delegate Commission, last Friday, after analyzing the situation in an exercise of responsibility necessary to preserve a sector that represents 1.37% of GDP and employs about 185,000 people, considered that it should urge affiliates to start ERTE from reduction of working hours due to force majeure.LaLiga manages that there could be up to 957 million losses if no more is played and that footballers should take over almost 50%. Isn’t that an exaggeration? AFE puts the ceiling at 20%.As we have said on other occasions, LaLiga contemplates a scenario for the end of the competitions. However, logically it works in the analysis of the impact of the situation under different scenarios and, for each one, its impact.Does the step taken by LaLiga announce many more ERTE? Those of Barça, Espanyol and Alavés have just been made official.The ERTE to reduce working hours due to force majeure is the mechanism that, under current circumstances, LaLiga recommends to its associates.AFE calculated that in total the ERTE would be 9 clubs out of 42. What is your estimate?Each club has to make its own decision, but the Executive Committee considers that it is the best option now.Today they meet again despite the positions being far apart. What will they be seen for?A multitude of meetings are being held with different organizations at the national and international levels, forming part of the commission created ad hoc for UEFA, and they will continue to be able to advance on the best path.The Government is proposing measures for society. Does football also expect these specific aids, including through a Royal Decree, beyond those already provided to companies and workers?An athlete, a soccer player, is a worker, but with certain singularities … This specificity is what is being sought to be reflected in the different measures that the Government is promoting.It does not seem popular that a club with benefits turns to ERTE and that millionaire footballers can benefit from state aid. Is there demagoguery or is this vision understood?In my opinion, you have to dig deeper into the numbers when talking about professional football. This industry is generating direct, indirect and induced work to more than 185,000 many people and generates more than 4,100 million in taxes. The amounts withheld by the clubs from footballers for personal income tax purposes are very high: close to 3,000 million. The contribution to the state coffers is very important and must be taken into consideration. Will the Economic Control, which has given such a good result, be modified after this crisis?Not at the beginning. Precisely the clubs, when they endowed themselves with this rule, what they were looking for was to make entities financially sustainable. At the moment that objective is even more valid and is even more valid. It has to continue to be applied more than ever.Where will the effects of this catastrophe affect the most?The financial situation is going to be affected in all companies. Not only Spanish, but European and world. We are facing a global effect.The current salary limits will also be modified …Clear. It will affect us all. And football is no stranger.The clubs have won nothing more than ever in transfers, € 1,018M. How will the market change? More barter and less millionaires?It is possible, yes. We will see it soon. It has to affect this exceptional situation. Clubs will have to look for new alternatives in which to obtain the resources they need within their capacity, so there may be more transfers or transfers for lower amounts. It is difficult to foresee it now.Debts with the Treasury were reduced to a minimum. Is there a risk of returning to the old ways?The figure is around € 50M. There is no risk: the fiscal and tax issue is highly protected with the Economic Control.Before the virus, there were clubs with problems. Are they more dangerous?Economic standards are going to run their course. We will apply them the same. Those clubs will have to work and adjust more. But you have to look at the data with optimism.Tell me how …In the 12-13 season, the clubs other than Madrid and Barça had a net worth of 18.5 million; less than 0.5 per club. Today, they have 1,060 million equity; more than 60 each. This means that its ability to face an exceptional situation like this is much greater and more solvent than it was seven years ago.There is a lot of dependence on television income. What percentage, on average, do they assume in the budgets?They are 34% on average. But it is very dispersed: there are clubs that depend a lot on their budgets (in some cases it exceeds 80%) and others much less.However, some have a more diversified income. Will the crisis affect the adults more than the children?The key is that now what is being affected is the consumption of museums, restaurants, shops, T-shirt sales … Those clubs that have a lot of income from these concepts will be affected.Does LaLiga, as an institution, also meditate on cuts in its workforce and, especially in senior management, or even an ERTE?As it is happening in almost all of society. LaLiga’s objective is to revive the competition. And we need to use all the resources. We hope to have a stable situation for our clubs as soon as possible. So LaLiga is not exempt or isolated from the effects that the rest may have.last_img read more

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14 Jan
2020

Rubber Expert Leaves Liberia with more Value for Farmers

first_imgWith the global price of natural rubber having declined more than half its normal rate over the past year, literally crippling the value of one of Liberia’s chief economic staples, the intervention of Dr. LMK Tillekeratne, a well-known international rubber expert hired by GROW-Liberia, may not have been more timely. Dr. Tillekeratne was contracted by GROW-Liberia in April to provide technical assistance to introduce Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS), a value-added processed form of rubber. He spent the last two months preparing training manuals, and training rubber farmers in the production of quality RSS as well as improved exploitation of latex, and farm management. RSS are coagulated (gooey, viscous) rubber sheets processed from fresh latex. Different grades of RSS can be used for manufacture of products for automobile tyres or general products on the low end, and medical, pharmaceutical and engineering on the high end. While in the country, he trained and provided knowledge and information, alternative sources of revenue or sales channels for rubber as well as other channels that connect smaller farmers to firestone or to other rubber-related companies.During a farewell ceremony held in his honor yesterday, Dr. Tillekeratne provided an exit debriefing for all interested stakeholders about his findings, observations and activities on rubber farming in Liberia.While here, Dr. Tillekeratne met with a broad representation of rubber sector stakeholders, including the government, banks, the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), Business Cluster Developers (anchor businesses) and smallholder rubber farmers.On June 22-26, he conducted a major RSS production training event at the Learning Center at Bright Farm in Kakata. Approximately 75 rubber farmers and stakeholders attended the five days event. The training highlighted the collection of latex and the production of RSS, mixing, bulking, drying, smoking and packaging. The training will be replicated in the future at two other Learning Centers in Bomi and Bong counties.For his part, Stanford Peabody, Portfolio Manager of Grow Liberia thanked Dr. Tillekeratne for the opportunity and said that the debriefing was another form of awareness on RSS for farmers.GROW is a private sector development initiative operating in Liberia to promote pro-poor economic growth and stability through partnerships with Government and private companies. The programme is a 5-year Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)-funded market development initiative that employs the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P) approaches. In addition to promoting the increased profitability of smallholder farm operations, the programme seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and stability, with a particular emphasis on women and youth and the environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Training recommended for sandpit operators

first_imgSandpit operators could, for the first time ever, receive formal training in regard to setting up safe operations and calculating quantities of material extracted, among other things.This training would come from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) as part of reforming quarrying operations.Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, has said she would be speaking with the GGMC Commissioner to facilitate the training.This training was among the issues discussed on Tuesday at the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Duke Street offices between the minister, sandpit operators, holders of licences, and officials of the GGMC.“I’m going to recommend that when we go on site at these pits, the [GGMC] officers talk to the persons on the ground, (explaining) what we are measuring and doing; so, even practically, on the ground, they can start to have some training in that regard,” Minister Broomes is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The meeting is a follow-up to visits the minister made to sandpits along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. She is leading efforts to ensure greater compliance with professional standards in the quarrying sector, and is also seeking to have paid all outstanding royalties which are owed to the GGMC.The GGMC is mulling reintroducing a monthly payment system, according to Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass.Ramdass explained that the GGMC sold payment books to operators, “and they would use slips… What that really did was to, at the end of the month, redeem that book to GGMC and pay off that royalty”.Many of the quarry operators the minister met with agreed to work with the Natural Resources Ministry (MNRE) to ensure greater compliance with regulations in their operations. There is also a proposal for the MNRE and GGMC to meet with operators on a regular basis.Inspections done to sand and loam pits are to gather a “comprehensive overlook” of the sector as part of efforts towards ensuring the GGMC is better equipped to monitor, enforce, and recover costs in the quarrying sector, it was explained.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Saulteau to host Wellness conference

first_img¨ Don McIntyre – a painter and Lawyer.¨ DerRick Starlight – a national puppeteer.The cost to attend is $200, which includes workshops and presentations, breakfast and lunch both days, and tickets to the evening entertainment. (One ticket to Hoopen It Up Musical Extravaganza and Appetizer event, one ticket to the Wild Wild West Comedy & Dinner Evening)Registration forms can be found on-line at www.bizzybody.ca or www.neabc.ca, or by calling 250-785-1870, (or toll free, at 1-888-783-1870).Advertisement The “Walk in Balance Three” Wellness Conference is set for later this month in Fort St. John.The Saulteau first nations will host the event, at the Pomeroy Hotel, on May 26th and 27th. Featured presenters include:¨ Calvin Helin – an international author.- Advertisement -¨ Dr. Evan Adams – an actor / writer / medical doctor.¨ Bea Shawanda – a traditional healer.¨ Dallas Arcand – a world champion hoop dancer.Advertisement The dealine for registration is May 19th.last_img read more

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10 Jan
2020

City, Chelsea lock horns in Community Shield

first_imgThe game, likely to be played in sizzling summer temperatures in London, is set to feature various youngsters and fringe players as World Cup stars ease their way back into club action.But whatever the line-ups, there are plenty of talking points and the game will be closely watched for clues as domestic football reclaims centre stage just three weeks after the World Cup final in Russia.Can Manchester City pick up where they left off last season or will they have a serious challenger?Will new manager Maurizio Sarri be able to revive FA Cup winners Chelsea, who finished fifth last season after winning the title the previous year under Antonio Conte?Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri speaks to the press ahead of the Community Shield match against Manchester City © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASOne question for City fans is how manager Pep Guardiola will deploy Riyad Mahrez — the only significant addition to their already-impressive list of forward options during the summer transfer window.The manager has confirmed his record £60 million ($78 million) signing is in contention to start the match after he was forced off during last weekend’s final match of the US pre-season tour against Bayern Munich.“Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained day before yesterday — I think so (he can play on Sunday),” said Guardiola, who twice outwitted Sarri in the Champions League last season when the Italian was managing Napoli.Most of the players who were on duty at the World Cup have now returned to training but Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are still on their post-Russia breaks.The City manager also revealed how much he was looking forward to locking horns with Sarri, who replaced Conte last month.“I am happy that he is here in the Premier League,” Guardiola said. “I will learn a lot to see his team every weekend. I saw three games — he gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants.“I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. The style of play will be perfect for English football.”Guardiola admitted the match comes at a tricky time without his full complement of players but said City were prepared and would target their fifth Community Shield win. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.– Courtois speculation –For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.And France World Cup winners N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Belgium trio Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi, plus England’s Gary Cahill, are yet to return following the World Cup.Sarri suggested a similar side to the one that featured in pre-season would play at Wembley, meaning 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi could be included.The 59-year-old is eager to do well but he acknowledges the size of the task against the Premier League champions.Sarri, who has not won a trophy in his career, said: “The match for us is very difficult for one reason: they have worked all together for two years. We started two and a half weeks ago.“I want to win, because it’s very important to have immediately a trophy. But in this moment of the season it’s very important, the performance.”There has been speculation in the past few weeks over a number of Chelsea’s most high-profile players, with goalkeeper Courtois and midfielders Willian and Hazard all linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.Sarri said he was confident that Brazil playmaker Willian would remain at the club but was less sure over the future of Courtois.City face Arsenal away on August 12 in a high-profile start to their Premier League title defence while Chelsea have an away trip to Huddersfield the previous day.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate their 2018 Premier League title © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 4 – Manchester City take on Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield — the traditional curtainraiser to the English season — but the Wembley showpiece will offer few clues as to the destination of the Premier League title.The glorified friendly between the league champions and the FA Cup winners has been a notoriously poor predictor of success in recent years — no winner has gone on to be crowned champions in the same season since Manchester United in 2010-11.last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

Job Vacancies: Popular Donegal Town retail store seeks staff

first_imgJob Vacancies: Due to expansion, management at Irish House are currently recruiting full time and part time positions in the store on the Diamond, Donegal Town.About Irish House:Irish House is a family owned business at the heart of the Diamond in Donegal Town and is part of the Triona Donegal Tweed company based in Ardara Co. Donegal. We have a passion for quality Irish Products including Donegal Tweed, Irish Knitwear, Jewellery and Accessories.The positions include –Store ManagerRetail Sales AssistantJewellery Sales AssistantApplicants must be fluent in English and flexible to work weekends.If you think this role is for you then please send your CV and Cover letter to info@irishhouse.comJob Vacancies: Popular Donegal Town retail store seeks staff was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Townirish housejobsrecruitmentretailSales AssistantStore Managertriona designlast_img read more

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28 Dec
2019

DD Motoring: A look under the hood at the Harvest Rally

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s motoring columnist Brian McDaid gives us an insight into what’s under the hood of some of the competitor’s cars as they geared up for the Martin Howley Memorial Harvest Rally at the weekend.I was chatting to a Glenswilly man this week. I asked him what he thought of Kilcar. With out a hesitation he replied ‘brilliant – just brilliant’. The hairs were standing on the back of my neck, he said. That’s the first time I was ever there!The Glenswilly man was rallying ace Damien Gallagher and both him and his navigator where still buzzing on Monday evening after they finished 5th overall on the Martin Howley Harvest Memorial Rally which included a special town stage through the village of Kilcar twice on Saturday morning. Advertisement Tony Jardine with winner of the Harvest Rally Declan and Brian BoyleThe crew were one out of 160 who competed on one of the best rallies that the Donegal Motor Club have organised in years.Damien Gallagher, a motor mechanic by trade was trying to catch up with a backlog in his workshop on Monday evening as he worked on a Honda Jazz. His navigator Mac Walsh had called into see him. Both were reliving every stage mile of the weekends rally. Damien finished 2nd over all in the modified section and 5th overall in a outright position.His dropped dead gorgeous red escort is now parked on the back of a car transporter and backed in among his customers cars. Damien would have been in second class in Glenswilly National School when his Ford Escort, LZP 651 was first registered in the late 70s.On Saturday morning last the Glenswilly man had nothing to learn and no one from Kilcar could keep with his pace as Damien Gallagher powered his Escort through the town. His engine built by Kevin Gallagher in Rathmullen KGP Motorsport never missed a beat and the sweet sound of the 2.5 unit echoed as his red Escort blasted through the special town stage in Kilcar. KGP Motorsport is the David in ‘David and Goliath’, which his locally developed engines beating the famous Millighton engines to 1st and 2nd in the national section. Advertisement Secret weapon, “Egg over Bumpy”Kevin Gallagher is affectionally known in the modified rallying circles as “The Egg”; his engines are developed from Vauxhall like the unit that is fitted in Damien Gallagher’s Escort. He also develops Toyota and Honda units, his units are both fast and reliable.Damien Gallagher had another development fitted to his escort. And its code-name in Sweden is “Bumpy (Irish) Tar” which is made by a Suspension Specialist, Ohlins, which Rally specialist Case Rallysport in Glenswilly at Newmills are the official distributor and specialist fitter. Philip Case and Kevin Gallagher have produced the perfect mix in suspension and engine development in Donegal for Rallying.Ohlins Bumpy (Irish) tar Ford Escort Mk2 Dampers is as follows;Front: Ohlins TPX (twin piston) plus PDS (progressive bump stop), High speed bump, low speed bump and rebound adjustment, 198mm of stroke with high spec Ohlins steel strut casing, Ohlins or Eibach springs with alloy top mount.Rear: Ohlins TTX (twin tube) plus PDS (progressive bump stop) and Ohlins CSC valve (chassis stability control) 4 way adjustment, CSC, fine rebound, low speed bump and high speed bump. light weight Ohlins alloy casing with Ohlins or Eibach springs. I was wondering if some of Damien’s fellow Glenmen might get their team fitted with this system as they head like Damien did to do battle with Kilcar in the Co Championship this weekend, just a thought!I have to say it was just pure luck that I came across this state of the art suspension set up at the weekend. Covering the Harvest Rally in Killybegs the corner that I decided to take my pictures from had a old thatched cottage at the corner.I got chatting to Joseph Gallagher who was raised in the 300 year old house as a boy. The house was at the end of a big long straight so I had the benefit of watching the cars for nearly a mile before they arrived at my junction.On that long straight there were two bumps and a dip, listening to drivers lifting off the gas and watching how the cars were landing after the bumps drew my attention to Damien Gallagher’s Escort. In his cars set up the bumps seem to disappear as did the car’s reaction to the dip and when his Escort landed at the bend that I was at his car seemed to be on rails, no typical Mk2 Escort inside wheel up in the air craic. All four tyres were on the ground and gripping the tar which I am sure left it easier for Gallagher to push his escort to the limit .And finally… What a rallyA bit like Damien Gallagher’s escort there are days when everything goes right. The Martin Howley Memorial Harvest Rally hit every positive note about the possibilities of what happens when a community like Killybegs and Kilcar and surrounding area put in an all out effort to support an event , not just on the day of the rally but in the run up to it .Mattie Smyth Local Photographer in Killybegs pictured with winner of the Harvest Stages Rally, Declan Boyle at the final on Saturday evening on the Pier Photo Brian McDaidOn Saturday I saw mile after mile of stages grass verges cut in preparation to welcome competitors and supporters to Donegal. Killybegs felt like Monte Carlo with the crowds and the presentation of the town.Someone said Martin Howley done a lot for Killybegs in his short life. His positivity has brushed off on to the people that knew him, both in fishing, area development and Rallying.We have the best locations in a Donegal to host events like this, Clerk Of the Course Karl Reid and his team produced a WRC type event, with crews complementing them on the way they run the event and how professional things like the service area was.Winner of the Harvest Rally, Declan and Brian Boyle pictured as they power past the 300 year cottage of the Gallagher family on Saturday photo Brian McDaidAll this didn’t happen by chance, months of planning paid off for this motorsport event with the only ones complaining was the competitors that decided not to compete at the weekend.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: A look under the hood at the Harvest Rally was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardamien gallagherkevin gallagherKillybegsmartin howley harvest memorial rallyrallylast_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT TONIGHT IN CONNECTION WITH DEATHS OF DONEGAL COUPLE

first_imgA man is to appear in court this evening in connection with the deaths of tragic Donegal couple Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddity.Detectives outside of the home where a husband and wife in their 70’s were found dead this morning. Pic by North-west-newspix.The 42 year old will appear at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court.A garda press statement said the man will appear in connection with an investigation into the discovery of two bodies, a man 77 years and a woman 73 years, at their home in Carndonagh, yesterday morning. The man has ben questioned at Buncrana Garda station since yesterday morning.He was arrested by Gardai close to a lake outside Carndonagh. MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT TONIGHT IN CONNECTION WITH DEATHS OF DONEGAL COUPLE was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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24 Dec
2019

SADDLE-SORE BUT THE FUNDRAISING CASH IS IN THE POST!

first_imgThe An Post Letterkenny boys are ‘wheely’ happy to have the cycle over them!Saddle sore but happy!That was the verdict from An Post’s Letterkenny cyclists who undertook a 4 day cycle from the most southerly point to the most northerly point to raise funds for The Donegal Hospice.The An Post Letterkenny lads are a group of cycling enthusiasts from An Posts Delivery Service Centre in Letterkenny and were delighted to undertake this challenge and raise funds for the Donegal Hospice. Months of training paid off and last Friday evening they arrived in Malin Head at the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal after only cycling for 4 days.Aren’t we allowed to stop for a break after every two miles?!They covered the length of Ireland through some of the most scenic & beautiful spots in the country.The whole group really enjoyed the cycle, even though it was a very demanding route, they were all in agreement that it was a big personal challenge for them all.They were fully committed to the challenge and to raising funds for The Donegal Hospice. Mizen to Malin is a tough 700km cycle and they did it in record time. I’m just along for the ride claims Mark Nee!The group included, cyclists Liam O’Grady, Martin McGinley, Paul Herrity, Jarleth Lee, Austin Lee, Eoin Coyle, Mark Nee and Eamon McGlinchey, who were helped massively by Frankie McNulty and Tony Duffy who went along to make sure they had much needed help, water and food along the way.An Post Letterkenny would like to thank all their friends, family, sponsors and co-workers for all the support and well wishes they received.They would also like to thank everyone who donated and sponsored them and if you would like to donate you can contact the group through their facebook page. SADDLE-SORE BUT THE FUNDRAISING CASH IS IN THE POST! was last modified: June 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostcycledonegalletterkennyMizen to Malinlast_img read more

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22 Dec
2019

Health Minister: Cystic Fibrosis drug Orkambi will be made available to younger children

first_imgHealth Minister Simon Harris has today stated that Cystic Fibrosis sufferers aged between six and eleven will be able to avail of Orkambi.The drug hit headlines last year after the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics deemed the drug “unjustifiably expensive and not sufficiently cost-effective”, despite Cystic Fibrosis Ireland stressing the necessity of taking the drug.Last November, the HSE and producers Vertex Pharmaceuticals engaged in negotiations over the price of the drug, which stood at €159,000 per patient per year in 2016. They reached an agreement in April that allowed the availability/reimbursement of the following:Orkambi for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients aged 12 years and older who are homozygous for the F508del mutation in the CFTR geneKalydeco film-coated tablets for the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) aged 18 years and older who have an R117H mutation in the CFTR geneKalydeco granules for the treatment of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) aged 2 years and older and weighing less than 25 kg who have one of the following gating (class III) mutations in the CFTR gene: G551D, G1244E, G1349D, G178R, G551S, S1251N, S1255P, S549N or S549RThe HSE also said in April that this would be rolled out to include other age brackets subject to market authorisation in Europe.Sharing the announcement on Twitter, Minister Harris says: “Good news today for CF patients that Orkambi will be available to younger children (aged 6-11) too after EU approval. We ensured this age group was included in our deal reached last year so looking forward to younger Irish children having access soon very soon!”Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has welcomed the news today, and hopes that the treatment will be made available soon. In a statement, Chief Executive of CF Ireland Philip Watt says: “Cystic Fibrosis Ireland calls on the Minister for Health to ensure that children with CF who have the potential to benefit from this extension of Orkambi are given the choice of accessing this groundbreaking and innovative drug as soon as possible (subject to the advice of their consultant).”The chronic disease affects 1,200 children and adults in Ireland, and 70,000 worldwide. Approximately 50 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year in Ireland.Health Minister: Cystic Fibrosis drug Orkambi will be made available to younger children was last modified: January 10th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cfcystic fibrosisorkambiSimon Harrislast_img read more

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