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Patients living in the country get a raw deal from the NHS, study finds

“Patients who live in the country are getting a raw deal because rural hospitals are under-funded, research suggests” writes Laura Donnelly for telegraph.co.uk. A study by think tank The Nuffield Trust says the way the NHS distributes funding is “unclear, unfair and fails to fully compensate remote and rural areas for the extra costs they face”.And it said funding formulas failed to take proper account of the fact those living in rural areas were likely to be older and sicker than the average population. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Donald Trump to make bid to end government shutdown in White House address to Democrats

“President Donald Trump is expected to make a bid to end the government shutdown by offering Democrats protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children in exchange for money for a border wall with Mexico” writes Janet Daley for telegraph.co.uk. The president is scheduled to make an announcement from the White House late on Saturday in the hope of ending the lapse in federal government funding which has left 800,000 workers furloughed or forced to work unpaid.Mr Trump has been at logger heads with the Democratic leadership…

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Trump expected to offer support for DACA immigration protection in exchange for more wall funding

“Trump has said that extending existing border barriers is needed to curb illegal immigration along the southern border” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Some have pointed to vulnerabilities of a wall, without boosting technology or manpower; others argue that Trump is clinging to a campaign promise whose funding plans have shifted. Source: marketwatch.com

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B2B eCommerce A Favorite Among Investors

“Based in Malaysia, Dropee operates a B2B eProcurement platform that caught the attention of investors at Vynn Capital” reports pymnts.com. The company claimed to have developed the first B2B eCommerce platform that automatically catalogues and digitizes information, with data stored on a proprietary blockchain system to manage product information and history.Reports in Token Post said Inxeption secured an undisclosed investment from UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund for its B2B eCommerce platform, with Inxeption noting that it will use the funding to develop new features and solutions for B2B buyer and seller…

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Teaching union criticised for claiming 91 per cent of schools face funding cuts

“A teaching union has been reprimanded by the statistics watchdog after claiming that 91 per cent of schools face funding cuts” writes Education Editor for telegraph.co.uk. In response to Mr Cleverly’s letter, Mr Norgrove wrote: “We believe the headline statement that ‘91% of schools face funding cuts’ risks giving a misleading impression of future changes in school budgets. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Blockchain Supply Chain Platform Nets $16 Million in Series A Investment

“United States enterprise supply chain developer Chronicled has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round, the company confirmed in a press release Jan. 15” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. The move comes as supply chains form a major target for entities looking to introduce blockchain across global structures.Chronicled — which will use blockchain technology to power a platform helping clients secure and automate supply chains — saw its round led by Hong Kong venture capital firm Mandra Capital.Chronicled’s platform, dubbed MediLedger, will support client firms from a range…

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NY-based Infor, a provider of software licenses to companies via the cloud, raises $1.5B from Koch Equity and Golden Gate Capital, follows early 2017 $2B raise

“(Reuters) – Cloud technology company Infor Inc said on Wednesday it received an investment of $1.5 billion from shareholders Koch Equity Development LLC and private equity firm Golden Gate Capital” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The funding builds on Koch Equity’s investment of more than $2 billion in early 2017. Source: reuters.com

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Majority of Americans Blame Trump for the Shutdown

“In mid-December, during a contentious White House meeting over border wall funding with Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would take pride in shutting down the government” writes Laura Santhanam for pbs.org. Since the shutdown began more than three weeks ago, Trump has not relented in his insistence on $5.7 billion in border wall funding from Congress, despite his earlier claims that Mexico would pay for the wall. Source: pbs.org

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