One referendum fractured the UK – a second could shatter it

first_imgIt would exacerbate people’s sense of alienation from the political process, providing ammunition for those who argue that politicians are not to be believed or trusted.The final way involves a snap election. Think that through: one party would need to put holding a second referendum in its manifesto, and win a majority. The only party to try that in 2017 was the Lib Dems, and we know how that went.Even if such a party succeeded, time is short. An election campaign takes at least five weeks. The new government would then have to pass an act of parliament to hold a second referendum, then run another five-week campaign.We’ve got 189 days until we leave – are we willing to spend nearly half that time fighting among ourselves?In terms of who would win, there are polls that point both ways. The country would yet again be ripped apart, polarising voices on the extremes hyping up the rhetoric while consuming the precious little oxygen left for domestic policy issues.Nor is there any guarantee that Britain would be able to rejoin the EU on the same terms. The UK had a host of opt-outs and privileges – no requirement to join the euro, an exemption from Schengen, the rebates won by Margaret Thatcher.The EU may want us back, yes, but it’s naive to assume that the arch-federalists would welcome perfidious Albion with open arms. They want to make sure that no other EU country tries the same trick.In the meantime, the business world would once again be in standby mode – from the moment the referendum was called.The contingency plans that they have been diligently making in the absence of a coherent government strategy would be irrelevant: either unnecessary if Brexit were reversed, or out-of-date if it weren’t.It would then be back to the drawing board – especially if Britain had a new Prime Minister starting from scratch on negotiations.Advocates of a second vote now concede that Article 50 would have to be extended to allow time for a referendum process, meaning that the UK would enter a political and constitutional twilight zone.If you thought Brexit was chaotic now, imagine that.That’s to say nothing of the political upheaval, the two main parties pitched into renewed civil war, all delicate consensus thrown out.We’d likely get new leaders, though who can say who they might be or how long they’d last. Both sides would feel bitter, both betrayed, and at least half the country would lose their fragile remaining faith in the political system.So much as I sympathise with the politicians, businesses and individuals who despair at the present stalemate and wish we could turn back the clock and pretend the last two years haven’t happened, they have.Read more: Sir Vince Cable’s ‘erotic spasm’ gaffe overshadows his conference speech More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Who wants a second Brexit referendum? by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading Blvdzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comHabit TribeCelebrity Couples Who Are In It For The Long HaulHabit Tribe whatsapp Rachel Cunliffe Everyone, it would seem these days. The Czech and Maltese Prime Ministers called for one yesterday at the EU summit in Salzburg. According to Brussels gossip, the UK negotiators have been hampered by whispers that it is possible to get fickle Britain to change its mind.And, indeed, Vince Cable (of “exotic spresm” fame) could talk of little else at the Liberal Democrat conference this week.Read more: May’s Brexit plan ‘will not work’ says EU in devastating blow to PMThese honest Remainers – spearheaded by the likes of Cable, Tony Blair, and Nick Clegg – are clear that this is about reversing Brexit.But there’s also the stealth strategy – from Tory rebels like Justine Greening and Labour backbenchers like Chuka Umunna – who want a “people’s vote” on the final terms. whatsapp Tags: Brexit Chuka Umunna People Theresa May Tony Blair Share Friday 21 September 2018 7:52 am This is apparently not about reversing Brexit, but giving the great British public a final say on the deal, just to double-check that they really do like it. Which, given that Theresa May’s Chequers plan has been slammed by Leavers and Remainers alike, they probably wouldn’t.Greening has even suggested a three-way poll (options: no deal, government’s deal, or stay), which would helpfully split the Brexit vote.Either way, the strategy is clearly to rerun the 2016 referendum, with the aim of getting a different result.As a pre-referendum Remainer, I was utterly dejected with the outcome. Both campaigns fought dirty, and both were irresponsible – Remainers failed to make a positive case for staying in the EU, and Leavers had no coherent plan for what to do if they won.But even after two years of government fudging and false starts, I believe that a second referendum would be a disaster. I’m not going to engage with lofty claims about “democracy” – a word that both sides overuse with abandon. Perfect democracy doesn’t exist.It is insulting to argue that the first vote should be ignored (for legal or demographic reasons, or because people were too stupid to know what they were doing), and blinkered to protest that, once something has been voted on, it is undemocratic to question or seek to alter it.Rather, my despair at the prospect of another referendum is rooted in logistics, pragmatism, and the naive hope that Britain will ever be able to move on from Brexit.To start with, logistics. Hugo Dixon, a founder of the People’s Vote campaign, wrote for the Guardian yesterday on seven ways to get a second vote. All but one require existing MPs to force a referendum.The call for parliament, overwhelmingly dominated by two parties whose manifestos ruled out a second referendum, to rebel to this extent is a reckless one. One referendum fractured the UK – a second could shatter it last_img read more

Barclays profits slip as bank sets aside £150m for Brexit

first_imgThursday 21 February 2019 7:31 am Profit before tax dipped one per cent to £3.49bn, down from £3.54bn in 2017 after the bank’s £1.4bn settlement with the US Department of Justice over residential mortgage-backed securities sold in the run up to the financial crisis.It also paid out another £700m in payment protection insurance (PPI) claims.Overall attributable profit hit £1.4bn, seeing Barclays back in the black after 2017’s £1.92bn loss.Net operating income increased five per cent year on year to £19.67bn even as total operating expenses rose five per cent to £16.24bn.Basic earnings per share soared to 9.4p after 2017’s loss of 10.3p per share, while the dividend more than doubled to 6.5p, up from 3p last year.Why it’s interesting Share Profits missed estimates at Barclays last year, the bank revealed today, as it set aside £150m for Brexit and paid out billions of pounds in misconduct and litigation charges related to its role in the financial crisis.Read more: Ex-Barclays chair Agius tells court he was unaware of £280m Qatar dealThe figures whatsapp Barclays’ profit missed forecasts as it set aside £150m for any potential fallout from Brexit, in contrast to Lloyds Banking Group’s bullish statements yesterday on the health of the UK economy.“That could prove to be insufficient or over-cautious, depending on proceedings in Westminster and Brussels,” said Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.The bank’s international division, which houses Barclays’ investment bank, saw profit before tax grow £500m to £3.8bn, broadly in line with analyst expectations.But earnings were stung by more litigation over the 2008 crash and more payments ahead of August’s deadline for PPI claims. Stripping out these charges Barclays said its profit before tax would have grown 20 per cent to £5.7bn.Barclays said that its focus now will be on making more returns to shareholders and investing in the business. “The resumption of a 6.5p dividend is symbolically as well as financially significant,” Khalaf added. “That’s the level the dividend stood at before it was halved when Jes Staley took over, and suggests the bank is now back to business as usual.What Barclays saidGroup chief executive Jes Staley said: ”2018 represented a very significant period for Barclays.“Having resolved major legacy issues and reduced the drag from low returning businesses, we started to see the earnings potential of the bank, as the strategy we have implemented began to deliver. This was evident in the improved performance across the group compared to 2017.Read more: HSBC boss John Flint needs short term rigour as well as a long term vision“Going forward the principal calls on future earnings should now be returns to shareholders and investing to grow the business. We will use the strong capital generation of the bank to return a greater proportion of those earnings to shareholders by way of dividends and to supplement those dividends with additional returns, including share buybacks. I am optimistic for our prospects to do more in 2019 and beyond.” whatsapp Barclays profits slip as bank sets aside £150m for Brexit Joe Curtis by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthLady GreatMaggie Wheeler Had To Live Like This Before ‘Friends’ HappenedLady GreatPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost Fun Tags: Barclays Brexit Company Jes Staley Peoplelast_img read more

Boutiques bound for borough market

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday News Boutiques bound for borough market Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsappcenter_img Express KCS Monday 16 February 2015 8:50 pm More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com VINOPOLIS, the wine restaurant and venue by London Bridge and Borough Market, will be replaced by a collection of boutique shops when it closes in spring 2016. The property fund that bought the two acre site will build a retail development in a £300m plan, due by 2018. last_img read more

Shell crosses first hurdle in its controversial Arctic drilling plans

first_imgSHELL’s controversial plans to drill for oil in the Arctic moved one step closer yesterday, when the US Interior Department upheld a 2008 lease sale in the sea off Alaska. The ruling means Shell could soon return to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered mishaps in the region in 2012.“The Arctic is an important component of the [Obama] admin­istration’s national energy strategy, and we remain committed to taking a thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and gas leasing and exploration offshore Alaska,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will survey the impact on the environment of Shell’s plan.Shell lost control of a massive oil rig, the Kulluk, in 2012, which then ran aground. But in anticipation of returning to the region, Shell has already moved rigs to Alaska.Many environmentalists oppose offshore Arctic drilling, saying any oil spill would be impossible to fix. Shell crosses first hurdle in its controversial Arctic drilling plans Wednesday 1 April 2015 8:56 pm Tags: NULL Express KCS whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

Premium / Against the odds: Kuehne + Nagel – proud to ‘think different’

first_img New Premium subscriber REGISTER Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium LOGIN Premium subscriber LOGIN Please Login Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* Email* By Alessandro Pasetti 04/06/2021 Reset Reset Your Password Please either REGISTER or login below to continue << Go back If there is something we have learnt over the years about Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) it’s that whatever it does, it does it its own way.And with a bit of luck too, the strategy is paying dividends.Summit in sight?Today worth ~Sfr314 a share, just above the new record it set on Thursday, it is flying high on the stock market having become an embellishment of its own pre-Covid self, although awarding the pandemic full merit for its success wouldn’t be ... Password*last_img read more

How an obscure medical technology caught the eye of Joe Biden. And John Grisham

first_imgHealthHow an obscure medical technology caught the eye of Joe Biden. And John Grisham Dr. Neal Kassell has been promoting the obscure medical technique of focused ultrasound for a decade. Matt Eich for STAT Leave this field empty if you’re human: Independent experts and physicians say that although it’s still largely unproven, focused ultrasound has real promise and should be studied further.“Will it replace surgery? Probably never. But the benefits of being able to treat someone without actually cutting into their body certainly appeal to a lot of people,” said Daniel Merton, who evaluates new medical technologies for the health care research organization ECRI Institute.Despite their optimism, experts are careful to point out the technology’s limitations: It often doesn’t work on large tumors, or those that are in difficult-to-reach places. Patients risk painful burns or damage to healthy tissue. The equipment is extremely costly. And the long-term benefits for patients are as yet uncertain.Kassell’s foundation is also careful not to oversell the technology’s potential.In his book “The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller,” Grisham — who sits on the foundation’s board — imagines a future in which focused ultrasound treatment is widely available. The protagonist, Paul, is able to extend his life by more than seven years after being diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, thanks to three rounds of focused ultrasound treatment. The projected cost: About $75,000, a quarter of the cost of the treatments Paul would get today.But not even Grisham dares to dream that the technology can cure his hero. Paul’s brain tumor kills him eventually.Physicians and researchers can monitor patients undergoing treatment at the University of Virginia’s Focused Ultrasound Center. Matt Eich for STATA ‘eureka’ momentKassell first stumbled upon therapeutic ultrasound more than a decade ago, when he was searching for a way to treat hard-to-reach brain tumors.In the clinic, he had recently started using ultrasound to burst tiny bubbles injected into the bloodstream to measure blood flow in the brain. A eureka moment hit him in the car one day: Ultrasound might be able to treat brain tumors, too.He realized when he got home and started scouring the scientific literature that he wasn’t the first person to have this idea. He read all the research he could find on the technology and met with a leading manufacturer of the equipment. He now thinks hundreds of thousands of people could eventually be treated annually. Privacy Policy The call didn’t come out of the blue for Dr. Neal Kassell. The University of Virginia professor performed two brain surgeries on Biden to repair aneurysms in 1988. A lifelong Republican, Kassell has maintained a friendship with Biden in the years since.They’ve talked about the therapeutic power of high-frequency sound beams, and a Biden aide even attended a recent workshop put on by Kassell’s Focused Ultrasound Foundation, according to Biden spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak.advertisement Kassell — married with three grown daughters, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren — is smart, loyal, and charming, his friends and scientific collaborators say. It’s a personality, they say, that makes him a natural and credible salesman for a medical technology in need of an evangelist.It certainly helps that Kassell is well-connected in the social circles of high-society Virginia — and on bigger stages, too. His foundation’s board members include a former FDA commissioner, a former CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and a former CFO of Citigroup.Last year alone, the foundation spent $3.1 million funding research, primarily targeting the technology’s potential application in the brain.Kassell’s goal for his foundation is that it will put itself out of business, in about a decade, by advancing the field to a point where an advocacy organization is no longer needed.“When you go to these philanthropic meetings, they talk about how to make your organization sustainable. We say, ‘Why don’t you talk about how to make it not sustainable?’” Kassell said. “My immediate reaction was ‘Holy cow.’ But I would never bet against Neal.” Now, the technology — as expensive and limited as it is — “is one of the cutting-edge therapies that the VP is exploring through the moonshot,” Dubyak said.Kassell believes focused ultrasound has the potential to “play a real role” in advancing the moonshot’s goals, such as by boosting the effects of cancer immunotherapy or delivering chemotherapy in a more targeted manner. He believes it could treat many types of cancer, as well as other diseases like Parkinson’s and perhaps even Alzheimer’s.“The problem,” Kassell said, “is that most people have never heard of focused ultrasound. So we need to get that visible.”He’s been working on just that.Indefatigable at 70, Kassell — pronounced kah-SELL — talks slowly, in a deep voice that initially disguises his frequent deadpan jokes. He’s candid about the frustrations of advocacy and fundraising. He speaks with unvarnished impatience about too much red tape at organizations like the March of Dimes (“a self-perpetuating bureaucracy”) and the University of Virginia (which he jabs for “fiddling around”).He’s such a persuasive evangelist for focused ultrasound that he inspired best-selling legal novelist John Grisham — a personal friend — to write a book championing the technology’s potential, over the concerns of his publishers. It’s been ordered or downloaded more than 250,000 times since coming out in December. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Dan Jordan, member of Focused Ultrasound Foundation board Panel of experts named to advise Biden on cancer ‘moonshot’ As Johns Hopkins launches new cancer center, Biden sees a model for his ‘moonshot’ center_img “You can’t walk away from that sort of responsibility,” Kassell said. “The opportunity to be involved in a true revolution in therapy that can affect so many people — that’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”His friends weren’t so sure: Some wondered why he’d shift so much of his time and energy toward an obscure and unproven medical device.“My immediate reaction was ‘Holy cow,’” said Kassell’s longtime friend Dan Jordan, a former president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation who now consults for nonprofits and sits on the board of Kassell’s foundation. “But I would never bet against Neal.” Related: “To be involved in this is a sort of moral imperative.” Please enter a valid email address. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — An obscure medical technique involving zapping a body part with converging beams of sound is finally getting some high-profile attention.Focused ultrasound, as the procedure is known, is used commercially in the United States to treat just a few medical conditions, including uterine fibroids and prostate cancer. Just over two dozen hospitals and clinics across the country offer it. Hardly any insurers will pay for it.But an irreverent, impatient, retired neurosurgeon has made it his mission to accelerate development of the treatment — and this week, he got an opportunity to do that in a big way when he was named to a panel advising Vice President Joe Biden on the national cancer moonshot initiative.advertisement Related: Kassell has also raised about $70 million over the past decade for his Focused Ultrasound Foundation — which is believed to be the only health charity dedicated to promoting a specific medical device. (Manufacturers of focused ultrasound machines have donated modest sums in the past, though not last year, mostly to support the foundation’s biannual research symposium.)Kassell turns earnest when he talks about the millions of people he believes could potentially benefit from the treatment. They’re not just hypothetical patients to him: About a decade ago, his son-in-law died within months of being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Kassell now believes that focused ultrasound has potential to treat such tumors.“To be involved in this is a sort of moral imperative,” Kassell told STAT during an interview here at the foundation’s office, a short drive from the stately University of Virginia campus.Reminders of Dr. Neal Kassell’s long career as a practicing neurosurgeon and prolific researcher clutter his office. Matt Eich for STATAn old technology with new promiseYou might think of focused ultrasound as similar to the effect created when a magnifying glass focuses rays of sunlight to burn a hole in a leaf.During the procedure, patients slide into an MRI machine or lie on a bed where a machine concentrates sound waves on a precisely targeted spot of tissue. It’s most often used to burn and destroy tumors or other unwanted tissue, but early studies suggest it may have promise in unleashing the immune system or activating drugs in the body. And patients don’t have to be put to sleep, go under the knife, or be exposed to harmful radiation.First used in the clinic in the 1950s to treat pain, focused ultrasound is now predominantly used to treat prostate cancer in men and uterine fibroids in women.The treatment is more widely accessible in Europe and Asia than in the US, but only about 25,000 patients worldwide got focused ultrasound last year.Most patients need only a single session, but it’s costly: Treatment for prostate cancer costs about $25,000, and treatment for uterine fibroids goes for between $5,000 and $10,000. Many patients pay out of pocket, though some successfully appeal their insurers to get it covered.The technology is also being tested in early-stage clinical trials around the world to treat other cancers, hypertension, and even neurological conditions like brain tumors, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease. Patients are getting experimental treatments at 45 sites in the US. Dr. Neal Kassell Tags braincancermoonshotpolicy By Rebecca Robbins April 8, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

Having a will is not enough

It’s official: marriage no longer revokes a will in Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news B.C. to allow electronic wills Fiona Collie Over half of Canadians have clearly outlined their intentions for their estates with a will, according to a recent study by BMO Harris Private Banking. Of those people who have a will, 60% of the assets are left to their children, 25% to other family members and 3% is set aside for charities and friends. While many people have written out their intentions they have yet to inform their heirs. The survey reveals that only 17% of children realize their parents intend to leave them something, which could be an issue for the family. Courts could save invalid wills if Ontario bill passes Keywords Wills For a successful wealth transfer, people need to let their heirs know about their intentions, says Sara Plant, vice president and national director, BMO Harris Private Banking. The 17% of people who are not doing so risk creating problems down the road. “The more [the heirs] know ahead of time of what [the person’s] thoughts are and [their] intentions are the more they will be ready to receive that when the time comes,” says Plant. “When that 17% doesn’t know what to expect from their family’s estate, that’s where you can meet with unmet expectations and challenging family dynamics and potential litigation.” The study also reveals that of those people leaving assets to children more than two-thirds say the inheritance will be held in trust until the children are of a certain age. One-third of those keeping money in trust said the assets would be held until the children were between 22 and 30 years old. For advisors, the study emphasizes that while many people have a written will, there is also a large percentage without, says Plant. As such, advisors need to have conversations on estate planning with all clients, regardless of their age or life stage. “As soon as an individual has a financial planner odds are they have assets,” she says, “which means that they should have a will.” Advisors should also make sure they have a strong centre of influence network of lawyers and accountants, says Plant, to make sure clients receive proper advice and support for their estate plans. The survey was conducted by Pollara and is a sample of 1,004 Canadians aged 18 years and older. This type of sample yields accurate results +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. read more

Caribbean Students Overseas Urged to Seek Employment in the Region

first_imgCaribbean Students Overseas Urged to Seek Employment in the Region UncategorizedApril 9, 2007 RelatedCaribbean Students Overseas Urged to Seek Employment in the Region RelatedCaribbean Students Overseas Urged to Seek Employment in the Region RelatedCaribbean Students Overseas Urged to Seek Employment in the Regioncenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, has challenged Caribbean students in the Diaspora to look to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for gainful employment.The Minister who was delivering the keynote address at the Honours Convocation Ceremony hosted by Morgan State University (MSU) on Thursday, April 5, in Baltimore, Maryland, said that with the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) there was greater opportunity for employment within the region. He emphasized that barriers that previously existed were no longer in place, pointing out that, “with the free movement of labour you are entitled the right to seek employment in any member state and the elimination of the need for worker permit and permit for stay”. Senator Hylton also noted that the implementation of free movement of skills was now on a phased basis, but the ultimate goal was to have free movement for all by the year 2009. Minister Hylton, who is an alumnus of Morgan State University, told the large gathering that, “historically there has been a very strong mutual beneficial relationship between Morgan State University and many countries in the developing world, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean”.He pointed out that countries such as Jamaica have benefited tremendously from the expertise of MSU graduates, as almost half of the faculty there had an international background, with the Caribbean accounting for more than 25 per cent.last_img read more

U.S. President Biden Approves Commonwealth of Virginia Disaster Declaration

first_imgU.S. President Biden Approves Commonwealth of Virginia Disaster Declaration The White HouseToday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement commonwealth, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms from February 11 to February 13, 2021.Federal funding is available to commonwealth, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms in the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Bedford, Brunswick, Campbell, Caroline, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Floyd, Franklin, Goochland, Greensville, Halifax, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, and Richmond.Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth.Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kevin I. Snyder as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:commonwealth, Cumberland, disaster, Emergency, Emergency Management, Federal, Government, Halifax, Lancaster, President, prince, Queen, Richmond, security, United States, Virginia, White Houselast_img read more

CU Study Suggests Strong Family Support Helpful In Treating Teen Bipolar Disorder

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Bipolar adolescents, saddled with biochemical imbalances that make mood swings far more severe than the raging hormones and mood changes common to healthy teens, may have a strong ally in their fight to control the disease. Preliminary results from studies conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder show that teenagers who were treated with a combination of mood-stabilizing medication and family-focused therapy showed improvements in depression and mania symptoms. Behavioral problems also improved during the combined treatment, according to CU-Boulder psychology Professor David Miklowitz, who led the study. Miklowitz discussed the results during the American Psychological Association’s annual convention held in Washington, D.C., Aug. 18-21. Medication is the first line of defense against bipolar disorder, also called manic depression. The disease is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain and affects an estimated 3 million Americans, 20 to 40 percent of whom have their first onset in childhood or adolescence. Bipolar disorder in teenagers often rears its head in the form of extreme irritability, according to Miklowitz. “It’s tough to diagnose in teenagers, because teens are often moody anyway,” Miklowitz said. “But teens with bipolar disorder have extreme irritability, so these can be very trying times for them and their families.” The goal of the family-focused therapy is for the patient and his or her parents and siblings to understand the disease and to learn to cope with it, Miklowitz said. He said this includes recognizing early warning signs that an episode may be about to occur. Keeping the family unit on the same page through communication and problem solving is also part of it, as well as learning to manage stress and take medications appropriately. Uncontrolled, all of these factors can lead to more severe episodes. “Families often have a tough time recognizing that this is a disease, and often times kids are misdiagnosed,” Miklowitz said. While the disease itself only afflicts the child, the fallout affects the entire family unit. “You often see significant family conflict associated with mood episodes making it so stressful that something like having a meal together is almost impossible,” Miklowitz said. “Left untreated, severe episodes can even lead to suicide attempts.” During a one-year uncontrolled study, 20 bipolar adolescents were treated with mood-stabilizing medications and attended 21 family-counseling sessions over nine months. During that period, their depression and mania symptoms and behavioral problems improved, he said. Results from an ongoing randomized controlled study will clarify whether adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder improved under the combined treatment method over a two-year period, compared to those who received only medication and a brief education about the disorder. In earlier studies Miklowitz and colleagues showed that adult patients who received medication and a family-focused treatment program had fewer episodes of the disease, and longer delays before relapses, than those receiving medication and standard treatment. Miklowitz described the treatment program in the 1997 book “Bipolar Disorder: A Family Focused Treatment Approach.” He was recently honored at the International Conference on Bipolar Disorder with the Mogens Schou Award for Research. The award recognized Miklowitz’s work to develop effective approaches to educate families on how to cope with bipolar disorder and the many factors contributing to control of the disease and relapse. Published: Aug. 17, 2005 last_img read more