Jo Swinson elected new Lib Dem leader

first_img“Boris Johnson has only ever cared about Boris Johnson,” she said. “Just ask Sir Kim Darroch, or Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.” Jo Swinson elected leader of the Liberal Democrats Swinson said she was “over the moon” to be elected leader and that she would do “whatever it takes to stop Brexit”. Swinson received about 47,900 votes compared with just over 28,000 votes for former energy secretary Davey on a 72 per cent turnout. Swinson said there was “no limit to my ambition”. She heralded the party’s recent strong performance in the European elections, in which the party scooped up 20 per cent of the vote share and won 16 MEPs in the EU Parliament. whatsapp Jo Swinson has become the first female leader of the Lib Dems after beating rival Sir Ed Davey in a vote of party members. Jo Swinson is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats The new leader, who takes over from Sir Vince Cable, launched a broadside at Boris Johnson, who is expected to be announced as Tory party leader and Prime Minister tomorrow afternoon. Alexandra Rogers whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Monday 22 July 2019 4:30 pm Share “I am ready to take out party into a general election and win it.”last_img read more

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Brits get spending power boost from cheaper essential goods

first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Show Comments ▼ Share CONSUMERS have more money to spend thanks to lower inflation, improving personal finances and better job security, new figures from Lloyds Bank reveal today.“With the combination of a stead­ily improving jobs market and lower prices for essentials, feeding through to household budgets, a positive mood among consumers is being maintained. As a result, the UK’s economic prospects continue to look bright for 2015, even if political events are set to introduce a little more uncertainty,” said Patrick Foley, chief economist at Lloyds Bank.The overall spending power index score – which takes into account a range of factors such as prices, incomes and job security – maintained a record high level of 154 in February. It was buoyed by a third consecutive month of falling prices for essentials, largely driven by a 7.3 per cent year-on-year drop in gas and electricity prices. Fuel prices also helped with a 9.7 per cent year-on-year fall. Sunday 29 March 2015 11:23 pm Brits get spending power boost from cheaper essential goods center_img whatsapp Express KCS Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking 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 ProofCheese 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

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From London property prices and London smells to World Gin Day and naked cyclists: Here’s what got us talking this week

first_img Tags: Brexit London house prices UK house prices Friday 12 June 2015 4:41 am Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseTaco RelishKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItTaco RelishLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm There was (another) election. There was the start of some privatising. And late on Friday there was some biblical weather.  Here’s what got us talking this week 1. We should be paying for property with Monopoly money We wish it was that easy. This week were learned just how much of a share up there has been in the price of homes in London – by comparing them to the humble Monopoly board. And that is affecting demographics too – apparently Mayfair has been a “resort” for 20-somethings, a far cry from its post-war image. It’s not all up-up-up, though, with property giant CBRE warning that Brexit could really hurt the sector.  Meanwhile we learned that Londoners are seriously losing out when it comes to those stamp duty reforms. 2. London has a smell all of its own And it’s definitely not oranges and lemons. But that is not the only thing that defines London.  These four charts sum up everyday life in the capital. 3. Today is World Gin Day. And also Naked Cyclists in London Day It sounds like a strange combination but you can either celebrate one by getting your drinking hat on or celebrate the other by getting your kit off.  Probably best not to mix them up (at least until after the bike ride has finished). And if you are looking for a drinking partner, here’s a list of the top 10 men and women that us Brits would most like to have a pint with.  4. Middle class kids are selfish – and it’s hurting their health Turns out we learn whether to be altruistic or not at a really young age. But whether we like helping others or not, you can’t stop the fact that being selfish raises your stress levels and hurts your health.   5. The things we can’t live without now are very different to those in 1890s Apparently iPhones just weren’t in vogue back then. Who knew? Leisurely readsIt turns out London’s streets really are paved with gold – for estate agents, anyway, who have earn £10m in fees for sales in London’s 20 most expensive roads over the past 18 months. We crunch the numbers here.  To Brexit or not to Brexit? With various businesses and industry groups commenting on the need for reform and the possibility of the UK’s exit from the European Union we took a look at how Eurosceptism translates in Brussels. Will Cameron be able to get the support he needs? With the Labour leadership contest hotting up we take a look at how the nominations break down, who is sitting pretty and how support for candidates is split by regions. We also analyse the deputy leadership race.  Great reads from elsewhere So you think you don’t need to code? Think again. This article explains why everyone, from the most senior person down, should start learning that language.  Microsoft’s made a supersize screen to revolutionise your meetings. 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To end AIDS, we must tackle gender inequality

first_imgTake, for example, the situation of child brides. Gender inequality is at the heart of what drives child marriage. In low- and middle-income countries, one-third of all girls are married before age 18; 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15. That’s 15 million child brides every year. @LindaGailBekker Mabel van Oranje Privacy Policy First OpinionTo end AIDS, we must tackle gender inequality [email protected] Child marriage and other factors are increasing the spread of HIV to girls and young women in Kenya and other countries around the world. Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the GBC Child marriage has profound consequences for the health and well-being of adolescent girls and young women. Child brides are at greater risk of spousal or partner violence, and sexual or interpersonal violence is closely linked with an increased chance of acquiring HIV. Their husbands are also often older and have already been sexually active, which also increases the risk. In addition, it is quite difficult for child brides to negotiate safe sex and condom use. The tragic consequence is that HIV infection rates in married adolescents are 50 percent higher than in their unmarried, sexually active peers.We can change this seemingly hopeless situation by tackling the gender inequality that makes girls and young women particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. But it will mean that the HIV community must look beyond tests and pills, confront structural barriers, and work across different issue areas.We already know what works. Now we just need to scale up these programs and actions. @MabelvanOranje About the Authors Reprints Related: For nearly 30 years, the first day of December has offered an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS and highlight how far we have come. Despite all the advances, girls and young women are still being left behind. That is unacceptable and must change.Girls and young women are at particular risk for HIV infection. Around the world, nearly 2 million individuals over the age of 14 are infected with HIV every year. One in four of them are girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24. In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 60 percent of new HIV infections among young people are in girls and women in that age range.Why are young women at greater risk? Biology plays a part: They are physiologically more vulnerable to the sexual transmission of HIV than men their own age. But structural barriers such as gender inequality are also a major risk factor.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: A perfect example is education. The longer a girl stays in secondary education, the less likely she is to marry as a child, the better her chances of employment, and the less likely she is to become infected with HIV.We need more HIV prevention initiatives and sexual and reproductive health services that support both married and unmarried adolescent girls. And things won’t improve unless we also engage boys, men, families, and communities to help promote gender equality and change long-standing norms about the role of girls and women in society.If we are serious about ending AIDS, we need a more holistic approach that includes tackling the gender inequality that puts girls and young women at increased risk of HIV infection.The HIV community can’t do this alone. Key actors in health, gender, education, justice, finance, and development must also play roles. At the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam next July, we will work together so the program offers practical ways to ensure advances across all sectors for adolescent girls and young women.If we can keep girls like Jackline in school, out of child marriage, and free of HIV, we will reap a triple dividend: healthier young people today, healthier adults in the future, and healthier parents for the next generation. And we will be creating societies that work for everyone.Linda-Gail Bekker is president of the International AIDS Society. Mabel van Oranje is chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Please enter a valid email address. Linda-Gail Bekker [email protected] Tags global healthinfectious diseasepublic healthwomen’s health These are girls like 14-year-old Jackline from Kenya, who lost both parents to AIDS. She had to leave school and marry a man 20 years her senior so she wouldn’t be a “burden” on her stepmother or neighbors. These girls often grow up without a decent shot at a happy, healthy, and productive future.advertisement By Linda-Gail Bekker and Mabel van Oranje Dec. 1, 2017 Reprints Victorious declarations that the ‘scales have tipped’ against HIV/AIDS don’t hold true for children last_img read more

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Pregnant women with substance use disorders need treatment, not prison

first_img Nearly all doctors can freely prescribe opioids. Now a new movement aims to vastly deregulate an addiction treatment [email protected] Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. First OpinionPregnant women with substance use disorders need treatment, not prison Ongoing threats of criminal and punitive civil child welfare actions against this group of women with substance use disorders are feeding the most enduring and deadly barrier they face: fear. The policy of punishment has suppressed women’s disclosure of their substance use problems and kept them out of prenatal care and social services when early therapeutic approaches can help them recover and provide support to their families. The chronic-pain quandary: Amid a reckoning over opioids, a doctor crusades for caution in cutting back Incarceration rates in the U.S. are growing faster among women than among men, and black women are imprisoned at twice the rate of white women. With the country in the grip of a deadly opioid epidemic, segments of America continue to pursue prosecution and incarceration when treatment and support are needed.Why do legislators, law enforcement, and misdirected policymakers persist in this cruel and traumatic crusade against women and their children?One answer is the racism inherent in the justice system, in drug testing, and the demographics of punishment — an enduring and gendered plague. When entering prenatal care, every woman should receive a comprehensive physical and mental health evaluation, and every setting should use the national recommended standards for drug testing. But not all health care settings use these standards. Some rely instead on a single urine drug screen as their basis for diagnosis. The problem with this approach is that staff members are left to decide who to test based on what may be biased notions about which women look like they have a drug problem.Women of color and those living in poverty are more likely to be drug tested, and a single drug test has been used as grounds for prosecution of pregnant and parenting women. Rates of women’s drug use and drug sales are the same regardless of their race or ethnicity, but women of color are far more likely to face criminal charges for it. About the Author Reprints More than 210,000 women spent Mother’s Day 2019 in America’s prisons and jails.Two-thirds of them are mothers of young children; an unknown number are pregnant. Many of them have substance use disorders with a significant history of trauma and mental health problems. Some have been incarcerated solely for the alleged crime of substance use during pregnancy, and many have lost custody of their children because there aren’t enough treatment centers for women and their kids.Pregnant women with substance use disorders inside and outside of prisons and jails are struggling, and many are dying. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1 in 12 pregnant women had used an illicit drug in the past month. Recent reviews of maternal causes of death in three U.S. states identified opioid overdose as a significant contributor to maternal deaths, between 11% and 20% of all deaths during pregnancy. The number of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome has increased 300% in 28 states in the last 20 years.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Related:center_img Masquerading as health policymakers purporting to protect the fetus, prosecutors, legislatures, and judges have incarcerated more than 1,000 pregnant women in the United States solely for substance use during pregnancy since the 1970s, and the practice continues today. Most of these punitive actions have occurred since 2005 due to increasingly heavy legal penalties for drug-related crimes and mass incarceration policies.advertisement Related: By Marty Jessup June 4, 2019 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: Mythologies about remedies for women with substance use problems still rely on punishment-as-deterrence and prison-as-cure. A recent Associated Press poll revealed that a little more than half of Americans believe that addiction is a disease, yet most say they want no relationship with a substance user. In the same poll, respondents said they saw substance use problems as a matter of morality worthy of harsher legal consequences.These forms of disregard for so-called misbehaving mothers who need help are familiar and enduring American tropes. But the stigma of addiction grounded in sexism and its antique notions of “correct” womanhood and motherhood have gotten in the way of accepting the new truth for a complex problem: that treatment and recovery supports work.As several colleagues and I wrote recently in the journal Nursing Outlook, the American Academy of Nursing supports a public health response that incorporates multidisciplinary models of health care, child welfare, treatment and recovery supports, and clinician practices that are culturally and trauma responsive and in line with the accumulated scientific evidence.Today there is real reason for hope: After 50 years of research and listening to women’s stories, we now have tools for treating substance use during pregnancy and parenting, and there is clear evidence of their effectiveness. Science-based treatment, proven to help women recover from substance use problems, is not only within our reach, it’s here.Health care and substance use treatment professionals know how to set up and manage residential and outpatient programs for pregnant women and their infants and children. They can deliver medication-assisted treatment, motivational interventions, trauma treatment for those who need it, parenting education, kids’ health care, and comprehensive integrated gender- and culturally-responsive health and social services. States including Texas and Ohio have set up successful treatment program models for women and their children. Judges across the U.S. are active in a national therapeutic jurisprudence movement to establish family drug courts that protect children while providing recovery services and maintaining family cohesion without incarceration. These approaches not only work, but it is also cheaper to provide treatment to women with alcohol and drug problems than it is to incarcerate and ignore them. With these effective resources in our tool bag, why would we as a nation continue to deter women from treatment with a clearly failed punitive policy of prosecution and incarceration?We have a moral and humanitarian obligation to stop incarcerating women with substance use disorders. We must fully fund and expand treatment programs that house and serve them and their children and re-route efforts in every state away from punishment and toward providing programs of safe, therapeutic health care and social services.It’s time to end criminal prosecution and punitive civil actions and guarantee unobstructed access to treatment for women with substance use disorders so they no longer have to fear the worst for themselves and their children.Marty Jessup, Ph.D., R.N., is professor emerita at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Eric Gay/AP Marty Jessup Privacy Policy Tags addictionopioidslast_img read more

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Tens of thousands mobilized for Wonsan beach tourist project

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE The North Korean authorities are mobilizing ordinary citizens and military conscripts alike in a push to accelerate construction of the “Wonsan Kalma Shore Tourist Zone” situated on the country’s east coast.  Sources inside North Korea report that the authorities have conveyed their intentions to complete the project before the July 27 “Victory Day” holiday, which is referred to as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in South Korea. The beach resort project, along with Kalma Airport and the Masik Pass Ski Resort, all appear to be part of a larger plan by Kim Jong Un to address economic difficulties by generating more tourism revenue. He made this clear in his 2018 New Year’s address, saying, “This year, service personnel and residents should join efforts to complete the construction of the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area in the shortest period of time.” “The authorities have mobilized 120,000 military members and 20,000 ordinary citizens for the Wonsan construction project,” a source in China close to  North Korean affairs told Daily NK on January 28. “People are worried over implications of another ‘speed battle’ (intense construction mobilization) after Kim Jong Un’s order to complete the project by July 27.” According to the source, the current priority is building lodging (hotel facilities) for tourists at the Kalma beach resort.  North Korea first publicized plans for the Wonsan tourist zone in November of 2013 on their state-run “Naenara” website. These plans included the goal of accommodating 100,000 tourists at any given time in the Wonsan coastal area, including development of some adjacent islands.  They also announced plans to build a science and technology industrial complex along with a movie theater, golf driving range, underwater hotel, homestay lodgings, and other tourist-focused amenities in the Tunam region of the Kalma coast. However, the project failed to progress in the subsequent years due to material and manpower shortages, as well as unclear strategies for attracting tourists.  Between the original 2013 announcement and July 2017, official mentions of the Wonsan project were scarce. But the North has now reignited mentions of the project as plans for their participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics begin to take shape. The authorities hope that goodwill conveyed through the Olympics will translate into opportunities to earn foreign currency from a new wave of tourists to the Wonsan Kalma zone.  But for the locals mobilized to construct these projects, it is not only their labor that is being exploited. They also bear the burden of having to provide the construction materials themselves. “The authorities are now issuing orders for Wonsan area residents to provide construction materials for the mobilized workers before March. All households in the area must also contribute things like winter clothing and rice, which is resulting in endless complaints from the residents,” a source in Kangwon Province added. “The authorities are trying to reassure people that they will move to state-sponsored material support (instead of demanding resources from the locals) in April, but nobody believes them.” There are also doubts emerging over the ability of the completed project to attract tourists. While residents of the Wonsan area are known to boast of their region’s natural beauty and potential to attract tourists, the Kangwon-based source told Daily NK that many on the other hand believe the project is doomed to fail due to an inherent inability to compete in the global tourism industry.  “Developing tourist facilities like this will be a complete waste of time with continued strengthening of international sanctions,” he said. “There is an agreement among residents that any tourist money will only go to cadres and administrators, and that ordinary people won’t even be allowed to enter the areas.” Meanwhile state media outlet KCNA reported on January 26 that the Wonsan Kalma project represents a “transformative opportunity” to become a “world-class tourist spot,” and that the country is moving to complete the project in “the shortest time possible.” By Daily NK – 2018.01.31 10:28am News NewsEconomy News An August 2013 image from state media outlet KCNA showing hundreds of residents in the water at Wonsan’s Songdowon beach resort. Image: KCNA Tens of thousands mobilized for Wonsan beach tourist project RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Banks may be sidelined in age of social media, big data, warns RBC CEO

first_img“As these technology players realize their digital dividend there is a risk that our visibility with clients will diminish in the networked economies — or ecosystems — of the future,” he told shareholders at RBC’s annual meeting on Friday.Technology continues to reshape the financial services landscape as more consumers do their banking online or via smartphone rather than in physical branches. McKay said Friday that mobile is now Toronto-based RBC’s number one digital channel, with 3.4 million active users, up 19% over the last year.Also readBanks, insurers face similar challengesIn turn, Canada’s biggest banks have been investing heavily in technological innovation to stay ahead of the curve. During the last fiscal year, RBC spent more than $3-billion on technology, including on digital initiatives, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.And while smaller financial technology companies are both partnering with and competing with traditional banks, larger tech companies and their deep pockets present a more formidable threat.Last month, for example, it emerged that Amazon was in talks with two large U.S. banks to start offering a chequing-like product to the e-commerce titan’s customers, according to the Wall Street Journal.McKay said there is a risk that these companies in search, e-commerce or social may be the first to deduce what customers’ needs are and direct them to financial institutions willing to pay for that information, but also get into banking themselves.“We think about somebody getting between you and your customer with that information, and start influencing the customer to choose other providers.”He added that RBC, Canada’s largest bank, has identified a number of digital “ecosystems” where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an “integral role in the future.”McKay pointed to RBC’s recently released Drive app, which allows users to store car-related information, track trips and book service appointments.“We’re preparing ourselves for a world where others can see what you are trying to do before we see it,” he told reporters. “So we have a number of strategies to make sure that we stay connected to our customers. So we understand what’s going on and we can be relevant.”Also readOutlook 2018: Prospects for the Financial Services SectorRBC is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists working across the bank.While data allows RBC and other companies to develop more relevant products and refine its approach to customers, it is important to balance this with transparency, McKay said.Also readRBC setting up lab in AI-friendly MontrealThe recent revelations that the Facebook data of millions of users was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, among other things, has prompted a “healthy dialogue” about how personal information should be handled.He said regulations may be needed to set the boundaries, but hoped that would not be necessary.“We’re poised for a societal discussion on how we’re going to use personal information… The way I think that we have acted in the past, globally, as government, industries, whatever it happens to be, may not be sufficient to meet societal norms going forward.” Armina Ligaya Banks are at risk of being pushed to the sidelines in the age of social media and big data, Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) chief executive David McKay said Friday.Customers are increasingly leaving a digital trail of their financial plans on social media or search histories, such as buying a house, allowing technology giants to not only capitalize on that information, but potentially get into banking themselves, McKay said. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Fintech,  Banking industryCompanies Royal Bank of Canada TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Fintech Investment - group of people in meeting with abstract charts and graphs on table rawpixel/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Study on rare Epiphrenic Diverticulum associated with swallowing, published

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app News Read Article Related Posts The study was carried out for 10 years where 72 patients were successfully treated for achalasia by opting for a laparoscopic heller procedure known as cardiomyotomyA study on rare Epiphrenic Diverticulum (ED) associated with swallowing, was recently published in the journal Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. A team led by Dr Roy Patankar, Director, Zen Multispecialty, successfully treated 72 patients with achalasia and five patients with diverticulum (an outpouching or sac arising from the wall of the oesophagus that can contain one or more layers of the wall). The study carried out for 10 years.Esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum (ED) is usually secondary to a primary oesophageal motility disorder, such as achalasia which is an oesophageal motility disorder. Largest series of epiphrenic diverticula are small with up to three to four patients. Speaking about achalasia, it can affect any part of the digestive tract, including the intestines. In esophageal achalasia, the oesophagus does not open to let food pass through, because there is a weakness in the smooth muscle of the lower part of the oesophagus, and the lower oesophageal sphincter.Dr Patankar, Dr Vishakha Karekar and Dr Abhay Upasane, who are the consultants attached to Zen Multispecialty, we able to give patients with achalasia, a new lease of life.Dr Patankar said, “Achalasia is rare and the cause of it is not known. One can suffer from it any age and may find it difficult to swallow food which is known as dysphagia. One may experience symptoms like food may get stuck in the food pipe, vomiting, weight loss, and cough. And if it is not addressed on time, then it can block one’s food pipe, affect the lungs and one may suffer from pneumonia or food pipe cancer. Previously, achalasia was treated with the help of endoscopic balloon dilation, but would recur within six months or a year.”“In a study carried out by us, for the last 10 years, 72 patients with achalasia were successfully treated, by opting for a laparoscopic heller procedure known as cardiomyotomy. It is a safe, highly effective, and minimally invasive treatment for achalasia. The procedure is done under general anaesthesia, wherein the muscle of the food pipe is cut to make it wider and then the muscle is stitched again so that it doesn’t close again, and the sensation that is getting blocked in the food pipe goes away. The advantages of this procedure are that it is a one-time cure and a lasting procedure. After the procedure was performed, the patients were followed up for two years and there was a significant improvement in their symptoms. Hence, if you notice symptoms like food getting blocked in the food pipe, or pain while swallowing then you must get it investigated at any age,” concluded Dr Patankar. MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on July 30, 2019 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of EnglandDr Roy PatankaroesophagusZen Multispecialty Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Study on rare Epiphrenic Diverticulum associated with swallowing, published WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0) Add Commentlast_img read more

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Jamaicans Urged to Unite for Country’s Development

first_imgJamaicans Urged to Unite for Country’s DevelopmentJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedPM Appeals to Citizens of Portmore to Reject Violence Photo: JIS PhotographerFormer Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P. J. Patterson, lays a wreath at the monument of Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley, at his birth home at Roxborough, Manchester yesterday (July 4), on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the National Hero’s birth. RelatedPortmore Residents Encouraged to Capitalise on Economic Opportunities Jamaicans Urged to Unite for Country’s Development Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 5, 2013Written by: Andrea Brahamcenter_img RelatedPM Attends CARICOM Summit Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, is calling on Jamaicans to unite for the development of the country, as it goes through a challenging economic period.Mr. Patterson made the call while delivering the keynote address at a civic ceremony on Thursday, July 4, to commemorate and open a permanent exhibition on the life of National Hero, Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley.The exhibit, which has been mounted at the National Hero’s birth home in Roxborough, Manchester, is in honour of the 120th anniversary of his birth.Mr. Patterson noted that the National Hero always emphasised “a unity of purpose”, which transcends political partisan lines to embrace the entire nation, irrespective of the party, religion or group to which persons belong.“I hope that here, today, those who are within reach and those to whom the message will be transmitted, will recognise that in whatever sphere we are, in politics, in business, our labour unions, our churches, our academic and other civic organisations and importantly, our young people, must work together for the development of our country and the upliftment of all our people at this critical time,” he said.The former Prime Minister said he was privileged to have served his political apprenticeship under Norman Manley’s astute leadership. He recalled the late Hero’s towering intellect, his passion for selfless service, his boundless energy, his enduring stamina and attention to detail.He hailed the establishment of the museum at Roxborough, noting that no one can dispute that the Hero’s role “in the design of our nationhood entitles him to be recognised in our history as the great architect of Jamaica land we love.”“I want to say how privileged I am to be here and to take this step of establishing the monument to commemorate this great son of the soil. It is more than symbolism. Generations yet unbounded must be able to come and see where Norman Manley was born, even as they must be able to go to Blenheim in Hanover, and see whereSir Alexander Bustamante was born,” Mr. Patterson stated.The museum was constructed at a cost of approximately $11 million. Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, in her address at the opening, informed that the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) led the project with the financial support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).The project was managed through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) Secretariat of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, with the Manchester Parish Council as the implementing agency. It also had assistance from the South Coast Resort Board.Ms. Hanna informed that the opening of the exhibit is the first stage of a restoration project at the National Hero’s birth home.“I want to urge all of us who were involved in this project, let us use this collaborative framework as the template for further development here at Roxborough as well as at other heritage sites across the country. We have perfected a model of co-operation and collaboration in getting things done and getting them done well,” she said.The event saw floral tributes being laid by Mr. Patterson, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Wykeham McNeill, and Member of Parliament for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

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Special Interests Gave Millions to Budget Panel

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email WASHINGTON – The 12 lawmakers appointed to a new congressional supercommittee charged with tackling the nation’s fiscal problems have received millions in contributions from special interests with a direct stake in potential cuts to federal programs, an Associated Press analysis of federal campaign data has found.The newly appointed members — six Democrats and six Republicans — have received more than $3 million total during the past five years in donations from political committees with ties to defense contractors, health care providers and labor unions. That money went to their re-election campaigns, according to AP’s review.Supporters say the lawmakers were picked for their integrity and experience with complicated budget matters. But their appointments already have prompted early concerns from campaign-finance watchdog groups, which urged the lawmakers to stop fundraising and resign from leadership positions in political groups.The congressional committee, created as part of the debt limit and deficit reduction agreement enacted last week, is charged with cutting more than $1 trillion from the budget during the coming decade. If the committee doesn’t decide on cuts by late November — or if Congress votes down the committee’s recommendations — spending triggers would automatically cut billions of dollars from politically delicate areas like Medicare and the Pentagon.The lawmakers represent a large swath of political ideology and geography, but they have some things in common: They received more than $1 million overall in contributions from the health care industry and at least $700,000 from defense companies, the AP found. Those two industries, especially, are sensitive to the outcome of the committee’s negotiations because the automatic spending cuts could affect them most directly.The committee’s co-chairs — Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas — each received support from lobbyists and political committees, including those with ties to defense contractors and health care lobbyists. Hensarling’s re-election committee, for instance, received about $11,000 from Lockheed Martin and $8,500 from Northrop Grumman.Companies like Lockheed rely heavily on government contracts: More than 80 percent of Lockheed’s net sales during the first six months of 2011 came from the U.S. government, according to Securities and Exchange Commission records. And in SEC filings two weeks ago, Northrop expressed concern of a “material adverse effect” on its finances had the debt ceiling not been raised.The other panel members are Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; John Kerry, D-Mass.; Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; and Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Reps. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.; Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; and Michigan Republicans Dave Camp and Fred Upton.The AP’s analysis shows the extent to which special interests have directly supported the 12 members during their tenures in Congress, including support from agriculture businesses ($600,000) and labor unions ($580,000). Big checks also came in from the banking and insurance industry.The extent of potential conflicts could be even greater than the AP’s analysis shows. The AP measured contributions from industry PACs to lawmakers’ election committees. But it didn’t capture amounts from independent expenditures, such as donations, from defense executives and their families or money given to leadership political committees.Even still, influence can extend beyond direct campaign contributions. Senate records show that Murray, also the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was named in so-called honoree payments of more than $1 million from lobbyists since 2008. Such honoree contributions are sent to groups associated with members of Congress or for events held in their honor.Murray spokesman Matt McAlvanah said Thursday that the senator “has made a career out of standing up for working families and against special interests. And that’s reflected in her personal story, her votes and the policies she has championed.”Already, even as the final appointments to the committee were announced Thursday, watchdog groups said the panel members will be under remarkable pressure from outside interests. Public Campaign, one such group in Washington, said establishing the committee “will make it cheaper for Wall Street, tax-dodging corporations and special-interest lobbyists to influence the spending cuts and revenue debate in Washington as the focus shifts to just 12 members of Congress.”Bob Edgar, president of the advocacy group Common Cause, said that “with the public already disgusted with Washington in the wake of the debt-limit debacle, it’s vital that people have confidence that supercommittee members are thinking about the nation’s best interests, not positioning their party or worrying about how their decisions appear to donors.”Public Campaign also called on Murray to step down immediately as head of the Democratic campaign committee.The White House called such complaints “silly criticism.”“Elected members of Congress are responsible: They take an oath, they are responsible to serve their constituents and their country,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters this week. “We expect every member on the committee to take that responsibility seriously.”last_img read more

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