Best of the Brokers for 30 January 2015

first_img whatsapp Best of the Brokers for 30 January 2015 Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldGive It LoveRemember These Rare Sisters? See Them NowGive It Lovezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBall whatsapp To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] RUBBERWH Ireland reiterated its “buy” rating for the design and engineering company after it released a positive update for the first quarter of 2015. The broker also said that the outlook across both of the firm’s divisions remains positive. Target price was raised from 825p to 900p.RENISHAWNumis moved the metrology firm’s rating from “add” to “hold”, following “impressive interim results”. The broker noted that strong volume growth is being driven by metrology products in east Asia, while full year profit guidance has been increased by a further eight per cent. Sharecenter_img Express KCS Thursday 29 January 2015 8:38 pm More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Defending pharma tax breaks for ads will be challenging, lobbyist says

first_imgPharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Defending pharma tax breaks for ads will be challenging, lobbyist says Alex Hogan/STAT A database created by ProPublica to track physician prescribing habits is being used by some people to shop around for doctors more likely to give them addictive painkillers. “This is not a new problem for journalists, or others whose business is providing or sharing information. In another era, burglars would read the obituary pages so they could target the homes of people who had just died,” ProPublica editor Stephen Engelberg wrote in a statement.The US Food and Drug Administration is requiring boxed warnings about serious and sometimes disabling side effects caused by a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. The side effects can involve damage to tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and the central nervous system. Most are sold as generics, but well-known brand names include Bayer’s Cipro and Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin.Ranbaxy whistleblower Dinesh Thakur plans to join a public interest lawsuit filed by a consumer advocate who wants three manufacturing plants banned, the Economic Times says. The reason for proposed ban? The plants allegedly supplied adulterated drugs. Meanwhile, Sun Pharmaceutical, which acquired Ranbaxy two years ago, it in 2014, insists it is not aware of any current problems at the plants.Several dozen groups wrote the FDA to ditch its plan for naming biosimilars, arguing that specific suffixes attached to each drug name would be easier for physicians.Chiasma may dispute an FDA rejection last month of its rare disease drug that targets acromegaly, which causes a patient’s feet, hands, and internal organs to become enlarged, the Boston Business Journal says. By Ed Silverman May 13, 2016 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Tags drug pricesHarvard Medical Schoolopioids About the Author Reprintscenter_img A California ballot initiative designed to cap drug prices may or may not save money, California Healthline writes. If passed in November, the measure would prohibit the state from paying more for medicines than the lowest price paid by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. But a preliminary report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office says it is “highly uncertain” how much will be saved, since VA cost data isn’t known and drug makers could raise prices.John Hendrickson, who succeeded Joe Papa as Perrigo chief executive, skewered the drug maker’s performance under his predecessor, Bloomberg News says. He told analysts the “recent track record of performance against our own expectations is unacceptable.” Said Piper Jaffray analyst David Amsellem: “Basically, Joe Papa just high-tailed it out of Perrigo, and kind of left the company in shambles.” Papa is now running Valeant Pharmaceuticals.advertisement [email protected] Ed Silverman @Pharmalot And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is rather busy. We plan to escort Mrs. Pharmalot to a rent party, accompany one of our short people on a charity mission, and catch up on our reading. And what about you? This is a fine time to enjoy the great outdoors or visit someone special. Perhaps you need to tidy up around your castle. Whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. See you soon …A lobbyist warned that it will be challenging to uphold a tax break that allows drug makers to write off money they spend on advertising and marketing, Medical Marketing & Media reports. A Senate bill was proposed in March to end the deduction and it will be “one of the hardest things to defend,” Jim Davidson, chair of the the Advertising Tax Coalition, told an industry conference.Harvard Medical School is loosening some conflict-of-interest rules that currently prevent research scientists from doing work on clinical trials for companies in which they have a financial interest, at least in some situations, according to STAT. The school is raising thresholds on how much income or equity researchers have in a public company before they are barred from doing clinical research.advertisementlast_img read more

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All the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday

first_img Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook WhatsApp There are a number of jobs in Laois being advertised on LaoisToday at the moment.Below we have listed all of the roles advertised on LaoisToday in the last two weeks. In each instance you can click through to the full job description to read more.Miguel House – Part-time cookA part-time cook is required for De La Salle Brothers Miguel House Retirement/Nursing Home in Castletown.Flexibility required.Click here for more information.  All the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSJobs in Laois Electric Picnic Laois Garden World – Sales AssistantsLaois Garden World are seeking to hire full and part time sales assistant for busy hardware store.Previous experience and flexibility required.Click here for more information.  WhatsApp Previous articleLaois Shopping Centre put crowd control measures in place as they prepare for re-opening of PenneysNext articleMoment in Time: Electric Picnic celebrating its 10th Birthday in 2013 LaoisToday Reporter Crettyard Stone – Production Plant and Machinery OperatorsCrettyard Stone is a family run business who specialise in all aspects of quarrying, processing and finishing of natural stone products.We are currently recruiting for a number of positions – Production Plant Operators and Plant & Machinery operators: Loading shovel and excavator. Click here for more information.  Pinterest Home Jobs All the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday Jobs Facebook Oakdale Nursing Home – Healthcare AssistantOakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington are looking to fill the following position: Health Care Assistant.We have a vacancy for a Health Care Assistant for an 8pm to 12 midnight shift.Click here for more information. Thomasina Connell & Co Solicitors – Legal SecretaryIs now the right time to consider a change in your employment?Thomasina Connell & Co. Solicitors currently have a vacancy for an experienced Full-Time Legal Secretary/P.A.This is a challenging and responsible position in a progressive and growing legal practice. The successful candidate will be reporting to the Principal Solicitor.Click here for more information. Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th June 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role MechanicJoe Mallon Motors – Motor Technician and 4th Year ApprenticeJoe Mallon Motors Ltd is a family owned and run business in since the 1960s. Joe Mallon Motors has been selling Renault cars and commercials and is the main Renault dealer for Kildare and Laois.Over the years, we have established a large base of satisfied customers. A quality service for each customer is forefront to all staff members to achieve our company motto: TEAM – Total Effort Among Many.They are currently seeking to hire a qualified motor technician and 4th year apprentice. Click here for more information.If you would like to advertise a job vacancy, get in touch with LaoisToday by calling 057 8670722, 085 7180700 or emailing [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedication jobs section on LaoisToday hereSEE ALSO – An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors again Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Laois Garden World – Shop ManagerLaois Garden World are seeking to hire a shop manager for their busy hardware store.Previous experience and flexibility required.Click here for more information.last_img read more

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Le passé comme prélude : Kim Il Sung va réapparaître

first_imgLa seconde réforme eut lieu en 1959, avec pourbut de lutter contre l’inflation résultant de la Guerre de Corée et desécuriser les sources d’investissement. Les anciens billets furent alorschangés par des nouveaux de 1, 5, 10, 50, et 100 wons au taux de 100 pour 1.Pareillement, de nouvelles pièces de 1, 5, 10, et 50 jeons furent introduites.Il n’y eut aucune limite au montant pouvant être changé. Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Le 31 juillet, le Comité du Renseignement del’Assemblée nationale, dirigé par Lee Byeong Ki, a qualifié la réforme intentéeau Nord comme une manœuvre tendant à récupérer les fonds que la classe desnouveaux riches – les donju – a mis de côté. Il ne peut être vérifié si cetteaffirmation relève de la déclaration ou si l’administrateur adjoint a échoué àtransmettre la presse le message voulu. Cependant, Lee Cheol Woo, parlementaireet administrateur adjoint du parti de la majorité en Corée du Sud, a expliquéaux journalistes lors d’un briefing que « le nouveau billet est un moyende débusquer les réserves dissimulées des membres influents et des officiels duparti. Shin Kyeong Min, parlementaire et administrateur adjoint du parti del’opposition, est du même avis : « il y a une sorte de ruée de leurpart afin d’accumuler le plus de biens avec leur argent tant qu’ils lepeuvent. » Les conditions entourant le changement actuelsont fondamentalement différentes. Cette fois, il ne s’agit rien d’autre qued’un simple échange de billets. Aucune limite n’existe sur le montant qu’unindividu peut changer et les échanges sont acceptés jusqu’en 2017. Durant lesdeux précédentes réformes de 1992 et 2009, les gens furent informés après avoirdéposé leurs anciens billets que les nouveaux seraient disponibles à un momentultérieur. Lorsqu’ils voulurent retirer leurs nouveaux billets, les gens furentavertis de « l’absence de réserve de liquidités à la banque ». Cessituations furent intermittentes en 1992 mais ne souffrirent aucune exceptionen 2009. Nombre de théories tentent d’expliquer lesraisons de ce changement. Les deux ou trois plus courantes prétendent que 1-l’élimination de la figure de Kim Il Sung sur le billet permettra à Kim Jong Unde sortir plus facilement de l’ombre de son grand-père dans laquelle il demeureet de s’affirmer lui-même comme dirigeant ; 2- les autorités essaient decollecter les réserves de billets que les gens ont mises de côté, afinégalement de lutter contre la contrefaçon. News La thèse la plus crédible demeurel’introduction prochaine d’un billet de 10,000 wons, sur lequel le portrait deKim Il Sung apparaîtra sûrement. Les sources à l’intérieur du pays s’accordentsur ce point. « La Corée du Nord n’aura jamais une monnaie en circulationsur laquelle n’apparaîtrait pas le Suryong. » Si les autorités préparentl’introduction d’un billet de 10,000 wons, la théorie de l’adoration deKim Il Sung sur le billet présentant la plus forte valeur demeurera valide. Lesgens disent qu’ « ils l’ont retiré des billets de 5,000 wons, mais ils ontdéjà prévu un endroit pour remettre son portrait sur ceux de 10,000wons. » L’affirmation selon laquelle la présenteréforme constitue un effort des autorités pour éliminer les réserves accumuléessur le marché noir est infondée. C’est néanmoins la thèse avancée par lesservices secrets sud-coréens. Dans la mesure où il ne peut que se réclamer dela lignée du mont Paektu pour affirmer sa légitimité, cesser la pratique del’adoration de son grand-père serait un véritable suicide pour Kim Jong Un. Cestrois dernières années, Kim Jong Un a contrôlé chaque érection de statues deses père et grand-père. L’Agence centrale d’information nord-coréenne alargement couvert les somptueuses inaugurations d’un ensemble de statues desKim érigées à Sinuiju. Ceci fait que la thèse selon laquelle le dirigeant asoudainement décidé de retirer le portrait de son grand-père figurant sur lamonnaie s’avère non fondée. Les mesures de gestion économiques 7.1adoptées en 2002 ont vu la création d’un billet de 1,000 wons dans un butd’ajustement des prix. Le portrait de Kim Il Sung – le même design que celuiapparaissant sur le billet de 100 wons – apparut sur le recto de ce nouveaubillet, preuve d’un retour à la pratique consistant à placer le portrait dudirigeant sur le billet le plus important. La réforme introduisit également unbillet de 200 wons montrant une pivoine sur le recto. En 2005, la même image deKim Il Sung originellement utilisée sur le billet de 100 wons fut utilisée pourle billet de 5,000 wons. En 1979, la Corée du Nord de Kim Il Sungfonctionnait sous le principe du « système idéologiquemonolithique », système conservé par son fils Kim Jong Il. Sous le règnede ce dernier, l’adoration de Kim Il Sung devint partie intégrante del’idéologie d’État. Contrairement au yuan chinois, où Mao Zedong apparaît surles billets les plus importants, la Corée du Nord plaça le portrait de Kim IlSung uniquement sur le billet de 100 wons. Le billet de 5,000 wons est actuellement laplus importante coupure en circulation dans le pays, analogue au billet de50,000 wons sud-coréens. À compter d’août 2014, le prix du kilogramme de riz aumarché se situait aux alentours de 6,000 wons, impossibles à payer avec unsimple billet de 5,000 wons. Les appareils ménagers et autres biens similairessont eux aussi surfacturés car ils sont vendus en monnaie chinoise, unepratique née de la commodité. Dans le cas où cette récente mesure n’est pasun simple échange de billets, il demeure la supposition selon laquelle Kim JongUn tente de s’imposer comme dirigeant. Cette réforme constitue dès lors unesimple collecte des billets sur lesquels figure le portrait de Kim Il Sung. End’autres termes, sur le nouveau billet ne figurera aucune ressemblance avecl’ancien dirigeant. Dès lors, quelle est la signification pour Kim JongUn ? Conserver des billets de 5,000 wons n’estguère plus pratique. Il est impossible de savoir quand la prochaine réformeaura lieu. « Notre argent peut devenir sans valeur à n’importe quelmoment » déclarent plusieurs habitants, évoquant la réforme de 2009. Quece soit pour les transactions ou l’épargne, le billet de 5,000 a perdu sa placede billet à la plus forte valeur. Ceci rend la thèse selon laquelle cetteréforme constitue un effort tendant à empêcher la fraude illogique. Kim Il Sung ordonna une troisième réforme en1979, qui vit la mise en circulation de nouveaux billets de 1, 5, 10, 50, et100 wons ainsi qu’une nouvelle pièce de 50 jeons. Comme lors de la précédenteréforme, le taux fut établi à 1 pour 1 et aucune limite ne fut fixée au montantpouvant être échangé. La réforme n’eut qu’un but purement esthétique :introduire un nouveau design pour les billets. Les pièces de 10 jeons et devaleur inférieure furent conservées. Le changement le plus notable survenu lorsde cette réforme fut l’apparition du portrait de Kim Il Sung sur les billetsles plus importants. News Quelles ont été les motivations de Kim JongUn ? Souhaite-t-il effacer son grand-père d’un aspect essentiel de lasociété ? À travers la lentille de l’adoration de Kim Il Sung, les raisonssous-jacentes du retrait du portrait de ce dernier des billets de 5,000 wonssont évidentes. Après la récupération des anciens billets de 5,000 wons, leportrait de Kim Il Sung n’apparaîtra plus sur la monnaie nord-coréenne. Il estdifficile d’être en accord avec l’idée que Kim Jong Un souhaite sortir del’ombre de son grand-père dans laquelle il vit et s’affirmer comme seuldirigeant, et même moins logique de prétendre que c’est là la méthode la plusefficace pour ce faire. News L’introduction de nouveaux billets s’est aussiproduite sans pour autant être liée à une réforme ou manipulation monétaires.En 1998, le premier billet de 500 wons apparut, mais avec une anomalieaujourd’hui encore incomprise. Sur le recto du billet figurait le Palais duSoleil de Kumsusan, i.e. le mausolée de Kim Il Sung. Le parti avaitinitialement envisagé de juxtaposer une plus grande image de Kim Il Sung aveccelle du palais, ce qui ne fut finalement pas fait. Jusqu’à l’introduction dubillet de 1,000 wons quatre ans plus tard, le portrait de Kim Il Sungn’apparaissait pas sur le billet le plus important. On spécule que cetteanomalie peut être liée avec la « Arduous March » (la période defamine des années 1994-1998), mais cette thèse manque d’explicationsdétaillées. center_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Victimes de pénuries d’électricité, la plupartdes foyers utilisent des piles de 12 volts fabriquées en Chine, piles devenuesabsolument essentielles. Lorsqu’on leur demande le prix de ces piles, lesvendeurs répondent « 200 yuans », et non le prix actuel de 240,000 wons.Ceci est dû au fait qu’il est plus pratique de faire des affaires avec deuxbillets de 100 yuans qu’avec 48 billets 5,000 wons. À l’exception du billet de 500 wons introduiten 1997, après 1979, Kim Il Sung est constamment apparu sur le billet le plusimportant en circulation. L’introduction de chaque nouveau billet a été coupléeavec la disparition du portrait de Kim Il Sung sur les anciens billets devaleur inférieure. Ainsi, en 2009, la réforme monétaire vit le retrait duportrait de Kim Il Sung – le même initialement présent sur le billet de 100wons – du billet de 1,000 wons avec la création du billet de 5,000 wons. Lenouveau billet montrait alors un taeyang-sang souriant et bienveillant,remplaçant le visage grave et jeune de Kim Il Sung existant depuis 17 ans. Les antennes régionales de la Banque centralede Corée du Nord ont commencé à changer tous les billets de 5,000 wons le 1eraoût 2014. Les autorités doivent encore communiquer sur l’objet de cechangement, mais comme Daily NK l’a déjà rapporté, le portrait de Kim Il Sungne figure plus sur le nouveau billet. Sur le recto du nouveau billet de 5,000wons, l’ancien dirigeant n’apparaît plus. À la place figure une image de lamaison de Mangyongdae, à Pyongyang, présentée par la Corée du Nord comme étantcelle dans laquelle est né le fondateur. Le verso du nouveau billet présentel’image de l’International Friendship Exhibition, au mont Myohang. Le passé comme prélude : Kim Il Sung va réapparaître North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Cette tendance visant à présenter cechangement comme une manipulation de la monnaie perdure depuis la 5ème réformede la politique monétaire mise en place en décembre 2009, durant laquelle lescitoyens ont vu l’ancienne monnaie convertie en une nouvelle au taux de 100pour 1. La limite du montant des échanges par foyer fut alors fixée à 100,000wons, puis ultérieurement relevée à 500,000 wons. L’argent des gens, gagné à lasueur de leur font, fut alors réduit à des morceaux de papier sans valeur,permettant au gouvernement d’utiliser ses nouvelles coupures sans distinction.Les résultats furent catastrophiques. Économiquement, il est compréhensible que KimJong Un souhaite introduire un nouveau billet d’une valeur supérieure à celleétant actuellement la plus importante. Si les prix sont restés stables durantles deux premières années de pouvoir du dirigeant, ils tendent à croître ettous ses projets d’adoration exigent d’importantes dépenses. Et il n’y a riende plus simple pour ce faire que d’introduire un nouveau billet. La plupart despays démocratiques, qui disposent d’un système de contre-pouvoirs,considéreraient la décision de mettre plus d’argent en circulation comme unedécision politique. À cet égard, la Corée du Nord n’est pas une exception. AvatarPark In Ho, Chief Editor By Park In Ho, Chief Editor – 2014.12.29 10:25am News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR La monnaie officielle nord-coréenne a fait sonapparition pour la première fois en 1947 et comprenait quatre billets : 1, 5,10, et 100 wons. À l’époque, cela avait pour but de récupérer les billets encirculation datant du Gouvernement général japonais et de l’Administrationmilitaire soviétique. Les anciens billets furent convertis au taux de 1 pour 1.En mai 1949, des pièces de 50, 20, et 15 jeons furent émises. Le portrait de Kim Il Sung sur les billets deplus grande valeur devint une pratique officielle lors de la quatrième réformemonétaire de 1992. Toutefois, l’image austère du chef en habit militairerappelant Mao Zedong fut remplacée par un portrait du dirigeant portant uncostume-cravate. Comparé aux scenarii passés, la probabilitéactuelle de l’arrivée d’un nouveau billet de 10,000 wons est plus importante.Les billets de 1,000 et 5,000 wons furent introduits sans réforme nimanipulation monétaires. Et plus élevée est la valeur affichée sur le billet,plus important est le potentiel de troubles à venir pour le gouvernement. La« disparition de Kim Il Sung » exige une plus grande attention etconsidération de ceux spéculant sur les raisons de cette disparition. Aprèstout, la migration du portrait de Kim Il Sung d’un endroit à un autre est toujoursdue à des facteurs économiques et politiques. Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April last_img read more

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IIROC, OBSI discuss compensation refusals

first_img Related news Fiona Collie Planners should keep pushing for official recognition: List The rejection by many financial services firms of investor compensation recommendations handed down by the Toronto-based Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) is hurting the financial services industry, according to Susan Wolburgh Jenah, president and CEO of the Toronto-based Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). “This recent line in public refusals by certain firms [to follow OBSI recommendations] negatively impacts public confidence in the financial services industry as a whole,” said Wolburgh Jenah, who spoke at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (CIFPs) annual conference in Halifax on Monday. CIFPs 2014: Discussing estate planning risks with clients List your value to clients IIROC-regulated firms are required to participate in OBSI’s complaint resolution system, according to Wolburgh Jenah. However, firms are not obligated to follow recommendations put forward by the ombudsman. Yet for most of OBSI’s history IIROC and firms regulated through the Toronto-based Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) have followed those recommendations. “Until recently, there had been only one case of an MFDA member firm that had refused an OBSI recommendation,” said Wolburgh Jenah, “and that was the case for the first 14 years of [OBSI’s] existence and operation.” However, within the last two years roughly 15 firms have refused to follow OBSI’s recommendation in regards to compensation. As such, Wolburgh Jenah says IIROC has been working with OBSI and member firms, most recently at a forum held two weeks ago, to discuss recent changes at the dispute resolution service, such as process changes and a new oversight framework. These sessions are meant to ensure OBSI remains a dispute resolution resource investors can trust; and this would help bolster investor confidence in the financial services industry more generally. “We believe an acceptable, timely, independent and fair dispute resolution system in which investors in the industry have [placed] their trust is critically important,” said Wolburgh Jenah, “and that’s why we organized the forum and will continue to work with the industry to ensure the benefits of the system we have are not undermined.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CIFPs 2014: Critical issues and deadlines for clients Planning to work is not a retirement plan Keywords Dispute resolutionCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Advisor not responsible for investor’s losses

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media According to the decision, Graham had unexpectedly inherited about $4 million by age 30 after her mother, father and brother all died within a two year period, leaving her as the only surviving family member. Given the circumstances of her wealth, “It is no surprise that Ms. Graham had a complex and distinctive attitude towards the money that came to her with these terrible losses,” the decision notes. The decision indicates that Graham ultimately invested this money with Wells, and did well for a number of years, until the financial crisis hit in 2008. She sustained significant losses when she sold her portfolio in March 2009, and left the Wells Group. According to the decision, she argued that Wells breached a fiduciary duty toward her, as well as the duties he owed as her investment advisor, and that she was unsuitably invested. Wells and CIBC World Markets Inc., the respondents, denied that a fiduciary duty was owed, the decision says, and maintained that Wells more than met his duty of care toward Graham.They also argued that she caused the loss in her portfolio, “by unilaterally and unreasonably liquidating her portfolio at a low point after the market crash, instead of allowing the portfolio to rebound with the market as Mr. Wells advised.” According to the decision, Graham ordered the liquidation of her portfolio after learning of rumours from an administrative assistant at the firm that Wells may look after the clients of another advisor who had recently been charged with offences related to child pornography, and fired from his firm, while he was facing trial. That advisor is referred to only as J.C. in the decision. The court found that these circumstances led to her decision to sell, and that this was not reasonable. The decision notes that “Ms. Graham reached her own view about the legal status and implications of Mr. Wells’s conduct in relation to Mr. C. without checking the facts … and without seeking legal or other experienced advice. Some of the key facts were erroneously reported.Ms. Graham’s conclusions about the legal effects of Mr. Wells’s conduct were for the most part simply wrong,” the decision says. It also notes that she could have moved her portfolio to another investment advisor without liquidating it. “Had Ms. Graham not liquidated her portfolio when she did, she would not have suffered the losses she now claims from Mr. Wells,” it concludes. The SCBC concluded that even if Wells breached his duties owed to Graham, the breaches did not cause her losses. It also found that those duties were not breached in the first place, ruling that Wells’ obligations to her did not extend as far as she argued they did. The SCBC also found no basis for concluding that the asset allocation in 2008 was unsuitable for Graham, which, it concluded left “no basis for a finding that Mr. Wells breached a duty he owed Ms. Graham, whether as her investment advisor or, as she submits, as a fiduciary.” James Langton Keywords Lawsuits Universal life policies can’t be used for unlimited deposits, appeal court rules Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC The Supreme Court of British Columbia (SCBC) has ruled that an advisor is not responsible for an investor’s losses that were suffered largely due to the financial crisis, and her rash decision to sell, which crystallized those losses. In Graham v. Wells, the SCBC found that Robert Wells, an advisor with CIBC World Markets Inc., was not responsible for losses former client Cathleen Graham suffered in 2009. Related news Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court sayslast_img read more

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Agriculture Minister Outlines Programme to Contain Pink Mealy Bug

first_imgAgriculture Minister Outlines Programme to Contain Pink Mealy Bug UncategorizedJuly 11, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Roger Clarke, on )(July 10) confirmed the presence of the pink hibiscus mealy bug in the island, and outlined a programme to contain the pest including the importation of the Parasitoid Wasp or Anagyrus Kamali, the natural predator of the bug.He said that one year’s supply of the wasps will be imported, with the first batch expected to be in the island by the end of July and will be released on a monthly basis.Picture showing the Pink Hibiscus Mealy Bug adult females and egg sac with eggs as seen under the compound microscopeMinister Clarke, who was addressing a press conference held at his Hope Gardens offices in Kingston, informed that the “Plant Protection Unit has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) to source the natural enemy for rearing and releasing into the infested areas of Commodore and Manchioneal in Portland.”He said the Ministry has already obtained permits for the importation of the wasps from the USDA/APHIS and a bio control team will be visiting Portland this week to assess the conditions for their release.Additionally, he informed that the Ministry will be setting up facilities for the mass rearing of the natural enemies.The Ministry, he said, has the technical expertise to deal with the pink mealy bug, noting that representatives from the Ministry were involved in regional efforts to control the pest and had developed a containment plan in 1996, while a taskforce has been re-established to monitor the situation.“All technical officers have been trained in mealy bug detection and have also been exposed to the rearing of the parasitoid wasp,” he added.According to the Agriculture Minister, “if the pest is left unchecked, it can become a potential threat to the island’s agricultural sector,” as it is said to affect some 300 varieties of plants and crops including ornamentals, fruits and vegetables and a variety of trees such as the Blue Mahoe, Guango and Teak.In the meantime, Minister Clarke informed that scientists will be conducting further survey of Portland and will also be inspecting nurseries in adjoining parishes on a regular basis, to ascertain if the pest has spread beyond the affected communities.He advised that the movement of plants and planting materials from the affected areas is not recommended at this time and failure to adhere to this recommendation will result in the issuance of a stop order on movement by the Plant Quarantine Division.He pointed out that with the new discovery, phytosanitary measures will be put in place to satisfy the requirements of trading partners under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement.Additionally, it will now be a requirement that all phytosanitary certificates issued by the Plant Quarantine Unit must state that all shipments have been checked and found to be free of the pest, even though shipments may still be subject to inspection by the importing country.Farmers, he said, can assist in the eradication measure by reporting any suspicious finds to the nearest Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office, the Plant Quarantine Division or call the Pink Mealy Bug Hotline which is 1-888-991-5100. Advertisements RelatedAgriculture Minister Outlines Programme to Contain Pink Mealy Bugcenter_img RelatedAgriculture Minister Outlines Programme to Contain Pink Mealy Bug RelatedAgriculture Minister Outlines Programme to Contain Pink Mealy Buglast_img read more

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Island refuges to support Great Barrier Reef

first_imgIsland refuges to support Great Barrier Reef The Hon Sussan Ley MPMinister for the EnvironmentThe Morrison Government is ramping up plans to turn Great Barrier Reef islands into ecological arks that can play a vital role in wildlife sustainability, water quality and marine health.Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley today announced that $5.5 million would be invested in island restoration projects in the Northern Great Barrier Reef.The main focus will be the remote Morris Island off the Lockhart River in Cape York, where the invasive sisal hemp (once kept as a houseplant and for fibres that could be used in ropes, nets and baskets) now covers more than 60 per cent of the island. Funds will also go towards restoring native Pisonia trees on other islands that support important seabird populations.The announcement comes as Minister Ley reviewed the spectacular success of restoration programs on Lady Elliot Island, which have been supported through a $5 million Commonwealth investment via the Reef Trust as part of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s $14 million Reef Islands Initiative.The once heavily degraded ‘guano’ mine site has become an incredible haven for marine life, native plants and animals, and migratory birds, and has seen a 125% increase in turtle nesting habitat at the island’s main beach, the revegetation of eight hectares of island landscape, the planting of 5,000 native coral cay trees plants and grasses, and the removal of hundreds of invasive umbrella trees.“The Reef is a highly inter-connected area, both above and below the water, and the restoration of these islands can have significant flow on benefits throughout the ecosystem, increasing the resilience of the Reef and its marine environment,” Minister Ley said.“There are 1050 islands along the reef ranging from the pristine to former mine sites, disused tourism destinations and those that have been damaged by introduced pest species.“As part of the Reef Islands initiative, Dr Kathy Townsend of Sunshine Coast University is leading new ‘leaf to reef’ research that follows the nutrient trail between islands and its importance to corals and marine life, as well as researching the importance of Lady Elliot’s reefs as a biodiversity ‘ark’ in the region.“Lady Elliot is the first island regeneration project ever attempted at such a scale, it is a tribute to the dedication of people like island custodian Peter Gash who has pioneered much of the work, and an inspiring example of how environments can be restored and how we can interact with them in a sustainable way.“Through our work on Lady Elliot with the Foundation, our Reef Joint Field Management Program with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which is delivering this new investment in Morris Island, we are hoping to restore these environmental havens.”Managing Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Anna Marsden said that the Reef Islands Initiative is just one of our more than 60 Reef-saving projects being delivered right now and has now been extended to the Whitsundays with ongoing support from the Australian Government, Lendlease, the Queensland Government and the Fitzgerald Foundation.“The success of Lady Elliot Island proves that we can restore critical habitats to protect ecosystems and save vulnerable species.” Ms Marsden said.“In the Whitsundays we are working with stakeholders from the local community, Traditional Owners and tourism operators to identify the priority actions and areas for restoration that would ensure this critical habitat is future proofed.” /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:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, commonwealth, environment, Government, Great Barrier Reef, Investment, Lockhart River, Morrison Government, Queensland, Sunshine Coast, sustainability, sustainable, university, water qualitylast_img read more

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U.S. Senate Confirms CU Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman as Associate Director for Science

first_imgCarl Wieman Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologySpaceCampus CommunityNews Headlines Published: Sept. 22, 2010 Distinguished Professor Carl Wieman of the University of Colorado at Boulder has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.The Nobel laureate “is expected to spearhead the administration’s push to improve science education, drawing upon his pioneering work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to strengthen the undergraduate training of science and math teachers” according to the online news site of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Wieman was confirmed on Sept. 16. While serving in Washington, he will be on leave of absence from CU-Boulder and the University of British Columbia.Wieman shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for creating a new form of matter called Bose-Einstein condensate and has been widely recognized since that time for his efforts to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math. He used part of his Nobel Prize award to launch CU’s PhET Interactive Simulations project that provides online, interactive instruction in science and mathematics at phet.colorado.edu.Wieman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow and former chairman of JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.In 2004, Wieman was named Professor of the Year among all doctoral and research universities in the United States by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Among Wieman’s numerous other awards are the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, the King Faisal International Prize for Science, the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science and the Richtmyer Lecture Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers.A link to his appointment in the Congressional Record is available by clicking on “confirmations” at thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/R?r111:FLD001:S57180,S57186. A link to the news release announcing President Obama’s nomination of Wieman is available at www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-32210.last_img read more

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Practicing psychiatry in the COVID-19 era

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Read Article Should we trust telepsychiatry and is this method of delivery even efficacious? Telemedicine has changed practicing SOPs, but how will the doctor-patient be built, especially in initial appointments in a psychiatry practice, without a face to face interaction? Or will the anonymity help due to the stigma of psychiatric conditions? Dr Ranjan Ghosh, psychiatrist, Good Karma shares his experience on World Mental Health Day  As the virus spreads rapidly and tears through our beloved country, the quandary is how do we safely see patients that desperately need it? In the COVID-19 era to limit the spread of the virus we need to be:Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and frequently touched itemsPracticing healthy hand hygieneAsking health, exposure to COVID-19, and travel questions during check-inMinimising physical contactFollowing social distancing guidelinesThe problem is in psychiatry the above necessary measures lead to a worsening of rapport and experience, especially with initial appointments. Not to mention the deadly potential of acquiring the virus during travel and visiting an overcrowded clinic.Prior to the pandemic as I had already started work on my online model, I was a little bit ahead of the pack. I feel almost overjoyed when now the conversation in India is moving more towards space visible by camera, bandwidth strength, and camera quality, which toys/artwork to displayed, sound quality, and various apps and Picture in Picture modes. I wanted to badly change the behaviour but now we see that automatically changed due to the above threat. But should we trust telepsychiatry and is this method of delivery even efficacious?It actually worksTelepsychiatry’s evidence base is substantial, and satisfaction is extremely high among adult patients, psychiatrists and other professionals.The evidence base is formidable for children, adolescents and adults regarding assessment (diagnostic, cognitive, other) and treatment (medication, therapy).Preliminary studies in geriatric patients and across cultures are positive. Indeed, it may facilitate cultural, ethnic and language matching between patients and providers.The experience of other mental health clinicians using telemedicine (i.e., telemental health), is consistent with, and further substantiates the diagnostic, therapeutic and outcome evidence base.The ability to establish a therapeutic rapport with youth and families through telepsychiatry are well establishedExceptions for a few populations in which it may be preferable to in-person care (e.g., autism spectrum, severe anxiety disorders, geriatric patients with physical limitations, those with significant geographical obstacles).Telepsychiatrists adjust clinical care in a few ways to make it as personal as in-person care. If we are to follow the above safety standards than we cannot do the following in house.  These are three points to determine a patient’s mental status:First, they may project a little more in terms of gestures, just as if one is giving a presentation to a large group. Second, it helps to check-in to see how the patient is experiencing it. Third, verbal communication may replace handshakes, handing a tissue box and such. If an examination item is difficult at a distance, another staff or accompanying person can help.The studies of telepsychiatry have shown to have an excellent feasibility rating with some exception for low bandwidth or pixilation. Validity is almost the same with some minor exceptions in monitoring for extrapyramidal side effects and/or tremors. Diagnosis of various psychiatric conditions was shown to be made reliably with inter-rater reliability. Satisfaction along with cost-effectiveness was made to be markedly higher than normal sessions.Telepsychiatry services offer significant financial savings to families and children in the form of direct cost avoidance, and fewer lost work/school hours. The families’ return on the system’s investment benefits both the family and their community.  It drastically decreases the overhead of any practice.Uniqueness of telepsychiatry in IndiaAll the studies you have seen quoted are US based studies. What are some unique challenges and benefits of telepsychiatry here in India?  When I came back to India two years ago I came up with a plan to decrease the suicide rate through the following objectives i) Reduction of stigma through clever branding ii) Awareness/ Prevention talks, programmes and lectures (This includes messages in arts and entertainment) and iii) Accessibility to mental health services.  Even though we have such a crisis when it comes to mental health, there is still a huge stigma associated with it. To reduce the stigma, I called my clinic, not by name but a different entity and decorated it as a peaceful haven.Now you can imagine in telepsychiatry one does not even need to walk into the clinic or dwellings of a neuropsychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor. Now they can avoid stigma and shame by seeking care anywhere anytime. This is a huge factor for someone who faces judgment. Through telepsychiatry we see accessibility increasing exponentially.I would be remiss to only highlight the positives. Besides the above technical glitches, changing the behaviour of going into seeing the mental health professional or physician is still going to require some change.  There are some discrepancies but is said that conservatively around 25 per cent of India’s population have smartphones. The problem is then teaching that population to access services and change the traditional behaviour is going to be difficult.Once they can understand things like when their network is faster and how much money and hassle, they save by not travelling I think we will see a mass exit from traditional clinics. It will be predicated on this pivotal time of conversion when faced with this pandemic. Anyone who needs something with even an average connection can now get help if needed thus reducing the wait time and ensuring that in a crisis that someone is there. I truly do not know what happened to SSR but if he was indeed bipolar and on medication, he would have been able to follow up with a professional rather than abruptly stopping them or googling his illness and then succumbing to it. As when he would have pressed painless ways to suicide, he would have seen the thousands of mental health professionals that were there waiting for his call. The behaviour change is this and this only, understanding that mental health just like SAR-COV2 knows no gender, class, creed, status, religion or age.  Let us change. People are dying. #EnoughIsEnough.References:Hilty DM, Ferrer DC, Parish MB, et al. The Effectiveness of telemental health: A 2013 review. Telemed J E Health 2013;(19):444-454.Shore JH, Mishkind MC, Bernard J, et al. A Lexicon of Assessment and Outcome Measures for Telemental Health. ATA, 2013, at http://www.americantelemed.org/practice/standards/ata-standards-guidelines/a-lexicon-of-assessment-and-outcome-measurements-for-telemental-health#.UwF5Dv0_3-Y. Last accessed: 1 February 2014Nelson EL, Duncan AB, Lillis T. Special considerations for conducting psychotherapy via videoconferencing. In Telemental Health: Clinical, Technical and Administrative Foundations for Evidenced-based Practice. Eds. Myers K, Turvey CL, Elsevier, San Francisco, CA, pp. 295-314, 2013. 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