Trump has named Lt Gen HR McMaster as his new national security adviser after Mike Flynn lasted just three weeks in the job

Tuesday 21 February 2017 8:19 am whatsapp Share whatsapp “It’s a perfectly legitimate decision to use the full impact of an invitation to maximise the diplomatic significance of a state visit at the start of President Trump’s term in office,” he said.Duncan added that neither the timing nor the content of the visit have been planned. Trump has named Lt Gen HR McMaster as his new national security adviser after Mike Flynn lasted just three weeks in the job Trump had interviewed several generals over the weekend to replace Flynn, including retired general Keith Kellogg and former UN ambassador John Bolton.Read more: The Sweden Incident: Twitter reacts to Donald Trump’s confusing commentsMcMaster’s role will involve serving as an independent adviser to the President on issues relating to national security as well as foreign policy. Yesterday, MPs debated Trump’s state visit to the UK, after 1.8m people signed a petition calling for it to be scrapped.Foreign office minister Sir Alan Duncan said the honour was “entirely appropriate”. His appointment comes after retired vice admiral Robert Harward turned down the role and David Petraeus, former general and CIA chief, was removed from the running.Read more: Trump’s state visit “entirely appropriate” says foreign office ministerIt followed a flurry of controversy after Flynn was forced to resign after misleading the White House about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the US.During the announcement at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, McMaster thanked Trump for the appointment and said he looked “forward to joining the national security team and doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people”.McMaster is a widely respected military leader, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked on a government anti-corruption drive. He has also written a book criticising the military’s top brass for failing to sufficiently challenge civilian leaders during the Vietnam War. President Donald Trump has named Lt General HR McMaster as national security adviser, his replacement for Michael Flynn.Trump called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience”. Rebecca Smith read more

Hong Kong revises growth forecasts and unveils $2.4bn spending package

first_imgChinese paramilitary forces have been carrying out exercises on the border with Hong Kong today as the political crisis in the territory roles on.  Hong Kong will release second-quarter data and its latest economic forecasts on 16 August. Share Read more: Hong Kong airport reopens HONG KONG, HONG KONG – JULY 1: Protesters smash glass doors and windows of the Legislative Council Complex on July 1, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-extradition protesters attempts to break into the the city’s legislature and thousands more gathered to march in opposition to the city’s China-backed government on Monday during the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kongs return to Chinese rule. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) “The recent social incidents have hit the retail trade, restaurants and tourism, adding a further blow to an already-weak economy,” said a statement issued by Chan’s agency. Hong Kong revises growth forecasts and unveils $2.4bn spending package as protests and trade war hit economy Read more: Chinese forces exercise on Hong Kong border whatsapp Gross domestic product (GDP) forecasts have been cut from two-three per cent to zero-one per cent. Hong Kong’s government has revealed a ($2.4bn) £2bn spending package after warning of lower economic growth in the wake of unprecedented political protests and a US-China trade war.center_img Financial Secretary Paul Chan unveiled plans to slash taxes and introduce subsidies today in a bid to rejuvenate the local economy after several months of mass social unrest. Parking spaces at the stadium were filled with more than 100 paramilitary vehicles, including troop trucks, buses, jeeps and armoured personnel carriers. News agency Reuters reported that hundreds of members of China’s People’s Armed Police could be seen conducting an exercise at a sports stadium in Shenzhen today. Thursday 15 August 2019 2:17 pm whatsapp Sebastian McCarthy Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeWolf & ShepherdNFL Star Rob Gronkowski Loves These ShoesWolf & ShepherdUndoStuff AnsweredBest Mattress Deals for Seniors 2020Stuff AnsweredUndoBill CruncherArizona Drivers With No DUI’s Getting A Pay Day This Month (Check If You Qualify)Bill CruncherUndoUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarUndoNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarUndoSenior Cars | Search AdsThe Best SUVs for Seniors (The Price Might Surprise You)Senior Cars | Search AdsUndoFinance DailyHomeowners Born Before 1985 Can Get This Huge Benefit in June (But You Must Request It)Finance DailyUndo More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comlast_img read more

Another day, another record – New York Report

first_img Tags: NULL Share Wednesday 3 December 2014 7:41 pm Another day, another record – New York Report by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator whatsapp Express KCS center_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ whatsapp US STOCKS rose on yesterday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 ending at records, as data pointed to improving cond­itions in the American services sector, boosting cyclical stocks.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 33.07 points, or 0.18 per cent, to 17,912.62, the S&P 500 gained 7.78 points, or 0.38 per cent, to 2,074.33 and the Nasdaq Composite added 18.66 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 4,774.47.Cyclical stocks, tied to the pace of economic growth, led on the day, with industrials, materials and energy all up more than one per cent. Telecom, utilities and consumer staples declined; all are viewed as defensive plays.Cimarex Energy was one of the S&P 500’s top gainers, up 5.1 per cent at $108.17. Diamond Offshore rose 3.6 per cent to $31.44.After the bell, Aeropostale shares dropped six per cent to $3 after its third-quarter results. last_img read more

First-time home buyers should get a mortgage rather than rent, says Halifax

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Who is really behind a proposed new definition of pain?

first_imgFirst OpinionWho is really behind a proposed new definition of pain? The chronic-pain quandary: Amid a reckoning over opioids, a doctor crusades for caution in cutting back As a writer, I care as deeply about words. Here’s the old definition of pain that the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) laid out in 1994: An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.advertisement Tags addictionopioidspain Related: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Newsletters Sign up for STAT Health Tech Your weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and life sciences. Related: One thing I notice about the opioid crisis is this: the more talk, the less pain care. Will a new definition help, or will it harm?How did we get here? The IASP always seemed to be a good guy in the conversation about pain relief — by whatever methods it takes. Since 2010, the organization has been associated with what was long considered one of the world’s best pain clinics, at McGill University in Montréal. The clinic’s former director is past president of IASP. He’s written thoughtfully about untreated pain, even mourning Spain’s Philip II, a 16th-century Catholic who died in needless agony from cancer while refusing all help but God’s.Back in 2010, IASP issued its “Declaration of Montréal,” after the city in which it was crafted during the group’s 13th world congress. It’s strong stuff. “Recognizing,” it says, “the intrinsic dignity of all persons and that withholding of pain treatment is profoundly wrong, leading to unnecessary suffering which is harmful; we declare that the following human rights must be recognized throughout the world:The right of all people to have access to pain management without discriminationThe right of people in pain to acknowledgment of their pain and to be informed about how it can be assessed and managedThe right of all people with pain to have access to appropriate assessment and treatment of the pain by adequately trained health care professionals.”Who could argue with that?Almost everyone, it turns out: governments, prescribers, insurers, news media, the public. It’s wonderful that professionals who really know pain once declared these rights for people like me — for all of us, actually, since at some point we’ll all have pain. But who’s listening now? The deprescribing whirlwind has battered many like me beyond repair. However carefully chosen the words of the declaration, they’re not binding in the least. As someone who lives with a lot of pain, I care deeply about pain treatment. In the last two years, I’ve lost care twice, without warning, because of the thoughtless, often self-interested policy that’s fueling the fad to get everyone off pills. My longtime primary care doctor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, threatened by her regulator, suddenly stopped prescribing opioids. Next, the Nova Scotia Health Authority abruptly closed my pain specialist’s practice. Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain Dawn Rae Downtoncenter_img Opioid pills have become demonized, even for people who have been using them successfully for years to treat chronic pain. Adobe [email protected] It ain’t broke. Why fix it?Here’s the proposed new definition: An aversive sensory and emotional experience typically caused by, or resembling that caused by, actual or potential tissue injury.Look what the cat dragged in. Something only resembling damage might cause pain. Despite disclaimers in the notes attached to the new definition, here’s the slippery slope: Pain might result from a verifiable injury, or it might not. It might be an illusion, an inconvenient mental trick. If it’s all in your head, pain obviously won’t need a Percocet.And there’s more — or in this case, less. Treatment, which was declared a must in the notes accompanying the old definition, goes unmentioned in the notes accompanying the new one.The IASP is accepting comments on the new definition until midnight on Sept. 11. A new definition of pain is out for comment from the International Association for the Study of Pain, an influential global alliance of researchers.When I heard about it, my hair stood on end. Some people think a new definition could lead to new therapies. But as a 23-year veteran of serious pain from a progressive disorder, I dread losing the old therapy: opioids.Prescription opioids have lost favor since the national opioid crisis, when a growing number of people fell victim to an increasingly unrelated supply of these drugs. Prescribed drugs, illicit drugs — the distinction between the two, and their respective contributions to overdoses, hasn’t been widely grasped. And so there’s much ado about opioid replacements such as ineffective drugs, “mindfulness,” chiropractic, cognitive behavior therapy, “coping and acceptance,” acupuncture, virtual reality, and more. The problem is that none of these has been proven or even properly tested. New drugs likely to work on severe pain aren’t anywhere near the pipeline. And most of us already know what we’d pick for a broken bone or a kidney stone.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: What, exactly, is pain? It’s not something I need spelled out. But as the IASP rejiggered its answer to that question, did these colleagues weigh in? Another PROP director, Dr. Mark Sullivan, sits on the definition task force, where opinion lists the ship by favoring “nonnarcotic methods” and “risk containment for opioid misuse, abuse and addiction associated with medical prescribing.”The IASP and its task force comprise many points of view. But even if the rewrite were less trendy, I’d question the need for it.In our new no-opioids culture, pronouncements like the IASP’s lead to more resources going to “innovations” and “emerging research” that disparage and displace proven therapies, leaving nothing for people living with pain.What matters is what’s done, not what’s said. George Orwell wasn’t the first to observe that what’s said can be designed to obscure what’s done. Funding attaches to words. Will more parsing mean more mindfulness and acupuncture for victims of head-on car crashes? And more advantage for opioid detractors, whose opinions spell opportunity in the form of research grants, publishing records, jobs, media prominence, speaking engagements, paid testimony and other consulting for law firms, as well as promoting alternative analgesics and addiction drugs for pharmaceutical companies?Let’s look at who is behind new declarations and definitions, and who isn’t — understanding the players helps us understand the argument. Let’s watch the data, not the news, and check facts and sources. The IASP’s rewrite is on the way to kicking medical opioids to the curb. Maybe we will do that someday, and maybe that will be fine.But until then, I’ll stick with opioids … if I can.Dawn Rae Downton writes on health policy from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Yoram Shir, the current director of the McGill clinic, has said that pain patients on opioids “hate” the drugs. Prescription pills feed overdoses. Doctors should be dissuaded from prescribing them and patients from taking them.IASP has changed, too, and some of the changes unnerve me. For instance, Christine Chambers, a psychologist, is championing a new IASP initiative called the North American Pain School. Health Canada ponied up $1.6 million for her work to “bridge the gap between current treatments and evidence-based solutions.” At the annual conference of Canada’s pain specialists last year, Chambers brought in her colleague Dr. Jane Ballantyne, the enduring president of the opioid-averse lobbying group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, as the conference keynote speaker — and then declined to comment to the media on her choice.PROP’s executive director, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, has called medical opioids “heroin pills.” Ballantyne famously recommends “coping and acceptance” over drugs for intractable pain, and has been a paid consultant to states suing drug manufacturers, whom they blame for overdoses.Ballantyne also helped craft IASP’s 2018 Position Statement on Opioids. It advises caution “when prescribing opioids for chronic pain, focusing instead on strategies that integrate behavioral and physical treatments,” because, we’re told, opioids are good only for acute pain, cancer pain, and end-of-life care. When used “indiscriminately” (meaning for chronic pain, according to the statement), we’re also told that the use of opioids has led to “high rates of prescription opioid abuse, unacceptable death rates, and enormous societal burdens.”Recent research, and much of IASP’s own work, says otherwise. Take, for example, the largest study to date, of 2.2 million North Carolinians, which pegs the risk of dying due to medical use of opioids at just 0.022%. About the Author Reprints Trending Now: By Dawn Rae Downton Sept. 5, 2019 Reprintslast_img read more

ELECTED: Catherine Fitzgerald has been re-elected in the Portlaoise area

first_img Facebook ELECTED: Catherine Fitzgerald has been re-elected in the Portlaoise area Twitter Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGS2019 Local ElectionsCatherine Fitzgerald Brought to you in association with People First Credit UnionCatherine Fitzgerald has been re-elected to the Portlaoise Municipal District following the 9th count and the distribution of her running mate Pauline Madigan’s 366 votes.First elected in 1999, Fitzgerald increased her vote by 259 first preferences on this occasion – but she will remain as Fianna Fail’s only councillor in Portlaoise following the party’s failure to win back the seat previously held by the late Jerry Lodge.She was eventually elected with 1288 votes.Famously endured a marathon recount in 2009 when she battled it out with Fine Gael’s Paddy Buggy for the last seat in Portlaoise – with the count finally concluding six days after voting had taken place.Catherine Fitzgerald’s votes on this occasion is her highest ever in terms of votes and percentage and sees her elected to take the fourth seat in the area.Catherine Fitzgerald’s votes through the years2019 – 1,080 (10.56%)2014 – 821 (7.91%)2009 – 571 (6.85%)2004 – 555 (7.86%)1999 – 520 (9.35%)Fitzgerald was initially chosen to run in the 2016 General Election alongside Sean Fleming but she later opted out of that race.Her husband Seamus was an ever-present throughout the tallies and the count and was joined for the celebrations by her sons Tommy and Barry, daughter Eimear, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, seven grandchildren.SEE ALSO – ELECTED: Fourth election in a row that Willie Aird tops the poll and John Joe Fennelly gets in on first count By Siun Lennon – 27th May 2019 GAA WhatsApp GAA WhatsApp Previous articleKelly reflects on massive success as he’s returned with huge vote in Borris-MountmellickNext articleFull recount underway in Borris-Mountmellick area Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter GAA Pinterest Home Politics Local Elections ELECTED: Catherine Fitzgerald has been re-elected in the Portlaoise area PoliticsLocal ElectionsNews Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

S&P Indices, TMX launch two new versions of benchmark index

Bringing ethnic diversity to indexing The S&P/TSX Composite High Beta Index will measure the performance of the 50 constituents of the S&P/TSX Composite that are the most sensitive to changes in market returns. It is designed to serve as a benchmark for investors with a bullish strategic or tactical view of the Canadian stock market. Constituents are weighted in proportion to their market sensitivity, or beta, with the highest beta stocks receiving the highest weights. Both new indices have been licensed by S&P Indices to PowerShares Canada to serve as the basis for potential PowerShares ETFs listed on Toronto Stock Exchange. New indexes align with Paris Agreement targets Share this article and your comments with peers on social media HSBC debuts stock-picking AI index S&P Indices and TMX Group Inc. said Wednesday that they are launching two new indices designed to provide market participants with measuring tools for specific stock characteristics within the S&P/TSX Composite, the principal benchmark for Canadian equity markets. The S&P/TSX Composite Low Volatility Index measures the performance of the 50 least volatile stocks in the S&P/TSX Composite. The index is designed to serve as a benchmark for low volatility strategies in the Canadian stock market. Constituents are weighted relative to the inverse of their corresponding volatility, or standard deviation, with the least volatile stocks receiving the highest weights. IE Staff Keywords IndexesCompanies S&P Indices, TMX Group Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news read more

Manulife launches company-wide rebrand

first_img Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp. is rebranding its global retail, retirement, and institutional wealth and asset management businesses under the global banner of Manulife Investment Management, the company announced Tuesday.“Manulife Investment Management brings the absolute best of Manulife and John Hancock’s wealth- and asset-management offerings to our customers through a strong, unified, structure and global brand,” said Paul Lorentz, president and CEO of global wealth and asset management with Manulife, in a press release announcing the news. GWL reports ‘solid’ Q1 earnings Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rudy Mezzetta There’s $149 million in B.C.’s lost and found Manulife’s rebranding of more than 30 brands globally under one banner is part of a larger transformation the insurance giant is undertaking to become a more digitally focused, customer-oriented global company, Manulife stated in a press release: “This unified presence will provide customers and intermediaries with a more consistent, seamless entry into its various investment-management businesses.”The retail business will use the Manulife Investment Management brand globally, except in the U.S., where the company will operate under the John Hancock Investment Management brand. The new branding replaces Manulife Investments in Canada, Manulife Asset Management in Asia and Europe, and John Hancock Investments in the U.S.The retirement business, as part of Manulife Investment Management, will use the Manulife brand globally, except in the U.S., which will use the John Hancock name.In its institutional business, the company will replace global legacy brands — including Manulife Asset Management and John Hancock Asset Management — with Manulife Investment Management.Finally, the firm’s private markets businesses will be renamed Manulife Investment Management, with the exception of Hancock Natural Resource Group, which will retain its name but will become more closely affiliated with the Manulife Investment Management brand.Manulife also says it is launching a new website today,, as part of its marketing of the unified branding.The Manulife Investment Management brand will allow the insurer to leverage the strength and scale of its global wealth- and asset-management business, and to “organically grow assets through an amplification and awareness of the size and offerings of the firm,” the company said in its press release.The renaming of the wealth- and asset-management business follows up on a major corporate rebranding of the firm as a whole, announced last November, which included a new Manulife logo. The updated branding gives the firm “a clear, modern and uncluttered look, symbolizing our commitment to simplifying the complex for our customers,” said Roy Gori, president and CEO of Manulife, at the company’s annual general meeting held last week in Toronto.Oakville, Ont.-based Manulife Securities, the firm’s IIROC and MFDA distribution arm, falls under the new Manulife Investment Management global brand, and would retain its name and branding.Manulife will develop new brand guidelines for advisors and intermediaries, as applicable, wrote Giovana Chichito, a Manulife spokeswoman, in an email to Investment Executive.“Our brands — including how we speak about our business, offerings and services — will showcase the depth and breadth of our global scale and capabilities and our local expertise,” Chichito said. “Ultimately, better highlighting how our offerings are connected makes it easier for customers and intermediaries to understand how we can help them.”Manulife Investment Management had $837 billion in assets under management and administration as of March 31. Keywords Branding,  InsuranceCompanies Manulife Securities, Manulife Financial Corp. Branding concept with notebook, everydayplus/123RF Related newslast_img read more

Canadian business needs Brexit certainty but Johnson plan only a start: observers

first_imgBrexit David PaddonCanadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media But observers say even a Johnson success would only provide a starting point for further rounds of difficult negotiations between London and Brussels and eventually between Canada and the United Kingdom.Fasken partner Clifford Sosnow says the primary benefit of Johnson’s plan is that it would provide for 14 months to 36 months of negotiations on a new trade deal for two of Canada’s biggest export and investment markets.“The major concern for everybody is the instability and the instability from not knowing what the business relationship will be, what the investment relationship will be,” says Sosnow, who provides strategic advice about international trade and investments at one of Canada’s largest business law firms.He adds that open talks between the United Kingdom and Canada would be allowed only after the U.K. leaves the European Union on Oct. 31, if Johnson’s schedule is passed by the British House of Commons.The United Kingdom by itself, represents one of Canada’s top five destinations for investments and top 10 markets for goods and services.It has also been a gateway for Canadian companies that do business in the European Union, which is Canada’s second- or third-biggest trading partner after the United States and China, depending on the measure.About 40% of Canadian trade in merchandise with the EU goes through United Kingdom, says Achim Hurrelmann, a political scientist and co-director of Carleton University’s Centre for European Studies in Ottawa.Without a good free-trade deal between Brussels and London, companies may reconsider “whether they want to stay in the United Kingdom or . . . go to Dublin [Ireland], or to France or to Germany or the Netherlands.”“To some extent, that has already happened but my impression is that most companies have been staying put and observing and waiting [to see] what is happening,” Hurrelmann says.He says that Johnson’s proposed deal would provide more time to sort out the U.K.’s trade relationship with the EU but also with Canada.“Canada wants to have a trade deal with the U.K. and the U.K. wants to have one with Canada as well,” Hurrelmann says.“But the question, of course, is will we have time to actually work that out properly or will that have to be very rushed after a no-deal Brexit.”Mark Camilleri, a Brussels-based Canadian at the Canada EU Trade and Investment Association, says he thinks it’s fair to say “that having any deal is better than having no deal” if only to reduce uncertainty.He says that having no U.K.-EU. deal “it would potentially be very destabilizing for businesses, including Canadian businesses that are not just based in the U.K. but also based in the EU that are trading to the U.K.”But Camilleri noted the British Parliament has rejected Theresa May’s proposals on three occasions so “one has to hold one’s breath as to whether or not [Johnson’s deal] will get through.“ Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Bank of England keeps key interest rate on hold at 0.75% HSBC reported to plan 10,000 job cuts globally Related news Experts warn that a post-Brexit United Kingdom will present Canadian business with tremendous uncertainty about billions of dollars worth of trade and investments, no matter how the British Parliament votes on Saturday.The outcome of the unusual weekend vote in London is itself far from predictable, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggles to get support for a controversial agreement that he reached Thursday with the European Union. Keywords Brexit Johnson presses EU to give way amid no-deal Brexit warningslast_img read more

UK Government delivers more than one million devices to disadvantaged pupils

first_imgUK Government delivers more than one million devices to disadvantaged pupils More than one million laptops and tablets have now been delivered to the most disadvantaged children across the country, as part of a £400 million government investment that will support schools and young people for years to come.Official statistics published today show the government has delivered 1,055,745 laptops and tablets to the children who need them most to help make sure their education can continue during the pandemic.Thousands of families have also received additional data from mobile operators, following the Department’s work to help children without internet access get online. This has supported access to educational resources to help children while most are being educated from home.The news comes after the Department for Education last month announced a further 300,000 laptops and tablets to help even more disadvantaged children and young people learn at home. Schools are now receiving these top-ups to their original device deliveries – with those schools with the highest proportion of disadvantaged pupils being prioritised to receive devices first.Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:I know what a challenging period this has been for pupils, teachers and parents – but it has been nothing short of inspiring to see schools and staff going above and beyond, as they always have done, to give our pupils the very best education possible.Online access has been an important part of this work and will continue to be as we help young people catch-up after the disruption caused by the pandemic, which is why the delivery of these one million laptops is so vital. They represent one million children who will not let their education be overcome by this virus.I want parents to know that we’ll continue to do everything we can to protect our children’s education at this unprecedented time and ensure they have the tools they need to get on with and make the most of their lives.Work to deliver remote learning will lay the foundations for a long-term strategy to take advantage of the opportunities technology presents. The substantial number of devices provided, along with other initiatives such as the EdTech Demonstrator Programme, mean children will be able to access support for years to come.The 1.3 million devices the government is providing sits alongside a package of extensive support for the most disadvantaged children. This includes partnering with the UK’s leading mobile network operators to provide free data to disadvantaged families, alongside a further £300 million being invested in tutoring programmes building on the existing £1bn Covid Catch Up Fund.In addition, the Oak National Academy has been ‘zero rated’ by eleven major telecoms providers, including Vodafone, O2, Three, and BT. This means no data charges will apply if lessons from the country’s online classroom are accessed through a mobile phone from participating providers.The news comes as the government continues to support the most disadvantaged, including those on Free School Meals. Every child eligible for free school meals will be supported while they are learning remotely during the school term, and with the support of the government’s £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme, every council in England will be keeping vulnerable children warm and well-fed during the February half term.Julian David, Chief Executive Officer of techUK, said:Securing 1.3 million devices for disadvantaged children and young people in these challenging times, and delivering over one million, is a testament to how the UK tech industry and government have pulled together to support families that need help the most.The devices programme is a great example of industry and government collaboration, which will help children’s futures for generations to come. I’m keen to deepen this collaboration and see it go even further, and the tech industry stands ready and eager to provide further support for this critical mission.Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of School Trusts, said:The milestone of 1 million laptops is really important. Teachers and leaders have worked extraordinarily hard to provide pupils with high quality remote education during the lockdown. Schools are doing their utmost to support these pupils, including through the teacher-led Oak National Academy. We support the Government’s ambition to make sure all pupils can access high quality teaching, at home and in school, and will work closely with Government to continue to improve access and connectivity.In addition, the Department has also made £4.84 million available for Oak National Academy to provide video lessons in a broad range of subjects for Reception up to Year 11. This will all help to make sure there is as little impact as possible on children’s education while they are learning from home.The Prime Minister has confirmed that the current attendance restrictions in schools and colleges will remain in place until 8 March at the earliest.Children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people will still be able to attend schools and colleges, including special schools and alternative provision. Early years settings also remain open. /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). 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