School board recognizes retiring Juneau educators

first_imgJuneau | Juneau SchoolsSchool board recognizes retiring Juneau educatorsMay 10, 2017 by Quinton Chandler, KTOO Share:The Juneau School Board took a moment on Tuesday night to honor teachers and staff members who are retiring and moving on to new endeavors.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The board called each retiree to the front of the Thunder Mountain High School library to get a pat on the back, or a tight hug, a lifetime pass to all future Juneau School District events and a cutting board made by Thunder Mountain High School students.Lori Hoover, principal of Auke Bay Elementary School is recognized by the Juneau School Board in the Thunder Mountain High School library on Tuesday. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Lori Hoover, the outgoing principal of Auke Bay Elementary School, says she is finishing a 33-year run with the district.“Well it’s kind of … you know it’s bittersweet. I enjoy going to work every day,” Hoover said. “I enjoy the kids. But sometimes it’s just the right time to look for new adventures and see what else is around the corner and let new people come in and lead the way.”Hoover also was recognized at the board meeting for being awarded the title: 2017 Champion of the Arts by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium. She says she doesn’t have any big plans for retirement yet.“I’m just going to wait and see what happens and enjoy every day,” she said.Like Hoover, Annie Janes, an English teacher with Thunder Mountain, doesn’t have any solid plans.“We’re 14 days away from summer. I’m going to rest first. That’s the first thing teachers do,” Janes said.After that, she says she’ll do anything she wants.Valorie Ringle won’t be able to relax quite as soon.“I’m teaching summer school so I don’t start resting until August,” Ringle said. Annie Janes is an English teacher for Thunder Mountain High School. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO) Ringle is also an English teacher. She will be leaving Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School. She and Janes have a little advice for future teachers.Janes says they need to know one thing more than anything else.“To go into this business, you better make sure you really enjoy being with kids. That’s the first thing. Really take a look at that I think,” Janes said.Ringle added, “you have to not just really care about kids. You have to be willing to put aside your own experience and get in the trenches with where they are. I’m older now and I didn’t experience half the things these kids … the kids that I teach have experienced.”Ringle says when teachers can’t recognize those differences anymore, value them and learn from them, they should probably stop teaching.Janes, Ringle and Hoover all say they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and they still plan to contribute to education — just in new ways.Share this story:center_img Valorie Ringle is an English teacher at Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)last_img read more

Frieze Is Crawling with Art-Loving Celebs

first_imgWaris Ahluwalia at Frieze L.A.Photo: Billy Farrell Jeremy Scott, Usher at Frieze L.A.Photo: Jojo Korsh RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About the Return of Frieze Los AngelesStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSArtFrieze Art FairRed CarpetPrevious article‘I’d Made the Decision I Was Going to Try Heroin’: Dan Peres Delves Into the Dirty Details of His AddictionNext articleDaily Brief: Cody Bellinger Isn’t Letting ‘Signgate’ Drop Just YetBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR‘We Knew Nobody Would Expect This’: An L.A. Gallery Expands to the Desert‘I’ve Got Nothing More to Hide’: Polly Borland Puts Her Nude Selfies on DisplayHow Two of L.A.’s Beloved Indie Arts Spaces Are Surviving the Pandemic Marina Abramović, Klaus Biesenbach at Frieze L.A.Photo: Owen Kolansinski Amy Poehler at Frieze L.A.Photo: Billy Farrell ArtCelebrityFrieze Is Crawling with Art-Loving CelebsTake a peek at a few of the famous faces spotted checking out the fairBy Brittany Martin – February 14, 20202535ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItAs city-spanning art fair Frieze kicked off this week, art-loving celebrities turned out to stroll the Paramount lot where galleries have set up and stop in at various launch events and off-site celebrations. Take a peek at some of the stars who rolled through L.A.’s biggest annual art party.While a few VIPs may have already toured the fair, the festival remains open to the public through this weekend at the Paramount Studios lot. Check out our guides to everything you need to know about attending Frieze. Galleries from around the world have trucked out some of their most exciting works so you can browse them all in one place, and the displays are accompanied by a program of talks and live events you’ll want to take in.Frieze Celebrities 20201 of 13 Chloe Grace Moretz at Frieze L.A.Photo: Jojo Korsh Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez at Frieze L.A.Photo: Billy Farrell Thelma Golden, David Adjaye at Frieze L.A.Photo: Billy Farrellcenter_img Billy Zane at Frieze L.A.Photo: Owen Kolansinski Travis Scott at Frieze L.A.Photo: Owen Kolansinski Maria Sharapova at Frieze L.A. Mike Ovitz, Tamara Mellon at Frieze L.A.Photo: Billy Farrell Rashida Jones at Frieze L.A.Photo: Jojo Korsh Michèle Lamy at Frieze L.A.Photo: Owen Kolansinskilast_img read more

Massachusetts senator faults FDA for not consulting with outside experts on opioid approvals

first_img “[The] FDA needs outside expert advice on all opioid approval decisions,” Markey wrote. “Whether an opioid is abuse deterrent or not hasn’t prevented tens of thousands of people who have had their wisdom teeth removed or experienced lower back pain from getting addicted to these painkillers.”advertisement Tags FDAopioidspolicyRobert Califf Related: Third, and the point that Markey focused on in his letter, the opioid action plan that the agency released earlier this month in response to the addiction crisis still allows some abuse-deterrent opioids to be approved without an advisory committee being consulted. FDA to overhaul opioid policies. Will it ease concerns over Califf? A reality check on Obama’s billion-dollar opioid addiction plan PoliticsMassachusetts senator faults FDA for not consulting with outside experts on opioid approvals Markey and other lawmakers, including Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have used Califf’s nomination to urge changes at the FDA that would address the opioid crisis, which is killing nearly 30,000 Americans a year.The report underlines problems with the FDA’s approval process, said Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House, which runs dozens of addiction centers in the United States.Kolodny emphasized that the abuse-deterrent drugs the FDA is approving can still be abused. Abuse-deterrent drugs are usually intended to only stop the pill from being crushed or injected, Kolodny said. Many people end up addicted to opioids by simply swallowing the pills.“I have had very serious concerns about the FDA’s opioid decision-making for a long time,” he said. “I’m actually pleased that [Markey is] taking a stand on this.”The agency has recently endured significant controversy for not consulting with advisory committees. The approval of Oxycontin for children saw backlash, including from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. An advisory committee was not consulted on the approval, and those critical of the decision, including Kolodny, said they didn’t believe a committee would have favored it.The episode was one of those highlighted by Markey’s report, which charged that the FDA “ignored its own guidance calling for an advisory committee when a question of ‘pediatric dosing’ is involved.” Senators Joe Manchin, Patty Murray, Chuck Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen, and Ed Markey, from left, attend a press conference at the US Capitol on Feb. 11, 2016. The senators are calling on Senate Republicans to support the passage of emergency funding to tackle the prescription opioid and heroin crisis. Olivier Douliery/Getty Images An FDA spokesperson declined to comment. However, when the FDA released its opioid action plan earlier this month, Califf was asked by reporters about one of the big issues that Markey raised — that the plan would still allow some opioids to be approved without consulting an advisory committee.“We want to shift the market to abuse deterrence because much of the harm being done, as you know, is to people for whom the drugs are not prescribed who are attracted because of the absence of abuse deterrence,” Califf said. “There are requirements that you have to meet to be designated as abuse deterrent, so it’s really a matter of where we’d like it to go. We want to prevent diversion as much as we possibly can and we think this is the most effective way to do it.”Some suggested that the focus on advisory committees is misplaced. David Gortler, who was a senior medical analyst at the FDA from 2007 to 2012 and is now a drug safety expert with, said the committees don’t always attract the best experts because of their conflict-of-interest rules. The FDA also tends to disregard their input, he said.“To me, it’s just a horrible waste of time,” he said, noting that presenting in front of the committees was part of his job while at the agency. “The FDA doesn’t respect them. The public doesn’t respect them. It’s a boondoggle.”On the FDA’s track record of not always consulting the committees that Markey criticized, Gortler said: “There really aren’t black-and-white, hard-and-fast rules about what drugs should go in front of an advisory committee.”Kolodny dismissed those concerns. The FDA has three criteria for convening an advisory panel: if there is significant public interest, if approval is potentially controversial, and if the FDA would make a better decision if it consulted with experts. Opioid approvals meet all three, he said.“FDA doesn’t have addiction expertise. They should be consulting experts on these decisions,” Kolodny said. “The FDA has good criteria for when to convene advisory committee meetings. They should be following those criteria. If they follow those criteria, decisions involving opioids would have advisory committees.” Related: WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is failing to properly consult with its advisory committees to vet the approval of certain opioid drugs, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey alleges in a new report and letter obtained by STAT.Markey, in a Feb. 19 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said that until the FDA changed its procedures, he would continue to oppose the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, President Obama’s choice to be the agency’s next commissioner. The first Senate floor vote, a procedural vote, on Califf’s nomination will be held Monday evening.The report produced by Markey’s office laid out three problems from his point of view: First was that so-called “abuse-deterrent” opioids can still be abused. Second, since 2010, the FDA has not always consulted advisory committees when approving abuse-deterrent opioids.advertisement By Dylan Scott Feb. 19, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

Misophonia: When a crunch, chew, or a sniffle triggers hot rage

first_img Related: These triggers are often chewing and eating sounds, sometimes barely audible. Some people report visual triggers such as fidgeting or foot-bobbing, or even olfactory or tactile triggers. Joyce Cohen It started when he was a boy: Jeffrey Scott Gould found himself tensing inexplicably when a classmate sniffled.Later, when his cousin wore flip-flops at the pool, he found her footfalls unbearable. As a teenager, he begged his stepmother not to put carrots in the salad; his heart raced when his grandfather chomped.Gould assumed that his testy reaction to such benign noises was nothing more than a personality quirk. Then a friend saw a news report about a neurological disorder called misophonia and told him: “There’s a name for what you have.”advertisement Related: When even soft noises feel like a knife to the eardrums Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Though some people with misophonia say they learn to cope, many report their triggers multiply over time and their reactions intensify.That prospect terrifies Kathy Lundy, who lives near Raleigh, N.C. At first she thought it was a phase when her preteen son was bothered by chewing sounds. The internet told her otherwise. “Once we saw the words ‘No cure,’ our entire world changed,” she said. “Nothing I read gives me any hope.”Filmmaker Gould compares the condition to an autoimmune disease when the body turns on itself. “My heart starts racing and I have a sudden feeling of anger with a side of disgust,” he said. “It’s like an adrenaline burst. It’s a physiological change in my body I cannot control. You never get used to it.”Gould, who’s from New Jersey, raised almost $34,000 on the crowdfunding site IndieGogo to fund his documentary. Making the film was distressing, in part, because as he traveled the country to interview patients with misophonia, he spent six months listening to people cry. “Sniffling was my first and worst trigger,” he said.When he got home and reviewed his footage, he edited out hundreds of sniffles. Eros Dervishi for STAT Leave this field empty if you’re human: ‘I am not a nutcase’Michael Mannino’s misophonia was so bad, it forced him to move.His neighborhood in Miami featured so many triggering noises that he’d have to rush to his car “and “bang the seat and the steering wheel” to try to relieve the anguish, he said. “There were times it got so bad I would break down crying.”Even the sound of his wife brushing her teeth can trigger such a rage in Mannino, a doctoral student in neuroscience, that he feels like driving his fist through the wall, he said. In their new condominium, his bathroom is far away from hers.When he learned what misophonia was, Mannino said he felt deeply relieved: “I am not a nutcase. There is something legitimately wrong with me.”But what, exactly?Science has no answers.One of the few studies on misophonia, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in 2013, confirmed a physiological “skin conductance response” — sweaty palms — when people with the disorder were exposed to triggers. Some researchers suggest there is enhanced connectivity between certain regions of the brain in people with misophonia. But no one knows for sure.So people with the disorder are left to experiment with often contradictory treatments and management strategies: antidepressants, supplements, neurofeedback, avoidance, exposure, earplugs, white noise, soundproofing. @joycecohen center_img Experts debate: Do we need tougher regulation of dietary supplements? Gould was reduced to tears. He realized, at last, that he was not weird, not crazy, and not alone. Now, he’s aiming to get the message out to the world with a documentary, “Quiet Please…,” which shows just how excruciating and lonely it can be to live with the condition. The film premieres Saturday in New York City.Misophonia, sometimes called selective sound sensitivity syndrome or 4S, is a baffling and bizarre disorder. Patients feel an instantaneous, overwhelming, and uncontrollable rage — often accompanied by physiological responses such as sweaty palms or a racing heart — to certain sounds.advertisement By Joyce Cohen June 17, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy HealthMisophonia: When a crunch, chew, or a sniffle triggers hot rage Like other rare disorders, misophonia came to light with the help of social media, as patients who spent decades in isolation were at last able to find one another online. The largest of several Facebook support groups has more than 10,000 members.Much about misophonia is still unknown: It’s not even clear just how rare it is. The disorder appears stubbornly resistant to treatment.When the first articles about misophonia began appearing several years ago, doubters heaped scorn on the very idea of a disorder that makes the sound of chewing unbearable. But for people with the condition, seeing it acknowledged in the mainstream press was a relief.Last year, Dr. Barron Lerner wrote about his misophonia in the New York Times. He was stunned when his story logged more than 1,100 comments and hundreds of emails. His professional credentials, as an internist and professor at New York University Langone School of Medicine, validated the disorder for many readers.Lerner says he has a relatively mild case of misophonia, but it still wreaks some havoc in his life. He struggles with discomfort on public transportation “where people don’t blow their nose and are sniffing their mucus back into their nostrils and snorting,” he said.“I still sometimes carry Kleenex with me when I go on planes, and politely say, ‘Do you mind blowing your nose?’” he said. “That is rarely appreciated.”He knows others have it far worse. “I wish someone with a severe form of this disease had written this article,” one reader commented. “When someone opens a bag of chips in my office, I want to cry.” Tags hearingneurologylast_img read more

Cholera death toll in Yemen rises to 1,500

first_img Associated Press Privacy Policy People are treated for suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa. Hani Mohammed/AP Leave this field empty if you’re human: SANAA, Yemen — The World Health Organization says a rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed 1,500 lives since April and is suspected of sickening 246,000 people.The WHO’s representative in Yemen, Dr. Nevio Zagaria, told reporters in Sanaa on Saturday that the number of suspected cases in the country’s second outbreak of cholera in six months has multiplied tenfold in the last two months.Two weeks ago, the WHO put the death toll at 1,300 and the number of those sickened at 200,000. The organization said that a quarter of those killed by the disease in the war-torn country are children.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. By Associated Press July 2, 2017 Reprintscenter_img A two-year Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels has damaged infrastructure and caused medicine shortages in the Arab world’s poorest country.— Ahmed Al-Hajadvertisement HealthCholera death toll in Yemen rises to 1,500 About the Author Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Tags infectious diseaselast_img read more

‘The most peaceful sleep’: Cancer is nudging me to picture dying in a new way

first_img As the fentanyl and midazolam began flowing into my vein, the last memory I had is feeling totally at peace. It was the most content I can ever recall feeling. I am thankful to have never struggled with addiction, but that moment gave me a better understanding of why people seek such a feeling no matter the cost.advertisement Christopher Furlong/Getty Images By Adam Philip Stern May 8, 2019 Reprints First Opinion‘The most peaceful sleep’: Cancer is nudging me to picture dying in a new way “It was the most peaceful sleep.” That’s how my paternal grandmother referred to the time she was technically dead for several minutes before doctors shocked her back to life. She lived another decade after that, but never once to my knowledge expressed a fear of dying.As I trained to become a physician-scientist with a focus on neuropsychiatric disorders, I often thought of my grandmother’s description of temporary death. I learned that there were credible physiologic explanations for her to have experienced death as an immensely restful sleep.It’s an idea that resonates even more strongly with me since I was diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer. I fervently hope my superstar medical team will help me outrun this disease for many years to come, but I must also face the possibility that I could die young. That initially frightened me in the expected ways. What does it feel like to die? What if I experience a bad death with tubes going into or coming out of every orifice, or my ribs being cracked as doctors try to restart my heart?advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Palliative care and hospice are stigmatized in our society because they are so closely associated with death, a topic that tends to make people uncomfortable. My attitude toward them has shifted dramatically since my diagnosis. With their focus entirely on providing comfort and maximizing quality of life — even in death — I think they play a most important role and intend to do everything in my power to engage in that process when I need it.My maternal grandfather died two years ago at the age of 93, just before I learned I had cancer. He used to tell me he “wasn’t afraid of death, just all the things that [he] would miss.”I think of him whenever something happens to me that would have sparked joy in him, and wish he was still alive. I’m not sure I believed him when he told me he wasn’t afraid of dying, but I do now. What frightens me today has little to do with my death and much more to do with the moments I’ll miss afterwards: anniversaries with my wife, birthdays and graduations with my son, watching my parents age and my brother and other loved ones continue to blossom in their lives.I can’t say if this perspective will change again. I imagine it will. Death as an abstract concept is probably a lot less terrifying than staring it in the face. But I’ll remember what my grandparents said and try to move forward with the same kind of contented pragmatism they shared with me. In the interim, devoted oncology researchers, my particularly skilled doctors, and I are doing our absolute best to keep these musings firmly in the academic realm.Adam Philip Stern, M.D., is the director of psychiatric applications at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Privacy Policy At life’s end, an unconventional therapy puts a woman at ease What has stuck with me since that procedure is the sense that leaving the world does not have to be gruesome, and might even be the best feeling ever, just like my grandmother described it.There are, of course, physiologic explanations for why peace may accompany dying.As the brain begins to adapt to oxygen deprivation, its noncritical regions begin to shut down, turning off for individuals who are actively dying the burdens of complex neurologic tasks like risk aversion, problem solving, and anticipatory worry that weigh on us during our waking lives. While these brain activities keep us alert and feeling attached to our bodies, tamping them down may account for the feeling of lightness, even floating above the body, which many near-death survivors describe.The classic “death rattle” heard when the body can no longer clear fluids from the airway, often seen as a gruesome sign, is likely a signal of a transition to such a relaxed, unfettered state that the brain is no longer burdened with that task.The emotional centers within the brain, however, are so deeply engrained in our functioning as humans that they remain on and engaged throughout much of the dying process. That aligns with descriptions of near-death experiences of vivid and realistic interactions with loved ones who have passed.Even as death approaches and the body and brain are shutting down, there is good evidence to suggest that individuals are aware of their surroundings and can hear and feel the presence of their loved ones. These basic sensations persist in ways that can be a gift to dying individuals, ensuring they are not alone in their last moments — a most common fear. Please enter a valid email address.center_img Adam Philip Stern @adamphilipstern Related: Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. About the Author Reprints A recent experience with an endoscopy to find the source of cramping and vomiting after I ate muted those fears. As I laid on the gurney, the nurse let me know I would soon be getting medicine through the intravenous line: a little something to help me relax, to prevent pain, and to have no memory of the procedure, during which I would be partly awake. [email protected] Tags Bostoncancerend of lifelast_img read more

Contract offers unprecedented look at Google deal to obtain patient data from the University of California

first_img Log In | Learn More Exclusive Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED ALEX HOGAN/ STAT By Rebecca Robbins Feb. 26, 2020 Reprints SAN FRANCISCO — It was the fall of 2015 when researchers from Google and the University of California, San Francisco, first sat down together to hash out a research collaboration in an area that has since exploded with activity: using artificial intelligence to make predictions in the hospital.Those initial discussions resulted in a contract, signed by both parties a few months later, mapping out an agreement under which UCSF would freely share deidentified patient data with Google — and stipulating what the tech giant would be allowed to do with the information, which covered at least 1.4 million patients. The goal was to see whether Google’s algorithms could predict whether patients had died in the hospital or whether they’d been quickly readmitted after discharge. GET STARTED What is it? What’s included? Contract offers unprecedented look at Google deal to obtain patient data from the University of California Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags Artificial Intelligencehealth technologylegalSTAT+last_img read more

Laois girl to the fore as Kilkenny school go for All Ireland hockey glory

first_img Pinterest Facebook Home Sport Other Sport Laois girl to the fore as Kilkenny school go for All Ireland… SportOther Sport Community Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSElva KerrHockey WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Laois girl to the fore as Kilkenny school go for All Ireland hockey glory Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining The top schoolgirls hockey competition in the country will take place over the next two days in Kilkenny College – and a Laois girl will be a key player for the host school.Elva Kerr from Ballyfin is the left winger on the Kilkenny side as they bid to win the Kate Russell Cup, a competition for the top five schools hockey teams in the country.Kilkenny College won the South East Cup for the second year in a row before Christmas, meaning they will now play off against the Dublin, Munster, Connacht and Ulster winners to determine who will be crowned All Ireland champions.Elva, whose twin brother Luke has starred on the school’s senior cup rugby team over the past couple of seasons, is the only Laois girl involved, although the school does have a strong tradition of having Laois students.All five teams will play each other once over the next two days with the top team after the four games deemed the winners.Kilkenny College were unbeaten at last year’s Kate Russell Cup but finished as runners-up to Banbridge Academical.This year they’ll be hoping to make home advantage count and they begin at 9.30am against Dublin champions Loreto Foxrock. they play Ulster side Rainey at 12.30 and on Friday they face Mount Mercy from Cork and Salerno from Galway.SEE ALSO – Leinster hockey glory for Portlaoise  Council By Steven Miller – 22nd March 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleOur guide to What’s On at the WeekendNext articleVirgin Media announce when they will bring fiber broadband to Portarlington Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Rugby last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, May 12, 2020

first_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th May 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, May 12, 2020 News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Twitter Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Ena Geoghegan (née Walsh)6 Crow Lane, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Loving wife of the late Matt and dear mother of the late Fergus. Deeply regretted by her loving family Ann and her husband Michael, Denis and his wife Aileen, Caroline and her partner Danny, Laurence and his wife Patricia, Fiona, Pamela and her husband Fergus, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends.Rest In Peace.Due to the Covid 19 Directive a Family Funeral will take place. A Memorial Mass for Ena will take place at a later Date. The family would like to thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time. Ena’s Funeral Mass will be streamed live on Wednesday at 11am on WhelanRathmoyle, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully at home in the loving care of his family. Deeply regretted by his sisters Dolly and Mary, brothers Ned and Anthony, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to Covid-19 directive a private family funeral will take place.Claire Fry (née Phelan)Greystones, Wicklow / Portlaoise, Laois / DublinFRY (née Phelan) (Greystones, Co. Wicklow late of Portlaoise and Dublin) May 8, 2020 (peacefully) in the kind care of all the staff of both St. Vincent’s Hospital and Greystones Nursing Home. Claire, beloved wife of the late Brian and loving mother of Emma. Sadly missed by her daughter, son-in-law Stéphane Claude, her sisters Carmel and Ann, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, her extended family, former residents and staff in Ballard Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise, and friends.In accordance with current Government guidelines and in the hope of keeping our friends and family safe, Claire’s Funeral will take place privately. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Plan International Ireland ( or the Donkey Sanctuary ( (Mick) LynchCrannagh, Stradbally, Laois/Dundrum, DublinLynch, Michael (Mick), in his 95th year, died peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Droimnin Nursing Home Stradbally on 8 May 2020; late of Dundrum Dublin and Crannagh, Stradbally, Co. Laois.Deeply regretted by his brother Eamon, nephew David, niece-in-law Gillian, cousins Michael, Dan, Lil and Jim and his good neighbours and friends.May Michael Rest in PeaceIn accordance with government directives a private family funeral will take place.Br. Charles (Michael) PurcellDe La Salle Brothers, Castletown, Laois/Kilteely, LimerickBr. Charles (Michael) Purcell, De La Salle Brothers, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and late of Ballinlough, Kilteely, Co. Limerick. May 9th. 2020.Pre-deceased by his sisters, Maureen (Sr. Rita), Josephine (Sr. Pius), his brothers Br. Michael, William (Ballinlough) Tommy (Knocklong) Greatly missed by his sisters, Kathleen (Judge), Isabel (Horton) Wales, Nora (Donavon), Nancy (Ivory), Sally (Sr. Juliana) Fethard, Breda (McManus) London, his brother Philip (Kilteely), his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews, confreres in religon, relatives and friends.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.In accordances with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place for family only.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, May 11, 2020 TAGSDeaths in Laois Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Deaths Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois business selling a large selection of PPE equipmentNext articleLargest monthly rental price decrease in 11 years as Coronavirus hits market LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic last_img read more

CSA paper puts trailer fees in the spotlight

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Opinion: CSA decision a big win for the industry James Langton CSA stands pat on embedded commissions CSA launches consultation on banning embedded commissions Keywords Commissions and fees,  Embedded commissionsCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators A new paper from the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) throws out a number of possible options to address the conflicts posed by embedded trailer commissions, including everything from banning trailers to unbundling them, capping commissions, or requiring advisors to provide a minimum level of service. The CSA published a discussion paper Thursday that examines the mutual fund fee structure in Canada, and potential investor protection issues arising from that structure, including: a lack of investor understanding of embedded commissions, their lack of control over those costs, and the perverse incentives and inherent conflicts of interest they pose. IFIC, Advocis push back against potential embedded commissions ban Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Split reactions to CSA proposals The paper notes that these commissions are on the rise, and have come to account for almost two thirds of advisors’ revenues. It reports that, in 2011, mutual fund manufacturers paid an estimated $4.6 billion in trailing commissions, representing 34% of total revenue from management expense ratios (MERs) for the year. Furthermore, it says that since 2006, trailing commissions for stand-alone mutual funds have risen slightly. “The trend appears to be towards higher average trailing commissions for both bank and non-bank mutual funds and across asset classes,” it says. And, it notes that advisors are increasingly relying on trailing commissions as a source of revenue. Back in 1996, trailing commissions accounted for slightly more than one quarter of the advisor’s book of business. In 2011, their share is 64%, it says. While the rise in trailing commissions clearly benefits fund firms and advisors, the paper notes, “The potential or perceived benefit to investors of an increase in the trailing commission is less clear. While investors might reasonably expect a commensurate increase in services and advice from their advisor, or some other observable benefit, there is currently no evidence to substantiate that this is what occurs. This lack of a clear benefit to investors gives rise to the conflict of interest issues…” Traditionally, Canadian regulators have relied on disclosure to protect investors, but in light of the ongoing criticism of the cost of Canadian funds, conflict concerns, and the regulatory reforms that are being implemented in other countries to address similar issues, the CSA is also now contemplating whether more needs to be done here too. Among the possible options set forth in the paper, the CSA suggests that: trailers could be banned outright; or, there could also be a maximum limit set on the portion of mutual fund assets that could be used to pay trailing commissions. It also suggests: a minimum level of ongoing services that advisors must provide to investors in exchange for trailer commissions could be established; mutual funds could be required to provide a class of funds for do-it-yourself investors that pay no trailers; trailers could be unbundled and charged/disclosed as a separate asset-based fee; and, a separate series of funds could be required for each purchase option. Additionally, it suggests that regulators could impose a “best interests” duty on advisors, as is being examined in a separate discussion paper, in order to mitigate conflicts. The paper notes that while banning trailers outright “would have the greatest impact on current business models, it would also be the most straightforward way to align the interests of both the mutual fund manufacturers and the advisors with those of investors.” Coming in the form of a discussion paper, the possible options presented by the CSA are clearly a long way from being adopted, if at all. Indeed, the CSA notes that it intends to monitor the impact of ongoing disclosure initiatives, such as the introduction of Fund facts disclosure documents and new cost and performance reporting requirements, “to determine whether these initiatives appreciably improve investors’ awareness and understanding of mutual fund costs, make them more informed consumers of investment fund products and advice services, and promote effective competition among financial industry participants.” The CSA also intends to monitor the various global reforms, such as the move in the UK to ban embedded commissions, and Australia’s ban on commissions. In the meantime, the CSA intends or this paper (which is out for comment until April 12, 2013) to serve as launching pad for a discussion of these issues in Canada too, “to determine whether regulatory responses are needed in Canada to enhance investor protection and foster confidence in our markets.” The CSA notes that the comments it receives on the paper will be considered in its decision and next steps, and will also assist in the development of a roundtable the CSA plans to hold with investors and industry participants in 2013. “Mutual funds are a key investment in the portfolios of many Canadians,” said Bill Rice, chair of the CSA and chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC). “It is important that we look at Canada’s mutual fund fee structure carefully in determining what changes could or should be considered to enhance investor protection and foster confidence in our market.” Click here to view the discussion paper. Related news read more