FCNB looks for input on combatting financial abuse of seniors

first_img New protections for senior investors on the horizon Fund rep fined, banned for misconduct Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter How dealers can protect vulnerable clients > opportunities for legislative measures to increase safeguards against the financial abuse of seniors; > addressing the challenges of reporting and investigating suspected abuse; > improving best practices for financial services firms to guide them when they spot signs their clients are being financially abused; and > enhancing collaboration among government departments and agencies to address the issues surrounding financial abuse of seniors. “Sadly, we routinely hear stories of seniors who’ve been exploited financially,” says Rick Hancox, CEO, FCNB, in a statement. “These stories are far too common, and we anticipate they could multiply with our aging population.” According to the regulator, seniors now make up 19.9% of New Brunswick’s population — the highest percentage in the country. And that’s expected to grow to 31% by 2038, the FCNB says. “The challenges are great, but so is the urgency and the advantages of a co-ordinated effort,” Hancox adds. “We need to work together as a community to protect the seniors in our lives, and engage in a discussion about senior financial abuse and how we can combat it. Our consultation paper will get the conversation started and help us develop a plan to guide the provincial government on legislation and issues affecting seniors.”center_img Keywords Seniors,  Financial abuseCompanies Financial and Consumer Services Commission The Financial and Consumer Services Commission (FCNB) is launching consultations to solicit public feedback on a paper outlining ways to help prevent the financial exploitation of seniors. In particular, the FNCB is seeking input in four areas: Related news James Langton last_img read more

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Narayana Health City successfully completes 1000+ BMT in Bengaluru

first_imgNarayana Health City successfully completes 1000+ BMT in Bengaluru MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app 1000th BMT patient is a 10-year-old boy from Kolar, Karnataka who was diagnosed with aplastic anaemiaThe state-of-the-art bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center at Narayana Health City has successfully treated 1000 patients, which is the largest number in Karnataka and one of the largest in the country. This unit has emerged as a referral centre for national and international patients for both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants. 1000th BMT patient is a 10-year-old boy from Kolar, Karnataka who was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia. He found a matching donor after persistent search by Narayana Health team at the Germany registry and his treatment was funded by ESI and partly by crowdsourcing.Over 100 unique BMT cases were felicitated at the event by Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Dr Devi Shetty, Dr Sunil Bhat and Dr Sharat Damodar.Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon, said, “I am proud to be part of this journey to build one of India’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre. This centre today has become a case study for many and we hope to play a crucial role in eradicating blood related diseases in the near future by offering world class treatment.”Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman and Executive Director, Narayana Health, said, “In India there are over one lakh patients with serious blood related disorders diagnosed every year and the only long-lasting line of treatment for them is Bone Marrow Transplant. We started this unit in 2004 with a vision to offer world class treatment and today I am proud that our Bengaluru unit alone has successfully treated 1000 BMT cases. This is just the beginning and the journey to provide BMT treatment to all the beneficiaries still has a long way to go.”Dr Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director – Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center and Sr Consultant Hematologist & Head – Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Narayana Health City, said, “There is a huge demand supply gap for bone marrow transplant in our country. Currently we have close to 2 lakh registered donors and to address the current demand deficit we need at least 10 Lakh donors to register.”“In the current capacity, our unit can treat 150 patients per year. Our vision is to increase the current bed capacity from 18 to 25 in next two years which will help us in treating close to 300 patients per year. We also plan to start Cellular Immunotherapy, a process that harnesses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer by 2020 to further strengthen our treatment facility. From the first treatment of a four-year-old thalassemia child way back in 2004 to the 1000th treatment of aplastic anaemia 10-year-old boy from Kolar, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre has emerged as a centre of excellence for BMT in our country,” adds Dr Damodar.Dr Sunil Bhat, Head – Paediatric Oncology, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, said, “The number of haematological disorders is on a rise in our country and every year at least 80,000 to 1 lakh kids are born with serious blood related disorders. Out of the overall blood related disorders diagnosed every year almost 5-8 per cent cases are from the Karnataka region. Out of the 1000 BMTs performed at our center, approximately 60 per cent are paediatric cases (with babies as young as few weeks old) as there are more indications for bone marrow transplant in children. These indications range from cancerous conditions like leukemia to non-cancerous genetic conditions like immunodeficiency and thalassemia.”“The conditions which can be potentially cured with BMT are on a rise. One of major advances has been use of unrelated donors and haplo-identical (half matched) donors for those lacking full matched family donors. We have one of the largest experiences of half matched transplants using never techniques like TCR Alpha/Beta depletion with excellent results,” adds Dr Sunil Bhat.Currently, BMT is not covered under government health schemes like Vajpayee Arogya and Ayushman Bharat and a fraction of the support is available only through the PM / CM fund. Narayana Health is working towards making a representation to the state government to include BMT under the national health scheme that will help bring a larger group of beneficiaries under the treatment modality. 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Kirk leads after 62 at Thornberry Creek

first_imgONEIDA, Wis. – Defending champion Katherine Kirk shot a 10-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Thursday. Kirk wasted no time in picking up from where she left off last year, when she snapped a seven-year, 152-tournament victory drought in the inaugural edition of the Classic. Starting on the back nine, Kirk opened with three consecutive birdies and ended her day with a perfect wedge into the par-5 ninth for a tap-in birdie. ”Obviously, I know you can go low out there, so stepping onto the first tee, I said, ‘Let’s play aggressively and make as many birdies as possible,”’ she said. ”Thankfully, it worked out. Having shot 9-under last year and I knew the conditions were going to be perfect this morning. … I got off to a hot start and tried to keep the pedal down on the (final) nine.” Kirk needed to keep her foot on the gas because 21 players shot 6-under or better. Sei Young Kim was a stroke behind at 63, and Brittany Marchand and Megan Khang were tied at 64. Emma Talley made a run at Kirk late in the afternoon. After an opening bogey, she made nine birdies in a stretch of 10 holes to get to 8 under through 11 before cooling off. She finished with a bogey and was one of seven players at 7 under. Full-field scores from the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic ”I was already counting in my head at one point, ‘What do I have to do to shoot 59?’ But it kind of went downhill from there,” Talley said. Sung Hyun Park, who won her second career major in a three-person playoff at last week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, started with a bogey and never got rolling with a 2-over 74. Nasa Hataoka, who lost to Park in the playoff after winning in Arkansas the week before, shot 3-under 69. For Kirk, returning to the Green Bay area was perfect after missing the cut last week. Her second-round score of 11-over 83 was the worst of her career; Thursday’s round was her best, she said. After missing the cut five times in her last six events and going without a top-10 finish since February, she’s put herself back in contention. ”It is kind of generous off the tee (and) I’ve never been a very straight driver of the golf ball,” she said with a laugh. ”There’s kind of a human element in there. Golf is funny. When you’ve played it as long as I have professionally, you realize that some days are going to be good and some days are going to be bad.”last_img read more

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Interbike 2008 – Wheeltags

first_imgWe showed you Velocity Wheels’ powder-coated “printed” rims in this post, but let’s say you already have a sweet wheelset or want to use deep dish carbon rims so you can go fast…but you want to give your wheels some style, too.  Hmmm…what to do?  what to do?You could get some custom stickers from Wheeltags and gussy up those racin’ hoops!  Check the “more” link for additional pics, pricing, etc.The stickers are available for a wide range of rim depths and styles as well as disc wheels.  They retail for $38 for a set of six, which is enough for one side of one wheel.  You can also mix ’em up on each side, like the black/white combo below.  They’re great for sponsors, egos or artsy types. They come packed in a stylish tin, which as all packrats know, can be used for like a million things.last_img read more

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Olivia Hardy on Taking Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on the Road and Finding Her ‘Inner Donna’

first_imgAs one third of the Donnas, Hardy works closely with co-stars Dan’yelle Williamson and Alex Hairston who play Diva and Disco Donna, respectively. “Alex and Dan’yelle are some of the most hardworking and most talented women I think I’ve ever met,” she said. “From the moment I met them for the very first time, they were incredibly welcoming and humble and embracing me into this Donna trio family. I’m very lucky and grateful to work with these two amazing ladies.”Bringing Donna Summer’s life to the stage is no easy feat, but Hardy is up for the challenge. “I want to make sure I get her authenticity right,” she said. “But I also want to keep a piece of me a part of it, too. I do the research while also recognizing that we’re not trying to be exactly like Donna. We’re trying to emulate her through our own personal experiences. Playing Duckling Donna, I tap into the dreams she had that are the same ones I had. It’s been cool to meet the two in the middle and find my inner Donna”Catch Hardy in Summer: A Donna Summer Musical in a city near you!Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below! Olivia Hardy (Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 23:07Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -23:07 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Unlike many college seniors, Olivia Hardy isn’t spending her days in the library studying for an exam or getting ready for the next big football game. Instead, she’s gearing up to star in the first national tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as Duckling Donna. Before she takes the musical across the country, Hardy stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive to talk all about stepping into the music icon’s shoes. “I was actually in Berlin, Germany when I found out I got the role,” she told Ryan Lee Gilbert. “I was still at school and I got an email from my agent to self-tape for it back in the beginning of April. I didn’t hear anything back until mid-May and then I came to New York and auditioned in person three times. But yeah, I was sitting in my friend’s room in Germany when I got the email. Wild.”Hardy portrays the youngest of the three Donnas and can relate to her character since she herself is still in school. “I’m a senior, technically,” she said. “I’m taking a leave of absence, but I still have credits to finish that I’m doing online while I’m on this tour. After the tour, I have to go back for one more semester, I gotta get that degree.” View Commentslast_img read more

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The real reason why financial services ads show more women

first_imgby. Ron ShevlinA recent Harvard Business Review blog post titled Why the Financial Services Industry Is Showing More Women in Its Ads contained the following:“Financial institutions portray women today as competent and self-confident, and often feature attractive, middle-aged advisors talking to couples in which the woman is similarly well dressed and clearly attentive. It makes sense for advertisers to present women as strong, well-educated consumers. This is appealing to women who see an attractive self-image reflected back at them, and to men, who are flattered by the idea that smart, self-possessed, and financially secure women are their own life partners. But it’s not all ‘optics’–more and more women are actually taking on breadwinning roles. Of course, it’s not enough to show women in their advertisements; the next step is for FIs to effectively engage women with products and services tailored to their needs and desires.”My take: I’m tempted to say that the article totally misses the real reason, but there was one passing sentence that forces me to temper my critique, and say that the article mostly misses the real reason.What is that reason? Simply this:In a large percentage of American households, it’s the female head of household who manages the family’s finances, and who takes the lead role in deciding who the family does its financial-related business with. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Three analytics tips to help customers grow their business

first_imgEvery business’ ultimate goal is to grow and increase profits. Business owners often underestimate the importance of analytics and struggle to get timely and measurable insights that drive the bottom line. As an important partner to small businesses, credit unions should take on the task of ensuring members are effectively using the tools available to them to track analytics. There are many factors that can influence the success of business on any given day, and data analytics should be top of mind for business owners so they can make informed decisions that will help them reach their goals.Education is key in launching an analytics program; these three tips will help you to better educate your members on how analytics can help their business succeed in the long-term:1.     Use Analytics to Grow BusinessNo one will know a particular company better than the business professionals running it. Even still, there are certain factors when it comes to consumer spending and member behavior that a business decision maker may not be able to identify. You can help by providing insights on how analytics can help them better understand the needs of members and anticipate member behavior. By defining which analytics make the most sense to track for their specific business, you can guide your members to use customized analytics to help their business grow.2.     Highlight Ease of UseNot everyone is a math wizard, and understanding detailed analytics can be a daunting task. Many small business owners become intimidated by the thought of analytics because they think the concept is too complicated to understand or their business isn’t complex enough to need analytics. However, modern business analytics can be understood easily and can provide businesses with meaningful insights. You can position yourself and your credit union as a go-to resource not only for financial issues, but business analytics as well. For members, the added support helps to drive home the important partnership they have developed with their credit union professional.3.     Showcase Availability and AccessibilityCloud-based, mobile and big data technologies have made it easier to access analytics. Prior to the more advanced technology that we use today, analytics solutions were set up for a specific company; however, the cloud has made it possible for analytics solutions to be more diverse and cater to many businesses. Today, business professionals can access essential information at any time from a computer or mobile device. This is an opportunity for you, as a credit union professional, to showcase your knowledge of the rapidly changing world of big data and make recommendations on analytics solutions that are both convenient and critically important to your customer’s business success.Business analytics are no longer restricted to the national chains, and credit unions can help educate their members by spreading the word. Small- and medium-size business owners can use analytics solutions that provide the same level of insights and valuable information as their larger competitors, and in turn, help grow their business in the long-term. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neal Korzekwinski Neal Korzekwinski is Senior Vice President of Strategic Partner Sales and Management at First Data, a global technology and payments processing company that serves more than six million merchant locations … Web: www.firstdata.com Detailslast_img read more

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Strand Adds Barry Industries, DEC-TAM, MECA and Cornell Dubilier to Client Roster

first_imgStrand Marketing, an award-winning business-to-business (B2B) marketing and advertising agency, is pleased to announce the addition of four new clients to their roster of business-to-business customers this quarter. Headquarted in Attleboro, MA, Barry Industries is a leading provider of microwave resistors and terminations. Together with their Semiconductor Enclosures division, the company is looking to Strand for strategic marketing direction, brand strategy and a website redesign. DEC-TAM is an environmental remediation company based in North Reading, MA. This successful business has connected with Strand for a new brand strategy and a targeted direct marketing campaign promoting their highly sought after PCB remediation services. MECA of Denville, NJ, is a proud American manufacturer of some of the highest quality RF passive components in the business. A new ad campaign has been kicked off and will initially feature their expertise in providing high performance components to the burgeoning distributed antenna system (DAS) market. Cornell Dubilier, a New Bedford, MA manufacturer of capacitors has engaged Strand to create a new campaign for their DC Link capacitors, which are primarily employed in solar inverters. For more information please visit http://www.strandmarketing.com.last_img read more

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Industry’s Most Versatile 5 GHz Backhaul Radio with Twist-On Antennas for Variable Gain

first_imgMimosa Networks has launched the Mimosa C5x, the most versatile, integrated 5 GHz radio with four modular, twist-on antenna options. With best-in-class Front-to-Back (FTB) and Front-to-Side (FTS) ratios for superior noise immunity, and extended frequency operation from 4.9-6.4 GHz, the ultra-rugged C5x is disrupting the industry and sets new price/performance benchmarks for integrated wireless connectivity.The modular design of the C5x is a perfect fit for network operators, offering the ease and simplicity of an integrated radio coupled with antenna gain flexibility for streamlined installation and reduced inventory costs. The C5x is optimized for short- to mid-range links with a native 8 dBi gain that can be increased to 12, 16, 20 or 25 dBi using a set of modular twist-on antennas. With a disruptive price point (MSRP US$59), the C5x is designed for cost-effective point-to-multipoint (PTMP) deployments delivering up to 100BaseT of IP throughput out-of-the-box, and up to 500 Mbps when paired with a “C5x-PTMP” feature key upgrade (sold separately). A separate point-to-point (PTP) “C5x-PTP” feature key will upgrade the C5x to deliver up to 700 Mbps throughput for a PTP link.The flexibility of the C5x is an enormous benefit for network operators who typically deploy radios in unfamiliar environments. Service installers are often unaware of the detailed topography until they arrive at the install site, and as a result, they are required to carry a variety of radio and antenna options to successfully connect the devices. Now with the Mimosa C5x, a single radio combined with a selection of different antennas can be kept on-hand to ensure that installers are ready for any environment. The Mimosa Install App allows feature keys to be purchased in advance and redeemed onsite, giving operators even greater deployment flexibility.Based on Mimosa’s field-proven C5c software, the Mimosa C5x, like all Mimosa products, is engineered with extended frequency support and takes advantage of both 4.9 GHz public safety applications in the United States and unlicensed frequencies up to 6.4 GHz worldwide (where allowed by local regulations). In addition, the accompanying N5-X modular antennas are specifically optimized for C5x extended frequency support.Fabricated in rugged die-cast metal to excel in the harshest environments, the custom-engineered N5-X Cassegrain or horn antennas are optimized for gain across a broad spectrum range. Best-in-class noise isolation provides immunity from interference with breakthrough FTB and FTS performance, delivering 10bB improvement in the Signal-to-Interference-Plus-Noise Ratio (SINR). This feature translates into a 10X performance increase against competitive integrated radios.At just 17.5 centimeters in height and weighing only 370 grams, the C5x delivers with an incredibly sleek form factor, perfect for visually sensitive installations. And with a typical energy consumption of sub-10w, the C5x is ideal for solar-powered, battery back-up installations, where power and reliability are at a premium.The Mimosa C5x (MSRP US$59) and N5-X12 (US$19), N5-X16 (US$29), N5-X20 (US$39) and N5-X25 (US$59) antennas are available to order now (feature key upgrades sold separately). For more details, click here.last_img read more

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Florida tight end McGee eager for 6th and final season

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida tight end Jake McGee is getting ready for yet another collegiate season opener.His sixth, to be exact — with four head coaches, four offenses and two schools.This one is his most anticipated yet. And there’s little doubt it will be better than the last.McGee broke two bones in his left leg in last year’s opener — he played just nine snaps — and missed the entire season. It was a significant setback for McGee, who hoped to jump to the NFL, and for the Gators, who expected the versatile pass-catcher to feature prominently in their offense.Now, they both get to try it again.“I feel great. I’m excited,” McGee said. “I’ve been patient with it. They’ve done great with me. I shouldn’t be able to notice a thing this fall.”The Gators are counting on noticeable things from McGee, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound end who has the size, speed and athleticism to pose matchup problems in the passing game. New coach Jim McElwain expects him to be one of the team’s top playmakers, along with running back Kelvin Taylor and receivers Demarcus Robinson and Brandon Powell.“He’s a guy that’s really been accepted by his teammates,” McElwain said. “Having him back is huge at that position especially. We like to use tight ends. Tight ends really need to be able to function in a lot of different roles with the shifts and motions and things we do with them. He’s a guy who will be able to handle that. He’s a guy who’s done a great job leading his group.”McGee turns 24 next month, so it’s somewhat natural that he would take on a leadership role. After all, he’s experienced pretty much everything.He has played for coaches Al Groh, Mike London, Will Muschamp and McElwain, worked in a spread offense and a pro-style system, and already has one degree and is closing in on a master’s in sports management.“I think they did it on purpose the way they set it up with the other tight ends here,” he said. “I’ve got like six freshmen here. They got me feeling a little older. They’re just getting out of high school and I’m over here on my second degree. They are talking about mandatory classes and I’m just laughing. It’s the same stuff I worried about, five, six years ago.”McGee had plenty to worry about last season.Taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows graduate students who have a fourth year of eligibility remaining to transfer and play right away, McGee left Virginia for Florida last summer. McGee led the Cavaliers with 43 receptions for 395 yards in 2013, and the Gators were hoping for even better numbers in an offense that lacked difference-makers.But McGee injured his leg in the second quarter of Florida’s opener against Eastern Michigan. McGee knew it was serious, especially when trainers wrapped his leg in an air cast and rushed him to the hospital. He had surgery later that night, a titanium rod inserted in his lower leg and attached with six screws.“At first you’re really bummed, but you only make it harder on yourself if you get down and don’t have a good attitude,” McGee said. “It just makes the whole process even (tougher). I’m a pretty positive person, so it was just easy to keep going and support the team and do whatever I could do to help everyone else.“You’ve got to live with it and keep going.”McGee spent the rest of the year waiting for his leg to heal and wondering if the NCAA would grant him a sixth year of eligibility. He wrote a letter to the sanctioning body and pointed out the unique timing of his injury — it was his first game in a Florida uniform.After several nervous months, the NCAA granted McGee’s request in January. McGee believes he may have petitioned the NCAA at the perfect time, as it was trying to do more for student-athletes and working to pass a financial stipend to cover the full cost of attendance.Regardless of the rationale, he’s back now and eager for another season opener. The Gators host New Mexico State on Sept. 5.“I’m as excited for this season as I’ve ever been for a season,” McGee said.last_img read more

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