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Archive for February, 2007

Vitamins ‘could shorten lifespan’

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Certain vitamin supplements may shorten rather than prolong lifespan, research has suggested.

Hepatitis C campaign launched

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

A campaign has been launched to promote awareness of the infectious viral disease hepatitis C. The campaign is targeted at an estimated 250,000 people in the UK who are unaware they have been infected with the disease.

Investors worried after shares fall

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Investors are nervously watching the value of their stocks after markets around the world continued to fall, with Singapore and Australia the latest to record major slumps. The latest falls came a day after London’s FTSE 100 index dropped to its lowest level in nine months and New York’s Dow Jones industrial average endured its worst decline since the September 11 2001 terror attacks. The UK’s second flight index, the FTSE 250, plunged by 431.5 points – the biggest one-day fall in its 12-year history.

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Very worrying for those of us who have stock investments!

Mothers face ‘job discrimination’

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

A new report suggests that women with young children are the most discriminated-against at work.

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It was ever thus – Judy Viitanen recalls the decision she made to be self-employed when she had her daughter (in the mid 1980′s) – which was influenced by the fact that she realised that her career in advertising, involving long working days (and nights) wasn’t going to be compatible with being a mum!

Things have to change: most working mums have enough stress juggling home and career committments, without unnecessary employment discrimination!

Council tax bills set to rise 4.2%

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Council tax payers in England and Wales are facing an average 4.2% hike in their bills this year, a survey has revealed. he average levy on a Band D property will go up by £53 to £1,302 in 2007-08, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) found in a study based on preliminary figures. Although this increase is higher than the current inflation rate – 2.7%, according to the consumer prices index – it represents the second lowest annual rise since 1994-5.

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As a former District Councillor, Judy Viitanen knows first-hand the respsonsibilites local councils have to ensure high quality services to local residents – and also how irate people get at high council tax bills!

Labour – No tax breaks for families

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Tony Blair ruled out tax breaks to encourage marriage yesterday, saying he favoured specific action to target dysfunctional families whose “kids have gone off the rails”.

Government calls for discussions on happy workplaces

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

The Department for Work and Pensions has called on businesses, government and charities to discuss and agree what constitutes ‘good work’ and ensure workplaces are happy, healthy and productive. Work and pensions minister Lord McKenzie this morning opened the first in a series of events which will inform and develop a framework for employers to ensure their workplaces are healthy and efficient.

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The PRimage team think that this should be in pole position for company HR managers and CEOs, but sadly this is not always the case.  What’s your view?

Dementia costs £539 a second

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

A report by the Alzheimer’s Society has found that dementia costs the UK £17bn a year – or £539 a second. The report estimates that individuals caring for those with dementia save the public purse over £6bn a year.

Hewitt approves £1.5bn PFI deals

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Private finance initiative hospitals worth around £1.5bn have been given the go-ahead by health secretary Patricia Hewitt. The news came as the Department of Health published national and regional maps of hospitals and primary care facilities that have been opened since 1997.

Children ‘let-down’ by hospitals

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Children are let down by the general care they receive in hospitals across England, a critical report by the health watchdog has found. Nearly one in five hospitals fail to provide sufficient life support care for children at night, and child protection is still largely overlooked, the report said. The Healthcare Commission says that 75% of the hospitals examined only scored fair or weak for the overall service provided for children – a figure that has prompted “serious concern”.