May must guarantee rights of EU citizens in UK, says Mansfield Principal

first_imgA report released this week by the House of Lords EU Justice sub-committee, chaired by Mansfield College Principal Helena Kennedy, states that the British government ought to unilaterally agree to respect the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK before the Brexit vote.The committee took evidence from a range of experts, EU ambassadors, overseas Brits and EU citizens, in order to establish whether EU citizens would hold any ‘acquired rights’ after Brexit. The report concluded, “The evidence we received makes very clear that the doctrine of acquired rights under public international law will provide little, if any, effective protection for former EU rights once the UK withdraws from the EU.”They have therefore advised that Theresa May has a “moral obligation” to make the first move in guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens who have lived in Britain since before the 23 June vote, irrespective of whether British citizens living in Europe are given the same protections. Baroness Kennedy QC said, “I also believe that such a gesture will stimulate reciprocal commitments from the other EU countries where UK citizens are currently living.“For the last six months, the lives of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU have been shrouded in anxiety. Their rights to live, work and reside in their country of choice are now so unclear that people have no idea how, or even where, they should plan their futures.”The committee further advised that the administrative burden of assessing individual cases would be “vast”, and therefore that a single status for all EU citizens in Britain before a certain point had to be established. Kennedy recommended in an interview with the Guardian that EU citizens living in the UK collect evidence of their residency. The Labour peer said, “Make a file now with proof of your presence [and] supporting letters from people who’ve known you, you have taught you or who you have had business dealings with.”Currently 2.9 million EU citizens live in the UK, while 2.1 million UK citizens live in Europe. The question of what will happen to them after Britain has left the EU has been of the most contentious debates arising from the Brexit vote.The government’s position is that no safeguards can be given without reciprocal agreements from EU member states, but this has led to accusations that people’s lives are being treated as “bargaining chips”. Baroness Kennedy QC is an eminent British barrister and Labour peer in the House of Lords.In 2010 she was elected as Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. She had previously served as the Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and as President of the School of Oriental and African Studies.Mansfield College has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Top 10 mobile banking apps to boost fiscal fitness in 2015

first_imgby: MJ KnoblockManaging your finances when you’re on the go keeps getting easier with the growing assortment of banking and personal-finance apps that can simplify how you spend and save money. According to a recent survey by the Federal Reserve, 28% of consumers with mobile phones track their money habits with the device, or would like to.Mobile banking and personal finance apps are growing in popularity and helping more consumers reach their financial goals. And their use will continue to increase, says David Lyon, chief executive of wealth-management firm Main Street Financial in Chicago.“If you look at the timeline of consumer behavior, it’s becoming more digital,” says Lyon, who is also an adviser to clients of the firm. “Everything from shopping to banking to consumer news is becoming more digital. It’s not going away; it’s just increasing.”Managing financesMany banks offer apps to help customers manage specific portions of their finances. There’s also an assortment of personal-finance and mobile-banking apps available from independent software providers. Some make it easier to pay bills and keep a record of daily expenses; others let you share your finances with family members or significant others. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Stop me if you need a doctor’: Yemen medic treats poor from his car

first_imgTopics : Hajj said he started giving free consultations via social media but then wanted to reach to those without access to such technology.”I thought about the poor and those in need on the streets who cannot get medical advice or don’t have the money for it,” he told AFP. Yemen is facing what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. A war between the government and Huthi rebels has killed tens of thousands and displaced four million people. Many Yemenis are afflicted by malnutrition and disease but the country’s healthcare system has all but collapsed, leaving it extremely vulnerable to the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory disease. In a war-ravaged country now battling coronavirus, one Yemeni doctor is dispensing medical advice from his car, gathering a large social media following along the way.”Stop me if you need a medical consultation,” reads a large sticker on the rear window of Sami Yahya al-Hajj’s four-wheel drive, alongside a cartoon figure of the bearded doctor wearing his square spectacles.As he offers diagnoses and prescriptions to the poor, the doctor’s phone chirps with messages and calls from patients who cough and splutter as they explain their ailments.center_img In the rebel-held capital of Sanaa, Hajj is flagged down by a man driving alongside his car.”My wife for the past week or two…” calls out the man, before Hajj asks him to pull over.  After a roadside consultation, Hajj prescribes a course of vitamins.”We doctors are on the frontlines of this current pandemic, and we must disseminate advice even outside medical facilities,” said Hajj, who has nearly 18,000 followers on Facebook.”We must safeguard and maintain the health of the poor, because their health is part of the whole community,” he said. Yemen’s government has officially recorded hundreds of coronavirus cases, including 112 deaths. But according to the United Nations, testing and reporting remain limited and it is likely that most areas in the country have been impacted. “Here is a Yemeni doctor treating the poor for free on the streets,” said one of Hajj’s supporters in a Facebook post hailing his “noble and beautiful” contribution.”I wish all Yemeni doctors would do the same in the current situation we are in.”last_img read more