EU drafts Northern Ireland control as part of Brexit — Michel Barnier suggests Prime Minister Theresa May and her government “pick up the pace” of negotiations

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union could maintain much of its sway in Northern Ireland after Brexit under a draft treaty published on Wednesday that caused anger in London and Belfast as the EU warned time was running out for a deal.

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European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. REUTERS

Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier denied that the proposal for avoiding a disruptive EU-UK “hard border” on the island of Ireland would loosen Northern Ireland’s constitutional ties to the rest of the United Kingdom and stressed he was open to other solutions to the border dilemma that Britain may offer.

“Daily life around the border should continue as today,” Barnier told reporters as the European Commission published its draft withdrawal treaty.

However, he rammed home that “time is short” before Britain will be out of the EU in exactly 13 months. He called on Prime Minister Theresa May…

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Red and Blue States Move Further Apart on Health Policy

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Cost and the scope of coverage will look very different depending on which party is on control

Health-care options in any given state are likely to depend on which party controls the statehouse. Here, a hospital room in Cumming, Ga., early this year.
Health-care options in any given state are likely to depend on which party controls the statehouse. Here, a hospital room in Cumming, Ga., early this year. PHOTO: ROBERT RAY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Democratic and Republican states are moving in opposite directions on health policy, leaving Americans with starkly divergent options for care depending on where they live.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans, by easing many of the Affordable Care Act’s nationwide requirements after failing last year to repeal the entire law, are effectively turning major components of health policy over to the states. The roughly half of states controlled by Republicans are therefore moving aggressively to roll back the law widely known as Obamacare, while the smaller number of Democratic states are working to…

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Be Part of The New Generation of Practitioners – Learning Opportunities

Karen Woodall

We are now working towards building a force for change by training practitioners around Europe, USA and Australia to work with the problem of parental alienation.  No longer are we willing to say that nothing can be done, we are working to do something and to show others how to do it.

This year we are working with Simply Parent on training development and with PASG on curating international standards of practice in the field.  We are offering our own training across the world and in the USA we are developing a group of practitioners who trained with us last year and a new group is being convened in California.  In Australia in October we will be convening a training group too.

We will shortly open applications for our specialist reunification training for practitioners already qualified in the helping therapies and those who already work in the family court.  This…

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McMindfulness: Buddhism as sold to you by neoliberals – Peter Doran

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Peter Doran, Queen’s University Belfast

Mindfulness is big business, worth in excess of US$1.0 billion in the US alone and linked – somewhat paradoxically – to an expanding range of must have products. These include downloadable apps (1300 at the last count), books to read or colour in, and online courses. Mindfulness practice and training is now part of a global wellness industry worth trillions of dollars.

Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist meditation teachings and encourages the quiet observation of habituated thought patterns and emotions. The aim is to interrupt what can be an unhealthy tendency to over-identify with and stress out about these transient contents of the mind. By doing so, those who practice mindfulness can come to dwell in what is often described as a more “spacious” and liberating awareness. They are freed from seemingly automatic tendencies (such as anxiety about status, appearances…

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UK Column News 28 February 2018


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(WASHINGTON) Border Wall Latest: Mexican-American Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom President Donald Trump once attacked for his Mexican heritage has ruled in favour of the administration in a lawsuit attempting to block the President’s proposed wall on the US-Mexico border #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Feb.28: Curiel, whose parents immigrated from Mexico, ruled on Tuesday against a legal challenge to the wall over environment waivers granted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Hill magazine reported: The ruling meant that the administration will be able to continue waiving the regulations to build barriers on the border #AceNewsDesk reports


Trump had harshly attacked the Indiana-born Curiel during the 2016 presidential campaign, claiming that because of his Mexican heritage the judge could be biased against the mogul in the fraud case he presided over involving so-called Trump University, a legal matter that ultimately was settled out of court for $25 million: Curiel wrote in his ruling that he did not have “serious constitutional doubts” about the administration’s use of the waivers.

“In its review of this case, the court cannot and does not consider whether underlying decisions to construct the border barriers are politically wise…

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Larry Summers: Next U.S. Recession Could Outlast Previous One

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By Catherine Bosley

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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers suggests “in the next few years a recession will come.”

The next U.S. recession could drag on longer than the last one that stretched 18 months. That’s the assessment of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.

With the economy in its ninth year of expansion, even if one were to take a hawkish view of upcoming Federal Reserve tightening, it would be some time before the level of interest rates rates gets high enough to allow them to again be reduced by the 500 basis points typical for a U.S. recession, Summers said at a conference in Abu Dhabi.

“That suggests that in the next few years a recession…

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