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Two decades on and you can play a nostalgic little game where you remind yourself what groups London’s inner neighbourhoods were known for 20 years ago. Hampstead: intellectuals; Islington: media trendies; Camden: bohemians, goths and punks; Fulham: thick poshos who couldn’t afford Chelsea; Notting Hill: cool kids; Chelsea: rich people. Now, every single one of these is just rich people. If you want to own a house (or often just a flat) in these places, you need a six figure salary or you can forget it. And, for anyone normal, that means working in finance.

After reviewing the past 20 years of research into brain development, Siegel and his colleagues found things that really bust some of the myths around teenage-hood.  One such myth is that adolescence is a time of life dominated by raging hormones.  ‘This is not the story,’ Siegel says, and claims that the hormones theory disempowers young people, because it seems there’s not much they can do about it.

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Sam Taylor’s children were just 6 and 14 when she was asked to make a choice no woman ever wants to make.

Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in May last year, Taylor tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that greatly increases the lifetime risk of developing cancer.

Doctors said she had two options: wait up to three years in the public system for the double mastectomy that might save her life or spend thousands of dollars going through private insurance.


No time to lose: Sam Taylor (pictured with her daughter Jade) decided to go through private insurance for after being told she could wait up to three years to have a double mastectomy in the public system. Photo: Ben Rushton

After going through six months of chemotherapy and with a husband and two young children to consider, it was “a no-brainer”, Taylor says.

"You’re told it could be back within five [years]; I don’t have three years to wait." The 41-year-old had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in February.

The procedure, free under Medicare, cost nearly $15,000.

Private insurance covered less than $3600 but there was no wait, Taylor says.

"We’re selling our house at the end of the year because the bills are just piling up … I’m really lucky my husband has a great job and we had extra equity in the house," Taylor said.

"If Scott and I had this diagnosis 20 years ago I would have been on the waiting list. I would have had no option."

It’s an option many more Australians may wish they had. Hospital waiting times are growing longer because Australia’s “two-tier” health system is pushing resources from the public to the private system, experts say.

Hospital waiting times are growing longer because Australia’s “two-tier” health system is pushing resources from the public to the private system, experts say.

Nearly 90 per cent of private health insurance coverage here duplicates public services, meaning private patients get the same treatment but faster access, an international analysis has shown.

Health economists say waiting times for people without private insurance will worsen if nothing is done to address the large overlap between the public and private systems, and suggest the private system should instead be harnessed to help those most in need of care.

Private insurance, public resources

Duplication was intended to cut queues in the public health sector by creating a parallel system for wealthier Australians with private health cover. But instead it has led to doctors abandoning the public system for the better-resourced private market, and given private patients priority access to public facilities.”

At least a hundred and eleven people were dead and more than two hundred were missing. It was depressingly familiar news—in the past twenty years, more than twenty thousand immigrants have died on their way to Europe. There would be many more were it not for Zerai, a thirty-nine-year-old Eritrean exile, whose phone number circulates among Europe-bound Africans like a Mediterranean 911. Boats in distress call Zerai by satellite phone, and he writes down their coördinates and passes them on to the Italian authorities to arrange for rescue. When there is no rescue, Zerai takes to Italian TV and radio and mass e‑mail to name those whom he believes to be responsible. According to the Italian Coast Guard, Zerai’s calls have helped save five thousand lives.

When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue

That is, your right to join a class-action lawsuit is almost always automatically voided. 

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?

General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.

Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site

(Source: The New York Times)

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Experiments in shorter work time, however, have proved successful, suggesting that the private sector might benefit from their implementation. WK Kellog – of cereals fame – famously improved productivity at his plant by operating a six-hour work day. The economic benefits from shorter work time stem from workers being more refreshed and focused at work. Six productive hours can yield the same output as a full eight-hour work day.