When remote work becomes routine

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As the coronavirus pandemic spreads through 2020, remote work is becoming the norm for nonessential business operations. In this new reality, credit unions should prepare for a shift in an important segment of operations: the annual opinion audit.The pandemic did not inspire the first remote audit; however, it has amplified the trend. As travel becomes riskier and information sharing becomes more secure, CPA firms and credit unions are comfortably, confidently administering audits remotely.“We’ve been building our infrastructure these past few years to do more of our work remotely,” says Brian Mogensen, principal at CliftonLarsonAllen. “The work is in preparing, reviewing, and ensuring the reasonableness of financial statements, be they on the balance sheet, income statement, or cash flow statement.”Pre-pandemic, the interim and final fieldwork for most audits occurred on site. A team of auditors would fly into a town for several days, meet with the client every day, and review financial statements in detail. But there’s also work that occurs on a deeper level than that, says Chad Flaherty, senior manager at Moss Adams.last_img read more

Terry Sarten: Quality end-of-life care should be nation’s priority

first_imgNZ Herald 21 January 2018Family First Comment: So many great points in this commentary!Make a submission today against euthanasia www.protect.org.nzThe current debate around proposed legislation that will allow for assisted dying, euthanasia and the right to die is a deeply profound distraction that suits politicians well.It is simply palliative legislation. The definition of the term palliative includes the words “relieving the pain without dealing with the cause of the condition”.The legislation as it stands suits the Government as the current discourse avoids the more painful subject of costs to the taxpayer of providing effective palliative services.The Government has avoided the option of more funding for effective palliative care and having hospice facilities set up all around the country to ensure access to this level of medical management because they are aware this would be expensive and scare the taxpayer/voters.The current legislative approach has successfully by-passed this angle despite the very clear evidence that palliative care does provide quality end of life care that is responsive to the needs of patients and their families.There are well-researched existing models of palliative care that do provide quality of life and dignity in death for those with terminal conditions. End of Life Care Plans and palliative medical care can make a huge difference to the final days prior to death from terminal illness.I have had the privilege of seeing palliative hospice care being provided to both a family member and a friend of the family. In both situations the care, the caring and medical skill was never less than amazing. At no time was there any sense that this was not in line with the patient’s wishes or needs.Part of my concern with the direction of the current debate is that often it seems to be more about the distress of family as they struggle with the emotions and feelings of helplessness as they watch a loved one heading towards death than about the experience of the person who is terminally ill.This misses the whole issue of the patient’s voice in the matter of their terminal care.The other greater concern is the language adopted by many in the pro-euthanasia debate. The talk of ending suffering, pain and the decision to die being a personal one is too much like the reasons we hear for suicide.When young people speak of suicide as a way to end emotional pain and suffering we are dismayed but somehow the same language about older people becomes more acceptable.This double standard is not helpful as we try to prevent suicide while in fact we seem to be saying that in some circumstances it is okay, such as when you have a terminal illness, but not okay if you don’t.The debate also misses the point that euthanasia is a wealthy, western nations’ construct, a luxury when much of the world is struggling to survive daily life and stay alive. Perhaps this is because wealthier countries still have a strong social bias towards the notion that if you are not contributing to the economy then you are not valued? This in turn gives a negative value to age and illness reinforcing the idea that illness makes a person a burden to society?Voicing the notion of “not being a burden” is often heard here in New Zealand from those who have serious life-threatening illnesses. We can shift that burden by acknowledging the value of quality end-of-life care and pressuring government to fund it effectively. We can be inspired by and support those who choose to say, as Dylan Thomas did, “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11978689last_img read more

Coomacka loggers protest “unfair treatment” by Chinese company

first_imgSeveral workers attached to a Chinese logging company, Ping Establishment, at Coomacka Mines on Friday protested numerous alleged actions by the company which they deemed not to be in their favour.The protesters in front of Ping Establishment at Coomacka Mines on FridayThe workers who held a peaceful demonstration outside of the company situated in the Upper Berbice River displayed placards bearing slogans such as “More Money”, amongst others as they accused the company of “taking advantage of workers’” rights.The workers’ main concern is their payments. One protester stated, “when we talk for we rights they want tell we ‘go home’ and don’t come back”.Meanwhile, Chairman and Councillor attached to the community, Dexter Harding, who was present at the protest line noted that he has contacted Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian with regards to the situation and he is expected to make representation on behalf of the workers on Monday.Harding urged support for the workers as he also pledged his support to look into their concerns.“Every Guyanese need to be supported when we are being treated wrong and more so this [is] our resource. Forest is a Guyanese resource and we need to be treated right in our country… I made contact with the Regional Chairman and we’re going to have on Monday, full representation from the Union and from Labour and the many other agencies…We need to have folks supporting and more so representing us here in Coomacka. I will not see that they be ill-treated”, Harding said.last_img read more

Northern B.C. Ice volleyball team compete at local weekend tournament

first_imgUnder 14 club volleyball teams from Peace River, Dawson Creek, Grimshaw, Grande Prairie, and the  Northern B.C. Ice were at North Peace Secondary School on Saturday to see how they stacked up against each other in a tournament. In the end it was Grimshaw emerging as the winners over Dawson Creek.As for the Ice they had a younger squad at the event. Even though it was an under 14 tournament the majority of the players were 11 and 12 years old.“We’re a pretty new team. It’s a big development year for us. We want them to get some experience and touches on the ball,” said coach Darren Schmidt. “This is the third tournament we’ve been in this year. They’ve been doing well. The first tournament was rough but we’ve made a lot of progress throughout the season.”- Advertisement -The team finished last in the standings but look forward to continuing to develop their skills.last_img read more

Man extradited from North in connection with death of Donegal man

first_imgA man was extradited from the North yesterday and appeared at a Co Donegal court charged in connection with the death of another young man.Shane Patton was killed in July, 2012 when the car he was driving was in collision with another car on the Main Letterkenny to Ballybofey Road at Callan, Drumkeen. The late Mr Patton was just 18 years old when he died.An outstanding circuit court warrant for Eamonn Lynch was issued on December 9th, 2014.However, Lynch, now aged 43, failed to appear and he left the jurisdiction.Garda Detective Michael Galvin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.The late Shane PattonHe told the court he had secured an extradition warrant for Lynch and that he arrested him at Bridgend on the Donegal border with Derry at 12.57pm yesterday afternoon.Lynch appeared before Judge John O’Hagan where the court was told that Lynch faces a charge of dangerous driving causing death.Barrister Peter Nolan told the court that he would not be applying for bail and Lynch was remanded in custody until the next sitting of the court in January.Man extradited from North in connection with death of Donegal man was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdonegalDrumkeeneamonn lynchlast_img read more