Celebrex Class Action Suits – Regaining Power For The PeopleWritten by Dave Hoffman
The first Celebrex class action suit to be filed is believed to be one submitted in Illinois, in December 2004. That same month, Pfizer announced that a recently performed clinical trial revealed that those taking Celebrex were at increased risk - over two times that incurred by taking a placebo - of experiencing a major cardiovascular episode. It would seem that Illinois class action suit will be only first of many. And yet Celebrex remains on market. Most drugs that we take are liable to have a wide range of potential side effects, most of which majority of patients will never experience. For liability purposes, pharmaceutical companies print all conceivable side effects on their informational literature, and reading these before taking a medication can be a nerve-wracking affair. But even side effects that have been encountered by minimal numbers of people during clinical trials can find their way on to this literature, and while you may be one of unlucky ones whose painkiller causes nausea, in most of these cases, potential benefits far outweigh unlikely event of developing a minor side effect that will cease once medication has been stopped.
Increasing opportunities for Skilled MigrantsWritten by Dean Marshall
Skilled Independent Migration has become increasingly popular with a number of countries, including UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Essentially, Skilled Independent Migration allows individuals with strong experience and/or education to migrate to another country with right to work WITHOUT first needing to find an employer to sponsor a work permit. This gets round problems faced by people seeing great jobs that they cannot apply for because employer is unwilling to sponsor their work permit.
The purpose of allowing people to enter country with right to work already gained is to encourage entry of people with exactly skills that country needs. These visas tend to be more flexible for individual as they do not tie person to only one company.
United Kingdom The HSMP (Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) is a points based system. Applicants are awarded points for their education, experience and previous earnings and must be awarded a minimum of 65 points to qualify. Applicants who are under 28 will get points for this and find criteria for other areas easier in terms of lower criteria for points being awarded. MBA students from certain universities around world are also awarded HSMP purely based on their education. The HSMP Visa allows for an initial one year period, with a further three year extension to be applied for at end of first year. This scheme has proved very popular since its creation. You can use an online points calculator to get an idea as to whether you are likely to qualify, such as http://www.skillclear.co.uk/hsmp-highly-skilled-migrant-programme-points-calcultor.asp
Canada The Federal Skilled Worker Visa is again a points based system, but rather more complex than UK version, with additional points being available in a wider range of areas. These can include points for having a relative in Canada, for having a job offer, for French and English language skills and more. This Visa takes a considerable time to be approved presently, but many feel that opportunities available in Canada make wait more than worthwhile. Again, there are online points calculators available to find out if you qualify, such as http://www.skillclear.co.uk/canada/canada-skilled-worker-points-calculator-1.asp