This Zambian nurse swapped 5000 babies in 12 years just for fun

first_imgElizabeth Bwalya MwewatwitterA nurse’s shocking confession has revealed that she had swapped nearly 5,000 babies just for fun while working at University Teaching Hospital in Zambia.Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa, a former nurse at the UTH, had this odious revelation that she had swapped over 5,000 babies between 1983 and 1995. She disclosed this as she is suffering from terminal cancer and doesn’t want to rot in hell in the afterlife. The news has created quite an uproar in social media after it went viral.”I have terminal cancer and I know I will be dying soon. I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service. I have found God. I’m now born again. I have nothing to hide, in the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5,000 babies,” Elizabeth said.Elizabeth added that if anyone’s born between 1983 and 1995, the chances are that their parents might not be their true biological parents as she had developed a habit of swapping babies just for fun.”So, take a good look at your siblings, if for example everyone is light and you are darkie… you are that child and I am really sorry for that”, she said.She further said that she has sinned against God and was the reason behind the divorce of many faithful couples after going for DNA tests. She said that she was being used by a demon for doing such heinous crime.”I have caused many mothers to breastfeed children who are not theirs biologically. I don’t want to go to Hell for that, I’m really sorry I have sinned a lot. Please forgive me,” she added.However, the initial investigation revealed that there is no midwife by her name under the General Nursing Council of Zambia and no nurse by that name had ever existed or worked at UTH.last_img read more

Harvey Aid And Flood Insurance High Priorities As Texans Return To Congress

first_imgPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneFloodwaters threaten the Grand Vista neighborhood in Richmond on Aug. 28, 2017. Residents were forced to evacuate due rising water from the Brazos River.It’s hard to find anyone who can remember the last time all 36 Texans in the U.S. House came together for a delegation-wide meeting.But that’s just how cataclysmic of an event Hurricane Harvey was to the entire state: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, are gathering all of the Congressional Texans together later this week to sort out how the delegation can best use its size and influence to advocate for the devastated Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi regions. “This is not a normal time,” U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, told reporters Tuesday when asked to forecast how the Congress will tackle a whole host of fiscal issues this month, including how to address flood insurance in Houston. The U.S. House is set to cast the first votes for an initial round of Hurricane Harvey relief funding Wednesday. But Congress is also facing a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Plan, which is the arm of the government that settles the claims of flood insurance policyholders. The program was, as U.S. Rep. Gene Green put it, “way over-committed,” even before Harvey. But given the damage of that storm and concerns about a new one, Hurricane Irma, that appeared Tuesday to be headed toward the Florida coast, Congress is all but certain to commit more funds to the program. But how much? That’s the question facing the limited-government Republicans who dominate the delegation, and Congress, for that matter. Delegation sources tell the Tribune they are confident they have the legislative muscle to secure some renewed funding. But the scale of the damage is still an unknown and many of these fiscal conservatives are already becoming anxious over the size of the estimates.For some in the delegation, the goal is to avoid taking any hard stances as negotiations continue in the coming days and weeks.Also, flood insurance will not help everyone affected by the storm. Only 17 percent of homes in the hardest hit areas in the state had flood insurance, according to a Washington Post analysis. For those who do have coverage, a homeowner can expect up to $250,000 to cover damage to the structural house, and $100,000 for belongings inside the home.  The funding problems escalate as members of Congress ponder how – or even whether – to help homeowners who did not have flood insurance.Green, a Houston Democrat and a flood insurance policyholder himself, has seen several hurricanes blow through Houston in his 25 years in the U.S. House.“What happens if you don’t have flood insurance, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] gives you a certain amount,” he said, often in the form of a Small Business Administration loan far less generous than the payments received by those with flood insurance. Several members concurred that funds could be diverted from the Small Business Administration into loans.  But the concept of backing every damaged home is daunting. And not everyone is a fan of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program was created decades ago, when the business model for flood insurance was unsustainable in the private market. To critics, it is a government-funded moral hazard that encourages citizens to build homes in places where they should not exist because of the costs and likelihood of flooding. One of the chief critics of the program is a Texan, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas. From his perch as the House Financial Services Committee chairman, he is an advocate for radical changes to the program including ones designed to encourage more private insurers into the market.Still, as Texans returned to Congress Tuesday night, greeted by colleagues from other parts of the country with hugs and sympathy, a measure to extend the flood insurance program past its looming deadline seems likely to pass in some form.For Green, though, this is a no brainer.“It’s not a tough vote for me because of where I come from,” said Green.  Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Killers Why Netflix May Actually Benefit From Disney and Other Streaming

first_img Popular on Variety Is there a “Netflix killer” looming out there that will give the No. 1 subscription-streaming leader a run for its money and throw a serious wrench into its growth trajectory?Maybe. But a more likely scenario is that new services from Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and others will be a rising subscription VOD tide lifting Netflix’s boat — with pay TV ending up the real loser.Disney’s announcement last week of its $6.99-per-month pricing for Disney+, first launching this fall in the U.S., spooked Netflix investors. There’s seemingly cause for concern, given the Disney+ lineup of 500-plus films, including streaming-window releases of all Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars films, along with 25 original series, and 7,500-plus TV episodes set for the first year. And Disney says it’s likely to bundle Disney+ together with ESPN+ and Hulu. But how big a threat is Disney, really? Netflix has posited that new SVOD players validate its model. And with more than 148 million streaming subscribers worldwide as of the first quarter — and a 2019 content budget estimated at $15 billion — Netflix is literally years ahead of any other would-be contenders for the throne. Related ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends But the balance is now tipping toward Netflix’s original programming, in terms of spending — and, according to Netflix, viewing time. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos even claimed all of the top 10 most-watched shows on the service are “Netflix original brands.” Hastings, on Tuesday’s interview, said: “We’ve expected this decline of second-window content, been ready for it, anticipating it. In fact, we’re eager to be able to have more and more of our money, be able to do spectacular new titles.”By the way, Hastings has said he plans to subscribe to the Disney SVOD service.“I know I’ll be a subscriber of it for my own personal watching in the same way and as many Disney and Fox executives also subscribe to Netflix and watch our shows,” he said early last year in discussing Netflix’s fourth quarter 2017 results. “So, you know what I see is we’ll all learn from each other, and total streaming will grow faster because of the competition.”It remains to be seen of Hastings’ hunch plays out. But with nearly 150 million subscribers (and growing), Netflix isn’t about to get knocked off its perch anytime soon. What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Reed Hastings, Netflix’s CEO, chairman and co-founder, waved off the competitive threats in the company’s Q1 video interview Tuesday. With characteristic nonchalance, he said he’s “thrilled” to have Apple and Disney join the SVOD wars — and said he doesn’t believe they will be “material” rivals.“Great competition makes you better,” Hastings said on the company’s Q1 earnings interview. “And so we’re thrilled to have Apple and Disney in. They are awesome companies and just to be in the same league as them is very exciting for us.”Historically, Netflix execs have brought up a sports metaphor in discussing competition. Say Netflix is the NFL. The entrance of other sports leagues (Disney+, WarnerMedia, Apple, etc.) shouldn’t reduce demand for football — and overall, in theory, the new entrants should increase the number of sports fans.The apples-and-oranges idea of the competitive matrix was raised by Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer, on the interview Tuesday. There’s a framework of “broad, broad competition where a bunch of different entertainment options are being provided all sorts of different models, some ad-based, subscription at different pricing points,” Peters said. But “we don’t really think there is sort of an immediate equivalency or substitution. And so mostly it’s about how do we create more value, how do we put the right content and present it in the right way that’s compelling and differentiating for our members.”Wall Street analysts have remained generally upbeat on Netflix’s market position even with new competing services coming out. The real result of the expanded number of SVOD options coming out will be to spur more people to cut the cord — cancelling their pricey cable or satellite TV, predicts BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield.“As cord-cutting accelerates, it frees up wallet to spend on a wider array of SVOD services. In turn, while everyone wants to talk about Disney+ as a Netflix killer, Disney+ is actually helping Netflix and all other streaming services by freeing up wallet share for SVOD,” Greenfield wrote in an April 16 research note. The consumer value propositions of Disney+ vs. Netflix are very different, so they won’t be directly competitive in that sense, according to MoffettNathanson’s Michael Nathanson.Netflix is “essentially a Blockbuster store in the cloud with a mix of original and off-network all-you-can-eat, commercial-free content,” Nathanson wrote in a note Wednesday. “Disney is targeting families and a passionate base of fans of its well-branded, highly recognized, quality content. Both in the U.S. and, more likely, internationally, Netflix can continue to grow subscribers despite this new entrant.”That said, Disney’s $6.99-per-month introductory price for Disney+ sets a new competitive benchmark that will make it more difficult for Netflix to continually raise prices, Nathanson added.On the other hand, with Netflix raising its prices — the most popular plan is going up two bucks. to $12.99 monthly in the U.S. — that could serve to reinforce its pole position by depressing demand among consumers to pay for yet another SVOD offering. (And skeptics already believe Disney is going to raise the price of Disney+ in a year or two.)Netflix subscribers are less likely to cancel their service than customers of any other streaming platform, according to research from consulting firm Magid. And Magid’s surveys of U.S. consumers have found that they’re willing to spend an average of around $38 per month for all their streaming services. If Netflix remains a must-have SVOD option, there’s less of that wallet to go around to others.Not everyone thinks Netflix is well positioned to withstand the coming SVOD melee unscathed. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, a longtime Netflix bear, says that with the coming launches of Disney+ and similar services from AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, “it is highly likely that content from all three companies will disappear from the Netflix platform by the end of 2020.”How will Netflix fill in the “gaps” after licensed content is pulled from the service? Note that broadcast TV reruns of shows like “The Office,” “Friends,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Criminal Minds” have been among the top-viewed content on Netflix, according to third-party research. The importance of such licensed content was underscored by Netflix reportedly paying Warner Bros. $100 million for a one-year extension to stream “Friends” in the U.S. and Canada. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

HBO Cancels Vice News Tonight Vice Hires ExNY Post CEO Jesse Angelo

first_img Popular on Variety Vice announced that Angelo will immediately assume the newly created position of president, global news and entertainment, reporting to Dubuc. Guy Slattery, president of Viceland, and recently hired chief digital officer Cory Haik will now report directly to Angelo, as will Tyrangiel’s direct reports effective June 24.A source familiar with the situation said Tyrangiel’s decision to leave was part of the unwinding of “Vice News Tonight” and the changing of the guard at HBO under AT&T’s WarnerMedia. Tyrangiel was close to Richard Plepler, who exited as CEO of HBO in February.In a statement, HBO EVP of programming Nina Rosenstein said, “We’ve had a terrific seven years partnering with Vice Media, first with the weekly news magazine series and most recently with the nightly news show. We want to particularly thank Josh Tyrangiel for his tireless effort in creating a news show from the ground up, geared for a modern generation of viewers. We are very proud of what Josh and his team accomplished.”Vice said it expects to announce “a new distribution platform” in the coming weeks for a nightly Vice News show aimed at viewers under 35. In addition, according to a memo Dubuc sent to staff Monday, Vice News is “well into production” on a yet-to-be-announced news series led by producer Subrata De with “a large streaming partner” — which is Hulu, sources confirmed.“We’ve had a great run with our friends at HBO and now we’re excited to launch our news products on new platforms, solidifying our place as one of the most trusted brands out there, drawing the youngest audience of anyone in hard news,” Dubuc said in a statement. In her memo, she positioned the “Vice News Tonight” cancellation as coming amid “a lot of the leadership and content strategy changes over at HBO.”HBO’s cancellation of the four-times-per-week “Vice News Tonight” comes after the premium cabler earlier this year axed Vice’s weekly documentary program, which had run for six years.In the memo to staff, Dubuc claimed that the Vice News business is growing and has made key hires ahead of the 2020 election. “It’s important to remember that Vice News is an entire business division, not just one show on one platform with limited U.S. distribution,” she wrote. ‘His Dark Materials’ HBO Series Rounds Out Voice Cast How HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Recreated the Horrific Radiation Burns The end of the HBO pact is unquestionably a blow to Vice’s business. For now, Vice doesn’t plan any layoffs associated with the end of “Vice News Tonight.” The company cut 10% of its staff earlier this year in a cost-cutting move and in May raised $250 million in debt funding. Meanwhile, Viceland continues to struggle: The A+E Networks-affiliated cabler cancelled “Vice Live,” its weeknight live show, less than two months after it debuted because of low ratings.Angelo, based in Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters, will lead three of its five global businesses: Vice News, digital and Viceland. The company’s other two divisions are its studio and in-house ad agency Virtue.“Jesse is a news pioneer and has built an incredible career by successfully expanding the world of publishing into wider forms of distribution through a multitude of platforms, including digital, social, audio and television,” Dubuc said in announcing his hire. “With him joining our executive team, Vice’s strategic growth plan for news will begin and complement wider partnership opportunities already underway.”Dubuc’s hire of Angelo and the departure of Tyrangiel are the latest leadership changes at Vice. Last week it laid off two top editors — Vice.com editor-in-chief Jonathan Smith and managing editor Rachel Schallom — and announced that Erika Allen, most recently with New York Magazine’s The Cut, rejoined the company as executive managing editor, reporting to Katie Drummond, a former top editor at the Outline and Gizmodo who joined Vice as senior VP of digital in March.Last month Vice relaunched vice.com to merge all of its content under one umbrella, aiming to boost total audience engagement and ad revenue, and hired Cory Haik, former publisher of digital news start-up Mic, as chief digital officer to oversee global audience growth and development, platform partnerships and digital product innovation.Angelo had spent two decades at News Corp’s New York Post, departing as publisher and CEO and chief of digital advertising solutions for News Corp in January. He joined the Post in 1999 as a reporter, covering Wall Street during the dot-com boom. At the Post, Angelo launched a new TV unit, New York Post Entertainment, and created syndicated entertainment show “Page Six TV,” which will end after two seasons. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Prior to the Post, Angelo worked at News Corp papers in London and Sydney. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College in American history and literature and sits on the board of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation. Related HBO is not renewing Vice Media’s “Vice News Tonight,” ending the premium cabler’s seven-year relationship with the youth-culture media company — throwing another curveball at Vice as it tries to turn its business around.Vice announced that it has tapped Jesse Angelo, former CEO and publisher of the New York Post, to oversee all news and entertainment and lead efforts to strike a deal to find a “new home” for a news show similar to the one it has produced for HBO.Josh Tyrangiel, EVP of news at Vice Media, will leave the company in the latest executive shakeup at Vice under CEO Nancy Dubuc. Tyrangiel, who has overseen Vice’s nightly news show for HBO, will stay on board through the end of the run of “Vice News Tonight,” which will finish airing on HBO in early September. Tyrangiel, former chief content officer of Bloomberg Media, joined Vice in the fall of 2015. The changes at Vice were first reported by THR.last_img read more

Bengal entertainment industry to be hit by suppliers ending work over arears

first_imgKolkata: Bringing to the fore the failure of production houses in clearing payments in West Bengal’s entertainment industry, an association of suppliers on Monday threatened to go on a cease work agitation if their dues were not cleared in the next four days. “The suppliers are facing huge problems as certain producers haven’t cleared payments (in crores) for a very long time… Till Thursday if we don’t see any initiation of payment, the suppliers will not take the responsibility to support the industry,” Neet Paul, General Secretary, Cine Video and Stage Supplier Welfare Association (CVSSWA), told the media here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata It is a body of members who supply camera, generator, lights, costume, vehicles and other props required for shootings. There are 60-70 members in the welfare body and more than 600 people who work under them. Many suppliers have become bankrupt and one of them even thought about committing suicide. “We are no one to stop work but the vendors are helpless and will not be able to provide the supplies without payments. We could have taken a legal step but wanted the channels, producers and suppliers to sit together and solve the issue,” Argha Mitra, Assistant Secretary, CVSSWA, said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Pal named one producer Rana Sarkar who owes the suppliers more than Rs 2 crore and is absconding. The said producer has allegedly not cleared payments of 14 suppliers for some of his television serials. “We still hope that the industry will support us. We do believe in the judicial system but we cannot wait for months and years involved in a legal process and want the matter to be solved within ourselves,” Paul said. The West Bengal Motion Picture Artists’ Forum is supporting the suppliers. “We are approaching the channels as the serials are their products and they can easily solve the issue by making the payments. If the artists and technicians can get their dues, the suppliers should not be left behind,” Mitra added. Costume supplier Zakir Hossen Mollick, a member of the body, said the producers thought that the suppliers lacked a collective voice and no one will stand up against them.last_img read more

These Glasses Block You From Seeing Screens But There Are Things You

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. October 8, 2018 For many of us, we probably take for granted how frequently we look at screens. If you’re working at a desk, you’re spending hours on end staring at one, and then if you take a brief glance around any public transportation or grocery store line, more often than not you’ll seen an array of bowed heads as people swipe at their phones.Screens are pretty hard to avoid. That’s why a new company called IRL is making a pair of glasses that not only block out the sun, but also block out LCD and LED screens (not OLED screens such as those found in the newest iPhones. That’s apparently coming in version 2.).Related: 9 Sleep and Health Myths You Should Stop BelievingThe startup set up a Kickstarter for its IRL Glasses and have already surpassed its goal of $25,000 with $55,382 and counting, with 22 days to go. The glasses retail for $79, but the first 100 backers will get theirs for $39. According to the Kickstarter page, IRL spoke with optics engineers at Waymo, Nasa and Snap to figure out how to make an even more advanced pair.The glasses will ship to backers in April 2019. But if you’re thinking that the no-screen life sounds pretty good in the meantime, there are a few things that you can do to cut down on screen time.Cutting down on screen timeIf you’re at work, leave your phone and computer at your desk during breaks and go socialize with some friends or colleagues. Sit at a lunch table in the office or even, and — we know this sounds crazy but hear us out — go outside.As convenient as Gchat and Slack are in the workplace, try changing it up. If you need to talk to someone, get up and walk over to their desk, get on the phone or recommend a walking meeting and take a lap outside your office building.To make it cutting back on screen time a habit, actually set a timer. Whether it’s for every 30 minutes or every two hours, when that alarm goes off, you have to get up and away from your devices, wherever you are.Related: 5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your PeaceYou could also take your devices out of your bedroom. We’ve all been there, it’s after midnight and you’re thinking, it’s fine, it’s just one more level in this game or one more Instagram Story. Remove the temptation and see how your sleep improves.A lot of times we default to screens because we’re bored. If you’re commuting, instead of scrolling through Twitter of Facebook, bring an actual book or magazine. Or swap out another hobby that is easily transportable. Maybe take up knitting.Those are just our suggestions. How do you take a break from screens? Let us know in the comments. How Success Happenscenter_img 3 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Rust 134 releases with alternative cargo registries stabilized TryFrom and TryInto and

first_imgYesterday, the Rust team announced the release of Rust 1.34. This release introduces alternative cargo registries, includes support for ‘?’ operator in documentation tests, stabilized TryFrom and TryInto, and more. Support for alternative cargo registries Rust provides a public crate registry called crates.io where developers can publish crates with the cargo publish command. However, as this crate registry is not for people maintaining proprietary code, they are forced to use git or path dependencies. This release brings support for alternate cargo registries, which coexists with crates.io. So, users will now be able to write software that depends on crates from both crates.io and their custom registry. Support for the ‘?’ operator in documentation tests It was proposed in RFC 1937 to add support for the ‘?’ operator in the main() function, #[test] functions, and doctests allowing them to return Option or Result with error values.  This ensured a non-zero exit code in the case of the main() function and a test failure in the case of the tests. Support for the main() and #[test] functions were already implemented in previous versions. However, in the case of documentation tests, support for ‘?’ was limited to doctests that have an explicit main() function. In this release, the team has implemented full support for ‘?’ operator in doctests. Stabilized TryFrom and TryInto The TryFrom and TryInto traits that were proposed in an RFC back in 2016 are finally stabilized in this release to allow fallible type conversions. A ‘Infallible’ type is added for conversions that cannot fail such as u8 to u32. In future versions, the team plans to convert Infallible to an alias for the (!) never type. Library stabilizations This release comes with an expanded set of stable atomic integer types with signed and unsigned variants from 8 to 64 bits available. In the previous versions, non-zero unsigned integer types, for example, NonZeroU8 were stabilized. With this release, signed versions are also stabilized. The ‘iter::from_fn’ and ‘iter::successors’ functions are also stabilized. To know more about the updates in Rust 1.34, check out its official announcement. Read Next Chris Dickinson on how to implement Git in Rust The npm engineering team shares why Rust was the best choice for addressing CPU-bound bottlenecks Rust 1.33.0 released with improvements to Const fn, pinning, and more!last_img read more

AMResorts unveils new South Asian wedding package to meet increasing demand

first_imgTags: AMResorts, Romance & Weddings << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MIAMI — AMResorts has launched a new wedding package specially designed for South Asian couples in search of fully personalized nuptials in Mexico and the Caribbean.According to the company, the rate of Indian weddings is growing 25% annually. With this in mind, the new ‘Dulha & Dulhan’ package – available at select properties – was launched to meet this increasing demand, featuring elements that include a one-hour Welcome Cocktail Party with a bar and hors d’oeuvres station, and a 1.5-hour Wedding Ceremony, complete with an elegant ‘Mandap’, beverage station and shoe check station for ceremonies held on the beach.Couples will also receive a four-hour ‘Sangeet & Mehndi’ private event, which includes an intimate stage area with coloured draping, food stations and tables, a ‘baraat’ (groom’s wedding procession), and a four-hour Dinner Reception featuring a stage area for the couple, buffet and dessert station, and a private bar with bartender.In addition to the private wedding events, couples booking the package will receive additional perks including: a dedicated on-site wedding coordinator who’s been certified in South Asian weddings; sparkling wine and fresh fruit for the wedding couple and their parents in suite (up to three rooms); and romantic turndown service the evening of the wedding.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerPlus, wedding couples are given a complimentary return stay on anniversary nights at Secrets, Dreams, and Now Resorts & Spas. Couples who stay five or more paid nights over their first anniversary date will receive two additional nights free.The ‘Dulha & Dulhan’ is priced at US$7,500, inclusive of four events for up to 50 guests. For more details go to SecretsResorts.com, BreathlessResorts.com, DreamsResorts.com and NowResorts.com. Posted bycenter_img AMResorts unveils new South Asian wedding package to meet increasing demand Travelweek Group Monday, March 13, 2017 last_img read more

Cuba aims for 5 million visitors in 2019

first_img Share Tags: Cuba, Gaviota Posted by Cuba aims for 5 million+ visitors in 2019 TORONTO — Gaviota Tourism Group and the Cuba Tourism Board are making sure the Canadian travel trade knows all about the extensive upgrades and improvements currently taking place in Cuba and driven by the Cuban government and Gaviota.Frank Oltuski, Vice President of the Gaviota Tourism Group, along with a strong showing of Cuba hotel and resort representatives are in Toronto and Montreal this week, with a media lunch and travel agent night in Toronto yesterday, followed by Montreal today. The presentations are also tributes to the 500th anniversary of Havana, says the Cuba Tourism Board.Gaviota started 2019 with a focus on improving the country’s accommodation offerings across all of its destinations, says Oltuski. This was a follow up from 2018 when “we worked particularly hard on hotel infrastructure, products and services,” he said.Cuba has invested in its tourism industry significantly, he added, expanding property capacity and redesigning hotels. “We want to ensure Cuba grows and diversifies” its tourism product, said Oltuski.Investment and development will continue for the remainder of 2019, with key developments for the year including… Easier access to a diversity of nature, cultural and historic productMore accommodation capacity in properties across the countryNew transit infrastructure, marinas, recreational facilities and cultural institutionsWiFi accessibility broaden throughout CubaNew hotels including the International Melia Varadero Hotel and the Hotel Paseo Del PradoEnsuring a diversified tourism experience in CubaPromoting the 500th anniversary of HavanaPromoting FITCUBA 2019, taking place next monthMore news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upCuba welcomed over 4.7 million visitors in 2018, including 1.1 million Canadians. Cuba is projecting 5 million+ visitors for 2019.center_img Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Modern Times Group is expected to take market shar

first_imgModern Times Group is expected to take market share in the free-to-air broadcasting business in Scandinavia and grow it subscription pay TV services in the region, according to analysts. Investment bank Morgan Stanley has noted that the broadcast group is a strong medium-term investment option and is one of the most well positioned broadcasters in Europe. 
The bank expects the company to increase its free-to-air share in Sweden by 1% this year. “As the FTA commercial challenger across the Scandinavian region, MTG still has room to grow at the expense of the incumbents. MTG has taken audience and market share in Sweden and Denmark in 2011 and we expect this performance to be reflected in its share of the TV advertising market in 2012,” it noted. 
Morgan Stanley also noted that its pay TV services would grow. “In pay TV the investments in new TV channels and sports rights over recent years should allow MTG to grow subscribers numbers, particularly on non-DTH platforms and gradually increase operating margins to 20% in this division.”last_img read more

Drama series The Night Manager topped the list of

first_imgDrama series The Night Manager topped the list of programme requests for BBC iPlayer in March, with 2.013 million requests for episode three. Night Manager episodes took five of the top 10 most requested programmes for the month, with drama Thirteen taking four of the top 10 slots.March was a strong month for both BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio, with total figures up 3% compared to FebruaryMonth-on-month increases were seen across both TV and Radio, despite an estimated undercount of eight million TV requests from Android and Xbox devices, with Android devices undercounted by an estimated eight million requests and Xbox requests also being undercounted.In terms of requests to the BBC’s on-demand TV service by device types, TV platform distribution has been edging up, accounting for 16% of requests n March and 20% of TV requests. TV connected devices as a whole now account for 26% of all requests, and 32% of TV requests.Separately, the BBC has reached a record weekly audience of 348 million people worldwide, a 13% increase on last year, according to new figures released by the broadcaster.The BBC Global Audience Measure represents the combined measured reach of international content, both news and entertainment, for the year 2015/16.The latest statistics show that the BBC’s weekly global news audience has increased by 38 million people, or 13%, to a total of 320 million.For the second year running, television, with a reach of 162 million, is a bigger platform than radio, with 147 million, for the BBC’s international news services. All platforms have grown since last year, including digital, with a reach of 80 million.last_img read more

Imagine as Christopher Buckley son of William F

first_imgImagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of calling it suicide, it would euphemistically be known as “Voluntary Transitioning.” Now we have Ezekiel Emanuel, Ari and Rahm’s brother, making quite a splash with his article “Why I Hope to Die at 75” in the Atlantic. While he doesn’t plan on suicide, he will stop receiving medical treatment. He says people deteriorate, and are less productive and creative. So why stay around so long? The former White House aid’s article makes Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet’s piece on Casey Research last December all the more interesting. She pointed out that Mr. Emanuel has written plenty about “The Complete Lives System” which: makes crystal clear that physicians must not focus on the individual patient. Instead, medical care should be allocated based on the patient’s usefulness to the “collective good.” If you’re too old, or too young, or your ailment is too complicated, society is better off letting you die rather than paying a doctor to heal you. One tenet of the Complete Lives system is that medical care for people under age 15 and over age 45 should be attenuated. “Attenuate” means to ration. Emanuel believes that the very young and the elderly are less valuable to society than those in the middle of the age curve. Mr. Emanuel is likely trying to start a trend and maybe even plant the idea for legislation to stop caring for people at 75—all for the good of the country, of course. Besides ghoulish, it’s a bit ironic, given the unwillingness of Americans to grow up. It’s telling that Obamacare covers children up to 26, as if the mid-20s is the new teenager. There was no such thing as a teenager before 1941; there were children and there were adults, explains Diana West in her book The Death of the Grown-Up. Now, turning 13 brings on the wonderful, entitled world of being a teen instead of taking a small step toward adulthood, and according to West “due to the permanent hold our culture has placed on the maturation process, that’s where they’re likely to find most adults.” For instance, it turns out more adults watch the Cartoon Network than CNN. And while CNN is a low bar, remembering that my old boss, the CEO of a bank, would constantly watch SpongeBob SquarePants, I can believe this. Ms. West writes that the previous generation was “one not yet under the influence of a youth culture of licentious boys (sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll) and petulant girls (women’s lib), shaped [by] that most basic human instinct—survival. Elevated by a maturing belief in duty, honor, loyalty, and forbearance, the instinct to survive wasn’t just a self-concern; it was, it turned out, the saving grace of civilization.” So what’s happened? Why the societal breakdown? We’ve had Republicans and we’ve had Democrats in charge. It doesn’t matter. It’s inflation and democracy. Both shorten people’s time horizons. As a nation, we live for the moment because our money is constantly degraded and our politicians steal from us continuously. In his masterful examination of the Thomas Mann short story Disorder and Early Sorrow, professor Paul Cantor observes, “Mann is as acute in portraying the psychological effects of inflation as he is in portraying the economic, social and political effects.” Mann shows “inflation fundamentally changes the way people think, forcing them to live for the moment.” With everyone’s time horizons shortened during the Weimar hyperinflation, hard work and prudent investing are believed foolish. In Death and Early Sorrow, the older generation lost its authority and youth dominated. The children acted like adults and the adults acted like children. “The young are more adaptable to changing conditions, while the old are set in their ways,” writes Cantor, “Hence the young cope better with inflation.” Mann saw inflation change the dynamic between generations in society. With “the young [having] a huge advantage over the old,” Cantor explains. “Not having experienced economic stability, the youth of Germany are more able to go with the inflationary flow.” Mann’s principal character, Professor Cornelius, has a servant, young Xaver, who is the perfect inflationary child. Xaver, Mann described, “utterly lacks a sense of duty and can as little be trained to the performance of the daily round and common task as some kinds of dog can be taught to jump over a stick.” Xaver has no feeling for the past and lacks the discipline so prized in Germany. Cantor points out that the elderly “become increasingly irrelevant” in an inflationary environment. It’s well known that inflation especially punishes those on fixed incomes. “Mann fills in our sense of the psychological disruptions that accompany the economic ravages of inflation,” writes Cantor. “More than any other factor, inflation discredits the authority of the older generation and turns power over to youth.” With prices soaring, youthful vices look like wisdom; the conservatism and prudence of the elderly are made to look silly. In his epic Democracy: The God That Failed, Hans-Hermann Hoppe explained that democracy increases societal time preference and with democratic rule “contrary to conventional wisdom, the decivilizing forces inherent in any form of government are systematically strengthened.” The private ownership of government (monarchy) is much more long-term oriented. Rulers may pass on a nation’s wealth to their heirs. In a democracy, politicians can only use government resources. A president has every incentive to maximize current income at the expense of capital value. A president being a temporary caretaker, explains Hoppe, “will use up as much of the government resources as quickly as possible, for what he does not consume now, he may never be able to consume.” And since in a democracy anyone can be president or in government, “public resistance against government power is systematically weakened,” Hoppe writes. “While expropriation and taxation before may have appeared clearly oppressive and evil to the public, they seem much less so, mankind being what it is, once anyone may freely enter the ranks of those who are at the receiving end.” Ever oppressive government and increased taxation make saving for the future look futile. One might as well live for today if what you save will only be confiscated by government. As democracy dictates that the haves take care of the have-nots, “there will be less productive activity, self-reliance and future-orientation, and more consumption, parasitism, dependency and shortsightedness,” Professor Hoppe writes. What democracy and government have done is to retard the natural tendency of humanity to build an expanding stock of capital and durable consumer goods. Man, instead of becoming increasingly more farsighted and providing for ever more distant goals, is tending toward decivilization. As Hoppe describes, “formerly provident providers will be turned into drunks or daydreamers, adults into children, civilized men into barbarians, and producers into criminals.” When someone so powerful as Emanuel, leading by example, advocates for the elderly to get out of the way, society has indeed devolved. Too much money and too much government have turned civilized people into barbaric children.last_img read more

first_img – The Attack America Never Saw Coming Another surprise attack against the U.S. dollar is coming. And soon, too. This attack won’t be from China. Instead, this one will hurt the worst — coming from a sworn “ally” of Americans. Click here to view this short, 60-second message on how to prepare for the next “surprise” currency move. Learn about the realities of identity theft and defend yourself accordingly. Have some or all of your start-over funds hidden. Growing to Fear Black Swans I knew little about risk theory when, in my early 30s, I decided to become wealthy. But even then, I understood that financial predictions rarely seemed to come true, even when they were convincingly argued. So, rather than trying to become an expert at economics or the financial markets, I made a practical plan that I hoped would allow me to create wealth without foresight. I see now that my plan was aimed at becoming antifragile. I bought safe bonds and index funds and real estate. I eventually bought gold, too, but not as a means to make money (which happened) but as a store of wealth and a hedge against inflation. I collected art for the same reason. I figured that the value of my art might go up while other assets were going down. And all the while, I kept investing in small businesses that I understood and could control as a key shareholder. This gave me not only the chance of equity growth but also a steady flow of current income. My plan, in other words, was about what I knew to be happening at the moment than what I thought would happen in the future. I bought gold because I had been reading Bill Bonner. This was back when gold was trading at about $450 per ounce. Without gold in my portfolio, I felt fragile. So I bought gold coins, not to profit from a price surge, but to protect myself. Likewise, I got out of the rental real estate market when prices were getting too high. Everyone was sure prices would keep rising. I wasn’t sure. But if they did crash—as some writers were predicting—I wanted to be safe. So I got out of the market around 2006. Buying gold cost me money. I saw it as an insurance premium…and a cheap one at that. Getting out of the real estate market felt like I was giving up future profits. But I considered that, too, a sort of premium—to protect the profits I’d already made from the properties I owned. Using Taleb’s terms, buying gold and selling real estate was a move to make myself less fragile. The Best Ways to Achieve Financial Antifragility Diversify your assets into at least four and at best six of the following categories: cash, bonds, stocks, gold, options, and rental real estate. If you don’t own a business, start or invest in one. Make sure it is a business that you understand and over which you can have some control. — Invest in quality, dividend-paying stocks. I would define these as antifragile because of the long-term approach, the policy of buying more stock during downturns, and the fact that these stocks rise quickly after drops. Don’t give up your active income. If you don’t have a job now, get one, even if the income is small. Editor’s Note: There are some things in life you can’t predict… In today’s Weekend Edition, Palm Beach Research Group founder Mark Ford argues that no one can know for sure when the next economic disaster will happen. Instead of trying to predict the unpredictable, Mark recommends ten steps you can take to make your finances “antifragile”… How to Survive and Profit From Black Swan Events By Mark Morgan Ford Several years ago Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan, came out with a bestselling book called Antifragile. You may have read it. If not, I recommend it. It’s one of those rare books that presents the reader with a feast of delectable ideas. I find myself savoring every page—as much as I might enjoy a bite at a dinner of prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach. Useful facts: Antifragile can be seen as a sequel to The Black Swan, which can be seen as a sequel to Fooled by Randomness. Taleb’s argument is that (a) people underestimate how much randomness there is in life (Fooled by Randomness), (b) the most important events are often unpredictable (The Black Swan), and (c) it is possible to not just protect yourself from such events but also to benefit from them by being antifragile. If I hadn’t read Taleb, I’m sure I would have resisted his ideas. I don’t like the idea that you can’t predict important events. I’d prefer to think that if you had enough data and enough computer power, you could. But Taleb is a nimble thinker and a seductive writer. He loves to poke fun at conventional wisdom—whether it is on the subject of health (cholesterol is bad), economics (the Fed can manage the economy), or traffic regulations (more streetlights mean more safety). In Antifragile, he picks up on the “Black Swan” idea. He argues that there are some things in life we can predict and others that we can’t. But what we can do, Taleb asserts, is determine whether something might be destroyed by an unpredictable event. A glass vase, for example, is likely to be destroyed in an earthquake. A stuffed bear is more likely to survive. So rather than spending time trying to predict the unpredictable, we should try to understand whether our practices, programs, and possessions could be destroyed by Black Swans. And if they can, we should work to change that. One thing we can do is find ways to make our practices, programs and possessions more robust: more likely to survive catastrophic events. An even better thing we can do—and this is the core message of Antifragile—is find ways to profit from Black Swans. Robustness, Taleb says, is the quality of being able to endure ruinous events. A very healthy person, for example, is more likely to survive pneumonia than someone who is sickly. His thesis is that when it comes to the economy (among other things), we should do things that make us antifragile to economic disaster. This is more helpful than trying to predict catastrophes. I’m sure you are thinking that this is just common sense. But as Taleb points out in Antifragile, this is the opposite of what the Fed and many financial experts do. Some financial writers, for example, spend their careers trying to predict how certain political and economic events might forecast the ups and downs of the market. Others, like technical analysts, make market predictions based on patterns they have observed in the past. As a wealth builder, you have a choice. You can adhere to the idea that markets can be timed and search out the best models for predicting them…or accept Taleb’s thesis and become an antifragile investor. How to Beat Wall St. 96.2% of the Time Over the last 8 years, a British ex-banker has been conducting one of the world’s largest investment “experiments.” In its initial testing, 84% of people said this simple strategy would put an extra $5-25k (per year) in their pocket. And now, over the last 4 years this investment strategy has provided a documented 96.2% win rate. Once banned in the UK for 127 straight years, this technique is now completely legal in the UK and America… Click here to find out more… Editor’s Note: Mark’s business partner Tom Dyson is hosting a free training series on “antifragile” income investing this week. Tom’s income strategy works whether markets are going up, down, or sideways. Developed over eight years of testing, it’s a virtual “can’t miss” strategy that has shown to be successful 96.2% of the time. To register for Tom’s free training series, go here now… Create a “start-over” fund that is equal to at least six months’ income. Also, have a “start-over” plan. It must be enough to cover your projected costs of starting over. Get insurance—but only what you really need—to protect your health, your house, and all of your other valuable possessions. Develop your cash-producing assets (options, performance stocks, bonds, and rental real estate) so that, in time, each one will give you ample yearly income. Get privacy guards for all of your Internet activities. Recommended Linkslast_img read more

Disabled young people have told MPs how they have

first_imgDisabled young people have told MPs how they have been “cheated” by the government’s new system for supporting pupils and students through school and college.MPs on the Commons educationcommittee heard howdisabled pupils were being denied a voice in drawing up their education, healthand care plans (EHCPs), and how they were not receiving what had been promisedin those plans.Thecommittee also heard that EHCPs were too focused on education, rather thanbeing “life focused”.Thecommittee heard from seven disabled young people on Tuesday as part of itsinquiry into the impact of the special educational needs and disabilities(SEND) reforms introduced by the government through its Children and FamiliesAct 2014*.Three of them – Jordan, Ben and Eva (pictured, centre, left and right) – were part of the RIP: STARS research team, a project led by disabled young people and researchers at Coventry University, which also included support from The Alliance for Inclusive Education, and looked at the quality of EHCPs and whether they met disabled children and young people’s rights.Jordan saidsome of their findings had been “stunning”, and that he and many other disabledyoung people “feel we were cheated out of the education system and treatedpoorly by them”.He said theymade the “atrocious” discovery that disabled children “weren’t actually beinginvolved in the process of their EHCPs”, with the main discussions taking place“without talking to the child themselves”.He saidplans were “either being delayed, mistaken, poorly done and they are notmeeting the needs of the child”, and he called for something to be done toensure that plans “are being carried out correctly by staff” and “not justignored and forgotten”.Eva, anothermember of RIP: STARS, said: “We found out that what was written in the plan wasnot being followed through, so many children aren’t receiving the support andthe correct education that they need and they are missing out on theireducation and childhood.”She said theplans were not preparing disabled children and young people for independenceand adulthood.Eva said theplans should use the language of the social model of disability “so childrenare not defined by labels and they are not seen as a problem”. She added:“Disabled children have a right to mainstream education, so they should achievesupport to achieve this and be in mainstream education if they choose to doso.”Ben, a thirddisabled young person from RIP: STARS, said EHCPs were “too educational focusedand not life focused, so children are not receiving the support they need inother important areas such as developing independence, having choice andcontrol, achieving aspirations, life goals, friends, access in the community.”He said itwas not right that disabled pupils who do not fit in with the “norms and rolesand rules of education” were often “shipped off, excluded, offloaded, or hiddenin other places” and “forgotten about”.Francesca,one of two deaf pupils on the National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) young people’s advisory boardwho gave evidence, told the committee that a lack of support at school meantshe missed out on social situations and on learning “how to be confident andempowered”.She said shehad even been encouraged to use a separate “SEND room” at lunch, which alsomade it harder to build friendships with non-disabled pupils.She said:“It’s showing to the other students that these people need to be kept separate,which I feel is the wrong attitude completely. “It shouldbe about inclusivity and empowering those people.”Francescasaid that meetings about EHCPs sometimes happened without the disabled youngperson being present.She said:“It’s really frustrating because you feel you can make your own decisionsbecause it is your own support.”Anothermember of the NDCS advisory board, Ella, said she was “really struggling” tosecure the support she needed through the EHCP process, with the local councilcurrently refusing to provide her with a plan because it did not think she wasdeaf enough. As a result,she said, her grades were “far below what they should be”.And she saidthe only people the council would listen to were her parents, and not her.Simran, whois studying accountancy and management at Queen Mary University of London and waswith the charity my AFK, said: “As a disabled woman, I have to work harder thaneveryone else to achieve anything.“I thinkit’s a great shame that young people with SEND are left unsupported and theirachievements are unappreciated. “I’m a 21-year-oldstudying accountancy and I want to be an accountant, I want to work, I want tocontribute to the economy and society, but I feel like there’s not very manyopportunities for me to do so.”Kashifa, whois studying at college and was also with my AFK, said she had received “a lotmore support” when she was at school.She said:“Even though we had meetings about me going to college, I’m not sure theyreally understood my needs when I got there. “I thinkpeople make a judgement about what you’re capable of based on your appearance. “I knowpeople mean well and they know you get anxious in certain situations, and theywant to try to protect you, but this just means you won’t be able to tryanything because people think you won’t be able to cope, so the opportunitiesstop.”She added:“I don’t need people to tell me I need to be realistic, either. “I want towork things out for myself and then be able to make the choice. “I don’tneed to be protected all the time, I just need the chance to try differentthings and then I can decide.”*Under government reforms which came into effect in September 2014, local authorities in England had until April 2018 to move all disabled children and young people eligible for support from SEN statements to new EHCPs. The plans last from birth to the age of 25 and set out all the support they should receive across education, health and social care.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Oculus Ordered to Pay 500 Million to ZeniMax

first_img Oculus Ordered to Pay $500 Million to ZeniMax This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Reportercenter_img The spat dates back to 2014 when ZeniMax sued the virtual reality firm for misappropriating trade secrets. Register Now » February 2, 2017 Oculus VR Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has been ordered to pay $500 million in damages to video game publisher ZeniMax Media for failing to comply with a non-disclosure agreement.The decision came back Wednesday after the Dallas jury deliberated for two and a half days on a verdict, according to Polygon. They also said Oculus did not misappropriate ZeniMax trade secrets, as the publisher had claimed.”The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax’s trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor,” an Oculus spokesperson told PCMag. “We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one — developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate. We look forward to filing our appeal and eventually putting this litigation behind us.”The spat dates back to 2014 when ZeniMax sued the virtual reality firm for misappropriating trade secrets, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and unfair competition. According to the complaint, former employee John Carmack started corresponding with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey in April 2012, when the Oculus Rift was “a crude prototype.”Luckey gave Carmack an early version of the Rift “and Carmack and other ZeniMax personnel added numerous improvements to the prototype,” the complaint said. “Together, those ZeniMax employees literally transformed the Rift by adding physical hardware components and developing specialized software for its operation.”Oculus later hired Carmack as its CTO, which ZeniMax claimed put its intellectual property — “including trade secrets, copyrighted computer code and technical know-how relating to virtual reality technology that was developed by ZeniMax after years of research and investment” — at risk.Despite the victory, ZeniMax was seeking a lot more: in closing arguments, the company’s lawyer said it should win $4 billion in compensation and punitive damages, Polygon notes. Oculus’s attorney said ZeniMax was just embarrassed and jealous.Facebook and ZeniMax did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Image credit: Shutterstock.com Angela Moscaritololast_img read more

Holiday Pro Tip Dont Screw Up Your Online Layaway Process

first_img Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue –shares December 17, 2014 Assistant Editor, Contributed Contentcenter_img Updated at 5:15 p.m. ETIf you made a list (and checked it twice) of holiday gifts that you put on layaway in Kmart’s online system, some or all of those items might not get delivered — even if they’ve been paid for in full.After notifying customers that their online layaway items had to be paid off by Dec. 14 in order to be delivered by Christmas, Kmart began canceling orders because items were “out of stock,” reports Consumerist. Moreover, the refunds for those canceled items were reportedly expected to arrive too late to buy new holiday gifts.Related: 5 Reputation Missteps to Avoid During the HolidaysOutraged customers took to Kmart’s Facebook page to voice complaints. In a statement, Kmart said it is working to remedy the situation by offering affected customers free shipping and no charge for the items in question, or a gift card in cases where the items are no longer available. “We are in the process of contacting our customers and members who have received inadvertent cancellation notices for their online layaway contracts. This issue is specific to online layaway contracts for ship to home and does not impact in store layaways. Here’s what we are doing.  First, we have processed refunds for cancelled items and our customers and members will receive these refunds soon, if they haven’t already.  Second, we are working to find the items that were identified as out of stock – and if we can find them we will provide those items for free and ship at no cost.  If we don’t have those items, we will provide an e-gift card that can be used toward the purchase of items in the amount equal to the items cancelled in their order.We have expressed to our members how deeply sorry we are that this has happened – and we know this is a special time of year for families.  We are working hard to make things right.”Kmart has yet to explain why customers received “inadvertent cancellation notices” for their paid-for orders, but there’s certainly a lesson here for all businesses: you need to have a system of checks and balances in place to help with organization, especially during these hectic holiday times.It looks like a few Kmart executives can expect coal in their stockings this year — unless the sender put it on layaway online.Related: Dr. Dre Inspires Amazing Hanukkah Gift: The Dr. Dreidel Holiday Pro Tip: Don’t Screw Up Your Online Layaway Process Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Carly Okyle Business Mistakes 3 min readlast_img read more

Ecigarette vaping with nicotine appears to impair mucus clearance

first_img Source:American Thoracic Society Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 7 2019E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to hamper mucus clearance from the airways, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.In “Electronic Cigarette Vapor with Nicotine Causes Airway Mucociliary Dysfunction Preferentially via TRPA1 Receptors,” a team of researchers from the University of Kansas, University of Miami and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach reports that exposing human airway cells to e-cigarette vapor containing nicotine in culture resulted in a decreased ability to move mucus or phlegm across the surface. This phenomenon is called “mucociliary dysfunction.” The researchers report the same finding in vivo in sheep, whose airways mimic those of humans when exposed to e-cigarette vapor. Related StoriesSmoke-free generation ‘in sight’ as numbers of smokers drop dramaticallyEffective stop smoking treatments less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditionsStudy shows association between use of mentholated cigarettes and smoking cessationMucociliary dysfunction is a feature of many lung diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis. Specifically, the study found that vaping with nicotine impairs ciliary beat frequency, dehydrates airway fluid and makes mucus more viscous or sticky. These changes make it more difficult for the bronchi, the main passageways to the lung, to defend themselves from infection and injury.The researchers note that a recent report found that young e-cigarette users who never smoked were at increased risk to develop chronic bronchitis, a condition characterized by chronic production of phlegm that is also seen in tobacco smokers.Dr. Salathe said the newly published data not only support the earlier clinical report, but help explain it. A single session of vaping can deliver more nicotine to the airways than smoking one cigarette. Moreover, according to Dr. Salathe, absorption into the bloodstream is lower, possibly exposing the airways to high nicotine concentrations for prolonged periods of time.The study also found that nicotine produced these negative effects by stimulating the ion channel transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1). Blocking TRPA1 reduced the effects of nicotine on clearance in both the human cells in culture and in the sheep.”Vaping with nicotine is not harmless as commonly assumed by those who start vaping, At the very least, it increases the risk of chronic bronchitis.” Dr. Salathe said. “Our study, along with others, might even question e-cigarettes as a harm reduction approach for current smokers with respect to chronic bronchitis/COPD.”center_img This study grew out of our team’s research on the influence of tobacco smoke on mucus clearance from the airways. The question was whether vape containing nicotine had negative effects on the ability to clear secretions from the airways similar to tobacco smoke. “Senior author Matthias Salathe, MD, chair of internal medicine and a professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Centerlast_img read more

Dating app Grindr faces fury for sharing HIV data Update

Grindr founder and CEO Joel Simkhai attends an event at Milk Studios in Hollywood, California, in October 2015 ‘Key role’ of appsApproximately 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—among them an estimated 166,000 people unaware of their status. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 13 to 64 get routine annual HIV testing, adding that sexually active gay and bisexual men could benefit from more frequent tests. In 24 US states people aware that they are HIV positive are legally mandated to tell partners, according to the health agency.AIDES, a French HIV-advocacy organization, called for boycotting Grindr in light of the news—but emphasized that sharing HIV status on a dating app before meeting can “allow HIV-positive people to avoid a possible rejection when they announce it verbally,” helping to “normalize the perception and image of HIV-positive people.”Dan Wohlfeiler, a public health expert who directs the organization Building Healthy Online Communities, said open conversations about HIV are vital—and “apps play a key role in helping those conversations happen.””We also hope that apps help users make informed decisions as to how their data are being kept safe.”Natasha Babazadeh, a law fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, emphasized that Grindr must be transparent about how it is using the data or risk losing consumer trust.”Just as users have begun deleting their Facebook accounts after the Cambridge Analytica controversy, dating app users will similarly delete or extensively restrict their use of such apps,” she said in a statement to AFP. “If corporations fail to protect their users’ data they will face the ramifications, legally, financially and socially.”For his part, Danny said he “will think twice before using Grindr again.””There are plenty of ones that gay men can use that aren’t sharing our HIV status,” he said. “These are the ones I’d turn to first.” Experts had greeted with enthusiasm efforts from the self-proclaimed world’s largest gay dating app to promote regular HIV testing and status disclosure—but the effort backfired badly with the revelation that Grindr was sharing the data, prompting calls for a boycott. Explore further Citation: Dating app Grindr faces fury for sharing HIV data (Update) (2018, April 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-gay-dating-app-grindr-hiv.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Grindr, the social networking app, can be an effective way to distribute HIV home-testing kits, study finds © 2018 AFP The West Hollywood, California-based dating app, which claims 3.6 million daily active users globally, confirmed Monday it had been sharing users’ personal data—including HIV status—with third party software vendors.The revelation dovetails with a furor over lax personal data protection at Facebook.The social media giant has come under withering scrutiny since it became known that a British consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested tens of millions of its users’ personal data to create voter profiles for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Grindr chief technology officer Scott Chen sought to distance the dating app’s public relations mishap from the Facebook scandal, calling the sharing no more than “industry standard practice.” He said Apptimize and Localytics, the companies that used Grindr’s data, were simply tasked with software optimization and “under strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security, and user privacy.”But a wave of advocacy organizations and users say the revelations are a serious violation of trust and privacy—with some worrying the news could undercut recommendations from HIV prevention experts to regularly get tested and disclose HIV status with potential sexual partners.One Grindr user who identified himself as Danny said he originally thought the dating app’s option to disclose HIV status was “great,” also lauding frequent reminders on the app to get tested.”As an HIV negative man, I still had lingering anti-HIV sentiments, but with these blatant disclosures, I was forced to learn,” he told AFP. “I really thought that Grindr cared about the gay community, and was forcing us to have an important dialogue about our health and safety.”He called Grindr’s sharing of the data “a slap in the face.””It’s sad, because I think that it did drive important conversations within our community.”The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) echoed that sentiment, calling Grindr’s data-sharing “an egregious breach of confidentiality laws,” demanding it “immediately cease and desist the reckless practice.””It is extremely unfortunate that those men who have been courageous enough to share their HIV status, be it positive or negative, on their Grindr profiles, may have now had that most personal data indiscriminately shared by Grindr,” said Michael Weinstein, the AHF president. read more

Samsung opens worlds biggest smartphone factory in India

first_img Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in inaugurated the giant assembling plant—an expansion of an existing Samsung facility—in the city of Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.”The Noida plant has now become Samsung’s largest smartphone manufacturing unit,” Moon said, as the company announced that it planned to eventually manufacture 120 million smartphones a year at the factory.The decision by Samsung comes at a critical time for the South Korean electronics giant, which is facing a tough battle from Chinese competitors for the control of India’s massive smartphone market.It is also a shot in the arm for Modi’s flagship “Make in India” campaign which is trying to attract foreign investment and drum up much-needed jobs in manufacturing.Modi said the new factory would generate jobs in Uttar Pradesh, an impoverished state of roughly 220 million where his Bharatiya Janata Party won a crucial election last year.”This is an important step towards making India a manufacturing hub,” the prime minister said of the USD$750 million factory investment.”It is a matter of pride for India and Uttar Pradesh.”President Moon will be formally received by India’s President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday before holding talks with Modi in the Indian capital. India’s most populous state bans plastic, yet again Citation: Samsung opens world’s biggest smartphone factory in India (2018, July 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-samsung-world-biggest-smartphone-factory.html Moon (4L) and Modi (4R) inaugurated the giant assembling plant in the city of Noida Samsung opened the world’s largest smartphone factory in India on Monday, a move Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would help transform Asia’s third-largest economy into a global manufacturing hub.center_img © 2018 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more