World junior hockey on 660 NEWS

first_imgCanada booked its semifinal spot at the world junior hockey tournament with an 8-2 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland.You’ll be able to hear Thursday’s Canada versus the Czech Republic semifinal meeting live on 660 NEWS at 6 p.m. We’ll still provide traffic, weather and news updates throughout the hockey broadcast.The winner will advance to the gold medal game and play either the USA or Sweden.The Canadians defeated the Czechs 9-0 last month in exhibition action.last_img

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Giggs satisfied with Wales performance

first_imgDespite having lost the final of the China Cup 1-0 to Uruguay, Ryan Giggs has described himself as happy with the entire squad’s overall performance in the tournamentWales had their chances to open the scoring against Uruguay with Andy King twice coming close to scoring against goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Gareth Bale later forced the Uruguayan into another fine save, but they appeared to lose their rhythm after Edinson Cavani scored after the break in his 100th appearance at international level.“Of course, against teams like that you’re going to ride your luck but they showed us the utmost respect,” said Giggs, according to Sky Sports.“We won’t play against much better teams than that in terms of experience and talent. It was a great learning curve for the players and a great test which I thought they stood up to.“What I want from my team is to go to the end and I thought we did. Suarez and Cavani were going to the end, and we were still in the game.“Ryan Hedges put in that fantastic cross right at the end, and on another day we’d have got someone on the end of it.”Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.Overall the newly appointed Wales manager was pleased with their overall performance in the tournament and believes that there is a lot of promise within the squad.“We’ve had two very different opponents and two different performances, but equally pleasing in many ways.“I have learned there is a fantastic team spirit which I knew beforehand but then witnessing it was brilliant.“There’s also a lot of quality in the squad, and more that’s been left at home as well.“I’m really happy with the young lads who have come in and done well and with the squad as a whole.”last_img read more

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Sandals Foundation is Inspiring Joy with a Toy to Over 2000 Turks

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 – Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Beaches Resorts is ‘Inspiring Joy with a Toy’ this holiday season, all thanks to a unique partnership between the foundation and Hasbro, Inc., one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers.Thousands of local children were given the opportunity to party with Sandals Foundation volunteers, Jolly Old St. Nick, and several of their favorite furry Sesame Street friends.   “This year we are celebrating our annual toy drive under the motto Inspire Joy with a Toy,” said organizer and PR Manager Elanor Krzanowski said, “and we are truly inspiring joy, laughter and happiness among so many kids across the island.”The festivities started with excitement when 100 students from two government schools, Ianthe Pratt and Enid Capron were invited to attend Sandals Foundation’s sponsored S.T.A.R. (Sandals Travel Agency Recognition) Awards Children’s Christmas at Treasure Beach.During this event, several travel partners from North America, UK, Canada and Latin America had the opportunity to not only interact with the selected students, but also to hand deliver their gifts.“We are happy that we were able to share this experience with our travel partners,” said Heidi Clarke, Director of Programmes for the Sandals Foundation. “The travel agents do so much in creating awareness for the Foundation. We wanted them to see and interact with the students and be a part of our philanthropic efforts here in Turks & Caicos.”Later in the week, Sandals Foundation volunteers visited neighboring School Ianthe Pratt Primary to deliver over 600 Toys to students at the school.“Although the Ianthe Pratt Primary falls outside our sponsored school curriculum, they are a part of our The Bight community and we do all that we can in supporting several educational and recreational initiatives at the school.” Said, PR Manager Elanor Krzanowski, “Last year we were able to donate Christmas gift to the top performing students at that school, this year, I am excited to say that we were able to increase inventory with Hasbro, Inc to include all students at Ianthe Pratt.” The group of volunteers also took the Christmas celebration treat to their Five Cay based Sponsored school Enid Capron Primary, where every students received a gift and treat as they do every year.  “We have been working with Enid Capron for the past decade, and have hosted several Christmas treats over the years, the excitement and the beaming faces never get old, and it’s actually one of the highlights of my Christmas.”  Krzanowski continued,  “I am just really grateful that I work for a resort where corporate responsibility is the core of their operation, every Christmas children across the island can look forward gift and treats from Beaches and the Sandals Foundation.”This year, the Sandals Foundation was able to extend the Christmas treats to not just students at its adopted schools, but also children in the Providenciales community which included several churches and the local orphanage and the foster children program.“The students look forward to this event every year and it is the highlight of their Christmas. It is with great appreciation that the Enid Capron family expresses profound thanks to the Sandals Foundation for once again hosting our annual Christmas party and bringing gifts for every single student at our school.”  Said Enid Capron Principal Sophia Garland.Nikeemo King of the Ianthe Pratt Primary school also expressed her gratitude, “Once again, thank you to Beaches Resort and The Sandals Foundation for pitting smiles on our students faces for the holiday, I am grateful”Other Christmas treats and celebrations included, Clement Howell High School Christmas Treat, The Bight Community Kids Christmas Party, The Beaches Staff Christmas party, which expected to see over 800 kids in attendance.All Christmas treat activities included face painting, line dancing, arts and crafts, and coloring sessions while kids indulged in mouthwatering delights such as cheeseburgers, hotdogs, cotton candies, ice cream and beverages.last_img read more

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Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

first_imgAnthony Martial has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain the managerial position at Manchester United on a permanent basis.The French midfielder revealed the entire squad is enjoying the reign of the Norwegian boss ahead of their clash with PSG.Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday to enter the top four and further extend the unbeaten run under the 45-year-old to 11 games.French connexion ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/6q6N13MBFS— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) December 22, 2018“Well, obviously things are going really well at the moment. We’re really happy to have him here,” the France forward told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.“Sure, I hope we can continue with him. The final decision isn’t down to us but certainly, we’re happy he’s here at the moment.”“We’ve got a coach who’s got different intentions, a different approach,” Martial disclosed via FourFourTwo. “We’re trying to do what he wants us to do.“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence and a lot of determination. That’s really a boost to us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He had a lot of confidence in us and we’re trying to pay him back in kind.“He’s asking me to attack more, that’s my job after all – to make the difference, as it were, to be more decisive“Things are working out well for the other attackers as well. I hope we can continue to be as effective and efficient.”.@AnthonyMartial: “Obviously things are going really well at the moment so we’re happy to have him [Ole] here with us.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/5pELklKcg0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019However, Solskjaer feels that there is still room for improvement when it comes to Martial’s finishing.“He’s often said that to me and even previous managers have said that to me,” he added.“I think if I do manage to do that [and] get beyond the defence then I will score more goals.”last_img read more

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Amazons new Pegasus drive robot will save workers from heavy lifting

first_img Amazon re:MARS coverage While 800 robotic units are already in place at this single facility, Amazon said they aren’t meant to replace their human counterparts.  Mobile Tech Industry Internet Culture Share your voice “We employ the same number of people now that we did before we had the robotics field. The robots just pick up the extra workload,” Cathryn Kachura, a flow control specialist from the Denver sorting center, said in a blog post. Within six months of their launch in October 2018, the robots have already collectively traveled more than 1.5 million miles throughout the center. “We will need to hire more people to help sustain the increased productivity levels,” Steve Campbell, director of Amazon robotics product strategy, said in the blog post. “This is the chain reaction of job growth we strive for when designing robotic systems.”Originally published June 5.June 6: Adds comment from Amazon  0 Amazon relies on technology like robots to increase efficiency at its shipping centers.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon’s newest helping hand is a 2-foot-tall orange robot. The Pegasus drive robot technology, which will join the ranks of Amazon’s Kiva robots, is already helping workers move individual packages at a sorting center in Denver, the company said Wednesday at its re:MARS AI conference in Las Vegas. Amazon plans to roll out the program at more sorting centers later this summer. The robots are attached to a conveyer belt that leads them to employees. The employees place a package on each of the robots, which travel to their predetermined eject station. The actions give rise to a “robot highway,” where robots simultaneously transport packages to different stations within the facility all under two minutes. “Our new Pegasus drive units help to reduce sort errors, minimize damage, and speed up delivery times,” Amazon said in an emailed statement. Amazon Prime Air’s new delivery drone could sneak up on you Amazon’s voice assistant will get smarter. These new Alexa Prize teams will help Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to schedule a whole movie night out Amazon StyleSnap uses AI to help you shop for clothescenter_img 1:21 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Google’s AI defeats humans at StarCraft, Amazon readies… Amazon Robotslast_img read more

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Mission Shakti Will Indias antisatellite missile ASAT test trigger space arms race

first_imgTesting an ASAT system, India showed its military might in space as it became the 4th country to become a part of a unique space power club. The test could trigger a more intensive space weaponisation race in the region.Representative imageIndia’s historic anti-satellite missile (ASAT) test could become a fluttering red flag to the Chinese Dragon that could intensify the efforts to weaponise space. India joined as the fourth nation on the elite list of countries – after the US, Russia and China – with anti-satellite missile capability when it destroyed down a test satellite by Mission Shakti on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s success in a special announcement to the nation. Observers say Indian must have shot down a test satellite that it had sent up as non-commercial payload on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) recently to placed on a low earth orbit (LEO).At a time when warfare is becoming more and more network-centric utilizing satellites that can overfly enemy territory, the ability to destroy or jam a strategically important spacecraft is a huge force multiplier, according to experts. India has launched a series of satellites that can peep through cloud and tree cover to sent back militarily valuable data and reports say the recent the Indian Air Force (IAF) air strike on Pakistan’s Balakot terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar was helped by Indian spy satellites. The attack by a posse of Mirage-2000 ground attack aircraft escorted by Sukhoi 30 (Su-30 MKI) air superiority fighters was in retaliation to the Pulwama terror strike that killed 43 paramilitary personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.Experts say that India has possessed the capability of shooting down a satellite for some time now and then Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) boss VK Saraswat claimed in 2012 that India had everything needed to destroy a satellite in space. DRDO’s Agni-5 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) is capable of hitting targets on land and in space, according to observers. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved the capability of making pinpoint hits in space with weapon payloads of up to 2,000 tonnes with its Goe Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) series.India perhaps intensified its space weapons programme after China made its first satellite kill as early as 2007. There were reports at that time Beijing lit up a US military satellite with a laser beam triggering panic in Pentagon.Pentagon said as late as January this year that Chinese military was indeed training with ASAT missiles. Freebeacon reported on January 23 that Beijing had deployed multiple units with ASAT missiles that can destroy US military satellites. The report by the US National Air and Space Intelligence Center, known as Nasic, said that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) units had begun training with the satellite-killing missiles. The report warned that China, along with Russia, had developed an array of space arms designed to challenge US space superiority.Elaborating the importance of ASAT system, thediplimat.com website said in June 2016 that a state with command over space-based assets could jam enemy satellites or destroy them, and stop the enemy from communicating with troops or accessing vital information about troop movements or incoming missiles.Beijing is known to have conducted an ASAT missile test in 2013 when it launched its improved missile, the Dong Neng-2 or DN-2. According to US intelligence reports, the DN-2 was a “ground-based, high earth-orbit attack missile.” The Secure World Foundation said evidence suggested that China’s May 2013 launch was “the test of the rocket component of a new direct ascent ASAT weapons system derived from a road-mobile ballistic missile.”China first achieved a satellite kill in January 2007 with a KT-1 military rocket that destroyed a redundant Chinese Feng Yun 1-C weather LEO satellite, about 800km above the Earth. Space scientists reported that the test must have left behind about 3,000 pieces of dangerous space debris in LEO, where reconnaissance and weather satellites and manned space missions are vulnerable. The destruction of at least one Russian satellite in May 2013 is attributed to hitting one such piece of debris, according to the article on thedipolomat.com by Harsh Vasani of the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University. India’s Agni 5 Missile is displayed during the final full dress rehearsal for the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 23, 2013. Experts say Agni 5, the intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM), can be converted into an anti-satellite weapon.RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter the Chinese ASAT missile test of 2007, Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor, was quoted by The Times of India as saying that China’s space programme was expanding at an “exponentially rapid” pace in both offensive and defensive capabilities, and that space was becoming the “ultimate military high ground” to dominate in the wars of the future.Saraswat announced in 2012 that India had all the building blocks in place to integrate an anti-satellite weapon to neutralize hostile satellites in low earth and polar orbits. Saraswat said that India’s anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defence system could be developed as an ASAT weapon, along with its Agni series of missiles.Observers say that while existing space treaties prohibit placing weapons of mass destruction in space, they do not explicitly prohibit the placing of other types of weapons. Therefore, the DRDO has been developing orbital weapons that could remain in space for as long as required while orbiting the Earth or the Moon.India’s latest ASAT test should clear the doubt among international defence research community whether India had indeed mastered the series of complex capabilities that ASAT system needed. The success of Mission Shakti proves beyond doubt India has deployed complex space-based sensors, synthetic aperture radars, a sound navigation system, guidance and control, and an indigenous global positioning system.last_img read more

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Manatees Escape The Endangered List — But Maybe Too Soon

first_img Share Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty ImagesA young manatee swims at a zoo in France in 2017Sure, the news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrived just a little late for Manatee Appreciation Day — but it’s unlikely the gentle finned blimp will be too upset about the belated gift: The announcement that the agency is removing the West Indian manatee from the list of endangered species is welcome, no matter when it arrives.In some ways, this moment marks nothing less than a “success story” for the giant marine mammal, which roams from the Southeastern U.S. into the Caribbean. That’s what Phil Kloer, spokesman for the agency, tells Reuters.“It has been doing very well,” Kloer says. “It has been coming back.”“While there is still more work to be done to fully recover manatee populations, particularly in the Caribbean, manatee numbers are increasing and we are actively working with partners to address threats,” the agency’s acting director, Jim Kurth, said in a statement.The FWS says there are about 6,620 manatees in Florida waters now, the third straight year the agency has recorded numbers above 6,000. The agency attributes the comeback partly to the establishment of sanctuaries, the retrofitting of locks and levees, and regulations to reduce boater collisions.So, great news … right?Many conservationists argue the manatee’s reclassification from “endangered” to “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act is far from the unalloyed victory it may appear to be.“We believe this is a devastating blow to manatees,” Patrick Rose, executive director of the Save the Manatee Club, said in a statement:“A federal reclassification at this time will seriously undermine the chances of securing the manatee’s long-term survival. With the new federal administration threatening to cut 75% of regulations, including those that protect our wildlife and air and water quality, the move to downlist manatees can only be seen as a political one.”The organization argues that the FWS “failed to adequately consider data from 2010 to 2016, during which time manatees suffered from unprecedented mortality events linked to habitat pollution, dependence on artificial warm water sources, and record deaths from watercraft strikes.”And GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida tweeted that the “decision to weaken manatee protections” was “HUGELY disappointing.”As The Washington Post points out, “the Center for Biological Diversity also opposed the federal reclassification, calling 2016 ‘the deadliest year to date’ for the animals.”Still, the FWS emphasized that the downlisting will not have an appreciable effect on existing federal protections and that the manatee will “continue to be protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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UPDATE Federal Judge Approves ATTs 85 Billion Takeover Of Time Warner

first_imgflickr.comUpdated on June 12th at 4:23 p.m. (Central Time)A federal judge has approved AT&T’s merger with Time Warner. He rejected the government’s argument that it would hurt competition in pay TV and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars more to stream TV and movies.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon announced the decision Tuesday, bringing the biggest antitrust trial in years to an end. The ruling blesses the $85 billion merger, one of the biggest media deals ever. It allows AT&T, a phone and pay-TV giant, to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.The Department of Justice could decide to appeal the verdict. AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Other companies are likely to rush to consolidate.Tuesday’s ruling signaled that federal regulators will have a hard time stopping companies from getting bigger by gobbling up rivals and the programming they own. Even if a company doesn’t need to get bigger right away, it might need to do so to prevent a competitor from overshadowing it.For starters, expect Comcast to make a bid for Fox’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday. Disney has made a $52.4 billion all-stock offer for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the “Avatar” movies, “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family.” Comcast has promised to top that. AT&T’s favorable ruling would seem to clear any regulatory hesitation.————————————————-The fate of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, a massive media deal opposed by the government that could shape how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies, rests in the hands of a federal judge.This comes just a day after the repeal of net neutrality rules.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon is expected to announce in court Tuesday his decision in the biggest antitrust trial in years. The Trump Justice Department sued to block the $85 billion merger, arguing that it would hurt competition in pay TV and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars more to stream TV and movies.If Leon approves the deal, the phone and pay-TV giant would be allowed to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.Another possible outcome would be for the judge to approve the merger — but on condition that AT&T not acquire certain Time Warner assets, such as Turner Broadcasting’s CNN, or sell off its valuable DirecTV, or accept curbs on how it deploys Time Warner programming.Or Leon could reject the merger outright, accepting the government’s contention that it would hurt pay-TV consumers and competition in the industry.The mega-merger is a high-stakes bet by AT&T Inc. on the synergy between companies that produce news and entertainment and those that funnel it to consumers — who spend more time watching video on phones and tablets and less time on traditional live TV on a big screen.Approval of the combination would be a stinging defeat for the Justice Department, which could move to appeal Leon’s ruling. The proposed merger was so big and consequential that it drew the government’s first lawsuit in decades to block a merger of two companies that don’t directly compete. First floated in October 2016, the deal also brought fire from then-candidate Donald Trump, who promised to kill it “because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.”Dallas-based AT&T’s power flows from its position as a wireless, broadband and satellite behemoth that also became the country’s biggest pay-TV provider with its purchase of DirecTV. It claims about 25 million of the 90 million or so U.S. households that are pay-TV customers.Leon’s ruling could shape the government’s future competition policy. Approval could open the floodgates to deal making in the fast-changing entertainment and video-content worlds. Major cable, satellite and phone companies are bulking up with purchases of entertainment conglomerates to compete against rivals born on the internet, like Amazon and Google.Rejection likely would chill future combinations. Pressing in the wings are potential big-billions deals involving 21st Century Fox and Disney, Verizon and CBS, T-Mobile and Sprint. Comcast and Verizon are also jockeying for position in the new landscape.As president, Trump has called the merger “not good for the country” and said he believed it would push pay-TV prices higher. Looming in the background of the deal has been Trump’s long-running feud with Time Warner’s CNN, which he has often derided as “failing” and a purveyor of “fake news.”The six-week trial featured a parade of expert witnesses as attorneys for the opposing sides took Leon on a journey through the twisty dynamics of the media and entertainment landscape. The companies’ CEOs, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson and Jeffrey Bewkes of Time Warner Inc., testified in support of the deal.The government argued that AT&T would gain outsize market power, jacking up the prices it charges cable providers to carry networks in the Time Warner stable. Post-merger, AT&T rivals like Charter Communications and Cox, which currently pay Time Warner for its channels, would suddenly also become AT&T’s customers. The government’s star witness was Carl Shapiro, an economist at the University of California, who used an economic model to predict that consumer cable bills could rise $500 million annually in aggregate by 2021.The companies’ main economist, Dennis Carlton from the University of Chicago, refuted Shapiro’s model as overly complicated and rejected his conclusions. The government failed to prove that the merger would dampen competition and innovation and raise prices for pay TV, said Daniel Petrocelli, the companies’ lead attorney in defending the merger. In fact, he suggested, consumers could end up paying less after a merger — maybe even $500 million less annually.AT&T has said it needs to buy Time Warner to compete with the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the shape-shifting streaming-TV environment. The combination would push technology forward and give consumers more choices, AT&T has promised. Sharelast_img read more

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Boost Your Body Acceptance For Better Health

first_imgWe all can feel the effects of weight stigma, no matter what our size. In this episode, we help you feel good about the body you’re living in and give strategies to improve your health without obsessing about your weight. Here’s what to remember: In one research study, people were pulled out of what they thought was a “shopping psychology” study because they wouldn’t fit into the designer clothes set up for the experiment. Afterward, those people had higher cortisol levels than those who weren’t excluded. Prolonged exposure to excess cortisol can cause your body to deposit fat in your belly region, which is the kind of fat associated with a greater risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. “Experiencing weight stigma can sort of trigger these processes that ironically make you gain more weight,” says Janet Tomiyama, a health psychologist at UCLA and senior author of the study. “And that could put you at even more risk for weight stigma.” Read the whole story: NPRcenter_img Recognize that weight stigma can actually harm your physical health. last_img read more

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IRCTC foray into speciality dining

first_imgSeeking to foray into fine dining restaurant business at swanky hotels across the country, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is all set to open a speciality restaurant in the ITDC-run Hotel Janpath in the national Capital.“IRCTC is in the final phase of negotiations with ITDC to get some space at Hotel Janpath,” Sandip Dutta, Manager, PR, IRCTC said. The official said IRCTC plans to develop and operate the space by launching an IRCTC-branded specialty restaurant with bar and banquet facilities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ IRCTC intends to showcase its venture at Hotel Janpath as its flagship property of this business, he pointed out. In addition, it plans to engage an established consultant for setting up this flagship property and building its brand and image. Once the restaurant becomes functional, it will create a niche in the ‘Fine Dining Restaurant’ segment, thereby expanding the horizons of IRCTC’s overall catering business. “IRCTC plans to strengthen this vertical with the presence of its brand across the country,” he said. The 1996-found IRCTC, a ‘mini Ratna’ PSU of Indian Railways for e-ticketing, has entered into food catering and tourism promotion in a big way. Besides providing meals in some premium trains like Rajdhani and Duranto, it also caters to its corporate clients like Samsung, Nokia, HCL and Oxford University Press through its base kitchens in Delhi and Noida.last_img read more

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Bedtime Gets HighTech With Digital PJs

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 29, 2013 This story appears in the November 2013 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read Entrepreneur: Juan Murdoch pioneered a high-tech approach to the classic bedtime story. Inspired by QR-code technology, he created cotton pajamas printed with a series of colorful dots. When scanned with a smartphone, the dots trigger a free app (available for Android and iPhone) that launches one of 47 bedtime stories–narrated digital tales with colorful photos plus text to allow kids to read along. The Idaho entrepreneur introduced Smart PJs in 2012.”Aha” moment: During a meeting at the real-estate firm where Murdoch worked as a sales agent, a broker discussed the benefits of using QR codes on “for sale” signs. It was then that Murdoch, a father of six, had the inspiration to use the black-and-white codes to enliven story time. “I was so excited about the idea that I left the meeting and went to my office to Google it and see if it had been done,” he recalls. When no results turned up, Murdoch felt certain he was onto something big.Getting the nod: Murdoch had a built-in focus group at home. His kids, who range in age from 6 to 18, had such a positive reaction to his idea that he was encouraged to move forward. “I was talking about taking two things that had been around forever–pajamas and bedtime stories–and changing them into something brand new,” he says. “The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever.”Nightmare: Murdoch lacked the technical background to bring the concept to life, so he enlisted help from a Brigham Young University computer science graduate who experimented with developing methods for scanning fabric. Murdoch invested $50,000 of his savings into development, but the initial attempts failed.”You had to hold the [smartphone] in the perfect position, the lighting had to be just right, and the fabric couldn’t be wrinkled,” Murdoch says. “Kids have a very short attention span, and they would lose focus if it was too hard [to scan].”Although he was passionate about his idea, the practical frustrations of creating scannable codes for pint-size pajamas proved overwhelming. Six months after he started experimenting, Murdoch put his project on the back burner.Works like a dream: It was another real-estate meeting that brought Murdoch back to product development. Discussing lead generation, someone mentioned seeing a product in a store and thinking, “I had that idea once, but I didn’t follow through.” Murdoch knew he didn’t want another entrepreneur to bring his idea to market.With renewed determination, he cheered on his development team in their quest to find a pattern that was easier to scan. The winning design was a simplified series of colorful dots. “When we first got it to work, we were amazed,” Murdoch says.Get your zzz’s: Murdoch had 3,000 pairs of his interactive pajamas made by a clothing manufacturer in China in late 2012. He sold them from the back of his pickup truck and through SmartPJs.com. His big breakthrough came with a mention on Mashable that drew 20,000 visitors to the site. This summer, Brookstone started stocking the pajamas, which retail for $30.No time for sleeping on the job: The bedtime-stories app is expected to be a perennial favorite, but additional apps are in development. Murdoch is also exploring licensing agreements with companies that wish to use the technology to promote their brands. “Pajamas,” he says, “are just the beginning.” Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Global airline industry to rake in 674 billion in 2016

first_imgAirline industry experts have forecasted that the amount charged by airlines from travellers for in-flight drinks and food or even for choosing seats with a greater leg room would increase by 13.8% in 2016 to an overwhelming $67.4 billion.The above statistics have been put forward by IdeaWorks, which is an airline revenue consultancy, as well as an online car rental booking organisation known as CarTrawler, and includes as many as 178 airlines.Collectively, they arrived at the conclusion that the additional income of airlines from travellers has risen by about 200% ever since the year 2010. It has also added that globally it accounts for about 9.1% of airline revenue.Income from travellers for their checked-in baggage generated of $44.9 billion this year. The smaller chunk of airline revenue is believed to be sourced from selling frequent flyer miles to program partners and also commissions earned through car rental and hotel bookings. The amount earned is about $22.5 billion.It has been found that airlines companies like Air New Zealand are capable of collecting the largest amount of total revenue from ancillary revenue that amounts to about $26.9 billion worldwide this year.The different factors that have led to the generation of such grand revenue include seat assignment, premium seating, checked baggage and so on. The U.S. major airlines are predicted to earn $20.2 billion this year from ancillary revenue.As per the ancillary revenue yearbook released in September, Qantas Airways secured the ninth rank amongst the top 10 airlines for earning money like this. It was able to earn about $1.17 billion, a majority of which can be attributed to frequent flyer programs. Jetstar, on the other hand, earned about $564 million.last_img read more

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French cable operator Numericable has passed five

first_imgFrench cable operator Numericable has passed five million home with its fibre-based very high-speed internet network and now accounts for three quarters of French very high-speed connections, according to figures compiled by telecom regulator ARCEP.Numericable now offers very high-speed services to five million homes and has confirmed its objective to pass 8.5 million by 2016.Numericable serves 1.353 million of France’s 1.845 million very high-speed subscribers.The cable operator has said it will hire 200 new network architects, project chiefs, sales engineers and other staff to take its deployment forwards.last_img read more

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Subscription VOD service YouTube Red has ordered a

first_imgSubscription VOD service YouTube Red has ordered a sci-fi drama called Origin that has China International Television Corporation (CITVC) and Sony Pictures Television (CPT) attached.The ten-part drama comes from Sony-owned UK prodco Left Bank Pictures (The Crown) and Knighfall producer Midnight Radio, with CITVC and SPT’s international production arm producing in association.Origin is billed as a “chilling new sci-fi thriller” for 2018 in which abandoned passengers on a spacecraft bound for a distant plant band together to work for survival, only to realise one of them is not who they claim to be.Emerging scribe Mika Watkins, who has written for shows such as Troy and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, is creator, writer and executive producer.Left Bank CEO Andy Harries is another executive producer, as are his colleagues Rob Bullock and Suzanne Mackie, plus Midnight Radio’s André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg.YouTube’s global head of original content Susanne Daniels said the sci-fi and adventure genres “are huge” on the video site, adding: “Our audience will be intrigued by the unexpected plot twists and turns in this bold, studio-quality thriller.”The show has been in the works for some time, and marks a first major gig for Watkins, whose star has been rising in the UK.“Mika is an exceptional new voice and we are excited to bring her first major project to the screen with our friends at YouTube Red,” said Harries.Origin also marks one of the first major series commissioned since Wayne Garvie was named as president of international production at SPT. He described the show as “a truly global project that brings together partners from the US, UK and China to create a unique and thrilling space drama”.YouTube Red is currently available in US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.last_img read more

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One of the disabled campaigners whose bedroom tax

first_imgOne of the disabled campaigners whose “bedroom tax” cases were heard in the Supreme Court this week has spoken of his “contempt” for ministers who have forced them to spend years fighting for their rights through the legal system.Paul Rutherford said it was tough and even “scary” to take on the government, but that he and his wife Susan “owe it to all disabled people to see it through”, despite a legal battle that began in 2013.He said: “I have nothing but contempt for anyone who can put people like us through this, just by making a policy that is ideological and hasn’t saved money.”The Supreme Court was asked this week to deliver a final ruling on whether the bedroom tax discriminates “unjustifiably” against disabled people.The court heard evidence concerning six disabled people, who have all been struggling since the introduction three years ago of what the government calls its spare room subsidy removal policy.Disabled activists were outside the Supreme Court in Westminster to show their support for the disabled people and carers who have spent years trying to persuade the courts that they should be exempted from the bedroom tax.Bedroom tax regulations mean tenants in social housing are punished financially if assessed as “under-occupying” their homes, with about two-thirds of those affected being disabled people.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has argued that the needs of disabled people subject to the bedroom tax because they need an extra room should be met by discretionary housing payments (DHPs), extra funds handed by DWP to local authorities.But Paul Rutherford told Disability News Service after the hearing that ministers “ought to walk in our shoes before deciding we need encouragement to work.“We work 24/7 looking after Warren, even with the carers who come in every day to help.”He and Susan care for their 16-year-old disabled grandson in an adapted three-bedroom bungalow in Pembrokeshire. Both the Rutherfords are disabled and can only look after Warren, who needs 24-hour care, with the help of a paid, overnight care worker, who stays overnight in their third bedroom, which is also used to store vital equipment for their grandson.Although the rules allow for an extra bedroom if an adult claimant or their partner needs overnight care, this does not apply to families with a disabled child.Rutherford said: “Sue is especially angry because our security has been taken away, and because the DWP said in court [in 2014] that us having carers in was a ‘lifestyle choice’ and means nothing.“It is a lifestyle choice to give up her life for the last 15 years and look after Warren. It means he can have a loving, caring family life and not be ‘consigned’ to a home at a cost of at least £250,000 a year.”Rutherford, who attended the first day of the hearing, said it was worth the impact on his own health to be able to look the seven Supreme Court justices in the eye, but that having to now wait two or three months for the court’s decision was “massively stressful”.He praised the support from other disabled people, including Disabled People Against Cuts, WinVisible and Sisters Uncut at the Supreme Court, with further support from Carers UK, Grandparents Plus and Papworth Trust, and the Child Poverty Action Group, which provided the legal team.He added: “We realised we would have to carry on the fight when we heard about others in similar situations.“Some have cases stayed pending the outcome of this week’s hearing and others weren’t able to appeal for many reasons.”Another of the cases heard this week by the Supreme Court was that of Mervyn Drage, who lives alone in a three-bedroom flat in a high-rise block, let to him 19 years ago because his council considered it was unsuitable for families.He has a number of significant mental health problems and physical impairments, which are exacerbated by stress, anxiety and changes to his routine, and is anxious about having to move if his full housing benefit is not reinstated. Drage has had to rely on DHPs from his local council, but they ran out last month and he now has to wait to hear if the council will approve his latest DHP application.A third case concerns Jacqueline Carmichael, who lives with her husband Jayson in a two-bedroom housing association flat.Her impairment means she has to sleep in a fixed position in a hospital bed, on an electronic pressure mattress.Her husband, her full-time carer, cannot sleep with her in the bed because of the risk of hurting her while he’s asleep, but there is not enough space for a second bed, so he sleeps in a second bedroom.When the new regulations were introduced the Carmichaels had their housing benefit cut by 14 per cent because they were seen as over-occupying their home.The court heard evidence on two sets of cases over the three days this week.The first cases were brought by Mervyn Drage, the Carmichaels, James Daly, JD*, and Richard Rourke. The second set of cases include the Rutherfords.In all of the cases, the high court ruled that the bedroom tax regulations were discriminatory, but that this discrimination was justified and therefore lawful.  In the first set of cases, the court of appeal refused to overturn the high court’s ruling, but in the Rutherfords’ case the court of appeal overturned the high court’s ruling and found that the government had failed to justify the discrimination.  Karen Ashton, from Central England Law Centre, which represents James Daly, Mervyn Drage and JD, said the cases were about “fairness”.She said: “It is about disabled people being entitled to be paid sufficient housing benefit for the size and type of accommodation they need because of their disabilities and not being penalised because they are disabled.”Ugo Hayter, solicitor at Leigh Day, who acts for the Carmichaels and Richard Rourke, said: “My clients are looking to the Supreme Court to recognise and bring to an end the awful hardship they, and many other disabled people nationally, have been subjected to since the introduction of the bedroom tax.“They don’t want special treatment, they just want the ability to live with dignity and the same security enjoyed as of right by their able-bodied counterparts, who aren’t made to rely on short term and discretionary payments to meet their housing costs.”*An anonymity order has been made to protect the identity of JD’s disabled daughterPicture, by Ros Wynne-: Paul Rutherford (left) outside the Supreme Court with Jacqueline and Jayson Carmichaellast_img read more

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Billionaire Launches US Millennial Voter Drive

first_img Next Article Add to Queue Reuters Image credit: Anne Cusack | Getty Images Politics Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer’s super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to help elect candidates that champion climate change policies in November’s general election.Steyer’s NextGen Climate super PAC, a political group that raises funds to boost candidates with strong environmental platforms, said the campaign aims to boost turnout of millennials, who have become one of the largest potential voter groups.In the lead-up to the November general election, NextGen will deploy hundreds of organizers across over 200 colleges to register young voters and facilitate on-campus voting.”We are determined that they will be a difference maker,” Steyer told reporters on a conference call.The group is targeting seven battleground states where Steyer said millennial voters could “make up the difference in a tight race.”Those states are Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Illinois and Colorado.Steyer has been the second largest individual political donor in 2016, having spent $13 million so far this year, according to OpenSecrets.org.NextGen said the number of registered millennials has nearly tripled since 2008 from 17.2 million to 50.3 million, making the demographic a key political force in 2016.Climate change and clean energy is an area where there is widespread millennial interest.NextGen cited a June 2015 poll that found that 73 percent of young voters want the United States to get 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.The group has not yet announced which candidates it will endorse in the presidential or congressional races but said it has challenged all candidates to say how they would achieve a goal of hitting a 50 percent clean energy target by 2030.He said the air and water impacts of fracking, a controversial drilling technique that has been responsible for a boom in U.S. oil and natural gas production over the past decade, shows the U.S. needs to make a faster transition away from fossil fuels.Steyer said NextGen will spend around $25 million on the months-long campaign and will launch several other initiatives later in the election cycle.Steyer’s PAC in 2014 aimed to make climate change into a wedge issue in the 2014 midterm elections, spending over $70 million with mixed results.But with millennial voters turning out in record numbers in the 2016 primaries, Steyer sees a formula for success.”We need to make sure to carry on that momentum until November,” he said.(Reporting By Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Chris Reese) –shares April 25, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters Billionaire Launches U.S. Millennial Voter Drive Tom Steyer Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 3 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Customer Experience Management Leader Medallia names Gavin Selkirk as Vice President of

first_img APACcustomer experience managementGavin SelkirkMarketing TechnologyMedalliaNews Previous ArticleDigital Turbine Partners with Leading Attribution and Analytics CompaniesNext ArticleOpenX Introduces First People-Based Marketing Solution For The Open Web Customer Experience Management Leader Medallia names Gavin Selkirk as Vice President of APAC PRNewswireMay 3, 2019, 5:05 pmMay 3, 2019 Veteran It Leader Will Spearhead Medallia’s Rapid Growth Across the Asia-PacificMedallia, Inc., the global leader in experience management, announced that IT industry expert, Gavin Selkirk, has been named the company’s new Area Vice President and General Manager of Medallia’s operations in the Asia-Pacific.Following eight years as a Lieutenant in the Australian Navy, Selkirk has enjoyed the past 25 years in the IT industry helping multinational companies grow and expand in Asia and will lead Medallia’s accelerated growth in a region known for high brand standards and experience.With a diverse set of experiences ranging from being the first employee in Asia for a European-based software company, to operating at scale as CEO for ASEAN with systems integration company Fujitsu, Selkirk has traversed multiple market segments including complex analytics solutions with SAS, cloud-based solutions at BMC, to selling Salesforce.com solutions as a partner at Fujitsu. He was most recently President of Asia Pacific & Japan for BMC. Selkirk’s hire will provide Medallia with rich industry knowledge to apply to its operation and go-to-market strategy and execution.Marketing Technology News: Tetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TV“We’ve seen enormous demand in Asia Pacific for Medallia’s leading customer experience platform. As we step up our investment, Gavin’s experience and industry knowledge will be a great benefit,” said Bill Schuh, Medallia’s SVP of Global Industry Sales. “Gavin’s passion lies in operating in high growth, cloud environments where IT can help customers grow revenue and enhance interactions with their customers – making Medallia a perfect fit.”“Medallia’s market-leading experience management practice and rapid growth were the main factors in my decision to join the team,” commented Selkirk. “The customer base represents some of the leading brands in Asia, a dominant footprint in hospitality, and a growing base of customers in retail and other industry segments.”Marketing Technology News: Optimal Blue Extends Social Media Platform with Integrated Publishing CapabilitiesMedallia has a strong existing presence and reputation in APAC, powering Experience Management programs for Optus, Auto & General, and Veon. Medallia was named a leader and recognized for its ability to drive improvements at scale among top APAC customer feedback management providers by Forrester Research, a leading global research and advisory firm[1].Marketing Technology News: PDI Launches PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions to Broadly Serve Needs of Convenience Retailers and Petroleum Wholesalerslast_img read more

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Seismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft Events

first_imgSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft Events PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:16 pmJune 10, 2019 Doug WinterMarketing TechnologyMicrosoftMicrosoft cloudNewssales and marketing enablementseismic Previous ArticleComcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most Innovative Company of the YearNext ArticleDelivra Unveils Improved User Experience and Automation Dashboard Participation at Microsoft’s Business Applications Summit, Microsoft Ready, and Microsoft Inspire Shows Companies’ Deep Product Integrations & Efforts to Advance the Sales Enablement CategorySeismic, a recognized leader in sales and marketing enablement, announced its participation at upcoming Microsoft events that will showcase the continued success of Seismic’s collaboration with Microsoft, demonstrate Seismic integrations across several Microsoft cloud offerings, and support companies’ widespread adoption of sales enablement.“Seismic has worked closely with Microsoft almost since the time that Seismic was founded,” said Doug Winter, Seismic co-founder and CEO. “Seismic and Microsoft share a commitment to business productivity and efficiency through technology innovation, and it has heavily influenced our growth and standing as an unrivaled sales enablement leader. I’m thrilled to see the relationship continue to flourish and develop.”As one of the next milestones of Seismic and Microsoft’s relationship, Seismic will be a sponsor at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit, an annual event with the opportunity to connect with experts, collaborate with the community and learn new skills, from June 10-11, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Seismic Senior Director of Product Management Tom Strader will give a theater session talk on Monday, June 10th at 1:10 p.m. ET about how Seismic is empowering sales enablement for the modern workplace by arming sellers with hyper-relevant personalized sales content, communications, news and live analytics, everywhere they work. Seismic will also be exhibiting at booth #34, showcasing product updates and integrations with Microsoft, such as Seismic’s Microsoft Dynamics 365 integration.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple LanguagesSeismic’s integration with Dynamics 365 enables sales efficiency and customization for better buyer conversations. Sellers can not only access the entire Seismic platform directly within Dynamics 365, but also leverage data within Dynamics 365 to provide sellers with the ability to access content that has been proven to be most effective in any selling interaction. Sellers can then personalize and collaborate on that content, all without leaving Dynamics 365.In addition to Seismic’s participation at Microsoft’s Business Applications Summit, the company will be at Microsoft Ready, Microsoft’s annual internal marketing, technical, and sales kick-off event. Seismic will also be at Microsoft Inspire, the Microsoft flagship partner event. At both events, taking place in Las Vegas, NV, July 14-18, 2019, Seismic will show additional product integrations with Dynamics 365, Office 365 and Azure.“Seismic has consistently been a very strong partner to Microsoft, both from a go-to-market and product integration perspective,” said Ariel Katz, General Manager, Dynamics 365 at Microsoft Corp. “Recent co-development efforts will offer customers even better returns on their sales enablement investment, and allow them to optimize the use of the Microsoft business applications, like Dynamics 365 for Sales, that sellers rely on daily. There is a lot more to come from this relationship, as Seismic and Microsoft work toward a next generation customer engagement stack that will re-shape the customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital EraSeismic is a longstanding sales enablement leader, with a customer success team of more than 170 people and a product development team of more than 180 people. Seismic’s customer support excellence and product innovation were most recently validated by its position as a Leader in the fifth consecutive G2 Crowd  Grid Report for Sales Enablement, and with a Gold Stevie® Award in the Sales Enablement Solution – New Version category in the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Seismic’s live data integration, content automation capabilities, and dynamic content personalization technology, LiveDocs®, are among the offerings that set Seismic apart and allow sellers to improve each buyer interaction and outcome.Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketinglast_img read more

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Factcheck Whos right on protections for preexisting conditions Its complicated

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Ensuring that people with preexisting health conditions can get and keep health insurance is the most popular part of the Affordable Care Act. It has also become a flashpoint in this fall’s campaigns across the country.And not only is the ACA, which mostly protects people who buy their own coverage, at risk. Also potentially in the crosshairs are preexisting conditions protections that predate the federal health law.Democrats charge that Republicans’ opposition to the ACA puts those protections in peril, both by their (unsuccessful) votes in Congress in 2017 to “repeal and replace” the law, and via a federal lawsuit underway in Texas.”800,000 West Virginians with preexisting conditions in jeopardy of losing their health care,” claimed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).Republicans disagree. “Preexisting conditions are safe,” President Donald Trump declared at a rally in West Virginia for Manchin’s GOP opponent, Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey, West Virginia’s attorney general, is one of a group of state officials suing to overturn the ACA.Who is right? Like everything else in health care, it’s complicated.What is clear, however, is that voters want protections. Even majorities of Republicans told pollsters this summer that it is “very important” that guarantees of coverage for preexisting conditions remain law.Here are some key details that can help put the current political arguments in perspective.Preexisting conditions are common.Preexisting conditions are previous or ongoing medical issues that predate health insurance enrollment. The problem is that the term is a grab bag whose limits have never been defined. It certainly applies to serious ongoing conditions such as cancer, heart disease and asthma. But insurers also have used it to apply to conditions like pregnancy or far more trivial medical issues such as acne or a distant history of depression.The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated in 2016 that more than a quarter of adults younger than 65 — about 52 million people — have a preexisting health condition that likely would have prevented them from purchasing individual health insurance under the pre-ACA rules. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)Protections vary by what kind of insurance you have.But what protections people with preexisting conditions have depends on how they get their coverage. For that reason, it’s not right to say everyone with health problems is potentially at risk, as Democrats frequently suggest.For example, Medicare, the federal health program for seniors, and Medicaid, the federal-state health plan for low-income people, do not discriminate in either coverage or price on the basis of preexisting conditions. The two programs together cover roughly 130 million Americans — nearly a third of the population.The majority of Americans get their coverage through work. In 1996, Congress protected people with preexisting conditions in employer-based coverage with the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA.HIPAA was intended to eliminate “job lock,” or the inability of a person with a preexisting condition (or a family member with a preexisting condition) to change jobs because coverage at the new job would likely come with a waiting period during which the condition would not be covered.HIPAA banned those waiting periods for people who had maintained “continuous” coverage, meaning a break of no more than 63 days, and the law limited waiting periods to one year for those who were previously uninsured. In addition, it prohibited insurers from denying coverage to or raising premiums for workers based on their own or a family member’s health status or medical history.HIPAA was less successful in protecting people without job-based insurance. It sought to guarantee that people with preexisting conditions leaving the group market could buy individual coverage if they had remained continuously covered. But the law did not put limits on what individual insurers could charge for those policies. In many cases, insurers charged so much for these “HIPAA conversion” policies that almost no one could afford them.The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, built on those 1996 protections, and specifically sought to help people buying their own coverage. It barred all health insurers from excluding people due to preexisting conditions, from charging them higher premiums and from imposing waiting periods for coverage of that condition.Related StoriesSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsMedicare Advantage overbills taxpayers by billions a year as feds struggle to stop itMedicare recipients may pay more for generics than their brand-name counterparts, study findsWhile the protections were mostly aimed at the individual insurance market, where only a small portion of Americans get coverage, the ACA also made some changes to the employer market for people with preexisting conditions, by banning annual and lifetime coverage limits.Will protections on preexisting conditions become collateral damage?In 2017, the GOP-controlled House and Senate voted on several versions of a bill that would have dramatically overhauled the ACA, including its protections on preexisting conditions. Under the last bill that narrowly failed in the Senate, states would have been given authority to allow insurers to waive some of those protections, including the one requiring the same premiums be charged regardless of health status.In February, 18 GOP attorneys general and two GOP governors filed suit in federal court in Texas. They charge that because Congress in its 2017 tax bill eliminated the ACA’s penalty for not having insurance, the entire federal health law is unconstitutional. Their argument is that the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 based only on Congress’ taxing power, and that without the tax, the rest of the law should fall.The Trump administration, technically the defendant in that case, said in June that it disagreed that the entire law should fall. But it is arguing that the parts of the law addressing preexisting conditions are so tightly connected to the tax penalty that they should be struck down.Clearly, if the lawsuit prevails in either its original form or the form preferred by the Trump administration, preexisting protections are not “safe,” as the president claimed.Even more complicated, the protections written into HIPAA were rewritten and incorporated into the ACA, so if the ACA in whole or part were to be struck down, HIPAA’s preexisting conditions protections might go away, too.Republicans in Congress have introduced a series of proposals they say would replicate the existing protections. But critics contend none of them covers as many situations as the ACA does. For example, a bill unveiled by several Republican senators in August would require insurers to offer coverage to people with preexisting health conditions, but not require coverage of the conditions themselves.That hasn’t stopped Republicans from claiming that they support protections for preexisting conditions.”Make no mistake about it: Patients with preexisting conditions should be covered,” said Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Health care has been a major issue in that race, as well as many others. Yet Vukmir was recently hailed by Vice President Mike Pence as someone who will vote to “fully repeal and replace Obamacare.”Meanwhile, Democrats who are chastising their Republican opponents over the issue are sometimes going a bit over the top, too.An example is Manchin’s claim about the threat to coverage for 800,000 people in West Virginia. West Virginia’s population is only 1.8 million and more than a million of those people are on Medicare or Medicaid. That would mean every other person in the state has a preexisting condition. A recent study found West Virginia has a relatively high level of preexisting conditions among adults, but it is still less than 40 percent. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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Having tattoos not related to overall health status study reveals

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 24 2019In a survey-based study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status, but individuals with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health issue and to report sleep problems.People who had tattoos were also more likely to be smokers, to have spent time in jail, and to have a higher number of sex partners in the past year.The survey was conducted in July of 2016 and resulted in a sample of 2,008 adults residing in the United States.”Previous research has established an association between having a tattoo and engaging in risky behaviors. In an era of increasing popularity of tattoos, even among women and working professionals, we find these relationships persist but are not associated with lower health status,” said lead author Prof. Karoline Mortensen, of the University of Miami.Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/international-journal-dermatology/are-tattoos-linked-individuals-health-and-risky-behalast_img read more

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