Disenchantment grows in Venezuela six months after Guaidó proclaimed himself president

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica again voices support for new elections, peaceful transition in Venezuela Contact Group pushes for progress on Venezuela impasse Venezuela: three months of crisis Venezuelan embassy reopens in Costa Rica Like millions, Eskeira turned her confidence in Juan Guaidó when he declared himself president of Venezuela. Six months after that oath, she carries the weight of disenchantment, as Nicolás Maduro is still in power.In the portal of her house in Cúa (60 km south of Caracas), where she sells food under an umbrella, Eskeira says she went from hope to frustration as the boldness of Guaidó has been insufficient to displace Maduro, whom she blames for the economic devastation of the country.“It is a mixture of impotence, fatigue, disenchantment,” says Eskeira Padrón, 47, still mourning the 2017 death of her father — reportedly due to a lack of medicine.Six months of Guaidó’s interim presidency were reached Tuesday under the shadow of a new blackout that hit the entire country on Monday and still affects several regions.“Hope went on vacation,” adds Eskeira, near a table where she offers beans, rice and pasta. She sells “everything that she can” but only earns enough “for half a meal” due to an inflation that, according to the IMF, will close this year at 10,000,000%.Guaidó, head of the opposition party, proclaimed himself president before thousands of followers in a street in Caracas. His presidency is recognized by 50 countries, including the United States and Costa Rica.He is commemorating the date with a legislative session and a rally, during which he summoned supporters to protest the blackout.“Don’t give up!” said the 35-year-old engineer, who promises to expel Maduro this year “por las buenas o por las malas” to establish a transitional government and democratic elections.‘Further from a solution’After his oath, Guaidó led massive protests that have lost strength. Meanwhile, he tried to break the Armed Forces’ support of Maduro through an April 30 uprising and attempted to usurp international aid on Feb. 23 — but both operations failed.“We have already left, and we have seen many people fall. There is hunger,” said Eskeira, who claims “international action” is needed because “in good times these people do not leave.”In the park of neighboring Charallave, while working on business accounting, Gabriela Micó believes that today the country — which has large oil reserves — is “further from a solution” to the crisis.She misses her 19-year-old daughter, who emigrated to Costa Rica four months ago because her salary was insufficient to meet inflation.She says she has lost seven kilos (about 15 pounds) in a year because of anxiety and food shortages.An intervention by the United States, which Donald Trump does not rule out, “does not seem like a good idea because innocent lives would be lost, but you start thinking and it seems that this is a solution,” confesses the 47-year-old woman.According to the UN, four million Venezuelans have emigrated from the crisis since 2015.Félix Seijas, director of the Delphos polling agency, observes “wear” among Venezuelans.“Although people see hope in Guaidó, it is also true that every day they find less reason to go out because they feel that it contributes nothing,” he says.Despite this, Guaido is by far the most popular opposition leader with 53% support, according to Delphos.‘Paratrooper President’After the rebellion of a small group of military personnel, which Guaidó said failed because hierarchs failed to comply with his word, the opponent agreed to negotiate with the government under the mediation of Norway in mid-May, without ruling out “military cooperation.”The dialogues move forward with a secret agenda, although the main opposition demands are new elections.“Here, there will be no presidential election; there will be election of the Parliament in 2020,” said Carlos González in Charallave, after an altercation with a man who insulted him for being a Chavista, a left-wing ideology that Delphos says encompasses 25% of the Venezuelans.With a red cap of the government party and camouflage pants, Gonzalez, a 36-year-old construction assistant, calls Guaidó a “paratrooper president” and accuses him of seeking “conflict.”He also believes Guaidó is trying to “destroy” Venezuela by supporting Washington’s sanctions, including an oil embargo since April.González admits that his economic situation is difficult, but he predicts that Maduro will govern “until 2035” and trusts in the negotiation. Eskeira, on the other hand, believes that Guaidó’s big mistake “was to fall into the dialogue trap” after several failed operations.According to Delphos, just over half of the population “looks forward to” the negotiations.But Eskeira’s despair seems stronger. “It doesn’t matter if [the outcome] is extreme. What is higher than the price we are paying? If we continue like this, even our faith will go on vacation.”This story was written in Spanish by Alexander Martinez / AFP and translated by The Tico Times.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Larry Fitzgerald caught passes Thursday from a guy

first_imgLarry Fitzgerald caught passes Thursday from a guy that would be everyone’s consensus pick to be the Arizona Cardinals quarterback in 2011. It wasn’t Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton or even Marc Bulger. It was Kurt Warner.Here is where most people would blow things out of proportion and start rumors of his return to the NFL as the Cardinals’ savior. Not us. We know better … thanks to Warner’s Twitter account. Comments   Share   Don’t get any ideas… But went & threw the fball today w/ @LarryFitzgerald & some of young guys… Haven’t done that since I retired!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyKurt Warnerkurt13warner @kurt13warner looked great out there throwing the ball to us today!!! #comeback ???????less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyBeanie WellsBeanieWells26 Kurt we got ideas! Lol RT @LarryFitzgerald: Hmm lol RT @kurt13warner: Don’t get any ideas.Threw the ball 2day w/ (cont) http://tl.gd/aij4seless than a minute ago via ÜberSocial Favorite Retweet ReplyKerry Rhodeskerryrhodes Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img In a perfect world Warner never would have left the Cardinals after the 2009 season and the team would have made the playoffs last year. Unfortunately in the real world he walked away to spend time with his family and to start a broadcasting career.Would Warner coming back fix all the Cards problems? Probably. Too bad it won’t happen.Regardless of if you told us not to get any ideas Kurt, we have and it looks like Fitzgerald, Beanie and Rhodes may have also. Too bad their nostalgic thoughts about how it use to be and how far the Cards have fallen in just one year. Not optimistic ones of you coming back. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Just because Kurt told us all not to read too much into his return to the football field, that didn’t stop current Cardinals from at the very least giving the former signal caller a hard time.Fitzgerald, running back Beanie Wells and safety Kerry Rhodes made sure to tweet Warner and let him know it peaked their interest.last_img read more

In This Issue   Bias to buy dollars returns

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Bias to buy dollars returns. *  A breakdown for the ECB meeting. *  A$ sees rate speculation turn. *  Chinese manufacturing is cooking with gas! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Second Quarter Consumption Takes A Hit! Good Day! .  And a Marvelous Monday to you! I’m totally whacked out this morning at home, so this will be short-n-sweet, as I attempt to write without problems. No worries, I’ll be fine. Just not so much right now! Kathy left for a few days yesterday, leaving just Chuck and Alex at home, and that meant that I had to go to the store to buy the “essentials” for a boys ½-week. Alex is still recovering from mono and strep, so he was actually at home to eat dinner with me last night! Now, that’s amazing! Another thing that looks to be amazing is the news that came from China over the weekend. The news? Well, the news in itself isn’t that amazing, but the fact that all the Chinese naysayers have to crawl back into their walls and await the next time they are able to scurry about, and play Chicken Little is amazing to me!  Anyway, the news was that the Chinese Gov’t’s version of their Manufacturing Index (PMI) printed at 50.8, which was the fastest pace in 5 months! This is a good sign for China’s economy, in that, not only does the world see it isn’t collapsing as the Chicken Little’s have pronounced it would, but also it shows the Chinese Gov’t that their decision to step up the stimulus measures is working. Remember, at first, the Chinese were going to not use stimulus measures and see what happens, but then they got an itchy trigger finger, and decided to implement some small measures, but when the economy showed fatigue, they decided to step up the pace of the stimulus measures including faster spending and increased railway investment. I would look for the next thing to be a cut in the reserve requirements for banks. Last Friday, I told you that I thought from the looks of things, that the Chinese Gov’t was going to increase the stimulus measures, and now that is confirmed. See? Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn!  But remember, China doing things like this is different from a country that doesn’t have the money to spend, and digging their debt hole even deeper. I still don’t like that they had to resort to stimulus measures, as I’m a purist on the Central Bank and Gov’t economy intervention. I don’t like it! It shouldn’t happen, and so on. But the fact that the Chinese are in a position fiscally, to do it, makes more sense to me. I doesn’t mean I have to like it! So, The global growth countries and their currencies saw a pop from the news overnight, but as I turn on the laptop this morning, the bias to buy dollars has taken over. The Dollar Index is up big this morning, and the euro is barely holding to the 1.36 figure.  The price of Oil jumped on the Chinese data, but then so did the dollar, which makes just a bit of sense, in that Oil contracts are still priced in dollars. That is Oil contracts that aren’t a part of currency swap agreements between countries, that are becoming the norm in the world, folks. Speaking of the euro.. A trader friend of ours at Morgan Stanley sent me a note the other day, and their research team had put together a chart/ table, of the policy instruments available to the ECB, and the potential impact, and effect on the euro.  The table pretty much plays out the way I’ve explained to you how I felt things would go for the euro.  For those of you who missed class that day, I said that as long as the ECB kept the stimulus to negative deposit rates, the hit on the euro would be minimal, and maybe even positive, as this has already been priced in.   So, Morgan Stanley believes that if the ECB does just cut the deposit rate and not mention euro strength, the euro could rise to 1.37.  But any of the other stimulus measures would send the euro to the woodshed. And a large bond buying program would knock the stuffing out of the euro all the way to 1.28.   So. as you can see, even the large firms with their large research divisions, come up with the same stuff that I do, on my own! One of the headline stories on the Bloomberg this morning is that the British pound sterling / pound saw its rally end, as Mortgage Applications (Apps) fell to a nine-month low in the U.K.  and thus reducing the calls for a rate hike in the U.K.  I’ve told you again and again about the U.K. and that the debt there is not going away, and neither is the game that Bank of England (BOE) Gov. Mark Carney is playing with the markets regarding giving them hints of a rate hike, but never pulling the dust covers off the rate hike machine. I refer to this as Carney’s bag of promises. So, in the end, be careful with pounds, they are most likely going to disappoint in the end. The best performing currency so far this year, the Brazilian real, has seen its rally get sidetracked, which is surprising, in a way, to me. The surprising part is that this is just two weeks ahead of the World Cup, and all that tourism, and converting to reals to spend. the not so surprising part  is that this is the Brazilian real. Real is the name, volatility is its game!  Which is why I always tell you, be just what you is, not what you is not.! No wait, no time for Mr. Wizard, here, I’m talking serious stuff, Chuck, can’t you just be serious for a whole letter, for once? Nah. what fun would that be?  But I do always tell you that reals should only be purchased as a speculative investment for your investment portfolio, then when volatility hits it like this morning, you won’t panic! The Aussie dollar (A$) is kicking ’round the cobblestones this morning. I think that the A$ has a tough row to hoe ahead of it, as the interest rates speculators have now switched horses in the middle of the stream. As recent as April 10th, these speculators had an 88% chance of a rate hike priced into their futures. But just last week, that trade got turned around, and now the speculators are betting that interest rates don’t move for at least another 12 months. The A$ will have to fight through news like this, and I’m not sure it can, right now at least. But, one thing I’ll say about the A$, is that it is resilient, and just when you think the A$ is about to raise the white flag, it turns things around in its favor.. I told the currency guys that I met with last week that I still believe that New Zealand has two more rate hikes coming this year. And to not panic about the recent softness in the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. All it was doing was providing some cheaper buying opportunities! Want a toe tapping, head bobbing song to listen to? Download the Kinks song: Sunny Afternoon. A great summertime song! Ok, that public service announcement was brought to you by me! Hey! I’m beginning to come back to life here, but after spending most of the night awake, I’ll have to head back to bed once the letter is out! Gold has fallen to a 4-month low, folks. As I’ve said for some time now, “it’s all about stocks”. I also remind people that, “that’s OK, now, but the stock euphoria didn’t work out so good for investors the last time, now did it?” That’s all I’m saying there. Gold has become the ugly duckling to investors, but we all know the story of what happens to the Ugly Duckling, now don’t we? The U.S. Data Cupboard will have the May ISM (manufacturing index) for us today, which should play in concert with the stronger manufacturing indexes in the Eurozone, and China. If it doesn’t, we’ve got a story. If it does, then the “the U.S. economy is strong, bugs” will come out of the wallboards once again, and stir the pot for the bias to buy dollars this morning.  But I wonder what led the dollar bugs to stir the pot this morning given the rot on the economy’s vine that was evident by last week’s GPD and Personal Spending data. Well, you can mark down a soft start for Consumption in the 2nd QTR.  And I checked with a local meteorologist and they confirmed that while things were still unusually chilly in April, we didn’t have severe winter weather shutting down most of the country. So. what am I talking about?  Well the Personal Spending data for April. It printed a negative -.1%…  , and Real Consumer spending fell -.3%, the first drop since December of last year.  So, we have the 2nd QTR starting out in the red on consumption.  I don’t make these things up folks. The first QTR was an absolute washout, and now the 2nd QTR is starting out in the red. UGH!  But then, I think I was the one who has kept telling you ever since the “recession allegedly ended”, back in 2009! Before I head to the Big Finish this morning, I had a reporter call me on Friday morning. Which actually surprised the heck out of me, because no one calls me any longer. don’t ask me why. Well, I actually know why, but won’t get into that here. But the reporter was interested in the bond yields, and I told him that if we’re just talking bond activity and not back room deals that may or may not be going on at the Fed, that the bond markets were telling us that they are not buying the strong economy talk. It’s that simple. they don’t believe it, and therefore yields will fall. Which on a sidebar is fine with me, given that it gives us a better starting point for our MarketSafe Treasury CD, which by the way, the funding period ends on 6/11. Just a friendly reminder! For What It’s Worth. found this on Moneynews.com, as I tried to remain calm yesterday. I just don’t know what else the Fed needs for proof that their tapering is taking a HUGE bite out of the economy. But then, they always seem to be playing catch up. “For those hoping that housing will lead a robust recovery, Freddie Mac is not exactly offering a beacon of hope – the mortgage giant estimates many of the nation’s housing markets are stalling. Freddie Mac said its research shows only 10 of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia could be considered to have “stable” housing markets. The top five are North Dakota, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, Alaska and Louisiana – four energy-producing states plus the cradle of government spending. Only four of the top 50 metro areas were ranked stable by Freddie Mac – San Antonio; New Orleans; Austin, Texas; and Houston. “Less than half of the housing markets MiMi covers are showing an improving trend, whereas at this same time last year more than 90 percent of these same markets were headed in the right direction,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.” Chuck again. This all reminds me of 2004 & 2005. Yes, back then I tried to warn people about the housing bubble, and no one would listen to me. Shoot my own kids didn’t listen to me! I remember being at a Jacksonville Jaguars game, and the mortgage guys were having fun listening to my spiel on why I believed there was a housing bubble. a couple of years later, they weren’t having so much fun. This current scenario reminds me of that time. I’m just saying. To recap. Chuck is under the weather, so this was short-n-sweet this morning. The currencies & metals are under the weather too, as the bias to buy dollars is being cast over the markets this morning. The Big ECB meeting will take place this week, where ECB president, Draghi, will announce was kind of stimulus he’s going to implement. Gold is down again, as the “buy stocks” theme hangs over Gold like the Sword of Damocles Currencies today 6/2/14. American Style: A$ .9050, kiwi .8464, C$ .9205, euro 1.3605, sterling 1.6750, Swiss $1.1150, . European Style: rand 10.5940, krone 5.9970, SEK 6.6855, forint 222.35, zloty 3.0405, koruna 20.1940, RUB 34.88, yen 102.05, sing 1.2560, HKD 7.7540, INR 59.15, China 6.1695, pesos 12.86, BRL 2.2415, Dollar Index 80.53, Oil $102.91, 10-year 2.49%, Silver $18.81, Platinum $1,440.43, Palladium $832.90, and Gold. $1,247.00 That’s it for today. Whew! What a tough weekend for my beloved Cardinals! OUCH! The S.F. Giants, with the best record in the National League, schooled my Cardinals winning 3 of 4. Well, I watched a bit of the Hawks/ Kings Game 7 last night, but didn’t see the end, which had the Kings going to the finals VS the Rangers. If I were a betting man, I would pick the Kings.. But it will be a battle of two of the best goalies in hockey. and why are they still playing hockey in June? I hear you asking. good question! The NBA finals will be the Heat VS the Spurs. I have a friend in Jacksonville that’s from Texas, and he’s a HUGE Spurs fan. I think he’ll be disappointed in about a week. We had Braden Charles’ Birthday party here on Saturday. It looked like a daycare with all the little toddlers and babies! They were all so cute!  Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels are singing about Jenny taking a ride on the IPod right now. That’s a real seat bopping song! OK. time to go back to bed. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Kul Chandra Gautam was born in a rural village wit

first_imgKul Chandra Gautam was born in a rural village with no electricity or running water, no doctors and schools. The nearest town with a market was a five-day walk away.He left home at age 7 to study — and study he did. He was one of the first people in the world to learn English from a Peace Corps volunteer, and his outstanding grades eventually won him a full scholarship to Dartmouth.But getting there wasn’t easy.For two years, Gautam petitioned the Nepali government for a passport so he could attend the U.S. university. But back in the 1960s, passports were given only to people of privilege — not poor villagers. His passport request went all the way up to the king, only to be denied.It was then Gautam vowed to do something special with his life.”That moment came because of the injustice of not being able to get a passport,” he said on a visit to NPR headquarters last month to talk about his life and his new memoir, Global Citizen from Gulmi: My Journey from the Hills of Nepal to the Halls of United Nations.Gautam, now 69, speaks with contagious energy, his eyes gleaming. (He exuberantly corrects the Western way of counting one’s age. He’s actually 70, he says, because in Nepal your first birthday is on the day you are born: “That seems logical to us!”)The discrimination Gautam faced as a young man only made him fight harder. The second time he applied for a passport, a mid-level government official who had also risen from a rural village sympathized with his plight and approved his application.Gautam was going to America.”From that point on, I felt — ah! I have managed to do something impossible,” he says early in the interview. His cup of tea, forgotten, cools before him as he recalls the pain and then joy of his challenges. “Even when the king rejects you, that’s not the end of the road.”For Gautam, the road would extend all the way to a top leadership position with the United Nations.In 1971, he graduated from Dartmouth, where he studied international relations, after just three years. Next, he received his master’s degree in economic development and modernization from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1973.After that, he ascended the ranks of the United Nations, beginning as a program officer for UNICEF and climbing to the position of assistant secretary general of the U.N. from 2000 to 2008.A grandfather’s wishWhen Gautam was born, his grandfather, who had long yearned for male heirs, was elated.”He said, ‘I want this boy to be someone special,’ ” Gautam recalls. ” ‘An educated pundit.’ “His grandfather and his father taught him all they knew, scratching letters of their Nepali dialect into the dirt with a stick. The boy quickly absorbed their knowledge. When he was 7 years old he moved to a village across the river to learn from a local teacher — the first in a series of moves farther and farther from home in the pursuit of education.In 1962, Gautam was a seventh-grader in a town called Tansen, one of the first outposts for volunteers with a new organization, the Peace Corps. Gautam knew only a few English words then — not enough to string together a sentence — but he excelled under the volunteers’ tutelage.His education didn’t stop when school did; Gautam would tag along with his teachers after class. They taught him how to play chess and Scrabble; soon enough, he began beating them.One volunteer told him if he kept up his education, he might one day study in America.There are times when the right encouragement, the right promise, echoes in your head and lodges in your heart. Even now, half a century later, Gautam’s face still lights up at the promise of that dream.The idea of studying in the United States stayed with him. More specifically, Gautam decided, he wanted to attend Dartmouth — the alma mater of a volunteer who had lent him books.In the final year of high school, Gautam enlisted the help of his old Peace Corps teachers and took college entrance exams.”Apparently, surprisingly, I did very well,” he says with characteristic humility. He still calls himself “a little village boy” and says that his village was, “by Nepali standards, not very remote” — a mere five-day walk to the nearest small city.At one point, he mentions in passing that he was one of the most accomplished students in all of Nepal. He was recounting his explanation to a low-level government employee why he should be granted the passport.”Obviously, he was suspicious, you know, ‘How did he get this scholarship? This is abnormal.’ And I explained everything, you know, I have a very good record in school, I’m at the top of the whole country in the final school-leaving exams.””But qualification is not the main criteria” for getting a passport, he says, shrugging nonchalantly. “There’s one possible criteria: It is who you are related to.”Yet this poor Nepali villager not only gained entrance to one of the most prestigious schools in the United States — he was offered a full scholarship.Gautam believes organizations like the Peace Corps, which was instrumental to his own education, are important for improving the lives of people like him around the world.”The Peace Corps is a unique instrument that I think is perhaps underestimated in this country and elsewhere,” he says. “They are in many ways the true ambassadors of the U.S.””He has such a great voice for his country,” says Glenn Blumhorst, president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association. This year, Gautam was honored with the organization’s Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award.”He has the ability to connect with a village elder or a small child in his village, somebody who’s from very humble background, to diplomats and heads of state,” Blumhorst says. “That’s really impressive.”Hard work, good luckWhen he tells his story, Gautam is sure to emphasize his good luck along with his hard work and determination. But he also clearly has a faculty for winning people over.When he speaks of the government official who eventually helped him get a passport, he tugs on his ear just like the official did five decades ago — an impromptu sign for “Listen, here’s the way we have to do this,” a code between two villagers of how they’d work within the system to conquer it.At UNICEF, where he eventually became deputy executive director, Gautam was part of the push to vaccinate 80 percent of the world’s children by 1990 — an enormously ambitious and ultimately successful campaign.In addition to vaccines, UNICEF encouraged health workers to monitor children’s growth and introduced oral rehydration therapy to combat diarrhea and dehydration — a major killer of children.To encourage breastfeeding in places where unclean water caused many infections, like Brazil, Gautam enlisted the mother of soccer superstar Pelé.”Of course, he is the best football player in the world,” Pelé’s mother said, patting the shoulder of her son in an image that was plastered on billboards around the country. “I breastfed him!”All of these improvements have had a massive impact. But to reach the remaining children in need, Gautam says, global health and development workers must take a multi-pronged approach.”You do whatever you can do. It’s not one versus the other,” he says. “We vaccinate people, we also work on poverty reduction, we also work on girls’ education, we work on multiple fronts.”That last issue — girls’ education — is particularly important to Gautam.”Of the investments you can make in development,” he says, “probably the most important, and the most transformative, is in girls’ education.”It’s important not just because it changes each girl’s life, Gautam explains, but also because those changes ripple throughout the whole family and into the community. Education helps halt the cycle of poverty that often traps generations of families.”Ultimately, the best vaccine is reducing poverty and providing education,” he says.Gautam retired from the U.N. in 2008. He now serves as chair of the board of RESULTS, a nonprofit focused on eradicating poverty. He is optimistic about the progress the world has made battling preventable diseases and improving the well-being of millions around the globe. But, he points out, newer — and more complicated — problems arise as old ones are solved.For instance, when he was growing up, his village had no school. About 95 percent of men and 100 percent of women were illiterate. It was rare for a woman to receive any education, he says.Today, there are five primary schools in his village alone. And more girls than boys attend the public schools in his village, Gautam says.But for this longtime activist, access alone isn’t enough. “You see this new form of inequality coming — a subtle discrimination,” he says. More girls may attend public schools, but more boys attend higher-quality private schools, he believes. The girls have equal access to education, but not to equal quality, he says.”If the biggest challenge in development of the 20th century was access to basic services, the biggest challenge of this century is equity,” he says. “How do we make sure that everybody has access, [and] that access is equitable?”Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

10 TSAApproved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier

first_img Register Now » Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Travel 94shares Have a question about what you can bring with you on the plane this holiday season? @AskTSA has some suggestions. Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue This year, AAA is predicting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent  — in the form of 1.6 million people — increase from last year.The holiday travel season is particularly stressful gauntlet that the majority of us have to run every November and December, but there are tools to help simplify things — like the Transportation Security Administration’s @AskTSA Twitter account, which offers travel tips to make going through security as painless as possible.For a quick-hit of 10 holiday-related items TSA says you can and cannot bring with you on your travels, read on.Related: Why the TSA — Yes, the One at the Airport — Is Actually Amazing at Instagram1. Don’t bring wrapped presents.@VeevsVT Wrapped gifts are allowed but not encouraged, as they may need to be unwrapped if further inspection is required.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 5, 20172. You can, in fact, bring a turkey. We’re glad you asked! Turkeys are allowed through the security checkpoint.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20173. Pies are also good to go. Thanks for checking. Pies are allowed through the security checkpoint. Enjoy!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20174. Strollers are allowed through, just be sure to plan ahead.A stroller is allowed through the security checkpoint. Pls collapse the item and send it into the X-ray for screening. If the item doesn’t fit inside the tunnel, a physical inspection from our officers will be necessary.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20175. In case you’re planning to dress in a Turkey or Santa Claus costume.  Costumes are allowed in carry-on bags. Have a great day!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 2017Related: Here Are Some of the Weirdest Things Confiscated at the Airport6. If you’re bringing leftovers back, just make sure they are frozen solid. Good question! Freezer packs, used to keep food cold, must be completely frozen solid when presented for screening.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20177. If you want to commemorate the occasion with help from a selfie stick. Thanks for reaching out! A selfie stick is good to go in carry-on bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20178. In case your pet is a member of your family.Thanks for reaching out, Carrie! Small pets are allowed through the security checkpoint, although we advise checking with your airline for their policy. Pls read for more information on traveling w/ pets: https://t.co/QJAD57ubtt— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20179. If you want to take a minute away from family togetherness with some video games.Thanks for asking, Taylor. Yes, game consoles are allowed in carry-on bags. Please place this item in a separate bin for X-ray screening. Safe travels!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 201710. Lobster stuffing, anyone? TSA says okay.Live lobsters are allowed through security and must be in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. Our officers will visually inspect it at the checkpoint; it should not go through the X-ray machine. Pls contact your airline regarding their policy.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 2017Related video: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Ep. 9: Simplifying Your Daily Routinecenter_img Nina Zipkin Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 10 TSA-Approved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier Entrepreneur Staff November 21, 2017 3 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more

Before They Spoiled the Software

first_img –shares Before They Spoiled the Software Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business September 30, 2007 Next Article Software developers would like you to believe that with every new version, their products improve substantially, adding slicker interfaces and more powerful features, and making better use of faster processors and more RAM. As applications mature, they imply, we are all moving toward the Golden Age of Software.But we know that’s not always the case.We’ve all seen programs that started out as a simple 1MB utility become a Jabba-the-Hutt-sized monster with an interface so complex you need a Ph.D. in physics to understand it. We’ve seen software that dropped some of its niftiest features to lure you into buying a more-expensive Pro version. We’ve seen a once-unassuming application become greedy for as much of your system resources as it can grab.Of course, sometimes bloat is in the eye of the beholder. Additions that are great new features for somebody else may be, for you, useless buttons that just get in the way.You don’t have to put up with it, though. We’ve rounded up a list of good software that went bad, and we’ll show you how you can turn back the clock by downloading and installing the earlier, better versions.How We Found ThemFor our compilation of earlier-is-better software, we went to the pros–the people who use plenty of programs every day. We asked our own PC World editors for their lists of applications that were better before developers started mucking around. And we also went to an online treasure trove of older-but-better software–the site OldVersion.com, which has rounded up countless earlier versions of dozens and dozens of programs. We asked site founder and editor Alex Levine to give us his picks of the best oldies, and we asked site users to weigh in as well.Note: When clicking on a link for software at OldVersion.com , you may need to scroll down the resulting page to find the version you want. Also, OldVersion.com isn’t the only site that archives old software. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find older application, try oldapps.com and old-versions.net .The Safety TradeoffBefore we start on our list of Golden Oldies, though, keep in mind one big caveat: An undeniably good thing that comes with new versions of software is the fixes you get for security holes, sometimes very serious ones. So if you choose to run old versions of programs, you are taking a calculated risk. Make sure your other defenses are as strong as you can make them, and be extra careful about what you click.Instant Messaging ProgramsDo you think your instant messaging application is bloated? Welcome to the club.AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)OldVersion.com’s Alex Levine, like many others, complains that the newest version of AIM features more pop-ups, more advertising, and a difficult-to-use interface. “A lot of our users use AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x simply because [those versions] do what users need the app to do and don’t use as much CPU,” he says.”They made the newer versions way too foofy and filled with [stuff] I don’t need,” one OldVersion user says of AIM. “The older versions work much better; they do just what I want, which is allow me to communicate with people with a minimum of fuss and without a slick interface that I don’t need.””The smilies are unbearable in the newer versions,” another user adds. “Not only do they do that horrible explosion thing, but for some reason you can’t make them any smaller than the default, and the really tiny smilies are so much cuter :).”ICQAmerica Online seems to have a knack for wrecking good instant messengers. ICQ was at one time the big boy of the instant messaging world. Then AOL bought it. Ever since, people have been complaining about the software’s bloat.”I still use ICQ 2003 Pro, primarily because it still has the original single message mode instead of the split chat window,” says PC World’s Elliott Kirschling. “I would prefer to use an even older and less bloated version, but they no longer connect to the newer clients and network.””It used to be a wonderful little IM program, then they just couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept adding more and more,” complains one OldVersion.com user. Oldversion.com has previous versions of both ICQ and ICQ Lite , an even slimmer client. If you want to check out what people are complaining about, you can download ICQ 6 , the current version.Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Live MessengerThis Microsoft instant messaging program has gone through so many name changes and incarnations, we defy anyone to name them all. The latest is Windows Live Messenger , which some people complain is a system hog.”Windows Live Messenger is all flair and no guts,” says one OldVersion.com user. “I want a messenger to send messages to people, not eat up my system resources with transparent skins and flashy interfaces.” This IM devotee says he uses, instead, MSN Messenger 7.5 .Media PlayersLooking for a simple media player? You’ll have to go back in time.Windows Media PlayerOnce upon a time, Windows Media Player was a simple, compact application that just played media files. Nothing more, nothing less. Those days are long gone. Today’s Windows Media Player 11 is a major, full-blown application for managing media, with all kinds of bells and whistles. Not everyone, though, likes those bells and whistles.Says one OldVersion.com user: “It used to be a utility that would play media files you had on the computer. Now it’s some unholy bloated ‘Media Center’.” OldVersion.com has versions of Media Player that go all the way back to 5.1 (a mere 0.2MB download!).MusicMatch Jukebox (Now Yahoo Music Jukebox)Yahoo Music Jukebox (the latest version of what used to be MusicMatch Jukebox) manages an unfortunate double-whammy: Critics say it’s both bloated and lacking many of the best features of its predecessor.” Older versions of MusicMatch Jukebox were the best solution for recording, organizing, tagging, and playing a large music collection,” PC World’s Kirschling says. “Version 10 was the last version, and it did get some small updates after Yahoo bought it, but now they are trying to force everyone to ‘upgrade’ to Yahoo Music Jukebox. The problem is that Yahoo Music Jukebox does not have most of the advanced features that MusicMatch has.”I’ll add a personal note here. I used to be a MusicMatch user as well, but I lost interest in it before it was sold to Yahoo, sometime back around version 9, when Big Bloat set in.WinampWhat is it about media players that makes developers want to muck around with them? Do they get a charge out of saying, “My player is bigger than yours”? For whatever reason, these programs grow bigger, not better, with time. Winamp is another player program that has grown through the years, and not necessarily for the better. Older versions were mean and lean, great at playing media and getting out of the way. The new version , some users say, gets in the way.”My favorite version is Winamp 2.95. That’s before they started bulking up the client and adding completely unnecessary things,” says one music aficionado at OldVersion.com. “I just want something that plays my MP3s. I don’t need it to burn CDs for me or download new music or cook my breakfast or massage my feet.”iTunesIn the case of iTunes 7 , bloat isn’t the problem. But discriminating users complain that Apple took away a really useful feature. ” Early versions of iTunes allowed you to stream your music collection to an unlimited number of PCs on a local network,” PC World Senior Editor Eric Dahl explains. “The current version restricts you to five PCs per day, meaning that if your music collection is popular with your coworkers, some of them may get cut off.”QuickTime PlayerQuickTime is another example of Apple taking away features from a perfectly good program, says PC World Executive Editor Allan Stafford. “QuickTime Player got stripped of lots of features in an effort to get people to buy the Pro version.”The current version is QuickTime 7 . Grab older versions here .Image and Video SoftwareSure, this software category usually means big, and bigger, programs. But sometimes you get less, not more.iMovie ’08 (for the Mac)Here’s an example of a great program gone bad–really, really bad. When Apple updated iMovie , it essentially changed the software completely, stripping out all the best features and leaving behind a shell of the former program. So now it doesn’t have a timeline for video editing, its audio editing tools are poor, it won’t accept plug-ins–and that’s just a start.David Pogue wrote in his newsletter for the New York Times, “I can’t remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused program under the same name.”Fortunately, the versions of iMovie that were included in Apple iLife 2004 and Apple iLife 2006 are still available through Amazon.com.Corel Paint Shop ProFor many years, Paint Shop Pro was the top piece of graphics shareware. It was the anti-Photoshop–plenty of features, plenty of power, yet simple to use and fast-loading. Then came version 8. Good-bye, simplicity. Things haven’t improved any in the current version, Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 , which costs about $100.”If I want to do something quick and simple, I just use Paint Shop Pro 7,” says one OldVersion.com user. “Paint Shop Pro 8 just tried too hard to be Photoshop Lite.” At least OldVersion.com has trial versions of previous incarnations of Paint Shop Pro .”With 8, they tried to do too much with it and I had no idea how to even use half the features or buttons,” says another OldVersion site user. “I use Paint Shop Pro for basic stuff like cropping, because it loads quicker than Photoshop. For what I need, version 8.0 is practically useless.”ACDSeeEarly versions of ACDSee, an image management program, were slick and fast-loading, and were ideally suited for viewing graphics and doing image conversions. The current version is big and slow, and not nearly as easy to use, many users complain.”Once version 3.0 hit, the application was unsuitable for my use because of all the unnecessary stuff they added,” says one OldVersion.com user.”The older versions of ACDSee loaded in a snap, like the Windows image viewer, [and] had better functions for resizing and slide shows, and also let you do JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG conversions,” another user says.ACDSee 9, the current version, sells for $40. You can find earlier, trial versions at OldVersion.com .And Two More Previous FavoritesThese two applications are popular–but are the current versions the best?Adobe ReaderThis widely used program is designed to do one thing, and one thing alone–let you read Adobe PDF files. Once upon a time that meant a svelte program. Today it means a sumo wrestler. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the file sizes. Version 2.0 was a 1.4MB download. The current version 8.1 weighs in at a hefty 22.3MB.The best earlier version of this classic, says one OldVersion.com visitor, is Adobe Reader 5.0.5 . “The bloat showed up in version 6,” he says, “and even though it started disappearing in version 8, there’s still a splash screen, annoying updater, and so on.”EudoraLots of long-time PC users have fond memories of this e-mail client; indeed, for many old-timers, it was the first e-mail software they ever used. But some of the changes the program introduced over the years, such as a feature that read your e-mail to warn you if it was potentially insulting, seemed less than necessary to lots of users.Good news may be on the way. Eudora has gone open source, and future versions are being developed by the Mozilla Foundation. You can get the current version here or pick up an earlier version .Our Quick Checklist of Old and New VersionsHere is our complete list of the applications discussed in this article.AIM (current)AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x (older versions)ICQ 6 (current)ICQ (earlier versions)ICQ Lite (old versions)Windows Live Messenger (current)MSN Messenger 7.5 (earlier version of Live Messenger)Windows Media Player 11 (current)Media Player (earlier versions)Yahoo Music Jukebox (current; formerly MusicMatch)MusicMatch Jukebox (older versions)Winamp (current)Winamp (older versions)iTunes 7 (current)iTunes (early versions)QuickTime 7 (current)QuickTime (older versions)iMovie (current)iMovie, Apple iLife 2004iMovie, Apple iLife 2006Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 (current)Corel Paint Shop Pro, trialware of earlier versionsACDSee 9 (current)ACDSee (earlier, trial versions)Adobe Reader 8.1 (current)Adobe Reader 5.0.5Eudora, current versionEudora, earlier versions Technology Sometimes a program’s new version is actually worse than the previous one. Here are 13 apps we liked better before they were “improved”–plus tips on finding the earlier editions. Register Now » 11 min readlast_img read more

Exercise could reduce risk of falling for older adults with AD

first_img Source:http://www.healthinaging.org/blog/exercise-may-lessen-risk-of-falling-for-older-adults-who-have-alzheimers-disease-and-mental-health-challenges/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 29 2018Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a brain disease that causes changes that kill brain cells. AD is a type of dementia, which causes memory loss and problems with thinking and making decisions. People with AD and other forms of dementia have difficulties performing the daily activities others might consider routine.Dementia takes a toll on those who live with it–and it also places a burden on caregivers. Along with problems connected to memory, language, and decision-making, dementia can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, changes in mood, increased irritability, and changes in personality and behavior. People who have AD/dementia also have twice the risk for falls compared to people without dementia. About 60 percent of older adults with dementia fall each year.Related StoriesRegular physical activity can be effective in reducing pain from arthritisResearchers identify molecular pathway underpinning exercise and improved motor learningExtremely strenuous exercise can overload the heart without increasing cardiac riskResearchers suggest that having neuropsychiatric symptoms might predict whether an older person with AD/dementia is more likely to have a fall. We also know that exercise can reduce the number of falls in older adults with dementia. However, we don’t know very much about how neuropsychiatric symptoms may increase the risk of falls, and we know even less about how exercise may reduce the risk of falls for people with dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms. A research team decided to explore whether exercise could reduce the risk of falling among community-dwelling people with AD who also had neuropsychiatric symptoms.To learn more, the researchers reviewed a study that investigated the effects of an exercise program for older adults with AD (the FINALEX trial). The study included a range of people living with different stages of AD/dementia and with neuropsychiatric symptoms. Their findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.The original FINALEX study examined and compared older adults who had home- or group-based exercise training with people who didn’t exercise but who received regular care. The researchers learned that the people who exercised had a lower risk for falls than those who didn’t exercise. There was also a higher risk for falls among those who had lower scores on psychological tests and who didn’t exercise.This study revealed that people with AD/dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety have a higher risk for falls. Exercise can reduce the risk of falling for older adults with these symptoms. Further studies are needed to confirm these results.last_img read more

New research reveals consequences of workplace bullying

first_imgThe authors say the importance of emotions needs to be considered in HR and management intervention policies. Despite the evidence recognizing the relevance of emotions when dealing with workplace aggression, this is rarely incorporated into guidelines. In addition, it is essential to also promote behavioral regulation strategies to reduce moral disengagement, as well as negative compensating behavior, such as drinking more alcohol and taking more risks. Its role in allowing ‘otherwise good’ people to freely engage in conduct they would generally consider wrong is further confirmed in this study.”Dr Roberta Fida Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 17 2019New research reveals how frequently being the target of workplace bullying not only leads to health-related problems but can also cause victims to behave badly themselves.The study, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with Uninettuno Telematic International University in Italy, found that in some cases this is characterized by a lack of problem solving and high avoidance coping strategies. For example, drinking alcohol when having a problem, experiencing very frequent negative emotions, such as anger, fear and sadness, and high work ‘moral disengagement’, which refers to the way individuals rationalize their actions and absolve themselves of responsibility for the consequences.Bullying is one of the major occupational stresses for employees and the effects can compromise their development and health, as well as interfere with the achievement of both personal and professional goals.It is usually differentiated as work-related and personal-related bullying. The former refers to bullying affecting workload – for example removing responsibility – and work processes, such as attacks on someone’s professional status. The latter refers to both indirect – for example exclusion and isolation – and direct negative behavior, such as physical abuse.While previous research has shown a link between being the target of bullying and behavioral problems, for the first time this study identified different configurations of victims by considering not only exposure to and types of bullying, but also health problems and bad behavior. The study also examined how these groups differ in terms of negative emotions experienced in relation to work, coping strategies, and moral disengagement.Published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the study was led by Dr Roberta Fida, a senior lecturer in work psychology at UEA’s Norwich Business School. She said: Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy: One in five university students affected by problematic smartphone useExcess grey matter in the brain can predict escalating drinking behavior in teensThe researchers asked 1019 Italian employees about their experiences of workplace bullying, counterproductive behavior and health symptoms. They were also asked about their coping strategies, negative emotions experienced at work and moral disengagement.Five groups were identified, one of which includes victims who are the target of work-related bullying and frequently exposed to personal-related bullying, who experience high health problems and misbehavior (4.4% of the sample).Another group experience work-related bullying but less frequent personal-related bullying, and show lower health problems and misbehavior (9.6%). Although they generally use problem-solving strategies, they tend to be overwhelmed by the negative emotions they experience and are not able to control them. They also have a tendency to morally disengage.A third group have limited exposure to work-related bullying and no exposure to personal-related bullying (22.3%). While not experiencing health-related problems they sometimes engage in counterproductive work behavior.A fourth group includes those who are not bullied, but have high health-related symptoms and some misbehavior (23.9%). The last group identified are not exposed to any bullying, have no health symptoms or behavioral problems (39.9%).Examination of the groups in relation to individual dimensions highlighted the pivotal role of negative emotions and emotional regulation, independently from exposure to workplace bullying. In more severe cases, moral disengagement and compensatory behavior play an equally important role, suggesting the weakening of individuals’ ability to regulate their behavior.center_img Overall, our results show the need to consider not only exposure to and types of bullying but also their associated consequences. In particular, the findings highlight that victimization is associated not only with health problems but also with a greater likelihood of not behaving in line with the expected social and organizational norms.The greater the intensity of bullying and the more the exposure to different types of bullying, the higher the likelihood of engaging in counterproductive workplace behavior. Furthermore, the results show that health-related symptoms are not always associated with experiences of bullying. Indeed, while those experiencing limited work-related bullying did not report health problems, those who were not bullied but misbehaved did.” Source:University of East Anglialast_img read more

Patients receiving drug therapy before LVAD implantation have high risk of rightsided

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 11 2019Patients with left-sided heart failure who get implanted devices to improve the pumping of their hearts may be more likely to develop heart failure on the opposite side of their hearts if they are pre-treated with off-label selective vasodilator drugs, according to new research published in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.Between 10% and 40% of patients who undergo left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation for left-sided heart failure develop right-sided heart failure — a complication that spells worse outcomes. To head off the complication, physicians sometimes prescribe preemptive treatment with off-label selective vasodilator drugs called phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5i). PDE5i drugs are currently approved for use to avoid right heart failure in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension due to causes other than heart disease, which is a different patient group from the ones followed in this study.PDE5i drugs dilate the pulmonary artery — the large vessel that carries blood away from the heart’s right side and into the lungs. A handful of small studies have shown a possible benefit to this off-label approach in some patients but affirmative data from large-scale studies have been lacking and the current study hopes to help close this gap.An LVAD is a mechanical heart pump. It’s placed inside a person’s chest, where it helps the heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Unlike an artificial heart transplant, LVADs do not replace the heart. LVADs help the heart do its job.The findings of the new study — the largest analysis to date to assess the utility of this approach — call the preemptive treatment with PDE5i drugs into question. Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesThe results are based on analysis of 11,544 U.S. LVAD recipients who underwent implantation between 2012 and 2017. Of all device recipients, 1,199 (10%) received pre-implantation treatment with PDE5i drugs which target the pulmonary artery to reduce the pressure in the heart’s right ventricle. Overall, 24% of all patients who got LVAD implants developed right-sided heart failure, but the group that got pre-implantation drugs did so at higher rates. To minimize the possible effects of other factors that could bias the outcomes, the researchers matched 1,177patients treated with PDE5i drugs to group of 1,177 patients who did not receive such preventive therapy but were otherwise similar to the pre-treated group in terms of disease severity, age and the presence of other diseases that could affect outcome and health status.Compared with those who did not get drug therapy, the group that received vasodilator drugs before LVAD implantation were 31% more likely to develop right-sided heart failure (29% for those treated, compared with 24% among those who did not receive pre-treatment). Additionally, the relative risk of bleeding within a week of LVAD surgery was 46% higher in patients receiving PDE5i therapy (12% of patients receiving therapy versus 8% of those not receiving this therapy), the analysis showed.Source: American Heart AssociationJournal reference:Gulati, G. et al. (2019) Preimplant Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitor Use Is Associated With Higher Rates of Severe Early Right Heart Failure After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation. Circulation: Heart Failure. doi.org/10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.118.005537. We found no benefit of this therapy in patients receiving LVAD devices, including patients with pulmonary vascular disease or right ventricular dysfunction — the very patients who might be expected to benefit most. Our findings should give pause to clinicians considering this therapy, and we would caution against routine use of these therapies prior to LVAD surgery.”Michael Kiernan, M.D., M.S., Study Senior Investigator, Cardiologist, Tufts Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Bostonlast_img read more

Alibaba hits another Singles Day record but growth slows

first_img Alibaba revenue jumps ahead of shopping bonanza Singles Day Besides expanding overseas, the e-commerce giant continues to invest in China in what it calls “new retail”, which optimises in-store sales and service using data culled online.Hema, a grocery store launched by Alibaba in 2015 and one of the “new retail” flagships, allows customers to shop and dine in-store as well as order groceries online.”I think you have to understand Alibaba and what Alibaba is doing in the context of the long-term secular trend that’s developing in China, which is the rise of the Chinese middle class,” Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joe Tsai said at a Singles Day gala.”That trend is not going to stop, trade war or no trade war.” 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. The world’s biggest 24-hour shopping event, celebrating its tenth year, kicked off early Sunday and once again shattered its own sales mark as Chinese online buyers seized on promotions to snap up everything from electronics to clothing and housewares.Sales rose 27 percent, compared with 39 percent last year.Although retail sales in China have been steady, the outlook is uncertain as the economy slows and concerns rise over the impact of the trade war with the United States.Alibaba’s share price, which doubled in 2017, is down 16 percent this year.Singles Day was originally set aside as an unofficial day for China’s unmarried, but Alibaba latched on to it a decade ago as a shopping promotion akin to the late-November US “Black Friday” retail crush.Capitalising on the growing addiction to one-click smartphone payments in China, it has proven a huge success.But Alibaba earlier this month lowered slightly its full-year revenue forecast, citing consumer uncertainty over the economic outlook.Company officials remained bullish on the future, however, as Alibaba pushes new initiatives. ‘Singles Day’ has become a huge annual shopping frenzy in China, similar to ‘Black Friday’ in the United States Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang speaks in front of a screen showing total sales at over 213.5 billion yuan (30.7 billion USD) shortly after the end of the 11.11, or “Singles Day” shopping festivalcenter_img Explore further Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba filled a record $30.7 billion in orders on Sunday during its annual “Singles Day” shopping frenzy, but growth slowed from previous years. Citation: Alibaba hits another ‘Singles Day’ record but growth slows (2018, November 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-alibaba-singles-day-growth.html © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

US shuts down illegal web marketplace 2 Israelis charged

first_img Explore further German police shut down major ‘darknet’ illegal trading site The FBI announced the actions Wednesday in Pittsburgh. A grand jury returned indictments against the Israelis on charges of money laundering conspiracy. One of them lives in Brazil.The website seized under court order was identified as DeepDotWeb, accessible on the darknet under a slightly different name. The darknet is part of the internet but is hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only with anonymity-providing tools.The FBI said DeepDotWeb provided users with access to illegal marketplaces selling illegal drugs, assault rifles, hacking tools, stolen financial information and other contraband. The FBI has shut down a website it says was a gateway to illegal marketplaces on the darknet and announced the arrest of its two alleged Israeli operators. They are accused of making millions of dollars in kickbacks for their services. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: US shuts down illegal web marketplace; 2 Israelis charged (2019, May 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-illegal-web-marketplace-israelis.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.last_img read more

2 SpiceJet 1 Air India pilot suspended for violating safety norms

first_img Next 2 SpiceJet, 1 Air India pilot suspended for violating safety normsTwo pilots of SpiceJet who damaged runway edge lights during landing and a pilot and cabin crew who were involved in a physical altercation have been suspended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for six months for allegedly violating safety norms of aviation.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 21:26 IST (PTI File)Two pilots of SpiceJet, who damaged runway edge lights during landing, and an Air India pilot and cabin crew, who were involved in a physical altercation, have been suspended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for six months for allegedly violating safety norms of aviation.The two SpiceJet pilots are Captain Saurabh Gulia and Aarati Gunsekaran who had damaged runway edge lights during landing in Kolkata on July 2. They were operating a B737 aircraft on Pune-Kolkata route.A DGCA order accessed by ANI said, “The aircraft touched down approximately 1,300 feet from runway threshold point and touched down right of the runway centreline with 7 degrees of roll angle towards right which resulted in the aircraft further veering to the right of the centreline and damaging runway edge lights.”Both the pilots were served a show-cause notice and DGCA found their replies were not satisfactory.In the case of Air India flight which was an A319 aircraft operating in the Bengaluru-Kolkata route on June 17, the investigation revealed that the pilot in command Captain Milind and cabin crew Rajat Verman were involved in a heated argument and physical altercation when the aircraft was on the ground during pre-departure phase and preparation for departure was in progress.Both were served showcause notices and the DGCA found their replies were not satisfactory.All the four were suspended for six months from the date of the incidents, the order said.ALSO READ | DGCA suspends Air India cabin member for physical altercation inside planeALSO WATCH | Pakistan reopens its airspace for civilian trafficFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Air IndiaFollow SpiceJetFollow DGCAlast_img read more

BJP demands CBI inquiry into Churu custodial death gang rape

first_img Dev Ankur Wadhawan ChuruJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 11:39 IST (Image for Representation)The Churu custodial death and alleged gang rape have snowballed into a major controversy for the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the principal opposition party in Rajasthan, raised the matter in the state assembly on Monday, demanding a CBI inquiry.”A Dalit youth was beaten to death and from the minister’s statement, it is clear that he was in police custody. And after that, his sister-in-law is raped. And the complaint of the rape was given to the chief minister and director general of police. So far no police personnel have been arrested. We demand a CBI investigation,” Rajendra Rathore, senior BJP leader, said.A 35-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly kept confined inside the police station for several days, was tortured and gangraped in police custody in Rajasthan’s Churu district. This, the woman has alleged, happened after her brother-in-law was picked up by the police in a case of theft. He was allegedly tortured and beaten to death in police custody.”My wife was beaten up for three days by the police,” the complainant’s husband said.The case was handed over to the CID Crime Branch. A case was filed against the station house officer of Sardarshahar police station apart from five to six other police personnel. The case has been filed on the basis of a report filed by CID Crime Branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and SC/ST Act.”Investigation is on. On the basis of statement, a case has been registered against the then SHO Sardarshahar and some policemen under Section 376 of the IPC and SC/ST Act,” Prakash Sharma, additional SP, Churu, said.The woman, in her complaint, has mentioned that the police had picked up her brother-in-law on allegation of theft. She has alleged that after her brother-in-law, she was also picked up by the police. After consuming alcohol five to six policemen beat her up, plucked out her nails and eight police personnel, including the SHO, raped her.Eight policemen including the Sardarshahar SHO, a head constable and six constables have been suspended; the Churu Superintendent of Police, Rajendra Kumar, has been removed from his post.Following this, the BJP demanded CBI inquiry into Churu custodial death and gang rape.However, Congress MLA from Sardarshahar Bhanwarlal Sharma, has claimed that the 35-year-old Dalit woman was not gangraped by policemen.Sharma also said that the man who died in police custody was a petty thief who had sustained injuries after being beaten up by the villagers.ALSO READ: Sardarshahar policemen booked for torturing, gangraping woman whose brother-in-law died in custodyALSO WATCH: Ram Rahim parole: Why is the Khattar government backing rapist parole?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinha BJP demands CBI inquiry into Churu custodial death, gang rape The Churu custodial death and alleged gang rape have snowballed into a major controversy for the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the principal opposition party in Rajasthan, raised the matter in the state assembly on Monday, demanding a CBI inquiry.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Jaganmohan Reddy sworn in AP CM

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 30, 2019 COMMENTS ‘Clean, transparent administration will be govt’s priority’ RELATED Jagan meets Modi; hints at chances of AP getting special category status grim Andhra Pradeshcenter_img YS Jaganmohan Reddy was sworn in Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium here on Thursday at a ceremony attended by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and DMK leader MK Stalin as guests of honour.Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Reddy. Later, after the new Chief Minister saw off the Governor, Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious leaders blessed the Chief Minister.In his brief message, MK Stalin congratulated Jaganmohan Reddy and expressed the confidence that he would live up to his father’s (the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s) legacy.‘Historic occasion’Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao said it was a historic occasion for the people of the two Telugu States and also the Telugu-speaking people all over the world. He said Jaganmohan Reddy had proved his mettle over the past nine to ten years and he would provide clean and efficient administration in Andhra Pradesh. It would also usher in an era of cooperation, not confrontation, between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Rao said.He said the full utilisation of the Godavari waters was the first priority of the Jaganmohan Reddy government as well as the Telangana government. He said the Telangana people as well as the Telangana government would fully cooperate with the new government and extend all help, to the mutual benefit of both the Telugu States. He blessed Jaganmohan Reddy and expressed the hope that he would remain the Chief Minister for the next three to four terms.New CM’s promisesIn his response, the new Chief Minister thanked the guests – KCR and MK Stalin – for their kind words and expressed his gratitude to the people of Andhra Pradesh for giving him a massive mandate – 151 out of 175 Assembly seats and 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats. He promised that he would provide clean, corruption-free administration.Reddy appended his first signature on the file hiking the pension for the aged from the present ₹2,000 to ₹2,250 a month and said it would be gradually enhanced to ₹3,000 over the next few years. The enhanced pension will come into effect in June itself, he added.“The two-page manifesto issued by the YSR Congress Party is to me the Bhagavadgita, the Bible and the Koran. Every word of it will be honoured, I assure you,” he told the people.He said in every village, for every 50 houses, a ‘grama volunteer’ would be appointed with a salary of ₹5,000 a month. A village secretariat will be set up in each village, with jobs for ten local youths. These volunteers and secretariat employees will provide services to the rural people and all government schemes will be implemented through them at the village level.“When the Telugu Desam was in power, the Janmabhoomi committees used to play havoc in the villages and the entire administration was corrupt from top to bottom. I shall cleanse the whole system,” he said.Reddy said more than five lakh jobs would be created in the villages with these steps and a call centre would be set up with direct link to the Chief Minister’s office, to address complaints.Anti-corruption driveHe said all the suspicious contracts given by the TDP government would be reviewed and through the process of reverse tendering, the corruption of the TDP government would be exposed.A judicial commission will be set up with a sitting High Court judge to review all contracts awarded by the previous government. All suggestions made by the inquiry commission will be complied with.The new Chief Minister also issued a warning to “the yellow media in the State” — newspapers and TV channels partial to the Telugu Desam Party — that if they distort news and misrepresent the facts, defamation suits would be filed against them. He named the largest circulated Telugu daily, another prominent Telugu daily and a prominent Telugu TV channel and publicly warned them.Reddy said his government would live up to the expectations of the people and implement “Navaratnalu” (nine gems or nine promises made in the YSR Congress manifesto) in letter and spirit. Implementation of prohibition in three phases is one of the important promises made by the YSR Congress Party.Some Ministers from Telangana, the family members of YS Jaganmohan Reddy – his mother Vijayamma, wife Bharati, sister Sharmila, and his two daughters – witnessed the ceremony.Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu did not attend the meet, though he was invited over the phone by Jaganmohan Reddy. It is learnt that he conveyed his greetings through a team of TDP leaders. YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy garlands a bust of his father YS Rajashekar Reddy. – (file photo)   –  PTI politics Jagan govt to probe Amaravati ‘land scams’ SHARE Published onlast_img read more

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