first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, more of us than ever before are burning out at work. The rise in this kind of stress, in fact, is pronounced enough that last week the World Health Organization categorized “burnout” as an official occupational syndrome. That means no, you might not just be having a rough couple weeks. You might really need help. Because we know now that the end of this path isn’t pretty.Why are we more stressed at work than we’ve ever been? Will having WHO-approved medical language help employers and employees address the problem? What do you do when a weekend away doesn’t fix anything? How can you tell when someone’s in danger of flaming out, and how do you talk about it with them?GUEST: Hamza Khan, educator, speaker, author of The Burnout Gamble(For more from Hamza you can watch his TED talk on burnout right here.)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to the Big Story for free on Apple Podcasts, Google or Spotify.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Podcasts.You can also find it at read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 per cent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels.The decision announced earlier this weekend by the National Music Publishers Association stems from a dispute pitting songwriters against steadily growing music streaming services sold by Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and Pandora.The Copyright Royalty Board’s decision will require those services to pay 15.1 per cent of their revenue to the songwriters and publishers, up from 10.5 per cent.The music publishers association hailed the ruling, even though the trade group estimates recording labels will still be receiving $3.82 for every $1 paid to songwriters and publishers. Even so, that still represents “the most favourable balance in the history of the industry,” said David Israelite, president of the music publishers association.None of the major companies affected by the new music streaming royalties responded to requests by The Associated Press for comment, leaving it unclear whether the shift will prod any of them to raise the prices paid by consumers.The popularity of music streaming services has soared in the past few years as more consumers have embraced paying a monthly or annual subscription fee for unlimited access to tens of millions of songs instead of incrementally buying a more limited amount of music on CDs or in a digital download.Those changing habits have pushed artists, songwriters and publishers to step up their efforts to get a larger cut of the royalties generated from music streaming — a format that didn’t even exist when some performers signed their last record deals years ago.The Copyright Royalty Board drew up the new rates for songwriters and publishers after hearing evidence during a trial last year.“Songwriters desperately need and deserve the rate increases,” said Bart Herbison, executive director for the Nashville Songwriters Association International, another trade group.The new royalties seem unlikely to faze Apple, Google and Amazon — all of whom rank among the world’s richest companies and operate their music streaming services as complements to other products that generate most of their revenue.The new royalty systems could leave a bigger financial dent in smaller and less diversified companies such as Spotify and Pandora, even though both are music streaming pioneers.___This story has been corrected to refer to the “Copyright Royalty Board” instead of the “Copyright Ruling Board.”last_img read more

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. — A board of high-ranking Maryland officials has rejected a pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia.The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday against an easement for TransCanada’s proposed pipeline. It would run under the Potomac River and extend 3 miles (4.83 kilometres) from Columbia Gas’ network in Pennsylvania to Mountaineer Gas’ distribution system in West Virginia.One board member, Comptroller Peter Franchot, cited testimony that the pipeline could bring Maryland environmental problems without economic benefits. The board also includes Maryland’s governor and treasurer.Environmentalists oppose the pipeline. Chesapeake Climate Action Network attorney Anne Havemann says she hopes this marks an end to the proposal, but further action by the federal government or the courts is possible.Brian Witte, The Associated Presslast_img read more

U.S. stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday amid renewed investor optimism about the prospects for a trade deal between the U.S. and China.Technology, financial and health care stocks powered much of the rally, which gave the market its third-straight gain. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he might let a March 2 deadline slide in trade talks with China if the two countries get close to a deal.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index gained 34.93 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,744.73.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 372.65 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 25,425.76.The Nasdaq composite rose 106.71 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 7,414.62.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 19.25 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,538.23.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 36.85 points, or 1.4 per cent.The Dow is up 319.43 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 116.42 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 31.84 points, or 2.1 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 237.88 points, or 9.5 per cent.The Dow is up 2,098.30 points, or 9 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 779.34 points, or 11.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 189.67 points, or 14.1 per cent.The Associated Press read more

MONTREAL — Quebec’s hydro utility has been awarded the biggest export contract in its history after the U.S. state of Massachusetts gave the nod of approval to the Northern Pass project.Massachusetts officially selected Northern Pass today out of 40 submissions presented to the state last year.The project, run by Hydro-Quebec and U.S. partner Eversource, would bring up to 9.45 terawatt hours of electricity per year from Quebec’s hydroelectric plants to Massachusetts.The push is on to make Ontario’s disastrous ‘Fair Power Plan’ even worseRegulator scales back Ontario Power Generation rate-hike request over ‘excessive’ costsThe 20-year contract is expected to be signed in March and could generate up to $500 million in revenues for Hydro-Quebec per year.In 2017, Hydro-Quebec’s exports represented $803 million of its $2.86-billion profit.The project still needs to be approved by New Hampshire as well as by Canada’s National Energy Board.“There were many projects on the table but (Northern Pass) stood out,” said Judith Judson, Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. read more

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first_imgThe song used in our current Storybook ad is an original created by an artist called Libby Kash. However, being mindful of Kodaline’s concerns, as a gesture of goodwill we have decided to change the song. The new song will be in place the next time we run the ad.Here’s Kodaline’s hit: Source: KodalineVEVO/YouTubeIt’s not clear what other music Libby Kash has made. At the time of writing, Google searches for “Libby Kash” and “Libby Kash music” bring up no obviously relevant results.Kelloggs UK tweeted this afternoon: More: Kodaline think that Kellogg’s new ad sounds VERY familiar> Source: Kellogg’s UK/Twitter Artist Libby Kash created the song for our new ad. But All We Want is for @Kodaline to enjoy their Corn Flakes so we’re changing it #cerealy— Kellogg’s UK & IRE (@KelloggsUK) June 15, 2014center_img Source: Leo Burnett London/YouTubeKellogg’s said that the advert’s song was an original track, but it was being axed as a “gesture of goodwill”. A spokesperson said in a statement: Source: YouTube/PAUpdated 4.59pmKELLOGGS HAVE SAID they will remove a song from their new TV advert, after Irish band Kodaline accused it of being a “rip-off” of their hit All I Want.The song, from Kellogg’s Storybook ad, drew several comparisons on social media to the Kodaline tune.When the band complained about the similarity last week, Kellogg’s said they had commissioned an original song and were “looking into the facts”.Following a report in the Sunday Times this morning, the company confirmed to that they are now withdrawing the music. Here’s the offending tune in the commercial, uploaded to YouTube by ad agency Leo Burnett London:last_img read more

first_img Vacant dwellings in Ireland by type of housing. Source: CSOThe area with the most vacant dwellings in the country in Blacklion, Co Cavan, where over 46% of properties are vacant. The seven counties with the highest vacant housijng rates in the country Source: CSO/Census 2016Home ownership and rentThe report also showed a decline in the rate of home ownership in the country.Despite the marginal increase in housing stock, the number of owner occupied households fell between 2011 and 2016 (from 1,149,924 to 1,147,552).The rate of home ownership dropped then from 69.7% to 67.6%. This rate was last seen 1971.The fall was evident in both rural and urban areas.In terms of age, renting was more common than owning among adults younger than 35. After this age, more households owned rather than rented their homes.In previous Censuses, the age after which more people owned their home was younger.The equivalent age in previous censuses was 32 years in 2011, 28 years in 2006, 27 years in 2002 and 26 years in 1991.The report also found that the average weekly rent paid to private landlords was landlords in April 2016 was €199.92, up from €171.19 in 2011 (a rise of over 16%).Dublin city saw the biggest increase, with rents going up by 30%. Other areas of Dublin also saw significant increases in rent.You can view the full housing report on the CSO website.Read: ‘Ireland is slowly discarding its age-old loyalty card attitude toward established religions’Read: More males are born in Ireland, but women are living longer Share Tweet Email3 By Cormac Fitzgerald Apr 20th 2017, 1:18 PM Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 1:18 PM 15,043 Views center_img IRELAND INCREASED ITS housing stock by 8,800 units between 2011 and 2016, compared to over 201,000 from roughly the same period a decade ago.A Census 2016 special profile on housing in Ireland found that the country increased its housing supply by just 0.4% in the five-year period of 2011 to 2016 (from 1,994,845 million units to 2,003,645 million units).This is in stark contrast to the change in Ireland’s housing stock between 2002 and 2006, when the number of units grew by 21.2%. In that time, housing stock increased from 1,460,053 million to 1,769,613 million.Meanwhile, Ireland’s population was recorded at 4,761,865 in the last Census. That’s compared to 4,588,252 in 2011. The changes in Ireland’s property stock and population in each Census. Source: CSOThe Census report looks at the different aspects of housing in Ireland as enumerated on Census night in April of last year.The report found that a total of 2,003,645 houses and apartments were counted on Census night. Of these 1,697,665 were occupied by persons usually resident in the State (as opposed to people visiting).There were a total of 183,312 vacant houses and apartments across the country, as well as 62,148 vacant holiday homes.A total of 95,596 empty homes were in urban areas.“We need politicians and policy makers at all levels to recognise that empty homes can play an immediate role in alleviating the housing and homeless crisis,” said Francis Doherty of homeless charity the Peter McVerry Trust. This graph shows how housing supply has flatlined this decade – compared to population growth A new report looks at housing in Census 2016. 47 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Don’t Trust Everything You See on Shark WeekDiscovery launches virtual reality with sharks, skateboards, and survival Dundunn…dundunn…Shark Week 2019 is coming to haunt your summer dreams.From July 28 to August 4, Discovery Channel and other organizations worldwide are celebrating one of the ocean’s most powerful predators with special TV programs and events.To get your fright-fest started, we’ve rounded up the best shark-themed movies you can watch all week long. From The Meg to Jaws, these films will “take a bite” out of deciding what to binge-watch during Shark Week 2019.Open WaterA couple vacationing in the Caribbean has a nightmarish scuba diving experience in the movie Open Water. When their boat tour group accidentally leaves them behind, the pair must try to survive in the ocean with a bunch of hungry sharks.Stream it HereThe ShallowsBlake Lively battling a megalodon-like shark might make your day in The Shallows, a film where a surfer gets attacked by one of the massive predators during her isolated beach trip.Stream it HereThe MegThe ruler of all sharks is here to make beachgoers its “catch of the day” in The Meg: Expert diver (Jason Statham) has to beat the clock and rescue the crew of a deep-sea submersible before the enormous beast kills them all.Stream it HereSharknadoImagine this for a natural disaster: A freak twister rounds up the world’s deadliest sharks from the sea and they are chilling in the air, on the ground, and in bodies of water. Sharknado is a hilarious showdown against a shark-infested tornado that involves chainsaws, guns, and other forms of combat.Stream it HereJawsWhen a peaceful New England town is terrorized by a mega-shark, it’s up to a police chief, an ichthyologist, and a ship captain to stop the creature from hunting humans in Jaws. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie will give you the creeps on your next beach getaway.Stream it Here47 Meters DownDeep-sea diving is a fun adventure, except when your cage happens to break off a boat and plummet to a seabed full of sharks. 47 Meters Down, which stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, follows two sisters who decide to go on a thrilling ocean excursion and get stuck underwater with these bone-chilling animals.Stream it HereShark TaleIf gory megalodon movies are too much for you, Shark Tale makes a great PG binge-watch for Shark Week: The animated tale follows a young fish’s false reputation as a “shark slayer” and how he must prove himself innocent after a “shark mob” boss (voiced by Robert De Niro) thinks he killed his son. Will Smith and Renée Zellweger also are part of the cast of this adorable movie.Stream it HerePiranha 3DIt’s not exactly a shark movie, but Piranha 3D still features prehistoric man-eating fish that will freak you out. A group of spring breakers must survive these bloody creatures when their lake retreat becomes their hunting grounds.Stream it HereMore on Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape CodPhotos: ‘Spy’ Sharks Swim Feet Away From Unsuspecting Beach Visitors At Least 9 Great White Sharks Spotted By Researchers Off Cape Codlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester City idol Shaun Wright-Phillips is hoping Pep Guardiola’s win the Carabao Cup on Sunday.Wright-Phillips spent two spells with the Blues between 1998 and 2005 and 2008 to 2011, making a total of 275 appearances and scoring 47 goals.The former England player then spent three years at Chelsea with whom he won the Premier League and FA Cup.“It goes without saying I want City to win, but the Chelsea fans were cool with me so I wouldn’t want them to lose by six goals again!” Wright-Phillips told the club website.“It should be a great final, but the 6-0 hammering does make it a bit trickier – they’ll want some retribution because that would have hurt them and at the very least, they’ll want to play a lot better.“I think Chelsea will come out fast, but whether they can keep that up or not remains to be seen.“If I was Pep, I wouldn’t change a thing from the team that won 6-0. It won’t be a pushover, but City should play the same way again.”About as incisive a strike as you’ll see at Wembley from @fernandinho!WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.🔵 #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 22, 2019With his energy, speed, work ethics and love of dribbling, SWP admits he would have loved to have played in Pep Guardiola’s City side and believes the Catalan would have improved him as a player.“It would have been a revelation for me to play under Pep,” he said.“Pep always has a way of improving players, changing them to suit his demands and so I’d have had to learn new tactics which is something I would have enjoyed.“The pressing at the top means when you win the ball back in the final third you are already on the attack. It would have been incredible.”last_img read more

first_img49th District Position 1 House race: Republican House candidate Debbie Peterson will host a “let’s get informed on Prop. 1” discussion over coffee 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Peachtree Restaurant, 4400 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Proposition 1 allows voters living in the C-Tran district to vote to approve or reject a 0.1 percentage-point sales tax increase to pay for maintenance and operation of light rail, as well as some bus rapid transit construction costs. For more information, contact Peterson at 360-356-4437 or District Position 2 House race: Democratic House candidate Jim Gizzi will host a meet-and-greet over coffee 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at Bridgewood at Four Seasons, 11700 N.E. Angelo Drive. For more information, contact Gizzi’s campaign at 360-723-0900.last_img read more

first_imgProgram shows return on investmentThe Parent-Child Assistance Program costs Washington about $5,000 per mother per year. Its outcomes suggest the following savings for the state, according to the University of Washington:o Children of mothers enrolled in PCAP who were in out-of-home care and reunified at program exit had a shorter stay (3.8 months) than Washington’s statewide average (20.4 months). Reunification could save an estimated $21,200 per child.o Only 12 percent of mothers enrolled in PCAP had a subsequent alcohol- or drug-exposed infant within three years, compared with 21 percent of similar mothers over the same period who received typical substance abuse treatment without intensive case management.o From 2007 to 2012, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families was the main source of income for 61 percent of women entering PCAP compared to 31 percent at exit.o From 2007 to 2012, employment was the main source of income for 3 percent of women entering PCAP compared with 27 percent at exit.o From 1998 to 2004, PCAP clients completed 26 years of higher education during enrollment. Each additional year of schooling translates into a 10 percent increase in earnings. Clients also completed about 96 years of high school equivalency education.last_img read more

first_img A vast oasis of aircraft lies deep in the Arizona desert Welcome to the Boneyard, a desert tomb for US military aircraft Rare and fabulous flying machines of fabric and wood at WAAAM The sci-fi future stands derelict: Taiwan’s abandoned UFO houses The boneyard at the Yanks Air Museum is not just for show. The museum employs an aircraft restoration team. They were in the process of bringing several aircraft back to life during my visit. With their boneyard they’ll be able to expand their collection, or sell and trade restored aircraft with museums all over the world. So there’s a bit of hope in my mind as I finish my exploration of this strange, yet desolately charming place. Maybe in a few years some of these planes will be brought back from the brink, one more survivor of their type restored for future generations to study and admire.But for now they sit in the harsh sun and gravel, silent. Waiting.   As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  38 Photos Amid the steel, aluminum and rust at the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard Related on CNET Tags Comments 2 Share your voice It’s quiet. Spooky quiet. I’m surrounded by rust. The decay of aircraft left for decades under an unforgiving sun. There’s a special name for places like this: Boneyard. It’s somewhere between graveyard and junkyard. Aircraft may end up being forgotten here. Once proud machines that carried pilots and passengers through the sky are at rest now, in pieces amid the rusting detritus of unidentifiable parts.With a bit of luck, and money, the adjacent Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California, will resurrect these steel and aluminum carcasses. Their experts could restore these fabulous flying machines to their former glory. At worst, they’ll become photographed museum pieces. But in some cases they might fly again. Roar once again into the sky.Now, though, they are silent. Let’s explore. Hunting for more aviation treasure, I continue along my own path where it seems safe. I’m have no idea when my last tetanus booster was, which probably means it was too long ago to be effective. I step around some more cargo containers and get a surprise: much bigger airplanes. I clock one as a Curtiss C-46, but the other I had to look up: a Convair C-131. They’re in decent shape, considering. A polish and some clear coat and you could probably put them in a museum, if you had a hangar big enough. Beyond is one of the rarest aircraft I’ve seen today. Not the B-24 it seemed at a distance, but a PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bomber. Nearby is a Grumman Albatross seaplane that looks almost ready to fly, and another F-105 that definitely isn’t. Rows of jet engines, flaps, ailerons, and other assorted pieces are like duralumin filler among the derelict aircraft. I catch a glimpse of the nose of a B-52 as I leave. PreservationBoneyards can serve different purposes. The massive, and perhaps best known, boneyard at AMARG functions largely as a holding lot for aircraft that might be needed in the near future. It also functions as a repository for parts. Many of the aircraft still flown by the military are decades old. Parts are scarce. Bones of steelIt’s rare to get unfettered access to an aircraft boneyard. Most are either off-limits or only accessible via a guided tour. It’s strange enough that as I enter the outskirts of the boneyard, I’m expecting someone from the museum to come out and stop me. They don’t. Soon I’m surrounded by rusting steel and peeling paint. Stacks of cargo containers hide additional wonders, but they’re out of reach. In fact, there’s a pretty clear path through the boneyard. No fences, just items and aircraft positioned to gently usher you along. Though not a huge space, it’s easy to position yourself so that the outside world disappears and you’re isolated among the aircraft remains. Many of the aircraft are still quite recognizable. A Navy F-4, for instance, sits across from an F-5, an F-104 and an F-105. A wingless, cockpit-less A-7 Corsair II is a bit harder to identify. I’m most puzzled by what looks like a flat, wide truck, yet the sides show clearly where wing shapes once were. It’s not until I notice vertical ducts that I figure out what it is: hovercraft. All the pieces are piled nearby and there’s no skirt. This one won’t be floating away anytime soon.   Culturelast_img read more

first_img X A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:Houston joins an ongoing war over chicken sandwichesMatthew McConaughey joining the faculty at UT to teach filmOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Marco Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of HoustonMarcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102Amber Ambrose, founder, and CEO of Ambrose/McDowell Communications 00:00 /19:06 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comOn a small parcel of land in southern Prince George’s County the Nelson Manor represents a collaborative transition from a lifetime of memories into a flourishing African American family owned business.  Tarus and Yolanda Nelson have turned their empty nest into a luxury vacation rental property which they hope make guests feel like they’re at home after opening its doors of hospitality to family and friends for years.The transformation of the property and the collaboration into its next lifetime symbolizes where family strength and communication can lead to the genesis of a business enterprise.  Their emotional attachment and commitment to each other has opened doors to give the Nelson Manor its entrepreneurial facelift while remaining committed to the community based foundation that benefits the County’s youth.Tarus and Yolanda Nelson are proprietors of The Nelson Manor which is an extended luxury vacation property in Fort Washington, MD. (Courtesy photo).In 2011 the Nelson’s launched Strive 2 Tri, a 501c3 non-profit program that trains at risk youth to become triathletes.  The signature event is the Splash and Dash which is a 100-200 meter swim followed by a 1-2K run. It also has certified young Black swimmers as lifeguards who work at various pools throughout Prince George’s County.“After 21 years together, we recognize our strengths and weaknesses as individuals,” Yolanda tells the AFRO.  “In those moments where we disconnect, it’s important to step back and stay in [our] lane while maintaining a respect for each other and remembering there are always different ways of getting things done.”As full time professional parents with a vision for life after the empty nest the Nelson’s developed their game plan.  Yolanda was a professional educator in the Prince George’s County Public School System for over two decades. Tarus, a disabled military veteran who served in the U.S. Army, worked as an IT specialist while raising two children on the property.  Tarus, Jr. followed in dad’s military footsteps serving in the U.S. Air Force while Asia is a sophomore at Bowie State majoring in business management.Those professional skills sets have blended seamlessly as they transitioned into full-time business people and hands on parents. Yolanda is the marketing face of the company who serves as the “innkeeper” while Tarus generates new business.  Their children experienced the transition from the inside and inspired Asia’s choice of major in college, so the future management of the Manor is being developed in the County.Before a major renovation, which turned their single family home into an elegant revenue stream, it was a hub of social activity and a part time sanctuary for family members in transition or time of need.  The Nelson’s neighborly spirit made their home a gathering spot for holiday parties and summer cookouts among other personal events. It also became the genesis for their home’s seamless transition.From 2014-2017 each floor was refurbished that created revenue streams. The Nelson’s purged family heirlooms and released their emotional attachment to inanimate objects such as Tarus’ Harley Davidson motorcycle.Their sacrifices were painstaking as they were creative with finances and disciplined to avoid excessive spending. For more than a decade there were no extravagant purchases or vacations as they agreed upon a conscious financial commitment to massive renovations.  The property systematically transformed from a spacious single family dwelling into a versatile venue that hosts extended stay guests and intimate gatherings such as weddings and dinner parties.“It takes a lot of communication, flexibility, and communication because there’s a lot of moving parts,” Yolanda says.The Nelson Manor Airbnb enterprise remains one of the best kept secrets in Prince George’s County for the time being. However, the Nelson’s are hoping to cut that corporate umbilical cord shortly for another family oriented business collaboration.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: She is not only a mother, but a gritty woman who pulled out all stops to become the countrys first female unrelated bone marrow donor to give new lease of life to an ailing three-month-old infant, doctors claimed. It took a lot of courage for the 26-year-old Masilamani, hailing from a nondescript village of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, to come out and donate her bone marrow to save a baby from New Delhi. Masilamani, the mother of a thalassemia major girl, was in the city on a personal visit. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose She is ecstatic at what she has achieved recently. “I believe Im blessed. I managed to break away from the misconceptions of our society to save a child. I feel like I am the mother of the child. I would say it is my child too as now I have given him a second chance to live. I pray to the almighty that he must recover fast and should never suffer again. He must be healthy,” Masilamani told PTI. Talking about her fight against social myths when she decided to go ahead with the bone marrow donation, Masilamani recalls, “My village is a very remote one at the foot of the Velliangiri hills with very less exposure to any modern amenities. There are very few educated people there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Therefore, anything new, be it a thing or a thought, is always resisted in the village.” Hailing from Mudhalipalayam, a hamlet in Coimbatore, Masilamani got married at the age of 20 to R Kaviarasan, a fabricator. “Within a year, my daughter was born and a few months later she was diagnosed with thalassemia major. We both (husband and wife) have our swabs to identify human leukocyte antigen (HLA) to check if we could be of any match to our daughter at DATRI – the blood stem cells donor registry. There I found a match to become a donor for a baby boy.” Excited but confused, Masilamani shared the piece of information with her husband who agreed that it was a great opportunity to help another parent in distress. But we could not take a decision so easily. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law resisted saying if something went wrong, who will take care of your children? “The in-laws were all the more worried as I have a daughter with a chronic illness. Even my relatives and neighbours advised me not to go ahead with the donation as there could be side effects in the future, if not immediately. I was confused,” Masilamani said. Masilamani, who gave birth to a boy three years later, sought expert advice on bone marrow donation. “My doubts were cleared and I was glad to know there are no short-term and long-term side effects. I could finally convince my family and take a decision to donate bone marrow to save a life,”she says. Masilamani thanked her husband profusely for supporting her when it mattered most. “There are men who would leave their partners if the child is found to be having any such fatal disorder. But Kaviarasan has been a responsible father and a great partner,” she said. Describing bone marrow donation as a simple process without side effects, Masilamani hopes that her act would encourage other women to come forward. “I understand that women have more compulsions to back out from donations than men. But I am an example that nothing is big enough to stop us from gifting a life. After undergoing the procedure, I can vouch that it is very simple and has no side effects. Many people discouraged me saying you may not walk properly, you may get bedridden, marrow will be taken from spine etc,” she pointed out. Asked if she was willing to donate again, Masilamani said she would be more than happy to do it. “They say the greatest gift is the gift of life and it is a golden opportunity to gift it if you are found to be a match. I will definitely donate”. As of now, India has a total of 1,36,244 female donors, which is about 34 per cent of the total registered donors, official data say. The total number of women who backed out from donations in the last two years (January 2017 to February 2019) were 129, according to DATRI data. “I feel privileged to have Masilamani as Indias first lady bone marrow donor from DATRI. It makes me proud to say that while women are excelling in every field, there are a few who are doing extraordinary and phenomenal contributions to the human kind such as donating their blood stem cells to save lives. In the true sense, it is like giving birth, but not biologically,” DATRI founder and CEO Raghu Rajagopal said. DATRI is engaged in finding willing matched donors for patients suffering from fatal blood-related disorders and in need of a blood stem cell transplant,last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police has started investigation in the case of cheating allegedly done by private real estate company. Police said that two directors of the company were named as suspects in the case.According to police the case was registered on July 1 under sections 406/420/120-B IPC on the complaint of Manu Bali and Girish Rehani. There are allegations of cheating against the company. “The alleged PIQ is at the Crossing Republic, Ghaziabad and the amount involved in this case is of Rs. three crores,” police said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn another case, EOW is investigating a fraud case where complainant alleged that he was duped on the pretext of a good return on investment. The complainant told police that he met with the suspect in the seminar. Later the suspect introduces him to another person in Rohini. The suspect told him about a company who gives a good return on investment. The complainant said that his wife and some other known persons invested Rs 2,05,30,000. The suspect in the case told the complainant that return on their investment would be transferred in their account daily but it was irregular and after that, the company even stopped making returns in respect of their investment.last_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The Real Estate Council of Quintana Roo says that beginning February 2018, agents selling real estate without the proper accreditation will be sanctioned.A meeting between the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism and the Mexican Association of the Real Estate Industry along with the Secretariat of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development has agreed that it is necessary for all agents to be in compliance with the rules starting 2018.In order to buy and sell real estate in the state of Quintana Roo, agents will need to comply with the Law of Provision of Real Estate Services published on July 6, 2014 in the Official Journal of the State Government.Carlos González Pacheco, Undersecretary of Housing says, “This Act is intended to give order to the provision of real estate services in Quintana Roo and with the birth of this law is created the registration and accreditation of real estate advisors in the state.”Carlos González explained that this accreditation and registration, granted by SEDETUS, is necessary in compliance with the Law, which is why they work with these associations. He explained that in Quintana Roo there are unofficially more than 1,500 real estate service providers.“Currently we have registered only 351 applications, in the past administration there were registered 99 advisers”.“In 2017, 140 more registrations and accreditation certificates were granted, which equates to 239 consultants registered and accredited by the state. While this figure reflects an increase of 58 percent, only about 16 percent of agents buying and selling real estate in Quintana Roo are accredited.”Carlos González says that beginning February, SEDETUS will begin verification of licenses and accreditation. The Act will be applied to real estate advisors, and those found to be not in compliance will be sanctioned and need to undergo the administrative process to be regularized.Until they are accredited, they will be prohibited from providing real estate services and sanctioned, which can range from a warning to denial of accreditation to a financial penalty that could reach 75,000 peso.Alejandra Serrano Benítez, President of AMPI Cancun, invites all real estate advisors to join the association, who she says, has agreements with the UQRoo and SEDETUS, as well as with developers and companies who favor affiliates.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTags: Regent Seven Seas Cruises MIAMI — Regent Seven Seas Cruises has a new collection of online resources for travel agents that include updated educational tools focusing on the value proposition with the line’s signature all-inclusive luxury experience, and marketing materials designed to drive client interest and increase sales.The new resources, Regent Seven Seas Cruises University and Marketing Central, can be found within the Travel Agent Center ( section of the line’s website.Regent Seven Seas Cruises University
The Regent Seven Seas University curriculum provides general information about the brand, the fleet, and a detailed comparison, with an amenity-by-amenity breakdown, of Regent’s all-inclusive value proposition.All courses are interactive with images, text and video narration to make information easy to understand. The courses can be started, paused, saved and completed at a pace convenient for travel partners.Regent Seven Seas Cruises University currently features two completely revamped learning modules, with a third focused on continuing education set to debut early next year. Courses include:Regent Experience: This introductory course goes into intricate detail about the Regent Seven Seas Cruises product offering.Selling Luxury: The newest course, released this month, focuses on how best to address a luxury consumer. The five-chapter course takes a deep dive into the various suite categories offered on Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships and the inclusive amenities that come with each category. It also offers proven tactics to attract and retain luxury clients and shares the benefits of selling group bookings.Marketing Central: This additional new platform for the Travel Agent Center was specifically designed to assist travel agents with their marketing campaigns by offering a wide a range of customizable, downloadable flyers, print ads, emails, web banners and social media posts. Once an agent is finished customizing their marketing materials, they have the option to either download it for free or print the pieces for a fee.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAdditionally, an agent can send a customized email directly from Marketing Central at no cost by uploading an email distribution list, or they can download the creative and send from their own email server. Regent Seven Seas Cruises retains a history of completed projects, so agents can log back into the site and easily reference or download previous marketing campaigns.Regent Seven Seas Cruises also introduced a new bi-monthly travel agent newsletter called Luxe Agent filled with information about special promotions, itineraries, destinations and other updates happening across the fleet. See Share The Canadian Press Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Regent Seven Seas’ Travel Agent Center has new online tools << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:Strolling the Art Walk circuit PHOTOS: Annual oxcart parade brightens downtown San José PHOTOS: San José’s ‘tope’ takes spectators on a colorful ride PHOTOS: Palm Sunday in an indigenous Guatemala town Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times His full name is Juan Olivado Camacho, but everybody knows him as Martina or Don Tina. “I used to go to see this band called Los Hicsos and the singer’s name was Martina, so everybody started to tell me, ‘We saw you at Martina’s concert,’ and then they started calling me ‘Martina,’” Olivado said.That’s a time of Don Tina’s life he likes to remember, so that he doesn’t repeat it again.He was born in 1940, in San Isidro del Guarco, Cartago and started learning to work with cabuya, a type of agave grown for its fiber, when he was about 12 years old. Olivado said there were a lot of people working with cabuya fiber back then and he was a curious kid, so he watched them and quickly learned. “In my first job, I started making 6 cents a day” he said.The fiber from Costa Rica’s cabuya plant (Furcraea cabuya), part of the agave family, has been used for centuries to make rope, bags and other woven items.Don Tina’s story continues below the photo gallery. When Olivado was 13 he was already very good at working with cabuya fiber so people from different parts of Cartago started looking for him to give him jobs. “It was a passion for me, but not like and artistic passion, I just thought that it was the easiest way to make money and that I couldn’t do anything else,” he said.But things changed after a while. Olivado started feeling that it was a tough job and that there were a lot of people doing it, so in 1973 he sold all his cabuya tools and moved to Heredia.He started working at a coffee factory and quickly became the manager of one of the sections. “I learned a lot while working there and also had a good salary. But I started to drink more and more alcohol and that ultimately made me quit that job,” he said.From there he started working at a bar, then a nursery, another coffee factory and a gas station. But the heavy drinking didn’t stop and eventually he hit bottom, even sleeping on the street.“One day, when I was in the worst moments of my life I prayed on my knees to the one above and while crying I asked him to help me get out of this situation,” Olivado said.He started helping a friend who was an artisan and was working with cabuya. He learned to make the items his friend was making and soon starting working by himself and even making new designs. He also stopped drinking.That was 24 years ago.In 2008 with the help of Sonia Navarro, a community promoter from El Guarco, Don Tina started giving workshops on working with cabuya, as part of a program organized by the Culture Ministry.Together, he and Navarro started La Cabuya Cuenta, a group of entrepreneur women (and Don Tina).You can contact the group via its Facebook page Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timeslast_img read more