first_imgDid you know? Why it’s always so cold on airplanes Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — How many of us have sat on an airplane, teeth chattering and shivering in our seats, wondering why on earth must the air conditioning be on at full blast?Too many of us, we suppose, since arctic temperatures in airplanes are a common occurrence. But why does it have to be? If airplanes – the very existence of which is a miracle unto itself – can magically stay afloat in the sky, why, pray tell, can’t they get something as simple as temperature control right?Turns out, the problem lies in the age of the aircraft, reports Bravo. According to retired Delta captain Paul Eschenfelder, as cited in Traveller, the older the aircraft, the colder it is onboard. Newer airplane models are able to regulate temperature in different areas of the cabin right down to the exact row. However, older aircraft aren’t built to do this, which means they have to use the same temperature throughout the cabin.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAs such, while some passengers are left overheated with little to no relief, others are being blasted with cold air.So what can you do about it? Pack plenty of layers, or a sarong or shawl. You can request an extra blanket from the flight crew if one is available. And you can also ask a flight attendant to change the temperature; if it’s a newer plane, it can be done.And as Jezebel noted, if you’re able to pre-select your seat, avoid the back of the plane where it’s often chillier. And choose a seat that’s at least two rows away from any exit doors as they can often be the draftiest seats onboard. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 last_img read more

first_imgvoco Gold Coast deluxe room;IHG opens first voco hotel in the heart of Surfers ParadiseThe Mayor of the Gold Coast, Tom Tate and CEO of Destination Gold Coast, Annaliese Battista were among the dignitaries that officially opened voco Gold Coast at a packed ribbon cutting ceremony at the hotel this morning.The opening of voco Gold Coast represents IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) first hotel globally for its new upscale hotel brand: voco™, just five months after it was launched. Owned by Australian property investment firm SB&G Group and located on the shores of the Gold Coast, voco™ Gold Coast is now open for guests to soak up the sun, sand and sea in Australia’s beloved Surfers Paradise.voco™, inspired by the meaning ‘to invite’ or to ‘come together’ in Latin, will combine the informality and charm of an individual hotel, with the quality and reassurance of a global and respected brand. The public spaces of voco™ Gold Coast emphasise this social element, fittingly named Social House Café, which collectively houses a bar and lounge within the venue, offering a space for everyone.With 389 rooms, the property is situated in the heart of Australia’s iconic Surfers Paradise precinct and steps away from Queensland’s famous beaches. The hotel offers all the features that guests can expect from the upscale voco™ brand including two swimming pools, gym facilities, L’Aqua Day Spa, 800sqm of meeting space and expansive views of both the ocean and hinterland. Multiple dining options are also available in the hotel’s three unique restaurants – Waves, Clifford’s Grill & Lounge and Social House – all designed to offer vibrant social experiences for voco™ guests to enjoy.voco™ Gold Coast also offers several exclusive features that sets it apart from existing hotels, starting with their onsite beehives, producing honey for various uses throughout the hotel. The strong sustainability focus also promises refillable dispensers for products such as soap, along with a high-end Aveda amenity and an initiative with Gold Coast City Council to ensure all kitchen waste is recycled.The voco™ Gold Coast signing was announced by IHG and owners SB&G Group in June 2018, coinciding with the global launch of the voco™ brand.  With six signings to date, in addition to the four properties that will rebrand as part of the UK portfolio deal, there are expected to be more than fifteen signings in total for the brand by the end of 2018. These include three signings in Australia, in Victoria’s wine region, Yarra Valley and in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD as well as a number of properties in the UK. The opening of voco™ Gold Coast will be quickly followed by hotel openings in Solihull and Cardiff in the UK.Paul Salter, SB&G Group Managing Director, said: “We are proud to be the first owner of a voco™ branded hotel in the world and to have worked closely with IHG to bring this new brand and service culture to the Gold Coast, making the high-quality refurbishment a reality in only 5 months.”Brenden van Blerk, voco™ Gold Coast General Manager, said: “As one of Australia’s all-time favourite holiday destinations, we are very excited to be introducing the voco™ brand across the much-loved Gold Coast. Quintessentially Australian, the Gold Coast offers travellers the ultimate getaway with warm weather, amazing beaches and several great ways to have fun. This perfectly aligns with the new voco™ hotel – a fun, spirited, upscale offering.”Kenneth Macpherson, CEO EMEAA, IHG, said: “IHG launched the voco™ brand in June in Australia, we are so pleased to see the brand’s momentum continue here with the first opening in the iconic Gold Coast with long standing partner, SB&G Group. voco™ delivers a guest experience that stands out, with touches of charm and memorable, distinctive and dependable hallmarks.”To tap into the excitement of the Gold Coast and embrace the playfulness of the voco™ brand, the new hotel offers a calendar of social events held within their street facing public spaces from a daily high tea experience to weekly trivia nights, among many others.This distinctive brand will offer owners the ability to drive higher returns through delivering a compelling guest experience and leveraging IHG’s powerful systems. This includes best-in-class revenue management and technology capabilities as well as IHG® Rewards Club, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes.IHG currently has 48 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 22 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels and voco.To celebrate the launch of voco™ globally, IHG Rewards Club is offering 10,000 Bonus Point Packages at our new voco™ hotels around the world for stays between November 2018 and February 2019. Additionally, members can enjoy 50% off Reward Night redemptions at our new voco™ hotels. Terms & Conditions apply, please visit vocohotels.com for more information. Source = InterContinental Hotels Grouplast_img read more

first_imgWide receiver was an area of need for the Arizona Cardinals. ButCardinals’ brass has been touting all the while that they won’t draftfor need, instead they opt for the best available player.Well, the worlds of need and talent collided in Arizona’s first rounddraft pick when they selected Notre Dame wide receiver MichaelFloyd with the 13th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft.“We got a player who can change field position very quickly, andwhen you couple that with the guys we already have – Larry, Andreand Early – we feel like it gives us a very good receiving corps,”Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday night. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories “There’s been a lot of talk about us needing a number two (receiver)and we’ve said all along that we felt like we’ve had some goodyoung players and we’ve added another player to that mix who’sphysical, fast, big and can make some of those back shouldercatches and red zone plays.”Floyd starred for four years at Notre Dame, and leaves South Bendas the school’s all-time leading receiver with 271 catches. But healso had a tumultuous stay in South Bend that included an arrestfor DUI and a team suspension. Apparently, those did not serve asred flags for the Cardinals’ organization during their pre-draft visitwith Floyd.“One of the things that stood out to me was his honesty,”Whisenhunt said. “We asked him some pretty tough questionsabout his past and he was very honest.“We emphasized the importance to him about some of our playersand how important they are to the community and what types ofrole models they are.”The immediate thought by most Cardinal fans when Floyd’s namewas called was how Floyd would be able to learn from Pro Bowlreceiver Larry Fitzgerald. But Floyd will help Fitz and others as well. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “It gives us another target, which we think will help take pressureoff the quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously, we’re excitedabout potentially taking pressure off of Larry. A lot of defenses arescheming to try and do that.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he will host office hours this month in Bloomfield Township and Birmingham.McCready invites residents to meet with him to share their perspectives and ask questions at the following locations and times:Bloomfield Township: Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bagger Dave’s, 6608 Telegraph Road.Birmingham: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library in the board room, 300 W. Merrill St.Appointments are not necessary for office hours. Residents who are unable to meet can contact McCready’s office to schedule an appointment.#### Categories: McCready News 02May McCready announces May office hourslast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during local coffee hours in April.“Getting feedback from my community is a crucial aspect of being a representative,” Iden said.  “I look forward to hearing what is on people’s minds, and am grateful for those who take the time to share what is most important to them.”The coffee hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, April 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Feed the World Café, 7000 Stadium Dr. in Kalamazoo; andFriday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 6800 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage.No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact Rep. Iden’s Lansing office at 517-373-1774 or at BrandtIden@house.mi.gov.  Coffee hours are subject to change, please call the office for the most up to date information. Categories: Iden News,News 02Apr Rep. Iden announces coffee hourslast_img read more

first_imgCanal Plus says it has 11.2 million Facebook fans for its programmes, an increase of 45% in a year.According to the French pay TV operator, some 80% of fans come back to its pages each month. Five of the hundred or so pages related to Canal Plus channels are in the top 10 Facebook pages dedicated to TV programmes – Sav with three million fans, Bref with 1.7 million and Le Canal Football Club with 1.2 million fans.The operator has also developed a number video and games applications delivered via Facebook, including access to episode of series including Borgia and Braquo and games including Les Gniark and Borgia the Game. According to Canal Plus, 20% of traffic to its Canalplus.fr website comes via social networks.last_img read more

first_img Recommended Links Communists, Trotskyites, Maoists We remember discussing the radicals’ strategy back in 1969. This is where the nostalgia comes in… Last night, we stayed at a tiny hotel in Paris, near where we first got to know the city 43 years ago. We had gone for a semester abroad, after discovering that the tuition at the University of Paris was only $80. That meant that even with airfare, it was cheaper to go to the Sorbonne than to the University of Maryland. The semester turned into a lifelong relationship, marked by equal periods of affection and disgust. We didn’t speak French at the time, but we had had four years of it in high school. That seemed like plenty. (Although it later proved comically insufficient.) But we were adventurous back then. And penniless. So, we got ourselves to Paris… and hung out at the bars around St.-Germain-des-Prés. It was a very different city in the 1960s. It was a world leader in fashion, technology, movies, food, and philosophy. But Paris had a problem back then, too. Communists, Trotskyites, Maoists, anarchists, syndicalists, and students – in 1968, they rebelled, ripped up the streets to build barricades out of the paving stones (the streets were covered with asphalt soon after), and engaged with the police in pitched battles. By the time we arrived a year later, skirmishes between gendarmes and radical groups were still going on. The organized rebels would race around a corner, throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who formed up into protected phalanxes with their clear plastic shields. Then the cops would suddenly charge the insurgents, swinging their billy clubs at anyone they could reach. Trained and practiced, the terrorists would retreat quickly. This left the police with nobody to rough up except innocent onlookers. That is how your editor nearly got hospitalized. Walking down the street, he was mistaken for a radical… knocked to the ground and worked over by three policemen, who eagerly went about their work with happy cudgels. Revolutionary Strategy Sitting in a café with a bandaged face, we discussed the revolutionaries’ strategy with a young French intellectual of Trotskyite tendencies. Even almost a half-century later, we recalled the conversation when we passed the café (still in business) where it took place. “Oh… sorry to see you got beaten up,” he said. “But it’s just collateral damage. We’re making headway. “The police don’t like it when we attack them. It’s a point of pride, more than anything else. So, they overreact. But the more they show on TV people like you getting beaten up by the cops, the more the working class comes over to our side. We’re going to win.” The revolutionaries did not win. They did not topple the Fifth Republic. But they eventually got much of what they wanted – free schooling… free drugs and medical attention… a high-cost, zombified, crony economy… a bureaucratized, tightly regulated society… even a 35-hour workweek. And now look at it. “Yes, it’s a mess…” repeated the voice behind us. Regards, Bill Bonner’s Analyst Issues Urgent Buy for This Wednesday This stock is in the same position as two other well-known stocks right before they jumped 121%… and 205%. Bill Bonner is investing $250,000 in it through his family trust later this week… but if you click here, you could get in on it before him. – Major Shift in World’s Largest Financial Market (40x Larger Than the Stock Market) Could it send gold to $11,000/oz.? Four of the world’s smartest billionaires might think so. They’re all “backing up the trucks” on gold. Learn more here.center_img Bill Editor’s note: The rising tide of global terror is only strengthening the “Deep State’s” grip on you and your life. And in his latest warning, Bill explains exactly how this shadowy group of unelected elites is corrupting our financial system… and pushing the U.S. economy closer and closer to an imminent breakdown. But he also offers some individual financial solutions you can put in place on your own to help you and your children live in a safe, prosperous, and free country. Watch here now. — Editor’s note: Agora founder Bill Bonner was just in Paris…While he was there, he was reminded of the time he spent there in the 1960s… Back when he was knocked to the ground and nearly hospitalized by three policemen… VIENNA – Real money must reflect the realities of the real economy. If it becomes detached from economic reality, like a clock that no longer tells the right time, it becomes a hazard to everyone. Appointments are missed. Trains crash. You show up at the airport and find the plane left two hours ago! Air France is on strike. Our flight – with Austrian Airlines – left an hour late as a result. “This is a mess,” we said to nobody in particular, as we waited for a plane this morning. “Welcome to France,” said a voice behind us. Murdered by Barbarians Puzzling out the secrets of money and interest rates was interrupted by the news… and nostalgia. The gruesome details: An 86-year-old French priest was forced to kneel in his church. Then his throat was cut. “Murdered by Barbarians,” screamed a headline in the French newspaper Le Figaro. “We must be pitiless,” said former president Nicolas Sarkozy. “It’s war.” He may have picked up a few lines from Saint Bernard, rehearsed nearly 1,000 years ago. In the Burgundian town of Vézelay, on March 31, 1146, St. Bernard of Clairvaux delivered his famous oration on responding to the Muslim threat: Will you allow the infidels to contemplate in peace the ravages they have committed on Christian people? […] Fly then to arms; let a holy rage animate you in the fight, and let the Christian world resound with these words of the prophet: “Cursed be he who does not stain his sword with blood!” In France – as in the U.S. – saintly politicians compete to see who can most convincingly promise to “get tough.” Of course, getting tough is just what the so-called Islamic State (known in France by its Arabic acronym, Daesh) wants. The strategy is ancient. More than 2,000 years ago, radical Jewish groups conducted a war of terror against their Roman masters, hoping to provoke a crackdown by the authorities… leading to the radicalization of the masses. Did it work? Depends on how you look at it. The Jews got their crackdown. Vespasian and Titus put down their insurrection, leveled Jerusalem, destroyed The Temple and, according to Josephus, killed 1.1 million Jews.last_img read more

first_imgA former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., was arrested and charged with reckless homicide and abuse in February for making a medical mistake that resulted in an elderly patient’s death. Criminal charges for a medical error are unusual, patient safety experts say. Some are voicing concern that the move sets a precedent that may actually make hospitals less safe by making people hesitant to report errors. The nurse, RaDonda Vaught, pleaded not guilty. Her next hearing is scheduled for April 11. She told NPR in an emailed statement from her lawyer that Vanderbilt terminated her employment after the incident.The district attorney’s decision to charge Vaught comes after both the Tennessee Department of Health and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigated the incident. The state health department investigation, which concluded in October 2018, did not revoke Vaught’s nursing license.The CMS report emphasizes the hospital’s responsibility in the mistake. “The hospital failed to ensure all patients received care in a safe setting,” the report says. Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials would not comment on the case. The report details how Vaught mistakenly took the wrong medicine out of a dispensing cabinet. She was trying to give the patient, Charlene Murphey, a dose of an anti-anxiety medication, midazolam (brand name Versed), before an imaging scan during a December 2017 hospital stay, the report states. Vaught instead gave Murphey vecuronium, a paralytic drug used during anesthesia that had the same first two letters, according to the report. Murphey died in an intensive care unit the following day.The Nashville District Attorney’s office told the Tennessean it made the decision to bring criminal charges against Vaught specifically because she administered the fatal medication after overriding the safety mechanism in the dispensing machine.Medical errors are common. Some researchers estimate they’re the third leading cause of death in the United States. And many in the patient safety community say they don’t understand what prompted the DA’s office to prosecute this case in particular. DA spokesman Stephen Hayslip told NPR in an email that “the actions of this office will become more evident as the evidence is presented to the court.” He declined to comment further.Nurses around the country have come to Vaught’s defense, speaking out on social media and on opinion pages. The American Nurses Association issued a statement criticizing the charges, saying that “the criminalization of medical errors could have a chilling effect” on health care workers’ willingness to report errors. The phenomenon of criminally charging health care providers after a patient is harmed is rare, “but it grows less unusual every year,” says Stephen Hurley, a Wisconsin lawyer who has defended nurses in similar cases and advised hospitals on the topic.Most high-profile cases tend to involve death, a significant injury or a patient well-known in the community, he says. And prosecutors tend to focus on nurses, he says, rather than physicians or hospital administrators, though he’s not sure why.Suen Ross, the ANA’s director of nursing practice and workplace environment, thinks that it’s unusual for health care providers to be charged with a crime after a medical mistake that didn’t involve malicious intent or intoxication. She calls Vaught’s case “unprecedented” because neither of these factors are cited in the CMS report.Ross says it’s important for health care workers to feel free to report errors without fear of retribution. All health care mistakes — even small ones — should be analyzed to understand the underlying issues that caused them, Ross says. A non-punitive approach encourages transparency, she says, and “that prevents future mistakes or errors from happening.” This approach to preventing errors is well-accepted in the medical and nursing communities, which makes a criminal case like Vaught’s all the more surprising, says Kirstin Manges, a nurse and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania who studies patient safety.”That could have happened to me, or it could have happened to my friend,” Manges says. “Nurses aren’t superheroes. We’re people.”Manges says that most medical errors occur because of systemic problems. Human error is inevitable, she says, and hospitals should account for that by instituting safety checks and protocols.Problems tend to happen in busy, unpredictable circumstances, Manges says. When nurses are fatigued or have many tasks occupying their attention, that’s when safety checks are most important, she adds.”We work in environments that are fast-paced,” she says. “We may not always work in ideal situations.”The safety checks Manges describes can take many forms and are designed under the assumption that doctors and nurses will have occasional slip-ups. For example, many hospitals require a nurse to scan a bar code from the pharmacy and on the patient’s identifying bracelet before giving a medication, or to use preprogrammed intravenous pumps that prevent medications from being administered too quickly. Even the medication override function that Vaught used, Manges says, can have an important function: Nurses need to be able to quickly access medications in an emergency situation when they can’t wait for verification from a pharmacist.And when health care workers do make mistakes, Ross argues hospitals usually shouldn’t punish staff. Disciplinary action is warranted, she says, only when there’s evidence that staff acted irresponsibly.When the Institute of Medicine — now known as the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — put out a major 1999 report titled To Err Is Human, Manges says, it became the norm to focus less on punishment and more on learning from mistakes.But Vaught’s case has the potential to change that, she fears.”It shifts that conversation from ‘to err is human’ to ‘to err is criminal,’ ” Manges says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

first_imgTwo people got very sick, and one died, during a trial of an experimental procedure known as fecal transplant, according to a statement issued Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, the agency is suspending several clinical trials investigating the procedure until safety standards can be assured. Researchers are studying fecal microbiota for transplantation, or FMT, as a treatment for several intestinal conditions, including recurrent, antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile infection, which led to 29,000 deaths in 2015. FMT, which involves transplanting stool from a healthy person into the colon of a sick person, is still not approved by the FDA. This week’s case involved two immuno-compromised adults who received investigational fecal transplants that contained a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli, according to the FDA. Both individuals received stool from the same donor, who was not screened for disease-causing bacteria before the procedure. While the FDA does not currently approve FMT for any use, the agency provides some guidelines for clinical trials of FMT, and seeks “to strike a balance between assuring patient safety and facilitating access to unapproved treatments for unmet medical needs,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the FDA statement.In response to these adverse outcomes, the FDA announced new standards requiring researchers in clinical trials to demonstrate proper screening procedures for donor stool. “This case is really unfortunate,” says Dr. Dale Gerding, a researcher at the Veterans Administration who consults on a number of FMT trials currently under review by the FDA. “I think it reinforces the need for FDA oversight over FMT. It’s exceedingly useful some patients, but we need to be sure that it’s safe.” Fecal transplants have been successful in treating C. difficile infections in several trials. According to Gerding, recurrent bouts of C. difficile infection likely stem from an abnormal intestinal microbiome that allows C. difficile to multiply unabated by “good” bacteria. Recurrent bouts of the infection are also increasingly resistant to antibiotics, leaving patients with few options.Fecal transplants from a healthy individual can normalize the patients’ microbiota, quelling the infection and relieving symptoms. Studies show that it works better than other treatments for recurrent infection. “Anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of patients no longer have recurrent cases after a single FMT,” says Gerding.But despite its success, Gerding cautions that there are still many unknowns. “FMT is very promising, especially for C. difficile infection, but we don’t know as much about how effective it’s going to be for other diseases like inflammatory bowel disease,” he says. Despite these unknowns, interest in FMT is surging, with some patients taking a do-it-yourself approach.Gerding hopes this recent case will underline the need for enforcement of safe procedures. “This death is the most extreme side effect I’m aware of in the history of FMT,” says Gerding. “Moving forward we have to clearly be sure that we’re enforcing safety measures that ensure that donors are tested for potential pathogens.” Jonathan Lambert is a freelance science journalist based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter: @evolambert Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

first_img Catherine Clifford Add to Queue It’s not every year that advanced manufacturing geeks can get jazzed about decorating for the holidays.But MakerBot is bringing together the world of 3-D printers and interior decorating. The New York City-based 3-D printer manufacturer has launched a contest for designs of 3-D-printed holiday ornaments.The contest is co-sponsored by Studio 360, a public radio show hosted by Kurt Anderson. If the winner of the ornament contest is in the U.S., he or she will get a $1000 voucher to travel to New York City and participate in a live Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson event on Dec. 17 with the CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis. If the winner is located outside the U.S., then the winner will participate in the Dec. 17 event through Skype.Related: Need a Prototype? 3-D Printers Coming to UPS Stores“Ornaments are always fun to create and often have special meaning to individuals and families, so it will be awesome to create some favorite holiday ornaments or design new ones that can be shared on Thingiverse and 3-D printed to give to family and friends,” Pettis said in a statement.A winner will be selected based on the originality of the design, the appropriateness of the holiday theme and the viability for the design to be made with a 3-D printer.Submit your design and see other ornaments on the MakerBot website here.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers –shares 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. November 27, 2013 Technology Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC 3-D Printed Holiday Ornaments? Why Not. Apply Now »last_img read more

first_img Add to Queue 40shares Short-haul economy fares are expected to drop 3 percent, while long-haul business class fares may see a 1.5 percent decline in the U.S. Airfare This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: shutterstock 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Why U.S. Airfares May Go Down in 2017 U.S. airfares are expected to fall in 2017 amid overcapacity and stiff competition between budget carriers and legacy airlines, according to an American Express Global Business Travel report on the travel industry.Short-haul economy fares are expected to drop 3 percent, while long-haul business class fares may see a 1.5 percent decline in the United States, the American Express Global Business Travel report said.However, higher ancillary fees will help offset lower fares in North America as airlines continue to look for new revenue sources, the report added.  For months, lower fuel costs have allowed airlines to add flights that would have been unprofitable when oil prices were high. With seats for sale growing faster than the pool of passengers to buy them, fares for U.S. flights have fallen.In particular, budget carriers such as Spirit Airlines Co. have added cheap service at the hubs of larger rivals and are now adding routes from medium-sized airports.Top carriers American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. plan to fight back by marketing cheap but higher-restriction fares, which partially explains why 2017 may see more price drops.Airfares in Europe and much of Asia Pacific are expected to stay flat, with slight increases depending on route and fare class in the APAC region. In Europe, fares would continue to be impacted by weak economy and security concerns.U.S. hotel rates are estimated to increase 3.6 percent next year.Hotel rates in Europe are expected to rise marginally, while they could vary in the APAC region as strong demand in China and India could be hurt by a rise in inventory, according to the report.(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru and Jefferey Dastin in New York; Editing by Anil D’Silva) Reuters November 16, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

first_img AdColonyIntegral Ad ScienceMarketing TechnologyMedia Ratings CouncilNewsPixalateTAG Certification Previous ArticleIDG Communications Names Gene Bishop Global CIONext ArticleHow Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives AdColony Selects Pixalate as Fraud Prevention Partner PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 7:36 pmMay 22, 2019 Mobile Advertising Company Creates an Additional Layer of Protection, Transparency and MeasurementAdColony, the mobile performance marketplace, announced that after an extensive vetting process, it has chosen Pixalate as its partner for prevention of digital ad fraud, specifically in mobile app environments.AdColony already provides multiple layers of protection against ad fraud, including TAG certification and full compatibility with viewability measurement firms Integral Ad Science, DoubleVerify and MOAT.“We’ve decided to double down on transparency and security for our advertisers,” said Paul Fields, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AdColony. “We’ve taken multiple actions to ensure that nothing can be sold on our platform unless we have absolute certainty about it, and this is yet another step toward 100% accountability. End results are ultimately what advertisers care about, but what happens before the ad gets shown is important too.”Marketing Technology News: PepsiCo Foodservice Unveils New Digital Lab to Help Restaurants Thrive In The Evolving Digital MarketplaceWith so many areas of the fraud space still  undefined, AdColony was seeking a partner with strong standardization around how they measure ad fraud, as well as a company that held Media Ratings Council (MRC) accreditations for the detection and filtration of SIVT across display, in-app and OTT channels. Pixalate’s ability to audit served and viewable in-app ad impressions across display and video, combined with sophisticated invalid traffic detection and filtration, will help AdColony ensure that all inventory is legitimate.AdColony also selected Pixalate for its ability to provide granular insights into why fraud is happening, and how. Unlike many other fraud prevention platforms, Pixalate can provide visibility into bundle IDs and even GDPR-compliant, user-level device ID metrics. AdColony values the way these metrics are reported back in a clear and concise way so it can work with its publishing partners to avoid blocking issues.“The number one challenge facing digital advertising is ad fraud, and today’s main obstacle to fraud prevention is a black box technology approach,” noted Jalal Nasir, CEO of Pixalate. “Our ability to analyze and surface detailed metrics, such as bundle IDs, gives our clients better risk management results. We have invested heavily in mobile in-app fraud prevention, and we are proud to work with AdColony to allow them to transact confidently across their entire platform.”Marketing Technology News: Xignite CEO to Give Keynote on Migrating Market Data to the Cloud at The North American Financial Information Summit – NAFIS 2019AdColony’s next step is to support new anti-ad-fraud initiatives, such as the IAB’s App-Ads.txt Specification for in-app environments, which would give advertisers increased transparency and help prevent the selling of counterfeit inventory.“We are committed to providing the best solutions and the highest degree of transparency and accountability possible for our partners,” said Fields. “We will continue to put our beliefs and values into action by creating more partnerships like this, and supporting controls that will move the industry forward by leveling the playing field for all.”Marketing Technology News: Verasity Announces Integration with YouTubelast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 30 2019Too much screen time can cause health problems for an adult. Insomnia, social disconnection and lack of exercise are just a few. Mix it with the turmoil of teen years – or the plasticity of a preschooler’s brain -; and it can lead to conditions ranging from obesity to mental health disorders. We have to recognize that children are very susceptible to their environment. Anything they do for a couple of hours every day – no matter what it is – is going to impact them not only in the moment, but also down the road.”Dr. James Waxmonsky, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Health In recent years, the amount of time that children spend looking at laptop, tablet, television or cell phone screens has increased, while the age of first exposure has dramatically decreased.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against screens for children 18 months of age and younger. It says toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 to 5 shouldn’t have more than an hour of daily exposure.”It used to be more about the content, but now we are recognizing there is nothing inherently beneficial about viewing screens,” Waxmonsky said. “It’s a matter of how much of a risk they pose.”He said while more research on the subject is needed, information has emerged suggesting that more than two hours of daily screen time can create a significant risk for problems with inattention and impulsivity, such as those seen in children with ADHD.It also has been linked to obesity and insomnia.”You have to recognize the impact of what they are not doing because they are staring at a screen,” Waxmonsky said.He suggests parents create fairly definitive rules about when their children can and cannot use screens, whether that means television, tablets, cell phones, e-readers or laptops.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’s”Some prefer time limits,” he said. “Others use a task-based system where certain things must get done before they can have screen time.”Frequent exposure to rapidly-changing audio and visual bombardment -; hallmarks of many television shows and video games -; have been shown in animal models to prevent brain nerve tracks from developing as intended.The potential dangers of time in front of screens is compounded by concerns over the type of content and constant social connection that comes with it. Adolescents who spend a good deal of time online are at increased risk for depression and cyber bullying.”They are struggling to form their own identity,” Waxmonsky said. “When they are on a stage like that 24-7, they are more susceptible to peer feedback.”He urged parents to set a good example with their own technology use and noted thatthe presence of the parent’s smart phone decreases the amount of time that a parent interacts and engages with their child.”When the phone is there, you are much less present with your child,” he said. “That interaction is critical for early development and regulating emotion.”While there are benefits to children learning to using technology, Waxmonsky points to decades of research proving the benefits of one-on-one human interactions for healthy child development.”We have no grounds to say that kids and frequent exposure to screens are a safe combination,” he said. “But we know it does little to promote their development.”Source: Penn State Healthlast_img read more

first_imgRelated StoriesNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsHouse mouse shapes Toxoplasma gondii populations around the worldMathematical model helps identify determinants of persistent MRSA bacteremiaRadiotherapy and chemotherapy have been shown to cause mutations and genetic damage in animal and human sperm and there has been concern that men treated with those therapies could have an increased chance of having children with genetic disease or birth defects. Because testicular cancer affects younger men, the team were able to compare children conceived before and after their fathers received treatment.The study data were from Swedish national birth registries, with 2 million Swedes born between 1994 and 2014. Limitations are a lack of data on frozen or donor sperm, and only a limited number of patients were treated with radiotherapy and high doses of chemotherapy. However, even for those children, no increased risk was detected.The research does suggest a slightly raised risk associated with the fathers’ testicular cancer, regardless of treatment, but that increase was small, from 3.5 to 4.4 children in every 100 born, and should not be a worry to patients.Yahia Al-Jebari says: Jun 6 2019New research has found no increased risk of congenital malformations associated with treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy in children of fathers with testicular cancer. The study, by Yahia Al-Jebari of Lund University, Sweden and colleagues, is published in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine on June 4, 2019. It followed 4,207 children of 2,380 fathers and finds that those conceived after treatment were not at a greater risk of congenital malformations than those conceived before. Credit: Ed Uthman, Flickr Our research set out to investigate whether treatment for the most common cancer among young men leads to a higher risk of fathering a child with a birth defect and we saw no increased risk associated with cancer therapies. We did see a slightly raised risk to children of these fathers but this was only very small and was not associated with treatment given. Patients should be reassured that this is not a cause for concern.” Source:PLOSJournal reference:Al-Jebari, Y. et al. (2019) Cancer therapy and risk of congenital malformations in children fathered by men treated for testicular germ-cell cancer: A nationwide register study. PLOS Medicine. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002816.last_img read more

first_img Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 13 will lay the foundation stone for an IT park in Rajarhat which the West Bengal government plans to build in the lines of Silicon Valley in the US.The project, called Silicon Valley Asia, will be set up on 100 acres and aim at creating infrastructure for the technology companies. “The foundation stone will be laid by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 13,” state IT secretary Debashish Sen said today. He declined to spell out the finer details of the project which will be announced on August 13.Sen, however, said that the state government has been encouraging the emerging technology companies to work from Bengal in the areas like blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics.Sen, who was speaking at the ‘Digital Sucess Summit’ organised by Indus Net Technolgies, said the state government has been advocating for technologies that will remove language barrier.“Langauge barrier is one of the key reason for a section for not adopting technology. Government is keen for a ecosystem that enables overcoming the language barrier between users and potential users,” he said. COMMENT SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img West Bengal August 10, 2018 COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgSHARE COMMENT COMMENTS elections politics Published oncenter_img Manmohan Singh November 21, 2018 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI has been systematically denigrated in the Narendra Modi-led regime, which he said is making “careful, well-thought-out calibrated effort” to weaken democracy. Addressing a press conference here, Singh said corruption was peaking in the Modi government. “The country has witnessed credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI systematically denigrated. There is a careful well-thought-out calibrated effort to weaken democracy,” he said. “The rule of law is under attack. history shall never forgive our present generation if the situation is not changed,” he said. He termed demonetisation as “organised loot and legalised plunder“. “It (demonetisation) is a done act and can’t be reverted. It is up to the people to get rid of the government which brought them on this disastrous path,” he said. Singh also accused Modi of misusing the Prime Minister’s post. “It does not befit the PM to abuse political opponents,” he said. SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

first_img Related News Sillard (right) showing Teo some of the novelty pieces available at the newly opened TAG Heuer boutique. “One major factor which drove our decision to open a boutique in 1 Utama is the footfall the complex attracts. Related News “Nestled in the heart of the city, this complex is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Klang Valley,” she said.At the opening ceremony, Sillard was joined by Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok and TAG Heuer Malaysia retail manager Geetha Rengarajoo for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.The boutique carries an extensive range of novelties, including the new TAG Heuer Carrera Lady and special editions which were on display during the event alongside heritage pieces.The iconic Monaco timepiece, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was also in the spotlight at the launch.Five limited editions will be successively revealed throughout the year in honour of the anniversary.Paying tribute to contemporary style, these new models are inspired by the different decades from 1969 to 2019. The new TAG Heuer boutique at 1 Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya. Central Region , On the watch Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} CELEBRATING its sixth and latest boutique in Malaysia is renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer.The new boutique located on the ground floor of 1 Utama shopping centre, Petaling Jaya is its third in Malaysia to feature the new global design concept. South-East Asia and Australia TAG Heuer managing director Amelia Sillard said the company was always looking out for new locations to open boutiques.“As our brand continues to grow in Malaysia, we hope to share this unique experience with our customers across the country. Football 09 Jul 2019 Leicester sign midfielder Tielemans from Monaco Metro News 19 Apr 2019 Celebrating an iconic timepiece Business News 11 Jul 2019 i-Stone IPO oversubscribed 11.56 timeslast_img read more

first_img107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoySpeaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:33 IST Mukul Roy said all the 107 MLAs are in contact with the BJP. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSMukul Roy did not say when the MLAs would join the BJPRoy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadershipHe said that the party has a list preparedBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said that a total of 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party. He, however, did not reveal when the MLAs would join the BJP.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.In Goa, 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP on Thursday. On Saturday, three of the 10 Congress MLAs were inducted into the state cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.To induct the new ministers, Pramod Sawant had asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry so that the new ministers could be inducted.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.In Karnataka, a total of 16 MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) submitted their resignation to the Karnataka assembly Speaker. According to the latest reports, five more MLAs have moved the Supreme Court, alleging the Speaker has not been accepting their resignation.Meanwhile, MTB Nagaraj has said that he will withdraw his resignation if K Sudhakar also takes it back. Nagaraj’s statement came hours after DK Shivakumar and some other Congress leaders met the MLA at his residence. He is expected to address the media later in the day.Also Read | Karnataka crisis LIVE | Will withdraw resignation, MTB Nagaraj tells SiddaramaiahAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For 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 byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more

first_imgSiddaramaiah exudes confidence of winning trust vote, says it’s a joint decisionSenior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said the decision to seek a trust vote by the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was taken by the two ruling partners and asserted it has the numbers.advertisement Next Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:00 IST Replying to questions, Siddaramaiah said without numbers or confidence none will seek a trust vote. (Photo: PTI)Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said the decision to seek a trust vote by the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was taken by the two ruling partners and asserted it has the numbers.The Congress Legislature Party Leader also said he had been talking to disgruntled party MLAs barring Roshan Baig because he has been suspended.”Yesterday, we took the decision (on the trust vote) after discussions,” the former chief minister told reporters.Kumaraswamy, whose government is teetering on the brink of collapse after 16 MLAs of the ruling combine resigned, made the announcement about trust vote in the assembly earlier on Friday.Replying to questions, Siddaramaiah said without numbers or confidence none will seek a trust vote.”We have confidence, so we are moving the confidence motion,” he added.On how the ruling combine would muster the numbers, Siddaramaiah said, How can we disclose now? You will come to know when the vote of confidence is moved. Things like how it will happen, who will be present cannot be disclosed now.”To a question, he ruled out the possibility of a counter-operation to the alleged toppling bid of BJP, saying his party did not belive in operations.He refused to comment on the Supreme Court ordering status quo in the matter of resignation and disqualification of ten rebel MLAs.However, he added the Speaker was empowered under the anti-defection law to decide on disqualification of MLAs.Also Read | Karnataka crisis: Will face all issues on floor of House, says CM KumaraswamyAlso Read | Karnataka crisis: No decision on rebel MLAs till July 16, SC tells SpeakerAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbersFor 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 byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow KumaraswamyFollow Karnataka crisisFollow Siddaramaiahlast_img read more

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