Barriers to sanitation

first_imgWith the goal of making India open-defecation free by 2019, the NDA government launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) programme in 2014. Under the programme, people living below the poverty line and above the poverty line can avail reimbursement for constructing toilets at the household level. The programme has given a huge impetus to nationwide toilet-building exercise. The SBA, currently, operates under a reimbursement model, where the households are expected to build toilets from their own funds and then, upon producing the required documents, reimbursed Rs 12,000-15,000 depending on the caste of the household. Also Read – A special kind of bondDespite the SBA subsidies easing the process of household toilet construction, BPL households are faced with significant barriers. Raising capital One of the most important barriers is a household’s ability to raise the initial funds needed to build the toilets. Based on our initial visits in rural Karnataka, it emerged that the real cost of building a toilet is highly variable and can often be more than Rs 20,000. The average agriculture household income was Rs 8,931 per month in 2016-17, according to the Nabard’s All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey. Combining the income data with the cost of constructing the toilet indicates that households find it challenging to raise the initial funds. Also Read – Insider threat managementWhile informal methods of raising the funds exist (borrowing from relatives or dipping into personal savings), these are not accessible to all households. Moreover, the reimbursement from the SBA is delayed by at least six months. Until then, people continue to pay interest to moneylenders. This makes households reluctant in building toilets. Limited space Urban slums are characterised as congested lanes with poor light and ventilation and having wall-to-wall houses with single room per household. According to census 2011, 45 per cent of households in urban slums are having a single room. It becomes clear that the spare space available to a household to build a toilet may not exist or maybe too less. Households that can raise the funds may be challenged by the lack of space to build a toilet. Moreover, it becomes difficult for people living in rented homes, as the decision to build a toilet lies with the house owner. Community toilet is suggested as a solution in such settlements. However, its construction and long-term use depend on finding a suitable site close to the slum with proper use and maintenance. Lack of information The success of any government programme lays in its design, implementation and participation of community members. SBA is only focussed on toilet construction, not on IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities. In the earlier programme Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, 15 per cent of the fund in the budget was spent on IEC activities, but it has been brought down to 8 per cent under SBA. Lack of proper information about sanitation programme can impact the most marginalised people. For example, women-headed households may lack access to information about the process of applying for subsidies to build toilets. In rural areas, many women did not know whom to approach or what paperwork is needed to apply for the construction of the toilet under the SBA. For example, when we asked women from Jayanagar slum in Nelamangala, Bengaluru, to describe the process of applying for toilet construction under the SBA, they were unable to describe whom to approach and what documents were needed. Improving the information dissemination about the processes through which the most marginalised people can access the programme subsidies can extend the benefit of SBA to these households. Even with the impetus to build toilets under the national level SBA, households in urban slums continue to struggle to build toilets. While some of the barriers are relatively easier to fix (such as improving information dissemination), space constraints can be the most challenging. Removing these initial barriers can improve household level access to sanitation. (The author is a Research Assistant at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Experts at UNbacked meeting stress local approach to development initiatives

Participants at the three-day First Global Forum on Local Development, which opened in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, yesterday, stressed the importance of taking a regional or even district or commune-level approach to local development in developing countries.The application of the local development approach requires that all key actors, including governments, the private sector, financial institutions, civil society and development partners, work together to succeed, according to speakers at the gathering organized by UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ugandan Government, and supported by a wide range of partners.Such a multi-stakeholder approach could build on decentralization efforts to further strengthen local systems of governance and ensure that they are supported by the right policies and informed by data from the local level, they said.The opening day was attended by 600 people representing 81 countries, including heads of State, and government ministers, as well as representatives of the donor community, international organizations, local governments, local government associations, academia, civil society and the private sector.The event, the first of its kind, seeks to explore areas in which local government might have untapped potential to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).David Morrison, UNCDF Executive Secretary, in his opening remarks spoke about the influence that local circumstances can have on the progress of achieving MDGs, which encompass eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation.“A strong consensus is emerging that a new policy approach is needed, one that builds on local knowledge to tailor public policy to specific circumstances,” Mr. Morrison said.“This should allow for more effective provision of public goods that respond more appropriately to the needs of local communities,” he said, adding that such an approach would help guide decision-makers to “harness local potential and exploit opportunities for economic diversification and development.”The theme of the first plenary session was “Localizing the MDGs: The Global Context” and speakers pointed out that while development needs are locally specific, they are also often crosssectoral. 5 October 2010Economic DevelopmentDevelopment models that harness the potential of specific areas can help solve the problem of regional disparities in social advancement in the world’s poorest countries, according to experts attending a United Nations-convened forum on local development. read more

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Fed survey Economic growth picks up throughout US behind housing factories and

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 2:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed survey: Economic growth picks up throughout US behind housing, factories and consumers WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew throughout the country from late May through early July, bolstered by the housing recovery, consumers and more factory output.A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed eleven of the Fed banking districts reported “modest to moderate” growth, while Dallas reported “strong” growth for the second straight survey.Housing construction and home prices improved, while consumer spending increased in most districts, fueled by rising car and truck sales. The housing recovery is also driving more production of lumber, materials and construction equipment.The report says hiring held steady or increased in most districts. But employers in some districts were reluctant to hire permanent or full-time workers.Five districts reported strong auto sales, up from just three in the previous report. Retail sales rose in nearly all districts except for New York.The Beige Book survey is based on anecdotal reports from businesses. The latest report painted an optimistic picture of an economy growing at a steady pace. Job gains have picked up this year, bolstering incomes and enabling consumers to spend more.Employers have added an average of 202,000 jobs a month this year, up from about 180,000 a month in the previous six months.Still, growth has been weak. Most economists expect growth slowed in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 1 per cent or less, down from a tepid 1.8 per cent rate at the start of the year. That would mark the third straight quarter of growth below 2 per cent.Many economists are hopeful that growth will rebound in the second half of the year.Recent reports, however, have painted more of a mixed picture. Americans bought more on cars, clothes and furniture in June, but cut back retail spending almost everywhere else. Excluding volatile purchases of autos, gas and building materials, retail sales rose at the slowest pace since January.Factory output grew in June for the second straight month, a separate Fed report said, a sign manufacturers are recovering from a slow start to the year.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that the economy has improved since the Fed launched its bond-buying program in September. He reiterated that Fed policymakers may decide to scale back the purchases later this year, if the improvement continues.But he also said the Fed wants to see substantial progress in the job market before that happens.The information in the Beige Book will be discussed along with other economic data during the Fed’s policy meeting on July 30-31. It is unlikely to accelerate the Fed’s timetable for slowing its stimulus, economists said.One of the strongest parts of the economy this year has been housing. Home sales and prices began recovering a year ago and sales of previously occupied homes topped 5 million in May for the first time in 3 1/2 years. Prices are rising at the fastest pace since housing bubble burst seven years ago.Rising home prices tend to make homeowners feel wealthier and more likely to spend. That drives more growth because consumers’ spending accounts for roughly 70 per cent of economic activity.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber read more

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Apple considering 47 and 57inch iPhone models

first_imgWith the release of the iPhone 5, Apple took the decision to increase the size of its smartphone’s display, while at the same time retaining the ability to easily hold it in one hand. Even so, other smartphone manufacturers have continued to make larger-display smartphones, to the point where the iPhone can look quite small next to the competition.So it may not surprise you to discover Apple is considering introducing much larger versions of the iPhone. Where as the current model sports a 4-inch display, we could now see versions hitting the market with screen sizes of 4.7 to even 5.7-inches respectively.Other rumors as collected together by Reuters include iPhones in a range of different colors, and the return of talk about a $99 iPhone to cater for the rest of the market today’s premium iPhone doesn’t target.One of Apple’s biggest problems is the sheer number and range of smartphones its competitors have available. Is the right response to play them at their own game?If the above rumors are true, then next year we could have four models of iPhone on the market. The typical 4-inch premium model, a 4.7-inch model, a 5.7-inch model, and a $99 iPhone of some form. On top of that, you may also be able to get all those phones in a range of colors. That would certainly give consumers wanting an iPhone a lot more choice.Of course, Apple isn’t commenting on such predictions and won’t until it is ready to announce something new. The reaction to such moves would also be seen as Apple rolling out more models as a response to growing competition, which the company definitely doesn’t want.last_img read more

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Udenna Corp creates new Philippines gaming venture via backdoor listing

first_imgThe changes come in the wake of the recent acquisition of a 62% stake in Philippine H20 Ventures Corp by Uy’s holding company, Udenna Corporation, under a share purchase agreement with Jolliville Holdings Corporation.“As we foray deeper into the tourism sector, we hope to usher in a new era of growth for our shareholders,” Uy said. “At the same time, we look forward to supporting the development of the tourism sector, which serves as one of our economy’s growth pillars.“PH Resorts will allow the Udenna Group to take advantage of the many opportunities in the tourism sector; create stronger synergies among our existing businesses and make more meaningful contributions to the Philippine economy.”In May 2017, Udenna was granted a provisional license by Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR to build and operate the country’s first privately owned integrated resort outside of Metro Manila, with ground broken on the US$341 million Emerald Resort and Casino in Mactan, Cebu, last December. The resort, designed by renowned casino architect Paul Steelman, will target both foreign and local players with a particular focus on Chinese and Koreans.Udenna will invest another US$200 million into a casino resort at Clark Global City in the Clark Freeport Zone.The backdoor listing of PH Resorts sees it join Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc, Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp and 2GO Group, Inc in Udenna’s portfolio of listed companies. RelatedPosts Self-contained POGO hubs aimed at separating Chinese workers from locals: PAGCOR PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applications Load More Philippines businessman Dennis Uy is transforming water utility business Philippine H20 Ventures Corp into his tourism and gaming vehicle, with the new venture’s portfolio to include integrated resort projects in Cebu and Pampagna.The announcement followed Philippine H20 Ventures Corp’s annual stockholders meeting this week which saw the board of directors approve a company name change to PH Resorts Group Holdings, Inc, a change in business address to the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga and a change in the primary purpose of the company to the “hotel and/or gaming and entertainment business.” Uy was also elected Chairman of the newly named PH Resorts.last_img read more

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Teenagers charged in Broward Courthouse escape to be tried as adults

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The 17-year-old twins who allegedly helped Dayont’e Resiles escape from the Broward County Courthouse in July will be tried as adults, according to prosecutors.Kretron and Tre’von Barnes will be transferred from juvenile detention to Broward County Jail now that they are being tried as adults, according to officials.Prosecutors said the twins, along with six others, helped their cousin, murder defendant Resiles, escape from the courthouse in July.RELATED: Inmate who escaped Broward Courthouse faces judgeResiles escaped from his handcuffs and left the Broward County Courthouse on July 15, spurring a week-long search by law enforcement that ended when he was captured in a motel in West Palm Beach.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Kenaitze Indian Tribe Hosting Suicide Prevention Courses

first_imgThe workshop is free and open to anyone on March 21, and 22, at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai. Attendance is mandatory both days to receive certification. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The training is an interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants will learn how to tell if someone might be having suicidal thoughts, and how to create a plan to support their immediate safety. The tribe, recognizing the issue, launched its Yinihugheltani suicide prevention and awareness program about a year ago. Yinihugheltani – which means “one’s spirit” in the Dena’ina language – supports youth ages 10 to 24 with culturally relevant resources and activities. Alaska Native men between the ages of 15-24 have the highest rate of suicide among any demographic in the country, with an average of 141.6 suicides per 100,000 each year between 2000 and 2009.center_img Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-suicide-class.mp3VmJennifer-on-suicide-class.mp300:00RPd For more information or to register for the ASIST event, contact Dagmar Mayer at 335-7514 or dmayer@kenaitze.org. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is offering community members the chance to potentially save a life.  The tribe will be hosting an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).last_img read more

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Meredith Reports Record Revenue and Print Readership for FY 2016

first_img The increase in advertising and circulation revenues is largely attributable to the recently acquired Shape and Martha Stewart brands, and the continuing strong performance of the Allrecipes and EatingWell brands. Even in a year of industry concern over print revenues, the publisher boosted its magazine readership to a record 127 million. Overall advertising for its National Media Group, which includes such titles as Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, and Parents, grew 6 percent. Interestingly, print advertising increased 3 percent and circulation revenues increased 5 percent to $329 million. Meredith Corporation saw a 3 percent revenue growth, reaching a record $1.65 billion, the company revealed today in its FY 2016 report. The company, known for its large female audience, also reported that it reached an all-time high of 102 million American women. The company continued its 69-year streak of paying a dividend, which has increased for 23 consecutive years. In FY 2016, it increased by 8 percent to $1.98 per share on an annualized basis.  Meredith Corp. predicted total revenues will be up in the mid-single digits for the first quarter of FY 2017, potentially higher than this past year. However, its outlook National Media Group revenues was down in the low single digits, hinting at less growth in magazines compared to other platforms. However, the report noted that Meredith’s National Media Group had an operating loss of $18 million for FY 2016. Yet excluding special items (such as severance and related benefit costs), its operating profit actually grew 10 percent to $150 million, and revenues increased 4 percent to $1.10 billion. In April, Meredith shuttered women’s lifestyle magazine More, though just last week the company announced a new quarterly lifestyle magazine in partnership with HGTV’s “Fixer-Upper” stars Joanna and Chip Gaines. More on this topic Meredith Reports Increased Circulation Revenue to Start 2016 Meredith Shuts Down More Magazine Meredith Merger with Media General Officially Dead Meredith Names Two Top Execs | People on the Move – 6.1.16 Meredith Lays Off 40 Staffers Time Inc. “Rationalizing” Portfolio as Q1 Shows Continued Decline Just In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

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Kodiak police respond to allegations of excessive force

first_imgKodiak resident Brent Watkins silently demonstrated outside the Kodiak Police station Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, two days after a friend with learning disabilities was contacted by three Kodiak police officers. (Photo by Jay Barrett/KMXT )Download AudioLast Wednesday evening, a little after 5 pm, an autistic 28-year-old Kodiak man walked down his quiet neighborhood street to check the mailbox, as he does most days. His condition is such that it’s one of the few tasks that he’s comfortable executing and is allowed to do unsupervised. It’s unclear what happened next, but when Nick Pletnikoff”s mother found him, he was surrounded by three Kodiak Police Officers who had pinned him to the ground and pepper-sprayed him from point-blank range.In a very short statement faxed to media on Monday, the Kodiak Police Department defended the actions of the three officers, saying they were responding to a 911 call that someone was trying to steal something from a car parked along Steller Avenue, the street where Nick Pletnikoff grew up.His mother, Judy Pletnikoff, demanded answers why her son had been assaulted, and the only thing she was told by the police was that he refused to answer their questions.“I said, ‘He has autism. He would really struggle to answer your questions. He lives right there,’” she said. “And I saw they had his ID and could see where he lived.”Pletnikoff was not charged with any crime and was released.The KPD’s official statement regarding the incident stated that the use of force against Pletnikoff was, “minimal and necessary under the circumstances in order to maintain officer and community safety.” It did not elaborate what kind of threat Nick Pletnikoff was to them or the community, or why he was pepper-sprayed while pinned to the ground by the three police officers.Judy Pletnikoff found her son handcuffed, bloodied and bruised, and like any mother, she wanted to know what happened.“I didn’t get any answers, and I asked maybe three or four times who had their hands on his neck,” she said. “But he had been pepper sprayed and he was crying and he said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.’”Chief of Police Ronda Wallace’s office only referred to the incident in its daily police blotter as: “Suspicious circumstances, all OK.” The event might have blown over without much notice, but an eyewitness posted a description of what he saw on a Kodiak-centric Facebook page, generating hundreds of angry comments. It prompted another local man, Brent Watkins, to stage a silent vigil in front of the police station on Friday. He held a sign that read “Heroes don’t beat up handicap kids.”“Oh he’s a heck of a kid. Always pleasant, always ready to say hi, greets you if he knows you,” Watkins said. “But he can’t express himself really well, and that’s where things went south.”)Dissatisfied with a lack of response from the police department, the Pletnikoff family retained Kodiak defense attorney Josh Fitzgerald, who, in conjunction with Angstman Law Office of Bethel, are investigating the incident.“We think that these three officers that had him down on the ground and then pepper sprayed him were likely not justified in doing that,” Fitzgerald said. We think think that there aren’t facts that support that kind of conduct. But, we are waiting to see the video, which we understand has been preserved, and audio recordings and things that were at the scene, but we think that this young man did not deserve to be injured at all, and certainly not in the way that he was.”Since they are public documents, KMXT has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the audio and video recordings from the officer’s body cams and recorders as well as their squad car dash cams.As for Nick Pletnikoff’s condition, his mother says he’s had trouble sleeping and now fears those in uniform.“You know he hasn’t slept a night through since then,” Judy Pletnikoff said. “He’s afraid. Definitely afraid of figures of authority and figures in the police. He’s definitely changed by it. But my biggest concerns is how to get him back to his former considerate, reasonable, happy self.” The family has hired an autism specialist to work with Nick and help him process what happened to him and help speed his emotional recovery, she said.last_img read more

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Refinery29 to Launch OTT Service Channel29 Unveils Expanded Slate of Socially Impactful

first_imgRefinery29, the media and entertainment player that targets millennial females, is the latest content company to plot an over-the-top video push.Refinery29’s Channel29 is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018, as a live and on-demand video destination available on connected-TV devices, smart TVs and the company’s existing digital platforms. It’s designed as a new vehicle to reach engaged audiences with an expanded lineup of original news, entertainment and lifestyle programming — and shopping opportunities.The company didn’t share many details of Channel29 except that it will be free to watch and ad-supported, and will feature commerce components. R29 also called out its major site redesign last month, intended to put the focus on “consumer action” — to discover and watch content, as well as shop through its ecommerce portal. The New York-based company says it produces upwards of 1,600 pieces of content monthly and claims an aggregate global audience of 425 million individuals across all platforms. Refinery29, like other digital-centric media upstarts, has faced financial challenges in the past year and laid off 34 employees (7.5% of headcount) in December. R29 also announced a partnership with Google to produce virtual-reality videos for the Daydream VR headset, with content to include immersive experiences based on Refinery29 YouTube series “Sweet Digs” and other fashion and lifestyle programming, including a day-in-the-life look at New York Fashion Week. And, in a project sponsored by Kate Spade, Refinery29 will present an Instagram-first series of five short films (with the working title “Pilot Season”), in which viewers will vote on which film will get turned into a series.Returning R29 series include “Try Living with Lucie,” “The Mention,” and “Style Out There.” According to the company, over the past year, time spent viewing Refinery29 video reached 68 million hours. On YouTube, R29’s video watch-time has jumped 720%, while Refinery20 has seen a 132% rise in audience engagement on Instagram.Refinery29 also is expanding its live-events biz. It’s extending the 29Rooms experiential events to include San Francisco and Chicago this summer, in addition to New York and L.A. (for which the company sold 65,000 tickets to this year’s events). In September 2018, 29Rooms also be broadcast via a mobile-oriented experience co-developed with the Facebook Anthology branded-content program. The company also will launch Beauty & The Beats, a touring dance party and mobile, virtual-reality DJ battle hosted by influencers and artists.Down the road, 29Rooms will expand internationally, said Piera Gelardi, Refinery29 executive creative director and co-founder. “It’s going to continue to change the game in how live events touch people and change their lives,” she said.In another off-internet business venture, Refinery29 will publish a book based on its “Money Diaries” financial editorial series, in partnership with Touchstone and Simon & Schuster U.K. in September 2018.Refinery29 held the NewFronts event at Town Hall in midtown Manhattan, which execs noted is rooted in a nearly 100-year history of providing a literal stage for women and African-Americans. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety The new website design is intended to better “integrate our editorial and shopping experiences,” said Sarah Personette, Refinery29’s new COO and Facebook’s former head of global business marketing — claiming the company has seen a 400% increase in ecommerce activity since the redesign went live last month. Personette, who joined the company last fall, also said R29 will launch new editions for France and Canada, in addition to sites for the U.S., U.K. and Germany.At its Digital Content NewFronts event in NYC, Refinery29 — which is backed by investors including Turner, Scripps Networks Interactive (now part of Discovery) and WPP Ventures — highlighted its 2018 video-content slate, which includes 10 new and six returning series.New content includes: “Pride,” a six-part documentary series chronicling the fight for LGBTQ civil rights in America, executive produced by indie filmmaker Christine Vachon, co-founder of Killer Films; “America. The Beautiful,” a docu-series about the experiences of black women in U.S. politics, in partnership with executive producer and host Michaela Angela Davis; and its first Snapchat Show, a mobile adaptation of its “Beauty Evolution” tutorial series.“There has never been definitive documentation about the LGBTQ struggle,” Vachon told the audience at the Refinery29 event.Refinery29 also announced “Pay No Attention,” a half-hour dramedy about an Asian-American woman who feels invisible in everyday life. The show is written and executive produced by director Daryl Wein (“Lola Versus”) and Vivian Bang (“Sullivan & Son,” “Swedish Dicks”), who also stars. Wein and Bang previously teamed on feature film “White Rabbit,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.The company is developing “Unbothered Presents,” a new social-video series based on the popularity of Unbothered, a dedicated Instagram channel made for and by black millennial women. The video series is targeting a Q3 2018 debut.In addition, Refinery29 and CBS News are teaming up ahead of the 2018 midterm U.S. elections on a survey designed to measure the cultural and political perspectives of millennial women. That will culminate in a series, “The Secret Political Lives of American Women,” Refinery29 chief content officer Amy Emmerich said.last_img read more

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HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Which is Better For Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now While Apple’s iPhone might be the default smartphone choice of many, two new Android devices offer more features, larger screens and considerably more oomph for business owners who are willing to look beyond the iOS walled garden. Samsung and HTC have revamped their flagship Android devices, introducing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.Here, we compare the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One head-to-head to determine which one is best for the power business user:Design and HardwareSamsung and HTC have taken two very different paths on hardware design. Like the Galaxy S3, the S4 sports a smooth plastic chassis that’s lightweight at the risk of feeling inexpensive. The HTC One boasts a matte aluminum body that feels industrial and substantial while the S4 feels lighter and less intimidating. Both smartphones are LTE/4G-ready, depending on service in your area.Winner: HTC OneThough any Galaxy S3 user is naturally going to feel more at home with an S4 in-hand, the One’s thoughtful design has a sturdier, more professional look and feel.Related: Why the Samsung Galaxy S4 May Be Better for Business Than Apple’s iPhone 5DisplayDisplay quality can be an important consideration if you’re going to be answering emails and working on the fly. The Galaxy S4 packs the current generation of Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display, known for its brilliant-if-oversaturated colors and deep blacks. At 4.7-inches, the HTC One’s Super LCD 3 display has slightly higher resolution than Samsung’s slightly larger 5-inch offering.Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4 It’s a close call, but the S4’s range of eye-popping color and deep blacks give Samsung the edge. The S4 also employs Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 3, which offers enhanced scratch and shatter resistance for your fast-paced, on-the-go needs.CameraBoth the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One include cameras capable of handling an array of shooting conditions. HTC has taken an experimental path with the One, including a special 4-megapixel sensor designed to outperform the competition in low light conditions. HTC’s gamble proves that numbers aren’t everything when it comes to image quality.Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and its 13-megapixel sensor opt for every bell and whistle imaginable, including modes that let you do everything from shooting with the front and back combined to erasing unwanted background objects in the background of a photo.Winner: Tie The HTC One wins on low-light performance and color accuracy, but Samsung’s S4 has tons of tricks up its sleeve.SoftwareBoth the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One run versions of Android 4.2, Jelly Bean. But anyone who’s unacquainted with the Android software “skins” offered by the respective manufacturers (Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense) might be surprised to learn that these phones share little in common, in spite of ostensibly running the same operating system. The best way to determine what fits your own preference and work style is to go to a carrier store and test each one.Still, there are noteworthy factors differentiating the software on the devices. Samsung has thrown in everything but the kitchen sink when it comes to software features, down to an eye detection technology called Smart Scroll that lets you tilt your head to scroll down the screen. The HTC One is no slouch either, but if you’re just looking for a fast phone that gets the job done, the S4 might feel glutted with tricks and features that get in the way of the device’s core functionality.Winner: Tie This one’s all about preference and work style. Want to tinker with every futuristic feature imaginable to streamline your mobile workflow? The S4 is for you. Want plenty of power user customization in a less gimmicky package? Opt for the One.Related: 11 Reasons Why Guy Kawasaki Thinks Android Is Better Than Apple’s iOSOther considerationsA handful of other factors could make or break either device, depending on your professional needs:The Galaxy S4 includes a removable battery, while the HTC One X, like the iPhone, doesn’t. Still, battery life is good on the One, lasting longer than nine hours in most tests — easily long enough for a solid work day.Samsung’s device allows for expandable memory. The HTC One X comes in 32GB and 64GB versions — plenty of storage for most users, but not if you like to swap microSD cards that store various files you need.HTC is selling a 64 GB unlocked Developer Edition version of the One for $575, if carrier contracts aren’t your style. Versions of the Galaxy S4 unlocked have popped up online, but for considerably more.The Galaxy S4 will be available across all four major U.S. carriers, while the One X won’t be sold through Verizon.Both devices will be early in line for the next version of Android, code-named Key Lime Pie — but, as always, Nexus devices will get the update first.Overall winner: HTC OneSamsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One are two nearly equally matched devices — but that doesn’t make them identical. When it comes down to it, we’d choose the HTC One for business users based on its superior build quality, HTC’s thoughtful Sense 5 software and the device’s overall lack of feature bloat compared to the Galaxy S4. The HTC One is a serious — and seriously good-looking — smartphone that can super-charge your daily work routine without getting in your way.Be sure to take the factors above into account, but remember: there’s no substitute for trying out both smartphones and choosing the phone that feels like the right fit for you and your work style.Related: 3 Reasons to Avoid ‘Jailbreaking’ Mobile Devices April 29, 2013last_img read more

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This Florida conservative city will host its very first Pride march this

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Fernandez explained how their Pride is set to be different from the others she has attended.‘Other Prides usually separate transgender [people] and give them a tent. They’ll give the women a tent. For the gay men, they get the main stage and stuff like that. At this Pride, the main stage is going to have entertainment for everyone,’ Fernandez said.‘For transgender, for queer, for every letter in the “L-G-B-T-Q”. For the straight allies that support LGBTQ, lesbians, gay men… it’s all going to be in one space.’‘We don’t want to do a segregated pride, which is most of the time what I see. I’m not saying it’s wrong or right, but I feel like everyone should be together. They already separate us enough,’ she said.The full lineup is still TBC. However, Florida favorite lesbian DJ Citizen Jane will be behind the decks.In addition to being a party, Hialeah Pride will also provide revelers with education and self-care.‘We’re also going to have a medical section. Since it will be in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re doing mammograms for free, as well as HIV testing,’ Fernandez said.Read more about Prides:Denmark LGBTI groups to boycott US ambassador’s reception for Copenhagen Pride Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Miami Beach welcomes LGBT travelers from around the globe all year longGus Kenworthy just crowd surfed at Miami Beach Pride and it was wildInternational LGBTQ+ Travel Association to honor Miami tourism pioneerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-florida-conservative-city-will-host-its-very-first-pride-march-this-fall/ Remembering Daniel: 2018 Margate Pride will help fight mental health stigma Miami Beach Pride is the biggest LGBTI celebration in the surroundings. | Photo: Miami Beach Gay Pride/Facebook GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Hialeah, Florida, counts 224,669 inhabitants. Located in Miami metropolitan area, the city is also known to be the fourth most conservative in the US. This often translates to a not-so-welcoming attitude towards the LGBTI community. Karen Larrea and Madeline Fernandez want to change that by organizing the very first Hialeah Pride festival.‘There’s an LGBT community in Hialeah, and they don’t have their own festival. I feel like they need a safe place to go as well,’ Fernandez told Miami New Times.She also listed several surrounding cities, such as Miami, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach, as areas that are not only more accepting but also welcoming toward the local LGBTI population.‘It’s needed to break barriers,’ she added.‘If you just stay quiet and you don’t make yourself known and put out there, then everything stays the same.’Hialeah is the principal city in Miami metropolitan area. | Photo: Lubright/FlickrPolitical authorities are happy with the projectFernandez explained ‘there’s been a great reaction from the mayor [Carlos Hernández], he’s on board with it.’‘He’s very happy we’re going to do a pride in Hialeah.’Furthermore, she said they are ready with any possible reaction from the community.‘I’m sure it’s anticipated with anything. Everybody has their opinion, and that’s why we live in a free country where everybody can express themselves. I’m hoping if they protest, it’s in an orderly fashion.’How is Hialeah Pride going to be different from other Florida’s Prides?The Pride will take place on Sunday 7 October. Fernandez and Larrea chose October as it is LGBTI History Month in the US. You can now put homophobia in the bin ahead of this year’s Reykjavik Pridelast_img read more

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Outage in the Microsoft 365 and Gmail made users unable to log

first_imgYesterday, the Microsoft suffered a worldwide issue affecting its various cloud services including Office 365, Azure Portal, Dynamics 365 and LinkedIn, where many users were unable to log into its cloud-based services. This outage issue was reported around 7.15 in the morning–Sydney time–and is believed to have affected multiple enterprise customers. Microsoft confirmed these problems and said that the network issues in the Azure Active Directory were to be blamed. In an update to customers, the Microsoft team said, “that have their authorization cached are unaffected by this issue, and new authentications are succeeded approximately 50 percent of the time.” They also tweeted that, “Engineers are investigating a Microsoft networking issue impacting customers’ ability to log in to the Azure Portal.” Downdetector, an outage tracking service, showed a heatmap of the problems, which show that the east coast of Australia, as well as New Zealand, felt the impact. Microsoft 365, tweeted today, “We’ve identified a third-party network provider issue that is affecting authentication to multiple Microsoft 365 services. We’re moving services to an alternate network provider to resolve the issue.” To know more about this in detail, visit Microsoft’s official website. Gmail also suffers from a global outage Yesterday, Gmail users all around the globe reported a “404” error when they tried accessing the service around 11 am. Google’s service status page listed no issues with Gmail at the time, but users clearly disagree. According to Outage Report and Down Detector, Gmail was down in nearly all of Europe, parts of North America, South America and Asia. However, the issue with Gmail should now be resolved, as per a Google spokesperson. Read Next Internet Outage or Internet Manipulation? New America lists government interference, DDoS attacks as top reasons for Internet Outages across the world How Dropbox uses automated data center operations to reduce server outage and downtime Philips Hue’s second ongoing remote connectivity outage infuriates userslast_img read more

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Tourism boosts NZ service sector

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J New Zealand’s service sector rose by up to 1.5 points last month, recovering after February’s Christchurch quake.The 52.6 figure in April was the highest since last September, signaling a return in travel confidence to the region, NZ Herald reported.”Both the Canterbury/Westland and Otago/Southland regions improved from their severe level of contraction in March, with the former actually leading the way in terms of regional expansion for April,” Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O’Reilly said.According to Business New Zealand economist Craig Ebert, the country’s recovery will continue to experience growth over the coming months, particularly as the country prepares to host the Rugby World Cup later this year.“The next test for in-bound tourism will be the winter (ski) season, followed by the Rugby World Cup in the Spring,” Mr Ebert said. “The big test for the industry will be the path of the global economy over the coming years.” last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Research by Roy Morg

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Research by Roy Morgan has revealed that Australians are increasingly using mobile phones when travelling overseas.Over 50% of all Australian mobile phone users who travelled overseas agreed they “need a mobile phone overseas”.The Hotels.com 2015 Amenities Survey revealed that Wi-Fi is the most important amenity for both leisure and business travellers. In a recent InterContinental Hotels Group survey, 60% of participants identified the importance of staying connected to the internet when travelling.MY WEBSPOT is the solution for Australians travelling to Europe. The portable hotspot devices offers affordable, unlimited 4G internet access across Europe allowing travellers to stay connected at all times and avoid any surprise data roaming fees on their next phone bill.The portable devices provide travellers with access to the largest local broadband network from 5€ per day and a unlimited access anywhere in Europe from 10€ per day. This enables customers to utilise Skype and various other social media platforms to stay connected.Australian journalist Carol Duncan tested out MY WEBSPOT whilst travelling through Europe recently: “The internet now plays a vital role in our lives for both pleasure and work. We are constantly online and mobile, using apps and social media to stay in touch. We have more control and flexibility with our phone plans when travelling overseas however our increasing reliance on the internet means it’s important to have control over our internet data. There’s nothing worse than returning from a holiday to be greeted with exorbitant data roaming charges from your service provider. ”MY WEBSPOT is also available at various hotels and tourist agencies across Europe.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Cleveland Ohio – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgCleveland, Ohio – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineNextant Aerospace recently announced an agreement for a brand-expanding order by Asia Pacific Jets for ten Nextant 400XT aircrafts, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet, which marks Nextant 400XT’s expansion into the Asian market. The ten Nextant 400XT aircrafts will be delivered over a period of three years, which will include jets outfitted as 400XT air ambulances and normally outfitted 400XT business jet aircraft. Asia Pacific Jets will also serve as a sales agent in Asia for the 400XT, and has announced a new partnership with Hong Kong-based AirMed Asia, a subsidiary of AirMed International.The first two of the ten-aircraft order will be delivered by the end of 2012, a timeframe aligned with the opening of a new Singaporean base that Asia Pacific Jets and AirMed Asia are launching later this year through a strategic partnership. Utilizing its strong operational background, AirMed Asia will coordinate maintenance and warranty support for Nextant Aerospace in the region, providing 400XT owners with exceptional post-delivery product support.“We are proud that Asia Pacific Jets has selected the Nextant 400XT, and to see the aircraft begin service on the Asian continent,” said Kenneth Ricci, chief executive officer of Nextant Aerospace. “With more than 15 400XT aircraft now in operation across the globe, feedback from operators has been outstanding. We are elated that the aircraft is performing so well for its owners, and look forward to introducing this groundbreaking aircraft, with its unprecedented combination of value and performance, to additional markets around the world.”Jeffrey Tolbert, chief executive officer of AirMed International, added, “We know based on our extensive experience flying the Beechjet 400A/XP as an air ambulance that the aircraft provides great versatility for air medical services. The Nextant 400XT will offer AirMed Asia and our partners at Asia Pacific Jets everything we like about the Beechjet, and everything one would expect from a brand-new light jet, but at a fraction of the cost. This includes range that will enable nonstop flights from our Singapore base as far west as Mumbai, India, and as far north as Shanghai, China, along with the absolute lowest operating cost basis in its class.”The Nextant 400XT uses a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP airframe that is enhanced with new, state of-the-art technology, including the Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engine, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-integrated avionics suite, advanced electronics that such as high-speed wireless Internet service, as well as completely rebuilt interiors.The resulting aircraft has a 2,005 nautical mile range and cruising speed of 460 nautical miles per hour. It supports a remarkable 30-percent reduction in operating costs over the Beechjet 400A/XP, fuel efficiency improvements of up to 30 percent, depending on the length of the flight segment, significantly reduced carbon emissions and noise compliance that exceeds Stage IV requirements. The 400XT is available at a cost about half that of competing clean-sheet designs.www.nextantaerospace.comlast_img read more

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Possible airport taxi strike

first_imgTaxi drivers at Larnaca airport are threatening to go on strike and block the road to the airport for an hour at lunch time on Friday.They are protesting against the licensing of a private bus company which plans to expand its routes, adding Ayia Napa and Protaras as new destinations from the airport.This, the taxi drivers say, is a big blow to their income.They will meet at noon to decide if they will go ahead with the strike.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Men arrested for illegal entry

first_imgPaphos police arrested two men, aged 50 and 43, on Monday morning in connection with a case of illegal entry into the courtyard of a house whose owner was absent abroad.Two men were spotted entering a courtyard of a house in the Paphos village of Stroumbi at around 8.20pm Sunday, police said.Upon arriving at the scene, police found and arrested two men who were located close by.A pair of plastic gloves and plastic shoe bags were found in the possession of the two men, who were arrested and detained to facilitate further investigations. You May LikeHer MomentsEveryone Is Jealous Of What This Little Girl’s Mom Can DoHer MomentsUndoFood Eat Safe7 Awesome Foods That Burn Calories FastFood Eat SafeUndoWomenArticle.comThe Top 10 Cheapest Countries To Buy a HomeWomenArticle.comUndo ‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Police officers injured in Ypsonas shootings visit president

first_imgThe officers who were seriously injured in the shootings of May 5 in Ypsonas, Giorgos Georgiou and Christis Nicolaou, met with President Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace on Wednesday.Speaking after the meeting, Georgiou – who was shot in the chest – said that the two officers had been invited by the president and thanked him for “everything he has done for the state and his personal involvement with the difficult trial we underwent”.“We were doing our duty and responded how any police officer would have,” added Nicolaou.The two officers were shot at in their car, about 10pm on May 5, after responding to a call about a parked hire car in which three persons were behaving suspiciously. On arrival at the scene shots were fired at the patrol car and the officers returned fire.Four people were arrested in connection to the crime, a 31-year-old Greek Cypriot, a 35-year-old Bulgarian man, a 33-year-old Slovakian woman and Elias Mouzos, 38 – who was detained four days after the shooting.The injured officers were transferred to the Limassol general hospital.The day after, on May 6, intensive care and trauma specialists arrived from Israel in an air-ambulance to fly Georgiou to Israel for treatment.During a visit to the hospital the day after the shootings, Anastasiades said the critically injured men were “truly worthy of wearing the police officer’s uniform”.An attack against members of the force was an attack against the state, he had said. You May LikeHealthzapThis Toy Monkey Helped A 90 Year Old Man To Reunite With His Family After DecadesHealthzapUndoVIZRDiscover How To Bring Distracted Driving to a Screeching Halt!VIZRUndoMuama Instant TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesMuama Instant TranslatorUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Demonstrators camp outside district office to protest high rents

first_imgDemonstrating their anger over rising rents in Limassol, The Movement for the Right of Housing held a protest over Saturday night outside the Limassol District offices.Tents in the area were occupied by both the homeless – including a family with three children – and citizens who wanted to symbolicaly show their support, while the demonstrators called on the president to listen to their demands and put an end to the problem of skyrocketing rents.Lefteris Georgiou of the group said that while they are trying to help, 11 families have been evited for not being able to keep up with the rent.The demonstrators said a place to live is a basic right, not a piece of merchandise. They called for more support as the problem is only getting worse and as such will start affecting a greater number of people.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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