March Break Activities at Museums

first_imgPeople can take advantage of exciting March break activities at Nova Scotia Museum sites with pirates, sea creatures, bugs and Jack the Kangaroo. “This March break is an excellent opportunity for families to visit the museums and learn about true stories and myths of the past, and interesting creatures from around the world,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “The amazing teams at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Industry are committed to providing a fun and educational experience during March break, especially for young people.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is giving people the chance to discover the realities and folklore of piracy, both modern and historical. Pirates of Nova Scotia: Legends and Lies! runs until March 23. The museum invites people to come dressed as a pirate, and to learn the many truths and myths about pirates, life at sea, navigation, weapons, Oak Island and more. “If you’re an aspiring pirate or someone who wants to add more to your character, jump aboard ship at the Maritime Museum this March Break for a chance to let your inner pirate out,” said Lee Schuette, curator of Visitor Experience and Engagement. “Learn how to curl up in a hammock, tell time by the stars, fire a cannon and use a boarding axe to demand what you want. Visit Pirates of Nova Scotia: Legends and Lies!, and find out how much fun the old ways really were.” The Museum of Natural History, also in Halifax is hosting an exhibit with beautiful animals from the land down under. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is featuring Jack the Kangaroo and other animals from Australia from March 8-16. The museum is also featuring Bugs: Outside the Box, the new exhibit that takes a big look at little bugs. For March break, the museum is adding live bugs, bug eating, crafts and hands-on fun for people of all ages. The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is giving visitors a chance to swim beneath the waves with Sea Creatures. Kids can imagine they are spending a day at the beach, touch common sea animals from Nova Scotia’s shores, paint a scene on a shell, or learn to fold an origami fish. People are invited to dress as their favorite pirate, mermaid, sponge or sea monster for a chance to win a prize. The Seaside Fashion Show will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day from March 8-16. Visitors who are brave enough can have their picture taken in the tentacles of a giant sea monster, the Kraken. The Museum of Industry’s popular plasma cars will be back too. For more information visit . On Twitter, follow #mmapirates and #mnhdownunder.last_img read more

India to spend 130 bn for military modernisation in next 57 years

first_imgNew Delhi: As India faces complex security threats, the government has firmed up a mega plan to spend USD 130 billion to bolster combat capability of the armed forces in the next five to seven years, according to an official document.Official sources said the government has decided on a broad plan to speed up modernisation of the Army, Navy and the Air Force under which a range of critical weapons, missiles, fighter jets, submarines and warships will be procured in the next few years. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’They said the government’s immediate priority is to fast-track infantry modernisation, including procuring 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1,700 future ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army. Another key priority is to procure 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the IAF. “The government will spend USD 130 billion for fleet modernisation in the next 5-7 years across all armed forces,” the official document stated. The armed forces have been pushing for adequate allocation of funds so that they are well prepared to deal with the possibility of a “two-front” war on both northern and western borders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources said government is aware of China significantly ramping up its air and naval powers, adding the aim is to equip both the the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy with capabilities at par with its adversaries. To bolster its operational capability, the Navy has already finalised a plan to have 200 ships, 500 aircraft and 24 attack submarines in the next 3-4 years. At present, the Navy has around 132 ships, 220 aircraft and 15 submarines. The sources said the government is also determined to significantly enhance IAF’s overall combat capabilities and a detailed plan is being finalised. The government is also working on a mega defence project to make the airspace over almost all its major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, virtually impregnable, the sources said. It is also inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system — Agni V — which is expected to significantly bolster the country’s air defence system. The missile, with a strike range of 5,000 km, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have intercontinental ballistic missiles. In its missile armoury, India currently has Agni-1 with a 700 km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range. The sources said the government’s focus will be to develop the domestic defence industry and key policy initiatives are expected to be rolled out for it in the next couple of months.last_img read more

Online sextortion cases involving teen boys spiking experts

first_imgChild exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys.The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to in 2015-16 — an 89 per cent increase from the previous two-year period of 2013-2014. Reports involving girls jumped 66 per cent.While 65 male victims may not seem like a large number, executive director Lianna McDonald says the jump clearly establishes that boys are increasingly at risk of online threats.“We need to pay attention regardless,” McDonald says from Winnipeg, where the centre is based.“We know the seriousness of it. This isn’t necessarily all about quantity, it’s about severity.”What’s not clear is the reason for the increased reports.“Is it that they’re more aware of who we are to report? Is it because it’s a growing problem?” she asks. “The marker on this one is we didn’t really have it before. And not only are we hearing about it but now we’re hearing about it from other agencies also, which corroborates something different.”As a result, the centre launched its first awareness and prevention campaign for young males on Tuesday.It uses humour to reach boys with a bizarre-looking mascot — the hairless, pink-skinned naked mole rat. The creature is meant to spark conversation and offer an alternative image boys can send when asked for nudes.The unconventional approach is a bid to “cut through the clutter for an audience that’s not paying attention,” says McDonald, adding that fear-based campaigns don’t seem to work with boys.The group launched a website offering confidential online help, as well as information for boys, educators and parents looking for ways to start the conversation.Overall, reports to Cybertip involving both genders jumped 140 per cent between 2015 and 2016.The officer in charge of the Toronto police’s child exploitation section says boys are victims of sextortion “way more than people out there think.” He recalled one offender who admitted to tricking more than 1,200 boys into becoming victimized.“All of these boys thought they were sending these (images) to a girl their age,” says acting Det-Sgt. Paul Krawczyk.“Imagine the ones we’re not catching and then imagine the ones that we don’t know about.”He urged parents to warn sons of the danger, and point out that girls typically don’t ask to see explicit images.Girls still remain the bigger target of online predators, adds McDonald.While boys tend to be targeted by unknown adults overseas, girls are exploited in a variety of ways.“There’s the non-commercial side to it where you’ve got kids, for malicious reasons, who are blackmailing girls for more photos so they can share it,” says McDonald.“You also have things like the Amanda Todd case, very notorious scenarios where you have adult men who are again capturing them on video doing things. And they’re not necessarily appreciating who they’re talking to and they think they’re in some sort of actual relationship. It’s much more diverse for girls.”Boys are often targeted by strangers who send them pre-recorded videos of young girls and urge them to reciprocate, says McDonald.This mostly involves 13- to 15-year-olds, who can become suicidal as pressure mounts.“We have young kids phoning us and saying: ‘I’m supposed to make a payment at Western Union by 6 o’clock or they’re going to send my picture or my video to all of my friends and family and I’m desperate,’” she says.“It’s not difficult to appreciate that these kids are in over their heads. And because they’re so deeply humiliated about what’s about to happen and what they’ve done, they’re panicked and they’re not sure what to do.”The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children.———Online:http://www.cybertip.cahttp://www.dontgetsextorted.cahttp://www.needhelpnow.calast_img read more

1 million birthday win for Kelowna BC man planning to pay off

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia man had a happy birthday indeed by winning $1 million.The B.C. Lottery Corp. says David McLeod of Kelowna bought a 6/49 ticket for a draw on May 17, which happened to be his birthday.McLeod says he texted a picture of the validation slip to his wife to confirm what he was seeing.He says it a great present and the reality of the big win is starting to sink in.McLeod plans to pay off his mortgage with part of money.He says he’ll donate some of the money to the Rotary and help his kids with their university expenses.last_img

Maggie Q Supports Kiehls Earth Day Campaign

first_imgIn honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America (RAA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress.These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to 650 K-12 schools in the United States.The donated funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series, featuring art by this year’s Friends of Kiehl’s, Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. 100% of net profits, up to $50,000, from this, Kiehl’s seventh Earth Day campaign, will benefit Recycle Across America. To date, Kiehl’s has raised $250,000 for RAA, supplying recycling labels to the following school districts: San Diego, Houston, Scottsdale, Culver City, and an additional 2,500 independent schools throughout the U.S.“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since. Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has collected 2,500,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf, while also rewarding them with free products. It’s proven that by simplifying the process, we can truly create change. We hope to reach over 3,000,000 this year!” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA.The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado series features Earth-inspired designs by socially conscious influencers Elisabeth Olsen and Maggie Q, depicting their vision of social responsibility.Both designs were created in collaboration with artist/sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo, of AMMA Studio in Brooklyn, who is known for his work with everyday materials (salt, coffee, sand & silica). To support the launch, celebrity photographer Christopher Makos will capture each personality in his unique segmented-portrait style.Kiehl’s retail stores will also be celebrating Earth Day with the following activities:• Recycle & Be Rewarded!: From April 22 through April 26, at all Kiehl’s retail stores, customers can receive 5 stamps for every 1 Kiehl’s empty returned (normally, it’s 1 stamp per empty), AND customers who bring in an empty skincare jar or bottle from ANY brand will receive a deluxe sample of Kiehl’s skincare.• Complimentary Lip Balm!: From April 14 through April 27, while supplies last, customers spending $65 or more will receive a complimentary Lip Balm #1.• 20-Minute Seated Facials & Dehydration Skin Tests: From April 22 through April 26, at all Kiehl’s retail stores, customers can experience a 20-minute pampering facial, and full healthy skin check, including skin analysis with Kiehl’s new Dehydration Analyzer Tool.last_img read more

Tim Hortons franchisee sues parent company for 4M over licence renewal

first_imgA Tim Hortons franchisee filed a $4-million lawsuit against the coffee-and-doughnut chain’s parent company after he says it refused to renew a licence for one of his stores in bad faith.“The actions of the defendant were callous, wanton and in total disregard of the rights of the plaintiff,” reads a lawsuit Mark Kuziora filed in the Ontario Superior Court against TDL Group Corp., a subsidiary of parent company Restaurant Brands International.Kuziora, an outspoken member of a dissident Tim Hortons’ franchisee group, owns two locations in Toronto. The lease for his store at 200 Bay Street expires Aug. 31.He says he was told in early April that he would be denied the renewal after months of negotiations.Kuziora belongs to the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group that claims to represent about half of Canada’s Tim Hortons franchisees and formed to voice the franchisees’ concerns.He is also the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed by the GWNFA alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund, funnelling nearly $700 million earmarked for advertising, marketing and sales promotions to itself and TDL. RBI has denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.The GWNFA and Tims have also recently sparred over a $700-million renovation plan to bring a more natural look and open-concept seating to Tim Hortons locations. GWNFA said the plans — which asked franchisees to kick in $450,000 each for renovations — were “ill-conceived.”Last spring, RBI started discussing future renovations of the Bay Street store with Kuziora, according to the lawsuit, and confirmed its established practice of “granting 100 per cent of term renewals for franchisees prepared to undertake renovations would be followed.”Kuziora committed to the renovations with the understanding the company would renew his lease, according to the suit filed last month.On March 27, Greg Hiltz, the area franchise lead for central Canada, informed Kuziora it would not happen, despite previously confirming the company had no plans to deviate from its standard practice.Tim Hortons Canada president Sami Siddiqui wrote in an email that the company stands by its decision.“The process of entering into a new franchisee licence is never automatic,” he said, adding it’s subject to a detailed business review, which was done and led to the decision.The lawsuit claims RBI decided to reject the renewal in bad faith based on Kuziora’s tense relationship with management.RBI and the GWNFA have been embroiled in a public battle since the group formed more than a year ago, with the parent company largely choosing to ignore the association aside from specific remarks and filing legal action against them.Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo recently admitted the company could have handled things better and said he’s spoken to GWNFA members on a cross-country tour of visits with franchisees aimed at repairing the relationship.Siddiqui said that Kuziora’s second location remains open and the company “will continue to help him be a successful operator.”The company declined to answer whether it had filed a statement of defence. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX: QSR)last_img read more

Indian court orders top industrialist to pay Ericsson 77M

NEW DELHI — India’s top court has held industrialist Anil Ambani and two of his directors guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay 5.5 billion rupees ($77.29) million owed to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson.Justices R.F. Nariman and Vineet Saran said Wednesday that the three each will be jailed for three months if they fail to pay 4.5 billion rupees of that amount within four weeks.The judges said RCom chairman Anil Ambani and the two directors had violated the court’s earlier order to pay Ericsson.The Press Trust of India news agency said Ambani’s attorney Mukul Rohatgi promised to comply with the court’s order.The Swedish firm last year sought the court’s help in getting paid for managing and operating RCom’s network in line with a 2014 agreement.The Associated Press read more

Bank Al Maghrib in Marrakech to Become a Museum

Rabat – The art deco Bank Al-Maghrib building at the famous Jamaa Al Fna plaza in Marrakech is set to become a museum.On April 29, the Marrakech Town Hall, the National Foundation of Museums (FNM), and the Marrakech wilaya (an administrative division) agreed to undertake the project.“It is a historical place, which we will recognize and honor with a history of Marrakech and the Jamaa Al Fna plaza,” the president of the FNM, Mehdi Qotbi, told Moroccan news outlet Le360. The Bank Al-Maghrib site in Marrakech will house a permanent exhibition, along with “other surprises” that Qotbi did not reveal.Read also: Morocco Opens Museum at Lixus, 1200 B.C. Phoenician Archeological SiteThe renovation of the building will take at least a year.The colonial building was designed by French art deco architects Edmond Brion and Auguste Cadet, during their time in Morocco between 1919 and 1935. They also designed the Habbous neighborhood in Casablanca; the bank buildings of El Jadida (a city south of Casablanca); and Oujda in the far north-east, near the Algerian border.The Bank Al-Maghrib in Marrakech was most recently used as a temporary exhibition space, hosting art shows and auctions. read more

While Torontos housing market melts down Montreals sizzles

Montreal’s hot real estate market continued to sizzle last month with record August sales and rising prices.The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says booming condo sales drove an eight per cent increase in residential sales across the Montreal region.There were 2,899 sales, with condo transactions surging 19 per cent. Single-family homes that account for more than half of sales rose four per cent.The Island of Montreal led the way with a 12 per cent rise in sales.Paul Cardinal of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards attributed the continued gains to strong job creation, consumer confidence and foreign migration.He also said buyers were fast-tracking purchases to beat an expected interest rate hike, which was announced Wednesday.Sales have increased each of the last 30 months, except July 2016 when there were unchanged. The last monthly drop in sales took place in February 2015.That’s far different than in Toronto, where sales of detached, semi-detached, condos and townhouses fell between 25.7 and 41.6 per cent in August.The average sales price in the Greater Toronto Area dropped for a fourth-straight month, falling 1.8 per cent to $732,292.In Greater Vancouver, home sales surged 22.3 per cent while the composite benchmark price was up 9.4 per cent to $1,029,700.Both Toronto and Vancouver have implemented a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in attempts to quell rising home prices.Montreal remains a relative bargain even though the average real estate price increased 4.1 per cent to $374,333 in AugustOne possible area of weakness was a slowdown in the purchase of homes over $500,000. They grew 14 per cent, down from 57 per cent in July. read more

UN official warns of enormous task to prevent natural disasters

Jan Egeland, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a press conference in Geneva that the number of people at risk from disasters is rising mainly, experts say, because economic migration has forced people to settle in large numbers in high-risk cities.More than 1,200 delegates from 120 countries will gather next month for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, where they are expected to agree to a 10-year global action plan to remove the worst effects of natural disasters.”For once there will be world resources focusing on prevention through which the world can become a better place,” Mr. Egeland said, adding he expected that donor nations would increase their financial support after the conference.Officials from Japan, Iran and Cuba are scheduled to conduct sessions explaining the lessons they have learned on disaster preparation and reduction after the deadly Bam earthquake and the series of typhoons and hurricanes that struck the Caribbean and East Asian regions this year.The head of the UN disaster-reduction body, Sálvano Briceño, told the same press conference in Geneva that while natural hazards can never be entirely eliminated, their impact can be “reduced enormously” so long as there is appropriate investment in environmental management.Mr. Briceño, Director of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), also warned that the continuing impact of natural disasters was hurting the attempts of many countries to lift their citizens out of poverty. “One thing natural disasters did was to keep the poor poor,” he said.ISDR has reported that migrants are increasingly willing to settle in high-risk areas, such as over-flooding plains or along seismic faults, because so many rural regions lack basic services and economic opportunities. read more

UN agency launches Internet tool to help developing states reap profits of

Noting that these so-called leakages total up to 85 per cent of profits in some African LDCs, more than 80 per cent in the Caribbean, 70 per cent in Thailand and 40 per cent in India, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has developed the E-Tourism Initiative, with the aim of helping developing countries to make the most of their tourism potential.“This situation is an obstacle to development. In order to minimize leakages and to promote sustainable growth and poverty alleviation, it is now essential for tourism destinations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase their autonomy, and to include all local tourism stakeholders,” the agency said in a news release.It noted that overall tourism generates 11 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), employs 200 million people and transports nearly 700 million international travellers a year – a figure that is expected to double by 2020. It is one of the main exports of the 50 LDCs, it added.“The idea, based on public/private sector collaboration, is to give developing destinations the technical means for marketing and selling their own tourism services online,” said the agency, whose mandate is to promote the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.“Tailor-made, easily replicable platforms are created for this purpose, complemented by training, online value-added services, such as reservation, and a good business model aimed at ensuring long-term financial viability,” it added, noting that one of the most important factors behind the continuous growth of the tourism industry is the Internet.“But most information on tourism opportunities in developing countries is generated and maintained by service providers in developed countries, who also conduct most of the sales transactions.” It called the Internet one of the most effective tools for remedying the imbalance, allowing countries to take charge of their own tourism promotion, generate more jobs and revenue for the local economy, and keep up with the competition. read more

Drugmaker Pfizers 1Q profit drops 15 pct as generic competition other factors

by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted May 5, 2014 5:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Despite sharply lower expenses and taxes, Pfizer Inc.’s first-quarter profit dropped 15 per cent, due to cheaper generic competition for multiple medicines and some promotion partnerships with other drugmakers ending.The world’s second-biggest drugmaker by sales missed Wall Street’s revenue expectations by $730 million, but narrowly beat profit expectations. Its shares fell more than 2 per cent in morning trading.The New York-based company has seen its revenue shrink as inexpensive copycat pills hurt sales of about 20 off-patent drugs that once brought in billions annually, particularly cholesterol fighter Lipitor, the top-selling drug of all time with peak revenue of nearly $13 billion.Meanwhile, Pfizer has been trying since January to get British rival AstraZeneca Plc to discuss its bid to buy the company, but AstraZeneca continues to rebuff Pfizer. On Friday, AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer’s third offer, a cash-and-stock deal worth about $106 billion, saying it still undervalues the company, particularly its drugs in development.Pfizer said Monday it still hopes AstraZeneca will discuss the deal, which would include Pfizer moving its official domicile —but not its corporate offices — to London. That move would reduce Pfizer’s income tax rate. The acquisition also would enable Pfizer, which has grown rapidly as a result of three huge acquisitions since 2000, to reduce costs with yet another round of job and other cost cuts.The maker of Viagra said net income was $2.33 billion, or 36 cents per share, for January through March, down from $2.75 billion, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time charges, income was 57 cents per share, two cents less than analysts expected.Revenue totalled $11.35 billion, down 9 per cent. Analysts expected $12.08 billion.Among Pfizer’s top sellers, sales rose 8 per cent to $1.15 billion for pain and fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica and 4 per cent to $914 million for immune disorder drug Enbrel. Sales of pneumonia vaccine Prevnar were flat at $927 million, while key newer medicines — rheumatoid arthritis pill Xeljanz and cancer drugs Xalkori and Inlyta — remain disappointing at less than $100 million in the quarter.Pfizer confirmed its 2014 adjusted profit forecast for earnings per share of $2.20 to $2.30 and revenue of $49.2 billion to $52.3 billion.For the first time, Pfizer reported separate operating results for its three business segments, to give investors more insight into performance as the company considers eventually breaking off some of its business.All three segments reported sales at least slightly below 2013’s first quarter, and income was down for both Pfizer’s newer medicines and its older, mostly off-patent drugs.The segment that includes vaccines, cancer drugs and consumer health products, though, increased income by 6 per cent, to $1.06 billion. Pfizer reported income of $1.77 billion for its newer medicines and $4.05 billion for its older “established” prescription drugs.Its shares fell 67 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $30.08 in morning trading.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at The Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The pharmaceutical giant said, Monday, May 5, 2014, that their first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent due to cheaper generic competition continuing to reduce sales of multiple medicines and the end of some partnerships promoting other companies’ medicines. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Drugmaker Pfizer’s 1Q profit drops 15 pct as generic competition, other factors cut sales read more

Entrepreneurs resilient in face of struggling economy survey

Thinkstock Entrepreneurs resilient in face of struggling economy: survey Optimism is growing among entrepreneurs in Alberta.A new survey says 89 per cent of those who own their own business would do it all over again, if they had a chance.Executive VP of ATB Financial Wellington Holbrook says there’s a big sense of resilience, amidst current economic challenges.“You hear words like tenacious and surrounding themselves with experts, and they see opportunities others have missed,” he said. “And I think that gives us all reason to be hopeful, and optimistic about the future of the province, because ultimately businesses do drive our growth, they drive employment, and they are still seeing the bright side of that.”Holbrook says they are seeing a good number of people jumping into the unknown, and investing now, in anticipation of when the economy will start to grow again.“We saw a 16 per cent increase in the number of entrepreneurs who are feeling the economy will be the same or better off in the next six months,” Holbrook said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jul 19, 2016 10:54 am MDT read more

Michael Jordans 2016 Shoe Earnings Was Greater Than LeBron

Michael Jordan (left) can thank his Air Jordan for his huge Nike sales over LeBron James. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Although LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2017 NBA Finals, the small forward can take solace in knowing he brought in the most moolah among current ballers with a shoe deal.The only thing is, he’s nowhere close to retired Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan’s earnings.James’ Nike deal brought in $32 million in the last year, Forbes estimates. His endorsement began when he entered the NBA in 2003, which had an eventual $100 million payout over seven years — the biggest shoe deal to be given to a rookie.Yet Jordan’s $110 million earnings, thanks to Air Jordan revenues reaching $2.8 billion in the 2016 fiscal year, makes James’ $32 million look paltry. A combination of payouts from current top-earning NBA players — Kevin Durant’s $25 million from Nike, James Harden’s $14 million with Adidas, Stephen Curry’s $12 million with Under Armour, Derrick Rose’s $11 million with Adidas and James’ income — doesn’t break the $100 million mark.Such high earnings make LaVar Ball’s push for his basketball-playing sons to go their own way with the Big Baller Brand even more significant, as Uproxx reported James and Durant make almost equal amounts from playing ball as they do from shoe deals. Ball’s three sons have yet to enter the NBA, although Lonzo Ball is considered a top prospect for the draft. read more

Medicare open enrollment underway

first_imgThis year’s open enrollment brings good news for Medicare beneficiaries in Clark County: no major changes to advantage plans or premium prices.Still, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors, or SHIBA, recommends everyone on Medicare review their health plans during open enrollment, even if they’re happy with their current coverage.Open enrollment began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.“We call this our annual checkup,” said Gayle Mitchell, the program coordinator for SHIBA Vancouver.In Clark County, most beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans, rather than traditional Medicare, Mitchell said. Local seniors can choose from 25 advantage plans offered by seven organizations. Those are the same plans currently offered; none were dropped, Mitchell said. And none of organizations made significant changes to their plans’ rates or deductibles. Most increased monthly premiums by a dollar or two, she said.The same will likely be true for folks with Medicare Part B plans, Mitchell said, although those rates aren’t yet available.“Generally, you’ll come out paying a little more,” she said.In Skamania County, however, the one Medicare Advantage Plan available to seniors — a Regence BlueCross BlueShield plan — will no longer be available in 2017, Mitchell said. Beneficiaries there will revert to traditional Medicare plans and will need to add a drug plan. They may also want to add a supplemental plan, she said.“That’s happened a lot in the rural, smaller counties,” Mitchell said. “This was the year for Skamania to get hit.”Provider changesEven though Clark County plans aren’t changing dramatically, that doesn’t mean individual medical providers haven’t changed their contracts with plans. Mitchell, for example, learned recently that her physician will no longer accept her plan, which means she needs to decide whether to find a new plan or a new doctor.That’s why SHIBA recommends everyone take time to review their plans. Check to make sure your providers are still accepting your health plan and review your plan’s drug formulary to ensure pricey medications will be covered.last_img read more

Judge refuses to stay Idaho samesex marriages

first_imgBOISE, Idaho — A federal magistrate judge on Wednesday refused to put gay marriages in Idaho on hold pending an appeal from the state’s governor.U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said in her decision that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s appeal is unlikely to succeed, so there’s no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying on Friday.Dale noted she already found the governor’s arguments lacked legal merit when she struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday evening. The judge said allowing Idaho to continue enforcing its laws against same-sex marriage would irreparably harm the four couples who sued, along with other gay couples.“Nor does the public interest favor preserving a status quo that deprives individuals of their constitutional rights,” Dale wrote. “The court finds a stay pending appeal is not warranted.”Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden already is working on the state’s appeal to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Wasden’s spokesman Todd Dvorak said Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Bandh State govt to ensure normal life is not affected

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal has made special arrangements to ensure that normal life is not affected by any means during the 48-hour bandh called by the various trade unions on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.”We have a clear-cut stand and we do not support any bandh in the state. They (the Left) have pushed the state backwards in their 34 years of rule by calling bandhs. There will be no bandh now,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna. The state Home and Hill Affairs department has directed the state administration and police to ensure safety and security of the people and at the same time act tough against violation of law and order. Meanwhile, in the Hills, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has also opposed the bandh and has urged businessmen to keep their shops open.last_img read more

The Weather Channel Gets Unseasonably Dumped by DirecTV Amid Carriage Disputes

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img January 14, 2014 Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, DirecTV dropped The Weather Channel from roughly 20 million screens over carriage disputes — and now the embattled channel is framing the clash as a matter of life and death.Calling itself a “critical life-saving community resource” on its newly-launched website,, The Weather Channel is also urging DirecTV consumers to switch to alternate providers and contact their local congressmen. Adds on-air personality Jim Cantore in a short video on the site, “Don’t let DirecTV control the weather.”In its stead, DirecTV has temporarily replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation, a competitor.While The Weather Channel was seeking an increased carriage fee of one penny per subscriber each month, reports Bloomberg, DirecTV was looking to substantially reduce the channel’s current 13-cent rate.Related: Winter Weather = Bad Mood? It’s More Complicated Than That.Dan York, DirecTV’s chief content officer, issued a statement saying the two companies remain in talks. He added, perhaps a bit derisively, that consumers today are increasingly turning to other mediums such as mobile devices and local television stations to be kept abreast of weather news.”Consumers understand there are now a variety of other ways to get weather coverage, free of reality show clutter,” York said. “The Weather Channel does not have an exclusive on weather coverage — the weather belongs to everyone.”For his part, David Kenny, the chairman and CEO of The Weather Company, which owns The Weather Channel, called the blackout a “dangerous gamble” given the network’s relatively diminutive request. “This is not a big increase,” he said, “and we haven’t had anyone else balk.”Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV Businesslast_img read more

England endorses flying rainbow flag at its first World Cup match

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… England’s very influential Football Association (FA) has given the green light to fly a special rainbow version of the Three Lions insignia at its first World Cup match. Three Lions Pride designed the special banner. | Photo: Facebook/Three Lions Pride The World Cup is a month-long soccer which started last week in host nation, Russia.LGBTI supporter group, Three Lions Pride, will unfurl the banner at England’s match against Tunisia on Tuesday (19 June).The Pride group commissioned David Gwinnutt to design the banner. But it needed the FA’s permission for the rights to use the insignia.‘The FA definitely wants it to be seen and wants us to go,’ Di Cunningham of Three Lions Pride told the Daily Beast.‘They have endorsed it. To create the banner we had to clear the use of the image’s rights with them. We will also be wearing specially designed scarves with the same design.’But you won’t see the scarves and banner everywhere because the group only has permission to make a few of them.‘Both have the FA’s endorsement. It’s a very limited run. We are not allowed to sell them or make any more of them,’ Cunningham said. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img ‘The FA wants the visibility and association with LGBTQ+ inclusion.’A dangerous gameEven with the FA’s blessing, Three Lions Pride is taking a great risk unfurling the banner in Russia.The country has strict ‘gay propaganda’ laws, but also soccer thugs threatened to kill LGBTI fans at the World Cup.One gay couple has already been hospitalized in Russia, after thugs bashed them in St Petersburg. One of the men suffered a severe brain injury.But despite the threats, some fans are still risking showing their support for LGBTI rights.At the Russia vs Saudi Arabia game Alexander Agapov, president of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation, waved a rainbow flag every time his country scored a goal – which was five times.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_imgFeature | August 14, 2008 | Rick Dana Barlow Blurring the Lines Call it common sense or label it logic, but when it comes to healthcare, for some reason the industry’s patients, players, policymakers and pundits seem to lack it. Here are nine examples.With the clinical profession embracing and moving to minimally invasive surgery (and eventually noninvasive procedures) why is it that radiation therapy still plays second fiddle to chemical/pharmaceutical (chemotherapy) and surgical approaches to combating cancer, particularly if it’s caught early enough?If diagnostic imaging is the necessary predecessor to any chemical, radiation or surgical treatment and can pinpoint problems far enough in advance to subvert the need for costly, long-term treatment, why are politicians finagling over how to reduce reimbursement levels?If electronic health and/or medical records are so important to cutting costs, reducing administrative waste and promoting operational efficiency in healthcare, why are doctors and hospitals being forced to foot the investment bills with nary a contribution from the payers that will benefit the most from this?If the utopian vision of an efficiently run healthcare system and a healthy populace is to keep patients out of the hospital, why are the nation’s 5,000-plus hospitals so upset with the tens of thousands of small physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers and roughly 100 physician-owned hospitals that arguably deliver equivalent – if not higher – quality and more cost-effective healthcare? It can’t just be all about the money, can it?Why is it that true healthcare reform doesn’t involve moving all federal employees, from the nation’s chief executive and his family down to the lowest-ranking public servant in the same insurance pools as everyone else, eliminating the cushy and costly coverage taxpayer-funded officials and their support staff enjoy?Why is it that the seductive politicians and their seduced swear by mandated universal coverage but at the same time complain about the skyrocketing costs of healthcare – hospital charges in particular – that exist to compensate for services that must be provided to those who can’t (or won’t) pay (essentially for free at the taxpayers’ expense)?How is it that we’ve created and nurtured a healthcare system that enables bad habits because hospitals, doctors and nurses will fix any problems and insurers or taxpayers will pay for it, but if the problem isn’t solved within an acceptable timeframe we’ll just sue the hospitals, doctors, nurses and insurance companies, the fiscal result of which trickles down to the taxpayers anyway?Why is it that we have more medical doctors in Congress today but are still no closer to “fixing” healthcare? Isn’t that akin to a church with a dozen ordained ministers in the congregation where no one wants to preach?Perhaps this is why the industry’s perennially in the red. Fade to black. 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