Prioritising geriatric care

first_imgDespite the fact that senior citizens have contributed through their life to the nation’s building, healthcare for them remains a big challenge. The National Health Policy recognises a growing need for palliative and rehabilitative care for all geriatric illnesses and advocates the continuity of care across all levels. The question, however, is how all this is going to be met with. The Ayushman Bharat has serious limitations. It provides healthcare coverage to only 40 per cent of the population, that too for indoor care only. This means 60 per cent of the population is left out of this insurance scheme of five lakh rupees for a family. It is also a well-known fact that 70 per cent of the out of pocket expenditure on health is on outpatient care. This is applicable more to the geriatric group because a person in this age group is faced with the diseases of chronic nature, for which he/she has to pay frequent visits to the outpatient clinics. Also Read – A special kind of bondSocial security schemes for senior citizens in our country are very poor. The old-age pension varies from state to state. While the Delhi government gives a pension of Rs 2000 per month, it is Rs 400 in Bihar, Rs 500 in UP and Rs 750 in Punjab. With this meagre amount, it is not possible for a person to sustain life what to talk of getting quality healthcare. The government has introduced a few health insurance schemes to give benefit to the poor. The Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yojna (RSBY) for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, Aam Admi Bima Yojana for rural landless household, Janashree Bima Yojana (JBY) for below poverty line and marginally above the poverty line, Universal Health Insurance Scheme (UHIS) for health care to poor families. These schemes provide very minimal healthcare facilities for hospitalisation only. Also Read – Insider threat managementEmployees’ State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) of India, is a multidimensional social security system tailored to provide socio-economic protection to worker population and their dependents covered under the scheme. This scheme covers about three crore workers. The “Central Government Health Scheme” (CGHS) provides comprehensive health care facilities for the Central Govt. employees and pensioners and their dependents residing in CGHS covered cities. Started in New Delhi in 1954, Central Govt. Health Scheme is now in operation in 27 cities. Barring the ESIS and CGHS, none other scheme provides satisfactory health coverage. In the absence of any suitable healthcare schemes by the government, large numbers of people, especially from the middle-income group, have started opting for the insurance coverage either by the public sector or the private sector insurance companies. However, for senior citizens, to pay a premium for the insurance is becoming a nightmare. While a person is more likely to be taken ill in the elderly age, the insurance companies increase the premium exorbitantly with the age of the insured. This increase has been marked in the previous few years. The increase in the service tax from 14 per cent to 18 per cent GST on the basic premium has further escalated the cost of insurance. The data of the Mediclaim policy of public sector unit, the New India Assurance Company Limited Premium speaks of this. For senior citizens, who have either no income of their own or have very meagre income and are dependent on their children, it is impossible to pay the high insurance premium. With constantly decreasing of interests on their savings, their problems are getting compounded. Any serious illness they might land into will cost lakhs of rupees in any tertiary care hospital. Moreover, their day to day OPD care needs is not covered in these schemes. Mockery of the situation is that the government is paying to the public sector companies a premium of Rs 1250 for coverage of Five Lakh rupees under the Ayushman Bharat. While if a senior citizen has to insure the premium it is around Rs 50,000. It is a common knowledge that even with Rs 1250 premium, the company must be making a profit. Then what is the logic of such a huge difference in the premium? Therefore, only a comprehensive universal health care system can meet the needs of senior citizens. The government must open its advanced tertiary care centres where facilities for palliative and rehabilitative care are available. Insurance companies should be made to compulsorily cover OPD care cost as well for senior citizens. Insurance premium for senior citizens should be at par with the premium paid by the government in the Ayushman Bharat. The state-owned insurance companies should develop a social welfare approach instead of a totally commercial one. There is a need to open special centres for geriatric healthcare. Geriatric health should be part of the medical curriculum where students are trained in their problems and also to develop special empathy for patients. All the elderly should be issued health cards to get benefit from any doctor for which the government must pay. It would be appropriate and scientific to impose Geriatric health Cess instead of Cow Cess. It is time government steps in to provide universal healthcare to all the citizens. The fleecing by the insurance companies must be put to an end. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Halfire Entertainment, CBC and Netflix today announced that Academy Award-winning Canadian-born actress Anna Paquin ( True Blood, Roots) has signed on to play Nancy Montgomery in the screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace. The six-hour miniseries is inspired by the true story of Grace Marks, who was convicted of murdering Nancy Montgomery and Thomas Kinnear. Alias Grace is written and produced by Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol). The mini-series began shooting in Ontario on August 15, 2016. Alias Grace will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and globally – everywhere outside of Canada – on Netflix.Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin) in 1843. Nancy is Kinnear’s housekeeper and lover, and while she initially befriends Grace, she begins to resent Grace and becomes increasingly jealous of Kinnear’s affection for her. Nancy eventually fires Grace in a fit of rage and is later found brutally murdered.“Anna is an incredibly versatile performer who always makes complex, unpredictable and fascinating choices in her work,” said Sarah Polley, Executive Producer. “It’s always a marvel to watch her and we’re thrilled to have her join the cast.” About Halfire EntertainmentHalfire Entertainment was founded in 2013 by seasoned TV executive Noreen Halpern to develop, produce, and finance television series and miniseries for the Canadian, U.S., and international marketplace. The company produces exceptionally creative and commercial programming and employs non-traditional financing resulting in straight-to-series orders. Halfire is currently in production on Aftermath for Space and Syfy and is in pre-production on the Sarah Polley-penned six-part mini-series Alias Grace for CBC and Netflix, with principal photography set to begin on August 15. Halfire has a robust development slate with projects set up at Showtime, ABC, NBC, CBC, Bell Media, and Corus. Halfire produced the half-hour comedy, Working The Engels starring Andrea Martin for NBC and Shaw, marking the first time a prime time comedy had been co-produced by US and Canadian broadcasters.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.About NetflixNetflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Alias Grace is co-commissioned by CBC and Netflix, produced by Halfire Entertainment and created by Sarah Polley. The executive producers are Sarah Polley, Mary Harron and Noreen Halpern. Producing alongside Polley is D.J. Carson. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Inquiry into murdered Indigenous women loses bid for two disputed RCMP files

first_imgInquiry commissioners Qajaq Robinson and Brian Eyolfson. (APTN)The Canadian PressThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has lost a court bid for access to two RCMP files the Mounties refuse to hand over.The RCMP gave the inquiry more than 100 files but concluded that disclosing the two disputed ones could compromise ongoing investigations.The Mounties then filed certificates with the Federal Court under the Canada Evidence Act, which allows for a hearing to decide whether secrecy will prevail.In its ruling, the court sides with the RCMP, saying it is satisfied the refusal to hand over the files was not because of a fear of embarrassment or revelation of misconduct by force members.The inquiry recently delivered its final report calling for fundamental changes in the areas of health, security, justice and culture affecting Indigenous women and girls.The inquiry’s mandate expires at the end of the month, and there was no immediate word on whether it would appeal the Federal Court ruling.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street a day after the market took a big plunge.Health care companies and consumer products makers had some of the biggest losses in early trading Thursday.UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the country, fell 1.8 per cent. Procter & Gamble lost 1.3 per cent.Walgreens fell 2.8 per cent and Conagra, a giant food maker, fell 7.4 per cent. Both companies reported weaker sales than analysts were expecting.The S&P 500 index lost 14 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,491.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 118 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 23,191. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite slipped 27 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,611.Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.The Associated Presslast_img read more

New UN airlift ships food from Iraq to 30000 Syrians cut off

The airlift comes as the UN World Food Programme (WFP) faces in Syria what is currently its most complex emergency globally, with challenges ranging from bureaucratic delays, insecurity on roads, the closure of major highways, and sieges imposed on civilians trapped in over 40 locations across the country due to the civil war.“It is tragic to see the most vulnerable Syrians going hungry and paying the heavy price for a political conflict with no end in sight,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said as her agency’s airlift started from Erbil, in Iraq’s Kurdish region, to Qamishli, in Syria’s Al Hassakeh Governorate.“We call upon all parties to provide us with continuous and unimpeded access across the country. WFP should be able to reach all those who need food assistance all the time.”At WFP-chartered flight landed at Qamishli today with 40 metric tons of mixed food including rice, pasta, bulgur, wheat flour, canned food, pulses, salt, vegetable oil and sugar, the first of 10 flights that will deliver over 400 metric tons of WFP food and other items – mainly clothes, detergent and soap – for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration.WFP airlifted food from Erbil to Qamishli in December for more than 62,000 people.Overall, WFP dispatched in January enough food for 3.6 million people in Syria, short of its target of 4.25 million people as the governorates of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Rural Aleppo and Al-Hassakeh were inaccessible. The closure of the Daraa-Damascus highway has also affected the dispatch of food to parts of Daraa, Quneitra, Damascus and Rural Damascus.Security has deteriorated in Al Hassakeh Governorate in the last few weeks, displacing large numbers of people. Recently, around 7,500 people fled clashes that erupted in rural areas to Qamishli city while others fled towards the Iraqi border.“The road to political stability and confidence building in Syria starts with an important step: ensuring no one dies because of a lack of food or medicine or from the cold when humanitarian workers are nearby but are not allowed in” Ms. Cousin said of the three-year-old civil war. “Syrians must have their most basic needs met.”As hunger in Syria grows, WFP is appealing for over $2 billion to assist more than 7 million Syrians in urgent need of food aid in 2014. These include 4.25 million people inside Syria and over 2.9 million refugees in neighbouring countries. read more

I didnt realise how heavy it weighed on me Homeless family on

first_img 46,301 Views Mar 16th 2019, 9:31 AM ‘I didn’t realise how heavy it weighed on me’: Homeless family on getting keys to their council house The couple lost their rental accommodation last year and found it impossible to find somewhere to live. I knew how we were feeling, but I didn’t realise how heavy it was weighing on me until the stress was gone. And with Alan [her son], his humour has changed. We knew it was affecting him, we saw the negative side of it so seeing the positive effect now is just amazing. He’s thrilled, earlier on he was bringing my sister up the stairs to show her his room. He’s so excited. Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 9:30 AM 96 Comments A FAMILY WHO have been homeless for seven months have said a weight has been lifted off them since they heard they have been allocated a local authority home. first met Kelly Priestly, Glen Kilty and their two-year-old son Alan in November last year when they were living in a homeless hub.They had lost their rental accommodation and found it impossible to find somewhere affordable to move into, even though both have jobs.“We don’t earn enough to buy, to be approved for a mortgage and the rents are gone up that high that we can’t rent either so where do we go? What do we do? We’re stuck. And then the stress of trying to get up to go to work everyday and trying to rear your child,” Priestly said at the time. Source: to yesterday, she said they got a letter four weeks ago offering them a house in a new council development in Churchtown, south Dublin.“We were down in the council office the next morning to accept. I couldn’t believe our luck. By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The new development when it was under construction last year. Source: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council“We’re delighted, we’re just heading to get the last of our stuff out of the hub and this will be our first night in the house.”There are currently 1,614 homeless families in Ireland, according to the lastest figures from the Department of Housing. This includes 3,624 children. Last year more than 14,000 new households came onto the council housing lists. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said it is committed to delivering 1,563 social housing units by 2021.The council is examining a number of sites it owns including the delivery of 155 social and affordable homes at Enniskerry Road, Stepaside, in partnership with the Housing Agency and Respond and Túath approved housing bodies. Lands at Shanganagh Castle have been earmarked to deliver approximately 550 homes when infrastructure is in place.The council is also asking vacant property owners who are willing to sell to the council to get in touch. Share53 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Climat une augmentation de 2 à 5°C à prévoir dici 2100

first_imgClimat : une augmentation de 2 à 5°C à prévoir d’ici 2100Selon des scientifiques français qui ont mis au point des simulations climatiques, l’augmentation des températures sur Terre devrait être de 2 à 5°C d’ici 2100.Les chercheurs du CNRS, du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA) et de Météo France ont développé deux nouveaux modèles informatiques permettant de préciser les évolutions à prévoir en terme de réchauffement climatique. Leur travail confirme les conclusions du rapport de 2007, c’est-à-dire “une tendance à l’augmentation des températures observée à l’horizon 2100 pour tous les scénarios”, ont-ils indiqué lors d’une conférence de presse.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Quatre modèles ont été mis au point. Dans le pire des cas, les températures de la planète grimperaient de 3,5 à 5°C. Dans le meilleur, la hausse serait de 2°C environ. Cette option ne serait toutefois possible que si des mesures fortes et rapides contre les gaz à effet de serre sont prises. Les modèles ont pris en compte de nombreux paramètres, y compris les échanges de CO2 entre les océans et l’atmosphère ou l’effet des nuages, souligne”Ces quatre scénarios reposent sur la perturbation que l’homme fait sur le climat, principalement par les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et les aérosols et par la modification de l’occupation des sols”, a expliqué Stépane Hallegatte, ingénieur à Météo France et chercheur au Centre international de recherche sur l’environnement et le développement. “Se placer sur l’un ou l’autre de ces scénarios correspond à avoir le ‘droit’ d’émettre plus ou moins de CO2 dans les décennies et les siècles à venir”, a-t-il expliqué.Le 10 février 2012 à 12:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Météorite la découverte de trois fragments pourrait éclairer le mystère de Toungouska

first_imgMétéorite : la découverte de trois fragments pourrait éclairer le mystère de ToungouskaLe mystère sur l’explosion de Toungouska en 1908 pourrait être résolu d’ici quelque temps. En effet, 3 fragments de météorites retrouvés il y a 20 ans par le Russe Andrei Zlobin pourraient éclairer les scientifiques quant à la cause de la catastrophe.Voici peut-être de quoi faire taire les rumeurs plus que nombreuses sur les causes de l’explosion de Toungouska en Sibérie centrale. Andrei Zlobin, de l’académie des sciences de Russie a annoncé avoir identifié trois roches présentant des traces de fusion parmi sa collection de pierres de Toungouska. Ces pierres (une centaine) avaient été collectées lors de l’expédition de 1988 près de Khusmo River. Selon lui, il s’agirait de fragment appartenant à l’objet qui serait à l’origine de l’explosion. De quoi éclairer les scientifiques mais également interrompre les théories les plus folles qui évoquent notamment un crash OVNI, une attaque extra-terrestre ou encore un micro-trou noir.Les faits se déroulent le 30 juin 1908 en Sibérie centrale. L’explosion dont personne ne connait l’origine, balaie 2.000 kilomètres carrés de forêt détruisant plus de 80 millions d’arbres. L’onde de choc est enregistrée jusqu’en Europe Occidentale ainsi qu’aux Etats-Unis. Les hypothèses vont alors bon train bien que cette catastrophe n’ait fait qu’une victime du fait de sa localisation désertique et inhabitée. Des observations tardives mais prometteusesConsidérée comme la plus grosse explosion de l’Histoire humaine, l’explication la plus probable s’oriente vers l’explosion d’un astéroïde au dessus du sol ou bien d’une comète. Cependant, la première expédition menée en 1927 n’avait révélé aucune trace de cratère et encore aujourd’hui, les trois fragments trouvés par Andrei Zlobin il y a 25 ans demeurent les seuls indices. Il aura fallu 20 ans pour que Zlobin se penche en 2008 sur ces fragments et 5 ans pour qu’il publie les premiers résultats de ces recherches après examen.D’après le chercheur, ceux-ci suggèrent que les fragments pourraient être issus de l’objet qui a explosé dans le ciel. En effet, ils montrent des signes de fonte et des marques appelées “regmaglyptes” qui sont des aspérités apparaissant sur les météorites au moment du passage dans l’atmosphère. Reste que les analyses chimiques sur les fragments n’ont pas encore été réalisées, empêchant de conclure sur leur provenance réelle. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCependant, ceci est sans nul doute capable d’avancer les recherches menées depuis longtemps sur les fragments qui ont déjà été baptisés “dental crown”(couronne dentaire), “whale” (baleine) et “boat” (bateau).(Crédit photo: Andrei Zlobin)Le 9 mai 2013 à 09:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Riverview Bank to purchase Greshambased MBank

first_imgVancouver’s Riverview Community Bank announced Thursday it will expand its Portland presence by acquiring MBank, a three-branch bank headquartered in Gresham, Ore.In the deal, Riverview will assume some of MBank’s assets and liabilities, including $130 million in net loans and $128 million of MBank’s customer deposits. The deal was announced in a joint press release from the two banks’ respective parent companies, Riverview Bancorp, Inc. and Merchants Bancorp.By adding MBank’s three branches — located in Gresham, Southeast Portland and in the Lake Grove neighborhood of Lake Oswego — Riverview will double its presence in Oregon to six branches.The deal is to be in cash, with the final price to be determined shortly before the deal closes, according to a filing Riverview made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.“This is a natural geographic expansion for Riverview, fitting well into our strategy of increase market share in Oregon,” said Riverview chairman and CEO Pat Sheaffer said. “Our two banks have identical missions — to provide our clients with local, personal service you can only receive from a true community bank. We are excited to welcome MBank’s customers.”last_img read more

18th District rivals differ on most issues

first_imgLiz PikeAge: 54.City: Camas area.Occupation: Operates a farm in Fern Prairie.Party affiliation: Republican.Notable endorsements: Brent Boger, former Clark County GOP chairman; Gun Owners Action League of Washington; Human Life Political Action Committee; Building Industry Association of Clark County; Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.Total funds raised: $88,585.Campaign website: WinninghamAge: 48.City: Vancouver.Occupation: Head of global research and development and information technology for Intel Security.Party affiliation: Democrat.Notable endorsements: Washington Education Association; American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO); Washington State Labor Council; Betty Sue Morris, former lawmaker and Clark County commissioner; Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.Total funds raised: $41,186.Campaign website: the race for an 18th Legislative District House seat, voters have a choice between two candidates with stark differences. Democratic challenger Maureen Winningham, who is hoping to unseat Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, calls herself a “compassionate conservative” whose first vote was cast for U.S. President Ronald Reagan. But on many issues, she aligns ideologically with the left as much as Pike does the right. Winningham is in favor of raising the minimum wage; Pike introduced a measure that would have created a “training wage” allowing some employers to pay less than minimum wage for up to 680 hours per worker. Winningham is opposed to the proposed oil-by-rail terminal; Pike has accepted financial contributions from the companies behind the proposed terminal. At a recent candidate forum at Camas High School, Winningham told the crowd that she was inspired by teachers, then she told them, “Google ‘Liz Pike’ ‘teacher’ ‘Facebook’ and see what (Pike) thinks about education.”last_img read more

Newsweek Put on the Block

first_imgThe Washington Post Company has put Newsweek magazine on the block. The newspaper publisher said today that it has retained Allen & Company to explore a potential sale.“The losses at Newsweek in 2007 to 2009 are a matter of record. Despite heroic efforts on the part of Newsweek’s management and staff, we expect it to still lose money in 2010,” Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham says in a statement. “We are exploring all options to fix that problem.  Newsweek is a lively, important magazine and website, and in the current climate, it might be a better fit elsewhere.”Advertising pages at Newsweek declined 20.4 percent through the first quarter of 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Through 2009, pages were down 25.9 percent. Last year, Newsweek’s overall paid and verified circulation fell 27 percent, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Newsstand sales plummeted more than 40 percent to 62,257 copies.Check back to for updates to the story.last_img read more

Raja Singh visits house of supporter in town

first_imgZaheerabad: Goshamahal MLA Raja Singh took darshan of Tuljapur Ammavaru. While he was on return journey, he visited businessman G Jitesh in Zaheerabad and had lunch at his place. Jitesh family members Ravi Kumar, Nandu, P Santosh Kumar, Karakam Dinesh Yadav, G Chandrasekhar, Rajesh Patel were present.last_img

Schools Out for Class Creator Patrick Ness

first_img BBC Officially Cancels ‘Class,’ And I’m SadNo One Else Will Die in ‘Class’ Finale Stay on target After only one season, Class creator Patrick Ness announced his departure from the Doctor Who spin-out show.In a storm of tweets (not uncommon for the YA author), Ness over the weekend confirmed that he will no longer write for the BBC program (assuming it even gets a second series).Following Saturday’s BBC America finale, the writer hit Twitter to praise his cast (Katherine Kelly, Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Jordan Renzo) and “say a quick thing re: the future of Class.”“This kind of stuff matters very little in the face of the London Bridge attack,” Ness prefaced, citing the recent deadly terror attack in England.“So thank you to everyone who watched and loved it and argued about it and watched it again,” he continued. “You made my heart swell.”It remains unclear whether the show will continue without Ness (who wrote and exec produced all eight episodes); the BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (I wouldn’t hold my breath for another season of alien antics at the Coal Hill Academy, though.)“I fought and fought and fought for the show,” he wrote. “I’d love to be filming right now. But onwards, onwards.”That’s not to say Ness didn’t have a second series planned in his head: “Weeping Angel civil war and PLANET, Quill has a dangerous son, Charlie and Matteusz shirtless wood chopping,” he teased yesterday.“So, yeah, I’m really sad, saddest in my whole career, but it’s the right choice. Much, much, much love.”Aimed at the young adult market, Class premiered last fall in the UK, via online platform BBC Three; it was later syndicated on BBC One. The show made its US debut in April, alongside the tenth series of Doctor Who.Eight episodes may be all we ever see of Class. Which, frankly, wouldn’t be a travesty. But in its honor, I’d like to see someone like Titan Comics pick up the late characters for a stint on the page.April & Co. have already made the leap to paperback in three novels that follow Ness’s vision for the series.All eight chapters, meanwhile, will be available on DVD ($19.49) and Blu-ray ($24.99) on July 11, so you can relive your own school days—with added aliens.Check out our recap of Class finale “The Lost,” as well as our review of the latest Doctor Who episode, “The Lie of the Land.”last_img read more

Skittles release funny yummy clips to celebrate Pride month

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Your usual packet of Skittles might look a bit paler this Pride month. Fear not, as those tiny, fruity pieces of heaven are just as they used to be. Their packaging and logo have undergone a little Pride makeover, though. We will hand out special Pride goodie tote bags, created by Turkish designer Sadi Guran. And yes, our beloved candies will be in them. Beware, they’re addictive. But you know that already, don’t you?The candy manufacturer has hidden their rainbow to celebrate Pride this monthHead to Skittles official social media pages or check our Prides section for more yummy updates. Watch today’s video below:8 days to Pride… and because only one rainbow matters, we’ve given ours up. Rainbowless packs are back with each pack raising money for Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline. Give the rainbow. Taste the rainbow. #onerainbow— Skittles UK (@uk_skittles) June 29, 2018Read more about Prides:5 fabulous European Prides you need to check out this weekend eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Sponsor of our Prides & Festival section, the company got rid of the signature rainbow to celebrate the only rainbow that matters this month, that of Pride.Some old-school magic straight from the 90s | Photo: SkittlesHowever, not all the colors have gone for good. The sweet manufacturer, in fact, released a series of 14 exclusive colorful videos to express love and support to the LGBTI community in the most vibrant way.Every day is Groundhog Day this Pride monthSkittles will also be part of Gay Star News Pride in London pop-up shop takeover. If you’re in the capital, head to 72 Old Compton Street, in the heart of Soho, on 30 June. Skittles is going white for Pride this season | Photo: Courtesy of Skittles Skittles removes its rainbow colors in honor of Pride MonthGay Star News took over London Pride pop-up shop and here’s what happenedM&Ms shows its support for Pride Month with social media postingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

South Korea becomes an observer of Central American integration

first_imgNo related posts. SAN SALVADOR – South Korea on Monday joined as an observer of the Central American Integration System (SICA), becoming the seventh country outside the region to agree to observer status.The document that formalizes the admission of South Korea was signed in San Salvador by SICA Secretary General Juan Daniel Alemán and South Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-han.In addition to the Asian country, SICA observers outside the region include Spain, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Japan and Australia. Countries with regional observer status include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, United States, Mexico and Peru.SICA is an organization that manages the integration process of Central American countries, plus the Dominican Republic. Facebook Commentslast_img

JTG ends financial year with solid profit

first_imgJetset Travelworld Group has released its preliminary financial results for the year to 30 June 2011, announcing a profit after tax of AU$19.2 million dollars, an increase of 214 per cent on the year before.   Underlying EBITDAI (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment) for the group rose 26 per cent to $54.9 million, whilst Total Transaction Value for the group increased by 6 per cent to $5.8 billion.JTG chief executive Peter Lacaze called the outcome an “excellent financial result” for the group, highlighting a strong second half of the year which saw profit before tax of $24.3 million, up $17.9 million on the first half. According to the JTG boss, the performance reflected the benefits of the merger of Jetset Travelworld and Stella Travel Services, an integration that had “proceeded smoothly” and had “exceeded” expectations.“The merged Group has created a solid foundation for future growth,” Mr Lacaze said.The outcome reflects nine months of trading for the merged Group and provides a comparison as if the merger had occurred on 01 July 2009 with 12 months trading for each business included.   Despite consumer markets remaining “unsettled due to a variety of economic circumstances”, Mr Lacaze said demand for travel was expected to continue to grow.   “Our forecasts indicate that demand for domestic and outbound travel in Australia is anticipated to grow by 5 per cent over the next twelve months,” he said.“This growth, coupled with the full benefits of the merger related cost synergies results in Jetset Travelworld being strategically well positioned for growth and improved financial performance.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Aussie snowboarder skydives during NZ Winter Games

first_imgImage via Hannah Peters/Getty ImagesAustralian snowboarder Nate Johnstone has recently swapped the slopes for the sky during the 2015 Audi quattro Winter Games, skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand.Mr Johnstone is one of 600 world-class athletes competing in the Games which has become New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event and one of the top five on the international winter sports circuit.The fourth biennial Games take place from 21 – 30 August in Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Naseby, whereby competitors will travel from around the world to compete in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing and curling.The sports action is accompanied by a festival of events off the slopes in Queenstown and nearby Wanaka.Tourism New Zealand chief executive, Kevin Bowler said the event and the competing athletes prove New Zealand is a world-class winter destination.“This is where the world’s best come to compete, train and enjoy all the region offers – on and off the mountain,” Mr Bowler said.Only a few hours flight from Australia, Queenstown and Wanaka’s alpine regions are lively, year-round tourist destinations with a range of different experiences near the winter sports action.As well as adventurous activities like sky diving, bungy jumping, zip lining, mountain biking, jet boating, hiking and golf, there are many award-winning wineries, restaurants, cafes and spas offering rest and relaxation.All sports and festival events are free to watch for spectators (ski pass required to access lifts) and will be streamed live on the Winter Games website. Visit New Zealand Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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