Clearwater Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgClearwater, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe private aircraft operator Avantair continues to lead the way to a more environmentally responsible industry by extending its partnership with TerraPass, an originator and retailer of greenhouse gas reduction offsets.In honor of Earth Day, Avantair will again offset flight hours of carbon emissions of all new fractional owners as well as Edge Card and Axis Lease with TerraPass. Avantair was the first fractional aircraft operator to offset carbon emissions, and since the partnership with TerraPass began in 2007, Avantair has purchased Flight TerraPass credits that are equivalent to removing more than 13.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide. This is akin to taking more than 1,100 cars off the road for one year (12,000 miles driven), or the emissions created by 15,842 barrels of oil.Avantair’s new, exclusive Piaggio Avanti aircraft also produces the lowest amount of carbon emissions in the private aircraft industry, featuring innovative, fuel-efficient technology that reduces carbon dioxide output by approximately 35 percent compared with other fractional providers’ aircraft.www.avantair.comlast_img read more



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New research from the US shows that 305000 consum

first_imgNew research from the US shows that 305,000 consumers gave up their pay TV subscription in the second quarter of the year.While a large number, the research house that compiled the new figures, MoffettNathanson, was said that pay TV is holding steady and revenues per subscriber are actually increasing.The rate of decline is slowing with 387,000 subs ditching pay TV in the second quarter of last year and the annualised now running at about 400,000.last_img



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first_imgShareTweet A PSNI Foyle spokesperson said: “Recently there has been various reports to police of persons receiving telephone calls from various sources stating that they owe money and it can be paid using iTunes vouchers or iTunes gift cards.“Please note there are no services we are aware of that uses this method of payment only scammers.“Please see below advice from Apple.“If you receive a call like this contact police or Action Fraud.” applePOLICE IN DERRY WARNING OVER iTUNE GIFT CARD SCAM POLICE IN DERRY WARNING OVER iTUNE GIFT CARD SCAM was last modified: May 10th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE are advising the public in Derry to be alert to the latest scam by fraudsters. The crooks have been preying on both the elderly and the vulnerable claiming they owed money, for example to HM Revenue and Customs, and they only way to avoid jail was to pay the debt in the form of iTune vouchers.Some of those targeted lost almost £1,000 of their savings.last_img read more



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CLASSIC FAIRY TALE PERFORMANCE COMES TO THE ALLEY

first_img CLASSIC FAIRY TALE PERFORMANCE COMES TO THE ALLEY THEATREJOLLY PROMOTIONSstrabane JOLLY Promotions will bring their interactive children’s classic Little Red Riding Hood and the Silly Billy Wolf to local audiences at the end of this month.The Dungannon based theatre company specialise in all singing, all dancing productions of children’s stories and nursey rhymes that encourage their young audience to join in and will be performing the classic fairy tale at the Alley Theatre on Saturday 27th January at 2pm.This colourful, fast-paced show sees Little Red Riding Hood adventuring through the woods to visit her Granny, but somewhere along the way the Silly Billy Wolf is waiting.Children will have great fun joining in on the action, singing songs and playing games and meeting some amazing characters in this original show, written especially for this touring spectacular. With beautiful costumes, stunning stage sets and hilarious characters, this is a fun-packed show not to be missed.Suitable for younger children and their families from Jolly Promotions, the team behind Humpty Dumpty’s Big Eggventure and Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing-along.Tickets are £8, with Family of Five tickets at a cost of £35 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or www.alley-theatre.com.CLASSIC FAIRY TALE PERFORMANCE COMES TO THE ALLEY THEATRE was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more



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Uber wants to get you from your home to your docto

first_imgUber wants to get you from your home to your doctor’s office — and you won’t even need to open the Uber app. The company announced Thursday that it’s teaming up with health care organizations to provide transportation for patients going to and from medical appointments. The rides can be scheduled for patients through doctor’s offices, by receptionists or other staffers. And they can be booked for immediate pickup or up to 30 days in advance. That means patients without a smartphone — who wouldn’t be able to use Uber otherwise — can become Uber customers.Instead of operating through an app, Uber Health will send its passengers’ ride information through an SMS text message. The company also plans to introduce the option for passengers to receive a call with trip details to their landline instead. Drivers will still use the Uber smartphone app to pick up these passengers. “Transportation barriers are the greatest for vulnerable populations,” says Chris Weber, the general manager of Uber Health. “This service will provide reliable, comfortable transportation for patients.” Transportation is, indeed, a barrier to good health care. Affordable access to a vehicle is consistently associated with increased access to medical care, according to a study. Around 3.6 million Americans miss doctor’s appointments or delay medical care due to a lack of transportation every year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.To meet the medical privacy standards outlined in the federal HIPAA law, drivers won’t know which of their passengers are using Uber Health. Like a typical Uber ride, only a passenger’s name, pickup and drop-off addresses will be given to the driver. So Uber drivers won’t be able to opt into the health service the same way that they opt into Uber Eats, a food delivery service.Peter Whorley, who drives a Honda Odyssey minivan for Uber in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., often picks up passengers who need the extra space, including patients traveling to and from doctor’s offices.”I just picked up someone with back surgery the other day,” he says. “I like to help people, if they need extra assistance, I personally don’t have that problem. But some people might be squeamish, and not want to.”Whorley, who has been driving for Uber for more than two years, is more skeptical about picking up people without smartphones. He thinks location tracking on smartphones is vital to the efficiency of the ride-hailing service. “When you’re a good passenger, you should be able to have your phone out to communicate with your driver,” he says.Uber’s Weber says that because health care providers will use their best discretion in scheduling the rides, they won’t call Ubers for people in need of urgent medical attention. “It’s not a replacement to ambulances,” he says, but a reliable means of transportation to non-urgent medical services that he hopes will curb missed appointments. One hundred health care organizations in the U.S., including hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, senior care facilities, home care centers, and physical therapy centers have already used Uber Health’s test program. The service will be rolled out to health care organizations gradually. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more



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Apple Is Hiring and You Can Work From Home

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apple Apple Is Hiring, and You Can Work From Home The Cupertino tech giant is currently looking to hire a number of full- and part-time At Home Advisors who will provide technical support from the comfort of their own domicile. Reportercenter_img January 17, 2018 2 min read Angela Moscaritolo Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Searching for a new job? Apple has some sweet work from home opportunities you might be interested in.The Cupertino tech giant is currently looking to hire a number of full- and part-time At Home Advisors who will answer questions about Apple’s products and services, offer troubleshooting advice and technical support — all from the comfort of their own domicile.”If you love exploring the ways technology helps you do all your favorite things, you’ll probably be great at sharing your knowledge with others,” Apple writes on its jobs page. “That’s what you’ll do every day as an Apple At Home Advisor.”If working from home for Apple isn’t incentive enough, consider this: All At Home Advisors, even part-timers, get a “robust benefits package” that includes paid time off, Apple product discounts and resources that promote career growth. Just don’t expect to slack off all day. “If it sounds casual, make no mistake — this is a professional role,” Apple writes.Applicants should have a “quiet, distraction-free work space with a door you can shut, an ergonomic chair, a desk … and your own network connection,” Apple advises. The company requires its At Home Advisors to have high-speed internet (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a “reliable service provider.” Those selected for the role will receive paid training as well as an iMac and headset to do the job.”Working from home isn’t for everyone, but if you’re confident, disciplined, and self-motivated, home can be a place where work and life don’t clash — they collaborate,” Apple writes.Interested? Head here to see a list of open At Home Advisor positions and apply. –shareslast_img read more



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US Chain Restaurants Will Be Required to Disclose Calorie Counts on Menus

first_img Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The U.S. government will publish sweeping new rules on Tuesday requiring chain restaurants and large vending machine operators to disclose calorie counts on menus to make people more aware of the risks of obesity posed by fatty, sugary foods.”Obesity is a national epidemic that affects millions of Americans,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters on a conference call on Monday.”Strikingly, Americans eat and drink about a third of their calories away from home.”The FDA’s new rules, which are part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, set a national standard for restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets and will pre-empt the patchwork of state laws.Under the rules, calories must be displayed on all menus and menu boards. Other nutritional information – including calories from fat, cholesterol, sugars and protein – must be made available in writing upon request.The new calorie rule covers meals at sit-down restaurants, take-out food, bakery items, ice cream from an ice-cream store and pizza, which will be labelled by the slice and whole pie. Seasonal menu items, such as a Thanksgiving dinner, daily specials and standard condiments will be exempt.The final rule, unlike a 2011 proposal, includes movie theaters, amusement parks and alcoholic beverages served in restaurants, but not drinks mixed or served at a bar.Restaurants have one year and vending machine operators have two years to comply with the new rules following publication in the Federal Register.Panera Bread Co in 2010 became the first company to voluntarily display calorie information at all its cafes nationwide. Others, including McDonald’s Corp and Starbucks Corp, followed suit.The agency said it amended its proposals after considering more than 1,100 comments from industry, public health advocates and consumers.It narrowed the scope to clearly focus on restaurant-type food. Still, there are nuances: Foods such as deli meat bought at a grocery store counter will be excluded. But the rules will apply to food eaten in grocery stores, such as meals purchased at in-house cafes.Hamburg acknowledged that calorie counts for pizza slices and many other foods made on the premises will vary. Restaurants may draw on databases, cookbooks and food package labels to calculate calories.The restaurant industry has supported a national standard for years and welcomed the changes.”We believe that the Food and Drug Administration has positively addressed the areas of greatest concern,” said Dawn Sweeney, chief executive of the National Restaurant Association, which represents 990,000 restaurant and food-service outlets.Not all industry groups were satisfied.”We are disappointed that the FDA’s final rules will capture grocery stores, and impose such a large and costly regulatory burden on our members,” said Peter Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association.National Automatic Merchandising Association, representing the food and refreshment vending industry, said it will “reserve judgment” on the impact on the industry, but said that two years was insufficient “implementation time”, especially for small businesses.The rules aim to close a gap in the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which established nutrition labeling on most foods, but not restaurant or other ready-to-eat foods.Katie Bengston, Panera’s nutrition manager, said menu labelling has not affected its business: “We did not notice a jump in sales from higher calorie items to lower calorie items.”(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by G Crosse and Richard Chang and Simon Cameron-Moore) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares 3 min read Reuters November 25, 2014 Regulations U.S. Chain Restaurants Will Be Required to Disclose Calorie Counts on Menus Register Now »last_img read more



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New evidence of impulsive behavior in nonsuicidal selfinjury

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019Are young adults who harm themselves more at risk for suicide? New research suggests there could be a connection under specific conditions associated with negative emotions.Kenneth J.D. Allen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychosocial Research Program at Butler Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, recently published several articles related to this important topic. His research suggests that nonsuicidal injury (NSSI), when people harm themselves without wanting to die, is associated with impulsive behavior, but only under specific conditions associated with negative emotions. Importantly, this research also identifies potential areas of treatment for a select group of individuals deemed as high-risk for suicide attempts.Dr. Allen’s work was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journals Psychiatry Research (Frequency of nonsuicidal self-injury is associated with impulsive decision-making during criticism) and Behavior Therapy (Negative Emotional Action Termination (NEAT): Support for a cognitive mechanism underlying negative urgency in nonsuicidal self-injury). Dr. Allen’s work was completed with the support of his Ph.D. advisor Jill M. Hooley, D.Phil., who is affiliated with the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and Heather T. Schatten, Ph.D., his co-mentor at Brown and Butler.”People who self-injure, both more frequently and more recently, also make more impulsive choices when experiencing distress than those who self-injure less frequently and/or less recently,” said Dr. Allen. “Importantly, this suggests the response to actual, perceived, or even self-criticism may be a promising treatment target, particularly for those at highest risk of future suicide attempts.”Common examples of NSSI include cutting, burning, or hitting oneself. NSSI is common, especially among adolescents and young adults, even those without any diagnosable psychiatric conditions. While NSSI occurs without the intent of suicide, it is also one of the strongest predictors of future attempted suicide, so determining shared and distinct factors involved in nonsuicidal and suicidal forms of self-injury is critical.Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchDr. Allen explained that while NSSI without suicidal intent may be a common behavior, the potential for serious consequences is significant, as research suggests these events are equivalent to prior suicide attempts in predicting future suicidal behavior.”The clinical implications of this research could be substantial,” said Dr. Allen. “When and where the NSSI occurs in conjunction with negative mood and accompanying impulse control problems might inform assessment, treatment, and prevention of both NSSI and suicide, which is really what we’re here for.”The published research shows the results of new laboratory tasks created by Dr. Allen and his colleagues addressing the discrepancy between self-reported impulsivity in people who engage in NSSI and their lack of impulsive behavior on existing laboratory tasks. The impact of this indicates that NSSI is associated with impulsive behavior, but only under specific conditions associated with negative emotions.Although previous studies did not identify impulse control deficits in NSSI, Dr. Allen’s research demonstrates that people who self-injure have more difficulty controlling impulses directly motivated by negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, and sadness. Dr. Allen’s studies suggest that difficulty controlling impulses motivated by distress might help explain the link between NSSI and future suicide. This impairment is specific to negative emotional action termination, or the final stage of response inhibition, meaning that such individuals might only act impulsively once their negative feelings reach a certain level of intensity.”Therapeutic interventions focusing on increasing ‘mindfulness’ could be particularly useful in helping individuals become aware of their emotions and accompanying urges before they become overwhelming and reach this breaking point,” said Dr. Allen. “Ultimately, our findings suggest that once someone gives in to an impulsive urge to self-injure, they may find it especially difficult to stop, whereas if that person can catch this urge early on, they may be able to choose a more adaptive strategy to reduce their unpleasant emotional state, such as exercising or listening to music.” Source:http://www.butler.org/news/evidence-of-impulsive-behavior-in-nonsuicidal-self-injury.cfmlast_img read more



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Porsche shows off new edition of mainstay 911 sports car

first_imgThe undated photo provided by Porsche on Nov. 28, 2018 shows the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Porsche unveiled the eighth generation of his emblematic sports car in Los Angeles. (Porsche via AP) Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Porsche shows off new edition of mainstay 911 sports car (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-porsche-mainstay-sports-car.html Porsche says its future is in electric cars but for now it is rolling out a more powerful version of its internal combustion mainstay, the sleek 911 sports car.center_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Stuttgart-based Porsche, part of Volkswagen, is to show off the eighth version of its brand-defining model at the Los Angeles Auto Show.The new 911 doesn’t look much different than earlier editions of the car. The new one has bigger wheel housings and a slightly wider body but the same long hood, sloping roof and prominent headlights that have marked successive versions since 1963.The company said in a news release Wednesday that the new 911 Carrera S and 4S have flat six-cylinder turbocharged engines putting out 443 horsepower, 23 horsepower more than the predecessor. The Carrera S has a top speed of 191 mph and accelerates from zero to 60 mph (96.5 kph) in 3.5 seconds.The rear-drive 2020 Carrera S has a base price of $113,200 and the 4S all-wheel drive version starts at $120,600, not including a $1,050 delivery fee. They can be ordered now and will reach dealers in summer 2019.Porsche boss Oliver Blume says that the 911 remains “the core of our brand, we are making it even more emotional.”Blume says nonetheless by 2025 about half of all new Porsche cars and SUVs will have electric motors, whether they are all-electric or hybrids combining batteries with internal combustion engines.He was quoted by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper as saying that the company would be ready for a world in which some cities and countries are talking about banning internal combustion cars in coming decades. “It’s clear, the future belongs to electric mobility,” he said.The company is developing an all-electric sports car, the Taycan, that would compete with sports car offerings by Tesla, BMW and others. Porsche to double investment in electric carslast_img read more



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Bihar govt takes over children shelters following abuse probe

first_imgFile Photo of social activists protesting at Bihar Bhawan against the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, in New Delhi.   –  The Hindu social issue Published on Bihar COMMENT September 03, 2018 Government authorities will take over all shelters in Bihar after an audit found that children were being verbally, physically and sexually abused in homes run by charities, an official said. The probe, which the state commissioned earlier this year to examine how government funds were being used, found 15 charity-run homes where children were abused and deprived of food, clothing and medicine.Victims also included women rescued from bonded labour or sexual slavery, and toddlers awaiting adoption, according to the audit, which was posted to a state government website. “The protectors had turned perpetrators in these shelters,” said Raj Kumar, director of social welfare with the state government. “Over the next two to three months, we will be taking over all shelters in the state,” he said by phone.Campaigners applauded the state government’s reaction to the audit. “Bihar not only initiated the audit but also acted on it,” said Mohammad Tariq, who led the audit and is director of Koshish, a charity affliated with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, a Mumbai-based university. “Governments rarely act on such reports, but state officials lodged police complaints against shelters,” he said.Recent revelations of abuse at children’s shelters have sparked a nationwide public outcry, and pushed the central government to look into how widespread the problem is. Deoria police, Uttar Pradesh, said in early August that they had rescued 20 girls and three boys from a home where they were sold for sex. That raid came just weeks after police rescued 29 girls from a shelter in Bihar and arrested 10 people who are under investigation for crimes including rape.Stuti Kacker, chairman of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that an audit of about 9,000 shelters across India is underway, with one-third of them surveyed so far.Only a small number of shelters housing 230,000 children are run satisfactorily, according to an interim report submitted by the NCPCR to the Supreme Court last week. About 1,300 shelters are unregistered, according to the NCPCR, which means they operate illegally and with little or no oversight.In Bihar, the team that conducted the audit is now drawing up a rehabilitation plan for children rescued from abusive shelters. “The government is the local guardian of these children. We have set an example by doing a social audit. We are trying to improve,” he said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTS Probe finds 15 charity-run homes where children and women were physically, verbally and sexually abusedlast_img read more



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Congress MLA likens Goa crisis to political prostitution

first_imgCongress MLA likens Goa crisis to political prostitutionThe Congress has alleged that the 10 MLAs were lured by money and promises of ministerial positions in return for switching over.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service Panaji (Goa)July 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:47 IST 10 Congress MLAs from Goa joined BJP (Image: ANI)Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo on Friday likened the current political upheaval in Goa, with 10 party legislators rebelling and later joining the BJP, as “political prostitution”.”There is no sorrow or joy in politics. Politics, what has happened this time is only political prostitution. We cannot talk about it,” Reginaldo told the media after a brief meeting with Goa Forward President Vijay Sardesai at the latter’s residence.The Congress has alleged that the 10 MLAs were lured by money and promises of ministerial positions in return for switching over.Sardesai, a Deputy Chief Minister and two other Ministers are likely to be dropped from the Pramod Sawant-led government, after the Bharatiya Janata Party inducted the 10 Congress MLAs on Wednesday, following which the PARTY now has a healthy majority of 27 in the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly.Reginaldo said that his visit to Sardesai’s residence “was casual”.”It was a casual visit. I thought I should meet him now. When you are in power everybody visits you. When you are not in power, there lies the real charm, when you visit somebody when you are not in power,” he added.Also read | Manohar Parrikar’s style of politics is over: Goa BJP allyAlso read | BJP took different direction after father’s death: Manohar Parrikar’s son on Goa crisisAlso watch | Watch: JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow GoaFollow Goa crisisFollow congressFollow Aleixo Reginaldo Lourencolast_img read more



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