Reality Stars Help Sick Kids

first_imgReality television stars helped to make the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true by raising nearly $38,000 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) through Hearts of Reality, a three-day event held July 26-28 in Celebration, Fla.Survivor One World contestant Jay Byars gives a hug to a GKTW wish child.More than 140 of the hottest stars from the hit television shows “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Bachelor,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Big Brother” and more, reunited with their cast mates and used their celebrity to help raise donations for the Central Florida nonprofit “storybook” resort that provides week-long, cost-free, magical vacations to children and their families from around the world.“We are delighted that the Hearts of Reality participants shared their time and talents with our precious guests,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “In addition, they raised $38,000 and helped bring awareness to our mission of creating the happiness that inspires hope for children battling a life-threatening illness.”Hosted by Lexin Capital/Celebration Town Center for the last four years, Hearts of Reality invites reality star fanatics to mingle and party with their favorite stars at an autograph signing and a “Land Lovers Luau” in exchange for a $20 or $30 donation, respectively, to GKTW. In addition to the funds collected during the weekend, the stars have also personally raised more than $30,000 by posting on their social media sites and asking fans, friends and family to contribute to the cause, which is still soliciting donations until the official close of the fundraiser on August 12.GKTW’s own stars also had the chance to meet the celebrities during a special visit to the Village. The reality stars toured the 70-acre facility and then helped host the Village’s weekly Pirates & Princesses party. With tiaras and toy swords, the television stars reversed roles with the children by asking for autographs from the young, true-life heroes.Participants of Hearts of Reality included: Richard Hatch (winner, original “Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”), Russell Hantz (“Survivor”), Chelsea Messiner (“Survivor One World” and top fundraiser for Hearts of Reality), Dr. Carl Bilancione (“Survivor Africa”), Kim Spradlin (winner, “Survivor One World”), Sandra Diaz-Twine (the only two-time “Survivor” winner), Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas (“Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race”), Britt Griffith (“Ghost Hunters”), Ty Brown and Nick Peterson (“The Bachelorette”), Ozzy (“Survivor”) and many more.To support your favorite reality star with a donation to GKTW, please make a donation by August 12 by clicking here.last_img read more

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Security Council to step up action to keep deadliest weapons away from

23 February 2007The United Nations Security Council will intensify its efforts to bring together concerned organizations working to keep weapons of mass destruction from falling into terrorist hands, the president of the 15-member body said today following a daylong debate on the issue. The United Nations Security Council will intensify its efforts to bring together concerned organizations working to keep weapons of mass destruction from falling into terrorist hands, the president of the 15-member body said today following a daylong debate on the issue.“The Security Council affirms its determination to promote increased multilateral co-operation as an important means of enhancing States’ implementation of resolution 1540,” Peter Burian of Slovakia said, referring to the measure adopted in 2004 aimed at preventing countries from supplying any forms of support to operatives that “attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.”In a formal statement read out at the end of the meeting, which saw the participation of over two dozen speakers, he also called for States to comply with that resolution and related measures.The statement lauded the activities of international organizations with expertise in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery, particularly the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.At the same time, the president acknowledged that more must be done to tackle the problem. “The Security Council is mindful of the need further to explore with international, regional and sub-regional organizations experience-sharing and lessons learned in the areas covered by resolution 1540 (2004), and the availability of programmes which might facilitate” its implementation, he said.So far, 135 United Nations Member States and one organization have submitted their first national reports to the Committee set up to monitor compliance with resolution 1540, which Slovakia chairs. Eighty-five States have provided additional information at the request of the Committee. But according to a letter Ambassador Burian submitted to the Council in advance of today’s debate, 58 States have yet to submit their first report. read more

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Funding fails to keep pace with expanding UN war on crime drugs

8 April 2010The United Nations agency spearheading the global war against trans-national criminal networks as part of an integrated strategy to combat drugs, crime and terrorism is woefully short of the resources needed to rise to the challenge, according to a new report issued today. “Cutting criminal networks disrupts a range of illicit activities that carve out paths of death and destruction through some of the world’s most fragile regions,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in a preface to the Vienna-based agency’s annual report. “Currently, resources available are minute compared to the gigantic menace that we face.”The 71-page report deals with every aspect of UNODC’s activities, from security, justice and integrity to health, research and forensic services, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Vienna today, said it showcased “the extraordinary task accomplished by this small office. This is further proof of how… how the United Nations can deliver assistance in the field to save people from the misery of drugs and crime,” he added.Appealing for much grater funding, UNODC stressed how advances in globalization had helped to strengthen trans-national organized crime. “Taking advantage of innovations in technology, communication and transportation, loose networks of criminals or insurgents can easily link with each other, and also with organized criminal groups that operate internationally,” the report said.“They smuggle illicit drugs, weapons, natural resources, counterfeit goods and human beings across borders and between continents for the enrichment of criminals, insurgents and crooked officials. In some cases, they generate economic profits that support terrorist groups as well.The common thread connecting these malignant webs is trans-national organized crime, which is largely driven by drug trafficking.”It warned that no country can deal with terrorism alone and called for a comprehensive global response that brings perpetrators to trial in their home countries or through extradition, with no country offering a safe haven to terrorists. This year UNODC will enhance its focus on knowledge-building in specialized areas such as nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism, the financing of terrorism, maritime issues and the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.Noting that organized crime, drug trafficking, corruption and terrorism are tightly intertwined, the report highlighted the potentially “catastrophic” effects of trans-national crime on security.“Traffickers have far more resources than States in poor and vulnerable transit areas like the Andes, Central America, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Balkans and Central Asia. They use their dirty money to buy political and economic influence, often resorting to bloodshed to assert control,” it said, citing West Africa as a case in point, with the region becoming a key transit hub for smuggling $1 billion-worth of cocaine from Latin America to a booming market in Europe.“West Africa is a paradise for organized crime, offering ideal conditions for trafficking contraband: a strategic location, porous borders, weak governance, widespread poverty and extensive corruption,” it added, noting that the region is also a destination for counterfeit medicines and toxic waste and a source of stolen natural resources, particularly oil, and for human trafficking, whether for forced labour or sexual exploitation.Operating largely with impunity, drug traffickers are breeding widespread corruption and threatening security in the region. “As maritime interdictions of illegal cargo increase thanks in part to the global UNODC Container Control Programme, traffickers active in West Africa are increasingly taking to the skies. A clandestine fleet of jet aircraft regularly transports cocaine and possibly weapons to West Africa from Latin America.,” the report said.“The drugs are transported onward for distribution in Europe, but it is likely that the weapons stay in the region. The planes return to Latin America carrying unexamined cargo and unidentified passengers who may be involved in illicit activities,” it added, citing UNODC efforts in West Africa to reduce vulnerability to trans-national organized crime.It warned that of the more than 420 million maritime containers that move around the globe each year, accounting for 90 per cent of international trade, only 2 per cent are inspected, creating opportunities for crime syndicates and terrorists to use them, a gap UNODC and the World Customs Organization are trying to fill with the Container Control Programme.“The programme has achieved spectacular results, intercepting containers carrying illicit drugs and diverted precursor chemicals, as well as halting containers transporting endangered species, hazardous materials and goods intentionally mislabelled for fraud and revenue evasion,” it said. Stressing the need for strong domestic law enforcement, the reported cited Somalia, where the absence of an effective central Government since 1991 has provoked a surge of maritime hijackings off the Horn of Africa.“While a few years ago Somali pirates attacked fishing trawlers, today, armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, they take on oil tankers, cruise liners and cargo ships. On average, they make $1 million per heist,” it noted.On human trafficking, with women comprising 80 to 84 per cent of the victims, it said sexual exploitation accounted for 79 per cent, followed by forced labour with 18 per cent. But many types of trafficking may be underreported. “Through coercion, deceit or force, they are exploited for their labour, sex or even their organs,” it added. “Almost every country in the world is affected by this crime against humanity, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination.”Currently the agency relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, which cover more than 90 per cent of its budget – $504.7 million for the biennium 2008-2009 – but much more is needed.“We face a growing funding challenge: as demand for UNODC services has surged, support for our core functions has not kept pace,” the report stressed. “This jeopardizes our work both at headquarters and in the field, and compromises our ability to keep up with new areas of activity. Going forward, UNODC will require a much larger, more stable and sustainable commitment of resources if we are to fulfil our mandate effectively.” read more

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Ban lauds Jordans Queen for childrens book on crosscultural understanding

27 April 2010Culture and EducationA cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children. A cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children. “I commend Her Majesty Queen Rania for her longstanding commitment to raising awareness about the importance of mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of The Sandwich Swap at the UN Bookshop in New York. “Tolerance and peaceful coexistence are core United Nations values and essential to progress in the twenty-first century,” added Mr. Ban, who was joined at the launch by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka. The book tells the story of best friends Lily and Salma who play together until one day Lily blurts out that Salma’s hummus sandwich looks yucky, and Salma says her friend’s peanut butter and jelly looks and smells gross. “The peanut butter versus hummus story had spread, and everyone began choosing sides,” the story continued, culminating in mutual name calling “dress dumb” and “look weird,” and a massive food fight. The story ends, spoiler alert, with a visit to the principal’s office. Shamed, the girls taste each other’s sandwiches, only to discover the strange sandwiches are quite tasty, and organize a special international event at the school, illustrated with a special three-page fold-out. The book, co-written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, is inspired by the usually hummus and pita sandwich-toting Queen’s own introduction to peanut butter and jelly by a peer in nursery school. “She asked if I would like to try it and because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, I braced myself and tasted it. Well, I thought it was heavenly,” the Queen explains in the book’s author note. “It’s easy to jump to conclusions when we come across something new or foreign or strange,” the Queen wrote, adding that if we get to know each other, “we learn something wonderful about someone else and about ourselves.” read more

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Hussein tells UNGA report on Lanka historic

He also noted that his office will strengthen its work in New York, to better mainstream human rights in the development and peace and security agendas and will recast roles and divisions at Headquarters, to eliminate duplication, consolidate thematic expertise and more effectively support the human rights mechanisms. (Colombo Gazette) “In recent weeks my office issued a historic report on reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, following a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations human rights during the armed conflict that was mandated by the Human Rights Council,” he said. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the United Nations General Assembly that his report on Sri Lanka was “historic”.He made the comments on Sri Lanka after presenting the annual report of his Office for August 2014 to July 2015 to the Third Committee at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He said that during the period covered in his annual report his office continued to support investigations by commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions in the Central African Republic, Sri Lanka and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The High Commissioner said that requests for his office to provide field-based technical cooperation have considerably expanded, particularly in follow-up to the Universal Periodic Review. At July 2015, the field presences of his office numbered 64.“These resources are significant, and the quality and dedication of our staff are considerable, but they pale in comparison to the challenge of addressing today’s human rights crises. The Office has responded to needs, opportunities and requests from Member States, UN partners and humanity worldwide. These steadily increasing requests have outpaced our budget,” he said. read more

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Nenshi files statement of defence against Wenzel suit

by News Staff Posted Jan 15, 2014 9:06 am MDT Nenshi files statement of defence against Wenzel suit Months after being served with a $ 6-million lawsuit, Mayor Naheed Nenshi has issued a 40-page statement of defense against allegations he defamed Cal Wenzel, a well-known Calgary home developer.Nenshi called the legal action improper, scandalous and abusive and claimed Wenzel wants “excessive damages” even though he has suffered no harm to his reputation or loss of any nature.Nenshi said his comments were in direct response to questions and comments by the media about matters affecting the 2013 Election and his policies as mayor.Wenzel, the founder of Shane Homes, sued Nenshi in November accusing the mayor of saying the homebuilder deliberately broke the law, which in turn harmed his reputation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Weir Minerals Africa to ship major cyclone order to Sentinel project

first_imgWeir Minerals Africa is poised to ship a substantial order for a complete cyclone package — designed in Africa for Africa — to First Quantum Minerals’ new Sentinel copper project in Zambia. First Quantum is a major and longstanding client of Weir Minerals Africa, both in Africa and across the world, in areas such as Australia, Finland and Central America.This will be one of the biggest installations of its kind ever supplied by Weir Minerals Africa into an African application and includes six cyclone clusters. To date, clusters of this size only occur in Australia and Chile. The equipment destined for the Sentinel project is considered very large for any greenfields project and is at the upper end of global engineering practice.The Sentinel copper project at Kalumbila, some 150 km west of Solwezi in northwest Zambia, is part of the Trident project that includes the Enterprise nickel project and several other exploration undertakings. The Sentinel project is being developed by Kalumbila Minerals, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals.The order was placed with Weir Minerals Africa in mid-2012 and the cyclone clusters have been custom designed for this application to achieve a specified metallurgical performance. Commissioning is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.Weir Minerals Africa’s process manager, JD Singleton, says he believes the company was preferred in its bid to supply this equipment based on its unique Cavex® technology and associated application skills, as well as its quick response time to technical queries during the tender adjudication period.“In addition to our proprietary Cavex® technology which is well proven in the Zambian copperbelt, other unique features of this order include various grades of Linatex® rubber lining for superior abrasion resistance and our Isogate® knife gate valves with full port flow which will ensure that the Cavex cyclones receive a laminar feed,” says Singleton.The package includes two clusters for the SAG mill operation, each of which comprises 12 x 650 CVX cyclones (of which one will be put by for future expansion), with a capacity of more than 3,000 m3/h, and four clusters for the ball mill, comprising 16 x 650 CVX cyclones with a capacity in excess of 5,000 m3/h.For all Weir Minerals Africa-supplied clusters, it is standard practice for the technical team to conduct a complete dummy assembly prior to the application of rubber linings, to allow for final modifications. This practice is also included as a standard holding point in the company’s quality control programme and is witnessed by the customer.Weir Minerals Africa will provide commissioning assistance on site and will support its equipment for the life of the mine from its Zambia branch, including stockholding of spare parts, with backup from the company’s Isando operations. The clusters are 100% locally designed and fabricated by Weir Minerals Africa.The unique laminar spiral inlet geometry of Weir Minerals’ Cavex hydrocyclones has been fundamental in helping drive customer productivity upwards whilst also bringing down the total cost of ownership, it reports. The Cavex hydrocyclone represents an entirely new feed geometry that substantially increases hydraulic capacity while minimising localised wear on the feed chamber and vortex finder. This effectively lowers operating costs and minimises the number of cyclones required for a given application.The laminar spiral inlet geometry design provides a natural flow path into the Cavex hydrocyclone. Its unique shape has no sharp edges or square corners and allows the feed stream to blend smoothly with rotating slurry inside the chamber. The result is greatly reduced turbulence throughout the entire hydrocyclone creating more even wear, longer life and more efficient classification.In conventional hydrocyclones, slurry bursts into the cylinder with no flow control and the resulting turbulence is responsible for gouging liner walls. By minimising flow resistance through the feed chamber, Cavex hydrocyclones process substantially higher slurry volumes than conventional hydrocyclones with equivalent fittings. The increased productivity effectively reduces the quantity of hydrocyclones required and minimises the energy required to perform the given duties.last_img read more

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Un boa capturé et une panthère noire recherchée en Toscane

first_imgUn boa capturé et une panthère noire recherchée en ToscaneUn boa constrictor, probablement abandonné par ses propriétaires, a été capturé hier en Toscane. Une panthère noire a également été repérée et est actuellement recherchée par les autorités.Ce sont de bien drôles de chasses auxquelles s’affairent cet été les autorités toscanes. Hier, dans la ville de Lucca, celles-ci ont indiqué avoir capturé un boa constrictor femelle de 2,60 mètres de longueur et pesant entre 25 et 30 kilogrammes. Selon les observations faites, le reptile serait âgé de 5 ou 6 ans. Cependant, il ne serait pas arrivé dans la région par ses propres moyens, loin de là. À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasL’association de protection de l’environnement Anpana a en effet indiqué qu’il devait à nouveau s’agir d’un cas d’abandon : les dimensions atteintes par le serpent ont sûrement dû effrayer les propriétaires qu’ils l’ont alors abandonné. L’an dernier, dans la même région, un boa de 2,40 mètres avait été capturé dans les mêmes conditions, rapporte  Une panthère noire aperçue Mais ce n’est pas tout, puisqu’en Toscane, les garde-forestiers sont également à la recherche d’un autre animal : une panthère noire aperçue par un couple de touristes sur leur propriété, à proximité de Massa Marittima. Si les autorités ignorent encore d’où peut provenir le félin, elles ont installé quatre cages à Gretaia afin de parvenir à le capturer. En attendant, le maire de Massa compte recommander aux habitants et touristes de passage dans la commune de ne pas s’approcher des cages, de ne pas fréquenter les zones boisées et de ne pas pénétrer, à pied, à vélo ou à cheval, dans un rayon de 3 kilomètres dans la zone où la panthère a été vue, ce dimanche.Le 9 août 2011 à 19:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le ciel québécois illuminé par un étrange éclair

first_imgLe ciel québécois illuminé par un étrange éclairDans la soirée de mardi dernier, un éclair lumineux est apparu dans le ciel québécois. Un phénomène probablement dû à la combustion d’un débris orbital ou d’une météorite entrant dans l’atmosphère.Un éclat de lumière bleue a été aperçu par de nombreuses personnes au Québec, notamment en Beauce, en Montérégie, dans Lanaudière, à Valleyfield, au Canada mais aussi dans le Vermont vers 22 H. Un étrange phénomène que les témoins se sont empressés de raconter sur les médias sociaux et sur les blogs spécialisés, indiquant que l’éclair avait également été observée près de Saskatoon.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après eux, le flash lumineux aurait été similaire à de la lumière produite lors de l’explosion d’un transformateur électrique. Un photographe de Fox News 44 qui circulait sur une route du Vermont a même eu la chance de pouvoir prendre quelques clichés de ce phénomène étrange. Benoît Laplante, expert en missions spatiales, a également pu observer l’éclair lorsqu’il se trouvait à Sorel. “Cela donnait l’impression que c’était un transformateur qui avait explosé non loin”.Or, si ce phénomène impressionne très souvent beaucoup ses spectateurs, son observation suffit aux scientifiques pour en déterminer l’origine ou tout du moins avec des hypothèses. Ainsi, Benoît Laplante a expliqué qu’au lieu d’une explosion, “il pourrait plutôt s’agir de deux ou trois segments de fusée qui brûlaient. Le débris vu hier semblait être assez haut dans l’atmosphère”, rapporte L’expert rappelle également qu’il tombe 30 tonnes de roches par jour sur Terre. Toutefois, les scientifiques vont poursuivre leurs recherches et leur étude des témoignages pour en apprendre un peu plus sur ce mystérieux éclair. Le 2 mars 2012 à 10:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Two Vancouver projects will limit use of Southeast Evergreen Highway

first_imgConstruction on two city of Vancouver projects is set to begin Monday.New water and sewer main lines will be installed along Southeast Evergreen Highway between Southeast Ellsworth Road to Southeast 112th Avenue.At this point, work should begin on the east side and continue west. Paving will take place once favorable weather returns.While construction is underway, only one lane will remain. Drivers should watch for lane changes, construction crews and equipment. They should be prepared for possible delays of between 15 and 20 minutes.Crews will also upgrade the existing crosswalk at Southeast Evergreen Highway and Southeast 113th Avenue, which will now feature a pedestrian-activated, flashing yellow beacon and new ADA compliant curb ramps.Construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but could continue until 8 p.m. if deemed necessary.For more information about the project, email or call 360-487-7750.last_img read more

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Onlineonly admission in undergraduate level

first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department has directed all universities under its aegis and colleges affiliated to these universities that admission process in undergraduate level for the 2019-20 academic session will be conducted entirely online. Students need not come to colleges during the admission process and will have to report directly on the day of commencement of classes.”We are going for online admission which will be merit-based. This will ensure transparency and students will not face any harassment during the admission process. They should not be called on campus during admission and communication with college authorities, if needed, will be through e-mail. Students will report to colleges only when the classes start,” said R S Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Higher Education department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShukla, however, made it clear that colleges will do physical verification of documents when classes start and if they are found to be not authentic then the concerned student’s admission is liable to be cancelled. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee chaired a meeting with vice-chancellors and principals of colleges on Monday at a private university based in New Town and informed them about the modalities of admission in the undergraduate level. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe admission process will start soon after the results of the Higher Secondary Examination on May 27. It may be mentioned that CBSE Class XII and ISC results have already been published. Student unions will not be allowed to set up any help desk in colleges and the administrative process will be entirely under the supervision of the college authorities. “We have already issued clear-cut guidelines about the admission. Today (Monday) we convened the meeting to clear any confusion. Instructions regarding admission have also been sent to the District Magistrates across the state,” a senior official of the Higher Education department said. It may be recalled that last year, there were allegations of extortion on the part of students’ unions in some colleges for admitting students. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had to intervene to resolve the issue. She had reiterated that if someone is found asking for money for personal interest in lieu of granting admission, stern action will be taken against him/her. Members of students’ unions in some colleges were also arrested by the police after Banerjee’s intervention. The state Higher Education department had issued a notification directing all colleges that counselling for admission to undergraduate courses must be done strictly online and physical verification of documents, if required, can be done only after the commencement of classes. It may be mentioned that it was former Education minister Bratya Basu, who had mooted the idea of online admission for the first time.last_img read more

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How a Former Social Worker Took a NightsandWeekends Hobby and Turned It

first_imgMarch 18, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Liz Salcedo was in her mid-20s, living in San Francisco and working as a social worker at various non-profits when she had the idea for the perfect purse, one that would charge her smartphone on the go.“I have a hard time keeping my devices charged. There are so many other things going on that it’s the last thing that I think about,” says Salcedo. She kept having the thought, “man, it would be really cool if I could charge [my phone] in my bag, because I always have my bag with me.”This was back in 2011, when wearable technology was hardly even a thing, much less a buzzword.Still, scores of ladies undoubtedly had the same thought Salcedo had: “Wouldn’t it be great if I could charge my phone in my purse?” But while everyone else briefly imagined the possibility before moving on with their lives, Salcedo took that crazy idea and turned it into a reality. Or, more specifically, she turned it into Everpurse, a startup that manufactures and sell purses with built-in iPhone chargers. Launched in July 2011, the company got a major boost when it partnered with handbag heavyweight kate spade new york last year.Image credit: EverpurseRelated: How These Entrepreneurs Found Success in an Industry They Knew Nothing AboutWhat separated Salcedo from all the other girls with a similar idea but no resolve to turn it into an actual product? She thinks it may have something to do with her family — both her father and grandfather are entrepreneurs. “The idea of starting a business is not foreign to me,” she says.In the beginning, however, the project was just a side hobby. For Salcedo, now 30, it was a way to scratch her own, personal itch.“I wasn’t planning on manufacturing, I wasn’t planning on marketing, I was just making the perfect bag for me, so I took my time,” she says. “I didn’t put any barriers or restrictions on myself and so that allowed me to figure out how to get it right.”For a year, Salcedo tinkered with the prototype. Her technique was strictly DIY. To make her first mold, she ordered tiny plastic melting beads that harden when they cool. Next, she wrapped her iPhone in saran wrap and foil, covered the foil with melted prototyping beads and placed it in the freezer. Within five minutes the beads had hardened, and voila — her first version of what would go onto become Everpurse’s proprietary charging molds.Related: It’s Harder, But You Are More Likely to Win if You Think for YourselfSince then, Salcedo has come a long way. In 2012, she took her concept for Everpurse to Kickstarter, where it raised almost $240,000. The first bags were made by hand but to keep up with demand, Salcedo has since found a manufacturing partner.The company’s next big break came in 2015, when the then four-person startup announced it was partnering with kate spade new york to create a line of half a dozen bags (prices range from $198 for a clutch to $698 for a leather tote purse).By now, there are other bags that charge your smartphone, such as the Mighty Purse made by HButler. But what Everpurse does differently is bring wireless, sleek technology to a fashion brand. Going forward, Everpurse sees itself as the tech enabler to the fashion industry. Handbags are just a jumping off point. Related: This CEO Never Expected to Be a CEO. And She Says That’s Her Secret Weapon.“It used to be that if you didn’t go to school for engineering or business, how would you ever figure that stuff out?” says Salcedo.It’s different now. “You can learn almost anything with the right advisors and the time and the patience.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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New series of Tales of the City for Netflix – and Ellen

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Ellen Page is to join the Netflix series of Tales of the City (Photo: @ellenpages | Instagram) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tales of the City first appeared on TV in 1993, produced by UK broadcaster Channel 4. PBS aired the show in the US. Showtime produced further series in the US in 1998 and 2001.Laura Linney took the role of Mary Ann Singleton and Olympia Dukakis played Anna Madrigal, the owner of the boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane.Netflix has announced it has commission a new ten-part series, with Linney and Dukakis reprising their roles. Ellen Page will join the cast as Shawna (Mary Ann’s daughter). Working Title TV and NBCUniversal International Studios will produce the series.Four decades of Tales of the CityArmistead Maupin is one of the best-known gay authors in the world. Tales of the City first appeared as an ongoing serial in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in the late 70s. The first book was published in 1978. A further eight novels have been published over the past four decades.Maupin and Linney will act as Executive Producers of the new series. ‘I couldn’t be more excited about this new brand-new incarnation of Tales. It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane,’ said Maupin in a press statement.‘Mrs Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.’Original Tales of the City director Alan Poul will returns to direct and executive produce.‘For me, the opportunity to come back to a series I started work on 25 years ago is the homecoming of a lifetime,’ said Poul. ‘There’s never been a better moment to reignite Armistead’s timeless take on family and community, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with such a brilliant mix of old friends and new.’In a posting on Instagram, Page said she was ‘soooo grateful to be involved’ with the new series.The series will be shot later this year and will debut on Netflix in 2019. Netflix has commissioned a new, ten-episode season of Tales of the City. The show is based on the books by Armistead Maupin and are based around the lives of the residents of a boarding house in San Francisco. The original stories featured a raft of LGBTI characters. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… New Tales of the City show posts open casting callNew Tales of the City television series will be more diverseNetflix reviving LGBTI-themed Tales of the City with Laura Linney and Olympia DukakisRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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Up to 1000 per couple in savings with Sunwings Wintervention sale

first_img Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Posted by Tags: Promotions, Sunwing TORONTO — Sunwing wants to give travellers a break from the dreary weather with its ‘Wintervention’ Sale, on now through Feb. 23.The sale offers some of the lowest prices of the season and savings worth up to $1,000 per couple on packages to resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, one of the resorts taking part in the sale, is family-friendly with spacious rooms that can accommodate up to five people. The beachfront resort was designed with families in mind, says Sunwing, with 12 pools, a spa and a kids club.Also included in the promotion is the popular beachfront resort Riu Bambu in Punta Cana. Guests get unlimited access to the Splash Water World water park, plus there are daily supervised activities at the RIULand kids club. Teens can unwind at their own hangout area, RIU4YOU.Clients looking to elevate their vacation experience can take advantage of generous savings at the luxurious Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica. This beachfront resort welcomes guests with five-star accommodations and amenities, plus daily supervised activities at the kids and teens club. Up to $1,000 per couple in savings with Sunwing’s Wintervention salecenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination April 25, 2018 493 Views Mortgage applications felt the heat of last week’s rate increases and declined 0.2 percent according to MBA’s weekly Mortgage Application Survey. Data from the survey indicated that the Market Composite Index increased 1 percent from a week earlier on an unadjusted basis.While the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index remained unchanged, it increased 1 percent on an unadjusted basis compared to the previous week and was 11 percent higher than the same period a year ago. The refinance index, however, decreasing 0.3 percent from the previous week.According to the survey’s data, the refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 37.2 percent of total applications from 37.6 percent in the previous week. This is the lowest level that the refinance index has declined since September 2008. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.5 percent of the total applications.While the FHA and VA share of applications decreased to 10.2 percent compared with 10.6 percent in the prior week, and 10.1 percent compared to 10.4 percent in the prior week respectively, the USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent from last week.Here’s how the average contract interest rate for various loans performed during the week:The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($453,100 or less) increased to 4.73 percent, its highest level since September 2013, from 4.66 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $453,100), the rate increased to 4.64 percent, its highest level since January 2014, from 4.53 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.For FHA-backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.71 percent from 4.70 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.The rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.13 percent, its highest level since April 2011, from 4.08 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.For 5/1 ARMs, the rate increased to 3.98 percent, its highest level since February 2011, from 3.94 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.center_img 30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage applications ARMS FHA loans MBA mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance USDA VA 2018-04-25 Radhika Ojha Mortgage Apps Feel the Rate Hike Heatlast_img read more

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