Why Lululemon has stayed sweet

first_imgDiscounter Target Corp. sells activewear. So does the K-mart division of Sears Holdings Inc. So do specialty apparel marketers Under Armour and Nike Inc. Even Beyoncé has an activewear line.With almost every general merchandiser and specialized apparel marketer selling activewear, Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletic Inc. should by now have been left in the dust. That is, after all, so often the fate of pioneers. It’s been a long 18 years since Lululemon founder Dennis “Chip” Wilson created the “athleisure” niche with the North Vancouver native’s first store, in 1998.Yet Lululemon remains the dominant brand in premium activewear. And it looks set to achieve its ambitious goal of roughly doubling sales, to about $4 billion (U.S.), in just five years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Despite many high-profile setbacks, Lululemon is well on the way to establishing itself as a global brand. The company has about 360 stores in eight countries on four continents, including its first two outlets in China, which opened this month. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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No move to evacuate Lankans in Najran

She said that the officials have had talks with the management of the hospitals and other companies in the area where Sri Lankans are employed on evacuating Sri Lankans if the need does arise. The Foreign Ministry says there is no immediate move to evacuate Sri Lankans employed in the Saudi Arabian city of Najran.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said that officials from the Sri Lankan Consulate in Jeddah had visited several hospitals in the Saudi – Yemen border where Sri Lankans are employed. However, Colonne said that so far the situation in the Najran province is not tense and does not require the evacuation of Sri Lankans employed in the area. Press TV reported yesterday that the Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, had carried out several rocket attacks on Saudi military bases in response to the Riyadh regime’s deadly air raids against its neighbor.According to reports, the rockets fired from Yemen hit several camps and military bases in the southwestern Saudi port city of Jizan. An air defense base in the Saudi border city of Najran was also targeted by five rockets launched by the Yemeni fighters.At least 30 Saudis have been killed since the Yemenis started their rocket and mortar raids on Saudi border areas early in May. Several tanks and armored vehicles belonging to the Saudi army were also destroyed in the offensives.The developments come as the Saudi military presses ahead with its aerial aggression against Yemen, which started on March 26. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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The Odds Youll Fill Out A Perfect Bracket

5621,245,078,766 2481,943,573 ROUNDCUMULATIVE GAMESCUMULATIVE ODDS (1 IN …) 6632,150,573,838 So the odds against a perfect first round — or even a flawless Sweet 16 — aren’t astronomical, as far as these kinds of things go. Still, a perfect bracket, the crown jewel of March Madness picking, will probably remain out of reach for another year, doomed behind a wall of probabilities that multiply themselves into oblivion.For those curious, here’s what our model says the cumulative odds are of making it through each round of the 2017 NCAA men’s tournament with a perfect bracket intact: Right now, at this very moment, your bracket is unblemished, and it seems so clear how it will stay that way: This upset is so obvious, and that top seed is definitely making it to the Final Four. You’ve done your research, and 2017 is the year it will all pay off. Forget winning the office pool — you’re destined for a perfect run of picks.If you’re really lucky, that feeling will last about halfway through the first day of games of the men’s tournament, on Thursday.Even one full day of perfection would be a big accomplishment. When we looked at actual results from ESPN’s Tournament Challenge back in 2015,1Excluding the play-in games, which take place before the contest’s picks are finalized. only 273 of the 11.6 million brackets that were filled out for the contest escaped the tourney’s first day unscathed. Making it through six rounds’ worth of picks without a miscue is all but impossible.Putting an exact number on the odds of a perfect bracket, though, is a fun exercise. The oft-quoted number — 1 in 9.2 quintillion — is derived from treating all 63 games like coin flips, which doesn’t make a lot of sense, because that’s not how most people make their selections. But even if you use a more sophisticated picking method — like, say, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions — the chances of perfection are still in the neighborhood of 1 in 2 billion, depending on the year. Odds that the FiveThirtyEight model’s initial picks are perfect, by round 1323,426 No wonder Warren Buffett discontinued his $1 billion perfect-bracket contest back in 2015.Buffett did make things a bit easier in his follow-up contest, which pays $1 million a year for life to any Berkshire Hathaway employee who correctly picks the entire Sweet 16. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, the odds of doing that this year are only about 1 in 1.9 million. (Two years ago, they were about 1 in 3.4 million.) Buffett also promised a cool million to any worker who picked all 32 first-round games correctly. Our model sets the odds for that at about 1 in 3,500 this year, which is surprisingly reasonable. (For comparison’s sake, the odds were 1 in 10,000 two years ago.)VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it 460328,660,947 35647,043,011 read more

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Families of criminals pictured in a 1950s notebook are urging police to

Some of the crimes committed include bigamy, larceny and driving offences, but the pages also hold appeal photographs and information… The pocketbook, which belonged to an unknown Nottinghamshire police officer, contained 250 mugshots of criminals from the 1950s, accompanied by a handwritten description of their charges. Richard Cartwright, a local history specialist, has sold half of the pages to inquisitive descendants on his online account since he discovered it at an auction house in Nottingham three years ago. Families who unearthed the criminal pasts of their relatives from a policeman’s notebook sold on eBay are calling on the police to release more information about their previous offences.

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ACA calls for reduction of disproportionate sanctions for balltampering

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSteve Smith, David Warner & Cameron Bancroft bans not reducedNovember 20, 2018In “latest news”Smith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”Smith and Warner suspended for 12 months Bancroft gets nine-month banMarch 28, 2018In “Sports” The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has asked Cricket Australia to consider reducing the “disproportionate” sanctions on Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the three players involved in the plan to tamper with the ball during the Cape Town Test.Smith and Warner were banned from international and domestic cricket for 12 months, while Bancroft was banned for nine. Warner was also banned from holding leadership positions in Australian cricket for life, while Smith and Bancroft were banned from leadership positions for another 12 months after the end of their bans.“The proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent,” ACA president Greg Dyer said in Sydney on Tuesday. “We ask that consideration be given to recalibrating the proposed sanctions, to consider options such as suspending or reducing part of the sanction. To consider allowing the players to return to domestic cricket earlier, for example, as part of their rehabilitation.“We believe [the bans] are disproportionate. We’ve pointed out the fact that incidents of this similar type have occurred previously, the sanctions are vastly less than what’s been suggested here. There’s a need to reconcile between the two, there’s a need to understand that disproportionality and to move forward. We’re in ongoing conversations with Cricket Australia through this process.”The players have until Thursday to decide whether to appeal the penalties imposed by CA or not.“The ACA is working strongly with the players,” Dyer said. “Their decisions are imminent but I’m not able to share them with you this morning. [It is] a deeply personal decision for the players. We’re supporting them through that process but ultimately [whether to appeal is] for the three players to decide.”Dyer was of the opinion that the administration needed to support the banned players during this time, and allowing them to stay involved with cricket would be beneficial. “The players need to be brought back into the confines of the game to be supported by the game – to be assisted by the game, in the rehabilitation,” Dyer said. “If the sanctions were to prevent that then I think that would be a bad outcome.“The loss of leadership is significant as a sanction … these are very substantial things that have occurred to these men. That needs to be brought into mind. Those [consequences] are over and above the length of the sentence.”Smith, Bancroft and Warner held press conferences after returning to Australia, where they expressed remorse for ball-tampering on the third day of the Newlands Test. All of them were extremely emotional during their press conferences and Dyer said their “extraordinary contrition” should be taken into account by CA.“The contrition shown by these men is extraordinary. We ask for this extraordinary contrition to be taken into account by Cricket Australia just as it would be in any fair or proper process. Their distressed faces have sent a message across the globe as effective as any sanctions could be. Australia cried with Steve Smith last Thursday. I certainly did. We expect this contrition to be taken into account.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

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Croke Park 2 Four unions to launch joint No campaign

first_imgFOUR TRADE UNIONS are to launch a joint national campaign for a No vote against the Croke Park extension talks proposals.The  Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Unite are all taking part in the campaign.They will launch their joint national campaign for a no vote against the proposals at a press briefing tomorrow at 11.30am in Dublin.Earlier today, the IMO council said it unanimously recommends that its members vote to reject the proposed Croke Park 2 deal when they ballot on the issue next month.It left the public sector pay talks along with the INMO the evening before the proposals were finalised.Read: Doctors’ union advises members to reject Croke Park 2 deal>last_img

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HTC One preorder offers prove HTC still doesnt get it

first_imgAs the next wave of epic superphones comes closer to their launch dates, the inevitable pre-order period has arrived. For the HTC One, it seems like just about ever carrier has their own extra benefit to pre-ordering. If you’re looking to grab one on T-Mobile, however, shopping from HTC directly isn’t the best plan.The emergence of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier plans sent shockwaves through the mobile ecosystem. Finally, consumers have access to contract-free plans that are set at affordable yet competitive rates, even going so far as to include tiers for unlimited data. Having great plans is a good way to get attention, but most Americans will still look at you like you have six heads if you ask them to pony up $650 for a new phone at the start of service. We’re used to subsidized phones, so T-Mobile released a subsidy system that beat the other carriers at their own game. Brand new phones — including Apple’s iPhone 5, Samsung’s Galaxy S4, and the HTC One — are available for $99 with a two-year agreement.Coming in at half the price of the competition for some of the best-selling phones of the year is great, but with multi-carrier phones like the One and the Galaxy S4 it still doesn’t hurt to offer a pre-order treat. To HTC’s credit, there’s a ton of official accessories available with the phone at launch, and AT&T and T-Mobile are each offering something different with their pre-order. If you get the phone from T-Mobile, you get this really nice car mount for the phone. Given the average cost of a nice car dock it’s a pretty sweet deal to get the phone for $99 and get a nice car dock for choosing T-Mobile. Unfortunately, HTC didn’t get the memo about T-Mobile’s pricing and pre-orders.Shortly after the announcement of the HTC One, there was a website that allowed users to set themselves up for a notification when the phone became available. Alongside this was a $100 promo trade-in plan from HTC. Now that the time has come, HTC is offering a free case to those who pre-order the One, and while also allowing customers to choose who they want to pre-orde form. People who choose T-Mobile not only lose the free car dock but the phone is now $200. (If you participate in HTC’s trade-in program, you get $100 back for the phone you have given them, but you’re still giving up a car dock for a case.)HTC is treating the T-Mobile pre-order the same way it treats the others on their website. Any way you cut it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to charge more than your partner for the same phone. HTC doesn’t mention T-Mobile’s pricing plan for the phone on their pre-order page, nor does HTC explain T-Mobile’s no-contract setup. HTC should be working closely with their retail partners instead of competing with them.The One needs to be a success for HTC, and while there’s still plenty of reason to be excited about the 2013 flagship, the company needs to aggressively promote every advantage it has over the Samsung Galaxy S4. Once both phones are out, Samsung’s brand recognition will be difficult to compete with. Right now is the best time to gain attention for themselves, and this isn’t helping.last_img read more

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AdamTots Presents Bonus Features

first_imgStay on target Be sure to follow Adam on his other platforms:Twitter: @moby_dickheadInstagram: @adamtotsTeePublic: @adamtots Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img AdamTots Presents: One Bowsette to Rule Them AllAdamTots Presents: By Your Powers Combined last_img

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Vancouver teen accused in August crash skips court

first_imgAn arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for a teenager who failed to appear in Clark County Superior Court in connection with an August crash that left his passenger hospitalized for weeks.Dakota P. Regas, 19, of Vancouver was supposed to appear on a summons on charges of vehicular assault and reckless driving, court records show.Shortly before 4:15 p.m. Aug. 3, Regas was driving a 1998 Subaru Impreza north on Northeast 182nd Avenue approaching the intersection with Northeast 259th Street. His car was third in a line of vehicles approaching the intersection, according to a probable cause affidavit.Regas attempted to pass the two vehicles in front of his in a no-passing zone. However, the vehicle in front, a 2015 Nissan Sentra driven by Jayme Hymas, was in the process of slowing to turn left on 259th Street. The Nissan was halfway through the turn when the Subaru struck the driver’s side. The impact caused the Nissan to leave the road, where it came to rest in a ditch against a tree and large rock. The Subaru struck a large utility pole, the affidavit said.Regas, Hymas and a passenger in Regas’ vehicle, Jaelene Beebe, were all transported via ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Beebe suffered a lacerated intestine and developed a life-threatening infection. She spent nearly three weeks in the hospital recovering, according to court documents.last_img read more

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Who killed Nikki Benedict in May of 1967

first_img Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) — A Poway woman is reaching out to the public for help in solving the murder of her sister.During the early evening hours of May 1, 1967, 14-year-old Nikki Alexandra Benedict was walking home from a friend’s house when she was critically stabbed and left to die in a field across from 12784 Poway Road, Poway.At about 6:30 p.m., an 11-year-old boy discovered Nikki lying in the field.The boy immediately reported what he discovered to his father who owned a market nearby. Deputies from the Poway Sheriff’s Station, the Poway Valley Fire Department and ambulance personnel responded to the scene.They rendered first aid and transported Nikki to Palomar Hospital in Escondido where she was pronounced deceased upon arrival.The on-scene investigation showed evidence of a struggle a short distance from the location of where Nikki Benedict was found.Anyone with information on the identity and or location of the person/persons responsible for this crime is asked to call Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (858) 974-2321 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Information on how to send anonymous emails and mobile app tips can be found on our website www.sdcrimestoppers.org. May 1, 2018 Posted: May 1, 2018 Who killed Nikki Benedict in May of 1967? Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Avalanche Warning Issued

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood Alaska issued a special avalanche bulletin for Friday March 9th at 6pm to Sunday March 11th.Dangerous avalanche conditions will exist throughout the weekend due to 2-4ft of snow that has fallen on an unstable base and human triggered large avalanches are likely on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.The affected areas are for Turnagain Pass, as well as areas in and around Eastern Turnagain Arm including the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains.The CNFAC advises the following precautionary and preparedness actions, choosing terrain that is flat or less than 30 degrees in steepness with nothing steeper above you. If skies clear for travel into the alpine elevations, careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision makings skills will be necessary to identify and avoid unstable slopes.Similar avalanche danger may exist outside the coverage area of any avalanche center, and this special bulletin does not apply to ski areas or highways where avalanche reduction measures are performed.Check avalanche.org for the closest avalanche center and to learn about identifying avalanche hazards.last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at OptimaFull-Time Morning Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time Overnight Warehouse Associate at OptimaFull-Time/Part-Time Crew at McDonald’sFull-Time/Part-Time Maintenance Person at McDonald’sFull-Time Department Manager at McDonald’sFull-Time Graphic Designer at Kirkwood DirectFull-Time Marketing Automation Specialist at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Brand Associate Director at CutisPharmaFull-Time Domestic Tax Director at Charles River Labs(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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Get the Instant Pot Duo 6quart for just 70

first_img Share your voice Tags The Cheapskate 2:11 Now playing: Watch this: 1 Smart Home Mobile Accessories Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Enlarge Image Amazon Rick Broida, CNET’s Cheapskate, is out for a few days on vacation but that doesn’t mean we’re going stop serving up deals in his absence. First up is the 6-quart Instant Pot Duo, which Amazon is selling for $70 or $30 off its list price of $100. That’s close to the lowest price we’ve seen for it. If you’re willing to spend $20 more, the larger and more feature rich 6-quart Instant Pot Duo Plus is on sale for $90. It lists price is $130. We do love out Instant Pots here at CNET and editor Brian Bennett gives you five good reasons to buy one, plus a some recipes to try out.   See it at AmazonRead more: What’s the best Instant Pot to buy?sony-srs-xb12Enlarge ImageSony’s SRS-XB12 comes in a variety of colors. Amazon We’ve got a couple of bonus deals, including $22 off Sony’s 2019 SRS-XB12 mini Bluetooth speaker. It lists for $60 but Amazon has it for $38. It’s fully waterproof and sounds decent for its tiny size.  See it AmazonUpdate, June 2: This story was originally posted May 30. We’ve removed an expired deal on a Brother laser printer and verified that the Instant Pot and Sony speaker are still on sale at the prices indicated. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 8 essential Instant Pot tips Comment Amazonlast_img read more

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Hundreds Rally In Houston To Speak Out Against Extremism

first_imgListen 00:00 /00:44 Share Michael Hagerty | Houston Public MediaHundreds rallied at City Hall on Sunday, speaking out against extremists.Hundreds gathered at a rally in downtown Houston, on Sunday. They came out to support the victims of violence at a white supremacy rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.One woman was killed, after a driver plowed into counter-protesters at the rally. Nineteen others were injured, including 20-year-old Natalie Romero. She’s a University of Virginia student from Houston, and her mother says she was at the rally to stand up against racism. She graduated from Bellaire High School in 2016.At Sunday’s rally, protesters were chanting her name, saying she was there in spirit. She’s currently being treated for her injuries at a Virginia hospital.Michael Hagerty | Houston Public MediaLocal activists also denounced President Trump’s response, blaming “many sides” for the violence.Her mother, Ericka Chavez, was at the rally. She spoke to the crowd through a translator. In Spanish, she said, “Natalie is not going to give up. This is just a small trip. Not even I can stop her from fighting for what she believes in.”Chavez says her daughter belongs in Houston, and she’s looking forward to bringing her home.Ericka Chavez/ GoFundMeAs of Monday morning, the GoFundMe account to raise money for Natalie Romero’s medical bills has raised nearly $90,000. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Trump Hobbles Obamacare

first_imgPresident Donald Trump pronounced ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as “dead” at a White House cabinet meeting Oct. 13.“It’s gone,” the president said with arms crossed before the cameras documenting his announcement. “It’s no longer….You shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There’s is no such thing as ObamaCare any more.”President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that has benefited an estimated 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from the so-called cost-sharing subsidies live in states Trump won last November, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) A same day executive order eliminated a set of subsidies, or cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), to health insurance providers that allowed them to reduce copays and premiums for working families struggling to afford health insurance. The Americans that qualify are above the poverty line and do not qualify for Medicaid.“I cut off the gravy train,” Trump said of withholding the funds.On Oct. 17, Sens. Patty Murray, a Democrat of Washington, and Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, announced a tentative bipartisan arrangement to fund these subsidies for two years. No bill has been signed into law at the time of this report , and given that Congress has not passed a budget since 2015, any measure will likely be part of another continuing resolution.Part of the president’s alleged rationale was to find a healthcare solution “where premiums don’t have to double and triple every year like they’ve been doing under ObamaCare,” he said during the same meeting.However, premiums have only risen 12 to 15 percent this year, said Dylan H. Roby, associate professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland, College Park. And, he added, the majority of that increase is due to uncertainty in insurance markets fueled by the Trump administration’s threats.“The Trump administration has been deciding on a monthly basis whether to cancel the payments and that uncertainty led to premium increases overall,” Roby told the AFRO. ”If we see premiums go up by 25 percent this year, half of it’s due to uncertainty, part of it’s due to the cost sharing reductions going away and then a small percentage, probably 6 or 7 percent is actually due to increases in health care costs and the risks that people in the individual market are using services.”Further, he said, while some consumers might be driven off their health insurance due to rising costs, those that remain insured will be entitled to increased tax credits from the supposedly “dead” ObamaCare.Cutting CSRs “actually spends a lot more federal money than would have been spent on the payments themselves,” Roby said.If the Alexander-Murray deal does not go through, the new arrangement stands the greatest chance of injuring a large number of Black Americans but also Trump’s political base.“Trump is really good at dog whistle politics and policy: doing things that may not have any meat underneath them,” said Judy Lubin, a sociologist, policy analyst and adjunct professor at Howard University. She described the executive order as an act of “spite.”“This is an example where it does have substantial impact on people’s lives,” Lubin told the AFRO. “It’s just a really bad policy. Almost 50 percent of people who are eligible for these subsidies live in the South. Another 20-plus percent live in the West. We’re looking at Trump supporters: 50 percent of them are White, non-Hispanic living in these red states.”Questions remain over the sheer complexity of ACA as it was and how consumers can protect themselves even if the tentative deal goes through. Roby was confident that savvy consumers would be able to avoid the worst impact in the exchanges, but Stephen B. Thomas, director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, wondered how his grandmother would keep up.“She could not navigate her way through it without her hand being held,” Thomas told the AFRO. “We have far too many people in our country — especially racial and ethnic minorities, especially people living in rural areas, Black, White, especially people who live in poverty — who have no hand to hold, and so they’re left to fend for themselves.”While immediate damage from the executive order has been avoided or at least delayed, another conversation about the future of ACA is a short two years away.“Do we have people being rolled out of the hospital into the street? No,” said Thomas. “But the mere fact that that’s a possibility, that people could die from lack of access to care that would save their lives and, more importantly, preventative services that could actually prevent disease from occurring in the first place is the most tragic aspect of the situation that we currently find ourselves in.”last_img read more

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Endangered Pangolin gets the trade ban it so desperately needed

first_imgIn recent years, the pangolin has become the world’s most trafficked mammal. In recognition of this unfortunate distinction, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has voted to approve strong restrictions on the transportation and sale of the pangolin, which will hopefully help the endangered creature survive.The pangolin is native to areas of central Africa and southeast Asia. It’s about the size of a large house cat, and despite appearances, it is a mammal. The pangolin’s skin is covered in thick scales made of keratin, the same protein you have in your fingernails and hair. They look a bit like a more streamlined armadillo and are described affectionately by NPR as an “artichoke with legs.” If you’re looking for a Pokémon equivalent, the pangolin is a Sandslash. When threatened, they curl into a ball and rely on the scales to protect them. It’s kind of cute, in its own way.Demand for all eight species of pangolin has been increasing, but no one wants them as pets. The scales of the pangolin are popular in traditional Chinese medicine, and the rest of the animal is considered a culinary delicacy in several Asian countries including China and Vietnam. As Asian pangolin species have become more rare, African species are increasingly being imported.Pangolin defending itself from lions.The trade ban handed down by CITES is legally binding for any nation party to the convention, which is almost all of them. In the past, pangolins were able to slip through the cracks labeled as other non-endangered animals — they don’t have the high profile of, say, rhinos. It is hoped that the action by CITES will enable governments around the world to crack down on the illegal sale of pangolins and save these oddball creatures from extinction.last_img read more

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46yearold rickshaw puller commits suicide over domestic dispute

first_imgKolkata: A 46-year-old rickshaw puller was found hanging from the bamboo ceiling at his residence on Lockgate Road near the railway siding in Chetla on Saturday night.As per preliminary probe by the police, the victim Tapan Debnath hanged himself. According to local sources, Debnath was a drunkard and used to quarrel with his wife over his alleged inability to earn a decent living. He returned at around 10 pm on Saturday and had a heated exchange with his wife. After the quarrel, his wife went out for some work. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim’s mother, who works as a domestic help at a nearby residence, returned home at around 11.15 pm and found Debnath hanging with the help of a dupatta. The woman raised a cry and the person was rushed to MR Bangur hospital where he was declared brought dead. “We have noticed no external injury on the body of the deceased. Locals have informed us of the family discord. It appears to be a case of suicide. We are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death,” an officer of Chetla police station said.last_img read more

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Cops recover body of woman from lodge room rescue baby

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Brisbanes newly opened

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBrisbane’s newly opened The Calile Hotel has forged a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane as the property’s official vehicle partner. The arrangement will see an S-Class take pride of place within the arched porte-cochere of the luxury resort.Welcoming the partnership, General Manager Jeremy Nordkamp recognises the perfect alignment for The Calile Hotel’s guests.“The S-Class represents endurance, beautiful design and innovation, which speaks to many of the same attributes The Calile Hotel has to offer. While the S-Class holds a strong presence, it is softened by feminine, elegant features, not unlike the hotel. This partnership with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane makes perfect sense,” Nordkamp said.Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Dealer Principal, Shane Parkins, said the partnership with The Calile Hotel was part of their focus on aligning with complementary brands within the local area to develop new connections between the dealership and the Brisbane community.“The Calile Hotel S-Class is a true reflection of the blend of tradition and modernity that both the hotel and Mercedes-Benz represent, and we’re looking forward to guests enjoying their S-Class experience while staying at the hotel,” Parkins said.Whether by a welcome collection from an early flight into Brisbane or to the doorstep of an evening gala, the sleek S-Class is poised to take The Calile Hotel’s guest experience to a new level of hospitality.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Sunset street market in Paphos on Saturday

first_imgAn outdoor market is being held in Paphos on Saturday is expected to attract hundreds of people.The first ‘Sunset Street Market’ will be held at the large car park outside Revival fashion store and the Paphos Post newspaper office, set back on the main coastal road in Kissonerga.Stalls and ‘car booters’ will be selling all sorts, and refreshments and snacks will also be on offer.Bric-a-brac, beauty items, beadwork, purses, jewellery, clothes, bed linen and embroidered items will all be on sale.A ‘G and T’ bar will be serving gin and tonic and chilled prosecco and music will be provided by DJ Dave and his ‘Jukebox jive’ so that visitors can party, shop and snack as the sun goes down.People can also bring donations of non-perishable foodstuffs – such as pasta, rice and tinned goods, for the ‘Matthew 25 Feed the Hungry in Paphos’ project, which is run by the Paphos Christian Fellowship International PCFI. The Matthew 25 project helps to feed tens of families in Paphos every other week by giving them a bag of basic necessities.A similar night market event takes place every Christmas.Paphos Sunset Street market will open at 4pm on Saturday April 13, and close just after sunset.Car park outside Revival Fashion store and the Paphos Post newspaper on the main Paphos to Coral Bay road. Tel: 26-632564You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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