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Ethnic diversity in spotlight at TIFF with remake of The Magnificent Seven

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The star-studded remake of the 1960 Hollywood western — itself a reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai — has been in the works for years. But it arrives at TIFF during what’s widely considered to be a pivotal shift in how racial diversity is represented on movie screens. Twitter Advertisement Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua is tipping his hat to Hollywood for giving him the wherewithal to deliver a multicultural cowboy movie, led by Denzel Washington.“This becomes the new definition of what a western is,” Fuqua told a Toronto International Film Festival press conference on Thursday as his international cast of stars sat alongside him.Among the other marquee names in attendance were Chris Pratt, South Korea’s Byung-hun Lee and Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. They are set to walk the red carpet later in the evening as screening of the film officially kicked off the festival.center_img Advertisement “You’ve got to give the studio credit when they do something like this,” Fuqua added about his diverse cast.“They didn’t blink an eye.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Economies will perform better with more even income distribution – UN report

Produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Trade and Development Report 2012 says that recent experience, especially in Latin America and other developing countries, suggests that progressive taxation and rising public spending can strongly contribute to the process of inclusive growth.The report adds that this approach would reduce income inequality while also providing the prospect of expanding demand that is needed for firms to increase investment.Trends over the last 30 years show income inequality increasing both within countries and between them, UNCTAD says in a news release. The share of wages in total income has fallen in most developed and in many developing countries, including by five percentage points or more in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and by 10 percentage points or more in France, Germany and Ireland. In several countries, the richest one per cent of the population now accounts for 10 to 20 per cent of national wealth. The report notes, however, that governments can use fiscal and labour market policies to reduce income inequality.“This goal is worthwhile not only for reasons of fairness and social welfare, but because it would improve economic performance,” says UNCTAD. More even income distribution also pays off over the long term, it contends, because high inequality deprives many people of access to education and credit, and prevents the expansion of domestic markets. Over years and decades, that amounts to an enormous waste of a country’s economic potential. “Thus, a better income distribution pattern would help stimulate and sustain economic growth in the short run and would provide stronger incentives for investment, innovation and job creation in the long run,” says the report. In its review of trends in the global economy, the report warns that growth is slowing in all regions of the world, which it says are “hamstrung in part by austerity measures that are hampering demand in the major developed-country markets, thus cutting the export prospects of developing countries.” Global growth fell from 4.1 per cent in 2010 to 2.7 per cent in 2011, according to the report, with a further decline expected by UNCTAD – to below 2.5 per cent – in 2012. read more

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HMP Birmingham Prison staff in sevenhour standoff with inmates who refuse to

first_imgAn Ambulance Incident Support Unit enters HMP Birmingham after inmates rioted inside the Winson Green prison, a second time since December 2016Credit:Caters Prison staff were involved in a stand-off with inmates lasting almost seven hours following a disturbance at a jail.An unknown number of prisoners refused to return to their cells at the end of the evening at HMP Birmingham, a category B and C jail.G4S, which runs the jail, said the incident was “brought to a safe conclusion” at around 11.45pm.A spokesman for the prison said: “Staff have successfully resolved disorder on one wing at HM Prison Birmingham.”The incident began shortly after 17:00 hours on Sunday 3 September 2017 after a group of prisoners refused to return to their cells.”No staff or prisoners were injured during the incident and the rest of the establishment was unaffected.”A Prison Service spokesman said: “Specially trained prison staff successfully resolved an incident at HMP Birmingham on 3 September. There were no injuries to staff or prisoners.”We do not tolerate violence in our prisons, and are clear that those responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Riot squads were deployed to the prison after reports of prisoners setting fire to stairwells and destroying paper records.At the time, West Midlands Ambulance Service said one man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital with a facial injury as well as cuts, bruises and a reduced consciousness, but no prison staff were injured.The city centre jail, formerly known as Winson Green, can hold up to 1,450 inmates.G4S has run the prison since 2011 when it became the first public-sector jail to be privatised.center_img It came after some 240 prisoners were moved out of HMP Birmingham, one of the country’s biggest jails, last December.Hundreds of inmates were caught up in the disorder and four wings at the privately-run jail were damaged during the disturbances, which lasted for more than 12 hours.  An Ambulance Incident Support Unit enters HMP Birmingham after inmates rioted inside the Winson Green prison, a second time since December 2016last_img read more

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International Biodiversity Centre for Iwokrama in the pipeline Harmon

State Minister Joseph Harmon, on Friday paid a visit to the Iwokrama Centre and met with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dane Gobin and other officialsGovernment has invited a proposal for the establishment of a world-class International Biodiversity Centre for studies and research and the Iwokrama Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development in Kurupukari, Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight).This is according to State Minister Joseph Harmon, who on Friday paid a visit to the Iwokrama Centre and met with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dane Gobin and other officials.Addressing members of the management team, Harmon noted that the Biodiversity Centre is a vision of President David Granger and aims at setting up a hub for biodiversity research and studies.According to a Ministry of the Presidency release, Harmon said that the President believes that the Centre can be the means through which greater global awareness is raised regarding the importance of the Guiana Shield and the protection and conservation of Guyana’s rich biodiversity.  He, therefore, requested that the Centre provide a proposal at the earliest opportunity, to facilitate perusal and discussions at the Governmental level.“They have given me the assurance that there’s already a proposal, which might need a little tweaking but in fact there is such a proposal.  I’ve asked them to fast track it; I’ve asked them for some other information with respect to the income and the expenditure statements of the entity.  I’ve asked them for important information on the composition of the Board for Iwokrama because it is an international Centre and therefore there are international implications for what… we do here.  So these are things that we have actually asked for and I am given the assurance that this information will be provided very shortly so as I see it, things will start to move here very quickly,” Harmon said. The state Minister also revealed that there are some issues with respect to the financial arrangements at Iwokrama that is affecting the smooth flow of activities at the Centre.“We came here and we got a proper explanation from the Manager and we are satisfied that …Iwokrama is a healthy place. It requires some little bit of injection here and there, but I believe that from what I have seen and from the international commitments, that all of these are important features when we look at the funding, which is required” he said.CEO of Iwokrama, Gobin, in an invited comment, said that the Centre, which will celebrate 30 years next year, has shared and will continue to share a strong relationship with the Fairview community.  “Iwokrama has some of the most complex Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Benefits Sharing Agreements with Fairview.  We have a special relationship with Fairview in that 22,000 hectares of the Iwokrama Forest has been titled to the community but they have chosen not to excise their 22.000 hectares and so they are included in the management plan of Iwokrama. This is our extended family and we have a very close relationship,” he said.Toshao of the village, Martin Carter, also said that the community enjoys a great relationship with the Centre and looks forward to capitalising on the approaching opportunities, which will become available when the Biodiversity Centre is realised. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInt’l community must commit more resources to Iwokrama – PresidentAugust 11, 2016In “latest news”Harmon discusses sustainable development with Smithsonian Institution  March 8, 2019In “Environment”Iwokrama gets $62M donation from ExxonMobilNovember 10, 2017In “Business” read more

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11 things that will definitely happen at an Irish 21st

first_imgAH, THE 21ST birthday party, a long-held Irish tradition. This coming-of-age signifies an arrival to adulthood, despite being able to drink for three years already and drive for four. You’ll probably attend dozens of these parties in your early 20s, but we’d be absolutely shocked if they didn’t all look like this:1. There are photo collages of the birthday boy/girl on the wall Source: Gavin Anderson2. There’s a centrepiece of confetti and balloons in the middle of the table21 must be on EVERYTHING, in case people forget why they’re there. Source: Littlestarparties3. It’s in the nearby GAA club or the function room hidden out the back of the localBasically anywhere with a little wooden dance-floor in the middle. God have mercy on the souls of those who dance outside the designated zone. Source: Maryfield GAA4. The DJ is a family friend on their laptopMust play the macarena, Call Me Al, and love the sound of their own voice. Source: nickstone3335. Everyone will ‘Rock the Boat’ Source: dj shero6. There’s more family than friends presentYou better believe an auntie will be the first one on the dancefloor and granda will have a bop with the girlos. That’s if they’re not scowling disapprovingly at the rig-outs on everyone. Source: Peter Taylor7. A dodgy stripper will show up Source: OsnapitsYana8. Everyone scrambles so they’re not the 21st kissThe line quickly escalates from everyone to no one. Nobody wants to be the last kiss simply because of the immense social pressure it carries. Source: carolynwakefield9. A cocktail sausage and onion ring spread is on the menuThose with notions will have a chocolate fountain and probably arrived on a party bus. Source: Discos.ie10. The birthday/boy girl will give an awkward speechAfterwards, mammy is presented with some flowers and a voucher for dad. Source: DJ Paddy11. Everyone goes back to the houseThere’ll always be floods more drink there, probably out the back in the bucket of ice. Source: indi.caHow do you know if you’re at an Irish funeral?>The 14 signs that you’re at an Irish wedding>last_img read more

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I intend to say well done to our social media team and

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article However, Trump can’t be any worse than Obama. Obama is much loved, and he did squat in eight years.With reporting by Killian Woods and ForaRead: Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)Read: ‘There will never be a good enough reason why he did this’ – Mother of boys murdered by father Meanwhile at Dublin Airport, breaking catering news….— Ryanair (@Ryanair) January 23, 2017 49,410 Views Michael O’Leary Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieRYANAIR CHIEF EXECUTIVE Michael O’Leary has brushed off criticism of his airline’s social media policy in the wake of mocking tweets being posted yesterday relating to employees of rival Aer Lingus being arrested in connection to a people smuggling scam at Dublin Airport.Speaking at the launch of Ryanair’s winter schedule for 2017 this morning in Dublin, O’Leary said that it was clearly a sign that the low-fares carrier’s social media strategy was working, and dismissed the media’s coverage of it as “scurrilous” and “utter, complete rubbish”.“When I saw the tweets last night I didn’t find them particularly funny,” he said.But now I would say I am highly enthused by the reaction that they got. If we have managed to offend that many ‘snowflakes’ then we must be doing something right. I intend to give a well done note to our social media team and give them a pay raise for generating a large amount of free publicity for Ryanair.He added that he would be instructing his social media team to “have a look at” doing similar campaigns in future, “given it is obviously so effective”.Ryanair sent two tweets yesterday evening in the wake of the arrest of three people at the airport in connection with a people-smuggling ring (which involved the use of Aer Lingus branded catering trucks) which is alleged to have brought 600 illegal immigrants to these shores in the last six years. O Leary sees immigration scandal as “storm in teacup.” “Media coverage rubbish, no way 600 people have come through” #ryanair— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) January 24, 2017 Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 1:04 PM Short URL O’Leary today dismissed the whole story as an example of “a slow news day” and “a storm in a teacup”.He described the immigration facilities at the airport as “second to none” and said that he could apportion no blame to Aer Lingus regarding the situation.What we are talking about here is the collusion of a small group of people. There is no security system in the world that can deal with issues of collusion.He further asserted that he is “absolutely certain” that a similar scam could not be perpetrated via Ryanair planes.“We have hardly any catering for starters,” was his tongue-in-cheek take on that inquiry.Regarding his own airline’s fortunes, he held back his most scornful statements for the DAA (previously Dublin Airport Authority), comparing it to “North Korea in that they think they can charge whatever they want”.Costs at the airport are clearly a bugbear of the CEO given, as the company said in its release, that other EU airports are cutting costs.A spokesperson for the DAA refuted O’Leary’s claims, saying:There has been no increase in charges in 2017. Our charges our flat.In recent years, Ryanair has availed of Dublin Airport’s Growth Incentive Scheme, which offers airlines a rebate on fees in return for delivering increased passenger numbers. The scheme continues to operate at the airport.O’Leary said his airline had delivered “70% of Dublin’s growth over the last two or three years”, but because the incentives lasted only 12 months its fees were now set to rise.Ryanair’s new business would go to other European airports that had committed to cutting airport charges, rather than Dublin, he said. Source: Ryanair/Twitter 50 Comments Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter Jan 24th 2017, 1:04 PM ‘I intend to say well done to our social media team and give them a raise’ – Michael O’Leary The Ryanair CEO was in flying form this morning at the launch of the airline’s winter schedule for 2017. Share577 Tweet Email5 The building of a new runway at the airport was similarly dismissed.“This new runway will be half a kilometre longer than it should be. It should cost €200 million and it’s being budgeted at €350 million,” O’Leary said.Why they decided to raise the budgeted cost and then go out to tender I don’t know. It should be the other way around.(The DAA has said previously the correct estimated cost is actually €320 million, and not €350 million as claimed by O’Leary).Aside from the social media storm and the trouble with DAA, O’Leary held court on the two main issues of the day – namely Brexit and Donald Trump.“Brexit will be the single biggest challenge we face, given it should lead to a drop in Sterling, and consequently a drop in visitor numbers from the UK. There is no upside to it. The UK Government clearly doesn’t have a bull’s notion what it’s doing,” he said.Don’t be surprised if in two years’ time the UK votes again when they realise the deal they’ve gotten is awful. And it will be awful. That’s what we did in Ireland, when we didn’t get the right result in a referendum we voted again until we did get the right result, twice.Of the inauguration of Donald Trump, O’Leary said he admired the US President’s ability to “offend the middle class, liberal media”.“They should be offended on a daily basis,” he said.Of Trump’s ‘America First’ policy, he said: “It doesn’t work, it’s pure populism.”If it did work North Korea would be a world economic powerhouse.last_img read more

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Mitropanos laid to rest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Legendary Greek singer and the artist responsible for the revival of Greek rembetika Dimitris Mitropanos, was laid to rest on Thursday. His death left not only Greece but everyone he touched in the world in a state of shock. He was only 64.Mitropanos was one of the singers responsible for taking Greek laika music to the world and his voice – one of the most recognisable in Greek music – was adored by all that heard it.He died on Tuesday from after suffering pulmonary edema caused by a heart attack.Mitropanos’ career spanned over 40 years. He was known for his smooth delivery and mild manner. In his time, he worked with Greece’s most respected composers such as Mikis Theodorakis and Giorgos Zabetas. He was born on April 2, 1948, in a village outside Trikala in Thessaly, and began working as a singer after moving to Athens in 1964.last_img read more

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Jughead The Hunger is Everything You Want in a Horror Comic And

first_img “Jughead Jones is an average (though endlessly hungry) teenage boy by day and a blood-thirsty werewolf by night. His latest victim in a spree of deadly attacks is longtime for Reggie Mantle – after which Jughead left Riverdale without a trace. Now Betty Cooper: Werewolf Hunger and Jughead’s best friend Archie Andrews are hot on Jughead’s trail, but how many more lives will be sacrificed before they find him?”I’ve been waiting a long time for Jughead: The Hunger to return. I just couldn’t get this concept out of my head for a second and the one-shot was just a taste of what this series could do. Frank Tieri and Pat & Tim Kennedy do not disappoint what so ever and continue where the story left off with many surprises and misfortune.JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #1(W): Frank Tieri (A): Pat & Tim Kennedy (C): Matt Herms (L): Jack Morelli (I): Bob Smith & Jim Amash (p.11 & 17)Once you open Jughead: The Hunger, you know you’re in for the ride of your life. Frank Tieri doesn’t go back. He pushes forward. His writing immediately puts us right into the action. We witness the aftermath of Reggie torn apart by WereJug. We watch the Jughead as he joins the carnival to lay low until he can figure out what he’s going to do. It’s a situation that’s undesirable, but it’s the best that he could do for right now.via Archie ComicsTieri’s writing is remarkable for Jughead, especially tackling him within this gripping yet engrossing type of story. He’s not the funny guy in this issue but dealing with a problem that he can’t control. It’s almost like Jughead is going through a second puberty that he has to deal with. Tieri shows us an unsure piece of our lead character, who has to accept his fate the best he can and protect himself and those who he cares for. He builds this issue around searching for identity and a building a new foundation for Jughead. This, of course, turns very very wrong. As he learns someone isn’t let him deal with his new hairy problem, someone wants to bring it out of it… intentionally.The issue is very tame for the first one. However, it sets us up for a ride that may be unbelievable and truly unforgettable. At NYCC, this year, the Archie Comics team talked about taking chances within their comics. With Jughead: The Hunger, Tieri leads the pack in the changes and chances that could bring a new kind of power to what Archie Comics can do.Pat & Tim Kennedy take over art from Michael Walsh from the one-shot. They not only take the story in a new direction from Walsh’s art (which was fantastic in Issue #0 by the way). The duo brings their own vision to this haunting story. Pat & Tim Kennedy’s art comes like a mosaic style with a slight funhouse twist. Their art carries a distorted yet creepy vision in accompany to Tieri’s words. My favorite parts of their panels are the gory parts. They don’t come too often in this first issue, but I hope we see a lot more along the way.via Archie ComicsMatt Herms’ colors highlight the fun in Pat & Tim’s funhouse. He plays around with those warm colors that you find just as the sun goes down. The design brings a warm nostalgia. It also brings out an almost sad like tone to the comic. Herms’ colors bring out that werewolf theme of “what happens when the sun goes down?” One thing I loved about his colors are the little subtle splashes of blood that drip along the panels. It’s so small that sometimes you don’t even notice them. They create a heightened sense of danger that’s amazing for this comic.Jack Morelli is the ultimate when it comes to Archie Comics. His lettering placement in Jughead: The Hunger had me on the edge of my seat. He does a first-class job with the dialogue, but the one thing I want to praise him for is Jughead’s voiceover placements. He takes Morelli’s script and Pat & Tim’s art and creates more of a sympathetic and concerning portrait of a man that’s haunted and hunted.via Archie ComicsJughead: The Hunger is, without a doubt, a comic that will keep surprising us as issues come along. I’m so excited and ready for the trio of “friends” to reunite and to see the kind of damage WereReggie will get up to. Also, here’s to getting to see more of Betty Cooper: Werewolf Hunter in the next issue! Jughead: The Hunger is available on Comixology and your local comic shop on October 25th.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Riverdale’ Season 3 Finale Recap: If You Die in the Game…’Riverdale’ Season 3, Episode 21 Recap: Body Harvest Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Port of Vancouver files 388000 suit against tenant

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver is suing one of its tenants, Pacific Coast Shredding, for nearly $388,000, claiming it violated a lease agreement.The lawsuit was filed Dec. 15 in Clark County Superior Court.Victor Winkler, CEO of Pacific Coast Shredding, said he wasn’t aware of the details because his company has yet to be served.“They haven’t served us anything, but I’m not too nervous,” he said. “I think the attorneys must be hurting for work because it’s another one they can’t win.”Port spokeswoman Abbi Russell declined to comment because the lawsuit is active.The issue centers around five acres of land the port leased to Pacific Coast Shredding, which processes scrap metal and makes it ready for recycling. The port claims that Pacific Coast Shredding didn’t return 0.3 acres of the leased property in the same condition as when it was leased.The port claims it had to pay for removal and disposal of contaminated material on the parcel. Now the port is seeking reimbursement for cleanup costs, plus about 9 months of hold-over rent, fees that it incurred with interest.The $388,000 being sought breaks down like this: $240,700, plus interest for cleanup costs and $147,200 in rent on the 0.3 acres from January 2014 to July 2015, plus interest. The port is also seeking reimbursement for fees paid to attorneys and experts.According to the complaint, the port leased the 5 acres to Pacific Coast Shredding for $10,830 per month from February 2012 through the end of 2013. The company used the property to store steel slabs, coils, plate, structural and other materials, as well as recycling containers.last_img read more

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Austerman Talks Under Way On Pension Issue

first_imgA co-chair of the House Finance Committee says he and fellow majority members are discussing possible options for addressing the state’s pension obligation.Download AudioRepresentative Alan Austerman, a Republican from Kodiak, says “everything” is on the table, including possible contribution increases by municipalities, a proposal from Governor Sean Parnell and extending the time horizon for payments.Austerman could not say when a firm proposal might be put forth. The session is scheduled to end April 20.Parnell proposed taking $3 billion from savings and putting it toward addressing the state’s nearly $12 billion pension shortfall. Response to the idea has been mixed. Some lawmakers support a big cash infusion to help lower annual payments while others are wary of taking so much from savings.Austerman says the Senate is having its own conversations.last_img read more

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PolicyBazaar plans to create 4000 jobs in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh in

first_imgJob Hiring: Representational Image.PixabayAmid the chaotic situation in Jammu and Kashmir, PolicyBazaar and PaisaBazaar, the leading online insurance seller and money lender are planning to create 4,000 jobs in the valley and Ladakh within a year. The company’s CEO Yashish Dahiya told media that 95 percent of the job openings will be for the customer advisory functions and the remaining will be hired for the corporate and tech functions. Dahiya is trying to push the expansion in Jammu & Kashmir as he has an educational exposure in the state during his childhood.Dahiya studied at Sandeepa School in Jammu for four years when his father served the Indian Army. “I have studied in J&K for four years and know the quality of education is quite good. There is a need for employment in the Valley and we want to be part of this effort,” he said recalling his school days. Representational ImageHe told the Times of India, “There is a need for employment in the Valley and we want to be part of this effort to generate jobs and livelihood for the locals. We understand that this would require a little more effort than usual. However, we, as a company, are very keen to put that in.” The company aims at expanding and strengthening its roots in the newly created Union Territories through the hiring.The company is keen on hiring advisory representatives in large numbers to expand the ground for sales and advertisement of their products in the valley. The company claims that massive hiring for the post of advisory representatives is to make sure that consumers have a great buying experience with a proper understanding of the insurance products that the consumer chooses to purchase. Health insurance coverpolicybazaar.comPolicyBazaar was co-founded by Yashish Dahiya in 2008. It is India’s largest online insurance selling platform witnessing a cent per cent year-on-year growth and planning to cross eight million customer base by 2020. The company has a headcount of more than 11,000 employees and is backed by investors like SoftBank, InfoEdge, and TigerGlobal. Its top group ventures are PaisaBazaar and DocPrime.last_img read more

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Widowed Early A Cancer Doctor Writes About The Harm Of Medical Debt

first_img Share Courtesy of Dr. Fumiko ChinoAndrew Ladd and Fumiko Chino at their wedding in 2006, after his cancer diagnosis. Ladd died the following year, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt.Ten years ago, Fumiko Chino was the art director at a television production company in Houston, engaged to be married to a young Ph.D. candidate.Today, she’s a radiation oncologist at Duke University, studying the effects of financial strain on cancer patients. And she’s a widow.How she got from there to here is a story about how health care and money are intertwined in ways that doctors and patients don’t like to talk about.But Chino is determined to do so.“I think of him every day,” Chino says of her late husband, Andrew Ladd. “It drives me to do the type of research that I do, that’s looking at the financial toxicity of cancer care.”Chino is co-author of a research letter, published Thursday in JAMA Oncology, that shows that some cancer patients, even with insurance, spend about a third of their household income on out-of-pocket health care costs outside of insurance premiums.It’s an issue Chino knows well.In 2005, before they were married, Chino and Ladd were living together in Houston. She was working in entertainment, and he was on verge of earning his Ph.D. in robotics at Rice University. They each had medical insurance – she through her job, he through the school.Then he started to vomit and lose weight.He was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma, an aggressive cancer of endocrine cells that can strike in a variety of places in the body and can be hard to treat.It was a huge blow for the young couple, still in their 20s, with promising careers ahead of them. Still, they looked to the future and decided to go ahead with their wedding.But as Ladd’s treatment moved forward, a harsh reality hit. His student insurance didn’t cover much.“So paltry,” Chino says. “Basically, I like to think of it as sham insurance.”In less than a month, they reached his $5,000 prescription drug limit and began paying $300 out of pocket for his anti-nausea medications and blood thinners.Ladd was getting sicker but trying to keep up with his work. Chino emptied her retirement savings and quit her job to care for him.“Ultimately, I had to take care of him. He was getting weaker and weaker,” she says. “It was an overwhelming strain on us as a young couple. This is not what we thought our lives would be.”Soon, his medical costs surpassed his insurance policy’s $500,000 lifetime limit. But the bills kept coming.“The stress and overwhelming crushing defeat of these bills that would come in every week — it had an effect on our quality of life,” Chino says.They moved in with her parents, borrowed money and even considered moving to Canada to get care.“At a certain point, we realized it was unsustainable,” she says. “We knew it was coming. The cancer facility where he was getting his primary treatment was going to turn off the spigot.”Despite his illness, Ladd landed a job as a professor at the University of Michigan. It came with health insurance, and he continued treatment there.But he never moved into his office. Three months into his time at Michigan, he died.Chino was left with an ocean of debt. She estimates it’s in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.That’s when she found a new mission in life. She enrolled in Duke’s medical school and teamed up with Dr. Yousuf Zafar, who’s made a specialty out of studying and writing about “financial toxicity,” which he describes as the toxic effects of financial strain from health care costs. He’s lead author on the JAMA Oncology study that Chino worked on.Chino’s and Ladd’s story unfolded before the Affordable Care Act was passed, when health insurance markets were far less regulated. Today, policies can’t carry annual and lifetime benefit limits.But that doesn’t mean people don’t face financial hardship because of medical costs. Even as insurance coverage has expanded, deductibles and copays on many policies have risen, leaving patients to shoulder more of the financial burden for their health care.The JAMA Oncology study shows that on average, cancer patients spend about 11 percent of their income on out-of-pocket health care costs, not including insurance premiums. But as their costs rise, patients become less likely to want to pay their bills.“Patients are frustrated,” Zafar says. “They believe they’ve got insurance. They believe they paid for insurance and that insurance should fully cover their cancer care.”He says doctors need to talk with patients about the costs of their treatment as well at the side effects and prognosis.“We need to do a better job explaining to our patients how much benefit they can get from treatment,” he says. “But also how much harm they can face, whether that harm is physical toxicity or financial toxicity.”Some patients don’t talk with their doctors about costs, the study shows, because they fear they will get substandard care.Chino says she wishes she and her husband had had those conversations.“It was not part of my husband’s care, and it could have changed things,” she says.Ten years after Ladd’s death, Chino is still dealing with the aftereffects.“I still owe the debt,” she says. “I stopped answering phone calls from debt collectors.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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Ralph Laurens New Earth Polo Is Made With Recycled Plastic Bottles

first_imgStay on target “When Ralph founded our company more than 50 years ago, he did so with the idea that whatever we create is meant to be worn, loved, and passed on for generations,” Halide Alagoz, executive vice president, chief supply chain, and sustainability officer, added. “It’s with this spirit of timelessness that we approach sustainability.”The Earth Polo comes in four colors for men and women, including dark green, navy blue, white, and pale blue.More on Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee GroundsTokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made From Recycled DevicesNissan’s Recycled EV Batteries Power ‘Off-Grid’ Adventures Google’s Earth Day Doodle Celebrates the Beauty of Our PlanetLil Dicky’s Weird ‘Earth’ Video Features Musicians as Animals, Weed Plants center_img Just in time for Earth Day, Ralph Lauren introduced its new “Earth Polo”: A structured, sleek shirt that is made completely from recycled materials.Ralph Lauren, which aims to remove at least 170 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025, reimagined its iconic Polo shirt with a sustainable twist. The Earth Polo is crafted from thread that’s entirely derived from recycled plastic bottles and dyed in a zero-water process. Each of these shirts is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles, and could help consumers curb their carbon footprint. Starting April 18, the Earth Polo will be available for men in women on and in global retail stores for $89.50 each.For every Earth Polo produced, approximately 12 fewer bottles end up in the world’s oceans and landfills. Our commitment: 170 million bottles recycled by 2025.#TheEarthPolo. Designed with Mother Nature in mind.Learn more:— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) April 18, 2019“Ralph Lauren will commit to removing at least 170 million bottles from landfills and oceans, and will convert the use of all virgin poly-fiber to recycled poly-fiber by 2025,” David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s chief innovation officer, said in a press release. “Plastic waste is a major issue threatening the environment—we want to be part of the solution and utilize an innovative approach to create something valuable.”The company collaborated with First Mile, an organization focused on sustainability and positive social impact, to produce the Earth Polo. First Mile works with entrepreneurs in low-income communities to collect plastic bottles that are recyclable, which are then processed through a manufacturing program and turned into high-quality yarn.last_img read more

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The average web page is now larger than the original Doom

first_imgAs broadband over wires and mobile devices has expanded, so too has the amount of data contained in the average web page. The average site has gotten so hefty that it would be faster to download the original Doom, which was released in 1993. The web is officially Doom-ed.The original Doom game image was around 2.3MB, and the average web page has gotten slightly larger, according to data from MobiForge. It’s strange to think about a game, even one as old as Doom, fitting in such a small package. Of course, efficiency was paramount back in the day before high-density storage mediums and high-speed internet. Now you’re lucky to find AAA games under 30GB. Sure, they look a lot better, but Doom is still pretty great.It’s important to note this number is the average of all web pages, and as we all know, there’s a lot of junk on the internet. Add a few dozen ad networks and some social widgets, and you could hit 3MB per page easily. The best performing sites, however, have actually reduced their sizes in recent years. A big part of this is Google’s decision to take page load speed into account for ranking purposes.It’s not like 2.3MB is a lot of data, but for a single page it’s getting bananas. Maybe web developers will be a little more careful in the future. I have an alternative suggestion, though. If all web pages are larger than Doom, let’s just make all web pages be Doom. I think the internet would be much faster and more fun that way.last_img read more

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United rolls out Priority Boarding fee but is it more of a

first_img Tweet United rolls out Priority Boarding fee, but is it more of a carry-on fee? Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Posted bycenter_img CHICAGO — For US$9 United Airlines passengers can now get Priority Boarding and the perks that come with it.The airline’s newly introduced ‘Priority Boarding’ gives guaranteed boarding to passengers with Group 2, which also includes Chase preferred credit card holders and passengers with elite frequent traveller status.United has a total of five boarding groups for each flight, with Group 2 typically getting an early start.Priority Boarding can be selected at time of booking, if available, or passengers can check back at at a later date (but before departure) to check availability.Some say the new initiative is more of a carry-on bag fee. Seeing how the main benefit to priority boarding is securing overhead storage space, industry experts are calling the new measure a way to simply monetize scarce onboard real estate.Even United is marketing the new initiative as such, in a new ad that encourages passengers to “Get onboard and to the overhead bins faster.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksMoreover, the ad lists the fee as “from $9 per traveller”, meaning the variable fee could go up depending on the flight booked, the date, time of day and day of week.United is not the first airline to implement Priority Boarding; Southwest Airlines has been offering its Early Bird boarding product for years, at a fee of $15 per flight segment.United said it does not anticipate any logjams as a result of the new Priority Boarding, which is now being rolled out. Tags: United Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Jio Mumbai Shopping Festival promises to be back bigger better next year

first_imgThe Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) organised Jio Mumbai Shopping Festival 2018 from January 12-31. It was flagged off by Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra against the backdrop of the Gateway of India, in the presence of guests including Madan Yerawar, Minister of State – Tourism, Government of Maharashtra.The Jio Mumbai Shopping Festival 2018 is already one of the biggest initiatives and the Ministry of Tourism along with MTDC are determined to make it even bigger in the coming years.Speaking about the success of the festival, its brand ambassador, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, said, “It gives me great pleasure to declare that India’s first ever citywide festival, the Jio Mumbai Shopping Festival 2018, saw enthusiastic participation. It is another attempt by your government to improve the quality of life of its citizens.”He added that its success is a feather in the cap of Maharashtra for conceptualising and creating such a vast initiative in the state. It is by far the most inclusive effort undertaken by anyone to involve citizens at multiple locations and it is our belief that the Jio Mumbai Shopping Festival, in the years to come, will become a destination to visit for global travellers, he highlighted.The Jio Mumbai Shopping Festival 2018 saw customers indulge in heritage brands and uncover the local design scene, led by homegrown designers and trendsetters.last_img read more

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Auditorgeneral is becoming conscience police says think tank

first_imgRather than serving the public interest, the auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides is transforming himself into the “conscience police”, the board of a think tank for the modernisation of society (Opek) said on Wednesday.Responding to the dispute launched on Monday by Michaelides through his Twitter account over a Reuters report which was posted on the Cyprus Mail website regarding the explosion in the north, Opek questioned whether independent institutions such as the one led by Michaelides truly foster democratic conditions.Michaelides had taken issue with the way Reuters referred to a village in the north known to Greek Cypriots as Vouno by its Turkish Cypriot name Tashkent, citing a specific law from 2013 which prohibits the use of place names that are not recognised by the Republic of Cyprus.Recognising the necessity of independent institutions in fostering a deeply democratic society, Opek said it considers unfortunate that President Nicos Anastasiades delegated such persons to head independent institutions.The public, it added, must shoulder the costs both literally and metaphorically of the irregularities that are constantly being observed.A particularly striking case of the problematic functioning of these independent institutions is the work of auditor-general, Odysseas Michaelides, Opek said.“While exhibiting an unjustified inertia in auditing serious and outrageous scandals and abuses of power that concern society, he demonstrates a passionate obsession with a particular category of issues: those that would only satisfy the ‘patriotic’ reflexes of society.”The latest example of such activity by the auditor-general is the launching of an investigation against the Cyprus Mail, which used the illegal Turkish Cypriot place name for the village Vouno, Opek said.The group clarified that if someone was to look at the case individually, and if the auditor-general had shown similar sensitivity to important issues, then that person could say that he did well in raising the matter of the newspaper’s choice of words.But due to his almost exclusive dealings with such issues, Opek said, Michaelides is making himself into a form of “conscience police”.“Rather than auditing the authorities for the benefit of the public, [Michaelides is] policing opinions for the benefit of those in power,” Opek noted.Michaelides’ “selective behaviour and the direction of his actions not on the basis of an objective code but on the basis of his narrow personal perceptions is a serious blow to democracy,” the group asserted.They added that the public pays large sums of money for the functioning of independent institutions, making it “absurd that instead of being serve by them they are having their thoughts policed.” You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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