Kiplinger Launches Content Channel to Attract HighCPM Audience Segment

first_imgPersonal finance brand, Kiplinger, has launched a new channel on its site called Wealth Creation that offers service-oriented content for consumers and financial planning professionals. The channel will combine existing content with new content produced by a stable of high-profile contributors, but the endgame is to build a community of professional financial advisor readers that advertisers will pay high CMPs to reach. Advertisers willing to pay CPMs of $50 to $100 to reach that market, says Harbrecht. That sign-in function is key—in Kiplinger’s case, users can sign in via email, LinkedIn or Facebook—because it provides the brand with a much more monetizable audience. At the login stage, visitors are prompted to check whether they’re a financial planner or advisor or neither. That information is collected into a database that Kiplinger can sell against. “The audience has to be modest, but it doesn’t have to be huge,” says Harbrecht.center_img The channel launched early June and has so far collected 2,500 registrations, without any promotion. To begin ad sales in earnest, Harbrecht says they’ll need to hit 15,000 to 20,000 registrations. “There’s a clear monetization strategy here,” says Doug Harbrecht, director of new media for Kiplinger Washington Editors. “The holy grail in the personal finance space is reaching financial planners and financial professionals for our advertisers.” Kiplinger partnered with Vestorly, an aggregation platform that automates content collection and allows users to sign in and organize content into a personalized library.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting September 12

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider approving a new homework policy for the district. (The School Committee previously approved first and second readings of the policy in June and August.)The School Committee will consider approving a new 3-year contract for the School Nurses (September 1, 2018-August 31, 2021). Committee members will meet in Executive Session prior to the meeting to discuss.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Coordinated Program Review’s Corrective Action Plan.The School Committee will consider approving the Student Activity Accounts for the 2018-2019 school year.The School Committee will receive a draft calendar of the budget process from Superintendent Glenn Brand.The School Committee will conduct a “first reading” of the Superintendent’s goals.The School Committee will receive a report on the district’s summer professional development efforts.The School Committee will be introduced to new staff members.The School Committee will receive an update on fall athletics.The School Committee will discuss its operating protocols.The School Committee will receive a report from the Superintendent, plus subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-E — Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Wednesday’s Meeting (August 29)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for February 23 Gold Ring Found At Post Office Everett

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, February 23, 2019:Driver ran out of gas on 93 South, near Exit 38. Police gave State Police a courtesy call. Driver’s friend arrived with gasoline. (1:11am)Daniel F. McConnell (38, Everett) was arrested on a warrant. (7:08am)A caller stated an unoccupied vehicle was parked over the sidewalk near Starbucks. Police responded. Operator error by an elderly male. Vehicle is stuck and AAA is enroute. (9:36am)Party found a gold band ring in lobby of Post Office. Dropped off at station. (1:40pm)A caller reported that his mailbox was struck by a Pizza Mia delivery driver who was delivering pizza to his daughter. He spoke with an employee at the restaurant, who had their delivery driver attempt to make contact with homeowner. Caller will speak with restaurant’s owner on Monday. (3:20pm)Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire on Woburn Street and Industrial Way. Two people had attempted to dump snow on it with a Bobcat. (5:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 21: Vandalism At Wilmington Plaza & Wilmington Crossing; Driver ArrestedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Yennai Arindhaal Opening Day Box Office Collection Ajith Starrer takes a Flying

first_imgA poster from ‘Yennai Arindhaal’.IB Times IndiaAjith’s “Yennai Arindhaal” is on its way to being the biggest Tamil film in terms of box office collection in USA.Latest reports suggest that the movie has done extremely well in the country collecting $113,232 (approximately Rs 69 Lakhs) from 75 screens in its premiere.”#YennaiArindhaaal record opening $113,232 from 75 screens in USA premiere. Many sold out shows. Highest for #Thala!,” tweeted Atmus entertainment, the distributors of the Ajith film in the US.This is a record collection for Ajith in the United States; his previous best was “Arrambam”. With this record “Yennai arindhaal” has placed itself in Top five all time USA premiere box office list.The first place goes to “Lingaa” with $404.6k from 118 screens, followed by “Endhiran” with $260k from 45 screens, “I” with $168.8k from 120 screens and “Kaththi” with $142.8k from 76 screens. “Yennai Arindhaal” is in the fifth rank. The response to Ajith’s latest flick shows that the market in USA has opened doors to other stars like Ajith, Vijay and Vikram and not just Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth movies. Though “Yennai Arindhaal” is miles away from the records of other Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan movies, industry experts are reporteldy waiting to see the movies box office result in coming days.”Yennai Arindhaal”, which released on 5 February in more than 1,000 screen worldwide, has received positive reviews. The movie features Ajith in four different looks, which has already become a trend-setter and industry insiders now expect “Yennai Arindhaal” to be a big box office success.”Yennai Arindhaal” also has an impressive star cast, which includes Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Vivek, Arun Vijay, Daniel Balaji, Amit Bhargava, Rajasimman and Devi Ajith.last_img read more

Khaleda will participate in next polls under Hasina

first_imgTofail AhmedCommerce minister Tofail Ahmed said the present government led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina will work as the election time supportive government in the next national polls.”You can write this down in your diaries — I am certain Khaleda Zia will take part in the elections under prime minister Sheikh Hasina,” the minister told journalists at the Secretariat on Monday when government offices resumed after Eid vacation.“The national elections will take place before 29 January, 2019. It will be conducted by the Election Commission under the government of Sheikh Hasina. There is no chance that this will change. If someone does not want to participate in the polls, we cannot force them,” Tofail said in reply to another question.The minister claimed price hike during the Eid season was tolerable. He also said 2500,000 metric tons of rice will be imported from Vietnam, and that will help contain the price hike.last_img read more

President raises 11 corruption charges against CJ Sinha

first_imgChief justice SK Sinha gestures before talking to newsmen at the main entrance of his official residence while leaving for airport on Friday night. Photo: Zahidul Karim Five judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court had declined to sit with chief justice SK Sinha in the bench for delivering justice, according to an SC statement issued on Saturday.It said Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Syed Mahmud Hossain, Hasan Foez Siddique, Mirza Hussain Haider and Iman Ali took the decision earlier after the president, Abdul Hamid, handed over to them some documents containing 11 charges of currption against justice Sinha. Currently, there are six judges in the Supreme Court. The charges include siphoning off money, financial irregularities, corruption and moral turpitude, said the statement signed by SC registrar general Syed Aminul Islam.The SC statement termed ‘misleading’ and ‘unprecedented’ the statement issued by chief justice Sinha on Friday evening before he flew for Australia. Aminul Islam said he issued the latest statement after being asked to issue it.The SC statement claimed that justice Sinha on 1 October, agreed to tender his resignation when other judges met him and informed him about the charges of corruption. Sinha was supposed to convey his decision to other judges the next day (2 October), according to the statement.Instead, the statement said, SK Sinha applied to president Md Abdul Hamid for a one-month leave without informng others about his final decision and the following day (2 October) the president granted it.However, the law minister, Anisul Huq, told the media on 3 October that the chief justice had applied to the president for a one-month leave on health grounds. He then said SK Sinha was a cancer patient.The chief justice came up with his own statement only on Friday (13 October) hours before leaving for Australia. Sinha also told newsmen that he was completely well.Saturday’s SC statement claimed that the president invited five other judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to the Bangabhaban on 30 September. The president was said to have brought “11 specific charges” against justice Sinha and handed over the documents to the judges. As justice Iman Ali was abroad, four of the five invited judges were present there.The statement mentioned that after Iman Alis’ return, the five SC judges themselves held meeting on 1 October and decided that they wouild no longer sit with justice Sinha unless the matters of corruption were cleared and explained by the chief justice.Accordingly, the statement recalled, they met the chief justice at his Hare Road official residence the same day (1 October) and discussed the matters in detail.”But the five Appellate Division judges did not get satisfactory answers from him. Thus they conveyed him (Sinha) that ‘it would not be possible for them to sit with him in the same bench for disposal of cases, until the matters are settled’,” read the SC registrar general’s statement.The president later appointed justice Abdul Wahhab Miah as acting chief justice as per constitutional provision.last_img read more

Russia assures no more US strikes against Assad regime

first_imgSyria’s presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba’an said on Wednesday that her government’s main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more US strikes on Syrian military positions.Her remarks came a couple of weeks after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat Air Base in central Syria, in retaliation for an alleged toxic gas attack by the Syrian army on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, Xinhua news agency reported.The Russians “stressed to us that they are standing by Syria, and we understood from them that the American aggression will not be repeated,” Shaba’an told pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV in an interview.Further slamming the strike, Shaba’an said the US missile strike was a “reckless aggression that took place without investigation,” adding that what the United States is doing today reflects “confusion.”The official said that the alleged chemical attack was a setup, citing what she described as western specialists as saying that there was no aerial bombardment on the targeted area in the Khan Sheikhoun town.Shaba’an said the US strike wasn’t a military, but a political message, adding that the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran is “stronger than ever.”Meanwhile, the presidential advisor said that the US is in a state of declination, while Russia, China and India are rising high.She said her country was expecting an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stressing that the Syrian government is in no possession of chemical weapons.last_img read more

May faces ministerial resignations threat over Brexit

first_imgTheresa MayPrime minister Theresa May faced the threat Tuesday of more ministerial resignations over her refusal to rule out the possibility of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal on 29 March.Three junior ministers penned a letter in the Daily Mail urging May to delay Brexit if she fails to win concessions from Brussels over the withdrawal terms.The warning comes after three more senior ministers published a similar letter over the weekend.”We implore the government to take that step this week,” the ministers said in Tuesday’s letter.”All of us were agreed that we couldn’t be part of a government that allowed the country to leave the EU without a deal,” one of the three, culture and media minister Margot James, told BBC radio.”As D-day approaches, I think we felt honour-bound to actually do something to help prevent such catastrophe.”The letter was also signed by business minister Richard Harrington and energy minister Claire Perry.”We must act immediately to ensure that we are not swept over the precipice on 29 March,” they wrote.”The way to do that is to seek a short extension to Article 50 to allow the negotiations to be completed, the legislation to pass and for the panic that businesses face to subside.”The Daily Mail said 23 Conservative “dissidents” secretly met on Monday to plot strategy.’Free debate’It said that as many as 15 ministers were “said to be ready to resign”.May’s effective number two David Lidington told BBC radio that the British leader would hold a “free debate” with her cabinet members before addressing parliament on Tuesday afternoon.But he refused to confirm multiple British newspaper reports saying May would propose a short Brexit date extension if her EU divorce deal fails to win parliamentary backing by 12 March.May has repeatedly pushed back another vote on her EU divorce deal after her first attempt to get it through parliament suffered a record defeat on 15 January.”I am not going to predict what the PM will say later today,” Lidington said.The rebel ministers are all backing a proposed parliamentary amendment that would force May to set a new Brexit date if she fails to get better terms on the disputed issue of the Irish border.”The colleagues you talk about are good colleagues, effective ministers, and I think it’s important that the Tory party remains a broad church,” Lidington said when asked if the ministers who backed the delay amendment could be dismissed.last_img read more

Women Return to Protest

first_imgLeaders of the Women’s March, which attracted millions of protestors after the presidential inauguration in Jan., organized another march to combat the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). On July 14, hundreds of protestors gathered at the headquarters of the NRA to protest an advertisement which activists called divisive and aimed against minority and progressive groups. Then, on July 15, activists held a vigil and rally at the DOJ.On July 14 and 15, protesters stood against the Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association in protest of countless deaths from gun violence. (Insert) Tamika Mallory speaks to marches on July 14. (Photos by Lauryn Hill)The March included an 18.6 mile trek from the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va. to the Department of Justice in D.C.Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, told protesters if the NRA believes no one will fight for human rights, then women will. “Guess who’s going to lead it? We are,” Mallory said during her speech before the group marched to the DOJ.”The women are leading the fight against the bigotry and hypocrisy against the NRA.”Mallory was joined by other leaders who helped organize the Women’s March including, co-President Bob Bland, Treasurer Carmen Perez, and Assistant Treasurer Linda Sarsour.Adriana Dominguez marched the entire way. She described how her body was sweating a lot of the water she constantly consumed. Dominguez, 22, said the afternoon storm brought relief from the high temperature for marches.“[Organization Leaders] wanted us to take a bus to meet up with some of the other people who went ahead, but we were like no. We are going to march every single mile of this thing,” Dominguez told the AFRO. “And we finished it. We caught up with them.”The march primarily sparked from the acquittal of former Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the policeman who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016, and an NRA ad which featured conservative television host Dana Leosch. The ad, which was released on June 29, seemed to address left-wing protestors by showing clips of looters and vandals destroying property during a protest that was unnamed.Mallory slammed the ad by issuing an open letter to NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre. Mallory called on the NRA to remove the ad and apologize for the “recent irresponsible and dangerous propaganda videos” which she said she sees as “a direct attack on people of color, progressives, and anyone who exercises their First Amendment right to protest.”On July 14 and 15, protesters stood against the Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association in protest of countless deaths from gun violence. (Insert) Tamika Mallory speaks to marches on July 14. (Photos by Lauryn Hill)Mallory also called on the NRA to defend Philando Castile’s Second Amendment right and to demand that the DOJ indict Yanez for Castile’s murder.According to media outlets, NRA commentator Grant Stinchfield, personally addressed Mallory in another ad, telling her to “get over it, and grow up.”Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, did not attend the rally, but provided a written statement that was read by civil rights lawyer, Nekima Levy-Pounds. The letter expressed her outrage with the NRA’s reluctance to release a formal statement on behalf of Castile’s Second Amendment rights. “I want Black men who have a license to carry, to be treated the same way, that a White man would be treated,” the lawyer read to the crowd on June 14. “The NRA should be ashamed of themselves for waiting a whole damn year to issue a statement about my son . . . my son followed all of the rules.”Jennifer Adu, 29, who lives in Fairfax, Va., said she believes in her Second Amendment right but knows many people have abused it. “People have used it in the wrong ways and they have taken the right and transformed it for their own agendas to do things that aren’t fair,” she told the AFRO. Adu mentioned that some police are among the people who have abused this right and she said she hoped the NRA would remove the ad from their website.Other protestors who saw the NRA ad said they were caught off-guard and felt unsafe by the statements spoken by Leosch. Maribel Pizarro, who is from Miami, said she was “taken aback” upon seeing the NRA ad. “I was immediately defensive when I saw the video mainly because it incites a second civil war,” Pizarro told the AFRO. “Without directly calling people out by names, they called out groups, and to me that’s just so much worse, because now you’re not just attacking an individual, you’re attacking a society, a culture, a community.”Pizarro, 38, was accompanied by Alberta Jean, who was there to show her support for her Black son. “Whenever he goes out the house, it’s a concern,” Jean, 43, told the AFRO. “And I don’t want to have to continue living like this. We shouldn’t be living in America, and be scared that our sons are going to get killed.”Mallory, who has an 18-year-old son, said she hopes her son and other Black and Brown men and boys “get the message that someone cares.”“It’s important against all the hate that we see out of the country, the amount of times they see that Black lives don’t matter to many people, that they also see the resistance; that there are people of all views on the other side of the conservation telling them that their lives do matter, that they count, and that we are prepared to put our lives on the line in order for them to live in what we believe is one day going to be the beloved community of this country,” Mallory told reporters.last_img read more

India can become engine of global economic growth

first_imgIndia has the potential, resources and talent to become the engine of global economic growth. Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Group, stated that India’s potential of attracting investment worth $100 billion is a great opportunity to create value for its people. Vedanta, India’s only diversified natural resources company, is participating at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2015, held on Friday and tomorrow. While attending the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Agarwal said, “I am confident it will emerge as a global investment destination and an easier place to do business.” Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis points The Indian government needs to take a broader perspective of its policies and reduce process time to ensure a faster and transparent decision. Stressing for higher extraction of natural resources in the country, Agarwal, while commending Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make In India’ mission, suggested that it needs to be supported by ‘Find In India’ and ‘Mine in India’, thus skilling the youth and creating thousands of SME’s and create job opportunities. Vedanta has created value for all the stakeholders, including the Union Government, and has produced tremendous job opportunities across the natural resources value chain. It is Agarwal’s dream for Vedanta to be India’s flagship and world class diversified natural resources company which represents the country on the global map. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’Agarwal is committed towards poverty eradication and making India a self-sufficient economy. He believes that for every young individual to truly become an active participant in India’s economic growth the tripartite network of government, academia and industry is crucial. It will engage, enable and empower these bright minds thus boosting not just employability but also enterprise.Today India looks poised to grow at over 7.5%. While, it is a robust rate, Anil Agarwal is confident that it can achieve double-digit growth. The nation’s billion plus population houses over 600 million women. 50% of its total population is between the ages of 0-25, which makes India one of the youngest nations globally. Such demographic wealth is unmatched. But it can only be tapped when its youth are educated, when its women are empowered.last_img read more

Eight LS seats in West Bengal to go to polls in fourth

first_imgKolkata: Preparations are in place for the fourth phase of polling in eight West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies on Monday, which will decide the fate of 68 candidates in the fray. All the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum — will see a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. An electorate of 1,34,56,491 will decide the fate of 68 candidates in these eight constituencies, the Election Commission said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The commission will deploy a total of 580 companies of central forces, which will cover all the polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituencies to ensure free and fair polling, election officials said. The campaign for the eight parliamentary seats — that came to an end on Saturday evening — saw roadshows and poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state TMC has fielded Apurba Sarkar (David) against the Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in the Baharampur seat. The Left Front constituent RSP has nominated Id Mohammad, while the BJP has named Krishna Joyardar. In Krishnagar, the TMC has fielded Mahua Moitra against BJP’s Kalyan Chaubey, a footballer. The Congress has nominated Intaj Ali Shah and the CPI(M) Shantanu Jha. Ranaghat (SC) will see TMC’s Rupali Biswas locking horns with BJP’s Jagannath Sarkar. Congress has nominated Minati Biswas and the CPI(M) Rama Biswas. In the Burdwan East (SC) seat, TMC’s Sunil Kumar Mondal will contest against Paresh Chandra Das of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Siddhartha Majumdar and the CPI(M) Iswar Chandra Das. Mamtaz Sanghamita is the TMC candidate from the Burdwan-Durgapur seat against BJP’s S S Ahluwalia. The Congress has nominated Ranajit Mukherjee and the CPI(M) named Abhas Ray Chaudhuri. In Asansol, Union minister and BJP sitting MP Babul Supriyo will contest against TMC’s celebrity candidate Moon Moon Sen. The CPI(M) has nominated Gouranga Chatterjee and the Congress Biswarup Mondal for the seat. In the Bolpur (SC) seat, TMC’s Asit Kumar Mal will contest against Ramprasad Das of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Ramchandra Dome and the Congress, Abhijit Saha. Celebrity candidate Satabdi Roy is the TMC name from the Birbhum seat against BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal. The Congress has nominated Imam Hossain and the CPI(M) named Rezaul Karim for the seat. The polling personnel have already left for the 15,277 booths in the eight parliamentary constituencies. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer in the state. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more

Crystal Cruises to offer shorter cruises in 2019 with Crystal Getaways

first_imgCrystal Cruises to offer shorter cruises in 2019 with Crystal Getaways MIAMI — There are nine new Crystal Getaways coming in 2019, with destinations as near as North America to as far as Australia and Indonesia.According to Crystal Cruises, Crystal Getaways are abbreviated segments of existing longer voyages, and will sail in January, February, April and October of next year. Seven of them will sail aboard Crystal Symphony while the remaining two will be aboard Crystal Serenity.Getaways range from six to16 days and explore South America, Australia and Indonesia, the North American Gulf Coast, South Pacific and New Zealand, and South Africa.Both Crystal ships have recently undergone redesigns within the last year that include enhanced butler-serviced penthouses and suites, open-seating dining with new restaurants, new entertainment venues, and enhanced décor in public areas and lounges.Crystal Getaways itineraries include the following:Crystal Symphony January 5: 6 days, New Orleans to Curaçao, WillemstadJanuary 11: 8 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Recife, BrazilJanuary 11: 10 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Salvador da Bahia, BrazilJanuary 11: 13 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJanuary 24: 8 days, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Montevideo, UruguayApril 14: 12 days, Cairns, Australia to SingaporeOctober 15: 10 days, Panama City, Panama to New OrleansMore news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Crystal SerenityJanuary 20: 16 days, Honolulu to Auckland, New ZealandFebruary 28: 13 days, Port Louis, Mauritius to Cape Town, South AfricaCruise fares for the new Crystal Getaways start at US$2,560 per suite, with Book Now Savings of up to $1,500 per suite available for bookings by Dec. 31, 2018. Share Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Crystal Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom is to be sold

first_imgIsraeli satellite operator Spacecom is to be sold to China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group for US$285 million (€253 million) in a deal that values the operator of the Amos satellites at a significant premium to its average stock price for the last month.Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese conglomerate will reportedly take on ILS1.478 billion in debt (€347 million). Spacecom’s majority owner is Eurocom, Israel’s largest privately owned communications group.Under the agreement, which reportedly could face regulatory hurdles in Israel, Spacecom will be under the control of Israel-domiciled company Big Bird, led by a former head of the communications arm of the Israel Defence Force. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beijing Xinwei-owned, Luxembourg-based Luxembourg Space Telecommunications.Telecom group Beijing Xinwei is led, as chairman and CEO, by Chinese billionaire Wang Jing. The group is known to have close ties to Great Wall Industry, China’s main space industry group, and is involved in plans to launch a group of low-Earth orbit satellites to enable mobile communications in China following a move in 2014 by the Chinese State council to open the country’s telecommunication infrastructure to private investors. It has also reportedly been involved in satellite plans in a number of international markets, including in Latin America.“The global market for communications satellites is undergoing a consolidation process, enabling the merging companies to improve their competitiveness,” said Spacecom CEO David Pollack in a statement.“Beijing Xinwei is a strategic partner, expert in the field of telecommunication, planning to expand its business the communication satellites field, The merger will provide the company with financial strength and will enable further development and growth.”Major General (Res.) Ami Shafran, representative of Beijing Xinwei Group said: “The impressive accomplishments and capabilities of Space Communication is well known in the industry. The merger perfectly fits the Group’s moves to expand its operations in the worldwide communications market. At the same time, the transaction will provide to Space Communication financial stability and will boost its growth”.last_img read more

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika

first_imgLithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė as its new CEO.Monika Garbačiauskaitė-BudrienėGarbačiauskaitė-Budriené was appointed by the LRT Council for a five-year term from a field of 11 candidates. She replaces Audrius Siaurusevičius, who has headed the broadcaster for two consecutive terms and reportedly had wanted to continue in his role.Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, a journalist, was editor-in-chief of Lithuania’s biggest news website DELFI between 2000-2017. Previously she worked as a reporter and columnist for a variety of Lithuanian media organisations and also worked as editor of the weekly youth programme on Vilnius radio.Her priority at LRT will be to better integrate content across various platforms.Last month public broadcasters organization the EBU expressed concern about increasing political pressure being placed on LRT after the Lithuanian Parliament established an ad hoc investigative commission to look at the management, financial and economic activities of the broadcaster. EBU Director General Noel Curran wrote to the speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Viktoras Pranckaitis, the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the President of the Republic Dalia Grybauskaitė to express concern about the pressure being placed on the broadcaster, calling for any appraisal of its operations to be carried out by a specialised professional body such its Supervisory Council or the national state audit board.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links – Editor’s note: Gold stocks have soared in 2016…but it’d be a huge mistake to think this rally can’t continue. In fact, Casey Research founder Doug Casey says gold stocks are in the early stages of a “true mania.” And you can make a fortune if you know what to look for. Today, we’re sharing a classic interview with Doug and International Speculator editor Louis James. As you’ll see, Doug’s thoughts are just as timely and true today as they were then… Louis James: Doug, we were talking about gold last week, so we should follow up with a look at gold stocks. If one of the reasons to own gold is that it’s real—it’s not paper, it’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability—why own gold stocks? Doug: Leverage. Gold stocks are problematical as investments. That’s true of all resource stocks, especially stocks in exploration companies, as opposed to producers. If you want to make a proper investment, the way to do that is to follow the dictates of Graham and Dodd or use the method Warren Buffett has proven to be so successful over many years. Unfortunately, resource stocks in general, and metals exploration stocks in particular, just don’t lend themselves to such methodologies. They are another class of security entirely. L: “Security” may not be the right word. As I was reading the latest edition of Graham & Dodd’s classic book on securities analysis, I realized that their minimum criteria for investment wouldn’t even apply to the gold majors. The business is just too volatile. You can’t apply standard metrics. Doug: It’s just impossible. For one thing, they cannot grow consistently because their assets are always depleting. Nor can they predict what their rate of exploration success is going to be. L: Right. As an asset, a mine is something that gets used up as you dig it up and sell it off. Doug: Exactly. And the underlying commodity prices can fluctuate wildly for all sorts of reasons. Mining stocks, and resource stocks in general, have to be viewed as speculations, as opposed to investments. But that can be a good thing. For example, many of the best speculations have a political element to them. Governments are constantly creating distortions in the market, causing misallocations of capital. Whenever possible, the speculator tries to find out what these distortions are because their consequences are predictable. They result in trends you can bet on. It’s like the government is guaranteeing your success because you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing. The classic example, not just coincidentally, concerns gold. The U.S. government suppressed its price for decades while creating huge numbers of dollars before it exploded upward in 1971. Speculators who understood some basic economics positioned themselves accordingly. As applied to metals stocks, governments are constantly distorting the monetary situation, and gold in particular, being the market’s alternative to government money, is always affected by that. So gold stocks are really a way to short the government—or go long on government stupidity, as it were. The bad news is that governments act chaotically, spastically. The beast jerks to tug on its strings held by its various puppeteers. So, it’s hard to predict price movements in the short term. You can only bet on the end results of chronic government monetary stupidity. The good news is that, for that very same reason, these stocks are extremely volatile. That makes it possible, from time to time, to get not just doubles or triples but ten baggers, twenty baggers, and even a hundred-to-one shots in these mining stocks. That kind of upside makes up for the fact that these stocks are lousy investments and that you will lose money on some of them. L: One of our mantras: Volatility can be your best friend. Doug: Yes, volatility can be your best friend, as long as your timing is reasonable. I don’t mean timing tops and bottoms—no one can do that. I mean spotting the trend and betting on it when others are not so you can buy low to later sell high. If you chase momentum and excitement, if you run with the crowd, buying when others are buying, you’re guaranteed to lose. You have to be a contrarian. In this business, you’re either a contrarian or road kill. When everyone is talking about these stocks on TV, you know the masses are interested, and that means they’ve gone to a level at which you should be a seller and not a buyer. That makes it more a game of playing the psychology of the market, rather than doing securities analysis. I’m not sure how many thousands of gold mining stocks there are in the world today—I’ll guess about 3,000—but most of them are junk. If they have any gold, it’s mainly in the words written on the stock certificates. So, in addition to knowing when to buy and when to sell, your choice of individual stocks has to be intelligent, too. Remember, most mining companies are burning matches. L: All they do is spend money. Doug: Exactly. That’s because most mining companies are really exploration companies. They are looking for viable deposits, which is quite literally like looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding gold is one thing. Finding an economical deposit of gold is something else entirely. And even if you do find an economical deposit of gold, it’s exceptionally difficult to make money mining it. Most of your capital costs are upfront. The regulatory environment today is onerous in the extreme. Labor costs are far above what they used to be. It’s a really tough business. L: If someone describes a new business venture to you, saying, “Oh, it’ll be a gold mine!” Do you run away? Doug: Almost. And it’s odd because historically, gold mining used to be an excellent business to be in. For example, take the Homestake Mine in Deadwood, South Dakota, which was discovered in 1876—at just about the time of Custer’s last stand, actually. When they first raised capital for that, their dividend structure was something like 100% of the initial share price, paid per month. That was driven by the extraordinary discovery. Even though the technology was very primitive and inefficient in those days, labor costs were low, you didn’t have to worry about environmental problems, there were no taxes on whatever you earned, you didn’t have to pay mountains of money to lawyers. Today, you probably pay your lawyers more than you pay your geologists and engineers. So, the business has changed immensely over time. It’s perverse because with the improvements in technology, gold mining should have become more economical, not less. The further back you go in history, the higher the grade you’d have to mine in order to make it worthwhile. If we go back to ancient history, a mineable deposit probably had to be at least an ounce of gold per ton to be viable. Today, you can mine deposits that run as low as a hundredth of an ounce (0.3 g/t). It’s possible to go even lower, but you need very cooperative ore. And that trend toward lower grades becoming economical is going to continue. For thousands of years, people have been looking for gold in the most obscure and bizarre places all over the world. That’s because of the 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, gold was probably the first metal that man discovered and made use of. The reason for that is simple: Gold is the most inert of the metals. L: Because it doesn’t react easily and form compounds, you can find the pure metal in nature. Doug: Right. You can find it in its pure form, and it doesn’t degrade, and it doesn’t rust. In fact, of all the elements, gold is not only the most inert, it’s also the most ductile and the most malleable. And, after silver, it’s the best conductor of both heat and electricity, and the most reflective. In today’s world, that makes it a high-tech metal. New uses are found for it weekly. It has many uses besides its primary one as money and its secondary use as jewelry. But it was probably also man’s first metal. But for that same reason, all the high-grade, easy-to-find gold deposits have already been found. There’s got to be a few left to be discovered, but by and large, we’re going to larger-volume, lower-grade, “no-see-um” type deposits at this point. Gold mining is no longer a business in which, like in the movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, you can get a couple of guys, some picks and mules, and go out and find the mother lode. Unfortunately. Now, it’s usually a large-scale, industrial earth-moving operation next to a chemical plant. L: They operate on very slender margins—and they can be rendered unprofitable by a slight shift in government regulations or taxes. So, we want to own these companies… Why? Doug: You want them strictly as speculative vehicles that offer the potential for ten, a hundred, or even a thousand times returns on your money. Getting a thousand times on your money is extraordinary, of course—you have to buy at the bottom and sell at the top—but people have done it. It’s happened not just once or twice but quite a number of times that individual stocks have moved by that much. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these things fluctuate down even more dramatically than they fluctuate up. Don’t forget that they are burning matches that can actually go to zero. And when they go down, they usually drop at least twice as fast as they went up. L: That’s true, but as bad as a total loss is, you can only lose 100%—but there’s no such limit to the upside. A 100% gain is only a double, and we do much better than that for subscribers numerous times per year. Doug: Exactly. And as shareholders in everything from Fannie Mae to AIG to Lehman Brothers and many more have found out, even the biggest, most solid companies can go to zero. L: So, what you’re telling me is that the answer to “Why gold?” is really quite different to the answer to “Why gold stocks?” These are in completely different classes, bought for completely different reasons. Doug: Yes. You buy gold, the metal, because you’re prudent. It’s for safety, liquidity, insurance. The gold stocks, even though they explore for or mine gold, are at the polar opposite of the investment spectrum; you buy those for extreme volatility and the chance it creates for spectacular gains. It’s rather paradoxical, actually. L: You buy gold for safety and gold stocks specifically to profit from their “un-safety”… Doug: Exactly. They really are total opposites, even though it’s the same commodity in question. It’s odd, but then, life is often stranger than fiction. L: It’s being a contrarian—“timing” in the sense of making a rational decision about a trend in evident motion—that helps stack the odds in your favor. It allows you to guess when market volatility will, on average, head upward, making it possible for you to buy low and sell high. Editor’s note: After 40 years, Doug Casey is stepping forward and sharing the method he’s personally used to make millions of dollars in gold stocks. In this free video presentation, he shows you exactly what he’s doing in the gold market right now…and how you could make a lot of money doing the same yourself. You’ll learn what REALLY drives up gold prices…why 95% of gold stocks are worthless…and how to make smart speculations with 500% to 1,000% potential gains in the coming weeks and months. Click here to watch this free video now. 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Heres what they arent telling you about this pla

first_imgHere’s what they aren’t telling you about this plan Click here now to see this dirt cheap offer — E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorJustin’s note: Right now, E.B.’s excited about a little-known strategy you can use to generate gains 10x bigger than options. It’s a specific type of investment that Doug Casey uses, too…E.B. and Doug are ready to share the details of this strategy on February 27 in what’s sure to be one of the most important events in Casey Research’s history.You’ll be able to sign up for this big event on Monday. Keep an eye out…Reader Mailbag Many readers love E.B.’s “Notes From the Battlefield” essays because they offer a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else. And because they show the importance of a life well lived, rich with experiences. Let us know what you think of them right here: Democrats have the power and America is DoomedWith the Democrats taking charge, for the third time in U.S. history our government is preparing to “nationalize” America’s currency. Before long, everywhere you go, they’ll be talking about how we must reset America’s currency… to keep things fair… to build a stronger country… to “wipe the slate clean.” But think about it: Where will all this new money come from? I move in the opposite direction. I like to hire architects and let them do whatever they want. Other than paying the bill, I’m totally hands off. So far, this has worked out great. It’s also been a lot of fun.I had an architect lay out the interior of my new office in 2017. I gave him free rein to pick out everything from the art to the exact place my computer screens sit. The result was great. My office feels serious and relaxing at the same time. I’m more comfortable there than any other workspace I’ve had to date.From remolding rooms to designing custom built furniture, I’ve had a lot of luck with this approach. Hire someone talented, then leave them alone while they create. Architects tell me I’m the rare exception… The problem with clients ruining great design is not new.Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a zero-tolerance policy for client meddling. I’m intrigued by Wright’s work and went on a quest to see as much of it as possible.This summer, Strategic Investor analyst John Pangere and I rented a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Chicago for one night. E.B. and John rented this home designed by Frank Lloyd WrightWright built this house for Emil Bach in 1915. Emil was the brother of Otto Bach, who ran the Bach Brick Company in Chicago. Otto lived in another home designed by Wright, which unfortunately was not preserved.When we checked into the Emil Bach house, the caretaker told us about Wright’s defiant style. One summer day after the Bach family moved into the house, Mrs. Bach looked out the window to see a man ripping up her garden. Frank Lloyd Wright walked past the house and noticed Mrs. Bach had planted vegetables in the space he purposefully designed as a small strip of grass. He let himself in the gate and ripped up the garden. —center_img Recommended Link Recommended Link Wright thought out every meticulous detail when designing a home. He said the house should be as unique as the family that lives in it. If he could not find the materials needed, he would make them himself. In the Emil Bach house, he personally designed the bookcases, furniture, and complex windows which have built-in shades hidden from view.The same goes for the exterior. The house has no drain pipes. Water funnels down to holes in the cantilevered roof before falling to drain in the ground below.He even hid the steps leading up to the entrance of the house. From the street view all you see is the home, no steps, and no door. Wright called this a “pathway to discovery.” Front steps hidden from viewWe had the unique opportunity to experience Wright’s design by spending the night in the Emil Bach house.Wright died in 1959. He was 91 years old. He designed hundreds of buildings. Another well-known house worth seeing is Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Built over a streamWright built Fallingwater for the Kaufmann family in the mid-1930s. Kaufmann ran department stores bearing his name. He asked Wright to build a summer cabin on his property. He ended up with a home that feels like part of the stream’s natural waterfall. Wright ran 400% over budget in the process. If you have a chance to see the home in person, you’ll see why the Kaufmanns went along with his obscure and expensive design.Of the hundreds of buildings Wright designed over his life I’m aware of only one plantation. I had a chance to tour this magnificent structure in 2013. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a plantation in Beaufort, SCAn engineer from Michigan commissioned the project in the 1940s. Wright worked on it for over a decade before giving up.The owner’s daughter lived in the mostly finished home for another 25 years. When she was too old, she leased it to local South Carolinians as a hunting cabin. My guide told me the hunters hung and skinned dead deer in the kitchen.When movie producer Joel Silver bought and restored the one-of-a-kind property, he saved it from ruin. Silver allows a local non-profit land trust to host a tour of the property one day each year. It’s in November, which is a great time to visit South Carolina. Here is a link to the access tickets.The next time you’re in a building that feels right or wrong, take note of the design. You’ll find you can tell a lot about the owner’s personality by how he handled the architect who designed it. Maybe he restricted the architect, maybe he told him to play it safe so everyone would like it, or maybe he left him free to create something amazing. The rare cases when you experience the latter are memorable.Regards, Brand-New: Start with $100 and Retire Rich?Over the past decade, Tim Sykes’ stock trading teachings have helped his students with their retirement goals.. And in rare cases, some have even become millionaires… WITHOUT starting with much at all. That’s why Tim is now offering this full book AND a year of access to his wisdoms… for only $20. Yes only $20… because Tim knows that every $100 you keep could turn into $500 or even $1,000 down the road.. If you read this book and take the right steps. Justin’s note: For today’s Weekend Edition, we’re sharing another one of E.B. Tucker’s popular “Notes From the Battlefield” essays…This is a special section that E.B. includes every month in his Strategic Investor newsletter to show readers the importance of a well-lived life, rich with experiences. Last weekend, we showed you what he learned from spending a night at a former insane asylum…Today, he shares what he discovered from his recent architectural quest…By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorI’m fascinated with great architectural design.It all started about 10 years ago. I slowly realized most of the buildings we spend our lives in are complete crap. Not only do they look terrible, they make us feel terrible. When you experience great architecture there are no words to describe the feeling. Everything about it just feels right.Over the years, I’ve made friends with several progressive architects. I’ve traveled with them. I spend time over dinners listening to them explain things. They’ll point around a restaurant and show me the wall that’s out of place, the corner that should be rounded, and the thing hanging from the ceiling that makes patrons subconsciously feel trapped. Meanwhile, most people just deal with it and never know any different.My architect pals all tell the same story of how these terrible designs came to be. People hire them and ask them to design something amazing. They deliver. Then the customer balks at the cost and orders them to sterilize the design back down to something closer to what their neighbors have.last_img read more

Some of the largest hospital systems in North Caro

first_imgSome of the largest hospital systems in North Carolina are ending child visitor restrictions put in place to try to reduce the number of flu cases, just as the death toll for the season surpasses 300.A number of hospital systems have announced that restrictions will end Friday morning after being implemented Jan. 12. The list includes Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, Cone Health, High Point Regional, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.”We feel it’s appropriate to lift these temporary visitor restrictions now, since spending time with healthy loved ones, including children, is important for many of our patients,” Larry Givner, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist, told the Winston-Salem Journal.State health officials reported 29 more flu deaths in North Carolina. There were seven deaths for the week ending March 10, and 22 deaths from previous weeks which were determined to be flu-related.Twice in February, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 46 deaths in a single week.”While we continue monitoring the influenza virus as it continues to circulate in our area, we’ve seen the rates decrease steadily in the past several weeks,” Givner said.The death toll for the year is 305, making it North Carolina’s deadliest flu season in at least 10 years. Both the 2016-17 and the 2014-15 seasons had 218 flu deaths.The flu season usually ends by the end of March.last_img read more

President Trump has consistently declared that the

first_imgPresident Trump has consistently declared that the Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as Obamacare — is a broken mess, and after several unsuccessful attempts to repeal the national health care law, he has eagerly anticipated that it will “fail” and “implode.”On Thursday, four cities wielded the president’s remarks against him, in a lawsuit accusing Trump of deliberately undermining his executive obligation to “faithfully execute” the law in violation of the Constitution. It alleges that Trump and his administration “are waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law.” It points to the president’s own statements and actions taken by the Health and Human Services Department to discourage citizens from enrolling in health insurance exchanges. The cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, contend the government has schemed to destroy the ACA by slashing outreach funding, promoting insurance that does not have to comply with the law and can refuse people who have preexisting conditions, has narrowed the enrollment window, imposed onerous documentation requirements and “misused federal funds for advertising campaigns aimed at smearing the ACA and its exchanges, and spinning false narratives about the efficacy and success of the Act.”An HHS spokeswoman told NPR the department does not comment on pending litigation, but in an interview on Fox News on Thursday, Secretary Alex Azar asserted the insurance law “is still broken.””It does not work because of its own structure,” Azar said. “The premium baseline from which they’re operating is entirely too high and unaffordable for so many people, but under President Trump we’ve brought stabilization there that at least is bringing some relief to individuals.”The cities’ lawsuit follows Wednesday’s changes in regulations that allow insurance-seekers to buy short-term policies for up to three years. The alternative plans may be much cheaper than those offered under the ACA because they’re not required to cover as many medical services and can exclude people with pre-existing conditions.As NPR’s Alison Kodjak reported:”The plans have been a priority of President Trump, who says he wants consumers to have access to cheaper health insurance.”Short-term plans don’t have to meet the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protection and coverage requirements, so many will not cover services such as mental health care or prescription drugs. And insurance companies can deny customers coverage on these plans if they have a pre-existing medical condition and charge people more if they are likely to need medical care.”These policies are aimed at people who earn too much to qualify for federally subsidized health plans, a population HHS estimates will likely be about 200,000 people next year but could grow up to 1.6 million by 2024, according to Kodjak. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan research office that estimates the budget effects of policy proposals, expects a larger swath of healthy people — about 2 million — will buy the less expensive plans. That would likely drive up premiums for those on other plans. The complaint argued the administration’s efforts to promote “bare-bones” plans to weaken the exchanges have “violated their constitutional obligation to take care that the ACA is faithfully executed.” “By actively and avowedly wielding executive authority to sabotage the ACA, defendants are not acting in good faith; instead, they have usurped Congress’s lawmaking function, and they are violating the Constitution,” the complaint said.Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under former President Obama, said insurers have pulled out of the marketplace as a result of the Trump administration’s refusal to guarantee monthly subsidy payments. “There is a specific psychology to the private market. And when you mess with that, as the president has done repeatedly by saying he finally killed Obamacare, that throws the whole thing off,” Slavitt told NPR. Whether or not Trump supports the health care act, he is bound to uphold it, he said. “When I was in the [Obama] administration no one asked me if some law passed by Gerald Ford or Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon, was something I wanted to enforce. I was told to make it work for the American public.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

A disabled campaigner has launched a new photobas

first_imgA disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland.Marg McNiel estimates that he has travelled more than a million miles in his quest to document the accessibility of public venues throughout the British Isles, and says he has taken more than 500, 000 photographs over his lifetime.McNiel has been taking pictures since he was a child in the 1950s, but he has been focussing on producing a photographic access record of Britain and Ireland since he developed ME in the early 1990s.See Around Britain provides photographs of locations (pictured) such as churches, museums, cinemas, railway stations, hospitals, hotels, National Trust venues and other cultural attractions, with the website and mobile app offering multiple pictures of the access at some of the larger sites.The See Around Britain interactive map also features the locations of services such as accessible toilets, Shopmobility centres, defibrillators and accident and emergency departments.He hopes the site – and the free Android and iPhone apps – will offer something different to existing websites that provide photographs and written access information, by being “fully mainstream and fully inclusive” and so not just appealing to disabled people.He wants the site to help disabled people but also anyone else who wants to check out if a location is suitable before they visit, such as families with young children, and foreign visitors, and also people with impairments who don’t see themselves as disabled.McNiel said: “Our approach and philosophy is totally different. We are mainstream and fully inclusive of disabled people, so we reach as many disabled people with impairments as possible.“The photos save a thousand words and don’t lie. They are not pretty-pretty, they are everyday life reality.”He estimates that the website currently covers more than 1,300 venues across Britain and Ireland, with many more of his photographs yet to be added.See Around Britain also has information and photographs for some sites in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.Over the last 18 months, nearly 20 volunteers have helped McNiel by cataloguing the pictures and writing descriptions of access at venues based on those photographs.McNiel and his fellow trustees Vin West and Trevor Palmer are now looking for sponsorship and more volunteers.The charity, which has so far provided the bulk of the funding for See Around Britain, dates back to 1971, and originally provided drop-in centres and community education and training schemes.The money to launch See Around Britain came from the £1.6 million sale of the charity’s previous base in Islington, north London, which for many years was the home of his photographic archive, the National Heritage Library.The charity has now moved its headquarters temporarily to a rented farmhouse in Wales.last_img read more

About 1600 workingage disabled people are dying

first_imgAbout 1,600 working-age disabled people are dying every year after having their claim for disability benefits rejected, the government has been forced to admit.TheDepartment for Work and Pensions figures (DWP) reveal that 7,990 disabled people wholodged a claim for person independence payment (PIP) in the five years afterthe new benefit was launched in April 2013 had died within six months ofregistering their claim, while also having that claim rejected.Thesefigures mean that more than 130 working-age disabled people a month have beenfound ineligible for PIP following an initial assessment by governmentcontractors Atos and Capita but were still so unwell that they died soonafterwards*.Anotherset of figuresreleased by DWP shows that 3,680 disabled people – or more than 60 a month –died within three months of their initial PIP applications being rejected byDWP.Marsha deCordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said: “These shockingfigures show that the cruel and callous PIP assessment is unfit for purpose.“Thatthousands of people die three months after being denied vital social securitypayments is disgraceful. “Ill anddisabled people are being failed [with] the most tragic consequences.“Labour willend the hostile environment in the DWP and replace the PIP assessment frameworkwith a system that treats disabled people with dignity and respect.”The figures werereleased to Labour MP Madeleine Moon by Sarah Newton, the minister for disabledpeople.It was Moon whosecured other figures last month which showed that more than 17,000PIP claimants – out of a total of more than 3.6 million – had died during thefive years while waiting for DWP to make a decision on their claim.Newton alsotold her last week that 11,790 of these undecided claims were dealtwith under “normal rules” and so had not been fast-tracked because they wereterminally-ill.The BridgendMP said this week: “These shamefulfigures reveal how gravely ill people, eligible for benefits, have tragicallyfallen through the cracks of a failing system as they approach the end of life.“Questions to the DWP have uncovered manycases where terminally ill people have had their PIP applications rejected whenapplying under normal rules** and have died within six months.“It is disgusting that people who are dyinghave not been treated with compassion and support and their claim fast tracked.“When you only have a short time left to live you must not be let downby a callous system which is not fit for purpose.”Moon hasintroduced a private members’ bill, which would remove the current“arbitrary” time limit which means claimants can only be treated asterminally-ill if they have less than six months left to live.She said: “My bill will bring the changes needed to ensure we bringdignity and some financial security to the terminally ill and their families.“All terminally ill people should be able to access the special rulesfor terminal illness (SRTI) process. “The clinical judgement of a healthcare professional should be enoughto determine when someone has a terminal condition, without reference to a sixmonths prognosis. “Removing the arbitrary time limit provides medical professionals withgreater clarity, and more importantly, ensures the terminally ill receivesupport with the speed and compassion they deserve.”There aresimilarities between the new figures secured by Moon and statistics releasedby DWP in 2015, which showed that about 100 disabled people everymonth who had applied for employment and support allowance (ESA) were dyingsoon after being found fit for work.As with theESA figures, it is not currently possible to draw clear conclusions about howdeeply flawed the PIP assessment process is because of DWP’s failure to releasecomparable statistics for the general population.DisabledPeople Against Cuts researcher Anita Bellows, who has previously carriedout widely-praised work examining the PIP contracts awarded to Atos and Capita,said: “Once again, the spotlight is on disability assessment contractors, Atosand Capita, and on the DWP, after the release of figures showing the number ofclaimants dying after their PIP were disallowed.”She said the figures should be viewed in the light of around70 per cent of claimants appealing a PIP decision having the initialdecision overturned by a tribunal. She said: “So it can be said with certitude that some of these people whodied were denied the support they were entitled to, or they might have diedbecause of this lack of support. “DWP, Atos and Capita have shown time and time again that they are notfit for purpose, and neither are the tests supposed to assess disability andfitness for work, which have lost all credibility. “It is time to overhaul the whole system to prevent it doing further harm.”A DWP spokesperson refused to say whether Newton agreed that the figuresshowed that the PIP process was failing a substantial number of very ill people.But she said in a statement: “DWP decision makers take into considerationall the evidence provided, including from their medical professionals, whendetermining eligibility for PIP.“Meanwhile, we fast-track the claim process for people who have beendiagnosed with a terminal illness. “We are determined that people get the support they need and under PIP 31per cent of people get the highest possible support, compared with 15 per centunder DLA. “We are also stopping unnecessary reassessment for PIP for people withthe most severe and life-long conditions.”She also said that new SRTI claims currently take an average of sixworking days to process.She said: “We are absolutely committed toimproving the overall PIP claimant experience as this is what claimants rightlyexpect and deserve. “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of anyone who has passedaway but there is no evidence in this data to suggest someone’s reason forclaiming PIP was the cause of their death and it would be misleading to suggestotherwise.“People claim PIP for various reasons, the majority of which are non-lifethreatening.”Meanwhile,DWP has published theresults of its annual benefits satisfaction survey, which show thatthe percentage of PIP claimants who had been in contact with DWP in theprevious three months and were satisfied with the service they received plungedfrom 87 per cent in 2016-17 to 82 per cent in 2017-18.Theproportion who said they were dissatisfied rose from 12 to 17 per cent, and theproportion who said they were very dissatisfied almost doubled, increasing fromfive to nine per cent. Newton alsoreleased figures this week to de Cordova which showed that thenumber of complaints received by Atos and Capita about the PIP assessmentprocess increased from 8,900 in 2017 to 9,400 in 2018.Newton said:“Both of these figures equate to less than one per cent of the total number ofassessments carried out that year.”*The cause of death may be unrelatedto the condition or impairment for which the claimant was seeking PIP**Those expected not to live longer than six months, as opposed to those applying under Normal Rules, should receive PIP more quickly A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more