Officials flagged 900 food items from China with problems over two years

Officials flagged 900 food items from China with problems over two years

07 October 0

OTTAWA — Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records.The document provides an inside look at imports from China that caught the attention of officials for appearing to fall short of Canadian standards — from gum balls with “extraneous” metal, to three-minute chow mein that contained an insect, to spicy octopus feet flagged for a “non-specific hazard.”The list, compiled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, was obtained through access-to-information law.Its release comes at a time of significant public interest in Canada about cross-border food inspections, especially those involving China.The scrutiny of agricultural goods has been central to a diplomatic dispute between Canada and its second-biggest trading partner. Bilateral frictions have intensified since the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians on espionage allegations.The governing Liberals have come under pressure from rival Conservatives to respond by taking a harder line when it comes to Chinese imports.In recent weeks, China asked Canada to suspend all its meat-export certificates to the Asian country after Chinese customs inspectors detected residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in a batch of Canadian pork products. A statement by China’s embassy in Ottawa said the investigation uncovered at least 188 forged veterinary health certificates and argued the Canadian system had “obvious safety loopholes.”Chinese authorities have also blocked imports of Canadian canola seeds, alleging they found pests in some shipments. The federal government says it has tried unsuccessfully to send a delegation of inspectors to China to examine the evidence.The economic consequences of China’s trade actions on Canadian food shipments, as well as the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are widely seen as attempts by Beijing to pressure the Liberal government into releasing Meng.The list from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shows it’s not uncommon for inspectors to raise concerns about imports from China.Between Jan. 1, 2017 and Feb. 29, 2019, agency officials “detected problems” with 889 food or food ingredient imports into Canada from China, according to the document.Only four food shipments, however, from China were refused entry into Canada over that period, CFIA’s quarterly reports show.An agency spokeswoman said CFIA investigates concerns to determine if it’s a hazard or fails to comply with Canadian standards. When necessary, she said officials take action — including minor label corrections, recalls, product seizure, entry refusals and the cancellation of licences.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in an emailed statement that the issues in the CFIA list do not necessarily correlate to a particular problem with imported food products from foreign countries.“This is a list of cases reported to the CFIA that informs operational and follow-up activities to verify compliance and take any appropriate actions, in accordance with laws and regulations,” Bibeau said.“The Canadian food safety system is strong and recognized as one of the best in the world and the government is confident in all products approved by the CFIA as safe for local consumption as well as for export.”The list only provides numbers for China and does not include comparable numbers for Canada’s other trading partners.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer recently called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports.Bibeau’s office has said Canada has no intention of increasing inspections on Chinese imports.Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, an expert in agri-food trade and policy, wrote in an email that Canada would likely take a long time before implementing actions against Chinese imports.“Canada will always play to the rules and exhaust all democratic channels available through international trade agreements such as (the World Trade Organization),” wrote Afesorgbor, an assistant professor at the University of Guelph.“Any retaliatory action may result in trade war and that may negatively affect the two countries.”Glenford Jameson, a Toronto-based lawyer with expertise in the food sector, said the CFIA list provides an extra level of detail that’s usually omitted from public documents. He added that none of the concerns flagged in the document are highly unusual.“This list is a list that wouldn’t be surprising from any country, including the United States, and is really just a byproduct of having a stringent food-inspection and food-regulatory system,” Jameson said.“No food commodity is traded at 100 per cent perfect compliance all the time.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

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S Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

S Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

07 October 0

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says it is cancelling an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute with its Asian neighbour.South Korea’s presidential office made the announcement Thursday, saying tightened export controls imposed by Japan have caused a “grave” change in security co-operation between the countries.The decision is expected to further aggravate tensions between South Korea and Japan, two of America’s most important allies in the region.The move is a setback to U.S. efforts to bolster trilateral security co-operation with Seoul and Tokyo.Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press read more

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UN Middle East media seminar opens in Moscow with call for IsraeliPalestinian

UN Middle East media seminar opens in Moscow with call for IsraeliPalestinian

06 October 0

“You gather at a time when potentially transformative decisions are being contemplated that could affect the lives of Palestinians and Israelis, and the prospects for peace, for many years to come,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor.While any Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank is to be welcomed, there is no substitute for a durable, negotiated solution and no other way to resolve final status issues than through face to face talks, he told the assembled journalists from both Israel and Arab countries as well as elsewhere.“I am pleased that (Israeli) Prime Minister (Ehud) Olmert has said he would exhaust every possibility to promote peace with the Palestinians,” Mr. Annan said. “On the Palestinian side, President (Mahmoud) Abbas is a partner whose commitment to a peacefully negotiated two-State solution is unquestioned.”He added that regarding the new Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority Government, the Middle East Road Map peace plan sponsors – the Quartet comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – have made clear what is expected.Ever since Hamas’ election victory in January, the Quartet has called on it to recognize Israel, commit to non-violence and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements, as requited by the Road Map plan predicated on negotiated accords culminating in two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.“I hope that the well-known desire of the Palestinian people for a negotiated, two-State solution will emerge strengthened from the internal Palestinian discussion and debate now underway, and that their desire will be reflected in the positions taken by the Government,” Mr. Annan.The two-day seminar is the 14th time the annual event has been held, and it is being organized this year by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) in cooperation with the Russian Foreign Ministry.The UN goal was not only to sensitize people about the question of Palestine but also to provide impetus and support for a dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis, to help them sustain their hopes and visions for a peaceful future and perhaps even contribute to the realization of those hopes, Mr. Tharoor said.Ultimately, as war began in the minds of men, it was in the minds of men that peace must be constructed, he added.The Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People, Paul Badji, said the meeting was another example of UN efforts to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict. The lack of awareness, distorted information and lack of comprehension of the situation of the Palestinian people exacerbated their predicament, he added.Unfair and inaccurate media coverage of the issue should be closely monitored and, whenever possible, corrected, he said.UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Alvaro de Soto said in the keynote address that he actually saw a couple of positive elements on which it might be possible to build. The first was Israeli and Palestinian public opinion, with nearly all surveys showing that the two publics still supported a negotiated two-State solution. The second was the expressed desire of Mr. Olmert and Mr. Abbas to engage in dialogue with a partner willing and able to deliver. It was the job of the international community not just to show the parties where their performance fell short, but also to help them, Mr. de Soto added. read more

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La sonde Cassini trouve de loxygène sur une lune de Saturne

La sonde Cassini trouve de loxygène sur une lune de Saturne

20 September 0

first_imgLa sonde Cassini trouve de l’oxygène sur une lune de SaturneDes traces d’oxygène ont été retrouvées sur Dioné, l’une des lunes de Saturne, grâce à l’un des instruments de Cassini. Les quantités sont toutefois trop faibles pour rendre l’air respirable.En septembre dernier, des chercheurs ont découvert que Dioné, l’un des 62 satellites naturels de Saturne, possédait une atmosphère. Une découverte qui a quelque peu surpris au vu de la faible densité de cette lune qui aurait pu l’empêcher de retenir une atmosphère même fine. Mais aujourd’hui, la sonde Cassini en a révélé un peu plus sur cet air.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’après des travaux publiés dans la revue Geophysical Research Letters, l’un des instruments de l’engin a en effet révélé la présence d’oxygène autour de Dioné. Néanmoins, la quantité détectée ne permettrait pas de rendre respirable l’air de cette planète glacée : elle équivaudrait à celle rencontrée à 480 kilomètres au-dessus de la Terre, souligne Sciences et avenir. C’est en fait en analysant les données du spectromètre à plasma de la sonde Cassini que Robert Tokar et ses collègues du LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Etats-Unis) ont fait la découverte. Des données collectées lors d’un survol de Dioné réalisé le 7 avril 2010, à 500 kilomètres de la surface de la lune de Saturne. Toutefois, il ne s’agit pas d’une réelle surprise car en plus de la fine atmosphère, le télescope spatial Hubble avait déjà révélé la présence d’ozone. De plus, Cassini avait de son côté également détecté une fine exosphère de ce type a proximité d’une autre lune de Saturne, Rhéa.D’après les calculs de Robert Tokar et ses collègues, il y aurait plus précisément un ion oxygène pour 11 centimètres cubes dans l’exosphère de Dioné. Néanmoins, la présence de cet élément ne serait pas lié à l’existence d’une vie organique. Les chercheurs supposent qu’elle serait issue d’un bombardement du satellite par des photons solaires ou des ions produits par le champ magnétique de Saturne. Des particules qui arracheraient alors des molécules d’oxygène à la glace située à la surface de DionéLe 5 mars 2012 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Danser le tango pour lutter contre la psychose et la dépression

Danser le tango pour lutter contre la psychose et la dépression

20 September 0

first_imgDanser le tango pour lutter contre la psychose et la dépressionLes hôpitaux argentins ont recours à une thérapie originale pour aider les personnes atteintes de troubles mentaux et les retraités souffrant de solitude : l’apprentissage du tango.”Voulez-vous m’accorder cette danse ?” Voilà une question que l’on pourrait s’attendre à entendre dans un grand nombre de lieux mais pas dans un hôpital… et pourtant en Argentine, ceci est pratique courante dans plusieurs établissements et notamment à l’Hôpital psychiatrique Borda qui a mis en place de la tango thérapie ! Celle-ci consiste tout simplement à apprendre le tango aux malades.”La magie du tango, né à la fin de XIXème siècle dans les bas fonds de Buenos Aires et Montevideo et déclaré en 2009 Patrimoine de l’Humanité par l’Unesco, aide à mieux soigner les malades” atteints de troubles mentaux, expliqueà l’AFP Silvina Perl, coordinatrice de l’Atelier de tango de l’Hôpital. “C’est le fait de serrer l’autre dans ses bras qui rend le tango si spécial, créant une sorte de rapport amoureux”, ajoute t-elle. Pour cela, des femmes bénévoles se rendent régulièrement à l’hôpital pour apprendre cette danse à une vingtaine de patients hommes.Ceux-ci avancent timidement, faisant leurs premiers pas dans une atmosphère calme et conviviale. “Le tango, bien entendu, ne guérit pas à lui tout seul”, reconnaît Silvina Perl. “Mais pendant une heure de cours, les patients n’ont pas d’hallucinations: ils sont concentrés, occupés à bien faire les pas de danse. On traite la psychose à l’aide du tango, car cette danse constitue un langage qui contraint le malade à établir un rapport avec l’autre, alors que l’autre n’existe justement pas dans son monde”, souligne t-elle encore. Une danse qui permet de s’ouvrir vers l’autre À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’ailleurs, cette thérapie un peu particulière n’est pas utilisée que chez les personnes atteintes de troubles mentaux puisque l’hôpital public Ramos Mejia de Buenos Aires la propose lui à des retraités. Le but est alors de combattre la dépression, la sensation de vide et de solitude, qui menacent ceux qui ont pris leur retraite après une vie extrêmement active. “Le désoeuvrement guette les gens qui viennent de prendre leur retraite: le tango leur permet de retrouver immédiatement une vie sociale active”, explique à l’AFP Alba Balboni, 67 ans, responsable de l’atelier, auquel participent également des jeunes.Il faut être deux pour danser le tango. “Il n’y a pas de tango sans l’autre et il n’y a pas de danse sans coordination. L’autre est absolument nécessaire pour danser, tout comme les règles, les pas, la figure”, ajoute Silvina Perl. Ce sont ces caractéristiques qui donnent un tel effet thérapeutique au tango. “C’est surprenant de voir avec quel naturel ces malades, au lieu de rester dans leur monde, vont soudain vers l’autre, le recherchent. Pour pouvoir danser, ils semblent s’ouvrir au monde qui les entoure”, précise t-elle encore.Pour ces ateliers, l’Hôpital Ramos Mejia a mis en place la salle Carlos Gardel, baptisée du nom d’un célèbre compositeur de musique de tango, qui est devenue un véritable oasis de convivialité. “Le tango est magique pour les personnes âgées”, confirme Alba Balboni, qui a vécu 33 ans aux Etats-Unis et demeure à l’Atelier de tango très attentive aux nouveaux venus. Et “cette magie est d’abord dans le fait de serrer l’autre dans ses bras”.Le 4 janvier 2013 à 15:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Fire displaces Salmon Creek resident

Fire displaces Salmon Creek resident

19 September 0

first_imgA fire Saturday night displaced a Salmon Creek man. Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department responded at 9:51 p.m. to 13002 N.E. 12th Avenue. Firefighters noticed a blaze in the garage of the one-story ranch house and extinguished it within minutes, Fire District 6 Battalion Chief Kevin Todd said. The fire completely destroyed the garage and damaged parts of a kitchen and living room area, Todd said. Todd estimated that roughly 20 percent of the living space in the home was affected with the total damage costs around $135,000.“It was not contained in the garage, but it didn’t destroy the structure,” Todd said. A man who was inside the house at the time was uninjured, Todd said. The Red Cross arrived on scene to help the man find temporary living arrangements. The Clark County Fire Marshal will investigate the fire to determine a cause.last_img read more

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Swaddlemaker swamped after UK princes photoop

Swaddlemaker swamped after UK princes photoop

16 September 0

first_imgLONDON — It took 45 seconds, but it was enough.Newborn Prince George, carried from the hospital to the royal car, appeared in a cotton swaddle with the tiny birds on it. Mums-to-be around the world wanted to know: Who are you wearing?The answer shows what it is like when a small company gets swept into the maelstrom of attention that comes from touching the golden hem of the House of Windsor.Once the photos of the swaddle hit the Internet, style bloggers and fashion writers identified the would-be king’s new clothes as being from New York-based aden + anais. Within four hours of George’s appearance, the website crashed. The next day, the site crashed again. In nine days, the company had 7,000 orders — a 600 percent increase in sales on that item.The company never even issued a press release. Anyone who wanted to know the manufacturer simply had to type “royal swaddle” into Google, and up it came.Raegan Moya-Jones, the chief executive of aden + anais, was about to start a meeting when a colleague brought in the picture. She couldn’t believe it.last_img read more

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At Harvard Business Review Paid Circulation Surges For a Second Straight Year

14 September 0

first_imgAfter Harvard Business Review kicked off 2017 by reducing its print frequency to bimonthly—eliminating 40 percent of the issues offered in a $99 annual subscription—it was a combination of smart positioning, creative new digital benefits, and a heavier investment in the six print issues that remained, which allowed the magazine to end the year with 10-percent more subscribers than it began with.The lack of subscriber outrage around the dramatic shift “was almost hurtful,” editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius quipped to Folio: last August.Another year in, the century-old management magazine has upped its paid circulation by 15,000—according to the latest  data from the Alliance for Audited Media—increasing a record-high that now sits at 319,631. Far more than an editorial pivot, the last two years have represented a fundamental, company-wide shift in the way the Harvard Business Review approaches its readers, both existing and prospective, as well as a redefining of what it means to be a subscriber.Folio: sat down with SVP and group publisher Sarah McConville, as well as membership marketing manager Caty Trio, to learn more about the business sense behind HBR‘s ongoing growth story. Folio: It’s been almost two years since you reduced your print frequency—has all of this growth on the subscriber side defied expectations?Sarah McConville: We certainly hoped for it, but in the magazine business you can never assume. I think there were a lot of things that we did leading up to the frequency change that helped position us for growth. We increased the price of print to $18.95 on the newsstand, which we think reflects the premium quality of the product. We thought really long and hard about how to position the frequency change to our current subscribers and continue to evolve the messaging as we brought more folks into the fold.For us, the critical piece of it was conveying to our subscriber base that their relationship with the brand was anchored in print, but it is truly an integrated, print and digital experience. We’re in the market every single month with subscriber satisfaction surveys and other types of research, so we had a good sense of what people were finding interesting, useful, and valuable, and it was a matter of then amplifying those messages.Folio: To your existing subscribers, the shift has almost seemed like a non-issue.Sarah McConvilleMcConville: Yeah, in fact, Adi joked that it was almost hurtful that there was no real backlash. We did a lot of up-front communication with subscribers and took advantage of things that were available to us, like the fact that our subscribers can maintain libraries on HBR.org, and we were able to have the editors select content that we could drop with our compliments into their libraries—just to get them to start using those digital elements of their subscription, if they hadn’t been already.Caty Trio: We also made a real shift with some of our messaging, not only with our current subscribers but also prospective ones. We’re putting a lot of value-add messaging first, talking a lot about what comes along with your subscription, beyond the print magazine. We’ve found over time that many of our subscribers didn’t know what they had access to in a subscription, and all of these benefits on our website that come along with a print subscription, such as our online libraries, access to HBR charts, customizable slide decks, things they could use to enhance their everyday work life. That’s been very successful.Folio: What indicated that a good portion of your subscribers weren’t aware of or weren’t taking full advantage of their subscriptions?McConville: It was a combination of things. Subscriber surveys were definitely important. We saw a spike in subscriber satisfaction starting last year after the frequency change, tracking net promoter scores, and one of the leading indicators was that the cohort with the highest satisfaction self-reported that they were using print and digital interchangeably. Looking at the data, we do also check recency and frequency of visits to the site, and whether subscribers are going to that subscriber-only content.One thing that’s really challenging is that in order to get your subscription benefits, you have to be signed in. I’m sure we aren’t the only publisher that’s facing this, but when you have an audience that’s coming through multiple devices, and particularly through mobile, it’s not always convenient to sign in. That’s something we’re working on this year.Caty and the folks on the marketing and product management side—and editorial, of course—are tracking that subscriber usage and setting KPI’s for the group to really focus on incentivizing subscribers to come back frequently and take advantage of benefits.Folio: What are some of the ways you’re approaching that challenge?Caty TrioTrio: One of the ways is by meeting our audience where they are, with the right messaging at the right time. Over the course of the last year, we’ve diversified our marketing efforts, both our acquisition and engagement tactics, to be far more digital-first. We do a lot in terms of email marketing, subscriber-specific email marketing, paid and organic social media posts with specific messaging, and lots of content marketing. We’re finding these avenues to be really scalable and able to personalize a lot more than our traditional marketing efforts.Folio: That’s been a shift—that digital-first approach to marketing?McConville: Yes, and it’s now digital-only. We challenged ourselves to get off of direct mail as our primary marketing vehicle. It was expensive, it was one-size-fits-all, and we just didn’t feel that it was aligned with the story that we felt that we could tell, but also the way we were trying to manage our marketing spend. This has allowed us to widen the funnel quite a bit and to be a lot more nimble. We’re in-market continuously, constantly testing and taking the learning from successful campaigns and applying it to different marketing channels and customer segments. We just couldn’t be that agile when we were doing direct mail.Folio: What about acquisition? Where and how are you finding new readers?Trio: One of the things that we’ve had success with is in targeting people who have already begun to engage with the brand, but haven’t quite hit the point of subscribing—people who are visiting HBR.org, registered on our site already, lookalike audiences who are similar to people who are on our website. We’ve been able to target these people in a more sophisticated way. We’re still in the testing and learning phase as far as audience segmentation goes, but we’ve made great strides this year.McConville: I’d add that we really do lean heavily on editorial innovation here. I’ve been here a very long time and I have not seen this level of editorial innovation and experimentation in forever. It’s really impressive what Adi and his team are doing. The “Big Idea” was a really important first step in terms of long-form digital content in between those print issues of the magazine.We’re also reaching new audiences with the expansion of our podcasting. We launched “Women at Work” last year, and now it’s back for a second season because it was so wildly popular. Now we’re launching groups and guides to go along with the podcasts, so you can talk about the issues with your team. We launched a podcast called “Dear HBR,” where readers can send questions in, a lot of it is interpersonal issues at work, personal effectiveness issues, and they can ask the editors or we will bring in an expert. We’re also experimenting with Snapchat, so that’s an area where we are pushing into new editorial development on social channels, where the demographic is skewing a lot younger than our current audience.Folio: You mentioned segmentation and lookalike audiences. What traits or demographics are you finding are most critical there?Trio: It’s really been about targeting people at different places where they are already engaging with us, so looking at people who are engaging on our site, following us on social channels already, who interact with the content we are posting but might not already be followers. It’s more about finding the semi-warm leads and bringing them into the fold to engage more with the brand, so that when we present them with a subscription offer, they’re familiar and ready to convert.Folio: What are you doing with all the content marketing you mentioned?Trio: We’re doing more with putting our content out on channels like social media to attract people who may not already be engaging with the brand. Using paid social media activity as a way to reach prospect audiences and drive traffic back to our website and get them to regularly engage with us.Folio: What are some ways you determine or justify the effectiveness of that paid social promotion?Trio: We began experimenting with paid social about a year and a half ago, mostly to see what kind of traction we could get. Over time, one of the KPI’s we really used as our main point of success was cost-per-acquisition. We’ve been able to use that as a benchmark of success across our traditional marketing efforts, like direct mail, and we were able to see pretty quickly that our cost-per-acquisition was fairly lower on social than on a lot of those other forms. We used that to justify our reason to push more through paid social. That’s how we got to the point where we are today, 100 percent digital-first in our thinking.Folio: You mentioned you increased the newsstand price, but maintained the $99-per-year subscription. What is the strategy there?McConville: The one area where we have instituted a price increase on subscriptions was in instituting a monthly payment option. For the convenience of being able to pay monthly and cancel, we charge a bit of an increase. But it’s interesting, because there’s fairly high click-through on email offers around the monthly and annual subscription together. People get attracted to the monthly, but when they see that it’s actually a better deal to sign up for the year, we’re seeing a pretty nice uptick in the annual subscription as well. So we figure that one way or another, it benefits the subscriber, and we’re seeing pretty good retention rates.Folio: Is there a similar line of thinking behind increasing the newsstand price—setting up that entry point for an annual subscription?McConville: With the newsstand, it’s a little bit tougher to get point-of-sale data on your customers. But anecdotally, even subscribers who choose to let their subscription lapse still perceive themselves as having a continuous relationship with the brand, because they will buy us on the newsstand a few times a year, and then come back on the file. It’s this career-long relationship that we hear about over and over again.We really strongly believe that we are putting out one of the most premium products on the newsstand. We didn’t want to back away from print; we wanted to defend the value of the print that we are offering. But if you pick us up a couple times on the newsstand in a year, and then you do the math and you realize you get access to all of these other subscriber benefits, it’s actually a pretty good deal to subscribe at $99.Folio: Where will you be focusing your efforts in the year ahead?McConville: I can’t go into a lot of details just yet, but we’re going to be really focused on curation, because that’s something that’s very important to our audience—helping them find the solution they’re looking for quickly and efficiently. Our teams have been spending a lot of time and energy thinking through different levels of curation with different types of products.last_img read more

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Editors Note

Editors Note

13 September 0

first_imgOn Base will be taking a vacation next week; look for the next issue on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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Service Leaders Apologize for Housing Problems

13 September 0

first_imgTop military service leaders have zero tolerance for retaliation against service members who speak out about unsafe housing conditions, they told lawmakers Thursday, according to Military Times.“I want all of the soldiers out there to know their chain of command is now fully engaged,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said. “It’s our personal responsibility, and we will be held personally accountable for the condition of their living quarters or their houses.”The Senate Armed Services Committee was looking into recent reports about unsafe conditions in private housing across all the military services.The article said military families in attendance cheered when Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he “would recommend these issues be referred to the Department of Justice.”The services are working together to develop a “tenant’s bill of rights” over the next three months.Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told lawmakers that leaders “took our eye off the ball” instead of realizing that housing impacts readiness.“We need our families ready,” Neller said. “Our Marines can’t be ready if [they’re] not living in a safe, secure place.”Video of the hearing and witnesses’ prepared testimony is available on the committee website.A Fort Knox Housing resident brings up concerns during an on-base listening session March 4. U.S. Army photo by Eric Pilgrim ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi 7 review Budget phone done right

Xiaomi Redmi 7 review Budget phone done right

05 September 0

first_img Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Close Xiaomi launched its ultra-affordable Redmi 7 smartphone back in April, but it is still one of the top choices for sub-Rs 10,000 smartphones in India. The Redmi 7 is priced at Rs 7,999, which makes it hard to ignore this feature-packed budget smartphone either as a primary phone or a secondary one for those who have a flagship for the main use.Whatever your reasons might be, Xiaomi Redmi 7 perfectly balances the price-to-performance ratio. After spending some time with this budget entrant, I find the Redmi 7 quite appealing as an overall package and not just for one or two particular features, which is interesting considering it only costs a few thousand bucks.The first thing that didn’t miss my attention was the design of the Redmi 7. That beautiful gradient back transitioning from black to red gives a classy look and I didn’t even mind the polycarbonate back. There are Black, Eclipse Black and Comet Blue colours too, but the Lunar Red was my favourite.Considering the price range, the gradient seems to be only on the back cover and the sides are matte black. There’s discontinuation there, but it’s not a deal breaker. Especially when you turn the phone over to find a massive 6.26-inch display with 1520×720 pixel resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. I usually kept the phone along with some change and car keys, and the screen didn’t seem to get scratched. 1/2 Xiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe display’s aspect ratio is quite generous, thanks to the minimized bezels on the top and a notch. That doesn’t make the visible bezel at the bottom go away. The display is bright for most cases, playing games, watching videos and browsing social media or texting friends, as long as you are indoors. The Redmi 7 is not the ideal phone to take out in the sun and use it without straining your eyes even at 100 percent brightness. And if you’re wearing shades, forget about visibility. The glass is very reflective and makes watching multimedia difficult at times. 1/3 Xiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextI did, however, love the camera and battery on this tiny powerhouse. The 4,000mAh unit is a generous offering and I couldn’t have asked for more from a sub-Rs 10K smartphone. I did not need to charge the phone for a full day of extensive use, which includes calls, messaging, browsing social media, music and some videos during the commute. Playing games can shorten the battery life, but some mild gaming should take away too much power, so you’re good for a whole day with the Redmi 7.My only complaint was the microUSB port, which I understand justifies the price tag, but Xiaomi could bring some disruption here. Another pain point is charging that 4,000mAh battery, which easily took 120 minutes to reach 100 percent. I had to leave the phone to charge while working as it’s not convenient to wait for hours together while the phone charged, especially if this the primary phone. Xiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanMoving on, the camera is where my money is well spent. If you’re shooting during the day, the colours are more natural and have a balanced dynamic range. I wouldn’t bet on low-light photography with the Redmi 7 as it picked up too much noise and focusing was a pain. But the portrait focus appears to get the background blurring quite right most of the time.Here are a few samples I shot using the Redmi 7: 1/13 Xiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextSelfies are particularly good on the Redmi 7’s 8MP camera with nice punchy colours and details. There’s portrait focus on selfie mode as well, which works well. Xiaomi Redmi 7 front camera samples: Without/with portraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanFinally, Xiaomi Redmi 7 comes with a Snapdragon 632 chipset and with 3GB RAM – the phone can do most of your day-to-day tasks with ease. There’s a delay while launching apps or switching back and forth between apps one too many times. It seems the processor cannot handle too much strain. But as long as you’re on a single app, you won’t face any issues.The MIUI interface is not my favourite but gets the job done. It is pretty straight forward and aesthetically clean, but also bags one too many bloatware apps (some might consider useful). Not too many complaints there, but nothing mind-blowing as well. Some apps also crashed after extensive use of the phone, which can be resolved by clearing the cache or closing background apps. 1/2 Xiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanXiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextXiaomi Redmi 7’s fingerprint scanner is accurate and works like a charm. The face unlock also works decently, provided there’s good lighting. I usually preferred using the fingerprint sensor over face unlock on this phone. Xiaomi Redmi 7 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanVerdictFor Rs 7,999, you cannot go wrong with the Redmi 7. The camera is better than most phones in this price range and the rest of the specs are quite fine as well. The design is truly the standout point of the Redmi 7, making it the right choice for those who want to flaunt their phones and grab everyone’s attention. Only you would know that it’s a phone that doesn’t cost a bomb.If you need a better camera or a phone to smoothly play PUBG, I would say look for smartphones beyond Rs 10,000 range. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is a good option if you’re keen on buying a Redmi phone.last_img read more

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20minute distance taking 4 hrs

03 September 0

first_imgEid holidaymakers are afflicted by long tailbacks in Dhaka. Photo: Prothom Alo A four-kilometre tailback on Dhaka-Chittagong highway, from Meghna-Gomoti Bridge to Rajarhat areas of Comilla district, is causing immense suffering to Eid holidaymakers.The commuters are stuck on the highway for hours. Commuter Shah Alam said he had been stuck for four hours on the highway to pass a 20-minute distance, from Daudkandi’s Gouripur to Rajarhat’s Gajaria area of the district.Some of the passengers alleged that overloaded trucks and mismanagement at the Meghna-Gomoti Bridge’s toll collection point have caused the tailback.Dauldkandi highway police officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said delay in collecting tolls is the main reason behind the traffic jam.last_img read more

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FF list to be scrutinised again

03 September 0

first_img.The process of scrutinising the list of freedom fighters has been commenced once again. The Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (National Freedom Fighters’ Council) under the liberation war affairs ministry decided to make the list deferring the earlier decision of postponement.Eight members of the council have been directed to give their opinion within 15 days in this regard.Earlier, the council, also known as Jamuka, decided to postpone the scrutiny process on 12 March following complaints of various discrepancies in scrutinising.As the failure to finalise a list in 10 years of Awami League’s two term tenure draws flak from several quarters, the council decided to start the process once again in its last meeting in July.On restarting the process, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque said, “We have divided the reports received from local zila and upazila committees into three categories. More than one hundred local committees have submitted their list maintaining proper legal procedure. Their list is perfect. Another one hundred committees have made a more or less acceptable list. There are some doubts whether those lists’ followed proper legal process and neutrality, but they didn’t include any non-freedom fighter or anti liberation war people. But the lists from the rest of the zila and upazila committees have several faults which are not acceptable. Anyone who applied was included on those lists. They may have been bribers involved. Those lists were prepared flouting our guidelines.”The minister also said it’s not possible to make a flawless list in a two-hour meeting. The duty is divided among the eight members from eight divisions.The Jamuka meeting has given the responsibility of scrutinising the Dhaka divisional list to Shahjahan Khan MP, housing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain for Chattogram division, Abdus Shahid MP for Sylhet, Abul Hasnat Abdullah for Barishal division, Motahar Hossain MP for Rangpur, Sadhan Chandra Majumder for Rajshahi, freedom fighter Rashidul Alam for Khulna and Waqar Hasan for Mymensingh division.They would submit the lists of different zila and upazilas to Jamuka after reviewing.Liberation war affairs ministry sources said, currently there are 230,438 gazetted freedom fighters in the country. Liberation war minister and Jamuka members think that ten thousand more might be included in new list, but not more than that. However, the list submitted by the local committees has included 25 thousand new names.Two high officials of the ministry, seeking anonymity said that a pool of only eight people would never be able to scrutinise such a huge list within such short time. And any hurry in preparing the list before the next general election would only increase the possibility of a faulty list. The government started the scrutinising process in January last year. The committees of 472 upazila and 8 metropolitan areas started the work on 21 January that year. So far 365 committees have submitted their reports. A big number of the lists didn’t include the signature of the committee members, didn’t provide any evidence of participation in liberation war or age certificate. Some lists consist of an excessive number of names.After Awami League’s taking office in 2009, a total of 31,549 freedom fighters were included in the list. The number of recipients of freedom fighter allowance has risen to 186,000 from 100,000.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Galib Ashraflast_img read more

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New York Magazine Publisher Buys Comedy Site Splitsider Will Fold It Into

01 September 0

first_imgNew York Media, the publisher New York Magazine, Vulture, and the Cut, has acquired comedy-news site Splitsider from the Awl Network.Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. New York Media will merge Splitsider, which launched in 2010, into Vulture.com as part of a new comedy section expected to debut in May.“Splitsider is a treasured, must-read site among comedians and comedy fans,” said New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein, who joined the company two years ago. “I’m thrilled to have it join Vulture, where the combination will create the leading source for all things comedy.”The sale of Splitsider by Awl Network, founded by Alex Balk and Choire Sicha, comes after the company in January shut down flagship site The Awl and sister site The Hairpin. Its sole remaining property is The Billfold, a millennial-targeted finance site, which is soliciting contributions from readers on Patreon to stay in business. Vulture’s rollout of a new Splitsider-seeded comedy section is timed to coincide with the 2018 Vulture Festival in New York City May 20-21. Until the new comedy section is live, Splitsider will continue to operate as usual as Vulture migrates over its full content archive (which will remain accessible during the transition).Splitsider founder Adam Frucci commented, “I’m confident that with [New York Media’s] vision and resources [Splitsider] will be cemented as a beautiful comedic oasis in the desiccated husk of the internet Mark Zuckerberg has left us all with.”New York Media is owned by the Wasserstein family trust. The late Bruce Wasserstein, father of Pamela, bought New York Magazine in 2004 for $55 million from Primedia. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Celebrating the art of photography

31 August 0

first_imgBeginning from 5 March, the festival incorporates eight cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata and Trivandrum. Aimed at showcasing the multi-faceted nature of French culture through unique Indo-French co-productions, the festival will be held for a month.The festival endeavours to reach out to the audience by taking photography out of traditional spaces such as museums and galleries and showcase them in public spaces to change the relationship between people and their city. Delhi will witness Connaught Place being transformed into an art gallery with life size projections on the facades of inner circle, along with magical projections at the bus stops, subways to increase social inclusion. The idea is to explore all avenues to bring together amateur and professional photographers and photography enthusiasts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some highlights will include a mobile photo booth that will be showcased in Delhi TBC where Anay Mann, an expert photographer, will use backdrops of famous French places and venues. Other attractions of the festival will include the water screen image projections, a unique music tribute to India, photography exhibitions across several themes like urban living and Pablo Bartholomew’s World of Indian Cinema.WHEN: 5 March onwardsWHERE: Around Connaught Placelast_img read more

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Kenyans steal the show at Darjeeling half marathon

31 August 0

first_imgDarjeeling: Kenyans ruled in the Darjeeling Police Marathon. Both the first prizes in the men’s and women’s categories were bagged by the Kenyans.The Darjeeling police organizes a half marathon every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. This year it was the 6th edition. The 21 km marathon starts from Sukhipokhari and ends at Darjeeling Chowrasta via Darjeeling Zoo. The men’s general category award was won by Noah Kemey and the women’s by Christine Kambua Muyana. The 30-year-old, Kemey, completed the 21 km in 1 hour 8 minutes and 42 seconds beating Shankar Man Thapa of 1/5 Gorkha Rifles, Siliguri, who completed the marathon in 1 hour 9 minutes and 38 seconds. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe 27-year-old Christina Kambua Muyanga completed the stretch in 1 hour 23 minutes and 48 seconds beating Kiranjeet Kaur of BSF, Punjab, who completed the marathon in 1 hour 25 minutes 10 seconds. The first prize included a cheque of Rs1 lakh 50 thousand, second prize Rs 75,000 and third Rs 50,000 for the general categories. There were special categories including local participants; police and civic volunteers. Prabal Chettri from Kalimpong bagged the first prize of Rs. 25,000 in the local category. Manas Das from Kolkata Police also won Rs. 25,000 in the police category. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Terrain did not pose much challenge to the Kenyan runners but the biting cold did. “The terrain of the marathon route is quite as same in Kenya but it was very cold which caused a bit of problem,” stated Kemey. This was his first marathon in India. Prior to this, he participated in marathons in Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany and Brazil. Cristina found the competitors strong. “I faced stiff competition,” she added. This is her second marathon in India and the first in Darjeeling. Braving the morning chill, thousands lined up along the route to cheer up the runners. “There were more than 3,000 participants this time. This marathon is definitely growing important. There were many African runners. We will definitely raise the bar from the next edition,” stated Akhilesh Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling. There were cultural shows as well. Ace runner Jinson Johnson and Swastima Khadka, a popular actress from Nepal, were present at the event. “Hill people have good physical endurance and are natural runners. Parents should encourage their wards to take up sports if they are interested. However, there should be adequate infrastructure like trainers and gyms to produce good sportsmen,” stated Johnson, the Asian Gold medalist.last_img read more

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Five HighTech Business Trends

30 August 0

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read From smartphones to GPS navigation systems, technology is everywhere in 2011. Credit professionals’ growing need for mobility and access to real-time information, helping fuel increasing demand for mobile devices and spur the ubiquitous growth of apps, online services and social networks.But while everyday shoppers are rallying behind high-tech phenomena such as 3D TV, streaming multimedia and location-based savings and services, trends in business gadgets and technologies are charting a somewhat divergent course. In the coming year, the focus will instead lie on more intuitive and powerful portable productivity solutions, tools which facilitate greater virtualization and accessories that make everyday tasks and mobile communications simpler. As a bonus, many also incorporate features popular with the general public, such as casual videoconferencing, breezy wireless connectivity and fully customizable content.Following are five trends that promise to define 2011’s best business gadgets, each likely to filter their way into any enterprise in the coming months.1. 4G Connectivity Wireless-cellular carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are all embracing the high-speed 4G Internet bandwagon. Expect each to trot out a variety of handsets which utilize turbo-charged networks that allow small-business owners to enjoy Web surfing and downloads at speeds three to four times faster than current 3G standards.Choices will be numerous, ranging from the QWERTY keyboard-enabled HTC EVO Shift, capable of acting as a mobile hotspot for up to eight WiFi devices, to the Samsung Infuse, which adds an attractive, oversized 4.5-inch display.Regardless of whether you need a brawny, dual-core processor-powered model like the Motorola Atrix (capable of docking with a full-size screen to double as a laptop), expect marked speed boosts across the board. This will not only aid modern executives accessing more online information and multimedia than ever, but also provide a ready platform for impromptu videoconferencing from a number of handsets.2. Tablet TakeoverWith 80 or so tablets making an appearance in the first week of January alone, and Google’s new Android 3.0 (alias Honeycomb) operating system optimized for use with these units, it’s becoming painfully obvious. Following upon the iPad’s success, manufacturers are convinced that these touchscreen units, more portable and intuitive than standard laptops, are the future of mobile computing.Name any consumer-electronics giant from Asus to Lenovo, Sharp to Sony, and they’ve got models coming, with notables like RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook, Motorola’s Droid Xoom and LG’s G-Slate just the tip of the iceberg. (Samsung is even rolling out the Sliding PC 7, a 10.1-inch mini-laptop with its own slide-out keyboard, which seeks to create a new niche somewhere between tablets and netbooks.)Not one to give up the fight, Apple’s own iPad 2 (or its second generation product) is rumored to be launching in April with dual cameras for FaceTime video calling, slimmer styling and a higher-resolution screen. While business uses for such devices have largely been confined thus far to presentations, Web surfing or graphic design functions, things are expected to soon change. Given new offerings from Microsoft, HP, Toshiba and other companies, you can likewise count on much wider support for these platforms from productivity software makers going forward.3. Apps Everywhere Call them apps, widgets or good old-fashioned software programs. From Apple’s new Mac App Store to the debut of TVs by Samsung, Sony and Vizio with full Internet connectivity and support for downloadable apps, expect to find them everywhere. You’ll likely find them easy to browse, sample and enjoy virtually anytime, anywhere from a burgeoning range of devices ranging from notebook PCs to eReaders, Bluetooth headsets and even cars by Ford, BMW and Toyota.Using these bite-sized, value-priced applications, you can instantly transform your smartphone into a portable translator, invoicing system or inventory management platform, or research a prospective client and make lunch reservations on the way to work. Although it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the countless entrepreneur-friendly options being offered for download, such as the database management tool FileMaker Go and customized brand-building solutions like Mobile Roadie, upsides are plentiful. Think streamlined controls, budget pricing, on-demand accessibility and, of course, the ability to add an effectively infinite range of useful and unexpected features to supporting gizmos. Enter the age of the Swiss Army gadget.4. Online Communications Yes, small businesses with a global or virtualized work force could pay for dedicated videoconferencing solutions, or even high-end new 3D telepresence solutions like Panasonic’s VC500 HD Visual Communications System. (Or just spring for the Lenovo L2363d, a 23-inch monitor which includes a webcam capable of projecting three-dimensional images.) But right off the shelf, numerous smartphones and tablets like the HTC ThunderBolt and Fujitsu’s Oak Trail tablet (which runs on Windows 7) will come with dual cameras and video calling features built in.Enterprises on a budget can also turn to TVs which support free Skype video chats via compatible webcams, while Cisco’s umi video-calling system also offers a quickly accessible way to connect team members scattered across the U.S. While all require a stable, high-speed broadband Internet connection and a not inconsiderable cash outlay, each promises to aid considerably in facilitating face-to-face communications without tanking your travel budget.5. Cloud ComputingWhile we’ve yet to see users gravitate en masse towards Google’s Chrome operating system, which puts the emphasis on Web, not desktop-based applications, more devices are increasingly coming prepackaged with or offering downloadable access to individual services which store data remotely. Allowing remote staffers to more readily collaborate on group projects, updates to be filed and reflected in real-time right from the field and information to be shared amongst distant parties, the trend will only become more widespread. Of course along with the notable upsides (remote emergency backup, ready information sharing, synchronicity across locales), there are downsides (privacy, security, data retrieval should a service terminate) associated with these options. But the future of productivity lies with a desktop that travels everywhere you go and can be pulled up wherever the need for work strikes, regardless of whether you’re cruising at 30,000 feet or sunning yourself in the Hamptons. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » January 25, 2011last_img read more

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Keep track of activities and goals with HabitHub for Android

29 August 0

first_imgKeep track of activities and goals with HabitHub for Android by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2017 in Google Android – Last Update: February 04, 2017 – 7 commentsHabitHub Habit & Goal Tracker is an application for Android that helps you keep track of activities, goals and rewards.If you have troubles keeping track of activities and goals, or reaching them, you may need a little extra push in the right direction.Goal trackers are certainly no one size fits it all solution, but they help you track and visualize progress that you make.HabitHub Habit & Goal TrackerHabitHub Habit & Goal Tracker is a free and commercial application for Android. You may use it to set up goals, keep track of those goals, and reward yourself when you make progress.Habits, that is the application’s official term for goals, can be anything that you do regularly. You may add workout or learning sessions, reading hours, activities, watering your plants, cleaning the kitchen, or anything else you can think of to the app.Each habit that you add uses the same setup process. You pick a name and add an optional description. Then you select the schedule, e.g. twice a week, the start date, and a category.HabitHub adds the new habit to the apps’ start page where it lists the current day and the past seven days.A menu opens when you tap on a day that allows you to set it to done, fail or skip, and add an optional note to it.You may open a calendar view and statistics for any habit that you have added to the application. The calendar view lets you change the state for any day since the start of the habit. This can be useful if you are just getting started with the application, but have started the habit earlier.Statistics provide you with an overview of progress. The page lists the history, best streak, the progress, and a pie chart highlight successes, failures and skipped sessions.You may add rewards to the app as well. You earn points for sticking with your habits, and may spend those points on rewards that you add to the app. Think of something like “play an hour of video games” if I have “learned Japanese for one hour each day last week”.The settings provide you with a number of interesting options. You may set up reminders for instance, so that you know what you have to do on a day and don’t forget it.You may change the user interface, switch to different themes, enable auto-checking, or enable the automatic back up of data.The free version of the application is good for tracking five habits. If you upgrade to pro, that limitation is lifted. The premium version offers additional features like adding targets to challenge yourself, support for widgets, or track habits with daily values.Closing WordsAn app like HabitHub Habit & Goal Tracker may help you keep track of your goals, but it works only if you use it regularly.The app ships with a great design, reasonable permission requests, and good functionality in the free version.Now You: How do you track goals?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 8 votes Software Name HabitHub Habit & Goal TrackerOperating System AndroidSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rstudioz.habits Advertisementlast_img read more

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September in Thailand 11 1 Fancy Hotels to Stay in 2018

29 August 0

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Thailand is among the fanciest gay destinations to visit in Asia. Especially during its monsoon season, where Thailand becomes more peaceful than ever. If you’ve waited till September to experience Gay Thailand, you’re in for a treat: Thailand is very peaceful, so gay couples are more likely to enjoy their holidays in privacy.Some beaches are still great for swimming, without being overcrowded with people.Despite being low season, gay nightlife in popular destinations (like Phuket and Bangkok) is as vivid as ever.The hotels are cheaper, and most of them offer reduced prices and special packages.But choosing the right hotel is tricky, especially if you’re visiting for the first time. So, we’ve picked the best gay-friendly hotels in the country and highlighted the most enjoyable things to do while you’re there.Phuket in September is magical in its own way. It might rain occasionally, but you will still get to enjoy plenty hours of sunshine everyday. The rainfalls are intense yet short, and they’ll catch you by surprise most days. But Gay life in Phuket in September continues to be as laid-back and as fab as ever.Paradise Complex, where Phuket’s gay life is centered, is bursting with life. The streets transform into performance stages every night, and the bar owners try to lure their customers inside with sexy go-go dancing shows. The bars get very busy on Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm.If the weather allows, you can spend a morning at the gay-friendly Patong Beach. It attracts mixed crowds, mainly families, but you might find a couple of solo gay men as well. ✮WHERE TO STAYKata Rocks Resort in Phuket is all about relaxing and soaking up breathtaking views. The hotel’s main infinity-edge pool overlooks the Andaman Sea, creating the perfect setting for your Instagram photoshoot. Wanna feel like a king for a while? The Signature Sky Villas are to die for!Hot Tip“Dining on the Rocks”: Surprise your partner with a dinner at the ultimate proposal venue in Phuket.Visit the Hotel Website ->Whether you are looking for a romantic place to celebrate your anniversary or a secluded hideaway to enjoy your honeymoon, The Nai Harn is the perfect option for you. The hotel is ideally located on a pristine and secluded beach in Phuket, giving total privacy and seclusion to its guests.Hot TipGive yourself the luxury that you deserve by staying at the Ocean View Suite. The complimentary 30-minute neck massage is surely a great way to get in a mood for vacations!Visit the Hotel Website->Perched at the very tip of Cape Panwa, Sri Panwa Luxury Pool Villa Hotel boasts 360-degree ocean views that will make your heart race. It’s an oasis of relaxation and inspiration, designed to make you feel at home.Hot TipIf you are planning to visit with your kids, Sri Panwa offers great child-friendly activities and facilities like swimming classes, a game room, Batik Art, and Porcelain Painting.  Keep your kids busy and spend some time alone!Visit the Hotel Website ->There are many reasons to love Grand Mercure Hotel in Patong and one of them is its amazing location close to Phuket’s gay nightlife. It’s only 5 minutes’ walk from the popular gay bars and clubs in the city, as well as the most popular gay-friendly beach in Phuket: Patong Beach.Hot TipBefore heading out to explore Phuket’s vivid gay nightlife, we recommend you enjoy a refreshing massage or facial treatment at the hotel’s Ryn Spa. You will feel and look 10 years younger!Visit the Hotel Website ->The Boathouse in Phuket offers a beautiful experience that no words can describe. It has a fantastic location, right on the beach, offering total privacy and seclusion to its guests. The resort is very green, creating the feel of a luxurious man-made rainforest!Hot TipThe Boathouse is a great hotel to stay if you are planning to see all of Phuket. The staff are very friendly and they will help you navigate Phuket easier!Visit the Hotel Website ->Baan Phu Prana Boutique Villa, SurinLocated on a hill above Surin Beach, Baan Phu Prana Boutique Villa stands out for its beautiful views over the ocean and Phuket’s western coast. There are many activities that you can do in and around Ban Phu Prana Boutique Villa, but you can also explore the rest of the island by renting a car from the hotel (keep in mind that free parking at the hotel is also included).Hot TipThe hotel is located in the middle of Phuket and very close to various sightseeing attractions. Don’t hesitate to make it the starting point of your cultural trip!Visit the Hotel Website ->Bangkok is the best city in Thailand to get a glimpse of the country’s gay culture. The gay life of Bangkok is vivid and diverse, while the city has the most active LGBT Community in Asia. The locals are really friendly too. September in Bangkok is quite rainy, but that shouldn’t put you off. The occasional rainfalls during the day are short and quite intense, though the sun shines bright almost every day for a few hours. Don’t worry, the glamorous life of Bangkok remains as colorful as ever!✮ WHERE TO STAYAmara Bangkok is a perfectly located hotel in the heart of Bangkok – very close to BTS Skytrain and at a walking distance from the main gay area, Silom District. The hotel could easily become the reference point of your first trip in Bangkok!Hot TipBangkok’s rooftop bars are currently in the spotlight and the one atop Amara Bangkok is among the best-reviewed. It will definitely become your favourite place to go for a pre-drink, before heading out to Bangkok’s gay bars.Visit the Hotel Website ->U Sathorn offers the perfect contrast to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s busiest district with their wonderfully serene rooms. Most of the hotel’s rooms overlook its lush green gardens, making you forget that you are in the center of the city.Hot TipEnjoy an evening at the hotel’s serene swimming pool while sipping your favorite cocktail!Visit the Hotel Website ->✮ MORE SWANKY HOTELS IN THAILANDThere are many reasons to love Thailand, and one of them is its abundance of beautiful villages, towns and cities that you can explore. You can discover the most popular gay destinations in Thailand here, or else, you can find some of the best gay-friendly hotels in Thailand below:AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise in the middle of Pattaya Resort City. Do you want to sunbathe on a golden-sand beach? Or cool off in a luxurious swimming pool? Well, you can do both when staying in this resort!Hot TipGive yourself a present and devote a day at the hotel’s amazing spa. Try authentic massages based on traditional spices, as well as signature scrubs and facials that will truly refresh you!Visit the Hotel Website ->Located on the northern tip of Chaweng Beach, Impiana Resort is a great place to unwind and relax. It offers direct access to the sandy beach, whose crystal-clear waters and serene surroundings will charm you.Hot TipThere are numerous activities to do in and around the resort, making it a perfect option for adventurous travelers. Kayaking, snorkeling, sightseeing, fishing tours, and jungle safari are among the most popular ones.Visit the Hotel Website ->The Shell Sea Krabi has a unique location, adjacent to Fossil Shell Beach, one of the only three similar geological formations in the world. It offers marvelous views over the Andaman Sea, as well as direct access to the golden-sand beach. There are many activities to do but the evening strolls by the beach will steal your heart.Hot TipThe hotel can host the most important event of your life — your wedding! You can either choose a Traditional Thai Wedding or the more common Western Wedding Ceremony. Either way, it will become a memory that you will both remember for a lifetime!Visit the Hotel Website ->Since you have gone all the way to Thailand, why not pay a visit to the nearby country of Vietnam as well? After, all, Vietnam is just an hour away from the main Thai airports, so it will be super easy to get there.The weather in Vietnam in September is much like Thailand – frequent, short rainfalls as well as a bit lower temperature. North Vietnam sees plenty of hot weather and some rain, while South Vietnam has steady high temperatures with plenty dry and bright daylight hours.The country’s biggest city, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), offers a compact gay nightlife, with several bars that get busy only on Fridays and Saturdays. However, the natural beauty and laid-back character of Vietnam make it an absolute bliss for couples!✮HERE TO STAYJW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & SpaLocated on the Southern Part of Vietnam and, more particularly, in Phu Quoc, JW Marriot Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is a great resort for your September holidays in Vietnam. The resort has a private beach where you can chill out during the day, as well as various facilities to upgrade your Vietnamese holidays.Hot TipEnjoy a delicious meal at Red Rum, the hotel’s beachside restaurant and grill, offering fresh seafood dishes made with locally sourced Vietnam produce.Visit the Hotel Website ->Travel by Interest is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . These gay-friendly countries will upgrade your upcoming romantic holidaysGay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsGay Asian experience: Why it is now the hottest gay travel trendRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/september-in-thailand-fancy-hotels/last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe MICE trade event dedicated to outbound product, Get Global, has announced that Pitching/Presentation Skills Speaker/Trainer and Professional MC, Andrew Klein will speak at the newly introduced Inspirational Corner at the one-day event.Klein, who is renowned globally for his entertaining and extremely thought-provoking presentations and Conference MC work, will use his time at Get Global to assist attendees in developing their speaking and pitching skills.“We all need to be able to deliver an effective presentation, brief or pitch, whether it’s to a single person or a whole conference room. Andrew has the unique ability to deliver an educational, interactive presentation which will really stimulate, teach, amuse, provoke and motivate you to improve your own performance. We are thrilled to welcome him to Get Global 2018,” said Gary Bender, Get Global Co-founder.As a former litigation lawyer, Klein’s experience and ability to engross his audience and deliver useful and practical tips to assist the whole room in becoming more effective communicators, along with his warmth, charm and talent, make his session at Get Global unmissable.“Like most of us, I spend most of my day talking, negotiating and pitching – whether that’s one-on-one, on the phone or to a large, sceptical audience – so I will definitely be taking the time to see Andrew’s talk!  We could all use a little help in trying to communicate our message better and engage our audience to deliver the outcome we need,” said Co-founder, Donna Kessler.Andrew’s unique style and creativity make a huge impact on all that hear him, guaranteeing a must-see presentation at Get Global in July. Buyers can register here.Get Global – Where the World Meets is being held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Friday 20 June 2018.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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