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How to Transfer a Credit Card Balance

Here is what you need to know before and after a credit card balance transfer.

Credit card balance transfers can be an invaluable tool for managing credit card debt. This tactic allows cardholders to move their debt from a card with a high interest rate to one with a lower interest rate, or no interest charges at all.

While it’s not inherently complex to transfer a credit card balance, there are still several important things that cardholders need to be aware of before, during, and after.

Before You Transfer a Credit Card Balance

1. Make sure you keep up with all of your payments. This will allow you to maintain excellent credit and find a balance transfer offer with the best possible terms. The right card may be one you already have with a lower interest rate than the one you are using, or it may be a new card with a 0% APR promotional balance transfer offer. In fact, you may be able to get a promotional financing offer from one of your existing accounts, possibly in the form of a convenience check.

2. Understand all of the terms and conditions of the balance transfer. Know what the card’s credit limit is, its interest rate on balance transfers, and what the balance transfer fee will be. Balance transfer fees are typically 3 percent of the amount transferred, but not always. Chase Slate currently has the only 0 percent APR promotional balance transfer offer with no balance transfer fee, although others can have fees as high as 5 percent.

In the case of promotional financing offers, learn how long you have to complete a qualifying transfer, and the length of the promotional financing period. Typically, promotional balance transfer offers must be completed within 30 days to four months of the account opening, and can last from between six and 18 months. Keep in mind that even though the terms might not explicitly say so, banks will not allow balance transfers between their own accounts.

3. Make a plan. Come up with a sound financial plan for paying down your debt. otherwise your balance transfer is just another form of postponing your obligations.

Making the Transfer

Contact the bank that you are transferring the balance to and ask to perform a balance transfer. Be prepared to give the account information for the other card, and the total amount you want transferred.

After the Transfer

Continue to make at least the minimum payment required from the old credit card, and if you have paid your entire debt, make sure to get a statement from your bank. However, keep your old account open in order to maintain a low credit utilization ratio. which will help your credit score.

Most importantly, stick to the plan that you created to reduce your debt. Recognize that it probably will not be possible to take advantage of promotional financing offers over and over again.

By understanding some of the nuances of balance transfers, cardholders can use these offers to save as much money as possible on their credit card interest charges.

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Manchester Police And Hospital To Launch Heroin Recovery Initiative Called HOPE


Manchester Police And Hospital To Launch Heroin Recovery Initiative Called HOPE

MANCHESTER — Police will team with Manchester Memorial Hospital, volunteer coaches and other community partners to help heroin addicts find paths to recovery outside the criminal justice system.

Modeled on a program pioneered in Gloucester, Mass. Manchester’s HOPE (Heroin/Opioid Prevention Education) initiative is to begin next month, police Chief Marc Montminy said Tuesday at a meeting of the town’s board of directors.

Police will guide addicts to recovery, rather than court and jail, Montminy said. Officers will reach out to heroin users, asking if they’ve had enough of the physical decay, family estrangement and loss of livelihood and self-respect that typically affect addicts. Those who agree to seek treatment will be taken directly to Manchester Memorial Hospital’s emergency room after surrendering any drugs or needles. If they are simply users, Montminy said, they will not be arrested.

Arrests have not slowed the rising death toll. Last year, 14 people died in Manchester of heroin overdoses, and I have every reason to believe that 2016 will be worse, Montminy said. Currently, police see an average of one overdose each week and more than one death each month, Montminy said.

As he and Mayor Jay Moran noted, heroin abuse is a state and national epidemic. Deaths from heroin-related overdoses totaled 10,574 nationwide in 2014, more than three times the number in 2010. Heroin-related deaths soared in Connecticut from 174 in 2012 to 416 last year. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid often added to heroin, has fueled the surge, state Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said. If current rates hold, more than 330 people will die from fentanyl alone in the state this year, Gill said.

Gloucester’s Angel Initiative inspired Manchester’s HOPE program. Launched last year, the program made police the point agency in moving addicts directly into treatment. Addicts are allowed to surrender any drugs and needles they have with the understanding that they will not face arrest and that police and community volunteers called angels will help them emerge from hellish lives.

Manchester officers know many of the local addicts and see them daily, Montminy said. For those seeking treatment, police will check for any outstanding warrants and will continue to arrest drug dealers and anyone caught committing a crime, Montminy said. All officers will receive about four hours of training before the HOPE initiative begins, he said.

Heroin kills more people in Connecticut with each passing year. With heroin-related deaths expected to climb above 380 in 2015, someone is now dying every day. But it is an addiction that defies simple answers. The dead are young and old, rich and poor, from cities and suburbs. It is an insidious.

Heroin kills more people in Connecticut with each passing year. With heroin-related deaths expected to climb above 380 in 2015, someone is now dying every day. But it is an addiction that defies simple answers. The dead are young and old, rich and poor, from cities and suburbs. It is an insidious.

Eastern Connecticut Health Network, the hospital’s parent organization, will be the program’s clinical gateway, Montminy said. Medical professionals will evaluate incoming addicts, determine their needs and provide a bed if necessary, Dr. Robert Carroll, head of ECHN’s emergency department, said at the town directors meeting.

Most addicts, however, can be treated as outpatients, either with methadone or suboxone, Dr. Nedson Campbell, an addiction treatment specialist at the hospital, told directors. Asked after the meeting if ECHN has the resources to handle an influx of addicts seeking treatment, Carroll said the organization has an obligation to help.

The HOPE program also will recruit recovery coaches, who are to help people focus on keeping clean, Montminy said. Pathfinders, a local recovery group, will hold a class for those who want to be coaches, he said. Money for the training likely will come from the police department’s drug asset forfeiture funds, the chief said.

The town human services department is to help HOPE clients find housing, employment and access to state resources and other services, department Director Mary Roche Cronin said.

When they come out, it’s going to be a challenging time for them, and we need to be there to assist, Cronin said.


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US credit card debt balloons to $917B: What it means #us


US credit card debt balloons to $917B: What it means

While rising debt issuance usually points to a strong economy, danger could be lurking ahead.

Last year, credit card debt in the U.S. surged by approximately $71 billion to $917.7 billion, according to a new study from The research also found that most of the debt accrued in 2015 came in the fourth quarter, when Americans tacked on more than $52 billion.

“With 7 of the past 10 quarters reflecting year-over-year regression in consumer performance, evidence is mounting to support the notion that credit card users are reverting to pre-downturn bad habits,” CardHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou said in a statement.

Fourth-quarter credit card debt also grew at its largest pace since the Great Recession, CardHub also said.

“It is something we need to keep an eye on if borrowing continues to grow rapidly,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director at Moody’s Analytics. He also said the implications of rising credit card debt would be similar to what happened in the recession, “when consumers became overly leveraged.”

David Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs Investment Research, said “it’s usually a good sign when. credit card debt is rising” because it usually means consumers are spending more money.

However, Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research, said this increase is “just a signal that there’s more people working,” adding that consumers are not necessarily taking on more debt.

“The willingness of an individual to increase their leverage is the ultimate vote of confidence in the economy,” he said.

The U.S. economy added 2.45 million jobs last year. In 2016, more than 400,000 positions have been created as of February, with the unemployment rate holding at 4.9, its lowest level in nearly eight years.

Nonetheless, wage growth remains stagnant. U.S. workers earned 3 cents less an hour last month.

“The drop in February [wages] was pretty sharp,” Santschi said. “The wage situation does not get as much attention as the headline number and the unemployment rate, but it’s evidence that the economy is basically flatlining.”

U.S. equities are lower for 2016, with the Dow Jones industrial average and the S P 500 both down more than 2 percent, while the Nasdaq composite has dropped more than 6.5 percent.


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There’s Something Hugely Wrong In the U.S. Labor Force, Explains JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon

There’s one number regarding the United States labor force that worries Jamie Dimon.

The JPMorgan Chase (JPM ) CEO noted the “staggering” decline in the workforce participation rate among working-age men in a call with reporters on Tuesday. The aside came in a briefing on the Business Roundtable’s latest CEO survey. Dimon is the chairman of the corporate lobbying group.

“I want to point you to one segment, okay, which is not a collective demographic, one segment and only one segment, and you should all write about it, and it’s a staggering number,” he said when asked by a reporter about unemployment. “Labor force participation by men between 25 and 55 has gone down from 96% to something like 86 to 87%. That is not demographics folks, that’s 10 million people who left the workforce. And maybe some have gone back, my numbers are a little bit old. Write about that segment, okay? That is a huge number.”

Dimon’s numbers were not quite exact, but the sentiment hones in on a multi-decade trend of men dropping out of the workforce.

While the unemployment rate dropped 4.3% in May, labor force participation by men age 25 to 54 (commonly called “prime-age men”) fell to 88.4%, its lowest figure so far this year. Labor force participation for the group hasn’t been above 90% since 2009, and the last time it was at or above the 96% figure Dimon referenced was in 1970.

“There’s something wrong,” Dimon said.

“It’s a big deal,” said Economic Policy Institute economist Elise Gould. “If you look back from mid-century. you see that men have been declining for a very long period of time, and the trends since 2000 are really a continuation of what’s been happening.”

It’s not just men who are dropping out of the labor force but women as well. After decades of increases in labor force participation among prime-age women, it has slowly been dropping off since the turn of the century.

“The fact that that has been declining over the last 16 years is a conundrum,” Gould said.

The problem of nonworking prime-age men has been thoroughly examined by lawmakers and economists seeking a solution. The White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama last year released a report offering up a number of possible explanations for the trend, including increasing rates of women in the workforce, rising disability insurance claims, falling demand for less-skilled workers and barriers to employment for men with criminal records.

Brookings Institution researchers Eleanor Krause and Isabel Sawhill in a paper suggested those and other factors could be in play.

“There is no one smoking gun in this story, although if we had to point to the three most prominent, they would be a general lack of the right education and skills, too many years of slack labor markets, and high rates of incarceration,” they wrote.

“Growing inequality certainly can be seen as having a cost,” Gould said.

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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont


Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

(Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

“We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

“This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

“In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

Weighty Decision

DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

“The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

“We see the required divestments here as smaller than we originally expected, due to the exclusion of seed assets”.

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Car Accident Statistics, Stats, Auto, Fatal, Drunk Driving #car #accident #statistics,


Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes.

In 2003 there were 6,328,000 car accidents in the US. There were 2.9 million injuries and 42,643 people were killed in auto accidents.

In 2002, there were an estimated 6,316,000 car accidents in the USA. There were about 2.9 million injuries and 42,815 people were killed in auto accidents in 2002.

There were an estimated 6,356,000 car accidents in the US in 2000. There were about 3.2 million injuries and 41,821 people were killed in auto accidents in 2000 based on data collected by the Federal Highway Administration.

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Ebola travel: South Africa bans incomers from W Africa – BBC

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Ebola travel: South Africa bans incomers from W Africa

21 August 2014

Image caption Kenya has not reported any cases of Ebola, but is a common transit point for African travellers

South Africa says non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa will not be allowed into the country, with borders closed to people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

All non-essential outgoing travel to the affected countries has been banned.

Senegal also said it was suspending flights with Ebola-affected countries, and closing the border with Guinea.

Cameroon and the Ivory Coast earlier imposed travel bans, despite World Health Organization warnings not to.


South African nationals will be allowed to re-enter the country when returning from high-risk countries, but will undergo strict screening, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Usual screening procedures are in place for those who travel between Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, which have been defined as medium-risk countries.

Image caption Nigeria stepped up its airport screening procedures after a number of Ebola cases were confirmed

South Africa has experienced two Ebola scares in recent weeks, involving passengers arriving from Liberia and Guinea, but the country has so far remained Ebola-free.

Johannesburg has one of the major transit airports, connecting southern Africa with the rest of the continent. Several airlines, including British Airways and Emirates Airlines, have stopped flights to some of the affected countries.

Meanwhile, Senegal’s interior ministry announced on Friday it was closing the land borders with Guinea “once again”.

Senegal shut its border with Guinea for the first time in March after the virus reached the capital Conakry.

In a statement, it said this extends to “air and sea borders for aircraft and ships from the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia”.

AU team

Separately, the African Union (AU) announced plans to send a special team to the four affected countries.

The six-month-long operation, involving volunteer doctors, nurses and medical personnel, will cost about $25m (£15m) and begin immediately, the AU said in a statement.

Aid workers and medical staff are most exposed to the virus, and have been most at risk of becoming infected. Two US aid workers were discharged from hospital on Tuesday, after recovering from the virus they contracted in Liberia.

The supply of the experimental drug used to treat the couple, ZMapp, has been exhausted.

As Ebola has no known cure, it is being controlled by isolating victims and those who have come into contact with them.

Liberia’s attempt to prevent the spread of the virus by imposing quarantines has led to unrest .


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Cyber Monday Airfare Sale Kicked off with $44 Ticket Deals at

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Cyber Monday Airfare Sale Kicked off with $44 Ticket Deals at Alaska Airlines

The first Cyber Monday 2015 airline ticket deals are on sale. The Alaska Airlines Cyber Monday 2015 sale is live now.

Tickets start at $44 in the Alaska Airlines Cyber Monday 2015 sale. For $44 you can fly from Boise to Sacramento. A ticket from San Diego to Monterey sells for $59 one way. The tickets must be purchased before December 7. Dates will sell out quickly at the most popular routes.

You can find all offers now on .

Last year, Alaska Airlines ticket cyber deals started at $49 for one way trips between Seattle and San Jose. Flights from Seattle to Reno were $69 and Salt Lake City to Maui were $199. The airline took another $5 off compared to the ticket deal offered last year.

Find the best Deals now in the Cyber Deals Tracker

Most Airlines keep the ticket fares and discounts offered on Cyber Monday secret until the last minute. Most Airlines have not even announced a Cyber Monday 2015 sale yet. Many more airlines will offer Cyber Monday ticket deals starting in the morning of Cyber Monday.

We will keep you updated on new Cyber Monday airline ticket sales and deals as they surface. Find the latest Cyber Monday 2015 news in our Cyber Monday Hub .

You can also watch the social media channels of you favorite airlines to catch the Cyber Monday sales announcement. It is key to shop as early as possible to get the best deals at the flight times you want.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for eight consecutive years from 2008 to 2015.

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BlackBerry Repeats as a Leader in Gartner 2017 EMM Magic Quadrant


BlackBerry Repeats as a Leader in Gartner 2017 EMM Magic Quadrant

The BlackBerry Secure story keeps getting better. For the second year in a row, BlackBerry was named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites. We were one of four EMM vendors to be positioned in the Leader’s Quadrant this year, moving higher in execution and farther in completeness. Download here. or read on.

At BlackBerry, we recognized a while ago that MDM and EMM were not enough for today’s enterprises. Organizations are grappling with securing, managing, and controlling smartphones, PCs, and the coming flood of smart IoT-enabled devices. Our vision is to offer a Unified Endpoint Management platform that lets companies secure and manage all of these devices – plus the associated apps, files and content that reside on them.

So we executed and invested on that vision building and integrating the best technology into an overarching platform that we today call the BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite. This includes our core multi-OS management platform, BlackBerry UEM, as well as a whole lot more: the BlackBerry Work family of productivity apps, the Workspaces document control solution, the BlackBerry Dynamics platform, and more.

Our strategy is being recognized by experts. By 2016, Gartner not only positioned us a Leader in the EMM Magic Quadrant, but we also achieved the highest score in three use cases 1 in the 2016 Critical Capabilities for EMM Suites report. as well the highest score in six out of six use cases 2 in the Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management report .

We believe our improved positioning not only mirrors our successful transition to a business software provider from a device maker, it also validates our strategy of focusing on securing, managing and connecting the Enterprise of Things by offering the most cutting-edge, comprehensive platform around.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1Regulated Industries Use Case (4.16 out of 5), Application-Centric Use Case (4.29 out of 5), Unmanaged Device Support Use Case (4.33 out of 5)

2High-Security Government Grade Use Case (3.68 out of 5), High-Security Commercial Use Case (3.57 out of 5), Shared Data Use Case (3.64 out of 5), Shared Devices Use Case (3.58 out of 5), Nonemployee Use Case (3.77 out of 5), BYO Use Case (3.73 out of 5)

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Billy Ho is Executive Vice President, Enterprise Products and Value Added Solutions, for BlackBerry.

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Best Travel Companies to Work For – US News #best #prices

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Southwest Airlines and Virgin America top list of travel-related companies as rated by employees.

If you’d like travel to be part of your work, consider trying to snag a job at domestic airlines Southwest Airlines or Virgin America.

Those companies rank at the top of a new list of best travel-related employers compiled by career website Glassdoor. The ranking is based on evaluations by employees who work at those companies.

For people who are considering working in the travel industry, this is a really valuable perspective, to hear what other people who work in the industry are saying, says Glassdoor CEO and co-founder Robert Hohman, who used to work for travel-deal website Expedia. To many outsiders, the travel industry looks extremely glamorous. And to a certain extent, it is. but once you go past the beaches, pools, and cocktails with the little umbrella, there’s a lot of hard work.

The list includes various types of travel-related companies: airlines, hotels, car and truck rentals, online travel agencies, review websites, and cruise lines. Along with Southwest and Virgin America, Four Seasons Hotels, online travel company Orbitz Worldwide, and Kimpton Hotels Restaurants made the top five.

The 40 companies included in the ranking each received at least 10 reviews on Glassdoor between May 2009 and May 2011, and nearly three-quarters received more than 30 reviews. Glassdoor compiles reviews by requiring users to offer insight on their company or salary before reading reviews by others.

Both Southwest and Virgin America offer a perk that many job seekers covet: free and discounted flights. Virgin America allows employees plus a designated flying buddy—usually a spouse or friend—to fly for free whenever a plane has empty seats, and offer discounted flights to friends and family. Southwest Air also offers free, standby travel to employees, as well as a spouse, dependants, and parents, plus a limited number of passes for friends.

You get discounts on everything: hotels, car rental, any travel-related items, says James Goodman, who has worked for Southwest for 14 years. You add it all up, it’s got to be thousands of dollars each year. A customer service training supervisor who lives in Chicago, Goodman flies for free with his wife and five-year-old son to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. twice a year. I probably wouldn’t be traveling there as much if I had to buy tickets on my own, he says.

Southwest, which also ranked second on Glassdoor’s list of best 50 companies to work for this year, is hiring, but not in large numbers. The 35,000-employee company, headquartered in Dallas, has openings in revenue management and customer service. The company’s also looking for fall marketing interns.

Virgin America, a domestic airline that began flying in August 2007, is also hiring. The company is looking for pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics, as well as support staff to work in finance and human resources at headquarters. Just about in every department, we have openings, says Christine Morehead, Virgin America’s director of people (or human relations).

People like to work for the company because they’re passionate about the airline’s goal of reinventing flying, Morehead says. They really feel like they’re part of making history in the airline industry, bringing great service back. Headquartered in California (and not affiliated with Virgin Atlantic), Virgin America has about 2,000 employees.

Working in the travel industry may have its perks, but it also has its downsides. Southwest employees complain on Glassdoor of politics within the company and low pay. Some perks, such as flexible schedules, they say, apply only to employees in certain departments. Virgin America employees complain about being away from home a lot, an overwhelming workload, and long hours.

Here’s Glassdoor’s full list of top travel companies to work for, as well as each company’s ranking on a scale of 0-5:

1. Southwest Airlines (airline): 4.2

1. Virgin America (airline): 4.2


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I reloaded this app on my newer iPhone after it developed some sort of crashing issue (something I assumed was isolated to the app on my phone). However when I go to log on, it doesn’t accept my information because the app still believes my user name to be something that it no longer is. No matter how many times I reloaded the app and reset my password (and entered in the correct, reset password) I was not able to gain access to my own account!

The clear solution to this is to allow users an option to enter their user name, even when redownloading this application from the iCloud.

Please take heed of this review and update the app. I love it, but if I can’t use it with this incarnation of the software, this version of the app is not any good.


The only thing I do not like about pof site is that it dictates what user age group you are allowed to contact or browse. I am 43 male and I can not browse profiles of girls younger than 29 years old! Why? On the other hand they would match me with ladies up to 60+. I do not know if this rule only apply to the free membership or not. Over all pof is much better than many dating sites I have used. I hope they would allow people the freedom of choosing what they want while continuing to give members the choice of using filters. Thank you.

The official app is the best app

For years I used Tweetbot but as my primary Twitter client but always had the official Twitter app in the background for certain and uses. I decided to try the Twitter app full-time this week and man am I impressed. Using the official Twitter app breathes new life into Twitter, makes me much more excited and invested in using the platform. This app has polish that Tweetbot doesn’t have. It also supports features such as poll and moments that other apps don’t. After a week of using the official Twitter client, I am now regretting I hadn’t switched much earlier.

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    Divorce – Civil Division, Queens Supreme Court – N #court, #courts,



    Preliminary Conference

    Counsel and Litigants are encouraged to refer to the Divorce Resources site for forms.

    Effective immediately, the Queens Supreme Matrimonial Department shall utilize the Preliminary Conference form listed under General Forms .


    All orders to show cause containing an application for the issuance of an Order of Protection will be treated as an emergency and emergency procedures must be followed. The court is required to conduct a hearing before issuance of an order of protection, and the applying party and their attorney, if any, must be present.

    Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act

    In accordance with the Family Protection and Domestic violence intervention Act of 1994, an automated statewide registry will be operative effective October 1, 1995. The legislation requires that the registry contain information involving orders of protection and warrants issued statewide in connection with criminal, Family Court and matrimonial cases involving family violence. Effective October 1, 1995, all requests for an order of protection must be submitted with a completed Family Protection Registry information sheet. These forms are available in the matrimonial office, Room 140 in Jamaica.

    General Information

    Telephone inquiries regarding decisions on motions will no longer be accepted. This information, as in the past, will be published in the New York Law Journal. Counsel may appear personally and obtain the pertinent information required from the computer terminals made available to the public for that purpose. Any Request to expedite the signing of an uncontested Judgment of Divorce must be done by Notice of Motion filed and made returnable in accordance with matrimonial motion rules.

    Motions must be filed with the matrimonial office at least 5 working days before the return date.

    Effective immediately. the filing of all post-judgment matrimonial motions and orders to show cause must include:
    (a) copy of the judgment;
    (b) calendar number of the said matrimonial action;
    (c) date of the note of issue.

    Additionally, all applications for writs of habeas corpus must indicate, below the present index number, the index number of any previously assigned action and the assigned judge, or state that no other matrimonial actions have been filed.


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    Ethanol: Pros ?>



    Positive Net Energy Balance – Corn-based ethanol has a positive net energy balance of 1.06btu per gallon for 1.00btu of energy used without ethanol by-product credits. With these credits, for things such as DDGS, corn-based ethanol has a positive net energy balance of 1.67btu per gallon for 1.00btu of energy used.

    Biodegradable – As ethanol is made with organic materials it is highly biodegradable making spills far less worrysome than petroleum spills. When spilled, 74% of ethanol is broken down within 5 days.

    Usable By-Products – The two chief by-products of corn-based ethanol are CO2 and DDGS, both of which are usable in other industries. The CO2 can be captured for use in the food and beverage industry. DDGS can be used for cattle feed or further crushed to extract corn oil, for food or biodiesel production uses.

    Most Infrastructure In-place – There are few changes that would need to be made to widely adopt ethanol. Most automobiles available in the U.S. are Flex Fuel capable and there are roughly 2,000 stations already serving E85. While most of these stations are lumped in the Midwest, they are increasing nationwide.


    Food vs. Fuel – 2.4 to 2.8 gallons of ethanol can be produced per bushel of corn. As a result, there has been massive media coverage over the use of food as fuel. While there are mountains of findings showing how the use of corn has increased food costs and equal amounts showing it does not, in the end food crops are being used as fuel, making corn-based ethanol inferior to cellulosic ethanol in this regard.

    Reduced MPG – Based on 2009 flex fuel vehicles, E85 miles per gallon is expected to be roughly 28.5% lower in the city and 26.5% lower on the highway. This means it takes 1.35 to 1.40 gallons of E85 to equal the mileage of 1.00 gallons of gasoline.

    Fuel Transportation – Ethanol absorbs water and is corrosive. which make it difficult to ship through existing pipelines from the Midwest of the U.S. where most production occurs. Remedies include shipping or building dedicated ethanol pipelines, however the most likely scenario seems to involve rail or road transport. The best scenario would be local ethanol plants, with the easiest way to accomplish this through continued development of cellulosic ethanol, where feedstocks are abundant everywhere as opposed to corn or sugar.

    Water Absorbtion – Ethanol absorbs water, which can contaminate it as a fuel and makes it more difficult to ship through pipelines. As a result, ethanol has a shorter shelf and tank life than gasoline.

    Fueling Locations – There are roughly 2,000 E85 fueling stations in the U.S. with the majority in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. A U.S. E85 fueling station map and locator can be found here.


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    FamilyWealthReport – Exclusive Intelligence for the family office community #family #office,family


    Josh O’Neill, 23 June 2017

    The results of the first phase of the US Federal Reserve’s stress test are music to congressional Republicans’ ears.

    Robbie Lawther, 22 June 2017

    UBS Wealth Management has published a white paper on Millennial wealth to explore how their desire for technology how this will impact the financial services sector.

    Diane Harrison, 21 June 2017

    Best-selling novelists may hold a clue on the smart way for investment firms to pitch their ideas to wealth managers, so the author of this article argues.

    Tom Burroughes, 20 June 2017

    Wealthy families need to observe certain disciplines in using social media so that reputations are protected and nurtured. The family office firm talks to FWR about some of the issues.

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    Market Research – June 23, 2017

    New data on the cannabis industry outlines a growth pattern that will likely blow your mind.

    Strategy – June 23, 2017

    Several large international banks have voted to replace a key inter-bank lending rate.

    New Office – June 23, 2017

    The new center is located in Union Square, Manhattan.

    New Office – June 23, 2017

    The bank has revamped one of its branches in the Golden State.

    People Moves – June 23, 2017

    Financial services giant Raymond James serves more than 3 million client accounts through 7,200 financial advisors in the United States, Canada and overseas.

    Comment and Analysis

    Philanthropy – June 7, 2017

    A regular columnist for FWR does not pull any punches in analyzing the current direction of US tax policy as it affects philanthropic giving, and gives advice to wealthy donors on how to act.

    Investment Strategies – May 22, 2017

    Whatever one thinks of the claims and counter-claims surrounding Donald Trump following his recent firing of the FBI’s head, markets have been rattled. But arguably, equities are due for a correction and there i.

    Technology – May 19, 2017

    The wealth management industry has had another ear-piercing wake-up call about cybercrime, and the author of this article lays out ideas on how to defeat the hackers.

    Technology – May 8, 2017

    Your correspondent recently attended financial technology giant Temenos’ annual conference and it threw out a range of insights of value for the global wealth industry.

    Philanthropy – April 26, 2017

    Negotiating a successful gift considers both parties� interests and finds the commonalities of intent and opportunity, argues philanthropy advisor and expert Susan Winer.

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    Alek Torgersen Draft Profile – #nfl #news, #news, #football #news



    California talent and Ivy League intelligence is a good combination for an NFL prospect, and he’s become one of the most decorated players in Penn history. Even in his first action as a Quaker, he received Ivy League Rookie of the Week in the season finale against Cornell, his only game of the season (6-10, 109 yards, two scores). The team struggled in 2014, but Torgersen successfully ran the offense, completing 26 passes per game for 2,689 yards, and 14 touchdowns (11 interceptions). He finished his career with back-to-back first-team All-Ivy League seasons, helping Penn win 14 games against five losses. In 2015, he had the second-highest completion percentage in FCS (69 percent, 1,996 yards, 19 TD, three INT). Torgersen then set school records in passing touchdowns and total offense during his senior year, completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards and 17 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. He also showed mobility during his career, rushing for 516 yards and 18 scores (even when accounting for sacks).



    Three-year starter with fit build and NFL size. Athletic with success in zone-read. Dug into the film after sophomore season with desire to become smarter quarterback and showed drastic reduction of interceptions over next two years. Keeps ball tucked high and tight pre-delivery. Has big, strong hands to pump and reload if he spies late trouble. Ball comes out of his hand with tight spiral and good velocity. Gets it out quick if pressure flashes suddenly. Throws with touch on deep balls. Naturally accurate and throws with confidence between the hashes.


    Lacks experience in pro-style attack. Checks are called from the sideline. Offense filled with one-and-done reads. Has to break habit of staring targets down. Wasn’t asked to be a full-field reader. Will have to play faster to adjust to shrinking NFL throwing windows. Will hang onto the ball a tick too long on rollouts. Inconsistent release. At times, his release with become elongated and with a pronounced dip in it. Reads could be inconsistent against zone.

    Draft Projection

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    Developmental quarterback with NFL size and a good head on his shoulders. Torgersen’s success came against a much lower level of competition, but it is worth noting that his accuracy and arm strength will also benefit his growth when he’s throwing to NFL-caliber targets. Torgersen’s traits make him a late round stash-and-hide prospect with practice squad potential early, but he could see his draft stock rise if he has a big offseason. -Lance Zierlein


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    Articles about Drug Abuse #drug #abuse, #breaking #news, #articles, #archives, #editorial,


    Drug Abuse

    By New York Times News Service | April 8, 1999

    The first national drug-abuse survey to include elementary-school children among the respondents suggests that youngsters become more vulnerable to the lure of drugs once they leave the familiar environment of primary school and strive to fit into middle school. The new survey, by PRIDE, an organization based in Atlanta that counsels schools and parents on ways to inhibit drug use among the young, also bolsters again what many researchers have long said: that cigarettes, alcohol.

    Maane Khatchatourian and Variety | July 12, 2014

    The first trailer for Reese Witherspoon ‘s ” Wild ” shows her character living up to the movie title. Witherspoon plays a self-destructive woman who tries to erase years of drug abuse and reckless sex with a hiking expedition. “Dallas Buyers Club” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee directed the drama based on Cheryl Strayed’s hit memoir of the same title. The movie recounts Strayed’s 1,000-mile hike alone on the Pacific Crest Trail following years of dangerous.

    Reuters | August 31, 2012

    (Reuters) – Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse policy, the league said on Friday. Jackson’s suspension, his third, begins immediately and he will not be eligible for reinstatement until Aug 31, 2013, a league spokesman said. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer was suspended four games in the 2009 season and played in only two games in 2010 before being banned.

    Reuters | June 10, 2014

    BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Tuesday unveiled a $20 million package of proposals to tackle what he described as a crisis of addiction to opioid drugs in the state, and called for a summit of all six New England governors to address a broader regional response. A commission appointed by the governor, who in March declared addiction to opiate drugs a public health emergency, called for steps including a expanding treatment.

    By Dr. Dan Lustig, Associate director, Clinical and Administrative Services, Haymarket Center | September 27, 2005

    Fortunately Illinois is ahead of many states in addressing the meth problem. With the devastation of the meth problem first evident Downstate, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan began focusing on this drug more than three years ago, forming a task force of diverse vested parties: education, law enforcement, substance-abuse treatment, Department of Children and Family Services, and criminal-justice agencies that have convened to attack this drug head-on. Chicago also has established a local crystal meth task force to coordinate.

    Reuters | April 22, 2014

    (Reuters) – A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing for April 29 on a rising tide of prescription drug and heroin abuse in the United States. The House Energy and Commerce Committee “will review the growing concerns regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse and related deaths,” the panel said in a statement on Tuesday. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse finds that heroin use has been increasing since 2007, with nearly.

    Reuters | August 20, 2012

    The Sports Xchange Seau autopsy shows sleep aids, but no drug abuse Traces of a drug used to treat insomnia were found in the blood of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, but there were no signs of drug or alcohol abuse, according to the autopsy report issued by the Office of the Medical Examiner of the County of San Diego. Seau, 43, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Oceanside, Calif. home on May 2. He suffered from insomnia in the months.

    Zachary Fagenson and Reuters | April 4, 2014

    MIAMI (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday sentenced a South Florida doctor to more than six years in prison on a money-laundering conviction related to prescriptions she wrote for thousands of painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. A jury in July 2013 acquitted Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, a retired U.S. Air Force major, and Joseph Castronuovo, 74, on charges that their roles in a chain of South Florida pain clinics led to the deaths of nine patients. Each faced life in.

    Kate Kelland and Reuters | May 22, 2012

    LONDON (Reuters) – The United States sees drug abuse as a public health problem as much as a crime issue and is seeking to learn from countries in Europe and elsewhere about how to treat addiction as a disease, Barack Obama’s drugs policy chief said on Tuesday. Gil Kerlikowske, the U.S. president’s director of national drug control policy, said the United States is taking a more balanced approach to substance abusers rather than fighting a “war on drugs” centered mainly on.

    Kate Kelland and Reuters | April 3, 2014

    The party drug ketamine could one day be used to help some people suffering from severe depression, according to British scientists who gave infusions of the narcotic nicknamed “special K” to patients. Researchers who tested the drug on 28 people with major depressive disorder found ketamine quickly helped relieve the condition for some – and made a number of them completely well again for up to several weeks. “It’s dramatic and it’s exciting, and it is a.

    David Morgan and Reuters | April 25, 2012

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain the drugs from friends or relatives, usually with permission and for free, according to a government study released on Wednesday. The study, based on an ongoing national survey of nearly 70,000 Americans aged 12 and over, offers a snapshot of a growing health and safety problem that is already responsible for more fatal overdoses than cocaine and heroin, combined, and.

    Jon Herskovitz and Reuters | March 20, 2014

    (Reuters) – Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to stem an increase in the use of the drugs that have sent scores of people to hospitals with dangerous reactions to toxins, officials said on Thursday. In recent weeks, more than 100 people have been treated in emergency rooms in the state after using synthetic marijuana, including many suffering life-threatening maladies, they said. “This emergency rule.

    February 13, 2012

    News that a drug-dealing investigation at his child’s high school had resulted in multiple suspensions and two students criminally charged prompted a complicated response from Jack Peiser. Peiser said he believes officials at Stevenson High School know drug use among students is “a huge problem, but it’s not a top priority.” Yet the Buffalo Grove man, speaking after a District 125 school board meeting at the Lincolnshire school.

    By Quan Truong, Tribune reporter | February 14, 2014

    Alarmed by the growing heroin problem in DuPage County, some suburban officials want to establish a “last chance” treatment facility and require county health departments to report overdose deaths. “We need to stop the tide of the heroin epidemic today,” said state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst. “Families are watching their children and their parents die slowly day by day. ” Reboletti and other state lawmakers unveiled a wide-ranging legislative package that would address.


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    Bomb threats force Air France flights to be diverted – CBS

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    Bomb threats force Air France flights to be diverted

    Last Updated Nov 18, 2015 7:17 AM EST

    p An Air France flight from Los Angeles to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Salt Lake City after a bomb threat. /p Close

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    SALT LAKE CITY — Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. were diverted Tuesday night because of anonymous threats received after they had taken off, but both planes landed safely in North America, officials said.

    One plane, Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, was diverted to Salt Lake City International Airport, Air France said in a statement. At about the same time, a second flight, Air France 55, took off from Dulles International Airport outside Washington and was diverted to Halifax on Canada’s East Coast, Air France said.

    Passengers got off both planes safely and were taken to terminals. Authorities in both the U.S. and Canada searched the planes with dogs, officials said.

    Authorities found no credible threat on the plane in Salt Lake City, according to an FBI statement released late Tuesday night. And the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said investigators found no evidence of an explosive device after they searched the plane and luggage in Halifax.

    Air France later called both incidents false alerts.

    Passengers in the Utah airport were boarding the plane again around 11:30 p.m. local time, Salt Lake airport spokeswoman Bianca Shreeve said. Later, the CBS affiliate there, KUTV, said the plane had departed. It was heading on to Paris and due late Wednesday morning, Air France said.

    Passengers from the plane in Halifax were put up in hotels for the night, and the flight was scheduled to leave for Paris Wednesday evening and land there Thursday morning, Air France said.

    RCMP Constable Mark Skinner said there were 262 people on the flight diverted to Halifax.

    Keith Rosso, of Santa Monica, California, a passenger on the flight from Los Angeles, with his fiancee, said, “Everything was smooth, everything was great, everything was going swell” for the first two hours of the flight, then things changed.

    “The flight attendants quickly came by and cleared plates, then there was an announcement that we were making an emergency landing and that the flight attendants were trained exactly for situations like this,” Rosso told The Associated Press by phone from the airport in Salt Lake City.

    He said he looked at the flight monitor at his seat and saw that “we had made a pretty sharp right turn – we had been almost near Canada – toward Salt Lake City.”

    Rosso said an FBI agent interviewed the passengers after the landing.

    The threats came after last week’s attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and heightened security concerns around the world.

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    Travel Tips: Best 21 International Travel Tips to Save Your Vacation

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    Travel Tips: Best 21 International Travel Tips to Save Your Vacation

    Last Updated Jun 2, 2011 4:16 PM EDT

    Travel season is officially here! If you are traveling internationally, be sure to read my best travel tips. These top travel tips will help make your next vacation overseas the very best it can be. I recently traveled to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia for a non-profit I co-founded called the Band of Brothers Foundation . which helps orphans around the world live a richer life . I learned many of these travel tips from my two more widely-traveled companions, Troy Mikulka and Ray Bayat, but we also made our fair share of travel mistakes.

    Travel Tip #1: The best $20 you’ll spend on your trip.

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    AA School Homepage #portal, #window, #introduction, #world, #school, #architecture, #association, #news,


    Contributions by Peter Wilson, William Firebrace, Michael Hill, Dietrich Neumann, Dagmar Motycka Weston, Simona Ferrari Wataru Sawada, Christophe Van Gerrewey, Charles Rice Kenny Cupers, Tim Benton, Andrew Crompton, Davide Spina, Nicholas de Monchaux and Cynthia Davidson, a personal reminiscence by Joseph Rykwert, a recipe by Chris Behr, and two conversations, the first with Kate Macintosh, the second with Peter Eisenman. Purchase AA Files Online

    TITLE AArchitecture is published every term, edited and written by the AA Community. Contributors: Sofia Pia Belenky, Nick Adams, Charles Shade, Sensy Mania, Igor Gola, Helene Humbert, Nuria Marti, Jack Hardy, Dara Nerweyi, Raluca Grada, Joy Lai, Stefan Popa, Ed Bottoms, Stefan Jovanovic Editors: Hunter Doyle, Sensy Mania, Emily Priest

    Samantha Hardingham – AA Interim Director

    We are delighted to announce that starting 01 August 2017 Samantha Hardingham (AA Dip 1993) is the Interim Director of the Architectural Association. Samantha Hardingham is an architectural writer, editor and curator. Her most recent and celebrated work is the award-winning, two-volume anthology Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective published by the AA/CCA in October 2016. Samantha has a wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of the AA having been a design studio tutor across all undergraduate years at the AA since 2008, as well as chair of the AA’s Undergraduate Management Committee since 2015 and member of the Senior Management Team. As Interim School Director she looks forward to leading the AA in this very special year as the school celebrates a centenary of women at the AA, with the culmination of the AA XX 100 project.
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    Our admissions office is open all year round for any enquiries and further information.

    Prospective students are invited to submit an application for the 2017/18 academic year. Please see the Undergraduate Application and Graduate Application pages for further details, entry requirements and the online forms.

    The official application deadlines for 2017/18 have passed. However, we welcome late applications. Please submit your online form and hard-copy portfolio ASAP.

    Make global discoveries connections at AA Visiting Schools around the world.

    Waterworks transports architectural design back to its origins, tackling social-agricultural realities by offering participants a unique opportunity to work alongside local producers, architects, scientists, horticulturists and the larger community.


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    What Is An iPhone UDID? #app #store,app #store #apps,apps,development,ios,itunes,iphone #news


    The term UDID is occasionally thrown around when discussing privacy or development topics concerning the iPhone. I m sure that we all don t know what UDID stands for, so I thought I would explain the purpose of a UDID.

    A UDID, or Unique Device Identifier, is simply a specific serial number for your iDevice. There are multiple advantages to having this device-specific serial, but it mainly serves as a way to document the existence of your device and to track it.

    Think of your iPhone s UDID as its social security number. It is a 40-number, alphanumeric string that is not replicated on any other iDevice

    Your UDID is also important because it is the way that most ad companies profile cellphone users for marketing purposes. Lately, there have been a lots of issues raised about iOS apps sending UDID numbers to ad companies without the user s permission.

    If you are familiar with the world of app development, you are already very familiar with the UDID. Apple allows developers a way to beta test iOS apps with up to 100 iDevices. You have to supply the developer with your UDID in order to install these beta, ad-hoc applications.

    To find your iPhone s UDID, plug your iPhone into iTunes. Click on your iPhone in the list of devices and look at its summary. You will see Name, Capacity, Software Version, Serial Number and Phone Number. Click on the Serial Number and it will change to show you your UDID.

    Even if you re not in the world of app development, it s always good to be informed. If you re interested, you can read an article by the Wall Street Journal on how app makers are using your device s UDID.

    Did you know your iPhone had a UDID?

    they is a way to change it via UDID Faker. This was made for stuff like this. For each one of my apps, I have changed my UDID to be of a different serial. For every app I download, I randomize the UDID again. It s needed in the steps to help protect ourselves, as this could be the reason why apple took out the way to spot jailbreakers in 4.2.1. It could be because they plan to use this to find out if you were jailbroken or not

    The government will soon be marking babies with Udid lol.

    Wow, thats the first time I saw a conspiracy theory in the comments 0_0

    Short and sweet article. Up to the point. Thanks for posting this.

    visit here for cheap n fast udid activation activation less then 30 minutes. and only $3


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    13 Secrets for Finding Cheaper Airfare – US News #best #price

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    13 Secrets for Finding Cheaper Airfare

    The cheapest flights are 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. Can’t make that? Try these insider booking tips.

    With the holiday travel season just around the corner, you’re probably wondering how you can get in on a good deal. After all, airfare is undoubtedly one of the most expensive components of any domestic or international travel plan, and prices can vary wildly at times – from manageable to downright cost-prohibitive. The good news is, there are still a few secrets left when it comes to finding airfare you can afford. And, even better, the hassle of searching might be less labor intensive than you ever realized.

    If you’re searching for airfare you can truly afford, try these simple tips before pulling the trigger:

    Book 49 days in advance. combed through data on over 11,000 domestic flights to discover the optimum number of days in advance you should book airfare. According to the numbers, the sweet spot for most airfare is around 49 days, or seven weeks, in advance.

    Book further out around the holidays. The same study from last year showed that the optimum booking time was slightly earlier for peak travel times. For example, the cheapest flights around Thanksgiving were booked 96 days, or 14 weeks, in advance.

    Fly on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. According to, the cheapest days to fly in the U.S. are the days less popular with consumers. And apparently, those days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

    Avoid popular flying days. The concept of supply and demand applies to many things, including airfare. That’s why flying on popular flying days, such as Friday or Sunday, will set you back more. If you want to save, avoid these days and opt for the less popular travel days instead.

    Consider flying very early … or very late. Most people don’t want to fly at the crack of dawn or past their bedtime. Because of this, early and late flights are typically far cheaper than flights during normal business hours.

    Book your flight on a Tuesday. reports that the cheapest flights are typically at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. Even if you don’t book your flight then, it never hurts to look.

    Book two one-way flights. Round-trip flights are typically cheaper to book, but that isn’t always the case. Before you sign up for a round-trip flight, price out options for two one-way bookings and consider two different airlines. It might be cheaper that way, and you’ll never know unless you compare.

    Accept a layover. Nonstop flights are typically the most convenient – and therefore the most expensive. Instead of choosing the easy option, look for flights with at least one layover. Chances are, this little inconvenience will add up to big savings.

    Take advantage of the Internet. The Internet is a treasure trove of information if you’re looking for ways to save on airfare. For starters, use a fare comparing search engine like, or even Google’s Flight Search. Shop around online until you find the best deal.

    Follow airlines on social media. Before committing yourself to a certain flight at a specific price, follow your favorite airlines on social media and sign up for their mailing lists. Doing so could mean hearing about insider deals and saving even more.

    Sign up for a co-branded rewards credit card. Many airlines offer a co-branded credit card that can help you earn airline miles, free checked baggage and more. They may also offer a hefty sign-up bonus just for signing up and spending a certain amount of money within a specific time frame.

    Join frequent flier programs. In addition to getting an airline rewards credit card, you can sign up for that airline’s frequent flier program. This can help you earn free miles for airfare you’re purchasing anyway.

    Travel to a different airport. Airfare at airports within 100 miles of each other can vary drastically, making it increasingly important to consider airfare to and from different cities and towns. The cost of driving to an airport an hour away could end up being far less than the difference in your airline ticket.

    Trying one of these tips could lead to hundreds of dollars in savings. but applying all of them could mean saving even more. So start searching online for deals, and consider traveling during off-peak times and from airports within 100 miles of your home. And don’t forget to sign up for offers from your favorite airlines; you never know when the perfect deal could come along.

    And no matter what, don’t give up. The ideal airfare is out there somewhere – all you have to do is find it.


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    Southall – News, views, gossip, pictures, video – Get West London

    #south hall travel

    Ealing man denies murdering Hayes woman Anita Kapoor

    Navin Mahoon, of Southall, denies murdering Anita Kapoor

    Ealing landlord fined over £70,000 for cramming twice the legal amount of tenants in home

    Mr Balwinder Singh Kahlon, who appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on October 30, was fined 72,400.43 after a court heard how he crammed 20 tenants into a property fit for only 10

    Sex worker begged for her life before she was murdered and left half naked in lay-by

    The trial of a Southall man accused of murdering sex worker Anita Kapoor has heard of the woman s harrowing final moments.

    Ealing phone shop sentenced after fake goods with Apple logos seized

    A court heard how Trading Standards officers raided The Fone Shop Parts Ltd, Southall, and found thousands of fake goods

    Ealing set to see new tree-mendous woodland area planted

    King George s Field in Southall will see 20,000 new trees in order to help combat pollution in the capital

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    We reach over 385,918* unique users a month with dedicated coverage of West London and the surrounding areas.

    Over 78% of our visitors**, who view an average of 1,117,727* page impressions every month, are in the desirable ABC1 socio-economic groups.

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    Marnie Wilson is Editor-in-Chief for Trinity Mirror Southern including www.getWestLondon and the Uxbridge Gazette, Ealing Gazette and the Hounslow Chronicle.

    She previously worked at the BBC as a producer for 5 Live, having moved to national radio from BBC Sussex and Surrey.


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    Uncontested Divorce – DIY Forms #court, #courts, #new #york, #new #york


    Uncontested Divorce Program

    Aviso: Este programa es en ingl s, pero obtendr su traducci n al pulsar sobre ESPA OL. Deber responder en ingl s o el tribunal rechazar sus documentos.

    An “uncontested” divorce is where both you and the person you want to divorce agree to divorce and there is an agreement about what will happen to your finances and property after the divorce. [Learn more about Divorce ]

    You can use this program if:

    • You and the person you want to divorce are over 18 years of age,
    • You and the person you want to divorce have no “children” under 21 years of age ,
    • Your marriage has been over for at least 6 months and your relationship can’t be saved, AND
    • All marital property issues, including debt, have been settled.

    Information Checklist

    You will need the following information with you when you use this program:

    • The name, previous last names (if any), current address, social security number, and phone number of the person you want to divorce.
    • A copy of your marriage certificate.
    • If you have any of the following: Settlement Agreement, Order of Protection, etc.
    • If you have an extreme financial hardship and can’t afford the court fees: information about your income, the things you own, and how much you spend a month on utilities and rent.

    Download and print the checklist of information you will need to complete this program.


    Note: You will be taken to our partner website called LawHelp Interactive.

    You can Sign Up to Save Your Work or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on Get Started or Go . Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on Continue to begin the program.

    About DIY Forms

    Who Can Use These Programs?
    You can use DIY Forms if:

    • you’re a court user and you don’t have a lawyer;
    • you’re a legal services provider;
    • you’re a pro bono lawyer. Pro bono lawyers filing a DIY Form must submit thispro bono affirmation .
    • you’re from a low-bono (reduced fee) program recognized and authorized to use the DIY Form programs by the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program. You must submit this low-bono affirmation with the filing.

    Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

    Computer Requirements
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    Note: If you’re on a Mac and do not have Microsoft Word, this program will not work for you.

    Help Using DIY Forms
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    Duty Free and Travel Retail News #travel #airline #tickets

    #travel market

    Business, networking, and charity shine at TFWA 2015 in spite of challenges

    Despite the devastating floods that crippled the city of Cannes only two weeks prior to the TFWA World Exhibition, the 31st global event was held as scheduled with healthy attendance, footfall, and business taking place throughout the week. At the

  • Cannes 2015 Opening Conference: Numbers and Politics

    Despite slowing growth across the travel retail industry, the mood at the 2015 TFWA World Exhibition was generally positive and optimistic. TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen, delivering his annual State of the Industry address to start the week, highlighted the changing

  • L’Oréal TRAM and Dufry engage Americas’ passengers with Polo Red Panamerican racing challenge

    L’Oréal’s Travel Retail subsidiary in the Americas (TRAM), in partnership with Dufry Group, embarked on a month-long, ground-breaking animation for its best- selling Polo Red franchise in September. The Ralph Lauren experience animation was TRAM’s first digital pan-American competition

  • Lancôme “All Stars” unite in Advanced Génifique campaign

    Beauty giant Lancôme has united four of its famed ambassadresses in a single advertising campaign for the first time for its star skincare serum, Advanced Génifique. Introduced in 2009, Génifique radiance treatment was the first serum inspired by the

  • Cuba travel quickly ramps up as U.S. airlines, cruise ship companies plot new routes

    By Larry Luxner On Sept. 30, a mostly empty Boeing 737 lifted off from Baltimore-Washington International Airport bound for Havana — ushering in the first regularly scheduled air service between the U.S. and Cuban capitals since the two nations

  • Blue Water Bridge Duty Free has helped set the standard for the Canadian land border duty free business for three decades. This summer the award-winning operator completed a major expansion so that it could devote more space to its


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  • Airline Tickets: At Wholesale Prices – CBS News #travel #ocity

    #airline ticket

    Airline Tickets: At Wholesale Prices

    • Lindsay Goldwert
    • CBS

    Jul 25, 2007 6:41 AM EDT

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    Frequent flyer miles are nice, but how about getting those airline tickets wholesale?

    Often, it can be done, and if has its way, it might be done a good deal more often.

    The company, which has been selling cheap airline seats since 2005, has just updated its user interface after securing a new round of venture funding. Newly capitalized at about $4.5 million, cFares hopes to disrupt travel pricing by turning business relationships in the travel industry upside down.

    CEO Vajid Jafri says the firm is following the lead of Costco by charging customers a fee – in this case, $50 a year – for the privilege of buying travel wholesale. Wholesale fares, says Jafri, “represent about 20 percent of the market in the U.S.”

    One reason they can get lower fares, he says, is because in some cases, the company is kicking back a portion of its customer membership fees to participating airlines. He says it’s appealing to the airlines because it’s the opposite of the typical business model in which airlines pay travel agencies (including online agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity) for selling tickets.

    Cfares isn’t a travel agency nor does it sell tickets. Instead, it refers visitors to the websites of companies that do sell tickets, including airlines and travel services such as Expedia. cFares also works with travel consolidators also known as “bucket shops” who can sometimes offer lower prices by booking large numbers of seats on selected flights. Consolidators, said Jafri, can sometimes offer tickets for 20 to 40% below retail, but you can’t necessarily find a wholesale price on all flights.

    Here’s how it works. As with any travel site, you start by entering your departure and arrival cities, dates and times. You can also opt to “search local airports” to see if it can find a cheaper flight going into or out of a nearby airport. That alone can save a lot of money.

    It’s not uncommon for a flight to or from Newark to be cheaper than one from JFK airport in nearby New York City. The same can be true of Oakland vs. San Francisco or Long Beach vs. Los Angeles.

    Cfares then searches the inventory of all of its partners to find available fares. There are two types of fares. Gold fares are available to anyone who signs up for a free cFares account while Platinum fares are available only to those who pay $50 a year for a Platinum membership.

    The savings, of course, vary depending on when and where you are traveling. On a round trip from San Francisco to Paris leaving August 20th and returning on August 27th, cFares found Platinum fares as low as $982 and Gold fares starting at $1027.

    The Platinum fare is based on a rebate from cFares that’s credited to the same credit card account you use to buy the ticket. The $982 fare it found for a San Francisco to Paris flight was on Expedia so to actually book the ticket, I had to use a link from cFares to the appropriate page on Expedia’s site. When I arrived at Expedia, the actual price was $1,027 for a flight on USAir the difference being a $45 rebate from cFares, which would almost pay for a year’s membership.

    So far, so good, but not being one to take anything for granted, I checked the same dates on USAir’s website. At first I thought I had beaten cFares prices. The same flight was listed at for $908 but there was one little hitch: “plus taxes and fees.” When I clicked to continue I discovered that the total price was $1,022.75 the same as Expedia minus Expedia’s $5 booking fee.

    With the cFares rebate, I saved a total of $40 over the lowest price I could have paid. Of course this was just a test. I had similar savings when I used cFares to book and buy a family vacation to Mexico that the four of us really do plan to take this summer.

    The new interface adds a chart that shows you prices based on time of day. You could, for example, see that you can find a cheaper flight if you’re willing to leave very early in the morning or perhaps late at night. To fine tune your selection, slider bars allow you to adjust the departure and arrival time you’re willing to leave or return, as well as the price you’re willing to pay.

    In addition to the prices presented to you, cFares also offers a service called cAgent. As with, you set your own price by telling the service what you’re willing to pay. But unlike Priceline, you’re not committing to buy the ticket.

    If cAgent finds a flight at the price you specify, it reserves the seat but doesn’t buy it until you make that decision, knowing exactly what time you’re leaving and what airline you’ll be flying on. I tried it to get a ticket from San Jose to Cabo San Lucus for $299. After two days of no luck at that price, I used cFares to find me a Platinum price of $318 a ticket, which was still a pretty good deal. Use of cAgent is only available to Platinum members, who pay $50 a year

    Based on a few tests, cFares did indeed generally did save me money but if getting the lowest price is a priority, it still pays to shop around, especially on the airlines’ own websites.

    Increasingly, airlines and hotels are offering their best prices on their own sites, in addition to other incentives such as extra frequent flier miles. Because cFares partners with the airlines, you could wind up with the best of both worlds by buying from the airline and getting the perks and lowest price, as well as an additional savings through the cFares rebate.

    But it’s still best to shop around.

    A syndicated technology columnist for over two decades, Larry Magid serves as on air Technology Analyst for CBS Radio News. His technology reports can be heard several times a week on the CBS Radio Network. Magid is the author of several books including “The Little PC Book.”

    Copyright 2007 CBS. All rights reserved.


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    Winefest returns to Des Moines this Saturday

    DES MOINES – Winefest returns Saturday with more food, wine and fun.

  • Happy National Donut Day!

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    DES MOINES – Several top Republicans in Iowa will be attending Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Inaugural Ball

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    Liz Lidgett is the CEO of Adore Your Walls, an art consultation firm based here in Des Moines.

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    Here are the road closures you need to know about for this Saturday’s Dam to Dam Run:

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    DES MOINES — A pedestrian bridge has been demolished because it is not safe anymore.

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    WAUKEE – Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company is moving their current storage and distribution

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    Day Two of Boys State Soccer Heats Up On the Pitch

    Local 5 Sports has you covered for all of the action from the semifinals of the Boys State Soccer

  • Day One From Boys State Soccer 2017

    Day one from Boys State Soccer at Cownie Soccer Park didn’t disappoint. In Class 3A, Ames and Iowa

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    DES MOINES – The latest edition of the Local 5 Top Five Plays of the Week:

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    The boys state golf tournament begins on Friday for Classes 1, 2 and 3A. Grinnell’s Lucas Scherf

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    Tuesday, Annika Sorenstam wrapped up her final visit to DMGCC before the Solheim Cup in August. The

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    This Week In Iowa: 5-14-17

    On this week’s show, we sit down with Sen. Joni Ernst to talk about the health care bill being

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    On this episode of “This Week in Iowa,” we explore the controversy surrounding Attorney General Tom

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    DES MOINES – State Sen. Nate Boulton is running for Iowa governor.

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  • Former IDP chair running for governor

    DES MOINES – The former head of the Iowa Democratic Party is running for governor.

    Backyard BBQ with Full Forecast

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  • Small Business #WomenDSM

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  • The Brenton Arboretum is celebrating 20 years!

    DALLAS CENTER, Iowa – The Brenton Arboretum is celebrating their 20th Anniversary in a big way!

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    Des Moines proposes fireworks ordinance

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    Des Moines sees 15th homicide of 2017

    Principal Charity Classic Gives Away a Bike on CW Iowa Live

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  • Best apps for guitar tabs and chords #app #store #apps,best #apps,music,news


    You may recall that I fancy myself a bit of a musician. I’ve been forcing my friends to listen to a variety of my musical endeavors for nearly two decades now. I’m sure they are bored with my stage antics by now. One piece of equipment that is almost as important to a musician as the instrument itself is a songbook.

    There are a variety of ways to keep track of songs you’ve written or want to cover, and chords you need to practice, or want to perfect. The dawn of the mobile device has made it even easier than ever to carry your songbook with you through apps specifically designed for musicians. We’ve compiled a list of what we think are the best guitar tabs and chords apps for iPhone and iPad.

    Whether you have just started to learn how to play, or are a seasoned vet at guitar, this app has a database of nearly a million songs for you to browse through. View tabs for songs with lyrics included and access detailed information about how to play a specific chord. Use the auto-scroll feature to follow along with the song, hands free so you can keep your fingers on the fret board for those shredding solos. This app is available for iPhone and iPad for free .

    The best way to figure out how to play a pop song is to find the tab for it online. It used to be that you either had to listen to it over and over again on your cassette player, trying to get that one weird chord down. Now, learning a new song is easy if you know how to read tabs. This app aggregates a number of different online guitar tab sites so you can find what you are looking for fast and easy. You can save your favorite songs for offline viewing and the auto-scroll feature will run through the song automatically so you don’t have to. This app is available for free for both iPhone and iPad.

    Any musician will tell you that their art is an ever-growing experience. It takes a long time just to learn the basic chords in the genre you are interested in. There are thousands of versions of the same set of notes and it is nearly impossible to remember them all. With this app, you can browse and learn those chords. Use the Reverse ChordFinder to figure out the name of the chord you are playing and strum the virtual fretboard to hear what the different notes sound like. Designed for iPhone and iPad, this app is available for free .

    This app is actually a perfect program for practicing along to a song. The slowdown feature is priceless for learning complex solos. However, it also includes a chord analyzing feature that shows you how to play every single chord in a song and also offers alternate versions if you wish to change a song’s octave. So, not only can you learn how to play a song by listening to it in real time, or slowed down without changing the pitch, but you can also get the chord progression as a visual chart to help you learn faster. This app is designed for iPad and iPhone. It is available for $4.99 .

    This app really is the ultimate in guitar tab access. It features tab for nearly a million songs, plus chords, notes, and scores for more than 400,000 of them. Chord diagrams include note placement so you know where your fingers belong on the fretboard. There are also 150,000 interactive tabs that include sound playback so you can practice along to a track that includes drum, guitar, and bass. If you are just starting out, you can get some basic tools from the included guitar lessons. Songs can be saved for offline access and the auto-scroll feature lets you play, hands free. This app is available for $2.99 for iPhone. There is also a free iPad version which contains in-app purchases.

    Having access to hundreds of thousands of existing songs is all well and good, but what if you want to write songs? There are not very many apps on the market that offer drag-and-drop song writing notation. This app does exactly that. Select a chord and drop it into your songs. Make adjustments based on the key you want to play in and how you tune your guitar. The app also includes scale notations and you can learn how to play chords by searching for them and viewing the fingering chart. Chord! works for iPhone and iPad. It is available for $4.99 .

    If you are a multiple instrument musician, or want to share cover songs with band mates, this app offers tab for a variety of instruments and even narrows it down to type of instrument. Send the drum notation to your rhythm section and the scales to the bassist while honing your craft while playing along to electric or acoustic guitar. It also comes with a slowdown program, a chromatic tuner, and a count off to prepare for the start of the song. The features are subscription-based, but you can give them a 15-second test run after you download the app for free. Songsterr is a universal app for iPhone and iPad.

    Another way to write music is using a variety of symbols and notes on a sheet music notebook. Instead of simply putting a chord name above the lyrics, you can get into the nitty gritty of a song. This app offers full song writing features so you can make specific notes on all parts of a song. You can import GPX and PTB files and it is compatible with mySongBook. After you load files, you can integrate them in the fully searchable music library. The multi-track playback feature lets you mute instruments for solo listening. This app is available for $7.99. It works with iPhone and iPad.

    This app probably has the largest collection of interactive guitar tabs in the App Store. That’s not just because the name says it either. You can choose from more than 200,000 songs and counting for interactive tablature that includes playback with guitar, bass, and drums. The service is always updating to include new and popular music. You can also slowdown songs for precision playback, loop sections to replay a portion over and over, and access songs offline. This app is available for $3.99 for iPhone. There is also an iPad version which is free with in-app purchases.

    If you need access to your music while on stage, you are going to need an app that can be as flexible as your fingers. With this app you can create and organize a set list with songs that you import from Dropbox, or write songs right inside the app with the song editor. All you have to do is write the lyrics and then add the chord tab to the changes. Share your songs and set lists with band mates from app to app so they will all be looking at the same screen as you. This app is available for $12.99. It is a universal app.

    Don’t forget to check out our previous best-of lists


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    Arizona News

    Associated Press June 2, 2017 6:28 pm

    Arizona Democrats already preparing for 2018 midterm elections

    Corbin Carson June 2, 2017 5:12 pm

    Arizona Democrats joined a national effort Friday called Resistance Summer in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.

  • National Weather Service calls for hike in Phoenix temperatures over weekend June 2, 2017 3:04 pm

    If you were planning to hit the Phoenix hiking trails this weekend, you should consider hitting the pools instead as hot weather settles in.

  • Items left at TSA at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport go on sale

    Kathy Cline June 2, 2017 2:27 pm

    Did you leave your fishing pole or golf clubs at a TSA checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport? They may have been sold on Friday.

  • Longtime Phoenix TV weatherman Dave Munsey calls it a day June 2, 2017 12:51 pm

    After nearly a half-century of alerting Valley residents to sunshine, rain, wind, and flash floods, longtime Phoenix TV weatherman Dave Munsey has retired.

  • June 2, 2017 12:48 pm

    May’s headlines on were dominated by luxury homes for sale in Arizona, including one that has been billed as the tallest single-family house around.

  • Phoenix Mayor Stanton, others criticize Trump s decision to leave Paris climate deal June 2, 2017 11:55 am

    Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined a host of other mayors in criticizing President Donald Trump s Thursday decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.

  • Border Patrol official says work is intensifying under Trump administration June 2, 2017 10:27 am

    The acting deputy commissioner of Border Patrol said the work his agency does has gotten more intensive under President Donald Trump s administration.

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    For all the negative news, there are good people who are caring for America s veterans, Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin said.

  • Phoenix restaurant Pizza People Pub to close down June 2, 2017 6:50 am

    A Valley restaurant that s been in business for six years announced via Facebook on Thursday that they ll be shutting their doors this month.

  • Crews drop exploding balls to help contain Arizona wildfire

    Associated Press June 2, 2017 6:19 am

    National forest crews have been fighting fire with fire in the last week by dropping combustible spheres from helicopters to help control an Arizona fire.

  • I-17 among freeways to see weekend closures in Phoenix area June 2, 2017 6:01 am

    The I-17 will be one of a few Valley freeways that will see at least partial restrictions this weekend as crews conduct maintenance on roads.

  • Tempe Town Lake dam replacement wins project of the year June 2, 2017 5:40 am

    A dam replacement project at Tempe Town Lake was given an award by the American Society for Civil Engineers for being the project of the year.

  • Arizona saw a spike in opioid deaths in 2016, report shows

    Associated Press June 2, 2017 5:27 am

    A new state report shows Arizona saw another big rise in opioid overdose deaths last year, highlighting the prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic.

  • Arizona Latino conference shows Phoenix is back, says Stanton

    Corbin Carson June 2, 2017 5:04 am

    The 2017 NCLR Annual Conference and Latino Family Expo promises three days of entertainment, health services, children s games and even a job fair.

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  • Best Travel Companies to Work For – US News #bermuda #travel

    #travel companies

    Southwest Airlines and Virgin America top list of travel-related companies as rated by employees.

    If you’d like travel to be part of your work, consider trying to snag a job at domestic airlines Southwest Airlines or Virgin America.

    Those companies rank at the top of a new list of best travel-related employers compiled by career website Glassdoor. The ranking is based on evaluations by employees who work at those companies.

    For people who are considering working in the travel industry, this is a really valuable perspective, to hear what other people who work in the industry are saying, says Glassdoor CEO and co-founder Robert Hohman, who used to work for travel-deal website Expedia. To many outsiders, the travel industry looks extremely glamorous. And to a certain extent, it is. but once you go past the beaches, pools, and cocktails with the little umbrella, there’s a lot of hard work.

    The list includes various types of travel-related companies: airlines, hotels, car and truck rentals, online travel agencies, review websites, and cruise lines. Along with Southwest and Virgin America, Four Seasons Hotels, online travel company Orbitz Worldwide, and Kimpton Hotels Restaurants made the top five.

    The 40 companies included in the ranking each received at least 10 reviews on Glassdoor between May 2009 and May 2011, and nearly three-quarters received more than 30 reviews. Glassdoor compiles reviews by requiring users to offer insight on their company or salary before reading reviews by others.

    Both Southwest and Virgin America offer a perk that many job seekers covet: free and discounted flights. Virgin America allows employees plus a designated flying buddy—usually a spouse or friend—to fly for free whenever a plane has empty seats, and offer discounted flights to friends and family. Southwest Air also offers free, standby travel to employees, as well as a spouse, dependants, and parents, plus a limited number of passes for friends.

    You get discounts on everything: hotels, car rental, any travel-related items, says James Goodman, who has worked for Southwest for 14 years. You add it all up, it’s got to be thousands of dollars each year. A customer service training supervisor who lives in Chicago, Goodman flies for free with his wife and five-year-old son to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. twice a year. I probably wouldn’t be traveling there as much if I had to buy tickets on my own, he says.

    Southwest, which also ranked second on Glassdoor’s list of best 50 companies to work for this year, is hiring, but not in large numbers. The 35,000-employee company, headquartered in Dallas, has openings in revenue management and customer service. The company’s also looking for fall marketing interns.

    Virgin America, a domestic airline that began flying in August 2007, is also hiring. The company is looking for pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics, as well as support staff to work in finance and human resources at headquarters. Just about in every department, we have openings, says Christine Morehead, Virgin America’s director of people (or human relations).

    People like to work for the company because they’re passionate about the airline’s goal of reinventing flying, Morehead says. They really feel like they’re part of making history in the airline industry, bringing great service back. Headquartered in California (and not affiliated with Virgin Atlantic), Virgin America has about 2,000 employees.

    Working in the travel industry may have its perks, but it also has its downsides. Southwest employees complain on Glassdoor of politics within the company and low pay. Some perks, such as flexible schedules, they say, apply only to employees in certain departments. Virgin America employees complain about being away from home a lot, an overwhelming workload, and long hours.

    Here’s Glassdoor’s full list of top travel companies to work for, as well as each company’s ranking on a scale of 0-5:

    1. Southwest Airlines (airline): 4.2

    1. Virgin America (airline): 4.2


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    Data Firm Says ‘Secret Sauce’ Aided Trump; Many Scoff – The


    Data Firm Says ‘Secret Sauce’ Aided Trump; Many Scoff

    Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, at the Concordia Summit for public-private business partnerships in New York in September. The firm claimed to have developed psychographic profiles that could predict the political leanings of every American adult. Credit Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

    Standing before political and business leaders in New York last fall, Alexander Nix promised a revolution.

    Many companies compete in the market for political microtargeting, using huge data sets and sophisticated software to identify and persuade voters. But Mr. Nix’s little-known firm, Cambridge Analytica, claimed to have developed something unique: “psychographic” profiles that could predict the personality and hidden political leanings of every American adult.

    “Of the two candidates left in the election, one of them is using these technologies,” Mr. Nix said, referring to Donald J. Trump .

    Capitalizing on its work for the man who is now president, Cambridge has pitched potential clients in the United States ranging from MasterCard and the New York Yankees to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ahead of this year’s elections in Europe, Mr. Nix is promoting the four-year-old United States-based company abroad, too.

    Cambridge Analytica’s rise has rattled some of President Trump’s critics and privacy advocates, who warn of a blizzard of high-tech, Facebook-optimized propaganda aimed at the American public, controlled by the people behind the alt-right hub Breitbart News. Cambridge is principally owned by the billionaire Robert Mercer, a Trump backer and investor in Breitbart. Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart chairman who is Mr. Trump’s senior White House counselor, served until last summer as vice president of Cambridge’s board.

    But a dozen Republican consultants and former Trump campaign aides, along with current and former Cambridge employees, say the company’s ability to exploit personality profiles — “our secret sauce,” Mr. Nix once called it — is exaggerated.

    Cambridge executives now concede that the company never used psychographics in the Trump campaign. The technology — prominently featured in the firm’s sales materials and in media reports that cast Cambridge as a master of the dark campaign arts — remains unproved, according to former employees and Republicans familiar with the firm’s work.

    “They’ve got a lot of really smart people,” said Brent Seaborn, managing partner of TargetPoint, a rival business that also provided voter data to the Trump campaign. “But it’s not as easy as it looks to transition from being excellent at one thing and bringing it into politics. I think there’s a big question about whether we think psychographic profiling even works.”

    At stake are not merely bragging rights, but also an emerging science that many believe could reshape American politics and commerce. Big data companies already know your age, income, favorite cereal and when you last voted. But the company that can perfect psychological targeting could offer far more potent tools: the ability to manipulate behavior by understanding how someone thinks and what he or she fears.

    A voter deemed neurotic might be shown a gun-rights commercial featuring burglars breaking into a home, rather than a defense of the Second Amendment; political ads warning of the dangers posed by the Islamic State could be targeted directly at voters prone to anxiety, rather than wasted on those identified as optimistic.

    “You can do things that you would not have dreamt of before,” said Alexander Polonsky, chief data scientist at Bloom, a consulting firm that offers “emotion analysis” of social networks and has worked with the center-right Republican Party in France.

    “It goes beyond sharing information,” he added. “It’s sharing the thinking and the feeling behind this information, and that’s extremely powerful.”

    Both conservatives and liberals are eager to harness that power. In Washington, some Democratic operatives are scrambling to develop personality-profiling capabilities of their own. But even as Cambridge seeks to expand its business among conservative groups, questions about its performance have soured many Republicans in Mr. Trump’s orbit.

    Cambridge is no longer in contention to work for Mr. Trump at the Republican National Committee. a company spokesman confirmed, nor is it working for America First Policies, a new nonprofit formed to help advance the president’s agenda.

    In recent months, the value of Cambridge’s technology has been debated by technology experts and in some media accounts. But Cambridge officials, in recent interviews, defended the company’s record during the 2016 election, saying its data analysis helped Mr. Trump energize critical support in the Rust Belt. Mr. Nix said the firm had conducted tens of thousands of polls for Mr. Trump, helping guide his message and identify issues that mattered to voters.

    But when asked to name a single race where the firm’s flagship product had been critical to victory, Mr. Nix declined.

    “We bake a cake, it’s got 10 ingredients in it. Psychographics is one of them,” he said. “It’s very difficult to isolate exactly what the impact of that ingredient is.”

    Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s senior White House counselor, has served as a Cambridge corporate officer. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

    Drawn to America

    Cambridge’s parent company, the London-based Strategic Communication Laboratories Group, has a long record of trying to understand and influence behavior. Founded in 1993 by a former British adman, the firm has worked for companies and candidates around the world, as well as for government and military clients. SCL has studied Pakistani jihadists for the British government and provided intelligence assessments for American defense contractors in Iran, Libya and Syria, according to company documents obtained by The New York Times.

    “Their approach was seen as serious and focused,” said Mark Laity, chief of strategic communications at NATO’s military headquarters in Europe, who has taken part in NATO-affiliated conferences where SCL has made presentations.

    In recent years, the company has moved to exploit the revolution in big data to predict human behavior more precisely, working with scientists from the Cambridge University Psychometrics Center. The United States represented a critical new market. Europe has strict privacy protections that limit the use of personal information, but America is more lightly regulated, allowing the sale of huge troves of consumer data to any company or candidate who can afford them.

    In 2013, Cambridge Analytica was created as SCL’s American operation, and the two companies today share many of their roughly 200 employees, several top executives, and offices in New York and Washington.

    To develop its profiling system, Cambridge conducts detailed psychological surveys — by phone and online — of tens of thousands of people, differentiating them by five traits, a model widely used by behavioral researchers.

    Uniquely, the company claims to be able to extrapolate those findings to millions of other people it has not surveyed, assigning them one of 32 distinct personality types. Cambridge then blends those profiles with commercial data and voting histories, revealing “hidden voter trends and behavioral triggers,” according to a 2016 company brochure.

    Those profiles, in turn, would allow campaigns to customize advertising, direct-mail slogans and door-knocking scripts, each calibrated to prod the targeted voter toward — or away from — a candidate.

    The promise of psychometrics appealed to Mr. Mercer, a computer scientist who made a fortune helping to lead Renaissance Technologies, a Long Island-based hedge fund. Mr. Mercer and his daughter Rebekah presided over a growing political empire that included millions of dollars in contributions to conservative groups and a stake in Breitbart, whose nationalist and racially antagonistic content prefigured Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

    The billionaire Robert Mercer, a Trump supporter, is the principal owner of Cambridge Analytica. Credit Andrew Toth/Getty Images

    Mr. Mercer became Cambridge’s principal investor, according to two former employees. (Like several others interviewed for this article, they spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing nondisclosure agreements and the threat of lawsuits.) Mr. Bannon, the family’s political guru, also advised the company and served as vice president of its board, according to Delaware public records.

    Mr. Mercer has never spoken publicly about his policy views in depth, but his giving is eclectic: He has financed anti-Clinton documentaries, right-wing media watchdogs, libertarian think tanks and both Senator Ted Cruz, a religious conservative, and Mr. Trump, a thrice-married nationalist.

    “The genius here is Bob, and the billionaire in this is Bob, and the person with the extreme views of how the world should be is Bob,” said David Magerman, a Renaissance research scientist who was recently suspended after criticizing his boss’s support for Mr. Trump.

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    GLO Airlines announces nonstop flights between Memphis, New Orle – WMC

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    GLO Airlines announces nonstop flights between Memphis, New Orleans

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    New Orleans is the latest non-stop flight that will be leaving the Memphis International Airport.

    GLO Airlines has touched down in Memphis, starting nonstop daily flights between Memphis and New Orleans. The airport released preliminary details of the flights in September, but Monday GLO updated new details about the upcoming flights.

    I think it’s great, traveler Brent Fleetwood said. We need to add some more options to fly and New Orleans is a great place to do a direct flight.

    The flights are going to be just $99 until February 1.

    They will be the first flights between the two destinations since Delta left in December 2014.

    Tourists will not be the only ones benefiting.

    To add another market to what we have in Memphis makes it that much easier for us to recruit businesses to Memphis, Phil Trenary of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce said.

    That includes one business traveler who makes deliveries every December 25.

    I was just speaking with my niece this morning. She lives in Germantown. She was concerned that Santa would not be able to find his way to Memphis, traveler Amanda Bladt said. I think GLO will be a really good chance to keep all the kids happy this Christmas season.

    GLO is the eleventh carrier to fly out of Memphis International Airport.

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    New Low-Cost Airline: PEOPLExpress Tickets Go on Sale – NBC News

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    New Low-Cost Airline: PEOPLExpress Tickets Go on Sale

    The days of the airline stewardess joke — coffee, tea, or me? — are gone in more ways than one.

    Tickets from $59 went on sale Wednesday afternoon for PEOPLExpress. the new airline that seeks to capitalize on the goodwill for the name of one of the first low-budget airlines that disappeared decades ago amid industry consolidation. But with its new a la carte pricing for everything from overhead bin space to coffee, tea and water, unprepared fliers may be in for sticker shock.

    All of the airline’s flights will be in and out of its hub at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia, with only three destinations when it starts flying June 30. The airline’s two daily round-trip flights to Newark, New Jersey, will start with base fares from $76 each way; a daily round-trip to Boston will cost $76 each way; and its daily round-trip to Pittsburgh will cost $59 each way.

    Service to West Palm Beach, Florida, will start July 15 with one daily round-trip flight and fares priced from $89 each way.

    Flights to Atlanta will start Aug. 1 with one-way fares priced at $79. The Atlanta route will offer round-trip service once a day, except Tuesdays.

    On Aug. 28, service will start to New Orleans for $119 each way as well as to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, from $89 each way. Only three weekly round-trips will be offered to St. Petersburg and New Orleans.

    All those fares come with a serious restrictions apply asterisk as fliers will have to pay extra for services that many other airlines still offer for free.

    On board, coffee or tea will sell for $1; soft drinks water and juice will cost $2; beer will be $5; and a proper cocktail will set you back $7.

    Carry-on bags in overhead bins will cost $25 per bag per flight segment while a single checked bag will cost $20, and a second will add $25 more and if you must, $75 for a third. If you have to check a bag at the gate, that’s $50, and if it’s overweight, an extra $75 fee will apply. An exit-row seat will cost an extra $25 each way while more comfortable Living Large seats will cost an extra $59 per flight segment. Advance seat assignments cost $15 each way.

    On board, coffee or tea will sell for $1; soft drinks water and juice will cost $2; beer will be $5; and a proper cocktail will set you back $7. The good news comes on the snacks pricing: Complimentary.

    Carry-on bags will be free if they fit under your seat, a company spokesman said.

    This past Friday, the airline announced it would launch. and technically will be known as Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress while it gets its full certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. It will fly leased 150-seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines.

    PEOPLExpress hopes to expand to 24 cities within five years, with hubs in Pittsburgh; New Orleans; San Antonio, Texas; and Atlantic City, New Jersey, CEO Jeff Erickson told CNBC in an interview last week.

    At its first hub, the airline will operate two gates on Concourse A at Newport News. Tickets can only be purchased through its website or its call center, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

    The original PEOPLExpress began flying in 1981 and was based at Newark. It was later acquired by Continental, which was then acquired by United. The new airline has adopted the old logo, but with a new green scheme rather than the old brown, burgundy and orange. Otherwise the new airline is not affiliated with the old airline of the same name, Erickson said, except that some of the executives worked for the old airline.

    PEOPLExpress isn’t the only new airline with plans to take off this year. An all-business class airline, tentatively called Dream Jet, has announced plans to fly between Paris and New York. And Eastern Air Lines Group has filed its initial application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin operations.


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    Nomadic Retirees – Sell Home to Travel the World – NBC

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    Nomadic Retirees Sell Home to Travel the World

    Carefree travel has long been the province of backpackers, 20-somethings and other free spirits without mortgages, jobs and other worldly concerns.

    But if retired couple Lynne and Tim Martin have their way, there will be a new model for the wave of aging baby boomers nearing retirement: Hit the road, travel around the world, and live like locals in cities and villages for extended periods of time, with no permanent home.

    Lynne, 73, and Tim, 68, began their adventure in 2010, when they realized they shared a deep desire to travel and yearned for something a bit different for retirement. So soon after they sold their California home and set out to live abroad, one country at a time.

    Lynne calls it the “home free” movement, a term she lays claim to coining when she named the blog she created, “Home Free Adventures ,” to keep family and friends in the loop.

    Lynne’s new memoir Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw The World, released Tuesday, recounts the couple’s journey — from details of how they downsized most of their belongings and pared down expenses to vivid encounters of living in diverse regions of the world. The book, organized chronologically, is sprinkled with stories, tips and advice, aimed to inspire.

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    Over the past four years, the Martins have lived in nine countries. It’s a dream they feel that is within reach for others — with proper planning.

    The Martins, who like to call themselves “nomadic retirees” or “senior gypsies,” currently are based in a colorful neighborhood on Staten Island, which is much cheaper than Manhattan, while they promote the book. “It’s like its own little country,” she said, with many people from Haiti and other Caribbean islands. “We discovered a beautiful promenade along the river. It’s gorgeous, with trees and flowers about to bloom. It looks like Paris.”

    Travel is good medicine. Because it challenges the brain with new and different experiences and environments, it is an important behavior that promotes brain health and builds brain resilience across the lifespan.

    The couple said their experiences resonate, and not just with older adults. “A lot of mail comes from people in their 30s, even in their 40s, who traveled as students,” said Lynne, in response to her blog posts and a Wall Street Journal article she wrote in 2012. “They will tell us they thought their traveling years were all over, so they are thrilled.”

    Desire for a more mobile retirement may be a good thing, according to AARP, a nonprofit membership organization for people age 50 and older that recently launched AARP Travel. a new website to help older people manage travel planning.

    “Travelers tend to be in a better place physically, emotionally, and financially than non-travelers,” said Sami Hassanyeh, chief digital officer for AARP. “As one expert put it, ‘Travel is good medicine. Because it challenges the brain with new and different experiences and environments, it is an important behavior that promotes brain health and builds brain resilience across the lifespan.’”

    The Martins’ tone may be lighthearted, but their message is serious. “Our big mantra is ‘postpone nothing,’” said Tim. Anytime is a good time to travel, “as long as you are healthy,” which can be unpredictable as people age, he said, “so postponing is a mistake.”

    The couple also stresses the importance of making practical decisions.

    “We didn’t spend all of the money from the sale of a house traveling around the world. That’s not what we’re doing,” Tim said. “We still live on the same stipend as we did before we sold the house. Nothing has changed. We are being fiscally conservative,” he said, budgeting carefully and working closely with a financial adviser.

    It hasn’t all been easy. In Buenos Aires, for example, detailed in chapter four of the book, Lynne recounts problems that made them leave early. “It made us question our tolerance and flexibility, and if we were able to live this life,” she said. There were mistakes along the way, too, but they were learning experiences. When they started out, there was no blueprint or road map, and they relied on trial and error. “Everything has been valuable,” she said.

    After the book promotion, the couple will head to Paris for a few months, beginning in June, followed by a visit to family in California in September. October will find them back in San Miguel de Allende, where their travels began nearly four years ago, and then off to Ecuador. In 2015, they plan a big trip to South Asia. They plan to travel to less challenging locations, like within the U.S. as they age.

    “It’s isn’t all pretty, but it’s all been rewarding,” Tim said, noting that their richest experiences have been personal encounters along the way. “It always comes down to people.”

    “This has been quite a journey,” Lynne said. “It’s been fun. It’s been really fun.”


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    Scammers target leading online travel agent – BBC News #sa #travel

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    Scammers target leading online travel agent

    By Bob Howard Reporter, Money Box

    7 November 2014

    Online travel agent has admitted that it has had to compensate customers whose personal details have been stolen.

    Guests booking hotel rooms have unwittingly handed over money to criminals.

    By accessing reservations, the crooks have been able to obtain contact details to send customers demands for prepayment. is one of the biggest online travel agents. The Netherlands-based firm boasts on its website that every day customers book 700,000 room nights in more than 200 countries.

    Bogus emails

    They had everything like the reservation number, names of guests and the logos looked accurate Claire Coldwell, customer

    Claire Coldwell from West Yorkshire used to book hotel rooms for her and her colleagues who were attending a trade fair in London.

    She expected to pay at the end of her stay, but then she received emails and calls that said something different: “I got an email supposedly from saying that, because of the unusually high demand for those dates, the Hilton had taken the decision to ask for prepayment in full for the whole week.”

    That would have meant Claire paying £3,000 in advance.

    Claire then got an email supposedly from the Hilton requesting the same thing: “They had everything like the reservation number, names of guests and the logos looked accurate.”

    Claire was suspicious, not least because the email referred to an airport transfer and her group were going to London by train.

    So she phoned and was told to ignore the emails because the company never asked for payment up front.

    Fraud alert

    If you are asked to make a payment which differs to your policy via bank transfer or other means, please do not make a payment

    It then sent an email to Claire that confirmed this had been an attempt to steal her money by criminals: “We have been informed that scammers are targeting some customers in an attempt to gather data. If you are asked to make a payment which differs to your policy via bank transfer or other means, please do not make a payment.”

    Whoever we spoke to were not aware of the situation Ramesh Siram. General manager, Shoreditch Inn

    But some customers have been targeted in an identical way since at least August, and have paid up.

    Jane from Niagara Falls in Canada used to reserve a room for a four-day stay in London.

    She too received an email purporting to be from but she had no reason to believe it was anything other than genuine: “It looked very authentic. I fell for it. We paid approximately 1,500 Canadian dollars, around £700 sterling.”

    She complained to and it refunded her.

    Peter Kornelisse, chief security officer at, said the firm was on top of the problem: “We estimate around 10,000 people are affected. We are protecting our customers, hotels and continuously. We have a battle against organised crime. We’ve made technical improvements in several areas. “ said that once it noticed that a guest was affected by phishing activities, it immediately notified that individual guest.

    It said its dedicated security teams were also working to contact and support accommodation partners who may have been affected by this situation.

    But Ramesh Siram, the general manager of the Shoreditch Inn in London, felt was slow to appreciate the scale of the problem: “We tried to contact them many times and all of the customer service agents, whoever we spoke to, were not aware of the situation. That’s not really great or helpful for us. We needed to profoundly apologise to them, even though it’s not our mistake.”

    Eventually, he said the hotel received an email from warning about the attacks and asking it to be vigilant.

    The British Hospitality Association, which represents the hotel industry, confirmed to Money Box this week that it knew of eight hotels where customers had had similar problems.

    And has told us customers from the UK, US, France, Italy, the UAE and Portugal had all been affected.

    Those that have lost money have had it refunded.

    Security issues

    When told of this problem, Rik Ferguson from internet security firm Trend Micro, decided to test the system.

    They should be taking the utmost care in protecting the access to this information Rik Ferguson, Vice-president of security research, Trend Micro

    By registering as a fictitious hotel, he found you could access the system with a log-in and password.

    He says if these log-in details were obtained, customer security would be compromised: “With a site like, the fact that they deal with millions of people’s personal and financial information means they should be taking the utmost care in protecting the access to this information. If it’s just a simple user name and password, that’s not the utmost care.” has insisted it is not the victim of a data breach but that criminals are obtaining customer details by sending messages to hotels to acquire guest details.

    Peter Kornelisse said was doing its best to warn customers but the fraud threat was constantly evolving: “We do inform customers to a certain extent. We can warn today about a specific scenario that takes place and the next moment we have a different scenario. We contacted all the guests who are affected by the phishing attacks and we took the burden of our guests.”

    Hilton and other hotels Money Box has spoken to have strongly denied the frauds are the result of a breach of their systems or websites.

    A Hilton Worldwide spokesperson said: “Our initial investigation has found this incident is not the result of a breach of Hilton systems or websites. We have asked to ensure their investigation is thorough and appropriate action is taken. Guests who have received suspicious emails should contact their booking provider immediately and not respond to these emails.”

    Since the fraud, has made changes so data can only be accessed from a computer linked to the hotel’s server.

    Its teams have also worked to “take down” dozens of phishing sites, as well as working with some banks to freeze the money mule bank accounts.

    Money Box is broadcast on Saturdays at 12:00 BST on BBC Radio 4 and repeated on Sundays at 21:00 BST. You can listen again via the BBC iPlayer or by downloading Money Box podcast .

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    Bob Bonder, founder and president of Rhinegeist Brewery, is tucked away in his office on a late Monday afternoon. The office overlooks the brewing vats, which have pumped out some of the most popular craft beer in the Cincinnati area over the last three years.

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    A message was posted for students walking past McMicken Commons on the University of Cincinnati campus Tuesday that read “Warning: Abortion Victim Photos Ahead.”

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    A new movement at the University of Cincinnati is aiming to end the stigma surrounding abortion, one story at a time.

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    Earth just had the hottest August in 136 years, tied with July for the hottest month in continuous record, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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    Travel websites: Which online resource is best? CBS News #travel #websites

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    Travel websites: Which online resource is best?

    (CBS News) If you’re still planning that summer vacation or have a business trip on tap, there are many ways to find help on the Internet. However, even though they’re just a click away it is not always easy to tell which site will give you the best options.

    Personal financial expert Lauren Lyons Cole, of TheStreet. made the process a little easier and shared her top picks for the best travel websites on “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”

    To get the best airfare, she suggested the Google-owned site, ITAairfare. The site is popular because it not only gives you best pricing, but is very easy to search. It has a calendar-style presentation and is great for finding cheap fares for international routes.

    If you’re looking to travel the rails, she suggests the site Man in Seat 61. Cole says that this site is great for those new to rail travel. It provides information on tickets, pricing and the best routes. It’s also a great tool for those traveling in Europe where trains are much more frequently used for travel.

    Cole gave two different options for those looking to book hotels. The website Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a catalog of reviews for boutique hotels from a couple who’ve actually stayed at each venue. This is a great resource for those looking to stay in these types of establishments.

    On the flip side, Hostelworld is a site for people who want to save a bit more money. Cole said that hostels aren’t what they used to be, and that even families can stay in them.

    “They’re a great way to save on money while you travel abroad,” she said, noting that not all hostels are exclusively for students. “There are hostels that are more family-friendly. You can get on, see everything, whether it’s booked or not booked, and then read expert reviews on whether this is going to be the right fit for you.”

    If you’re looking for things to do off the beaten path, Cole suggests the site Atlas Obsucra. where you can put in a location and check out reviews on bizarre sites across the world — or in your own backyard.

    As a safety precaution, Cole recommends that any time you leave the United States you check with the U.S. State Department’s website for any urgent restrictions. as well as register your trip in case of emergency at home or abroad.

    For Lauren Lyons Cole’s full interview, watch the video in the player above.

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    Massive Credit Card Fraud Steals $200M – ABC News #credit #card




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    ‘Massive’ $200M Credit Card Fraud

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    A new study finds credit card debt is the top financial worry of the holiday season.

    Eighteen people have been charged in what federal prosecutors in New Jersey called one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever uncovered by the U.S. Department of Justice, spanning 28 states and eight countries.

    “The defendants are part of a massive international fraud enterprise involving thousands of false identities, fraudulent identification documents, doctored credit reports and more than $200 million in confirmed losses,” FBI Special Agent James Simpson said in court records.

    According to court records, the scheme involved three basic steps: The defendants allegedly created thousands of fake identities, pumped up the credit histories of those fictitious people and then racked up charges on fraudulently obtained credit cards.

    “Due to the massive scope of the fraud, which involved over 25,000 fraudulent credit cards, loss calculations are ongoing and final confirmed losses may grow substantially,” Simpson said.

    The proceeds, authorities said, were used for luxury automobiles, electronics, spa treatments, high-end clothing and millions of dollars in gold. Authorities said the fraudsters also stockpiled large sums of cash and approximately $70,000 in cash was found in one defendant’s oven.

    Though the scheme targeted credit card companies, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said customers everywhere could feel the impact.

    “Through their greed and their arrogance, the individuals arrested today and their conspirators allegedly harmed not only the credit card issuers, but everyone who deals with increased interest rates and fees because of the money sucked out of the system by criminals acting in fraud rings like this one,” Fishman said.

    The defendants, including the alleged ringleaders, Babar Qureshi and Muhammad Shafiq, are due to make their initial court appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in a Newark federal court.


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    American Airlines apologizes after man alleges fat discrimination – CBS News

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    American Airlines apologizes after man alleges fat discrimination

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — An Orange County man said he is outraged by the way he was treated on an American Airlines flight because he is overweight.

    Chris Shelley claimed he was kicked off the plane because he weighs a few more pounds, reports CBS Los Angeles.

    “The worst part was being treated as if I was some sort of criminal. Not only a criminal, but a fat criminal,” Shelley said.

    The Huntington Beach engineer, who said he flies more than 100,000 miles a year, cannot help but wonder “if this is customer service, American Airlines shouldn’t be in business,” he said.

    Shelley said his nightmare began after he boarded an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Orange County on Friday, when an elderly petite woman sat in the aisle seat next to him.

    “She was clearly not particularly happy, got up and left and went towards the front of the aircraft,” Shelley said.

    The retired Marine did not think anything of it until “a young gentleman in a vest with an American Airlines emblem on it turns to me and says: ‘Sir! You need to take your things and deplane immediately. Come with me.’ I was in shock,” Shelley said.

    He said the employee told him the woman seated next to him complained he was too big for his seat. “They told me anyone over two inches in the seat cannot sit on the aircraft.”

    Shelley said he was shocked when the airline did not offer a solution.

    “They never once asked me or anyone else if we could switch seats. It was just simply – get off the plane!” He said after begging the employee to ask the woman, who complained about him, to just switch seats. She agreed. He was able re-board the plane.

    American Airlines sent him two apology emails. A spokesperson said the company has launched an investigation.

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    8 Insider Secrets to Booking Cheap Airfare – US News #travel

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    Save big on your next flight with these insider tips.

    Travel plans are calling for more belt-tightening than usual these days, making budget vacations extremely desirable. But such trips aren’t possible if you pay too much for airfare. And unless you know where to look, finding affordable flights can be a huge hassle. For the airlines, it’s about getting you to pay the most you’re willing to pay, which is the opposite of what the consumer wants, says Joe Brancatelli, publisher of the travel website On a single flight, he adds, there can be more than a dozen pricing categories. On a 150-seat plane, there could be 50 different prices, he says.

    With summer right around the corner, U.S. News spoke to Brancatelli and other travel industry experts about the best ways to stretch your travel budget. Here are eight insider secrets to booking cheap airfare:

    Book six weeks in advance. Passengers pay the lowest price, nearly 6 percent below the average fare, if they buy six weeks before their flight, according to a study by the Airlines Reporting Corporation. After compiling data from every U.S. travel agency over the last four years, it determined that most people booked the cheapest airline tickets 42 days in advance. But the six-week rule isn’t necessarily a surefire strategy for snagging the cheapest fare. This is just a trend, explains Chuck Thackston, ARC’s managing director of data and analytics. Airlines will make valuable deals available all the time. But, on average, we see this 42-day approach works.

    Scan for morning deals. Airlines only post a limited number of seats at a reduced fare at night, so Thackston advises snagging seats early. Those tickets may sell out later in the day, he says. The early morning is the time you’ll see most of these deals available, although a few airlines release discounted tickets throughout the day.

    Best time to buy: Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Eastern. If you don’t find the discounts you’re looking for in the early morning, a study by says the best time to buy airline tickets and shop for travel (domestically) is on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern. However, George Hobia, founder of, argues that the best deals vary frequently, so there’s not one specific day or time of the week to buy.

    Cheapest day to fly: Wednesday. According to a recent study, the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday for domestic travel. The day with the most seats is likely to have better supply, and thus. more empty seats that require discounting to fill the plane—meaning they have to release more seats at their cheapest price point, according to the website. Other low-cost days to fly are Tuesday and Saturday, says Farecompare (Friday and Sunday are the most expensive days to travel ).

    Fly out early. The cheapest flight is typically the first flight of the morning. Yes, that means you have to get up at 4 a.m., says Rick Seaney, chief executive of The next-cheapest flight times are during or after lunch or at the dinner hour. Of course, the absolute cheapest time to fly is on those limited routes with red-eyes, he says.

    Check low-cost airlines individually. Comparison sites like don’t necessarily do all the work for you. Some low-cost airlines, like Southwest in the United States and Ryanair in Europe, don’t allow their tickets to be quoted on popular comparison websites, says Seaney. So be sure to check them separately. And do your homework to make sure the so-called low cost airline doesn’t tack on extra fees that drive up the cost, like a bloated baggage-check charge, which Seaney says is a tactic employed by some of the budget airlines.

    Sign up for free alerts on Almost every major online booking site offers airfare alerts that ping you when fare prices fall. stands out from the pack by using people to vet deals rather than computer systems. We only send updates when we think we’ve found a good deal, whereas other sites might update you when a flight drops $2, says founder George Hobia.


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    William Shatner soon will travel Route 66 in a space-age motorcycle

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    William Shatner soon will travel Route 66 in a space-age motorcycle

    William Shatner. the actor best-known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek original television series and movies, is traveling Route 66 this summer, according to a story in a Canadian newspaper and a tweet from his account.

    First, Shatner tweeted this early today:

    I m taking Route 66 from Chicago to LA

    The Prince George Citizen, based in British Colombia, had more elaboration from Shatner himself. He s going to travel the Mother Road in a futuristic-looking motorcycle from Rivet Motors .

    This summer, he and a team of mechanical designers and camera crew are going to ride it across America.

    From Chicago to Los Angeles I m going to do Route 66 and film it all, he said, practically giddy. I thumbed it when I was 19. Just before I started at McGill I thumbed from Montreal to San Diego to Vancouver back across to Montreal. Part of that was from Chicago to L.A. on Route 66 they hadn t yet built the intercontinental highways. So I m going back on this motorcycle I helped design. It may just be a personal odyssey the people I meet along the way, the fears I feel, the weather I encounter The romance and the fear is in my fuel mixture. Can I do 2,200 miles on a bike? I never have. What do I see at the end? What happens in the middle? Who do I meet? Can I set interesting people up in advance to meet along the way?

    Here s a short video about the motorcycle:

    This may be a case where the motorcycle will get more attention than the celebrity driving it.

    It also should be noted Shatner, before he became a star, appeared in an episode of the television drama Route 66 in 1963. The episode was filmed in South Portland, Maine, as the series seldom was shot on the real Route 66.

    Even at age 84, one gets the impression from the newspaper article that Shatner still thirsts for adventure and new experiences. With Route 66 and that attention-getting trike, he ll get it in spades.

    UPDATE. Shatner later provided some details about his trip:

    I currently have blocked a week off 6/23-6/30 to do the ride.

    I d like to see if towns would be interested in holding an event at every stop for a local charity


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    President Trump, first lady host governors for dinner at White House




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    While Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the Oscars tonight, the president and first lady hosted a night of glamour of their own. But instead of movie stars, the guests at the White House tonight were the nation’s governors.

    It’s an annual tradition for the president to invite the nation’s governors to the White House for a dinner. Tonight’s Governor’s Ball was a first for President Trump and first lady Melania Trump as host and hostess at the White House for a gala event.

    “I hear this is a record number of governors, 46, and that’s the highest that have ever showed up for this evening,” the commander in chief said during a toast.

    The theme of the dinner was Spring’s Renewal, with the first lady saying in a statement, “The scents of jasmine and roses fill the air as we give thanks for this great nation and the glory of renewal.”

    She also said the night will be an opportunity to leave political labels behind and unite.

    “I am proud to invite all the governors to the White House for this important annual event,” Melania Trump said. “Tonight, we come together as one nation, leaving political labels and partisan interests behind.”

    However, Donald Trump briefly touted the accomplishments of his young presidency, highlighting border security, saying, “I can say that after four weeks, it’s been a lot of fun accomplished, but we’ve accomplished almost everything we’ve started out to accomplish. The borders are stricter, tighter.”

    He teased the group’s upcoming discussion of former President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

    “Tomorrow we’re going to meet, and we’re going discuss things like perhaps health care will come up, perhaps, and I think we’ve made a lot of progress on that, and we’re going to have a speech Tuesday night, and we’re going to be speaking very specifically about a very complicated subject,” Trump said. “We’re going to have it fixed, and we’re going to repeal and replace, and I think you’re going to see something very special.”


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    Welcome to TMT where students learn having fun (yes, these are really TMT students)! Our Board of Nursing Approved curriculum is unlike any other. Come see what all of the talk is about.

  • Enrolling at Tidewater Medical Training is like training in a real healthcare facility! We have six patient areas with real hospital beds, curtains, bed side tables, and call buttons. Hands-on training should always be real!

  • We don’t pretend! TMT uses real medical carts to train certified medication aides. The CMA program is one of the best in Tidewater!

  • The TMT facility is modern and boasts classrooms, skills labs, offices, and a conference room.

  • Study groups are normal! We encourage our students to work together and be successful. Some of our students even carpool to class!

  • Faculty and students practice their CNA skills and take turns having fun playing the role of “patient”. Learning at TMT is fun!

    Welcome to Tidewater Medical Training, the premier Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medication Aide (CMA), and CPR training program in Hampton Roads with two convenient locations to serve you!

    Benefits of training with TMT:

    • Virginia Board of Nursing Approved Classes!
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    Click here to connect directly with Virginia!

    New students may also fill out an online application.

    Are you ready for a challenge? Are you ready for fun and personal growth? Do you feel you have what it takes to be successful in health care? Then, train with us! We select talented people with the will and desire to succeed. Since we are accredited by the Board of Nursing and conduct clinicals in health care facilities, certain application restrictions apply.

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  • Transformation of rail travel in the north – News stories. #student

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    Transformation of rail travel in the north

    This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

    Plans to give rail passengers in the north of England more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of modern trains were unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today (27 February 2015).

    Documents published today set out how bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine franchises will be required to provide plans to:

    • replace outdated Pacer trains
    • introduce a brand new fleet of modern trains
    • tackle crowding
    • invest in stations
    • accommodate over 19,000 more commuters in Manchester during the morning peak
    • add over 200 new train services every day across both franchises
    • provide over one-third more capacity across both franchises
    • introduce free wi-fi

    The publication of the invitations to tender is the first step in the transformation of train travel between the northern cities. It is also a significant step in the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy.

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    This is an historic moment for the north. Improving rail links in the region has been much anticipated. These old trains have been rattling across rails in the north for over 30 years; a constant source of complaint which have held the region back.

    As part of my Northern Futures initiative I asked the people of the north what they wanted to build a stronger economy and transport was top of the list. So I fought hard to replace pacer trains as soon as possible.

    Today’s plans include a new fleet of trains and improved services that will better connect our great northern towns and cities. Modernising rail in the north will encourage business, boost tourism and give commuters the journey they deserve; one that is fit for a 21st century metropolis.

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

    This is great news for passengers across the north, who will finally get a rail service that matches up to the booming economy in this region. That means more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of modern trains. Unlike the last Northern franchise in 2004, which included limited plans to invest in services or meet demand, this deal will maintain investment and grow to fit the needs of passengers for years to come.

    Together with the £1 billion investment we are making to improve the region’s railways and our plans to link east and west through HS3, our railways are making the region an economic powerhouse.

    Chair of Rail North Sir Richard Leese said:

    We know from the consultation that passengers want to see a step-change in the quality of train vehicles, stations, more trains on Sundays and at off-peak times, and longer trains at busy peak times to ease overcrowding – and thanks to the hard work put in by Rail North, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

    But this is only the starting point; the invitations to tender specify the minimum required from the new franchisees, and Rail North will continue to push for greater enhancements in future years which will help deliver regional economic growth by helping people get to jobs faster, in comfort and affordably.

    Full details of what the bidders for the 2 new franchises are required to deliver are set out in the invitations to tender for the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises. These set out the minimum level of improvements bidders hoping to secure the next franchises will need to include in their detailed proposals.

    View the individual station benefits on our interactive map.

    The key improvements the government wants the bidders for the Northern franchise to include are:

    • removal of the existing Pacer trains
    • ordering at least 120 new-build carriages
    • modernising every train operating on the Northern franchise
    • doubling the number of services on many routes on the Northern franchise
    • providing more services for commuters, during off-peak times and on Sundays
    • investing at least £30 million to improve stations along the Northern franchise route
    • creating a Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF ) to invest around £13.8 million to deliver benefits for passengers
    • introducing free wi-fi on all Northern trains by 2020 at the latest

    The TransPeninne Express franchise provides longer distance intercity-type services, connecting the major cities of Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Hull, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as Manchester Airport.

    The key improvements the government wants the bidders for the TransPeninne Express franchise to include are:

    • introducing extra capacity for passengers through more carriages, increased frequencies or more services
    • proving earlier and later services and more services on Sundays
    • creating a CCIF to invest around £2.8 million in passenger benefits
    • considering options for new services such as links between Liverpool and Scotland, Crewe to Manchester Airport and extending Newcastle services to Edinburgh
    • working with Network Rail to ensure the electrification of the cross-Pennine Manchester to Leeds route is delivered effectively
    • introducing free wi-fi on all TransPennine Express trains by 2020 at the latest

    In August, the government announced which companies had been shortlisted in the competition to run the 2 franchises.

    For the Northern franchise, these are:

    • Abellio Northern Ltd
    • Arriva Rail North Limited
    • Govia Northern Limited

    For the TransPennine Express franchise these are

    • First TransPennine Express Limited
    • Keolis Go-Ahead Limited
    • Stagecoach TransPennine Express Trains Limited

    A public consultation was launched in June, asking for the views of passengers and stakeholders on how the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises should be improved. Alongside the ITTs. the government is publishing a summary of the responses to its consultation .

    Bidders for the TransPennine Express franchise have until 28 May 2015 to submit their bids. For Northern, the deadline is 26 June 2015.


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    International Exhibition on Food Processing Technologies & Industry in Dec. 2016

    Hyderabad . Nov.25 (CEN). Israel s Kenes Exhibitions Avi Rosner, Chairman of the Board and Prema Zilberman, general manager today called on AP Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao and discussed the conduct of an International Exhibition on Food Processing Technologies and Industry.

    Kenes Exhibitions submitted a proposal to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for conducting an International Exhibition and Conference on Food Processing and Industry Food Pro 2016 and the representatives explained their vision and business objectives.

    The Chief Secretary informed that the Government of Andhra Pradesh would formulate a fresh Food Processing Policy duly keeping in view the tactical advantages like conductive climatic conditions, diverse raw material base, excellent infrastructure, large Land bank and abundant availability of skilled manpower and so on, has accorded top priority to industrial growth as a means to mitigate poverty and unemployment. With an aim of Food Processing Policy 2015-2020, the AP intends to be the most preferred destination for Food Processing Industry and to capitalize on the rich and diverse food production base of Andhra Pradesh to provide fillip to the sector, Chief Secretary said.

    It was proposed to organize the event in December 2016 at Vijayawada. Y.S. Prasad, CEO AP Food Processing Society, K. Dhanunjaya Reddy, Director, Agriculture Department and others attended.


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    Why Men Don t Treat Their Erectile Dysfunction #men #s #health


    The Penis Problem Many Guys Completely Ignore

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    One potential barrier to treatment is cost: Many drugs don t have generic versions yet, and some insurance companies provide limited or no coverage, says study author Kevin McVary, M.D.

    Men may also feel too embarrassed to drop off the prescription at the pharmacy, or believe ED isn t a high-enough concern to bother addressing it, Dr. McVary says.

    Whatever the reason for avoiding treatment, the consequence is undisputed: Sexual health is an important aspect of the quality of a man s life and men live longer when they are sexually active, says Dr. McVary. This is a medical disease that warrants treatment.

    Having trouble getting it up? There are several different treatments that will get you back in the saddle but you ll never know which one is right for you until you call your doc. Here are three options he might prescribe:

    If you ve just been diagnosed with ED, you ll probably be asked to try a PDE5 inhibitor the first-line treatment option. In fact, 75 percent of the men in the study were prescribed these meds.

    PDE5 inhibitors include options like sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). Their effectiveness is about the same, and they work in the same way, says Dr. McVary. The drugs cause smooth muscles to relax and blood vessels to dilate, which helps you get an erection when you re aroused.

    But there are some important differences.

    Cialis lasts the longest up to 36 hours and you don t have to worry about food interactions.

    With Viagra and Levitra, a high-fat meal could block the drug s absorption, meaning that a bedroom romp after a big steak dinner might be off the table. So wait until 2 hours after your meal to pop those pills, Dr. McVary recommends.

    All of the PDE5 inhibitors share the same side effects: You may experience headaches, facial flushing, or acid reflux. With Viagra, you may also find your color perception is a bit off things can take on a blue or purple haze, says Dr. McVary.

    And with Cialis, you might be more likely to feel flank pain or side pain, possibly due to the blood vessels dilating.

    So what happens if your pill doesn t help you perform? You might be asked to try another kind of PDE5 inhibitor before moving on to other options, since some guys will respond to one kind but not another.

    If you ve failed pills either they didn t work for you, were too expensive, or you were bothered by the side effects you may be asked to try alprostadil, a common second-line treatment, says Dr. McVary.

    Alprostadil works by increasing blood flow and causing the smooth muscles to relax, which can help you get an erection. The drug can be given by an injection in your penis or a suppository in your penis s opening.

    Sounds horrifying, right? Men can be squeamish about the first shot, but then after that, they say it s not that big of a deal, says Dr. McVary.

    One potential side effect: a priapism, or prolonged erection. (It s nearly unheard of in as-prescribed use of PDE5 inhibitors, despite what the commercials say, according to Dr. McVary.) Non-stop stiffies can cause scar tissue formation, hurting erectile function.

    3. Androgen Replacement Therapy

    Also known as testosterone replacement, this treatment was prescribed to 31 percent of the men in the study. But it should only be used in guys who have bona fide low T, says Dr. McVary. That means blood levels below 300 ng/dl for those under 65.

    Low levels of testosterone can cause decreased sex drive, low energy, and ED. Replacement therapy can help alleviate those symptoms. You might be prescribed injections, which you d get every few weeks, or daily patches or gels.

    But if your levels are already adequate, supplementing T won t help you get an erection and might lead to some scary side effects. The therapy can boost your red blood cell count, making your blood sluggish and easier to clot, which raises your risk of heart attack or stroke.


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