Related posts:Costa Rica government says it will reinstate in vitro fertilization within 6 months Costa Rica’s Solís considers reinstating IVF by executive decree Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica’s Supreme Court to hear challenges to anti-IVF lawmakers An attorney representing 22 couples involved in a legal dispute with the Costa Rican government regarding its failure to legalize in vitro fertilization has turned to the country’s new ombudswoman, Monserrat Solano Carboni, for help.Attorney Huberth May asked Solano to issue an official statement regarding Costa Rica’s lack of action on IVF, despite the country being ordered by the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights to legalize IVF procedures in 2012. Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere with an IVF ban in place.“We are very optimistic. [Solano] is very committed to our fight,” May said on Monday evening, following a meeting with the ombudswoman, who took office only a few weeks ago. “She said yes to our request for an official statement from her office before Nov. 26, the day Costa Rica’s government must submit a report to the IACHR.”The couples also are waiting for rulings on civil lawsuits filed in administrative court seeking $100,000 each for the government’s refusal to offer IVF services at public hospitals.Solano promised to make the issue a priority for her office until lawmakers act in compliance with the rights court ruling. Former Ombduswoman Ofelia Taitelbaum also had issued statements in favor of making IVF procedures available to the public.“Our office has been working on this issue for the past two years, and we will continue to do so,” Solano said. “This is obviously something that concerns us, because it involves whether or not the state will comply with its international human rights obligations. In that sense, the Ombudsman’s Office will have an oversight role.”May added that Solano offered to press lawmakers to pass a bill outlining IVF regulations.“She told us that her office fully understands that the [IACHR] ruling is mandatory, and the government must comply with it,” May said.At the end of Monday’s meeting, May said his clients could turn to international organizations such as Amnesty International “to exert external pressure on the country.”Costa Rica passed a ban on IVF procedures in March 2000 following a ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV. The Catholic Church and conservative lawmakers also have exerted intense pressure to maintain the ban.In December 2012, the IACHR ordered Costa Rica to legalize and reinstate IVF, and it set a year limit for the government to draft and adopt legislation to provide couples with access to IVF procedures in public hospitals.Almost two years later, lawmakers have failed to agree on a bill that would regulate the procedure. Members of the current Legislative Assembly took office last May. Facebook Comments read more
Virtual reality streaming service, Visbit, has launched in open beta, following five months of closed trials.The company said its service supports multiple VR platforms –including Gear VR and Cardboard – and offers up to 6K stereoscopic support for 360° videos, which can be streamed over WiFi or LTE.“We’ve made a number of tweaks and additions to make our all-in-one streaming service more robust and available for broader adoption,” said Visbit in a company blog.California-based Visbit was founded in 2015. The startup said it aims to develop “the next generation of visual technologies and products that can revolutionise how people capture and consume visual information.” read more
Barack ObamaFormer US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have unveiled plans to make films and TV series with Netflix.The Obamas have established a company called Higher Ground Productions as the entity through which they will produce content for Netflix. Under this banner, they will produce a mix of content, including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. These projects will be made available to the 125 million member Netflix households in 190 countries.Commenting, the former US president said: “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people and helping them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories.”“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” added Michelle Obama. “Netflix is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: “Barack and Michelle Obama are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better. We are proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.” read more
UK telecom giant and broadcaster BT has announced price increases to its BT Sport pay TV channels.Customers will have to pay up to £48 (€53.78) extra a year from the end of July.People subscribed to the Classic, Essential, Entertainment, Entertainment Plus and Sport Starter deals will pay an extra £1 a month. Those on the Entertainment Starter deal will face an increase of £24 (€26.89) per year. Customers with the Max plan will face the biggest increase of an extra £4 per month, or £48 per year. Broadband customers who subscribe to the BT Sport app will pay £1 a month extra. This will increase the package price to £11 per month, or £132 (€147.88) per year. Customers were informed of the price increases over email, with a message that read: “Some customers will see no changes at all, and we believe we continue to provide unrivalled value for money when it comes to TV and sport content our customers love.”Affected customers are able to remove the BT TV and Sport part of their package penalty-free within 30 days of receiving the notice of the price change.BT has heavily invested in its sports offering, most recently signing a multi-year deal with WWE that will end the wrestling promotion’s 30 year relationship with Sky. read more
There’s a green van parked on the edge of downtown Miami on a corner shadowed by overpasses. The van is a mobile health clinic and syringe exchange where people who inject drugs like heroin and fentanyl can swap dirty needles for fresh ones.One of the clinic’s regular visitors, a man with heavy black arrows tattooed on his arms, waits on the sidewalk to get clean needles.”I’m Arrow,” he says, introducing himself. “Pleasure.”This mobile unit in Miami-Dade County is part of the only legal needle exchange program operating in the state. But a new law in Florida — a needle exchange law that won the support of Florida’s conservative legislature, and was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday — aims to change that.Needle exchanges have been legal in many other states for decades, but southern, Republican-led states like Florida have only recently started to adopt this public health intervention.The timing of the statewide legalization of needle exchanges comes as Florida grapples with a huge heroin and fentanyl problem. When people share dirty needles to inject those drugs, it puts them at high risk for spreading bloodborne infections like HIV and hepatitis C. For years, Florida has had America’s highest rates of HIV.Even so, Arrow says he and every user he knew always put the drugs first. Clean needles were an afterthought.”Every once in a while, I did use someone else’s and that was a thrill ride — wondering whether or not I was going to catch anything. But I’m blessed; I’m 57 and I don’t have anything,” says Arrow, whose full name NPR has agreed not to use because of his use of illegal drugs.”Now I can shoot with a clean needle every time,” he says.The Miami experimentAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, needle exchanges prevent the spread of viruses among users of injection drugs.But the advocates who want to offer needle exchanges face challenges. For example, carrying around loads of needles to hand out without prescriptions can violate drug paraphernalia laws. Many states mapped out legal frameworks decades ago to handle this particular public health intervention. But it was illegal to operate exchanges in Florida until 2016. That’s when the state legislature gave Miami-Dade County temporary permission to pilot a needle exchange program for five years.”This is more than just a needle exchange,” says Democratic state senator Oscar Braynon. “This has become a roving triage and health center.”Braynon has been sponsoring needle exchange bills — including the bill for the pilot project — since 2013. This year he introduced Senate Bill 366 to allow the rest of Florida’s counties to authorize similar programs.In three years of operation, Miami’s pilot program has pulled more than a quarter million used needles out of circulation, according to reports the program filed with the Florida Department of Health. By handing out Narcan — the drug that reverses opioid overdoses — the exchange has prevented more than a thousand overdoses. The program also offers clients testing for HIV and hepatitis C, which is how Arrow knew he was negative. Finally, the program connects people to medical care and drug rehab.”We have made it so easy for people to get into HIV care now, and we have so many people who we never would have known were infected — and would have infected countless other people — who are on their medications,” says Dr. Hansel Tookes, head of Miami’s needle exchange pilot program He has been pushing legislators to legalize needle exchanges since he was a medical student six years ago.Tookes was in Tallahassee, the state capital, this May when the expansion bill passed its final vote. He said he spent the return flight home to Miami staring out the window.”I looked down at Florida the entire ride,” he says, “and I just had this overwhelming feeling like, ‘Oh my God, we just did the impossible and we’re going to save so many people in this state.’ “Why harm reduction trumped politicsWhen Republican state senator Rob Bradley first deliberated over needle exchanges in Florida six years ago, he was critical.”You’re trying to make sure the person has a clean needle, which is outweighing the idea of the person breaking the law,” he declared back in 2013, before casting his vote against the idea.This is the primary objection of conservative lawmakers — the concern that these programs promote illegal drug abuse.Responding to this skepticism with data has been central to changing lawmakers’ minds. Decades of research show needle exchanges do not encourage drug abuse, and that they lower other health risks to people who are vulnerable and often hard to reach. It’s part of a public health approach known as “harm reduction.”At a recent meeting ahead of the vote on statewide legalization, Ron Book — a powerful Florida lobbyist who chairs the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust — voiced a question that comes up a lot about the needle exchange and heroin use.”Doesn’t that help encourage it?” he asked Tookes.”Nobody who used our program — and we collect a lot of data — was a first-time user of opioids when they came there,” Tookes told him. “Not one person.”In Miami, the needle exchange pilot project has also earned the support of law enforcement. Officers say it’s a relief to know more injection drug users are keeping their syringes in special sharps containers, provided by the exchange, to safely dispose of dirty needles.”Now, for our officers, when they’re doing a pat down … that sharps container is really protecting you from a loose needle 100 percent of the time,” says Eldys Diaz, executive officer to the Miami Chief of Police. “That’s an extraordinary source of comfort for us.”This year, when state senator Bradley heard discussion of the needle exchange bill again, he had a different response.”I just want to say, when I started my career in the Senate, I voted against the pilot project — and I was wrong,” he said as he voted for the bill this time. “And the results speak for themselves. It’s very good public policy.”The state’s new needle exchange law passed unanimously in the Florida Senate and 111 to 3 in the Florida House, and goes into effect July 1.Arrow gets a futureIf it weren’t for the tattoos running down his arms, it would be hard to recognize Arrow as the man who once slept under highway overpasses. His skin is now clear, and he has some meat on his bones — he looks healthier.”How have you been?” Tookes asks, greeting Arrow at a clinic where needle exchange clients can get follow-up care.”Wonderful,” Arrow says. “I feel good.”He looks and feels better, but it’s been a rough year.Last May, Arrow’s girlfriend died from a heart infection — a serious condition that can happen to people who inject drugs. After that, Arrow says, he overdosed on purpose. Narcan from the needle exchange brought him back.But he kept using.Arrow says he doesn’t remember a lot from this period, but does remember using so much heroin that he ran out of fresh needles between visits to the exchange. So he grabbed other people’s used needles.And then he tested positive for HIV and hepatitis C.Tookes and his colleagues threw Arrow another life raft: They got him an inpatient drug treatment bed.At Arrow’s checkup with Tookes, a string of keychains from Narcotics Anonymous clicked at his waist.”My chain of sobriety,” he says of the links. “I got 30-days, 60-days, and 90-days chips,” he says.Arrow’s HIV is under control. And he’s connected to health services for people living with HIV, including getting medication that cured his hepatitis C.Now, he’s focused on staying sober, one day at a time. And he’s starting to want new things. “Thanks to this man right here,” he says, nodding to his doctor — Tookes.As more Florida counties elect to begin needle exchanges, there’s no guarantee that every person who turns to them will get as far as Arrow. But Tookes, Braynon and other supporters hope such services will at least give more people the chance to recover from addiction — and protect themselves from needle-borne illnesses.This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with WLRN and Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 WLRN 91.3 FM. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3 FM. read more
Disabled activists are to march on a surgery next month in protest at its involvement in a government scheme that is placing welfare-to-work advisors from a discredited US outsourcing giant in GP practices.Six surgeries in Islington, north London, are taking part in the year-long pilot scheme run and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Islington council.Under the Working Better scheme, job coaches employed by Remploy – which is now mostly owned by the US company Maximus – are placed in GP surgeries for one day a week.Patients who are unemployed and have long-term health conditions can ask their GP to refer them to “intensive and personalised employment coaching” within the surgery.The job coaches “work with patients to establish their previous work experience, knowledge and skills, to build confidence, set goals and identify job or educational opportunities”. But activists from the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) say the pilot scheme will destroy trust between doctors and their patients, particularly those with mental health conditions.They are particularly alarmed at the involvement of Maximus, which already runs DWP’s work capability assessment system and has quietly secured a string of other lucrative DWP contracts.MHRN, DPAC and other activists are planning a protest march on 4 March that will target City Road surgery, one of the six GP practices taking part in the pilot project.Paula Peters, one of the organisers of the march, said: “Colluding with the DWP is not what they should be doing.”She said she believed that such projects would “stop people in serious mental distress and people who need treatment from their GPs accessing their GP surgery”.She said: “They will just not go there if there is a Maximus job coach slap bang in the middle.“If people in mental distress feel it is not safe to access their GP, where do they go?“I would not go to my surgery if I knew there was one of those inside of it. I wouldn’t feel safe.”She said that many people with mental health conditions are being discharged from secondary care into the care of GPs, and many have chronic health conditions that need regular treatment and monitoring.The protesters also fear that what is currently a voluntary scheme – with no impact on receipt of benefits – will eventually become mandatory, with people facing benefit sanctions if they refuse to see the Maximus advisor.They point to last year’s Conservative election manifesto, which said that people “should get the medical help they need so they can return to work”, and warned: “If they refuse a recommended treatment, we will review whether their benefits should be reduced.”Peters said: “You already have jobcentre advisors going into food banks, they will be going into libraries, they are going out to schools to give 12-year-olds career advice, and now they are heading into GPs’ surgeries. Where next? Funeral homes?”Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington council, defended the decision to co-operate with the pilot project and said fears about the scheme were “misplaced” because it was “entirely voluntary and not linked, in any way, to any welfare-to-work conditionality or sanctions regime”.He said: “We know from independent research across our community that the vast majority of our disabled residents do want to work and want a better chance to show what they can do.“That’s why we’re doing more to break down barriers and help make employment support services more accessible and inclusive to the disabled people who want to benefit from them.“No-one is or will be made to see an employment support coach if they do not want to and no client’s information is shared with Jobcentre Plus. “No disabled person who is unable to work should be made to. The council opposes ‘workfare’. “We ask those proposing to protest to suspend their action and come and meet us so we can discuss our Working Better scheme in detail.”Despite Remploy now being mostly owned by Maximus, an Islington council spokesman said he had been told by Remploy that it was “a completely separate company and brand” to Maximus, and that “Maximus have absolutely no involvement in the Working Better project and none of the coaches are from Maximus”.Dr Josephine Sauvage, joint vice-chair of Islington clinical commissioning group, and one of the GPs at City Road, said: “When we become ill we often stop doing those things that get us out and about and bring fulfilment to our lives. As a local GP I see and hear this every day.“My first concern is always a patient’s well-being and I’m very keen to do more to support this.“Prescribing free and confidential employment coaching, delivered in a caring and familiar environment, can be really beneficial to a patient’s confidence and self-esteem, as well as their long-term recovery.”Last summer, MHRN and DPAC and other activists marched on a jobcentre in Streatham, south London, to protest at plans to force people with mental health conditions to undergo psychological treatments in exchange for out-of-work benefits.Like the Islington pilot, the Streatham pilot is part of growing moves by the government to build closer ties between NHS services and employment programmes, particularly for claimants with mental health conditions.Picture: Activists at last summer’s Streatham protest, by Penny Shaughnessy read more
Image credit: Uber | Shutterstock Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Uber Raises $1.15 Billion Leveraged Loan Add to Queue –shares 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Uber This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Uber Technologies Inc. has secured a $1.15 billion leveraged loan, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, the latest capital infusion for the well-financed ride-hailing company.Turning to the leveraged loan market, which was previously exclusive to more established companies, allows Uber to take advantage of historically low interest rates while keeping venture capital backers happy by not further diluting their equity.In leveraged loans, investment banks arrange and syndicate among institutional investors a loan to a company with significant existing debt.The leveraged loan market saw volume of $783.3 billion in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data, more than 13 times venture capital investments last year.The money will be used to support Uber’s global expansion and operations and invest in research and development and engineering, the person said.Reuters reported last month that Uber had hired four banks to arrange a leveraged loan of at least $1 billion.The Wall Street Journal first reported the amount of the loan on Thursday. The newspaper said Uber will pay a yield of about 5 percent on the leveraged loan.The loan comes a month after the company closed a $3.5 billion funding raise from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, part of the single-largest investment into a venture-backed company, at a $62.5 billion valuation.(Reporting by Heather Somerville in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Jonathan Schwarzberg in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman) July 8, 2016 Register Now » read more
Influenster Solution Demonstrates Impact of Peer-to-Peer Recommendations in Driving Sales Conversion PRNewswireMay 16, 2019, 5:02 pmMay 16, 2019 Elizabeth Scherleemail communicationInfluensterIRImarketing landscapeMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleWebscale Raises $14 Million in Series B Funding to Redefine Digital Commerce in the CloudNext ArticleInvoca Named a Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence by Aragon Research In Study Conducted by IRI, Sales Lift Beats Benchmarks for Digital CampaignsInfluenster, the leading product discovery and reviews platform, featuring 35 million+ reviews written by 5 million+ members, shared the results of third-party research fielded by IRI, demonstrating the value of peer-to-peer recommendations in driving conversion. The research, conducted on behalf of a well-known global color cosmetics brand, reveals how ratings, reviews and user-generated content can drive an increase in incremental sales and highlights the importance of ratings and reviews in the purchasing decisions of everyday consumers. As many brands struggle with measuring the impact of influence in a marketing landscape, where trust in traditional advertising and even big-name social influencers continues to decline, these findings are an important proof-point demonstrating the enduring power of word-of-mouth.The Influenster campaign included: hyper-targeted sampling to 2,000 females (aged 18-30, with 1,000+ social media followers and living in brand key markets, Dallas and San Francisco); dedicated email communication to recipients; and inspirational branded content to Influenster fans and followers. Recipients were encouraged to share their honest opinions on the products sampled, whether via reviews or social media content. Product reviews generated by the campaign, written on Influenster, were also syndicated to brand and retail sites. Post-campaign, the brand lift study conducted by IRI revealed that, in the two key test markets:The Influenster campaign drove a 44% higher sales lift for the featured products vs. the IRI benchmark for average digital campaigns in BeautyThe Influenster campaign drove a 69% higher sales lift for the product categories [in which the sampled products compete] vs. the IRI benchmark for average digital campaigns in Beauty, demonstrating a positive halo effectMarketing Technology News: ListenFirst’s State of Social TV Report Provides Key Insights To Boost Strategy Performance“These results are particularly exciting, given the lack of an industry standard to measure the power of influence. As an innovator in the space and the largest micro-influencer network in the world, Influenster is proud to pioneer research that proves activating your key consumer base at scale has significant brand-building and sales potential,” says Laura Brinker, SVP Marketing, Influenster.Additional results of the campaign include:Social posts: 360 Facebook posts, 430 Instagram posts, 420 Instagram stories, 320 Snapchat stories, 950 Twitter postsProduct reviews: 1,200+ product reviews on Influenster (syndicated to brand and retail sites, tool)Impressions: 15.7 million total impressions (+ impressions from reviews on Brand.com/partner retailers)Purchase interest: 73% of campaign participants, amongst those who answered a post-campaign survey, said they were very or somewhat likely to purchase something from the brand in the next six monthsMarketing Technology News: Comscore Expands Partnership with Lockwood Broadcast Group to Exclusive Measurement Deal“The online shopping experience is quickly evolving, impacted by numerous influences, including recommendations, customer reviews and photos, before making a purchase,” says Nishat Mehta, president of the IRI Media Center of Excellence. “Helping to improve this experience is why we wanted to team up with Influenster to pinpoint exactly what is most important to consumers in their buying decisions.”“It’s heartening to see these results because they demonstrate the opportunity for brands to engage the highly-empowered consumers who come to Influenster to share their product feedback and experiences,” says Elizabeth Scherle, co-founder and president, Influenster. “Through the strength of our community, we can create a groundswell of consumer buzz and reviews, which this study proves more effective than typical digital campaigns in driving both product and sub-category sales.”She adds, “Outside of our brand campaigns, our 5 million members leave 1 million organic, unsolicited reviews every month, and we enable brands to syndicate this content to their brand and retailer sites through our ReviewSource service or populate targeted digital and social media units with UGC – both also proven to drive conversion.”Marketing Technology News: Swiftpage Launches All-in-One Act! Growth Suite Sales & Marketing Platform for SMBs read more
Amazon, launched as an internet bookseller nearly 24 years ago, has branched into offerings including voice-commanded speakers infused with Alexa artificial intelligence and original TV shows streamed online at its Prime subscription service.Health care now appears ripe for Bezos, who has earned a reputation for attacking high costs and inefficiencies.A possible step in that direction was taken last month, with Amazon announcing an alliance with billionaire Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon to provide a health care system for employees of the three companies.According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon would also like to become a supplier of medical equipment for hospitals.”I think Bezos is methodical and thoughtful,” eMarketer senior analyst Patricia Orsini told AFP.”He has identified a market that is ready for disruption. The healthcare system in the US is ripe for reform.”Bezos faces the challenge of taming skyrocketing costs throughout US health care from insurance and medicine to supplies and therapy.”Just as with every other industry Amazon has entered, Bezos is envisioning lower-priced alternatives with frictionless services that could, over time, make a lot of money for Amazon,” Orsini said.Barclays analysts said in a recent research note on Amazon’s potential in health care, “We are never dismissive of anything disruptive that Amazon is involved in. Amazon arguable has the best technical abilities of any company we cover.” © 2018 AFP Citation: After stunning growth streak, Amazon ambitions seem boundless (2018, February 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-stunning-growth-streak-amazon-ambitions.html Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tours the facility at the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres rainforest-inspired offices in Seattle, Washington on January 29, 2018 Amazon’s global ambitions have led to expansion as far as Australia and India as well as France, with a French distribution center pictured here With success has come leverage to pressure suppliers and manufacturers for better deals it can use to be the preferred venue for online shopping.Standard & Poor’s retail analyst Robert Shulz noted that Amazon has succeeded with a patient strategy of investing for the long term.”Their approach is growing the business,” Shulz said, even if some of the efforts don’t yield a quick profit.For years, Amazon invested heavily in distribution networks so it could get goods to buyers fast while controlling delivery costs.A report surfaced this month that Amazon is preparing to test a delivery service that would compete directly with services like Fedex and UPS.Amazon did not directly comment on the report but said, “We’re always innovating and experimenting on behalf of customers and the businesses that sell and grow on Amazon to create faster lower-cost delivery choices.” Known for its logistical prowess, Amazon uses robotics technology and vision systems at a fulfillment center in Sacramento, California Separately, Amazon this month unveiled plans to deliver groceries in a number of US cities for Prime subscribers using its recently acquired Whole Foods supermarket chain.It is the first major effort to integrate Whole Foods—a chain of 460 stores—into Amazon’s e-commerce effort.Ultimate disruptorBezos, whose personal investments have included buying the Washington Post, has been referred to as the “ultimate disruptor” with a long-term view that only recently has begun to yield hefty profits.Amazon recently reported its profits had more than doubled in the past quarter to $1.9 billion as revenue grew 38 percent to $60.5 billion.But Amazon has been vilified for trampling on traditional practices at home and abroad. It also earned a reputation for high-pressure work conditions to minimize costs in warehouses, and a sometimes difficult corporate culture for executives.Its search for a new “HQ2” or second headquarters meanwhile has set off an intense competition among cities desperate for the estimated $5 billion investment, drawing comparisons to the dystopian “Hunger Games” story.Amazon’s pattern of success has caused fear to ripple through sectors it eyes.When Amazon last year made the surprise buy of Whole Foods, shares sank of major retail chains Wal-Mart and Target.S&P Global Ratings said in a research note that Amazon “has brought price transparency and convenience to many retail segments,” while shifting consumer expectations, thus creating problems for rivals.”Legacy retailers are in various stages of adapting to the new landscape and not all have been successful,” the analysts said. Amazon: from online book seller to market shaker Triumphant in online retail, cloud computing, organic groceries, and streaming television, Amazon founder and chief disruptor Jeff Bezos is turning his seemingly limitless ambition to health care. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Amazon has been on a stunning growth streak of late, expanding its international retail operations as far as India and Australia, while devouring the US organic supermarket Whole Foods group.With increased scale, it has been ramping up profits in recent quarters, helping Amazon leapfrog in market value to one of the top companies in the world and making Bezos the world’s richest individual with a net worth well over $100 billion.Moving and shakingAmazon has repeatedly shaken up sectors with technology and efficiency. 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Between 2004 and 2016, French air traffic controllers were on strike 254 days, while second-placed Greece only had 46 days of stoppages, Italy 37 and Germany four, according to the report seen by the daily.”Every day of a strike in France has a much bigger impact on European traffic than (strikes) in other European countries”, the report’s author, senator Vincent Capo-Canellas, noted after six months of work including numerous field visits.In addition to frequent industrial action France is also the champion for delays, linked to obsolescent equipment, the report said.”Our country is responsible for 33 percent of delays due to air traffic control in Europe,” Capo-Canellas said, representing 300 million euros in annual losses for airlines.”In France, the control equipment is outdated,” and maintenance costs are high at 136 million euros a year, added Capo-Canellas. “We are way behind our neighbours,” the senator complained, despite France having spent more than two billion euros to modernise air traffic control since 2011.The report also noted that the 4,000 French air traffic controllers have to cope with a sharp increase in traffic each year.They controlled more than 3.1 million flights in 2017, up four percent from 2016 and 8.6 percent from 2015. Air France-KLM names interim leaders after CEO’s quick exit Citation: France air traffic responsible for third of Europe delays: report (2018, June 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-france-air-traffic-responsible-europe.html Hindered by strikes and outdated equipment, French air traffic control is responsible for a third of aviation delays in Europe, Le Parisien said Monday, citing a senate finance committee report. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. French air traffic control is responsible for a third of delays in Europe, according to a senate report Explore further © 2018 AFP read more
News agencies hail ‘major step’ by EU to make net giants pay for news © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A highly disputed European copyright law that could force online platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content passed a key hurdle in the European Parliament on Wednesday. A key European parliament committee has narrowly passed a highly disputed European copyright law that could force online platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content Explore further Citation: EU copyright law passes key hurdle (2018, June 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-eu-copyright-law-key-hurdle.html Major publishers have pushed for the reform, seeing it as an urgently needed solution against a backdrop of free online news that has decimated earnings for traditional media companies.The parliament’s powerful Legal Affairs Committee narrowly passed the reform, with 13 votes in favour and 11 against in a ballot that was kept secret given the bitter divisions on the issue.”An important step for the future of the creative industries in Europe!” said German MEP Christian Ehler, from the right-of-centre EPP group.”There is a big problem if all those who bring our cultural diversity in Europe to life… can no longer live from their work because online platforms are not prepared to involve them properly,” he said in a statement.But several MEPs were against the idea, saying it would help only the most widely known news providers to the detriment of independent and start-up companies, effectively curbing the right to free speech.The committee also passed a law that makes online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users, which critics warn will lead to blanket censorship by tech giants, including Google’s Youtube, Facebook’s Instagram and Twitter.”These measures would seriously undermine basic internet freedoms,” said MEP Julia Reda, from the Greens group.”Putting the special interests of large media companies ahead of our ability to participate freely online is unacceptable,” she said.That reform passed with 14 in favour and 9 against.The reforms, which are part of a much larger overhaul of European copyright law, will now go to a full plenary vote in parliament, expected in July.The EU’s 28 member states must also approve the law and they have struggled to come up with their own version of the copyright changes amid their own deep divisions.After a year and half of talks, the member states have only succeeded in drawing up a much vaguer version of the reforms that will ultimately need to be reconciled with the parliament. read more
The small Polo hatchback vehicle was greeted by President Paul Kagame and Volkswagen South Africa boss Thomas Schafer at the $20 million (17 million euros) facility, set up following a December 2016 deal.”Some found it hard to believe that German cars could really be built in Rwanda. Yet today, the first vehicles are rolling off the assembly line,” Kagame said.”This facility undoubtedly represents a new chapter, in Rwanda’s journey of economic transformation,” he said.Kagame used the event to repeat his argument in favour of domestic manufacturing over foreign imports, a stance that has got Rwanda into a mini-trade war with the United States over second-hand clothing.Rwanda would not be a “dumping ground for second-hand cars, or second-hand anything,” he said.”Africa and Rwanda deserve better and this is one way of showing we can afford it,” Kagame said.As with second-hand clothing, Rwanda introduced higher tariffs for second-hand vehicles in 2016, a move that will benefit Volkswagen which aims to assembly 5,000 cars a year at the factory, including the Polo as well as the Passat estate car and Teramont 4×4 models.However, at a cost of around $15,000 for the cheapest, the vehicles will be out of reach for most in Rwanda, where per capita income is just $740 per annum.”Obviously there are some challenges, but there are great opportunities as well,” said Schafer.Volkswagen plans to introduce an Uber-style ride-hailing service in partnership with local software company Awesomity Lab whereby new vehicles will be hired hourly as taxis and then sold on second-hand after some years use. Citation: First Rwandan-made Volkswagen rolls off assembly line (2018, June 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-rwandan-made-volkswagen-line.html A new chapter for Rwanda © 2018 AFP Explore further The first Rwandan-made Volkswagen car rolled off the assembly line on Wednesday at the country’s first auto factory. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. US tariffs threat a headache for foreign automakers read more
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