eBay launches service to help with group gifts

first_imgIt’s November which means that stores feel obligated to go ahead and put up their holiday decorations to remind you that December is quickly approaching. It’s also a reminder to get your gift list completed which may include a large gift which has to be split up between family members or friends. The chore of splitting up the cost of a gift usually means one person has to come up with the full amount of the gift and soon after takes on the role of a debt collector to get repayment. eBay has launched a new service which will make group gifts a bit easier without the hassle of someone becoming a debt collector.eBay Group Gifts works through five easy steps. First, you input who the gift is for, what’s the occasion and a deadline by which contributions toward the gift should be received. Next, you choose a Buy-It Now (non-auction) gift from eBay. You then send invites to friends and family through Facebook and email to solicit donations toward the gift. Funds can be received from those wishing to contribute through PayPal or by using a debit/credit card. Those contributing can even include a personalized note. Once you have enough to buy the gift you can purchase it with the collected funds and have it shipped directly to the recipient.An important thing to note is that you must have a PayPal account in order to setup a group gift. Also, if you don’t receive enough funds to purchase the gift you had previously selected you are giving an opportunity to replace it with a similar gift or refund all the money received from contributors.Read more at eBay Group Gifts.Brian’s OpinionConsidering the number of websites available to consumers to purchase gifts this year for the holidays it makes it increasingly harder for an online commerce site to standout. Also, a unique problem that eBay has is that it is primarily thought of as an auction website though it has a number of items for immediate purchase. eBay Group Gifts helps eBay in both areas.The service removes the hassle of partnering up to buy someone a gift for the holidays. It also allows eBay to show consumers, who may not have shopped the site during the previous holiday season, what it has to offer in non-auction items. A nice bonus is that if the person wanting to setup a group gift doesn’t have a PayPal account it gives them a reason to set one up for the first time.I would imagine that we will probably see some similar group gift services offered by other major retailers like Amazon if this concept takes off for eBay. I can tell you the next time I have to coordinate a group gift this is the way I am going to do it. I already have enough experience collecting debts for group gifts that I could probably work for a credit card company.last_img read more

Symantec declares pcAnywhere safe offers free upgrade to say sorry

first_imgJust days ago, Symantec revealed that the code stolen from its servers in an embarrassing breach included the source for pcAnywhere. They took to Twitter and the web to tell users that they should disable the software immediately. Now, however, Symantec is issuing the all-clear. Sort of.Symantec now says that you’re totally safe. That is as long as you’re running pcAnywhere 12.5 and have installed the patch that was released on January 26th of this year, or version 12.0 or 12.1 with a patch that was offered up the following day.To help allay customers’ fears, Symantec has taken the additional step of offering a free upgrade to pcAnywhere 12.5 to all licensed users of the software. As long as you’ve got a legitimate pcAnywhere CD-key lying around somewhere, you’re eligible for the upgrade — and if you’re concerned about security, you should contact Symantec for your freebie immediately.Either that, or make the switch to a more up-to-date application. It’s been ages since pcAnywhere was top dog and apps like Teamviewer, GoToMyPC, and Mikogo are now eating Symantec’s remote control lunch.Getting back to the code theft itself, the hacker (who goes by the name of YamaTough) has already released the slightly moldy code for Norton Utilities he snatched, and he’s threatened to post Symantec Antivirus Coroporate code, too. Symantec had said before that the outdated AV code leak posed no risk its customers because the engine its current versions use bear little resemblance.Wouldn’t it be interesting if YamaTough turned out to be another former security coder gone rogue?More at Reuterslast_img read more

OKI develops motion sensor precise enough to detect breathing

first_imgMotion sensors have been in development and use for many decades now. Home alarm system rely upon them to detect general movement, Microsoft uses an advanced sensor for detecting body movements through Kinect, and there’s currently research being carried out to detect the movement of individual fingers. If you want to be more precise than that, there’s always the option to use lots of sensors, too.Telecommunications company OKI is going one better than that though, and has created a new sensor that is so sensitive it can tell if a person is breathing or not. It can do this without being exposed, meaning you can place multiple objects in between the sensor and the subject without it causing any degradation in accuracy.The reason it can achieve this is because it relies on microwaves in the 10.5GHz and 24GHz frequency bands. It “sees” objects by using radio waves and the Doppler effect to detect movement very precisely and to the point where the breathing movements of a person’s chest are picked up.OKI couldn’t just use a microwave sensor, though. As they are so sensitive they pick up all movement in an area including the heat coming off a radiator and the air movement of an air conditioning system. The sensor therefore had to be combined with a system whereby human movement could be picked out from a busy scene. This was achieved with the help of the Chuo University Statistical Data Analysis Group, who implemented a data model that allowed the sensor to pick out human movement alone.The end result is a complete system that can track the movement of an individual regardless of how active or inactive they are. If they stop breathing, this sensor will know. If there’s any change in the regular movements of a person, this sensor will detect them.Such precision makes the new sensor a good fit as an un-intrusive patient monitoring system either in a hospital or home setting. If it’s 100% reliable it could replace the need for a cable or two being attached to a patient therefore making them more comfortable and avoiding the panic if they accidentally knock them off.There’s sure to be many other uses for such a precise sensor, especially if it can be combined with different data models for specific types of monitoring.Although there’s no clear plans for when this sensor will make it into an actual product, OKI says it is targeting smart homes and smart communities as potential markets.Read more at OKIlast_img read more

Watch an egg survive a 150foot fall thanks to a miracle coating

first_imgIf your elementary school was anything like mine, at some point you did the egg drop experiment. We had to build some contraption or enclosure that would protect an egg that we dropped off the gymnasium.I calculated the forces that the egg would experience, and devised a network of rubber bands that would absorb 150% of the expected shock. Then, I made a small cotton-coated capsule for the egg to rest in at the center. I passed, obviously, but now I’m thinking I did a lot more work than I needed to.Line X is an apparent miracle material that can protect just about anything from… well… just about anything. A couple of weeks ago, some folks at How Ridiculous performed a demonstration showing a watermelon dropped from 150 feet up. And shockingly, the fruit survived, albeit with some mushy insides. This week, the group decided to repeat the test with an egg — a notoriously fragile food. Once again, the egg was totally intact after the fall.Ostensibly, Line X is for protecting truck beds. The coating sprays on and hardens into a textured, rubber-like material that has an astonishing capacity for shock absorption.Some of you may recall a few years back when the MythBusters put the miracle coating up against actual C4 plastic explosives. The team tested walls that had been sprayed down against virgin ones and found that yes… you can bomb-proof a house with this stuff. Even when the team doubled their initial weights, they still couldn’t bring down a wall coated with the stuff.The spray works by binding the material together, preventing shattering, splintering or any other fragmentation. The object still faces the same g-forces from the acceleration and deceleration, though, so often the innards can still get scrambled.In essence, it makes a fantastic protective coating for things where g-forces don’t matter. The side of your house, provided it holds during a bomb blast, will probably be fine. If you coated yourself with Line X though, you’re organs would still end up liquefied. Still, it’s really cool to watch.last_img read more

Montego Bay Commemorates International Day of Peace

first_imgMr. Robinson believes there is need for more interventions like the CSJP and PMI to address issues affecting persons, particularly youngsters.“My vision for Montego Bay is for there to be less killing and police and civilians living like they are one. I hate guns; I want to see at least one week when no one dies here,” he stated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jam, September 26, 2016 –  Hundreds of persons converged in Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21.  The day, which is observed annually worldwide, is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples.Montego Bay’s celebrations, held under the theme: ‘Building Blocks for Peace’, were spearheaded by the Peace Management Initiative’s (PMI) western branch in partnership with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).  The day’s activities included a peace march; worship service; discussions involving residents, community groups and churches, among other stakeholders; as well as a poster competition.Western Regional Coordinator for the CSJP, Adenike Stephenson, told JIS News that the organization partnered with the PMI and other stakeholders to mark the day in response to the upsurge of violence in St. James“We partner in these efforts to build awareness and to send a message that more Jamaicans need to stand up and put an end to what is happening in our country. All of us – residents, agencies, civil society and churches – need to come together,” she said.  Ms. Stephenson said the CSJP’s collaboration with the organizers was indicative of the stakeholders’ united approach in working towards culture change that facilitates and promotes peace.  She further said it demonstrates that they are working towards, among other things, offering opportunities for persons to come together and build a better Jamaica by changing the culture of violence.The PMI’s Violence Interrupter for Canterbury in St. James, Reuben Robinson, endorsed the undertaking by the CSJP and other stakeholders to engender peace in his community by advocating for culture change.“If I see youngsters over 18 years old in the community and they are jobless, it is my responsibility to get them a job or into a skills training programme.  I was a gang member, someone who never went to school…(and) PMI sent me to school.  Persons in my community know about me and who I was; so the youngsters will listen to me more readily than anyone else,” he said. Under the violence interrupter initiative, rehabilitated criminal offenders are trained to anticipate where violence may occur and intervene to prevent its eruption.This exercise often entails the facilitator developing relationships with gang members and familiarizing themselves with the profiles of various communities.Its model is similar to Cure Violence, a programme in the United States that has been credited with yielding significant success. Another Montego Bay resident welcomed the International Day of Peace celebrations, noting that the commemoration was very important to the citizens.“We have children and we would like to see them grow up in a peaceful environment where they can go out and we parents do not have to worry for their lives. I would like to see everyone come together and youths put down the guns, stop the killing and work out their differences,” the resident stated.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:building blocks for peace, international day of peace celebrated in Jamaicalast_img read more

California Border Patrol faces thousands of vacancies

first_img KUSI Newsroom, January 29, 2019 California Border Patrol faces thousands of vacancies Posted: January 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tens of millions of dollars have been spent to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers, but there continues to be thousands of vacancies.Former border patrol agent Chris Harris joined KUSI to talk to about the need for employees and how to become part of the workforce. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Blazers beat Kings lose Aldridge to injury

first_imgPORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers won on Monday in dramatic fashion 98-94. But they may be without something much more important.For how long, nobody can seem to answer yet. Three time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge left Portland’s game after injuring his left hand on the play when he forced a turnover by Sacrmento’s DeMarcus Cousins with 2:46 left in the first quarter.He did not leave the game until 10:26 in the second quarter when he was substituted from the game in favor of Thomas Robinson. Aldridge did not return after being evaluated by the Blazers team medical staff, and head coach Terry Stotts said that Aldridge was undergoing further testing. Before the injury, Aldridge was the Blazers’ best player in the game. But the injury forced Stotts to go deep in the bench, playing 12 of 13 available players. “When a guy’s not able to come back in the game, there’s concern,” Stotts said. Victor Claver started the second half in Aldridge’s place, which started inauspiciously for the Blazers. Cousins and his running mate Rudy Gay were dominating. Sacramento bullied Blazers 53-35 in rebounds. And the Kings jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the second half. There was not a lot of energy in the game but into the void came Will Barton and Thomas Robinson, a pair which breathes energy into the game.last_img read more

Consumer Magazines See Disappointing SecondHalf 2011

first_imgCategory Close-Up The men’s category saw mixed results in the last six months of 2011. Details had a 15 percent decrease in single copy sales from the same period in 2010, down from 49,459 to 42,034. Its total paid and verified total decreased as well, falling to 1.6 percent to 453,246 in second half 2011. GQ saw paid and verified subscription numbers increase 4.5 percent to 980,254 in second half 2011. However, Hearst’s men’s title saw a 13.8 percent drop in single copy sales: second half 2010’s 204,638 single sales decreased to 176,312 sales in second half 2011.Playboy’s total paid and verified subs also stayed relatively flat, with a one percent decline. The magazine’s single copy sales dropped 8 percent, from second half 2010’s 105,046 to second half 2011’s 96,610. Penthouse endured a tough last six months of 2011, with total paid and verified subs down 21 percent to 123,594. Single sale copies were down about 21.5 percent to 48,052 in second half 2011.The magazines of iconic media moguls Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey both saw a substantial drop in newsstand sales: Martha Stewart Living numbers fell 17.1 percent, while those of O, the Oprah Magazine plunged by 32 percent.Every Day with Rachael Ray saw a more subtle decline in single copy sales, at 3.8 percent, while elsewhere in the food category, Martha Stewart’s Everday Food retail sales dropped 25.5 percent, despite a 1.9 percent increase in total circulation. Food Network Magazine, a category leader in growth, gained 16.3 percent in newsstand sales, contributing to a 16.4 percent overall rise in total circulation. Meanwhile, Taste of Home experienced a downslide at the newsstand, with a 29.3 percent decrease in single copy sales. Newsweekly competitors TIME and Newsweek both experienced a moderate decrease in total circulation, at .5 and 1.8 percent respectively. TIME’s single copy sales dropped 3.4 percent, while Newsweek’s bumped up a slight .3 percent. The business magazine category has been largely challenged at the newsstand: The Economist sales fell 12.8 percent, Fortune’s numbers dropped 16.8 percent, SmartMoney lost 17.1 percent, and Bloomberg Businessweek fell 9.4 percent. Gainers in the category include Harvard Business Review, which saw an 11.8 percent increase in single copy sales, and Fast Company, with a 5.5 percent jump.The Hispanic magazine category has shown mixed results: while newsstand sales for Cosmopolitan en Español plummeted by 41.6 percent, Latina and Siempre Mujer saw 31.6 percent and 28.7 percent increases respectively. Single copy sales for People en Español also dropped, by 10.6 percent. Despite continued high hopes for the post-recession period, the magazine industry limped through the second half of 2011. ABC’s second-half 2011 FAS FAX reports total paid circulation stayed basically flat from second half 2010 to second half 2011, down about one percent from 305.5 million to 302.45 million. Subscription numbers fared slightly better, up less than one percent from second half 2010’s 260.59 million to second half 2011’s 262.47 million total paid subs.Single copies suffered the most in the last six months of 2011, declining almost 10 percent from second half 2010’s 32.1 million sales to second half 2011’s 28.9 million.Some standout highs (and lows) from ABC’s FAS FAX: southern lifestyle magazine Garden & Gun’s single copy sales leaped almost 46 percent in second half 2011 to 20,083. Afar’s total paid and verified numbers shot up almost 73 percent to 140,708 in the last six months of 2011. On the other side of the scale, Soap Opera Digest’s total paid and verified numbers fell 40 percent to 292,219 in second half 2011. ESPN The Magazine’s single copy sales dropped 39 percent in the last six months of 2011 to 12,313 copies.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday May 5 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowRural House members demand apology from Rep. Eastman over abortion remarksAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska House members are demanding Rep. David Eastman apologize for saying some women are glad to become pregnant so they can receive Medicaid-funded travel to have abortions. So far, he’s declined.Alaska Marine Highway System overseer resignsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe person overseeing the Alaska Marine Highway System is leaving his post. Captain Mike Neussl submitted his resignation Thursday.As fire season approaches, trees and grasses have yet to green upVikram Patel, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWith temperatures rising and little rainfall across much of the state: fire season is here. But Alaska’s trees and grasses aren’t quite ready.25-acre fire hits Delta JunctionDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA wildfire charred 25 acres in Delta Junction yesterday.Juneau arson investigators’ conference coincided with playground fireMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauThe Juneau fire marshal’s office says it’s still investigating a series of unexplained fires in the Capital City last month. Meanwhile, local investigators got some unexpected help when a popular playground was destroyed by arson.After losing managing editor, Alaska Commons to closeZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s media landscape is undergoing some changes, as an influential political website has announced its shutting down.Cultural landscape conference focuses on Native educationEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauTeachers from around Southeast Alaska will gather in Juneau next month to discuss culturally responsive education.Alaska’s first Hall of Fame teacher talks about mixing dancing and mathLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor a teacher who loves nurturing confidence in students as much as he loves mathematics, being the first Alaskan to be inducted into the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame was the fitting cap on nearly 30 years of inspiring young people in Alaska and other parts of the world.After large haul, Togiak herring fleet closes in on quotaDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamAfter a big haul Thursday, the Togiak herring purse seine fleet is closing in quickly on its quota. As of this morning’s tally, the fleet had about 2,800 tons left to fish. Tim Sands is the area management biologist with the Department of Fish and Game.AK: Close combat trooper training in SitkaEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaTwice a year the Trooper Academy in Sitka gets a new class of recruits. Over a 15-week period they go through everything from spelling tests to target practice. They also get close combat training.49 Voices: Nina Lee of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Nina Lee in Anchorage. On Sunday, Lee will serve as UAA’s Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker.last_img read more

US must take first step by lifting Iran sanctions President Hasan Rouhani

first_imgIranian President Hassan Rouhani.ReutersA day after United States President Donald Trump said he was ready to hold dialogues with Iran, President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, August 27, announced that the US must “take their first step” by lifting sanctions.”The step is to retreat from sanctions. You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran,” Rouhani stated on a live broadcast on national television, reported Agence France-Presse.Referring to a fatwa issued by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on nuclear weapons programme in 2003, Rouhani said Iran has already addressed US concerns and proved not building an atomic bomb. He called lifting sanctions as a “key for positive change.””So take the first step. Without this step, this lock will not be unlocked,” he said.Speaking at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump on Monday told reporters that a meeting between him and President Rouhani is likely to take place in the coming weeks.Describing Iran as a country of “tremendous potential,” the US President said, “I have a good feeling. I think he (Rouhani) is going to want to meet and get their situation straightened out. They are hurting badly.”The news of a likely meeting between the two countries gained momentum after French President Emmanuel Macron revealed at the press conference during G-7 summit that Rouhani told him that Iran was open to meeting Donald Trump. Macron said that he looked forward to a summit between the two countries in the coming weeks.Tensions between the two countries have worsened after the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on Iran and countries participating in oil and other commodity trade with the country.Iran responded by increasing its production of enriched uranium violating its commitments under the nuclear stockpile limit.Rouhani and Trump will be attending the United Nations general assembly in New York in September.last_img read more

Polls boycott to turn BNP into Muslim League Quader

first_imgAwami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader. File photoAwami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said BNP will take part in the next national polls in any circumstances.“If BNP does not take part in the next elections, their fate will be like that of Muslim League,” he said, while addressing a commemorative meeting at Haildhor High School ground in Anwara Upazila here.Anwara Upazila and Karnaphuli Upazila units of Awami League organized the meeting marking the 5th death anniversary of AL former presidium member Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu.BNP is a haphazard, disordered and weak party, said Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, adding: “Every leader of this party (BNP) speaks differently at different times”.AL Anwara Upazila unit President Abdul Mannan presided over the meeting that was addressed by Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Sate Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, AL Organising Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Deputy Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua and Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam.Stressing the need of unity among the AL leaders and activists, Quader said none would be able to defeat a united AL in polls.He urged the party leaders and activists to remain united and advised them to settle all sorts of divisions in the party by January next.last_img read more

EPA Announces 115 Million Cleanup For San Jacinto Waste Pits

first_imgHPM ArchiveThe Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan for the San Jacinto Waste Pits.The Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to remove sediments laced with highly toxic dioxin from a partially submerged Superfund site near Houston damaged during Hurricane Harvey, officials announced Wednesday.The announcement comes two weeks after the federal agency said an unknown amount of dioxins — which have been linked to birth defects and cancer — may have washed downriver from the San Jacinto Waste Pits after floodwaters jarred loose a protective cap of fabric and rock designed to keep them from spreading.The EPA said in a statement that it planned to excavate 212,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from the site along the San Jacinto River that was a paper mill in the 1960s. It estimated the cost at $115 million.The statement said a small, unspecified amount of material would stay on the site and that temporary barriers would be built to hold back the river during excavation and removal.The agency did not specify a timeline and one of the companies responsible, Waste Management subsidiary McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corp., said Wednesday that it would oppose the removal, adding that it provides less protection to affected communities than the existing cap.“We disagree with EPA’s claim that the local or downstream areas can be protected during removal,” McGinnis said in an emailed statement.On Sept. 28, EPA announced that sediment samples collected by an agency dive team from the exposed area underwater showed dioxin levels more than 2,300 times the threshold for triggering a cleanup.Dioxins do not dissolve easily in water but can be carried away with any contaminated sediments and deposited over a wider area.Local residents said contaminated mud might have washed into neighborhood homes that flooded during the late August storm.At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded last month in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped.About 16 acres of the San Jacinto site were covered in 2011 with the cap — three years after it had been placed on the Superfund National Priority List.The cap has required extensive repairs on at least six occasions in recent years, with sections becoming displaced or going missing. Sharelast_img read more

Capcom lists Resident Evil 15th Anniversary collection for Japan

first_imgCapcom has listed for preorder on its Japanese e-shop a Resident Evil 15th Anniversary box, including the first four games in the survival horror franchise plus Code: Veronica, soundtrack CDs, and extra trinkets.The full listing is as follows:AdChoices广告Resident Evil Directors CutResident Evil 2Resident Evil 3 Last EscapeResident Evil Revival Selection [contains Resident Evil 4 and Code: Veronica]Resident Evil Code: Veronica soundtrackResident Evil 4 soundtrackA number of Pins & StickersThe first three games are the original PlayStation versions, which run on the old hardware, but the image above shows that the discs’ appearances have been redesigned for the bundle. The early games appear to have received some updated packaging as well.Revival Selection for the PS3 contains HD versions of Code: Veronica and RE4, but it’s up to the player to complete the series collection with their own copy of Resident Eviel 5. Thankfully Capcom has left a spacer in the box for you to do this.  Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the package is labeled Biohazard and that there’s no mention of Resident Evil. That’s because the series is known as Biohazard in the Japanese market.Speaking of the Japanese market, the package will go on sale exclusively on Capcom’s e-Capcom online store (Japanese link) on September 8th for a price of 7,800 yen ($96 at current exchange rates, but the exchange rate is extraordinarily high lately).There’s no word yet on an American release, but since there’s an equivalent online store for the US market (the Capcom Store) known for selling cool and rare stuff, it’s very possible that this one will cross the pond.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

Become Your Offices Excel Master with These 40 Bootcamp Courses

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Microsoft Excel’s status as a vital business tool—and consequently, a crucial job skill—cannot be understated. According to a recent analysis of more than 27 million online job ads, 82 percent of middle-skill jobs, or roles that require less than a bachelor’s degree, necessitate fluency in Excel and other digital skills.Not too shabby for a spreadsheet program that’s about to turn 32. What’s more, these so-called “digitally intensive middle-skill jobs”—roles in finance, sales, and health care, to name a few—pay 17 percent higher wages than their non-digital counterparts and offer greater opportunity for growth, even with the development of automation.”Digital skills provide a level of ‘future-proofing’ for job seekers, as the skills are critical to jobs at lower risk of future automation,” reads the report, which was compiled by Burning Glass Technologies and Capital One. “Generally speaking, digital skills enhance analysis and creativity, skills that are less likely to be supplanted by machines.”Additionally, digital skills allow workers to advance proactively through their careers,” it continues. “By learning high-demand digital skills, employees can advance through their careers with skill sets to increase their attractiveness to the market.”We won’t bore you with any more statistical tidbits. It’s time to cut to the chase: If fluency in Excel is what you’re after—a wise choice in today’s job market—look no further than the eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Mastery School for a valuable, expert-taught education that could take your career to new heights. Across eight different modules comprised of more than 280 lessons, you’ll explore a variety of Excel functions, including making calculations, creating reports, analyzing raw data, and sorting information. You’ll be able to access your training 24/7 and on any device, and receive new content as it’s released so you’re always up to speed on the latest edition of Excel. Plus, once you’ve completed the course, you’ll receive an internationally recognized, CPD-certified master diploma in the software that you can add to your résumé to impress potential employers.Entrepreneur readers who act fast can sign up for a lifetime subscription to the eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Mastery School for only $39.  Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. December 26, 2018 Enroll Now for Free 2 min readlast_img read more

Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends

first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more August 6, 2019 — A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in younger adults, adding to evidence that the rise in early onset CRC is not solely a result of more detection. The study is published early online in the Journal of Medical Screening.CRC incidence rates are declining rapidly in adults older than 55 years in the U.S., partly because of the widespread uptake of colonoscopy, which can remove precancerous growths, lowering incidence rates. In contrast, CRC incidence in younger adults is rising.There remains debate whether the rise in incidence in younger adults reflects an actual increase in disease, or rather increased detection as a result of more colonoscopies being performed over time.To add clarity to this debate, American Cancer Society researchers led by Stacey Fedewa, Ph.D. determined past-year colonoscopy rates among more than 50,000 respondents ages 40-54 in the National Health Interview Survey data. Colorectal cancer incidence rates and incidence rate ratios were calculated based on 18 population-based Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) registries during the same period.Between 2000 and 2015, past-year colonoscopy rates were fairly stable among people aged 40-44 (remaining under 3 percent), while colorectal cancer incidence rates increased by 28 percent. Among those ages 45-49, colonoscopy rates doubled (from 2.5 percent in 2000 to 5.2 percent in 2015), while colorectal cancer incidence rates increased by 15 percent. In those ages 50-54, colonoscopy rates increased by about 2.5 times (from 5 percent to 14.1 percent), while incidence rates rose 17 percent.If the growing incidence of young onset CRCs were a result of more detection, larger increases in early-stage diagnoses would be anticipated because screening is most likely to detect localized disease. To investigate this, researchers examined stage-specific CRC incidence trends from 2000-2015. Increases for localized stage disease occurred in ages 40-44, among whom colonoscopy was stable, but not in ages 45-49, among whom colonoscopy had increased. However, distant stage disease increased in every age group, and was steeper (2.9 percent per year) than that for localized stage (1.1 percent per year) in ages 40-44 years.”The changes in past-year colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the rise in overall and distant stage colorectal cancer incidence rates in all three age groups during the corresponding period,” said Fedewa. “There were some concordant patterns, like the rise in both colonoscopy and early stage incidence among 50-54 years, but there were also some discordant patterns, such as the lack of increase in colonoscopy among people in their early 40’s to match the increasing rates of CRC in this age group.””Future studies should examine reasons for the rising CRC incidence rates in young adults,” the study concludes.For more information: www.journals.sagepub.com/home/msc Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more ReferenceFedewa S.A., Siegel R.L., Jemal A. 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Build Java EE containers using Docker Tutorial

first_imgContainers are changing the way we build and deliver software. They are also the essential glue for DevOps and the way to take CI/CD to another level. Put them together and you will have one of the most powerful environments in IT. But can Java EE take advantage of it? Of course! If an application server is an abstraction of Java EE applications, containers are an abstraction of the server, and once you have them built into a standard such as Docker, you have the power to use such tools to manage an application server. This article is an extract from the book Java EE 8 Cookbook, authored by Elder Moraes. This article will show you how to put your Java EE application inside a container. Since day one, Java EE has been based on containers. If you doubt it, just have a look at this diagram: Java EE architecture: https://docs. oracle.com/javaee/6/tutorial/doc/bnacj.html It belongs to Oracle’s official documentation for Java EE 6 and, actually, has been much the same architecture since the times of Sun. If you pay attention, you will notice that there are different containers: a web container, an EJB container, and an application client container. In this architecture, it means that the applications developed with those APIs will rely on many features and services provided by the container. When we take the Java EE application server and put it inside a Docker container, we are doing the same thing— it is relying on some of the features and services provided by the Docker environment. This recipe will show you how to deliver a Java EE application in a container bundle, which is called an appliance. Installing Docker First, of course, you need the Docker platform installed in your environment. There are plenty of options, so I suggest you check this link and get more details: And if you are not familiar with Docker commands, I recommend you have a look at this beautiful cheat sheet: You’ll also need to create an account at Docker Hub so you can store your own images. Check it out. It’s free for public images. Building Java EE Container To build your Java EE container, you’ll first need a Docker image. To build it, you’ll need a Dockerfile such as this: FROM openjdk:8-jdkENV GLASSFISH_HOME /usr/local/glassfishENV PATH ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/bin:$PATHENV GLASSFISH_PKG latest-glassfish.zipENV GLASSFISH_URL https://download.oracle.com/glassfish/5.0/nightly/latest-glassfish.zipRUN mkdir -p ${GLASSFISH_HOME}WORKDIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME}RUN set -x && curl -fSL ${GLASSFISH_URL} -o ${GLASSFISH_PKG} && unzip -o $GLASSFISH_PKG && rm -f $GLASSFISH_PKG && mv glassfish5/* ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && rm -Rf glassfish5RUN addgroup glassfish_grp && adduser –system glassfish && usermod -G glassfish_grp glassfish && chown -R glassfish:glassfish_grp ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && chmod -R 777 ${GLASSFISH_HOME} COPY docker-entrypoint.sh /RUN chmod +x /docker-entrypoint.shUSER glassfishENTRYPOINT [“/docker-entrypoint.sh”]EXPOSE 4848 8080 8181CMD [“asadmin”, “start-domain”, “-v”] This image will be our base image from which we will construct other images in this chapter. Now we need to build it: docker build -t eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8 . Go ahead and push it to your Docker Registry at Docker Hub: docker push eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8 Now you can create another image by customizing the previous one, and then put your app on it: FROM eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8ENV DEPLOYMENT_DIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/glassfish/domains/domain1/autodeploy/COPY app.war ${DEPLOYMENT_DIR} In the same folder, we have a Java EE application file (app.war) that will be deployed inside the container. Check the See also section to download all the files. Once you save your Dockerfile, you can build your image: docker build -t eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook . Now you can create the container: docker run -d –name gf-javaee-cookbook -h gf-javaee-cookbook -p 80:8080 -p 4848:4848 -p 8686:8686 -p 8009:8009 -p 8181:8181 eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook Wait a few seconds and open this URL in your browser: http://localhost/app How to work with Dockerfile Let’s understand our first Dockerfile: FROM openjdk:8-jdk This FROM keyword will ask Docker to pull the openjdk:8-jdk image, but what does it mean? It means that there’s a registry somewhere where your Docker will find prebuilt images. If there’s no image registry in your local environment, it will search for it in Docker Hub, the official and public Docker registry in the cloud. And when you say that you are using a pre-built image, it means that you don’t need to build, in our case, the whole Linux container from scratch. There’s already a template that you can rely on: ENV GLASSFISH_HOME /usr/local/glassfishENV PATH ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/bin:$PATHENV GLASSFISH_PKG latest-glassfish.zipENV GLASSFISH_URL https://download.oracle.com/glassfish/5.0/nightly/latest-glassfish.zipRUN mkdir -p ${GLASSFISH_HOME}WORKDIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME} Here are just some environment variables to help with the coding. RUN set -x && curl -fSL ${GLASSFISH_URL} -o ${GLASSFISH_PKG} && unzip -o $GLASSFISH_PKG && rm -f $GLASSFISH_PKG && mv glassfish5/* ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && rm -Rf glassfish5 The RUN clause in Dockerfiles execute some bash commands inside the container when it has been created. Basically, what is happening here is that GlassFish is being downloaded and then prepared in the container: RUN addgroup glassfish_grp && adduser –system glassfish && usermod -G glassfish_grp glassfish && chown -R glassfish:glassfish_grp ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && chmod -R 777 ${GLASSFISH_HOME} For safety, we define the user that will hold the permissions for GlassFish files and processes: COPY docker-entrypoint.sh /RUN chmod +x /docker-entrypoint.sh Here we are including a bash script inside the container to perform some GlassFish administrative tasks: #!/bin/bashif [[ -z $ADMIN_PASSWORD ]]; thenADMIN_PASSWORD=$(date| md5sum | fold -w 8 | head -n 1)echo “##########GENERATED ADMIN PASSWORD: $ADMIN_PASSWORD##########”fiecho “AS_ADMIN_PASSWORD=” > /tmp/glassfishpwdecho “AS_ADMIN_NEWPASSWORD=${ADMIN_PASSWORD}” >> /tmp/glassfishpwdasadmin –user=admin –passwordfile=/tmp/glassfishpwd change-admin-password –domain_name domain1asadmin start-domainecho “AS_ADMIN_PASSWORD=${ADMIN_PASSWORD}” > /tmp/glassfishpwdasadmin –user=admin –passwordfile=/tmp/glassfishpwd enable-secure-adminasadmin –user=admin stop-domainrm /tmp/glassfishpwdexec “$@” After copying the bash file into the container, we go to the final block: USER glassfishENTRYPOINT [“/docker-entrypoint.sh”]EXPOSE 4848 8080 8181CMD [“asadmin”, “start-domain”, “-v”] The USER clause defines the user that will be used from this point in the file. It’s great because from there, all the tasks will be done by the glassfish user. The ENTRYPOINT clause will execute the docker-entrypoint.sh script. The EXPOSE clause will define the ports that will be available for containers that use this image. And finally, the CMD clause will call the GlassFish script that will initialize the container. Now let’s understand our second Dockerfile: FROM eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8 We need to take into account the same considerations about the prebuilt image, but now the image was made by you. Congratulations! ENV DEPLOYMENT_DIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/glassfish/domains/domain1/autodeploy/ Here, we are building an environment variable to help with the deployment. It’s done in the same way as for Linux systems: COPY app.war ${DEPLOYMENT_DIR} This COPY command will literally copy the app.war file to the folder defined in the DEPLOYMENT_DIR environment variable. From here, you are ready to build an image and create a container. The image builder is self-explanatory: docker build -t eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook . Let’s check the docker run command: docker run -d –name gf-javaee-cookbook -h gf-javaee-cookbook -p 80:8080 -p 4848:4848 -p 8686:8686 -p 8009:8009 -p 8181:8181 eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook If we break it down, this is what the various elements of the command mean: -h: Defines the host name of the container. -p: Defines which ports will be exposed and how it will be done. It is useful, for example, when more than one container is using the same port by default—you just use them differently. eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook: The reference to the image you just built. So now you’ve successfully built a container for your Java EE application, in Docker. If you found this tutorial helpful and would like to learn more, head over to the Packt store and get the book Java EE 8 Cookbook, authored by Elder Moraes. 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Turrialbas treasure Hacienda Tayutic

first_imgFrom the print editionVestiges of the past pop up everywhere at Hacienda Tayutic. Ornate dishes that hang on the walls date five generations back. Two swords used as a centerpiece were handed down to owner Federico Ortuño from a great grandfather who owned a farm in Guanacaste. The sofas arrived via another great grandfather, Gaspar Ortuño, who came to Costa Rica from Spain and helped found the Central Bank of Costa Rica. An armoire gifted by two great aunts who were nuns has been transformed into a liquor bar. “I’m an antique hunter,” Ortuño said matter-of-factly.He seems to have inherited those skills from his parents, who left their own exquisite touches on the Turrialba plantation east of San José, in a village called Sitio de Mata. Ortuño’s idiosyncrasies coupled with the hotel’s wonderful mountain setting make for a soothing stay at Tayutic. Ortuño and his brother Felipe began turning his family’s home into a quaint luxury hotel with just six cozy rooms in the mid-2000s. Even as the Tayutic plantation maintains its primary purpose as an organic sugar mill, the home always seemed destined to be a guesthouse. Newlyweds have weddings at an old Roman Catholic church reconstructed in the hacienda’s backyard. Both the sanctuary’s stained-glass windows and the piano were picked up by Ortuño’s family members after previous owners discarded them. The stained-glass came from another church. The piano once entertained guests at a San José bordello.Beyond the charming artifacts is a stunning view of the town below. Lights flicker in the city of Turrialba, forests grow up around the mountain, and in the distance, the Turrialba Volcano fumes. The landscape looks magnificent at all angles, whether it’s from the swimming pool, the splendid wood patio or the chapel, where non-Roman Catholic weddings are performed. Decades ago, the Ortuños constructed their home in a distinctive British colonial style with airy spaces that keep the inside of the building fresh. The roof is held in place by an intricate spire that Ortuño’s father collected after it fell off a truck into the middle of the highway.The place fits together like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle, and almost every piece has its puzzle, which contains its own engrossing backstory. The origin of the house itself includes its own tale. The Ortuños grew coffee in San José until the Irazú Volcano erupted and killed their crops. Looking for a new place to start up the business, the family learned about land in the hills of Turrialba. They began producing both sugarcane and coffee. In 1992, Felipe Ortuño jumped on the organic food trend beginning in the United States. With some guidance from Germans interested in exporting the product, the sugar mill began producing granulated organic brown sugar. The Ortuños export 2 million kilos of organic sugar a year now. Tours of the mill became popular with cruise ship travelers over the years, long before one tourist suggested: “Why don’t you have a place where we can stay?”Hotel guests now receive meals served with organic ingredients grown at the hacienda, such as coffee, macadamia nuts and herbs and spices. The Tayutic staff includes community members who have worked at the hacienda for almost 40 years. Ortuño returned two months ago after a four-year stint as Costa Rica’s ambassador to Italy. His work there included paying off a $15 million debt Costa Rica owed to the Italians. After the deed was finished, the Italian government rewarded Ortuño with the highest decoration a non-military foreigner can receive. But after so much time away from home, Ortuño is pleased to be back at the hacienda. He appreciates the uncomplicated calm. No massive debts to repay. Just plants to water. Sugar candies to sample. Guests to check in on. “I really love this job,” Ortuño said. “I feel proud.”nGoing thereFrom April 15-Dec. 20, the regular rate (which includes breakfast) is $295 per night, plus tax. The all-inclusive rate is $355. Hacienda Tayutic is located 53 kilometers from San José, about a two-hour drive. From the capital, drive to Turrialba town towards Limón, and pass over Reventazón River.On the road that leads to La Suiza, turn left. Drive five minutes and after the Boveda Cemetery, take a right. That road leads up to Sitio de Mata town. Drive 2.5 kilometers on the dirt road, and turn right at the sign: “Tayutic: The Hacienda Experience.” For more info or reservations, visit www.tayutic.com. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Want to start a business in Costa Rica Getting it done

first_imgThird in a series of columns by Steven Ferris, a Costa Rican attorney with extensive, direct experience in the Costa Rican judicial system, now in private practice. Read his other columns here and here.In my two previous columns we discussed the basics and some of the details of how to start a company in Costa Rica. Now we’re going to take the topic a step further, describing the responsibilities of the shareholders to make the new company a reality.As we’ve discussed, there are two seminal steps about which shareholders must be clear: (1) The formal presentation of all the information listed previously in front of a notary public, and (2) the critical period that precedes registering the new company in the Registro Mercantil. This second phase is the subject of today’s column.Once the articles of corporation have been duly notarized, the notary public will publish the intent to incorporate in the official newspaper La Gaceta. This is followed by presenting the documents to the Registro, along with the payment of the required fees. The issue is what happens before and after these events.According to the law, before publishing in La Gaceta, the shareholders must act as one in terms of all interaction with third parties when representing the new entity. This must be made clear to all involved; no commercial or contractual activity can be undertaken before the final registration of the company. If any such activity does take place, the individuals involved are personally liable for the consequences.For this reason, the law allows any partner to register the firm at the Registro, and if successful, he or she is no longer personally and solely responsible for the firm’s activities from that point on.There are cases wherein a number of individuals agree among themselves to behave as if they were partners in a company, and even give it a name, without having gone through the process of registering a company charter.In these cases the law considers the organization as a de facto company (sociedad de hecho), and the individuals responsible are not only liable to third parties, but to each other as well, as de facto partners. This kind of organization is clearly not recommended, as there is no official legal recognition, no official legal representative, and no protection of the individual de facto partners. (Screengrab from La Gaceta)Related: Want to open a business in Costa Rica? Start with the basicsOnce a company (sociedad anónima) is registered with the Registro Mercantil, it is assigned an official corporate identification (persona jurídica), which serves as its legal designation for as long as it exists. This identification typically starts with “3-101-” followed by a unique number. As soon as an identification number is assigned, the company can move ahead and be considered its own entity and engage in any activity associated with its stated objectives.This is the point at which the entity can request a certificate identifying the persona jurídica from either the Registro Público or any notary public. The certificate states the company name, the identification number, its official address, its original capitalization, date of inception, date of registration, and the names and titles of the partners, including their roles and responsibilities. If a partner’s powers are specifically limited in any way, or his or her powers do not include the ability to represent the company as an individual, the participation of at least one other member of the board of directors will be required.This certificate is essential to doing business as a company. If, for example, the company is to rent a property in which to conduct its business, in the company’s name, in almost every case a certificate of the persona jurídica must be presented at the time the contract is signed. In addition, it must be no more than 30 days old.Opening a bank account in the company’s name typically requires the following documents:A copy of the company’s official charter, either notarized, or obtained directly from the Registro Público in which case it is automatically notarized.The certificate described above.Copies of cédulas or passports of the president and any other individual who will access the account. (There is also a relatively new requirement for foreigners called a DIMEX from the Immigration Administration.)Two reference letters from banks where the individuals involved have had previous accounts, either locally or overseas.Some banks require a copy of a utility bill from the company’s official address.And there you go! You now have a properly registered company, have rented a place of business, and opened a bank account. You are finally able to go out and make money, legally.Steven Ferris is a member of the board of directors of The Tico Times’ parent company.Recommended: Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Let’s look at the details Facebook Comments Related posts:Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Let’s look at the details Want to open a business in Costa Rica? Start with the basics The Tico Times launches new real estate section Driving in Costa Rica: The rules of the roadlast_img read more

Why not get the max out of your house sale

first_imgRelated posts:The Tico Times announces 1st English-language media alliance with Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market Mel Gibson in real estate row over Guanacaste beach property Costa Rican house size is measured under the roof Every property seller wants to get the best price for their house, as well as the best conditions possible.Unfortunately, sellers almost never cooperate in creating the most favorable showing conditions. What do I mean by that?Every listing on our MLS needs to be approved by me before it is published on the MLS website. By just looking at some of the photos, I can spell it out for those sellers: this will take years to sell. If ever!On a first date, you want to dress to impress, don’t you? It seems obvious – but no matter what real estate agents tell sellers and no matter how many articles I write about why a property can be on the market for seven years, some sellers don’t seem to get the memo. Let me show you what I am talking about in the next couple of images.Curb appealSome homes don’t have much curb appeal, no matter what you do to it. In this sample listing, the curb appeal is absolutely terrible. A power wash, some paint, and some garden maintenance will make a huge difference. Ivo HenflingMold issuesWe all know that Costa Rica has a six-month rainy season. Therefore, mold is quite a common issue. However, a smart buyer will make a low-ball offer knowing there is lots of TLC waiting. This seller will not get the max out of the house sale. Ivo HenflingBad repairsBad repairs that are visible are a bad omen. Taking away a kitchen exhaust fan shows bad taste. If I were a buyer, I would have a home inspector go through this home twice. Getting rid of all the flaws and disrepair is essential. Ivo HenflingPaintBuyers paint the house before moving in, according to their own taste and colors; however, a bad paint job make a costly first impression. This house is only 10 years old. Nonetheless, but it has suffered from a careless owner. Painting a house cost money. Not painting it will cost much more. Ivo HenflingRoof problemsRoof leaks show very well on drywall ceilings. Even if the roof problems are fixed, a buyer will use those large spots on the ceilings to negotiate the price. Cleaning and fixing the gutters before putting the house in the market is probably also a very good idea. Ivo HenflingDeep cleaningAn empty house looks so much worse than a furnished house. That’s when you see any and every blemish and imperfection. Agents in the Central Valley usually list properties as an open listing, which means that lots of agents list the property. None of the agents insist with the owner to get it cleaned before taking the listing photos – hence the dirt in the photo. Ivo HenflingThe max? Definitely not!You probably already figured out that all these photos were taken in the same house. For sure, this seller will NOT get the max out of the house sale, no matter what price tag they decide to put on this listing.Ivo Henfling, a Dutch expat who has lived in Costa Rica since 1980, founded the American-European Real Estate Group back in 1999 which was the first functioning MLS with affiliate agents from coast to coast. Ivo Henfling can be reached at (506) 2289-5125 / 8834-4515 or at ivo@american-european.net Facebook Commentslast_img read more

American AirlineshelloworldskiUSA

first_imgAmerican AirlineshelloworldskiUSA American Airlines recently took Helloworld’s top AA sellers for a week in the snow. The group flew economy class on the airline’s new flagship 777-300 aircraft, which boasts 300 movies on demand at every seat, Wi-Fi, four live tv channels and an enhanced meal service.Some lucky agents were treated to a seat in main cabin extra, which gives 15 centimetres more legroom.The group was greeted with a historic year of snowfall in the Californian Sierra Nevada Mountains, with the first few nights spent at Mammoth Mountain Inn.Next stop was Tahoe City, where it was time for ice skating and walking around crystal clear Lake Tahoe. A cosy night was then spent at Granlibakken Resort, and then straight back on the slopes at Homewood, with the most amazing views of the lake before heading to Squaw Valley – then off to Reno to fly home via LAX.Participants included:Jenni Carey – helloworld Ringwood, Marlene Abikhalil – PlanetBlue Travel, Melodie Sorbello – Tripaway Cruise & Travel Tweed City, Tammy Savill – 1000 Mile Travel, Marora Marama – Arivo, Naomi Stephens – Reho Travel SYD, Noel French – Castle Hill Travel, Russell Wilke – helloworld Waverley Gardens, Chris Buwalda – helloworld Horsham, Daniel O’Donoghue – helloworld Parkdale, , Penny Brand – destination representative Gate 7, Vic Naughton – American Airlines national sales managerlast_img read more