Teen pregnancy a tough road to travel

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Alberta non-profit organization that supports teen parents has wrapped up their third-annual diaper drive.The Edmonton group hopes to receive donations of 150,000 diapers.But the real story is the teen ambassadors who help with the drive and share some of the life lessons they’ve learned as young mothers with their fellow teens.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

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Sikkim Police constable on poll duty feared drowned in Ganga

first_imgKolkata: A constable of Sikkim Police, who had come to Bengal on poll duty, reported went missing while he was bathing in river Ganga at Jangipur in Murshidabad.Despite extensive search operations the police constable was not found till Sunday. According to sources, a few sections of Sikkim Police have been deployed in Bengal as Central Forces for the Lok Sabha elections. They have been sent to Jangipur for the third phase of elections, which is scheduled on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBefore the poll duty, some of the police personnel decided to spend some time to explore the area. On Saturday afternoon, five constables of Sikkim Police, including the missing one identified as Ningur Chiring Lepcha, went to the bank of Ganga. All of them were taking a bath in the river when suddenly one of them noticed that Lepcha was missing. After waiting for him for almost one hour other constable informed their unit and superiors about the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, police personnel from Raghunathgunj Police station went to the spot along with divers and started a search operation. Some local residents also went to the river to search for the missing police constable. However, till night Lepcha could not be traced. Again from Sunday morning search operation was conducted but till evening there was no trace of Lepcha. Sources informed that the search operation will continue on Monday as well. Lepcha’s family members have been informed in Sikkim. Other police stations adjacent to the Raghunathgunj police station area have been asked to keep a vigil on the banks of the Ganga. They have provided with the details about Lepcha’s physical description.last_img read more

Chinas Great Leap Forward in Global Mobile Payments

first_imgJune 25, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. During a recent cab ride on business in China, my driver relayed to me that his riders almost never pay him in cash, and when they do — because it is so rare — he becomes quite suspicious, fearful that they may be paying him with counterfeit bills. Indeed, most people in China don’t carry a wallet at all. There’s no need to tote around cash or credit cards because the vast majority of people in the country pay via apps on their phone, for everything from cabs to food orders to doctor bills, and far beyond.One could even say that payment methods in China are years ahead of most other countries, East and West. It’s the closest thing to a “cashless society” on the planet. China’s roughly 1.4 billion people comprise just under 20 percent of the world’s population, but the country will account for the majority of the proximity mobile payment user base globally this year, according to data from eMarketer.Related: What the Designer of Fitbit Wants to Revolutionize NextLong detached from the global financial services sector, China has in recent decades developed an advanced fintech ecosystem that has catapulted the country to the front of the pack in mobile payments, with many emerging markets now looking to China amid a global fintech revolution. What explains China’s outsized leadership in the payment space?From far behind to far ahead.Until relatively recently, the notion that China would be recognized for its advanced financial services tools would have been highly implausible. Prior to the economic reforms of the late 20th century, there were almost no private banks in the country at all. But these financial gaps are actually the very thing that made China ripe for innovations in payment technology and behavior.Without legacy financial systems such as robust banking or credit and debit card services, China was fertile ground for citizens to leapfrog straight to cutting-edge fintech adoption. It’s much easier to persuade people to use mobile payment services if they’re not wedded to credit or debit cards — payment vehicles that simply never caught on in China.Related: What the Global Marketplace Can Teach U.S. Entrepreneurs About the Future of PaymentsMoreover, as the world’s largest mobile market, China is home to a population that expects an app for any essential task. In the new China, a mobile phone is not merely a convenient connection to the world; it’s essential to your daily routine. From the vantage of mobile-savvy consumers, the thought of banking middlemen would seem out of place — a mindset that has also fueled the significant rise of online and P2P lending in China.In many ways, this skipped generation of traditional payment technologies shares similarities with the African market, where a lack of banking infrastructure also propelled phone payment popularity. And what was born of necessity may just transform financial services worldwide.Cards are going away (for ecommerce).Though the rest of the world lags behind China in mobile payment penetration, such behavior is growing everywhere, with credit and debit card payments for ecommerce expected to drop online by 46 percent worldwide by 2019, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Significantly, Western tech behemoths have been entering the space, and that trend will likely rise.Related: How Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments Are Evolving and What It Means for YouThe sophistication and entrenchment of the Western financial services system have so far inhibited wholesale mobile payment disruption. Still, the eye-opening cashless payment model in China, the growing commercial, cultural and tourism links between China and the rest of the world and the eagerness of the global tech giants to get in on the mobile payment game will likely disrupt the Western status quo. All this, while also spurring the development of even more sophisticated mobile payment technologies, creating a virtuous cycle tilted toward cashless options.Cultural habits around money die hard.Nonetheless, for mobile payments to gain footholds in more markets, a diverse mix of cultural, historical and economic issues will need to be resolved. In Germany, for example, a deeply ingrained aversion to debt and historical fears surrounding currency stability have helped maintain a largely cash-based society, according to a survey taken by the European Central Bank last year. Other Westerners cherish the perks of their credit cards and may not buy into the value proposition of mobile payment services … at least, for now.Still, the convenience and plain financial sense of cashless societies suggest that the West will only find itself playing mobile catch-up for the foreseeable future. China’s leadership in the field takes on additional poignance when considering the global competition between China, the U.S. and other players for preeminence in a range of innovation spheres, including AI and electric or autonomous vehicles. Are payments just one leg in an international race for tech supremacy?last_img read more

AmaWaterways has 2019 preview and Luxury of More

first_imgAmaWaterways has 2019 preview and ‘Luxury of More’ Travelweek Group Friday, November 10, 2017 CALABASAS, CA — AmaWaterways has released its 2019 preview brochure, offering travel agents and their clients a first look at the river cruise line’s new ‘Luxury of More’ messaging as it gears up for the arrival of three new ships.The preview brochure includes new ways to experience each destinations along the rivers of Europe, Asia and Africa, says Kristin Karst, Executive VP and Co-Owner of AmaWaterways.“Innovation is at the forefront of our business and we’re always challenging our teams to think about ‘what’s next’ in terms of services, itineraries and ship design,” said Karst.In 2019 AmaWaterways will add three new ships to its European fleet – the most in a single year since the company’s 2002 launch – with each designed to meet a different need of the growing river cruise market.AmaMagna will be almost twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships. Sailing the Danube river, AmaMagna will carry 196 guests with a majority of staterooms 355 square feet or larger, multiple dining options – including an al fresco restaurant – more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment.“Research has shown that many ocean cruisers and active travellers have yet to experience river cruising because they thought the staterooms were too small, or the dining options and activities too limited,” says Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Owner of AmaWaterways. “We are confident that AmaMagna, with the additional space and more diverse onboard programs will overcome these objections and open up a whole new market for us.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSchreiner adds: “I’ve had this unique ship on my mind for many years and am confident that now is the time to introduce my vision. I can’t wait to see AmaMagna sailing the Danube in 2019.”AmaWaterways will also introduce AmaMora, sister ship to AmaLea and AmaKristina, which will sail the Rhine river. AmaDouro, sister to AmaVida, will sail the Douro River as the region’s popularity continues to grow.In 2019 the company’s recently expanded wellness program will be rolled out to most European ships, giving passengers the opportunity to join group exercise activities – including morning stretches, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit training – complemented by healthy eating options and relaxation techniques taught onboard.AmaWaterways will also enhance the its popular Wine Cruise Program. In 2019 the line will offer 60 hosted Wine Cruises, the most ever, giving more passengers the opportunity to dive into the region’s rich wine culture.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionAmaWaterways is also enhancing its land programs in 2019. For the first time the company will offer an optional pre-cruise land extension for every cruise, with new ways to experience landmark cities like Amsterdam, Budapest, Lucerne, Munich and Zurich.AmaWaterways is also adding new pre-cruise extensions in Bilbao and San Sebastian, Spain prior to embarkation on its Taste of Bordeaux itinerary, as well as a post-cruise option in Rwanda, Africa, which may be added to each of its five African itineraries. This extension gives clients the chance to experience Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, home to rare Silverback Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys.New included excursions range from tours in the historic cities of Prague and Paris to exploring the countryside of Romania.“As we move towards 2019, we have continued to evolve our product to ensure guests experience the ‘Luxury of More’ when sailing with AmaWaterways,” said Karst. “Whether it’s the new ships, excursions or special theme cruises, we are confident that 2019 will be our best year yet.”For pricing, Early Booking promotional offers and specific itineraries, agents can download AmaWaterways’ 2019 Preview Brochure at AmaWaterways.com. Tags: AmaWaterwayscenter_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more