Carlsbad, Calif.- – Spring break is just around the corner, and La Costa Resort and Spa is enticing guests to its “Playgound for All Ages” with a host of family friendly offerings and significant savings on rooms and family suites.Spring Break Value: Guests can receive up to 30 percent savings on standard rooms and 60 percent savings on suites this spring. In addition to the room savings, La Costa is offering significant savings on resort activities including 25 percent off Kidtopia registration, 50 percent off breakfast for kids and 30 percent off spa. Reservations can be made at www.lacosta.com.For Babies Too! La Costa’s supervised childcare program, Kidtopia, is one of the few resort children’s programs that accepts babies as young as 6 months. Babies have a special nursery complete with cribs and baby-friendly toys just for them. Children 2 years and under can play at Kidtopia for up to two hours per day, while children 3 and up have the option of staying for a half or full day.Time Out for Adults: Alone time – as a couple or alone alone – is a natural here, thanks to the Spa at La Costa where the American resort spa concept was born, two championship golf courses where golfing guests play in the footsteps of the game’s masters, a 17-court tennis center and a state-of-the-art Athletic Club with a full calendar of fitness classes.Making a Splash with Kids: The centerpiece of La Costa’s attractions for kids is Splash Landing, where water fun comes in threes: three sparkling pools and three thrilling water slides, plus a water play zone, sandy beach, dive in movie screen and poolside refreshment at Splash Café.Teen Scene: Featuring an ultra-cool underground energy, Vibz Game Lounge is designed to give members and guests ages 10 and up a place of their own to kick back, make friends, and enjoy all the high-tech games and activities they crave such as Xbox, Guitar Hero and billiards.Active Adventures: Set on 400 coastal acres, unlimited active adventures await at La Costa. A sampling of offerings include golf and tennis lessons, family yoga at the Chopra Center, nature hikes along the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail, surf camp at nearby Carlsbad State Beach, fitness boot camp, and croquet. There’s even a family putting course where the whole family can brush up on their “short” game.We’re Accommodating: La Costa offers a range of accommodations from standard guest rooms to Family Suites with two bedrooms, two baths and a comfortable sitting area. Kid-friendly room amenities include VIK (very important kid) goody bags on arrival, complimentary cribs, diaper genies, rental strollers and Nintendo Game Boys on request.For Every Palate: Inspired children’s menus that emphasize healthy choices in kid-friendly presentations are a signature at Legends Bistro or the casual Splash Poolside Bar & Cafe.Location, Location, Location: La Costa’s Southern California coastal setting abounds with family appeals, from the beach and Legoland just minutes away to all the attractions of San Diego, including Sea World and the world-famous San Diego Zoo and WildAnimalPark.And there’s always more in store for families at La Costa Resort & Spa – from smore’s making to special holiday events.www.lacosta.com
June 29, 2000A historic moment for Arcosanti in the Paradoxroom as Ivan and Jeff send the first file over our new Arcosanti computernetwork. Congratulations to the folks who made the network a reality. Specialthanks goes to Lou Dallara who helped Jeff and Ivan with the network during lastweekend’s Alumni Reunion. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Music, sports and lifestyle channel provider Trace Media Group has appointed Liberty Global unit Chello Central Europe to distribute its channels in central and eastern Europe.The deal will see Chello Central Europe distribute trace’s three channels – Trace Sports, Trace Urban and Trace Tropical – in Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Balkans.“The Trace Group covers a broad range of successful programming with immense international appeal and is a welcome addition to our increasing and diverse portfolio.Chello’s team is experienced in launching, localising and distributing international sports and music channels to the leading platforms across central and eastern Europe and we are looking forward to working and growing business together,” said Levente Málnay, CEO, Chello Central Europe.
Advertisement Equity Bank Uganda Limited has launched its range of digital banking solutions into the market in a bid to enhance the banking experience of customers as well as enable them to have more convenience and control of their banking. The suite of digital solutions dubbed ‘Eazzy Banking’ promises to give an easy, comprehensive and secure banking experience.The Eazzy Banking suite of products includes a banking app known as EazzyBanking App which allows one to transfer funds to other accounts and mobile wallets or pay utility bills like Umeme and water; a solution to assist welfare clubs, investment clubs and groups manage their joint finances and investments known as EazzyClub; a real-time bulk payment solution that allows one to automate electronic fund transfers, RTGS and mobile transfers called EazzyRemittance and a retail internet portal where customers can manage their bank accounts known as EazzyNet.In addition, the suite has an interoperable payment platform, EazzyPay which allows one to pay for bills as well as goods and services at registered merchant outlets; a mobile-based loan product known as EazzyLoan; a cash and liquidity management solution for SMEs known as EazzyBiz, and banking capabilities packaged as APIs exposed through EazzyAPIs platform. – Advertisement – Speaking during the event, Samuel Kirubi, the MD Equity Bank Uganda, said that the launch of the Eazzy Banking suite of products led by the flagship solution, EazzyBanking App, marked furtherance of the Bank’s strategic approach of availing digital convenience in banking. “This has been informed by consumers banking trends which are showing a pattern of favoring self-service channels to enable them to bank anywhere, anytime. They simply download the EazzyBanking App or sign up for Eazzy Club, EazzyNet or Eazzybiz and experience convenience in banking. Banking is no longer a place you go to, it is something you do ’’, He added.Equity Bank Uganda’s digital strategy is underscored by the forging of strategic partnerships with global leading experts in data security, big dataEquity Bank Uganda’s digital strategy is underscored by the forging of strategic partnerships with global leading experts in data security, big data capture, and analytics. This is to ensure security, scalability, and interoperability of the different solutions.Equity bank has opened up its digital solutions to everyone, in line with its inclusive agenda which it has carried as part of its commitment throughout its history. The Bank’s strategy is to be the region’s leading digital bank delivering a remarkable client experience in key digital touch points. The rapid adoption of mobile and other digital channels in Uganda has transformed how people bank and Equity aims to be an enabling partner.Equity bank has opened up its digital solutions to everyone, in line with its inclusive agenda which it has carried as part of its commitment throughout its history. The Bank’s strategy is to be the region’s leading digital bank delivering a remarkable client experience in key digital touch points. The rapid adoption of mobile and other digital channels in Uganda has transformed how people bank and Equity aims to be an enabling partner.Equity Bank Uganda Limited is one of the fastest growing banks in Uganda. It has adopted the Equity Bank Group approach of financial inclusion by opening its doors to customers across the financial pyramid. On the back of the Group technological advances, Equity Bank Uganda is now recognized as a key driver of inclusion and innovation through strategic partnerships with telecoms, utility companies, local government, religious bodies, and third- tier financial institutions.Equity Bank Uganda Limited is one of the fastest growing banks in Uganda. It has adopted the Equity Bank Group approach of financial inclusion by opening its doors to customers across the financial pyramid. On the back of the Group technological advances, Equity Bank Uganda is now recognized as a key driver of inclusion and innovation through strategic partnerships with telecoms, utility companies, local government, religious bodies, and third- tier financial institutions.
Next Article Lyft’s Biggest Rollout Takes It to 50 New Cities Image credit: Kelly Sullivan/Stringer | Getty Images It’s almost done with its expansion plans for 2017. Mariella Moon 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Lyft has just announced its biggest expansion to date. The ride-sharing service is now available in more than 50 new cities and four new states across the US. They’re mostly located in the Midwest, but the list also includes a few other parts of the country.This rollout follows another expansion last month that brought the service to more than 40 new locations — in all, Lyft now operates in more than 300 cities in the United States.The company announced in January that it plans to establish its presence in 100 more places in the country before the end of 2017. It worked pretty quickly to achieve that goal, and it did so within a month, perhaps to capitalize on Uber’s bad rep these days. Whatever Lyft’s reason is, you can hail one in any of the 300-plus locations where the service now operates. This story originally appeared on Engadget February 24, 2017 43shares Apply Now » 1 min read Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Lyft
Celebrities Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Ryan Reynolds Just Bought a Gin Company He Called ‘the Best on the Planet’ — But His Email Reply Makes It Seem Like a Joke Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds is well known for his roles in the likes of Deadpool and The Proposal, and for frequently making headlines for his hilarious relationship with his actress wife Blake Lively.What you may not know is he’s also the owner of a gin company.The actor announced today that he is now the official owner and chairman of Aviation Gin, owned by Davos Brands — and it all came about after he tried the gin for the first time, declared it the “best-tasting gin in the world,” and decided to invest.Aviation, which was founded in Portland, Ore., is one of the world’s best-rated gins, according to data from Wine Enthusiast, a drinks magazine. The company told Business Insider that it sold around 25,000 cases in 2017.It claims to have a “much smoother, easier drinking flavor than typical London Dry gins.””Once I tried it, I knew I wanted to get involved with the company in a big way,” Reynolds said. “If you think all gin tastes the same, you’d be mistaken. Aviation is in a completely different league and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the company.”The company told Business Insider that as owner and chairman, Reynolds “will play an active leadership role in the business and creative direction of the Aviation Gin brand.”However, his public statements so far suggest that this might be less hands-on than this suggests.Reynolds is hardly the first celebrity to jump on the liquor bandwagon, with the likes of Drake, Jay-Z, and P.Diddy also buying into booze brands.Last year, George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila company sold for $1 billion to drinks giant Diageo — so it’s easy to see the appeal.When we dropped the new gin owner an email to hear more about the deal, we, understandably, received an automated reply.In the message, Reynolds joked that he doesn’t have a desk or an assistant, and is likely to spend his days being photographed, and drinking gin.He also added: “I don’t know whose idea it was to allow me into the gin business, but I can assure you, there are smarter, more reasonable people in charge.”Here’s the email reply in full:Thank you for your email and interest in Aviation American Gin! I’m away from my desk at the moment but will respond the moment they give me a desk.About a year ago, I tried Aviation for the first time. Since that day, I’ve spent my time finding some way to infiltrate the company. I did this for one simple reason: It’s the best damn gin on the planet. Period.My responsibilities here at the company are vast. I’ll spend my days being photographed intermittently clinching my jaw muscles while pointing at things and nodding. I’ll drink Aviation Gin. I’ll sit in board meetings, imagining my very own Red Wedding.I don’t know whose idea it was to allow me into the gin business, but I can assure you, there are smarter, more reasonable people in charge.Thank you again for your email… If the matter is urgent, please contact my secretary, Bruce, who’ll respond the moment I get a secretary named, Bruce.His tweets about the brand were equally light-hearted.In the long and in no way disastrous marriage of showbiz and alcohol, so happy to announce I’m the proud owner of a gin company… @AviationGin. pic.twitter.com/qPwe0IC6bz– Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 21, 2018It’s possible that he’s controlling the Aviation Gin Twitter account, too, which called him a “professional goodlooking person.”We’re excited to announce our new boss, @vancityreynolds. Actor, producer, professional good-looking person. pic.twitter.com/twJbPkT6ss– Aviation American Gin (@AviationGin) February 21, 2018Whatever his involvement, it’ll be interesting to see if it works as well for him as it did for Clooney. Register Now » 4 min read The company told Business Insider Reynolds will ‘play an active leadership role in the business and creative direction.’ Add to Queue Alison Millington This story originally appeared on Business Insider February 22, 2018 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Aviation Gin Next Article
Nintendo Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for $199 It’s a smaller, handheld-only version of the Switch with a 5.5-inch touch screen. Next Article Senior Editor As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite.As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad.No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires Joy-Con motion input, for example, 1-2 Switch or Pokemon Let’s Go, you’ll need to purchase a set of Joy-Cons separately to use with the Lite. The kickstand is also gone, which nobody will complain about, right?As it’s a handheld-only model, the Switch Lite can’t be hooked up to a TV, which also means it will only work with games that support handheld mode. Currently all games support handheld mode and now all future games will need to.So the Switch Lite is smaller, less versatile, and is missing some key features of the original Switch ($299.00 at Amazon). However, that does come with some positives. For one, the Switch Lite is $100 cheaper at $199. It’s noticeably lighter than the Switch and battery life is expected to be slightly better. There’s also going to be three color options at launch on Sept. 20, with the choices being yellow, grey, and turquoise. A Pokemon Sword and Shield edition is also planned.The price alone should make the Switch Lite a very popular choice and we could see the original Switch left on stores shelves. Isn’t this also the clearest sign yet that Nintendo has no intention of replacing the 3DS? Register Now » Add to Queue July 10, 2019 Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read –shares Matthew Humphries This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business
Amazon Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amazon Launches 1-Hour Delivery in New York City –shares Register Now » 2 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Laura Entis Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Logistics King Amazon continues its ruthless attack on delivery times with Prime Now, a one hour delivery service that launched today in parts of Manhattan.The service, which is only available to Amazon customers who pay an annual $99 for Prime membership, costs $7.99 for one hour delivery. For those who can hold out 60 minutes longer, however, there’s no charge: Two-hour delivery is free. The service is available from 6 a.m. to midnight every day of the week.Tens of thousands of daily items are currently available for delivery on the Prime Now app.Related: Amazon Job Postings Hint at Expansion of Same-Day Delivery ProgramThe service’s appeal as a time-saver is obvious, and its rollout marks a significant milestone in Amazons quest to truly compete with brick-and-mortar stores. It’s hard to fight a program that makes consumers’ lives more convenient, and it doesn’t get much more convenient than having essential items delivered to your door in about the time it would take to go out and buy them. “There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” David Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a statement. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.”It’s yet be determined, however, if the high-cost logistics will be sustainable in New York or beyond. The company says that it plans to bring the service to additional cities in 2015.Watch Amazon’s video about the rollout below.Related: Amazon Prime Members Are Starting to Get Free Shipping on Other Websites December 18, 2014
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 8 2018Tea drinkers who seek the popular beverage’s soothing flavor without its explosive caffeine jolt could soon have a new, naturally low-caffeine option. In a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that a recently discovered wild tea plant in China contains little or no caffeine and, unlike many industrially decaffeinated products, could potentially provide many of the health benefits of regular brewed teas.In 2017, Americans drank nearly 4 billion gallons of tea, according to the Tea Association of the USA. The association estimates that up to 18 percent of those drinks were decaffeinated. To decaffeinate tea, manufacturers often use supercritical carbon dioxide or hot water treatments. However, these methods can affect the brew’s flavor and destroy compounds in the tea associated with lowered cholesterol, reduced risk of heart attack or stroke, and other health benefits. Recently, scientists discovered hongyacha (HYC), a rare wild tea found in the mountains of southern China. Local residents believe it can it can cure colds, soothe stomach pain and relieve a host of other ailments. But little is known about its structural makeup or its chemical composition. Liang Chen and colleagues sought to close that gap.The researchers used high-performance liquid chromatography to analyze HYC buds and leaves collected during the growing season. In addition to finding several potentially health-promoting compounds not found in regular tea, they determined that HYC contains virtually no caffeine. Digging deeper, they found this was because of a mutation in the gene encoding the enzyme tea caffeine synthase, which promotes caffeine production in most tea plants. The researchers conclude that naturally low-caffeine HYC could possibly become a popular drink because of its distinct composition and unique health benefits.Source: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-november-07-2018/newly-discovered-naturally-low-caffeine-tea-plant.html
The researchers discovered weak relationships between how much people think they use their smartphones and how much they actually do.Miss Davidson added “Our results suggest that the majority of these self-report smartphone assessments perform poorly when attempting to predict real-world behavior. We need to revisit and improve these measurements moving forward.”High smartphone usage has been previously linked to anxiety and depression but Dr Ellis said there is insufficient evidence to support these conclusions.”Scales that focus on the notion of technology ‘addiction’ performed very poorly and were unable to classify people into different groups (e.g, high vs low use) based on their behavior.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 13 2019Most studies into the impact of technology use on psychological wellbeing rely on flawed measures say researchers.Surveys are often used to understand how people use their smartphone, but these are poorly related to actual smartphone use when measured with an app.This means that existing evidence suggesting that screen time is “addictive” cannot be used to justify any change of policy.The UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee recently held an inquiry into social media use including the effects of screen time on the health of young people.Related StoriesPesticide exposure may increase risk of depression in adolescentsIndividual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotionsPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationBut Dr David Ellis of Lancaster University and Brittany Davidson from The University of Bath say official policy should not solely rely on existing studies using self reports.Dr Ellis said “Knowing how much someone thinks or worries about their smartphone use leaves many questions unanswered”The team examined 10 “addiction” surveys for measuring people’s technology use such as the Smartphone Addiction Scale and the Mobile Phone Problem Use Scale, which generate scores that determine use.They then compared these self-reports with data from Apple Screen Time which provides an objective measurement of: How many minutes people used their phones How often they picked it up How many notifications they received Sources:Lancaster UniversityJournal reference: Ellis, A. et al. (2019) Do smartphone usage scales predict behavior? International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2019.05.004.
Why govt thinks farmers inferior to rich businessmen: Rahul Gandhi in Lok SabhaAttacking the Modi government over the “suffering” of farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it has given them no relief and wondered if it considered them “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers running into lakhs of crores.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 20:56 IST Rahul Gandhi. (PTI File)Attacking the Modi government over the “suffering” of farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it has given them no relief and wondered if it considered them “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers running into lakhs of crores.Union minister Rajnath Singh countered Gandhi’s charge in Lok Sabha, as he blamed the long rule of the Congress for the plight of farmers and asserted that no prime minister has done as much for peasants as has Narendra Modi.Taking up the issue in the Zero Hour, Gandhi in his brief maiden speech in the 17th Lok Sabha mostly focused on Kerala and made specific mention of problems facing farmers in Wayanad, from where he has been elected to Lok Sabha.No relief has been given to farmers by the government, he said, claiming that businessmen have been granted tax concessions of Rs 4.3 lakh crore and waivers of Rs 5.5 lakh crore.He asked why the government thinks farmers are “inferior” to rich businessmen.In his reply, Singh said the government’s move to give Rs 6,000 to farmers annually will lead to a rise in their income by 20-25 per cent and claimed that more farmers committed suicide before the BJP-led dispensation came to power.”It is not that the condition of farmers deteriorated in the last one, two or four years. Those who ruled the country for a long time are responsible for their state. The amount of increase in MSP (minimum support price) that our prime minister has effected has not been done by anybody in independent India’s history,” he claimed.Gandhi said farmers are suffering throughout the country and are in terrible condition in Kerala. One farmer ended his life in Wayanad on Wednesday due to crushing debt, he added.Farmers have been facing threats of immediate eviction from their properties, he said, as banks from which they had taken loans have have pressing them hard for recovering their due.In Wayanad alone, bank notices for non-payment have been given to almost 8,000 farmers and they are facing the threat of immediate eviction under certain Acts, the Congress MP said.Their properties are attached against their bank loans. This is resulting in a spate of farmer suicides, he said, adding that 18 farmers in Kerala have committed suicide due to this.”The Kerala government has announced moratorium on repayment of farm loans for all Kerala farmers till December 31. The government of India is refusing to direct the RBI to consider this moratorium and get it implemented. In the last five years, the BJP government gave Rs 4.3 lakh crore in tax concession and waived Rs 5.5 lakh crore for rich businessmen. Why is this shameful double standard,” he asked”Why does the government act as if our farmers are inferior to the rich? I was sad to see that no concrete step was taken in this budget to provide relief to the farmers,” he added.Gandhi said Modi made certain commitments five years ago to the farmers on prices and on farm loans among other issues and added that a terrible situation for the farmers exist in this country.He requested the Union government to fulfil these promises.As soon as Gandhi finished his speech, other Congress leaders wanted to raise the issue of desertions of MLAs from their party’s ranks in Karnataka and Goa, for which they have blamed the BJP.With the Speaker not permitting them to speak on the matter, they staged a walkout and were joined by other opposition parties such as the TMC and the BSP.ALSO READ | Vaiko, Anbumani Ramadoss elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Tamil NaduALSO WATCH | In Depth: The big Congress churnFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Rahul GandhiFollow Lok SabhaFollow farmers Next