If you’re poor in Costa Rica, you’ll probably live longer than your relatively poor counterparts in the U.S., according to a new study. If you’re rich, though, you’re better off in the U.S.The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are striking because of the large difference in living standards between the two countries — especially at the lower end of the income spectrum.Generally, people who live in higher income countries live longer than people in poorer countries. But both Costa Rica and the U.S. buck this trend. Costa Ricans tend to live longer than people in similar-income countries — and, in fact, live longer on average than people in the U.S.Despite having the largest economy on earth, the U.S. has an average life expectancy of 77.4 years, lower than the average of 80 years for nations in the highest per capita GDP group.Costa Ricans have an average life expectancy of 78.5 years, several years beyond countries like Iran or Romania, which have a similar per capita GDP but an average life expectancy closer to 72 years.The study, co-authored by Luis Rosero-Bixby from the University of Costa Rica and William H. Dow from the University of California, Berkeley, looks at the correlation of income to longevity in both the U.S. and Costa Rica.The wealthiest U.S. residents under 65 years old live 3.4 times longer than the poorest. But wealthy Costa Ricans live only 1.5 times longer than poor Costa Ricans. (The study noted that after 65 many older U.S. citizens are eligible for Medicare, after which the difference in life expectancy between rich and poor is less exaggerated.) This is despite the fact that Costa Rica’s income gap is higher than in the U.S.Plus, Costa Rica’s longevity comes at a fraction of the cost: health care costs in the U.S. are ten times higher than in Costa Rica, according to the study.So someone who’s down and out would be better off in Tiquicia than with Uncle Sam. But why?There might be something to ‘Pura Vida’Smoking, obesity and lack of access to health care were among the reasons the authors cited for why poor people in the U.S. don’t live as long as poor people in Costa Rica.Authors Rosero-Bixby and Dow identified lung cancer and heart disease as the main causes of death that account for the difference in overall mortality rates between the two countries. U.S. men are four times more likely to die of lung cancer and have a 54 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease than Costa Rican men.Obesity and smoking — big risk factors for both diseases — are more prevalent among poor people in the U.S. than rich people, and appear to be linked to high mortality rates among U.S. poor, the authors found.In terms of health care, the authors hypothesized that Costa Rica’s national health insurance system, the Caja, boosts its health outcomes — especially among the poor. According to the 2011 census, 86 percent of Costa Ricans and 96 percent of older Costa Ricans are covered by the Caja. The Caja has limitations when it comes to specialized treatments and even care for more basic conditions like hypertension, the authors said, but does a good job providing preventive care and access to health care for people regardless of income.Access to health insurance in the U.S., meanwhile, is more fragmented, especially for poor people under 65.Rosero told The Tico Times that the research also points to psychosocial factors that may contribute to longer lives in Costa Rica. Stress, strong family and social networks, and happiness are all factors that are not well understood but likely play an important role in how long someone lives.But there may be limits to what a country like the U.S. can learn from Costa Rican longevity.“It’s difficult to export culture,” Rosero told The Tico Times.Despite Costa Rica’s high performance, Rosero said that the country’s achievements in health care were not set in stone. He pointed out that the generation of Costa Ricans getting older today may not be as healthy as those studied for the paper. As lifestyles change and become more like those in the U.S., the next generation of older Ticos might not outlive the longevity benefits of the pura vida lifestyle. Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Nearly 14,000 sickened banana workers to receive payment for pesticide exposure Costa Rica doctors association alarmed by low vacciation rates of personnel as 17 dead from AH1N1 virus Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades
Radisson Jodhpur debuts in the blue city of Rajasthan, IndiaRadisson Jodhpur debuts in the blue city of Rajasthan, IndiaRadisson Jodhpur opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur today. The hotel is the first Radisson – a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort, to open in the city.“I am delighted to welcome our first Radisson hotel to Jodhpur. The hotel’s architectural grandeur combined with the brand’s service ethos will enthrall guests travelling to the city. We appreciate the commitment that Madhav Heritage has made in this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, chief executive officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.Strategically located in the center of Jodhpur, the hotel is all set to serve discerning guests with its signature Yes I Can! SM service philosophy. Positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travelers, the hotel is situated two kilometers from the airport and four kilometers from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometers from international tourist attractions like Ummaid Palace, Birkha Bawri Step Well, Merangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.“We are excited about the opening of Radisson Jodhpur. The hotel’s heritage-inspired rooms come with modern amenities and we are confident that guests will appreciate this combination. We are happy to partner Radisson and are looking forward to capitalize on the brand’s well-earned equity in the market,” said Badriram Jakhar, executive director, Mahadev Heritage Hotel Private Limited.“The hotel’s city center location surrounded with tourist attractions makes it ideal for business and leisure travelers. We have infused all the necessary elements in the hotel to make it an upscale experience. We are confident that the hotel will offer a memorable stay to guests through its distinctive brand hallmarks”, said Ram Kishore Jakhar, director, Mahadev Heritage Hotel Private Limited.Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel’s architecture is reminiscent of Rajasthan’s erstwhile culture and style. The hotel constitutes 96 rooms across Superior, Business Class, Studio Suites, Single Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Duplex Suites and Presidential Suite categories. Business Class Rooms include a separate living room and Deluxe Suites feature bathtub, powder room, microwave and TV in the separate living room. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness center with modern equipment and a spa service with two treatment rooms for a rejuvenating stay.Radisson Jodhpur offers a wide selection of delightful dining options including Ekatra, a multicuisine all-day-dining restaurant serving delicacies from around the globe; Abhiras, a rooftop Indian specialty restaurant withmodern potpourri of cuisines strewn across India; J Bar, an exclusive terrace grill and bar featuring unique bar-be-que innovations paired with international and IMFL liquor blends and 1459, the confectioneries and pastry shop at the lobby level.Radisson Jodhpur boasts over 30,000 square feet of total meeting space comprising three banquet halls. Equipped with high-speed, wireless internet and audio-visual support, the meeting space is ideal for corporate conferences, contemporary wedding receptions, reunions and more. The banquet facilities at the hotel also feature a party lawn spread over an area of approximately 14,000 square feet for organising stylish parties. Source = Radisson Jodhpur
We participate at OTM every year and consider this to be very important event as we get to communicate directly with our travel partners. OTM is a great platform to analyse the market and to have direct dialogue with tour operators about the arrangements for the coming season. The organisers have done a good job of keeping up with the trends. Special workshops on wedding and films are good signs that the show is evolving every year.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Simon Armitage is named the UK’s new Poet Laureate LONDON — Simon Armitage has been named the U.K.’s new Poet Laureate, succeeding Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post.Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment, Britain’s highest literary honour. It dates back to the 17th century, and previous laureates have included John Dryden, William Wordsworth and Ted Hughes.It is up to the poet to decide whether or not to produce poetry for national and royal occasions.Armitage, a professor of poetry at the University of Leeds, has published 28 collections of poetry and his work is studied by British schoolchildren as part of the national curriculum. He said he hoped to “help poetry explore its potential” in a multimedia age.Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright praised Armitage for his “witty and profound take on modern life.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted May 11, 2019 3:53 am PDT
Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said the Trilateral Meeting among the heads of government of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan that will take place in Nicosia on Tuesday is of historic importance.He told the Cyprus News Agency that the meeting will be the first to take place at this level, adding that apart from the signing of agreements and a memorandum of understanding, it is expected to lay the foundations for strategic cooperation at all levels.He also said the Declaration of Nicosia to be adopted will constitute a roadmap of the actions which will follow and it will outline the common approaches of the three states on important current issues, including regional developments.“At the same time and taking into consideration that a fundamental pillar of our foreign policy is to strengthen our relations with all neighbouring states, through the establishment of Trilateral Conferences, tomorrow’s meeting, following those with Egypt and Israel, constitutes another sound step towards the implementation of the goals of our foreign policy, which include upgrading the Republic of Cyprus and enhancing our country’s role in the region,” he told CNA.The spokesman noted the bilateral dimension of the Jordanian King’s visit to Cyprus. He recalled that this is his second visit to the island within a year, adding that this along with the fact that Jordan opened a diplomatic mission in Nicosia at the end of 2016 “proves that our relations are now at a new level, with a view to jointly address challenges, through common action and cooperation, always to the benefit of the people of the two countries.”Christodoulides said that in this framework, the King will be accompanied to Cyprus by the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Energy Minister and other ministers and officials of Jordan.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of July.“Traveling across my district every week and consistently holding monthly office hours in every county has allowed me to stay accessible to the people I represent. I am committed to keeping in touch with residents and addressing their concerns,” said Rep. Chatfield.Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His July office hours schedule is:Thursday, July 14Emmet CountyThe Village Grill182 Stimpson St. / U.S. 31 in Pellston9-10 a.m.Cheboygan CountyState Street Coffee Co.211 W. State St. in Cheboygan11 a.m.-12 p.m.Chippewa CountyPure Country Restaurant11370 W. Main St. in Rudyard1:30-2:30 p.m.Mackinac CountyAnchor in NaubinwayW11623 U.S. Hwy. 2 in Naubinway4-5 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com.### 06Jul Rep. Chatfield announces July office hours Categories: Chatfield News
Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly invites residents to join him for local office hours in Oxford and Orion Township on Monday, Aug. 20.“I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Reilly said. “Connecting with community members and listening to their concerns is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:6 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Orion Township Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Charter Township.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov.### 13Aug Local residents can meet with Rep. Reilly on Aug. 20
14May Rep. Wozniak continues fight to protect the unborn in Michigan Categories: Wozniak News State Rep. Douglas Wozniak, with his Michigan House colleagues, today approved a plan to protect a mother and child from a dismemberment abortion.A dismemberment abortion, or “dilation and evacuation” (D&E), is an abortion in which a health care worker intentionally uses an instrument, device, or object to dismember a living fetus out of a uterus.The plan bans the procedure and creates penalties for violators.“Allowing this horrible procedure is no different than letting someone murder an innocent child,” said Wozniak, of Shelby Township. “Every person has the right to life. To take that right away in such a horrific manner from a child who cannot speak for themselves is inhumane.”Abortion is the leading cause of death in Michigan. Twelve states already have had legislation signed into law that bans dismemberment abortions.According to data published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,777 D&E abortions in Michigan in 2017. That is nearly five dismemberment abortions per day.House Bills 4320 and 4321 now move to the Senate for consideration.###
Share14TweetShareEmail14 Shares“American Soda.” Credit: poolieSeptember 20, 2018; Next CityAccording to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans—over nine percent of our country’s population—suffer from diabetes, costing the country an estimated $327 billion a year, a staggering sum that exceeds 1.75 percent of national gross domestic product. People who consume a can of soda a day, medical experts say, are 26 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than those who rarely drink soda. According to the mayor’s office, Philadelphia has the highest proportion of residents with diabetes of any big city in America.Philadelphia’s soda tax went into effect in January 2017. It is the largest city in the country to have implemented such a levy. The amount of the tax is significant: 1.5 cents per ounce. That works out to about a dollar for a 2-liter bottle. In its first year, the law raised $79 million “to help fund pre-kindergarten programs, parks, libraries and other services.” The city’s right to assess the tax was upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this summer.The $79 million, Jared Brey writes in Next City, fell short of city projections. Some of the shortfall is due to Philadelphia residents evading the tax by buying soda in the suburbs. But part of the shortfall is due to what might be considered a good problem to have—namely, many Philadelphia residents are consuming less soda and more water.This past April, Brey notes, “a Drexel University study suggested that Philadelphians were 40 percent less likely to drink sugary beverages and 58 percent more likely to drink bottled water than their peers in other cities.”Now, a working paper from Mathematica has begun to disaggregate the results. “Among children overall, the tax did not have a substantial impact on consumption of sweetened beverages,” the study authors found. That said, for Blacks and for children at high risk of diabetes, the tax’s impact has been highly significant. Among the key findings were the following:“For children who were high consumers of added sugars from beverages (the equivalent of a 20-ounce bottle of regular soda per day), the tax decreased consumption of added sugars by nearly 15 grams per day, or 22 percent.”“Among African American children—who have higher rates of sweetened beverage consumption and obesity nationally—the tax reduced consumption of added sugars from beverages by 8.0 grams per day, which translates to 32 fewer calories per day.”“Among African American adults, the tax reduced the frequency of regular soda consumption by 14.6 times per month—the equivalent of nearly one fewer 20-ounce soda every other day.”“I think particularly in terms of the children’s results, these [findings] are really novel,” says David Jones, a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research and study coauthor. “We’re the only group to be able to look at children so far.”For their part, city officials seem pleased that the “sin tax” has reduced soda consumption as intended, even if the city collects less in revenue as a result. “This means Philadelphia residents are responding to the pass-through of the beverage tax in the healthiest way, by switching from sweetened drinks to water,” says Mike Dunn, a spokesperson for Mayor Jim Kenney. “This added health benefit would mean a decrease in the number of Philadelphians affected by diabetes and heart disease.”Additionally, Dunn notes, the tax revenue that is collected is being used to support Pre-K, community schools, and park improvements, including the city’s Rebuild initiative, which NPQ covered when the project—supported by the William Penn Foundation—launched a year ago.Jones tells Brey that it would be worthwhile to repeat the study in five or ten years. People often form their consumption habits as children, Jones explains, so, if children grow up consuming less soda, the long-term impact might be even more profound. “This study is the longest-term study so far on consumption, but it’s still pretty short-term,” says Jones.—Steve DubbShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shares
PlayBox Technology has completed the supply and installation of 15 new playout channels for Middle East satellite service provider Noorsat.This is Noorsat’s latest phase of channel expansion, which takes its total number of PlayBox playout channels to 120. Noorsat’s technical operations are based in Manama, Bahrain.
One of the few TV channels in Russia to give space to independent journalism is in danger of being shut down after state-backed service provider Rostelelecom cancelled its carriage contract, according to local reports.Pay TV channel Sovershenno Sekretno (Top Secret) received notice of early termination of its deal with Rostelecom in August. According to the channel’s management, the telco has refused to enter into negotiations with it and the service is now in danger of closure.Top Secret attracts an audience of about 15 million viewers across Russia, the CIS, the Baltic States and Israel.The Top Secret organisation was founded in 1991 by journalist Artyom Borovik and supplied programming focusing on investigative journalism to a number of the country’s leading TV channels during the 1990s. The Top Secret channel was launched in October 2006 and distributed via cable and satellite platforms.
Al Jazeera’s French sports venture BeIN Sport has passed the one million subscribers milestone, according to local reports.Al Jazeera launched BeIN Sport 1 on June 1, with BeIN Sport 2 following on July 28. President Nasser al-Khelaïfi told financial daily Les Echos that he thought setting a target of two million would be too high, but that the broadcaster would continue to build its business as before, and that he expected several hundred thousand more subscribers to sign up over the next six months.He said that it would take four or five years to reach breakeven, and added that the company’s resources were not unlimited, despite the significant sums spent on acquiring rights to date.
Modern Times Group-owned over-the-top service Viaplay is unfazed by the competition in the Scandinavian market, even though future quality improvements and content additions could add to the cost of the Viaplay service.Speaking at the Connected TV World summit this morning, Viaplay’s head of online product management Dag Laarson said that despite Netflix’s global scale and dedicated team of technical staff, it was possible for Viaplay to source similar technology from third parties.He also pointed out that in anticipation of greater competition in the Scandiavian market, Viaplay has more first window deals in place with major Hollywood studios like Disney and Sony than Netflix and is also able to draw on the locally-produced content and sports offered by its parent firm.Currently Viaplay costs SEK79 (€9.25) per month for a basic film and TV package, and SEK249 for TV, film and Sport, though Laarson said: “As the product evolves and we add even greater quantity to it I most likely think that this will increase.” Currently Netflix’s Swedish offering costs a comparable SEK79 per-month.Speaking about his plans for future developments for the service, Laarson said that greater personalisation for Viaplay was something that the firm was focused on, and was particularly important given the breadth of content available on the service.
Russian broadcaster Ren TV has named Irina Varlamova as its new director-general, replacing Aleksandr Ordzhonikidze, who is leaving the company.Ordzhonikidze, who has combined his role at Ren TV with the general directorship of its majority owner National Media Group, will now focus on the latter role.Varlamova has held a number of posts at Ren TV, including editor-in-chief and executive producer.
Cloud-based over-the-top TV service, Magine now has more customers in Germany than in its home market of Sweden, less than a month after its full launch in the country. Speaking to DTVE, Magine founder and CEO Mattias Hjelmstedt said that the speed of its growth in the German market had taken him by surprise, but that the country has consistently been it’s number one priority.“Germany has for a long time been our core focus as a market, for several reasons. One, it’s the biggest TV market in Europe. Secondly it is a country with good general penetration of broadband, which is good for a service like ours,” said Hjelmstedt.He added that Magine, which first beta-launched in Germany approximately nine months before its full April 2014 launch in the country, had spent a long time getting “good traction” with the German content industry and that its presence there would be a template for future European expansion.“The concept is basically succeed in Germany with all [the] things needed for Germany and then use that as a base to continue. Because getting our system and all that we have ready for Germany means that we are ready for most markets,” said Hjelmstedt.Magine first launched in Sweden last year and is currently also in beta in Spain. In Germany it carries a large range of channels including SAT.1, ProSieben, Kabel Eins, Sixx, Sat.1 Gold, ProSieben Maxx, RTL, RTL II, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, Sport 1 and Eurosport 1.Hjelmstedt would not reveal how many users Magine has in total or the precise breakdown by country. However, in terms of future expansion, he said that the UK “is a very interesting market for us,” and that on the product front Magine plans to add more features during the year.
Canal+ has named Xavier Gandon as director-general of its free-to-air channels D8 and D17.Gandon reports to Ara Aprikian, Canal+’s deputy CEO in charge of free-to-air programming. He joined Canal+ in 2012 as programming director at D8 and D17, having previously served as director of programing at TMC and NTI.
Mariano RajoySpain’s Supreme Court is set to rule on the fate of eight of the country’s digital-terrestrial channels on Tuesday, following allegations that channel licences were awarded illegally under the previous government. According to local press reports, all signs indicate that prime minister Mariano Rajoy will not intervene to save the channels. If the court rules that the eight services must close, following the closure last year of nine channels on the DTT platform, commercial broadcaster Mediaset would be left with two channels – Cuatro and Telecinco – and would see four channels – Energy, Divinity, Boing and FDF – close. Rival Atresmedia would lose Neox and Nova, and would be left with Antena 3, La Sexta and a channel set to replace Mediapro’s Gol TV.The broadcasters had been hoping for an amendement to the country’s audiovisual law ahead of the court decision that could have allowed them to keep the channels open. Deputy prime minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is believed to be receptive to their demands ahead of the general election scheduled for later this year. However, industry minister José Manuel Soria reportedly wants to leave the decision to the court amid fears that intervention could intervene if amendments to the law are passed.
Clare LeesBy 2019 there will be a global installed base of 8.7 billion ‘TV addressable screens’ – including TVs, tablets, smartphones and laptops – according to Strategy Analytics.Presenting at the Connected TV World Summit in London this morning, Strategy Analytics senior director, Clare Lees, said: “As we move towards multi-device, we are seeing a significant penetration of those non-traditional TV formats.However, she added that: “it is the big screen that still leads the percentage in terms of how people are viewing” – whether it’s connecting a TV via a Now TV box or similar service, an HDMI cable or directly.The research firm said that the current ownership figure across the US, UK, Germany, Italy and France for TVs that are capable of showing OTT and streamed content stands at 97%.This compares to 58% ownership of OTT capable smartphones, 51% for tablets, 47% for set-top boxes, 42% for games consoles and 20% for streaming boxes.
Vivendi has said it now owns over 20% of the share capital of games giant Ubisoft.As of June 14, the French media giant owned 20.1% of the share capital and 17.76% of Ubisoft’s voting rights.In a notification to the French markets regulator, Vivendi said that aimed to make further acquisitions in shares of the games company but that it did not envisage making a public offer for the company or to take control of it. It said it would continue to look to establish a “fruitful collaboration” with Ubisoft.Vivendi also said it would ask for representation on Ubisoft’s board in line with its ownership position.The company said its investment was in line with its strategy of investing in gaming with a view to convergence between games and its own platforms.The latest move follows Vivendi’s hostile acquisition of smaller mobile-skewed French gaming company Gameloft, like Ubisoft founded and part-owned by the Guillemot family.
YouTube is marginally more popular than Netflix for streaming content among kids according to new research that surveyed thousands of parents in the US, UK and Canada. The online video platform also ranked as the most-loved brand in the survey.Toronto-based kids producer, distributor and channel operator DHX joined forces with market research firm Ipsos and surveyed 2,700 parents of kids 0-to-12.It found that YouTube was the most popular source of streamed content, with a 15% saying it was their top choice. Netflix, which unlike YouTube specialises in paid-for streamed content, was close behind with 13% saying it was the main source of streaming for kids.Over half of parents (56%) said that kids now prefer to go online to find programmes they want to watch. Across all platforms, the time kids spend watching content has increased and that 61% now watch programming on a tablet and 41% on a smartphone. 72% of children’s daily viewing is from streaming services sThe survey found that parents are broadly comfortable with their kids accessing SVOD content – with an approval rating only just behind that for traditional linear TV – and they noted it gave their offspring greater control over their viewing optionsWith the kids content and licensing and merchandising industries inextricably linked, the survey also noted that 85% of parents shop online and 37% of kids purchases are made on the internet.Dana Landry, CEO of DHX Media, said: “As a global leader in the production and distribution of children’s content, it is important to check in with parents to get their views on how families consume content.“The new generation of kids has embraced mobile devices and they love streaming services. Parents are comfortable with kids enjoying content on these new platforms and they are very receptive to the potential for these models to include e-commerce.”