Consumers have already snapped up more than 10 million of Apple’s new iPhones, and analysts say the fast start for the bigger phones will mean bigger sales for the company for the rest of the year.
Apple announced Monday that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sparked record sales in the first three days they were available, besting the 9 million gadgets sold when the iPhone 5S and 5C debuted in 2013. But unlike last year, Apple reached a new high without China, where the devices have yet to win regulators’ stamp of approval, and supply appeared to be crimping sales where the new phones were available. That means Apple has most likely gleaned only a fraction of the riches its new iPhones promise, analysts say.
“There’s no question selling 10 million units of anything over a weekend is spectacular,” said analyst Avi Greengart of Current Analysis. “But that number just shows Apple’s supply. The demand is higher still.”
The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court convicted Ilham Tohti after a heavily guarded two-day trial that ended last week, said lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, who heard the news from the scholar’s family. The court didn’t answer several telephone calls Tuesday seeking information about the trial.
Liu said the court also ordered the confiscation of all of Ilham Tohti’s possessions. In a message posted on Twitter, the lawyer said Ilham Tohti told the court he did not agree with the verdict.
Ilham Tohti was known as a moderate voice with ties to both the country’s Han Chinese establishment and the Muslim Uighur ethnic group that has long complained about treatment under the government. A Communist Party member and professor at Beijing’s Minzu University, Ilham Tohti ran a website, Uighur Online, that highlighted issues affecting the ethnic group.
Israel has announced that it shot down a Syrian aircraft that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace.
“Moments ago a Syrian aircraft infiltrated Israeli airspace. The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defence system. The circumstances of the incident are being reviewed,” a military statement said.
Moment ago, a Syrian aircraft infiltrated Israeli airspace. IDF’s Patriot air defense system intercepted the aircraft.
An IDF spokesman said the aircraft - a Russian-made Sukhoi - was shot down by a US-manufactured Patriot missile.
The troubled Iraq war veteran who scaled the White House fence had a dangerous fixation on the president, stockpiling weapons and ammunition and carrying a map to the White House stuffed in a Bible during an earlier arrest, a federal prosecutor said Monday.
When he was arrested, Omar Jose Gonzalez had two hatchets, a machete and 800 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle parked near the White House, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd. A judge granted the government’s request to hold Gonzalez for 10 days without bail.
“Mr. Gonzalez’s preoccupation with the White House and accumulation of large amounts of ammunition in an apparently short period of time renders him a danger to the president,” Mudd said. There was no indication he had a gun Friday night, however.
Twenty years ago today, my first husband died at the age of 55, after an almost lifelong struggle with Crohn’s Disease.
During our more than 18 years of marriage, hospital stays and emergency surgeries were almost annual events.
In 1991, we traveled to England (his very first trip on an airplane). In the wee hours one morning, he had an episode. The B&B called NHS emergency services and a doctor arrived at around 4 a.m. Later that morning, my husband was admitted to a private hospital in Rochdale, Lancs., where he was further treated for two days. When he was discharged, he was provided all the prescription medication needed and his medical file was faxed to his regular internist here in the states. Total cost was under $2,000, which was completely covered under our trip insurance. The cost here back in Illinois would have easily been at least ten times that amount.
In 1993, he had what would be his final surgery. It resulted in a blood clot in leg. The clot broke lose, traveled to his lungs, and that was that.
Early on, we had excellent insurance but then along came the PPOs and HMOs and all the other “new, efficient, cost-effective” insurance plans.
And that’s where the nightmares begin.
Trying to sort through incomprehensible medical coding and billing. Who are all these people? What are all these different supplies?
The last surgery was the final straw for my mild mannered self. There were TWO bills for TWO different surgeries on TWO subsequent days with TWO different surgeons. I called shenanigans and called it loudly.
It got sorted.
Fast forward about four years. I’m relocated to Kentucky and a threatening letter shows up in my mailbox from a lawyer in Chicago. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was a deadbeat, that I owed tens of thousands of dollars to a doctor I’d never heard of, and if I did not pay up right now, well, I was doomed to all sorts of immediate legal hell.
Hrumpf, said I, and immediately dashed off a most sternly worded two-page, single-spaced missive that pretty much boiled down to: “Bring. It. On.”
I never heard from them again.
Sadly, my experience is not uncommon.
I’ll let the New York Times take it from here:
Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee.
He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting.
“I thought I understood the risks,” Mr. Drier, who lives in New York City, said later. “But this was just so wrong — I had no choice and no negotiating power.”
And take the time to read through the comments at the link.
Be an informed consumer, now more than ever.
(h/t to Sergey)
The reasons Black women suffer disproportionately from abuse are complex. Racism and sexism are two of the biggest obstacles that Black women in America face. But because many Black women and men believe racism is a bigger issue than sexism, Black women tend to feel obligated to put racial issues ahead of sex-based issues. For Black women, a strong sense of cultural affinity and loyalty to community and race renders many of us silent, so our stories often go untold. One of the biggest related impediments is our hesitation in trusting the police or the justice system. As Black people, we don’t always feel comfortable surrendering “our own” to the treatment of a racially biased police state and as women, we don’t always feel safe calling police officers who may harm us instead of helping us. And when we do speak out or seek help, we too often experience backlash from members of our communities who believe we are airing out dirty laundry and making ourselves look bad in front of White people.
Access to employment and economic self-sufficiency are also important. Racism has a disparate impact on Black people, men especially, who have, for the past six decades, consistently been held to an unemployment rate almost double that of white men. In a society that measures “manhood” primarily by one’s ability to provide, being denied access to the means to provide can cause some men to seek power through dominating women. For some men, the venting of anger turns violent and their partners suffer the greatest blows. Black women also face employment disparities, earning less than Black men and White men and women. This wage disparity limits available options and leaves many women, particularly mothers, feeling trapped in bad relationships where financial needs trump all.
It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to suit up for the big game? Except, of course, it ain’t no game; the lives of our daughters and sisters, wives and mothers are on the line.
No need to recount the abominable behavior of any particular football player here, especially since their numbers are growing daily. And, it’s not necessary to replay all the fumbles by the National Football League commissioner or team owners who are only consistent about one thing: putting profits ahead of the safety of your wife and my daughters.
Revelations of men abusing women aren’t news—sadly, they’re everyday occurrences. Why does it take abusive celebrities or pro athletes beating their wives or fiancées to grab our attention?
Since the vast majority of men don’t act violently toward those they love, why have we men become a new, deafeningly silent majority? Many of us are not even bystanders; we’re AWOL. Many of us don’t know men who speak out against the minority of men who abuse. That’s got to change.
Listen up, I know you’re excited and the swings look so enticing, but you’ve got to wait your turn. Never mind that you’re 28 years old.
Such is the scene at the adult playground, Boston’s latest urban activity sensation in the Seaport District. People are flocking to the three-acre site adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibitors Center, with its set of 20 lighted oval swings, bocce, ping pong, beanbag toss, Adirondack chairs, a sound stage, and open-air bar.
And the most interesting feature from an urban design perspective? The wildly successful Lawn on D Street, a partnership of Sasaki and Utile with HR&A Advisors, wasn’t planned years in advance. It wasn’t in the public-realm plan and it was part of no master plan. It wasn’t a fixed park conjured by a world-famous landscape architect, with built-in furniture and plinths and carefully studied circulation corridors.
Gone Too Soon What’s Behind the High U.S. Infant Mortality Rate - 2013 FALL - Stanford Medicine Magazine - Stanford University S
THE ROOT CAUSE
Over most of the 20th century, infant mortality rates in the United States and other industrialized nations steadily declined thanks to improving medical knowledge and technology. Hospitals established neonatal intensive care units for infants born with health problems, women began taking folate supplements to decrease the occurrence of certain birth defects and pediatricians learned the best sleeping positions for babies to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. And compared with much of the world — African countries like Somalia and Mali with infant mortality rates around 10 percent and South American countries like Honduras and Ecuador with rates over 2 percent — the United States wasn’t faring poorly.
But by the end of the century, the declines had slowed, the United States lagged behind other developed countries, and it was becoming clear that a drastic socioeconomic divide existed even within the United States when it came to infant mortality. According to the CDC, African Americans had — and continue to have — almost double the rate of infant deaths as Caucasians, and babies born in Mississippi and Alabama are more than twice as likely to die in their first year of life as babies born in Massachusetts and Vermont. (The differences between states reflect, in part, differences in the racial and ethnic makeup of their populations.)
Five main causes of mortality play into the statistics for babies under a year old: birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome, maternal health complications, unintentional injuries and preterm-related causes of death. But when scientists, including Wise and MacDorman, have crunched the numbers on infant mortality, they find that one factor is the biggest difference maker between the United States and other industrialized countries: premature births.
“We have ideas about what women’s bodies are for and it’s not this,” she said about American views on birth. “You see a woman naked but her body is performing functions that are intense. Our culture has a weird thing about images of women’s bodies doing this kind of physical work that isn’t young and sexy; birth has elements of struggle, power, transformation and mortality that don’t fit with our ideas about women’s bodies: they’re ok to look at when they’re sexy but when they’re working it’s something else. Birth is uncontrolled and that freaks us out.”
She also feels it ties into the idea of how we view motherhood.
“We sometimes celebrate mothers and put them on a pedestal and they’re supposed to be self sacrificing with an endless well of love but we also have stereotypes about them being intellect free with snide jokes about mom jeans and soccer moms.”