CXA, a health-focused digital insurance startup, raises $25M

CXA Group, a Singapore-based startup that helps make insurance more accessible and affordable, has raised $25 million for expansion in Asia and later into Europe and North America. The startup takes a unique route to insurance. Rather than going to consumers directly, it taps corporations to offer their employees health flexible options. That’s to say that instead of rigid plans that force employees to use a certain gym or particular healthcare, a collection over 1,000 programs and options can b...
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Meeting at the Window Between Here and There

      Walking along a street I saw an older woman sitting by a window. If it hadn't been for the brown worn shutters, and the white sheer curtain that framed her face... I would not have seen the small shadow of a person peering out.         Aiming my lens at the second floor I hoped to capture the stillness of the scene, the age, the solemn color, the moment. The woman by the window didn't sit still...she moved in and out of the shadow of the curtain. I held my camera and waited.         While...
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You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, But It Didn't Forget You

nj_peeps shares an excerpt from a report via Wired: [Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley says the company is working on a new game.] Think Candyland, but instead of fantasy locations like Lollipop Woods, the game's virtual board includes place categories associated with New York City neighborhoods. There's a Midtown Bar, a Downtown Movie Theatre, Brooklyn Coffeeshop, Uptown Park, and so on. As in Candyland, you move your game piece forward by drawing cards. But in Crowley's version, the cards ar...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Nbc, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Snapchat, Candyland, Tripadvisor, Dennis Crowley, Crowley, Jeff Glueck, Midtown Bar, Brooklyn Coffeeshop Uptown Park

India’s ecommerce policy is inconsistent and vague, stifles innovation – Nikhil Sud

By Nikhil Sud, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Albright Stonebridge Group India’s draft e-commerce policy, dated February 23, imposes various obligations including in connection with data. In several ways – five of which are discussed below – the policy’s data obligations risk discouraging... ...
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Only One Napa Valley

Have you ever noticed that most other wine regions compare themselves to the Napa Valley For good reason Napa Valley wines are still the gold standard. And while these other areas have excellent even award winning wines Napa is the glamor name through
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Earn Up to 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points on Weekends in London 2019 — and Save Up to 25 Percent on Room Rates

You can earn up to 5,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per weekend when you stay over a Friday or Saturday night at your choice of 20 different hotel properties in London through Tuesday, December 31, 2019 — you can also save up to 25 percent on room rates — and you must use promotional code M11 when booking your reservation to earn up to... The post Earn Up to 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points on Weekends in London 2019 — and Save Up to 25 Percent on Room Rates appeared first on The Gate.
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Podcasting with Samantha Turnbull

Anyone can make a podcast with a microphone and a computer, but creating a good one that people (beyond friends and family) listen to is a little more difficult. This workshop will focus on what makes a successful podcast, with an emphasis on writing, producing, presenting and promoting. It will also include an introduction to editing, and the nuts and bolts of how to record and release your own podcast. This workshop is suitable for content-makers across all genres. Participants will need a sma...
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My Annual Dubs Trek

Once a year I pony up the greenbacks to attend a Golden State Warrior game at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Curiously I wonder how much the tickets will be next year at the new Chase Center in China Basin I have a difficult time understanding how
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Exploring Terlingue

blog 030919 Exploring Terlingue I just love Terlingue. It is a little town on the west side of Big Bend and has several outfitters to go hiking boating and jeep touring. Whatever you want to do they will make it happen. It even has it's own gho
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Libreria Costa Rica airport to Chicago via Atlanta

At the airport and heading home. We are sad to leave the warm weather and friendly tico people of Costa Rica. I have not blogged for the last 2 days and hope to get the photos organized on the flight. Ziplining on Sunday and a trip to Nicaragua yesterday.
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Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere . Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in ea...
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How Hotels can Create Extraordinary Experiences with The Help of Microsoft Dynamics 365

Are you ready to unleash your Hotels potential by breaking down data silos to connect customers, products, people, and operations? Microsoft Dynamics 365 is leading the way with new AI, mixed reality Hotel solutions. For many Hotels, this will be how we start retaining new customers and build loyalty through some very detailed and informative insight. Start a new digital transformation for your Hotel Digital transformation comes when Hotels transform and create a new business model and cultur...
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737 MAX flights are rare at Sea-Tac airport; Southwest accommodates concerned travelers

Only a handful of more than 1,200 daily flights at Sea-Tac International Airport are by Boeing 737 MAX jets.
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Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019: Italia é pronta per questo grande evento

Gli Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019 si terranno dal 14 al 21 Marzo. La delegazione italiana é pronta a dimostrare il

Kazakhstan Camel Milk Hospital

I drink camel milk.There. I said it. It is out there.Now cue of up the parade of responses I have grown so accustomed to getting when I divulge this tidbit of information.There is the have you lost your mind side eye.The are you me
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Packing For Your Period

Here are a few specific things I’ve learned to tuck in my backpack that a more tame packing list might omit. Anyone with a period seriously needs to think about these items before taking off on a long-term international adventure – not all of them are available worldwide!   Menstrual Cup This option still makes some people squeamish but I cannot recommend it highly enough. Tampons are fine when you have the luxury of frequent access to bathrooms with running water (or bathrooms at all), but w...
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Daily Playing Schedule and Final Acts Announced for Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary Next Month

After months of excitement and anticipation, the wait is over. There’s just a matter of weeks to go, the full line-up and daily playing schedules for Bluesfest 2019 are here! With over 200 artist performances playing over 300 hours of incredible live music, we are ready to celebrate our 30th Anniversary this Easter. We’ve so many acts across multiple genres playing, who do you want to see? Grab your mates and get planning now! The 2019 playing schedule is available on Commenti...
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New Companion Reward Ticket Benefit and an Argument Why Australia Isn’t Real

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading New Companion Reward Ticket Benefit and an Argument Why Australia Isn’t Real...
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Eat, Stay, Play: A Quick Guide to Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Located just an hour north-west of the city, the neighbouring towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs has long been one of people’s favourite weekend getaways from Melbourne. Once a playground for the well-to-do with a thriving arts and wine scene, the town was made famous due to it’s natural mineral springs. I’ve been fortunate enough to head out to Victoria’s Spa Country a few times in the last year: a girls spa weekend in Daylesford was the first trip that took me there, followed by a solo ve...
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Where to eat in Kensington Market

It’s hard to keep track of the number of different languages and dialects you’ll hear in Kensington Market in downtown Toronto on any given day. Nearly half of the population is foreign-born, and some 200 languages are spoken in the city. The market area has historically been a gathering point for immigrant communities, and the diverse restaurant landscape reflects that. I see this firsthand as I wait to try a momo (a type of Tibetan dumpling) for the first time at the Tibet Café and Bar, one...
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Best live music venues in Belfast

Fiddled trad tunes hang in the air across Belfast, but the city is actually home to great clubs hosting everything indie folk to old-school London punk bands. Most are concentrated in the highly walkable, central part of town — known as the Cathedral Quarter — so you can step dance, grind, and mosh your way satisfaction even if you only have a day or two. There’s also a strong population of college students, meaning you’re likely to find something going on every night of the week across town....
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Tokyo gamblers between races

In the downtime between each race, the trusty comforts of Tokyo’s committed gamblers are the same, simple staples enjoyed the world over, namely cheap booze. And a steady supply of tobacco.
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#Saudi - #Qatar ructions spill on to football pitch | Financial Times

Saudi-Qatar ructions spill on to football pitch | Financial Times:Qatar-based television network beIN Sports said it would sue Asian football’s governing body over the abrupt cancellation of a $300m contract to screen matches in Saudi Arabia, the latest flashpoint in a political dispute roiling the Gulf.The Asian Football Confederation’s decision to strip beIN of the right to screen its games in Saudi Arabia was revealed by Saudi football authorities late on Monday. The Doha-based broadcaster ha...
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"So what exactly are Americans’ biggest gripes with traveling with people?"

"The top worry is that your travel buddy may not want to do something you want to do (58 percent), while another 53 percent are worried about exactly the opposite — being pressured to do something they don’t want to do. An additional 1 in 3 (36 percent) are concerned they’d simply get on each other’s nerves."From "Americans are traveling alone more than ever" (NY Post), which reports that 22% of Americans always travel alone and 45% say that traveling with another person holds them back. [Author...
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Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle returns to Portland after engine shut down

The Seattle-based airline says it was working Tuesday afternoon to get the 76 passengers and four crew members on a different Alaska plane.
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#UAE ‘to tap Mideast shale,’ says energy minister

UAE ‘to tap Mideast shale,’ says energy minister:The Middle East has great potential as a shale oil-producing area, according to the UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei, who said the Emirates would inevitably produce shale at some stage.Speaking at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit energy forum in Houston, Texas, Al-Mazrouei said that the economics of the energy industry had changed following the boom in US shale production, and the UAE was looking at how it might exploit its resources.“We need to t...
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#Qatar shares snap 5-day bear run on buying support

:Snapping five days of bearish spell, the Qatar Stock Exchange on Tuesday gained 22 points to inch near the 9,800 level mainly on increased buying support from domestic institutions.The transport, consumer goods, telecom, insurance and industrials counters witnessed higher demand as the 20-stock Qatar Index settled 0.22% higher at 9,765.88 points.Non-Qatari retail investors’ weakened net selling also played its role in the market, whose sensitive index is down 5.18% year-to-date. [Author: nor...
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#Iraq and #Iran Build Economic Ties as a Sidelined U.S. Looks On - Bloomberg

Iraq and Iran Build Economic Ties as a Sidelined U.S. Looks On - Bloomberg:In the contest for Iraq’s loyalty, geography is proving irresistible.Baghdad is being urged to take sides in the U.S.-Iran confrontation that’s escalated into one of the Middle East’s top flash-points. President Donald Trump is pushing Iraq to stop buying natural gas and electricity from its neighbor. President Hassan Rouhani wants it to purchase more to ease the pain imposed by American sanctions.So far, Rouhani’s winnin...
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U.S. Cuts Oil Production Forecast for the First Time in 6 Months - Bloomberg

U.S. Cuts Oil Production Forecast for the First Time in 6 Months - Bloomberg:The U.S. government cut its oil production forecast for the first time in six months as drillers scale back in smaller shale plays and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.While crude output is still expected to reach record levels, the Energy Information Administration trimmed its 2019 forecast to 12.3 million barrels a day -- 110,000 barrels-a-day lower than it had forecast previously. In 2020, production is expected to reach 13.0...
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