SAN FRANCISCO: Cryptocurrencies live in a volatile, roller-coaster world, which Facebook is seeking to change with its new Libra digital money.The new digital currency will be overseen by a nonprofit association and backed with real assets to serve as a reliable, stable form of globally accepted money that lives essentially on smartphones.How do cryptocurrencies work?To use currencies like Libra, people will need to install software referred to as a digital wallet.Several digital wallets are available, but one called Calibra is being built by a Facebook subsidiary for Apple- and Android-powered smartphones and integrated with the social network's Messenger and WhatsApp mobile services.This system "lets everyone store their money securely in their phone," Calibra vice president of product Kevin Weil said.A digital wallet chosen by the user is linked to bank accounts or credit cards for transfers or online transactions."The same way you can pick any browser to go on the internet, you can … [Read more...] about How cryptocurrencies can replace other pay options
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The subject is love and much more — betrayal, vengeance, etc. The characters of Dahil sa Pag-ibig, the GMA soap which premieres this afternoon, is expected to resonate with lovers of any age. Directed by Ricky Davao (with Lore Reyes as associate director), the searing drama stars Benjamin Alves, Winwyn Marquez, Pancho Magno and Sanya Lopez. Benjamin plays Eldon, an OFW in Saudi Arabia who commits a crime that lands him in jail. Sanya plays Mariel, his wife left desperate in the Philippines trying to earn the required “blood money” to bail Eldon out. Winwyn is Portia, wife of Eldon’s employer, who is bent on keeping Eldon behind bars. Pancho is Gary, Mariel’s former lover, who offers her an indecent proposal. Let’s see what the four stars did or didn’t do in the name of love. What is your present “state of the heart”? Sanya: I’m happy and contented right now. In love and happy with my career. If ever (Mr. Right) comes along, … [Read more...] about What they did (and didn’t do) for love
By Yvette Van Veen Special to the Star Wed., May 15, 2019 Q: This will be our dog’s first summer. How do we best prepare him for the bustle of the summer season? More importantly, how do we prepare him for fireworks on the long weekend? Should we take him to an event so he can get used to them? A: Socialization is critical for all dogs. Well-socialized dogs feel safe in the world. They can cope with all that life throws their way. This would include noisy and crowded environments such as the summer festivals. When it comes to fireworks, the short answer is no, you shouldn’t take a dog to a show as a means of socializing them to the noise. Each year, after Victoria Day, lamp posts are covered with posters of lost dogs. Many of these dogs bolted when frightened by fireworks. While some people may insist that they take dogs to events with no ill effect, it’s a very high-risk strategy with potentially tragic consequences. The issue with risky … [Read more...] about How do we prepare our dog for fireworks on the long weekend?
When Cely, a 52-year old laundry-washer, started coughing a lot, she thought it was just a passing sickness. Maybe it was caused by stress or the environment, she thought. It took months before she finally consulted a doctor, who prescribed her a week-long round of antibiotics. She felt some improvement and decided that she no longer needed any follow-ups. More challenges in health and wellness: You haven’t had measles your whole life. Should you be worried? The worst thing the new and stronger influenza strain can do to you How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse The myth of the tortured artist But the cough persisted. Eventually, she went to another doctor, who ordered an X-ray. The doctor told her that she has weak lungs, and prescribed her with medications. But she only took them for only a few days because it made her urine turn red. It would take more months before she would see yet another doctor—and this time, it was in the emergency room. For the … [Read more...] about How do we put an end to TB?
By Erica Pearson Star Tribune Tues., April 30, 2019 Psychologist Michael Reichert wants to reinvent boyhood and make it less dangerous — for everyone. Teen boys are more likely than girls to carry weapons, more likely to get in a fight, more likely to drive drunk, more likely to use drugs or alcohol before sex and far more likely to die young, Reichert writes in his new book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. He argues that this isn’t something boys are born with — it’s created by boyhood’s enduring cultural norms, clichés and pressures, as moms push sons away to avoid raising a “mama’s boy” and boys are told to “man up.” We talked with Reichert, who has two sons and a grandson, about the steps that parents, coaches and teachers can take to intervene, how his work connects to the #MeToo movement, and why he dislikes the term “toxic masculinity.” Q: Why is it so … [Read more...] about How do you raise your son to be a good man? Start with ‘special time’