FreedomPop is growing on a global scale, literally. The Los Angeles-based company has made fantastic inroads in the United Kingdom. With another $50 million in investment capital raised, the company is going to expand the total of countries connected in the FreedomPop fold. A global hotspot is planned, and the hotspot is to include 25 countries in total. In time, that number is going to go up.
The idea behind the global hotspot is to save world travelers from the brutal cost of roaming charges. Major providers allow their subscribers to connect no matter where they are – at a massive fee. FreedomPop wants to offer a fantastic alternative.
Through connecting to a global Wi-Fi hotspot, those roaming charges competitors charge may drive scores of people to FreedomPop. FreedomPop established itself as a budget phone service designed to cut costs massively. A set number of phone minutes, text messages, and internet data are available for free with a basic plan. One million subscribers in the United States and 250,000 in the United Kingdom reveal FreedomPop’s success is growing. This is achieved with mainly word-of-mouth advertising.
A $49+ one-time fee covers the cost of accessing the hotspot. $10 covers the cost of the SIM card, a card that comes with free upgrades when new countries are added. The phone does have to be purchased, and one can be bought from the excellent inventory FreedomPop makes available. Excellent phones are sold by the company at reduced prices.
Recode.net has the whole story about the hotspot, and it is worth checking out.
Brazil has been like a gambler that continues to bust at a blackjack table or a crap shooter that rolls only snake eyes. The country has been in the worst recession in more than 100 years, and inflation and their currency’s devaluation are complicating the recession issue. No one expected that a tiny bug would be the next catastrophe that Brazil would have to face, but the Aedes aegypti mosquito had plans of its own. Besides breeding, the Aedes aegypti mosquito likes to bite humans during the day. That bite transmits the Zika virus to its victims.
The Zika virus isn’t new. The virus has appeared in Asia and Africa over the last 70 years, but it never made its way to the America’s until 2015. That’s when Dr. Sergio Cortes and his medical team started to discover a major outbreak of the disease in the Northeastern state of Paraiba. Dr. Cortes has been posted articles about Zika on his official website since the outbreak.
Zika virus research on sergiocortesoficial.com was non-existent before the Brazilian outbreak. There were less than 20 official cases of the virus before 2015, so medical researchers had to begin from scratch in order to get answers. The first question that had to be answered was how so many people could get the virus if mosquito bites were the only transmission method. The Cortes team sent the information they accumulated to labs in Rio, and the labs confirmed the fact that the virus is in the urine, saliva and semen of infected individuals. When a couple of reports surfaced that women got the virus from their mates during sexual contact, the rapid spread of the disease started to make sense.
The South American strain of the virus was likely being transmitted by human contact, and that sent a bolt of fear through the World Health Organization and people around the world. The Zika virus that infected people in Africa and Asian years ago is a different virus now. Somehow the virus mutated into a new version of itself, and it was capable of producing microcephaly in newborn babies.
Once the news that the Zika virus may be responsible for the outbreak of microcephaly cases in Brazil, researchers around the world discovered another major health issue to solve. Dr. Cortes posts microcephaly information on his LinkedIn page. Cortes also tweets Zika virus updates. And there are comments on his Facebook page about Zika virus cases.
Billionaire George Soros warns the world on Bloomberg that the global economy is facing a challenge not unlike the one faced some years ago, in 2008. As such, global investors have to be much more cautious than usual. In particular, warns Soros, the problems faced by China’s economy is having a major impact on the rest of the world. The decline of the Chinese economy and currency is causing world markets to crash, and unless something is done, there is a very large possibility of the same thing that happened in 2008 happening again.
The chinese yuan has been rapidly declining, and lately, there has been a major decline in Chines equities. China has recently had their shortest market day ever, a mere thirty minutes, before it crashed.
George Soros says that he sees many similarities between the situation today and the situation that was was eight years ago. Analysts point out that as soon as China’s economy and stock markets decline or crash, the stock markets of the rest of the world, including those on Wall Street, go down as well.
As reported by Bloomberg, this is not the first time that Soros has warned of a global economic catastrophe. In 2011, he has said that the problems faced by Europe’s economy, and in particular, Greek’s economy, is even worse an the crash of 2008.
Soros himself is a multi-billionare who has an estimated net worth of over twenty seven billion dollars. He is founder of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society foundation.He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930, and after surviving the Nazi occupation of Hungary, he fled the communist occupation of Hungary and went on to become one of the richest men in the world. He is a known philanthropist who supports many worthy causes and is the author of many books.
It is a known fact on wikipedia that flooding can be detrimental to a town and the people of the town. The flooding can cause people to drown, can destroy homes and can even cause major problems in the electrical and sewage systems. What many people who have never been through a flood fail to realize is that the after effects of the flood can be just as detrimental as the actual flooding. The floodwaters create an area that is unsanitized and filled with contamination. It is especially dangerous if the flooding has affected the sewage system because regular water can quickly become sewage water.
Sergio Cortes has been working since the flooding began to tell the people of Xerém about the dangers that come after flooding. He wants to make sure that everyone who lives in the town knows that they will have to take extra measures to protect themselves. While flooding may seem like a ridiculous excuse for someone to become hydrated, he has even begun setting up hydration centers for people who need to get clean water into their bodies. He has talked about all of the ways in which disease can spread through the flood waters.
Hypochlorite is one tool that Sergio Cortes has in his arsenal to help people who are suffering as a result of the flood. According to this article from Extra, he is passing out bottles of hypochlorite for people to treat their water with. The chemical works to infiltrate the water and to take out any disease or contamination that may be present in it. Sergio Cortes has advised residents to use the chemical in their drinking water, their bathing water and any water that could come into contact with their bodies. He has recommended that bottles of hypochlorite be poured into the water tanks.
The hypochlorite is able to prevent a plethora of diseases. These diseases can range from mildly detrimental to fatal. Medical professionals are overworked during times of flooding and may not be able to give the proper attention to people who are sick because they are struggling to handle the people who were injured during the flooding. It is important that residents of Xerém work to keep themselves healthy after the flood. Getting a “little bit” sick after drinking flood water can quickly turn into dysentery and other, more fatal issues for people. Always drink bottled and sanitize the rest.