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Secret World – Enabling the Masses to Fulfill Their Traveling Goals

Life, although sometimes being fulfilling, can at many times become mundane and tiring. Any average person has their daily lives dictated by a strict schedule. A big majority of today’s society has the same periodic timetable on which their day continues. Waking up each day to work for 8 hours, coming back to perform the necessary chores, watching television, and going to sleep. This repeated routine can become tiring and sometimes cause a person to become dull mentally and physically. A big reason for this is the lack of nourishment for the mind and the soul for the people. Although being a functional part of society is imperative for society to progress, it is also important to take some time to rejuvenate one’s mind to operate at full capacity. One revolutionary company making it easier to indulge in the liberating activity of traveling more comfortably is Secret World.

Travelling has been referred to as nourishment for one’s spirit or soul on many accounts. A person can let out all the stress accumulated over time while being a responsible part of society through traveling. It is necessary to have a periodic getaway that could be anything from a two-day mini-vacation to a week-long tour. It is necessary for a person to get away from the mundane schedule of their daily lives in order to keep productivity at high levels. Research shows that after accumulating huge amounts of stress, either from the workplace or household matters. A person’s productivity is impacted negatively when having to keep carrying this for a long time. By traveling a person can witness all the beauty, the World has to offer not from the screen of their TV’s but their own eyes. However, traveling is easier said than done.

Besides confirming whether a travel destination is known to be safe for travelers or not. Many other factors can greatly impact how a person’s travel experience turns out to be. Traveling to an unknown place where English is not the dominant language can be extremely difficult to plan for on many occasions. Making lodging arrangements alone can be difficult as it can be hard for a non-native to research an ideal location that stays within their budget and can enhance their experience.

Knowing the customs of the place a person is traveling to is imperative not to offend someone unintentionally. For example, tipping the waiters or handing a store clerk money in their hands is a commonly known practice. However, doing such acts in Japan can be considered rude and greatly offends them. Japanese locals are paid adequately for their jobs and will surely take offense if offered a tip for their services. These small unknown facts can transform a relaxing getaway into a nightmare depending on the intensity of actions performed unintentionally. Secret World is an online platform that helps travelers avoid such mistakes and helps substantially increases the success of people’s trips.

Secret World is an online platform that Antonio Kim Ciccarelli founded in 2014. It was founded to enable travel for the masses by giving them access to all relevant information and traveling hacks learned by more veteran travelers. It is an online platform where travelers can share their traveling stories, tips on what to do and not do, traveler’s guide to a specific destination, and much other helpful knowledge. This knowledge can be accessed by anyone online. This platform also hosts discussion forums where any aspiring traveler can ask questions related to their next adventure. These questions are then answered by the active traveler’s community present on Secret World promptly. Secret World, on many occasions, has been called the ‘eBay for travelers’ as they allow people to offer their guide services on the platform. Natives can sell guide services; Travelers can offer to sell any unused airlines tickets; travelers can also sell a guide filled with a detailed description of must-visit locations and locations that travelers should not visit. People can also buy authentic souvenirs from this platform.

This foundation for this company was set during an adventure getaway of Antonio Kim Ciccarelli and his friends. During this vacation, Ciccarelli discovered all the benefits traveling could have for a person. Experiencing the different cultures of the places he had visited instilled a lust for travel and adventure within him. However, his adventure also taught him about the different troubles that a novice traveler could encounter. Ciccarelli decided to develop a platform where all the questions that haunt a new traveler and become a hurdle in their decision of traveling could be easily solved. Partnered by Markus Hofmeier, Ciccarelli started the Secret World in 2014, and their company immediately experienced a surge of visitors and admirers.

Because their platform was based on an innovational idea, success was streamlined for Secret World, with a present 100 million visitors per year. Their vast range of free resources has awarded them a ranking amongst the top three global travel and tourism platforms on Amazon. Secret World is currently far more popular than platforms like National Geographic, Lonely Planet, and Trivago.

 Secret World’s philosophy of having travelers help other travelers for free has garnished them with much success over the years. They have now become a notable name in the tourism industry globally. The founders of Secret World are determined not to rest until the whole World feels comfortable traveling to any location of their choice without any stress.

Suave Xavier Pegues on Hailing From Humble Beginnings and Carving a Path Toward the Forefront of the Entertainment Industry

The advent of digital technology and the rise of online-based platforms have opened a world of opportunities for people from all walks of life. Today, success is no longer exclusive to people born to a silver platter or those who grew up with a wealth of privileges and supported by an extensive network of connections. Suave Xavier Pegues, a Youtuber and social media personality known for his celebrity impersonations, short comedy skits, and prank videos, is among the rising figures in the entertainment industry whose story demonstrates that go-getters now have a shot at translating their dreams into reality despite coming from humble beginnings. 

The pride of a small town in North Carolina, Suave Xavier Pegues knows the realities that hundreds of millions of individuals from across the globe share. But highly fueled by the vision of a future where he could take care of his family and friends, he is currently going all-out in establishing his name in an industry known for its cutthroat and saturated nature and making the most of every opportunity given his way.

This criminology graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington managed to reach great heights and capture the interest of countless users when he made the strategic decision to harness the power and reach of social media during the outbreak of COVID-19.

“During the pandemic, I joined TikTok and started producing content that, little did I know, would change my life,” shared Suave Xavier Pegues. His standing as one of the platform’s most impressive impersonators solidified even further when he began making voice impressions of Kevin Hart. 

“The story of how I began to talk like Kevin Hart came from choking on a Taki chip,” Suave Xavier Pegues amusedly recalled. “I was watching TV and choked on the chip, so I ran to the bathroom to cough it out and sounded exactly like Kevin. Ever since that moment, I’ve been able to impersonate his voice and entertain my online audience.”

While Suave Xavier Pegues had been rapidly racking up followers by then, it was when one of his prank calls went viral that he rose to more considerable prominence. Not only did he break the Internet and pique the interest of Dwayne Johnson, who posted his video on his social media accounts, but the TikTok star also caught the attention of the producers of The Ellen Show. 

Suave Xavier Pegues boasts a whopping 11.5 million followers right now on TikTok, with his videos garnering an accumulated 224 million likes. Just recently, he graced Fox News NYC and had people in fits and giggles over a trending video of his dog that has been viewed over 106 million times. 

In the years to come, Suave Xavier Pegues hopes to secure a coveted spot in the limelight and emerge as a big-time movie actor, TV host, and comedian. On top of having the chance to do what he’s most passionate about, he aims to gain a more impactful platform where he could make people laugh and educate them at the same time. 

Executives Need to Mandate an End to Vaccine Mandates: Adrian Russo

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, like many executives around the country, is mandating that all city employees must be vaccinated on order to work.  This is leading to some very interesting, and quite absurd, situations in the Big Apple.  Kyrie Irving, Point Guard for the Brooklyn Nets, is not able to play games in New York City however he is able to attend games in New York City.  Irving did as much during a game against the Knicks.  Irving was not able to play, so he purchased a ticket and attended courtside.  He even greeted teammates and was seen on the floor.  Unvaccinated players from the New York Yankees and the Mets face similar circumstances once MLB resumes in the coming weeks. 

Vaccine mandate policies such as these are hardly limited to cities or sports.  They can be observed in countless ways in organizations throughout the United States.  Set aside the fact that all current COVID vaccines available operate under the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA), many policies make little sense from a workplace safety perspective. 

Some workers who are exclusively remote employees are forced to choose between “jab or job.”  These employees are fully remote and do not encounter other employees.  There is no risk to the health or well-being of others, as there is no exposure to unvaccinated employees.  Additionally, even fully vaccinated employees are susceptible to COVID variants such as Omicron, as we have seen in recent months.  Employees can easily transmit these variants inside an office even while fully vaccinated.  Why then, should HR or other executives mandate a vaccine that operates under EUA?  As we’re now learning through the Pfizer disclosures, vaccine efficacy decreases significantly after as little as one month.  A Lund University study also suggests that mRNA vaccines enter human liver cells and trigger the cells DNA in the nucleus to increase the production of the LINE-1 gene expression to make mRNA; a fact that Pfizer said was “not possible.”  One thing is clear; we simply do not have enough facts to include COVID vaccines in routinely mandated employer inoculations.

Cover for businesses was largely provided by Joe Biden’s Executive Order on vaccine mandates for businesses with 100 or more employees.  This cover, however, was brief.  The Supreme Court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional, reversing the EO. 

It’s long past time for HR leaders to follow the science and allow for individual choice in the workplace. Far too many employees face discrimination under Title VII.  They should not be subjected to proving why they do not need to comply with mandates for vaccines issued under EUA that violate religious or civil liberties.  Trust your employees to make their own medical decisions and keep their teammates safe.  This is not only a matter of choice but, in many cases, a matter of civil rights.

A New Approach to Medical Education with Integrated Learning – Maheshwara Medical College & Hospital, Hyderabad

With a new approach to Medical Education – Maheshwara Medical College & Hospital Collaborates with Omega Hospitals, Hyderabad for Integrated Clinical Care Training Program for House surgeons / Postgraduate students. 

Miss Keerthi Mahesh, Vice – Chairperson of Maheshwara Medical College and Hospital said, “to provide wide clinical exposure to our House-Surgeons & Post-Graduate students, we at the Maheshwara, have joined hands with Omega Hospitals for an Integrated Clinical Program, where students learn the difference between a teaching hospital and corporate hospital while getting hands-on experience about patient care and procedures in treating patients with multiple health issues”.

Maheshwara Medical College & Hospital, Hyderabad, is an 850-bed multi specialty tertiary care teaching hospital, with 21 specialties, equipped with world-class infrastructure, dedicated healthcare professionals and with 24/7 Emergency health care services from Central Casualty, OBG Casualty, Trauma Care Centre, ICU, ICCU, SICU, NICU, PICU, Laboratory, state of the art Blood Bank, Pharmacy and offering 5 year UG MBBS and 3 year MS/MD PG programs.

Dr. Savitha Sukhdev, Deputy Director, said that Maheshwara Medical College & Hospital has been providing free healthcare services for the underprivileged communities in 36 villages surrounding the Maheshwara medical college Campus. 

Omega Hospital Hyderabad, established in 2010 by Dr. Ch. Mohana Vamsy and his colleagues, is a leading Hospital for Oncology, equipped with state of the art facilities, cutting-edge technologies, highly skilled & experienced Oncologists, Critical Care Specialists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Technicians and Dieticians, offering best Cancer Care treatment at an affordable cost. 

The program was graced by Dr. Ch. Mohana Vamsy, Chairman of Omega Group of Hospitals & Head of Oncology, Miss Keerthi Mahesh Vice-chairperson, Dr. Savitha Sukhdev, Deputy Director, Dr. Namratha, Assistant Director & Program Coordinator and Dr. Hari Devaraya Chowdary Professor of Dentistry from Maheshwara Medical College & Hospital. 

Maheshwara management team is exploring similar training programs with other Corporate Hospitals in Hyderabad with Specialities to provide integrated Clinical training to our students and House – Surgeons. 

The Future of Advertising: How CoolerScreens Transforms Brick-and-Mortar Shopping Experience With Interactive Digital Displays

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While brands may do their best to captivate their target consumers, the competition really comes down to what customers pick on the shelves. To help brands and business owners make the best choices in-store, Chicago startup CoolerScreens maximized the capability of cooler doors in retail establishments. The company modernized people’s shopping experience, improved their access to relevant product information, and simultaneously aided brands in creating live digital advertisements onsite.

With CoolerScreens, consumers can “know more” and “choose better.” Brands may have placed in-store advertisements before and provided an overview of their product on labels or posters. Studies have also revealed that while television ads possess effectiveness, some audiences are passive viewers, making the possibility of forgetting ads more likely in the future. A brand also has to spend millions to achieve its desired brand awareness. But CoolerScreens revolutionized the way brands connect with their consumers through improved visibility and transparency. In turn, consumers make purchases that best fit their budgets, taste, and health preferences by seeing the information right before their eyes.

On its website, the company said, “Cooler Screens was founded on the core idea that consumers deserve a far better experience than what is available today in brick-and-mortar retail. We call this concept ‘CX,’ and it guides all that we do. We view CX as a virtuous loop.” What the CX loop does is it attracts, engages, and connects people, “bringing the power of digital to cooler aisles.”

Co-founder and CEO Arsen Avakian leads CoolerScreens today. In an interview, Avakian shared that CoolerScreens faces a significant challenge in merging technology with establishing a consumer brand. The company is driven by the goal of “winning consumers’ hearts,” which is why it strives to create an innovative product that replaces simple glass doors with engaging digital screens, bringing advertising available in the brick-and-mortar shopping experience. To echo the CEO’s words, CoolerScreens is a “sophisticated digital marketing and contextual advertising technology.”

Avakian further emphasized that CoolerScreen is an example of “green advertising” in the sense that it is a cleaner way to reach consumers because it does not need to collect personal information. CoolerScreens is currently available in various retail establishments, including 50 Walmarts across the country. Furthermore, despite the growth in the online shopping industry, Avakian is confident that brick-and-mortar stores are still here to stay. The company is dedicated to helping them remain relevant by reinventing customer experience. 

Recently, CoolerScreens raised more than $80 million in Series C funding, increasing their funds to over $100 million. The recent addition came from Verizon Ventures’ TechCrunch, Microsoft’s M12 venture fund, GreatPoint Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, and other organizations. The company plans on utilizing the latest funding to expand and install more screens in over 2,500 locations nationwide, targeting partner stores such as Kroger, GetGo, and more Walmart locations.

CoolerScreens also partnered recently with Microsoft Corp. The multi-year collaboration will focus on “bringing an immersive digital experience to brick-and-mortar retail environments.” The collaboration will allow CoolerScreens to fully utilize Microsoft’s digital media and merchandising platform hosted by Microsoft Azure.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with an industry leader like Microsoft to drive innovation in retail and build the largest in-store digital media platform in the world. We are changing the way consumers shop for the better, and this collaboration not only gives us the capabilities to implement our strategy but also gives us immediate massive scale,” said Greg Wasson, co-founder and chairman of Cooler Screens. 

To learn more about CoolerScreens, visit its website.


How COVID-19 Worsens the Anxiety among People Who Suffers From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Covid 19 – Experts and media have warned that mental health crisis will rise during the pandemic will take toll. A recent KFF poll found that about 4 in 10 adults say stress from the coronavirus negatively affected their mental health. (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF, the Kaiser Family Foundation.)

Amidst the pandemic, people who are suffering from OCD have heightened OCD phobias such as fear of germs due to the virus that doubles their anxiety. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other serious mental health crisis are having difficult mental health battles but patients who have undergone successful treatment often have increased abilities to accept the pandemic’s uncertainty. OCD can also cause nonstop, unnecessary thoughts to repeatedly perform certain behaviors, such as compulsive cleaning, and they may fixate their daily basis.

Chris Trondsen, 38, is a therapist who treats those with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, washing his hands from time to time and experiencing tightness in his chest from anxiety—something he hadn’t felt in so long that and decided to check-up right away.  He was diagnosed with OCD felt his life was finally in control. It’s been a tough and long ride for Trondsen who has battled obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental health issues since early childhood.

“I’ve been doing really, really well,” Trondsen said. “I felt like most of it was pretty much—I wouldn’t say ‘cured’—but I definitely felt in remission or under control. But this pandemic has been really difficult for me.”

“I definitely am needing therapy,” Trondsen said. “I realized that even if it’s not specifically to relearn tools for the disorders … it’s more so for my mental well-being.” He added.

Carli, a 43-year-old from Jersey City, New Jersey is on the same boat as Chris. She’s really terrified of the elevators in her building, so she doesn’t leave her apartment. Also she has struggled with finding the right treatment for her mental health issue.

Instead of going on a therapy, in April, she started using an app that connects people with OCD to licensed therapists. While skeptical at first, she has appreciated the convenience of teletherapy. 

“I never want to go back to actually being in a therapist’s office,” Carli said. “Therapy is something that’s really uncomfortable for a lot of people, including me. And to be able to be on my own turf makes me feel a little more powerful.”

Elizabeth McIngvale, director of the McLean OCD Institute in Houston, said she has noticed patients struggling to differentiate reactions, as Carli described. Her response is that whereas guidelines such as hand-washing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are generally easily accomplished, OCD compulsions are usually never satisfied.

 “It’s just a part of my life and how I maintain my progress,” McIngvale said.

However she later found out that she’s getting paranoid over having symptoms of the virus. But she was able to redeem herself through treatment. 

“The pandemic, in general, was a new experience for everybody, but for me, feeling anxiety and feeling uncomfortable wasn’t new,” McIngvale said.

“OCD patients are resilient,” she added. Treatment is based on “leaning into uncertainty and so we’ve also seen patients who are far along in their treatment during this time be able to manage really well and actually teach others how to live with uncertainty and with anxiety.”

Wendy Sparrow, 44, an author from Port Orchard, Washington, has OCD, agoraphobia (fear of places or situations that might cause panic) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Sparrow has been in therapy several times but now takes medication and practices mindfulness and meditation.

When the lockdown was imposed, she does not worry too much because she’s used to sanitizing frequently and she doesn’t mind staying home. Instead, she has felt her symptoms worsening as her home no longer felt like a safe space and her fears of fatal contamination heightened.

“The world feels germier than normal and anyone who leaves this house is subjected to a barrage of questions when they return,” Sparrow wrote in an email.

Patrick McGrath, a psychologist and head of clinical services at NOCD, the telehealth platform Carli uses, said he’s found that teletherapy with his patients is also beneficial because it allows him to better understand “how their OCD is interfering in their day-to-day life.”

Trondsen hopes the pandemic will bring increased awareness of OCD and related disorders. Occasionally, he’s felt that his troubles during this pandemic have been dismissed or looped into the general stress everyone is feeling.

“I think that there needs to be a better understanding of how intense this is for people with OCD,” he said.