A 22-year-old American has lost both her legs in a Bahamas tour boat explosion that killed one American woman and injured several others. Stefanie Schaffer, of Rutland, Vermont, is in a medically-induced coma after the tour boat burst into flames off the island of Exuma shortly after 9am on Saturday. She was one of 12 people on board, which included 10 Americans and two Bahamians. Stefanie was on a summer vacation with her teenage sister Brooke, mother Stacey, and stepfather Paul Bender. A family member told DailyMail.com that Stefanie and Stacey remain hospitalized in Nassau. The company that ran the trip, 4C's Adventures, declined to comment on the explosion to DailyMail.com because they are under investigation. Stefanie Schaffer, 22, (left), her teenage sister Brooke (middle), and their mother Stacey (right) were among the injured when a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas. Stefanie lost both legs An American woman was also killed and several others were injured … [Read more...] about Family’s agony as dancer, 22, has both legs amputated and her teen sister, mother and step-father are injured when their holiday tour boat explodes in the Bahamas, killing one American
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PICKING when to start trying for a baby can be a difficult decision. Couples usually ask themselves questions like, “Are we financially stable?” and: “Are we in a happy place in our relationship?” But there are less obvious considerations. This month, the parenting guidebook What Works? called for kids born in the summer to have their marks adjusted to make up for the disadvantage of being the youngest in their year. Those born between June and August underperform compared to older classmates and are more likely to have special educational requirements and low self-esteem. For years, parents who place a strong emphasis on the academic success of their children have admitted to planning the exact time of year they wanted to give birth, making sure their children are among the oldest in the school year. There are other reasons for planning so meticulously. Here, three women who plotted the birth of their children to the month reveal all about their best-laid … [Read more...] about June to share mum’s birthday month and December to maximise paternity leave – why we planned our kids’ birthdays
An Easyjet plane carrying up to 180 passengers came within 65ft of hitting a drone, it emerged last night. The near-miss on July 8 left the pilot of the Airbus A320 with no time to take evasive action as the jet approached Gatwick at 350ft, an inquiry report revealed. Investigators rated it as a Category A incident, meaning there was a serious risk of collision. An Easyjet plane carrying up to 180 passengers came within 65ft of hitting a drone, it emerged last night (stock image) The near-miss on July 8 left the pilot of the Airbus A320 with no time to take evasive action as the jet approached Gatwick at 350ft, an inquiry report revealed (stock image) The plane was over a car park when the captain spotted the £3,000 drone. What are the rules on flying drones? Drone pilots: Must not fly drones above 400ft (120m) and must keep a direct line of sight. Must not fly drones near emergencies such as car crashes, firefighting, and search and rescues. Can only fly … [Read more...] about EasyJet plane carrying up to 180 passengers came within 65ft of hitting a drone, it emerged last night
In Paul Feig’s romantic comedy Last Christmas, jaded Londoner Kate (Emilia Clarke) notices a handsome stranger, Tom (Henry Golding), outside the Christmas-themed shop where she works. “Look up,” he tells her. She follows Tom’s gaze … and spots a peregrine falcon on a high ledge. However, she immediately cops an eyeful of bird shit – just as she later stumbles into a pile of rubbish while looking up at a delightful old shop sign. So far, so screwball. Critics have well and truly looked down on Tom’s whimsical, chin-lifting philosophy, branding it “naggingly repetitive”, “so very annoying” and “too hokey for anything but aspiring meteorologists”. But here’s the thing: people don’t look up. Recently, I managed to strain my neck and shoulder muscles by reading a magazine on the couch. Most of the ameliorative stretching exercises I found on YouTube blamed excessive desk work or smartphone use for such … [Read more...] about We spend so much time staring at our phones. What do we miss when we don’t look up?
Earlier this week a new report from the National Association for Business Economics said that the 2017 Tax Reform Act had no major impact on how US businesses invested or hired. The report concluded that the number of businesses who said they do not plan to accelerate their investments rose to 84% from 81% a quarter earlier. In fact, spending plans from businesses fell to their lowest levels since July 2017. Employment growth did improve, but only modestly, with just a third of the respondents saying their employment at their firms grew this quarter compared to 31% the previous quarter. The good news is that the most of the survey’s 106 business economists who belong to the association and who responded to the survey do not expect a recession within the next 12 months. Nearly two-thirds – 64% – of respondents expect expansion. But the damage was done and opponents of the bill pounced. “So far, the investment response has been modest and underwhelming,” … [Read more...] about We shouldn’t declare Trump’s $1tn tax cut a failure just yet