How to make £45,000 as a PA planning parties and answering emails from anywhere in the world

Alison Millington, provided by Published 3:58 am, Saturday, March 17, 2018 ibLE "Invisible PA" company ibLE offers pay-as-you-go remote PAs at £35 an hour. The PAs are paid around £45,000 a year and can work from anywhere in the world. Co-founder Emma Hatto told Business Insider it's a "lucrative" career — and a day can involve anything from planning a celebrity bash to simply answering a few emails. Recommended Video: Now Playing: The UK's former Prime Minister Tony Blair told euronews that EU leaders had the power to stop Brexit by implementing reforms – and that 2018 will expose fundamental truths about how bad an idea leaving the EU is, in his opinion. He also dismissed claims in a new book that he had said British intelligence may have spied on Donald Trump's presidential election campaign. Euronews : When you talk about giving people the chance to rethink Brexit, what do you mean? Tony Blair : When we voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 we obviously at that stage, you hadn't had the Brexit negotiation and we didn't know what the alternative deal is that the government would present to us. Over the course of 2018 we will see the deal. And my point is very simple: that we should have the right to rethink once we can make a proper comparison between what we have now in the European Union, and this new relationship the government is negotiating. And we'll be able to do that therefore on the basis of comparing like with like – and on the basis of two years’ experience, frankly, of the difficulties of Brexit. Euronews : Would it not create further problems, to have another referendum, another chance to vote? Tony Blair : You know in the end if the British people don't rethink, this Brexit thing will go ahead. But what do we know since Brexit? Well, economic growth is down, we have real skill shortages in the health service with people leaving who’re working in the health service from Continue Reading

‘Netflix cheating’ and Whatsapp dodging: Are you guilty of these modern relationship crimes?

Almost half of couples are guilty of cheating. Don’t panic - this doesn’t mean there is a 50 per cent chance your other half is having an affair. Instead it means they are probably watching the rest of The Crown without you. Or Westworld. Or whatever boxset you are supposedly ‘saving for Sunday night.’ Netflix has conducted a survey with 30,267 members, to find that 46 per cent of couples have cheated - while 81 per cent have cheated multiple times. Many do it in secret (presumably having to feign shock whilst re-watching the Stranger Things finale) with 45 per cent never admitting to their indiscretions. Shocking behaviour, but by no means the only modern relationship crime that partners can commit in 2017... Blue ticking on WhatsApp Yes, it is impossible to respond to every message as soon as you receive it. But if you know that you won’t be able to reply to a WhatsApp for several hours, then have the decency to not ‘read it’ so the blue ticks don’t appear. Taking too long to respond The definition of ‘too long’ depends on how often you use your phone, but if a question has been asked, you should reply in at least four-five hours. If it takes you longer to respond, then your answer must explain this. (i.e. 'I was in the longest meeting just now. Yes dinner sounds great!') Not deleting your Tinder/Bumble account Saying ‘I forgot it was there’ or ‘I thought it would be funny to stay on it’ are not excuses. When you’re in a relationship, the apps have got to go. No exceptions. Texting at dinner No matter how difficult it is to put the phone away, it has to be done at mealtimes. Texting, whatsapping, tweeting, instagramming or snapchatting at dinner is unacceptable. If you really need your phone in case of a work phone call, then put it on the table upside down. At least that way you won’t be tempted to keep checking your notifications. Not liking a new profile Continue Reading

We asked, you answered: How IVF changed your lives

Updated 10:28 AM ET, Wed December 20, 2017 New York (CNN)On Tuesday, CNN Opinion published "Single, childless and nearing 40, I saw one real option," a personal essay by Sarah Lenti, a political strategist who decided to have children through in vitro fertilization (IVF). She writes: "I am a single mother by choice. Yet I was raised in a Christian, conservative home, where I grew up believing in the traditional family unit. And I was taught that there was an order to achieving it. First, fall in love. Second, marry a man. Third, start a family. Now in my fifth decade, only one has proven true for me -- and it isn't the first." Lenti's piece was the first of a CNN Opinion series, "What it's like to be me," which explores personal struggles Americans face in a time of social change. We asked you, CNN's audience, to share your stories of IVF and adoption through text message and WhatsApp -- and you responded with personal experiences that were as various as they were emotionally compelling. You shared with us stories of your joys and your struggles. You shared family photos -- and some of you even sent us videos about your families' journeys. Here they are. Yazmil: Bronx, New York Read More Yazmil with her daughter at 9 months "The article I just read in CNN on a single mom by choice hit home. My daughter just turned 1 and I too began this journey a little less than two years ago. I will be 38 in May and I always wanted a family. I dated someone long-term and when that relationship ended, by the time I finished licking my wounds, I was 36 with no prospects. I went on every online dating site and never met anyone worth my time. I decided to give insemination a try. I conceived relatively quickly. It was the best decision for me. I know another friend who went this route and after sharing my story many more friends are interested in becoming single moms by choice. It's not that I don't want a partner, I just didn't want my opportunity to become a Continue Reading

Surprising number of young children use apps

By D.J. Rambo, Pease CTA Published 5:11 pm, Monday, February 26, 2018 Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 D.J. Rambo teaches technology at Peace Communications and Technology Academy. D.J. Rambo teaches technology at Peace Communications and Technology Academy. Photo: Courtesy Photo Surprising number of young children use apps 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Take my word for it: The internet is not going anywhere. There were an estimated 4 billion active internet users worldwide in January, according to That’s more than half of the entire world’s population. Facebook is quickly closing in more than 2 billion users, according to CNN. Snapchat is used by 158 million people daily, and users open the app 18 times a day on average, according to Business Insider. (Granted, these are statistics before Snapchat released a very complicated update two weeks ago that users are complaining about, but this is a discussion for someone else’s article). Instagram had 800 million monthly active users on the popular picture-sharing app as of September, according to February is Internet Safety month, and it’s truly mind-numbing how many people are using the internet each day. As a teacher, I am surprised by how many Midland students use these apps, and I am alarmed at the age of the users. I recently spoke with a mom who allowed her second-grader use Snapchat so the child could play with the camera filters. I convinced her to delete the app from her child’s phone. Although this parent’s intent for her child being on Snapchat was innocent, I must question how many second-grade children (or younger) use the app without their parents realizing what Snapchat is capable of, or use Snapchat without any supervision. It is surprising how Continue Reading

WhatsApp Releases New App Specifically Designed For Small Business Owners

WhatsApp has launched a brand new app that’s specifically made for small businesses. Simply called WhatsApp Business, the app is designed to help make it easier for businesses to communicate with customers and establish an online presence. “So today we're launching WhatsApp Business — a free-to-download Android app for small businesses,” the company said on its blog. “Our new app will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient for our 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them.” The WhatsApp Business app lets small business owners create profiles that will make it easier for their customers to find useful information about them. WhatsApp users will know if they’re talking to a business when they see that it’s listed as a Business Account. The company says that some Business Accounts will have Confirmed Accounts over time once it’s been confirmed that their account phone number matches the business phone number. Accounts should also include a business description, email or store addresses and website. The app also comes with messaging tools, including “quick replies” that can send fast answers to frequently asked questions. There’s also “greeting messages,” to quickly introduce customers to the user’s business, and “away messages” to quickly inform customers that they’re busy. The WhatsApp Business app also has Messaging Statistics to help users review simple metrics like number of messages read. The new app is compatible with WhatsApp Web, the app’s desktop browser client. This will let users continue to send and receive messages when they’re using a desktop computer. Business owners who decide to use the new app won’t have to worry about their personal account. Both the WhatsApp Messenger and WhatsApp Business apps can be used on the same device, Continue Reading

Top Republican Demands Answers Over DEA Agent Who Stalked And Leaked

A top Republican senator has demanded that the Drug Enforcement Administration respond to allegations that agents exaggerated their record of drug seizures “in order to obtain funding from Congress.”Sen. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the powerful committee that oversees the DEA and Department of Justice, raised the issue in a letter sent last week to Chuck Rosenberg, the DEA’s acting administrator, and to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. It cites a BuzzFeed News report from earlier this month, about a DEA agent stationed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, who asked his girlfriend, Larissa Carvalho, to translate sensitive DEA memos. After she ended the relationship with him, the agent, Scott Nickerson, stalked and harassed Carvalho and her friends and relatives, BuzzFeed News reported.The harassment continued for months despite numerous official complaints by Carvalho and others, Grassley noted in the letter. She received little response from either agency, it said.In response to BuzzFeed News’s investigation, the DEA said it initiated an investigation into Nickerson’s conduct in June 2016, “but Nickerson is still employed by DEA and reportedly has remained free to continue to harass and threaten Carvalho and her friends and family throughout the course of that investigation,” Grassley noted in his letter.Carvalho reported the questionable drug seizure reports to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Grassley chairs, his letter said. In a WhatsApp conversation with Carvalho dated May 2014, Nickerson appears to describe how agents stationed in Brazil lied to Washington, falsely taking credit for drug seizures by local authorities in order to help justify the field office’s funding. DEA ”receives money by telling congress how much money and dope we seize,” he wrote. “In the US, everything is pretty accurate. here, however, the office in Brazil takes credit for everything the Brazilians do, even if Continue Reading

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: victims revealed as world looks for answers

Family and friends of victims on doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 were dealing with a living nightmare Friday, as all eyes locked onto the bloody fields of war-torn Ukraine near the Russian border. First responders sifted through the debris outside Donetsk between villages Rozsypne and Hrabove — trying to make sense of Thursday's unthinkable tragedy that killed 298 people, including 189 passengers from the Netherlands and a large contingent of AIDS researchers heading to Australia. "The terrible news about the crash of flight MH17 over Ukrainian territory has deeply shocked me," King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said in a release issued Thursday. "Just like the rest of the Netherlands, my wife and I follow the news to the minute and we hope to have more clarity soon." Just before noon Friday, President Obama announced that at least one American citizen, 19-year-old Quinn Lucas Schansman, died in the crash. “We have been pretty methodical over the last 24 hours in working through the flight manifest and identifying which passengers might have had a U.S. passport," Obama said. "At this point, the individual I mentioned is the only person we can definitively say was a U.S. or dual citizen.” Indiana University announced that one of its chemistry doctoral students, 25-year-old Karlijn Keijzer, was among the dead. The young woman from Amsterdam also held a master's degree from the university and was fondly remembered by her old rowing team. “On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn’s family and friends over her tragic death,” Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said in a statement. “Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a loss to the campus and the university. Our hearts also go out to the families of all the victims of this Continue Reading

Mark Zuckerberg has a Harvard degree and a mission: create a sense of purpose

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard's most famous dropout, returned to the leafy college campus he left behind nearly 12 years ago for Facebook to make an urgent appeal to his generation, millennial to millennial: Don't just seek out your own sense of purpose. Create a world in which everyone can."To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose," Zuckerberg told Harvard graduates on Thursday. "It's not enough to have purpose yourself. You also have to create a sense of purpose for others."The commencement address, for which he prepared for weeks, was delivered in the pouring rain. It nodded to growing disillusionment by everyday Americans who have watched the gains of the economic recovery pass them by."When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community," Zuckerberg said. "But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed and are trying to fill a void."As I've traveled around, I've sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after school program or somewhere to go. I've met factory workers who know their old jobs aren't coming back and are trying to find their place."The remarks, delivered in suit and tie, not his customary gray T-shirt and jeans and at a podium without a teleprompter, focused heavily on harnessing this generation's entrepreneurial spirit to push for big ideas and big projects, equal economic opportunity for all and a global community that crosses borders and ideologies.That's an idea, the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to change lives, that's deeply personal for the 33-year-old Facebook founder and chief executive who has pledged to Continue Reading

Zuckerberg’s Facebook Messenger launches ‘chat bots’ platform

SAN FRANCISCO — You already chat with friends on Facebook Messenger. Now Messenger wants you to chat with businesses and get updates from them, too.That's the future Facebook pitched Tuesday at f8, its annual conference for software developers in San Francisco."We think you should message a business just the way you would message a friend," Mark Zuckerberg said on stage at f8. LivePersonHe laughed: "To order flowers on 1-800-Flowers, you never have to call 1-800-Flowers again."Facebook handed the more than 50 million businesses on Messenger the tools needed to build interactive experiences, or "chat bots," that reach the 900 million people who use the messaging app each month.Analysts are betting Facebook will find a way to make money if legions of businesses start using Messenger to chat with customers and sell goods and services. They estimate Messenger and Facebook's other messaging app, WhatsApp, could eventually generate billions in additional annual revenue.Messenger boss David Marcus says Facebook is "not very focused on making money on Messenger yet.""In the future, if we have enough really awesome experiences between businesses and people, I am sure we will figure out a way to monetize at some point," he said.Chat bots are chat robots — interactive software powered by artificial intelligence often with an assist from humans — that are designed to simulate human conversation. They are popping up on messaging services where you can use them to perform simple tasks.While they are not yet common in the U.S. and Europe, chat bots have taken off in Asia, where messaging services such as WeChat help users schedule doctor's appointments, shop for the latest styles, play games or the lottery and send money to friends.Facebook has gingerly experimented with businesses communicating over messenger. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently began allowing passengers to check in, get flight updates, make travel changes and Continue Reading

Google Allo messaging app launches at I/O

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Say hello to Allo. Google debuted its new messaging app to rival Facebook Messenger at I/O, its annual software developers conference.The messaging app has a twist: It's not just for chatting with friends and family. You can ask Google questions the way you would a digital assistant such as Siri.Google exec Erik Kay says Allo with Google assistant built in brings "the richness of Google right into your chats."Allo (pronounced aloe, not allo) will also feature Duo, which is a video chat platform that allows users to see the caller before answering.Google has seven products with 1 billion users apiece including Gmail, YouTube and search, but it missed out on the new wave of messaging apps which are some of the world's most popular apps. Its two messaging services — Messenger and Hangouts — lag Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger as well as Tencent Holdings' WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China.Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger each have 1 billion users. Facebook Messenger is working on its own digital assistant M and launched "chat bots" at Facebook's developer conference in April.You sign up with your phone number. Allo will be available this summer on iOS and Android. Continue Reading