Cash-strapped World Health Organization slammed for high travel costs

JEROME DELAY/AP L ONDON — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country’s president in celebrating the world’s first Ebola vaccine. After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the presidential suite at the beach-side Palm Camayenne hotel. The suite, equipped with marble bathrooms and a dining room that seats eight, has an advertised price of 900 euros ($1,008) per night. Some say such luxurious accommodations send the…

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Coursera rolls out costs for graded assignments

In a weblog put up, Coursera, the arena’s largest issuer of MOOCs, stated the costs are a part of its efforts to create a profitable commercial enterprise model. “I knew specialisations would pass nicely however a few [on the Coursera platform] have long gone stratospheric” In 2013, it introduced Signature track, an opportunity for college kids to gain verified certificates upon final touch of the direction for a rate. according to the employer, two-thirds of those who purchase a route certificate move on to complete a route. In 2014, Coursera…

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It costs Rs. 10,000 to make an Apple iPhone SE: IHS Report

A teardown press report by research firm IHS reveals that for Apple, it costs only Rs. 10,563 to manufacture the iPhone SE. Apple priced the 16GB iPhone SE at $399 in the U.S., and has a margin of $230 to tackle logistics, distribution, and other expenses and profits. In India, a price of Rs. 39,000 leaves a margin of Rs. 29,000 to take care of necessary details. Apple aims to expand its presence at lower cost categories with the iPhone SEas it did with the iPhone 5C. On this note, an…

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Expedia reports Q4 loss on acquisition costs, slumping Europe bookings

A combination of acquisition costs and the impact of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris led to a fourth-quarter loss for Expedia Inc., but shares surged 11% in after-hours trading Wednesday after CFO Mark Okerstrom said the company is expecting earnings to rise 35-45% in 2016 as Orbitz and HomeAway are fully integrated into operations. Expedia closed on its acquisitions of Orbitz and HomeAway last September and December, respectively. Expedia took a $12.5 million loss, compared to a $66 million net profit in the previous year’s fourth quarter. Bolstered by the…

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