A Dutch company is building its second ‘dementia village’

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Is a community specifically designed for the more than 50 million people worldwide suffering from dementia a good or bad thing? One Dutch company thinks it’s a good thing — and it is now in the process of launching its second village, this time in Kent, England.

The village will have 4,000 homes and its own shops and cafes, including a supermarket and a cinema. Like any attractive village, there will be bars, restaurants, activities, medical care, squares and parks. All of the residents will be free to spend their money, engage in activities and even drink a beer whenever they want (within reason of course). It sounds nice, particularly because these residents will have one thing in common: they all suffer from some form of dementia. Read More…


History Is the Only Reason ‘The Queen’ Was Paid Less Than ‘Prince Philip’

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

According to reports like this one from Variety, producers of the Netflix show The Crown acknowledged that Claire Foy, who portrays Queen Elizabeth II, received less compensation than her co-star Matt Smith who portrayed the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip. The reason given was that Smith had previously made a name for himself as the star in one of the numerous “Doctor Who” reboots in England while Foy was a relative unknown.

Was this a case of gender discrimination? Probably, and it certainly wasn’t the first time this kind of thing happened in the entertainment industry. Responding to the public outcry, a promise was made to “rectify” the situation in the future. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” creative director Suzanne Mackie happily confirmed. So, problem solved…right?

No. There will still be many cases like this in the days to come. There reason why: history. Not the history of Queen Elizabeth. The history of men and women. Read More…

A French baker is fined $3,600 for working too hard

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Boy, those Europeans really do appreciate their holidays! So much so that one small business owner got fined €3,000 ($3,600) for not taking one.

In France, everyone is required to take a day off per week. Even if you run your own business. That lesson was learned the hard way by Cedric Vaivre, who owns a bakery in the tourist region of Lake Bakey in Lusigny-sur-Barse, which is about 120 miles south-east of Paris.

To meet the demands of the summer season, Vaivre made fresh croissants and baguettes seven days a week. However, local labor laws state that small businesses can only work six out of seven days maximum. The laws are there to protect workers from exploitation and that’s fair enough. In fact, bakeries, which are known to push their employees to work at all hours of the night, are particularly under scrutiny in France. But what about the owners? Can’t they choose to work seven days in a row if they want to? Apparently not. Read More…


GENE’S TECH CHECK: Is It Time to Get Rid of Old Software and Hardware?


(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Tech Check is a weekly blog that offers suggestions for solving some of the biggest headaches business professionals face with technology.

This week, we spoke to Cyril Cohen, President of Cyril’s Foods, a 10-person food manufacturer located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, which provides bakery products such as pastries, wraps, and pizza crusts to the food service and retail industries

What is your biggest technology frustration?

Some of the companies we work with still use legacy systems, which forces us to maintain old systems like fax machines to do business with them. This includes not only other small businesses, but multibillion-dollar enterprises as well. Read More…


A start-up says it can back up your brain. However, there’s one small catch.

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Storing dead brains is not a new business. There’s a company in Arizona that right now holds more than 150 bodies and heads — including the head of Red Sox great Ted Williams — in liquid nitrogen with the hopes of a future reawakening. But now there’s a start-up that says it can do all of this and better: it can make a complete backup of your mind. However, there’s just one catch: you have to die first.

The company, called Nectome, says its proprietary chemical solution can keep the brain intact for hundreds — even thousands of years. “You can think of what we do as a fancy form of embalming that preserves not just the outer details but the inner details,” Robert McIntyre, the company’s founder told the MIT Technology Review. Read More…


Do You Inappropriately Touch Someone at Work?


(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

“I’m not going to let a woman talk to me like this.”
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For many, one of the most shocking things about the series Mad Men – which ended its run on AMC in 2014 – was the depiction of office behavior.  In the early 1960’s, when the show was set, it was commonplace for men to curse, drink and make offensive comments to women – oftentimes to their face – while at work.  To them, it was just another day at the office. Well, those days are long behind us, right?

Apparently not.

According to a poll of more than 1,100 American adults conducted in late January and released last month from National Public Radio (NPR) and the market research company Ipsos, some of the most inappropriate office behaviors witnessed in Mad Men are still commonplace – and no it’s not 1960. Oh, and it’s not the older men who are the most common culprits.  It’s younger guys. Read More…


A 13-year-old entrepreneur takes 100 girls to the movies

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Asking a girl out to the movies isn’t easy for many guys, regardless of their age. But one 13-year-old entrepreneur came up with a way to get 100 girls to go with him. And it’s for a good cause.

Beau Shell is only 13 but he’s been running a successful mobile ice cream cart business — Lil’ Ice Cream Dude in Athens, Ga.–since the age of eight. Starting with a cart bought by his parents that was made up of a small freezer and attached to old bicycle wheels, Shell’s company has worked hundreds of events, parties, festivals and weddings, according to this profile of him on The Red & Black. Shell sometimes employs others to help out at these events and is the youngest member to belong to the Athens Chamber of Commerce. Read More…