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Opinion European soccer could be next big thing for American fans

Manchester United’s Juan Mata, left, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes fight for the ball in an exhibition game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on July 23. Manchester won, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAmerican sports fans are always looking for the next big thing.With a number of sports trying to leave their mark over the years, soccer has seemed destined to lag behind, with legions of fans and media types wondering when it will finally reach mainstream popularity in America.They can stop wondering.Some may credit this summer’s highly-entertaining World Cup in Brazil, which featured the world’s biggest stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, its share of villains, like Luis Suarez and his bite or Arjen Robben and flopping, and the advantage of being one of two sporting events that the world turns to collectively.But for the college-aged generation and younger, soccer has been a premier and attractive sport for much longer than people without a finger on the pulse realize.Recognizing this, some of the top European clubs have flocked to America for matches that, despite the fact that they amount to what the preseason is for the NFL, are thrilling for fans. It is a perfect business model for European clubs: they see a growing market and realize they can provide a superior product than the hometown teams can.Manchester United, the most historically successful, and hated, club of the English Premier League, went on a preseason tour of the U.S. that began with a match against the L.A. Galaxy in July. The 84,362 fans in attendance at the Rose Bowl witnessed a thorough drubbing by United, who dropped the Galaxy 7-0 in a match that certainly did no good for the MLS.As part of the 2014 International Champions Cup — technically a tournament, although it is really only friendlies for the European clubs — United also took on Italian notables Roma and Inter Milan –– getting a victory and a draw, respectively –– before the big one: a showdown with Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich.Real, of Spain’s La Liga, have an embarrassment of riches. The club team of not only one of the most famous athletes in the world in Ronaldo, Madrid’s confines are also home to too many superstars to list. Their match against Manchester United was hotly anticipated, and it came as no surprise that it set the record for the largest turnout for a soccer contest in America.A 3-1 final score in favor of Manchester left the mostly red-clad crowd satisfied, and although it had been declared he would not play, the subbing in of Ronaldo for the final twenty minutes had the crowd in hysterics.With that win, Manchester United advanced to the final of the tournamentUnited took the title from Liverpool, another English club team on a U.S. tour, 3-1.Liverpool’s most notable game stateside was a contest against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City –– a victory for Liverpool played at Yankee Stadium. Attendance fell just below 50,000, more than it has been for any Yankee game this season.The teams playing these friendlies in America are not here for simple preseason warm ups. Their brand is expanding to America, and these clubs want to be here now that they see America as a cash cow. Manchester United is worth $2.81 billion, and they didn’t get there by isolating themselves — their marketing and reputation has turned them into possibly the best known sports organization in the world. Four of the top 10 most valuable franchises are European soccer clubs, with Real Madrid weighing in at $3.44 billion.With English and Spanish teams showcasing their talents in the U.S., they remind us that there is not much reason to give much thought to Major League Soccer. The best team in MLS looked totally outclassed in their match with United. Add that to the fact that Manchester was playing more than 5,000 miles from home, and the embarrassment keeps mounting for the Galaxy.We need to let go of the belief that MLS needs to be popular for soccer to make its mark in America. The best players in the world play elsewhere and fans have no interest in watching something that is not world class — it is the same reason we don’t care about Minor League Baseball or the Canadian Football League.The game at Michigan Stadium is definite proof that European soccer has reached its highest level of fandom, a level that MLS may never come close to. Two foreign clubs squared off in the largest stadium in the country, and filled it to near capacity.Maybe someday MLS will improve enough to be popular in America. For now though, American fans are content just watching Ronaldo warm up. read more

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Man City bid for stake in Doan rejected by Groningen

first_imgThe Premier League side are not the only club who have noticed the Japan teen and his rise to stardom. However, his current club Groningen rejected their offer to split him with the Citizens.The Dutch team’s technical director, Ron Jans, recently confirmed Manchester City had a lucrative offer to take part ownership of the 19-years-old as soon as his loan deal with Gamba Osaka was ratified this week. However, he also confirmed the offer was rejected.Doan has played a key part this season for his team as he has been able to score eight goals and three assists – a player of that rank is certainly out of Groningen’s pocket. The Citizens have made a kind gesture in their offer to help them acquire him more easily, but the Dutch have decided they will be doing it on their own.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We said that we really liked it that they offered it, but we’re doing it on our own. The connection with City is very positive,” Jans admitted, according to Goal.Doan has not made his first appearance for the Japan international team yet, but will most likely help them in Russia.last_img read more

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Redknapp believes Defoe signing will help Rangers challenge Celtic

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes the signing of Jermain Defoe by Rangers will help the club challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Bournemouth striker will have a medical on Saturday before finalizing an 18-month loan move to the Gers.The former England international is expected to join up with the Steven Gerrard’s men for the start of their winter training camp in Spain on Monday.Redknapp coached Defoe at a number of clubs including West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham and feels optimism among the Ibrox fans about the addition of the 36-year-old is well justified.With Steven Davis expected to join from Southampton, Redknapp believes the Light Blues can challenge Celtic for the league title this season following their recent Old Firm victory.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“He’s a fantastic player,” said Redknapp, according to Daily Mail.“And still very fit. I’m sure he’ll score plenty of goals at Rangers.”“He’s a great finisher, he’s got fantastic movement. If they’ve got people that can slide passes into him then he’ll score goals all day.”“He’ll be a real big signing for Rangers and I’m sure Stevie (Gerrard) will be delighted to have him.”“If he gets Steven Davis as well that would be two amazing signings, I can see it making a big difference to their team. They could push Celtic all the way with those two in the team.”last_img read more

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INFECTED MOSQUITOES IN THE TCI PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Health warns against Zika as Caribbean counts five cases Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, Ts cristobal Mosquitoes on the attack; residents run, one school closed up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – We are just over three weeks since TS Cristobal and in some areas flood waters remain having been replenished in rains following the storm.Prior to that though the TCI had confirmed cases of Chikungunya and Dengue Fever; mosquito borne viruses from infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.Well those infected mosquitoes are around and they are biting people! Being bitten means you too can become infected.Not only are these diseases excruciatingly painful, but they are debilitating and hang around just ‘mashing you up’ for a week at least.Its really bad for babies/toddlers and the elderly. Really bad.Please do all you can to protect yourself and your dependents as there are residents reporting symptoms, these are possible new cases.Remain vigilant! ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

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Meredith Partners with Beekman 1802 to Launch New Magazine

first_img In an arrangement that echoes the Martha Stewart Living deal, Meredith will handle the production and distribution while Beekman will be in charge of content creation. The companies will work together on ad sales, splitting revenues.  Meredith is rolling out another collaborative magazine effort. The publisher is partnering with Beekman 1802, a bucolic lifestyle operation that includes e-commerce, physical retail, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” TV show and now a new magazine called the Beekman 1802 Almanac. The spokesperson says the first issue will be 96 pages, with 6 pages of advertising. Beekman 1802 was started in 2008 when former advertising exec Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge, who used to be VP of Martha Stewart’s Healthy Living, bought the historic Beekman farm in upstate New York. The pair worked with local farmers and artisans to launch a mercantile. A reality TV program debuted shortly after. center_img The seasonal magazine will be newsstand-only, says a spokesperson, with 200,000 copies of the Fall/Winter issue hitting retailers on October 6. The cover price will be $9.99 and it will stay on shelves until January.  The Beekman 1802 Almanac, will combine all of those elements into a curated collection of farm-to-page content—gift ideas, country cooking recipes, entertaining and gardening tips and so on—inspired by 19th century-style almanacs. last_img read more

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Nation celebrates 48th Victory Day

first_imgPeople from all walks of life pay their respect to the martyrs of liberation war placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh is being celebrated across the country on Sunday.The day begun with the paying of profound homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in a free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, with the rise of the sun on Sunday.The president and the prime minister laid wreaths at 6:42am and stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the great war of liberation in 1971.Sheikh Hasina also paid rich tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital on the occasion.After placing the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the great leader and the architect of the country’s independence.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, the president of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of the Sheikh Mujib as the party chief.However, there will be no parade at the National Parade Ground in the capital this year due to the national election to be held on 30 December.Different socio-cultural and professional bodies and institutions, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Muktujoddha Jadughar and Bangladesh Shishu Academy are observing the day with elaborate programmes.The day is a public holiday.The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.National dailies brought out special supplements.The state-owned and private televisions and radios are airing month-long special programmes highlighting the liberation war.Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship, seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the liberation war and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other recreational centres across the country free-of-cost.Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day through different programmes.last_img read more

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Ornaments of Kali idols stolen in Birbhum villagers protest

first_imgSuri (WB): The ornaments of two Kali idols of a temple were stolen at Chinpai village of Birbhum district triggering furore among locals who blocked road, the police said. The idols were decorated with gold and silver ornaments on the occasion of Kali puja Tuesday. Those were found missing by the priest this morning, they said. Angry over the theft, hundreds of villagers, including women, sat on the busy national highway. Initially, police tried to disperse the villagers, but failed. Once the officer-in-charge of the local police station reached the spot, he was chased by them. After about two hours, Additional Superintendent of Police Subimal Pal arrived and the blockade was lifted. Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal said that the situation was under control. Senior police officers were camping in the spot.last_img read more

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Lately it seems you cant read a newspaper or turn

first_imgLately it seems you can’t read a newspaper or turn on the nightly news without getting bombarded with political rhetoric about how our government must do something to bring our country out of the economic doldrums. The debate boils down to raising taxes or cutting taxes. Either way, pundits complain that the rich are “not paying their fair share,” or that politicians are “just making their rich cronies richer.” It’s sad how much investors have to factor the current political climate into their investment decisions. But savvy investors have to cut through the political rhetoric and look at reality. Regardless of the party in power, all levels of government are masters at increasing tax revenue to help do their bidding.Once You Open the Door, 2% Can Turn Into 94% I looked up the history of the federal income tax and found some interesting data. The first income tax, passed in 1894, was a 2% tax on incomes over $4,000. Fewer than 10% of US households paid any federal income tax at all. After the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913, there were seven income brackets for the federal income tax, the highest starting at $500,000 – or about $10 million in 2007 dollars. Tax rates ranged from 1-7%. Much like the old stories of vacuum-cleaner salesmen, once they get a foot in the door, look out! Trickery and deceit are a normal part of the political process. When the original income-tax law was passed, very few Americans were affected. The government was essentially taxing “someone else.” By 1944, the top marginal tax rate hit 94%. When politicians are faced with taking salary cuts or cutting payments to those who help elect them, they always find ways to extract more tax revenue from the working class. It’s been that way for all of time.Who’s Really Paying What? When I started hearing protests about the top 1% folks not paying their fair share, I realized that much of the noise was just rhetoric for politicians to sell a particular point of view. So what are the facts? One quite politically biased report I read claimed that the top 1% of taxpayers have an average net worth of a little over $19 million each. It basically implied that unless you’re worth $19 million or more, potential tax hikes won’t affect you. Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of $61.3 billion; the Walton family’s (of Walmart fame) combined net worth is about $93 billion. That means that Bill Gates is worth about 3,226 times more than the average top 1% folks, and the Walton family about 4,894 times more. $19 million may be the accurate average net worth of the top 1%, but averages can sure be misleading.Do You Feel Rich Today? After spending a couple frustrating hours on the Internet finding old data, I turned to our research team for some help. Adam Crawford, one of our energetic researchers, put together a much clearer picture based on a recent report from the US Census Bureau. The net worth on top of each column is the entry-level net worth – not the average – for each percentile noted. Adam also pointed out a couple of interesting items from the report. If you have a total net worth of $344,000, or $179,533 excluding the value of your home, you are better off than 80% of Americans today. The top 7% of the population begins at $856,000, but when you exclude personal-residence values, it’s $586,507. In simple terms, if you have a home worth around $270,000 and a $587,000 portfolio, you’re ahead of 93% of Americans. Those 93% think you’re rich, even though you’re a long way from $19 million. I mentioned to Adam that a lot of folks in California and the northeast must be in the top 7% because of real-estate values in those parts of the country. He reminded me that a person may live in a million-dollar home, but it’s likely heavily mortgaged. True net worth comes from equity, not your address.Retirement Income in the Post-2008 Economy I’ve read many reports claiming that the average net worth of 99% of the population dropped 20% or more after the 2008 housing crash. Many people had contemplated retirement with the idea of downsizing and investing some of their home equity to provide retirement income. Instead, they saw a couple hundred thousand dollars or more vanish as their home equity collapsed. Time to look at some real numbers. Let’s assume our entry-level elite top-7% couple – I’ll call them the “Rich Joe” family – has $86,000 in cars and “stuff,” and a $500,000 portfolio. If they’re retired, they have to live off income from their investments and Social Security… for the rest of their lives. In 2007, before the crash, a five-year CD paid around 6% interest; $500,000 invested in CDs at that rate would provide $30,000 in interest. Assume that Rich Joe family collected the Social Security payments of high-wage earners – $30,000 between Rich Joe and his wife. That’s a combined gross income of $60,000. If they spent and invested wisely, hopefully it would last. Times, however, have changed since the housing crash. Two percent is about the best rate Rich Joe family can hope for from a five-year CD, so their $500,000 investment in CDs now earns them only $10,000 annually. Their income has dropped from $60,000 to $40,000 per year. The picture is even gloomier when you factor in inflation. Current CD interest rates don’t even cover the current inflation rate. In other words, when Rich Joe family buys a five-year CD, at the end of the five-year period, even with interest, their buying power has been reduced. Many retirees are now finding second careers to supplement their income because they know that their life savings won’t last long enough. You many have noticed the number of seniors working in fast food restaurants, which may also be a factor in the high unemployment rate of young people today. Sadly, many grandparents are lamenting how they’ve had to really cut back on travel and Christmas gifts for grandchildren.Watch the Other Hand I have a friend who’s a pretty good amateur magician, doing many tricks with cards and coins. He regularly preaches to “watch the other hand,” and cautions his friends to do the same with the government. The current political debate is whether to extend the Bush tax cuts or make them permanent. I recently read another idea about extending them for everyone except folks earning over $250,000. Certainly most retirees don’t fall into that category, so they may not see the trick. What’s in the other hand? Since retirees can’t find decent yields on CDs and top-rated bonds, many have turned to good-quality, dividend-paying stocks. As of 2008, 42% of all reported dividend income went to people 65 and older. In the last four years, the percentage has likely risen dramatically as seniors saw their CDs mature and were offered inadequate rates to roll them over. The Bush tax cuts allowed for a 15% tax on dividends. I recently read that some politicians would like to let this portion of the tax cuts quietly expire also. If that were to happen, dividends would be taxed as ordinary income. That’s a jump to a 25% marginal tax rate for a married couple earning just over $70,000. Politicians and pundits may talk about the repeal as though it only affects folks earning $250,000 or more, but watch the other hand. Many retirees have given up on CDs and are investing in dividend-paying stocks. A higher tax rate on those dividends will affect a lot of retirees who need that money to pay their bills.“Don’t Trust the Government” Club What would be the consequences of taxing dividends as ordinary income? Some pundits argue that it would cause a sell-off of dividend-paying stocks. Maybe investors needing dividend income would see a reduction in their investment capital. Others disagree, pointing out that many mutual funds and 401(k)s are heavily invested in dividend-paying stocks, and they would hold on to them. The only common conclusion I can offer is this: If the Bush tax cuts on dividends expire, a lot of folks with income under $250,000 are going to see a bigger tax bite. There does not seem be a consensus that dividend-paying stock prices will drop because they are being sold as investors seek higher yields. The appeal of dividend-paying stocks taxed at a lower rate may lose some glamor, as investors evaluate their alternatives. Most baby boomers thinking about retirement have likely done a few calculations on one or more financial-planning websites, and the average yield on your investment portfolio after retirement is always a part of these calculations. My generation was encouraged to use 6% as a “safe” estimate. Now that CDs and top-rated bonds are not realistic options, investors have to put more of their money at greater risk for a decent yield. Certainly a 4% dividend taxed at a rate no higher than 15% is one option to consider, particularly if the investor thinks there will be stock appreciation as part of the process. Dividend-paying stocks are an option we don’t want to lose. Right now, my state of Florida has a senator from each political party, but in this case it makes little difference which side of the aisle they’re on. This concerns everyone living on a fixed income and everyone trying to figure out how they can afford to retire. I’ve written both of my senators and my representative, pointing out that the incomes of many seniors and savers have been radically reduced because the government holds interest rates near zero. They’d better vote to freeze the current tax rates and the tax on dividends, or seniors and savers will once again bear the brunt of their tax policies. Enough already! The average net worth of the top 1% may be $19 million, but some data from the Federal Reserve shows that the median of the top 10% of the population is approximately $1.8 million, inclusive of personal residences. Maybe Bill Gates and Warren Buffett make a lot of money on dividends, but the vast majority of retirees rely on that income to survive. If Mr. Buffett thinks millionaires should pay more in taxes, I can gladly direct him to a government website where he can voluntarily contribute to the federal government. Sometimes I feel like Papa Bear guarding the food supply – we need to let “Big Brother” know it better keep its hands off our dividends.On the Lighter Side The first weekend of the NFL season is now in the books. It’s interesting that the last three Super Bowl champions all lost their first games. Several games went down to the last minute or even into overtime, which kept a lot of folks glued to their seats. On Thursday night, the Bears take on the Packers – a rivalry of the highest order. And finally… With the political conventions behind us, we’re all being bombarded with campaign advertisements. I suspect I’m not the only person who is already sick of the negative advertising, and we still have two months to go. Political candidates and their consultants seem to think their best bet is to depict their opponent as some sort of a crook or bum beholden to special interests. It’s no wonder voters are so cynical when the election rolls around. I have a friend who gets pretty upset and starts yelling at the TV when he knows the facts have been misrepresented. He told me he’s relinquished total clicker control to his wife until after the election – a wise man. Until next week…last_img read more

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A top Justice Department official is putting citie

first_imgA top Justice Department official is putting cities considering medically-supervised drug injection sites on notice: If you open one, prepare for swift and aggressive legal action. With record numbers of fatal overdoses, several cities are working on plans to launch facilities where people can inject illegal drugs with staff on hand to help them if they overdose. Now, however, the Trump administration is vowing a major crackdown. In an interview with NPR, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he understands city leaders are desperate to curb the mounting overdose deaths, but there is one problem: providing a place for people to use heroin and other illegal substances is a violation of federal law.”I’m not aware of any valid basis for the argument that you can engage in criminal activity as long as you do it in the presence of someone with a medical condition,” Rosenstein says.City officials in Philadelphia and San Francisco say they are moving forward with their plans, despite the threats.In California, state lawmakers recently passed a bill awaiting the governor’s approval that would advance a three-year supervised injection site pilot program. San Francisco Mayor London Breed says the Justice Department putting cities on notice should not make them back down, given the worsening overdose problem.”There is strength in numbers,” Breed said at a press conference. “And we are talking to other cities who want to consider this as an option. I mean, here in other cities like New York and Seattle, we are trying to address the crisis.”The view from Washington is different.”Just because someone tells you in San Francisco that San Francisco is not going to prosecute you for doing something, that does not make it legal. It remains illegal after federal law,” Rosenstein says. “If anybody thinks this is a good idea, there’s a way to accomplish that: try to persuade the U.S. Congress to legalize it.”His advice to mayors and other top local elected officials? Consult your lawyers about all legal repercussions.That could mean criminal prosecution.U.S. attorneys in Philadelphia and Vermont have come out strongly against supervised injection sites. But Rosenstein’s comments mark the first time a high-ranking Department of Justice official has weighed in on the controversial sites that Philadelphia and about a dozen other jurisdictions are considering in response to the worsening opioid crisis.No matter how severe the crisis gets, Rosenstein says inviting people into a space and permitting them to use dangerous drugs there is a troubling notion. It may, in Rosenstein’s view, even accelerate the problem. “This is not a disease that gets spread like the flu,” Rosenstein says. “People can only become addicted if they have access to these illegal drugs. And so if we can prevent that access, we can prevent the addiction.”But supporters point to the latest grim federal statistics as evidence of why the sites are a necessary tool to help save lives. More than 72,000 Americans died from overdoses last year, exceeding any one-year death total during the AIDS crisis.In Philadelphia, more than 1,200 people died of drug overdoses, most fueled by opioids, last year. That is about 35 percent more than the deadliest days of the AIDS epidemic, says Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.”This would be the worst public health crisis in a century,” Farley says.He says just as public health officials realized syringe exchanges worked to save lives during the worst years of the AIDs epidemic, “likewise, now, we know there are a lot of needless death from drug overdoses and we know we can save lives because the evidence is clear that these facility save lives.”Farley recalls the early backlash to needle exchange programs, and hopes that the criminal justice community will gradually come around to the idea of supervised injection sites.While the research is still preliminary, most studies show that the supervised injection sites can drive down fatal overdoses. These sites are credited with containing the spread of infectious diseases. And advocates say the facilities help move more people into treatment. The American Medical Association has endorsed launching supervised injection site pilot programs.”Nobody likes the idea of watching someone who is addicted just inject drugs. We want to get all of those people into treatment, but we all have to recognize that, despite all of our efforts, many people are not going to drug treatment,” he says.Farley worries that if the Justice Department’s threats spread widely enough people will be too scared to show up when the city’s site does open.”If the message is clear that, if you walk in this facility you’re going to be arrested, people wouldn’t be using that,” Farley says. “But that is not what is happened currently with syringe exchange, and that’s the sort of accommodation we hope we can set up with an overdose prevention site.”Rosenstein says he “wouldn’t speculate” on what exactly the enforcement would look like or who might be arrested, but he says options include suing under the Controlled Substances Act to get an injunction, or even pursuing criminal charges depending on the circumstances. He says federal officials are watching cities that advancing injection site plans.”If local governments get in the business of facilitating drug use … they’re actually inviting people to bring these illegal drugs into their places of business,” Rosenstein says. “If you start down that road, you’re really going to undermine the deterrent message that I think is so important in order to prevent people from becoming addicted in the future.”But for public health leaders like Farley, the bottom line is that lives are at stake and supervised injection facilities could help.”In a crisis like thus, with this many people dying as we have, it’s worth a try,” says Farley. Copyright 2018 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.last_img read more

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Over the past three years Ive had one major goal

first_imgOver the past three years, I’ve had one major goal in my personal life: To stop being so angry.Anger has been my emotional currency. I grew up in an angry home. Door slamming and phone throwing were basic means of communication.I brought these skills to my 20-year marriage. “Why are you yelling?” my husband would say.”I’m not,” I’d retort. Oh wait. On second thought: “You’re right. I am yelling.”Then three years ago, an earthquake hit our home: We had a baby girl. And all I wanted was the opposite. I wanted her to grow up in a peaceful environment — to learn other ways of handling uncomfortable situations.So I went to therapy. I kept cognitive behavioral therapy worksheets. I took deep breaths, counted to 10 and walked out of rooms. And I even meditated at night.These strategies helped me manage the anger, but they never really decreased it. It was like keeping a feral horse in a barn. I was contained, but not really domesticated.Then, six months ago, I was talking with Lisa Feldman Barrett, a psychologist at Northeastern University. Right at the end of the hour-long interview, she tossed out this suggestion: “You could increase your emotional granularity.”My emotional what?”Go learn more emotion words and emotion concepts from your culture and other cultures,” she added.Over the past 30 years, Feldman Barrett has found evidence that anger isn’t one emotion but rather a whole family of emotions. And learning to identify different members of the family is a powerful tool for regulating your anger, studies have shown.Or better yet, as I found, go and make up your own anger categories and start using them.What is anger?There’s a common theory about anger. You’ll find it in text books, scientific papers, news reports — even here at NPR. And some scientists support the theory, says Feldman Barrett.The idea is that anger is one of several “basic emotions” that are universal, Feldman Barrett says. It’s almost like a reflex — hard-wired in the brain. When something unjust or unfair happens to you, “your blood pressure often goes up. Your heart rate will go up. Maybe you’ll breathe heavily or you’ll have a reddening of your skin,” she says. “Then you’ll have an urge … to punch or yell at someone. That’s the stereotype of what anger is,” Feldman Barrett says.But it’s not the full story.Anger around the worldWhat you feel when you’re angry depends on the situation, what your past experiences are and how your culture has taught you to respond, she says.As a result, there is actually enormous variation in the types of anger in the U.S., like exuberant anger when you’re getting pumped up to compete in sports, or sad anger when your spouse or boss doesn’t appreciate you.When you look at other cultures, the variation explodes.Germans have a word that roughly means “a face in need of a slap,”or backpfeifengesicht. “It’s like you’re so furious with someone that you look at their face, and it’s as if their face is urging you to punch them,” Feldman Barrett says. “It’s a great emotion.”Ancient Greeks differentiated between a short-term anger that doesn’t stick around (ὀργή or orge ) with a long-lasting anger that’s permanent (μῆνις or menin).Mandarin Chinese has a specific word for anger directed toward yourself, 悔恨 or huǐhèn. It’s literally a combination of regret and hate, says linguist Yao Yao at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. “You regret something you did so much, that you’re angry at yourself,” she says.Thais have, at least, seven degrees of anger, says linguist Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong at the University of Hawaii. “We don’t walk around saying ‘I’m angry.’ That’s too broad,” she says. “We may start with ‘I’m displeased’ and ‘I’m dissatisfied’ and then increase the intensity,” she says.And India is a treasure trove of angers.”There’s a common form of anger which means like ‘when eggplant hits the hot oil,’ ” says Abhijeet Paul, who teaches South Asian literature at Middlebury College.”You suddenly become, like, really angry at hearing something shocking or learning something that you really, really dislike,” Paul says.Indians also differentiate between political anger, which you have for the ruling class or “boss man,” and personal angers, which you have for a friend, family or neighbor. You would never mix the two and express political anger in a personal relationship, Paul says.”There’s also a very interesting anger that is a loving anger,” Paul says. You express this emotion toward a spouse when your spouse has angered you but you can’t help them, only love them, he says. “It’s a mixed bag of love, grief, sorrow and anger.”Personalize anger to help regulate itSo in many ways, anger is like wine. There are these major varieties — such as chardonnay and pinot noir — but each vintage has its own unique combination of aromas, flavors and potency. The more practice you have at detecting — and naming — these nuances, the better you understand wine.And if you learn to detect all the various flavors and nuances of anger and label them, you can start to handle your anger better, says psychologist Maria Gendron at Yale University.”There’s definitely emerging evidence that just the act of putting a label on your feelings is a really powerful tool for regulation,” Gendron says. It can keep the anger from overwhelming you. It can offer clues about what to do in response to the anger. And sometimes, it can make the anger go away.The idea is to take a statement that’s broad and general, such as, “I’m so angry,” and make it more precise. Take the Thai: “I’m displeased,” or the German “Backpfeifengesicht!”Psychologists call this strategy emotional granularity. Studies show that the more emotional granularity a person has, the less likely they are to shout or hit someone who has hurt them. They are also less like to binge drink when stressed. On the other hand, people diagnosed with major depressive disorder are more likely to have low emotional granularity compared to healthy adults.”There’s a whole arm of research showing how functional it is to have finely tuned categories for our experiences,” Gendron says.Emotional granularity is like watching HDTV versus regular TV. It lets you see your anger with higher resolution, Gendron says. “It gives you more information about what that anger means, whether you value that experience and choices about what to do next,” she says.This last part is key: Being granular with you anger helps you figure out what’s the best way to handle the situation — or whether you should do anything at all.For instance, if you are feeling a quick burst of anger, which you know will fade rapidly, then maybe doing nothing is the best strategy.And you don’t have to limit yourself to the labels that already exist, Gendron says. Be creative. Analyze what’s causing your various angers, give them specific names and start using the terms with family and coworkers.”If you’re making a practice in your family of coming up with words and then using them together, that actually can regulate physiology,” she says. “That can resolve the kind of ambiguity about the situation.”Personally, I found this strategy the most helpful. I started paying attention to what typically triggers my anger at work and at home. And I found three major types, which I named.Illogical anger: This emotions happens when somebody at work makes a decision that seems completely illogical. Once I labeled this anger and started tracking what happens afterwards, I quickly realized that trying to convince an illogical person of logic is often futile – and a waste of time.Hurry-up anger: This is the anger I feel when someone else is not doing something fast enough — yes, I’m talking about the driver of the gray Prius at the stoplight this morning or the 3-year-old who will not put her shoes on fast enough. Once I labeled it, I realized that cars, people and toddlers eventually move. Huffing and puffing doesn’t make it faster.Disonophous anger: This is my favorite anger. And has the biggest impact on my life.I wanted to figure out how to decrease yelling at our house. So I started paying attention to what often occurred right before the screaming began. It was super obvious: The dog was barking and the toddler was screaming. Basically two loud sounds simultaneously. So my husband and I made up disonophous anger from the Latin for “two sounds.”Now when my husband says, “I have disonophous anger, Michaeleen …” we know exactly what to do: Put the dog on the porch and pick up the baby.And I know he’s not angry at me. He just wants some peace and quiet. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Tesla Owner Banned From Driving for 18 Months for Turning on Autopilot

first_img Tesla will be one of the first to tell you not to put too much faith in Autopilot. It’s currently more of an advanced driver assist than a full self-driving system. However, one driver recently ignored that advice in dramatic fashion.Nottingham, U.K. resident Bhavesh Patel has received an 18-month driving ban after he was caught sitting in the passenger seat of his Model S on the M1 in May 2017. The man said he invoked Autopilot and was betting that its “amazing” semi-autonomous guidance would keep the car rolling at the estimated 40 MPH of surrounding traffic.He didn’t crash, but that obviously didn’t matter. Police noted that what he did was “grossly irresponsible” and was risking not just his life, but those of “other innocent people.” On top of the ban, Patel has to work 100 unpaid hours, conduct 10 days of rehabilitation and pay £1,800 (about $2,480) in prosecution costs.It almost goes without saying why doing this would be dangerous: Autopilot can keep your car in its lane and maintain a traffic-appropriate speed, but it won’t perform evasive maneuvers or otherwise react well in emergencies. There is a question about how long Patel managed to keep Autopilot going, though. The system requires that you keep your hands on the wheel. Ignore warnings for a minute and Autopilot will not only switch off for the rest of the drive, but (if you continue to ignore it) bring the car to a complete halt. Patel most likely stayed in the passenger’s seat for just a brief period, but it’s slightly disconcerting that he had any time to crawl around the Model S without Autopilot bringing his experiment to a premature end.Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving after switching on his car’s autopilot and moving over to the passenger seat while travelling along the M1 near #HemelHempstead: https://t.co/GrKppSLVZT pic.twitter.com/JPYgk9eyDM— Herts Police (@HertsPolice) April 27, 2018  Next Article He put too much trust in Autopilot. Tesla Owner Banned From Driving for 18 Months for Turning on Autopilot and Leaving the Driver’s Seat This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: PA Images | Getty Images via engadget –shares 2 min read April 30, 2018 Add to Queue Jon Fingas Tesla Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Improve Employee Morale and Save Money by Going Green

first_img July 25, 2016 Guest Writer “Going green” is by no means a modern movement, but technology has certainly modernized our approach to sustainability. Solar panels, hybrid vehicles and energy-efficient appliances have become normal aspects of life in many parts of the world. And though none of it happened overnight, many would argue that similar advances are taking too long to catch on in the business world.The topic of the “paperless office” still elicits many eye rolls and is treated as something unattainable — dismissible, even — when in fact, corporate sustainability has emerged as a fundamental part of 21st century business strategy.Related: The Still-Not-Here-Yet Paperless OfficeThere is certainly plenty of room for improvement here. According to The Paperless Project, a grassroots coalition of companies focused on transforming the way organizations use paper and electronic content, it takes 24 trees, 2.2K lbs of solid waste and 19K gallons of water to make one ton of paper. After all that, almost half — 45 percent — of the paper we print ends up in the trash every day.From some viewpoints, a corporate sustainability program might seem like a nice-to-have, but when you consider the massive amount of waste created by businesses — even with the many technology-driven options now available — it is, irrefutably, a must-have. We all share a collective responsibility to reduce paper waste and cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle, from our homes to our offices. Luckily, a corporate sustainability program does more than just eliminate paper. You can actually improve employee productivity and spread an altruistic sentiment while shaving costs off your bottom line. And in a competitive global marketplace, having a strong reputation for sustainability can be a key distinguishing factor — especially among millennials, a group that’s growing quickly in buying power, influence and presence in the workforce.Here are three ways corporate sustainability can improve employee morale and save your company a boatload of cash:1. Time is money.Paper is wildly inefficient. Think of how much more time it would take to search for a mis-filed paper document versus a digital file that had been dropped in the wrong folder, or the time and effort required to print a document, sign it, scan it and email it. It should be a no-brainer, but employee habits and lax paperless policies have maintained paper as a fixture in many offices worldwide.A recent survey, conducted by Nitro, revealed more than 70 percent of IT leadership identify paper as a continued organizational obstacle, and more than 50 percent see inconsistency in workflow and collaboration. More than 40 percent struggle with document version control, and more than 33 percent grapple with lack of visibility of their knowledge workers’ document activity. With paper in the picture, it’s hard to view these productivity-draining challenges as anything but insurmountable.Related: Why Environmental Responsibility Is Good for Your Bottom LineAt Nitro, we endeavour to practice what we preach. We’re selling digital document productivity, but we’re also practicing it on a daily basis. In fact, a recent internal survey revealed that more than 40 percent of Nitro employees say they never print anything. It helps that everyone has access to our tools, which eliminate a lot of the frustrations and productivity sinks we hear about from our customers.In addition to equipping employees with the right digital tools to help them break their existing paper-based habits, we put an emphasis on integrating the sustainable and paperless mindset into the company culture through company-wide trainings and competitions. The result is reduced waste, increased productivity and more money in the bank — money that we’ve been able to reinvest into our people and our business.2. It’s a feel-good approach to saving.Going paperless doesn’t just save you cash and increase productivity. It can significantly impact your company morale. Over the past ten years, consumers (aka employees) have become more interested in sustainability, more concerned about environmental threats and are more willing to take action and/or direct their dollars in ways that benefit (or don’t harm) the environment. Rates of recycling and composting have consistently been climbing, and people, businesses and governments are working to reduce waste through measures like charging for plastic bags, redistributing food leftovers and biking to work.At Nitro, we have a robust recycling and composting program that  is peer-managed. We put the onus on our employees to maintain sustainable practices, and that genuineness goes a long way in terms of their perception of Nitro as an employer. We also encourage biking to work and have designated areas throughout our office for bike storage. We make it fun, yes, but we trust that when we give our employees the tools to be better and do better, they will. We’ve found this to be extremely successful and it certainly improves morale.3. Attracting the next-generation of employees.You know all those millennials and Gen Zers who will soon dominate the workforce? Sustainability means a lot to them. In her book Meet the Millennials, Leigh Buchanon writes: “One of the characteristics of millennials […] is that they are primed to do well by doing good. Almost 70 percent say that giving back and being civically engaged are their highest priorities.”The new generation of knowledge workers seem to work for a purpose and not just a paycheck. They are not interested in working for employers who disregard the environment or cling to antiquated processes.From the employer perspective, we look to hire people who are good people — people who care about their customers, colleagues and the world they live in. Our hiring practices relate to sustainability in a lot of ways, mainly because we’re a technology company. We want to hire people who rely on technology to be super productive. We have paperless hiring processes so it’s only natural that we want people who work the same way.Related: 3 No-Brainer Reasons Why I’m Going More Green — And Why You Should TooThe reality is that people roll their eyes about the paperless discussion, and maybe some people will always have that attitude. But sustainability initiatives are still very relevant today from both an environmental perspective and an efficiency perspective.We at Nitro accept that paper will be used for certain things and is required in certain instances, but where we can and should, we rely on and incorporate digital workflows. Outside of this being a more sustainable approach, we’ve absolutely seen, and continue to see, productivity benefits. 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Bellwethr Announces 25 Million Seed Funding

first_imgBellwethr Announces $2.5 Million Seed Funding PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 4:19 pmJune 13, 2019 Bellwethr, a machine learning-powered customer conversion, and retention platform, has just announced a $2.5 million seed funding round.The financing comes at a pivotal time for the enterprise software company, priming it for rapid growth. The seed round was led by Royal Street Ventures, with participation from Greenway Capital, KCRise Fund, SaaS Venture Capital, Stout Street Capital, Beth Ellyn McClendon, Karen and Paul Fenaroli (Minerva Fund) amongst others.“This funding adds fuel to what we’ve been building as we race to automate conversion and retention processes,” said Matt Moody, Bellwethr’s founder and CEO.Bellwethr uses a form of machine learning known as reinforcement learning to help companies continuously decrease CAC (customer acquisition cost), increase conversion rates, and increase customer retention. While the technology can be applied to virtually any industry, the team is focused on B2C companies with monthly recurring revenue, such as SaaS platforms and subscription services.Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNetThe fresh round of funding will allow Bellwethr to bolster their engineering and sales teams while offering new products and services. One such product, Retention Engine, handles the cancelation of consumer accounts/subscriptions by resolving issues and offering alternatives to cancelation.Bellwethr stands out from other AI-powered tools by focusing less on analytics and insights, and more actions and automation. Most machine learning tools provide valuable insights but rely on humans to take action. Bellwethr’s software identifies patterns in data and implements actions automatically.Marketing Technology News: RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad ExperiencesThe company’s goals go beyond capturing market share. Bellwethr’s larger mission is to democratize machine learning and AI, allowing humans to focus on creative tasks by taking care of implementation and orchestration automatically.“Currently, machine learning-powered tools are restricted to large organizations with the significant resources,” said Moody, “We believe that for this technology to reach its full potential, it needs to be in the hands of anyone and everyone.”Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Introduces Multi-Language Wizard Options AIBellwethrmachine learningMarketing TechnologyNewsseed funding Previous ArticleMediaMath Launches Contextual Ad Targeting Solution for Video in Partnership with IRIS.TVNext ArticleData: Investment in Workplace Communications on the Riselast_img read more

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FDA approves antibacterial drug to treat travelers diarrhea

first_img Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm626121.htm Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 17 2018The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Aemcolo (rifamycin), an antibacterial drug indicated for the treatment of adult patients with travelers’ diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli), not complicated by fever or blood in the stool.”Travelers’ diarrhea affects millions of people each year and having treatment options for this condition can help reduce symptoms of the condition,” said Edward Cox, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.Travelers’ diarrhea is the most common travel-related illness, affecting an estimated 10 to 40 percent of travelers worldwide each year. Travelers’ diarrhea is defined by having three or more unformed stools in 24 hours, in a person who is traveling. It is caused by a variety of pathogens, but most commonly bacteria found in food and water. The highest-risk destinations are in most of Asia as well as the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.Related StoriesEbola spread to Uganda could threaten international healthMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchThe efficacy of Aemcolo was demonstrated in a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in 264 adults with travelers’ diarrhea in Guatemala and Mexico. It showed that Aemcolo significantly reduced symptoms of travelers’ diarrhea compared to the placebo.The safety of Aemcolo, taken orally over three or four days, was evaluated in 619 adults with travelers’ diarrhea in two controlled clinical trials. The most common adverse reactions with Aemcolo were headache and constipation.Aemcolo was not shown to be effective in patients with diarrhea complicated by fever and/or bloody stool or diarrhea due to pathogens other than noninvasive strains of E. coli and is not recommended for use in such patients. Aemcolo should not be used in patients with a known hypersensitivity to rifamycin, any of the other rifamycin class antimicrobial agents (e.g. rifaximin), or any of the components in Aemcolo.The FDA granted Aemcolo a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation. QIDP designation is given to antibacterial and antifungal drug products that treat serious or life-threatening infections under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) title of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act. As part of QIDP designation, the Aemcolo marketing application was granted Priority Review under which the FDA’s goal is to take action on an application within an expedited time frame.The FDA granted approval of Aemcolo to Cosmo Technologies, Ltd.last_img read more

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Baculovirus virion completely eliminates liverstage parasites in mouse model

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 13 2018Currently, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively kill liver-stage malaria parasites, which can lay dormant for months or years as in the case of Plasmodium vivax. Researchers from Kanazawa University have successfully demonstrated that administration of a baculovirus virion (BV) completely eliminates liver-stage parasites in a mouse model via BV-induced fast-acting innate immunity. Further development of BV-based drugs could lead to newer and more effective treatments for malaria.Malaria is caused by Plasmodium, a parasite spread by the Anopheles mosquito as it feasts on blood. The parasite is released into the bloodstream and travels to the liver to mature, before being released back into the bloodstream where it infects red blood cells. Symptoms normally appear a few days or weeks later, but in the case of P. vivax, the parasites can also lay dormant in the liver with disease recurring months or even years later (known as hypnozoites). P. vivax is the most widely distributed human malaria parasite in the world (a major health risk to 2.85 billion people worldwide). The active blood-borne form of P. vivax can be targeted with artemisinin, but only a single drug, primaquine, is available for the hypnozoites.However, primaquine is associated with a high risk of life-threatening hemolytic anemia in people with glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase enzyme deficiency. In addition, even effective doses can cause several side effects including nausea and vomiting. “Malarial infection affects a large number of individuals each year, many of whom are young children aged under five.” says first author Talha Bin Emran. “Current treatments can have serious side effects for some individuals, hence safer radical curative drugs that efficiently kill the hypnozoites are urgently needed.”Related StoriesStudy shows how the mosquito immune system combats malaria parasitesResearchers pinpoint treatment target for rare liver cancer in adolescents, young adultsMosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals new insight into malaria transmissionUsing BV, the researchers conducted a series of experiments with a mouse model of malaria. They confirmed that intramuscular administration of BV not only provides complete protection against a subsequent sporozoite infection but also eliminates existing liver-stage parasites completely, which could prevent or reduce the severity and complications of the disease. The elimination of liver-stage parasites with BV was superior to that with primaquine. Additionally, they showed that the elimination effect occurred in a TLR9-independent manner. These effects were mainly mediated by a cytokine known as interferon alpha (IFN-α), which has previously been investigated as a treatment for several other diseases.Further work is needed to confirm the results in primates and eventually humans, but initial results suggest that there are several potential benefits of BV as a new non-hemolytic single-dose alternative to primaquine. “Currently P. vivax patients must receive several doses of antimalarials for treatment, therefore adding BV to existing drugs could reduce the risk of infection whilst receiving treatment.” study corresponding author Shigeto Yoshida says. “It could also provide protection against the disease in the liver. There are several challenges in the treatment of malaria, which we hope to overcome with our work.” These results demonstrate the potential to develop new malaria drugs that kill P. vivax hypnozoites over an extended period and with reduced side effects. Source:https://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/latest-research/62925last_img read more

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