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Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Tax Plan

Recently, the House Republicans passed their tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The proposed tax bill is expected to be one of the most significant tax overhauls since 1986.

Republicans promise the plan will provide tax savings for the typical family, simplify taxes for millions of Americans, and reduce tax burdens for corporations.

But how does it stack up for small business owners?

 

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Corporations Greatly Favored

 

For small businesses formed as corporations, the Republican tax plan will provide a huge tax benefit. The tax plan seeks to slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% but also eliminates certain deductions for corporations.

The plan includes a temporary allowance that would allow corporations to immediately expense capital expenditures, a benefit that can help businesses seeking to grow and expand their business operations.

While many corporations welcome the tax cuts, the Tax Policy Center argues the tax bill will cause a 1.5 trillion deficit over the next 10 years and would add to the national debt during this time.

Little-to-no Benefit for Pass-Through Entities

 

Most small businesses are “pass-through” entities, defined as partnerships, S-corporations, and sole proprietorships. These types of entities are very different from corporations in that they are not taxed “per se,” but the profits pass through the business owners’ tax returns.

As such, the business owner’s tax bracket will determine the amount of taxes he or she is required to pay. Therefore, owners could face taxes in the highest tax bracket on profits generated from their small businesses.

As such, the tax plan seeks to provide “some” tax relief for owners of pass-through entities by capping tax rates to 25%. While this may be advantageous, many may argue that this does not do enough for small business owners.

According to the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities (CBPP), more than 70% of small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities are taxed at rates 15% or lower. Therefore small businesses will see little to no benefit.

 

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Keep in mind; this tax bill is not finalized. It is highly likely it will go through significant changes before it is approved and makes it to the president’s desk.

Many tax analysts and economists argue the plan may be a far reach from becoming the law of the land. Groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business oppose the tax plan saying it does not do enough to help small business owners since the “pass-through” provision leaves many small businesses behind.

For now, this will be a waiting game. The Senate has recently unveiled its version of its tax plan. While this bill is similar to the House bill, there are slight differences. Notably, the Senate bill proposes to delay corporate tax reductions until 2019. Also, a recent amendment filed by Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee aims to increase retirement “catch up” contributions from $ 6,000 to $ 9,000. However, the amount contributed will no longer be pretax.

Small business owners should continue to monitor its progress to determine its final impact on their bottom line.

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Things you did not know about the Eiffel tower

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As the most iconic symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the top tourist attractions, and the highlight of Paris, City of Love. The Iron Lady has reached her 128th year this year and is one of the finest sights in all of France. If you’ve never been to this majestic construct, the time to go is now – she’s pretty stunning! In fact, over 300 million people have gazed upon this epic structure and been inspired.

There are so many wonderful facts about the Eiffel Tower and plenty of things we already know about it. But, there are also a lot of things we don’t know about her, and some of them are much more epic and interesting than we would ever have considered. Tall, chic, and rich in history, the Eiffel Tower is the perfect Parisian landmark, and here are some of the most awesome things you never knew about The Iron Lady.

She wasn’t built to last

The Eiffel Tower, incredibly, was only actually designed to last for 20 years! Constructed by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the French Revolution, it was meant to showcase the industrial might of France as a nation. Now, the plan was that it would be pulled down after twenty years – point proven and all that! Gustave Eiffel convinced the Government to leave it up, and, for a time it doubled as a telegraph transmitter. This could even have been the decisive factor that saved it from being torn down.

You can ice skate on there

The viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower actually doubles up as an ice rink in the winter, and you can buy tickets to go skate up there. This is the perfect choice for those who are looking for something romantic to do while in the City of Love. This is an amazing experience, and one you may not get again, so we suggest you make the most of it as much as you possibly can. Situated on the first floor of the tower, the ice rink is open from December through February, and has an amazing 50-plus foot bar where you can get mulled wine and all sorts!

Repaint job

A structure as large, and old as the Eiffel Tower, can’t look this majestic simply by being left to its own devices. It needs constant attention and no small amount of TLC. The tower herself has actually been repainted 18 times over the years, which, considering her age, is not actually as much as we were expecting. But this could have something to do with the fact that it requires 60 tons of paint, just to give it its first coat! Yikes! This is clearly not a job that can be done in a single afternoon!

It’s been replicated

It might surprise you to know that the Eiffel Tower has actually been replicated numerous times. In fact, at last count, there were over 40 different replicas of the tower all over the world. These include one in Las Vegas and one in Tokyo. Paris, Texas also has one, and it wears a stetson, in typical Texas style! It’s amazing that there have been so many replicas of this wonderful structure, but that goes to show the impact and importance of the tower throughout the world.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable constructs in the world, and it’s got a lot going for it. Not only is it incredibly beautiful and iconic, but it is also one of the most interesting and architecturally impressive feats in the modern world. Next time you visit Paris, you have to go see the Eiffel Tower, and, if you’re there in the winter, please be sure you go ice skating on the first floor.

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What you need to know about group traveling

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Traveling can be a stressful experience at the best of times, but, traveling as a group can become even more arduous. There are a lot of different things to account for, and you need to try to accommodate everybody’s tastes. Group vacations have become really popular in the past few years, and this trend looks to continue for the time being. So, you may want to know some tips about traveling as part of a group.

If you’re heading abroad it’s highly likely you’re going to want to take a group tour. These are excellent because they are helmed by a guide, and, as such they are insightful, and an excellent way of getting a great dose of new culture. However, group tours can sometimes be restrictive on what they allow you to do, and that can be an issue… As long as you follow our handy tips, group traveling will be a breeze!

Get to know the group

The most important thing to do is to get to know the people in the group who are traveling with you. Some of them might be friends and family, but others may be total strangers, and it’s important to try to get friendly with them. This is going to make things a whole lot easier in the long run and will make the trip more enjoyable. Also, this is a unique experience and opportunity for the people on the trip, and it will no doubt bring you closer together as a group. You might even make friends from taking this approach, and everyone could do with a couple of extra pals!

Patience is a virtue

Bear in mind that group tours, while interesting, and occasionally fun, can also be trying and monotonous. There are going to be elements that get on your nerves, but you can’t, and shouldn’t, let them get to you. Try to exercise patience where you can, as that is the most important way of enjoying a big group experience like this. Don’t forget, you’re going to be generally waiting for the slowest or most inquisitive members of the group at every place you stop. Try to exercise some patience, otherwise, the group tour experience is liable to drive you insane.

Have an alternative plan

One of the most important things we think you can do on any kind of group trip is to come up with an alternative plan. Now, if you’re traveling with friends or family, you could get clever and elect to take a self-guided tour instead. This way you can still experience everything the tour guide is showing to others, but you’re not going to have to pay for it, and you won’t have to march to the beat of some else’s drum. This is a highly effective technique if you have people in your group, like kids, who you feel are going to be bored easily, and may want to have their own adventure instead.

Traveling as part of a group can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable ways of taking a trip, but, it is also potentially fraught with problems as well. You need to figure out the best way of making this a more enjoyable experience for you, and your family & friends (should they be traveling with you). You want to have a pleasant and memorable experience, and this is something you will need to try to work on as much as possible. Hopefully, you will find these ideas useful in helping you enjoy group travel much more.

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[OPINION]: This Male Millennial Wants You To Know: Women Harass Men, Too

Women—and even some men—are going public, almost daily, accusing men of sexual misconduct within the workplace. Rarely do we hear stories of men being sexually harassed by women at work, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

In the midst of several disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct coming out in the news recently, I am reminded of my own experience and the times when I felt comments or behavior from a female co-worker at my former place of employment were not OK.

 

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Workplace Double Standards?

 

Double standards in the workplace are extremely taboo and rarely discussed. Comments made in the same context between a man and woman can be taken differently.

I recall one time at my former job when a female co-worker asked me to assist her with one of the new programs the company used. I stopped by her desk to help her with the issue and when I leaned in to use her keyboard, she told me, “You smell really good.”

Honestly, maybe she just liked the cologne I was wearing but if I said the same in the same situation would it be appropriate? Can I tell a woman, “You smell good,” while we are working? If she reported that comment to human resources, would HR brush it off or would I find myself in trouble?

Crossing the Line

 

Another situation with the same co-worker happened when I wore a new pair of slim-fitting khakis to work. I was in the cafeteria getting coffee as she was sat with a group of other women from her department. She said “New pants? They look good on you.”

The entire table snickered. I remember at that exact moment I felt as though I were on display. I felt cheapened.

Again, let’s flip the situation. If I said to her, “That dress looks good on you,” how would she have taken the comment?

The last and final straw happened a few weeks later when this co-worker touched my arm and asked, “Have you been working out?”

Why was she touching me at all?

The first two situations mentioned—one can argue whether they were inappropriate or not—but not this. I knew if I had been the one to touch her body I would be unemployed.

There is an old saying that what you allow is what will continue. I did not want to get this woman fired or make a whole fiasco about it so I wrote her a direct email. I listed the three times she made me feel uncomfortable and asked her to please keep our relationship professional. She later apologized to me and only talked to me about work the rest of the time I was at that company.

Having been subject to harassment and now witnessing the barrage of sexual harassment stories dominating the news forces me to take accountability from another angle. That is that often men are more receptive to these comments, especially if it is coming from someone they find attractive. Nine times out of 10 we deem it as harmless flirting. But the point is that no matter your gender, there is a very thin line between being friendly/having an innocent conversation, and making your co-worker feel harassed or uncomfortable.

 

 

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What you didn’t know about the Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is one of the most historically and culturally important constructs in the world. The 15th Century Inca citadel based in Peru is one of the most iconic structures in the world. And attracts millions of tourists every year. Archaeologists have determined that it was constructed for the Incan emperor of the time, and it’s considered perhaps the most enduring symbol of the Incan Empire.

It is believed to have been constructed sometime around 1450 and then abandoned by the Incas around 100 years later. The citadel is one of the most stunning constructs on the planet and was finally awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, here are some amazing things you never knew about Machu Picchu.

The numbers don’t lie

We all know Machu Picchu is a wonderfully impressive construct, but you may not be aware of just how impressive it is! The temple is located almost 8,000 feet above sea level in the Cusco Region of Peru. The site also covers a jaw-dropping 80,000 acres and includes three primary structures – the Intihuatana, the Room of the Three Windows, and the Temple of the Sun. These all combine to make one of the most culturally significant constructs in the world. There are also loads of outlying buildings, and, in 1976 there was a restoration project to help restore and rebuild some parts of the citadel and the surrounding area.

It was never meant to be discovered

The history books tell us that the Incas abandoned Machu Picchu in the wake of the Spanish Conquest. The conquistadores were ruthless with their sacking and destruction of many of the Inca constructs. So, they decide to hide it from the Spanish, abandoning it, and burning the forest in the process. The idea was that the forest would regrow and hide the place, as well as disguising the trails that led into the mountains. This actually wound up working brilliantly, and the Spanish never discovered Machu Picchu. It remained hidden by the jungles of Peru until it was accidentally discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

It has a dress code

Of course, back in the day, this wouldn’t even have been a thing, but, it might surprise you to learn that, these days, there is actually a dress code for entering and visiting Machu Picchu! No, honestly, we’ve not made that up! As you enter the site, there are rules on which it clearly states that visitors are not allowed to enter the ruins wearing another country’s national dress! Quite why you would visit these iconic ruins in any sort of national dress is a mystery, but it must have happened in order for the rule to be generated. Make sure you bear this in mind before you visit.

Discoveries are still happening there

For a place so full of magic and wonder, we have taken so much from Machu Picchu, and it’s not stopped there. Incredibly, there are still discoveries being made here of an archaeological nature. The Incas, it would appear, had many secrets, and we are still unearthing a lot of secrets even now. In 2014 a secret door was discovered that is believed to be the door to one of the royal burial chambers. However, the Peruvian government won’t sanction the opening of the door, as it could cause significant damage to the temple.

Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing constructs in the world, and a place of supreme cultural importance and significance. Many millions of people each year have visited the ruins of Machu Picchu for an important spiritual journey. There are so many amazing things about this construct, as well as so many things you definitely had no idea about. We hope these amazing facts will open your eyes to a new way of looking at Machu Picchu.

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On Monday night, actress and writer Kristina Cohen accused actor Ed Westwick of sexual assault in an instantly viral Facebook post. Cohen’s allegation is just the latest in a long line of social media outings, as a seemingly endless list of celebrities have been called out in the post-Harvey Weinstein #MeToo movement. In her post, Cohen alludes to this avalanche of sexual abuse stories, writing, “The last month has been incredibly difficult. Like so many women I too have a story of sexual assault, and the outpouring of stories have been both triggering and emotionally exhausting. I’ve gone back and forth over and over again, unsure if I should speak up. If I could speak. And if so, will I be heard?”

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Zooey Deschanel Takes a ‘Know It or Grow It’ Approach When Feeding Her Kids

Zooey Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik are firm believers that the greatest wealth is health, and they’re dishing on the importance of “know it or grow it” in their new educational series “Your Food’s Roots with Zooey Deschanel.”

When Deschanel got pregnant with their first child, Elsie Otter, 2, the pair began to research whether or not the food they had been consuming all of these years would “the best thing for our child’s brain.”

“When I started looking into where our food was coming from, we all of the sudden starting seeing all this opaqueness – there were all these walls to finding out where your food came from, but that is a part of how we socialize, how we interact with our peers,” Deschanel told PEOPLE about how being a mother has changed the way she sees food.

“There are a certain amount of restaurants that tell you which farm your food came from, but most places don’t know, and a lot of places can’t tell you where your beef or chicken comes from,” she continues. “We started realizing that wall was making it difficult, though we were curious and slight obsessive and even we were having trouble finding out.”

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The 5-episode original series — which is a collaboration between the health conscious couple’s new initiative The Farm Project and ATTN: — will focus on reconnecting people with the food they consume, where it comes from, and how it affects our body as a whole, as well as educating viewers on the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle.

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“The more you eat local produce, the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the better you feel and the healthier you are, which makes it easier to stay fit and also the better it tastes,” says the New Girl actress.  There was only like four percent of sustainable food production and the other 96 percent was industrialized, and that was just a big shock to us.”

In each episode, Deschanel will interview experts and everyday people about the origins of our food and the harmful production process behind it, essentially encouraging viewers to become “knowers” and “growers.”

“We have an organic farm in Texas that grows a lot of stuff, but at our house we grow leafy greens and lettuces, different herbs, tomatoes, squash, zucchini,” she says about the garden they have growing on the property of their own home in Los Angeles. “When you grow your own food, it’s exciting and your kids get excited.”

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And while kids tend to enjoy food that comes from a box rather than the earth, Deschanel makes sure to throw a fun spin on eating healthy by allowing her daughter to take a field trip to the backyard to handpick her food from the ground each time it’s time for a meal.

“Our daughter might not eat a piece of broccoli if you bring it to her on a plate, but if she gets to pick it herself she gets so excited and wants it!” Says Deschanel. “And then she wants to try everything – the arugula, the herbs.”

In fact, Elsie Otter has become so obsessed with her leafy greens that Deschanel and Pechenik often have to hid the salad from her because certain kinds of lettuce have the tendency to get stuck in childrens’ throats.

“She can eat romaine, so I’ve just started making more romaine lettuces, and the arugula just has to be chopped up really small,” says Deschanel.

“Your Food’s Roots with Zooey Deschanel” premieres on Facebook Watch on November 7.


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After the monster success of Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book last year, Disney announced that the director would take the helm of another "reimagining" of an animated classic, The Lion King. A string of announcements has followed, capped by the latest news confirming that Beyonce Knowles-Carter has joined the cast. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
 

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Will Lady Gaga be walking down the aisle soon? Although there is no official confirmation, Us Weekly reports that the singer is engaged to talent agent Christian Carino. As it turns out, the couple may have secretly gotten engaged this summer, keeping the news under wraps since then. 

However, as Harper’s Bazaar pointed out, Lady Gaga has not been shy about revealing that she’s in love. “The best part about being in love with someone is having them there to catch you if you fall,” she said onstage during one of her concerts in September. Stay tuned as we learn more.

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‘Pet Sematary’ Remake Digs ‘Starry Eyes’ Directors; Here’s Everything We Know

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Paramount Pictures has been developing a remake of Pet Sematary since 2011, but the massive success of It last month has Hollywood scrambling to catch the heat of Stephen King mania. The favor for the author's work has already continued into Netflix's Gerald's Game and 1922.

Now we're looking at a new adaptation of Pet Sematary moving forward with Variety reporting the hire of directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer….

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Here’s what you need to need to know about the Russia investigation charges


Here’s what you need to need to know about the Russia investigation charges

The Russian investigation has been looming in the background of Donald Trump’s presidency. On Monday, special counsel Robert Mueller issued the first real charges in the investigation against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and one of his advisors, Rick Gates. Even if you’ve only been low-key following along with the investigation, the excitement surrounding the announcement on Monday morning made it seem like a Very Big Deal™ and possibly the beginning of the end for Trump. That all remains to be seen, but for now there are a few things you should know about the Russian investigation charges.

Because if nothing else, these charges (along with another, unrelated confession made on Monday from another former campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos) mean that the Russian collusion investigation is not going away anytime soon.

Just in case this is the first time you’ve really been able to tune into the investigation, since there are tons of better, more worthwhile ways to spend your time than obsessing over Trump, let’s start from the beginning.

So WTF is going on?

This investigation has been going on since before the election, when James Comey was still the FBI director, and the entire point of it is to find out if the Trump administration colluded in any way with Russian officials or operatives during the 2016 election, potentially affecting the outcome. After Trump allegedly insinuated to Comey that he should just drop the investigation, the president fired him back in May. (Why Trump fired him was a point of contention, which is why Comey testified this summer about his interactions with the president.)

But the purpose of the investigation is important, since any alleged involvement from any foreign country in our elections is profoundly messed up, so the Justice Department hired Mueller as special counsel to carry on the bipartisan investigation back in May. According to the New York Times, U.S. intelligence agencies have evidence that Russian president Vladimir Putin led a “stealth campaign” to interfere with the election last year. Mueller is tasked with finding out whether Trump officials had anything to do with it.

They’ve been interviewing and investigating Trump’s people since then.

After interviewing people close to the Trump campaign for the past few months, the first charges were finally brought on Monday, but they seemingly, or least according to the White House, have very little to do with the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement with Russia.

Here’s Paul Manafort at the 2016 RNC.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican nominee Donald Trump, Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, and his daughter Ivanka Trump do a walk thru at the Republican Convention, July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)
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The Justice Department had Manafort and Gates turn themselves into the FBI under 12 charges Monday morning, the biggest ones being for money laundering, lying to the FBI about their involvement with a political party in Ukraine, and filing false documents about their cash flow, which amounts to one of the other charges: conspiracy against the U.S.

All of the things they’re being charged with occurred way before 2016 — essentially the indictment alleges that Manafort laundered more than $ 18 million, which is why you might have seen tweets and reports about properties he bought in Brooklyn, huge clothing purchases, and other spending.

The scandal isn’t that he had real estate investments or custom suits, but that those things were all a way for him to clean dirty money from the Ukraine without having to tell the Internal Revenue Service about it.

Still, nothing to do with Trump…sort of.

Although what Manafort was allegedly doing with the Ukrainian government, money laundering, and treason thing sounds like a Scandal episode, it really shouldn’t distract you from what Mueller is really doing by filing the charges.

The charges against Manafort and Gates could lead to prison time theoretically, but it’s unlikely that that will ever happen. Instead, Mueller and his team are hoping that the two former Trump advisors turn on their former colleagues and start dishing about what really happened, if anything, if they even know, between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

On Monday afternoon, both Manafort and Gates plead not guilty to all of the charges and were placed on house arrest. So, there’s going to be a lot of legal back and forth going forward when it comes to finding out what, if anything, Manafort and Gates knew or did.

There’s a little plot twist, though.

While Manafort and Gates were turning themselves into the FBI on Monday morning, another one of Trump’s old foreign affairs advisors from his campaign, George Papadopoulos, also went to law enforcement. He confessed to lying to the FBI last spring when they asked him if he had ever had contact with Russian or other foreign officials on the Trump campaign’s behalf. He now says that he did communicate with Russians about getting “dirt” on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

Those meetings allegedly never happened and those close to Trump allege that Papadopoulos wasn’t a key member of the campaign. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Papadopoulos was a “volunteer,” at best, insinuating that Trump had no idea what he was up to. However, statements made by Trump last year concerning his advisors indicate that he was in the inner circle in some regard.

The investigation is nowhere near over. If anything, Papadopoulos’ confession could be much more damning for the Trump campaign, since he’s admitting he lied previously to the FBI and his actions reportedly took place during the 2016 campaign. That’s the case you want to really watch if you have to pick just one, if you, like all of us, are totally exhausted already by all of this. It’s really just the beginning for Mueller’s team, so settle in.



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Though now rightly regarded as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen were experiencing something of a midlife crisis in the summer of 1977, when Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor reconvened to begin work on their sixth studio album.

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Andy Cohen Says He ‘Doesn’t Know’ Kathy Griffin, Kathy BLASTS Andy As ‘Deeply Misogynistic’ [Video]

Andy Cohen pulled a Mariah Carey when asked about his former friend Kathy Griffin.

Everyone knows that Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper are BFFs. Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin were also BFFs until Anderson threw Kathy under the bus during the fallout from her bloody Donald Trump photo. 

Kathy admitted that was the end of their friendship and she thinks Anderson did her dirty.

Judging from the video below, it’s clear Andy is taking Anderson’s side in all this.

“Who? I don’t know her,” said Andy when asked about replacing Kathy in this year’s CNN New Year’s Eve special. The shade!

Kathy saw the video and took to Twitter to blast Andy for his alleged misogynistic ways.

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Loss is a very present reality in the world of giving birth and raising children. The statistics say one in four women experience a miscarriage. I’ve experienced one and it was heartbreaking. I remember the same out-of-body reaction I had when I got in a car accident. Something had been set in motion that I couldn’t control and I came out on the other side changed.

How do you remember a pregnancy? How do you remember a baby lost at 5 weeks (like mine) or at 18 weeks (like my friend) or a stillbirth, an infant, or a child? An embryo that did not implant during an IVF treatment? A friend of mine recently went through a failed adoption — don’t tell me that her mother’s heart wasn’t breaking. All of these dangling pieces of our family trees. Where do they go?

I asked a few momma friends how they remember their lost ones. So many responded with stories of their loss(es) and how they memorialized them. Here are a few of their suggestions coupled with my own.

1. Jewelry

Many mamas shared that they wear something, whether it be a necklace, a bracelet or a ring. It might be a birthstone, an engraved birthdate, a picture, or even a tiny urn for ashes. There are many artistic and personalized directions this kind of keepsake could go.

“I wear an urn necklace with her in it. Its my fidget spinner. For probably a year I carried her Urn in my purse…It’s a heart. Says always on my heart,” says loss mom Kira F.

Here is an urn necklace with many positive reviews. (Amazon, $ 21.99)

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Here is another idea for a mother that has lost her baby in early pregnancy from Glassberries on Etsy. These beautiful glass necklaces are shaped as blueberries or raspberries, representing early stages in pregnancy. (Etsy, $ 53)

2. Ornaments

Holidays are tough for many. It’s a time to be with family, which can remind us of who isn’t there to celebrate with. Many mamas either made, purchased, or were given an ornament to commemorate.

“I have special Christmas ornaments for each loss. the holidays were always the hardest for me so an ornament was tough in some ways, but also gives me a reminder to reflect and remember,” says Laura R.

You can purchase this ornament with your child’s name and date of birth along with an inscription on a maplewood snowflake. (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, $ 17.00)

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3. Jizu statues

In traditional Buddhist teachings the Jizu statue is believed to be the protector of children and the unborn. He smuggles them to the afterlife in the sleeves of his robe. The practice is moving through the west offering closure to many women who are experiencing loss.

Dannie S. says, “I have a Jizo statue for each loss. They were supposed to go in the garden but I haven’t quite found the right spot. They are still in the house with me. In time they may move outside…”

You can purchase a Jizu statue for your house or garden. (Amazon, $ 10.99)

keepsake-statue-jizo4. Project B.E.A.R. (Bringing Empty Arms Relief)

A mama who lost her first son at 37 weeks and her second son two weeks after he was born started this program. She turned her grief into this nonprofit program to help other grieving mothers. You can request one for you or a friend who has experienced a loss.

Ashleigh R. said after receiving a bear herself, “I have had these [bears] sent as a surprise to three of my dear friends whom have had miscarriages as well.”

The bears can be sent at no cost, but donations are appreciated. (Project Bear, $ 3-$ 20)

5. Memorial ash beads

This stunning bead caught my eye when another angel mama shared how her Aunt makes them. These beads are hand-made with love and compassion for the grieving families. Their unique properties are formed when a tiny amount of ash is added to a glass bead mixture. You can see more of her work at Memorial Ash Beads.

The artist, Theresa Ostertagg says, “I always ask for a (copy of) picture of the person (if available) to look at, and something written down that the family would like to tell me about the person. This helps me with my process while making the beads… I know how much it can help with the grieving process.” (Memorial Glass Beads, $ 25-55)

So many more shared how they grieved their losses from photography to tattoos to weeping cherry trees. I came to marvel at all the beautiful and unique ways these angel parents remembered their babies. To grieve is to remember and that is a beautiful thing.

How do you remember your loss?

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Images by Amazon, GlassBeads, Now I lay Me Down to Sleep, Project Teddybear, Memorial Ash Beads, iStock

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‘Call of Duty: WWII’: Everything You Need to Know

The Call of Duty series returns to its roots this November with Call of Duty: WWII, which marks the first time in almost a decade since the series visited the historic conflict. If you’re thinking of jumping back into the series with Call of Duty: WWII, here’s everything you need to know.

A Mode for Every Mood

On the multiplayer side, classics such as “Team Deathmatch” and “Domination” make their return to Call of Duty: WWII. However, it’s the new “War” mode that has fans buzzing. War is a new narratively driven multiplayer experience that allows players to relive famous WWII battles. As either the Axis or Allies, players are tasked with attacking or defending objectives. The popular “payload” mechanic is even introduced during some stages of “War” maps. It’s definitely the most unique multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: WWII.

No More “Create-A-Class”

Also new to multiplayer is the addition of “Divisions.” Before entering your first match, you’ll be prompted to join a division. You’ll have five options to choose from, and experience earned in matches will allow you to unlock other classes down the line. Each class is assigned a loose difficulty suggestion, meaning the Infantry has the easiest loadout kit to master whereas the “Mountain” division is geared toward more experienced FPS veterans.

Hone Your Craft at the “Headquarters”

Another can’t-miss feature is the addition of the “Headquarters” social experience. Similar to the social spaces of fellow Activision shooter Destiny, Headquarters will hold about 50 players at a time and offers a variety of player activities in the downtime between matches. You’ll be able to test out new weapons, challenge others to 1v1 duels, and more.

Realism Returns

Call of Duty has also shaken up the single-player experience in World War II.
There is a renewed emphasis on realism, with no health regeneration and no ammo drops. Instead, first aid and ammo will be supplied by squad members. Players can also earn experience points by dragging their allies into cover, capture enemy soldiers, and — of course — killing enemies. Earning XP will allow you to upgrade your character as you progress through the story.

Zombies Are Back

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Call of Duty game if there wasn’t a zombies mode. This time around, the biggest change is the addition of a class system that includes offense, control, medic, and support. On the complete opposite spectrum of realism, the “Zombies” game mode returns as robust as ever. Each class a certain role to fill and different abilities, making a balanced team essential to pushing back the waves of undead.

Call of Duty: WWII comes out November 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


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Everything You Need to Know Before Watching ‘Stan Against Evil’ Season 2

Pig monsters, possessed goth kids, and plenty of other paranormal pests plague the small New Hampshire town of Willard’s Mill. And who gets stuck cleaning up all this mess? Sheriff Stan Miller. Well, former sheriff. See, Stan recently had to quit after he beat up an old lady at his wife’s funeral. Don’t feel bad for her though: that old lady was an evil witch.

The Willard’s Mill Curse — Why Stan?


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John C. McGinley in Stan Against Evil

Turns out that there’s a curse upon all the sheriffs of Willard’s Mill. Back in the 1600s, the wicked constable, Thaddeus Eccles, burned 172 people at the stake for the crime of witchcraft. So, they decided to get even and murder every sheriff who followed him. They all ended up dying tragic deaths, except for Stan.

He was lucky enough to have his wife, Claire, looking out for him on the sly. She became an expert demon killer and protected Stan without him ever knowing the wiser. Now that she’s gone, Stan is numero uno on every demon’s hit-list.

To survive, he has to team up with the new sheriff in town, Evie Barret, as well as his sweet but unique daughter, Denise, in order to fight off the many monsters that keep poor Stan from just vegging out in front of the TV. They sometimes ask Deputy Leon Drinkwater for help, but he’s not really the helpful type.

Spoilers Below for Season 1 of Stan Against Evil


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Janet Varney in Stan Against Evil.

We learn that the only real witch in Willard’s Mill was Constable Eccles himself! What a *****! After some Groundhog Day shenanigans, he ends up trapping Evie back in the past and escaping into our time, but Stan recognizes that sumthin’ ain’t right. Can Stan figure out how to retrieve Evie from the past before she gets roasted like a campfire marshmallow?

Only way to find out is to tune into Stan Against Evil for its second season on IFC starting on November 1. Make sure to bring a shovel and some wet naps. It’s gonna be messy.

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TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

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10 New Artists You Need to Know: October 2017

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, class rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet, self-described "social music activist"

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The concept of personal finance can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never learned much about it (which is the case for most people). And very often, when you try to learn, the internet is full of so much clutter these days, it can be difficult to know whom to trust.

But here’s the good news: if you know nothing about money (or even if you know a lot), there are really just a few basic things you need to understand in order to start taking control of your financial life. Once you grasp these concepts and apply them to your own life, you will begin to see a much brighter financial future.

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Synopsis for Eli Roth’s ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ – Everything We Know So Far

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While we are in the heart of horror movie season, let’s look ahead to a film releasing this time next year, Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock in its Walls. With plot details now available, here’s a recap of everything we know so far:

What’s it about?

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I Didn’t Know About Worker’s Comp Until a Lizard Bit Me

As summer gave way to fall, Wal-Mart transformed over the course of a few days. Beach towels and boogie boards gave way to pencils, folders and backpacks. Overnight, I got reassigned from the garden section to grocery. The change proved disastrous, or at least comical.

 

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A mere 10 minutes into my shift, I reached under some shelving to grab a small piece of trash. All at once, a sharp pain ran through my hand, and the tip of my finger became numb. “Owww!” I yelped. Whipping my head around, I caught site of the culprit. A black-and-yellow lizard darted out of the risers.

Jerome, my shift manager, screamed like a little girl. He grabbed boxes and tried to trap the lizard. In a panic I reached down for the lizard and picked it up with my bare hands. The lizard writhed in my hands, and I threw it in the nearest trash can.

“That lizard tried to eat you,” Jerome said. My heart was beating out of my chest, but I said, “It’s really no big deal.” The lizard was no more than eight inches long if you excluded its tail.

Jerome sent me to our HR representative to fill out a first report of injury. “Won’t that end the 375-days-without-injury streak?” I asked. “I would rather forgo some ice cream than have you die from lizard poison,” he said.

I walked to the HR office. Over the intercom I heard Jerome say, “We have a lizard situation in the trash can on aisle 24.”

In the office the HR representative had me fill out the report. She asked me if I needed to visit urgent care. I told her that I wasn’t too worried. She went on to explain my right to workers’ compensation insurance: “I’m serious. If you need medical attention, Wal-Mart will pay. That’s your right, you know.”

I assured her that I was fine, and I went back to work. Still, I felt thankful that my employer took the time to explain my rights.

Small Businesses & Workers’ Comp

Workers’ comp is part of a suite of business insurance coverages you may want to consider depending on your business and how many workers you employ. By law, employers who employ five or more workers are required to buy workers’ comp insurance, with the major exception of farm owners. It covers medical care for injuries or illnesses caused at work, and replaces income those employees lose if they must miss work. It also helps you protect your business from lawsuits by injured employees who may seek damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish. 

Workers’ comp also covers retraining costs and compensation for permanent injuries. It even provides a death benefit should an employee die on the job. It’s not health insurance, though, and it isn’t disability or life insurance. 

As an employer, you’re also responsible for informing employees that you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

Large companies train managers on how to handle potential workers’ compensation claims. This ensures that employees get the medical coverage that they need. 

An Employee’s Perspective on Not Having Coverage

I’m not the type who wants to forgo any legal rights, but workers’ comp insurance seems to favor employees. I certainly prefer the push for workers’ comp after the treatment that I got at my first job.

As a high school junior and senior, I worked at a small Italian restaurant. The restaurant was owned by the most stereotypically Italian grandparents you could think of. Giuseppe and Maria bickered constantly in the kitchen, but they made the most delicious … everything. Only a dozen people worked at the restaurant, and we all pretended to be Italian.

One night a couple came in just minutes before closing. I seated them and took their order right away. The cook rushed through their order and had their food ready in just seven minutes. I grabbed the plates, but I noticed that the marinara sauce was missing. I told the cook to sauce the plate. He whipped around with a ladle full of steaming marinara and poured it all over the food and my arm. Tomatoes and olive oil seared my skin.

Holding in a scream of pain, I set down the plates and ran my arm under cold water. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” the cook said over and over.

Meanwhile, our manager cleaned the plates and took them out to the waiting customers. She helped me make an ice bag and sent me home with some burn cream. She didn’t suggest a trip to urgent care; she didn’t fill out a form to document the incident.

I had the right to medical attention, but my manager didn’t mention it. To be honest, I don’t think my manager or I knew about workers’ comp. Her job was to run the restaurant, not to deal with workers’ comp.

Knowing what I know now, in a similar situation, I would ask my manager to type up and sign an incident report so that, if I sought medical attention, the company would compensate me for it later.

Small employers have most of the same rights as larger employers. However, small employers aren’t likely as familiar with compliance, which can wind up hurting both the business owner and the employee. That’s why it’s important to get informed, provide employees with the information they need and provide them with the tools they need to make informed decisions.

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The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

BIG NEWS

Ron Howard revealed the Han Solo movie title: Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't a surprising title for the standalone young Han Solo movie, but at least we know what to call it now. Read all we know about the movie here and check out some extra Star Wars news and rumors here and here and here.

 

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Director Bryan Singer (X-Men Apocalypse) shared an amazing new photo of Rami Malek (above in Buster's Mal Heart) as Freddie Mercury (below) and it looks like a snapshot from a concert video of the famed singer during his glory days leading Queen. If those names are not instantly familiar to you, however, we're here to help with a quick catch-up on the movie.

 

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‘Han Solo’ Movie Gets a Title; Here’s What We Know So Far

'Han Solo’ Movie Gets a Title; Here’s What We Know So Far

The big news of the day is that the "Untitled Han Solo Film” now has a title! The next entry in the Star Wars anthology series is — drumroll please — Solo: A Star Wars Story.

What do you think? It’s simple, it’s to the point and, honestly, what could be a better name for a stand-alone movie? Let’s quickly recap everything we know so far.

 

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NYPD Doesn’t Know What It Will Do With the Next Harvey Weinstein Case

If the NYPD does build a case against Harvey Weinstein for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his accusers, where are the cops supposed to take it?

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Money Mondays: All You Need To Know To Get Health Insurance This Year

You are here this morning to talk about open enrollment season for health insurance. Why is this important?

 Open enrollment is the annual period when you can enroll in or change your health insurance coverage for the upcoming year. Additionally, for those who receive other benefits through their employers—such as life and unemployment insurance, or child care assistance —this is often when you can make changes to these offerings as well. Barring some specific life events, you only have the option of adjusting your coverage once a year, so it is important to understand your options and needs ahead of time.

When is the open enrollment period this year? Is it the same for everyone?

 It is not the same for everyone. For those getting health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, open enrollment runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Outside of this period, you are usually only able enroll in a health insurance plan if you qualify for a special enrollment period. You’re eligible if you have certain life events, like getting married, having or adopting a child, changing jobs or losing other health coverage.

For employer-provided health insurance and other benefits, the timing can vary. It is generally in the fall, between October 1 and December 31. If your company offers health insurance and other benefits but you do not know when your company’s open enrollment period is, contact your HR department.

What should we keep in mind when choosing our healthcare coverage?

First, understand your options. If you get health insurance through your job, speak with an HR representative about the plans available to you. If your job doesn’t provide a health insurance benefit, shop on your state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace or the federal marketplace to find the lowest premiums. You can do so by going to healthcare.gov.

Next, you want to consider the different kinds of plans available. You are likely to run in a bunch of acronyms, like HMO or PPO. The type you choose will help determine your out-of-pocket costs and which doctors you can see. Compare each plan’s summary of benefits to learn more. Your HR department or the online marketplace will usually provide a summary and show the cost of the plan near the its title.

Finally, weigh your cost options and your healthcare needs. Decide whether you want more health coverage and higher monthly premiums, or lower premiums and higher-out-of-pocket costs. When making this decision, consider the healthcare needs of you and your family. If you are single and in great health, maybe you do not want to pay high premiums. If you have a family, numerous prescriptions or past health issues, more coverage with higher monthly premiums might be a better option.

What other items should we think about during this period, beyond healthcare?

If you have the option of receiving life and unemployment insurance, i would recommend purchasing this coverage. It is usually inexpensive and it will protect you and your family from financial hardship. Remember, 1 in 4 Americans will be involved in an accident that prevents them from working for a period during their life. You want to make sure that if something happens to you, this is not financially catastrophic for you and your loved ones.

Second, the open enrollment period is a great time to review your retirement needs. Most employer-sponsored retirement plans allow you to make changes at any time, but this is a great time to consider this benefit as well. You want to make sure you’re contributing to your retirement plan, if you have one. And if your employer offers matching, be sure you’re getting all the free money on the table. It is also a good time to talk to your financial advisor about your portfolio mix and performance.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that, among other things, ends subsidies to health insurers that help low-income Americans pay out-of-pocket medical expenses. How will that affect health care options next year?

 It is not likely to have an effect for 2018, due to the timing. The changes in regulation still take time to propose and go through a public comment period. The order also does not lift the requirement that most Americans have some form of health insurance for the year or face a tax penalty. In addition, numerous states have lined up to block the order in court.

However, in the longer term, this could mean that insurance companies can sell stripped back plans that provide less coverage, and it could mean more comprehensive plans could see their premiums rise. We will have to wait to see what the ripple effects are over time. At this point, it should have minimal impact on your 2018 coverage options or premiums

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

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‘Gambit’ Gets a Release Date; Here’s What We Know So Far

'Gambit' Gets a Release Date; Here's What We Know So Far

 

20th Century Fox’s standalone Gambit film was originally scheduled for a 2016 release. Obviously, that did not happen and fans of the card-throwing superhero have been wondering if and when they would ever see his big-screen adventure. Well, good news – Deadline reports that come Valentine’s Day 2019, you can have a date with Gambit! Let’s go over everything we know about this anticipated movie so far:

 

 

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Colin Kaepernick Has Filed a Collusion Claim Against the NFL. Here’s What to Know

According to multiple sources, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion. In March, I wrote a legal analysis of this scenario occurring and explained how it would work for Kaepernick and the NFL. The March article details the relevant procedures at play and how they are governed by the collective bargaining agreement.

Here’s an update, and 16 key points to stress.

1. Collusion requires actual cooperation between teams (or cooperation between a team or teams and the league)

Here’s a scenario that has probably played out in recent months: Officials on one NFL team meet to discuss the team’s need for a quarterback. Kaepernick is one player they discuss. The officials then decide, without the involvement of any other team, to not sign Colin Kaepernick. Instead, the team signs a quarterback who, by objective metrics, isn’t as good as Kaepernick. These officials even admit to taking such an approach because they believe that Kaepernick would be a distraction. They also openly disagree with his political views and are offended by his kneeling during the national anthem.

Sounds suspicious, right? It’s not, at least not for purposes of collusion.

The scenario I just described is not collusion because it involves only one team. To be sure, those officials might regret not signing the “better” player. That’s not the point. It is lawful for one team to not want Kaepernick on grounds that team officials don’t like him. Along those lines, no NFL team is legally obligated to sign Kaepernick.

For Kaepernick to prove collusion, he would need to show that two or more teams, or the league office and at least one team, conspired in some way to deny him an opportunity to play in the NFL.

2. Kaepernick needs evidence of collusion

Kaepernick needs more than mere supposition or belief that he has been victimized by a conspiracy. Perhaps he has an email, text, social media message, video, audio recording, hand-written note or sworn testimony from a witness. Maybe his agents, Jeffrey Nalley and Sean Kiernan, are in possession of such evidence. Regardless, the evidence must clearly show that two or more teams, or the NFL and a team or teams, conspired to deny Kaepernick of an opportunity to play in the NFL.

So where might Kaepernick have uncovered evidence that he believes proves collusion? We know that if it occurred, it must have been within the last 90 days, as under Article 17 of the CBA a player has that long to file a grievance. Otherwise we are left to speculate.

One possibility: Given the public uproar over players engaging in a form of protest during the national anthem, could officials on different teams have exchanged emails about the topic and, in doing so, pin the blame on Kaepernick? Sure. After all, Kaepernick began the controversy last season.

Yet even if Kaepernick is in possession of those kinds of emails, they may not prove collusion. He would need to show that he has been deprived of a collectively bargained right—namely, the right to sign with a team. Emails from officials on different teams merely criticizing him might not rise to the necessary level.

3. The fact that Kaepernick is probably “better” than some quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters does not prove collusion

In recent weeks, various media commentators have opined that quarterbacks inferior to Kaepernick are on NFL rosters. Some of those quarterbacks are even starting NFL games.

Collusion?

No. As mentioned above, some teams might not want Kaepernick simply because they don’t like him. They might prefer an inferior quarterback as the backup since he would not attract controversy or draw attention away from the starting quarterback, or he better fits the team’s offensive scheme. Whether such an approach is in the best interests of a team can be debated. But for purposes of collusion analysis, Kaepernick’s superior talent compared to some NFL quarterbacks doesn’t—by itself—prove anything.

4. Kaepernick proving that owners or team officials are racially insensitive would not prove collusion

If Kaepernick can prove he has been the victim of racial discrimination by NFL owners, such discrimination would not necessarily advance a collusion grievance. As noted above, Kaepernick would still need to show that teams conspired.

That said, other legal claims might become available for Kaepernick in such a scenario. For instance, he could file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is entrusted with guaranteeing that employees are not subject to illegal forms of discrimination.

Kaepernick and the NFLPA could also pursue potential remedies available through the National Labor Relations Board. To that end, Kaepernick might insist that the NFL is in violation of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act by denying him a chance to engage in a concerted activity—anthem protest. Such protest, it could be argued, would advance the union’s bargaining interests.

5. Kaepernick proving that owners or team officials are “colluding” with President Trump would not prove collusion

On several occasions, President Donald Trump has leveled sharp criticism against Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem. Trump has even urged NFL owners to cut players who do not stand during the national anthem. By implication, Trump has signaled that he’d prefer teams not sign free agents who would kneel during the anthem. I have written about the legal implications of Trump’s NFL-related comments here and here.

Could the President of the United States be a key person in a collusion grievance brought by Kaepernick?

Probably not.

An NFL owner agreeing with Trump, or even communicating with Trump about Kaepernick, would not constitute collusion under the CBA. Trump is an external actor for purposes of collusion analysis. That is, he is not a party to the CBA and is therefore not governed by it.

If, however, multiple NFL owners have communicated through Trump about Kaepernick, perhaps there would be evidence of collusion. But Trump would not be the collusive party—it would be the owners.

At least in theory, there may be other legal recourses for Kaepernick against Trump. One federal criminal statute, 18 U.S. Code § 227, has attracted some attention because it prohibits the President from “wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions.” If the President is charged and convicted of violating this statute, he would be disqualified from office and face up to 15 years in prison.

This statute, however, is limited in crucial ways that make it virtually inapplicable to any real-world situation. One key way: To gain a conviction, a prosecutor would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump acted “with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation” (emphasis added). Logically, it seems almost impossible to imagine a prosecutor proving that Trump directed NFL owners to not sign Kaepernick—who reportedly didn’t vote in the 2016 election—solely because of partisan political affiliation and no other reason whatsoever.

6. Kaepernick opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract doesn’t disprove collusion

Much has been written about the fact that Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March. He was scheduled to to make $ 16.9 million in salary and bonuses in 2017, though the 49ers would not be on the hook for that if they cut him, and various media reports suggest Kaepernick opted out after learning the 49ers were going to do so.

Some have reasoned that because Kaepernick opted out of his contract, he somehow waived any potential collusion claim.

That is incorrect. In fact, there is no connection between the two. If teams conspired against Kaepernick in recent months, he would still be a victim of collusion. His opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March would be irrelevant.

7. Kaepernick turning down free-agent offers wouldn’t disprove collusion

Some have speculated that Kaepernick might have told teams, or at least implied to them, that he wants to start. It’s also possible that Kaepernick has turned down overtures—perhaps even offers—from teams that want to sign him.

None of that would prevent Kaepernick from proving collusion. Why? Because an alleged conspiracy might have involved other teams and their officials. If two teams colluded against Kaepernick, and the 30 other teams did not collude, Kaepernick would still have been victimized by collusion.

8. The arbitrator will be neutral for Kaepernick’s grievance

Kaepernick’s grievance falls under Article 17 of the CBA. It dictates that a “system arbitrator” will preside over the proceedings. Such an arbitrator is neutral and selected by both the NFL and the NFLPA. This is, of course, a very different system of dispute resolution than that experienced by NFL players who challenge player conduct suspensions under Article 46 of the CBA. Under Article 46, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is the presiding officer (arbitrator) unless he delegates that responsibility to someone of his choosing. Kaepernick, in contrast, will have an impartial person review his claim.

9. Kaepernick must satisfy the “clear preponderance of the evidence” burden

The system arbitrator will not decide the grievance based on whether Kaepernick has “probably” proven the case. Kaepernick must be somewhat more convincing: He must persuade the arbitrator through a “clear preponderance of the evidence” that collusion occurred and caused him economic injury. The word “clear” in conjunction with “preponderance of the evidence” is noteworthy. Legal commentators who have studied this burden find that the evidence must be compelling in order for the burden to be met.

10. An arbitration hearing isn’t as worrisome to the NFL as would be a trial

The hearing for Kaepernick’s grievance will be a private arbitration hearing—not a public trial. Although the federal rules of evidence will apply, NFL arbitration does not involve nearly the same degree of pretrial discovery as found in a trial. No subpoenas or warrants will be available in such a forum, and witnesses cannot be compelled to testify upon threat of being jailed. These dynamics could limit the ability of Kaepernick to force the NFL to answer to his claims or theories.

11. If Kaepernick wins, he could receive many millions of dollars

If Kaepernick can prove collusion, he stands to receive a sizable amount of money. His damages would be trebled: hypothetically, if Kaepernick proves that collusion cost him $ 10 million, he would be awarded $ 30 million in damages.

This is because Kaepernick would be awarded two types of damages. The first would include compensatory damages for the money he lost due to collusion. Under the penalty scheme for collusion, Kaepernick would also receive non-compensatory (or punitive) damages of twice the value of his compensatory damages (thrice if the team is a repeat offender, though no team is likely in such a category).

How could an arbitrator be sure as to the appropriate amount of compensatory damages for Kaepernick? It would clearly be a difficult analysis. The arbitrator would have to envision a world that never occurred and then surmise what Kaepernick, at age 29, would have earned in it.

One way to help the arbitrator would be through “comparables”—salaries of other free-agent quarterbacks who signed with NFL teams in 2017. To that end, it is worth noting that 27-year-old Mike Glennon signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears for $ 45 million, 31-year-old Brian Hoyer signed a two-year deal with the 49ers for $ 12 million, 34-year-old Jay Cutler signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins for $ 10 million, and 37-year-old Josh McCown signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets for $ 6 million. As I wrote earlier this year, football experts could argue that Kaepernick, who threw 16 touchdowns against four interceptions in 2016, was superior to those players: He enjoyed a higher QB rating (90.7) than McCown (72.3) in 2016 and a higher career QB rating than that of Hoyer this year (74.1).

12. If Kaepernick loses his grievance, he could appeal to federal court—but he would probably lose again

Just like other players who lose NFL arbitrations, Kaepernick would be able to sue the NFL (and any colluding teams) in a U.S. District Court. In doing so, he would petition a federal judge to vacate the arbitration decision.

As evidenced by recent lawsuits that ultimately failed, players have not experienced a great deal of success in suing over arbitration awards. This is in part due to the high level of deference judges owe arbitrators under federal law—even when, as stipulated by Article 46 of the CBA, the arbitrator is the NFL commissioner or a similarly non-neutral designate. Challenging an Article 17 collusion decision might prove even more problematic for Kaepernick given that the arbitrator would be a neutral and presumably more credible figure.

13. The NFL has experienced limited interaction with collusion claims

Only once in recent years has the NFL battled a collusion claim. In 2011, the NFLPA claimed that teams conspired to cap player salaries during the uncapped 2010 season. The matter was ultimately heard by a federal appeals court, which was tasked with resolving several matters related to the collective bargaining relationship between the NFL and NFLPA. The court did not find evidence of fraud.

14. Baseball has a longer history of collusion

On several occasions Major League Baseball players have proven that the league and its owners conspired to unlawfully restrict player salaries. In the 1980s, owners were shown to have reached a “gentleman’s agreement” to not bid for each other teams’ free agents—a clear violation of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. Players learned of such plots through their agents, who were able to gain statements from baseball officials that in turn proved collusion.

Not all collusion matters against baseball have been resolved favorably for the players. In 2015, an arbitrator rejected a collusion grievance brought by Barry Bonds on grounds that Bonds—who offered to sign with any team for the league minimum—lacked evidence of collusion.

15. Kaepernick has retained a well-known attorney for his grievance

Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reports that Kaepernick has retained Mark Geragos, a high-profile attorney, to litigate the grievance. Although perhaps best known for representing such Hollywood stars as Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder, Geragos also has sports law expertise. He represented NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield in his attempt to defeat a drug suspension.

16. If Kaepernick is signed by an NFL team, he could—but not must—drop his grievance

With quarterback injuries and underperformance, calls for teams to sign Kaepernick continuously surface. The latest example concerns the Green Bay Packers. In Sunday’s Packers-Minnesota Vikings game, Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken right collarbone. The injury could cause Rodgers to miss the entire season. Backup quarterback Brett Hundley took over for Rodgers in the Vikings game. Hundley struggled at times, throwing three interceptions and completing only 18 of 33 passes. While it’s too early to draw any conclusions on Hundley, who until Sunday had only thrown 10 passes in the regular season, the Packers will be on the market for another quarterback to join Hundley. Perhaps they will consider Kaepernick.

If Kaepernick signs with the Packers or another team, he might decide to drop the grievance. His focus would presumably be on adjusting to a new playbook and helping his team win. A grievance procedure might become a distraction.

Kaepernick, however, would not be obligated to drop the grievance if he signs with a team. He could still attempt to prove that he was victimized by collusion.

Michael McCann is SI’s legal analyst. He is also an attorney and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and co-author with Ed O’Bannon of the forthcoming book Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA and My Life in Basketball.

This story originally appeared on SI.com.


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Thor Ragnarok kicks off a big narrative arc for the Hulk: Hulk can't have a solo feature in the currrent MCU, but that's not stopping Marvel from giving him his own trilogy within non-exclusive installments, starting with Thor: Ragnarok and continuing in the next two Avengers sequels. Read more here and here and see more on the MCU below.

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“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name

“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name


“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name

The moment was brief, but This Is Us just answered one of our *burning* questions in tonight’s episode! If you haven’t seen Season 2, Episode 3, “Deja Vu,” now might be a good time to skedaddle because #SPOILERS. Last chance, because we’re about to get into plot details…

This week’s This Is Us saw Rebecca take Jack out on a romantic date to try to work through some of their marital difficulties.

She makes a move, but he rebuffs her advances so the pair head back to their home pretty quickly. Once there, Jack tells Rebecca that it’s been difficult to open up to her as of late, but that he wants to keep talking to her. Rebecca throws their burgers into the grass, and follows him back into the car so they can continue their date.

That may seem like a little detail about the burgers, but as we’ve learned time and time again…there are NO small details on This Is Us. That burger attracts the attention of a dog, who starts chowin’ down. And not just any dog. No, no, no, this is the dog we saw Kate clutching at the end of the Season 2 premiere. This is the dog that appeared out of nowhere, but is a potential clue about Jack’s death.

“Hey, looks like someone got to enjoy the burgers tonight,” Jack says upon finding the pup.

Rebecca wonders if it’s a stray, and Jack picks the dog up. It looks like love at first sight if you ask us, which means there could be a lot of sentimental value attached to that dog, WHICH MEANS Jack could, IDK, be willing to run into a burning house to save it??? Just some food for thought…

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Our guess is that the Pearsons adopted the dog in this moment — or pretty soon after. In any case, we finally know *where* the dog came from. Now, can we learn its name already? And we need to know what connection, if any, this pup has to Jack’s death. But also, can we learn its name already?! For now, we’re just going to think of it as Sparky Pearson.

And here’s hoping we learn that darn name when This Is Us returns to NBC next Tuesday.



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Dr. Danielle Gilliam is a senior obesity medical liaison with Novo Nnordisk Inc. She has thorough knowledge of obesity, diabetes and the science that supports Novo Nordisk products.

Dr. Gilliam attended Xavier University in New Orleans for her undergraduate studies in chemistry and the University of Illinois Chicago for her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate in Pharmacy. Her 20 years in the field of diabetes includes clinical, research and industry experience.

 OBESITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH MULTIPLE COMPLICATIONS INCLUDING:

  • SLEEP APNEA
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  • INFERTILITY

WHAT CAUSES OBESITY?

A: Obesity is a complex disease. Multiple factors like genetics, environmental, physiological, and psychological all playing a role.

WHAT OTHER HEALTH COMPLICATIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY?

There are over 100 obesity related complications, the most common in the African-American community is Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, sleep apnea, infertility, cancer and heart disease.

WHAT AGE GROUP DOES OBESITY AFFECT THE MOST?

Obesity affects all age groups and genders. Obesity can reduce your life expectancy up to 10 years. The younger you are, the most years taken off your life.

WHAT STATES OR REGIONS TEND TO HAVE THE HIGHEST OBESITY RATE?

The Midwest (29% obesity) and South(29.5% obesity) are the regions most affected by obesity. The CDC has identified a Southern obesity belt. This belt comprises the states AL, AK, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, OK, SC, TX, and WV with MS and WV having the highest rates.

WHAT IS THE BODY MASS INDEX AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW?

BMI is a convenient population level measure of obesity. You calculate BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. Or you can simply go online and Google BMI calculator; type in your weight and height to determine your BMI.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE CONSIDERED OBESE?

Obesity is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation. A BMI equal to or greater than 30 is considered obese.

 HOW CAN I SAFELY LOSE THE WEIGHT AND THEN NOT GAIN IT BACK?

Weight loss is highly individualized. This will vary based on what factors play a role in your obesity (i.e. genetics, psychological, environmental). Numerous studies have shown that when people lose weight achieved by dieting, they regained weight and in some studies more than their initial weight before the diet.

This is in part due to the physiological responses to weight loss. As you lose weight, your responds to hormonal and metabolic adaptations causing an increase in hunger and desire to eat. If you have chronic obesity, you should speak with your physician or an obesity specialist.

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If you are considering planning an event, one often overlooked question to ask yourself is, “Why do I want to have a live event and what is the end goal or purpose of my event?” Event planning, without a defined and desired result, along with a specific plan of action to get there, is one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make.

 

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Vicki Irvin has successfully planned and executed the Extreme Women Entrepreneurs Event for seven years. Irvin provided ready-to-implement information for event planning:

– Your event should support the purpose of your work or expertise, which often means bringing together like-minded people on the same mission looking for useful information.

-Know your ideal dream clients and target them in your marketing plan to fill the room. If there is a mismatch in any way, the event will not achieve its goal.

-Work with an event planner who is also an expert at venue/space negotiations. When you’re in the seminar business, getting your space as cost effectively as possible is crucial to your bottom line.

-Identify all potential streams of income from the event because you can profit far beyond registration fees. There are product and service sales, as well as revenue shares with speakers who complement what you do while providing value for your attendees. Your stage is not a place to “test” out new speakers. To protect your brand, be sure to choose speakers who are proven professionals.

While all of the things mentioned are important, one of the hardest things to do is fill your event. A marketing strategy is needed in advance, along with ample lead time. For example. I start marketing my live events at least 4-5 months in advance, and I would suggest you give yourself even more time when possible. I

If you are new and don’t have a following, your event will start off smaller in size, which is perfectly fine. Focus on the quality of your audience versus the quantity. Even when you are established, filling a live event remains the top challenge. Just ask all the people who have had to cancel, or resort to giving away tickets for free.

Some of my favorite marketing strategies are Facebook advertising and live streaming about the event. Other strategies include holding webinars about your event to get people excited so that they know what to expect, and for them to determine if it is a perfect fit for them.

Profitable live events can be an excellent stream of income for your business when done right. You should ensure that everything you do when planning your live event supports getting you to your end goal. Attending an event is a time commitment for attendees, so be sure to deliver on your promises.

 

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Beautiful places you didn’t know existed in Europe

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When it comes to finding your perfect vacation destination, most of us like to avoid the tourist traps – because nobody likes to bump into thousands of sweaty bodies all day every day and miss the beautiful sights because of the constant wall of selfie sticks. Thankfully, there are some hidden gems on one of the most incredible continents in the world; Europe. Europe is full of wild and wonderful spots that have been left untouched by travel agents and tour guides. Check out the most beautiful places you didn’t know existed in Europe.

Burano, Italy

If you’re going to take a trip to Burano, you’ll need to remember your sunglasses – and not because of the sun. Located just a short boat trip away from the bustling streets and canals of Venice is the island of Burano. This little island is truly a sight to behold. With houses of every color adorning the bright green canalways, you won’t know where to look first. Luckily, you’ll get a good view of the Instagram-worthy location, as very few people take the trip to this color-crazed residence. Follow the canals to reach the enormous bell tower, and look over towards those who are slightly less comfortable in Venice. Bonus.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Choosing a destination in Europe is super easy; but for some reason, most people forget about Scotland. The Isle of Skye lies just off the coast of the north west of Scotland and is like a fairytale. There is no other way to describe this destination. It really is otherworldly. With mystical lakes surrounded by mountains, with some of the best sunsets in the United Kingdom, and some of the most beautiful little coastal towns, the Isle of Skye needs to be seen to be believed. No trip to the Isle of Skye would be complete without a trip to the Old Man of Storr, a rocky hill that looks like it has been taken from the pages of Lord of the Rings.

Sintra, Portugal

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway; look no further. Over the course of thousands of years, Sintra in Portugal has been the inspiration for hundreds of novelists, poets, and artists who have all been charmed by the intense romanticism of this city. This lovable little city is nestled in between the statuesque Sintra Mountains on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, and boasts some of the most impressive architecture in Europe. You can explore the numerous hilltop Romanticist palaces and castles, the beautiful gardens, the colorful buildings, and views across the impressive ocean and surrounding forests. This place will truly take your breath away.

Hvar, Croatia

Unfortunately for lovers of beautiful places, tourists are slowly but surely realizing the true potential of Croatia and taking over. Thankfully, they haven’t managed to steal all of the hidden gems just yet. Hvar is still relatively unknown to the tourist trade and is ready and available for true adventurers to explore. This Mediterranean island is full of terracotta roofs, hilltop fortresses, beautiful churches, and beautiful scenery. Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, this destination offers some of the most astounding beaches in Europe on the coast. Yet, as you go inland, you’re greeted by magnificent fields of lavender that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Bohinj, Slovenia

Thankfully, the whole of Slovenia is normally kept off the tourist destination list – which is great for us folks who love to explore untouched gems. Although you have the whole country to choose from, Bohinj is one of our favorite destinations in Slovenia. Bohinj is less of a destination and more of a landscape. Located in the valley of the Julian Alps, Bohinj is a conglomeration of humongous lakes, mountains, valleys, and National Parks that are just screaming to be explored. Because of this, there is so much to see and do. You can kayak on Lake Bohinj, you can take the cable car up the to the top of the Bohinj Basin, or you can just take a wander through the majestic Triglav National Park.

If you’re looking to explore a hidden gem for your next vacation, get ready to book your flights to these beautiful places you didn’t know existed in Europe.

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Money Mondays: What You Need To Know About Toys R Us’ Bankruptcy

The holiday season is fast approaching. But a major retailer, Toys R Us, is struggling. Why?

It has been a tough road for this company. They have been in a vicious financial cycle since they were acquired by investors twelve years ago for $ 6.6 billion. The purchase was a leveraged buyout, meaning the investors took on a lot of debt. That debt has been hanging over them ever since. Almost all the company’s profits go toward servicing that debt. Because of this, Toys R Us has not been able to reinvest this money to improve their ability to compete with Amazon and brick-and-mortar generalists like Wal-Mart and Target, and their profits dropped. Now we are seeing the results of this cycle.

How do they turn things around?

That is the million-dollar question. They must find a way to compete and offer something unique. Last week, they rolled out their first attempt, announcing an initiative called Today We Play. The rebrand, according to the company, was a “call to action for people to get up and do something.”

The focus of this new initiative seems to be aimed at improving customer experience. After all, the company is a toy store, and bringing consumers to the store to interact with toys is very important for consumers and the company alike. The main advantage physical stores have over online retailers right now is customer experience, so it may work. But the hole they are trying to escape is deep.

Who will be most affected by this bankruptcy?

Several stakeholders are going to feel this bankruptcy. First, even as we see a seasonal uptick in hiring, the company will probably lay off some employees once the holiday sales season is over. The company’s suppliers are also likely to take it on the chin. Many toymakers rely heavily on Toys R Us as one of their key partners. They are likely to see fewer orders and declining sales.

On top of this, many have outstanding invoices with the company for past orders may not get paid the full amount they are owed. Some of their suppliers are already preparing for financial pain in their future. According to The Washington Post, Lego is concerned and “deeply engaged in ongoing dialogue” with Toys R Us.

Others companies are said to be consulting bankruptcy lawyers and financial advisers to sort out shipments — and payments — related to holiday inventory. Most suppliers expect sales to the company to decline, not only because of the company’s current challenges, but also because they are nervous about getting paid. Some retailers have said they have already severed ties with the world’s largest toy store chain. It is clear their suppliers are going to feel some pain.

What does this mean for the chain’s customers in the coming holiday season?

Consumers could see some benefits from this bankruptcy. Even though the company is undergoing chapter 11, it will still try to come out the other end of bankruptcy, and to do this, it must continue to compete for consumers. Because customers sometimes avoid companies going through the bankruptcy process, Toys R Us may try to lure consumers back – and keep their rivals at bay – by cutting prices at their stores, benefiting shoppers.

On the other hand, this bankruptcy does mean you must exercise some caution when shopping at the store at this point. First, now is probably not the time to use the layaway service at Toys R Us. Layaway is often an option many turn to during the holiday season, and it is a better one than a high interest credit card. However, it is unlikely to be a something you want to do at Toys R Us  this holiday season, because some  stores could end up closing, and others may have issues getting or keeping the necessary inventory.

It is simply not worth the risk. Another thing that you want to keep an eye on is warranties. If you purchase items that have warranties through the store, you could be in for a rude awakening if the company disappears or stops honoring them. Basically, if you are not prepared for your purchase to be outright, and final, it is probably good to steer clear of Toys R Us right now.

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This is not the season Matt Holliday envisioned when he signed with the Yankees for $ 13 million this offseason, and even he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to salvage it in the playoffs. There’s no guarantee the struggling DH will be in the lineup Tuesday, when the Yankees host the Twins in the wild-card…
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Terminator 6 will ignore the last three Terminator sequels: James Cameron shared some details about the next Terminator movie this week, revealing that it's a direct follow-up to Terminator  2: Judgment Day because "the other films were a bad dream." Read more here.

 

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Avatar sequels have begun…

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Trump Aides Are Confounded By His Hospital Lie: ‘He’s Just, You Know, Doing His Thing.’

The president of the United States has been repeatedly blaming the biggest legislative failure of his administration on a senator in a made-up hospital, and no one in the White House is quite sure why.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — New research aims to find out why highly endangered beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet have failed to recover despite protective measures.
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Jimmy Kimmel is taking a stand against pumpkin spice pizza, just so you know

Jimmy Kimmel is taking a stand against pumpkin spice pizza, just so you know


Jimmy Kimmel is taking a stand against pumpkin spice pizza, just so you know

Now that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is off the table, Jimmy Kimmel has found his new moral stance—pumpkin spice pizza.

While earlier in the week, Kimmel promised his audience that he would “go back to talking about the Kardashians!” after fighting against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! the host once again used his monologue to preach about an evil he saw in the world, namely, pumpkin spice pizza. “Is nothing sacred?” complained Kimmel.

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The pizza in question comes from Villa Italian Kitchen, the people who brought the world the real pizza bikini that no one wanted. They have done it again with their pizza covered in pumpkin spice, which Kimmel noted were “two things that go together like peanut butter and snow tires.”

“Whether or not you think pumpkin spice is good on pizza, I think we can all agree that pumpkin spice is not good on pizza, okay?” Kimmel said.

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Kimmel wasn’t the only late night host to weigh in on the pumpkin spice pizza. Seth Meyers tackled the topic earlier in the week, comparing it to a “linguine mocha.”

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Dr. Jerry McCauley obtained his undergraduate and medical degree at Dartmouth and completed his MPH at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a faculty member at Tufts University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. McCauley rose through the ranks at the University of Pittsburgh where he became Director of Transplantation Nephrology, Medical Director of the Kidney/Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplantation Program, and Professor of Medicine and Surgery.  Since 2013 he has been the Chief of Nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KIDNEY FAILURE

Why do African-Americans have a far greater risk of developing kidney failure than others?

African-Americans have three times more risk of developing kidney disease than whites. This is primarily due to high rates of diabetes and hypertension which are the leading causes of kidney failure for all Americans. They also have more frequent diseases like lupus which can cause kidney failure. Other diseases of the filtering units in the kidney (glomerulus) are more common and severe in African-Americans. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is the most common and severe form of these diseases.

How many African-Americans are waiting for kidney transplants?

There are approximately 100,000 people waiting for kidney transplants in the US and about 35% are African-Americans so that about 35, 000 African-Americans are waiting for kidney transplants.

How are donor kidneys allocated and are there enough available?

Deceased donor kidneys are allocated by a point system which is based on a set of donor and patient characteristics. Kidneys are not matched by race such that African-Americans are more likely to get a kidney from a White person than from an African-American.

Factors included in giving points included the time on dialysis, and others. The new allocation system effectively matches donor and recipient by age and other factors by a calculation termed the Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) which estimates the risk of kidney failure compared to the average donor. Very low numbers (20% and less) typically goes to young people based upon another calculation termed the Estimated Post Transplant Survival (EPTS) which estimates patient survival after transplant.

Factors included in the EPTS are 1) Candidate time on dialysis, 2) Current diagnosis of diabetes, 3) Prior solid organ transplants, 4) Candidate age. Points are also given for prior organ donors and for patients who have a large number of antibodies against potential donors (sensitized patients).

These sensitized patients seldom were transplanted with the old system and now are transplanted rapidly. Kidneys from Public Health System (PHS) High Risk categories can be allocated to anyone regardless of age but the patient must declare that they are interested in this type of donor.

Typically these donors are opioid users and others at risk of hepatitis or HIV. They are screened for these diseases before transplantation and patients with HIV are not used except for a special study which is available in a limited number of centers. Hepatitis B or C positive donors may be offered to patients who are already positive for these viruses.

Are there enough donors?

No. In 2016 only about 19,000 kidneys were transplanted for a waitlist of about 100,000.

How can family and friends find out if they’re eligible?

For willing donors the only way to find out if you are a potential donor is to tell the patient that you are willing to donate. After this important step you should contact the transplant center to be certain if you qualify. You should not decide on your own. The center will be best in determining if you are healthy enough to donate or if any health problems would prohibit it.

The new allocation system gives points from the time a patient starts dialysis instead of when they complete all the tests needed to be listed. This has been a major aid in African-Americans getting on the list. Previous allocation systems did not use the KDPI or EPTS to allocate organs and tissue typing derived points have been li

mited to only one locus instead of three. Sensitized patients now get points from lower numbers starting with zero. The old system only gave points once the patients were 80% sensitized. As mentioned earlier, it approximately matches donors and recipients by age so that a 20-year-old donor kidney will not usually go to a 75-year-old recipient since that 20-year-old kidney is expected to give more years of functioning than the patient is expected to live. The PHS high risk kidneys can go to older patients and many of these transplants have been done with very low rates of disease transmission.

What is the average waitlist time?

Nationally, the average waitlist time is about 3 ½ years but this varies by geographic area and transplant center. In some centers the wait for a deceased donor may be a bit more than a year and in others it may be ten years. It is important for patients to inquire at the transplant center about their particular wait time. The best way to avoid waiting for a kidney transplant is to get a living donor kidney transplant.

Do kidney donors and recipients have to be the same race?

No. Race is not a factor in selecting or matching kidney transplants.

Is there a difference between a kidney from a living donor or a deceased donor?

Yes. Living donor kidney tend to function immediately after transplantation and last years longer. This is true whether the kidney comes from a relative or someone unrelated. When possible, patients should receive a living donor transplant. The waiting times for deceased donors do not apply to living donation in that the donor and recipient can schedule the transplant like any other elective medical treatment instead of waiting for some unknown period of time.

What if I donate a kidney and later need a kidney transplant?

In such cases the former donor is given a large number of points on the waiting list which allows them to be transplanted much quicker than the average patient. It is very important to avoid this situation. Donors are healthy at the time of donation and should practice measures to remain healthy.

Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of kidney failure nationally. These two diseases often develop when patients become obese. It is vital that donors (and non-donors) maintain healthy body weight. Weight gain can cause diabetes and hypertension. Donation will not cause these illnesses but will not protect you if you gain excessive weight

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The little parenting moments you didn’t know you’d miss

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I am, decidedly, done having kids.

After I had my third, I remember talking to my mom and saying, “Wellll…I’m not sure if we’re done or not.” She responded, “Ohhh. You’ll know.” She was right. I had our fourth and my husband and I looked at each other and just knew. We love them all, we’re glad we had each and every one of them, and… we’re done now.

So I view everything my youngest does, knowing that I will never have another baby or toddler or kid who does these things. We experience every milestone knowing it’s going to be the last time we do these things. And after doing them all four times, it’s hard to know there won’t be any more.

I did expect this, of course. I expected to get sentimental over her first steps, and first words, and first days of school. Everyone expects that. Our kindergarten even has a “Tea and Tissues” morning when parents send their babies off to school for the first time. So it shocked me that those weren’t the moments that made me well up inside and get teary and wistful. The moments I miss…I didn’t even know were moments at the time.

I miss going to adventure. 

I miss sitting in the purple swing at the park, reading library books at 10 in the morning.

I miss eating lunch with whichever kids were young enough to be home from school at the time.

I miss hearing someone lisp “vegpitals” instead of “vegetables.”

I miss The Naked Dance that every single one of my kids decided was necessary before bathtime when they were two.

I miss people waking me up at 6:20 in the morning to ask me whether lobsters have brains.

My husband was baffled when we came home from a minor school performance — it wasn’t the big end-of-the-year show, it was a low-key Thanksgiving celebration with a song or two — and I lost it. I sat at the kitchen table and had a good, long cry and I can’t explain why that small event hit me so much harder than the bigger ones. Maybe because big events aren’t common. The small things that stop happening remind me that life as a whole is changing.

“Great news, Mom! We get to keep the kazoos from our performance!!” Okay, maybe I don’t miss the kazoo…

This is a good thing. I love watching how my children are growing, and the talents and activities they’re discovering, and the passions they’re developing. I don’t want to go back.

But every once in a while, I just need to miss the little people they used to be and have a good cry about it all.

Are there any little moments you miss that surprised you?

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Get to Know Captain Philippa Georgiou

Star Trek: Discovery premieres this Sunday on CBS. Before the series begins, lets get to know the second captain on the show, Philippa Georgiou.

Philippa Georgiou is the captain of the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Georgiou is portrayed by Michelle Yeoh. You may recognize Yeoh from the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies or the martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Yeoh even had a cameo at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a Ravager captain.

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Michelle Yeoh portrays Captain Philippa Georgiou, captain of the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

Captain Georgiou has spent over a decade as captain of the Shenzhou. During her time as captain, she spent seven years mentoring First Officer Michael Burnham. Burnham was adopted by a Vulcan family in her youth after her human parents were killed, so Captain Georgiou became a surrogate mother to Burnham.

Since the show is titled Star Trek: Discovery, it’s likely the series will focus on Captain Lorca‘s ship, the U.S.S. Discovery. That means that Georgiou and her ship the Shenzhou may only feature in the first episode. If the Shenzhou does have a prominent role in the series, perhaps Georgiou will be the more level-headed yin to Lorca’s hot-tempered yang.

Since we’re talking about female captains, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Starfleet’s first female TV captain, Captain Janeway. Janeway (portrayed by Kate Mulgrew) captained the U.S.S. Voyager for seven seasons on the series Star Trek: Voyager. While there have been many female captains in Star Trek history, Janeway was the first to be given her own show.

As Georgiou, Yeoh joins the ranks of powerful women in Starfleet, this time as television’s first female captain of Chinese dissent. Yeoh is of Chinese-Malaysian heritage and her character’s background reflects that as well.

To learn more about Captain Georgiou, check out the video above.

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS this Sunday, September 24 in the U.S. and the next day in the U.K. on Netflix.

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There are so many destinations that are on our travel bucket list, it’s pretty hard to keep up (so many destinations, so little time) but there is one destination that really should be on anyone’s bucket list – regardless of whether you like adventure, relaxation, luxury, or environmental getaways. There’s so much to see and do in Madagascar, but what’s so incredible about Madagascar is just how different it is to other countries in the world. So what do we know about Madagascar? (Hint: It’s a lot).

It’s pretty darn big

There’s no denying it, Madagascar is pretty darn big. In fact, it is the fourth biggest island in the whole world! Located slap bang in the center of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar lies just off the coast of Africa. Covering a total landmass of 587,041 km² – over 5,000 of that is its incredible coastline (Madagascar is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches and intricate coral reefs). Because of its immense size, the landscape in Madagascar is wonderfully diverse. There’s everything from volcanoes, to mountains, to dense rainforests, to desert plains, and just about every other habitat known to man.

Asian roots

When you look at a map, it’s fair to say that Madagascar is fairly close to Africa. In fact, Madagascar is only separated from the continent by the small Mozambique Channel. Because of this, many people believe the people of Madagascar to be closely related to African people and expect their culture to be heavily influenced by the African lifestyle. However, this is the case. The people of Madagascar identify as Malagasies, and actually, have closer roots to the people of Southeast Asia than they do the people of Africa. Much of their language stems back to the Asian language, and their meals are more Asian inspired than African.

The animals in Madagascar

When many people think of Madagascar, they probably think of the movie – with the zebra, lion, giraffe, and hippopotamus. However, if you’re planning on visiting Madagascar, don’t hold your hopes high for seeing them in the wild – as those animals were obviously just stranded there. However, the diverse landscape in Madagascar serves as a welcome home for hundreds of animals; many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Of course, just like the film, Madagascar is full of lemurs. In total, the country has over 70 species of lemurs! The country also holds over half of the world’s entire population of chameleons. But if you’re not into lemurs of chameleons, there are also hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, and fish. The landscape is also covered in exotic plant species – including the iconic Baobab trees.

The Malagasies are animists

There are numerous countries around the world that still believe in taboo, magic and more – and Madagascar is one of them. The people of Madagascar are predominantly Christian, but there are still thousands of residents who are animists. They highly believe in the work of magic, especially from their dead ancestors. They will often bury their dead in caves and on cliff edges to ensure that they were closer to heaven. During their funerals, they would dance with, sing with and take photographs with their dead – for they were not truly dead. Instead, they would guide them in their next life.

It’s incredibly poor

Despite its rich landscape and culture, Madagascar is incredibly poor. Unfortunately, most of the residents live in poverty, and the annual GDP per capita totals up at just $ 401. Their failing economy is mainly put down to a failing government leadership since Madagascar’s separation from the French. Their debt is increasing each year, which is having a disastrous effect on the people there.

Madagascar is one of the most intriguing places on Earth – and definitely worth a visit, if you ever get the chance!

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North Korea fired another missile over Japan early Friday, the second launch over Japan in recent weeks.

What happened?

The missile was fired eastwards from the capital Pyongyang, the South Korean military says. Japan initially warned its residents to take shelter. The missile appeared to fly over Hokkaido, according to government alerts, landing around 7:16 a.m. local time in the Pacific Ocean — a similar path to the missile fired by North Korea over Japan in late August.

Details were still being analyzed by the U.S. and South Korea, that country’s military said in a statement.

What kind of missile was launched?

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What provoked this test?

Friday’s launch is the latest attempt by North Korea to test the technology the country would need to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States.

On Sept. 3, North Korea launched its strongest test yet, deploying what U.S. military officials later characterized as a hydrogen bomb. (It was so powerful, the Washington Post pointed out, it “reshaped the mountain above it.”)

The test “[crossed] a key threshold in its weapons development efforts,” Reuters reported, and prompted the U.N. Security Council to pass a new round of sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime. The new sanctions limited North Korea’s oil supply and banned textile exports, among other restrictions.

Many believe these sanctions prompted Friday’s missile launch. North Korea’s ambassador to the U.N. said they would make the U.S. “suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history.” But others say the test would have happened with or without action from the U.N.

Tension between the U.S. and North Korea escalated in August after a new report indicated North Korea may have developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead. Trump said he would respond with “fire and fury” if threats escalated from North Korea. North Korea responded by threatening an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam; Trump tweeted the U.S. military was “locked and loaded.”

The State Department said it agreed with Trump’s strategy to pressure North Korea. But many world leaders said the harsh words were aggravating tensions — not easing them.

“I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Associated Press at the time.

What’s next?

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was briefed on the launch Thursday evening.

South Korea has called an emergency meeting of its security council, the Guardian reported.

The launch comes as the U.N. General Assembly prepares to meet next week for its annual summit in New York, where the group will discuss, among other issues, how to deal with the growing threats from Pyongyang.

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‘Ya’ll Know I’m Ghetto’: Leslie Jones Unable To Control Herself During NYFW Show

Whether she’s cheering for Olympic athletes or watching an episode of “Game of Thrones,” Leslie Jones has never been one to curb her enthusiasm for any occasion.

That’s why it’s no surprise that the “Saturday Night Live” star was unable to keep her composure while sitting in the front row of Christian Siriano’s spring 2018 fashion show.

The “Project Runway” champ, if you recall, was the first to answer Leslie’s call (literally, with a hand-waving emoji) when she tweeted that no designer was willing to dress her for the “Ghostbusters” premiere.

On Saturday, the woman fanned all the way out at his collection, whooping and hollering over the array of ball gowns and cocktail dresses that came down the runway, often cheering by herself.

She saved her biggest reaction to model Coco Rocha, who closed the show.

Jones took to Twitter afterward the experience, saying “I think [I] acted more like I was at a game than [a] fashion show!! Y’all know I’m ghetto.”

And of course, Leslie responded.

Here’s what the Washington Post’s famed fashion critic Robin Givhan thought of Jones that night:

…It was a delight. Fabulous. Exhilarating. It was a gust of fresh air into an industry that too often sucks the pleasure out of a something that should be, if not fun, then at least not like surgery without anesthesia. Oh, sure, Jones, the “Saturday Night Live” comedian, was not working, unlike many of the people in the audience. She was not racing around town from one show to another and trying to take appointments in between.

But still, Jones was a reminder that although fashion can feed the culture in all sorts of ways, its most basic mission is to make people feel good about themselves and about others. So, we should cheer fashion.

Below, Leslie freaking out over Coco Rocha from various angles:

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Through the Darkness, I Know Batman Always Has My Back

After witnessing a friend’s death, I went through a very severe depression. Everything I did seemed to make my life worse, and I couldn’t find a light at the end of the tunnel. It was one of the darkest points in my life. But when someone recommended I read the Batman: Hush story, I began to find something outside of myself that helped me gain the strength I needed to move forward.

Batman Is Just a Man


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Most of Batman’s appeal for me is that he is just a man. He’s not an alien and he doesn’t have super powers. Instead, he used his inner strength to become disciplined and strong and he uses that strength to overcome any adversary. Ultimately, though, Batman is just a guy.

Understanding this strength in Batman helped me when I needed it most. Feeling lost after my friend had passed, I needed something to relate to. So, when I was reintroduced to the Batman comic books that I’d loved as a kid, it helped me delve deeper into a character who had lost his parents by similar means to that of my friend. I stopped feeling so alone.

Here is a guy who used this tragedy as a source of strength to make something more of himself, I thought. I can do the same thing so my friend’s death isn’t for nothing. Of course I knew Batman was fictional, but it was the idea of using his pain to grow stronger that really helped me during those dark days.

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Since my friend’s death, leaving my house had become a struggle. But after reading Batman: Hush, my love of Batman was rekindled, and I needed to read and learn more about him and find out what new stories I should read next. And to do that, I knew it would mean I’d have to venture outside.

When I found a local comic book store in my area, I knew what I had to do. Instead of sitting in isolation, I had to reach out to others, leave my comfort zone, and meet new people. I had to go to the comic book store. This was yet another blessing that Batman gave to me.

The people at the store were bigger fans than I was, so I started to feel comfortable talking and theorizing with them about Batman’s stories. They allowed me to open up without judgment and they understood my connection to him. Over time, these people helped mold me into the person I am today.

Batman’s Got My Back


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Years later, I realized what a gift I’d been given to have found the Dark Knight during my darkest hour. To mark this point in my life, I decided to permanently show my appreciation for the character who had helped me get out of a hole and kept me out.

So, in 2010, I marked myself with a tattoo on my back of a panel from Hush showing Batman emerging from the shadows. It was the perfect representation of how this story helped me emerge from my darkness and a reminder that Batman will always have my back. No matter what situation I am faced with, I know I’m strong enough to come out the other side.

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But hold up: Where did Ghaul come from? What exactly is The Traveler, and what is the Light it bequeathed to humanity? Destiny’s lore is incredibly deep and rewarding if you choose to engage with it. The video above acts as the perfect primer for learning more about the world of Destiny and will make you see your Destiny 2 playthrough in an entirely new light. (Pun fully intended.)

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ASOS has pretty much mastered the world of fashion as the most popular online clothing store ever and they’ve now got their sights set on dominating the beauty market. The e-tailer has announced that they’ll be launching their own cosmetics brand ASOS Makeup later this month, so get ready for it to fly off the digital shelves.

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While ASOS already has an extensive beauty section on their site, this will be the first time they’ve struck out with an own-brand collection called ASOS Face + Body. It’s an ambitious project as they’ll be releasing 46 pieces (that’s 16 products in 46 shades more specifically) as part of the debut launch. As is to be expected from ASOS, it’s oh-so-millennial with pastel pink packaging and cute illustrations.

The collection ticks all the boxes of the Instagram beauty crowd and according to a press release is aimed at empowering ‘20-somethings to confidently be themselves, however they choose to do so’. As for the products themselves, the range includes ‘vibrant matte lipstick shades, contouring palettes, shimmery eyeshadows, highlighting chubby sticks and bronzers’ – so we’re going to be restocking our beauty bag imminently.

When will ASOS Makeup be released?

ASOS have confirmed that we should be expecting the goods to drop later this September 25.

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Where can you buy ASOS Makeup?

Where else? ASOS, naturally.

ASOS Makeup products to look out for

ASOS Matte Lipsticks, £7

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From left to right, we’ve got the ASOS matte lipstick line in A’Game, Uncompromising, Unarmed and Doubtless. If the gorgeous shades don’t get you pumped, those names definitely will.

ASOS Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The Face + Body line’s liquid lipstick line err more on the side of Kylie Lip Kit’s brown-based shades (not that we’re complaining –  who doesn’t love a good nude?). These shades are from left to right Prove It, Overqualified, Observant and Patient.

ASOS Liquid Eyeliner, £6

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Everything You Need to Know Before Purchasing an Existing Franchise

There are currently close to 750,000 franchises operating in the United States. The industry is expected to generate $ 710 billion in 2017. More than one new franchise system has started up every day for the past two years. It’s clear that there is a lot of money in franchising, and that people and companies are out there looking to launch the next greatest franchise, on a daily basis. But what about all of the franchises that have been in business for years and the owners that are ready to move on or retire?

As a franchise consultant, I work with clients that want to start their own franchise and build an empire, while I have others that shudder at the idea of starting from scratch, and will only entertain opportunities that have an existing cash flow, an established client/customer base, and employees. Does purchasing an existing franchise that has all of those things mean you’ll be more successful than someone that buys a new one? Not necessarily.

 

What I THINK I’m  Getting In A Franchise Resale What I COULD Be Getting In A Franchise Resale
Existing Cash Flow Financials that have been doctored
Staff of Employees Disgruntled team members
Established Customer Base Customers happy and committed to the previous owner

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Often, what seems like a benefit to purchasing an existing franchise could actually be a pitfall as the chart above depicts. Here are some suggestions on how to ensure the potential benefits to buying an existing business, don’t turn into liabilities:

Existing Cash Flow

 

When purchasing an existing business, there’s no more important work than scrutinizing the financials. This rule applies to new and existing, but it’s even more critical for existing businesses.

Profitable businesses for sale are rarely advertised. They are typically sold to friends, family, or competitors. And when they are, an owner will inflate the asking price, hoping to get something they consider to be fair. However, it’s not uncommon that the books they have don’t match up to what they’re asking. You often find what we like to call “creative accounting” when it comes to bookkeeping for small businesses, for reasons that include tax purposes, how an owner accounts for personal use of items that are also used to support the business, as well as how employees are compensated.

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It’s important to understand all of those details, and if you’re not a CPA, it’s highly recommended that you hire one to review the information prior to making an offer. Keep in mind that there are other benefits to a business that aren’t necessarily reflected in the bottom line that should also be considered. The good thing about purchasing a franchise is that at the very least, you have a franchisor that can validate the weekly gross sales that the business is doing as the franchisor is collecting royalties from those sales on a regular basis.

Existing Employees

 

While you might be excited to know you’re buying a business that has employees that don’t need to be trained and very likely know the business better than you, you should find out if those employees are happy. Are they willing to stay on for a new owner, and do you want them to stay? Are they good employees that fit the type of business you want to build?

You may assume that you will be able to find all of this out prior to the sale, however, it’s not uncommon that sales are being done confidentially because an owner doesn’t want staff or customers to know a sale is in progress, so as to not disrupt business. Make sure you request all pertinent information about staff before signing a Purchase Agreement.

Established Customer Base

 

At this year’s Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit in Houston, I met a former business owner that shared his story with me about selling his very successful photography business. The buyer was very excited about the business. Unfortunately, what she didn’t realize was that the business was so successful because the clients loved the owner!

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After the new owner took over, the customer base began to fall off. Now, not only was the new owner trying to build up new clientele, but had to spend a lot of time and money trying to retain the existing customers. Unfortunately, she was unsuccessful, and the business closed.

When buying a resale business, it’s important to understand the customer base, and the value that the business is offering. Is it mainly the product and service that people are patronizing, or is it a relationship business where they love and support the owner? If it’s the latter, and you’re not sure you can replicate that, you may want to reconsider the franchise purchase. You could also request the owner with a dedicated customer following remain active in the business for a transitional period—actually, quite standard in the franchise resale process.

Buying a resale business may be a great opportunity, particularly if you have an owner that is ready to retire, perhaps willing to negotiate on price, and has a great staff that’s been in place for years that enjoy their jobs. It can also sometimes be easier to get a loan for a resale business as opposed to new because it has cash flow that the bank finds favorable. However, you must peel back the layers and understand what you’re getting. Sometimes, it can be better to start from scratch to know exactly where you stand!

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Ask an Expert: Everything You Need to Know About a Window Replacement

A window replacement is a sizeable investment—but it’s well worth it, in terms of making your home more energy-efficient, visually appealing, and comfortable. We sat down with Jeff Ludy of Houston Window Experts to ask your top questions and make the window replacement process more manageable. Here’s what he had to say.

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How can you tell that it’s time to replace your windows?

People have many different reasons for replacing windows.

First, because they need to. Second, because they want to. I like to think of it as comparable to two different types of surgery. If you have a ruptured appendix, you need it. But if you’d like to have body sculpting, for example, it’s because you want it. It’s much more fun, I imagine, for a surgeon to help people feel more happy about the way the looked, versus the other surgeries, even though both give you a certain level of satisfaction as a doctor. So we really like it when people contact us to say, “I want my home to be more beautiful and/or more comfortable.”

With those kinds of projects, do you ever do any major replacements, such as to the wall structure (ex: enlarging the window, etc)?

There are times a customer will contact us and say (for example) “I have a new pool going up and I’d like to turn this double window into a door or a sliding door.” That’s one of the projects we’ll take on as a company. A lot of times, people who are in the window/door replacement business truly aren’t qualified or interested in the extra time and work it takes to involve a mason, to do siding, or finishing out the new opening, or building out transition pieces between existing flooring and the new door, etc. But we have a qualified crew that does this at least a few dozen times per year.

What can a homeowner expect with their first initial meeting with either on a sales floor or a contractor?

One thing that separates us from other window companies is that we offer 18 brands of windows to choose from. I designed our business around the CarMax model—we offer lots of different brands, and we’re happy to give our opinions about the different brands, but ultimately it’s up to the customer. So on a typical first visit, we spend more time listening than talking, so that we can determine what you want and if we have a product, and if we have the skillset needed to do your project—and if we don’t, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Once you get to the quote/estimate, what should a homeowner expect to see in it?

We’ll come out and take some measurements, for estimate reasons, and give you an on-site estimate (based on that info), specifying each window opening based on its “room name” (living room, etc). Then we come back with specifics for each window—the energy efficiency rating, the sound transmission, how much each window costs individually, etc. We like doing this more than giving a lump sum price on the back of a business card, etc. This builds confidence in a homeowner about us, and it enables them to make changes if needed, based on budget. For example, if you want a big picture window facing your backyard pool, rather than two smaller windows, we’ll print out both options (prices) to give you the choice. This is important because that big picture window could require much heavier glass, or it may require tempering the glass. As a result, a project that should’ve been $ 10,000 is now $ 12,000, so this helps you plan and adjust your budget for the project.

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You said that when you make the estimate, you also include the energy ratings. What are some of the energy considerations when you’re replacing your windows?

If you have a super energy efficient window, it’s definitely going to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and therefore decrease your monthly utilities, but the trade-off is that it will make your home much darker. So I like to look at it by each particular project and what they’re trying to accomplish, and also room by room. If they say “upstairs on the west wall is a game room, and it’s always hot up there, we might go with a more energy efficient option there on that side where the sun sets (than we would across the front of the house) because otherwise, they end up with these dark living rooms. 

Is there a time of year that’s best for replacing windows?

It depends on where you live. If you live in Minnesota or Michigan, winter is a really tough time to have your windows open and people in your home. But in the southern climate, where we are, the phone typically rings all year round. A lot of homeowners who delayed their project for years and years say they wish they’d done the replacements sooner, because they realize they could have enjoyed the improved comfort, reduced energy bills, etc, for so many more years. Plus, the prices of new windows continues to rise each year, so waiting 5 years to save money doesn’t make sense. So if you think you’re going to do it eventually, it makes sense to do it sooner rather than later.

Have you seen any new products on the market, etc, that you’re excited about/that seem to be taking off?

 Milgard Windows and Doors came out with a product line called “Essence”—it’s a full fiberglass-framed window with a real wood interior. When most window companies offer a wood product, it’s a wood window that has some form of a small thin layer of cladding on the exterior. But in our climate, once water gets behind that cladding, it can’t get back out—and then the wood begins to rot and the cladding pops off.

But Milgard’s window is different. The entire window is made from a composite material, and the wood is on the inside, where it’s not exposed to any of the elements. It works well for humid and wet climates, or for really cold climates. But one of their latest products was a radius top casement window. They’re the only company in the US making this radius top casement window, where you don’t have to have a divider between the top and the bottom. For example, sometimes you see a window that has an arch on top of it, or there’s a bar separating the arch from the window beneath it. So they’re able to take a product that’s a composite 4×8 sheet, almost plywood—it was considered the product of the year by Window and Door Magazine.

Anything else you’d like to add, or any advice for homeowners?

There are two chief components for a successful, “I’m happy, I’m smiling at the end of my window project” project. The first is finding a window you like (meaning you’re happy with the look, performance, color, and warranty), and the second is a good installer. Unfortunately, I see the mistakes that other people have made, and the problem is almost always not the window itself, but the installation. Having a great window with a bad installer is, in my opinion, a bad window. If anything, you’d be better off having a great installer installing a bad window. This is something that people tend to overlook, the installer. Focus a lot more than you are now on the installer, more than the window itself.

That’s great advice to end on. Thanks for speaking with us today, Jeff!

My pleasure.

 

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Feel like a fraud at adulting? This is how you know you’re a real grownup

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Technically you become an adult at 18, but that often has little to do with feeling like being a grownup. Once you turn 21 you’re legal to purchase whatever you’d like, but do you really feel like you’re adulting even at that point?

What about at 25, or even 30?

I become a parent at 23, and by 25 had the whole shebang: husband, two kids, one dog, and an SUV parked in the driveway of a house the market change left us severely underwater on. The stress was mighty, but though we shouldered all that responsibility pretty darn well I still didn’t feel official.

I used to wonder how I would know when I really was adulting. Thankfully, Twitter en masse has stepped up to the plate with a whole host of ways to tell if you’re doing it. A peek…

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Oh man, that last one cuts to the heart of it, doesn’t it? I’ve now made it to the ripe age of 36, and can say that somewhere in the past five or so years the tinge of imposter syndrome I’d felt all through my twenties has somehow slipped away.

Like that last tweet, it happened in part when I started to think of my own parents as real, whole humans, who were also going through a lot when I was growing up. Secondly, I’ve managed to shake a bit of my make-no-waves nature and finally feel more confident in choosing my own path/my family’s path.

It feels great (most of the time) to finally have my real-deal grownup panties on. I do hear all those of you out there who can’t help but notice the status comes with its fair share of bills, though!

Do you feel like a real adult? If so, when did it happen and what made things change?

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The condition increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and more women are affected than men. The…

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The condition increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and more women are affected than men.

The death rate from Afib is rising, and has been rising for the last two decades. Because of the increasing danger, and because many people are unclear about exactly what Afib is, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and other organizations worked with the U.S. Senate to designate September as National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.

What are the symptoms of Afib? Would you know if you had it? What should you do if you are diagnosed? We answer these questions and more for women and their loved ones.

What is Afib?

If you’re not sure what Afib is, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey, nearly half of respondents didn’t know the primary symptoms of Afib, and most were unaware of other common symptoms. Almost 80 percent didn’t know that the condition could exist with no symptoms at all. Most were unaware of common risk factors like diabetes and sleep apnea, and 44 percent didn’t know that medications could help restore a regular heart rhythm. 

In someone who has Afib, the electrical signals that direct the heart’s movements are disorganized and tend to misfire. This causes the two upper chambers to “fibrillate,” or contract quickly and irregularly. Blood pools in the atria instead of going on into the ventricles like it should.

So what is Afib? Basically, it’s an irregular heart rhythm. Instead of beating steadily like normal, the heart typically beats too quickly and in a spastic manner, so that it actually quivers. This makes the heart less efficient, and can increase the risk of blood clots.

In a regular healthy heart, the two top chambers, called the “atria,” squeeze first, and then the two bottom chambers, called the “ventricles,” squeeze next. This back and forth creates a pulsing, contracting movement that pumps blood through the arteries.

In someone who has Afib, the electrical signals that direct the heart’s movements are disorganized and tend to misfire. This causes the two upper chambers to “fibrillate,” or contract quickly and irregularly. Blood pools in the atria instead of going on into the ventricles like it should.

This “pooling” effect is what can increase the risk of blood clots.

What are the Symptoms of Afib?

Sometimes women with Afib don’t even know it. It can show up in brief episodes, after which the heart returns to a normal rhythm. Others have more ongoing fibrillation, which can cause the following symptoms:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness, sweating, and chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Quick tiring during exercise

Doctors generally classify Afib in four categories: 1) occasional, where symptoms come and go, 2) persistent, where treatments are needed to restore a regular heartbeat, 3) long-standing, where Afib lasts for a year or more, and 4) permanent, where the abnormal heart rhythm can’t be fixed, and ongoing treatments are necessary.

Women who are more at risk of developing Afib include those who have:

Without treatment, Afib can lead to other complications, including stroke, heart failure, chronic fatigue, and additional heart rhythm problems. People who have Afib have about a five times greater risk of stroke than people without it.

How is Afib Treated?

Women who experience any of the symptoms above should see their doctors. Diagnostic tests include an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check the electrical signals in the heart, an echocardiogram to create a video image of the heart, blood tests, and chest x-rays.

Treatment most often includes medications that help to restore a regular heart rhythm and prevent blood clots. For some patients, electrical cardioversion—an electrical shock to the heart—helps fix the problem, at least temporarily.

If neither medications nor electrical cardioversion work, doctors may recommend surgery. During these procedures, surgeons usually destroy the area of the heart that’s causing the erratic electrical signals, which restores normal rhythm. Some patients may also use pacemakers to keep the heart rate steady.

How Afib Differs in Men and Women

You’ve probably heard that the symptoms of a heart attack in women can be different than those in men. Whereas men may experience chest pain and heart palpitations, women may experience more fatigue, chest pressure, and vomiting.

Studies have shown similar differences in Afib symptoms. In a 2012 study, for example, women typically experienced more symptoms of Afib than men did, including palpitations, lightheadedness, and chest tightness and discomfort.

Women who have the disease also tend to have different accompanying health conditions. In 2013, researchers reported that women with Afib were more likely to also have thyroid dysfunction, depression, kidney impairment, and obesity. The men were more likely to have coronary artery disease and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The women were also more likely to live alone, and to have a higher risk of blood clots.

A later review of over 30 studies showed that women with Afib were more at risk for stroke and blood clots when not taking blood-thinning medications. Researchers also found that women suffered worse outcomes after an Afib-related stroke than men did, in terms of being able to return to their normal lives.

Why would women be more at risk for blood clots and stroke? Scientists aren’t sure yet, but they have believe these factors may be involved:

  • women are often older when diagnosed with Afib, which could increase risk of blood clots and stroke
  • women with Afib are more likely to have high blood pressure, valvular heart disease, and heart failure than men
  • women are more likely to have thyroid dysfunction, which can increase risk of blood clots
  • women with Afib are more likely to have suffered a previous stroke

Scientists also think that women may be vulnerable to other changes in the blood vessels that increase the risk of blood clots.

Women Less Likely to be Prescribed Helpful Blood-Thinning Medications

Blood-thinning medications can help keep the blood flowing and prevent blood clots and related issues like heart attacks and strokes. Yet some studies have found that women are less likely to be treated with blood-thinning drugs than men.

One study showed that women over the age of 75 with Afib were one-third less likely to be treated with blood-thinning medications than men were. A Canadian study also showed that older women were half as likely to receive prescription blood-thinners than men, and a 2015 study found similar results.

Scientists aren’t sure why this is happening, but they suspect it may be that women are believed to be at a higher risk of bleeding than men. Blood-thinning drugs make the blood less likely to clot, which is good for preventing heart attacks and strokes, but it can also increase risk of excessive bleeding events, which can be very dangerous.

Some research has shown that women taking blood-thinning drugs have a higher risk of major bleeding compared to men. Other studies have not found that connection, however, and researchers have indicated that more women would benefit from blood-thinning medications.

How You Can Live a Full Life with Afib

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with Afib, your doctor may advise the following precautions. Otherwise, as long as you following your doctor’s advice, you can expect to live a long, active life.

  • Limit caffeine—it can make the heart race.
  • Eat a healthy diet to help protect the blood vessels.
  • Cut back on alcohol as it can stimulate an episode of fibrillation.
  • Ask your doctor about safe exercise options, and stay active to protect your heart.
  • Control your weight, as overweight increases risk of Afib episodes.
  • Stop smoking—nicotine increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Practice a daily stress-relieving activity—stress can trigger Afib episodes.
  • Get enough sleep, and if you have sleep apnea, make sure you’re treating it.
  • Ask your doctor about certain over-the-counter medications that may stimulate Afib. Cough and cold medications may have stimulants that encourage rapid heartbeat.

Sources

“Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet,” CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_atrial_fibrillation.htm.

Mellanie True Hills, “Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Month Raises Awareness about this Common, Yet Unknown Condition,” AtrialFibrillationblog, September 21, 2011, http://atrialfibrillationblog.com/atrial-fibrillation-afib-month-raises-awareness-about-this-common-yet-unknown-condition/.

“September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: Americans Lack Awareness About Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Risk,” iRhythm Technologies and the National Stroke Association, September 22, 2014, http://irhythmtech.com/company/press-releases/september-national-atrial-fibrillation-awareness-month-americans-lack.

“What is Atrial Fibrillation?” National Institutes of Health, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/af.

Jocasta Ball, et al., “Women Versus Men with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from the Standard Versus Atrial Fibrillation specific managemenT studY (SAFETY),” PLoS One, May 29, 2013, http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0065795.

Emily Y. Cheng, et al., “Gender Differences of Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation,” The American Journal of Cardiology, March 15, 2016; 117(6):1021-1027, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002914915300850.

Kristen Stewart, “Atrial Fibrillation in Men vs. Women,” EverydayHealth, https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/atrial-fibrillation-and-stroke/afib-men-women/.

Natasha A. Kassim, et al., “Abstract 18038: Gender Differences in Anticoagulation and Stroke Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation,” Circulation, November 10, 2015; 132(Suppl 3): A18038, http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/132/Suppl_3/A18038.

 

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