Concerns about possible dealmaking constraints hit Chinese education stocks

Stock prices in Chinese education companies listed in Hong Kong have fallen sharply over investor fears of increased regulation.
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Christy Carlson Romano Will Be in Live-Action Kim Possible Film — But Who Will She Portray?

Call her, beep her, if you want to reach her!

Christy Carlson Romano, the original star of Kim Possible, announced on Saturday during a Disney event that she would be featured in the Disney Channel’s upcoming live-action Kim Possible movie, which is based on the beloved animated series about a teenage spy.

While Romano did confirm she’d be making an appearance in the film, she didn’t spill the beans about who she’d be playing, although it’s already been announced that Sadie Stanley will be taking on the titular role, according to Entertainment Weekly

“I can’t say too much about my involvement yet, but I’m very excited to help usher in the strong, empowered female character I helped bring to life, to a new generation,” Romano tells PEOPLE exclusively. “And I’m equally thrilled to see what the original fans think!”

The actress, 34, teased the big reveal on Friday night, writing that she was “Super excited about my @DisneyD23 event on the @DisneyStudios lot tomorrow morning!”

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It was also announced on Saturday that Patton Oswalt, who voiced villain Professor Dementor in the original series, would be reprising his role.

Confirming the news himself, the 49-year-old actor and comedian wrote on Twitter, “Yep! Can’t wait for you guys to see this!

The movie will also star The Goldberg’s Sean Giambrone as Kim Possible’s best friend while actress Alyson Hannigan will be playing the teen spy’s mother.

RELATED VIDEO: Disney Child Star Christy Carlson Romano Welcomes Baby Girl Isabella Victoria!

The Disney Channel series was on the air from 2002-07, and even managed to score an Emmy nomination in 2003 for outstanding animated program.

While an exact release date has yet to be announced, the film is expected to premiere on the Disney Channel in 2019.


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Abby Lee Miller Involved with Possible 8th Season of Dance Moms amid Cancer Battle

Abby Lee Miller is not letting her cancer diagnosis get in the way of returning to Dance Moms.

While determinations on an eighth season has yet to be made, production is casting and Miller is involved in the process, a rep for Lifetime confirms to PEOPLE.

In March 2017, the dance instructor announced her resignation from the show in an Instagram post, accusing officials behind the series of treating her “like dirt” after she wrapped filming for season 7B.

“I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS,” Miller wrote. “FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL!”

“I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful!” she continued. “I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!”

In April, one day after undergoing emergency surgery for what was initially thought to be a spinal infection, the 51-year-old — newly released from prison — was preliminarily diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.

“It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – it’s a type of a cancer,” said Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital who has been treating the star.

“We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation,” Dr. Melamed said at the time.

“If we didn’t do something, she was going to die,” Dr. Melamed previously told PEOPLE. “Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well.”

Before her diagnosis, Miller had been living in a halfway house since serving her 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California, which she entered in July.

Dancing with the Stars alum Cheryl Burke took over as coach for Dance Moms season 7.


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Trump Has Already Interviewed These 4 Possible Replacements for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

President Donald Trump has spoken to four potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to people familiar with the matter.

The four, all federal appeals court judges, are Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge, said the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the interview process. They were the first candidates interviewed for the nomination, which the president said he’ll announce July 9.

Kethledge has impressed those within the White House, the people close to the process said. He was considered for the last Supreme Court vacancy, but didn’t meet with Trump then. On Monday, Trump expressed strongly favorable opinions about him, triggering talk that he’s not a candidate to be ignored.

“I had a very interesting morning,” Trump told reporters at the White House. The “person that is chosen will be outstanding.”

White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee the nomination and confirmation fight, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement earlier. Trump said again that he’ll name his nominee on July 9. The White House aims to have Kennedy’s replacement confirmed in time for the court’s next session in October.

Preparation at Bedminster

The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, where he had “extensive” conversations with McGahn about the nomination, an administration official said. He studied up on the backgrounds of potential nominees but didn’t interview anyone in person.

Sanders’s top deputy, Raj Shah, will take a leave from his current role to oversee communications, strategy and “messaging coordination” with allied lawmakers, Sanders said Monday. The director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Justin Clark, will be in charge of outreach to interest groups and other outside allies.

Trump has said he’s narrowed his search to about five finalists, including two women. Abortion has rapidly emerged as the critical issue in the nomination: Kennedy’s replacement could be a fifth vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supports abortion rights, said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that she wouldn’t support someone who would overturn Roe. Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and need at least 50 votes to confirm Trump’s pick.

Another person familiar with the process said Friday the White House was focusing on Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge and Thapar, as well as Thomas Hardiman, another appeals court judge.

When Barrett was confirmed in 2017 for her appellate court judgeship, she drew the support of all Senate Republicans and three Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

“Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee,” Sanders said. “The Department of Justice is fully engaged to support the nomination and confirmation efforts.”

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Heather Locklear reportedly hospitalized Monday for possible OD just hours after arrest for kicking cop

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How to Reset Your Metabolism: Is it Possible?

It’s been hard to miss the success of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” in which people underwent dramatic weight loss makeovers to compete for the $ 250,000 grand prize. But it turns out the short, grueling, extreme pace to weight loss has a price. A recent NY Times article details how Season …

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Cyber researchers, Ukraine warn of possible Russian attack

TORONTO/KIEV (Reuters) – Hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries, some of the world’s biggest cyber security firms warned on Wednesday, in a campaign that Ukraine said was preparation for a future Russian cyber attack.


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Geologist warn of possible explosive event at Hawaii volcano

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Designer babies will likely be possible in the near future

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It’s Possible to Look Cool in Bad Weather—Here’s Proof

Whether or not your wardrobe is prepped for bad weather, we’re here to let you know that it is possible to look cool when you have to dress for a rainy day. The thought of trekking through the elements might not sound like a moment for fashion, but hear us out.

Curious to see some winning outfit formulas, we looked to fashion girls to see exactly what they wear. The ultimate case of fashion meets function, their best rainy-day looks are simple and surprisingly easy. You can’t go wrong with a pair of straight-leg jeans and a loose sweater with a pair of ankle boots and a trench coat to top everything off. But keep things interesting with a coat finished in patent leather or lined with gingham. So, it turns out that it is possible to pull off cool outfits, even when the rain is coming down outside. Want to see some inspiring outfits? Keep reading to see how fashion girls are styling their raincoats, and then shop all your rainy-day essentials.

Keep things sleek with a patent raincoat.
Upgrade your ordinary raincoat with this patent style.
A gray knit is the perfect layering piece to throw into your wardrobe.
This summer’s hottest denim style is versatile for every season.
Mix graphic prints for a fashion-forward look.
A subtle hint of gingham print adds the perfect pop of pattern to your outfit. 
A comfy cashmere basic is a year-round necessity. 
Step up your skirt game with this affordable print. 
This fuzzy bucket bag is a must! 
Channel French-girl style with this easy outfit formula.
There is nothing more timeless than a classic, well-fitted trench coat.
Sport this classic tee with statement earrings. 
Throw these cropped flares on with heeled booties to upgrade your rainy-day look. 
Sport this purse with a weatherproof jacket.
Try “tonal dressing” by picking one color and wearing it in different shades.
Warm-toned jackets are great for summer storms. 
Light pink hues are a must this summer.
Embroidered denim is a huge game changer for your summer style.
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Top off an all-black outfit with a light trench coat.
For warm-weather days, opt for a lightweight khaki shell. 
Dress down this preppy line with a chunky coat for a rainy day. 
Pair these black skinnies with a lightweight raincoat for gloomy days. Keep reading to shop raincoats to wear during the next storm.
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China’s president offers US possible trade concessions

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Patriots Star Julian Edelman Speaks Out About Thwarting Possible School Shooting

Patriots star Julian Edelman is speaking out for the first time after he stopped a potential school shooting with the help of his assistant and one of his 1.7 million Instagram followers.

In March, Edelman received a comment from an Instagram follower, warning him that someone had commented on one of his photos saying “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.” The frightening comment was posted one day after the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C., which called for an end to gun violence following a spate of school shootings.

“My heart just sunk. My first thought was I need to go and find the comment,” Edelman’s assistant Shannen Meon told Good Morning America in an interview broadcast Friday. “I took screenshots of everything and immediately called 911.”

The police traced the comment to an address in Port Huron, Mich., where they found a 14-year-old boy and two rifles belonging his mother. He was taken to a juvenile-detention center and charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, the New York Times reported.

“It’s scary to think that those types of things can happen at a place of learning and a place where kids are going just to grow up,” Edelman, 31, told Good Morning America.

The two-time Super Bowl champion also sent his thanks to the Instagram user who alerted him to the comment. “I just want to say thank you for being the awesome human being you are – keep on going over all the comments. You’re like the comment police, bro!” he added.

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The Note: More political shock waves possible

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The ground shook for Republicans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue this week with signs there may be more tremors to come.

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. And, on Tuesday night, House Republicans appeared to take a beating in a Pennsylvania district the president carried by 20 points in 2016.

The White House has not ruled out more firings and a game of musical cabinet chairs consumed Washington this week.

Trump himself, when asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, said “there’ll always be change.”

Both events may signal that there are more shock waves for Republicans on the horizon.

The weather’s not much better for the GOP on the Capitol Hill side of the nation’s capital.

Republican leaders warned their incumbents to get serious about their campaigns and fretted that more GOP lawmakers could retire.

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Cath Kidston is celebrating its 25th birthday in the best possible way

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Cath Kidston prints have been a staple of British homes for as long as we can remember. In fact we can’t imagine life without her spotted cake stands and floral mugs. But it’s the Cath Kidston fashion collection that really gets us going – from the vintage style tea dresses to the dreamy cotton PJs.

And let’s not forget the amazing Cath Kidston collaborations with Disney – we are still dreaming about the Peter Pan and 101 Dalmatians ranges.

Soon to be turning 25, Cath Kidston is marking its quarter century in the best possible way – releasing a brand new collectable product range – and we definitely approve.

Yes, that’s right. The Cath Kidston team has released limited edition pieces – and we want them all.

From jumpers embroidered with 1993 (Cath Kidston’s launch date) to the creation of a 25th Anniversary clutch (featuring the original shop front), the new pieces all have meaning behind them, mixing all of her famous prints, from the Queen’s guards and Union Jacks to the classic rose pattern.

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25th Birthday Shop Clutch, £48.

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Big Birthday Party Dress £75.

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Birthday Stripe Leather Cross Body Bag, £85

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Birthday Stripe Pleated Skirt, £55

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Button Spot Guards PJ Set £55

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Embroidered Birthday jumper, £70

And it’s not just fashion – the new collection covers everything from mugs and cushions to luggage tags and washbags.

When did Cath Kidston start?

‘It all started with Cath’s eye for colour and design and her love for vintage prints,’ the Cath Kidston team explained in a video to mark its 25th birthday. ‘Cath tried all sorts of jobs from dog walker to model, florist to interior designer, before she hit on the idea, for what became Cath Kidston – Established London 1993.’

The brand was established in London’s Holland Park, selling car boot finds and vintage fabric before she began to create her own Modern Vintage designs – her first being floral ironing boards and statement wallpaper. Almost 25 years later, the brand now has over 200 stores worldwide and has become synonymous with classic British design, internationally famous for unique floral prints and bright, playful patterns.

‘It was hard work,’ the team explained in their video. ‘Our first catalogue was made by hand, our first store was in London so we did mail order. Now we have stores up and down the country and we are spreading the Best of British around the world.’

Here’s to the next 25 years Cath Kidston! Now please excuse us while we go spend all of our money on this new collection.

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Yes, it’s possible for a transgender woman to breastfeed

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To me, the ability to produce food that’s perfectly tailored to an infant’s nutritional needs is endlessly fascinating — the mechanics behind it, that is. Did you know that adoptive mothers can induce lactation? Yep.

Even cooler? Lactation can be induced in transgender women. And the first-ever case to be documented in academic literature has arrived.

A 30-year-old transgender woman was able to successfully breastfeed her baby, according to a case study published in Transgender Health. “Transgender medicine is becoming part of mainstream medicine. We’re getting more evidence-based data, we’re getting more standardized care, we’re getting more reproductive options,” said Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai hospital in New York, one of the doctors involved in the case.

The transgender woman approached doctors about breastfeeding after her 5-months-pregnant partner had expressed that she didn’t want to nurse their baby, The Guardian reported. According to the study, the patient had been taking hormone therapy for six years, but had not undergone gender reassignment or breast augmentation. To induce lactation, the transgender woman started a regimen of female hormones — progesterone and estradiol — was instructed to stimulate her chest with a breast pump and took domperidone to increase milk production.

A month later, the patient was producing droplets of milk, The Washington Post reported. And three months into her treatment plan, she could produce roughly 8 ounces of milk each day. What’s more is the patient was able to exclusively breastfeed for the first six weeks, and “the child’s growth, feeding, and bowel habits were developmentally appropriate,” according to the child’s pediatrician. The patient later ended up supplementing with formula because she wasn’t producing enough milk. But still! Pretty cool stuff.

Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist at Boston Medical Center — who wasn’t involved in the case — told the New Scientist the report is “a very big deal.” Safer added, “Many transgender women are looking to have as many of the experiences of non-transgender women as they can, so I can see this will be extremely popular,”

Honestly, I think this is freaking awesome. The benefits of breastfeeding aren’t exactly a secret these days. So if transgender women are willing and able to breastfeed, then why not? It’s a win-win situation.

Did you know induced lactation was a thing?

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Ice Skating: Is the ‘Iron Lotus’ Allowed or Even Physically Possible?

The Winter Olympics are halfway done in Pyeongchang, Korea. The pairs figure skating competition wrapped earlier this week, with the German team of Savchenko and Massot taking the gold. Their routine featured many dazzling and dangerous maneuvers, leading some fans to ask: can pairs do the “Iron Lotus” in real-life?

The “Iron Lotus” is a fictional move from the 2007 skating satire Blades of Glory. In the comedy, skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) team up after their solo careers are derailed. They put their rivalry aside with goals of winning the World Winter Sport Games (an Olympics-esque competition) as a pair. Their signature move is called the “Iron Lotus,” a move so risky, if landed, would ensure a victory.

The Iron Lotus Broken Down

The “Iron Lotus” may be fake, but it’s comprised of a few legitimate skating moves strung together.

The first part of the “Iron Lotus,” where the “man” spins the “woman” around by her feet, is called a “headbanger” or “bounce spin.” In the movie, this was accomplished with wire work and CGI. In real life, the male partner pulls his female partner in by one leg and swings her around by both feet.

As you can see, the move is very dangerous as the woman can hit her head on the ice. Due to the risk factor, this move is NOT allowed in Olympic-eligible competition, although fans may see it in exhibitions or shows.

At this point in the “Iron Lotus,” the male partner lets go of his partner’s feet, sending her soaring through the air. While there are throws in pairs skating, the female partner is either caught by the man (i.e. a twist) or lands on her own feet after being thrown (a throw jump, which is simply just a solo jump with a  partner assist).

In the “Iron Lotus,” the centrifugal force from the spinning would send the female partner out, not up. So from a physics perspective, the “Iron Lotus” really isn’t feasible.

The Finishing Move

Finally, the flying kick the male partner does while the female partner is in the air is known as a butterfly, It’s actually a pretty common ice skating move and used as a spin entry.

However, in the “Iron Lotus,” the two skaters are essentially jumping towards each other. Such moves are also not permitted in eligible competition, especially when one partner’s blade nears the other’s face. In Blades of Glory, a fictional Korean pair tries the “Iron Lotus,” but the male partner decapitates his partner.

In eligible competition, pairs do spin side by side, but aren’t supposed to drift towards each other. The Canadian pair of Jessica Dube and Bryce Davidson learned this the hard way in 2007. The duo were performing side-by-side camel spins and Bryce started drifting towards Jessica, clipping her in the face with his skate blade. Jessica required plastic surgery to repair the facial laceration, but luckily her eyes were undamaged.

Finally, Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy wouldn’t be able to compete, as the governing body of the sport strictly defines a pair as one man and one woman. They would be able to compete, however, in the annual Gay Games. The Gay Games permit mixed (male and female) and open pairs.

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I can’t tell you how many nights we’ve delayed bedtime because we were searching for Princess Caramel Doggy.

Princess Caramel Doggy (who must be referred to by all three names whenever we speak of her, please) is my youngest daughter’s stuffed dog. Any parent with a child who has a beloved stuffie can tell you the heart-stopping fear when you realize you’ve left said stuffie at the store, or at Grandma’s, or sitting momentarily forgotten in a hotel room. I’ve driven through rush hour traffic both ways on a Friday night to retrieve my son’s Thomas the Train engine when he left it at his grandparents’. We turned around on a road trip to rescue Princess Caramel Doggy from the hotel where we had stayed the night before.

Almost anything is better than trying to face a distraught child trying to sleep at night without their best buddy. I mayyyy even still have mine from when I was little — a teddy bear that accompanied me to college and now sits in my girls’ bedroom.

So what do you do when the beloved lovey has seen better days? Or has been mistaken for a chew toy by the dog? Or has befallen any of the other misfortunes that plague animals of the stuffed variety?

Here are three possible solutions:

1. You can try to repair it yourself 

Take a deep breath. Also, keep in mind that, just like the Velveteen Rabbit, your child probably loves their animal even if it doesn’t look perfect. If you can thread a needle and possibly sew a straight line, you may be able to fix this. I love these instructions because they talk you through literally everything from threading your needle to knotting and cutting the thread at the end (they even warn you that working with needles can be dangerous). If the animal has lost some of his innards, you can buy polyfill stuffing at craft stores, Walmart, or on Amazon and add a little in through the hole before sewing him up again.

2. You can check the store where it was purchased

Specialty stores like Build-A-Bear and the American Girl store have their own bear and doll hospitals. If you have a Build-A-Bear animal, you can bring it back to the store to see if the staff can fix it on-site at no cost (they can repair things like the seam in the back pretty easily). If they can’t fix it there, they can send your animal to the Bear Hospital, where the “doctors” will determine a course of treatment. This is free as well, but it can take 8-10 weeks until your animal has recuperated and been sent home.

At the American Girl store, dolls can be sent to the doll hospital to get everything from a head reattachment to torso and limb replacements to new eyes (why do dogs love to chew around the eyes? It’s horrifying). The cost ranges from $ 16-$ 44, depending on the severity of the injury. This generally takes 2-4 weeks.

3. You can find someone to fix it

This is the most expensive option, but it may be worth it if you’re trying to preserve an animal or doll that has been passed down…or trying to help a very heartbroken child.

The Realms of Gold Cloth Doll & Stuffed Animal Hospital in Los Altos, CA gets “patients” from around the world. Dr. Beth has worked on everything from newly purchased children’s stuffed animals to a very large stuffed polar bear who arrived on her doorstep in a refrigerator box. She can replace eyes (and even color them to match the originals), recover fur, or put back together unfortunate animals or dolls who have arrived in pieces. She will also send pictures or video to concerned “parents” of her patients in progress. She charges an initial consultation fee of $ 35 and then gives you an estimate. To give you an idea, a “gentle spa cleaning,” which includes new stuffing and a thorough cleaning, is $ 75.

Several places I checked charged an initial consultation fee and then give you a quote for the final work, though there were a few that allowed you to submit a photo and they would respond with the cost. Besides Realms of Gold and The Stuffed Animal Hospital, there are individuals who offer stuffed animal repair, and I found several Etsy sellers who specialize in it as well.

Have you ever had to repair a beloved stuffed animal? What did you do?

Photos courtesy of Laura Falin

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“In cooperation with Jack Brown Produce Inc., and out of an abundance of caution, Aldi has voluntarily recalled an assortment of apples that were available for purchase in stores starting on December 13, 2017, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination,” Aldi said in a news release Tuesday.

The recall came after one of Jack Brown Produce’s suppliers, Nyblad Orchards Inc., notified the businesses of the affected products.

The affected products were sold at some Aldi stores in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“To date, no illnesses related to these products have been reported. No other Aldi products are affected by this,” the company said.

The products affected are sold under the brand name “Apple Ridge” and are as follows:

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Affected customers should immediately discard the products or return them to a local store for a full refund. Customers with questions can call Jack Brown Produce Inc. at 616-887-9568, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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I’ve always considered myself a mindful person when it comes to the environment. I’m vegetarian, I try to be conscious of the origins of my food, I take public transport as much as possible and I’m an avid recycler.

But, if I’m being honest, I’ve never delved into what actually happens to my rubbish or recycling after I chuck it into the respective bins.

So, I took on a challenge to live without plastic for a week and the statistics and realities of what I learnt was shocking. And, although I may never be ‘zero waste,’ I can certainly put a dent in how much I’m contributing to landfill and that’s a start, isn’t it? Here’s what I learnt…

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No one is recycling enough

As a nation, we only recycle 14% of recyclable plastic. And around 50% of the plastic we do recycle is never actually recycled because it’s not been properly disposed of. I admit I never looked at my local council’s recycling policy before this week so was guilty of putting things like plastic bags in my green lid wheelie bin (rather than at a specific plastic bag collection bin) and being completely confused about what I should do with bubblewrap (which can jam recycling machines if not put in the right place.)

Our coffee consumption is getting out of control

Think about how much coffee you drink every day. Now, think about how many cups you chuck in the bin. Yeah, I quickly realised that it all adds up, with 7 million coffee cups thrown away in the UK every day – which adds up to 25,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste every year, to be exact. So, I got a bamboo forever cup instead since bamboo is the world’s most sustainable crop. And, it’s worth noting that coffee shops don’t even bat an eyelid when you hand it over for them to fill.

London consumes the largest amount of plastic bottled water in the UK

I’m guilty of it. I constantly buy multipacks of bottled water to bring me to work every day. I liked the convenience of it but considering that by 2050, there will be more plastic bottles in the oceans than fish, we really need to fix this. Plastic bottles make up 10% of all litter in the Thames, with ¾ of the fish inside consuming it, and considering how much I care about animals, these stats really hit home for me.

You can’t really recycle plastic bags

It takes the average plastic shopping bag 100 years to decompose and that’s only if it’s exposed to sunlight and air (which landfill rubbish often isn’t) so that plastic bag you chucked in the bin last week will probably outlast us all. So, now I have a ‘dirty’ tote bag that I put shoes in, a ‘fresh food’ tote bag for any fruit and veg and a ‘dry’ tote bag for everything else.

The sea floor is pretty much plastic

Considering 12.2 million tonnes of plastic litter enter the marine environment each year, it’s no wonder that 94% of the plastic rubbish that enters the ocean ends up on the sea floor. It’s not realistic for me to think I’ll never buy another plastic bottle of water again but I can make sure I only bin it in a recycling bin and never in one that’s overflowing (as these will just end up blowing away)

Plastic is seriously unhealthy for you

Chemicals like BPA and phthalates are used to make plastics and resins and when plastic is heated up (which can happen if your plastic bottle is in the sun for example), these chemicals can leech into the contents. And, since they’re known endocrine disruptors, they can cause a whole load of health issues so I’ve traded in for a glass and stainless steel as they’re both natural elements so are free from chemicals and wholly recyclable.

Plastic cutlery and straws aren’t ever recycled

I’m normally the first person to choose a plastic fork rather than a metal one. But, as it’s too small to recycle, it just adds to our ever-growing landfill. There is, however, a way around it. If you store it in a plastic takeaway container and recycle the whole thing, that works – but otherwise, just choose metal cutlery or invest in a stainless steel foldable spork! And, after finding out that the UK and US use almost 550 million straws a day – most of which end up in the ocean or take 200 years to break down into toxic particles – I’m all about refusing the straw, or using reusable stainless steel, glass and bamboo straws (I got mine from eco straws.) 

What I bought to start my no plastic life

BKR glass bottle, £30

Pukka bamboo coffee cup, £8.99

Cleeve Outdoors stainless steel folding spork, £2.49

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Alphabet big canvas tote bag, £22

Stasher reusable silicone food bags, £9.99 

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Bobble Insulate Stainless Steel bottle, £24, 

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The verdict?

Heartbroken by what I learnt we’re doing to the environment and wildlife (as well as to ourselves), I finally saw just how unnecessary so much of my disposable plastic use was so, not to sound like a poster but really, it’ amazing how much a difference we can all make by refusing, reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling everything we can.

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Hurricane Harvey: Beyoncé Pledges to ‘Help As Many’ Residents As Possible

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Beyoncé has pledged to assist those in need following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Houston native released a statement exclusively to the news outlet in response to the devastating effects of the natural disaster that has claimed the lives of at least nine people.

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said in a statement. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

Rasmus confirmed that the 35-year-old star had in fact made a significant contribution to the disaster.

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Beyoncé launched BeyGOOD in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour. It’s a philanthropic effort that collaborates with global charity organizations to help people find jobs, provide clothing, counseling, housing, food and medical assistance.

According to an estimate by officials, more than 30,000 residents are in need of shelter. The city has experienced unprecedented levels of rain, and more is set to arrive over the coming days.

Beyoncé has pledged to “help as many” residents as possible, and offered her prayers to

“I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said.

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Everything We Know About Grey’s Anatomy Season 14: Arizona’s Lonely Love Life, Matthew Morrison’s Possible Return & More

Ellen Pompeo, Grey's AnatomyNow that we’re only a month and a half out from our return to the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial, details about the 14th season of Grey’s Anatomy have slowly begun trickling…

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Everything We Know About Grey’s Anatomy Season 14: Arizona’s Lonely Love Life, Matthew Morrison’s Possible Return & More

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David Boreanaz Teases The Final Episodes Of ‘Bones’ And A Possible Reunion

“Bones” is coming to an end after 12 meaty seasons, but according to the show’s star David Boreanaz, there’s still a lot of excitement to come. 

The actor, who has been playing FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth since 2005, said that we should expect to witness some unexpected deaths in the final four episodes.

“I will say that some characters have been killed off, maybe some more, I don’t know. I know someone may get shot and hurt and injured … maybe me, possibly,” Boreanaz told The Huffington Post during a Build Series interview on Monday, teasing that his character could be in trouble.

“I think it’s done in a way that is open to the audience and the fans to say thank you for these 12 seasons,” he continued, “but also there’s hope for a possibility of a reunion or something of that nature down the line, which I would never say no to depending upon what it would be like and how it would be set up. But it’s a well-presented kind of ending and it ends, I’ll say, where it began.”

Boreanaz is feeling bittersweet about the conclusion of the beloved Fox show, admitting that saying goodbye to the crew and his co-stars was “very emotional.” 

“It’s a family environment,” he said. “I was fortunate to be on a show for that many years and it’s the cast and the crew that you really have this family-oriented relationship with. So it was tough [to say goodbye] and I think it became tougher as the weeks went on after the show was over for me. Going through this kind of decompression and walking around like, ‘How many pillows can I arrange here at home?’ And ‘How can I drive my family crazy before they say, “Go back to work! Do something!”?’”

Boreanaz is taking a break for a while, but said he enjoys working on television ― acting, producing and directing ― and hopes to find a new project to sink his teeth into. (You know, because we’re talking Angel here.)

“To get involved into a series again, which may happen, it has to be right and it has to be the character that I kind of respond to,” Boreanaz said. “I remember reading ‘Bones’ and being so intrigued by the character and by its relevance to ‘Romancing the Stone,’ the movie, and the connection those two characters had and the give and the take and the back and the forth, and the humor that could be created while solving crimes. Then you add the beautiful Ms. [Emily] Deschanel and it’s like a perfect lightning-in-a-bottle combination ― I was just very lucky to have that.”

“So instead of chasing certain things like that,” he concluded, “I just want to lay back and see how it goes.” 

Watch the full Build Series interview with David Boreanaz below, and catch a new “Bones” episode on Tuesday, March 7, at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. 

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This Possible ‘Harry Potter’ Couple Would Ruin Harry Potter’s Childhood Even More

Harry Potter might want to keep away from the latest edition of The Quibbler.

Following a recent Instagram post, the online speculation is that Harry’s dad, James Potter, aka actor Robbie Jarvis, may be dating Luna Lovegood, aka actress Evanna Lynch. And if Harry’s childhood wasn’t ruined before, it definitely is now:




That photo isn’t all, though. Despite the fact that E! wasn’t given conformation from Jarvis’ reps that the two were dating, other cute photos just seem to add to the evidence. Take this one for example:

Trying on hats with @msevylynch. Which one of us looks better? #fancy

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And check out this one where they apparently took Polyjuice Potion and transformed into owls. Nice try, James and Luna, but we know it’s you:

Owls!

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So why is this such a big deal? OK, first, let’s skip past the fact that in “Harry Potter,” Luna came in during Ginny’s year and is younger than Harry. Just forget that. But didn’t Harry also take Luna to Professor Slughorn’s Christmas party? Now his dad might be taking her out? Oh, and what about Lily Potter, James? What about Lily?

Voldemort has done some pretty messed up things to Harry Potter before, but this might be crossing the line.

That being said, we wish all the happiness in the world to the potential couple because they are just actors and Harry Potter isn’t real. Or that’s what people want you to believe, anyway.

Representatives for the actors did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post’s requests for comment.

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5 Possible Choices for Hillary’s Running Mate

One thing we know for certain is that it won’t be a quasi-Republican, weak-kneed, moderate Democrat. Unless Mitt Romney comes riding in on a white horse at the last minute, and becomes a formidable opponent, she won’t need to kiss up to moderate Republicans. Polls show her doing remarkably well against anyone already mentioned, including Jeb Bush.

Another thing we know is that it won’t be Joe Biden. While it’s possible he’d accept a position in Hillary’s cabinet (Secretary of State or Defense) he’s already done his time. Although the job has been depicted, historically, as thankless and puerile, Biden seemed to thrive in the position. No shrinking violet, it gave him the public platform he coveted. Still, it’s a case of “Been there, done that.”

Here are five choices in descending order of probability.

ELIZABETH WARREN
If Warren is looking for a podium from which to preach her long-needed, anti-Wall Street reform philosophy, here’s a question: Which will get her more attention–the U.S. Senate, where she’s one of 100, or the Vice-Presidency of the United States? Hillary personally likes Liz and would love to turn her loose, allowing her to say all the things that she, as president, probably can’t say.

The obvious downside would be inducing people to vote for two women. Hillary would be our first female president, but ushering in the first woman vice-president on the same ticket might be too much to ask of the non-progressives. On the other hand, for women voters still on the fence, a Sorority Sister ticket might just be enough to sway them.

HOWARD DEAN
He’s smart, ambitious, antsy, regretful at not having made more of his earlier (2004) opportunity, and eager to mount another appearance on the national stage. Both he and Hillary come off as preternaturally intelligent, but what she lacks in old-fashioned likeability and trustworthiness, Dean possesses in spades. He’s also an M.D., a family doctor. It would be a great pairing.

BERNIE SANDERS
Like Howard Dean, another Vermonter, and my personal favorite. But unlike Dean, he’s a wise and savvy prairie socialist who would give the ticket the necessary “leftwing heft” it requires. His place on the ticket might encourage hope-to-die McGovernites and Ramsey Clark loyalists to vote for a “hawk” like Hillary.

Although Sanders will be 75 years old come election day in 2016, he is physically and mentally fit. Indeed, even at his advanced years, he is arguably mentally sharper than Rick Perry was when he was a fraternity pledge at Texas A&M.

ANTHONY VILLARAIGOSA
Former Mayor of Los Angeles, and perennial political wannabe. His virtues: He’s likeable, he’s Latino, he’s articulate, he’s wildly ambitious, and he’s just humble and clueless enough to interpret being added to the ticket in order to secure the Latino vote as a “compliment.” Also, anyone who failed the bar exam four times can’t be all bad.

BILL CLINTON
A bloodless coup. Hillary becomes president. Bill becomes vice-president. Hillary suddenly resigns. Bill becomes president. He vows to accomplish in his third term what he couldn’t finish during his first two. Ken Starr beware. Payback is a bitch.

David Macaray is a playwright and author (“It’s Never Been Easy: Essays on Modern Labor”).

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Granada Defender Fails To Block Goal In Worst Possible Way

Real Madrid trounced Granada CF on Sunday with a final score of 9-1.

But as this Vine painfully illustrates, it wasn’t for a lack of effort, as one Granada defender left it all on the field — and then some — while failing to block the first goal of the game, scored by Gareth Bale:

Following Bale’s game-opening score, Cristiano Ronaldo proceeded to score five goals of his own, three of which he scored in a period of just eight minutes.

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Justice Department Probes Possible Price-Fixing In Music Publishing

July 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies as it reviews the decades-old rules that govern the cost of licensing songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department has sent out requests for documents from Sony Corp’s Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Publishing, along with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), the Journal said.

The DoJ is seeking materials related to a wide range of licensing issues, including the two publishers’ efforts to withdraw their rights from ASCAP and BMI’s licensing agreements with Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc, the newspaper said, citing the people. (http://on.wsj.com/Uaeo9W)

The request, formally known as civil investigative demands, are part of the DoJ’s sweeping review of its rate-setting agreements with ASCAP and BMI, the Journal said.

ASCAP, BMI, Universal Music and Sony/ATV did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Last month, the DoJ said it was considering changing or scrapping agreements it reached with two music licensing giants more than 70 years ago to freshen them up for the Internet age.

Any dispute over the cost of a license goes to “rate courts,” which are based in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Songwriters use music publishers to promote their works, and to do certain licensing tasks – for example, the licensing of “mechanical” rights, for the sale and distribution of recordings.

Publishers use BMI and ASCAP, both not-for-profit entities, to collectively license works for public performance to major music users like Pandora Media. (Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound

Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound


Inspired by its use in literary theory, film criticism and the discourse of games design, Salome Voegelin’s dazzling new book adapts and develops possible world theory in relation to sound. David Lewis’ Possible World is juxtaposed with Merleau-Ponty’s life-world, to produce a meeting of the semantic and the phenomenological at the place of listening. The central tenet of this book is that at present traditional musical compositions and contemporary sonic output are approached and investigated through separate and distinct critical languages and histories. As a consequence, no continuous and comparative study of the field – as exists in literary studies for example – is possible. Voegelin proposes an analytical framework that can access and investigate works across genres and times, and study them within a comparative context. As the discipline of sound studies gains momentum, Sonic Possible Worlds fills a need for a discourse of sound to contextualize and debate emerging sonic practices.

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