John Williams has been an integral part of the Star Wars franchise since he scored the series’ first installment—retroactively titled A New Hope—in 1977. Since then, the five-time Academy Award-winner has composed the music for eight Star Wars films, in addition to music for other iconic franchises like Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Home Alone.However, it appears the 86-year-old movie music legend will be throwing in the Star Wars towel after the series’ ninth episode is released in 2019. In a new interview with California radio station KUSC, Williams explained that he’s ready to end his work with sci-fi juggernaut. As he told the station: “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars movie] now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”Williams’ change of pace won’t come as a huge surprise to Star Wars fans, who got their first taste of a non-Williams Star Wars score when Rogue One, with music composed by Michael Giacchino, was released in 2016. Their next taste will come when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this coming May with a score by John Powell.With a whopping 51 Oscar nominations under his belt, Williams is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history (trailing only Walt Disney). Some of his other notable compositions include the scores for Stephen Speilberg favorites such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, and Jurassic Park as well as classics like Fiddler on the Roof, Born on the Fourth of July, The Poseidon Adventure and the original Superman film.[H/T – ClassicFM]
Author makes case for ‘uniquely toxic’ health effects in talk at HLS Previous studies have found links between SSB intake and weight gain and higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, although few have looked at the connection between SSB intake and mortality. In the new study, researchers analyzed data from 80,647 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study (1980‒2014) and 37,716 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (1986-2014). For both studies, participants answered questionnaires about their lifestyles and health status every two years.After adjusting for major diet and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the more SSBs a person drank, the more their risk of early death from any cause increased. Compared with drinking SSBs less than once per month, drinking one to four sugary drinks per month was linked with a 1 percent increased risk; two to six per week with a 6 percent increase; one to two per day with a 14 percent increase; and two or more per day with a 21 percent increase. The increased early death risk linked with SSB consumption was more apparent among women than among men.There was a particularly strong link between drinking sugary beverages and increased risk of early death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Compared with infrequent SSB drinkers, those who drank two or more servings per day had a 31 percent higher risk of early death from CVD. Each additional serving per day of SSBs was linked with a 10 percent increased higher risk of CVD-related death.Among both men and women, there was a modest link between SSB consumption and early death risk from cancer.Researchers also looked at the association between drinking artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) and risk of early death. They found that replacing SSBs with ASBs was linked with a moderately lower risk of early death. But they also found a link between high intake levels of ASBs (at least four servings a day) and slightly increased risk of both overall and CVD-related mortality among women, so they cautioned against excessive ASB consumption.“These findings are consistent with the known adverse effects of high sugar intake on metabolic risk factors and the strong evidence that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, itself a major risk factor for premature death. The results also provide further support for policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes because the current price of sugary beverages does not include the high costs of treating the consequences,” said Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition.Other Harvard Chan authors of the study included Yanping Li, Eva Schernhammer, and Frank Hu.Funding for the study came from research grants UM1 CA186107, UM1 CA176726, UM1 CA167552, P01 CA87969, P01 CA055075, R01 HL034594, HL088521, HL35464, and HL60712 from the National Institutes of Health. Symposium examines sweetener’s effects on human body and on public policy The more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) people drink, the greater their risk of premature death — particularly from cardiovascular disease, and to a lesser extent from cancer, according to a large, long-term study of U.S. men and women. The risk of early death linked with drinking SSBs was more pronounced among women.The study, led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, also found that drinking one artificially sweetened beverage (ASB) per day instead of a sugary one lowered the risk of premature death. But drinking four or more ASBs per day was associated with increased risk of mortality in women.The study will be published today in the journal Circulation.“Our results provide further support to limit intake of SSBs and to replace them with other beverages, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity,” said Vasanti Malik, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition and lead author of the study.Studies have shown that SSBs — carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks — are the single largest source of added sugar in the U.S. diet. Although SSB consumption in the U.S. has dropped over the past decade, there’s been a recent uptick among adults, with intake levels from SSBs alone nearly exceeding the dietary recommendation for consuming no more than 10 percent of daily calories from added sugars. SSB intake is also on the rise in developing countries, spurred by urbanization and beverage marketing, according to the authors. Related The unsavory side of sugar Sugar stands accused
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Police say at least 14 passengers were killed when a speeding bus overturned on a highway in southern Pakistan. Eleven passengers were also injured in Tuesday’s accident, which took place in the town of Uthal in Sindh province. Police say the accident apparently happened when the driver lost control of the bus on account of speeding, though authorities are still investigating. Women and children were among the dead and injured. Deadly road accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and maintenance, as well as a blatant disregard of traffic laws.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Cinderella Keke Palmer is moving to the Cinderella kingdom! The small screen star and talk show host will show off some seriously gorgeous Tony-winning costumes by William Ivey Long beginning September 9, but before she takes on the role of Ella in the new production, she’s looking glam in the pages of Vanity Fair! “I still don’t believe it’s real,” she said of her new Broadway gig. “Seeing that many people in the audience…that’s what excites [me] and gets me pumped.” We’re pumped too, Keke! Check out her beautiful summer look in this photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank, then see her step into Cinderella’s glass slippers this fall.
These trees all have a broad range of adaptability and providegreat features for the landscape. Now, let’s get busy and get thatfall tree planting project under way.(Jim Midcap is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) By Jim MidcapUniversity of GeorgiaThe tree-planting season is here. Let’s not put it off anylonger. You can miss years of tree growth by waiting for theperfect time or mood.Fall is the best time to plant because new trees have all winterto establish new roots. Soils are wetter in winter, andtemperatures are cooler, while the plants are much less active.These are ideal conditions for getting plants off to a greatstart.To successfully plant a tree in your landscape, first select thebest place to plant it. Select a site that’s big enough for atree to develop. A large, mature tree will need 30 to 40 feet ofspace. Small trees will need 15 to 20 feet. So the amount of roomyou have will determine the kind of tree you should plant.Think aheadRemember to base your planting-site decision on the tree’s maturesize. All those baby trees in 7-gallon containers don’t grow upto be the same size. Some grow into large trees and others intosmall ones. Not all of your space should be planted to trees,either. You need some sunny, open areas and shady nooks.Trees are a long-term investment. You need trees that can surviveand grow with few problems. Always select and plant trees thatare cold-hardy, heat- and drought-tolerant and pest-resistant. Anadapted large tree on a good site with a little care should live50 to 100 years.You plant trees for your own reasons. You may need some fast shadeto cool the drive or air-conditioner unit. You may want to improveyour landscape with spring flowers or brilliant orange fall color.You may need to screen your neighbor with an evergreen planting.All of these are good reasons to select a tree to fit the spaceand need of the site.SuggestionsHere are some trees that can fill your special needs: Good trees that grow fast and provide shade include the redmaple, Shumard oak, willow oak and lacebark elm. Some smallertrees with rapid growth are trident maple and the tree-form crapemyrtles, such as Natchez, Dynamite and Sioux.Trees with outstanding fall color include Legacy sugar maple,Chinese pistache, ginkgo and native sourwood.Look for outstanding spring flowers in our native redbud andflowering dogwoods. The Kousa dogwood, Okame cherry and Chinesefringe tree are outstanding small flowering trees, too.
Weekly unemployment claims fell last week, offsetting somewhat a recent surge in claims. For the week of December 4, 2010, there were 1,371 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 424 from the week before. Altogether 11,345 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 1,185 from a week ago and 2,114 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,533 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 361 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 682 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 58 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
Gievers extols ‘the power of one’ August 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Associate EditorTo control behavior, children are given mind-altering drugs that at least one drug manufacturer now admits makes kids more depressed and suicidal.Foster children over the age of 18 were dumped on the streets July 1, thanks to the Florida Legislature that ended extended foster care to age 23 for those who stay in school.In some circuits in Florida, the buildings where dependency courts are held are so disgusting Charles Dickens would feel right at home.Ex parte discussions that would result in disbarment of civil litigators in “real court” are routine in dependency court.Those were the gloomy realities lawyer Karen Gievers described at the Public Interest Law Section luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando.But Gievers, recipient of PILS’ Hon. Hugh Glickstein Child Advocate of the Year Award, also delivered passionate words of encouragement about the power of lawyers to make lasting changes for foster children.Part of her upbeat message was what she called “breaking news” of the “first opinion on a foster care case from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals since 1987.”On June 26, the day before the PILS luncheon, Gievers was happy to report, the federal appellate court had affirmed an order of U.S. Middle District Court Judge Patricia Fawsett that had denied the Department of Children and Families’ motion to dismiss. The case involves allegations of a boy beaten and tied up in a foster home. With the department’s approval, the boy was later adopted by his abuser. Gievers said DCF officials “themselves described the abuse as the most egregious they’d ever seen when they finally intervened several years later.”Gievers quoted the federal judge panel — Joel Dubina, Stanley Marcus, and Peter Fay: “The gravamen of the allegations is that these individuals knowingly and deliberately ignored the physical, mental, and emotional harm being caused this child by the intentional infliction of known cruel and unusual punishment that shocks the conscience of any reasonable person.”“This is the first opinion (on a foster care case) the 11th Circuit has chosen to have published.. . recognizing that some things are not going to be tolerated,” Gievers said.“And even if the courts are not going to be open for prospective injunctive relief, they’re not going to close the federal courthouse doors to children whose trust has been horribly trampled by the system in monetary damage actions. Compensation could be had if things don’t go as they should. This case sends a major message of hope to all who are laboring in the child advocacy vineyard. Because, with this opinion, we can go to the defense lawyers that are hired by (DCF) and say, ‘Look, it shocked the conscience of the appellate court because they’re reasonable people. Now, what part of the argument are you going to adopt to try to justify your position today?’”Another ray of hope, Gievers said, is that the manufacturer of the antidepressant Paxil has recently admitted their product is not safe for kids.“That’s a wedge that we need, the camel’s nose under the tent to go ahead and ramp up our next constitutional major litigation to stop the routine drugging of children in foster care,” Gievers said. “Somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of every child in state custody is on these horrible drugs. And they are being given for the purpose of letting them cope with life. And if that makes you vomit, I apologize. It makes me want to vomit.”While the legal problems of foster children may seem daunting, Gievers’ message was that much good can be accomplished for the whole system when a single lawyer agrees to take on a single case.Gievers recalled her first pro bono case for foster children was prompted by Mel Martinez, president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in 1988.“When Mel was president, he urged all of us on the board of the academy to do our pro bono work for foster children, because there was no group of people in need of legal services more than these children who were stuck in state custody,” Gievers recalled.“Not because they had done anything wrong, but because their parents supposedly had. So I got the training. And I thought: This first case doesn’t seem so hard. There’s several children. The parents are not capable of providing for them. Parental rights should be terminated.“But they didn’t file a petition. So I asked the department attorney, ‘Why didn’t you file a petition?’“The answer I got was: ‘Well, we don’t believe in doing that.’“I said, ‘But how are these kids ever going to get to permanency?’“‘Well, I don’t care and I don’t know. We’re not filing a petition.’”“So we filed A through F, as the lawsuit became known, on behalf of six youngsters in that particular case,” Gievers said. “It’s been intriguing over the years as A through F was litigated and settled, and they promised they would fix the system and do better for the children. And A through F blended into Bonnie L. And Bonnie L. made progress over the years before the district court decided federal courts are not open to these foster kids who have dependency court judges to protect them.“When we would take depositions of department people, they would say things like, ‘Thanks to A through F, we have additional resources, and we keep siblings together now.’ Earlier this week, we heard testimony from the former supervisor here in Orlando: ‘Well, thanks to Bonnie L., our case load sizes have come down from 60 to 14.’“And I thought, if that’s true, it’s wonderful.. . . It proved that even being in the litigation arena, even if you don’t achieve success with a nice court opinion, that you can explain to the media and spread the word like Paul Revere went through the Boston area when the British were coming, ‘Look! Help for the foster kids is coming!’ Even when you don’t get that kind of opinion, things happen. It’s like throwing the old pebble in the pond and the ripples go out, and you don’t ever know where they’re going to end up.”Gievers, the first college graduate in her family, said her training in law school and civil litigation has made her what others have described as like a pitbull chomping on the DCF bone, as a dogged advocate for foster children.“The law makes us little short people, the underdogs of the world, equal in court to the most powerful companies, to the biggest government agencies. And if the Constitution continues to have meaning, then our judicial system will be the arenas in which rights are protected,” Gievers said.“It is very depressing, on occasion, to represent these youngsters, because the lives they live are so horrible compared to the lives we had and the lives of our own children.”She recalled the time she asked Sampson, the oldest of the A through F children, to write down things DCF could do to improve how it takes care of children. Sampson, a very bright child, wrote Gievers a two-page essay.“Even ignoring the misspellings and the grammar mistakes, it was clear that his message was: He appreciated the department for giving him and his five brothers and sisters a place to sleep and eat. It’s nice when they could see each other, and he was glad that two of the younger ones were adopted, and they had a for-real family. He hoped that at some point he and his other brothers and sisters would be able to have a for-real family. And meanwhile, he wanted to do what he could when he became an adult so that he could have a home for the rest of his brothers and sisters that weren’t adopted.“This was a kid who had been in foster care for 12 years at this point, virtually his entire life as of that point,” Gievers continued. “And I thought to myself, ‘You know, we hear about the power of one. And if this one kid who has been through so much hadn’t given up hope for having a future, despite what’s happened to him, then how in God’s name can the rest of us, who have all of these other privileges and luxuries and ease of lifestyle and quality of life? Who the heck do we think we are to even think about giving up in our advocacy of these youngsters?“The simple fact of the matter is we cannot give up and remain true to the goal that each of us should have, and, I believe, does have for every child in our society.” Gievers extols ‘the power of one’
More than 22,600 cases of WNV in horses were reported between 1999, when the virus first surfaced in North America, and the end of 2004, the USDA said. About a third of horses that fall ill with the mosquito-borne virus die or must be euthanized. The DNA technology used to develop the vaccine is serving as the foundation for an experimental human WNV vaccine, the CDC said. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) announced the launch of a small clinical trial of the vaccine in April of this year. The NIAID is developing the vaccine in collaboration with Vical Inc. of San Diego. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it issued a license for the vaccine to Fort Dodge Laboratories, Fort Dodge, Iowa. The CDC helped the company develop the vaccine. “This is truly an exciting innovation and an incredible scientific breakthrough that has potential benefits far beyond preventing West Nile virus in horses,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release. “This science will allow for the development of safer and more effective human and animal vaccines more quickly.” DNA vaccines are less vulnerable to changes in temperature, a major asset for vaccination campaigns in developing countries. The CDC said DNA vaccines offer important advantages over traditional vaccines: Apr 20 CIDRAP News story on human trial of WNV DNA vaccinehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/wnv/news/april2005westnile.html Fort Dodge expects to make the vaccine commercially available to veterinarians early in 2006, the CDC reported. The USDA said researchers are continuing to assess how long the protection afforded by the vaccine lasts. Once a vaccine model for an organism is developed, it can be adapted fairly quickly for similar organisms, which can be a major advantage in an emerging epidemic. Jul 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Federal officials say a new West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine for horses, licensed this week, represents a breakthrough that may lead to important benefits for human vaccine development. Work on the new vaccine began about 5 years ago at the CDC’s branch in Fort Collins, Colo. In clinical studies, the vaccine protected horses from WNV-related illness without causing any major side effects. The USDA’s Center for Veterinary Biologics determined that the vaccine’s safety and efficacy have been satisfactorily demonstrated. The way the USDA explained it, “Traditional vaccine development involves either passing a disease-producing virus through a different species or cell type until it no longer causes disease but does create immunity, or by killing the virus in such a manner that allows it to produce immunity but no disease in the recipient. DNA vaccines, by contrast, use specific fragments of a pathogen’s unique genetic material to stimulate a targeted immune response from the host.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the vaccine is the world’s first licensed DNA vaccineone that uses small pieces of the target virus’s genetic material instead of using a weakened or killed form of the whole virus. Two other WNV vaccines for horses are licensed and commercially available now, according to the Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis. Fort Dodge Animal Health makes an inactivated (killed virus) vaccine, while Merial makes a live vaccine based on a canarypox virus. See also: USDA announcementhttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/news/2005/07/wnvdna_vs.html In addition, horses that have received a DNA vaccine can be distinguished from those that have been naturally infected, which is helpful for disease surveillance, the CDC said. CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r050718.htm
Over the past year, Google has introduced more of its own travel brands into search results, directed more traffic to its consolidated travel sites, and integrated most of its travel products into Google Maps. Shift. When asked about Google’s influence on Expedition, Okerstrom explained how Google is installing new modules in its search engine, thus directing more and more users to brands such as Google Hotel and Google Flight, which has not been the case so far. He added that the moves resulted in “traffic changes“For the Expedition. Source / photo: Skift Last week, TripAdvisor commented on the fact that revenues in most of their business, officially called “Hotels, Media and Platform”, fell 12 percent in the third quarter, compared to last year, to $ 238 million. “We believe that our biggest challenge is Google’s ‘pushing’ its own hotel brands into search results, thereby diverting quality traffic that would otherwise find its way to TripAdvisor via free links and generating high earnings from click-based ads.”, They said from TripAdvisor. For its part, Expedia Group intends to encourage direct booking – new Instagram and Facebook influencer campaigns have been mentioned, as well as brand advertising – and strengthen its loyalty programs. TripAdvisor, on the other hand, plans to limit costs and develop hotel and media products that are not based on click revenue, and step up personalization development. Expedia Group CEO Mark Ockerstrom said Google is taking over “more and more revenue per visitor and I think that’s the reality of the world on the Internet and the importance of Google at the top of that funnel”. Both Ockerstrom and Kaufer complain that their organic and free links are falling further and further on the list of search results on Google because the largest Internet search engine favors their own travel brands. The CEOs of TripAdvisor and Expedia Group last week discussed how Google’s practice of directing search traffic negatively impacts their business in the third quarter.
Topics : Garcia is one of over 70,000 medical workers to catch the coronavirus in Mexico, where the pandemic death toll is now the third-highest worldwide, behind the United States and Brazil.Government data indicates that healthcare workers’ risk of dying is four times higher than in the United States, and eight times higher than in Brazil.”The coronavirus has hit healthworkers all over the world, but it’s been especially bad in Mexico,” said Alejandro Macias, an epidemiologist who spearheaded Mexico’s response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic.Staff have had to buy their own equipment, often in informal marketplaces and of substandard quality, Macias said. The government has said there were shortcomings in equipment provision early on but says it has worked hard to protect workers and flown in vital equipment from China and the United States. It also accuses past administrations of letting the health service deteriorate.Mexico’s deputy health minister and coronavirus czar, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said in July that many of the nurses and doctors who died of the virus had pre-existing medical conditions, and that some did not use protective gear in “optimal fashion.”In Mexico, 19% of confirmed infections are of medical staff, almost three times the global average, according to figures from the International Council of Nurses and the Mexican National Association of Doctors and Nurses.The plight of healthworkers is complicating efforts to contain the outbreak, which has killed close to 50,000 people in Mexico, battered the economy and cost millions of jobs.Garcia, 48, said in an interview that he believes he was one of about a dozen medical staff indirectly infected by a patient who arrived at the Lomas Verdes hospital with coronavirus symptoms and later died.”They’ve been very irresponsible with us,” he said, referring to his employer and its alleged failure to provide protective equipment.The hospital’s director, Gilberto Meza, said that 213 Lomas Verdes staff had contracted the virus. Citing an epidemiological study he said the hospital had conducted, he said that all were infected outside the facility.He said all staff had received goggles, face shields and masks. He declined to say when they were provided.Garcia and his family survived and he is now back at work. But the two weeks they had coronavirus symptoms were, he said, “hell”: headaches, fever, diarrhea and shortness of breath.As of July 24, 72,980 Mexican medical staff had caught the coronavirus, and 978 died, government figures show.In the United States, which has a population 2.5 times that of Mexico, 123,738 medical personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and 598 have died, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures.The health ministry of Brazil, which is about two-thirds more populous than Mexico, had reported 189 deaths of medical practitioners by end-July. Some private data in Brazil give higher figures, but still well below Mexico.Over a dozen nurses and doctors interviewed by Reuters said they got the virus in part because they did not receive timely information or protective equipment.Many have protested about having to reuse disposable gear and launched petitions for better kit.In one public hospital in northern Mexico, medical workers told Reuters in April their managers told them not to wear protective masks to avoid unsettling patients.Zoe Robledo, head of Mexico’s main public health service, IMSS, said in April that it had suffered equipment shortages, as well as “delays, oversights, and errors that needed correcting.”Low spendingMexico’s spending on health as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the lowest in the 37-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).A recent study by the OECD put Mexico’s health spending at 5.5% of GDP, compared to 9.1% in Chile and 7.3% in Colombia in 2019. In Brazil it was 9.4%, though the latest data available were from 2017.Nurses often work in multiple hospitals to supplement wages of about 8,500 pesos ($377) per month, according to Mexico City’s government. Movement between hospitals heightens the contagion risk, said Oliva Lopez, the city’s health minister.”Our health personnel combine multiple jobs and are exposed in multiple spaces,” Lopez told Reuters, saying her ministry had gone to great lengths to get staff protective equipment, and blaming previous governments for “pauperizing” the profession.More than 600 nurses had died by the end of June in some 30 countries surveyed by the Geneva-based International Council of Nurses. Mexico accounted for 160 of the deaths, or over a quarter.Speaking on condition of anonymity, one nurse at a Mexico City public hospital said she felt “abandoned” by authorities.”But we can’t say: ‘Now I can’t work, or don’t want to’,” she said. “This is what we trained for.” When the coronavirus epidemic began to intensify in Mexico at the end of March, Doctor Jose Garcia said his bosses at a public trauma hospital in Mexico City denied his request for masks, gloves and disinfectant.They argued such protective equipment was only necessary for those working directly with coronavirus patients, Garcia said. Unconvinced, he bought it himself.The hospital’s director disputes this, saying all staff received protective equipment. Either way, Garcia had already contracted the virus and infected his wife and one-year-old daughter.