Tobacco ads target bisexual women, blacks, Hispanics

first_imgCertain minority groups, including bisexual women and people of color, are more likely to be exposed to vaping and tobacco ads than their heterosexual white peers, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.In the study, lead author Andy Tan and his colleagues analyzed data on 18- to 24-year-olds who participated in the U.S. Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study in 2013 and 2014. The participants answered questions about their recollection of seeing ads for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, as well as demographic variables such as race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.The study found that bisexual women and people of color had significantly higher prevalence of recalled exposure to the ads, with bisexual women of color having the highest exposure rates.“The tobacco industry’s advertising affects certain vulnerable groups more than others—young adults, women, sexual minorities, and people of color,” said Tan, assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard Chan School, in a Dec. 19, 2019 Yahoo Lifestyle article. “We need better vigilance on the industry’s unfair marketing practices and support for these groups to prevent tobacco use and help them quit successfully.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Biden back in Delaware with moving on his weekend to-do list

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is back in Delaware with moving on his weekend to-do list. Biden flew aboard Air Force One on Friday for the first time as president. He says he went home to help his wife figure out what other “stuff” they need in the White House. Biden made the trip even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans put off travel at this time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The White House said the trip would be far less risky for Biden than the sort of commercial travel that people are being urged to put on hold.last_img

LIPA Restructuring Bill Signed Into Law

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York LIPA crews during Superstorm SandyA bill reducing the role of the Long Island Power Authority and turning over much of the utility’s operations to a private contractor was signed into law Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The law restructures LIPA so that New Jersey-based PSEG, the agency’s incoming contractor, will have greater control over operations when it takes over in January, freezes rates for the next two years and increases oversight.“LIPA has offered lackluster service for too long and after its failure to perform during Superstorm Sandy it was clear we needed a change,” Cuomo said following a bill ceremony in Uniondale. “The legislation that was signed into law today ends the LIPA as we know it, and creates a new utility system that puts Long Island ratepayers first.”The new law came after a Moreland Commission probe of New York State utilities recently referred allegations of possible financial crimes at LIPA to federal prosecutors.The law reduces LIPA to a holding company, cuts its board from 14 members to nine and maintains its eligibility for FEMA and tax benefits by keeping it under public ownership. PSEG will eventually take over the utility’s day-to-day operations, budgeting, maintenance and storm response.The law also allows LIPA to refinance up to half of its $6.7 billion debt, which makes up nearly 10 percent of bills to their 1.1 million homes and businesses.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone back backed the restructuring.Dave Daley, the vice president of PSEG who’s leading the LIPA transition, said: “We look forward to the opportunity.”last_img read more

Why the next decade will foil financial plans

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I received a “financial plan” from an individual wanting me to review it with respect to his personal retirement goals. The plan was generated by one of the many “off the shelf” software packages that takes all the inputs of income, assets, pensions, social security, etc., and then spits out assumptions of future asset values and drawdowns in retirement.The problem is that the return assumptions were grossly flawed.In all of these plans, it is assumed individuals will have a rate of return of somewhere between 5-10% annually heading into retirement, and then 4-8% thereafter. The first major flaw in the plan is the “compounding” of annual returns over time which never happens.The second, and most important, is the future expectation of returns for individuals over the next 10-20 years.This second point is what I want to address today. continue reading »last_img read more

Watch Joe Biden’s 2020 election acceptance speech live

first_imgWhen Biden is sworn into the office on Jan. 20, he will face a number of challenges, including his government’s response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie contributed to this report. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to address the nation from Wilmington, Delaware Saturday at 8 p.m. ET after NBC News projected that he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will win the presidential election.He will be joined by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, the Biden campaign said.The call in the race came four days after Election Day, and during close counts in multiple battleground states. President Donald Trump‘s campaign has mounted several legal challenges over how the ballots are being tabulated.- Advertisement – [The stream is slated to start at 8:00 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.]- Advertisement – Biden will carry at least 279 electoral votes, while Trump will get 214 or more, according to NBC. Georgia, Arizona and North Carolina are still too close to call, according to NBC. Alaska is too early to call. The race, decided by narrow margins in a number of swing states, drove record turnout that will see both Biden and Trump garner more than 70 million votes. Biden has a still growing lead of more than 4 million in the nationwide popular vote.“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said in a statement Saturday after his projected victory. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA unveils pandemic preparedness plan

first_imgMar 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a pandemic influenza preparedness plan that defines the agency’s current role in federal pandemic planning, such as expediting the review of new vaccines and antivirals, and spells out work it will do in areas such as food safety and targeting counterfeit drugs.The lengthy plan, posted on the FDA’s Web site, addresses six major areas: vaccines, antiviral medications, medical devices, food and feed safety, emergency preparedness and response, and enforcement.Though the FDA has already accomplished several pandemic-related tasks, such as approving a pediatric indication for the antiviral oseltamivir, other tasks are ongoing. The plan details steps needed to improve the surge capacity for producing products that will be crucial during a pandemic, such as antivirals, diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment, and other medical equipment.On the food safety front, the FDA said it is identifying a list of regulated foods and animal feeds that are at increased risk for contamination from a pandemic virus strain. The list would include products that contain poultry ingredients. The agency also said it would gauge the risk of food contamination from infected waterfowl and the possibility of contamination of ready-to-eat foods by infectious respiratory droplets from humans.In addition, the FDA said it is investigating which food-processing practices can kill influenza viruses. The agency will conduct its own research on the effectiveness of processing methods, and also monitor the scientific literature on the survivability of viruses in various foods and conditions.Though the FDA has already prohibited the use of human antiviral drugs in poultry and is currently educating groups about the rule, it said the next step is to provide a test for antiviral drug residues in products that contain poultry. The FDA said it expects to provide testing capability sometime during the 2007-08 fiscal year.The agency reported it is already pursuing actions against fraudulent or counterfeit pandemic-related products, particularly those that are risky to consumers. One of the next steps, officials said, is to draft a plan to expand investigations and prosecutions of such cases and intercept product shipments at US borders.In other news related to flu viruses and food safety, scientists at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga., recently tested whether cooking chicken at the USDA-recommended temperature kills the H5N1 virus. The researchers used heavily contaminated meat from 4-week-old White Leghorn chickens that they infected with a 2003 Korean strain of the H5N1 virus.Their study, described in the March issue of the Journal of Food Protection, showed that cooking the meat at the recommended 165ºF killed the virus with a large margin of safety. The USDA made the 165ºF recommendation in April 2006, on the basis of advice from its National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Some previous federal recommendations called for slightly higher temperatures.See also:Thomas C, Swayne DE. Thermal inactivation of H5N1 high pathogenicity avian influenza virus in naturally infected chicken meat. J Food Protect 2007 Mar;70(3):674-80 [Full Text]April 6, 2006, CIDRAP News story “USDA: 165 degrees is magic number for safe poultry” read more

Fortress of St. Nicholas and officially under the protection of UNESCO!

first_imgYesterday, a ceremony was held at the Šibenik Theater to present the charter on the occasion of the registration of the Fortress of St. Nikola to the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the charter was handed over to the prefect Goran Pauk by the UNESCO Assistant Director for Culture Francesco Bandarin. By the way, in the morning, before the award ceremony, the UNESCO flag and the flag of the Republic of Croatia were ceremoniously placed on the walls of the fortress. “This is a historic moment for Šibenik when we become the only city in Croatia with two UNESCO monuments. Next to the Cathedral of St. Jakov, the fortress of St. Nikola is the pearl of our historical and cultural heritage, which we are infinitely proud of, and at the same time it will be the last restored Šibenik fort. Our fortresses are the generators of the future of this city. We believe that this legacy of our ancestors, once the defensive shield of the city, will bring new value and recognition in the world to Šibenik in the future.”, Said Mayor Zeljko Buric and thanked everyone who worked on the project.UNESCO Assistant Director for Culture Francesco Bandarin expressed his enthusiasm, stating that the fortress of St. Nikola is the most beautiful fortress he has ever seen and he singled out the world’s metropolises that have more than one UNESCO monument London, Berlin, Beijing, and among them is now Šibenik. “By entering the imposing fortress of St. Nikola on the World Heritage List, little Šibenik found itself in the company of large and few cities that have as many as two UNESCO monuments and I congratulate you on that. I must say that the fortress of St. Nikola is one of the most beautiful fortresses I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of them in my work. ”, said UNESCO Assistant Director for Culture, Francesco Bandarin.Mayor Goran Pauk pointed out that they were extremely proud of the proclamation in Krakow at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in July this year. He reminded that for the previous works on the fortress of St. HRK 1,5 million was allocated to Nikola, while HRK 500 thousand was invested in the preparation of documentation.last_img read more

Fund managers unprepared for AIFMD deadline, survey shows

first_imgAlternative investment fund managers appear unprepared for next week’s final deadline for compliance with the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), in a survey conducted towards the end of June, with 47% of firms still not having filed.The one-year transitional period following implementation of the AIFMD, in which some alternative investment fund managers were given time to get authorisations in place, ends on 22 July.The survey by fund structuring firm Alceda and research firm Kepler Parters polled 56 alternative asset managers between 23 May and 30 June.At that point, 47% of respondents said they has still not filed under the directive, and only 32% said they were ready for the AIFMD. Some 19% said they were planning to submit an application before 22 July, and 13% were still unsure about their intentions, according to the survey.Georg Reutter, partner at Kepler Partners, said: “It’s clear the general understanding of the implications of AIFMD on the alternative fund management industry is low, with 41% of respondents to our survey stating that they have a limited understanding.”In particular, the survey showed that alternative asset managers with headquarters outside Europe could be “sleepwalking into the unknown”, despite the potential impact on their business, he said.The directive brings alternative investment funds – mainly hedge funds and private equity firms, but also some real estate funds – under EU regulatory supervision.It was drawn up to correct a perceived lack of financial regulation for hedge funds and private equity funds, seen by some as having exacerbated the global financial crisis.Authorisation under the AIFMD means fund managers will be subject to a range of new requirements in areas such as due diligence, risk and liquidity monitoring, reporting, disclosure and marketing.last_img read more

Classic beach cottages making a comeback

first_img The relaxed beach vibe is real at 84 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr Powell said there was a growing demand in Mermaid Beach for original homes that have been sympathetically restored and well maintained.“Original homes of this quality are super rare but the demand is there,” he said. “I had someone come through on the weekend looking for an old home to knock down and rebuild, but he said it was far too nice for that.” The renovated interior is fresh and modern. 29 Tamborine St, Mermaid Beach on for sale for $1.299 million.A bright blue beach cottage is turning heads at 29 Tamborine Street, Mermaid Beach which is on the market with an asking price of $1.299 million.The original timber flooring remains while the kitchen has had a modern makeover and the garage converted into a guest bedroom.“The bright colours are really coming back and people love the retro look,” said marketing agent Luke Henderson of Professionals.“We’re seeing a lot of these older cottages being renovated, rather than knocked down and people are really loving them.” MORE NEWS: Where at-home workers would rather be living 84 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach is both classic and classy.A cluster of cute cottages has hit the market in Mermaid Beach where the appetite is growing for classic beach shacks that have been tastefully restored.These single-storey retro retreats have become a rarity in the popular beachside suburb where original homes are mostly knocked down to make way for mega mansions. This unassuming beach cottage at 84 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach is for sale.A 1950s beach cottage at 84 Petrel Avenue, Mermaid Beach has been lovingly restored and maintained by the owner-builder who is selling after 17 years. The three-bedroom charmer features french doors, original timber floorboards, raked ceilings and a fresh white palette throughout. center_img The original cottage has been restored and maintained by the owner of 17 years.“It’s one of the best cottages I’ve seen in the area,” said marketing agent Guy Powell of Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach.“There’s nothing quite like it on the market.” A single level renovated home at 25 Sportsman Ave, Mermaid Beach is on the market.Also in Mermaid Beach, this single level fully renovated home at 25 Sportsman Avenue is only minutes from the beach at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.The open plan living and dining areas flow through French doors to the undercover deck and yard where kids are free to play in the sun when they’re not at the beach. Gold Coast’s own Kardashian Palace stripped back for sale More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The kitchen has had a modern makeover at 29 Tamborine St, Mermaid Beach.Mr Henderson said the remaining cottages helped to maintain the relaxed beachside culture that Mermaid Beach is famous for. “There’s a lot of wealth in Mermaid Beach, but people walk around in their board shorts and drink at the surf club,” he said.“The locals are fairly relaxed and not everyone wants a brand new home.”last_img read more

Baker Investigated After Refusing to Make Gay Marriage Cake

first_imgThe Blaze 2 Feb 2013An Oregon man may have broken the law and is facing a state investigation after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding, KATU reports.KGW has details on the story:It started on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake. “My first question is what’s the wedding date,” said owner Aaron Klein.  “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.” Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages.  Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out. “I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” said Klein.  “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.” […]“I’d rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in then to see him bow down because one person complained.”One of the women filed a complaint on January 28– also saying Klein referred to them as “abominations unto the Lord”– and now the Oregon Attorney General’s civil enforcement officers are investigating the claim. But Klein says he never used harsh language and has no problem with homosexuals; he just doesn’t want to be a part of their marriage. read more