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INC church distributes aid packages in Seattle neighborhood

SEATTLE --More than 500 residents lined up in Othello Playground to receive free food and supplies on Aug. 14 during an Aid to Humanity event hosted by theFelix Y. Manalo(FYM) Foundation, the charitable arm of theIglesia Ni Cristo(INC or Church Of Christ). Free care packages of food, back to school supplies and basic necessities were offered to residents, along with a free meal and entertainment. Next door to the event venue, is the INC house of worship of the congregation inSeattle. Eight local organizations were honored by the FYM Foundation during the Presentation of Donations, to support their positive social impact in theSeattlearea. Each organization received a$5,000donat...

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Facebook reveals how Libra will be backed: 50 percent U.S. dollar, zero percent Chinese yuan
Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra hasn't exactly had a good start, with critics pummeling it from all sides since its revealing in June. Most recently, France and Germany said they would block Libra altogether, as they deem that no private entity should attempt to claim monetary power.  But the company (and its Libra partners, which have mostly remained silent since the launch) trudges on. A week ago, Head of Calibra (the wallet for Libra) David Marcus took to Twitter to debunk the notion that Libra threatens the monetary sovereignty of nations.  And on Friday, German outlet Der Spiegel revealed (via Reuters) that Libra would be backed by a basket of currencies consisting of the U.S. dollar, Euro, Japan yen, British pound, and Singapore dollar. Notably, China's yuan is absent, which addresses concerns of some U.S. politicians who worry that yuan is becoming too strong a reserve currency.  Read more...More about Facebook, Libra, Tech, and Cryptocurrency Blockchain
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Factbox: Lessors scramble to recover dozens of jets from Thomas Cook
Aircraft leasing companies are launching moves to recover dozens of Airbus passenger planes after the collapse of British travel group Thomas Cook , market sources said.
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British Labour leader Corbyn faces showdown with party members over Brexit
Britain's opposition Labour Party will vote to decide its Brexit strategy on Monday, with leader Jeremy Corbyn heading for a showdown with his members over whether the party should back staying in the European Union.
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Rugby fans allowed own food in World Cup venues after shortages
Organisers lift stadium ban amid complaints of long queues and food quickly selling outAfter doomsday warnings over possible beer shortages during the Rugby World Cup in Japan, it is fans’ appetite for solid, rather than liquid refreshment, that has created the first minor headache for organisers.Just four days into the tournament, an unpopular ban on fans taking food into the 12 venues has been dropped after complaints about long queues and food quickly selling out inside the stadiums. Continue reading...
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Labour's McDonnell says Thomas Cook bosses should pay back bonuses
Thomas Cook bosses should have to pay back any bonuses they have received, Britain's opposition Labour Party finance spokesman John McDonnell said on Monday following the travel firm's collapse.
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The Giants were pilloried for picking Daniel Jones. Guess what happened next...
The Giants chose a quarterback with a middling reputation to succeed Eli Manning. The Duke product enjoyed a memorable debutDaniel Jones had a lot of doubters to prove wrong. When the New York Giants selected the Duke quarterback to be Eli Manning’s heir apparent with the sixth pick in this year’s draft, experts – actually pretty much everyone – accused them of reaching for someone who was not seen as a future NFL star during his college career. Even with Manning in decline, it was a controversial decision when the Giants decided to make Jones the starter after two games – and two losses – this season. Jones, to put it mildly, failed to give his critics any ammunition on Sunday.It didn’t look like that was going to be the case early on against Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers on Sunday, as Tampa Bay took a 28-10 half-time lead over the Giants, scoring on every single possession. Jones looked like a rookie as an early fumble led to a Tampa Bay touchdown. Worse yet: 2018’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley went down with what was later diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. The only highlight for the Giants in the first-half was Jones rushing for his first NFL touchdown, showing off an entirely different skill set than the notoriously immobile Manning. Continue reading...
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Tour company Thomas Cook collapses, 150,000 people stranded
The 178-year-old British tour company Thomas Cook has collapsed, stranding more than 150,000 travelers globally
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Israeli president to wrap up talks on forming new government
Israel’s president is meeting with the smaller parties elected in last week’s vote, part of his two-day consultations before selecting a candidate for prime minister
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Travel firm Thomas Cook's collapse strands about 50,000 in Greece-Greek govt official
About 50,000 tourists are stranded in Greece, mainly on islands, as a result of British travel firm Thomas Cook's collapse, a Greek tourism ministry official told Reuters on Monday.
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YouTube Music counters Spotify with its own 'Discover Mix'
Google might not have as many YouTube Music subscribers as Spotify, but it has way more software engineers. It's now applying some of those smarts to better compete against its rival with a new automated playlist called "Discover Mix," spotted by 9 t...
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Fall begins, Trump visits the United Nations: 5 things you need to know Monday
President Donald Trump returns to the United Nations for meetings, fall officially begins and more things to know as your Monday gets underway.      
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Britian's Johnson blames Iran for attack on Saudi oil facilities, could join US military effort
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday blamed Iran for the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and said that the U.K. would consider taking part in  U.S.-led military actions to support Saudi defenses.
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Nestlé launches made-to-order luxury KitKats for £14 a bar
Tea-break snack gets gourmet makeover for Christmas, with 1,500 flavour combinationsWe used to be content just nibbling milk chocolate off KitKat fingers, but soon Britons will be able to snack on a “luxury handcrafted” version – for up to £14 a bar – as the tea-break staple gets a gourmet makeover.Bespoke KitKats are expected to be one of this year’s must-have Christmas presents after its owner, the food giant Nestlé, revealed the upmarket KitKat Chocolatory range. Continue reading...
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Man dies after stabbing in west London
Victim in early 20s found outside shop in Southall in early hours of MondayA man has died after being stabbed in west London.The victim, believed to be in his early 20s, was found injured outside a shop on The Broadway, Southall, at about 4am on Monday, according to Scotland Yard. Continue reading...
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Google Assistant no longer saves voice recordings by default
In response to privacy concerns, Google Assistant will no longer save voice data by default and will soon let people turn down sensitivity to the "Hey Google" wake word.
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Google is reducing how much audio it saves for human review
Google is making some changes to its audio data retention policies in the coming months. Most importantly for those concerned about humans reviewers listening to you, it plans on asking every user to re-affirm their choice to opt-in to that program — which is “paused globally” pending an EU investigation. The company is also making other changes, including a new sensitivity option for “Hey Google” hotword detection, so that users who want to can make it less likely that their smart speakers will pick up unintended audio. The changes come in the wake of a summer where every major smart assistant is under renewed scrutiny over how data is stored, for how long, and who gets to listen to it. Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant were all storing user utterances and having human reviewers listen to that audio to rate how accurately the assistants transcribed them. That data often included audio that wasn’t intended for the smart speakers at all, but was nevertheless accidentally recorded. Amazon, Google, and Apple have all had to make data privacy changes Google, Amazon, and Apple all reacted differently to their individual scandals. Amazon, for example, added clearer privacy controls inside the Alexa app and made it possible to ask Alexa to delete your data. Apple issued a rare privacy-related apology and updated its policy to strengthen controls and prevent third-party contractors from hearing user audio. Google says that having your voice recordings stored and reviewed was always opt-in and that voice recordings that humans reviewed were also always disassociated with user accounts. However, the so-called “Voice & Audio Activity (VAA)” setting wasn’t very clear about what was happening when you agreed. Going forward, Google will explicitly mention human review for the VAA setting and, just as importantly, present that new, clearer screen to all Google Assistant users so they can choose if they want to opt-in or not. The company also says that it’s going to “vastly reduce the amount of audio data we store,” promising to “delete the vast majority of audio data associated with your account that’s older than a few months” for people who have opted in to VAA. Google also made a vague promise to add “an extra layer of privacy filters” to the audio transcription process, which we are told involves filtering out certain classes of audio data. It’s not entirely clear what that means, however Google does say it intends on being more aggressive at automatically deleting accidental recordings. The Google Assistant has never met a problem it hasn’t tried to fix with a new setting Google has a penchant for solving all problems with more settings — especially with the Google Assistant — and it’s doing it yet again now. Soon it will add a hotword sensitivity option, which means you’ll be able to choose how clearly you have to enunciate “Hey Google” in order to turn on the smart speaker. If you are worried about accidental recordings, you’ll be able to turn it up, if you’re not, you can set it to be a little more forgiving. (Personally, I’d vote for a hotword that’s easier to say, but that’s another discussion.) Before now, the Google Assistant seems to do the best job of giving you full use of everything the assistant can do without requiring you to opt-in to voice recordings. Specifically, the only functionality that Google says will be degraded if you opt out is hotword detection. After Apple changed its policy, it no longer collects audio data by default. Google and Amazon also do a good job of giving you web and app portals with controls that show you what data is being collected and options for deleting it. Apple has no such portal, though it collects vastly less data in the first place. Google hasn’t provided clear dates for when these new policies will go through, though it did mention some of it will go into effect “later this year.”
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Google Tightens Its Voice Assistant Rules Amid Privacy Backlash
Following Apple, Amazon, and others, Google will put in new safeguards against accidental voice assistant collection and transcription.
WIRED
JR: Chronicles tells the personal stories of 1,128 New Yorkers
For each person in the Chronicles of New York City, the artist’s new work at the Brooklyn Museum, there’s accompanying audio in which they tell their storyYou can start with the train, hurtling beneath a Manhattan street, full of people – arms bent toward the ceiling handle, necks bent to phones. Or you could start on the street level, on the group of people dancing, or a woman holding the perfect angle for a selfie.No matter where you start on The Chronicles of New York City, a nearly 21 by 32ft mural housed at the Brooklyn Museum it’s easy to get a different reading of the mural each time. There are 1,128 faces looking up, down, straight ahead or turned away. One thousand, one hundred twenty-eight distinct New Yorkers, each with their own story and relationship to the city. Continue reading...
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20 best easy autumn recipes: part 1
Anna Jones’s apple and pear crisp and Claudia Roden’s tagliatelle – our favourite recipes for when the nights draw inOf an occasional Sunday evening, Dad would make the most delicious mushrooms on toast. Well, actually, he didn’t make toast; rather, he would make the most delicious, perfect squares of immaculately fried bread. It seems obvious when you think about it, for however well-toasted is a slice of bread – even the most accommodating of crusty sourdough – it will, inevitably, begin to slightly sog about halfway through munching. But a nicely thick slice of fried bread will hold its own until the last mouthful. Always the thoughtful and considered cook, my dear old dad. Continue reading...
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Older People Are Ignored and Distorted in Ageist Marketing, Report Finds
New research from AARP finds that images of “seniors” do not reflect the reality of how older generations work and play.
The New York Times
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares ease on geopolitical tensions, oil up 1%
Most Asian share markets slipped on Monday as investors waited for more clarity on Sino-U.S. trade talks, while oil gained more than 1% as Middle East tensions remained elevated.
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Travel operator TUI, airlines shares seen boosted by Thomas Cook collapse
Shares in European airlines and travel operator TUI are expected to rise on Monday after the collapse of Thomas Cook , which will cut some overcapacity that has hurt profits and weighed on holiday prices in recent years, traders said.
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Harry and Meghan start 1st official tour as family in Africa
Harry and Meghan start 1st official tour as family in South Africa with infant son, Archie
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China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Video shows what appears to be Uighur or other minority prisoners led away by policeDrone footage has emerged showing police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men from a train in what is believed to be a transfer of inmates in Xinjiang.The video, posted anonymously on YouTube last week, shows what appear to be Uighur or other minorities wearing blue and yellow uniforms, with cleanly shaven heads, their eyes covered, sitting in rows on the ground and later being led away by police. Prisoners in China are often transferred with handcuffs and masks covering their faces. Continue reading...
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Greek island grapples with rising number of migrants
Security and municipal services on the Greek island of Lesbos will hold an emergency meeting Monday after administrators of a refugee camp said they were overwhelmed by the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey
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Golden Shoe 2019-20: Top Goalscorers in Europe, Latest Points on Sept. 23
Robert Lewandowski moved into second place in the race for the 2019-20 Golden Shoe with a double in Bayern Munich's 4-0 thrashing of Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday...
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PlayStation 5 will waste less energy 
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The next generation PlayStation console will be able to consume far less power in standby mode than the PS4. The power-saving feature appears to be an optional setting however, not the default. The news comes via a blog post titled PlayStation Joins Forces with the United Nations to Combat Climate Change. ”I am also very pleased to announce the next generation PlayStation console will include the possibility to suspend gameplay with much lower power consumption than PS4 (which we estimate can be achieved at around 0.5 W),” writes Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes.” Both the PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been criticized for their high-levels of power consumption while idling. A 2014 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council showed the PS4 drawing as much as 8.5 watts in standby. That’s compared to about 137 watts when playing games or 89 watts when streaming video, the study concluded. Sony has improved the energy profile of the PS4 over time. Nevertheless, reducing standby power draw to just half a watt would be a significant improvement that could have real impact. Especially if the so-called PS5 comes anywhere close to the 100 million PS4s that have sold worldwide to date. Assuming people activate the feature.
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Thomas Cook's Condor will continue operations, seeks bridging loan
Thomas Cook's German holiday airline Condor has asked the German government for a bridging loan, the company said on Monday, adding that it would continue its flight operation despite its parent company's insolvency.
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Government should have saved travel firm Thomas Cook - UK Labour Party
The British government should have stepped in with a temporary rescue package for collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook, the opposition Labour Party's finance spokesman John McDonnell said on Monday.
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Malindo Air says data leak caused by ex-staffers at contractor firm
Indonesian Lion Group's Malaysian subsidiary Malindo Air said on Monday that two former employees of its e-commerce contractor were responsible for its passenger data breach.
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Watch Highlights From the 2019 Emmy Awards
We’ve compiled all the big moments, moving speeches, and red carpet drama!
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Bolsonaro targets the Catholic church over its 'leftist agenda' on the Amazon
Gathering at the Vatican has triggered a political storm in Brazil as bishop denies undermining the government The Prayer of Saint Francis welcomes worshipers to Adolfo Zon’s riverside cathedral in this far-flung Amazon outpost: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”But when the 63-year-old bishop sets off from his Amazonian sanctuary this week and boards a plane for Rome, he will be travelling to the frontline of a smouldering political skirmish between a left-leaning, green-minded Argentine pope and Brazil’s far-right, climate skeptic president, Jair Bolsonaro. Continue reading...
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Holiday provider On The Beach flags costs from Thomas Cook collapse
Package holiday provider On The Beach said on Monday it would book a one-time charge for the year as it makes alternate arrangements for passengers affected by the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook .
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Airlines ask Hong Kong to waive airport fees as demand drops: letter
Scores of airlines wrote jointly to the Hong Kong government earlier this month to seek airport fee waivers as they struggle to deal with the financial fallout from anti-government protests that have led to a sharp drop in traveler demand.
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Thomas Tuchel Says Neymar Is '100% With' PSG, but 'He Can Still Do Better'
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said Neymar is "100 per cent with" the team after he scored a late winner in their Ligue 1 clash with Lyon on Sunday...
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Chinese subway stations now let you pay for tickets by scanning your face
Facial recognition technology is used across China for everything from identifying criminals to measuring students’ attention in class. Now, it has debuted a system in its subway that lets you use your face as a ticket. A report from South China Morning Post suggests the subway system in the southern city of Shenzhen has started using facial recognition technology to let folks over 60 years of age register themselves for free subway rides. Other cities such as Jinan, Shanghai, Qingdao, Nanjing, and Nanning are currently experimenting with this system. The technology in Shenzen has been deployed to 18 stations with 28 automatic gate machines and… This story continues at The Next Web
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Chanel Miller was ‘shocked’ Brock Turner was only sentenced to six months in jail
The woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner was “shocked” when she learned her attacker had been sentenced to serve only six months in jail, she said Sunday in her first television interview. Chanel Miller — who was known for years as “Emily Doe” before revealing her identity earlier this month — told CBS’...
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Can you solve it? Maths on the back of an envelope
Stationery puzzles to get your brain movingToday, we’re pushing the envelope.1) A piece of paper is folded to make a shape that looks a bit like the back of an envelope, illustrated below. If the paper is unfolded again to make a flat sheet, what shape will it be? Prove it. Continue reading...
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Hundreds of thousands stranded as British travel firm Thomas Cook collapses
The world's oldest travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history.
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A New York Diocese Filed for Bankruptcy Under the Weight of Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits. Will Others Follow?
All eight of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses face financial pressures
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2 malware-infected photo apps with 1.5M+ downloads removed from Google Play
Google has removed two malicious apps with a combined total of over 1.5 million downloads after they were caught serving adware. The apps in question — Sun Pro Beauty Camera and Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera — were also found to have “more advanced functionality than your average adware,” according to researchers at Wandera. Intrusive out-of-app ads are more of an annoyance than a critical threat, but can also cause battery drain and infect devices with malware. The two apps included requests for more permissions than usual, allowing them to record audio without users’ consent and serve full-screen ads even without… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,Google
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'Organise to resist’: the radical posters of the Paddington Printshop
Operating from an old factory in north-west London, John Phillips and the Paddington Printshop revolutionised the promotion of squatters’ rights and housing campaigns throughout the 1970s and 80sJohn Phillips opened the Paddington Printshop in an old taxi-meter factory off the Harrow Road in 1974, and began making event and campaign posters for everybody “from the vicar to the anarchists” – what Phillips describes as the entire “rainbow coalition” of leftwing interests. In addition to promoting such international causes such as the anti-apartheid movement, many of its posters were about local housing issues in this particular corner of west London, including squatters’ rights, housing associations, hostile developers and derelict land. Continue reading...
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The Winds of Change by Peter Hennessy review – resonant history of the early 1960s
Peter Hennessy’s insightful account of the Harold Macmillan era is told with brioAt the beginning of 1961 a Conservative prime minister, an Old Etonian, was trying to convince his party and his country of the merits of a radical “Grand Design” that would change for ever Britain’s relations with its closest neighbours in Europe. Harold Macmillan, a veteran of the Somme, was troubled by the economic rise of the six EEC nations, led by France and Germany.He knew that their union, ratified by the recent Treaty of Rome, would inevitably diminish Britain’s already declining influence in an uncertain world dominated by the cold war powers of the Soviet Union and the United States. Continue reading...
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 50: their charm lives on
The 1969 western paired Paul Newman and Robert Redford to magical effect and remains one of the most undeniably entertaining westerns to date“The horse is dead.”It’s the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round up a posse to track down Butch and Sundance, leaders of the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang, which has been robbing banks and trains with such impunity that they’ve become an embarrassment for lawman across the frontier. Unbeknown to everyone, these celebrity outlaws are watching the scene unfold from a perch across the street, where they’re blowing their loot on liquor and whores, but the sheriff’s recruitment efforts were doomed to run aground regardless. There just isn’t much appetite for going after an elusive and dangerous pair that seem to be generous in spreading their stolen loot around. Continue reading...
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Why can't I get a refund for a 16-25 railcard when there's a better deal?
The £30 card offers a third off fares – but now the 16-17 Saver gives you 50%In June I bought a 16-25 railcard for my daughter, in readiness for her to start travelling by train to sixth form college in September.The £30 card offered a third off her fares. However, at some point in August the rail operators introduced a new 16-17 Saver card which again costs £30 but comes with 50% off all fares. Continue reading...
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'Medication or housing': why soaring insulin prices are killing Americans
Price gouging and other barriers to accessing insulin are symptomatic of a broken healthcare system, and demonstrate the need of systemic reforms, diabetes advocates argueJada Renee Louis of Newport News, Virginia, died on 22 June 2019 about a week after requiring emergency hospital care for diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication caused by a lack of insulin, and a foot ulcer. She was 24. A type 1 diabetic, Louis, who did not have health insurance coverage, couldn’t afford the cost of her insulin doses and pay her rent. She chose to skip doses in order to pay her rent.In 1922 Frederick Banting and Charles Best, the Canadian scientists who discovered insulin, sold their patent to the University of Toronto for $1, hoping it would be a cure for diabetes. Today a vial of insulin – which will last 28 days once opened – costs about $300 in the US. Continue reading...
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Could Susan Collins' vote for Kavanaugh help the Democrats flip the Senate in 2020?
Republican senator’s support for the conservative justice has Democrats confident they can beat her – and take the SenateSenate candidate Betsy Sweet addressed a group of about 15 Democratic voters gathered in a circle, sitting on folding chairs in an office on Main Street in the small town of Topsham, Maine. Related: Trump v California: president tries to turn 'resistance' into 2020 advantage Continue reading...
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I was burnt out and lost, but salsa saved me
When I started dancing in Havana, it felt as if the world was judging and laughing. Now, salsa helps me feel more confident – and less isolatedOn a recent trip back to Havana, where I lived for three years, my Spanish teacher told me she thought Cuban music had saved my life. We had been talking, as usual, about the passion that had gripped me in recent years. I had previously dismissed salsa dancing as a marker of a midlife crisis and yet here I was, doing it into the small hours, becoming that cliche. But I had given little thought to the changes that had taken place along the way. I moved to Havana at the end of 2011 for my wife’s work and I was increasingly beset by feelings of failure. A few years earlier, I had entered my 40s and thought that I had finally found my purpose through writing. With my first book behind me, I began work on a memoir of youth. But rather than release me from the grip of the past, it enmeshed me further in negativity and self-criticism. Nothing I wrote pleased me, probably because the subject was myself. Cuba’s sun, rum and palm trees were no medicine. My wife thinks I was in the grip of depression. Reluctantly I have come to accept that she is probably right. Continue reading...
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