BOSTON — The pine tar on Michael Pineda’s neck was a stain for the New YorkYankees.General Manager Brian Cashman was “embarrassed.”Manager Joe Girardi called it “poor judgment.”And Pineda was “sad” and vowed not to do it again.The Yankees’ right-hander was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on April 23.The previous time, Pineda said he used “dirt” on his right palm to get a better grip in cold weather in a 4-1 win over Boston on April 10 in New York.This time, he said he decided to put pine tar on the right side of his neck after allowing two runs in the first inning on another chilly night so he could use it to grip the ball.“I’ll learn from this mistake,” a downcast Pineda said. “It won’t happen again.”He was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda’s neck after Red Sox Manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.“When it’s that obvious, something has got to be said,” Farrell said. “Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.”Davis said he found pine tar and Pineda gave no explanation as he left the mound.Cashman said that in a similar situation, “I would want my manager to do what John Farrell did.”He said the issue was discussed with Pineda after the game on April 10 and again after he was ejected. Now he expects Pineda to be suspended.“He did what he did, but we’re also responsible that somehow he got out of our dugout and was on the field in that manner,” Cashman said. “That never should have happened.”Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.Another photo taken in the second showed a shiny horizontal substance on his upper neck below his right ear. After Pineda struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell talked to Davis.The umpire went to the mound, looked at the ball then touched the substance on Pineda’s neck with his right index finger. Then he gestured with that same finger, indicating Pineda’s ejection.“He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there,” Girardi said. “It’s a young kid. I don’t think he’s trying to do anything, cheat. I think he’s just trying to go out there and compete.”Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not “have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.”“We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any action,” Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.In recent suspensions of pitchers for pine tar, Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels’ Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis’ Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004.The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players’ association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.In Pineda’s previous start against the Red Sox, Farrell didn’t see a photograph of Pineda’s hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.With the game time temperature at 50 degrees, Sizemore started the first with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s single. With one out, Mike Napoli singled Pedroia to third. After Mike Carp flied to left, A.J. Pierzynski singled up the middle, scoring Pedroia.After Pineda’s ejection, David Phelps came in and completed the strikeout of Sizemore.John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.“There is such a thing as too many strikes if you’re hitting the white part of the plate,” Lackey said. “I was fortunate enough tonight to be hitting the corners more times than not.”Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.(HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Month: August 2019
Two prospects from the U.S. Ski Team were killed in an avalanche Jan. 5 while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps.The team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier in the mountains over Soelden, the venue for the annual season-opening World Cup races.Berlack, from Franconia, New Hampshire, and Astle, from Sandy, Utah, were part of a group of six skiers who were descending from the 3,056-meter Gaislachkogel when they left the prepared slope and apparently set off the avalanche. The other four skied out of the slide and escaped unhurt.Officials in the Tyrolean region said an avalanche alert had been declared for the area after days of heavy snowfall and mild temperatures.“Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport — both on the race course and skiing the mountain,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw said.“Our hearts go out to the Berlack and Astle families, as well as to their extended sport family. Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around them.”The tragedy has left the U.S. Ski Team “in shock,” Alpine Director Patrick Riml told The Associated Press in Croatia, Zagreb, where the American slalom team was preparing for a World Cup race on Jan. 6.Head coach Sascha Rearick left Zagreb shortly after being informed and traveled back to Austria to be with the so-called development team Berlack and Astle were part of.Riml said the athletes were free to decide whether they still wanted to compete in the Jan. 6 race, adding the team planned to wear mourning bands.“We are all very close,” said Riml, an Austrian who was born and grew up in Soelden. “We train a lot in Park City. We’ll see how they handle the whole thing and how they react.”Riml added “it’s a shock for everybody. Two great boys, great athletes, good skiers. They were fun to have around. We are all in shock, still. It’s very tragic.”Berlack and Astle were part of a group of 10 skiers on the development team who gained experience in the Europa Cup and were preparing to race on the top-level World Cup.“They all have the potential (to be on the World Cup),” Riml said. “These two boys were among the other eight boys who are our future. We believed in these guys, that’s why we selected them.”Berlack was a member of the Franconia Ski Club who recently trained at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy. He had earned a spot on the development team in 2013 and finished 11th in downhill and 17th in super-G at the National championships that year in Squaw Valley.Berlack grew up in Franconia, the small town in the White Mountains that also produced U.S., world and Olympic champion Bode Miller. Rich Smith, Program Director at the Franconia Ski Club, said he had known Berlack since he was 7.“There’s not enough words to say what a great guy Ronnie Berlack was and always will be,” Smith said.In a statement, Burke Mountain Academy said it was devastated by Berlack’s death. His father, Steve Berlack, is a coach at the academy. His mother, Cindy, is also a ski coach.“Only last week Ronnie was here at BMA training with us,” the school said. “Ronnie was someone we all loved and deeply respected. He had a huge spirit. There is no one who better represents our core values than Ronnie. Our hearts go out to his parents Steve and Cindy, and his sister Carolyn.”At the Dec. 5 World Cup downhill in Beaver Creek, Berlack was one of the five forerunners, who test a course before the actual race starts. Berlack was also set to be a forerunner during the world championships on the same course next month, U.S ski team spokeswoman Megan Harrod told the AP.Astle was invited to train with the development team this season after strong early season results, including two top-10 results at NorAm Cup races last month in Canada. Soelden has been the European base for the U.S. Ski Team since 2011.ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON (AP) — As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment.With the credibility of the fight against doping on the line and the image of the Olympic movement at stake, the IOC will hold a crucial meeting Sunday to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating.Short of a blanket ban, the International Olympic Committee could leave it to individual sports federations to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to allow Russian athletes in their events.The doping crisis represents one of the Olympic movement’s biggest challenges since the boycott era of the 1980s, and how it plays out may well define Thomas Bach’s IOC presidency.The IOC’s ruling 15-member executive board will meet via teleconference to weigh the unprecedented step of excluding Russia as a whole from the games. Bach and others have spoken of a need to balance “individual justice” versus “collective punishment.”Time is of the essence, with the games set to open in Rio on Aug. 5.Russia’s track and field athletes have already been banned by the IAAF, the sport’s governing body, following allegations of state-directed doping — a decision that was upheld Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Calls for a complete ban on Russia have intensified since Monday when Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, issued a report accusing Russia’s sports ministry of overseeing a vast doping program of its Olympic athletes.McLaren’s investigation, based heavily on evidence from former Moscow doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, affirmed allegations of brazen manipulation of Russian urine samples at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, but also found that state-backed doping had involved 28 summer and winter sports from 2011 to 2015.Bach said the findings showed a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games” and declared the IOC “will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organization implicated.”Russia also faces a possible ban from the Paralympic Games. Citing evidence in McLaren’s report of doping among Russian Paralympic athletes, the International Paralympic Committee said Friday it will decide next month whether to exclude the country from the Sept. 7-18 event in Rio.The decision for the IOC is loaded with geopolitical ramifications.Never has a country been kicked out of the Olympics for doping violations. And Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a sports powerhouse, a huge country seeking to reaffirm its status on the world stage, and a major player in the Olympic movement. Many international Olympic officials and federation leaders have close ties to Russia, which has portrayed the exclusion of its track athletes and calls for a complete ban as part of a political, Western-led campaign.Putin, citing the U.S. and Soviet-led boycotts of the 1980 and 1984 Games, said the Olympic movement “could once again find itself on the brink of a division.”Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote an open letter to Bach on Friday to plead against a blanket ban.“I am worried and deeply upset by the possibility that in the case of a ban on Russian athletes competing in the Olympics, the innocent will be punished along with the guilty,” Gorbachev wrote. “For me the principle of collective punishment is unacceptable.”Bach and other Olympic officials have repeatedly cited the difference between collective and individual punishment.“It is obvious,” Bach said last week, “that you cannot punish a badminton player for infringement of rules or manipulation by an official or a lab director in the Winter Games.”For many in the anti-doping community, however, the choice is simple: The extent of state-backed doping in Russia has tainted the country’s entire sports system and the only way to ensure a level playing field is to bar the whole team, even if some innocent athletes will lose out.Former WADA president Dick Pound, a senior IOC member from Canada, accused Bach of dithering and failing to live up to his “zero tolerance” line on doping. He said the IOC will face a backlash if it decides against a full ban.“I think it will go down very badly,” Pound told The Associated Press. “I think there will be an athletes’ revolt, a public revolt, maybe even the sponsors. You’ve got to take control of it, and show your leadership. The hesitation makes it looks worse and worse.”If the IOC hands the authority to the sports federations, they may not have all the information they need from the McLaren report to act. Some sports, such as gymnastics, were not cited in the report and feel there is no justification to ban Russians. And the federations all have different rules.Wrestling accounted for 28 of the 312 positive tests that were covered up by Russia between 2011 and 2015, according to McLaren’s report. Nenad Lalovic, president of wrestling’s international federation, said he asked WADA to send him specifics but had yet to receive anything.“This is madness,” he said Saturday in a telephone interview with AP. “What can I do without any evidence? Do I have time to process these cases? Do the accused have a right to appeal? It’s a legal minefield. If I try to ban someone, they will take us to court and we will lose.”Russia is the dominant force in the sport and would enter 17 athletes for the Rio Games, where the wrestling competition starts on Aug. 14. Lalovic, a Serb who is also an IOC member, claimed the investigation had created an atmosphere of “hysteria” and he criticized former WADA president John Fahey of Australia for calling for an outright ban.“I’m not here to defend Russia,” Lalovic said. “They have to pay. But everyone has to take responsibility, including WADA. It’s a no-win situation. Whatever decision the IOC makes, they will look bad.”WADA and many national anti-doping agencies and athletes’ groups have led the calls for a total Russian ban from Rio.A coalition of 14 national anti-doping agencies sent a letter to Bach saying the IOC’s initial response did not meet his pledge of the “toughest sanctions available.” The group called on the IOC to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee and set up a task force that could allow certain Russians to compete under a neutral flag if proven to be clean.“Any Russian Olympic sport athlete who had not been subject to independent testing in recent months should not be in Rio,” Richard Ings, former head of Australia’s anti-doping agency, told the AP.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish state prosecutor accused former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of tax fraud worth 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million) in unpaid taxes on Tuesday.A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid’s provincial state prosecutor’s office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.The state prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain’s Tax Office, which indicate that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to “hide profits made from image rights.”It will now be up to a judge to decide whether to take the matter to court.The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010-13, currently coaches Manchester United.The accusation against Mourinho comes a week after the Madrid-based prosecutor’s office accused Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding Spain’s tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The prosecutor said Ronaldo used shell company in the Virgin Islands to cheat on his taxes.Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from income made from image rights. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offense and the sentence was under two years.TweetPinShare0 Shares
An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people and sickened at least 87 in Flint, Mich., in 2014 and 2015 was caused by low chlorine levels in the municipal water system, scientists have confirmed. It’s the most detailed evidence yet linking the bacterial disease to the city’s broader water crisis.In April 2014, Flint’s water source switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Almost immediately, residents noticed tap water was discolored and acrid-smelling. By 2015, scientists uncovered that the water was contaminated with lead and other heavy metals.Just months after the water source changed, hospitals were reporting large numbers of people with Legionnaires’ disease.”It’s a pneumonia, but what’s different about it is, we don’t share it like we do the flu or common cold,” explains Michele Swanson of the University of Michigan, who has been studying Legionnaires’ for 25 years. “It’s caused by a bacterium, Legionella pneumophila, that grows in water.”The bug can enter the lungs through tiny droplets, like ones dispersed by an outdoor fountain or sprinkler system, or accidentally inhaled if a person chokes while drinking.”If you don’t have a robust immune system, the microbe can cause a lethal pneumonia,” she says. In a normal year, the disease is relatively rare — about six to 12 cases per year in the Flint area, according to Swanson. During the water crisis, that jumped up to about 45 cases per year.Although the outbreak of Legionnaires’ happened at the same time as the Flint water crisis, it was initially unclear how the two were connected. After earlier research suggested that chlorine levels might be the key, Swanson and colleagues at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Sammy Zahran of Colorado State University and a team of researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, began analyzing detailed water and epidemiological data from the six-year period before, during and after the crisis.”We know that Legionella is sensitive to chlorine in the laboratory,” says Swanson. The chlorine makes it difficult for the bacteria to replicate, which is one reason water companies often add chlorine to their systems. But when Flint’s water source changed, the chlorine level dropped and cases of Legionnaires’ disease spiked. “It was the change in water source that caused this Legionnaires’ outbreak,” Swanson says.The new research was published in a pair of studies in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the journal mBio on Monday. The conclusion may bolster parts of the case being brought against Nick Lyon, the former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director, who is being tried for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Legionnaires’ deaths.The new studies also suggest that a complex set of factors may be responsible for low chlorine levels during the crisis. In addition to killing microbes, chlorine can react with heavy metals like lead and iron, and with organic matter from a river. That means lead and iron in the water may have decreased the amount of chlorine available to kill bacteria.”The really striking finding from our research is that the amount of chlorine that needs to be present is actually influenced by other factors in this large municipal water system,” says Swanson.”So, for example, during the Flint water crisis, the amount of chlorine that needed to be present to reduce the risk of disease was much higher than normal.”That also helps explain why the disease outbreak ended when the city switched back to its original water source, even though Legionella bacteria aren’t completely gone from the water system.”There are still levels of deadly Legionnaires’ bacteria present in Flint’s water. It’s found in about 25 percent of all samples collected nationally,” explains Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech and one of the first scientists to sound the alarm about lead in Flint’s water. One of the newly published studies found Legionella in 12 percent of Flint homes after the outbreak was over.”The key is to keep the bacteria under control, so the incidence of human disease is minimized,” he says. According to recent water monitoring by Edwards and others, chlorine levels in Flint’s water system are comfortingly high. “The system has never been less likely to support the growth of the deadly Legionnaires’ bacteria,” he says.Both Edwards and Swanson say detailed studies about the outbreak are also valuable for local officials.”Right now there are no federal laws that protect consumers from Legionella. Right now we have laws that require building owners and hospital owners to protect their occupants,” says Edwards. “Clearly, the Flint water crisis and the deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak shows there is a role for the water company to protect consumers.”Swanson points out that local officials are already in a good position to implement the new findings. “What’s powerful about this is, by law, water utilities sample the water at least once a week and measure a number of parameters including chlorine. So this data is already out there,” she says.”We’re very hopeful this will inform policy decisions to keep the water safe.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The 50-something man with a shaved head and brown eyes was unresponsive when the paramedics wheeled him into the emergency room. His pockets were empty: He had no wallet, no cellphone and not a single scrap of paper that might reveal his identity to the nurses and doctors working to save his life. His body lacked any distinguishing scars or tattoos.Almost two years after he was hit by a car on busy Santa Monica Boulevard in January 2017 and was transported to Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center with a devastating brain injury, no one had come looking for him or reported him missing. The man died in the hospital, still a John Doe.Hospital staffs sometimes must play detective when an unidentified patient arrives for care. Establishing identity helps avoid the treatment risks that come with not knowing a patient’s medical history. The workers also strive to find next of kin to help make medical decisions.”We’re looking for a surrogate decision-maker, a person who can help us,” says Jan Crary, supervising clinical social worker at LA County+USC, whose team is frequently called on to identify unidentified patients.The hospital also needs a name to collect payment from private insurance or government health programs such as Medicaid or Medicare.But federal privacy laws can make uncovering a patient’s identity challenging for staff members at hospitals nationwide.At LA County+USC, social workers pick through personal bags and clothing, search the contacts of an unlocked cellphone for names of family members or friends and scour receipts or crumpled pieces of paper for any trace of a patient’s identity. They quiz the paramedics who brought in the patient or the dispatchers who took the call.They also make note of any tattoos and piercings and even try to track down dental records. It’s more difficult to check fingerprints because that’s done through law enforcement, which will get involved only if the case has a criminal aspect, Crary says.Unidentified patients are often pedestrians or cyclists who left their IDs at home and were struck by vehicles, says Crary. They might also be people with severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease, patients in a psychotic state or drug users who have overdosed. The hardest patients to identify are ones who are socially isolated, including homeless people — whose admissions to hospitals have grown sharply in recent years.In the last three years, the number of patients who arrived unidentified at LA County+USC ticked up from 1,131 in 2016 to 1,176 in 2018, according to data provided by the hospital.If a patient remains unidentified for too long, staff at the hospital will make up an ID, usually beginning with the letter “M” or “F” for gender, followed by a number and a random name, Crary says.Other hospitals resort to similar tactics to ease billing and treatment. In Nevada, hospitals have an electronic system that assigns unidentified patients a “trauma alias,” says Christopher Lake, executive director of community resilience at the Nevada Hospital Association.The deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert in October 2017 presented a challenge for local hospitals that sought to identify the victims. Most concertgoers were wearing wristbands with scannable chips that contained their names and credit card numbers so they could buy beer and souvenirs.On the night of the shooting, the final day of a three-day event, many patrons were so comfortable with the wristbands that they carried no wallets or purses.More than 800 people were injured that night and rushed to numerous hospitals, none of which were equipped with the devices to scan the wristbands.Staff at the hospitals worked to identify patients by their tattoos, scars or other distinguishing features, as well as photographs on social media, says Lake. But it was a struggle, especially for smaller hospitals, he says.The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal law intended to ensure the privacy of personal medical data, can sometimes make an identification more arduous because a hospital may not want to release information on unidentified patients to people inquiring about missing persons.In 2016, a man with Alzheimer’s disease was admitted to a New York hospital through the emergency department as an unidentified patient and assigned the name “Trauma XXX.”The police and family members inquired about him at the hospital several times but were told he was not there. After a week — as hundreds of friends, family members and law enforcement officials searched for the man — a doctor who worked at the hospital saw a news story about him on television and realized he was the hospital’s unidentified patient.Hospital officials later told the man’s son that because he had not explicitly asked for “Trauma XXX,” they could not give him information that might have helped him identify his father.Prompted by that mix-up, the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse drafted a set of guidelines for hospital administrators who receive information requests about missing people from the police or family members. The new guidelines include about two dozen steps for hospitals to follow, including notifying the front desk, entering detailed physical descriptions into a database, taking DNA samples and monitoring emails and faxes about missing people.California guidelines stipulate that if a patient is unidentified and cognitively incapacitated, “the hospital may disclose only the minimum necessary information that is directly relevant to locating a patient’s next-of-kin, if doing so is in the best interest of the patient.”At LA County+USC, most John Does are quickly identified: They either regain consciousness or, as in a majority of cases, friends or relatives call asking about them, Crary says.Still, the hospital does not always succeed. From 2016 to 2018, 10 John and Jane Does remained unidentified during their stays (of varying lengths of time) at LA County+USC. Some died at the hospital; others went to nursing homes with made-up names.But Crary says she and her team pursue every avenue in search of an identity.Once, an unidentified and distinguished-looking older man with a neatly trimmed beard was rushed into the emergency room, unable to speak and delirious with what was later diagnosed as encephalitis.Suspecting the well-groomed man likely had a loved one who had reported him missing, Crary checked with police stations in the area. She learned, instead, that this John Doe was wanted in several states for sexual assault.”It is a case that I will never forget,” Crary says. “The truth is that I am more elated when we are able to identify a patient and locate family for a beautiful reunification, rather than finding a felon.”This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. 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Updated at 6:15 p.m. ETSan Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. The city is the corporate home of Juul Labs, the biggest producer of e-cigarettes in the United States.City Attorney Dennis Herrera co-authored the ordinance, and celebrated the final vote. “This is a decisive step to help prevent another generation of San Francisco children from becoming addicted to nicotine,” he says.”This temporary moratorium wouldn’t be necessary if the federal government had done its job,” says Herrera. “E-cigarettes are a product that, by law, are not allowed on the market without FDA review. For some reason, the FDA has so far refused to follow the law. If the federal government is not going to act, San Francisco will.”Juul responded to the final vote in a written statement to media, saying the ban will cause new challenges for the city.”This full prohibition will drive former adult smokers who successfully switched to vapor products back to deadly cigarettes, deny the opportunity to switch for current adult smokers, and create a thriving black market instead of addressing the actual causes of underage access and use,” writes Juul spokesman Ted Kwong.Two San Francisco ordinances would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores and also online, if the products are being shipped to addresses in the city.San Francisco Mayor London Breed will now have 10 days to sign the legislation, which she has said she will do. The law would begin to be enforced seven months from that date, in early 2020.San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton co-authored the proposed legislation. “We spent a few decades fighting Big Tobacco in the form of cigarettes,” Walton said. “Now we have to do it again in the form of e-cigarettes.”Under federal law, the minimum age required to buy tobacco products is 18 years. In California and 15 other states, however, that age is 21. Despite this, use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” has risen steeply among teenagers nationally.Last year, 1 in 5 high school seniors reported vaping in the past month. That’s almost double the fraction who reported vaping in the past month in 2017. Even eighth-graders are vaping in record numbers.These increases come after years of decline in the smoking of traditional cigarettes by teenagers.Public health officials are concerned about the rising number of teens using e-cigarettes, because nicotine can harm a young person’s developing brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that young people who vape may be more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes.Walton says he’s disgusted with the actions of Juul and similar companies, which, he says, are “putting profits before the health of young people and people in general.”Despite the tobacco age limit, Walton says, vaping devices are commonly confiscated from students in the city’s middle schools and high schools.The ordinance is accompanied by another that prevents the manufacture, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes on city-owned property in San Francisco.That ordinance takes direct aim at Juul Labs, which leases space from the city on San Francisco’s Pier 70. The ordinance is not retroactive, so it would not force Juul’s relocation away from the company’s current space, but it would prevent other e-cigarette-makers from renting city property in the future. In a written statement, Juul spokesman Ted Kwong said that, in any case, the company does not “manufacture, distribute or sell our product from this space.”Juul’s vaping device was introduced in 2015, and the company now controls 70% of the vaping market. About the size of a flash drive, the Juul device is small, sleek and discreet.In a written statement, Juul Labs says it shares the city’s goal of keeping e-cigarettes away from young people. Company officials say the firm has made it harder for underage buyers to purchase Juul via the company’s website and has shut down Juul accounts on Facebook and Instagram.But, the company argues, “The prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers, even though they kill 40,000 Californians every year.”Walton, the San Francisco supervisor, doesn’t buy that argument, however. He says swapping tobacco use for vaping is simply “trading one nicotine addiction for another.” What’s more, he says, he’s concerned that for every adult who might benefit, dozens of young people could become addicted.San Francisco resident Jay Friedman thinks the complete e-cigarette ban goes too far. The software engineer says that he smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and that smoking e-cigarettes has reduced his regular cigarette habit to two to three a day. He says he feels better physically.Friedman supported a ban on flavored tobacco that city voters passed last year. “I feel like it was good to get rid of the fruit flavors for kids,” he says, “but this feels like maybe a step too far.”If e-cigarettes were banned, Friedman says, he would try to quit nicotine altogether. But, “there would be a point in a moment of weakness where I’d just end up buying a pack of smokes again, and then it’s just a slippery slope from there.”Small businesses in San Francisco are concerned that a ban will hurt their bottom line.Miriam Zouzounis and her family own Ted’s Market, a convenience store near downtown San Francisco. She says e-cigarettes are an “anchor” product: They draw people into her store.”When people come and want to purchase something at the store and we don’t have that exact item that they want, they’re not going to buy the rest of the items that they might on that trip — a drink or a sandwich,” Zouzounis says.Sales in the store from e-cigarettes account for at least $200 to $300 a day, she says. A board member of the Arab American Grocers Association, Zouzounis says she believes laws like this mostly affect — and penalize — immigrant-owned businesses.Abbey Chaitin is a 15-year-old lifelong San Francisco resident. She isn’t drawn to using e-cigarettes, she says, because she has watched peers become addicted to them.”I’ll see them in class fidgeting,” Abbey says. “They need it to focus, to function.”And Abbey thinks, regardless of a ban, young people will still get their hands on e-cigarettes.”People my age can find a way around that if they really need to,” she says.Meanwhile, Juul is collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative to override the ban, perhaps before it goes into effect. Copyright 2019 KQED. To see more, visit KQED.
2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., photo by GoogleLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pm2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., photo by GoogleMexican restaurant Riviera Maya plans to relocate to a smaller space one block south of its current location in Bay View, making way for a new restaurant to open in the space.Riviera Maya in August will move from its current location at 2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. to a space at 2321 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., the former site of Midwest Diner, which closed last year after eight years. The new space is half the size of the restaurant’s current space, owner Francisco Araiza said.Araiza, who opened Riviera Maya in 2003, said the increasing cost of real estate prompted the move. The restaurant originally opened nearby on the corner of Lincoln and Howell and two years later, it moved to its current location. “We’ve been in this neighborhood for 15 years,” Araiza said “Back then, prices were lower so we were able to have this huge space, but now every year real estate prices go up, so we decided to go to a smaller space.”Renovations to the building’s interior, mainly the floor, are currently underway, Araiza said, but the restaurant’s decor, atmosphere and menu will remain the same at the new location.“When you walk into the new place, it will be like walking to the current place,” Araiza said.Once Riviera Maya moves, new Latin American-inspired restaurant Sabor Tropical plans to take over the space. Owners Stephen Gonzalez-Rosario and Carmen Munoz had originally proposed to open the restaurant in April in Walker’s Point, but their plans changed, Gonzalez-Rosario said.Gonzalez-Rosario said the details are still in the works, but the restaurant and lounge will be a different concept than he originally planned and he will announce his plans at a later date. Sabor Tropical is slated to open by September, according to a license application filed with the city. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
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Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:49 pmNew Berlin-based Super Products LLC is proposing a 171,000-square-foot facility in the village of Mukwonago to serve as its new headquarters.A Briohn rendering of the new Super Products headquartersThe new building would house fabrication, powder coating, assembly and office functions for the business, a manufacturer of several different models of vacuum trucks. There would also be room to expand the operation to a total of 250,000 square feet.Super Products would have approximately 150 employees across three shifts, according to plans submitted by Briohn Building Corp. The company currently has 114 employees on first shift. The project represents a third manufacturer Briohn is building a facility for in the new Bear Industrial park near Interstate 43 and Highway 83 in Mukwonago. Banker Wire announced plans in February for a 183,000-square-foot facility, relocating from another operation in the village. Waterford-based Triple Crown Products announced plans to move to Mukwonago in July with a 66,000-square-foot building to be built by Briohn.Super Products was acquired in 2014 by Texas-based Alamo Group Inc. The company currently operates from two facilities totaling around 101,000 square feet in New Berlin, according to securities filings. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
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Articles of interest:Is this City Council race the most interesting contest on the November ballot?As the race for city council heads to the November 7th election, candidates Stephen Passacantilli and Lydia Edwards are pedal to the medal. “Both candidates agree they come from different areas of the district, however, and their challenges will be making themselves better known throughout the community,” The Boston Globe has the full story.A Mural To Inspire Hope And Resilience For Those Struggling With AddictionLast year, local artist Tim McCool helped Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo paint his mural on the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square. Recently, McCool painted a mural across the side of the city of Boston’s Finland Building called, “Spaces of Hope” and is inspired by those struggling with addiction, WBUR has the story.NBSS Veneering: *Advertisement* Currently What you should know for TuesdayEvents for Tuesday, October 3rd:Milling of Atlantic Ave from Commercial St. to the Surface Road. There will be milling of Atlantic Avenue from Commercial Wharf to the Surface Road. During this time there will be traffic delays and parking restrictions. For more details, see the construction notice.6:30pm Italian Heritage Month Honoree Night at West End Museum. For the eighth consecutive year, The West End Museum marks Italian Heritage Month by recognizing individuals of Italian descent for their contributions to preserving the culture of the West End and its rich immigrant history. Honoree presentations will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, the event is FREE and open to the public. View the post.Neighborhood Scene: Currently Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Wednesday, October 410:30am Concert with 123 Andres at West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join Latin Grammy-winning 123 Andrés in a concert for kids and families! Learn or practice your Spanish, and sing, jump, and dance in this high-energy, interactive show. No registration required.6:00pm Art of Excellent Listening Workshop at North End Library, 25 Parmenter Street. You can hear…but are you listening? Join Kim Kerrigan as he teaches you how to be a better listener in this 3 week workshop. Learn how to fully understand the messages you receive as well as how to communicate messages clearly and diplomatically. Registration required.Thursday, October 510:00am Marquis Health Career Fair at 70 Fulton St. Marquis Health Services is sponsoring a series of Career Fairs for openings at the North End Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center at 70 Fulton Street in Boston’s North End. View the event posting.5:00pm NSC Buona Sera at 60 State St, 26th Floor. Please join in an evening of networking and fine dining at the 7th Annual Buona Sera. All proceeds from this event will support human services and educational and recreational programming for the seniors, families, and immigrants of the North End, West End, and Beacon Hill neighborhoods at ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center. View the posting.6:00pm NE Public Safety Meeting – Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St. Attended by Boston Police Area A-1, all North End / Waterfront residents are welcome to attend!From the Community: St. John School Open HouseThe St. John School will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 18th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. K3 – Grade 8 2017-2018, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*
Dr. Simcha Weller, manager of 180 Endicott Street LLC, has appealed the City to “change occupancy from three to four apartments, not adding any additional floor area nor increasing the number of bedrooms.” The building is being renovated with an update of all systems and the requested variance is required to separate the third and fourth floors with an installation of a bathroom on the third floor.After hearing the application, North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted 10-0 in support of the request. View the above video for more details, including statements by the owner (near the end) that the units will not be used for short-term rentals (i.e., AirBnb).*Advertisement* While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*
Patrick will be staying on in a consulting capacity so you may still see him out and about in the neighborhood leading tours and sharing the North End’s rich history with our many visitors. Retiring Patrick Leehey with PRH Executive Director Nina ZannieriLongtime Paul Revere House research director Patrick Leehey was recently saluted as his retirement approaches from the North End’s most historic house. Speaking of Patrick’s contributions at the annual holiday gathering was Executive Director, Nina Zannieri.The Paul Revere Memorial Association recently celebrated the retirement of its long time Research Director Patrick Leehey after more than 30 years. At a party held at the Association’s historic buildings, the Revere House, Hichborn House and the Visitor Center at Lathrop Place, Executive Director Nina Zannieri noted:“Pat has a self-effacing demeanor, a kind soul, and an invaluable grasp of the essence of history. He is as comfortable working with renowned scholars as his is with students and non-academic authors. He has been our go to ‘on camera’ expert for numerous television, film, radio, and now on-line history programs.”Whether answering a research question, reviewing a manuscript or film script, providing a lecture on Revere, editing a newsletter or as the author or co-author of all of the Association’s major publications. Pat has provided timely, astute, scholarly and kind direction, and consul. Almost all of the significant books published in the last 30 years about Revere include an acknowledgment of the Association’s assistance due to Pat’s careful work and sensible suggestions. As a result of Pat’s thoughtful management, over the years, hundreds of students have been introduced to an active public history venue through our internship program. Many have gone on to jobs in the history or museum field, a testament to his guidance and energy.*Advertisement*
FFWPU USA: On April 13 – 15, 2015, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) USA district pastors and local representatives met in Las Vegas for a leaders’ conference, an initiative of Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Chair of FFWPU North America, to follow up and reconnect after the Cheon Il Guk International Leaders’ Assembly in Korea last month.Sixty people, including district pastors, leaders of affiliate organizations and Itinerary Workers for the United States, met in the Las Vegas Family Church for two days of meeting sessions, question and answer opportunities and sharing of best practices. They also had the chance to sightsee at the Red Rock Canyon and go on a tour of the International Peace Education Center.On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Rev. Ken Doo, pastor of the Las Vegas Family Church, opened the first full day of the meeting in prayer, after which all of the attendants then gave a brief introduction. Dr. Michael Balcomb, President of FFWPU USA, brought the focus of the meeting to the national level, describing the purpose of their gathering as an opportunity to unite with True Mother before her arrival in Las Vegas in May. He encouraged everyone to open their eyes to new inspiration, clarity and focus about the top priorities for America, and recommit as representatives of this nation.Dr. Ki Hoon Kim then gave an opening greeting and shared a message of guidance with the group. He began by thanking everyone for taking this opportunity to meet, and described True Mother’s constant concern for the families of America. He encouraged the leaders to consider their own situation and ask themselves, “Do I have the inspiration and power to make a difference, or do I feel powerless?” He pointed out the today’s technology allows for so much connection, but when we see each other face to face is when we really connect and change begins to happen.The leaders’ meeting presented many opportunities to ask questions and discuss, and as national Director of Evangelism, Demian Dunkley, said, the theme of the meeting was not about having a lot of presentations, but looking for the story of God working in everyone’s lives, and inspiring and teaching each other.After the first question and answer session, during which questions were posed to Dr. Kim and Dr. Balcomb, itinerary Workers Richard Buessing, Larry Krishnek and Mr. Hiroshi Inose gave presentations and FFWPU Vice Presidents Miilhan Stephens and Mari Curry, as well as pastor of the Dallas Family Church, Rev. John Jackson, shared highlights and testimonies about the International Leaders’ Assembly in Korea.Rev. Jackson testified to the power of kindness, even in professional settings. “People from all over the world are still sending me ‘thank you’ notes,” he shared, praising the idea and encouragement that he had received to connect with international leaders with small gestures of kindness, such as buying them a coffee or offering them souvenirs from America. Read More
By FFWPU Uganda: On February 20, 2016, six pre-married couples participated in the Cosmic Blessing of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Human kind in Kampala Uganda at our Peace Embassy in Nakasero.Following that event, we resolved to find a way to break through in our Tribal messiah activities. In the meeting, the national leader together with departmental leaders, we agreed to hold the blessing for premarried couples every month. This is to enable us improve our Tribal messiahship results.On April 30, 2016, we had a blessing of marriage ceremony for two couples at our Peace Embassy. At that event, a lay leader in the Protestant church with his wife plus a youth full pre-married couple received the blessing. The lay leader and his wife promised to mobilize couples in their church so that they can get the blessing as well. The youthful couple attends Sunday service and is actively witnessing. Both couples went through the indemnity stick ceremony and are now in the 40 day separation period. They are gratefull to our True Parents for the blessing.On May 29, 2016, we had another blessing ceremony which was held for premarried couples at our Peace Embassy. This time we had six couples, two of the couples were a senior pastor and his assistant. Senior Pastor Kamya Yolamu and wife plus plus assistant pastor Sekate and his wife.It was a moving experience to see the two pastors getting the blessing of our True Parents and accepting to do the indemnity stick ceremony. Glory to Heavenly Parent and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Human kind. All the six couples started the 40-day separation period.
000 Print By Jamie Ducharme· Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. 7/7/2017, 9:50 a.m. Welcome to the Chart, a weekly series that briefs you on interesting happenings in the local health, science, and research scene. Here’s what you missed this week: Photo via istock.com/JohnnyGreigDoes brain injury cause cognitive decline?Traumatic brain injury seems like a logical precursor to Alzheimer’s and dementia. But a new study from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) suggests that may not be the case.BUSM researchers studied 432 healthy people and 274 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, assessing their cognitive function, genes, and histories of traumatic brain injury. Though they expected to see a relationship between past head traumas and cognitive decline, corresponding author Robert Stern says the team “found no significant difference between the groups.” A prior study from BUSM, however, found that concussions may accelerate Alzheimer’s progression for those who are already genetically predisposed to getting the disease. Learn more about the new research here.Massachusetts’ healthcare spending is way above average.A Massachusetts Health Policy Commission analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reveals just how much the Bay State spends on healthcare.The report examines per capita health spending by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers from 2010 to 2014. While Massachusetts didn’t spend the most on healthcare in 2014—that title went to Alaska—per person health spending here reached $10,559, topping the national average by 31 percent. That said, spending in the Commonwealth is growing at a slower rate than almost every other state, rising by only 2.3 percent between 2009 and 2014. See the full analysis here.Tufts Medical Center scrambles to avoid a strike.Tufts Medical Center nurses are planning to strike on July 12, unless the nurses’ union can reach an agreement with hospital administrators. Another bargaining session—one of more than 30 held over the past year—is reportedly scheduled for Friday. If negotiations fail, Tufts is planning to lock out nurses for four days beyond the 24-hour labor stoppage. Health News The Chart: Local Health and Science News You Missed This Week A nursing strike looms, Massachusetts spends a lot on healthcare, and more. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.*
8/10/2017, 1:17 p.m. By Jenna Pelletier· Print On tap./ Photo provided by Evy TeaCold-brewed tea—in flavors such as strawberry basil, coconut matcha, and mango lemongrass—is now on tap in Charlestown.Boston-based Evy Tea opened its second tea bar location today, near the Bunker Hill Monument at 1 Monument Avenue. Like its Jamaica Plain counterpart, the new shop offers regular and sparkling cold-brewed teas in cups and growlers, plus tea lattes and snacks.“When we were looking around for a new neighborhood, this location felt particularly right,” says founder Evy Chen, an Emerson College grad who grew up in an area of southern China she describes as the “Sonoma of tea.”Chen cold-brews white, black, and green teas for 16 to 24 hours. The proprietary steeping process yields drinks with less bitterness, bolder flavor, and more antioxidants than the traditional hot-water method, she says. They are lightly sweetened with natural ingredients including coconut sugar, honey, and agave, and can be customized with add-ins like fruit purees, boba, chia seeds, and fresh herbs.As part of a two-week soft opening period, Chen is seeking feedback from customers on everything from hours to prices to food. Current snack options include toast topped with Doves and Figs jam and sweets such as macarons.Chen, who recently nabbed $1 million in seed funding, as BostInno reported, also sells bottled teas at various locations, including Whole Foods.1 Monument Ave., Charlestown, evytea.com. 000 Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Evy Tea Is Now Open in Charlestown Grab a cold-brewed matcha at the brand’s second location.
As often happens, Father’s Day falls on the same day as the final round of the U.S. Open this year, and the pros at Pebble Beach are taking note. As he often does, Tiger Woods won the day with his own particularly touching Masters-themed Father’s Day message.Sunday morning, Woods tweeted out a compilation of three photos. One featured a 21-year-old Woods embracing his dad, Earl, after winning the 1997 Masters, which has become an indelible image in golf history.The other two photos showed a similar scene set beside the 18th green at Augusta National. But in these images, it’s not 1997, it’s 2019, and Woods is playing the role of dad while hugging his two young children, Sam and Charlie, after capturing his 15th major title.NewsWATCH: Tiger Woods celebrates with kids, mom and girlfriend after Masters winTiger included a hearfelt message directed at his own father, who died in 2006, writing, “Life came full circle for me this year. Happy Father’s Day Pops and to all Fathers. You’ve taught me so much about the game and how to be there for Sam and Charlie. We miss you.”Life came full circle for me this year. Happy Father’s Day Pops and to all Fathers. You’ve taught me so much about the game and how to be there for Sam and Charlie. We miss you. pic.twitter.com/tZkpu9m0vQ— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 16, 2019It was a fitting tribute to his dad, who guided Tiger throughout his early career on the golf course. Tiger’s celebration with his family at this year’s Masters, which mirrored Tiger and Earl’s tearful celebration 22 years earlier, has already gained legendary status.