Nate Ebner. Just signed a two year extension with the Pats and was granted a special leave to try and make the USA Olympic 7's team. He does have a rugby and 7-a-side background. Here's his wikipedia. Nate Ebner.
And here he is at last weekend's Singapore 7's tournament.
Mrs. Clinton yesterday, at the Greater Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY. This is not a photo-shopped picture.
From newschannel 12 in Westchester: "Hundreds of Churchgoers were stunned with a surprise visit to their Sunday morning services. ... She spoke to parishioners at Greater Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon."
Meanwhile Bernie Sanders was at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, addressing the churchgoers during their service. Sorry no picture.
Now, imagine the uproar if Kasich - Trump - Cruz spoke at a Church from the altar? The media would crucify them. No pun intended.
Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts by a significant margin.
Of course you already knew that - here's more -
To conduct this study, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through either an urban or a natural environment. They found those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and they also had reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain related to mental illness. Those who walked through the urban environment, however, did not report decreased rumination.
The researchers noted that increased urbanization closely correlates with increased instances of depression and other mental illness. Taking the time to regularly remove ourselves from urban settings and spend more time in nature can greatly benefit our psychological (and physical) well-being.
A study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that creative problem solving can be drastically improved by both disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. Participants in this study went backpacking through nature for about 4 days, during which time they were not allowed to use any technology whatsoever. They were asked to perform tasks which required creative thinking and complex problem solving, and researchers found that performance on problem solving tasks improved by 50% for those who took part in this tech-free hiking excursion.
There's more if you hit the link - inclucing how hiking can help children with ADHD.
And here's a post-hike picture from a year ago - look how happy and smart they look!
The Washington Post reports on Sanders's income. "The senator from Vermont reported income of just more than $200,000 on his 2014 returns, according to the first few pages of his federal and Vermont filings, which were shared with The Washington Post back in June. On Friday, the couple is planning to release the rest of the returns, including attached schedules," writes the paper. "The vast majority of the couple's income came from Sanders's $174,000 Senate salary and Social Security benefits that both he and his wife, Jane, a former college president, receive."
In 2014 alone, Clinton gave speeches to GE (for $225,500), the National Automobile Dealers Association ($325,500), Deutsche Bank AG ($280,000), and many more.
Yeah, in many cases trying to buy influence. BUT so what - as long as there is full disclosure it shouldn't matter.
While in the gym I saw this part of Trump's speech at some NY City Republican event, which also had speeches from Cruz and Kasich. I think this is a very effective five minutes for Trump. Before this he was speaking without notes, in his usual style.
Sales also increased in Putnam (30.1 percent), Rockland (9.4) and Orange (33). The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, which comprises a four-county area, reported an 18.5 percent increase in residential sales across the four counties for the first quarter compared to the same time frame last year.
On the other hand. ...
While sales increased, the price of a single family home fell 5 percent in Westchester. The median sale price in Westchester County slipped to $569,950. The median sale price rose 10.5 percent in Putnam, to $300,000, and fell three-tenths of a percent in Rockland, to $399,000.
On the day of its release, perhaps the least quoted passage of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation “On Love in the Family,” were the first three sentences of paragraph 7:
Given the rich fruits of the two-year Synod process, this Exhortation will treat, in different ways, a wide variety of questions. This explains its inevitable length. Consequently, I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text.
A cynic might reply that the Holy Father need not have worried, since most of those who commented on the document in the first hours after its release could not be said to have engaged in a “rushed reading of the text,” because they did not actually read the text. Rather, as has become the norm regarding important and lengthy documents in our short-attention-span “Information Age,” most of those who were first out of the gate already knew what they intended to say about Amoris Laetitia; all they needed to do was to skim it quickly, looking for lines that they could use as proof that their preconceived notions were correct.
He's sure right about that! The main criticism the author has for the document is that it should have been broken into two documents; one for the clergy and one for the rest of us.
I look forward to reading the document when it is an ebook.
in the meantime, here's a short balanced analysis -
Bill Donohue comments on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of Love." To read it click here.
Here's the first part of Donohue's note -
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of Love," does not change a single teaching of the Catholic Church, but he does call on Catholics to be more understanding of the irregular family unions that so many find themselves in these days.
The Holy Father acknowledges that there are those, in and out of the church, who harbor "an immoderate desire for total change without sufficient reflection or grounding." These Catholics will be disappointed, if not angry, that they did not get what they wanted.
This unhappiness will also be found among those who possess "an attitude that would solve everything by applying general rules or deriving undue conclusions from particular theological considerations."
In short, Catholics who consider themselves very liberal or very conservative will have another opportunity to sulk.
The Pope makes plain how inadequate it is to cast all discussions on family issues in terms of the nuclear family. He wants us to address the conditions that mark irregular families, and to minister to those in need.
Priests, in particular, must exercise discernment in tending to those in unconventional unions: the ultimate goal is to implement "the logic of pastoral mercy."
Lest he be misunderstood, the Pope is not suggesting that priests exercise flexibility outside the limits prescribed by church teachings. "It is true that general rules set forth a good which can never be disregarded or neglected," he says, "but in their formulation they cannot provide absolutely for all particular situations."
Full disclosure: I'm hoping Kasich will be the next President (doesn't look good, though).
Anyway my friend Joe sent around a couple of emails about the rally, which was Wednesday. highly amusing. Names changed to protect the guilty.
FEAR NOT ! I was there at Trump's rally in Bethpage earlier this evening for you ! Got there at 5 pm. Waited for 2 hours and 19 minutes in this huuuge room at the Grumman Studios, which looked like an airplane hanger for humongous airplanes. Eventually 12000 people packed into it. About 3000 more on line outside who couldn't get in. Trump started speaking about 7:19 pm. The 2 hour 19 minute wait was worth every minute. He was his usual great self. For some some strange reason there were very few protesters at this event. Maybe they heard Joe was attending or something ! I dont know. Bought my very first red 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap for the bargain basement price of only $20.00, thereby saving on the shipping and handling! Will be wearing it in public frequently in the coming months. I didn't have a ticket to get in because I only found out about the rally late yesterday. I figured I'd go there anyway and just hang around outside and annoy the communist protesters who might show up. But through Divine Providence I just happened to stumble into this very nice lady who was there with her 15 year old son. We started talking as we walked towards the event site. The son had one extra free ticket which he intended to give to a friend, but for some reason was never able to do that. So they offered it to me as we were walking towards the building and chatting! I was very grateful at my good fortune, as you might imagine. I must be living right or something. Also, after the rally a film crew stuck a microphone in my face as I was walking back to my car, and I was able to offer my excellent and highly enlightened opinions of 'The Donald' free of charge ! All told, not a bad evening for Joe, and an even better one for 'The Donald' ! GO 'THE DONALD' GO ! ! !
Here's his 2nd email -
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It was a great night for 'The Donald' on Long Island last night. I was lucky enough to be able to attend his rally. You can see a few videos of it HERE. When the camera pans the hugh crowd of people attending the rally, it's easy to pick me out. I'm the one with the red hat! It appears there were 17000 folks in attendance, a few thousand more than I originally thought. Packed in with all those people there, it was hard for me to get an exact count. I kept losing the count because people kept moving, and I had to keep starting the count over again and again from one. The rally took place in the old Grumman building where they constructed the lunar modules which landed on the moon back in the late 60's and 70's. Now the space has been converted into a place for entertainment and movie making, among other things.
From 2009 to 2013, the U.S. issued 680,000 green cards to migrants from Muslim countries, more than twice the approximately 270,000 green cards issued to migrants from European countries. Green cards entitle migrants to legal permanent residency in the country and work authorization, federal benefits, and the chance to apply for citizenship.
The dues the union collects from its members have bankrolled other Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn, Keith Ellison and Steny Hoyer in the House, and Elizabeth Warren as well as Sanders in the Senate. Since 2008, the union, which gives 97 percent of its money to Democrats, has contributed more than $8.7 million to federal candidates, according to OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan aggregator of political spending. While the union has logged $13,500 in contributions to Sanders so far in the current campaign, it is hedging its bets, giving his primary opponent Clinton $15,000, a figure observers expect to increase if, as expected, she wins the Democratic nomination.
The hunt is on to find “Planet Nine”—a large undiscovered world, perhaps 10 times as massive as Earth and four times its size—that scientists think could be lurking in the outer solar system. After Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, two planetary scientists from the California Institute of Technology, presented evidence for its existence this January, other teams have searched for further proof by analyzing archived images and proposing new observations to find it with the world’s largest telescopes.
Just this month, evidence from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn helped close in on the missing planet. Many experts suspect that within as little as a year someone will spot the unseen world, which would be a monumental discovery that changes the way we view our solar system and our place in the cosmos. “Evidence is mounting that something unusual is out there—there's a story that's hard to explain with just the standard picture,” says David Gerdes, a cosmologist at the University of Michigan who never expected to find himself working on Planet Nine. He is just one of many scientists who leapt at the chance to prove—or disprove—the team’s careful calculations.
Batygin and Brown made the case for Planet Nine’s existence based on its gravitational effect on several Kuiper Belt objects—icy bodies that circle the sun beyond Neptune’s orbit. Theoretically, though, its gravity should also tug slightly on the planets, moons and even any orbiting spacecraft. With this in mind, Agnès Fienga at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in France and her colleagues checked whether a theoretical model (one that they have been perfecting for over a decade) with the new addition of Planet Nine could better explain slight perturbations seen in Cassini’s orbit. Without it, the eight planets in the solar system, 200 asteroids and five of the most massive Kuiper Belt objects cannot perfectly account for it. The missing puzzle piece might just be a ninth planet.
End-stage patients, whose only hope was a heart transplant, were treated with stem cells in a single operation. Doctors found the group were 37 per cent less likely to have been admitted to hospital in the 12 months following the operation and half as likely to have died than those on placebo.
The procedure takes just two hours and most patients were discharged a day after surgery.
"For the last 15 years everyone has been talking about cell therapy and what it can do. These results suggest that it really works," says lead author and cardiac surgeon Dr Amit Pate, director of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at the University of Utah.
"This is the first trial of cell therapy showing that it can have a meaningful impact on the lives of patients with heart failure.”
A small amount of bone marrow was drawn from each patients from which two types of stem cell were extracted, and their number increased in the lab.
After scanning the patient’s heart to see where the damage was greatest, the stem cells were then delivered to those areas using a catheter.
The group were then followed for 12 months with doctors monitoring deaths, hospitilsations and unplanned clinic visits. During that period eight patients died who had been given a placebo, compared with four who were on the stem cell treatment.
82 per cent of patients who did not have the therapy needed hospital treatment during that time, compared with 51 per cent of the stem cell patients.
Father Dong Baolu’s flock were gathered outdoors beside a row of foul-smelling lavatories. They had no choice but to worship in this furtive way, as China does not recognise these so-called “house churches”.
Even so, the congregation stayed for two hours, singing hymns and clasping their hands in prayer.
Across China, about six million Catholics have refused to join churches sanctioned by the Communist Party and chosen instead to worship in house churches, where they remain loyal to the Vatican.
In Shijiazhuang, a Catholic bishop who is unrecognised by the authorities, Jia Zhiguo, lives under strict surveillance.
Meanwhile, another six million people are members of the Catholic Patriotic Association, a Communist Party-controlled body which does not display images of Pope Francis.
The Vatican is pursuing friendly relations with Beijing as it believes it can do more to protect Chinese Catholics if it increases its involvement in the country via a unified Church.
An agreement between the two sides could also see diplomatic relations re-established between the Holy See and Beijing, which would be considered a breakthrough in Rome.
Fr Dong has been detained “many times” by authorities, and the open air Mass that was visited by The Telegraph was moved into his home the following week, amid fear that it would be shut down by authorities.
UPDATE 4 This video should remain up on youtube - not the best quality but makes the point.
UPDATE 3 Double rats! The second one has been taken down!
UPDATE 2: Replaced it with good video
UPDATE: Rats! video taken down for copyright reasons ... Will try and find a replacement.
This is the twenty over variety, not the full five day international type match. It was played in India.
This type of match is popular because they are one day matches.
You don't have to know much about cricket to enjoy this, but - an over is the bowler throwing (all right, bowling) 6 consecutive balls. A six is where the batsmen hits it out of the park for six runs - the equivalent of a home run in baseball. So this display of hitting is - well - amazing. The batter, Carlos Brathwaite, is from Barbados.
Current plan is for Brigid and Joe to Travel with my brother Jim and his wife Maria to Machu Picchu this summer. Maria is from Peru so they'll be visiting her family as well as the very famous Inca site.