FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail DON’T LET THE NANNYSTATE QUASH VAPINGby Peter Roff, December 12, 2018There was a time when vaping – the practice of using a small, electronic device to inhale vapor – was thought to be the public health miracle of the half-century. While not quite up there with the polio vaccine or the still elusive cure for cancer, it proved a successful substitute for cigarette smokers among whom more traditional cessation therapies had failed.Now, for reasons that are not entirely clear, the anti-smoking bureaucrats embedded within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (who seem to think they have a say over anything people inhale) and the corporate entities are known collectively as “Big Tobacco” are making common cause on efforts to crush the emerging vaping industry.The complaints being lodged – that vaping liquids are offer in flavors attractive to children, that vaping devices are too easy for minors to obtain, and that vaping is unhealthy in and of itself – are of the kind the denizens of the Nannystate are fond of making. They say things like that all the time about consumer products they have in their sights.What they’re not saying is that vaping – which, like cigarettes, can be a nicotine delivery system – is perhaps a hundred times safer than traditional smoking. It literally saves lives, as a new study funded by Cancer Research UK demonstrates.Loren Kock, a Ph.D. research in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, observes that “E-cigarettes have the potential either to decrease or increase health inequalities depending on levels of smoking cessation.” The study he directed, published in mid-October in Addiction, is the first to look at the link between socioeconomic status and vaping devices.What they found, Kock said, was from 2014 to 2016 e-cigarette use among smokers was generally higher among those from more affluent socioeconomic groups, while those from so-called disadvantaged groups were around half as likely to use one. By 2017, however, as products became both cheaper and more readily available, the gap disappeared.Interestingly, the research uncovered different patterns among long-term ex-smokers, with those from “socioeconomically disadvantaged groups” at least twice as likely to be using e-cigarettes and other devices as smoking cessation aides. Those from upper-income cohorts, one may presume, have other alternatives available to them like hypnotherapy and directed action under a doctor’s care made possible by their having greater discretion in how their income is allocated.The study has lessons for us here in the United States, chiefly that making vaping more expensive and making the materials harder to obtain may lead to an increase in smoking-related illness and death. If those on the lower end of the economic spectrum are, as the UCL study indicates, more reliant on vaping devices to stop smoking then more of them will contract lung cancer and other illnesses linked to cigarette smoking. And, being from the lower economic cohorts, expense related to their care are more likely to be borne by the taxpayer – since their healthcare is more likely to be provided to this group through Medicare and Medicaid.It all may seem like circular logic. Some politicians want to tax vaping as cigarettes are taxed, banking on the revenue it will generate to fund all kinds of programs. Others want to destroy it before it becomes ubiquitous because they imagine it to be a health risk, never mind that the health risks connected to cigarette smoking are much greater and more expensive. And some want to regulate this emerging industry because that’s just what they do – sort of like the guy who worked for the EPA in the original Ghostbusters.Cancer Research UK Policy Manager George Butterworth said of the study that “The evidence so far shows that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco and can be effective in helping people to stop smoking.”He’s right – and the government should be doing everything it can to help this new technology take root and save lives rather than trying to put it back on the shelf to gather dust.
Papadosio and EarthCry multi-instrumentalist Anthony Thogmartin has announced the second annual Seed to Stage Academy Ableton Live school, set to take place from April 2nd through April 5th in Asheville, North Carolina.One of the first events of its kind, attendees can expect a four-day immersive Ableton “wizard school” where beginner or advanced musicians can gain hands-on training on the popular digital audio workshop software with Thogmartin and Papadosio’s Sam Brouse.As Thogmartin explains, “I’ve been wanting to open up the different styles of music, and Sam is one of the best compositional artists I know. Sam is going to be teaching songwriting and composition. Him and I both are going to be writing classes for it, and this year, songcraft and live performance are going to be one of our main focuses,”After teaching Ableton Live lessons for around a decade, Thogmartin has completely tapped into the programs various capabilities, constantly solving problems by syncing different components with his band members. He recently started up a “Seed to Stage” YouTube channel where he frequently posts educational videos about Ableton Live for at-home musicians.“Not everyone can watch a video and learn that way. The Academy is very hands-on, and there’s two different classes you can take at once. We have advanced classes and basic ones happening simultaneously. The first three days, we have beginner and advanced two-hour classes in the morning. In the evening, we have a three-hour period called ‘Group Shred Time’ where we have tables set up and people bring their gear and can get one-on-one time with us for specific projects they are working on,” says Thogmartin.This immersive event allows students to tailor their learning experience to gain unique hands-on training with Ableton Live software, receive insider industry knowledge, and master the mindset of a successful career in music in the heart of West Asheville. Students will be able to significantly expand their knowledge on the software and kickstart their career at Ambrose West, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art PA system, sound absorption panels, and multiple breakout rooms. On the fourth day, students can choose to play a 15-minute set to open up for EarthCry’s CD release party at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, April 5th.As Anthony Thogmartin notes, “I would encourage people to want to perform on the fourth day. It gives everyone a chance to perform in front of a crowd, get some photos taken, and hopefully get some social content for their career. This is an all-inclusive, one-stop shop to get your music career started. Music can be anything. If people knew what was possible with the tools that we have and the freedom of being able to record yourself at any time, the possibilities are endless. There’s just so much more that we can do. Technology doesn’t have to be so rigid. It can be fluid like the mind is and that’s what we’re trying to foster with this event.”You can find more information on the Seed to Stage Academy and secure your spot via the official event website.
June 12, 2020 Press Release, Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que ocho condados más pasarán a la fase verde de reapertura de la pandemia de COVID-19 a las 12:01 a.m. del viernes 19 de junio. Estos condados incluyen Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike y Schuylkill.A partir de hoy, hay 46 condados en la fase verde y 21 condados en la fase amarilla.El panel de información sobre los casos por condado y los criterios para considerar la reapertura se pueden encontrar aquí.El Proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf describe las restricciones vigentes para los condados en fase amarilla o fase verde.A medida que los condados reabren, Pennsylvania continúa viendo una disminución constante de los casos, un indicador positivo de que su plan de reapertura gradual y medida está funcionando para lograr equilibrar la salud pública y la recuperación económica.De acuerdo con un análisis del New York Times, los nuevos casos de COVID-19 están disminuyendo en menos de la mitad de todos los estados y territorios de EE. UU.“En Pennsylvania, no solo aplanamos la curva, sino que los casos continúan disminuyendo, incluso a medida que reabrimos nuestro estado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf, “continuaremos adoptando un enfoque medido, gradual de la reapertura basado en la opinión de expertos en ciencia y salud”.Fase amarillaA partir del 12 de junio, estos 21 condados pasan a la fase amarilla: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill y Susquehanna.A medida que las regiones o los condados pasan a la fase amarilla, se aliviarán algunas restricciones en el trabajo y en la interacción social, al tiempo que otras, como el cierre de escuelas, gimnasios y otros centros de recreación en lugares cerrados, salones de belleza y manicura, al igual que las limitaciones en torno a las grandes reuniones, permanecen vigentes.La finalidad de esta fase es comenzar a reactivar la economía mientras se vigilan de cerca los datos sobre de salud pública con el fin de garantizar que la propagación de la enfermedad permanezca contenida en la mayor medida posible.Restricciones respecto del trabajo y la congregaciónEl teletrabajo debe continuar cuando sea factibleLas empresas con operaciones en persona deben cumplir las órdenes de seguridad para las empresas y en los edificiosEl cuidado de niños puede abrir conforme a la guíaLas restricciones para los servicios de atención conjunta y las prisiones siguen vigentesLas escuelas pueden brindar instrucción en persona solo de acuerdo con la guía del Departamento de EducaciónRestricciones socialesSe levanta el orden de quedarse en casa que tenía la finalidad de lograr una mitigación agresivaLas reuniones grandes de más de 25 personas están prohibidasEs obligatorio el uso de máscaras al ingresar a un negocioLa venta minorista en persona está permitida; se prefiere la entrega en la acera y el envíoLa recreación en lugares cerrados, centros de salud y bienestar y servicios de cuidado personal (como gimnasios, spas, salones de belleza, salones de manicura y otras entidades que ofrecen terapia de masaje), y todos los entretenimientos (como casinos, teatros) permanecen cerradosLos restaurantes y bares pueden abrir para ofrecer servicios al aire libre, además del servicio de comidas para llevar y para enviarFase verdeA partir del 12 de junio, estos 46 condados están en la fase verde: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Juniata, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming y York.Luego de que un condado pasa a la fase amarilla, es supervisado de cerca para detectar el aumento del riesgo, como los brotes significativos. Si el riesgo general permanece mitigado durante 14 días, el condado pasará a la fase verde.La fase verde alivia la mayoría de las restricciones al levantar las órdenes de quedarse en casa y cierre de empresas para permitir que la economía reabra estratégicamente al tiempo que se continúa priorizando la salud pública. Algunas restricciones, como el uso de máscaras, sí permanecen vigentes.Si bien esta fase coordina el regreso a una “nueva normalidad”, es igualmente importante continuar supervisando a los indicadores de la salud pública y ajustar las órdenes y las restricciones según sea necesario para garantizar que la propagación de la enfermedad se mantenga al mínimo.Restricciones respecto del trabajo y la congregaciónSe recomienda enfáticamente la continuación del teletrabajoLas empresas con operaciones en persona deben seguir los requisitos actualizados de seguridad en las empresas y en los edificiosTodas las empresas que operan con una ocupación del 50% en la fase amarilla pueden aumentar a una ocupación del 75%El cuidado de niños puede abrir conforme a la guíaLas restricciones para los servicios de atención conjunta siguen vigentesLas restricciones con respecto a las prisiones y hospitales se determinan de manera individual de acuerdo a cada instituciónLas escuelas están sujetas a las guías de los CDC y del estadoRestricciones socialesLas reuniones grandes de más de 250 personas están prohibidasEs obligatorio el uso de máscaras al ingresar a un negocioLos restaurantes y bares abren al 50% de su ocupaciónLos servicios de cuidado personal (que incluyen peluquerías y barberías) abren al 50% de su ocupación y solo con cita previaLa recreación en interiores, los centros de salud y bienestar, y los servicios de cuidado personal (como gimnasios y spas) abren con una ocupación del 50%. Se recomienda enfáticamente la implementación de citas previasTodos los entretenimientos (como casinos, teatros y centros comerciales) abren al 50% de su ocupaciónLa actividad relacionada con la construcción puede volver a su capacidad total con la implementación constante de protocolosLuego de que un condado pasa a la fase amarilla, el estado supervisa de cerca el aumento del riesgo, como los brotes significativos. Si el riesgo general permanece mitigado durante catorce días, el condado podrá pasar a la fase verde.El estado continúa usando las métricas basadas en el riesgo de la Carnegie Mellon University y el panel de datos del Departamento de Salud y de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pennsylvania disponible aquí.El estado continúa aumentando las pruebas e intensificando los esfuerzos para realizar el rastreo de contactos. Hasta el 11 de junio, hay un total de 496 rastreadores de contactos y un total de 2,777 contactos que están siendo monitoreados. El Departamento de Salud recibió un total de 80,498 resultados de pruebas en los últimos siete días, un promedio de 11,500 por día. El promedio de los resultados de las pruebas recibidos en 30 días es más de 10,500.Se sumaron 3,371 casos nuevos a las investigaciones durante la semana del 4 al 11 de junio.La última guía para empresas, que incluye la guía para recreación al aire libre se puede encontrar aquí.La guía preliminar sobre deportes se puede encontrarse aquí.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gobernador Wolf: Ocho condados más pasan a la fase verde el 19 de junio
After an indifferent start to the season, the Red Devils are fourth in the table and just a point behind third-placed Southampton despite a lengthy injury list. Van Gaal said: “Maybe we forced the luck more and that is coming also because of the fighting spirit. When you see the team (like this) that is why the fans are also excited. “We have fought until the end and also (despite) the long balls to Mr Crouch, we have survived. It is good for the players, good for the team, good for me and it is also good for the party we have tomorrow.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes felt his side, who lost to an 85th-minute Liverpool goal last weekend, deserved more from the game. Hughes felt Rojo was offside as he rose in attempting to get his head to the Mata free-kick that proved the winning goal and bemoaned his side’s luck in injury time. Hughes said: “On the balance of play we were very much in the game, especially in the first half. “It was a really good performance and we picked ourselves up from the disappointment of conceding early on. “We scored a really good equalising goal, a good strike from Steven Nzonzi. “We were encouraged at half-time and were looking forward to the second half. “We are disappointed with the award of the second goal. We clearly think it is offside. It doesn’t matter if he (Rojo) touches it, he is clearly offside and interfering with play. He was ahead of the ball in an offside position. The referee and assistant should have cancelled that out. “We didn’t allow that to affect us but the episodes at the end – it was unbelievable, demonstrating the sort of luck we are having at the moment.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal felt his side deserved to cling on to beat Stoke – but was far from happy with their performance. David de Gea produced two brilliant last-gasp saves and Ashley Young also cleared off the line in injury time as United held on to a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. Marouane Fellaini gave United a first-half lead and Juan Mata restored their advantage after a Steven Nzonzi equaliser – although Marcos Rojo also claimed to have got the final touch to the decisive strike. But it was De Gea and Young who ensured United held on to record a fourth successive Barclays Premier League win, with Mame Biram Diouf twice denied and Marko Arnautovic also frustrated. Van Gaal said: “I am not happy with the performance. I was not pleased with the first half. We were not as aggressive as in the last match and we want to play in the same style. “I think we didn’t keep our positions on the pitch so we didn’t create so many chances in the first half. “Okay the goal was a very nice goal, but the opponents didn’t do anything, only defending. “In the second half we played much better, kept the positions, were more aggressive – but then you have to finish it. (James) Wilson could have finished it, Fellaini could have finished it. “In England when it is like that you know the coach of the other team shall do something and, with Peter Crouch, we knew in advance it would be difficult to defend long balls and (it took) a great save from De Gea and a little bit of luck from Ashley Young. “But you have to see the whole match and say there is one team that deserved it and that is Manchester United.” Although Van Gaal felt the performance was unconvincing, a momentum is starting to build behind United. Press Association
Gonzaga reserve freshman Theo Davis has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana stemming from his arrest with starting sophomore center Josh Heytvelt after a traffic stop last month. Heytvelt faces arraignment March 12 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance for having hallucinogenic mushrooms. Coach Mark Few indefinitely suspended both players for violating team rules the day after their arrests. Phoenix Mercury starting center Kamila Vodichkova, 34, will miss the 2007 WNBA season because of pregnancy. TRACK AND FIELD: Michelle Perry of the United States won the 110-meter hurdles in 12.82 seconds at the Melbourne Track Classic in Australia, the first leg of the IAAF World Athletics Tour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Korolev, who had thought he was out of the tournament when he went to sleep at 3 a.m. Friday, was told at 6 a.m. he was back in and beat Querrey 6-4, 6-4 in a noon match. Top-seed Roger Federer beat Tommy Haas in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 to reach his fifth straight Dubai Open final, this time against Mikhail Youzhny. Top-seeded James Blake was removed from the quarterfinals of the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas early Friday after ATP Tour officials reversed a ruling that had allowed him to advance due to a competitor’s withdrawal during round-robin play. Evgeny Korolev took Blake’s place against Thousand Oaks’ Sam Querrey after officials released a statement blaming the confusion on “an incorrect variation of ATP rules.” Top-seeded Justine Henin rallied to beat Jelena Jankovic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Qatar Open, against Svetlana Kuzentsova. BASKETBALL: Utah coach Ray Giacoletti, whose team is mired in the worst season in decades, will leave at the end of the season, the school announced. The Utes (11-17) are just 6-9 in the Mountain West Conference before today’s game at rival Brigham Young. “Obviously our vision three years ago was not the way it has gone – especially this year,” said Giacoletti, who replaced the retiring Rick Majerus at the school and has one year left on his contract. Giacoletti started with a 29-win season in 2004-05 but the Utes are 25-32 since they went to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16 with Andrew Bogut as the star player.
Antoine Griezmann has made it clear the rumours about his future are unfounded and he is still an Atletico Madrid player.The France forward has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, to link up with international teammate Paul Pogba, as Jose Mourinho builds a team able to compete for the Premier League.In fact, he spoke on television earlier this week claiming there is a ‘six out of 10’ chance he will move to Old Trafford – although he did admit the chance of his staying with Atleti is ‘seven out of 10’.And the 26-year-old has now cast further doubt on a potential move to the Red Devils, after posting a message on his personal Twitter account.Griezmann’s statement translates as: ‘All the rumours are unfounded, I’m still Colchonero [Atletico Madrid]. My destination will be established after discussion with my agent.’ Toutes les rumeurs sont infondées, je suis toujours Colchonero. Mon orientation sera etablie apres discussion avec mon Conseiller Sportif— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) May 26, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Obviously the statement does not completely rule out Griezmann linking up with Mourinho’s side, through it does mean this already-long transfer saga is set to continue for even longer. Antoine Griezmann: Will the France forward move to Manchester United? 1