The Most Recession-Proof States

first_img Texas, according to Fit Small Business data, is the best state to survive a recession. What sets Texas apart is its lack of an income tax rate, as well as the second-lowest debt-to-income ratio in the nation at 1.16. Texas also has a low unemployment rate of just 3.4%.Additionally, Texas also has an average home value of $198,100, one of the lowest in the country. Several Fit Small Business’s top states for recession survival are marked by low median home values, including Texas, followed by West Virginia, Nebraska, and Indiana, each with median home values lower than the national median.West Virginia holds one of the lowest median home values in the country, at $98,300, $100,000 lower than the national average median home value in 2019. West Virginia has also proven to be recession-proof in the past, as its GDP grew by a modest 0.1% during the 2008 recession.In Nebraska, the median home value is $168,600, still lower than the national median. Also, like West Virginia,Nebraska saw a 1.3% gain in GDP in the year following the last recession.Across the country, housing remains a bright spot in economic growth, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. Risks to the ESR Group’s forecast remain biased to the downside, with trade tensions between the U.S. and China continuing to pose the greatest threat to growth, but housing is expected to be a source of strength in the near term. While the ESR Group had expected housing to contribute positively to third quarter GDP growth, stronger-than-expected recent data led the Group to revise substantially upward its projection for residential fixed investment. The Group’s updated forecast of 4.2% annualized is 3.3 percentage points higher than last month’s projection. According to Fannie Mae, this would represent the first time residential fixed investment has been positive since 2017. Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / The Most Recession-Proof States Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Home Values Recession October 23, 2019 2,604 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home Values Recession 2019-10-23 Seth Welborn Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Facebook Joins Google, Microsoft in Funding Affordable Housing Next: The Mortgage Customer Connection Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Most Recession-Proof States Subscribelast_img read more

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Water status and thermal analysis of alginate beads used in cryopreservation of plant germplasm

first_imgEncapsulation and dehydration techniques using alginate beads are used increasingly for the pre-treatment of various plant materials for cryopreservation to improve survival post-cryogenic storage. This study reports the effects of the water content of beads (formed with 30% (w/v) alginic acid in liquid S-RIB), polymerisation time (in 100 mM calcium chloride solution), osmotic dehydration (in 0.75 M sucrose solution), and evaporative air desiccation on the thermal properties of alginate beads used in cryopreservation protocols. Experimental beads were assayed using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) with a cooling programme to -150degreesC, followed by re-warming. Resultant thermograms were evaluated with particular reference to the onset temperature and enthalpy of the melt endotherm from which the quantities of frozen and unfrozen water were calculated. Treatments were applied sequentially to samples of beads and their thermal features evaluated at each stage of the protocol. Using ‘standard’ beads (40-55 mg fresh weight), formed using plastic disposable pipettes, the degree of polymerisation (>10 min) proportionally reduced their dry weight and increased their water content. Thermal characteristics of the beads were unaffected by polymerisation times >10 min, but the maximum level (23%) of unfrozen (osmotically inactive) water was achieved after 15 min polymerisation. Osmotic dehydration using 0.75 M sucrose significantly lowered bead water content and mean dry weight approximately doubled with 20-24 h immersion time. Bead desiccation in still air reduced their water content by 83% of fresh weight, whilst dry weight remained constant. After 8 h desiccation in air between 27 and 37% of the water in the bead was osmotically inactive (unfrozen) in DSC scans. Desiccation >18 h reduced this fraction to zero. The melt onset temperature and the enthalpy of melting were directly related to bead water content. The unfrozen water fraction increased substantially with reduced water content of the beads (from 23 to 37% of total water content), concomitant with a reduction in the ratio of unfrozen to frozen water from 1:3 to 1:2. For successful vitrification and the production of a glass that did not destabilise on rewarming, a bead water content of ca. 26%, of fresh weight (0.4 g water g(-1) dry weight) was required, much of which was osmotically inactive water. These data are discussed in relation to optimal pre-treatments for alginate bead encapsulation techniques used in the cryopreservation of a range of plant germplasm. It is proposed that increased standardisation of alginate beads, in terms of volume, fresh weight, and water content, is required to reduce the variability in physical and thermal features, which in turn will improve survival of plant samples post-cryopreservation.last_img read more

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Say No To Rightmove leader denies he’s working for other portals and calls for agents to ‘move together’

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Say No To Rightmove leader denies he’s working for other portals and calls for agents to ‘move together’ previous nextMarketingSay No To Rightmove leader denies he’s working for other portals and calls for agents to ‘move together’Exclusive: Rob Sargent of The Acorn Group submits himself to hard questioning over his motivations to set up and fund a campaign to persuade Rightmove to change its business and pricing.Nigel Lewis28th April 20205 Comments4,034 Views The figurehead of the Say No To Rightmove campaign has faced down the criticisms levelled against him and the organisation including how he must be in the pay of OTM or Zoopla, is about to launch his own portal and is receiving kickbacks.During a 40-minute grilling by Christopher Watkins via Zoom Rob Sargent, the CEO of 36-branch South of England agency the Acorn Group also reveals why he’s spending so much time and money attempting to weaken Rightmove and force it to rethink its business.Last week it was announced that the Say No To Rightmove campaign had joined forces with three other ‘Rightmove rebels’ groups. Sargent has confirmed that it now contains 1,400 agencies and approximately 2,800 branches.The Say No to Rightmove Campaign is undertaking a survey of agents and found that 75% said £500 a month was a fair price for the portal’s services, with the rest being prepared to pay between £500 and £1,000 a month.Commercial sweetenersSargent denies flatly during the interview that he has had any sweeteners or preferential deals from Zoopla or Rightmove other than his firm’s existing listings contracts with them or that he plans to launch his own portal.“I’ve rejected any further deals dialogue with Zoopla, and with OTM the Acorn Group has the original deal that I’ve made public in the past,” he says“We have the 75% Rightmove deal and a basic package because I’m out of contract with them. There are no special consideration or cash backs involved with either.”Sargent also says he is not out to promote OnTheMarket so that his Gold Membership share-holding becomes more valuable and that Acorn is looking to stay with the portal in the long term, and that it will be holding the shares for the long term.Why do it?Asked why he is spearheading the campaign, Sargent says he spent £500,000 with Rightmove in 2019 and that this huge cost has been a growing bone of contention with it for several years.“I’ve got the board’s backing and have the resources to mount this campaign, and I’ve had lots of support from agents up and down the country which is very motivating,” he says.“Rightmove are good but they are not good value. And the amount paid out to the portals relevant to the returns doesn’t feel quite right or fair now.“It’s difficult to wave a magic wand and just get from where we are today to the utopia of a more balanced portal environment, more innovation and greater competition.”Reduce Rightmove costsSargent says his group’s goal is to bring about a levelling out of the high prices charged by Rightmove but not kill it and instead persuade the portal’s leaders to adapt to the new reality brought about by Coronavirus and listen more.“We want a freer market that isn’t so monopolised by Rightmove,” he says. “It’s a big job to shift the network effect that’s been going on for a decade.“But there is no reason why portals have to charge us so much. We’re not going to do this overnight. Once agents realise that they can move together and can resist and say no, then the landscape will change. Rightmove have been dividing and conquering on a daily and weekly basis and it’s been going on too long.”Visit the Say No To Rightmove website.Watch the interview in full Say No To Rightmove Rob Sargent Rightmove April 28, 2020Nigel Lewis5 commentsChris Arnold, andsothestorybegan andsothestorybegan 28th April 2020 at 2:50 pmA strong man stands up to a bully. The strongest of men stand up for others.What cynical questions that would be more at home on PIE.If Facebook can offer its services for free, supported by advertising etc., I’m sure RM is quite capable of doing similar. It’s simply that agents acquiesse to bullying tactics because they are mistakenly under the impression that vendors demand such exposure.Nothing short of attempted character assisination of one who is trying to help the industry.Log in to ReplySam Samuel, Edward Ashdale Edward Ashdale 28th April 2020 at 11:50 amWell done Rob, very candid and I would invest my own resources if I could to this campaign too.You have our full support as well as the majority of estate agents in the industry.Change needs to happen and it will bring about a different landscape among the portals including OTM, who themselves have not really grasped it yet.Thanks for the interviewLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 28th April 2020 at 10:34 amLoved the comment on the Rightmove review. 100% correct.Different language! LOLLog in to ReplyBryan Mansell, Gazeal Gazeal 28th April 2020 at 9:52 amThanks Chris and Rob great interview and very interesting times aheadLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 28th April 2020 at 9:22 amGreat interview, great responses Keep up the good work RobWe are all right (move!??? LOL) behind youLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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The September Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is On Stands Now!

first_imgFall is upon us and we couldn’t be happier to announce the release of our September issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. To keep it simple, let’s call it the Biking Issue, although it’s so much more than that.As usual, you’ll be enveloped by our contributors musings on everything from conservation to the local music scene, from outdoor news to essays on how to find a job you love.We’ve got an exclusive interview with one of the most famed professional cyclists in the world, who just happens to make his home down in Greenville, South Carolina. We’ll take you climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. And we take a spin around the region with ten cyclists who just might change your opinion on why you ride bikes.We hope you can pick up your free copy of this issue on a newsstand near you. If you can’t, we’re on iTunes, we’ve got complete digital subscriptions available, print subscriptions, and of course, you’ll always find us online here at BlueRidgeOutdoors.com.See you out there!featuresWHY I RIDE Ten bikers—from elite pros to everyday commuters—share the secrets of their two-wheeled passion.PARADISE SAVED The Red River Gorge is a climbing oasis, with thousands of routes and visitors. What makes this quiet river’s sandstone cliffs so legendary? AND Saving the Red’s Muir ValleyKING GEORGE RETURNS Tour cyclist George Hincapie comes home to South Carolina to start a hotel and ride his beloved Blue Ridge.departmentsEDITOR’S NOTE Is wilderness dead?QUICK HITS Apple’s third solar farm in Carolina / Follow the A.T. bricks / Tube to work / New Hardrock recordTHE DIRT Paddling prodigy plunges down waterfalls / Bald Guy’s beans and bikes / Dirtbag climbing entrepreneurs / How to land an outdoor industry jobTHE GOODS Peek inside elite mountain biker Sue Haywood’s packTRAIL MIX Trampled by Turtles tour the Blue Ridgelast_img read more

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Now There’s Proof: Docs Who Get Company Cash Tend to Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds

first_imgBy Charles Ornstein, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Mike Tigas, ProPublicaThis story was co-published with NPR, the Boston Globe and the Tampa Bay Times.Doctors have long disputed that the payments they receive from pharmaceutical companies have any relationship to how they prescribe drugs.There’s been little evidence to settle the matter — until now.A ProPublica analysis has found for the first time that doctors who receive payments from the medical industry do indeed tend to prescribe drugs differently than their colleagues who don’t. And the more money they receive, on average, the more brand-name medications they prescribe.We matched records on payments from pharmaceutical and medical device makers in 2014 with corresponding data on doctors’ medication choices in Medicare’s prescription drug program. (You can read our methodology here.)Doctors who got money from drug and device makers—even just a meal– prescribed a higher percentage of brand-name drugs overall than doctors who didn’t, our analysis showed. Indeed, doctors who received industry payments were two to three times as likely to prescribe brand-name drugs at exceptionally high rates as others in their specialty.Doctors who received more than $5,000 from companies in 2014 typically had the highest brand-name prescribing percentages. Among internists who received no payments, for example, the average brand-name prescribing rate was about 20 percent, compared to about 30 percent for those who received more than $5,000.ProPublica’s analysis doesn’t prove industry payments sway doctors to prescribe particular drugs, or even a particular company’s drugs. Rather, it shows that payments are associated with an approach to prescribing that, writ large, benefits drug companies’ bottom line.“It again confirms the prevailing wisdom … that there is a relationship between payments and brand-name prescribing,” said Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who provided guidance on early versions of ProPublica’s analysis. “This feeds into the ongoing conversation about the propriety of these sorts of relationships. Hopefully we’re getting past the point where people will say, ‘Oh, there’s no evidence that these relationships change physicians’ prescribing practices.’”Numerous studies show that generics, which must meet rigid Food and Drug Administration standards, work as well as name brands for most patients. Brand-name drugs typically cost more than generics and are more heavily advertised. Although some medications do not have exact generic versions, there usually is a similar one in the same category. In addition, when it comes to patient satisfaction, there isn’t much difference between brands and generics, according to data collected by the website Iodine, which is building a repository of user reviews on drugs.There’s wide variation from state to state when it comes to the proportion of prescribers who take industry money, our analysis found. The rate in Nevada, Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina was twice as high as in Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maine.But overall, payments are widespread. Nationwide, nearly nine in 10 cardiologists who wrote at least 1,000 prescriptions for Medicare patients received payments from a drug or device company in 2014, while seven in 10 internists and family practitioners did.Dr. Walid Gellad, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of its Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, who also reviewed our analysis, said the pervasiveness of payments is noteworthy. “You can debate if these payments are good or bad, or neither, but what isn’t debatable is that they permeate the profession.”The results make sense, said Dr. Richard Baron, president and chief executive of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Doctors nowadays almost have to go out of their way to avoid taking payments from companies, according to Baron. And those who do probably have greater skepticism about the value of brand-name medications. Conversely, doctors have to work to cultivate deep ties with companies—those worth more than $5,000 a year — and such doctors probably have a greater receptiveness to brand-name drugs, he said.“You have the people who are going out of their way to avoid this and you’ve got people who are, I’ll say, pretty committed and engaged to creating relationships with pharma,” Baron said. “If you are out there advocating for something, you are more likely to believe in it yourself and not to disbelieve it.”Physicians consider many factors when choosing which medications to prescribe. Some treat patients for whom few generics are available. A case in point is doctors who care for patients with HIV/AIDS. Others specialize in patients with complicated conditions who have tried generic drugs without success.Holly Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry trade group, said in a statement that many factors affect doctors’ prescribing decisions. A 2011 survey commissioned by the industry found that more than nine in 10 physicians felt that a “great deal of their prescribing was influenced by their clinical knowledge and experience,” Campbell said in a written statement.“Working together, biopharmaceutical companies and physicians can improve patient care, make better use of today’s medicines and foster the development of tomorrow’s cures,” she wrote. “Physicians provide real-world insights and valuable feedback and advice to inform companies about their medicines to improve patient care.”Several doctors who received large payments from industry and had above-average prescribing rates of brand-name drugs said they are acting in patients’ best interest.“I do prefer certain drugs over the others based on the quality of the medication and also the benefits that the patients are going to get,” said Dr. Amer Syed of Jersey City, N.J., who received more than $66,800 from companies in 2014 and whose brand-name prescribing rate was more than twice the mean of his peers in internal medicine. “My whole vision of practice is to keep the patients out of the hospital.”Dr. Felix Tarm, of Wichita, Kansas, likewise prescribed more than twice the rate of brand-name drugs than internal medicine doctors nationally. Tarm, who is in his 70s, said he’s on the verge of retiring and doesn’t draw a salary from his medical practice, instead subsidizing it with the money he receives from drug companies. He said he doesn’t own a pharmacy, a laboratory or an X-ray machine, all ways in which other doctors increase their incomes.“I generally prescribe on the basis of what I think is the best drug,” said Tarm, who received $11,700 in payments in 2014. “If the doctor is susceptible to being bought out by a pharmaceutical company, he can just as easily be bought out by other factors.”A third doctor, psychiatrist Alexander Pinkusovich of Brooklyn also prescribed a much higher proportion of brand-name drugs than his peers in 2014 while receiving more than $53,400 from drug companies. He threatened to call the district attorney if a reporter called again. “Why are you doing a fishing expedition?” he asked. “You know that I didn’t do anything illegal, so good luck.”ProPublica has been tracking drug company payments to doctors since 2010 through a project known as Dollars for Docs. Our first lookup tool included only seven companies, most of which were required to report their payments publicly as a condition of legal settlements. The tool now covers every drug and device company, thanks to the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law required all drug and device companies to publicly report their payments. The first reports became public in 2014, covering the last five months of 2013; 2014 payments were released last year.The payments in our analysis include promotional speaking, consulting, business travel, meals, royalties and gifts, among others. We did not include research payments, although those are reported in the government’s database of industry spending, which it calls Open Payments.Separately, ProPublica has tracked patterns in Medicare’s prescription drug program, known as Part D, which covers more than 39 million people. Medicare pays for at least one in four prescriptions dispensed in the country.This analysis matches the two datasets, looking at doctors in five large medical specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, psychiatry and ophthalmology. We only looked at doctors who wrote at least 1,000 prescriptions in Medicare Part D.Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who pushed for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, said in a statement that “it’s gratifying to see” ProPublica’s analysis.“Since brand name drugs generally cost more than generic drugs, what doctors prescribe has major effects on Medicare and other payers in the health care system,” he said. “I look forward to more data, more analysis, and to hearing from doctors about what influences their decision to prescribe brand name drugs versus generic drugs.”Dr. David W. Parke II, chief executive of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, suggested that many payments made to ophthalmologists don’t relate to drugs they prescribe in Medicare Part D, and instead may be related to drugs administered in doctors’ offices or devices and implants used in eye procedures. As a result, he said, it may be unfair to presume that industry payments are associated with prescribing in Part D.Still, he said, ProPublica’s analysis points to areas that specialty societies may want to look at. “In some cases, there are very appropriate and clinically valid reasons” for doctors who are outliers in their prescribing. “For others, education may very easily result in prescribing change leading to substantive savings for patients, employers and society.”Dr. Kim Allan Williams Sr., president of the American College of Cardiology, said he believes relationships between companies and doctors are circular. The more physicians learn about a new drug’s “differentiating characteristics,” he said, the more likely they are to prescribe it. And the more they prescribe it, the more likely they are to be selected as speakers and consultants for the company.“That dovetails with improving your practice, and yes, you are getting paid to do it,” he said.Williams said new drugs are, at least in part, responsible for a significant decrease in cardiovascular mortality in the past three decades.“If you’re not making strides in this highly competitive area, if you don’t have a product that’s better, it’s not going to fly,” he said. “So the fact that there’s this high relationship in cardiology [between doctors and companies] may in fact be driving the progress that we’re making.”ProPublica deputy data editor Olga Pierce contributed to this report.Does your doctor accept payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies? Find out using Dollars for Docs. If you’re interested in purchasing our data, it’s available in the ProPublica Data Store. Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best work. 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NHP top job to win back Colvin

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Agency picks Atlantic Quay

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Freddie Ljungberg reveals how his Arsenal side will differ to Unai Emery’s

first_imgFreddie Ljungberg reveals how his Arsenal side will differ to Unai Emery’s Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 Nov 2019 12:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link470Shares Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Both looked distraught and disinterested marooned on the bench and Ljungberg admits he needs to find a way to energise his squad in order to unlock its full potential.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve been at Arsenal for a long, long time I like entertaining football, he told Arsenal’s official website.‘Of course, at the same time you can’t conceded goals that’s the tricky balance to find.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For me happy footballers play the best football. That’s what I learned as a player. There is a time to work hard but at the same we must enjoy what we are doing.‘Often if the players we have they enjoy playing offensive football it will make them more happy.’Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injuryMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injury Freddie Ljungberg insists his Arsenal team will play attacking, progressive football (Picture: Arsenal FC)Freddie Ljungberg insists his Arsenal side will committed to playing attacking, progressive football.The club legend will take charge of his first match since being appointed as interim manager at Norwich on Sunday following the sacking of Unai Emery.Arsenal’s board gave Emery his marching orders on Friday following a shambolic defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday with the Gunners having won just once in their last nine matches.While results were deemed unacceptable, Arsenal fans had also grown tired of the Spaniard’s negative tactics, constant tinkering and baffling team selections.ADVERTISEMENTRecord signing Nicolas Pepe and star striker Alexandre Lacazette were both left on the bench on Thursday with Arsenal desperately searching for an equalsier. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pallone Wants To Return To DC; Still Has Work To Do

first_imgGiven that position, even as a member of the minority party, Pallone said “To me it’s all new in a sense.” With his seniority and working with his fellow committee members – both Democrats and Republicans – he believes “I’ve been able to accomplish more than I’ve ever been able to.”The congressman ticked off a series of legislation that had cleared the committee, some of which are on their way to the Oval Office or at least onto the House floor for further consideration.He pointed to the recently approved bill package addressing the national opiate epidemic, the president is expected to sign into law. A group of bills providing additional access to mental health treatment and services has recently cleared his committee.A big step forward was the recent House-approved revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), offering tighter toxic chemical regulation. “It’s been 14 years we’ve been trying to get that done,” he said.These examples of work done goes to another point Pallone made about the House of Representatives. The public perception that partisan gridlock has gotten so severe that nothing is getting accomplished in the Halls of Congress. “That’s just not true,” he insisted.“I constantly try to debunk that,” maintaining that with the legislative branch controlled by one party and the executive branch by the other, compromise and cooperation is governmental life’s blood, approaching that middle ground for some matters. “To be honest there is a political side to this as well,” he acknowledged, suspecting it is in the Republican leadership’s advantage to work with the loyal opposition, given the criticism congressional Republicans have gotten for being obstructionist.Pallone said he had worked very hard, working with Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy to secure federal emergency funding over the opposition of some western and southern Republican lawmakers. But Pallone acknowledged, regrettably, there are still too many still recovering. “I’ve been very critical of both the state and federal bureaucracy,” and said now “It has to be addressed on a one-to-one basis,” relying on strong constituent ser vices from his office to help the victims.He’s been working on obtaining additional federal funds for Super Fund and brown field contaminated sites, which he believes will be of a particular benefit to New Jersey areas. That legislation, however, isn’t likely to advance this term and will need to be taken up again next January – should he continue to hold his seat.Looking back over his career, he takes pride on two accomplishments. Long very active on the environmental front, Pallone points to his work on ending the practice of ocean trash dumping. When he first took office there were about 12 permitted sites off of Jersey Shore, all of which have been closed.The other is his work on drafting and campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Pallone was a major architect on that defining – and highly controversial – law.“The goal was really to try to get as close as possible toward universal coverage” for health care for Americans, he said. It may not have reached that level, but it has had a profound effect for so many citizens, he stressed, and actually components are exceedingly popular for Americans – allowing children to remain on parents’ plans until they’re 26; prohibiting insurance providers to deny on the basis of preexisting conditions; expanding Medicaid coverage for many more citizens; the federal subsidies for those below an income threshold. “No question it has become part of the fabric of the health care system,” he said.“I have to say I still enjoy it,” he said, hoping to win reelection because, “I do think I can still make a difference.” By John BurtonAFTER NEARLY THREE decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Pallone still feels the passion that first inspired him to run.“I guess I just still feel that government can make a difference,” said Pallone, a Democrat, as he seeks reelection for the 6th Congressional District, which represents much of Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex. “And I like to think I’m an important part of that.“If I didn’t feel the passion I wouldn’t continue to do it,” he said. Besides, he added, “There’s a lot to do.”Pallone, 64, a Long Branch native, has served in the House since 1988, replacing long-serving Democrat James Howard who died in March of that year.In his most recent two-year term in Washington, Pallone became the senior ranking Democratic member of the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, an influential committee that addresses among other things, health, environmental and energy issues – all areas of passion for Pallone during his legislative tenure.last_img read more

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Three Football Alums Now Lead Three FBS Teams

first_imgDrake University has a long tradition of making what current head football coach Rick Fox likes to call ‘Impact Men,’ men who have a burning desire to do something great with their lives. Chris Ash was named Rutgers’ head coach on Dec. 7, 2015Arguably three of Drake’s most recognizable ‘Impact Men’ are Chris Ash, who played for the Bulldogs from 1992-95 and was named the head football coach at Rutgers earlier this month, Dave Doeren, who played from 1990-93, earning Academic All-America honors in 1993 and is in his third season leading the N.C. State football program and Charlie Partridge, who played from 1991-94 and is in is second season as head coach at Florida Atlantic. Only Iowa and Alabama have produced more current FBS head coaches than Drake. Ash, Doeren and Partridge attribute their coaching success to the people and the time they spent at Drake. Charlie Partridge was a team captain for the Bulldogs before entering the coaching ranks. “Drake is one of the premier institutions in terms of developing people to be life long learners, because to continue to climb in our world you have to be willing to be a life long learner,” Partridge said. “I became a better student there. I constantly remember hearing as a student at Drake University to be a life long learner.” “The work ethic, the discipline, the time management, the focus on academics, making good decisions and being a good person, because of the people I was around, really helped my foundation, some of my beliefs and how I do business,” Ash said about his time at Drake. “What led me to where I am today is my exposure to the football program there.”Rob Ash, who is the program’s all-time winningest coach, recording 125 wins over 18 seasons, coached and mentored the three of them and was one of the biggest common factor for Ash, Doeren and Partridge as Rob Ash gave all three of them their first college coaching job. “The way he gave us a chance he really allowed us and empowered us the opportunity to coach young people,” Doeren said. “The things he (Rob Ash) allowed us to do, the places he allowed us to go visit, the other coaches he allowed us to talk to, really exposed me to a lot of different things that I would not have been exposed to somewhere else. I really owe a lot to Rob and the program at Drake,” Chris Ash said.Dave Doeren is in his third season at NC State and has led the Wolfpack to two-straight bowl games. Doeren coached the Bulldogs’ linebackers for two seasons (1995-96) before being named defensive coordinator in 1997, and left Des Moines to become a member of the Southern California staff in 1998. Partridge was on Ash’s staff for two years (1996-97), while Chris Ash spent the 1996 since as a student assistant prior to being a graduate assistant in 1997 and the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator in 1998 and 1999. Partridge and Ash both took opportunities at Iowa State after their coaching stints at Drake. “I knew they were going to be very very successful,” Rob Ash said. “I respected what these guys have done in their careers. There are a lot of other guys that have come up through the ranks that are still climbing up the ladder. I am hopeful that down the road there will be others that are a part of that Drake group that are going to achieve at the highest level.” The three of them are grateful for the opportunities that Rob Ash and Drake gave them as they moved on to bigger and better things.In addition to his 125 wins, Rob Ash mentored three future FBS head coaches on his roster at Drake “For a university to take care of their own that’s one thing but to prove it is another and I think that proves that Drake does that,” Doeren said. “We are proud Bulldogs, we really are,” Partridge said.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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