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Rate of smokeless tobacco use among youth has leveled off

first_img Read Full Story More than 5% of U.S. teens and adolescents use snuff, chewing tobacco, or dipping tobacco—and that rate has been about the same for a decade, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In 2011, 5.2% of middle and high school kids used smokeless tobacco; in 2000, the rate of use was 5.3%. The findings, from the school-based National Youth Tobacco Survey, were reported in the May 15, 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association.In a video interview with MedPage Today, study co-author Gregory Connolly, director of HSPH’s Center for Global Tobacco Control and professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said the fact that there’s been no recent decline in smokeless tobacco use—while cigarette use has steadily declined—is cause for concern. He noted that the government’s tough measures aimed at reducing cigarette smoking—raising taxes, requiring stronger warning labels, and banning flavors—did not carry over to smokeless tobacco.“We have to treat all tobacco products alike,” Connolly said. “Otherwise we see this switching of youngsters away from cigarette smoking to combined use of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes, and that is not going to reduce the disease risk in our nation from tobacco.”See MedPage Today article and videolast_img read more

Fish in the Dark’s Larry David Talks B’way Debut

first_img View Comments Fish in the Dark Related Shows Seinfeld co-creator Larry David is making his Broadway debut in his self-penned Fish in the Dark this spring, and he sounds thrilled. “I really got myself in a pickle,” he told David Letterman on January 15’s Late Show. “It’s a big, sour pickle and I can’t get out of it!” The Emmy winner has all sorts of reasons why he’s concerned: “I’m not an actor!” “I don’t even like the theater!” “I’m not gonna be able to remember my lines!” “I’m doing it to get laid!” Check out the hysterical interview below, in which they also discuss the silver lining of starring on Broadway: hotel sex. You can catch (a hopefully more unfazed) David, along with Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orisini, Rita Wilson and more, in Fish in the Dark beginning February 2 at the Cort Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015last_img read more

Hand to God Playwright Robert Askins on Being a Title Fetishist & Losing the Texas Tragedy

first_imgTexas-born Robert Askins is making his Broadway debut with Obie-winning raunchy puppet comedy Hand to God, which previously played off-Broadway’s MCC Theater and had three sold-out runs at Ensemble Studio Theater. His other works include the one-act Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife, which was a part of Marathon 2010 at EST, and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef, which won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics Award in 2011. His next play, Permission, will premiere at MCC Theater. sat down with Askins at Brooklyn’s Café Pedlar to talk about caffeine as motivation, how he got noticed in college and the one thing every writer must do.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I go through a series of websites to visit, so I can procrastinate one last time. I’ll do email, Facebook, Twitter and then I’ll finally get down to writing. The deal that I make with myself is that I don’t drink coffee or tea in my house and I’m an addict, so I need to get to the coffee shop to write.What time of day do you get your best work done?Always in the morning. I’ve been writing in the morning for so long that I’m not sure if that’s just how my body as a machine is built to make words.What playwrights do you look up to?How do you stay motivated to finish a piece?Getting to the end is something that I want. It’s really about pushing through the fear. I do a lot of meetings in Hollywood now, and a lot of people say they know story and character, and that’s fine. But the thing that differentiates a writer from somebody else is the fact that a writer makes pages. You have one job—a very simple job—you put marks on an empty space. It’s the whole job. You have to make the pages.What inspired Hand to God?It was a combination of a lot things: my mother did have a Christian puppet ministry when I was growing up, I was very involved in the church when I was younger, my father passed when I was 16. Those things are the bedrock foundation seminal moments in my childhood. For a long time, I was writing about them in a Sam Shepard way—trying to understand them as Western surreal tragedy. It took me a long time to figure out that it wasn’t tragedy; it was comedy.Was there a specific event that made you start writing the play?I saw Steve [Boyer] and Geneva [Carr] standing together at a party. All of those themes gelled very quickly into those specific bodies. I’d had a couple of glasses of wine, and I was like, “Oh! That’s the play!” The play is Steve and Geneva as mother and son and Geneva is f*cking his friend. I went home and wrote Tyrone’s prologue, and that’s how the play started.Where did the title come from?Hand to God is an expression about honesty. It’s a southern regionalism that’s fairly unknown in the North. It just seemed to make sense. I’m a big title fetishist: bad title = bad play. Also, you can’t overthink a title. The play should be a thought—it should be one motion and one expression. If the title does not seem obvious and apparent, you probably shouldn’t start writing it.What play changed your life?When did you know you wanted to be a playwright?When I was in college at Baylor University, which is a Baptist University in Waco, Texas. I went to school for performance first, but I didn’t get any stage time. I was a troubled and trouble-making kid. I wrote this very aggressive, very violent 10-minute play about Jesus and the devil in prison for a 10-minute play contest. It was this complex theological allegory that had some nonconsensual sodomy in it. I could be ignored and marginalized until I put things on paper. I submitted it to the festival, and I think I tied for second, but it didn’t matter. My rage was now an object. It didn’t matter what the f*ck you thought of Rob Askins anymore, now you could talk about Rob Askins’ play, and you could take that seriously. I couldn’t take the stage in one way, but I figured out a better way to do it. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?I work the 52nd Street Project sometimes—they do plays with kids in Hell’s Kitchen. Lewis Black was there helping the kids, and he said, “If you think it’s funny, it’s funny.” That’s everything.Do you keep a notebook?No, I don’t like any of that crap. All of my plays are in continuous dialogue with each other. None of them exist in isolation. Not literally—I mean I’m not writing one 12-part masterwork. I never stop thinking about the central preoccupations that you can see in my work. That’s what I’m always thinking about, so there’s no reason to f*cking write that shit down. It’s the running dialogue in my head all the f*cking time.What do you want to say to aspiring writers?Stop trying to get into grad school! Stop trying to win major prizes. F*ck that shit. Seriously. It’s destroying you. Don’t worry about the parties. Don’t worry about getting into the right circles. Theater is one of the most elitist, exclusive and alienating art forms in America right now. Get your friends together. Write until it’s good. That’s all you have to do. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. If you feel like you’re on the outside and nobody’s listening to you? Write the play.There’s a deep perversity in theater people: we love a good play. A lot of things will be forgiven and forgotten if you make a good play—suddenly doors will swing open wildly.What has surprised you the most about having a play on Broadway?I think it’s the stage door stuff. It’s just cool to see strangers there for Steve [Boyer]—or anyone in the cast. Every once in a while I go out the stage door and someone knows who I am and asks me to sign their Playbill. And that’s cool and weird—and not really why I got into this. But it’s like, “Thanks, man. I’ll sign that thing. I worked hard on this for a long time, and I’m glad you dug it.”What’s your favorite line in Hand to God? Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Hand to Godlast_img read more

Wild Pigs

first_imgWildlife managers and hunters across the nation manage many properties for the betterment of deer herds, but pest species like wild pigs literally eat into their efforts.Game feeders are often used to provide high-protein supplemental feeds to increase the body condition, antler size and overall survival rates within deer herds. Every year, thousands of tons of feed are distributed for whitetails, but a portion of that feed is consumed by wild pigs that readily displace native wildlife species.The optimal plan of action for managing wild pigs is to implement an extensive trapping program focused on removing entire sounders of pigs in one trapping event. However, this is often time-consuming and expensive, and many hunters who lease land are unwilling or unable to implement a trapping program. Without removing wild pigs from the landscape, it is nearly impossible to prevent them from using and damaging wildlife food plots. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent wild pigs from raiding protein feeders.In a study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and Agrilife Extension, researchers erected welded-wire fence enclosures of various heights and evaluated their effectiveness at excluding wild pigs from game feeders. Fence heights of 20, 28 and 34 inches were tested in two phases, during the summer and again during the fall. Game feeders were monitored using infrared cameras for two weeks before and two weeks after the fences were set.The results showed that 20-inch fences only reduced adult wild pig access, while the 28- and 34-inch fences excluded all wild pigs. The study did not indicate the effectiveness of preventing piglets from accessing the feeders. One would imagine 4- by 4-inch panels used with 28-inch fences would allow piglet access, while graduated panels would not, due to the size of the panel squares.The study found that adult deer visits to the game feeders did not decline significantly after the fences were erected. However, a different study by Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Texas A&M University found that fencing over 33 inches tall limited fawn access to feeding stations. Therefore, a fenced enclosure between 28 and 33 inches would be optimal for excluding wild pigs from game feeders while still permitting access to deer of all age classes.The cost of building a 28- to 33-inch tall fenced enclosure that is roughly 28 feet in diameter runs between $187 and $190. This is a worthwhile expense to a manager or hunter when factoring in the amount of feed being consumed by wild pigs instead of whitetail deer. Therefore, when managing your property for whitetails and using game feeders, consider erecting 28- to 33-inch fenced enclosures to prevent wild pigs from consuming protein feeds.For more research-based information from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, visit the publications website at read more

Colombia Confirms Death Of Rebel Commander

first_imgBy Dialogo February 26, 2010 Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva confirmed the death of a leftist rebel commander who authorities said headed up the guerrillas’ drug-trafficking activities in the southern part of the country. Angel Gabriel Lozada, alias “Edgar Tovar” – commander of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group – was killed on Jan. 20 but it was not until Wednesday that he was identified through DNA tests. He had once been chief of security for the FARC’s No. 2, Raul Reyes, who was killed on March 1, 2008 in a Colombian military airstrike on a clandestine rebel camp in Ecuadorian territory. Silva told a press conference in Bogota that Lozada was the FARC’s head of drug trafficking and said he had died in clashes with army troops in a rural area outside Puerto Asis, a city in the southern province of Putumayo. Another eight rebels were also killed by army soldiers in the fighting, which erupted after the bombardment of guerrilla camps. Silva said the slain commander was also the person “who controlled drug-trafficking activities for the FARC” in southern Colombia. “He also operated in Ecuador,” Silva said, adding that “he was a dangerous person” because in addition to cocaine trafficking he provided arms and explosives to other FARC fronts. Last week, the Colombian police released documents indicating that Lozada invested $15,000 in the pyramid scheme headed by David Murcia Guzman, who was extradited to the United States earlier this year to face money-laundering charges. The documents were seized by Colombian authorities at one of the rebel camps. The FARC, founded in 1964, is now thought to have around 8,000 fighters and operates across a large swath of this Andean nation. President Alvaro Uribe’s administration has made fighting the FARC a top priority and has obtained billions of dollars in U.S. aid for counterinsurgency operations.last_img read more

CUNA, World Council urge USAID to expand funding opportunities

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan joined World Council of Credit Unions President/CEO Brian Branch and Vice President of Advocacy Andrew Price, as well as and former Congressman and House Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ed Royce to meet with USAID Administrator Mark Green Tuesday to appeal for a shift in the agency’s international development funding to include a wider array of smaller, underutilized partners such as credit unions.Branch emphasized to Green that WOCCU’s global credit union network reaches more than 260 million members in 117 countries—allowing credit union volunteers, services and training to reach people across the world at the community level. Those communities often turn to their local credit unions for a response during geopolitical crises or natural disasters—and those credit unions often turn to World Council for guidance and the capacity to respond. This occurs in many countries prioritized by USAID.Nussle and Royce urged Green to leverage more USAID dollars by working with community-based credit unions to develop programs that empower the self-reliance and economic potential of local citizens. continue reading »last_img read more

53rd Annual Binghamton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade brings people from all over

first_img“People are coming out for it people of all ages I’ve seen from little kids up to retired people,” said Amy Conrad of New Milford, Pennsylvania. Some saw the day as an opportunity to bond with loved ones. “I loved it,” said one Brooklyn mother. “I had a beautiful time with my family,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The 53rd Annual Binghamton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Binghamton brought parade goers from near and far Saturday. center_img Others saw it as an opportunity to celebrate with the community they protect. “We’re here to have a lot of fun, cheer everybody on, hold the flags and just cheer our station proud,” said Caleb Gregory of the Prospect Terrace Fire Department.last_img read more

Oxfam says international response to famine ‘dangerously inadequate’

first_imgThe international community’s response to global food insecurity is “dangerously inadequate”, the NGO Oxfam said in a new report Tuesday, published just days after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme.”The threat of ‘COVID famines’ and widespread extreme hunger is setting off every alarm bell within the international community, but so far sluggish funding is hampering humanitarian agencies’ efforts to deliver urgent assistance to people in need,” Oxfam wrote.”The international community’s response to global food insecurity has been dangerously inadequate,” said the report titled “Later Will Be Too Late”. “But some of the worst funded sectors are food security and nutrition,” it added.Last Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea, as the coronavirus pandemic pushes millions more into hunger.Founded in 1961 and funded entirely by donations, the UN body helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries. The NGO complained that funding for 55 million people facing extreme hunger in seven worst-affected countries – Afghanistan, Somalia, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen – was “abysmally low”. In five of the seven countries, donors had so far given “no money at all” for the coronavirus-related nutrition assistance part of the UN’s $10.3-billion humanitarian appeal, the report said. “As of today, donors have pledged just 28 percent of the UN Covid appeal that was launched back in March this year,” Oxfam said. Every sector – gender-based violence,  protection, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene – were “chronically under-funded,” Oxfam said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Premier League clubs put on high alert as Marc Overmars confirms Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will leave

first_imgPremier League clubs put on high alert as Marc Overmars confirms Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will leave Advertisement Ziyech (pictured alongside David Neres) has played a key role in Ajax’s domestic double success this season (Picture: Getty)Ziyech has topped the Eredivisie’s assist charts in four of the last five seasons and since establishing himself during the 2013-14 campaign he has supplied 75 assists in total, considerably more than any other player in the division in that time.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are believed to be operating under a strict budget this summer and Ziyech’s low release clause would certainly suit them, while Manchester United are on the lookout for a winger having been linked with Jadon Sancho and Nicolas Pepe.Liverpool are not expected to be too busy in the transfer market this summer, however, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to move for Ziyech in order to provide competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the flanks.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 5:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Marc Overmars has confirmed Ziyech will be playing elsewhere next season (Picture: Getty)Addressing Ziyech’s future, Overmars said: ‘He leaves when a top club comes. He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer.’Ziyech is also reported to have suitors outside of the Premier League with Bundesliga duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund monitoring developments.Despite representing Morocco internationally, Ziyech grew up in the Netherlands and he has spent his entire career to date in the country of his birth, representing Heerenveen, FC Twente and now Ajax.center_img Advertisement Comment Hakim Ziyech is in demand this summer after impressing for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Ajax’s Director of Football Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer with the playmaker reported to have £25m release clause in his contract.The 26-year-old has been one of the standout stars of Ajax’s squad this season, weighing in with 16 goals and 13 assists in the Eredivisie from a wide midfield position.Ziyech also caught the eye during Ajax’s exhilarating run to the Champions League semi-final, scoring three goals and registering three assists overall including one apiece against Spurs in the semi-final.The Morocco international will not be short of offers now that the transfer window has officially opened and already Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been credited with an interest.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Arsenal sign Tottenham reject Jonathan Dinzeyi

first_img SPONSORED Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Jonathan Dinzeyi is set to join Arsenal having been released by Tottenham last month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to continue their summer recruitment drive by adding Tottenham reject Jonathan Dinzeyi to their Under-23 squad. The 20-year-old central defender was released by Spurs last month having failed to make a single first team appearance for Arsenal’s north London rivals. Dinzeyi has been capped at England Under-18 level but failed to make the grade under Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho.According to The Athletic, Dinzeyi’s arrival will accelerate Arsenal’s plans to strengthen their Under-23 side which has been weakened by the loan departures of Matt Smith and Zech Medley already this month.ADVERTISEMENT Per Mertesacker is the head of Arsenal’s academy (Picture: Getty)Dinzeyi started his career as a winger before he was converted into a central defender and had a trial at QPR last season before returning to Spurs where he remained until his contract expired. AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s academy set-up has undergone dramatic changes over the course of the last 12 months with Per Mertesacker and technical director Edu playing a major role in overseeing a seismic overhaul. Steve Morrow, who had been the club’s head of youth scouting, was a major casualty of the changes which date back to November and further backroom alterations are set to be made in the coming months as Arsenal continue to look to streamline their business. 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 ArsenalAt first team level, meanwhile, Arsenal are hoping to announce that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a contract extension in the coming days, ending months of speculation over his future. Arsenal have already added Willian to their first team squad and are hopeful of completing a deal for his compatriot Gabriel Magalhaes in the coming days. Lille have already confirmed the 22-year-old is set to leave the Ligue 1 club this summer and the central defender faces a straight choice between Napoli and Arsenal. MORE: Martin Keown fires warning to Arsenal fans over William SalibaMORE: Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski backs Mesut Ozil: ‘He’s not an a*****e’More to follow…Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coming Next / Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Aug 2020 8:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.8kShares Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Ad 1 min. story Read More About Connatix V67539 Comment PLAY Top articles Skip Arsenal sign Tottenham reject Jonathan Dinzeyi Read More by Metro The Gunners have already completed deals for free agent George Lewis and Tim Akinola at a minimal cost this summer and are hopeful that such signings could generate a profit in the future should they fail to make the grade at first team level. 1/1 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more