Eddie Vedder Appears As A Jingle Writer For New Chicago Cubs Advertisement [Video]

first_img[via Rolling Stone] It is no secret that Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. The Illinois native is often seen at Cubs games over the course of any given season, he wrote “All The Way” for the team back in 2007, has sung “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at Wrigley Field on several occasions, and even jammed a cover of “The Weight” by The Band with Derek Trucks and Bill Murray at a party following the Cubbies victory in the World Series last year. Now, you can include “jingle writer” to that list of accolades.With the team having won their first World Series title in over a century this past season, Cubs superstars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have created the fake company Bryzzo Souvenir Co., which will deliver fans souvenir baseballs via the long ball. In a commercial for the company, the two have hired Vedder to create an ad jingle, who comes up with the tagline “Kiss it goodbye, that ball was Bryzzo-ed.” The two even recruited former Cubs catcher David Ross to work as an intern, delivering coffee and donuts. Check out the commercial below:last_img read more

A push to aid healthy aging

first_img Longevity and anti-aging research: ‘Prime time for an impact on the globe’ GAZETTE: Why don’t we shift to the second part of the challenge, the prize contest?INOUYE: The Grand Challenge Prize is looking for bold, audacious innovations, ideas that can really change aging. We’re looking in science, in technology and engineering, in policy, social sciences, behavioral sciences, economic policy, in traditional medical science and health care, and in work focused on specific diseases. It’s really very broad. We’re looking for innovative thinking that can have global impact. The prizes are going to roll out on three levels. There will be 450 Catalyst Prizes awarded over a three-year period. The first of the three yearly calls will be in January 2020. Once it’s announced, there will be six weeks to submit your idea — just the idea, it doesn’t require any pilot work — and a two-page application. They’ll be reviewed within four months and prizes announced by July. The Catalyst Award is intended as seed funding to get the idea into its earliest stages of development. They’re relatively small in dollar amount, about $50,000 each, but they will give access to an annual meeting bringing together world experts in these fields.GAZETTE: There’s a second-level prize as well?INOUYE: In three years there will be the Accelerator Awards. The exact prize level is going to be somewhere in the range of $200,000 to $500,000. And those will be prizes for ideas that have achieved proof of concept already and hold great promise for commercialization. Those prizes will come with a path to commercialization. Anyone who gets an Accelerator Award will be invited, for instance, to present to Johnson & Johnson’s innovations group and similar groups like that around the world. A year or two after that, they’ll announce the Grand Prize. That’s going to be in the range of $2 million to $5 million. There will be one or two in the U.S. and there will be others around the world. Those will be for ideas that are considered breakthroughs and that have demonstrated substantial impact already.GAZETTE: Your own work is in this area, isn’t it?INOUYE: I work on a condition called delirium, or an acute confusional state, and its relationship to dementia. What I really look at is how the brain responds in the face of stress. My group looks at the response of older adults to scheduled surgery. That’s a huge stressor, and we try to follow how the brain functions before, during, and after surgery. Then we follow people long-term after surgery to see how they do. We look at who developed delirium, and it helps us understand how the brain fails in response to stress. Then we want to understand how we can bolster its functioning under stress. So we are also trying to look at who doesn’t develop delirium and how they are resistant to its effects. We learn as much from those who don’t develop it as we do from those who do. And then we look at the interrelationships of things like Alzheimer’s biomarkers to delirium, and inflammation and delirium. And we’re trying to see what we can do to intervene in this condition.GAZETTE: Broadly speaking, what’s the potential for success in helping many more experience healthy aging than do today?INOUYE: I think there’s enormous, enormous potential. We are gaining a lot of understanding about potentially modifiable targets for intervention. I feel that we are on the threshold, and I feel pretty confident that we’re going to make enormous advances in these next 10 years that will make aging and age-related conditions much better for everyone. I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to achieve healthy longevity for all in the next decade, but I definitely think we are heading in the right direction.GAZETTE: If we are successful, what does old age look like 30 years from now from a work and retirement standpoint?INOUYE: I would love to see people able to work as long as they want in capacities where they can be productive and contribute. That would mean workplaces offering flexibility so people can work part-time and have flexible hours. Many professions know that older adults can contribute in terms of experience and wisdom. They may be willing to do paid work and then transition to volunteer status in order to maintain health insurance benefits. If that was an accepted route, I think some people might choose it. Scientists pinpoint neural activity’s role in human longevity Related Combination gene therapy treats age-related diseases HMS’s Sinclair discusses new nonprofit academy for work on extending the human lifespan GAZETTE: What is the Grand Challenge for Healthy Longevity?INOUYE: In 2016, after Victor Dzau became president of the National Academy of Medicine, he surveyed the membership to determine priorities that the Academy should address. The two things that came out at the top were aging and health care disparities. Victor asked me to help organize the planning committee [on aging] and then things just started to happen in a whirlwind. He conceived of the Grand Challenge for Healthy Longevity, which has two big components: the Roadmap, which is the policy part, and the Grand Challenge Prize.GAZETTE: What is the Roadmap and why is it important?INOUYE: The Roadmap’s vision is not to provide answers, but to identify priority areas, questions that countries need to address to find solutions that change the face of aging in their localities. Three work groups will generate individual reports on science and technology, on health care systems and public health, and on social, behavioral, and environmental enablers. An international commission will develop a unified report that identifies the priority areas.GAZETTE: And the goal is to make recommendations based on the best current science?INOUYE: It is grounded in the evidence that we have, best-practice models, and the best science, but it’s really designed to be forward-looking. We need to think outside the box and identify areas where countries should focus in order to change the face of aging. What health care systems can we set up? How can we integrate community systems to better provide care across the lifespan? How can we intervene earlier — even from infancy or childhood — to make aging better? We can rethink our financing systems. We can rethink incentives in health care to provide good care, rather than care based on quantity. We can rethink the retirement age, because older adults are aging more successfully, and mandatory retirement is still in place in many countries. Older people can continue to contribute — and want to contribute — in many ways.GAZETTE: How do we age today? Is it a good experience?INOUYE: It is a highly variable experience and a lot of aging in our current health care system is really not good. In the United States, we need to put more attention and resources into community support for aging. Simple things like transportation for people who can’t drive anymore would make a huge difference in terms of quality of life and in terms of actually decreasing health care costs. Small investments in health promotion and preventive services, making sure every older adult has access to vaccinations, good nutrition, basic health care services, and essential medications could make a huge difference in people’s ability to remain at home and healthy as long as possible. We don’t have many alternatives for people who need chronic care. Most people don’t have the resources to afford staying at home because very little is covered by Medicare and other insurance. Their only option is to go to an assisted living facility or nursing home, which is not ideal because they are extremely variable in quality, and people don’t want to live out their lives in a facility. “We’ve gotten better and better at treating those acute conditions so people are developing chronic conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative conditions. … People now live a long time chronically ill; they get more and more disabled, and need a lot of health care services.” The world’s aging population means there will be an increasing number of older and sicker people at a time when declining fertility will saddle a smaller working population with the burden of supporting them. One solution is to keep people healthier longer, living independently, and contributing to society. In pursuit of that goal, the National Academy of Medicine is mounting a $30 million Grand Challenge contest to foster innovation in science, medicine, public policy, the workplace, and elsewhere. Sharon Inouye, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and head of the Aging Brain Center at Harvard-affiliated Hebrew Senior Life, is a National Academy member and a member of the planning committee for the Grand Challenge for Healthy Longevity. She spoke to the Gazette about the contest and how she hopes it changes the nature of aging in the decades to come. Q&ASharon InouyeGAZETTE: Why is aging a priority now?INOUYE: The population is shifting in the United States and around the world. Up until the early 1900s, America’s population pyramid had a very broad bottom — lots of young people — and a very narrow top, with older people a relatively small proportion of the population. Now, that pyramid looks more like a rectangle. By 2030, we’re going to have the same number of people under the age of 5 as over 65, with the most rapidly growing part over 80. That’s a huge inversion, and the reason is not only longer lifespans, but also fewer births. That is happening around the globe — at different speeds in different countries. It means there will not be enough young people in the workforce to support adults who are age 65, 70, and older, no longer contributing to the economy.GAZETTE: And we’re not just older, but sicker?INOUYE: That’s correct. People used to die younger from acute conditions like heart attack, stroke, cancers, infections, accidents, so forth. We’ve gotten better and better at treating those acute conditions so people are developing chronic conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative conditions. They’re living a long time with heart failure, lung failure, kidney failure. People now live a long time chronically ill; they get more and more disabled, and need a lot of health care services. “Medicine is very focused on swooping in once diseases are diagnosed — and we do amazing things to keep people alive — but I think it sacrifices preventing conditions.” Neural excitation linked to shorter life, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend life span Study on mice suggests strategy provides clues to increased longevity treatments GAZETTE: What about from a health standpoint?INOUYE: In health care, I would love to see us focus much more on prevention across the lifespan. Medicine is very focused on swooping in once diseases are diagnosed — and we do amazing things to keep people alive — but I think it sacrifices preventing conditions. I’m hoping that we can keep people living independently in the community as long as possible. At the tail end of life, we’re going to have people with severe illnesses, multi-morbidity, and some will require nursing-home-type care. Many people would rather not have that type of care but feel that there isn’t another environment in which they can get excellent health care and support at the end of life. I think sometimes we prolong life beyond what people want. If we really talked to them, we’d know how they wanted their last years to be. So the issue of palliative care and how we die is important. The Grand Challenge holds tremendous promise to catalyze tangible innovation [in these areas] to help all of us live healthier and more fulfilling lives to the end of our days.last_img read more

ND sues for relief from HHS mandate

first_imgNotre Dame re-filed a lawsuit Tuesday for relief from a mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the University claims violates its right to religious freedom. The mandate requires employers, including Notre Dame and similar religious organizations, to provide contraceptives through their insurance plans or through third-party administrators.  The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, calls on the court to rule that the HHS mandate violates the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other laws. The lawsuit names HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and their respective departments as defendants.   “What’s at stake is this fundamental right of religious organizations to be exempt from government interference in their religious practice,” University President Fr. John Jenkins told The Observer on Tuesday. “So, really, for me, it’s not about the contraceptive services or any particular thing. It’s about that larger issue of the fundamental right of any religious organization, whatever the religion, to live out its mission without government interference.” The University initially filed a lawsuit challenging the mandate in May 2012. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in January, ruling that Notre Dame’s claim was not yet “ripe,” meaning it was not ready to be litigated because the University had not incurred any damages as a result of the mandate.  A University press release published Tuesday stated the University now seeks relief from the courts because the mandate will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.  Under the final iteration of the mandate, which the Obama administration announced July 2, an organization that objects to providing contraceptives on religious grounds can offer employees a plan that does not provide contraceptive coverage. The health insurer administering the plan then enrolls employees in a separate, individual, private policy that only covers contraceptives at no extra cost. Notre Dame is self-insured. A self-insured organization that objects to providing contraceptives can notify its third-party healthcare administrator that it objects.  The administrator then “notifies enrollees in the health plans that it is providing or arranging separate no-cost payments for contraceptive services for them for as long as they remain enrolled in the health plan,” according to the HHS website. “What we have to do is we have to write a letter saying we object to these services, and then this third-party administrator is obligated by the government to provide them,” Jenkins said. “So, we have to cooperate in that, and our objection is with the cooperation.”  Jenkins said the lawsuit is not specifically about contraceptives, but about Notre Dame’s right to practice the Catholic faith.  “What it is about is the fundamental right of a religious organization to live out its mission, to follow its own teaching, rather than the government mandate of the day,” he said. “We feel we have a right grounded in the Constitution and in standing legislation to be exempt from [the HHS mandate], … and we want that right recognized.  “Now, if the government wants to provide those [contraceptive] services another way, that’s their business. We’re not trying to prevent that. We’re just saying, ‘Let us live out our mission.’”  An email the Office of Human Resources sent to faculty and staff Tuesday stated “the University will continue to provide coverage for contraceptives when medically necessary for reasons other than contraceptive purposes.”  The University engaged in discussions about the mandate with the Obama administration, but the groups were unable to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement, Jenkins said.  “I thought it would work. In the end, it didn’t work,” he said. “But what is in question is the scope of our rights as a religious organization. … The courts will decide that, but this dialogue will continue.  “We’re not going to take our ball and go home. We understand the government has concerns. We’ll continue to work with them to try to find a way in which we can retain our rights.”  Managing Editor Meghan Thomassen contributed to this report.  Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

On the Blogs: Wind, Solar Beat Coal On Price In Colorado

first_imgOn the Blogs: Wind, Solar Beat Coal On Price In Colorado FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Cooperative:Utilities in Colorado are planning to add a lot more renewable energy over the next few years, for a variety of reasons. I’ve looked at a couple of the trends driving this energy transition such as 100% renewable energy commitments from the utilities’ major customers, including towns and cities like Pueblo and Boulder, and major companies like Aspen Skiing Company, Google, Vail Resorts, IBM, Anheuser-Busch, and New Belgium.But perhaps the biggest reason that utilities in the region are pursuing more renewable energy is that the low costs of wind and solar energy have continued to fall, opening up a huge market: replacement power for existing coal plants.Cheap renewable energy has already meant that when utilities needed new power generation in recent years, they have mostly chosen renewable energy. Nationwide, wind and solar power represented about two-thirds of all the new electricity generation capacity that was brought online in both 2015 and 2016, according to the US Energy Information Agency.But as the costs of building new wind and solar projects have kept dropping, renewable energy is now becoming cheaper even than continuing to run existing coal-fired power plants – as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently noted, “Coal is no longer the low-cost fuel.”More: New Wind and Solar Power In Colorado Is Now Cheaper Than Existing Coal Plantslast_img read more

Sarasota Bar honors volunteers

first_imgSarasota Bar honors volunteers More than 120 people gathered at a recent Sarasota County Bar Association luncheon to recognize the important role of nonprofit organizations in the community and the contribution of attorneys who sit on nonprofit boards.Representatives of some 50 area nonprofit organizations and the attorneys who sit on their boards attended the event. Organizations as varied as the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the 4-H Club, Hospice, and the Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association were among those being served by SCBA members.Selby Foundation President Debra Jacobs, who offered the keynote address, spoke to the group about the contributions of attorneys, as well as the tremendous philanthropic efforts made in Sarasota County each year.“Every day is another opportunity for you to make a difference,” Jacobs told the group. “We all have a responsibility to use our gifts to reflect our values.”Outgoing SCBA President Mary Alice Jackson encouraged attorneys to continue to volunteer their time and talents.“My father taught me that being a lawyer meant being a member of the community,” Jackson said. Sarasota Bar honors volunteerscenter_img November 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Four signs you’re ready to make a change

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield I recently had a lively conversation with a credit union friend about missed professional/workplace opportunities due to fear or resistance to change. We each detailed experience we’ve had and what we learned from them. It also included situations we frequently see among our credit union colleagues. Common and reoccurring themes that emerged from our conversation included:Human Resource Roadblocks – There are people in our organizations who “need to go.“ Their attitude, quality of work, and commitment suck the very life out of everyone on the team. Leadership’s inability to address these issues is costing their team and organization dearly. If you’re the leader responsible for this “drain” on your organization, step up and make the change that’s needed – even if there’s fear of critique from the Board or even the members (some of these drains are beloved by members). That’s never a justification for consistently bad performance that undermines your success.Outdated Processes or Technology – There are a lot of unhappy and frustrated credit union people who complain a lot about poor technology, service, and systems, but are unwilling to make the investment to change to something better. I get it: big investments for new systems, due diligence, creating vendor relationships, and training require a lot of money, time, and effort. I’m frequently amazed at the opportunity (income, growth, better service) losses I see from credit unions unwilling to make technology changes when they need to.Toxic Cultures – Many of us have had the experience of being trapped in toxic credit union culture – good people who were once motivated and saw a great future ahead who’ve had the will to live pounded out of them by ineffective and weak leaders who allow the toxicity to occur. I always hold leaders accountable for toxic cultures. They set the tone and own it. People who are trapped in these cultures need to get the heck out of there. I’ve been in this position before; I understand the fear of the unknown. “Where will I go?” “What will I do?” I’ve made the justification that it will get better. I’ve stayed and watched my quality of life go down the drain. I waited too long, but I finally took a leap of faith. It was stressful, I won’t lie. But I can say, hands down, it’s worth it.Are you ready to make a change?Here are four signs you might be ready to make a change:Motivation – If you feel your motivation to do things you enjoy is ebbing, it might be time to make a change. Try to identify what’s draining your motivation and remove the obstacle. There’s nothing more demotivating than working with chronic underperformers and people who could care less.Stress – If your stress is higher than normal, it might be because you’re working hard for better results, but consistently lack the tools (technology, systems, people) you need to get the job done. The stress won’t go away until you can move or deflect the obstacle(s) in your way.Keep up – If the world around you is changing and you’re not keeping up, it probably means you need to make a change. Fear and resistance to change hold us back. If you see the world passing you by, you might want to make some changes before it’s too late. Anxious – If you live in a constant state of anxiety or fear, it’s time to make a change. Credit union work isn’t always easy. It’s a career full of deadlines, challenges, and change. But, with the occasional exception (anxiety created by an exam), work should not create constant anxiety or fear. If it does, you need to evaluate whether you’re at the right place and you might need to make a change.Why it mattersWe operate in one of the most competitive industries on the planet. Our ability to successfully compete will depend on our ability to embrace and manage change. It’s simple: we don’t have a time to spend on ineffective systems, products, or people. Things are never perfect, but we need to have a reasonable chance to win. Thriving in credit union land isn’t easy, and it’s usually a lot of hard work – but if you get to win once in a while, the hard work is worth it. Because at the end of the day, people (members, communities, staff) are better off when we succeed.Changing your situation isn’t easy, but it’s worth it!last_img read more

Do not outsource DEI

first_img“Why do you have to bring in someone from another place to talk to me? You are my neighbor. Why didn’t you just introduce yourself?” It was a conversation that left me stunned, and a little embarrassed. With the best intentions of serving our whole community, I had hired an external consultant to help connect the organization with parts of the community we had not reached. As I stood in conversation with a local business owner, I second-guessed my approach. Had my uncertainty about how to do things just right caused me to neglect basic common sense in human interaction? Did I really need a consultant to show me how to talk to my own neighbor?In my eagerness to take action, I had failed to differentiate where I should outsource support and what must come from within, fully integrated into every business unit, understood and embraced by the whole organization. Once I got over the initial defensiveness, this conversation helped me grow. Years later, knowledge gained through that experience shaped the way Humanidei works with clients. We uncover clients’ needs, then help them set strategies they can carry forward to action, on the right track for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.With Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, this approach is essential: You cannot outsource an authentically inclusive culture. It must come from within. It is not work that can be delegated to an outside consultant or even an internal department. It must be integrated into every business unit, with success metrics set and accountability enforced.This complete integration into your organization will move you from saying the right things about DEI to taking the right actions. It requires important planning on the front end, strategic alignment, resource allocation, and long-term commitment.If you are considering launching a formal program to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, the groundwork you lay now will make all the difference. It is what will ensure that no matter what may happen in your workplace, in your community, or in the world, you have a structure in place to support your employees, value their differences, and respect the unique experiences they each bring forth. Your approach should be designed to sustain for as long as your organization plans to employ unique individuals.Humanidei was founded to help credit unions create more inclusive organizations. We work with clients to assess current organizational climate; identify obstacles to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and build strategies that can be carried forward to an authentically inclusive workplace.By helping you understand the questions to ask and where to find answers in your organization and your community, you will move forward with greater certainty, ready to take your own action for authentic inclusion.Contact us today ([email protected]) to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Uber, Lyft Spend Big, Win in California Vote to Restrict Drivers From Becoming Employees

first_imgSan Francisco-based Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out of California if they lost. They got additional support in the fight from DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates which all could have had their businesses upended if it failed.Labour-friendly Democrats in the Legislature last year passed the landmark law known as AB5 to expand a 2018 ruling by the California Supreme Court that limited businesses from classifying certain workers as independent contractors.The companies sought an exemption, taking their fight to voters with a campaign that included TV ads, mailers and messages that appeared on their app for both customers and drivers.- Advertisement – Shares of both companies surged 11 percent to 13 percent before the opening bell Wednesday after the huge victory.The outcome was a defeat for labour unions that had pushed for a state law aimed directly at Uber and Lyft, mandating they provide drivers with protections like minimum wage, overtime, health insurance and reimbursement for expenses.Supporters of Proposition 22 said the outcome showed voters wanted to preserve the flexibility of the current system. Opponents said the companies had bought their own law and vowed to continue fighting for drivers’ rights.- Advertisement – Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,500 crores) in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections.The titans of the so-called gig economy bankrolled the most expensive ballot measure in state history, which was decided Tuesday with 58 percent of more than 11 million voters choosing to keep drivers classified as independent contractors able to set their own hours.- Advertisement – Opponents said the companies exploit drivers to keep profits high and the ballot measure would deprive workers of rights like overtime pay and workers’ compensation.Supporters said the measure would allow drivers to maintain the freedom to work hours they choose and would provide other benefits.Bill French, 62, a former high school baseball coach who voted for the measure in Huntington Beach, said he retired early so he could supplement his pay as an Uber driver and work when he wants.“I don’t need them to control me and tell me when I’m going to work and not going to work,” French said.More than $225 million (roughly Rs. 1,700 crores) was spent on the race, with unions kicking in about $20 (roughly Rs. 150 crores) million of that.“The obscene amount of money these multibillion-dollar corporations spent misleading the public doesn’t absolve them of their duty to pay drivers a living wage,” Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation said in a statement. “The end of this campaign is only the beginning in the fight to ensure gig workers are provided fair wages, sick pay and care when they’re hurt at work.”The spending, which didn’t account for $30  (roughly Rs. 2,200) coupons Uber Eats and other services offered customers to promote their brands, will likely put future ballot measure funding on steroids, said political science professor David McCuan of Sonoma State University.“What Prop. 22 does is it raises the tide of all ballot measures,” McCuan said. “It sets records that are just going to be blown past the next time. … It makes the parallel route of direct democracy a playground that will be measured in the billions in a few (election) cycles.”The measure had support nearly statewide except in the San Francisco Bay Area and a sliver of coastal counties to the north.Although drivers would remain independent contractors exempt from mandates such as sick leave and expense reimbursement, they would receive some “alternative benefits,” including a guaranteed minimum wage and subsidies for health insurance if they average 25 hours of work a week.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent a letter to drivers late Tuesday thanking them for their support and promising details in coming weeks on how they can enroll in benefits such as accident insurance.The will of the voters could undermine a recent appeals court decision that sided with state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who sued the companies for misclassifying drivers as contractors in violation of AB5.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Treasury Secretary Warren? Progressives Line Up to Press Their Agenda on Biden

first_img– Advertisement – “I believe that if Joe Biden is in the White House, it changes the dynamic where people know that there will be a president who will sign these things into law,” Ms. Jayapal said. “And that will help us a lot.”“That’s the question: Are Republicans going to continue to be enablers of an outrageous Trump agenda even when he’s out of the White House?” she added. “Or are they actually going to start speaking for their constituents?” And without enough Democratic allies in the Senate, there is almost no chance that the chamber will pass even the agenda that Mr. Biden supported in the run-up to the election, such as lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to 60 from 65.“If Mitch McConnell was ultimately to control the Senate, it would dramatically lower the ceiling of what’s possible legislatively and increase the urgency of appointing good people to the executive branch to make things happen there,” said Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a sister organization of the Progressive Change Institute, and an ally of Ms. Warren’s.Progressives have not abandoned hope of passing legislation, either, even if a Republican Senate makes doing so much more difficult. They are optimistic that there is broadly palatable legislation that the Senate may still pass, including a coronavirus relief bill, a $15 federal minimum wage and investment in infrastructure.- Advertisement –center_img The database, which now has from 500 to 600 names, covers everything from cabinet positions to under secretary posts in more obscure executive-branch offices and bureaus, like the president of the Export-Import Bank and the director of the Patent and Trademark Office. The group hopes to deliver the list to the Biden transition team by the end of the week.Progressives recognize that their work on appointments and policy may be much harder if there is a Republican Senate, as appears increasingly likely. It may not confirm appointments to key government posts whom Republicans view as too far left, a course of action that Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, has already suggested he would pursue.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid from Barcelona

first_imgAtletico Madrid have signed striker Luis Suarez from Barcelona, the Spanish clubs said on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six-year stint at the Camp Nou.Barca’s statement said Atletico will pay the Catalans six million euros ($7 million) in bonus payments to sign the 33-year-old.The Uruguay striker, who is Barca’s third all-time top scorer with 198 goals in all competitions, had a year left on his contract with the club. “Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to a medical and the formal agreement of a new contract for the Uruguayan striker with our club,” Atletico said in their statement.Suarez will give a farewell news conference on Thursday.Barca added: “Barcelona would like to publicly express its gratitude to the player for his commitment and wishes him all the success in the future.”Suarez will replace Alvaro Morata in Atletico’s front line after the Spanish striker was loaned to Juventus for a season with an option to buy. Suarez, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, leaves the club having won the Champions League, four La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey trophies.The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Ronald Koeman, who is keen on changing the old guard and rebuilding the squad, with 33-year-old midfielder Arturo Vidal also completing a permanent move to Inter Milan.Despite a turbulent season with Barca dogged by injuries, Suarez still hit 16 goals in 22 La Liga starts to finish as the fourth top scorer in Spain’s top flight. Atletico’s top scorer was Morata with 12.Suarez becomes the third striker in recent years to switch between the two La Liga clubs after David Villa was sold to Atletico in 2013 while Antoine Griezmann moved to Barca last year.While Villa became an instant hit, scoring 13 goals in Atletico’s 2013-14 league title-winning campaign, Griezmann has yet to hit the same heights at Barca following his 120 million euros ($140.86 million) move.Atletico struggled for much of last season without Griezmann and will hope the capture of Suarez will significantly improve their chances of challenging Real Madrid and Barca for the title.Suarez had also been linked with Serie A side Juventus and took an Italian exam in an attempt to get an EU passport to be eligible to play as a European player as the Turin side’s non-EU player slots were already filled.However, Italian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had evidence the language exam taken by Suarez to obtain Italian citizenship was rigged.center_img Topics :last_img read more