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Study: Newborns are 40% of preventable child deaths

Study: Newborns are 40% of preventable child deaths
Gucci Joy Medium Boston Bag 193603Newborns now account for 40% of preventable child deaths worldwide, but only a tiny fraction of international aid targets newborns, according to a report to be published in the medical journal Health Policy and Planning Tuesday.The study, which was spearheaded by the advocacy group Save the Children and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, comes as the Obama administration, India and Ethiopia prepare to host a summit in Washington on Thursday focused on bolstering efforts to reduce the number of children younger than 5 who die from preventable ailments.The world is far off track in achieving one of the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 — of reducing preventable child deaths by 66% by 2015 — but U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Raj Shah told USA TODAY he hasn’t given up hope of reaching the target.”This meeting is about that acceleration,” Shah said. “It’s about looking at the evidence, making the tough calls and doing things much differently and engaging a much broader set of partners so that we can accelerate progress.”President Obama has emphasized the need to reduce child mortality rates, and USAID has attempted to raise the profile of the issue by enlisting celebrities (Kim Kardashian and Mandy Moore) and politicians (former president Bill Clinton) to submit childhood photos for an online project called Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday.The world has made progress in reducing preventable child deaths in recent years.
Gucci Tote 229852 More than 7 million children are expected to die from preventable illnesses this year, down from the approximately 12.4 million who died worldwide in 1990. But the numbers — roughly 20,000 children dying each day — continue to have a transformational effect on societies seeking to achieve peace and stability, Shah said.In 2010, 3.1 million newborns worldwide died in their first month, 17% fewer than in 2000. But the annual reduction rate of deaths of newborns, now at 2.1%, lags behind that of children ages 1-59 months, which stands at 2.9%.Official development assistance for maternal, newborn and child health doubled from 2003 to 2008, yet only 6% of this funding mentioned newborns in 2008 and 0.1% of these funds exclusively targeted newborns. The U.S. accounted for $619.5 million in aid from 2002 to 2009 targeting newborns and maternal care, doubling the next biggest donor, the World Bank.”When we did the funding analysis, it made you feel like laughing and crying at the same time,” said Joy Lawn, lead author of the Save the Children study. UNICEF said in a report last week that pneumonia and diarrhea are two of the leading killers — accounting for 29% of deaths among children under age 5 worldwide — and said the global community should increase its focus on those diseases.”Deaths due to these diseases are largely preventable through optimal breastfeeding practices and adequate nutrition, vaccinations, hand washing with soap, safe drinking water and basic sanitation, among other measures,” the report said.
Gucci Tote 247183hah said the global community needs to do more on all fronts to reduce the yawning death toll.Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo— five countries that account for nearly half of all preventable deaths of children under 5 — are expected to announce a series of initiatives and new policies at this week’s meeting in Washington. Performance needs to improve dramatically among these countries in order to get back on track, Shah said.”Unlike in prior efforts, where maybe donor countries like the United States, the U.K. or others would dictate the solutions,” he said, “in this effort, these countries are co-convening and are defining their efforts.”The U.S. government, however, still classifies diesel exhaust as a likely carcinogen. Experts said new diesel engines spew out fewer fumes but further studies are needed to assess any dangers.”We don’t have enough evidence to say these new engines are zero risk, but they are certainly lower risk than before,” said Vincent Cogliano of the Environmental Protection Agency.Experts in Lyon had analyzed published studies, evidence from animals and limited research in humans. One of the biggest studies was published in March by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. That paper analyzed 12,300 miners for several decades starting in 1947. Researchers found that miners heavily exposed to diesel exhaust had a higher risk of dying from lung cancerLobbyists for the diesel industry, facing argued the study wasn’t credible because researchers didn’t have exact data on how much exposure miners got in the early years of the study;
Gucci Tote 247220 they simply asked them to remember what their exposure was like.Diesel engine makers and car companies said emissions from trucks and buses have been slashed by more than 95 percent for nitrogen oxides, particulate and sulfur emissions.”Diesel exhaust is only a very small contributor to air pollution,” the Diesel Technology Forum, a group representing companies including Mercedes, Ford and Chrysler, said in a statement. Female doctor-researchers make an average of $12,000 per year less than their male counterparts, even after their work hours and area of specialty are taken into account, according to a study out Tuesday.The wage gap between men and women is nothing new, but among doctors in particular it wasn’t clear if the disparity was due to different career choices and work habits in men and women that could have affected their pay.Disturbingly, even after we controlled for all those other factors, we found that male doctors were paid more than female doctors for doing the same work,” said Dr. Reshma Jagsi, the lead author of the new study from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.She and her colleagues sent questionnaires to 800 doctor-researchers in the United States, all of whom had previously won a mid-career award from the government. The doctors were an average of 45 years old at the time of the survey and three-quarters of them were white.Men reported making an average of slightly over $200,000 per year and women about $168,000, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The researchers found women were more likely to work in lower-paying specialties such as pediatrics and family medicine.
Gucci Large Boston Bag 247572 Female doctors also tended to work slightly fewer hours than their male peers — 58 hours per week, on average, versus 63 for men.Those differences were responsible for some of the salary gap. But even after Jagsi’s team accounted for income disparities that could have been due to career and life choices, the researchers found women still made about $12,000 less than men doing the same type and amount of work.That’s similar to what has been found in past research, such as in studies of early-career doctors, according to Anthony Lo Sasso, a health policy and economics researcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago.But the finding still leaves many unanswered questions, said Lo Sasso, who wasn’t involved in the new research.”It really doesn’t get at what the underlying driver is, and I think that remains the puzzle at this point — what is accounting for this unexplained salary difference?”One explanation, according to the researchers, is that women are less aggressive about negotiating for pay or may take factors other than salary, such as location and community, into account when choosing a job.Lo Sasso said the disparity is “not necessarily a bad thing,” as it’s possible women in the study accepted slightly lower pay in return for less time being on-call and more predictability in their schedules. Those types of questions were not included in the survey.”We don’t really have the answer to that, so we’re kind of just left to speculate,” Lo Sasso told Reuters Health.The researchers calculated that over her career, the average female doctor-researcher would make about $350,000 less than a man doing similar work because of unexplained salary differences.Jagsi said she worries the findings may hint at unconscious biases in hiring and pay at the academic institutions where these researchers worked. One way to address that, she said, is for employers to have clear policies about how salaries are determined so doctors can know if they’re being paid fairly.
Gucci GG Large Tote 247179And that applies outside of hospitals and universities as well, she pointed out.A report out in April showed American women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gap that is even bigger in certain professions, such as financial management. Brain imaging with a beta amyloid-specific tracer identified patients who had a high risk of rapid progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease, an Australian study showed.Three-fourths of patients with high uptake of 18F-florbetaben (18FBB) progressed to Alzheimer’s disease within 24 months. In contrast, half of patients with hippocampal atrophy met diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease within 2 years.The results suggest that PET imaging with 18FBB could offer the earliest test yet developed for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study reported at the Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.”Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can now be made when the patient first presents symptoms and still has largely preserved mental function,” Christopher Rowe, MD, of Austin Health in Melbourne, said in a statement.”Previously, there was an average delay of 3 years between consulting a doctor over memory concerns and the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, as the diagnosis required the presence of dementia,” he added.
Gucci Vintage Web Medium Boston Bag 247205 BlackThe study was one of several linking the burden of beta-amyloid to Alzheimer’s disease.Rowe and colleagues presented data from two of the studies. In the first, they longitudinally assessed beta-amyloid accumulation in 45 patients with mild cognitive impairment, performing 18FBB-PET imaging and 3D MRI at 12 and 24 months.At baseline, 53% of the study participants had high neocortical FBB binding (>1.4 SUVR), and 76% had hippocampal atrophy, both of which correlated with the patients’ composite memory scores.At the 24-month follow-up, investigators observed increased neocortical SUVR in patients who had high FBB binding. Three-fourths of those patients had progressed to Alzheimer’s disease, which represented a 10.9-fold increased risk of progression compared with patients who had low FBB binding (P<0.0001).Rowe reported that 53% of patients with hippocampal atrophy had progressed to Alzheimer’s disease (RR 4.1, P=0.03). For progression to any dementia, hippocampal atrophy had a predictive RR of (P=0.009).The authors pointed out that hippocampal atrophy lost significance in multivariate analysis.In their second study, Rowe and colleagues evaluated 194 healthy individuals, 92 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 70 patients with Alzheimer’s disease, using a PET imaging agent known as Pittsburgh Compound C

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At Starbucks, Uncertainty Over Impact of Bloomberg’s Drink Plan

At Starbucks, Uncertainty Over Impact of Bloomberg’s Drink Plan
red bottom heelsBig Gulps are safe. But the fate of the Frappuccino remains unclearAs the Bloomberg administration moved ahead on Tuesday with its plan to restrict sales of big sugary drinks in New York, securing a preliminary nod from the city’s Board of Health, it said it is still trying to determine the impact on one popular beverage brand: Starbucks. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan, which would limit the size of sweet drinks sold at many establishments to 16 ounces or less, exempts any beverage that contains more than 50 percent milk by volume. Officials in City Hall and in Seattle said they were unsure how those rules might affect the Starbucks family of syrupy, milkshake-style coffee drinks, catnip to thousands of caffeine-addicted New Yorkers who frequent the company’s 190 outlets in Manhattan. “It’s hard for us to give a definitive word on which of our beverages would be impacted by the proposal,” said Linda Mills, a Starbucks spokeswoman, although she said the company was confident that many of its drinks would fall outside the proposed ban. The Starbucks question — complicated by the varying amounts of ice, sugar and milk in each customized drink — is just one of the ambiguities facing the city as it begins a three-month public comment period on the proposed rules. On Tuesday, the Board of Health, which has final say over the rules, agreed to consider the proposal formally at its next meeting, in September. The rules would ban large sodas sold at fast-food restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. But the Big Gulp, the supersized soda cup at 7-Eleven, would still be allowed under the proposal, because the proposal would exempt the sale of drinks in groceries or convenience stores..
red bottom shoesOfficials at the city’s health department said that they expected the plan could be tweaked ahead of the final vote, as they received feedback from companies and establishments that might be affected. In the case of Starbucks, the city plans to pore over barista training manuals to determine specific quantities of ingredients. “This is only one of many very specific questions about very specific, unusual drinks that are likely to arise,” said Samantha Levine, a city spokeswoman. Members of the Board of Health, all of whom were appointed by the mayor, received their first official briefing on the plan on Tuesday, but the public was not allowed to ask questions or make comments. A public hearing on the topic has been planned for the afternoon of July 24. Pundits and policy experts around the world have already been weighing in on the proposal. This week’s New Yorker features a film-noir-style cover that parodies the plan as a form of fizzy prohibition. And on Monday, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, suggested on “The Daily Show” that his city might offer sanctuary to “refugees from the soda tyranny in New York,” earning loud cheers from the studio audience. (Another remark from Mr. Johnson, that Mr. Bloomberg might make a good president, was met by silence.) While the Board of Health is widely expected to approve the plan, several of its members on Tuesday raised concerns about certain elements. Some wanted the proposal to be more rigorous — banning free refills, for instance, or doing away with the exemptions for fruit juices and milk-based drinks.
red sole shoes One member, Bruce C. Vladeck, asked whether popcorn could be included, as well. (The city said no.) Sixto R. Caro, another board member, said he was concerned that poorer residents and small businesses would be disproportionately affected. In a sign of the city’s sensitivity to public reception to the plan, members of the health panel were asked by the Bloomberg administration to avoid speaking with the public and the news media after the meeting. Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor who guards Mr. Bloomberg’s reputation, traveled to the health department’s headquarters in Queens to supervise a news conference with the health commissioner. A spokesman for the New York City Restaurant Association said Tuesday that the industry was considering several possible avenues of opposition. “We believe the board is appointed by the mayor but ultimately should be accountable to the public, many of whom don’t believe in this proposal,” the spokesman, Andrew Moesel, said. And in a television interview, Howard Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said he supported Mr. Bloomberg’s objective but wondered if the plan would be effective in combating obesity. “I’m not sure it’s the right approach,” Mr. Schultz said on “CBS This Morning.” “But we’re obviously going to follow suit and respond to him because he’s trying to do something that’s quite important.”

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Elinor Ostrom, Winner of Nobel in Economics, Dies at 78

Elinor Ostrom, Winner of Nobel in Economics, Dies at 78
gucci handbags outletElinor Ostrom, the only woman to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science — an achievement all the more remarkable because she was not actually an economist — died on Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind. She was 78. The cause was cancer, according to Indiana University, where she taught for many years. Professor Ostrom’s work rebutted fundamental economic beliefs. But to say she was a dark horse for the 2009 economics Nobel is an understatement. Not because she was a woman — although women in the field are still rare — but because she was trained in political science. Professor Ostrom’s prizewinning work examined how people collaborate and organize themselves to manage common resources like forests or fisheries, even when governments are not involved. The research overturned the conventional wisdom about the need for government regulation of public resources. At least it did for the economists who knew who she was and had read her work. “The announcement of her prize caused amazement to several economists, including some prominent colleagues, who had never even heard of her,” Avinash Dixit, a Princeton economics professor, said when introducing Professor Ostrom’s work at a luncheon in 2011. Usually, he noted, Nobel laureates need no introduction. In fact, when the Nobel recipients were announced, some economists mistakenly thought the prize had gone to Bengt Holmstrom, an economist with a similar-sounding (and, to economists, much more recognizable) name. One prominent scholar acknowledged visiting Wikipedia to figure out who exactly she was.
 gucci shoes outletSurprise at Professor Ostrom’s honor, which she shared with Oliver E. Williamson, in some cases gave way to disdain and name-calling on economics blogs. “Some things said about her in blogs and other media were so ignorant and in such bad taste that I felt ashamed on behalf of the economics profession,” Mr. Dixit said. Professor Ostrom was not the first laureate to hail from outside the field. Previous recipients include Daniel Kahneman (psychologist), John Nash (a mathematician who was the subject of the book and movie “A Beautiful Mind”) and Leonid Hurwicz (trained in law). As with these other winners, the outsider perspective Professor Ostrom brought to the field contributed to what made her work so groundbreaking. But the unconventional nature of her studies also made it difficult for her to find a foothold in academia earlier in her career. “A lot of important questions are on the narrow borders between disciplines, but it is difficult to find a home for that kind of work,” said Marco Janssen, a mathematician at Arizona State University who collaborated with Professor Ostrom. “She had experienced many of these challenges over the years. Eventually she and her husband just created their own center for it.” In 1973, Professor Ostrom and her husband, Vincent, who survives her, founded the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. It would become the first of several interdisciplinary institutions she helped shape, and a locus for her collaboration with scholars across academia, including ecologists, computer scientists and psychologists. Just as her academic habits emphasized collaboration and cooperation, so did the content of her study.
gucci outletTraditionally, economics taught that common ownership of resources results in excessive exploitation, as when fishermen overfish a common pond. This is the so-called tragedy of the commons, and it suggests that common resources must be managed either through privatization or government regulation, in the form of taxes, say, or limits on use. Professor Ostrom studied cases around the world in which communities successfully regulated resource use through cooperation. Her work has important applications for climate change policy today. Professor Ostrom’s research and Mr. Williamson’s related work on corporate oversight are part of a field known as institutional economics. Some economists still debate whether the field deserves a rightful place within the economics discipline. Elinor Awan was born on Aug. 7, 1933, in Los Angeles, an only child. She often spoke about how growing up in the Depression had influenced her interest in cooperative institutions. helping her family grow food in a large garden and knitting scarves for soldiers. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees — all in political science — at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a researcher she was notable for conducting fieldwork, an unusual method that is admired by some economists but scorned by others. In 1964, when she was working on her dissertation, fieldwork was considered the province of anthropologists, not academics trying to answer economic questions. “She would go and actually talk to Indonesian fisherman, or Maine lobstermen, and ask, ‘How did you come to establish this limit on the fish catch? How did you deal with the fact that people might try to get around it?’ ” said Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a contributor to The New York Times’s Economix blog. “In economics, every successive cohort of economists is trained to put greater emphasis on the arsenal of mathematical and econometric expertise,” Professor Folbre said. “That was just not what her work was about.”

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TV ad prices up by single digits as upfronts end

TV ad prices up by single digits as upfronts end
red bottom shoesThe big four broadcast television networks are wrapping up their advanced selling season for fall programming with single-digit price increases from advertisers, people familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.CBS, the most-watched U.S. network, and No. 2 Fox led with 8 to 9 percent higher prices than a year ago, said the sources who asked not to be named because the talks are still ongoing.ABC, which slipped to last place this year based on same-day viewing among the 18- to 49-year-old age group prized by advertisers, secured price hikes in the 6 to 8 percent range. NBC, the last-place network overall, won 5.5 to 6.5 percent increases.Industry analysts had expected price increases to run below the 12 percent gain a year earlier, in part due to a less optimistic economic outlook. Barclays Capital had projected CBS would see a 10 percent increase, with Fox close behind at 9 percent. ABC and NBC were expected to be up 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively.Of the four networks, ABC has completed its deals for the annual “upfront” period, when they sell up to 75 to 85 percent of advertising time for the fall season, sources familiar with the negotiations said. NBC, Fox and CBS are close to completing their sales.The volume of sales for Walt Disney Co-owned ABC was about same as last year, a person familiar with the negotiations said.All four networks unveiled their 2012-13 prime-time schedules in May, previewing new TV shows for advertisers, affiliates and critics.CBS, a unit of CBS Corp, has sold most of its upfront inventory, one source said. The network has only a few deals with smaller agencies left to close.
cheap red bottom shoesCBS sold 2 to 3 percentage points less primetime inventory at the upfronts than it did last year, in line with analyst predictions for all broadcasters, the source said.Typically, networks hold back more inventory when they think they may get higher prices later during the “scatter” market.With the price increases, the total dollar amount collected by CBS during the upfronts will be about the same or slightly higher than a year ago when final deals are closed.The standout sectors were retail, financial services, technology, telecom and quick-service restaurants, the source said.CBS has ranked as the No. 1 network for years with hits including “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” and has less work to do than other networks to freshen its lineup.Spokespeople at the networks had no comment.Broadcasters are betting heavily on comedies for the fall season to boost ratings. At their upfront previews, 16 of the 36 new scripted shows at the big four networks were comedies.ABC and NBC made the most significant changes to their schedules.Two of the ABC’s new dramas, “666 Park Avenue” and “The Last Resort,” received positive buzz from media buyers who attended ABC’s upfront presentation. The network will debut 10 new shows.NBC, owned by Comcast Corp added 16 new shows to its lineup, the largest number of any network. Among the highlights was “Animal Practice,” a sitcom set in a veterinary clinic. The network has lurked in the ratings basement for years, but rose to third this past season among 18- to 49-year olds with a lift from the Super Bowl.News Corp’s Fox added three sitcoms and two dramas, but its biggest news was new “X-Factor” judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. Fox also drew applause for luring veteran Hollywood star Kevin Bacon to TV for the first time for new serial-killer drama “The Following.”
red bottom shoes for saleCBS, with the strongest current schedule, added just four new shows. The best-received were “Vegas,” a new period drama starring Dennis Quaid in 1960s-era Las Vegas, and “Partners,” its lone new sitcom from the original creators of hit comedy “Will & Grace” which also has a similar straight/gay buddy relationship as its theme.On Friday, the 33-year-old Samberg stars opposite Adam Sandler in big screen comedy “That’s My Boy,” and in August he appears alongside Rashida Jones in relationship film “Celeste and Jesse Forever.Samberg said working with Sandler, 45, another “Saturday Night Live” alumnus whose hits of the 1990s include films such as “Waterboy” and “Big Daddy,” had been a lifelong dream.”He was my hero since I was, like 13-years-old,” Samberg told Reuters. “If you told the 13-yeard-old me that there would be a huge billboard in Times Square of me and Adam Sandler, I’d have smashed my face into the wall with excitement.”The actor said when he first started doing stand-up comedy, he was often compared to Sandler. When he began on SNL” in 2005, Sandler called him and told him how much he liked Samberg’s work, and over the years, he has continued to receive encouraging words from the man who he admired so much.So, when Samberg heard Sandler would be playing a role in a film that required him to have an on-screen son 15-years younger, Samberg got on the phone.”I called him straight up and was like, ‘I would give my life to do this,’” Samberg recalled. “And he said, ‘Well, hopefully you won’t have too.’”In “That’s My Boy,” the younger comedian plays Todd, whom Donny (Sandler) fathered when just a teenager. After not seeing his deadbeat dad for years, Todd’s world turns upside down when Donny shows up on the weekend Todd is getting married.While movie reviews are not yet in, the pairing worked well for the actors. Samberg recently wrapped a cameo in Sandler’s upcoming “Grown-Ups 2″ and is among the voices in his animated feature, “Hotel Transylvania,” due out this fall.
red bottoms online shopAs he breaks out of “SNL,” Samberg also is pursuing more serious roles, although comedy remains his first love. After “That’s My Boy” comes independent drama “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” hitting New York and Los Angeles theaters on August 3.Co-written by Rashida Jones, who portrays Celeste opposite Samberg’s Jesse, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and tells of a divorced couple that has not quite let go of their marriage. As they begin to pursue other people, the pair find it harder and harder to stay friends.Though the film has comedic elements, “Celeste and Jesse” is grounded in real life as it explores the complicated and messy matters of a relationship that’s trying to stay intact even as it is falling apart. It’s the type of role Samberg fans have not yet seen for the actor, but one he relished in doing.”While we were shooting the film, I kept saying how nice it was not to be rapping about my dick,” Samberg joked, referring to his famous, Emmy-award winning “Dick in a Box” short film he performed on SNL. “I mean, there’s nothing I like more than rapping about my dick, but it’s nice to not have to for once.”He credits his friendship with Jones for landing the part. When she first finished her work on the screenplay, she asked Samberg for his opinion, and he instantly responded to Jesse.”Something about the character felt like a part of me,” he said. He also enjoyed “playing normal” – a nice change from the many pratfalls and stunts “SNL” audiences came to expect of him.”I figured this film was a good environment to try (something more serious),” he said. “If it goes well, then maybe it will open the door to do more stuff like that. But it’s not as important to me to do serious roles as it is to do comedy.”There are a lot of actors that are better at acting than I am, but I can say I’m better at comedy than they are. I don’t want to swim upstream against the current,” he added.Regardless of the roles he chooses for his future, Samberg is looking forward to seeing what life will be like without having a job like SNL to go to six days a week.”It was a grueling schedule; you kind of disappear from the world when you work there,” he said. “I’ll be curious to see how my life changes now.”

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‘Bachelorette’ Emily: No one calls my daughter ‘baggage’

‘Bachelorette’ Emily: No one calls my daughter ‘baggage’
abercrombie and fitch outletThe love action moved to jolly old England on Monday’s Bachelorette. “I have been wanting to come to London forever,” says our star, Emily Maynard, kicking off the show. She and little Ricki, 6, get a chance to travel around on a double-decker bus and snap photos at Buckingham Palace before the dating gets underway.So far, Emily has been true to her no-hot-tub rule. And this definitely isn’t bikini time. Instead, it’s cool weather for Emily’s three dates, which include pub time, a dinner at the Tower of London, private time at the London Eye and acting out scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Stratford-upon-Avon. Emily, battling a cold, is raspy throughout the show.And it ended with eight. Who got kicked to the curb?First one- on-one date: Sean. “I’ve developed really, really strong feelings for Emily,” he says. “I’m excited to see where it goes next.”Sean and Emily hop on a double-decker bus. They hold hands and talk about Princess Diana and Prince Charles. They go to Buckingham Palace, and Sean uses the moment as an excuse to re-create the Will and Kate balcony wedding kiss.Back at the hotel, Kalon talks to Arie and Jef about group dates and Kalon says, “If you become a part of her life, any date will be a group date. It’ll be you and her and Ricki,” he says. Snark alert! Jef and Arie are quick to say that’s not fair to Emily.Meanwhile, Sean and Emily chat about past dates. “Good girls are hard to come by,” he says. “Good guys are hard to come by,” counters Emily. She says good-looking guys are usually boring. “But you’re not boring!” she assures.The two have dinner at the Tower of London. “Sean is my prisoner of love tonight,” she confesses, as they sit down to a private dinner.
abercrombie and fitch ukEmily asks Sean how many kids he’d like to have. “I haven’t put a lot of thought to it,” he says, adding “two…” then says, “three four, six, 10.” “I can’t think of anyone being more marriage material than he is,” she says in her confessional. She gives him a rose.”This night could go on forever and ever,” says Sean, “and I could be a happy man.”Group date: Chris, Arie, Ryan, Alejandro, Travis, John and Kalon. They all head to Stratford-Upon-Avon to act out Romeo and Juliet. Emily, dressed in a trench coat, says she is sick. “I know I sound like I’m on my death bed, but I don’t want them to think I’m not having fun just because I sound like I’m not having fun.”The guys are not particularly thrilled at the prospect of acting out scenes from a Shakespeare play, but Emily thinks it will be “really funny.”Kalon, taking it all very seriously, plays one of four Romeos: “I was born to play this role,” he declares.”Kalon needs to lighten up. He’s way too intense,” observes Emily.Arie has to play a nurse. Doug also plays a woman. Travis jokes about how “huge” Shakespeare is in Madison, Miss. But he plays along. “He’s just so great,” notices Emily.Emily puts on a piece of burlap to play Juliet. She rasps out her lines. Kalon isn’t romantic. There’s nothing fun about their scene.Doug hams it up. Travis and Alejandro sword-fight and make the crowd laugh. Arie really cracks up the gang with his high voice. “I have always been crazy about Arie, but after today I’m way more attracted to him,” says Emily.Ryan plays Romeo and is excited about getting the chance to kiss Emily. After giving her one, he helps himself to another. “You’re a good kisser,” she says.
 abercrombie clothingThey all meet up later in a pub, where Arie plants kisses on Emily, and Ryan takes her to a secluded spot behind closed curtains and says he has a surprise. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a necklace. “Oh my gosh. That is so thoughtful and so sweet!” she coos.Meanwhile, Chris tells Arie that Kalon called Emily’s daughter “baggage.” Arie says he’s ticked off. Doug isn’t happy about it either and determines “one of us has to tell her.” They confront Kalon first, and he says, “I’m not going to retract it.”Doug tells Emily about it, saying, “One of the guys in the house referred to Ricki as baggage.She smiles, but says she is “so angry right now.” She says, “I’m trying to think of the most ladylike way I can handle it. … I want to go off. I want to go West Virginia … backwoods on his a—.”They all gather in the pub and confront Kalon. Emily says, “For anyone to say (my daughter) is baggage does not deserve to be on any date with me. … She’s the furthest thing from baggage. It makes me sad for you, not for me. Is there anything you can say?”"No, not at all,” says Kalon.”Then, get the (expletive) out!” she says. “How dare you! That is so disappointing on so many levels.” He tries to talk and she cuts him off, saying the conversation is “so inappropriate and insulting, I’m not going to have it.” He leaves.She calls him a “terrible human being. Thank God I didn’t have a voice tonight or he really would have heard what I have to say.” She walks off, shooing away Doug and saying she wants to be alone. When she returns, she tells them she’s disappointed that no one mentioned it sooner. No one gets a rose.”My dream guy, if he heard someone say that, would be willing to fight for me and my daughter. I don’t know if I have someone who has my back like that,” she tells cameras. “My trust in all the guys has been shaken. I want somebody who would be willing to fight for me and my daughter.”
abercrombie fitchSecond one-on-one date: Jef. They have afternoon tea with an etiquette teacher. Jef begins to realize his one-on-one isn’t quite what he had been hoping for. Instead of playing tonsil hockey — or even talking and holding hands — he’s getting a lesson in tea pouring and sandwich-eating. “I’m ready to get the hell out of here,” admits Emily.They escape to a pub for pints and fish ‘n’ chips.Jef brings up Kalon’s “baggage” remark and recounts how he suggested that Kalon leave. But Kalon told Jef he wanted to stay on the show because it was more fun than “boring” life back home.Jef says, “If Ricki’s baggage, then she’s a Chloe handbag that I want to have forever.”Emily seems to lap up the line, saying, “Vintage Louis Vuitton. … I love that! Thank you for that.”She tells cameras that she is physically attracted to Jef, but can’t read him. They go to the London Eye for a rainy view of the city and a private dinner in a bubble above the city. “I really like Jef,” Emily says in a confessional.She tells Jef that the Kalon incident “broke my confidence in all of this, really, to be honest.”Jef says she’s “really nice to everyone” but he likes that she isn’t afraid to tell a guy to hit the road. He says, “I feel like I could tell you anything.”When she asks what life would be like for them in Salt Lake, he says, that when she came home, “You’d come home from doing whatever you’re doing and me and Ricki would be having a dance party singing into combs and brushes.” He says he wants “a best friend.”She gives him a rose. They finally kiss. Jef sounds like he’s falling hard for her. “Emily takes my breath away. I like the girl she is. I like the mom she is. … Emily gives me the feeling people write fairy tales about,” he says to the cameras.
abercrombie ukCocktail party/Rose ceremony: Emily says the week has been full of “some high highs and some low lows.” She said she was shown a “huge lack of respect” this week. She grills each of the guys on why they didn’t do more and keeps saying that in the future she hopes her husband “will have my back.”Arie worries he didn’t do enough. “Now I feel bad. I”m kinda freaking out.”Ryan, doing that Matthew McConaughey thing he does, tells cameras he’s going to lighten the mood. He puts Emily on a balcony and goes down beneath her to give her some lines from Shakespeare, telling her she is “far more beautiful than anything around us.” Emily admits to the cameras, “I find myself liking him more and more.”In some one-on-one time with Sean, Emily kisses him and says she thinks if he had been around when the Kalon stuff went down on the group date, he would have stood up and said something. “I missed you,” she tells him. “He makes me feel taken care of,” she says to the cameras, adding, “I do get butterflies with Sean, but it’s less butterflies in my stomach – and this is going to sound cheesy – it’s more like in my heart. I’ve never said that in my life!” Diesel fumes cause cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency declared Tuesday, a ruling it said could make exhaust as significant a public health threat as secondhand smoke.The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from “probable carcinogen” was an important shift.”It’s on the same order of magnitude as passive smoking,” said Kurt Straif, director of the agency department that evaluates cancer risks. “This could be another big push for countries to clean up exhaust from diesel engines.”Reclassifying diesel exhaust as carcinogenic also puts it into the same category as other known hazards such as asbestos, alcohol and ultraviolet radiation.The move followed a weeklong discussion in Lyon, France, by an expert panel organized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer arm of the World Health Organization.

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