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A 30-Minute Low-Impact Pilates Class to Do at Home


Lia Bartha, the creator of the low-impact workout B the Method, describes what she does as a kind of moving meditation. Bartha’s method is grounded in classical Pilates, trimmed down to include just one prop (a flexible stability ball you can hold in your hands), and designed to help her clients hit a state of total focus while building whole-body strength. And it works.

Bartha recorded this thirty-minute B the Method session to get our heart rates up—effectively but gently. She leads us through a series of Pilates-inspired movements, initially without equipment and then using her branded stability ball. The ball is for support and acts as a reminder to keep your muscles engaged; if you don’t have a ball, you can use a firm pillow, a folded blanket, or a yoga block as needed or simply go without.

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Joe Biden’s Tax Plan Will Put The Middle Class In Peril (VIDEO)


Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone was on the FOX Business Network this week to discuss the election, specifically Joe Biden’s tax plan.

Biden keeps claiming he is only going to tax the rich, in an obvious effort to appeal to the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat party, but the truth is that his plan will impact the middle class negatively.

Langone explained how.

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Joe Biden’s tax plan will put middle class in ‘peril,’ Home Depot’s Langone says

Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone blasted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s tax plan on Wednesday, saying that “the middle class will be in peril.”

Langone told “Mornings with Maria” on Wednesday that the middle class will feel the effects of Biden’s tax plan even though the former vice president has said the wealthy should pay more in taxes, and that the tax code should be more progressive and equitable. That includes eliminating loopholes that favor the rich and large corporations.

“I don’t know if there’s any of us that have done well that will have a problem with paying more taxes, but it’s a ruse to think that hitting us and us alone is going to get the job done,” Langone said.

“It won’t and the middle class will be in peril and when you take money out of the hands of the middle class, you do a dramatic impact negatively on the economy.”

“The middle class will not be exempt,” he added. “Tragically, it will punish them. It isn’t going to punish us.”

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Langone makes some excellent points here but one really stands out.

Why would you raise any taxes when we’re still trying to recover from the hit the economy took under the pandemic?

We should be looking at tax cuts, not increases.

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Student suspended for going to class on remote-learning day



A Long Island high school senior is reportedly facing a five-day suspension after he ignored protocol by showing up to class Tuesday when he was scheduled to learn remotely.

“I was going to school like students should be going to school,” Maverick Stow, 17-year-old student at William Floyd High School explained to WABC of why he attended in-person classes on the first day of school.

“I think that a five-day suspension is out of line,” Stow, who has the support of parents, told the outlet.

Stow said trouble first arose when his first-period teacher noticed he wasn’t on Tuesday’s in-person roster.

The teacher sent Stow to the principal’s office and he was asked to report home.

“‘Well, no, I think I need to go to class. This is during class time,’” Stow said he responded to administrators.

Instead of following their orders, Stow said he finished the day learning in class before being notified of the disciplinary action.

His mother, Nora Kaplan-Stow, agreed with her son’s decision.

“Kids need to be in school every day. Virtual learning is not learning,” she told WABC. “My son is being suspended because he wants to be in school.”

Added the student’s father, Richard Stow: “He’s a very smart kid. He knows what he’s doing. When he said this is how he wanted to handle things, we were like, ‘Then go for it.’”

A spokesman for the school district, in a statement to the news station, said its hybrid learning model enables them to adhere to state mandated social-distancing measures.

“Students who refuse to adhere to their scheduled in-person days and/or flagrantly disregard directives to leave school grounds and cause a disruptive environment for other students, will face disciplinary actions,” a spokesman said.



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International Students Try To Cope With Trump’s Online Class Rule


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MEXICO CITY — At first, S.G. thought it was fake news.

An undergraduate student from Venezuela, S.G. has been living in Florida for four years. The news she received earlier this week seemed as bizarre and implausible as some of the rumors that regularly float around in her home country. But this was happening in the US, and it was happening to her.

On Monday, the Trump administration announced that foreign students whose course loads are carried out exclusively online amid the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country. Shortly after, S.G.’s cell phone began lighting up with a frenzy of messages and links.

“This has to be a lie, it’s surely a rumor,” thought S.G., who requested that only her initials be used for fear of how her immigration status might change in the coming days. “Why would we have to leave if we are here legally and we have a visa?”

Her parents, S.G. said, decided to spend much of their life savings on her college education, even as Venezuela’s economy was nosediving. Her parents still live in Venezuela, unlike many of their friends and neighbors who fled widespread insecurity, hyperinflation, a crumbling healthcare system and frequent blackouts.

If she is forced to go back home, how will S.G. be able to take online classes when the power goes out?

The new policy, issued by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which runs the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, is the latest in a series of directives aimed at curbing legal immigration into the US. It puts more than one million international students in the US at risk of deportation amid a global pandemic that has severely restricted air travel.

If they are forced to return home, many of these students will be on different time zones and in locations where access to the internet might be spotty, at best, making it harder for them to follow the course than if they were in the US.

This modification “will encourage schools to reopen,” Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told CNN. Holders of F-1 and M-1 visas, which are for academic and vocational students, must transfer to a school that offers partial in-person courses or leave the country. The State Department issued more than 398,000 of these types of visas in fiscal year 2019.

On Wednesday, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to halt the new policy.

In a letter to students and faculty, Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said the policy aimed to pressure universities to open their campuses in the fall despite record numbers of coronavirus infections, and said its cruelty was “surpassed only by its recklessness.” Harvard had announced last month that classes next year would be held remotely with rare exceptions.

Professors across the country scrambled to understand the effects of the vaguely worded policy, and many offered to provide in-person classes, reimagined to protect students from COVID-19 transmission.

“If outdoors is the safest place to be and we need to meet in person, I will find a palm tree,” Joshua Scacco, a professor of political communication at the University of South Florida, told BuzzFeed News. There are more than 4,700 international students from 141 different countries at USF.

Professors at the University of California, Columbia University, DePaul University, and Syracuse University, among others, made similar offers on Twitter. S.G. said several professors reached out to her on the social media platform to offer support, even if it was only emotional.

More than half of the 1.1 million international students in the US come from China and India, according to the Institute of International Education. Many others come from Latin American countries, where they are often fleeing drug-related violence and political oppression.

When S.G. left Venezuela in 2016, food, water and electricity shortages were already widespread. But things have worsened and now — they only get running water 30 minutes a day.

“I can’t imagine returning to that now,” said S.G, who reckons there are at least 300 other Venezuelan students at her university.

For now, S.G. is waiting to see what happens with the policy, given the massive pushback from universities. She fears for herself, and for the many Venezuelan students in the US who will have nothing to return to at home because their families are no longer there — millions have fled to neighboring countries, or even Europe, in recent years.

The policy, if enacted, would also pose a serious financial challenge to colleges and universities, which depend heavily on revenue from foreign students. International students contribute $45 billion to the US economy and support US 455,000 jobs, according to the Department of Commerce.

Like most international students, Garry Fanata, a fourth-year software engineering student at the University of California, in Irvine, is paying full tuition. His biggest concern right now is not being able to stay in the US after graduating and working for a few years in a top tech company.

“This was my plan to be able to repay my parents for the investment they have put into my education,” he said.

Fantana, who is the first generation from his Indonesian family to study in the US, said he is not looking at flights home yet because he is confident that his university will find a solution. “However, this might not be the case for smaller colleges and universities,” he added.

Others are less optimistic, including a computer engineering student who said he was planning on visiting his family in India in September. The 20-year-old student, who did want his named used for fear of being targeted by ICE, said that for months, he worried his plans would be derailed by the coronavirus. Now, he fears the US government won’t allow him back into the country.

“This week has been one of the most stressful weeks ever,” he said. On top of the stress, “I have to keep performing at my best. America is ready to kick me out.”

While much of the discussion is currently centered on the economic impact of international students, Scacco says it is important to remember that those affected by this policy are young, law-abiding people who are intent on learning at the best universities.

“These students are human beings deserving of respect, deserving of certainty over their educational processes,” he said. “We have entered into agreements with these students.”





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Woman’s class ring she lost in Maine in 1973 was found in a forest in Finland


Nearly 50 years after a woman lost her boyfriend’s class ring in a Maine department store, it turned up buried six inches deep in the floor of a forest in Finland.

“I was shocked. And didn’t really believe that it would be his. I needed to see it,” Debra McKenna, the owner of the ring told CNN of the surprise discovery. “How could it be so far away?”

The man who found it was just as excited.

But the story of how the ring journeyed from 1973, Maine, to 2020, Finland, is a mystery.

Lost in a department store

The ring’s journey began in Portland, Maine, in 1973.

It belonged to her high school boyfriend, Shawn, she told the Bangor Daily News, and he gave it to her before he left Morse High School for college.

She lost it not long after he left, when she removed it to wash her hands at a department store in Portland. “It wasn’t there when I went back and it was only minutes,” McKenna told CNN. “And that was the last I saw of it.”

She was upset. But he didn’t care.

Ultimately, it didn’t matter — the couple married in 1977 and stayed together for 40 years until he passed away in 2017 after a six-year battle with cancer.

Then found in a forest

Somewhere between 1973 and this past January, the ring crossed the Atlantic Ocean for Finland.

Marko Saarinen, a 38-year-old sheet metalworker, came across an item that he figured must have been toy from a vending machine.

A few hours a week, Saarinen enjoys looking for historic items in a nearby forest in Kaarina, Finland, with his metal detector, and such discoveries are uncommon. He usually finds old coins, musket balls, trash or bottle caps but nothing too valuable, he said. But when he took a closer look, he quickly realized it was slightly more authentic.

Debra McKenna lost the class ring her future husband gave to her 47 years ago in Portland, Maine. It was just found in a forest in Finland.

The markings on the ring — Morse High School, the year, 1973, and the initials, “S.M.” — gave him clues he’d need to try and track the owner down.

Saarinen posted a photo of the ring to the Morse High School Class of 1973 Facebook page and quickly received a response.

The alumni group had no trouble finding the original owner: it was Shawn McKenna’s. Debra’s high school boyfriend.

“We had no other males in the class with those same initials,” one of the administrators of the class Facebook page, Kathleen Nadeau, told CNN. “I believe there were about 216 of us. There was a female in our class with the same initials, but from the photos we knew it was a man’s ring.”

Saarinen didn’t think twice to mail it back to where it belonged. He’s just happy to have made the find. “This has been an amazing discovery. Best yet,” he said.

Debra, for her part, is glad the ring found its way home. She believes the discovery was a message from her husband that he’s still with her.

“I was feeling a little lost for a bit, and now I feel like, okay, he’s letting me know that things are good, that the decisions I’m making are right and he’s behind me on it,” she said. “Like he has been through my whole life.”



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Guilford County training its largest paramedic class


GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The new year is bringing big changes to Guilford County Emergency Medical Services.

This week Training Manager Jan Paladino will begin teaching the department’s largest paramedic class.

“Last year we graduated 8, so we doubled the number of students,” Paladino said. “This will present us with some unique challenges like scheduling, and it will take longer since we have so many students.”

Sixteen current Guilford County Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs will train to become paramedics. While it is a big class, EMT Carrie Taylor said there is room to learn.

“They will put in as much as we put in,” Taylor said. “So I think if we are willing to put in the extra effort, it will be a super successful class.”

Most community colleges take about two years to train someone to become a paramedic.

But Guilford County Emergency Medical Services will speed up the course, covering a lot of material in nine and a half months.

The training schedule also includes several hours of clinical training and time with an experienced paramedic. The pace and class load doesn’t scare EMT Franco Abad.

“To go through the education of a 2-year program in 9 to 10 months. Doesn’t get much better than that,” Abad said. “Plus, I am making a difference on the streets.”

Paramedic training will allow Abad and others to become more involved during a medical emergency.

Paramedics have a higher skill set and can make assessments and administer medicines. The actions of a lead paramedic are one reason why Abad wants to do the job.

“To see my partner just be that cool and calm through a chaotic scene. I just want to be that,” Abad said.

Paladino described another trait successful paramedics need to have.

“It takes someone that is compassionate, someone that wants to provide a service to people because that’s what we do,” Paladino said. “We provide a service. We are a service industry.”

An average Guilford County paramedic class has between 8 to 12 EMTs.

The 16 EMTs training to become paramedics will graduate in October.

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A 5-year-old boy’s entire kindergarten class showed up for his adoption hearing



Five-year-old Michael’s entire kindergarten class sat in the audience behind him waving big red hearts mounted on wooden sticks to show their support.

Michael’s adoptive father told CNN his favorite part was when the judge asked everyone present in the room to explain what Michael means to them.

The kindergartners offered the most touching answers, standing up and telling the court, “I love Michael” or “Michael’s my best friend,” his father said.

He added that the judge said it was the first time she’d ever hosted a whole kindergarten class for a hearing in her courtroom.

Michael’s parents fostered him for a year

Michael’s mother told CNN that her new son’s teacher, Mrs. McKee, floated the idea to her one day when she dropped Michael off at Wealthy Elementary School.

McKee knew the adoption would be finalized soon, and the two agreed on how to make the big day particularly special for Michael.

From there, McKee organized the whole class outing, procuring a school bus, and gave her students a field trip to remember.

Michael’s new father and mother have been married for nearly 10 years, and he’s been living with them as a foster child since last Thanksgiving.

“We didn’t have any kids prior to that, and things got pretty chaotic in a hurry,” his father said.

The proud parents said their charismatic son loves to dance and swim, and to play basketball and soccer.

They say they’re amazed at how many friends he has, and his father says one of the most beautiful parts of the past year has been the many children “welcoming (Michael) into their homes and onto play dates.”



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Boy brings whole class to Kent County Adoption Day



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —

A boy in Kent County brought his entire class with him Thursday morning as he received a gift just in time for the holidays: a forever home.

Five-year-old Michael Orlando Clark Jr. wanted all his friends to see the moment he was officially adopted, so he brought them to 17th Circuit Court to cheer him on.

His parents, Andrea Melvin and David Eaton, knew Michael was the right fit for their family after fostering.

“He brings us a lot of joy,” Melvin said. “He’s just so full of energy and so full of love, it’s just been great for everybody.”

There was no shortage of love around them in the courtroom.

“It is a great tribute to Michael that he had so many of his classmates here and so many said he was their best friend too,” Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman said.

Judge Patricia Gardner said she had never experience something like that before.

“Never have I experienced that before, and it was loads of fun, the kids were into it and supporting their best friend, and the family of Michael,” she said.

After Thursday’s ceremony, Eaton said he hopes other families get to share the inspiring experience his has gone through.

Thirty-six other kids were also adopted Thursday as part of the 23rd annual adoption day in Kent County.





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MONTOUR HIGH SCHOOL TATTOO: Mom furious about tattoo daughter got during class at local high school




ROBINSON, Pa. – Tattoos done at a high school — that’s what the mother of a 15-year-old Montour High School student said happened.

Shartisha Lee’s daughter came home with a small cross on her wrist and now she wants to know how this happened during class. 

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Lee’s daughter told her mother another student gave her and others tattoos using a method called “stick and poke.” She said it was done during study hall at the high school, while the teacher was in the room.

Now, Lee is worried for her daughter’s health.

“First thing that’s going through my mind is all the diseases that people can get from getting tattoos,” she said. “I pray that she’s healthy, she’s okay.”

Lee told Channel 11 that someone at the Allegheny County Health Department said her daughter will have to get tested for Hepatitis A, B, C, Syphilis and HIV. However, they have to wait a month for doctors to detect any diseases.

While they wait, Lee’s daughter and the other students involved have been suspended for three days.


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Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All plan won’t raise taxes on the middle class (opinion)



The most important source of revenue for Warren’s Medicare for All plan is simply to have businesses pay their employees’ health insurance premiums to Medicare instead of private insurance companies. Over time, businesses would be required to pay slightly less to Medicare for health insurance than they would otherwise have paid to private insurers. New small businesses with fewer than 50 employees would not be required to make these payments.

There has been some handwringing that this would be regressive. That is, lower-paid workers would suffer, since businesses would pay more for lower-paid workers’ health insurance as a percent of their pay than for higher-paid workers. But companies’ current premiums generally vary by the type of insurance plan and family size, and not by employee income. Warren’s Medicare for All plan effectively preserves this. And by replacing trillions of dollars in individual spending on health care with new taxes on large corporations and the rich, her plan overall is clearly progressive.
Warren’s Medicare for All plan is also paid for in part by the taxes generated from the increase in take-home pay that workers will enjoy as they no longer pay toward private health insurance. The typical worker shells out several thousand dollars a year, untaxed, to insure their family. Under Medicare for All, that worker would receive that money as wages, which would be subject under existing law to income and payroll taxes.
Large too-big-to-fail banks, financial firms and large multinational corporations would also pay more to fund Warren’s M4A. While the merits of these tax increases are debatable, there is little debate regarding the revenues they will generate. This is based on past work done by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation, the non-partisan government organizations that assess the budgetary costs of government spending and tax policies.
Perhaps the most controversial of Warren’s proposed methods to finance Medicare for All is to increase taxes on the super-rich. This includes significantly upping her wealth tax on the nation’s 600-plus billionaires. Some critics believe Warren’s taxes on the wealthy would be unfairly confiscatory, substantially cutting into their wealth. Perhaps. But over the past two generations, the top 0.1% of Americans has seen its share of the nation’s wealth more than double to 20%. This trend is not consistent with a well-functioning market economy and democracy like ours’.
Criticism that Warren is overestimating the revenue she can hope to generate from the wealth tax is overblown. She addresses these concerns by saying she will empower and appropriately fund the Internal Revenue Service to go after those who willfully avoid paying their taxes. Enforcing our tax laws and best practices on tax compliance can generate significant revenue. Closing America’s tax gap — the difference between taxes owed and taxes paid —would help Warren get the revenue she needs.
To be sure, these aren’t the only taxes on the wealthy that Warren has proposed. In addition to the wealth tax, which she also uses to pay for her child care, college affordability and K-12 education plans, she wants a larger estate tax to pay for her housing plan, higher payroll and net investment income taxes would go toward her Social Security reforms, and she supports repealing Trump’s tax cuts for high-income households to generate even more revenue for her plans. With this combination of tax changes, there is a reasonable concern that the wealthy will work overtime to avoid paying.
But once we start to consider the broader consequences of the totality of Warren’s plans, it’s incumbent we do so with regard to both her tax proposals but also the investments those taxes will fund. Based on my own analyses, Warren’s plans for child care, housing and green manufacturing would spur economic growth and produce more tax revenue. Considering the economic impact of all her proposals (an analysis no one has done yet), it is very possible that total government revenues generated by her plans will exceed the total amount of new investments she proposes. Criticism that Senator Warren’s Medicare for All plan can’t be paid for, at least not without putting a greater financial burden on lower- and middle-income Americans, is wrong.

Of course, Warren’s Medicare for All plan isn’t the only way to provide health insurance to all Americans, rein in growing health care costs and improve health care outcomes. A more tractable approach in my view is to allow those who like their private health insurance to keep it and to build on Obamacare by giving everyone else an option to get Medicare.

I don’t agree with Warren’s vision for our health care system, but I admire that she has clearly and credibly laid out that vision and that she sought out the opinions of those who may disagree with her to provide independent validation of her numbers. That’s the kind of rigor we should expect from all of our presidential candidates.



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