Rebranding Death: What is the “death positive” movement?

FUNerals, coffin clubs, and death cafes are just a few ways people are embracing their mortality.   Video of Rebranding Death: What is the "death positive" movement? The finality of death is overwhelming for a lot of people. In fact, more than half of Americans are “afraid” or “very afraid” of facing death, according to a Chapman University Study . But the birth of the “Death Positive” or “Death Wellness” movement is hoping to change the cultural mindset about dying. Henry Fersko-Weiss, a New York social worker, helped birth the…

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Philadelphia suspect in custody after standoff with police

Six officers wounded in standoff that began after gunman shot police officers seeking to serve felony narcotics warrant. A gunman who opened fire on police as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said. The standoff in the United States‘ Pennsylvania state, which began early on Thursday after the attacker opened fire on police officers seeking to serve a felony narcotics warrant, follows a string of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio,…

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Jeffrey Epstein’s victims to sue his estate for damages: Lawyers

At least two lawyers say they plan to sue 66-year-old alleged sex trafficker who allegedly hanged himself in jail. Lawyers in the United States representing victims of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein have said they will sue the well-connected financier’s estate for damages following his apparent suicide. Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents two of the victims, told Reuters news agency on Sunday she will soon file civil claims, which she said had been held off since federal prosecutors were pursuing sex trafficking charges against the 66-year-old accused. Another lawyer, Roberta…

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FedEx terminates ground delivery of Amazon packages in US

Shipping giant’s contract with the e-commerce behemoth not renewed, as it expires at the end of August. FedEx has been cutting ties with Amazon, as the Seattle-based online retailer is also a competitor in the logistics sector [Mike Blake/Reuters] FedEx Corp. is snipping another tie with Amazon.com Inc. as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor by building its own shipping network. The ground-delivery contract with Amazon won’t be renewed when it expires at the end of this month, FedEx said in an emailed statement. The decision quickens the company’s…

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How to build self-confidence

In the workplace, low self-confidence often results in lower wages, less productivity and few risks. Books with the words “self-confidence” in their titles fill retail and home bookshelves. Yet, many individuals still lack basic confidence essential for work, play and relationships. A 2017 NBC News report indicated: “On the world stage, Americans tend to get labeled as confident, cocky and entitled — but that’s an over-generalization that only applies to a fraction of professionals.” In the workplace, low self-confidence often results in lower wages, less productivity and few risks. At…

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Impeachment: The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name

We may be in the beginning stages of the process that could remove the president. But it may be moot, since the most important battle is over control of the statehouses. If the 2020 presidential election is going to be about anything, it’s going to be a referendum on four years of President Trump. This is true in spite of the ongoing Democratic campaigns, in which more than 20 candidates are trying to position themselves on what they see as issues critical to primary voters: health care, climate change, racial…

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Danger lurks in the warm, summer waters

Heading to the seaside for fun and relaxation doesn’t come without some risk. As summer sets in and the heat increases, people flock to their local beaches and fly abroad to find the perfect holiday destination. A weather phenomenon known as a rip current will often form in the water just offshore that may ruin your day at the beach. Rip currents are strong, narrow currents running out to sea from the beach, which can quickly drag people and debris away from the shallows of the shoreline and out to…

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How to give up soda in 3 steps

As of June, six states had imposed a soda tax to try to curb excess consumption, while more states are jumping on the nutritional governance bandwagon Americans love soda. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists sugar-sweetened beverages as the leading source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Even sugar-free sodas are an unhealthy addition to diets because of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose, pointed out healthline.com in May 2018. The CDC informs, “Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type…

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Starbucks’ earnings soar thanks to Chinese and US coffee lovers

The coffee chain’s total net revenue rose 8.1 percent to $6.8bn for the third-quarter, surpassing Wall Street estimates. Starbucks Corporation raised its annual earnings forecast after quarterly same-store sales exceeded Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the world’s largest coffee chain saw robust demand in the United States and China for its new beverages. Shares of the Seattle-based company rose nearly six percent to $96.40 after the bell and were on track for a record high after the company posted its biggest same-store sales growth in 12 quarters. Starbucks has…

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Foods that help your gut

Bloating, bad breath, skin irritation, sleeplessness and fatigue, and diarrhea are all symptoms of an unhealthy gut, caused primarily by bacteria in the intestinal tract. However, there are ways to obtain a healthier gut. Drew Hemler, a registered dietician based in Buffalo, New York, explained gut bacteria as “the ‘gut flora’ or the microbiome of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract.” Healthline.com last July informed further, “A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. While some microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are incredibly…

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Reasons to celebrate: Where have all these ‘national days’ suddenly come from?

While many designations are quirky, others are beneficial — such as June 23 being National Hydration Day — or historic — Day of the Seafarer, June 25. June 20 was Ugliest Dog Day; the 22nd, National Kissing Day. June is considered the national month for candy, soul food, country cooking and dairy. Every day of every month, in fact, is a reason to focus on and “celebrate” something. While many designations are quirky, others are beneficial — such as June 23 being National Hydration Day — or historic — Day…

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Fun & free: Summer activity ideas for the family

Schedule meaningful activities to make sure children do not become screen zombies. Summer breaks are certainly necessary for down time. However, schedule meaningful activities to make sure children do not become screen zombies. Verywellfamily.com listed in September these three: – “Grandparents Camp”: Staying with grandparents for a few days or a week saves parents from spending money on an expensive theme camp and allows for quality family time. Grandparents might plan such activities as painting, baking, creative photography (printing photos and framing them) or gardening. – Pull out a different…

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5 hairstyles to flatteringly fit 5 face shapes

Bangs, in fact, are often key to a face-flattering hairstyle Everyone has a general face shape, and learning which hairstyles flatter facial contours is a professional’s priority. The Salon Professional Academy in Shorewood, Illinois, teaches – in its “Ultimate Face Shape Guide” – suggested cuts for specific facial types: 1. Oval: Forehead is wider than chin; long blunt cut with bangs. 2. Heart: Forehead and cheekbones are wider than chin, which tends to be very narrow; bangs or fringe on a shorter cut as well as a deep side part.…

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JPMorgan settles biggest-ever anti-dad bias case

Payout resolves a 2017 complaint brought by ACLU alleging bank discriminated against a father seeking parental leave. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve a discrimination claim filed by a male employee who alleged the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads. The payout resolves a 2017 complaint brought by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging bias against Derek Rotondo, who had applied unsuccessfully for the 16-week parental leave benefit available to employees who are the “primary caregiver” of a new kid. JPMorgan doesn’t…

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How New Yorkers Stood Up to Amazon and Won

Queens activists, unions, and political leaders worried about gentrification and opposed the $1.2 billion in tax breaks offered to the retail giant. When Amazon announced in November it would establish another headquarters in Long Island City, in the Queens borough of New York, the reaction wasn’t all positive. A group of local activists, unions, and political leaders voiced their opposition to the $1.2 billion in tax breaks the city and state offered the retail giant. Many cities had actively courted the company in hopes of investment and jobs. But the…

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