Tampa Bay to get its first fivestar hotel

first_imgTampa Bay to get its first five-star hotel CLEARWATER BEACH — It looks like all systems are a go for a brand new JW Marriott in Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay’s first ever five-star hotel.The 166-room, 15-storey property, which will be managed by Marriott, will boast an infinity pool, outdoor decks and a Spa by JW. Other features include two restaurants, a 300-foot private beach as well as 36 fully furnished JW Marriott Residences – the first of their kind in the United States – on the four upper floors.Early last year, hotelier Uday Lele, whose DreamView Resort will be replaced by the US$120 million project, was in initial talks with Marriott International about the new property. At the time, Marriott could not confirm specific plans for Tampa Bay.That all changed on Monday when the company confirmed it had given Lele the green light to launch sales of the condos under the JW Marriott Name. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be priced from $550,000 to $1.3 million and, when rented out, will serve as suites for the hotel.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsConstruction could start as early as this fall after the existing hotel is razed, and will take approximately two years to complete.The new $100 million JM Marriott comes at a time of unprecedented hotel development in the Tampa Bay area. It recently welcomed two large resorts – Opal Sands and they Wyndham – in addition to 27 other bay area hotels that are under construction, adding a total of 4,000 rooms. Posted by Tuesday, April 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Marriott Interntaionallast_img read more

As I see the NFL playoff games this weekend here

first_img As I see the NFL playoff games this weekend, here’s the one player I think will be the fulcrum to determine the outcome of the game. Tweet me yours @doug987fm. Comments   Share   GAME 1Kansas City at New EnglandSaturday – 2:35 kickoffEric BerryIn order for the Patriots to win, Tom Brady has to get rid of the ball fast. If Justin Houston and Tamba Hali can be what they used to be when both were healthy, Brady will be looking for short throws to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.  Eric Berry has the chance to come up huge or be torched. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning yells to his team during the second half in an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) For the first time in Manning’s career, he must not lose the game. If Manning tries to win the game for the Broncos, Pittsburgh is in the AFC Championship Game. We all love a fairy tale. Manning has been great for the NFL and he’s one of the legends of the game as a player and as a person. He deserves to go out on a white horse (Bronco) and ride into another version of “Manning versus Brady.” There’s just one catch. He can’t physically do what his mind is telling him to do. Denver has a great chance to host the AFC Championship Game as long as Manning plays more like Trent Dilfer and less like Ryan Leaf. GAME 3Seattle at CarolinaSunday – 11:05 kickoffLuke KuechlyEither Kuechly is the best overall LB in the league or there’s a short list of players ahead of him. He can do so many things well but everything he has will be tested against the Seattle offense. The teams have met once this year, but Seattle wasn’t clicking like they are now so that game means very little.If Kuechly stays in to spy Russell Wilson, can he still take away the Seattle crossing routes?  If Kuechly is preoccupied with Wilson’s boots, waggles and read-options, he can’t be as effective as when he simply reads the eyes of the classic drop back passer. There’s going to be so much attention paid to Cam Newton versus the Legion of Boom, and rightly so.  However, if Kuechly has a bad game, Newton won’t be able to cover it up against Seattle’s defense.GAME 4Pittsburgh at DenverSunday – 2:40 kickoffPeyton ManningThis is the easiest one of the four games to narrow it down to one player. What does this man have left?With all the rest, he did look good in the last game of the season.  A Week 17 game can’t erase the 2015 season, though. Manning has contributed very little to the success of the Denver Broncos this year. He wasn’t even a game manager during most of the games. The Denver defense snatched victory from Manning’s jaws of defeat on multiple occasions.center_img Berry must decide when to come to help against the run and diagnose the play fake. Berry can’t let anyone deep down the field but he also must control the dink and dunk that moves the chains. If he plays well, the Chiefs have a chance for their first AFC Championship game appearance since losing to Jim Kelly and the K-Gun in Buffalo two decades ago.GAME 2Green Bay at ArizonaSaturday – 6:15 kickoffEddie LacyThe Cardinals have too many offensive weapons for Green Bay’s defense to completely shut down. This might not be an offensively explosive game, but it certainly won’t be a replay of Vikings/Seahawks. The Packers will need to score to keep up with Arizona’s offense.The play-action pass will be huge for Green Bay and the only way it works is if Lacy runs like he did in the last three quarters of the Packers’ win in Washington.  Lacy can be a stud but he’s been hit-or-miss (mostly miss) for stretches this year. If it’s an arm’s race, I’m taking Carson Palmer. I’m not claiming Carson’s had a better career than Aaron Rodgers, but I’ll take the Cardinals’ offense as a whole every day in 2015.  The Packers can’t win this game without Lacy being a major threat. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rep Afendoulis makes historic vote to lower car insurance rates for Michigan

first_img Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News House approves overhaul reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis announced.Afendoulis voted in favor of a plan that has features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“This historic reform has been over 40 years in the making, and I’m honored to have played a role in making sure it finally happened,” Afendoulis said. “The reality is that West Michigan families need more affordable car insurance rates, and that’s what this plan provides.“The reality also is that key players in the health care arena – hospitals, acute care facilities and insurers, among them – will be critical in the success of this reform and we have been encouraged by their willingness to participate in the solution,” Afendoulis said. “Change this big creates uncertainty and having so many at the table helps us ensure that we have created the best solution possible and that it will be implemented in the best manner possible.”Afendoulis has been a lead advocate for reforms and was also a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee – the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower personal injury protection rates for all Michigan drivers;Gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies;Stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims; andCombats fraudulent claims to help lower costsThe sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration. 09May Rep. Afendoulis makes historic vote to lower car insurance rates for Michigan driverslast_img read more

The shows executive producer Amelia Brown said

first_imgThe show’s executive producer Amelia Brown said: “We’ve had some amazing winners over the last ten series, from this year’s champion Richard Jones, who was the first magician to ever win the show, right through to Paul Potts, Diversity and Collabro.“We can’t wait to see what talent your town has to offer.“Anyone can apply – there is no age limit and we are looking for all kinds of talents, so if you feel you have something special to show us then make sure you apply, you never know where it might take you.”So if you think you have a hidden gem of talent why not head along to Foyleside Shopping Centre next week.It could be a life changing decision. BRITAIN’S Got Talent is coming to Derry next week.Auditions for the popular ITV show will be held in Foyleside Shopping Centre.Those who think they can make the break through with their act are asked to come down to Foyleside next Wednesday, October 19. BGT COMING TO DERRY NEXT WEEK IN THE HOPE OF FINDING NEW TALENT was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img The BGT team will be there from 11.30 am to 5.30 pm in search of possible rising stars who can make it all the way to the stage shows in front of Simon Cowell and his co-judges.The show, hosted by Ant & Dec, is open to any performer of any age.BGT say that all you need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress.Anything goes from magicians to comedians, drag acts to singers and acrobats to animals. AMELIA BROWNBRITAIN’S GOT TALENTFOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRESIMON COWELLlast_img read more

Imagine as Christopher Buckley son of William F

first_imgImagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of calling it suicide, it would euphemistically be known as “Voluntary Transitioning.” Now we have Ezekiel Emanuel, Ari and Rahm’s brother, making quite a splash with his article “Why I Hope to Die at 75” in the Atlantic. While he doesn’t plan on suicide, he will stop receiving medical treatment. He says people deteriorate, and are less productive and creative. So why stay around so long? The former White House aid’s article makes Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet’s piece on Casey Research last December all the more interesting. She pointed out that Mr. Emanuel has written plenty about “The Complete Lives System” which: makes crystal clear that physicians must not focus on the individual patient. Instead, medical care should be allocated based on the patient’s usefulness to the “collective good.” If you’re too old, or too young, or your ailment is too complicated, society is better off letting you die rather than paying a doctor to heal you. One tenet of the Complete Lives system is that medical care for people under age 15 and over age 45 should be attenuated. “Attenuate” means to ration. Emanuel believes that the very young and the elderly are less valuable to society than those in the middle of the age curve. Mr. Emanuel is likely trying to start a trend and maybe even plant the idea for legislation to stop caring for people at 75—all for the good of the country, of course. Besides ghoulish, it’s a bit ironic, given the unwillingness of Americans to grow up. It’s telling that Obamacare covers children up to 26, as if the mid-20s is the new teenager. There was no such thing as a teenager before 1941; there were children and there were adults, explains Diana West in her book The Death of the Grown-Up. Now, turning 13 brings on the wonderful, entitled world of being a teen instead of taking a small step toward adulthood, and according to West “due to the permanent hold our culture has placed on the maturation process, that’s where they’re likely to find most adults.” For instance, it turns out more adults watch the Cartoon Network than CNN. And while CNN is a low bar, remembering that my old boss, the CEO of a bank, would constantly watch SpongeBob SquarePants, I can believe this. Ms. West writes that the previous generation was “one not yet under the influence of a youth culture of licentious boys (sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll) and petulant girls (women’s lib), shaped [by] that most basic human instinct—survival. Elevated by a maturing belief in duty, honor, loyalty, and forbearance, the instinct to survive wasn’t just a self-concern; it was, it turned out, the saving grace of civilization.” So what’s happened? Why the societal breakdown? We’ve had Republicans and we’ve had Democrats in charge. It doesn’t matter. It’s inflation and democracy. Both shorten people’s time horizons. As a nation, we live for the moment because our money is constantly degraded and our politicians steal from us continuously. In his masterful examination of the Thomas Mann short story Disorder and Early Sorrow, professor Paul Cantor observes, “Mann is as acute in portraying the psychological effects of inflation as he is in portraying the economic, social and political effects.” Mann shows “inflation fundamentally changes the way people think, forcing them to live for the moment.” With everyone’s time horizons shortened during the Weimar hyperinflation, hard work and prudent investing are believed foolish. In Death and Early Sorrow, the older generation lost its authority and youth dominated. The children acted like adults and the adults acted like children. “The young are more adaptable to changing conditions, while the old are set in their ways,” writes Cantor, “Hence the young cope better with inflation.” Mann saw inflation change the dynamic between generations in society. With “the young [having] a huge advantage over the old,” Cantor explains. “Not having experienced economic stability, the youth of Germany are more able to go with the inflationary flow.” Mann’s principal character, Professor Cornelius, has a servant, young Xaver, who is the perfect inflationary child. Xaver, Mann described, “utterly lacks a sense of duty and can as little be trained to the performance of the daily round and common task as some kinds of dog can be taught to jump over a stick.” Xaver has no feeling for the past and lacks the discipline so prized in Germany. Cantor points out that the elderly “become increasingly irrelevant” in an inflationary environment. It’s well known that inflation especially punishes those on fixed incomes. “Mann fills in our sense of the psychological disruptions that accompany the economic ravages of inflation,” writes Cantor. “More than any other factor, inflation discredits the authority of the older generation and turns power over to youth.” With prices soaring, youthful vices look like wisdom; the conservatism and prudence of the elderly are made to look silly. In his epic Democracy: The God That Failed, Hans-Hermann Hoppe explained that democracy increases societal time preference and with democratic rule “contrary to conventional wisdom, the decivilizing forces inherent in any form of government are systematically strengthened.” The private ownership of government (monarchy) is much more long-term oriented. Rulers may pass on a nation’s wealth to their heirs. In a democracy, politicians can only use government resources. A president has every incentive to maximize current income at the expense of capital value. A president being a temporary caretaker, explains Hoppe, “will use up as much of the government resources as quickly as possible, for what he does not consume now, he may never be able to consume.” And since in a democracy anyone can be president or in government, “public resistance against government power is systematically weakened,” Hoppe writes. “While expropriation and taxation before may have appeared clearly oppressive and evil to the public, they seem much less so, mankind being what it is, once anyone may freely enter the ranks of those who are at the receiving end.” Ever oppressive government and increased taxation make saving for the future look futile. One might as well live for today if what you save will only be confiscated by government. As democracy dictates that the haves take care of the have-nots, “there will be less productive activity, self-reliance and future-orientation, and more consumption, parasitism, dependency and shortsightedness,” Professor Hoppe writes. What democracy and government have done is to retard the natural tendency of humanity to build an expanding stock of capital and durable consumer goods. Man, instead of becoming increasingly more farsighted and providing for ever more distant goals, is tending toward decivilization. As Hoppe describes, “formerly provident providers will be turned into drunks or daydreamers, adults into children, civilized men into barbarians, and producers into criminals.” When someone so powerful as Emanuel, leading by example, advocates for the elderly to get out of the way, society has indeed devolved. Too much money and too much government have turned civilized people into barbaric children.last_img read more

first_img – The Attack America Never Saw Coming Another surprise attack against the U.S. dollar is coming. And soon, too. This attack won’t be from China. Instead, this one will hurt the worst — coming from a sworn “ally” of Americans. Click here to view this short, 60-second message on how to prepare for the next “surprise” currency move. Learn about the realities of identity theft and defend yourself accordingly. Have some or all of your start-over funds hidden. Growing to Fear Black Swans I knew little about risk theory when, in my early 30s, I decided to become wealthy. But even then, I understood that financial predictions rarely seemed to come true, even when they were convincingly argued. So, rather than trying to become an expert at economics or the financial markets, I made a practical plan that I hoped would allow me to create wealth without foresight. I see now that my plan was aimed at becoming antifragile. I bought safe bonds and index funds and real estate. I eventually bought gold, too, but not as a means to make money (which happened) but as a store of wealth and a hedge against inflation. I collected art for the same reason. I figured that the value of my art might go up while other assets were going down. And all the while, I kept investing in small businesses that I understood and could control as a key shareholder. This gave me not only the chance of equity growth but also a steady flow of current income. My plan, in other words, was about what I knew to be happening at the moment than what I thought would happen in the future. I bought gold because I had been reading Bill Bonner. This was back when gold was trading at about $450 per ounce. Without gold in my portfolio, I felt fragile. So I bought gold coins, not to profit from a price surge, but to protect myself. Likewise, I got out of the rental real estate market when prices were getting too high. Everyone was sure prices would keep rising. I wasn’t sure. But if they did crash—as some writers were predicting—I wanted to be safe. So I got out of the market around 2006. Buying gold cost me money. I saw it as an insurance premium…and a cheap one at that. Getting out of the real estate market felt like I was giving up future profits. But I considered that, too, a sort of premium—to protect the profits I’d already made from the properties I owned. Using Taleb’s terms, buying gold and selling real estate was a move to make myself less fragile. The Best Ways to Achieve Financial Antifragility Diversify your assets into at least four and at best six of the following categories: cash, bonds, stocks, gold, options, and rental real estate. If you don’t own a business, start or invest in one. Make sure it is a business that you understand and over which you can have some control. — Invest in quality, dividend-paying stocks. I would define these as antifragile because of the long-term approach, the policy of buying more stock during downturns, and the fact that these stocks rise quickly after drops. Don’t give up your active income. If you don’t have a job now, get one, even if the income is small. Editor’s Note: There are some things in life you can’t predict… In today’s Weekend Edition, Palm Beach Research Group founder Mark Ford argues that no one can know for sure when the next economic disaster will happen. Instead of trying to predict the unpredictable, Mark recommends ten steps you can take to make your finances “antifragile”… How to Survive and Profit From Black Swan Events By Mark Morgan Ford Several years ago Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan, came out with a bestselling book called Antifragile. You may have read it. If not, I recommend it. It’s one of those rare books that presents the reader with a feast of delectable ideas. I find myself savoring every page—as much as I might enjoy a bite at a dinner of prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach. Useful facts: Antifragile can be seen as a sequel to The Black Swan, which can be seen as a sequel to Fooled by Randomness. Taleb’s argument is that (a) people underestimate how much randomness there is in life (Fooled by Randomness), (b) the most important events are often unpredictable (The Black Swan), and (c) it is possible to not just protect yourself from such events but also to benefit from them by being antifragile. If I hadn’t read Taleb, I’m sure I would have resisted his ideas. I don’t like the idea that you can’t predict important events. I’d prefer to think that if you had enough data and enough computer power, you could. But Taleb is a nimble thinker and a seductive writer. He loves to poke fun at conventional wisdom—whether it is on the subject of health (cholesterol is bad), economics (the Fed can manage the economy), or traffic regulations (more streetlights mean more safety). In Antifragile, he picks up on the “Black Swan” idea. He argues that there are some things in life we can predict and others that we can’t. But what we can do, Taleb asserts, is determine whether something might be destroyed by an unpredictable event. A glass vase, for example, is likely to be destroyed in an earthquake. A stuffed bear is more likely to survive. So rather than spending time trying to predict the unpredictable, we should try to understand whether our practices, programs, and possessions could be destroyed by Black Swans. And if they can, we should work to change that. One thing we can do is find ways to make our practices, programs and possessions more robust: more likely to survive catastrophic events. An even better thing we can do—and this is the core message of Antifragile—is find ways to profit from Black Swans. Robustness, Taleb says, is the quality of being able to endure ruinous events. A very healthy person, for example, is more likely to survive pneumonia than someone who is sickly. His thesis is that when it comes to the economy (among other things), we should do things that make us antifragile to economic disaster. This is more helpful than trying to predict catastrophes. I’m sure you are thinking that this is just common sense. But as Taleb points out in Antifragile, this is the opposite of what the Fed and many financial experts do. Some financial writers, for example, spend their careers trying to predict how certain political and economic events might forecast the ups and downs of the market. Others, like technical analysts, make market predictions based on patterns they have observed in the past. As a wealth builder, you have a choice. You can adhere to the idea that markets can be timed and search out the best models for predicting them…or accept Taleb’s thesis and become an antifragile investor. How to Beat Wall St. 96.2% of the Time Over the last 8 years, a British ex-banker has been conducting one of the world’s largest investment “experiments.” In its initial testing, 84% of people said this simple strategy would put an extra $5-25k (per year) in their pocket. And now, over the last 4 years this investment strategy has provided a documented 96.2% win rate. Once banned in the UK for 127 straight years, this technique is now completely legal in the UK and America… Click here to find out more… Editor’s Note: Mark’s business partner Tom Dyson is hosting a free training series on “antifragile” income investing this week. Tom’s income strategy works whether markets are going up, down, or sideways. Developed over eight years of testing, it’s a virtual “can’t miss” strategy that has shown to be successful 96.2% of the time. To register for Tom’s free training series, go here now… Create a “start-over” fund that is equal to at least six months’ income. Also, have a “start-over” plan. It must be enough to cover your projected costs of starting over. Get insurance—but only what you really need—to protect your health, your house, and all of your other valuable possessions. Develop your cash-producing assets (options, performance stocks, bonds, and rental real estate) so that, in time, each one will give you ample yearly income. Get privacy guards for all of your Internet activities. Recommended Linkslast_img read more

A costcutting council is set to introduce new pol

first_imgA cost-cutting council is set to introduce new policies that will force disabled people with high-cost support packages out of their own homes and into residential and nursing institutions.Labour-run Southampton city council wants to cut its adult social care budget by £1.5 million in 2016-17.As part of those cuts, it wants to increase the use of telecare – such as personal alarms and sensors – so that it can reduce the need for visits from care workers and routine “wellbeing” checks, while also increasing care charges.But it also plans to review the personal budgets of every disabled person with a package of more than £500 a week, and consider if it would be cheaper to fund them for extra care housing, or nursing or residential care.A new council consultation – which ends on 31 January, or 14 January via an online survey – points out that 212 people in the city have care packages of more than £500 per week, which is “much higher” than the standard rate for residential care of £369 per week.If the proposals go ahead, the council would consider if extra care housing, residential or nursing care would be a more “cost effective” way to meet these individuals’ needs.The consultation document says: “If this is the case, we would typically set the personal budget at a level which would fund the identified extra care housing scheme, or appropriate residential or nursing placement.“The service user can then choose to either enter residential or nursing care, or to use their personal budget towards the cost of receiving care and support at home or in an alternative placement.”Ian Loynes (pictured), chief executive of Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, a user-led organisation which campaigns and provides services in Southampton, said the proposals were “deeply concerning” and “pretty bleak”.He said: “We need to fight this assault on people’s liberty and independence.“It’s pretty bleak already, but any prospect of moving people living independently in the community into residential care – it is impossible to see how that would be effectively meeting their needs.”Loynes said that disabled people in Southampton would be unlikely to have any extra resources they could use to top-up the council funding because the council’s charging policy meant that it already takes 100 per cent of their disposable income.He added: “Southampton have a very poor record of consulting and changing anything.“Their results of consultation normally change nothing in the way of policy.”Meanwhile, local media have reported that the council plans to build a £12 million “super care home”, with accommodation for up to 95 disabled people.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)*, said: “This is particularly worrying because Southampton have spent so much money building their new ‘super care home’ and it is also against all the principles of independent living to impose an illegal ceiling on the amount of funding people are allowed to have.“We are obviously concerned that if Southampton are able to do this then other local authorities will do the same.”Cllr David Shields, the council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “It is very important to remember that no decision on this issue has been made.“The council is engaged in an open and meaningful consultation exercise and consequently welcomes all views on the proposal to inform its decision.”But a council spokesman said it was faced with “difficult decisions” in meeting a budget shortfall of £39 million next year and £90 million by 2020-21, while the measure would affect less than five per cent of adults receiving council-funded care, and the council would “consider individual circumstances on a case by case basis”.He added: “The council has to balance an individual’s preferences with its requirement to use its fixed budget to support everyone in Southampton who has eligible adult social care needs and we consider the proposed approach to be more equitable.”He denied that the policy would breach article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which says governments should ensure that disabled people have “the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement”.And he said that the development described by local media as a “super care home” would in fact provide “extra care housing” and so was not a care or residential home, and would allow individuals “the independence of living in their own flat, but with the reassurance of on-site support and 24 hour care”.He said: “This is consistent with the council’s policy of exploring whether an individual’s needs can be met in appropriate extra care housing before residential or nursing care is considered.”*Anyone from Southampton who thinks they might be affected by the changes and would like to take action to prevent the policy being carried out can email DPAC at: mail@dpac.uk.netlast_img read more

Disabled young people have told MPs how they have

first_imgDisabled young people have told MPs how they have been “cheated” by the government’s new system for supporting pupils and students through school and college.MPs on the Commons educationcommittee heard howdisabled pupils were being denied a voice in drawing up their education, healthand care plans (EHCPs), and how they were not receiving what had been promisedin those plans.Thecommittee also heard that EHCPs were too focused on education, rather thanbeing “life focused”.Thecommittee heard from seven disabled young people on Tuesday as part of itsinquiry into the impact of the special educational needs and disabilities(SEND) reforms introduced by the government through its Children and FamiliesAct 2014*.Three of them – Jordan, Ben and Eva (pictured, centre, left and right) – were part of the RIP: STARS research team, a project led by disabled young people and researchers at Coventry University, which also included support from The Alliance for Inclusive Education, and looked at the quality of EHCPs and whether they met disabled children and young people’s rights.Jordan saidsome of their findings had been “stunning”, and that he and many other disabledyoung people “feel we were cheated out of the education system and treatedpoorly by them”.He said theymade the “atrocious” discovery that disabled children “weren’t actually beinginvolved in the process of their EHCPs”, with the main discussions taking place“without talking to the child themselves”.He saidplans were “either being delayed, mistaken, poorly done and they are notmeeting the needs of the child”, and he called for something to be done toensure that plans “are being carried out correctly by staff” and “not justignored and forgotten”.Eva, anothermember of RIP: STARS, said: “We found out that what was written in the plan wasnot being followed through, so many children aren’t receiving the support andthe correct education that they need and they are missing out on theireducation and childhood.”She said theplans were not preparing disabled children and young people for independenceand adulthood.Eva said theplans should use the language of the social model of disability “so childrenare not defined by labels and they are not seen as a problem”. She added:“Disabled children have a right to mainstream education, so they should achievesupport to achieve this and be in mainstream education if they choose to doso.”Ben, a thirddisabled young person from RIP: STARS, said EHCPs were “too educational focusedand not life focused, so children are not receiving the support they need inother important areas such as developing independence, having choice andcontrol, achieving aspirations, life goals, friends, access in the community.”He said itwas not right that disabled pupils who do not fit in with the “norms and rolesand rules of education” were often “shipped off, excluded, offloaded, or hiddenin other places” and “forgotten about”.Francesca,one of two deaf pupils on the National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) young people’s advisory boardwho gave evidence, told the committee that a lack of support at school meantshe missed out on social situations and on learning “how to be confident andempowered”.She said shehad even been encouraged to use a separate “SEND room” at lunch, which alsomade it harder to build friendships with non-disabled pupils.She said:“It’s showing to the other students that these people need to be kept separate,which I feel is the wrong attitude completely. “It shouldbe about inclusivity and empowering those people.”Francescasaid that meetings about EHCPs sometimes happened without the disabled youngperson being present.She said:“It’s really frustrating because you feel you can make your own decisionsbecause it is your own support.”Anothermember of the NDCS advisory board, Ella, said she was “really struggling” tosecure the support she needed through the EHCP process, with the local councilcurrently refusing to provide her with a plan because it did not think she wasdeaf enough. As a result,she said, her grades were “far below what they should be”.And she saidthe only people the council would listen to were her parents, and not her.Simran, whois studying accountancy and management at Queen Mary University of London and waswith the charity my AFK, said: “As a disabled woman, I have to work harder thaneveryone else to achieve anything.“I thinkit’s a great shame that young people with SEND are left unsupported and theirachievements are unappreciated. “I’m a 21-year-oldstudying accountancy and I want to be an accountant, I want to work, I want tocontribute to the economy and society, but I feel like there’s not very manyopportunities for me to do so.”Kashifa, whois studying at college and was also with my AFK, said she had received “a lotmore support” when she was at school.She said:“Even though we had meetings about me going to college, I’m not sure theyreally understood my needs when I got there. “I thinkpeople make a judgement about what you’re capable of based on your appearance. “I knowpeople mean well and they know you get anxious in certain situations, and theywant to try to protect you, but this just means you won’t be able to tryanything because people think you won’t be able to cope, so the opportunitiesstop.”She added:“I don’t need people to tell me I need to be realistic, either. “I want towork things out for myself and then be able to make the choice. “I don’tneed to be protected all the time, I just need the chance to try differentthings and then I can decide.”*Under government reforms which came into effect in September 2014, local authorities in England had until April 2018 to move all disabled children and young people eligible for support from SEN statements to new EHCPs. The plans last from birth to the age of 25 and set out all the support they should receive across education, health and social care.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Oculus Ordered to Pay 500 Million to ZeniMax

first_img Oculus Ordered to Pay $500 Million to ZeniMax This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Reportercenter_img The spat dates back to 2014 when ZeniMax sued the virtual reality firm for misappropriating trade secrets. Register Now » February 2, 2017 Oculus VR Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has been ordered to pay $500 million in damages to video game publisher ZeniMax Media for failing to comply with a non-disclosure agreement.The decision came back Wednesday after the Dallas jury deliberated for two and a half days on a verdict, according to Polygon. They also said Oculus did not misappropriate ZeniMax trade secrets, as the publisher had claimed.”The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax’s trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor,” an Oculus spokesperson told PCMag. “We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one — developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate. We look forward to filing our appeal and eventually putting this litigation behind us.”The spat dates back to 2014 when ZeniMax sued the virtual reality firm for misappropriating trade secrets, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and unfair competition. According to the complaint, former employee John Carmack started corresponding with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey in April 2012, when the Oculus Rift was “a crude prototype.”Luckey gave Carmack an early version of the Rift “and Carmack and other ZeniMax personnel added numerous improvements to the prototype,” the complaint said. “Together, those ZeniMax employees literally transformed the Rift by adding physical hardware components and developing specialized software for its operation.”Oculus later hired Carmack as its CTO, which ZeniMax claimed put its intellectual property — “including trade secrets, copyrighted computer code and technical know-how relating to virtual reality technology that was developed by ZeniMax after years of research and investment” — at risk.Despite the victory, ZeniMax was seeking a lot more: in closing arguments, the company’s lawyer said it should win $4 billion in compensation and punitive damages, Polygon notes. Oculus’s attorney said ZeniMax was just embarrassed and jealous.Facebook and ZeniMax did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Image credit: Shutterstock.com Angela Moscaritololast_img read more

New York City Caves on Plan to Cap Uber Drivers

first_imgRegulations Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, under pressure from business groups, citizens and high-profile celebrities and entrepreneurs, has backed off of a plan that would have limited the number of cars Uber could manage in the city.Under an agreement, first reported by The New York Times, New York will instead conduct a four-month study on the effect of Uber and other non-yellow-cab companies on the city’s traffic and environment. A city council bill to impose a cap on the number of Uber cars will be scrapped for now.”We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with Mayor de Blasio’s administration and the City Council to collaborate on a joint transportation study and to work together on ways to continue expanding economic opportunity, mobility and transportation access in the city,” said Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber NYC, in a statement. “We are pleased new drivers will continue to be free to join the for-hire industry and partner with Uber.”New York wanted what some saw as onerous regulations, capping Uber’s growth, as well as the prospects for rivals like Lyft. Under the proposed plan that has been shelved, Uber would have been required to stay within the city’s limits, which would allow car bases larger than 500 vehicles to increase by only 1 percent each year.Related: What Uber Has Learned About Expansion, Hurdles and Growing PainsDe Blasio had said curbing Uber was necessary for environmental issues. But actual riders balked, saying New York’s yellow (and green) cabs were notoriously unavailable and lacked the convenience of Uber, which has arguably the best ride-sharing and ride-hailing app. De Blasio’s plan was universally unpopular. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, was against it. Several celebrities pressured de Blasio, who has earned distrust from the New York entrepreneurial community for what some perceive as an anti-business stance and pro-regulation stance by his administration. Ashton Kutcher, an Uber investor, has been among the loudest critics, but others, like actor Neil Patrick Harris and supermodel Kate Upton have also weighed in.It even became a civil rights issue, as some black residents said Uber solved the problem of cab drivers intentionally avoiding picking up black passengers.Uber has become the symbol of innovation and disruption in an industry, changing the way many people travel in major cities around the world. But that has clashed with entrenched and heavily regulated industries like taxis, who pay cities high fees for licenses to operate. This has caused Uber and its supporters to claim cities are engaging in regulatory capture, where governments protect the special interests of the groups over which they have the most regulation, at the expense of more innovative approaches to solve problems.Related: Chipotle Raises Prices in San Francisco After Minimum Wage Hike Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for $5 Editor-at-Large Guest Writer Image credit: Shutterstock | Enhanced by Entrepreneurcenter_img July 22, 2015 –shares 3 min read Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand New York City Caves on Plan to Cap Uber Drivers Ray Hennesseylast_img read more

Research identifies factors that help dementia patients and their carers to live

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 24 2018New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible.Led by the University of Exeter, the research seeks to inform support services and guide policy on where resources should be spent to support the 50 million people worldwide that have been diagnosed with a dementia to optimise their ability to “live well”.Now, a large-scale study has produced two new papers published in Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders. A wide range of factors were found to play a role in living well. The team found that psychological aspects, such as optimism, self-esteem and whether they encountered loneliness and depression was closely linked to the ability to optimise quality of life and wellbeing in both people with dementia and carers. Experience in other areas of life influences psychological well-being and perceptions of living well. Physical health and fitness was important for both groups. For both carers and people with dementia social activity and interaction also ranked highly.For people with dementia, their social situation and their ability to manage everyday life were important factors.Carers rated their caregiving experience, and whether they felt trapped or isolated, as a key indicator in whether they could live well.The research was conducted in the Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL) cohort. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Economic and Social Research Council. The study comprised 1,547 people diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia and 1283 carers. Both groups of participants provided ratings of their quality of life, satisfaction with life and wellbeing, in relation to dementia and to overall health.The research team combined the findings into one overall “living well” score for people with dementia, and one for carers.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyLead author Professor Linda Clare, of the University of Exeter, who also leads the IDEAL study, said: “It’s so important to find ways for the 50 million people worldwide who have dementia to live as well as possible. Our research sheds new light on what factors play a key role in maximising factors such as wellbeing and quality of life. This must now translate into better ways to support people with dementia.”Co author Dr Anthony Martyr, of the University of Exeter, said: “Our research gives more specific guidance on where we should focus efforts to help people live as well as possible with dementia. For example, looking at how we can help people with dementia to avoid depression or stay physically and socially active. For carers it could involve strengthening community ties and building strong networks. We now need to develop and research programmes to establish what really works in these areas.”Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “People with dementia have the right to live well – however without clear definition it can be hard to determine what ‘living well’ really means. After looking at several factors, the IDEAL programme has found that psychological health has the biggest impact on people affected by dementia living well. Too many people face dementia alone without adequate support, and interventions that improve self-esteem, challenge negative perceptions towards ageing and reduce depression or loneliness could all help improve the psychological health of people affected. Research will beat dementia and while we strive to find a cure, we also need to improve life for the 850,000 people with dementia in the UK today. Alzheimer’s Society is proud to be supporting this study and looking further into these interventions – as well funding over £12m of other research to improve dementia care.”Source: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_698065_en.htmllast_img read more

Threedrug combination could be effective therapy for people with advanced melanoma

first_imgUtilizing the three drugs together sensitized the patient’s own immune system to bolster the power of immunotherapy and block the growth of two genes — BRAF and MEK — that cause cancer cells to reproduce and grow out of control.”Dr. Antoni Ribas, the paper’s senior author, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tumor Immunology Program Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 7 2019A UCLA-led research team has pinpointed a three-drug combination that could prove to be an effective new therapy for people with a specific type of advanced melanoma.The approach shows promise for extending the lives of people with a type of melanoma that contains a potent gene mutation, BRAF V600E. In clinical trials, it appeared not to cause the debilitating side effects that are caused by a combination of one targeted drug and an immunotherapy drug.The researchers found that people with the melanoma survived longer without the cancer progressing or growing when they received a combination of two targeted inhibitors that block the BRAF mutation (dabrafenib and trametinib) and an immune checkpoint inhibitor drug (pembrolizumab) as the initial treatment for their disease. The results of phase one and phase two clinical trials were published today in two papers in the journal Nature Medicine.In the phase two trial, those who received the three-drug combination had progression-free survival — meaning that the disease did not worsen or progress — for an average of 16 months. Those who received trametinib, dabrafenib and a placebo lived for an average of 10.3 months without the disease progressing.Approximately 94,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma annually, and around 7,000 people die of the disease each year. About half of the people who are diagnosed with metastatic melanoma carry the BRAF mutation.Previous studies have found that using one of the three drugs alone can dramatically shrink tumors in a small percentage of people with melanoma. A majority of people on the treatment, however, do not see any benefit or end up experiencing a relapse. Two-drug combinations also have been tested, but they, too, have had limited success.”Earlier attempts to combine a targeted agent with an immune checkpoint inhibitor as a double-combination therapy had debilitating side effects for patients, and it was just too toxic to continue testing, so we went back to the drawing board,” said Ribas, who is also the director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Center at UCLA. “We found that by using two targeted inhibitors, instead of just one, in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor, we could safely and effectively treat the cancer.”Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerIn the phase one trial, the scientists tested the three-drug combination for safety in 15 people with BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma. In 11 of them, the tumors shrank and remained stable and did not grow again for 12 to 27 months.One of the participants in that trial was Joanna, a former Wall Street trader and veteran hiker and snowboarder. In 2014, Joanna had golf ball-sized tumors throughout her body, and she was diagnosed with BRAF-mutated advanced melanoma. By the time the clinical trial began, she needed a wheelchair to get around, a far cry from the active life she was accustomed to.”I was in really bad shape,” Joanna said. “I was bedridden and on pain killers, and I couldn’t really move. It’s no way to live. I was obviously scared, yet surprisingly optimistic before starting the treatment.”Just days after she began the therapy, Joanna’s tumors began to disappear.”I could actually see it working,” she said. “The tumors started dissolving and getting smaller almost immediately. Within a month I was back walking on my own, and three months later I was on a plane to the Canadian Rockies for a vacation with one of my best friends.”Five years later, Joanna still has no evidence of the disease.After the study’s first phase proved the drug combination to be safe, the next phase incorporated 120 people at 22 sites around the world. Half of the patients received the three-drug combination, and the other half received the two targeted drugs and a placebo instead of the immunotherapy drug.Even though the trial was randomized, the three-drug group had more patients with a poorer prognosis than the placebo arm. Regardless, people in the three-drug group fared better, with their progression-free survival lasting an average of nearly six months longer than the average for those in the placebo arm.”The results of the triple therapy is so much more encouraging than double-therapy combinations with these drug agents,” Ribas said. “With this triple combination, we’re doing two things at once: using the two inhibitors to block the cancer from spreading, and stimulating the immune system. An immune response has the ability to remember foreign invaders and help protect the body from similar infections in the future, so enlisting an immune response to the cancer is aimed at having more durable responses to the therapy.”Source: University of California – Los Angeles Health Scienceslast_img read more

Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law

first_img Legal scholar Shawn Bayer has shown that anyone can confer legal personhood on a computer system, by putting it in control of a limited liability corporation in the U.S. If that maneuver is upheld in courts, artificial intelligence systems would be able to own property, sue, hire lawyers and enjoy freedom of speech and other protections under the law. In my view, human rights and dignity would suffer as a result. The corporate loopholeGiving AIs rights similar to humans involves a technical lawyerly maneuver. It starts with one person setting up two limited liability companies and turning over control of each company to a separate autonomous or artificially intelligent system. Then the person would add each company as a member of the other LLC. In the last step, the person would withdraw from both LLCs, leaving each LLC – a corporate entity with legal personhood – governed only by the other’s AI system.That process doesn’t require the computer system to have any particular level of intelligence or capability. It could just be a sequence of “if” statements looking, for example, at the stock market and making decisions to buy and sell based on prices falling or rising. It could even be an algorithm that makes decisions randomly, or an emulation of an amoeba.Reducing human statusGranting human rights to a computer would degrade human dignity. For instance, when Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot called Sophia, human women, including feminist scholars, objected, noting that the robot was given more rights than many Saudi women have. Sophia, a robot granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Credit: MSC/wikimedia, CC BY In certain places, some people might have fewer rights than nonintelligent software and robots. In countries that limit citizens’ rights to free speech, free religious practice and expression of sexuality, corporations – potentially including AI-run companies – could have more rights. That would be an enormous indignity. Provided by The Conversation An interview with Sophia, a robot citizen of Saudi Arabia. The risk doesn’t end there: If AI systems became more intelligent than people, humans could be relegated to an inferior role – as workers hired and fired by AI corporate overlords – or even challenged for social dominance.Artificial intelligence systems could be tasked with law enforcement among human populations – acting as judges, jurors, jailers and even executioners. Warrior robots could similarly be assigned to the military and given power to decide on targets and acceptable collateral damage – even in violation of international humanitarian laws. Most legal systems are not set up to punish robots or otherwise hold them accountable for wrongdoing.What about voting?Granting voting rights to systems that can copy themselves would render humans’ votes meaningless. Even without taking that significant step, though, the possibility of AI-controlled corporations with basic human rights poses serious dangers. No current laws would prevent a malevolent AI from operating a corporation that worked to subjugate or exterminate humanity through legal means and political influence. Computer-controlled companies could turn out to be less responsive to public opinion or protests than human-run firms are.Immortal wealthTwo other aspects of corporations make people even more vulnerable to AI systems with human legal rights: They don’t die, and they can give unlimited amounts of money to political candidates and groups. Artificial intelligences could earn money by exploiting workers, using algorithms to price goods and manage investments, and find new ways to automate key business processes. Over long periods of time, that could add up to enormous earnings – which would never be split up among descendants. That wealth could easily be converted into political power. Politicians financially backed by algorithmic entities would be able to take on legislative bodies, impeach presidents and help to get figureheads appointed to the Supreme Court. Those human figureheads could be used to expand corporate rights or even establish new rights specific to artificial intelligence systems – expanding the threats to humanity even more. Explore further Humans aren’t the only people in society – at least according to the law. In the U.S., corporations have been given rights of free speech and religion. Some natural features also have person-like rights. But both of those required changes to the legal system. A new argument has laid a path for artificial intelligence systems to be recognized as people too – without any legislation, court rulings or other revisions to existing law. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law? (2018, October 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-artificial-intelligence-person-law.html Why technology puts human rights at risk This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_img The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Rituals Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoBeverly Hills MDTop Plastic Surgeon: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoInfinityKloudPrevent A Data Disaster. This Smart USB Keeps Your Files Safe.InfinityKloudUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:09Robots to the Rescue02:27Robotic Arms关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]Advertisement These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote.last_img read more

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for TIME Padma Lakshmi has been keeping very busy: The Top Chef star recently filmed the 14th season of the hit Bravo show visited the Emmys where it was nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Program (The Voice ended up winning) and is about to publish her fourth book The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World TIME caught up with the multi-hyphenate talent ahead of the Emmys to talk about the new book her post-show meal and her favorite restaurant in Charleston the location of the next season of Top Chef TIME: Why write about spices and herbs Lakshmi: Ive always been fascinated with spices and herbs I think it is the class of ingredients that can transform your cooking from mundane to exciting and eclectic Theyre really the unsung heroes of your pantry and you probably have spices already lurking in your cupboard that you dont even use that you can get at any supermarket Yes there are some funky spices in the book because its a reference book so we wanted to be as comprehensive as scientifically possible But I just think that its easy to make something taste good by putting a lot of fat in it and were all trying to be more plant-based and more healthy and spices are a wonderful way to make your food not only healthier but way more delicious Theres a world of flavor that we have at our disposal that we just dont use Whats the spice or herb you cook with most Theres a few I would say of course sambar powder because its from South India and thats what feels like my home cooking but I love sumac Sumac is wonderful because first of all it has this gorgeous vermillion color and its also one of the rare spices that you can use to add tartness or acid to a dish without adding moisture Usually we add vinegar or lemon or lime but its a beautiful bright fruity tartness that you can use to flavor your food when youre doing something dry Its lovely it has a great texture to it its ubiquitous in Middle Eastern cultures It used to be grown and used here in America a lot more by the Native Americans they used to make cough syrup out of sumac berries and weve lost touch with that I also really love for instance Szechuan peppercorns and I know were finding out about them now because Chinese food is having this revolution where theyre going back to these things but a little Szechuan peppercorn goes a long way And its a warming spice thats great in the fall like it would be wonderful for example to use with sweet potatoes to give it a different kick thats different than just chili Top Chef is once again nominated at the Emmys What will you eat before and after the show I probably wont be eating much beforeI am in heavy Emmy training so Im trying not to eat too much But I can tell you what Ill be eating after the Emmys: probably a cheeseburger and some nachos even before midnight hits Where do you get that They usually have In-N-Out burgers at the after party so theyll come around with these little handcarts But I have been known to stop off at Taco Bell on Beverly Boulevard Ill just be released from my dietary torture Im still trying to shed the Top Chef pounds because I just stopped filming recently and you know what it takes me six weeks to gain it takes me at least 12 or 15 weeks now to [take off] Its a sad truth I know the next Top Chef season is in Charleston Whats your favorite restaurant there Gosh I would say Minero Its a taco joint by Sean Brock He just turned his private dining room from McCradys into this taqueria and its delicious In fact I liked it so much that I demanded the recipe for one of his salsas because it reminds me of an Indian chutney we make Which is also interesting about the spice book is that you see so many parallels in cuisines throughout the world like South American food and Mexican food in particular has a lot in common with Asian food because the climate is the same so the same things grow So this hot sauce that I fell in love with at Seans Mexican restaurant I 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