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Car Makers Hope For Boost In SUV Sales

May was a very good month for car dealers who are seeing sales in the range of 17 million cars sold so far this year. Auto makers are also hoping for a rejuvenated boost in sales for various SUV models that have staggered in recent years as a result of high fuel prices and the removal of the SUV tax break several years ago. Auto Makers See Boost in Car Sales in 2015

Crystal Hunt, trend analyst, reports that the steady improving economy and low car loan interest rates have help boost the sales. More specifically, low job unemployment numbers means more people going to work and needing a means to get to work. Additionally the federal reserve has kept the key interest rate on loans at close to zero which means that auto loans are still very cheap for good customers. Current oil prices below $3.00 a gallon nationwide has also lead to increased consumer confidence that the U.S. economy is getting better and that purchasing a car is not as risky a decision as it was merely a year ago. The number of sales have not been this robust since 2005 and auto dealers are glad to finally see relief in the buyer’s market.

Car sales tend to follow increase in new how sales, which have also been robust over the past several months. New homes mean new garages and many families expand their car ownership at least once within the first couple of years of buying a new home.

Sepp Blatter Resigns

It came a week later than expected, but FIFA finally is expected to have a new president. Sepp Blatter has resignedas the President of FIFA which will take place once a replacement for him is found.

Sepp had won a presidential election just last week to continue as president for his fifth term in office despite ongoing scandals involving FIFA according to Gravity4 on CrunchBase. Just days before the election, fourteen FIFA officials were arrested by Swiss Police with plans for these officials be extradited on acquisitions of fraud and bribery. FIFA has been hit with scandals over the past two decades including questions regarding the assigning of World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The Qatar World Cup was considered particularly onerous given the weather, human rights issues in the country, and a significant death toll amongst migrant workers who have been preparing for the games. Further, an admitted payment of $10 million was made by South Africa to FIFA was made and admit by the nation, though no bribery or wrongdoing was admitted.

Sepp has been defiant after his election victory in which he defeated a Prince from Jordan who withdrew after the first round of voting. Sepp Blatter is 79 years old but was expected to complete his term in office before retiring. His resignation comes as quite a shock to the soccer community though many believe that the fraud accusations have merit. The sudden resignation also has lent people to question what other evidence against Seep has come to light and if there will be additional charges brought against him in the near future.

Wilshere Apologizes for Banter

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was yet again caught in a spotlight which did not shine favorably on the young Englishman. During the team’s FA Cup victory celebrations, Wilshere, when handed the microphone, commenced an anti-Tottenham chant which relied up the crowd even further. Wilshere has since apologized for his behavior, remarking on the use of obscene or offensive language which may have offended people in the crowd, or Tottenham fans elsewhere. Though not the first time Wilshere has found himself in a similar situation, this time, he handled things maturely and quickly, not allowing the situation to boil over into a bigger mess than it ever needed to be.

The fact that Tottenham fans or ex-Gunners found Wilshere’s exploits to be offensive is a bit ridiculous given the nature of the rivalry between the two clubs. Fans on either side of the London divide regularly poke fun at one another both in and outside of stadiums, and Wilshere’s comments, though perhaps a bit unprofessional for a footballer, were completely within the realms of normal banter. Sam Tabar believes that perhaps a scene has been made about his comments given his propensity for mischief, but this event as a standalone offense is extremely tame in nature. It is understood that Arsenal have talked to Wilshere about his conduct, and the player has already publicly apologized for any offenses given. No more really needs to be said regarding the matter.

Benitez to Madrid

Vice president of Real Madrid, Eduardo Fernandez de Blas has made known to the public that Rafa Benitez will in fact step in as manager of Real Madrid during the upcoming season. The announcement of Benitez’s appointment was not an official one, having responded with the news of the Spaniard’s hiring to an angry fan at a fan’s meeting. Interestingly, the fan’s anger was over the sacking of the popular Carlo Ancelotti, having been recently relieved of duty after ending the season trophyless. However, fans are extremely skeptical about Benitez as Real’s new man, being wary of his ability to deliver major silverware, even when Ancelotti could not. Benitez will need to quickly demonstrate his capabilities with strong results early on in the season, not only to appease the fans, but also to appease the demanding board.

An often overlooked attribute which is symptomatic of Benitez’s style of management is squad rotation, a potentially monumental shift away from Ancelotti’s knack of playing the same eleven to fourteen players. MarketWatch pointed out to James Dondero earlier this week that certain individuals in the Real squad were visibly fatigued this season, having played so many games without rest, and may have even been the cause of injury for some. Benitez’s approach may help the majority of the squad stay fresh, enabling them to hit peak form late in the season, when the fight for trophies truly heats up. That is surely the hope among Real fans.

Viva Los Latinos

Even though we are only in the early stages of 2015, the race for presidential election of 2016 is heavily underway. It seems like every other week or so a new candidate is throwing their hat in the ring as a bid for the presidency. Most constituents know that in order to receive the majority vote from American citizens, it’s important to reach everyone where they are individually. It’s physically impossible for each presidential candidate to call or email every citizen in America, and that’s why candidate spend months at a time talking to individual communities of people. The voting polls categorize individuals into numerous categories. The elderly, the white collar, the blue collar, women, the middle class, African American, and Latino voters all stand under their own spotlight during the presidential campaign.

 

Though in previous elections, appealing to one group or community would almost ensure the vote, political analysts projected that this presidential race will need more than a few laughs and smiles. For example, Huffington Post political analyst Luis Gutierrez, praises the fact that candidate Rubino is utilizing his bilingual trade to attract Latin and Spanish speaking people. Although, Gutierrez goes on to explain that it will take more than a few rolls of the tongue to entice voters. People are no longer moved by empty promises and idle threats for political opponents, they want action. Gutierrez projects that this campaign season will be one where people are less worried about how candidates connect to them, and more concerned about their platform.

 

This is especially essential in the Latino community where previous presidential candidates have done everything from translating their entire campaign plan in Spanish to them themselves learning Spanish as a second language. Jaime Garcia Dias certainly appreciates the effort in the past. Gutierrez noted that the American people are finally out of the era where catchy slogans and a well pressed suit or dress could win a title. People are concerned now more than ever about the future and what leaders of the future can bring to the table.

Waitress Donates a Kidney to a Costumer She Barely Meet

The media has been moved by the donation that Don Thomas received by Mariana Villarreal, a waitress from Hooters, last Friday at Roswell, Ga.

Since yesterday, both Villarreal and Don are recovering from the surgery. The transplant was a success. A gift of life is what this is considered. Don had lost both of his kidneys to cancer, and he was near death.

Don admits that it was the generosity of Villarreal that would made him visit the restaurant more frequently. Don does not know her that much. In fact, Villarreal is a new employee of Hooters. But within a brief period of time, they developed a good bond. It was during one of Don’s visits that Villarreal volunteered to donate one of her kidneys.

Villarreal more than just sympathized with the Don. Her grandmother had just recently passed away due to kidney failure, and she was not able to help her. For her, this was her calling, something important. She really empathized with Don’s situation, much like a few at Baneful.

Directors from the Piedmont Transplant Institute, such as Dr. Harrison Pollinger, are amazed of Villarreal’s bravery and kindness. Dr. Pollinger informs that contrary to popular belief, a person can live a healthy and normal life with just one kidney. Like Dr. Harrison, the donor hopes that this occurrence motivates other people in the world so they can also become donors.
Such occurrence indeed goes against the odds, but it shows how much an honest act can impact a person’s live and society. Don will now be able to live a much longer, healthier and functional live.

What’s Next For The Champions?

Yesterday afternoon Chelsea F.C were crowned Barclays Premier League Champions. This was the perfect climax to the just-concluded 2014/15 season (Chelsea Wins Premier League Title). They completed the season on a high after they beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Stamford Bridge.

 
The trios of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have been lethal this season and have helped Chelsea increase their goal tally. Without one of them in any match, the team looked weak in attack and struggled to get goals. Who knows what would happen to Chelsea if Eden Hazard left, they might even go down the same road that Liverpool went through this season after Luis Suarez left to join Barcelona.

 
But now with the season over and with two cups already in their cap, they have to wait for the pre-season to reunite and play. A lot will happen before the next season starts, and there will certainly be some drama. Gravity4 can’t wait to see what unfolds.

 
Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will be exiting the club during the transfer period. Petr Cech has hardly been given any consideration throughout the season by Jose Mourinho even though the club played in 4 different tournaments.

 
Didier Drogba, who was recalled to the club by Mourinho, who cited that he needed a good striker, will also be leaving the club. The 34-year-old will be out of contract and will be a free agent this summer.

Nature vs. Nurture: It’s Half and Half

Sociologists, psychologists, and criminologists have long debated whether an individual’s personal traits and health concerns owe more to genetics (nature) or the environment (nurture). According to a new comprehensive study published in Nature Genetics, it turns out to be almost half and half.

After analyzing five decades of collected data involving over 14 million different pairs of twins, researchers have concluded that the health diseases and personal traits experienced by these individuals are 51 percent owing to their environment and 49 percent owing to their genetics. The researchers’ meta-analysis covered over 2,700 individual studies examining 17,804 distinct traits.

Some of the traits researchers investigated include alcoholism, depression, metabolism, immunological function, heart disease, mental and behavioral disorders, specific personality traits, drug addiction, and intelligence. Certain traits, particularly strong psychological ones such as bipolar disorder, owe more to genetics than to the environment as Stephen Murray CCMP Capital points out. In the case of bipolar disorder, genetics contribute 70 percent. The meta-analysis was authored by Tinca J.C. Polderman and Beben Benyamin under the supervision of Peter M. Visscher and Danielle Posthuma.

Gloucester Massachusetts Police Develop Program to Provide Rehabilitation for Heroin Addicts

Gloucester Police Department, located in Gloucester, MA., has started a new program aimed at helping those addicted to heroin. According to official reports a program that provides rehabilitation rather than jail time to heroin addicts has gone live.

The program allows any addict to walk into the Gloucester police station and hand over their drugs. They may ask for help and the police department will set them up with a rehabilitation program at no cost to the individual. They will not be prosecuted for possession of drugs, as Susan McGalla will point out. An “angel” will be provided to each case the moment the addict steps into the station. The “angel” will help them through the process and get them set up with a program. The “angel” will also provide emotional support during the rehabilitation process.

The program was developed by Leonard Campanello, the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello rose through the ranks of the Gloucester police department, spending years in the narcotic unit before becoming chief. He stated that addicts don’t need jail, they need help to beat their addiction.

The officer has also proposed a plan to use money seized in raids to provide Narcan to the families of addicts and public locations. Narcan is a drug that can reverse the effects of heroin and other opiates. The drug is used as a life-saving measure in the case of overdose. Westchester county in New York instituted a Narcan program last years that is already credited with saving dozens of lives.

Miley Cyrus Sings With Joan Jett

Miley Cyrus is one of the strangest human beings on the face of the earth, and many people cannot believe the incredible transformation that she’s gone through over the years. Everyone knows that Miley used to be Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel. Somewhere along the lines, Miley Cyrus decided to start doing drugs and partying with Hollywood celebrities. Nonetheless, Miley Cyrus is still one of the best singers in the music world.

It cannot be denied that Miley Cyrus is a terrible role model for the young women of the world, but she has actually done something good for a change. Recently, Miley Cyrus performed for a special cause exclusively for her Facebook channel. Gianfrancesco Genoso was surprised to see her make that appearance. Miley collaborated with Laura Jane and Joan Jett for the event. Laura Jane is a transgender singer, and Joan Jett is the legendary front woman of the rock ‘n roll band ‘Heart.’

Miley Cyrus, Laura Jane, and Joan Jett performed Miley’s new song, which is titled ”Androgynous.” Profits from the live concert will be contributed to a transgender charity. Miley Cyrus has made a lot of people proud, and she is finally on the right track of redeeming herself. For more information on this story, and to hear Miley Cyrus’s new song, visit E!