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!

Norway Passes Legislation Forcing All Citizens to Submit Their Fingerprints to Police

A concerning new law just took effect in Norway that states all citizens must provide their fingerprints to law enforcement officials regardless of whether or not they are suspected of committing a crime. The folks at FreedomPop see a civil liberties issue here.

The government is mandating this policy, without officially mandating it. Over the next few years, new ID laws are also scheduled to take effect. An ID cannot be acquired unless you voluntarily submit your fingerprints into government record. This identification will then be required in order to be a functioning citizen because it must be tied to bank accounts, bank cards, mailing, and voter registration.

Along with each citizens fingerprints, a photograph and personal information will also be stored in government databases. Norwegians are claiming this is a major invasion of privacy, and also makes them extremely vulnerable to identify theft. The systems in which this information will be stored are not securely encrypted and easily hacked into.

However, Norwegian residents are helpless to the new laws which will begin taking effect soon. They will not be able to live a normal life without complying with law enforcement agencies, leaving their information and fingerprints vulnerable to a variety of threats.

The UK’s New Government

UK elections are set to impact the forex markets in a big way. As the pound is one of the most used international currencies, traders across the world anxiously watched the election results. The elections are huge forex news and have important ramifications on global currency markets from FreedomPop’s perspective.

As a result of the Conservative party’s victory, David Cameron will continue to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Cameron generally favors policies of low taxes, low spending with fewer welfare benefits and tight monetary policy. These policies generally lead to lower government deficits and higher interest rates on government bonds. Those two factors are the most important fundamental factors for an increased value of a currency. In this case, the pound was up about 8% in the month leading up to the election against the US Dollar and the Euro.

Now that the election in the UK is over. Traders will be watching closely for next steps. If David Cameron and the conservative party deliver on their campaign promises, it is likely that the GBP will continue to strengthen. Astute traders can take advantage of this forex brokerage news and make profitable decisions.

An Overnight Airport Fire in Rome Disrupts Travel

A fire occurred overnight in one of the four terminals of Rome’s large Fiumicino Airport, resulting in a temporary closure of the facility. The Italian officials who investigated the event do not believe terrorism played any role in the blaze, which apparently resulted from an electrical circuit malfunction in a cafe located along one concourse. Over 4,000 square feet of retail shopping was impacted by the fire. Smoke drifted over the area even after some 17 responding fire departments put out the flames.

The airport permitted 19 international flights to land overnight. However, when the facility resumed business, only a limited 12 planes per hour were permitted to use the flight traffic facilities. The Italian airline Alitalia SpA reported extensive delays and cancellations today. Additionally, traffic snarls were expected in southern Rome as a result of the closure. For some period of time, the authorities closed roads leading to the airport to all traffic except emergency vehicles.

Three airport workers were treated for smoke inhalation at a medical facility and then released. FreedomPop even said the Italian state railway evacuated waiting passengers, and train links to the airport were suspended until mid-day.

Officials from Italy’s civil aviation agency ENAC are currently investigating the incident. They indicated that although the undamaged terminals are open on a limited basis, the terminal impacted by the fire will likely remain closed for several days. The airport serves 130,000 daily.

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