Who gets the most credit: Brady or Belichick? – NBC Boston

From 2001 to 2019, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East 17 times. The other two years ended in a tie in first place.

In that time frame, they went to 12 AFC championship games and nine Super bowls. Six have won.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together for the entire race and – thanks to the past two decades – are now recognized as the best coach and quarterback in NFL history respectively.

Trying to share credit for a race never seen before the NFL domination and perhaps the most incredible trait in the history of professional sport – to some extent – is missing the point.

Did the ancient Egyptians stand in front of the pyramids and discuss whether the architect or builders deserved more credit? Did Mrs Wright analyze which of her children – Wilbur or Orville – was primarily responsible for the invention, construction and flight of the first plane?

There is something to be said just to close and appreciate the realization, isn’t there? Yup.

And we will get there.

But right now, with the engines going down Route 1 to pack Tom Brady’s remaining stuff and take him out of Foxboro forever, the question hangs on everything. Which man was most responsible for creating the story we’ve seen written in the past two decades: Belichick or Brady?

Results may vary. In fact, I know they will. But here’s how I see it.

If it hadn’t been for Belichick, there would never have been the mini-dynasty that they became in the decade 2000-2009.

If it weren’t for Brady, the Patriots would never have become the Super Dynasty that they became from 2010 to 2019 when they blew up the 60s Packers, 70s Steelers, 80s Niners and 90s Cowboys to become the only franchise that has dominated two decades.

Bill gets the first decade

The moment Mo Lewis cut an artery in Drew Bledsoe’s chest in September 2001, he is touched as the history of the NFL has changed. It wasn’t. It will only speed up a trial that began when Robert Kraft decided to hire Belichick to succeed Pete Carroll in January 2000.

Belichick took a look at the team’s register and management and started fumigating and renewing. In the end – despite the heavy contract that the Patriots gave Bledsoe in January 2001 to help strengthen public confidence and private investment in building CMGI Field (possibly Gillette Stadium) – Belichick was wary of being tied to a quarterback that the coach was able to routinely undress whenever he trained against him.

Especially a quarterback who had to be paid as the top of the market, as Bledsoe and his agent David Dunn made clear.

Brady was not enlisted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft as Bledsoe’s successor, but in September it became clear to Belichick that he had something. And it became obvious during the 2001 offseason and the training camp that – although not better than Bledsoe in all – the child who made $ 298,000 was more mobile, more precise, more ready in his pocket and destined to be more suited to handling a Bledsoe game.

Mo Lewis accelerated the process and – with a painful stroke – made the transition relatively painless. But the credit goes to Belichick for seeing what he had, promoting it and having the decision to pull the trigger.

The fact that the Patriots went 14-5 under Brady after starting 5-13 under Bledsoe is persuasive evidence that Brady was the missing piece. But Belichick created the register, built the culture and hired the right people – from managers to coaches – to put the team in a position to succeed. It deserves more credit.

Brady may have helped them get where they did, but the Patriots were undoubtedly headed in the right direction and the fruits of Belichick’s designs were collected in 2003 and 2004.

Those Super Bowl wins – the first at the end of a season that started with the shooting down of lawyer Milloy in favor of Rodney Harrison; the second thanks largely to a dice throw on Corey Dillon – they were the victories for “culture”.

Disinterest imposed. All done for the greatest good of the team. Everything ego in your pocket. The most impressive aspect of the patriots was therefore their stamina and mental endurance. Brady was an important part. But so were Tedy Bruschi and Harrison, Matt Light, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and so on.

Fifty-three very intelligent and capable players row together in the hold of the big ship while Belichick was over the bridge to trace a route. It was from 2001 to 2004.

The dips in 2005 and 2006 began the process that would have led Brady to become, largely on Belichick’s design, the engine.

The 2005 Patriots were hit by injuries – not a hindsight surprise when you consider the nine extra games played in the previous four seasons and the difficulty of staying on top. They started to see some friction to grow old – Troy Brown was 34 then – and the ongoing game was marked as well as their defense on the run. They went 10-6 and lost in the division round.

The following season, a protracted squabble over the contract led to the Deion Branch being swapped with Seattle shortly before the season began. Reche Caldwell led the team in receptions followed by Ben Watson, Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk. However, they were unable to advance to the Super Bowl, but lost on the road to the Colts.

That season, Brady got a toy he had never had in Randy Moss and a Troy Brown replica model named Wes Welker. The entire set of record sets went 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl.

Which brings us to 2008. This is the season that many are aiming for when they say that it is Belichick’s genius that is most responsible for twenty-year success. The Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel starting in quarterback. Hadn’t he been a beginner from high school, yet the patriots still went 11-5?

Cassel was exceptional, better than anyone could hope for. But it’s still a sharp drop from 16-0 to 11-5.

In 2009, the central defense core was expelled or withdrawn: Vrabel, Bruschi, Seymour and Harrison. Belichick complained to Brady on the sidelines during a defeat for the Saints that season that “I just can’t get these kids to play the way I want them. So frustrating.”

The season ended with an ignominious home defeat against the crows in the AFC division playoff round.

Brady gets the second decade

The patriots renewed in the off-season and, in my opinion, Brady was at the forefront of finding their places where they had no business at that stage of their reconstruction. In 2010, the Patriots went 14-2, they were seed no. 1 and Brady was the unanimous MVP.

The offense, moving away from the narrow final position, enlisted two – Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez – and their production would become historic in 2011 when the Patriots arrived at the Super Bowl and lost again to the Giants. Brady launched for 5,235 career yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 picks.

In the 2012 season, he launched 637 times, a career high and one of three times in four seasons that attempted more than 600 passes. With a defense that too often seemed to resist better teams, it was Brady and the offense to score and score and score a little more. They were the first, third, first and third in points marked from 2010 to 2013. Defensively in that period they were eighth, 15th, ninth and tenth.

Even in 2013, when Hernandez was jailed for murder, Gronkowski was grounded due to back surgery and then with an ACL, Brady still ran by hitting the ball with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and – to a lesser extent – Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Shane Vereen.

They won the Super Bowl in 2014, winning a shootout against the Ravens in the Divisional Round, 35-31, and then overcoming a 24-14 deficit against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when Brady moved to a completely different level in the fourth quarter.

The previous April, Belichick had enlisted Brady’s aspiring successor, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round. Brady, perhaps remembering the shrug that Drew Bledsoe had encountered Brady’s arrival 14 years earlier, would not have fallen asleep on the move with the team that ran Garoppolo.

Brady went on to launch 69 touchdowns and 16 predictions in 2014 and 15. He lost four suspension games in 2016 – Garoppolo overcame six quarters of Brady’s relief before hurting himself and giving way to Jacoby Brissett – but he still threw 28 touchdowns and two interceptions before ending that season with a 43- record. by-62, 466 yards in the Super Bowl when the Patriots canceled out a deficit of 28-3. Brady did it at 39.

At 40 in the AFCCG, without Edelman, without an injured Gronkowski, Brady and Amendola joined together to push the Patriots beyond the Jaguars and in the Super Bowl against Philly where he would have launched for 505 yards.

So let’s tell here. From 2010 to 2017, the Patriots have reached seven consecutive AFC Championship Games and the year they didn’t, Brady was the unanimous MVP. He wrote the filming of the playoffs against Ravens and Seahawks in 2014, the Falcons in 2016, the Jaguars in 2017 and led the team to two Super Bowl wins.

In 2018, Edelman was exiting an ACL and was therefore suspended for the first four games. Gronk was injured for a large chunk of the year. Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan were the main gimmicks for a while until the team faced Josh Gordon. It’s still? The team went 11-5, Brady put them on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime in Kansas City in the AFCCG and then the Patriots defense checked against the Rams and delivered a Super Bowl to Brady – apart from the shot at Gronk which led to the game’s winning touchdown – he just had to play OK to win the team.

The final verdict

So, see what my answer to this debate is now. Bill gets a bigger share of the first three Lombards. Tom gets a higher share than the second three.

So many people over the years have speculated that Belichick wants to prove that he can win a championship without Brady. I don’t know if it’s true.

I think if Brady was gone, Belichick would appreciate the opportunity, but I never thought he would have wanted to get rid of what he thinks is a quarterback capable of giving him a title that the others couldn’t.

Maybe that’s why we’re here. Belichick doesn’t see Brady as special as he once was. Great? Sure. Are there other guys who can do things they can’t do now? Belichick seems to think so. Brady has apparently survived its usefulness here.

Bill will do what he has done to so many other players. Go ahead. But this is the life cycle of the NFL.

From what I’ve been told and what I’ve collected, Brady agrees. He hoped to be special and to be able to write a different ending here, but to realize he couldn’t shock him. For a legend, it is rather well established.

Playing for Bill Belichick will help keep a player that way. And maybe even for that, Belichick deserves a lot of credit. He allowed Tom Brady to become Tom Brady because he was eternally and exasperatedly Bill Belichick.

Every. Single. Year.

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Apple closes all stores outside of Greater China

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Apple Inc. said yesterday that it will close its hundreds of retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27 and is moving to remote businesses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
In a letter published on the Apple website, CEO Tim Cook said that “the most effective way to minimize the risk of virus transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance, which led to the decision. to temporarily close stores and move corporate employees out of Greater China to work remotely.
Apple has nearly 460 locations around the world outside of China, including around 270 stores in the United States. Apple previously closed its stores in Italy and Spain while the world is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cook said that all hourly employees in closed stores will continue to receive normal wages.
He also said that the technology giant based in Cupertino, California, donated $ 15 million to fight the coronavirus and that it would correspond to employee donations two to one.
Cook did not say how long the edict of remote work will last, but said that “those whose work requires them to be on site should follow the lead to maximize interpersonal space. Apple employees from different offices have been encouraged to work remotely last week.
Cook closed his letter by thanking “heroic first responders, doctors, nurses, researchers, public health experts and public officials working to combat the pandemic.
Closing down stores is an extension of his efforts to deal with the outbreak. Cook sent a reminder to employees about a week ago offering staff from most of his global offices the opportunity to work from home. At the time, he called the epidemic an “unprecedented event and a” challenging time.
As a U.S.-based technology company that builds the vast majority of its products through a Chinese supply chain, Apple has been uniquely affected by the coronavirus. Its supply chain had been set back by weeks with factory closings and products like iPhone and iPad Pro have seen constraints in fulfilling orders.
On Friday, Apple said it will hold its annual conference for online software developers, eliminating a June meeting that normally brings together thousands of people in San Jose, California.
Apple was one of the first companies to disclose the impact of the virus on its financial data, saying last month that it will no longer be able to meet the March quarter orientation range from $ 63 billion to $ 67 billion.
He did not explain how the two-week shutdown of most stores would further affect revenue.
The stock declined 5.3% this year, compared to the 12% drop in the Nasdaq Composite index.

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Flights canceled, flying half empty on the fears of viruses

As a passenger seated on a budget, perhaps on a flight to Los Angeles or en route to London, the chances of landing a seat that turns into a full line lies somewhere between thin to none.

But the industry has entered an unexplored phase that is perhaps not seen since 9/11 when global air travel plummeted and it took years for airlines to fully recover.

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads around the world, passengers continue to wonder whether to travel abroad. It is a wind against the uncertainty that will probably cost the aviation industry tens of billions of dollars globally.

On Friday, Qantas became the last Australian airline to cut down on the once popular routes between the coronavirus epidemic, including flights to Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Earlier in the week, budget airline Jetstar announced that it would suspend flights to Seoul in South Korea at least until July, while Virgin Australia withdrew all routes from Hong Kong.

Being one of the largest industries in the world, the travel industry is more at risk of coronavirus than any other and the sad reality of the industry has never been more evident.

Thursday, images of an almost empty British Airways flight from Milan to London revealed how little the world is traveling. Industry experts say the industry could lose between $ 63 billion ($ A96 billion) and $ 113 billion ($ A171 billion) this year in global airline revenue alone.

The flight is not alone, with social media full of photos of planes sitting near empty moments before take-off.

“Don’t think you’ve ever been in such an empty one before,” tweeted a person from his empty row.

“I’ve been on light flights before but never so empty,” added another.

“There are an incredible number of empty seats on my return flight from Charlotte,” said another.

Coronavirus has shaken supply chains, caused shortages of toilet paper and thrown stocks into a dip. The sharp drop in airline passengers and the growing number of flight cancellations indicate that the travel sector’s contribution to the global economy will be hit hard.

“There are drastically fewer people flying this week than last week,” said Nicholas E. Calio, CEO of Airlines for America New York Times.

“Flights are shot down because people don’t get on airplanes.”

“HAS A FEEL OF 9/11”

According to experts, the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic could be the industry’s worst crisis since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

“At the end of last week, we started to experience very sharp drops,” said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, on CNBC.

“9/11 was not an economic problem for travel. It was more scary, frankly, and I think that’s really what came out this time … It has a 9/11 feeling. Hopefully we have this behind of us very quickly. “

In an interview with CNN, Global Business Travel Association executive director Scott Solombrino said that confidence began to improve over time after the 9/11 attacks. But coronavirus posed a different problem in that concern about where and when to travel grew every day in line with new outbreak news around the world. In essence, the number of people who simply want to stay out of planes represents an unexplored threat to the industry.

“It is fundamentally influencing the way many companies are doing business,” said Solombrino.

“If this turns into a global pandemic, the industry could lose billions of dollars, an impact that will have negative consequences for the entire global economy.”

The troubled British airline Flybe collapsed on Thursday due to the sinking demand.

German Lufthansa and its affiliates Austrian Airlines and Swiss said they would cancel all flights to and from Israel for three weeks starting on Sunday after Israeli authorities announced severe restrictions on travelers from different countries due to the new virus. .

Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based airline, said travel concerns had become so widespread that they were taking about 120 planes out of the sky at any one time. In further cost-cutting measures, Cathay said 75% of staff, or 25,000 group employees, would take unpaid leave due to the lack of booked flights.

In the United States, Southwest Airlines reduced its quarterly revenue expectations by $ 200 million ($ 300 million) to $ 300 million ($ 454 million).

The national carrier Finnair is laying off all staff based in Finland from two weeks to a month due to the economic impact of the epidemic.

But airlines across Europe face a bigger problem, which could force more “ghost” flights than we’ve ever seen before.

EUROPEAN AIRLINES FORCED TO RUN “GHOST FLIGHTS”

Some British airlines claim to have been forced to operate empty ghost flights regardless of the outbreak of the coronavirus or risk losing the airport’s landing areas, The Times relationships.

Carriers fly on some passenger-free jets due to the controversial “use or lose” rules governing space at European airports.

Earlier this week, Airlines UK, which represents the carriers, called for British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to speak. The body wants the rule to be pushed aside until at least after the summer season, when it is hoped that the collapse in the number of passengers driven by the coronavirus will be overcome.

Operating empty flights unnecessarily burns thousands of tons of jet fuel, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and damaging airline finances at a time when they are already under heavy pressure.

Under European Union law, airlines must operate 80% of their assigned airport areas under normal circumstances or risk losing them to a competitor, the so-called 80/20 rule. It still applies to the UK under the Brexit transition agreement.

On the same day, Turkish Airlines flight TK55 flew from Singapore to Istanbul completely without passengers.

However, it was not due to the absence of ticket holders. Rather, it was because a passenger on the flight from Istanbul tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, the decision was taken not to operate the flight as scheduled and to make the route only with the pilots and 11 crew members on board.

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Huge 3km Asteroid will pass near Earth – Telemundo Puerto Rico

No, it will not impact the Earth and will not have any effect on our planet. But both astronomers and sky enthusiasts are attentive to the slight approach of the huge asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2), a space rock whose size is estimated between 1.8 and 4.1 kilometers in diameter.

The greatest approach occurs on April 29, 2020, but several observatories are already observing it, while it was assured that from the Island they will be observing it, since when pointing a telescope towards the right place and time, the asteroid 52768 can be appreciated looking like an apparent star moving “very slowly,” said the Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC).

The educational entity clarified there is no risk of impact of this asteroid, since the space rock would be passing 16 times the Earth-Moon distance. However, its large size will make it easier to see it with optical help.

This is considered a “Potentially Dangerous Asteroid,” but only because it occasionally approaches the Earth-Moon distance less than 20 times, and because of its large size. Even so, there is no risk since its orbit has been calculated for at least the next 200 years, and its trajectory does not represent any danger.

The Arecibo Observatory will be studying asteroid 52768 between April 8 and 24, 2020, as space rock travels at a speed of 19,461 miles per hour (31,320 km / h), that is, 8.7 km per second.

The radar images that will be obtained from Arecibo will allow us to better understand the shape and size of this space rock. Asteroid 52768 belongs to a class or type of space rocks called “Love” and it is anticipated that after April 2020, it would be returning to the vicinity of our planet on April 16, 2079, when it will pass 4.6 times the Earth-distance Moon.

Of all the approaches of large “Near-Earth Objects” that occur less than 5 lunar distances, that of asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) would be that of the largest known space rock in approaching Earth during the next two hundred years , highlighted the SAC.

The organization that has put thousands of people to look to the sky urged to visit the portal www.SociedadAstronomia.com as well as Facebook.com/sociedad.astronomia as they will hold events free of charge to observe Asteroid 52768 through the telescopes of the educational entity.

Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) was discovered on July 24, 1998 from the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii.

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Nursing homes face unique challenges with Coronavirus – NBC Los Angeles

From Miami to Seattle, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly host stocks of masks and thermometers, preparing staff shortages and checking visitors to protect a particularly vulnerable population from the coronavirus.

In China, where the epidemic started, the disease was basically deadly for the elderly. In Italy, the epicenter of the virus epidemic in Europe, the more than 100 people who died were elderly, suffering from other complications or both.

Of the 19 deaths in the United States since Saturday, at least 14 had been linked to a nursing home in the Seattle area, along with many other infections among residents, staff and family members. The Seattle Times reported that a second nursing home and a retired community in the area had reported a virus case.

This has alerted other structures in the United States, especially in states with large populations of older residents, such as Florida and California. About 2.5 million people live in long-term care facilities in the United States.

“For people over the age of 80 … the death rate could reach 15%,” said Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association nursing homes group.

The federal government is now focusing all inspections of nursing homes on infection control, identifying facilities in the city with confirmed cases and those previously mentioned for not following the protocol.

Federal regulations already require homes to have a specialist in preventing infections in staff, and many have already taken measures to deal with seasonal flow and other ailments that pose a greater risk to the elderly.

Even so, the response of structures to coronavirus has varied across the country.

In Florida, where some 160,000 seniors live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, mandatory screening for visitors is not expected “because we are not at that point,” said Florida Health Care Association spokeswoman Kristen Knapp.

But aged care centers are posting signs that urge visitors to stay away if they have symptoms and are looking for alternative ways to connect to families, such as through video chats, Knapp said.

Concierges in the 14 Florida nursing homes managed by Palm Gardens Corporation are now offering all visitors a short questionnaire asking for information on symptoms, recent trips and contacts with others, said company vice president Luke Neumann.

Neumann said that nursing homes have also purchased additional thermometers in case they have to check visitors’ temperatures and accumulate preventive supplies, including medical masks, protective goggles and clothing. In laundries they make sure to use enough bleach and heat to kill any persistent viral germs, he said.

In the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center south of Boston, patient Leo Marchand holds a container of disinfectant wipes on a shelf near the bed that he uses several times a day. The 71-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired truck driver has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which makes it difficult to breathe. The possibility of contracting the coronavirus scares him.

“It’s a concern,” said Marchand. “Really.”

Many facilities across the country have said they have trouble getting masks and medical clothes because of the shortage.

The more intense screening of visitors, meanwhile, isn’t going well with some.

“Some of the visitors have been quite reluctant to comply, and this has been stressful,” said Janet Snipes, executive director of Denver’s Holly Heights nursing center.

Under federal regulations, nursing homes are considered to be a patient’s residence and facilities want to keep them in contact with the family, especially when they are almost dead.

“I don’t think you can completely prevent visitors,” said Dr. David A. Nace, director of long-term care and flu programs at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine. Supervise 300 facilities in Pennsylvania.

For now, facilities in most states are underlining basic precautions, including hand washing and the cough tag.

Centers across the country are also trying to prepare staff for the worst.

An adult daycare center in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami purchased long-lasting ready meals in preparation for possible shortages. The Hebrew Home in Riverdale, New York is running nursing staff through exercises to see how they will handle situations in the 750-bed facility if the virus progresses. Their IT department is building an infrastructure to allow staff to work remotely if they get sick.

“If one of our sites has an outbreak, we will quickly run out of staff in that position,” said Randy Bury, CEO of The Good Samaritan Society, one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, with 19,000 employees in 24 states.

Some families are considering withdrawing loved ones from the facilities.

Kathleen Churchyard said her family decided to move her 80-year-old mother out of her retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida, and to her sister’s home nearby if the virus is confirmed in the area.

Churchyard, who lives in Concord, North Carolina, fears that her mother won’t take her seriously, and is particularly concerned about her dining room.

“I tried to get her to buy things to prepare … She said, ‘No. If (the virus) catches me, it takes it,'” said Churchyard.

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Associate associate writer Philip Marcelo in Rockland, Massachusetts contributed to this report.

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Maryland Bill would increase tax credit for living organ donors – NBC4 Washington

After returning home from Iraq, Army veteran Kellen Leech, who has been deployed three times over the course of 14 years, has struggled with his mental health: PTSD, survivors’ fault and depression – until he has read a Facebook post on Ellery Payton.

Payton’s previous kidney transplant failed and in 2012 he needed another; Leech, a resident of Prince George County, Maryland, decided he wanted to donate his.

After discovering that his kidney was paired, Leech’s mind was focused on the surgical procedure in search of mutual healing, but to “sustain” would have cost savings in terms of deployment. He had to delay his two-month donation while “scraping money” from his church and local veteran organizations.

House Bill 944 would ease the financial burdens of living donors by increasing the donor income tax reduction to $ 10,000, starting at $ 7,500, according to state legislative analysis.

If the invoice is approved, the higher credit would be applied to 2020 income taxes, which are due to expire on April 15 of next year.

“This is exactly the type of utility bill that donors need to eliminate financial stress,” Leech told Capital News Service.

Side by side, donor and recipient testified to the legislators of the House Ways and Means Committee in favor of the bill on February 25, and each claimed that the other saved his life.

The current $ 7,500 tax credit for living donors was created two years ago, brought into legislature by former House president Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, who received a transplant before his death in 2019 liver from his sister.

Karen Young Delegate, D-Frederick, is sponsoring House 944 and told Capital News Service that “need-related donors” are missing and, “I am a champion of greater access to health care and greater health coverage. relief. I feel this bill is in line with that, “Young said.

Senator Ronald Young, D-Frederick, sponsors an identical bill, the Senate 651 bill.

Nationally, around 8,000 people awaiting a transplant die because they have not received a life-saving organ, according to Donate Life America, an organ donation defense group.

In Maryland and other states, waiting lists for organ transplants have grown, according to legislative analysis.

There are 3,168 candidates on the waiting list for organ transplants in Maryland, most, 2,341, are waiting for kidney transplants; nationwide 112,114 candidates are on the organ transplant waiting list with over three quarters listed for the kidneys, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Kidney transplants from living donors tend to last longer than those from deceased donors, according to the American Kidney Fund.

Living organ donor transplants have had a downward trend in Maryland since 2000, which has seen a peak of 265. 2019 saw only 147, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Karen Kennedy, director of the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Education, whose group works with deceased organ donation logistics, educates hospitals and the public and works closely with living donor organizations, told Capital News Service that a Sometimes “the intention and the will” to be a live donor is there, but “practical reasons prevent people from donating” because they cannot get a work permit, they are not financially capable or for other reasons.

Payton, a single father from Charles County, Maryland, said he received his first kidney transplant in 1993 from a cousin, but was unsuccessful, and had to undergo dialysis in 2011 until he received one. of kidneys donated by Leech in 2012.

In Payton’s testimony, he said he would go through peritoneal dialysis while his son, who was 12 years old at the time, was on the soccer field, adding “I don’t want the two months to wait for a kidney on anyone.”

The bill is expected to reduce state revenues by a relatively small amount, $ 10,000 per year, and local revenue is estimated to decrease by approximately $ 6,500 per year, according to legislative analysis.

At the hearing, Payton said, “A new kidney gives you a new lease on life, and it is only through the kindness and love that Kellen has had for me and my son that allows me to do it.”

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This article was provided to The Associated Press by the University of Maryland Capital News Service.

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Authority – NBC Los Angeles

A man who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country confessed to strangling two women in Indiana on the same night in October 1980, authorities said Friday.

Samuel Little, 79, confessed to killing Valeria Boyd, 18, and Mary Ann Porter, 31, both of Fort Wayne, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department said.

Investigators interviewed Little at the Wise County Confinement Facility in Decatur, Texas, after the FBI had advised the department of what it had said to a Texas Ranger in 2018.

Little said he collected both women in the same Fort Wayne area at different times on the same night in late October 1980. Little said he strangled both women while in his vehicle, then disposed of their bodies in areas. separate Allen rural county, said the department.

Boyd and Porter were dispersed by family members in late October 1980. Boyd’s body was found on November 4, 1980, in a field. Porter’s body was found on December 13, 1980, on a road.

Little is imprisoned in California, serving a life sentence.

Both investigations have been forwarded to Allen County Procuratorate.

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Across Asia, race to strengthen face mask supplies

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) In a mask factory just outside the South Korean capital of Seoul, workers churn out 300,000 masks a day – and that’s still not enough. Last year the Icheon CNTUS-Sungjin Co Ltd manufacturing center produced 30-minute masks. Amid this year’s coronavirus epidemic, it produced 19 million in January and February alone. “We assume that in 20 days we will run out of materials,” said Kim Kyung-sig, head of the center.
Across Asia, the spread of coronavirus has triggered a race for masks in the hardest hit countries, as well as among those who fear they may be next.
Some governments, such as those in Australia and Singapore, have urged their citizens not to buy or wear masks unless they are sick. Other countries, such as South Korea, have launched public information campaigns to encourage everyone to wear masks. Kim estimates that South Korean manufacturers can produce around 10 million combined masks per day in a country of 50 million people.
Conflicting messages have sowed confusion about how to protect yourself from an epidemic that has caused over 3,000 victims in China and has spread to dozens of countries, with some experts saying that improper treatment of masks could even increase the risk of infection.
Regardless of government policies, however, there has been widespread news of masks sold, with even some hospitals struggling to get enough for their staff. In South Korea – which saw the largest outbreak outside China, with 6,284 infections and 42 deaths – the government imposed restrictions on mask exports and urged factories to increase production.
The masks made at the CNTUS-Sungjin center increased in the wholesale price from 650 wins ($ 0.55) to 1,100 wins ($ 0.93).
Kim said the company wasn’t raising much more money because the factory had hired 130 temporary workers in addition to the usual 70 full-time employees and now ran its production lines all day, every day.
At some point after the virus started spreading to China, Chinese businessmen came to the factory and offered 5 billion wins ($ 4.2 million) for each mask they had, but the deal it didn’t happen, Kim said.
Kim Jae-yong, a 43-year-old operator at the factory, said he worked 12-hour shifts every day of the week.
“Every morning when I go to work, it reminds me of how important my work is to the safety and direct survival of the South Korean population,” he said.
Other countries are also rushing to increase mask supplies. The Thai government approved 225 million baht on Tuesday to produce 50 million fabric masks within 10 days. And Singapore said it wanted to develop local mask production while other countries like Taiwan have banned mask exports.
Under a new policy that will go into effect on Monday, people in South Korea will be able to purchase two masks per week on certain days of the week based on their years of birth.
In China, the country’s Supreme Court recently issued guidelines stating that any hoarding or price increases for masks, protective suits, disinfectants and other medical supplies could constitute a crime.
The Thai authorities, meanwhile, have filed at least 51 criminal cases against shops accused of selling masks at inflated prices and have placed the distribution of newly manufactured masks under the Ministry of Commerce.
Indonesian police say they arrested 25 people for accumulating masks and hand sanitizers. When the first cases of coronavirus emerged in Singapore in mid-January, the purchase of panic masks and hand sanitizers led the government to mask rations. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that the government will ban the resale of masks. Fourteen packages, containing a total of 620 masks, were offered on the Yahoo Japan auction site on Friday, for example, with the highest bid amounting to 1,001,000 yen ($ 9,444).
Yahoo Japan said Wednesday that it plans to ban surgical mask auction sales from March 14, allowing sellers to offer masks at fixed prices.

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LA B-LIST: return to 4077

HAWK EYE: “Have you heard of a military post? This is compost. All we have is a surplus. Lice are a surplus. Only the injured are new. Supplies are a joke. Tedium is relieved only by boredom. I can not think for one reason why we are here, except for us. So, throw yourself, get confused, pip pip and the whole schmear. Ours is not to reason why, ours is not to let them die. “(From episode “Welcome to Korea.”)

“M * A * S * H” is one of those shows I will never tire of. It has almost everything you could wish for: great characters and comedies, genuine pathos, stellar scripts and compelling stories.

You want to laugh? I want to cry? Watch “M * A * S * H.”

I covered my favorite episodes of the first three seasons in a previous column, so it seemed fair to highlight the biggest hits from the next three seasons, which saw half the main cast change and some significantly more serious episodes.

1. “WELCOME TO KOREA” (season 4, episode 1). Hawkeye (Alan Alda) returns from R&R and discovers that BFF Trapper has been discharged in his absence. He and Radar (Gary Burghoff) rush to the airport to say goodbye, and even if they arrive too late, they are just in time to pick up the new addition, B.J. Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell).

Poor B.J. he has a rather rough introduction to the horrors of war on the journey home, but at least he gives a lot of time to the woody boyfriend and Hawkeye.

2. “COMMAND CHANGE” (season 4, episode 2). Sneaky Frank Burns (Larry Linville) has his despotic dreams crushed when a new commander is assigned to 4077: the career soldier Col. Sherman T. Potter (Harry Morgan). Of course, Frank runs off like a 5-year-old grouch as Potter settles in and shows his bravery to the swamp mice.

FRANCO: “Another week in charge and I would have taken off that dress.”

KLINGER (Jamie Farr): “I’m not that easy!”

3. “THE NOVOCAINE MUTINY” (season 4, episode 20). Frank raises charges of mutiny against Hawkeye following an incident during Burns’ temporary command. In a court, each of them gives their own version of the events.

HAWK EYE: “Major Burns has been angry with me since I suggested creating more widows and ball carriers than salmonella.”

4. “BUG OUT” (season 5, episode 1). After four seasons, we finally see the 4077 go mobile when the Chinese break through American lines. Hawkeye, Radar and Margherita (Loretta Swit) are forced to fall behind and risk becoming prisoners of war thanks to a spinal patient who cannot be moved.

5. “OUT OF VIEW, OUT OF MIND” (season 5, episode 3). When Hawkeye’s attempt to literally fix the heating in the nurses’ tent turns against him, the wisdom doctor faces the possibility that he may have to give up his nickname.

Alda has a chance to poetic about the unexpected blessings of blindness – and still finds time to turn the tables on Ferret Face when Burns tries to line up with a baseball scam.

6. “THE NURSES” (season 5, episode 5). The women of 4077 shine an episode as complete characters when Lieutenant Baker’s soldier husband arrives for a surprise honeymoon and her fellow nurses help her get around singing Margaret – who also has a touching moment on her loneliness.

One of the show’s biggest flaws is that, except for Margaret, she has just developed the women who support her. This episode – written by Linda Bloodworth and directed by Joan Darling – is a bright spot with her female perspective on the pressures of war.

7. “MOVIE TONIGHT” (season 5, episode 21). In an attempt to raise morale, Potter gets his favorite western, “My Darling Clementine”. But when the projector continues to fail, they resort to their own entertainment. “Oh, some guys like the Army, I think it’s a mess,” Klinger shouts during a singing song. “If it’s so damn cool, how come I wear a suit?”

The episode opener is a punch delight:

POTTER: “We all try to get along.”

B.J. (Singing): “All right, little dog.”

HAWK EYE: “I once had a long dog. He was a dachshund.”

B.J.: “Oh, a little hot dog – what happened to him?”

HAWK EYE: “He has gathered.”

B.J.: “I love these conversations.”

8. “FADE OUT, FADE IN” (season 6, episode 1). While Margaret is on her honeymoon, Frank breaks up and is sent home. But before Hawk and Beej can really rejoice, a new thorn arrives in their part: the scholar Charles Emerson Winchester III (David Ogden Stiers), a first-class surgeon and blue-blooded snob who is raging against his new assignment.

CHARLES: “… Know this. You can cut me out of the civilized world. You can jail me with two stupid cellmates. You can torture me with your sweat three times a day, but you can’t break the spirit of a Winchester. My voice must be heard from this wilderness, and I will be freed from this fetid and festive sewer. “

POTTER: “I think he’s starting to understand this place.”

9. “THE LIGHT THAT FAILED” (season 6, episode 6). B.J. he gets a mysterious novel in a failed supply delivery and soon the whole camp gets hooked on the story. But alas! – the last page is missing! Can they put the clues together and understand the killer?

The scene in which Charles reads a particularly spicy passage for Margaret is hysterical, as are everyone’s theories and the call shouted by B.J. to the nonagenarian author for the answer (in the end wrong).

10. “THE SMELL OF MUSIC” (season 6, episode 15). Charles is driving Hawkeye and B.J. crazy. with its French horn, therefore the Swamp rats engage a B.O. war in retaliation, refusal to shower until Winchester “continues to advertise”.

Everything reaches its climax when the rest of the camp intervenes, forcing Falco and Beej to bathe before crushing Charles’ horn under a jeep.

11. “YOUR HIT PARADE” (season 6, episode 18). B.J. and Hawk are so bored in the Swamp that they invent the most inscrutable game in the world – Cranko – but then a flood of swamps injured 4077. The radar becomes a D.J. hepcat. and play dozens of records in the P.A. to keep everyone going and Potter requires Doris Day’s “Sentimental Journey” no less than 23 times.

The whole episode is fantastic, but the plot where a drunk (and phobic) bomb disposal expert (Ronny Graham) must be chased for his desperate need for negative AB blood is ridiculous and foolish.

SGT. GRIBBLE (on needles): “I can’t stand those things, they … make me feel … oogy!”

HAWK EYE: “I know how it feels – I understand it with peanut butter.”

• ANGIE BARRY he is a page designer and columnist for The Times. To suggest future topics for The B-List, which covers pop culture, history and literature, contact her at abarry@shawmedia.com.

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Passenger claims airline and travel agent failed to deliver refund after flight cancellation – NBC10 Philadelphia

Sue Ng and her family organize a great vacation every summer. Last year it was Greece and Italy.

Ng booked the trip with Norwegian Air on the third-party booking website, JustFly. When the time came to board the plane, a problem arose.

“They cancel premium cabin seats for the economy,” Ng said of the outbound flight.

A family of three arrived in Italy.

But when it was time to go home, the airline canceled the flight. Ng said Norwegian Air hadn’t had another flight for four days, so he gave her another option. He could rebook with another airline and get a refund for the original fare, according to Ng.

After the trip, Ng got in touch with Norwegian Air to request two things: a refund for the downgrade of her outbound seat and a refund for the return flight which was canceled.

He received a response stating, Unfortunately we cannot help you with a refund for this type of ticket. Please contact your travel agency. “

Ng told NBC10 Responds: I contacted Justfly and Justfly said ‘no, no Norwegians had all your funds.’ ”

Trying to sort it all out, Ng called Norwegian Air and JustFly five times. He filed a dispute with his credit card company, but only got a refund for the downgrade of the seat. Among the options, she turned to NBC10 Responds.

NBC10 contacted Norwegian Air and JustFly to see what was hindering the refund process.

Norwegian Air asked Ng to contact JustFly once again, which he did. Ng said JustFly then called Norwegian Air and Norwegian Air asked her to resubmit the complaint. He got a refund of $ 2,620.

Norwegian Air told us in part: “Delays in compensation were due to complications with working with an external online travel agent (OTA), JustFly.com, which unfortunately created confusion and further postponements due to policies and procedures. conflicting refund. “

We brought this explanation to JustFly. The airline told us in part: “It was the airline’s responsibility to process the refund …” and “… the airline can refund a ticket without involving travel agents.”

Passenger rights group Airhelp tells us that the airline is generally responsible for refunds unless the flight was part of a travel package.

If you can’t get anywhere with the airline or travel agent, you can file a complaint with Airhelp. They will work as third parties to support on your behalf. The organization can handle the complaint and take legal action if necessary. It works without winnings, without costs.

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