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Checking-in Like This, is a Life Saver

first_imgIt’s not every day that vacationers can party while checking in to their vacation home for the week. In fact, it’s every Saturday and only at Berkshire Hathaway! Once the clock hits two every Saturday, passersby can observe the real fun being had in the lot of the Battersea Berkshire Hathaway office, located just before the Gardens of Ocean City. What we’re trying to do is make the process an enjoyable one for those who have driven two, five, maybe even eight hours to get here sometimes,” Peter Madden of BHHS says. “We want them to have fun while they wait, not dread the check-in that begins their vacation,”.And how could fun not be had when there are complimentary snacks such as Philly Soft Pretzels or Monkey Bread to munch on while waiting?“The process for check-in is very simple,” says Ryan Huck, a Berkshire Hathaway real estate agent. “The clients come to our office at 2:00 on Saturday, wait at our tent, give their last name, and they are handed an envelope with everything they will need such as keys, Wi-Fi passwords, the garage code, trash days, a map of the island and all of their agents’ information as well as the office’s in case they need to contact anyone,”. Renters are also given gift bags with plenty of goods to be used during their stay, such as a beach bag and bucket as well as merchandise from local businesses. And if you want to let your friends know about your check-in experience, there is of course a selfie banner and Snapchat GeoFilter for your own personal use! That’s right, Berkshire is up to date with their social media!Throughout the vacation though, renters will find that their agents are always on-call and always available for their every need should they have an issue- making their stay a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.Another amenity that may be utilized on the scene of Check-in is Beach Caddy, this summer’s latest and greatest convenience for loading and unloading all of your beach supplies from your rental or vehicle and taking it to the beach to set up in your favorite spot!As much fun as check-in is for vacationers, there is absolutely nothing easier than checking out from your rental at the Berkshire Hathaway Battersea office. On the day of your check-out, you simply pull up next to the parking lot, where a lifeguard stand labeled “Key Drop” awaits, drop your keys off and be on your way… it’s as simple as that!Your vacation could not get any more relaxing with the help of BHHS Fox and Roach. Book your next rental today by logging onto www.foxroachshore.com!last_img read more

Cost of hormone-disrupting chemical exposure in Europe in billions

first_img Read Full Story Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) is estimated to cost the European Union more than €150 billion ($209 billion) a year in health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to studies by a team of 18 international researchers, including two Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty. Conditions linked to the chemicals included lowered IQ, male infertility, diabetes, and obesity.The findings, published in a series of papers March 5, 2015 in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, were announced that day in Brussels and at the Society’s annual meeting in San Diego.“The shocking thing is that the major component of that cost is related to the loss of brain function in the next generation,” study co-author Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of environmental medicine at the University of Southern Denmark, said in a March 6, 2015 article in the UK newspaper The Guardian. The study authors found the loss of brain function due to EDCs likely costs at least $146 billion per year. Treatment, special education, and other services for children with lower IQs, learning or behavioral disorders were included among the estimated direct costs. The largest cost was lifetime loss of income.last_img read more

ONE Championship livestream special urges world to ‘sit down’ to fight pandemic

first_imgHosted by popular late-night show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, the special will be featuring big names and legends spanning all musical genres like Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Amstrong of Green Day, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.It will also feature appearances by stars such as Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Shah Rukh Khan.Aside from the star-studded special, ONE Championship’s own superstar fighters will take part in the show, with Aung La N Sang, Angela Lee Brandon Vera, Demetrious Johnson, Martin Nguyen and others sharing their “at home” workouts and answering questions from fans. ONE Championship, dubbed “Asia’s leading sports media property”, has partnered with Global Citizen to produce a “no-contact” livestream concert called “One World: Together At Home”, offering one more reason for people around the world to contribute to the fight against the pandemic by staying at homeThe eight-hour free “music special” also aims to raise funds for the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund of the World Health Organization (WHO) through a new merchandise store, ONE.SHOP, with 10 percent of net proceeds to be donated to the global health fund.The concert will be live streamed globally on ONE Championship’s Facebook page and ONE Super App on Sunday, April 19, at 2 a.m. Singapore Time, or 1 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB). The recorded concert will then be replayed for 24 hours after the live stream on the sports promoter’s Facebook page and bespoke app, as well as its YouTube channel and Twitter account (@ONEChampionship). Topics :last_img read more

Bleach: Losing seasons benefit UW, GB

first_img“You play to win the game! Hello? You play to win the game!”— New York Jets ex-head coach Herm EdwardsThose six words have done more for Edwards career than winning ever actually did (coaching record of 56-77). With those six words, Herm has been immortalized in Coors Light lore and signed on as an ESPN analyst to be to the NFL what Lou Holtz and Steve Phillips are to college football and MLB, respectively.While it would be easy to continue for 600 more words mocking the twice-failed head coach, there is a larger point to be made.As fans sat and laughed at the embattled Edwards on Oct. 30, 2002, and columnists wrote up their “top 10 rants of all time” column, football coaches across the country — and I mean from pro ball to Pop Warner — nodded their heads solemnly. Herm was right, they barked, you play to win the game!The message may as well be branded on every player. There are no moral victories in football, only real ones. If a “W” doesn’t go on the left hand column, the week was a failure. The quarterback threw three interceptions? Doesn’t matter if you get out with a win (this is known as the Rex Grossman defense).It is this “winning” attitude that makes what I am about to write sacrilegious to the highest degree. The Amish will read this column on the Internet before a football coach admits I am right.Despite that, here it goes…Last year, with the Green Bay Packers finishing 6-10 and the Wisconsin Badgers finishing 7-6, losing that unacceptable amount of games was ultimately good for both programs.Football coaches wait! Please don’t tear up The Badger Herald, click onto the Daily Cardinal’s website — you can do that, however, if you want a laugh — or order me to do up-downs for insubordination. Give me one chance to explain the reasoning behind my sins.Let’s start with the Packers. Green Bay lost 10 games in 2008 after dropping merely three just one year before. Although there were plenty of excuses for the fall from grace — Brett Favre drama, some injuries, a new quarterback and Brett Favre drama — the end result was a cleaning of house. General manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Bob Sanders along with a handful of assistant coaches, replacing him with 3-4 genius Dom Capers. The early results have been nothing short of fantastic. After excelling all summer in training camp, the new 3-4 defense tore apart the Bears Sunday night using mostly the same personnel available last season. The same players that were 20th in total defense.With the defense looking primed for a huge improvement, I ask you, would the Packers have converted to the 3-4 if they finished with a 10-6 record or even at 9-7? Or would they still be playing the same middling defense that blew numerous fourth quarter leads, if they had won just a few more games?Still not convinced? (Cue Billy Mays voice from the grave) Wait, there’s more!Perhaps the biggest improvement from last year comes from the Packers most important player, Aaron Rodgers. Despite putting up Pro Bowl caliber numbers (4,038 yards, 63.6 completion percentage and 28 touchdowns to 13 interceptions) Rodgers was widely criticized for failing to step up in the clutch. So what did the franchise QB do? He worked his ass off during the off-season to become more durable, better conditioned and focused on ways he could improve with the two-minute drill. The result of course, was a season-opening game-winning drive against Green Bay’s biggest rival. The best part of Rodgers working so hard, though, is the precocious talent had little to improve upon as it was. For your weird stat of the week, the Packers became the first team to lose at least 10 games but finish the season with a +39 point differential. Basically, they were the best bad team in history. Would Rodgers have worked so hard to improve off a good year if the Packers won a few more games? The cynic in me remains skeptical.Now for the Badgers. While it’s true no wholesale changes were made on defense and the scheme remains basically the same as last year, UW benefited from its worst season in Bret Bielema’s tenure by improving… Bret Bielema. With six losses to dwell on for roughly nine months, Bielema tweaked his program in small ways that hopefully will pay off big time.For his first change Bielema emphasized something that should have already been a staple of his reign: going to class. Multiple players admitted their attendance had been way down, but now with Bielema on their cases, physical fitness punishments are handed down for skipping class. Again, though these standards should have already been in place, they put in a system of accountability, something Badger players sorely lacked last year.For his next trick, Bielema and strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert re-emphasized the offseason workout program to prevent any fourth quarter breakdowns. Bielema even respects Herbert enough that he let the conditioning coach give a speech during half time of the Fresno State game. The new level of conditioning appears to be more than coach speak as well, with UW winning both of its games in the final minutes.Finally though, Bielema let his newfound humbleness and wisdom guide him in selecting a quarterback. Throughout fall camp, Bielema mandated fifth-year Dustin Sherer must play better than the other three candidates and must show off the experience a senior in his position has gained. The move has worked well so far, with Scott Tolzien providing above average quarterback play. Would Bielema have been so bold to name Tolzien as his starter if the Badgers won just one more game in 2008? Probably not. So instead of starting the year with yet another one-and-done starter, the Badgers will get at least two years from football’s most important position. Basically, losing last year has hopefully led to stability for at least these next two years.Despite Herm Edwards’ proclamations, losing can help a team in the right circumstances. It can provide the wakeup call a team needs or point to glaring weakness that must be fixed.But for the love of Vince Lombardi, just don’t lose two years in a row.Michael is a junior majoring in journalism. Are you a football coach who hates this column? Do you want to send a snarky e-mail? He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more