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Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
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Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.
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Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.
Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.
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The Future Of Flying Is Nearly Here — But You Probably Can’t Afford It
The next 10 years promise to bring radical change to airplane cabins, but it’ll cost you.
Tesla’s big Model 3 bet rides on risky assembly line strategy
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk took many risks with the technology in his company's cars on the way to surpassing Ford Motor Co's market value. Now Musk is pushing boundaries in the factory that makes them.
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How Papa Roach’s Teen-Angst Smash Became The Internet’s New Favorite Joke Song
U.S. Issues 271 Sanctions Over Bashar Assad’s Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons
It's one of the largest sanction actions in U.S. history
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has issued 271 sanctions in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. It’s one of the largest sanction actions in U.S. history.
The Trump administration said Monday that it issued sanctions against 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons.
The action was announced in a statement by the Treasury Department, and Treasury Security Steve Mnuchin simultaneously briefed reporters at the White House.
The new sanctions are the latest U.S. response to Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons, most recently in rebel-held northern Idlib, in an attack that killed more than 80 civilians.
The U.S. retaliated earlier this month by launching missiles against a Syrian airfield.
Why Cinnamon Is Insanely Good for You
Cinnamon may trigger changes in gene expression, suggests a new study
Scientists have long suspected that cinnamon can help prevent blood-sugar spikes and protect against insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. But how, exactly, has remained a mystery—and while some studies have suggested a strong effect, others have been inconclusive.
New research presented Saturday at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting suggests a potential mechanism for these effects, lending support to the idea of cinnamon as a metabolic powerhouse. In fact, researchers say, the spice’s benefits may extend far beyond blood-sugar control.
Amy Stockert, associate professor of biochemistry at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, has been studying cinnamon for years. In 2015, her research showed that type 2 diabetics who took daily cinnamon supplements saw greater reductions in blood sugar than those who took a placebo.
Some of these effects lasted even after participants stopped taking the supplements, says Stockert, which suggested that lasting changes had been triggered at the cellular level. “We started to suspect that one of the proteins involved in gene expression was being influenced by cinnamon,” she says.
Her new research, which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, focuses on Sirtuin-1 (also called Sirt-1)—a protein that’s active in insulin regulation. “We know that Sirt-1 acts on another protein that affects how glucose is transported,” says, “so it made sense that it might be the key player.”
Scientists know that Sirt-1 is activated by resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine that’s been touted for its anti-aging and cholesterol-lowering properties. Cinnamon contains similar compounds, known as phenols, which Stockert thought might also bind to Sirt-1 molecules in the same way. She and her colleagues used a computer model to test this hypothesis, and discovered that the cinnamon phenols had similar, sometimes even stronger interactions with the protein.
This suggests that the phenols in cinnamon also activate Sirt-1, providing a possible explanation for their beneficial properties. “If that’s true, it means cinnamon is doing more than just lowering blood sugar,” says Stockert. “It’s acting on a protein that affects lipid metabolism, cell growth changes, and the expression of a variety of genes.”
Stockert’s previous research found that people who consumed 1 gram a day of cinnamon saw blood sugar reductions comparable to what would be expected from prescription drugs. But she believes that even smaller quantities—like those used in cooking and seasoning—could also have benefits.
“If cinnamon interacts with this enzyme in the way our model suggests, it could possibly be linked to anti-aging, antioxidant control, a lot of really important health benefits,” she says. “And it shouldn’t take one gram a day to see those effects.”
Stockert recommends buying cinnamon—whole or ground—from reputable spice companies. Her team is now studying the effects of cinnamon on fat cells, and hope to expand their research to muscle and liver cells, as well.
Nancy Farrell, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says that while the research on blood sugar is still inconclusive, it’s encouraging that the topic is being studied further.
“Cinnamon, in moderation and in daily foods, is generally a good habit,” says Farrell.
Farrell recommends adding cinnamon to oatmeal, toast, butternut squash, chili, and more. She cautions that above-average doses can worsen liver function for people with existing liver damage, and “use of cinnamon supplements should always be discussed with your physician.”
This isn’t the first time cinnamon’s been touted for its health benefits beyond blood sugar control—and it’s certainly not the final word. But given the low risk and reported benefits, it seems a worthwhile addition to your diet, if you like the taste.
6 Tips to Reduce Your Daily Stress and Anxiety
Without hurting your health in the long-run
There are two major reasons that for several decades more Americans become stressed, agitated and anxious — which in turn increases their daily physical stress, which itself in turn has led to the ongoing decades-long epidemic in stress-related disorders and diseases.
The first reason is societal. As inequality rises, so do our fears about affording basic necessities — or if we’re relatively well off, about losing social standing and financial security for ourselves or our children.
The second reason is more personal. Many more of us suffer from stress dysregulation than we did 40 years ago. Mainly through excess cortisol — a key stress hormone — this dysregulation makes the typical stress response too easy to trigger and too hard to turn off. This leaves us feeling highly agitated (even with no reason) and without effective ways to self-regulate and get back to a calmer, more functional state.
In recent years, though, we have gained a much better understanding of this stress epidemic (which, it should be noted, is significantly different from clinical anxiety disorders or related diagnoses that merit consultation with a physician). We can use the knowledge learned to help protect ourselves from many of its consequences. Here’s how.
Build Social Connections
Strong social networks — especially if they include some close confidants — help us regain our emotional balance and rein in our anxiety. The psychological benefits are well known, and social networks become even more important when ambient stress increases sharply. But also, biologically, they release the “good feeling” hormones serotonin and oxytocin, both of which counter cortisol. Social engagement itself also promotes the functioning of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain we use for regulating our emotions and making thoughtful decisions.
We can also protect ourselves from the stress epidemic by exercising conscious mindfulness that allows us to focus on what is happening in the present moment, rather than indulging in past anger or remorse, or fear of the future. Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis improves the brain functions that enhance our ability to avoid excessive stress responses. This doesn’t change the underlying stress physiology, but it allows us to interrupt the stress cycle by consciously controlling our reactions. This is not the same, though, as ignoring what is happening by burying our heads in the sand. Taking some time away from the relentless flow of societal stressors — now consistently present due to 24/7 exposure to social media and online news — can help. But disappearing from the scene altogether generates additional stress; people then lack information and become concerned about what they should be doing.
A perceived lack of control is among the most debilitating factors in terms of stress biology — in the extreme, learned helplessness leaves us shattered. We can look for opportunities to expand our sense of control, both at work and in daily life, through asserting ourselves and through seeking beneficial partnerships. There are limits, though: Perceiving that we have control where the reality is the opposite is short-lived. But even planning to exercise more control and taking initial steps to enact a plan can have beneficial effects.
Stay Physically Active
Physical activity directly reduces excess cortisol — also known as the “fight or flight” hormone, since its job is to make more energy available in stressful situations — by using that energy. This works to dispel cortisol that may be lingering from problems at work or at home. It also provides a host of direct benefits to many stress-related difficulties — obesity, diabetes, metabolic disorders — but also in increased brain functioning that supports self-regulation.
Avoid the Alcohol and “Comfort Food” Traps
Certain choices we make may reduce stress temporarily, but then have long-term negative effects on health and well-being. “Comfort foods” with high calories and fat do counteract cortisol, but at the risk of increasing the chances of heart diseases and other disorders. In the same way, substances like alcohol and other drugs can briefly alleviate the feelings of being over-stressed and agitated, but at a risk of becoming a “go-to” solution that can cause serious problems down the road.
Forget “Magic Bullets”
Being aware of the major stressors that are propelling the existing stress epidemic is a first step, but we all understand that no one thing solves everything here. Making use of our social connections, practicing conscious mindfulness, taking back control where we can and staying physically active are evidence-based pathways for dealing with stress. There are no shortcuts, but persistent efforts will pay off.
French Politicians Urge Voters to Reject Marine Le Pen: ‘It Is Not Possible to Remain Silent’
The runoff election is on May 7
(PARIS) — France’s political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united Monday to urge voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential runoff and to reject Marine Le Pen’s populist nationalism.
Politicians on the moderate left and right, including French President Francois Hollande and the losing Socialist and Republicans party candidates in Sunday’s first-round vote, maneuvered to block Le Pen’s path to power in the May 7 runoff.
In a solemn address from the Elysee palace, Hollande said he will vote for Macron, his former economy minister, because the far-right Le Pen represents “both the danger of the isolation of France and of rupture with the European Union.”
Hollande said the far-right would “deeply divide France” at a time when the terror threat requires “solidarity.”
“Faced with such a risk, it is not possible to remain silent or to take refuge in indifference,” he said.
European stock markets surged, and France’s main index hit its highest level since early 2008, as investors gambled that the rise of populism around the world — and its associated unpredictability in policymaking — may have peaked.
Voters narrowed the French presidential field from 11 to two on Sunday. The contest is widely seen as a litmus test for the populist wave that last year prompted Britain to vote to leave the European Union and U.S. voters to elect Donald Trump president.
Only the defeated far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, pointedly refused to back Macron.
Le Pen’s far-right National Front party, meanwhile, is hoping to peel away voters historically opposed to a party long tainted by racism and anti-Semitism.
“The voters who voted for Mr. Melenchon are angry voters. They can be in agreement with us,” National Front Vice President Steeve Brios told The Associated Press, adding that those far-left voters sought choices “outside the system.”
Choosing from inside the system is no longer an option. Voters rejected the two mainstream parties that have alternated power for decades in favor of Le Pen and the untested Macron , who has never held elected office and who founded his own political movement just last year.
Macron’s optimistic vision of a tolerant France and a united Europe with open borders is a stark contrast with Le Pen’s darker, inward-looking “French-first” platform that calls for closed borders, tougher security, less immigration and dropping the shared euro currency to return to the French franc.
Le Pen went on the offensive against Macron in her first public comments Monday.
“He is a hysterical, radical ‘Europeanist.’ He is for total open borders. He says there is no such thing as French culture. There is not one domain that he shows one ounce of patriotism,” she said.
Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, made it into a presidential runoff against Jacques Chirac in 2002 and was crushed. Many commentators expect the same fate for his daughter, but she has already drawn far more support than he ever did and she has transformed the party’s once-pariah image.
National Front vice president Louis Aliot insisted that Le Pen offers an alternative for anyone skeptical of the EU and France’s role in it.
“I’m not convinced that the French are willing to sign a blank check to Mr. Macron,” he said.
But Macron’s party spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux, scoffed at the idea that Le Pen is a vector of change.
“She’s been in the political system for 30 years. She inherited her father’s party and we will undoubtedly have Le Pens running for the next 20 years, because after we had the father, we have the daughter and we will doubtless have the niece,” he said, referring to Marion Marechal-Le Pen. “So she is in a truly bad position to be talking about the elites.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wished Macron “all the best for the next two weeks.”
Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, tweeted that “the result for Emmanuel Macron shows: France AND Europe can win together! The center is stronger than the populists think!”
Macron came in first in Sunday’s vote, with just over 23 percent while Le Pen had 21 percent. Francois Fillon, the scandal-plagued conservative Republicans candidate, came in third with just shy of 20 percent of the vote, just ahead of Melenchon. Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, whose party holds a majority in the legislature, got just 6 percent of the vote.
Turnout for Sunday’s vote was 78 percent, down slightly from 79 percent in the first round of presidential voting in 2012.
Protesters burned cars, danced around bonfires and dodged riot police overnight at the Place de la Bastille and Republique in Paris. Twenty-nine people were detained at the Bastille, where protesters waved red flags and sang “No Marine and No Macron!” in anger at the results.
“We are in a phase of decomposition, demolition, deconstruction,” former Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. “We didn’t do the work — intellectual, ideological and political — on what the left is, and we paid the price.”
Barack Obama to Young Leaders: It’s Time to ‘Take Up the Baton’
Barack Obama broke his post-White House silence to talk with students at the University of Chicago
Former President Barack Obama said Monday that while there are lots of issues on his radar, the most important thing he believes he can do in his next job is help the next generation of leaders.
“The single most important thing I can do is help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton,” Obama said.
After spending weeks out of the spotlight, Obama kick-started his new role as a leadership coach by hosting a discussion with students from across the Chicago area on civic engagement and leadership at the University of Chicago. Though the event was the former president’s first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama avoided issues-of-the day, from the future of his signature health care law to the general work of his successor, to focus on talking about the issues he feels are critical to moving the country forward.
“So, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” Obama jokingly asked as he took the stage.
Gerrymandering, the divided media, and voter apathy were high on the president’s list of things to tackle. He’d drawn attention to those issues while in office, particularly during a speech he gave before the Illinois General Assembly last February. “What can we do all of us together to try to make our politics better?” he asked at the time. He appeared to return to that question at Monday’s event, though the audience was notably different. In 2017, Obama has swapped elected officials for the young people he believes will take the lead in the future.
After nearly an hour of Obama peppering the students with questions about getting engaged and making a difference, the students were given an opportunity to ask the former president questions. The first question came from a Roosevelt University student who asked the president about working with immigrants who may be afraid to come out of the shadows given the Trump administration’s rhetoric.
“Immigration is a good example of an issue that stirs up so much passion and sometimes misinformation that it’s hard for us to have a healthy conversation about it,” Obama said. “For those who are concerned about undocumented workers coming in…it’s important for them to also appreciate the degree to which these are overwhelmingly families looking for a better life for them and their children.”
Before leaving office, President Obama said immigration was one of the issues that could lead him back to political conversations.
Obama also answered questions about recovering from failure and owning your past. The former president is currently working on a book about his political journey, he said Monday.
Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey Speaks Out Against Refugee Crisis: ‘It’s Not a “Problem,” It’s People’
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is continuing to advocate for migrants seeking asylum in Europe. The 43-year-old actress — who plays Cersei Lannister on the HBO drama — recently spoke to The Guardian about the “dehumanizing” treatment of refugees attempting to enter the United Kingdom. “It’s horrendous that after the journeys that these refugees…
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is continuing to advocate for migrants seeking asylum in Europe. The 43-year-old actress — who plays Cersei Lannister on the HBO drama — recently spoke to The Guardian about the “dehumanizing” treatment of refugees attempting to enter the United Kingdom.
“It’s horrendous that after the journeys that these refugees go through, they are then treated immediately with suspicion and fear,” she said. “I get it, this is a crisis with so many levels, but we have also lost sight of the fact it’s not a ‘problem,’ it’s people, it’s other human beings. And we’re dehumanizing them.”
Headey — who visited Syrian refugee camps in Greece last summer with co-stars Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) — also weighed in on the frustrations surrounding her work to improve the migration process.
“People look at actors who speak out and say, ‘oh well, it’s so easy for them.’ There are a lot of people who are saying, ‘it’s all right for you, you champagne socialist,’ but that’s f—ing bollocks,” she said. “I’m just a human being with a conscience. My kids need to know that I gave a s—t — that’s what drives me most.”
President Trump’s 100 Day Showdown
Morning Must Reads: April 24
Congress returns to Washington this week with just days left to avert a government shutdown that would coincide with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. The White House is working overtime to mark the milestone, launching a flurry of interviews, meetings, and executive actions to create the sense of momentum. Trump has also promised to unveil a version of his tax reform plan, and the White House is pressuring House Republicans to move forward on an Obamacare repeal-and-replace vote this week. Trump, ever the showman, is increasingly cognizant of the symbolic deadline, aides say, and has been asking how to ensure his first 100 days declared successful. But Trump’s insistence on some of his more controversial proposals being funded as part of an agreement—not to mention the distractions caused by making other announcements this week—is making a shutdown more likely.
President Barack Obama re-emerges. Trump says Dreamers can rest easy. And Trump’s love of cable news.
Here are your must reads:
Playing chicken with the budget [TIME]
So much for changing the way D.C. works [USA Today]
The viewer-in-chief [Washington Post]
Despite White House push [TIME]
In interview says he changes his tune [Associated Press]
“I’m pretty confident we’re going to get something that is satisfactory to the president in regard to border security within current negotiations.” —White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on NBC’s Meet the Press on whether the government spending bill would include funding for a border wall.
“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.” —President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday.
Bits and Bites
Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group [Chicago Tribune]
States Seek to Shore Up Health Insurance Markets [Wall Street Journal]
Beyond the Shadows in North Korea
AFP's Ed Jones regularly reports from the reclusive country
Every six weeks, Agence France-Presse’s photographer Ed Jones boards a plane from Seoul to Pyongyang, making the 120-mile journey from one Korean capital to the other. He’s one of the few Western journalists allowed to enter North Korea on a regular basis. Jones is aware that such access is particularly important at a time when tensions are rising in the Korean peninsula.
“It is difficult to overstate the privilege I have in being able to travel regularly between North and South, something that it is impossible for the ordinary citizens of each country,” Jones tells TIME. “It is a constant reminder of the predicament of the Korean peninsula and the unimaginable sorrow faced by families forcibly separated by the 250 kilometers of barbed wire and landmines known as the Demilitarized Zone [DMZ].”
Since 1953, after decades of Japanese rule and a Cold War proxy fight that resulted in an armistice but no peace treaty, the Korean peninsula has been split in two, forcibly dividing a people, its culture and millions of families.
Jones’ first trip in North Korea was in 2012, at which point he covered the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. AFP was just one of the many Western news organizations allowed in the country at that time. But, since September 2016 when AFP opened a bureau in North Korea, the agency has had two permanent local journalists (a photographer and video journalist) as well as regular visits from Jones, a writer and a video journalist, who make the short flight from South Korea and report for a period of 10 to 14 days at a time.
Jones’ movements remained tightly controlled when he’s in the isolated country, but, he tells TIME, “we are gradually learning what is and is not possible in terms of putting forward coverage proposals.” He adds: “North Korean policy is never easy to interpret, and the opening has been very gradual, with Japan’s Kyodo, the Associated Press and AFP joining Chinese and Russian media already present in Pyongyang.”
Despite the restrictions, Jones applies the same journalistic principles to his North Korean work that he would rely on in any other country. “I need to interpret what I see or what is presented to me in a way that is impartial and unbiased, but I must also know when to document those things for what they are,” he says. “My abilities as a photographer and journalist will always be a work-in-progress and I think the same can be said of my approach, in that there is a need to constantly learn and adapt.”
Of course, his documentation of the reclusive country will never be complete, he says. “If there are any photographs that come to mind,” he says, musing on the pictures that are as yet beyond his reach, “they are the ones that I cannot take — for the children, parents, sisters and brothers, on both sides, so that they might be able to see each other again.”
Ed Jones is Agence France-Presse’s chief photographer for North and South Korea, based in Seoul. Follow him on Instagram @edjonesafp.
Myles Little, who edited this photo essay, is a senior photo editor at TIME.
‘Never Again.’ President Trump Acknowledged the 6 Million Jews Killed in the Holocaust
"On Yom Hashoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history"
After failing to do so in a statement the early days of his Administration, President Donald Trump emphatically declared “never again,” acknowledging the deaths of 6 million Jewish people during the Holocaust in a video statement.
“On Yom Hashoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history,” Trump said in a video that was played at a plenary assembly of the World Jewish Conference on Sunday in New York, referring to Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hebrew. “We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge never again. I say it, never again.”
The Trump Administration has publicly stumbled on statements involving the Holocaust in the past. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January, a statement from Trump failed to mention the millions of Jews who were murdered at the hand of the Nazis. Earlier in April, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mistakenly said Nazi leader Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons while referencing chemical weapons attacks by Syria’s leader, before apologizing and backtracking.
In his comments on Sunday, Trump said the mind “cannot fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss” experienced by the world’s Jews.
“Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide,” Trump said. “They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe and that the human heart cannot bear.
Watch Justin Bieber and His Crew Prove They are Pillow Fight Champions
The 'Purpose' singer is getting in some family fun time.
Justin Bieber has racked up millions of miles traveling around the world and staying in swanky hotels, but even the Purpose singer still is not immune to the allures of a proper hotel room pillow fight. In a YouTube video uploaded by a fan account — and apparently filmed by Bieber’s dad, when he turns the camera on himself — the 23-year-old pop singer can be found goofing off in a hotel with his younger siblings and another kid.
It’s a pillow fight for the ages, although the elder Bieber doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the lighthearted rough housing and disheveled sheets as the crew jumps around between the beds. Justin is back in his native Canada hot on the heels of a wildly successful Latin American leg of his world tour. His most recent release, an updated remix of the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song “Despacito,” has also topped charts.
Looks like, with business sailing along smoothly, Bieber’s letting his inner kid come out to play.