*Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ is Set to Launch a Fashion Brand from Prison:
Fashion might have a controversial new addition to its roster after convicted drug lord “El Chapo” announced plans to launch an eponymous brand. The brand is inspired by El Chapo’s, real name Joaquin Guzman, twin seven year-old daughters with assistance from his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, according to the New York Daily News, via AP.
Clothing bearing the drug lord’s signature could soon be available in the US and Mexico. El Chapo, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms possession last month, signed the papers granting use of his signature from his cell in a Manhattan federal prison. His wife will head up the limited liability company, or LLC.
*Record Low 4.5% Admitted to Harvard; Cost for Some
Is Highest Ever:
Of the 43,330 candidates who applied to Harvard College‘s class of 2023, only 1,950 were admitted, the college announced. That’s a record low 4.5 percent admission rate for the school. According to the Harvard Crimson, the college notified 1,015 students of their acceptance Thursday evening. Another 935 were admitted early decision. The Crimson also reported that it’s more expensive than ever to attend the college: The total cost of attending Harvard College — including tuition, fees, room, and board — will increase by 3 percent, to $69,607, for the 2019-2020 academic year, the College announced in a press release Thursday evening. That increase marks a $2,027 rise from the 2018-2019 school year cost of attendance of $67,580. This is the second year in a row that the cost of enrollment at the College has risen by 3 percent, outpacing the rate of inflation in both years.
*Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Plummet Since Conclusion of Mueller Probe:
Rachel Maddow’s audience plummeted 19 percent since the Justice Department announced the special counsel investigation turned up no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The MSNBC host drew an audience of 2.5 million viewers on Monday, the day after Attorney General William Barr’s announcement — down 19 percent from her average this year.
On Tuesday, her audience dwindled further to 2.3 million, the Nielsen company said. Maddow drew large numbers during her coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation over the year, typically garnering the No. 1 position in cable news.
*Getting Rid of Debt May Actually Make Your Brain Work Better:
A new study has a whole different take on what debt relief means. Getting rid of debt doesn’t just unburden finances, it takes a weight off the mind that clears up cognitive functioning, lessens anxiety and improves impulse control. The findings come from researchers at the National University of Singapore’s Social Service Research Centre, who studied almost 200 low-income people who unexpectedly had portions of their long-running mortgage, utility and municipal debts paid down by a charity.
Researchers tested participants before and after their windfalls on their ability to spot matches and mismatches. The recipients were also tested for generalized anxiety disorder and their ability to make more beneficial financial decisions.
The study found: • Average error rates in the cognitive function tests fell to 4% after the debt was paid down, compared to a 17% error rate beforehand. • The proportion of participants showing generalized anxiety disorders went from 78% to 53% after the debt relief. • Numbers of people showing so-called “present bias,” which favors instant gratification, dropped to 33% from 44%, a sign that their impulse control had improved.
*UH OH – The First 3 Months of 2019 Had More U.S. Measles Cases
Than 2018 Total:
2019 has the second-highest number of confirmed measles cases since the disease was declared eradicated in 2000, according to new data from the CDC—and it’s only April. In the past three months alone, there have been 387 confirmed cases across fifteen states as anti-vaccine sentiment rages, toppling the 372 cases confirmed in the entirety of 2018. The only year with more measles cases since 2000 is 2014, which had 667; most other years had less than 200.
There are currently six ongoing outbreaks, defined as three or more cases: two in New York, (where one county has banned all unvaccinated minors from public places) two in California, and one in New Jersey and Washington. The Centers said that the outbreaks were sparked by travelers from Ukraine, Israel, and the Philippines.
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A man in Ohio suffers from a condition called “auto-brewery syndrome.” One symptom of this ultra-rare disorder is that his body turns potato chips into alcohol in his stomach.
During the Iraq War, the U.S. military attached caged chickens on top of their Humvees to act as an early detection system for chemical weapons. They dubbed their strategy Operation Kuwaiti Field Chicken, or KFC.
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The picture depicts a liberated Russian inmate pointing an identifying and accusing finger at a Nazi guard who was especially cruel towards the prisoners in Buchenwald camp. There’s something really fascinating about this picture. We can only see so much of the prisoner’s expression here, but that finger means so much. Days, maybe even hours earlier, that prisoner might have been afraid to cross paths with or even make eye contact with this man. Now he’s casting an accusatory finger that’s as well as pointing a gun at the back of the man’s head, and the defeated look on his face seems horribly aware of that.
Shãn Sutherland, Wealth Adviser at Simple Impact LLC, Weighs in on Why People Need Financial Advisors
Do you know enough about financial management to take care of all of your investing on your own? Or do you need help from a seasoned expert? That question comes up for millions of Americans each year, and is always surrounded by a fair amount of anxiety and uneasiness. Regardless of your financial state, everyone can benefit from taking stock of what stability means for them, and oftentimes, a financial adviser can you help you find this mindset.
Shannon “Shãn” Sutherland, a wealth adviser at Simple Impact LLC, knows how difficult handling finances can be. “Embarrassment and shame often prevent people from making informed choices that will lead to better financial outcomes,” Sutherland explains, “trust and coaching can help you feel better and understand your choices more.”
For smart successful people, getting control of their finances may seem difficult or even impossible. Money flows in, then flows out just as easily. Whether someone is a recent graduate trying to figure out how to handle student loans, a retiree looking to maximize their 401(k), or anything in between, everyone should be aware of their own spending habits.
“Financial accountability to yourself can be liberating personal growth,” concludes Sutherland, “but it’s important to start now rather than later. Financial advisors are here to help you. They’re on your side. That way I always have my client’s needs in mind.”
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