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Mike Shalin’s Working Press: Belichick out to show he can win with Stidham – The Union Leader

IF YOU have been paying attention to your New England Patriots during this time of isolation, you might have noticed a subtle changing of the guard at Gillette Stadium.

You might have noticed that Jarrett Stidham is now the New England quarterback.

Thats right. Tom Brady is living in Derek Jeters mansion in Florida. Mediocre veterans have floated past Bill Belichicks office window, without any obvious interest from the boss. Cam Newton? No. Jameis Winston? Nah. Andy Dalton? As of Saturday morning, nothing. The draft came and went and no QB was taken by the Pats, who did sign one, Michigan States Brian Lewerke, as a free agent.

All signs were pointing at Stidham, the second-year fourth-round draft pick who mostly stood and watched Brady and a shaky, no-Rob Gronkowski offense fail to get far in a bid for Lombardi Trophy No. 7. Stidham played some very little but must have impressed enough in practice to show he deserves the shot at replacing Brady when (if???) things kick into gear for 2020.

For two decades, it was about Brady. Brady and Belichick. Belichick and Brady. No. 1 and No. 1A. The argument raged over who was more important to the dynasty.

Now, Belichick remains. And this whole Stidham thing could simply be about the coachs immense pride as he looks to show the world it was actually Belichick/Brady (in that order) the whole time.

Brian Hoyer is around to help push Stidham, but this appears to be the kids job to lose. Belichick seems just fine with that.

As NBCSports Boston said in a recent headline: Who Won the 2020 Draft? Jarrett Stidham

While the AFC Least isnt as bad as it once was (do the Pats now have the weakest starting QB in the division?), its still not a killer road for at least another division title in 2020.

If they go to the playoffs in what doomsayers are thinking will be a lost post-Brady season, then Belichick wins. On the other hand, if Tampa Bay goes to the playoffs (and perhaps even becomes the first team to host a Super Bowl), Bradys the clear winner.


For those into the argument over whether Brady is the greatest of all time and place Joe Montana second the website agrees with half your position.

The site has ranked the top 40 QBs and while Brady is No. 1, Montana comes in at just No. 7.

On Brady, they said, When you combine statistical greatness, consistency, clutch performances and winning in the regular season and playoffs, there is simply no better quarterback than Tom Brady. The sheer number of playoff games hes started in equal more than two full NFL seasons, making his longevity in the game even more impressive, and his .732 winning percentage in them is also staggering.

Drew Brees came in second, followed by Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, Montana and then Brett Favre.

Joe Cool never led the NFL in passing yards, despite routinely throwing for more than 3,000 yards, they said of Montana. His best feature was accuracy, leading the league in completion percentage five times, ranking 15th in NFL history in that statistic for his career. Montanas 1989 run in the playoffs is still one of the best for a quarterback ever, as he threw for 800 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions on the way to winning his fourth ring.

Drew Bledsoe was No. 31, Dan Fouts 32 and Joe Namath 38.Cheese trouble

All signs are pointing toward things getting rocky fast in Green Bay after the Packers, on the 15th anniversary of drafting Rodgers as Favres successor, tabbed Jordan Love in the first round.

Aaron Rodgers should mentor Jordan Love, said FS1s Colin Cowherd. If Aaron Rodgers and we know hes been frustrated before by people in the organization. In two years, if Aaron Rodgers is done and can get out. You know what would have to happen to the Packers to be willing to do it?

Favre, surprised at the pick, made 15 years to the night from when the Pack tabbed Rodgers to replace HIM, also predicted this wont end well. Meanwhile, Rodgers, a factor in Mike McCarthy leaving Green Bay, was apparently already at it with his current coach.

Wrote The Athletics Bob McGinn: Public niceties aside, my sense is (Matt) LaFleur, fresh from a terrific 13-3 baptismal season, simply had enough of Rodgers act and wanted to change the narrative. With a first-round talent on the roster, the Packers would gain leverage with their imperial quarterback and his passive-aggressive style.

If the Packers do indeed want to become a running team next season (BCs AJ Dillon was also selected), they surely wouldnt want Rodgers rocking the boat and becoming even more difficult to coach.

Bucs headache

Gronkowski claimed he had been studying the Tampa Bay playbook weeks before the Bucs traded for him. The NFL is likely investigating his new team for possible tampering.

Pats fans everywhere will expect Roger Goodell, still not a fan favorite in New England, to lower some kind of boom on the Bucs but its hard to imagine this really going anywhere. Right?

I was in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers playbook four weeks ago, and I wasnt even on the team, Gronk, now a former wrestler, boasted.

He scrambled, tweeting, he was just joking around.

Bring it back

OK, I surrender. Im ready to have sports return, in any form.

No fans? Got it. Playing baseball in Florida and Arizona? Check.

Saturday was supposed to be Kentucky Derby day (the first Saturday in May). Did you have an annual Derby party?

I dont know about you, but watching any of these old games the MLB and NHL Networks have given us plenty to watch I immediately hit Google and check the box score, so I know who won and how so I can leave and return.

MGM sent letters to all the sports saying it would be happy to house all athletes at the MGM Grand, with families residing at the nearby Luxor.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today broke a story last week that had baseball dispensing of its two leagues and going to three divisions of 10 teams each. The plan would be set up geographically to limit travel.

The games would be played in home parks (great news for us official scorers), with the Red Sox in the same division as both New York teams.

A schedule could consist of 99 or 100 games. How about playing each division opponent 11 times each with no games outside the division? There would be inter-league built right in.

In addition to wearing a mask and scoring games at Fenway, I will watch at home.

No fans would be weird to watch on television. Heck, youd be able to hear everything on the field, the court or the ice. Theyd have to use a delay to bleep out the language. Would they pipe in phony crowd noise, which has been working (as a joke) for Bill Maher on Friday nights?

Without crowd noise, the grunting of the 350-pound football linemen would be clear as a bell. A torn-up knee would be accompanied by screams of pain. In short, wed learn a lot more about these guys and how human they can be despite playing like animals in the jungle.

Last Dance

Hey, are you watching the Bulls documentary? Episodes 5 and 6 are tonight. The production is full of the hate between the Bulls and Bad Boy Pistons.

Its clear Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas are NOT friends. Jordan called Thomas a bad name and Thomas, who has had all kinds of trouble since leaving the court (see Madison Square Garden sexual harassment case) and still graces us with his presence on TV, answered this week.

Its fitting Thomas middle name is Lord.

Speaking to CBS, Thomas said, I respect him a lot as a basketball player, I have nothing against him, but I faced better players than him.

He listed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson ahead of Jordan.

Looking around

The Red Sox were supposed to be hosting the Texas Rangers this weekend.

Jayson Tatum is one of the NBAs bright young stars and hes starting to get plenty of endorsement work.

The Bruins took a gamble when they gave Jaro Halak a two-year deal after he finished his rocky six-year contract with the Islanders. To say it worked out would be understatement and he just signed a one-year/$2.75 million contract extension last week. With Tuukka Rask leaving the door ajar on retiring after this interrupted season, Halak would be No. 1 in Boston next year. The Bs could do worse.

From the MGM proposal to the leagues: Any person entering the integrated resort would have to go through agreed health, safety, and quarantine protocols. Basketball could be played on five courts built on the Mandalay Bay site, the home of the WNBAs Aces.

Andre Dawson, now a mortician in his native Miami, on working during the pandemic, to the Associated Press: Its very sad. Its very sad. Because people mourn and grieve differently and theyre not getting through that process as they would under normal circumstances. You see a lot of hurt and pain. Morticians see hurt and pain all the time; but this has to be SO different as the bodies pile up and families dont get to grieve properly.

My nephew went to and graduated Michigan State. Bro tells me Lewerke is nothing special. But the kid is athletic and you wonder what Belichick has in store for him.

Remember, Julian Edelman had 30 touchdown passes and 31 interceptions his last year at Kent State.

NBCSports Boston continues its Celtics games/series productions tonight. It runs through the end of the month more chances for Cs fans to complain about officials having it in for their team.

So sorry to hear about the passing of former Boston Herald colleague Mike Carey, gone at 72. Great NBA writer. RIP!!!

From the NFL combine overview on Lewerke: Scouts have gone from bullish to bearish on Lewerke after his dismal two-year run following a promising 2017 campaign. He looks the part from an operational standpoint with good size and mobility, but hes been unable to inspire confidence in his ability as a field leader. If coaching improves his footwork and follow-through, he might see some improvement from an accuracy standpoint, but its hard to say if it will be enough.

I watched a 2013 Giants-Dodgers game the other day with the great Vin Scully doing the telecast. The Dodgers left runners on base all day before Buster Posey won it for the Giants with a home run. Said Scully, in a way only he could say it, the Dodgers Waited around all day to get beat ... and they got beat.

Tremendous success story being written by a young hockey player. Two years after suffering a broken back in that horrific Humboldt bus crash, Graysen Cameron has committed to play and go to school at Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

From @petervescey: Incredulously, Mark McNamara, who has passed away, Is the fourth 76ers center of the 1980s to die at 60 or younger; Moses Malone, Caldwell Jones and Darryl Dawkins are the other three. Bless one and all!

Complete with the video, the Bengals tweeted good-bye to Dalton early this week. Read the tweet: We have released QB Andy Dalton. Andy has not only been an outstanding player on the field, but a role model in the Cincinnati community for the last nine years. Thank you for everything, Andy.

Mike Shalin covers Boston pro sports for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is Follow him on Twitter @mscotshay.

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Local Farmers and Ranchers Are Seeing Strong Demand For Their Products, But They’re Having to Get Creative to Reach Consumers – Lost Coast Outpost

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COVID-19 has caused alarm about food shortages nationwide, but local farmers believe they will be able to pick up where the mega-farms leave off. While attendance has been down, sales and produce are up at local farmers markets, according to Laura Hughes, director of market operations for the North Coast Growers Association.

Even though it looks dead, farmers have been doing really well, Hughes told the Outpost. I think people are really trying to support farmers.

She said meats and the staple vegetables (carrots, onions, leafy greens, etc.) have been selling well. To comply with social distancing standards something Hughes said has been hard to do and plan for in the future the market stands have been spaced out a bit further than usual and the buying process has also slowed down quite a bit.

Farmers have to select the produce each customer wants and deal with them on a one-on-one basis. To help streamline this, the growers association is starting a preorder service, where buyers can order what they would like to get and staff will prepare a box for them to pick up.

This serves the needs for those who dont want to shop at the market and the needs of the farmer, Hughes said, adding that NCGA has been accused of simultaneously not taking enough precautions and of overreacting.

We are getting guff from both sides, Hughes said. As we get further into the season, more farmers will come onto the market, which may be a problem in the future for social distancing,

To comply with health orders, Hughes is anticipating more control of entrances to the plaza to help with the crowds and lingerers. She also expects demand for local produce will be much higher than the supply. Most stands are selling out during the markets. CalFresh usage is also up.

Now that a lot of students arent in town, we are seeing a consistency of CalFresh shoppers, Hughes said, adding this has been a good thing for farmers. According to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Humboldt has 23,111 CalFresh recipients as of April 17, up by more than 3,000 from April 2019.

But Hughes is worried that once more produce starts to ripen, there will be an overabundance due to the lack of space for people to come to the market. So farmers have been diversifying the ways they reach customers. Hughes said some farmers have upped their digital sales by offering services on their websites and the Facebook marketplace, while the more digitally-challenged farmers have resorted to good ol fashioned phone calls and increasing their roadside farm stand presence and hours.

There are a lot of different ways our farmers are adapting and theyre not having a hard time offloading, Hughes said. She gave a couple of examples, including a nursery owner having her best day in 10 years, and another farmer who sold five months worth of poultry in three days.


Hughes said most of the cattle and dairy farmers in Humboldt arent a part of the NCGA and have to rely on larger outlets where some of the breakdowns in supply chains are expected to hit in the coming days.

However, Melissa Lema of Western United Dairies wrote to the Outpost stating, Weve been seeing a ton of misinformation about what is going on locally and nationwide regarding the food supply and specifically the dairy and meat industries.

Lema put the Outpost in touch with Cody Nicholson-Stratton with the Foggy Bottom Boys, a certified organic farm located in the Eel River Valley. Nicholson-Stratton primarily produces dairy for cheese (sold exclusively to the Rumiano Cheese Company), but also raises grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as poultry and rabbits, and produces eco-friendly fibers. Nicholson-Stratton said he has noticed a difference in how people are getting their food and a big reduction in food service and school-based demands for their products.

That has created some stumbling blocks for the dairy industry, Nicholson-Stratton said.

He said butter and cheese usage is down by about 50 percent for food service needs nationally, but this hasnt affected Rumiano Cheese Co. just yet. Nicholson-Stratton said that offloading product hasnt been much of an issue, but he knows of other farms and businesses across the state that are having trouble.

The decreased demand from schools and restaurants hasnt hindered the ability of some small farms to adapt to local consumer needs. Nicholson-Stratton pointed to how the demand for locally grown products has been a key factor in the longevity of farmers.

We have a thriving local agriculture industry and we are blessed to have them, and so I dont see a problem [for food shortages] locally, he said. The food is there and you may see a change in the cut you want, but there will be food in the stores. Humboldt has such a bountiful local ag scene that we will always be able to rely on it.

Ginger Sarvinski, co-owner of Sarvinski Family Farms, also feels that local farmers will be able to meet consumer demand. Sarvinskis farm produces vegetables, pork, beef and dairy products.

A lot of our product stays locally, Sarvinski told the Outpost. Were isolated and weve heard a lot of good feedback about people wanting our product.

To get her product out, Sarvinski does delivery services and parks a roadside stand at a number of locations throughout the county. She said she thought about stepping up her production but is holding off for now because of the time needed to focus on her dairy cows. Sarvinski said she doesnt want there to be any misconceptions or fears about a lack of food being produced by local farmers.

We have a very good local food shed and we have a lot of vegetables and meats, she said. A lot of people have been stepping up and buying locally lately.


Here is a link to NCGAs list of Alternative Sales Outlets.

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Forget CBD. Mushrooms Are the Beauty and Wellness Superfood You Need Right Now – Robb Report

The humble mushroom is the new superfood (or super fungus), and its taking center stage in a number of new topical and ingestible products touted for boosting the immune system, increasing skins moisture and even fighting inflammation. But can the simple mushroom live up to all this hype?

The experts we spoke with say mushrooms health and beauty powers are legitimate but dont pertain to the grocery store variety or the psychedelic drug. Instead, the in-demand fungi are a new class of supercharged mushrooms. Theyre actually superfoods on steroids because theyre adaptogens, says dermatologist Dennis Gross, founder of the Dr. Dennis Gross skin-care line. Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals that do exactly as their name suggests: calibrate their powers to their environment or, if used in potent-enough doses, our beauty and health needs, and help combat the physiological effects of stress.

Fungi are the ultimate longevity experts, managing to pave their way through a billion years of life, says Tonya Papanikolov, a holistic nutritionist and founder and CEO of Rainbo, a line of ingestible mushroom supplements. From a wellness perspective, they increase the bodys immunity and resilience to stress and have the ability to enhance brain functions, too.

Skin-care brands are using mushrooms to counteract the effects of stress on the skin, increase moisture and improve circulation. Gross is using encapsulated Chaga, Cordyceps, Trametes versicolor and maitake mushrooms in his B3Adaptive SuperFoods serum, eye cream and moisturizer. Mushrooms have also popped up in products from Moon Juice, Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins, Natura Bisse, Blithe, BeautyStat and Macrene Actives. As the cosmetic chemist and BeautyStat founder Ron Robinson points out, there are thousands of mushroom varieties and little data on what each one does for the skin. Still, he says, the ones he has tried do meet expectations. When Im formulating, Im looking for compounds that are anti-inflammatory, that hydrate, that exfoliate; and is it going to provide antioxidant protection and damage control? he explains. And mushrooms might be able to do all of those things.

Its also increasingly common to see the digestible variety in unexpected forms, such as mushroom lattes on the menus at wellness-minded cafs and coffee shops. At Two Hands in New Yorks Tribeca, a drink containing a reishi mushroom powder by Wylde One is listed right alongside turmeric lattes and matcha teas. As Wylde One founder Stephanie Park notes, mushrooms are more closely related to humans than they are to plants, making their active compounds bioavailable to the human body. We share almost 50 percent of the same DNA with mushrooms, she says. For several thousand years, humans have had a deep connection to mushrooms, relying on them for their nutritional, medicinal and even spiritual powers. And now their beauty ones, too.

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BioAge Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Taisho to Develop and Commercialize Taisho’s Phase 1 HIF-PH Inhibitor to Treat Aging – BioSpace

BioAges proprietary platform of human aging data demonstrates that the Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) pathway is linked to healthspan and lifespan

RICHMOND, Calif., April 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioAge Labs, Inc., a biotechnology company developing medicines to treat aging and age-related diseases, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. [Head Office: Toshima-ku, Tokyo, President: Shigeru Uehara] (Taisho) to develop and commercialize Taisho's clinical-stage Hypoxia-inducible factor-prolyl hydroxylase (HIF-PH) inhibitor, BGE-117 (named TS-143 by Taisho), to ameliorate multiple diseases of aging.

This is a significant milestone for BioAge that enables us to initiate our first clinical trial of BGE-117 to evaluate the impact of HIF activation on several measures of aging in elderly patients. Our proprietary human data platform shows that HIF signaling is a key longevity pathway that drives regeneration, healing and resilience, said Kristen Fortney, PhD, BioAges Chief Executive Officer. BioAges AI-driven platform is built on longitudinal human aging samples with multi-omics phenotyping and has revealed multiple pathways and mechanisms where we can intervene to positively impact human healthspan and lifespan. BGE-117 is the first of several promising therapies that we plan to bring forward to treat diseases of aging.

Under the terms of the agreement, BioAge will make an upfront payment to Taisho, who is entitled to receive development and commercial milestone payments plus royalties based on annual net sales. BioAge will be responsible for all development, manufacturing and commercialization of BGE-117 worldwide while Taisho has an option right for co-commercialization in Japan and several countries in Southeast Asia.

The Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) pathway is linked to healthspan and lifespan in BioAges proprietary human aging data. Pathway activation levels are significantly associated with longevity and multiple functional measures. The Company believes that BGE-117 can potentially treat multiple diseases of aging through the activation of HIF-1 target genes that are involved in numerous biological processes including tissue regeneration, erythropoiesis, glycolysis, glucose uptake, vascular remodeling and angiogenesis. Inhibition of HIF-PH increases HIF pathway activation and has the potential to increase resilience, repair and regeneration across multiple body systems.

BGE-117 is a potent, orally administered small molecule inhibitor of HIF-PH demonstrating early clinical activity and safety in a Phase 1 study in healthy volunteers and a Phase 1 study in non-dialysis and hemodialysis patients with chronic kidney disease.1 HIF-PH inhibitors are an emerging class of compounds that have been demonstrated to be safe and well-tolerated in over 20,000 subjects in clinical trials.

About the BioAge Platform The BioAge platform identifies key drug targets that impact aging. The Companys proprietary human aging cohorts have blood samples collected up to 45 years ago, with participant -omics data that is tied to extensive medical follow-up records including detailed future healthspan, lifespan and disease outcomes. BioAge has built a systems biology and AI platform that leverages these rich datasets to identify the molecular drivers of age-related pathology. BioAges pipeline of development candidates targeting these key pathways has the potential to address the significant unmet medical needs of an aging population.

About BioAgeBioAge is a biotechnology company developing proprietary drugs to treat aging and aging-related diseases. Since its founding in 2015, the Company has raised $37 million in venture capital funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, Felicis Ventures and others to back its AI-driven approach to map the molecular pathways that impact human longevity. BioAges mission is to develop a pipeline of therapeutic assets that increase healthspan and lifespan.

Reference1 Am J Nephrol. 2018;48(3):157-164

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Al Southwick: Thought of living to 150 leaves me with mixed emotions – Worcester Telegram

Since my 80th birthday 20 years ago, I have been inundated by a flood of information about the elderly and their needs. Old age or at least anti-aging has become a cottage industry online, on television, in magazines, wherever. I thought I was pretty much inured to all that.

But now there is something new to think about. The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece on living to be 150. Rather, it published two pieces one by an epidemiologist predicting that it will happen in the next 75 years, and the second by a biologist who thinks that it wont. The two have wagered $300 apiece on the outcome, the payoff coming 75 years from now.

The possibility of living to 150 leaves me with mixed emotions, to put it mildly. I will hit 100 in a few weeks, a milestone long thought to be impressive. According to the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University, there are an estimated 343,000 folks over 100 living on the globe today, 80,000 in the United States, 800 in New England. The U.S. figures include 32,000 who are over 105. A United Nations study predicts there will be 3.2 million centenarians in 2050. Average life expectancy has jumped from 48 to 77 in the last century.

The New England Centenarian Study has been compiling statistics on old folks since 1995. It has three categories centenarians, semi-supercentarians (ages 105-109), and supercentarians (110 and up}. It now accepts only candidates who are 103 or over, so Im going to have to wait for a while. Among other findings, it has concluded that longevity is largely genetic. That figures. My older sister checked out at 103, most of my other siblings in their 90s or late 80s.

Ill admit that over the past 20 years or so I sometimes wondered if I would reach the century mark. I regarded it as a sort of goal. Now that Im on the threshold, I feel reasonably content and satisfied. I dont seem to have a goal say 105 in the same way that I used to. Why not? If I looked forward to reaching 90 when I hit 80 and to 100 when I reached 90, why would I not now anticipate 105 as my next goal?

The answer is complicated and involves subtle psychological and emotional factors. The fact is that I want to be realistic. The five years since my 95th birthday have been more difficult than the preceding five. Anyone who approaches the century mark has experienced various difficulties, physical and emotional. These do not diminish with passing of time. Anything but.

I say this as someone who has enjoyed extraordinary luck throughout my life. I got through four years of war in the Navy without a scratch. Ive had two remarkably fulfilling marriages and a satisfying career. Now, in my declining years, I have a cluster of relatives children, nieces, nephews and friends who do much to make my life a pleasing and productive experience. I cant praise them enough. The coronavirus has limited my visitor list, but I still communicate by phone and Skype with those I care about. Life is still worth living, despite the various handicaps of old age. I still enjoy it.

Tremendous advances have been made in human health since I was born. A baby girl born this week can expect to reach 80, a baby boy a bit less. On the average. Thats a huge increase over such expectations in 1920. Many diseases, once killers, have been eliminated, and the quality of life for us seniors has improved greatly, but there are limits. The agng process continues its relentless way. The centenarian study folks find that the upper limit of longevity may be 115 or thereabouts. Thats if everything everything goes right for a century or more.

I sometimes have to remind my caregivers that a 1920 model human or automotive needs constant maintenance. Its something we oldies just have to live with.

Now lets get on with it.

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The evolution of Cristiano Ronaldo – beIN SPORTS New Zealand

Ronaldos longevity and consistency over the past 17 seasons is staggering, with 725 goals in 1000 appearances for club and country.

To celebrate a remarkable career to date, beIN 1 will be dedicated to Cristiano tonight from 7pm (AEST), with his best goals and highlights, plus two match replays of the Portuguese star at his devastating best.

Like any opponent, Ronaldo has bamboozled father time, showing no signs of slowing down at 35 fuelling speculation that he could be more machine, than man.

Perhaps the secret to Ronaldos super-human longevity can be found in his evolution into four distinct forms throughout his career.

Wearing Manchester Uniteds iconic number seven jersey comes with a heavy weight of expectations, which a teenage Cristiano seemed to carry comfortably on his strapping young shoulders.

In the six seasons which followed, Ronaldo overwhelmed defences with blistering power and pace, plus a free-kick which defied physics take this sensational effort against Portsmouth in 2008.

Ronaldos flashy tricks caught the ire of Englands no-frills defenders, but theres no denying their effectiveness as Ronaldo helped United to three league titles and one UEFA Champions League triumph in his six seasons at Old Trafford.

Strengths: Pace, Power, Free-kicks, quick feet and tricks.

Weaknesses: Did not score as many goals as other stages of his career (noted he was playing on the wing)

Real Madrid made Cristiano Ronaldo the worlds most expensive footballer in 2009, which marked the second stage in his evolution.

Cristiano Ronaldo transformed from skilful trickster at Old Trafford, to ruthless goal machine at the Bernabeu, able to shrug some of his defensive responsibilities to focus solely on the attacking third.

Ronaldo added clinical finishing to his pace with devastating effect, scoring 201 goals in 199 appearances in his first four seasons, before entering the third stage of his evolution.

Strengths: Added more goals to his repertoire, significantly improved aerial ability.

Weaknesses: Lean spell of silverware two trophies from 2009-2013.

As youthful exuberance began to fade, Ronaldo fine-tuned his efficiency and focussed solely on scoring goals.

This narrowfocussed payed off as Ronaldo lead Los Blancos to 12 trophies in six seasons, including four UEFA Champions League triumphs.

On the international stage, CR7 helped guide Portugal to UEFA Euro glory in 2016, despite sitting out the final with an injury.

Strengths: Ronaldos peak output in goals and trophies.

Weaknesses: Lost a yard of pace, and his mojo with free-kicks.

While he hasnt replicated some of his stats at Real Madrid, Ronaldo

A slow debut season by Ronaldos lofty standards (which included 21 league goals) had his critics revelling, but they were silenced the following year.

The 35 year-old kicked off the 2019-2020 campaign with 21 goals in his first 22 league games, leaving Juventus at the top of the table before the spread of coronavirus brought the season to a halt.

Strengths: Able to change clubs and leagues and dominate at 35. Improved second season suggests he might have found a way to reverse ageing.

Weaknesses: Fewer goals and less productive than his time at Real Madrid.

With the league set to resume next month, we will see if Ronaldo has conjured up another evolution while stuck in isolation.

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In appreciation of Shirley Knight, an acting model for others – Brownwood Bulletin

Luminous is an overused word in theater criticism, but the word is aptly applied to Shirley Knight, the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who died at age 83 on April 22 in San Marcos.

Knights daughter, Kaitlin Hopkins, founded the musical theater program at Texas State University. Although she maintained a residence in Los Angeles, Knight was a presence on the campus. She died of natural causes at Hopkins home.

A product of the Actors Studio heyday, she is linked to those method stars who may have burned brighter but probably not as consistently. There was never a part, small or star, she didn't illuminate from the inside out.

After receiving an Oscar nomination for her performance in "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," in which she played a teenager while in her mid-20s, Knight was cast as Heavenly Finley in the 1962 film version of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," directed by Richard Brooks. Her beauty had a celestial quality that might have seemed to earn her the part. But there was more to the actress than Hollywood glamour. There were contradictions worthy of a Williams heroine. Her Heavenly combined porcelain fragility with bitter strength. The movie belonged to Geraldine Page and Paul Newman, but Knight's Heavenly clarified the drama's tragic stakes.

In his book "A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio," Foster Hirsch captured the vital paradox that was Knight's presence: "Blonde, with dainty features and a translucent complexion, she might have become the conventional ingenue, playing a string of decorative roles. But anger churned beneath that pretty facade, and a sour expression a stingy smile tinged with irony promised thunder."

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She was committed to the work of acting, to uncovering the grit of her characters, to revealing the sand caught in the gears of the human machinery. She played Irina on Broadway in Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" alongside Kim Stanley and Page in the Actors Studio production directed by Lee Strasberg, passing up the chance to be the Ophelia opposite Richard Burton's Hamlet. Her loyalty was to the community that had inspired her.

Knight, who won a Tony in 1976 for her performance in Robert Patrick's "Kennedy's Children," was a throwback to an era when acting was upheld as a rigorous discipline of craft and soul. Her career had longevity because it was predicated not on great looks but on her searching humanity.

Age, in addition to adding to her trove of Emmys (including one for HBO docudrama "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"), opened up possibilities. Twice I saw her onstage in her later years, once in Horton Foote's "The Young Man From Atlanta," in which she was nominated for a Tony for a performance so suffused with detailed life that it was astonishing such a feat of naturalism could be pulled off with so little fuss. She understood the denial of the grieving mother she played down to the brand of hairspray stiffening her coiffure. It was a performance that transformed abstract psychology into unadulterated behavior.

Almost as impressive was the way Knight, working discreetly off-Broadway in Deborah Grimberg's largely forgettable "Cycling Past the Matterhorn," endowed a playwriting doddle with intricate layers of felt experience. When I reviewed the play for the Village Voice in 2005, I commented on Knight's gift for never revealing "more than what's needed, though always more than you'd expect."

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In eulogizing Knight, I can't help thinking of her eulogy for Kim Stanley. I have a copy of the email that was read at the Actors Studio in New York in October 2001, when the city was still reeling from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During the morning of the memorial service, New York was awash in the fresh fear of an anthrax scare. I remember wondering if I should take the subway or walk the two miles uptown. I arrived on time via subway and was uplifted by Knight's words, which communicated the values to which she held fast throughout her magnificently modest career:

I first met Kim Stanley in 1964. I was chosen by Lee Strasberg to play Irina in the Actors Studio production of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters." Imagine my excitement to discover that I was to star (in my Broadway debut) with Kim Stanley and Geraldine Page as my sisters. It would be impossible to relate how important Kim was to me in my development as an actor. I had seen her in the play about Freud and thought she gave the most extraordinary performance. One night at the beginning of the run of "The Three Sisters," Kim received applause on her exit. She came off stage muttering, "Well, that will never happen again." After the performance I asked what she meant as I assumed all applause was a good thing. She said, "Honey, if they can put their hands together, they aren't feeling (crap)." It was a revelation to me that the object as an artist was to make the audience feel and to enlighten them and that applause in the middle of a dramatic play was stopping the journey. She was always kind and loving to me as well. Another night during the run I picked up a piece of broken glass from the floor where I knew she would be kneeling. She clasped my hand and it began to bleed. She did not for a moment come out of the play but simply and lovingly placed her handkerchief on the wound. She also took me to the hospital after for stitches. Every time I look at my right palm, I am reminded of Kim. Not that I need a wound to remind me I have the memory in my mind and heart of possibly the greatest American actress in the 20th century. With love, Shirley Knight.

Knight's performances on stage and screen have etched in our memories and hearts the example of an actor who unfailingly honored her art.

American-Statesman staff writer Michael Barnes contributed to this report.

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The four worlds of the social-ecological state – Social Europe

The coronavirus crisis highlights the need to update the European welfare state to a social-ecological state, able to socialise 21st-century ecological risks.

Exactly 30 years ago, the Danish sociologist Gsta Esping-Andersen proposed, in line with Richard Titmuss founding work, a new approach to the welfare state. According to him, this institution, born in Europe in the 1880s, was based on a common principle yet with differentiated regimes.

The common principle, identified by Esping-Andersen after Karl Polanyi, was that of de-commodificationthe protection of labour from market logic by means of social policy, to aim for an ethically superior value of human wellbeing. With social protection, the idea that labour was not a commodity gradually gained ground.

This guiding principle became embodied throughout the world in distinct institutional logics, which gave it more or less strength. The Esping-Andersen typology, which has become classic, was, as with Titmuss, a tripartite one, which contrasted the corporatist (as in Germany), social democratic (as in Sweden) and liberal (as in the United States) modelseach characterised by a particular purpose, funding method and governance. At the end of the 20th century, Esping-Andersen therefore perceived three worlds of what he called welfare capitalism.

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At the same time, in the early 1990s, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development undertook a long-term work to measure the impact of structural rigiditiesat their forefront the social protections which had strongly developed in Europe and beyondon labour-market performance, assessed using unemployment and growth rates. The perspective of these studies was radically opposed to that of Esping-Andersen on two counts: work was relegated to its economic utility and convergence towards a single social modela model considered almost exclusively from the angle of cost-benefit optimality was promoted.

Thirty years on, it is clear that the debate on the welfare state has largely turned to the advantage of the proponents of economic efficiency, who have succeeded in convincing those in powerespecially in Europe where it was bornthat social protection is a burden rather than a boon.

This does not mean that the principles of the welfare state have become obsolete or that the resulting public policies have ceased to be effective and just. Rather, a simplistic vision of the functioning of the economy, which opposes a predatory state to a liberating market, has come to dominate public debate.

From this point of view, a speech by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on March 12th, amid the shock of the Covid-19 health crisis, appeared as an epiphany as radical as it was late: What this pandemic is already revealing is that free health care, without condition of income, course or profession, our welfare state, are not costs or burdens, but precious goods, essential assets when fate strikes There are goods and services which must be placed outside the laws of the market.

All of this is true. It is also diametrically opposed to the policy conducted in France since the 2017 presidential election and during the previous mandate, when Macron exerted a considerable influence on the dismal presidency of Franois Hollande. It is also not precise enough. If fate strikes humanity today, it does not fall from heaven: humans, in the age of the environmental crises of the Anthropocene, have become the source of their own fatality.

The decade that is opening is indeed that of the ecological challenge: faced with climate change, the destruction of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystemsvisible and tangible everywhere on the planethuman communities must initiate a profound transformation of attitudes and behaviours to prevent the 21st century being one of self-destruction of human wellbeing. The first months of the first year of this decisive decade leave little doubt about the urgency of this collective effort.

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First, Australia was ravaged by a succession of giant fires, which only rain eventually extinguished. Then the Covid-19 pandemic rendered inactive almost half of humanity and, with that, the global economy. Yet the worldwide health crisis is, at its origin, ecological: this virusas before it SARS, MERS, Ebola and to some extent HIV-AIDSis a pathology of the human-animal frontier. It is because humans have gone too far in the destruction of ecosystems, the conquest of biodiversity and the commodification of life that they are today affected, panicked and paralysedin other words conquered in turn.

Faced with these ecological crises, for which we are fully responsible, we need to rediscover the equalising power of the welfare state, which alone can transform uncertainty into risk, hazard into protection, chance into justice. In short, we must mutualise social risks to reduce them in the name of human wellbeingstarting with health, the key interface between people and ecosystems.

This is where the concept of the social-ecological state comes in. An extension of the genius of the welfare state, its guiding principle is denaturalisationor, put positively, socialisation. This entails transforming ecological uncertainty into social risk, by means of public guarantees and insurance, to make the social consequences of the environmental crises of the 21st century as fair as possible and therefore, in principle, mitigate their natural violence.

But, as with the welfare state, this principle varies widely from one country to anotherindeed from one region to anotheras regards the demand and capacity for socialisation. Different social-ecological state systems are thus emerging, according to at least three criteria: vulnerability (exposure to risks, state of health of the population and so on), protection (development of social protections, degree of social inequality, etcetera) and resilience (social cohesion, trust, quality of institutions). Using these three criteria, four different regimes appear on the planetfour worlds of the social-ecological state seem to emerge.

Bio-techno power is the first such world. What Michel Foucault called half a century ago the power over life is today combined with digital-control tools whose omnipotence he could not imagine. In the beginnings of the Covid-19 crisis, a mode of socialisation of environmental crises emerged which combines strong exposure to risk, authoritarian power, civil discipline and digital surveillance.

South Korea is the most emblematic country of this model but China has prefigured and applied it on a larger scale. The admiration for this social-ecological regimepalpable in European countries whose populations are considered less reliable and governments deemed too laxdisregards what ecological authoritarianism has cost the whole world: the initial alerts on what was then only a regional epidemic were fiercely repressed by the Chinese autocracy in the autumn of 2019. The effectiveness of bio-techno power is thus doubly doubtful, from the factual and the ethical point of view.

The second world is that of ecological neoliberalism. In Brazil, the United States and Australia, market fundamentalism takes the place of social-ecological policy. Environmental regulations as well as health protections are weakened in favor of a small minority who have captured political power and exploited it as a source of rents, to extract huge profits from health privatisation and environmental degradation. Yet, in these countries, exposure to environmental risks is high and collective protection is already weak and fragile, as the unfolding health tragedy in the US makes clear. The political development of Australia in the coming years will be a good indicator of the viability of ecological neoliberalism.

Economic naturalism appears as the third world of the social-ecological state and it is the prerogative of European countries. Unable to define together a new social-ecological regime calibrated for the 21st century, they have opted for a naturalisation of the economic system they have built in common since the 1950snotions borrowed from the living world, such as growth and competition, ending up governing human societies and social systems. We can see today how secondary these superficial economic realities are, conditioned by human wealth and social co-operation.

The health crisis triggered by Covid-19 hit the French healthcare system, for instance, at the exact moment when political powernot globalisation nor demographic ageingwas pushing it, knowingly, to its breaking point. The national madness of the budgetary rationalisation of the social system is the reflection of European rules which seem to have as their objective collective ill-being.

The fourth and last world of the social-ecological state is that of natural regulations. Even if the welfare state were to continue its global expansion, it still encompasses only 30 per cent of humanity. In most of Africa and Asia, human communities simultaneously face very high exposure to environmental risk while enjoying very little social protection. Take India, where annual health spending per capita is around $60 (70 times lower than that of OECD countries).

Humans there need to rely mostly if not solely on natural protections, such as the heat, varying with the seasons, with its power to destroy many viruses. More generally, the regulatory services provided by ecosystems protect humans: climate regulation, purification of air and water, tsunami mitigation, destruction of parasites and pathogens, and so on. These natural regulations, more or less degraded by humans since the industrial revolution, are in India both enemies and allies, with heat waves appearing when viruses are absent and mangroves protecting land submerged by human-induced climate change.

The major difference between this rudimentary typology and that, much more sophisticated, of Esping-Andersen is in its temporality: Esping-Andersen conceived his Weberian ideal types after a century of evolution of the welfare state, while a strong path dependency had helped stabilise its different regimes. The four worlds of the social-ecological state, as we can see them today, are still in their infancy. Far from being crystallised, their internal contradictions will make them evolve rapidly.

In fact, as with the nascent welfare state of the late 19th century, the social-ecological state remains largely to be invented. From this point of view, the Covid-19 crisis is not an opportunityit has neither interest nor merit nor virtue. It is a human disaster whose response breeds another human disaster.

But there are consequences of this crisis from which we can hope to draw useful lessons for the future, to avoid further shocks and to mitigate the shocks we cannot avoid. One of these is that human communities around the world have converged at staggering speed towards the underlying universal value of humanity, revealing that their common priority is health and not economic growth. We are hence called to a double revolution: putting health back at the heart of our public policies, while putting the environment at the heart of our health policies.

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Theres a New Healthy, High Protein Vegan Meat Designed for Flexitarians – LIVEKINDLY

Consumers are becoming increasingly more aware of how their food choices impact the environment and their health.

Research shows the consumption of animal products, like processed and red meat, increases the risk of certain health issues. These include heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. One study out of the University of California, Davis, found 75 percent of people have considered giving up meat for their health.

In lieu of animal products, many consumers are opting for less meat in favor of healthier, plant-based proteins. Los Angeles-based company Longve is one brand thats harnessing the power of plants to make healthier meats.

The companys CEO, Douglas Kantner, says turning 50 was a major catalyst in his health journey and ultimately inspired the companys mission and concept.

Ive always been interested in health and fitness, and have been a lifelong athleteI played football in college, he said. But when I hit 50, I found myself becoming more and more interested in what I could do to prolong my longevity.

Longve, which is a play on longevity, is revolutionizing the clean-eating market with its debut products: Gluten-Free Breadless Crumbs and Plant-Based Protein Crumblesboth of which are made from 100 percent sustainable pea protein.

Founded in 2019, Longve set out to create innovative, plant-based foods that aligned with consumers desire for good health, overall wellness, and longevity for not only themselves but for the planet, too.

With the tagline Eat for a Better Tomorrow, Today, Longve developed the worlds first shelf-stable, plant-based meat crumbles using pure-plant ingredients.

After working in the food industry for more than 30 years I decided to use my industry experience to find ways to help people find a way to put more plants on their plates, Kantner explained.

He continued, I wanted them to actually enjoy products that were plant-based, clean label and had nutritional value in a way that was more pleasurable than punishing, while also keeping an eye on planet sustainability.

The plant-based demographic has greatly expanded as more people adopt flexible eating habits. Health concerns, as well as environmental factors, have driven the popularity of the flexitarian diet.

Flexitarianismalso called the semi-vegetarian dietpromotes the consumption of plant-based foods. A flexitarian diet typically consists of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. But it isnt as strict as vegetarian and vegan diets. So, proponents of flexitarianism may still eat animal products like meat and fish, but only in moderation.

Along with wanting to create foods that are healthy and good for the planet, the notion of flexible eating also inspires the Longve team. But they believe the definition of flexitarianism should expand to include people who simply want to eat more vegetables.

Although the companys products are plant-based, it doesnt just cater to non-meat eaters. It says it made its products to support all dietary choices and lifestyles. One of its missions is to help people achieve their health goals in the cleanest, most efficient way possible.

Longves goal is to help people easily transition to eating more plant-based foodsa goal that Kantner says the companys clean, healthy products will help them achieve.

All of our products are clean label and made with minimal ingredients and no additives. We use 100-percent sustainable pea protein as the sole ingredient in our Plant-based Protein Crumbles and Plant-Based Breadless Crumbs, and were extremely proud of the fact that theyre Project Non-GMO Certified, Certified Gluten-Free, NSF-certified Plant-Based, and soy-free, he said. That makes them one of the cleanest meat replacements on the market, and a great foundation for any flexitarian diet.

Pea protein is becoming increasingly more popular amongst manufacturers like Longve because the protein source is plant-based, better for the environment, and more economical to produce.

Pea protein is obtained from ground yellow split peas. It is a more favorable plant-based protein source because it doesnt contain common food allergens like soy or wheat. It also features a good profile of nutrients like fiber, folate, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and copper.

Pea protein is also a complete protein. This is because it contains all nine amino acids that are essential for the human diet.

Longves plant-based ground crumbles not only taste realistic but have a similar texture to traditional ground meat.

The reaction to our Original Plant-based Protein Crumbles [has been] incrediblelots of people love the fact that [the crumbles] neutral flavor makes them a great base for their favorite recipes, Kantner said.

The CEO explained that the favorable response to the original crumbles led the company to launch two new flavors. They also created a Chopped Protein product designed to replace chopped poultry and pork in recipes.

We did, however, have lots of requests for flavored crumbles that would make it even easier to get dinner on the table during busy weeknights. Were really excited to [introduce] two flavored crumblesMasala Curry and Fiesta Tacolater this summer. Both [crumbles] come with seasoning packets to make preparation a snap. We will also be launching Chopped Protein which will replace white meats like Turkey and Pork, he said.

If the companys Instagram is anything to go by, its products are extremely versatile. It showcases the Plant-Based Protein Crumbles in a variety of dishes. These include chilis, enchilada lasagnas, tacos, and meaty spaghetti, to name a few

Chef Lee Gross says the products ease of use makes adding high-quality plant protein into dishes a breeze.

[The crumbles] can be used in a virtually endless range of applications, adaptable to almost any cuisine or cooking style I can think of. Prep is a breeze, requiring only a quick soak to be recipe-ready with a distinctive, meat-like texture, and can even be used straight from the bag in dishes such as soups and stews, he said.

The crumbles also stack up well to ground beef. One six-ounce bag of Plant-Based Protein Crumbles offers roughly the equivalent of three pounds of traditional ground meat. The crumbles also feature a high protein content. A single serving of Longves nutritious, pea protein-based Original variety contains 40 grams of protein. The Fiesta Taco and Masala Curry crumbles contain 41 and 44 grams of protein per serving, respectively.

Longves three varieties of shelf-stable Plant-Based Protein Crumbles are available to order on Amazon. Its Gluten-Free Breadless Crumbswhich come in two varieties: Panko and Plaincan also be purchased online.

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Covid-19: US governments aid agency announces additional $3 million grant for India –

The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, has announced an additional grant of $3 million (Rs 22.54 crore) to India to help it combat Covid-19. USAID has so far granted India $5.9 million (Rs 43.59 crore). It had granted $2.9 million (Rs 21.79 crore) to India on April 6.

This additional funding represents our commitment to building a safer and healthier world, United States Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted on Thursday. The United States government will provide the funds through USAID.

A press release from the US embassy said that the aid will be provided through Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity project, a financing platform established by IPE Global, an Indian international development consulting group.

This additional funding to support India in its continuing efforts to combat Covid-19 is yet another example of the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and India, Juster said according to the press release.

The embassy added that the United States has through USAID and Department of Health and Human Services agencies, provided India over $1.4 billion (Rs 10,525 crore) in health assistance and nearly $2.8 billion (Rs 21,050 crore) in total assistance over the last 20 years.

India has so far reported 33,050 cases of Covid-19, including 1,074 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. On March 26, the Narendra Modi-led government announced an economic bailout package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore to help the poor tide over the impact of the countrywide lockdown, that is in place to combat Covid-19. The lockdown has been extended till May 3.

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