The Weeknd vows to tone it down for his Super Bowl show

February 8, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe Weeknd may be known for his graphic music videos and performances featuring blood and violence, but the three-time Grammy winner says he will tone down his act during the Super Bowl halftime show.,The pop star said he will “keep it PG” during his headliner slot on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida. He promised to be “respectful to the viewers.”,“I will still incorporate some of the storyline. It’s a very cohesive story I’ve been telling throughout this era and throughout this year,” he said. “The story will continue, but definitely will keep it PG for the families.”,The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show will be different this year due to the pandemic and The Weeknd said he will use different parts of the stadium, the field and a “little bit” of the famously massive pirate ship. But the singer would not be drawn into specifics of his show. “You have to watch on Sunday,” he said.,When asked for his favorite Super Bowl halftime show, The Weeknd cited Diana Ross’ 1996 performance. She was lowered to the stage by a crane of sparklers, hundreds of dancers spelled out her name on the field, she made three costume changes and she left via helicopter.,“The show just makes me smile,” said The Weeknd.,The Weeknd broke though into mainstream with his smash hit “Can’t Feel My Face” that was featured on his second studio album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” which topped the Billboard 200 in 2015 and won a Grammy. He’s had three other chart-topping albums including his recent offering “After Hours,” which was released in March.,Last year, The Weeknd’s hit single “Blinding Lights” became his fifth song to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He’s also won Grammys for his album “Starboy” and the song “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).”,Roc Nation and Emmy-nominated producer Jesse Collins will serve as co-executive producers of the halftime show. The game and halftime show will air live on CBS.,Collins said he wants to put on a live halftime show that is “unique and reflects the creativity all of us bring to the process to help translate The Weeknd’s unparalleled vision.”,The Weeknd, whose real name is, Abel Tesfaye, joins a list of celebrated musicians who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Madonna, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and last year’s duo of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.last_img read more

How to catch big yellowfin and bigeye tuna offshore in Costa Rica

August 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRelated posts:Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans? ‘School of second chances’ opens in Costa Rica Ticos take bronze in first international kayak tournament Thanks to the efforts of FECOP and other organizations that protect the waters of Costa Rica, tuna are back with a vengeance for sport fishermen.My fellow Captains and I can remember how just a few years ago, catching a tuna was a big deal and a real treat for our clients. Nowadays, the tuna are plentiful, and we hope and expect it to stay that way for many years.Having said that, it’s not so easy to consistently catch these beauties. Often times, traditional tuna lures like cedar plugs simply don’t work. As more people fish for tuna, the fish get smarter and more selective (especially the bigger ones). However, because we are in such a remote location in Drake Bay, Puntarenas, the fishing pressure here is virtually non-existent.When trying to locate the big schools of fish, it’s imperative to have state-of-the-art technology. The Garmin Radar on the Reel Escape can spot birds and other activity many miles away.  When these huge schools of tuna are either south or north of Drake Bay, we will get a few more boats on the school.  Unlike the big fishing destinations in Costa Rica where 50-plus boats could be in the same area, we may get eight to 10 boats. When this occurs, it’s imperative that all the Captains work together to stay “around” the fish.One amateur captain can ruin the day for all the boats and their clients.  This happens when the inexperienced captain plows right through the middle of the school instead of staying on the edges of the school. Imagine one inexperienced driver in a NASCAR race.Now to the catching part. The most important thing to remember is that tuna don’t act the same way every day, and it’s important to have a lot of different clubs in the bag. Just like us, our favorite meal may be a steak, but that doesn’t mean we want to eat it every day.We have all heard the expression, “match the hatch.” This means you have to watch the behavior of not only the tuna but also the baitfish, birds and other marine life that may be in the area. Everything offshore has a symbiotic relationship; when one hunts and feeds everyone hunts and feeds.The main thing to watch is the surface activity. Are the tuna busting baitfish on top, or are they feeding below the surface? When the tuna are feeding on top, which is an amazing sight, the tuna literally will jump 5-10 feet out of the water in their pursuit.  When this happens, it’s clearly a good time to cast top water baits like big colorful Yozuri plugs.  When the fish are a little less active, it’s time to switch to jigs or other similar baits that will run below the surface. For clients who may be less experienced or find it difficult to cast the top water plugs, this is an exciting way to fish. Our clients actually hold spinning rods, slowly jerking the rod back and forth. This method can produce some ferocious bites that the client can feel firsthand instead of grabbing a rod where the fish has already been hooked.While the above-mentioned methods produce fish, we probably catch the lion’s share on livebait. It’s always tough for a tuna to resist a large sardine or small Bonita dropped in front of their noses. When fishing with live bait, it’s important to move the boat very slowly. We are not really trolling, but occasionally bumping the boat into gear. This will keep the bait looking as natural as possible in the water. We use only circle hooks when fishing with live bait.  This means DO NOT SET THE HOOK when the fish hits. You have to give the tuna time to eat the bait — less time for small baits, and more time for larger baits.For many clients who grew up bass fishing, where you set the hook as hard as possible, “not” setting the hook is really hard to do.  Once the captain or mate thinks the time is right, the angler simply closes the bail and reels, nothing else. The circle hook is perfectly designed to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth and, as an added benefit, do the least amount of damage to the fish.Once again, thanks to FECOP and INCOPESCA for their efforts to protect the Tuna population in Costa Rica.  My fellow captains and I look forward to many more years of a healthy Tuna population for the sport fishermen.  I hope this article has offered some good information for the incredibly exciting tuna bite in Costa Rica.Capt. Willy AtencioReel EscapeDrake Bay, Costa RicaThis story was originally published in Fish Drake Bay. It was republished with permission. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Viewpoints Clintons Obamacare Riddle The Affordable Care Act Maybe Not

July 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Los Angeles Times: Why Are Doctors And Health Clinics In The Business Of Selling Prescription Drugs? Republicans in Congress are refusing to allocate emergency funding to fight the Zika virus because, they say, the Obama administration could transfer money that was previously budgeted for the response to Ebola. This is a senseless and dangerous idea. Last month, President Obama asked Congress to provide $1.8 billion to help research the Zika virus, develop a vaccine, give assistance to countries like Brazil that are on the front lines of the outbreak and prevent cases in the United States. This is a modest sum and there is no good reason for Congress to refuse to allocate the money. A delay could put many thousands of people at risk. There have already been Zika cases in Puerto Rico and other territories and the virus has been observed in people in Texas, Florida and other states after they traveled to affected countries. (3/15) The Philadelphia Inquirer: In Pa. And N.J., Affordable Care Act Is Anything But What good is health-insurance coverage if you can’t afford to use it? That’s not a rhetorical question. It’s the reality facing thousands of people who are required to purchase health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges. As if rising premiums – which increased by an average of 14.6 and 13.1 percent in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively, in 2016 – weren’t already hard enough, skyrocketing deductibles have rendered many plans “all but useless,” according to a recent report in the New York Times. (Nathan Nascimento, 3/14) The New York Times: Congress Should Allocate Money To Fight Zika Cancer mortality is at an all-time low. That’s the good news. The bad news is that cancer still kills one in five Americans. We want better cancer treatments — and cures — for our loved ones and ourselves. Ideally, the innovation responsible for the past and future progress against cancer and other diseases would come cheap. In reality, however, it is expensive — and necessarily so. Unfortunately, politicians such as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have pounced on that fact to call for government price controls on drugs produced by private pharmaceutical companies. (Thomas P. Stossel, 3/14) Imagine going to your doctor for an injection, but instead of administering a medicine that costs $500, the physician chooses a $3,000 alternative. In an era of growing angst over the cost of medicines, this might seem counterintuitive. But doctors often have an incentive for choosing pricier drugs: a higher reimbursement from the government. (Ed Silverman, 3/15) The Tampa Bay Tribune: Federal Government Can’t Replicate Private Drug Development [L]ast week the Obama administration proposed a new approach aimed at encouraging the use of the most effective medicines, not the most expensive ones. The proposal was quickly denounced by doctor groups and drugmakers, who argued that it could harm patients. But what it really targets is a bad business model that makes heatlhcare needlessly expensive. (3/14) This week, I will testify along with Gov. Rick Snyder and others from Michigan and Flint about the health crisis in the city. This conversation is needed because what happened in Flint should not have happened. The crisis is the result of a state-appointed emergency manager deciding that, to save money, Flint would stop purchasing treated drinking water from a source it relied on for 50 years and instead switch to an untreated source. The state of Michigan approved that decision, and it did so without requiring corrosion control. These decisions resulted in Flint residents being exposed to dangerously high levels of lead. (Gina McCarthy, 3/14) During a CNN Town Hall appearance Sunday night, Hillary Clinton was presented with an Obamacare riddle … Clinton did what she could to explain the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act, which she supports and for which she has proposed several improvements. But under the circumstances her hands were mostly tied, thanks to the inherent difficulties of analyzing any family’s health insurance situation in less than five minutes. (Michael Hiltzik, 3/14) STAT: Obama’s Medicare Drug Payment Overhaul Is Unproven. But It’s Worth A Shot. If you’ve watched any television, you’ve seen drug ads — a lot of them. Drug companies spend several billion dollars a year on direct-to-consumer advertising. Count them and there are 80 drug ads an hour. Do drug ads provide useful information, as the pharmaceutical industry maintains? Or do ads just promote wasteful use of expensive new drugs, justifying regulation to rein them in? Those questions have taken on new importance as spending on drug ads has grown. Gilead Sciences, for example, spent $100 million on an ad campaign for its hepatitis C drug, Harvoni — the one that costs as much as $1,100 a pill. (Austin Frakt, 3/14) STAT: Is Do-It-Yourself CRISPR As Scary As It Sounds? The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ted Cruz Is The Pro-Life Choice For President Iowans may be deceived by the controversy surrounding claims of marijuana’s miracle cures. This is not about possible medicines for children. The deception is that Iowa must rush to market without heed to the overwhelming advice of medical professionals warning that we should not bypass the Food and Drug Administration and good science in developing medicines. (Peter Komendowski, 3/14) In the last 20 years, Americans have been trending pro-life. A 2014 Gallup Poll notes that, in 1995, 56 percent described themselves as pro-choice and only 33 percent as pro-life. As of 2014, those numbers were 47 percent pro-choice and 46 percent pro-life. Other recent studies find as many as 58 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions. (Jeff Farto, 3/13) center_img Viewpoints: Clinton’s Obamacare Riddle; The Affordable Care Act? Maybe Not A selection of opinions from around the country. The New York Times’ Upshot: Ban Drug Ads On TV? Some Positive Outcomes Would Be Lost Yes, we pay for the health care coverage of killers. And rapists. And child molesters. Armed robbers. Drug dealers. Spousal abusers. Thieves. Con men. And so on. We pay it for anyone in prison. We give them a place to live. We feed them. And when they get sick, we take care of them. At least we’re supposed to. (E.J. Montini, 3/14) The Washington Post: Michigan Evaded The EPA On Flint. We Can’t Let That Happen Elsewhere. Media reports about the gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9 have generated some doomsday scenarios that the technology would be used, as Wired magazine wrote, to create “designer babies, invasive mutants, species-specific bioweapons, and a dozen other apocalyptic sci-fi tropes.” So hearing the term “do-it-yourself CRISPR” might really conjure up visions of biohackers creating new disease-causing organisms that escape into the environment and kick off pandemics. (Patrick Skerrett, 3/14) The Arizona Republic: Wait … We Pay Health Care Costs For Killers? Los Angeles Times: Hillary Clinton Had Trouble Explaining Obamacare To A Layperson. Here’s Why. The Des Moines Register: Iowans Should Trust Science In Marijuana Debate The Washington Post: The Day I Helped My Autistic Son Register To Vote A while back, someone at a conference told me that intellectually disabled people with guardians could not vote. I believed it and stuffed away thoughts about taking my severely autistic son, Nat, to get registered. It was one more stinging “no” in his life. I should be used to it by now, but I’m not. Recently, however, I noticed the Twitter hashtag #CripTheVote, which is a rallying call to political candidates to take note of this huge constituency. As a disability rights advocate, I retweeted dutifully. The shadow of sadness for Nat never quite cleared, though, and one day I found myself angry about it: Why couldn’t Nat vote? Who was to say that he couldn’t make such decisions for himself? (Susan Senator, 3/14) The drug pricing debate in the United States has created plenty of smoke. Now for the fire.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) this week proposed a pilot pricing model to cut spending on expensive drugs. The rules apply to Medicare Part B, which covers infused or injected drugs administered to older Americans in doctors’ offices and hospitals. It would reduce payments to doctors for more-expensive drugs while boosting reimbursements for cheaper options. The industry and some doctors are, unsurprisingly, unthrilled. (Max Nisen, 3/11) Bloomberg: Pharma’s Price Fears Get Real In the never-ending quest to single out women seeking abortions, lawmakers in many states adopted “informed consent” statutes. These require health providers to give patients a state-authored informational packet before a pregnancy can be terminated. A new study by researchers at Rutgers University found the information distributed to women is medically inaccurate about one-third of the time. (3/14) The Des Moines Register: Informed Consent Misinforms About Abortion This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more