Possible Permanent New Homes for Alex Rodriguez

After being swept by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series and posting some of the worst numbers of his career, the rumors started to swirl about the New York Yankees trading third baseman Alex Rodriguez.Earlier in the week Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he expected for Rodriguez to be back in 2013.  This came after Rodriguez said he is not willing to waive his no-trade clause.Rodriguez reiterated not waiving the clause after the game.“That’s correct,” he said. “I will be back. I have a lot to prove and I will be back, on a mission. I love New York City and I love everything about being a Yankee.  The highs are very high, and the lows are extremely low.”If he does decide to waive his clause the Miami Marlins could be a likely home.Rodriguez grew up and in Miami, Florida where he discovered at the age of 19.  The Marlins are looking to get rid of some of the excessive contracts that they carelessly gave out last winter.  The Yankees could trade Rodriguez for Jose Reyes, who signed a six-year $106 million dollar contract, while the Yankees would still be responsible for most of the $114 million owed to A-Rod over the next five years.There was also speculation reliever Heath Bell would be part of an A-Rod trade to Miami, but that changed Saturday.  Bell was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three team deal along with the Oakland Athletics.  Arizona got infielder Cliff Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics for outfielder Chris Young and cash.  The Diamondbacks sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell.The Marlins do not seem to be a suitable scenario now, but the Los Angeles Angels have also entered the trade discussion.  The Angels already signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson last year, who are considering trading Vernon Wells.Wells is owed $42 million over the next two years, while A-Rod is scheduled to make $53 million over the next two years.  There is an $11 million difference between the two contracts, which appears to be reasonable.  No matter how the Yankees look at the situation they still would have to pick up most of A-Rod’s $134 contract.Rodriguez has a great relationship with Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but Los Angeles does not appear to be a likely destination for now.  This could all change during the offseason.Rodriguez is hoping to revive his career after posting some of the worse number of his tenure.  His numbers against lefties (.308/.410/.514) were outstanding over the last three years, but he struggled badly (.256/.326/.391) against righthanders.Even with Rodriguez having $134 million left on his contract, for right now it appears he will still continue to reside in his $6 million West Side in New York penthouse, but more importantly his is still a Yankee for now. read more

San Diego to be recognized as a Great American Defense Community

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and leaders of non-profit organizations that serve the local military community are being honored Monday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. aboard the Midway Museum by the Association of Defense Communities.The “Great American Defense Community” special designation recognizes San Diego as one of the best places for improving the quality of life for members of the military and their families.More than 300 guests are expected to attend the event, including local and national military leadership and community members.Founder of the Veteran Ventures Mike Hayden and Business Development Officer for the City of San Diego Libby Day, were in studio to talk more about this. San Diego to be recognized as a “Great American Defense Community” February 12, 2018 Updated: 3:25 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Libby Day, Mike Hayden FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Dental Health Gets SecondClass Treatment

Glenn EllisThe Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare,’ has changed many lives for the better – mine included. But its omission of dental coverage, a result of political compromise, is a dangerous development, as though teeth are apart from and less important than the rest of the body. In fact, cavities are a silent epidemic, and they’re the No. 1 chronic infectious disease in children.Poverty leaves a lasting impact on the dental health of children, our most vulnerable population. The U.S. Surgeon General’s report of 2000 clearly showed that the most common chronic disease among children is tooth decay. Although many of the health problems associated with obesity are well-known, such as increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular problems, those linked with cavities don’t receive as much attention.  Although tooth decay is almost completely preventable, according to the Surgeon General cavities are five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever and allergies.A picture-perfect smile falls just out of reach for many children living in poverty. The burden of dental caries falls disproportionately on low-income and minority children. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that one out of every five child between the ages of 2 and 5 have untreated dental problems including infection, cavities and tooth decay.  About 37 percent of poor children 2 to 9 years old have one or more untreated decayed baby teeth, compared with 17.3 percent of higher-income children, according to the report for the Surgeon General. Low-income children are less likely to receive regular dental care, and the cavities are more likely to go unfilled. The consequences of untreated decay include ER visits for dental pain and lost time at school and work. They’re then more likely to have the more-severe forms of the disease as they grow older. Recently, it has been recognized that oral infection, especially periodontitis (gum disease), may affect the course and progression of a number of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, and low birth weight. Research has even linked poor oral health with Alzheimer’s Disease. The socioeconomic forces that place these children at risk of food insecurity are the very same ones that increase their risk of developing early childhood caries. This disparity in poor oral health adversely impacts these children’s ability to eat, speak, and learn, further cementing social inequities already stacked against this vulnerable population. The lack of money for visiting a dentist is only the tip of the iceberg that fuels the unfortunate trend. Aside from not being able to afford dental care, the less affluent have unhealthy diets filled with sugar and fat (both are fodder for oral bacteria), may be unable to buy basic oral hygiene tools such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental floss and may not get the proper education needed for oral health.  America is a great melting pot filled with people of all ethnicities and geographical origins. However, those who have routes tracing back to Mexico or African have higher levels of cavities and dental problems. Data collected from 2001-2004 and presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that for children 2 to 5 years old, 24.2 percent of Black children and 29.2 percent of Hispanic children (of Mexican origin) had untreated tooth decay. White children had significantly lower levels, measuring at 14.5 percent. Parents and caregivers must intervene in order to curb the growing tooth-decay tragedy facing the nation. Teaching children the proper brushing and flossing techniques, providing them fresh water to drink instead of soft drinks, encouraging physical fitness and eating a balanced diet following the recommended government nutritional guidelines can go a long way toward improving dental health.There is no doubt that tooth decay can be prevented, yet 1 in 4 children have had tooth decay by age 5. For children of color, the rates of tooth decay are much higher. Preventing tooth decay can help protect children from dental pain. It can also protect families and taxpayers from the costs of fillings, crowns or other treatments.  The average cost of a dental filling is $171. In addition, fillings usually need to be repaired or replaced. So what about the lifetime cost of a cavity? A more recent analysis of California dental data found lifetime costs for a single decayed molar can exceed $6,000. With already unsustainable health care costs in this country, how can we allow this trend to continue? Good dental health is a smart investment – for our children; our economy; and our future. Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one. DISCLAIMER:The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.) Glenn Ellis, is a regular media contributor on Health Equity and Medical Ethics. He is the author of Which Doctor?, and Information is the Best Medicine. Listen to him every Saturday at 9 a.m. (EST) on www.900amwurd.com, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on www.wdasfm.com. For more good health information, visit: glennellis.com read more

Bright colours for monsoon

first_imgGetting ready for a casual evening or a corporate event – try bright and bold lip colours that go well with casual, corporate or ethnic wears.Makeup artist Niti Luthra says neon colours like hot pinks, corals, red, orange are very much in trend. ‘Neon shades are perfect for monsoon. Shades like corals, hot pinks and ruby red work well with every outfit. But avoid gloss, as it makes the look stickier,’ said Luthra. Luthra feels a woman should be aware of the best ways to apply a lip colour as it can make or ruin the looks. ‘First, apply a lip balm, then outline your lips with lip pencil and smudge it with a lip smudger. Then fill in the colour,’ she said.The makeup artist also suggests that one should apply long lasting lipsticks, which are non transferable and smudge proof.last_img read more