GET OUT! – MERKEL: MIGRANTS MUST GO HOME
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said that asylum-seeking migrants must return to their home countries once peace has been restored. “We need…to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that once there is peace in Syria again, once IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained,” Merkel said at a meeting of her party members. The remarks come at a time when Merkel is facing increasing scrutiny for her open-door policy toward migrants. A poll released on Friday showed that 40 percent of Germans want Merkel to resign because of her refugee policy. About 1.1 million refugees arrived in Germany last year.
U.S. Stocks See Worst January Since 2009
Though closing up for the week, U.S. stocks had their worst January since 2009, when the country was still recovering from the financial meltdown. The S&P 500 slid 5.1 percent over the course of the month, and the Dow Jones fell 5.5 percent. The NASDAQ saw a 7.9 percent decline.
Charity Navigator, a leading charitable sector watchdog, put the veterans group Wounded Warrior Project on its donor “watchlist,” indicating to its audience that there are troubling allegations against the organization that contributors should be aware of. The Daily Beast has been reporting on the excesses of the Wounded Warrior Project since September 2014, with a series of stories on its high overhead costs and its penchant for bullying smaller charities with the term “wounded warrior” in their name. Wounded Warrior Project CEO Steven Nardizzi has also been part of an effort to increase charitable sector executive salaries and have larger fundraising costs. “Placing a charity on the Watchlist is a way of letting donors know that there is an issue of concern that they should take into account before they donate to that charity,” Sandra Miniutti, a vice president at Charity Navigator, told The Daily Beast. “We have a committee that meets each week. They review the information that has come to our attention about a particular charity and determine if it should be placed on the Watchlist, Donor Advisory list, or neither.”
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Facebook to Ban Gun Sales on Site:
Facebook is banning the private sale of firearms on its main site and on Instagram, the company said on Friday. Though Facebook has not directly participated in gun sales, it has served as an online meeting place for the discussion and negotiation. The move comes as President Obama pushes for stricter gun control measures such as more extensive background checks.
1. The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.
2. Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.
3. Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.
4. More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.
5. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.
6. At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.
7. Once men hit midlife, they may face an increased risk of depression due to the decrease of testosterone.
8. Men typically experience depression differently from women and use different means to cope. For example, while women may feel hopeless, men may feel irritable. Women may crave a listening ear, while men may became socially withdrawn or become violent or abusive.
9. Researchers have recently found that those who suffer from depression are at risk for low bone mineral density. Depressed women are especially at risk for developing osteoporosis.
10. Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.
Confirmed: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Is Back
Netflix confirmed Friday that it will revive beloved WB dramedy series Gilmore Girls for a new season featuring original cast members Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson,Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, and Keiko Agena. The original producers, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, are also on board. The reboot’s title, episode count, and premiere date remain unclear. News of a possible reboot first leaked in October.
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Minnie Driver has returned to CAA after two and a half years at UTA. ***Fraser Heston has responded to an email from the Academy with a rebuke that invokes father Charlton Heston’s presidency of the Screen Actors Guild and his marching with Dr. Martin Luther King. “I cannot begin to tell you with what consternation I received this missive. But I will try,” Heston writes in a letter to Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors. The “missive” Heston refers to is an email sent to Academy members informing them that, in an effort to diversify its ranks, the voting status of members will be revoked if they are not “active in motion pictures” during a decade.
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***The controversial theory that the “seeds” of Alzheimer’s disease may have been transmitted between patients during surgical procedures involving the use of donated human tissue has been supported by the discovery of new evidence. Scientists have found a link between patients who received nerve-tissue grafts several decades ago and the presence of a protein in the brain that is normally seen in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***A payment processing company that handles a significant number of transactions for the two dominant daily fantasy sports companies notified the operators this week that it would no longer handle their payments and in fact was leaving the industry altogether. It is perhaps the biggest blow yet to an industry that has been pummeled by legal challenges in recent months. Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, the processing company, told its daily fantasy clients, which include FanDuel and DraftKings, that it would “suspend all processing for payment transactions” related to daily fantasy sports in the United States and its territories on Feb. 29.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***David Bowie left the vast majority of his nearly $100 million estate to his wife and two children, according to the singer’s will that was filed Friday in New York. Additionally, Bowie asked that his body be cremated in Bali and his ashes be scattered “in accordance with the Buddhist rituals”. ***John Legend will produce his first off-Broadway play in NYC, “3 Mics.” The singer has joined Get Lifted Film partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius to produce “Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan’s solo show at the Lynn Redgrave Theater from Feb. 23 through March 3
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Reality TV show producer Tony Dimondhaving dinner last night at M Café in Santa Monica. ***Oliver Platt taking in “King Charles III” at the Music Box Theater on Thursday in NYC. ***Diane von Furstenberg having a late dinner at Da Silvano in NYC with friends, the night before John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth, also dined at the restaurant. ***Brooke Shields having breakfast Friday morning at the Golden Pear in East Hampton, where she enjoyed organic maple granola with Greek yogurt and berries. ***Amy Schumer with Justin Long on the New York set of “Inside Amy Schumer”. ***Andy Cohen having a snack at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea in NYC. ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having breakfast at Pink’s Hot Dogs on LaBrea.
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