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Catriona Pollard

How To Monitor Your Media Mentions

Catriona Pollard | September 29, 2016 | Business
When conducting a successful PR strategy, you will be receiving lots of media coverage. There will be a number of stories written about your business, you will have radio interviews, and even TV appearances, so it is critical to have a system to monitor all this media.
Justina Elumeze

Raw Vegan Matcha Nougat and Caramel Cheesecake

Justina Elumeze | September 29, 2016 | Taste
Let me first start by saying that this raw vegan cheescake is AMAAZZZING!
Miriam Mason Martineau

The Art of Parenting: Learning To Live at the Edge of the Unknown

Miriam Mason Martineau | September 29, 2016 | Parents
As parents -- as people! -- we all (I'm pretty sure all of us, yes?) wish there were a simple way, a method that is tried and true and guaranteed to get us the results we hope for... be this a fitness program, a healthy diet, a supplement protocol, a parenting handbook, a financial plan, a spiritual practice, a qualified approach to ANYTHING.
The Cut

I Accidentally Had Two Tampons In. What Should I Do?

The Cut | September 29, 2016 | Healthy Living
(Photo: Sporrer/Rupp/Getty Images/Cultura RF) By Susan Rinkunas I took out my tampon only to discover I had a second one in the whole time. Am I going to get TSS now? First, take a deep breath. Yes, it's disturbing to realize you've...
GVH Live

Debate Night Disillusion: Millennials want Pragmatism

GVH Live | September 29, 2016 | Politics
By, Molly McElwee More than 84 million people tuned in to watch the first Presidential Debate of the 2016 race, making it the most watched in debate history. That number does not include the thousands of people glued to the coverage at watch parties, which were hosted across the country. At the Millennial Action Project and Party Politics DC watch party we heard from millennials prior to the debate and former National Press Secretary at Bernie 2016, Symone D. Sanders, said young people wanted the candidates to talk about their policies: "46% of millennials identify as independents, they are not party loyalists, so they want to know 'What are you [the candidate] going to do for me?'" The millennials in attendance concurred with this idea. James Hayes-Barber said he wanted the debate to focus on real issues and "practical solutions". Steven Olikara, founder of the Millennial Action Group, followed a similar rhetoric; referencing the candidates' lack of focus on core issues affecting millennials, like campaign finance and election reform. "I think the biggest thing the candidates can do is the one thing they're probably not going to do tonight," Olikara mused, "and that's speak through how they're going to revitalize our democracy and instill confidence and trust back into out political system." Perhaps Olikara's own preemptive disillusionment is a representation of the millennial demographic as a whole. A Gallup poll this week cited only 47% of millennials as certain they would be exercising their right to vote on November 8. The overriding message from the watch party panel clearly tackled this issue, encouraging millennial engagement and reminding them that their vote and their "voice" was a vital part of the political process, even if they felt let down by the choice of...

Andy Lau Denies Rumors of His Wife Giving Birth to Second Child

AsiaToday | September 29, 2016 | World
By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - You shouldn't believe in anything simply because it is rumored and spoken by many. Besides, it's hard for women to get pregnant and have a baby in their 50s despite rapid development in medical science. It has been confirmed on Wednesday that the...
Courtney M. Soliday

'The Blacklist' James Spadersplains Typecasting in Hollywood

Courtney M. Soliday | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
James Spader stopped by BUILD Series NYC last week to discuss the new season of his hit network television show, The Blacklist. In response to a question about his bad boy roles (think Pretty in Pink) Spader explained to the young audience why typecasting simply makes sense....
Tasting Table

The Latest Pumpkin Spice Foods That Are Actually Good

Tasting Table | September 29, 2016 | Taste
"Will it pumpkin spice?" is the new "Will it waffle?" And, apparently, the answer is always a resounding yes. But some products lend themselves better to cinnamon and cloves than others--which is why we have tasted our way through all the pumpkin spice goods out there to find the best ones. Step aside, Skeleton Jack: These are the real kings of the pumpkin patch.
Tasting Table

Taiyaki NYC Brings Fish-Shaped Cones to the Masses

Tasting Table | September 29, 2016 | Taste
Have you seen these adorable fish-shaped cones yet? If not, chances are you'll see them popping up all over your Instagram feed after today's grand opening of Taiyaki NYC in Chinatown, a much-needed addition to the few taiyaki ice cream shops in the city.
Modern Farmer

Are Americans About to Go Nuts for Pecans?

Modern Farmer | September 29, 2016 | Taste
Though often associated with high-calorie holiday desserts and delectably sweet treats, pecans have distinguished themselves as not only a tantalizingly tasty nut, but also a surprisingly healthful food.
Modern Farmer

Gardening as a Kid Indicates that You'll Eat Fruits and Veggies as a College Student

Modern Farmer | September 29, 2016 | Taste
Aside from the obvious benefits of getting outside and helping pull weeds, it turns out gardening as a kid may have benefits that are longer-lasting than you might expect.
Paul Ekman

Constructive Anger

Paul Ekman | September 29, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
Septemer 2016 The following excerpt about constructive anger is taken from the book of dialogue between the Dalai Lama and myself, entitled Emotional Awareness (2009). Having just reread it, I found nothing to change; I still believe it raises the right question, makes a useful suggestion and offers a...
GVH Live

Don't Go in for the Debate Hype

GVH Live | September 29, 2016 | Politics
By, Jacob Smith Monday, September 26, marked the first debate of the 2016 presidential election. The candidates have stirred the media into a frenzy with memes and one-liners that made many debate moments unavoidable across social media. Though the entertainment factor has continued to deliver throughout this election cycle, are millennials seeing the changes they hope to see from their government or settling for the personal attacks between campaigns? We reached out to millennials from both sides just hours before the debate to find out what they had hoped to have seen on the debate stage. "I'm hopeful that they will speak to some of the key issues that are facing out generation," said Steven Olikara, president at Millennial Action Project. "So far the negative campaigning has been a huge turn-off for our demographic." The personal shots taken, on and off stage by both candidates have drawn away from the policy issues voters hope to see clarified throughout the debates. Siraj Hashmi, a reporter at Red Alert Politics, says that Donald Trump's stance on foreign policy is often understated or misunderstood by many voters. "What I think what a lot of people don't realize, that [Donald Trump] runs a little to the left of Hillary Clinton on, is foreign policy," said Hashmi. "He has talked about a Muslim ban, but he has walked that back just a little bit." As we move into future debates, the lure of entertainment can act as a detractor to serious discussion of policy but the impact of these issues will be around much longer than that facebook...
Regina Weinreich

Laura Benanti Off-Broadway at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
With more than a wink, the poised Laura Benanti portrays herself as a child show tune nerd recounting highlights from her stellar career with comedic flair. You could say this Tony Award winner's show at the Café Carlyle, Tales from Soprano Isle,...
Alon Ben-Meir

Statesmanship Versus Demagoguery

Alon Ben-Meir | September 29, 2016 | World
Those who expected nothing new from Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) were not disappointed. Netanyahu displayed his usual arrogant flair and confirmed what is already known, albeit indirectly--his rejection of creating a Palestinian state.
Matthew Dietrich

AFSCME Ad Accuses Rauner of 'Waging War' on Illinois Workers

Matthew Dietrich | September 29, 2016 | Chicago
Opinion You don't have a seat at the bargaining table as Gov. Bruce Rauner and AFSCME Council 31 attempt to create a contract for the 38,000 state employees the union represents. Nor is Rauner on the ballot this year. But AFSCME wants to make sure, as Election Day nears, that you have an opinion on the protracted and contentious negotiations to replace a contract that expired 15 months ago. A new, 30-second video and TV ad titled "Negotiate" uses the headline of a Feb. 13, 2015, New York Times editorial -- "A war on workers in Illinois" -- in introducing three state workers who make their cases against the governor. "Gov. Rauner is so far disconnected from how real people live," says one. A few seconds later, she adds that Rauner "refuses to negotiate. He gets up and walks away whenever he doesn't get his way." "Public service workers in state government protect kids, care for veterans, keep us safe and more," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said in a press release announcing the ad. "State workers have always been willing to do their part. We're prepared to compromise. But we can only do that if Governor Rauner puts the public good ahead of his personal demands and returns to bargaining ready to negotiate." Though it doesn't mention any candidates or the Nov. 8 election, the ad's election implications can't be ignored. At the moment, Democrats -- and their union supporters -- are doing everything they can to link their Republican opponents to Rauner. They believe this will negatively affect Republican candidates in legislative races by linking them to an agenda that Democrats have portrayed as anti-union and extreme. This ad, which portrays Rauner as out of touch with average workers and intent on busting the union, plays into that narrative. (Conversely, Republicans are doing the same to Democratic candidates, whom they are linking to House Speaker Michael Madigan at every opportunity.) The negotiations between the Rauner administration and AFSCME Council 31, whose last contract expired June 30, 2015, have brought incremental victories to both sides over the past year even as each accused the other of sandbagging talks. A year ago, Democrats passed a bill that would have curtailed sharply Rauner's power in negotiations. He vetoed it, and the failure of an override effort in the House was a major victory for Rauner. In January, the administration said negotiations were at an impasse and filed an unfair labor practices complaint against AFSCME with the Illinois Labor Relations Board. AFSCME filed a complaint accusing the administration of bargaining in bad faith. The Labor Relations Board, whose members are appointed by the governor, heard the case from April to June, and the matter then was turned over to Administrative Law Judge Sarah Kerley, who will issue a recommendation to the board. Rauner in June asked that the judicial review process be skipped so the case could go directly to the board, but the board denied that request. Kerley said at the time she hoped to forward a recommendation in time for the board to discuss the case at its November meeting. The board does not have to accept Kerley's recommendation, and its decision could be the most significant event in Rauner's term to date. A ruling in the union's favor would send the two sides back into negotiations. A decision for Rauner would allow the administration to impose its own terms. That would force the union to choose between accepting Rauner's contract, going on strike or suing to force continued negotiations. Illinois never has had a state employee strike, nor has it ever had a governor who has taken on AFSCME with such ferocity. You may not have a seat at the bargaining table, and you can't cast a ballot for/against Rauner on Nov. 8, but AFSCME in this ad is making sure that the suspended negotiations don't get shoved to the back burner as election season hits its boiling point. Recommended: "Hamilton" hit Chicago and everyone freaked out...
Marty Zwilling

How To Counter Criticism Of Your Million Dollar Idea

Marty Zwilling | September 29, 2016 | Business
In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way. In fact, leaders are not remembered for...
Rick Steves

Creating Mealtime Magic in Venice

Rick Steves | September 29, 2016 | Travel
Video: / One of the joys of travel is eating well. And one of the challenges of leading a good tour is to connect our travelers with great local cuisine served with passion and pride by local chefs in small, characteristic, family-run restaurants. We did just that with our group on our first evening in Venice. I've long enjoyed Trattoria da Bepi and its chef/owner, Loris (who plays a sizable role in my autobiographical "Postcards from Europe" book). I phoned Loris, asked him if he could seat a group, and welcomed him to assemble a "maximum-experience Venetian gastronomic extravaganza." I explained we wanted to eat seasonal, local, and family-style, and that I'd trust him with the "tasting festival." As you can see in this clip (edited by Trish Feaster), we had an unforgettable dinner. And, as our guides share our collective triumphs, I'm sure Loris will be seeing more of our groups. (Follow along on my travel blog and on Facebook as I guide our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour.) (This post originally appeared at
Rebecca Joseph

Five Tips For Forlorn College Freshmen

Rebecca Joseph | September 29, 2016 | College
Late September-Early October is a rough time of year for many college freshmen. While they have figured out their course schedules, they haven't yet found their firm footing on campuses. It's rough transitioning from seniors in high school to freshmen in college, so here are some tips to help freshmen...
Danny Wong

7 Basic Money-Saving Tips for Millennials

Danny Wong | September 29, 2016 | Business
Millennials have more disposable income than ever. However, they tend to spend their money irresponsibly. It's now more important than ever to learn prudent purchasing and money-saving behaviors to ensure that you aren't foolishly wasting your hard-earned cash. Thankfully, there are some