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Naomi Judd, of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, dies at 76

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 Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died. She was 76.

The daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

Naomi Judd died near Nashville, Tennessee, said a statement on behalf of her husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland. It said no further details about her death would be released and asked for privacy as the family grieves.

The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and they had just announced an arena tour to begin in the fall, their first tour together in over a decade. They also made a return to awards shows when they performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.

Actress Jossara Jinaro, who appeared on ‘Judging Amy’ and ‘ER,’ dies at 48 after cancer battle

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Actress Jossara Jinaro, who portrayed roles in “ER” and “Judging Amy,” has died, according to a post on her Facebook page. She was 48. 

The TV and film star died from cancer on Wednesday, her husband Matt Bogado announced in a statement posted to Facebook. She passed away at her home surrounded by family.

“Jossara was an amazing wife, mother, artist, and friend. She had the most beautiful, kind soul and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Even in her last moments, she was still fighting,” Bogado wrote. “She is now resting in peace and will be remembered forever. Myself, Liam, and Emrys will miss her so deeply, although we know she is in our hearts and guiding us every step of the way.”

Source: hollywoodreporter.com & The Associated Press

USPS Is Making These Major Changes to Delivery Service, Effective May 1

Most of us rely on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for daily mail service, whether we’re on the receiving end or mailing a package out. However, financial woes and frustration about delivery delays have left the agency with a lot on its plate. Earlier this month, it was announced that the USPS would be receiving federal financial relief as part of the Postal Service Reform Act, which will provide nearly $50 billion in relief over the next 10 years and allow the agency to regain some “flexibility,” USA Today reported. However, amid ongoing reform, the USPS is also making adjustments that could slow down your deliveries. Read on to learn more about the changes the USPS has planned for May 1. 

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On April 6, the USPS filed noted with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that it would be raising First-Class Mail prices by 6.5 percent. Prices are anticipated to take effect on July 10, 2022, affecting stamps, letters, and postcards. The agency also introduced two new shipping fees this month, Nonstandard Fees and the Dimension Noncompliance Fee, which could incur surcharges ranging between $1.50 and $15. Now, yet another change is in store, officials say, this time impacting delivery speed. 

The USPS is making changes to different delivery service standards.

On Monday, the USPS announced it would be making changes to slow down delivery times for almost one-third of small, lightweight packages. These changes to service standards—the “delivery benchmarks” for how long you can expect your mail to get to you—go into effect on May 1.

According to the press release, the service standard for 32 percent of First-Class Packages “will increase by one or two days,” while the service standard for 64 percent of package volume will be unchanged. Finally, the agency said that the service standard will be one day sooner, moving from three days to two days, for 4 percent of First-Class Package Service.

There are a few key reasons why these changes are being made, officials say.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, slower delivery speeds also allow for the use of more ground transportation, such as trains and trucks, as opposed to an air network. The Postal Service said the changes are being implemented “to improve service reliability” by reducing the use of these contracted air networks, which incur more costs and also have reliability issues.

According to the USPS press release, this is part of the larger “Delivering for America” initiative, which encompasses the agency’s 10-year plan to “achieve financial stability and service excellence.””Modifying select service standards is a key growth element and enabler of our 10-year plan. This action will contribute to our cost savings efforts and improve our reliability across all product classes, including our growing package market,” Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and CEO of the USPS, said in the press release. “By implementing the elements of our 10-year plan, we will deliver the consistent, reliable service that the American people and our customers expect and deserve and grow package volume, spurring revenue growth that can be invested back into the Postal Service,” Dejoy added.

Article by Abby Reinhard for Best Life©

Source: USPS Is Making These Major Changes to Delivery Service, Effective May 1 (msn.com)

Do you get a jolt right before you fall asleep? Here’s the reason behind it and other strange bodily reactions

The human body is full of all kinds of quirks. It makes confusing sounds seemingly out of nowhere. It jerks and jolts right before falling asleep or as the temperature changes. It yawns merely by reading the word “yawn” or seeing someone else do it.

These reflexes and involuntary responses reveal how little control people have over the way their bodies function. Understanding why some of these bodily reactions occur can give clues about things the body may need at a moment in time. For example, an athlete might get a cramp on the side of their ribs on a long jog when they’re fatigued. The body is telling them to reduce the intensity of their physical activity.

Stacker compiled a list of 15 strange bodily reactions and looked at news articles, government reports, and scientific research to understand the biology behind these phenomena. Read on to learn the explanations for the peculiarities of the human body and get the answers to some reactions you may have always been curious about.

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Goosebumps

People get goosebumps when they’re chilly or experiencing extreme emotion, like shock or inspiration. This reaction is caused by the contraction of tiny muscles at the base of the hair follicles all over the body, which causes the hair to stand upright. This involuntary response may be nature’s way of helping animals’ bodies look larger and scarier in a threatening situation.

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Hiccups

Hiccups are almost like a domino effect in the body. First, the diaphragm experiences a sudden and involuntary contraction. That causes the vocal cords to close, which then creates that “hic” yelping sound to come out of the throat. While hiccups can be a symptom of a medical disorder, they’re generally the result of overeating, getting excited, or drinking too many bubbly beverages.

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Wrinkly fingers in water

A long bath or day at the pool can cause fingers and toes to get super wrinkly. Researchers initially thought this condition occurred when the fluids in the body shifted when surrounded by water. However, experts now suspect that the reaction may be the body’s way of improving the ability to grip objects when people are wet.

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Source: Do you get a jolt right before you fall asleep? Here’s the reason behind it and other strange bodily reactions (msn.com)

Canadian tutor Roach has won Jeopardy nine times in a row

She’s now over $200,000 U.S. in winnings and going for more

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The 23-year-old Nova Scotia native, who is now a tutor in Toronto, won $28,001 U.S. on Friday night on the game show, running her total to $210,802.

Roach’s latest win came when she successfully answered the “Final Jeopardy” category of “Academy Award Winners,” putting down $6,201.

The answer was:  “In 2019 he won his first competitive Oscar, 36 years after a Student Academy Award for a film about a Brooklyn barbershop.”

Roach wrote down: “Who is Spike Lee?”

Roach has already booked a spot in the Tournament of Champions which features the show’s top contestants.

She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2020.

Roach had told The Evan Solomon Show podcast she didn’t even expect to win a single game, let alone go on this streak. She’s going for #10.

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The Pentagon Just Confirmed the First-Ever Interstellar Visitor to Earth

  • The United States Space Command (USSC) has confirmed a 2014 study from a team of astronomers, noting that government sensors did, in fact, detect a meteor on Earth that originated outside our Solar System.
  • The rock is only the third interstellar object ever detected in our system, and the first to enter our atmosphere.
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  • After scientists publish their research on this meteoric discovery, they may be able to learn more about its contents.

Government sensors on the hunt for fireballs plunging toward Earth have so far logged about 1,000 meteors and asteroids. But only one of them can boast that it traveled through our atmosphere from outside our own Solar System.

This fireball, which shot through our atmosphere over Papua New Guinea in 2014, was no ordinary space rock—it was actually an interstellar meteor, the first ever known to originate outside our system and arrive on Earth. Rocketing at a speed of over 130,000 miles per hour, the rock broke up during its descent, probably scattering interstellar debris into the South Pacific Ocean.

Confirmation of its distant origins arrived only recently, when the United States Space Command (USSC) released a memo on April 6, confirming that the meteor was indeed an interstellar object.

The meteor’s unusually high speed implies a possible origin from the deep interior of a planetary system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way galaxy, researchers state.

Source: The Pentagon Just Confirmed the First-Ever Interstellar Visitor to Earth (msn.com)

So sorry, no green men…this time!

Entrepreneur Rohit Khosla shares how the startup ecosystem is helping India grow globally

entrepreneur Rohit Khosla is inspiring the youngsters with his profound business intellect. An alumnus of the prestigious Oxford University, he holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurship.

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As of today, the entrepreneur is managing several companies including Gulf Visa Services, New Delhi Medical Centre, New Star Medical Centre, Khosla Travels Pvt. Ltd., Gulf Medical Centre, Khosla Transport Company, R.K. International Skill Development Centre and Khosla Exim Pvt. Ltd. With his business intellect, the profound entrepreneur has created an empire as he continues to inspire thousands of budding businessmen from the country. With the successful run of these business ventures, Rohit Khosla is quite interested in deep-diving into the world of startups.

It is a well-known fact that India is an entrepreneurially-driven nation, and the landscape has changed with the arrival of new startups in the country. In 2021, the startup ecosystem in India has raised funding of $20 billion, and many startups have achieved unicorn statuses. The expansion of this startup economy has brought new business opportunities, innovation and has created job opportunities across different sectors.

The massive transition of the business landscape

If we look back at the time from India’s independence, there has been a paradigm shift in the country’s economy. The country has grown beyond an agricultural hub and has become a potential technological destination. In this startup ecosystem, the entrepreneurs have equipped themselves with immense knowledge, and are creating top-notch products and services to solve real-time challenges. Flowing with the changing trends, Mr. Khosla is welcoming the innovations in his business operations.

Startups welcoming global partnerships

With India being an ultimate investment hub, the country is second to China when it comes to making huge investments. Understanding this pattern, Rohit Khosla said, “India has succeeded in building synergies with global companies. This is one of the profound reasons that the startup era has been contributing tremendously to the country’s economy.” The entrepreneur further revealed that India has made its place as one of the top global manufacturing hubs, and with the resurgence of startups, the numbers will boom in the time to come.

India will have an estimated 850 million internet users by 2030. It is said that this opportunity in the digital ecosystem will be a global game-changer for the country. Mr. Khosla stated that the country is steadily becoming the leading R&D hub for many Silicon Valley companies. While the nation’s focus remains on strengthening the digital wave in the country, Rohit Khosla is keen to make his foray into the tech sector.

All said and done, the affluent entrepreneur has always welcomed creativity and is walking with the new trends in the business world.

By FPJ Web Desk 

Source: Entrepreneur Rohit Khosla shares how the startup ecosystem is helping India grow globally (freepressjournal.in)

April-From the Latin word aperio, “to open” (bud)

This is the month gardeners have been dreaming of, the month plants begin their growth again. It’s also the month loaded with symbolism that you can visit here April: It’s all about the Bunny, the Egg, but mostly about the Lamb – TUTORING YOU.

I’m posting 2 quite interesting pages full of April lore, eggs, bunnies, lilys and lambs. Check them out below.

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DYK: Why Aluminum Foil Has a Shiny and a Dull Side

Aluminum foil: It’s one of the most versatile things you can have in your kitchen. It’s not just good for wrapping up food—you can use it for so many more things!

But there’s one question we all have about aluminum foil: Should we use the shiny or the dull side when we cook? And have we been doing it wrong this entire time?!

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What Side Should We Use?

As it turns out, there’s no “correct” side of aluminum foil to use when cooking, so using it on either side is not one of the cooking mistakes that could ruin your food. They’re both equally effective at heating your food, so just choose whatever side you prefer.

So if there’s no real reason for it, then why, exactly, does aluminum foil have a shiny and dull side in the first place? Everyone’s favorite foil brand, Reynold’s Kitchen, says that the difference between the two sides is due to a manufacturing process called milling, during which heat and tension are applied to stretch and shape the foil. Two layers of foil are pressed together and milled at the same time, because otherwise, it would break.

“Where the foil is in contact with another layer, that’s the ‘dull’ side,” Reynold’s explains. “The ‘shiny’ side is the side milled without being in contact with another sheet of metal. The performance of the foil is the same, whichever side you use.”

Are There Any Exceptions?

Yep—if you’re using non-stick foil, there is a difference between the two sides. Since the non-stick coating is only applied to one side, you’ll want to use the dull side. Side note: There will be a label that designates the “non-stick side” in case you forget!

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Source: Why Aluminum Foil Has a Shiny and a Dull Side (msn.com)