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Chris Daughtry from Season 5 is enjoying immense success with his band, Jennifer Hudson from Season 3 won and 부산출장샵 Oscar for her role in “Dreamgirls” and Season 2’s Clay Aiken is a household name.
Now after spending the last few years starring on the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” hosting an online talk show about “American Idol” and starring in the Broadway production of “The Wedding Singer,” Maroulis, is finally out with a self-titled album on his own label, appropriately called Sixth Place Records.
“I was on ‘American Idol,’ so there’s a very specific audience — the great Middle Americans,” he told The ShowBuzz.
Although Maroulis likes the hippest alt-rock bands like Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and the Killers, he also loves bands like Journey and says it’s important to “embrace the cheese.”
“I think it’s ultimately about songs — songs that people connect to, and hooks,” he said.
Even before “American Idol,” Maroulis enjoyed a career as a serious performer. After working as an actor and singer for several years, at age 22, the New Jersey native decided to head 250 miles north to study at the prestigious Boston Conservatory and the Berkelee College of Music. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. The Conservatory, he said, stresses the idea of being a working performer, not necessarily a superstar, and that is what he strives for.
So when people ask him if he ever imagined himself on a soap opera, his response is simple: “It’s nice work if you can get it.”
Taping “The Bold and The Beautiful” in Los Angeles every day is a lot of work; add to that the constant shuttling back and forth between there and New York where he recorded “Constantine.” But a packed schedule is what Maroulis says he thrives on.
“I’ve always had a lot of different jobs growing up — always was a hustler,” he said. “I don’t require much sleep. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
In a visit Saturday to the rubble-riddled Citron slum where 13 of the children lived, parents who gave their children away confirmed that each one of the youngsters had living parents. Their testimony echoed that of parents in the mountain…
Drug use among U.S. teens is at an all-time low.
That’s the heartening finding from a new survey by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Fewer teens are using illegal drugs than ever before, the survey found, and fewer are falling prey to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse plaguing many adults in the United States.
Many teens also have turned away from drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco, said NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow.
“There are significant decreases in the patterns of drug consumption among teenagers in our country,” Volkow said. “Quite significant, to the point where we have several drugs at the lowest levels that we’ve ever seen since the inception of the survey.”
The results come from the 2016 Monitoring the Future survey, an annual study of behaviors and choices among teens in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades.
This year’s survey found that:
Results regarding marijuana were more mixed.
Use within the past month among eighth graders dropped significantly, down to 5 percent in 2016 compared with 6.5 percent in 2015. Daily use also declined among eighth graders, to 0.7 percent compared with 1.1 percent the year before.
However, older teens continued to use marijuana at about the same rate. For example, 22.5 percent of high school seniors reported using pot within the past month, and 6 percent reported daily use — roughly the same as last year.
Volkow said the marijuana results are encouraging, given the wave of marijuana legalization across the United States.
“Because of that, we’ve been significantly concerned that the pattern of marijuana use would go up among teenagers,” Volkow said.
Marcia Lee Taylor, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, said the results show that “we need to keep an eye on marijuana,” as legalization efforts reduce the perception of risk regarding pot.
“A 6 percent daily use rate is incredibly high,” Taylor said, citing the statistic for 12th graders. “That is incredibly troubling. It’s good that it didn’t go up, but it’s still unacceptably high.”
No one is sure what’s causing this overall decline in drug use among teens, but there are a few leading theories, Volkow said.
Increased use of social media could be playing a role in reducing peer pressure to try drugs, she said. A teen socializing remotely can’t physically offer another kid drugs.
Video games also might be providing an adrenaline-pumping alternative to drugs. However, researchers are concerned that these games are creating compulsive patterns that amount to swapping one unhealthy addiction for another, 경기도출장샵 Volkow said.
Finally, the successful campaign against teen smoking might be paying unintended benefits as these kids grow older, Volkow said.
Research has shown that early exposure to nicotine primes the brain to be rewarded when teens experiment with other drugs, she said. Smokers are much more likely to become addicted to illegal drugs or alcohol after trying them, she added.
“There’s evidence emerging that nicotine can be a gateway drug,” Volkow said. “Early exposure to nicotine primes the brain to the rewarding effects of other drugs. As smoking in our country has gone down, that may have served to prevent the rewarding effects of other drugs.”
Unfortunately, e-cigarettes might counter these benefits. The survey found that only one in four 12th graders think e-cigarettes contain nicotine, with 63 percent claiming they contain “just flavoring.”
One initiative is known to have a real effect on teen substance abuse — multi-pronged and aggressive public campaigns aimed at teens, such as the ones that have led to historically low use of tobacco and alcohol, Volkow said.
Unfortunately, funding for these campaigns is not solid. Taylor cited the “Above the Influence” campaign, a cooperative project between her group and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“That campaign was defunded by the federal government,” Taylor said. “Teens aren’t getting that counter message anymore. I think it’s important they understand [drugs aren’t] a harmless substance, particularly for a developing brain.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Arab nations will usher in a new Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.”
“(The Americans) want to dominate the region but they feel Iran and Syria are preventing that,” Ahmadinejad said during a news conference with Syrian President Bashar Assad. “We tell them that instead of interfering in the region’s affairs, to pack their things and leave.”
A string of high-profile visits to Damascus in recent months – from the U.S., France, and now Iran – shows Syria’s strategic importance in the Middle East.
WorldWatch: Syria Dismisses Calls to Cut Ties to Iran
U.S. President Barack Obama is determined to engage with Syria, a country seen as key to peace in the region but which the State Department has long considered a state sponsor of terrorism.
Ahmadinejad’s trip comes amid rising U.S. tension with Tehran over the country’s nuclear program. The U.S. and others believe Iran is hiding nuclear weapons development under the guise of a civilian energy program. Iran insists that its intentions are peaceful.
Still, Assad could be open to a breakthrough with the Americans. He is hoping for U.S. help in boosting a weak economy and for American mediation in direct peace talks with Israel – a recognition that he needs American involvement to achieve his top goal of winning the return of the Golan Heights, seized by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War.
But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that the recent decision to send the first U.S. ambassador to Syria in five years does not mean U.S. concerns about the country have been addressed.
Speaking to lawmakers, Clinton said the nomination of career diplomat Robert Ford is a sign of a “slight opening” with Syria. But she said Washington remains troubled by suspected Syrian support for militant groups in Iraq and elsewhere, interference in Lebanon and Syria’s close relationship with Iran.
Former President George W. Bush withdrew the last U.S. ambassador to Syria in 2005 to protest its actions in Lebanon after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which his supporters blamed on Syria.
Washington also has retained its sanctions on Damascus. The sanctions were first imposed by Bush and renewed by Mr. Obama in May.
In a visit Saturday to the rubble-riddled Citron slum where 13 of the children lived, parents who gave their children away confirmed that each one of the youngsters had living parents.
<img src="http://image.baidu.com/search/http:%5C/%5C/img.topber.com%5C/upload%5C/img%5C/528%5C/528f11f600177.jpg" alt="59530310 (45452758/097461″ style=”max-width:400px;float:right;padding:10px 0px 10px 10px;border:0px;”>Their testimony echoed that of parents in the mountain town of Callabas, outside the capital of Port-au-Prince, who told the AP on Feb. 3 that desperation and blind faith led them to hand over 20 children to the religious Americans who promised them a better life.
Now the Citron parents worry they may never see their children again.
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One mother who gave up all four of her children, including a 3-month-old, is locked in a trance-like state but sometimes erupts into fits of hysteria.
She and other parents said they relinquished their children to the U.S. missionaries because they were promised safekeeping across the border in a newly established orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
Their stories contradict the missionaries’ still-jailed leader, Laura Silsby, who told the AP the day after her arrest that the children were either orphans or came from distant relatives.
“She should have told the truth,” said Jean Alex Viellard, a 25-year-old law student from Citron who otherwise expressed admiration for the missionaries.
He took them cookies, candies and oranges during their nearly three weeks of detention before eight of the 10 were released Wednesday on their own recognizance and flew home to the United States.
Silsby, who has told the AP she is 47 although other sources give her age as 40, and her assistant, Charisa Coulter, 24, remain jailed as the investigating judge interviews officials at the orphanages the two visited prior to the devastating Jan. 12 quake. They are set to appear in court again Tuesday.
As they left the jail and boarded a U.S. Embassy van, the freed Baptists waved and thanked Viellard, who later called them “great people who were doing good for Haiti.”
The Americans, most from an Idaho church group, were charged with child kidnapping for trying to remove the children without the proper documents to the neighboring Dominican Republic in the post-quake chaos.
Silsby had been working since last summer to create an orphanage. After the quake, she hastily organized a self-styled “rescue mission,” enlisting missionaries from Idaho, Texas and Kansas.
She was led to Citron by Pastor Jean Sainvil, an Atlanta, Georgia-based Haitian minister who recruited the 13 children in the slum. Sainvil had been a frequent visitor to the neighborhood of unpaved streets and simple cement homes even before more than half of the houses collapsed in the quake.
“The pastor said that with all the bodies decomposing in the rubble there were going to be epidemics, and the kids were going to get sick,” said Regilus Chesnel, a 39-year-old stone mason.
Chesnel’s wife, 33-year-old Bertho Magonie, said her husband persuaded her to give away their children – ages 12, 7, 3, and 1 – and a 10-year-old nephew living with them because their house had collapsed and the kids were sick.
“They were vomiting. They had fevers, diarrhea and headaches,” she said, leaning against the wall of the grimy two-room hovel the couple shares.
In a telephone interview from the United States on Saturday, Sainvil confirmed the Chesnels’ story. He said a collapsed building adjacent to where the children lived held six or seven corpses.
He said he first met Silsby on Jan. 27 in the town of Ouanaminthe on the Haiti-Dominican border and agreed to help her collect children for a 150-bed orphanage the Americans were establishing near the beach resort of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic.
Sainvil, a former orphan who says his nondenominational Haiti Sharing Jesus Ministry has 25 churches in the countryside, said the two agreed to meet again in Port-au-Prince on Feb. 13 to get more children.
The day after he met Silsby, Sainvil collected the 13 children from Citron. A day after that, the missionaries’ bus was halted at the Dominican border and they were arrested. Sainvil, meanwhile, became sick with vomiting and diarrhea and decided to fly back to the U.S. on a military transport plane, he said.
He denied leaving out of fear he might be arrested.
“I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” he said.
Sainvil said what Silsby was doing did not constitute adoption “because the parents had the right to go visit their children or take them back when their situation changed.”
The pastor said his deeds are often misunderstood by people in the developed worked who don’t realize that more than half of the 380,000 children in Haiti’s orphanages are not orphans. Many have parents who – even before the quake – were simply unable to care for them.
The problem is that some of the “orphans” end up as sex slaves or are given jobs doing housework in exchange for food and shelter – and sometimes school. It is precisely because of that problem that, after the quake, Haiti’s government banned all adoptions except those approved before the disaster.
Sainvil said he went to Citron for children because he knew people there were desperate: He had been sleeping under tarps with them. Food was barely trickling in, medical care was just becoming available and hundreds of decomposing bodies were buried beneath the neighborhood’s collapsed homes.
Under one of the blue tarps sheltering the Chesnels’ homeless neighbors, 27-year-old Maletid Desilien lay Saturday on a bed of two soiled rugs. Only her eyes peered out from under a bedsheet.
“She has been like that ever since someone told her she will never get the kids back,” said her husband, Dieulifanne Desilien, who works in a T-shirt factory.
That was eight days ago. Most of the time she lies catatonic, he said, warning a reporter not to go near because she periodically has fits.
“She would get up, take her clothes off and run around pulling her hair out,” Desilien, 40, said of his wife. “She would jump up from sleep and say, ‘Bring me my kids.”‘
He said she only calms down and is able to sleep after speaking by phone with her children, who are at an orphanage in the capital run by the Austrian-based SOS Children’s Villages charity.
The day they arrived, 부산출장샵 orphanage officials said, the Desiliens’ 3-month-old daughter, Koestey, was so dehydrated she had to be hospitalized. The other children are ages 7, 6 and 4. Their father – but not their mother – has visited them.
Desilien said a police commander has assured him that he will get the children back. The Social Welfare ministry, however, has yet to decide whether some or all of the 33 children will be returned to their parents.
“My wife is sick so I have to find a way to get the children back,” Seselien said.
An army spokesman warned in a statement carried in official media Thursday that North Korean troops are prepared to “mercilessly destroy” its foes and could even use nuclear means. The warning comes hours after President Obama’s special envoy to North…
Astor, recently the center of a highly publicized legal dispute over her care, died of pneumonia at Holly Hill, her Westchester County estate in Briarcliff Manor, family lawyer Kenneth Warner said.
“Brooke was a truly remarkable woman and an irreplaceable friend,” longtime family friend David Rockefeller said. “She was the leading lady of New York in every sense of the word.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Astor was the quintessential New Yorker and all are saddened by her death. Bloomberg, who has said that he plans to make philanthropy his next career, also praises her good will and kind nature and says New York would not be what it is today without her gracious support.
Astor, says Nancy Reagan, was a great lady. “We’ll not see the likes of her again,” said the former first lady.
Although a legendary figure in New York City and feted with a famous gala on her 100th birthday in March 2002, 인천출장샵 Astor was mostly interested in putting the fortune that husband, Vincent Astor, left to use where it would do the most to alleviate human misery.
Her efforts won her a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1998.
“Money is like manure, it should be spread around” – a line from a Thornton Wilder play – was Astor’s oft-quoted motto. There was a lot to spread: Vincent Astor’s great-great-grandfather John Jacob Astor made a fortune in fur trading and New York real estate.
But she also funded scores of smaller projects: Harlem’s Apollo Theater; a new boiler for a youth center; beachside bungalow preservation; a church pipe organ; furniture for homeless families moving in to apartments.
It was a very personal sort of philanthropy.
“People just can’t come up here and say, `We’re doing something marvelous, send a check,”‘ she said. “We say, ‘Oh, yes, we’ll come and see it.”‘
The final year of Astor’s life was marred by a family feud over her care, including allegations that the grand dame of society was forced to sleep on a couch that smelled of urine while subsisting on a diet of pureed peas and oatmeal. Court papers said her beloved dogs Boysie and Girlsie were kept locked in a pantry.
The allegations emerged in July 2006 court documents that provided a daily source of sensational headlines. In a settlement three months later, her son, Anthony Marshall, was replaced as her legal guardian with Annette de la Renta, wife of the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.
Finals for the contest sanctioned by Graceland’s management company, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. (EPE), are set for Friday at the end of a week-long celebration marking the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death.
The contest marks a big change for managers of Graceland, 인천출장샵 Presley’s former Memphis residence and the center of a $40 million a year business in all things Elvis.
Since Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977, Graceland managers have distanced themselves from the thousands of Elvis impersonators performing in the concert halls and bars across the world.
Two dozen “artists” — Graceland doesn’t like the word “impersonator” — made it to Memphis by winning preliminary contests around the United States and abroad.
Ten contestants from the qualifying round at the Cannon Centre for the Performing Arts, a downtown concert hall, were to be picked for the finals and a chance at the title of official “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.”
Meanwhile, fans are flocking to Memphis for the festivities, some from abroad. “I don’t see Elvis as an American idol,” says Brazilian fan, Claudia Rocha. “think he is international, because many people in my country don’t speak English but they love the songs. I don’t know why. They don’t understand the lyrics, but they love the songs. I think it is his voice and his feelings. He was a soul singer. I think that’s why.”