(Atlanta, GA) — Parents are shelling out big bucks for extracurricular activities. A new survey from Suntrust Bank shows 40-percent of American families are paying more than one-thousand-dollars each year on their kids’ after school activities.
At least 20-percent said they spend more than 25-hundred-dollars.
The majority of parents polled said they skip things like eating out to hold down expenses. Others took more extreme steps like not paying off debt or skimping on retirement savings to pay for their kids’ extracurricular activities.
(SL) -A new study says young football players can have measurable changes in the brain after only one season of play. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say that’s true even with youngsters who have not had concussions.
They found changes that can lead to traumatic brain injuries and mental disorders. Researchers say the vast majority of head impacts players experience don’t cause concussions. They say that’s something that needs a lot more study among youth football and high school players.Science Daily reports, For the study, 26 youth football players (ages 9-13) were outfitted with the Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) for an entire football season. HITS helmets are lined with accelerometers or sensors that measure the magnitude, location and direction of impacts to the head. Impact data from the helmets were used to calculate a risk of concussion exposure for each player. Players were equally divided into high and low concussion exposure groups. Players with a history of concussion were excluded.
A third group of 13 non-contact sport controls was established. Pre- and post-season resting functional MRI (fMRI) scans were performed on all players and controls, and connectivity within the DMN sub-components was analyzed.
The researchers used machine learning to analyze the fMRI data. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computers to perform analyses based on existing relationships of data.
“Machine learning has a lot to add to our research because it gives us a fresh perspective and an ability to analyze the complex relationships within the data,” said Murugesan. “Our results suggest an increasing functional change in the brain with increasing head impact exposure.”Five machine learning classification algorithms were used to predict whether players were in the high-exposure, low-exposure or non-contact groups based on the fMRI results.
The algorithm discriminated between high-impact exposure and non-contact with 82 percent accuracy, and low-impact exposure and non-contact with 70 percent accuracy. The results suggest an increasing functional change with increasing head-impact exposure.”The brains of these youth and adolescent athletes are undergoing rapid maturation in this age range.
(SL)-It was just a typical girls’ day out, green juice and all, for Victoria Beckham and her adorable daughter Harper. Boy, these kids grow up fast. The pair was seen strolling through the streets of West London and Harper is a cutie pie.
Victoria’s only daughter is just 5 years old and is often on the scene for with her mom, dad and brothers Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, and Cruz, 12, who are equally as cute. Can’t help but to be right..with genes like that.
Carrying a bag of bubble drinks, she held hands with little Harper who skipped alongside her mum excitedly clutching a green smoothie.
Victoria, was recently on the Today show where she talked about her husband, retired soccer star David Beckham with whom she’s been with since 1997. Here’s what the former Spice Girl turned Fashion Designer had to say about her hubby.
“He’s my soulmate. He’s the most incredible husband. We complement each other.’He inspires me every day, with the children, the way he treats me; it just works. We are lucky to have each other.”
Seems like there have only been two bumps in the road for the two. David allegedly had an affair with Rebecca Loos years ago and another woman Malaysian-born Sarah Marbeck came forward with the same claims. But, Victoria stood by her man.
Through it all Posh and Becks have raised a beautiful family. Still time for one or two more to be added!
(SL) – Until they can reach an amicable settlement, Hollywood hunk Brad Pit has agreed to a temporary custody deal for 3 weeks. The Fury actor, 52, will get an initial monitored visit followed by other visits that may or may not be monitored. He has also volunteered to get random drug testing, and the entire family will undergo counseling.
Reportedly, the temporary agreement which will last until October 20th is a voluntary agreement that has a structured decision-making plan. Neither Brad nor Angelina were forced to get counseling, they both volunteered to do so for the sake of the family.
Angelina seemingly filed for divorce out of the blue, but reportedly the golden couple has been have issues for some time. The couple spent over a decade together before finally tying the knot 2 years ago. Allegedly, Jolie was concerned about Brad’s drinking and use of alcohol, but Pitt took a urine and drug test and both came up negative. It’s also being said that Brad wanted her to continue to work and stop traveling all over the globe with their kids, while Angie wanted to settle into her humanitarian work and ease her way out of the Hollywood scene.
There was also a report about an alleged altercation between and oldest son Maddox. The FBI has said it is gathering evidence about allegations Pitt was involved in a dispute on a private flight with his family on September 14, although the agency has not opened a formal investigation. Sources familiar with the allegations have said they center on the actor’s treatment of his oldest son.
Several outlets have reported that the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.
Some outlets claim the Hollywood veterans have still not come to an agreement on permanent financial support and property. They own several homes together, including a compound in the Hollywood Hills and the stunning $60m Chateau Miraval estate in France.
Their combined fortune is estimated at $555m.
Both People and Entertainment Tonight have reported the two actors were meeting all week to hash out a deal. The negotiations have been private and believed to be held in Los Angeles.
(SI) – It’s a life of crime..yes, but captivating nonetheless. He’s the second richest man in Mexico and one of the most powerful in the world. His sons aren’t shy about sharing the luxuries their father’s riches provide.
(SL) –I don’t know about you, but when I was 7-years old I was running through country fields and playing with barbie dolls. The closest platform I had for a career choice was dance class, cheerleading and Girl Scouts.
However, I didn’t quite turn those extra curricular activities into business ventures like this kid sensation.
Meet Te’Lario. The 7-year old entrepreneur who recently gave Steve Harvey a run for his money and business when he made an appearance on Steve’s Act Like A Success segment, the JR. Edition.
Te’Lario is a mushroom farmer who has turned his basement and spare room into an in-house farm space.
Yes, at 7-years old he has mastered growing shiitake and oyster mushrooms.
As the baby genius explains, his interest was piqued after growing cat grass and basil in his Cub Scout troop.
From there, he wanted to cultivate something else and when his parents asked him what could he sustain during the winter months, he said mushrooms.
Why? Because they can sprout in the dark, of course.
And…they’re full of Vitamin D! Did you know that?
lol What an amazing and beautiful little boy and when he gives Steve his business plan….priceless! Hey, kid! I love mushrooms too!
Watch the creator/owner of Tiger Mushroom Farms explain to Steve how his business blossomed from one single mushroom growing kit!
(SL) – Two Atlanta-area brothers are behind bars and charged with multiple felonies after police said they attempted to kill their own parents over the weekend.
Yvonne Ervin called 911 Saturday morning and reported that she and husband Zachary were being attacked in their own home.
The perpetrators, she told police, were their own children: 17-year-old Cameron and 22-year-old Christopher.
“(Yvonne Ervin) stated to our 911 operator that her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long told CNN.But quick thinking from both mother and father enabled Yvonne to briefly escape from their sons long enough to call for help.
Yvonne Ervin dialed 911 from the family home in Snellville just before 8 a.m. to alert police that “her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long told WSB-TV.
“She told the 911 operator that the husband was distracting the sons and she was able to call,” Long said. “That is probably the life-saving move from this event.”
Zachary Ervin, their father, was “severely injured and bleeding heavily,” and his wife was “seriously injured,” Long said. Both went to a nearby hospital, the newspaper reported.
Officers at the scene picked up a “strong odor of natural gas” at the house, Long told the Journal-Constitution. Investigators discovered that someone had tampered with the home’s gas line, and they suspect the brothers of plotting to burn up the house, according to WSB-TV.
Both brothers now face two felony counts of aggravated assault and two counts of arson in the first degree, according to county inmate records. They’re not eligible for bond.
“There is no official motive at this point, but there has to be something more to this. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to kill their parents yesterday,” Long said on Sunday.
(SL) – A 16-year old boy is dead after being shot in the head by an 11-year old. CNN reports the 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy was home alone, with his 4-year-old sister, when he had to stave off several home invasion attempts. The pre-teen ultimately ended up shooting and killing a 16-year-old intruder.
According to police, the teenager, whose name has not been released, had been shot in the head, by the 11-year-old while breaking into the home. When officers arrived they discovered the teenager’s body lying in the front foyer.
St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman said it was the third time that the 16-year-old had attempted to break into the house Thursday. Neither sibling was hurt.
However, authorities say the kid’s account isn’t the only version of what happened with at least one neighbor questioning the veracity of his story.
The neighbor told CNN affiliate KMOV that the boys were arguing on the front porch before the younger child pulled out a gun and shot the teenager. The woman said the 16-year-old didn’t enter the house. “They were just arguing loud, you know, back and forth,”
“He was always was just sitting right there on the porch,” she said. “He never did once go inside the house.”
Reportedly, the mother purchased the handgun because of prior break-in attempts. No word yet on why the 11-year had access to the firearm and or why he was left alone with his 4-year old sister. The family is cooperating with police.
(SL) – After receiving quite a bit of backlash, Neyo is finally responding to recent criticism being levied at him and his fiance Crystal Renay. He also confirmed they are expecting their first child together.
A rumor broke that Ne-Yo and his “model” girlfriend were possibly married and definitely with child and social media was not too happy about it reminding fans that Ne-Yo’s ex and mother of his first two children revealed on her former “Atlanta Exes” TV show that she had her tubes tied at Neyo’s request because he didn’t want another child.
On that particular episode, Monyetta appeared sad while confiding in a friend that she can’t have children with the next man she wants to marry. It was rumored that her tubal ligation happened because Ne-Yo asked her to. Monyetta also claimed on the show that Ne-Yo was misleading about the possibility of them getting married.