Anthony Amado Talks About a Polio Free India

Bergen County, NJ -03/27/2014

The World Health Organization has announced that India, along with Southeast Asia, is polio free. Both areas have been without a polio diagnosis for the last 3 years. Only five years ago India was home to almost half of the global polio cases.

India was thought to be one of the most technically challenging places to eradicate polio because of sanitation issues and a highly dense population. Anthony Amado of the United States is happy to hear that another country has been cleared of the unfortunate disease. “The World Health Organization did exactly what it was supposed to and helped the people of India and Southeast Asia in eradicating this horrible disease” Anthony Amado said.

It took the WHO time to realize that the population most unreached was that of migrant children. After getting the vaccine to children of migrant workers, often in remote locations, eventually the disease was able to be controlled and eventually stopped.

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Anthony Amado Talks About a Company’s Right to Read Emails

Bergen County, NJ -03/24/2014

Many companies like Google, Apple and Yahoo continue to defend the right to read customer emails if needed. Microsoft recently had to utilize rights to access customer’s emails after it was suspected that a former employee had leaked software information to a blogger, with possibilities of plans to sell that software.

A lot of people are angry and feel it is a breach of privacy for companies to access e-mails, instant messages and other content. Anthony Amado says “I understand the need for companies to have access to user content, but at the same time it is a little unsettling too.”

The idea of media companies being able to access information upsets a lot of people. But what people forget is that user agreement before the little “I Agree” checkbox, actually states that companies have the right, in extreme situations to access user content.

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Anthony Amado Chimes in About March Madness

Bergen County, NJ -03/21/2014

It’s March and that can only mean one thing. Okay, two, St. Patrick’s Day and basketball. For sports fans, the second best thing to the Super Bowl is the NCAA basketball tournament, otherwise known as March Madness. For Anthony Amado and other sports fans, it’s away to enjoy the excitement of the tournament and be involved.

Part of the fun for fans is the brackets. Fans can simply print out an empty bracket and fill in which teams he or she thinks will win, all the way down to the championship game. There are contests, bets, ands prizes for those who predict the winner.

“The filling out of brackets, watching the game, the food, as all become a tradition for me and my friends”. Says Anthony Amado of New Jersey. “It’s a way to kick back and enjoy the games together”.

Even President Barack Obama gets in on the fun. Obama fills out a bracket every year as well. The President was close to predicting the tournament champion a few years ago.

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Anthony Amado Talks about Finding a Doctor With An Obamacare Plan

Bergen County, NJ -03/20/2014

For a lot of people Obamacare means finally having access to reasonably priced health coverage. But for many people that coverage also means not having a choice of medical provider. Anthony Amado has heard stories of people that have to travel long distances to see a doctor that fits the plan.

Having affordable health insurance is great, but is it really a benefit to people who have to drive hours to see a doctor? What are people supposed to do in a an emergency situation if the nearest doctor on the plan is over an hour away?

Many people are finding that the penalty fee for not having insurance, is cheaper than a monthly insurance premium, so are opting to pay the fee instead. Anthony Amado from New Jersey found the online marketplace easy to navigate, but was a bit disappointed with the choices in plans. Luckily for Anthony Amado, living in a large city means having access to a doctor within the plans limitations.

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Anthony Amado Discusses the Price Hike in Amazon Prime Memberships

Bergen County, NJ -03/13/2014

Amazon Prime has announced a raise in membership prices. The price hike is only half as much as the company previously said it would be. The price was raised from $79 annually to $99 annually. For Amazon Prime customer Anthony Amado, this is a reasonable increase. “I rely on Prime for all my media, movies, TV shows, etc. And the two shipping at no extra cost when I order from Amazon is a huge bonus!” Anthony Amado said.

Officials at Amazon blamed the reason for the increase on rising fuel and shipping costs. The benefits of the membership have also increased. Amazon is now offering free shipping on 19 million items.

By increasing prices, Amazon is able to think about adding new services such as same-day delivery and expanding into new ventures, such as online grocery sales. In Los Angeles and San Francisco, Amazon offers Prime Fresh, a grocery delivery service that costs $299 a year and includes a Prime membership.

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Anthony Amado Weighs in on Missing Malaysia Flight 370

Bergen County, NJ -03/11/2014

How does a commercial airplane full of passengers just disappear? It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. Unfortunately for the families of the 239 passengers aboard the flight, it is more of a horror story. The aircraft was last seen on Sunday hundreds of miles from the regular path the plane should have been taking.

For many people, the first thought is an act of terrorism is the cause. Anthony Amado first thought this when hearing about the disappearance of the Malaysian flight. “I didn’t want to jump to the conclusion, but with the way the world is right now, it is hard not to think of that scenario first”, said Anthony Amado.

CIA, International officials and the Malaysian government have no reason to suspect terrorism, but at this point aren’t ruling anything out. The focus right now is combing hundreds of miles of land and sea, searching for any sign of the missing flight.

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Anthony Amado Talks about the Importance of “Unplugging”

Bergen County, NJ -03/10/2014

E-mail, text messages, video chat, social media and more. The more technology evolves, the more and more second nature it becomes for people to always be connected. Those in the business world are pushing back though. People like Anthony Amado are realizing the importance of “unplugging” and getting away from all of the technology at times.

For busy people with a lot of responsibility like Anthony Amado, being connected to everything by a smartphone is very important. But it can be very distracting. Having access to e-mail, social media, texts and phone calls at any moment, also means being available to others at any moment. For Anthony Amado that can often mean getting interrupted during “off the clock” time.

Many high level CEO’s are finding the importance and the benefit of taking time to “unplug” from technology. To be a successful businessperson means to have time to develop new ideas. Unplugging allows people that time away from distractions to actually get work done, instead of always just taking care of what is happening at that moment.

“Unplugging” is also important for a person’s sanity. People need time away from a screen to rejuvenate, spend time with family and friends and just be present. Technology is amazing, but there is great importance in stepping away and pressing “ignore” or “silent” once and while.

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Anthony Amado Talks about The Need for a Minimum Wage Increase

Bergen County, NJ -03/07/2014

More and more people are living off of minimum wage these days. Needing to survive, most of those people also rely on government aid such as food stamps, WIC and housing allowances. An increase in the federal minimum wage could do so much more than just put more money in people’s pockets.

As someone who volunteers in the community, New Jersey resident Anthony Amado has seen first hand what life is like for people living on minimum wage jobs. “I’ve served food for people who have to eat at a soup kitchen to get by, I’ve put change in the cups people are holding on the streets”, Anthony Amado said.

Raising the minimum wage would mean that some people could get off of government programs, which would mean less money would need to go into government programs. It would mean people would have more money to spend, which would help stimulate local economies.

Having more money would also mean less stress for someone people, which would potentially lower medical costs, crime rates and other situations that are a result of stress. Overall, a raise in the federal minimum wage would do more good than bad for this country.

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Anthony Amado Weighs in on Medical Marijuana

Bergen County, NJ -03/06/2014

Things are changing, big time. 20 U.S. states now allow marijuana to be sold and used for medicinal purposes. Two states allow the sale and use of marijuana recreationally. More and more states are talking about allowing it for medicinal or recreational use. Those advocating for looser restrictions seem to be in the majority and have the advantage currently.

The marijuana debate brings up many questions and people stand on all sides of the issue. New Jersey resident Anthony Amado thinks that it should be left up to states to decide to how to handle the substance.

“There is obvious research that points to the medical benefits of marijuana. I think states should have the right to choose how to handle the substance.” Amado stated.

“A lot of people just began to relax and see the sky’s not going to fall. All we’re doing is moving a booming market from the underground to the legal world,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance.

The federal government is also seeing growing pressure to change the classification of the drug from Schedule 1 controlled substance. But there is also plenty of backlash to be found on that topic as well.

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Anthony Amado Weighs In on NFL Extra Point Kick Discussions

Bergen County, NJ -03/05/2014

The NFL Competition Committee has been discussing changing the distance of the extra point kick. The committee is talking about placing the ball at the 25-yard line, instead of the 2-yard line. That change would make the extra point attempt a 42-yard attempt.

Avid sports fan Anthony Amado isn’t quite sure what to think about the topic. “Increasing the distance of the extra point kick would add a new dynamic to the game. I’m not sure if that would be a good dynamic or not” Amado said.

According to a committee member of the 1,267 extra points kicked last season, only 5 missed the target. The league doesn’t want to give points away. The idea is definitely still only in the theoretical stage.

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