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first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaIf your holiday shopping list includes electronic devices or appliances, don’t be tricked into buying extended warranties for them, says a University of Georgia expert. The added expense rarely pays off. “More often than not, you should just say no to these expensive add-ons,” said Michael Rupured, a consumer financial expert with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Profit margins are as high as 70 percent for extended warranties compared with about 10 percent for the products they cover. In a down economy, the profit margin on the products is even less.”Depending on the product, a warranty for three years will cost between $60 and $300. This is an unnecessary cost because most appliances, audio-visual equipment and computers reliably work for years, he said. Fewer than 10 percent of camcorders, electric ranges, dishwashers and top-freezer refrigerators required any repairs in their first three years, according to an annual survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. Even among items more likely to need repairs in the first three years, such as a projection television, the average repair costs the same as the extended warranty. High profit margins for warranties mean aggressive marketing from the retailers, he said. As an incentive to sell more warranties, many retailers offer commissions for employees and at a much higher rate than the product itself. But, there are exceptions. “An extended warranty may be worth the money for treadmills that have a standard warranty of less than two years on parts and one year on labor,” he said. “It might also be worthwhile to buy an additional year or two extension of the standard one-year warranty for laptop computers.”But more often than not, he said, you should just say no to extended warranties. “The money you save will generally be enough to cover the cost of any repairs not covered by the factory warranty.”(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgQuite arguably the best junior featherweight in the world returns to the ring on Saturday, July 13 when Rey Vargas puts his WBC title on the line against Tomoki Kameda at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., live and exclusively on DAZN.Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs) looks to defend the championship for the fifth time after capturing the vacant strap against Gavin McDonnell in February 2017. Most recently, Vargas beat Franklin Manzanilla in February by unanimous decision.  Rey Vargas record and bioName: Rey VargasNationality: MexicanBorn: November 25, 1990Height: 5-7 ½ Reach: 70 ½ inches  Total fights: 33Record: 33-0 with 22 knockoutsTomoki Kameda record and bioName: Tomoki KamedaNationality: JapaneseBorn: July 12, 1990Height: 5-7 ½ Reach: 67 inches  Total fights: 38Record: 36-2 with 20 knockoutsVargas vs. Kameda fight cardMatchupClassBeltRey Vargas vs. Tomoki KamedaJr. FeatherweightWBCDiego De La Hoya vs. Ronny RiosJr. Featherweight…Joet Gonzalez vs. Manuel AvilaFeatherweight…Eduardo Hernandez vs. Roger GutierrezJr. Lightweight…Alexis Rocha vs. Berlin AbreuWelterweight…Ruslan Madiyev vs TBAJr. Welterweight…Jousce Gonzalez vs. Jorge PadronLightweight…Jonathan Esquivel vs. Gregory ClarkSuper Middleweight… Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs), the former WBO bantamweight champion, comes into this weekend’s affair on a tear, having won five consecutive fights. The 27-year-old earned a crack at Vargas by defeating Abigail Medina by unanimous decision in November. Watch Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kamada on July 13 on DAZNCan Vargas continue his run and put himself into a position for bigger fights on the horizon? Or will Kameda make the trek from Japan and spoil Vargas’ plans?Here’s a complete guide to the Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda fight — which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view — along with updated betting odds, who’s on the undercard and more.What time is the Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda fight?Undercard: 7:00 p.m. ETMain card: 9 p.m. ETMain event: 11 p.m. ET (approximate)The undercard for Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kamada will start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 13. Vargas and Kameda are expected to make their ring walks at about 11 p.m. ET. How to watch, live stream Vargas vs. Kameda?The Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view. Instead, fans in North America can watch the fight by streaming on DAZN.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.MORE ABOUT DAZN•  Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service•  What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?•  How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does Vargas vs. Kameda fight cost?A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan. Where is Vargas vs. Kameda taking place?Rey Vargas and Tomoki Kameda will fight at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., marking the second time Vargas fights at the venue while Kameda makes his debut at the arena.Watch Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kamada on July 13 on DAZNlast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa faced a shortage of nurses prior to COVID-19 and now there’s fear of a deepening demand for those health care professionals as the pandemic may bring more rapid burnout.Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation, says a new national well-being initiative targets only nurses, of which there are about 60,000 in Iowa. “Even before this pandemic, nurses were under extraordinary stress,” Judge says, “and now we have some tools that are specifically designed for nurses, by nurses, that can help them and they’re all free.”The initiative allows nurses to pick what types of services they may need when they need it, using the website NursingWorld.org. “We have something that allows people to do some writing and journaling, if that’s for them,” Judge says. “We have peer-to-peer where people can call in and talk about all the issues that affect them. What we’re hearing from nurses is, it’s not just talking about what’s happening in their clinical environment. They’re talking about their work, their career, their family, life balance.”There’s one-on-one talk therapy available and even an app that enables nurses to track their moods. Judge says there are more than 48,000 RNs and another 12,000 LPNs with active licenses in Iowa. She says it’s still unclear how coronavirus will impact their numbers.“We’re concerned that the pandemic will decrease the number of nurses wanting to stay in nursing,” Judge says. “They’ve been in a position where their safety has been a concern, their families’ safety has been a concern. We’re also seeing some positive things where people are responding and saying, ‘I want to be on the front lines.’”Prior to the pandemic, a study found burnout among nurses was at an all-time high, with an estimated 63% of nurses exhibiting symptoms including job-induced stress, anxiety and depression. The American Nurses Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, with the mission to “transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.”last_img read more