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Stadium Food Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns

Stadium Food Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 14 of the NFL season has us reeling. We are six and three, and have taken losses because of some rather unexpected wins — in football terms, not just in food. The Rams pulled out a win over San Francisco, Detroit beat the Vikings back in week 10, and the Patriots won over the Jets in week 12, although that one may not have been so shocking. This week, one of our matchups features the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns, so let's see who takes the gastronomical win.

Cleveland Browns Stadium, home of the, ahem, Cleveland Browns, sits in Cleveland, Ohio, on the very same spot as all the Browns' stadiums have, dating back to the Browns’ formation in 1946. The stadium features a Kentucky Bluegrass irrigated field with an underground heating system, and a seating capacity of more than 73,000. Sportservice runs concessions offerings, with 30 permanent concessions stands, 70 portables, and 10 vending commissaries throughout the stadium. Now let’s see what the vendors have to boast about.

Classic Reuben Sandwich at Cleveland Brown Stadium. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.

Unique/Popular Items
Unique items at the stadium include the Walleye Bites, fresh water walleye pieces that are lightly breaded and fried, served with waffle fries; the Food Network Bacon Sloppy Joe; the Polish Boy with Coleslaw, a polish sausage with coleslaw and barbecue dipping sauce on a sub bun; Chomps Chips, sweet potato waffle fries with brown sugar dipping sauce; barbecue nachos with barbecue pulled pork, cheese, salsa, and jalapeños; specialty fries topped with bacon, chili, and cheese; Bavarian pretzel rods with beer cheese; classic Reuben sandwiches featuring corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, and a side pickle; and the Food Network Buffalo Mac and Cheese.

Walleye bites at Cleveland Brown Stadium. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.

The most popular stadium items include quarter-pound all-beef hot dogs with stadium mustard, a mildly spicy brown mustard and a Cleveland original — served for more than 50 years in previous Browns stadiums. Other popular options include nachos topped with cheese, jalapeños and salsa; chicken tenders with all white-meat chicken; Quaker Steak & Lube wings (in boned and boneless versions), tossed in Louisiana Lickers, medium, or barbecue sauce, with a side of ranch or blue cheese dip; Quaker Steak & Lube onion rings; Quaker Steak & Lube beer cheese fries; and the Hoosier Daddy BBQ Roast Beef Sandwich, with Hoosier Daddy Sweet and Sassy Sauce on a dusted Kaiser bun.

The stadium also offers kids' meals, offering either a small hot dog or Smuckers Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chips and a small soda.

Cleveland Brown Stadium's Chomps Chips. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.

Healthy/Allergy-Friendly Options
Healthier stadium options include the grilled chicken salad with romaine lettuce, cheese, red onion, grape tomatoes, and carrots; the chicken Caesar wrap with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing, and a garlic herb wrap; the smoked turkey breast sandwich, with Cheddar cheese, whole-grain bread, and a side pickle; and the quarter-pound vegetarian burger, served with your choice of toppings. Gluten-free items at the stadium include gluten-free hot dogs and buns, Red Bridge gluten-free beer, grilled chicken salad, Riceworks snacks, red Twizzlers, Cracker Jack, and peanuts.

Chiefs schedule 2021: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

The Chiefs will again be strong AFC title favorites when they navigate through their 2021 NFL schedule. Kansas City, runner-up in Super Bowl 55 to Tampa Bay after winning Super Bowl 54 over San Francisco, is coming off a 14-2 season, its best record to date under coach Andy Reid.

Since Reid has led the team, the Chiefs have made the playoffs in seven of eight seasons. They have won the AFC West five consecutive times.

There’s every expectation, with Patrick Mahomes giving them a high floor, the Chiefs will stay in first place, with the Chargers being their closest challengers. Here is a complete breakdown of the Chiefs’ 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.

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We are approaching Week 6 of the NFL season and the league is full of drama. We have key players injured, coaches coming under fire and The National Anthem is still a leading headline.

This past weekend Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt both were injured and look like they may be out for the remainder of the season. OBJ suffered a broken ankle while Watt suffered a fracture in his left leg.

Mitchell Trubisky made his first start for the Chicago Bears and the team still looks like the Chicago Bears. “Big” Ben Roethlisberger made a comment about “not having it anymore” after he threw five interceptions in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster found himself all over the Internet as he was seen in a video snorting a white substance stating that he was about to go to a team meeting.

As players continue to use their right to protest during The National Anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared that any player who decides to not stand for the Anthem will not play, with no exceptions. United States Vice President Mike Pence reportedly left the game early between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers after noting that several players were not standing for The National Anthem.

Keep checking in as the story continues on and off of the gridiron, for now let’s get to the rankings.

The Chiefs look like a well-oiled machine as they continue to put up numbers and exciting plays around early MVP favorite, QB Alex Smith.

Aaron Rodgers did it to the Dallas Cowboys again! His late game heroics propel the Packers to the top of the NFC North.

Carson Wentz has taken control of this offense as the Eagles have won three games in a row. Philly’s offense is becoming one of the best in the league.

After coming under scrutiny for some sexist comments that he made last week, Cam Newton put his focus on the Detroit Lions. He threw three touchdowns with 335 yards in the air in the win.

Atlanta had a bye this week but will look to get back in the mix as they host the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

The Broncos also were on break this week. They will host the winless New York Giants this week on Sunday night football.

The Patriots were able to hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without the use of standout tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots defense stepped up in this game, Bucs kicker Nick Folk helped out a lot too.

The Seahawks’ defense threw water on the red hot Los Angeles Rams offense, holding them to just ten points. Now if they can get the offense started, they might be a contender again.

This Jacksonville defense just gets better and better. The offense is getting their legs under them behind rookie Leonard Fournette, as he ran for 181 yards and two TDs.

You would expect the Ravens to take care of business against the Raiders without Derek Carr. It looks like Baltimore was able to get some things going offensively, let’s see if it continues.

The Jets are surprising many with this winning record. They defeated a terrible Cleveland Browns team this past week and the test comes next week against New England.

Minnesota makes the switch to go with QB Case Keenum and gets the win over the Chicago Bears. To be real contenders the Vikings are going to have to find a fill in for injured rookie running back Dalvin Cook.

The Lions couldn’t get the running game going in their loss to the Carolina Panthers. Keep an eye out for quarterback Matt Stafford, he is starting to take some hits.

The Bills could not take advantage of the Bengals turnovers and lost as a result. Tyrod Taylor was sacked six times in this game. Buffalo has a bye week coming up.

The Rams’ offense is going to have to find consistency if they are going to be taken seriously. Both Todd Gurley and Jared Goff have to protect the football.

There is a lot going on with the Steelers, it seems like something new every week. One thing is certain, you will never win when your QB throws five interceptions.

Washington was resting this past week, they will host the winless San Francisco 49ers coming up.

The Saints relaxed this past week with a bye and they will host a banged up Matt Stafford and Detroit Lions this coming Sunday.

The Tampa offense couldn’t get going against the Patriots as they continue to struggle to find chemistry.

Jay Cutler persevered through Miami fans booing him to throw the winning touchdown. He will have to continue to win if he wants to keep his job.

The Bengals put the ball in the hands of A.J. Green and it resulted in a win over the Buffalo Bills and now they get a chance to rest during a bye week.

The Colts took care of business defeating a winless San Francisco 49ers. Without Andrew Luck, this team will continue to be below average.

The Cowboys fell victim to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers again. Has the off field issues gotten to Ezekiel Elliott and as a result hurt the Cowboys production?

The Texans are finding a groove on offense but the J.J. Watt injury is going to hurt on the defensive end.

The Cardinals have traded to get running back Adrian Peterson but will it help if their offensive line is still bad?

The Raiders hope to get Derek Carr back this week and hopefully that will get them back on track after losing three in a row.

The Titans are hopeful that they will get Marcus Mariota and Taylor Lewan back this week, hopefully that will jumpstart the offense.

The Chargers ended a nine game losing streak in a win over the New York Giants.

The Bears had the win in their grasp and then the rookie QB Mitchell Trubiski threw an interception to put the Minnesota Vikings in position to grab the victory.

Someone tell the Giants that the season has started. With all of their injuries I don’t see a win anytime soon.

The 49ers just don’t have the pieces for Kyle Shanahan’s offense to work.

Browns’ head coach Hue Jackson will be looking for anything to provide a spark in his team before the flame starts in his seat.

Chiefs strength of schedule

The Chiefs’ opponents had a combined winning percentage of .511 (138-132-2) last season. That ties them for 11th-toughest with the Seahawks.

Just in the AFC, they draw five playoff teams from last season, inlcuding the Steelers, Ravens and Browns from the NFC North. The NFC’s Packers and Washington add two more. The NFC East should be better, too, with the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles improved in different ways. The rest of the AFC West is weak in relation to all of that.

Toughest tests: The Packers, Bills and Browns all will present major home challenges in Arrowhead Stadium. Buffalo and Cleveland were Kansas City’s two most recent AFC playoff opponents in the same venue. Dallas, with its offense, and Pittsburgh, with its defense, also visit, giving the Chiefs’ few walkovers.

The Chiefs’ road schedule is stamped by the Titans and Ravens and features three East Coast trips.

Biggest breaks: The Chiefs don’t have many, but they should take advantage of the Giants, Eagles and Washington. They also should feel most confident about once again sweeping the Raiders and Broncos, teams Mahomes owns.

Bottom line: The Chiefs will be unfazed by this loaded slate. Mahomes will keep the offense humming, and they also kept defensive strengths wiith fewer weaknesses. Mahomes remains the main attraction in the NFL, and there will be plenty of fun dueling partners for him, including Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow.

The Chiefs will slide a little based on schedule alone, but they sitll will be well positioned to repeat as the AFC’s No. 1 seed after easily extending their division run.

NFL way-too-early Power Rankings: Chiefs are favored for Super Bowl LVI, but should they be?

Many people used the word “unstoppable” when it came to the 2020 Kansas City Chiefs.

Then the Super Bowl happened, and their aura of invincibility was shattered.

Behind an offensive line decimated by injuries, Patrick Mahomes ran for his life. Tyreek Hill was a non-factor. Kansas City suddenly couldn’t do anything on offense. They didn’t even get in the end zone, only the third Super Bowl team of 110 to fail to score a touchdown (joining the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and Rams in Super Bowl LIII).

For that Chiefs offense to join the list was shocking. We had been building up Mahomes as the perfect quarterback and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made him struggle like we haven’t seen before (the struggles were not all his fault, of course).

Does that mean anything going forward? Are the Chiefs suddenly vulnerable?

There’s an argument to be made that the Chiefs are and were a little overrated. Kansas City lived off one-score wins in the second half of the season, which isn’t sustainable and not the sign of a dominant team. From Nov. 1 to the AFC championship game on Jan. 24, the Chiefs didn’t win a game by more than 6 points or cover the point spread in any game. The Chiefs were just sixth in Football Outsiders’ final regular-season DVOA rankings. Kansas City was obviously good, but not the unbeatable team that many said it was. And now they have the Super Bowl hangover that seems to affect every losing team.

Still, ultimately there’s no great reason to believe the Chiefs won’t bounce right back and be contenders again.

Kansas City doesn’t have the cap flexibility to do much this offseason, but their core is not showing signs of slowing down, the offensive line won’t be as unlucky with injuries next season and the defense is improving thanks to some smart draft picks. The Chiefs are the favorite to win Super Bowl LVI, and that seems right. If there’s one team to feel confident in, it’s the one that is 44-10 in Mahomes’ starts counting playoffs.

The Chiefs will be back. They’re not unbeatable, mostly because no NFL team is. But one bad day shouldn’t totally derail what was looking like a potential dynasty.

Here are the way-too-early NFL power rankings for the 2021 season, with last year’s record and then their current Super Bowl LVI odds at BetMGM (+2500 odds means that team is 25-to-1, and a $100 bet would result in a $2,500 win). These rankings will change in major ways of course consider it a first snapshot at your team going into the offseason:

The 2021 Texans with Deshaun Watson will be really, really bad. The 2021 Texans without Deshaun Watson could be one of the worst teams we’ve ever seen. It’s amazing how that franchise is careening off a cliff.

Dan Campbell’s over-the-top enthusiasm will either be celebrated or the cause of many jokes. A shrewd trade, sending Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff and a bunch of draft picks, should plot the Lions’ course for the next few years. Detroit won’t be good in 2021 but a long-term plan seems to be taking hold.

30. New York Jets (2-14, +8000)

The Jets are one of the few realistic suitors for Deshaun Watson, and landing him would change the entire franchise trajectory. It is already looking up with the coaching change from Adam Gase to the respected Robert Saleh and an anticipated upgrade at quarterback whether it’s Watson or the second pick of the draft.

Not only is this the offseason the Jaguars get to land Trevor Lawrence, the current salary-cap estimates from Spotrac have Jacksonville with the most cap space in the NFL. The NFL is fickle and fortunes can change in a hurry. The Jaguars can become good very quickly. They will be very interesting to watch before next season.

Two things matter for the 2021 Bengals, and they are related: Is Joe Burrow healthy after tearing his ACL, and can the Bengals fix their offensive line to protect him better?

Saquon Barkley told the AP he’s “doing really well in rehab” after an ACL tear, which should put him on track to be ready for the Giants’ opener. That’s the biggest addition the Giants could possibly make this offseason.

If the Eagles can get a reasonable return for Carson Wentz, it makes sense to do that and start over with Jalen Hurts, who looked good late last season and is much cheaper. It seems like a team that needs a shakeup beyond the head coach.

It’s not like winning the 2020 NFC East was the most impressive accomplishment in franchise history, but it was an accomplishment and helps establish Ron Rivera’s new culture. Anyone who says it would have been better to not win the division and get a better draft pick is just wrong. Winning is good. Playoff appearances are good. Washington still has a ton of work to do, but they should feel great about having Rivera to lead the franchise forward.

Arthur Smith, who was the offensive coordinator with the Titans, was an intriguing hire to be Atlanta’s new head coach. The Falcons don’t have a Derrick Henry to carry the play-action heavy offense Smith ran in Tennessee, but there are a lot of pieces to have a great offense.

George Paton takes over the GM role from John Elway, which means the Broncos’ half-hearted approach of fixing the quarterback situation could change. They should be in on the Deshaun Watson talks, but it’s hard to figure out how they could beat some other teams in that mix. If that doesn’t work, Denver needs to figure out a real solution, not just overpaying for the next Case Keenum or Joe Flacco band-aid.

The Panthers’ pursuit of Matthew Stafford was unsuccessful, but it makes Carolina an interesting team in the quarterback carousel. Teddy Bridgewater ended up being an underwhelming starter. The Panthers could go into another season with him, but it will be curious what they do to get a future upgrade.

The draft pick of Justin Jefferson was the highlight of Minnesota’s 2020. To get a superstar that late in the first round is a game-changer. The Vikings still have a long way to go and it’s hard to build around a receiver, but Jefferson will be part of Minnesota’s foundation for a long time.

Maybe the Bears land Carson Wentz, and that would be a reasonable gamble if the price isn’t too steep. But anyone in trade talks with the Bears must understand that the Ryan Pace-Matt Nagy combo is on the hot seat and it’s not like they have the job security to care about how much it will cost to land a quarterback.

By coincidence or design, Tom Brady got out of New England at the right time. Their talent level just isn’t good enough right now after missing on too many draft picks (New England was also hit harder than any other team by opt-outs). Because Brady went on to win a title it looks like Bill Belichick is the loser in the unnecessary debate over which one was more responsible for the Pats dynasty, but it’s hard to believe even Brady could have done all that much with the 2020 roster.

The Raiders were in a great position to make the playoffs. They played very well against the tough part of their schedule and should have cruised after that. For a second straight year, they collapsed late. It was a big disappointment and takes away a lot of the momentum Las Vegas should have had this offseason.

Falling flat and failing to make the playoffs was a tough blow. Still, progress was made. The third year for the Kliff Kingsbury era will be telling, with some Cardinals fans already getting antsy about the coach’s mistakes.

Reports say the Cowboys aren’t letting Dak Prescott go, even if it means a second franchise tag at almost $38 million. It’s a big bet that Prescott will be fully healthy, and also continue to progress as a player. Prescott will need to be a top-five quarterback to justify the expected cost. He can be that, but it’s riskier after his injury.

If nothing else, we’re going to find out about Tua Tagovailoa’s mental toughness. To hear some of the criticisms of him, it’s already determined he’s not a great quarterback. He wasn’t as good as Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow, but most rookie quarterbacks aren’t. Being mentioned in trade rumors involving Deshaun Watson can’t help his confidence. If Tagovailoa is still the Dolphins’ quarterback, they’ll have to work on building him up.

The assumption is that Drew Brees will retire and Jameis Winston will become the starter. And regardless of how that turns out, that will make Saints games must-watch TV.

The Chargers are in an exciting position thanks to Justin Herbert. They are projected to have the seventh-most cap space in the NFL. They already have many talented players and can add many more, including with the 13th overall pick. Excluding any teams that could be in the quarterback carousel, this could be the team that wins the offseason.

The Colts have managed the salary cap very well and are projected to have the third-most cap space, not too far behind the Jets and Jaguars. The problem might be that they have a ton of cap space and no decent quarterback to spend it on.

The 49ers will be happier than anyone to turn the page on this season. The big offseason question is whether Jimmy Garoppolo comes back at his $24.1 million base salary for 2021, or the 49ers find a better option.

Titans first-round pick Isaiah Wilson, through one year, looks like the worst pick of the 2020 draft. He played only four snaps, was charged with DUI in September and was suspended by the team in December. Mike Vrabel couldn’t even comment on Wilson’s future with the team.

It seems like Ben Roethlisberger will be back, on a restructured contract. Roethlisberger will have to play better than he did at times during the Steelers’ slide, and while it’s tough to expect that at age 39, it’s still the Steelers’ best option for 2021.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s future will be a big topic this offseason. The Browns really didn’t miss him after his injury. Beckham won’t be in demand like he was when the Giants traded him to Cleveland, especially considering his ACL injury. But if the Browns want to move on, they should be able to find a trade partner.

Former Rams assistant Shane Waldron becomes an integral part of Russell Wilson’s career. Waldron takes over as Seattle’s offensive coordinator. While Pete Carroll will always want to run the ball more, perhaps Waldron can figure out a way to build an offense that makes the most of its Hall of Fame quarterback.

Matthew Stafford is a fine quarterback. But he has never been great. The reaction to the enormous trade with the Lions was that the Rams had a massive upgrade at quarterback, but is that the case? Stafford is better than Jared Goff, but the Rams paid up like Stafford was a top-five option. He never has been that during his career, and the Rams are betting that’s all the Lions’ fault.

Receiver Marquise Brown’s strong finish, after a mostly disappointing 2020, is a good sign. The Ravens still need to get Lamar Jackson at least one more impact receiver, but they should have the cap space to do so.

The drafting of A.J. Dillon in the second round would seem to indicate the Packers were planning for life after Aaron Jones. Jones is a talented player, but drafting a back in the second and then signing Jones to a big contract anyway wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

Josh Allen becomes eligible to sign a big long-term extension. It’s hard to win a Super Bowl with one player taking up a big chunk of the salary cap, and the Bills are going to have to deal with that challenge now.

Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David are free agents, but the Buccaneers are in good shape when it comes to the cap. If they can retain those two and maybe others like Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh, there’s no reason to believe Tampa Bay can’t make a run at a second straight title.

Yes, they looked bad in Super Bowl LV. But this is still the safest bet in the NFL.

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Netflix’s ‘Special’: Gay Sex on TV Has Never Been This Good—Or Important!

Beth Dubber/NetflixThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.Special is one of those TV series that is “important,” which sounds so insufferable and pretentious—especially because the Netflix show, which returned for season two this week, is anything but that. But it’s also one of those series that is doing important storytelling—that word again. gross. —in so many different ways that focusing on just one does a disservice to the others.The comedy is created by and stars Ryan O’Connell, a comedy writer in Los Angeles who gained fame and critical attention with the release of his memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, about his experience as a millennial gay man living with cerebal palsy.The series has essentially the same logline. It chronicles his attempts at dating and having a sex life, his possibly codependent relationship with his mother (Jessica Hecht), and his attempts to accept the ways in which his life is and isn’t defined by his cerebral palsy.That dumb word again: It’s important because of the spotlight it gives to the disabled community, with a moving and insightful storyline in season two featuring a disabled support group. Their vibrant lives make Ryan interrogate the ways his worries about other people’s comfort around his existence have robbed him of his own comfort and happiness.A lot of space is given to his mother’s storyline, exploring how a caretaker’s life is impacted by that duty and calling, and what happens when those services are no longer needed. Ryan’s best friend, Kim (Punam Patel) who, for all these wordy explanations about thematic importance, it must be said is hilarious, considers the ways in which conversations about body positivity have triggered her own feelings about self-worth.Then there’s the sex.Special may be the most insightful series there has been about gay sex and dating, which one might not expect based on its sunny branding and the assumption that you’ll be watching inspiration porn. While not exactly porn of the other kind, its sex scenes are realistic, occasionally graphic and certainly sexy. But in that realism, they may even be educational.And that’s just not in how they reveal the mechanics of gay sex, perhaps to some straight viewers for the first time. But they also show how gay sexual relationships are navigated, the pressures and expectations, the negotiations, the anxieties, as well as the pleasures. Because of Ryan’s cerebral palsy, all those considerations are more complicated.In an interview with The Huffington Post, O’Connell said, “I want gay sex and Special to be synonymous. I want my show to be known for topping, bottoming, top anxiety, lube―all those things. I want to take the mystery and shame out of gay sex by depicting it as I’ve experienced it: erotic, humiliating, empowering, funny and intense, all within the same thrust.”It’s also refreshing that the series, in its concerted effort to skirt, again, these ideas of “inspiration porn,” allows its gay characters including Ryan to be toxic. Gays no longer have to be model citizens on TV in order to be enjoyed or interesting. How nice!Season two sees Ryan brave the waters of dating someone (named Tanner) in an open relationship, a depiction of queer non-monogamy that, while common in the real world, is rare on TV. Tanner is played by excellent new cast member Max Jenkins, whose performance alongside Heléne Yorke on High Maintenance is a master class of chaotic comedy acting.Tanner and Ryan are so cute together, but also so wrong for each other. You root for them and you boo them. It’s blurred lines in a series with themes—disability, homosexuality, codependence—that are typically on told in bold, unequivocal terms. It’s messy and it’s funny and sometimes painful. Which is to say, it’s real. Special was nominated for four Emmys for its first season, including nominations for O’Connell, Hecht, and Patel. (Taking advantage of eligibility quirks, it was submitted as a short-form series.) It’s clearly gotten notice. But it would be nice for its reach to expand even more in season two.It’s a series that takes topics so often reduced into one acceptable way to talk about them. If it’s still rare for gay character to be given a full life—the good, bad, and ugly—on TV, then it’s almost nonexistent for disabled characters. A gay and disabled character? Forget about it.But what I appreciate about the show is that, while it’s about all those things, it’s also not about those things at all. It’s a slice of life for an interesting character who is surrounded by interesting people whose own interesting lives are explored, irrespective of those identifying qualities, traits, or perceived marginalizations or limitations.To stress again, it’s very funny, too. You could say—and sorry/not sorry for the incredibly corny observation that’s about to follow—it’s special. Most of you only watch truly horrible content on Netflix. I know you do. Maybe watch something good instead.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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Michael Cohen Went Down First—but This Trump Crony Should Be Next

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty“The Trump Organization, which is neither organized nor a big business organization, always struck me as an oxymoron,” half-jokes Tim O’Brien, a senior columnist at Bloomberg, to Molly Jong-Fast, host of The New Abnormal.But with the announcement from New York Attorney General Letitia James that she’s joining forces with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance on a criminal investigation into the organization, name semantics is the least of the leadership’s problems.Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. To listen to our weekly members-only bonus episodes, join Beast Inside here. Already a member? You can listen here and sign up for new episode email alerts here.“They’re all going to start to have to figure out ‘Is it worth it to continue to throw our lot in with Donald or to find our own lawyers and protect ourselves,” says O’Brien. “A prison term is a pretty ugly outcome, and money doesn’t really keep people from avoiding that.”Seriously, though, Molly wants to know: Could Trump go to jail? Well, yes and no, as O’Brien explains in the latest episode of The New Abnormal.However, it’s not just Trump on their radar—Allen Weisselberg seems to be as well. “If Weisselberg knows everything he’s been there for since the mid-’70s and if he flips and has records and evidence and tape recordings, anything like that, that shows Trump had knowledge of anything these people think is criminal, it will get tricky for Trump,” O’Brien says.Republicans Are Trying to Steal Your Vote, and Dems Are Snoozing Through ItThen, senior politics editor Matt Fuller comes back on the show and reveals how painfully clear it is that the GOP has no idea how to talk about Jan. 6, and Daily Beast gender reporter Emily Shugerman breaks down Texas’ latest abortion ban, which includes suing people who help the women who get them.Plus! Andy Levy joins as co-host for the episode and talks about how little McCarthy cares about poor kids, why Andrew Giuliani is the most pointless failson of all the failsons (even Don Jr.), and whether Matthew McConaughey could stand a chance against “heartless embryo” Gov. Greg Abbott.Listen to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, and Stitcher.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Fight Between Progressives and Biden on Israel Just Starting

Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIsrael has finally agreed to a cease-fire, but this month’s violence has sparked a standoff between congressional liberals and President Joe Biden that is just getting started.On Thursday, after an 11-day military campaign, the Israeli Security Cabinet approved a cease-fire after increasing pressure from the international community and, eventually, Biden.But Biden didn’t start out there. At the beginning of the week, the president made it clear he wasn’t calling for a cease-fire so much as saying he’d support one, if Israel reached that decision. Biden blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution three times calling for a cease-fire, and he repeatedly said he supports Israel’s “right to defend itself.”When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about some of the criticism the administration has fielded from lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Psaki was emphatic that political pressure from progressives wouldn’t affect Biden’s decision-making.“The president doesn't see this through the prism of domestic politics,” Psaki said.Perhaps not. But Biden’s support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has put a number of Biden’s Democratic allies in an awkward position. They want to support the president. But many progressives are increasingly uncomfortable with the new administration’s accommodation of Israel’s more bellicose tendencies—and the latest burst of conflict, these lawmakers say, has opened up space for them to reexamine all the ways in which Congress has backed Israel.“There is more and more interest in conditioning aid to Israel, given what's been happening,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “Whether or not that happens this year, that would be a tectonic shift right now.”“This is a serious crisis, and I think the President had an opportunity to reset the dial from the last administration's relationship with Israel,” Jayapal continued, labeling Biden’s decision to block United Nations Security Council calls for a cease-fire “unacceptable.”Over the course of the week, Biden did get sterner with Israel, as the country continued its bombing campaign of Palestinian territories. By Wednesday, Biden finally did call for a cease-fire. But by the time Israel finally announced an end to its missile strikes, more than 200 Palestinians were dead, including 63 children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, and 58,000 Palestinians had been displaced. Meanwhile, 12 Israelis have died from Hamas missile attacks and civil unrest.Jayapal, for one, was unimpressed with Biden’s changing tone, telling The Daily Beast that Biden’s eventual decision to call for a cease-fire was “too little, too late.”That kind of talk has been rare in recent decades, when a consensus of automatic support for Israel dominated the Democratic Party. The fact that this dialogue is happening now reflects a leftward shift within the party on Israel—and a rightward shift within Israel that has alienated many Democrats. Netanyahu, for his part, has all but buried the idea of a two-state solution in the Middle East, and done all he could to elect Republican candidates in America. Meanwhile, movements like Black Lives Matter and leftwing stars like Bernie Sanders have helped push progressive sympathies toward the Palestinian side.In the eyes of many on Capitol Hill, however, Biden has remained as loyal as ever to Israel. During his 36 years in the U.S. Senate, he forged close ties with Israeli leaders as the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. He’s called Netanyahu his friend for more than 30 years.The president, one progressive aide told The Daily Beast, is seen as to the right of even the Senate’s two most pro-Israel Democrats—Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the current chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.But thanks to the outrage over Israel’s actions—civilian casualties, leveled refugee camps, destroyed medical facilities—as well as the sense that Biden won’t act the way progressive lawmakers want without significant pressure, congressional Democrats are taking inventory of all the different ways they might use their power to shift U.S. policy.One is funding—the key power that Congress retains. Traditionally, both parties have supported generous aid packages to Israel, and the notion of putting conditions on that aid has been a red line for most lawmakers. Even progressives haven’t dared cross that threshold.But on Wednesday, before the cease-fire was announced, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said the old way of handling Israel wasn’t acceptable.“We’ve got to start figuring out ways to put some pressure points,” said Pocan, a former chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “And one of those is deciding whether or not the assistance that we give—if it continues to go there with no strings attached.”The current chair of the CPC, Jayapal, was just as emphatic.“Our main leverage is around the aid that we give, and our diplomatic relations,” Jayapal said. She added that greater support for conditioning U.S. aid to Israel would represent a massive shift in the party. And though she doesn’t yet see widespread movement to that policy, she does see some.Jayapal was one of eight Democrats on Thursday who signed a letter to Biden calling for an indefinite hold on a $735 million arms sale to Israel.“We have a special obligation to scrutinize the actions of our close ally Israel, given our provision of weaponry and other military and diplomatic support to the Israeli government,” these Democrats wrote in their letter to Biden, calling the sale “antithetical to any efforts to try and de-escalate violence.”The arms sale became a flashpoint this week when news broke that the U.S. had approved the exchange to Israel and planned to move ahead with it despite the continued bombings. While lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over arms sales, do not have to be notified about these sorts of transactions, the chairman and ranking member of the committee do.In this case, Foreign Affairs chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) wasn’t notified of the sale until it came out in the media. The deal was approved months ago, but became public during the tensest point of U.S.-Israel ties in recent years.Liberal Democrats were outraged. Committee Democrats called an emergency meeting. And Meeks and Democrats on the panel decided to request that Biden delay the sale, according to Politico. Ultimately, Meeks backed down, saying he’d secured a classified briefing for members on the arms sale.But in the wake of that dust-up, leaders have confirmed to rank-and-file members on the Foreign Affairs Committee that they, too, will be notified of U.S. arms sales, according to one aide, who described it as a small, but welcome, change.Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a leading progressive on the House Armed Services Committee, said that a goal of lawmakers should be expanded enforcement of arms control laws that require the U.S. to sell weapons only if used for legitimate self-defense.“What I'm going to be pushing for, and I think others as well, is a broader enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act in all situations around the world where our aid is available, to make sure that none of it, to any country is being used knowingly to violate human rights,” Khanna said.On Thursday, Sanders said he would introduce a resolution to block the U.S. arms sale to Israel, and a House companion was introduced on Wednesday by Pocan, Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar (D-MN). The odds of success on that legislation, however, are long. Both chambers would need to vote to approve it, and then also override a likely veto from Biden—all in the brief timeframe that is required when it comes to disapproval of weapons deals. But the resolutions ensure that the arms sale will remain front-and-center in the dialogue, even after the cease-fire.Biden Tells Bibi U.S. Expects ‘Significant De-escalation Today’The public relations campaign illustrates the biggest power progressive lawmakers may have in this debate—the bully pulpit.This week, many liberal lawmakers became convinced that their rafts of letters and comments, both public and private, had pushed Biden toward a tougher line on Israel, even if it was still far from what they wanted.“He's listening,” Khanna said of Biden.Khanna brought up Biden’s impromptu and emotional exchange this week in Michigan with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a member of Congress of Palestinian descent. “Who knows what makes someone decide something,” Khanna said, “but I think it's having an impact.”And liberals are convinced that the changing politics of Israel within their party, combined with their advocacy, will have a measurable impact on Biden.“It is very clear that the political environment and debate about the Middle East here in the United States has shifted since Joe Biden was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Daily Beast. “Those shifting dynamics are going to continue to be felt in the ensuing months and years.”There are, of course, still a number of influential pro-Israel Democrats in the traditional mold. And they hold sway, even if progressives have defined the debate and key leaders have had to change their rhetoric.One of those Democrats, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), told Jewish Insider that it’s a “small group of loud voices” who were pressuring Biden, and that “the overwhelming majority of Democrats in the nation, and Democrats in Congress, are strongly supportive of Israel, of the U.S.-Israel relationship, of Israel remaining a Jewish and Democratic state.”This supposed silent majority may exist within the Democratic caucus, but even if it’s less robust than Wasserman Schultz asserts, the inertia of U.S. policy toward Israel may still mean that nothing changes.Take the issue of Iron Dome—the U.S-funded missile defense system that intercepted so many of the rockets fired into Israel over the past two weeks. Even Pocan said he has “always supported the Iron Dome… because the idea is when a missile comes in, if you take it out, no one’s been killed on either side and there's de-escalation. If you use it for that purpose, and then you still send 20 times the number of missiles back, that’s not the intention.”House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) acknowledged to The Daily Beast that there wasn’t a whole lot members of Congress could do to move Israel policy—at least not immediately.Smith oversees the sprawling defense authorization bill which sets Pentagon policies for the year. Iron Dome is always a hot-button issue. And judging by a procedural vote Republicans forced on Thursday, the political ramifications are only going to get more heated.As the House voted on an emergency supplemental for increased security after Jan. 6, Republicans introduced an amendment that would have made an additional $500 million available to Israel for the Iron Dome and various ballistic missile programs.A senior GOP aide predicted to The Daily Beast on Thursday that the House may soon vote on similar legislation, potentially even during the upcoming three-week recess, as a concession to Israel agreeing to a cease-fire.As this aide said, “cease-fires aren’t cheap.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

How America Could Be Helping COVID Ravage the World

Valery Sharifulin/GettyThe developed world isn’t just hoarding COVID vaccines. It’s hoarding the best COVID vaccines. And that has spurred some developing countries to make do with Russian and Chinese shots that aren’t as thoroughly tested or as effective as the leading jabs.This uneven distribution of the best vaccine underscores a huge and growing equity problem as the world scrambles to contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccine inequity isn’t just about quantity of shots—it’s about quality, too.If you live in North America or Western Europe, you’ve probably got fairly easy access to the most effective and trustworthy of the roughly dozen major COVID vaccines. If you live in Latin America, Africa, or South Asia—the so-called “Global South”—you’re probably in a very long line for a limited supply of vaccines. And there’s a good chance the only vaccine available to you is Russia’s Sputnik V or China’s Sinopharm or Sinovac jabs.There are some signs the Russian and Chinese vaccines work just fine. But then, there are more signs that they don’t. Some countries are eagerly snapping up all the Russian and Chinese vaccines they can. Others have rejected the jabs.A lack of reliable, accessible data only exacerbates the confusion. We really don’t know how well Sputnik V, Sinopharm, and Sinovac work.“At worst, these vaccines do not provide the protection they are expected to, particularly against increasingly prevalent variants,” Shaun Truelove, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told The Daily Beast.Here’s How America Could Actually Vaccinate the WorldIn the United States, everyone over the age of 12 is eligible for shots, and U.S. states have millions more doses than they have eligible residents.Better yet for Americans, the only vaccines the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for emergency use in the United States are also the best and most thoroughly tested jabs from Massachusetts-based Moderna, New York-based Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey.Extensive data from large-scale trials and multiple independent studies indicate that the two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are around 95-percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness. Data shows that the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is around 70-percent effective against symptomatic illness. All three vaccines are nearly 100-percent effective at preventing severe illness that could require hospitalization and result in death.The European Medicines Agency has signed off on the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well as a two-dose shot from AstraZeneca, headquartered in Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The European Union has ordered 2.6 billion doses 238 million have already been delivered—enough to vaccinate around a third of the EU’s roughly 450 million people.The United Kingdom, which left the EU in January 2020, has approved the Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines. The U.K. has ordered hundreds of millions of doses for its 67 million people. As of mid-May, the country is close to two-thirds vaccinated.Compare the high vaccination rates in the United States and Europe—especially the U.K.—with the global average. Eighty-four percent of doses administered globally by mid-March were in rich countries, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Less than 1 percent of doses were in poor countries.The vaccines available in the United States and Europe are, broadly speaking, plentiful and effective. And the regulatory structures around them are very thorough.In April, the FDA and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention briefly pulled the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a couple dozen people, out of seven million Americans who’d received the vaccine, suffered potentially serious blood clots. After 11 days of study, the agencies resumed distribution of the vaccine—albeit with a warning about the very unlikely possibility of clotting.The FDA, meanwhile, has declined to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine, owing to some irregularities in the large-scale trials of the jab. Some of the vials the company shipped for the trials last year accidentally contained only a half-dose of the then-experimental vaccine, thus corrupting the trial’s data.European regulators approved the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to reconsider last month when a small number of people who’d gotten the shot came down with blood clots—the same extremely rare problem that’s associated with the Johnson & Johnson jab. The European Medicines Agency ultimately endorsed the AstraZeneca vaccine a second time, stressing that the protection the vaccine offers outweighs any risk of complications.A Vaccine for Lots of Coronaviruses Could Be in Your FutureNow compare the thoroughness, openness and extreme caution that U.S. and European regulators have demonstrated with the rushed, secretive and seemingly reckless approach of their Russian and Chinese counterparts.With urging from the Chinese government, China’s pharmaceutical industry developed COVID vaccines at a mad sprint. State-owned pharma Sinopharm and private firm Sinovac, both based in Beijing, quickly developed two-dose vaccines using traditional “inactivated-virus” technology, which essentially injects dead virus in a person in order to stimulate their immune system.China approved its first inactivated-virus vaccine way back in June. Russia was hot on China’s heels. The government-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow modified two common adenoviruses to produce the two-dose Sputnik V vaccine. Mass-production started in August.The best Western vaccines use messenger-RNA tech that includes no actual virus, and instead delivers genetic information to a person’s immune system, teaching it how to fight the pathogen. It took time for developers to get the mRNA vaccines right. The FDA didn’t green-light a vaccine, Moderna’s mRNA jab, until December.Despite beating mRNA vaccines to market by six months, and despite being in wide circulation across the developing world, the Chinese pharmas still haven’t released their large-scale trials data. Gamaleya has been cagey with its data, too, despite having a four-month head-start on Western pharmas.In February, The Lancet, a leading U.K. medical journal, published an analysis of Gamaleya’s large-scale vaccine trials. The analysis, conducted by a team of Russian scientists, claimed the Sputnik V vaccine was more than 90-percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID.But other scientists are skeptical. Last week, The Lancet published a retort from a team led by Temple University biologist Enrico Bucci. The Temple team claimed it asked the Russian scientists who endorsed Sputnik V to share their data, and the Russians declined.The Russians’ apparent reluctance to show their work has raised eyebrows. “There are important questions that have been raised about the completeness, accuracy and availability of data to be able to fully assess safety and efficacy,” Julie Swann, a systems engineering professor and vaccine-distribution expert at North Carolina State University, said of Sputnik V.Bucci and his team and Swann are not alone in expressing their concern. The European Medicines Agency has been reviewing Sputnik V for several months and has yet to approve it. It may never. Brazilian regulators, who have a reputation for thoroughness, outright rejected the Russian vaccine.The Next Big COVID Disaster Could Be HereThe Chinese vaccine has its own problems. When Brazilian scientists ran their own trial of the Sinovac vaccine in January, they concluded it was just 50 percent effective.Early this month, the World Health Organization belatedly endorsed the other Chinese vaccine—the one from Sinopharm. Around the same time, the Seychelles suffered a major COVID outbreak despite having vaccinated 60 percent of its population with Sinopharm. “Breakthrough” cases, where the virus infects a vaccinated person, were alarmingly widespread.A couple weeks later, authorities in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain urged local recipients of that Chinese jab to get three doses instead of the prescribed two in order to shore up the vaccine’s apparently low effectiveness.All over the world, holes are appearing in the Sinopharm vaccine’s protections. “We are seeing breakthrough infections at a seemingly higher rate in countries that rely on these vaccines for the majority of the population,” Amesh Adalja, a public-health expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told The Daily Beast.The warning signs are clear. It’s possible Russian scientists aren’t being totally honest about Sputnik V. And the Chinese vaccines might not work very well. Still, these jabs are in high demand as COVID continues to rage across much of the world and rich countries such as the United States hoard much of the best vaccine.No fewer than 40 countries—many of them in the relatively poor Global South—are distributing the Chinese vaccines. Naturally, they include China itself. Beijing’s goal is to produce up to five billion doses this year in Chinese factories alone, around half for export.Meanwhile, 50 countries, including many in Latin America, are giving out Sputnik V. India, which is still suffering through a devastating surge in COVID cases, has inked a deal for nearly 400 million doses of the Russian vaccine.Big orders for Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Sputnik V jabs make sense when you consider the restrictions many Western countries have placed on their own locally-developed vaccines.The U.S. government requires Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson’s American factories to fill huge domestic orders before exporting doses. The British government added clauses to its vaccine contracts that require firms to make up for shortages in the U.K. by diverting doses from other countries.The more rich countries hoard the best vaccine, the more pressure poor countries will be under to take chances with the second-best vaccines.“We should do what we can to make sure that sufficient vaccines are produced to cover people around the world,” Swann told The Daily Beast. “The best case is that we do this as quickly as possible with vaccines that have been demonstrated to be safe and effective.” But 18 months into the pandemic, with vaccines still in short supply across most of the world, we’re way past “best case.”To be sure, even a less effective vaccine is better than no vaccine at all. But the sustained popularity of the Chinese and Russian vaccines speaks as much to countries’ desperation as it does the vaccines’ worth.The world’s rich countries have developed some really effective and trustworthy vaccines. Until these countries share that vaccine wealth, poor countries have little choice but to make do with whatever vaccines they can get their hands on. Even if those vaccines aren’t very effective or trustworthy.“The ethical issues,” Truelove said, “are absolutely daunting.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

The global Construction film market size is projected to grow from USD 9.9 billion in 2020 to USD 12.9 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 4.0% between 2021 and 2026

Construction film is a thin layer of continuous polymeric material that can be used in construction industry as a protective material or a barrier to moisture, sound, water, and so on. Films are mostly manufactured using the extrusion process and are available in rolls.New York, May 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces the release of the report "Construction Films Market by Type, Application, End-Use Industry & Region - Global Forecast to 2026" - Construction films are made of plastics such as linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), PA (polyamide), polyvinyl butyral (PVB), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and others. These films are used in single or multiple layers according to the requirement of the applications.LLDPE/LDPE films are the fastest-growing segment in the construction films market in terms of value and volume.LDPE/LLDPE is expected to lead the overall construction films market as it offers superior tensile properties, moisture resistance, and flexibility. The market for this segment is also expected to witness the fastest growth owing to the low cost and high demand from applications such as underslab vapor barrier, underslab VOC barrier, underslab methane barrier, underslab radon barrier, and construction enclosures. .Films for protective & barrier application dominated the construction films market in terms of both value and volume.The protective & barrier segment dominated the construction films market in 2020.Protective & barrier films are used in roofing, wall cladding, UV protection, window films, and others.Decorative films help preserve and extend a building’s appearance and lifetime by preventing building facades from fading, cracking, or corroding. These films have high demand from residential and commercial end-use segments.The residential segment is the largest end-use industry of construction films market in terms of value and volume.The residential end-use segment accounted for the largest share in the construction films market.This large market size is due to the growing number of residential projects worldwide.Growing urban population, increasing purchasing power and per capita income is leading to growth in the number of residential units, thereby increasing the demand for construction films.APAC is the leading construction films market in terms of both value and volume.APAC is expected to be the fastest growing region for the construction films.There are major developing countries in this region like China, India, Thailand, etc.APAC is projected to register highest growth rate because of the rapid growth of the construction industry in these developing countries.In India, the construction industry is backed by high investment done by the government to improve the infrastructure in the country.Such high investments by government is a major driver for the market in the country.This study has been validated through primary interviews conducted with various industry experts globally. These primary sources have been divided into the following three categories:• By Company Type- Tier 1- 69%, Tier 2- 23%, and Tier 3- 8%• By Designation- C Level- 23%, Director Level- 37%, and Others- 40%• By Region- North America- 32%, Europe- 21%, Asia Pacific (APAC) - 28%, Latin America-7%, Middle East & Africa (MEA)-12%,The report provides a comprehensive analysis of company profiles listed below:• Saint-Gobain (France)• Mitsubishi Chemical (Japan)• DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (US)• Toray (Japan)• Berry Global (US)• Eastman Chemical (US)• RKW SE (Germany)• Raven (US)• Polyplex (Germany)• Dupont Teijin Films (US)• SKC (South Korea)Research CoverageThis report covers the global Construction film market and forecasts the market size until 2026.It includes the following market segmentation –film type (linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) &low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), PA (polyamide), polyvinyl butyral (PVB), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and others), application (protective & barrier, decorative, and others), end-use industry (residential, commercial, industrial and civil engineering) and Region (APAC, Europe, North America, Latin America, and MEA).Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, along with the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges, have been discussed in the report. It also provides company profiles and competitive strategies adopted by the major players in the global Construction film market.Key benefits of buying the report:The report is expected to help market leaders/new entrants in this market in the following ways:1. This report segments the global construction film market comprehensively. It provides the closest approximations of the revenues for the overall market and the sub-segments across different verticals and regions.2. The report helps stakeholders understand the pulse of the Construction film market and provides them with information on key market drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities.3. This report will help stakeholders to understand competitors better and gain more insights to better their position in their businesses. The competitive landscape section includes the competitor ecosystem, new product development, expansion and acquisition.Reasons to buy the report:The report will help leaders/new entrants in this market by providing them with the closest approximations of the revenues for the overall Construction film market and the sub-segments. This report will help stakeholders to understand the competitive landscape and gain more insights and position their businesses and market strategies in a better way.Read the full report: ReportlinkerReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place.__________________________ CONTACT: Clare: [email protected] US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001

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BOE shows off display expertise in five innovative fields at SID Display Week 2021

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Insights on the Medical Device Global Market to 2026 - Driven by COVID-19 the Fastest-growing Category is Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics Medical Devices

Dublin, May 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Medical Device Market by Device Type, Function, Durability, Therapeutic Segment, Risk Classification, Manufacture Method, Delivery/Acquisition, Operational Support Model, Connectivity and Region 2021 - 2026" report has been added to's offering. This medical device market report evaluates the market for both traditional and connected healthcare devices. Report analysis includes medical device market sizing with a wide variety of segmentation including medical device type, solution, location/usage area, medical device function, medical device durability, medical device usage by therapeutic segment, medical device risk classification, manufacture method (traditional or 3D printed), method of medical device delivery or acquisition, medical device operational support model, and medical device connectivity method. The report covers the global leading medical device market suppliers and service providers. The report also assesses medical device market drivers, challenges, and the impact of technology convergence. The report also evaluates the issues specific to connected devices such as security and privacy. The report has been recently updated to reflect the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as remote medical maintenance is in high demand as a large number of patients require monitoring and diagnostics that does not require a hospital or clinic visit. The report provides medical device market sizing with forecasts from 2021 to 2026 as follows: Durability: Durable and Non-durableRisk Classification: Class I, Class II, and Class IIIManufacture Method: Traditional and 3D PrintedOperational Support Model: Online and Field-basedConnectivity Method: Bluetooth, 3G, LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi, Other Non-cellularDevice Type: Wearable, Implanted, Portable-Handheld, Stationary, Peripherals, and OtherRevenue Model: Sales (direct), Revenue Sharing, Rental, Pay-per-Procedure, Support, and OtherRegion of the World: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Latin AmericaSolution: Diagnostics, In-Patient Monitoring, Outpatient Monitoring, Surgical Procedures, and Medical TreatmentLocation/Usage Area: Hospitals and Urgent Care Facility, Home, Physician's Office, Clinic or Routine Care Facility, and Body WearableFunction: Critical Care Equipment (Life Support and Others), Diagnostic Equipment (In-vitro and others), Dental Equipment and Supplies, Irradiation Apparatuses, Medical Laboratory Equipment, Medical Monitoring Equipment, Organ Transplants, Surgical Instruments and Appliances, Treatment and Therapy Equipment, and OtherNon-durable Types: Diagnostic, Dialysis, Inhalation, Wound Care, Radiology, Infection Control, Infusion, Intubation and Ventilation, Personal Protection, Hypodermic, Sterilization, and OtherDelivery/Acquisition (Traditional Device): Purchased and Used by Medical Facility by Patients, Purchased and Used by Consumer, and Purchased by Healthcare Supplier and Leased by ConsumerDelivery/Acquisition (Connected Device): Total Do-it-Yourself (DIY) by End-user, Pre-integrated Communication/Control with Healthcare Company, Configurable Communication/Control with any Third-party, and Medical Device as a Service (e.g. end to end solution including security/privacy protection).Therapeutic Segment: Anesthesia, Respiratory, Audiology, Cardiovascular, Dental, Diabetes, Ear Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Nephrology, Oncology and Hematology, Ophthalmic, Orthopedic, Pediatric, Skincare (Wound Management, Plastic Surgery, etc.), Urology-Gynecology, and OtherIndustry Sub-sector: Critical Care Devices, Diagnostic Equipment, Drug Delivery Systems, Dental Equipment and Supplies, Electro-medical Equipment, Implants, In-Vitro Diagnostics, Irradiation Apparatuses, Life-support Equipment, Medical Laboratory Equipment, Medical Monitors, Organ Transplant, Peripherals and Medical Supplies, Portable-handheld Devices, Surgical and Medical Instruments, Surgical Appliances and Supplies, Therapy Machines, Treatment Equipment, Wearable Monitoring and Diagnostics, and Others. Select Report Findings: Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fastest-growing category is remote monitoring and diagnostics medical devicesOne of the emerging areas is wearable medical devices that monitor temperature and other vitals as a means of predicting potential infectionThe combination of DIY medical device procurement and telemedicine is an important category for suppliers as users seek greater autonomy and lower pricesThe market is witnessing an evolution as a new category of multifunctional and multipurpose medical devices is emerging that incorporate fitness and healthcare Traditionally focused on preventative care, diagnostics, and urgent care, the connected medical device market is increasingly crossing over into the general health and well-being category. This is especially the case with wearable devices used in the sports and fitness category, which may, for example, double as an apparatus for early detection, such as irregular heartbeat. This is important because an arrhythmia can be indicative of more serious problems developing. Connected medical devices are increasingly becoming the norm with significant improvements in ICT as a whole, coupled with the evolution of microelectronics, display capabilities, and a fast-growing medical device market. By definition, a connected medical device is one that can communicate information over a distance and/or be controlled remotely as in a telemedicine scenario. Connections may be local (via WiFi, Bluetooth, or some proprietary local or personal area wireless) with long-distance communication via a gateway device (such as a router) or they may connect directly to a Wide Area Network (WAN) via cellular technologies such as LTE or 5G. In terms of medical device market adoption, there are a few factors that inhibit usage. One of the foremost is concerns over security/privacy at both the end-user as well as the corporate level. This is especially true with connected medical devices, which may be prone to malware and hacking. In terms of security concerns, unwanted access to medical device software and operating systems could potentially render a device non-functioning and/or under the control of an unauthorized user. In terms of privacy issues, client sensitive data is generated continuously within the connected medical device market as equipment communicates device status, measurements, and patient status via wired and/or wireless connections. Within the medical device market supply chain, there is a need for efficient device tracking in terms of both care of custody for delivery as well as usage for the traditional product and medical device as a service model respectively. This is true for a variety of reasons, but most notably because some equipment within the medical device market is very expensive and prone to damage if mishandled. In addition, medical devices in acute care situations are needed at the moment, rendering any incidence in which a device is lacking, missing, or damaged a potential cause of great harm to a patient. Accordingly, there is a growing need within the asset tracking market for solutions to support the medical device market. This is inherently possible as part of the connected medical device market as the equipment is by definition capable of communications locally and/or via a WAN to a centralized monitoring center and/or cloud computing systems. An increasingly interconnected market, coupled with advanced solutions to protect user privacy and device security, are all factors that we see paving the way for over 25% of developed countries to utilize connected device enabled telemedicine as the primary method of healthcare service delivery by 2030. Target Audience: Medical Device companies including Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Cardinal Health (CAH), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Medtronic (MDT), Royal Philips (RYLPF), Siemens (SIEGY), and many moreManaged Healthcare organizations such as Anthem (ANTM), UnitedHealth (UNH), Cigna (CI), Humana (HUM), CVS Health (CVS), Centene (CNC), Molina Healthcare (MOH), and WellCare Health Plans (WCG)Hospitals, Acute, and Urgent Care organizations such as Hospital plays: Community Health Systems (CYH), HCA Healthcare (HCA), Tenet Healthcare (THC), and Universal Health Services (UHS)Telemedicine Solutions providers such as CareClix, CirrusMD, CyberMed, GlobalMed, Kareo, MDLive, MeMD, MyTelemedicine, Net Medical Xpress, SnapMD, Teladoc, Tytocare and many more Report Benefits: Forecasts for stand-alone and connected medical devices through 2026Identify the leading trends and market outlook for devices by category and typeUnderstand the acute and systemic driving factors for adoption and usage includingIdentify the relationship and importance of medical devices and cloud-based healthcareIdentify market opportunities by specific treatment area, disease, delivery method, and support Key Topics Covered: 1.0 Executive Summary 2.0 Medical Device Market 3.0 Medical Device Market Dynamics3.1 Medical Device Market Overview3.2 Medical Device Market Constraints3.2.1 Challenges of a Fast-moving Industry3.2.2 Medical Device Regulation3.3 Medical Device Market Drivers3.4 Medical Device Technology Convergence3.4.1 Connected Health Technologies3.4.2 AI, IoT, and Data Analytics 4.0 Connected Medical Devices4.1 Connected vs. Non-connected Medical Devices4.2 Connected Medical Device Challenges4.3 Connected Medical Device Opportunities4.4 Connected Medical Device Enablers4.5 Connected Health = Sports, Wellness, and Medical Devices 5.0 Leading Medical Device Companies5.1 Abbott Laboratories5.2 Abiomed Inc.5.3 Accuray Inc.5.4 Affectiva5.5 Angiodynamics Inc.5.6 Atricure Inc.5.7 Axogen Inc.5.8 Basehealth5.9 Baxter International Inc.5.10 Becton Dickinson5.11 Biodirection5.12 Bio Rad Laboratories Inc.5.13 Biotelemetry Inc.5.14 Boston Scientific Corp.5.15 Bruker Corp5.16 Cantel Medical Corp.5.17 Cardiac Insight5.18 Cardiovascular Systems Inc.5.19 Clinipace5.20 Conmed Corp.5.21 Cryolife Inc.5.22 Danaher Corp5.23 Dexcom Inc.5.24 Edwards Lifesciences Corp5.25 Evena Medical5.26 Fitbit5.27 Glaukos Corp.5.28 Globus Medical Inc Class A5.29 Heska Corp.5.30 Hill Rom Holdings Inc.5.31 Hologic Inc.5.32 Idexx Laboratories Inc5.33 Inogen Inc.5.34 Insulet Corp5.35 Integer Holdings Corp.5.36 Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp5.37 Intuitive Surgical Inc.5.38 Irhythm Technologies Inc.5.39 Lemaitre Vascular Inc.5.40 Livanova Plc5.41 Livongo5.42 Masimo Corp.5.43 Medtronic Plc5.44 Memed5.45 Natus Medical Inc.5.46 Nevro Corp5.47 Nuvasive Inc.5.48 Orthofix Medical Inc.5.49 Penumbra Inc.5.50 Pocared Diagnostics5.51 Qualcomm Life5.52 Resmed Inc.5.53 Staar Surgical5.54 Steris5.55 Stryker Corp5.56 Surmodics Inc.5.57 Tactile Systems Technology Inc5.58 Tandem Diabetes Care Inc.5.59 Teleflex Inc.5.60 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.5.61 Transenterix Inc.5.62 Varex Imaging Corp.5.63 Varian Medical Systems Inc.5.64 Verb Surgical5.65 Viewray Inc.5.66 Water Corp.5.67 Wright Medical Group Nv5.68 Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. 6.0 Medical Device Market Analysis and Forecasts 2021 - 2026 7.0 Connected Medical Device Market Analysis and Forecasts 2021 - 2026 For more information about this report visit CONTACT: CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900

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Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule 2021

The Chiefs’ schedule will be announced as part of the NFL’s schedule release on Wednesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET. These are the teams that they are scheduled to play during the 2021 NFL season.

HOME: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers

AWAY: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans

The Chiefs’ have their regular manageable group of six division games. The league rotation sets them up to play all of the AFC North and NFC East, too.

They also will play two more first-place teams from the conference, the Bills and the Titans. The bonus matchup with the increase to 17 games gives them a marquee meeting with the reigning NFC North champion Packers. The Chiefs didn’t repeat, but they are still atop the “hunted” list.

Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule 2021

The Chiefs’ schedule will be announced as part of the NFL’s schedule release on Wednesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET. These are the teams that they are scheduled to play during the 2021 NFL season.

HOME: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers

AWAY: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans

The Chiefs’ have their regular manageable group of six division games. The league rotation sets them up to play all of the AFC North and NFC East, too.

They also will play two more first-place teams from the conference, the Bills and the Titans. The bonus matchup with the increase to 17 games gives them a marquee meeting with the reigning NFC North champion Packers. The Chiefs didn’t repeat, but they are still atop the “hunted” list.

Tommy Tuberville Did What?

On December 6, University of Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones rejected an offer from the University of Colorado and reportedly signed a five-year deal with the University of Tennessee that is worth roughly $13.5 million. It is a classic example of the coaching carousel that exists in college athletics. Coaches have success at smaller schools and as assistant coaches until they can work their way up to head coaching positions at bigger programs. Both Butch Jones and Brian Kelly, Jones’ predecessor who is now at Notre Dame, came to UC from Central Michigan University.

However, Cincinnati’s new coach, Tommy Tuberville, who previously coached for three seasons at Texas Tech University, downgraded to join the Bearcats. The Big East is a dying conference. Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Louisville are on their way out of the conference to join the ACC. Rutgers is leaving for the Big Ten. Four of the top five teams in conference will be gone within the next few years.

Tommy Tuberville was in a good situation at Texas Tech and inexplicably left for the University of Cincinnati. (Image courtesy of

Boise State, San Diego State, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, SMU, and Navy are set to join the conference in the near future, which will turn the Big East into the second Conference USA. The conference is becoming a hodgepodge of teams that are unable to join the likes of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, or SEC. The foundation of the Big East is becoming unstable as the pillars (Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and West Virginia) are leaving or have already left. When the dust from conference realignment has settled, the Big East may no longer exist and it is not the conference of which the University of Cincinnati wants to be a member as it makes its plans for the future.

Tuberville’s decision to take over a 9-3 Cincinnati team does not make sense. Texas Tech is in a good position for the future. The Big 12 is thriving with talented and powerful athletic programs such as Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Baylor. Even though the Red Raiders finished seventh in the conference this season, they finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and will face Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 28. Being mediocre in one of the best conferences carries much more weight than having eight, nine, and 10 win seasons when UC’s toughest competition in the conference will be Boise State and Navy. Plus, Tuberville is moving halfway across the country to a region with which he is not nearly as familiar. In his coaching career, Tommy Tuberville has always lived in the South. While at Arkansas State, Miami (FL), Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Texas Tech, his recruiting was focused in a completely different region of the country.

Tuberville brings a 130-77 record, 7-3 record in bowl games, an SEC Championship, and lots of questions to Cincinnati. Unless he knows something about the future of the Cincinnati Bearcats or the Big East that has not yet been announced, his choice to leave Lubbock, Tex. is highly questionable.

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Watch all the key plays and moments from Liverpool and Manchester United's massive Premier League clash at Anfield. • Belgian international could return as soon as next week• Eric Dier likely to replace Belgian against Bayer Leverkusen Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Toby Alderweireld's knee injury is . "not a big issue" and the Tottenham Hotspur manager even suggested the defender may be back in contention for selection next week. Pochettino is expected to replace Alderweireld with Eric Dier in the middle of his back four against Bayer Leverkusen here in Champions League Group E on Tuesday night. But he offered an upbeat bulletin on the Belgian international, who hurt himself on Saturday during the 1-1 Premier League draw at West Bromwich Albion after taking an accidental kick from his central defensive partner, Jan Vertonghen, after a corner.