Monday, April 13, 2015

Pear: The Powerful Fruit You Should Be Eating More

Homer called pears “gift of the gods,” many nutritionists call pears “nutritional powerhouses,” and we simply enjoy this delicious fruit. Unfortunately, the health benefits of pears are underrated. While you’re usually better off eating an apple, a sweet, juicy pear is a tasty and healthy snack choice that will help curb your appetite and stop sugar cravings. It’s loaded with essential nutrients, fiber and powerful antioxidants that help fight cancer, boost your immune system, and improve your overall health. Next time you are hungry, munch on a pear to reap all its health benefits and satisfy your sweet tooth. I’m going to share a few reasons why pears are so good for us.
Pear. The Powerful Fruit You Should Be Eating More

1. Pears are good for you heart

Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in the US and many studies claim that by 2020 it will be the main cause of death around the globe. Believe it or not, a pear a day may keep heart attacks and strokes away. The thing is, pears are plentiful in dietary fiber that helps keep your heart healthy. It also helps reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Lower your risk of stroke by up to 50 percent by eating pears every day.

2. Pears are good for your eyes

Due to its high antioxidant and vitamin content, pears are among the best foods that nourish and protect eyes. Studies show that eating pears on a daily basis can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. That sounds to me like a great reason to eat a pear each day.

3. Pears increase your brainpower and boost your energy levels

One medium pear contains 15 percent of the recommended daily intake of copper‚ a trace mineral that helps keep your nervous system healthy, increasing your brainpower. If you are feeling sluggish in the early afternoon, snack on a pear to boost your energy levels and accomplish your tasks faster. Pears are an excellent source of fructose and glucose that will help keep your energy high all day long. I love adding pears to my morning smoothies for all-day energy.

4. Pears help control diabetes

Pears have a low glycemic index of 38. They help prevent a spike in blood sugar and control the levels of blood glucose. Pears can also help you keep your weight under control. They are low in calories and high in nutrients that help speed up weight loss and boost your immune system.

5. Pears help prevent cancer

Due to its high fiber content, pears can also help prevent different types of cancer, including colon cancer and postmenopausal breast cancer. Moreover, pears are high in potent antioxidants in the form of vitamin C that protects your cells from free radicals. One medium pear contains about 11 percent of the recommended vitamin C intake. As an added bonus, pears contain hydroxycinnamic acid that helps prevent lung and stomach cancers. Since pear skin contains the majority of the antioxidants, it’s highly recommended to eat pears with the skin.
Best Reasons to Eat a Pear a Day
Nowadays pears are underrated and I have no idea why. Fresh, canned or baked, pears have a plethora of wonderful health benefits. Apart from the benefits mentioned above, eating pears helps improve digestion, prevent constipation, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, relieve fever, improve bone health and many more. I don’t recommend eating canned pears, but if you love them, opt for versions that have no added sugar. You can use pears in smoothies, salads, desserts, sandwiches, or you can enjoy baked pears with cinnamon, honey and walnuts. One of my favorite ways to eat my pear a day is to slice it and add to my spinach salad with Parmesan cheese dressing. What about you? What’s your favorite way to eat pears? If you’re not eating pears yet, why not start today?

7 Wrong Money Beliefs to Eliminate from Your Mind

Many people have wrong money beliefs that slowly destroy their budgets. We make money mistakes without realizing the harsh consequences that come along with it. No matter how much money you earn, it’s never enough. My rich friends always complain about money, and it’s actually ridiculous. We don’t need a lot of money to be happy; it’s the main rule to follow in life. Here are seven wrong money beliefs that you should eliminate from your mind and life today.
Wrong Money Beliefs to Eliminate from Your Mind

1. I will never improve my finances

Yes, you will never improve your finances if you continue moaning about it every minute. Positivity breeds positive actions and positive results. Think of all possible ways to increase your income, choose the best one and use it to move your finances forward. Maybe you need to change your job, break bad habits and party less. Reduce your expenses and make smart purchases. You can save hundreds of dollars each month just by budgeting your money properly. Stay positive and believe in yourself.

2. I can’t build my savings account

One of my best friends who have a higher paycheck than I have always complain that she can’t build her savings account because she can’t afford it. But she can afford to buy plenty of expensive things that she doesn’t need at all. I don’t judge her, but when she asked me how to save money and I shared my secret with her, she told me that saving is not as difficult as she thought. Regardless of your income, you cab build your savings account. If you can’t deposit $100-$300 a month, consider depositing $50 a month. Even $10-20 a month will be enough to grow your savings account balance.

3. I will never become rich

I don’t like the word ‘never’ and I don’t like when people say that they will never do anything. If you believe that you will never become rich, no wonder you are not rich. But I wonder why so many people want to be rich and what they do to reach their financial goals. First of all, they waste their lives. The only goal they set is to earn money and nothing more. Remember, you can earn enough money to live a happy life, but don’t aim to make as much money as possible, because you will never achieve this goal.

4. I will never pay off my debts

It’s easy to run into debt, but it’s so hard to settle it. However, don’t say that you will never pay off your debts. When you manage your money properly, it’s possible to pay more than your minimum, which will help you get out of a debt in a year. Don’t allow your debts control your mind and your life, you are strong enough to control your debts.

5. I’m the only one who has financial setbacks

Believe it or not, but you are not the only one who has financial problems. Life is full of problems, including financial ones. Most of us have to deal with those problems each day and there’s nothing wrong with that. Stay positive, think clearly and you will be able to cope with any financial setback.

6. It’s too early to save for retirement

In fact, it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. The earlier you start, the better. If you are in your early 20s and you already have a full-time job, it’s time to think about a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account.

7. It’s too late to improve my finances

Actually, it’s never too late. My grandma started improving her finances in her late 50s and she managed to do it. She always says that if a person wants to do something they don’t look for excuses, they start doing it no matter their age. Whether you want to pay off a debt, improve your credit score or save some cash, just do it. Regardless of age, we all make financial mistakes and it’s never too late to change the situation and get back on track.
Eliminate these money beliefs from your mind and life to change your financial situation and have a sustainable future. Are you going to get rid of any of these money beliefs? Do you have any other money beliefs?

8 Traits of People Born in February

If you’re born in February or you know someone born in this month, you might want to know some traits of people born in February. Perhaps you don’t believe in horoscopes and you don’t believe articles like this. We know all people are different, but people born in a certain month have something in common, and it’s a proven fact. Below is a list of 8 traits of people born in February. Take a look, see what you think, and maybe you will find your own traits.
Traits of People Born in February

1. Frankness

People born in February are extremely honest. They are not afraid to tell the truth regardless of the situation and consequences. They’ll easily point out your mistakes without waiting for a right moment. They make really good friends and can offer constructive criticism at every walk of life. Many of us tend to avoid honest people because we are afraid of the truth. When you have friends who celebrate their birthdays in February, you can be sure they are true friends.

2. Originality

People born in February are one of the most original people. They are authentic and believe in learning from their own experiences instead of following blindly other people. They enjoy learning about new things and develop their originality.

3. Mystery

It is really difficult to tell what’s going on in the mind of people born in February. These people create an aura of mystery around themselves, and that makes them even more attractive to the opposite sex. While they are honest, they can hide many things about themselves. It’s not because they don’t want to tell you about them. It’s because they think it’s not interesting at all.

4. Innovation

People who were born in February are developers in their field. They can think out of the box, and they don’t maintain the status quo. It is not surprising that lots of great scientists of yesteryears were born in February. Even if you or your friends are not developers, you have those skills. You just don’t notice them.

5. Uniqueness

If you meet people born in February, you might notice that they are evidently different from the others. Their dressing sense and their way of carrying themselves are all unique and different in some way or another. Most of them are not afraid to show their uniqueness, while others become shy and distrustful.

6. Will power

The February born people are known to have tremendous will power and their perseverance even in the most adverse situations makes them the envy of many people. It’s important to have a strong will power to become successful and happy in life. Many of us, including people born in February, don’t believe in our strength and don’t cultivate will power. If you are a person who have a weak will power but you’re born in February, reconsider your behavior and beliefs. You are much stronger than you think.

7. Devotion

People born during the month of February are very devoted to their families and their partners. Thus, their devotion makes them perfect partners and spouses. This is one of the best traits of these people! So, ladies, let’s start looking for those guys who’re born in February!

8. Philanthropy

People born in February have a philanthropic vein in their bodies and they can relentlessly work for fraternity and equality. Anything that they believe can actually help the masses. They’re not selfish, and their generous behavior wins them the admiration of their peers.
I know many people who celebrate their birthdays in February and can surely say that they all possess these traits. I can’t say that they behave in the same way and have similar lifestyles. They have a few similar traits and they admit it. Do you agree with this list? What other qualities of people born in February can you add to it? Let me know.

Why Do We Paint Eggs for Easter?

We all do it each year – we dye and paint eggs for Easter, or simply buy them. Has anyone ever thought about why we do it? The tradition of painting and decorating eggs pre-dates Christianity.The first Easter eggs were birds’ eggs. Although we still use birds’ eggs, we opt for chicken eggs only. My grandma once told me that she painted hard-boiled turkey eggs or any other birds’ eggs they could find on their farm – duck eggs, for example. She said that there was no difference which eggs people used. A few days ago I conducted a small public opinion poll and found out that 2 out of 10 people still paint turkey eggs for Easter.
Why Do We Paint Eggs for Easter
So, why do we paint eggs for Easter? People worldwide believe that eggs are symbols of rebirth, new life, fertility, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (for Christians). The Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches have a tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs red in order to represent the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross.
According to the old Anglo-Saxon legend, when Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring and of Rebirth, found an injured bird, she knew that this bird wouldn’t survive the cold winter season so she decided to transform it into a hare. When this hare discovered that it could lay eggs (I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s a legend!), it decorated the eggs and gifted the goddess with them each spring.
King Edward I of England made the tradition of painting and decorating eggs even more significant. In 1290, he ordered 450 eggs to be colored and gold-leafed for Easter presents for the royal household. It was a beautifully luxury gift.
There are many egg-related traditions around the world. Some of the most popular include egg rolling, Easter egg hunts, Pace Egging, Egg jarping, etc. Children loves Easter egg hunts. If you have a child, hide a few eggs around the house and ask your little one to find them on Easter morning, or any other part of the day. It’s like a scavenger hunt, but more interesting.
A popular Easter Monday sport, egg rolling,also known as an Easter egg roll, is a favorite activity of many Britons. People roll painted hard-boiled eggs down a hill. The winner is the person whose egg survives the most rolls, rolls the farthest distance or rolls between two pegs. Some people claim that egg rolling has no religious significance, while others say that it has some religious reasons. Egg rolling has become a popular activity in the United States as well.
Egg jarping, or egg tapping, is one of the most popular traditional Easter games. I know this game as egg fight, and you may call it egg knocking. The aim of competition is the only one – see whose boiled eggs are the hardest. While this game is perfect for families with kids, it’s also a fun activity for couples.
Easter is one of the major holidays of the year. It has many traditions that people can’t explain these days. Painting eggs is probably one of them. Unfortunately, modern people take most holidays and their traditions for granted. We celebrate Easter and follow its traditions because other people do it so we know that we have to do it too. However, it’s crucial to know at least something about the holiday and teach your children to appreciate traditions.
People paint eggs for different reasons. Be it religious or common, it’s hard to skip this tradition. I suggest painting your own hard-boiled eggs instead of buying them. First of all, because you know that they are fresh and organic. What Easter traditions do you follow? Do you know why you paint eggs each year? Share your thoughts with us please.

The Most Spontaneous Things You Can Do Today

Routines can help you get things done, but they can be so boring and predictable. When you are stuck in a rut, your life is not as interesting and happy as you want it to be. How can you make your life more adventurous and more exciting? Easy! There are so many things you can do spontaneously today. They might not be for everyone, but sometimes doing something daring can bring the spark back into that dull life. Check out the list of the most spontaneous things you can try today.
Most Spontaneous Things to Do

1. Rock a new style

Yesterday you saw a nice pair of jeans or a bold red dress and you didn’t buy it. You may think that you’d never be able to wear those jeans or that dress. Actually, you can! Go shopping and buy things that can change your style. Don’t be afraid to rock a new style! It’s one of the most spontaneous things you can do today to impress everyone around you.

2. Get a tattoo

Tattoo is not for everyone, but my friend took this bold and risky step! I strongly believe in living life without regrets, so does my friend. She got a nice tattoo on her back and she doesn’t regret about it. You can get a temporary tattoo instead of a permanent one, if you don’t won’t to damage your body.

3. Skydive

I’m afraid of free falling from a plane as well as bungee jumping, but it is one of the craziest and most spontaneous things I want to do! My brother and his wife have both done it with ease, and I admire them both! Skydiving is a heart-racing excitement, and an experience of a lifetime. If it’s not for you, here are a few other ideas to try today…

4. Get a piercing

There are many reasons why people get piercings. If you’ve always wanted to get your ears pierced, then why not? You can also get your tongue pierced, albeit I don’t recommend this type of piercing, or just change up the style of jewelry that you would normally wear. I have my nose and ears pierced and what about you? Would you like to get a new spontaneous piercing?

5. Get a bold haircut

After having over 12 inches of long locks, I cut off my beautiful hair and got a pixie cut! You might think I’m crazy, but sometimes I love to spice things up for myself! I often step out of my comfort zone and change up my style! Have you ever tried a daring new hairstyle? Did you plan it, or was it spontaneous? Are you ready to get a bold haircut today?

6. Take a day trip

I have always been a huge fan of spontaneous day trips. When I spend a few days planning my trip, I often end up staying home because I have some other things to do. When I take a day trip spontaneously, I have no excuses to stay at home. If you are feeling depressed or you simply want to jazz up your life, consider taking a spontaneous day trip today. It can be an overnight trip or one or two day trip. Sometimes a change of scenery can do wonders! You don’t need to spend a lot of money on your trip, though. Opt for budget-friendly trips.

7. Bungee jumping

This one is for thrill seekers! Unfortunately, I haven’t experienced this yet, but it certainly is on my list! I have to overcome my fears first. I have a lot of friends who have done it and would like to do it again! I think, it’s a good sign! Although bungee jumping may give you fantastic thrills, it’s not good for people who have any health issues.
Are you the type of person that has to think twice before doing something? What is the most spontaneous and craziest thing you have ever done in your life? Spontaneous things help jazz up a boring life and fight a bad mood, stress and depression.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

3 shot dead at Palace of Justice in Milan, Italy

People are evacuated from the tribunal of Milan April 9, 2015. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)
People are evacuated from the tribunal of Milan April 9, 2015. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

The alleged gunman was arrested in the town of Vimercate, 25 kilometers from Milan, and is currently being held at a police station, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Twitter.
At least three people have been killed, including a judge and a lawyer, and two wounded after a gunman opened fire in Milan’s Palace of Justice, officials said. The suspect was later arrested.
The suspect, identified as Claudio Giardiello, is a defendant in a bankruptcy case, Italian press cited police as say.The gunman reportedly shot lawyer Lorenzo Alberto Claris Appiani, and then shot in the direction of prosecutor Gaetano Ruta, but missed. After participants in the case were wounded, the suspect left the room and hurried to a second floor courtroom, where he allegedly shot dead bankruptcy court judge Fernando Ciampi.Ciampi’s death was confirmed by Giovanni Canzio, the president of Milan’s Court of Appeal.
The incident took place at about 11 am local time, when witnesses reportedly heard four or five gunshots.
"I heard shots and saw a man with a bloody leg, I got scared and ran,” one witness told La Repubblica.

The Palace of Justice was immediately evacuated as police feared the suspect may be still inside the building, said La Repubblica newspaper, adding that hundreds of people were seen outside the building.
"It is shocking …and inconceivable that one can come into court with a weapon," said the president of the Lombardy Region, Roberto Maroni.

Marshall Bruce Mothers Eminem's full history of his life

Born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, rap musician Eminem had a turbulent childhood. He released The Slim Shady LP in early 1999, and the album went multi-platinum, garnering Eminem two Grammy Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, the rapper released The Marshall Mathers LP, which was noted as the fastest-selling album in rap history. More recently, in 2010, Eminem released the Grammy-winning album Recovery, a highly autobiographical attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation. Eminem plans to release his eighth album, MMLP2, in 2013.

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Early Life

American rapper, record producer and actor Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He never knew his father, Marshall Mathers Jr., who abandoned the family when Eminem was still an infant and rebuffed all of his son's many attempts to contact him during his childhood. As a result, Eminem was raised by his mother, Deborah Mathers. She never managed to hold down a job for more than several months at a time, so they moved frequently between Missouri and Detroit, Michigan, spending large chunks of time in public housing projects. "I would change schools two, three times a year," Eminem later recalled. "That was probably the roughest part about it all."

This itinerant lifestyle left a large impact on his personality. He had no close friends, kept almost entirely to himself and was treated like an outcast at each new school. "Beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved into lockers," he remembered. Eminem has been scathingly critical of the way his mother raised him. Through his song lyrics, he has publicly accused her of being addicted to prescription drugs as well as subjecting him to emotional and physical abuse. However, Deborah Mathers has vehemently denied all such accusations, and in 1999 she filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against her son. They settled the case for $25,000.

Eminem attended Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, where he failed the ninth grade three times and eventually dropped out at the age of 17. Despite being a poor student, Eminem always had a deep affinity for language, devouring comic books and even studying the dictionary. "I found that no matter how bad I was at school, like, and no matter how low my grades might have been at some times, I always was good at English ... I just felt like I wanna be able to have all of these words at my disposal, in my vocabulary at all times whenever I need to pull 'em out. You know, somewhere, they'll be stored, like, locked away."

As a teenage dropout, Eminem found a way to express his passion for language, as well as to release his youthful anger, through the emerging musical genre of hip-hip. He identified with the nihilistic rage of late-1980s and early-1990s rap music, and he was especially taken with N.W.A., the popular and highly controversial gangster rap crew from Los Angeles.

Although at the time rap music was almost exclusively produced by black people, Eminem, who has pale white skin and bright blue eyes, nevertheless entered into the Detroit rap scene as a frequent competitor in rap "battles"—competitions in which two rappers take turns insulting the other through improvised rap lyrics. Eminem proved highly skilled at such verbal sparring and, despite his race, quickly became one of the most respected figures in Detroit's underground rap scene.

He recalled, "I finally found something that yeah, this kid over here, you know, he may have more chicks, and he may, you know, have better clothes, or whatever, but he can't do this like me. You know what I mean? He can't write what I'm writing right now. And it started to feel like, you know, maybe Marshall's gettin' a little respect." Mathers assumed the stage name M&M, a playful reference to his initials, which he later began writing phonetically as "Eminem." This period in Eminem's life—working odd jobs to make ends meet while participating in rap battles and desperately attempting to land a record contract—was later dramatized in Eminem's semi-autobiographical film, 8 Mile.

It was also during this period that Eminem began dating Kim Ann Scott, and in 1995 the couple had a daughter named Hailie Jade Scott. Inspired by the birth of his daughter to make a living as a rapper, in 1996, Eminem released his first independent rap album, Infinite. Though the album displayed flashes of his verbal prowess, biting wit and flair for storytelling, the low-budget record failed to turn a profit or attract more than local attention.

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Career Highlights

A year later, however, Eminem released The Slim Shady EP, which was discovered by Dr. Dre, the legendary rapper and former producer of Eminem's favorite rap group N.W.A. After Eminem traveled to Los Angeles and became runner-up in the 1997 Rap Olympics MC Battle, Dre listened to the rapper's cassette in the basement of executive Jimmy Iovine's home. Dre was so impressed that he signed Eminem to his Interscope Records label. In 1999, after two years of working with Dre, Eminem released The Slim Shady LP. The heavily hyped record became an instant success and went on to sell over three million copies. Eminem's first single, "My Name Is," mixed a childish humor and energy with rampant profanity and flashes of violence—a potent and fascinating combination that felt different from anything else in rap. Marshall and Kim Mathers married later that same year.

Eminem released his second studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, in May 2000. The album showed off Eminem's poetic talents as well as his emotional and artistic range. His songs vary from manically funny ("The Real Slim Shady") to heartbreakingly poignant ("Stan") to explosively violent ("Kim") to disarmingly self-critical ("The Way I Am"). The Marshall Mathers LP sold over 19 million copies worldwide, won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, received a nomination for Album of the Year and is widely considered among the greatest rap albums of all time.

Nevertheless, The Marshall Mathers LP also came under a firestorm of criticism for its excessive profanity, glorification of drugs and violence and its apparent homophobia and misogyny. While Eminem attempted to mitigate such criticism by maintaining that his raps simply use the rough language he has been surrounded by since childhood, and later by performing a duet with Elton John at the Grammy Awards to demonstrate his openness to the gay community, Eminem nevertheless remains widely reviled in some quarters for his offensive lyrical content.

In 2001, Eminem reconnected with several of his friends from the Detroit underground rap scene to form the group D12, recording an album called Devil's Night featuring the popular single "Purple Pills." A year later, Eminem released a new solo album, The Eminem Show, another popular and critically acclaimed album highlighted by the tracks "Without Me," "Cleaning Out my Closet" and "Sing for the Moment." His next album, 2004's Encore, was less successful than his previous efforts, but still featured popular songs such as "Like Toy Soldiers" and "Mockingbird."

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Rehab, 'Relapse' and 'Recovery'

For the next several years, Eminem recorded very little music and was largely consumed by personal problems. Eminem and Kim Mathers divorced in 2000 but continued to maintain a tumultuous off-and-on relationship until remarrying in 2006. Nevertheless, they divorced again several months later and began a protracted, ugly and highly public custody dispute over their daughter Hailie. Meanwhile, Eminem slipped further into alcoholism and addiction to sleeping pills and prescription painkillers. In December 2007, he overdosed and nearly died. "If I would have got to the hospital two hours later, that would have been it," he said.

By early 2008, Eminem had managed to kick his addictions to drugs and alcohol and returned to recording music. He released his first album of new music in five years, Relapse, in 2009, featuring the singles "Crack a Bottle" and "Beautiful." In 2010, Eminem released another album, Recovery, a highly autobiographical attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation. His most acclaimed album in years, Recovery struck a somewhat gentler and more inspirational tone than his previous music. Eminem said, "I don't want to go overboard with it but I do feel like that if I can help people that have been through a similar situation, then, you know, why not?" The revealing album won Eminem a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Eminem is doubtlessly one of the most acclaimed rappers in the genre's brief history. As much as any other individual artist, he is responsible for rap's transformation into a mainstream music genre over the past decade. And after 10 years and seven albums, the rapper who shocked, appalled and fascinated the music world with the unbridled rage of his youthful music is reinventing himself as a mature artist.

"I started learning how to not be so angry about things, learning how to count my f---ing blessings instead. By doing that, I've become a happier person, instead of all this self-loathing I was doing for a while," Eminem said. "The music, I wouldn't say it's gotten happier, but it's definitely more upbeat. I feel like myself again."

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Eminem released his eighth album, MMLP2, on November 5, 2013. The announcement for the future Grammy-winning album, formally titled The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was made during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. On the awards show, Eminem leaked a snippet of the first single from his album, entitled "Berzerk." He went to reach of the top of charts with "The Monster," a track that also featured Rihanna and earned a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

In 2014, Eminem celebrated the 15th anniversary of his Shady Records label with a special two-CD set called ShadyXV. The collection features the label's most popular songs as well as some new material. The new single "Guts Over Fear" quickly rose up the charts after its late October debut.