Keep your Smartphone at Arms Length Health Officials Warn

first_img Share this article CDPH Issues Guidelines on How to Reduce Exposure to Radiofrequency Energy from Cell Phones:— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) December 13, 2017 The statewide notice from the CDPH is likely to be a particular concern to parents who may not be regulating their children’s cell phone use. On average, a child starts using their first phone from the age of 10, according to the CDPH.“Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” said Dr. Smith.“Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.” Keep your Smartphone at Arms Length, Health Officials Warn By Jane Werrell December 16, 2017 Updated: December 16, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Californian health officials have released new guidelines on how to limit cell phone radiation, including not carrying your phone in your pocket or sleeping with it in your bed.The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued the warning amid growing concerns that cell phone use could be linked to brain cancer, headaches, mental health issues, and infertility.According to the department, about 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone.“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith in a statement.While the CDPH admits that the “science is still evolving”, it has provided comprehensive tips for the public on how to reduce cell phone radiation.center_img US News Other sources of RF energy include cell phone towers, TV and radio transmitters, smart meters, and microwave ovens, according to the CDPH. The signals are a form of electromagnetic radiation, and are also emitted when using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but at lower levels.The U.S. Food & Drug Administration website has guidance on reducing RF exposure for children and teenagers, and recommends using a hands-free set or speaker mode when using your cell phone.The statewide notice from California comes less than a week after France banned cell phones from schools, in a move that Education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer described as a “public health message to families,” according to RTL.“It’s good that children are not too often, or even at all, in front of a screen before the age of seven,” he said.Practical tips to reduce cell phone radiation from the CDPH include:-Keeping the phone away from the body-Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak-Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files-Keeping the phone away from the bed at night-Removing headsets when not on a call-Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure. A man holds a smartphone. 90 percent of Americans have a cell phone according to the CDPH. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Join the conversation and share this article on social media. Follow Jane on Twitter: @itsjanewriting Show Discussionlast_img read more

Female Truck Driver Warns About Lethally Dangerous Loads Her Message Catches On

first_imgBob Weyand, an employee of the South Jersey Port Corporation, checks the shipping label on coils of steel imported from France. (Tom Mihalek/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Share Recommended Video: Driver Maxes Out Audi S4 as Police Give Chase  QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Jane on Twitter: @itsjanewriting A truck driver who took to Facebook to voice the dangers of hauling large loads didn’t expect her warning message to go viral.Daisy Delaney, a truck driver from Wyoming explains in her post why motorists need to give some room to trucks that are hauling metal coils. Some coils can weigh around 45,000 pounds or more, she said.“We’re forced to either commit suicide or take out whatever is in front of us that just forced us to slam on our brakes… that would be you…” she warns in the message.She continues, “It’s not a comfortable ultimatum and one we ask you not to ask us to choose….”Most of the truck driver’s posts have less than 100 reactions and shares, but this message has racked up almost 2,000 reactions, more than 800 comments and over 10,000 shares as of Feb. 9.She starts the post with the words: “This is a coil… it’s considered one of a truck drivers most lethally dangerous loads….” Delaney said most of the time the coils are covered with waterproof material, so the coil appears as a “big covered lump in the middle of our trailers” that look like hay bales in a row.She urges motorists to give drivers hauling such loads some room.“We can’t turn sharp corners Bc they can tip us over, and we certainly can’t slam on our brakes…” she wrote.“We leave a big pocket of space in front, btwn our front end and your loved ones Bc a lot of coils weigh 45,000+ pounds and we need a lot to stop..“These are only held down by chains… and enough stopping inertia can snap those chains….”She added that many people don’t know the risk of the loads, and slamming down their breaks takes a “different thought process.”The truck driver ends her message with “Feel free to share this and let’s educate our highways #TheMoreYouKnow”center_img The heavy coils have been culprits for fatal crashes on the highway, including a crash in Indiana in March, in which a semi truck driver hauling a 50,000-pound steel coil veered right, but couldn’t avoid a car that was sliding towards him, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported. The car driver and two passengers were killed on impact.Many of the comments on Delaney’s post were grateful for the truck driver’s warning message.Donnetta Shelton said, “Thank you for giving us even more information to keep alive on the road!”“Big trucks just cant stop and all motorist need to be educated on this !!!” Jim Corman commented.Some truck drivers commented on the post, with Richard Gray writing “Bothers me every time I haul one” US News Stay away from 7-11 Northbound. Truck lost it’s coil. Lanes shut down right now.— Sheila Marie Miller (@21NewsEP) January 3, 2018 Female Truck Driver Warns About ‘Lethally Dangerous’ Loads. Her Message Catches On By Jane Werrell February 9, 2018 Updated: February 9, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

New York State Sheriffs Association Wants Armed Officers in Every School

first_imgA law enforcement officer stands at the front door of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) NYSSA: Sheriffs Calling for State Funding of Armed Officers in All Schools— NYSSA (@NYSheriffs) February 22, 2018 New York State Sheriff’s Association Wants Armed Officers in Every School By Bowen Xiao February 22, 2018 Updated: February 22, 2018 Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy, a strong advocate for SROs in his county agreed with the sheriff.“Sadly, many times when law enforcement arrives at the scene of a school shooting, everything is over and all the police officers can do is help the survivors. With an armed officer on duty in the school, such an attack may be deterred, or at least terminated quickly and hopefully without loss of life” Murphy said, according to the news release.President Donald Trump offered up an alternative and cost-effective solution: training and arming teachers with concealed carry.“History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!He added, “If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved.” Share The proposal comes on the heels of last week’s deadly mass shooting in Florida that claimed the lives of 17 people.“We spend many millions of dollars to protect a relatively small number of judges across the state, as we should. Surely we can also find the money to protect our most defenseless people—the children we send off to school each day,” Sheriff Virts continued.According to the association, there are a total of 4,750 public schools and nearly 2,000 private schools between kindergarten and grade 12 in the state.  People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)The cost of the proposal would be similar to adding one teacher to every school, the association said.So far this year, there have been 18 gun-related incidents in American schools, according to Business Insider.Sheriff Virts said the officers will provide an armed police presence to deter possible attackers, while at the same time building strong relationships with the school community. He pointed out that the number of SROs have dropped due to reduced local funding. From The New York State Sheriffs’ Association wants an armed officer in every single school in New York.They are calling upon the State to include funding in the 2018 budget to provide enough for at least one armed school resource officer (SRO) at every grade school and high school.“This will be an expensive undertaking,” Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, said in a statement, “but we owe it to our children, and their parents, to provide a safe place for education to take place.” Show Discussioncenter_img Recommended Video: Accused Florida Shooter’s Neighbors Sensed Something Amiss with Cruz from a Young Age  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   WATCH: Alleged Parkland, Florida, school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears in court via videoconference after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 15, 2018 Today, it was my great honor to host a School Safety Roundtable at the @WhiteHouse with State and local leaders, law enforcement officers, and education officials.There is nothing more important than protecting our children. They deserve to be safe, and we will deliver!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018 New York Share this articlelast_img read more

New York Police Confirm Identity of Man Killed in Trump Tower Fire

first_img New York Police Confirm Identity of Man Killed in Trump Tower Fire By Reuters April 8, 2018 Updated: April 8, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion US News NEW YORK–One man was killed and six firefighters received minor injuries in an apartment fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, in a blaze that was quickly extinguished, fire officials said.The victim, Todd Brassner, 67, was found unresponsive and unconscious in his 50th floor apartment and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.No information about the cause of the fire was available late Saturday night.U.S. President Donald Trump, who has an office and a private residence in the midtown Manhattan structure, was not in the building at the time.“Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” Trump tweeted. Fire officials said no member of the Trump family was in the building at the time.“This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Twitter.About 200 fire personnel responded to the incident that the department said was a four-alarm fire. Share Share this article  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Video on social media showed flames outside of a few windows and black smoke billowing up from the high-rise.In January, three people were injured in an early-morning fire at the top of Trump Tower. One firefighter was hospitalized while two people received minor injuries that were treated at the scene, the New York Fire Department said.In addition to the president’s 66th-floor penthouse, Trump Tower houses the headquarters of the Trump Organization as well as other residences, offices and stores.By Meredith MazzilliVideo credit: Dulce Papi via Storyful last_img read more

Wondrous Dunes on Pluto Are Made of Grains of Frozen Methane

first_imgSpace Wondrous Dunes on Pluto Are Made of Grains of Frozen Methane By Reuters May 31, 2018 Updated: May 31, 2018 Share this article WASHINGTON—Scientists have detected another exotic feature on one of the solar system’s most wondrous worlds, a large field of dunes on the surface of the distant, frigid dwarf planet Pluto apparently composed of wind-swept, sand-sized grains of frozen methane.The dunes, spotted on images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 flyby, sit at the boundary between a heart-shaped nitrogen glacier about the size of France called Sputnik Planitia and the Al Idrisi Montes mountain range made of frozen water, scientists said on Thursday.“Pluto, even though it’s so far away from Earth and so very cold, has a riot of processes we never expected to see. It is far more interesting than any of us dreamed, and tells us that these very distant bodies are well worth visiting,” Brigham Young University planetary scientist Jani Radebaugh said.The dunes cover about 775 square miles (2,000 square km), roughly the size of Tokyo. Their existence came as a surprise. There was some doubt about whether Pluto’s extremely thin atmosphere, mainly nitrogen with minor amounts of methane and carbon monoxide, could muster the wind needed to form such features.Pluto, smaller than Earth’s moon with a diameter of about 1,400 miles (2,380 km), orbits roughly 3.6 billion miles (5.8 billion km) away from the sun, almost 40 times farther than Earth’s orbit, with a surface marked by plains, mountains, craters and valleys.Methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, all gaseous on Earth, are rendered solid with Pluto’s temperatures near absolute zero. Pluto’s dunes were shaped by moderate winds reaching around 22 mph (35 kph) apparently blowing fine-grained frozen methane bits from mountaintops. Pluto’s dunes resemble some on Earth like those in California’s Death Valley and China’s Taklamakan desert, though their composition differs, Radebaugh said.Dunes have been detected elsewhere in the solar system including planets Mars and Venus, Saturn’s moon Titan and Neptune’s moon Triton, University of Cologne physicist and geoscientist Eric Parteli said. Pluto’s dunes probably formed within the past 500,000 years, and potentially more recently, Parteli added.“Given we have dunes on the scorching surface of Venus under a dense atmosphere, and out in the distant reaches of the solar system at minus 230 degrees Celsius (minus 382 Fahrenheit) under a thin atmosphere, yes, dunes do have a habit of cropping up in a lot of surprising places,” University of Plymouth planetary scientist Matt Telfer said.The research was published in the journal Science.By Will DunhamVideo credit: LA Times via Video Elephant Sharecenter_img Watch Now:Top 5 Secrets Hidden in Antarctica – Found on Google Maps Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Rising Health Care Costs Create Barrier to American Dream Experts Say

first_img Share this article People wait at the Clay-Battelle Community Health Center’s pharmacy March 21, 2017 in Blacksville, West Virginia. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives votes Thursday on a key plank of Trump’s legislative agenda — his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, his predecessor’s crowning domestic policy achievement. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Rising Health Care Costs Create Barrier to American Dream, Experts Say Skyrocketing insurance premiums restrain wage growth for many workersBy Emel Akan September 5, 2018 Updated: September 5, 2018 WASHINGTON—Rising health care costs have caused wage stagnation for decades, diminishing the prosperity of American workers, according to a new study.A report issued by Willis Towers Watson and the Council for Affordable Health Coverage analyzes changes in hourly compensation for full-time workers between 1980 and 2015 and shows that the escalation of health care premiums has absorbed most of the pay growth, particularly for lower-income earners.“While a number of economic forces have created barriers to the American Dream in recent years, one culprit generally overlooked is our singularly expensive health care system,” stated Sylvester Schieber, health care consultant and co-author of the report.“Our analysis illustrates the escalation of health care premiums, which have absorbed most or all compensation growth in recent years for many workers—leaving little or nothing to add to their paychecks.”U.S. employers’ health care costs started small in the 1950s, accounting for only 0.5 percent of total compensation. However, premiums rose faster than compensation since then. By the first decade of the new millennium, health care costs were growing 3.4 times faster than compensation, according to the report.Because of the regressive effects of higher health premiums on wages, the lower-earners suffered more financial pain than higher earners. The study shows that for the bottom 60 percent of U.S. workers, higher health premiums have completely wiped out pay increases.The report also lays out the dynamics driving health cost increases, which include “the growing consolidation of health care services, the regulatory approval process and patent protections for drugs, and inefficient or even harmful practice patterns in the delivery of health services.”There has been significant consolidation of hospitals and other health service providers in recent years. According to the study, consolidation between competitors substantially increased prices without improving quality or efficiency.According to OECD estimates, the United States spent nearly 80 percent more per capita on health care than Germany and more than twice as much as Canada, France, and Japan in 2016.Despite spending more on health care than other countries, the report claims that Americans receive less in the way of good health care or good health. U.S. life expectancy is about 3.3 years less than in these other developed nations.“We have fewer doctors and fewer doctor visits per capita. We have fewer hospital beds and lower hospital occupancy rates,” stated the report, claiming that money poured into the U.S. healthcare system has proven to be ill spent and ineffective.Rising premiums and deductibles remain a major challenge for employers, particularly for small business owners.Health care cost is a nightmare, said Andrea Stone, CEO and founder of Dynamic-Pro Inc., a management consulting company in Arlington, Virginia.“It is a huge concern for us. As a small company, one of the bases for the competition is offering benefits. That attracts people, that attracts talent,” she said.“I think, it’s going in a very bad direction.”Wage StagnationU.S. job openings surged to record-high levels this year, with job vacancies increasingly surpassing the number of unemployed workers. And the unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, near its lowest level in 18 years. Despite the strong jobs trend, lack of wage growth has been a disappointing element for economists.There is a myriad of theories being advanced to explain the softer wage growth. According to the report, however, rising health care costs and their impact on wages have been ignored for decades.“The forces driving our excessive health care spending have been widely documented and just as widely brushed aside for a long time,” wrote the report.“The results show that rising health care premiums over the past 35 years have played a major role in wage stagnation.”In 2016, average health expenditures in the United States rose to over $10,000 per person.And the Affordable Care Act failed to fix health cost inflation, according to the report. Under an employer plan, average premiums for individual coverage increased by more than 18 percent between 2010 and 2017 and increased 22 percent for family coverage.Meanwhile, compensation and wage growth were flat or negative for a large majority of the workforce.Rising premiums have also eroded retirement benefits. In 2001, employer allocations to health and retirement benefits were 42 percent and 58 percent, respectively. By 2015, however, the split was in the other direction, with 63.5 percent for health benefits and 36.5 percent for retirement, according to the report.“If we continue ignoring the reasons for our out-of-control health care spending, there will be destructive effects that exact an ever-higher claim on the American Dream of economic progress for all those willing to work for it,” Schieber stated. Follow Emel on Twitter: @mlakan Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share this article Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?— Tamera Mowry-Housley (@TameraMowryTwo) November 8, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Alaina, an 18-year-old Pepperdine freshman, was at the Borderline Bar & Grill when a suspect, identified as former U.S. Marine Ian David Long, opened fire, killing her and 11 others. Long apparently shot and killed himself, police said.PTSD?In April 2018, mental health specialists talked to Long and had discussed his prior military service before asking him whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But they ultimately determined he wasn’t a danger to himself or others and didn’t place him in a psychiatric hold, The New York Times reported.They also stated he couldn’t involuntarily be taken to a mental hospital under the California 5150 law code for the temporary, involuntary psychiatric commitment of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to mental illness, the Times report said.A neighbor had called police on a man earlier this year after hearing loud noises. “I didn’t know if he was hurting himself,” Tom Hanson told NBC News.Long left the Marine Corps in March 2013 after a five-year-long stint. He was deployed in Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011 and was a machine gunner, NBC reported.According to the NBC report, Long may have posted a message on an online military forum. A member wrote about not knowing “how long you want to be in the fight until you’ve been in the fight?” Long then apparently said, “Yup, it’s either an addiction or a nightmare.”ian david long mass shooter Ian David long in an undated selfiephoto. (Facebook)Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters that in the April incident, officers were called to his home due to an unspecified disturbance. Long was also a victim of a 2015 bar fight in Thousand Oaks. It was a different bar, the paper reported.“When the officers went in and made re-entry, they found him already deceased,” Dean told 6ABC. “He was found inside an office just adjacent to the entry to the bar.”Dean said officials haven’t determined a motive in the case.“Obviously, he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this. So he obviously had some sort of issues,” the sheriff added. Please pray if you believe….pray.— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 8, 2018 Former Fox News’ correspondent Adam Housley and “Sister Sister” actress Tamera Mowry-Housley said their niece was killed during the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks, California, bar on Nov. 7They released a statement in confirming Alaina Housley’s death.“Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time,” they said, according to The Associated Press.During the search for victims, Adam Housley wrote on Twitter: “Please pray if you believe….pray.” Show Discussion Ex-Fox News Reporter Adam Housley’s Niece Killed in California Bar Shooting Alaina Housley was also the niece of “Sister Sister” actress Tamera Mowry-HousleyBy Jack Phillips November 8, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2018 Share US News QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more

Journalist Savannah Guthrie attends NBCs Today

first_imgJournalist Savannah Guthrie attends NBC’s ‘Today’ at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, on April 9, 2014. (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) Television Co-Anchor Savannah Guthrie has copped sharp criticism after interviewing Nick Sandmann, 16, on the TODAY show on Jan. 23.The Covington Catholic school student openly answered questions for the first time since other mainstream media circulated a sensationalized protest video, which was recorded at the Lincoln Memorial during a March for Life rally in Washington D.C., on Jan. 18.In the comment section, many Twitter users left harsh and bitter remarks about Guthrie’s leading questions, and the decision to interview Sandmann. Some supported the young man’s decision to stand still and patiently listen to Native American activist Nathan Philips, 64, while others accused Sandmann of disrespecting Philips by smiling as Philips beat a drum in his face. Phillips claimed in an earlier interview the Covington Catholic students were yelling, “Build that wall.” Guthrie asked Sandmann if any of his classmates said this and he answered, “We’re a Catholic school. It’s not tolerated, they don’t tolerate racism, and none of my friends are racist people.”NBC said they reviewed the video, and found no evidence to support the students said anything about building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Philips also raised eyebrows by claiming he is a Vietnam War veteran but this was later reported to be a false statement.On the contrary, the group of Black Hebrew Israelites—a “radical black supremacist wing of the Hebrew Israelite movement,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center—harassed the group of students, calling them “incest babies” and other derogatory terms.Trump Shows SolidarityThe incident has caught the attention of the president, who said in a Twitter post dated January 21 Nick Sandmann and the group of Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly, and smeared by the media. Trump is hopeful media coverage of the Covington students will eventually result in positive change, even though the beginning has been unpleasant. Guther finally asked Sandmann about his stare-down with Phillip, to which he replied Philips had every right to come up to him, and he also had the right to stay there. Sandmann invited the opportunity to speak with Phillips but, in a TMZ video, Phillips said he preferred not to have a one-on-one conversation with Sandmann unless the Vatican hosts the meeting. Follow Miguel on Twitter: @Miguel_EMG Why is Guthrie putting words in his mouth?Listen to how she emphasizes “your own fault”This is not the right way to treat a child. Shame on NBC— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 23, 2019 For the past few days various media outlets have targeted Sandmann, claiming that he mocked Philips. In the interview, Sandmann claimed he received death threats simply for exercising his first amendment right to freedom of assembly.Conservatives Mad at Leading QuestionTwo of Guthrie’s questions in the video include, “Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault, in any way?” with the last one being a leading question.Sandmann answered: “My position is said, I was not disrespectful to Mr. Philips; I respect him, I’d like to talk to him. I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing but I can’t say that I’m sorry for listening to him and standing there.” Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false—smeared by media. Not good but making big comeback! “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American” @TuckerCarlson— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News center_img After the media relentlessly smeared Nick Sandmann, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asks: “Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault in any way?”Sandmann: “As far as standing there, I had every right to do so.”— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 22, 2019 Share this article Sitting down with Nicholas Sandmann – the student at the center of the protest controversy at the Lincoln Memorial. Airs tomorrow on @TODAYshow— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) January 22, 2019 “In hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing.”Watch Nick Sadnmann’s full exclusive interview with @savannahguthrie— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 23, 2019 NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Rebuked For Interview With Covington Student By Miguel Moreno, The Epoch Times January 25, 2019 Updated: January 25, 2019 Share Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of fake news and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good—maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant but can end in a dream.— Donald J. 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Kittens should be in loving homes not government

first_imgKittens should be in loving homes, not government labs. My KITTEN Act will prevent the government from needlessly euthanizing kittens when they can be adopted by families instead. RT if you agree.— Jeff Merkley (@JeffMerkley) March 7, 2019 Share ESSEX, Mass.—A Massachusetts family says a pet cat who went missing five years ago has returned home after the feline was unexpectedly found.Elinore Repucci had let her tabby cat Larry out for a walk in August 2013, but he didn’t come back after walking out the door. Repucci tells the Newburyport Daily News she and her family spent the next few weeks frantically searching for Larry.Repucci says she eventually resigned herself to thinking an animal killed Larry, as her home was near the woods.But an animal rescue shelter in Salisbury, Massachusetts, about 20 miles from her home, called her Thursday, March 14, and said they found a cat with a microchip registered to her.Shelter director Britt Fox Hover says Larry is pretty healthy, but is missing part of a paw.Animal TestingCountless kittens used for research on harmful parasites and then euthanized could be granted a new lease on life if new rules introduced in Congress are passed. The bipartisan and bicameral Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act, or KITTEN Act, aims to find more humane alternatives to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) current practice of euthanizing kittens after they are used in agency research on toxoplasmosis–a disease caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite.The parasite infects between 13 and 40 percent of population in the United States and United Kingdom, according to the USDA. Although it does not cause serious symptoms of illness in most adults, it can cause blindness and mental retardation in congenitally infected children.Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) introduced the KITTEN bill on March 7. The proposed legislation does not intend to stop the research, rather just save the kittens from being put down, and has already attracted support from Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) plus a group of more than 20 bipartisan U.S. representatives.“The USDA’s decision to slaughter kittens after they are used in research is an archaic practice and horrific treatment, and we need to end it,” Merkley said in a public statement. “The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing, and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead.” Today, @SenJeffMerkley and I are introducing the bipartisan, bicameral #KITTENAct to end the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) practice of killing kittens after they’re used in agency testing.— Rep. Jimmy Panetta (@RepJimmyPanetta) March 7, 2019 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Total numbers of kittens killed in toxoplasmosis research at Maryland lab funded by your tax dollars according to @USDA in past 5 years. Its funded to raise & kill 100 per year. 2017-30 killed / 2016 -50 killed / 2015-34 killed / 2014-44 killed / 2013-63 killed @ABC7News #7OYS— Scott Taylor ABC 7 (@ScottTaylorTV) May 18, 2018 A cat lays on the ground. (Shea Belew Brennaman) If passed, the bill would require the USDA to uphold basic animal welfare standards, and the kittens would be fully protected by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to end the use of kittens and adult cats in any USDA experiment that unnecessarily harms the animal.“While I strongly support scientific research, taxpayer money and federal resources should be spent on advancing scientific research in an ethical manner, not on inflicting pain on kittens or killing them after they are used in agency testing,” Panetta said. “I hope this bill helps us get closer to ending this cruel practice.”center_img US News Since 1970, the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, has invested $650,000 a year into research and testing on kittens that eventually get put down by the USDA. Animal rights advocates accuse the lab of breeding up to 100 kittens annually to be fed parasite-infected raw meat when they turn two months old. Feces are collected and parasitic eggs harvested for use in other experiments. The three-month-old kittens are then euthanized and cremated. Rights groups says that the kittens could easily be treated and adopted.The USDA disputes the claim that it was experimenting on 100 kittens each year, saying the figure is inflated. Cat That Went Missing 5 Years Ago Finally Found By The Associated Press March 14, 2019 Updated: March 14, 2019 The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is WAY out of line breeding cats just to feed them parasite-ridden raw meat and then kill them even though they’re perfectly healthy. Our bipartisan KITTEN Act will put an end to this abusive and unnecessary practice for good.— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) March 7, 2019 Taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project applauded the two senators for trying to rescue the kittens.“3,000 kittens killed and $22 million squandered for decades of cruel and unproductive USDA experiments is tragic whether you care about government waste, animal protection or both,” Project Public Policy Manager Noelle Callahan said. “Like a majority of Americans, our two-million-plus members want this nightmarish program ended and we applaud Senator Merkley for his outstanding leadership to end the USDA’s taxpayer-funded kitten slaughter.”Animal protection advocates also welcomed the new bill, saying the USDA’s research practices are “out of step” with 21st Century animal welfare recommendations.“Continuing to breed and kill perfectly healthy kittens for toxoplasmosis research is unethical and unnecessary, and I’m grateful to Senator Merkley for introducing the KITTEN Act to stop it once and for all,” said Animal Planet Guest Expert Hannah Shaw, who is also founder of animal advocacy project Kitten Lady.Separately, the U.S. government recently revealed that it was extending an agreement with the University of California–San Francisco to supply researchers at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with fetal tissue sourced from aborted babies for implanting into mice.It is the second time HHS has opted for a 90-day extension instead of a year-long agreement as the department reviews its use of fetal tissue for moral, ethical, and other concerns.Since 2013, HHS has been paying over $2 million a year of taxpayer money for a steady supply of about 100 mice a month, 90 of which are implanted with human fetal thymus and liver tissue. The mice are used for testing HIV drugs.The Epoch Times reporter Richard Szabo contributed to this report. Share this article It also maintains that the animals used in the “life-saving research” have to be euthanized to stop the parasite from infecting people, although this has been disputed by the Centers for Disease Control, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, who say that the kittens can be kept safely as pets after they have been treated with the antibiotic clindamycin.Merkley is using wording in the Senate Appropriations Committee agricultural bill to urge the USDA to consider alternative testing methods to infecting and killing kittens. The USDA announced in 2018 it had started looking for alternatives to the kitten testing.last_img read more

MONTPELIER Vt—An insurance program to help hard

first_img MONTPELIER, Vt.—An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won’t tackle the underlying challenges they face.Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices that have driven thousands out of business.“I’ve been in this for over 40 years and this is as bad as it’s ever gotten,” said Vermont dairy farmer Jacques Parent on April 9.Describing the dairy farmers’ situation as urgent, 38 U.S. senators signed a letter late last month urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement the insurance program quickly and work to educate farmers about their options.The improved insurance program in the 2018 farm bill—called Dairy Margin Coverage—expands the coverage levels for farmers. They pay premiums and receive payments when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reach a certain level. The program was delayed by the 35-day partial government shutdown. Payments will be retroactive to January.“USDA is working diligently to implement the DMC program and other programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce wrote in an email on April 8. Still, the more time that passes, the harder it is for farmers.“I think it’s frustrating, very frustrating because we’ve gone through this four-year drought in revenue and each month it gets put off the more disheartened producers become,” said Michigan dairy farmer Ken Nobis.Consumer demand in some segments and unresolved trade issues that are harming exports and boosting surpluses are other issues challenging the dairy industry, a spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation has said.For many years, dairy farmers went through a three-year cycle of a good year, a bad year and a mediocre year, Nobis said.“Now we’re in our fifth year of below profitable levels of milk production, that’s pretty hard for anyone to withstand,” he said.Higher tier coverage is available for smaller operations. Nobis, whose farm milks 1,000 cows, and Parent with 700 cows, would cap out early.“It’s appreciated but it’s only a little Band-Aid,” said Parent.The bottom line is farmers don’t want a check from the government, said Nobis. “What we want is a viable market and that viable market … has been damaged dramatically by the trade issues that we didn’t ask for, frankly.”By Lisa Rathke  Dairy Safety Net Program Expected in June By The Associated Press April 10, 2019 Updated: April 10, 2019 Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File) Share this articlelast_img read more