Gabrielle Union Urges Skin Cancer Prevention

first_imgOne in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. As fall fast approaches, Neutrogena and actress Gabrielle Union are urging people to make skin cancer prevention part of their daily, year-round routines in an effort to thwart this epidemic.There is a lot of progress to be made: a recent national survey commissioned by Neutrogena and executed by Harris Interactive showed that just 13 percent of all women in the U.S. wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Fifty-six percent of women surveyed believe the growing rate in skin cancer is due to lack of education.Additionally, among those who have ever used sunscreen, 76 percent of White women and 63 percent of Hispanic women use it to protect themselves from skin cancer, compared to just 46 percent of African American women. A common belief is that darker skin tones offer a natural barrier from the sun’s damaging rays. However, these myths can often lead to lax and dangerous sun safety behaviors. Committed to eradicating skin cancer, Neutrogena, the number one dermatologist-recommended sun care brand, is dedicated to help save lives through year-round prevention, education and protection efforts.“Just because summer is ending, sun-safe behavior should not,” says Gabrielle Union. “Skin cancer is the one cancer that’s preventable, yet it’s still on the rise. I’m glad that I can help Neutrogena educate people by spotlighting common sun protection myths and spreading the word that it doesn’t matter the color of your skin; everyone can get skin cancer.”“There are many misconceptions about who can get skin cancer and how you get skin cancer,” says dermatologist Dr. Darrell Rigel. “The fact that melanoma is the most preventable cancer yet still on the rise, shows that more education is needed.”Furthermore, the recent survey reveals that while 76 percent of all women believe daily sunscreen use is important in helping prevent skin cancer, the average woman does not begin using it until she is nearly 30, long after significant skin damage has already been done.View a sun protection PSA from Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Garner and Miranda Cosgrove and learn more about skin cancer prevention at Newswirelast_img read more

Zendaya Celebrates 18th Birthday By Raising Funds To Feed Hungry Children

first_imgDisney star and Hollywood Records’ multi-platinum artist Zendaya will celebrate her 18th birthday on Sept. 1, 2014 with a campaign to help feed at least 150 hungry children in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines through feedONE, an initiative of Convoy of Hope.From Aug. 25 through Sept. 9, 2014, fans of the pop star can help her reach her goal by visiting and making a donation. Every $10 raised will feed a child for one month. Fans may also text ZHOPE to 50555 to feed one child.“Too many kids will go back to school hungry this year, but we can do something about that,” said Zendaya. “My generation has the opportunity to change the world. With Convoy of Hope, I’ve raised my voice and am using it to give people hope.”International, humanitarian-relief organization, Convoy of Hope brings help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. A Convoy of Hope initiative, feedONE currently feeds more than 146,000 children in 11 countries. The organization welcomes help from people like Zendaya to feed the tens of thousands more children on its waiting list.“We’re so grateful that Zendaya is using her platform to raise awareness for those in need,” said Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “We look forward to continuing to partner with her in the future.”Zendaya has been an advocate for Convoy of Hope since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey in 2012, promoting disaster response work by the organization. The singer urged her fans to text a $10 donation to help.Since then, Zendaya has offered her voice and influence to tell Convoy of Hope’s story to her millions of followers on social media. In 2013, Zendaya also encouraged fans to support Convoy of Hope after tornadoes ravaged Oklahoma and when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.Zendaya also recently released a cover of John Legend’s “All of Me,” the proceeds of which will benefit Convoy of Hope.For more information and to view a message from Zendaya visit read more

Continued improvement in Iraqs security situation Ban reports

Mr. Ban cautions that the gains made so far need to be sustained through meaningful political dialogue and national reconciliation. “Time is of the essence, and Iraq can no longer afford continued delays in finding viable political solutions,” the Secretary-General says in the quarterly report, released today.The Secretary-General also highlights the issue of disputed internal boundaries in the country and says it remains a priority for the UNAMI. He strongly encourages the Iraqi authorities and political stakeholders to explore opportunities created by the mission’s work on this delicate issue.UNAMI will also continue to assist Iraq’s independent electoral commission in planning for governorate elections, Mr. Ban says, but warns that unless a new electoral law is passed in time Iraqis will be deprived of the chance to vote this year, which could alienate various communities.According to the report, rising levels of oil income offer an opportunity to improve the management and accountability of the country’s financial resources, but Mr. Ban says that essential services are still lacking and fuel shortages remain widespread in a country with vast oil reserves. He stresses that job creation is vital.“Although Iraq forecasts around 7 per cent growth for 2008, the new wealth has not lifted many Iraqis out of poverty or reduced unemployment levels,” he writes.While welcoming new commitments to assist people displaced inside the country, the Secretary-General also calls on the Iraqi Government to develop ways of helping the Iraqi refugee community in the region, in cooperation with neighbouring host countries.Mr. Ban says the fact that a growing number of Arab States have expressed their willingness to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Baghdad is a positive development, and the decision by the United Arab Emirates to forgive Iraqi debt is a strong step that he hopes is taken by others in the region. 1 August 2008A combination of political and military efforts has led to continued improvements in security across Iraq in the past three months, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report to the Security Council on the United Nations Assistance Mission to the country (UNAMI). read more

MR meets South Korean leader

Rajapaksa arrived in Seoul Monday for a four-day state visit. Under a memorandum of understanding, the money to come from South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) will be used in various agricultural and public work projects as well as education and health-related programs, it said. “The agreement is important because it raises transparency on the amount of money that will be offered, making it easier for Colombo to set up its national development plans,” the ministry said.The EDCF can make it possible for local companies to take part in the ongoing 10-year national infrastructure building plan that runs through 2016, it said.The loans can also strengthen bilateral economic ties with the country that buys South Korean cars, knitted goods and synthetic rubber. Two-way trade between the two countries reached $426 million last year, with South Korea posting a $262 million surplus. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa held a summit in Seoul Tuesday to discuss ways to strengthen economic and other cooperation between the two countries.Meanwhile South Korea said it will provide Sri Lanka US$200 million in development loans that can be used for future infrastructure building by the South Asian country. In the past, Seoul provided development loans to 22 projects worth $460 million, making Sri Lanka the fourth-largest beneficiary of official overseas assistance. (South Korean agencies) During Tuesday’s summit, Lee said Sri Lanka’s economy has grown steadily and its political situation stabilized due to Rajapaksa’s leadership. Lee also thanked Sri Lanka for sending a pair of elephants two years ago as a token of friendship between the two countries. “In particular, more than 20,000 Sri Lankan workers are contributing to the economy of South Korea and they are beloved by South Korean businessmen,” Lee said during the summit, referring to migrant workers from the South Asian nation.Lee said the two countries agreed to expand the Sri Lankan workforce in South Korea. Further details of the agreement were not immediately available.Rajapaksa’s trip to Seoul also includes a forum with business leaders of the two countries and a meeting with leading South Korean trade organizations.South Korea will meanwhile provide Sri Lanka US$200 million in development loans that can be used for future infrastructure building by the South Asian country, the South Korean Finance Ministry said. read more

Mahindas SLPP says it is heading for victory at polls

The coalition Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been accused by some sections of society and the opposition of failing to fully meet public expectations.Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Wickremesinghe’s United National Party contested the elections separately with the main challenge coming from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says it is expected to win the Local Government (LG) elections based on results counted so far.Sources close to the Rajapaksa camp said that preliminary results received had indicated that the SLPP had a clear lead. The Local Government election was seen as an unofficial referendum on the performance of the unity Government so far. The election is the first election to be held since the current Government came to power in 2015 defeating the administration led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

Go Figure Michael Jordan BBQ Sauce Sells For 10K

A Chicago man with an apparent appetite for barbeque sauce and an overwhelming appreciation for Michael Jordan spent $9,995 on eBay for a gallon of BBQ sauce intended for use on McDonald’s McJordan sandwich in 1992.The seller was surprised, to say the least.“I’ve got quite a bit of McDonald’s memorabilia,” said Mort Bank, a former McDonald’s owner-operator in North Dakota. “This was on my shelf, and my daughter who helps me with eBay said, ‘I wonder what something like this would be worth?’“I said, ‘I can’t imagine anyone else saved it.’ It only could have been another owner-operator. We decided to see what we could get . . . I said I can remember a chicken nugget someone said looked like Jesus that sold on eBay for what, $6,000? You have to use your imagination to to even think it looks like that. This is an actual product.”The sandwich was named after Michael Jordan during the Bulls’ run of championships, and Bank said the regional McJordan promotion was the first time McDonald’s named a sandwich after a person. Its limited production made the sauce a rare item.Bank would not disclose any information about the buyer other than he’s a male from Chicago.“I assume he’s a Bulls fan,” Bank said.Bank, 65, also is a big NBA fan and former Minnesota Timberwolvesseason-ticket holder.“I’m a Laker fan (from their days as the Minneapolis Lakers),” he said. “But I loved watching Michael Jordan and consider him one of the greatest ever.“If the Lakers weren’t in the Finals, I’d cheer for the Bulls.”Bank originally had the item up for auction on eBay several months ago, but no bid ever met the minimum price of $10,000. So Bank, who was getting offers for approximately $1,000, said he had to renew it every five days at a cost. He decided to apply a “buy it now” option at $10,000.“All of a sudden a news story broke, not sure how, but all of a sudden my daughter called and said we were getting all kinds of offers and questions about it,” Bank said. “It started spreading on the Internet. People paid attention and started making offers.”Once the offer for $9,995.00 came in, Bank decided to sell.“If I had known it was going to be red hot on the Internet, I might have done it differently, but $10,000 for barbecue sauce is pretty good,” Bank said.Bank said he sold his seven McDonald’s restaurants and started his own themed restaurant chain called Space Aliens with four in North Dakota and two in Minnesota. read more

Hospitals failing to raise alarm over substandard locum doctors

first_imgThe current method of gaining patient feedback needs to be looked atSir Keith Pearson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The system was introduced in 2012, in the wake of Harold Shipman and other NHS scandals.But the new report finds that for many locums, some of whom demand £155 an hour to work in understaffed hospitals, this is barely more than a tick-box exercise.Sir Keith Pearson, who led the review, said hospital managers would tell locum agencies “please don’t send that doctor again”, but not give reasons why.The head of Health Education England also revealed he had found evidence patients were failing to give honest feedback about doctors, which is a critical part of the relicensing process, for fear of being identified and mistreated.Many doctors are only providing 10 pieces of patient feedback a year for their revalidation reviews, Sir Keith said.GMC rules also allow doctors to select only the best comments to pass on to their appraiser, although the report found the profession was getting gradually better in this respect.“The current method of gaining patient feedback needs to be looked at,” he said, adding that there was “no obvious mechanism” for identifying concern about a doctor’s competency.The Government has introduced an agency cap on how much should be paid to locums, although some hospitals are forced to compete for staff and pay above these rates.The new report found that more than a third standards appraisals are deferred for agency doctors, more than twice the rate for medics with fixed employment.“Doctors are under increasing pressure, and it is vital they are given the appropriate time and support for their own learning and wellbeing,” said Charlie Massey, GMC chief executive.Dr Mark Porter, council chair of the British Medical Association, said the appraisal process must be applied equally to all doctors to avoid “locums falling through the cracks.”center_img More than 8,000 highly paid locum doctors could be putting patients at risk by escaping proper checks on their fitness to practice, a new report warns.An investigation for the General Medical Council also found hospitals are failing to raise the alarm when they come across stand-in medics whose skill levels are unsafe.Doctors in the UK are supposed to undergo annual appraisals and must get their licence to practise revalidated every five years.last_img read more

Former soldier sues MoD after contracting Q fever from animal bacteria in

 The NHS says the bacterial infection is usually harmless, but that it can cause serious problems in some people.Normally, the fever is successfully treated with antibiotics and it is rare for it to develop into chronic fatigue syndrome.The disease may cause mild symptoms similar to the flu. However, many people have no symptoms at all. Mild forms of the disease may clear up in a few weeks without any treatment.The MOD follows the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which does not recommend vaccination for Q fever.The Australian government has cleared Q-VAX, a Q fever vaccine, for issue, but it is not currently licensed for use in the UK.An MOD spokesperson said: “As legal proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after claiming he caught the debilitating infection Q fever while dodging Taliban bullets in Helmand province, in the first case of its kind.The former infantryman says he contracted the bacterial infection during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.Wayne Bass, 34, was medically discharged from the Army in June 2012 suffering Q fever and chronic fatigue symptoms. He says his life has been ruined by the Army’s failure to provide antibiotics which would have protected him from the disease.In 2011 Mr Bass was serving as a private in 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment. His platoon was responsible for reconnaissance and protecting other forces in a part of Helmand Province known for its heavy Taliban presence.   It is there that he believes he contracted Q fever, an infection caused by bacteria most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats.He said: “To avoid enemy fire I was constantly having to dive into ditches on the ground where farm animals had been, there were animals all over the place”.Mr Bass, from Redditch, Worcestershire, is testing the MoD’s duty to protect troops against Q fever claiming he should have been given antibiotics by the Army. After experiencing flu-like symptoms Mr Bass was treated with intravenous antibiotics. Following periods in hospital and at the MoD’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, he was diagnosed with Q fever chronic fatigue syndrome.“On some days I’m OK, I can walk a few hundred metres,” he said.“But often I get breathless, have aches and pains all over my body for which I have to take very powerful painkillers.”The nerve pain in my lower back and legs means that my back can lock up and I’m immobile.”Justin Glenister of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, representing Mr Bass, said: “This is the first case in which the question will be asked whether the MoD had a duty to protect soldiers against this known risk of Q fever, which we say was a preventable risk, and what steps it ought to have taken to protect them. There are other similar cases being prepared.”The five-day trial, which started on Monday at the Central London County Court, will examine the extent of any duty owed by the army to Mr Bass in relation to Q fever, and whether that duty was breached.Q fever is an infection caused by bacteria found in cattle, sheep, and goats around the world. Humans typically get Q fever when they breathe in dust contaminated by the faeces of infected farm animals. read more

ROAD TO SWEDEN 2016 14 matches 14 routine home wins

Women’s EHF EURO 2016 Here are the complete results of the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 Qualifications Round 1 which has been played on Wednesday and Thursday. All 14 matches are ended by routine wins of home teams.Group 1Norway – Belarus 35:24 (19:13)Romania – Lithuania 29:20 (16:10)Group 2Czech Republic – Italy 33:15 (14: 5)Serbia – Ukraine 34:25 (14:12)Group 3Netherlands – Bulgaria 45:24 (24:16)Spain – Austria 25:15 (13: 6)Group 4Croatia – Slovenia 27:19 (14:11)Montenegro – Macedonia 21:14 (12: 8)Group 5Poland – Finland 29:12 (13: 8)Hungary – Slovakia 32:19 (15: 8)Group 6Russia – Portugal 39:19 (20:10)Denmark – Turkey 28:19 (16:10)Group 7Germany – Switzerland 29:18 (13:10)France – Island 27:17 (11: 8) ← Previous Story FC BARCELONA: Ohlander to replace Šarić in November Next Story → LNH: Strong PSG Handball alone at the TOP read more

Documentary tells story of cancer bus that takes patients from Donegal to

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Short URL 32,311 Views Source: Phantom Limb Productions/VimeoTuras na hAilse is being screened tonight on TG4 at 8.30pm. I’ve often hugged people here, they’d cry and that was good to get that realise because you’d see the loneliness in their eyes. 34 Comments CANCER PATIENTS IN Donegal have to travel over 200 kilometres for their nearest treatment centre to receive radiotherapy in Galway.The bus, which is called the cancer bus, picks up patients on Monday morning and brings them home on Friday evening.One woman said, “I have to be up at 4.30 and it takes between four and five hours.”They stay in the cancer support centre Inis Aoibhinn for the week, supporting each other in these difficult circumstances.A TG4 documentary, Turas na hAilse, which means The Cancer Journey, follows the patients as they make this journey together.Describing his diagnoses, one man said, “I was just normal as ever I was beforehand, to get the news like that, that wasn’t nice.” Another woman said: Share Tweet Email3 Documentary tells story of ‘cancer bus’ that takes patients from Donegal to Galway every week A TG4 documentary, Turas na hAilse, follows the patients as they make this journey together. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 7:37 PM Apr 19th 2017, 7:37 PM last_img read more

Greece to boost naval presence off Cyprus

first_imgForeign Minister Evangelos Venizelos announced that Greece is planning to boost its naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean with a frigate and a submarine but said the move would be a contribution to NATO and United Nations-backed missions in the region, not a response to a Turkish bid to prospect in waters where Cyprus already has a license to drill for oil and gas.“All our initiatives are initiatives of political diplomacy aimed at maintaining stability and peace in the region,” Venizelos told reporters in Nicosia. He added that all countries in the region must work toward the same aim. “That is also our message to the Turkish side,” he said.Venizelos met with his Cypriot and Egyptian counterparts, Ioannis Kasoulides and Sameh Hassan Shoukry, for talks that focused on offshore energy rights and exclusive economic zones. The three diplomats subsequently issued a joint statement essentially condemning Ankara, saying they “deplored the recent illegal actions perpetrated within Cyprus’s EEZ, as well as the unauthorized seismic operations being conducted therein.”“Any unilateral actions further undermine the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East area,” they added.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A Nintendo Fan Makes His Own Switch VR Headset

first_imgThe Nintendo Switch is still in its earliest days, so asking when it’ll get a VR peripheral is a tad premature. However, that didn’t stop one clever gamer from fashioning his own Switch VR headset.YouTuber NintenDrew took a Durovis Dive 7 headset and stuck a Nintendo Switch on it. This headset is supposed to be used with tablets, but it works nicely as a makeshift Switch headset.Since there are no 3D games on Switch, NintenDrew had to improvise. He recorded 720p footage from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Using a workaround to get YouTube videos to run on Switch, he was able to play the Ocarina of Time footage he recorded. He played the same footage side-by-side in order to replicate stereoscopic 3D. Doing this, he was able to simulate the VR experience on Switch.The set up isn’t perfect though. As you can see from the video below, each of the headset’s lenses can only display 500 horizontal pixels. This is because the Switch is larger than most VR headsets. A full 3D image can only be seen in the center of the screen where the two view ports overlap. Because of the Switch’s low resolution, jagged edges become more apparent when using it as a VR device.Will we ever see an official VR peripheral for the Switch? Maybe. In late 2016, Nintendo patented a VR headset that looked like it was made for a Switch. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima even said that if Nintendo resolves comfort issues associated with prolonged VR usage, that the company would move forward with VR. It’s entirely possible that Nintendo is already testing VR for Switch.Right now, it is uncertain what the future of VR is. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have pretty much flatlined in sales. The PlayStation VR — the most successful dedicated VR device on the market — has seemingly hit its peak as well. Even if Nintendo does manage to create a capable VR headset for Switch, would there even be a market for it? It’s hard to say, but whatever they come up with (if they are indeed working on a VR headset), it will certainly be better than the company’s infamous Virtual Boy.last_img read more

Rose enjoys playing for England

first_imgDanny Rose believes playing for England is now enjoyable, according to Sports Mole.The Spurs defender has revealed he was emotional by the reaction of the fans after England’s 2-1 semi-final World Cup loss to Croatia on Tuesday night.Gareth Southgate’s side missed out on an opportunity to play in their first World Cup final since 1966 but a majority of the fans stayed behind after the game to applaud the players and coaching staff.Rose believes the reaction of the fans towards the players now shows that playing for the country has become more enjoyable.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That scene at the end of the game was emotional and I can’t believe I’m excited about putting on the England shirt again. A few years ago I didn’t think I would get this excited to put on the shirt but it just goes to show the new connection between the fans and the players.” Rose is quoted saying by Sky Sports.“I’m not going to lie it wasn’t always enjoy some years back, whether we won or lost. But now I can’t wait to get back on the pitch in an England shirt,” he continued.Rose is expected to start for England in their third-place playoff game against Belgium on Saturday.last_img read more

JAMAICA MOU signed to further boost Child Protection Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 21, 2017 – Kingston – The Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further improve the quality of services offered to vulnerable children and families.The two-year MOU entails the establishment of a referral system that facilitates social interventions for persons who are assessed and determined to be vulnerable.   They include current and former wards of the State; children remanded in government places of safety, pending court decisions; youngsters deemed at risk to be or who have been neglected, abused or maltreated by their families; and those on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).The MOU was signed during a ceremony at CPFSA’s head office on Duke Street, Kingston, on November 17.   Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts-Risden, said the MOU will support the CPFSA’s delivery of much-needed assistance to the target beneficiaries.“What we hope to achieve… is that any child in need of support, we will refer them to the CPFSA, and, similarly, any child in need of the programmes in our Ministry, the CPFSA will refer them to us,” she said.Meanwhile, CPFSA Chief Executive Officer, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said the partnership will assist in strengthening the family structure.“We can’t treat with children without treating with their families; and we believe that if we give greater support to our families, then the children will be OK.   As we seek to build the family structure in our country, we want to ensure that the most vulnerable who, we both serve, are protected and provided with services in a timely manner.   We see this partnership as very valuable,” she said.The CPFSA, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is the entity under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information that is responsible for enabling a stable and nurturing living environment for children who are in need of care and protection.The Agency was renamed following its merger with the Office of the Children’s Registry earlier this year.This was done as part of the Ministry’s plans to create a more efficient child-protection sector with emphasis on the pooling of resources, timely service delivery, and increasing field services staff.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

13 killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage

first_imgAaron Alexis, arrested in September 2010 on suspicion of discharging a firearm in the city limits, has been identified by the FBI as the gunman in the Monday shooting rampage at at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington. SEATTLE (AP) — The man identified as the shooter in the Washington Navy Yard slayings had been arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a parked car in what he described as an anger-fueled “black out.”Two construction workers told police that Aaron Alexis walked out of a home next door on May 6, 2004, pulled a pistol from his waistband and fired three shots into the rear tires of their parked car. Alexis later told police he thought the victims had “disrespected him.”Court records show he was released on the condition he not have contact with any of the construction workers.Seattle police said in a statement Monday that detectives later spoke with Alexis’ father, who told police Alexis had anger management problems associated with PTSD, and had participated in rescue attempts on Sept. 11th, 2001.WASHINGTON — A former Navy man opened fire Monday morning inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard, spraying bullets at office workers in the cafeteria and the halls, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.Authorities said they were looking for a possible second attacker who may have been disguised in an olive-drab military-style uniform.But as the day wore on and night fell, the rampage increasingly appeared to be the work of a lone gunman, and Navy Yard employees were being released from the complex and children were let out of their locked-down schools.last_img read more

Wilmington Residents Invited To Free Electric Vehicle Ride Drive Event At RMLD

first_imgREADING, MA — In celebration of National Drive Electric Week (September 8-16), Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), in partnership with the Town of Danvers Electric Division, invites customers to attend a free Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at RMLD’s offices located at 230 Ash Street, Reading. Attendees are invited to view and test drive (or ride) an assortment of plug-in vehicles from local automobile dealers. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and rebate programs will also be available. Local electric vehicle owners will also be in attendance to offer insider reviews and commentary.Customers who are unable to make it on Sunday are welcome to attend a Ride and Drive event held by Concord and Belmont on Saturday, September 15thfrom 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Walden Pond in Concord.RMLD’s summer pilot program offers residential customers a $1,500 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and a $1,000 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Plus (PHEV+) with an on-board battery capacity greater than 10 kWh. Customers must take delivery of the vehicle by October 31, 2018 in order to qualify. RMLD also offers a residential rebate of 100% of equipment costs up to $500 for a networked (or “smart”) AC level 2 charging station.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel costs for EV owners, and help keep electric rates low.For more information on RMLD’s electric vehicle program, visit The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill Obamacare Is The Law Of

first_img Share House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass.President Trump tried to spin the setback as a defeat for Democrats who wouldn’t cross the aisle to support the bill — despite not making any entreaties to the minority party.“The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” he argued in the Oval Office. “It is exploding right now.”Trump — who is the first president to enter office without any political or legislative experience — did seem to admit there was a bit of a learning curve when it came to such a complex issue.“This was an interesting period of time. We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty and we learned a lot about the vote getting process. And we learned about very arcane rules in both the Senate and the House,” Trump said. “Certainly for me it was a very interesting experience, but for me, it’ll be an experience that leads to an even better health care plan.”Striking a more solemn tone, a dejected House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted that fulfilling the GOP’s pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act was tougher than they expected.“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains, and, well, we’re feeling those growing pains now,” Ryan said.“I will not sugarcoat this — this is a disappointing day for us,” the House Speaker conceded.The way forward for Republicans on exactly how to replace Obamacare remains murky — or if they even will try again.“Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land,” Ryan admitted. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to replace this law.”Ryan had already delayed the bill a day to try to muster support. Trump had delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans — pass the GOP replacement, the American Health Care Act, or Obamacare will stand.Ultimately, the votes never came together for a fractured GOP caucus, and Ryan traveled to the White House to tell Trump he was pulling the bill.Democrats, meanwhile, were more than happy to take a victory lap in the GOP’s defeat. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose caucus was decimated in 2010 after the health care bill was passed, appeared flaked by Democratic leadership to gloat just a day after the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act.“It’s pretty exciting for us,” the California Democrat said, beaming. “Yesterday the anniversary. Today a victory for us.”The inability of Republicans to reach consensus on a bill, given its control of the House, Senate and White House, badly hurts its image as a party that can govern, and Ryan admitted as much on Friday.The GOP has vowed repeatedly over the past eight years that it would repeal and replace Obamacare. The legislative stalemate endangers Trump’s and the GOP’s agenda and casts a cloud over the legislative path forward after an election waged almost entirely as the antithesis to a progressive agenda enacted by former President Barack Obama, Trump’s predecessor.The risks were high for Trump on the bill. He has hyped a brand of someone able to strike the best deals. Being unable to get this through, after giving an ultimatum to congressional Republicans Thursday, raises questions about just how good a deal-maker he is and underscore his lack of legislative and policy experience upon entering the White House.Vice President Pence, who canceled a trip out of Washington, had hoped to make one last sale in a meeting with the roughly 40-member, hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus, which had also refused to budge from its ideological objections to the bill.In an attempt to win the caucus over, an amendment was added to the bill late Wednesday night, cutting essential health benefits, 10 types of medical care that insurance companies are required to cover. The Freedom Caucus wants to see premiums come down and believes cutting benefits is the way to do that.But that also had an effect on moderates. For example, Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., who represents a swing district in the D.C. suburbs, said she wouldn’t back the bill, joining more moderate Republicans who are top 2018 Democratic targets who don’t want to take a tough vote that might come back to bite them during the midterms.Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, another centrist Republican, announced he wouldn’t support the bill either, saying in a statement that the GOP’s replacement plan was no better than Obamacare.And House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., also broke ranks with GOP leadership on Friday, announcing that he was a no vote. His reasoning: The current bill adds too many new costs and barriers, along with taking away benefits requirements.White House press secretary Sean Spicer had maintained at his daily briefing that a vote was still slated for this afternoon. He said Trump had “left everything on the field” to try to woo Republican members, having contacted over 120 members. But his tone and tense were notable.Spicer wouldn’t concede that the bill might fail, but did admit that “at the end of the day, you can’t force somebody to do something.”He added, “At the end of the day, this isn’t a dictatorship.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Gang Members Discuss Role in Baltimores Uprising

first_imgFrom left: Goldie (a member of the Crips street gang), Bonez (member of the Bloods and a self-published author), and Mugga (pronounced ‘moo-ga’, a member of the Crips).While being accused of plotting to kill law enforcement officers by the Baltimore Police Department, members of the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family, all notorious street gangs, organized to protect businesses, journalists, and residents during a period of unrest and rioting in Baltimore City.“It was a total lie, misconception,” said a young member of the Bloods who gave the name Bonez about the allegation by police. “That was never the case. We never actually said, or had a meeting about, ‘we are joining to actually hurt the police,’ or different things.”“We were just trying to help the community,” said a man who gave the name Mugga (pronounced like ‘moogah’) and is a member of the Crips. “For them to sit there and put it on us, and say we were [targeting police officers], it wasn’t fair. But that’s the outlook they always have on us for years. So all we’re trying to do is help, but for all the help that we do we just keep on getting blamed over and over. But that won’t stop us from helping, we’re just going to keep on going.”In conversations that have taken place in media and around the city, much has been made of a supposedly new unity emerging among Baltimore street gangs in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, the Sandtown Winchester man who died on April 19, one week after sustaining fatal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. But the three gang members who spoke to the AFRO before a major demonstration at the War Memorial Plaza on May 2, said there was nothing new about this unity in the first place.“We’re setting the differences aside, even though, there really were no differences,” said Goldie, a member of the Crips. “I’ve known Bonez for a while now . . . I’ve known Bonez since we were working together, as far as employment. He’s a good brother. Very educated. You don’t meet too many representatives of the Crips or the Bloods that are doing anything in reference to try to help the community, or writing books, or trying to help the kids out.”Bonez concurred, saying, “There’s already been a unity.”“The unity didn’t come together just for one situation, or just because Freddie Gray died – rest in peace Freddie Gray – but this unity has already been built. And it’s been built over the years. It wasn’t anything that just came out,” continued Bonez.Mugga expressed frustration at the inability of media accounts to capture the complexity of the life of inner city gang members, young men whose options were often limited to choosing between bad and worse. “When everybody looks at, ‘Oh, he’s a Blood,’ or, ‘He’s a Crip, he’s doing this, he’s doing that,’ all this is not around just gang banging, or hustling, and all that. There’s more to it, [but] people just don’t see that. Like out here, all these days that we’ve been helping, they don’t put that out, they don’t show us [helping], they just throw it all down and play what they want to show,” said Mugga.“Me, I actually wrote a book,” said Bonez, who will soon release a self-published book titled, ‘Gangster Statistics: The Untold Story.’“We have a lot of others that have been doing projects. I’ve been doing projects that have been helping the community, been uplifting the community, been strengthening the community. [And] not just one nationality, [all] nationalit[ies] as a whole. Now we are the ones to actually stop the problems, so we can be judged correctly, and properly,” added Bonez.Mugga lamented the fact that the Baltimore police have not sought to play a more productive role in poor Black communities, adopting an adversarial posture instead. The problem, the three young men concurred, is that many police officers have never known what it is to grow up in the streets, driving an attitude towards the behavior of those who have to had to navigate those challenges that is not informed by understanding.That limitation, which undermines the authority of police in difficult neighborhoods, extends to much of the City’s power structure, said Bonez, explaining why street gangs were able to have more success at policing their own communities during the April 27 riots than the police themselves.“They have to put people in leadership that are actually in those communities. [Take] the mayor. The mayor, she doesn’t come out in these communities. She doesn’t build relationships with these actual people. So how do you expect somebody to actually respect another individual who says they’re supposed to be in leadership, who is actually not for us,” said Bonez.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Babies given solid food sleep better than others

first_imgLondon: Babies given solid food along with breast milk from three months sleep better than those who are solely breastfed, according to a study.The study by King’s College London and St George’s University of London in the UK found that babies introduced to solid foods early, slept longer, woke less frequently at night and suffered fewer serious sleep problems, than those exclusively breastfed for around the first six months. The population based randomised clinical trial involved 1,303 exclusively breastfed three-month-olds from England and Wales who were divided into two groups, according to the research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOne group followed standard infant feeding advice and were encouraged to exclusively breastfeed for around six months.The second group, while continuing to breastfeed, were asked to introduce solid foods to their infants’ diet from the age of three months.Parents completed online questionnaires every month until their baby was 12 months, and then every three months up to three years of age.Of the parents of 1,303 infants who took part in the study, 94 per cent (1,225), completed the three-year questionnaire – 608 from the exclusive breastfeeding group, and 607 from the early introduction of food group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study found that infants in the group who had solids introduced early slept longer and woke less frequently than those infants who followed standard advice to exclusively breastfeed to around six months of age. Differences between the two groups peaked at six months, with the early introduction group sleeping for a quarter of an hour (16.6 minutes) longer per night (almost 2 hours longer per week), and their night waking frequency decreased from just over twice per night to 1.74. Feedback about maternal wellbeing showed that sleep problems were reported less frequently in the group introducing solids before six months.”The results of this research support the widely held parental view that early introduction of solids improves sleep,” said Professor Gideon Lack from King’s College London.”While the official guidance is that starting solid foods won’t make babies more likely to sleep through the night, this study suggests that this advice needs to be re-examined in light of the evidence we have gathered,” said Lack.last_img read more

New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_imgOnly 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.” WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014.center_img *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives.last_img read more