Day: December 29, 2017

Donald Trump Terminated All Remaining Members of the HIV/AIDS Council – Out Magazine

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Donald Trump Terminated All Remaining Members of the HIV/AIDS Council
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The remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have been fired by Donald Trump, reportedly without any explanation. Six members of PACHA resigned in June, among them Scott Schoettes, a Chicago-based HIV/AIDS activist and senior

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Ice on Chicago River, Lake Michigan doesn’t mean they’re frozen solid: experts – Chicago Tribune

This week’s lingering cold snap may have created what appears to be sheets of ice on the Chicago River and along the shores of Lake Michigan, but experts say it’s not frozen solid.

Lake Michigan’s water temperature is still a bit too warm to form a large patch of ice, officials said. It would take at least another month of constant cold, low wind and cold water to form the sort of ice cover like the one seen in 2014, when ice coverage on the Great Lakes was 92.5 percent, the highest since 1979. Only about 10 percent of Lake Michigan is covered by ice as of Friday, according to officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

“(The ice) looks all the same, but when you venture out on it, you might be venturing out from a shore to mid-river area and (the ice) could be much thinner, but it might not look thinner,” he said. “I wouldn’t suggest anybody going out on the ice now.”

The frigid forecast may help the cause. The weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook Friday, warning of elevated risks for snow and excessive cold, which have already led to at least one cold-related death in Cook County. After a winter storm dumps between two to five inches on the area Friday, temperatures will once again tumble into the single digits over the weekend, bringing with it subzero wind chills that are expected to last into the first week of the new year, the weather service is predicting.

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The weather service also warned of possible ice jam flooding along area rivers, including far south suburban Momence on the Kankakee River.

Ringo Starr & Barry Gibb Awarded Knighthoods in Queen’s New Year Honors – Billboard

The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Bee Gees founder member Barry Gibb have been awarded knighthoods in the Queen’s New Year honors.

Barry Gibb, who is recognized for his services to music and charity, told the Press Association that being awarded a knighthood was “a moment in life to be treasured and never forgotten.”  

Other honorees include grime star Wiley, real name Richard Cowie, who is awarded an MBE for his services to music. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer of the distinctly British form of hip-hop known as grime, Wiley told the Press Association that being made an MBE “feels like the school grade I wanted and didn’t get, but now I’m finally there.”

“I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour,” said Gibb. “It is as much theirs as it is mine. The magic, the glow and the rush will last me the rest of my life.”

Starr’s knighthood comes more than half a century after he received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) at the height of the Fab Four’s fame. His former bandmate and the only other surviving Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney received the same accolade in 1997.

Bill Belichick runaway winner in AP’s NFL coach rankings – Topeka Capital Journal

“He has to make this list after what the Rams have done in his first season,” Dallas-based Schuyler Dixon said. “Doesn’t matter whether he’s a flash in the pan, and he sure doesn’t look like one.”

While no one else ranked McVay higher than sixth, he appeared on nine of the 11 ballots.

“Best coach of this era and it’s not even close,” said New York-based editor Simmi Buttar. “He’s playing chess and the rest are on checkers.”

“Innovative and a terrific motivator and but for one play call from the 1-yard line, he’d have two Super Bowl titles,” Fendrich said.

“Revived No. 1 pick and figured out how to use Gurley,” Lofton said.

The only other active coach with a Super Bowl title, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, finished just outside the top 10 at No. 11.

California cracks down on improper use of disabled placards – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“This is depriving legitimate disabled people from using the spaces, and to some extent people build animosity toward the disabled community when they see that,” Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo told the newspaper.

“It allows people with disabilities to move around the community like everyone else,” she said of the placards.

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State officials say many of those cards are now used by family members or friends of the original holders. Other cards have been purchased illegally.

Auditors estimated that several hundred thousand of the state’s 3 million placards are likely being used improperly.

Germany has ordered Amazon to stop taking advantage of people who can’t spell “Birkenstock” – Quartz

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Germany has ordered Amazon to stop taking advantage of people who can't spell “Birkenstock”
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A German court has barred Amazon from drawing in online shoppers who misspell iconic German sandal maker Birkenstock in their Google searches, reports. Amazon reportedly won business for common Birkenstock misspellings by booking variants like
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Poland discussing bringing refugees in for medical treatment – ABC News

Poland’s conservative government has been at odds with European Union leaders for refusing to accept any migrants under an EU relocation plan intended to ease the pressure on traditional landing spots such as Greece and Italy.

“I believe that we can consider temporary aid to those most needy, elderly people, small children, especially Christians,” Bielan said on TVN24, stressing he was not speaking for the government.

This story has been corrected to show the spelling of lawmaker’s first name is Kornel, not Kortnel.

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But he said any newcomers should be expected to adopt the ways of Poland.

Kornel Morawiecki, a senior Polish lawmaker and the father of the country’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said earlier this week that accepting 7,000 refugees should not be a problem for Poland, a nation of almost 40 million people.

He said it should be outlined up front how long patients would require treatment, how long they would stay in Poland and “what happens when they are ready to return to Syria.”

Trident Health CEO questions how MUSC will pay for new $325 million hospital off Nexton Parkway in Berkeley County – Charleston Post Courier

A separate $50 million MUSC Children’s Health Ambulatory Campus, under construction at Mall Drive and Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, will open in 2019.

“We’ve gotten very crowded in the last two years at MUSC,” Cawley said. “We are consistently not able to bring in all the patients who are trying to get into the hospital.”

The existing “campus is located in a major flood zone and when it rains at high tide, this portion of the peninsula shuts down, delaying patient care and inhibiting access points,” the application says. 

When queried about the new hospital’s exact location earlier this week, MUSC spokeswoman Sheila Champlin responded to The Post and Courier, “There are no additional details about the location available at this time.” 

In the 602-page application, MUSC acknowledges that both Roper St. Francis and Trident Health already hold a Certificate of Need to build Berkeley County hospitals. The document also points out that Trident, unlike Roper St. Francis, has not started construction. 

MUSC’s Certificate of Need application indicates the future community hospital will “provide the perfect complement to Palmetto Primary Care Physicians’ planned outpatient medical campus.”

Forever 21 breach exposed customer credit card info for months – Engadget

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Forever 21 breach exposed customer credit card info for months
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If you shopped at a Forever 21 store this year, there's a chance your credit card information may have been stolen, CNET reports. The retail store confirmed this week that between April 3rd and November 18th of this year, a number of point of sale

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NBA apologizes for ‘Palestine’ wording after Israel complaint –

NBA apologizes for 'Palestine' wording after Israel complaint

JERUSALEM — The NBA has apologized and removed wording from its website referring to "Palestine-occupied territory" on Friday after complaints by an Israeli minister. Israeli sports minister Miri Regev had sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Apologizes for Listing 'Palestine' and 'Occupied Territory' on Official Website After Israeli BacklashNewsweek
NBA Apology for 'Palestine' Wording After Israel ComplaintU.S. News & World Report
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