Report: Death toll in Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian rises to 20

Freeport, Grand Bahama (CNN)As sunshine returned to the northern Bahamas on Wednesday, residents and authorities surveyed the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, overwhelmed by incredible destruction from Hurricane Dorian, which reportedly also took at least 20 lives. The only airport on the island of Grand Bahama has been ripped apart by Dorian. “After two days of trying, we’re finally able to get into the Freeport airport,” CNN’s Patrick Oppmann said from the scene Wednesday. “It’s gone. … The level of devastation is actually breathtaking. There are no walls left at the airport. The ceiling has come crashing.” The airport’s obliteration deals a devastating blow for residents who desperately need medical evacuations or emergency aid. “The runway field is now …

King’s Cross face recognition ‘last used in 2018’

The King’s Cross partnership also denied any data had been shared commercially. It had used it to help the Metropolitan and British Transport Police “prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood”, it said. But both forces told BBC News they were unaware of any police involvement. It said it had since shelved further work on the technology and “has no plans to reintroduce any form of FRT [facial-recognition technology] at the King’s Cross estate”. However, as recently as last month, a security company was advertising for a CCTV operator for the area. The duties of the role included: “To oversee and monitor the health, safety and welfare of all officers across the King’s Cross estate using CCTV, Facewatch and surveillance …

A star-studded Avicii tribute concert set for December will help spread mental health awareness

(CNN)A December 5 concert in Stockholm will honor the late EDM star Avicii, who died by suicide last year. The tribute concert’s lineup includes Adam Lambert, Rita Ora and Aloe Blacc, who sang in Avicii’s 2013 hit “Wake Me Up.” David Guetta and Kygo are among the DJs who will perform. Avicii, whose real name wasTim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, in April 2018. Earlier this year, his family launched the Tim Bergling Foundation to raise money for a variety of causes, including mental health and suicide prevention. “The Tim Bergling Foundation will advocate for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency and promote removing the stigma attached to the discussion of mental health issues,” the …

Planned Parenthood app tries to close reproductive care gap

In the last year, the U.S. has seen dozens of coordinated political efforts by Republicans against abortion and other reproductive healthcare. The most damaging and invasive of these policy moves is the so-called that went into effect on July 11. Under this new policy clinics which provide abortions, or even refer patients to get abortions, are ineligible for Title X funding. The organization already had a lot of people to care for and not a lot of resources, and now the situation is even direr. But this week they announced a new tool in their arsenal to help patients, the . This new app allows patients in 27 states to get birth control prescriptions, as well as medication to treat …

‘I had to adjust to life with a different penis’ the pain and positives of an elective circumcision

After a diagnosis of phimosis, I quickly had the operation. The experience was demeaning, comical and extremely painful but Im happy that I did it My doctor was explaining, with some awkwardness, the procedure I was soon to undergo. The skin around your well … when I was at school we would have said bell-end. I was in my mid-20s, and about to have an elective adult circumcision. After experiencing some problems with bleeding and tearing, I had been diagnosed with phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin retracts with difficulty or not at all. It had taken me a while to get to the GP about something that felt somehow shameful but, after diagnosis, everything progressed quite quickly. Before …

Russia and Ukraine Swap Prisoners in a Victory for Diplomacy

MOSCOWWhat happened on Saturday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was a unique moment in the five-year long conflict and it was a real victory of diplomacy. The two politicians, one a former KGB officer, another a former comedian, managed to keep their promises to each other and swap 70 prisoners variously accused of illegal border crossing, espionage, murders, assassination attempts or terrorism. The significance lies in the high profiles of the prisoners both Kiev and Moscow released and offers a glimmer of hope that the two neighbors and former allies could eventually overcome the bloody division that has separated them since Ukraines Revolution of Dignity. For Zelensky the prisoner swap was a huge political risk: …

US health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people US health officials warned people not to vape until they determine the cause of a severe respiratory illness, which has killed at least three people and hospitalized many more. Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people, they said on Friday. Possible cases have been identified across 33 states and one US territory. Symptoms of the illness include vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain. All confirmed cases appear to have a kind of non-infectious pneumonia, called lipoid pneumonia, developed when oil is inhaled. In all confirmed cases, patients vaped …

Couples Therapy: why would anyone agree to televise their therapy sessions?

The showrunners behind an honest, if uncomfortable, new series explain how they got four couples to allow cameras in the room with their therapist Before the closed glass door of a therapists office in New York, a series of couples brace themselves for a slog. One man fidgets with a 3D puzzle; a woman, eyes closed, grips the chair arms. In the chairs, facing a Rorschach-esque painting, the couples seem aware of, if not reacting to, a discreetly installed camera one womans attempt to tuck in her partners shirt tag, met with a shrug and rebuff, morphs into a shoulder rub. But the anticipation seems to cut through any self-consciousness, landing back on the two people their unit, about to …

The American left’s 2020 mission: defeat Trump and change the world

For many on the left, getting rid of Trump is insufficient. Victory must be accompanied by fundamental political change In some ways, it feels like the left in America has been here before. Shortly before the 2004 election, previously inactive liberals were being energized into the electoral process to prevent George W Bushs re-election, which they believed would fundamentally undermine American democratic norms. In Derry, New Hampshire, drove over 2,000 miles from Kerrys home in Boston to Bushs former home in Midland, Texas, and met a lot of people like Pam and Patrick, who were drawn into the process for the first time. But I never met a single person who was enthusiastic about John Kerry. They just wanted to …

How Kansas GOP Leaders Kept Thousands From Getting Health Insurance

By Lauren Weber | Kaiser Health News TOPEKA, Kan. This was supposed to be the year Medicaid expansion finally happened in Kansas. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, elected in November, had run on the issue. She triumphed in a state that had gone for Trump in 2016 by more than 20 percentage points and replaced a Republican governor who had vetoed a previous expansion bill. Approximately 130,000 low-income peopleroughly 4.5% of the 2.9 million people in the statewould be newly eligible for health insurance under the expansion, which is possible because of the federal Affordable Care Act. But, this time around, a bill to enact Medicaid expansion never even got to the Senate floor, even though the new governor and a …

14 Progressive 2020 Candidates Who Could be the Next AOC

While mainstream media is largely focused on the Democratic presidential primary, grassroots groups and organizers are eyeing opportunities to add progressive candidates to Congress. With the success of The Squad (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)), both at the ballot box and in the media, there are a number of hopefuls lining up to build a left-leaning coalition that can land them in Congress. Here are some of the most interesting primary challengers jumping into the 2020 race. Jessica Cisneros Running for: Texas 28th District Jessica Cisneros Cisneros seeks to unseat Rep. Henry Cuellar, a conservative Democrat who has taken from immigrant detention centers. Cuellar also has an A …

Australian Medical Association Declares Climate Change A Health Emergency But What Does That Mean?

Australia’s pre-eminent medical association has officially declared a climate change health emergency in a statement published Monday, following in the footsteps of similar bodies in the US and UK.  “The AMA accepts the scientific evidence on climate change and its impact on human health and human wellbeing,” said Dr Tony Bartone, president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). “The scientific reality is that climate change affects health and wellbeing by increasing the situations in which infectious diseases can be transmitted, and through more extreme weather events, particularly heatwaves.”  Though the AMA has acknowledged the fact that human-driven climate change will have a serious adverse effect on public health since 2004, this is them formally recognizing climate change as a health emergency. At …

When Solitary Confinement Is A Death Sentence

Their friendship began on July 17, 2014, with whispered secrets shared through the vent in the wall that separated their cells. Jessica Burlew remembers the exact date because she’d turned 17 the day before, the same day that Mariam Abdullah, then 16 and about to be charged as an adult with armed robbery, had been brought to Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Arizona. When Abdullah arrived, shackled and belly chained, in the closed custody unit, where girls deemed incorrigible were held in their cells for 23 hours a day, Burlew had been there for about six months. In that time, Burlew said she hadn’t had any contact with other teens and so was glad to hear Abdullah’s voice. “I very much …

The Porn Stars Who Regret Getting Breast Implants: Dont Do It

If I wanted to have a career touring the country as a feature danceror big boobs sell themselves. Of course, at the time no one had heard the term BIIbreast implant illness. Suffering from migraines not even medication could dull, constant fatigue, hair loss, and a myriad of other symptoms, Karmen Karma has been in and out of doctors offices for the last year trying to reclaim her quality of life. All the tests came back normal. How she could be in her twenties, supposedly in the prime of her life, yet feel closer to 60 was a mystery until a couple of months ago, when a worldwide recall was issued for textured breast implants. I had the same ones …

Ariana Grande Cancels ALL Meet & Greets With Fans For European Tour Dates Amid Mental Health Struggles – Perez Hilton

The Grammy winner has reportedly canceled ALL meet and greets for the European leg of her Sweetener World Tour, days after “A separate statement from Live Nation said while disappointing her fans is “the last thing” Ari would ever want to do, the meet and greets must be canceled so the star can “continue giving 100% to her performances” amid her grueling tour schedule.  “Thanks to increased demand, Ariana is thrilled and humbled to have been able to add extra shows to the tour for her fans. It’s not something she takes for granted. These extra months on the road, however, are not only exhilarating but exhausting. Due to the need to preserve her voice and energy, we regret to …