Dead birds and rashes: Hong Kong residents fear teargas poisoning

Police have fired 10,000 canisters in protests, sparking health scare over possible harmful effects Angel Chan is more cautious about where she takes her two children, aged three and five, to play these days. Police have thrown teargas all over the city some of my friends say their children have come out in rashes, Chan said. I simply dont know where to find a safe spot any more. Chan is just one of many Hong Kong parents anxious about the harmful effects of teargas on their children. The Hong Kong Mothers group said last week it had collected 1,188 complaints, including about skin allergies and coughing, with the youngest victim being just two months old. They have urged the government …

AOC and Sanders tout NHS after video of Brits gasping at US healthcare goes viral

The New York congresswoman and Vermont senator highlighted how normal the concept of free healthcare is in the UK A number of progressive American politicians have tweeted PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) Ambulance call out? $2,500. Childbirth? $30,000. Our NHS is not for sale, pic.twitter.com/q9z4r6Ni6g the UK government pays about half what the US does towards healthcare spends more than $10,000 a year on healthcare, and 52% of all debt collection actions include unpaid medical bills. A significant number of Americans go broke trying to pay off their medical debt 45,000 Americans die annually because they dont have healthcare. As one Brit in the video succinctly puts it: Man, so if youre poor, youre dead. The takeaway message from Brits in the video …

Zimbabwe riot police fire teargas at opposition supporters

Baton attacks on crowd waiting to hear speech by Movement for Democratic Change leader Zimbabwean police with riot gear fired teargas and struck people who gathered to hear a speech by the countrys top opposition leader amid growing frustration with the collapsing economy. Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday. Officers cordoned off the Movement for Democratic Change party headquarters before Nelson Chamisas speech and patrolled with water cannon. Public discontent has grown in Zimbabwe with the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has struggled to fulfil promises of economic prosperity and greater political freedom. The health system has largely collapsed amid the worst economic crisis in more than a decade. Chamisa continues to dispute …

Sweet spot: Norwegians cut sugar intake to lowest level in 44 years

Norway has had a sugar tax since 1922 and more recently has created separate taxes for confectionary and sugary drinks Norwegians are eating less sugar than at any time in the last 44 years, the health directorate in Oslo has said, announcing that annual consumption per person had fallen by more than 1kg a year since 2000. We are not yet down to the recommended intake, but we have actually already reached our target for sugar reduction set for 2021, Linda Granlund, the divisional director of public health, Public Health England said in September that consumption of sugar in England had risen by 2.6% between 2015 and 2018, blaming a general increase in people eating very sugary products, of which …

Worker who raised alarm before deadly New Orleans hotel collapse to be deported

Honduran Delmer Joel Ramrez Palma, who has lived in New Orleans for 18 years, warned supervisors of safety concerns A construction worker who attempted to warn managers about building dangers and was seriously injured in last months deadly Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans, will be deported on Monday, his lawyers said this week. Delmer Joel Ramrez Palma, a Honduran citizen, was working inside the 18-storey building when it Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Elizabeth Warren rips into billionaires who oppose wealth tax in scathing ad

Democrat targets Leon Cooperman, Joe Ricketts, Lloyd Blankfein and Peter Thiel in ad to be broadcast on US TV this week Elizabeth Warren has stepped up her attack on the billionaires opposing her proposals for a new wealth tax by launching a scathing new ad that targets four of Americas richest men by name. In thesettled with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017 in fees over insider trading violations and recently a parent chiding an ungrateful child, is not the only billionaire hitting back at Warrens proposal to pay for universal health insurance by imposing a 2% tax on net worth between $50m and $1bn and a super-tax of 3 cents on every dollar of wealth over $1bn. Cooperman …

Trump says he’s in ‘very good’ health after unscheduled medical checkup

White House says president took advantage of a free weekend to begin portions of his routine checkup Donald Trump has said he is in very good health following the first phase of an annual medical check, after spending more than two hours at a Washington medical center for an appointment that had not been announced in his public schedule. Trump tweeted on Sunday that he began phase one of my yearly physical at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington on the previous day. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year, he said. The White House said Trump had undergone a quick exam and some laboratory tests. The appointment wasnt on Trumps weekend public schedule, and his …

US effort to remove sexual health from UN agreement may violate law, say senators

Trump administration may have violated Siljander amendment by lobbying to remove protections, four Democrats said in letter The Trump administration may have violated federal law by lobbying more than 70 countries to remove protections for sexual and reproductive health from a UN agreement, according to a letter from four US senators seen by the Guardian. The letter from the senators, all high-ranking Democrats, focuses on an effort from the Trump administration to could not accept a resolution on women, peace and security because it included references to previous resolutions that included this phrase. Removing language about sexual and reproductive health from international agreements has been a longtime goal of ultra-conservative religious organisations. The Trump administration, which relies on a base …

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban blocked by federal judge

Judge Myron Thompson issues preliminary injunction against ban that would have made abortion a felony in almost all cases A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabamas near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. US district judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. The ruling came after abortion providers sued to block the law from taking effect on 15 November. Alabamas abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Case Court precedent, Thompson wrote in an accompanying opinion. It violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make …

What Ivanka and Jareds 10th anniversary can teach us all about relationships | Arwa Mahdawi

Their bash at Camp David was a celebration of the values the couple hold dear from ruthless ambition to a passion for nepotism, writes Arwa Mahdawi Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are so cute it is criminal. Despite their hectic grifting schedules, the dedicated public servants always make time for each other. Over the weekend, they celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a party at Camp David, the presidents country retreat. White House officials chimed in to say that he funded the celebration, so we can rest assured that no public money was wasted. Not that the Trump/Kushners would dream of using the presidency for personal gain, of course. It is not clear why Javanka settled on Camp David. After …

‘Society is suffering’: Hong Kong protests spark mental health crisis

Nine suicides have been linked to the wave of unrest as young people grow frustrated and exhausted by the intense, months-long standoff Niko Cheng was ready to die in August. The 22-year-old nursing student and her fellow protesters known as fighters for their willingness to confront police in Hong Kong, had decided to make their last stand on 31 August. Exhausted and weary after months of protesting, she had floated the idea of throwing herself at police and forcing them to fire on her. The other protesters talked her out of it. Still, she expected to be arrested or badly hurt. But on the day of the march, Cheng was hit by a water cannon and forced to leave early. …

Justin Trudeau is a fake progressive. Now Canada must vote for real ones | Martin Lukacs

Ahead of Mondays election, little divides the Liberal prime minister and the reactionary Conservatives. But there is an alternative, says journalist and author Martin Lukacs How far Justin Trudeaus star has fallen. In 2015, the rise of this hopey-changey wunderkind was supposed to usher in a bold new Canadian era: democratic reform, ambitious climate action, a plan to tackle inequality, and a new, respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples. But his Liberal partys bid for re-election, ahead of the actually a giveaway to the next richest 10% of Canadians. His embrace of a carbon tax became a cover for frenzied approval of fossil fuel projects, culminating in his purchase of a C$4.5bn (US$3.45bn) tar sands pipeline. He dispatched heavily armed police …

Seafood company under investigation after allegations of animal abuse

Campaigners say animal welfare was disregarded at a salmon hatchery run by Cooke, one of the worlds largest seafood companies, in Maine A major global seafood company is under investigation by state officials in Maine after allegations of animal abuse. Undercover footage sustainability policy includes a pledge to raise fish with optimal care and consideration of animal welfare practices. Campaigners said animal welfare was disregarded at the Cooke facility in Maine. They said the video shows some of the salmon at the farm suffered from spinal deformities, and that some had fungus growth eating away at their faces. Workers also slammed and stomped on the fish, COK said. I watched as their bodies were slammed into the ground over and …

NBA’s China reaction shows the league is only woke when it doesn’t cost money

The NBA has won plaudits for supporting social issues in the US. But like any other sports league, it is an entertainment vehicle built to maximize profits anti-government protests have swept Hong Kong. The movement has since expanded to include the question of Hong Kongs legal independence from China. Police and pro-democracy protestors have clashed, with Reports suggested the Rockets discussed removing Morey in order to halt the financial bleeding. Part of owner Tilman Fertittas calculations when spending an NBA record $2.2bn to but the Rockets in 2017 was that he was buying into China, the biggest in terms of population market on Earth, whether that market was run by an autocratic government or not. The Rockets had been one …

China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green tickets the leading carbon emitter. It generates 60% of its electricity from coal-fired power and coal consumption and carbon emissions have risen for two years in a row after a plateau between 2014 and 2016. Emissions are expected to rise …

Barcelona’s car-free ‘superblocks’ could save hundreds of lives

Report predicts radical scheme could cut air pollution by a quarter as other cities including Seattle prepare to follow suit Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its the new tobacco by the head of the World Health Organization. Over 90% of the worlds population suffers toxic air and research is increasingly revealing the profound impacts on the health of people, especially children. Children and babies developing bodies are most at risk from toxic air, with 300 million living in places where toxic fumes are six times above the international guidelines. A comprehensive global review found that One in 20 deaths in the UK is still attributable to small particle …