Sunday, June 25, 2017

INCREASING RATE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Antibiotic resistance is killing over 700,000 people a year, experts state. In 2000, there was a zero percentage of children in the world with antibiotic resistance.
Three years ago it was 5 per cent. This year it’s at 9 per cent.
There were 58,000 babies who died in India last year, whose mothers were resistant to antibiotics and passed that on to their newborn offspring. That’s projected to reach 250,000 infant deaths a year in just India.
There are currently 20,000 patients in Canadian hospitals resistant to antibiotics. Over 6,000 older people died in the United States last year after normal surgeries, such as hip replacements, and antibiotics didn’t work.

CLEANING UP THE DIRTY EPA

President Trump’s budget guidance exposed decades-old EPA abuses. The evidence exposes EPA’s lack of mission, commitment and integrity. If EPA would use honest, evidence-based science to protect the nation’s health, it would be a welcome and long overdue change – perhaps a miracle.

LEAKING AMERICA'S SECRET INTELLIGENCE

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden.
"In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. "I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase."
Pompeo said the United States needs to redouble its efforts to stem leaks of classified information.
 

OPEC BEWILDERED BY THE OIL MARKET

It may be too soon to write OPEC's obituary, but the oil producer club appears in urgent need of late-life care. It shows little understanding of where it is, how it got there or where it's going.
Having failed to use the good times to invest for a future of low oil prices, OPEC is facing a crisis of old age. It is falling apart internally, confounded by the world and increasingly irrelevant.

FBI INVESTIGATING SANDERS

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane have lawyer'd up amid an FBI investigation into a loan obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president.
As we noted just over a year ago, Burlington College, a small Vermont private school once led by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said Monday it will close later this month, citing "the crushing weight" of debt incurred during the presidency of Jane Sanders who was in charge of the college until 2011

CNN RETRACTS FAKE NEWS

The network President Trump has identified as a "very fake news" outlet is under fire from all sides as it was forced to retract a blatantly inaccurate hit piece on President Trump and his associates.

CANUCK THE CROW

Canada Post has stopped delivering mail to an east Vancouver neighbourhood after a mail carrier was bitten several times by a local man’s feisty crow.
Canuck the crow lives in east Vancouver and is regularly seen with his caretaker Shawn Bergman during the day.