Motorway cut to 50mph to reduce pollution

A Welsh Government spokesman said nitrogen dioxide levels were above legal limits and “must be reduced”. “It was established that a 50mph speed threshold alone was the measure that would achieve compliance in the shortest time possible,” he said. “The current speed limit in place will be retained through permanent traffic regulation orders and remain in force to maintain air quality standards.” M4 and us: How traffic is set to rise on south Wales motorway Swansea and Llanelli see biggest M4 traffic rise Gwynedd couple battle for parking space on A470 In January 2018, the Welsh Government conceded a case brought by environmental campaign group Client Earth which said ministers had failed to meet EU targets to cut pollution. Their …

Here’s Why Impeachment Polling Is All Over The Place

Democratic support for impeachment is continuing to grow both on the campaign trail and in Congress. At least and have publicly supported the idea, which still faces continued reluctance from senior Democratic leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What the rest of America thinks about impeachment remains a more complicated question. A wave of new surveys tell often contradictory stories about the popularity of impeachment. But a few clear findings do emerge: First, public opposition to impeachment generally outweighs support, to at least a modest degree. Second, support for impeachment shows no signs of ebbing. And third, it has the backing of most Democrats ― although many would still rather that presidential hopefuls spend their time talking about issues like …

Kamala Harris Wants To Make HIV Prevention Pill More Accessible

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. HIV drug more accessible, tackling both its cost and the stigma it carries. Harris’ bill focuses on expanding access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a medication that dramatically lowers the risk of contracting HIV for people at high risk for the infection. The bill would ease the financial burden on consumers by guaranteeing the pill is fully covered by private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and would allocate resources to cover uninsured patients. It would also ban companies selling life, disability and long-term insurance from denying coverage or charging higher premiums to people taking PrEP. The bill would also address the stigma associated with PrEP by funding a public education campaign on the pill, highlighting its effectiveness …

18 Years Later, The House Finally Repeals The President’s 9/11 War Authority

Authorization for Use of Military Force. The resolution also gave the president the authority to go after anyone who “harbored” those people, “in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States.” And now, with President Donald Trump and his administration strongly signaling they would use the 2001 AUMF to justify a new war with Iran, the newish Democratic majority controlling the House is taking its most serious steps to repeal the war authority. But this bill is almost certainly not the bill that will make it to Trump’s desk. This is the first serve in an appropriations pingpong match between the Democratic House and the Republican Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ― much …

Manufacturing takes a sharp turn for the worse

New York (CNN)A key indicator of the health of the manufacturing sector tanked in June, suggesting that business sentiment around new tariffs is starting to bite. China’s retaliatory tariffs on US goods have also had a dramatic effect, with exports to China declining 20% year-over-year in April. It comes amid a global manufacturing slowdown, driven by factors including weak purchases of automobiles and slowing consumer spending in China. “Threats to the global growth outlook from trade protectionism have become much more significant in recent months,” wrote Fitch Ratings in a report released Wednesday. Even without the threatened new tariffs, Fitch downgraded its forecast for global growth in 2019, blaming policy uncertainty caused by the Brexit situation and the breakdown of …

The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, research says

(CNN)The suicide rate in the United States continues to climb, with a rate in 2017 that was 33% higher than in 1999, new research finds. The report noted that America’s suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II. Those who identify as American Indian or Alaska Natives had the highest increase among all race and ethnicity groups, according to the research. The research included data on deaths in the United States from the National Vital Statistics System’s multiple cause of death files for 1999 and 2017. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. Other studies have found increases in suicide rates, especially among adolescents …

Tory leader hopefuls to face second vote

The final two names will then be put to a postal vote of the 160,000 Tory party members, beginning on 22 June, with the winner expected to be announced about four weeks later. Johnson tops first Tory leadership poll Tory leadership candidates grilled by media Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remains the clear frontrunner in the race after topping the first ballot earlier this month with 114 votes. Current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who came second with 43 votes, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who was third with 37, should make it through to the next ballot on Wednesday if their support holds firm. Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who received 27 votes, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who received …

Plus-size mannequins reveal our warped perception of ‘normal’

(CNN)Nike has introduced so-called “plus-size” mannequins at its flagship London store. They have been pictured in the shop wearing black crop tops and leggings, which has already prompted disgust from some who claim that their presence “celebrates obesity” and promotes a “dangerous lie.” The message that these underweight mannequins have been sending women for the last few decades is that they must be critically thin in order to look good in clothes or be considered attractive. This reinforces an undercurrent of negative pressure on women which, even if it does not result in damaging weight loss, can have a huge impact on self-esteem and body image. Woman shuts down body shamer on flight Promoting the thin ideal in sportswear shops …

Could KFCs vegan burger challenge chicken?

I’ve come to KFC’s Gloucester Road, London restaurant, one of 20 KFC branches across the UK trialling the Imposter Burger over the next four weeks, to see what customers make of it. Made from Quorn, a fungus-based meat substitute, it is the chain’s first attempt at a vegan alternative to its chicken burger. Jordan’s colleague Laura, a vegetarian, is delighted that she’s finally being catered for. She and Jordan both work for the police and KFC is a regular meal break outing for staff. “I felt like I was missing out,” she says. “Everyone would go there and I’d just get chips or beans.” Image caption Mujahid Ali had sold 80-90 non-chicken burgers by midday KFC, best known for its …

Matt Hancock quits Tory leadership contest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMatt Hancock withdraws from leadership race Matt Hancock has quit the contest to become Conservative leader – and prime minister – a day after coming sixth in the first ballot of the party’s MPs. The health secretary did not endorse any of his former rivals, but told the BBC he was “talking” to them all. Mr Hancock, who had been the youngest contender, said he was “focused on the future” but the party needed a leader to succeed in “the here and now”. Boris Johnson won the first Tory MPs’ ballot by a big margin, with 114 votes. His nearest rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, got 43 votes. Report End of Twitter …

Congress Weighs Limits On Market Power Of Facebook And Google

The collapse of the news industry at the hands of those digital behemoths was the topic of Tuesday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. And for a rare moment, lawmakers from both parties seriously questioned committee witnesses about a pressing concern in American life and largely agreed on the needed solutions.  Tuesday’s hearing was built around bipartisan legislation offered by Cicilline and Collins. Their bill would allow news publishers to band together in order to negotiate with digital platforms like Facebook and Google that are monopolizing the online advertising market. Current antitrust laws forbid news publishers from working together in that way. “The current antitrust laws protect Google and Facebook from us,” said David Chavern, president of the News …

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Why She Didn’t Feel Worthy Of MTV Trailblazer Award

Jada Pinkett Smith brought “Red Table Talk” to the 2019  After a heartfelt introduction by her “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish, who made note of the actress’ philanthropic work, and a few shoutouts from friends Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah, Pinkett Smith took the stage with her son, Jaden. “It’s a trip, because when MTV called me to receive an award for trailblazing, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I deserve this quite yet,’” she said on stage. “But then I had to think — I said, ‘Jada, why don’t you think you deserve this award?’ And it was because I was comparing myself to all the many trailblazers that I admire.” Past recipients of the award include Lena Waithe, Channing …

Ariana Grande Donates Proceeds From Georgia Concert To Planned Parenthood

Ariana Grande has donated around $250,000 she made from a recent concert in Atlanta to abortion law, the organization confirmed Wednesday. signed the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortion as soon as a doctor can detect “Ariana Grande’s generous donation comes at a critical time — in Georgia and across the country, anti-women’s health politicians are trying to ban all safe, legal abortion,” said Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Dr. Leana Wen in a statement to HuffPost. “This is not what the American people want, nor is it something they’ll stand for. Thanks to inspiring support like hers, Planned Parenthood can continue to fight back — in the courts, in Congress, in state houses, and in the streets — against these …

The Radical Empathy of Novelist Tim Murphy

Photos by Laurel Golio Calling someone a “gay writer” (or “queer,” “lesbian” or “trans”) can still have dire repercussions. The writer is often pigeonholed, and their work risks being relegated to special shelves in bookstores or lost in some algorithmic niche on Amazon. And so writer Tim Murphy chooses carefully whether and how to engage with the label when discussing his new novel, “Correspondents.” “I will say… I don’t think this book is very gay, compared to the last one,” Murphy offers cautiously, lounging on his couch in his light-filled apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Though “Correspondents”becauseNew York TimesThe NationPOZ ChristadoraThe Great Believers also confidently flips through time, and Murphy once again draws upon his expertise as a …

Give 16-year-olds more choice – employers

Short-term politics ‘harms skills training’ First T-level colleges announced In a consultation that has just closed, the government has asked for views on withdrawing public funding from qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds that overlap with either A-levels or T-levels. Any qualifications that aren’t proven to help teenagers get into further study or work would also be under threat. While there is support for the principle of a simpler system, with strong technical options for students, many organisations are expressing concerns about too much change too quickly. Image caption City and Guilds is one of the longest established bodies for trades and crafts David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said it was important to remember that 40% of …

Cardi B. vows she’s never getting plastic surgery again

(CNN)Cardi B is quitting plastic surgery. She’s been under strict orders from her doctor to take the proper time to heal before returning to the stage. “You know, I hate canceling shows because I love money,” Cardi told followers in May on Instagram. “I’m a money addict, and I get paid a lot of money, a lot of money for these shows … like I’m cancelling millions of dollars in shows. But like, health is wealth, so I have to do what I have to do. My breasts gotta f—- heal, and it is what it is.” Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific