Facing Public Pressure, Amazon Pulls Anti-Vaccine Content From Prime Video

influential California congressman, Amazon has apparently pulled several anti-vaccine films from its Prime Video streaming service. BuzzFeed first reported, controversial documentary titles including “Vaxxed,” “Shoot ’Em Up: The Truth About Vaccines” and “We Don’t Vaccinate!” are now listed as “currently unavailable” on Prime Video. The three anti-vax movies were axed from the site on Friday ― mere hours after Democratic Rep. Jeff Bezos excoriating the tech giant for “surfacing and recommending products and content that discourage parents from vaccinating their children.” wrote, and reverses “progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases,” like multi-state outbreak of measles, a potentially fatal and extremely contagious disease. Worldwide, cases of measles have also surged to “alarmingly high levels,”  “This is a wake up call,” Henriette …

Many ‘still hurting’ nearly 5 months after Hurricane Michael

Drivers who have lived in the area for years second-guess themselves about whether they’re going the right way — the street signs, trees, and houses that once served as points of reference are gone. Many doctors’ offices haven’t reopened and one of the county’s two hospitals was closed, even though Bay County residents are experiencing hurricane-related health problems such as respiratory illness. Students in schools damaged by the storm have moved into other facilities, dropping enrollment by 14 percent. Bay County had about 183,000 residents before the storm, and about 7,800 people were estimated to be homeless in January. Shopping for groceries is burdensome since many retailers haven’t reopened yet. Many of those that have are selling limited goods from …

German public servants to get 8-percent pay increases

BERLIN – Union and government negotiators say they’ve reached a new wage agreement that will give more than a million public servants in Germany a nearly 8 percent pay increase over 33 months. The deal, announced just before midnight Saturday, comes after disruptive short-term strikes by teachers and others designed to put pressure on the government. The ver.di union says teachers, police, emergency workers and other public servants will first get a 3.2-percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1. Next Jan. 1, a 3.2 percent increase will follow, and then a 1.4 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2021.

A look at Nigeria’s president as he secures a 2nd term

“We are moving from potentials to actualization,” Buhari intoned in his New Year’s address, nearly four years into office. The president is seen as unusually upright and reserved in this vibrant country of some 190 million people, where gregarious politicians spend heavily to secure lucrative posts — often becoming ensnared in graft. “He remains an aloof and disengaged leader, ‘walled off’ from his own government and party, and from Nigerians themselves,” Matthew Page and Sola Tayo recently wrote for the Chatham House think tank. But many Nigerians, remembering Buhari’s reputation for sometimes harsh discipline, had cheered when he unseated incumbent President Goodluck Johnathan in 2015, hoping he would act on vows to tame corruption and defeat a deadly Boko Haram …

What we know so far about the Robert Kraft investigation

(CNN)Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has been charged as part of a monthslong investigation into sex trafficking that focused on several central Florida day spas and massage parlors suspected of being used for prostitution. Friday, January 18 • According to flight tracking site ADS-B Exchange, Kraft’s red, white and blue 2015 Gulfstream G650ER jet flies from Bedford, Massachusetts, to Palm Beach International Airport in south Florida. Kraft has a home in Palm Beach Saturday, January 19 • Around 4:45 p.m. ET, Kraft goes to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, police say. He stays about 40 minutes and pays for a sexual act that was recorded on surveillance camera, the probable cause affidavit says. …

Vaccine deniers gaining ground – NHS boss

He went on to describe the uptake of the MMR vaccine among five-year-olds in England (87.5% compared with the World Health Organization target of 95%) as a “real problem”. He said: “Across the world, two to three million lives are saved each year by vaccination. “But as part of the fake news movement, actually the vaccination deniers are getting some traction… “We are not being helped on this front by the fact that although nine in 10 parents support vaccination, half of them say they have seen fake messages about vaccination on social media.” Related Topics Vaccines NHS Children Social media Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

I lost my mother tongue — and almost my mom

(CNN)It was only fitting that just three days after UNESCO celebrated International Mother Language Day, Spanish was spoken at the 91st Academy Awards. It was empowering for me to hear the unapologetic use of my mother tongue at the Oscars — not only from Luna but also from Javier Bardem and Alfonso Cuarón — and it made me think about my childhood, when instead of pride, I was made to feel shame, when instead of a door being opened, an invisible wall was erected, when instead of being celebrated, my mother tongue was degraded. On my first day at a US school in September 1985, upon realizing that I didn’t speak a word of English, my 5th-grade teacher pointed to …

Terminally ill man dies after removing mask

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn King had been a regular runner and gym user A man with advanced motor neurone disease has died days after giving an interview to raise awareness of the effects of the incurable illness. John King, 77, from Worcestershire, died on Thursday after removing a mask he relied on for air to stay alive. After his diagnosis 18 months ago, the businessman had been fed through a tube and needed constant care. “I think I’m at the right point in my life to make the decision… I have no issue with it at all,” he told the BBC. The method of ending his own life did not constitute assisted suicide, he said. …

Bernie Sanders Contrasts His Modest Childhood With Trump’s Lavish Past In First 2020 Rally

His speech, on the college campus where he spent the first year of his undergraduate education, aimed to reveal a more personal side of the Vermont senator that Sanders has traditionally avoided in favor of discussing his progressive politics. In his remarks, Sanders recalled growing up in a small, rent-controlled apartment a few miles from the Brooklyn College campus with his parents and brother. His father, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, worked as a paint salesman, and the family’s finances fluctuated greatly. “That dream was never fulfilled,” he continued. “She died young while we still lived in that rent-controlled apartment.” In addition, Sanders emphasized that his father’s journey as a 17-year-old to seek a better life in the United States …

Atlanta man arrested outside Pizza Hut with camouflaged mask and a small arsenal

He continued to look up at the Pizza Hut and crouch back down into hiding, the witness told Griffin Police, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A few moments later, Eppinger jumped over the wall, pulling a handgun from his waist. As Eppinger walked towards the restaurant with gun in hand, he spotted the witness attempting to flee. Startled, he backtracked and retreated towards his vehicle, per Griffin Police. RAPPER 21 SAVAGE ARRESTED BY ICE IN ATLANTA: REPORT Police arrived at the scene and found Eppinger in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and a small arsenal in the vehicle. “It was discovered that Mr. Eppinger also had in his possession a Kel-Tec AR-15 style pistol and a third pistol, hundreds …

Gaza reporter appeals prison sentence, fine

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A Gaza journalist is appealing a six-month prison term and fine over her reporting on alleged corruption within the Hamas-run Health Ministry. Hajar Harb appeared before a Hamas-run court on Tuesday, where the judge postponed the hearing until March. Fathi Sabah, a journalist campaigning on her behalf, says it’s the first time Hamas authorities have sued a journalist for their work since the Islamic militant group seized Gaza by force in 2007.

Cuba’s tobacco growers confront climate change

San Lus, Cuba (CNN)Looking at the plain, one-story wooden shacks that dot the countryside in Cuba’s vuelta abajo region, one would never guess that the farmers here grow one of the island’s most valuable natural resources: cigar tobacco. Usually, the winter months are the dry season, perfect for growing and harvesting tobacco for top brands like Cohiba, Montecristo and Partagas. With this harvest, though, there was so much rain that fields are muddy. Some of the plants are flopping over or have grown so tall that they need to be pruned so the leaves, which are rolled into cigars, don’t lose their potency. “It’s not normal. We start to grow tobacco in November. Normally, there’s no rain, just a little …

Venezuelan opposition leader arrives in Bogota for meeting with Pence after weekend of violence

(CNN)Venezuela’s self-declared interim president and opposition leader, Juan Guaido, arrived in Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday ahead of a Monday meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence. CNN cannot independently confirm the number of fatalities, but Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said there were four deaths and 300 injuries Friday and Saturday. Sunday was quieter. Small clashes broke out again at a town near the border with Colombia. CNN’s team in Ureña, Venezuela, saw dozens of people throwing rocks toward Venezuela’s National Guard, who fired back with rubber bullets. There was no report on injuries. Maduro put out a defiant message Sunday. “The people are united in the streets, mobilized and alert in every corner of the …

‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’

“It’s a compulsive decision that I make and I don’t know what I’m doing. “I’ve had this awful thing happen to me, I’ve wasted time and I’ve lost money that’s supposed to help me and it’s ruined my life. “I’m not doing this because I enjoy it, it’s an addiction. I know that I’m not going to win money, but it’s an illness.” Problem gambling scheme ‘too easy to cheat’ The tricky issue of problem gambling George told 5 Live Investigates he had been unable to recover much of the estimated £210,000 he spent in a four-month period last year, despite telling the casinos, after he had gambled, about his brain damage. He developed his addiction following a visit to …

The Latest: New clash at Brazil-Venezuela border

Renewed clashes have broken out between protesters and Venezuelan national guardsmen at the border with Brazil. Dozens of Venezuelans who had come to the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima began throwing rocks across the closed border at Venezuelan troops, who responded with tear gas and buckshot. Globo television broadcast images of a Brazilian soldier advancing to the border line on Sunday to appeal for calm on the part of the Venezuelan soldiers and to urge protesters and journalists to move back. Local officials say dozens of people were injured in more violent clashes on Saturday as Venezuelan forces blocked aid shipments from crossing the border. Brazilian Navy Col. George Feres Kanaan is coordinating humanitarian logistics in Roraima state, and he …