Specially trained dogs try to save threatened turtle species

John Rucker of Montana with his dogs at Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Illinois looking for ornate box turtles. (FOX NEWS/ MITTI HICKS) The turtles have become endangered because farms have been encroaching on their property. They need tall grass to live and little of it is left. “The ornate box turtles are a really important part of the prairie ecosystem, which once covered the majority of states like Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas,” said Elizabeth Bach, ecosystem restoration scientist for Nachusa Grasslands. “With settlement from European settlers, most of that land was converted to agriculture practices. The result is we’ve lost over 99 percent of the historic range of that tall grass prairie here in Illinois. Species like the ornate box …

Hard Rock’s Dominican Republic resort, where two U.S. tourists died, pulls minibars from all rooms

Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died in April after suddenly falling ill at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.  “Today, June 21, 2019, the Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic has released further information on the American tourists who passed away in 2019, including autopsy findings that reveal these deaths were unrelated and from natural causes and pre-existing conditions,” the resort statement said. “We are deeply saddened by these unfortunate incidents, and extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of those affected. We will continue to respect the privacy of our guests and their families.” “The safety and health of our guests is now, and has always been, our highest priority,” the statement continued. “Hard Rock Hotel & …

Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it ‘ludicrous’

Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day died last month in the Dominican Republic. (Facebook) Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, Dominican officials said at a news conference last Friday. Autopsies for many of the tourists showed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently triggered by heart disease. Among nearly a dozen U.S. tourists who have died in the country in the last 18 months, Dominican investigators said most died of a heart attack. Autopsies for Day and Holmes showed they had enlarged hearts, internal bleeding and pulmonary edema. Day was said to have fluid in the brain. On the radio show, the health minister said that Holmes was “morbidly obese.” DOMINICAN …

Purr-thday celebrations for village cat

Image copyright Lesley Harper Image caption Wilbur’s fans take photos of him and post them on his official Facebook page Cathy Appelbee, Wilbur’s original owner, explained he “took umbrage, packed his bags and left home” about five years ago when she brought home a pair of rescue kittens. Image copyright Nicola Burton Image caption Wilbur has admirers wrapped around his little paw She calls him “Six Dinner Sid” after the children’s story about a cat who has six meals a day from various owners. “I do miss him a lot but it’s nice to see the community embracing him,” she said. “One lady came down from West Yorkshire to visit her grandson and said ‘I’ve come to see Wilbur’.” Ms …

Missouri’s lone abortion clinic loses license to perform procedure

Earlier this month, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Missouri’s only abortion clinic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) The Missouri health department notified Planned Parenthood the license would not be renewed because it had failed to correct 30 deficiencies identified by the department during inspections, Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said at a press conference. Additionally, health department investigators said the clinic was responsible for three “failed abortions” requiring additional surgeries and a fourth that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported this week, citing a now-sealed court filing. The state agency allowed the clinic’s license to lapse as of June 1, but St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer …

Hundreds more cases in baby deaths review

The independent review, being led by midwife Donna Ockenden, was already investigating 250 cases. Latest news from the West Midlands It initially focused on 23 cases in which maternity failings were alleged. But by March, 250 families had come forward, although it is understood not all the cases related to death or serious harm. What do we know about the review? Baby death investigation ‘not watered down’ Temporary new boss for under-fire trust The trust, which was put into special measures in November, was also made subject to “further urgent action” in May amid safety concerns over emergency and maternity services, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Analysis By BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan NHS regulators …

Halsey On Using ‘Sex As A Means Of Survival’ When She Was Homeless

Halsey bares her soul The singer, whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, opened up about using “sex as a means of survival” during a time period when she was technically homeless. She also spoke about her mental health battles over the years. being on the streets and sleeping with men in order to secure a place to stay, the singer said that her story suddenly became “this hyperbolized fantasy of ‘Halsey the Hooker,’” though she insists that wasn’t the case. “I didn’t have a pimp, no one was handing me money,” the 24-year-old told Rolling Stone. “But I was definitely dating dudes I wasn’t into because I could crash at their apartment. I was having sex as a means …

Teens brain tumors allegedly misdiagnosed as anorexia

Asbury, left before being diagnosed, and right during treatment, said her doctors were quick to relate her symptoms to her sister’s mental health issues. (SWNS) She said her sister had struggled with mental health, and her doctors were quick to relate Asbury’s symptoms to her sibling’s. But before she started driving, she said she had trouble seeing road signs, which landed her an appointment with the eye doctor, according to SWNS. COLORADO GIRL, 7, DIAGNOSED WITH RARE TICK PARALYSIS AFTER CAMP OVERNIGHT “We went to the optician and had an eye test but they couldn’t get a reading for me so they sent me straight into Addenbrooke’s that afternoon for more tests. The opticians there sent me to neurology to get scans. …

U.S. Vows No New Foreign Aid To Central America Without Migrant Action

The State Department said that after a review of more than $615 million in assistance that President Donald Trump ordered in March to be cut entirely, it would go ahead with $432 million in projects and grants that had been previously approved. The remaining amount will be held in escrow pending consultations with Congress, it said. That $432 million, which comes from the 2017 budget, is being spent on health, education and poverty alleviation programs as well as anti-crime efforts that many believe help reduce migrant outflows from the impoverished Northern Triangle region. About $370 million in money from the 2018 budget will not be spent and instead will be moved to other projects, the State Department said. U.S. officials …

ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 cities on Sunday

(CNN)Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pressing forward to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday, according to a senior immigration official, after President Donald Trump’s tweet revealing an operation was imminent. RELATED: Acting DHS head McAleenan spars with senators over border crisis

Demolition plans for polluted road

Life on Wales’ most polluted road – Hafodyrynys, Caerphilly Residents told to stay on most polluted street There have been many proposals for improving air quality, including buying and demolishing the houses and businesses, which would cost about £4.5m. This was the Welsh Government’s preferred option. Related Topics UK air pollution Housing Pollution Welsh government Crumlin Caerphilly County Borough Council Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

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 …