San Francisco passes law forcing all pet shops to only sell rescue dogs and cats, efforts to eradicate "inhumane" puppy breeding operations
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:21 UTC
The amendment will not affect licenced breeders however it will aim to tackle the prevalence of large-scale "puppy mills", while helping to facilitate the adoption of thousands of animals already occupying the city's shelters.
San Francisco will not be the first US city to implement such a measure, which will also ban the sale of animals under eight weeks old. Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin all enforce similar legislation.
"Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a dirty wire cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Yet, that is the fate of many animals at large-scale commercial breeding operations across the nation, including the mothers of many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops," the San Francisco Board of Supervisors wrote in an op-ed piece.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:16 UTC
Kennedy, chairman of the World Mercury Project, a nonprofit group whose partners include groups that espouse a vaccine-autism link, told reporters attending a Washington, DC, press briefing that he is still in discussion with the administration regarding the assembling of a vaccine commission.
Kennedy said he was first approached by the Trump transition team in early December and met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City in mid-January. He told the press he was being considered as chair of the potential commission, but that at that time, the administration said it was merely exploring the idea.
Anti-Trump absurdity: Liberal New York mom's nix annual ice-skating party because Trump renovated the rink
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:00 UTC
Dalton's PA president, LaMae DeJongh, declined to comment — but sources said the low attendance was due to rampant anti-Trump sentiment at the elite prep school, which boasts alumni such as CNN's Anderson Cooper.Before Trump took over the project in the 1980s, the Wollman Rink in Central Park was a symbol of government incompetence. The rink's repairs and renovations went $12 million over budget, contractors botched the amount of concrete needed, and for six years the incomplete rink served as a lightning rod for the press to remind the Ed Koch administration how untamed things were in the city, according to Bloomberg. When Trump finally took it over, he finished two months ahead of scheduled and $775,000 under budget:
"I think it is completely insane," said one Dalton parent who disagrees with the protest. "Like him or not, it feels like a strange place for New Yorkers to protest. And sad that kids now have no skating party."
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:11 UTC
Steven W. Landers, et al v. Monsanto Company was filed on Jan. 26 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division. Kansas City law firm Randles & Splittgerber filed on behalf of Steven and Deloris "Dee" Landers and similarly harmed farmers in 10 states—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The farmers seek damages for claims including negligence, strict liability, failure to warn, conspiracy, disgorgement of profits and punitive damages.
Comment: More on Monsanto's Dicamba 'devastation':
- Amid post-election fallout, EPA quietly approves Monsanto's volatile, drift-prone herbicide dicamba
- Pesticide drift: USDA says "Yes" to Dicamba -tolerant crops
- Monsanto to spend $1B to produce Dicamba, yet another toxic herbicide
- Monsanto's newest poison is drifting to neighboring fields killing more than 42K acres of crops
- USDA bows to Monsanto: GMO corn now deregulated allowing farmers to plant without permits
- Even more toxic chemicals set to enter the food supply
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:51 UTC
The patrol robot, on duty at Zhengzhou East Railway Station since February 17, can scan passengers' faces and respond to questions.
Painted in black and white, the robotic patrolman moves around on wheels. Using a number of sensors it monitors air quality, temperature, guards the station during the night and can even set off the fire emergency alarm.
According to mayor Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the car exploded near a busy intersection in the Wadajir district where many people were gathered at about 1.30 pm local time.
"Someone had parked the car here and left before it was detonated," local butcher Mohamed Haji told AP.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:09 UTC
The rally took place at the central square of Donetsk on Saturday to commemorate the second anniversary of the Minsk agreements and to protest Ukrainian aggression. Despite the wintery weather, thousands of people, including representatives of the self-proclaimed republic's authorities, took part in the anti-war march and demonstration, according to local media.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:01 UTC
The outbreak has been described as the "worst season since the virus first appeared in the country in 2013," by members of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Guan Yi, an expert in emerging viral diseases at the University of Hong Kong in China, said the surge in human cases is a cause for grave concern. "We are facing the largest pandemic threat in the last 100 years," he told Science.
Between December 20, 2016 and January 16, 2017, a total of 918 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infections as well as 359 deaths from H7N9 worldwide have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:04 UTC
"Enough Excuses! Take Them In Now!" and "No More Deaths, Open The Borders!" slogans have been heard since 4 pm in Barcelona when hundreds of thousands gathered in support of the refugees.
Comment: While the protestors who marched are no doubt well intended, it is a sad fact that letting in more refugees - the vast majority of which are probably good, law-abiding, and desperate for some stability in their host country, will probably be accompanied by some truly bad apples.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:02 UTC
She died of heart failure in a Texas assisted-living facility, said Joshua Prager, a New York journalist who has written about her in Vanity Fair magazine.