Tobacco display ban ‘safeguards young’

What is the law on tobacco displays? Image copyright Stirling University Image caption Dr Allison Ford led the research into the impact of the tobacco display ban What’s the reaction to the findings? The research, which has been published in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control, was funded by Cancer Research UK. Its tobacco control manager, Kruti Shrotri, said the findings proved the laws had made a difference to public health. She said: “Glitzy displays and glamorous packaging helped the tobacco industry to lure the next generation of smokers into taking up a deadly addiction. “But contrary to Big Tobacco’s belief that banning displays would make no difference this study shows that by putting cigarettes out of sight and out …

What’s behind the absurd gamble on women’s rights and health

(CNN)Last week, Georgia joined the ranks of states in a sudden rush to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks after conception — before a woman may even know that she is pregnant. Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio passed similar laws this year. Alabama is taking its fight against choice even further, with a bill that not only bans abortions but makes it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion. The Supreme Court, first in Roe v. Wade in 1973, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, and yet again in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016, has made it clear that placing an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose …

Cleaner trapped in lift for two days

‘Stressful ordeal’ A spokesman said: “KCC and Kier have launched an immediate investigation into the events, which is currently progressing. “We are unable to comment further until the investigation is complete. “We are assured that Kier is providing support to the individual for what must have been a stressful ordeal.” The council said it would be working with Kier to ensure “any lessons are learnt from the incident”. The Health and Safety Executive has been made aware. You may also be interested in: Crane topples on to house roof Benali reaches £1m fundraising goal ‘My university doesn’t have enough money’

‘Growing inequality threatens democracy’

That will be chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof Sir Angus Deaton. ‘Taking rather than making’ He said “people were troubled by inequality” more than at any time since the 1940s – and the impact was so serious that it suggested “democratic capitalism is broken”. As well as inequality in income, the think tank highlights divergence in health. It says there is almost a 10-year gap in male life expectancy between the richest and poorest areas – and the IFS warns of “deaths of despair”, with a rise in early deaths from drug and alcohol abuse and suicide being linked to factors such as poverty, social isolation and mental health problems. Patterns of relationship are also affected by inequality, the …

Pennsylvania attorney general sues Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

(CNN)Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Purdue Pharma is responsible for an opioid epidemic that has ravaged the state. On Tuesday, he announced that he had sued the pharmaceutical giant over it. “The complaint is part of a continuing effort to try these cases in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system. Such allegations demand clear evidence linking the conduct alleged to the harm described, but we believe the state fails to show such causation and offers little evidence to support its sweeping legal claims,” the company said in a statement. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong filed a lawsuit against the company in April. However, Shapiro said that Pennsylvania’s suit is the first to greatly detail how …

Measles case aboard Church of Scientology-owned cruise ship quarantines 28 people

The Freewinds cruise ship is docked in the port of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Bradley Lacan) Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, an epidemiologist with the Public Health of Curacao, told reporters that the rest of the 318 people who were, in total, on the ship, are free to leave, as “they are not a threat to anyone anymore, and they cannot become sick anymore.” US MEASLES CASES HIT HIGHEST LEVEL IN 25 YEARS, OFFICIALS SAY The Church of Scientology said in a statement that Curacao authorities acknowledged the Freewinds — a 440-foot ship based in the Caribbean — for its strict isolation protocol, which effectively contained the illness to a single case and prevented it from …

Immigrant from Ecuador wants US deportation case reopened

His attorney, Tina Colon Williams of the Esperanza Center for Law & Advocacy, says Pinos was 19 years old when he was arrested. She said Monday that he was not aware when an immigration court ordered his deportation in 1994, and that he did not become aware of the order until 2012. Since Pinos did not have an opportunity to show up for immigration court the first time, Williams contends that the order was not properly issued and therefore is not legally valid. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday in St. Paul, Minnesota. John Mohan, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency does not comment on specifics …

In One Of The Richest Countries On Earth, Many School Kids Can’t Afford Toothpaste, Deodorant And Tampons

The locked metal cabinet doesnt look amiss in Sarah Helms’ sixth grade classroom, with its bright yellow walls and green plastic stationery caddies. But rather than pencils, pens or binder paper, its shelves hold bottles of shampoo and body wash, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton swabs, sanitary pads and tampons. For the past three school years, Helms, an English teacher at Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville, Tennessee, has stocked a “hygiene closet” with personal care items donated for students from low-income families by fellow teachers, current and former Horace Maynard parents, and members of the community. Helms uses cash donations to buy supplies at the dollar store. Her parents gave her the cabinet. “I noticed certain kids being picked …

Friends and family may help Italians live healthier and longer

(CNN)If you think longevity solely comes down to genes and diet, think again. So what exactly is behind Melis’ fitness at his impressive age? Dr. Gianni Pes studied the population of this area — one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” an area with an extraordinarily long-living population — and thinks people live longer and more healthily here because they do more physical activity outdoors and feel strong connections to each other. “The community is strong and gives support to old people,” he said. For example, there are no nursing homes in the village of Arzana in Sardinia. “Elderly people stay within the family until the end of their existence,” Pes said. People who lack social connections have 50% higher odds …

Public Anticipation Builds Amid Uncertainty Over Mueller Testimony

For nearly two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign for potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. Three weeks of public parsing and analysis have left them wondering just what Mueller was trying to say and what he really thinks, particularly on the question of obstruction, where the document drew no conclusion. That uncertainty has given partisans on both sides an opening to frame Mueller’s findings to their liking and left many Americans, unlikely to read the full report, scratching their heads about what to believe and whom to trust. Melissa Garcia, a 29-year-old health counselor, pauses outside a restaurant in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to compare the two-volume …

Pete Buttigieg Warns ‘White Identity Politics’ Launching Nation Into ‘Crisis’

Pete Buttigieg condemned the Trump administration’s embrace of “peak white identity politics” in a speech Saturday, warning of a brewing “crisis of belonging” across the nation. Buttigieg pointed to the potential for “the beginning of a new form of American solidarity” in which the country realizes “that the one thing we do have in common may be the challenge of belonging in a society that sees us for what makes us all different.” Emphasizing the differences between minorities and white populations in access to health care, employment and citizenship, Buttigieg added, “When you do not belong, it doesn’t just put you in a bad mood, it puts you in a different country.” His invocation of immigrants and communities of color …

Guatemalan teen who died in US custody wanted to save siblings from hunger and severe drought

(CNN)After surviving on one meal a day, Juan de Len Gutirrez left his drought-stricken village in eastern Guatemala and set on a journey to the United States. He just wanted to earn $13 for his family to buy corn and salt. “I asked him to stay because it was very dangerous but he decided to leave,” said Juan’s dad, Tanerjo de León. “He left anticipating a harsh summer.” Juan is the second-born son of seven brothers. He had been cleaning and measuring a field for $4 a day. His mother said Juan would help her fetch firewood, jugs with water and prep the scarce family meals they have. The family doesn’t eat breakfast regularly, Gutiérrez said. Most days they only …

Chelsea Manning released from Virginia jail after 62 days

(CNN)Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from federal custody after spending about two months in jail for refusing to testify about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010, according to a statement from her legal team. The second subpoena would have her appear before a different grand jury next week, “but for (the) same questions,” according to a tweet posted on Manning’s Twitter account Thursday night. “It is therefore conceivable that she will once again be held in contempt of court, and be returned to the custody of the Alexandria Detention Center, possibly as soon as next Thursday, May 16,” Manning’s team said in the statement. “Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer …

The word that made history this week

(CNN)Every presidential investigation gives us new phrases that stick. “What did the President know, and when did he know it,” Sen. Howard Baker asked during the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. “Snitty” turned out to be an apt word for much of the reaction to this week’s events. Our legal analysts couldn’t have differed more strongly on what it all meant. Paul Callan wrote, “Barr did not deserve Mueller’s snit nor any of the snitty abuse heaped on him for doing his job. His interpretations were a defensible analysis of a report that was poorly written.” Elie Honig painted a much different picture. He called Barr’s testimony before a Senate committee “a master class in obfuscation, backtracking …

‘Our school, the fourth emergency service’

Coastal Britain ‘I can’t live in a home like this’ How wind power is re-energising Great Yarmouth ‘From benefits to a job earning £40k’ ‘I’d be stealing without this school’ Just yards from the dunes of Norfolk’s east coast, North Denes is a growing 370-pupil school serving one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. Nearly half of the school’s pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, a financial top-up for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. At its site on the northern fringes of the town, behind a derelict pub and beside a caravan park, the challenges facing modern coastal communities are being played out. Like many seaside towns, Great Yarmouth has suffered from the loss of jobs in traditional …

Uber, Lyft Drivers Go On Strike In Cities Nationwide

Drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are going on strike in cities across the country Wednesday, demanding higher pay and better working conditions.   Thousands of driverscities nationwidePhiladelphiaLos Angeles Rideshare Drivers UnitedNew York demanding in March after Uber cut drivers’ pay in the L.A. area by about 25% in March ― reducing its per-mile rate from 80 cents to 60 cents per mile.   “We provide an essential service, but Uber and Lyft investors are the only ones reaping the benefits,” Karim Bayumi, a driver who is part of the organizing team in L.A., said in a news  before Wednesday’s strike. The 40-year-old father of two last month that he is a full-time rideshare driver working six days a …