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Oil prices rise on decline in U.S. drilling activity, OPEC supply cuts

Oil prices rise on decline in U.S. drilling activity, OPEC supply cutsOil prices rose early on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest level since November, driven up by a decline in U.S. drilling activity and ongoing supply cuts led by producer club OPEC. Brent crude futures were at a November 2018 high of $72.58 per barrel at 0028 GMT, up 0.8 percent from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $64.55 per barrel, up 0.9 percent from their previous settlement.



04/21/2019 - 08:35 PM

 

Celebrating What Matters During Autism Awareness Month

Celebrating What Matters During Autism Awareness MonthJeremy Michael Wilson discusses supporting acceptance during Autism Awareness Month.



04/21/2019 - 08:20 PM

 

The Climate Kids Are All Right

The Climate Kids Are All RightIt didn't take long for the death threats to start



04/21/2019 - 08:00 PM

 

U.S. to announce end to sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports: Washington Post

U.S. to announce end to sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports: Washington PostThe United States is preparing to announce on Monday that all importers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or be subject to U.S. sanctions, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The U.S. reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.



04/21/2019 - 07:47 PM

 

Facebook Has Assembled a Small Army of Fact-Checkers. Too Small.

Facebook Has Assembled a Small Army of Fact-Checkers. Too Small.This is Boom Live, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms at the heart of Facebook’s efforts to rebuild some of its credibility during India’s elections. Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of India’s 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. As in other elections around the world, paid hacks and party zealots are churning out propaganda on Facebook and the company’s WhatsApp messenger, along with Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and other ubiquitous communication channels.



04/21/2019 - 07:00 PM

 

Saudi Arabia, UAE to send $3 billion in aid to Sudan

Saudi Arabia, UAE to send $3 billion in aid to SudanThe aid comes amid wrangling between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and protesters and opposition groups who are demanding that civilians lead a two-year transitional period. The protesters who have kept up a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry since Bashir was removed on April 11. TMC head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told state TV that the formation of a joint military-civilian council - one of the activists' demands - was being considered.



04/21/2019 - 04:34 PM

 

Archeological treasures found during metro construction in Greece

Archeological treasures found during metro construction in GreeceThe construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been delayed because of the sheer number of items that have been found beneath the streets of Greece’s second city. Archeologists have dug up more than 300,000 artefacts, from coins and jewellery to marble statues, amphorae, oil lamps and perfume vases. They were found in what would have been the thriving commercial centre of the ancient city, which was the second most important conurbation in the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople. During the construction of the metro network, archeologists found a stone-paved road, the Decumanus Maximus, which would have run through the heart of Thessaloniki in the sixth century AD, as well as the remains of villas, shops, workshops and an early Christian church. More than 5,000 tombs and graves were uncovered, some of them containing exquisite golden wreaths. “The excavations are the biggest archaeological project of recent years in Greece,” Yannis Mylopoulos, the chairman of Attiko Metro, the company building the network, told The Telegraph. Early Byzantine Amphorae, Demokratias Station, Thessaloniki Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture “The quality and the quantity of the findings is really impressive. They reveal the continuity of the history of Thessaloniki and Macedonia.”  Several statues of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, were discovered, and she was also depicted in mosaics, with one showing her lying back on a couch in front of Eros. “A large number of statues depicting Aphrodite have been found in the city centre, while several more came to light in the area around the Church of the Acheiropoietos (a fifth century AD Byzantine church),” Dr Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, the head of the antiquities department in Thessaloniki, told a recent conference on the discoveries. The fact that statues of Aphrodite dating from as late as the fourth century AD were found shows that “Thessaloniki served as a powerful bastion of the old religions until late antiquity,” said Prof Adam-Veleni. Thessaloniki was established in the fourth century BC and became an important trading and military hub of the Roman Empire and, later, the Byzantine Empire. It remained a powerful city into the medieval era, with a population of more than 100,000 in the 14th century – greater than that of London. Work on the new metro system, which is designed to ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution in the city, began in 2006. Gold crown from a burial dating to the late 4th - early 3rd century. BC found at Syntrivani Station, Thessaloniki Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture The network of 18 stations was supposed to have been finished in 2012, but progress was stalled by the discovery of so many antiquities. It is now due to be operational next year. The 100 yard-long paved road – the Decumanus Maximus – will remain in situ and will be incorporated into one of the network’s stations, Eleftherios Venizelos, named after a prominent politician and national hero from the early 20th century. “People will be able to see it when they enter and exit the metro station and can even go down and walk on it if they want,” said Prof Mylopoulos. Figurines, jewellery, ceramic and bronze vases from Hellenistic era graves, found during Metro excavations in Thessaloniki The station of Hagia Sophia, named after the city’s Byzantine church, will also feature a permanent exhibition of archeological discoveries, including funerary monuments. Incorporating ancient archeological sites into an underground rail network was a huge challenge in terms of both engineering and expense – the cost of the archeological excavations ran to 130 million. Rome unveiled a similar initiative two years ago – a brand new metro station in the city centre in which ancient artefacts found during its construction are on display in glass cases. The items on display at San Giovanni metro station include bronze fish hooks from an ancient Roman fish farm, iron spearheads, gold coins decorated with emperors’ heads and marble statues of scantily-clad nymphs. As passengers descend the station’s escalators, they travel back in time, from the Middle Ages to Imperial Rome and right back to Republican Rome.  The deeper they go, the further back in history they find themselves. The rest of the findings from the metro excavation will be displayed in various museums in Thessaloniki.



04/21/2019 - 04:01 PM

 

This Hornet Fighter Jet Landed on a U.S.Navy Aircraft Carrier (But the Pilot Wasn't American)

This Hornet Fighter Jet Landed on a U.S.Navy Aircraft Carrier (But the Pilot Wasn't American)The Finnish air force operates some 62 Hornets, 62 F/A-18Cs and seven F/A-18Ds — the latter a two-seat variant — for a total of three squadrons. That is the same type of fighter Jarvinen flew when he touched down onto the Abraham Lincoln.On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only difference this time was that the pilot was Finnish, not American.Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an aircraft carrier by a Finnish air force pilot in history, according to the U.S. Navy. Jarvinen was flying a U.S. Marine F/A-18C Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 as part of a pilot exchange program — also a first between the U.S. Marines and the Finnish air force.(This first appeared several months ago.)“It was pretty intense,” Jarvinen said according to a U.S. Navy news release. “I was extremely happy because I knew I actually caught the wire when I felt the sensation of rapidly slowing down, but at the same time I was a little disappointed because I caught the second wire and not the third.”Recommended: 5 Worst Guns Ever Made.Recommended: The World’s Most Secretive Nuclear Weapons Program.



04/21/2019 - 04:00 PM

 

London climate protesters seek talks with government

London climate protesters seek talks with governmentClimate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. Organisers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue next week -- if the government enters talks.



04/21/2019 - 03:55 PM

 

Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830

Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday urged hundreds of climate-change protesters in London to never give up their campaign to save the planet as police arrests over disruptions to the city's landmarks rose above 830. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites such as Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience with the aim of stopping what it calls a global climate crisis.



04/21/2019 - 03:47 PM

 

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnesses

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnessesThe Libyan National Army (LNA) force loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar allied to a parallel government in the east started an offensive more two weeks ago but has been unable to breach the southern defenses of the Tripoli government. The latest flare-up in the cycle of anarchy gripping Libya since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 threatens to disrupt oil flows, foment migration across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, and allow jihadists to exploit the chaos. Forces loyal to Tripoli managed to push back the LNA several km (miles) in the southern Ain Zara suburb, Reuters reporters visiting the area said.



04/21/2019 - 03:04 PM

 

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGCThe exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives who do business in Iran, where the IRGC is a major economic force, as well as humanitarian groups working in regions such as northern Syria, Iraq and Yemen, to do so without fear they will automatically trigger U.S. laws on dealing with a foreign terrorist group.



04/21/2019 - 02:54 PM

 

Earth Day 2019: High temperatures, rising waters, wild weather — who is to blame? We are.

Earth Day 2019: High temperatures, rising waters, wild weather — who is to blame? We are.Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. Here are the latest scientific facts on this human-caused shift to weather systems.



04/21/2019 - 02:23 PM

 

SpaceX Astronauts Will Almost Certainly Beat Boeing to ISS

SpaceX Astronauts Will Almost Certainly Beat Boeing to ISSWhen it comes to the space race, even if Boeing loses, it can still be a winning investment.



04/21/2019 - 01:20 PM

 

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flightA mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. “Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.



04/21/2019 - 12:06 PM

 

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falconsLAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.



04/21/2019 - 11:32 AM

 

Elliptic recruits VP of Engineering to support growth and bolster capability  

Elliptic recruits VP of Engineering to support growth and bolster capability  London. 16th April 2019 – Elliptic has created the new role of Vice President of Engineering as it continues to strengthen its senior leadership team during a period of rapid growth for the company. The cryptocurrency compliance provider has appointed Jon Bradshaw to lead the engineering team as it expands its capability. Bradshaw, a former member of the UK Government’s Technical Advisory Board, has 20 years’ experience building technology companies, including several startups and scale-ups. He was previously Chief Technology Officer at ad tech data company Smartpipe. He brings expertise in developing broad engineering capability to deliver SaaS and data-oriented products in the ad tech and telco industries. This includes a 15-year specialism in data management, transaction processing, and high-performance computing. The post Elliptic recruits VP of Engineering to support growth and bolster capability   appeared first on Coin Rivet.



04/21/2019 - 11:00 AM

 

SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky

SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the skyA SpaceX Crew Dragon experienced an "anomaly" during ground tests that manifested as a column of smoke rising from the spacecraft's thrusters. The Crew Dragons were expected to fly with astronauts aboard later in the year, and it is currently unclear whether recent tests could delay that.> Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral https://t.co/W4Cj2bcN6y via @Florida_Today> > -- Code Tripping (@Code_Tripping) April 21, 2019Though few details are available, SpaceX did release a statement to SpaceNews confirming the incident."Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a spokesperson told SpaceNews. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand."Images from Cape Canaveral show a column of smoke visible from local beaches. The ground test anomaly came from an engine test, specifically the SuperDraco engines which provide power for astronauts to get to safety during an aborted launch. Beyond fire and smoke, the anomaly even showed up on radar:> Dragon's static fire anomaly was big enough to show up on radar! ☁️SpaceX CrewDragon FLwx LowCC (Non-meteorological radar signature) pic.twitter.com/WpebHEo6Az> > -- Jabes (@GISRockstar) April 20, 2019NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also shared a statement to Twitter:> NASA has been notified about the results of the @SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test. We will work closely to ensure we safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program. pic.twitter.com/yE2J5yGzA7> > -- Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 21, 2019 WATCH: NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine warns India's anti-satellite test could be dangerous for the ISS



04/21/2019 - 10:08 AM

 

15 high-paying jobs for people who love to be outside

15 high-paying jobs for people who love to be outsideCNBC Make It analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify 15 high-paying occupations that offer workers the ability to work outside while uncovering the planet's mysteries.



04/21/2019 - 09:30 AM

 

Police in Georgia clash with protesters against hydro plant

Police in Georgia clash with protesters against hydro plantGeorgian police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday to break up a protest by residents of a mountainous region against the construction of a hydropower plant, the independent Rustavi-2 TV station reported. Around 300 residents of the Pankisi gorge gathered near the village of Birkiani to protest against the planned plant, saying it could damage the environment and force them to leave their homes. The TV station showed several residents with minor injuries from rubber bullets and said some police officers were also hurt.



04/21/2019 - 07:55 AM

 

Explosions in Libya capital after late night air strike

Explosions in Libya capital after late night air strikeA Reuters reporter and several residents said they saw an aircraft circling for more than 10 minutes over the capital with a humming sound before opening fire on a southern suburb, scene of the heaviest fighting between the rival forces. Residents had reported drone strikes in the past days but there has been no confirmation and explosions heard in the city center this time were louder than in previous days. Residents counted several missile strikes which apparently hit a military camp of forces loyal to Tripoli in the Sabaa district.



04/21/2019 - 05:28 AM

 

Environment emerges as major issue for Australian voters

Environment emerges as major issue for Australian votersThe environment has emerged as a major issue for Australian voters, a poll showed on Sunday, but healthcare and the cost of living are the top concerns ahead of next month's elections. For 32 percent of Australians, access to affordable health services is the biggest worry, followed by the cost of living at 31 percent and crime at 25 percent, according to the Ipsos Issues Monitor, cited by the Sydney Morning Herald. At the last federal election in 2016, the environment ranked ninth at 14 percent.



04/20/2019 - 10:54 PM

 

A Close Look At Salasar Techno Engineering Limited’s (NSE:SALASAR) 32% ROCE

A Close Look At Salasar Techno Engineering Limited’s (NSE:SALASAR) 32% ROCEToday we'll evaluate Salasar Techno Engineering Limited (NSE:SALASAR) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. In particular, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that can give us insight i...



04/20/2019 - 10:28 PM

 

Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests

Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida testsElon Musk's SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand," the company said in a statement. The issue was earlier reported by Florida Today, which said orange smoke was seen rising above SpaceX's facilities, and that the anomaly was contained with no injuries.



04/20/2019 - 09:56 PM

 

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reported

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reportedSpaceX suffered a setback in preparations for its first crewed launch to the International Space Station today when one of its Crew Dragon spacecraft experienced an anomaly during an engine test firing in Florida. No injuries were reported, but the anomaly threw up a huge pillar of smoke from SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 during testing of the Dragon’s Super Draco thrusters. The static-fire test was being conducted in preparation for an in-flight abort test. Via .@Florida_Today – Photographer .@cbphoto1 captures the smoke of the ‘anomaly’ out at #SpaceX LZ-1 https://t.co/wFHoxPR0Ov — Gene J. Mikulka, CC (@genejm29) April 20, 2019 The… Read More



04/20/2019 - 08:59 PM

 

FAA sets multi-nation review of Boeing's troubled Max planes

FAA sets multi-nation review of Boeing's troubled Max planesThe US Federal Aviation Administration is planning what it calls a comprehensive multi-nation review of the control systems of the Boeing 737 Max airliner to include experts from nine civil aviation authorities. The review will "evaluate aspects of the 737 Max automated flight-control system, including its design and pilots' interaction with the system, to determine its compliance with all applicable regulations and to identify future enhancements that might be needed," the agency said. Boeing Max planes -- the aerospace firm's all-time best-seller -- have been grounded worldwide since then, while engineers and investigators seek the exact causes of the crashes.



04/20/2019 - 08:21 PM

 

Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers 'anomaly' at Cape Canaveral

Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers 'anomaly' at Cape CanaveralA SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during a routine test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the 45th Space Wing confirmed today.



04/20/2019 - 08:07 PM

 

Jameela Jamil's Twitter Thread Shows How Weight Discrimination Affects People With Chronic Illness

Jameela Jamil's Twitter Thread Shows How Weight Discrimination Affects People With Chronic IllnessActress Jameela Jamil shared a Twitter thread about why anti-fatness is harmful, and how the discrimination can harm people with medical conditions.



04/20/2019 - 06:14 PM

 

Algiers court summons former PM Ouyahia in public waste probe: state TV

Algiers court summons former PM Ouyahia in public waste probe: state TVThe move comes after army chief, Lieutenant General Gaid Salah, said last week he expected members of the ruling elite in the major oil and natural gas-producing country to be prosecuted for corruption. It remains the most powerful institution in Algeria, having swayed politics from the shadows for decades.



04/20/2019 - 05:26 PM

 

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killedBUTEMBO, Congo (AP) — Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday.



04/20/2019 - 03:59 PM

 

Stealth Bomber (1940s Style): Check Out the YB-49 Flying Wing

Stealth Bomber (1940s Style): Check Out the YB-49 Flying WingAlthough the YB-49 never reached full production, experience with the frame helped validate the concept which now dominates international thinking on strategic bomber design.As the United States approached World War II, it enjoyed the luxury of many innovative aircraft companies, and a ton of money to spend.  Part of this bounty went to pursuit aircraft, part to tactical attack planes, and part to long-range bombers. This last generated one of the most interesting failures ever to emerge from the U.S. aviation industry; the Northrop YB-49 “flying wing” bomber.The Flying WingEarly aviation engineers appreciated the potential for a “flying wing” design. A flying wing, which minimizes fuselage and usually eliminates the tail, reduces many of the aerodynamic compromises associated with a normal fuselage, reducing overall drag. However, many of these features enhance stability, meaning that a flying wing often lacks the stability of a traditional airframe. This makes the aircraft more difficult to fly, especially before the advent of fly-by-wire technology. A flying wing can also struggle with creating space for crew, payload, and defensive armament, as any of these can reduce the aerodynamic advantages than the shape offers.



04/20/2019 - 03:00 PM

 

Debut of 'UFO' ETF gives investors another way to invest in the growing space industry

Debut of 'UFO' ETF gives investors another way to invest in the growing space industryThe flood of young companies into the $400 billion space industry is sparking investor interest but there's a common issue.



04/20/2019 - 02:18 PM

 

UK police say total of climate activists arrested passes 750

UK police say total of climate activists arrested passes 750More than 750 climate change activists blocking roads at some of London's most famous landmarks have been arrested over the last six days, police said on Saturday, up from a Friday total of 682. The protests, organized by climate group Extinction Rebellion, have for several days disrupted travel through parts of central London, including at Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge. The activists had also blocked the Oxford Circus shopping district, but by 1700 GMT the roads had been cleared by police and traffic was flowing again.



04/20/2019 - 01:53 PM

 

Heavy clashes erupt in southern suburbs of Libya capital

Heavy clashes erupt in southern suburbs of Libya capitalThe spike in violence happened after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone earlier in the week with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, who started an offensive against Tripoli on April 3. The disclosure of the call and a U.S. statement that it "recognized Field Marshal Haftar's significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's oil resources" has boosted the commander's supporters and enraged his opponents. Western powers and the Gulf have been divided over a push by Haftar's forces to seize Tripoli, undermining calls by the United Nations for a ceasefire.



04/20/2019 - 11:46 AM

 

Drone discovers a Hawaiian plant that was thought to be extinct

Drone discovers a Hawaiian plant that was thought to be extinctHey there, Hibiscadelphus woodii. How you been? The plant, which is also known as "Wood's hau kuahiwi" and was thought to be extinct, is apparently still around and possibly even flourishing in its native Hawaii. Researchers for the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai made the discovery with a little help from a drone. SEE ALSO: In a glamorous turn of events, polar bears are pooping glitter to fight off extinction Three of the plants were spotted in footage captured by a drone that was sent out to explore Kalalau Valley. The remote region of Kauai is known for its biodiversity, thanks to cliffs that make the region inaccessible to the humans and goats that pose a threat to local plant life. You can see the NTBG's drone footage below, and see the plant itself (clearly marked) at roughly the halfway point. The H. woodii plant — a relative of hibiscus — was discovered in 1991 by NTBG botanists and classified as a new species in 1995. But it hasn't been seen since 2009, leading scientists to classify it as extinct. The NTBG describes H. woodii as "a shrub or small tree and produces bright yellow flowers which turn purplish-maroon as they age." Researchers' efforts to aid the plant's propagation — which have included "grafting, tip cuttings, and attempts at cross-pollination" — have all failed. By using a drone, NTBG researchers were able to investigate the otherwise unreachable cliffside location in the Kalalau Valley. This kind of technology is especially helpful for conducting research in human-free areas as unobtrusively as possible. "Drones are unlocking a treasure trove of unexplored cliff habitat, and while this may be the first discovery of its kind, I am sure it won’t be the last," NTBG's Ben Nyberg said in a statement. WATCH: The beautiful creatures that went extinct in 2018



04/20/2019 - 11:27 AM

 

Self-declared ‘church’ promotes ‘miracle cure’ which claims to eradicate HIV and autism by drinking bleach

Self-declared ‘church’ promotes ‘miracle cure’ which claims to eradicate HIV and autism by drinking bleachA self-described “church” is promoting a dangerous miracle cure which claims to eradicate 95 per cent of illnesses including HIV and autism by making people drink bleach.The quasi-religious organisation called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing was due to host an event in Leavenworth, Washington, on Saturday to push the “effective alternative healing”.The group asked for payments of between $450 and $800 per person (£346 to £615) for couples attending the event in exchange for a year’s membership to the organisation and packages of bleach, known as “sacraments”.The poisonous treatment, referred to as MMS and Miracle Mineral Supplement or Solution, contains chlorine dioxide – a powerful bleach used on textiles and to treat water.It has been banned in a number of countries, including in the US where it cannot be used for human consumption.In 2010 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public warning about chlorine dioxide, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and severe dehydration.According to a Facebook page set up to invite people to the event, a self-appointed “bishop” named Mark Grenon was set to lead the seminar on Saturday.In a video shared on the group's website, Mr Grenon claimed the “sacrament protocols” could eradicate 95 per cent of the world’s illnesses, including malaria, Ebola, cancer, diabetes, autism, HIV and multiple sclerosis.Genesis II sells 4oz bottles of sodium chlorite as “sacramental cleansing water” for $15 (£11.54) on its website, which users are instructed to mix with citric acid to make chlorine dioxide.



04/20/2019 - 11:23 AM

 

Iraq hosts regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at conference

Iraq hosts regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at conferenceIraq hosted senior parliamentary officials from arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sought to bolster his country's nascent role as a mediator in the region. Abdul Mahdi recently returned from visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia, both oil-super-powers that have long been vying for dominance in the Middle East. It is unusual for Saudi and Iranian officials to attend the same events.



04/20/2019 - 11:11 AM

 

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials: Xinhua

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials: XinhuaChina's top legislature will consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos, the first such move since a Chinese scientist sparked controversy last year by announcing he had made the world's first "gene-edited" babies. Under the draft laws sent to China's legislature for review on Saturday, medical and human trials would face closer scrutiny and stricter requirements, such as ensuring human subjects are properly briefed, state media outlet Xinhua reported. In videos posted online and at the November 2018 conference where He made his controversial presentation, He said he believed his gene editing would help protect the girls from infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.



04/20/2019 - 10:40 AM

 

Boeing's Big Win: $14.3 Billion to Modernize the B-52 and B-1 Bombers

Boeing's Big Win: $14.3 Billion to Modernize the B-52 and B-1 BombersNorthrop's B-21 may be the future of U.S. Air Force bombers, but right now it's Boeing's B-52 that's winning all the cash.



04/20/2019 - 09:24 AM

 

Why Mammogram Regulations Might Be Changing in the Near Future

Why Mammogram Regulations Might Be Changing in the Near FutureBe aware.Read More...



04/20/2019 - 09:20 AM

 

3 Cancer Treatment Stocks to Buy in April

3 Cancer Treatment Stocks to Buy in AprilThese three cancer stocks have tremendous upside potential.



04/20/2019 - 08:00 AM

 

This Star-Studded Anthem About Climate Change Is Breaking The Internet

This Star-Studded Anthem About Climate Change Is Breaking The InternetIt's quite the lineup!Even Hollywood movie star and activist Leonardo DiCaprio is involved



04/20/2019 - 07:48 AM

 

Get off the screen and look up! The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Sunday and Monday nights

Get off the screen and look up! The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Sunday and Monday nightsThe Lyrid meteor shower will be coming to a sky near you both Sunday and Monday nights, though a bright moon may interfere with the skywatching fun.



04/20/2019 - 07:45 AM

 

Let Us Cheer You On

Let Us Cheer You OnCheerMeOn and celebrate accomplishments, milestones and wins -- no matter how big or small -- with others who understand their importance. All are welcome here, we only ask that you spread kindness, love and encouragement. Let’s root for each other.



04/19/2019 - 09:40 PM

 

Second death in Novartis gene therapy trials under investigation

Second death in Novartis gene therapy trials under investigationNovartis has filed for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the gene therapy, Zolgensma, and a decision is expected within weeks. The FDA submission was based on findings from a trial of 15 babies treated with Zolgensma. One patient died from respiratory failure, which was deemed by the investigator and an independent monitor to be unrelated to the gene therapy.



04/19/2019 - 08:24 PM

 

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 statusMIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992.



04/19/2019 - 07:29 PM

 

What I've Changed in My Life After Being Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

What I've Changed in My Life After Being Diagnosed With Type 2 DiabetesThe author shares how she has changed her lifestyle to help herself cope with type 2 diabetes.



04/19/2019 - 06:53 PM

 

Lockheed Martin joins the discussion about cloud computing services in space

Lockheed Martin joins the discussion about cloud computing services in spaceIs the final frontier the next frontier for cloud computing? One of the presentations planned for Amazon's re:MARS conference in June suggests that Lockheed Martin is putting serious thought into the idea of space-based cloud services. The presentation, titled "Solving Earth's Biggest Problems With a Cloud in Space," features Yvonne Hodge, vice president and chief information officer at Lockheed Martin Space. Just because an executive is talking about the subject doesn't necessarily mean the aerospace giant has a plan in the works. But the concept would fit in nicely with Lockheed Martin's previously announced partnership with Amazon on AWS Ground… Read More



04/19/2019 - 06:47 PM

 

How Sonar Discovered a 16th Century Shipwreck by Accident

How Sonar Discovered a 16th Century Shipwreck by AccidentA team of scavengers discovered one of the oldest known shipwrecks, filled with tons of copper, entirely coincidentally.



04/19/2019 - 06:21 PM

 

Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on

Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live onOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its core.



04/19/2019 - 06:08 PM

 

 

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