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'James Bond' Celebrates 60 Years kostenlos streamen | dailyme

'James Bond' Celebrates 60 Years

You know his name, and you know the way he orders his martini. James Bond is the star character of the longest-running movie franchise in history.  And this year, the famous 007 is celebrating his 60th anniversary.  "Dr. No" the first film in the James Bond franchise debuted in the U.K. on Oct. 5, 1962. And since then, the spy series based on the novels by Ian Fleming has cast seven different actors in the lead role, spanned 26 different films and made over $2.2B at the global box office.  This year, the entire franchise was also included in Amazons $8.5B acquisition of MGM Studios. But what is it about international super spy James Bond that draws international audiences? SEE MORE: Amazon Closes $8.5B Deal To Acquire Hollywood Studio MGMReviews from 1963 described the first film as a tinseled action-thriller, spiked with a mystery of a sort. And throughout the years, Bond has been described as an idealized man: suave, charming and intelligent.  But beyond Bond himself, the franchise elevated the Hollywood careers of Bond Girls like Michelle Yeoh and Rosamund Pike. The cosmopolitan costumes inspired decades of fashion trends for men and women. And Bonds on-screen affinity for alcohol has driven sales for gin and promoted certain brands of vodka.  In celebration of James Bonds 60th, Londons Royal Albert Hall hosted The Sound Of 007 In Concert and original props from the films, including Bonds Aston Martin stunt car, were auctioned for charity through Christies.  The auction raised over $6.7 million for organizations like The Princes Trust and UNICEF.  

Protecting Bison Is Critical To Native American Ecosystem, Culture kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Protecting Bison Is Critical To Native American Ecosystem, Culture

Bison were once near extinction. Now, they're coming back.Sometimes called buffalo, these massive animals were an integral part of Lakota, Shoshone and Arapaho culture to name just a few.The North American bison is an important animal for many plains tribes in the United States, and tribes like the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma play a part in that recovery, says Trent Holland, who works for Cherokee Nation's Natural Resources Department."A lot of the elders just think there's a connection with all the animals, whether it be a deer, bison, rabbit," Holland said. "There's just lots of spiritual and cultural significance."Cherokee Nation has grown their herd to almost 220. They've been raising bison since 2014, when they received a grant from the Intertribal Buffalo Council based in South Dakota."We received 40 cows from the Badlands National Park and eight bulls from the Teddy Roosevelt National Park," Holland said.In the 1800s during westward expansion, settlers killed off bison to remove Indigenous people from their land. By 1900, fewer than a 1,000 remained.Before removal, Cherokee people depended on woodland bison in the Southeast, especially during the Trail of Tears, said Cherokee Nation Deputy Chied Bryan Warner. "The spirituality of Cherokees and the environment around them is that connection," Warner said. "They as Cherokees. Many times we used all of our animals, not just as a food source, but they provided warmth. They provided so many things for tools and different things."SEE MORE: Indigenous Boarding School Survivor Details Mental Health TraumaWarner says raising bison on the Cherokee Nation's reservation keeps the ecosystem in check."Our soil, a lot of times is just so deficient, and it's because of the modern way that we farm," Warner said. "That's not just the pesticides, but do we have a healthy crop rotation? Do we have all these things? Bison they roam; they were very migratory animals. What they foraged on, their droppings contain the valuable seeds, and they repurpose all of that area, which naturally had a way to replenish the nutrients back into the soil."Food sovereignty is also an issue. The Cherokee Nation is starting a processing plant for bison. They're hoping to grow the herd enough to where there will be enough bison to provide food for people within the tribe."During the pandemic, that really was a big deal the food security," Holland said. "That's when they started the processing plant, and we also have a small beef herd now that we're going to try to process beef and bison."Holland says the bison are pretty easy to raise, although they don't like being penned up too much. He says they do that twice a year to give them their shots and make sure they're healthy."Our herd hopefully is going to provide food for several tribal members once we get the processing plant going," Holland said. "They're still working on all the details, but they help the land."Helping and healing the land in Delaware County is what bison were meant to do. It's a way Cherokee Nation can look forward by looking back into history.

Remote Oklahoma Town Has Become The Hub For Bigfoot Believers kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Remote Oklahoma Town Has Become The Hub For Bigfoot Believers

The deep wilderness of southeastern Oklahoma is widely believed to be a Bigfoot hot spot.  Reported sightings of the mythical Sasquatch legend are chillingly common in the area's woods, and no story is too wild to be taken seriously.The fascination for Bigfoot runs so deep in Honobia, Oklahoma, that every year thousands of enthusiasts gather there to celebrate all things Sasquatch. The festival started 16 years ago and has evolved into one of the country's largest Sasquatch festivities, with some calling it the area's Super Bowl.It's a two-day event in the mountains that attracts Bigfoot believers, and skeptics, from across the country. "You might make a call, and you'll be able to hear a call back," attendee Devin Shoonech said. "Except whenever you hear him call back, obviously it's going to be way deeper." For hardcore believers, the festival's highlight is the day-long conference with renowned Bigfoot scholars. However, it's around sundown that things get spooky when everyone is invited to share their encounter stories. Some shared they saw a 12-foot figure or heard a "different" type of howling sound.SEE MORE: Pop Quiz: Why Do We Think Aliens Look Like That?All the new Bigfoot knowledge comes handy at night when folks go back to the camping grounds.The mystique and folklore of Bigfoot world is what makes it so appealing.According to a 2020 survey, 11% of Americans believe Sasquatch is real. Whether or not a person believes in the Bigfoot legend, its economic footprint in that part of the Sooner State is hard to miss.In Hochatown, about 40 minutes away from the festival, storeowner Janet Cress says business is booming, in large part thanks to the hundreds of Bigfoot items she sells."He comes by every night," Cress said. "He leaves us little locks of hair. We put him in a bottle, and we sell Bigfoot hair."Back at the festival, the final day starts with a 5k race in the mountains, with a Bigfoot sighting at the finish line. All jokes aside, Sasquatch believers say the festival is a safe space to learn from one another without being ridiculed.  There, they can fully enjoy their hobby and celebrate nature and those who live in its midst.

Pop Quiz: Why Do We Think Aliens Look Like That? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Pop Quiz: Why Do We Think Aliens Look Like That?

A pretty standard image comes to mind when thinking of aliens: a little green or gray being with a big head and black bug eyes. But where did the world get this ubiquitous idea?In the early 20th century, aliens tended to look pretty different from the little gray men, especially in film and television. Since productions were limited in practical effects, aliens, naturally, looked a lot like people just in costumes or thick make-up. This is especially true for the earliest days of TV.To code the aliens as "others" or foreign-seeming, sometimes alien characters borrowed heavily from harmful stereotypes. One of the most formative sci-fi franchises, "Flash Gordon," has an infamous example with its supervillain Ming the Conqueror, who is technically supposed to be an alien."We have Flash Gordon: our blond, handsome, all-American hero," said Lisa Yaszek, professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech. "He plays football, he's very athletic, he's very military, very commanding. Ming is literally bug-eyed. If you combine that sort of bug-eyedness with the clearly racist references, you can see the directors pulling on anxieties about the yellow peril, and inside is increasingly about Japan as a potential enemy in these depictions of Ming and his core."SEE MORE: Pop Quiz: Can You Fall In Love With A Fictional Character?That's a big theme throughout movie history about aliens and cultural anxieties. For example, this was echoed later during the Cold War. Concerns over communist spies and the "alien within" can be interpreted in the Red Scare-era film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," or the mid-80s' "The Thing." In both films, the alien invaders look like us!  "What if what we view as the Metropole is the center of history the United States, the United Kingdom, the West and some in some kind of obscure way, what if they were the colonial sphere for some other group that was way more powerful?" said Gerry Canavan, associate professor of English at Marquette University. "So, sometimes that's War of the Worlds where they just obliterate human civilization. In the Cold War, it seems like grays are the CIA. They're sneaky. They want to infiltrate our society. They want to manipulate it."There are a few theories about the exact origins of the little gray man image, but one compelling one comes from an infamous encounter in Kentucky back in 1955. One fateful night, the Sutton family all rushed into a police station to report the same detailed story about a flying saucer and an hours-long attack from little gray creatures back at their farmhouse. The aliens supposedly had big heads, big eyes and long skinny arms. This wild story caught lots of media attention, and after a few other reports in the area had similar descriptions, the image of aliens got conflated into the image we have now.Right after that, the little green creatures started to show up on screen, like "Invasion of the Saucer Men" in 1957. This Kentucky incident was part of the postwar period that saw a boom in reports of UFO and alien sightings, which some experts blame on anxieties around nuclear threats and the Cold War.Steven Spielberg would later say he was directly inspired by these stories when he wrote the script for the iconic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."As for how Hollywood artists create aliens from scratch, Newsy spoke to artist Carlos Huante about his process behind designing aliens for the big screen. He designed aliens in tons of sci-fi hits like "Prometheus," "Men In Black" and Arrival." He said he studied animals, plants and architecture for his ideas.SEE MORE: Pop Quiz: How Would New York Survive A Superhero Movie?"Nature is just it's just everything is designed so beautifully," Huante said. "You can't do anything better than that, so we're trying to mimic that, the organization of shapes. When I met with Ridley on, say, 'Covenant' and 'Prometheus,' I told him I showed him a video of a beluga whale in the dark sea. I go, 'Look at this thing. Looks like a ghost when it's coming out of the dark. We got to do that. It's beautiful, it's simple and I want to do that.'"That whale became the inspirational seeds behind the iconic aliens in the movie "Arrival" as well, directed by Denis Villeneuve.Artists like Huante aren't the only ones looking to nature to imagine what aliens look like. There is an entire scientific field called astrobiology dedicated to theorizing how alien life might form and appear on other planets by looking at how life evolved on Earth and how life forms within extreme environments. One paper from 2017 used evolutionary theory to illustrate possible alien anatomies, from simple microbes to complex creatures."Aliens

Biden Administration Raising Awareness For Mental Health Resources kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Biden Administration Raising Awareness For Mental Health Resources

In his first State of the Union address President Joe Biden called on Americans to come together to confront the nations mental health crisis.  "Lets get all Americans the mental health services they need. More people they can turn to for help, and full parity between physical and mental health care," said President Biden. Since then, the White House has taken steps to direct more funding to mental health resources and raise awareness around the issue enlisting celebrities like singer Selena Gomez to help.  "I've tried everything to escape this feeling, so why pretend that I have it all put together?" said Gomez. The Biden administration recently took the next step and released its roadmap to achieve its ultimate goal behavioral health integration. "The goal is to be able to have, you know, whether it be social workers or psychologists integrated into primary care settings, so that they're within that practice, there are individuals who can address behavioral health directly," said Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, the assistant secretary of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.It outlines three strategic pillars aimed at merging mental and physical health services so that patients can receive holistic care.  SEE MORE: Where Is Mental Health Funding Going?"For example, an individual with a cancer diagnosis and going through cancer treatment, its not unlikely that they would find themselves at some point in their treatment depressed and ignoring the fact that they are depressed at a time when they are vulnerable and receiving treatment can have detrimental effects on their overall health," said Shawn Coughlin, president and CEO of the National Association For Behavioral Health Care.And theres one step the Biden administration is pursuing that mental health experts say could incentivize that integration. Doctors use billing codes to document services they provide for a patient and to signal to Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies what treatments they need to reimburse.  The new CMS rule would create new billing codes that psychologists and social workers can use to bill for treatment they give a patient as part of their primary care. Experts say the additional codes will make it easier for Americans to access mental health services.  "Having more codes is really important because it opens up the doors to do the kinds of activities and have the kinds of conversations you need to have to really help someone get better," said Jared Skillings, chief of professional practice, at the American Psychological Association.SEE MORE: Finding Hope Through A Different Approach To Mental Health CareBut the new billing codes would only be eligible for reimbursement through Medicaid and Medicare, which experts say already isnt paying very well.  "The Medicare program is probably the worst payer in the mix," said Coughlin. Skillings said thats prompted a lot of mental health professionals to leave the health care system in order to pursue more lucrative careers in private practice.  "If you have a psychologist who is reimbursed a whole lot more money for doing certain kinds of activities, they're far more likely to do more of the activities that get paid more for. And it's not because they're trying to be selfish. It's because the mental health reimbursement right now is so bad that they're simply trying to keep food on the table," said Skillings. But Skillings and Coughlin say expanding billing codes is a good first step, and they hope that it wont be long before all insurers begin doing the same thing."They need to listen to this administration that the integration of mental and physical health is really important and to take that very seriously," said Skillings. 

Surveillance Footage Of Possible Serial Killer Suspect In California kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Surveillance Footage Of Possible Serial Killer Suspect In California

Brand new video of a person of interest in what could be serial killings in Stockton, California has been released.The person is seen walking away from the camera, dressed in dark clothing but showing off the person's gait. It's perhaps critical context for a public now being asked to provide clues. "We haven't seen this individual committing a criminal act but seems to be showing up in some of our recent homicides. It's a person that we definitely want identified," said Chief Stanley McFadden, of the Stockton Police Department.Police are now offering a six-figure reward for information about the person. "That's not very easy to identify the person from that one video. But if you have video, if you have a weapon, if you have forensic evidence like fingerprints or DNA, those are all very useful to show that you have a serial killer. Otherwise you're guessing that it's the same person," said Kenneth Gray, a retired FBI agent and senior lecturer at the University of New Haven.SEE MORE: Police Offer $125K Reward To Catch California Serial KillerNow investigators have connected at least one more death in Oakland last year to five others since July in Stockton about 70 miles away. "We do believe we have a potential serial killer," said McFadden. A single survivor told police the person was a man about 5'10 to six feet tall wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, and a medical facemask. The mayor of Stockton is pleading with the public for information. "This is very, very concerning," said Kevin Lincoln II. "The most important thing is to bring justice for these families."Six families are grieving a loved one as police try to stop a killer they describe as "on a mission.""My mother and father were just heartbroken from this, you know, that's the first baby boy and I know they have so many memories of him," said Jerry Lopez, a victim's brother. 

Pres. Biden Says Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Has 'America's Commitment' kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Pres. Biden Says Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Has 'America's Commitment'

Amid piles of rubble in hurricane-ravagged Fort Myers, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to support Florida's recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian."I want the people of Florida to know you have my commitment, and you have America's commitment," President Biden said. "We're not going to leave."State and local officials, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, briefed the president on recovery efforts. The political rivals put their differences aside for the matter."Today we have one job and only one job: That's to make sure people of Florida get everything they need," President Biden said.DeSantis praised the Biden administration on Wednesday for its quick response.  "There has been less bureaucracy holding us back on this one than any other," DeSantis said.Hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State are still without power, and efforts are underway to deliver clean water and food.At least 110 people have been reported dead due to the storm, including 103 in Florida. Officials warn that the death toll will likely climb as search and rescue efforts continue.  "We've lost a lot people," Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott said. "A lot of people lost their lives, and there's still a lot of people's loved ones missing. They're still doing search and rescue... and that's what you're worried about. The death toll is gonna go up."SEE MORE: Biden To Focus On Hurricane Victims In Florida, Not PoliticsThe White House says more than 3,400 federal workers are on the ground in Florida assisting with storm response operations. The Army Corps of Engineers has deployed over 550 personnel to evaluate infrastructure damage, and the president announced he would double the time the federal government will cover the cost of debris removal from 30 days to 60. The president and first lady met with local business leaders after seeing the damage first-hand by helicopter and from his motorcade, driving past a marina where community members were handing out hot meals.  Rick Goodwin, a local charter captain, says he still wants to see more action on the ground."I'd like to see what you're going to do," Goodwin said. "I don't want to see a fly by; I don't want to see words. I want to see action."In the meantime, he's doing what he can to help his community."I like to say in all my businesses and in all my life in every cloud, there's a ray of sunshine, and the sun will come back out here," Goodwin said.

How The Aftermath Of Natural Disasters Affects Mental Health kostenlos streamen | dailyme

How The Aftermath Of Natural Disasters Affects Mental Health

Hurricane Ian is gone and recovery has started. But the mental health harm for many hurricane survivors is just beginning.  Paul Benedetti rode out the storm with his two elderly parents and one of their elderly friends during the storm.  "It was scary as hell. We were all ready to die here and we were literally saying goodbye to each other," said Benedetti. He says they floated on mattresses as water filled the house up to their necks. Alison Holman and Dana Rose Garfin both research hurricanes' psychological impacts. "I just want to cry thinking about it. Scary. Very scary. That was one way I never wanted to die. I was drowning and I couldn't do anything to help anybody. The variability in response to these kinds of events is very vast," said Holman. They say acute stress disorder is the most common negative mental health response after hurricanes. Think of it as early PTSD where it is hard for someone to function. SEE MORE: Hurricane Ian Will Present Many Health Concerns For Floridians"You might experience being startled, anxiety, nightmares, re-experiencing, feeling like the events happening again. You could experience it with dissociation symptoms, so feeling like you're out of your body and so forth," said Garfin.That can eventually lead to long-term anxiety or depression, PTSD or even suicide in some cases. A 2020 study found overall suicide rates increased by 23% in the months after natural disasters. Hurricane news consumption contributes to mental health damage, too. "People who were at the event, who knew people at the event, and to people who were only exposed via the media. And we have found that all of those types of exposures are associated with increased mental health problems over time," said Garfin. Someone with a mental health diagnosis or a person who's lived through a hurricane is more at risk for negative mental health impacts. Secondary trauma, which is suffering after witnessing others' distress is also common in first responders, health care providers and journalists. For those on the ground now: experts say they should be letting stressed survivors process that in time, but have compassion and help should someone need it in the moment.  "We don't want it to broadly force people to be reliving a traumatic event when they're still in that early phase and they may recover or heal over time. You know, at the same time, we want to have resources available to people," said Garfin. "It's really important that people have mental health first aid available to them. Especially if it's done in a really compassionate way. It's going to help bring people back from the edge of having too many symptoms, mental health symptoms." 

Why Is Student Loan Forgiveness Happening Now? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Why Is Student Loan Forgiveness Happening Now?

A campaign promise is turning into reality. "When I campaigned for president, I made a commitment that we provide student debt relief. And I'm honoring that commitment today," said President Joe Biden.  That is for now. Millions of Americans await the next steps to cancel at least $10,000 in student loan debt, and up to $20,000 for those who qualify. Yet leaders in nearly half the country, all Republican, want President Joe Biden to backtrack on his forgiveness pledge. They argue only a few will see the benefits, with even more feeling the burden. "It's unfair for people who took other pathways in life that didn't require them to take out a lot of loans. They made those decisions to not have that debt and now the debt is being put on them," said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  So why forgive student debt now?  "The intent of the loan forgiveness package is to really support those in the middle class and help those who were struggling financially get back on their feet, post pandemic," said Miguel Cardona, the U.S. secretary of education.The forgiveness comes at a time when inflation is near record highs, with soaring gas prices, increasing rents and housing costs, fueling economic uncertainty. SEE MORE: Government Announcing More Student Loan Forgiveness Details In OctoberBut the idea of forgiving student loan debt dates back to 2008. The Great Recession galvanized adults to return to school and gain new skills.  Simultaneously, the federal government made major cuts to higher education funding causing dozens of companies to leave the private student loan market. It ultimately prompted colleges and universities to raise tuition to make up for lost revenue. Fast forward to 2022, where the average cost of college tuition and fees at public colleges has risen by over 179% over the last 20 years. And millions of Americans have turned to loans to offset tuition. "To the argument that some people say, well I didn't go to college or I paid off my debt, we're trying to help prevent them from going into default. If people go into default, it's going to hurt the local economy, it's going to hurt everybody," said Cardona. But some economists like Ken Troske from the University of Kentucky argue President Biden's plan only helps a small fraction of Americans relative to the overall economy and warns the move could further exacerbate inflation. "For a lot of people, they've had their debt relieved, but immediately are they going to go out and spend a lot more money? Probably not. If they do, it's going to be spread over a long period of time, so it's hard to imagine it's going to have a huge impact on inflation anytime soon," said Troske.  As legal threats grow even louder from Republicans on the President's student relief plan, borrowers are left wondering when and if they will see some of that relief, while even more Americans wonder who will foot the bill for the billions of forgiven dollars. 

Seoul's Reprisal Blows Up After North Korean Missile Success kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Seoul's Reprisal Blows Up After North Korean Missile Success

A malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as it plowed into the ground Wednesday during a live-fire drill with the United States that was a reprisal for North Korea's successful launch a day earlier of a weapon that flew over Japan and has the range to strike the U.S. territory of Guam.The explosion and subsequent fire panicked and confused residents of the coastal city of Gangneung, who were already uneasy over the increasingly provocative weapons tests by rival North Korea. Their concern that it could be a North Korean attack only grew as the military and government officials provided no explanation about the explosion for hours.South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said no injuries were reported from the explosion, which involved a short-range Hyumoo-2 missile that crashed inside an air force base on the outskirts of the city.SEE MORE: N. Korea Sends Missile Soaring Over Japan In EscalationA Joint Chiefs of Staff official, who spoke on condition of anonymity during a background briefing, said the missile's warhead didn't explode during the crash and that the fire was caused by burning rocket propellant. The official said the missile fell soon after liftoff and that no civilian facilities were affected.Kwon Seong-dong, a governing party lawmaker representing Gangneung, wrote on Facebook that a "weapons system operated by our blood-like taxpayer money ended up threatening our own people" and called for the military to thoroughly investigate the missile failure. He also criticized the military for not issuing a notice about the failure while maintaining a media embargo on the joint drills."It was an irresponsible response," Kwon wrote. "They don't even have an official press release yet."South Korea's military acknowledged the malfunction hours after internet users raised alarm about the blast and posted social media videos showing an orange ball of flames emerging from an area they described as near the air force base. It said it was investigating what caused the "abnormal flight" of the missile.Officials at Gangneung's fire department and city hall said emergency workers were dispatched to the air force base and a nearby army base in response to calls about a possible explosion but were sent back by military officials.The U.S. and South Korean militaries are conducting the joint exercises to show their ability to deter a North Korean attack on the South. During Tuesday's drills, they conducted bombing runs by F-15 strike jets using precision munitions and launched two missiles each that are part of the Army Tactical Missile System.SEE MORE: North Korea Conducts 4th Round Of Missile Tests In 1 WeekSeoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was scheduled to return to waters east of South Korea on Wednesday to demonstrate the allies' "firm will" to counter North's continued provocations and threats. The carrier was part of drills last week with South Korea and Japan.The homegrown Hyumoo-2 is key to South Korea's preemptive and retaliatory strike strategies against the North. Some versions of the missile are similar to Russian-designed Iskander missiles, which also inspired a localized variant in North Korea as it expands its arsenal of nuclear-capable short-range weapons designed to evade South Korea's missile defenses.North Korea's successful launch of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile hours before the drills was the country's most provocative weapons demonstration since 2017 and was its fifth round of weapons tests in 10 days.That missile has a range capable of striking Guam, which is home to one of the largest military facilities maintained by the U.S. in Asia. North Korea in 2017 also tested missiles capable of hitting the continental United States.Japan's lower house, the more powerful of the two-chamber parliament, adopted a resolution on Wednesday condemning North Korea's launch, saying that the flight over Japan posed a "grave and imminent" threat to the country's security.South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the country's deputy nuclear envoy, Lee Tae-woo, met with U.S. counterpart Jung Park in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss the recent North Korean launches and vowed to strengthen three-way cooperation with Tokyo to counter the threat and bring Pyongyang back to the negotiation table.North Korea has fired nearly 40 ballistic missiles over about 20 different launch events this year, exploiting Russia's war on Ukraine and the resulting deep divide in the U.N. Security Council to accelerate its arms development without risking further sanctions.Its aim is to develop a fully fledged nuclear arsenal capable of threatening the U.S. mainland and its allies while gaining recognition as a nuclear state and wresting concessions from those countries.The United States, Britain, France, Albania, Norway and

Hurricane Ian Deals Blow To Florida's Teetering Insurance Sector kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Hurricane Ian Deals Blow To Florida's Teetering Insurance Sector

Daniel Kelly and his wife bought a 1977 doublewide mobile home in May for about $83,000 at Tropicana Sands, a community for people 55 and older in Fort Myers, Florida. But he ran into roadblocks when he tried to insure it.Managers at Tropicana Sands told him he likely wouldn't be able to find a carrier who would offer a policy because the home was too old. He said he checked with a Florida-based insurance agent who searched and couldn't find anything."I can insure a 1940s car, why can't I insure this?" Kelly said.Kelly was lucky that his trailer was largely spared by Hurricane Ian aside from some flood damage. But for many Floridians whose homes were destroyed, they now face the arduous task of rebuilding without insurance or paying even steeper prices in an insurance market that was already struggling. Wind and storm-surge losses from the hurricane could reach between $28 billion and $47 billion, making it Florida's costliest storm since Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic.Even before Ian, Florida's home insurance market was dealing with billions of dollars in losses from a string of natural disasters, rampant litigation and increasing fraud. The difficult environment has put many insurers out of business and caused others to raise their prices or tighten their restrictions, making it harder for Floridians to obtain insurance.Those who do manage to insure their homes are seeing costs increase exponentially. Even before Hurricane Ian, the annual cost of an average Florida homeowners insurance policy was expected to reach $4,231 in 2022, nearly three times the U.S. average of $1,544."They are paying more for less coverage," said Florida's Insurance Consumer Advocate Tasha Carter. "It puts consumers in dire circumstances."SEE MORE: Floridians Endure Slow Wait For Power Knocked Out By IanThe costs have gotten so high that some homeowners have forgone coverage altogether. About 12% of Florida homeowners don't have property insurance or more than double the U.S. average of 5% according to the Insurance Information Institute, a research organization funded by the insurance industry.Florida's insurance industry has seen two straight years of net underwriting losses exceeding $1 billion each year. A string of property insurers, including six so far this year, have become insolvent, while others are leaving the state.As of July, 27 Florida insurers were on a state watchlist for their precarious financial situation; Mark Friedlander, the head of communications for the Insurance Information Institute, expects Hurricane Ian will cause at least some of those to tip into insolvency.The insurance industry says overzealous litigation is partly to blame. Loopholes in Florida law, including fee multipliers that allow attorneys to collect higher fees for property insurance cases, have made Florida an excessively litigious state, Friedlander said.Florida currently averages about 100,000 lawsuits over homeowners' insurance claims per year, he said. That compares to just 3,600 in California, which has almost double Florida's population.The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said the state accounts for 76% of the nation's homeowners' insurance claims lawsuits but just 9% of all homeowners insurance claims."Plaintiff attorneys in Florida have historically found ways of circumventing any efforts at reining in legal system abuses, making it likely that ongoing reforms will be needed to further stabilize the insurance marketplace," said Logan McFaddin of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.But Amy Boggs, the property section chair for the Florida Justice Association a group that represents attorneys said the insurance industry is also at fault for refusing to pay out claims. Boggs said homeowners are driven to attorneys "as a last resort.""No policyholder wants to be embroiled in years of litigation just to get their homes rebuilt," she said. "They come to attorneys when their insurance company underpays their claim and they can't rebuild."Rampant fraud particularly among roofing contractors has also added to costs. Regulators say it's common for contractors to go door-to-door offering to cover homeowners' insurance deductible in exchange for submitting a full roof replacement claim to their property insurance company, claiming damage from storms.Things have gotten so bad with insurance that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called a special session in May to address the issues. New laws limit the rates attorneys can charge for some property insurance claims and require insurers to insure homes with older roofs something they had stopped doing because of rising fraud claims.The legislation also includes a $150 million fund that will offer grants to homeowners to make improvements to protect against hurricanes. But that program has

Police Offer $125K Reward To Catch California Serial Killer kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Police Offer $125K Reward To Catch California Serial Killer

A California serial killer seems to be on a mission throughout the fatal shooting of six men and the wounding of one woman dating back to last year.Ballistics tests and some video evidence linked the crimes in Stockton and Oakland, about 70 miles apart, police said.We dont know what the motive is. What we do believe is that its mission-oriented, Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said Tuesday. This persons on a mission.SEE MORE: Bail Reform Is Picking Up Across Counties NationwideThe first fatal shooting was in Oakland in April 2021. The woman was wounded in Stockton days later. More than a year passed, then the five killings in Stockton took place between July 8 and Sept. 27, all within a radius of a few square miles, police said.Although police would not say whether all seven shootings had been linked to the same gun, McFadden alluded to a single pistol during the news conference.I have absolutely no answer as to why that pistol went dormant for over 400 days, between the April 2021 shootings and the first case this summer, the chief said.Authorities last week announced that five men in Stockton were ambushed and shot to death, alone in the dark. On Monday, police said the two additional cases last year had been tied to those killings.A person of interest is being sought in connection with the bloodshed they appear on video at several of the crime scenes but no evidence directly links them to the shootings, McFadden said. He said some of the victims were homeless and some were not.Homicide Series Update: Today Chief McFadden released a video of the "Person of Interest" in regards to this series. If you have any info, please call 209-937-8167. There is a $125,000 reward for info that leads to an arrest.— Stockton Police Dept (@StocktonPolice) October 5, 2022There is a $125,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police are fielding hundreds of tips daily, as well as submitting additional evidence in case other crimes in the state can be connected to the spate of shootings.The first killing targeted Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, in Oakland at around 4:15 a.m. on April 10, 2021. He was shot multiple times, according to the Alameda County coroners bureau. It was not immediately clear if he was alone when he was killed.In the nonfatal attack, the 46-year-old woman told investigators that she was inside her tent on April 16, 2021 at about 3:20 a.m. when she heard someone walking around outside.When she came out of her tent, she encountered someone holding a gun, McFadden said.The suspect fired multiple shots, wounding the woman, but she tried to defend herself by advancing toward her attacker, the chief said. The shooter lowered the gun.She said there were no words mentioned at all, McFadden said.The woman described the attacker as wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, dark-colored pants and an all-black COVID-style face mask.In the fatal Stockton cases, none of the men were robbed or beaten before the killings, and none appeared to have known one another, Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva said. The shootings also do not appear to be related to gangs or drugs.The San Joaquin County Office of the Medical Examiner identified the Stockton victims as Paul Yaw, 35, who died July 8; Salvador Debudey Jr., 43, who died Aug. 11; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, who died Aug. 30; Juan Cruz, 52, who died Sept. 21; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54, who died Sept. 27.Lopez was shot shortly before 2 a.m. in a residential area just north of downtown.He was just a person who was out here at the wrong place, at the wrong time, at the wrong circumstance, his brother, Jerry Lopez, told KXTV-TV. Its hard to process that this has happened.There may even be multiple people involved in the violence.To be honest, we just dont know, Silva said. This person or people who are out doing this, they are definitely very bold and brazen.Police said four of the Stockton homicide victims were walking alone and a fifth was in a parked car when they were killed in the evening or early morning. Stockton is a city of 320,000 residents, about 50 miles south of the state capital, Sacramento.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Putin Signs Annexation Of Ukrainian Regions As Losses Mount kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Putin Signs Annexation Of Ukrainian Regions As Losses Mount

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the final papers Wednesday to annex four regions of Ukraine while his military struggled to control the new territory that was added in violation of international laws.The documents finalizing the annexation were published on a Russian government website. In a defiant move, the Kremlin held the door open for further land grabs in Ukraine.Speaking in a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "certain territories will be reclaimed, and we will keep consulting residents who would be eager to embrace Russia."Peskov did not specify which additional Ukrainian territories Moscow is eyeing, and he wouldnt say if the Kremlin planned to organize more such referendums.Putin last week signed treaties that purport to absorb Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions into Russia. The move followed Kremlin-orchestrated "referendums" in Ukraine that the Ukrainian government and the West have dismissed as illegitimate.The Russian president defended the validity of the vote, saying it's more than convincing" and "absolutely transparent and not subject to any doubt.This is objective data on peoples mood, Putin said Wednesday at an event dedicated to teachers, adding that he was pleasantly surprised by the results.SEE MORE: Retreating Russians Leave Bodies Of Comrades BehindOn the ground, Russia faced mounting setbacks, with Ukrainian forces retaking more and more land in the eastern and southern regions that Moscow now insists are its own.The precise borders of the areas Moscow is claiming remain unclear, but Putin has vowed to defend Russia's territory including the annexed regions with any means at his military's disposal, including nuclear weapons.The head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office, Andriy Yermak, wrote on his Telegram channel shortly after Putin signed the annexation legislation approved by Russia's parliament that "the worthless decisions of the terrorist country are not worth the paper they are signed on.""A collective insane asylum can continue to live in a fictional world," Yermak added.Zelenskyy responded to the annexation by announcing Ukraine's fast-track application to join NATO. In a decree released Tuesday, he also ruled out negotiations with Russia, declaring that Putin's actions made talking to the Russian leader impossible.Russia and Ukraine gave conflicting assessments Wednesday of a Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Russian-occupied Kherson region. A Moscow-installed regional official insisted that Ukrainian advances had been halted.SEE MORE: Ukraine Claws Back More Territory Russia Is Trying To Annex"As of this morning ... there are no movements" by Kyiv's forces, Kirill Stremousov said in comments to state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti. He vowed the Ukrainian fighters "won't enter (the city of) Kherson."However, the Ukrainian military said the Ukrainian flag had been raised above seven Kherson region villages previously occupied by the Russians.The deputy head of the Ukrainian regional government, Yurii Sobolevskyi, said military hospitals were full of wounded Russian soldiers and that Russian military medics lacked supplies. Once they are stabilized, Russian soldiers were getting sent to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014."Not everyone arrives," Sobolevskyi wrote.In the Moscow-annexed Donetsk region, where Ukrainian forces still control some areas, Russian forces shelled eight towns and villages, the Ukrainian presidential office said.After reclaiming the Donetsk city of Sviatohirsk, Ukrainian forces located a burial ground for civilians and found the bodies of four people, according to Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko.SEE MORE: Russia Withdraws Troops After Ukraine Encircles Key CityIn central Ukraine, multiple explosions rocked Bila Tserkva, a city about 50 miles south of the capital, Kyiv. The blasts set off fires at what were described as infrastructure facilities, regional leader Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram.Early indications were the city was attacked with so-called kamikaze or suicide drones, he said.Russia has increasingly employed suicide drones in recent weeks, posing a new challenge to Ukrainian defenses. The unmanned vehicles can stay aloft for long periods of time before diving into targets and detonating their payloads at the last moment.Many of the earlier attacks with the Iranian-made drones happened in the south of Ukraine and not near the capital, which hasn't been targeted for weeks.In a later post, Kuleba said a total of six Shahed-136 drones struck Bila Tserkva, one of the largest in the capital region after Kyiv. One person was wounded in the attacks.Elsewhere in Ukraine, at least five civilians were killed and eight others were been wounded by Russian shelling in 24 hours, according to the country's presidential

Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped For 7 Former Michigan Officials kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped For 7 Former Michigan Officials

A Michigan judge threw out felony charges Tuesday against seven people in the Flint water scandal, including two former state health officials blamed for deaths from Legionnaires' disease.The dismissal was significant but not a complete surprise after the Michigan Supreme Court in June said a different judge acting as a one-person grand jury had no authority to issue indictments.Judge Elizabeth Kelly rejected efforts by the attorney general's office to just send the cases to Flint District Court and turn them into criminal complaints, a typical path to filing felony charges in Michigan. It was a last-gasp effort to keep things afloat."Anything arising out of the invalid indictments are irreconcilably tainted from inception. ... Simply put, there are no valid charges, Kelly said.Kelly's decision doesn't affect former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. That's only because he was charged with two misdemeanors willful neglect of duty and his case is being handled by another judge. But he, too, was indicted in a process declared invalid by the Supreme Court. His next hearing is Oct. 26.SEE MORE: Is Your Bottled Water Really That Much Different From Tap Water?In 2014, Flint managers appointed by Snyder took the city out of a regional water system and began using the Flint River to save money while a new pipeline to Lake Huron was being built. But the river water wasnt treated to reduce its corrosive qualities. Lead broke off from old pipes and contaminated the system for more than a year.The Michigan Civil Rights Commission said it was the result of systemic racism, doubting that the water switch and the brush-off of complaints in the majority-Black city would have occurred in a White, prosperous community.The attorney general's office lashed out at the courts after its latest defeat, declaring that well-connected, wealthy individuals with political power and influence had prevailed over Flint residents.There are not adequate words to express the anger and disappointment felt by our team, who have spent years on this case only to see it thwarted based upon a new interpretation of a nearly century-old law, the statement said.Prosecutors, however, didn't mention that the Supreme Court's summer opinion was unanimous. The attorney general's office didn't indicate what's next, only that it will continue its pursuit of justice for Flint.SEE MORE: Flint Water Might've Made People Sick Again, But Not From LeadBesides lead contamination, the Flint River water was blamed for an outbreak of Legionnaires disease, which typically spreads through cooling systems.Former state health director Nick Lyon and former chief medical executive Eden Wells were charged with involuntary manslaughter in nine deaths linked to Legionnaires'. They were accused of failing to timely warn the Flint area about the outbreak.Lyon's attorneys praised Kelly's decision and urged the attorney general's office to close a misguided prosecution.This misuse of the criminal justice system has to stop, Chip Chamberlain and Ron DeWaard said. Misleading statements about what Director Lyon did or didnt do contribute nothing to a constructive public dialogue and do not represent justice for anyone.Besides Lyon and Wells, charges were dismissed against Snyders longtime fixer in state government, Rich Baird; former senior aide Jarrod Agen; former Flint managers Gerald Ambrose and Darnell Earley; and Nancy Peeler, a former health department manager.Michigan's six-year statute of limitations could be a problem in some cases if the attorney general's office wants to file charges again. The deadline, however, would be longer for charges faced by Lyon and Wells.Prosecutors in Michigan typically file felony charges in District Court after a police investigation. A one-judge grand jury was extremely rare and had mostly been used in Detroit and Flint to protect witnesses, especially in violent crimes, who could testify in private.An effort to hold people criminally responsible for Flint's lead-in-water disaster has lasted years and produced little.Before leaving office in 2019, then-Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, had pledged to put people in prison. But the results were different: Seven people pleaded no contest to misdemeanors that were eventually scrubbed from their records.After Dana Nessel, a Democrat, was elected, she got rid of special counsel Todd Flood and put Hammoud, the state's solicitor general, and Worthy, the respected Wayne County prosecutor, in charge.Facing a wave of lawsuits, the state agreed to pay $600 million as part of a $626 million settlement with Flint residents and property owners who were harmed by lead-tainted water. Most of the money is going to children.Flint in 2015 returned to a water system based in southeastern Michigan. Meanwhile, roughly 10,100 lead or steel water lines had been replaced at homes by last December.The

Biden To Focus On Hurricane Victims In Florida, Not Politics kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Biden To Focus On Hurricane Victims In Florida, Not Politics

President Joe Biden will visit hurricane-ravaged Florida with a pledge that federal, state and local governments will work as one to help rebuild homes, businesses and lives putting politics on mute for now to focus on those in need.Hurricane Ian has resulted in at least 84 people confirmed dead, including 75 in Florida, as hundreds of thousands of people wait for power to be restored. Biden planned to meet Wednesday with residents and small-business owners in Fort Myers, Florida, and to thank government officials providing emergency aid and removing debris.SEE MORE: Feds Vow Major Aid For Hurricane Ian Victims Amid RescuesWith the midterm elections just a month away, the crisis had the potential to bring together political rivals in common cause at least for a time. Ian's 150 mph winds and punishing storm surge last week took out power for 2.6 million in Florida. Many in the state are unable to access food and water.Joining President Biden in Florida will be two of his most prominent Republican critics: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott, according to the White House and Scott's spokesman. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested Tuesday that it would be inappropriate for them to focus on political differences."There will be plenty of time, plenty of time, to discuss differences between the president and the governor but now is not the time," Jean-Pierre told reporters at a White House briefing. "When it comes to delivering and making sure that the people of Florida have what they need, especially after Hurricane Ian, we are one. We are working as one."President Biden typically waits to visit the scene of a natural disaster, to ensure his presence and the fleet of vehicles that accompany him will not hinder the rescue efforts.Before the storm hit, the president had intended to visit the Florida cities of Orlando and Fort Lauderdale last week, where he planned to stress his efforts to strengthen Social Security and Medicaid. He has accused Scott of wanting to end both programs by proposing that federal laws should expire every five years, although the Florida senator has said he wants to preserve the programs.President Biden and DeSantis have had a multitude of differences in recent years over how to fight COVID-19, immigration policy and more. In recent weeks, they tussled over the governor's decision to put migrants on planes or buses to Democratic strongholds, a practice President Biden has called "reckless."The hurricane changed the purpose and tone of the president's first trip to Florida this year.DeSantis confirmed Tuesday he'd be meeting with President Biden in the hurricane zone and he praised the administration's Federal Emergency Management Agency for declaring an emergency before Ian made landfall."That was huge because everyone was full steam ahead. They knew they had the ability to do it," DeSantis said. "We appreciate it. I think FEMA's worked very well with the state and local."SEE MORE: Dozens Dead From Ian, One Of The Strongest, Costliest U.S. StormsThe White House message of bipartisan unity marks a difference from President Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, who at times threatened to withhold aid to Democratic officials who criticized him, including Govs. Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York. At other times, Trump appeared insensitive or clumsy in his response to people's suffering.Trump threatened to withhold federal money from California after wildfires, saying its state officials were to blame for the deadly conflagrations, tweeting in 2018: "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"Additional reporting by the Associated Press.

California Restricts Use Of Rap Lyrics As Evidence In Court kostenlos streamen | dailyme

California Restricts Use Of Rap Lyrics As Evidence In Court

California prosecutors will no longer be able to use musical artist's lyrics in criminal trials against them unless they meet specific parameters.It's a change with huge implications for racial equity. It's important to artists like Todd "Speech" Thomas, a rapper and member of the hip-hop group Arrested Development."As artists, we have the right creatively and maybe even the duty to color our stories, to make it more appealing and entertaining," he said. "I have a song 'People Everyday' where I express beating up a guy, and it takes three or four cops to pull me off of him. I don't want to be in court one day and someone tried to imply by me having that lyric, that I'm a violent person." The change comes against the backdrop of a case in Atlanta where rapper Young Thug is accused of gang activity and possessing various drugs with intent to distribute them. Prosecutors used some of his lyrics as probable cause to charge him with a crime."There's something back in the day, something from his life, that he pulls from to make these current hits," said Mouse Jones, hip-hop podcaster. "That doesn't mean he's still doing it now." Jones is an influential voice in media and a popular voice in the hip-hop scene. To him, California's move is a good step, but it's not necessarily a hopeful one."James Baldwin said to be conscious and live in America is to be in a state of anger at all times," Jones said. "As a Black man, that's really how I feel. It's like no matter what happens you're kind of left to think about it from a, 'Eh, so what?' standpoint."SEE MORE: Why Are Rap Lyrics Being Used In Court?To Speech, it's not just about decriminalizing artistic expression. He says this should also be a conversation about deemphasizing lyrics about crime in hip-hop music."The industries and corporations magnify these artists far more than they do the plethora of other artists that exist within hip-hop that are not talking about these things," Speech said.Researchers have estimated about 500 cases over the last 30 years have used rap lyrics against their artists on trial. Erik Nielson is one of the researchers who published that figure."It really does reside in a centuries-long tradition of law enforcement, institutions of power in the United States, suppressing and then often punishing Black artistic expression," Nielson said.Nielson wrote a whole book on this called "Rap on Trial." In an interview in June, he told "The Why" it's racism that lends to the tendency to assume crimes described in hip-hop are more real than other genres for instance, Johnny Cash describing shooting a man in Reno, Nevada."People have a difficult time believing well, first, that rap music is music but I think more to the point, that these young men are capable of producing complex and sophisticated art," Nielsen said. "It's much easier for people to imagine that they're just chronicling their everyday activities."The new California law requires judges to weigh whether lyrics are directly related to the specific crime on trial a litmus test often not applied to White artists. "What other genre of music has constantly been on trial one way or another since its inception?" Jones said. "Let these human beings' art be just that," Speech said. "Let it be art."

Why Millennials Don't Want Family Heirlooms kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Why Millennials Don't Want Family Heirlooms

This point in time is being called "The Great Wealth Transfer." By 2030, millennials will inherit over $68 trillion from their baby boomer parents. This is the greatest wealth transfer from generation to generation ever seen.To be fair, millennials have had their fair share of financial hurdles that previous generations haven't faced like college debt and rising housing costs so this inheritance might be a nice little boost.While millennials are on track to inherit a good chunk of change, one thing they aren't as interested in inheriting is family heirlooms.As lifestyles have sped up and tastes have changed, there's a growing supply of unclaimed heirlooms, like fine China and old furniture. People started collecting these things after World War II. They were seen as status symbols when veterans and their families moved to the suburbs and started to live out their American dreams.People got married younger back then, and these items were given as wedding gifts and meant to be passed down to future generations.However, no one ever asked these future generations if they wanted any of these treasured items.Today, many millennials are living in smaller spaces than past generations. One survey found that the average millennial home buyer considered a 1,700 square-foot home to be sufficient space, while boomers wanted homes closer to 1,900 square feet. This was after boomers sold larger homes as a way of downsizing.The survey also found that millennials are more interested in minimalism and prioritize walkability when looking for a place to live, meaning they're choosing denser areas, like cities, that often have smaller homes and smaller lots.SEE MORE: Millennials Are Buying Homes In Much Tougher Market Than Their ParentsMore Millennials are also renters, meaning they move more often and live more mobile lifestyles, so they're not looking to collect things they don't see as a necessity. Today, less than 60% of Americans live in the same state they were born in. In the 1950s, that number was about 70%.Instead of hand-me-down furniture, today's generation has been coined the "IKEA Generation." IKEA furniture is known to be more affordable and seen as temporary.Research also shows millennials would rather spend money on travel and experiences instead of objects. They might get around to getting nicer furniture a little later in life when they reach big milestones like marriage, finishing grad school, or having their first child. But even when they do, they're opting for things that are modern and new, not reupholstering the decades-old family couch.Instead of millennials taking some of these family heirlooms, much of those items go to consignment shops and donation centers. In recent years, these have reported being overrun with furniture. In 2017, Goodwill of Greater Washington reported they had 20% more donations of everything than in previous years.

Where Is Mental Health Funding Going? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Where Is Mental Health Funding Going?

When it comes to mental health, one size does not fit all. So the Biden administration and Congress have been funding different ways to get care to the people who need it most.   "My interest often is creating multiple entryways into services and supports, because we know people are going to enter and access behavioral health by different doorways, you know, depending upon their life circumstance, and their needs, or transportation even, said Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, the assistant secretary for mental health and substance use.Finding mental health services can be a daunting task, and Dr. Delphin-Rittmon said the new 988 suicide and crisis hotline is already having a positive impact. "A person can be connected to a trained, you know, compassionate counselor who can help connect them and talk with them around what they're experiencing, and then connect them to other services and supports if needed, said Delphin-Rittmon. One way the federal government is trying to expand access to services is by funding certified community behavioral health clinics, or CCBHCs.  "CCBHCs provide a broad range of services, so mental health services, substance use services, linkage to primary care and related services. They provide crisis support, recovery support. They're required in fact, to offer a broad range of wraparound services and supports. And they're available 24 hours a day, regardless of an individual's ability to pay, said Delphin-Rittmon. SEE MORE: Teen Suicide Crisis: Colorado Parents Work To Reduce State's High RateWraparound services provide accountability and continued support beyond a patients appointment. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, told Newsy those services can be crucial, especially for young people experiencing their first mental health crisis.  "If you can interrupt that cycle downward by these wraparound services, you're going to change generationally, that person and every person who comes after. Imagine the young mom, 25, who has her first episode, the profound effect upon her, her marriage, her children, by extension, her grandchildren cannot be underestimated," said Sen. Cassidy.  In 2017, eight states established the first CCBHCs, and now there are over 400 clinics across 42 states. But the country still has a shortage of therapists and counselors, and that was amplified during the pandemic. The quick expansion of telehealth helped fill the gap, but it left out some rural Americans without access to high-speed internet. Cassidy says recently passed legislation will help the problem. "In the bipartisan infrastructure bill, there were those $65 billion allocated to make sure that every American has access to high-speed internet. Louisiana just got the first check cut from that fund. And I'm told by our governor that once the company signs a contract, within two years, they'll be providing that service," said Sen. Cassidy. Cassidy is also working across the aisle with Sen. Chris Murphy to pass a bill reauthorizing funding for a number of federal mental health programs. The current funding, passed in 2016, is due to expire at the end of the month. But Cassidy is optimistic Congress will pass new funding before the end of the year.  

Flight Attendants Will Be Required To Get More Rest Between Flights kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Flight Attendants Will Be Required To Get More Rest Between Flights

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a rule requiring airlines to give flight attendants an extra hour off between flights: They'll get a minimum of 10 hours between shifts instead of nine.The rule goes into effect in 30 days, and airlines have up to 90 days to comply. It comes as a rebound in travel after peak-pandemic times continues to put a strain on U.S. airlines and their crews.This month, the Delta Air Lines' pilots union started a strike authorization vote. It doesn't mean a strike is imminent, but it is meant to send a message to the airline.Delta's pilots union recently said they were presented with a proposal for pay that "falls substantially short" of expectations. The union's ballot will be open for voting by Delta pilots until Oct. 31.Southwest Airlines and its flight attendants have hit the picket lines lately as well. A board member for the Flight Attendant's Union says they haven't had a new contract in four years. SEE MORE: Understaffed Airlines Losing Travelers' LuggageThough pay is still a concern for flight attendants negotiating contracts, Tuesday's rest requirement is a long time coming for the Association of Flight Attendants, who have fought for years for a longer break between shifts.The union thought it had prevailed four years ago when Congress voted by large margins to require more rest. But appearing at the news conference Tuesday, the union's president, Sara Nelson, appeared with acting FAA administrator, Billy Nolen, and accused the Trump administration of attempting to kill the expansion through regulatory foot-dragging."It took us way too long, but we are finally here," Nolen said.Congress directed the FAA in 2018 to increase the rest requirement for flight attendants and eliminate a provision that let crews work with less rest under some circumstances. The FAA took public comments on the extra rest requirement in both 2019 and 2021 and received more than 1,000 comments from airlines, flight attendants and the public.Airlines for America, a trade group representing the largest U.S. airlines, said safety is always the industry's top priority, and "having rested and alert flight attendants who are prepared to carry out their responsibilities, including cabin safety and other duties, is critical to this goal." The group said it supports "scientifically validated and data-driven countermeasures to prevent fatigue."Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Are Electric Cars Really More Environmentally Friendly? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Are Electric Cars Really More Environmentally Friendly?

You've heard about the perks and maybe balked at the costs, but with demand higher than ever, it seems like everyone is racing to get their hands on an electric vehicle. "It's very inexpensive to operate, there's no maintenance costs except for tires," said Ron Zarbock, a Tesla owner. Craig Bickmore is the director of New Car Dealers of Utah. "That competition from the EV market is going to be hugely intense. You watch what happens in the next year in a half," said Bickmore.  One 2020 study projected in 2050 that half of all cars on the road could be electric. That would mean the world could slash CO2 emissions by up to 1.5 gigatons, which is equivalent to the current output of Russia. That same study concluded electric vehicles are better for the climate in 95% of the world.  But researchers say the fact that driving an EV creates no emissions doesn't necessarily mean they're carbon-neutral. EVs release zero emissions after wheels start turning. But how electricity is generated is a large part of their carbon footprint. "Major corporations, states, countries around the world have determined that carbon is a problem and that they want to decarbonize," said John Wagner, the director of the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory. Fossil fuels like coal and natural gas produce over 60% of U.S. electricity. The rest is roughly divided between nuclear power and renewable energies. A Reuters analysis estimated it'll take a typical EV one year on the road to offset its carbon emissions from manufacturing. But that could take longer depending on the type of energy a car draws from. For example, an EV charged on a coal-reliant grid could have a catch-up period of five years. MIT researcher Sergey Paltsev also told CNBC EVs won't reach their full green potential until all electricity sources are totally renewable. In the meantime, some worry as more EVs plug in they'll increase strain on the electric grid.  David Victor, with the Brookings Institution, said the U.S. grid needs to nearly double in size to serve the skyrocketing demand.  "The grid infrastructure will need to get a lot larger, but it depends heavily on our ability to get people to charge at the right time of day," said Victor. SEE MORE: Detroit Auto Show Returns After 3 Years, Focus On Electric VehiclesBut some experts argue that more EVs will actually make the grid more resilient thanks to new "vehicle-to-grid" chargers. Those allow car owners to send energy back to the grid to reduce utility costs. This tech isn't widespread in the U.S. yet, and is still undergoing small-scale testing and research. There are also "DC fast charging stations" which are currently available in public spaces. When you use those you're not actually connected to the grid. You're charging from a battery inside the charging station.  "So they're not going to be subjected to any kind of a flex alert or any kind of peak hour issues. You know, when you couple batteries with DC fast charging, you are no longer vulnerable to peak power issues and that is going to be especially true during heat waves," said Scott Painter, the CEO of Autonomy. But Victor believes a fully implemented DC charging network is another two to five years from reality. Those batteries are also the most carbon-intensive part of an EV and are connected to numerous environmental and human rights concerns. Mining for tiny cells of lithium, cobalt and copper involves chemicals like sulfuric acid along with enormous amounts of water about 500,000 gallons per metric ton of lithium. That can be detrimental to some mining communities. Chile's Salar de Atacama region holds over 40% of the world's lithium reserves. Locals blame mining for draining the area's fresh water, amid years of drought. Mirta Solis Cenzano is the president of Atacamea Indigenous Community of Catarpe. "If a lot of water is being extracted we must slow down, decrease to allow these valleys to keep existing. Same for the oasis. For us the water is sacred," said Cenzano.  Mining companies argue what they're extracting isn't really water.  Ellen Lenny-Pessagno is the global VP of Government & Community Affairs at Albemarle. "Why isn't it viewed as water? Number one, it's 10x saltier than seawater. So it couldn't be used for human consumption, it couldn't be used for agriculture business," said Pessagno.   SEE MORE: Why Arent There More Electric Vehicles On The Road?The energy to extract the minerals and build lithium-ion batteries also requires burning fossil fuels. And the country that uses the most fossil fuels also holds 80% of the world's EV battery supply

Both Parties Eyeing N.C. Senate Seat After Sen. Richard Burr Retires kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Both Parties Eyeing N.C. Senate Seat After Sen. Richard Burr Retires

It may not be getting the attention like other races, but the Senate contest here in North Carolina is just as close and just as important as any other happening this year.  Polls show Democrat Cheri Beasley and Republican Ted Budd are in a dead heat just five weeks out. At a campaign event Monday near Raleigh, Budd told voters he's most concerned about the economy."The voters out there are concerned about inflation. They're worried about crime. They're worried about education. Parents want a say in their kid's education. So those are the things that were talking about and everything that I do is about making life better for those here in North Carolina," said Budd.  SEE MORE: Key Midterm Races To Watch For Congressional ControlBeasley has been campaigning all across the state, trying to connect with rural voters who typically lean conservative. Democratic strategist Doug Wilson says that could be a successful strategy, especially in the eastern parts of the state where the economy and inflation are big concerns."Eastern North Carolina really faces the brunt when there is a economic downturn in the economy. So gas prices are high in Charlotte, gas prices are higher in eastern North Carolina, meaning that folks living out there, you know, already have economic struggles [and] are going to have to are going to be paying more for those prices," said Wilson. Winning in a battleground state like North Carolina comes down to winning over unaffiliated voters. And there are more of them than registered Republicans or Democrats.  

Retreating Russians Leave Bodies Of Comrades Behind kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Retreating Russians Leave Bodies Of Comrades Behind

Russian troops abandoned a key Ukrainian city so rapidly that they left the bodies of their comrades in the streets, offering more evidence Tuesday of Moscow's latest military defeat as it struggles to hang on to four regions of Ukraine that it illegally annexed last week.Meanwhile, Russias upper house of parliament rubber-stamped the annexations following referendums that Ukraine and its Western allies dismissed as fraudulent.Responding to the move, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy formally ruled out talks with Russia, declaring that negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin are impossible after his decision to take over the regions.The Kremlin replied by saying that it will wait for Ukraine to agree to sit down for talks, noting that it may not happen until a new Ukrainian president takes office.We will wait for the incumbent president to change his position or wait for a future Ukrainian president who would revise his stand in the interests of the Ukrainian people, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.Despite the Kremlin's apparent political bravado, the picture on the ground underscored the disarray Putin faces in his response to Ukrainian advances and attempts to establish new Russian borders.SEE MORE: Russia Withdraws Troops After Ukraine Encircles Key CityOver the weekend, Russian troops pulled back from Lyman, a strategic eastern city that the Russians had used as a logistics and transport hub, to avoid being encircled by Ukrainian forces. The city's liberation gave Ukraine a key vantage point for pressing its offensive deeper into Russian-held territories.Two days later, an Associated Press team reporting from the town saw at least 18 bodies of Russian soldiers still on the ground. The Ukrainian military appeared to have collected the bodies of their comrades after fierce battles for control of Lyman, but they did not immediately remove those of the Russians.We fight for our land, for our children, so that our people can live better, but all this comes at a very high price, said a Ukrainian soldier who goes by the nom de guerre Rud.Lyman residents emerged from basements where they had hidden during the battle and built bonfires for cooking. The city has had no water, electricity or gas since May. Residential buildings were burned. A few residents emerged on bicycles.A 85-year-old woman, who identified herself by her name and patronymic, Valentyna Kuzmychna, recalled a recent explosion nearby.I was standing in the hall, about five meters away, when it boomed," she said. "God forbid, now I cant hear well.The Russian forces launched more missile strikes at Ukrainian cities Tuesday as Kyiv's forces pressed their counteroffensives in the east and the south.Several missiles hit Ukraines second-largest city of Kharkiv, damaging its infrastructure and causing power cuts. Kharkiv Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said one person was killed and at least two others, including a 9-year-old girl, were wounded.In the south, four civilians were wounded when Russian missiles struck the city of Nikopol.After reclaiming control of Lyman in the Donetsk region, Ukrainian forces pushed further east and may have gone as far as the border of the neighboring Luhansk region as they advance toward Kreminna, the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said in its latest analysis of the combat situation.SEE MORE: High-Level Russian Intelligence Officers Are Getting Fed Up With PutinOn Monday, Ukrainian forces also scored significant gains in the south, raising flags over the villages of Arkhanhelske, Myroliubivka, Khreshchenivka, Mykhalivka and Novovorontsovka.Despite the latest military gains, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Perebyinis called for the deployment of more weapons to Ukraine following the partial mobilization announcement by Russia last month.In a video address to a conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Russias war against Ukraine on Tuesday, Perebyinis said the additional weapons wouldn't lead to an escalation but instead would help to end the war sooner.We need additional long-range artillery and ammunition, combat aircraft and armed vehicles to continue the liberation of the occupied territories, the deputy minister said. We need anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems to secure our civilians and critical infrastructure from the terrorist attacks on the Russian forces.Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that the military has recruited more than 200,000 reservists as part of a partial mobilization launched two weeks ago. He said that the recruits were undergoing training at 80 firing ranges before being deployed to the front lines in Ukraine.Putin's mobilization order said that up to 300,000 reservists were to be called up, but it held the door open for an even bigger activation. It sparked protests in many areas across Russia and drove tens of thousands of men to flee Russia in a challenge to the

Climate Change Emerges As Key Issue For Some Voters Ahead Of Midterms kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Climate Change Emerges As Key Issue For Some Voters Ahead Of Midterms

More frequent fires, hotter heat waves and surging sea levels are impacts scientists say are becoming a part of everyday life as people pump more heat-trapping pollution into the atmosphere. But with midterm elections about a month away, there are signs more voters are noticing, too.  A recent Pew Research Center poll found 77% of adults who have personally been affected by extreme weather events say climate change is a crisis or major problem. "Climate change is no longer a distant threat. It's moved firmly into our present," said Susan Joy Hassol with Climate Communication. "Most people support climate action. They want their political leaders to do something about it."In Florida, where Hurricane Ian pulverized cities and left behind a major death toll, Democrat Charlie Crist is making climate change a big part of his run for governor. "These storms are going to come, but we also need to address climate change, for crying out loud," Crist told MSNBC. "They're getting bigger. They're getting stronger."His opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, reflects the climate change views of many Republicans. "We're not doing any left-wing stuff," he said. SEE MORE: Report: 2021 Saw New Weather Records, Shifts In Global EcosystemsAccording to a Pew poll, While 71% of Democrats believe the established scientific consensus that humans contribute to climate change, only 17% of Republicans agree. Even Florida Republicans who worry about a warming world may be hard to convince at the midterm ballot box. "Climate change is very important.  It could take over. What youve seen happen here, it could happen more and more every day," Naples, Florida, resident Denise McPhillips said. "I think we have the best governor anyone could ever have. Gov. DeSantis has done more for this state and I'm very pleased with him, so I would never change my vote."Despite the partisan gap when it comes to climate change, there are areas where voters seem to agree. "People across the parties, for example, support some of the things in the Inflation Reduction Act ... tax rebates for putting solar panels on your house, or buying an electric car or getting an electric heat pump," Hassol said. "These things are supported by people across party lines, and younger Republicans are much more concerned than their older peers."Most polls show that right now, issues like inflation, immigration and reproductive rights are more important to voters. The question is: With more climate extremes on the horizon, how much will the issue of climate change affect any votes?

Herschel Walker Denies Report That He Paid For Girlfriend's Abortion kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Herschel Walker Denies Report That He Paid For Girlfriend's Abortion

Herschel Walker, who has vehemently opposed abortion rights as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia, paid for an abortion for his girlfriend in 2009, according to a new report published late Monday. The candidate called the accusation a flat-out lie and said he would sue.The Daily Beast spoke to a woman who said Walker paid for her abortion when they were dating. The news outlet reviewed a receipt showing her $575 payment for the procedure, along with a get-well card from Walker and her bank deposit records showing the image of a $700 personal check from Walker dated five days after the abortion receipt.The woman said Walker encouraged her to end the pregnancy, saying that the time wasn't right for a baby, The Daily Beast reported.In a statement, Walker said he would file a lawsuit against the news outlet on Tuesday morning."This is a flat-out lie and I deny this in the strongest terms possible," he wrote.Matt Fuller, the politics editor for The Daily Beast, tweeted in response: I can tell you we stand behind every word and feel very solid about the story."SEE MORE: Trump Backs Challengers Over Incumbents In Georgia Primary ElectionsLater Monday night, Walker appeared on Sean Hannity's program on Fox News, where Walker was asked if he recalled sending a $700 check to a girlfriend.Well, I sent money to a lot of people, he said. "I give money to people all the time because Im always helping people. I believe in being generous. God has blessed me. I want to bless others.The allegation against Walker is the latest in a series of stories about the football legend's past that has rocked the first-time candidates campaign in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. Earlier this year, Walker acknowledged reports that he had three children he had not previously talked about publicly.Walker has often boasted of his work helping service members and veterans struggling with mental health. Yet The Associated Press reported in May that various records showed he overstated his role in a for-profit program that is alleged to have preyed upon veterans and service members while defrauding the government.The AP also has reported that a review of public records detailed accusations that Walker repeatedly threatened his ex-wifes life, exaggerated claims of financial success and alarmed business associates with unpredictable behavior. Walker himself has at times discussed his long struggle with mental illness.As a Senate hopeful, Walker has supported a national ban on abortions with no exceptions for cases involving rape, incest or a womans health being at risk particularly notable at a time when Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court and Democrats in Congress have been discussing codifying abortion rights into federal law.I'm for life, Walker has said repeatedly as he campaigns. When asked about whether hed allow for any exceptions, he has said there are no excuses for the procedure.As the Republican nominee, Walker has sidestepped many questions about his earlier support for a national abortion ban, instead trying to turn the issue against his Democratic rival, Sen. Raphael Warnock, who supports abortion rights. Walker often characterizes abortion as a woman killing her baby and says he doesn't understand how Warnock, a Baptist pastor, can support the procedure being legal.Campaigning in Dunwoody, an Atlanta suburb, on Monday night, Warnock stressed his support for abortion rights.I have a profound reverence for life. I have a deep and abiding respect for choice. I believe a patients room is too small and cramped a space for a woman, her doctor and the United States government, he said, emphasizing Walker's support for a national ban.Warnock was dismissive when told of The Daily Beast story and when asked whether it might affect the outcome in Georgia. I'll let the pundits decide, he said.Walker's son, Christian Walker, criticized his father in a series of tweets late Monday, saying his family asked him not to run for office.I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us. Youre not a family man when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022I dont care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability, Christian Walker tweeted. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though youre some moral, Christian, upright man. Youve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

In Ian's Wake, Florida Residents Brave A Slow Wait For Power kostenlos streamen | dailyme

In Ian's Wake, Florida Residents Brave A Slow Wait For Power

Nearly a week after Hurricane Ian smashed into Florida and carved a path of destruction that reached into the Carolinas, more than half a million Florida residents faced another day without electricity Tuesday as rescuers continued their search for those trapped inside homes inundated with lingering floodwaters.At least 78 people have been confirmed dead from the storm: 71 in Florida, four in North Carolina and three in Cuba since Ian made landfall on the Caribbean island on Sept. 27, and in Florida a day later.Search and rescue efforts were still ongoing in Florida, where more than 1,600 people have been rescued statewide.But for many Florida residents, power restoration has become job one.In the town of Naples, Kelly Sedgwick was just seeing news images Monday of the devastation Ian had caused, thanks to power that was restored four days after the hurricane slammed into her southwestern Florida community. Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Bonita Springs, Catalina Mejilla was still using a borrowed generator to try to keep her kids and their grandfather cool as they waited for their power to be returned.Ian knocked out power to 2.6 million customers across Florida when it roared ashore with 150 mph winds and pushing a powerful storm surge.Since then, crews have been feverishly working to restore electricity infrastructure. State officials said they expect power to be restored by Sunday to customers whose power lines and other electric infrastructure is still intact.About 440,000 homes and businesses in Florida were still without electricity early Tuesday.For those who were getting power restored, it was a blessing. Sedgwick said she was "relieved" to have her power back and praised the crews for their hard work: "They've done a remarkable job."But for those who were still waiting, it was a difficult slog.SEE MORE: Hurricane Ian Will Present Many Health Concerns For Floridians"The heat is unbearable," Mejilla said. "When there's no power ... we can't make food, we don't have gas." Her mother has trouble breathing and had to go to a friend's house who had electricity. "I think they should give power to the people who are most in need."Eric Silagy, Chairman and CEO of Florida Power & Light the largest power provider in the state said he understands the frustrations and said crews are working as hard as they can to restore power as soon as possible. The utility expects to have power restored to 95% of its service areas by the end of the day Friday, he said.A utility spokesperson said the remaining 5% comprises mostly cases where there's a special situation making it difficult to restore power, such as the home being so damaged it can't receive power or the area still being flooded. Those outages do not include customers whose homes or businesses were destroyed.Another major electricity provider in the hard-hit coastal region Lee County Electric Cooperative said Monday it expects to hit the 95% mark by the end of Saturday. That figure does not include barrier islands like Sanibel that are in its service area.Power restoration is always a key challenge after major hurricanes when high winds and flying debris can topple power lines that distribute electricity to homes or in more severe storms, damage major parts of the electric infrastructure such as transmission lines or power generation.Silagy said the utility has invested $4 billion over the last 10 years to harden its infrastructure by doing things such as burying more power lines, noting 40% of their distribution system is now underground. The utility is also using more technology like drones that can stay aloft for hours to get a better picture of damage to the system, and sensors at substations that can alert them to flooding so they can shut off parts of the system before the water hits.Silagy said he's seen during Ian where those investments have paid off. On Fort Myers Beach, for example, where so many homes and businesses were wiped away, concrete utility poles remain standing, he said. Silagy said the company also didn't lose a single transmission structure in the 8,000 miles they have across Florida.SEE MORE: Questions Arise On Timing Of Lee County Evacuation OrdersMeanwhile, rescue and salvage efforts across Florida remained difficult. In DeSoto County, northeast of Fort Myers, the Peace River and tributaries reached record high levels and boats were the only way to get supplies to many of the county's 37,000 residents.Ian washed away bridges and roads to several barrier islands. About 130 Florida Department of Transportation trucks were dispatched to build a temporary bridge to Pine Island and by the end of the week should be finished on a structure drivers can carefully traverse at slow speeds, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Monday.The governor said a similar temporary bridge is planned for nearby Sanibel,

Biden Announces $60 Million For Puerto Rico Infrastructure Projects kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Biden Announces $60 Million For Puerto Rico Infrastructure Projects

President Joe Biden announced $60 million for infrastructure improvements in Puerto Rico on Monday during a visit to survey devastation from Hurricane Fiona. "We have to ensure that when the next hurricane strikes, Puerto Rico is ready," President Biden said.The White House says the funding will help shore up levees, strengthen flood walls and create a new flood warning system to help the island become better prepared for future storms.In remarks at the Port of Ponce, President Biden pledged his commitment to getting relief funds to those who need it.  "We're going to make sure you get every single dollar promised," he said.The president and the first lady also visited with families impacted by the storm, which made landfall on Sept. 18 as a Category 1 hurricane. At least 25 deaths have been linked to the storm so far.  SEE MORE: 'We're With You,' Biden Tells Puerto Rico Ahead Of VisitThe hurricane knocked out power to the entire island. Ponce was among one of the hardest hit municipalities, and most homes in the area are still without electricity.Puerto Rico has borne the brunt of a number of powerful storms in recent years. Just over five years ago, Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people on the island, and many areas are still recovering.  This visit is the first by a president since then-president Donald Trump traveled to the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria. President Biden on Monday said the people of Puerto Rico "haven't been taken very good care of."  "They're trying like hell to catch up from the last hurricane," he said. "I want to see the state of affairs today and make sure we push everything we can."Both the president and the first lady will be on the road again on Wednesday. They'll be traveling to Florida to view storm damage after Hurricane Ian struck the Sunshine State last week and where rescue operations are still ongoing.

Port Charlotte Residents Pick Up The Pieces Left By Hurricane Ian kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Port Charlotte Residents Pick Up The Pieces Left By Hurricane Ian

Days after Hurricane Ian swept across Florida as a category 4 storm, Port Charlotte residents are recounting the storm, cleaning up and counting their blessings."Getting gas for generator that had to be the scariest thing in the world," resident Herman Gardner said."People are going through a lot, and they just have to keep the faith," said Al Mullen, who lives in a flooded community.They have also switched to survival mode, as most parts of the area are without the basics: power, water and for some shelter. Mullen anxiously drove home to see his house after the storm hit the area."I seen the first house that is tore almost in half and the first half was gone, and I think I felt my chin hit my ankles and my heart, of course, was below that because I didn't expect much," Mullen said.Unexpectedly, his house and a few of his close neighbors' homes were still standing. It gave him the boost he needed to start helping others. "It's the people in here that matter," Mullen said. "If you're still living, you can make whatever you need, help those in need, and that's how I felt."SEE MORE: Hurricane Ian Ravages Family Fishing Business Just Before Crab SeasonNearby in another section of town, Hurricane Ian caused more damage. One family recently put a brand new roof on their home, and now 20 feet of it is missing. A neighbor's missing boat was found in their backyard.Since the power is out, many are driving hours to grab gas. One Port Charlotte couple drove to Tampa and also got gas for several neighbors.Pulling up to the pump can be costly and time consuming, with one man waiting four hours to reach the pump.Hundreds of thousands are still without power. The water is out, too."I just wish the infrastructure could hold up a little better," said Bonnie Schade, while getting gas for her generator. "The traffic lights, the power lines I wish we had a better water system, but it's getting fixed again."Still, residents remain hopeful their community will push through the hardship."The spirits will lift and so will the hazards, and we'll be here dragging aluminum until we're back to the beautiful community we started off at," Mullen said.

The Paper Ceiling That Is Keeping Workers Without Degrees From Jobs kostenlos streamen | dailyme

The Paper Ceiling That Is Keeping Workers Without Degrees From Jobs

About 55% of Americas workforce lacks a bachelor's degree or higher. Many have experience, training, and skills, but not having a degree blocks them from even being considered for higher-paying jobs."It does so through these barriers such as degrees screenings, through biased algorithms, even, or professional networks," said Will Villota, VP of marketing communications at Opportunity at Work. Called the "paper ceiling," this invisible barrier holds workers without a college degree back. The nonprofit organization Opportunity at Work says as many as 30 million workers are held back by degree requirements."This is an issue that intersects with education, with poverty, with lots of other social issues," Villota said.Workers who are skilled through alternative routes, called STARs, can add diversity to the workforce."Being Asian-American, I think that goes where degrees [are] so valued, like you have to have a degree to be someone, to be somebody," said Kenny Nguyen, CEO of ThreeSixtyEight. "Why cant I be somebody now?"Financial, family or health reasons can prevent some Americans from pursuing and finishing higher education, but that doesn't mean there aren't other ways to learn. On the job training, certificate programs and military service are ways to get those skills."So many employers are used to screening for degrees, and that means that they are overlooking a really qualified pool of people, at the same time locking those people out of higher wage jobs," said Carolyn Pierce, partner at McKinsey & Company.SEE MORE: Fewer People Are Continuing Their Education After High SchoolMcKinsey & Company, along with 49 other companies in partnership with Opportunity at Work, aim to cut through that paper ceiling just like Pierce did."I just needed a chance, and that was my experience with people giving me that chance and giving me the opportunity to show that I am capable of learning and growing and taking on new things like everyone," Pierce said.Now she leads part of McKinsey's team and advocates for skilled workers regardless of degrees."We don't think it's a skills gap," Pierce said. "We think it's more of an opportunity gap and that by putting in place better ways to find skilled workers who have different backgrounds, you're really expanding the pool of people that you're considering."Our job market often caters to college graduates, but about a quarter of those who enroll drop out freshmen year and make a third less than graduates."There's this real competition for talent, and if you can expand your talent pool, you can fill your roles a lot quicker," Villota said.Getting rid of degree screenings and focusing more on skill-based experiences can open up the talent pool in a country suffering from a tight labor market. In Maryland and Colorado, governors have stripped college requirements for thousands of jobs. Plus, a new campaign called "Tear the Paper Ceiling" wants employers to broaden their search for workers and encourage degree-less applicants to aim higher.

U.S. Will Send $60 Million To Puerto Rico For Infrastructure Projects kostenlos streamen | dailyme

U.S. Will Send $60 Million To Puerto Rico For Infrastructure Projects

President Joe Biden announced $60 million for infrastructure improvements in Puerto Rico on Monday during a visit to survey devastation from Hurricane Fiona. "We have to ensure that when the next hurricane strikes, Puerto Rico is ready," President Biden said.The White House says the funding will help shore up levees, strengthen flood walls and create a new flood warning system to help the island become better prepared for future storms.In remarks at the Port of Ponce, President Biden pledged his commitment to getting relief funds to those who need it.  "We're going to make sure you get every single dollar promised," he said.The president and the first lady also visited with families impacted by the storm, which made landfall on Sept. 18 as a Category 1 hurricane. At least 25 deaths have been linked to the storm so far.  SEE MORE: 'We're With You,' Biden Tells Puerto Rico Ahead Of VisitThe hurricane knocked out power to the entire island. Ponce was among one of the hardest hit municipalities, and most homes in the area are still without electricity.Puerto Rico has borne the brunt of a number of powerful storms in recent years. Just over five years ago, Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people on the island, and many areas are still recovering.  This visit is the first by a president since then-president Donald Trump traveled to the island territory after Hurricane Maria. President Biden on Monday said the people of Puerto Rico "haven't been taken very good care of."  "They're trying like hell to catch up from the last hurricane," he said. "I want to see the state of affairs today and make sure we push everything we can."Both the president and the first lady will be on the road again on Wednesday. They'll be traveling to Florida to view storm damage after Hurricane Ian struck the Sunshine State last week and where rescue operations are still ongoing.

QR Codes Are Reshaping Public Transit, But Are They Safe? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

QR Codes Are Reshaping Public Transit, But Are They Safe?

October marks the 70th anniversary of the first bar code-type product.And the QR code short for quick response is an evolution on bar codes that are often used to point users to a specific website or app. They've also been used increasingly often as tickets for things like concerts, sporting events, flights and public transportation. In the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses often used them to go paperless and minimize physical contact. Later, they were used by some countries as a special virus pass.However, QR codes raise some interesting questions as they become a more regular part of global life. For instance, how safe is a user's data when scanning a QR code?Allan Liska works at the intelligence and cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, which is usually focused on corporate cybersecurity threats. He says the individual things to look out for when using QR codes are pretty similar. "You don't know as the consumer what that URL is," Liska said. "You get a preview in the window of a URL, but it's often a shortened URL, so that doesn't even necessarily mean anything. That is where there's potential for problems with the QR codes. That URL could be sending you someplace bad. It could be a URL that's designed to collect data for your organization."So QR codes don't necessarily all serve the same purpose. A user might want to make sure when clicking it that it's a safe link before entering any sensitive information.Not every QR code can be read, though, since they aren't all necessarily speaking the same language. A phone, for example, might not be able to scan the kind of QR code for a boarding pass or concert ticket. "If you think of it, we've had this for a while with UPC codes, right?" Liska said. "When you go to the grocery store, do they have the right software that reads those UPC codes and it's customized for each store? You scan that in, and you know that the item that it is and the price comes up and goes in your bag. They can track how much was purchased, who purchased it, how much they paid for it, etc."In most cases, those QR codes still connect to some form of data to make them work, so even when boarding public transit, a user might be giving the transit agency that data.Sarah Kaufman from NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation has seen it at work in and around New York City. "It allows more information for the transit company to provide better service, have a better sense of who's traveling where, and then be able to optimize services based on that data," Kaufman said.SEE MORE: FBI Warning About Thieves Using QR Codes To Steal Your DataCities around the world have adopted QR code tickets for their metro systems, including Shanghai and Delhi, but you can see them stateside too. The Los Angeles metro system uses QR code ticketing, as do large commuter rail systems in the New York area like New Jersey Transit, Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road.Plus, using the codes has some advantages, both for train operators and for riders. "After you purchase the ticket through the app, a QR code shows up on your screen," Kaufman said. "Because QR codes can sometimes be a little easy to fake, these apps now have the ability to have a kind of dancing QR code that can only be read by the by the train engineer's readers. This is so much better than the paper tickets that would get lost or damaged or that would require a 20-minute wait in a lineup for a ticket machine, so it's a far more efficient system."Joshua Schank, who used to work as Chief Innovation Officer of the Los Angeles metro system, says public transit systems want to accept as many forms of payment and ticketing as possible. "The more you make your product accessible to everyone, the better chance you have of attracting customers," Schank said. "It's like a classic thing where people say, 'Well, why should we still accept cash? Who's going to do that?' Well, some people might, and that might not be who you think. It might be the average, occasional rider who thinks, 'I don't know how to use this thing, but I might have some cash, so I'll just use that.' When you create more ways to make it as easy as possible for your customers to pay, that actually creates additional benefits beyond just reaching hard to reach populations."But accessibility still hangs as a question here, like if a person doesn't have a bank, a credit card or a smart phone. That can lead to a surprisingly large portion of the ridership relying on cash. A study sponsored by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities found that around 30% of riders nearly a third of those they surveyed in cities in Colorado and Oregon still relied heavily on paying cash when they boarded buses.Because of Schank's

Questions Arise On Timing Of Lee County Evacuation Orders kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Questions Arise On Timing Of Lee County Evacuation Orders

The images of Hurricane Ian's wrath are devastating. The scope of the damage may not be fully known for weeks. But for those who stayed behind, the hurricane dealt a major blow. As many endure another day without power and water, with no timeline for when those utilities will return, it may be tough for people to stay for much longer. Helicopters fly overhead at all hours looking for any signs of life. "Whether that was a flashlight or writing help in the sand or just being outside waving around, that's what we're looking for," said Savannah Brewer, a flight mechanic.And rescue groups are traveling by boat or by foot, going door to door looking for anyone that may still be there. The number of people killed by the storm grew sharply over the weekend as more search and rescue crews surveyed the hardest hit areas. Now questions are arising about just when and how people in Lee County were told to leave. SEE MORE: Feds Vow Major Aid For Hurricane Ian Victims Amid Rescues"Mother nature taught us a lesson. It's unpredictable. But I'm confident in the decisions that were made. I think the way you have to look at it is every loss of life you have to say yourself 'what could you do differently next time so it never happens again,'" said Florida Senator Rick Scott. The Sunday before Ian hit, the National Hurricane Center was forecasting that the storm would hit north of Lee County, but they could still see storm surges of four to seven feet high if the storm stayed on its forecasted path. No evacuations were ordered at that time. It wasn't until Tuesday, when Ian tracked even further south, that warnings of a "life threatening storm surge" were issued with the "highest risk from Fort Myers to the Tampa Bay region."That same day, Lee County called for evacuations in the areas most susceptible to flooding and storm surges. It is a move that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno says he wouldn't change. "I am confident in our county manager, our leaders, our governor, all of us in law enforcement that we got that message out at the right time. Now whether people listen to it we can't force people out of their homes," said Marceno. Governor Ron DeSantis says he agrees with the decision that county officials made at the time. "They were following the weather track. They had to make decisions based off that. It's easy to  second guess them but they were ready for the whole time and made that call when it was justifiable to do so," said DeSantis. 

Changing Your Password Too Often Might Be Hurting Your Account Privacy kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Changing Your Password Too Often Might Be Hurting Your Account Privacy

Microsoft recently advised against longstanding, conventional cybersecurity logic on required password changes. It turns out forced switches made users select more predictable and easy-to-breach passwords."The pattern that humans use, particularly when they're not using a password manager, is they come up with, sort of, this rubric," said Pedro Canahuati, chief technology officer at 1Password. "If that's really very complex, it makes it difficult for people to gain access to it. But the reality is, humans are not good at randomness.""The previous advice for people to rotate their passwords so frequently led to some really bad habits: people writing passwords down, only changing maybe the last digit," said Lisa Plaggemier, executive director of the National Cybersecurity Alliance."Changing that one character at the end of your password is not enough when you're up against a bot who's just cycling away at different passwords and switching out letters and numbers."SEE MORE: Experts: Social Platforms Are Unprepared For Election MisinformationHumans are notoriously bad at passwords. NordPass' research of commonly used passwords across 50 countries in 2021 found the most popular were strings of letters or numbers, like 123456 and qwerty or words like password. Most could be cracked in less than one second.Still, if you search online for advice on how often you should change passwords, you'll still find a lot of results saying you should change them routinely.Newsy spoke to four cybersecurity experts about best rotation practices. While all noted that there are times when passwords should be changed like when your data is implicated in a breach there are other, more important security features that can be used to strengthen data protection."People just need to understand that passwords only go so far, and you need multifactor authentication," said Ed Skoudis, president of SANS Technology Institute. "Password management organizations also have an obligation to keep their users secure and safe.""The simple solution at the end of the day is to use strong and unique passwords with a password manager because nobody can create them as strong as they can with the password manager," said Craig Lurey, chief technology officer at Keeper Security. "This is hundreds of engineers, solely focused on protecting passwords in an encrypted vault that's highly secure and protected from access, and all the years of implementation that went into that versus whatever you think you can do with your notepad."

Exclusive: FBI Agents In The U.S. Report Symptoms Of Mystery Syndrome kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Exclusive: FBI Agents In The U.S. Report Symptoms Of Mystery Syndrome

The issue first made headlines after American diplomats and spies in Havana experienced puzzling brain injury symptoms in 2016, including dizziness, headaches and memory loss. The government calls this mysterious syndrome "Anomalous Health Incidents." Newsy has new, exclusive details that FBI agents are also reporting these symptoms on U.S. soil.SEE MORE: U.S. May Have Suspected 'No Trace' Weapon Against Spies Decades AgoProminent national security attorney Mark Zaid represents current and former FBI personnel. He says a dozen or more incidents have been reported in Washington, D.C. and in Florida, mainly out of the bureau's Miami field office.  "There have been double digit members of the FBI, employees of the FBI, who have been injured in multiple locations inside the United States," Zaid said. "These are cases that have been brought to the attention not only of the FBI, but also the CIA and the DNI and folks on the Hill. These have not been really publicized in any way. In fact, the reality is domestic incidents are being downplayed, if not outright ignored, by the U.S. government."Zaid says the incidents have mostly occurred within the last four years. The common thread he's seen in victims across multiple agencies is work related to Russia. "The AHI investigation is like an iceberg," Zaid said. "We only see the top one-third. Most of it is beneath the surface. I've seen beneath the surface, but even I have only seen a little bit beneath the surface."Just this winter, the CIA assessed that most reports were explained by medical or environmental conditions, not a foreign adversary. But the agency still couldnt rule out a nation-state in a subset of cases.The attorneys requests for FBI records under the Freedom of Information Act have so far led to nothing. A recent letter described B7A exemptions, which withhold documents pending a criminal investigation.When Newsy described the incidents to the FBI, the bureau said the issue is a top priority and that the FBI takes all U.S. government personnel who report symptoms seriously, including messaging its workforce about how to respond if they experience an incident and where they can receive medical evaluations.Zaid is also trying to get a 150-page report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which he says theyre suddenly calling a draft.  He believes the CIA is wary of this report going public because it contradicts the agency. It hews more closely to a National Academy of Sciences report that finds pulsed electromagnetic energy the most plausible cause.

Schools Face Massive Teacher Shortages kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Schools Face Massive Teacher Shortages

Teaching was a stressful job before COVID turned all of our lives upside down. Now it's even more stressful. "For a really long time, the to do list in education has been growing more and more demanding over time. And as soon as COVID hit, that entire to-do list was kind of like thrown into the waste basket," said Rebecca Rogers, a content creator and former teacher. In January, the National Education Association, the country's largest union, polled over 3,000 of its members.  Over half, 55%, said they were more than likely to leave or retire from teaching earlier than expected due to the pandemic.  That's almost double the number from 2 years ago.  "'Here are all these new things we need you to do instead.' And then as soon as school came back, instead of picking and choosing the most necessary items on each to do list, they're like 'okay, here's both todo lists, both of which were already pretty unmanageable for one person, have fun!'" said Rogers. Teacher burnout from the pandemic goes hand in hand with the teacher shortages. But the shortage is not new. The NEA has been tracking the trend for the last two decades.  "The reality is that not only have we had an educator shortage for a while, but the pandemic, just like everything else, worsened it. We have educators who are under more stress with less resources. More is being asked of them than ever before," said Becky Pringle, the president of the National Education Association.  Nicole Lawson is the chief human resources officer at Atlanta Public Schools. "They are expressing the need to alleviate the burnout. And the burnout comes with the amount of planning it takes to plan for this new way of teaching. Teachers are experiencing double loads so if there's a shortage that means they're taking on additional students. Compound that with planning, it feels like you can't do enough," said Lawson.  According to a Rand survey, teachers are nearly three times more likely to report symptoms of depression than other adults.  For Rebeca Rogers, leaving the classroom came down to being overworked while the administration consistently asked her to do more.  "It was so demeaning on my mental health. During online learning I was doing 18 hours a day trying to make these animated content videos for kids and it didn't matter how much extra I was doing it was almost like expected, and no matter what I did it wasn't enough, but my mental health just couldn't take it. When I left there were 3000 vacancies in the county," said Rogers.   But it's not just that teachers are leaving the classroom. Districts are also struggling because there aren't enough students who are even pursuing the career. "We have been extremely concerned that we have seen the decline in the number of our college students who are choosing to go into the profession. And then the number of our new educators who are going into the profession leaving the profession in those first 5 years. So this is something we've been following and working to address through policy and funding and training and just encouraging people to go into teaching," said Pringle.   Unfilled job openings lead to more work and stress for those who are still in the schools.   According to the NEA, caseloads for counselors and social workers have grown dramatically, just like the demands on teachers. And that has a direct link to students. Many need more support due to the pandemic. "They have to take care of themselves first so they can take care of their students. And like so many adults in the system right now they are struggling to find those additional resources and finding the time to do it. If our teachers are not doing well then our students aren't going to do well," said Pringle. The NEA says the bottom line is clear teachers are not OK. Burnout and shortages are the biggest problems that need attention. "We are working together with educators all over the country and with mental health experts to provide educators with places to go and resources to support their colleagues and their schools and the entire community so that we can all heal together and help each other to do just that," said Pringle.  

Complaints, Scams Rising In The High-Priced Consumer Market kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Complaints, Scams Rising In The High-Priced Consumer Market

Between soaring prices and low stock, consumers have been through a lot over the past couple years."Its just becoming a tough market, real estate wise, auto wise, and with interest rates going up, its just going to continue to get tough for us all really," said Robert Blount, a car shopper. Nowhere is this more evident than the auto industry. In fact, auto sales and repairs were the number one category of complaints for 2021.The Consumer Federation of America says the car industry has taken the top spot for six years now, adding, "It is clear that auto sales and repairs are a longstanding problem.The nations hot housing market and tight rental scene also led to lots of complaints."He told me to get gift cards," said Joseph Veras, a housing scam victim. "He wanted me to send the money. He told me to take a picture of the front and the back of the card and the receipt and send it to him. In south Florida, Veras sent a phony landlord $4,000 to secure a three-bedroom, two bath home for rent. His interpreter tried to help."I called the business, no longer in service," said Amy Hair, an ASL interpreter. "I called the other cell phone number; that was out of service.Other top categories on the complaint list include home improvement repairs, retail purchases and consumer debt and credit.In total, consumer advocacy groups collected 208,000 complaints in 2021 a small decrease from the prior year.They secured over $119 million in relief for consumers also less than in 2020.

Mermaids Aren't Just Entertainers. Many Are Environmental Advocates kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Mermaids Aren't Just Entertainers. Many Are Environmental Advocates

Water, fins and a sense of adventure the fantasy is real in Sacramento, California.  "The community is great, but for me, it was kind of like an escape, you know?" merman Onyx said. "So, don a tail, and you can go anywhere."Merfolk of all kinds gather from across the country to the California Mermaid Convention in Sacramento to swim and celebrate all things under the sea.Mermaid Echo hails from the Great Lakes."All mermaids that you meet will love aquatic ecosystems and animals," Echo said.Outside their mermaid form, Echo is a wildlife specialist and a communications assistant for Wisconsins Department of Natural Resources.Echos other identity is as an edu-tainer, or educator and entertainer, who started her own business of professional "mermaiding.""In Wisconsin, you have to have like a 20-minute conversation with somebody to explain like, 'No, it's not crazy. I'm not a crazy person. I don't actually think I'm a real mermaid. This is a tool I use to teach kids,'" Echo said. The price of being a mermaid can range. A fabric tail can cost between $60 to $200. Silicon tails like Echos can cost between $1,300 to $5,000."I think anybody can be a mermaid," Echo said. "It's just a matter of mentality. Know you can just believe in the ocean and for caring for it, and you can be a mermaid."The merfolk say what they do is more than playing dress-up. It's also advocating for clean water."Mermaids have a really unique opportunity as educators because we look approachable and friendly and fun and people want to ask questions," said mermaid Rachel, co-organizer of the California Mermaid Convention. "Then we have a platform to talk about all of these ongoing issues."Some merfolk are just in it for the fun of the fins, but some aim to educate others. They organize clean-up projects, raise money for environmental efforts  and teach water conservation."The flashy costumes draws people's attention and makes them think, 'Wow, what's going on over here, and how can I be a part of it?" said Teresa Henry, of Nerdtistic Park.Echo teaches other educators fun ways to engage children and adults young at heart about the environment."A really easy thing that people can do is turn that water off when you're brushing your teeth, or you can also bring reusable bags to the grocery store," Echo said. "But more importantly than anything, remember that it's not an individual issue. It's a corporations issue."Nearly two-thirds of global carbon emissions can be traced to 90 major companies, says a 2017 study from the University of Oxford. The increase of carbon emissions has contributed to climate change and a rise in sea levels."Oceans are obviously very important, and we need to protect our coral reefs and all of our endangered animals," Echo said. "But the number one most endangered aquatic system on the planet is freshwater ecosystems."For Echo, who has a science background, mermaiding is about combining environmentalism and fun and inspiring future generations to keep swimming forward.

Louisiana Abortion Clinic Flooding With Out-Of-State Patients kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Louisiana Abortion Clinic Flooding With Out-Of-State Patients

The license plates on the cars that crowd this parking lot are all from Texas. But we're not in Texas. We're in Shreveport, Louisiana. Latricia had to drive three hours from Houston to bring her niece to Hope Medical Group for an abortion. Long wait times and transportation issues provided roadblocks that almost prevented her niece from getting care. "This was like her last resort, her last appointment. So we'll get it done here. She tried everywhere else," Latricia said. "It doesn't make sense at all, why we have to leave home to get to get care that we have the right to get."But in her home state, those rights just aren't the same anymore. A 2021 law effectively bans abortion in Texas after about six weeksand if the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion becomes the final opinion, access will become even more limited for women across the country. Before the Texas law, 18% of the patients here were from Texas. Clinic Director Kathaleen Pittman says the spillover from Texas, in conjunction with already restrictive abortion laws in Louisiana, has created an incredible backup in her clinic. Previously, most abortions were done between six and 10 weeks with a two-dose pill to end pregnancy. But because of the long wait list to get an appointment, now most women will need a surgical procedure.  "By the end of September, we were running 37% Texas. By the end of October, we were at 57% Texas. And it kept going up at one point we were like at 73%," Pittman said. "The majority of them are 10 through 13. And we've doubled the number of second trimester cases. On any given day, we have anywhere from 120 to 150 people on our waiting lists, just for us to call them and make that initial appointment."Pittman is sending women to New Mexico for the abortion medication but she's worried about the women who are timing out for care. The clinic only performs abortions through 16.5 weeks. They also must have two appointments mandated by law  one for consultation, and then after a 24-hour waiting period, one for the actual procedure.  "A lot of women do not understand," Pittman continued. "Why should I have to come twice? This is all I've thought about since I had a positive test, and you know, as with most women. So, for legislators to think that women haven't given it enough thought is, it's more than laughable. It's actually just, it's just wrong."Latricia and her niece had to get a hotel room, which is a setback that costs both of them time and money. But she recognizes if this situation had happened in another few weeks, her niece would have no easy option. Pittman is trying not to worry yet, but this clinic would be shut down if the leaked opinion stands. "Take a deep breath, reassure the staff, reassure the patients: 'You're here and now we'll take care of you now. I just don't know if we can in the future,'" Pittman said.Louisiana is one of more than a dozen states with a trigger law, meaning if Roe is overturned, abortion becomes illegal in those states overnight. Women in Louisiana will be forced to drive, on average, the furthest in the nation for care. A total ban would force the driving time from 37 miles to a clinic to a whopping 666 miles for care. The closest states for most women would be Illinois or North Carolina. That's a 1,720% increase in mileage.  "Nobody cares about the women. No, certainly not the politicians," Pittman said.Forty years ago, there were 18 abortion clinics in the state of Louisiana. Ten years later, the number stayed relatively stagnant at 17. But by 2014, decades of anti-abortion legislation had forced most facilities to close. Now there are only four operational facilities in the entire state. Jodi Burns is doing a different kind of planning. "We're set up for a post-Roe society," she said. "I believe that we are going to need to increase just again, continue to expand our services."She's the executive director at Heart of Hope, which is just about 20 minutes from the clinic. The massive property houses, educates and takes care of young girls as they navigate their pregnancy and early motherhood. The community-funded program is expanding now in preparation for the Supreme Court decision, adding care over the phone and adding more apartments on their property. "I really feel like we have really turned a corner were we are," Burns said.While Burns says abortion is free to exist in other states, if the Supreme Court sides in her favor, she doesn't want to see the option in hers. She believes education and available resources will change the minds of women needing care.  "I have never met a woman that regretted giving life, but I have met many women and I'm one of them that regretted not giving life,"



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