Veronica Roberts

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Chikungunya virus spreads across Caribbean, infecting more than 500,000

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to devastate West Africa, another virus, chikungunya (pronunced chik-en-gun-ye click to hear pronunciation), is spreading like wildfire across Caribbean Islands. To date, 513,393 cases, which include suspected ones, have been detected on several islands, with 19 deaths, all on the island of Martinique, Caribbean 360 reported. The island also has a high case count of 54,075, which is a huge jump of 3,620 more than last week. Dominica reportedly has 3,599 suspected cases and 141 confirmed. St. Lucia has 214 suspected cases with 67 confirmed. Haiti, which is part of the French Caribbean Community of CARICOM, has a recorded 50 suspected cases, while the Dominican Republic has the most recorded cases with 307,933 – more than half in the region. That country also has a reported 26,012 new cases. Chikungunya, which is transmitted through mosquito bites, was f...
By on Aug 06, 2014

Ebola scare hits New York City as patient suffering similar symptoms is tested

The threat of the devastating disease currently ravishing West Africa, hit New York City Monday, with one patient at Mount Sinai hospital reportedly being tested for the deadly Ebola virus. Residents of the Upper East Side where the hospital is located were understandably nervous as news of the potentially infected patient gained traction. “It’s scary — very, very scary,” said 58-year-old resident Lily Ayala, who lives across the street from the hospital. “It’s contagious, and people out here don’t know about it. It’s bad because everyone just sits in the ER together. If you’re going to get it, you’re going to get it right there,” Ayala added fearfully. But one day later city officials say the “odds are, this is not Ebola” and that New Yorkers should not panic, though tests are still being conducted to be absolutely sure. The patient also remains in isolation and the results of the tests...
By on Aug 05, 2014

Police unions blast Mayor, ME, Sharpton: says Garner's death not homicide but politicized

New York City police unions held a news conference in Lower Manhattan Tuesday to discuss the chokehold death of Staten Island father Eric Garner, but much of it was dedicated to blasting everyone from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Reverent Al Sharpton, to all the other “police haters” out there. The Patrolmen Benevolent Association (PBA) president Pat Lynch also disputed the medical examiner’s report released Friday, which ruled Garner’s death a homicide, caused by the chokehold administered by 7-year veteran Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Surrounded by members of the two top police unions and clearly annoyed, Lynch called Garner’s death “unfortunate” but denies that an illegal chokehold caused it. He defended NYPD officers, saying they depended on the mayor to support them, not sit down with the likes of Rev. Sharpton at a news conference bashing the very officers who protected all New Yorkers dai...
By on Aug 05, 2014

Man who recorded fatal chokehold death of Eric Garner arrested in New York City

The 22-year-old man who recorded the chokehold death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, was arrested Saturday. Ramsey Orta was reportedly arrested around 10 p.m. as he was leaving a Staten Island hotel with teenaged Alba Lekai. Both were charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon. Marijuana was also reportedly found on Lekai, which added the charge of drug possession. New York City Police Department told Staten Island Live that officers from the 120th Precinct Narcotics Unit observed Orta leaving the hotel that is known for drug activity. The officers allegedly saw Orta place something in his teen companion’s waistband as they approached the pair. According to the NYPD, that something turned out to be a loaded .25-caliber handgun that was allegedly stolen in Michigan in 2007. Orta’s arraignment wasscheduled for Monday. His amateur video showing Eric Garner’s death on a State...
By on Aug 04, 2014

Eric Garner's death by cop chokehold ruled a homicide by medical examiner

The death of Eric Garner, who died after a New York City police officer held him in a chokehold July 17, has now been ruled a homicide. According to the medical examiner’s report released Friday, the 43-year-old father of six died as a result of compression to the chest and “prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” which means Garner's death is directly related to the chokehold administered by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, told the New York Daily News that she was relieved those responsible for her husband’s death would be held accountable. But despite her relief and the autopsy report, no one has been arrested or charged for Garner’s death. City officials claim the investigation is still ongoing. Pantaleo, the one responsible for holding Garner in the illegal chokehold, banned by New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in 1993, is an eight-year-vete...
By on Aug 02, 2014

US hypocrisy: Negotiating peace while stockpiling Israel's deadly arsenal (Video)

Opinion Let me get this out of the way really quickly. Protesting Israel’s Palestinian policies is not anti-Semitic, it’s anti-genocide. Condemning Israel’s complete control of an entire nation of people, who remain without a state, is not anti-Jewish but rather anti-injustice. Abhorring the daily killing of children is not being pro-terrorism but rather anti-terrorism. The killing of innocent civilians, including children, is an act of terror, regardless of who is doing the slaughtering. If Hamas is labeled terrorists, what do we call Israel? I am tired of hearing repetitive rants from people who are given a bully pulpit on the evening news to disseminate their biased agenda. Folks like Fox News host Sean Hannity, who recently brought on a guest whom he promptly proceeded to browbeat because he refused to parrot his pro-Israel talking points. Hannity’s spiel was so inflammatory that com...
By on Aug 02, 2014

Satanists using Hobby Lobby ruling to get exemption from anti-abortion laws

The Supreme Court opened the door and the parade through that open door has started. Satanists are now reportedly using the Hobby Lobby decision of religious exemption to get exemption from anti-abortion laws. In a recent majority vote comprised of five male justices, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Affordable Care Act’s mandate, corporations like Hobby Lobby do not have to provide their female employees with four types of contraceptives they claim violate their religious beliefs. Satanists are using this ruling to back their case for exemption from a rash of stringent anti-abortion laws passed by several states, one of which requires women to read anti-abortion literature before they can get an abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, as much as 35 states have passed these intrusive anti-abortion laws, with 33 mandating women also be told the gestational age of the fetus....
By on Jul 29, 2014

Eight signs your relationship may be toxic

There is no such thing as a perfect relationship because life stresses do impact us and pain is part of living and feeling. But putting up with unwarranted hurts at the hands of a lover or spouse because you think that is how love is supposed to feel, can be detrimental to your health and happiness. If you are in a relationship and something feels off but you can’t put your finger on anything specific, take a pause to examine your union. Are you unhappy more than you’re happy and is that source of your unhappiness your partner? Marriage vows say “till death do us part” and “in sickness and health”—powerfully binding words to live but it doesn’t mean you should put up with manic control, physical, verbal, emotional or psychological abuse from anyone, regardless of how much you think you love them or they love you. Look at it this way—love is not supposed to hurt. Love is not supposed to b...
By on Jul 28, 2014

Why don't Republicans like science guy Neil DeGrasse Tyson?

I don’t think they like Bill Nye the Science Guy or any intellectual for that matter but they seem to have a concentrated loathing for astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I am talking about a group of Republicans who are making their dislike of the host of the popular television series COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, very public. In fact, conservatives’ hate for Tyson has become so widespread that host Bill Maher had to ask the scientist why on his HBO show Friday. “They obviously don't like you” Maher told Tyson and asked him what he thought was fueling the conservative bashing. He then brought out the National Review, where they have a cartoon version of Tyson with the caption “Smarter than Thou” emblazoned across the cover, to substantiate their claim. Both men, along with the Real Time panel, laughed and joked around on the issue. Tyson’s answer, rooted in jest, made light of the questi...
By on Jul 26, 2014

Teen creates app that tracks big corporate money in Congress

While many of us exist in oblivious complacency or simmer ineffectively in our partisan outrage as politicians on both sides of the aisle benefit from the corrupt political system in the U.S.-- one teen has chosen to become proactive. The world of big money buyout of congress is legendary and though we know the corruption exists, we are not always privy to the depth and details of just how corrosive and scary money in politics have become. Nick Rubin is only 16 but has had a brilliant idea to put this cozy profitable relationship our politicians have with corporations on blast, creating an app that tracks big money in congress. The app called Greenhouse, is a browser plug-in that operates under the motto “some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” Rubin says he hopes to shine a light on one of the biggest “social and industrial disease of today,” which is the “undue influence of money ...
By on Jul 26, 2014