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Black doctor says she was told ‘we are looking for actual physicians’ after offering to help during in-flight medical emergency

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

A black female doctor named Tamika Cross has accused Delta Air Lines of “blatant discrimination” after a flight attendant allegedly refused to believe she was a physician and blocked her from helping a sick passenger.

Cross, who is a resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center alleges the flight attendant told her:

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“Oh no sweetie put your hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses,” when she tried to help during the medical emergency.

Cross said someone was screaming for help two rows in front of her on a flight from Detroit to Houston on Oct. 9, when she noticed a man was unresponsive.

According to Facebook post describing the incident, which has now been shared almost 40,000 times, Cross once again volunteered to help when the flight crew paged,  “any physician on board please press your button.”

“I stare at (the flight attendant) as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials,” Cross wrote on Facebook.

At this point, Cross wrote that the airline employee was blocking the row bombarding her with questions while the passed out passenger was still in need of help.

Cross went on to write that another passenger, a “seasoned” white male, who “fit the description of a doctor,” ending up helping the man who’d been unresponsive.

“I’m sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I’m sick of being disrespected,” Cross wrote.

On Thursday, Delta announced an investigation into the matter after the news spread through social media.

“Discrimination of any kind is never acceptable,” Delta spokeswoman Catherine Sirna said in a statement. “We’ve been in contact with Dr. Cross and one of our senior leaders is reaching out to assure her that we’re completing a full investigation.”

Cross alleges after the unresponsive man woke up, the flight attendant finally asked for her help. Cross said the flight attendant later apologized several times mid-flight and asked if she wanted credit for extra air miles.

“I kindly refused,” Cross said. “This is going higher than her. I don’t want sky miles in exchange for blatant discrimination. Whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it’s not right.”

Now, hashtags #WhatADoctorLooksLike started trending in response to Delta Air Lines incident.

Cross, meanwhile, told NBC News Thursday that she thinks the flight attendant could benefit from sensitivity training.

“Someone’s life was on the line,” she said, noting that the outcome could have been much worse. “Luckily the man was okay.”

New poll reveals Michael Fougere is in lead for Regina Mayor

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

We’re now less than two weeks from when Regina voters head to the polls but new numbers out this morning predict Michael Fougere is set for victory in the upcoming election.

According to the Mainstreet Research-Postmedia poll, incumbent Fougere has 73 per cent of decided and leaning voters support.

The remaining candidates are relatively even with Tony Fiacco coming in second at nine per cent support.

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    Mainstreet’s vice president David Valentin said it appears few residents are actually aware an election is taking place at all with a noticeable absence of lawn signs and campaign events.

    “It looks like Michael Fougere is headed towards a landslide win,” said Valentin.

    “The only question at this point is exactly how much he will win by.”

    Forty-six per cent of the more than 600 residents polled remain undecided.

    Perhaps that number is due to the low number of pollers who are paying attention to the municipal election.

    When asked, ‘to which election process do you pay the most attention?’ 42 per cent said federal, 23 per cent said provincial and only 13 percent said municipal.  The remaining 22 per cent weighed in as ‘not sure.’

    Voters head to the polls on October 26th.

Storm moving across southern B.C. knocks out power, downs trees

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

The second storm in a trio of powerful storms to hit southern B.C. is currently moving across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The storm was expected to be here late Thursday night, but didn’t arrive until Friday morning. The winds and rain have picked up significantly Friday afternoon.

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READ MORE: LIVE BLOG: B.C storm wreaks havoc across South Coast

There are currently over 75,000 customers without power across the region. BC Hydro is warning additional lines may come down and more power outages are likely.

A wind warning has been issued for Greater Victoria. Winds gusting to 90 km/h are expected in that area. A gale warning is also in effect for the Strait of Georgia.

Environment Canada says top wind speeds of over 70 km/h were recorded at YVR today, and speeds of over 80 km/h were recorded in Abbotsford and Howe Sound.

A tree also fell onto a car at Burnaby Mountain golf course.

TransLink says the storm is beginning to have an impact on transit service on certain bus routes, with falling trees and branches requiring diversions.

A tree that has fallen on trolley wires at Cambie and Dunsmuir in downtown Vancouver this afternoon, impacting service on the Cambie Street Bridge. Trolley overhead crew and transit supervisors are on scene and monitoring the service. City crews have been contacted to help remove the tree.

Another tree fell on trolley wires on Kingsway in Vancouver.

A 15-year-old boy died after being struck by a falling tree in a wooded area next to Clayton Heights Secondary Friday afternoon.

Strong winds have shut down Van Dusen Gardens and the Ghost Train in Stanley Park. All outdoor playing fields in Vancouver have also been closed due to inclement weather.

The weather is also affecting some ferry routes at this time.

The weather caused some havoc on the roads during the Friday morning commute, leading to a number of accidents, including on Knight Street and the Alex Fraser Bridge. Weather may also have been a factor in a fatal crash on the Barnet Highway.

In Mission, a creek burst its bank, flooding some businesses.

WATCH: Metro Vancouver homeowners anxiously wait for the second storm to hit B.C.’s south coast

Hillary Clinton vowed to ‘ring’ China with missiles over North Korea threat: WikiLeaks

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

BEIJING —; Hillary Clinton privately said the U.S. would “ring China with missile defence” if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president.

Clinton’s remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman’s personal account. The emails include a document excerpting Clinton’s private speech transcripts, which she has refused to release.

WATCH: Vladimir Putin says Russia not involved as Wikileaks releases another batch of emails

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A section on China features several issues in which Clinton said she confronted the Chinese while leading the U.S. State Department.

China has harshly criticized the U.S. and South Korea’s planned deployment of a missile-defense system against North Korea, which conducted its fifth nuclear test this year. But Clinton said she told Chinese officials that the U.S. might deploy additional ships to the region to contain the North Korean missile threat.

If North Korea successfully obtains a ballistic missile, it could threaten not just American allies in the Pacific, “but they could actually reach Hawaii and the west coast theoretically,” Clinton said.

“We’re going to ring China with missile defence. We’re going to put more of our fleet in the area,” Clinton said in a 2013 speech. “So China, come on. You either control them or we’re going to have to defend against them.”

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China is North Korea’s economic lifeline and the closest thing it has to a diplomatic ally, and has been criticized by the U.S. and others for not doing enough to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Chinese officials and state media have responded by saying North Korea is not solely China’s responsibility and say Beijing’s has limited influence with secretive leader Kim Jong Un’s hardline communist regime

Clinton also privately criticized China’s position on another sensitive issue, the South China Sea. China claims almost the entirety of the strategically vital waterbody has lashed out at an international tribunal’s rejection of its claims in a July ruling.

By China’s logic, Clinton told a different audience in 2013, the U.S. after World War II could have labelled the Pacific Ocean the “American Sea.”

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“My counterpart sat up very straight and goes, ‘Well, you can’t do that,’” she said. “And I said, ‘Well, we have as much right to claim that as you do. I mean, you claim (the South China Sea) based on pottery shards from, you know, some fishing vessel that ran aground in an atoll somewhere.”

In another remark revealed in the Wikileaks hack, Clinton called Xi “a more sophisticated, more effective public leader” than his predecessor, Hu Jintao. She noted Xi’s plans for economic and social reforms, but blamed what she called “a resurgence of nationalism” on the Chinese government.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond Friday to faxed questions about Clinton’s remarks.

As secretary of state, Clinton visited China seven times and engineered Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, which has long been viewed with suspicion by Beijing. The policy shift has seen a tighter focus on the region along with an increased military presence and fortified alliances with allies such as Australia and the Philippines, although the latter has been cast in doubt with the election of China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte.

She also drew condemnation from Chinese state media last year after describing Xi as “shameless” as he prepared to speak on women’s rights at the United Nations, shortly after China detained five young feminists who’d campaigned against domestic violence.

Obama administration removes limits on Cuban rum and cigars

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is eliminating a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travellers can bring back from the island.

The administration is also lifting limits on cargo ship travel between the U.S. and Cuba and easing U.S. and Cuban researchers’ ability to conduct joint medical research. The measures are contained in a package of relatively small-scale regulatory changes meant to ease U.S. trade with Cuba.

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The Obama administration has now made six sets of changes loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in the hopes that the normalization of relations with the island will not be reversed by a future administration. This round is expected to be the last before President Barack Obama leaves office.

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Cuban rum and cigars will now be subject to the same duties as alcohol and tobacco from other countries, meaning most travellers will be able to bring back as many as 100 cigars and several bottles of rum. Because high-end Cuban cigars can sell for more than $100 apiece outside Cuba, every U.S. traveller can now legally bring back many thousands of dollars of Cuban products, potentially generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new annual revenue for the Cuban state.

The change does not mean that Cuban rum and cigars will be available for sale in the U.S. — the change is aimed at tobacco and alcohol brought home for personal use.

WATCH BELOW: A Cuban cigar roller beat his own record on Friday for the world’s longest hand rolled cigar, creating a 90-metre specimen in honour of former leader Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, which falls this Saturday.

The previous limit restricted travellers to a combined value of $100 in rum and cigars, although enforcement of the limit notably declined after President Barack Obama declared detente with Cuba on Dec. 17, 2014.

The administration has described its policy goal as aimed at helping the Cuban people improve their lives by winning greater economic and political freedom from the single-party state.

“Challenges remain – and very real differences between our governments persist on issues of democracy and human rights – but I believe that engagement is the best way to address those differences and make progress on behalf of our interests and values,” Obama said in a statement announcing the changes.

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Rum and cigar production is entirely government-run under Cuba’s centrally planned communist economy. While the first regulatory changes focused narrowly on helping Cuba’s growing private sector, Friday’s new rules are almost entirely aimed at similarly state-run industries including shipping and medical products.

The package of regulatory changes announced Friday also allows cargo ships to visit U.S. ports directly after docking in Cuba. They had been barred from U.S. ports for 180 days after visiting Cuba. Cuba blamed that measure for harming its ability to import and export and dampening hopes that a new military-run port in the city of Mariel could serve as a major link in the regional cargo shipping system.

A senior Obama administration official said the new regulations’ focus on Cuban state enterprise should not be interpreted as a shift away from helping ordinary Cubans.

“We have designed the policy very much to have the maximum benefit to the Cuban people, broadly, but in so doing we are not restricting engagement with the Cuban state. That has been clear since Dec. 17, 2014,” the official said in a conference call with reporters held on condition of anonymity. “The Cuban people continue to be at the centre of everything we’re doing.”

More than 160,000 American travellers visited Cuba last year and that figure is expected to double this year. Hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans visit family on the island each year and will also be able to take advantage of the new measure, which comes a month and a half before the restart of commercial flights to Havana after more than 50 years.

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