Pompeo to lay out new strategy for Iran

first_imgAsked why Iran would bother to sit down again with the United States, Hook pointed to economically fueled protests in the country as reasons that the Islamist regime in Tehran should keep talking.The reimposition of the U.S. economic sanctions will heap more stress on the Iranian government and “is part of our diplomatic strategy to try to achieve a better security architecture,” Hook said. Also On POLITICO EU to block Trump’s Iran sanctions by activating old law By Hans von der Burchard Euro Press Review ‘Trump burns Iran and Europe’ By Zoya Sheftalovich Brian Hook, a senior adviser to Pompeo, said the Trump administration views the abandonment of the nuclear deal as an “opportunity,” not a self-inflicted wound, as other world leaders have suggested.“We need a new framework that’s going to address the totality of Iran’s threats,” Hook told reporters in a conference call Friday. “We see an opportunity to counter and address Iran’s nuclear and proliferation threats and to create a better nonproliferation and deterrence architecture for Iran and the region.”European leaders have been talking to Iran about how to salvage the deal sans the U.S.Hook declined to share details ahead of Pompeo’s speech, but he promised it is aimed at achieving a “better deal” than the 2015 nuclear deal, which was negotiated by the Barack Obama administration.The deal gave Iran relief from economic sanctions in exchange for severe curbs on its nuclear program. Aside from the U.S. and Iran, the deal involved Germany, Britain, France, China and Russia. International inspectors say Iran has been upholding its end of the agreement.But Trump insists the deal is too narrow and that, instead of focusing only on nuclear issues, it should have dealt with Iran’s ballistic missile program as well as its aggressive military activities in the Middle East. Trump also criticized the fact that some provisions in the agreement expire starting in the next decade. The U.S. president announced May 8 that, in quitting the deal, he will reimpose economic sanctions on Iran and on companies in other countries that do business with the Islamist-led state.Trump insists the Iran deal is too narrow | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesEuropean leaders have been talking to Iran about how to salvage the deal sans the U.S. It’s a challenge for European countries because staying in the deal could expose their companies to U.S. sanctions, but they are mulling ways to block U.S. penalties on their firms.Russia and China have also expressed unhappiness over Trump’s decision, and there is a possibility they will try to fill the political and diplomatic vacuum left by the U.S. and Europe, even at the risk of facing U.S. sanctions.Some analysts say that so long as Trump doesn’t enforce the newly reimposed sanctions — holding off on penalizing any companies, for instance — there may be room for the other countries in the deal to devise a new agreement that satisfies Trump’s concerns.But given how many years and compromises it took to reach the original deal, the odds are low that Iran would agree to a new round of talks that go well beyond its nuclear program.It’s also not clear why the Trump administration believes it can muster a grand coalition to pressure Iran into talking. The U.S. president has shaken Europe’s trust by walking away from several multilateral agreements, including the Paris climate change deal. But Hook said the United States and its European allies, at least, agree on far more areas than they disagree on. On areas of concern such as Iran’s missiles, its human rights record, and the need for stronger inspections of its nuclear program, the U.S. and its allies agree that more can be done, Hook said.The reimposition of the U.S. economic sanctions “is part of our diplomatic strategy to try to achieve a better security architecture” — Brian HookBut he avoided giving a time frame for how long the administration expects the discussions to last.In the hours after Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the deal, State Department officials acknowledged that they had been so focused on talking to U.S. allies about ways to save or supplement the agreement that they had not thought about a “Plan B” for what happens if Trump simply quits.They said the issue of whether to keep or get rid of the expiration dates on some provisions — the so-called sunsets — was a major sticking point between the U.S. and France, Britain and Germany. Eliminating the sunsets would have been an alteration of the original agreement, and Iran was not likely to play along.European leaders have said in the past they are willing to discuss devising new agreements that deal with non-nuclear issues in relation to Iran, but they have insisted that the nuclear deal must remain intact. Now that it has quit the Iran nuclear deal and angered its European allies, the Trump administration is ready to start talking about a Plan B.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation that lays out a “comprehensive strategy” for what the United States, European countries and others can do to rein in Iran’s nuclear and non-nuclear activities, officials said.The speech will come nearly two weeks after President Donald Trump announced that the United States was quitting the Iran deal. How European leaders react to it will offer a measure of the strength of U.S.-European ties, which have been badly strained in the Trump era.last_img read more

Watch: 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Eminem Star In ‘Shady Records’ Documentary

first_imgIn honor of its 15th anniversary, Complex teamed up with Eminem and Paul Rosenberg to release Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story. With a thorough look into Eminem’s career, the documentary contains interviews and footage that offer a look into the world of Shady.Some of the most notable interviews are with Dr. Dre, who contributed to Eminem’s early success, and 50 Cent, whose career Eminem helped to foster. Mr. Porter and Royce Da 5’9″ also make appearances, rounding out a list of great artists in the hip-hop genre that appear in the film.Watch the documentary in full, below:[Via Complex]last_img

Homeland Security Has Aides Immunized Before Attending NASCAR Events

first_imgThompson said the immunizations are commonly recommended for people working in hospitals, holding centers and similar locations. I have never heard of immunizations for domestic travel, and as the representative for Concord, N.C., I feel compelled to ask why the heck the committee feels that immunizations are needed to travel to my hometown, Hayes said in an Oct. 5 letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the Homeland Security panel. I might have been a little skeptical about this visit coming in, but these folks worked, Walker said. Staff who organized the trips advised the NASCAR-bound aides to get a range of vaccines before attending hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza. The four aides were asked to explore public health issues at events involving large masses of people, such as how law enforcement and medical personnel would respond to an act of terrorism or other emergency involving so many people. Lawmakers weren t part of the trip. Lauri Wilks, vice president of communications for Speedway Motorsports, which owns Lowe s and other tracks, said Wednesday immunizations aren t needed for the race. Getting a hepatitis shot is standard procedure for travelers to parts of Africa and Asia, but some congressional aides were instructed to get immunized before going to Lowe s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., and the racetrack in Talladega, Ala. (c) 2007, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.). The House Homeland Security Committee planned a fact-finding trip about public health preparedness at mass gatherings and decided to conduct the research at two of the nation s most heavily-attended sporting events, NASCAR s Bank of America 500 event this weekend and the UAW-Ford 500 last weekend. The staffers traveled to Talladega last weekend, and are scheduled to be at Lowe s Motor Speedway this weekend. There s no health risk that we know of, she laughed. We have never had any disease outbreak during one of our weekends. Since committee staff members are visiting hospital and other health-care facilities available at or near these venues, including areas where groups of people are detained before being transferred to other off-site facilities, I believe that the recommendation (not requirement) that our congressional staff receive these same immunizations was sound, Thompson said in a letter responding to Hayes issued Wednesday. Rep. Robin Hayes, a Republican from Concord, took umbrage when he heard about it. WASHINGTON NASCAR fans might seem rabid, but are they actually contagious? He said the aides went on patrols with law enforcement, toured facilities and interviewed first responders, hazardous materials teams and other operations officials. I am sure you would agree that providing immunizations to personnel involved in public safety is good public health policy, and there is no need to exclude staff from taking the preventative measures that the public health community recommends – regardless of why and where mass gatherings are taking place, Thompson said in the letter. Walker said he hadn t recommended the immunizations, nor were they necessary. He suggested a possible health risk to them was the voluminous notes they took. I have been to numerous NASCAR races, and the folks who attend these events certainly do not pose any health hazard to congressional staffers or anyone else, Hayes added. Jim Walker, Alabama s director of homeland security, said the Congressional committee aides who visited Talladega worked hard. He said they were trying to determine whether the state and federal emergency response system was equipped to handle weather-related, public-health or terrorist incidents at a sporting event that draws more than 300,000 people, many of them camped out for days. I m sure they needed to soak their wrists, they wrote so much, he said. Visit The Charlotte Observer on the World Wide Web at http://www.charlotte.com/last_img read more

At Ease! David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood & More Bow at Opening Night of A Soldier’s Play on Broadway

first_imgEmmy, Tony and Oscar winner Cicely Tyson poses with fashion designer B Michael. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. View the Full Gallery Here David Alan Grier Star Files A Soldier’s Play Blair Underwood Warner Miller Lee Aaron Rosen A Soldier’s Play, Charles Fuller’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that never came to Broadway, has finally received its due. The Kenny Leon-helmed production made its opening night Broadway bow at the American Airlines Theatre on January 21. Starring David Alan Grier (who was a replacement cast member in the original production) and Emmy nominee Blair Underwood, A Soldier’s Play takes a look at the psychology of internalized racism, following the mysterious murder of a black army sergeant in charge of a segregated military unit in the Second World War. Stars like Cicely Tyson, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Kate Walsh, and Phylicia Rashad lined up to see the show. Then at curtain call, playwright Fuller and Douglas Turner Ward, who directed the original off-Broadway production of A Soldier’s Play, bowed with the cast. “It’s very humbling to be a part of this production because it won the Pulitzer 35 years ago, because it’s never been on Broadway,” Underwood told Broadway.com on the red carpet after he took his bow. “Everybody’s firing on all cylinders.”Leon said time hasn’t made the play any less prescient. “I just think that all great plays prove if they’re relevant or not, and this play proves it’s relevant,” he remarked. “To stand on the stage with Douglas Turner Ward and Charles Fuller, that was a tremendous honor for me. It was a special night on the Broadway stage.”See photos of the star-studded opening night below, and click through to see more, and watch the video of the cast at the after-party. LaTanya Richardson Jackson Nnamdi Asomugha Jared Grimes Rob Demerycenter_img J. Alphonse Nicholson Related Shows View Comments Tony-winning actor Phylicia Rashad on the red carpet before the performance. Billy Eugene Jones Actor Kate Walsh, who has worked with Soldier’s Play producer Roundabout Theater Company, walks the red carpet. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2020 Cicely Tyson Jerry O’Connell McKinley Belcher III Nate Mann View All (14)last_img read more

F&W suggests waiting to feed birds

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging people to wait for colder weather and snow before putting up their bird feeders in order to avoid attracting bears. The department is hearing from people who want to know if they should put out their bird feeders. Normally, December 1 is the recommended start date for feeding birds in Vermont, but this year’s lack of snow is keeping some bears from going into their winter dens.“An abundance of beechnuts and apples coupled with our lack of snow cover this year have resulted in male bears staying active, rather than denning for the winter,” said Forrest Hammond, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s bear biologist.“Female bears normally go into their dens before males,” he added. “Males tend to enter their dens in response to most of their foods being unavailable to them rather than to cold temperatures. Without snow covering the ground some males are still foraging for nuts and apples.”“We suggest waiting for six or more inches of snow that lasts before putting out your bird feeders, especially if you have been visited in the past by bears or if there are sightings of bears in your neighborhood,” said Hammond. “Due to lack of snow and frozen ground, birds are able to forage in fields and forests for their natural foods.” Surveys have shown that feeding birds and watching wildlife are popular with Vermonters. A 2011federal survey revealed that people spend more than $280 million annually to watch wildlife in the state. Feeding birds at home is considered the primary wildlife watching activity.last_img read more

‘Mind in Motion’ Review: No Ideas but in Things

first_imgIn “Mind in Motion,” the distinguished cognitive scientist Barbara Tversky makes the case that our embodiment as living, acting creatures is no mere add-on to our problem-solving cognitive capacities. Rather, she argues, the fact that we live and move and act in a physical world is fundamental, in very particular ways, to the very nature of our thought. Moving beyond theory, she draws lessons about how to design education, our environment and our problem-solving strategies to help us to live and think better. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media > How are we to think of how we think? Are our minds a separate internal world in which we manipulate mere proxies—symbols, ideas, representations—for real things? Are they software running in the brain whose connection to the real, “external” world is then a further mystery in need of explanation? Or is it rather that we are embodied all the way down, such that even our most abstract thoughts—about mathematics, say, or relations between ideas—are still creatures of our creaturely nature?last_img read more

Study provides new insights into the relationship between PTSD, genetics and inflammation

first_imgNew genetic research could lead the way to more effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, which appears in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, sheds new light on how PTSD is linked to inflammatory processes.Previous research has found that PTSD is associated with higher levels of inflammatory markers in the blood. But the mechanisms that cause PTSD patients to suffer from higher rates of chronic inflammation are still unclear.“I was really inspired by the incredible opportunity offered by modern genetic technology to pinpoint the biological mechanisms that underlie PTSD symptoms,” said study author Heather L. Rusch, a research fellow at the National Institute of Nursing Research. Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img Email “Talk therapy and anti-depressant drugs are the first-line treatments for PTSD today; however, they don’t work for everyone, which leaves many patients without viable options. If we can learn how the disorder works on a genetic level, then we can develop more effective treatments with reduced side effects.”“PTSD can be difficult to diagnose because it shares symptoms with other mental and physical health conditions. When PTSD is misdiagnosed, patients don’t receive the correct treatment, which can be harmful. We wanted to see what symptoms had a specific genetic link to a PTSD diagnosis, with the intention of creating diagnostic tests and treatments with enhanced precision,” Rusch explained.For their study, the researchers compared 39 US military service members with PTSD to 27 service members without PTSD. The participants underwent a psychiatric evaluation and had blood samples drawn at the beginning of the study and again at a 12-week follow-up.The researchers found that gene expression differences were almost entirely attributed to intrusion symptoms. They also found evidence that these PTSD symptoms were associated with higher levels of inflammation-related biomarkers.“We found that the genetic differences between people who have PTSD and those who don’t were almost entirely attributed (98%) to the intrusion symptoms (e.g., re-experiencing the trauma, nightmares, and flashbacks), while there were no genetic differences attributed to the other PTSD symptoms such as cognitive deficits, depressed mood, and irritability, which are common among other conditions,” Rusch told PsyPost.“This highlights the importance of focusing on the intrusion symptoms for precision medicine. Additionally, we found that intrusion symptoms were linked to increased expression of immune response genes, which normalized with symptom reduction. From an evolutionary perspective, it would make sense that a threat response would work in tandem with an immune response — something that scares you, most likely can injure you.”The findings point toward promising new treatments, but more research is necessary.“The biggest caveat of our study is our small sample size of predominantly male participants. We are currently replicating the study in a larger sample, using advanced technology that will allow us to investigate both known genes and explore unidentified ones,” Rusch explained.“Ultimately, we want to use these genetic tests to predict who will develop PTSD following a traumatic event and identify the most effective treatment for a given patient. Furthermore, we plan to develop objective measures for a patient’s response to treatment — if it’s not working, we want to know early on so we can modify the treatment plan.”People with PTSD experience increased risks of a myriad of inflammation-related conditions like cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disease.“First-line treatments for PTSD target psychological symptoms; however, the presence of immune response genes suggests a need for a more comprehensive approach to address the biological consequences of trauma. It’s possible that the growing interest in alternative therapies for PTSD such as meditation, yoga, and other interventions that increase physical activity or alter dietary intake may provide benefits through their anti-inflammatory effects,” Rusch said.“I would like to posit that this research opens a line of investigation for novel therapeutics that directly target inflammatory markers, which could result in improved psychological and biological outcomes.”The study, “Gene expression differences in PTSD are uniquely related to the intrusion symptom cluster: a transcriptome-wide analysis in military service members“, was authored by Heather L. Rusch, Jeffrey Robinson, Sijung Yun, Nicole D. Osier, Christina Martin, Chris R. Brewin, Jessica M. Gill. Pinterestlast_img read more

News Scan for Jan 29, 2019

first_imgOman and Saudi Arabia report new MERS casesTwo Middle East countries reported new MERS-CoV cases today, including four in Oman and one in Saudi Arabia, according to separate health ministry announcements.Oman’s health ministry didn’t have many details about the cases, but said the they are receiving care at a reference hospital, according to a statement translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary (AFD), an infectious disease news blog. The ministry said the new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases raise Oman’s total since 2013 to 18. The country reported its last case in March of 2018.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s health ministr,y in its epidemiological week 5 report, noted one more case, which involves a 38-year-old man from the city of Wadi Aldwasir in the south-central part of the country. The man is hospitalized, and an investigation found that he had contact with camels before he got sick.Jan 29 AFD post Jan 29 Saudi MOH report Meta-analysis finds good accuracy for rapid tests for flu, other virusesA meta-analysis of studies on rapid molecular tests for flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other respiratory viruses found that they provide accurate results, but results on their clinical impact are conflicting, researchers from the Netherlands reported yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.They reviewed 63 separate reports from 56 studies that evaluated, as compared to conventional molecular tests, 13 commercial molecular rapid test products. Pooled sensitivity was 90.9% (95% confidence interval [CI], 88.7%-93.1%) and pooled specificity was 96.1% (95% CI, 94.2%-97.9%) for detecting either flu (29), RSV (1), flu virus and RSV (19), and a viral panel that included flu and RSV (14).The 15 clinical impact studies varied widely by size and quality, leading to results that were inconclusive. However, the team found high-quality evidence that rapid testing might decrease the length of hospital stay and may increase the use of oseltamivir in patients who test positive for flu.The group didn’t observe any effect on antibiotic prescriptions, duration of antibiotic therapy, use of in-hospital isolation measurements, or the number of hospital admissions.”We therefore suggest to consider implementation of rapid molecular tests within hospital settings and recommend performance of high-quality randomized studies,” researchers concluded.Jan 28 Clin Infect Dis abstract Avian flu outbreaks strike birds in Nigeria, South Africa, RussiaIn the latest highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak developments, Nigeria and South Africa reported more H5N8 outbreaks on farms and Russia reported another H5 outbreak, this time involving a turkey farm, according to separate notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Nigeria’s outbreak, its second of the year involving H5N8, began on Jan 10 and affected a farm housing 13-week-old pullet in Bauchi state, located in the central part of the country. The virus killed 8 of 2,000 birds, and the surviving ones were culled as part of the outbreak response.Meanwhile, South Africa reported five H5N8 outbreaks at ostrich farms in Western Cape Province that began between August and November of 2018. Taken together, the virus killed 133 of 6,533 susceptible birds at different locations, one of which was the city of Cape Town. The surviving birds were slated for stamping out.Elsewhere, Russia’s agriculture ministry reported another in a small but steady stream of H5 outbreaks affecting poultry in the west of the country. The latest event started on Jan 21 at a turkey farm in Rostov province, killing 51 of 16,177 birds. The rest were culled to curb the spread of the virus.Jan 28 OIE report on H5N8 in Nigeria Jan 28 OIE report on H5N8 in South Africa Jan 28 OIE report on H5 in Russia CDC calls Listeria outbreak tied to pork rolls overThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today called an end to its investigation of a Listeria outbreak tied to Vietnamese pork patty rolls that hospitalized four people in as many states. The agency did not add any cases to the outbreak total since federal officials first announced it on Nov 21, 2018.Officials in Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas reported cases. The date of first symptoms ranged from Jul 1, 2017, to Oct 24, 2018. Patients were women from 35 to 84 years old.”As of January 29, 2019, this outbreak appears to be over,” the CDC said. On Nov 20, the 165368 C. Corporation of Houston, doing business as Long Phung Food Products, recalled ready-to-eat pork products after the Listeria cases were announced. The bacterium is one of the more lethal to cause foodborne disease.Jan 29 CDC update Takeda’s new dengue vaccine shows promise in late-stage trialToday Japanese drug maker Takeda announced promising results of late-stage clinical trials of TAK-003, the company’s new dengue vaccine.According to Reuters, the vaccine performed well in the phase 3 TIDES trial, which assessed the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in 20,000 children in Asia and Latin America.Takeda officials said blood samples taken before the trial began established whether children had been previously exposed to dengue, a step missed by Sanofi Pasteur when they were testing Dengvaxia, their dengue vaccine. Only after it had been approved for use, Dengvaxia was found to enhance dengue infections in children who were dengue-naive at the time of vaccination.Takeda has not released details on how the vaccine performed, but told Reuters there were no significant safety concerns, and they would follow up with trial participants for 3 years. The company said it will be publishing full results from the trial in peer-reviewed journals.TAK-003 is administered in two doses, given 3 months apart. The vaccine is based on a weakened dengue 2 virus, with genes from dengue 1, 3, and 4.Jan 29 Reuters story Jan 29 Takeda press releaselast_img read more

On The Job In Los Alamos: Paving Library Parking Lot

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos Wednesday are crews repaving the parking lot at Mesa Public Library. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comCrews repaving the parking lot Wednesday at Mesa Public Library. Photo Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Posting Facebook Messages Threatening To Kill New Mexico Governor,  Law Enforcement Officers, Government Officials

first_imgFBI News:ALBUQUERQUE – Daniel Logan Mock, 34, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty in federal court May 13 to two counts of transmission of threatening communications in interstate commerce.In Mock’s plea agreement, he admitted committing these offenses March 2 and March 13 in Bernalillo County. He posted messages on Facebook threatening to kill Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, law enforcement officers and other government officials. Mock is in custody awaiting sentencing. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to five years in prison for each offense.The FBI investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal is prosecuting the case.last_img