By Julia Hollingsworth , CNN Updated 0430 GMT (1230 HKT) March 20, 2021 (CNN) Kathleen Folbigg has spent the past 18 years in prison for one of the most horrific crimes imaginable: killing all four of her babies. But new scientific evidence suggests that's not what happened. Genomic testing shows at least two of the Australian's babies likely died from a previously undiscovered genetic mutation that led to heart complications -- meaning she may have been wrongfully imprisoned for almost two decades. The finding has prompted 90 scientists -- including two Australian Nobel Laureates -- to ask the governor of New South Wales to pardon Folbigg and let her walk free. If that happens, Folbigg's case will be one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Australian history. The ramifications don't end there. Read More While scientists are still learning about the causes of sudden infant death syndrome ( SIDS ) -- an umbrella term for when children die suddenly … [Read more...] about Genetics may free a woman convicted of killing her 4 babies and help other parents explain the unexplainable
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(CNN) Can the flu shot cause a pregnant woman to miscarry? No, absolutely not. That's the verdict of a study presented Wednesday to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The study comes as the nation's attention is focused on the fallout from groups denouncing many vaccine recommendations. "This is a very definitive study for a recent, relevant time period of flu and should remove all doubts a woman might have about whether it is safe to be vaccinated during pregnancy," said co-investigator Dr. Edward Belongia, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin. Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon Not only is it safe to get a vaccine during pregnancy, it's necessary, added lead investigator James Donahue, a senior epidemiologist at Marshfield. CDC guidelines stress the … [Read more...] about Flu shot will not cause a pregnant woman to miscarry, study says
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin More than eighty percent of eligible voters turned out for the Philippines Presidential Election, and it looks a landslide victory for Ferdinand (Bongbong) Marcos Jr. While they are finishing the vote count, several media critics are already trying to punch holes in Bongbong’s stunning landslide victory. Some have pointed to the excesses of his father’s regime (of 36 years ago), while others have targeted his 92-year-old mother (Imelda). Some allege a closer friendship to China, but few have spent time examining the erosion of Philippine love for America – an important analysis for a former USA colony - where the average citizens really do love America. In bygone days, Capitol Hill pushed for closer ties with Manila but, sadly, the former pro-Philippine hawks have long since vacated the building. With Bongbong now on the rise, the U.S. Government is taking a fresh look at ways to improve the relationship. As everyone … [Read more...] about Retail’s Worry: As Philippines Trade Ramps Up – Will Bongbong Marcos Question America’s Love?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appeared at the White House yesterday, they made clear that Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be left to die on the political battlefield — if Russia invades Ukraine. But what will that cost Russia, and where would Europe get its natural gas? Moscow relies on hydrocarbons for 60% of its national budget, while oil and gas make up nearly one-third of its gross national product. It already provides about 39% of Europe’s gas. Russia built Nord Stream 2 to bypass Ukraine — an $11 billion undertaking that stretches 745 miles before it filters into Germany’s Baltic coast. It can’t start delivering gas unless Germany’s regulators permit it. Is Europe more dependent on Russia’s gas, or is Russia more reliant on Europe’s money? “If Russia invades, that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine again, then there will be – there will be no longer a Nord Stream … [Read more...] about If Nord Stream 2 Dies, What Will It Cost Russia? Where Will Europe Get Its Natural Gas?
Representative Image.(Courtesy : AP) India will soon be sending trade delegations to at least nine wheat importing nations to explore the possibilities of boosting wheat exports. The move comes amid widespread loss of yield in major wheat growing states, and low response to public procurement by farmers who continue to sell at much higher prices to traders. The Centre will send trade delegations to Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Algeria, and Lebanon to promote Indian wheat , the Commerce and Industry Ministry said on May 12. The move is part of the government's efforts to export 10 million tonnes of wheat in 2022-23, amid rising global demand, it said. Not more than 10 days after the Ukraine crisis began, the Centre began discussions with various countries, including Egypt, Turkey, China, Bosnia, Sudan, Nigeria and Iran on commencing wheat exports. Initial shipments have also begun to some of these nations. The Agricultural and … [Read more...] about India to send trade delegations to 9 countries to boost wheat exports
Finance Secretary TV Somanathan Despite rising prices of fertilisers and crude oil putting pressure on the economy, India is “in a relatively stronger position than many other countries”, finance secretary T V Somanathan told CNBC TV18 in an exclusive interview. “India is adversely less affected than others (countries) who are adversely more affected than us,” Somanathan said. He argued that India has at least escaped the global foodgrain crisis in the wake of the Ukraine-Russia war, owing to the large domestic production of wheat. Saying that higher fertiliser prices pose a difficulty, Somanathan said it will have a big fiscal impact. “The government has already announced its fertiliser subsidy for the forthcoming season. There is going to be a substantial increase in the budget for fertiliser subsidies. It will certainly be above Rs 2 lakh crore,” he said. On crude oil, he said that while prices are high, they haven’t climbed much in the last one month. “Over the last 30 … [Read more...] about India in a relatively stronger position than many other countries: Finance secretary
Jeff Bezos said US President Joe Biden's plans for larger spending were largely thwarted by Senator Joe Manchin. Jeff Bezos has criticised US President Joe Biden's take on inflation again. The Amazon founder said that the administration tried hard to inject more stimulus into an already inflationary economy. "Inflation is a regressive tax that most hurts the least affluent. Misdirection doesn’t help the country," Bezos tweeted. He was reacting to a tweet by an NGO which appeared to disagree with Biden's claims that this year, the government is on track to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion – the biggest one-year decline ever. Joe Biden also claimed that under his predecessor Donald Trump, the deficit increased every year. The Twitter user Neoliberal then pointed out, "The deficit is decreasing because we’re not doing pandemic aid anymore, and federal receipts are up because of inflation. Congress, or the Biden administration, didn’t do anything to lower the deficit." … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos hits out at Joe Biden again: ‘Misdirection doesn’t help the country’
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In a year of unusual weather activity, this spring is also bringing us some surprises. While the spring is typically a breezy season, this year has been particularly windy across much of the U.S., creating issues for businesses and the public alike. The extreme wind is an inconvenience and annoying, but it has also fueled wildfires, disrupted the supply chain, and threatened our infrastructure and public safety. These persistent and gusty spring winds are a result of the jet stream, which typically flows west to east across North America, being pinned in by a couple of air masses, one in the western U.S. and the other in the Midwest, locking these primarily windy and dry conditions in place for months over portions of the country. Most notably, is the devasting wildfire situation in New Mexico. The Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fire are the largest active wildfires right now consuming more than 203,000 acres. The recent … [Read more...] about Unusually High Winds Wreaking Havoc Across The Country
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Over the past month or so, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has taken to guaranteeing that the Texas electricity grid will not fail this coming winter. He has been absolutely assuring fans at University of Texas football games and audiences on radio and television that the grid managed by ERCOT will not suffer a replay of the days-long blackouts the state suffered through last February in the depths of Winter Storm Uri. During an interview with an Austin TV station on Nov. 27, the Governor said this: “I have talked to some of the natural gas pipeline transmitters, and they’ve also have been doing winterization that most people don’t know about. Most importantly is the approach ERCOT has taken this year, unlike last year. Last year they were reactive, and waited until a crisis mode before they summoned more power, more energy, now the way ERCOT works, is they work days in advance in summoning that power to make sure they will have … [Read more...] about Gov. Greg Abbott Guarantees The Texas Grid Will Not Fail This Winter, But Upgrades Look Underwhelming
Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar - A + A SHAH ALAM (May 16): Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said his ministry plans to provide a special scheme to help graduate entrepreneurs. “I will tell you about this (assistance) later but we are discussing it because, for example, we (already) have a scheme for the informal sector. “So, it is time we have a special scheme for entrepreneurs among our local graduates,” he said. Noh said this to the media at the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (KUSKOP) Minister’s Aidilfitri Celebration, which was also attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob here on Monday (May 16). He also said his ministry would continue to help entrepreneurs with various forms of assistance provided by the government, especially when the country’s economic activities are now back to normal. “If we do not have time this year, we will request … [Read more...] about KUSKOP plans to provide special scheme to help graduate entrepreneurs