GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The health ministry in Gaza said Thursday that 36 ambulances were offline due to the fuel crisis.
Spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the ambulances were parked because the ministry has run out of fuel needed to power them.
The shortage comes despite a deal announced Tuesday by the Palestine Electricity Company with Egypt to provide gas to Gaza.
Palestine Electricity Company director in Gaza Walid Saad Sayil signed the agreement with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation in Cairo on behalf of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority.
Sayil told reporters that Egyptian technicians have been instructed to conduct surveys to find the best route for a network of pipelines to transport gas from Sheikh Zweid to the Rafah crossing on Gaza’s border.
The latest crisis began after Egypt cracked down on tunnels smuggling fuel into Gaza. Egypt, which is also experiencing fuel shortages, urged Hamas to import fuel across its border with Israel.
“In 1994, about 30% of British children were below the country’s poverty threshold. Fifteen years later, that number has fallen to 12%. How did the British do it? It was a three-pronged attack:
1. They established a welfare-to-work program and a national minimum wage (which, at about $9, leaves ours wanting) and instituted tax reductions and credits for low-income workers. They made work more attractive, and people responded. The report said, “Lone-parent employment increased by 12 percentage points — from 45 percent to 57 percent — between 1997 and 2008.”
2. They raised child welfare benefits, especially for families with small children, whether or not the parents worked.
3. They invested directly in the lives of young children with things like doubling paid maternity leave, providing universal preschool, assisting with child care and allowing parents of young children to request flexible work schedules.
The British example shows that child poverty is not an intractable problem. If we can rise above the impulse to punish parents and focus on protecting children, we might replicate Britain’s success.
This may seem totalitarian, but they did give us the whole thing, so they may have a point. Via M.I.T.’s Technology Review:
The U.S. Department of Defense may have funded the research that led to the Internet, but freewheeling innovation created the patchwork of privately owned technology that makes up the Internet today. Now the U.S. government is trying to wrest back some control, as it adjusts to an era when cyberattacks on U.S. corporations and government agencies are common.
At the RSA computer security conference yesterday, representatives of the White House, U.S. Department of Defense, and National Security Agency said that safeguarding U.S. interests required them to take a more active role in governing what has been a purely commercial, civilian resource. But some experts are concerned that the growing influence of defense and military organizations on the operation and future development of the Internet will compromise the freedom that has made it a success.
great…. another threat to the internet as we know it.
The entire rape accusation was staged in my opinion. Doesnt the government always create a distraction when intense pressure is on them? The timing was too perfect, and their strategy was obvious.
I agree, the accusations came immediately after WikiLeaks announced they will be releasing 250,000+ unclassified and ‘top secret’ files which revealed extreme corruption, war crimes, assassination attempts, etc. The government also failed to inform the public that the accuser worked for the CIA for decades.
In the United States, whites outlive blacks, but this varies by state, according to new research.
The researchers looked at death certificate data from 1997 through 2004, covering more than 17 million people from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The researchers noted race/ethnicity, sex, the age at death and the state where each subject was born, lived and died.
For both men and women, the racial disparity in life expectancy was the smallest in New Mexico (a gap of 3.76 years between white and black men, and 2.45 years for women) and largest for D.C. (13.77 years for men 8.55 years for women).
Find your state’s stats below.
Alabama — White males 72.66 / black males 66.66 / white females 78.49 / black females 74.60
Alaska — White males 76.23 / black males 79.31 / white females 80.46 / black females 79.35
Arizona — White males 75.34 / black males 69.74 / white females 80.56 / black females 74.66
Arkansas — White males 73.07 / black males 67.11 / white females 78.86 / black females 74.81
California — White males 75.02 / black males 68.08 / white females 79.68 / black females 74.29
Colorado — White males 75.90 / black males 70.67 / white females 80.12 / black females 74.60
Connecticut — White males 76.60 / black males 69.66 / white females 81.27 / black females 76.66
Delaware — White males 75.57 / black males 69.22 / white females 80.16 / black females 75.72
District of Columbia — White males 78.65 / black males 64.88 / white females 83.94 / black females 75.39
Florida — White males 75.19 / black males 67.77 / white females 80.93 / black females 74.01
Georgia — White males 73.53 / black males 67.43 / white females 78.69 / black females 74.42
Hawaii — White males 76.31 / black males 82.53 / white females 81.40 / black females 82.55
Idaho — White males 76.06 / black males 77.53 / white females 80.33 / black females 89.12
Illinois — White males 75.31 / black males 66.50 / white females 80.34 / black females 74.25
Indiana — White males 73.99 / black males 66.80 / white females 79.00 / black females 74.32
Iowa — White males 76.10 / black males 69.66 / white females 81.31 / black females 74.77
Kansas — White males 75.59 / black males 68.10 / white females 80.57 / black females 74.43
Kentucky — White males 72.66 / black males 68.29 / white females 78.32 / black females 74.50
Louisiana — White males 72.71 / black males 65.62 / white females 78.37 / black females 73.34
Maine — White males 75.21 / black males 78.47 / white females 80.00 / black females 85.14
Maryland — White males 75.57 / black males 68.69 / white females 80.08 / black females 75.94
Massachusetts — White males 75.68 / black males 69.29 / white females 80.57 / black females 75.68
Michigan — White males 74.91 / black males 66.32 / white females 79.71 / black females 73.50
Minnesota — White males 76.86 / black males 70.13 / white females 81.61 / black females 75.08
Mississippi — White males 72.72 / black males 66.71 / white females 78.94 / black females 73.87
Missouri — White males 73.88 / black males 65.88 / white females 79.12 / black females 73.78
Montana — White males 75.52 / black males 80.30 / white females 80.25 / black females 86.42
Nebraska — White males 75.84 / black males 67.63 / white females 80.87 / black females 73.69
Nevada — White males 73.05 / black males 68.33 / white females 77.83/ black females 73.55
New Hampshire — White males 76.97 / black males 85.56 / white females 81.19 / black females 88.02
New Jersey — White males 76.06 / black males 67.89 / white females 80.71 / black females 74.49
New Mexico — White males 76.06 / black males 72.29 / white females 80.67 / black females 78.22
New York — White males 76.24 / black males 70.92 / white females 81.02 / black females 77.60
North Carolina — White males 73.93 / black males 67.16 / white females 79.32 / black females 74.55
North Dakota — White males 76.98 / black males 89.97 / white females 82.42 / black females 78.44
Ohio — White males 74.28 / black males 67.55 / white females 79.21 / black females 74.30
Oklahoma — White males 72.63 / black males 67.53 / white females 78.02 / black females 73.05
Oregon — White males 75.11 / black males 68.59 / white females 79.56 / black females 75.11
Pennsylvania — White males 74.73 / black males 65.96 / white females 79.97 / black females 74.00
Rhode Island — White males 75.69 / black males 68.51 / white females 80.78 / black females 74.67
South Carolina — White males 73.76 / black males 66.95 / white females 79.35 / black females 74.83
South Dakota — White males 76.32 / black males 83.37 / white females 81.82 / black females 80.06
Tennessee — White males 72.51 / black males 65.82 / white females 78.28 / black females 73.00
Texas — White males 73.88 / black males 67.84 / white females 78.97 / black females 74.08
Utah — White males 75.59 / black males 71.70 / white females 79.65 / black females 76.83
Vermont — White males 76.72 / black males 84.11 / white females 81.19 / black females 84.71
Virginia — White males 75.45 / black males 68.88 / white females 80.10 / black females 75.36
Washington — White males 75.68 / black males 70.52 / white females 80.05 / black females 75.37
West Virginia — White males 73.04 / black males 68.62 / white females 78.50 / black females 75.38
Wisconsin — White males 75.75 / black males 67.31 / white females 80.80/ black females 74.31
Wyoming — White males 76.09 / black males 82.44 / white females 80.34 / black females 84.50
The study was published in the February 2012 issue of the journal Health Services Research.
[TW: Rape] It wasn’t the first time a lawmaker has suggested that women seeking abortions may lie about rape. Some anti-abortion activists actually believe that rape cannot result in pregnancy. Buzzfeed dug up a series of bizarre statements Republicans have made about pregnancy, rape, juices not flowing and more. Here’s one:
The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are “one in millions and millions and millions,” said state Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature’s leading abortion foe.
The reason, Freind said, is that the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion” that tends to kill sperm.
Two Philadelphia doctors specializing in human reproduction characterized Freind’s contention as scientifically baseless.
54% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police, according to a statistical average of the past 5 years. Those rapists, of course, never spend a day in prison. Factoring in unreported rapes, only about 3% of rapists ever serve a day in jail.
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In fact, they exceeded the minimum amount of signatures required by almost 400,000. Now, pending approval by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board tomorrow (a formality), the recall will be finalized and put into motion. The primaries for recall candidates will be held May 8th of this year, and the general is scheduled for June 5th.
Christ, it took them long enough. Keep drawing it out as long as you want, Scotty. You’re out.
It’s about time. They had enough signatures to force a recall for months now.
Today the Kansas House passed an extreme, unnecessary and burdensome expansion to the already existing Kansas “conscience refusal” statute. House Substitute for SB 62 seeks to amend an existing Kansas statute changing its clear language relating to pregnancy termination and replacing it with vague language that encourages subjective interpretations allowing for “an effect which the person reasonably believes may result in the termination of a pregnancy”.
The intent of House Substitute for SB 62 is clear: it is to expand conscience refusals to include common forms of contraception, including the pill, IUD’s, and even emergency contraception. This legislation could even be applied to women in need of emergency contraception after surviving a sexual assault.