Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has obtained a unique present.
A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after another U.S. president.
The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a small moth creature in Baja, Mexico, reports the CNN.
The moth sports an extremely familiar-looking crown of yellow scales such as the gold hairdos of Trump.
"With its own hair tufts, its existence in US and Mexico, and its delicate habitat that needs conservation, I really did have no choice with this one besides to name it to the following Mr. President-elect himself," said evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari.
Nazari said he also chose the name to bring awareness.
"I expect to attract some public attention to the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats in the United States that still lives undescribed and threatened species, and create interest in the significance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna part of the North American biodiversity," he explained.
He expected that after this, the Trump administration will make a bid to keep on protecting the fragile lands in the U.S. which are home to as of yet
Criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has voiced his concern on this particular decision.
"Like many of you, I'm worried about the impact of the recent orders created by President Donald Trump," Zuckerberg said on a CNN interview, also mentioning in the article, that his family's immigrant history and his volunteer work with undocumented school children.
Zuckerberg in his post said that the U.S. should keep their doors open to refugees and those who want help.
He said his wife Priscilla's would not be here if refugees had turned away.
Trump has signed two executive actions, including one limiting the flow of refugees into the country by instituting "extreme vetting" of immigrants.
The executive order is titled "Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States".
Zuckerberg said the government should continue to keep the nation safe by focusing on individuals who pose a hazard.
"Expanding the attention of law enforcement past people that are real dangers would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who do not pose a danger will live in fear of deportation," he said.
The latest criticism of Zuckerberg comes after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg criticized Trump on global coverage.
Police officials confirmed the authenticity of the photos of the Las Vegas shooting scene.
From his perch on the floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the gunman, who had been identified by the authorities as Stephen Paddock, he utilized rapid-fire automatic weapons to shoot at people on the music festival below.
At least three AR-15-style rifles were observable on the furniture, combined with at least a dozen magazines, which may hold up to 100 rounds and about the floor. (A conventional American infantry soldiers magazine is 30 rounds.)
Two of the rifles were outfitted with scopes and two-legged supports attached to the undersides of the weapons. These additions would have aided Mr. Paddock goal specific people.
At least among the weapons at the photographs appears to have been altered using a "bump stock," a gun add-on which can make semiautomatic rifle to fire rounds quicker, at a speed much like a fully automatic weapon. Officials stated that 12 of the rifles were outfitted with bump stocks. The diagram below only shows the positioning of those firearms which were visible in videos and photos.
Mr. Paddock brought a minimum of 10 suitcases into his hotel suite over a period of time, the authorities said. Over 20 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in the suite.
The suite was with windows. A composite picture of resort photos, below, shows an identical suite with a different view's layout and furniture. The picture is flipped from its perspective that is original to match the orientation of the gunman's package.
House Republicans passed legislation seeking to shore up the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Titled the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, the bill, which passed the chamber by a vote of 237-189 with bipartisan support, attempt to stabilize the flood program by raising prices on homeowners whose homes have flooded and altering homeowners towards the insurance companies.
Attention will now shift to the Senate where legislation is in the works.
"Today's vote on the #FloodInsurance bill provides important reforms for certainty and taxpayers for policy holders," House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louis., composed on Twitter.
The passage of the bill follows a lengthy discussion over the past six months, as Republicans and Democrats alike battled over a program that those living along rivers and seas rely on greatly to subsidize their flood insurance premiums but has conducted massive deficits over the last ten years.
Laura Lightbody, project director of The Pew Charitable Trusts' flood-prepared communities initiative, wrote in a blog post the legislation "addresses the growing and costly drain of repeatedly flooded properties on the NFIP."
"Historically representing only about 1 percent of policyholders but approximately 25 to 30 percent of the program's claims, the amount of these properties has been rising and will continue to grow as lower-risk property owners opt for personal flood insurance," she wrote.
Tuesday's vote represents a success for Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who has pushed for flood insurance policy reform for years and has stated he will retire at the conclusion of his term at early 2019.
But getting passage wasn't simple. This month Hensarling announced a deal with Scalise that gave homeowners - just their future claims not asserts that were past, could be counted.
For congressmen representing coastal areas, such as Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, keeping premiums from rising too far was a requirement after earlier efforts to reform the program brought angry responses from constituents.
"This bill includes common-sense reforms that make sure Americans living in high flooding areas can still buy affordable flood insurance," he explained. "I am pleased that my associates and I were able to discover a solution that puts NFIP on a sustainable financial path and will provide needed relief through future flooding events. I urge the Senate to act quickly as well."
Texas Republicans voted unanimously for the bill, while Texas Democrats voted against, except Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.
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Hospice employees may witness death and terminal sickness almost every day, but it does not mean they have recorded their own wishes and will, a new report finds.
A poll of nearly 900 healthcare workers at a Florida hospice discovered that over half -- just 44 percent -- had completed advance directives. Of the remainder, 52 percent said they hadn't filled out the forms that define choices. Almost 4 percent said that they were not sure when they had or not.
That surprised Dr George Luck, a palliative medicine specialist at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, who led the research.
Luck expected more from people who utilize the even though the proportion is greater than the approximately one-third of Americans that have advance directives in place.
"I expected people who are employed in a hospice setting, who see what happens when someone does not have an advance directive, the way that may be a battle for the household, a larger burden," to be better prepared, stated Luck. The study was written in the American Journal of Medicine.
Equally surprising was that about 10 percent of hospice workers without directives stated they did not know where to acquire the types -- which are widely available on the internet. Another nearly 6 percent said cost was a barrier, even though the documents can be completed without the help of an attorney, at no cost.
"I don't require everybody to have an advance death will, but at least understand the fundamentals," Luck said. "Basically, you can write it on a napkin in the event that you wanted to."
Approximately 7 percent of employees said fear of the topic kept them '' he explained.
Luck and his colleagues sent surveys annually to nearly 2,100 employees at Trustbridge, a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla., which serves about 2,000 patients. The 890 people who responded included physicians, nurses, clergy, office employees, volunteers and others.
Whether they had completed advance directives varied by age and ethnicity. Almost 60 percent of workers had filled the records out, compared with about 30 percent of Hispanics, 22 percent of African-Americans and 14 percent of Asians, the study revealed.
Volunteers and physicians were most inclined to have advance directives, with 60 percent saying they'd records in place, compared to about 20 percent of licensed nursing assistants.
That was probably linked to age, Luck said. Doctors and volunteers tended to be older than the CNAs. The forms had been filled out by nearly 80 percent of employees older than 65, compared with about 25 percent of those 40 and younger.
It didn't appear to matter whether employees cared for patients that are dying. Approximately 46 percent of those who spent over 75 percent of the time had directives, about the same as those with no interaction.
It's getting better, although the proportion of Americans overall who place their wishes in writing is low. In 1990, directives had been completed by only 16 percent of individuals who reacted to a Pew Research Center study. By 2013, that number rose to 35%.
Still, the new study shows the reluctance of many individuals to address their mortality, '' said Jon Radulovic, a spokesman for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
"It's a reminder that hospice professionals, despite the fact that they deal with death and dying among the families and patients that they care for, are still people who do not think their deaths might be impending," Radulovic stated in an email.
Everyone can fill out an advance directive, stated Luck. Once completed, the forms could be shared with caregivers and kept with documents. An NHPCO program called CaringInfo.org offers free, state-specific advance directive forms, and a manual for having end-of-life conversations.
Better education is the key, Luck said. And it's possible that hospice workers may only need a nudge. 43 percent of those without documents said they planned to fill the forms out following the Florida team members took his poll.
Houston earned a top place to raise a family, according to online real estate portal site Homeday. It had been one only nine U.S. cities, and also the only one in Texas, to make the record of top 100 cities.
Berlin-based Homeday analyzed 15 variables as contributing to what makes a city great identified by parents. They comprised enjoyment degrees laws, healthcare quality, infrastructure, activities for children, and specialist perception. Homeday rated the towns.
Denmark, Copenhagen, earned the top spot.
Thirteen from the top 20 best cities for families are in Europe, together with towns in Australia, Canada and New Zealand also bringing spots.
Houston, No. 35 to the total record, ranks second greatest for affordability, behind No. 1 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and before No. 3 Hanover, Germany.
"Our real estate agents agree that the supreme importance for many young families looking for real estate is a location that's good because of their family development," Homeday managing director Steffen Wicker stated in a statement.
"For those families trying to determine where to set down roots, they need data-led explore more than ever to help them make an informed decision."
Houston was one of nine U.S. cities to make the position, with a mean rating of 7.0 out of 10. It placed behind Seattle (No. 31; score 7.21), and ahead of seven other cities such as Boston, San Francisco and New York. The cities obtained the lowest score over the nation's maternity/paternity laws. This factor was scored low on by the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
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Bill Gates' charity foundation is giving up $10 million to back ideas directed at enhancing education, abolishing poverty, and preventing climate change, amongst other causes.
With all the MiSK Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a partnership on Tuesday.
The MiSK Grand Challenges initiative will finance 100 "innovators" with $100,000 each. Ideas must be submitted around two topics: education and citizenship.
A string of "grand challenges" will be launched over a three-year interval around the two issues.
The charity is watching for "innovative answers to challenges covering education systems." And it's also watching ideas to help address "Global Aims for Sustainable Growth" for example reducing poverty and making sure everyone has access to clean water.
Will access individuals and specialists to help them develop their evidence of concepts into actual initiatives. Following this, successful applicants can apply for more funding.
"The MiSK Challenges will give power to more of the brightest minds across the world to find the very best ideas to solve some of the toughest development challenges," Gates said in a media release on Tuesday.
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