By Steve Contorno Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer Sat., Sept. 15, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed, without evidence, that Democrats made up a new report estimating that nearly 3,000 Americans living in Puerto Rico died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The comment did not go over well in Florida, home to a large Puerto Rican-American population and thousands of displaced island residents. Even some of Trump’s staunchest Republican defenders swiftly rebuked the president’s claim. Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted: “I disagree with @POTUS,” using the acronym for “President of the United States.” “An independent study said thousands were lost and (Puerto Rico) Gov. (Ricardo) Rosselló agreed. I’ve been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand.” That came after Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, asserted: “It’s beyond dispute that our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico did NOT … [Read more...] about Florida officials respond to Trump’s claim, without evidence, that Puerto Rico deaths are made up
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By Robert DeMatteo Dale DeMatteo Opinion Sun., Aug. 19, 2018 Our GE Occupational Health Advisory Committee is deeply upset by the way the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has gone about reviewing previously denied claims. This reinforces our conviction that the board’s policies and practices need to be subject to a public inquiry with a view to radically reforming Ontario’s worker compensation system. This latest re-consideration process overturned 71 of 233 previously denied claims – but the lion’s share remain denied. Every one of the denied claims was subjected to major systemic obstacles to disease recognition at the board. These include: An onerous burden of proof that was recently rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada. Overemphasis on workers’ medical histories rather than exposures at work and scientific evidence of harm Article Continued Below Disregard of cancer clusters as evidence of … [Read more...] about Denial of GE employees health claims requires a public inquiry
A cross-party group of British politicians went to the US to grill tech executives from Twitter, Facebook, and Google about the apparent spread of fake news on their platforms. There is a similar inquiry taking place in US Congress, but the British inquiry is specifically examining whether Russian groups used social media to interfere with the UK’s Brexit vote in June 2016. The grilling on Thursday will last five hours, with politicians’ first questions YouTube’s news and policy chiefs about Google’s ethics around fake news and bias. YouTube’s policy chief said the company had found no evidence of Russian groups buying ads to influence the outcome of the Brexit vote, but agreed to a further investigation. MPs criticised YouTube for spending an estimated 0.1% of its annual revenue on moderating content. YouTube has said it has found no evidence … [Read more...] about YouTube said it hasn’t found evidence of Russian groups buying ads to influence Brexit
President Donald Trump reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein whether he was “on my team” during a meeting in December. The interaction is the third known instance during which Trump asked a top law-enforcement official where their loyalties lie. Rosenstein is increasingly emerging as a crucial witness in the Russia investigation, and experts said the reported interaction is an important new piece of evidence for special counsel Robert Mueller as he examines whether Trump sought to obstruct justice. The special counsel, Robert Mueller, may have been handed another key piece of the puzzle as he investigates Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election and whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice. CNN reported Wednesday that Trump asked Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, if he was “on my team” during a meeting at the White House in December. … [Read more...] about Mueller just got another critical piece of evidence in the Russia investigation
Last week, China said it plans to build a "Polar Silk Road" that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It's an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China's ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship. Although these are reasonable worries, they're almost certainly overblown. In theory, melting Arctic ice will create a significant economic opportunity. By one account, the region holds 22% of the world's oil and gas reserves. As the ice recedes due to climate change, those reserves will be easier to mine. As new shipping lanes open, they should also be easier to transport. A cargo vessel going from Shanghai to Rotterdam via the Northwest Passage, rather than through the Panama Canal, will shave 3,540km off its journey. Already, some 900 Arctic infrastructure projects are at various stages of development.To be sure, most won't get anywhere. It's hard … [Read more...] about Is China’s Arctic expansion plan a reason to worry?