US Daily Review http://usdailyreview.com The Best in News and Thoughtful Commentary Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:13:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Remembering the Survivors of Auschwitz http://usdailyreview.com/remembering-the-survivors-of-auschwitz/ http://usdailyreview.com/remembering-the-survivors-of-auschwitz/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:13:53 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60717 By AJC, Special for USDR.

AJC Executive Director will attend, as a member of the U.S. presidential delegation led by Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, the commemoration event at Auschwitz, marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazi concentration camp’s liberation. In addition, AJC President Stanley Bergman will lead a delegation from the organization at the event.

The UN designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the world body and countries around the world recall and commemorate the Nazi destruction of six million Jews, including one-and-a- half-million children.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary, AJC issued the following statement:

We Remember

In the Jewish tradition, we are commanded to remember (zachor) and not to forget (lo tishkach). On January 27, we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this solemn occasion, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz:

We remember the six million Jewish martyrs, including 1.5 million children, who were exterminated in the Holocaust.

We remember the entirely new alphabet created by the Nazis for the Final Solution — from the letter “A” for Auschwitz to the letter “Z” for Zyklon-B.

We remember not only the tragic deaths of the six million Jews, but also their vibrant lives—as shopkeepers and craftsmen, scientists and authors, teachers and students, parents and children, husbands and wives.

We remember the richly hued and ancient Jewish civilizations that were destroyed—from Salonika to Vilna, from Amsterdam to  Prague.

We remember the slippery slope that began with the rantings of an obscure Austrian-born anti-Semite named Adolf Hitler and led, in the course of less than 15 years, to his absolute control over  Germany.

We remember the fertile soil of European anti-Semitism—cultivated over centuries by cultural, political, and religious voices—that created an all-too-receptive climate for the Nazi objective of eliminating the Jewish people.

We remember the courage of Denmark, as well as Albania, Bulgaria, and Finland, for their extraordinary efforts to protect their own Jewish communities.

We remember the courage of thousands of Righteous Persons—whom we call, in Hebrew, Hasidei Umot Ha’olam—who risked their own lives so that others might live.

We remember the millions of non-Jews—Poles and Russians, Roma and the disabled, political opponents and homosexuals—murdered under the relentless Nazi onslaught.

We remember the valiant soldiers of the Allied nations who, at such great human cost, vanquished the Third Reich.

We remember the survivors of the death camps, who endured such unimaginable suffering and who have inspired us all with their indomitable courage, spirit, and will to live.

We remember the absence of an Israel in those war-time years—an Israel that, had it existed, would have provided a haven when so shamefully few countries were willing to accept Jewish refugees.

We shall never forget those who perished.

We shall never forget those who saved even a single life. As it is written in the Talmud: “He who saves one life has saved the world.”

We shall never forget the importance of speaking out against intolerance, whenever and wherever it occurs.

We shall never forget the inextricable link among democracy, the rule of law, and protection of human rights.

We shall never forget the age-old prophetic vision of a world of justice, harmony, and peace.

And we shall never forget that each of us, in ways large and small, can help bring us closer to the realization of that prophetic vision.

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President Obama Tells Wife Of American Pastor Imprisoned In Iran That Securing His Release Is “A Top Priority,” Says ACLJ http://usdailyreview.com/president-obama-tells-wife-of-american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran-that-securing-his-release-is-a-top-priority-says-aclj/ http://usdailyreview.com/president-obama-tells-wife-of-american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran-that-securing-his-release-is-a-top-priority-says-aclj/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:19:01 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60636 By USDR

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is working to secure the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini from an Iranian prison, said today a private face-to-face meeting between President Obama and American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, and their children elevates Pastor Saeed’s plight on the world stage and should send a powerful message to the Iranians: it is time to release this U.S. citizen so he can return home to hisfamily.

President Obama met with Naghmeh and her two young children, 6-year-old Jacob and 8-year-old Rebekka during a stop in the Abedini’s hometown of Boise,Idaho.

“I am extremely thankful the President took the time to meet with our family and told us that securing the release of my husband is a top priority,” said Naghmeh Abedini. “The President was focused and gracious – showing concern to me and my children. I know that this meeting could not have occurred without prayer and I am grateful to the many people around the country and world who continue to pray for Saeed’s release. The President repeated his desire to do all that he can to bring Saeed home. That means the world to me and my children and has given me a renewed sense ofhope.”

The private meeting, which lasted about ten minutes, occurred in an office at Boise State University, just moments before the President addressed an audience abouteducation.

“We’re grateful that President Obama took the time to meet with Naghmeh and speak with her and the children,” said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ, which represents Naghmeh and her two children.  “Pastor Saeed has been wrongly imprisoned for nearly two and a half years. He has been separated from his wife and children. The pain experienced by the Abedini family is impossible to imagine. The meeting between President Obama and the Abedini family is a very welcomed development. It demonstrates the President’s concern and compassion for this family. It also underscores the importance of Pastor Saeed’s case, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran merely because of his Christian faith. The face-to-face meeting elevates Pastor Saeed’s plight on the world stage – and should send a powerful message to the Iranians – it is time to release Pastor Saeed so he can return home to hisfamily.”

Regarding the meeting, Naghmeh said President Obama entered the room, greeted the children and immediately told her that securing the release of Pastor Saeed was a top priority for him. He recalled the phone call he had some time ago with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and told Naghmeh that Saeed was part of that conversation. The President reiterated that bringing Saeed home is a top priority forhim.

Naghmeh told the President that she prays for him often. The President smiled when Naghmeh told him that she had refrained from food and had fasted for days praying that God would grant this meeting with him – and that the meeting itself was the result of thatprayer.

Naghmeh told the President that she knows that he cares about families and that the face-to-face meeting with the President reflected the care and concern he has for the Abedinifamily.

Naghmeh told the President that her son, Jacob, had something to ask him. Jacob asked: “Mr. President, can you please bring daddy home for my birthday?” The President responded, “When is your birthday?” Jacob told him March 17th, when he will turn seven. The President said he will try very hard to bring his fatherhome.

The meeting between the President and the Abedinis occurred after more than 100,000 people signed on to an ACLJ letter urging President Obama to meet with thefamily.

Pastor Saeed’s two young children – Jacob and Rebekka – have recorded a personal plea asking President Obama to bring their father home. That video is available here.

The ACLJ continues to work in this country and abroad to secure the safety and freedom of Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly two and a half years merely because of his Christianfaith.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The ACLJ is online ataclj.org.

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Week of Jan 27 – Feb 2 http://usdailyreview.com/week-of-jan-27-feb-2/ http://usdailyreview.com/week-of-jan-27-feb-2/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:56:48 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60662 Looking at the news and opinion out of London eachday.

1-27-15

The Labour Party has a new hero: Alexis Tsipras

Those who want Ed Miliband to move left are addicted to false comparisons with whichever foreign socialist is temporarily in the headlines thatweek

Stop this madness over fracking – or the lights really will go out

We’re blessed with an energy supply under our feet, but dithering will squander itall

Five things we do know about the election no-one can predict

In an uncertain world, here are a few certainties to bankon.

David Cameron should support work through tax cuts, not more apprenticeships

In a Telegraph interview, David Cameron today pledges to cut the welfare cap – to £23,000 from £26,000 – to fund another three million apprentice places. He says that this:- ‘Tells you everything you need to know about ourvalues’

Appeasement rarely works. Too much devolution undermines the UK.

In the late 1990s when Labour decided to offer considerable devolution to Scotland and a little devolution to Wales I wrote a book warning that such changes would fuel Scottish nationalism, not undermine it. “The death of Britain?” set out how Labour’s constitutional revolution would damage ourdemocracy.

If I were Prime Minister … No 1: I’d be a free-market version of Natalie Bennett

In the 100 days leading up to the General Election we’re inviting 100 contributors to tell us what they would do as Prime Minister. The only rule? No politicians
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Across The Pond is edited daily by Steve Parkhurst. Steve is a political consultant, a writer at his blog as well as a Senior Editor here at US Daily Review. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveParkhurst

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December’s New Car Sales Point to Good News for Those Selling Used http://usdailyreview.com/decembers-new-car-sales-point-to-good-news-for-those-selling-used/ http://usdailyreview.com/decembers-new-car-sales-point-to-good-news-for-those-selling-used/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:31:24 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60416 By USDR

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New car sales were robust across most U.S. marketed brands last month, aided by increased consumer confidence, lower gas prices and dealerships eager to continue record-setting sales streaks. In their most recent January Guidelines report, NADA Used Car Guide analysts observed that while the 11 percent monthly sales increase meant good deals could be had for the new car buyer, the used vehicle market witnessed a sobering shot ofactivity.

“For the first time in 20 years, wholesale auction prices of used vehicles actually increased during December,” according to Jonathan Banks, executive analyst for NADA Used Car Guide. Banks also stated, “The 0.3 percent increase during the month is significant…since the average price for December the last 10 years has seen a 1.4 percentdrop.”

Due to strong market sales, consumers looking to buy used in the first three months of 2015 will find prices similar to―if not lower than―what they would have paid in the first quarter of2014.

The pricing in the used market is not solely based on auction prices. Forthcoming tax refund checks, lower gas prices, and seasonality all help to contribute to the marketprice.

With dealerships eager for quality used trade-ins, NADA Used Car Guide analysts expect new car shoppers to be positioned well on purchasing trips, as dealers are eager for quality used trade-ins. To aid consumers in obtaining the car of their choice, manufacturers look to continue to grow their incentive spending. In December, manufacturers averaged just under $3,000 in the sale-moving tactic, making it the 23rd consecutive month incentivesgrew.

The National Automobile Dealer Association’s first quarter price forecast sees prices rising between 1.5 to 2.5 percent higher than they were inDecember.

The full report listing all values and trends can be downloaded for free on the NADA Used Car Guide website at www.nada.com/b2b. Additionally, a video version of the Guidelines report can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/nadausedcarguide.

About the NADA Used Car Guide
Since 1933, NADA Used Car Guide has earned its reputation as the leading provider of vehicle valuation products, services and information to businesses throughout the United States and worldwide. NADA’s editorial team collects and analyzes over 1 million combined automotive and truck wholesale and retail transactions per month. Its guidebooks, auction data, analysis and data solutions offer automotive/truck, finance, insurance and government professionals the timely information and reliable solutions they need to make better business decisions. Visit nada.com/b2b to learn more.

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Small Business Upbeat About 2015 in Spite Concerns about President and Congress http://usdailyreview.com/small-business-upbeat-about-2015-in-spite-concerns-about-president-and-congress/ http://usdailyreview.com/small-business-upbeat-about-2015-in-spite-concerns-about-president-and-congress/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:25:59 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60413 By USDR

Endurance International Group's US Small Business Sentiment Survey Infographic

Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) today released the results of a survey of its U.S.-based small business customers. The survey found that 66% of small business owners have a positive economic outlook for 2015 as compared to 2014. However, a majority (69%) remains deeply skeptical that the new leadership in Congress will be able to address issues important to smallbusinesses.

The results of the survey, released on the eve of President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, reveal that while 87% of U.S. small businesses feel that Congress has not been effective in addressing issues important to small businesses, 74% believe that Congress should play a larger role in helping grow U.S. small businesses. A majority (61%) of small business owners do not believe that the President’s State of the Union address will have significant impact on their business planning for2015.

Asked to rank key issues important to small businesses, survey respondents ranked Taxes as well as their Ability to Obtain Bank Financing as their top two concerns. On other key policy issues, 55% of survey respondents said Tax Code Reform also “Impacts my business significantly.” Survey respondents were mixed on the impact of Healthcare Reform, with 37% responding that it “Impacts my business significantly,” 36% responding “No Impact” and 27% responding “Impacts my business in minorways.”

The Endurance customers surveyed, all of whom have web presence solutions from the company, regard Net Neutrality as an important issue. 49% responded that Net Neutrality “Impacts my business significantly.” Additional survey results can be found in the chart below and online here.

Endurance International Group is a leading technology provider of cloud-based platform solutions to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed online. Endurance, through its family of brands, supports more than 3.8 million subscribersglobally.

“U.S. small businesses are the backbone of our economy and ensuring their continued growth and success is critically important to driving our country forward,” said Endurance CEO and Founder, Hari Ravichandran. “Our survey shows that while small businesses remain upbeat about the future, concerns about tax code reform and bank financing remain top of mind. It’s clear that our leaders in Washington need to keep small business at the top of their list of priorities when thinking about ways to create lasting economicgrowth.”

Endurance conducted its survey of 850 U.S.-based small businesses from January 7 to January 15, 2015. For purposes of this survey, small businesses are defined as employing 10 or less people on either a full-time or part-timebasis.

Survey Results

QUESTION POSED

RESPONSES

What is your general business outlook for 2015?

Very Positive: 26%

Positive: 45%

Neutral: 25%

Negative: 4%

Very Negative: 1%

What is your general business outlook for 2015
in comparison to 2014?

Positive compared to 2014: 66%

Negative compared to 2014: 5%

Same compared to 2014: 29%

Do you plan to hire employees in 2015?

No: 73%

Yes: 27%

 

Do you plan to make any financial investments, such
as investments in developing new products, buying
materials or real estate, in your business in 2015?

 

No: 54%

Yes: 46%

 

Do you feel that the Congress is effective in
addressing issues important to small businesses?

 

No: 87%

Yes: 13%

 

Do you feel the new leadership in Congress will be
more effective in addressing issues important to
small businesses?

 

No: 69%

Yes: 31%

 

Do you think Congress should play a larger role in
helping small business growth in the United States?

 

No: 26%

Yes: 74%

Who do you believe plays the most significant role in
helping your small business succeed?

Governor: 18%

Local mayor: 3%

Local city/town council representative: 8%

A local business organization: 21%

None of the above: 50%

Please rank, in order of importance, what issues you
feel are most important to small business

1.     Taxes

2.     Ability to obtain bank financing

3.     Ability to hired skilled workers

4.     Healthcare coverage

Net Neutrality

Impacts my business significantly: 49%

No impact: 24%

Impacts my business in minor ways: 27%

Tax Code Reform

Impacts my business significantly: 55%

No impact: 14%

Impacts my business in minor ways: 31%

Healthcare Reform

Impacts my business significantly: 37%

No impact: 36%

Impacts my business in minor ways: 27%

Immigration Reform

Impacts my business significantly: 17%

No impact: 64%

Impacts my business in minor ways: 19%

Do you feel that President Obama has been an
effective leader on issues important to small
businesses?

No: 48%

Yes: 31%

Don’t Know: 21%

Which political party do you feel best represents and
advocates for small businesses in America?

Democratic Party: 25%

Republican Party: 20%

Neither Party: 55%

Do you think the President’s State of the Union
address will have significant impact on your small
business or your business planning for 2015?

No: 61%

Yes: 9%

Don’t Know: 30%

Will you watch the President’s State of the Union
address?

No: 44%

Yes: 57%

*Due to rounding, numbers may not add up to 100%.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) helps small and medium-sized business owners establish, manage and grow their businesses by harnessing the power and promise of the web. As a leading provider of cloud-based platform solutions to help small and medium-sized business owners succeed online, Endurance, through its family of brands – including Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Domain.com, A Small Orange, MOJO Marketplace and ResellerClub – supports over 3.8 million subscribers and is able to tailor solutions for small businesses at every stage and level of sophistication. Endurance is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, has a presence in Asia and the Americas, and employs over 2,400 people.  For more information, visit endurance.com.

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Helping Athletes with Traumatic Brain Injuries http://usdailyreview.com/helping-athletes-with-traumatic-brain-injuries/ http://usdailyreview.com/helping-athletes-with-traumatic-brain-injuries/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:20:52 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60411 By  ScottoPelle, Special for USDR

NFL Legend and two time Super Bowl Champion Jim McMahon and SottoPelle® founder and medical director Dr. Gino Tutera were interviewed today on Bloomberg TV on how SottoPelle® therapy is helping McMahon andothers.

Beyond the use of helping conditions related to aging like Menopause and Andropause, Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is being shown to successfully treat otherconditions.

Some professions such as the military, law enforcement, and/or athletes have higher risks and are prone to injury. NFL players and military (active service and veterans) often experience head injuries and suffer the medical problems associated with Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI).

Recent media has highlighted the prevalence of TBI suffered by athletes over the decades. Current and retired NFL players who have experienced TBI are getting the help they need and are experiencing documented improvement in many areas of their lives. SottoPelle® Therapy is assisting these patients with their fibromyalgia, depression, fatigue, and other chronic medical concerns. As these players age, many have reported complications of TBI worsening withouttreatment.

SottoPelle® is committed to helping NFL players, veterans, and anyone else with TBI to improve their quality of life. The unique and proprietary patent pending BioCalc® dosing tool was created to facilitate the precise methodology of SottoPelle®. We are happy to announce that this tool is now patent pending. BioCalc® represents a key differentiating factor for the patient’s treatment by providing accuracy in the delivery of the required dose of the Bio Identical Hormone Therapy(BHRT).

A good analogy for the process is when your tires need to be balanced, it can be a rocky ride for the driver. All tires require special settings, just like people. BioCalc® doses balanced hormones so your body can work at maximumperformance.

Utilizing this proprietary tool and decades of SottoPelle® experience, NFL players are seeing significant results. 2x Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon has recently started the subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy, and has already seen improved mood change, less fatigue, and other complaints substantially relieved. McMahon has had multiple career injuries and experienced lingering and ongoing pain, physical and mental decline. He is the co-Founder of Players against Concussions. Other athletes have reported the same problems and have experienced life changing progress and relief with SottoPelle®Therapy.

The Hall of Fame Players Paul Krause, Bobby Bell, and Joe DeLamielleure, members of the HOF Players Foundation were feeling the effects of long athletic careers. They wanted to be and keep active. The ability to exercise and remain active without pain allows patients to maintain autonomy and relieve many other health problems. Increasing energy levels with pellet therapy will increase and aid in motivation to resume exercise and promote muscle growth and repair. Increased activity will also aid in enhanced and bettermoods.

Its simple physics, “things in motion, stay in motion.” For active individuals like these HOF players and other athletes, the inability to maintain previous activities is depressing, it can also lead to a heightened risk of heart disease. By correctly dosing and managing hormonal balance, not only are the patients feeling better, but are actively reducing cardiac inflammation, plaque, incidence of diabetes, and metabolicsyndrome.

Our physicians are located across the globe. All of our doctors are extensively trained, vetted for appropriate qualifications, and are very experienced. There is a reason why HOF and NFL Legends, choose SottoPelle®, they know a winner when they seeit.

At the end of the day, we all age. SottoPelle® as the leader in BHRT is helping patients to age naturally and well. You only age once – pick your solution wisely, SottoPelle® is your MVP for hormonalmanagement.

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Major Storm Continues to Pound Northeast http://usdailyreview.com/major-storm-continues-to-pound-northeast/ http://usdailyreview.com/major-storm-continues-to-pound-northeast/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:48:06 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60710 By the National Weather Service, Special for USDR.

...HIGH-IMPACT WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO BRING CRIPPLING SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS AND LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO MUCH OF THE 
NORTHEAST... 

BLIZZARD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF NEW
JERSEY NORTHWARD THROUGH MAINE... EXCLUDING NANTUCKET  ISLAND.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FROM NEW JERSEY NORTHWARD TO
MAINE. WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE ALSO IN EFFECT FOR A SMALL AREA
OF THE APPALACHIANS IN WEST  VIRGINIA.

COASTAL FLOOD WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FROM DELAWARE
TO THE COAST OF  MAINE.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC STATES AND CENTRAL APPALACHIANS...AS WELL AS IN THE
NORTHEAST ALONG THE WESTERN AND SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF THE WINTER
STORM WARNINGS. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ALSO IN EFFECT FOR
PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS IN TENNESSEE...NORTH
CAROLINA...AND  GEORGIA.

FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST
WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES...PLEASE SEE  WWW.WEATHER.GOV

AT 300 AM EST...A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE CENTER WITH AN ESTIMATED
PRESSURE OF 980 MB...28.94 INCHES...WAS CENTERED APPROXIMATELY 160
MILES SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET...MASSACHUSETTS AND MOVING NORTHWARD.
A COLD FRONT EXTENDED SOUTH FROM THE SURFACE LOW THROUGH THE
CARIBBEAN AND ACROSS THE YUCATAN IN MEXICO. A WARM FRONT ALSO
EXTENDED NORTHEAST FROM THE LOW INTO ATLANTIC OCEAN. NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE RADAR AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATED THAT
WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW...WITH OCCASIONAL HEAVY
SNOW...WAS SPREADING ACROSS AREAS FROM NEW JERSEY NORTHEASTWARD TO
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE. GUSTY WINDS CONTINUED TO
INCREASE ACROSS THE NORTHEAST. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 25
MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS WERE REPORTED FROM MUCH OF NEW JERSEY
NORTHEASTWARD TO NEAR BOSTON. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 TO 50
MPH...WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH...WERE REPORTED AT MARTHAS
VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET. FARTHER WEST...SCATTERED AREAS OF LIGHT TO
OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WERE REPORTED ACROSS FROM WESTERN NEW
YORK STATE SOUTHWARD TO THE CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC  STATES. 

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 1100 PM EST SUN
JAN 25 THROUGH 300 AM EST MON JAN  26...

...CONNECTICUT...
MARLBOROUGH                           7.0                    
THOMPSON                              5.5                    
GREENWICH                             4.0                    
MANCHESTER                            3.5                    
NORWALK                               3.3                    
COVENTRY                              3.0                    
LEDYARD CENTER                        3.0                    
NEW HAVEN                             3.0                    
WETHERSFIELD                          2.5                    
ESSEX                                 2.0                    
WEST HARTFORD                         2.0                    
BRIDGEPORT AIRPORT                    1.4                    
EAST HARTFORD                         1.4                    

...WASHINGTON DC...
WASHINGTON                            1.1                    

...MASSACHUSETTS...
SANDWICH                              9.3                    
ACUSHNET                              8.5                    
WEST WAREHAM                          8.5                    
EAST FREETOWN                         8.0                    
PLYMOUTH                              7.4                    
ROCKLAND                              7.0                    
SHREWSBURY                            7.0                    
TAUNTON                               7.0                    
WEST HARWICH                          7.0                    
OAK BLUFFS                            6.0                    
NAHANT                                5.7                    
FALMOUTH                              5.0                    
HANSON                                5.0                    
NATICK                                4.5                    
SOMERVILLE                            4.4                    
NANTUCKET                             3.5                    

...MARYLAND...
CASCADE                               6.0                    
MC HENRY 5 SSE                        6.0                    
OAKLAND                               5.0                    
ECKHART MINES                         4.0                    
GERMANTOWN                            3.8                    
POINT OF ROCKS                        3.5                    
E MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK                  3.0                    
ELDERSBURG                            3.0                    
HAGERSTOWN 1 E                        3.0                    
MYERSVILLE                            3.0                    
PECKTONVILLE 3 NNW                    3.0                    
FREDERICK 3 NW                        2.8                    
FROSTBURG                             2.8                    
ACCIDENT                              2.5                    
WESTERNPORT                           2.5                    

...NEW JERSEY...
ROSELLE                               4.7                    
BYRAM TWP                             4.5                    
BLAIRSTOWN                            4.0                    
LAKEHURST                             4.0                    
HOBOKEN                               3.8                    
EAST RUTHERFORD                       3.1                    
NEWARK AIRPORT                        3.0                    
BERGENFIELD                           2.8                    
MARCELLA                              2.6                    
RIDGEWOOD                             2.6                    
HAWTHORNE                             2.0                    
OXFORD                                2.0                    

...NEW YORK...
ISLIP AIRPORT                        15.0                    
HUNTINGTON                            8.8                    
ORIENT                                8.0                    
MALVERNE                              7.8                    
PENN YAN                              7.0                    
FRESH MEADOWS                         6.5                    
MIDDLE VILLAGE                        6.5                    
LA GUARDIA                            6.4                    
CARLE PLACE                           6.3                    
BELLEROSE                             6.0                    
MINEOLA                               6.0                    
OCEANSIDE                             6.0                    
CENTRAL PARK                          5.5                    
JFK AIRPORT                           5.1                    
VOAK 1 E                              5.0                    
STATEN ISLAND                         3.5                    
BROOKLYN                              3.3                    

...OHIO...
GALION                                8.0                    
MANSFIELD/ONTARIO                     8.0                    
BOWERSTON                             7.0                    
MINERAL CITY                          7.0                    
DALTON                                6.5                    
LEXINGTON 1 NW                        6.5                    
ASHLAND 4 SW                          6.0                    
CALCUTTA                              6.0                    
GLASGOW                               6.0                    
QUAKER CITY                           5.3                    
BELLEFONTAINE 2 N                     5.0                    
RICHMOND                              5.0                    
STEUBENVILLE                          5.0                    
BELLEVUE 1 N                          4.3                    
BARNESVILLE                           4.0                    

...PENNSYLVANIA...
WINDBER COUNTRY CLUB                  8.0                    
MOON TOWNSHIP                         7.5                    
EVANS CITY                            7.3                    
CABOT                                 7.0                    
CANONSBURG                            7.0                    
CRESSON 5 E                           7.0                    
ROSEDALE                              7.0                    
SANDY LAKE 2 ENE                      7.0                    
SPRING CHURCH                         7.0                    
COOPERSTOWN 1 E                       6.5                    
BERKELEY HILLS                        6.0                    
JACKTOWN                              6.0                    
OHIOVILLE                             6.0                    
SHALER TOWNSHIP                       6.0                    
CARRICK                               5.9                    
BELLEFONTE                            5.0                    

...RHODE ISLAND...
COVENTRY                              7.0                    
NORTH KINGSTOWN                       7.0                    
WAKEFIELD                             7.0                    
WEST WARWICK                          6.0                    
PORTSMOUTH                            5.2                    
PROVIDENCE                            5.0                    
WESTERLY                              5.0                    

...TENNESSEE...
GATLINBURG 6 SE                       4.5                    
NEWFOUND GAP 1 N                      4.3                    

...VIRGINIA...
FAIRFAX                               4.3                    
WINCHESTER 2 S                        3.5                    
CHESTER GAP                           3.0                    
CEDAR HILL 3 NNW                      2.5                    

...WEST VIRGINIA...
TERRA ALTA 1 NE                       7.0                    
CHESTER                               5.0                    
MOUNT STORM                           5.0                    
BURLINGTON                            4.0                    
CANAAN HEIGHTS                        4.0                    
KLINE GAP 2 ESE                       4.0                    
WEIRTON                               4.0                    
FALLING WATERS 2 NW                   3.8                    
INWOOD                                3.8                    
MARTINSBURG 2 E                       3.5                    
FALLING WATERS                        3.0                    
MOZART                                3.0                    
FOLLANSBEE                            2.5                    

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL FREEZING RAIN ICE AMOUNTS IN INCHES FROM
1100 PM EST SUN JAN 25 THROUGH 300 AM EST MON JAN  26...

...WEST  VIRGINIA...
FLAT TOP                              0.38                    

...SELECTED PEAK WIND GUSTS IN MILES PER HOUR EARLIER IN THE 
EVENT...

...MASSACHUSETTS...
NANTUCKET                             78                    
EDGARTOWN                             61                    
YARMOUTH                              61                    
OAK BLUFFS                            60                    
FAIRHAVEN                             58                    
BARNSTABLE                            53                    
SCITUATE                              52                    

...RHODE ISLAND...
MIDDLETOWN                            50                    


THE SURFACE LOW OFF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST IS FORECAST TO INTENSIFY
VERY RAPIDLY AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD ALONG THE NEW
ENGLAND COASTLINE ON TUESDAY AND INTO NOVA SCOTIA BY WEDNESDAY.
WINDS AND SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN INTENSITY INTO TUESDAY
MORNING OVER SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND THE NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC
REGION. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT MAJOR
POPULATION AREAS FROM EASTERN NEW JERSEY NORTHWARD THROUGH THE
BOSTON AREA AND ACROSS EASTERN MAINE. IN THESE AREAS...VERY HEAVY
SNOWFALL RATES WILL COMBINE WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40
MPH...WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH...WILL CREATE
LIFE-THREATENING WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. IN AREAS CLOSE TO THE
IMMEDIATE COASTLINE...HURRICANE FORCE WIND GUSTS TO NEAR 75 MPH
WILL BE POSSIBLE. MANY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE AND TRAVEL WILL
BE IMPOSSIBLE IN MANY AREAS. HIGH WINDS MAY DOWN TREES AND POWER
LINES...LEADING TO POWER OUTAGES. COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE
BEACH EROSION ARE ALSO EXPECTED. TIDAL INCREASES MAY CAUSE
FLOODING AND DAMAGE TO VULNERABLE ROADS AND STRUCTURES. SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY ON TUESDAY
BEFORE SLOWLY TAPERING OFF FROM SOUTH TO NORTH TUESDAY NIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING. HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 FEET CAN BE
EXPECTED FROM NEAR NEW YORK CITY...INCLUDING LONG ISLAND...AND
INTO CONNECTICUT...RHODE ISLAND..MASSACHUSETTS...INTO MUCH OF NEW
HAMPSHIRE...AND SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL  MAINE. 

THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE WEATHER PREDICTION
CENTER AT 1000 AM EST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS  EVENT.
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Group Calls for Tough Actions Against Iranian Clerics http://usdailyreview.com/group-calls-for-tough-actions-against-iranian-clerics/ http://usdailyreview.com/group-calls-for-tough-actions-against-iranian-clerics/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:10:58 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60407 By OIACUS.ORG, Special for USDR

As Congress decides on a soon-to-be-introduced Iran sanctions bill, the Organization of Iranian-American Communities-US (OIAC-US) urges the responsible decision makers to avoid leniency towardsIran.

Apologists and those who would rather take a bad deal than to face the truth about Iran’s belligerency offer us many reasons to concede further, asking Congress to withhold action on additional sanctions.  They tell us that Iran would walk out of the talks, that more sanctions would adversely affect the Iranian people, and that America would lose a historic opportunity to mitigate a national securitythreat.

As desperate as they are, the clerics cannot afford to walk away from the talks. They are negotiating from a position of weakness.  The fall in oil prices and the sanctions have terrified the mullahs. They should not be let off thehook.

Despite the recent drop in oil revenues and the impact of the sanctions, the Iranian regime has increased the annual budget for its Revolutionary Guards Force by 50 percent, a large portion of which is funding Tehran’s intervention in Iraq andSyria.

Two and half years have passed since Congress passed the sanctions bill against Iran. Yet, since the talks have started with Iran, no access has been provided to the IAEA to any of the suspected military sites such as Parchin, and none of the outstanding questions relating to the possible military dimensions of the nuclear program has been resolved.  Legislators should also be aware of the “good guy (supposed moderates), bad guy (the conservatives)” narrative, being pitched by Iran and its U.S. lobby apparatus. In reality, the Iranian nuclear negotiating team is acting under the full authority and direction of the Supreme Leader, AliKhamenei. 

Tehran’s Ayatollahs are paranoid of an increasingly discontented population. Iran is thus desperately trying to lift the sanctions without complying with its nuclear obligations. That is why we believe the proposed legislation acts as a necessary leverage to force Tehran tocomply.

OIACUS.ORG

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Next Step in the War Against Ebola http://usdailyreview.com/next-step-in-the-war-against-ebola/ http://usdailyreview.com/next-step-in-the-war-against-ebola/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:07:53 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60403 By USDR

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is pleased to announce the formation of consortia with leading global research institutions and non-government organizations to work in conjunction with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies to accelerate the development of  its Ebola vaccine regimen.  The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) plans to award these consortia grants totaling more than €100 million from the Ebola+ programme to support the development, manufacturing and patient education for the vaccineregimen.

The IMI is Europe’s largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. Funding for the IMI Ebola+ programme comes in part from Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation programme, and in part in the form of in-kind contributions from the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) partners in theprojects.

“In the face of the global challenge of Ebola, bringing together the expertise and capabilities of the pharmaceutical industry, academic centers and NGOs will be critical to help solve this crisis,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson.  “The European Commission’s support through IMI bolsters collaboration that should significantly accelerate efforts to help address this humanitariancrisis.”

“It is great to see the multiple partners come together to accelerate the development of an effective vaccine both for the current epidemic and future outbreaks,” said Professor Peter Piot, M.D.,  director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, one of the consortia partners. “This is an opportunity to make sure that this is the last Ebola epidemic in which our only tools to control it are isolation andquarantine.”

The funds were announced to support several consortia working together on a total of four projects.  Three of the projects are designed to address the need to accelerate Phase I, II and III trials and scale up production of the prime-boost vaccine regimen.  A Phase I trial led by Oxford Vaccines Group is currently underway with trials in Africa being planned. The Phase II and III trials inEurope and Africa, subject to review of the preliminary Phase I data, will be carried out in parallel.  A fourth project will investigate innovative ways and technology to raise awareness and acceptance of vaccination campaigns.  A total of eight projects are being funded under this round of the IMI’s Ebola+programme.

“With people still contracting this disease, there is still a risk that Ebola will continue to spread and that we could have another major outbreak in the future,” said Johan Van Hoof, M.D., Global Head of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Janssen. “We highly appreciate the European Commission’s support and are pleased to be joined by them and our distinguished partners in further accelerating our goal of bringing this vaccine, if approved, to families and frontline health care professionals as fast aspossible.”

Professor Andrew Pollard and Dr Matthew Snape, who are leading the Phase I and II Ebola vaccine trials at the University of Oxfordfor IMI, said “the initial testing of vaccines for Ebola is already underway at the University with an astonishing response from the public to volunteer for the trials, to provide the earliest possible information to guide further studies of a prime boost vaccine, that if approved, may help control the Ebola outbreak in WestAfrica.”

Organizations joining Janssen include the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), La Centre Muraz, Bavarian Nordic A/S, Vibalogics, Grameen Foundation and World Vision of Ireland.

On January 6, Johnson & Johnson announced the start of a Phase I, first-in-human clinical trial of a preventive Ebola vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The trial is being led by the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics. Johnson & Johnson also announced that Janssen, in partnership with Bavarian Nordic A/S, has produced more than 400,000 regimens of the prime-boost vaccine for use in large-scale clinical trials by April 2015. A total of 2 million regimens is projected to be available through the course of 2015, with the ability to quickly scale up to a projected 5 million regimens, if required, over a 12- to 18-monthperiod.

In October 2014, Johnson & Johnson announced a commitment of up to $200 million to accelerate and significantly expand production of an Ebola vaccine program in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The company has been seeking to share the financial risk of these vaccine and development clinical trial costs by pursuing governmental and non-governmental fundingsources.

The Ebola+ programme has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations(EFPIA).

About Janssen funded IMI Ebola+ projects and consortiamembers

  • Topic 1: Vaccine development  in Phase I, II, and III (EBOVAC 1 & 2)
    • Consortium members: Janssen, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Oxford University, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), La Centre Muraz
  • Topic 2: Manufacturing capability (EBOMAN)
    • Consortium members: Janssen, Bavarian Nordic A/S, Vibalogics
  • Topic 4: Deployment and compliance of vaccination regimens (EBODAC)
    • Consortium members: Janssen, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Grameen Foundation, World Vision of Ireland

Further details of the projects are available on: http://www.imi.europa.eu/

Editor’s Note: The Grant Agreements for all IMI projects involving Janssen under the first call of the Ebola+ programme are still being finalised. Final information on all selected projects, including full budget details, will be published once, and if, the Grant Agreements have beensigned.

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“Newseum” Celebrates Anniversary of Civil Rights Movement http://usdailyreview.com/newseum-celebrates-anniversary-of-civil-rights-movement/ http://usdailyreview.com/newseum-celebrates-anniversary-of-civil-rights-movement/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:05:19 +0000 http://usdailyreview.com/?p=60401 By USDR

Today, the Newseum opened its newest exhibit, “1965: Civil Rights at 50,” which explores the dramatic civil rights events of 1965, from the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to the signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The fight for voting rights peaked in a violent clash between peaceful protesters and police that came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” after state troopers and deputies armed with clubs and whips beat and trampled protesters as they attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Among the newspapers on display is a March 8, 1965, edition of The Dallas Morning News featuring a front-page photo of civil rights leader John Lewis being beaten by a state trooper. Lewis, today a congressman from Georgia, recounted his experiences on “Bloody Sunday” in his graphic novel “March.” Images from “March” are on display in the exhibit. Also on display are a March 1965 issue of Life magazine showing dramatic photos of a bandaged protester and a defiant state trooper, and an August 1965 issue of Time comparing the violent images coming out of the Watts riots to the battlefields of  Vietnam.

The exhibit also includes powerful photos that show protesters facing off with state troopers in Selma and marching to the state Capitol in Montgomery two weeks later for the largest civil rights rally the South had ever seen.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 p.m., the Newseum will host an Inside Media program with U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante, who will talk about their memories of the civil rights movement. The program is free with paid admission to the Newseum.

“1965” is a companion exhibit to “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement,” which opened at the Newseum inAugust 2013. The exhibit features a section of the original F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where in 1960 four African American college students launched the sit-in movement, and a bronze casting of the Birmingham, Ala., jail cell door behind which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. penned his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail” in 1963.

The Newseum’s Digital Classroom website features a free learning module called “Making a Change,” which explores the civil rights movement through the lenses of historical connections, media literacy, and civics and citizenship using videos, archival news footage and interviews. These standards-aligned lesson plans will help teachers enhance student engagement with Newseum content, their communities and their peers across the country.

Contributing sponsorship support for “Civil Rights at 50″ has been provided by Walmart and  Altria.

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