NIH Lifts Ban On Research That Could Make Deadly Viruses Even Worse
The US Government announced it’s lifting a ban to fund research on the Bird Flu. Scientists want to better understand it better and come up with a fix. Officials agreed to fund it only if the research checks out and the scientists work in a high-security lab. (NPR)
The longest known frozen human embryo to result in a successful birth was born last month in Tennessee.
Emma Wren Gibson, delivered November 25 by Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, medical director of the National Embryo Donation Center, is the result of an embryo originally frozen on October 14, 1992. Emma’s parents, Tina and Benjamin Gibson of eastern Tennessee, admit feeling surprised when they were told the exact age of the embryo thawed March 13 by Carol Sommerfelt, embryology lab director at the National Embryo Donation Center. “Do you realize I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” Tina Gibson said. Today, Tina, now 26, explained, “I just wanted a baby. I don’t care if it’s a world record or not.” (CNN)
Driver arrested for OWI after showing up at PD to pick up drunk person, arrested for OWI
An individual arrested for OWI was told by police they must call someone responsible to pick them up. As it turned out, the man who showed up was also in no condition to be behind the wheel of a vehicle. Surveillance video shows a man pulling into the Police Department’s parking lot on Sunday evening, December 17th. Inside the lobby, an officer got the man’s information, but soon realized something was off. The lead detective believed an odor of intoxicants was coming from his breath. The man said was contacted by someone he knows, who was arrested after a case of minor property damage in a bar parking lot. Police noticed that the responsible person was also drunk. Officers at first tried a series of sobriety tests on him — first, an eye test. Then, the one-leg stand. Finally, the walk and turn. Police say he failed them all. He was arrested at the scene for his first OWI. (Fox 6 Now)
**FYI: Police across the country are cracking down on drunk driving as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which kicked off Friday, December 15th and continues through New Year’s Day.
Have you been squeezing in a little time for some “Vishing”?
Fortunately, it has nothing to do with fish. It’s a telephone scam that uses caller ID spoofing to make it look like the call is legit. All you will get is a recorded message that will usually instruct you to call a toll-free number and provide your credit card info. Obviously, ain’t nobody got time for that, especially when you have holiday shopping to do. (Intuit)
Employers have begun figuring out how the $1.5 trillion tax bill will affect business
The measure passed by Congress Wednesday, and awaiting President Trump’s signature, would go into effect in 12 days — and it has payroll companies rushing to adjust to its new withholding rules. As the Treasury and IRS prepare to write new regulations needed to implement the new law on a short time frame, the impact on paychecks in dollars and cents is not yet clear. (Politico)
Idle time — when employees are “on the clock but unable to get any work done” — costs US employers over $100 billion a year.
More than three-quarters of those surveyed know the feeling and nearly a quarter experience it daily. Idle time can include everything from a cashier waiting for customers to an investment banker waiting on data from a colleague. But there are ways to cut it down. Managers can encourage employees to be open about free time, to help allocate work more effectively. They can also push workers to take a break, using the downtime to recharge. (The Wall Street Journal)
Two good Samaritans stepped up to help a female police officer who refused to back down from a suspect who had just assaulted a woman with a knife at a gas station in South Carolina
A passerby caught the incident on video with his cellphone and shared it on Facebook. The suspect allegedly punched a woman in the face and threatened to harm her and another person with a knife inside a gas station, allegedly wouldn’t allow the people inside the station to leave. According to authorities, the suspect finally left the gas station where the police officer approached him in the parking lot and gave him several verbal commands to surrender. The officer deployed her taser, but it didn’t stop him as he continued ignoring the officer’s commands and tried to walk away. The officer went after him and tried to take him to the ground, but he fought back and pushed the cop, causing her to fall to the ground. After the officer got up, she fired OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray at the suspect and started pulling him to the ground. That’s when a bystander stepped in and helped the officer take the suspect down. Then another person jumped in to help out the officer. The second bystander hit the suspect and kicked him in the head while he was lying on the ground. Soon, the cop moved everyone out of the way and restrained the suspect. The criminal faces multiple charges including attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest. (The State)
Finally Friday is here! It brings us:
*Be A Lover of Silence Day
*Forefathers Day – December 22 (Unless on Sunday, Then Following Monday)
*National Date Nut Bread Day