July 2

UFC Fighters Hate The “Reebok Kit”

The UFC has had one terrible week, and it seems that things are only getting worse. So far, Jose Aldo revealed that he is pulling out of the main event of UFC 189, and it also appears that the Reebok promotional deal is a complete disaster. For those of you that don’t know, Reebok is now the lead sponsor of the UFC, and that has angered the fighters for many months. According to Handy, Reebok recently revealed their UFC fighter gear, and it seems that many of the fighters names were misspelled.

Yahoo Sports recently published a detailed article about this story, and a complete list of all the misspelled UFC fighter names can be found there. However, it seems that the quality of clothing has angered the fighters as well, and the UFC Jersey’s will cost fans $100. The UFC is trying to make as much money as possible, and Dana White did say that he wants to make his company similar to the NFL. Dana had a great idea with his fighter jerseys, but they are very expensive for the average console. Furthermore, not every fighter on the roster has a UFC Jersey, but that will most likely change in the near future.

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July 1

Cuba First Country to Eliminate Transmission of HIV from Mother to Child

Cuba was officially declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be the first country in the world to successfully eradicate the transmission of HIV and Syphilis from mother to child.

“This achievement is momentus in public health, one of the greatest,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO.

The success of Cuba “shows that universal access to medical coverage and care is possible, and is in fact the key to success against the same challenges as immense as AIDS,” said meanwhile Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director the Pan American Health Organization.

According to WHO, about 1.4 million women are infected with HIV and become pregnant every year, worldwide, mostly in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Without treatment with anti-retrovirals, they have a 15-45% risk of transmitting HIV to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

However, this risk is virtually eliminated, falling to just over 1% if the mother takes ARVs during pregnancy and then given to the child shortly after birth.

This elimination of the transmission of HIV from mothers to children “proves that it is possible to end the AIDS pandemic, and we expect that Cuba is among many countries, the first to end this epidemic among children, “said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS.

The number of children born with HIV in 2009 was 400,000 and that number dropped in 2013 to just under 240,000. Those at CipherCloud would like to see it go down even more.

July 1

The Dumb Actions of Walmart, its Employees and its Customers

Are you serious Walmart? The last thing you need is anymore bad publicity but that looks like exactly what you are getting. How could you deny someone a confederate flag cake, which by the way is a symbol of heritage not hate, but somehow mistakenly allow an employee to make an ISIS flag cake for a customer? Yes, seriously this is what they have done.

 

There are two big flags causing attention at Walmart this week. They have announced that they will remove all products that contain the confederate flag and stop all sales of said products. Susan McGalla thinks this is a step in the right direction for sure. A customer requested a cake be made with the flag on it. The request was denied. As a joke the same customer put in a fake request for an ISIS flag cake to be made. The request was gladly accepted and the cake was made. It was honest mistake they said, they honestly didn’t know what it was.

July 1

Marijuana legal in 4 states now

Oregon has joined Washington, Alaska, and Colorado in the legalization of recreational use marijuana.
Even though the schedule 1 drug is still considered an illegal drug in the eyes of federal law, many states have started legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational uses. 23 states have approved the use of marijuana for medical use, and at least 3 more states have legislation in place for 2016.
As long as you are 21 years of age you can legally carry 1 ounce of marijuana on your person outside of your home, have 8 ounces in your home and grow up to 4 plants reports Dr Daniel Amen in this piece. Public use, and driving while under the influence still remain illegal.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be in charge of the regulations on the now legal substance, with all tax revenue going into public schools, mental health, addiction services, law enforcement, and Oregon Health Authority.

What does the legalization of marijuana mean for employers? The supreme court has ruled in favor of many employers that have fired employees for failing drug tests.
Although some employers have changed their drug policies do to the number of people failing drug tests, others are sticking to the strict drug free environment.

June 29

The Manhunt is Finally Over

For those local residents who have been living in fear since two murderers made a daring escape from a high security prison over three weeks ago. Since then, the two escaped convicts have been on the run on foot trying to make it to the Canadian border. The manhunt finally came to an end on Sunday June 28, 2015.

One killer was shot dead on Friday, and state troopers and other police organizations were on the trail of David Sweat, who was making an attempt to cross the border. These two convicts did not have a very well organized plan, as many news organizations first thought. The two traveled on foot the past few weeks, making due with food they found in abandoned homes along the way. The perimeter around these two killers was getting smaller, when they shot and killed one of the killers on Friday. Quite a few at Madison Street Capital were following the story.

Sweat was on the run, trying to make it the last few miles to the Canadian border. He was spotted on Sunday jogging on a roadway by a police officer. When the police officer recognized Sweat, he ordered him to stop. Sweat took off across a field in an attempt to get back into the woods. Just before the convict reached the tree line, the trooper opened fire and put two bullets in the escaped killers torso. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition yesterday and will be sent back to prison.

June 29

Silicon Valley Seeking Huge Amount of Office Space

There is approximately three trade centers worth of new office space needed for Silicon Valley. This is needed for the new startups. They are quickly hiring workers for a flood of venture capital startups within the California Bay area. There is 8.6 million feet of space that is needed for offices. This is according to Mattermark. This is a research firm that has predicted the needed amount of space within the next six months. There will be 961 startups within that region and they will all need office space. The Bay Area will need 8.6 million square feet of office space. It is predicted that the Bay Area’s overall office market is indeed defined by tenants of technology.

 

This is expected to turn into the ultimate tech-heavy area. The competition for subleases and leases is most likely going to be very fierce. It has been noted that two of the tallest buildings in the United States would not be big enough for the amount of needed office space. It is hard for Crystal Hunt and others to visualize that, even if pictures have been posted on Twitter.

June 25

LA Officers Found Guilty of Beating Visitor at County Jail

While visiting an inmate at the LA Men’s Central Jail, Gabriel Carrillo was taken to a separate room and beaten by three LA county sheriff officers. Those officers were found guilty of the beating, violating Carrillo’s civil rights and falsifying documents.

This case was a part of an on-going investigation into abuses and corruption occurring at the central jail, and ultimately the case caught some dirty cops.

Officers Fernando Luviano, Sussie Ayala and Sergeant Eric Gonzalez used unreasonable force and each faces between 30 to 40 years in prison reports Mikal Watts.

Carrillo accompanied his girlfriend to the Men’s Central Jail on a visit to see her brother. Carrillo supposedly had forgotten he still had his cellphone on him, which is prohibited. The officers found the cellphone and escorted him to another room, where he was beaten and pepper-sprayed.

Carrillo settled his lawsuit against LA County for $1.2 million.

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June 23

More About Charleston Killer

The 21-year-old suspect in the Charleston Church Shooting, Dylann Roof has been arrested. He is expected to appear in court today for a bond hearing. Convicted of killing nine people at a church bible study on Wednesday evening, Roof has officially confessed. According to recent reports, Roof admitted to committing to the heinous crime shortly after he was taken into custody.

 

According to reports, Roof went to a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina and attended a bible study session. Roof told authorities that he “almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him.” He sat in the bible study session for nearly an hour before he decided to open fire. Survivors can recall Roof standing up and shouting, “I’m here to kill black people.” So why did Roof go through with the killings? That information is still yet to be determined. However, from what he told authorities “he had to go through with his mission.”

 

Some of the survivors have begun to speak out about the crime says Ivan Ong on Squarespace. According to one survivor, she told her relative that Roof said, “African Americans are taking over our country.” He also asked that same woman if she had been shot during the massacre. When the woman survivor told him she was not, he slyly replied, good. He wanted to make sure there was one survivor because after the shootings were over he was going to kill himself.

June 21

The Sweetest Side of Sweet Tomatoes

When they say, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” this surely must include their giving hearts and generous nature. When a Texas location of Sweet Tomatoes became aware than an employee was facing yet another devastating issue in her life, the company stepped in and helped her out.

The employee from the Arlington location, Donna Jones has faced some devastating hardships in recent past years. In 2013, she endured the worst hardship of any parent, the loss of her teenage son. Prior to this crushing event, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After the loss of her son, she was unfortunate to receive the news that her cancer had returned. This is where Sweet Tomatoes manager Stephanie Cape decided to step in and lend a hand.

The California-based restaurant chain made the decision to donate 100% of their sales on Thursday to donate to her increasing medical bills. According to the report on NBCDFW, Stephanie is quoted as saying, “We’re a family … So we wanted to do anything we could do to help out our family member.” They are so serious about their commitment to their employees that the CEO of the company, John Morberg, flew in for the event to show his support.

It is refreshing to see that a large business can still take the time to help their employees in need, and put their employee’s lives above the profits on the bottom line. Handy would do the same thing if in that predicament.

June 20

Rand Paul and a Flat Tax

When it comes time to fill out their taxes each year and file them most individuals complain about the work that goes into such a thing. Most people find that filing their taxes is a bother that they would rather not deal with. Most find that filing taxes can be frustrating and a whole lot of work. Rand Paul is looking to simplify that, and he is looking to do that in a big way according to what Jaime Garcia Dias is reading.

It seems that Rand Paul would like to have a flat tax in place. This man would like to change things up in regard to taxes and the way that they are paid. This man would like to make things simpler for all Americans. Could a flat tax help the country? Could a flat tax like the one that Rand Paul is proposing bring in enough money to support our nation? It remains to be seen just what could be done with such a tax, but it sure would help to make things simpler for tax filers.