According to the BBC, a group of more than 100 scientists believe the Rio Olympics should be postponed or moved to another country "in the name of public health." The scientists penned an open letter and posted it to the website Rio Olympics Later. They say that the "new scientific findings that underscore the seriousness of that problem," along with WHO declaring zika a "public health emergency of international concern," make the case. The letter is clear that this group doesn't want the games canceled, just delayed or moved.
Earlier in May, the International Olympic Committee said it didn't anticipate having to cancel, delay or move the Rio games, but the IOC medical director Richard Budgett said they "would continue to monitor the situation closely."
The letter gives seven reasons why the games should be moved or postponed, including,
Rio de Janeiro is highly affected by Zika. Brazil's government reports Rio de Janeiro state has the second-highest number of probable Zika cases in the country (32,000) and the fourth-highest incidence rate (195 per 100,000), demonstrating active transmission. ... That Rio's health system is so severely weakened as to make a last-minute push against Zika impossible.
As yet, there's no response from the Olympic committee. Discuss
You've heard his name all your life. And you probably learned the emergency technique he invented. But what's ironic is that Henry Heimlich never actually used his famous maneuver. Until recently.
The doctor, who in the 1970s invented the widely-taught, often-used "Heimlich Maneuver," finally used the maneuver named after him for the first time. Heimlich, who is 96 years old, now lives in a senior living facility. At a recent meal, one of his fellow residents started choking on her meal. Before the maitre d' for the dining room could get to the woman, Heimlich had sprung into action and dislodged the whatever food the women was choking on.
Heimlich told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “When I used it, and she recovered quickly it made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives.”
Remember the golden age of literature? A time when all books worth reading featured young protagonists with names like Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, who spent their childhoods exclusively solving mysteries? If so, we have good news. Several movies based on The Boxcar Children series are in the works.
The studios Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics have announced that they are working on at least four animated movies based on the series about a bunch of orphan siblings who live in an abandoned train. (Which, let’s be honest, is pretty sad when you think about it.)
Considering they are making four movies in two years, they will probably be straight-to-streaming productions. But, if you’re just looking for some nostalgia for the days when the Scholastic Book Fair was the biggest event on the school calendar, than these may make for some fun binge watching. Discuss
Here are even more reasons to maintain a healthy work life balance. Researchers at Norway’s University of Bergen have found a link between being addicted to work and anxiety.
The team looked at more than 16,000 workers across the country, and found that nearly 8% who classified as workaholics were also significantly more likely to suffer from OCD, ADHD, depression and anxiety.
Working extreme hours also takes a toll on the body. As Health notes, a 2015 Lancet study found that people who worked more than 55 hours a week were at a higher risk of both heart attack and stroke.
How do you know if you are a workaholic? The researchers looked at how to draw the line between “excessive enthusiasm” and “addiction,” by identifying behavior patterns associated with people who are addicts:
These criteria involve being totally preoccupied by work (salience), using work to alleviate emotional stress (mood modification), gradually working longer and longer hours to get the same mood modifying effects (tolerance), suffering emotional and physical distress if unable to work (withdrawal), sacrificing other obligations (personal relationships with partner and children, social activities, exercising, etc.) because of work (conflict), desiring or attempting to control the number of hours spent working without success (relapse), and suffering some kind of harm or negative consequence as either a direct or indirect result of the excessive working (problems).
In other words, workaholism is a real condition, but treatment—involving things like therapy and establishing boundaries in the workplace—can help those who are suffering from it. Discuss
Old school Nintendo enthusiast Shane Birkinbine recently proposed to his girlfriend in a way that would make any early ‘90s gamer proud. Using the game Super Mario Maker, Birkinbine created a custom Super Mario Bros. level, spelling out a proposal to his unsuspected girlfriend, who was playing the game.
It’s a pretty great clip. And, spoiler alert, she said yes, and completed the level. Discuss
Pop star Justin Bieber and his collaborator Skrillex are getting sued. The singer White Hinterland (aka Casey Dienel) has reportedly filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the duo, claiming that they stole a vocal hook from her song “Ring the Bell” for their hit single “Sorry.”
And, as you can hear in the two videos below, she might have a case. The lawsuit centers around the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” which are heard throughout both songs, including the very beginnings.
The writers, producers, and performers of “Sorry” did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission … After this post, I intend to leave the subject matter of the lawsuit in the hands of my lawyers and the legal system. However, because I do not take the act of suing lightly, I want to take this opportunity to briefly explain my decision to those of you who are connected to me through family, friendship, and music.
Creating original and unique music is my life’s passion, but it is challenging and time consuming. I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing “Ring the Bell” …
Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in “Sorry.” But he chose not to contact me. After the release of “Sorry,” my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me. I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample.