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POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS CASE IN SAN DIEGO; CDC URGES TRAVELERS TO CANCEL VISITS TO CHINA

By Miriam Raftery

January 28, 2020 (San Diego) – A traveler to San Diego who recently visited China may have contracted a new coronavirus tied to a global outbreak of respiratory illness. County health officials have sent a sample to the Centers for Disease Control for testing.

Today the Centers for Disease Control issued a travel advisory urging travelers to cancel all non-essential travel to anywhere In China, where 25 to 50 million people are now quarantined in multiple cities.  The CDC broadened its warning, which formerly only applied to the Wuhan province where the disease was first identified in December.

Screenings of airline passengers from China are also being expanded to 20 airports with quarantine facilities. 

Hong Kong has announced it will stop issueing permits to travelers from mainland China. Inside China, transportation out of impacted cities is shut down, leaving some Americans stranded  Yahoo News reports.

CHINA CANCELS LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS, TRIES TO QUARANTINE 25 MILLION PEOPLE: WUHAN CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO U.S., OTHER NATIONS

By Miriam Raftery

January 23, 2020 (San Diego) – A new coronavirus first identified in December in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people, is rapidly spreading across the globe, including the first U.S. case diagnosed in a traveler in Washington state this week.

China has shut down travel including planes, trains, buses and ferries among several major cities including Beijing and Wuhan, attempting to quarantine 25 million people, the Washington Post reports.

Guan Yi, a virologist who helped identify the sever acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, says the epidemic of this newly discovered virus could be 10 times bigger than the SARS outbreak. Comparing it to past outbreaks of other viruses, Guan said that “this time, I’m petrified,” the Washington Post reports.

To date, the new coronavirus has been confirmed in China, the U.S., Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Macao, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.  Officially, Chinese officials report 835 people infected and at least 26 deaths, though experts indicate the number of cases is likely far higher.

In the U.S., all flights from Wuhan are being routed through five airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Atlanta, where all passengers are being screened for the disease.

The timing could hardly be worse; the Lunar New Year holiday, a week-long celebration when millions of Chinese travel to their hometowns in what the Washington Post reports is the biggest human migration on the planet, begins this Saturday, January 25.

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM SEEKS HOSTS

 

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM SEEKS HOSTS



April 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Cultural Homestay International (CHI) program needs help finding homes for students from China for a two-week exchange program this summer or a longer 10-month program during the academic school year starting this fall.  For over 30 years, high school age students from many countries have participated in these high school foreign exchange programs, staying with local host families and attending local schools.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

March14, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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October 4, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Loose seats on American Airline flights ground planes  (WAFB TV)
  • Ahead of presidential debates, polls show Obama ahead on key issues (Washington Post)
  • Mitt Romney would allow waivers to DREAMers (NBC)
  • Most swing states are better off today (LA Times)
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal on airport scanners (Reuters)
  • China farm sues Obama over blocked wind farm deal (BBC)
  • Obama blocks Chinese company from owning Oregon wind farm (Fox)
  • Montana governor sees big savings with new state health clinic (Reuters)
  • Intelligence effort named citizens, not terrorists(UT San Diego)

WORLD

  • U.S. intelligence now says Benghazi attacks deliberate (Reuters)
  • Pesticide use ramping up as GMO crop technology backfires: study (Reuters)
  • Nigeria probes student killings (BBC)
  • The Arab Spring becomes a Western Winter (Jewish World Review)
  • California man behind anti-Islam film arrested

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September 27, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Judge rules Arizona can enforce strict provision to immigration law (Reuters)
  • Worrisome levels of arsenic in rice (Consumer Reports)
  • Massive tumors in rats fed genetically modified corn (CA Right to Know blog)
  • More than 1,000 pastors plan to challenge IRS by endorsing candidates (Fox)
  • As tax credit wanes, jobs vanish in wind power industry (New York Times)
  • Tesla offers free solar travel with new super-charged tech (RawStory)
  • Senators to Hilary: Show us the ambassador’s cables (ForeignPolicy)
  • Mormons want to expel Romney critic (Daily Beast)
  • Whose next in line for a kidney transplant? The answer is changing (NPR)

WORLD

  • Out with color: Islamists force Timbuktu women to wear black veils or face corporal punishment (Observers)
  • Fake Italian pilot traveled in cockpit, police say (Reuters)
  • Marijuana and cancer: Researchers find cannabis stops metastasis in aggressive forms of cancer (Huffington Post)
  •  Report: restrictions on religious views rise worldwide (Jerusalem Post)
  • Second day of anti-Japan attacks rock China (NPR)
  • Man held in revenge plot over Muslim cartoons (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Russia reveals shiny state secret: It’s awash in diamonds (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Pakistani TV stations air a real ‘made in USA’ video. Will it calm violence? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • The terrorist veto (City Journal)

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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

September 15, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Obstacles may delay drones access to U.S. skies (UT San Diego)
  • State court ruling deals blow to U.S. mortgage system (Reuters)
  • FBI warns of U.S. violence over anti-Islamic movie (ABC)
  • Republicans split on Mitt Romney remarks (Politico)
  • Debunking Romney’s attack on Americans who don’t pay income taxes (L.A. Times) 
  • New Romney ad rips Obama on coal energy (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Libyans see Al Qaeda hand in U.S. embassy attack (Wall Street Journal)
  • Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film (Reuters)
  • Protests sweep Islamic world, fueled by domestic politics and anti-U.S. anger (CS Monitor)
  • Prince Harry targeted in Taliban attack in Afghanistan (Telegraph)
  • Police clash with Muslims at protest in East Jerusalem (Jerusalem Post)
  • Peacekeepers attacked in Egypt’s Sinai Penninsula; foreigners injured (CS Monitor)
  • Large anti-austerity protests in Spain, Portugal (UT San Diego)
  • India opposition parties protest economic reforms (UT San Diego)
  • Anti-Japan protests sweep China on anniversary of invasion (Reuters) 

 

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August 17, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
U.S.
  • Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice Presidential nominee (Washington Post)
  • A brief introduction to the potential second lady:
  • Flood won’t delay start of solar farm near Blythe:
  • New homes burn faster, but states resist sprinklers (Reuters)
  • For unpaid college loans, Feds doc Social Security (Smart Money)
  • Right wing extremism terrorism as deadly a threat as Al Qaeda? (CNN)
  • Blind mice given sight after device cracks retinal code (Bloomberg)
WORLD
  • Thousands rally in Tunisia for women’s rights(Reuters)
  • Magnitude 7.3 quake hits eastern Russia (UT San Diego
  • China’s ghost towns and shopping malls (BBC)
  • Sewage-munching microbes may generate electricity (Reuters)   
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BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY RECALLS POWER STRIPS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

 
July 21, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, has announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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April 12, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important
issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:     
 
 
 
    
U.S. 
  • Perfect recipe for wildfires as season starts early (NBC)
  • With Santorum’s exit, Romney shifts focus (Washington Post)
  • FDA details clot risk on birth control pills (USA Today)
  • Romney blames Obama for women job losses actually caused by GOP (Rawstory)
  • Obama: We could call the Buffet rule the Reagan rule (CBS news)
  • Hill insider trading bill signed
  • Where is George Zimmerman? Treyvon Martin shooting (CBS News)
  • Apple, publishers accused of fixing e-book prices (Reuters)
 
WORLD  
  • Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket (Reuters)
  • Syria pledges truce, if rebels hold fire (Reuters)
  • Warnings over medical implant hacks (BBC)
  • No sign of tsunami after powerful Indonesia quake (KPBS)
  • Haitian orphans long wait is over (Fox)
  • China braces for next act in leadership drama (Reuters)
  • Norway’s mass killer Breivik found sane (BBC) 
 
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January 26, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:  

 
 
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 General news
  
  • State of the Union: Obama calls for tax fairness (BBC)
  • Starbucks pro-gun policy prompts gun victims’ advocate group to announce nationwide boycott on Valentine’s Day
  • Army says suicides down, but violent crimes up (MSNBC)
  • Senate Dems make Mitt Romney the poster boy for tax reform (The Hill)
  • Wisconsin recall petition of Gov. Walker gets 1 million signatures (Washington Post)
Presidential election
 
  • South Carolina primary: Newt Gingrich defeats Mitt Romney (ABC)
  • Obama launches swing state tour (CNN)
  • Santorum hails delayed Iowa win as huge upset (CNN)
  • Bain Capital owns Clear Channel:
  • Romney parks millions in Cayman Islands offshore tax haven (ABC News)
  • Ex-wife claims Gingrich sought open marriage, Gingrich says allegation false (Fox News)
  • Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich (CNN)
 
WORLD
  • Navy Seal raid frees Somali hostages (BBC)
  • Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse, banks, El Al (Reuters)
  • The secret document that transformed China (NPR)
  • Recent attacks by radical Islamist sect in Nigeria (San Diego U-T)
  • Afghan asylum bids hit 10-year high (San Diego U-T)
 Health
  • Blind can see again: First patients seen to improve with stem cell tissues (Reuters)
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HUNTER NAMED TO HOUSE-SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT


December 11, 2011 (Washington, DC) --
U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has been named to the congressional conference committee that will negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. 

WILL POWER REPORT: PRIVATE PRISONS?

Nothing but the Truth!

By Will Power

 
October 27 , 2011 (San Diego)--The USA now has more people in prison than China and Russia combined. Sentencing enhancements and Three Strikes law can put an unemployed drug user into prison for life in a heartbeat. Many State prisons are so overcrowded that private prisons are used to house out-of-state prisoners who get no judicial review when they are shipped from one state to another.