I love whenever I learn something at school that I can actually use in my everyday life. Honestly, that doesn’t happen all that often. Usually we learn things just to take a test and forget them soon after. However, being a broadcast journalism major has served me well in that it has helped me learn more about how the world around me works.
Earlier this week, News 6 Orlando published a statement and package to help spread the word about a fellow UCF Knight in need of a bone marrow transplant. Doctors gave 19-year-old AJ Faulx only one month to find a donor. Faulx was diagnosed with AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, about a year. His family initially thought Faulx caught the flu one day. When the doctors received the results, it showed a different cancerous answer.
From the time it has been since i wrote my blog about the Zika virus, it has spread and infected more people and is become more dangerous. According to Relaxnews article the virus over the past week has infected over 5,000 people. The virus has now accumulated over 40,000 people and it is still counting. Also according to the article over 1,000 of those 5,000 where pregnant women.
The United States Navy has christened it’s 14th Virginia-Class submarine today (March 5, 2016). This submarine (SSN 787) began its journey of construction in 2011. The Navy plans to commission the fourth Virginia-Class Block III. The keel of this new submarine was laid 16 months ago and is planned to be commissioned next year after testing. The sub is the newest edition to the fleet following the new USS Gerald Ford supercarrier; this carrier uses a new system to launch a wider array of aircraft from its tarmac, mainly involving electromagnets. The Navy takes pride in this new sub because of its new and more advanced stealth technology and next generation surveillance. The newly redesigned sub has water-backed Large Aperture Bow sonar array, and two Virginia Payload Tubes are each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles. This sub can also map and deliver mines to create minefields. This new generation of Sub’s will allow the Navy to be in “the right place all the time.” The Naval Secretary’s oldest daughter Elisabeth christened the Washington and is overseeing the new fleet of 84 ships and submarines coming in the future. The fleet has dropped from 316 on 9/11/2001 to 278. But these 84 will boost the fleet and make it more powerful than before. 10 of those will be submarines like Washington which were contracted with $18 Billion granted to the Navy in 2014. 11 Virginia class subs are under construction to accompany the 12 in service and 5 more are contracted but waiting to be built. This is the third ship named Washington, succeeding the WWII Battleship Washington which was decommissioned in 1947, which was never hit or lost crew and earned 13 battle stars. One can only hope that the new submarine can make as good of a name for itself following the Battleship.
Food companies and stores around the globe are beginning to take notice of flaws in the way that they prepare their food for customers. Restaurants across the globe are now making promises to reduce and eliminate some of these unsafe practices that they have adopted in the years past.
For some of these food companies, this means removing antibiotics from their products. For example, In-N-Out Burger is promising to begin using beef that is not raised with antibiotics. Papa John’s says it will only be using chicken that haven’t been treated with antibiotics by summer 2016. These chickens will have been raised on a 100 percent vegetarian diet. Subway has made promises to eliminate antibiotics by 2016 and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives by 2017.
Hershey is vowing to replace the artificial flavor “vanillin” with real vanilla. The candy company Mars, will be removing all artificial coloring from its “human food products.” Kraft is working to remove all artificial dyes by 2016, while Panera is striving to remove over 150 food additives from their menu items by the end of 2016. Likewise, General Mills will be eliminating all artificial additives from their products by 2017. However, GM is doing more.
They are working to use only cage-free eggs by 2025. They are not alone in this effort. Many companies like Kroger, Target, Denny’s, Wendy’s, and McDonald’s are all moving toward a cage-free egg menu. Shake Shack is moving faster in this initiative, with promises to be using only cage-free eggs by the end of 2016.
As these companies make their promises and move toward them, we can hope to see a healthier and more natural food market in the future.
Tattoos are a mainstream concept now in our society. No longer is it taboo and extremely rebelious to ink your skin. Decorative tattooing has been practiced for thousands of years for artistic and cosmetic purposes. While getting a tattoo is quiet simple, it must be remembered that tattoo is permanent and caution must be applied before deciding to get inked. It is important to take few precautions before choosing to get tattooed.
Recently a virus has spread across the Asian, African and Latino countries and now has surfaced in parts of Florida. This virus is named the Zika virus and it is spread by mosquito bits as well as other bug bites. This virus has started to torment people more and more everyday to the point where people don’t want to leave their country.
Latin America includes Mexico, Central America, many South American countries, and several Caribbean islands and territories. From tacos to paellas to maduros, we can enjoy many traditional Latin speciality dishes in the right here in the United States to get a taste of Hispanic culture. Staple foods include beans, rice, plantains, and tortillas. Unfortunately, all of these are high in carbohydrates due to the unhealthy number of fats and salt added to the dish.
Today New York has been hit by a blizzard. People are calling it Blizzard 2016 because it is the first of the year. The blizzard has hit the East Coast hard, ranging from Washington D.C to Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey. Today New York is seeing snow fall as fast as 3 inches per hour. I found out about the snowfall from some friends who are in New York this week for a high school magnet trip. When I went with the magnet to New York both my junior and senior years there was barely any snow that fell, and when it did fall it was on the last night we were there and it was just a little snow flurry, barley enough to make a snow angel.
Amongst all of the turmoil and tragedies in the headlines, there was a needle found in the haystack. Jimmy Carter, who was the 39th U.S. president, announced he is cancer free. He first relayed this information to a Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia where he was welcomed with applause and devotion. Back in August, it was revealed to Carter that he had several spots of cancer that had spread to his brain and he responded that his fate was in the hands of his deity that he worships. His prayers were answered in the form of a holiday miracle as he went in for a routine MRI and the results showed no signs of the disease. Carter was diagnosed with a deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, which had initially been found in his liver and made transport to his brain. Was this a medical miracle or the result of another money cures all case? Deputy Chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld has been keeping up with Carter’s journey and says his divine recovery was brought about by preventative maintenance. “The president obviously had awareness of the situation several months before he had the surgery. I think it was May he was having problems, and he had the surgery in August. That already suggests that this may have been more slowly developing. So that also puts him into a better prognostic group than many others.” All in all, the former president is continuing to receive his necessary treatments and checkups to keep his newfound condition stable. Another victory for the field of science.