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Jimmy Carter undergoing pioneering cancer treatment

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Mr. Carter, who is the second oldest former president alive today (George H.W. Bush is a year older at 91), has opted to undergo treatment only approved last year, according to NBC News. While Mr. Carter has been made aware that it is almost certain that he will not be cured entirely of the melanoma that has spread to his brain, specialists are keen to allow the ex-president to undergo treatments of Keytruda, a therapy which will seek to prevent tumors from growing and spreading to cause further pain or damage elsewhere in the body. While some may state that such a maneuver may be risky on such an elderly patient, it has been reported that Mr. Carter’s initial response to such treatment has, on the whole, been positive.

Mr. Carter was US president from 1977 to 1981, and was the last Democrat representative at the White House until the inauguration of Bill Clinton, the 42nd president, in 1993. Mr. Carter will be remembered by many critics for a number of difficult political and international crises in Afghanistan and Iran, and for introducing concepts such as renewable energy and recognizing communist China providing Republican supporters and representatives with much ammunition. Mr. Carter would only serve one term before being usurped by Ronald Reagan in 1981, who would remain in charge until his successor – the aforementioned Bush – took the helm in 1989.

Regardless of where people stand on Jimmy Carter, he has left a legacy in his presidency of standing up for civil rights, and regardless of crises he faced while in office, it’s likely that the vast majority of people involved in US politics – on both sides – will wish the former statesman well as he begins his experimental easing from the illness he is ready to fight. Regardless of who you are and what you’ve done, bravery in the face of such illness at any age is truly admirable.

Donald Trump

Born: June 14, 1946 (age 69) in Queens

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Donald John Trump Sr. is an American businessman, investor, television personality and author.

He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

Trump’s extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

Trump is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy New York City real-estate developer.

He worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company.

He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.

In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election, though in May 2011, he announced he would not run.

Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.

In 2013, Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible run for president of the United States in 2016.

He worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while

 attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company.He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.

In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election, though in May 2011, he announced he would not run.

Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.

In 2013, Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible run for president of the United States in 2016.

Taylor Swift

She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008.

Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States.

The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest ever Album of the Year winner.

Swift’s third and fourth albums, 2010’s Speak Now and 2012’s Red, both sold over one million copies within the first week of their U.S release.

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Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter.

Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.

The release of Swift’s self-titled debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star.

Her third single, “Our Song,” made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart.


Born: December 13, 1989 (age 25)

Miley Cyrus

Cyrus released her debut studio album Meet Miley Cyrus.

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Born: November 23, 1992 (age 22) in Nashville

It was certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for exceeding four million shipments, and produced the hit single “See You Again”.

In 2008, Cyrus released her second album Breakout, which featured the successful track “7 Things”, and launched her film career as the voice actress in the animated film Bolt.

In 2009, Cyrus starred in the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie; its soundtrack produced the hit single “The Climb”.

Cyrus developed a maturing image with the EP The Time of Our Lives, which featured the successful track “Party in the U.S.A.”.

Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

She held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood.

In 2006, Cyrus rose to prominence as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, in which she portrayed the starring character Miley Stewart.

After signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2007,

Serena Williams

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Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.

The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions.

She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA’s history.

Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history.

She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money, and is the reigning Australian Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion.

Frequently hailed as the Queen of the Court by the general media, Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female

Born: September 26, 1981 (age 33) in Saginaw

Drink This before You Go to Sleep and You’ll Reduce Belly Fat in No Time

 

reduce-belly-fatWant to reduce belly fat, but each time you try, each time you fail? And you feel disappointed, too? Well, no more disappointments for you from now on. Gladly we present you the amazing drink that will help you get rid of the belly fat efficiently. No more than a glass of this drink before sleep and you will see how those stubborn fatty layers are disappearing. The results are visible within a short time period. The preparation of this drink is very simple and easy.

If you are one of those people who fought with belly fat for a long time, you probably know how hard is to deal with it. But, now you can feel relieved because there is a drink that will help you to eliminate excess belly fat once and for all. When you are asleep, your metabolism is slower than when you are awake. Therefore, we offer you a drink that will accelerate your metabolism, so your body can burn calories while you are sleeping. Awesome!

Lemon: Lemon is essential for removing all accumulated toxins of the body. This accelerates the process of fat melting while fat metabolism increases until the system gets rid of impurities. Ginger: Ginger is responsible for accelerating the metabolism, preventing constipation and melting excess belly fat. Compounds in ginger work in synergy and thus prevent overeating and blast belly fat fast. Aloe Vera Juice: Rich in natural antioxidants that prevent the free radicals growth in the body, has anti-inflammatory properties, stimulates the metabolic rate and provides greater energy consumption. Additionally, reduces the body mass index (BMI)

Cucumbers:  Everyday intake of cucumbers is very helpful in reducing stomach fat, because they are extremely low in calories (45 calories in one full cucumber), have great amount of water and fiber and are very refreshing.

Parsley and Cilantro: Low in calories, high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Help to ease water retention and do not cause any feeling of bloating or stomach disturbances.

Mix all the ingredients together in a juicer.  With regular consumption of this extremely amazing drink before sleep, you will reduce belly fat once and for all!

India weighs update to 1970s abortion law

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Last month, the plight of a 14-year-old rape survivor seeking to terminate her pregnancy renewed the debate surrounding India’s abortion laws.

The girl, whose case was being considered by the Supreme Court, was 24 weeks pregnant.

Current laws allow abortion only at up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The 44-year-old law allows abortion for women not as a right but only if doctors are of the opinion, taken in “good faith”, continuing the pregnancy involves substantial risks for the physical and mental health of the mother or of foetal abnormalities developing.

Two qualified doctors must agree for an abortion at between 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.

And a woman can have an abortion after 20 weeks only if her life is at immediate risk.

The issue came to the fore in 2008, when a Mumbai couple, Niketa and Haresh Mehta, asked the Bombay High Court to allow them to abort their 26-week-old foetus, which had been diagnosed with a heart defect.

It rejected the plea, and Mrs Mehta suffered a miscarriage a few weeks later.

The Mehtas’ doctor, Nikhil Datar, then filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking reconsideration of the 20-weeks limit.

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The Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a 14-year-old rape survivor could abort a 24-week pregnancy

This petition was joined by two other women whose foetuses had been discovered to have abnormalities.

Countries such as the UK and Spain allow abortion after 20 weeks, if certain criteria are met.

“Many women come for ultrasound check-ups for anomalies late, which is common in our society that has a large rural or poor population,” says Dr Datar, a practicing gynaecologist and obstetrician in Mumbai.

“In many cases foetal abnormalities can only be detected or confirmed after 20 weeks, after which doors of legal abortion are closed to the woman.”

Following these petitions, in 2014, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare prepared a draft amendment to the law, which provided for abortion at up to 24 weeks.

Significantly, it also allowed a woman to seek and undergo abortion “on request” in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

‘Too scared’

As researcher Shweta Krishnan wrote, the draft bill recognised a woman’s right to self-determination and autonomy and represented a shift in the focus of the law from the healthcare provider to the woman undergoing abortion.

In another change, the earlier act allowed for abortion, at up to 20 weeks, in case of failure of contraception on the part of the “married woman or husband” for the purpose of “limiting” the family – but the draft bill omitted the word “married”, recognising the reality of pregnancy outside marriage among young women or widows.

It also mandated maintaining the patient’s confidentiality.

“Women may take time for various reasons,” said Vinoj Manning, executive director, Ipas India, a non-profit organisation that advocates for women’s rights in this area.

“Some are raped at home and are too scared to talk about it.

“If the amendment takes place, the vulnerable women, including survivors of rape, can benefit, and not go through the trauma of going to courts.

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The 2011 census showed a decline in numbers of girls relative to boys compared with the previous decade

Many women in such situations would rather have an illegal abortion after 20 weeks, entailing a serious risk to their life, than have the child.

The provision in the draft bill that caused a stir in the medical community was that it allowed practitioners of alternative medicine, as well as nurses or midwives, to conduct abortions.

The Indian Medical Association opposed this provision, arguing such practitioners would not be able to handle emergencies or complications that might arise during abortion procedures.

Sex-selective abortions

The World Health Organization has said involving health workers can help reduce the number of deaths arising out of unsafe abortions, which it estimates account for 9% of all maternal deaths in India.

“Like allopathic [mainstream] doctors undergo training and certification for abortion, similarly non-allopaths and nurses and midwives can undergo training and certification to conduct first-trimester [at up to 12 weeks] abortions,” said Ravi Duggal, author of the Abortion Assessment Project.

Other opposition to the draft bill comes from activists against sex-selective abortions.

The 2011 census showed the child sex ratio had dropped to 914 girls to 1,000 boys from 927 girls to 1,000 boys in 2001.

Activists believe there would be significantly more sex-selective abortions if the amendment comes into force.

Dr Neelam Singh, who runs Vatsalya, a non-profit group based in Lucknow, suggests in pregnancies over 20 weeks, a district or state-level committee or board of experts should decide on abortion based on the merits of each case.

But other doctors say such committees would only increase bureaucracy and trauma for the vulnerable woman.

In the case of the 14-year-old rape survivor, the Supreme Court issued a “flexible” order, deciding if a team of doctors and psychologists were of the view an abortion would save “her life”, including her mental wellbeing, the procedure could go ahead.

The 2014 amendment may help strike the balance between safe abortion and acknowledging the vulnerability of a pregnant woman.

Menaka Rao is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist.

L&T Sex Chronicles #101- Part 4 – *Prayer & Sex* 646-727-2914, @6pm PST

Wednesday – “In The Studio with Lennis” @6pm PST, 646-727-2914  PART 4 – *PRAYER & SEX*

TODAYS SHOW IS *PRAYER & SEX*, join  Lennis & Tina for a informative hour, with laughter.
Special Summer series – L&T Sex Chronicles #101.

UPCOMING SHOWS: Worthiness, Chemistry, Sacrifice, Do you pray prior to sex, and Does size matter. Tune in and join the show with your opinions or suggestions.
We will be doing the shows with humor, so be prepared for anything!  WEBSITE: www.theessenceofsuccess.com

If you have a topic of discussion contact me at website or Facebook – “The Essence of Success Network”, thank you..  Enjoy the show, and see ya every Wednesday.  We will have special guest through out the month.

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Where Presidential Candidates Stand On Climate Change

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Where The Candidates Stand On Climate Issues

Candidate Has said climate change is real Has said climate change is man made Has called for some degree of action on climate change Has explicitly said he/she WILL combat climate change if elected Has made specific proposals to reduce emissions Opposes Keystone XL
Lincoln Chafee (D) Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Hillary Clinton (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 1 1. Hasn’t officially taken a position on the Keystone XL when asked, but also hasn’t opposed it
Martin O’Malley (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bernie Sanders (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jim Webb (D) Yes Yes Yes No No No
Jeb Bush (R) Yes Yes 2 Yes No No No 2. Has said humans play a role but has expressed doubt about the degree to which humans play a role
Ben Carson (R) No No No No No No
Chris Christie (R) Yes Yes 2 Yes No No No 2. Has said humans play a role but has expressed doubt about the degree to which humans play a role
Ted Cruz (R) It’s complicated3 No No No No No 3. Voted yes that “climate change is real and not a hoax” in January 2015, but told Katie Couric in June 2015 that climate change is a “pseudoscientific theory” and that “satellite data shows there has been no significant recorded warming. None. When the satellites are measuring the temperature — it’s not happening… climate change is being driven by politicians who want more control over our lives.”
Carly Fiorina (R) Yes Yes No No No No
Jim Gilmore (R) Yes Yes 2 Yes No No No 2. Has said humans play a role but has expressed doubt about the degree to which humans play a role
Lindsey Graham (R) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Mike Huckabee (R) No4 No No No No No 4. Has held a different position in the past
Bobby Jindal (R) Yes Yes 2 Yes Yes 5 Yes 5 No 2. Has said humans play a role but has expressed doubt about the degree to which humans play a role

5. While the other candidates’ proposals would largely build upon the current administration’s environmental policies, Jindal has unveiled a detailed plan that would repeal the Obama administration’s power plant proposal and try to overturn the 2007 Supreme Court decision providing a basis for regulating greenhouse gases. Instead, he proposes small-scale changes such as better managing national forests to prevent wildfires and improving airlines’ fuel efficiency through better air traffic control.

John Kasich (R) Yes Yes Yes No No No
George Pataki (R) Yes Yes Yes No No No
Rand Paul (R) Yes4 No No 6 No No No 4. Has held a different position in the past

6. In a 2014 interview with Bill Maher, Paul said “I’m not against regulation. I think the environment has been cleaned up dramatically through regulations on emissions as well as clean water over the last 40 or 50 years, but I don’t want to cut down on energy such that thousands and thousands of people lose jobs.”

Rick Perry (R) No No No No No No
Marco Rubio (R) Yes No No No No No
Rick Santorum (R) No No No No No No
Donald Trump (R) No No No No No No
Scott Walker (R) Unclear Unclear No No No No

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