What we’re reading: Trump rebukes CDC director, Federal Reserve expects interest rates will stay near zero

first_imgReddIt Ben Kasperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ben-kasper/ Previous articleEpisode 209 – NBA Conference Finals (Almost) SetNext articleNational Finals Rodeo heads to Globe Life Field this December Ben Kasper RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ben Kasperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ben-kasper/ In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump, center, points as he prepares to answer question after speaking about the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams listen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Twitter + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution MyFW resident app gets an updatecenter_img Facebook ReddIt Linkedin Honors College begins to see change in student application pool Linkedin Ben Kasperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ben-kasper/ printPresident Trump rebukes CDC Director Robert Redfield On Wednesday, President Trump rejected Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield’s scientific conclusions regarding both the advice to wear a mask and the timely access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Trump publicly scorned Redfield and promised the arrival of a vaccine in a few short weeks that could be available “immediately” to the general public, according to the New York Times.“I think he made a mistake when he said that,” President Trump said. “It’s just incorrect information.”Redfield told Congress that mask-wearing by the public could bring the coronavirus pandemic under control within just a few months. Redfield added that vaccines for COVID-19 may not be readily available to the public until mid-2021. Trump went on to denounce scientific evidence that has found wearing masks reduces the transmission of viruses and bacteria between humans.Rain is finally forecasted for Pacific NorthwestOregon and Washington will receive rainfall beginning Thursday that will help firefighters with controlling the wildfires spreading north. California is expected to “remain dry and ripe for wildfires,” as no rain is predicted to make landfall throughout Northern California, according to the New York Post. Firefighters have been fighting raging fires for weeks in oppressive heat and hazardous air. The rain will bring safer conditions and lower temperatures for firefighters to continue battling the wildfires.Red flag warnings, which are cautions of extreme fire danger in a specific area, are still in place from California into Oregon and southern Washington.On Wednesday, air quality conditions were reported as improving in Oregon and Washington. A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex Fire spread in the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of Napa County, California, on August 21, 2020. (Noah Berger/AP)The Fed pledges low interest rates until inflation picks up The Fed aims to aid the economy and get it back to full strength by leaving interest rates well near zero at least through 2023, according to the New York Times. The Fed also reinforced its pledge to tolerate slightly higher price gains to offset periods of weak inflation; the last time this occurred was the 2008 recession amid a trade war with China. In a statement on Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee said they plan to hold rates near zero until the job market reaches what it sees as full employment and “inflation has risen to 2% and is on track to exceed 2%.” What we’re reading: Surprising COVID-19 test results since New York City schools open, US Supreme Court to review major immigration policies Ben Kasper Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

How much does it cost to stay fit?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nezihe SoyalanAs the summer season approaches, many Americans’ minds turn to the beach and… how they’ll look in their two-piece. Which, of course, is a boon to the booming $60 billion weight loss industry. Whether it’s gym memberships, personal trainers, weight loss programs, multivitamin supplements, surgeries, or fitness apparel, there are myriad opportunities for us to spend our money in an effort to be healthier and look fitter.Here’s a look at how much we spend on getting buff and healthy and strategies to save.Gym and health clubs:The gym and health club industry brings in $21.8 billion in annual revenue. Around  58 million Americans have gym memberships, but 67% of those people never actually use them. The average cost of a gym membership in the U.S. is $53 a month, of which $39 goes to waste due to underutilization. That cost can add up quickly with the extra cost of personal trainers. Among gym goers, 13% use trainers, dishing out an additional $65 per hourly session. According to a study conducted by Scarborough, millennials are 19% more likely to go to the gym. continue reading »last_img read more

US Raps France For Prisoner Swap With Iran

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Sunday harshly criticized France for releasing an Iranian man wanted for prosecution by the United States in an apparent prisoner swap with Iran.The State Department said it “deeply regrets” the “unilateral” French decision to release Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was the subject of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran.Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that France had failed to uphold its obligations under a joint extradition treaty and harmed the cause of justice. Rohollahnejad was released from French custody on Friday in an apparent swap for French researcher Roland Marchal who had been detained in Iran for more than eight months on charges of violating state security laws.“The United States deeply regrets France’s unilateral decision to release Iranian national Jalal Rohollahnejad from its custody,” she said. “There are multiple outstanding U.S. charges against him related to the illegal export of equipment with military applications in violation of U.S. sanctions.”“The United States and France have a shared interest in bringing those accused of serious crimes to justice, particularly in cases with national security implications,” Ortagus said. “It is regrettable in this instance that France failed to uphold its treaty obligations and prevented justice from being pursued.”Iranian state TV reported late Friday that Marchal had been freed, just hours after French authorities released Ruhollahnejad. It said France had planned to deliver Ruhollahnejad to the U.S. for his alleged role in violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. It said he had been in jail in France for more than a year.last_img read more