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Report: Female troops struggle to get reproductive health care

Active-duty women face immense obstacles in accessing sufficient reproductive and sexual health care in the military health system, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank.In the 49-page “Out of Range: Obstacles to Reproductive and Sexual Health in the Military,” the left-leaning Center for American Progress found disparities between female troops’ health care and civilian care, including barriers to obtaining common medications and emergency contraception, abortion access, stigma in seeking care and sexism both on the job and within military health policies.According to the report, rates of sexually transmitted diseases among military women are seven times higher than civilian rates.And 10 percent of active-duty women get pregnant each year, with more than half the pregnancies thought to be unintended — a rate 50 percent higher than the unintended pregnancy rate among civilian women.But “contrary to what some may believe, that service women are irresponsible, it appears that accessing appropriate contraception is the real obstacle,” wrote CAP researchers Donna Barry, Jessica Arons and Lindsey Rosenthal.“We don’t have answers as to why these rates are so much higher,” Barry said. “The ‘a-ha’ moment out of this was there needs to be a lot more research to find out the reasons for these issues.”But lack of education, access to care and stigma of seeking reproductive and sexual health care, ...  

An Early Rally Fades on the US Stock Market

U.S. stocks turned lower in midday trading, erasing an early gain. Trading was quiet as investors waited for a statement from the Federal Reserve later Wednesday. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,842 as of 12:14 a.m. The Standard & Poor's 500 index sank two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,967. The Nasdaq composite rose 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,455. EARNINGS PARADE: Wall Street is in the middle of second-quarter earnings season, when big companies turn in their springtime results and tell investors how they think the rest of the year will shape up. Genworth Financial sank $2.09, or 13 percent, to $14.17 and Goodyear Tire & Rubber fell $1.94, or 7 percent, to $25.63 after turning in results that disappointed investors. NOT BAD OVERALL: So far, the news has been much better than many expected. More than half of the companies in the S&P 500 have turned in results, and roughly seven out of 10 have reported higher profits than analysts projected, according to S&P Capital IQ. THE ECONOMY: The Commerce Department said the economy grew at a 4 percent clip in the three months ending in June, helped by spending from businesses and even state and local governments. WHERE'S THE PARTY: A strong report on the economy is always good news for the stock market over the long haul, said Darrell Cronk, Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Wells Fargo Wealth Management. In the near term, though, investors weigh any good news ...  

UN Security Council condemns offensive by extremist militants in Iraq as ...

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future. The council stressed in a resolution adopted unanimously Wednesday extending the U.N. political mission in Iraq that the only way to address the threat is for political leadership "to make decisions that will unite the country." Council members called on all political groups to overcome divisions and urged Iraq's leaders to quickly form a government reflecting all segments of the population "that would contribute to finding a viable and sustainable solution to the country's current challenges." The Islamic State group now controls a vast swath of eastern Syria and western Iraq, including Iraq's second-largest city Mosul. ...  

Johnson Spends the Summer At Harvard Forest

Posted by Jenna Ray on Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 Alayna Johnson ’15, Poplar, Wisconsin, has spent her summer doing ecological research at Harvard Forest, a department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University. A biology and environmental studies double-major, Johnson is working with Chris Williams, associate professor of geography at Clark University, to examine the relationship between climate and deforestation. The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research that focuses on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems. Each student in the program works with a faculty mentor to complete an independent research project. Students then present their work at the Forest’s annual research symposium. They are encouraged to continue their work after the summer, and many publish their results in scientific papers, honors theses, conference abstracts, and other forums. Johnson has had an interest in ecology for many years. That interest peaked in 2013 when she worked with Peter Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, on research regarding the effects of climate change, white-tailed deer, and invasive species on forests along west central Minnesota’s prairie-forest border. “I developed an interest in the role forests play within broader concerns of climate change and human-driven changes to the landscape, which is what most...  

Summer musical promises 'magical' entertainment

Rogers and Hammerstein's musical tale of Cinderella comes to life in West Point Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2. The West Point/Clay County Arts Council's summer musical begins at 7 p.m. in the Center Stage Auditorium located at Central School, 634 E. Westbrook St.   "Cinderella" is a Tony Award-winning musical that debuted in 1957 as a television production. With a surprisingly contemporary take on the classic fairy tale, the story encompasses elements one expects -- pumpkin, slipper, masked ball -- plus some surprising twists, organizers said.  Rehearsals began in early June for the show directed by Ginger Fowler. The veteran theater professional has directed more than 20 productions and served as choral director in schools and churches.   Fowler said, "It's a lot of fun working with such a talented cast, not to mention those dedicated people working on sets, publicity, costumes, choreography and all of the other things it takes to put on a production of this magnitude. It's truly a team effort to get the show ready for opening night."  Scott Reed is the current president of the West Point/Clay County Arts Council.  "Several generations ago, West Point was well known for producing entertaining, top quality theatrical productions," Reed said. "The arts council is doing its best to restore that reputation. Over the years, we have made great progress toward achieving that goal. Our production of 'The Music Man' three years ago proved that our to...  

Road Trips: The Great Indian World Trip

‘We are 50,000 kilometres into it now, only 20,000 to go.” Tushar Agarwal seems matter-of-fact about The Great Indian World Trip. “We’ve done Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa, so now we only have Central America, North America and Europe left.” Agarwal’s email is making me jealous. Considering how far he, off-roading expert Sanjay Madan and videographer Prasad Delshpande have travelled, they seem well on their way to accomplishing their objective. The Great Indian World Trip’s goal is to interact with Indians the world over and find out how life is treating them. Agarwal and Madan stay with them and observe how they are preserving their ‘Indianness’ while living far away from their homeland. I’ve never met Agarwal, but have had a virtual friendship with him since he contacted me about a plan to drive from London to New Delhi five years ago. I was inspired by his vision, politeness and steely determination to follow through with his dream. Of course, I was a little jealous then too. Agarwal and his wife Pooja completed the London-to-Delhi trek in a diesel Jeep Cherokee over a route that took them through China and Nepal. No surprise. Nor did it surprise me when Agarwal, along with Madan, co-founded Adventures Overland through which they administered a variety of driving challenges. They broke high-altitude driving records then sold spots on road expeditions through the Indian sub-continent to adv...  

Women And Tech Combine To Revive Fashion Industry In NYC

Technology is the new black When I think of fashion, I think of the clothes on my back and how stylishly I’ve put them together. I don’t think technology. Yet, fashion retailers are increasingly using technology to ensure that you (and I) look FABulous. At first, fashion retailers were slow to grasp how technology could improve sales, and decrease returns and markdowns. That’s changing big time as fashion retailers make tech one of the basics in their wardrobe. Last week, I attended New York Fashion Tech Demo Day, which is a public/private partnership among the Partnership Fund for New York City,  Springboard Enterprises, and 10 major fashion retailers. NY Fashion Tech Lab is an accelerator program that aims to dramatically increase the number of fashion industry jobs in New York City — currently 175,000  or 6% of all jobs in the city. The U.S. apparel market is the largest in the world, about 28% of the global total, which equates to $331 billion, according to Statista. NYC is arguably the fashion capital of the United States. Supporting tech startups in NYC’s core industries Because NYC has the highest concentration of large corporate technology users, we should be cultivating startups that meet their needs within the city’s core industries, said Maria Gotsch, President and CEO of the Partnership Fund for New York City. It is in the best interests of established companies that they work wit...  

5 Spices to Help You Cut Down on Processed Sauces and Dressings

You may think you’re being healthy while eating a salad, until you see that your salad is drenched in processed oil and calories. I’m not talking about the veggies of course, but rather the condiments you put on top of your greens. Packaged condiments that you find at the grocery store can be unhealthy and full of unnecessary ingredients, sugar, salt and calories. For example, just 2 tablespoons of Kraft’s Ranch Dressing can lead to an additional 148 calories and 2.4 grams of saturated fat, with only minimal dietary fiber (0.1 grams) and no phytochemicals. In other words, these are empty calories. And low-fat dressings aren’t that much better, either. Many are made with cheap, low-quality vegetable oil, synthetic flavorings, additives, and high fructose corn syrup. These sauces are usually highly processed, and their nutritional value is close to zero. But, don’t fret. Just because processed dressings aren’t the healthiest food on the planet, this does not mean that your meal needs to be bland and boring. So what’s the solution here? Spice and herbs. Most herbs and spices have numerous health benefits, from protecting you against cancer to improving your digestive system, and they enhance the flavors of many foods. Did I also mention that they usually are very low in calories? The best part is, you can replace salad dressings with spice and herbs, and skip the olive oil if you really want to go low-fat, not th...  

Orlando Bloom allegedly tries to punch Justin Bieber

Celebs 53 minutes ago Reuters / Getty Images Orlando Bloom missed when he tried to throw a punch at Justin Bieber, a source said. "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Orlando Bloom appears to have taken a swing at pop star Justin Bieber, a video obtained by TMZ shows. The two were at Cipriani in Ibiza, Spain, on Wednesday when the altercation allegedly occurred.The actor "took one swing at Justin and missed," a source with ties to the singer told TODAY.com. The two men were then separated, and Bieber stayed at the restaurant for a while longer with friends before leaving, the source said.Representatives for Bloom and Bieber have not yet responded to requests for comment.According to Page Six, Bloom, 37, threw the punch after the 20-year-old pop star made a comment about the actor's ex-wife, 31-year-old model Miranda Kerr. But the Bieber source denies that account. "Justin didn't start it," the source told TODAY.com. "He said, 'Tell Miranda I said hi' after the swing and miss."Reports also said Wednesday that Bieber uploaded a photo of Kerr to his Instagram account after the alleged scuffle. At least one user captured an image of Bieber's feed before the photo was deleted.The pop star and Kerr were rumored to be flirty with one another after Victoria Secret's annual fashion show in 2012, where she was one of the models and he one of the night's musical acts. The two were photographed spending time together at the event.Bloom and Bieber's ex, Selena Gomez, were also photo...  

Mario Kart 8 couldn't outrace Nintendo's $97M loss last quarter

The Wii U’s struggles continue even as Mario Kart 8 secures its blockbuster status. Nintendo netted a $97 million loss in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, which ended June 30. That’s on revenue of  $729 million which is down 8.4 percent compared to the same period last year. This comes despite Mario Kart 8 sales surpassing 2.8 million copies. While that is a respectable number, the game did not appear to move an extraordinary number of consoles as Nintendo only shipped slightly more than 500,000 units during the three-month period from April through June. The Japanese publisher has had trouble turning a profit since the debut of the Wii U, as many people are choosing other platforms like PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or mobile devices. Nintendo has sold 6.68 million Wii Us as of the end of Q1. That puts it behind PlayStation 4’s 7 million units sold. Sony’s machine has already outsold Nintendo’s despite the Wii U’s 12-month head start. Of course, the Wii U isn’t Nintendo’s only hardware. The 3DS handheld has reached 44 million units shipped. The company sold in 820,000 new 3DSes during the quarter. Looking ahead, the publisher is holding to its target that it will ship 3.6 million Wii U consoles in fiscal 2015. It’ll have to do most of that damage in the upcoming holiday season when it will finally debut the latest Super Smash Bros. four-player fighter for the system. That release is highly anticipated,...  


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