Monday, February 19, 2018

FEB 19, 2018 - 12:27 PM ET - 10 NEWS ITEMS & 13 PHOTOS

*"A New 'Cancer Alley' for Appalachia. The Trump administration, the Chinese 

government, and major petrochemical companies are moving forward with a new 

multi-billion dollar petrochemical hub in Appalachia, which would become one of 

the largest in the US. The project raises concerns about the environmental and 

health impact and suffers from serious conflict of interest problems. Steve Horn 

reports." February 19, 2018.


*"Amazon becomes first foreign ecommerce firm to enter food retail venture in 

India. NEW DELHI: Amazon has rolled out its own food retailing business in India 

with a pilot in Pune, becoming the first foreign ecommerce firm to stock and sell 

food items directly to consumers. 

“Amazon is now a vendor on and is currently operating in Pune,” said 

a person familiar with the development. The products are sold by Amazon Retail 

India Pvt. Ltd." 

By Rasul Bailay, ET Bureau. Feb 19, 2018, 08.05 AM IST.

"Amazon had last year secured the government’s permission to invest $500 

million in a wholly-owned venture to retail locally produced and packaged food 

products through offline and online channel."

*"Rush Limbaugh: 'We Need Concealed Carry in These Schools.' Provocative 

conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called for concealed carry at American 

schools as gun free zones have invited school shooters because they know "they 

are going to be the only one armed."

"I know this is going to cause all kinds of angst: The solution is we need 

concealed carry in these schools," Limbaugh told "Fox News Sunday." "If we are 

really serious about protecting the kids, we need a mechanism to be defensive 

when this kind of thing – if we're not going to take action to stop it – we better 

have mechanisms in these schools to stop it when it breaks out."

By Erick Mack. Sunday, 18 Feb 2018, 10:40 AM.

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 *"Haley calls for UN to act after report finds Iranian weapons in Yemen."

Adam Shaw.


*"Rainbow Six Siege's zombie mode is weird, fun, and surprisingly big.

Hands-on with Outbreak, the new three-player co-op mode for Ubisoft's tactical 

FPS coming March 6."

By Evan Lahti.

"Two years and two months into Rainbow Six Siege's lifespan, who would've 

wagered that the serious, tactical FPS born from a 912-page Tom Clancy book 

would be going all-in on alien zombies?"

*"Fourth U.S. state governor orders net neutrality in government contracts

Sunday, February 18, 2018. Vermont Governor Phil Scott.

On Thursday, Phil Scott of Vermont became the fourth governor in the United 

States to sign an executive order requiring all companies providing Internet 

access to state agencies to abide by net neutrality for all customers in his state. 

He said he did this, because Vermonters rely on Internet access without blocking, 

throttling and paid prioritization, threatened by the December 14 decision of the 

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the matter of "Restoring 

Internet freedom."" 

*On Google's search page today: "Day 11 of the Doodle Snow Games!"


*"In Pictures. Saving the orangutans of Sumatra. 

The Leuser Ecosystem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Sumatra 

and one of the largest single continuous blocks of tropical rain forest left in the 

whole of south-east Asia. It is also home to the orangutan, one of the region's 

most endangered species.

Despite Leuser's World Heritage status, it is under continued threat from 

deforestation by palm-oil plantations, affecting both the fragile ecosystem and 

critically endangered iconic wildlife.

Photographer Charlie Dailey traveled to Sumatra to document the efforts to 

relocate orangutans in immediate danger." 16 February 2018.

"The rain forests are the natural habitat of the Sumatran orangutan. A large 

proportion of the population lives in the borders of Leuser, with the highest 

density in the lower peat-swamp regions of Tripa, Kleut and Sinkhil - primary 

tropical forest with canopies up to 40ft (12m) high.

"When a palm-oil company moves into an area, large swathes of forests are 

felled to make way for plantations. To plant on the waterlogged peat-land the 

companies have to create drainage canals. The orangutans are displaced as the 

trees of old-growth forests are burned.

Palm oil is used in approximately 50% of supermarket products, from food and 

snack manufacturing to cosmetics and pharmaceutical products."

 *"World stocks extend global recovery, set for sixth day of gains."

Ritvik Carvalho.

"The German share price index, DAX board, is seen at the stock exchange in 

Frankfurt, Germany." February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Staff/Remote.

*"Parkland shooting survivors push for gun reform. Survivors of deadly school 

shooting lash out at Trump."

By Jason Dearen, Terry Spencer and Allen G. Breed. and Associated Press.


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