FOX ISLAND, Alaska • A torrential downpour lulled me to sleep the night before my all-day kayaking expedition in the waters around Fox Island off Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Through the cracked windows of my log cabin, I watched the waves slap the slate beach as rain pounded the roof.When I awoke, the storm had stopped. In its place, low fog clung moodily to the peaks on surrounding islands. All around, I saw shades of green and gray, and though the forecast was dubious, I packed my sunglasses. It was August, and I’m an optimist. A day kayaking under crystal-clear Alaskan skies had been a lifelong dream.I had come to southwestern Alaska with three friends to cap off the summer with an ocean adventure. We signed up for a multiday tour with Pursuit, an adventure travel company, and arrived in Anchorage with the storm clouds. At first (naively), I was surprised. Despite Alaska’s location in the verdant Pacific Northwest and its massive temperate rain forest, I … [Read more...] about Soaking up an Alaskan adventure, unswayed by the rain
1918 life expectancy drop
Life expectancy in the United States declined in 2017 for the second time in three years, driven largely by rising numbers of suicides and drug overdoses, according to a trio of reports released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A person born in the United States in 2017 can expect to live to 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2016, government statisticians estimate. Life expectancy also decreased — by 0.2 year — in 2015, and then stayed flat in 2016. (The CDC had originally reported that life expectancy fell in 2016, but later revised that estimate after it received some additional data.) The latest drop in life expectancy may not seem that big, but it points to a deeply worrisome trend. The U.S. is now experiencing the longest sustained drop in life expectancy in a century — since 1915 through 1919, a period that included World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed 675,000 Americans. In a statement released with the … [Read more...] about Driven by suicides and drug overdoses, U.S. life expectancy continues to fall
Life expectancy in the United States has dropped again, according to three reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. The main drivers of the decline – the second reported in three years – are overdose and suicide rates, the health agency said. CDC data shows that overall, life expectancy in the United States dropped to 78.6 years in 2017, down from 78.7 years in 2016, contributing to the longest-running decline since World War I, when a flu pandemic killed almost 700,000 people nationwide between 1915 and 1918, Huffington Post reports. The increase in death rates was most noticeable in white Americans ― a 0.6 percent jump for white males and 0.9 percent for white females, according to the CDC. RELATED READ: CDC issues an E.coli outbreak warning for romaine lettuce (again)In a statement, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, called the trend tragic and troubling."Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the … [Read more...] about Drug overdoses and suicide driving decline in U.S. life expectancy
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN: It's Sunday, November 11th. I'm Margaret Brennan and this is FACE THE NATION. With a split decision in the midterm election for control of the House and Senate, and after igniting controversy, after controversy after controversy at home, President Trump is honoring the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. But at a somber gathering today in Paris, the chill among his fellow world leaders seem to match the weather with a notable exception. We'll talk to two newsmakers who won on Tuesday, including a familiar rival of the President. With Democrats retaking control of the House, leader Nancy Pelosi hopes to regain her job as speaker. SENATOR TED CRUZ: God bless Texas. MARGARET BRENNAN: And Texas Republican Ted Cruz will also join us. What are his thoughts on the President's new immigration orders. CROWD (in unison): Brenda Snipes has got to go. MARGARET BRENNAN: … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on November 11, 2018
AS the country prepares bow our heads in commemoration to those who sacrificed their lives in the Great War, we take a look at some of the bigger events where you can go to pay your respects on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Here are the main events being held in London, Manchester and Birmingham this year. London Whitehall The National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London on November 11. The service will start at 11am and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts. With Remembrance Sunday falling on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this year, it's expected a greater number of people will want to view the ceremony. Whitehall will open to the public at 8am and no tickets or passes are needed to watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. There will be large … [Read more...] about Remembrance Sunday 2018 events – What services are taking place in London, Manchester and Birmingham this year?