ABC News(NEW YORK) — An Arctic cold front from the north and a storm system from the south are joining, bringing snow, ice and heavy rain and strong thunderstorms to the East Coast Thursday. Already, this messy winter weather has brought whiteout conditions to the northern Plains where in North Dakota winds gusted to more than 60 mph, creating what is known as a ground blizzard. To the South, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds moved through Alabama and Tennessee, producing damage to homes and uprooting trees. In these storms, winds gusted to 76 mph in northern Alabama.Rainfall totals since the weekend have been near 10 inches in the South and that pushed many rivers and streams over their banks, flooding nearby neighborhoods and roads. As of Thursday morning, 30 states from Montana to Massachusetts are under snow, flood and wind chill alerts. On Thursday, the combined Arctic cold front and southern storm will continue to move to the East Coast, bringing strong to severe storms to the Carolinas with heavy rain from Washington D.C. to Boston. To the north, in New England and Western New York, some areas could see up to 6 inches of snow.This storm will not last long — by Thursday afternoon, the heavy rain is gone from the Northeast and snow will end in New England. Lingering strong to severe storms are expected in the Carolinas through Thursday afternoon. The big story after the current storm system will be the coldest air of the season, which is moving into the Midwest and the Northeast. Wind chill alerts have been issued from Montana to Missouri, where wind chills can be as low as -50.The Arctic air will move into the Northeast on Friday, bringing the winds chills below zero in Western New York and Pennslyvania and into New England. Wind chills will be near zero in Boston and near 10 degrees in New York City. Since it’s been so mild this winter, this will be a major shock to the sense, so dress warm and protect your skin from frostbite.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Jan 24, 2012US Supreme Court overturns California’s ‘downer’ livestock lawThe US Supreme Court yesterday unanimously overturned a California law that required euthanization of “downer” livestock as a food safety measure, thereby upholding the supremacy of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) of 1906, Food Safety News (FSN) reported today. California enacted the law in 2009, banning the sale or slaughter or downer cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep, which are animals that are unable to walk. Downer cattle may pose an increased risk of bovine spongiform encephalitis, or mad cow disease, though no cases have been identified in the United States since 2006. The National Meat Association challenged the California law on behalf of pork producers, and a federal judge in Fresno struck down the law, but the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed that decision. In its decision, the Supreme Court said the FMIA “expressly pre-empts” state laws aimed at federally inspected pork facilities.Jan 24 FSN storyCalifornia ends 2011 with no pertussis deathsFor the first time since 1991, California reported no pertussis (whooping cough) deaths last year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said in a statement today. The zero fatality report comes a year after the disease sickened 9,000 Californians and killed 10 infants. Dr Ron Chapman, director of the CDPH, said contributing factors were greater pertussis awareness, more rapid diagnosis and treatment, and increased vaccination rates. “I thank our public health and medical communities for working together and being especially vigilant following the 2010 epidemic,” he said in the statement. The state offered hospitals free vaccine for new parents. A new state law takes effect this fall that requires students in grades 7 through 12 to get a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster. The CDPH said state had more than 3,000 infections in 2011, which is still high. For comparison, in 1991, the last year when no deaths were reported, only 249 pertussis cases were reported. Of 575 babies 3 months or younger who had pertussis, 42% were hospitalized last year, down from 59% in 2010.Jan 24 CDPH statement
China’s vice president set to visit Ethiopia Related Mnangagwa expected to visit China next week Mugabe to Visit China Panoramic skyline of Shanghai,China,Sunrise,Lu Jia Zui,Shanghai“I have completely changed my perception over Chinese after I visited China and witnessed their culture of hard work,” says Martin Simwaba a resident of Chingola town in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province.Simwaba, 38, a father of five children who visited China in October for an e-governance for Development program, was impressed by the steadiness shown by the Chinese to develop in all economic sectors.He said some three decades ago China was a relatively poor country, noting that the Asian nation is now a second economic giant in the world, and aims to eliminate poverty.This, he said, is a result of long term planning model which has paid off, stressing that Zambia should emulate China’s economic model if the country is to advance in the quest to grow her economy.Simwaba attributes the tremendous development partly to Chinese government’s commitment to educating its masses in various fields, starting at a tender age.China’s education system is tailored in such a way that youths are educated in various fields and this contributes effectively towards the development of their country.If Africa is to develop to a higher level, Simwaba says the African states are supposed to plan for economic growth.A mining technician by profession, Simwaba visited three cities, namely Harbin, Jinan and Beijing, and was surprised by the advanced technology in all the cities.He said technology is the heartbeat of China from where development is anchored from.People have come up with detecting technology to check on an foreign item in any maize silos.“Chinese are even able to detect fake drinks through technology system,” he says.Some hotels have installed hotpots on tables where a person can cook his or her own food while seated.On hospitality sector, Simwaba said it is marvelous.“Chinese are down to earth and a humble people,” he says.According to him, China is a safe place for international tourists, adding that he felt at home while in China during the e-governance for development program.He said the Chinese like mingling with other people and learning other people’s culture and tradition.Simwaba concluded that he hoped more exchange programs will be carried out so Zambian youths can learn the hard working culture of Chinese. Panoramic skyline of Shanghai,China,Sunrise,Lu Jia Zui,Shanghai