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    Nearly 64,000 U.S. troops are at the ready in Europe to deploy to the continent's eastern flank if President Biden makes such a call to counter growing Russian aggression at the border with Ukraine.  As Vladimir Putin has deployed 100,000 Russian forces to the Ukraine border and continues to stoke fears he will invade, the U.S. may have to ready its troops and its cache of arms situated throughout Europe, including 40 warships, 175 aircraft and 90 tanks.  Military officials presented the commander-in-chief with a plan to deploy up to 50,000 troops if the security situation deteriorates and Russia launches an invasion into Ukraine.  At the same time, the U.S. told families of  U.S. embassy to go home 'due to the continued threat' of such an attack, the State Department said Sunday.  Though the number fluctuates due to changing withdrawals and deployments, the U.S. had about 175,000 troops stationed abroad as of September 2021. A total of nearly 64,000 of those service members were stationed in Europe.  The U.S. has about 750 military bases across 80 countries.  Command for the...
    Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar responded to fellow Hall of Famer John Stockton’s recent suspension of season tickets to his alma mater’s games over not wearing a mask and his comments regarding the coronavirus. Stockton, Gonzaga University’s most famous alum, has said that more than 100 pro athletes had died immediately after being vaccinated. He also asserted that tens of thousands have died from taking the COVID vaccine. Abdul-Jabbar argued Stockton’s stance on vaccines is “extreme and not based on reality or facts.” “I think statements like that make the public look upon athletes as basically dumb jocks for trying to explain away something that is obviously a pandemic,” Abdul-Jabbar outlined. “And the best way to fight pandemics is through vaccination and testing. Those are the means by which we identify the problem and do our best to mitigate it. … It doesn’t make sense what he is saying.” “I think John’s reaction to the vaccine is extreme and not based on reality or facts,” he added. “And if John could just check the facts...
    ON Monday, the Supreme Court said that it will examine race-based affirmative action in college admissions. This move, according to CNN, might result in the abolition of campus policies that have benefited Black and Hispanic students significantly. 2Affirmative action is focused on including underrepresented groups in sectors such as education and employment based on their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, creed, or nationality What is affirmative action? A collection of processes aimed at eliminating unlawful discrimination among applicants, redressing the consequences of earlier discrimination, and preventing it in the future.  It’s focused on including underrepresented groups in sectors such as education and employment based on their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, creed, or nationality.  Affirmative action supporters have worked to achieve goals such as bridging inequities in employment and salary, boosting access to education, fostering diversity, and redressing perceived past wrongs, damages, or hindrances both historically and worldwide. It aims to reverse previous patterns of prejudice based on a person's identity and assist groups that have previously been and continue to be discriminated against. Most read in News'FUEL ON FIRE' Russian invasion of Ukraine...
    SOLCHICKS is gaining popularity as one of the leading fantasy play-to-earn gaming ecosystems on the Solana blockchain. The game features adorable "battle chicken" characters, which players can acquire to win money as they play. 1SolChicks combines high-quality gameplay with an opportunity to make a real-life profitCredit: SolChicks What is SolChicks? SolChicks is a NFT-based battle-royale style virtual game, where users can earn cryptocurrency by playing. The story of the game centres around SolChicks, a "proud race of battle chicken" and their home planet Chicco, which had been attacked. In the game, players can purchase and sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and participate in battles with other users to earn money and improve their ranking. As all other play-to-earn games, SolChicks has its own token, called CHICK. In December 2021, the game reportedly generated so much hype around its Initial Game Offering (IGO) that it caused a significant slowdown in the Solana network, according to Play to Earn. According to CoinGecko, as of January 2022, 1 CHICK costs the equivalent of $0.04 (£0.03). Most read in TechCLOSE APPROACH Asteroid twice the...
    By Deena Shanker | Bloomberg Impossible Foods Inc., the closely held maker of vegan burgers, has terminated a handful of employees as part of an internal reorganization. “Earlier this month we made some organizational changes on several teams to ensure the functions supporting our business are best aligned with our strategy,” a company spokesperson told Bloomberg News via email. “This included downsizing some teams, and as a result a small number of employees were impacted.” Fewer than 15 of Impossible’s roughly 800 worldwide employees left, the spokesperson said. “We are continuing to actively hire, with plans to increase the size of our team throughout the year,” the spokesperson added. Redwood City, California-based Impossible closed a $500 million fundraising round in November, which it said it would use toward growth in areas such as retail and international expansion. The round pegged Impossible at a $7 billion valuation, Bloomberg reported. Since 2019, when Impossible received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell its products at retail, the alt-meat maker has been increasing its supermarket presence after spending its first...
    Ramen is delicious year-round, but it’s especially enjoyable in the winter. There’s nothing better than slurping down a huge bowl of ramen on a chilly winter evening. Lots of ramen places have vegan broths and noodles but if you’re in the mood for some homemade ramen we’ve got you covered. These vegan ramen recipes are so delicious and cozy! We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy!  1. Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu Source: Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu A simple coconut curry ramen, topped with crispy tofu. Basically the best vegan noodle soup. This Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu by Caroline Doucet is done in under 30 minutes and is packed with flavor. Use gluten-free ramen or rice noodles to make it gluten-free! 2. Hearty and Simple Ramen Source: Hearty and Simple Ramen For those colder days that you are craving soup, try out this Hearty and Simple Ramen by Natasa Christofidou! 3. Miso Ramen Bowl With...
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration claims that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts daily may reduce your risk of heart disease. Including nuts in your diet in the form of “butter” is usually the best and most delicious way of getting your nuts in for the day. But which is better, almond or peanut butter? Let’s evaluate. Nutrients Almond butter is super rich in vitamin E and many trace minerals. As far as protein content is concerned, almond butter and peanut butter are relatively close, but peanut butter definitely has more – an ounce (28g) of almond butter has about 4 grams of protein, while the same amount of peanut butter has 7 grams. Products differ, but generally, because peanuts are legumes, they have more protein; however, if you follow a diverse, plant-based diet, you should have no problem getting enough protein! When it comes down to the nitty gritty, the nutritional profile of almond butter appears to be more diverse and nutrient-dense than peanut butter. A mere ounce of almond butter has an amino acid score of 66, around 5.9 grams of carbohydrates, 1.0 gram...
    Ready, set, recipes! Here are our just published, fresh-out-the-mill recipes in one convenient place! These are the top vegan recipes of the day, and are now a part of the thousands of recipes on our Food Monster App! Our newest recipes includes parfaits and quiche so if you’re looking for something new and delicious, these recipes are it! We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Popular Trends Archives! 1. Coconut Cream Parfait with Berries Source: Coconut Cream Parfait with Berries Layering coconut cream filling with seasonal berries takes almost no effort, creating a treat that looks as appealing as it tastes. This Coconut Cream Parfait with Berries by Lena Ropp a real pleaser, as welcome for breakfast as well as dessert. 2. Quiche Source: Quiche by Dominique Ebra This quiche is perfect for brunch and to share with friends! 3. Matcha Sugar Cookies Source: Matcha Sugar Cookies These simple sugar...
    Who doesn’t love banana bread! These fluffy and irresistible recipes will fill your home with a sweet, delicious aroma, and will keep you feeling full for breakfast, or a mid-day snack! Plus, It’s the perfect way to turn those overripe bananas on your countertop into a celebration. We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! 1. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Source: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe by Natasa Christofidou makes a much fluffier loaf and it’s also sweet, which is perfect for when you’re hosting people and need to quickly bake something delicious that’s still got a healthy concept to it! As for the ingredients, you can add pretty much whatever you want to it, from dried fruit, to nuts, chocolate chips, and any other flavor additions you want ( cacao powder and cinnamon both work really well, depending on what you’re craving). 2. Coconut Buckwheat Oat Banana Bread With Whipped Lime...
    Climate change is a serious threat to our planet, the earth, and the environment. Scientists have even said we’re past the point of return when it comes to global warming, making it even more critical to lower our impact on the earth. One way to lower global warming is by eating less animal-based proteins in place of plant-based proteins. It seems that we may be headed in the right direction when it comes to diet since a new report from MSCI and Blue Horizon shows a potential increase in alternative proteins from 13 million metric tons per year to 97 million metric tons by 2035. They estimate that by 2035, 11% of the world’s protein market will be plant-based or alternative proteins. According to a press release, they believe “Europe and North America would reach ‘peak meat’ by 2025, and the consumption of animal protein there would actually begin to decline.” The research examined companies’ investment and revenue exposure to the alternative protein market and found that 46% of companies were in the plant-based protein space, with 10% of...
    FOOD stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is paid out to more than 41.5million people every month. SNAP provides a monthly allowance to eligible low-income individuals and families to buy healthy food. 1Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state The money is provided through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy food at authorized retail food stores. SNAP is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state. You must apply for SNAP in the state in which you live. Each state has a different application form and process. We outline when each state deposits SNAP benefits into eligible accounts. Most read in moneyBIG BOOST Automatic monthly $687 Social Security payments available - how to applyCASH SECURED Social Security 2022 payment schedule revealed as January benefits depositedBIG BUCKS Thousands more Americans can claim $1,400 payment TOMORROW as they file taxesHELPING HAND Apply for emergency $1,504 EBT payments to be sent out...
    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News says it is retooling its streaming service to better incorporate programs and personalities from the television network. The CBS service is debuting a new evening newscast and prime-time lineup on Monday, from a newly-constructed Manhattan-based studio, part of what promises to be an aggressive year of building for news-based products. The hourlong evening newscast, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern, will feature a rotating cast of anchors and originate from New York, Washington and Los Angeles. The streaming service will continue to air a rerun of Norah O’Donnell’s “CBS Evening News” later in the evening. For two hours beginning at 8 p.m., the service will choose from a number of programs that key off of TV, different ones each evening. They include “Person-to-Person,” an O’Donnell-hosted interview series, and documentaries under the “CBS Reports” banner. There will also be shows based on uplifting news segments hosted by Tony Dokoupil, on-the-road features by Steve Hartman and “Eye on America” reports anchored by Michelle Miller. “Here Comes the Sun” spotlights reporting from “CBS Sunday Morning,” while the service...
              by Benjamin Yount   One of Wisconsin’s Republican congressmen wants to ban racial-scoring in deciding who gets the new coronavirus antiviral pills. Northwoods U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany on Thursday introduced legislation that would prohibit the federal government and the states from discriminating against or giving preference to any person based on race when it comes to the distribution of, or access to, medical treatment. “Denying life-saving medical care to Americans based on skin color is wrong, it is illegal, and it is un-American,” Tiffany said. The plan, which Tiffany is calling the Medical Equality and Discrimination Stoppage Act, or MEDS Act, comes after reports that states and hospitals are using race-based scoring systems to determine who gets access to the new pills. Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has proclaimed that it will distribute the pills in this state based on “equity.” DHS told The Center Square last week that they are simply following the Biden Administration’s lead. “Under guidance developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), health care providers are encouraged to prioritize prescribing these new therapeutics to those patients at greatest risk...
    American expert Winnebago is releasing an e-RV concept using the RV show in Florida, which is the idea for the future electric motorhome. At the event of the Florida RV Super Show, the best American motor home mass, a few companies announced their electric ambitions. This is the case with the Winnebago expert who provided the e-RV concept. If it is based on the Ford e-Transit chassis, the electric version of the app available in the US, this idea of ​​the electric motorhome chooses its own technical part. The e-RV Concept opts for a battery with a capacity of 86 kWh (75 kWh in e-transit), which gives the motorhome a range of 201 km. According to manufacturer data, traveling less than 320 km is enough to satisfy 54% of US customers. Electric and connected motorhome The rest, Winnebago puts the package based on e-RV equipment. In addition to the usual amenities, the roof includes a heat pump, an induction hop and a refrigerator. It provides Wi-Fi via a dual modem router. Therefore, all vehicle parameters can be controlled remotely...
    Cooking burnout is real. Sometimes it comes after a hard week or you might start dreading your weekly meal prep. It might feel impossible to make a decision regarding what you want to eat, or even struggling to figure out what to make that’s not only easy but nutritious, too. And no worries, it’s okay to feel burnout from cooking or to just need a break, even if you meal plan and don’t have to cook every day. Cooking burnout looks different for everyone, so use these meals as a guide and put your own twist on it to fit your lifestyle best. The best way to prevent cooking burnout is by making sure you have variety in what you’re eating and making. This includes meals where the prep time is longer and you’ve got some leftovers, and meals where you only have to dump a few ingredients together and your meal is done! If you’re looking to add more veggies to the meals below, feel free to make your own veggie side or even incorporate a few of your...
    It wasn’t long ago when finding a vegetarian or vegan recipe featured on TV was hard to come by. Every once in a while, there’d be a fringe feature of a recipe with tofu or a black bean burger, but things have changed a lot over the last few years. Vegan chefs are making their mark in the culinary world, and that was best seen in the first-ever fully vegan episode of Beat Bobby Flay. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tamearra Dyson (@iamtamearradyson) The popular cooking competition show features celebrity chef, Bobby Flay, and two chefs, cooks, or restaurant owners who are looking to compete with Flay in a culinary battle. At the beginning of each episode, two guest cooks face off with one another in a cooking competition. The winner of that round goes on to compete with Bobby Flay, himself. Back in 2016, an episode featured a long-time vegetarian contestant, but it wasn’t until the night of January 20th, 2022, that the show took on two full-fledged vegan contestants. ...
    This is for all you chocolate lovers out there! These moist, rich dark chocolate cakes taste like a dream, and will impress all of your guests! With flavor combinations like chocolate-espresso, dark chocolate rum, coffee glazed chocolate, and chocolate zucchini, there’s a cake for everyone! We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! 1. Secret Dark Chocolate Cake Source: Secret Dark Chocolate Cake The biggest secret to this Secret Dark Chocolate Cake by Vanessa Croessmann is the use of olive oil. It allows this cake to become super moist with a rich dark chocolate taste. Serve this with your favorite vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream! 2. Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Cake With Saffron Frosting Source: Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Cake With Saffron Frosting This gluten-free Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Cake With Saffron Frosting by Sirke Reivo is ready for all you chocolate lovers out there! This decadent dark chocolate cake is speckled with juicy...
    Silk is rocking the plant-based world! They are officially launching their new plant-based Nextmilk, which is said to taste extremely realistic. Nextmilk is full of healthy vitamins and can be enjoyed straight out of the carton. It’s just that good. This comes as a result of many milk drinkers saying that they would not even consider purchasing plant-based milk because the taste doesn’t compare to the dairy version. John Starkey, president of plant-based food and beverages, Danone North America, said, “Some consumers remain skeptical about plant-based food and beverages due to taste and texture, but Silk Nextmilk is on a mission to change that. We deconstructed dairy to create this revolutionary product that delivers the taste and texture we think dairy drinkers will love. Thanks to Silk Nextmilk—a true category game-changer—we’re confident dairy lovers will want to cross the aisle.” Silk also recently released their Extra Creamy Almond Milk. It is made with a blend of three different kinds of almonds, giving this plant milk a rich mouthfeel and a decadent taste. Silk isn’t holding back as the new year begins,...
    HBO's Downton Abbey creator has offered a sort of prequel to his star-show. The Gilded Age is set to premiere on January 24 with an extra long first episode. 2Cynthia Nixon (left) and Christine Baranski (right) in new HBO historical drama, The Gilded Age Is The Gilded Age based on a true story? Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, has cooked up a new show: The Gilded Age on HBO. While characters are fictional, the setting is not. The historical drama depicts the lives of high society New York City in the late 1800s - often coined 'The Gilded Age.' The era was marked by growing wealth inequality. The word, 'gilding,' is the process of applying a thin layer of gold over a less valuable material to make it look more luxurious. The fictionalized characters represent real society back then, during a period of time where not everything was as perfect as it was made out to be. Most read in EntertainmentLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife by his side...
    When everyone’s got their eyes on a recipe, you know it must have something special that you will want to try! That’s the case for these 10 vegan viral recipes that went viral last week. They’re some of the best, and trust us when we say that you don’t want to miss out on these incredible viral recipe creations from our bloggers! We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Popular Trends Archives! 1. Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds Source: Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds For a dish that you can really play with and make your own, check out this Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds by Larice Feuerstein. Since hearts of palm do not contain a lot of flavor on their own, the tender rounds will easily absorb any and all seasonings and spices you pair with them. With just three ingredients, this simple dish can be...
    MARIJUANA-based gummies and pills that help to prevent infections of Covid-19 could be rolled out within the next year, the lead scientist behind a potentially groundbreaking new study has claimed. Dr. Richard Van Breemen, a researcher at Oregon State University, last week published a study that claims two cannabis acidic compounds commonly found in hemp can prevent infections of Covid-19 by blocking its entry into human cells. 4Cannabis-derived gummies and pills could soon be used to prevent and treat Covid-19Credit: Getty 4A new study found that two marijuana-based compounds stopped the virus from entering human cellsCredit: Getty The compounds, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), can reportedly bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. By binding to the spike protein, the compounds can prevent the virus from entering cells and causing infection - and, as a result, offer new potential avenues to help prevent and treat the disease. In an interview with The Sun, Dr. Breemen voiced excitement over the findings of his study, highlighting that the two compounds proved "equally effective" against the...
    Share this: Brooklyn author Andrew Cotto will have his seventh work of fiction published this week. “Pasta Mike: A Story of Friendship & Loss” is a novella heavily based on the experiences of the author. The Brooklyn Eagle sat down with Cotto to discuss this book, its themes, the unique approach to the narrative and, of course, his party plans.  Brooklyn Eagle: The characters in the book are Andy Cotto and Mike O’Shea. These are real people based on real events. Why not a memoir? Andrew Cotto: That was the original intention, but it became too complicated. Mike’s life, even cut short at 42 years, was so enormous. His sphere of influence, so to speak, was so broad it would have been really difficult for me to include everyone and everything worthy of attention. I’ve never known someone who was so loved by so many. Not only was this daunting, but it would also take away from the primary focus on this special friendship we enjoyed. So I fictionalized a world with two real characters. Two friends. Me and Mike. 
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) refused to say on Friday during a press conference whether or not he had received a Covid-19 booster shot. The booster shot has become a political football of sorts for Republicans after former President Donald Trump called politicians who don’t disclose publicly whether or not they have had the shot, “gutless.” “That’s something that I think people should just make their own decisions on,” DeSantis said at a news conference. “I’m not gonna let that be a weapon for people to be able to use. I think it’s a private matter.” DeSantis also dodged the question in December, weeks before Trump’s comments. “I’ve done whatever I did,” DeSantis told Fox Business Network. “The normal shot.” Trump then told far-right One America News Network in January: Well, I’ve taken it. I’ve had the booster. Many politicians–I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ – because they had the vaccine – and they’re answering like–in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t...
    MCDONALD'S plans to roll out its meat-free McPlant burger to 600 more branches next month. The McDonald's patty, which has been designed in partnership with Beyond Meat, is made from plant-based ingredients such as peas, rice, and potatoes. 1The meat-free patty is made from plant-based ingredients such as peas, rice, and potatoes It comes topped with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and a slice of American cheese. McDonald's first launched the McPlant on November 3 at at eight U.S. restaurants in California, Iowa, Louisiana and Texas. From February 14, the burger will also be sold at roughly 350 stores in Dallas-Forth Worth and 260 outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Given the burger comes with American cheese and mayonnaise, it's not suitable for vegans. It's also cooked on the same grill as meat-based products and eggs. Before its arrival in the U.S., the McPlant burger was introduced overseas in Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Most read in MoneyHELPING HAND How to apply for food stamps as emergency extra EBT and SNAP payments sent outBIG BOOST Automatic...
    San Jose Barracuda forward Krystof Hrabik was suspended for 30 games by the American Hockey League on Friday for a racial gesture he directed at Boko Imama of the Tucson Roadrunners during a game between the two teams on Jan. 12. Hrabik has already served three games of the suspension and would be eligible to return to the lineup on April 3 if the Barracuda’s schedule remains the same. The AHL, in its statement announcing the suspension, said it “believes that individual inclusion learning is a key element of improving league-wide culture” and that as part of the suspension, Hrabik will be given a chance to work with the NHL’s Player Inclusion Committee “to participate in education and training on racism and inclusion.” Hrabik may apply to Scott Howson, the AHL’s President and CEO, for a reduction to the suspension and reinstatement after March 12. Any reduction in the suspension would be “based on an evaluation of his progress in the necessary education and training with the Player Inclusion Committee.” “The AHL stands with Boko Imama,”...
    Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that President Biden has rejected all proposals to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine. KAMALA HARRIS GRILLED IN CONTENTIOUS INTERVIEW ON BIDEN'S RUSSIA ‘INCURSION’ REMARK JACK KEANE: The president has already rejected it and that is to do something preemptively militarily and economically to deter the attack. He has rejected all of those proposals, so there is no sense in going down that laundry list again. What he is relying on is he wants to deter the attack based on the threat of the consequences the United States and NATO would impose on Russia. That’s why his statement yesterday that casted doubt on that is so specious and also there is no uniformity among the Europeans on what the specifics of the economic sanctions should be. Even some of the tough ones, like taking them out of the international financial messaging system and also Nord Stream 2. There’s not unanimity on that and the Russians know it. So there is likely going to be no...
    McDonald’s has decided to increase the number of locations that are sporting the new McPlant burger on the menus. They are adding the meatless menu item to 600 other locations in the San Francisco Bay and Dallas-Ft. Worth areas. The McPlant burgers will only be available for a limited time while the supply lasts.  The vegan burger was first launched in 2021 in eight locations for testing and received a huge amount of support. This encouraged the fast-food giant to expand this burger to offer it across hundreds of other locations. The company stated, “McDonald’s USA is expanding the test to select restaurants in your area to help us understand customer demand.” This change came as the fast-food giant‘s competitors began adding plant-based items to their menus and seeing great success with the venture as more people are looking for vegan alternatives. It is important to note that not all fast-food restaurants are offering completely vegan options, however. Some are still cooking the plant-based menu items alongside meat and dairy items, causing cross-contamination that some vegans would not...
    Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceManchin, Collins leading talks on overhauling election law, protecting election officials Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview Pences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies MORE is slated to deliver the keynote address at a fundraising dinner for the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, S.C., in May.  The Christian center provides counseling, supplies and adoption services to women who decide to go through with unplanned pregnancies.  South Carolina is the nation’s second presidential primary state, playing a critical role in the contests. Last year, Pence delivered an address at the Palmetto Family Council in South Carolina. Other potential 2024 hopefuls, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemTrump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple GOP governors press Biden administration for control of infrastructure implementation Noem releases ad touting transgender athlete ban in girls' sports MORE (R) and former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRussia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Winter is here for Democrats Overnight Defense & National Security —...
    PLNT Burger is expanding to New York City to offer its uniquely-crafted plant-based burgers! The plant-based location will officially open on January the 24th. View this post on Instagram A post shared by PLNT Burger (@plntburger) PLNT Burger currently has nine existing locations across the Mid-Atlantic but is looking to expand even more in the new year. In an email to One Green Planet, Chef Spike Mendelsohn, Co-Founder of PLNT Burger, “It’s a great feeling to return to my original culinary stomping grounds in the City, and we’re thrilled to open our doors for New Yorkers to experience delicious burgers that are both nutritious and planet-friendly.” Seth Goldman, social entrepreneur brand like Honest Tea, Beyond Meat, and Co-Founder of PLNT Burger, said, “Opening our first brick and mortar store is a huge milestone for us, and the fact that it’s located in the heart of New York City makes it an even bigger deal for us and the plant-based movement. It’s a critical step toward our vision of helping people eat the change they wish to see...
    A few years ago, Domino’s sales were falling, so the restaurant changed its entire pizza recipe. They launched a big marketing campaign and Americans loved the change. According to The New York Times, Domino’s teamed up with a company called Dairy Management “to develop a new line of pizzas with 40 percent more cheese … consumers devoured the cheesier pizza, and sales soared by double digits.” Americans do seem to love cheese. Though it’s a staple food for many, cheese is bad for our health, and we’re eating too much of it. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Americans eat more than 33 pounds of cheese per person per year — three times more than they did in 1970 — and our country is more obese than ever … Cheese is a high-calorie product loaded with fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Typical cheeses are 70 percent fat. And the type of fat they contain is mainly saturated (“bad”) fat.” When you look at the facts, it’s clear that cheese is pretty awful. Here are five alarming facts about cheese and your health. 1. Cheese has...
    The California University System — the largest four-year public university in the nation — will add to its school policy a ban on discrimination based on someone’s caste. The move provides more protections to Dalit students of South Asian descent, with someone’s caste now protected under the CSU’s race and ethnicity anti-discrimination policy. CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro lauded the addition in a written statement included in a press release from advocacy group Equity Labs. Equity Labs is a Dalit civil rights organization that works with students who face caste discrimination. “I commend the incredible work and dedication of the students, employees, and other partners,” Castro said, “whose efforts ensure that our policies align with our bold aspirations.” Dalit people are those who are at the bottom of India’s social caste system — one that’s estimated to be thousands of years olds — and who face discrimination and violence. They used to be called “untouchables” in India. Discrimination because of one’s caste status has been outlawed in India, but the practice continues, even in South Asian diasporas in the United States,...
                 The Nashville-based pet food Nom Nom has been acquired by Mars Inc. Bloomberg reported this month that Nom Nom will serve as an autonomous brand within Mars’ Royal Canin division. Representatives from both companies declined to discuss terms of the deal with The Tennessee Star on Wednesday. Royal Canin spokeswoman Racquel White, in a statement to The Star, said “we are confident that this acquisition will bring synergies to keep supporting their success in the fresh category while complementing our existing portfolio.” “Nom Nom will be an autonomous brand within the Royal Canin division, similar to ROYAL CANIN and EUKANUBA, with their own brand positioning and strategies, preserving their entrepreneurial culture and agility while maximizing synergies,” White said. According to Bloomberg, the pet market has boomed as more people spend more money on pets. “Shares of Chewy Inc., despite declines in the past year, have still more than doubled from the online pet-supply retailer’s $1.02 billion initial public offering in 2019. Last year, Mars bought direct-to-consumer cat litter company PrettyLitter Inc. in a deal worth less than $1 billion, Bloomberg News reported....
                 Over 1,300 public comments from “hundreds of parents, educators, superintendents, elected officials, business and community leaders, and citizens from across the state” have been posted in response to a potential new school funding formula, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) said in a Wednesday statement. “Tennesseans recognize what a historic moment in time this is for education in our state, and I want to thank those who submitted public comments as part of our engagement process on a potential new funding formula for Tennessee’s public schools,” TDOE Commissioner Penny Schwinn said. She added, “As has been shared in subcommittee meetings, at town halls, on social media, and at local meetings, a new public education funding formula for Tennessee must be centered around our students so that we can ensure our children can thrive in the classroom and be successful after high school.” Earlier this month, the Department of Education released a draft of the new funding formula “informed by input of thousands of Tennesseans.” The new funding plan said it had to be “Strategic for all students (student-based;...
                 Recently appointed State Rep. Neal Carter (R-Casa Grande) introduced HB 2452 this week, which would make it illegal to discriminate against any person based on their vaccination status in employment, housing, or public accommodations. “At this time when our nation is facing a critical hiring and employee shortage, it doesn’t make sense to further restrict the labor market through imposition of mandatory medical procedures as a condition of employment,” he said in a statement. “Moreover, the idea that a mandatory medical procedure should be a requirement of continued employment is offensive to freedom of conscience, economic security, and medical integrity. No person should be forced to choose between putting food on the table and the integrity of his or her body.” The legislation would expand Arizona’s non-discrimination laws, which generally include categories like race, color, and religion, to include vaccine status. The bill has 13 co-sponsors. A somewhat similar bill was introduced last year by State Sen. Nancy Barto (R-Phoenix), SB 1648, but it failed to make it out of committees. Other bills addressing COVID-19 include HB 2020,...
    Death is very likely the single best invention of Life,' Steve Jobs once observed. 'It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.' There are many who would beg to disagree with the co-founder of Apple, who died in 2011 — not least his peers in Silicon Valley.  For it is they who are leading a charge towards a new frontier in medicine that will revolutionise our 'healthspans' — the number of years of good health we can expect to enjoy — and push back the worst effects of ageing. The announcement this week that a new anti-ageing company, Altos Labs, which is based in the U.S. and UK, has been established to 'hack' the ageing process has reignited interest in the science of rejuvenation, an obsession that has spanned continents and the ages. A new anti-ageing company, Altos Labs, which is based in the U.S. and UK, has been established to 'hack' the ageing process has reignited interest in the science of rejuvenation And the answer lies not in the mythical elixir...
    CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s central bank said on Thursday that it has started a process to reunify after being split for years during the country’s civil war. In a statement Friday, the bank said that the reunification of the bank’s institutions will be implemented in stages. The step towards unification comes after the country’s elections were delayed last month, throwing its transitional to democracy into question. Libya was plunged into chaos after a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 and split the oil-rich North African country between a U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli, and rival authorities based in the country’s east. Each side has been backed by armed groups and foreign governments. In 2020, a U.N.-brokered ceasefire ushered in a transitional government that had been meant to oversee the country until national elections in December of last year. But lawmakers have failed to agree on elections laws or which candidates should be eligible to run, and decided to postpone the vote. The Central Bank of Libya is the repository for billions of dollars annually...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — McDonald’s is expanding sales of its meatless McPlant burger to hundreds of locations. The company said the McPlant — which it co-developed with plant-based protein company Beyond Meat — will be sold at 600 stores in the San Francisco and Dallas areas starting Feb. 14. READ MORE: California Water Districts To Get More Supply Than Planned After Wet Winter StormsIt’s a major expansion for the McPlant, which was introduced last November at eight stores in Texas, Iowa, Louisiana and California. That test run helped the company determine how a plant-based option would alter its kitchen operations. McDonald’s said the larger product offering will help it understand customer demand. The Chicago company offered no details about what it learned from its first round of sales, or whether it has since tweaked the recipe. The McPlant is made from peas, rice and potatoes, among other ingredients. McDonald’s has been slower to market with a plant-based burger than rivals. Burger King introduced the plant-based Impossible Whopper — made by Beyond Meat rival Impossible Foods — in 2019, while Starbucks...
    A Tennessee couple filed a lawsuit after a Christian-based adoption agency that the state sponsors refused to assist them because they are Jewish.  Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram say they were denied state-mandated foster parent training and a home-study certification by Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee when they attempted to adopt last year.  They've filed the first lawsuit against the state to challenge a law signed by Governor Bill Lee two years ago that allows religion-based adoption agencies to reject families whose religious or moral beliefs don't align with theirs.  The law allows adoption agencies to reject services if doing so would 'violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies.'  The agency sued the Biden administration last December for new regulations that prohibit government funded health and human services programs from discriminating based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or same sex marriage status.   Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram, a Tennessee couple, allege in a lawsuit that a Christian adoption agency rejected their request for services to help them become foster parents because they...
    By Malathi Nayak | Bloomberg A judge signaled he’ll probably cut a jury’s award of $137 million in damages to a former Tesla Inc. contract worker over racial abuse in its northern California factory. The October award to Owen Diaz by jurors in San Francisco federal court is believed to be one of the largest in U.S. history for an individual plaintiff in a racial discrimination case. U.S. District Judge William Orrick on Wednesday said he was “troubled” that the $6.9 million jurors awarded as emotional distress damages “may be untethered to the distress to which Mr. Diaz and his witnesses testified.” Moreover, punitive damages of almost 20 times that amount are “extremely high,” Orrick said at a hearing on Tesla’s request for a new trial. “That said, I recognize the awful history of race discrimination in this country,” Orrick said. “Particularly juxtaposed with working at a company that attempted to present itself as a modern, green, disruptive company that pitched itself as a good place to work, would naturally exacerbate the distress that Mr. Diaz felt.” Orrick said he...
    A couple in Knoxville, Tenn., is filing a lawsuit against the state's Department of Children’s Services alleging that a Christian-based, state-backed adoption agency refused to assist them because they are Jewish. According to Knox News, the Holston United Methodist Home for Children, of Greeneville, Tenn., refused to allow Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram to acquire state-mandated training required for potential foster parents and home-study certification when they attempted to move forward with adopting a child located in Florida. Speaking to Knox News on Wednesday, January 19, the family's attorney noted that this lawsuit is the first of its kind as it aims to challenge a new law "that allows religious adoption agencies to deny service to families whose religious or moral beliefs aren't in sync with the provider's." During a recent news interview, the couple also shared their reaction to being discriminated against. "I felt like I’d been punched in the gut,” Elizabeth Rutan-Ram said in a news release. “It was the first time I felt discriminated against because I am Jewish. It was very shocking. And it...
    By DEE-ANN DURBIN | The Associated Press McDonald’s is expanding sales of its meatless McPlant burger to hundreds of locations. The company said the McPlant – which it co-developed with plant-based protein company Beyond Meat – will be sold at 600 stores in the San Francisco and Dallas areas starting Feb. 14. It’s a major expansion for the McPlant, which was introduced last November at eight stores in Texas, Iowa, Louisiana and California. McDonald’s said the larger product test will help it understand customer demand. The Chicago company offered no details about what it learned from its first round of sales, or whether it has since tweaked the recipe. The McPlant is made from peas, rice and potatoes, among other ingredients. Related Articles 7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend, Jan. 21-23 Boichik Bagels is opening a shop in Palo Alto Sweetdragon owner dishes on comfort food, her pie window — and Ballpark Brittle (with a touch of mustard) Bette’s Oceanview Diner has closed after 39 years San...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff SPRINGDALE, Pa. (KDKA) – There’s a new owner and a remediation plan for the last remaining coal-fired power plant in Allegheny County. Kentucky-based Charah Solutions is buying the Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale. The new owner says it will knock down the plant and re-develop the site, possibly as a renewable energy and battery storage facility. READ MORE: Coal-Fired Power Plant In Cheswick To Close In SeptemberCharah also bought the land next door to the plant as well as a wastewater treatment facility nearby and a landfill that currently takes coal ash from the power plant. The power plant, previously slated to shut down in September, will close in April after more than 50 years of operation, costing about 50 jobs. The owner of the plant, Houston-based GenOn, said it can no longer compete financially, especially with new and demanding environmental regulations. The towering plant has often been cited as one of the top 10 polluters in Allegheny County. The plant has faced several lawsuits, including for allegations that they dumped hot water in the...
    A woman has revealed how her boyfriend accused her of ‘tricking’ him into eating vegan food and fake meat. Taking to Reddit page ‘Am I The A**hole’ (AITA) to discuss the issue, the 21-year-old explained that she and her partner John had been together for three-and-a-half months and he had always enjoyed her cooking. That was until the couple, who live in America, had a conversation about fake meat and the woman told him he had been eating the stuff every time they'd had a meal at her place.  Shocked by the revelation, John accused his girlfriend of 'tricking' him into eating the meat substitute and 'pushing' her vegan ways onto him, and is refusing to see her again until she apologizes because he feels 'betrayed'. However, the majority of commenters were on her side and said that her boyfriend clearly hadn't been paying attention when she told him she was vegan.  The woman said her boyfriend had always enjoyed her vegan cooking but that was before he realised it was made with 'fake' meat (stock image) Things came to...
    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul included a policy within her $216 billion budget plan to allow transgender inmates to choose which gendered-facility they are housed in according to their gender identity. The policy allows for inmates with a gender identity different from their assigned sex at birth to elect to be housed “with persons of the gender that is consistent with such person’s gender identity.” WATCH: NYC RESTAURANT OWNER WON'T COMPLY WITH MANDATE, TELLS GOVERNOR TO 'COME AND ARREST ME' Prison wardens would have the final say in the decision to let an inmate change facilities, which will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Transgender inmates will also have the right to “gender affirming medical and mental health care.” The policy asks the Department of Correctional Services and Supervision commissioner to create rules and training for officers to prevent discrimination against transgender inmates. “No employee of the department shall misgender any individual in the care or custody of the department by intentionally referring to someone, including but not limited to, a transgender, gender...
    McDonald’s is expanding sales of its meatless McPlant burger to hundreds of locations. The company said the McPlant __ which it co-developed with plant-based protein company Beyond Meat __ will be sold at 600 stores in the San Francisco and Dallas areas starting Feb. 14. It’s a major expansion for the McPlant, which was introduced last November at eight stores in Texas, Iowa, Louisiana and California. McDonald’s said the larger product test will help it understand customer demand. The Chicago company offered no details about what it learned from its first round of sales, or whether it has since tweaked the recipe. The McPlant is made from peas, rice and potatoes, among other ingredients. McDonald’s has been slower to market with a plant-based burger than rivals. Burger King introduced the plant-based Impossible Whopper __ made by Beyond Meat rival Impossible Foods __ in 2019, while Starbucks brought out a breakfast sandwich made with Impossible sausage in 2020. Earlier this month, KFC announced it was expanding its Beyond Meat plant-based chicken tenders nationwide. Chipotle also recently introduced a plant-based chorizo...
    When Sarah Siedschlag was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, she knew she had a lot of work to do. She spoke with her family, met with an oncologist, settled on a treatment plan and scheduled chemotherapy sessions.  But there was something else she knew needed to do. Within a week of her diagnosis, Siedschlag went online and filled out a “Get Support” form at Firefly Sisterhood, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit providing one-to-one emotional support for women impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis.   Article continues after advertisement Siedschlag, 45, had worked with oncologists in pharmaceutical sales for a decade, so she’d heard about Firefly Sisterhood from them. The type of breast cancer she was diagnosed with — HER2- positive — is relatively rare (about one in five cases of breast cancer), and she wanted to connect with another woman her age who’d lived through a similar diagnosis. For Siedschlag, who lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two teenage daughters, this type of support felt as essential as the rest of her cancer treatment.  “There was a specific gap that I...
    Craving something sweet, but trying to stay healthy? Eating desserts and sweets doesn’t necessarily mean eating unhealthy. Check out these 15 dessert recipes that are nutritious and will also satisfy your sweet tooth! We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Dessert Archives! 1. Healthy Dessert Baked Sweet Potato Image Source: Healthy Dessert Baked Sweet Potato Turn nutrient-rich sweet potatoes into a satisfyingly sweet dessert! Just bake and stuff with your favorite toppings. This Healthy Dessert Baked Sweet Potato by Brittany Mullins is loaded with toasted coconut, coconut butter, cinnamon, almond butter, pecans and dark chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 2. Healthy Peanut Butter Pie Image Source: Healthy Peanut Butter Pie Peanut butter lovers rejoice – this Healthy Peanut Butter Pie by Annie Markowitz is the perfect dessert! It’s also packed with fiber and protein, making it healthy enough to eat for breakfast if you’re feeling like a rebel! 3. 6-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Mud Cake...
    The demand for plant-based products has skyrocketed, with more people becoming educated on factory farming and animal agriculture, in addition to the impacts of diet on climate change. In response to the boom of demand for plant-based products, Harvard Business School has created a whole new course dedicated to the plant-based business sector. The course, titled “Opportunities in the Plant-Based Economy,” is being offered as a four-day intensive and will cover topics related to “products, ethics, and the environment.” It’s aimed to help educate entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations on the plant-based market and the opportunities it holds, along with key issues it faces. The course is broken down into four sections, one for each day: 1 – Orientation to the Plant-Based World This section offers an introduction to the class and covers how the growth of plant-based living is changing the world. 2 – Meet the Entrepreneurs This section will cover cell-based meats and challenges in the plant-based sector. 3 – Plant-Based Diets and Wellness This section provides insight on health and athleticism on a plant-based...
    Last year was a banner year for initial public offerings in the U.S., with the highest number of companies becoming publicly traded in 20 years. According to EY’s quarterly Global IPO report, there were 416 IPOs for U.S.-based companies in 2021, up 86% from 2020. Those public offerings raised $155.7 billion in proceeds, an 81% increase. More Business News In the East Region, 10 of the 96 IPOs last year were in the D.C. region, and local IPOs raised $2.46 billion in proceeds for those companies. Mirroring the national trend, 64% of last year’s initial public offerings in the D.C. region came from the healthcare and biosciences industry, and 18% came from the technology industry. EY’s report notes the IPO landscape may face headwinds after a strong 2021 showing, citing inflation, new waves of COVID-19, geopolitical tensions, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages as the biggest risks. It expects technology and healthcare IPOs to continue their dominance in the new year. Here are the 10 D.C. area companies that went public in 2021, excluding public offerings through Special...