President Trump Is No Fatter than Most Americans

President Donald Trump and Coast Guard Ensign Erin Reynolds After a report revealed that the United States President is considered “overweight” and doesn’t exercise at all, America has become obsessed with it. However, experts noted that the Commander in Chief is no fatter or less active than most Americans.

According to recent estimates, 70.7 percent of Americans are considered “overweight” or “obese” when looking at their Body Mass Index (BMI). Mr. Trump weighs 239 pounds which means that he needs one more pound to be deemed “obese” by BMI’s standards.

Despite his weight problems, his health is considered “excellent”. Experts note that BMI is not an accurate measure of fat as it cannot distinguish between fat and muscle. The fat makes us ill, not the muscle.

However, the President’s BMI doesn’t put him in a minority. Most U.S. adults are obese or overweight. And they fail to get the weekly recommended dose of exercise. Nearly 80% of U.S. adults are weight challenged.

The President Does Need to Lose Some Weight

What’s more, there are some ways of determining fat composition that are more accurate than BMI. X-Rays and a bioelectrical impedance analysis can tell fat from muscle. Measuring waist circumference is another more helpful tool than BMI. If the waist circumference exceeds the hips there is indeed an excess of fat and that person could face premature death.

President’s personal physician Dr. Ronny Jackson promised to design an exercise routine and diet plan fit for the President. Jackson claims that Trump said he would like to lose some weight.

The medic said a “reasonable goal” would be to lose 10-15 pounds this year. Mr. Trump is more enthusiastic about changing his diet than exercising, but Jackson isists he should do both.

Recent tests have shown that the President may be having heart disease and struggles with high cholesterol.
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Controversial Crypto Exchange Shut Down for Being a Ponzi Scheme

Bitconnect logoBitConnect was abruptly taken offline on Tuesday following multiple cease and desist orders in two U.S. states. North Carolina and Texas authorities have long suspected that the controversial crypto exchange has been designed as a Ponzi scheme from the very beginning.

According to Bloomberg, two top regulators in the said states warned BitConnect that it lacks a license to trade securities across the states. Regulators also noted that the exchange had been touted the operations as “safe” ways of earning big returns, but it has so far failed to provide investors with the necessary info about the algorithms powering the Trading Bot.

In response, the company complained that the “continuous bad press” had eroded the public’s trust in the platform. It also placed the blame on numerous “DDos attacks” that had weakened the platform and panicked the community. It assured users that the BitConnect Coin (BCC) could still be traded on other platforms.

An Exchange Run Like a Ponzi Scheme

BitConnect traders first needed to invest real money in BCC to access the platform. The company has long promised high returns if the loans were long-term enough. However, many analysts accused the platform of running a Ponzi scheme-like business by funding the big returns from new BCC investments from new users.

BCC has started shedding value this month and analysts expect a big crash just around the corner.

Tech Crunch reported that while the platform has been refunding older loans at $363.62 per BCC over the last 15 days, BCC is worth less than $40. So, many users have reported “severe financial losses” in lost Bitcoins or U.S. dollars. Most of the original investments were made in Bitcoins.

TNW confirmed that BCC’s value jumped to $425 about a week ago, but it is now hardly worth $30, and its value continues to plummet.
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Boeing’s Next-Gen Spy Jet Will Be 5 Times Faster than Sound

The SR-71 spy jet mid-airBoeing has announced a hypersonic model better and faster than the iconic Blackbird SR-71 spy jet, which will be able to break the sound barrier and be 5 times faster than sound.

A concept model of the revamped plane, which is called “Son of Blackbird,” was showcased at a showroom in Orlando, Florida. However, the plane has not been built yet and the company couldn’t provide a timeline for the project. The new spy jet will be a rival to Lockheed Martin’s spy plane, the SR-72.

The two models are capable of carrying out spy missions and even attacks. Boeing told the Aviation Week Aerospace Daily that the new model will take two steps to develop.

During the first stage, the company will conduct flight tests of an engine that is just a “proof of concept” for the time being. The next stage involves developing a twin-engine and incorporate it into a full-scale operational plane. The dimensions of the new plane will match those of the SR-71, i.e. it will be 107-foot-long.

Boeing Has Ambitious Plans

Boeing plans to build a plane that is faster even than the Mach 5 hypersonic jet which is five times faster than the speed of sound. Mach 1 flies at the speed of sound which is 767 mph or 1,235 km per hour.

So, Son of Bird will fly at a mind-blowing speed of 3,835 mph (or 6,174 km per hour). By contrast, a 700-passenger commercial plane travels at a maximum speed of 550 mph (885km per hour).

However, the SR-71’s successor will have to take off and land without the help of a human pilot, jutst like the initial model built in 1964.

Boeing engineers plan to first test a conventional engine to hit the speeds of Mach 3 and to use a different configuration to match the Mach 5. The company couldn’t unveil a date for a sky-ready plane.
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Coconut Oil Can Trim Heart Disease Risk in Just 4 Weeks (Study)

Coconut oil in a jarCoconut oil does not only boost your immune system and keep your skin silky smooth, it can also lower the risk of heart disease.

New research suggests that the natural ingredient can decrease heart disease risk in as little as 4 weeks of continuous consumption.

A group of researchers at the University of Cambridge found that consuming the healthy oil can visibly reduce risk of heart disease and stroke in just one month.

The study involved 94 volunteers within the 50-75 age bracket. No participant had been diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes prior to the study. Researchers asked participants to consume 50 grams of either coconut oil, extra virgin olive (EVO) oil, or unsalted butter.

Researchers tracked participants for changes in their cholesterol levels for one month.

The study revealed that EVO oil consumers saw a decline in bad cholesterol levels and a 5 percent rise in good cholesterol levels. The coconut oil consumers saw their good cholesterol levels go up by 15%, which marked the most positive change for all three fats. The butter group saw its bad cholesterol levels jump 10 percent after following the diet plan for one month.

Coconut Oil Is Good for the Heart

The research team concluded that coconut oil has the potential of keeping cardiovascular disease at bay. Coconut oil has been long recommended for various beauty hacks and home remedies for dry skin, high blood sugar levels, gastrointestinal issues, constipation, and hemorrhoids.

Researchers explained that the plant oil is packed with saturated fats that can improve health, keep bad cholesterol at bay, and transform bad cholesterol into good one. If the good cholesterol level is high, the risk of heart disease is minimal.

You too can have a healthy heart with just three tablespoons of coconut oil per day, but you can also add it to coffee, fried recipes, and smoothies. If you add it to hot drinks ensure that you blend it until it reaches a creamy texture.
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Trump Claims Ousted FBI Agent Committed Treason

Donald Trump during the 2017 Memorial DayPresident Donald Trump accused a former FBI agent that special counsel Robert Mueller ousted last summer of committing ‘treason’ when he exchanged several anti-Trump messages with his lover.

Mueller removed counterintelligence veteran Peter Strzok from the team investigating the Russia collusion, after Strzok criticized and mocked Trump in a series of text messages sent to one of the bureau’s attorneys Lisa Page.

After the controversial text messages surfaced, the President and his team accused Mueller’s team of being biased against them.

On Thursday, President Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Strzok is a traitor. The Commander in Chief quoted Strzok saying that if Hillary Clinton loses the presidential race, the FBI would “go to phase two” and remove Trump from office.

This is the FBI we’re talking about — that is treason. That is a treasonous act. What [Strzok] tweeted to his lover is a treasonous act,

Trump told the WSJ.

FBI Agent’s Controversial Texts

In December, the Washington Post reported that the disgraced FBI agent tweeted the anti-Trump messages while he was investigating Clinton’s mishandling of thousands of work e-mails via a private server in her home instead of a State Department’s server.

The Post also found that Strzok was cheating on his wife with Page, his FBI colleague. During those tweets, the former FBI agent was working under the FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Numerous media reports have shown that the pair exchanged anti-Trump texts throughout the entire presidential campaign. In August 2016, the ousted FBI operative expressed disbelief that Trump could win the election. He added that America couldn’t take the risk.

At the time, he compared a Trump victory with an “unlikely event” somebody dies before they hit the age of 40. He also mentioned an “insurance policy,” a coded term expressing the need for the FBI to continue investigating whether there had been a collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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U.S. Travel Advisory: Five Mexican States as Dangerous as Syria

Street view in Mexico CityAccording to a U.S. State Department’s “do not travel” advisory, tourists planning to travel to Mexico should avoid five crime-ridden Mexican states which are now considered as risky as Syria.

The advisory represents the highest level of U.S. government’s revamped four-level travel advisory system. Tourists are advised to stay away from the states of Tamaulipas, Colima, Guerrero, Sinaloa, and Michoacan as they are ridden with crime.

The federal government has warned against some parts of the five Mexican states, but it is the first time the states are put on the list entirely. The new rating matches that given to other high-risk countries like Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

“Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery is widespread,”

the State Department warns about the Mexican states.

The advisory also reads that the U.S. government does not offer enough emergency services to travelers in those states as government workers had been barred from traveling to those areas.

Some Mexican States Are Very Risky Travel Destinations

Travelers who insist on visiting the states are advised to use toll roads and not drive at night. Travelers should be extra careful when using banks or ATMs or visiting local bars.

Tourists are also asked not to flaunt their possessions like expensive jewelry or watches.

Mexico, which has 31 states, has just a two-level rating which means that U.S. travelers are only asked to “exercise increased caution” when visiting the southern neighbor. Eleven states, however, have a three-level warning, which means that tourists are advised to “reconsider travel”.

In December, Mexican Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid Cordero said that there is no risk for American tourists visiting the country. Yet, a State Department shows that 264 American tourists died in Mexico in 2016, of whom 75 were killed.
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Blanca Blanco Roasted for Wearing Red at the Golden Globes

Blanca Blanco at the 2018 Golden GlobesOn Sunday evening, women attending the 2018 Golden Globes decided to wear all-black to raise awareness about the culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Latin actress Blanca Blanco, however, decided to break the dress code and wear a crimson red outfit.

Her decision was met with huge criticism.

At the event, Eva Longoria said women should be aware that this year’s Golden Globes is a “moment of solidarity, not fashion moment.” She explained that for years women have put on quite a show with their gowns and beautiful faces and figures. However, this year things have changed.

Critics roasted Blanco for opting for red when her peers were wearing all-black. Twitter exploded as well, with users not being able to comprehend what was on the Latino beauty’s mind when she picked red.

One Twitter user noted that during a movement that seeks to raise awareness about the sexualization and abuse of women, the actress chose an outfit that seems an “awkward choice”.

Blanco: Shaming Does Not Fix the Problem

Other social media users, though, defended Blanco’s fashion sense. One Twitter user noted that it is “ridiculous” to shame a woman at an anti-shaming event or accuse her of supporting sexual harassment because she failed to follow a dress code. “Guess we’re back to blaming the woman for her attire,” one user tweeted.

Blanco, 36, was disappointed with the critics’ reaction. In a recent interview, she explained that she loves red and that her fashion choice was not a statement about being against the movement.

She cheered the actresses that spoke out against abuse and took a stand with their fashion choices. She noted that real change is “long overdue,” but added that resorting to shaming does not fix the problem.

Blanco was not the only star to break the dress code at the show. Meher Tatna who leads the Hollywood Foreign Press and German actress Barbara Meier sported more colorful looks as well.
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Samsung’s Operating Profit Jumps 64%, Annual Sales Hit Record Highs

Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeSamsung Electronics announced that its operating profit for the last quarter jumped 64% pushing the tech giant’s annual sales and operating revenue to the highest levels in the company’s history. The South Korean company thanked its booming semiconductor business for the gains.

On Tuesday, Samsung offered a preview of its earnings report for October-December. The operating profit now stands at $14.1 billion, a significant increase from the previous year’s levels. However, the operating profit has missed analysts’ expectations due to the appreciation of the won against the U.S. dollar and a series of bonuses to its workers in December.

The company gave employees $655 million in bonuses over the last 12 months. The sales for the last three months jumped 24% to $61.8 billion, which marks the highest level in the company’s history.

The operating income in the last year hit $50.2 billion, which marks an 83% increase from 2016 levels. Also, annual sales saw a big rise (19%) to $224.2 billion. The company has not released the figures for the quarterly net profit. It promised to offer all the details by the end of the month.

Samsung Semiconductor Business Thriving

Analysts agree that business has been so good for Samsung due to its semiconductor unit. Its memory chips have sold like hot cakes due to a skyrocketing demand as the world needs more storage space for media files on devices and servers.

There is also a huge demand for more computing power which pushed the sales of Samsung memory chips to record-high levels. Samsung currently dominates the market as it produces more than half of DRAM memory chips and one-third of NAND memory chips sold worldwide.

DRAM chips boost computing power, while NAND chips are used for enhanced storage. The price of the memory chips saw a big jump last year but that did not shrink overall demand.
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U.K. Could Be Facing the Worst Flu Epidemic in Half Century

Flu medication and thermometerExperts warn that the ongoing flu season in the United Kingdom could morph into the worst flu epidemic since the deadly Hong Kong flu (1968). That epidemic’s death toll was 1 million people worldwide.

According to experts, the groups with the higher risk of dying from flu includes the elderly, small children, pregnant women, HIV patients, and other people with compromised immune systems.

On top of that, this year’s flu vaccine is inefficient in providing the necessary protection as the flu strain has mutated.

In the U.K., there are only five areas that have not reported any flu cases related to the dangerous flu strain called the H3N2 or the “Aussie strain.”

The number of people who were hospitalized over a flu diagnosis has tripled around Christmas. This is because sick people attending family reunions are bringing the influenza with them.

A Deadly Flu Epidemic In the Making

Hospitals announced that they my have to postpone more appointments and surgeries to be able to cope with the influx of new patients expected for the coming weeks. Around 55,000 procedures have been put on hold.

Professor Robert Dingwall explained that this year’s flu virus is so vicious because it has mutated, and the vaccine is only 10% effective. Before researchers discovered the Aussie strain the vaccine had already been produced.

Experts expect a worse flu season than last year’s. In 2017, by the end of the flu season, 68 people died of the flu. One expert noted that the jury is still out on whether this year’s flu season is the worst in a generation.

Since flu is highly infectious, once it reaches an area or a country, there isn’t much we can do about it. Researchers expect the flu season to last four to five more weeks, which means medical procedures could be canceled through February.
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The Teal Pumpkin Project Offers Safe Halloween Treats to Allergic Children

House signaled for the Teal Pumpkin Project on Halloween

The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make Halloween enjoyable to allergic children

The Food Allergy Research and Education organization has decided to make Halloween enjoyable for kids with allergies as well, so it has started a project where people work together so that these children won’t be excluded from trick-or-treating. This great initiative is called the Teal Pumpkin Project, and the houses of the participants will be signaled by a teal pumpkin sitting on their porch.

The Teal Pumpkin Project allows allergic children to enjoy Halloween

Everybody should enjoy Halloween, regardless of the condition they might suffer from, and the Teal Pumpkin Project wants to allow kids with allergies feel just like any other child on the spooky holiday. If you see a house marked by a teal pumpkin, it means the owners will provide either non-food treats for allergic children, or sweet goodies which put them at no risk of developing an allergic reaction.

The symbol of this project is inspired from the color of the food allergy awareness campaign, and this is the first year when Food Allergy Research and Education makes Halloween more enjoyable for kids with severe food allergies. They are all encouraged to look for the houses with a blue pumpkin on the porch, and visit them without worries.

Food allergies are a serious health issue across the United States

Reports show that at least one in 13 children has food allergies, so the number of adverse reactions ending in anaphylactic shock has dangerously increased over the past few years. Therefore, it was high time for people to do something to avoid this serious public health crisis.

Moreover, the Teal Pumpkin Project is good for the mental well-being of the children. The initiative will make them feel no longer excluded from holidays like Halloween, when they used to take quite a lot of risks if they wanted to go trick-or-treating like all the other children. Now, everybody can have fun and take place to all the enjoyable activities typical to this time of the year.
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