Vermont has lowest rate of wireless-only households

first_imgOklahoma leads the nation in the percentage of households with cell phones only, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than a quarter of households (26.2 percent) in Oklahoma had only wireless and no landline phones in 2007. On the other end of the spectrum, only 5.1 percent of households in Vermont were wireless-only in 2007.The report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, “Wireless Substitution: State-level Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-December 2007,” is the latest report on wireless substitution in the United States.”These findings are important to CDC because many of our largest surveys are done on calls to landline phone numbers. All of those adults with only cell phones are being missed in these surveys,” said Stephen J. Blumberg, health scientist with CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and lead author of the study.In addition to Oklahoma, states with the highest percentage of wireless-only households are Utah (25.5 percent), Nebraska (23.2 percent), Arkansas (22.6 percent) and Idaho (22.1 percent). States with the lowest percentages, following Vermont, are Connecticut (5.6 percent), Delaware (5.7 percent), South Dakota (6.4 percent) and Rhode Island (7.9 percent).The report also shows the percentage of adults who use only wireless phones is also highest in Oklahoma (25.1 percent) and lowest in Delaware (4 percent). The District of Columbia also had a high percentage of adults who use cellphones only (25.4 percent).The percentage of wireless-only phone use among households and adults varies greatly within regions. For example, in the Midwest, the state that has the most wireless-only households, Nebraska (23.2 percent), borders the state with the least, South Dakota (6.4 percent).Results from previous CDC reports on wireless substitution show wireless-only phone use continues to grow on a national level. A recent report found that 17.5 percent of U.S. homes had only wireless telephones during the first half of 2008 — nearly 3 percentage points greater than the estimate for 2007 (14.7 percent). The percentage of adults using only wireless-only phones also grew from 13.6 percent in 2007 to 16.1 percent in the first half of 2008.The full report is available at is external).CONTACT: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center forHealth Statistics Office of Communication, +1-301-458-4800/PRNewswire-USNewswire — March 11/SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Preventionlast_img read more

Cuban Ambassador accuses US ruling to impose probationary sentence on one Cuban Five member as “double-standard”

first_img 20 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews Cuban Ambassador accuses US ruling to impose probationary sentence on one Cuban Five member as “double-standard” by: – October 11, 2011 Share Her Excellency Elaina Ramous Rodriguez Cuban Ambassador Her Excellency Elaina Ramous Rodriguez is describing as “injustice” a decision by a United States judge to have one of the Cuban five prisoners serve a three year probation in the United States-even after he was released from prison.Rene’ Gonzales-an airplane pilot imprisoned for 13 years for spying on anti-Castro groups in Miami, was freed on Friday but a US Judge has ruled that Gonzalez- a dual US-Cuban-citizen must serve three years of probation in the United States.“On September 16, South Florida District Judge Joan A. Lenard denied a motion submitted by René on February 16, 2011 requesting that he be allowed to return to Cuba and be reunited with his wife, daughters and parents. He has been unjustly obliged to remain in the United States for three years of probation,” she said in an interview with a local radio station.According to her, this decision, after 13 years of incarceration, constitutes a deliberate additional penalty, motivated by the same desires for political revenge which characterized the original judicial procedures which led to the conviction of the Five in 2001. “Standing behind this decision is the United States government which for years has supported terrorism against Cuba, protecting organizations and individuals – within its territory – responsible for the deaths, pain and suffering of thousands of Cubans. The judge’s response to René’s motion is in no way justified and makes no sense. It is presumed that he must remain in the United States where clearly his life will be endangered, and where the most prominent anti-Cuban terrorist individuals and organizations are located,” she added.Her Excellency Ramos further states that although it is impossible to undo the injustice after so many years of unwarranted imprisonment and political attacks, the only minimally decorous action the government of the United States could take at this point would be to grant René permission to immediately return to Cuba, to put an end to the vengeful sentences imposed on Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando, and to allow the return of all Five to their homeland. “The cause of the Cuban Five is known throughout the entire world. There is a wealth of information, argumentation and legal evidence which demonstrates the arbitrary nature of the proceedings which led to their convictions and sentencing. Also widely recognized is the especially abusive treatment in prison these innocent men have received: extended periods of time in solitary confinement, lack of communication, psychological torture, unjustified family separation, limited contact with legal representatives and the denial of visits by mothers, wives and daughters,” he said.Adding that the people of Cuba deeply appreciate all the people and groups who have added their voices to the demand that this injustice end, state leaders and government officials, as well as renowned figures who have publicly or privately advocated for the freedom of the Five.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Mane’s fighting spirit worthy of emulation-Sports minister

first_img Loading… Sadio Mane’s fighting spirit is not only a virtue but one that should be emulated by youths across the African continent. That was the submission of Senegal Sports minister Matar Ba as the country and in particular Mane’s birthplace of Bambali continues to celebrate his crowning as African footballer of the year. Senegal minister of sports Matar Ba Ba noted that the Liverpool forward has shown over the years both off and on the pitch that humility and hard work pays, noting that he never relented in his quest to be the best without failing to appreciate those who were adjudged better than him in the past. “Sadio has fought his way to progress and to become the best player on the continent. He has always grinded his teeth in the face of difficulties to move forward”. “Faced with difficulties, he fought, last year, at home, he did not win but that did not prevent him from fighting to get this crown. This is the lesson that we must take from his coronation,” Ba submitted. Mane’s birthplace Bambali has reportedly turned into mecca of some sort as many of his fans celebrated all night while many continued to visit the area just to identify with what they have dubbed New Year gift of the new decade. Residents of the suburb described Mane in a radio vox pop as an Ambassador who has taken the name of the community to greater height projecting his origin in good light. “We do not have the words to thank Sadio (Mane) who has brought be attention of the village in the best positive way, a local resident told public broadcaster, Radio Senegal. Two time African footballer of the year winner Nwankwo Kanu Mane’s victory Tuesday brings to two the number of Senegalese that have clinched the prestigious award. El Hadji Diouf who incidentally played for Liverpool between 2002 and 2005 making 55 appearances and scoring three goals, won the gong back to back in 2001 and 2002. Read AlsoHere’s Mane’s humble speech at CAF POTY Awards Among former winners who graced the occasion Tuesday include Cameroon’s Samuel Eto who won the award a record four times and Nigeria’s NwanKwo kanu who clinched the award twice, 1996 and 1999. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthGreat Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comebacklast_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout says ‘I’m playing’ despite coronavirus concerns

first_imgANAHEIM — Three weeks and zero outbreaks after Mike Trout showed up for Angels camp with some reluctance about playing the season, he seems to have been significantly comforted that it’s safe to play.“It’s been good so far,” Trout said on Wednesday, just two days before Friday’s opener. “Obviously, since the last time we talked, I was up in the air about playing. Obviously, I’m playing. It’s been great so far.”Trout, whose wife is due to deliver the couple’s first child at the start of August, had reservations about playing amid the coronavirus when the spoke to the media July 3, the first day of camp.Since then, according to numbers provided by Major League Baseball, the positive coronavirus tests around the sport have been minimal. On Friday, MLB announced just six of 10,548 samples taken from players and staff members had come up positive. That involves multiple tests for each of the approximately 1,800 players in major-league camps. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “Realizing I’m having a child, it’s surreal,” Trout said. When I first started dating Jess, we talked about having kids, and now it’s happening. We’re very fortunate and blessed. I just can’t wait to be a dad. I’m sure I’ll ask my parents a lot of questions. I can’t even describe the emotions of it right now. Seeing Jess’ belly every night. Talking to (the baby) every night. It’s a different feeling. I can’t even explain it. It’s been great.”And does the baby respond?“He’s kicking and going crazy,” Trout said. “I can’t wait to meet him.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I think the biggest concern the whole time was if there’s an outbreak,” Trout said. “There hasn’t been one yet. If there was, we would have to evaluate the situation and do what’s right for the family. But everything’s been great so far. I’ve been locked in on baseball.”Trout, who was in the lineup for Wednesday’s exhibition finale against the Padres, said he’s confident at the moment in baseball’s ability to get through the season with the protocols currently in place, but he said the players must remain committed to following the rules about safety.“I told the guys since Day One, all it takes is one guy to mess this up,” Trout said. “I was talking to a couple of the Dodgers guys yesterday – obviously six feet apart – and it’s gonna be really tough. You have to really have respect and be accountable, especially late in season. If you bring the virus into a clubhouse when you’re fighting for the playoffs, I can’t even imagine what that would be like.“Hopefully there’s no outbreak. Being at home and controlling the atmosphere is different from traveling to Houston right now, where it’s pretty bad.”While Trout is keeping an eye on the coronavirus numbers and also preparing for the season, he is also in the final countdown until he becomes a father. Trout said he isn’t sure yet of the plan for leaving the team and returning around the birth of the baby, as far as the health and safety protocols.The Angels host the Astros the weekend of July 31-Aug. 2, with an off day Aug. 3, and then a three-game series in Seattle.“I guess when the when the baby comes, we’ll figure it out,” he said. “They’ll be testing every day. I don’t know the requirements of do I have to quarantine or not? That’s a good question. I might want to ask Billy (Eppler) that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more