Austria has promised cash payments to migrants and immigrants if they return home. Austria is far less welcoming to refugees and other immigrants than some other European nations. According to Hot Air.com, Austria has refused to provide camps with food and declined to participate in a recent EU mandate concerning immigrant assimilation. Despite these crack downs, migrant camps still remain in the country. In an effort to push them out, Austrian authorities are offering 1 thousand euros to immigrants if they return home. The program started earlier this year, and the government has seen over eighteen hundred people leave as a result. Authorities are now considering doubling the amount for those prepared to go home.
A policeman was stabbing in a Michigan airport Wednesday, and authorities are investigating the assault as a possible terrorist attack. According to NBC News, the officer was stabbed in the neck at the Bishop International Airport in Flint by an assailant who reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Police neutralized the attacker who was then taken away in handcuffs. The officer is now in stable condition at a local hospital. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder reacted to the stabbing in a tweet, saying “As we wait to learn more about the incident at Bishop Airport, please keep the attacked officer in your thoughts and prayers.” The airport reported that all other passengers were evacuated safely and that the building is currently closed until further notice. This is the second incident to trigger an evacuation at the Flint airport this month.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review lament Monday’s Supreme Court decision striking down Texas abortion regulations. They also laugh as opponents of Brexit lose their minds over last week’s referendum. And they are exasperated at Trump’s immigration flip-flopping.
The World Health Organization calls the Zika virus a global health emergency, but entomologist Joe Ballenger says the U.S. is very unlikely to see much of an outbreak while more tropical climates ought to be more concerned.
Ballenger says there are two types of mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the Zika virus to humans, but the yellow fever mosquito, or Aedes aegypti, is the primary culprit.
“The yellow fever mosquito is restricted to the southeastern portion of the U.S.. It ranges upward to South Carolina and west to southeast Texas. Then there’s some populations in south central Arizona and some in California,” said Ballenger.
The other mosquito involved is known as the Asian Tiger mosquito. It has a greater presence in the U.S., going as far north as Iowa, but Ballenger says it’s a much less effective vector for Zika than the yellow fever mosquito.
“Large scale viral outbreaks are really only seen in areas with yellow fever mosquito populations,” said Ballenger.
While that may sound ominous for the areas of the U.S. where the yellow fever mosquito is present, Ballenger says there is no reason for alarm. First, he says mosquitoes are not a threat at all right now.
“Mosquitoes in the U.S. are very much a seasonal thing. Right now it’s winter and transmission is impossible in most of the U.S. because the mosquitoes aren’t out,” said Ballenger.
But even when things warm up, Ballenger says the track record of mosquitoes infecting people in America with other diseases is quite limited.
“With dengue (fever) and yellow fever, they tend not to stick around too long in the U.S. Transmission hasn’t happened in the U.S., at least in the lower 48, in a very long time,” said Ballenger.
Ballenger recommends being vigilant but calm.
“Be on the lookout but there’s no reason to panic. There’s a lot of differences between the U.S. and Brazil in terms of how mosquitoes encounter people and where they bite,” said Ballenger.
His advice for reducing exposure to the Zika virus sounds similar to the mosquito advice we get every summer.
“Keep mosquitoes outside by repairing window screens and using air conditioning. Mosquitoes like it warm so they don’t like to go into warm houses. Wear long sleeves and pants during summer and avoid dark colors. Wear insect repellent, specifically Deet, Picaridin or something called IR 3535, which is found in Avon skin so soft lotion,” said Ballenger.
“Use reasonable amounts,” he said. “You don’t need to bathe in the stuff.”
He also says to dump out sources of standing water like bird baths and flower pots since they are a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Ballenger also dismisses the contention that genetically modified mosquitoes are to blame. He says that experimentation in South America was over before any Zika outbreak was detected.
“There was an experiment releasing mosquitoes in Brazil two or three years ago but those releases stopped well before this epidemic. So the notion that the mosquitoes are genetically modified in order to carry this virus is not true,” said Ballenger.
From a scientific perspective, Ballenger is hoping scientists can glean more insights into the impact Zika has on the human body. He says reports of problems of fetal brain development are very likely linked but that hasn’t been proven yet.