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Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

World
EPAEight people, many of them women of Asian descent, have been killed in shootings at spas in the US state of Georgia.Police said the shootings took place at a massage parlour in Acworth, a suburb north of Atlanta, and two spas in the city itself.South Korea later confirmed that four of the victims were of Korean descent.Officials said a 21-year-old man had been arrested and was believed to be the suspect in all of the attacks.No motive has yet been established.However, hate crimes against Asian-Americans have spiked in recent months, fuelled by rhetoric that blames them for the spread of Covid-19.In an address last week, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated."From insults to murder - anti-Asian ...
Study: Pot-consuming pregnant women have THC in breast milk weeks later

Study: Pot-consuming pregnant women have THC in breast milk weeks later

Health
March 8 (UPI) -- Pregnant women who use marijuana-based products have high levels of the drug's psychoactive ingredient in their breast milk for up to six weeks after giving birth, a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics found. Levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in the breast milk of participating women were as high as 5.5 nanograms per milliliter two weeks after giving birth, the data showed. Advertisement At six weeks after delivery, these levels had dropped to just under 2 nanograms per milliliter. To put that in perspective, motorists with blood THC levels above 5 nanograms per milliliter can be charged with driving under the influence in many states. Today's marijuana products are more potent and several medical societies recommend abstaining from marijuana use during pregn...
Women borrow more for home purchase than other assets : CRIF Highmark

Women borrow more for home purchase than other assets : CRIF Highmark

Finance
Indian women are focusing more on building hard assets than comforts. They are availing more credit in the form of home loans as compared to personal and auto loans, data from credit bureau CRIF Highmark shows. Women account for 29 per cent of the Rs 20 lakh crore worth home loans extended by Indian lenders as of December 2020. While their share in Rs 4.6 lakh crore auto loans and Rs 5.9 lakh crore personal loans is as at 16 per cent each, according to the credit bureau. But the pandemic seems to be forcing women to go for unsecured personal loans. Active personal loans to women borrowers have spiked by 23% year-on-year or y-o-y as of December 2020, while that for home loans has increased 5% y-o-y. Active auto loans to women borrowers have reduced by 4% during the period. A total of 1.8 cr...
Study finds high rates of heart disease among Hispanic men, women

Study finds high rates of heart disease among Hispanic men, women

Health
March 4 (UPI) -- More than half of Hispanic men, and nearly half of Hispanic women, in the United States have heart disease, according to an analysis published Thursday by the journal Stroke. Around 60% of Hispanic people also have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, two health problems that place them at high risk for heart disease, the researchers said. Advertisement "It's a wake-up call for the medical community [because] despite our best efforts, Hispanic and Latino populations still seem to be undertreated for their vascular risk factors," co-author Dr. Fernando D. Testai said in a press release. "I didn't expect the numbers to be so dismal," said Testai, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers reviewed data from the Hispanic Co...
Activists call for boycott of Mitsubishi amid ‘comfort women’ uproar

Activists call for boycott of Mitsubishi amid ‘comfort women’ uproar

World
March 1 (UPI) -- Online activists are calling for the boycott of Mitsubishi products less than a month after a Harvard law professor came under criticism for his article on "comfort women." Korean Americans affiliated with community groups in California said in the statement on Change.org that they are calling for a comprehensive boycott of products from the Japanese company to protest J. Mark Ramseyer, South Korean news service News 1 reported Monday. Advertisement Ramseyer is the Mitsubishi professor of Japanese legal studies at Harvard Law School. "Please join us in boycotting all Mitsubishi products, including but not limited to vehicles, TVs, and electronic parts, as well as AC and HVAC systems," the statement read. "To continue to patronize Mitsubishi would be to give tacit endorse...