Disney and 21st Century Fox Finalize Merger for $71.3B; Houston Area Chemical Facility Fire Extinguished; Study Connects Daily Use of Cannabis With Higher Rates of Psychosis; Kellyanne Conway in Middle of Boss-Husband Feud; Beto and Bernie Rake Big Donations; 45 Rattlesnakes Removed From Under Texas Home; Deaf Transgender Actor Chella Man Announces Superhero Role on Season 2 of “Titans”; RID Announces Charity Warigon as Interim CEO
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Disney and 21st Century Fox Finalize Merger for $71.3B
After one year, the entertainment business 21st Century Fox has completed their agreement to sell its assets to Disney for $71.3 billion.
This deal will help Disney be more competitive against other companies like Amazon and Netflix.
Disney will also get a 30% controlling stake with another streaming service Hulu. Disney already had 30% and now will have 60% majority control.
With this deal, Disney will be able to proceed with launching their own streaming service called Disney Plus. They expect to release it later this year and it is unknown how much it will cost per month for subscribers.
Hulu will still be used for more general programs. Disney Plus will focus on more family-friendly tv shows and movies. It will feature 5 categories: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
Fox will now focus on the following three things — and these were not included in the deal — Fox News, Fox Business Network and Fox Sports.
Former House speaker Paul Ryan will join the board of directors for the new Fox Corporation.
Thousands of employees face layoffs because many Fox and Disney film-production staff have the same jobs.
Houston Area Chemical Facility Fire Extinguished
Early this morning, at Deer Park near Houston, Texas, at a chemical storage facility called Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Tank Farm, there was a large fire that was finally extinguished after almost 4 days of burning. So far there are no serious injuries.
The fire started on Sunday afternoon when there was a leak in the manifold (a pipe or chamber that leads to several openings) of one of the facility’s tanks. That leak ignited the fire and the fire spread to seven tanks. ITC says the crews will continue spraying on the tanks with foam and water to keep them cool to prevent them from starting another fire.
Some who live around the area have been worried that the smoke will affect them. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEW) have said that the air quality is at the moderate level for Houston, Austin and San Antonio. This means the air quality is acceptable for most people, but for those highly sensitive to pollution might have moderate health issues.
ITC said that air monitoring near the facility shows readings “well below hazardous levels.” However, ITC has set up a claims hotline and website for those who think they might have been affected by the fire. The link to this website is provided in the transcript.
Study Connects Daily Use of Cannabis With Higher Rates of Psychosis
In Europe, new research was published that studied the connection between daily cannabis use and an increased risk of psychosis.
Psychosis is a severe mental condition where someone loses touch with reality.
901 individuals from 12 major cities, most in Europe and one in Brazil, were part of the study. They were individuals that used mental health services and researchers looked at their history of cannabis use and other recreational drugs.
The researchers concluded that those who used any type of cannabis daily were 3 times more likely to get a diagnosis of psychosis compared to those who never used cannabis.
Those who used high potency cannabis were 4-5 times more likely. “High potency” refers to cannabis products that has over 10 percent THC, which is the chemical that gives users the “high.”
The research showed that those who started using cannabis at the age of 15 or lower have a higher risk than those who started later.
The strongest links between cannabis use and psychosis were in Paris, London and Amsterdam where the THC concentration were the highest and most commonly available.
There has been similar studies in the past, but they weren’t reliable enough because the test populations were not large enough until now.
However, this study shows only a connection, but does not prove that heavy cannabis use is directly linked to psychosis.
Kellyanne Conway in Middle of Boss-Husband Feud; Beto and Bernie Rake Big Donations
Here are two political news briefs.
The first — White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is in the middle of online attacks between President Trump and her husband, George Conway.
George on Monday tweeted a suggestion that Trump had mental disorders — narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. He posted images from the DSM-5 book that is used by mental health specialists.
President Trump responded on Twitter that George was very jealous of his wife’s success and that he was a stone cold LOSER and husband from hell.
Kellyanne told Politico that Trump should be allowed to respond, to do a counterpunch. She also said that George was “play[ing] psychiatrist.”
The second news — Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate from 128,000 unique contributors. This is comparable with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)’s first 24 hours — he received $5.9 million from 225,000 donors.
The first Democratic party debates will be in June. Rules state that a candidate must receive 65,000 unique donors in order to qualify. There might be about 20 candidates who may be divided in different groups for several nights of debates.
45 Rattlesnakes Removed From Under Texas Home
A home in north Texas had 45 rattlesnakes removed from under the home.
A professional snake removal company, Big Country Snake Removal, posted a viral Facebook video of a worker using an extended tong to pull the snakes who were in different places in the home’s crawl space.
The snakes were in different places around the home’s foundations. Some of them showed their fangs when they were removed. News articles said there was a lot of hissing and rattling sounds and you could see rattles moving furiously.
The company said the homeowner had a very well kept yard and their home was very nice and clean, but that rattlesnakes don’t care about how nice your house is or what kind of car you drive because they care simply about survival.
The snakes were placed in two large plastic totes and one plastic bucket. The company said they would be relocated to a place away from humans and livestock so they can be studied.
Deaf Transgender Actor Chella Man Announces Superhero Role on Season 2 of “Titans”
A Deaf transgender model and actor, Chella Man, announced on Twitter yesterday that he has a role as a superhero, Jericho, on the second season of “Titans.”
“Titans” is an online web television series operated by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. A subscription is required to watch it online.
Here is his tweet announcing this.
Tweet: @chellamanart “SECRET’S OUT! It is UNREAL to announce I will be making my acting debut as Jericho on Season 2 Titans! As a trans, Deaf, Jewish POC, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences. It’s a dream come true as I will now be able to showcase this power on the Titans.”
Chella Man explained that in the comics, the character has always used sign language because his vocal cords were severed by assassins. He said Jericho’s superpower is in his gaze, that if he locks eyes with people he can control their bodies.
Chella Man is a successful model that has previously done work with Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch.
“Dazed” magazine said there is no release date for season 2 of “Titans,” but it is expected to debut sometime this year.
Nyle DiMarco tweeted “THIS IS REPRESENTATION” with applause and ILY emojis.
Season 1 is available on dcuniverse.com. There is a free trial. It is available on Netflix for international subscribers outside of the U.S.
RID Announces Charity Warigon as Interim CEO
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)’s Board President Melvin Walker announced in a vlog that Charity Warigon, a Deaf woman, will be RID’s interim CEO as they begin a search for a long-term CEO.
Warigon said she considers herself a strong community builder and leader. She said she wants to meet and connect with people in the short term and at at the RID National Conference in Rhode Island in July.
RID shared Warigon’s CV. At the top of the list was her experience in crisis management requiring effective leadership. She had several top management positions at Gallaudet University from 2002 to 2018 and is a co-founder of the W.R.I.T.E. Endowment Fund.
The online response to the announcement was positive.
RID went through a tumultuous period with their previous CEO, Joey Trapani, who is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). He is hearing. He was chosen in June over a Deaf candidate and there was criticism by multiple people in the Deaf community. Trapani resigned in September.
Walker said in the interim CEO announcement video that the search process for a long-term CEO has already begun.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!
Gallaudet University: [gallaudet.edu]