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You won’t believe what washed ashore in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

You won’t believe what washed ashore in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – A creature that looks like an alien, with razor-sharp teeth, was found on a Texas beach.

Preeti Desai, a social media expert for the National Audubon Society, posted pictures on her Twitter account. She requested help from the public in identifying this mysterious creature.

“Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX. ‪#wildlifeid‬,” said Desai on Twitter @preetalina

Images by Preeti Desai

Desai added on Twitter that two biologists have identified the creature as a fangtooth snake eel. However, no one is completely sure and up until now, it’s any marine creature expert’s guess. Or any alien beast expert’s guess.

Another person commented on Desai’s Twitter, that ichthyologists believe it may be a king snake eel.

“Xenomorph invasion? Deep-sea fish? @preetalina recruits #ScienceTwitter fish tweeps to solve the case!” said Dr. Solomon David, an aquatic ecologist.

What’s your best guess? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tap Water Before Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Should you drink tap water in Puerto Rico?

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – People in Puerto Rico have been told to boil water after Hurricane Maria.

That’s a great piece of advice.

However, it’s important to understand that the health hazards related to tap water in Puerto Rico have existed before Hurricane Maria. 

It’s not safe to drink tap water in Puerto Rico, ever. You can drink it and may not feel anything immediately – such as gastroenteritis or other health concerns – but you may not be aware of longer term effects of such practice.

We put together a couple of links with information of the status of tap water in Puerto Rico, and also mainland USA to substantiate.

Tap water is not safe to drink. Unless you run each cup through a lab test, it’s probably best to use a good filter first.

If you decide to drink tap water in Puerto Rico, please read this first. Make an informed decision.

In 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that:

“Puerto Rico suffers the worst rate of drinking water violations of any state or territory in the nation. In 2015, 99.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s population was served by community water systems in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and 69.4 percent of people on the island were served by water sources that violated SDWA’s health standards. The data contained in this report reflect significant drinking water violations in Puerto Rico. These numbers are based on Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) data reported by the Puerto Rico Department of Health to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”

Read the full report here: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/threats-on-tap-drinking-water-puerto-rico-ip.pdf

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Fox Business: Why You Should Think Twice Before Drinking Tap Water

“The Environmental Protection Agency is working hard to remove deadly toxins from drinking water being consumed by over six million Americans.”

“The move comes after Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a new study showing high levels of industrial chemicals such as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—which are linked to cancer and other health problems—have exceeded federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water in states like California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.”

Read the full article here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/08/11/why-should-think-twice-before-drinking-tap-water.html

Here’s another look at additional issues with tap water from One Take Fitness and Nutrition in the UK:

“Don’t forget that once your water leaves the water treatment plant it travels through pipes, some of which may have been underground since Victorian times. It is almost impossible for the water not to become contaminated by something undesirable. How many of us still have lead pipes feeding into our houses? You can pretty much guarantee that if your house was built before about 1970 it’s probably still fed by a lead pipe at the very least from the water main in the street to your stop tap, so there’s every chance of heavy metal contamination.”

Read the full article here: http://martinwhitaker.co.uk/the-truth-about-drinking-tap-water/

There are some that report that tap water is beneficial. That is correct, but only when these contaminated conditions do not exist.

Could we go further in additional findings? Yes. But our goal here is to inform our readers with a basic understanding of the tap water situation. It has been and it is a health hazard that all should be made aware of.

Think before you drink.

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Hoffa: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Has Room For Improvement As It Makes Its Long March Through Congress

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(WASHINGTON) The following is a statement by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, legislation allowing for the nationwide deployment of automated driving technology.

Further Action Needed to Safeguard Workers, Public Safety

“As the legislation concerning autonomous vehicles moves forward through Congress, the interests of working Americans and the safety of our roadways must be a top priority for lawmakers.”

“The Teamsters Union is encouraged by recent improvements to the bill, including the bipartisan consensus among members of Congress that commercial motor vehicles should be exempted from this legislation.

“However, more work needs to be done. The exemption for commercial vehicles must be clarified prior to final passage. We look forward to working with members of both parties to ensure that workers and the motoring public will have the safe and reliable transportation system they deserve, both today and far into the future.”

“The testing of autonomous vehicle technology must be transparent and any technologies that have not been fully vetted and proven should certainly not be rushed into implementation in any commercial capacity.”

“We will continue to closely monitor legislation concerning autonomous vehicles and share our concerns with members of Congress in order to ensure that workers are safeguarded and highway safety is protected.”

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Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

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Today in History: Hurricane Betsy (Santa Clara) hits Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Hurricane Betsy, locally known as Santa Clara, devastates Puerto Rico on August 12, 1956.

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Hurricane Betsy, locally known as Santa Clara, devastates Puerto Rico on August 12, 1956.

According to the disaster management agency in Puerto Rico:

Number of dead: 16

Number of injured: 24

There were 15,000 houses destroyed and total losses were $ 40,000,000 million. There is no doubt that the hurricane of the day of Santa Clara was disastrous. The main damages were in the Yabucoa area and in the center of the island in a line from Humacao to Dorado and from Yabucoa to Salinas. Thousands of people were left in the street, their homes totally destroyed. All major rivers experienced large increases.

The Governor authorized an allocation of $ 6,700,000 from the State Emergency Fund to initiate the rehabilitation of the island.

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