Sign1News 8.16.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Candace Jones. Here are your top stories for today. A few weeks ago Delta announced it was adding
special pins to the uniforms of its crewmembers. The pins will let Deaf travelers know which
staff members know sign language. Delta’s headquarters is just a few miles from
our studio here in Atlanta. So earlier this week Sign1News anchor Crystal
Cousineau headed to the airport to talk with Delta officials, to learn more about the sign
language pins and to find out how soon Deaf travelers can expect to see them. We are just two weeks into the month of August
and sadly we have had to report on three deadly active shooter stories in Gilroy, California,
El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Would you know what to do if there were an
active shooter incident in your city? Here in Georgia law enforcement officials
and Deaf advocates are making sure Deaf and hard of hearing residents, Deaf caregivers
Deaf educators and sign language interpreters are prepared. On Saturday, August 24 the nonprofit group
All Hands On, in collaboration with the Cobb County Police Department, is offering an all-day
workshop that will teach participants how to recognize the signs of an active shooting,
how to defend against an active shooter and steps to follow when law enforcement arrives. Registration is free and lunch is provided. The only requirements are that attendants
be older than 18 years old. Children younger than 18 must attend with a parent or legal
guardian. And you must know ASL. This is an ASL-only
event so no voice interpretation will be provided. To register go to If you have questions, email [email protected] Bananas may soon be harder to find and more
expensive. Officials in Colombia confirm a fungus that
decimated banana plantations in Asia and Australia are now there. The tropical “Race 4” strain of Panama Disease
infects the soil banana plants grow in. It eventually makes them unable to produce
fruit. The fungus led Colombian authorities to declare
a state of emergency. Because the disease generally spreads before
it is discovered, experts say containment efforts probably won’t keep it from migrating
across Latin America. A different strain of the fungus decimated
bananas in the early 1900s. Farmers started growing the type of bananas
we eat today specifically because they were resistant to it. However there are no additional banana types
that can easily survive the shipping time from Latin America to US grocers. We have an update to a story we told you about
yesterday. Yesterday Israeli officials banned Democratic
congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country because of their
support of a boycott against Israel and after President Trump tweeted the country would
be showing “great weakness” if the women were allowed in. Israel had a change of heart and granted permission
for Tlaib to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the West Bank. Tlaib also sent a letter saying this may be
the last opportunity to see her 90-year-old grandmother. She also promised not to speak about boycotting
the country while she’s there. But then just a few hours after being granted
permission to visit Israel, Tlaib sent a tweet indicated
she changed her mind. She said “I cannot allow the state of Israel
to take away my right to speak the truth about inhumane conditions for Palestinians, to silence
me and treat me like a criminal and to use my love for my city to bow down to their oppressive
and racist policy.” Tlaib’s family supports her decision. Pumpkin spice and canned meat? Hormel apparently thinks it’s a perfect combo. The company says fans of the fall time favorite
pumpkin spice can purchase cans of limited-edition Spam pumpkin spice next month. The product will be on sale at Walmart and
Spam’s online stores. There is no pumpkin mixed with the canned
pork, just cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. So what’s the perfect side dish for pumpkin
spice Spam? Spam recommends topping it with waffles, creating
a fall vegetable hash with it or baking it into a cornbread muffin. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Candace Jones. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social
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