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Sign1News 2.16.20 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign1News 2.16.20 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Here are your top stories for today. Have you ever seen ASL in written form? Take a look. According to Sign1News MMJ and artist Martha
Anger, that’s what “Sign1News” looks like written in ASL. Back in 2003, a Deaf professor name Robert
Arnold wrote a Masters degree thesis proposing a written system for American sign language. In 2010, he published a book showing people
how to write ASL. Martha has been studying the book for years
and decided to use her artistic skills to design our company name. We’ve even placed a written Sign1News ASL
logo in our online store if you want to own a piece of Martha’s art on a T-shirt or coffee
mug. We asked Martha what was the inspiration behind
her design. Here’s what she had to say. Signing is our first language. English is the second language, right? We use both languages. But no one writes ASL. We have signing and English, which is not
our real language, So I decided to use ASL in written form as
inspiration for Sign1News’ logo to match the tag line “Your Life. Your Language.” That’s the point, right? And that’s all. So I used both the design and the meaning
behind it to match our company. Thank you for all your support. Love you! American authorities are on high alert after
Iran vowed “harsh revenge” against the United States for killing the country’s top military
commander in a drone strike. On Saturday, Iran’s president said the United
States committed a “grave mistake” in killing Iranian commander Qazem Soleimani and that
“Americans will face the consequences of this criminal act not only today but also in the
coming years.” When Iran’s president visited the house of
Soleimani’s family in Teheran on Saturday, Soleimani’s daughter asked him “Who will take
revenge for my father?” Rouhani responded “Everyone will get revenge.” US law enforcement and Homeland Security say
there is no known credible threat on American soil at this time but they are considering
elevating the terrorism level. A senior DHS official says counterterror experts
are already on the lookout for retaliatory attacks and are warning Americans of cyber
attack risks as possible threats. When it comes to attacks on Americans, President
Trump is sending out a clear message, which said, in part: “Let this be a warning to terrorists.
If you value your life, you will not threaten the lives of citizens.” Authorities in Australia say overnight, three
fires combined to form a massive single blaze larger than the New York borough of Manhattan. Firefighters admit they can’t stop the fire. They can only steer it away from communities. The massive fire is predicted to be the most
catastrophic day since firefighters started battling bushfires four months ago. Unfortunately weather conditions are deteriorating
on Saturday. The country’s Bureau of Meteorology warns
that winds are picking up and temperatures increasing. Hot, dry and windy weather is expected to
hinder firefighters and worsen the flames. And the death toll is rising. As of Saturday, 23 people have been killed
nationwide. Alabama police say they have found the body
of 29-year-old Paighton Houston. She had been reported missing since December
20 after texting a coworker that she was with strangers and she felt she was in trouble. Houston was in Birmingham visiting the Tin
Roof bar. She was last seen leaving the bar with two
heavyset black men. Police say she appeared to leave willingly. But hours later, her coworkers received a
text from Houston that read “If I call, answer. I don’t know these people and I feel in trouble.” On Friday the body of a woman found in a shallow
grave behind the house in Hueytown, Alabama was positively identified as Houston. Police say a tip led them to the house. The CDC says the flu season is wrecking havoc
on the health of millions of Americans. 1,300 deaths and millions of cases of illnesses
have been reported nationwide. And this year’s flu season could last until
May. But there are some simple steps you can take
to stay healthy. The first line of defense is well known: wash
your hands consistently and often. But beyond that, health experts say there
are five other things you can do to help keep the flu away. First, get plenty of sleep. Having healthy sleep patterns helps your immune
system stay strong. Second, soothe stress. Stress makes bodies more susceptible to illnesses
like the flu. Third, get more from your food. Healthy eating helps boost your immune system. Fourth, soak up some sun. Colder temperatures keep most of us indoors
but you could be missing out on vital vitamin D which helps decrease inflammation and helps
the body’s natural defenses. Finally keep up the pace. Exercise is essential for immune health. 20 to 30 minutes several times a week can
do wonders for your health. The CDC says it is not too late to get vaccinated. The agency recommends everyone six months
of age and older to get the flu vaccine. In an interview with ABC News, longtime Jeopardy
host Alex Trebek said he may not be hosting the popular game show for much longer. Trebek was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic
cancer in March. He promised fans he will continue to host
the show as long as his skills don’t diminish. He did not disclose when he will stop appearing
on the series but he already knows how he will say goodbye. He says he will ask the director to time the
show down to leave him thirty seconds at the end. He says that’s all the time he will need to
say goodbye to his 36-year career as Jeopardy host. He says his final speech will say something
like: “Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m
sure if you give them the same love, attention and respect that you’ve shown me, then they
will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again,
God bless and goodbye.” And those your top stories for today. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Thank you for watching Sign1News live. Remember to follow us on all of our social
media platforms and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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