Chile presidential candidate attacked with eggs | News , International | THE DAILY STAR

It seems they objected more to Pablo Longueira’s politics than his dancing ability.

Local radio Bio Bio reports that construction workers threw eggs at Longueira Wednesday after his performance at a campaign event in the capital of Santiago.

Longueira, of the conservative Alianza coalition, is a former economy minister who was close to ex-dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

via Chile presidential candidate attacked with eggs | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.

Branswell:The NEJM Saudi MERS-CoV Cluster Report

Branswell:The NEJM Saudi MERS-CoV Cluster Report.

Saudi MERS outbreak showed SARS-like features, including possible superspreader

Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press Jun 19, 2013 05:00:17 PM

TORONTO – A long-awaited report on a large and possibly still ongoing outbreak of MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia reveals the virus spreads easily within hospitals, at one point passing in a person-to-person chain that encompassed at least five generations of spread.

The study, co-written by Toronto SARS expert Dr. Allison McGeer, also hints there may have been a superspreader in this outbreak, with one person infecting at least seven others.

The study lays out what is known about an outbreak of MERS that erupted this spring in four hospitals in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, in an area whose name translated into English can be spelled Al-Ahsa or Al-Hasa (the study uses the second version). It was reported online on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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The full NEJM article is available online, and you’ll no doubt want to read it in its entirety, but a few key points (bolding & underlining mine) lifted the discussion include:

Most of the case patients were men, and the median age was 56 years
The most common symptoms were fever (87%) and cough (89%), while 35% presented with gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting or diarrhea)
Laboratory testing for MERS-CoV remains a challenge. Validated serologic assays are not yet available, and this may have limited the identification of cases.
Because some patients presented with gastrointestinal symptoms, and transmission appeared to occur between rooms on the ward, the current WHO recommendations for surveillance and control should be regarded as the minimum standards;
The Case Fatality Ratio was 65%

Stonewalling the Public: FDA’s Secret Approval Process over GE Salmon | Food & Water Watch

In the great debate over genetically engineered (GE) salmon, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has locked the public out of key discussions by failing to disclose critical information related to the still-pending regulatory approval. As we wait to hear if the FDA will approve GE salmon this summer, we continue to scratch our heads at the contradictions that FDA can’t — or won’t — explain.

via Stonewalling the Public: FDA’s Secret Approval Process over GE Salmon | Food & Water Watch.

Simple really – follow the money – who is likely to be able to resign shortly after favorable decisions from FDA and take a well paid industry job as a “reward?” Who has been meeting with the company the most often? Follow the money – what elected officials have been pushing the Frankenfish?

Feds: Klansman and Accomplice Designed Radiation Gun to Kill Muslims | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center

Sting – hope is sticks: Two men, one of them a member of the Ku Klux Klan, were arraigned today in Albany, N.Y., on federal charges of plotting to build a mobile radiation gun intended to kill Muslims – or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.

Glendon Scott  Crawford, 49, a Klan member from Galway, N.Y., and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, are both charged with conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism in the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

via oFeds: Klansman and Accomplice Designed Radiation Gun to Kill Muslims | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center.

Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets for a sixth straight day of protests

Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets for a sixth straight day of protests on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of new Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski despite his apology over a political blunder.

Carrying Bulgarian flags, the protesters gathered outside the government headquarters in downtown Sofia, shouting “Mafia!” “Red garbage!” and “Resignation!”

Over 600 nationalists also staged a separate rally outside parliament, waving black flags and pressing for new elections.

Oresharski’s appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski as head of the powerful national security agency DANS had sparked public outrage.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Jun-19/220948-thousands-stage-new-protests-in-bulgaria-despite-pms-apology.ashx#ixzz2WgyNjhPn 
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Detention on Saturday Morning

The Villages Group: Cooperation in Israel-Palestine

To our dear friends,

Between our weekly visits to South Mt. Hebron things happen, things that happen during a week, quite ordinary things.

People wake up in the morning to a new day – they wash, pray, eat, discover that settlers cut down 62 trees in their olive grove, as a “price tag” action; or they go to sleep and wake up to the violent presence of 20 soldiers and one policeman in their living room, a visit that was not pre-coordinated with and approved by the house owners; or they go to shepherd their goats, get detained for two days and released with a court summon, after paying bail they will never get back.

These and other are the happenings between one weekly visit to the next, in an ordinary week, one among many in which a daily routine like this takes place. Mere footnotes, maybe similar in their…

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Israeli assaults Al-Aqsa Mosque guard | Maan News Agency

An Israeli extremist on Wednesday assaulted a guard at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after dozens of Jewish worshipers entered the Islamic holy site.

Muwafaq Hamami was trying to stop an Israeli extremist taking photos of women at the compound when the Israeli hit him and knocked him unconscious, witnesses told Ma’an.

Hamami was taken to Hadassah Medical Center for treatment.

Dozens of Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.

Four Israelis started to perform Jewish prayers on leaving the compound, and Muslim worshipers tried to stop them, leading to further clashes.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib condemned the incidents as “very dangerous” and called on Israeli police to stop Jewish worshipers entering the compound without clearance from the Islamic endowment department.

via Israeli assaults Al-Aqsa Mosque guard | Maan News Agency.

Nearly 23,000 pounds ground beef recalled over E. coli | OregonLive.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that routine testing turned up E. coli O157:H7, a deadly form of the bacterium, in the meat. Produced by National Beef Packing Co., the ground beef was sold in 10 lb. packages with a use-by/sell-by date of June 14.

The company, which sells nationwide, said the beef was shipped to retailers and institutions. The USDA is concerned that some of the packages may be in consumers’ freezers.

E. coli O157:H7 is one of the deadliest foodborne pathogens. Special care should be taken in preparing raw meat and poultry to avoid cross contamination. They should also be thoroughly cooked to killed foodborne pathogens.

via Nearly 23,000 pounds ground beef recalled over E. coli | OregonLive.com.

The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / The Opening of the Taleban Office in Qatar: Flags, Interviews and an Angry Government

At the moment, one would have to conclude that the opening of this office has made the Taleban look strong, the Americans desperate and President Karzai angry. The Palace will be issuing a statement imminently. We will then have a better idea of the extent of the damage.

via The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / The Opening of the Taleban Office in Qatar: Flags, Interviews and an Angry Government.