Most of Syria’s toxins can be destroyed more easily than officials initially thought – The Washington Post

In private briefings to weapons experts, White House officials said analysts had concluded that Syria possesses more than 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, of which about 300 metric tons are sulfur mustard, the blister agent used in World War I. Nearly all of the remainder consists of chemical precursors of the nerve agent sarin, described as being “unweaponized” and in “liquid bulk” form, according to two people who attended White House briefings.

Weapons experts not privy to the briefings described the findings as encouraging.

via Most of Syria’s toxins can be destroyed more easily than officials initially thought – The Washington Post.

The Gun Report: September 26, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 31-year-old woman was shot multiple times and killed in a road rage incident in St. Albans, Vt., Wednesday afternoon. Police say the suspect, Matthew Webster, 30, ran a red light and nearly hit another car. The woman driving that car followed him, and when they got out of their cars to confront each other, Webster shot her.

via The Gun Report: September 26, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

No Stand Your Ground in Vermont especially for a MOC – man out of control!

When There’s No Emergency Phone Number, Kenya Tweets For Help · Global Voices

In the last year, Ogola has turned Kenya Red Cross social media into a virtual 911 [emergency phone number in North America], taking in information about emergencies and putting out public safety bulletins, 24 hours a day.

“The information I get online, it’s amazing,” says Ogola. “You get the exact location of where the incident is, you get photos, how many people injured, where, and how far. Previously it was really hard.”

Ogola says he has helped coordinate response to hundreds of emergencies, liaising with social media users on the scene and emergency services countrywide. All with the help of ordinary Kenyans on their mobile phones.

“Kenyans thought, ‘Whoa, I can actually save someone’s life with a touch of a button,’” he says. “And it went viral.”

Here’s how it works: you see an accident, a shooting, or a fire; you tweet, or Facebook, or text Kenya Red Cross. Ogola does a cloud search, scanning social media for photos, location tags or other information on the same incident. Within minutes, he hands it over to first responders on the ground.

“If we get a security tweet we forward it to the police. If we get a fire alert about a building burning, we forward it to the fire brigade, and we call a backup team,” Ogola says. “We have actually become the reporting tool for all kind of incidents. We never had any reporting tool in Kenya.”

via When There’s No Emergency Phone Number, Kenya Tweets For Help · Global Voices.

Estonian doctors successfully used cell stems to restore mobility of a patient’s hand :: The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics

On April 16 this year, a team of doctors of the Hospital of Reconstructive Surgery, headed by surgeon Romek Märtsin, had an operation aimed to give a 18-year-old girl Anett Torri back the ability to move her left hand and use her fingers that had become immobile due to scar tissue after she suffered a severe fire accident when she was 6 years old. She can now, nearly six months after the first operation, freely move the hand that was restricted earlier by a severe scar tissue on her arm, stretch her fingers that were crooked and wrist that was tilted before.

 

The doctors took fat tissue from the patient, which was then processed in a Cytor machine, which separated cell stems from it which were injected to the patient’s hand. The first operation was followed later by a second when fat tissue was added to the hand, which all restored the tissue lost in the fire and softened the scars that restricted the movement of the hand.

 

Dr Romek Märtsin and Dr Andrus Loog, from the Hospital of Reconstructive Surgery, will present the results of the first surgery in Estonia with use of autologic stem cells on Friday, in Pärnu at a symposium “Cell Stem Treatment – Breakthrough in Regenerative Medicine.”

via Estonian doctors successfully used cell stems to restore mobility of a patient’s hand :: The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics.

New Roots Recipes | International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Food that should be banned – it looks so good!

From community garden to kitchen table, New Roots brings together people from around the world to share their talents and interests, histories and heritage—and their love of good, wholesome food.

Explore and share the inventive recipes below, all inspired by the natural bounty and wide-ranging flavors of New Roots.

via New Roots Recipes | International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Orthodox Jews enter Aqsa compound marking Sukkot | Maan News Agency

It seems to be clear that the extreme right – Israeli Tea Party – will not stop until they are excluded or destroy the mosque and rebuild their believed Temple there. A most extreme threat to peace being facilitated by current government of Israel.

Israeli rightists escorted by Israeli police and military officers entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where they were met with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” by Muslim worshipers.

Witnesses told Ma’an that 26 ultra-Orthodox Jews entered the compound in small groups via the Moroccan Gate. They said the visit coincided with the last day of the Jewish Sukkot holiday.

The unwelcome visitors, added the witnesses, moved from the Moroccan Gate (Bab al-Magharibah) to the Golden Gate (Bab al-Rahmah), then to the Cotton Merchants’ Gate (Bab al-Qattanin) before they left from the Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsilah).

Since last Wednesday, more than 700 ultra-Orthodox Jews have entered the compound to celebrate Sukkot.

Palestinian officials in the ministry of endowment said it had been the largest number of Jews entering al-Aqsa Mosque area since the 1980 annexation of Jerusalem.

Separately, hundreds of Israeli settlers toured the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem Thursday performing prayers including dances as they celebrated the Water Libation Ceremony.

via Orthodox Jews enter Aqsa compound marking Sukkot | Maan News Agency.

Garden Fresh Foods Recalling Ready-to-Eat Chicken, Ham Products for Possible Listeria Contamination | Food Safety News

Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee, WI, is recalling more than 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent out an announcement about this recall on Wednesday evening.

via Garden Fresh Foods Recalling Ready-to-Eat Chicken, Ham Products for Possible Listeria Contamination | Food Safety News.