Infections Linked to Chinese Seafood Markets in New York – NYTimes.com

At least 30 people have contracted a rare skin infection after buying seafood at markets in Chinese neighborhoods across New York City, prompting health officials to issue a warning to consumers and market workers to take precautions when handling raw or live fish.

The source of the outbreak was unclear, but health officials said that all of the people who were infected had bought fish at markets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Flushing, Queens; or Chinatown, in Manhattan.

There was no evidence that eating fish from any of those markets could cause illness, officials said.

“People are encouraged to wear waterproof gloves in their home when preparing live or raw fish or seafood that came from a market in Chinatown, especially if they have cuts or abrasions,” the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement.

via Infections Linked to Chinese Seafood Markets in New York – NYTimes.com.

Iran’s four-part plan for a political solution in Syria – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The best approach to a political solution in Syria lies in addressing both the threat of international terrorism and the urgent humanitarian crisis, as well as a national and international process leading to a direct vote by the Syrian people, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein-Amir Abdollahian.

via Iran’s four-part plan for a political solution in Syria – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Responds to the Shooting of Kriston Charles Belinte Chee | Native News Online

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission office issued a news released after learning of Kriston Chee’s death and Quadlin’s claim of self defense.

Leonard Gorman, NNHRC Executive Director states:

“Claim of self defense are very subjective. Based on the recent Florida cases (Zimmerman and Dunn), it is clear that no duty to retreat is confusing and require substantial investigation.”

“It’s disappointing to learn that Mr. Chee’s family is left with the notion that his death is okay, no crime committed,” Gorman further stated.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission is at dismayed by the quick ruling and acceptance of self defense. When a person’s life is taken the remaining family members deserve a full investigation.

Maricopa County is currently investigating this case to determine if charges should be filed against Quadlin. The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will be following the outcome and results of the investigation.

via The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Responds to the Shooting of Kriston Charles Belinte Chee | Native News Online.

Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!

Calling all Atkins, Paleo, and standard American diet eaters — listen up! ‘More animal protein’ does not mean ‘more health and happiness.’ According to a study published Tuesday in Cell Metabolism, people who consume lots of animal protein in their middle years should instead expect it to mean ‘more cancer, diabetes, and premature mortality.’

via Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!.

Want power – so jump on anti-gay bandwagon, then run people’s lives! allAfrica.com: Kenya: Anti-Gay Groups in Campaign to ‘Prevent Sodom’

Several lobby groups have launched a campaign against homosexuality. They want the government to declare it a crime. The groups yesterday kicked off the ‘Zuia Sodom Kabisa’ (Prevent Sodom Completely) petition to collect a million signatures against homosexuality in Kenya.

The groups include the Save Our Men Initiative, Maendeleo ya Wanaume, the Kikuyu Council of Elders, religious groups and professionals. “The support the homosexual community is getting from Western governments like the Netherlands, USA and Germany has given homosexuals boldness that borders on intimidation for the few voices of reason that are standing against their onslaught,” said Peter Munga, the chairman of Mandate Initiative.

Munga said the “vocal and incessant support” homosexuals are getting from US President Barack Obama is worrying. Save Our Men’s Jasiel Njau said Uganda has been threatened with Western aid cuts for outlawing homosexuality “based on scientific-cultural facts and sound moral considerations”.

via allAfrica.com: Kenya: Anti-Gay Groups in Campaign to ‘Prevent Sodom’.

Tears for Crimea #ukraine #poetry

penned in moon dust

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They fall against the pane of my heart

rattling my soul

where are they

those children I taught?

they young women  and men

my adopted grand son

what questions are unanswered

we have little concern for life they spend

each of you beautiful to me

talented, artistic, musical

full of hope

where is the land on the Black Sea?

are your dreams under the treads of a tank?

“God, please be with these people

who  have been dangled

society’s weak thread”

MapCrimeaThere’s so much being said about Crimea and Ukraine. I’ve lived with the people and know  they have suffered much. If Ukraine wanted to be part of Russia it would be. These people are  once again being placed  in a political meat grinder.

The map of Crimea is from the Ukraine Travel Advisor which shows some beautiful travel spots.

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