News – Marked increase of MERS-CoV cases in… – Ned Hamson – FriendFeed

News – Marked increase of MERS-CoV cases in… – Ned Hamson – FriendFeed.

As of 23 April 2014, 345 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV have been reported to public health authorities worldwide, including 107 deaths. Fourteen countries have identified cases; four of which have only reported one case, whilst 272 cases have been in Saudi Arabia. Seventy-two of the 345 cases have been healthcare workers.

Despite Violence, the Debutante Ball in Beirut Carries On – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Despite Violence, the Debutante Ball in Beirut Carries On – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

That some might find a ball like this, in light of the situation in the country, a bit galling is nothing but a misunderstanding, says Fenianos. Though the circumstances are serious indeed: Opposing camps in the north are firing at each other almost daily, car bombs explode frequently in the south, the economy is in free fall and a fifth of Lebanon’s current population is made up of refugees from the Syrian civil war.

“We know what’s going on,” Fenianos said at the dress rehearsal on the day before the ball. “But we are showing the real Lebanon! We have been holding this ball for 16 years and nothing can stop us, neither crises nor bombs. We also danced in 2006, two months after the war with Israel!”

Settlers attack 7-year-old girl in south Hebron hills | Maan News Agency

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian family in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, injuring a seven-year-old girl, a peace group said.

At midday on Thursday, two settlers riding a quad bike attacked four children and their mother with stones as they were returning from school to the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed, Operation Dove said.

A seven-year-old was hit by a stone and fell while attempting to escape, injuring her head. She required five stitches for her wound.

The family was attacked while using the only available path without requiring a military escort, which usually accompanies children from Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed to their school due to the threat of settler violence.

via Settlers attack 7-year-old girl in south Hebron hills | Maan News Agency.

Rita Moreno Talks Experiences & The Role That Changed Her Life

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This interview was conducted by Megan Johnson for Latina.

From the moment Rita Moreno arrived on a boat in New York City as a 5-year-old girl, she was navigating new curves and bends in a new place she’d call home.

Toting just a trunk and two plastic bags (“poor people suitcases”, as Rita calls them) she and her mother put down roots in the Bronx. It was a far cry from her native Puerto Rico, the “idyllic, fragrant paradise where I was born.”

And while New York in the middle of winter was an intense culture shock, nothing prepared Moreno for the horrors of racism that would haunt her throughout her childhood, and into her adult life.

That’s why Moreno’s speech at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston on Wednesday was titled “Jumping the Curve”; because it was an action Moreno performed both literally and figuratively as a young…

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