Local newspaper correspondent beaten in her office in Guanajuato state – Reporters Without Borders

So? Where is El Presidente?

Newspaper reporter Karla Silva was beaten up by three assailants yesterday in her office in Silao, a town in the central state of Guanajuato, where she works as the local correspondent of El Heraldo de León.

“Three men went to our correspondent’s bureau in Silao and attacked her, beating her bloody, threatening her and telling her to stop ‘pissing everyone off’ with her articles,” El Heraldo de León deputy editor Carlos Martínez Vertí told Reporters Without Borders.

They had visited Silva’s office several times earlier in the day, asking for her by name, harassing her assistant and taking a computer and four mobile phones.

Silva’s reporting has been very critical of the Silao municipal government, headed by a mayor who is a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). She has written about the poor services in Silao, the high crime rate, wasteful use of resources and the lack of transparency.

via Local newspaper correspondent beaten in her office in Guanajuato state – Reporters Without Borders.

Avian Flu Diary: WHO Statement: Consultation On Potential Use of Ebola Therapies & Vaccines

There was consensus that the use of whole blood therapies and convalescent blood serums needs to be considered as a matter of priority. {From people who have survived ebola, since antibodies that help to fight off the virus are present in the blood and serum}

via Avian Flu Diary: WHO Statement: Consultation On Potential Use of Ebola Therapies & Vaccines.

Ebola: [New] Updated Charts

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Last Update: 24 August 2014 [Charts]
Current Update:
04 September 2014 [Data Source]

Historical Data Sources:
[1] World Health Organization. Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Zaire, 1976. Report of an International Convention. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 1978;56(2):271-293.
[2] World Health Organization. Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Sudan, 1976. Report of a WHO/International Study Team. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 1978;56(2):247-270.
[3] Heymann DL, Weisfeld JS, Webb PA, et al. Ebola hemorrhagic fever: Tandala, Zaire, 1977-1978. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1980;142(3):372-376.
[4] Baron RC, McCormick JB, and Zubeir OA. Ebola virus disease in southern Sudan: hospital dissemination and intrafamilial spread. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 1983;61(6):997-1003.
[5] Georges AJ, Leroy EM, Renaud AA, et al. Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Gabon, 1994-1997: epidemiologic and health control issues. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1999;179:S65-75.
[6] Le Guenno B, Formenty P, Wyers M, et al. Isolation and partial…

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“Please help me mend, my broken heart”…

Eye Will Not Cry

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My lips are moving
But the words aren’t mine…
Never speaking the truth
Telling them I’m FINE
And making them believe…
All is well in my world
That the sun is shining
And the flags are unfurled…
With wind gently blowing
The birds and the bees…
And branches are swaying
On the blossoming trees
But if theyscratched the surface…
They may actually find…
This mask that I’m wearing…
Has the real me behind
Desperately hiding
Trying not to show
The outside world
What’s going on below
The painful existence
Of this damned cruel life
Where nothing is simple…
And everything has a price…
Because when she left
She just took it all
Left me broken hearted…
Made me fucking crawl…
And everything I lived for
Just simply faded away

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Dutch Coast Guard suspends Curacao and Bonaire patrols over violence

Someone is not serious about fulfilling their duties and it is not the coast guard but the current government in the Netherlands!

Repeating Islands

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The union representing Coast Guard personnel (NAPB) has reported that the Dutch Coast Guard in the Caribbean part of the kingdom of the Netherlands no longer patrols the territorial waters around Bonaire and Curacao. This is the result of increasing violence against Coast Guard personnel.

According to a spokesman for the Coast Guard, personnel still perform rescue operations. The coast is still being monitored, but from the air from the Hato support center at the Curacao Airport. Curacao is a popular island for drug transit. According to the NAPB, members are regularly intimidated. In a statement, the NAPB said that neither the government nor the Coast Guard itself can guarantee the safety of its members. A statement from the military police said that they are investigating the abuse in Curacao.

Meanwhile, a working group will present a proposal on how to deal with the security of the Coast Guard personnel…

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DEVELOPING: Estonian Counterintelligence Officer Abducted to Russia at Gunpoint, Foreign Ministry Summons Russian Ambassador | News | ERR

An official from the Internal Security Service (ISS), Estonia’s national agency for counterintelligence and high-profile corruption investigations, was abducted at gunpoint at Luhamaa border checkpoint this morning where he was discharging service duties, and taken to Russia. There is no indication that the abduction is more than an isolated criminal incident, but on the backdrop of international tensions, the situation is being treated seriously.

The incident occurred at about 9:00 on the Estonian side of the border and was preceded by jamming of communications and use of a smoke grenade, the agency said; the interference was said to originate from the Russia side.

The ISS said the official was in the process of interdiction of a cross-border crime.

via DEVELOPING: Estonian Counterintelligence Officer Abducted to Russia at Gunpoint, Foreign Ministry Summons Russian Ambassador | News | ERR.

Food Politics » Never mind low-carb v. low-fat: Get a Lab (dog, that is)

A reader who prefers his name to go unmentioned writes this in response to yesterday’s post about low-carb v. low-fat diets:

Hi Marion,

It is pretty simple.

1. Calories in, Calories out!

2.  Eat less. I cut out beer and ice cream.

3.  Get a Labrador retriever and walk everyday. If you don’t the dog will drive you crazy and probably destroy your house.

I got my first Lab in 2002 and weighed 240.  I am on my second Lab and now continue to weigh about 210 after having lost 35 pounds by 2006, and have crept up about 5 pounds.

It ain’t complicated!

He could make a fortune.  Just think: the “Get a Lab” diet—a guaranteed success!

via Food Politics » Never mind low-carb v. low-fat: Get a Lab (dog, that is).

Imperial researcher to lead Ebola vaccine trial in the Gambia

{The university ought to think about changing its name but beyond that – this confirms pretty well that pharmaceutical firms are not really interested in helping humanity, just in making a profit – even though nearly all of them get funds from governments/taxes, as well as foundations and investors}

The incentive for pharmaceutical companies to develop a product are therefore very low, as product development, testing and in particular the licensure procedures are expensive and the profit will be small, if any at all.

via Imperial researcher to lead Ebola vaccine trial in the Gambia.

Mean and hateful – just because they have the power! Israeli soldiers set fire to olive trees in Hebron | Maan News Agency

Israeli soldiers set fire to Palestinian-owned olive trees near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron late Thursday.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers deployed in the area pushed a burning tire into an area of olive trees, causing severe damage.

Local Palestinians called the fire brigade to extinguish the blaze but were prevented from arriving in the area by Israeli forces.

via Israeli soldiers set fire to olive trees in Hebron | Maan News Agency.

Cynical? Me? Yep. The latest American doctor infected with Ebola is heading to Nebraska for treatment – The Washington Post

{The reason for transferring him from Massachusetts to Nebraska? So University of Nebraska Medical Center could get some publicity – aka: create public “currency” for same or more funding from governments (tax payers) and foundations. If just to give “better” care, why have a press conference}

The Nebraska hospital expects Sacra to arrive Friday morning. The Biocontainment Patient Care Unit is one of four of its kind in the United States, according to the hospital, and is the country’s largest. “We have been preparing for this type of event for a long time,” Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said during a Thursday news conference. “It is not a surprise we are being called to serve in this way.”

Phil Smith, head of the special isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, said that Sacra is in “reasonably stable shape, and able to get on the plane under his own power.”

Sacra, the medical director of the organization’s ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, decided to return to Liberia after another missionary doctor and another volunteer became ill with Ebola, Johnson said. Sacra had been working in the hospital for about a month, most recently caring for pregnant women.

via The latest American doctor infected with Ebola is heading to Nebraska for treatment – The Washington Post.