Studies show Zika brain damage; feds express deep concern | CIDRAP – Pandemic politics = loss of life

On Apr 8, however, former Republican presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio said he supported Obama’s $1.9 billion request to fight Zika virus, according to a Miami Herald report. He added, though, that he wanted to make sure the money was appropriately spent on the targeted goals, with funding prioritized for rapid diagnostic tests, state and local mosquito control, and vaccine development.

Source: Studies show Zika brain damage; feds express deep concern | CIDRAP

Attawapiskat: ‘This community needs help right now’ | Ottawa Citizen

“There is no single suicide that can occur in a community like that that doesn’t ripple through the entire community,” said Manion, who is director of the youth mental health research unit. Manion and others who study suicide say clusters such as the one that occurred over the weekend in Attawapiskat, where 11 people attempted suicide in a single day, can be contagious. That is, they can make other members of the community more vulnerable to attempting suicide themselves. On Monday, the situation took another grim turn, as police detained 13 young people after learning they had a suicide pact, according to Anna Betty Achneepineskum of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the umbrella organization for northern Ontario reserves. Achneepineskum said the youth were sent to the local hospital to remain under watch. “It is very tense,” she said. There are no specialized mental health workers in the community of 2,000, according to the chief, where more than 100 people have tried to take their lives in the past seven months. One Attawapiskat family, whose 13-year-old niece died last fall after hanging herself, said they fly to Timmins once a month for counselling to help deal with her death and another suicide in the family.  “This community needs help right now,” said Attawapiskat resident Wayne Fireman, a father of young children who says he is worried for their future. Suicide clusters can become normalized without positive intervention, Manion said

Source: Attawapiskat: ‘This community needs help right now’ | Ottawa Citizen

Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 13 ( Mar 28- Apr 3)

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Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi sacks top auditor. Monday
  • Egypt Air flight is hijacked for few hours and redirected to Cyprus. Tuesday
  • Hijacker of Egypt Air plane never entered cockpit according to pilot of hijacked Egypt Air flight. Sunday
  • Mother of Egypt’s Khaled Said sent solidarity message to Italy’s Regeni’s mother. Saturday
  • US‪ Congress delegation arrives in Cairo to talk security with Sisi. Sunday

Main headlines

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4th yr in a row, 65k H-1B visas exhausted in 5 days – Times of India

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service did not give out the number of applications it got, but it is believed to be higher than last year’s 230,000. This will trigger a computer-generated process -also known as the lottery -to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced-degree exemption.

Source: 4th yr in a row, 65k H-1B visas exhausted in 5 days – Times of India