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There’s a Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak and the Government’s Shut Down – Wired Science

In case it seems like this is not a big deal (just 300 illnesses, just some raw chicken): foodborne illness can have lifelong consequences that range from arthritis to kidney trouble to heart disease. And: The number of illnesses that can be identified in any foodborne outbreak are almost always an under-estimate.

In its statement, FSIS said:

Raw products from the facilities in question bear one of the establishment numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package:

“P6137”

“P6137A”

“P7632”

The products were mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington State.

It is the second time this year that the firm at the center of this alert, Foster Farms, has been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. In July, according to the CDC, 134 people in 13 states were made ill by chicken linked to two Foster Farms slaughterhouses.

via There’s a Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak and the Government’s Shut Down – Wired Science.

Over 80 Israeli soldiers enter Al-Aqsa compound | Maan News Agency

Occupiers feel they can do whatever they want to holy sites of others? – Dozens of Israeli troops and intelligence agents entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday through the Moroccan Gate, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma\’an that over 80 female Israeli soldiers entered the compound and listened to a short lecture before touring the compound in seven groups.

Over 30 Israeli intelligence officers and six rightist Israelis also toured the mosque compound, locals said.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that plain-clothes Israeli intelligence agents escorted by five uniformed officers deployed in the compound early Tuesday.

via Over 80 Israeli soldiers enter Al-Aqsa compound | Maan News Agency.

Korea, Japan, Finland – leaders – OECD SKILLS OUTLOOK 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills (and more) [8 October 2013]

Some countries have made impressive progress over recent decades in equipping more people with better literacy and numeracy skills. Young Koreans, for example, are outperformed only by their Japanese peers, while Korea’s 55 to 64 year-olds are among the three lowest-performing groups of this age. Older Finns perform around the average, while younger Finns are among the top performers, together with Japan, Korea and the Netherlands.

But in England and the United States, the literacy and numeracy skills of young people entering the labour market are no better than those leaving for retirement. England ranks among the top three countries surveyed for literacy skills among the 55-65 year-olds. But the country is in the bottom three when it comes to such skills among 16-25 year-olds. American 55-65 year-olds perform around the average, but young Americans rank the lowest among their peers in the 24 countries surveyed.

via IWS Documented News DAILY POSTINGS: [IWS] OECD SKILLS OUTLOOK 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills (and more) [8 October 2013].

Farmers market bustles on Havana’s edge

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Trucks crammed with produce travel hundreds of miles from every corner of Cuba each weekday to form long lines at the 114th Street Market _ a teeming open-air bazaar on Havana’s outskirts that has become a key hub for getting farm products to people in the capital, the Associated Press reports. For a photo gallery go to http://news.yahoo.com/ap-photos-farmers-market-bustles-havanas-edge-041721627.html

The market’s bustle is a result of economic reforms begun in 2010 by President Raul Castro, which includes relaxing rules on private farming. In another reform, Cuban authorities recently authorized small farmers to also sell directly to hotels and tourist centers beginning this month.

Produce is brought in by growers themselves and by transportation specialists who make a living by buying crops far away and hauling them to Havana, the island’s biggest and most important market.

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Some sellers show up with the trunks of their 1950s Chevrolets stuffed with garlic, onions and…

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We refuse to pay our debts that we ran up unless you bail us out!?! Boehner Stands Firm on Demand for Concessions From Obama – NYTimes.com

Speaker John A. Boehner stood his ground on Sunday, insisting that his Republican House majority would not pass measures either to fund and reopen the entire federal government or to increase the nation’s soon-to-be-breached borrowing limit without concessions from President Obama.

via Boehner Stands Firm on Demand for Concessions From Obama – NYTimes.com.