Livestock-to-Human MRSA Transmission Confirmed | Food Safety News

While previous research has suggested that MRSA transfers from animals to humans, including a U.S. study last year that looked at “pig-MRSA,” the study published this week in EMBO Molecular Medicine provides the strongest evidence to date that this phenomenon is occurring and provides fodder to those advocating for greater limits on antibiotics in agriculture.

For this particular study, scientists at various research institutions in the UK and Denmark, including the University of Cambridge, looked at two Danish cases – a 53-year-old woman (Patient A) whose blood and nasal passage was positive for mecC-MRSA and a 69-year-old woman (Patient B) with a wound infected with mecC-MRSA. Both lived on farms – Patient A had two cows, two horses and a dog, and Patient B had a flock of ten sheep.

via Livestock-to-Human MRSA Transmission Confirmed | Food Safety News.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Very Simply

Very Simply

March 21, 2013 2 Comments

Very simply

The people judged me

Without knowing me

Laughed at my cries

Without feeling me

Very simply

They chose my way

Threw their beliefs in my mind

Shut my mouth

Called me a Muslim girl

Very simply

They left me behind in a world of pain

Without a door

Acted like strangers

Pretended they’d never seen me

Who cares… who was I?

Who knows… who am I?


I listened to my heartbeat

Felt a strong power within

And found myself

Very simply

By Kamilah

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Very Simply.

Sri Lanka censors BBC’s programmes on UN Human Rights Council – Reporters Without Borders

The state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has repeatedly censored its FM retransmission of the BBC’s Tamil-language broadcasts since 16 March, a day after the start of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council’s latest session, which has been looking at the issue of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

“The replacement of the BBC’s coverage of the Human Rights Council’s activities by completely unrelated programming is a direct violation of the Tamil population’s right to information,” Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), said.

“Those responsible for this censorship are also directly undermining the national reconciliation process, which has already been weakened by arbitrary control of news and information and by violence targeting journalists who try to cover this process.

via Sri Lanka censors BBC’s programmes on UN Human Rights Council – Reporters Without Borders.

Israeli police accompany rightists entering Aqsa mosque compound | Maan News Agency

What can the government be thinking? Just nuts to enrage people in this way!

Dozens of Israeli Jews on Wednesday entered the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy protection of Israeli forces which prevented Palestinian worshipers from accessing the mosque for prayer.

Police also denied Knesset member Moshe Feiglin access to the compound. Feiglin on Tuesday called upon Israelis to head to the al-Aqsa compound on the occasion of the Jewish Passover festival.

According to Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, 112 Israeli settlers entered the courtyards of al-Aqsa at 7:30 a.m. via the Moroccan Gate. He pointed out that large numbers of Israeli police officers deployed in the compound.

Al-Khatib added that the Palestinian endowment ministry and the Jordanian embassy to Palestine contacted Israeli police warning of the consequences if Feiglin enters al-Aqsa area. As a result, he said, Israeli police denied Feiglin access.

Israeli soldiers, added al-Khatib, kicked several young worshipers out of the compound while many others were denied access.

via Israeli police accompany rightists entering Aqsa mosque compound | Maan News Agency.

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“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov)

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