US: UCSanDiego team develops diabetes drug that could completely reverse the disease (Reblogged from Sparkonit)

A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego, is developing a pill that restores insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body’s response to insulin – a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood – gets weaker. Commercially available drugs so far only remove excess glucose…

via Team Develops Diabetes Drug That Could Completely Reverse The Disease — Sparkonit

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 27 Dec 2014 1433z (GMT/UTC)

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Ebola Pandemic Reports – A Possible World Nightmare



By Ken Jorgustin

Since last week when we wrote about the Ebola outbreak in context of a biololgical weapon – as well as the nightmare scenario it could bring upon the world given our criss-crossing global airlines system, Ebola Biological Warfare – A Pandemic Nightmare, the deadly virus appears to be expanding even more out of control while even the mainstream media is now widely reporting on it.

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China: City of Yumen sealed off, 151 people quarantined, after Bubonic Plague death – Published 230714 1111z

Plague kills man in NW China

LANZHOU, July 18 (Xinhua) — A 38-year-old man in northwest China’s Gansu Province has died of plague, local authorities said.

The case was reported in Yumen City under the jurisdiction of Jiuquan City, the Jiuquan government said on Thursday. The man, who died on Wednesday, had been in contact with a dead marmot, which is of the squirrel family.

A total of 151 people who had close contact with the man have been put in quarantine and are under medical observation. None of them has reported syndromes of the disease so far, according to the local government.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission has sent disease prevention and control specialists to Yumen to prevent the plague from spreading.

Plague is categorized as a Class A infectious disease, the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.


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Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

30,000 residents of Yumen are not being allowed to leave and 151 people have been placed in quarantine after man’s death
  •, Tuesday 22 July 2014 12.59 BST

A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.

The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.

A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been reported.

CCTV said officials were not allowing anyone to leave. The China Daily newspaper said four quarantine sectors had been set up in the city.

“The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month,” CCTV added. “Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition.” No further cases have been reported.

Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection best known for the Black Death, a virulent epidemic that killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe. Primarily an animal illness, it is extremely rare in humans.

The US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) says modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague, but that without prompt treatment the disease can cause serious illness or death.


Bubonic plague

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the disease in general. For information about the medieval European plague, see Black Death
Bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly in fleas on small rodents, and is one of three types of bacterial infections caused by Yersinia pestis (formerly known as Pasteurella pestis), that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days.

The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning “groin”. Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering from bubonic plague. Bubonic plague was often used synonymously for plague, but it does in fact refer specifically to an infection that enters through the skin and travels through the lymphatics, as is often seen in flea-borne infections.

Bubonic plague—along with the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague, which are the two other manifestations of Y. pestis—is commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population.[1] Around the Mediterranean Region, summers seemed to be the season when the disease took place. While in Europe, people found the disease most occurring in the autumn.[2] Because the plague killed so many of the working population, wages rose and some historians have seen this as a turning point in European economic development.[3][4]

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US: Dog attack victim, 3, allegedly asked to leave KFC as her scars were ‘disturbing customers’ – Published 160614 1240z

SKY NEWS 6:01am UK, Monday 16 June 2014

KFC ‘Asked Girl To Leave Over Scarred Face’

KFC agrees to pay $30,000 towards the medical bills of Victoria Welcher, who was badly injured in a pitbull attack in April.

Victoria Welcher

A fast food chain has launched an investigation after a three-year-old was allegedly asked to leave a restaurant because her facial injuries were disturbing other customers.

Victoria Welcher, three, was badly injured during an attack by a pit bull dog in April which left her with facial scars and an eye patch.

KFC has said it has launched an investigation after a restaurant employee in Jackson, Mississippi, asked her to leave.

The company said it was also giving $30,000 towards her medical bills.

The allegation was made on Victoria’s Victories, a Facebook page set up to chart the little girl’s recovery after the attack.

A post on the page said: “Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners.”

Kelly Mullins, granny of Victoria Welcher
Kelly Mullins said Victoria now refuses to look in a mirror

KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said: “As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC.

“Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologised to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them.

“The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills.”

Victoria’s grandmother Kelly Mullins said they were returning from a doctor’s appointment when they stopped at the KFC.

She told WAPT-TV: “They just told us, they said, ‘we have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers’.

“She won’t even look in the mirror anymore. When we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out of the car.”

Victoria was attacked by pitbulls at her grandfather’s home.

She suffered a broken nose, jaw, cheekbones and right eye socket, lost her right eye and the right side of her face is paralysed, according to her Facebook page.


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UK: Ticks on the rise – How dangerous are tick bites? – Published 030514 1522z

Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?

Tick swollen with blood

Walkers are being warned to protect themselves against tick bites after a wet and mild winter. Just how dangerous are ticks, asks Vanessa Barford.

Experts have warned that ticks – blood-sucking, disease-carrying arachnids – appear to be on the rise in the UK.

Richard Wall, professor of Zoology at Bristol University, says there’s no definitive data on how many ticks are in the country. Some areas have none. Others – usually woodland and heath areas – may have more than 100 per square metre. However, the general consensus among rural communities is they are on the up, largely as a result of the warmer and wetter weather (good breeding conditions) and the growing number of wild deer (ticks like living on their skin).

The answer

  • Ticks are on the rise in the UK
  • Lyme disease is too
  • It is treatable so long as it is caught early
  • Symptoms usually take between three days to six weeks to appear

The number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease – the most serious bacteria infection spread to humans by infected ticks – has also increased, according to Dr Tim Brooks, head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory. He says laboratory proven cases have risen from about 200 in the late 1990s, to 1,200 last year, although the actual number of cases is probably three times that. Awareness and testing of the disease has also gone up, so the figures have to be seen in that context, he adds.

Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics if it’s diagnosed early. But neurological problems and joint pain can develop months or years later if it’s left untreated. In the worst cases, it can be fatal.

The most common symptom is a pink or red circular “bull’s-eye” rash that develops around the area of the bite, but it doesn’t appear in everyone. Flu-like symptoms and fatigue are other noticeable signs of infection.

Public Health England says the best way for walkers to avoid getting bitten is to use repellent, wear light coloured clothes so that ticks can easily be seen and walk on paths and avoid long grass or verges. Dog walkers are also advised to check their pets as ticks spread other diseases as well as Lyme disease to animals as well.

For those worried about their gardens, keeping lawns short, raking up leaf litter and creating a buffer zone between habitats ticks tend to like and lawn-paving, wood chips and gravel can help.

However, Prof Wall says a very small proportion of ticks carry Lyme disease.

Dr Brooks says the disease is a far bigger problem in other parts of Europe and the US, especially on the East Coast.

The most important thing is for those that think they might have symptoms of Lyme disease to go to the GP as prompt treatment will prevent complications. Symptoms usually take between three days to six weeks to appear after a tick bite.

And for those unsure how to remove a tick? Use fine tipped tweezers, or a tick-removal tool, to grasp the tick by the head as close to the skin as possible. Pull firmly and steadily, without twisting, as this could increase the risk of infection by prompting the tick to regurgitate saliva into the bite wound.

After the tick is removed, apply antiseptic and beware of a rash.

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06 Oct 2012:

A 38-year-old man being treated for Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has died.

The man had recently returned home to the UK and was being treated in complete isolation after being admitted to Gartnavel General Hospitals Brownlee Centre in Glasgow, less than three hours after arriving in Scotland.

He was then transferred to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Tests revealed he flew into Scotland from Dubai, though his journey originated in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

It was the first recorded case of the deadly disease in the UK. Other passengers who sat close to him on an aircraft are undergoing daily health checks. –  Sky News (link to full story)

Glasgow man ‘critical’ with first UK case of killer fever

05 Oct 2012: A GLASGOW man is being treated in isolation after becoming the first person diagnosed in Britain with the potentially lethal Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.

The 38-year-old is in a critical condition at the Brownlee specialist unit at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

He was admitted on Tuesday afternoon, less than three hours after flying into the city at 12:35pm on a connecting flight from Dubai. Test results confirmed his condition yesterday. – (link to full story)

Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (link to Wikipedia)

17 May, 2012: Five people have died in the Black Sea region of Turkey of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, one of the diseases that can be transmitted by tick bites.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny, spider-like insects found in woodland areas that feed on the blood of mammals, including humans.

Tick bites often go unnoticed and the tick can remain feeding for several days before dropping off. The longer the tick is in place, the higher the risk of it passing on the infection.

Lyme disease can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in Europe and North America. People who spend time in woodland or heath areas are more at risk of developing Lyme disease because these areas are where tick-carrying animals, such as deer and mice, live.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) estimates that there are 2,000 to 3,000 cases of Lyme disease in England and Wales each year, and that about 15%-20% of cases occur while people are abroad.

Parts of the UK that are known to have a high population of ticks include:

the New Forest in Hampshire
the South Downs
parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire
Thetford Forest in Norfolk
the Lake District
the Yorkshire Moors
the Scottish Highlands

Most tick bites occur in late spring, early summer and during the autumn because these are the times of year when most people take part in outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping NHS Choices

More about Lyme disease here:

Lyme is just one of a lengthening list of emerging infectious diseases that are soaring.

Experts say that increasing temperatures and altered precipitation patterns that accompany climate change are already playing at least a partial role in the spread and intensity of zoonoses infectious agents that begin in animals and account for an estimated 75 percent of all newly emerging diseases -� Huffington Post

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The Dangers of Tick Bitesand how to avoid being bitten! See:


Kristin Collins, Wisconsin Lyme Network VP and mother of Darren, a young boy who contacted Lyme Disease said,

I know hundreds and hundreds of families dealing with this.. Its heart-wrenching. Its scary. Its everywhere. Our kids are at a huge risk.

Early treatment is vital If you spot a tick on your skin, know how to remove it and/or seek medical attention immediately

Coffee may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes

The Chart

Need an excuse to drink yet another cup of coffee today?  A new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.

The apparent relationship between coffee and type 2 diabetes is not new.  Previous studies have found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk — with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.

This most recent study, published in the journal Diabetologia, was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption — either increasing it or decreasing it over time — might affect your risk.

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‘Polar vortex’ to blast frigid air over much of US


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Cameroon: Christmas attack on LGBT rights/AIDS office


Under threat, landlord tells LGBT-friendly AIDS fighters to leave

Three days before Christmas, anti-gay vandals destroyed the office of CAMEF, an organization that fights for human rights and against AIDS among LGBT people and sex workers in Limbe in coastal Cameroon.

Leaders of CAMEF (Cameroon Association for Empowerment Outreach Programs) said they were “still in shock’ after finding the office burglarized by anti-LGBT vandals who left behind threatening messages stating “Go away, pede [fag], go away” and “Another warning: Go away”:

Our office door was pushed through by the persons that have been threatening us with … hateful signs and messages. They broke the main door’s handle and pushed it through.

The computer of CAMEF’s secretary was thrown on the floor. A digital camera and the laptop computers of the executive director and the sexual health and prevention coordinator were stolen. Files and documents were strewn on the floor. Tables…

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Festive greetings from Goaty (Goaty’s News) – 251213 1542z

Greetings at this festive time….

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Taking this opportunity to wish my followers here on WordPress (174), on Facebook (121) and Twitter (827) a very happy festive holiday and a wonderful New Year.

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PS: Please remember all volunteers (RNLI Lifeboats, Coastguard, Mountain Rescue, Lowland Rescue, Search & Rescue and others) and the Emergency Services out in cold, often horrendous, weather whilst many of us enjoy the comforts of home. Also, do remember those who are homeless at this time.

Syria/Lebanon: 9 more Syrian children die from cold as Storm Alexa starts predicted worst winter for many years – 131213 1330z

Thousands of Syrian refugees are facing freezing temperatures and difficult weather conditions as snowstorms have hit areas where they’ve set up camps.

Families have been fleeing their homes in Syria because of fighting between the President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebel groups who want him out.

Many of them set up makeshift homes near the border with Lebanon. Over the past week the weather has become harsh with temperatures dropping so low icicles have formed on the huts.
Friday, 13 December, 2013 at 04:57 (04:57 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

9 more Syrian children die from cold

Thousands face imminent death due to lack of access to basic necessities during the civil war.

9 more Syrian children die from cold / PHOTO


World Bulletin / News Desk

“Nine more children including 4 newborn babies died from the cold, the Syrian Network for Human Rights announced Friday.

Doctors in the region warnthatworsening weatherconditionscouldlead to more deaths as the lack of access to basic necessities has left thousands facing imminent death. The Syrian oppositionissued an urgent call for help to international institutions.

The Middle Eastern nation braves the wintry cold for athird time during the civil war which began in March 2011.

More than 100,000people havebeenkilled in themore than three-year oldconflict inSyriaand overtwo millionSyriansare now registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Turkey. Lebanon and Iraq,according to the UN.” –

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United Nations voices concern for refugees caught in winter storm in Lebanon

(Video credit: Amanda Merrill)

Published on Dec 12, 2013

It is called Alexa a storm sweeping across Syria and Lebanon bringing in high winds and freezing temperatures. It is the start of what is predicted to be the worst winter for many years.

The United Nations said it is “extremely concerned” for the plight of the 2.2 million refugees living outside Syria and the millions more displaced inside the country.

In Lebanon humanitarian groups are struggling to meet overwhelming needs.

Syrian refugee Jined Al-Hussein explained his plight. “It is cold in the rain and we have nothing. Hunger and cold weather and there is nothing. I have been here for a week.”

Abdel-Karim Alibrahim is from Aleppo and such are the conditions he says he would prefer to return there.

“The tents blew about letting the rain and snow come in on the little children. We would have preferred to stay in Syria with the shelling.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is prioritising aid to refugees at high altitude where the snow is at its worst and said as long as people are in tents there is only so much they can do.


Cold Weather Camping and Hypothermia (Advice from US Scouts)

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UK: New reports show harm to disabled and sick from ‘fit for work’ tests – 091213 1345z

“Two new reports draw attention to the damaging impact of fit for work assessments on many sick and disabled people, giving more evidence of the misery and hardship they experience, and providing further clues as to the underlying cause of the flawed process.

The People’s review of the WCA: further evidence, produced by the Spartacus network of disabled researchers and campaigners, is published today, 9 December 2013. It is also being made available through the think-tank Ekklesia and other supportive NGOs.

How Norms Become Targets: Investigating the real reason for the misery of fit for work assessments, by leading independent disability campaigner Kaliya Franklin, also part of the Spartacus network, was published on 2 December by the Centre for Welfare Reform.

Despite minor improvements in the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), politicians, doctors, other medical professionals, church leaders, journalists, disabled people and thousands of others continue to express serious disquiet over its impact on sick and disabled people, critics say.

The assessment is used to determine eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which provides support for people who are unable to work for health reasons, but there remains little confidence in its operation.

The People’s review of the WCA: further evidence has been written by an anonymous author determined, despite seriously failing health, to do everything she possibly can to raise awareness of the impact of the WCA on the lives of sick and disabled people.

Like the first Peoples Review, published a year ago, this new report aims to give a voice to those whose lives have been devastated by the impact of the assessment on their physical and mental health and financial security.

It shows how the WCA very often fails in its purpose to identify those who need secure financial support because they are unable to work due to an impairment or serious health condition.

The Centre for Welfare Reform paper includes whistle-blower evidence and analysis showing that despite consistent denials by ministers outcomes for sick and disabled ESA claimants are governed, to some extent at least, by a system of norms.

In practice these norms behave as quotas, ensuring that no more than a certain percentage of claimants are eligible for ESA. This cynical approach to assessing claimants for sickness benefits has its roots in Lord Freuds report ‘Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work’, published in 2007, and provides a distressing explanation for the experiences described in the second Peoples Review, says the Spartacus network.

In a news release, the group says: “It seems clear that without de facto quotas, explained in Kaliya Franklins report, it is much less likely that the process of being assessed for support would inflict so much suffering on so many people. Taken together, the reports add more detail to an emerging picture of the political manipulation at the heart of an assessment process that continues to cause sick and disabled people immense hardship and suffering a full five years after its introduction.”

Simon Barrow, co-director of the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, says that the two reports illustrate the need for government to shift its approach and attitudes to welfare radically.

He commented: “The accumulating research evidence of the hugely damaging impact of ‘fit for work’ assessment processes on a significant number of disabled and sick people is not something a civilised government or society can ignore.

“We agree with the British Medical Association and other expert bodies and analysts that the Work Capability Assessment is not fit for purpose. Further serious questions are also being raised about intentions and actions of the Department of Work and Pensions.

“The publication of new evidence about the impact of WCA from the Spartacus network of disabled researchers and campaigners illustrates the crucial need for policy in this area to be formulated with the substantial involvement of those most directly affected.

“The case for an independent, cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform in the UK, together with a new deal for disabled and sick people based on their needs and aspirations, is now overwhelming.

“Ekklesia is delighted that this proposal will now be discussed in parliament, following huge public support for the WOW petition, and urges that this should take place in the parliamentary chamber itself, not in a Westminster annex.”

* People’s review of the WCA: further evidence –

* Spartacus network –

* ATOS and DWP stand accused over flawed ‘fit for work’ assessments –

* Centre for Welfare Reform –

* Urgent action: letter to MPs asking parliament to listen to disabled and sick people –

[Ekk/3]” – ekklesia staff writers 9 Dec 2013


The Jolly Good News

2B6529A2-C255-4CC9-A5D8-2194F052659D_w268_r1Researchers have designed a synthetic molecule that tricks the AIDS virus into destroying itself. The compound, called DAVEI, was developed by researchers at Philadelphia’s Drexel University and causes the deadly pathogen to eject its contents before it can infect human cells.

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Russia: Emergency declared as Tularemia epidemic cases rise to 900 in Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Region – 190913 1735z

According to the Department of healthcare of Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Region, 900 inhabitants have contracted tularemia.

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Among them, 858 people are residents of Khanty-Mansiysk; 33 live in Khanty-Mansiysk district; the remaining cases were recorded in Nizhnevartovsk.

It is established that several of the patients in Nizhnevartovsk are employees of the oil industry and contracted tularemia in the field.

In Khanty-Mansiysk and Khanty-Mansiysk district, work on measures against rodents and mosquitoes, which are the sources and carriers of disease, is continuing.

According to the Department of Rospotrebnadzor [The Federal Service for Protection of Consumers’ Rights and Well-Being] in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, the 1st cases were reported on 19 Aug 2013.

Due to the significant deterioration of the epidemiological situation regarding the incidence of tularemia in Khanty-Mansiysk, an emergency situation has been declared.
Thursday, 19 September, 2013 at 15:42 (03:42 PM) UTC RSOE


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“Tularemia (also known as Pahvant Valley plague,[1]rabbit fever,[1]deer fly fever, and Ohara’s fever[2]) is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacteriumFrancisella tularensis.[3] A gram-negative, nonmotilecoccobacillus, the bacterium has several subspecies with varying degrees of virulence. The most important of those is F. tularensis tularensis (Type A), which is found in lagomorphs (rabbits and similar animals) in North America, and it is highly virulent in humans and domestic rabbits. F. tularensis palaearctica (Type B) occurs mainly in aquatic rodents (beavers, muskrats) in North America and in hares and small rodents in northern Eurasia. It is less virulent for humans and rabbits.[4] The primary vectors are ticks and deer flies, but the disease can also be spread through other arthropods.[3] The disease is named after Tulare County, California.” – wikipediaMore about Tularemia at wikipedia

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A tularemia lesion on the dorsal skin of the right hand


Highlighting the dangers from tick-bourne diseases as man dies from killer fever Updated 0610121420Z

Syria: ICRC call for immediate protection of International Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers after two more Red Crescent volunteers killed in Homs – 280813 1510z

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(انتقل لأسفل للترجمة العربية)

28-08-2013 ICRC Statement

IFRC / SARC / ICRC – Geneva / Damascus –

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of Wassim Mouselli and Yousef Al Kens both of whom were working at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s branch of Homs.

Wassim and Yousef died on the 27th of August as a result of a mortar shell that landed in front of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s branch in Homs. A number of civilians among which children were also killed in this tragic incident.

With the death of Wassim and Yousef, the total number of  Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers who have lost their lives since the beginning of this conflict has risen to 22 , all of them killed while carrying out their humanitarian duties. While both Wassim and Yousef were not deliberately targeted, other volunteers have been deliberately targeted in the past in spite of their clear affiliation with the movement.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together call for the immediate protection of staff and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and all other personnel of the Movement risking their lives on a daily basis to provide life saving assistance. It is imperative that they be given the space necessary to operate and carry out their humanitarian mandate.


The Words of the SARC President Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar (Written before this current incident in Homs)

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers are carrying SARC’s emblem..” (A Red Crescent on a white background) “..on their chests and forgetting their names while confronting danger, penetrating the walls of pain and fear, while planting hope and reassurance, with all sense of responsibility and far away from consideration, but with full impartiality and neutrality.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is a humanitarian organization, voluntary, elected, non-profitable, with its own prestigious character, and has its own financial and administrative independence, founded in 1942 and was recognized by the International Movement of 1946.

Since the founding of this organization it has played a significant role in responding to crises experienced in the region, and it has provided assistance to our brothers, the Iraqis, the Lebanese and the Palestinians, and during the current crisis in Syria, it has responded to the humanitarian situation in collaboration with its partners inside and outside Syria.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent provided, by responding to the current situation, a number of martyrs and wounded volunteers and staff while performing their humanitarian duty, I can only ask for mercy for those martyrs, and gratitude for the noble humanitarian work that they have done keeping across Syria.

In conclusion I reiterate my gratitude and appreciation for all those volunteers in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, who have played the most important and prominent role in the current circumstances that prevailed in the country to provide a helping hand to those affected and to save the lives of wounded, and as for me, I will not be the one who will thank them, but the Syrians are the ones who will remember them and talk about their noble work.” – Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar


Syria Crisis: the reality facing volunteers part 1

(Video credit: BritishRedCross)

Published on Mar 22, 2013

This video features Dr. Mohamed Noor Al Nassan, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer. He is the healthcare coordinator in the Homs branch.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers are risking their own lives to provide a lifeline for anyone in caught up in the conflict.

Donate to the Syria Crisis Appeal:

The British Red Cross is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which brings together 14 leading UK aid charities in times of crisis.

Syria Crisis: the reality facing volunteers part 2

(Video credit: BritishRedCross)

Published on Apr 12, 2013

Syrian Arab Red crescent – Homs Branch in Action (Old video – 2011 – but still informative)

(Video credit: HosamRC)

Uploaded on Dec 5, 2011


News stories about the Red Cross on Goaty’s News

Arabic (Translated by Google)

سوريا: دعوة اللجنة الدولية لحماية فورية من الدولية للصليب الأحمر والهلال الأحمر الموظفين والمتطوعين بعد اثنين من أكثر متطوعو الهلال الأحمر قتلوا في حمص 280813 

28-08-2013 بيان اللجنة الدولية

الهلال / الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري / اللجنة الدولية – جنيف / دمشق –
حركة الهلال الأحمر الدولية للصليب الأحمر وتستنكر وفاة وسيم موصللي ويوسف الإدراك اللذين كانوا يعملون في فرع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري في حمص.
توفي وسيم ويوسف على 27 أغسطس نتيجة قذيفة هاون سقطت أمام فرع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري في حمص. وهناك عدد من المدنيين بينهم أطفال وقتل ايضا في هذا الحادث المأساوي.

مع وفاة وسيم ويوسف، وارتفع العدد الإجمالي للمتطوعين الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري الذين فقدوا حياتهم منذ بداية هذا الصراع إلى 22، وجميعهم من قتل أثناء قيامه بواجباته الإنسانية. في حين أن كلا سيم ويوسف لم تكن مستهدفة عمدا، وقد استهدف متطوعين آخرين عمدا في الماضي على الرغم من انتمائهم واضح مع الحركة.

منظمة الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري واللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر (اللجنة الدولية) والاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات الهلال الأحمر والصليب الأحمر والهلال الأحمر معا ندعو إلى توفير الحماية الفورية للموظفين ومتطوعين من الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري وجميع الموظفين الآخرين حركة يخاطرون بحياتهم على أساس يومي لتقديم المساعدة المنقذة للحياة. ومن الضروري أن يتم إعطاء المساحة اللازمة لتشغيل وتنفيذ مهامها الإنسانية.


كلام الرئيس الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري الدكتور عبد الرحمن العطار (كتب قبل هذه الحادثة الحالي في حمص)

“إن متطوعي الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري تحمل شعار الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري في ..” (A الهلال الأحمر على خلفية بيضاء) “.. على صدورهم ونسيان أسمائهم في حين تواجه الخطر، اختراق الجدران من الألم والخوف، في حين زرع الأمل والطمأنينة، مع كل إحساس بالمسؤولية وبعيدا عن النظر، ولكن مع الحياد الكامل والحياد.

منظمة الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري هو منظمة إنسانية، طوعية، المنتخبين، غير ربحية، مع طابعها المرموقة الخاصة، ولها استقلالها المالي والإداري، التي تأسست في عام 1942 واعترفت بها الحركة الدولية لعام 1946.

منذ تأسيس هذه المنظمة أنها لعبت دورا هاما في الاستجابة للأزمات التي تواجهها المنطقة، وقدم مساعدة لإخواننا، والعراقيين واللبنانيين والفلسطينيين، وخلال الأزمة الحالية في سوريا، التي استجاب بها إلى الحالة الإنسانية بالتعاون مع شركائها داخل سوريا وخارجها.

قدم الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري، من خلال الاستجابة إلى الوضع الراهن، فإن عددا من الشهداء والجرحى المتطوعين والموظفين أثناء أداء واجبها الإنساني، ويمكنني أن أسأل فقط للرحمة لأولئك الشهداء، وامتنانه للعمل الإنساني النبيل الذي قاموا به حفظ عبر سوريا.

وفي الختام أكرر شكري وتقديري لجميع أولئك المتطوعين في الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري، الذين لعبوا دور أهم وأبرز في ظل الظروف الراهنة التي كانت سائدة في البلاد لتقديم يد العون للمتضررين وإنقاذ الأرواح من الجرحى، وأما بالنسبة لي، وأنا لن يكون الشخص الذي سوف نشكرهم، ولكن السوريين هم الذين سوف نتذكرهم والتحدث عن عملهم النبيل “- الدكتور عبد الرحمن العطار
سوريا الأزمة: واقع تواجه المتطوعين جزء 1

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نشرت يوم 22 مارس 2013

يتميز هذا الفيديو الدكتور محمد نور النعسان، متطوع في الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري. وقال انه هو منسق الرعاية الصحية في فرع حمص.

متطوعو الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري يخاطرون بحياتهم لتوفير شريان الحياة لأي شخص في المحاصرين في الصراع.

التبرع لسوريا أزمة الاستئناف:

الصليب الأحمر البريطاني هو عضو في لجنة الطوارئ الكوارث، التي تجمع 14 الرائدة الجمعيات الخيرية مساعدات المملكة المتحدة في أوقات الأزمات.

سوريا الأزمة: واقع تواجه المتطوعين جزء 2

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نشرت يوم 12 أبريل 2013
الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري – فرع حمص في العمل (فيديو قديم – 2011 – ولكن لا يزال الإعلامية)

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حملت في 5 ديسمبر 2011

الأنباء التي تتحدث عن الصليب الأحمر على أخبار Goaty لل

UK: Oban and Tobermory Lifeboats in rescue of diver with suspected ‘bends’ or decompression sickness ashore on Mull – 270813 2035z

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew went to the aid of a diver with suspected ‘bends’ or decompression sickness ashore on the same day that the RNLI has called on divers to help undertake research into diver safety.

Tobermory Lifeboat (Photo: RNLI)


The crew were preparing to attend the station for their weekly Tuesday night training session when their pagers went off shortly after 1830. The male diver, who had developed possible symptoms of decompression sickness having come ashore in Tobermory, was taken on to the Severn class lifeboat which launched at 1850. Tobermory lifeboat proceeded to rendezvous with Oban lifeboat in the Sound of Mull. The casualty was transferred onto Oban lifeboat which had a specialist dive doctor on board. The casualty was then taken to Oban to be transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.


The ‘shout’ came on the same day that the RNLI called on divers the charity with research into participation and attitudes to safety in the sport by taking part in an online survey which launches today.

Last year alone, 314 diving incidents were reported to the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). The RNLI, in partnership with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), is asking divers and dive instructors in the UK to take ten minutes to complete an online survey, which looks at their reasons for participating in diving, how often they take to the water, preferred methods and locations, experience and training, awareness of possible hazards and use of safety measures. The findings will be used to help the RNLI and BDSG develop tailored and relevant safety messages for the diving community, to help make the sport even safer.

Tobermory’s full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie said: ‘This was a timely reminder that whilst diving is a popular sport, problems can and do arise. This year alone, Tobermory RNLI has gone to the assistance of six divers. Nationally, the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years. The RNLI is hoping to hear from divers of all levels of experience, so we can then develop really targeted and relevant safety advice to help them enjoy their sport as safely as possible.’

The online survey will run for nine weeks, during which time anyone who dives in the UK – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit and complete the short survey. The research is being undertaken by Substance, on behalf of the RNLI. To supplement the online survey, face-to-face surveys will be conducted at dive sites, charter boat launch and departure points, and at the NEC Dive Show (Dive 2013) in October. In-depth interviews and focus groups will also be conducted. Divers wishing to take part in these are encouraged to contact Substance via the survey website.

This was Tobermory RNLI’s 33rd launch of 2013 and so far this year the volunteer crew has assisted 56 people.

Key facts about the RNLI


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.


The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices. – RNLI


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UK: Over 5,000 badgers to be killed in cull that starts tonight – 260813 2040z

Police deployed in Gloucestershire over Badger cull ‘concerns’


A badger Culls are expected to start soon in the west Somerset and west Gloucestershire pilot zones

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Police officers have been sent to parts of Gloucestershire to “provide reassurance” after speculation that a pilot badger cull could soon begin.

However, Gloucestershire Police has confirmed its planned response to the cull had not yet been activated.

Pilot culls are being trialled to tackle TB in cattle and will run over a six-week period in parts of west Somerset and west Gloucestershire.

The cull in two pilot zones could begin as soon as Monday night.

It is thought the cull could start in West Somerset, around Taunton and Minehead. A further cull is expected in West Gloucestershire by the end of the week.

‘Minimise disruption’

Gloucestershire Police said media and social media speculation had led to some concern in local communities.

“As a result, we will be deploying a proportionate policing response in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to provide reassurance to those communities and minimise any potential disruption to their lives,” a spokesperson said.

“This is in keeping with our commitment to deliver an effective local policing service before, during and after the proposed cull.”

Campaigners have fought the plans since the test areas were revealed last year. They argue a cull is inhumane and ineffective in controlling the disease in cattle.

On Monday, around 100 protesters wearing badger masks held a candlelit vigil in Minehead.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said the cull is necessary and, carried out in the right way, can make a meaningful contribution to controlling TB.

Elsewhere, Jay Tiernan – a spokesman for the Stop the Cull group – has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass at the Defra-run Aston Down Wildlife Unit.

The unit does not fall within the pilot cull zone, which covers part of the west of the county.

Mr Tiernan was named in a High Court injunction that was granted last week to restrict some protests.

In pursuing the badger cull, the government is being anti-science

The cull will be bad for farmers, taxpayers and wildlife, and most of all it flies in the face of scientific evidence

“The Tory-led government’s controversial badger cull is set to begin on Monday night. Despite widespread protest and a national petition with more than 250,000 signatures, David Cameron is determined to push ahead.

This policy is completely out of touch. The public and scientists are united in their opposition. The cull flies in the face of the scientific evidence.

In October 2012, an extraordinary coalition of leading scientists called on the government to stop the badger cull. They stated: “As scientists with expertise in managing wildlife and wildlife diseases, we believe the complexities of tuberculosis transmission mean licensed culling risks increasing cattle TB rather than reducing it.” Lord Krebs, the eminent Oxford scientist who designed the Labour government’s badger cull trials, described this cull as “mindless”.

Bovine TB is a terrible disease and has to be brought under control. In 2011, 26,000 cattle were slaughtered, costing us £90m in testing and compensation. This is a massive animal disease challenge. The pressure it puts on farmers and their families is chronic, intense and costly, both financially and emotionally.

Labour’s badger culling trial – a £50m, 10-year study on whether culling badgers helps reduce bovine TB – concluded: “The reductions in cattle TB incidence achieved by repeated badger culling were not sustained in the long term after culling ended, and did not offset the financial costs of culling. These results … suggest that badger culling is unlikely to contribute effectively to the control of cattle TB in Britain.”

Labour’s approach in government was led by that science. We supported the development of a badger vaccine. Yet the government cancelled five of the six badger vaccine trials.

A cull will be bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers and bad for wildlife. The government’s own analysis says that it will cost more than it saves, put a huge strain on police given the expected protests, and will spread bovine TB in the short-term as badgers are disrupted by the shooting.

The taxpayer-funded policing costs are £4m for just the two cull areas. If the cull is rolled out to 10 new zones each year, these costs will balloon.

To bring this disease under control, we need stricter management of cattle movements and to prioritise badger and cattle vaccination. We should be building alliances in the EU to get restrictions on vaccinating cattle lifted.

The government should stop, listen to the scientific evidence and abandon the cull. Bovine TB is a terrible disease that must be stopped. This cull is not the way to do it.” –, Monday 26 August 2013 07.00 BST

Police ready as badger cull set to begin

The Citizen

Protesters, activists and police are on standby as badger cull is set to begin tonight.

Farmers fear militant protesters will descend on the county and Somerset, where more than 5,000 badgers are due to be shot over two months.

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It comes as activists said this weekend they would make the cull “impossible” by using military-style tactics.

The National Farmers Union was granted injunction on Thursday restricting the movement of protesters after it claimed farmers had been subject to harassment and intimidation.

It means campaigners are banned from going within 100 yards of farmers’ homes and 25 yards from their businesses and from making excessive noise or preventing people entering and leaving the sites.

Jay Tiernan, who speaks on behalf of the Stop the Cull group, said around 100 people will be patrolling the cull zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset every night.

It is thought the cull could start tonight.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said today: “The proposed pilot badger cull is managed by Natural England under license from DEFRA. In Gloucestershire, the cull will be undertaken by a private operating company.

“It will be up to them to determine where and when it starts.

“Gloucestershire Constabulary has been planning its response to the cull since it was first announced.

“This response – Operation Themis – is aimed at keeping all our communities safe and feeling safe, dealing with any with any incidents of crime and public disorder and facilitating people’s rights to protest. Our role will to be operationally independent, impartial, even-handed and fair to everyone whatever their views, interest or involvement in the pilot scheme.

“Our operation is not yet activated. However, due to recent media and social media speculation, there has been some concern in local communities.

“As a result, we will be deploying a proportionate policing response in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to provide reassurance to those communities and minimise any potential disruption to their lives. This is in keeping with our commitment to deliver an effective local policing service before, during and after the proposed cull.” – The Citizen

BADGER CULL STARTS as protester JAY TIERNAN is first protester arrested

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UK: Local Government Association report shows devastating impact of UK welfare policies – 120813 2350z

LGA report shows devastating impact of UK welfare policies

By ekklesia staff writers
12 Aug 2013
“Research from the Local Government Association (LGA) in England has highlighted the true destruction and dislocation caused by UK welfare cuts.

(Photo: presstv) ‘Bedroom Tax’ protest

The LGA’s latest report indicates that four in five welfare recipients are likely to need help from their councils to cope with the coalition government’s new social security changes.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, commented: “The government has tried to sell its welfare reforms on the back of mistruths and nasty stereotypes. However, this research exposes what a devastating impact its policies are having on communities throughout the country.”

She continued: “Ministers are not cracking down on cheats as they claim, but destroying the safety net that our welfare state is meant to provide for those who fall on hard times through no fault of their own.

“The government’s attack on social security provision is not only hurting those unable to find work. Millions of working families are seeing an even bigger reduction in their financial support.

“Rather than addressing the shortage of jobs and affordable housing that is blighting many areas, ministers are slashing local authority budgets and expecting councils to deal with the fallout from their reforms,” said the TUC chief.

Charities, churches, community groups, users, practitioners and researchers have all been highly critical of the government’s determination to restructure welfare in ways that hit the most vulnerable.” – ekklesia

Sudan: Emergency aid call after flash flood in Kalma refugee camp, South Darfur kills at least 36 (including 9 children) Hundreds of houses destroyed – 120813 1620z

A flash flood that swept through Kalma camp for displaced persons in South Darfur in Saturday night has reportedly killed 36 people, including nine children. Elsewhere in the region, floods and disease have killed three children and at least two adults, while wreaking extensive destruction to homes and property.

The spokesman for the Association of Displaced Persons and Refugees of Darfur, Hussein Abu Sharati, told Radio Dabanga that in addition to the dead and wounded in Kalma camp, the flood completely destroyed 1,567 houses.
He appealed to humanitarian organisations “to expedite emergency assistance in the form of tarpaulins and tents to the displaced who are now living in pools of stagnant water”, he said.

A sheikh of the camps in Saraf Omra in North Darfur reported to Radio Dabanga that three children have died “due to, disease, fever and diarrhoea”.
He said that Saturday’s rains led to the destruction of about 2,000 homes in the camps, as well as demolishing several sanitary facilities. “Dozens of families are still in the open without shelter, food or medicines,” he said, also appealing to humanitarian organisations for urgent assistance.
Another person died in Malah locality in North Darfur. Sheikh Adam Amin told Radio Dabanga that Idris Mahmoud Gulab perished on Saturday and flash floods destroyed about 60 houses in Malah.
He told Radio Dabanga that heavy rains caused damage to five schools, a hospital and the salt works Malha, as well as three schools in the village of Marega, and the Um Ajaja agricultural project. Amin said that the water swept Gulab away in one of the valleys in the region and his body was only found on Sunday.
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Sudan: UN and Partners Coordinate Aid for 150,000 People Affected By Flooding

United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners are coordinating closely with the Government of Sudan to assist close to 150,000 people get food, water and shelter following heavy rains that began early this month.

“More rains are expected in the coming days and the estimated number of affected people is likely to rise further as rains continue and as more information becomes available,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

At least 26,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, OCHA said, noting initial estimates of the damage in the eight affected states.

The UN and its partners have provided a range of emergency relief items, including tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, water cans, buckets and mosquito nets from its emergency stockpiles in Khartoum state. They also provided mobile clinics, drinking water, and sanitation services.

“Other emergency support is currently being mobilized, particularly food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services,” OCHA said.

Over 150,000 people have already been affected by the flooding, according to the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, the Khartoum State Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work, the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), among other sources.

OCHA stressed that the UN and its partners remain committed to assisting flood-affected communities and supporting the Government’s relief efforts throughout the country



Floods leave more than dozen dead in Sudan

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Published on Aug 11, 2013

Floods in Sudan have killed at least 15 people in the past two weeks and left almost 100,000 more homeless, officials said. More than 20,000 houses have been destroyed or badly damaged after heavy rains pounded suburbs of the capital Khartoum.Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports.

Kalma, Sudan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kalma is a relocation camp in the Darfur region of Sudan. It is located 17 kilometers outside of Nyala, Sudan.[1] It is estimated that there are over 90,000 residents in the camp. [2] Most if not all the residents are there because of the violence caused by the Darfur conflict.

Map of Dafur

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Man attempts to board flight with rat down his trousers

Rats are a major risk to the health of the community. They can assist transmission of serious diseases, including the plague, dysentery, leptospirosis and typhus fever.

Their fleas, lice and ticks can also adversely affect pets and humans.

Their excreta and hair contaminate food and utensils, causing food poisoning and economic loss. Rat colonies damage and foul buildings and furnishings, and they generate a terrible smell.

Rats’ gnawing will damage buildings, pipes, conduits and wiring and has been the cause of electrical fires.

Rats normally come out at night and usually are not seen unless they are very hungry or present in large numbers.

Spot the rat

To check whether rats are around, look for:

  • droppings (12mm to 18mm long)
  • debris such as snail shells with the sides eaten out, almond shells, cape lilac berries, chop bones, etc left in the corners of sheds, under homes and other secluded spots
  • signs of fruit and vegetables having been eaten
  • greasy rub marks along paths they travel
  • burrow holes around buildings
  • signs of gnawing damage
  • pet dogs, cats, birds being more excitable than usual
  • squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in walls, cupboard and ceilings and under floors

Avoiding rat problems

Rats can be discouraged and controlled by denying them food and shelter. A few simple precautions will prevent or help get rid of them:


  • store firewood away from the sides of sheds and fences and keep it well clear (40cm) off the ground
  • regularly remove or limit garden waste or other disused material in sheds or around your yard
  • remove fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season
  • block holes and other potential access points around all buildings
  • keep pet food dishes clean and store bulk pet food supplies in a manner which denies access to rats
  • rubbish bins and compost containers should be well maintained and free from holes. Meat scraps must never be composted
  • thoroughly examine your property to ensure you have discouraged rats from making your home their home

For further information read the  Facts on rats brochure (PDF 153KB)

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Man attempts to board flight with rat down his trousersBy Tom Irwin
A man was briefly detained at Melbourne international airport after attempting to pass through a body scanner with a live rat down his trousers.A spokeswoman for the airport, Anna Gillett, told the Herald Sun that the passenger had wanted to take his pet rat on board the aircraft.

“The passenger was obviously not allowed to do that, so he chose not to fly without the animal,” she added.

The aircraft is understood to have been bound for London, according to a caller to radio station3AW.

Ms. Gillett said the Australian Federal Police were called to deal with the incident, which occurred Sunday afternoon local time.

Police confirmed the passenger “voluntarily offloaded themselves from the flight”, was not arrested and was allowed to leave the airport.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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Russia: Neo-Nazi group allegedly torturing gay youths, using social network to find them – 030813 1340z

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Russian neo-Nazis torture gay teenager they tricked into meeting them as part of online scam

  • Neo-Nazis appear to be filming themselves bullying and torturing gay men
  • Infamous former skin head believed to be behind the campaign
  • One 15-year-old boy is filmed being taunted by group of homophobic men

By Jaymi Mccann


“A Russian neo-Nazi group is allegedly torturing homosexual youths by using a social network to find them.

The campaigns, called Occupy Pedophilyaj and Ocuppy Gerontilyaj, have been launched by former skinhead Maxim Martsinkevich, according to an LGBT rights group.

The Spectrum Human Rights Alliance (SHRA) alleges that the group claims to identify and report paedophiles but instead use it to target teenager who reply to same-sex personal adverts.

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This picture reportedly shows a Russian neo-Nazi group attacking a gay man who they found online

This Facebook picture reportedly shows a Russian neo-Nazi group that attacks gay teenage boys who they find online


This video appears to show masked youths accosting a nervous teenage boy, asking if he has come to meet 'Uncle Dima'

This video appears to show masked youths accosting a nervous teenage boy in Moscow, asking if he has come to meet ‘Uncle Dima’

Putin's Crackdown on LGBT Teens in Russia

The boy admits that he is there to meet a man for sex to the men gathered around him in the video

Adverts are posted on the Russian equivalent to Facebook,, reports The Huffington post.

The group allegedly agrees to meet the boy for a date, but then films him being bullied and tortured.

SHRA writes on their website: These self-proclaimed ‘crime fighters’ perform their actions under the broad day light, often outside and clearly visible to general public that indifferently passes by or even commend them.

Video recordings of bullying and tortures are freely distributed on the Internet in order to out LGBT teens to their respective schools, parents and friends. Many victims were driven to suicides, the rest are deeply traumatized.

Putin's Crackdown on LGBT Teens in Russia

Under duress, the 15-year-old tells them his personal details

It is believed that the homophobic group found the teenager through social network

It is believed that the homophobic group found the teenager through Russian social network by looking through the same-sex adverts

The LGBT group has pointed to a video on YouTube allegedly showing a group of masked youths interrogating a nervous looking 15-year-old in a housing estate.

During the video, according to atranslation by The Huffington Post, the group asks him if he is there to meet Uncle Dima.

The boy admits that he is there to have sex, he admits his sexual preferences and gives all of his details.

He tells the group who he is, where he is from, what school he goes to and his age.

At the end of the video, one member of the group urinates into a bottle and attempts to pour it over his head, and another kicks him. Then it cuts out.

Russian online newspaper Lenta met with some people who have joined the Occupy Pedofilyaj campaign earlier this month.

One member allegedly said: We do not like homosexuals. If it was up to me, I’d kill them but the government doesn’t allow that.

The boy apppeard to be interrogated while being pursued around a housing compound

The boy apppeard to be interrogated while being pursued around a housing compound

The group of men recorded the incident on camera as they bullied the gay teenager

The group of men recorded the incident on camera as they bullied the gay teenager

The threatening group of men appeared to surround the boy as they taunted him

The threatening group surrounded the boy as they taunted him and attempted to spray him with urine before the video cuts out

He then said that all gay men are paedophiles, adding that they should not be allowed in society.

Earlier this month Vladimir Putin signed into law the homosexual propaganda bill, making it illegal to share information with minors that may make encourage the idea that homosexual relationships are socially equivalent to a heterosexual couple.

Just last month a 23-year-old gay man was tortured to death in the Russian city of Volgograd. Continue reading

UK Sleepwalking into Fascism: Workhouses for Disabled, The #RacistVan, Racial Profiling

Scriptonite Daily


This week has seen a plethora of actions by the UK government, which if adopted by any other country, any compassionate person would consider fascist. Government sponsored vehicles are roaming the streets telling people to dob in suspected illegal immigrants, the UK Border Agency are stopping mostly non-white commuters on the transport networks and requesting they display credentials to prove their right to be here, and disabled people are being carted off to modern day workhouses. Yet in spite of all this, many are still reluctant to face the gut wrenching reality that all is not well in blighty.

Godwin’s Law? Oh Give it Up


No doubt someone is already preparing a comment accusing me of Godwin’s Law for making this comparison.  So I’ll take a moment to set out why I am making it, and why it does not conform to the term.

Godwin’s Law was intended…

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Squirrels infected with plague close California campground

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Plague-infected squirrel shuts Los Angeles park


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Parts of a national forest in California have been evacuated and closed down after a squirrel was found to be infected with the plague.

Los Angeles officials say visitors were ordered to leave the Angeles National Forest as a precaution after the rodent was trapped in a routine check.

They said no people in the area were believed to have been infected with the disease, known as the Black Death.

The plague killed as many as 25 million Europeans during the Middle Ages.


It sounds like a screenplay for a Hollywood B-movie: bubonic plague-infected squirrels descend on Los Angeles. But despite the excitement among Angelenos on social media about the “Black Death” being found at a California campsite, health officials say this is not a problem for urban squirrels.

City conditions do not lend themselves to having fleas co-existing in large numbers as they would in a forested area, they say. Even in this forest area where the squirrel was found on Thursday, only five “plague-positive” squirrels have turned up in the last 20 years or so. This particular squirrel is dead – tests are being conducted to determine if it died of natural causes or the plague itself.

It is a bacterial infection which can be transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas.

If not treated with antibiotics, it is usually deadly.

There have been only four cases of human plague in Los Angeles County since 1984, none of which were fatal, according to officials.

Further testing of squirrels in the region will be carried out before the campgrounds are re-opened to the public.

Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told the BBC that agriculture workers would dust squirrel burrows in order to reduce the flea population.

He said that while the area was closed to camping, people would still be able to hike through.

He advised that anyone who wished to do so should use insect repellent and ensure that any pets they bring have a flea collar.



Bubonic plague

is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly in fleas[1] on small rodents and is one of three types of bacterial infections caused by Yersinia pestis (formerly known as Pasteurella pestis), which belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within 4 days.

The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning “groin.” Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering from bubonic plague. Bubonic plague was often used synonymously for plague, but it does in fact refer specifically to an infection that enters through the skin and travels through the lymphatics, as is often seen in flea-borne infections.

Bubonic plaguealong with the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague, which are the two other manifestations of Y. pestisis commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 3060% of the European population.[2] Because the plague killed so many of the working population, wages rose and some historians have seen this as a turning point in European economic development.[3][4]


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Ireland: Concern about unused quarries and other inland waters after 10 swimmers drown during heatwave – 260713 1415z

The parents of a 15-year-old drowning victim have voiced their concerns about unused quarries that are popular swimming holes among citizens who are looking to beat the heat in Ireland.

15-year-old Kevin O’Hare got into trouble in a quarry between Newcastle and Annalong in Co Down last month.

A 39-year-old man, Colin Polland, also died in an attempt to rescue the teenager.

Kevin’s mother Donna O’Hare has demanded that unused quarries be filled to prevent any further deaths. “They have to do something. All the quarries, they have to be closed,” she told the Irish News.

In response to the mounting number of drownings, environment minister Alex Attwood has announced a campaign to raise awareness of the hazards with unused quarries.

The campaign will use warning signs at dangerous locations and publicity through posters and social media to highlight the danger.

Fill in disused quarries say drowned teenager’s parents
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As the heat wave continued on, more and more people are flocking to beaches, rivers, and lakes to cool off. Unused quarries are also becoming popular spots to go for a refreshing dip. This poses a big risk to swimmers as there are no lifeguards on duty should someone get into a tight spot.

Along with the rise in heat, there has been an increase in drowning incidents in Ireland in the last couple of weeks.

At least 10 people have drowned since the heat picked up in Ireland, according to the Irish Times.

Several of these drownings have occurred in freshwater deposits like rivers and lakes.

In a statement from a Valentia Coastguard spokesperson, fresh water is more dangerous than the sea.

“There is less buoyancy in rivers and lakes due to absence of salt in the water, and it is also much colder.”

The spokesperson went on to say, “It’s a matter of educating people.”

With the call for new safety regulations, the hope for educating the youth about the hazards of unsupervised swimming should increase.

Friday, 26 July, 2013 at 11:45 (11:45 AM) UTC RSOE

Dehydration – watch out when out and about, drink lots of fluids, take things slower.

The ‘hot spell’ is easing in the UK, but this is good advice generally. Also bear in mind that caffeine drinks; tea, coffee & some cold drinks do not aid hydration.

More about dehydration:

Dehydration – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Please watch out with this hot spell – Dehydration can kill.

Dehydration is when you lose more fluids than you are replacing. Symptoms usually occur when only 1 – 2 percent of the body’s normal water volume is lost, and may include thirst, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness or fainting, especially when standing up too fast, and can progress to more serious symptoms, including unconsciousness, seizures and death.

You can actually lose as much fluids in a cold, dry mountain environment as in a hot, dry one. This is because the thin, cold, dry air of high altitudes dries you out from just breathing it, even if you don’t sweat at all.

Of course, dehydration is largely preventable if you drink enough fluids, and usually four quarts a day for walking or other mountain activities will suffice. But keep an eye on your urine output — you should pee often and…

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