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Coronavirus: 15th Person Dies Of SARS

NCoV is from the same family of viruses as those that cause common colds and the one that caused the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that first emerged in Asia in 2003. The new virus is not the same as SARS, but similar to it and also to other coronaviruses found in bats. The WHO first issued an international alert in September after the virus infected a Qatari man in Britain who had recently been in Saudi Arabia. Symptoms of NCoV include severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. "Preliminary investigation indicated that the (latest Saudi)patient had no contact with previously reported cases of NCoV infection," the WHO said. "Other potential exposures are under...

posted on: Mar 13, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Construction of a Web-Based Crime Geointelligence Platform for Mexico City’s Public Safety...

The project was formalized by means of a 3 year contract comprising consultancy, training and technological developement. Framed in the project’s purposes and goals, and as part of its products, processes and protocols identified for the implementation of a Geointelligence Laboratory in the Ministry, a geospatial data infrastructure (GDI) to enable the seamless integration of data from different sources, platforms and systems was implemented. An open-source interactive solution that retrieves and displays geospatial patterns and trends was developed, in order to feed decision making with results from analyses derived from the use of the GDI. Also, models for space and space-time analysis of crime incidence were implemented as part of the analytic processes routinely performed by the Ministry’s...

posted on: Feb 19, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Study Says Civilians Hold More Guns

The 270 million small guns also comprise 41.5 percent of the 650 million firearms known to be in the hands of civilians worldwide. And out of 8 million new guns manufactured all over the world yearly, 4.5 million (56 percent) are bought by Americans. The study underscores the finding that civilians worldwide hold nearly three times more small arms (handguns to semiautomatic rifles) than the combined military and police forces in the world, 650 million versus 225 million. The researchers say the relationship between society and weapons is changing, particularly in the urban centers. The common observation in big African, Asian, and Latin American cities is that wealthy citizens are amassing guns for self-protection while outside their enclaves,...

Study Says Civilians Hold More Guns
posted on: Dec 14, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Deadly fire prompts Qatar safety concerns...

Courtesy of aljazeera.com – Doha — For Carolyn Roberts, the fire that killed 19 people in a mall here on Monday was "a wake-up call" to look into safety standards at her daughter’s school. And she was surprised at what she learned. Roberts was one of several hundred people, a mix of expatriates and Qatari nationals, who gathered for a vigil on Tuesday evening in a park near Villaggio mall, the site of the fire. Most of the victims were children attending a nursery in the mall. By Tuesday morning, her daughter’s nursery had already emailed parents and promised to improve its safety standards, Roberts said. "They have fire extinguishers, but they don’t have sprinklers," said Roberts, a...

posted on: May 29, 2012 | author: Staff writer

BP adopts new safety standards for Gulf drilling...

A year after it capped its out-of-control well in the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP PLC said Friday it is taking new steps to improve the reliability of the cement used to seal its wells and the fail-safe devices used to prevent blowouts. The U.S. government welcomed the voluntary measures announced by the British firm – which seemed to target shortcomings addressed in several investigations of the disaster – but also noted that it has already established what it believes are strong safety and environmental standards that all operators are required to meet in order to operate in deep waters. Eleven men were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off Louisiana on April 20, 2010, leading...

posted on: Jul 15, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Obama: Americans back me on debt deal

President Obama on Friday pointed to polls to argue that his proposal of a "balanced approach" on a debt deal – one that includes revenue increases as well as spending cuts – is what the American people want. "My Republican friends have said that they’re not willing to do revenues, and they have repeated that on several occasions," he told reporters at a news conference in Washington. "My hope, though, is that they’re listening not just to lobbyists or special interests here in Washington, but they’re also listening to the American people. Because it turns out, poll after poll, many done by your organizations, show that it’s not just Democrats who think we need to take a balanced...

posted on: Jul 15, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Hong Kong Scarlet Fever Outbreak Spurs Drug-Resistance Fears...

Ultramodern Hong Kong is tussling with a centuries-old bug long forgotten in many developed countries – an outbreak of drug-resistant scarlet fever that has killed the first children there in a decade. And with it is the rise of a mutated strain that appears to be more contagious. The number of cases has spiked this year to more than 500, with health officials issuing warnings in the southern Chinese city jammed with 7 million people and hypersensitive to any type of disease outbreak. Experts warn the main strain of the bacterial infection is likely transmitted easier. It is 60 percent resistant to two drugs of choice, up from a resistance level of 10 to 30 percent previously....

posted on: Jun 27, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Remains 'Ticking Time Bomb' After Japan Disaster...

Though global fears about radiation emissions from the heavily damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility have calmed in the weeks since Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, famed physicist Michio Kaku insists the situation remains a "ticking time bomb." A professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and the City College of New York, Kaku discussed some recent revelations about the disaster’s impact, and noted that Japanese officials still don’t have control at the site. "In the last two weeks, everything we knew about that accident has been turned upside down," Kaku says. "Now we know it was 100 percent core melt in all three reactors…now we know it was comparable to the...

posted on: Jun 24, 2011 | author: Staff writer

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