UK schools told to set up 'quarantine rooms' for swine flu pupils 05 May 2009
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Breaking: US resident dies from swine flu 05 May 2009 A woman from Texas has become apparently the first US resident to die from swine flu. In a statement, the Texas Department of State Health services said it was "reporting the first death of a Texas resident with H1N1 [swine] flu."
Schools told to set up 'quarantine rooms' for swine flu pupils 05 May 2009 (UK) Private schools should set up "quarantine rooms" for pupils suspected of having swine flu, according to legal advice issued to the Independent Schools Council today. Pupils across the country may have to sit exams in isolation, at home, or be given grades based on past work rather than take exams this summer if the swine flu epidemic escalates. If the situation becomes extreme the Department of Health could issue an order to close all schools.
Company warned officials of flu 18 days before alert was issued --On April 6, 18 days before WHO issued its alert, Veratect reported on its Web site a strange outbreak of respiratory disease in La Gloria, Mexico. 30 Apr 2009 A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert about a public health emergency of international concern. Both federal and international health officials had access to the warning from Veratect Corp.
Scientists warn swine flu virus could quickly morph from mild to deadly 05 May 2009 A flu virus is a powerhouse of evolution, mutating at the maximum speed nature [or man] allows. A mild virus can morph into a killer and vice versa. In the world's most devastating global flu epidemic in 1918, the first wave of cases in the spring were mild. Then, the virus evolved and came back in the fall as a strain that proved truly deadly, flu experts say.
Swine flu fears subside, but second wave looms The echoes of the 1918 flu are unavoidable. [That's because it's the same virus the US Army has been manipulating.] 04 May 2009 Historical accounts long have suggested that the first pandemic wave appeared in the U.S. in the spring of 1918, causing illness, but no appreciable deaths above normal... Those early cases were followed by far more fatal second and third waves in the fall and winter of 1918 and 1919 in the United States. "When it got cool enough to spread well, the virus exploded," Dr. Jeffery K. Taubenberger, an influenza investigator in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said. [See: US involved in bird flu conspiracy: Indonesia 20 Feb 2008 (Transcript from AM, Australia's ABC.) Peter Cave: Indonesia's Health Minister has suggested that the United States may be involved in a conspiracy to use the bird flu virus to develop biological weapons. See: US, Japanese Researchers Mix Samples of 1918 Flu Pandemic to Recreate Deadly Code 30 Dec 2008. See: Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug 12 Mar 2006 Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu.]
Swine flu: the worst is yet to come in autumn, warns --Alan Johnson Doctors are being warned to prepare for a second, "much worse" wave of swine flu hitting Britain in the autumn, the Health Secretary has disclosed. 04 May 2009 Alan Johnson said that the lesson of past pandemics was that initially mild outbreaks had been followed by something "much more serious". His comments came as the number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Britain rose to 18, including two children, with as many as 716 possible patients now being tested.
CDC Says Swine Flu Cases Likely to Grow in Coming Days 05 May 2009 U.S. health authorities reported today that the number of confirmed swine flu cases across the nation now exceeds 400 in 38 states, and they repeated warnings that the illness is likely to spread over the days and weeks ahead. In its latest bulletin on the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta said this morning that 403 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 flu have been reported, up sharply from the 286 tallied 24 hours earlier.
Pfizer Employee Has Swine Flu 05 May 2009 A resident of Westerly, RI, who works at Pfizer’s King’s Heights facility in Groton, CT, has tested positive for swine flu, according to a company spokeswoman. He is recovering at home and several co-workers, said the company, are recovering at home. About 60 people work at the same building. This facility is two miles away from the larger Groton campus of Pfizer.
Seven new swine flu cases in B.C. 05 May 2009 Seven additional cases of the H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) were confirmed Tuesday in B.C. for a total of 46, the B.C. ministry of health announced.
Seven Swine Flu cases in NC 05 May 2009 North Carolina health officials say the total number of Swine Flu cases in the state has now reached seven.
1 additional swine flu case confirmed in NJ 05 May 2009 Health officials have confirmed another case of swine flu in New Jersey. With Tuesday's addition, there are still seven confirmed cases in New Jersey because health officials say a clerical mistake was made in one case previously reported as confirmed.
Two Fairfield U. Students Have Confirmed Swine Flu 05 May 2009 (CT) The state's number of confirmed swine flu cases increased to four today after testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed two Fairfield University students had the disease.
U.S. says flu-hit schools should reopen 05 May 2009 The U.S. government on Tuesday said it was no longer necessary to close schools due to outbreaks of the H1N1 flu virus, although students who fall ill should remain at home for at least a week.
Schools hit by swine flu rescheduling exams 05 May 2009 (UK) Schools hit by swine flu were rescheduling GCSEs and A-levels today or asking for special consideration for pupils as the summer exam season begins. It comes as Department of Health leaflets giving information about the virus began dropping through doors across the country. Five schools, four of which are secondary schools, are now closed after students fell ill with the virus.
Russia bans UK pork 05 May 2009 Russia has extended its ban on imports of live pigs and raw pork to include the United Kingdom because of fears about the spread of the swine flu virus, the country's chief veterinarian said today. "We have added another European Union country, Great Britain to the banned list," Nikolai Vlasov told a news briefing.
UN demands access to secret Israeli 'torture' jail --Document: "Allegations of torture, ill-treatment and poor detention conditions in this facility have been reported to the committee." 05 May 2009 The United Nations anti-torture committee has demanded access to an Israeli secret prison where torture is allegedly being practiced. The UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva prepared a document on Israel's record on torture on Tuesday and called on Tel Aviv to release information on the alleged "Facility 1391" which is situated in an "undetermined location within Israel and which is not accessible to the International Committee of the Red Cross or detainees' lawyers or relatives."
UN probe finds Israel guilty of war crimes 05 May 2009 A UN report has found Israel responsible for six major crimes committed against Palestinians during the three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip. The report released on Tuesday blamed Israel for six serious incidents leading to death, injuries, or damage during the Gaza War, AFP reported.
Barack Obama hints at tougher line on Israel [Well, until AIPAC gets to him] 05 May 2009 The Obama Administration has signalled a tougher approach towards Israel ahead of fresh talks on the Middle East peace process by insisting it must endorse the creation of an independent Palestinian state. "Israel has to work toward a two-state solution," declared Vice-President Joe Biden today in a speech to the annual conference of a powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington.
Hamas won't recognize Israel 05 May 2009 Palestinian movement Hamas says it will never recognize Israel, insisting that the regime is the only enemy in the region. Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal told The New York Times that the movement "has not and will not" recognize Israel but it might conditionally accept the creation of a Palestinian state.
US planes 'kill Afghan civilians' 05 May 2009 There are claims that US air strikes on militants in western Afghanistan killed more than 20 civilians, an Afghan official has told the BBC. The Afghan official spoke of seeing more than 20 bodies in two lorries outside the governor's house. He said women and children were among the casualties. Those who transported the bodies said they had been killed by American air strikes, according to the same official.
US bombing run kills dozens, Afghans say 05 May 2009 Bombing runs called in by U.S. forces killed dozens of civilians taking shelter from fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan and international troops, Afghan officials said Tuesday. A provincial councilman said he saw about 30 bodies, many of them women and children, after villages bought them to a provincial capital. Villagers estimated from 70 to well over 100 civilians may have died, according to local and regional officials.
Pakistani army flattening villages as it battles Taliban 04 May 2009 The Pakistani army's assault against Islamic militants in Buner, in northwest Pakistan, is flattening villages, killing civilians and sending thousands of farmers and villagers fleeing from their homes, residents escaping the fighting said Monday. "We didn't see any Taliban; they are up in the mountains, yet the army flattens our villages," Zaroon Mohammad told McClatchy as he walked with about a dozen scrawny cattle and the male members of his family in the relative safety of Chinglai village in southern Buner.
Half a million set to flee Swat valley 05 May 2009 A human tide of up to 500,000 people could pour out of Pakistan’s troubled Swat valley after officials told residents to flee as a controversial peace deal with the Taliban appeared finally to fall apart.
2 Northern California soldiers killed in Iraq 05 May 2009 Two soldiers from Northern California have been killed in Iraq. The Department of Defense says Army Spc. Jake Velloza and Spc. Jeremiah McCleery died after being shot by enemy forces in Mosul, Iraq on May 2.
KBR Connected to Alleged Massive Fraud, Pentagon Auditor Says 05 May 2009 KBR, the Army's largest contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, is linked to "the vast majority" of suspected combat-zone fraud cases that have been referred to investigators, as well as a majority of the $13 billion in "questioned" or "unsupported" costs, the Pentagon's top auditor said yesterday. ...Commissioners cited a May 1 letter to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), calling on the Pentagon to do more to recover more than $100 million in overcharges and excessive profits associate with KBR employees suspected of fraud.
US eyes fighting Somali pirates onshore 05 May 2009 Top US military commanders have floated the idea that the fight against the Somali pirates needs to be taken ashore in the country which lacks a functioning government. Following a Navy League conference on Sunday, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead said it would be impractical to fight the Somali pirates in their area of operations that spans four times the size of Texas.
Fight against pirates also needed ashore: U.S. Navy 04 May 2009 The fight against piracy must involve efforts on land and at sea, the U.S. Navy's top officer said on Monday, saying the issue was more complex than just putting arms on commercial ships.
Troop mutiny now 'under control', Saakashvili says 05 May 2009 Georgian troops mutinied Tuesday on the eve of NATO [war] exercises in the ex-Soviet republic, prompting the government to accuse Russia of backing an attempted coup, including a plan to kill the president. President Mikheil Saakashvili said the situation was "under control" after an attempt at a "large-scale mutiny" and the defence ministry said it was in talks with the rebellious troops. Defence Minister David Sikharulidze said troops of a tank battalion at the Mukhrovani base had launched a "rebellion," just as Georgia is due to host NATO exercises starting this week.
House Democrats won't give Obama funds to close Guantanamo 04 May 2009 The Obama administration's bid for $50 million to move prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility was left out of the Democratic-authored emergency war-spending bill unveiled Monday. Even so, most Democrats remain committed to closing down the military prison, and the issue is likely to be attached to other legislation later this year.
Group Demands Stanford Cut Ties With Rice 04 May 2009 A group of Stanford alumni who took a stand against the Vietnam War 40 years ago met up at their Alma Mater over the weekend and in true style, protested. Members of the April 3rd Movement marked their anniversary at Stanford University Sunday by calling for the school to sever its ties with Condoleezza Rice. The upset group nailed a petition to the door of the president's office demanding that the former Bush administration Secretary of State and National Security Advisor be held accountable for what they say are serious violations of the law, including the approval of torture and misleading the country by going into the Iraq war.
'We will resist.' Pilots refuse to take part in national identity card trials --MPs are shortly to be asked to approve the powers to compel the pilots and other airside workers at the two airports to register for the national ID card scheme as part of their "pre-employment" checks. 05 May 2009 Airline pilots are to become the first group to refuse to take part in the national identity scheme when compulsory trials start at Manchester and London City airports this autumn. The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa), which represents more than 80% of commercial airline pilots, is to mount a legal challenge to Home Office plans to use "critical" airside workers as the first compulsory "guinea pigs" for the scheme. "ID cards will have absolutely no value as far as security is concerned. This is nothing other than coercion and promises that ID cards would be voluntary have been broken," Jim McAuslan, Balpa general secretary, has told ministers. "We will resist."
Former Australian intelligence officer faces jail over Bali bombing documents By Mike Head 05 May 2009 A former Australian intelligence official and his co-tenant face up to two years jail after being convicted last month of leaking classified documents relating to the October 2002 terrorist bomb blasts on the Indonesian resort island of Bali... After a two-week trial in the ACT Supreme Court last week, ex-Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) officer James Sievers was found guilty of communicating information he had obtained as an ASIO employee, and his former housemate Francis O’Ryan was convicted of aiding and abetting him. Sievers and O’Ryan were convicted of sending to the Australian newspaper in October 2004 three ASIO documents showing that Australian authorities were warned by their US intelligence partners two weeks before the Bali bombings that an Al Qaeda-linked group was planning attacks on "sin spots" and "nightclubs".
France Seeks Ban On "Anti-Semitic" Euro Election Candidates 05 May 2009 French authorities were hunting Monday for a means to ban a stand-up comic turned 'anti-Zionist' militant from fielding lists of candidates in European elections next month. Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala and his ally Alain Soral, a former member of Jean Marie Le Pen's far-right National Front, say they will present candidates in at least five of France's electoral regions for June's European Parliamentary vote.
Lieberman's Campaign to Pay $50,000 Fine 05 May 2009 (CT) U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's campaign will pay a $50,000 penalty to settle allegations of improper petty cash payments made to workers during a hard-fought race in 2006 for the U.S. Senate. The agreement between the Federal Election Commission and the LieberBush camp stems from a complaint filed by the campaign of Ned Lamont, Lieberman's opponent. Lamont beat Lieberman in the Democratic primary, but Lieberman won the general election after running as an independent [via illegal funding from the Reichwing].
Ten Stressed Banks Will Need More Capital --Stress tests identify about ten; Wells, BofA, Citigroup face order to refill coffers 05 May 2009 The U.S. is expected to direct about 10 of the 19 banks undergoing government stress tests to boost their capital, according to several people familiar with the matter, a move that officials hope will quell fears about the solvency of the financial sector. The exact number of banks affected remains under discussion.
JPMorgan May Be Asked to Buy More Banks: CEO Dimon 05 May 2009 The U.S. banking sector is likely to see further consolidation and JPMorgan Chase may be called on by regulators for more acquisitions, Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said on a webcast call Monday. "There are still too many banks in the United States," Dimon told Calyon Securities analyst Mike Mayo on the call.
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Previous lead stories: US soldiers told to act as Christian missionaries in Afghanistan --'Witness for Jesus' in Afghanistan 04 May 2009 US soldiers have been encouraged to spread the message of their Christian faith among Afghanistan's predominantly Muslim population, video footage obtained by Al Jazeera appears to show. Military chaplains stationed in the US air base at Bagram were also filmed with bibles printed in the country's main Pashto and Dari languages. In one recorded sermon, Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the US military chaplains in Afghanistan, is seen telling soldiers that as followers of Jesus Christ, they all have a responsibility "to be witnesses for him". "The special forces guys - they hunt men basically. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down," he says. "Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That's what we do, that's our business."
Ex-US ally arrested in Iraq for terrorism offences 03 May 2009 A Sunni Arab militia leader, once allied to the US, has been arrested by Iraqi forces. Nadhim al-Jubouri, leader of a government-backed local militia and a religious leader in the town of Dhuluiya, 70 km north of Baghdad, was seized from his home by Iraqi forces. Also included in the arrest were al-Jubouriâ's two brothers. All three have been charged with terrorism offences.
Former MI6 chief says Britain was 'dragged' into Iraq war 03 May 2009 Britain was "dragged into a war in Iraq which was always against out better judgment" the former deputy head of MI6 has claimed, in a remark that will reignite the debate over political interference in the war. The comments, made by Nigel Inkster, who was deputy director of MI6 at the time, make clear there were reservations over the war at a very senior level within the Secret Intelligence Service. MI6 was blamed for the failure of intelligence that took Britain to war after helping produce a dossier in which Tony Blair claimed that Iraq was ready to use weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.
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