Patrick Symmes and Marco Di Lauro deported

first_img RSF_en Organisation Patrick Symmes, a US journalist working for Outside Magazine and GQ Magazine, and Italian photographer Marco Di Lauro were deported on arrival at Sanaa airport after several days reporting on the Yemeni island of Socotra. March 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Patrick Symmes and Marco Di Lauro deportedcenter_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Olympics: Mexico’s Sánchez, García dive to silver

first_img LONDON – A tough slate of dives paid off with a historic reward for Mexico’s Germán Sánchez and Iván García. The natives of Jalisco won their country’s first Olympic medal in synchronized diving on July 30 in the 10-meter competition, which also was Mexico’s first medal of the London Games. “We are still in awe about what just happened,” Sánchez told reporters after the competition. Sánchez, 20, and García, 18, fell behind early but surged back into medal contention with a pack of exceptional dives. After two dives, they were surprisingly in last place before they moved up to fifth after their third attempt. The Mexicans, who train in Guadalajara, had the highest degree of difficulty in the competition, which played the biggest role in their charge to silver with 468.9 points. China won the gold medal with 486.78. Nick McCrory and David Boudia of the United States took the bronze with 463.47. Sánchez and García also posted the competition’s highest score of 95.95 points in the fourth round after nailing an inward 4 1/2 somersault tuck with a 4.1 degree of difficulty. It was the highlight dive of the meet, as well as a bold selection that offered a maximum opportunity for scoring. Observers questioned the inclusion of that dive in recent weeks, but it stayed in the routine. “We tried it so many times in the last few days and we were not doing it right, but it’s a dive that we have been doing for so long that we did not want to take it out,” Sánchez told reporters. “Everybody said that it was foolish to have a dive with such a big degree of difficulty, but here’s the result. Those critics made us better.” Former Olympic diving medalists Jesús Mena and Fernando Platas spoke with Sánchez and García a day earlier, providing them with extra confidence and motivation. Sánchez and García won gold at last year’s Pan American Games. “They told us that we needed to keep it cool out there because that’s the only way to win a medal,” Sánchez told reporters. “We even modified the diving list at their request and it totally worked.” By Dialogo July 31, 2012last_img read more

CDC says some foodborne illnesses rose in 2006

first_imgApr 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Preliminary data from 2006 show that foodborne illnesses caused by Escherichia coli and Vibrio rose, while cases caused by other pathogens leveled off or slowly declined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today. It’s not clear what the higher incidence of S Enteritidis cases means, he said, noting that the predominant phage type is associated with chicken meat, rather than eggs. “Chicken is one of the most commonly eaten foods, so given the widespread consumption, a small problem with food handling, either in the restaurant or in personal kitchens, can translate into larger volume issues,” Hedberg said. Compared with the CDC’s 2005 report, the new report shows little change in illness rates for many of the pathogens FoodNet tracks. The rate of salmonellosis cases in 2006 was 14.81 per 100,000 people, compared with 14.55 in 2005. The 2006 and 2005 incidence rates for others are as follows: Campylobacter, 12.71 and 12.72; Shigella, 6.09 and 4.67; Cryptosporidium, 1.91 and 2.95; and E coli O157, 1.31 and 1.06. Apr 12 CDC news release The data come from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, which covers about 15% of the US population and collects information from 10 states. A report detailing the 2006 findings appears in the Apr 13 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s division of foodborne, bacterial, and mycotic diseases, told reporters that to reduce fresh produce–related illnesses, the industry should follow the example of the meat industry, which saw outbreaks decrease after it developed a set of food safety engineering principles. The higher than normal S Javiana incidence could suggest that there may be some risk related to produce, Hedberg said, noting that the strain has been associated with previous tomato-linked outbreaks. FoodNet surveillance identified a total of 17,252 laboratory-confirmed foodborne infections in 2006. Salmonella accounted for 6,655 cases, about 39% of the total. There were 5,712 Campylobacter cases, about 33% of the total. The CDC reports 2,736 Shigella cases, 859 Cryptosporidium cases, and 590 cases of Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) O157. The rest of the cases included STEC non-O157 (209), Yersinia (158), Vibrio (154), Listeria (138), and Cyclospora (41). CDC. Preliminary FoodNet data on the incidence of infection with pathogens transmitted commonly through food—10 states, United States, 2006. MMWR 2007 Apr 13; 56(14):336-39 [Full text] See also: Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert and associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that he didn’t see many striking changes in the 2006 FoodNet report. Some of the increase in E coli O157 infections could be linked to the nationwide outbreaks, he said, but other environmental issues could be contributing to the problem. The CDC uses FoodNet data to assess national trends in foodborne illness. The agency compares each year’s disease outbreak totals with data from 1996 through 1998, the first 3 years of FoodNet’s surveillance program. The CDC noted that Campylobacter, Listeria, Shigella, and Yersina infections continued a slow decline from that baseline period, though most of the decrease occurred between 1999 and 2002. To adjust for the increase in the FoodNet surveillance area since 1996, the CDC uses a statistical model to estimate the changes in rates of foodborne infections since the baseline period. Estimated declines include 50% for Yersinia, 35% for Shigella, 34%, for Listeria, and 30% for Campylobacter. Incidences of Cryptosporidium and E coli did not change significantly from baseline. The FoodNet system recorded 71 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening complication of E coli O157 infections, among children in 2005, the latest data available, which is up from 44 cases in 2004. Increases in E coli cases over the past 2 years have erased declines that occurred in 2003 and 2004 when beef-processing safety measures took effect, and the number of Vibrio infections rose to its highest level since FoodNet surveillance began in 1996. Among the notable changes, the rate of Vibrio infections compared to baseline was up dramatically in 2006 at 78%, compared to 41% in 2005. Of the 147 cases recorded by FoodNet in 2006, 94 (64%) were parahaemolyticus isolates. CDC director Julie Gerberding, who introduced the report today at a press conference, said the results show that more work needs to be done on the food safety front, particularly in the fresh-produce industry, which in 2006 had nationwide outbreaks involving spinach, tomatoes, and lettuce. “We need ongoing work to reduce exposure of our produce to E coli O157,” she said. The incidence of Salmonella infections did not decrease from baseline, though the CDC noted some changes in the serotypes identified: S Typhimurimum decreased significantly (41%), but significant increases were seen for S Enteritidis (28%), S Newport (42%), and S Javiana (92%). “The meat industry shared information among themselves, in a noncompetitive arena, about what was successful,” he said.last_img read more