Ricin found in sick man’s Vegas hotel room

first_imgMar 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Las Vegas man remained unconscious today with suspected ricin poisoning after the deadly toxin derived from castor beans was found in his Las Vegas motel room last week, according to news services.Vials of ricin along with castor beans were found in the man’s room at an Extended Stay America hotel in Las Vegas on Feb 28, according to a New York Times report today. The man, identified as Roger Von Bergendorff, has been hospitalized and unconscious since Feb 14, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Health officials were still trying to confirm whether Von Bergendorff’s respiratory illness was due to ricin exposure, the AP reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a Feb 29 health advisory, said “preliminary results of environmental testing” at laboratories in Nevada indicated the presence of ricin.As little as 500 micrograms of ricin can be fatal, depending on the route of exposure, according to the CDC. The substance, a byproduct of processing of castor beans into castor oil, can be made into a powder, mist, or pellet, and can also be dissolved in water.The FBI said there was no indication of terrorist activity and no signs that ricin had been spread in the environment, according to the AP. But Von Bergendorff’s hotel room contained several guns and a book on anarchism tabbed to a page on how to make ricin, news reports said.Von Bergendorff’s cousin, Thomas Tholen of Riverton, Utah, found the ricin in the hotel room when he entered it Feb 28 to collect the sick man’s belongings, after hotel managers had started eviction proceedings, according to the Times.Von Bergendorff had lived with Tholen until last fall, and yesterday authorities searched Tholen’s home and a storage space for clues in the case, the Times reported. The AP said officials gave no information about what they found.The Times said Von Bergendorff is believed to be a computer graphic artist whose work has appeared in some science fiction novels. Police also found three cats and an emaciated dog in his hotel room, the story said.The United States has had several ricin scares in recent years. In February 2004 ricin powder was found in the office of then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., prompting the closure of several Senate office buildings.Later that same month, the FBI released a photo of a letter addressed to the White House that contained ricin along with a threat to “turn D.C. into a ghost town” if new trucking regulations went into effect. A similar letter containing ricin had been found in October 2003 at an airport postal facility in Greeneville, S.C. Both letters were signed “Fallen Angel.”See also:Feb 29 CDC health advisory on ricin incidenthttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/ricin/han_022008.aspCDC information on ricinhttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/ricin/index.asplast_img read more

PREMIUMBPJS Ketenagakerjaan ready to manage social security for laid-off workers

first_imgLinkedin The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) is ready to manage the social security of laid-off workers when the proposed omnibus law on job creation is enforced, the agency’s senior executive has said.According to BPJS Ketenagakerjaan strategic planning and information technology director Sumarjono, the agency is working closely with the government to create social security (JKP) schemes for laid-off workers in line with provisions stated in the omnibus bill on job creation, which is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR). “We’ve been deeply involved in deliberations of the JKP. We were asked to hand out data regarding work terminations and advised [the government] on the potential scheme,” he said in Jakarta on Friday.The JKP schemes are part of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, which is aime… Topics : Indonesia omnibus-law workers severance-payment BP-Jamsostek House APINDO Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Googlelast_img read more

Russia overtakes Italy and Britain after record rise in coronavirus cases

first_imgThe country’s coronavirus response center also reported 94 new deaths, taking the overall death toll to 2,009 people. The official death toll remains far lower than in many countries, something Kremlin critics have queried.Russian officials attribute the rising and large number of cases to a massive testing program which they say has seen over 5.6 million tests conducted.Putin is due to hold a meeting later on Monday, a public holiday in Russia, to decide whether to modify the country’s lockdown regime, which entered into force at the end of March. Topics : Russia’s coronavirus cases overtook Italian and British infections on Monday to become the third highest in the world after a record daily rise hours before President Vladimir Putin was due to review the country’s lockdown regime.The official tally surged to 221,344, meaning Russia now has more registered cases than Italy or Britain and only trails Spain and the United States, as the number of new cases of the novel coronavirus jumped by 11,656 in the past 24 hours.More than half of all cases and deaths are in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak. On Monday, it reported an overnight increase of 6,169 new cases, bringing its official total to 115,909.last_img read more

Famous faces at Brisbane launch

first_imgLondon Residences at West End launched this week.International model Charlie Austin, leading legal eagle Gavin McInnes, fashionista Joshua Kilroy and Queensland Theatre CEO Sue Donnelly were among the VIPS to have received an invite to the big reveal party.Fruition salon boss and award-winning hair stylist Craig Smith has also been toasting the progress of London Residences after securing the sole retail space.The $27 million inner-city development is aimed at owner-occupiers. Joshua Kilroy was on the VIP list to attend the launch of Brisbane’s hottest new apartment development.BRISBANE’S movers and shakers turned out in force on Thursday night for the launch of London Residences at West End.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoConstruction on Ferro Property Group’s project is expected to start in July but some well-known Brisbane faces have scored an early preview of the trendy development.last_img read more

Research shows close family relationships help you live longer

first_imgLifeSiteNews 6 September 2016Family First Comment: More evidence of the importance of the nuclear family Researchers have once again affirmed the value of the traditional family.The University of Toronto’s School of Public Health led a study that found elderly men and women who had close family ties were more likely to live longer than those who were not particularly close to their family.Even those with close friends did not fare as well as those with positive family relationships, lead researcher James Iveniuk found.“Family relationships seem more vital than friendships,” Iveniuk told CBS News. “You can be close to your friends, but it didn’t have a big effect. But if you were not close to your family, you were at greater risk of dying.”Specifically, Iveniuk said the results of the study, announced at the American Sociological Association convention in Seattle, found those not close to their family more often suffered a heart attack or a stroke.Study participants listed their closest confidants and described those relationships. Those who listed family other than spouses were found to have a 6 percent risk of dying within five years, while those who did not list family as close confidants had a 14 percent risk of dying in five years.The study also seemed to affirm large families. Researchers discovered that those who listed more family members were less likely to die in five years than those who listed fewer family members.The four factors for longevity, according to Iveniuk and fellow researcher and biostatistician L. Philip Schumm of the University of Chicago, are being married, having family and friends, social activity, and having close confidants.Iveniuk speculated about the reasons for longevity among close family, saying that perhaps it was due to “expectations about your family taking care of you,” whereas friends may move away.Internationally known author (“Children at Risk” and “Marriage Matters“), speaker, and columnist Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., told LifeSiteNews that the results of this study are not surprising and affirm the central role of family in personal and societal health.  She lamented that such family support is diminishing. “The tentacles of family breakdown are at the root of every social problem we face in America,” she said.A speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush and senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, Crouse has twice been an official U.S. delegate to the United Nations and served as executive director of the 2015 World Congress of Families. She concludes from professional experience that “family — a married mom and dad — provides the best foundation for children’s well-being.”“Equally important, the married mom and dad family is the best foundation for the well-being of society.”The study was criticized by Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein of Northwell Health in Great Neck, New York, for not expanding “the concept of family” to include non-blood relations, such as unmarried “family,” or “a homosexual or transgender situation.”https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/research-shows-close-family-relationships-help-you-live-longerlast_img read more

Central America and Mexico join Belize in celebrating independence

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet NewsRegional Central America and Mexico join Belize in celebrating independence by: – September 9, 2011center_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Flag of Belize. Photo credit:mapsofworld.comBELMOPAN, Belize — To commemorate their countries’ independences, the embassies of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua, along with the government of Belize, for the fourth consecutive year have united in a “Celebration of the Independence of Mesoamerican Countries”. This artistic festival and concert will be held on Sunday, September 11, at the Governor General’s field in Belmopan. The purpose of the festival is to share in a fraternal environment, the joy of the Independence Days, through the presentation of their traditional dances and popular music. This year is dedicated to Belize’s 30th Anniversary of Independence.The festival will include the performance of artists and groups from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. The official program will end with the performance of Supa G. Entrance will be free and open to the general public. Food and regional products booths will be available, as well as handicrafts and clothing sales and activities for children.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Paix Bouche cultural group shines at Expo 2012 in South Korea

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Paix Bouche cultural group shines at Expo 2012 in South Korea by: – July 12, 2012 45 Views   5 comments Paix Bouche Cultural Group with Mrs. Gloria Joseph (centre) of the Invest Dominica Authority.Totally amazing and attention-grabbing are the words which can be used to describe the Paix Bouche Cultural Group’s genesis performance at the International Exposition 2012 being held in Yeosu, South Korea. Capturing the mood and attention of the crowd from the moment the screens were opened at 1:00 p.m. on July 12, 2012, group leader and Cultural Officer, Mickael Ferrol welcomed the spectators with energy and enthusiasm to a performance that would not soon be forgotten.The other five members present showcased the same exuberance brought forth by their leader. With songs like “Ma Bello”, “Feelin’ Hot”, and a traditional Bele dance accompanied by the songs “Day Day” and “Fire Brigade”, they commanded the attention and participation of the audience and won their hearts like no other performing group could have. Genesis, performing at Expo 2012 in South Korea.But this was in no way far from expectation. The group had already made themselves at home the night before their first show with an impromptu freestyle performance in the back room where performers from Senegal, Azerbaijan and the Ivory Coast danced and pranced to the sounds of their drums. The very next day in a matter of thirteen minutes, the Paix Bouche Cultural Group raised the standard of Expo 2012 with class, excellence and Dominican Pride. They captured the true essence of our culture and put it on display in grand style for all to see. The afternoon performance at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. only saw an intensifying of the entertainment which culminated in a “Lapeau Cabrit” display and parade of the Atlantic Joint Pavilion.We here at Expo 2012 can only expect more of the same, but knowing Mickael Ferrol and the Paix Bouche Cultural Group, we can only anticipate every performance getting better and better.Press Releaselast_img read more

2 bros fall in sting op; P80-K ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgILOILO City – Two brothers were arrested in a drug sting operation in Barangay Jibao-an, Pavia, Iloilo. The suspects were detained and charged with violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Five more sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P80,000 and cash which amounted to P2,500 were confiscated during their arrest around 4:30 p.m. on June 7, the report added. The 29-year-old Ivan John Fernandez and his younger brother 25-year-old Irven were taken to the Pavia police station. An undercover officer initially bought from the Fernandez a sachet of suspected shabu for P2,500, a police report showed.last_img read more

UWF Presents Pack it Pink

first_img Oct. 11, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. The University of West Florida’s Women’s Volleyball team may be wearing a new color this season – Pink! On Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m., the women’s team will host Eckerd College in a special game benefiting the Pensacola Chapter of the Breast Cancer Association. The first 500 fans will be given a pink t-shirt to wear and all donations accepted will go to benefit the Pensacola Chapter. Their goal is to pack the place pink!”October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month and last fall this hit home for our women’s volleyball team when one of our own battled the disease,” stated Todd Davis, Athletic Director for UWF. “Melissa Wolter, our head volleyball coach, was diagnosed in early September, and was in treatment through April 2007. This cause is extremely important to her, and our department shares her urgency in getting the word out about this disease.””By having first hand knowledge of the severity of breast cancer, our volleyball program is excited to bring awareness and raise money to help find a cure,” said Wolter. “If we can bring hope and have a positive impact on someone’s life, the day will be worth it!”Help UWF’s women’s volleyball in the fight against breast cancer, and pack the place pink! The team will host Eckerd College on Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m. at the University Field House. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Presents Pack it Pinklast_img read more

BCEF to fund BMS flexible learning space

first_imgBatesville, IN— For the third straight year, the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is donating a sizable sum to the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) to expand its flexible learning spaces (FLS) initiative, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. In addition, BCEF is helping pilot a new career assessment tool for select students at Batesville High School (BHS).“Sixth-grade classrooms at Batesville Middle School (BMS) have been chosen by the school administration to receive $15,000 from BCEF for this next round of items,” Wilson said. “These classrooms follow our complete English room at BHS (2017) and components in all first and third-grade classrooms (2018). Our goal is to eventually impact a majority of BCSC students by introducing flexible learning items in more spaces every year. In 2018 alone, our FLS initiative impacted 14 additional classrooms. We think that’s a worthwhile cause.”Flexible learning space components can include items such as adjustable-height desks, chairs with motion feedback, and tables with integrated technology features. Local exit studies of BCSC students who have used flexible learning spaces have shown that student interest and engagement is higher when learning takes place in such an environment. “This donation brings our three-year grant total for this signature project to $65,000,” Wilson added.  “With technology changing so rapidly, BCEF continues to give our local public schools more flexible classroom environments that work with a variety of assignments. When teachers are provided with these pieces, they can move from a traditional classroom atmosphere with rows of desks to clusters for small group projects or one big group for full class participation—all within seconds.”A new BCEF-sponsored program at BHS will be piloted this year, coordinated by principal Andy Allen and the two guidance counselors, Arika Burck and Jen Steinkamp.  A number of BHS students will be identified to participate in a career pathway assessment program. While BHS is funding the cost of the administration of the assessment tool, BCEF has agreed to sponsor follow-up small group sessions for these students with a certified professional who will help provide information useful in making informed post-graduation plans, based on their assessment results.“The job fair we hosted for BHS students with some of our corporate sponsors last May was just the beginning of a broadened BCEF effort to help students while assisting employers in meeting critical local employment needs,” BCEF president Jama Linkel-Cleghorn remarked. “As the education foundation, our board thinks that we need to be a driving force to ensure that our students are succeeding not only while in school, but after graduation as well. Providing them with guidance about their practical skills, personality attributes, strengths, and communication styles is a way to help them narrow their focus and perhaps even match them with a local employer where applicable. We’re pleased to be able to expand our workforce development programs.”The Batesville Community Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides funding for additional learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $200,000 to BCSC. BCEF’s main program areas include innovative learning, scholarships and sponsorships, workforce development, and alumni relations.For more information about BCEF or to find out how to support its initiatives, contact info@BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or 812-934-2194.last_img read more