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16.10.18  /  High  /  Switzerland – US Embassy Demonstration Alert

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16.10.18 Switzerland US Embassy Demonstration Alert

Image result for us embassy bern Switzerland (Security threat level - 2): On 15 October 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Bern issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Geneva city center “The areas around the Cornavin Train Station and the Mont Blanc Bridge are expected to be heavily impacted. Please visit the Facebook page of the Geneva Cantonal Police for a detailed map of the route and updates. “Event: On Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018, labor organizations in Geneva are planning protest marches through the city, which will result in traffic disruptions. Up to 2,000 protestors are expected to march through Geneva from approximately 06:00 to 11:00 each day. The areas around the Cornavin Train Station (06:00-07:30) and the Mont Blanc Bridge (07:00-08:30) are expected to be heavily impacted, with the Mont Blanc Bridge closed to vehicle traffic at the hours listed above. Routes throughout the city and neighboring areas are likely to be congested as a result. Protests may continue through the week, please monitor the news and the Geneva Cantonal Police for the latest updates.”

13.10.18  /  Extreme  /  Burkina Faso – US Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

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13.10.18 Burkina Faso US Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

Image result for us department of state Burkina Faso (Security threat level - 4): On 12 October 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Burkina Faso and raised its level of advice for the provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga and Gourma in the East Region to “Level 4: Do Not Travel.” The advisory reads in part as follows: “Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. “Do not travel to:
  • The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger due to crime and terrorism.
  • The provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma in East Region due to crime and terrorism.
“Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with no warning. Targets may include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, military posts, and schools. “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas of the country. Due to the risk of attacks throughout the Sahel and East regions, the U.S. Embassy restricts official government travel to Dori and Djibo, the road that connects these cities, and all areas north of that road, as well as to the provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma.” The full text of the Travel Advisory is available here.

12.10.18  /  News  /  Australia – Qantas Passengers Flying Within Australia Can Now Check-In Online

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12.10.18 Australia Qantas Passengers Flying Within Australia Can Now Check-In Online

Qantas passengers flying within Australia will no longer need to print out boarding passes if they've already checked in.

Starting this week, passengers on domestic flights who have checked in online using their mobile phones will not receive a physical pass.

A Qantas spokesperson said the transition to digital passes was implemented to ensure smoother and more efficient boarding processes.

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03.10.18  /  High  /  Cambodia – FCO Updated Travel Advice

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03.10.18 Cambodia FCO Updated Travel Advice

Image result for FCO Cambodia (Security threat level - 3): On 2 October 2018, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Cambodia to include the following: “You should be aware of a heightened risk of flooding along the whole of the Mekong River. The south of the country has so far seen the worst of the flooding but areas at risk continue to change on a daily basis. You should follow the guidance issued by the local authorities.”

03.10.18  /  High  /   – New Warning To Men Taking Viagra

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03.10.18 New Warning To Men Taking Viagra

A 31-year-old man was left with red-tinted vision after taking sildenafil citrate – the active ingredient in the famous impotence drug.

The unnamed man, from New York, who admitted he swallowed 'much more' than he should have, has been left with irreversible damage.

Eye experts at Mount Sinai School of Medicine wrote the case report of the hapless man, who bought liquid sildenafil citrate online.

The drug's liquid form is marketed as being faster acting than pills and having fewer side effects, but is not sold by the official Viagra brand.

A 31-year-old man was left with red-tinted vision after taking sildenafil citrate – the active ingredient in the famous impotence drug Viagra. But he did not take Viagra

A 31-year-old man was left with red-tinted vision after taking sildenafil citrate – the active ingredient in the famous impotence drug Viagra. But he did not take Viagra

The man turned up at an urgent health care centre and said everything he could see was tinted red and had been for two days since taking the liquid.

He admitted taking more than the recommended 50mg dose, researchers revealed in the journal Retinal Cases and Brief Reports.

And he said his vision began to change soon after he took the medication.

The scientists added the damage would likely remain for the rest of the man's life because after a year of trying to cure it, doctors had no luck.

'People live by the philosophy that if a little bit is good, a lot is better,' said Dr Richard Rosen, lead author of the study.

'This study shows how dangerous a large dose of a commonly used medication can be.'

Viagra is now available without prescription in the UK for around £4 to £5 per pill, and almost a million were sold in the first four months after it went on sale.

DEATHS FROM THE ACTIVE DRUG IN VIAGRA ARE THE HIGHEST SINCE 1999

The active drug in Viagra was linked to 19 deaths in the UK last year, the highest on record since 1999.

Sildenafil, the main ingredient of many erectile dysfunction meds, caused more than a dozen deaths in 2017, according to a report by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

A majority of the deaths were caused by heart problems, including coronary artery disorder, irregular heartbeat and heart failure.

The findings come after it was reported nearly a million Viagra pills had been bought since it became legal to sell them without prescription in March.

Since 1998, a total of 166 people have died following their use of the drug, with 44 people dying in 1999.

The majority of men who report having side effects are men in their 50s and 60s.

A single 50mg pill is the normal dose, which should start to work within an hour and help men maintain an erection during sex.

But overusing the drug – which affects circulation to increase blood flow to the penis – can be deadly, and 19 deaths linked to sildenafil were recorded in the UK last year.

And it is known to be able to cause problems with vision but they usually disappear within 24 hours, although the man in this case wasn't so lucky.

Examination revealed damage to the cones in his eyes – the structures responsible for seeing colour – was similar to inherited eye disease seen in animals.

Dr Rosen added: 'To actually see these types of structural changes was unexpected, but it explained the symptoms that the patient suffered from.

'While we know colored vision disturbance is a well-described side effect of this medication, we have never been able to visualize the structural effect of the drug on the retina until now.

'Our findings should help doctors become aware of potential cellular changes in patients who might use the drug excessively, so they can better educate patients about the risks of using too much.'

Pfizer, the manufacturer of the Viagra brand, said: 'It’s important to note that no regulatory body has approved liquid sildenafil citrate to treat erectile dysfunction.

'The World Health Organization has estimated patients who order medicines from “rogue” online pharmacies – those that conceal their true location and the source of their medicines – have a 50 per cent chance of receiving a counterfeit medicine.'

03.10.18  /  High  /   – Primera Air Has Ceased Operations

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03.10.18 Primera Air Has Ceased Operations

Image result for primera air 11:37am, 2 October 2018: Latest update: Summary – On Monday 1 October, Primera Air filed for bankruptcy and has now ceased operations, with all flights ceased, including those between the UK and Canada; it will formally go into administration on Tuesday 2 October; further advice for British nationals who are affected is available on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website
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