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15.05.18  /  Extreme  /   – Travel Warning To Australians - Indonesia Including Bali

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15.05.18 Travel Warning To Australians - Indonesia Including Bali

Australians in Bali are under increasing threat from child suicide bombers, according to a secret intelligence report.

ISIS fighters have flooded Indonesia, with more than 1100 returning to the area after spending time in the Middle East.

Urgent reports were provided to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton by secret intelligence agents after suicide bombers attacked three churches in Surabaya, the Australian reported.

The intelligence said the indoctrination of children who are then organised to carry out suicide bombings was 'horrific'.

This is the family who committed the suicide bombings on Monday. The eight-year-old daughter survived while her two brothers and parents were all killed

This is the family who committed the suicide bombings on Monday. The eight-year-old daughter survived while her two brothers and parents were all killed

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At least seven people were killed outside Surabaya police station on Monday in an attack (pictured) that came the day after thirteen were killed in suicide bombings

CCTV captured the moment the bomb detonated outside the station about 11.50am Monday

CCTV captured the moment the bomb detonated outside the station about 11.50am Monday

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (centre) condemned the attacks as an act of 'barbarity' and expressed his condolences to Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (centre) condemned the attacks as an act of 'barbarity' and expressed his condolences to Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation

A young family of ISIS supporters carried out the attacks at the three churches which killed 14 people. The family included two girls aged nine and 12 years old.

Mr Turnbull said increased security would be introduced at airports as a result.

Body scans will be carried out on 94 per cent of passengers. while advanced X-ray and bomb-detection technology would be used on travellers' bags.

Just hours after the intelligence briefings were provided to Australian leaders, another attack was carried out at a police station - again by a family with young children.

An eight-year-old girl survived after her family detonated bombs outside a police station, killing seven people.

It was the latest suspected Islamic terrorist attack to coincide with the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, as security agents fear the attacks may signal the escalation of terrorism in the region. 

Stening Simpson Kidnap Ransom clients are banned from travel to Indonesia without security guards.  

14.05.18  /  Extreme  /  United Kingdom – Antibiotics Main Cause Of Allergic Reactions During Surgery

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14.05.18 United Kingdom Antibiotics Main Cause Of Allergic Reactions During Surgery

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Antibiotics are the main cause of life-threatening allergic reactions during surgery, a new report suggests.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists says more patients are claiming to be allergic to penicillin, leading to other riskier antibiotics being used. Out of nearly 300 life-threatening reactions, there were 10 deaths in one year in the NHS in the UK. Anaesthetists said some of the deaths could have been prevented. Anaphylaxis in the operating theatre is a life-threatening reaction to a drug that happens without warning. In extreme cases, it rapidly progresses to cardiac arrest or even death. There are around 3 million anaesthetics given to patients in NHS hospitals each year and the vast majority "are safe and uneventful", the report says. However, the risk of life-threatening reactions is around one in 10,000 operations.

Allergy clinic waits

It was previously thought that muscle relaxants were the main culprit, but this report has found nearly half of all anaphylaxis cases were caused by antibiotics administered to prevent surgical infections. Teicoplanin was found to be the antibiotic with the highest risk of anaphylaxis and is regularly used for patients who say they are allergic to penicillin. Once a patient is identified as allergic, an alternative anaesthetic must be found - but waiting-lists for allergy clinics are, on average, more than three months, when they should be no more than six weeks. The report says up to 90% of patients who say they have a penicillin allergy are in fact not allergic. The report concludes that some of the antibiotic-related deaths could have been prevented if the true risk of allergy had been identified.

'Prompt action'

They recommend that antibiotics should be given while the patient is still awake, so any adverse effects can be assessed, and patients' allergy histories should be recorded more efficiently before operations. The report also suggests that anaesthetic teams should be better trained to enable them to treat anaphylaxis quickly. Report author Prof Tim Cook said: "More than 95% of patients survive life-threatening anaphylaxis because of timely detection and prompt action by their anaesthetist and the wider medical team. "However, our research highlights the importance of this topic and shows evidence of new and growing risk factors. "We need to see improved reporting of these cases, better investigation after anaphylaxis and investment and expansion of peri-operative allergy clinics."

14.05.18  /  News  /   – Scientists Discover Stem Cell Treatment That Will Replace Viagra

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14.05.18 Scientists Discover Stem Cell Treatment That Will Replace Viagra

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Scientists believe they have discovered a new stem-cell sex treatment that will consign Viagra to history and cure men of erectile dysfunction.

They found in recent trials that injecting 20m stem cells into the base of the penis could reinvigorate the nerves and blood vessels.

Doing this will even make the organ larger, which is something Viagra has never achieved.

Scientists believe they have discovered a new stem-cell sex treatment that will consign Viagra to history and cure men of erectile dysfunction

Scientists believe they have discovered a new stem-cell sex treatment that will consign Viagra to history and cure men of erectile dysfunction

The Sunday Times reports that the research has so far been aimed at men who have had their prostate glands removed because of cancer.

This can cause degeneration of the nerves and blood vessels in the penis, making it shrink.

Professor Soren Sheikh, director of the Danish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, will reveal further details at a meeting for European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Barcelona this July.

He said that the men's regained function had lasted more than a year so far but larger trials over a longer period were required.

Sheikh added that stem cell therapy could also help the millions of men with erectile dysfunction from other causes such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and simple ageing.

The Sexual Advice Association has estimated that several million Britons have the problem.

 

12.05.18  /  Extreme  /  Indonesia – FCO Travel Alert - Bali Volcano Activity

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12.05.18 Indonesia FCO Travel Alert - Bali Volcano Activity

Image result for FCO The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel within 4 kilometres of the Mount Agung crater in east Bali and within 7 kilometres of the Mount Sinabung crater in Kalo Regency, North Sumatra due to ongoing volcanic activity. These are exclusion zones put in place by the local authorities. If you’re in either exclusion zone, you should leave immediately. On 11 May 2018, Mount Merapi, near Yogyakarta in central Java, erupted. The Indonesian authorities have set a 3km exclusion zone around the volcano. If you’re in the area, you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. Eruptions of Mount Agung in east Bali led to periodic closures at Bali and Lombok airports in late 2017 and disruption to flights in the region. More recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung have not significantly disrupted local travel in Sumatra. The local authorities have indicated that both Mount Agung and Mount Sinabung continue to show signs of volcanic activity and the possibility of volcanic eruptions remains. Indonesia sits alongside a volatile seismic strip called the ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur regularly, which can also present a potential threat of tsunamis. The alert level for Mount Agung, Mount Sinabung and other Indonesian volcanoes may change at little or short notice.

12.05.18  /  Extreme  /  Nicaragua – FCO Updated Travel Advice

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12.05.18 Nicaragua FCO Updated Travel Advice

Image result for FCO The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua. There has recently been a period of street violence in many areas in Nicaragua. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. Major routes have become impassable at times due to disorder or roadblocks and we advise that you check local information before undertaking any travel. Marches and demonstrations continue to occur. While some are peaceful, the situation remains volatile and there is the potential for further violence and disorder. If you’re in Nicaragua, you should stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to join marches and participation risks arrest.

12.05.18  /  High  /  United Kingdom – Passengers Face Travel Chaos After Luton Airport Staff Vote To Strike

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12.05.18 United Kingdom Passengers Face Travel Chaos After Luton Airport Staff Vote To Strike

Passengers are facing travel chaos after Luton airport staff voted to strike during the May Bank Holiday weekend in disputes over pay and zero hour contracts.

The Unite union warned of disruption to flights unless a series of rows with the airport and contractors are resolved.

The industrial action will take place at different times between 7am on May 25 and 6.30am on May 30.

Passengers could face travel chaos after Luton airport staff voted to strike during the May Bank Holiday weekend in disputes over pay and zero hour contracts

Passengers could face travel chaos after Luton airport staff voted to strike during the May Bank Holiday weekend in disputes over pay and zero hour contracts

Unite officer Jeff Hodge said: 'Luton airport now faces severe disruption unless management get around the table and negotiate a fair deal which recognises the contribution workers make.

'Turnover at Luton airport is up, company profits are up and passenger numbers are up. This April alone saw passenger numbers growing to 1.3 million people. That's the 15th consecutive month of over a million passengers passing through the airport.

'Workers at Luton airport deserve a decent rate of pay for their work and to be treated fairly by management.

'These ballot results demonstrate that members will no longer accept paltry pay and unfair treatment while their bosses constantly squeeze every last penny to boost profits.'

Workers directly employed by Luton airport in several different roles including firefighters and security guards voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

Workers employed by Clece Care Services Ltd, which provide assistance at the airport to passengers with reduced mobility, also backed industrial action over zero hours contracts and pay.

The Unite union warned of disruption to flights unless a series of rows with the airport and contractors are resolved

The Unite union warned of disruption to flights unless a series of rows with the airport and contractors are resolved

Luton airport said in a statement: 'We are disappointed that Unite members have chosen this course of action and recognise the uncertainty this news will cause for our passengers.

'We are working with the 73% of staff who did not vote to strike, to mitigate the impact of any action.

'We also remain committed to continuing discussions with Unite in the interim before any such action can take place. We will keep passengers regularly updated via our website.'

The airport said it had offered a 2.5% pay increase plus £150 for every employee to be paid in July 2018, adding: 'Next Tuesday, our leading profit share scheme will pay every qualifying employee £5,145.'

London Luton Airport Firefighters will be striking from 7am Friday May 25 until 7pm Saturday May 26 while security staff strikes will be taking place from 3am Monday May 28 until 5am Tuesday May 29.

 
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