Swine Flu – Conspiracy Theory

Dead pigs in China, evil factory farms in Mexico and an al Qaeda plot involving Mexican drug cartels are a few wild theories seeking to explain a deadly swine flu outbreak that has killed up to 176 people.
Nobody knows for sure but scientists say the origins are in fact far less sinister and are likely explained by the ability of viruses to mutate and jump from species to species as animals and people increasingly live closer to each other.
“The problem now with this virus is that it has picked up a mixture of elements, now including human elements. It’s a complex virus.”

China’s Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday denied overseas reports charging that dead pigs found in a south eastern province might be to blame for swine flu.

And in Mexico reports in at least two newspapers focused on a factory farm run by a subsidiary of global food giant Smithfield Foods. Some of the rumors mentioned noxious fumes from pig manure and flies — neither a known vector for flu viruses.

Those reports brought a swift reply from the biggest U.S. hog producer.

“Based on available recent information, Smithfield has no reason to believe that the virus is in any way connected to its operations in Mexico,” the company said in a statement.

Viruses spread much more easily on factory farms where animals are packed together than in the wild but so far there is no evidence that any one particular farm is the source.

LOVE 8

LOVE 8 is a campaign against violence, launched in memory of the late handball player Marian Cozma, on March 8’th. On this occasion, a movie about the player was cast. The message of this movie is the celebration of life, love and sports.
Why 8? Because Marian Cozma was born and died on 8. He was wearing the number 8 shirt for MKB Veszprem, his latest team.
The message of the campaign is loud and clear: “We say NO to violence through promoting sports and its values, through creating new models for children and young people. Sports means non-violence. Sports means fight within the field.”

Air Force One

Low Flying Plane
New Yorkers evacuated offices in panic Monday when an unexpected overflight by one of President Barack Obama’s Boeing 747s triggered fears of a new 9/11.
The White House apologized Monday after one of Barack Obama’s presidential planes flew alarmingly low over New York city.
“While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption,” said Louis Caldera, director of the White House military office.
“I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused,” he said in a statement, adding that he approved the mission over New York — described by other officials as a photo opportunity — last week.
For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site.
An administration official said the purpose of the photo op was to update file photos of the president’s plane near the Lady Liberty.
This official said the White House military office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it was updating file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks, such as the statute in the New York harbor and the Grand Canyon.

Swine Flu

Health officials want to take every step to prevent an outbreak from spiraling into mass casualties. Predicting influenza is a dicey endeavor, with the U.S. government famously guessing wrong in 1976 about a swine flu pandemic that never materialized.
The epicenter was Mexico, where the virus is blamed for 86 deaths and an estimated 1,400 cases in the country since April 13. Schools were closed, church services canceled and Mexican President Felipe Calderon assumed new powers to isolate people infected with the swine flu virus.
Meanwhile, in the United States, there were no deaths and all patients had either recovered or were recovering. But the confirmed cases around the nation rose from eight on Saturday morning to 20 by Sunday afternoon, including eight high school kids in New York City.
Spain’s Health Ministry confirmed the country’s first case of swine flu on Monday and said another 20 people are suspected of having the disease. It was the first confirmed swine flu case in Europe and the first outside of North America.

Renewing vows

This is a rather new and used practice among stars.

Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek and French magnate Francois-Henri Pinault renewed their wedding vows Saturday in a ceremony at Venice’s La Fenice opera house.

Hayek and Pinault originally were married in a small civil ceremony in Paris last Valentine’s Day.

This time, the couple made it a weekend-long celebration, starting with a cocktail party at Punta della Dogana, an art museum owned by the groom’s father, Francois Pinault.

Among those attending were actresses Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz and Ashley Judd, plus U2 frontman Bono and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, as well as former French President Jacques Chirac.

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Earthquake

Earlier today, while I was drying my hair in order to attend a civil wedding ceremony, I remembered an earthquake back in 1986. I was looking in the mirror and wondering what would I do if an earthquake happened right then. That bathroom mirror often gives me the chills. The thought was so deep, and I was really afraid that it could actually happen. And it did happen at 20.18. It measured 5.3 degrees but I didn’t feel it as I was in a mall at that time, and walking. I heard that specific noise though, the one I remember well from 1986.

Incidente Real Madrid-Getafe

La entrada del central blanco Pepe a Casquero se convierte en la estrella en la red de esta semana.

En Youtube, más de medio millón de reproducciones para ver al detalle como el central hace penalti, le da dos patadas a Casquero y después propina un puñetazo a Albin que viene a pedirle explicaciones.

En MundoDeportivo.es, también las dos noticias más vistas del día han sido, y con mucha diferencia, las relacionadas con la acción del madridista. En una de ellas se pide la participación de los internautas sobre la posible sanción. Además se ha añadido una encuesta sobre los encuentros que se puede perder el jugador.

Pepe reconoce que se volvió “loco” tras cometer el penalti sobre Casquero y admite encontrarse hundido anímicamente por lo sucedido, “no tengo ganas de volver a jugar al fútbol”.

En el ojo del huracán: Kléper Laveran Lima Ferreira, Pepe. El hombre más buscado después de la agresión que tuvo lugar en el partido Real Madrid vs. Getafe, donde el central portugués protagonizó una de las acciones más salvajes que las hemerotecas de La Liga recuerdan.

¿Qué le pasó a Pepe por la cabeza en esos segundos? Indudablemente su reacción no tiene explicación y ni siquiera los que mejor le conocen en el vestuario blanco pueden encontrar una respuesta, “no me reconozco en ese momento. Perdí el control durante unos minutos”, explica el luso en el diario Marca.

La repercusión mediática de lo ocurrido está afectando al central del Real Madrid, “no tengo ganas de volver a jugar al fútbol”. Sanciones aparte, Pepe ha sufrido un daño moral y, sobretodo, un escarnio público que tardará mucho tiempo en poder restablecer. El zaguero portugués reconoce que se volvió “loco” tras cometer el penalti sobre Casquero y admite encontrarse hundido anímicamente por lo sucedido.

El central del Real Madrid, consciente de la dura sanción que se le viene encima y de la situación personal en la que se encuentra, ha llegado a plantearse buscarse otra profesión. “Si veo que no tengo forma de volver a jugar al fútbol, me dedicaré a otra cosa”. Afirmación que suena algo tremendista y quizás exagerada, pero que deja a las claras la situación personal por la que atraviesa el luso. La imagen de Pepe ya está dañada y eso difícilmente tiene solución a corto o a medio plazo. A la espera de que llegue la anunciada sanción a Pepe sólo le queda rememorar los hechos y tomar nota.