Families worried as meningococcal outbreak continues

Families worried as meningococcal outbreak continues

Posted October 14, 2017 10:06:29 Photo: Vanessa Smith is making sure her three grandchildren are vaccinated against meningococcal. (ABC News: Nick Hose) Grandmother of three Vanessa Smith isn’t taking any chances with her 12-month-old grandson Mattio, or her six-year-old granddaughter Rexena. “You would rather get the injection now than have them in Alice Springs Hospital waking up with limbs missing from the disease itself,” Ms Smith said. An outbreak of the W strain of the deadly disease meningococcal has prompted health authorities to immunise the most vulnerable. In the hallway…

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Bodies burnt beyond recognition in California

Bodies burnt beyond recognition in California

Meanwhile, officials are making grim discoveries — bodies burnt beyond recognition — as they search blackened ruins. “Some of them are merely ashes and bones,” Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said at a Thursday news conference. “And we may never get truly confirmative identification on ashes. When you’re cremated, you can’t get an ID.” Thirty-two people have been killed since the wildfires began Sunday night, making this outbreak one of the deadliest in state history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). “It’s like pulling…

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Capturing judo's power and glory

Capturing judo's power and glory

Judo through the lens – Born into a life of judo, International Judo Federation photographer Jack Willingham goes through his work, picking out his favorite images and explaining why he loves the sport. Ilias Iliadis vs. Kiril Denisov – “I have been a judo fan all my life,” says Willingham. “I was a volunteer at the Athens 2004 Olympics in the judo and watched Ilias Iliadis win Olympic gold at 17 years old (I was 16 at the time). So for me, it has been amazing to be able to…

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How Spain turned the Catalonian fringe issue into a full-blown crisis

How Spain turned the Catalonian fringe issue into a full-blown crisis

Updated October 14, 2017 07:09:48 Video: Spain gives the Catalan leader five days to clarify whether he declared independence. (ABC News) In Catalonia, the home of FC Barcelona — one of the world’s most famous football teams — Spain’s governing Popular Party has kicked one of the most spectacular own goals you could ever see. Key points: Independence has not always been a priority for Catalans — in opinion polls from 2007, 15-17pc were in favour In 2006, Spain gave the region more powers — but part of the new…

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UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

Image copyrightESA Image caption The Rockot lifted away from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome right on cueA UK-assembled satellite has launched from Russia on a mission to monitor air quality around the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make 20 million observations daily, building maps of polluting gases and particles known to be harmful to health. Called Sentinel-5P, the spacecraft is a contribution to the EU’s Copernicus Earth-monitoring programme. S5P rode to orbit on a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile called a Rockot. The vehicle left the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 12:27 local time…

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