Wednesday, April 29, 2009
WHAT IS SWINE FLU AND WHO IS AT RISK?
There are many types of influenza or “flu.”
• The type that currently has health officials worried is swine influenza A (H1N1).
• This disease affects mostly pigs.
• Swine flu is contagious and is spreading from human to human. It is not yet known how easily the virus spreads.
WHEN DID H1N1 SWINE FLU BECOME A PROBLEM FOR HUMANS?
• The first human cases of this outbreak in the U.S. occurred in late March and early April 2009.
• The swine flu is thought to spread in the same way the seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with the virus. It is unknown how easily it spreads.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SWINE FLU?
• Sudden onset of illness
• Fever higher than 100.4 degree Fahrenheit
• Sore throat
• Stuffy nose
• Muscle aches
• Feeling of weakness
• Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and/or exhaustion occur more commonly in children
Monday, April 20, 2009
Troops in Jamaica captured an armed man Monday who had barged onto a Canadian airliner, robbed passengers and held six crew members hostage, Jamaica Information Minister Daryl Vaz said.
The crew members were not harmed, Vaz said.
The hijacking suspect, described as a "mentally challenged" man in his 20s, had demanded that the Boeing 737 be flown to Cuba. The military captured him around 7 a.m. local time.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, meanwhile, told reporters that he planned to travel to Jamaica on Monday to meet with Prime Minister Bruce Golding. Harper has been following the airplane security breach and may meet with the plane's crew later today.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Three gunshots. All three fatal. Fired in the dark by three specially trained U.S. Navy SEALs as the pirates' boat rocked in the water off Somalia.
"Phenomenal shots -- 75 feet away," said Navy Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, who oversees the region.
A senior defense official told CNN that each was a shot to the head.
Gortney, in an interview Monday with CNN's "American Morning," described critical steps that led to the rescue of U.S. Capt. Richard Phillips, who was taken by pirates after they boarded his merchant ship, the Maersk Alabama, east of Somalia on Wednesday.
Four pirates had been holding Phillips in a small lifeboat, which had run out of fuel. "One of their pirates had left the lifeboat, needed medical attention and jumped onto one of our inflatable boats," Gortney said.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can send and receive updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS (receive only), or through applications such as Tweetie, Twitterrific, Twitterfon, TweetDeck and feedalizr. The service is free to use over the web, but using SMS may incur phone services provider fees.