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Epidemic Alert: Doctors Diagnose Outbreak Of Highly Contagious, Deadly Disease Among Migrants In Austria

‘Epidemic Alert’ As Doctors Diagnose Outbreak Of Highly Contagious, Deadly Disease Among Migrants – Breitbart

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A former luxury hotel-turned migrant centre in Austria is the site of an outbreak of a deadly bacterial disease which has seen at least one migrant put into intensive care.

The outbreak of louse-born relapsing fever is just the latest re-emergence of diseases long thought exterminated in Europe, carried back to the continent by a great migratory movement of millions of people from Africa and Asia. Particularly associated with Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia, the extremely contagious bacteria causes severe illness and can be fatal in 30 to 70 per cent of cases, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

If untreated, the disease has a similar fatality rate to that of the 2015 West African Ebola outbreak.

Health authorities in Austria reacted immediately to the outbreak, reports Kronen Zeitung. Salzburg chief of public order Dr. Michael Haybäck said of the urgent measures taken to contain the infection: “According to Article 6 of the Law on Epidemics, we take all necessary measures without delay to meet a suspected case”.

The luxurious alpine country resort hotel Kobenzl was placed under quarantine, with rooms placed in lock-down and completely disinfected. Given that body lice are the main vector for the disease, the cleaning of mattresses and clothes was given especial priority.

Now all migrants living at the hotel will be required to wash their clothes at 60 degrees for the next six weeks, two weeks beyond the approximate life span of an infected louse. The other residents of the hotel are presently being examined to determine whether there are more cases to come, reports Salzburg24, but it is not presently known how many cases have been detected in total.

All staff at the centre have been issued with protective disposable clothing for their work with the migrants.

Borrelia recurrentis, the bacteria transferred from infected lice to humans which causes Relapsing Fever was a global disease a century ago until it was eradicated in Europe. It ravaged eastern Europe in the immediate aftermath of the Great War and during the Russian revolution, killing five million people from 13 million known cases between 1919 and 1923.

Migrants have been credited with a host of other diseases appearing in Europe again, in some cases for the first time in decades. As reported by Breitbart London, European hospitals have seen Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, And Malaria cases in historic numbers in the past year.

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Moron Alert! Ferguson Looter (And Likely Obama Supporter) Arrested After Bragging About Crimes On Facebook

#Ferguson Looter Brags On Facebook About Seeing Himself On TV… Is Quickly Arrested – Gateway Pundit

19-year-old Brandon Ward was arrested after he bragged on Facebook about seeing himself looting the Ferguson Market on TV.

His mother turned him in.

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Brandon bragged about seeing himself looting a Ferguson business on TV.

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The St. Louis County Police Department released surveillance video and photos of suspects looting the Dellwood Market in St. Louis County the night of Nov. 24, 2014. (Post-Dispatch)

CBS Local reported:

Police say a man’s bragging on social media and a tip from his mother has led to his arrest on charges he played a role in Ferguson-area looting last November.

Investigators say Brandon Ward posted on Facebook a photograph of surveillance footage shown during a televised news segment asking for public help in identifying suspects in looting that followed a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s shooting death.

Using an expletive, 19-year-old Ward’s caption in the posting allegedly said, “I’m on TV.”

Police say Ward’s mother saw the posting and the news segments and called police.

St. Louis County prosecutors have charged him with burglary and stealing.

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Evil Bitch Alert: ‘Scooby Van’ Clocked Driving 92 MPH Through New Hampshire In Pouring Rain

Scooby Hits The Road At 92 MPH! Secret Service Zooms Hillary To Dinner Through Driving Rain Following Secret Afternoon House Party – Daily Mail

Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s security detail led a handful of journalists on two lengthy high-speed chases to homes of influential Democrats on Monday.

Her lone official appearance on her first day in New Hampshire was a carefully stage-managed small-business roundtable in Keene.

But a lunchtime visit to a main-street bakery and two more appointments later in the day were off-the-books and under the public’s radar.

If police radar had been engaged, however, it would have clocked Hillary’s signature black conversion van – ‘Scooby’, for the uninitiated – hitting 92 mph in a driving rainstorm on Interstate 89, where the top speed limit is 65.

No one in the motorcade displayed flashing lights or blasted a siren.

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TRIAL BALLOON: A New Hampshire political operative described Hillary Clinton’s afternoon meeting at this Claremont, NH home as an entree toward an endorsement by Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The home belongs to one of Shaheen’s trusted aides

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OFF TO THE RACES: Clinton returned to her beloved Mystery Machine following her afternoon house party

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FINISH LINE: Clinton’s entourage dined and partied at the home of former New Hampshire state Senate President Sylvia Larsen

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After Clinton emerged from Whitney Brothers, a children’s furniture manufacturer, her black Chevy conversion van raced an hour north to the town of Claremont, hitting 73 in a 55 mph zone.

Two hours later Scooby was on the move to Concord, bookended by a Secret Service detail that parted the puddles and kept the motorcade nose-to-tail – with the caboose car slamming on the brakes time and again.

The Claremont event took Clinton to the home of Bethany Yurek, a constituent services ‘special assistant’ to New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Yurek is not a Washington heavy-hitter, but is part of Shaheen’s inner circle.

A political operative close to Shaheen’s New Hampshire office said the meeting was meant to include a discussion about nudging the senator toward a presidential endorsement.

In the nation’s first presidential primary voting state, an early nod from a sitting senator to a former senator could carry enough weight to ward off Clinton’s potential competitors.

Yurek did not respond to phone messages seeking comment, and Clinton’s campaign made arrangements only for the New York Times to attend.

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SCOOBY SIGHTINGS: On Monday the CLinton campagin-mobile made stops in three New Hampshire towns

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PIT STOP: Scooby’s Secret Service driver gassed up Hillary’s chariot before opening up her engine and pushing it to 92 mph

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MEET MOLLY: Clinton enjoyed the oldest campaign tactic in the book – posing with a baby – on Monday in the New Hampshire town of Keene, and gushed that she wanted to bring the infant home with her

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In Claremont, according to tweets from a Times reporter, the wealthy former secretary of state’s messaging featured progressive-friendly lines about income inequality.

‘The deck is stacked in their favor,’ she said of America’s super-rich. ‘My job is to reshuffle the cards.’

Clinton and her husband, the former president, are themselves among America’s much-derided ‘one per cent’ richest.

She also sounded an alarm about capital gains tax cuts for big banks being the ‘root’ of America’s economic malaise.

That seems calibrated to appeal to Democrats on her left flank – those who are pining for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to enter the race.

Clinton’s Concord stop was a 7:00 dinner event at the sprawling home of former New Hampshire state Senate President Sylvia Larsen.

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GOOD NIGHT’S REST: Clinton and her traveling campaign team stayed Monday night at the Centennial hotel, a Victoria property full of ’boutique furniture pieces and chic art taken from the pages of Vogue’

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TOP AIDE: Huma Abedin, Hillary’s right-hand woman, is on the campaign trail and stayed by Clinton’s side as they stopped at a bakery in Keene on Monday

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Larsen is a longtime Clinton loyalist who endorsed Hillary’s first presidential bid in 2007. She hosted a ‘Ready For Hillary’ house party in February at the same home that hosted the candidate herself on Monday night.

That house is steeped in Clinton lore. When then-Governor Bill Clinton filed his papers to run in the 1992 New Hampshire primary, it was Hillary who delivered the documents to the state capitol.

Her last stop before making that trek in the rain was a gathering of professional women at Larsen’s home.

On Tuesday the Clinton campaign will remain in Concord for a second roundtable event – this time at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, the local community college.

They’ll be well-rested.

On Monday night Clinton and her team stayed at the Centennial hotel in Concord, a Victorian-era complex full of ’boutique furniture pieces and chic art taken from the pages of Vogue,’ according to the hotel’s website.

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President Asshat Humiliated As Allies Rush To Join China’s New Bank

Diplomatic Disaster: Obama Humiliated By Allies’ Rush To Join China’s New Bank – Washington Times

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The battle of wills between Beijing and Washington over a China-sponsored development bank for Asia is turning into a rout, and the Obama administration has found itself isolated and embarrassed as its top allies lined up this week to join the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

In what one analyst dubbed a “diplomatic disaster” for the U.S., Britain became the first major European ally to sign on as a founding member of the Shanghai-based investment bank, joined quickly by France, Germany and Italy, which dismissed public and private warnings from the U.S. about the bank’s potential impact on global lending standards and the competition it could provide to existing institutions such as the U.S.-dominated World Bank.

Luxembourg, a major global financial center, revealed this week that it would sign up. China also is also wooing Australia and South Korea, two of America’s closest Asian allies, to join before the March 31 deadline. A South Korean wire service reported Wednesday that Seoul was “seriously considering” the offer.

The reason for the stampede is clear: China’s market and its huge hoard of cash to invest override any concerns voiced by the U.S. Treasury Department and State Department over Beijing’s half-ownership stake in the bank.

“Simply put, if you partake, you have a stake,” Thomas Koenig, a policy analyst with the European Union Chamber of Commerce, told the German broadcast service Deutsche Welle.

With 32 countries on board and more expected in the coming days, Chinese state media have begun to gloat about the failure of the Obama administration to rally even its closest allies and trading partners to shun the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. They noted that U.S. officials have long lectured China, now the world’s second-largest economy, to take a more active “stakeholder” role in global economic affairs, but then tried to undermine the investment bank almost from the time Chinese President Xi Jinping floated the idea of an Asian development fund during a trip to Indonesia in October 2013.

“Welcome Germany! Welcome France! Welcome Italy!” the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency wrote in a commentary published Wednesday.

“Despite a petulant and cynical Washington,” more and more major countries are joining, the commentary noted. “Holding sour grapes over the AIIB makes America look isolated and hypocritical.”

Chinese officials noted Wednesday that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will be on the agenda for the summit of top Chinese, Japanese and South Korean diplomats Saturday in Seoul. Chinese Deputy Finance Minister Shi Yaobin told reporters in Beijing that the U.S. would still be welcomed as a founding partner.

Saying Asia’s booming infrastructure financing needs – estimated at a staggering $700 billion annually – aren’t being met by institutions such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, China is putting up half of the planned initial $50 billion financing to launch the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. India, another U.S. ally, is the second-biggest investor, and a group of developing countries from Asia and the Middle East quickly signed on.

The Obama administration has been skeptical of the idea from the start, arguing that the proposed bank could prove redundant and could undercut lending standards on such issues as worker protections and the environment. China’s large stake also raised red flags, U.S. officials said, about whether the bank would favor Beijing’s economic and strategic priorities.

Clash over clout

Underlying the public debate was a clear clash between Washington and Beijing over clout in the globe’s leading financial infrastructure, set up largely by the United States in the wake of World War II and still largely dominated in the senior ranks by U.S., European and Japanese officials.

“We are wary about a trend toward constant accommodation of China, which is not the best way to engage a rising power,” an unidentified U.S. official told the Financial Times newspaper after news broke that Britain would join the bank.

Rising powers such as China, Brazil and India also have expressed mounting frustration that a proposed overhaul of the International Monetary Fund to reset voting rights to reflect the new global pecking order has been blocked because the Obama administration and the Republican-dominated Congress have been unable to pass it.

Analysts say Chinese officials have skillfully tried to meet concerns that Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank members will be drawn into a power clash. During a visit to Australia last month, Zhou Qiangwu, a point man for Beijing’s selling efforts, noted that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank would be run by a multinational secretariat and use the same management structure as the Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

The proposed bank would “follow the international practice and give highest attention to environmental impact and resettlement” issues, he said, with strong safeguards against corruption.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew tried to moderate the U.S. line against the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in testimony on Capitol Hill this week, insisting that the administration’s primary goal was to ensure that the bank did not undermine lending standards.

“I hope before the final commitments are made anyone who lends their name to this organization will make sure that the governance is appropriate,” Mr. Lew said.

But the White House and the State Department said this week that it was the “sovereign decision” of each country on whether to participate in the bank.

Mr. Lew did acknowledge that the longtime U.S. and Western primacy in the global financial sphere was being challenged by China and other rising powers, which may not share Washington’s priorities.

“New players are challenging U.S. leadership in the multilateral system,” Mr. Lew said, pleading for passage of the IMF reform package. “Our international credibility and influence are being threatened.”

But private analysts say that credibility and influence have taken major hits from the rush to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

C. Fred Bergsten, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics, wrote this week that the Obama administration made a huge mistake by trying to undermine the bank, not only failing to persuade allies to stay out but also strengthening the voices in Beijing who argue that the U.S. is trying to keep China down.

“The U.S. hostility reinforces the Chinese view that U.S. strategy is to contain and suppress it,” he wrote, “so increasing rather than decreasing the prospect of uncooperative Chinese behavior.”

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman said this week that the saga “is turning into a diplomatic debacle for the U.S.”

“By setting up and then losing a power struggle with China,” he said, “Washington has sent an unintended signal about the drift of power and influence in the 21st century.”

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Obamacare Alert: Health Premiums Skyrocket By As Much As 78 Percent

Obamacare Sends Health Premiums Skyrocketing By As Much As 78 Percent – Washinton Times

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The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent.

Average insurance premiums in the sought-after 23-year-old demographic rose most dramatically, with men in that age group seeing an average 78.2 percent price increase before factoring in government subsidies, and women having their premiums rise 44.9 percent, according to a report by HealthPocket scheduled for release Wednesday.

The study, which was shared Tuesday with The Washington Times, examined average health insurance premiums before the implementation of Obamacare in 2013 and then afterward in 2014. The research focused on people of three ages – 23, 30 and 63 – using data for nonsmoking men and women with no spouses or children.

The premium increases for 30-year-olds were almost as high as for 23-year-olds – 73.4 percent for men and 35.1 percent for women – said the study, titled “Without Subsidies Women & Men, Old & Young Average Higher Monthly Premiums with Obamacare.”

“It’s very eye-opening in terms of the transformation occurring within the individual health insurance market,” said Kev Coleman, head of research and data at HealthPocket, a nonpartisan, independently managed subsidiary of Health Insurance Innovations in Sunnyvale, California.

“I was surprised in general to see the differences in terms of the average premiums in the pre-reform and post-reform markets,” Mr. Coleman said. “It was a higher amount than I had anticipated.”

The eye-popping increases among younger insurance buyers could be a problem for Obamacare’s long-term solvency given that young people are needed to offset the higher costs associated with older policyholders.

“Obviously they’re very important, and as much as they’re healthier, they tend to use health care less, so you want to try and have as many of those people enrolled as possible. And the cost for them went up very [steeply],” Mr. Coleman said.

The price increases for 63-year-olds were less dramatic: a 37.5 percent increase on average for women and 22.7 percent for men.

The study doesn’t include the federal premium subsidies offered to those earning between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty limit, but Mr. Coleman points out that not everyone in that bracket qualifies because their premiums must exceed a certain percentage of their income.

“So you still have this issue of health insurance rising for that very young group and, depending on where they are with respect to income and premium, they may not qualify for a subsidy,” Mr. Coleman said. “That’s what we like to refer to as a subsidy gap.”

The report also notes that somebody pays for the subsidy, even if it’s not the policyholder.

“Another important consideration in the discussion of subsidized premiums is that the subsidized portion of the premium still must be paid by the government through the money it collects from the nation,” says the study. “In other words, the subsidized costs of health insurance do not disappear but instead change payers.”

A spokeswoman with the Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment because she had not yet seen the report.

The reasons for the premium increases start with the ACA’s prohibition on rejecting applicants with pre-existing conditions, which means that insurance companies must account for the additional costs of covering chronically ill or disabled people.

Another cost driver is the heightened benefit mandate. The ACA requires insurance policies to include 10 “essential health benefits,” including pediatric dental and vision care, maternity care and newborn care, even for policyholders with no children or whose children are adults.

“If you’re expanding the services you’re covering, and you’re increasing the number of less healthy people in your risk pools, that’s going to increase costs,” Mr. Coleman said. “Attendant to that would be an increase in premiums to be able to appropriately cover those costs.”

He also noted that the study doesn’t weigh policies based on enrollment, meaning that it includes the costs of insurance plans that may have few enrollees.

The report examines premium costs from the two largest metropolitan areas of each state, using data from public insurance records obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Sports Alert: First Openly Straight Male Figure Skater Signs With Olympic Practice Squad

Nathan Tom, First Openly Straight Male Figure Skater, Signs With Olympic Practice Squad – Daily Caller

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After his strong showing at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, figure-skating sensation Nathan Tom has signed with the Team USA Olympic practice squad.

Tom has unequivocally stated that his goal is to become the first openly straight male figure skater in U.S. Olympic history.

Tom, a 25-year-old former U.S. Army tank commander from Provo, Utah, will join Team USA’s 10-skater Olympic practice squad on Friday, according to U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director Joan Chong.

“I’m excited to be headed to the practice squad and it’s just great to keep skating,” Tom said. “Since I quit my job as a lumberjack, everything has been crazy. It’s awesome, though. I just want to skate as long as I can.”

A fellow member of the Team USA Olympic practice squad, Chett Branson, said he believes Tom will fit in with no problems.

“Everybody on this squad is like a family,” Branson said. “We drink wine together. We see musical theater together. No one is going to criticize a teammate because of his sexual orientation. If he can help us bring home the gold in 2018, then I am eager to skate right beside him.”

Tom, the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Skater of the Year, is best known for his virtual sweep of the awards at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Thanks to a dazzling octuple camel spin immediately followed by a crowd-pleasing, very risky five-rotation axel, Tom skated away with the men’s championship by a wide margin.

He and his pairs partner, Tatiana Horvath-Futas, similarly crushed the competition in the pairs championship. The dancing couple featured a series of lightning fast “death spirals” up and down the ice to wow the judges. They also used a reworked, operatic version of Megadeth’s “The Skull Beneath the Skin” to great theatrical effect.

The 2018 Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Tom is widely expected to be a shoo-in. He has already announced that he plans to take his entire family to the Olympic Games.

Tom and his wife, Esther, have two sons, Jake and Gunner. The couple is expecting twins in December.

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Irony Alert: Philadelphia ‘Peace On The Streets’ Concert Ends With Man Murdered In Parking Lot

Anti-Crime Concert In City Of Brotherly Love Ends With Man Murdered In Parking Lot – Independent Journal Review

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In Philadelphia, people organized an anti-crime concert called “Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets.”

However, unfortunately some of the attendees didn’t get the message. One 20-year-old man was shot twice in the parking lot of the concert and later died.

From the AP:

A man was fatally shot outside a Philadelphia concert being held to promote peace and stem violence in the city, police said Thursday.

The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Dell Music Center in the city’s Fairmount Park, according to investigators.

Officials said the 20-year-old man was apparently either arriving at or leaving the “Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets” concert when he got into an argument with someone in the parking lot.

While this is absolutely tragic, the reaction from the Philly Police Commissioner is telling of the state of crime in the City of Brotherly Love:

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that such a shooting outside an event aimed at stemming violence comes as no surprise.

“People who put on these concerts are well-intentioned,” Ramsey said. “The problem is, it doesn’t always reach the street thugs that we deal with on a daily basis. This is what they do, and they don’t care if it’s at a peace rally, in church – they could care less.”

“So I’m not frustrated and I’m not surprised,” he said.

No word yet if there have been any arrests made in this case. However, police will be checking surveillance video in order to identify a suspect.

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