Daily Archives: May 20, 2018

Hotel pools linked to many disease outbreaks

Here is something to think about before jumping into the pool on your next vacation.  Hotel pools and hot tubs are breeding grounds for waterborne diseases.

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find a third of all recreational waterborne disease outbreaks occurred in hotel pools or hot tubs and water play venues.

Between 2000 and 2014 the CDC recorded nearly 500 disease outbreaks related to recreational water use that resulted in more than 27,000 illnesses and eight deaths.  Hotels were the leading setting, associated with 157 of the outbreaks

Of the outbreaks with a confirmed cause, most were due to pathogens in the pool while the rest were caused by chemicals.  A parasite that causes diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues caused most of the illnesses.

Outbreaks spiked during June, July and August but they were observed to take place all year long with March being another month with a spike in cases.

Chlorine is the primary barrier to the transmission of pathogens in treated recreational water. At CDC-recommended concentrations of at least 1 ppm, free available chlorine inactivates most pathogens within minutes.

Source: Hotel pools linked to many disease outbreaks

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Nude feud: cracks appear at naturists’ colony

A couple ejected from a nudist colony for renovating a bush cabin have laid bare their wrangle with the club as part of legal action over $80,000 in damages.

Fiji-based Robert and Alwyn Nink, both 57, joined the Helios Society in the Dandenong Ranges in 2016, thinking it was an ideal place to escape from the world with like-minded nude enthusiasts.

However, the experience has left the Ninks feeling anything but liberated, as a battle to upgrade their cabin turned into a nasty feud with the nudist club’s secretary that led to allegations of cups of urine being left on a table.

The Helios Society nudist club in the Dandenongs has extensive grounds to explore sans clothes.
The Helios Society nudist club in the Dandenongs has extensive grounds to explore sans clothes.

“We thought it would be a chilled out place up in the hills where you can get your gear off and no one is going to judge you or think you’re too skinny or too fat,” Ms Nink said.

“We’re still shaking our heads for what they’ve done to us.”

Source: Nude feud: cracks appear at naturists’ colony

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Pack Of Wiener-Type Dogs Maul Oklahoma Woman To Death


ARDMORE, OK — A pack of vicious dogs, some of them described as predominantly dachshunds, or wiener dogs, mauled an Oklahoma woman to death last week. It’s unclear what caused the dogs to attack Tracy Garcia, 52, outside her home near Ardmore on Thursday, but their owner could face charges, according to media reports.

One of the dogs was shot after charging at a Carter County deputy who responded to the attack, and the other six were euthanized at the owner’s request at a local veterinary clinic, the reports said.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said the incident was “just a bad deal all the way around.”“This is a bad situation, a very unfortunate situation,” Bryant told television KTEN. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims.”

Original reports that the dogs that attacked Garcia were pit bulls proved not to be true, Bryant said.The pack consisted of three females and four males ranging in age from about 1 to 3 years old. None of the dogs weighed more than 40 pounds or stood taller than knee-high. Their legs were described as shorter than an adult’s hands.

Source: Pack Of Wiener-Type Dogs Maul Oklahoma Woman To Death

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“We May Literally Run Out Of Pot” The Cannabis Crisis No One Is Talking About

In November 2017, the proposed Cannabis Act was passed by the lower house of the Canadian Parliament and is now with the Senate. It is expected that the law will be fully enacted by the end of summer, 2018, opening up all of Canada to legalized cannabis.

That watershed moment is only a few months away.

The economic impact is predicted to be truly massive. For companies like Cannabis Wheaton (TSX-V:CBWOTC: CBWTF), it’s possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Consider that the number of medical marijuana patients has already tripled in the last year from around 100,000 to 300,000 and continues to grow at seven percent month over month.

Right now, licensed producers in Canada only provide about seven percent of the potential recreational demand, serving a medical marijuana patient base of 300,000 people.

With full legalization in place, Deloitte estimates the total economic impact of the industry could be $22.6 billion annually – more than the combined sales of beer, wine and spirits.

Canadians will be able to order pot to their door, allowing for easy consumption on a scale never before imagined. That means demand is expected to spike, big time.

Right now, cannabis producers are in a tight spot. Canada currently has just over 100 licensed producers authorized to produce cannabis and only 40 producers authorized to sell cannabis. They grow about 60,000 kg of pot, a mere 7 percent of the potential demand once pot is legalized this summer.

Source: “We May Literally Run Out Of Pot” The Cannabis Crisis No One Is Talking About

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

NASA scientists have made some new discoveries about Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede, thanks to a dedicated team, an elderly VAX machine and 20-year-old data from the long-defunct Galileo probe.

Fifteen years after Galileo (no, not that one) ended its days with a plunge into the atmosphere of Jupiter, NASA scientists have resurrected the 20-year-old datasets and added more detail to the puzzle of Ganymede’s magnetosphere.

The new data, published in Geophysical Research Letters, paints a picture of a stormy environment, with particles blasted off the moon’s icy surface by incoming plasma raining down from Jupiter.

Data from Galileo’s Plasma Subsystem (PLS), which measured the direction, density and temperature of the plasma, also showed an explosive magnetic event occurring between Jupiter and Ganymede’s magnetic environments.

Source: NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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