METRO VANCOUVER — Two prisons in Maple Ridge have been prepared to receive an estimated 200 Tamil migrants expected to reach B.C. waters any day.
But the Canadian Tamil Congress and a Tamil man who migrated to B.C. by boat in 2009 are urging the public not to label those on board the ship as anything other than asylum-seeking refugees.
Lisa Monette, spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, said Tuesday that her office is responding to “press reports suggesting that a vessel has departed South East Asian waters” for British Columbia, but said she could not comment on either the boat’s location or the government’s plan with respect to such “illegal migrant-smuggling ships.”
Meanwhile, Maple Ridge district spokesman John Leeburn said Tuesday that wardens at Fraser Regional Corrections Centre and Alouette Correctional Centre for Women were told last week to prepare to receive Tamil migrants thought to be aboard the MV Sun Sea, the Sri Lankan ship reportedly headed for the B.C. coast.
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Third World 'Medical Science' Strikes Again
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-08-14 03:28:11 in category: General [ Print]
(Reuters) - A new superbug from India could spread around the world -- in part because of medical tourism -- and scientists say there are almost no drugs to treat it.
Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a new gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, in patients in South Asia and in Britain.
U.S. health officials said on Wednesday there had been three cases so far in the United States -- all from patients who received recent medical care in India, a country where people often travel in search of affordable healthcare.
NDM-1 makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems. Experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon to tackle it.
"It's a specific mechanism. A gene that confers a type of resistance (to antibiotics)," Dr. Alexander Kallen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said in a telephone interview.
With more people traveling to find less costly medical treatments, particularly for procedures such as cosmetic surgery, Timothy Walsh, who led the study, said he feared the new superbug could soon spread across the globe.
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Obama Sides With Muslims On Ground Zero Mosque Issue
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-08-14 03:23:36 in category: General [ Print]
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less.
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and the nation.
"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Republicans were quick to pounce on the president's remarks.
"President Obama is wrong," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. "It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero. While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much."
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Neocon Says Israel Is Set To Attack Iran Over Nuclear Program
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-08-14 03:15:50 in category: General [ Print]
News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively "immune" to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.
Once the fuel rods are loaded, Bolton told Fox News on Friday afternoon, "it makes it essentially immune from attack by Israel. Because once the rods are in the reactor an attack on the reactor risks spreading radiation in the air, and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf."
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared in March that Russia would start the Bushehr reactor this summer. But the announcement from a spokesman for Russia's state atomic agency to Reuters Friday sent international diplomats scrambling to head off a crisis.
The story immediately became front-page news in Israel, which has laid precise plans to carry out an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities while going along with President Obama's plans to use international sanctions and diplomatic persuasion to convince Iran's clerics not to go nuclear.
Bolton made it clear that it is widely assumed that any Israeli attack on the Bushehr reactor must take place before the reactor is loaded with fuel rods.
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