Daily Digest 7/17 - Syria In Civil War, Drought Devastating For Farmers, The Ecology Of Disease
The proposal, which bundles 157 projects in 10 counties, is part of a July 31 referendum that will allow voters across the state to decide whether they want a new tax for transportation specific to their region. Voters in the Savannah area, for example, will decide on a $1.6 billion regional package of road and transit improvements, of which $229 million would be spent in Savannah.
“What happened was not an attack on civilians,” Mr. Makdissi told reporters in Damascus, saying that the use of heavy weapons against such a small area would have been impossible. “What has been said about the use of heavy weapons is baseless.”
He announced a death toll of 39, of whom he said 2 were civilians. Activists initially said the death toll was above 200, but revised it downward to a list of 103 victims, overwhelmingly young male adults.
Javier Pena, the head of the DEA in Houston, admitted that “once they get past the checkpoints, they are pretty much free,” therefore these new routes for avoiding the checkpoints are a real problem. “There will be employees who think they can make a quick thousand or 15 or 20 thousand (dollars). Once money is involved, someone will always go for it.”
It is being projected that in some of the major corn growing areas as much as 60 percent of the crops could be lost.
Many farmers that had been desperately hoping for rain are now becoming resigned to the fact that their crops are not going to make it.
The Ecology Of Disease (jdargis)
The problem is exacerbated by how livestock are kept in poor countries, which can magnify diseases borne by wild animals. A study released earlier this month by the International Livestock Research Institute found that more than two million people a year are killed by diseases that spread to humans from wild and domestic animals.
Relentless wet weather has also devastated puffin colonies on the Farne Islands - which are managed by the National Trust - with 90% of burrows lost on Brownsman Island, and puffins drowned in about half of burrows left flooded on other islands.
Meanwhile, bats have been hit by the cold conditions, particularly lesser and greater horseshoe bats - leading to a slow-down of pregnancies.
There is no national registry for drug-resistant infections, and so no one can say for sure how many resistant UTIs there are. But they have become so common that last year the specialty society for infectious-disease physicians had to revise its recommendations for which drugs to prescribe for cystitis -- and many infectious-disease physicians and gynecologists say informally that they see such infections every week.
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