Interesting News

News from my little hometown, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey (our mascot is the Cardinal) -- significant because it is the first time that the State of New Jersey has singled out one town for a health study. Of course, the residents all knew that the DuPont munitions plant was making people sick..

Cancer cases elevated in Pompton Lakes

MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011    
AUGUST 15, 2011, 7:28 AM
Women throughout Pompton Lakes had 38 percent more hospitalizations for cancerous tumors compared with their neighbors in six surrounding towns and the state as a whole, a new state study has found.
The study, produced by the state Health Department, is part of an unprecedented, ongoing analysis of health data about Pompton Lakes to determine whether elevated rates of cancer and other illnesses are related to contamination from a former DuPont munitions facility in town. ...
Expansive undertaking

...The study is part of a larger "community health profile" the state is building about Pompton Lakes. It is also generating studies on mortality, cancer, birth defects, low birth weight and premature birthrates, and incidences of elevated lead levels in children's blood.
While the state has produced such studies individually for other communities, it has never before prepared such a full run of studies on a single town, Fagliano said. The mortality study, which looked at causes of death from 2004 to 2006, found that cancerous tumors caused 29.6 percent of deaths in Pompton Lakes, compared with 24.1 percent for the state and 22.3 percent for the six surrounding communities.
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Italian to become oldest European woman in space

'I love to be in constant motion', says 72-year-old

03 August, 18:12

(ANSA) - Rome, August 3 - For an Italian woman it is the realisation of a lifelong dream. Gloria Coco, a 72-year-old Rome actress, will soon become the oldest woman in Europe to take part in a space flight.

Coco has completed three training courses and now the ''space granny'' is preparing for her final coun
tdown which is expected in a few months. Initially planned for spring, the takeoff is now due to take place later in the year at the NASA Space Center in Houston.

Click HERE to read ANSA. 

Exclusive: U.S. Blocks Oversight of Its Mercenary Army in Iraq

By January 2012, the State Department will do something it’s never done before: command a mercenary army the size of a heavy combat brigade. That’s the plan to provide security for its diplomats in Iraq once the U.S. military withdraws. And no one outside State knows anything more, as the department has gone to war with its independent government watchdog to keep its plan a secret.
Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), is essentially in the dark about one of the most complex and dangerous endeavors the State Department has ever undertaken, one with huge implications for the future of the United States in Iraq. “Our audit of the program is making no progress,” Bowen tells Danger Room.
...This isn’t an idle concern or a typical bureaucratic tussle. The State Department has hired private security for its diplomats in war zones for the better part of a decade. Poor control of them caused one of the biggest debacles of the Iraq war: the September 2007 shooting incident in Nisour Square, where Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians. Now roughly double those guards from the forces on duty now, and you’ll understand the scope of what State is planning once the U.S. military withdraws from Iraq at the end of this year....“From my conversations with State Department people,” Mardini says, “they really don’t have a sense of how difficult this is going to be.” And it doesn’t look like they want to know.

Click HERE to read Wired DANGER ROOM.

Al Jazeera and ANSA sign media accord

Companies to exchange news, photos and video

07 July, 18:34

(ANSA) - Rome, July 7 - The Arab media network Al Jazeera and Italy's ANSA news agency have signed an accord to develop joint cooperation and work together at a global and regional level.

Al Jazeera is the first Arab language broadcast network to establish a 24-hour service specialising in both breaking news and in-depth coverage. It provides 24-hour live worldwide coverage with high editorial standards and has offices and correspondents in almost every part of the world.

ANSA is the leading Italian news agency and one of the largest in the world with offices in every Italian region and 80 countries around the world.

Click HERE to read ANSA.