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Another mass grave has been uncovered in Guerrero State, Mexico. Authorities searching for the bodies of the 43 missing education students have been led to a trash dump and a grave site. The bodies have been sent to Mexico City for identification. In the past few days, 11 mass sites have been located in that Mexican state.
Since January, 152 bodies have been recovered in unofficial graves.
This latest crisis developed on September 26 when students, protesting changes in their curriculum, staged a public demonstration. Police took harsh action, killing some and herding 43 young men away in the back of a dump truck. They have not been seen since. Hope is fading that they are alive.
Not much action was taken by authorities in Guerrero State until families of the missing staged demonstrations, blocking some arterial roads. More demonstrations demanding word on their sons were held in Mexico City.
Allegations of corruption and bribery have been made that extend the rot to the very highest levels in Guerrero. Today the governor of the state has been removed from office. The mayor and his wife of the town where the young men were disappeared have fled and are not to be found. Allegations that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been funneled to the mayor to pay off the police have been made.
“Even before Mexico became one of the most violent places on earth, Guerrero had a very high murder rate.” Latino Fox News
Guerrero State is home to the Gerreros Unidos. The town at the centre of the latest violence, Iguala, has received an ultimatum to release police arrested or face the consequences. The Gerreros Unidos are reputed to be the cartel in charge in Guerrero State, specializing in growing poppy and exporting heroin to the United States. They have shifted to heroin as the laws governing marijuana in N. America have become more liberal. The drug trade in Mexico has murdered over 100 000 people since 2006.
Yet the biggest legitimate source of income in the state is tourism. Many of those tourists come from N. America. Luxurious holidays, all inclusive, may be had very cheaply. It seems that many people are willing to suspend normal caution for a week or two in a very dangerous country. Not many tourists are caught in the drug war crossfire, but enough that the Canadian government has stern warnings.
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada also advises against non-essential travel to the south western states of Michoacán (excluding the city of Morelia) and Guerrero (excluding the cities of Ixtapa, Taxco and Zihuatanejo, as well as the tourist zone of Acapulco) due to the high levels of violence and organized crime. Exercise a high degree of caution in the excluded areas. Consult the Security tab for more information.
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Vancouver reported that he spent time in a homeless shelter there. He had been asked to leave a local mosque there due to his behavior.
Questions have been asked as to where a homeless person could have the funds to buy a car. He worked in Alberta’s oil patch for a few months. For those willing to work hard, Alberta offers employment and good wages. Where did he get the old rifle? That remains to be answered. While long guns are not registered, possession is regulated.
Instead of focussing on this pathetic, lost individual, the spotlight should be shone on Nathan Cirillo. He leaves a young wife and son aged 5 to mourn him. A well-loved resident of Hamilton, Ontario, his funeral is Tuesday.
The disease has been eliminated in Senegal and Nigeria but continues unabated in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Health workers are at heightened risk of exposure to the virus. A physician returning from work with Doctors Without Borders has exhibited symptoms and has been confirmed positive for the disease.
This has prompted the US to institute a mandatory quarantine for returning health care workers. Emory Hospital in Atlanta has shared its technique of using hydrogen peroxide vapour to disinfect units where Ebola patients have been.
In addition, the emergence of even more stubborn forms XDR-TB is being identified.
Factors which make people more vulnerable to this bacterium are those associated with poverty and civil disorder – malnutrition, crowded sub-standard housing, diabetes, tobacco use and HIV infection.
Of the estimated 9 million people who developed TB in 2013, more than half (56%) were in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions. A further one quarter were in the African Region, which also had the highest rates of cases and deaths relative to population. India and China alone accounted for 24% and 11% of total cases, respectively. Who Global Tuberculosis Report
It is not all bad news. Even if the numbers of ill seems staggering, the increase in infections is slowing. Wealthy countries like Canada must remain vigilant to the risks. The homeless and aboriginal communities disproportionately bear this burden.
Many animals may serve as reservoirs for the disease. Cattle, goats, sheep, deer and small wild animals like rodents and reptiles may harbour the disease. In Canada a programme in the 1950s which included the ruthless culling of cattle infected has eliminated the problem in our dairy herds.
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There are still the bus tours, the giant "campers" jockeying for parking places, but shortly after starting out on the pathway to the Agnes Lake Tea House, the crowds drop away.
The climb of about 1000 vertical metres adding to the 1600m(5200 ft) elevation at Lake Louise left me gasping. I'm a sea level dweller normally and the drop in oxygen really made a difference.
If you decide to take the trail to the Tea House, pace yourself. Don't rush, the scenery will wait for you. You don't need heavy duty hikers, but something with a firm foot bed will be welcome as you negotiate rocks and, as you descend your tired feet will thank you. Take more water than you think you'll need. Take a couple of energy bars. Take sunscreen and use it. The sun is very strong at this elevation. Wear a hat. Plan for rain and be glad for clear weather.
The trail can get quite heavily used. Start as early as you can. Many people only hike a short distance and find the switchbacks too much for them and they turn back. You share part of the trail with rental horses. They have the right of way. Stand back to the mountain and don't make big movements to startle them.
For those with younger legs and fitter bodies, there are many back-country hikes that you can take that will take you far from the madding crowds. For those trips, be sure to do your research. Remember to always respect Mother Nature.
Why is Lake Louise that strange colour? It's suspended 'rock flour'. As the glaciers slowly grind the Rockies away, meltwater rushes into the lake carrying the tiny rock particles.
Extreme weather slammed into the mountains in Nepal, dropping torrential rains and at higher elevations, snow. When the tonnes of fresh snow started to settle, massive avalanches roared down the slopes sweeping away scores of trekkers.
The heavy weather was the remnants of cyclone Hudhud which formed in the Bay of Bengal and blew itself out against the mountain barrier.
There are at least 27 confirmed dead in the multiple avalanches with many more unaccounted for. Three villagers are missing and 85 trekkers are unaccounted for according to Nepal’s official trekking agency. Four of the dead are Canadians. The Nepalese military is tasked with removing the injured and recovery of bodies. It is expected that the Annapurna mountains will hold some under tonnes of snow.
October is the peak trekking period in this area of Nepal. Many people being airlifted out by the rescuers are severely frost bitten and many with fractures.
Nepal has had a bad year for its tourist industry. Many people flock to the mountainous country to test themselves trekking and/or climbing. Earlier this season an unexpected avalanche on Mount Everest which killed 16 Sherpa guides.
Tourism is a mainstay of the Nepalese economy. Unemployment is high, hovering at 46%
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