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A Texas health worker has
contracted Ebola after treating a
Liberian who died of the disease at
a Dallas hospital last week, raising
concern about how US medical
guidelines aimed at stopping the
spread of the disease were breached.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
in Dallas, where the new case was
announced yesterday, has already
faced criticism for its management of
The infected worker, a woman who
was not named, is the first person to
contract the disease in the United
States. She had close and frequent
contact during the 11-day treatment
of Thomas Eric D uncan, who died on
Thursday, health officials said.
The current Ebola outbreak, the
worst outbreak on record of the
disease, has killed more than 4000
people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra
Leone and Guinea, in West Africa.
Duncan, a Liberian, was exposed
to Ebola in his home country and
developed the disease while visiting
the United States.
The new case in Texas indicated
a professional lapse that may have
caused other health workers at the
hospital to be infected as well, the
director of the Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
“ We don’t know what occurred
in the care of the index patient, the
original patient, in Dallas, but at some
point there was a breach in protocol,
and that breach in protocol resulted
in this infection,” CDC director
Dr Thomas Frieden said.
worker had been wearing CDC-
recommended protective gear during
treatment, including gowns, gloves,
masks and shields.
“ We are evaluating other potential
health care worker exposures because
if this individual was exposed, which
they were, it is possible that other
individuals were exposed,” Frieden
Initial testing showed that the level
of virus in the worker’s system is low.
The CDC will conduct a secondary
test to confirm the results from a
lab in Austin that showed Ebola
infection, he said.
Frieden said there was one person
who may have had contact with the
infected health worker when she
could transmit the disease and that
person was being monitored.
None of the 10 people who had
close contact with Duncan or 38
people who had contact with that
group have shown any symptoms,
state health officials said. The infected
worker was not among the 48 being
The Dallas hospital failed to
recognise that Duncan had the
symptoms of Ebola when he first
went to the emergency room. He
was sent home, allowing him to
potentially expose others to the virus.
Even though he was admitted two
days later, his family has called for an
examination of his care.
In an effort to stop the spread
of the disease, New York’s John F
Kennedy Airport yesterday began the
screening of travellers from the three
hardest hit West African countries.
The airport is the first of five US
airports to start enhanced screening
of US-bound travellers from Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The Ebola virus causes haemorrhagic
fever and is spread through direct
contact with body fluids from an
infected person, who suffers severe
bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.
Health worker catches
Ebola on US soil
Police in Washington
known for her roles in
August: Osage County,
Frozen River and Django
Unchained is missing.
The Seattle Times reports
that 32-year-old Misty
Upham has not been heard
from or seen for the past
Officials at the Auburn
Police Department say the Native
American actress was staying at a
family member’s apartment on the
Muckleshoot reser vation near Auburn.
Her father filed a missing
persons report on Monday
Stocker says Upham is
not considered to be in
He acknowledges that her
family is concerned about
her and so are the police,
but her disappearance is
In a statement to the
media on Saturday, Upham’s father
Charles wrote that she has a medical
condition that has the family concerned.
Kurdish defenders held off Islamic
State militants in Syria’s border town
of Kobani yesterday, but the fighters
struck with deadly bombings in Iraq,
killing dozens of Kurds in the north
and assassinating a provincial police
commander in the west.
The top US military officer suggested
that Washington, which has ruled out
joining ground combat in either Iraq
or Syria, could nevertheless increase
its role “advising and assisting” Iraqi
troops on the ground in future.
A US-led military coalition has
been bombing Islamic State fighters
who hold swathes of territory in both
Iraq and Syria, countries involved
in complex multi-sided civil wars in
which nearly every country in the
Middle East has a stake.
In Syria, the main focus in recent
days has been on the mainly Kurdish
town of Kobani near the Turkish
border, where Kurdish defenders
have been trying to halt an advance
by fighters who have driven 200,000
refugees across the border.
The jihadists have laid siege to
the town for nearly four weeks and
fought their way into it in recent
days, taking control of almost half of
A UN envoy said thousands of
people could be massacred if Kobani
As night fell yesterday, the town
centre was under heavy artillery and
mortar fire, Ocalan Iso, deputy head
of the Kobani defence council, said by
Skype from inside the town. Heavy
clashes were under way in the east
and south-east, he said, with neither
side gaining ground.
Idris Nassan, deputy foreign
minister in the Kurdish adminis-
tration for the Kobani district, said
heavy fighting had begun at nightfall
in the streets. Kurdish fighters had
caught attackers in an ambush, he
said from the town.
After days of Islamic State
advances, the Syrian Obser vatory
for Human Rights monitoring group
said Kobani’s Kurdish defenders had
managed to hold their ground. The
Obser vatory said 36 Islamic State
fighters, all foreigners, were killed
the previous day, while eight Kurdish
fighters had died. The figures could
not be independently verified.
Gunbattles were taking place
buildings the jihadists had seized two
days before, it said.
The fighting in Kobani has taken
place within view of Turkish tanks at
the frontier, but Turkey has refused
to intervene to help defend the city,
infuriating its own 15 million-strong
Kurdish minority, which rose up in
the past week in days of rioting in
which 38 people were killed.
The White House says it will not
allow US troops to be dragged into
another ground war in Iraq, where
President Barack Obama withdrew
forces in 2011 after an eight year
Nevertheless, the highest ranking
US military officer, General Martin
Dempsey, suggested in an inter view
broadcast yesterday that US troops
would probably need to play a bigger
role alongside Iraqi forces on the
ground in future.
“My instinct at this point is that
that will require a different kind of
advising and assisting, because of the
complexity of that fight,” he said.
Kurds, IS locked in battle for town
Django actress missing
Thousands of nude images and
videos sent using Snapchat could be
leaked today, hackers have warned.
Earlier last week, an anonymous
4chan user claimed to have obtained
images on Snapchat — the ephemeral
messaging ser vice that allows users to
send pictures that should disappear
after a few seconds.
Now, messages posted on the 4chan
website suggest that up to 200,000
images will be released soon in an
event dubbed “The Snappening”.
A third-party Snapchat client app
has been collecting every photo and
video file sent through the message
site for years, giving hackers access to
a 13GB private library.
But Snapchat has denied that its
ser vice was ever compromised.
“ We can confirm that Snapchat ’s
ser vers were never breached and
were not the source of these leaks,”
Snapchat told Mail Online.
“Snapchatters were victimised by
their use of third-party apps to send
and receive Snaps, a practice that we
precisely because they compromise
our users’ security. We vigilantly
monitor the App Store and Google
Play for illegal third-party apps and
have succeeded in getting many of
One poster has claimed that the full
leak will take place today, and will be
uploaded to a searchable database,
which suggests the images will be
linked to Snapchat user IDs.
The warning was first spotted
by blogger Kenny Withers, who
described it as “one of the largest data
breaches of on-line profiles”.
“ To put this into perspective, just
imagine the celebrity nude scandal,”
“Now replace iCloud with Snapsave
and blow this up by hundreds of
thousands of accounts. Now you have
the Snappening. ”
To prove that he or she had hacked
a third-party app, the poster provided
pictures allegedly from Snapchat.
But some users have highlighted
that they can find the images
While Snapsave has been named by
some as the third-party app that was
hacked into, an anonymous photo
trader told Business Insider it was, in
fact, SnapSaved.com .
The news comes just weeks after
hundreds of celebrity nude images
were leaked on-line through 4chan,
following a hack of Apple’s iCloud
in an event dubbed “The Fappening”.
This is not the first time Los
Angeles-based firm has faced security
Last year, developers launched a
Snaphack app that let users save and
re-open Snapchat messages, without
the sender ever knowing. — Reuters
King Harold II, the last Anglo-
Saxon king of England, has long
been thought to have been killed at
the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but
on the anniversary of the famous
battle on Wednesday British
archaeologists are to test a theory he
The battle, on October 14, 1066,
marked a turning point in British
history as the Normans conquered
There are different accounts of how
he was killed, one of them pictured
in the Bayeux Tapestry, which
appears to have him gripping an
arrow that had pierced his eye.
Another account of the battle,
said to have been written shortly
after wards by Guy, Bishop of
Amiens, has Harold being killed
by four knights and his body
But Peter Burke, an amateur
historian in southern England, has
said an alternative version of events
exists in a 12th century document
called Vita Harold, which is housed
in the British Library.
Burke has suggested Harold may
have lived to fight another day and
sur vived as a hermit for a further 40
“ We have the Norman story put
through the Bayeux Tapestry — the
English story is a different one,”
“ You put things together and it
begins to build a picture that is quite
solid. If everything backs you up in
history, you should look at it. You
shouldn’t just leave it,” he said.
Archaeologists will begin to
test his theory on Wednesday, the
anniversary of the famous battle, by
launching a scan of the grounds of
Waltham Abbey Church in Essex,
where Harold was supposedly given
The same geological survey
company which successfully helped
locate the remains of King Richard
III in 2012 beneath a car park will
carry out the scan.
“I’m very hopeful we will find
something,” Burke said. “I’ve always
thought you should question things.
You shouldn’t just take history at face
value. (The Battle of Hastings) is
one of the biggest events in English
history. Whether it will go as far as
rewriting history books, I suppose
they ’ll have to,” he said. — Reuters
The portion of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting King Harold II’s death, believed to have been brought about by an arrow through the eye.
Arrow through Anglo king’s eye non-fatal?
The United States has not seen any
definitive indication of a transfer of
power in North Korea, where State
media have not mentioned leader
Kim Jong Un’s activities in weeks, a
top US official said in an inter view
Kim’s absence from the public eye
has fuelled speculation over the
state of his health and whether he
may have been sidelined in a power
“O bviously we are watching very
carefully what ’s happening in North
Korea,” national security adviser
Susan Rice said in an inter view
broadcast on NBC’s Meet the Press.
“ We have not seen any indications
of a transfer of power at this point
in North Korea that we view as
definitive but we’ ll continue to watch
it carefully. ”
Kim is still in firm control of his
government but hurt his leg taking
part in a military drill, a source
with access to the secretive nation’s
leadership said last week.
It was not clear why a leg injury
would keep him out of sight for so
long, although it was not the first
time he has been missing from view.
Six months after coming to power,
state media failed to report on or
photograph him for 23 days.
Speculation on his health was
stoked by a North Korean television
report late last month that he was
suffering from discomfort. — Reuters
Kim Jong Un still missing in action
Kim Jong Un
Archaeologists digging through a vast
ancient tomb in Amphipolis in northern
Greece have uncovered a floor mosaic
that covers the whole area of a room seen
as the antechamber to the main burial
The mosaic, 3m long and 4.5m wide,
depicts a horseman with a laurel wreath
driving a chariot drawn by two horses
and preceded by the god Hermes.
According to a Culture Ministry
announcement, Hermes is depicted here
as the conductor of souls to the afterlife.
The mosaic is made up of pebbles in
many colours — white, black, gre6y,
blue, red and yellow. A circular part, near
the centre of the mosaic, is missing, but
authorities say enough fragments have
been found to reconstruct a large part.
The ministry says that archaeologists
have dated the mosaic to the last quarter
of 4th century BC, consistent with their
belief the grave contains the remains of
a contemporary of Alexander the Great,
the ancient Greek king of Macedonia,
who conquered the Persian Empire and
reached present-day India, Afghanistan
and Uzbekistan in a whirlwind
campaign, from 334BC to 323BC. The
grave may be that of a relative or general
of Alexander’s, archaeologists have
Alexander himself, who died in
Babylon in present-day Iraq at age 32, in
323BC, is believed to have been buried
in Egypt. But his tomb has not been
found. — Reuters
Mosaic uncovered in tomb
linked to Alexander the Great
The US Apple and Google brands,
which have become household names
around the globe, are worth more than
$US100 billion each, and top a ranking
of the world’s biggest brands, consultancy
In first place, computer brand Apple has
risen 21% in value this year to worth an
estimated $US118.9b ($NZ150.9b).
In second place, the brand value of
internet search engine Google increased
by 15% to $US107.43b.
“The fact that Apple and Google have
exceeded $100b is proof of the power
of brands,” Bertrand Chovet, associate
director of Interbrand Paris, said.
The marketing firm said in a statement
it marks the first time since brand ranking
began in 1974 that two brands have been
worth that much.
The 2014 list includes the arrival of
a Chinese brand, telecommunications
giant Huawei in 94th place. “Huawei,
the world’s third largest maker of
smartphones, has become one of the
brand leaders in information technology
and communication on a global scale.”
The biggest movers in the 2014 brand
ranking were social network Facebook,
up 86% to 29th place, car-maker Audi,
up 27% to 45th place, and internet retail
giant Amazon, up 25% to 15th place.
Apple, Google each worth $100b
A man from Detroit has offered to
sell his house for an iPhone 6, in a
swap that speaks volumes about the
mixed fortunes of different parts of
The unnamed individual originally
listed his three-bedroom property for
$US5000 ($NZ6332) in June, but
has now slashed the price to either
$US3000, or the latest version of
Apple’s iconic smartphone. He would
also accept a 32GB iPad, and is willing
to negotiate, according to his estate
agent, Larry Else.
The 223 square metre house is in
poor condition, with broken windows
and peeling paint, in one of Detroit ’s
poorest districts. Even so, the trade
has highlighted the contrast between
America’s thriving technology industry
in Silicon Valley and the economic
blight still affecting other parts of the
Detroit, also known as Motor City,
used to be renowned as the boom
town at the heart of America’s auto
industry. It is still home to companies
like General Motors and Ford, but the
city has become a ghost town as US
manufacturers lost ground to overseas
players and other industries moved out.
In 2012, the city was forced to
declare the biggest municipal
bankruptcy in US history, after racking
up $US18 billion in debts. Hundreds
of houses are now offered for sale at
According to a local news website in
Detroit, Motor City Muckraker, the
owner of the house lives overseas and
owes more than $US6000 in property
taxes, which would be passed on to the
new owner. — Daily Telegraph
A house in Detroit, Michigan which has been offered in exchange for an
House offered for iPhone
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