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Daredevil Google exec jumps at 135,000ft and beats Felix Baumgartner’s skydive record

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Amazing! My kind of Dream… and hopefully someday!

Originally posted on Metro:

More than two years after Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest skydive, Alan Eustace has trumped it by jumping a height of 135,890ft from the Earth’s surface.

Mr Eustace, Google’s senior vice president of knowledge, broke the sound barrier reaching a velocity of 822mph during a four and a half minute free-fall.

It took the intrepid daredevil two hours to reach the target height while being attached to the high-altitude, helium-filled balloon.

The 57-year-old had been working alongside Paragon Space Development Corp and its Stratospheric Explorer team in this secret project to develop and successfully test a self-contained commercial spacesuit.

The suit is designed to allow people explore the high in the atmosphere 20 miles off the ground.

(Picture: EPA)

All strapped in (Picture: EPA)

Here is Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 record-breaking skydive at 128,100 feet:

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Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks says WHO

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Originally posted on Follow The Money:

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Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.

Speaking in Geneva, Dr Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for January 2015.

The Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 4,500 people.

Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dr Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health system and innovation, said: “There are partnerships which are starting to be put in place to have capacity in the three countries to safely extract plasma and make preparation that can be used for the treatment of infective patients.

“The partnership which is moving the quickest will be in Liberia where we hope that in the coming weeks there will be facilities set up to collect…

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A Good Reason

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Originally posted on Ronnie's Blog:

One reason

One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
Nancy Astor

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How Nigeria and Senegal Halted Ebola When Other Countries Failed

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On July 20, the Ebola outbreak that had been simmering in West Africa for months, growing more out of control by the day, arrived in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. It came in the form of a Liberian-American airline passenger named Jonathan Sawyer, who had left a treatment center in Monrovi
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When it comes to dealing with bullying, calmness is the key – Independent.ie

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When it comes to dealing with bullying, calmness is the key – Independent.ie.

Our instinct, as parents, is to fix the problem immediately, and we interrogate our child with hundreds of questions. We need all the information we can get in as short a time as possible so we can plough ahead with solving this problem. After all, that’s our job, isn’t it? To solve problems, and protect our children.

We must fight that urge, says Aine Lynch, and focus on giving our child our full attention. Bullying is a disempowering position to be in, and when a child has told you the news, the last thing they need is for you to go on is a solo crusade; it’s important to involve them in any decisions made on dealing with the situation. Sharing their story can also help them put it in perspective and maybe even help solve the issue. “The child has a unique and valuable knowledge of the situation, and is therefore in a better position to suggest what might and might not help”, says Lynch, “it’s our job as parents to teach and support our child to manage difficult situations in life – if parents take over the situation it is less likely that a child will learn coping skills in life that will help them deal with every difficult turn.”…

A Deadly Legacy in Iraq – NYTimes.com

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A Deadly Legacy in Iraq – NYTimes.com.

Another chapter has been added to the dismal legacy of America’s involvement in Iraq. An investigation by C.J. Chivers, published in The Times on Wednesday, found that American and American-trained Iraqi troops discovered thousands of abandoned and highly dangerous chemical weapons left over from the rule of Saddam Hussein. These weapons, found from 2004 to 2011, wounded troops from both armies. There are now fears that some could fall into the hands of fighters for the Islamic State, which now controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.

These weapons are not the chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction that the George W. Bush administration claimed as the excuse for embarking on the Iraq war and that, it turned out, did not exist. Instead, they are aged remnants left over from an earlier chemical weapons program in the late-1970s and 1980s that was shut down in 1991. Mr. Hussein used the weapons against Iran in a war from 1980-88

Ebola takes toll on the Gambia from beyond its borders | World news | The Guardian

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Ebola takes toll on the Gambia from beyond its borders | World news | The Guardian.

Omar Jarju looks out across a row of empty sunbeds around the Djeliba hotel’s perfectly maintained pool, a few steps from the palm-fringed Kololi beach on the Gambia’s Atlantic coast. “Every day in my inbox I get emails from clients, who tell me they’ve been warned not to come,” he says, despondently. “They say ‘Omar do you have Ebola?’ and I say ‘Oh for God’s sake, no!’. Ebola is killing us, whether we have it or not.”

This week is only the start of the Gambia’s tourist season but Jarju, manager at the Djeliba, says the hotel is only 47% full, compared with 67% last year. Headlines about the rapid spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are having a serious knock-on effect for other countries in the continent, according to the Gambia’s ministry of tourism…

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