More than 40 Swiss military staff hit with vomiting bug

Four critical after members of academy in central Switzerland suddenly suffer acute gastrointestinal problems More than 40 military staff and recruits at an academy in central Switzerland were sent to hospital on Thursday after they suddenly fell violently ill, the government said. The Swiss defence department said that on Thursday afternoon, 43 recruits and members of the Jassbach academy in Linden, in Bern canton, suddenly suffered from acute gastrointestinal problems, with diarrhoea and vomiting. As a result, all 43 service members were sent by ambulance and helicopter to hospitals and military medical facilities, the department said. An army spokesman told the ATS news agency that four of those affected were in a critical condition. The authorities were still trying to …

Toxic caterpillars spark health scare across Germany

People suffer rashes and breathing difficulties as warm weather brings infestation Marauding caterpillars with toxic hairs have brought parts of Germany to a standstill, leading to closures of swimming pools, restaurants, public parks and sections of the motorway. Oak processionary moth caterpillars, named after the nose-to-tail processions they form to travel between the oak trees they devour, have fine, long hairs with an irritating toxin that can cause blistering rashes, feverish dizzy spells and asthma attacks. For years, the caterpillar used to be a relatively rare sight in Germany, found only in isolated areas of woodland. But following a this years mild spring and warm, dry summer, the oak processionarys nests have been found in large numbers all over the …

Madrid could become first European city to scrap low-emissions zone

Regions likely new president Isabel Daz Ayuso believes congestion is part of citys cultural identity Madrid may be about to become the first European city to scrap a major urban low-emissions zone after regional polls left a rightwing politician who views 3am traffic jams as part of the citys cultural identity on who is expected to become the new Popular party (PP) president of the Madrid region, believes night-time congestion makes the city special and has pledged to reverse a project known as Madrid Central, which has dramatically cut urban pollution. The PPs mayor-in-waiting, Jos Luis Martnez-Almeida, under whose remit the scheme falls, told El Pais: I do not think [traffic jams] are a reason for enjoyment but it is …

The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spains feminists and the far right

The long read: The wolf pack case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far right to its biggest gains since Franco In the early hours of 7 July 2016, surrounded by throngs of revellers dancing and drinking, an 18-year-old woman suddenly found herself alone. She was standing on Plaza del Castillo, a square in the centre of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, which was hosting its annual festival, the running of the bulls. The weeklong festival combines a religious celebration of the citys patron saint, San Fermin, with the eponymous bull run and copious amounts of alcohol. Every morning at the stroke of 8am, …

Finland’s SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win

Social Democrats come top for first time in 20 years and likely to keep nationalist Finns party out of government Finlands Social Democrats will try to form a coalition government after Finns in Sweden and AfD, Danish Peoples Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The French must drink less wine, say health officials

Health agency advises no more than two glasses a day to cut down alcohol-related disease risk Quoi, just two glasses? asked the rolling news station France 24. It was the incredulous reaction to a campaign launched this week by French health officials seeking to persuade the public to drink no more than two glasses of wine per day and not every day either. According to Sant Publique France, almost a quarter of French adults are regularly drinking too much alcohol, and this level of drinking is killing 41,000 people a year, making it the second biggest cause of avoidable deaths in the country after smoking. Its about 10.5 million adults who drink too much. In any case they drink in …

Air pollution deaths are double previous estimates, finds research

Researchers say dirty air is killing 800,000 people a year in Europe, and urge the phasing out of fossil fuel burning The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates, according to research, meaning toxic air is killing more people than tobacco smoking. The scientists used new data to estimate that nearly 800,000 people die prematurely each year in Europe because of dirty air, and that each life is cut short by an average of more than two years. The health damage caused by air pollution in Europe is higher than the global average. Its dense population and poor air results in exposure that is among the highest in the world. The new research, Graph of …

Woman dies as food poisoning in Michelin-starred restaurant hits 29 diners

(CNN)A Michelin-starred restaurant in the Spanish city of Valencia is at the center of a food poisoning outbreak that has killed one woman and affected 28 further diners. Food inspectors visited the restaurant on February 18 but did not find any explanation for what could have contributed to the outbreak, reads the statement from the public health department. The inspectors took samples of food used in the tasting menu, which have been sent to Spain’s National Toxicology Institute for analysis. Bernd H. Knöller, Riff’s head chef and owner, released a statement expressing deep regret over the incident and saying that he is collaborating with authorities to determine what happened. “I have taken the decision to permanently close the restaurant until …