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7/12/2018 6:05:25 PM
More than 500 sick after E. coli outbreak at popular Gatlinburg zip line attraction












E. Coli bacteria has been discovered at a zip line attraction in Gatlinburg, TN, after more than 500 visitors became ill. (Source: CDC/ Graham Heid/File)

GATLINBURG, TN (RNN) – E. coli was found in water at a zipline attraction after nearly 550 visitors to the attraction reported illness, and authorities think the estimate may be low.

Initials tests confirmed the presence of E. coli and other bacteria in a well water sample at Climb Works Zip Line Canopy Tour, health officials told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

People who became ill drank water served out of coolers along the course, WVLT reported.

The Tennessee Department of Health sent more than 2,000 surveys to those who reserved tours online, to determine if they became sick after visiting.

Of the 808 who responded, 548 indicted they had become ill. People who became ill had visited the attraction between mid-June and early July.

The company also said 80 to 100 people called them to say they became sick with gastrointestinal illnesses after visiting the attraction, WVLT reported.

The health department investigation began after July 4. The facility closed temporarily to sanitize everything and added more filtration to water wells.

Water samples were on their way to a lab in Nashville for additional tests, said Gail Harmon, assistant director of the East Tennessee Region Health Department.

In a review on the Climb Works Facebook page, Emily Oney said her Smoky Mountains family vacation last month was wrecked by illnesses,

She, her two children and five others suffered from vomiting and diarrhea.

"Do not drink the water here," she said. "Climb Works should make this right with all the families that were affected by this. Terrible way to end our family vacation."

Other people commented that they had recently visited the attraction and were sick, some saying they were bedridden: “12 of us did the mountaintop on the fourth of July. 10/12 of us are bedridden. So, they still haven't figured out the problem. Should be a fun drive back to Minnesota tonight...”

Climb Works responded that they "feel awful if we had any part in anyone getting sick" and wanted to speak to people directly who may have gotten sick at the facility.

Health officials said those who are experiencing gastrointestinal issues after visiting the zip line facility should contact their physician.

E. coli is found in the environment, food and intestines of people and animals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Some strains of the bacteria can make people sick with symptoms such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections and pneumonia..

To prevent E. coli illnesses, practice proper hygiene, including hand-washing, hygienic food preparation techniques. Also, avoid unpasteurized dairy products and don't swallow water from streams and pools, the CDC said.



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7/12/2018 6:35:34 PM

US on course to lose trade war with China – economist Stephen Roach

Edited time: 12 Jul, 2018 12:45


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The trade war between the United States and China is unlikely to bring Washington any good results, says Yale University Senior Fellow and former Morgan Stanley Asia chair Stephen Roach.

“Trade wars are not easy to win. They’re easy to lose, and the US is on track to lose this trade war,” Roach said in an interview with CNBC.

“This is live ammunition. This is not just rhetorical discussion anymore,” he said. “We’re in the early stages of fighting skirmishes in a real, live trade war. The question is, how far does it go? And how significant will the ammunition be in the future?”

Roach says China is unlikely to run out of ammunition in the trade conflict. “The US is hugely dependent on China as a source for low-cost goods to make ends meet for American consumers. We’re hugely dependent on China to buy our Treasuries to fund our budget deficits, which as you know, are getting larger,” Roach explained.

US tariffs of 25 percent on $34 billion of Chinese imports took effect on July 6. Beijing has retaliated with duties on the same value of US imports, ranging from soybeans to cars, and has vowed to respond proportionally to any new US tariffs.

In response, US President Donald Trump said the US could impose tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods, while his administration has prepared a new $200 billion list of Chinese products that could be levied with 10 percent tariffs.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT's business section


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7/13/2018 9:52:37 AM

After US, UK, France Bomb Syria – OPCW Report Contradicts Claims Of “Irrefutable Proof” Of Chemical Weapons

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7/13/2018 10:07:02 AM

Pollution is 'killing' Taj Mahal: Report

File photo of the Taj Mahal. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

Reuters Delhi, India May 22, 2018, 06.04 AM (IST)

India's most famous monument, the white marble Taj Mahal, is "dying" -- according to historians and local guides who are calling for the government to protect and carry out preservation work on the palace.

Pollution in Agra, which has risen sharply over the past 30 years, has been blamed. The city, which sits on an industrial belt, is ranked eighth in the world for the most polluted air, according to a World Health Organisation list earlier this year.

The iconic 17th-century Mughal palace, built by emperor Shah Jahaan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal, is visited by millions every year, including royalty and film stars. But local guides say foreign tourists are dwindling because of the pollution that is lending a yellowish tinge to the walls of the Taj Mahal.

Experts say one of the main causes of increasing pollution and discolouring of Taj Mahal is the drying up of the river Yamuna that flanks the famed marble monument. The pollution from the sewage in the Yamuna has fuelled a growing number of insects, whose excretions, along with the air's impurities have stained the Taj Mahal an ugly yellow.

Exhaust from a large number of vehicles clogging the roads is also making matters worse.

But there is hope yet -- M.C. Mehta, a leading environmental lawyer who has been fighting legal battles to conserve the Taj Mahal for over three decades now, got the top court's support recently. It directed the government to take urgent steps to restore the monument to its original glory and said if authorities did not have the expertise to do so, they should seek foreign help.

Mehta has had previous success. In the 1990s, following Mehta's petition, the Supreme Court ordered the closure of hundreds of factories near the white mausoleum.

For now, restorers from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) have been using a paste made of a clay mineral, to clean the marble but critics say it has not been effective in preventing the marble from decaying.


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7/13/2018 10:19:37 AM

World running out of gold & there’s no substitute, experts warn

Published time: 12 Jul, 2018 09:42


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People responsible for supplying the world with gold are sounding the alarm, saying discoveries of the precious metal are shrinking and there’s no reasonable substitute.

Mining companies are no longer finding new deposits of gold to replace their aging mines. South Africa’s 140-year-old gold industry – which was once the world’s largest – is currently facing a major crisis. The country’s mineral council says 75 percent of gold mines are unprofitable or barely making money.

“We were all talking about how production was going to increase every year. I think those days are probably gone,” said Nick Holland, CEO of South Africa’s largest gold producer Gold Fields.

He was echoed by Rudy Fronk, chairman and CEO of Seabridge Gold, who noted that “Peak gold is the new reality in the gold business with reserves now being mined much faster than they are being replaced.”

According to Kevin Dushnisky, president of mining giant Barrick Gold, “Falling grades and production levels, a lack of new discoveries, and extended project development timelines are bullish for the medium and long-term gold price outlook.”

The biggest warning comes from mining executive Ian Telfer, chairman of Goldcorp. In an interview with Financial Post, he said: “If I could give one sentence about the gold mining business… it’s that in my life, gold produced from mines has gone up pretty steadily for 40 years. Well, either this year it starts to go down, or next year it starts to go down, or it’s already going down… We’re right at peak gold here.”

One of the most well-respected and knowledgeable mining experts in the world, Pierre Lassonde, also says we’re reaching ‘peak gold’.

“If you look back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, in every one of those decades, the industry found at least one 50+ million-ounce gold deposit, at least ten 30+ million-ounce deposits, and countless 5 to 10 million ounce deposits.

But if you look at the last 15 years, we found no 50-million-ounce deposit, no 30-million-ounce deposit and only very few 15 million ounce deposits,” said Lassonde, the billionaire founder of gold royalty giant Franco-Nevada and former head of Newmont Mining.


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