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Ebola screeners wanted — for $22/h

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 19 Oktober 2014 | 23.08

The UN's World Food Programme distributes food to residents of Sierra Leone, hit by the outbreak of Ebola. Yiming Woo reports.

Screening ... a Coast Guard health technician screens a passenger (right) who arrived from Sierra Leone at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Picture: AP/US Customs and Border Protection Source: AP

THEY'RE looking for the few, the proud — and the really desperate.

For a measly $US19 ($21.70) an hour, a government contractor is offering applicants the opportunity to get up close and personal with potential Ebola patients at JFK Airport in New York — including taking their temperatures.

Angel Staffing Inc. is hiring brave souls with basic EMT or paramedic training to assist Customs and Border Protection officers and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in identifying possible victims at Terminal 4, where amped-up Ebola screening started on Saturday.

EMTs will earn just $US19 an hour, while paramedics will pocket $US29. Everyone must be registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians in the US.

The medical staffing agency is also selecting screeners to work at Washington Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports.

"Wow, that's really scary ... Be safe everybody," Facebook user Jaclyn Namer wrote under a posting for the job.

Others were a little more eager to lend a hand.

"I can help on weekends in Chicago," Jeremy Voris volunteered on Facebook.

First point of contact ... CBP supervisor Sam Ko (right) conducts an interview with a passenger who has arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Picture: AP Source: AP

As part of the new screening process, travellers arriving from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia must answer questions upon arrival, then have their temperatures taken with no-touch thermometers, CDC Director Thomas Frieden announced last week.

About 150 people travel from or through the three Ebola-afflicted countries to the US every day, customs officials said.

Most of them land at JFK, where officers fear catching the deadly disease.

"We were told what to do for a passenger, but what happens with us? What if I get a fever? What should I do?" one officer said.

The officer was also troubled by possible flaws in the screening plan.

"For example, if someone has 108F (42C) fever and we catch it after they deplane, there were 132 other people on the plane with him and you just let them go," he said.

"You just possibly contaminated the person next to you and the flight attendant who handed you something."

Meanwhile, a law-enforcement official at JFK was outraged over the handling of a plane carrying a man from Nigeria who died following an on-board vomiting fit.

The door to the jet was already open when first responders showed up.

Even though Ebola isn't airborne, the official insisted it could have been a potential health threat.

"We don't know if anybody bolted from that plane or if the inside of the door is contaminated," he said.


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‘We’re a floating Petri dish’

Dallas County authorities are preparing for more possible Ebola cases as a second nurse who had treated the first victim of Ebola diagnosed on U.S. soil was infected with the virus. Mana Rabiee reports.

Self-quarantine ... the cruise ship Carnival Magic, with a Dallas health care worker aboard who is being monitored for signs of Ebola, has returned to port in Texas. Picture: Angel Castellanos Source: AP

A PASSENGER aboard a cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who is being monitored for signs of Ebola described it as being like a "floating Petri dish".

After being refused to dock at either Mexico or Belize, the ship finally returned to port in Texas.

Company and federal officials have said the woman being monitored for Ebola poses no risk because she has shown no symptoms and has voluntarily self-quarantined.

The news of the potential Ebola infection, and the subsequent rejected requests to dock, prompted a panic aboard the cruise, the London Telegraph reports.

Tight quarters ... passengers aboard the cruise ship Carnival Magic were panicked and crying when it was revealed they were travelling with someone who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Picture: Angel Castellanos Source: AP

Passenger Jon Malone described the scene as one of "utter panic", saying: "People are scared. I've seen people crying. You're using the same buffet line as someone else, the same waiters, the folks that clean the state rooms.

"If someone was cleaning their state room and cleaned yours right after, the exposure that you have there to elevators ... it's very tight quarters and a lot of interaction.

"It's really difficult to control any type of virus that's on a cruise ship. It's like a floating Petri dish. It spreads very rapidly. They're cleaning elevators. I've seen people with pink liquid cleaning the bar area and the handrails."

'No risk' ... a Carnival Magic passenger had handled a lab specimen from Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month. Picture: Wilmot Chayee Source: AP

Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard crew flew in a helicopter to meet the Carnival Magic and retrieved a blood sample from the woman. He said the blood sample was taken to a state lab in Austin for processing.

Petty Officer Kendrick had no further details about how the sample was taken. He said the decision to take the sample was made in coordination with the federal, state and local health authorities.

Obama administration officials said the passenger handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month. Officials said the woman poses no risk because she has shown no signs of illness for 19 days and has voluntarily self-quarantined on the cruise ship.

US officials had been seeking ways to return the woman and her husband to the US before the ship completed its cruise.

Precautions ... a first responder wears a full biohazard suit while disinfecting a railing at a rail station after a woman with Ebola-like symptoms fell ill there on October 18, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Picture: Chip Somodevilla Source: AFP

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that when the woman left the US on the cruise ship from Texas on October 12, health officials were requiring only self-monitoring.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that the woman, a lab supervisor, remained in isolation "and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew." The ship was refused clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico on Friday, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel.

There have been no restrictions placed on other passengers aboard the ship, officials said.


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Grandma starves herself to death

Torture ... a grandmother who wanted to end her life has starved herself to death. Picture: Thinkstock Source: News Limited

A GRANDMOTHER who wanted to end her life has starved herself to death because she had "no alternative".

Jean Davies, 86, fasted for five weeks claiming it was the only way she could legally exercise her right to die. In England, assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal.

"It is hell. I can't tell you how hard it is," the right-to-die campaigner told The Sunday Times four weeks into her fast.

"You wouldn't decide this unless you thought your life was going to be so bad. It is intolerable."

She said her four children and two grandchildren supported her choice, and her doctor agreed to help ease the symptoms of starvation.

"I am doing nothing wrong. We are not breaking the law," she said.

"What alternative do I have? The other methods, to my knowledge, are either illegal or I would need to go to (the Dignitas clinic in) Switzerland, and I want to die in my own bed."

The former maths teacher, who did not have a terminal illness but who suffered a range of medical conditions, died on October 1. She dedicated most of her life to campaigning for doctors to be allowed to administer lethal injections to people who wanted to die.

Ms Davies' daughter, Bronwen, said her mother had been frustrated that dying had taken so long.

"She hadn't realised that it would take her so long to die after she stopped drinking. She thought it might take three days. It took a fortnight," the 64-year-old said.

Ms Davies' death has sparked renewed calls for voluntary euthanasia reform.

On November 7, the House of Lords House of Lords will debate an assisted dying bill proposed by Lord Falconer. It would allow doctors to give terminally ill adults life-ending medication.


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‘We’re a floating Petri dish’

Dallas County authorities are preparing for more possible Ebola cases as a second nurse who had treated the first victim of Ebola diagnosed on U.S. soil was infected with the virus. Mana Rabiee reports.

Self-quarantine ... the cruise ship Carnival Magic, with a Dallas health care worker aboard who is being monitored for signs of Ebola, has returned to port in Texas. Picture: Angel Castellanos Source: AP

A PASSENGER aboard a cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who is being monitored for signs of Ebola described it as being like a "floating Petri dish".

After being refused to dock at either Mexico or Belize, the ship finally returned to port in Texas.

Company and federal officials have said the woman being monitored for Ebola poses no risk because she has shown no symptoms and has voluntarily self-quarantined.

The news of the potential Ebola infection, and the subsequent rejected requests to dock, prompted a panic aboard the cruise, the London Telegraph reports.

Tight quarters ... passengers aboard the cruise ship Carnival Magic were panicked and crying when it was revealed they were travelling with someone who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Picture: Angel Castellanos Source: AP

Passenger Jon Malone described the scene as one of "utter panic", saying: "People are scared. I've seen people crying. You're using the same buffet line as someone else, the same waiters, the folks that clean the state rooms.

"If someone was cleaning their state room and cleaned yours right after, the exposure that you have there to elevators ... it's very tight quarters and a lot of interaction.

"It's really difficult to control any type of virus that's on a cruise ship. It's like a floating Petri dish. It spreads very rapidly. They're cleaning elevators. I've seen people with pink liquid cleaning the bar area and the handrails."

'No risk' ... a Carnival Magic passenger had handled a lab specimen from Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month. Picture: Wilmot Chayee Source: AP

Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard crew flew in a helicopter to meet the Carnival Magic and retrieved a blood sample from the woman. He said the blood sample was taken to a state lab in Austin for processing.

Petty Officer Kendrick had no further details about how the sample was taken. He said the decision to take the sample was made in coordination with the federal, state and local health authorities.

Obama administration officials said the passenger handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month. Officials said the woman poses no risk because she has shown no signs of illness for 19 days and has voluntarily self-quarantined on the cruise ship.

US officials had been seeking ways to return the woman and her husband to the US before the ship completed its cruise.

Precautions ... a first responder wears a full biohazard suit while disinfecting a railing at a rail station after a woman with Ebola-like symptoms fell ill there on October 18, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Picture: Chip Somodevilla Source: AFP

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that when the woman left the US on the cruise ship from Texas on October 12, health officials were requiring only self-monitoring.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that the woman, a lab supervisor, remained in isolation "and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew." The ship was refused clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico on Friday, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel.

There have been no restrictions placed on other passengers aboard the ship, officials said.


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Ebola screeners wanted — for $22/h

The UN's World Food Programme distributes food to residents of Sierra Leone, hit by the outbreak of Ebola. Yiming Woo reports.

Screening ... a Coast Guard health technician screens a passenger (right) who arrived from Sierra Leone at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Picture: AP/US Customs and Border Protection Source: AP

THEY'RE looking for the few, the proud — and the really desperate.

For a measly $US19 ($21.70) an hour, a government contractor is offering applicants the opportunity to get up close and personal with potential Ebola patients at JFK Airport in New York — including taking their temperatures.

Angel Staffing Inc. is hiring brave souls with basic EMT or paramedic training to assist Customs and Border Protection officers and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in identifying possible victims at Terminal 4, where amped-up Ebola screening started on Saturday.

EMTs will earn just $US19 an hour, while paramedics will pocket $US29. Everyone must be registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians in the US.

The medical staffing agency is also selecting screeners to work at Washington Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports.

"Wow, that's really scary ... Be safe everybody," Facebook user Jaclyn Namer wrote under a posting for the job.

Others were a little more eager to lend a hand.

"I can help on weekends in Chicago," Jeremy Voris volunteered on Facebook.

First point of contact ... CBP supervisor Sam Ko (right) conducts an interview with a passenger who has arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Picture: AP Source: AP

As part of the new screening process, travellers arriving from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia must answer questions upon arrival, then have their temperatures taken with no-touch thermometers, CDC Director Thomas Frieden announced last week.

About 150 people travel from or through the three Ebola-afflicted countries to the US every day, customs officials said.

Most of them land at JFK, where officers fear catching the deadly disease.

"We were told what to do for a passenger, but what happens with us? What if I get a fever? What should I do?" one officer said.

The officer was also troubled by possible flaws in the screening plan.

"For example, if someone has 108F (42C) fever and we catch it after they deplane, there were 132 other people on the plane with him and you just let them go," he said.

"You just possibly contaminated the person next to you and the flight attendant who handed you something."

Meanwhile, a law-enforcement official at JFK was outraged over the handling of a plane carrying a man from Nigeria who died following an on-board vomiting fit.

The door to the jet was already open when first responders showed up.

Even though Ebola isn't airborne, the official insisted it could have been a potential health threat.

"We don't know if anybody bolted from that plane or if the inside of the door is contaminated," he said.


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Global IS threat to Aussies

THE country's spy agencies have warned that Australians are now primary targets for random terrorist attacks anywhere around the globe as well as at home, following a new call to arms by Islamic State.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Baghdad / Supplied Baghdad Embassy Source: Supplied

The government has said the holdup has been purely administrative, with Australia seeking legal indemnities for its soldiers operating on Iraqi soil — even if only as advisers.


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Grandma starves herself to death

Torture ... a grandmother who wanted to end her life has starved herself to death. Picture: Thinkstock Source: News Limited

A GRANDMOTHER who wanted to end her life has starved herself to death because she had "no alternative".

Jean Davies, 86, fasted for five weeks claiming it was the only way she could legally exercise her right to die. In England, assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal.

"It is hell. I can't tell you how hard it is," the right-to-die campaigner told The Sunday Times four weeks into her fast.

"You wouldn't decide this unless you thought your life was going to be so bad. It is intolerable."

She said her four children and two grandchildren supported her choice, and her doctor agreed to help ease the symptoms of starvation.

"I am doing nothing wrong. We are not breaking the law," she said.

"What alternative do I have? The other methods, to my knowledge, are either illegal or I would need to go to (the Dignitas clinic in) Switzerland, and I want to die in my own bed."

The former maths teacher, who did not have a terminal illness but who suffered a range of medical conditions, died on October 1. She dedicated most of her life to campaigning for doctors to be allowed to administer lethal injections to people who wanted to die.

Ms Davies' daughter, Bronwen, said her mother had been frustrated that dying had taken so long.

"She hadn't realised that it would take her so long to die after she stopped drinking. She thought it might take three days. It took a fortnight," the 64-year-old said.

Ms Davies' death has sparked renewed calls for voluntary euthanasia reform.

On November 7, the House of Lords House of Lords will debate an assisted dying bill proposed by Lord Falconer. It would allow doctors to give terminally ill adults life-ending medication.


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Bachelorettes join forces over ‘sneaky’ love rats

Bachelor Blake Garvey has taken to Twitter to address rumours he is now dating another bachelorette.

Bachelor Blake Garvey and now ex-fiance Sam Frost reveal their sides of the break-up story. Courtesy The Project/Channel Ten

Sam Frost at the Red Ball 2014 Source: Supplied

Laurina Fleure, Sam Frost, Chantal Hryniewski, Zoe O'Brien at Red Ball 2014 Source: Supplied

THE Bachelorettes will rally behind jilted fiancee Sam Frost as Bachelor-rat Blake Garvey opens up about finding new love in a paid interview to be published on Monday.

Garvey and Louise Pillidge, who came third runner-up on The Bachelor, are expected to tell a women's magazine they are an item.

JILTED BACHELORETTE'S NEW HEARTBREAK

BACHELOR BLAKE SEALS DEAL ON HIS MESSY LOVE

LAURINA FLEURE'S ADVICE FOR SINGLE WOMEN

BLAKE AND LOUISE 'RESCUED' IN THAILAND

Garvey proposed to Frost on the show, then dumped her when the cameras stopped rolling.

Frost attended the Red Ball 2014 charity event at Crown Palladium at the weekend with fellow Bachelorettes Laurina Fleure, Zoe O'Brien, and Chantal Hryniewski.

Fleure told Confidential: "We are here to support Sam. But she doesn't need words of sympathy. She is better off without him. Sam will do very well in life and love, and she doesn't need Blake for that."

Asked about the Blake and Louise love match, Fleure said: "It's s--- how it happened! There is nothing you can say to excuse that, but Blake had a lot of people in his ear, and he was busy trying to make everyone happy, except himself."

Fleure added: "I'm actually happy for Blake and Louise. They've had a rough trot. I hope they will be well received."

A heartbroken Frost told Confidential: ""If they had a conversation with me, instead of sneaking around and selling their story ... I would have had a lot more respect for them."

Frost had no inkling about Garvey's secret feelings for Pillidge while on the show.

"After (the show stopped filming), Blake said he was confused and I totally got that. I told him: 'Sort it out, I'll be here.' And because he proposed to me, I thought he was serious about me.

"But, unfortunately, he had other things on his mind, like pursuing Louise."

She will probably read Garvey's interview to find the truth and get closure, but added: "I just want to cut ties, move on with my life, and not be known forever as the jilted Bachelorette. I want to be my own woman."

Originally published as Bachelorettes join forces over 'sneaky' love rats
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