Italy: Ferry On Fire: Britons Trapped On Burning Boat


Passengers jump from the ship as those trapped on the burning vessel report choking smoke and shoes melting on the decks.

Passengers jump from the ship as those trapped on the burning vessel report choking smoke and shoes melting on the decks.

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Links below

A number of Britons have been rescued from a burning ferry near Corfu – but many other passengers remain trapped. The Italian Navy said 190 people had been plucked from the stricken Norman Atlantic by Sunday evening, more than 14 hours after the fire erupted. One person has died and 287 remain on board the ferry, which is now adrift in rough seas between Italy and Albania. Passengers still trapped on the ferry described how thick smoke engulfed the ferry, and said the ship had begun to list to one side.  “There’s a lot of smoke, we can’t breathe,” passenger Nikos Papatheodosiou told Greece’s state-run Nerit television as darkness fell. “Panic, there’s panic,” he said. Passengers described scenes of terror and chaos when the fire broke out as they slept in their cabins.

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Early official reports, based on passenger manifests, had indicated only two Britons were on the ferry, but it’s understood additional citizens who were not travelling on British passports may also have been aboard. One of the rescued Britons is show-jumper Nicholas Channing-Williams, winched to safety along with fiance Regina Theofilli.

His mother Dottie Channing-Williams  told Sky News tonight: “Thank God they have been airlifted to safety. “I don’t know what shape they are in. But I want to know how they are and where they are and I’m waiting for the Foreign Office to get back to me.” The vessel caught fire just after 6am local time about 35 miles north of Corfu, close to the Albanian city of Vlora, while it was travelling from Patras, Greece, to Ancona in Italy with 478 on board. Italian and Greek helicopter crews prepared to work through the night to airlift passengers off the ferry. An Albanian tugboat was this evening towing the stricken car ferry to Albania’s main port of Durres , an official in the port of Vlore said on Sunday.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1398669/ferry-on-fire-britons-trapped-on-burning-boat

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30620819

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/28/ferry-catches-fire-greece-italy

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Air Asia Indonesia flight QZ8501 to Singapore missing


Image via Sky News

Image via Sky News

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Links below

Broke a few hours ago this.  An AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing. Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday) over the Java Sea.

The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours from the city of Surabaya. No distress call was made. Bad weather was reported in the area, and an air search operation has now been suspended for the night. Planes from Indonesia and Singapore had been scouring an area of sea between Kalimantan (Borneo) and Java. Some boats were reported to be continuing to search as night fell.

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A few hours ago many of the relatives at the crisis centre in the airport still seemed calm – glued to their phones, perhaps trying to find any news of the plane or stay in touch with friends and loved ones But more than 12 hours since the plane took off they are looking increasingly worried. Officials still have no idea what happened to the aircraft. The governor of East Java, Soekarwo, the mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, and the chief executive of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, have come to talk to the relatives to assure them that all is being done to locate the missing Airbus.

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This has been a difficult year for aviation in Asia: Malaysia’s national carrier Malaysia Airlines has suffered two losses – flights MH370 and MH17. Flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March with 239 passengers and crew. The wreckage, thought to be in southern Indian Ocean, has still not been located. MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 on board. Flight QZ8501 was supposed to arrive early this morning. Hours later the families of the passengers gathered here have very little information. Airport officials are keeping them well away from the media and trying to make them comfortable. The scenes at Changi are reminiscent of those in Kuala Lumpur immediately after MH370 went missing in March: anxious relatives waiting for any news on their loves ones, a media frenzy, but no answers.

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There were 155 passengers on board, the company said in a statement:

  • 138 adults, 16 children and one infant
  • Most on board were Indonesian
  • Several were from other countries: one UK national, a Malaysian, a Singaporean and three South Koreans
  • The BBC understands that the British national is Chi-Man Choi
  • Two pilots and five crew were also on board – one French, the others Indonesian

The plane in question was delivered to AirAsia in 2008, has flown 13,600 times, covering 23,000 hours, and underwent its last maintenance on 16 November.

AirAsia has set up an emergency line for family or friends of those who may be on board. The number is +622 129 850 801.

Dozens of passengers’ relatives have been gathering at Juanda airport in Surabaya and Singapore’s Changi airport to hear news.

http://news.sky.com/story/1399016/search-resumes-for-missing-airasia-plane

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30614627

 

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Communism, Fascism, Marxism and the USA – IMAGES THAT SHOW US FAULTS


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By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

PLEASE! Understand I am just throwing this out here, it is aimed at not one person, if anything I have a go at all who have molded the USA to it’s present day existence and has spawned a population and a coming generation of  people who have been made stupid by a controlling power that has Control and Conquer down to a perfection in the same manner the Roman Empire did. I mean to offend no person or group. I am just writing out loud. Lately I see an America who can’t accept the horrible truth of a future that will be ugly and horrible. I love many of you in the USA as friends, but until you stand up as one with a willing military behind you, you have no future, if it isn’t already gone, it will be. Obama is signing executive orders at the rate of a top sportsman in a book shop promoting his book. I will leave you to read and tell me where I am wrong or right. These are MY VIEWS ONLY. I ask in many blogs “Why don’t you see this USA” and I get a few comments to people who are switched on and know not to trust any politician or any news network. “I CAN’T DO ANYTHING” is a statement that would have seen my Country called England and not Scotland. Like many countries in the last 2,000 years or so, we stood up. I say America is a young country and American people give me a hard time, truth of the matter is, my last house was older than the USA. This is not the fault of the American people, you in America will all have blood ties to Europe as you know, you are a unique people in a good way, but have much to learn as a people. All people like me to is try to make you see a bigger picture. So please, respect to you all and anyone else bored enough to read this

To truly understand Communism and what it REALLY is, can be tricky, we must know and understand European and early history from the Americas (North and Latin/South) history and have a slight grasp on Religion also, this is a blog I expect a few likes and not one reply, I am testing my mind and the ability to write about things that challenge popular beliefs by people all over the World. I have a family member very high up in the UK Communist Party, we must understand the Communism we all see and know (Think we know) is extremist Communism. Communism at its truest form is equality. The main reason why communism was made was peopl0e wanted to be equal without getting restricted by their environment, but nowadays communism is abused by some dictators such as North Korean leaders. Besides, capitalism also has its own problem. There are so many people who didn’t have opportunities to try what they really wanted to do due to their poverty or else.  If communism was working as it should be, would it be better than capitalism? Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy. Central characteristics of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets and wage labor. In a capitalist economy, the parties to a transaction typically determine the prices at which assets, goods, and services are exchanged. Sadly this can lead to Fascism!

Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy during World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum, several self-described fascists as well as some commentators have said that the description is inadequate. Fascist ideology consistently invokes the primacy of the state. Leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany embodied the state and claimed indisputable power. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but replaced socialism’s focus on class conflict with a focus on conflict between nations and races.Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky (Autarky is the quality of being self-sufficient. Usually the term is applied to political states or their economic systems. Autarky exists whenever an entity can survive or continue its activities without external assistance or international trade) to secure national self-sufficiency and independence through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.

Fascists sought to unify their nation through an authoritarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having leadership that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology. Fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation,and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.

Communism is a socioeconomic system structured upon common ownership of the means of production and characterised by the absence of classes, money, and the state; as well idiot_america1_xlargeas a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order. The movement to develop communism, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the Communist states in the Eastern bloc and the most developed capitalist states of the Western world. Communism was first developed into a scientific theory by German philosopher and social scientist Karl Marx (Marxism) Marxism is a worldview and method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation. Marxist methodology uses economic and sociopolitical inquiry and applies that to the analysis and critique of the development of capitalism and the role of class struggle in systemic economic change.

Religious views on capitalism have been philosophically diverse, with numerous religious philosophers defending the natural right to property, while simultaneously expressing criticism at the negative social effects of materialism and greed. I know this is difficult to follow, but stay with me! The first socialists drew many of their principles from Christian values, against the bourgeois values (Bourgeoisie, French pronunciation is a word from the French language, used in the fields of political economy, political philosophy, sociology, and history, which originally denoted the wealthy stratum of the middle class that originated during the latter part of the Middle Ages (AD 500–1500). The utilization and specific application of the word is from the realm of the social sciences. In sociology and in political science, the noun bourgeoisie and the adjective bourgeois are terms that describe a historical range of socio-economic classes. As such, in the Western world, since the late 18th century, the bourgeoisie describes a social class “characterized by their ownership of capital, and their related culture”; hence, the personal terms bourgeois (masculine) and bourgeoise (feminine) culturally identify the man or woman who is a member of the wealthiest social class of a given society, and their materialistic worldview) of profiteering, greed, selfishness and hoarding. Liberation theology is a school of theology within Christianity, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church. It emphasizes the Christian mission to bring justice to the poor and oppressed, particularly through political activism. Its theologians consider sin the root source of poverty, the sin in question being exploitative capitalism and class war by the rich against the poor. In the U.S., in response to increased ideas of capitalist ideas and Social Darwinism, the Social Gospel was pursued, calling on protections of people against perceived threats from industrialization.

america-freedom-to-fascism-a-film-by-aaron-russoSo, after reading all this we can draw many conclusions about today’s World, where we are, and how we came to be here. History was taught to me since age 5 and I was no master of History at school I am self taught as many are. As I write and get my mind more and more into the World and how it works and lies to us through the means above, we can then speculate with an educated guess as to where we are heading as a species.

I look at America as being almost Communistic and 100% Fascist. What America has become today is the embodiment of all the above. It can be said for every action there is a reaction and this is true more so in so called 1st World countries such as the USA. America is a country of people full of pride and this is good, but when I often say America is very small 3.5% of our global population, many Americans question me on this and I get such comments as “That can’t be true” It is as many know who know how to use an internet search engine. America has become a scared war nation. The Government are ruled by commerce and the people are rules by powerful men and woman, CEO’s that dictate how political and religious values are perceived by a willing people who have been duped and have been educated to the same level as many 2nd and 3rd World countries. America sits at 38th cleverest nation on Earth and sometimes when I do  blogs about the USA I am doing so as a worried friend. I am slowly starting to understand you America, your government failed you  BADLY in School over the last 20 years and the next generation coming through I really feel sorry for. American kids were not passing exams, so American politicians made the tests easier to make a graph or chart look good and fool you all. The USA media is well trained in the art of fear and fascism, JFK warned you America, this man seen fascism entering your world and your banks and government buildings, yet as a people, America, you must wake up and stop using the “I can’t help” line

Many men have tried hard to warn you America, some in speeches, some in song. You didn’t listen and now you are on the verge of a life where you will be a number. I come from a society and way of life where we own our Government (Scotland, not Britain, we have our own laws here) I struggled to understand you America so I researched, what I came to see was a people who can’t admit they are wrong, want to blame another politician and won’t say “I was wrong to vote for this person” With Obama you have, America, taken your way of life backwards and allowed a small % of 200 people to have more money than every man, woman and child in your country. What JFK said above was true. I will leave you with more warning America through video and images. Again, I don’t expect much come back debate here.

Thanks, Shaun

 

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Celtic FC Players – Show Racism the Red Card – Video By The Football Club


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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

I did this article on Glasgow Celtic Football Club, my club, my first love, the reason my childhood made me smile, the memories I have for a lifetime, the reason I played football from the age of 8 till 23. Sadly my playing career was cut short when I was tackled hard and my left leg was left in an ‘L’ shape leaving me in agony today still and stopping me doing what every kid in Europe and around the World wants to do, that’s play Football. I did this article https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/glasgow-celtic-fc-more-than-just-a-football-club-we-are-a-people-for-my-friends-around-the-world/

The Famous Green and White 'Hoops'

The Famous Green and White ‘Hoops’

Had it not been for my love and passion of the “Celt’s” I would have stopped,I never, I went on to manage and coach football teams for 15 years before the pain won, now I write Football in many places, I love it, it’s all I have left of football. Celtic are a club open to any supporter, any fan, any player. Unlike other football clubs in Scotland we pride ourselves not just on our Irish roots but also opening our club up to the World. We have players from playing for us as I type from Honduras, Israel, Serbia, Norway, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, Finland,Wales, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and of course Scotland. All the players who pull on the famous Green and White Hoops are from all these countries. Some are in the 1st team, some in the under 20 team, some are out on loan, but this diversity my club has given us a Football Club open to anyone. We do charity events all over the World, we have Football Academies all over Earth, Our International Partners are Worldwide,  Boston, New Jersey, Florida, San Diego Football Academy, St Louis, all the USA. We have supporters clubs in Australia, Canada, USA, Ireland, Africa, India, Japan, China, Russia and many in South America. We touch ever part of the globe.

Celtic and charity, Celtic was initially founded to raise money for the poor in the East End of Glasgow and the club still retain strong charitable traditions today.
On 9 August 2011 Celtic held a testimonial match in honour of former player John Kennedy. Due to the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, the entire proceeds were donated to Oxfam. An estimated £300,000 was raised.
In 1995 the Celtic charity fund was formed with the aim of “revitalising Celtic’s charitable traditions” and to August 2011 has raised over £3 million.
Celtic hold an annual charity fashion show at Celtic Park. In 2011 the main beneficiaries were Breast Cancer Care Scotland.
Yorkhill Hospital is another charity with whom Celtic are affiliated and in December 2011 the club donated £3000 to it. Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said that; “Celtic has always been much more than a football club and it is important that, at all times we play an important role in the wider community. The club is delighted to have enjoyed such a long and positive connection with Yorkhill Hospital.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_F.C.

This is why I am proud to say “We Are Celtic Football Club” 

Video Via Celtic Football Club I am delighted to share 

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WE WELCOME ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE REGARDLESS OF RELIGION, RACE OR COLOUR

WE WELCOME ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE REGARDLESS OF RELIGION, RACE OR COLOUR

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Scotland – Is Our World Waking Up To Corporate Greed?


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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

If you have no desire to debate this as an Adult, do not reply, your opinion if hateful will be deleted, nobody will see it, lets be adults ok, please, educate yourself here. And if I am wrong tell me where, if I am right, tell me why

Fascism is a word we hear and just hop we are not it, but define Fascism, here this is Fascism

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When a voice of hope comes, we kill it, it’s been this way for hundreds of years and won’t change soon

Fascism (/fæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy in the immediate aftermath of World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far-right on the traditional left–right spectrum, a number of academics have said that the description is inadequate.
Fascists sought to unify their nation through an authoritarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having leadership that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology. Fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism andmilitarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation, and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.
Fascist ideology consistently invokes the primacy of the state. Leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany embodied the state and claimed immense power. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but replaced socialism’s focus on class conflict with a focus on conflict between nations and races.Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky to secure national self-sufficiency and independence through protectionist and interventionist economic policies. Following World War II, few parties have openly described themselves as fascist, and the term is usually used pejoratively by political opponents. The terms neo-fascist or post-fascist are sometimes applied more formally to describe parties of the far right with ideological similarities to, or roots in, 20th century fascist movements.

Does any of that look familiar to anyone? Political decisions dictated by a corporation, big global companies dictating political issues and in sometimes I would guess do more than influence. Look at it this way. When Obama and Cameron, USA and UK respectively, are given huge amounts of money by big banks and CEOs of global companies and then win the election and then become ruler of that country, I ask simply, does that leader look out for you and I or do they look out for their friends and funding friends from the financial sector? I think you now know the answer
10 years ago or so I was on Internet chat rooms, forums, whatever telling this exact story and got laughed at, well Scotland you seen Corporate Greed, Power over all, lies and crime by our leaders up close and personal. The very thing I noticed myself way back when I was younger and new to the workings of the internet, I had to research, but we must be careful, you see if one person comes into this blog here, Facebook or Twitter and utters the word ‘Conspiracy’ People will then look away, or will they? The45% in Scotland, what you seen on September the 18th was a Worldwide Machine come into play. Many are cunning and will ask “Why if it was fraud did Cameron come up to Scotland almost crying for people to vote no” It leads people to think ‘Yeah that’s true, oh well, I accept the vote. This is giving into the Machine of lies, the media are bought and paid for and they, the leaders care about wealth and power for them and their friends. But did man land of the moon? of course, there is proof, does Alien Life visit Earth? NO! It is test flights of planes we will see 20 years from now. See you must be careful what you believe, it it so very easy, trust me, to get drawn into every so called lie ever said. Once I did, now I am older I educated myself to the real truth, and this is it, and now YOU have seen it in your face

A message 73 year ago, worth it’s weight in Gold today still, see NOTHING changed, we are a War Species 

I believe the World is waking up, look around the World today and you will see people against Power, Political power. The USA were in-fact the first Country to actively try through The ‘Anonymous movement ‘ We in Scotland say we are the 45% I say we must become the 99% also. The lies and crime that caused a no vote in Scotland, I guess I should have seen, stupidly I thought my country was different and away from all that, had we won, we would have be away from War, yeah the War just announced through a ‘Fair Parliamentary vote’ that the UK will spend money on bombs and more. A fraction of what the UK will spend in the coming Months in this war could close 2,000 food banks in the UK or fund more, and don’t think for a second this will be quick. Remember this from George Bush?

Proof, if needed Politicians lie, look at the years in difference

This was on 1st May 2003m it is 2014 and back we all go in to fight a force called IS/ISIS or whatever you call them, a force manufactured, made up and money spent on. Don’t believe me, what about this guy? Robin Cook, he died after saying this here

A nutter? Or the truth?

A nutter? Or the truth?

The Real World Was Never Going To Allow Scotland To Be Free, why? BECAUSE WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF THAT BLACK STUFF, OIL! Scotland, oil is why we go to War, this is why Scotland was never going to keep her Oil. Anyone with half a brain here in Scotland is slowly seeing the harsh truth I and many others seen unfold over the last 20 years or so, maybe longer. JFK from the USA made a remarkable speech, 10 days later he was dead in Dallas. How many videos must I share. You ever noticed, through history, when someone with a voice of hope comes along, we kill them!  JFK and his Brother were 2, there were many more as I posted above, that image should be a warning to us should we ever feel we need one

The Speech that got JFK killed, we all know this now 

Conspiracist?

Lets look at the World

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Now lets look closer to home Scotland 

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Now it becomes clear I think. No matter what we do, we lose. Can we win? I doubt it, it will mean standing up hard Scotland 

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Ebola: cases, deaths ‘vastly underestimated,’ says UN health agency


 

A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola.

A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola.

All my Articles on Ebola since almost day one https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=ebola Many of us, me included are thinking this is “ALL OK” When in-fact it is not. W.H.O and the CDC have both said in the past two days they have no idea where this is. They found the source (Below and you can find it anywhere)Ebola has a plane full of Scottish people in Aberdeen quarantined for a while with no real news coming out, just this I can see https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/324889/ebola-scare-aberdeen-airport/

Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa started with two-year-old boy infected by a fruit bat, say researchers http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2733122/Ebola-outbreak-sweeping-West-Africa-started-two-year-old-boy-infected-fruit-bat-say-researchers.html

Health workers at Ebola outbreak sites are seeing evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the crisis as they work around the clock to stop the disease from spreading, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO, in its latest update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa dated August 14, said no new cases have been detected in Nigeria, attributing the outcome to extensive contact tracing and monitoring, implemented with support from the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Elsewhere, the outbreak is expected to continue for some time, WHO said.

The most recent statistics compiled by WHO show that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to escalate, with 1975 cases and 1069 deaths reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

But WHO also said: Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.

On the humanitarian side, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is delivering food to the more than one million people locked down in the quarantine zones, where the borders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone intersect, and several countries have agreed to support the provision of priority food staples for this population.

The UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), in a blog post from Sierra Leone on the joys of survivors of the deadly disease, says that Ebola survivors can play a valuable role in dispelling myths and in gaining community support in the fight against Ebola.

Some people in Sierra Leone still have not accepted that Ebola is real. While many survivors fear stigma, some are now coming forward and telling their brave stories, wrote UNICEF consultant Jo Dunlup.

WHO said it is mapping the outbreak in great detail, to pinpoint areas of ongoing transmission and locate treatment facilities and supplies.

CDC is equipping the hardest-hit countries with computer hardware and software that will soon allow real-time reporting of cases and analysis of trends, according to the UN agencys update.

WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan in Geneva regularly meets with ambassadors from United Nations missions based in the Swiss city to identify the most urgent needs within countries and match them with rapid international support.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr. David Nabarro as Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola, in support of the work done by the WHO team.

WHO has expressed its disappointment that some airlines have stopped flying to West Africa. It is hard to save lives if we and other health workers cannot get in, WHO has said.

WHO has repeatedly said the Ebola virus is highly contagious but not airborne. Transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, as can occur during health-care procedures, home care, or traditional burial practices, which involve the close contact of family members and friends with bodies.

The incubation period ranges from 2 to 21 days, but patients become contagious only after the onset of symptoms. As symptoms worsen, the ability to transmit the virus increases. As a result, patients are usually most likely to infect others at a severe stage of the disease, when they are visibly, and physically, too ill to travel.