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Indonesian government mum as AP reports H5N1 case

first_imgJun 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza 10 days ago, but her case has not yet been publicly confirmed by the government, which is continuing to withhold information about avian flu cases, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.The news came on the heels of the word from a World Health Organization (WHO) official that Indonesia has promised to keep the agency informed of human cases and deaths, as it is obligated to do under the International Health Regulations (IHR). The WHO official’s comments appeared to contradict statements last week from Indonesia’s health minister.On Jun 5, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the government would no longer report human H5N1 cases and deaths promptly to the WHO. Different news accounts said she planned to report cases after they were reported in the news media or only at 6-month intervals. Supari said she wanted to focus attention on the country’s successes in fighting avian flu.Today’s AP story says that a 34-year-old woman named Susi Lisnawati died of avian flu Jun 3. Speaking anonymously, a senior health ministry official and four other health workers confirmed the case to the AP. But the government had not yet notified Lisnawati’s husband, Ali Usman, that she had the virus, according to the story, which came from Bitung, a city near the northeastern tip of Sulawesi island.The case has not been reported in the local news media, and it took the AP a week to track down and confirm it, the report said.The case apparently raises Indonesia’s H5N1 death toll to 110, out of a total of 135 cases. The WHO’s tally for Indonesia stands at 133 cases with 108 deaths; the agency has not yet included Lisnawati and a 15-year-old girl whose case was announced by Supari just last week, though she had died May 14.Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director general for health security and environment, said yesterday that Indonesia had assured the agency it would continue reporting avian flu cases, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report published yesterday.”We’ve received official notice at our WHO office in Jakarta that the minister will continue—as she has been—notifying WHO on confirmed infections under the International Health Regulations,” Heymann told CP.”She’s been clear . . . that she has no intention of not conforming to the International Health Regulations,” he said. “She knows what they are. She’s been told what those regulations require.”Today’s AP story carried similar comments from Heymann. But according to the AP account, Heymann said it doesn’t matter if it takes several weeks for the government to report cases, “as long as the virus is known about and handled properly.” He also said it did not appear that Indonesia was flouting the IHR.Under the IHR—agreed to by all WHO member countries—governments are required to quickly report cases of diseases labeled as global health threats. Novel influenza strains are among the diseases that countries are specifically obligated to report.Indonesia has been at odds with the WHO since early 2007, when Supari announced the government would no longer send H5N1 virus samples to the agency. The country wants guarantees that it will receive a supply of any vaccine derived from the isolates it supplies. The WHO has relied for decades on free sharing of flu viruses in its effort to identify new strains, develop vaccines, and monitor drug resistance.See also: Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases”Jun 15, 2007, CIDRAP News story “New global disease-control rules take effect”last_img read more

This home comes with its very own cyclone bunker that also cools wine

first_img132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807OVER 1,000 homes may be listed for sale in this coastal Queensland town, but only one can boast about having its very own cyclone bunker.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLuxury Bunkers00:32The owners of a four bedroom home at 132 Mt Kelly Drive in Ayr created the special shelter in the belly of their home to retreat from monstrous weather.These stairs lead down to the cyclone bunker at 132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807Their real estate agent, David Reguson, who was born and bred in the area, said it was probably the best spot in town during a cyclone.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe entrance to the bunker is just off the home’s large kitchen.“They’re good friends of ours,” he said of the owners. “It’s like a bunker deep inside this two storey property and it’s got this downstairs cellar which is all solid concrete. It’s a bit of a wine cellar come bunker and you can hide in there from the elements.”The property also comes with a pool and large shed and 2 hectares of land.The two bathroom, six car space home which is on 2 hectares of land is on the market at $689,000.132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807With the area no stranger to cyclonic weather, Mr Reguson said homes had to be built to a different standard to places like Brisbane,“Some of those summer storms in Brisbane can last five minutes, but these cyclones can linger for 12 hours with same force, so buildings up here have to be built differently and stronger.”25 Lando Street Ayr Qld 4807Among other homes that had special storm features was 25 Lando Street, also in Ayr, which had “remote controlled cyclone shutters” for all windows in bedrooms and living areas.The three bedroom, one bathroom, one car space home was on the market for $335,000 negotiable.25 Lando Street Ayr Qld 4807last_img read more

EA1 Leads to One of Europe’s Largest Archaeological Digs in 2017

first_imgThe onshore works for East Anglia ONE underground cable have unearthed a historical treasure for the Suffolk area. So far evidence from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman period, Anglo-Saxons and into the medieval period has been found, making this one of Europe’s largest archaeological digs this year, according to ScottishPower Renewables.Image: ScottishPower RenewablesThe archaeological excavations have been funded by ScottishPower Renewables, prior to the construction of a 37km underground cable, which will connect the 102 turbines from the East Anglia ONE Offshore wind farm to a new electricity converter station at Bramford.Wardell Armstrong was commissioned to oversee archaeological works across 60 hectares of Suffolk countryside, working closely with Suffolk County Council. Up to 400 archaeologists have been involved in the work since February, with a peak on-site workforce of around 250 at any given time, as well as 20 members of the Ipswich and District Metal Detector club.Joanna Young, Stakeholder Manager at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Hundreds of archaeologists and metal detectorists combing over fields in Suffolk is not the first thing you think of when you imagine an offshore windfarm – but it highlights the wide range of efforts needed to build a major energy project like ours.“We decided early on to invest in underground cables to take power from the offshore windfarm to the National Grid, rather than building pylons. This means laying cables under the ground and roads and rivers and railways across a 37km stretch. We need to make sure that we do this work in a sensitive manner, and it is important to record all items of archaeological significance.”The cable laying project for East Anglia ONE will begin in the next few months, ScottishPower Renewables said, and construction work is already underway at the onshore substation site in Bramford.Offshore work begins in 2018, with the 102 Siemens 7MW turbines due to be installed in 2019, before the project is fully operational during 2020.last_img read more

Haslar Marina Maintenance Dredging Underway

first_imgJenkins Marine Ltd has started a routine maintenance dredging project in Haslar Marina for marina operators Dean and Reddyhoff.Haslar is an all tide 650 berth marina which requires regular maintenance dredging and this year there is an estimated 30,000m3 to dredge, with part of the dredge including adjacent neighbors the ‘Royal Naval Sailing Association’ (RNSA).Both sites are located just inside Portsmouth Harbor entrance, and opposite the iconic Spinnaker tower.“I am delighted that we can continue to work closely with valued clients Dean and Reddyhoff Marinas. The fact that we are returning to this site for the fourth year in a row is a testament to the great work and good relationships with our dredging team, and the clients ongoing commitment to continue investment in their marina,” Director Dan Jenkins commented.Vessels working on this dredging project will include 30m backhoe dredger ‘Doreen Dorward’ with 50t long reach excavator, and 300m3 capacity self-propelled split hopper barges ‘Nab’ and ‘Needles’.last_img read more

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal

first_imgArsenal are currently valued at just shy of £1bn, £988m, and look on course to finish in second in the Premier League this season.“We have $16 billion worth of investments in the next few years,” he said. “Right now I want to take my own business to a certain level. Once I finish on that trajectory, then maybe.”Arsenal has won 13 domestic league championships and is currently third in the Premier League this season.Dangote says that the team needs a “new direction,” adding that manager Arsene Wenger “needs to change his style a bit.”If a deal ever did go through, Dangote would become the first African owner of a Premier League club. Africa’s richest man has admitted that he still wants to buy Arsenal, despite failing with a bid to buy the club in 2010.Hailing from Kano, northern Nigeria, the 58-year-old businessman is Africa’s richest man having amassed a fortune of $15.6 billion (£10.3bn), according to Forbes.His wealth, which puts him at number 67 in a world ranking of billionaires, is entirely of his own making.“I still hope, one day at the right price, that I’ll buy the team,” Dangote told Bloomberg. “I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won’t want to resist. I know my strategy.”last_img read more

Elephants killed by Cyanide Poisoning in Zimbabwe Park

first_imgFourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday.Three elephants were killed in Matusadona National Park in the Kariba area in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more pachyderms were found dead in two different spots in Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe over the past two weeks.In all cases the elephants were killed by cyanide, according to kidney and liver samples from the dead elephants tested by the Biological Sciences Department, said parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo.In Kariba, poachers laced oranges with cyanide, she said, while in Hwange the poison was put on salt licks.The ivory tusks had been cut off six elephants at one location in Hwange park but the other five elephants still had their tusks, suggesting the poachers were disrupted. The motive for the killings in Matusadona was not known.There have been no arrests so far over the latest incidents, said Clement Munoriarwa, police commander for Mashonaland West province.“We have had a number of poaching activities in the province, they are actually increasing each day,” said Munoriarwa on state television. “Some are done through the use of firearms and, of course, we have cases where we suspect that there is cyanide poisoning.”A $400 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poisoners has been offered by the Matusadona Anti-Poaching Project, a private organization, according to its Facebook page, which said that more elephants may have been poisoned.In 2013, as many as 300 elephants died in Hwange park after poachers laced salt pans with cyanide. Many vultures died after feeding on the poisoned elephant carcasses and it is feared that will happen again. Cyanide is widely used in Zimbabwe’s mining industry and is therefore relatively easy to obtain.Although elephants are vulnerable across Africa, Zimbabwe has a large elephant population. The national parks estimates it has more than 100,000, although the parks land should ideally only support 40,000 elephants.Also Tuesday, A Zambian was arrested in Zimbabwe for trying to smuggle ivory weighing 25 kilograms (55 pounds) and valued at $6,320 into South Africa. The Zambian was also found carrying a 3 meter (10 feet) python skin, according to the national parks spokeswoman.– APlast_img read more

DSC launches safer building course

first_imgEducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC launches safer building course by: – September 15, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Dominica State College, In Collaboration With the Office of Disaster Management: Dominica, Will Launch The Long-awaited Safer Building Course at a Special Ceremony at the Bath Estate Campus. The Department of Continuing Education (DCE) of the Dominica State College (DSC) will on Thursday, 22nd September, 2011, at 3:30 pm, at the Bath Estate Campus, formally launch its Safer Building course. The course which DSC is delivering in association with the Dominica Office of Disaster Management, and with support from the Caribbean Disaster & Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) started on 30th August and will run until the 4th of October, 2011. 15 builders and contractors from various parts of Dominica are currently enrolled in the course. The Safer Buildings course is designed to train builders and contractors in the techniques for constructing safer residential buildings. It is delivered over a period of five weeks for a total of 30 contact hours and there will be an additional seven site visits for observation, demonstration and practice of the knowledge and skills taught in the classroom setting. The course covers critical aspects of residential buildings including: roofs, walls, floors, foundations, pre-construction planning and post construction maintenance. Successful participants will become certified to construct of Safe Buildings.Local professionals with wide experience in the construction of safe residential buildings will facilitate the course. The facilitators were all trained in instructional strategies in June this year at the DSC. Their professional training, experience and recently acquired skills in andragogy equip them for effective instructional delivery. The 10 facilitators who successfully completed the andragogy course will be presented with their certificate of competence at the launching ceremony on 22nd September.The curriculum for the Safer Buildings Course was developed by CDEMA. CDEMA is providing financial and technical support to the DSC to deliver the course, which will be of the highest quality. This course has already been offered in St. Lucia, Grenada, Belize and the British Virgin Islands. A representative from CDEMA will address the Launching Ceremony.The College believes that this Safer Buildings Course is critically important for Dominica. Like every other country in the Caribbean, Dominica is exposed, continuously, to natural hazards such as hurricanes. It is necessary that contractors learn the skills and techniques required to make our buildings more resistant to natural hazards. DSC and the Office of Disaster Management, expects all builders and contractors to take full advantage of this course which will put them on par with other’s in the Caribbean where the same course is offered. Press ReleaseOffice of The Director of Continuing Education, Dominica State College Sharelast_img read more

Public Library seeking ways to attract the public

first_imgThe Dominica Public Library is this week continuing its educational programs targeting students and the general public as it observes Library week under the theme “Building Communities at Your Library”.Librarian Davina Jones who spoke to Dominica Vibes News explained that the objective of week of activities is to promote reading and to attract more people to use the facility.“We want to make people see that reading is not always boring. We try to get them to see the library in a different light. We have computers yes, but some people also have computers at their home so what else can we do to attract people to the library”.She explained further that the organization also held a meeting on Tuesday evening with a view to engaging stakeholders in discussions as to the way forward as well as to solicit suggestions as to what can be done to make the Library more appealing to the public.Librarian Davina Jones. As part of the week’s activities, on Wednesday, a Dominican Fulbright scholar who has studied in the United States of America will be on hand to provide educational advice to secondary school students on the application process and preparations for colleges.There will also be a visit from the Mahaut Primary School and the Spices Preschool and a kindle workshop, where persons will demonstrate how to use a kindle.On Thursday the St Luke’s Primary School and Shalom Preschool will visit while a book reading and presentation is planned for three secondary schools within the Roseau area. The week of activities will close off with a fun day and a visit from the Roseau primary school, who will be introduced to library skills.They have also mounted an exhibition as part of Library Week which is ongoing at the Roseau Library and is open to the entire public.[nggallery id = 180]Dominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Public Library seeking ways to attract the public by: – May 16, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 150 Views   2 comments Sharelast_img read more

Redknapp praises Ashley reign

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mike Ashley has been a “fantastic” chairman for Newcastle and claims Alan Pardew would have been sacked by now under a foreign owner. Ashley has endured a turbulent relationship with Newcastle supporters, who have criticised the billionaire’s off-field appointments, the renaming of St James’ Park and a lack of investment in new players since he bought the club in 2007. The Sports Direct owner also remained loyal to Pardew during a difficult start to the season and the manager has repaid his chairman’s faith, leading the Magpies to five consecutive victories. “The difference is probably because he’s a British owner. “Lots of the foreign owners would look at bringing a foreign manager in because maybe he’s been a better player than Alan Pardew was and they played in Italy or Spain. “But Ashley has stuck by him and no matter what abuse he gets he doesn’t care, does he? “That’s why he’s such a clever man – you don’t become that wealthy if you’re not a clever man.” Redknapp turned down the chance to become Newcastle manager in 2008, opting instead to remain at Portsmouth, where he won the FA Cup later that year. “I was offered the job but I just couldn’t get my Geordie accent right,” Redknapp joked. “No I don’t regret anything, I don’t look back, I look forward and move on. “I went to Spurs and had four fantastic years and I don’t regret staying at Pompey where I had a great time. “And I don’t regret being here, I have loved it here. I’m very lucky to keep going.” QPR made a disappointing start to the season but have enjoyed an upturn in form, taking four points from their last four matches. Rangers remain in the bottom three but can climb the table with some kinder fixtures coming up. “We have upped the work rate and that’s what we have to keep doing over the next few games because they will have a big bearing on how our season goes,” Redknapp said. “We have games against Leicester, Burnley, Palace coming up – teams that are going to be down there with us. “They will be massive games for us that we will have to get some good points out of. “You determine your season when you play the teams that are going to be around there with you.” “The chairman has been fantastic,” said Redknapp, whose QPR side play Newcastle on Saturday. “He gets a lot of stick, Mike Ashley, but he’s always at the games in the crowd. “He follows the team, loves it, and has stuck by Alan because he knows he’s got a good manager. “It’s easy to make a knee-jerk reaction and bomb him out. “They finished fifth the other year and were very unlucky not to finish in the Champions League places – he’s done a good job.” Many Newcastle supporters called for Pardew to be sacked after a miserable start to the campaign but wins over Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool have transformed the mood in the north-east. Pardew was handed an eight-year contract in December 2012 but Redknapp insists the long-term deal will not be the reason behind Ashley’s loyalty. “It doesn’t really matter if you’ve got a contract – there will be a clause in it and 99 times out of 100, if they sack you that will probably pay you a year’s money,” Redknapp said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Local Health Official Says COVID Will Come Back “Stronger” in Flu Season

first_imgThe coronavirus is likely not going away. In fact, it will affect our community even more in the months and seasons down the line.That is according to Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County.She told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5 on Wednesday, “It will come back stronger in November when flu season is here. We’ll have flu, influenza A, influenza B, and the COVID virus all floating around at the same time.”She added that some of the virus has started shifted from our region to South America, but it will return.“That was the thought, it’s gonna go away. But it doesn’t always go away completely,” Alonso said. “As long as there’s people to transmit the virus, the virus continues to spread. Especially this virus.”Calling the virus “stronger” than health officials originally thought, Alonso believes that COVID-19 will become more prominent than it is now when flu season begins in the fall.That is because all viruses are more commonly found in the northern hemisphere during that part of the year.“[People] get the flu, they’re gonna think it’s COVID. If they get COVID, they might think it’s the flu. So it’s gonna be tough to get the immunizations for the flu vaccine out right away,” Alonso said.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 18,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including 569 deaths.Statewide, there are 223,783 cases as of Wednesday, an increase of 9,989 from the day before.WATCH INTERVIEW WITH DR. ALONSO: Dr. Alonso explains that residents need to remain calm and take proper precautions to protect oneself: practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, frequently wash hands, and stay home when sick.“I don’t think people should be fearful. I think they need to get educated. Stay strong. Stay safe,” Alonso said. There’s no need to fear, you just need to know how to have the right education to know how to handle it.”She also refuted Gov. Ron DeSantis’ claims from earlier this week that the number of cases is increasing due to more testing.“Some people say, we’re seeing more virus because we’re testing more,” Alonso said. “That rate should go down the more you do, if you’re getting rid of the virus. If the virus is growing in your community, then it’s going to go up.”DeSantis admitted on Tuesday that the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to under 5 percent between the beginning of May and the second week of June, and then increased to nearly 15 percent at one point recently.“When you look at the positivity, it’s been about 14, 15 percent pretty consistently now for more than a week,” DeSantis said.As of Wednesday, Palm Beach County’s positivity rate is 10.9 percent.County officials said this week that the increasing positivity rate is the reason they are not planning to move forward with reopening more parts of the local economy at this time.“We need to wrap our hands around this and get the numbers down,” Alonso said. “I think we’ve been wise to keep things where we are with Phase One and not go any further.”last_img read more