WHO warns of avian flu threat to Africa

first_imgOct 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that if H5N1 avian influenza spread to Africa and caused human cases, it “could push fragile health systems to the brink of collapse.”Also, China today ruled out H5N1 avian flu in the death of a girl who lived in a village recently hit by a poultry outbreak, while Romania reported finding the virus for the first time in an area other than the Danube delta.The virus has spread to Turkey, Romania, Croatia, and European Russia in recent weeks, and concern is rising that birds flying south from Siberia will bring the virus to Africa.The WHO said the arrival of the virus in Africa “would be of great concern for human as well as animal health.” Human and poultry populations are less dense in Africa than in Asia, but many African households have backyard flocks, which often mingle with wild birds.The agency said the risk of human cases in Africa would be similar to the risk in Asia. With weak disease-surveillance systems, cases and case clusters probably would not be detected quickly, especially when the symptoms resemble those of many other common diseases. Other diseases, including AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, already have overwhelmed healthcare and financial resources.”Sporadic cases of H5N1 infection and the frequent reluctance of residents to comply with recommended reporting and isolation measures during outbreaks of severe disease could push fragile health systems close to the brink of collapse,” the WHO said.In China, officials said a 12-year-old girl from Hunan province who died Oct 17 of suspected avian flu actually had pneumonia. The girl lived in Wantang, a village where 545 chickens and ducks died last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported.The girl’s 9-year-old brother is hospitalized in stable condition with pneumonia, according to a Reuters report today. China has had no confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian flu to date.Reuters reported that WHO officials in Geneva were calling for more information from China on the cases. WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said China had not provided any information. “We need more clarification because both [children] apparently had been exposed to sick chickens,” she was quoted as saying.Another WHO official said the agency wanted to know what tests were used to rule out avian flu, according to the AP.In Romania, officials said a dead heron found in the northeast, near the Moldovan border, tested positive for H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse report today. The agriculture minister, Gheorghe Flutur, said tests conduced in Weybridge, England, confirmed the virus.Last week Flutur announced the virus had been found in two locations in the Danube River delta in southeastern Romania. Flutur said that more than 400 other tests on birds from eastern Romania had turned out negative, AFP reported.In other news, three tourists from Reunion Island who were suspected of catching avian flu while traveling in Thailand have tested negative for the virus, according to a Reuters report today.The story said a Thai health official, quoting unnamed French officials, said “final lab results” had excluded avian flu in the three French tourists. Reunion Island is a French possession off the east coast of Africa.The French health ministry had said yesterday that one of the three tourists, a 43-year-old man, had tested negative. The three had visited a bird park in Thailand.last_img read more

BIMCO: Boxship demolition at 41-month high in July

first_imgIn particular, the three months between March and May saw very little activity with only 21.1 thousand TEU being removed from the market, 72.8% lower than in the same three months of 2019, BIMCO’s data shows. Container shipping demolition has hit a 41-month high in July reaching 52.8 thousand TEU, thereby surpassing the 50.6 thousand TEU demolished in June, data from BIMCO shows. Back in April, BIMCO revised its full-year forecast for containership demolitions from 200,000 TEU to 300,000 TEU, which would be a 63.8% increase from 2019 levels. Moving on to the supply side, the global containership orderbook, seen as a percentage of the world fleet, has dropped to a historic low point this month, continuing the declining trend of the past few years, according to Alphaliner. Categories: Maersk sells giant containership for green recycling in Turkey Vessels “For the first time in more than 20 years, the global newbuilding pipeline thus fell below the 10% threshold. While much of the past decade’s declining ratio was primarily a statistical side effect of an ever-growing global fleet, this has fundamentally changed in more recent years,” the maritime data provider said. As per Alphaliner’s July data, the orderbook-to-fleet ratio now stands at only 9.4% or 2.21 Mteu.center_img This was a result of the lockdown measures in the major shipbreaking nations of the world, which saw many owners unable to send their ships to the yards. Posted: 2 months ago In the first seven months of the year a total of 152.8 thousand TEU has been demolished, up 26.3% from last year. The strong demolition volumes in June and July come after a very slow few months for demolition activity. The change, as explained by BIMCO, reflects the current market conditions as the coronavirus crises has caused a dramatic drop in demand with container shipping demand down 7.7% in the first five months of 2020 compared to 2019. 16 ships have been demolished in July, including the 1998 built Sine Maersk, the largest container ship ever to be demolished at 9,600 TEU. Posted: 2 months agolast_img read more

Greece plans to let adult citizens choose their sex

first_img 50 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Greece plans to let adult citizens choose their sex by: Associated Free Press – May 4, 2017 Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — The Greek government will propose a law allowing unmarried adults to choose their sex for IDs and other official documents regardless of how they were registered at birth, a spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.The government published a draft law this week and hopes to file it with parliament by mid-June after discussions with civil groups, a spokeswoman told AFP.Under the proposed law, unmarried adults would not have to prove having undergone a sex-change operation in order to request a different gender, as is often the case currently.Rights groups claim that such a requirement violates an individual’s right to privacy and self-determination as laid out in the European Convention on Human Rights.They also welcomed a move they said would put an end to unnecessary surgical operations. Under the proposal, adults seeking to be registered with a different gender would be allowed to request a new civil status and associated documents, such as IDs and birth certificates.But some transgender activist groups said they would like to see the law extended to minors and married adults as well. Sharelast_img read more

BATTLE FOR POWER: MORE Power takes control of PECO substations, assets

first_imgIn March 2019 MORE Power asked RTC Iloilo City Branch 37 to issuea writ of possession authorizing it to take immediate control, operation, use,and disposition of PECO’s power distribution system assets. * Tabuc Suba, Jaro substation (land,machinery) Armed witha Writ of Possession from the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 23 andsupported by court sheriffs and a battalion of policemen to diffuse resistance,it was able to enter the following PECO power substations yesterday beginningat 10 a.m.: * Baldoza-La Paz substation (landincluding all machineries and improvements, buildings) Court sheriffs post the Writ of Possession issued by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23 on the building of Panay Electric Co. on General Luna Street, Iloilo City for MORE Electric and Power Corp. “to exercise possession and control” of power distribution facilities. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN MOREPower countered: “The contention ofPECO that MORE Power’s personnel shut off PECO’s internetconnection and disallowed the switchboard personnel from working is abald-faced lie. In order to do that, MORE Power would have had to disconnectthe internet connection of the switchboard from the Main Server which islocated inside the PECO main building. It is impossible because no one fromMORE Power ever entered nor attempted to enter the PECO main building.” * serve the writ in a peaceful manner Nevertheless, according to MORE Power,“in order to ensure continuity of services to the consumers of Iloilo City,MORE Power troubleshooters and line team are mobilized to provide assistance asmay be needed.” * General Luna substation (Meter Lab,Power Plant Building and Switchboard House) The Writ ofPossession was served but not without some tension at PECO’s power substationon General Luna Street where it main building is also located. * Bolilao, Mandurriao substation(land, buildings, and machinery) PECOadministrative manager Marcelo Cacho refused to receive the writ. Court sheriffs thus just posted it on the building then declaredthat it was good as served. The courtalso ordered MORE Power and PECO to submit their respective proposals as totheir timelines on the following matters: In seeking the expropriation of PECO’s assets, MORE Power citedSection 10 of RA 11212 and Rule 67 Section 2 of the Revised Rules of Courtauthorizing it to take possession of, exercise control over, and manage andoperate all of the power distribution assets in Iloilo City. As this wasbeing written last night, MORE Power was set to also enter the Molo substation (land, and buildings, machinery) on AvanceñaStreet. * maintain the status quo of theoperation so as to give time for MORE Power to orient / train / immerse itspersonnel before it fully takes control of the operation To ensurethe continuous supply of electricity in Iloilo City, the court issued guidelines on how to go about enforcing the writ. Amongthese were: * turnoverof records like the list of consumers *transition period *accounting MORE Power also petitioned the court to determine the reasonablevalue of PECO’s power distribution system assets for just compensation, thenorder the transfer of the ownership of these upon payment of a justcompensation./PNcenter_img * see to itthat no PECO personnel in the rank and file would be displaced during thetransition period Category Cwere properties excluded in the writ because they were either under theclassification  “general plant” or  not listed under the “distribution  plant” in the ERC record. These included pole stockyards on Diversion Road, Mandurriao district, land setaside for future substation in Barangay General Hughes, City Proper, servicevehicles not used for maintenance troubleshooting purposes, PECO officebuilding, elevator and parking area, office furniture and fixtures, computers andsoftware, and miscellaneous equipment which might contain important documentsand trade secrets of PECO. * inventoryof personal properties under Category A MORE Powerand PECO traded accusations yesterday as the takeover was in progress. Accordingto PECO, “MORE Power has stationed personnel inour switchboard and meter lab facilities. As of now our trouble call hotlinesin relation to restoring power interruptions cannot get through the switchboardbecause MORE’s personnel shut off our internet connection and disallowed ourswitchboard personnel from working accordingly. As much as we would like toserve our valued consumers, MORE is not allowing usto do so and our troubleshooters and line teams cannot get any instructionsfrom our switchboard.” * inventoryof real properties already under the possession of MORE Power * documentsrelevant to the operation of the distribution system, among others For thepurpose of the issuance of a Writ of Possession, RTCBranch 23 categorized PECO’s properties into three – A, B and C. The expropriation of PECO’s assets in its favor, according to MOREPower, would allow it to “immediately address and correct poor services,overcharging, frequent brownouts, expensive rates, old and unsafe facilitiesand practices, and other service deficiencies that this city’s power users andconsumers had long suffered.” Category B,on the other hand, are PECO assets listed under the“distribution plant” in the Energy Regulation Commission (ERC) record. Theseinclude meter lab, power plant building, switchboard house, and otherbuildings. Category Bproperties were also covered by the Writ of Possession. ILOILO City– MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has started the process of takingover the power distribution facilities of Panay Electric Co. (PECO) as newpower distributor here. “Theprimary goal of the court is a smooth and peaceful transition of operation, toprotect the public interest of the people of Iloilo City and its businesses,and to ensure the uninterrupted supply of electricity,” stressed JudgeContreras. PECO’s franchise expired on Jan. 19,2019. It failed to secure an extension or a new one from Congress which citedthe many complaints from consumers over, among others, erroneous billing, poorcustomer service and high rates. Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras ofRTC, Branch 23, in a ruling dated Feb. 20, 2020, ordered the court sheriff “toplace MORE Power in possession” of PECO’s identified power distributionproperties for expropriation. * install MORE Power which may deployits personnel to man and oversee the substations to exercise its possession andcontrol of the distribution facilities, but the operation should still behandled by PECO personnel who has the technical expertise It was not, however, a full MORE Powertakeover of PECO’s operation as the two companies are still in a transitionperiod of two years, as provided for in MORE Power’s franchise law, RepublicAct 11212. This could be gleaned from the addendum to the Writ of Possessionissued by Judge Contreras yesterday. Category A were properties included inthe writ which PECO did not contest as power distribution assets. These werewhat were taken over yesterday by MORE Power: the substations, personalproperties directly in electric distribution (electric meters, poles,transformers, transmission and distribution equipment composed of primary andsecondary lines on the streets of Iloilo City, and service vehicles andequipment used directly in the distribution, maintenance and trouble-shootingactivities). On Feb. 14, 2019 President RodrigoDuterte signed into law MORE Power’s franchise, Republic Act (RA) 11212.last_img read more

Cardiff set for board meeting

first_img Press Association The loss of Moody has placed Mackay’s position under scrutiny but Press Association Sport understands the Scot has no intention of resigning, and the club have denied reports Mackay was asked to leave his post. Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Tan has handed Moody’s duties on an acting basis to 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov. Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Tan’s son and appears to have no previous experience in football. He joined the club in February but his name does not appear on a list of key staff members on the club’s official website. Tan previously caused consternation among Bluebirds’ fans by changing the club’s playing kit from blue to red and heavily altering their crest in 2012. The club have yet to comment on the reasons for Moody’s removal, although it is believed Tan felt the club had overspent during the summer transfer window. The Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has expressed its concern the club could lose their highly-rated and popular Scottish boss. Chairman Tim Hartley said: ”Fans will be concerned with the recent behind-the-scenes developments at Cardiff City which appear to put into question the future of our manager, Malky Mackay. ”Supporters are surprised that someone who appears to have little hands-on experience has been put in charge of transfers at the football club. ”Fans want Malky Mackay, who has done a fantastic job as manager taking the club to the Premier League, to remain at Cardiff City. ”We don’t want to see any action taken to undermine his position as manager and Cardiff City’s efforts to have a successful first season in the top division.” The meeting is believed to have been scheduled prior to Moody being suspended and subsequently placed on gardening leave, but that topic is certain to be on the agenda as he was one of manager Malky Mackay’s most-trusted lieutenants. Chief executive Simon Lim is expected to attend, but it is understood owner Vincent Tan will not be present. Cardiff are due to hold a board meeting on Monday in the wake of the removal of Iain Moody as head of recruitment, Press Association Sport understands.last_img read more

Rose Beats Stenson to Olympic Gold in Golf

first_imgGreat Britain’s Justin Rose became golf’s first Olympic champion since 1904 by beating Henrik Stenson to gold in a thrilling final round at Rio 2016.Rose, 36, was level with Stenson on 15 under par after 17 holes but the Swede bogeyed the last while Rose sank a birdie putt to win by two shots.The 2013 US Open champion closed with a four-under-par 67 to win on 16 under.Open champion Stenson (68) took silver with American Matt Kuchar carding a 63 to take bronze on 13 under. It was the perfect outcome following the realisation of a seven-year dream for Rose, who secured Britain’s 12th gold medal in Rio.The Englishman had relished the prospect of becoming an Olympian since the moment golf’s return to the Games was confirmed in 2009.Such was his eagerness to be part of the whole experience, Rose arrived in Brazil in the week before the Olympics officially started to ensure he was part of the opening ceremony.Rose made history by hitting Olympic golf’s first hole-in-one in the opening round and started Sunday with a one-shot lead, before shooting four birdies and just one bogey on his outward nine.However, Stenson was in determined mood. Birdies in four of his first 10 holes kept him within touch of the leader, and when Rose dropped a shot on the 13th they were level.It looked like a play-off would be needed to separate them but Rose held his nerve on the par-five last, chipping his approach to two feet from the hole, while Stenson’s spun away to around 20 feet.The Swede then raced his birdie putt eight feet past the hole and missed the return to allow Rose the luxury of two putts for victory. He needed just the one.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Battle Royale at Nigeria Bankers Games

first_imgAction continues this weekend as tennis players take to the court at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court, Onikan.In the concluded events, First Bank claimed gold in men’s singles and doubles, while Fidelity Bank won gold in the female category of table tennis.Fidelity Bank picked the gold medal in the men’s category, just as EcoBank were champions in the female category of the scrabble event. Union Bank also defended their title in chess, while FCMB stole the show in the female category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It will be battle royale this weekend as the on-going Nigeria Bankers Games has entered its crucial stage at the Yabatech Sports Complex, Yaba and the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos.In the football event, battle for the semi-finals ticket will get tougher as Sterling Bank battles First Bank, while Fidelity Bank and Union Bank for the semi-finals in Group B on Saturday.FCMB joined UBA in the semi-final after bashing EcoBank by three nil in Group A of the championship.last_img read more

Underclassmen guide 3-0 BadgerUnderclassmen guide 3-0 Badgers

first_imgThe No. 8 Wisconsin wrestling team has opened its season with an unblemished 3-0 record and is set for a pair of matchups this weekend that will play a key role in preparing for the Badgers’ rigorous Big Ten schedule, which resumes Jan. 20.UW travels to No. 20 Northern Iowa Saturday before returning for their home opener against No. 24 Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon.”We’ve got two ranked teams coming up, and things are going very well right now,” UW head coach Barry Davis said.This weekend will also give the Wisconsin coaching staff one last chance to see the athletes perform as the Badgers close out the first half of their season.”After [this weekend], us coaches will get together and evaluate things, and they have to evaluate themselves and get there as a team and individuals … everybody at one time before the second half of the season,” Davis said. “So we can’t afford to let down now, but obviously things get a lot tougher starting in January with Big Ten competition coming up.”Underclassmen stepping up: Part of the Badgers’ early-season success is thanks to some of the younger grapplers stepping up.Included in this group are sophomore Craig Henning (157-pound weight class), redshirt freshman heavyweight Kyle Massey and redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst (197 pounds).”The class from two years ago is doing very good. They’ve stepped up well for us,” Davis said. “Craig Henning and Dallas Herbst as well as Kyle Massey, actually all three of those guys are ranked. And I think two of them are ranked in the Top 10 right now. So they’ve done a very good job and it’s created a lot more competition … and it shows the way we’re competing right now.”The three have not only been a spark in meets so far this season, but also in Badger practices.With three young wrestlers competing well, it means the others at those weight classes are having to work just that much harder to try and work their way into the lineup.”You know, they’re very competitive and they’re trying to find a way in the lineup that way, and that just creates more competition,” Davis said. “You’ve got a guy like Henning and Dallas Herbst and Kyle Massey doing so well, other guys see that and they want to be in the lineup as well too. So, yeah, it’s created more competition all the way around for us. So it’s been a positive.”last_img read more

NLRB reports USC violated federal laws

first_imgWhen non-tenure track faculty at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences voted not to join the SEIU Local 721 labor union, supporters of unionization were disappointed. However, they also said they were angry at what they saw as interference with the voting process on the part of the University. After the ballots were counted in February, they brought their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, claiming that Provost Michael Quick and Academic Senate President Ginger Clark had used threats and last-minute pay raises to convince faculty members not to unionize.A report released by the NLRB Monday supported these objections and rendered the original Dornsife vote invalid. The ruling, issued by NLRB Hearing Officer Yaneth Palencia, found that Quick and the USC administration broke federal labor laws by attempting to dissuade adjunct faculty from voting for the union. Though the University will face no legal action, the vote results will be set aside and a new vote will take place within the coming weeks. Votes at the Roski School of Fine Arts and the USC International Academy, which voted to unionize, will remain in place.SEIU Local 721 petitioned the case to the NLRB on behalf of Dornsife non-tenure track faculty in a hearing that took place in February, during which Palencia heard testimony from both the faculty members and the University. According to the report, SEIU alleged that Quick told faculty that joining a union might prevent them from participating in the Academic Senate, which is described by the Senate Constitution as the “representative body of the faculty at large for university wide issues.”In the testimony, faculty recalled Quick saying at a Jan. 11 meeting that unionization “would create an adversarial relationship,” and that unionized faculty from Dornsife, Roski and the International Academy “would not be wanted on the Academic Senate.” Quick echoed these statements in emails sent throughout the months preceding the vote, in which he urged non-tenure track faculty to reconsider voting to join the union. The petitioners claimed that the language in these emails as well as in his spoken statements was threatening enough to prevent some faculty from voting.Petitioners also objected to Clark’s attempt to remedy faculty grievances prior to the vote as a way to convince faculty that unionization was unnecessary, a claim that Palencia rejected in the report. However, she sustained faculty objections to pay increases that Quick introduced as little as a week prior to the vote, writing that these actions in conjunction with the threats to faculty governance were enough to render the vote invalid.“Provost Quick engaged in conduct that was so aggravated as to create a general atmosphere of fear making a free election impossible,” Palencia wrote in the report.The ruling was met with praise from SEIU Local 721 President Bob Schoonover, who wrote that the findings “make it abundantly clear” that the actions of the university administration would have consequences.“If you engage in illegal union-busting tactics we will hold you accountable,” Schoonover said in a press release.The University, however, has denied the allegations that it threatened to remove unionized faculty from participating in the Academic Senate. Instead, it claims that Quick’s statements on the matter were simply meant to show that SEIU, and not the University, would be in charge of faculty governance if unionization were to take place. In a letter sent to faculty on Wednesday, Quick wrote that he is a “strong supporter of faculty governance” and that he never meant to dissuade anyone from voting.“I believe that the initial vote — the will of the majority — should be respected,” Quick wrote in the letter. “I also know that a re-vote would be burdensome. But should a re-vote occur, I hope all Dornsife teaching faculty will turn out for this important vote.”Some faculty members, however, believe that it may  be too late to unionize. Andrea Parra, an associate professor of Spanish in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and a strong supporter of joining the union, said that she is hopeful that the results will be different this time around, but that nothing is guaranteed.“I think the whole back and forth has turned people off to the issue,” Parra said. “I’m hopeful that more people will turn out, but it’s hard for me [to know]. I don’t have the crystal ball.”last_img read more

Seychellois officials to handle Ghana-Guinea AFCON qualifier in Tamale on Wednesday

first_imgSeychelles Bernard Camille has been appointed for Ghana’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea on Wednesday.Camille, 39 years, will be in the middle with support from compatriots Eldrick Adelaide and second assistant being Gerard Pool.Seychellois trio will arrive in the country on Monday and flight to Tamale, venue for the match.Ghana played out a 1-1 draw with Guinea last Saturday at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.The Black Stars top Group E with five points; one more than chasers Uganda and Guinea.last_img read more