A technique for accurately determining the cusp-region polar cap boundary using SuperDARN HF radar measurements

first_imgAccurately measuring the location and motion of the polar cap boundary (PCB) in the high-latitude ionosphere can be crucial for studies concerned with the dynamics of the polar cap, e.g. the measurement of reconnection rates. The Doppler spectral width characteristics of backscatter received by the SuperDARN HF radars have been previously used for locating and tracking the PCB in the cusp region. The boundary is generally observed in meridional beams of the SuperDARN radars and appears as a distinct change between low spectral width values observed equatorward of the cusp region, and high, but variable spectral width values observed within the cusp region. To identify the spectral width boundary (SWB) between these two regions, a simple algorithm employing a spectral width threshold has often been applied to the data. However, there is not, as yet, a standard algorithm, or spectral width threshold, which is universally applied. Nor has there been any rigorous assessment of the accuracy of this method of boundary determination. This study applies a series of threshold algorithms to a simulated cusp-region spectral width data set, to assess the accuracy of different algorithms. This shows that simple threshold algorithms correctly identify the boundary location in, at the most, 50% of the cases and that the average boundary error is at least similar to1-2 range gates (similar to1degrees latitude). It transpires that spatial and temporal smoothing of the spectral width data (e.g. by median filtering), before application of a threshold algorithm can increase the boundary determination accuracy to over 95% and the average boundary error to much less than a range gate. However, this is sometimes at the cost of temporal resolution in the motion of the boundary location. The algorithms are also applied to a year’s worth of spectral width data from the cusp ionosphere, measured by the Halley SuperDARN radar in Antarctica. This analysis highlights the increased accuracy of the enhanced boundary determination algorithm in the cusp region. Away from the cusp, the resulting SWB locations are often dependent on the choice of threshold. This suggests that there is not a sharp latitudinal SWB in regions of the dayside ionosphere away from the cusp, but that there is a shallower latitudinal gradient in spectral width near the boundary location.last_img read more

TDS charity supporting youth projects

first_imgHome » Charity » TDS charity supporting youth projects TDS charity supporting youth projects10th September 20150602 Views New education projects for tenants and landlords have received almost £40,000 in funding, the TDS Charitable Foundation has announced. The Foundation aims to promote education for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector, and to raise standards in the industry.The projects range from a local youth club helping young care leavers to a nationwide programme for landlord accreditation across the UK.Warrington Youth Club: £2,374Warrington Youth Club’s ‘Positive Life Skills’ programme helps young care leavers in their transition from carers to an independent lives. The TDS Charitable Foundation grant will help this hard to reach group as they prepare for their transition to independent living, providing workshops on their rights and responsibilities as tenants.Young Enterprise and Personal Finance Education Group (PFEG): £20,000This project will also help young people in their transition into independent living, providing a new financial education teaching resource for 14-19 year olds. The resource will provide young people with information on the housing market, the options available to young people when they leave home and the costs they will need to prepare for.Unipol Student Homes: £10,112Unipol is providing a new website for Accreditation Network UK (ANUK). ANUK promotes landlord accreditation programmes across the UK and the improved website, to be managed by Unipol, will include a directory of landlord accreditation schemes and downloadable accreditation handbooks. It will also contribute towards one of their core aims, in the promotion of proper complaints processes to be transparent, rapid, and known to tenants.NUS Ready to Rent: £17,295Ready to Rent is a landmark programme equipping student unions with resources to help students in the private rented sector. The funding will be used to extend the programme to Further Education Student Unions. Ready to Rent launched last year with support from the Foundation and has become well established as a resource and training provider.Chairman of the TDS Charitable Foundation, Professor Martin Partington (right) said, “We have received a diverse range of interesting new projects aiming to help the ever growing private rented sector. The number of private tenancies recently grew beyond the social sector for the first time in decades so it is vital that tenants, living longer in rented accommodation, and the growing number of landlords investing part time in property, have easy access to information on their rights and obligations.The projects we are funding are just one way to help raise standards in the sector. I look forward to reading the applications for funding for our next round in September 2015.”The Foundation is currently welcoming bids for the next round of funding which is open until 15 September 2015. Organisations can download an application form and view the bidding criteria online at www.tdsfoundation.org.ukFunding enquiries: [email protected] TDS Charitable Foundation tenants and landlords education projects youth projects funding 2015-09-10The NegotiatorAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Hovis takes Nimble leap

first_imgPremier Foods has announced that its Nimble brand will come under the umbrella of Hovis from January 2009. The lower-fat and calorie bread is to be rebranded as Hovis Nimble, with a supporting £1m advertising campaign to start in the New Year.Premier believes the change will benefit both brands, especially as healthy eating is an increasingly important issue for consumers. Recent data from an MB tracking study (2008) showed 57% of the population actively look for foods deemed as ‘healthy’.It is expected that Hovis’ brand credentials will enable Nimble to expand its market share in the dieting sector. “Nimble is a strong brand with loyal consumers and will positively impact Hovis’ market share by generating additional sales in a new sector,” said Jon Goldstone, marketing director at Hovis. “There is a natural synergy between Hovis and Nimble, with both brands already enjoying strong health perceptions among consumers.” Nimble was originally launched in 1955 and was later relaunched in 2006.last_img read more

Press release: Homes Building Fund accelerates delivery of 1,300 homes for Cambridge

first_imgHill Marshall LLP, a joint venture between two of Cambridge’s leading family-owned businesses, Marshall Group Properties, part of the Marshall Group, and Hill, the award-winning top 20 UK housebuilder, have secured a funding deal with Homes England to accelerate the delivery of 1,300 homes in Cambridge.The new development, Wing, will be delivered on 160 acres of brownfield land owned by the Marshall Group. The 10-year loan, worth £22.4 million, will be drawn from Homes England’s Home Building Fund (HBF). The HBF helps unlock or accelerate the delivery of residential and mixed-use housing developments through both development loans and loan funding for the infrastructure needed to prepare land for development.The money will be used to enable infrastructure works for the entire development, including delivery of Main Spine Road, a strategic drainage network, pumping station & strategic landscaping. New transport infrastructure will also be delivered as part of Wing and the nearby Newmarket Road will be upgraded to create access to the development.Homes England are also funding the relocation of the ground running enclosure at the airport – a purpose built enclosure to reduce noise effects from aircraft engineering testing and a key planning requirement to be completed before any houses are occupied at the site. The relocation of the ground running enclosure will also support the creation of up to a further 1,800 new homes in development sites around the airport.The funding is being made available in advance of full reserved matters approval being obtained, which is the normal point at which high street lenders would be able to provide funding. This allows the first phase of housing at Wing to be delivered up to 18 months ahead of schedule.The first phase of the development will be delivered by Hill and once complete, will comprise 350 private homes and 150 affordable homes – including shared ownership and affordable rent tenures.A spokesperson from Hill Marshall LLP said: “Marshall Group and Hill are two like-minded family firms committed to making Cambridge one of the best cities to live in the UK. We are delighted to have secured new funding from Homes England’s Home Building Fund for this development in the City – it will ensure we are able to deliver an outstanding new community for local residents in half the amount of time it would normally take. Cambridge has long been established as one of the best places to live in the UK and this new community seeks to add further to the City’s success.”Nick Walkley, Homes England Chief Executive, added: “At Homes England we’re using our land, finance and expertise to speed up the delivery of new homes. This loan through our Home Building Fund is a significant step towards seeing this 1,300 home new community at this key development site in Cambridge become a reality and I look forward to seeing work start on site.”To commemorate the funding announcement, James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority, Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, Rob Hall, Deputy Managing Director at Hill, Robert Marshall, Chief Executive of Marshall Group, Richard Howe Managing Director of Marshall Group and Nick Walkley, Chief Executive at Homes England, attended a signing ceremony at Cambridge Airport on 21st May.The homes on the first phase of Wing are designed by the award-winning team at Pollard Thomas Edwards architects and will offer a range of properties including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom houses. The development will also be home to a wide-range of facilities to support the new community including a new primary school, sports pitches, allotments and retail and commercial space.Wing is well connected with the new Cambridge North Station just 1¼ miles away and regular buses to the city centre from the nearby park and ride car park. Sales are expected to launch at the development in late 2019, with the first homes expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.EndsNotes to EditorsAbout Hill:“To be the leading, most trusted provider of distinctive, quality homes in the UK”.Hill is an award-winning UK top 20 housebuilder and one of the leading developers in London and the south east of England, delivering both private for sale and affordable homes.The company builds in the region of 2,000 homes a year, including more than 1,000 homes for clients and partners in the affordable housing sector. Hill’s portfolio is diverse, ranging from landmark mixed-use regeneration schemes and large-scale urban extensions, to bespoke housing in rural communities. Hill has won a string of awards including the WhatHouse? Development of the Year title three years in a row and their Housebuilder of the Year award in 2015.About MarshallMarshall was founded in Cambridge as a chauffeur business in 1909 and has grown to become one of the largest private employers in Cambridge and across the UK. Marshall comprises three main businesses: Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Marshall Group Properties; and Marshall Group Finance which holds a 65% majority shareholding in Marshall Motor Holdings plc, the independent motor retail and leasing business floated by Marshall on the AIM market in 2015. Marshall has consolidated annual sales in excess of £2.2bn and has over 6,000 employees. Marshall Group Properties’ portfolio includes 950 acres of land in Cambridge, including Cambridge Airport, and over 2,000,000 ft² of commercial and industrial property.About Homes EnglandHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.last_img read more

New Year, New You! Rachelle Rak’s Top Five Tips on How to Drop Swing Into 2015

first_img 2. Just Nod and Say Yes to Life’s Twists and Turns “The greatest lesson in life is happening for me right now! In the last year, I became a new mom to beautiful daughter Delilah Rose and that means I am ON 24/7. I will never rest again! I didn’t know if motherhood was in the cards for me but I’m so thrilled it was…and am so grateful that show business trained me for the endurance and the hours! Just nod and say yes.” View Comments We’ve been “obsassed” with Rachelle Rak ever since we saw her shaking her goods as the “I Gotcha” girl in Broadway’s Fosse. In the seasons since, she’s proven to be one of New York’s top triple threats (other credits include Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can), a TV reality show judge (Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition) and a YouTube standout with music videos of her pop songs including her insanely catchy theme song “Sas.” Now she’s hitting the stage of 54 Below on January 4 and 29 with her brand-new solo show Sas with One ‘S’, a must see for fans of the cha cha puus™, the balchange™, the drop swing™ and just a really good time. (Yes those all have trademark signs on them because they’re her slogans, kids!) In honor of her new show, we asked Rak to give our readers some hard-earned showbiz advice on how to make the best of 2015. Here are her top five tips for sasing it up in the new year! 4. Assume What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You “Last year, I got to be a judge of Abby Lee Miller’s Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition on Lifetime. What did I learn from that experience? Never trust Abby! Gagagagaga… And always remember that you are LIVE the moment they put a microphone on your body. Everything you say can be used (and edited!) and usually is. And honestly, isn’t that true in life in general? Watch your mouth!” 5. Get a BFA in “Brave, Fierce, Action!” “When I was doing the national tour of Flashdance, I was part of a talkback after the show one night and everyone in the cast went down the line saying, ‘My BFA is from here’ and ‘I got my BFA from here.’ I was thinking, ‘Molly. I didn’t go to college. I went to Cats.’ So I had to drop swing and I said, ‘My BFA is Brave, Fierce, ACTION!” 1. Put On Your Face to Face the World “Even if you’re just going to the deli on the corner, remember only you can represent you. And ladies, if you ever think you can get away with wearing a gentle low heel out of the house, stop yourself and remember this is show business. Put on your heels and put on your FACE!” 3. Shortcuts Don’t Lead to Success “In between Broadway gigs, I’ve been blessed with terrific opportunities in regional theaters, like when I played Velma in Chicago at the Ogunquit Playhouse or Sheila in A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse. You really learn to be a quick study on these jobs. Just be brave, learn your lines and become your character. Dive in, drop swing and GO! But always do the work!”last_img read more

Caribbean Partners and SOUTHCOM Discuss Collaborative Counter Narcotics Program

first_img“Our commitment to broad partnerships that advance citizen safety signals that the U.S. understands that while security is a key priority throughout the region, people often understand security in a personal way on their street corners, on a bus to and from work, or in their markets,” he said. “Forging effective partnerships requires an understanding of and an ability to address fundamental links between local, transnational and ‘white collar’ crime (such as corruption), and the nexus between these threats and the big social and economic challenges the region faces. We seek to improve public safety, improving security for each and every citizen through these partnerships,” he added. Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Rajesh Boodoo said that even though Trinidad and Tobago has not signed the TAFT agreement, participating in the exchange provided him with valuable insight regarding the expectations of the partner nations and information on the benefits that signing on could provide his country. “I see a lot of benefits for Trinidad and a lot to gain from the United States, because they have a longer history of undertaking counter narcotics efforts and a lot of experience with data analysis, which Trinidad could learn a lot from.” The event was part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), one of the latest pillars of a U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere. Created in 2009, CBSI brings all members of the Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic together to jointly collaborate on regional security with the United States as partner. Together, the countries comprising CBSI have identified three core objectives to deal with the threats facing the Caribbean: reducing illicit trafficking through programs to counter narcotics and reduce the flow of illegal arms/light weapons; improving public safety and security through programs to reduce crime and violence and improve border security; and promoting social justice within the region through programs designed to promote justice sector reform, combat government corruption, and assist vulnerable populations at risk of recruitment into criminal organizations Between August 25 and 27, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) hosted a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) between engineer officers from the Coast Guards of 13 Caribbean partner nations in order to jointly develop the ability to respond to illicit maritime trafficking threats. In order to become a signatory TAFT country, each participating CBSI partner nation must sign an end-use, retransfer, and security assurance agreement. Currently, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname are signatory countries, but some that are not, such as Trinidad & Tobago, were still present at the SMEE in order to gain knowledge on the benefits of becoming a signatory and working under the agreement. According to Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard Lieutenant [Senior Grade] Rohan Rodgers, “the event has been a very useful and informative tool to meet, interact, and share best practices and TAFT processes and support with other partner nations. We should have this type of exchange at least once a year to review and look at the way forward. In our case, it put Jamaica in a better position to plan and know how things function in the TAFT process, so it allows us to better plan and project the way forward,” he added. By Dialogo September 04, 2015 Persistent airborne surveillance using aerostats should be used to provide true total domain awareness. “Partner nations gathered this week to discuss and develop small boat sustainment plans to support TAFT activities by synchronizing U.S. and PN-funded training, asset acquisition, equipment & supplies, and infrastructure in support of partner nation maintenance sustainment,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jason T. Plumley, CBSI TAFT Officer in Charge at SOUTHCOM. The Technical Assistance Field Team, or TAFT, initiative is in place to assist CBSI partner nations in developing maintenance, logistics, and procurement systems to improve maritime asset operational readiness in support of the first objective (counter narcotics/weapons trafficking). Composed of 15 U.S. Army and Coast Guard experts in communications, logistics, and engineering, SOUTHCOM’s CBSI TAFT team developed the SMEE as a means of sharing experiences, lessons learned, and best practices with their CBSI counterparts —in this case officer engineers— about the equipment, maintenance, and ways to procure support when needed. “The TAFT seeks to strengthen the operational availability of PN maritime assets by assisting them with establishing proven/sustainable maintenance and logistics systems throughout the Caribbean,” explained LCDR Plumley. “TAFT’s comprehensive approach addresses PN needs in technical troubleshooting and repair expertise, maintenance execution and scheduling, parts procurement/supply, logistics, and budgeting. The SMEE, in turn, attempted to do just that. The TAFT team discussed ways to better support the operational readiness of U.S.-purchased maritime assets for the partner nations in attendance, focusing specifically on interceptor-sized boats to ensure the most cost-efficient and effective application of resources and team support. “This way, the team expects to have the greatest opportunity to positively impact our partner nations long-term, sustained maritime asset operational readiness, but the strategy is also consistent with SOUTHCOM’s short-term goal of having PN enhance their Interdiction and Apprehension (I&A) capabilities in their littoral waters,” concluded LCDR Plumley. LCDR Plumley explained to Diálogo that the CBSI objectives are not just about drug interdiction. “CBSI is a whole of government approach to citizen safety,” he said. And citizen safety focuses on building effective partnerships that can better develop, mobilize and apply the capacity of the region toward accomplishing shared objectives, which in turn, is the area in which TAFT operates. last_img read more

Melissa Bolona Tells Us About Beauty and the Broth and Its Benefits

first_imgMelissa Bolona Tells Us How Beauty and the Broth Bone Broth Helps With Gut Health Shiny Hair and Glowing SkinMelissa Bolona Andrew MacPhersonGlow from the inside out! After spending many years in front of the camera and dealing with an array of digestive issues, Acts of Violence and Hurricane Heist actress Melissa Boloña was on the hunt for a product that could help improve her gut health — and what she discovered was so much more.“Growing up, I always had digestive and stomach issues, and as I got older I got into a big wellness rut,” she tells Us Weekly exclusively. Instead of sulking, the model researched various products and ultimately was introduced to bone broth and its benefits while on a trip to New York with her sister.- Advertisement – Other than her stomach woes improving, Boloña began seeing benefits in her hair, skin, nails and even energy levels upon creating her own recipe. “It is very high in naturally occurring collagen, which helps bring strength and shine to hair and helps give you a more youthful, glowing complexion and some even call it a facial from the inside out,” she says.“I used to get Botox on a scheduled basis. When It would wear off, it was like a timer went off. After drinking bone broth at least once a day on a continuous basis, the timer completely disappeared, and I’ve personally seen smoother, plumper skin and thicker, shinier hair.”Melissa Bolona Tells Us How Beauty and the Broth Bone Broth Helps With Gut Health Shiny Hair and Glowing SkinMelissa Bolona’s Beauty and the Broth Bone Broth Jonas GaidaAnother plus: “It is an amazing post workout recovery drink, and some replace coffee with it since it gives you a lot of natural energy and alertness,” Boloña shares.- Advertisement – “Bone broth made my stomach issues practically non-existent. …  I also used to get very hungry throughout the day and more so before lunch, and it helped curb my unhealthy cravings,” she adds.Melissa Bolona Tells Us How Beauty and the Broth Bone Broth Helps With Gut Health Shiny Hair and Glowing SkinMelissa Bolona’s Beauty and the Broth Bone Broth Andrew MacPhersonWhile bone broth helped, Boloña had trouble finding an option that was tasty and fit with her on-the-go lifestyle, so she took matters into her own hands.“All the broths were either too bland or too gamey. … I started cooking broth recipes in my own kitchen and six months later, Beauty and the Broth was born,” she says while celebrating the launch of her company that offers USDA approved, organic grass-fed, ranch-raised beef, vegetarian-fed, free-range chicken bone broth concentrates made from scratch and slowly simmered together with organic vegetables and herbs.- Advertisement – To incorporate bone broth into your own wellness routine, the actress recommends bringing a pouch of Beauty and the Broth and the brand’s sip cup wherever you go, emptying out the concentrate and customizing the amount of desired water depending on how strong or weak you want it, heating it up in the microwave and enjoying.As for her overall routine, Boloña relies on a mix of Pilates, barre, spin and HIIT classes and more, but her motto is “less is more, but consistency is key.”“Everything you do for and put into your body should be in moderation, but it should be the very best and consistently done when it comes to the food you eat, working out and taking care of your mind and soul,” she explains. “Really listen to your body, don’t push yourself, and give it what it needs to work the best that it can from the inside out.”Beauty and the Broth offers weekly, biweekly and monthly direct to door subscription programs. Each box includes 12 pouches of bone broth concentrate along with a 12 oz reusable BPA-free rice husk cup and hot cup sleeve.Check out the brand’s website, YouTube channel and Instagram for additional information. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Asian countries struggle to contain avian flu

first_img A few day ago, Indonesia’s vice president, Jusuf Kalla, announced that the government planned to extend the ban on backyard poultry to residential areas throughout the country. In earlier news reports, officials blamed local animal-health officials and farmers for not maintaining poultry vaccination programs and farmers for hatching poultry illegally. Meanwhile in Thailand, 11 people from 9 provinces are being monitored for avian flu, Bloomberg News reported today. All have flulike symptoms and had recent contact with dead poultry, Suphan Srithamma, a spokesperson for the public health ministry, told Bloomberg today. He said none of the patients have tested positive for the H5N1 virus, but they will be monitored for 10 days. “Farmers still don’t take vaccination seriously enough,” Hoang Van Nam, deputy head of Vietnam’s animal health department, told Bloomberg. “It will be extremely hard for local veterinary officials to undertake proper fowl vaccination without the support of those raising the poultry.” Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari told residents culling is urgently needed, the AP reported. “People infected by bird flu have only a small chance of survival. With no medicine to fight the virus and the pattern of the disease still unclear, we have to cut the chain of transmission, which means killing fowl,” she said. Thawatchai told Thai News Agency today that four members of a duck-farming family in the province were suspected of having avian flu after they consumed 2 birds that had died. Authorities slaughtered 600 ducks at the farm and instituted a 2-week quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease. Herlien Krisnaningsih, of the Bogor Agribusiness Agency, said her department had not received any instructions from the central government on how to carry out the culls. “We are not ready yet to carry out the central government’s call because it will be extremely costly, and we believe it will discourage officers in the field who are struggling to prevent the virus from spreading,” she told the Post. Jan 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza situation in Asia remained active today as Indonesia began clearing Jakarta of backyard fowl to curb the spread of the disease, Vietnam fought a poultry outbreak in an eighth province, and Thailand tested several people for suspected infections. Residents have until Jan 31 to surrender the banned fowl, including chickens, ducks, swans, quail, and pigeons, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The government promised to pay $1.40 for each bird surrendered for culling. Officials were also concerned that 30 pigs on the farm may have contracted the virus, TNA reported.center_img Starting Feb 1, government officials will go door-to-door confiscating banned birds, the governor of Jakarta told the AP recently. Recent confirmed H5N1 outbreaks in Thailand came after a 6-month lull, the health ministry said. The country’s last WHO-confirmed human case was reported in September 2006. Thailand has had 25 cases and 17 deaths, most of them in 2004. Thawatchai Kamoltham, chief public health officer of northern Thailand’s Phitsanulok province, said 26 people were being monitored because they became ill after contact with dead birds, according to a report today from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Fifteen of them were officials who took part in recent culling activities. Three were admitted to hospitals, and the rest were being monitored at home. In Vietnam, the health ministry announced that avian flu killed some ducks in Can Tho province, bringing to 8 the number of provinces in the Mekong Delta affected by recent poultry outbreaks, Bloomberg News reported today. The virus killed 30 ducklings, and the remaining 40 ducks in the flock were culled to stop the disease, the ministry said. Officials of Bogor, a town that neighbors Jakarta, branded the culling plan unrealistic and too expensive, and said it was based on an emotional reaction to the spate of recent human cases, the Jakarta Post reported 2 days ago. Government authorities in Indonesia banned backyard poultry in the country’s capital after five human cases were reported so far this month, all in Jakarta or its suburbs. In several instances, poultry deaths were reported in the patients’ neighborhoods. The country has been battling dozens of outbreaks in the Mekong Delta since early December. Though no human H5N1 illnesses have been reported since November 2005, Vietnam leads the world in the number of cases, with 93. Indonesia has resisted widespread culling in the past, despite the high number of human illnesses: 79 cases and 61 deaths have been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Backyard farmers are often reluctant to hand over their sick or at-risk birds. The Associated Press (AP) reported today that the country has about 350 million backyard chickens, many of which are in Jakarta and surrounding areas.last_img read more

Tokyo enlists nightclub workers for Q&A-style videos to fight coronavirus

first_img“How often should we sanitize our hands?”Those are some of the questions posed in the three videos that feature young workers from nightclubs in the city’s red-light districts where infections have crept up since the government lifted a state of emergency in late May.In the first of the 7-8 minute videos, a nightclub host Shota Taira asks the doctor general questions such as whether an asymptomatic person who has tested positive could infect others.Taira then appears to toss a heart-shaped pillow virtually to a hostess in the next video, passing the Q&A baton. Alarmed by a spike in infections in Tokyo’s nightlife districts, the metropolitan government has released educational videos in the form of a Q&A between nightclub hosts, a hostess and a doctor, hoping to stem the spread of the outbreak.”What kind of symptoms can a young COVID-19 patient expect?””What are medical costs like?” Her questions center on prevention measures, while the final questioner, another host, focuses on what to do if infected.The doctor recommends temperature checks at the nightclub entrance, safe distancing between seats, and cautions against drinking directly out of the same bottle or having customers served by different hostesses.Recent outbreaks in Tokyo have occurred in the Kabukicho and Ikebukuro red-light districts’ many host clubs, where young men entertain women customers over drinks, and also at the female equivalent hostess or “cabaret” clubs.Tokyo has seen new daily infections top 200 in four of the last six days, small compared with outbreaks in some other countries but hovering at record levels for the city. The majority of those infected are in their 20s and 30s with light or no symptoms, making it difficult to trace the virus.Tokyo has targeted red-light districts for aggressive testing and has urged nightclubs to follow safety guidelines.Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura has warned that nightclubs could be suspended if they do not comply. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Stylish Gold Coast home designed to make the most of limited space

first_imgThe master bedroom has multiple windows to let in lots of natural light.Outside, there is an entertainment deck and saltwater pool.Mr Giles said the kitchen was his favourite part of the home.“I think the kitchen is a cracker, it’s a massive kitchen,” he said.“It’s the heart of the house.”As well as the double garage, he said there was plenty of off-street parking.The fact that it was within walking distance of schools and local cafes was a bonus.“If we weren’t living in Palm Beach, we’d be in there, we’d be enjoying it,” Mr Giles said. DETAILS The kitchen has a butler’s pantry and stainless steel appliances. 25 Boundary St, Currumbin Waters.‘LOOKS can be deceiving’ is a mantra that rings true for this Currumbin Waters home.Its footprint is relatively small but the four-bedroom residence on Boundary St was designed to make the most of its limited space.Owners Dave and Mel Giles bought the vacant 405sq m block a year ago. The upstairs living area is ideal for children or teenagers.center_img The downstairs living room flows into the dining area and kitchen.As their Palm Beach home’s value was increasing, they decided to stay where they were and build on their new Currumbin Waters block before selling it.Mr Giles, who is a builder by trade, said they treated the planning and building process as if they were going to move in, making sure there was plenty of space for families.“We just tried to maximise as much floor space as we could but also have usable outside space as well,” the father-of-three said.It has an open living area with a butler’s pantry off the kitchen.Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, the main of which has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, and a family room.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Agent: Leanne Frohmuller and Rob Cinelli, LJ Hooker Palm Beach Features: Saltwater pool, butler’s pantry, stainless steal kitchen appliances, study nook, double garage, electric security entrance Price: Offers over $900,000 Inspections: Saturday, 10.30-11amlast_img read more