China reports new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgDec 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry today said it has detected H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks at two poultry farms in Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country.In a statement posted on its Web site, the ministry said both sites where the H5N1 virus was found are in Haian county, in the eastern part of the province, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse (AFP).H5N1 is considered endemic in large parts of China. Mainland China reported its last major outbreak in June when the virus struck thousands of ducks in Yashan City in Guangdong province, according to a previous report.The ministry’s statement on the Jiangsu outbreak said the source of the virus might be migratory birds, according to the AFP report. Authorities are culling and vaccinating poultry in the area, have quarantined the outbreak farms, and have banned the movement of poultry and poultry products in and out of the area.News of a fresh outbreak in China comes about a week after officials in Hong Kong announced an outbreak at a poultry farm in the special administrative region city of Yuen Long, the special administrative region’s first farm-based outbreak since 2003.In other developments in that region, public health officials in China, Hong Kong, and Macao today conducted a drill to test their cross-border avian flu response plan, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported. Named “Exercise Great Wall 2008,” the test involved more than 60 public health officials.The scenario involved a man and his teenage daughter who lived in Hong Kong but became infected with the H5N1 virus after visiting the man’s wife in mainland China, according to Xinhua. The drill was the third such exercise under a 2005 cooperative public health emergency agreement between China, Hong Kong, and Macao.Elsewhere, agriculture officials in India yesterday reported an H5N1 outbreak in West Bengal, the second state to be hit by the virus in the past 3 weeks, The Hindu, a national newspaper in India, reported today.The outbreak was detected in West Bengal’s Malda district, and culling operations are under way, the report said.Anisur Rahaman, the state’s animal resources development minister, told The Hindu that the outbreak in West Bengal requires urgent preventive measures but is not surprising. “The possibilities of the disease reappearing in other districts too are always there given the outbreak in several parts of the state earlier this year and the more recent bird flu outbreaks in Bangladesh and Assam,” he said.In Assam state, officials have culled about 400,000 birds to control the spread of the virus, according to several recent media reports.Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Indian agriculture officials have confirmed outbreaks at several sites in six of Assam’s districts. The report said the nation’s health ministry has boosted the capacity of the area’s isolation facilities and have equipped health facilities with 20,000 oseltamivir (Tamiflu) tablets, 9,000 surgical masks, 900 protective suits, 300 N-95 respirators, and five ventilators.The health ministry said there are no suspected human H5N1 cases, according to the WHO report.See also:Jun 17 CIDRAP News story “China reports H5N1 outbreak in Guangdong”Dec 9 CIDRAP News story “Avian flu strikes Hong Kong poultry farm”last_img read more

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Current account deficit to narrow in Q1 as pandemic disrupts trade, tourism: BI

first_img“The third factor is that global restrictions, including the pilgrimage ban and foreign travel ban, have wiped out not only tourism revenue” but also prevented Indonesians from going abroad, he added.“This has reduced the use of foreign exchange for Indonesian tourists.”Indonesia booked a US$743 million trade surplus in March as export and import activities contracted slightly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.A total of $14.09 billion in exports was recorded in March, a 0.2 percent decrease year-on-year (yoy), while total imports fell 0.75 percent yoy to $13.35 billion driven by decreased imports of capital goods.The country’s tourism industry has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1,260 hotels have closed in the country, affecting more than 150,000 employees, according to the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).Topics : Bank Indonesia (BI) is projecting the current account deficit to reach 1.5 percent in the first quarter this year, lower than an earlier projection of 2.5 to 3 percent, as COVID-19 disrupts trade and tourism activities.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the current account deficit would remain lower than the initial projection this year based on three factors, namely a better-than-expected trade surplus, lower import costs and a decline in tourism activities.“The first factor is that imports fell much faster than exports because of slowing domestic production and weak global demand while the second factor is that import costs have become much cheaper due to reduced logistics and insurance costs,” Perry told reporters on Friday.last_img read more

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BLOG: Capital BlueCross Announces Donation to Equip Police with Naloxone (ROUND-UP)

first_img December 15, 2015 BLOG: Capital BlueCross Announces Donation to Equip Police with Naloxone (ROUND-UP) By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary Government That Works,  Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine stood with Capital BlueCross officials as they announced their latest action in battling the heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. Capital BlueCross has donated $100,000 to further equip police across Pennsylvania with naloxone, a lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug. Police have reversed more than 500 overdoses over the past year.The donation will be distributed by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association in Capital BlueCross’ 21-county service area.The Wolf administration is leading efforts to fight the heroin and opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. The 2015-16 budget includes a $9 million initiative to combat the heroin epidemic. Earlier this month, Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper announced that Pennsylvania Capitol Police are now trained to administer and will carry naloxone. In October, Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access the life-saving drug. The Wolf Administration announced in April that the Pennsylvania State Police would carry naloxone, so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies.Check out some of the coverage of yesterday’s announcement:LNP: Capital BlueCross contributes $100,000 to get heroin antidote naloxone to police.“Capital BlueCross said Monday it is giving $100,000 to police departments in 21 Pennsylvania counties including Lancaster so they can purchase the heroin antidote naloxone. The announcement was praised by state health officials, who say the state is battling the worst epidemic of drug overdoses and deaths it has ever seen. ‘With this money, we have the potential to help not only hundreds of people with the disease of addiction, but the thousands of family members and friends whose lives are also affected,’ said Gary Tennis, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.” [LNP, 12/15/15]Harrisburg Patriot-News: Midstate insurer provides another dose of heroin overdose life-saver.“Capital BlueCross said Monday it will spend another $100,000 to put naloxone into police cars in its 21-county service area that includes the midstate… State officials recently said that as of late November, police officers had used naloxone to save 453 overdose victims… State Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis said, ‘For the second time, [Capital has] stepped forward as a leader in fighting the worst overdose death epidemic this state has ever seen … With this money, we have the potential to help not only hundreds of people with the disease of addiction, but the thousands of family members and friends whose lives are also affected.’” [Harrisburg Patriot-News, 12/14/15]WITF: Health insurer donates $100K for life-saving drug for overdoses.“Capital BlueCross is donating $100,000 to equip police officers with a life-saving drug. The contribution comes less than a year after it first offered $50,000 to departments to purchase naloxone, and just as Pennsylvania’s heroin death toll is expected to top last year’s high. That’s despite more than 500 life-saving uses of naloxone, which reverses a heroin or other opioid overdose in a matter of minutes. Capital BlueCross’s donation will pay for 1,000 naloxone kits, which many police departments now carry.” [WITF, 12/14/15]York Daily Record: BlueCross donates $100k for Naloxone.“Central Pennsylvania insurance company Capital BlueCross has donated another $100,000 to supply Pennsylvania police with the medication that reverses heroin overdoses… ‘What it effectively does is, at $100 a kit, you’re talking about saving 1,000 lives of Pennsylvanians,’ [York County District Attorney Tom] Kearney said. ‘And that is just incredible.’ Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said, ‘On behalf of all the people whose lives will be saved by this generous donation, I thank Capital BlueCross.’” [York Daily Record, 12/14/15]ABC27: Capital BlueCross donates $100K for heroin antidote.“Capital BlueCross is donating $100,000 to get a heroin antidote to police departments in central Pennsylvania. The donation will pay for 1,000 naloxone kits, which cost about $100 each. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. Pennsylvania police departments have reversed 522 overdoses since they began carrying naloxone this year.” [ABC27, 12/14/15]center_img See Secretary Gary Tennis’ blog about Continuing Pennsylvania’s Fight Against Heroin.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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A bird’s eye view from Birdwood

first_imgWhen you hit the wall, stop swimming.The home is listed for sale without a price guide.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair Thankfully, you can’t escape the view.There’s even a cantilever infinity edge pool which will make your dip a little more thrill seeking. 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 investorless than 1 hour agoThe home has a spectacular finishThe home offers a four-bedroom, two-level contemporary design nestled between the trees surrounding its 1300sq m sloping site. There are architectural features throughout.Features include Miele appliances, timber joinery, waterfall island bench and ducted airconditioning. This Toowong home offers a bird’s-eye view across the treetopsIF you’d like to get high above Brisbane and enjoy it’s surrounds, this ridge top western-suburbs home should be on your radar. 372 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong is all about the elevation, with a view that runs across the treetops through to the CBD skyline.last_img read more

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Friday people roundup

first_imgNow Pensions, Schneider Electric, SEI, Credit Suisse, Syntrus Achmea, INREV, Milestone Group, BNP ParibasSchneider Electric – Jerry Gandhi, former COO at the UK’s Now Pensions, has been hired by French energy firm Schneider Electric to oversee its UK and Irish pension activities. Gandhi, who stood down as Now’s COO last summer, will now be in charge of the Invensys Pension Scheme, he told IPE. Prior to joining Now in 2011, Gandhi was group pensions director at RSA Insurance Group and in 1999 founded consultancy CAP Services. He also spent nearly a decade at Inchcape as group pensions director.SEI – Paul Nevin has been appointed director in SEI’s institutional group, based in London. He will be responsible for servicing defined benefit clients in the UK. He joins from Credit Suisse, where he was managing director of Structured Solutions. Before then, he worked at Towers Watson as a senior investment consultant.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance – Casper Hesp has been appointed head of the portfolio management team. He joins from the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV), where he worked for seven years and was director of research and market information for the past two years. He will focus on client portfolio management, institutional client relationships and business development. Milestone Group – Enrique Gonzalez has been appointed as head of product management for the APAC region. He joins from BNP Paribas, where he helped develop and expand the bank’s global custody offering. Before then, he held senior positions at JP Morgan, Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, State Street and Westpac Financial Services.last_img read more

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PIMCO hires chief executive of Man Group as Hodge steps down

first_imgRoman comes to PIMCO from Man Group, which he joined when the firm acquired GLG Group in 2010.He went from being GLG’s co-chief executive, a role he held for five years, to COO of Man, and in 2013 was named Man’s chief executive.For its part, Man announced Luke Ellis, since 2012 the firm’s president, as Roman’s replacement.In his nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, Roman also worked for Goldman Sachs, spending 18 years at the firm and acting as its co-head of global securities and co-head of its European services division.He has further served as a trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board, in addition to a number of trustee roles at museums and universities.Ivascyn added that he was pleased Hodge would stay with the firm to provide council during the period of transition.Hodge has been with PIMCO since 1989, holding a number of senior roles, including seven years as head of Asia-Pacific and five as COO, after which he was named chief executive. Emmanuel Roman, former chief executive of Man Group, has been hired to lead US asset manager PIMCO.Roman will take over as PIMCO’s chief executive from Douglas Hodge, who will become managing director and senior adviser from 1 November. Daniel Ivascyn, managing director of the firm’s group CIO, praised Roman’s understanding of global markets.“Manny’s skills and experience include all of the attributes key to delivering value to PIMCO’s clients – investment acumen, intellectual capacity and thought leadership, broad industry experience, executive leadership and an excellent fit with PIMCO’s cultural values,” he said. last_img read more

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PLSA supports auto-enrolment, discrepancies review in Parties’ manifestos

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has stated it supports the pension pledges in relation to expanding auto-enrolment to low-income and self-employed workers in the Labour Party manifesto.Nigel Peaple, director of policy and research, said the PLSA is also “very strong supporters of the creation of a publically run, non-commercial dashboard, although we are open-minded to others being created in the future provided a comprehensive consumer protection regime is in place”.According to PLSA research, less than 50% of all savers are on track to achieve an adequate income in retirement, and for those that only have a defined contribution pension plan, only 3% of savers are likely to achieve this outcome. Just 23% of people are confident they know how much they need to save for retirement, an issue the new PLSA Retirement Living Standards seeks to address by starting a national conversation about saving.“Our Hitting the Target report (2018) recommended raising minimum automatic enrolment contributions to 12% by 2030 with consideration given to moving to a 50/50 employer/employee split. This will improve pension adequacy and help more people achieve a better income in retirement,” said Peaple. Nigel Peaple at PLSA: ”More must be done to encourage further saving in workplace pensions”Conservative Party on pensionsIn contrast, Peaple supports the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to conduct a review into the discrepancies between net pay arrangements and tax relief at source for pensions.He said: “The discrepancy means automatic enrolment contributions for savers who earn between £10,000 and £12,500 are more expensive for those on net pay arrangements. It is our view that this can be fixed by adjusting the data gathering system used by HMRC.”He was pleased with the Conservatives’ pledge to reintroduce the Pension Schemes Bill, which includes important measures to discourage reckless behaviour by a small minority of scheme sponsors, as well as a provision for the creation of a consumer-focused pensions dashboard.Peaple stressed that the initial dashboard must be non-commercial and no others should be introduced until a rigorous consumer protection regime is in place.However, he was disappointed that the manifesto did not include any commitments to extend the scope of pension automatic enrolment to include younger workers, or lower paid workers with multiple jobs, and the self-employed, which the Labour manifesto does.“The manifesto also fails to commit to raising the minimum contribution levels for automatic enrolment from the current level of 8%,” Peaple said. “More must be done to encourage further saving in workplace pensions, which represent very good value for money for savers versus other types of savings vehicles,” he added.However, Peaple said that he was “extremely concerned by the significant negative implications Labour’s plans to nationalise water and energy utilities, train companies, Royal Mail and parts of BT Group could have on the value of UK savers’ pensions and the wider longer-term impact on the private sector’s willingness to invest in the UK infrastructure and economy”.“Nationalisation is a complicated and cumbersome process, and would have a significant impact on UK pension funds and the savers they have a fiduciary duty to serve,” he continued.last_img read more

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Mammoet-Giant joint venture joins Greater Changhua foundation ops

first_imgA joint venture of Mammoet and Giant Heavy Machinery Services has started working with Sing Da Marine Structure Corporation (SDMS) on the locally-produced jacket foundations for the Greater Changhua offshore wind project in Taiwan. The joint venture will be performing the assembly, transportation and load-out of the jackets, each weighing approximately 1,200t. At the end of 2018, Ørsted signed a contract with SDMS to supply 56 jacket foundations for the 900 MW Greater Changhua 1&2a project. Four jackets are expected to be simultaneously assembled. Seventy-two axle lines of SPMT will then transport each jacket up to 1,200m from the fabrication line to a storage area, Mammoet said.center_img The PTC200-DS Ring Crane will assemble the jackets by first upending the lower jacket structure before installing both the upper structure and transition pieces at a single location. South Korea’s Samkang M&T will deliver 28 foundations and Hyundai Steel Industries the remaining 27 units. The wind farm will feature 111 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines installed some 35 to 50km off the coast.last_img read more

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Never mind bombs or tobacco: pornography is what Kiwisavers are most worried about

first_imgNZ Herald 14 May 2018Family First Comment: Good! And for good reason…www.porninquiry.nzInvesting in the pornography industry is the biggest worry for KiwiSaver members concerned about where their money is going – ranking ahead of weapons, gambling and tobacco, according to Consumer New Zealand research.Consumer’s annual KiwiSaver survey asked people where they stand on certain industries and whether they knew if their KiwiSaver fund was invested in them.While 77 per cent of those surveyed were concerned about their fund investing in the pornography industry, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) said they had no idea if their fund did invest money in it.Weapons (73%), gambling (70%) and tobacco (69%) were the next three largest areas of concern but people were similarly unsure as to whether their fund invested in these industries.In 2016 a raft of KiwiSaver providers pulled out of investments in weapons makers including cluster bombs, landmines and nuclear weapons as well as tobacco after the New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand revealed the industry had millions of dollars invested in the controversial investments.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=12050904last_img read more

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Suspected NPA rebels torch heavy equipment in Antique

first_img“The police are investigating into thepossibility that the burning of the heavy equipment could be due to theextortion activity of the NPA when the contractor did not give in,” Escobarsaid. The heavy equipment burned down by suspected communist rebels in Barangay Luyang, Sibalom, Antique on Nov. 15. These construction equipment are still operational as these were only partially burned, according to the province’s top cop Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar. SIBALOM MPS He added the heavy equipment units arestill operational as these were only partially burned. Escobar said the equipment are ownedby F and T Construction, which is handling a P2-million road construction inthe town. He urged other contractors who haveinfrastructure projects in the province to coordinate with the police if theyhave received extortion feelers so authorities could patrol their projectsites. “Prior to the incident, two men wentinside the bunker of the contractor and introduced themselves as NPAs,” Escobaradded.   According to Escobar, the foreman and alaborer who were inside the bunker were awakened when the suspects stormedtheir sleeping quarter. They immediately reported to the incident to police, hesaid.    Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar,deputy director for operations of the Provincial Police Office, said at least30 men who identified themselves as NPAs poured gasoline on a road roller, ahydraulic excavator and a road grader – and set the equipment on fire.  Escobar also believed the attack wasstaged to ambush responding members of the Sibalom municipal police station. SAN JOSE, Antique – Armed men believedto be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned heavy equipment in BarangayLuyang, Sibalom, Antique. The Bureau of Fire Protection in theprovince has yet to determine the total cost of damage. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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