Flu Scan for Feb 21, 2014

first_img1,500 chickens culled for H5N1 in NepalAfter about 300 chickens on a farm in Nepal died mysteriously, H5N1 avian flu was confirmed and 1,552 chickens on that and a neighboring farm as well as 30 crates of eggs were destroyed yesterday by a rapid response team, according to a story in Republica, a Nepalese newspaper.The farms are in Itahari in the southeast district of Sunsari. Dr. Bodh Raj Parajuli, director of the Regional Veterinary Directorate at Biratnagar, said chickens and other domestic birds within a 500-meter radius of the two farms would be destroyed, says the article. Poultry farmers are being urged to report any symptoms of illness in their flocks.Large outbreaks of H5N1 in Nepal were reported late last year.Feb 20 Republica story Most recent (Nov 13, 2013) CIDRAP News item on H5N1 in Nepal WHO holds mission in Egypt to lend support surrounding H1N1 fluEgypt’s Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has received help from the World Health Organization (WHO) in the midst of a rash of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza cases, according to a WHO statement yesterday.According to the WHO, the large number of H1N1 cases is not unexpected, as the strain is hitting many areas of the world hard this flu season. The number of cases this season is similar to the number last flu season, but many areas are reporting an increase in severe cases. The 2009 H1N1 type of flu tends to affect young adults in larger numbers than typical seasonal influenza strains.The H1N1 cases appear to have peaked about 2 weeks ago, said Anthony Mounts, MD, leader of the epidemiologic portion of WHO’s Egyptian mission, and numbers are likely to decline going forward.The WHO gave recommendations to MoHP for improving early detection and notification of influenza-like illness and severe respiratory events. The organization also worked with MoHP on educating critical care doctors in Egypt on specimen collection, care of critically ill patients, and infection control, and it worked with MoHP staff on appropriate risk communications.Henk Bekedam, WHO’s representative in Egypt, said that “On the whole, Egypt has a well-established and -functioning surveillance system.”Feb 20 WHO statementlast_img read more

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Flu Scan for Jul 06, 2015

first_imgSouth Africa, Sri Lanka cited as flu hot spots by WHOSouth Africa and Sri Lanka were about the only exceptions to a global pattern of low influenza activity revealed by surveillance as of mid-June, according to a recent flu update from the World Health Organization (WHO).South Africa reported high flu activity, with the H3N2 and 2009 H1N1 viruses both circulating, the WHO said. Activity was increasing but still low in Australia and New Zealand, while temperate regions of South America reported expected levels of flu circulation for this time of year.In tropical Asia, increasing flu activity was reported in Hong Kong, Singapore, southern China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, with type A viruses predominant. But of those, Sri Lanka was the only country described as having high activity, with 2009 H1N1 predominant.Labs in the WHO’s flu surveillance network reported identifying 1,620 flu cases among 23,577 samples tested in the first 2 weeks of June. Of those, 69% were type A and 31% were type B; 77.2% of the type A viruses were H3N2 and 22.8% were 2009 H1N1.Jun 29 WHO update summary Full WHO update  Study: Oseltamivir protects ferrets from influenza eye challengeOseltamivir (Tamiflu) protected ferrets that were infected with influenza viruses via the eye from death, reduced clinical signs and symptoms, and decreased virus transmissibility, according to a new study in Virology. No antiviral drug is currently licensed for treating ocular influenza.Scientists with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sprayed aerosolized influenza H5N1, H7N9, H7N3, and 2009 H1N1 on the surface of ferrets’ eyes, and followed with oseltamivir at regular intervals for some animals and no treatment for control animals.Of those four strains, H5N1 has proved fatal to ferrets infected via the ocular route in previous experiments. But the three animals treated with oseltamivir survived the H5N1 challenge, while control animals did not.The team also found that clinical signs and symptoms, viral shedding, and disease transmission were all reduced for all the strains of flu in animals given oseltamivir.The authors conclude, “These findings provide critical experimental evidence supporting the use of neuraminidase inhibitors during outbreaks of influenza virus resulting in ocular disease or following ocular exposure.”Jul 3 Virology studylast_img read more

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Changes Announced On The Robert Bosch GmbH Board Of Management

first_imgSTUTTGART, Germany – Wolf-Henning Scheider (52) is leaving the Bosch Group effective March 31, 2015, and joining MAHLE GmbH. Effective July 1, 2015, he will become chairman of its board of management. For some years, Bosch and MAHLE have enjoyed a close business relationship. Since 2008, they have run the Bosch Mahle Turbosystems joint venture, which develops and manufactures exhaust-gas turbochargers. Scheider is spokesperson for the Automotive Group and has been a member of the Bosch board of management since 2010.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe shareholders and supervisory board thank Scheider for his many years of good service in various functions with Robert Bosch GmbH. Over the course of his career, Scheider was president of the Car Multimedia division, as well as president of the Gasoline Systems division from 2006 to 2010.Effective April 1, 2015, Dr. Rolf Bulander (56) will assume responsibility for the Mobility Solutions business sector. Operationally, he will be responsible for the Diesel Systems, Gasoline Systems and Starter Motors and Generators divisions, and also will have corporate responsibility for quality. In addition, he will be responsible for the Electrical Drives division in the future. Bulander, who has a P.h.D. in mechanical engineering, has been with the company for 26 years and was appointed to the board of management in 2013. Prior to that, he was president of the Gasoline Systems division.At the same time, Dr. Markus Heyn (50) will be joining the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Following a proposal by the shareholders, his appointment was decided by the supervisory board. His future areas of responsibility will include OE Sales and Marketing and Sales. He also will be responsible for the Automotive Aftermarket division and the ETAS GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH subsidiaries. Heyn, who also has a P.h.D. in mechanical engineering, has been with Bosch since 1999. Most recently, he was president of the Diesel Systems division.AdvertisementAs part of the reshuffle of responsibilities, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel (56) will retain responsibility for the Chassis Systems Control, Car Multimedia and Automotive Electronics divisions. He will also assume responsibility for the new Automotive Steering division. The latter change is subject to the antitrust authorities approving the complete acquisition of ZF Lenksysteme GmbH. In addition, Hoheisel will remain responsible for Automotive Systems Integration. Hoheisel, who has a P.h.D. in electrical engineering, has been a member of the board of management since 2012. He was previously a member of the executive management of the Car Multimedia and Chassis Systems Control divisions.last_img read more

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Ageing gracefully

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Wheels within wheels

first_imgThe complexities of framework agreements with linked subcontracts, often used in large infrastructure projects, can be fertile ground for equally complex disputes. The danger is that it is all too easy to end up having a dispute about how the contract works as opposed to the substance of the claim itself. The decision in Costain Limited vs Tarmac Holdings Limited, heard on 28 February this year in the Technology and Construction Court, provides a good example of this tendency.At first sight this was an application by Tarmac to stay the court proceedings commenced by Costain pursuant to Section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Section 9 states that if a contract contains a valid and operative arbitration clause then the dispute between parties must be resolved by arbitration and any existing court proceedings are stayed. As the judge pointed out, however, “that bland description does not accurately convey the plethora of issues and sub-issues which have arisen between the parties arising out of and concerned with the stay application”.The dispute between the parties was actually about defective concrete supplied by Tarmac to Costain in relation to a new safety barrier between junctions 28 to 31 on the M1 motorway. This decision, however, was concerned solely with how the dispute resolution process operated. The issues arose out of what appeared to be contradictory dispute resolution provisions in the contract. Broadly, the contract comprised two documents: the NEC3 Framework Contact and the NEC3 Supply Short Contract. Tarmac contended that Costain had failed to comply with the time bar provisions in the supply contract. Consequently Costain was barred from making a claim for the difference between the cost of the remedial works which Tarmac had accepted and the cost of the more extensive remedial works proposed by Costain. Tarmac referred that issue to adjudication and the adjudicator agreed with Tarmac’s arguments and decided that Costain was out of time to pursue the claim.The dispute was actually about defective concrete supplied by Tarmac to Costain. This decision, however, was concerned solely with how the dispute resolution process operatedSubsequently Costain issued proceedings in court seeking to recover a claim of just under £6,000,000 by way of damages for breach of contract. Tarmac sought to stay the court proceedings to arbitration on the basis that there was an arbitration provision in the supply contract. Costain resisted that application, pointing out that the contract included another clause (in the framework contract) which allowed for adjudication “at any time” and made no reference to arbitration. In addition, the framework contract contained a reference to the jurisdiction of the English courts. Consequently, Costain maintained that the dispute resolution provision in the supply contract did not actually apply at all to this dispute. Costain also raised issues about the course of dealing between the parties’ solicitors and about abandonment, repudiation and estoppel and, for good measure, argued that the arbitration agreement was in any event “null and void” because the adjudicator exceeded his jurisdiction and, without a valid adjudication decision, there was nothing to trigger the arbitration agreement.The first point to consider was whether there was an arbitration agreement at all. Costain suggested that it was open to the parties either to adjudicate, arbitrate or litigate depending on which route they considered was most appropriate. Tarmac argued that there were two sets of contract conditions relating to two separate aspects of the relationship between the parties. The framework contract would relate to any issues that arose concerning the seeking of a quotation for work and the provision of that quotation, whereas any dispute as to the supply of the concrete itself would be governed by the adjudication/arbitration clause in the supply contract. The judge agreed with Tarmac’s approach. The two parts of the contract had been carefully drafted and the agreement itself expressly made plain that it incorporated two separate sets of terms and conditions. Consequently, there was an operative arbitration clause contained in the supply contract which would apply, after adjudication, to issues in relation to the supply of the concrete itself, which was in fact the real issue in dispute.The complexities that arose in this case may be unavoidable, reflecting the reality of large infrastructure projectsThe next question was whether the dispute was a matter which could be referred to arbitration. While the main issue between the parties was in relation to the defective concrete, the adjudicator’s initial decision had been about whether it was too late for Costain to make the claim at all. The judge decided that a dispute about the adjudicator’s decision, even if therefore about the process rather than the substance of the claim, should be referred to arbitration subject to confirmation as to whether the arbitration provision itself was operative. As to that point, having reviewed the relevant law in relation to Section 9(4) of the 1996 Arbitration Act (of which there is in fact very little) the court came to the conclusion that the arbitration agreement was valid and operative and that, accordingly, the current court proceedings should be stayed to arbitration to consider the issue of whether Costain was out of time in relation to its original adjudication.The complexities that arose out of the contractual arrangements examined in Costain vs Tarmac may be unavoidable, reflecting as they do the reality of such large infrastructure projects. The decision is helpful, however, as a reminder that there is nothing inherently unworkable in having entirely separate dispute resolution procedures contained within one contract dealing with separate aspects of the parties’ working relationship.Simon Lewis is a partner in the construction and engineering team at Bond Dickinsonlast_img read more

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Breakbulk China 2013 to focus on developments, transport solutions

first_imgBreakbulk China 2013 to focus on developments, transport solutionsOctober 3 – Breakbulk China 2013 will attract 150 exhibitors and 5,000 qualified participants to the expo and two-day conference to network and discuss the future development of the industry and transportation solutions, say the organisers.To be held from March 12 to 15, 2013 at Intex Shanghai, exhibitors include ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and logistics equipment manufacturers for the transport of project cargo, heavy lift and ro-ro logistics.Already signed up are: the Port of Antwerp, Austral Asia Line, BBC Chartering, Chipolbrok, CMA CGM, Cosco, DHL, Hanssy Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Jurong Port, Maersk Line, NYK-Hinode, Rickmers Linie, Swire Shipping and Yusen Logistics.In recent years, China has increasingly garnered the global spotlight with its growth in exports and imports of breakbulk and project cargo.China’s dynamic economy has become not only a huge consumer of raw materials and finished commodities for domestic use, but also a supplier to foreign infrastructure construction projects and one of the world’s leading investors in countries seeking to boost their economies through development of natural resources that are both produced by and delivered to China.Panelists during two days of the conference programme will discuss China’s involvement in so much of the world’s breakbulk and project cargo transportation and whether this trend will continue in coming years or slow down.http://breakbulkevents.com/index.php?section=bb_china2013To be held from March 12 to 15, 2013 at Intex Shanghai, exhibitors include ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and logistics equipment manufacturers for the transport of project cargo, heavy lift and ro-ro logistics.Already signed up are: the Port of Antwerp, Austral Asia Line, BBC Chartering, Chipolbrok, CMA CGM, Cosco, DHL, Hanssy Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Jurong Port, Maersk Line, NYK-Hinode, Rickmers Linie, Swire Shipping and Yusen Logistics.In recent years, China has increasingly garnered the global spotlight with its growth in exports and imports of breakbulk and project cargo.China’s dynamic economy has become not only a huge consumer of raw materials and finished commodities for domestic use, but also a supplier to foreign infrastructure construction projects and one of the world’s leading investors in countries seeking to boost their economies through development of natural resources that are both produced by and delivered to China.Panelists during two days of the conference programme will discuss China’s involvement in so much of the world’s breakbulk and project cargo transportation and whether this trend will continue in coming years or slow down.breakbulkevents.com/index.php?section=bb_china2013last_img read more

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Breakbulk Americas moved to November

first_imgThe event was originally due to take place in September.This announcement follows the postponement of Breakbulk Europe from May to September, which HLPFI reported here.“We needed to move these two events as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, an unprecedented crisis that has affected everyone,” explained Nick Davison, portfolio director for Breakbulk and CWEIME events, Hyve Group.Breakbulk Americas will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.www.americas.breakbulk.comlast_img read more

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Reporter’s Diary: The refugee children finding hope in darkness

first_imgSometimes all you need is a group of friends and some rope to forget about the bad times. Image courtesy: Oliver W Jarvis Sometimes all you need is a group of friends and some rope to forget about the bad times. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisUganda is currently experiencing an influx of Congolese refugees due to escalating violence in the DR Congo’s Ituri province. CGTN visited Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Southwest Uganda to experience first-hand the situation…The door of the bus was pulled off, and the new arrivals of refugees began to slowly filter out and into the camp. Children were carried by their mothers, their faces pressed-tightly against their mothers’ breasts. Those who were old enough, walked closely after.Not every child of every mother could make the trip to Uganda. Some were left behind in the Congo with their fathers. Those who had mis-registered children, or who could only afford to bring two out of five of their kids, had to deal with the insufferable reality that they may never see those children again.“Where is your mother? […] She is Dead”Athumani Halima, a local journalist who has long been covering refugee crises, observed a young boy of around seven exit the bus alone.“Where is your mother?” A volunteer ran up to the child asking.He replied in Swahili: “Alisha kufa.” She is dead.A crowd of refugees, who had been in Kyangwali camp for a number of years, stood and stared at the people being offloaded from the bus. There was a lack of expression on many of the faces of those who had arrived, and of those who had stayed there for some time.Going through the screening process, which required a medical vaccination, you could hear children screaming as they were injected one-by-one. A recent cholera outbreak which had reportedly killed 36 individuals in the camp, had heightened the importance of health screenings before admission.There was a lack of expression on many of the faces of those who had arrived, and of those who had stayed there for some time. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisA National IssueIn the DRC, it is estimated that there are over six million children suffering from chronic malnutrition – and only 25% of children have birth certificates.Escalating violence means that access to education is becoming increasingly difficult. The Global Partnership for Education estimates that 3.5 million, or 26.7%, of primary age children are out-of-school, of which 2.75 million live in rural areas. Furthermore, the sector is facing a wide range of challenges with regard to quality, governance and disparities.There has been an improvement over the last few years in the completion rate of primary education completion, from 29% in 2002 to 70% in 2014, however, the DRC still remains one of the countries with the largest number of out-of-school children.As we met the children in the camp, some managed a fist-bump or a thumbs up. But any smile seemed forced – their little minds trying to process the horror that they had fled.A confident boy of 10 years old told me that he remembered loud bangs in the distance, and people crying back home. He said his mother and him ran away because of the fighting – he did not mention his father. At 10 years old a child should be entering the latter years of their primary education, not scrambling through jungle to the shores of Lake Albert to board a makeshift boat and take the dangerous day-long trip to Uganda.At 10 years old a child should be entering the latter years of their primary education. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisEducation, Education, EducationTo many, the situation that these children are entering into as refugees seems a hopeless one. Resources are stretched, space is deteriorating and the camp’s population is increasing everyday.But one organisation, founded in 2005 by refugee youth, is looking to alleviate the suffering for these refugee children.COBURWAS International Youth Organisation To Transfer Africa (CIYOTA) a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation based in Kyangwali refugee camp has given thousands of refugee children the opportunity to gain a full education. They believe that through education, they can help eradicate poverty, heal conflict and spur economic growth.I visited COBURWAS, the primary school in the heart of the settlement. It started as a nursery school with around 40 children in 2009 – fast-forward 9 years later and the school has approximately 500 children and an impressive examination record.“We are seeing change in the children – their social behaviour and knowledge.” Image courtesy: Oliver W Jarvis“These children are facing a very tough time,” Headteacher of COBURWAS, Okoboi John Bosco told me.“They are refugees in a foreign land, from a war torn country. We believe that if we give them education they can help solve conflict in their community. Education is the key to everything.”John has been working with the school for a number of years, and has overseen a great change in both the school and the children.“Year-on-year we have added class-on-class. Children have passed through our system and gone on to secondary and university. They have made it.“We are seeing change in the children – their social behaviour and knowledge. Some are even talking of community projects to help. The long term change is yet to come as they pursue their studies,” John added.COBURWAS started as a nursery school with around 40 children in 2009. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisWalking around the grounds of COBURWAS at break time, dodging various footballs and children who grouped up for photographs, it was clear that these kids’ outlook had changed. Most had been born in the camp, or were very young when they had arrived in Uganda. Education had given them a freedom to express themselves, to articulate what they had experienced, make friends and plan their future.“When I grow up I want to be a doctor because people in this community are suffering from cholera and I would like to help them,” Kesha, a boy of 9 years old, told me.“When I grow up I want to be a teacher. Teachers make a lot of money,” a 10-year-old girl, Annahsifa, said.“These kids have got plans,” John told me as we walked through the playground.“Some of them want to become doctors, others farmers, teachers – others want to help these children who are desperate for an education.”“When I grow up I want to be a doctor because people in this community are suffering from cholera and I would like to help them,” Kesha, a boy of 9 years old, told me. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisWe paused on the school field and watched children cast makeshift tree branch javelins and measured the distance of their throws. It was the mark of the resilience of human nature – to find hope in darkness. These children had watched everything in their life get broken – yet through education and the help of CIYOTA, had stooped and built it back up again with worn-out tools.last_img read more

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Trinidadian couple caught in ‘biggest’ Orlando drug bust

first_imgNewsRegional Trinidadian couple caught in ‘biggest’ Orlando drug bust by: – July 24, 2013 361 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Shamila Ram­per­sadTwo Trinidad and Tobago nationals who are currently investing millions in Trinidad and Tobago were charged in Orange Country, Florida, on July 14, with trafficking some 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg) of marijuana. According to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, police found 1,230 pounds (558 kg) of marijuana inside an RV (recreational vehicle) owned by Mukesh and Shamila Ram­per­sad—815 pounds (370 kg) in a storage compartment below the vehicle and roughly 415 pounds (188 kg) inside the bed in the bedroom of the RV. The Rampersads were two of five people arrested by the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation in the incident. Larry Zwieg, director of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, was quoted in an online report by RTT News: “That might be the most I’ve ever seen here in Orlando. We are looking further into the organisation. We are looking further into this couple who were driving the RV.”Zwieg had told RTT News the marijuana was being trans­ported by a Jamaican drug-trafficking organisation and was to be distributed throughout the state of Florida.Mukesh RampersadRampersad, 51, was accompanied by his wife on the tour bus owned by the couple, valued at US$400,000. They were charged with trafficking in cannabis greater than 2,000 pounds with a firearm and conspiracy to traffic cannabis greater than 2,000 pounds. According to the county records, Rampersad was released the same day on a US$100,300 surety bond while his wife was released on a US$100,150 cash bond. Rampersad, owner of Prestige Auto Body & Cycle in Florida, is in the midst of a $20 million investment in Edinburgh, Chaguanas. On October 13, 2011, he was quoted in an article in the Business Guardian as saying he planned to invest in the areas of door manufacturing and automotive customising and should generate over 150 jobs for the corporation over the next two years. To this end, Rampersad has been constructing a building in Edinburgh. Chaguanas Mayor Orlando Nagessar yesterday told the Express he was “shocked” by the news. He said he was first introduced to Ram-persad when the borough was twinned with the city of Lauderhill, Florida. He described Rampersad as “part of the Trini posse” in Florida, and during the twinning celebrations, Rampersad had taken them on a bus, which he owned, on road trips in the district. He noted that Rampersad was originally from Freeport and had migrated from Trinidad many years ago but saw an opportunity to invest in T&T again after the twinning ceremony. Asked whether the Edinburgh project was on track, he confirmed they were now in the process of installing glass windows, so in his estimation, it was on track. Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States Dr Neil Parsan told the Express via e-mail yesterday he has “had no such report sent to the Mission”. Trinidad Expresslast_img read more

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Chad Astaphan releases new single

first_img 332 Views   no discussions Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Chad Astaphan releases new single by: – August 31, 2013 After ten months hiatus from the music scene, teen pop singer “Chad” is back with his new single, only this time with a meteoric trajectory.Well known for his hit song and video “Breath Away”, Chad took a break to relocate to New York and to expand his brand. Now under the management of Felix Augustine of FEEL-LIXX Entertainment, Chad is eager to show his evolution and growth with this brand new release.The new single entitled “Tonight”, features Caribbean Dancehall/Soca artiste Kulcha Don. The song was written by Chad, while the music was composed by Clem Harrigan and produced by Clem Harrigan and Miguel Hernandez. The song brings the element of a Pop and Caribbean sound with the entrancing guitars and catchy chorus.“Although Tonight is passionate and simplistic; it’s different and out of the box from what I’ve done before,” Chad said in a press release on Friday, 30th August.“I got a chance to display my true vocals and writing skills and to show how different and diverse music should be. The inclusion and fusion of Kulcha takes Tonight to another level”.He also noted that it was “fun” making this song and “can’t wait for its pending success.”The song is now available on iTunes and Numusiczone. The date for the music video release will be announced at a later date.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQz8dFj1bgc[/youtube]Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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