Indonesian boy dies of avian flu; Japan confirms H5N1 in swans

first_imgApr 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia today reported that a 3-year-old boy died last week of an H5N1 influenza infection, as Japan confirmed that the virus found recently in four wild swans was H5N1, according to news agencies.Lili Sulistyowati of the Indonesian health ministry said the 3-year-old was from Manyaran village in Central Java and died April 23 after a respiratory illness, according to a Reuters report today.Several chickens with which the boy had contact had died suddenly, Sulistyowati reported.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the boy’s case, the WHO’s H5N1 count for Indonesia will increase to 133 cases with 108 deaths. The WHO’s current global H5N1 count is 381 cases with 240 deaths.In Japan, government officials said four dead and dying swans found near Lake Towada in the northeast had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. Previous reports said the swans had an H5 virus; the National Institute of Animal Health confirmed the presence of H5N1 in further testing, the story said.Authorities in Akita prefecture plan to spend the next 2 days inspecting 15 farms within a 30-kilometer radius of where the swans were found, the AP reported.The swan findings come after a series of H5N1 outbreaks on poultry farms in neighboring South Korea. Japan’s last reported H5N1 outbreaks occurred in early 2007 on the southern island of Kyushu.Meanwhile, South Korea has reported a new suspected H5N1 outbreak, this one on a chicken farm in Ulsan City in the country’s southeast, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report today. Recent confirmed outbreaks have been in southwestern Korea.In other developments, an avian flu virus was found on a chicken farm in Denmark, but initial tests showed it was not the deadly form of H5N1, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.Danish veterinary officials said the outbreak was in Stenstrop on the island of Fyn, according to Xinhua. About 2,000 chickens on the farm were to be culled.See also: Apr 29 Japanese report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on swan cases read more

Tesco back in development

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Terranora acreage property sells for $1.18 million

first_img31 Sunnycrest Drive, Terranora. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago31 Sunnycrest Drive, Terranora.He bought the property in 2009 and said it took a year to build before he and his wife Cass moved in.“It is an incredibly family-friendly home,” the father-of-three said.“It is pleasant in winter and cool in summer and I’m really going to miss it.“We are actually only moving because I have got another job down south, otherwise I think we would stay here for as long as possible.”Sprawled on 4,051sq m of flat, manicured grounds, the Darryl Anderson Consulting town planner said the acreage was the biggest draw card for the family.McGrath Coolangatta Tweed Heads agents Jason and Yasmin Monk negotiated the sale. 31 Sunnycrest Drive, Terranora sold for $1.18 million.A STUNNING acreage retreat in northern NSW has changed hands for $1.18 million.It was the ninth highest sale on the Coast this week.The property at 31 Sunnycrest Drive features mountain views and a stunning outdoor entertaining area overlooking the pool.It was built by Tweed Shire town planner Brad Lane for his family. last_img read more

UDFA/GT Beer Christmas Cup football

first_imgby Joe ChapmanWilliams, Drakes help Shattas beat Milerock 2-0GOALS by Damian Williams and Colwyn Drakes ensured full points went to Silver Shattas with a 2-0 win over Milerock and three-time champions Federal Winners Connection also gained maximum points via a walkover from Hi Stars. The wins kept both teams at the head of their group from two wins, when the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) 4th annual GT Beer Cup Christmas football tournament continued its preliminary round at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground on Saturday night.Playing in the second game after match officials ruled the walkover when Hi Stars failed to show for their match against Winners Connection, Shattas, last year’s runners-up got their lead through Williams when a corner was awarded to them.Then Jashawn Freeman, their defender sent a high ball from the right and Williams rose to head home for a 1-0 advantage in the 41st minute.The Shattas then continued to look the better side as their defence stood up to maintain their advantage at the break.The heavy conditions continued to make play a bit tough but the Shattas were determined to come away with another victory and they doubled the score in the 75th minute after Dexter Garraway was able to send Drakes through for a neat shot, which gave them a 2-0 lead. When the final whistle came their second win was assured.The competition continues today with two matches. Amelia’s Ward Panthers face Botofago in the first game at 18:00hrs and Net Rockers come up against Kwakwani Strikers from 20.00hrs.last_img read more

Oakland A’s reflect on historic, homer-happy night at the Coliseum

first_imgOAKLAND — It had never happened before in over 50 years of Major League Baseball at the Coliseum.From A’s manager Bob Melvin’s perspective, it may take another half-century for it to take place again.The A’s and Houston Astros combined for 10 home runs Thursday night in their series opener, with Matt Chapman’s homer — his second of the game — in the bottom of the eighth proving to be the difference in a 7-6 Oakland win.Three other players — A’s first baseman Matt Olson and the Astros’ …last_img read more

Social participation key to efficient cities

first_imgJohannesburg’s population grew by 1.2-million people in the decade between 2001 and 2011. (Image: For more free images, visit the image gallery) Former finance minister and now minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, says that Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau is also looking abroad for inspiration on how to make the city more liveable.(Image: Romaana Naidoo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jean Robertson  Vuma Reputation Management  +27 87 941 3497 or +27 82 994 7744 RELATED ARTICLES • Revamping Gauteng’s freeways • Making democracy work for all • Joburg – from mining camp to big city • Nelson Mandela Bay is smartShamin ChibbaCaring cities take responsibility, and social participation is needed in order for cities to function efficiently. This was the message Johannesburg’s mayor, Parks Tau, punted at the 2013 Metropolis Annual Meeting in Sandton on Wednesday, 17 July. The event, which takes place between 16 and 18 July, brought together more than 80 mayors from around the world to discuss ways of overcoming challenges such as poverty, informal housing, transit and communications infrastructure, and public services. Keeping in line with the conference’s theme of Caring Cities, Tau said a city with the ability to care is also able to act and take responsibility. “This theme is underpinned by the profound philosophy of ubuntu. We are bound by accountability.”According to Metropolis secretary-general Alain Le Saux, the organisation was established in 1984 as an international forum for major cities to gather and discuss common issues and goals. Usually, such topics involve water supply, transport and sanitation. But, according to Le Saux, Tau wanted this year’s discussion to be about putting citizens first. “We are not looking at the transport company but at the people inside the bus.”More active citizen participationFor cities to become more resourceful, Tau said their citizens would have to actively participate in the way they are run. He urged citizens to look at public participation beyond the transactional framework and bring their expertise to provide local solutions to problems. “If you go to Soweto on a Wednesday, to an area where waste is collected; after the trucks have moved there are a group of young people who sanitise the bins and send them back to the houses. The households then give them some money. Now that is community involvement. They have found a solution to a problem.”Tau looked abroad for innovative ways of making Johannesburg more liveable. He spoke of how Brazilian cities came to regularise informal settlements in its major cities, which subsequently gave inhabitants a degree of security. “It gave people the ability to [interact] with the city because they are not living in temporary environments.”He spoke of the Lula Movement in Brazil, which involved citizens in the development of communities. Former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” Da Silva put in place measures which would make citizens more responsible. For instance, one of the objectives was the provision of education to children. Citizens would be given free basic services if they continued sending their children to school. However, if their children were not at school, the government would stop the free services. “This is building a different relationship as opposed to people just being passive recipients of municipal services,” said Tau.Nádia Campeão, the vice-mayor of São Paulo in Brazil, said public participation requires access to information to ensure social control. “To us, social participation is about taking care of the city. It is only through this that we can reach our goals.”Johannesburg to be centre of urban innovationAccording to Trevor Manuel, minister in the Presidency, Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth. In his address, Manuel said between 2001 and 2011, the city grew by 1.2-million people. As a reaction to this growth, he announced the establishment of the Centre for Urban Innovation, which will be used by the Johannesburg City Council to track innovative practices of cities from around the world. The centre will also bring stakeholders together to deal with urban issues, said Manuel. “Part of what it will do is to convene and stream ideas.”In Manuel’s opinion, stakeholders do not use enough of the ideas urban planners are publishing. “I am staggered by the amount of information and how little we are using to implement and drive change.”Manuel believed Johannesburg and other major South African cities are still dealing with the vestiges of the Group Areas Act, an apartheid law which assigned racial groups to specific residential and business zones in urban areas. He suggested an efficient land use management initiative that would maximise the value of land and improve the efficiency of a city’s function. “Unless we do this early, people will settle where they move to and it will become harder to [relocate] them. The idea that the poor settle on the most marginal land because it is cheaper actually disadvantages them.”International cooperation and challengesTau suggested that cities around the world should co-operate to learn from each other. He said as the world comes closer together, new forms of communication between metropolitan areas will take place. “We as large cities need to embrace closer collaboration with each other.”Campeão agreed that international cooperation is one of the best ways to capture good practices and solutions for cities. And with this in mind, São Paulo is already making an effort to increase its global relations. The city will be one of the major venues of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and it is hosting the World Expo in 2020.Current challengesAntonio Balmón, the executive vice-president of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area in Spain, said cities are facing three challenges, namely demographic growth and urban concentration, climate change and the transformation of economic dynamics. He said new policies need to be drawn up to deal with rising temperatures and sea levels, food security, globalisation and the liberalisation of financial markets. Cities, he added, should also accept their new roles as economic promoters, cultural transformers of economic policies, and co-operative centres for national and supranational economic policies.MegacitiesLe Saux spoke about the transformation to megacities and the challenges this poses. One of the major problems, he said, is access to land. He recommended that land be prepared in a way that would provide people with the ability to help themselves. “We have to believe in the capacity of the people to organise their lives. But for that to occur, the local authorities need to give them what they need; land, public water, energy and other basic services.”Le Saux said cities should stop building outward. “When the city is 100 kilometres long then the water supply has to be 100 kilometres long.”He proposed that development be refocused on the city centre, which would force urban planners to build upward. “In the past the network was very big. But today, we have to see if it is possible to create small networks and to make a conjunction between these networks. That could probably be less expensive and easier to organise.”He said current building technology allows us to recycle water, generate electricity and develop an internal heating system, which could save cities a lot of money. “If we can do this to all parts of the city, then we would have found our solution.”last_img read more

African markets to cross list exchange traded funds

first_img17 August 2015Discussions are under way between market participants in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya to launch the cross listing of exchange traded funds (ETFs), which will lead to improved liquidity on Africa’s exchanges.ETF issuers are working to cross list new and existing ETFs on other exchanges, while the exchanges themselves are putting in place the right frameworks to enable this.ETFs are a collection of equities, commodities or bonds bundled together in a fund to ensure that investor risks are evenly spread across this range of securities. They are only written off specific index-related securities that are listed on a stock exchange, which makes it possible to invest in a diverse range of securities through a single exchange traded product.The concept of cross listing an ETF is the same as cross listing a share, or listing it on more than one exchange. It provides domestic investors with access to opportunities from another market, in the convenient and cost effective form of an ETF.By cross listing ETFs on African exchanges, investors will be given access to liquid company shares tracked by indices such as the FTSE/JSE Top 40, the FTSE/NSE Kenya 15 Index, and the MSCI/Nigeria.Fastest growing asset class“ETFs are one of the fastest growing asset-class categories in the world. By collaborating with Africa’s largest stock exchanges, we hope to spearhead this trend in Africa,” explains Donna Oosthuyse, the director for capital markets at the JSE.The cross listing of ETFs will fulfil two main functions: investors will have exposure to a diverse range of top-performing South Africa, Nigerian and Kenyan companies in a convenient and cost-effective way; and the cross-listings of ETFs will improve the liquidity of Africa’s largest stock exchanges.Oosthuyse says that the advantages for companies included in the ETF indices, and for the exchanges from whence they come, are that ETFs need to be “fully covered”.“This means that the asset manager that is managing the ETF portfolio has to buy and sell the underlying shares on the home exchange, depending on the activity of buying and selling of the ETF.”Home market liquidityIf an ETF from Kenya or Nigeria, for instance, is listed on the JSE, she adds, then the asset manager in Kenya or Nigeria has to buy and sell the constituent shares on the home market, as units in the ETF are bought and sold. This drives liquidity in the home market.“In addition to this, it provides extra visibility on the shares on that exchange to new investors who in all likelihood don’t yet trade on that market.”Haruna Jalo-Waziri, the executive director of business development at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, says: “This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing investors with a wide range of investment products to help them realise their financial goals. ETFs are becoming attractive to many investors offering them portfolio diversification and reduced cost of investing.“We are proud once again to be collaborating with reputable exchanges in Africa to bring this new and exciting investment opportunity to bolster trade across multiple markets.”Building African Financial Markets SeminarMeanwhile, as part of an on-going effort to deepen and promote liquidity, choice of products and investor interest across African markets, the JSE and the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), supported by the World Bank Group, will be hosting the third Building African Financial Markets Seminar from 16 to 18 September.The conference will gather key representatives from stock exchanges, regulatory bodies, stockbroking firms and other market participants from several African countries. Ideas on how to grow Africa’s capital markets will be discussed.Source: APOlast_img read more

Parks shows up to Gilas practice

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonRay Parks made a surprise appearance in Gilas Pilipinas’ Tuesday evening practice at Meralco Gym.The two-time UAAP MVP and reigning ABL Local MVP, who was left out of coach Chot Reyes’ initial list, headlined the newest attendees to the sessions and participated in the resumption of the national team practices.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and Raymar Jose also made their presence felt in the session, as well as current pool members Raymond Almazan, Almond Vosotros, and rookies Ed Daquioag, Mike Tolomia, Carl Bryan Cruz, Von Pessumal, and Fonzo Gotladera.Also a welcome sight in the practice session were 17-year-old Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu, who participated in the drills, and Fil-Malaysian Zachary Benares, who sat on the sidelines with player agent Charlie Dy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutObserving the session from the sidelines were Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo.Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng, who are still with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup, and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger are the newest inclusions who have yet to appear in the practice sessions. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Kobe Paras soars high, but falls short against pros in 3×3 dunk contest Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

Songa Bulk Adds SecondHand Kamsarmax

first_imgzoom Olso-listed bulker owner Songa Bulk ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a Kamsarmax bulk carrier built in 2011 at Sanoyas in Japan.The 83, 494-DWT vessel will be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2017, the company said.The shipowner plans to establish a wholly owned subsidiary to take delivery of the vessel.The latest purchase brings Songa Bulk’s total fleet to 13 vessels, which have cost USD 236.4 million so far.These include 2 Capesizes, 8 Kamsarmaxes and 3 Supramaxes.Earlier this week, Songa completed a tap issue of USD 45 million in its Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue, the net proceeds of which have been earmarked for the financing of additional bulker acquisitions.The total nominal amount outstanding in the bond following the tap issue will be USD 120 million.“The additional USD 45 million from the tap issue will let us continue to grow the fleet in line with our strategy. We still find the risk reward ratio attractive in the dry bulk space and we expect to add additional vessels to our fleet shortly,” Arne Blystad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Songa, said commenting on the tap issue.last_img read more