WHO invokes flu rules a year early

first_imgMay 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today to invoke a set of health regulations related to influenza a year early because of the threat that H5N1 avian flu will trigger a flu pandemic.The voluntary regulations are part of the International Health Regulations (IHR), which were approved by the World Health Assembly a year ago but are not scheduled to take effect until June 2007.”The provisions identified for early voluntary compliance include those relating to rapid and transparent notification, support to countries that request it in investigating and controlling [influenza] outbreaks, and providing essential information including recommendations for control measures,” the WHO said in a news release today.The resolution passed by the WHA notes that rapid detection and reporting of human cases of avian flu “underpin WHO’s ability to issue a reliable risk assessment and declare an appropriate phase of pandemic alert.”Among other things, the voluntary measures adopted under the resolution call on countries to:Promptly report to the WHO any probable or confirmed human illnesses caused by any new flu virus subtypeDesignate an official IHR “focal point” to communicate information and collaborate with the WHO on risk assessment (the language doesn’t specify whether this would be an individual or an agency)Designate IHR “contact points”Provide WHO collaborating centers with information and biological materials related to highly pathogenic avian influenza and other novel flu strains in a timely mannerThe resolution also covers regulations related to surveillance, information-sharing, consultation, verification, public health response, and public health measures for travelers.The measure calls on the WHO director-general to “further accelerate steps” to set up a roster of experts [on avian and pandemic flu] and to invite proposals for its membership.”In addition, the WHO chief is asked to help mobilize international help for needy countries affected by avian flu and to search for solutions to the shortage of, and unequal access to, flu vaccines.Anders Nordstrom, acting WHO director-general, said the agency has increased its ability to provide on-the-ground help to avian-flu–affected countries in the past year, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today.”The number of missions from WHO has gone up since the last year,” said Nordstrom. “And now we expect with this decision, which is more of a political commitment, that we will be able to accelerate even more.”Nordstrom, who was appointed after the death of Dr. Lee Jong-wook on May 22, said the WHO and affected countries need more people and money to cope with avian flu, according to AFP.At a conference in Beijing last January, donor countries pledged $1.9 billion to help poor countries prepare for a pandemic. Nordstrom could not provide details on how much of the promised money has been given so far. But he said that only $12 million of $89 million promised to the WHO has come in, according to AFP.See also:WHO resolution on flu provisions in the IHRhttps://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA59/A59_47-en.pdflast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 23

first_imgWrite in McCarthy on Working Families lineFellow Working Families Party members: please write-in Gary McCarthy in the primary for Mayor of Schenectady on Tuesday (June 25).In my lifetime, I’ve never seen as much progress in this city than under the McCarthy administration.Gary’s the best candidate for working families.He’s cut property taxes four years in a row, led the effort to rehab blighted properties in our neighborhoods, and his administration has overseen a 36 percent decrease in major crimes.As a union member, I’m glad that a vacant brownfield site on the river became the bustling Mohawk Harbor which has hundreds of good paying union jobs.When it comes to Gary’s opponent, I’m concerned about her past tweets supporting far-right Republicans like state Sen. George Amedore.Amedore has voted against marriage equality; banning conversion therapy for minors; gender discrimination protections in employment; taking guns away of convicted domestic abusers; and, banning bump stocks, which were used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas.I’m a progressive. Anyone who supports far-right candidates like Amedore is not one.Schenectady has made tremendous progress under Mayor McCarthy’s administration. While there’s much more work to do, there is no better executive to keep the progress going then Gary McCarthy.Patrick WeingartenSchenectadyHow can Trump benefit from honor?To all the Never Trumpers and conspiracy theorists, what, if any, benefit does the current president stand to receive from the nearly simultaneous naming of an area in Israel being named in honor of him to the announcement of his re-election campaign?Will it encourage any voters? Could this be another campaign law violation?Al PirigyiBurnt HillsPraying for president is not a profane actIn a recent column by Michael Gerson, Franklin Graham was accused of “ profaning the gospel”  in his request for church leaders to announce June 2 as a day to pray for the president.By definition, profane can mean taking a spiritual entity and making it secular or worldly. Thus, Mr. Gerson’s opinion that Mr. Graham’s request for prayer was profane.He added that such was asked to protect the president from the “spiritual darkness” of this current world of which he even thought himself a part. The legacy of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association from which Franklin Graham has emerged as its current leader is well known .It is simply wrong to believe Franklin Graham’s intent to be anything but solidly based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and simply promote a day of prayer for our country’s leader.To add a verse from Paul’s letter to those in Ephesus, Paul incidentally a believer in the true gospel message. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil.” (Ephesian 5:15)How could such a request for prayer be profane?Nancyjane BattenScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAct now to get guns off of our streetsThere are too many guns in the wrong hands.There are too many drive-by shootings and other shootings in the Capital District and other nearby areas. We read it in the newspapers and hear it on the TV news almost every day.This has to stop. Our laws are too easy. We should have tougher gun laws that if someone is caught with a gun they should not have, the penalty should be a few years in jail to start.We should also advertise that if anyone is caught with a gun, they will be put away for a long time or they can turn the gun in now, no questions asked. Give a time limit on this and that’s it. I think you will see lots of guns turned in if the sentence is really a long jail time.We have to take our streets back once and for all. Enough is enough. Let’s act on this now.Sid GordonSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgBayerische Versorgungskammer, BVI, DVFA, Willis Towers Watson, Vivat, THEAM, Bouwinvest, Kames Capital, Barnett WaddinghamBayerische Versorgungskammer – Reinhold Weger has been named head of fixed income at the €65bn pension fund, Germany’s largest. Weger, in charge of the fund’s equity investments, succeeds Constantin Echter, who is set to join insurer Münchener Verein as head of asset management.BVI – Tobias Pross has been elected president of the German Investment Funds Association and will succeed Holger Naumann, a member of the board of Deutsche Asset Management, from the beginning of next month. Pross, who has been part of BVI’s management board since 2011, is head of EMEA at Allianz Global Investors.DVFA – Stefan Bielmeier has been re-elected managing director of the German association of investment consultants. Currently chief economist at DZ Bank, he joined the association’s board in 2010 and was first elected managing director in 2012. Willis Tower Watson – Rolf Kooijman has joined the board of the Towers Watson PPI, succeeding Jan Kloet, who is to retire. During the past two years, Kooijman – a professional supervisor – has taken a sabbatical. Between 2009 and 2013, he was CFO and a member of the management board at custodian KAS Bank. He has also been financial director at insurer Delta Lloyd.Vivat – Dutch insurer Vivat has appointed Hans Visser as general manager for pensions. He will be responsible for pensions at Vivat’s subsidiary Zwitserleven, succeeding Seada van den Herik, who stepped down in October. Visser joins from Vanbreda Risk & Benefits, where he was commercial director.THEAM – The BNP Paribas Investment Partners subsidiary specialising in capital-protected, indexed and model-driven management has appointed Isabelle Bourcier as head of ETF and indexed fund activities. Between February 2011 and November 2015, she was head of business development at Ossiam, a subsidiary of Natixis Global Asset Management specialising in smart-beta ETFs. Bouwinvest – Frank Nijs has been tasked with acquisition at the new Healthcare Fund of Dutch property manager Bouwinvest. Nijs joins from Heeren Loo Zorggroep, where has been project developer responsible for portfolio management. Before then, he worked at the project development companies Kristal and Heijmans.Kames Capital – David Ennett has been appointed to the high-yield team. He joins from Standard Life Investments, where he was head of European high yield.Barnett Waddingham – Andy Greig, Simon Rusling and Stuart Harrison have been appointed partners at the UK consultancy.last_img read more

Two injured, one missing after drilling vessel catches fire off Malaysia

first_imgImage source: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)An offshore drilling vessel caught fire while operating in the South China Sea offshore Miri, Malaysia, early on Tuesday morning. Two workers were injured as a result of the incident while one worker is still missing.The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said on Tuesday it received an emergency signal at about 3.15 in the morning from Kuala Baram waters.The coast guard vessel soon came to the scene and found the 2009-built Malaysian-flagged vessel named Geos on fire. The vessel is registered under Kuala Lumpur-based Ageo Marine which is a subcontractor of Petronas.The entire crew of the vessel jumped into the sea following the explosion in the engine room that caused the fire. Two workers were injured and one worker remains to be found.With help from other two vessels, MP Perdana Frontier and MP Nautica Aleesya, the fire was brought under control by 8.00 a.m. but there are still residual fires on the water surface.According to reports from Malaysian media, there were 39 workers on board comprising 33 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Thai national.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Petrobras in talks with SBM Offshore for largest oil production unit in Brazil

first_imgDutch FPSO provider SBM Offshore and Brazilian oil giant Petrobas are in talks for the charter of an FPSO vessel for operations on the Buzios field located in the Santos basin, offshore Brazil. The contracting process is already underway and the winning companies of the public pre-qualification carried out by Petrobras participate in it. Petrobras noted it constantly monitors the FPSOs world market and has identified that, at this moment, only SBM has the capacity to meet the technical, operational and availability requirements of the company. According to Petrobras, it will be the largest oil production unit operating on the Brazilian coast and one of the largest in the world, with a daily processing capacity of 225 thousand barrels of oil and 12 million m3 of gas. If and when an agreement is reached, SBM Offshore said it will inform the market. In a separate statement on Tuesday, SBM Offshore confirmed it has entered into negotiations with Petrobras for the charter contract for the FPSO Almirante Tamandaré. The anticipated production capacity of the unit is 225,000 barrels of oil and 12 million m3 of gas per day. The platforms will have the capacity to process 180 thousand barrels of oil and 7.2 million m3 of gas daily and are expected to start operating in 2025. In an update on Tuesday, Petrobras said it has started negotiations with SBM Offshore to contract the FPSO Almirante Tamandaré to be installed in the Búzios field. The FPSO Almirante Tamandaré will be the sixth production system of the Búzios field, with startup scheduled for the second half of 2024. Petrobras added that the other two units to be installed in Búzios, FPSOs P-78 and P-79, will be contracted by bidding, in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) modality. last_img read more

Dominica observes World No Tobacco Day

first_img Share Photo credit: onenewspage.comThe Ministry of Health is observing today, Thursday May 31, 2012 as World No Tobacco Day. The observance will highlight two weeks of activities which run from Monday May 28 to June 08, 2012, under the theme, “Smoking: Harmful in any form “focusing on tobacco and marijuana use.World No Tobacco Day is an initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization to reduce tobacco use across the globe in an effort to improve public health for all.It is a day for people, non-governmental organizations and governments to organize various activities to make people more aware of the health problems that tobacco use can cause.This year, the Ministry is targeting the Secondary School Population from first form to third form. The objective is to create awareness among school children on the effects of smoking in an effort to reduce the incidences of smoking among the school children.In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health during 2000, 2004 and 2009 on Youth and Smoking in Dominica, the survey revealed that in 2000 about 28% of the country’s young people were exposed to tobacco smoking. While in 2004, 26% were exposed and 25% for 2009.Data from the 2009 Global Youth Survey conducted among school age students in Dominica indicates an increase in the usage of both marijuana and tobacco. Tobacco use increased from 19.3% in 2000 to 25.3% in 2009. Use of marijuana increased from 18.2% in 2002 to 29.5% in 2006. Tobacco use is among the leading preventable causes of death. Each year, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people, including more than 600,000 who die from exposure to second-hand smoke. In CARICOM about 30% of male and 15% female deaths are due to smoking.Smoking accounts for about 20% of cardiovascular deaths.Smoking also contributes to Heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (emphysema, asthma, etc.) low birth rate in new-borns and IDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).People who live with smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer themselves, even though they do not smoke.Marijuana use causes a number of social and health problems, such as mental illness, lungs inflammation, family problems and poor school performance.The costs of tobacco and Marijuana use are measured in its enormous toll of disease, suffering and family distress. Economies also suffer from increased health-care costs and decreased productivity. Press Release Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica observes World No Tobacco Day by: – May 31, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share 18 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Fernandes at centre of FIFA probe amid Sporting Lisbon transfer dispute

first_imgBruno Fernandes’ move to Manchester United is at the heart of a transfer dispute that sees former club Sporting Lisbon facing a FIFA probe. But that issue is unrelated to this, with Sporting simply believing that they owe Sampdoria nothing. Fernandes unilaterally rescinded his contract one year after moving the Lisbon – in a move similar to Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence and Gelson Martins – after Sporting players were attacked at the club’s training ground by their own fans. But while teammates departed, Fernandes duly re-signed with Sporting, who believe that he was duly signed a second time as a free agent, thus meaning they don’t owe the Serie A side a cut. According to A Bola, the club’s are in contact and litigation has begun with FIFA keeping abreast of the situation. The dispute between Sampdoria and Sporting makes little difference to United, whose fans have been delighted with their signing so far. read also:Fernandes: I’m my friends biggest enemy when they face Man Utd Fernandes scored twice and assisted three times in his first five Premier League games, also picking up the Premier League Player of the Month award for February. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth Loading… Italian side Sampdoria claimed that they are owed £4million following his January switch, and have made world football’s governing body aware of the situation. Sampdoria sold Fernandes to Sporting in 2017 in a £7.5million deal after a successful season. The Italian side claim that they are owed 10 per cent of any future profit made on the Portugal international, owing to terms of that deal. Fernandes was sold to United in January for an initial fee of £47million rising to a potential £67m. The Portuguese club are understood to be cash-strapped amid the coronavirus crisis and last month saw a German bank block a much-need payment amid the current global financial situation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pele asked to light Rio pyre, checks with sponsors

first_img(REUTERS) – Pele has been invited to light the Olympic pyre for the Rio Games tomorrow but the Brazilian soccer great is checking with his sponsors to see if he is free to lead the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium.“I have a contract that I am bound to fulfil,” Pele told Globo TV late on Tuesday, adding that he was consulting the U.S. company that holds the rights to his brand name whether he can take up the invitation from the Olympic organising committee.“As a Brazilian, I’d love to do it,” said the 75-year-old, who helped his country win the World Cup three times and would be launching the Games in the stadium where he scored his 1 000th goal in 1969.Pele later told reporters that International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and the head of the Brazilian committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman had personally asked him to light the pyre and that he would have an answer today.He said he would have to cancel a trip organised by his sponsors.Pele, regarded as the greatest player of all-time, played in four World Cups and is the only player to have won it three times: in 1958 in Sweden, when he was just 17, in 1962 in Chile and in 1970 in Mexico.last_img read more

Windies Women clinch T20 series

first_imgVIJAYAWADA, India, (CMC) – West Indies Women remained true to form when they clinched their three-match Twenty20 International series against India with an uncomplicated 31-run victory in the second game here yesterday.Defending 137 for five at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side knocked over the hosts for 106 off 18.1 overs, to win their second game in three days and make up for the pain of their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding one-day series.Sent in, West Indies Women were again propelled by captain Stafanie Taylor who top-scored with 47 while veteran Deandra Dottin stroked 35 and teenaged opener Hayley Matthews, 27.Seamer Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with two for 29.Matthews gave the innings impetus in a brisk 28-ball knock which included five fours but she and Britney Cooper (5) fell in the space of nine deliveries to leave the visitors on 41 for two in the eighth over.Taylor then expertly anchored two key partnership to ensure West Indies built a competitive total. First, she put on 48 for the third wicket with Dottin, who dominated with a 21-ball cameo which included five boundaries.Secondly, she added a further 48 for the fourth wicket with former captain Merissa Aguilleira whose 21 came from 17 balls and included two fours.All told, Taylor faced 46 deliveries and counted four fours.India Women then found themselves in early trouble when they lost Smriti Mandhana cheaply for four off the fourth ball of the innings with the score on five and several attempts to revive the innings failed.Captain Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with a brisk 43 off 37 balls with a four and three sixes while Deepti Sharma chipped in with 24 from 21 balls, but the hosts struggled to put partnerships together.Deepti Sharma added 24 for the second wicket with Meghna Singh (17) and another 22 for the fourth with Kaur for the best stands of the innings.When Deepti Sharma was caught and bowled by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed in the 11th over, India Women were struggling on 59 for four, and Mohammed and Dottin combined to trigger a collapse which saw the last six wickets go down for 47 runs.Mohammed finished with three for 23 and seamer Dottin picked up three for 24 – including Kaur who was last out.The final game of the series is carded for tomorrow.last_img read more

Tennis News Novak Djokovic progresses, Roger Federer crashes out of Cincinnati Open

first_imghighlights Roger Federer lost to Andrey Rublev in Cincinnati Open.Novak Djokovic continued his good build-up to US Open 2019.Naomi Osaka is the current US Open Women’s champion. Cincinnati: World number one Novak Djokovic has a remarkably clear road to the ATP Cincinnati Masters final after producing an efficient victory while third seed Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open tuneup event. Djokovic was never in danger in his 6-3, 6-4 triumph over 53rd-ranked Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, whom he finished off in 90 minutes on Wednesday. Federer fell in a first-time meeting with Russian Andrey Rublev, who posted a 6-3, 6-4 upset. Defending champion Djokovic will continue his quest in a Friday quarter-final, taking on France’s Lucas Pouille, a 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russian Karen Khachanov. Djokovic earned his eighth straight victory at Cincinnati on the first of two match points.”I’m very pleased today. I beat a top quality player,” Djokovic said. “It was straight sets but the score doesn’t indicate how tough it was. He had break points in both sets and I got out of trouble with some good serves. Overall, it was a really good match.”   Federer, the seven-time Cincinnati champion who turned 38 last week, was unable to make an impression on Rublev, playing only his second match since losing the Wimbledon final to Djokovic. “I struggled on my serve early on. Got broken the first service games, and there you have it,” Federer said. “That sort of set the tone for the match maybe a little bit. But the combination was tough: he was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive. I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly, but sometimes can’t rely on that serve to the one-two punch.”   Rublev, a 21-year-old Russian qualifier who missed months last season with injury, was shell-shocked at his win over the 20-time Grand Slam champion. “It’s an amazing feeling when you play such a legend as Roger,” he said. “At least 99 percent of the crowd was supporting him. Today I was just trying to do my best. I told myself I need to play every point to the end. No matter what the situation, I kept fighting.”   Swiss third seed Federer went down to the world number 70 in barely an hour, losing for only the 10th time here after winning 47 matches. “He was super clean,” Federer said. “Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”   Rublev earned his second top-five win in a month after beating Dominic Thiem in Hamburg on his way to the final.  Barty eyes No. 1 return  Women’s top seed Ashleigh Barty held off Anett Kontaveit as the Estonian served for victory before the top seed scraped a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 triumph into the WTA event quarter-finals. The win keeps the Australian in the chase for a possible return to the WTA number one ranking, which she lost to Naomi Osaka on Monday. Barty needs to reach Sunday’s final in order to regain the ranking summit.  “It was a little bit scrappy at times today but proud of the way we were able to fight and hang in there right until the end,” said the reigning Roland Garros champion. “It was more about the fight today than the tennis.”   Barty, who earlier eliminated five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, will play Friday against Maria Sakkari of Greece, a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4 winner over ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka. Japanese second seed Osaka advanced 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-2 over Hsieh Su-Wei, who defeated Osaka this year in Miami.  Osaka, current holder of the US and Australian Open titles, is playing the event for the fist time after failing to qualify on her only previous attempt in 2016. 2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys sent Wimbledon champion Simona Halep out 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.Halep, last year’s Cincinnati runner-up, will go to the US Open with just three post-Wimbledon competitive matches. Double Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-2. Venus Williams won three matches in a row for the first time since March as she defeated Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more