Avian Flu Scan for Apr 25, 2016

first_imgH5N6 hospitalizes girl in China’s Hunan provinceFor the second time in a week, China reported an H5N6 avian flu case, this time in an 11-year-old girl from Hunan province, according to a provincial government announcement translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.The girl, from Zhuzhou city, got sick on Apr 11 and was apparently hospitalized 2 days later. Testing to determine the cause of her pneumonia revealed the H5N6 virus. She was treated in the intensive care unit, where he condition is improving. The statement didn’t say how she was exposed to the virus.China reported its previous H5N6 infection last week, which involved a 35-year-old man from Hubei province, which shares a border with Hunan. Both are in south central China.The first human infection involving the novel virus was reported by China in 2014, and the country has now reported 12 such cases, 9 since the end of December. China and a few other Asian countries have reported H5N6 in poultry, but China is the only one to report human cases.The World Health Organization has said it is closely monitoring H5N6 developments, and that most patients had been exposed to live poultry before they became ill. So far its assessment of the risk hasn’t changed.Apr 25 FluTrackers thread Apr 21 CIDRAP News scan “Chinese man hospitalized with H5N6 infection”  Lebanon reports first H5N1 outbreak as Ghana, Mexico report eventsLebanon’s agriculture ministry recently reported the country’s first known highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu outbreak, which struck a large farm in the eastern region, while officials in Ghana and Mexico reported more highly pathogenic outbreaks in poultry, according to separate reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The Lebanese outbreak was detected after the farm owner reported abnormal bird deaths, which began on Apr 20. Authorities immediately quarantined the farm in the Beqaa Valley, and investigation and further sampling are under way. The outbreak killed 20,000 of 80,000 susceptible birds, with the remaining ones destroyed to curb the spread of the virus, according to the Apr 23 OIE report.Ghana also reported H5N1 at two commercial farms in the southern part of the country, part of ongoing activity in a handful of African countries, with Nigeria the hardest hit. Ghana reported its most recent outbreak in early February.Ghana’s latest events began on Apr 3 at a layer farm in Eastern region, according to an Apr 22 OIE report. Of 3,940 chickens at the facility, 2,210 deaths were reported, with the remaining ones culled as part of the outbreak response. On Apr 12 the virus struck another layer farm, this time in Western region, killing 102 of 252 birds. The remaining ones were slaughtered.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Mexico reported six more highly pathogenic H7N3 outbreaks, all but one at commercial poultry farms. Four different states were affected: Puebla and Veracruz, which reported two outbreaks, and two others that reported one outbreak apiece: Oaxaca and Jalisco. All are in southern Mexico. The largest of the events occurred at a layer farm in Jalisco state that housed 161,000 chickens.The events began from Apr 5 to Apr 20. Of 172,813 susceptible birds at the six locations, the virus killed 1,723, and the remaining poultry are slated for depopulation, and other control measures and investigations are under way.Mexico confirmed its first H7N3 outbreak last April. So far this year it has reported 29 outbreaks involving the strain.Apr 23 OIE report on H5N1 in Lebanon Apr 22 OIE report on H5N1 in Ghana Apr 22 OIE report on H7N3 in Mexicolast_img read more

McQuiston: As Life Changes, So Should Insurance Policies

first_imgBy ALLEN MCQUISTONThe Jemez AgencyLos AlamosOne of the most exciting times in life is purchasing a new home, whether it’s your first starter home or your final retirement home. It’s an investment of money, but more importantly, it’s a commitment to family, life and love.Purchasing the appropriate homeowners policy is the first step to protecting your investment, but continuing to update the policy as you make any substantial life changes is what will give you the peace of mind that your investment is fully protected.Most of us know that at its core, a homeowners policy covers damage to your property as well as offering liability protection for you, subject to certain exclusions and conditions. As time moves on, you will acquire new possessions and make life changes that may outdate your current homeowners insurance contract.Here are a few life changes that may require modification to your insurance coverage:Marriage or life partnership. You may need to add your new wedding ring, your new spouse/family member, or their belongings to the policy.Getting a pet. Some breeds of dogs or exotic pets may cause concern for your insurance carrier. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance agent before bringing a four-legged loved one into the family dynamic.Buying a new toy. Things such as such as a boat, golf cart, or trampoline may require an update to your policy. Some insurance carriers may have stipulations when adding these.Home renovations or remodeling. Coverage may need to be increased for new a home addition, deck, or patio.Home rentals. Options like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb may seem attractive from an income standpoint. However, they may negate coverage under your existing policy. The same is true if you decide to rent your home rather than sell it. The type of policy to ensure that type of situation is different than a traditional homeowners policy. In either of these instances, please consult with your insurance agent.Home Vacancy. If your home is vacant for an extended period of time, your coverage may be in jeopardy. Please consult your policy and/or insurance agent for guidance.The bottom line is that it’s important to review how your life has changed over the years and if your homeowners insurance has kept pace.last_img read more

Chart makes base price adjustments on bulk storage

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Maghreb Oxygène receives award

first_imgMarking the first time a manufacturer and distributor of industrial and medical gases has been presented with the award, CFI recognised the company for its quality of services and pioneering role in medical gases.“This is the first time in Morocco that a manufacturer and distributor of industrial and medical gases has received this award, and we are both delighted and proud to receive this award in recognition of our efforts,” said Youssef Guennoun, Chief Executive Officer of Maghreb Oxygène.Maghreb currently has three production facilities in Morocco and ensures quality control is a constant throughout its network. Back in August 2018, the company announced a renewed visual identity with a new logo and customer-centric slogan.Maghreb Oxygène reveals new visual identitylast_img


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ALS helps in Kiwi earthquake clean-up

first_imgALS’ client, UK demolition company Coleman & Company , shipped the USD2 million Liebherr UHR telescopic demolition machine R984C featuring a 24 m long, almost 5 m high, weighing 62 tonnes Kocurek telescopic demolition arm with attachments to Christchurch, New Zealand. The movement from Hull to Lyttleton Port, Christchurch took around six weeks.To assess the potential shipping configurations and lashing and securing requirements ALS carried out a pre-shipment survey of the machine during its final UK operation. The R984C Liebherr machine was broken down into eight sections.On leaving the UK, the vessel’s route took in ports in Florida and subsequent passage through the Panama Canal to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Upon arrival in New Zealand, the demolition machine will be used to assist the clean-up operation in Christchurch following its earthquake in 2011.www.abnormal-loads.comlast_img read more

Metalocaucho acquired by Wabtec

first_imgSPAIN: Wabtec Corp has acquired Metalocaucho, which manufacturers rubber-metal components for rolling stock suspension and vibration control systems.Metalocaucho has around 100 employees at locations in Spain, China and India. It has annual sales of US$25m, with its main markets being Europe, China and India.‘Metalocaucho expands our geographic footprint in key markets with key customers and broadens our existing portfolio of specialty rubber components’, Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler on June 17. ‘We see opportunities to grow the business by integrating its products into our distribution channels, especially in North America, and by leveraging its existing customer relationships.’last_img

PBC senior centers offers internet training for older adults

first_imgThursdays        Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25West County Senior Center2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade Fridays             Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26North County Senior Center5217 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens The Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services will be offering a five-week pilot program in conjunction with the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Comcast. The program includes free computer and Internet training for seniors to learn basic computer usage such as sending emails, searching the Internet, staying connected, video chatting with loved ones, and making new friends.Volunteer instructors will be conducting the classes one day per week from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at each of Palm Beach County’s three senior centers:Wednesdays     Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24Mid County Senior Center3680 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worthlast_img read more

Jamaican Government to Establish National Earthquake Readiness Committee

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica — Amid hundreds of earthquakes that have rocked the Caribbean region in the last month, the Jamaican government is to establish a National Earthquake Readiness Committee to better prepare the island for a major natural disaster.The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, made the announcement recently.“We are now prepared to take the message of earthquake to the 14 parishes of Jamaica. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is tasked to prepare this programme, so that we can start the conversations in our schools, in businesses across the country, in our churches, in our communities, and focus on the things that we need to do,” McKenzie said.“We are taking a number of steps to start to engage stakeholders in the country on this issue of disaster, as it relates to earthquakes. We’re establishing a National Earthquake-readiness Committee, and this committee is to be linked to the National Disaster Council and work along with the National Building Advisory Council,” he added.The minister said a number of well-known Jamaicans have already indicated their willingness to serve on this committee.He stressed that it is important for this committee to be formed, as more buildings are being constructed, and more professional guidance is needed for the people involved, given that some buildings are going up in areas that are threatened by natural disasters.The announcement comes as several Caribbean islands have been rocked by earthquakes over the past two weeks. The worst affected has been Puerto Rico, which has experienced a 5.8, a 6.4 and a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, in just one week. A state of emergency and a public health emergency has since been declared in the US territory.While Jamaica has felt several minor tremors in recent weeks, the island has been spared from all major earthquakes. The last major earthquake in Jamaica was on January 13, 1993, which resulted in two fatalities and hundreds of residents in Kingston suffering damage to their properties.Despite being spared in recent years, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI) warned all islands in the Caribbean to be prepared, saying that “that our region is seismically active and we always need to be prepared.”last_img read more

Queen Show Pre-Show hailed a success

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet The seven contestants for the Carnival Queen Show 2017 gave the public a peek of what is to be expected on 24 February 2017 with a Queen Show Pre-Show.The pre-show was held on Saturday, December 17th 2016 at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau.The contestants vying for the Miss Dominica 2017 title are Karla Henry – Mahaut Sponsored by the Henry Group of Companies and Sign Man, Zethra Baron – Fond Se Jean, Gabrielle Abraham – Goodwill, Terisa Lewis – Bath Estate Sponsored by Step Up Nutrition & The Caribbean Association of Fire Fighters, Ketisha Joseph – Massacre, Esther Francis – Goodwill and Jade Romain – Gutter Village sponsored by the National Cooperative Credit Union.This year, the Queen Show Committee chaired by Romualda Hyacinth, included two new segments to the show; a business attire and promotion speech. “The show this year was a great success,” Hyacinth told Dominica Vibes in an interview after the evening’s proceedings.“I think everything was okay in relation to the new format that we had. I think the crowd really appreciated the new format and I think that it enhanced the show this year quite a bit,” Hyacinth said.Hyacinth noted that the Queen Show Committee changed the evening wear segment so as to create a bigger impact on the audience.“For the past years, you find the young ladies, even in the talent round, you have an idea of what is to come. Likewise, with the evening gown, some of them want to replicate the gown that they had chosen for the night of the pre-show, and on the night of the show you don’t get the wow factor, or the desired response from the audience,” Hyacinth explained. “So, we decided that we would change it this year to ‘elegantly casual wear’ and it looked like the crowd appreciated the change, and we thank them for that,” Hyacinth further stated. She noted that the committee will discuss at future meetings whether there will be a change in the scoring format to accommodate the new segments. The other segments were a minute talent, swimwear, elegantly casual rounds and short a conversation with the Master of Ceremony.– / 145 Share Sharecenter_img 972 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Queen Show Pre-Show hailed a success by: Dominica Vibes News – December 19, 2016 Sharelast_img read more