India’s longest burning gas fire is destroying lives

first_img– Advertisement – The blaze that started on 9 June, following a gas blowout in Baghjan area, has raged for about 150 days now, making it the longest such fire in India. Three people have died in trying to contain the fire, which initially forced 3,000 people in neighbouring villages to leave their homes and take shelter in makeshift camps.last_img

WHO: initial analysis of Pakistani H5N1 suggests no dangerous mutations

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) today shared results of initial genetic sequencing tests on H5N1 avian influenza samples from a man who died of the disease in Pakistan that suggest the strain doesn’t have the capacity for widespread transmission.John Rainford, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, told CIDRAP News that the genetic sequencing involved two clinical samples from a 25-year-old man from the Peshawar area who was recently announced as the first confirmed human H5N1 case-patient and fatality in Pakistan.The man was part of a family cluster of suspected H5N1 cases which sparked global concern that the virus had mutated into a form that could enable widespread human-to-human transmission. However, the WHO said in a previous statement that while the Pakistani cases suggest a rare instance of human-to-human transmission, the virus did not spread beyond the family.Rainford said preliminary sequencing of the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes from the specimens was performed at the WHO collaborating center in London. Tests completed so far show the hemagglutinin amino acid sequence is identical to some of the recent clade 2.2 viruses that have been isolated from chickens in other outbreaks in the region, he said.WHO virologists say the findings, along with recent field investigations, suggest that the H5N1 viruses in Pakistan have not gained the capacity for widespread human-to-human transmission, reported Rainford.In addition, neither analysis by WHO collaborating scientists of the neuraminidase gene nor partial sequencing of the M2 gene shows mutations that are known to be associated with antiviral resistance, Rainford said. “This indicates oseltamivir and amantadine should be inhibitory for the virus,” he added.Rainford said full genome sequencing is in progress.The WHO praises Pakistan’s timely investigation and management of suspected H5N1 cases, Rainford said. “[This] has provided reassurance about the lack of community H5N1 transmission, an effort that deserves appreciation and support.”In other avian flu developments, the WHO yesterday confirmed two fatal H5N1 cases in women from Egypt whose deaths were recently reported in the media. One was a 25-year-old from Dakahlyah governorate who got sick Dec 26, was hospitalized the next day, and died Dec 30. The other was a 36-year-old from Menofia governorate who became ill Dec 26, was hospitalized Dec 29, and died 2 days later.The two women are listed as Egypt’s 42nd and 43rd avian flu case-patients, and their deaths are recorded as the country’s 17th and 18th fatalities from the disease.The WHO reported that investigators have found no epidemiologic link between the 36-year-old and another woman from Menofia governorate whose H5N1 illness was recently confirmed by the WHO. That 22-year-old woman was previously reported to be recovering in intensive care.Also, the WHO today confirmed the death of a 50-year-old Egyptian woman who was previously confirmed as the country’s 40th H5N1 case-patient on Dec 28. The woman, from Domiatt governorate, was hospitalized Dec 24 and died Dec 31. She is listed as Egypt’s 19th avian flu death.In its announcements about the women, the WHO said all three had contact with sick or dead poultry before they became ill.Elsewhere, a veterinary official in Vietnam told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the country’s most recent H5N1 patient, a 4-year-old boy from Son La province who died of the disease on Dec 16, may have contracted the virus from a wild bird, according to a Bloomberg News report today.That report says the official, Van Dang Ky, speaking at a national conference on bird flu control in Hanoi yesterday, noted that the boy’s family had brought home some wild birds from a hunting trip and also that samples from poultry in the area where the boy lived tested negative for the H5N1 virus.See also:Dec 27 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms H5N1 case in Pakistan cluster”last_img read more

Minister’s wife adds Townsville to property portfolio

first_imgMrs Dutton plans to convert empty retail spaced into a childcare facility.Situated next to Lavarack Barracks and only a short drive to Fairfield Waters and The Precinct in Idalia, Wulguru is popular for rentals with an indicative gross rental yield of 6 per cent based on a median rent of $300 a week.Deputy Mayor and Wulguru resident Les Walker said the suburb would be one to watch, with a major council development planned for Wulguru Park, to include dog off-leash areas and walking tracks.“Of course, I’d like to welcome the Duttons to our beautiful little neighbourhood, which I believe has long been Townsville’s best kept secret,” Cr Walker said.“It’s great to see that they chose to invest in suburban Townsville and not the CBD, which shows that there’s confidence in our market all across the city. We’ve been saying for a long time that Townsville is open for business and (the Duttons have) obviously got the message and seen the light. Hopefully more will follow.” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and wife Kirilly have paid $760,000 for a commercial investment property on Eddison Street in Wulguru. Pic Annette DewMrs Dutton said the retail complex ticked all the right boxes.“I’ve been up there a few times to meet with business owners and have had discussions with Townsville City Council about my plans for the site,” she said. “To have a centre like that on Edison St, right across from a school, in my mind will create a real community hub. To have a mix of existing retailers is also very important to us as it will drive the business.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020With five existing retail outlets in place, including a bakery, seafood shop, Chinese takeaway, hairdresser and mini mart — the purchase has been hailed as a boost of confidence by long-term owner of Edison Street Seafood, Carolyn Dare. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and wife Kirilly have paid $760,000 for a commercial investment property on Eddison Street in Wulguru. Carolyn Dare of Edison St Seafood, said she was excited about the announcement.“We definitely welcome this investment as the centre has grown tired,” she said.“We’ve been told that (Mrs Dutton) is prepared to spend some money to spruce up the building, redo signs, renovate and so on. We can’t knock that.“Our demographic here in Wulguru has changed a lot since I first moved here 20 years ago. It’s not the old suburb it used to be. There are a lot more younger buyers coming through as the older residents are dying off.”With a median house price of $260,000, Wulguru is ranked seventh of Townsville’s most affordable suburbs, with prices down 18.8 per cent over the past three years. A total of 44 houses sold between October 2015 and November 2016, a relatively high number considering the suburb’s average hold period of 12.3 years.center_img Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and wife Kirilly have paid $760,000 for a commercial investment property on Eddison Street in Wulguru.IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton and wife Kirilly have added to their property portfolio with the purchase of a retail complex in Wulguru. After more than 500 days on the market, Edison Plaza sold for $760,000 to RHT Investments — a property holding owned by Mrs Dutton.The property sold for $340,000 below its listed price, with the bargain buy set for a rejuvenation that will include a new childcare facility.With a current net income of around $104,000 a year, the property offers excellent growth potential, being opposite Wulguru State School, parklands, and only minutes from Lavarack Barracks.last_img read more

Dutch metal scheme PMT demands equal treatment on Swedish tax

first_imgThe ECJ will now consider PMT’s case against Swedish tax authorities after the Dutch scheme lost an appeal in a lower Swedish court.The Solicitor General of the European Court, however, has argued that the different tax treatment is justifiable. He said that, although the free movement of capital within the EU means a foreign shareholder must be treated equally to a local one, if a non-resident pension fund’s position is incomparable with that of a local scheme, a different treatment is allowed.He also pointed out that Sweden levies tax on a scheme’s total assets against projected returns to avoid affecting investment decisions through tax policy, as well as to keep tax revenues independent from the broader economy. PMT, the €60bn pension fund for the Dutch metal industry, has taken Sweden’s Inland Revenue to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to demand equal tax treatment with Swedish pension funds.The Dutch scheme was forced to pay a 15% dividend tax on the €50m of Swedish equities it owned between 2002 and 2006 – a levy for which Swedish pension funds are exempt.PMT argues that national governments, as a matter of principle, should adjust their tax laws to create a level playing field between local pension funds and foreign schemes and demands a full refund. The scheme cited success in “similar cases” in Spain and Poland, where it managed to claw back more than €1.5m in paid taxes. read more

Former KPMG pensions advisory unit spun out as Isio

first_imgAndrew Coles, Isio CEOColes said one of the challenges for Isio will be to step up to the likes of Mercer, Aon and Willis Towers Watson and offer Isio’s services to the much larger pension schemes.He mentioned consolidation as a market trend offering opportunities for Isio.“Smaller schemes are not exempt from regulation and it’s becoming harder for them to keep up with their costs and liabilities,” he explained, adding that many will opt to join a consolidation scheme, including some larger pension funds.Isio offers a consolidation scheme – Enplan – which holds approximately £1bn in assets under management for more than 100 UK pension schemes.TechnologyColes told IPE that the defined contribution market is not moving fast enough to provide for members’ needs and there is a need to improve the member experience.“The industry is at a turning point and our belief is that pensions advice needs to adapt to the new world, with technology playing a key part in improving the member experience, the quality of data and the modelling of pension outcomes,” he said.He said Isio would be investing in various technological projects with that in mind. Coles said The Pensions Regulator’s imminent consultation on its funding code for defined benefit (DB) schemes in the UK will mean opportunities for the firm.He told IPE that regulatory change and market conditions in the UK are leading to increased demand for high-quality, outcome-focused independent advice as trustees realise that a “one-size-fits-all policy is not the answer” and seek a bespoke solution. Isio, the former KPMG UK pensions advisory practice that today launched as a new independent UK pensions advisory firm, sees opportunities in offering bespoke solutions, its CEO has told IPE.Isio launched today following the completion of its sale to Exponent Private Equity and the 20 partners who formerly led the pensions practice at KPMG.Isio advises more than 1,000 clients, ranging from mid-sized companies to FTSE 100 firms, on the management of pension assets worth over £90bn (€103bn). The firm will maintain its 500-strong team across its eight UK offices. Andrew Coles, who was head of the KPMG unit, has been appointed chief executive officer of Isio, and Roger Siddle, a private equity expert, has been appointed chair.last_img read more

$3.65 billion media merger includes papers in Batesville, Greensburg & Rushville

first_imgMontgomery, Al. — A report from the Indiana Business Journal says Community Newspapers Holdings Inc. will be sold off by parent company Raycom Media Inc. CNHI owns 100 community newspapers in 22 cities, including the Batesville Herald Tribune, Greensburg Daily News and Rushville Republican.The announcement comes after Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. announced plans to acquire Montgomery, Alabama-based Raycom Media, Inc. The deal would create the third largest television broadcast group in the United States.“We are looking for a transaction or transactions that will carry on CNHI’s rich tradition of public service through award-winning journalism,” CNHI president and CEO Donna Barrett said in the statement.CNHI has retained a brokerage firm to examine the deal that could be worth more than $3.65 billion.  Regulatory approval is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

September 18, 2018 Police Blotter

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Rohr hits Olympic Eagles camp in Ismailia

first_imgRelatedPosts U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles gun for Elephants Imama assures on Olympic Eagles Dele-Bashiru, Okonkwo join Olympic Eagles Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has paid a solidarity visit to the camp of national U23 male team in Ismailia, Egypt, where the Olympic Eagles are preparing ahead of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations.The German tactician, who arrived Egypt late on Saturday evening was officially welcomed by the Head Coach of the Olympic Eagles, Imama Amapakabo, and his backroom staff at Mercure Hotels training pitch on Sunday morning.He said he is in Ismailia to support the Olympic Eagles before the team embarks on its mission in Egypt.Rohr said: “I’m here for a solidarity visit.“I believe some of you will join me at Super Eagles some day.“This team is full of potentials and I will be here to watch your first game against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday.“I hope you will give all your best to make sure the team achieve its aim in this Afcon U23 tournament.“I will be leaving on Sunday because the Super Eagles are also preparing for the Afcon qualifiers.”The Olympic Eagles will kick off their title defence on November 9 at the As-Salam Stadium in Cairo. Tags: Olympic Eagleslast_img read more

Spring sports under way for MMA teams

first_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio Fenceviewer Staff Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img CASTINE — When they take the field for their first home softball games on Wednesday, March 20, two Hancock County athletes will be playing with the Maine Maritime Academy Lady Mariners.Sophomore Abby Yeo of Bucksport is one of the three pitchers on the Lady Mariner squad, and she’ll be throwing to catcher Leah Jackson, a senior from Dedham and one of the team’s three co-captains.The Lady Mariners struggled on a recent four-day trip to Florida, winning just one of seven games, but they’ll be looking to turn things around as they begin a 24-game schedule against both North Atlantic Conference and non-conference opponents.In their home opener, the Lady Mariners will play a doubleheader against Fisher College of Boston with games at 3 and 5 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Lady Mariners will host the Bates College Bobcats for a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.The Mariner men also have begun their 2013 lacrosse schedule, losing their first three contests on the road.The Mariners will travel to face the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will play back-to-back games on the road the following weekend, facing New England College in New Hampshire on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. and Massachusetts Maritime in Portland on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.The first home game for the Mariners will come on Friday, March 29, when they host Thomas College at 7 p.m.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest Postslast_img read more

Buckeye defense not fooled by trickery

first_imgStuffedSomehow Wisconsin put up 17 points on the best team in the land despite Donovan getting sacked a mind-boggling nine times.“They bring a lot of different looks — three down, four down, five down and they bring from the boundary, they bring it from the field, they bring it with man pressure,” Bielema said.Defensive end Vernon Gholston finished with a school record-tying four sacks alone, helping to limit Donovan from finding open receivers, especially in the fourth quarter.“There’s a reason why they’re the No. 1 team in the country right now. They’re just very fundamentally sound in all categories,” Donovan said. “Their D-line gets a lot of push up front. They’re really athletic and know how to play their coverages to their advantage.” COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Wisconsin kept its first series alive with a fake punt turned into a 31 yard pass-play from punter Ken DeBauche to backup punter Paul Standring, it seemed that the Wisconsin coaching staff was trying to pull out all the stops to keep the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on their heels.“I wanted to do anything to get some energy, some momentum going,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said.Between offense and special teams the Badgers tried a handful of trick plays. The problem was because Ohio State didn’t blink, most of them backfired.“We thought we could get on them, and they weren’t falling for it,” UW quarterback Tyler Donovan said.Tight end Travis Beckum’s receiver option in the second quarter went nowhere. He got stuffed for a 9-yard loss. Daven Jones’ good return on a reverse on a kickoff was called back due to one of four block-in-the-back penalties.The most costly of them all, however, came when Wisconsin wasn’t trying to be cute, but DeBauche thought it was. DeBauche was supposed to kick it away, but due to a mix-up in the playcall signals, he faked and tried unsuccessfully to run for the first down deep in UW territory.“Blake (Sorenson) made the call, and I’m 14 yards away from the snapper, so whatever he said, I don’t hear,” DeBauche said. “The way we had practiced was if it was on, he would signal back to me, and he didn’t signal it on, and I didn’t get the signal off, so I assumed it was on. Me being unsure, I could have called a timeout.“It was bad timing for that play.”The play led to an Ohio State touchdown and put a damper on Wisconsin’s chances.Essentially, none of the trick plays reaped any rewards as the Badgers gained 28 yards on the four plays, indirectly leading to 3 points, and more importantly, 10 points allowed. Hill doesn’t playContrary to prior belief, starting tailback P.J. Hill was not going to play, period, Saturday due to a lower leg injury.“Basically from Wednesday on, we had a feeling that P.J. wasn’t going to be able to go good enough to go on Saturday,” Bielema said following Saturday’s game.Initial reports were that the sophomore would be a game-time decision.Freshman Zach Brown started at running back in Hill’s place. He wasn’t fazed running against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, accruing 63 yards on 20 carries.“He’s not afraid of anything,” Bielema said. “He came in, he didn’t have big eyes. He mishandled a snap there at the end, but he did a pretty good job protecting the football, which was a concern for us.”center_img Three more downAlready without three starters entering Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes, the Badgers lost three more during the course of the game.Cornerback Allen Langford left the game midway through the first half with a knee injury. Soon to follow, right tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel was knocked out of the game with an injury to his right leg.The final blow came on Wells’ second touchdown run of the game at the start of the fourth quarter. Defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who found himself sprawled out on the field on a few occasions accompanied by the UW training staff, was helped off the field for the final time. He did not return.From the sound of it, both Langford and Chapman could quite possibly be out an extended period of time. Bielema didn’t mention the gravity of his tackles’ injury.“I don’t know how significant it is, but I do know that Allen’s was pretty significant, [the trainers] feel, and they feel the same thing with Chappy,” Bielema said.Return man David Gilreath also didn’t play much of the second half with what Bielema described as a tight hamstring.last_img read more