Indonesia reports its 66th avian flu case

first_imgSep 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Indonesian health ministry reported the country’s 66th H5N1 avian influenza case and 50th death today, this one in an 11-year-old boy who died Sep 18, according to several media reports.Runizar Ruesin, head of Indonesia’s bird flu information center, told Reuters the boy died at a hospital in Tulungagung in East Java province. An Associated Press report said the boy died 2 days after getting sick and just hours after he was admitted to the hospitalTests by two local laboratories confirmed that he had H5N1 avian influenza, Ruesin said.Indonesia has the most avian flu deaths of any country, but its case count is below Vietnam’s 93 cases. All of Indonesia’s cases have occurred since July 2005. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet recognized the new case at this writing.The boy had contact with dead chickens, which died in his house, Ruesin told Reuters. He said the health ministry would send investigators to the area where the boy lived. Ruesin told Bloomberg News today that authorities are testing the boy’s relatives and monitoring close contacts.The boy’s death marks the second avian flu fatality in the Tulungagung district in recent months. A 5-year-old boy from the district died Jun 16, according to the WHO.See also:Jul 4 WHO statement on previous case in Tulungagung districthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_07_04/en/index.htmllast_img read more

THE DAY THE HONDA 50s WILL HEAD WEST FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

first_imgIf you happen to see a line of Honda 50s across West Donegal on March 18th, you aren’t still hungover from St Patrick’s Day.That’s because a very special bike run is being organised to raise funds for the Naoinra in Loughanure and Park House Day Care Centre in Dungloe.The bikers will leave Casadh na tSugan while vintage cars will be shown at Moore’s Shop. On the day there will also be a disco for younger people form 4 to 6pm and another disco for adults from 9pm until late.Food and refreshments will also be served on the day.The entry fee for bikers will be €20 and donations will also be gratefully accepted.For further information contact Brid Sweeney on 087 7705582.  THE DAY THE HONDA 50s WILL HEAD WEST FOR A GOOD CAUSE! was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeHonda 50Loughanurevintage carslast_img read more

Better Health Through Nature

first_imgHumans were meant to thrive in the environment.  We sequester ourselves from the natural world at our own peril.Allergies.  Asthma.  Auto-immune diseases.  These and other maladies may have roots in the modern habit of disinfecting everything and spending most of our days indoors.  Growing evidence suggests that contact with plants and animals in the great outdoors builds up our immune systems, and vigorous exercise can prevent and cure many health problems.  Finally, some natural substances, sometimes from the most unexpected places, are showing more benefit than synthetic drugs.Back to the farm:  Science Daily reported on a study from Aarhus University that correlated farm exposure to better health.  “The immune system benefits from life in the countryside,” the headline reads.  While it was known that children raised on the farm had fewer allergies and better resistance to disease, this new study shows that adults can benefit, too: “Adults who move to farming areas where they experience a wider range of environmental exposures than in cities may reduce the symptoms of their hypersensitivities and allergies considerably.”  This further confirms the “hygiene hypothesis” that too much antibacterial soap and cleanliness can actually turn the immune system against us; we all need to get dirty to a reasonable extent.  This gives the immune system practice on real targets instead of our own cells.I got rhythm:  Are you a night owl?  An early bird?  Having a hard time getting up in the morning, or falling asleep at night?  For most of human history before the 1930s, when electricity became widely available, people lived by the rising and setting of the sun.  Electric lights do weird things with our internal timing mechanisms.  A week of camping, Science Daily said, can re-synchronize your biological clock to sunrise and sunset.  Researchers found it brings the night owls and the early birds closer to the same schedule.  Our bodies were made to be tuned to the environment; for instance, our skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunshine; the fresh air filled with plant scents is a stress reliever; the green of a forest is soothing to the eyes.Natural diet:  Tomatoes have lycopene; red grapes have resveratrol; fruits have flavonoids; watermelon has citrulline; these are just samples of “nature’s marvelous medicines” found in plants.  Plants make tens of thousands of compounds, some of which are known to have beneficial effects on the heart, the immune system, and cancer prevention.   Studies on the benefits of a diet rich in natural foods, reducing processed food, are too numerous to list, but here are a few recent examples.  The niacin (vitamin B3) found in many fruits and vegetables is a “fountain of youth” according to a new study reported by Science Daily, which also found that antioxidants are not panaceas; our bodies apparently need some free radicals in moderation.  “Be nice to your bacteria,” Medical Xpress wrote, emphasizing our symbiotic dependence on gut flora for good health.  Another Medical Xpress article examined the benefits of the Mediterranean diet with its use of olives and olive oil.  Dietary flavonoids were discussed by Science Daily.  Who doesn’t enjoy watermelon?  National Geographic gave five reasons it’s good for you; Live Science topped that by listing 4 benefits of chocolate.  Reporting on a medicinal tea from a certain tree, Science Daily spoke of “Nature’s Library” of plant compounds waiting to be deciphered.  Even if you don’t want to become a vegetarian, you can benefit from these compounds by adding more plant food to your diet.  It’s best to eat it natural when you can; for instance, Medical Xpress found that juicing removes many of the nutrients, and doesn’t make you feel as full as eating the whole fruit or vegetable.An active life:  Big news this week is from a study published in BMJ, reported on LiveScience, that found exercise is just as effective as medication for treating heart disease, stroke and pre-diabetes.  Trial participants on pills fared no better than those who exercised, although the combination was even better.  Popping pills alone, though, doesn’t provide all the benefits of getting outdoors into the fresh air.  Sadly, most adults don’t get enough exercise, the BBC News reported.Natural pain killer:  You’ll never guess where to find a pain-killing medicine that is just as effective as morphine, but non-addictive.  Read Medical Xpress’s article about centipede venom.  That’s right; the nerve toxin from the Chinese red-headed centipede blocks a well-known pain channel without causing habituation.  “Forget about using opioids to relieve pain, this drug could mean you don’t have any pain to relieve,” a researcher said.  “It would be totally [sic] new class of drug.”  There’s also hope for a new class of natural mosquito repellants, now that the DEET receptor has been identified in insects.  Science Daily said that comparable compounds will probably be “found naturally in fruits, plants or animals” that can be developed into safer alternatives than the 60-year-old DEET chemical.Most of us are too busy, we know, to eat right and exercise, but think of it as an investment.  If a healthy diet and a little time each day for exercise paid big dividends, wouldn’t you want that kind of payoff?  The question should be how you can afford not to.  More energy, better quality of life, less stress, fewer chronic illnesses, insurance against life-threatening conditions – these are all available to anyone willing to build a few new habits.  Even talking a short walk every day or two can work wonders.  Give up the fried, processed, barbecued stuff; your taste buds will adjust within about a month to healthy food.  God has given us a huge spread of tasty plant foods to not only enjoy but improve our lives.  It’s not hard to learn how to prepare and enjoy them.  We’re not here to prescribe a vegan diet (there are healthy animal foods, too) – many people have special needs – but it make sense for creationists to “think Eden” a little, when God said everything He had made was very good and the first humans were vegetarian.  That was the original plan.  Sure, the curse has changed a lot, but the world is still filled with good options.  “Everything created by God is good,” Paul said, “and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).  The operative phrase is “created by God.”  He didn’t create fatburger trees and leaves made of pizza.   As for exercise, think about Bible characters, who routinely walked long distances in hilly country.  It cannot be good for anyone to sit in an office chair all day, staring at a computer under fluorescent lights.  We were made with legs and arms and whole systems that are itching for activity.  Get outdoors and see a tree once in awhile.  Take walks out in nature.  Go camping and experience the natural day-night cycles of sun, moon and stars.  One might almost say that taking care of the body is a kind of worship, acknowledging and caring for the good design in our earthly tabernacle.  Learn to like what’s good for you; that’s a good motto in general for living life to the fullest on God’s green Earth. 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Why Is Big Science Pro-Death?

first_imgBig Science and Big Media support abortion and assisted suicide for no scientific reason.What Trump’s US Supreme Court pick means for women’s health (New Scientist). To understand this headline, one needs to understand that “women’s health” is not about pap smears or cold medicine. It’s code for abortion. So is “women’s healthcare.” So is “reproductive rights.” Now we can understand what reporter Christina Cauterucci is talking about. She makes it clear further down, anyway; the whole article is about abortion, scaring readers about mean old Republicans who might restrict it.Neil Gorsuch (pictured), US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacancy on the country’s Supreme Court, is a consistently conservative judge who would enter the court at a critical moment for reproductive rights.Though Gorsuch, a federal judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, has never ruled on an abortion rights case, his record shows him to be hostile to women’s healthcare and willing to give broad leeway to institutions that want to discriminate against them….Anti-abortion advocates believe Trump and his pick will lead their fight to overturn the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, a strong, if imperfect, safeguard of abortion rights. A recent report from the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York found that 22 states would be likely to roll back abortion rights immediately if Roe were overturned.Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974 (Medical Xpress). This article pretends to be a balanced presentation about statistics. Why, then, does the first photo of “anti-abortion activists” show them lying on the ground in a “die-in,” their placards unreadable in the distance, but the second photo a picture of enthusiastic protestors with T-shirts and signs clearly reading, Protect Abortion Access, United for for Abortion Coverage, My Decision, and the like? Look carefully for bias, and you will see phrases about states “that protect abortion rights” spoken of favorably. In fact, abortion rights (loaded words) appears five times, but “pro-life” only once, in scare quotes. Elsewhere pro-lifers are described as “anti-abortion” or “anti-abortion rights” activists.Women’s access to birth control and abortion fading under Trump (New Scientist). This is another fearmongering article about mean old Republicans wanting to “discriminate” against women who just want the freedom to kill their babies. “Faced with the prospect of losing control of their reproductive rights,” one sentence begins. Doesn’t the unborn baby have any rights? Is not the right to life the first right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence? Half the unborn babies are females who, once aborted, have no reproductive rights at all. What’s this doing in “New Scientist” anyway? Where is the science? Where is the logic? This article goes far beyond journalism, too, by advocating resistance against Trump and his policies.Abortion rate halves if women have to go extra 100 miles (New Scientist). Despite what pro-lifers may think, this is not a celebration. It’s a lament. For instance, “because some healthcare providers were forced to stop offering abortions, some women could not get the services they were seeking,” Chelsea Whyte reports. Services? Since when is killing a human being a service? Try that logic on any other form of life-taking: because some gun stores were forced to stop selling guns, some hit men could not get the weapons they were seeking. Whatever does this have to do with science, anyway?Official abortion rate declined in Texas after law restricted access to clinics (Science Daily). This is another article pretending to share statistical information about causes and effects without bias, but the bias is there: the Texas law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges to hospitals presented “substantial evidence of negative effects on women’s access to care,” the article says. Care? What kind of logic calls killing a human being “care”? And why is this on “science daily”?More providers of safe abortion care can save thousands of women’s lives (Karolinska Institute). This has to be one of the most illogical headlines in recent memory. Abortion kills women in the womb: baby girls, that is, who will become women, along with baby boys. “Unsafe terminations claim tens of thousands of lives, particularly in the poorer parts of the world,” the press release says. So is the solution to kill even more? The death toll is the same or higher with abortion than without it. Why not tout the ideal solution? Improve prenatal care, so that mother and baby can live happily ever after.The Big Science culture of death doesn’t stop with abortion.Doctor-assisted suicide could save Canada up to $139 million each year, Alberta study suggests (National Post). Sharon Kirkey writes, “Doctor-assisted suicide could save Canada tens of millions of dollars annually by avoiding costly ‘end-of-life’ care, according to a provocative new analysis.” Medical ethics just had a heart attack. If society starts putting a price tag on human beings, watch out. The slippery slope has no bottom. No pressure, Grandpa, but you’re costing us a lot of money….Update 2/08/17: Nature published an article about the miracle of child development. Claire Ainsworth writes,Life starts with a puzzle. Out of sight in a mother’s womb, 3 billion letters of DNA code somehow turn into 3D bodies, all in the space of a mere 40 weeks. Fetuses form eyes, brains, hearts, fingers and toes — in processes that are meticulously coordinated in both time and space. Biologists have pieced together parts of this puzzle, but many gaps remain.Juxtapose that wonderful insight into something horrific: Planned Parenthood hosting pizza parties and giving out awards to center that increase their quota of abortions. Believe it or not, that’s what some ex-employees have revealed about what goes on at these death mills (source: Truth Revolt). And do you know the name of the worst serial killer in US history? It’s Kermit Gosnell, the abortionist who was imprisoned for the filthy conditions in his late-term abortion clinic. A book about this mass murderer is near the top hardback best seller, the publisher claims in a story on Breitbart News – yet the New York Times refuses to list the book in its best seller list.Update 2/09/17: Who could possibly be in favor of sex-selection abortions? The practice not only is profoundly anti-female, but has led to dangerous gender imbalances in China and India, where families often prefer males. Why, then, is Medical Xpress appalled at an Arkansas bill that would ban sex-selection abortions? The article favorably quotes an ACLU lawyer who says this: “Any law passed about an abortion performed pre-viability under the current law is unconstitutional. It doesn’t matter why. It doesn’t matter the method. There is very good potential for litigation because of this burden on women obtaining abortions that they want for whatever reason.” Such a statement borders on insanity, because it will certainly put a ‘burden on women’ in utero, a burden of death! Yet no pro-life rebuttals can be found in this article by Kelly P. Kissel. She writes of Republicans as obstacles out there who have an ‘”agenda” to restrict abortion.If Big Science cared about “science,” they would support the pro-life position. A fertilized egg has the full complement of human genes for a unique person, and given the chance, will carry out its embedded program all the way to birth and adulthood. The “product of conception” might be the next Beethoven or Einstein. What gives anyone the right to decide if it lives or dies? How dare they? What if someone had decided that for you when you were in the womb? We’ve previously recommended watching the testimony of Gianna Jessen who survived a saline abortion.We have to cringe at New Scientist’s mention of “Roe v. Wade, a strong, if imperfect, safeguard of abortion rights.” By common legal consensus, Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision, legally speaking. It invented a “right” out of thin air. The Constitution’s authors would be appalled. So now Trump wants to get an originalist justice on the Supreme Court, who will render decisions based on the plain meaning of the text as interpreted by the authors. Isn’t that a cause for celebration?The last article (above) about assisted suicide is very troubling. Years ago, Rod Serling produced a memorable episode for his series “The Twilight Zone” called “The Obsolete Man.” A dictator enjoyed making decisions about which citizens were useful to the regime, and which were obsolete. At one point, he determined a librarian was obsolete, and told him he would be terminated (YouTube). The librarian calmly read Scriptures as the timer counted down the time to the bomb that would kill him, as the dictator panicked at being found locked in with the victim (YouTube). Narrowly escaping, he recovered his composure until the Council decided he was obsolete for shaming the state with cowardice, whereupon he turned into a crybaby, calling out for mercy, blubbering “I’m not obsolete! I want to serve the State!” The council closes in on him, chanting, “obsolete! obsolete! obsolete!”  (See full episode on Vimeo.) Is this not what our culture does to generations of persons yet unborn?Recommended resource: On Evolution News and Views, Wesley J. 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Literacy Charter promotes children’s right to read

first_imgNal’ibali, South Africa’s national reading-for enjoyment campaign, is pushing for children’s right to become literate citizens by distributing its Children’s Literacy Charter to hundreds of schools and libraries across Gauteng.The importance of reading has once again been highlighted by , the national- reading-for enjoyment campaign, when it introduced the Children’s Literacy Charter to many schools and libraries throughout South Africa on 31 October.On 31 October the organisation joined Gauteng’s education department and library service in ensuring 1 000 schools in the province that have libraries – full or partial libraries, or just classroom libraries – have a copy of the poster displaying the charter.The Children’s Literacy Charter outlines key experiences children need to help them learn to read and write.Launched in March 2014 ahead of World Book Day, the charter sets out 11 rights such as reading for pleasure, access to reading material, and encouragement to read. Over the months some 10 000 copies of the charter poster have been distributed at early education centres, schools, libraries, literacy organisations and Nal’ibali reading clubs across the country.Freely available in all 11 official South African languages as a poster or download, the charter serves as a guide for adult caregivers, their children’s first teachers, to do what they can to put the conditions and resources in place to ensure all children have equal access to their right to become fully literate citizens.Members of the public are encouraged to download a copy in any language from the Nal’ibali website.READING AND WRITING IN DAILY LIFEAll 11 rights have been developed out of sound evidence from research, input from the South African public, literacy organisations and experts – as well as from the children, reading club facilitators and volunteers who attend Nal’ibali’s network of more than 300 reading clubs in six provinces across the country.“All children deserve the opportunity to become fully literate citizens,” Righardt le Roux, Nal’ibali schools and public library coordinator, said at a handover event at Venterspost Primary School in Westonaria on Friday. “We need to ensure the conditions that allow children to use reading and writing meaningfully in their daily lives and for personal satisfaction are put in place. Thus, we have developed the charter as a guide to the essential literacy experiences children need to help adults achieve this.”He added that partnering with the Gauteng Library and Information Services and Education Department was an important step for Nal’ibali, allowing them to reach even more librarians, educators, adults and caregivers in their mission to grow a culture of reading for enjoyment in the country.Koekie Meyer, the director of libraries and archives in Gauteng, said: “We as library services are proud to partner with Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa and Nal’ibali – success at school depends strongly on literacy skills, and, only if a nation is literate, can it be truly an informed and democratic society.”EXAMPLES OF READING RIGHTSInspiration: Children of all ages need people to read to them in ways which inspire them to want to read for themselves. Family members at home, teachers in their classroom and librarians at local or school libraries should read aloud to children regularly,Access to material: Children need to easily be able to find a variety of reading and writing materials in their immediate environment. They need access to a large selection of story, and other books; whether these are owned, or borrowed from school and public libraries close enough to where they live. They also need to be surrounded by environmental print in languages they know and understand,Encouragement: Children deserve to have all their attempts at reading and writing celebrated by the adults in their lives and to be encouraged to continue to extend their use of written and oral language. On their journey to becoming literate, children will sometimes get things wrong and sometimes get them right. This, together with encouragement, is how we all learn.last_img read more

False narrative by Western media on Kashmir: Naidu

first_imgVice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that revoking the special status of Kashmir was the demand of time for the unity and integrity of the country. “Dilution of Article 370 would strengthen the security, safety and integrity of India and should not be viewed through any other narrow prism,” he said at the first Balramji Dass Tandon Memorial Lecture at Panjab University. “A section of the western media was indulging in false propaganda on the situation in Kashmir post dilution of Article 370,” he said. Mr. Naidu referring to a news article published by national dailies in 1964, said that MPs cutting across party lines including those from ruling party almost unanimously supported a non official resolution seeking abrogation of Article 370.Mr. Naidu said the Parliament took the decision that this transitory provision needs to go and Jammu & Kashmir must be fully integrated with the rest of India. “People across the country are rejoicing over the abrogation of Article 370. It is expected that this will pave the way for faster development of the State in the years to come,” he added.Calling for a need to tone up administration, speed up judicial reforms and promoteing healthy and meaningful debates in legislatures and Parliament, Mr. Naidu said, “‘Discuss, debate, decide, decentralise and deliver’ should become the agenda and the way forward for public representatives.”He also asked political parties to adopt a code of conduct for people’s representatives including MPs and MLAs for effective functioning of Parliament and legislatures. “Parties should incorporate such code of conduct in their election manifestos,” he said. Mr. Naidu stressed the need for taking immediate steps to reduce heavy pendency of cases in courts. “In order to streamline and make justice delivery more effective, there should be time-bound decisions on election petitions and criminal cases against sitting MPs and MLAs, including disqualification under the anti-defection law,” he said.He also suggested revisiting the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, containing anti-defection provisions, to ensure a time bound disposal of such cases and make it more effective by plugging loopholes.He added that expanding the Supreme Court bench and having separate benches in different regions on trial basis as suggested by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice would help address the problem of pendency in judiciary and would save huge amount of money and energy of litigants who travel miles to reach Delhi.last_img read more