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FLU CONFERENCE COVERAGE New disease-control rules follow reminders of risks

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first_imgJun 18, 2007 – TORONTO (CIDRAP News) – Ten years after H5N1 avian influenza first began to raise fears of a potential pandemic, the world has a stronger set of tools to contain that virus and similar threats, but also a fresh awareness of humanity’s vulnerability to fast-spreading diseases, experts said yesterday at an international conference on flu. Heymann said the old rules “were actually a very passive system” and “a system which countries did not adhere to. Very few countries would report diseases under the International Health Regulations because when they reported those [three] diseases, or any other diseases for that matter, they were penalized with decreased trade and decreased tourism.” “We really are not much further ahead today than we were in 1918,” Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in the conference’s keynote address. “We don’t have the vaccines we need. . . . We have some antivirals. But we do have one thing that we did not have in 1918, and that is the International Health Regulations, that now provide for proactive collective action for the H5N1 threat to global public health security.” The Options for the Control of Influenza Conference takes place in Toronto this week on the 10th anniversary of the first human cases of H5N1 flu, which were discovered in Hong Kong between May and December 1997, and one month after the multi-country odyssey of an Atlanta lawyer infected with an almost untreatable form of tuberculosis. The new rules also encourage countries to enforce disease control at their borders while respecting the rights of international travelers. And they reinforce countries’ responsibility to report and contain disease by allowing states to look over each other’s fences: For the first time, the WHO will accept reports of outbreaks not only from national governments but also from third parties ranging from Internet search engines to other states. During the 2003 SARS outbreak, for instance, Southeast Asia lost an estimated $18 billion in gross domestic product and possibly $60 billion in revenues and demand, Heymann said. The new rules, which were enacted in 2005 and became effective Jun 15, update an earlier and much weaker set of regulations that have been in force since 1969. In a change from the earlier rules—which emphasized control of only cholera, plague, and yellow fever—they commit WHO members to monitoring all potential public health threats, and particularly emphasize smallpox, polio, SARS, and novel flu strains, including H5N1. “It is important to maintain vigilance and not get so focused on one threat, like H5N1, that we don’t miscue on the emergence and virulence of another,” Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada’s chief public health officer, said at the conference opener. He called the XDR TB patient’s four-country odyssey “a stark reminder of our collective vulnerability to communicable diseases. . . . The world seems to continue to be smaller, with diseases having no respect for borders, cultures or politics.” See also: Conference attendees said the porousness of borders to disease has been sharply underlined by two recent events: the emergence on the Wales-England border of an H7N2 strain of avian flu that infected at least four humans and killed a number of poultry despite being judged “low pathogenic,” and the saga of Andrew Speaker, who detoured through several countries so that he could obtain treatment in the United States for his newly diagnosed case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). The new regulations improve on the old not only by emphasizing more diseases but also by committing states to building up their public health infrastructure so they can detect and respond to outbreaks, and to maintaining real-time surveillance of health information so that it can be transmitted to the WHO within 24 hours. But the conference’s opening ceremonies yesterday evening also came 2 days after the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) new International Health Regulations took effect. The voluntary contract marks the first time that the WHO’s 193 member states have agreed to immediately acknowledge and attempt to control any public health emergencies—in their own country or any other territory—that could provoke international concern. Jun 15 CIDRAP News story “New global disease-control rules take effect”last_img read more

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Why everyone is moving to Queensland

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first_imgPopularity Winners — 2017/18 Internal Migration Source: Propertyology Population — Where are they moving? Source: PropertyologyMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe findings come after another report predicted that Brisbane would see a massive jump in house prices over the coming three years.The latest analysis by BIS Oxford Economics has forecast a massive 20 per cent growth in house prices in Brisbane, with demand being driven by its relative affordability compared to other capitals and a pick-up in positivity. Gold Coast housing affordability the best it has been since the 1990s Brisbane at sunset. Picture Lachie MillardThe Residential Property Prospects 2019—2022 has the city’s median house price growing at almost double the speed of the nearest growth capitals Adelaide (11 per cent) and Canberra (10 per cent). In contrast, prices in Sydney (6 per cent) and Melbourne) were set to remain in single digits in terms of percentage growth over the three years.BIS Oxford Economics associate director Angie Zigomanis said he expected Brisbane to be a big winner by the end of 2022, bucking the slow recovering coming out of southern markets.“The next 12 months we still expect (house price growth) to be fairly weak in Brisbane but moving into 2020 is when it will pick up,” he told The Courier-Mail. RELATED: Big wins forecast for Queensland Who wouldn’t want to live here? (Photographer Glen Anderson — We Are Gold Coast)He said that the last time Queensland saw such high migration levels — either from interstate or within the state — was back in 2005.“But only 10 per cent of Queensland’s internal migration gain chose digs in Brisbane City Council — home to 25 per cent of the state’s total population,” he said. Of the cities seeing the biggest gains in new residents, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions were the most popular destinations in Queensland. The Australian Property Market Report July 2019 by realestate.com.au also revealed that Brisbane is “leading Australia’s recovery”, having weathered the downturn “very well” with prices only falling by 1 per cent over the past 12 months and recording 0.1 per cent growth in the June quarter. RELATED: Why Brisbane and Queensland is leading Australia’s property recovery A typical Melbourne commute during heavy rain and cold weather Picture: David CroslingWhile Sydney is Australia’s biggest city, the internal migration data suggested that it’s “the least popular”, according to the analysis, which said that the number of existing residents relocating away from Sydney had reached an all-time record high.Another factor was that while both Sydney and Melbourne gained “a whopping 77,000 people from overseas migration”, many of those new residents didn’t buy property for years, if at all. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59Queensland is winning Australia’s real estate popularity contest, and it is not just because of our enviable weather.New research by Propertyology has revealed that the sunshine state is not only the destination of choice for the majority of interstate migrators, but those that already live here are in no hurry to cross the border. Propertyology head of research Simon Pressley said analysis of ABS data had confirmed that many Australian residents were choosing satellite cities on the outer-fringes of capital cities, and major regional cities. MORE NEWS: Why Brisbane and Queensland is leading Australia’s property recoverycenter_img Sunrise hitting Mooloolaba high rises. Picture Lachie Millard“Likewise, for the 5559 people who left Adelaide during the year ending June 2018, a similar combined volume of people moved to Geelong and Port Macquarie,” Mr Pressley said.“The combined sum of people who decided to move town and chose Fraser Coast (1376 people), Maitland (1189), Bendigo (980), Ballarat (883), Tweed (829), Scenic Rim (637) and Dubbo (375) is comparable to the 6659 people who packed their bags and left Australia’s fourth largest city, Perth.”“More and more people are re-evaluating their need to remain in a capital city and being lured to the many wonders in other parts of our diverse country.”Mr Pressley said there was too much focus on total population growth in places like Sydney and Melbourne, the two cities hardest hit by the property downturn. Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley.He said that Queensland, Hobart and parts of regional Victoria and New South Wales were the big winners.“Number one on Australia’s popularity winners list is the Gold Coast,” he said. “With a median house price that’s only 60 per cent the cost of Sydney, the Gold Coast attracted 7441 new residents from other parts of Australia last year.” Meanwhile, the Propertyology analysis found that one of the most obvious trends identified by their research was the migration of so many people away from capital cities to regional areas. For example, 6370 Australians relocated to the Sunshine Coast but only 4266 moved to Melbourne. Mr Pressley said that interstate migration continued to accelerate in Queensland, contributing 28,668 new residents to the state’s population growth for the year ending June 2018. Brisbane’s hungry for luxury, says richlist developer Overseas Migration — Y/E June 2018 — Source: Propertyology“Yes, we all need to live somewhere, but there’s no law that says one has to buy the roof over their head,” he said. “Buyer behaviour is determined by where people want to live, what they can afford to buy, lifestyle preferences, where they can get suitable employment, and individual stages of their life.“Other factors include local confidence, buyer incentives, and the pursuit of financial independence.”last_img read more

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OSCL makes monetary donation to children’s convalescent home

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first_imgTHE Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL), a predominantly Guyanese organisation, has embarked on an initiative to assist the needy in Guyana and towards this end, will donate cash to selected charitable organisations on a yearly basis. The first such donation was made recently by vice-president Terry Mathura, who was in Guyana for the sixth annual Guyana Softball Cup, which was organised by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA).The recipient of the first monetary donation was the Guyana Red Cross Society Children Convalescent Home which Mathura visited and had an informal interaction with the staff and children.last_img

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La Liga Preview: Dembele Set For Derby As Champions Hope To Bounce Back

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first_imgSpanish football, the La Liga is back this weekend starting at the Santiago Bernabéu where the Champions will be hosting Leganes at midday.There’s still no Ronaldo due to suspension and Raphael Varane is a big doubt due to injury but Madrid put 3 past Leganes in both legs last season and nothing short of that would be expected from Los Merengues. There was the setback against Valencia but this game is a great chance to bounce back to winning ways.Cules will be hoping to see the Club’s new record signing on the pitch as they play the first Catalan Derby of the season.With Neymar off to France and Suarez’s injury in the Super Cup, the bulk of the burden has been on Messi and the Argentine will surely be glad to have Suarez back and join in with French wonder-kid, Ousmane Dembele, who has been training with the manager all week as he was left out of France’s squad by Didier Deschamps.Javi Lopez is a big doubt for this game but Esteban Granero and Pablo Piatti are familiar foes for La Blagruana and should feature for Espanyol. Luis Suarez had 2 goals and an assist in this fixture last year so expect goals in Catalunya.There should be new faces in white shirts at the Mestalla for the visit of Atletico Madrid. Valencia would look at their transfer business and expect a push for European places.They got a respectable draw against the Champions before the international break and would be hoping to produce a similar performance against the other Madrid heavyweight. There’s no Gabriel Paulista yet but Jeison Murillo and Andreas Pereira are in contention to start.Antoine Griezman is suspended for this due to a red card but Diego Simeone would be hoping that Luciano Vietto and Angel Correa are able to provide the goals to celebrate his new contract extension at the club. This surely is the biggest match in Spain this weekend.Sevilla will hope to get their first maximum points at home in the league when they host Eibar at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Ever Banega is out due to suspension but there are all the summer signings available for manager Eduardo Berrizo.Bebe is the star man for Eibar as Pedro Leon misses out on what should be a close affair. Deportivo host present table toppers, Real Sociedad at the Riazor on Sunday while Athletic Bilbao takes on new boys, Girona at the San Mames.There will definitely be points for one or both of Celta Vigo and Alaves at Balaidos. Both teams haven’t registered a point this season in the Liga but Unzue’s men will feel their knack for scoring goals can get maximum points against an Alaves side who have failed to score in 180 minutes.Real Betis travel to Villarreal who have also failed to find the net in the first two games, Cedric Bakambu is back for the hosts though and they will be expecting to get their first goals here at home.Malaga host Las Palmas who have brought in Aquilani, Vitolo, Loic Remy and Samper. It’s hard to see how the loss of Kevin-prince Boateng would be felt. RelatedRonaldo Ready For La Liga As Barcelona Host Eibar Without DembeleSeptember 19, 2017In “Spain”Barcelona Raid Omeruo, Awaziem’s Leganes For BraithwaiteFebruary 20, 2020In “Spain”Weekend Betting TipsNovember 8, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

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Another round of winter weather, frigid temperatures coming Wednesday into Thursday night

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first_img…Wintry Weather Today into Thursday Evening….Another winter system will affect Iowa from today into Thursdayevening with a combination of freezing rain, freezing drizzle andsnow. There will be breaks and periods of lighter precipitationduring the entire event, but the combination of a frozen mix andmoderate ice and snow accumulations will make for difficult travelat times. Following the storm Thursday night, another round ofArctic cold will invade the region.IAZ004>007-016-017-025-026-061800-/O.CON.KDMX.WW.Y.0012.190206T2100Z-190208T0600Z/Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Wright-Franklin-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City,Clear Lake, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, and Hampton347 AM CST Wed Feb 6 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THISAFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT CST THURSDAY NIGHT…* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths of an inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph by late morning Thursday producing blowing snow.* WHERE…Portions of Northern Iowa.* WHEN…From 3 PM Wednesday to midnight CST Thursday night.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.=========Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Allamakee-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Clayton-Grant-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Waukon,Charles City, New Hampton, Oelwein, Elkader, and Platteville312 AM CST Wed Feb 6 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO6 PM CST THURSDAY…* WHAT…A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle this afternoon transitioning to freezing rain tonight and to snow on Thursday. Total ice accumulation of one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch tonight, with snow accumulation Thursday of 1 to 3 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph Thursday afternoon.* WHERE…Portions of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.* WHEN…From 3 PM this afternoon to 6 PM CST Thursday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel is likely to be heavily impacted due to icy conditions tonight and snow on Thursday. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute today, and will impact Thursday`s commutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet orfreezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slipperyroads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1. MASON CITY — Winter Weather Advisories are in effect from this afternoon through Thursday night for our listening area. Here’s the latest statements as of 6:45 this morning. You can find updates here.last_img
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