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Avian flu situation worries Chinese leaders

first_imgNov 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities said that the country’s avian influenza outbreaks aren’t fully controlled and that use of substandard poultry vaccines could lead to disaster, while Indonesia has added another likely human case to its avian flu tally, according to news reports today.Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the country is facing “a very serious situation” because avian flu has not been totally controlled, according to a Xinhua report. He made the comments while touring an area hit by avian flu in Liaoning province in the northeast. In the past, Chinese authorities typically have hastened to assure the public that outbreaks were under control.More than 10 million poultry have been culled in the Liaoning outbreak, first reported last week, the story said. The outbreak, China’s fourth this fall, has affected 18 towns in Heishan County.In addition, Agriculture Minister Du Qingling angrily accused local producers of poultry vaccines of distributing substandard and fake vaccines, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Du said that because farms in the outbreak area are highly concentrated, the use of faulty vaccines could greatly increase the virus’s spread. “The use of fake and shoddy vaccines will result in a disaster,” Du was quoted as telling the China News Service.Indonesian authorities are currently investigating allegations of substandard vaccine use in that country as well.Indonesian girl tests positiveIndonesian officials reported today that initial tests point to H5N1 infection in the case of a 16-year-old girl who died this week, according to a Reuters report. Further tests are pending in Hong Kong.The girl lived in an East Jakarta suburb near a bird market and had both chickens and pet birds at home, Reuters reported. However, initial investigation has shown no contact with infected birds or poultry, Hariadi Wibisono, a senior health ministry official, told Reuters. Investigations are ongoing.WHO confirms Vietnamese death from H5N1The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 35-year-old Hanoi man who died Oct 29 was Vietnam’s 42nd victim of avian flu.Vietnamese officials announced the case yesterday, noting it was the first confirmed case in Vietnam since late July. Authorities also said the case occurred earlier than the first case of the winter flu season in Vietnam last year, which came in mid-December.The case brings Vietnam’s total reported cases to 92, for a 45.7% case-fatality rate among known H5N1 cases in humans. This is the lowest case-fatality rate among the four countries that have had human infections; Indonesia’s rate is 55.6%, Thailand’s is 65%, and Cambodia’s is 100%. The total combined case-fatality rate from the 125 known cases and 64 deaths is 51.2%.Another H5 outbreak in JapanIn Japan, a report yesterday said an H5 virus had been detected at a poultry farm north of Tokyo, prompting a decision to cull 170,000 more chickens.Local officials said the virus had been found in two chicken pens at the farm in Ibaraki prefecture, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The agriculture ministry had said a day earlier that the chickens only had antibodies to the virus.The chickens probably had an H5N2 virus, according to officials quoted in the story. Japan has had several outbreaks of a low-pathogenic H5N2 virus in Ibaraki prefecture in the past few months. Last week H5 antibodies were found at several poultry farms in the region, prompting a decision to cull 180,000 chickens.See also: WHO report on H5N1 death in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Hydrogen powers South African schools

first_img15 June 2015Hydrogen fuel cell technology is being used successfully to provide standby power in some schools in Eastern Cape. The power generated by the fuel cells is used to support basic energy requirements, for example, charging stations for tablets, fax machines and computers.It is part of a pilot project led by the Department of Science and Technology, which has partnered with the private sector to use hydrogen fuel cell technology in three schools in Cofimvaba, namely Arthur Mfebe Senior Secondary School, St Marks Junior Secondary School and Mvuzo Junior Secondary School.Anglo American Platinum sponsored three platinum-based fuel cell systems, including installation and ongoing maintenance and operations. Air Products is supplying the hydrogen fuel requirements, while Clean Energy Investments, a South African company co-owned by the department and Anglo American Platinum, commissioned the fuel cells to bring standby power to the schools.Air Products conducted feasibility assessments and erected hydrogen storage facilities according to international standards to supply the fuel cells at the three schools. All the fuel cell power systems have been operating since September 2014.Public-private partnershipsThe official launch, however, was on 12 June. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor noted that the Cofimvaba initiative demonstrated that collaboration between the public and private sectors was essential to improving living conditions.“Success stories from other countries, like Japan, indicate that active public-private partnerships are critical in supporting the uptake of emerging technologies. The knowledge and experience gained from the Cofimvaba pilot project and others taking place throughout the country will not only promote awareness of the technology, but will assist in creating a market for technologies that are being developed through the Hydrogen South Africa [HySA] programme,” Pandor said at the event.HySA focuses on the development of high-value hydrogen fuel cell technology products that promote the beneficiation of the platinum group metals and has three centres of competence, focusing on catalysis, infrastructure and systems integration.Anglo Platinum, together with the Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa (Yesa) group and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (Saasta), has developed an educational programme that has been rolled out to schools in the area, teaching pupils about the science of fuel cells. To date, 3 500 schoolchildren from Grade R to Grade 12 at 26 schools in the region have benefited from this programme.Improved teaching and learningAndrew Hinkly, the executive head of marketing of Anglo American Platinum, said: “This collaboration provides the opportunity to demonstrate not only the technical ability of platinum-based fuel cells to power rural schools, but also contributes to the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in a rural context.“The education initiative has been an inspiration to learners, enhancing their aspirations for vocations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. These skills are key to creating a knowledge base to support fuel cell deployment and, ultimately, a new, high-tech fuel cell industry in South Africa.”Gavin Coetzer, the chief executive of Clean Energy Investments, added: “As technology is incorporated into the education environment, power stability at schools is essential. Fuel cell standby power solutions are efficient, reliable, safe and, most importantly, quiet, ensuring a non-intrusive standby and – potentially – primary power solution.”Tech4RedThis year, the department, through the Tech4Red (Technology for Rural Education Development) project, will install two solar systems and a biogas system, as well as provide portable rechargeable batteries to pupils in the region who have no electricity in their homes.The project is part of the energy working group of Tech4Red that the department is piloting in the Nciba Circuit in Cofimvaba as a research initiative to assess how technology can contribute to the improvement of education in the area.Other components of Tech4Red involve information and communication technology (ICT), elearning, science and technology, nutrition and agri-teaching, water and sanitation and health. The ICT component involves providing tablets to teachers and pupils and ascertaining how this intervention can contribute to improving mathematics and science learning.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

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North East Flavours Serving the best of local cuisines

first_imgNew Delhi: The North East region of India represents a potpourri of different cultures, unique flavours, and delectable cuisines. The North East Flavours, which is a bold attempt to bring varied and distinctive North East fare together at one place, was inaugurated in the Capital, recently. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India along with Nishita Goswami, a popular film actor from Assam, marked their presence at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInaugurating North East Flavours, Kiren Rijiju said, “It is a proud moment for us that north-eastern youth is promoting the local cuisines in the capital. Food is something that unites everyone.”All the seven states of the North East find equal representation in the menu at North East Flavours, with specialised dishes and recipes that will surely delight the foodies of the city. It is the only place that specialises in cooking authentic cuisines from all the seven North Eastern states, which is a highly difficult task that needs to be managed by experts. Seven chefs specialising in local food from each of the seven states have been handpicked to serve authentic food from every region.The basic idea is to promote North Eastern cuisines while highlighting specialties from all the seven states. Most of the dishes are oil free and cooked with organic, indigenous jungle herbs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBill Lotha, owner of North East Flavours, who is also a passionate chef, has plans to open up North East Flavours in all the metros of India and even go abroad to promote North Eastern cuisine. Talking about the launch of North East Flavours, Bill Lotha said, “North East Flavours is an attempt to promote and showcase North Eastern cuisines and soft power skills to the world at large. I personally believe that North Eastern cuisine is comparable with the best in the world.” The fare on offer at North East Flavours is a veritable cornucopia of the best that North East has to offer. Food lovers will find a diverse range of dishes to choose from. While there is Ngatok from Arunachal Pradesh, which is fish cooked in Arunachal style with indigenous, and aromatic herbs, there is Aksol Dol from Assam which is chicken curry with yam leafs and organic herbs. All of this is just a glimpse of the vast menu that North East Flavours offers.last_img read more

Bitcoin Millionaire Charlie Shrem Under House Arrest Following Federal Indictment

first_img 4 min read April 15, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Scruffy-faced New York City Bitcoin playboy Charlie Shrem is in some seriously hot water and deep, too. Perhaps as deep as the known partier might have been into Silk Road, where he allegedly scored drugs and poured money into the underground drug trade.The outspoken 24-year-old former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and former CEO of the popular BitInstant exchange, a Bitcoin-rich millionaire who dubbed himself “Charlie Van Bitcoin,” is currently under house arrest at his parents’ Brooklyn residence. A prodigal millennial back at home with his parents. Very original.News of Shrem’s new domestic “situation” follows the flashy Bitcoin evangelist’s indictment over his alleged role in laundering some $1 million on the “Amazon of the black markets,” the anonymous ecommerce site Silk Road. The Feds shook down and shut down the “online drug bazaar” last October. Last month, authorities announced the grand jury indictment of Ross Ulbricht, a.k.a. “Dread Pirate,” the alleged mastermind of the shady marketplace.Related: BitInstant CEO Arrested for Alleged Ties to Silk RoadShrem himself reportedly trolled Silk Road to buy drugs, likely weed, for himself. He was formally indicted April 10 following a failed bid to reach a plea bargain agreement.The U.S. Department of Justice arrested him on Jan. 27 at JFK Airport on money laundering charges related to accusations that he sold more than $1 million worth of BTC to Silk Road sharks to use to score drugs and other illegal goods. Also on Jan. 27, the Feds also arrested Florida restaurant owner Robert Faiella, Shrem’s alleged co-conspirator, the self-crowned “BTCKing.”According to the Justice Department’s criminal complaint, the charges filed against Shrem and Faiella include “conspiring to commit money laundering, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.” Additionally, Shrem is charged with “willfully failing to file any suspicious activity report regarding Faiella’s illegal transactions through the Company, in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act.”Shrem is scheduled to be arraigned in two weeks in front U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. His lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, has said that his client intends to plead not guilty. If convicted, the Bitcion baron and media darling could serve a 20-year prison sentence.Related: Alleged Founder of Silk Road Pleads Not Guilty, Will Stand Trial in NovemberBitInstant, which Shrem founded while still an undergrad in 2011 and the Winklevoss twins backed with $1.5 million in seed money, went dark the day of Shrem’s initial arrest. The company is at the epicenter of a class-action suit filed on behalf of customers. They claim that the BitInstant falsely represented its services and failed to properly carry them out.Shrem was an early Bitcoin adopter and champion, reportedly buying 500 BTC during his senior year at Brooklyn College, back when they were still a bargain at around $3 or $4 each. When the price rose to $20 he purchased “thousands more.” At press time, the Bitcoin price neared $500 at $492.99, according to the CoinDesk Price Index.The controversial and widely misunderstood cryptocurrency has bumped along a rocky road in the wake of the fall of Mt. Gox, only compounded by rumors that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, was considering imposing limits on Bitcoin transactions. The price shot up by approximately 10 percent after PBOC governor Zhou Xiaochuan’s recent reassurance that the bank won’t ban Bitcoin.  Related: Cameron Winklevoss: A ‘Sheriff’ for Bitcoin’s Wild West Is a Good Thing center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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U River Cruises relaunches The B and adds three new itineraries

first_img TORONTO — U River Cruises has announced three new itineraries and the relaunch of The B ship for 2020.Set to debut in April 2020, some of the European destinations that U River Cruises will be sailing to are Vienna, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Salzburg, Bratislava and more. New offerings on seven-night itineraries include complimentary happy hour every night, overnight stays and active excursions.The A will offer the new ‘Vienna Vibe’ and ‘Eastern Europe Escapes’ itineraries, whereas The B will offer the ‘Amsterdam & Brussels Bound’ sailing and an updated ‘Rolling on the Rhine’ itinerary. Cruises can be combined to create 14-night cruises without repeating ports.“U’s itineraries are created with active, social and culturally curious travellers in mind – free time to allow travellers to wander on their own, unique choice of active and immersive excursions with local hosts, and a vibrant onboard environment that encourages fun, social connections with like-minded guests. We’ve also added in extra overnight stays to allow for a more in-depth exploration of the cities beyond just the highlights.” comments CEO of U River Cruises, Ellen Bettridge.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedU River Cruises’ new itineraries in 2020 include:• AMSTERDAM & BRUSSELS BOUND: Set to begin on April 3, 2020, guests will sail between Amsterdam and Brussels and explore Rotterdam, Middelburg, Ghent and Antwerp. In the city of Antwerp, U’s local guide will introduce guests to local breweries, bars and hot spots of the destination.• VIENNA VIBE: This eight-day itinerary sails between Nuremberg and Vienna beginning on April 10, 2020. Excursions include a street art tour of Linz, a tour of Munich via a nine-seater Bulli, a hike in the Wachau Valley and a special class to learn the Viennes Waltz.• ROLLING ON THE RHINE: April 17, 2020 will be the first date of this itinerary that sails between Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Travellers visit Hoorn, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz and Rudesheim, and will enjoy new excursions such as a nighttime Crime Cruise, the Taste of Holland Triathlon, and Game of Wines.• EASTERN EUROPE ESCAPE: Beginning April 24, 2020, this new itinerary takes travellers to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Europe. The trip stops in Bratislava, Budapest, Mohacs (Hungary), and Novi Sad (Serbia) while sailing between Vienna and Belgrade. Some highlights of the trip include coffee shops and boutiques in the trendy 7th district of Vienna, and a guided tour of Bratislava’s top Soviet monuments and markets.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIncluded in the itinerary are three daily meals, select shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, onboard local U hosts, complimentary happy hour every day, onboard gratuities and other popular activities such as mixology classes, silent discos, paint & wine class and rooftop yoga.For more information visit ubyuniworld.com. Share Tags: U River Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Friday, June 28, 2019 U River Cruises relaunches The B and adds three new itinerarieslast_img read more