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18
Nov
2020

Aid group seeks help fighting plague in Congo

first_img The Ituri district is the most active site of human plague outbreaks in the world, with about 1,000 cases a year, according to the WHO. The current outbreak began in the Linga health zone district in mid-May, the agency said. “MSF is very concerned about the weak mobilization of other aid actors in the area, particularly when it comes to active case finding and vector control, two imperative measures that need to be implemented when dealing with this type of situation,” the group said. “Pneumonic plague is extremely contagious and is an airborne disease.” Jun 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The medical aid group Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) appealed for help last week in the fight to control the outbreak of pneumonic plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). See also: Jun 14 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_14/en/index.html In a Jun 22 statement, the group said 22 deaths had been attributed to the disease out of 144 cases identified as of Jun 19 in the Rethy and Linga health zones in the northeastern DRC. The outbreak has affected 12 health zones with a total population of almost 100,000, the statement said.center_img MSF said it was concerned that, without more control measures, the outbreak could spread to some areas where access is limited because of security problems. The group has set up two isolation centers for treating plague patients in the Rethy and Linga health zones. The organization runs a hospital in Bunia, capital of Ituri. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Jun 14 that it had received reports of 100 deaths due to suspected pneumonic plague in the DRC. However, the WHO later quietly revised the statement to say that 100 suspected cases had been reported in the Ituri district, with 19 deaths. Jerome Souquet, the MSF’s head of mission in the Ituri district, warned there was an urgent need for help in identifying cases and tracing contacts of suspected cases. “Otherwise, we could soon be confronted with an outbreak spiraling out of control,” he said. “We can already note a spread of the epidemic outbreak to new areas in the last few days.”last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Increased taxes for sailors harm Croatian tourism

first_imgA session of the Executive Board of the Croatian Employers’ Association of the Nautical Sector Association was held at the Croatia Boat Show to discuss the adoption of the Maritime Property and Seaports Act, the increase in sojourn tax for boaters and the results of a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Tourism. and when purchasing a vessel on lease.Roko Vuletić, President of the Executive Board, commented on the round table on the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports organized by the Association of the Nautical Sector, where representatives of the ministry announced some changes that are positive for nautical. For example, the abolition of the variable part of the concession fee, and the compensation of the old concessionaire in a certain percentage of the investment in certain cases. Regarding the issue of the commercial part of sports ports, a modality is required that would minimize the possibilities of manipulation. With regard to the commercial activity of ports open to public traffic, efforts will be made to reduce the percentage of such commercialization. When the working group adopts the draft law, it should go through the consultation procedure when the association has the opportunity to act with its comments, which is provided for in III. quarter of this year, Vuletic pointed out.Igor Mihajlov commented on the adoption of amendments to the Maritime Code, which does not sufficiently deal with nautical. “The amendments will address the issue of legal certainty and standardization of contracts specific to nautical activities. The intention is to apply general, legally established rules and provisions in the event that there are no concluded agreements, and in order to minimize the possibilities of interpretation of the rights and obligations of the opposing parties. ”  Mihajlov pointed out. All present agreed to  organizes a round table on this topic at the next nautical fair, to which all representatives of marinas should be invited, for whom this segment is very important.The Minister of Tourism did not attend the meeting held by the Croatian Employers’ Association with the Ministry of Tourism regarding the enormous increase in the sojourn tax for boaters.The proposal of the Nautical Sector Association is reduction of the lump sum of the sojourn tax for boaters because on the example of only three marinas that have 54 canceled ships in the three months of application of the Regulation, harmful effects on nautical tourism can be seen. Also, it is also considered wrong  imposed obligation for marinas to collect the sojourn tax. Next week, if there are no changes in the desired direction, HUP will launch a stronger campaign to reduce the sojourn tax for sailors, enable the payment of sojourn tax per day for all categories, and equalize sailors with property owners in terms of lump sum sojourn tax.Related news:THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DRASTIC INCREASE IN THE RESIDENCE TAX IN NAUTICS ARE ALREADY FEELED ON THE FIELD, AND WILL ONLY BE FELTRESEARCH ON CAPACITY AND BUSINESS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2017THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA ADOPTED THE DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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19
Oct
2020

Pyongyang ‘looking to blame Seoul’ for virus: Analysts

first_img“It could take issue with South Korea’s poor frontline security,” she told AFP. “It could even claim that South Korea purposefully sent the defector back to North Korea to spread the virus there.”Duyeon Kim, a Korea expert at the International Crisis Group, added that by blaming an imported case from the South, the North “can now legitimately and openly accept” aid from Seoul. The North could “further send a message about defectors painting them as enemies of the state”, she added in a tweet.Pyongyang has repeatedly excoriated leaflet-sending defectors and the Seoul government in recent weeks, worsening already frozen inter-Korean ties and culminating in the North blowing up a liaison office on its side of the border. Return visitor It is extremely rare for North Korean defectors to return to their original country, where rights groups say they face severe punishment for leaving — the South’s Unification Ministry says only 11 are known to have done so in the last five years.It is even rarer for them to travel through the Demilitarized Zone, one of the world’s most secure borders, replete with minefields and guard posts.But the South Korean military said a North Korean defector was believed to have returned to the North from Ganghwa island, on the Han river estuary northwest of Seoul.He was not officially identified but according to multiple media reports and defectors he is a 24-year-old who defected in 2017, also by swimming across a river.He is being investigated on rape allegations in the South, they added.Last month he appeared on a YouTube channel run by another defector, and said it took him more than seven hours to swim across the inter-Korean border when he went south.Afterwards, he “cried for 10 days, as I kept on thinking about my family” back home, he said in the interview.Seoul’s health authorities said his name did not appear in the South’s database of confirmed coronavirus cases, nor its list of their contacts.Two individuals who had contact with the suspected re-defector were tested on Sunday and both tested negative, added Yoon Tae-ho of the Central Disaster Management Headquarters.The North’s medical infrastructure is seen as woefully inadequate to deal with any epidemic and Pyongyang closed its borders in late January — the first country in the world to do so — in an effort to protect itself against the coronavirus.The situation in Kaesong “may lead to a deadly and destructive disaster”, official news agency KCNA reported at the weekend. North Korea is seizing on the return of a defector from the South to point the finger at Seoul for the arrival of coronavirus in the country after months of denying it had any cases, analysts said Monday.Pyongyang imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong, saying it had found a suspected COVID-19 infection in a defector who had returned across the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, state media reported at the weekend.For months the North had denied having any cases of the virus that swept the world after first emerging in neighboring China — its main diplomatic backer and trade partner — raising skepticism among observers. And Seoul officials said Monday that the man believed to be the re-defector has never been confirmed as a coronavirus patient in the South, nor a contact of a confirmed case.The South has carried out more than 1.5 million tests as part of an extensive “trace, test and treat” model that has largely brought the outbreak under control.Analysts said the North was likely to have already had virus cases, and Pyongyang was looking to blame Seoul for the outbreak, rather than its own longstanding ally Beijing.”North Korea may try to use the defector’s return to deflect the blame for an outbreak that has already occurred, or for any future quarantine failures,” said former US government North Korea analyst Rachel Lee. Topics :last_img read more

27
Sep
2020

Abortion rate at lowest in 20 years

first_imgStuff.co.nz 5 January 2014The number of women having abortions in New Zealand has dropped to its lowest rate in almost 20 years and significantly fewer teenagers are having the procedure.Wider use of contraception, better school-based education and even reality television are all thought to be behind the drop.In 2012, 14,745 women had abortions in NZ, down from 18,382 five years earlier.The number of abortions is at the lowest level since 1995, according to a report from the Abortion Supervisory Committee, which works to improve the quality of abortion services in New Zealand.Women in their 20s were most likely to have an abortion, followed by 15- to 19-year-olds. Women over 45 were the group with the lowest number of abortions.The number of girls under 14 having abortions more than halved – from 104 in 2007 to 51 in 2012. The number of girls in the 15- to 19-year-old group also dropped substantially – from 4173 to 2489.Most women having abortions identified themselves as European, followed by Maori, Asian and Pacific.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9577045/Abortion-rate-at-lowest-in-20-yearslast_img read more

24
Sep
2020

Local minister reflects on the passing of Billy Graham

first_imgRev. Dr. Michael Layne, senior pastor at FaithPoints Church in GreensburgGreensburg, In. — On February 21, the man known as, America’s Pastor, passed from this life into eternity. William Franklin Graham, known to everyone as Billy Graham, was an internationally recognized preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who was always sowing Gospel seeds.Over many years of watching and listening to Dr Graham, I became aware of something that characterized his services. He always called the listener to a point of decision. This is something that challenges young evangelists today. May Dr. Graham’s legacy inspire a multitude of new evangelists to rise up for the sake of the Gospel, and like Billy Graham, never give up.As a young evangelist, illy Graham conducted crusades in the Los Angeles area and garnered the attention of William Randolph Hearst who owned a newspaper empire. It is said that Hearst put out the challenge to his editors to make Billy Graham a known figure in America. However we know differently, it was the call of God upon his life that took him to many countries, enabling him to speak to millions of people.At one point Dr Graham’s radio program, The Hour of Decision was heard on 1,200 radio stations.  Some years later the ministry expanded into television. Graham’s popularity continued to grow and he is to be commended as a televangelist whose name was never muddied. He had a simple policy to never meet alone with a woman other than his wife and immediate family. This is a policy that many ministers have adopted for themselves over the years.Billy Graham’s style of preaching and calling people to repentance was as skilled as any boxer who entered the ring. He garnered a gift that only the Holy Spirit empowers.Billy Graham has passed from this life at the age of 99 and will be greatly missed, but we all can look forward to that time of seeing Billy once again and rejoicing with the multitudes who are in Heaven due to his obedience. In his words, “Come forward now. Make your way to the front of this platform and say yes to the Lord.”last_img read more

20
Sep
2020

High school football roundup

first_imgEllsworth Eagle quarterback Jake Shorey is tackled as heis about to unload a pass against the Dexter Tigers in Fridaynight football action. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — Bucksport’s Golden Bucks moved into second place in the Little Ten Conference Friday as they downed the Orono Red Riots 27-14.The Bucks got off to a quick start as Jack Cyr took the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and Carter DeRedin booted the extra point.The Bucks added another touchdown later in the period on an eight-yard run by quarterback Matt Stewart, with DeRedin again kicking the extra point, for a 14-0 Bucksport lead.Orono got o the scoreboard in the second period when Tom Lucy took the ball into the end zone from 18 yards out, but the extra point attempt failed.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport pushed the lead to 21-6 on a six-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Hayden Craig and DeRedin’s third extra point kick.Orono closed the gap in the third quarter, scoring on a three-yard touchdown run by Matt Fowler with Lucy rushing for two extra points.But Bucksport put the icing on the cake with 13-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Craig in the final period.The Bucks piled up 265 yards on the ground with Cyr carrying the ball 28 times for 195 yards and Asher Bowden adding 41 more on eight carries.Stewart completed five of nine passes for 48 yards.Defensively for the 4-1 Bucks, Alec Dyer led the way with five solo tackles and four assists. Tyler Pye also had five solo tackles to go with two assists and Josh Geagan had four solo tackles and three assists.Waterville 46, MDI 20At Waterville on Saturday, the undefeated Purple Panthers rushed for 435 yards en route to a 46-20 win over the Mount Desert Island Trojans.The Waterville defense limited MDI to 178 offensive yards.The Purple Panthers took a two-touchdown lead before the Trojans got on the scoreboard in the second quarter.Taner Bickford raced 51 yards on a kickoff return, putting the ball at the Waterville 29-yard line.It took eight plays before MDI quarterback Colby Candage connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Keene.The extra point kick by Billy Laverdiere cut the Waterville lead to 13-7.But that was as close as the Trojans would get.MDI didn’t score again until the fourth period when Bickford had another long kickoff return, this one of 70 yards, then took the ball into the end zone on a one-yard plunge.Jalique Keene led the offense for the 2-4 Trojans, rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries.Dexter 27, Ellsworth 8For the first time in program history, the Ellsworth Eagles ended the first quarter with a lead in their 27-8 loss to Dexter on Friday night at Ellsworth High School.“They were excited,” Ellsworth Coach Duane Crawford said. “That’s never happened before.”Devin Wright set the Eagles up to take an early lead with a long run into the red zone. Connor Petros then rushed the ball six yards into the end zone. On the two point conversion, quarterback Jacob Shorey completed a pass to Wally Rumill.The Eagles ended the opening quarter up 8-6, but Ellsworth turnovers and Dexter’s success with onside kicks ultimately decided the game.“Take away those mistakes, it would have been a different game,” Crawford said. “Despite the loss, it was the best game we’ve ever played.“Those are the kind of mistakes young teams make.”On offense, Wright ended the game with 18 carries for 88 yards. Petros had 10 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.On defense, Wright led the team with six tackles and one assist. Calob Chipman had five tackles. Petros had four tackles, one assist and a sack. Shorey had four tackles, one assist and an interception.Ellsworth will play John Bapst away on Friday at 7 p.m. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Biolast_img read more

19
Sep
2020

ICC Committee recommends changes to DRS

first_img(CMC) – West Indies and other international teams are likely to welcome the ICC Cricket Committee’s recommendation that an “umpire’s call” verdict on an lbw appeal under theDecision Review System in Tests should no longer cost them.The sport’s world governing body announced yesterday that the Committee, under the chairmanship of current India coach Anil Kumble, will recommend that teams will not lose a review when an lbw review comes back as “umpire’s call”.“Should that be adopted however, the 80-over top-up of reviews in Test cricket would be removed,” said an ICC media release.“The Committee will (also) recommend to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee that DRS should be able to be used in all Twenty20 International games.“If the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee approves these recommended changes, the new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from October 1 this year.”At present, each team may make no more than two unsuccessful review requests per 80 overs during a Test, and no more than one unsuccessful review request an innings during a One-day International.Under the DRS rule, only clearly incorrect decisions are reversed; if the video replay umpire’s analysis is within established margins of error or is otherwise inconclusive, the on-field umpire’s original call stands, hence the term “umpire’s call” for lbw verdicts specifically.Several other recommendations were made by the Committee that met in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, and includes ICC umpires manager Adrian Griffith, the former Barbados and West Indies opener.The Committee expressed unanimous support for the implementation of the long-mooted Test championship, deeming that context was crucial to the future of the international game. It also reiterated its full support for the game being involved in the Olympic Games.The Cricket Committee also considered the new Laws of Cricket (2017 Code) and has recommended the adoption of the majority of the changes to the Laws, most significantly giving umpires the power to send players off the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct, such as violence on the field.All other offences would continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.Other major changes to the Laws that will be adopted by the ICC are the restriction on bat dimensions (thickness of edges and depth of bat), and that a batsman will have made his or her ground when a bat bounces after being grounded behind the crease by a running or diving batsman.A presentation on the findings of the no-ball trial held in England during the ODI series against Pakistan last year was given to the Committee, which recommended that the video replay umpire should call all no-balls in international matches using instant replays.The issue of concussion substitutes was revisited by the Committee and it will recommend to the CEC that the Classification of Official Cricket be amended to allow members to run a two-year trial into the use of concussion substitutes.last_img read more

16
Sep
2020

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Toledo

first_imgForty-eight hours after beating up on Oakland, Syracuse (4-0) will look to improve to a perfect 5-0 with a home contest against Toledo (3-0). The Rockets have won each of their games by at least 10 points, including an 87-74 win over Oakland on Saturday. The Orange beat Oakland, 74-50, Monday night.“Toledo coming in Wednesday, they’re very good,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Very, very good basketball team.”Here’s what you need to know about Wednesday’s matchup, which begins at 7 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 2-0Last time they played: Twenty-seven years ago, on Nov. 23, 1990, Syracuse rolled over Toledo, 84-68. It was the opening round of the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, where the Orange commanded the game in the teams’ second all-time meeting. (The first was in the 1950-51 season.) Former SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins hit a 3-pointer in the game, while David Johnson led SU with 16 points. Adrian Autry, current Syracuse assistant coach, scored 11.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Toledo report: The Rockets finished last season 17-17 overall and 9-9 in the Mid-American Conference. Three starters are gone from that team, including Jonathan Williams, the leading scorer, and Steve Taylor Jr., who was second in points and led the team in rebounds and assists.Among those picking up the production: Junior guard Jaelan Sanford and Colorado transfer Tre’Shaun Fletcher, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward who shot 40 percent from deep in the Pac-12 two seasons ago. Junior Nate Navigato is effective spreading the court as a 6-foot-8 forward who can shoot it. He knocked down 40.8 percent of his 3-point attempts a year ago.Head coach Todd Kowalczyk’s offense is based on tall, long players shooting 3-pointers. So far this year, Toledo is shooting the ball effectively (33rd in the country, per Kenpom) and not turning over the ball much. About one-third of the Rockets’ points come via the 3.How Syracuse beats Toledo: Syracuse’s toughest game this year came against Iona, which plays a similar style to Toledo. Both are fairly long. Both play fast. And both can score quickly with the 3. Syracuse defended the interior well Monday night, not allowing Oakland to get any inside-out action. A key to beating the 2-3 zone is working the ball inside to set up open 3s. Should the Orange hold Toledo inside like it did Oakland, it will be difficult for Toledo to generate uncontested 3-pointers and stay within striking distance.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse an 85 percent chance to win the game.Stat to know: 56Through four games, Syracuse has allowed only 56 points per game, good for 14th in the country. The Orange held Cornell to fewer than 50 points in the opener, then held Iona and Texas Southern to fewer than 70, and Oakland on Monday night to only 50.Player to watch: Jaelan Sanford, guard, No. 13The 6-foot-4 junior guard leads Toledo with 23.3 points per game through three games. He begins his third year as a starter, bringing both height and an ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shot abilities. He averages nearly 38 minutes per game, 4.3 rebounds and rarely turns over the ball. He was recently named Mid-American Conference West Player of the Week and leads the Toledo offensive attack. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 22, 2017 at 12:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

16
Sep
2020

Irish boxers in last -16 action at World Championships

first_imgWith one win already under his belt, light-flyweight Brendan Irvine takes-on a Turkish fighter for a place in the quarter-finals.Also during the evening session, Olympic medallist and team captain Michael Conlan will begin his campaign against a Brazilian opponent.And middleweight Michael O’Reilly will return to the ring for his last-16 bout against Australian Daniel Lewis.last_img

31
Aug
2020

Reggae Stars, Celebrities Take to Soccer Field to Celebrate Marley’s Birthday…

first_imgMiramar, FL (January 29, 2020) – Reggae icon Bob Marley was an avid soccer player, whose love for the game drove him to play at every opportunity. Even while on tour, the famed singer found time to participate in friendly scrimmages at the nearest park with members of his band.After his passing, close friend and soccer executive Clive “Busy” Campbell, began the Bob Marley One Love Football Fun-Day in Jamaica to celebrate Marley’s birthday (February 6).For the first time in its 38-year history, the celebration will be held in the USA, on Sunday, February 16 at the Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Miramar Blvd, Miramar, FL from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.Hosted by Miramar Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, and under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair, the event will feature three friendly soccer games between the Reggae Girls Invitational Team, Masters and Celebrities from Jamaica and a team of locally-based former National players and Celebrities.In keeping with tradition, four individuals will be recognized for their outstanding community service. This year’s honorees are soccer promoter Mikey Barnes, Minister Tyrone “Papa San” Thompson and educators Janet Morales, and Bruce Klassner.The Bob Marley One Love Football Celebration will also serve as a fundraiser for Commissioner Chambers’ Community Plus One water bill initiative. This program provides assistance to qualified residents who face a challenge in paying their water bill. The goal is to prevent disconnection of water to these residents in the City of Miramar. Funds from the event will also benefits the Reggae Girlz Foundation and basic schools in Jamaica.A number of celebrities and entertainers have committed to participate including artist such as, Agent Sasco, Tony Curtis, Iba MaHr, Everaldo Creary of the NoMaddz, Tamarley, radio personality Pat Montague and Tanya A AKA Deja of 1170 WAVS Radio as well as former Reggae Boyz “Pepe” Goodison to name a few. Mikey Mike and the WZPP crew will provide music and an entertaining half-time show is being planned.Tickets are available online at www.caribtix.com or at Sam’s W.I. Grocery, Rainbow Variety Store, Juney’s Restaurant and Barbican Square. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children’s ticket is $10 and is available at the gate only.last_img read more