US election: Global media reacts to neck-and-neck election race

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OnePlus Halts OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 Rollout for OnePlus 8, 8 Pro Due to Data Wipe and Other Issues

first_imgOxygenOS 11.0.1.1 rollout has been halted by OnePlus as some serious issues have come up following its release on Saturday. The OxygenOS update was meant for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro and was supposed to bring the October 2020 Android security patch along with some new features to the phones. This was unlike some Samsung phones that are already getting the November security patch. However, OnePlus has now halted the OxygenOS update altogether, without providing any specific details on its resumption, after users complained about their phone’s data being wiped, among other issues. The OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 had debuted a month after OnePlus released Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.A OnePlus community consultant informed users about the halting of the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 rollout in response to an announcement made on the OnePlus Community forums about the update. “This update’s rollout is currently halted as the software team investigates some user reports. Thank you for your understanding,” the consultant said.- Advertisement – Gadgets 360 has reached out to OnePlus for a comment on the issues caused by the new OxygenOS release and will update this space when the company responds.As per the official changelog, the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 was going to bring a smoother experience with optimised frame stability and adaptive brightness algorithms. The update also aimed to improve standby performance with an optimised background process management mechanism. Further, it included a Canvas feature to draw a wireframe picture based on the lock screen photo on your phone.OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 was also designed to optimise 5G and Wi-Fi connectivity and included the October Android security. It was additionally meant to improve overall software stability on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. But users will now have to wait for some more time to get the newest features on their OnePlus 8-series phones.- Advertisement – Details about when the rollout would resume are yet to be revealed. OnePlus has also not provided any additional information on the issues that has caused the sudden halt.However, OnePlus has acknowledged the data wipe issue through a forum post and urged users to not install the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 update if they’re on an open beta. The company also recommends that users backup their data before beginning the update process. However, OnePlus has not given any solution for the affected users who lost their data due to the problem introduced by the latest update.Some user posts on the company’s community forums also suggest that the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 update deactivated VoLTE and VoWi-Fi on OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro and impacted Web streaming experiences. Some users who were already running an OxygenOS open beta additionally complained that they wrongly received the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 as a stable update that led to a full data wipe on their phones.- Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8 Pro the perfect premium phone for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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NASA certifies Elon Musk’s SpaceX to carry astronauts in Crew Dragon

first_imgNASA SpaceX spacecraft Crew Dragon “Resilience” on the launchpad ahead of the Crew-1 launch for NASA.SpaceX The National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Tuesday announced it certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to carry astronauts to-and-from orbit, the first U.S. spacecraft certification by the agency since the space shuttle program nearly 40 years ago.The certification marks a historic milestone for both NASA and Elon Musk’s space company. NASA, under the Commercial Crew program, supplied most of the funding used to develop Crew Dragon over the last six years and conduct hundreds of tests.“Thank you to NASA for their continued support of SpaceX and partnership in achieving this goal,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. “I could not be more proud of everyone at SpaceX and all of our suppliers who worked incredibly hard to develop, test, and fly the first commercial human spaceflight system in history to be certified by NASA. This is a great honor that inspires confidence in our endeavor to return to the Moon, travel to Mars, and ultimately help humanity become multi-planetary.”- Advertisement – Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. – Advertisement – Ever since the space shuttle retired in 2011, the U.S. has paid Russia upwards of $80 million per seat to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. The SpaceX certification ends that reliance on Russia, and comes with an expected cost of about $55 million per astronaut. Additionally, as Boeing is also working to complete its Starliner capsule under the Commercial Crew program, NASA estimates that having two private companies compete for contracts saved the agency between $20 billion and $30 billion in development costs.“This certification milestone is an incredible achievement from NASA and SpaceX that highlights the progress we can make working together with commercial industry,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. NASA’s certification came after the agency and SpaceX completed reviews ahead of the Crew-1 mission, currently scheduled to launch on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will see SpaceX’s rocket and spacecraft carry three NASA astronauts – Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker – as well as one Japanese astronaut – Soichi Noguchi – to the ISS, where they will spend six months conducting research and performing tasks.“This is a very exciting day for those of us that have been looking forward to this for a really long time,” NASA human spaceflight director Kathy Lueders told reporters after completing the Crew-1 reviews.The agency will also now be able to increase its continuous presence on the ISS to seven astronauts from six, allowing for more time to be spent on scientific research and experimentation.“NASA’s partnership with American private industry is changing the arc of human spaceflight history by opening access to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station to more people, more science and more commercial opportunities,” NASA commercial spaceflight director Phil McAlister said. “We are truly in the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight.”Crew-1 comes about five months after SpaceX successfully completed its Demo-2 flight, which carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the company’s first ever crewed mission and final Crew Dragon test flight. The Crew-1 mission comes with additional milestones for SpaceX, as it marks the beginning of regular astronaut missions for the company. Between its Crew Dragon and Cargo Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX expects to have a continuous presence in space moving forward.“Starting with cargo mission CRS-21, every time we launch a Dragon there will be two dragons in space, simultaneously, for extended periods of time,” SpaceX senior director Benji Reed said on Tuesday. From left to right, NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Three avian flu cases, one fatal, reported in Vietnam

first_imgJan 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 32-year-old man from northern Vietnam died of avian influenza yesterday, and two more confirmed human cases of the disease were reported today, according to news services and the World Health Organization (WHO).A doctor at Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi said the man, from Phu Tho province, had tested positive for the H5N1 flu strain, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The WHO announced it had received reports of confirmed cases in two girls but was awaiting confirmation by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.One patient is a 10-year-old girl from the southern province of Long An who fell ill on Jan 13. She was hospitalized on Jan 20 and remains in critical condition.The second girl may represent another family cluster of avian flu, the WHO said. She is the 13-year-old daughter of a 35-year-old woman from Dong Thap province who died of H5N1 on Jan 21. The girl became ill Jan 20 and was hospitalized Jan 22; she is critically ill.”In view of the six-day interval between dates of symptom onset in the mother and her child, limited human-to-human transmission, as seen during similar events in the past, cannot be ruled out at this stage,” the WHO said. “All such clusters of cases, closely related in place and time, require urgent investigation to determine whether the epidemiological behavior of the virus might be changing in ways that could favor the onset of a pandemic.”The WHO said that if these last two cases are confirmed, it will bring the number of cases in Vietnam since mid-December to 12, of which 9 have been fatal. The WHO count doesn’t include the 32-year-old man.If this family cluster is confirmed, it could be the third since last summer, including one in Thailand last September and another involving brothers in Vietnam earlier this month. Two cases of H5N1 have been confirmed in that cluster. A 46-year-old man died, but his 42-year-old brother, Nguyen Thanh Hung, survived and today left a Hanoi hospital, AFP reported. Whether their younger brother also contracted avian flu has been the subject of conflicting reports and remains under investigation.The latest outbreaks have taken a toll on Vietnam’s poultry population as well. More than 812,000 poultry have been culled this year, AFP reported. Despite those efforts, avian flu has spread to 274 communes in 25 provinces and cities, Voice of Vietnam (VOV) news online reported yesterday.Vietnam’s Veterinary Department on Jan 25 issued new instructions on the slaughter, transport, and trade of poultry, to be enforced nationwide, VOV said. Ho Chi Minh City has issued new regulations calling for the slaughter and freezing of about 300,000 chickens and further tightening of hygiene rules for raising the remaining 150,000 birds left in the city.Riot police were sent to poultry checkpoints around Ho Chi Minh City, ABC News reported online today. The riot officers were backing up traffic police and market monitors operating the 24-hour checkpoints meant to stop infected or uncertified birds from entering the city.Thousands of people are expected to travel widely in Vietnam next month for Tet, the new year celebration that traditionally involves meals with poultry.WHO was not expected to issue a travel advisory for visitors to Vietnam, although more than 200,000 Vietnamese living abroad may return to the country for the holiday, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. WHO officials are recommending that people avoid all contact with sick birds and eat only thoroughly cooked poultry products.Health officials have also recommended that people wear masks and gloves while slaughtering poultry, the AP reported.See also:Jan 28 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_01_28b/en/last_img read more

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China has avian flu case; Ivory Coast awaits tests

first_imgApr 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – China reported its 18th human case of H5N1 avian influenza today as Ivory Coast awaited the results of tests that will tell whether it is Africa’s latest country faced with outbreaks in poultry.China’s Ministry of Health said the new patient is an 8-year-old girl from the southwestern province of Sichuan, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO). She became ill with fever and pneumonia Apr 16 and is in a hospital.The WHO said investigators determined that some poultry died recently near the girl’s home. Test results confirmed yesterday that her infection was H5N1, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Twelve of China’s 18 human cases have been fatal. The WHO’s global tally now stands at 205 human cases with 113 deaths.Ivory Coast officials reported the two suspected poultry outbreaks of H5N1 to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Apr 25. The disease is suspected on the basis of clinical signs and tests at two laboratories in the country, the report said. The OIE reference lab in Padua, Italy, is running confirmatory tests.The sick birds included 16 backyard ducks and chickens and one sparrow hawk in two communes in the Abidjan district of the Lagunes region, says the report by Dr. Denis Kouakou, the country’s director of veterinary services.The Ivorian government said it would set up telephone hotlines and send out mobile surveillance units while waiting for the test results, according to an AFP report today.If cases are confirmed, Ivory Coast will be Africa’s seventh country invaded by the virus. Nigeria was hit first, in early February, followed by Egypt, Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. Egypt is the only one of the group with human cases—12 of them, including 4 deaths.In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, an H7 strain of avian flu is suspected in some poultry deaths on one farm in Norfolk in eastern England, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).”The preliminary test results show that it is likely to be the H7 strain of avian influenza, and not H5N1,” the agency said yesterday. Confirmatory tests were under way.H7 viruses can be highly pathogenic in poultry and can infect humans but have rarely caused serious human illness. During a major poultry outbreak of H7N7 in the Netherlands in 2003, 89 people were infected and one veterinarian died. The human cases were generally mild, mainly involving conjunctivitis. In addition, a few poultry workers became ill during an H7N3 outbreak in poultry in British Columbia, Canada, in 2004.BBC News said today that 35,000 birds on Witford Lodge Farm, about 13 miles west of the city of Norwich, would be killed to contain the outbreak.Dennis Foreman, a spokesman for the company operating the farm, said the number of infected birds was “minimal” and the outbreak came “completely out of the blue,” according to an AFP report.The outbreak comes a few weeks after the H5N1 virus was first discovered in the UK, in a dead swan found on the east coast of Scotland in late March. No further cases were found, and fears about the virus had been subsiding, according to AFP.In other recent avian flu developments:H5N1 was found in pet chickens in the northern Afghan province of Kapisa, the country’s fourth affected province, according to an Apr 25 AFP story. An Italian lab identified the virus, a spokesman for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization told AFP. The virus had previously been found in Kabul, the capital, and in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Logar.Authorities on Bali in Indonesia said they had killed more than 400 ducks and chickens after random testing had revealed flu infections among them, according to an Apr 25 AFP report.The killing of more than 6,000 birds, mostly chickens, as part of control efforts in Burkina Faso has been completed, AFP reported today.In the Czech Republic, the government said testing at the European Union’s avian flu reference lab in Britain confirmed the presence of the H5N1 virus in 12 wild swans, AFP reported yesterday. Authorities said the country has had no cases in domestic birds.See also:Apr 27 WHO statement on case in Chinahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_27/en/index.htmlIvory Coast report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phplast_img read more

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Indonesia logs 4 H5N1 cases; death toll reaches 100

first_imgJan 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities have reported four new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, two of them fatal, raising the country’s death toll from the virus to 100.A 23-year-old woman from East Jakarta died of avian flu yesterday, and a 9-year-old boy from Jakarta’s outskirts succumbed to the disease today, according to a Reuters report.News reports offered no details about the woman. The health ministry said the boy died at Sulianto Saroso Hospital after 4 days of treatment, according to a Bloomberg News report. Joko Suyono, a health ministry official, said investigators were heading for the boy’s neighborhood to try to find out how he was infected, the story said.The other two new cases are in a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, both of whom are in Jakarta’s Persahabatan Hospital, according to the Reuters and Bloomberg reports.The woman lives near a poultry slaughterhouse in East Jakarta, Reuters reported. The man is from Tangerang, a western suburb of Jakarta, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a neighbor’s pet doves, the story said.If all four cases are recognized by the World Health Organization, the count for Indonesia will rise to 124 cases with 100 deaths. The four cases bring the country’s total this month to seven, including five deaths. Indonesia has had more cases than any other country; Vietnam is second, with 102 cases and 48 deaths.The WHO’s global H5N1 count is 353 cases with 221 deaths.Suyono told Reuters there was no obvious explanation for the recent surge of cases in Indonesia. “We need to carry more tests and investigation first to be really sure,” he said.last_img read more

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Animal-cruelty probe leads to US’s biggest meat recall

first_imgFeb 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A California meatpacking company has issued the largest meat recall in US history—143.4 million pounds—after revelations that the firm mistreated cattle and violated the federal ban on putting disabled or “downer” cattle into the human food supply.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that meat produced by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. of Chino, Calif., over the past 2 years was unfit for human food because some cattle processed at the plant couldn’t walk at the time of slaughter.The recalled meat includes 37 million pounds sold to the USDA’s school-lunch and other nutrition programs, according to news services. The USDA rated the recall as Class II, meaning there was only a “remote” chance that the meat would be harmful.Protection from ‘mad cow’USDA banned the use of nonambulatory cattle for food after the nation’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was found in late 2003. The ban was modified last year, when the USDA said downer cattle could be used for food if a USDA veterinarian determined that the animal’s condition was due to an acute injury rather than disease.The recall stems from an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which on Jan 30 released video footage of Hallmark/Westland workers mistreating downer cattle to make them get up. Workers were shown spraying water on cattle, shocking them with cattle prods, and ramming them with a forklift.In a question-and-answer statement yesterday, the USDA called the situation “an isolated instance of egregious violations to human handling requirements and the prohibition of non-ambulatory disabled cattle from entering the food supply.”USDA officials said the abused cattle had passed USDA ante-mortem inspections on the day of slaughter, but later became unable to walk. Under the rules, the company was required to notify the USDA so a veterinarian could re-inspect the disabled animals and determine if they should be barred from the food supply or assessed further.Evidence gathered by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) showed that the company “did not consistently contact the FSIS public health veterinarian in situations in which cattle became nonambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection,” the USDA said in a news release.The violations occurred “occasionally over the past two years,” and therefore all beef products produced during that time were ruled unfit for consumption, the agency said.After learning of the HSUS revelations, the FSIS suspended inspections at Hallmark/Westland on Feb 4. The plant will not be allowed to reopen until it has explained how the violations occurred and shown it has taken corrective steps, the agency said.”I am dismayed at the inhumane handling of cattle that has resulted in the violation of food safety regulations at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company,” Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said in a statement yesterday. He added that it was “extremely unlikely” that any of the cattle had BSE, because of other safeguards in place.All the products subject to recall were sold to wholesale distributors, not retail stores, the USDA said. The products bear the establishment number “EST. 336” inside the USDA mark of inspection.USDA officials said yesterday that much of the recalled meat probably has already been consumed, according to a report published today by the Chicago Tribune.The USDA said recalled meat that was sold to federal nutrition programs must be destroyed and cannot be used as pet food. The agency promised to reimburse states for products that have to be destroyed and to help find replacement products.After an investigation prompted by the HSUS video, a California prosecutor filed animal cruelty charges last week against two former Hallmark/Westland plant workers, according to the Tribune.Public health value questionedCraig Hedberg, PhD, a food safety expert at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, agreed that the risk of BSE contamination in any of the recalled meat is extremely low. But he added, “I think the real story is that the entire story is embarrassing to USDA and highlights an essential flaw in our inspection system. So to compensate, they seem to be taking an aggressive stance that seems to have little value for protecting the public’s health.”Hedberg, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health, added, “Inspectors can only deal with what they observe. In this case, there were animal cruelty issues just outside the plant that had a bearing on the ‘safety’ of the meat coming out of the plant. Because the inspectors did not witness it, it went unchecked. The limitations of inspectors to detect E coli contamination are even bigger and better documented problems.”HSUS President Wayne Pacelle, commenting on the recall yesterday, said, “A recall of this staggering scale shows it’s bad for animals, bad for consumers, and bad for business to have slipshod enforcement and porous laws when it comes to handling animals at slaughter plants.”The United States has had three BSE cases so far: one in Washington state in 2003, one in Texas in 2005, and one in Alabama in 2006. The Washington case was in a Canadian-born cow. The USDA said it has tested 759,000 cattle for the disease since June 2004.See also: Feb 17 USDA news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Recall_005-2008_Release.pdfFeb 17 statement by USDA Secretary Ed Schaferhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/02/0046.xmlFeb 17 USDA question-and-answer documenthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/HallmarkWestland_QAs.pdfJan 30 statement by USDA Secretary Schafer on the violations at Hallmark/Westlandhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/01/0025.xmllast_img read more

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Reports examine high H5N1 death rate in Indonesia

first_imgJul 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Recent reports from Indonesian health officials tie the high fatality rate in human H5N1 influenza cases there to the difficulty of diagnosing the disease, late treatment with antiviral drugs, and a shortage of well-equipped hospitals.The case-fatality rate (CFR) in Indonesia, which leads the world in H5N1 cases, climbed from 63% in 2005 to 80% in 2006 and 85.7% in 2007, according to a report in the journal Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore. The CFR remains high so far this year, with 15 of 18 cases fatal, or 83.3%, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.By comparison, the CFR for the global total of 385 cases with 243 deaths is 63.1%. The fatality rate with Indonesian cases excluded is 53.2% (250 cases with 133 deaths, based on WHO figures).Two reports in the Singapore journal discuss H5N1 cases in Indonesia. One, written by Indonesian Ministry of Health (MOH) officials, looks at the 116 cases, including 94 fatal ones, the country recorded from 2005 through 2007 (the article also defends Indonesia’s refusal to share H5N1 virus isolates with the WHO). A second article, written by hospital physicians, profiles the 27 cases, including 21 fatal ones, treated at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in Jakarta during that period.Hospital deficit called major factorAccording to the second report, Indonesia, like most developing countries, has few primary or secondary care hospitals with the protocols, isolation rooms, or cardio-respiratory support equipment to treat patients critically ill with H5N1 influenza.”This is probably the largest single contributor to the high mortality recorded,” says the report, written by Sardikin Giriputro, MD, and colleagues.The MOH report cites the infection’s nonspecific early clinical features, medical providers’ unfamiliarity with the disease, and the late clinical stage of patients when hospitalized as potential causes of the high mortality. But with the increasing CFR over time, it adds, “the probability of an increase in the virulence of H5N1 viruses should also be considered.”Without a fast, convenient test for H5N1 infection, the disease is difficult to diagnose, the hospital article says. Because the early signs and symptoms are not specific, primary care physicians “would find it extremely hard to predict which of their dozens of patients with influenza-like illness is going to turn out to have highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza in a few days time,” it states.The MOH report says that 71% of H5N1 patients in Indonesia were treated with the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), but only two patients received it within the recommended time frame of 48 hours after the first symptoms. Those two patients survived. The survival rate decreased as the time to start treatment increased, the report says.Because early recognition is critical, the hospital report says, “The only conceivable solution is the development of cheap, effective point-of-care tests for H5N1 influenza that are as easy to use as a pregnancy test for example. These could be used by a rural primary healthcare clinic or district hospital in any developing country. This is clearly a challenge for the global scientific community.”Most H5N1 patients were severely ill by the time they were brought to the hospital, the report says. “The vast majority had evidence of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) with marked tachycardia and tachypnoea” (rapid heart and breathing rates).Gender gap in fatality rateIn other observations, the MOH report says the CFR was significantly higher among females than males—89% versus 73%; it offers no explanation for the difference. Adults had a higher CFR than children, 83% versus 76%, but the difference was not significant. The median age for all case-patients was 20 years.The MOH report also says that 24% of the 116 cases “occurred in 10 clusters of blood-related family members.” But the report offers no opinion on how many cases of person-to-person transmission occurred. As reported previously, person-to-person transmission was considered likely in a widely publicized cluster of eight cases (seven confirmed, one probable) in Sumatra in May 2006.WHO reports on the Indonesian cases so far this year show only one family case cluster, involving a 38-year-old woman from West Jakarta, who fell ill in late January, and her 15-year-old daughter, who got sick in early February.According to the MOH authors, less than half of all the Indonesian patients—46%—had an “unmistakable history of direct contact with sick or dead poultry.” Another 36% had been near sick or dead poultry without direct contact, and the possible sources for the other 18% were unclear, the report says.Among the Sulianti Saroso patients, 12 of 27 (44%) had indirect contact with poultry, mainly from visiting markets or areas where poultry outbreaks had occurred, the hospital report says. A smaller, unspecified number had direct contact with poultry, and the source was unclear for the rest. The authors speculate that some of the patients who had no direct contact with poultry might have caught the virus from fertilizers made of chicken manure.As for the epidemiologic curve, the MOH report says Indonesia averaged 5 cases per month from September 2005 through May 2007, but the rate dropped to 3 cases per month from June through December 2007. The WHO records indicate a similar pace so far this year, with 18 confirmed cases through June, but two thirds of those were in January and February.While 31 of 33 Indonesian provinces have had H5N1 outbreaks in birds, only 12 provinces have had human cases, the MOH report says.Giriputro S, Agus R, Sulastri S, et al. Clinical and epidemiological features of patients with confirmed avian influenza presenting to Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital, Indonesia, 2005-2007. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2008 Jun;37(6):454-7 [Full text]Sedyaningsih ER, Isfandari S, Soendoro T, et al. Towards mutual trust, transparency and equality in virus sharing mechanism: the avian influenza case of Indonesia. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2008 Jun;37(6):482-8 [Full text]last_img read more

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Green Action: Forests are not golf courses!

first_imgThe draft proposal of the new Forest Act is the culmination of many years of cynical attitude of all previous authorities towards citizens and their common goods, the Green Action points out in their statement, adding that it is devastating that we have to repeat aloud: FORESTS ARE NOT GOLF COURSES!Zelene akcija is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit and voluntary association of citizens for environmental protection, and we are transmitting their entire statement on the new Forest Act in its entirety:Today is the last day of the public consultation on the said draft, which declares special purpose forests and forests in which the construction of golf courses, camps and other sports and recreational facilities is allowed. The fact that the construction of a golf course – an indoor sport for a select elite most often accompanied by extensive apartmentisation – is allowed on common goods such as forests is scandalous in itself. Instead of banning such practices, and keeping forests for everyone to use, this draft further facilitates the construction of golf courses in forests, and such forests are extinguished by special-purpose forests. Traditionally, special-purpose forests are exclusively forests that need additional protection due to their exceptional value, or forests for which a special management regime has been established in the public interest, for example for the purpose of scientific research or defense.For years, with each new amendment to the Act, we have been convinced that such concessions are necessary and acceptable because they will be exceptional. The result of such a disastrous policy is the increasing degradation of forests and the attempt to present such insane proposals as in the public interest.It should be reminded that the Amendments to the Law in 2006 enabled the transfer of ownership rights from the state to local self-government units (cities and municipalities), which opened the possibility of further privatization and devastation of forests by building on forest land.Amendments to the Act in 2008 focused on the possibility for the state to provide forests and / or forest land to cities and municipalities for the construction of entrepreneurial zones and only on the basis of an urban development plan, without any defined legal criteria for conducting this procedure.Amendments to the 2014 Act, which also provided for the designation of forest golf courses as special purpose forests, were strongly condemned by the profession and citizens. In just a few days, 4100 citizens sent a letter to members of parliament calling for the protection of forests from further devastation and golf apartmentization.There have been a lot of concessions when it comes to our forests. We want a meaningful policy of forest resources management and we strongly oppose the surrender of forests to the needs of various speculators and the so-called Developer. Golf courses in forests should be banned because FORESTS ARE NOT GOLF COURSES!Attachment: DRAFT PROPOSAL FOREST LAWlast_img read more

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The Bregovita Hrvatska Association of Winemakers brings together 1.900 producers with almost 5 hectares of vineyards

first_img“Bregovita Hrvatska is in line with the new Wine Act, which forces Europe to unite with a regional character. There will no longer be small enclaves. To simplify things, Croatia is divided into four large regions, the largest of which is our Hilly Croatia. The area produces about 20 percent of total wine production and has slightly more vineyards. We have 1.900 registered manufacturers”, Miklaužić pointed out and added that in the area covered by the association there are almost five thousand hectares of vineyards that produce up to five thousand liters of wine per hectare. “This continental part has certain specifics, certain common regional features in terms of winemaking and winemaking. I believe that both your and our president are recognized as a good winemaker and I believe that this association will be led by raising the production of wine even more significantly, to create even better conditions for even greater production and marketing of wine.”, Said Prefect Žinić at a meeting with the president and members of the newly established winemakers’ association Bregovita Hrvatska.za Lokalni.hr. “Bregovita Hrvatska will represent all producers through one institution. We no longer need so many associations of a local character, production remains the same, it is likely to increase with the introduction of new varieties. That is why it is important to introduce our somewhat forgotten škrlet variety through the work of this association, because the fact is that we have no problems with the sale of wine and grapes, while others are choking on millions of Grasevina, Riesling and similar varieties.”, Concluded Miklaužić. Marko Miklaužić, a winemaker from Moslavina, was elected the first president of the newly founded association. He also thanked the County on behalf of all present winemakers for the reception and support that the County provides to all winemakers. According to the new Wine Act, four wine regions have been defined: Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region, Croatia Istria and Kvarner, Dalmatia and the Central Bregovira Croatia.  “In the last 20 years, wine production, vine growing, viticulture and winemaking in this county, but also in the whole of Croatia, have made significant progress and we can be proud of our winemakers. At every opportunity, I am always happy to be proud of the success of our winemakers, and especially our variety škrlet. From 2000 until today, almost 1,5 million kuna has been invested in cloning and clone selection. The result is that today we have three recognized clones, and more than 3,1 million kuna has been invested in the procurement of vine cuttings of this variety.”, Added Žinić. Precisely with the aim of developing and strengthening winemaking in Croatia, the fourth regional viticultural organization was established, provided by the new Law on Wine Bregovita Croatia which brings together winemakers and winegrowers from Bjelovar-Bilogora, Karlovac, Koprivnica-Križevci, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje, Sisak-Moslavina, Varaždin and Zagreb counties and the City of Zagreb, and which should grow into a regional organization of winemakers and winegrowers of the Central Hilly region. The prefect reminded of the importance of viticulture in the County and the number of incentives and assistance that winemakers can get and pointed out that the project “Croatian Wine House” is being prepared, which will be a kind of promotion of winemaking. Source / photo: Sisak-Moslavina County; Lokalni.hrlast_img read more

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