More human H5N1 cases reported in Turkey, Indonesia

first_imgJan 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More cases of human illness and death were laid at the door of the H5N1 virus in Turkey and Indonesia today.The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday confirmed the death from H5N1 of a 5-year-old boy from Dogubayazit district in Turkey’s eastern Agri province. His 14-year-old sister had died on Jan 15, and results on Monday confirmed her death was from H5N1.The WHO’s situation update says the newly confirmed human cases bring the total in Turkey to 20, of which 4 have been fatal. The agency has not adjusted its case-count chart to reflect those numbers, pending confirmation by a WHO partner laboratory in the United Kingdom.The agency’s update emphasized that to date all human H5N1 infections followed “direct exposure to diseased poultry.” WHO noted that in the most recent case described above, the children fell ill after slaughtering a duck from their home flock. Ducks in that flock had begun dying Jan 1, WHO said.Late this afternoon, an Associated Press (AP) report from Ankara said initial tests on another child showed H5N1 infection, which if confirmed would bring the number of human cases in Turkey to 21. The child is from Dogubayazit and is hospitalized in the eastern city of Erzurum, a health ministry official told the AP.Also in Ankara today, a WHO official said Turkey’s outbreak has a lower case-fatality rate than outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a story by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news.”Turkey is seeing a fatality rate of 20 percent, which is lower than the fatality rate observed in Asia, which was around 58 percent,” Cristiana Salvi, a WHO spokeswoman in Turkey, told IRIN. But she added a caveat: “There could be other factors which we are investigating as a lot of cases are still in hospital.”Cases reported in Indonesian siblingsInIndonesia, local tests confirmed that a 13-year-old girl’s death Jan 14 in Indramayu, West Java, was due to H5N1 infection, according to a Reuters story from the online edition of The Jakarta Post. Her 3-year-old brother, who died today, was also being tested, as was a surviving sister, Reuters reported. The boy’s initial test was positive, but a subsequent local test was inconclusive, an Indonesian health ministry official told Reuters.A Hong Kong laboratory has also confirmed local test results showing that a 29-year-old woman who died Jan 11 at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta had avian flu, The Jakarta Post reported today. Her death raised the number of human H5N1 deaths in Indonesia to 13, with 20 total cases, the newspaper said. A WHO update on Jan 14 confirmed the 29-year-old’s cause of death and said her case brought the total in Indonesia to 17, with 12 fatalities.The WHO described the woman as a midwife at a maternity ward in a Jakarta hospital, but said it was unlikely that she became infected on the job. Instead, WHO is investigating her neighborhood and a live-bird market she visited days before she fell sick. Contact tracing has not shown any evidence that the woman infected other people, WHO noted.Turkey’s poultry surveillance criticizedA nine-page report from Turkish authorities to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), dated today, indicates that two of Turkey’s poultry outbreaks began Nov 25 and 29, 2005. However, reports from Turkey to the OIE on Dec 8, 2005, do not reflect those outbreaks.A report by Bloomberg News today describes a “second wave” of poultry outbreaks that weren’t reported to OIE for more than 3 weeks.”We think that the condition of veterinary infrastructure in eastern Turkey led to this delay on the information,” Bernard Vallat, director-general of the OIE, told Bloomberg from Beijing today. “To manage avian flu in animals, time is a crucial point because if a country is in a position to have a rapid response within two days, the cost of the management is very low, compared with a delay of three or four days. The spread of the disease is exponential, which is why time is crucial.”See also:Jan 16 WHO update 14 WHO update’s outbreak report to OIE read more

Charity begins at home as Dudley redevelops

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Founders, VCs call for start-ups to innovate, look for opportunities amid COVID-19

first_imgAccording to the Research and Technology Ministry’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), only 13 percent of around 1,037 start-ups in Indonesia can scale up their business, while most were reported to be stagnant or dissolved.Ride-hailing start-up giants Gojek and Grab have recently had to retire some of their non-core businesses because of the pandemic’s impact on the companies’ operations.Singapore-based Grab announced in June that it would lay off 360 people, just under 5 percent of its region-wide employees, because of the ongoing crisis. Not long after, Gojek did a headcount cut of 430 workers or around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the company aims to focus on its ride-hailing, food delivery, e-payment and logistics services.Fishery e-commerce start-up Aruna cofounder Utari Octavianty said during the webinar that she pivoted her business in just a week after Indonesia announced rising COVID-19 cases in the country.“Almost all of our products are for exports, but as our logistics were disrupted, we quickly marketed our goods to domestic consumers,” she said. “In times of uncertainty, we can learn to ride the wave.”Aruna recently received US$5.5 million in its latest funding round. The company also reported a 86 percent revenue growth in the first quarter of the year from the same period in 2019.“Start-ups that are negatively affected can look at the room for improvements in their company first. Not every start-up needs to immediately pivot their business,” Amvesindo chairman Jefri Sirait said at the same event.He went on to say that start-ups needed to maintain their liquidity and build runway, which is the calculation on how long a company can survive when income and expenses stay constant.Start-ups need to determine and leverage their competitive advantage at the beginning to become the basis or scalability in the future, according to Jefri.Some venture capital firms (VCs) will consolidate with other VCs to disburse funds amid the pandemic. However, some VCs may hold back their investment plan.“If your start-up has a good product and it needs cash, you can meet with investors, preferably your existing ones, to build up your survival rate,” Jefri said, adding that founders needed to stay prudent but also make quick decisions during this time.Meanwhile, former Jakarta deputy governor and entrepreneur Sandiaga Uno said he saw many start-ups emerge during the pandemic as a sign that Indonesian entrepreneurs could find opportunities in a crisis.He said start-ups could become another kind of “vaccine” as it can provide job opportunities amid a wave of layoffs caused by the pandemic.The government predicts that 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs during the health crisis as almost all components of economic activities has fallen.“I think we are going to face a new start-up landscape and we won’t experience the pre-COVID situation. Times are changing anyway, and we need to innovate,” he said. “In the current situation, good things come to those who move.”Topics : Adrian advised start-ups in their early stages to focus on building their team and product-market fit, among other measures, while weathering the current situation.Meanwhile, start-ups in the growth stage should focus on scalability and profitability to survive the health crisis and possibly attract new investors.He added that to revive a start-up, founders must also first determine the underlying problem that started the company’s demise in the first place.“If the company is facing a systemic problem, then founders need to rethink their teams, hire new people and build the company up again,” he said. Industry players and venture capitalists have urged start-up founders to innovate and look for opportunities to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.An estimated 15 percent of the country’s start-ups were “severely affected” by the global health crisis between March and May, according to the Venture Capital and Start-Up Indonesia Association (Amvesindo). The figure had gone up to 25 percent by August and is projected to further increase as the pandemic progresses.“In every crisis, start-ups should look for new opportunities or entry points. For existing companies, you can pivot your business to stay resilient,” fintech start-up Investree founder Adrian Gunadi said during a webinar on Thursday.last_img read more

IPE publishers create JV to develop Pension Fund Perception Programme

first_imgInsticube is a joint venture is with Carsten Eckert, of AssetMetrix, a European provider of high-end analytics and tailored asset servicing for private capital investors.Eckert has more than 25 years of experience in the institutional markets.Insticube will be a privately held German company owned by IPE International Publishers, Asset Metrix, Eckert and management, together with a group of individual private investors.Insticube will acquire the assets of the PFPP Research Programme from IPE International Publishers in a transaction due to complete early next year. It will start operations in early 2017.The joint venture will be based in Munich, Germany, with planned operations in the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, and The Netherlands. The idea of operating from these centres is to work more closely with the asset owners involved in the platform, according to Brown. The publisher of IPE has formed a joint venture, Insticube, to take over and further develop the Pension Fund Perception Programme (PFPP) Research Programme.The programme was founded by IPE in 2012 as a source of information about the overall performance in service by asset managers for institutional clients.Announcing the joint venture at the IPE annual conference in Berlin today, Tim Brown, director of the PFPP research programme, said the aim was to bring all the largest institutional asset owners in each region into the programme – up to 2,000 asset owners in six regions.He said Insticube aimed to help asset managers achieve “exceptional client centricity”.last_img read more

PRI signatories must report climate change risks from 2020

first_imgThe specific indicators of risk are those outlined by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and pertain to strategy and governance around climate change. The PRI said using them was high priority as they provided a global framework for translating information about climate into financial metrics.It follows moves by several international bodies to formulate a way of measuring and monitoring how investors account for and consider climate change risks in their portfolios.The European Union is in the process of creating a taxonomy that investors can use to demonstrate how they and their fund management providers rationalise such risks within their investments, along with other sustainable elements.The TCFD was established by the globally recognised Financial Stability Board, led by Bank of England governor Mark Carney. Since 2018, the PRI has asked its members to consider the risk indicators that are aligned to its reporting framework on a voluntary basis.   Fiona Reynolds, PRIReynolds at the PRI said: “TCFD provides the best available framework for systematically including climate-related risks and opportunities into investment strategy.”Despite the current lack of obligation by the PRI, more than 480 investors representing $42trn opted to complete the indicators and submit responses. In 2019, the climate indicators will be voluntary but will become mandatory in 2020.From then, signatories of the PRI will have the choice to keep their reports confidential to the UN body itself.Further readingA responsible investment wishlist for 2019 Leading investors and campaign groups – including Norges Bank, USS, APG, and the PRI – speak to IPE about what they want to see this yearWho’s doing what in ESG? Susanna Rust explores the investor coalitions, campaign groups and organisations leading responsible investment efforts around the world The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) will require its entire book of 2,250 signatories – including asset owners, investment managers and service providers – to report how they have considered specific climate change risks in their portfolios from 2020.The body, created by the United Nations to encourage investors to take a responsible and sustainable approach to managing assets, announced the tough new reporting measures for its members yesterday.Fiona Reynolds, chief executive officer of the PRI, said: “It is increasingly important for investors to incorporate emerging mega-risks such as climate change into their view of the future.”The PRI’s signatories together represent more than $83trn (€73trn) of assets.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Longevity gap increases

first_imgSyntrus Achmea stopped providing administration services to mandatory sector schemes in 2016Achmea Pensioenservices is the successor to Syntrus Achmea Pensioendiensten, the name of which disappeared in 2018 after it stopped providing administration services to mandatory sector pension funds in 2016.Since then, Achmea Pensioenservices has focused its efforts on Centraal Beheer – a pension fund consolidation vehicle with assets under management of €1.9bn and 45,000 participants – company schemes and non-mandatory industry-wide pension funds.Earlier this year, Achmea announced that it still expected losses in 2019 as a result of scaling down its sector scheme services, such as phasing out older IT systems. Last year, it incurred an operational loss of €29m. Achmea said it couldn’t specify which part of its loss over the first six months was due to the inherited costs of the sector scheme operations. It reported that costs at its “old age division”, which includes Achmea Bank and Achmea Investment Management, had increased 8% to €118m.It said it was investing in the growth of its APF and company scheme administration arm, adding that processes were being improved to drive down costs.Income from pensions provision was down 5% to €59m.Achmea IM’s assets under management rose from €129bn to €142bn, in part due to increasing overlay portfolios of its clients as well as the effect of falling interest rates on fixed income holdings.As of 2020, Achmea IM will manage €28bn of assets on behalf of Vervoer, the sector pension fund for private road and water transport.Assets managed by Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance rose by €1.1bn to €22.6bn, aided by new property and residential mortgage mandates. The life expectancy of higher educated 65 year olds in the Netherlands has increased relative to longevity of lower educated people, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS).The CBS, which examined the period between 2015 and 2018, found that the difference for males had increased from four years in 2011-2014 to more than five years.At 65, males with a higher education could expect to live 22.4 more years, 18.5 of those without physical limitations, it said. Their lower educated fellow countrymen had 12 healthy years ahead of them, according to CBS data. Life expectancy at 65 for women with a higher education was more than four years longer than for lower educated females – up from less than three years. Those with a lower education were predicted to live 20.4 more years at age 65. Higher educated women could expect to have 18 years of good health after age 65, while lower educated women could expect 11.8 years, the CBS said.In the period 2015-18, 62% of 65-year old females and 39% of 65-year-old males were classified as lower educated by the CBS, while 12% of women and 25% of men had a higher education.Last year, Dutch workers retired at age 65 on average, with higher educated employees retiring 8 months earlier on average than lower educated colleagues.  Achmea loses €14m in first six monthsAchmea Pensioenservices posted an operational loss of €14m in the first six months of 2019 as it scaled down its service provision for industry-wide pension schemes.The company’s first half report stated that income from pensions provision was more than offset by investments in administration services for company pension funds and its general pension fund (APF), Centraal Beheer.last_img read more

N-Sea Wins Baltic Sea UXO Survey & Disposal Contract

first_imgN-Sea has won a contract with 50Hertz for detection and disposal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the area of export cable routes off the coast of Lubmin, which will connect future German offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea to the mainland. Illustration; Image source: N-Sea/ archiveThe contract, signed on 1 December after a competitive tender, covers UXO detection and removal works in both shallow and deep waters along two planned subsea cable routes, and also includes an option for carrying out the operations for a third cable route.N-Sea will identify ferromagnetic anomalies and undertake large-scale recovery of munitions along ​​the planned cable routes between the landing point in Lubmin and offshore wind farms to be located in the designated wind energy area in the eastern Baltic Sea.A few days ago, on 11 December, N-Sea announced that it had developed a new UXO detection system. Namely, the company introduced its vertical gradiometer array, named Magsense, saying it is specifically designed for highly accurate UXO campaigns.last_img read more

Warnings over proposed abortion laws

first_imgNewstalk ZB 7 June 2014A conservative lobby group believes relaxing the laws on abortion will only lead to dangerous, unlicensed terminations.Family First is pointing to the Kermit Gosnell case in the US, where it says extreme abortion laws led to a woman’s death.Director Bob McCoskrie says the current law has safeguards in place.“The line in the sand at the moment is a health and safety issue it’s to prevent backstreet abortions.”Bob McCoskrie also sees flaws in the current law, which he says is allowing abortions ‘on-demand’. rife over abortion law proposalsNewstalk ZB 7 June 2014Family First wants to see stronger abortion laws, rather than weaker ones if there’s going to be a change.It’s responding to the Green Party’s pledge to push for abortion to be decriminalised, if it’s part of the next government.Family First’s Bob McCoskrie is defending the existing laws, although he feels they’re not really strict enough.He says even with safeguards such as the need for two doctors to approve an termination, New Zealand still has ‘abortion on demand’.“No it’s not rigorous at all. In fact, it’s a rubber-stamping process.” read more

Bulldogs 4th Grade Dirt Road Hoops Results

first_imgDirt Road Basketball League.The boys 4th Grade Bulldogs traveled to North Decatur High School on 1/3/16 and in game one defeated Milan 51-9. Jack Grunkemeyer led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Deacon Hamilton had 9 rebounds and Conner Drake had 4 assists.In the second game the Bulldogs defeated North Decatur 40-25. Chris Lewis led the team with 12 points. Sam Johnson, Jack Grunkemeyer and Bradley Wirth each had 8 points. Grunkemeyer added 6 rebounds and 3 assists.The 4th Graders are now (13-1) on the season and travel to Milan next Sunday to play Jac-Cen-Del and Greensburg before playing in the DRBL Final Four the following Sunday in Connersville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img

Look before you lock

first_imgSoutheastern, IN— Today is another day with the heat indices between 95-100 degrees. As temperatures begin to rise in Indiana through the “Dog Days of Summer”, remember to look before you lock. Never leave children or pets inside a locked vehicle.Did you know that the temperature in a locked car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes and 40 degrees in an hour, even on a day when it’s 70 degrees and doesn’t feel too hot outside!Temperatures rise the quickest in the first 10 minutes after a child or pet is left inside. A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s and can easily suffer from hyperthermia if left in a car.On average, 38 children and over 100 pets die each year in the U.S. from being left inside hot cars. If you see a child or pet left in a car, contact 911 or humane society and follow their instructionslast_img read more