WHO gives advice for pandemic aid to refugees

first_imgApr 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Recognizing that an influenza pandemic may disproportionately affect refugees and internally displaced people, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines for humanitarian organizations working with such populations.The April 7 guidance document, “Pandemic influenza preparedness and mitigation in refugee and displaced populations,” recommends that each humanitarian agency develop a locally relevant pandemic preparedness plan that addresses current capacity and anticipated needs. The efforts should be linked with national government plans as well.The WHO notes that internally displaced people and refugees may be especially at risk for several reasons, including:OvercrowdingPoor healthcare accessHigh prevalence of malnutritionHigh incidence or prevalence of communicable diseaseRemote or conflict-prone locationsInsufficient surveillancePossible exclusion from a nation’s flu planning and responseUnder-trained or ill-equipped staffThe health woes one might find among people forced from their homes include malnutrition and co-infection with illnesses such as HIV or malaria, but WHO said it is not clear what impact such conditions would have on a pandemic virus.WHO also calls on humanitarian organizations to help in its mission to identify clusters of flu cases and contain them quickly. The document contains details on how to detect cases and report them. It also offers tips on how to collect, store, and transport samples, including suggestions that may be beyond the capability of some humanitarian groups or some locales. For example, the agency says workers should wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and should store and transport samples in dry ice, using specialized shipping containers and protocols.In addition, the WHO document provides suggestions for early-warning surveillance and response, social mobilization to improve risk communication and health education, health facility planning, and protection of staff. Annexes include checklists, sample messages, infection control procedures, and advice on using antiviral drugs.See also:WHO’s “Pandemic influenza preparedness and mitigation in refugee and displaced populations”http://www.who.int/diseasecontrol_emergencies/HSE_EPR_DCE_2008_3rweb.pdflast_img read more

Hotel Kurija Janković with EU funds to the new wellness and wine bar

first_imgEV13 GAP is a continuation of the project “Drava4Enjoy” which began the construction of cycling infrastructure in Virovitica-Podravina County and the creation of the image of a cycling destination. Kroz Drava4Enjoy rekonstruirana je Kurija Janković, koja je zatim pretvorena u heritage hotel, koji za cilj ima osigurati smještaj u rangu bike & bed standarda. Da bi to bilo moguće potrebno je dograditi dodatne sadržaje, što će se realizirati kroz projekt EV13 Gap.- The total value of this project is 1.982.494,18 euros, and the value of the equipment itself is 247.187,50 kuna. Completion of this project is planned for June 30, 2019. Hotel Kurija Janković iz Virovitice, heritage hotel s četiri zvjezdice u novu turističku godinu ulazi s novim sadržajima – wellness-om i vinskim barom. INTERVIEW / SANJA SUDAR, KURIJA JANKOVIĆ: HOTEL IS NOT THE EXCLUSIVE REASON FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE GUEST, IT IS THE DESTINATION IN WHICH IT IS ACCOMMODATED ” Veseli nas realizacija projekta EV 13 GAP jer ćemo dobiti dodatan sadržaj u našoj cikloturističkoj ponudi i tako ostvariti potpun standard bike&bed smještaja. S obzirom na broj gostiju koji nas posjećuje, a koji je u stalnom porastu, po završetku ovog projekta osjetit će se direktan pozitivan utjecaj na našu turističku ponudu” pointed out Sanja Sudar, the manager of the Hotel Kurija Janković in Kapela Dvor, which this year, from January 1 to December 17, had 3.917 overnight stays, and among them there are many cyclists.center_img RELATED NEWS: “Cikloturisti su redoviti gosti Kurije Janković. Uz one koji dolaze u Kuriju vlastitim biciklima tu si i turisti koji iznajmljuju naše bicikle koje imamo u ponudi hotela, kako one brdske, tako i one električne. Ove godine biciklisti su nam dolazili ponajviše iz Njemačke, Austrije i Italije” concluded Sanja Sudar. “Ovim projektom će se rekonstruirati bivša gospodarska zgrada Kurije Janković te izgraditi jedna nova, a koje će imati sadržaje koji su izravno usmjereni na cikloturiste te one sadržaje koji mogu obogatiti njihov boravak, a ovdje je riječ o wellnessu i vinskom baru. Osim toga, bit će tu i spremištu za bicikle, svlačionicama za bicikliste, dodatnim svlačionicama s tuševima, zatim tematskom odmorištu „vrt leptira“. Od lokacije projekta do granice s Mađarskom predviđeno je označavanje sigurne rute koja ide makadamskim putevima od igrališta preko polja. Također će se postaviti 4 samostalne stanice za popravak bicikla” Virovitica-Podravina County Prefect Igor Andrović pointed out. Namely, Virovitica-Podravina County Prefect Igor Andrović and Darko Braica, director of DB oprema from Velika Gorica, in the presence of the head of the Hotel Kurija Janković Sanja Sudar, signed a contract for equipping the wellness and wine bar located at Kurija Janković in Kapela Dvor. as part of the European project EV 13 GAP project “Filling the gap – completion of the cross-border section of EuroVelo 13 between Dravatamasi and Virovitica. last_img read more

Belgian regulator praises buffers, sponsor strength in wake of stress tests

first_img“That is the message of the results of the European stress test for occupational pension funds.”It said the results were positive when examining the outcome under the Belgian National Balance Sheet (NBS) and the holistic balance sheet (HBS), the common methodology devised by EIOPA to enable a cross-border comparison of IORPs.The FMSA attributed the positive outcome principally to the large buffers maintained by the pension funds tested but also the presence of strong sponsors.“Belgium is thus one of the top five states able to maintain full coverage of their commitments in all stress scenarios,” it said.The Belgian pension fund association, recently renamed from the Belgian Association of Pension Institutions (BAPI) to PensioPlus, was also pleased with the stress test results.It said the outcome demonstrated the resilience and sustainability of Belgian IORPs in unfavourable economic conditions.It stressed, however, that the results were based on general scenarios and models, and that every pension fund should carry out its own risk management and asset-liability management study, or conduct its own stress tests.“Indeed,” said Philip Neyt, president of PensioPlus, “this is a fundamental part of good governance of every pension fund.” Substantial buffers and solid sponsors are the main reasons Belgian occupational pension funds fared well in the stress tests conducted by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), the Belgian regulator has said.Sixteen Belgian occupational pension funds participated in the stress tests, accounting for 57% of the total assets under management by Belgian IORPs, according to the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA).The results, published earlier this week, concluded that the pensions sector posed only a limited risk to financial stability.“The Belgian pension fund sector is highly resilient, even under extremely stressful economic circumstances,” said FSMA, echoing similar statements by its Dutch and UK counterparts.last_img read more

Marlboro owner Altria invests $1.8 billion in cannabis company Cronos

first_imgTobacco giant Altira is investing $1.8 billion in Canadian cannabis company Cronos Group. That will give Altria a 45% stake in the company, with an option for Altria to increase its stake to 55% over the next five years.Reports of an Altria-Cronos deal first surfaced earlier this week. The decision by Altria to go ahead with an investment in Cronos shows that Altria is serious about investing in marijuana as a new growth area as sales of traditional cigarettes slow.Altria’s stock has fallen nearly 25% this year and the company is expected to report revenue growth of only about 1% this year and in 2019.“Investing in Cronos Group as our exclusive partner in the emerging global cannabis category represents an exciting new growth opportunity for Altria,” said Howard Willard, Altria’s CEO, in a statement.READ MORE: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/07/investing/altria-cronos-investment-marijuana/index.html CNN 7 December 2018Family First Comment:  Big Tobacco = Big Marijuana  We shouldn’t be sucked in twice. #SayNopeToDope www.VoteNo.nzAltria hopes pot is the key to help it grow beyond its stagnant cigarette business.last_img read more

Tourism Industry accounts for 3,500 direct jobs says DDA official.

first_img Tweet Share It is said that Tourism contributed $243 million dollars to the Dominican economy last year. Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority Mr. Colin Piper told participants of the  Tourism Youth Congress to consider employment in Tourism which accounts for 3,500 direct jobs.“When speaking I always try to take the opportunity to communicate how meaningful the Tourism Industry is to our national economy. Last year the Tourism Industry contributed some $243 million dollars to the national economy. It was responsible for up to 3500 direct jobs. So I mention these facts in this contest in speaking to our youth to let them know that if you are considering a life of contributing meaningfully to society, that you could look to the Tourism Industry as a potential employer. But I want to make the point that your success in it will depend on how well you apply yourself.”Mr. Piper also impressed upon the students that it is encumbent upon students to develop thier skills, work ethics and attitudes towards service, as quality service will always be a key ingredient to success in life.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Tourism Industry accounts for 3,500 direct jobs says DDA official. by: – May 6, 2011center_img 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau unveils multiple prize packages

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism BureauLawrenceburg, Ind. — The Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau has announced five weeks of giveaways as part of the ,”Super Summer Giveaway.” The free Facebook-based promotion offers everything that’s good in southeast Indiana and it all begins on Wednesday, June 7 and runs through July 12.“Southeast Indiana is a great destination at any time of year, but this area really comes alive in the summer,” said Debbie Smith, Executive Director of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau.  “Our Super Summer Giveaway is a fun way to showcase the many attractions, restaurants, and activities we have taking place in this corner of the state.”Here is a schedule of giveaways:WEEK 1 – “Aurora Summer Nights”June 7-June 13Four Hillforest Museum tour admissions (Value, $40)Great Crescent Brewery Tour & Tasting for Four ($40 gift card)Dinner for four at Third and Main Historic Restaurant ($100 gift card) WEEK 4 – “Night at the Races” – Lawrenceburg Speedway GiveawayJune 28-July 4Four General Admissions (Value $60)$25 Speedway Gift Card WEEK 2 – “From Our Farms to Your Table”June 14-June 20$30 gift card to Holtkamp Winery$30 gift card to Greystone Farm$30 gift card to Salatin’s Orchard$30 gift card to At the Barn Winery WEEK 3 – “Shop Southeast Indiana”June 21-June 27$20 gift card/certificate to Adam’s Art & Supply (Lawrenceburg)$20 gift card/certificate to Blue Willow House (Dillsboro)$20 gift card/certificate to The Greenbriar Shop (Guilford)$20 gift card/certificate to The White Swan (Moores Hill)$20 gift card/certificate to Distinctive Knits (Aurora)Two adult admissions to the Tri-State Antique Market (value $6) WEEK 5 – “Roll the Dice” Grand Prize PackageJuly 5-July 11Overnight accommodations for two at Hollywood Casino HotelBreakfast for two$165 gift card to Final Cut SteakhouseContestants can enter once per week and must at least 21-years-old.Get more information online at facebook.com/VisitSoutheastIndiana/.last_img read more

Red, White & Blue Series starts Saturday at 141 Speedway

first_imgFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – The first of three $1,000 to win Gandrud Chevrolet Red, White and Blue Series events for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds is this Saturday, May 3 at 141 Speedway.A minimum of $120 will be paid to start the feature, which is a 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot qualifier. The series continues July 5 and Aug. 9. The top driver in overall points from the three RW&B shows receives a 604 crate engine from Gandrud Chevrolet of Green Bay. Other sponsors adding to the $10,000-plus in contingency awards to be given to top 10 drivers in series point standings are Arneson Shock Service, BSB Manufacturing, Fast Shafts and Mani­towoc Motor and Machine.Pit gates at Francis Creek open at 2 p.m., the grandstand at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $25 and there is no entry fee.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-15 and seniors 55 and over, and free for kids 12 and under. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded at all Red, White and Blue events. More information is available by calling 920 863-3377 and at the www.141speedway.com web­site.last_img read more

Etebo set for Getafe loan move

first_imgRelatedPosts UEL: Lukaku, Eriksen take Inter Milan past Getafe into last eight Moses eyes Europa League success Etebo doubtful for Villarreal clash Oghenekaro Etebo’s Stoke City exit is set to be confirmed as he joins Getafe on loan with a purchase option. The 24-year-old Nigerian midfielder was a prominent player under Nathan Jones but fell out of favour when Michael O’Neill took charge in November. He recovered from injury but there was a hint that he had not done enough in training to warrant selection. He had not played for Stoke since limping out of a defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in October and is now understood to be waiting for a visa to complete his move to Spain. It is not likely to be rushed through in time so he could face Real Madrid on Saturday but Getafe hope he will be involved in the cup against Badalona the following weekend. Etebo was lined up by Stoke before the appointment of Gary Rowett and he joined from Feirense in Portugal for £6.3 million in the summer of 2018. He had previously spent time on loan at Las Palmas. He gradually worked his way into Rowett’s first team plans but was sent off in a 2-1 win over Derby in November and only made one more Championship start before Rowett was replaced by Jones. His first goal came in March in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest and he added a second in a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers. A busy summer of international duty – helping Nigeria reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals – meant he missed the bulk of pre-season and he did not make his first league start of this term until August 24 and a 3-0 defeat to Leeds. O’Neill said last month: “Peter came back after, I think, four weeks out. When I came to the club, Peter was injured. He’d come back from international duty and been injured. So that was far from ideal. “His training has been ok, it’s been no better than ok, so that’s important. “There’s no guarantee that anyone comes back and we put them straight in the team.”Tags: GetafeLas PalmasOghenekaro Etebolast_img read more

More agony for Northern Ireland

first_img What awaits in Israel on Tuesday is anybody’s guess, with Evans and defensive partner Gareth McAuley both suspended alongside midfielder Oliver Norwood. It might have been different had Jamie Ward’s point-blank header not rebounded off the Azerbaijan goalkeeper at 0-0 but the visitors can have few excuses. O’Neill’s team-sheet contained a sizeable surprise, with a 3-5-2 formation on show for the first time in his reign. Craig Cathcart was added to the usual defensive pairing of Evans and McAuley, while Lee Hodson and Shane Ferguson were asked to play as wing-backs. Hodson’s first involvement was almost immediate, a promising break down the right channel in support of Martin Paterson. Hodson got a decent cross away but the diminutive Ward was not the ideal target. There were early nerves too, Norwood and Chris Brunt, back after suspension, both guilty of hit-and-hope balls up the field in the opening stages. A bad back pass from Rasim Ramaldanov in the eighth minutes allowed Paterson to pick up the ball 30 yards from goal but with few options ahead he shot wastefully over the bar. Manager Michael O’Neill had demanded a response to the dismal defeat last month but instead was handed another humiliating setback as goals from Rufat Dadasov and Mahir Shukurov secured the hosts a 2-0 win at the Bakcell Arena. Northern Ireland had enjoyed the best of a goalless first half but their night took a dreadful turn for the worse after the break, culminating in an injury-time red card for Jonny Evans. The visitors quickly grabbed a hold on possession but it took 15 minutes to work the goalkeeper, Brunt with a rasping 25-yard drive after good hold-up play from Paterson. Ward’s movement was good but as the chances followed him he could not get one over the line. His finish was wayward when he met a Brunt back-heel and he put his hands to his head when sweeping a Hodson pass well over, but he was desperately close in between those opportunities. Paterson and Hodson linked down the right and when the latter’s cross was headed out, Paterson scrapped to win the ball back at the edge of the penalty box. His flat cross found Ward a couple of yards out in the centre of goal and his header pinged back off the keeper, who could have known little about it. Inches either side and it was a certain goal. The frustration had barely subsided when Azerbaijan stretched Northern Ireland on the counter, leaving Vugar Nadirov a wonderful chance that he blasted wide from eight yards. Emboldened by that Azerbaijan went forward again, Cathcart badly misjudging an offside to allow Rauf Aliyev a free volley at the far post. Luckily for the Blackpool man, Roy Carroll was alert enough to pull off a fine save. Northern Ireland ended in the ascendance, but when Paterson muscled in behind the defence he dragged his shot wide across goal and the half finished goalless. Azerbaijan started the second period with greater energy, hustling in the midfield and pressing up when not in possession. They might have been rewarded with a goal five minutes in but an errant finish from Dadasov and a marginal offside flag dashed their hopes. Northern Ireland were becoming disjointed and soon picked up the first booking of the match, Norwood lunging at Aliyev and earning a suspension for Tuesday’s game in Israel. The resulting free-kick was parried by Carroll but Azerbaijan were ahead by the 58th minute. Abdullayev and Aliyev combined down the right before the latter slipped in Dadasov, who prodded his shot home first time. The ecstatic celebrations of the home side must have seemed eerily similar to those seen in Luxembourg last month. While Northern Ireland’s output was lessening by the minute, Shukurov and Abdullayev were starting to control things down the right flank and constantly threatening to fashion a second. O’Neill looked to his bench to spare his blushes, Niall McGinn on for Hodson, then Billy McKay for Brunt. The second change saw Ward move to the left and Ferguson drop back into a conventional back four but there was no significant effect. Just two minutes remained when Paterson belted the upright but there was much worse to come. First McAuley was received his second yellow of the campaign then Evans went through the back of Aliyev deep in injury-time and was immediately dismissed, with Shukurov adding the final insult by slotting the free-kick into the top corner. Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign stumbled to another new low as they followed up defeat in Luxembourg with agony in Azerbaijan. Press Associationlast_img read more

Late Wanyama strike sinks Swans

first_img Wanyama struck with an excellent angled finish to clinch a 1-0 away win just as Swansea – who had Wilfried Bony sent off six minutes before half-time for two bookable offences – looked like withstanding intense Saints second-half pressure. Bony saw red for the first time in English football after felling Saints defender Maya Yoshida with a needless tackle from behind on the halfway line. Swansea almost took a 28th-minute lead when Sigurdsson slipped through Routledge and the winger, choosing to shoot with the outside of his right foot, struck the top of the crossbar. Southampton had not offered much in attack but a free-flowing move involving Dusan Tadic and Bertrand ended with Pelle scuffing a shot which Lukasz Fabianski comfortably collected at his near post. But Saints were fortunate to survive when Bony met Sigurdsson’s corner and Bertrand was in the right place to clear off the line. It was Bony’s last positive involvement as he soon saw red. Southampton inevitably dominated the second period, both in terms of possession and territory, as Swansea left Sigurdsson up front on his own and retreated deeper and deeper towards their own goal. Tadic’s deflected drive ended up on the roof of the Swansea net and Clyne crossed for Pelle to send a header straight at Fabianski on his goal-line. The Serbian was really starting to pose problems down Swansea’s right and his cross found the head of Pelle, whose header forced Fabianski to tip over. Pelle had an even better opportunity when substitute Steven Davis picked him out. The unmarked Italian headed wide from 10 yards, but the striker redeemed himself when he sent Wanyama through for the decisive goal 10 minutes from time. The Ivorian had already been booked for catching Jose Fonte in mid-air after 20 minutes, and, while that decision might have been slightly harsh with the striker’s focus firmly on the ball, there was no disputing the second caution. Swansea had dominated proceedings until Bony’s dismissal, but the red card proved the game’s turning point as Southampton took total command in the second period. They had to wait until the 80th minute for their winner, though, when Graziano Pelle fed Wanyama and his unerring finish gave Southampton their third consecutive victory and moved them above Swansea in the table. Roy Hodgson was visiting the Liberty Stadium for the first time in his capacity as England manager and there were two fascinating battles on the flanks for him to assess. Nathan Dyer was up against Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne was marking Wayne Routledge, and the Swansea wingers enjoyed early success. Routledge sent over an excellent 12th-minute cross but Dyer was unable to make a proper connection and Bertrand cleared the danger. Swansea were calling the shots in the early stages and Gylfi Sigurdsson fired straight at Fraser Forster in the Saints goal before Routledge sent an ambitious volley wide. The temperature levels rose as Bony and Fonte picked up bookings for fouls on each other and Yoshida was also cautioned for dissent after Dyer clattered into Shane Long. Press Association Victor Wanyama’s first Southampton goal finally ended the resistance of 10-man Swansea in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium. last_img read more