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WHO logs four more avian flu cases in Vietnam

first_imgJun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially logged another four cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, following a report to the agency today from the Vietnamese government.The cases occurred between Jun 1 and 17. Two of the patients are from Hanoi, one is from Hai Duong, and the fourth is from Nghe An, the WHO reported. The agency said seven patients are being treated for avian flu at a hospital in Hanoi.The report from Vietnam to the WHO comes on the heels of a Jun 16 report in the Canadian Press (CP) in which Dr. Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO influenza program, criticized the country for reporting delays. On Jun 15, multiple media reports from Vietnam said six people had tested positive for avian flu this month and that a seventh, a physician, might also have contracted the illness.Unfortunately, today’s disclosure from Vietnam does little to clarify the situation, Stohr told the CP today.”The data which we have received do not suffice to determine whether these are the cases which we became aware of yesterday [Jun 16],” Stohr said. That’s when the WHO received unofficial confirmation it felt was sufficiently strong to issue a statement saying it believed the media reports of six new cases were accurate, the CP said.”It could be the case that two more cases could be reported tomorrow. We don’t know,” Stohr told the CP. “The reality is that is the piece of information that we have.”Vietnam’s delays in reporting avian flu cases to the WHO have been a persistent issue in this latest outbreak, which began in mid-December 2004. The delays could jeopardize efforts to contain avian flu’s spread among people, Stohr was quoted as saying in the Jun 16 CP story.”We want to use this window of opportunity for early intervention . . . [but] we have to start moving when the window is opening and not when it’s closing,” Stohr told the CP. He added that the world would have up to a month to launch a full response to an emerging pandemic.Examples of reporting problems involving Vietnam are numerous. They are most evident in the delays between cases reported in reputable media and the confirmation of those cases by the WHO, which regularly posts updates soon after Vietnam notifies the organization of new cases.In addition, media reports originating in from Vietnam often differ widely. For instance, China’s Xinhua news agency, citing a Vietnamese newspaper as its source, ran stories yesterday and today saying that a doctor at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi had tested positive for H5N1 flu. The story also said 23 people with avian flu symptoms were being treated in a Hanoi hospital and that 11 of them had tested positive for H5N1.A separate source, the Vietnam News Service (VNS), ran a story online yesterday saying that two patients confirmed as having H5N1 were being treated at the National Institute for Clinical Research into Tropical Diseases and five others with type A flu were being treated at the same hospital.The institute had forwarded samples from those five patients for further testing and was expecting results next week, VNS reported.See also:Jun 17 WHO update on avian fluhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

RSL Art Union’s latest Gold Coast prize its biggest in history

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 The latest RSL Art Union draw is a Golden Treasure worth $6.4 million.A SINGLE blue note could change your life and the odds are much better than winning lotto. The RSL Art Union is giving away its biggest home lottery prize in history this Christmas, worth $6.4 million.The Golden Treasure draw of an entire Palm Beach apartment complex – which includes a penthouse, two townhouses and two units – will turn the winner into an instant multi-millionaire. MORE NEWS: Best places to retire revealedMORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell Ashy Bines’ multimillion-dollar home Tickets are just $10 and the prize will be drawn on Christmas Eve. This wouldn’t be a bad spot for Christmas lunch!Odds of taking out the draw are one in 690,000 if you purchase three $10 tickets – much better than the odds of winning powerball at one in 76 million. General manager of lotteries Tracey Bishop said each ticket sold helped returned veterans and their families. “Everything from homeless programs, scholarship programs, we have invested heavily in PTSD research and emergency accommodation,” she said. “The range of services has really grown to target veterans of all ages.” Drawn on Christmas Eve, the package includes a tree with $6000 worth of goodies underneath, $410,000 of professionally styled furniture and rates, water and body corporate fees for the first 12 months valued at almost $48,000. “We believe this is the biggest charitable prize home lottery in the world,” Ms Bishop said. “The rental income is just under a quarter of a million dollars a year, whoever wins it definitely never needs to work again.” The complex includes a penthouse, two townhouses and two apartments.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Funds raised help returned veterans and their families.Tickets are more than 65 per cent sold. “It’s really the flexibility that makes this prize so popular,” Ms Bishop said. “You could sell one of the apartments and travel the world and rent out the rest.“We have had previous winners move into the penthouse and get the other apartments and townhouses managed by a real estate agent and that’s their income. “It’s nice the winner gets to sit back and relax for 12 months as all the body corporate and rates are paid.” The apartment named Sanananda Shores, after a lesser-known World War II battle, is at 4 Twenty Seventh Ave, Palm Beach. For tickets visit rslartunion.com.aulast_img read more

Private equity aids Shelf Drilling in jack-up trio buy

first_imgPrivate equity investment firm Castle Harlan and its partners, Champ Private Equity and Lime Rock Partners, have supported Shelf Drilling in a recent acquisition of three premium jack-up rigs, and the investors are eager to support further fleet expansion if the price is right.The acquisition of the rigs in the Middle East has been described as a continuation of Shelf Drilling’s strategy of solely focusing on shallow water drilling, and further expands the company’s presence in one of its key operating regions.Offshore Energy Today reported in early May that Shelf Drilling had agreed the purchase the three rigs from Seadrill. Castle Harlan said on Tuesday that the purchase and delivery of two of the three rigs, the West Resolute and the West Triton, was completed during the same month.The two former Seadrill rigs have been renamed Shelf Drilling Resourceful and Shelf Drilling Tenacious, respectively. The third jack-up rig, the West Mischief, is expected to be delivered to Shelf during the third quarter of 2017 upon completion of its current contract.Following the purchase and delivery of all three rigs, Shelf Drilling’s fleet will increase from 37 to 40.Shelf Drilling financed the purchase through a $225 million equity issuance listed on the Norwegian OTC list and began trading under the ticker “SHLF” as of May 5, 2017.David Pittaway, senior managing director of Castle Harlan, said: “We are continuing to enhance the value of the company and its offerings to customers, and we will add rigs to Shelf Drilling’s fleet when the price is attractive. These three rigs are especially suitable because they have a strong operating track record in the region and can reach deep into the sea floor where significant oil and gas deposits are found.”Eric Schwartz, managing director of Castle Harlan, added that current market conditions provided an opportunistic time for buying shallow water jack-up rigs, and in this case allowed Shelf Drilling to purchase these three rigs at a significant discount to both replacement cost and historical valuations.Interestingly, the same investment firm trio sponsored a major rig acquisition by Shelf Drilling back in 2012. Namely, the company acquired its first 37 jack-up drilling rigs as well as one swamp barge from Transocean.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more