H5N1 infects 6 more in Egypt, one fatallyThe H5N1 avian flu virus has sickened six people in Egypt over the past 4 days, one fatally, according to official sources.Few details are available about the patients, who are from five different locations in Egypt, according to government and media sources that health department announcements and were translated by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.The patients include a poultry seller from Al Sharqia governorate who is hospitalized in stable condition, a 28-year-old man from Dakahlia governorate who is hospitalized, a 2-year-old child from Asyut governorate who is hospitalized, and two people who are hospitalized in Cairo—a 32-year-old man and a 4-year-old girl.The patient who died is a 22-year-old woman from Faiyum governorate, according to FluTrackers.Egypt has had a gush of H5N1 cases this winter, and it’s unclear how many cases and deaths have been recorded. The health ministry’s statements have been irregular and difficult to reconcile with media reports and periodic updates from the World Health Organization (WHO). A running list kept by FluTrackers, which bases its total on official sources, notes that the new cases lift the country’s total so far this year to 59 cases, which include 18 deaths.Feb 13 FluTrackers thread on Al Sharqia case Feb 15 FluTrackers thread on four health ministry–reported cases Feb 16 FluTrackers thread on Asyut case H7N9 hospitalizes another in ChinaHealth officials in southern China’s Guangdong province have reported another H7N9 infection, which struck a 45-year-old man from Meizhou, according to a Feb 14 statement from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP), which cites the provincial health department.The man is hospitalized in critical condition.Though several Chinese provinces have reported H7N9 cases this winter, Guangdong has been especially hard hit. The province has reported 50 cases so far from 15 of its 21 prefecture-level cities, Xinhua, China’s state newspaper, reported on Feb 14. It said 12 deaths have been reported and that thousands of chickens have been culled and live-poultry trade has been curbed in several cities.Guangdong province’s new case edges the global H7N9 total to 593 infections, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers.Feb 14 CHP statement Feb 14 Xinhua story FluTrackers H7N9 case list H5N8 strikes backyard flock in Oregon, commercial farm in CaliforniaHighly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has struck another backyard flock in Oregon and another commercial farm in California, continuing the outbreaks in those states and elsewhere that have resulted from incursion of the highly pathogenic virus into migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway that began last year.The Oregon flock, comprising about 90 domestic birds including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, is near Tumalo, in Deschutes County. The property they inhabit adjoins ponds where migratory birds congregate, according to a Feb 14 Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) news release.The property has been secured and a quarantine zone set up. Backyard bird owners are being encouraged by the ODA to try to prevent their birds from contact with wild birds, to monitor their birds closely, and to report any sick or dead birds.In addition, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has asked people to report any observance of dead wild birds. The agencies state that the outbreaks pose no threat to public health.Feb 14 ODA news releaseMeanwhile, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has posted notification of another outbreak of H5N8 on a commercial chicken and duck farm in Kings County, California, in the same general region where a similar outbreak occurred in January.The number of susceptible birds on the farm is listed as 114,000. No specific number of cases or deaths is given “because of missing information,” but the flock experienced an increase in chicken mortality and the situation is being monitored, the report said.The OIE notice says the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and California agencies are continuing a “comprehensive epidemiological investigation and enhanced surveillance (including wild bird surveillance of hunter harvested birds).”Introduction of H5N8 into the Pacific Flyway in 2014 has resulted in new combinations, with avian flu viruses of European and North American origin, including H5N2, explains the notice. Feb 13 OIE report Jan 26 CIDRAP News story on earlier outbreak H5N1 virus strikes tigers in Chinese zooThe highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu virus recently infected eight tigers at a zoo in southern China, killing two of them, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The zoo is in Nanning in the autonomous region of Guangxzi, which borders Vietnam, says a Feb 12 FAO notice. The illness in the tigers was first noted on Feb 5, and the virus was identified on Feb 12.Yesterday’s China’s agriculture ministry indicated that no sick poultry had been found in the Nanning area, according to a machine translation of a statement posted today by the blog Avian Flu Diary.H5N1 has been found in tigers, leopards, and domestic cats a number of times before. For example, several tigers and leopards at a zoo in Thailand died of the infection in 2003 and 2004. Feb 12 FAO notice Feb 16 Avian Flu Diary post Feb 28, 2006, WHO statement on H5N1 in cats
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US forwarder Rock-It Cargo and Laninco of Costa Rica, both members of the Global Project Logistics Network(GPLN), got together to undertake a joint move for Rock-it Cargo´s client APR Energy of generators and transformers from Costa Rica to Senegal.The movement was part of the Senegalese government’s power generation plans. It involved the movement of 28 generators from Costa Rica, where the equipment was on loan to the Costa Rican Electricity Authority, via Miami to Senegal by sea and then movement of two emergency replacement transformers by air.Rock-it and Laninco cooperated to ensure a smooth operation on the penultimate Martinair freighter out of Costa Rica for the season.”As a first cooperation between Laninco and another GPLN Member, we are extremely happy with the level of dedication and professionalism of Rock-it Cargo,” said Laninco president Adam Crabbe.Philadelphia, US-based Rock-It Cargo delivers logistics solutions for the most challenging projects, specialising in handling complex itineraries, international destinations, fragile cargo and time-sensitive schedules.APR Energy offers temporary power solutions on a fast-track basis to government and industrial customers around the globe. Contracts with customers are typically for a period of between 12 months and three years, during which time APR Energy provides all installation, operation and maintenance services for the project as a whole.
The proposal has been made by Comoros, France, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania, having been given impetus by work conducted by the World Bank.ICS director marine, John Murray said : “ICS is very concerned with this proposal for a new recommended route in international waters which will result in all vessels following the same proposed track. This will increase the risk of collision to the hundreds of ships that would be using the scheme at any one time, particularly given the current lack of vessel traffic services (VCSs) in the region. The concept could also set an unwelcome precedent for the management of deep sea navigation elsewhere, and will require very careful consideration by IMO .”The compelling need for this proposed measure remains unclear, and no statistical evidence has been provided regarding shipping casualties or near misses in the Mozambique Channel. This omission makes it particularly difficult to quantify the anticipated benefit that the proposal would deliver.”The main aim of the proposal is advised to be a reduction to the risk of collision and grounding in the Mozambique Channel. However, despite vessels favouring certain routes, shipping currently is free to use the entire width of the Channel, which is in international waters. The proposed measure would seek to concentrate shipping into very restricted lanes and could potentially increase the risk of collision.Even at its narrowest point the Mozambique Channel is over 250 km wide, and today many ships make use of this width and keep well away from the routes used by transiting tankers and similar vessels.ICS is co-ordinating with its member national shipowners’ associations to ensure that governments attending the IMO meeting will seriously question the proposal for the routing measure in Mozambique Channel.www.ics.org.uk
The addition of Mammoet’s crawler crane will increase the port’s heavy lift capability from 120 tonnes to 600 tonnes.The move will, according to the port, guarantee its customers and partners increased capacity, flexibility and efficiency in relation to their heavy lift requirements, while reducing mobilisation costs.portofblyth.co.ukwww.mammoet.com
CANADA: Potash exporter Canpotex opened a C$60m wagon maintenance depot near Lanigan in Saskatchewan during June. The company said the purpose-built facility would give it greater control of maintenance, helping to enhance the performance of its fleet of 5000 wagons.The depot features all-weather inspection, light repair and wheel maintenance facilities, as well as an automated washing plant. ‘The movement of our potash from Saskatchewan to our export terminals on the West Coast is the life-line of our logistics, and this facility allows Canpotex to remain the world’s premier potash exporter’, said President & CEO Steve Dechka. ‘With the addition of a railcar maintenance facility here in Saskatchewan, we are able to stimulate capital investment, construction and long-term job opportunities here at home, while ensuring Canpotex continues to meet the growing demand for potash overseas, and drive our reputation for quality, service and reliability.’
Pizza delivery girl Sam (Hayley Griffith) offers to make a delivery to a neighbourhood that sits just outside her employer’s usual catchment area. Desperate for money and hoping to receive a tip from the wealthy recipients, Sam is angry when she’s greeted rudely and has the door slammed in her face. Refusing to give up, Sam sneaks into the house and stumbles upon a satanic ritual led by Danica Ross (Rebecca Romijn). When she asks for her tip, Sam is knocked out and when she wakes up she realises she is the virgin sacrifice the group has been looking for.Satanic Panic is from director Chelsea Stardust and writer Grady Hendrix. In an unfortunate bit of scheduling at Arrow Video FrightFest, it screened less than 24 hours after Ready Or Not, which features many similarities to this film. Satanic Panic starts off strong with punchy one-liners and a loveable heroine in Sam. The film wastes no time getting into the meat of the story and no sooner have you been introduced to Sam, she’s been locked in a room with Danica’s horny husband (Jerry O’Connell) who wants to have sex with her so she’s no longer a virgin.Credit: Aperture EntertainmentSam’s night goes from bad to worse as she tries to escape her captors. She happens upon Danica’s disgraced daughter Judi (Ruby Modine) and the two form a quick friendship, united in their fight to stay alive and defeat the satanic cult. Meanwhile Danica is dealing with dissent in the ranks with Gypsy (Arden Myrin) jostling to become the group’s leader, and determined to stop at nothing to ensure that happens. Satanic Panic starts off by leaning into the absurdity of its premise but somewhere along the way it stops being very funny. Had the film fully leaned into the craziness, it would have been a hoot throughout but it starts to lag once Sam and Judi hole up in a neighbouring house to decide a plan of action. The climax builds into a bit of a mess combining the orgy-fest that plagued season 2 of True Blood and losing the logic of its plot.Amidst the chaos Hayley Griffith manages to keep her head above water and gives a superb performance. She’s a great final girl and has a peppy delivery that makes you root for her. Equally good is Ruby Modine who goes from frenemy to friend for Sam when she realises that the two could actually help each other. Rebecca Romijn pulls off the role of Danica with ease. She’s good at playing seductively nasty characters and she was perfect for this.Credit: Aperture EntertainmentI really wanted Satanic Panic to be one of the breakout hits of the festival but sadly it’s not the case. The film was overshadowed by the superior Ready Or Not yesterday and it never reaches its full potential. Satanic Panic is very watchable but it’s also very forgettable and once you’ve seen it, there’s probably no real need to revisit it again.Cast: Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Jordan Ladd, Ruby Modine, Hayley Griffith Director: Chelsea Stardust Writers: Grady Hendrix Certificate: TBC Duration: 85 mins Released by: Aperture Entertainment
A High Court Judge will on July 31 rule on the extradition proceedings initiated against former government minister and football official Jack Warner. Warner is wanted in the United States to face corruption allegations stemming from his time as vice-president of FIFA. High Court Judge James Aboud set the date after listening to submissions from Warner’s attorneys and those of the Office of the Attorney General at the Port of Spain High Court on Friday. Warner is questioning the procedure adopted by the Office of the Attorney General in signing off on the extradition request made in May 2015.Olympians Usain Bolt and Michael Frater, along with former Reggae Boyz Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner gave their support to the family of Olympian Germaine Mason at the grave digging in Portland, Jamaica on Friday. Mason who is a long-time friend of the trio, died recently in a motor cycle accident and will be laid to rest next Sunday at Grange Hill Portland after a funeral service in Kingston.A Boynton Beach woman has been charged for the murder of her 11-month-old nephew. A grand jury returned an indictment of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse for the actions of Adeline Edwards, which caused the death of Kalobe Williams on December. 24th. Williams suffered blunt force trauma to the rear of his head, resulting in his death. After several interviews with detectives, Edwards admitted to hitting Williams numerous times on the night of December 23rd Williams died at Delray Medical Center early the next morning.And in sports.Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod scored wins in their respective events in the Shangai Diamond League in China on Saturday. Double Olympic sprint champion, Thompson, continued in the rich vein of her early season form when she won the 100 meters going away from the field in a time of 10.78 seconds. High hurdler McLeod was also in good nick. He romped to victory in 13.09 despite a strong challenge from Spain’s Orlando Ortega. China’s Xie Wenjun was fourth while McLeod’s Jamaican compatriot Hansle Parchment placed fourth.Here’s what’s trending…Just 29 percent of Americans say they approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, while 38 percent disapprove, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Another 32 percent of respondents don’t have enough to say on the matter. Yet among those who say they have read, seen or heard about the firing, 53 percent say they disapprove, versus 33 percent who approve.For Today’s weather forecast.It will be sunny in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a high of 90 and a low of 72. For more on these and other stories visit us at caribbeannationalweekly.com Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to ask your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine that prevents many types of cancer, protects girls and boys, and is recommended at age 11 or 12.
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