WHO confirms two H5N1 cases in Egypt

first_imgMar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that an 11-year-old Egyptian boy is hospitalized in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, a day after the agency announced the death of a 25-year-old Egyptian woman from the virus.The boy is from Menofia governorate, north of Cairo, according to a WHO statement. He was hospitalized with influenza symptoms on Feb 25, and his samples were positive for the H5N1 virus in tests by Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory and the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3).The WHO said an investigation into the source of the boy’s infection revealed that he had contact with sick and dead poultry.Yesterday the WHO reported that a 25-year-old woman from Fayoum governorate, about 53 miles south of Cairo, died of an H5N1 infection. In its statement, the WHO said she got sick on Feb 24 and was hospitalized 3 days later; the date of her death was not listed. Egypt’s health ministry had announced the confirmation of her case on Mar 1, according to earlier media reports.An investigation into the woman’s illness indicated she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she got sick, the WHO reported.With the two latest cases, Egypt has had 46 H5N1 cases and 20 deaths, including 3 cases and 1 death this year. The WHO’s global total is 371 cases and 235 deaths.See also:Mar 5 WHO statementMar 4 WHO statementMar 3 CIDRAP News story “New case raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 45”last_img read more

TEG member sees Scientific Beta criticism revealing net zero laggard

first_imgScientific Beta is lagging behind on one of the most important green finance developments in recent years, an independent member of the technical expert group (TEG) whose EU climate benchmark proposals were scathingly criticised by the smart beta index provider last week has said.One of a barrage of criticisms made by Scientific Beta was of the carbon exposure metric proposed by the TEG, whereby carbon intensity is calculated on the basis of a company’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions divided by its enterprise value, including cash (EVIC).Criticisms of the metric included that it creates sector biases, is volatile and may render unworkable the self-decarbonisation requirement TEG has proposed for the climate benchmarks, and “does not do justice to issuer-level climate change efforts”.Describing the metric as “exotic”, Scientific Beta argued there was “no scientific or business basis” to use it instead of a widely-used version of weighted average carbon intensity (WACI) based on Scope 1 and 2 emissions and using revenues as the denominator. Scientific Beta said self-reported Scope 3 emissions data is too scarce and lacking in quality and consistency to support portfolio decision-making and that requiring Scope 3 emissions to be included in the carbon intensity calculation could lead to “disregarding the efforts made by companies to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions”.Scope 3 emissions are all of an entity’s indirect emissions except those from purchased energy – for example, in the case of fossil fuel companies they include emissions produced when an individual drives an internal combustion engine car.‘Commercial self-interest’Andreas Hoepner, professor of operational risk, banking and finance at University College Dublin, is one of two members of the European Commission’s sustainable finance TEG who was appointed in a personal capacity and the only such individual on the benchmarks sub-group.Hoepner said: “It is stunning that Scientific Beta can write over 70 pages with 99 footnotes on EU green finance policy and fail to even mention the EU’s net zero 2050 aim, which was adopted last year.”“If they had taken the EU’s net zero 2050 aim as their starting point instead of their commercial self-interest, they might have come to a different conclusion on crucial aspects such as the Scope 3 emissions of the fossil fuel sector.”Asked what the TEG’s starting point was with regard to its work on the EU climate benchmark categories, Hoepner told IPE it was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5°C warming trajectory with no or limited overshoot, which effectively meant carbon neutrality by 2050.The European Commission agreed on a 2050 net zero ambition in November 2018, with EU member states, except Poland, endorsing this goal late last year.  “It is crucial for Scientific Beta and others to understand that fossil fuel Scope 3 emissions are the primary cause of climate change.”Andreas Hoepner, professor of operational risk, banking and finance at University College Dublin and member of the TEG Hoepner said: “Given the EU’s aim of achieving net zero by 2050, it is crucial for Scientific Beta and others to understand that fossil fuel Scope 3 emissions are the primary cause of climate change. They are the patient zero, to use a coronavirus metaphor.“Hence,” he continued, “fossil fuel scope 3 emissions have to be downsized significantly for the EU to achieve net zero by 2050. Repsol and possibly also BP seem to understand this, as do many asset owners and asset managers.“Scientific Beta has to understand this scientific reality too, if they want to gradually transform themselves into a leader in environmentally responsible investing.”EVIC denominatorHoepner said using revenue as the denominator for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions biases the GHG intensity figure in favour of sectors such as coal, which are exposed to stranded assets when compared with market valuation-based denominators.“In my personal view, this can be considered greenwashing in favour of polluting sectors and is not aligned with the EU’s net zero 2050 objective,” he said.“The recent launches of EU Climate Transition or EU Paris-Aligned Benchmark concepts by index providers that were not part of TEG, such as Dow Jones S&P or Solactive, show that many of Scientific Beta’s competitors can work with our proposed denominator of EVIC.”“Scientific Beta appear rather desperate to avoid the costs of switching from revenue to EVIC,” he continued.The TEG’s final report on benchmarks is meant to provide the basis for the European Commission’s drafting of delegated acts specifying more detailed requirements in relation to the EU climate benchmark categories.Scientific Beta’s report can be downloaded here.GHG emission scopesThe GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company’s GHG emissions into three scopes:1. Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources2. Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy3. All indirect emissions not included in scope 2 that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissionslast_img read more

Paul John Wiegand

first_imgPaul John Wiegand was the youngest of three children born to the late Rev. J.C. Wiegand and his wife Laura. Paul was born on Nov. 16, 1921 in Celina, Ohio. In 1926 the Wiegand family moved from Ohio to Dillsboro, Indiana. Paul attended and graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1939. After High School he attended Barber College in Indianapolis. From 1942 to 1946 he served his Country in the U.S. Navy. Most of his service time was spent in the Pacific theatre. After returning home from the war he continued his Barber skills working in Aurora, Indiana. Paul was employed at Indiana Michigan Electric Co. from 1955 until he retired in 1983. He remained a part time Barber until he closed his shop in 2005. Paul has been a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Aurora since the 1950’s. He also served as a board member for River View Cemetery Association for a number of years.On April 26, 1950 Paul married Adelyn Lorraine Brauer, she precedes him in death. Surviving sons, Terry Wiegand (Tammy) of Osgood, IN; John Wiegand (Kristy) of Newburgh, IN; Vance Wiegand (Connie) of Taylor Mill, KY; Paul also has five grandchildren, Kimberly (David) Penrod, Nicholas Wiegand, Noelle Wiegand, Corey Green, Alison Wiegand, and great grandson, Robert Green.He was preceded in death by parents, John Christian Wiegand, Laura Wiegand.Friends will be received Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, 223 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN., Wednesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Edward Davis, officiating.Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, IN. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad, St Johns Lutheran Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. If unable to attend, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Our family would like to thank the staff of Ridgewood Health Campus, and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for the care and compassion they have given Paul.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’

first_imgGardaí have officially called off an appeal for missing Letterkenny teenager Jamie O’Neill.The 17-year-old, who had been missing from his home at Bonagee since Wednesday, has been found safe and well.Mr O’Neill was located soon after an appeal was launched on Friday evening seeking information on his whereabouts. A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “Jamie O’Neill has been located safe and well. We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.”Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’ was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kyle Shanahan: ‘Outside chance’ OL Joe Staley returns on Sunday

first_imgSANTA CLARA — 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t think too much about the weather on game day, typically. Why get concerned over elements not under his control? But the sounds of Saturday’s torrential downpour in Washington were hard to ignore.“When I heard it raining all night, waking up I didn’t feel all that great about it and went to the stadium and saw exactly what the game was going to be like,” Shanahan said on Monday, saying Sunday’s win included some of the worst conditions he’s …last_img

Avoid NH3 Mishaps

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — A recent incident in suburban Chicago involving an anhydrous ammonia leak that injured several people, including first responders, underscores the dangers the nitrogen fertilizer can present in both transportation and application.Despite its dangers, anhydrous ammonia is the least-expensive form of nitrogen fertilizer and remains the form of choice for many farmers. Following all safety procedures and using personal protective equipment when handling anhydrous can prevent issues like the one in Chicago.VITAL FORM OF NITROGENTo many farmers, anhydrous is a reliable, efficient and cost-effective source of nitrogen if handled safely, according to John Rebholz, director of safety and education for the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA). In Illinois, farmers use approximately 670,000 tons annually of anhydrous, and the number of incidents are fairly low.Rebholz said if ag was solely reliant on the other forms of nitrogen (liquid and dry), the fertilizer would not only be more expensive but supply issues would arise with one less form available, he said. Farmers always need to follow safety reminders when handling or transporting anhydrous, whether it be a normal or condensed growing season like this spring has been, he said.Growers in the state are encouraged to go through training, but currently, the state of Illinois does not require training for farmers. However, ag retail employees who handle and transport ammonia are required to go through safety training.IFCA offers a free online training program specifically for farmers at their website: http://learning.ifca.com/…“IFCA’s position is that anyone who handles or transports anhydrous ammonia should go through anhydrous ammonia training,” Rebholz told DTN. “We would definitely support a training program for our farmer customers, as most of the incidents occur when the farmers are in possession of the ammonia.”Rebholz said if a farmer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the grower’s responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel. Although they may not want to make the calls, it is their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies if the release occurs while they are in possession of the anhydrous, he said.It’s necessary to provide emergency responders with specific information about the ammonia release, which allows them to prepare and act accordingly, he said. A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to the Illinois Emergence Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Ammonia release contact information can be found here: https://ifca.com/…PROPER HANDLING IMPORTANTHandling and transporting anhydrous ammonia in a professional manner is important to assuring nitrogen is properly applied in a safe manner, said Mark Hanna, retired Iowa State University Extension ag engineer. The fact that so much anhydrous has been — and will be — applied in such a small window leads him to believe incidents like the one in suburban Chicago happen because people get in a hurry and disregard safety rules.“I wouldn’t say it is everyone, but it is only human nature to cut corners when it comes to anhydrous safety during busy times,” Hanna said.Hanna estimated about half of the state of Iowa’s nitrogen is applied in the anhydrous ammonia form. He said that, during his lengthy Extension career, he was asked whether anhydrous is too dangerous to work with.His said his opinion is that farmers have made their nitrogen form decision, and for many, especially in the Western Corn Belt, the form they want to use is anhydrous. The cost and density of the fertilizer is extremely appealing to many, he said.While anhydrous may pose some safety hazards, those that use the product can remain safe if they pay attention to safety details, he said.When working with anhydrous application equipment, it is important to know wind direction and stay upwind when operating valves, he said. When working with this equipment, it is also important to make sure all equipment is well maintained and in proper working order, including hoses, valves and hitches with safety chains.With much of the preplant anhydrous already on in Iowa, Hanna said a rainy-day project might be to inspect the anhydrous applicator before the heart of sidedressing season. A quick run-through of the equipment might revel some different components that may need to be addressed.Another important safety measure when it comes to anhydrous is to make sure personal protective equipment is present and in good shape. This would include unvented goggles, long sleeves, anhydrous gloves and a properly fitted respirator with ammonia-approved cartridges.Also, make sure the 5-gallon emergency water supply attached to the nurse tank has water and that it is clean water. Often, dust and dirt get into the small water tank and make the water dirty, he said.Iowa State Extension had an article titled, “Equipment Considerations for Anhydrous Ammonia Application,” written by Hanna in the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) News segment on March 19. Click on the following link to read the article: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/…The Minnesota Department of Agriculture also has anhydrous ammonia safety training online. You can find this information by clicking on the following link: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/…Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Finally, A Properly Priced Google Chromebook

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web markhachman A Perfect Companion?Pichai portrayed the ecosystem of Windows devices, however, as one that requires constant support. He positioned the Chromebook as the perfect companion device.“The most common uses cases are as an additional computer for the home,” Pichai said. “[The parents] have Windows or a Mac, but they can use the Chromebook and leave it on the living room and give one to their kids. You’re never maintaining or updating these devices. This use case really really excites us. This goes to the heart of what the project is about.”Google originally portrayed the Chromebook as the perfect low-cost, low-administration device for businesses. Thursday’s focus was more on the home and education. Google’s Pichai said that the Chromebooks are being used in pilot programs by hundreds of schools, although they’re actually deployed in far fewer.Pichai said that the new Chromebooks would run the standard Google suite of services, including offline Gmail and Docs, which allows the normally connected Chromebooks to operate without an Internet connection. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Thursday announced a new $249 Samsung Chromebook, finally delivering a Web-optimized computer at a price that makes sense for consumers.The “new Samsung Chromebook,” as Google executives officially refer to it, will complement the existing $449 Chromebook and the $329 Chromebox computers, both of which are also manufactured by Samsung. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and apps for Google, told a San Francisco press conference full of analysts and reporters that the new Chromebooks were the first of many more to be launched with a number of partners.Google will sell the new Chromebooks at Best Buy beginning next week, Pichai said. The new netbooks will also be available via Google’s Google Play online store.Distractions From Google’s MessagingThe press conference was thrown into disarray, however, by two premature releases of Google announcements that distracted attendees attention. First, the the company published the webpage advertising the new Chromebooks live before the press conference was completed. More significantly, a draft press release of the company’s surprisingly weak third-quarter results hit the SEC before they were expected to be announced Thursday afternoon.)That could be one reason it remained somewhat unclear what the exact differences were between the new Chromebook and previous versions. The new Chromebook will weigh 2.5 pounds, measure 0.8 inches thick, and is spec’ed at more than 6.5 hours of battery life. That’s a little less than the 7 hours seen in typical Windows 8 notebooks and tablet. The key difference is apparently that the new version of the Chromebook is the first to use a less-expensive ARM processor from Samsung, a dual-core A15, along with a less expensive battery, explained Linus Upson, vice president of engineering at Google, in a brief interview. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Audio Editing Tip: Matching ADR and Location Audio in Post

first_imgKnow How to EQADR Recording and EQ via ECG ProductionsMuch like how cameras all have their own distinct looks to them, microphones all have their own characteristics and sounds. It’s highly unlikely that the mic that’s being used to record your ADR is a perfect match for the mic that you were using on set, so you will notice some differences in audio quality right off the bat.For instance, you may find that your location audio has more high end (treble), while your ADR recording is more bass heavy. This can easily be adjusted and compensated for with a little bit of EQ work, which can go a very long way in helping the different recordings to blend together.Start by getting your basic levels where they need to be so that all of your tracks match at least from a gain standpoint. Then adjust your highs, mids, and lows on both the source audio and the ADR recordings to try to find a good happy middle ground. Once you’ve found the right balance, the majority of the heavy lifting is done. If you’d like a deeper look at EQ basics, check out the post Basic Guide to Understanding EQ over at B&H. It isn’t a software-specific approach to EQ, rather it’s a general look at the science behind the process.Reverb MattersSound Engineer at work via ShutterstockOne of the other critical elements to take into account when dealing with ADR material is the lack of reverb. Assuming you’ve recorded in a professional soundproofed studio, your source ADR tracks will have little to no reverb at all. In contrast, depending on where you shot your original footage — it is very likely to have at least some degree of reverb.Imagine you shot a scene in a cathedral with a huge amount of reverb in it, and then attempted to place in some ADR tracks to replace a few lines. Obviously, the sound quality would be extremely different even if room tone had been added and a proper EQ was completed. Ultimately the difference would probably be a direct result of reverb (or lack thereof).Always be sure to not only apply reverb in your editing system, but also take the time to fine tune it so that it matches with your location audio as closely as possible. Reverb can literally come in all shapes and sizes, so you need to ensure you are taking enough time to not only select the right effect, but also fine-tune the settings if you want to get the most realistic and flawless results.Got any audio editing tips for the community? Share them in the comments below! Mixing and matching ADR with location audio can be very challenging, but these audio editing tips will help you get much better results every time.Top image: man in ADR booth via ShutterstockNobody enjoys having to record ADR. It’s a fairly grueling process that usually occurs at the tail end of a production when you just want to wrap things up and get your project out the door. What’s even more frustrating than having to record it in the first place though, is attempting to match the sound quality with your source/location audio.Capturing location audio via Antuan MejiasImagine a scenario where you’re editing a project that was shot entirely on a busy city street. Most of the location audio sounds solid, but there are a few takes that just aren’t working. Maybe the noise from the street bled through too much on a critical line or there was a technical issue with the mic, ultimately leaving you with the reality that you need to record ADR for a portion of the scene.Once you go back into the studio with your talent and rerecord their dialogue to match with picture, the work has really only begun. It goes without saying that clean, studio recorded audio tracks are going to sound very different from on location recordings, so ultimately you’ll need to take some measures to get the audio to match up.In a best case scenario, you’ll send your edited timeline to a dedicated ProTools artist who will help finesse the audio until it’s perfect. But in some instances, you may very well be left with the task of tweaking the audio yourself, and if that’s the case you should always adhere to these audio editing tips:Remember Why You Recorded Room ToneRecording room tone via Christopher MorrisAssuming you’ve done your job properly on set, you should have room tone recorded for each location you shot at. Room tone of course, is simply a track recording of ambience in your location which can be used during the audio editing process.One of the most critical steps in matching ADR with location audio involves the addition of room tone, which can be an art unto itself. Always ensure that you are not only adding in room tone, but mixing it down so the levels are equal to the ambient levels on the rest of your dialogue tracks. Also be sure to add crossfades carefully at the top and tail of your clips to ease in and out of the room tone clips.Just with this single step alone, your audio track will start to feel far smoother, as there will no longer be an absence of natural background noise when playing through the ADR segments. Here’s a quick video from Vimeo Film School that covers the basics of room tone:last_img read more

Wade to start at guard for Cavaliers, Smith coming off bench

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Now they’re together again in the starting lineup.Lue will unveil Cleveland’s new lineup — Wade, Rose, James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love — on Tuesday night in an exhibition against Chicago, Wade’s team last season. The 12-time All-Star will replace J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLue said Smith didn’t have any problem moving into a new role on Cleveland’s second unit, which will also include Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver and Jeff Green and is liable to undergo numerous modifications throughout the season.It’s a big change for Smith, who has been a major contributor the past three seasons for the defending Eastern Conference champions. “They all can push it out on the break if they rebound the basketball,” he said. “Guys who can make plays, good cutters, good slashers. We also can space the floor. We have a lot of weapons. We just gotta put them all together so they all play well together.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade, right, watches his shot as LeBron James takes a shot during warmups before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers without being promised a starting job.He’s got one anyway.After toying with other lineup combinations, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland’s remodeled backcourt. Wade recently signed a one-year contract with the Cavs, reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland after the two superstars spent four seasons together in Miami.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “He was fine,” Lue said of Smith, who missed 36 games last season after undergoing surgery on a broken thumb. “It’s tough, you’ve been in position where you went to three straight Finals and you’ve been the starting 2-guard. But like I said, it’s about sacrifice if you want to win. J.R. was great about it. Just knows he has to have a different role right now so we’ll see how it works.”Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland’s second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to move the 35-year-old in the starting lineup along with James, who has been slowed by a sprained ankle.Wade and James have developed a unique chemistry on the floor, where they are able to move separately and in unison. Lue wanted to take advantage of that bond and will team them up again.“Just something we’re going to do to start the season and see how it works,” he said.Lue’s biggest challenge will be keeping everyone happy with their playing time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing with all the talent at his disposal.As for his starting five, Lue loves the group’s versatility.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more