Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever death toll in Turkey rises

first_img Aug 9 ProMED-Mail posting on CCHF in Turkey Aug 8 WHO update on CCHF outbreak in Turkey Lab-confirmed cases were reported in 22 Turkish provinces, though most were reported from six northeastern provinces of Kelkit Valley: Tokat, Sivas, Gumushane, Amasya, Yozgat, and Corum. WHO fact sheet on Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever In an advisory for travelers, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said no cases have been reported from popular tourist resorts on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The ECDC said the number of cases in 2006 suggests increased viral activity in the area; however, they added that detection and diagnosis of CCHF have improved. In Turkey, CCHF in humans was first documented in 2002. CCHF is a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by Nairovirus organisms of the Bunyaviridae family. The disease is primarily a zoonosis; sporadic cases and outbreaks do occur in humans. The disease in humans is severe and has a high mortality rate. (The case-fatality rate in the current outbreak is 8.3%, according to the WHO.) CCHF is endemic in many African, European, and Asian countries. Aug 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The number of deaths in a Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) outbreak in Turkey has increased to 20, with a total of 242 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday. The Turkish Ministry of Health is continuing control measures, which include enhanced nationwide CCHF surveillance. The WHO Country Office in Turkey and the WHO Regional Office for Europe are closely monitoring CCHF activity in the country. See also: A note posted today on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said the death of the healthcare worker serves as an important reminder that those treating suspected CCHF patients should take proper infection control precautions during their exposure to infected patients. Nosocomial infection risk is highest in the early stages of a patient’s infection. Since WHO’s last update on the outbreak on Jun 30 there have been 92 new cases and 9 new deaths. One of the fatalities involved a healthcare worker who acquired the infection while treating a patient with CCHF. CIDRAP overview on viral hemorrhagic fever A Jul 10 WHO update on CCHF said most of the patients who were evaluated for the disease had been infected through tick bites. Contact with the blood of infected livestock can also transmit the virus.last_img read more

Norwegian Cruise Lines declared Dubrovnik the best destination at the beginning of the season

first_imgIn a survey conducted by Norwegian Cruise Lines, Dubrovink left behind Venice, Koper, Split, Corfu, Katakolon and Valletta.Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) conducted the research during the first arrival of the ship Norwegian Spirit, which was in Dubrovnik on April 17 with about 2200 passengers, on a voyage from Valletta (boarding) to Venice (disembarkation), and in addition to the three cities the ship visited and Corfu, Katakolon, Split and Koper in the period from 13 to 20 April 2018. On that occasion, Dubrovnik won and was declared the best destination, leaving behind Venice, Koper, Split, Corfu, Katakolon and Valletta.It is a regular survey of guest satisfaction through a questionnaire conducted by Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) on each trip, and refers, among other things, to the assessment of each destination according to several parameters: general tourist offer of the destination, quality of buses and guides and shuttle service, cleanliness of the destination and general impression.S aspekta agencijske usluge u destinaciji, kompanija ocjenjuje i participaciju gostiju na izletima i u dubrovačkom slučaju ista je iznosila nešto više od 40% što je daleko bolji rezultat nego u drugim lukama, a također i daleko iznad prosjeka Dubrovnika (25-30%). Temeljem ovoga, Dubrovnik se zaista može pohvaliti odličnim početkom jer je u svim parametrima nadmašio konkurenciju. Podsjetimo Norwegian Cruise Lines (NLC) je jedna od cruise kompanija za koje usluge izleta na kružnim putovanjima pruža Gulliver travel dio Intercruises grupe.Source: Gulliver Travellast_img read more

Driven to disruption

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Tokyo’s Nikkei closes down more than 2% after US market rout

first_imgTokyo’s benchmark Nikkei index lost more than two percent on Monday following a rout on United States markets as fears grow over a resurgence of coronavirus infections.The Nikkei 225 dropped 2.30 percent, or 517.04 points, to end at 21,995.04 – its first close below the 22,000 level since June 15th. The broader Topix index fell 1.78 percent, or 28.15 points, to 1,549.22.”The Nikkei index fell following sharp losses on US shares over fears of the spread of new coronavirus infections,” Yoshihiro Ito, chief strategist at Okasan Online Securities, said in a commentary. Last week, the investment giant said it will sell the US firm shares worth over $21 billion as it sheds assets to shore up its financial health.Uniqlo casual wear operator Fast Retailing fell 2.35 percent to 60,640 yen while Sony shed 2.73 percent to 7,313 yen.Nissan tumbled 3.40 percent to 394.7 yen and Toyota 1.58 percent to 6,759 yen.The dollar fetched 107.13 yen in Asian trade, against 107.22 yen in New York.Topics : The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 2.8 percent on Friday as surging coronavirus cases prompted large US states to impose new public health restrictions.Ito added that there is also “a concern about a second wave in Tokyo as the number of new cases surpassed 50 for three days.”Investors are also eyeing a series of US economic data this week, he said.In Tokyo trading, SoftBank Group dropped 2.76 percent to 5,380 yen after it announced estimates it will gain 600 billion yen (US$5.6 billion) from the initial sale of T-mobile shares. last_img read more

Weak demand, govt incentives drive PGN profit down 88 percent

first_imgGas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) saw its net profit fall 87.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to US$6.72 million in the first half of the year as a result of weak energy demand and government gas incentives.The publicly listed company’s revenue fell by 17.9 percent yoy to $1.47 billion in the January-June period, dropping more sharply than its expenses, which declined by 16.7 percent yoy to $1.01 billion following operational cuts.Read also: PGN seeks to cut 2020 capex by up to 60 percent PGN finance director Arie Nobelta Kaban said the company was affected by a “triple-down effect” of weak global gas prices, low domestic gas demand and a disadvantageous rupiah exchange rate during the COVID-19 crisis.“Low oil and gas prices lowered upstream revenue, while operational costs did not follow suit,” said Arie in a statement.PGN shares, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the symbol PGAS, had fallen 1.22 percent on Tuesday as of 9:56 a.m. Jakarta time.PGN’s upstream oil and gas business unit, while not its largest income contributor, had the sharpest fall in profit, declining nearly 50 percent yoy to $101.8 million. PGN’s channeled gas volume for end users dipped by 31.4 percent yoy to 2,016 billion British thermal units per day (bbtud) in the first half of the year, according to company statements, as businesses and industries slowed operations during large scale social restrictions (PSBB).As with PGN, parent company Pertamina cited a “triple shock” to explain its multimillion dollar net loss in the first half, reversing a net profit in the same period last year.“Natural gas has, so far, experienced a less severe impact than oil and coal, but it is far from immune to the current crisis,” said International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol in a statement on June 10.PGN lost an estimated $22.86 million in revenue between April and June as a result of government gas incentives for industries and state-owned electricity company PLN.PGN has been required to sell gas to select industries and PLN power plants for about $6 per mmbtu, instead of the market rate of about $8 per mmbtu.The IEA wrote that Indonesia’s gas incentives, coupled with electricity subsidies in Thailand and Malaysia, countries whose power production is heavy on gas, helped boost Southeast Asian gas demand in the year’s first half.Read also: Pertamina logs $768 million net loss in first half of yearPGN reported that it was in talks with other stakeholders over the government’s regulations but would “not expect a material impact to the interim consolidated financial statements”.In response to the financial challenges, Arie of PGN said the company would “optimize cash flow by prioritizing the investment budget” for strategic projects.The company, which had $1.24 billion in cash reserves as of June 2020, said it would cut its annual capital expenditure by up to 60 percent. PGN plans to focus on developing the Pangkah Block and constructing new pipelines in the Rokan Block.The company booked a notably large fixed asset impairment loss of $12.4 million as a result of lower tolling fee revenue with its affiliate gas transmission company PT Kalimantan Jawa Gas (KJG) after negotiating with buyers.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Space for all the family in sprawling home

first_imgThe living area at 7 Joel Ct, Kallangur.On the ground floor, there is a big garage space with storage and a workshop area, a large, open rumpus room and a utility room that could be converted into extra living space. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The hub of the home is on the second floor and includes a big, open-plan formal lounge and dining room with bay window and polished floorboards, and a chef’s kitchen. The kitchen has a walk-in pantry, ample bench and cupboard space, and timber floors. Three of the bedrooms are on this level along with the big family bathroom with a shower over the bath, vanity and toilet. The master bedroom at 7 Joel Ct, Kallangur.The top level is a parents’ retreat with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and two decks offering beautiful views. Outside there is a low-maintenance yard with established gardens and a lawn, paved entertaining area, and a concreted courtyard off the second level. The home has airconditioning, modern lighting and ceiling fans throughout, and has been painted inside and out. The home at 7 Joel Ct, Kallangur.THIS three-storey home is new to the market in Kallangur. The property at 7 Joel Ct has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, lovely views and plenty of off-street parking, all on a 639 sqm block. Selling agent Mark Rumsey of David Deane Real Estate said the home was in quiet, elevated cul-de-sac and had been modernised throughout. “Boasting three genuine levels, the home has the ability to transform further and would suit a range of family applications,” he said. center_img The backyard at 7 Joel Ct, Kallangur.The property has plenty of off-street parking and is within walking distance to local parks. “This incredible home has to be seen to be truly appreciated and has enormous potential to be further improved,” Mr Rumsey said. The property is on the market for offers over $525,000.last_img read more

First-time buyers hit Gold Coast hotspots in COVID-19 window

first_imgFirst-time buyers are actively searching in Southport where 36 Alicia Street recently went under contract.Savvy first-time buyers are seizing the opportunity to secure a slice of the Gold Coast property market while incentives are high and competition low due to the coronavirus.Despite a general drop in buyer inquiry in the wake of COVID-19, fresh data from property website shows a surge in first-time buyer activity.First-time buyer inquiries were up 23 per cent across the state between January and March, at the height of the pandemic, compared with the same period last year.Experts say a dip in housing prices, rock-bottom interest rates, the government’s 5 per cent deposit scheme and reduced competition from investors have put those looking to enter the market for the first time in a strong buying position.On the Gold Coast, first-time buyer search activity over the past six weeks has focused on Southport, Coomera, Upper Coomera and the booming southern hotspot of Palm Beach. Top 10 First-Time Buyer hotspots A first-time buyer has snapped up 36 Alicia Street, Southport for $545,000.Agent Joel Madam of Ray White Surfers Paradise said inquiries remained strong in Southport where first-home buyers were seeking value for money.A first-home buyer from Mackay drove all night to inspect 36 Alicia Street, Southport before sealing the deal at $545,000 two weeks ago.“He got there at 8.30am, viewed the property, got the building and pest inspection done and signed an unconditional contract that afternoon,” Mr Madam said.“Between 60 and 70 per cent of inquiries on that property were first-home buyers.” First-time buyers like to dual living opportunity 36 Alicia Street, Southport.Mr Madam said the demand for entry-level homes in Southport was fuelled by a concentration of blue-collar workers in secure jobs in and around Gold Coast Hospital and Griffith University.“To enter the market under $600,000 and be close to work, close to the highway and 3.5km to the beach presents as good value starting point to get into the market,” he said. REA chief economist Nerida Consibee said a drop off in investors created favourable conditions for first-time buyers.“Investors are out of the market at the moment, so it’s a good time for first-time buyers to be in it; there’s less competition,” Ms Conisbee said.Graham Cooke, the insights manager at comparison site Finder, said that the downturn in the market could present a window for cashed-up Aussies ready to buy.“If you’re one of the first-time buyers who missed out on the 2019 price dip, 2020 could provide a second bite at the apple,” he said.The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which kicked off in January, enables first-time buyers to purchase a home with just a 5 per cent deposit. So far 10,000 places have been made available, with a further 10,000 to be released in July.According to Caroline Jean-Baptiste, the owner of Mortgage Choice, most first-time buyers have spent up to the past five years saving and if they have a secure income they were in a comfortable position to step into the market at the moment.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoIn fact, she said a lot of first-steppers would be looking for a good deal as properties from distressed sellers hit the market.“People have learnt from other crises we have been through, where we have that severe drop-off and then consistent recovery. I would say some first-home buyers can see this is going to happen over the next few months and if they don’t get in now, they may find themselves having to wait again. They’re hoping to catch the bottom of the market.”She said when the time was right it would be first-home buyers who benefit the most.“There will be more stock coming on to the market, which means more choice and more power to negotiate. First-time buyers will be the ones with the power.”center_img First-time buyers are showing interest in 21/1374 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.Agent Josh Willatt of McGrath – Palm Beach said first-time buyer inquiry had rebounded following a sharp drop in confidence when COVID-19 restrictions were first announced.“We’re not out of the woods, but we’ve really noticed a massive resurgence in inquiry from first-home buyers in the past two weeks,” Mr Willatt said. “Eight weeks ago they would have had ten times the competition. “What an amazing opportunity these guys have got to secure something if they’re in a position to have a crack.” Mr Willatt did a FaceTime inspection on 21/1374 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach with prospective first-time buyer Britta Dietrich this week.Ms Dietrich is looking to relocate to Queensland to be closer to her work at Southern Cross University and has her sights set on a unit in Palm Beach.“Palm Beach is one of the best beaches on the Gold Coast and it’s a perfect distance to everything for me,” she said. While Ms Dietrich had some initial reservations about buying during the COVID-19 period, the stability of her job gave her the confidence to continue looking.“I was lucky to be pre-approved and have a stable, secure job as well,” she said. “It’s not a bad opportunity to buy at the moment, but I’ve noticed there isn’t a lot to choose from so maybe sellers are the ones holding off a bit.” SouthportCoomeraUpper CoomeraPalm BeachSurfers ParadiseLabrador RobinaBroadbeach Carrara Mermaid Beachlast_img read more

5-year-old Chinese boy in Cebu tests negative for Wuhan coronavirus

first_img“This is indeed very welcome news toease the Filipinos’ growing concern. I assure everyone that your Department ofHealth will not stop here and is on top of this emerging health event,” HeathSecretary Francisco Duque said. DOH has recommended all tourists whohave gone to Wuhan and who show symptoms of fever and cough, to immediatelyseek medical attention./PN In a statement on Friday evening, theDOH said that it received sample tests results from the Victorian InfectiousDisease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia which shows the boynegative from the virus. The novel coronavirus has already killed26 people and left 800 others ill in China. The boy earlier tested positive for thepancoronavirus. Pancoronavirus screening is a test to determine if a person hascontracted a coronavirus strain. The boy traveled with his mother fromWuhan to Cebu City on Jan. 12. He was admitted for investigation after he wasfound to have shown pneumonia-like symptoms such as fever, cough and throatirritation. “[Samples] from the child suspectedof being infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) tested negativefor the said virus,” the health department said. MANILA – The five-year-old Chinese boyfrom Wuhan, China who was being monitored by the Department of Health (DOH) inCebu City has tested negative from the 2019 novel coronavirus. Health secretary Francisco Duque. GMA NETWORKlast_img read more

Formidable foes will test Trojans at Marks Stadium

first_imgAfter notching its first two conference wins last weekend, the USC men’s tennis team is coming home to face two top-20 conference rivals this weekend.The No. 4 Trojans (16-2, 2-0) are coming off a four-match road stretch to face No. 7 Stanford (11-4, 1-0) on Friday at 1:30 p.m.This will be the Trojans’ fifth match against a team ranked in the top 10 this season. USC holds a 3-1 record against top-10 opponents.In late February, USC traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., and narrowly defeated Stanford, 4-3, in an unusual match where singles play was decided before doubles play.In that match, No. 15 senior Robert Farah, No. 104 junior Peter Lucassen and No. 83 sophomore Daniel Nguyen won their singles matches.USC displayed toughness in the doubles play with juniors Jaak Poldma and Lucassen winning 9-7, and sophomores Steve Johnson and Nguyen winning 9-8 (3) to clinch the match victory against Stanford’s tough doubles lineup.The Trojans have won their last three matches against Stanford, but all of these recent battles were closely contested.“We know Stanford extremely well and have a ton of respect for them,” USC coach Peter Smith said. “We know how tough a match it will be and how tough the matches have been in the past, so our mindset has to be ready for a battle.”On Saturday, USC will continue to battle it out against No. 17 California (10-4, 1-0) in the first meeting between the squads this year.A previously scheduled match against the Golden Bears was cancelled because of rain.Cal has three ranked singles players — No. 16 Pedro Zerbini, No. 71 Christoffer Konigsfeldt,                                No. 116 Jonathan Dahan — and two ranked doubles teams — No. 23 Nick Andrews and Konigsfeldt and No. 26 Dahan and Zerbini.With back-to-back matches against the Bay Area schools, USC hopes to continue to build on the success they have had so far this season.“We have prepared the whole season for these matches,” Smith said. “This is all part of the process of getting us ready for NCAAs; I’m looking for our discipline and toughness to come out.”With all of the miles the Trojans have acquired traveling throughout the country, the team is glad to play in familiar surroundings.“We are happy to be coming home,” Smith said. “Looking forward to a good crowd at the Stanford and Cal matches this weekend.”last_img read more

Ryan eyeing progress in frontcourt, pleased with Jackson

first_imgWhen an entire frontcourt departs, a few aches and pains are expected to occur in the ensuing transition for any college basketball team.Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan held his weekly press conference Monday, two days after his Badgers turned out an 80-54 exhibition win over UW-Stevens Point. Ryan echoed similar sentiments from Saturday night, talking at length about the frontcourt’s need to improve its defense.“In the front line, we’re looking to replace, as I’ve said many times, the defensive read-and-reacts that the three guys that moved on this past year in the front line,” Ryan said, referring to Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz.And apparently the backcourt is a bit ahead of the curve.“That’s where we have a lot of work to do, to get our front line ready to be as advanced as maybe the guard positions defensively on how to read and react to … all the different ball screen reads,” Ryan said.Ryan placed junior Mike Bruesewitz, along with redshirt juniors Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren, in the starting lineup Saturday in the frontcourt. Together, they combined for 35 points and 11 rebounds.But on defense, however, the Pointers were able to execute. UWSP hit 17 of 24 shots inside the arc on the night, including 11 of 13 in the first half.In regard to Evans, specifically, Ryan suggested that while the 6-foot-6 forward gambled a few times on screens Saturday and was rewarded with three steals, there were times when the gamble failed and another man was left open for a layup.“If you get a lot of steals, it doesn’t mean that you’ve played great defense for a game,” Ryan said. “You don’t measure a defensive player just by steals.”Berggren, on the other hand, also needs to work on defending screens, preventing opponents from getting to the rim and forcing kick-out passes, according to Ryan.“He’s a little better this year, but we need him to get a lot better in the next month or two before we get into the Big Ten,” he said.Freshman Jackson earning timePlaying well defensively is a surefire way of earning time on the court in Ryan’s system, and one player clicking in that respect is freshman guard Traevon Jackson.Jackson’s 17 minutes on the floor against the Pointers was the seventh-highest mark on the team that night, and he was one of three underclassmen to play for 10 minutes or more. Sophomore guards Josh Gasser and Ben Brust both notched at least 25 minutes.According to Ryan, Jackson has been keen on defending screens well, and it has been his ticket onto the court.“The thing about defense is somebody might look good on the ball, but yet their help and their decision making on screens [are] not that good,” he said. “Traevon has developed very quickly and has adopted our reads a lot quicker than some of the other guys, and that’s why he’s got the potential to get more minutes.”A native of Westerville, Ohio, Jackson finished the night hitting two of four shots from the field, including one three-pointer, and grabbed two rebounds.Jackson is one of six freshmen on the Badgers’ roster, and as of Monday, Ryan said he still had not had any discussions with any players about a redshirt season. All 16 active members of the team made appearances on court Saturday.With Wisconsin’s regular season opener this Saturday against Kennesaw State at the Kohl Center, any decision to stay on the bench all season would have to come this week.“I haven’t even discussed it (with anyone),” Ryan said. “Again, it’s always on the player … It would have to be this week, a decision, if somebody wanted to.”last_img read more