Avian flu blamed in another Indonesian death

first_imgMay 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian man whose death was attributed to H5N1 avian influenza will bring Indonesia’s death toll from the virus to 25, if his case is confirmed outside the country.The man reportedly had come into contact with his neighbor’s infected chickens in Tangerang, 25 miles west of Jakarta, according to a CNN.com story on Apr 28.Samples from the man tested positive for H5N1 in an Indonesian laboratory, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Confirmatory testing is under way at a World Health Organization (WHO) reference lab in Hong Kong.The WHO has confirmed 32 human cases, with 24 deaths, from H5N1 in Indonesia.Elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal Asia said on Apr 27 that local health officials in China had failed to report possible human cases of avian flu to the central government, according to an Apr 29 Reuters report. The same issue has been raised elsewhere.But the Chinese government denied the allegation. “The release of information has been timely, open and transparent,” Health Ministry spokesman Mao Qun’an told Reuters.In addition, Chinese officials involved with tracking and stemming the spread of the virus among birds have established a quarantine zone in the Qinghai region in north-central China, according to BBC News online. A wild goose found dead in the region tested positive for H5N1.The virus so far has not been found in domestic poultry around Qinghai, according to an AP story today.The region is a major stopover point for migratory birds, and thousands of migratory birds died in an H5N1 outbreak at the Qinghai Lake wildlife sanctuary last year. The H5N1 virus later found in two people in Turkey was virtually identical to bird samples obtained in Qinghai, according to a statement in the AP story attributed to the WHO.last_img read more

Dutch insurer seeks global commodities ideas via IPE Quest [updated]

first_imgThere is no specified benchmark and the investor is open to considering risk premia strategies, CTA strategies, illiquid assets, and farmland investments.Interested parties have until 8 February at 5pm UK time to submit strategies.Other open searches on IPE Quest include a Swiss pension fund seeking managers for a $4bn (€3.5bn) (QN-2506, deadline 11 February). The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.This article was updated on 7 February after more information was provided by the investor. A Dutch insurance company has put out feelers for a global commodities strategy via IPE Quest’s Discovery service.According to DS-2507, the investor is preparing to allocate at least €100m, to be invested either actively or passively in listed and unlisted assets.The insurer is open to a segregated mandate or a pooled fund, using physical or futures-based strategies.In an update to the tender published on 7 February, the investor stated that its main investment objectives would “probably be diversification/low correlation, and/or inflation linked”.last_img read more

Writing class bands together to help the homeless

first_imgFor the last eight years, Mark Marino, an associate professor of writing, has successfully incorporated service in his course curriculum. This semester, his WRIT 340 course, “Advanced Writing for Social Sciences,” will be building an urban garden for a homeless shelter called Pathways to Home.“I started using service projects in 2008, when one of my summer classes created a website called SOS Classroom to help counteract LAUSD’s decision to cancel summer school,” Marino said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I was inspired by the model of [fellow WRIT 340 professors] John Murray and Stephanie Bower, who teach a service learning writing course that involves creating video profiles of and with area nonprofits.”Juhee Shah, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development, is one of the students in Marino’s class this semester and discussed how the class collectively came to the conclusion to tackle homelessness.“In addition to our papers, we had to write wall posts on topics we are passionate about,” Shah said. “Eventually, our class compiled all the different causes, and the one we were unanimously interested in was the homeless population.”According to Shah, the class was inspired by Ted Talk speaker Ron Finley to create the garden.“Ron Finley is a ‘guerilla gardener’ who plants vegetable gardens in South Central L.A.,” Shah said. “He has grown a nourishing food culture by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating, and we wanted to follow his lead.”The class has already started making preparations for the service project, and the tentative date to visit the shelter and begin planting is April 19.Sareen Palassian, a senior double majoring in international relations and French and a copy editor for the Daily Trojan, is in charge of researching plants and figuring out the best crops to grow in the garden.“Basically, our professor lets us pick our own role so we can each take ownership of the project,” Palassian said. “My job is to research plants and put together an ultimate caretaking guidebook for those at the shelter.”Palassian explained that she tried to select plants that don’t take up too much water.“Most vegetables require a lot of water in general, but we wanted to be as compatible as possible for an urban environment like L.A. that doesn’t necessarily have many resources,” Palassian said. “We ended up choosing late spring and early summer crops such as green beans, bell peppers and squash.”Palassian and her class have already started the urban farming process by planting the seeds in small egg cartons so they can sprout.“When it’s time to go to Pathways to Home, we’ll take the seedlings out and move them into a large planter,” Palassian said. “We want this to be a sustainable project so that after we leave, others can come in and continue the process.”Both Shah and Palassian have appreciated the element of service in their WRIT 340 class this semester. Shah appreciated how the project has brought the class closer together.“As a class, it has brought us closer together,” Shah said. “We all know each other quite well now, and that doesn’t happen a lot in [General Education] courses.”On the other hand, Palassian is happy that the class is doing something to contribute to the surrounding community.“This is the first time I’ve done something off campus with a class, which is pretty necessary when you go to a school like USC,” Palassian said. “We have a reputation for being closed off and isolated within L.A., so I think it’s great that we are getting more in touch with the outside community.”last_img read more