Jan 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary authorities in Egypt today reported H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in two governorates, as Chinese officials beefed up their avian flu reporting system and took other measures to limit human exposure to the virus.Both of Egypt’s outbreaks involved backyard poultry, according to reports posted today on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The project, funded by the US Agency for International Development with assistance from Johns Hopkins University, is designed to help Egypt coordinate avian flu efforts with its international partners.One of the outbreaks involved 53 chickens, ducks, and geese in Reva village in Asyut governorate. The vaccination status of the birds is not known. Asyut governorate is located in the middle of Egypt on the banks of the Nile River.In the other outbreak, the virus struck 15 chickens, ducks, and geese in Seila Ezbet Edris village in Faiyum governorate. All of the birds had been vaccinated in 2008, the SAIDR report said. Faiyum governorate is in north-central Egypt, about 80 miles southwest of Cairo.Elsewhere, provincial officials in eastern China yesterday banned the raising of poultry in Shandong province’s cities to curb the transmission of the H5N1 virus to humans, Agence France-Presse reported. Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said the ban, which went into effect yesterday, follows the Jan 17 death of a 27-year-old woman from an H5N1 infection. She was from Jinan, Shandong’s capital.A statement from the World Health Organization on the woman’s death said investigators were still trying to determine the source of the woman’s infection.In other developments, China’s health ministry said today that it launched a daily avian influenza reporting system for humans and birds, according to a report from the Associated Press. The action follows four recent H5N1 cases in China, three of them fatal.The health, agriculture, and commerce ministries have ordered provincial departments to provide daily reports on infections, the AP report said. Daily reporting was also conducted during previous outbreaks of H5N1 and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).See also:Jan 19 WHO statement
MORE NEWS: Is this Australia’s cheapest mansion Marketing agent Eddie Wardale, of Kollosche, said it was a rare offering.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The home was built in the late 1990s,” he said.“It’s one of the iconic homes on Hedges Ave being that it has always been the yellow house on the corner.“(Mr Lukin) maintained the property and enjoyed using it as a holiday home.“The outlook to the beach is one of the best on Hedges.”Surrounded by tropical gardens with enviable views of the ocean, the house is the perfect escape.An open floorplan on the ground level offers a seamless flow from the dining room and kitchen through to a living area with a sandstone clad fireplace out onto an alfresco deck. It offers plenty of spots to kick back and relax. The property at 99 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, is the ultimate beach house.HEDGES Ave is home to some of the Gold Coast’s most impressive houses, but one in particular stands out from the crowd.The three-storey beachfront residence at No. 99 is known locally as the yellow house on the corner.For former weightlifting champion and South Australian tuna fisherman Dean Lukin, it has been a holiday home for almost six years.The 1984 Olympic super heavyweight gold medallist, who was out of the country and uncontactable, recently listed the three-storey Hamptons-style property with a $6.495 million price tag. It has an open floorplan with a large kitchen at its heart. Imagine waking up to ocean views every day. Check out that view. MORE NEWS: Half price sale on mansion Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 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 Rate1xFullscreenLuxury on millionaire’s row01:06 It’s well known in the community as “the yellow house on the corner”.A built-in barbecue and jacuzzi on the deck are ideal for entertaining.The main bedroom takes centre stage upstairs with a large ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and balcony overlooking the beach.There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, both of which have an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.A lift services all three levels, including the basement garage that can fit up to four cars.Mr Wardale said the house’s homely feel was particularly attractive among prospective buyers.“We’ve had a lot of interest in this first week,” he said.He didn’t expect the property to last long on the market.
…as City Hall defers vote on amended by-lawsIt is just a matter of formality before the metered parking system is reintroduced in the City of Georgetown, as City Hall is all set to vote to adopt the amended by-laws proposed by the Re-negotiation Committee.At Monday’s Statutory Meeting, Councillor Ivelaw Henry moved that the Standing Orders be suspended to deal with the urgent issue of voting and accepting amended by-laws, and it was after a highly emotional debate that the vote was deferred to April 4.Team Legacy’s Councillor Malcolm Ferreira, said he receive his copy of the 76-page amended by-laws sometime around 20:00hrs on Saturday. He highlighted that enough time was not provided for him to properly examine the document.“I feel we should have more time. Given the fact that the last by-laws were found null and void by the court of law in Guyana, I feel we should have been given more time to peruse this document and gain legal advice as it relates to parts of it; and I am doing so to protect the city from a recurrence of what happened previously,” Ferreira noted.Councillor Oscar ClarkeThe Councillor urged his colleagues to support a deferral, because of the time allotted prior to the discussion. He said the parking meter project has been a controversial one, hence the city could not afford for it to be scrapped once again.Responding to the assertion that the by-laws were thrown out by the court, Town Clerk Royston King related that the court ruled the process to be invalid, and not the by-laws.“This is the start of another process that will determine how this ends up, so can’t we take some time at this stage of the process to totally digest this document in front of us? I can’t pronounce on it right now. To vote yes would be unfair, to vote no would be unfair; so you are putting me in a position where I can’t vote on it,” Ferreira explained.However, Ferreira’s inability to toe the line did not seem to go down too well with former PNC General Secretary Oscar Clarke, who emphatically stated that installing parking meters is the legal right of the Council, and he went as far as saying that they will be implemented.“We are not going to move away from our legal responsibility. Under the law, we can initiate parking meters in Georgetown, and we will. No matter how many people you bring to gather and make noise outside, that doesn’t change the position of Council. Council has a right and Council will carry out that right,” Clarke said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Re-negotiating Committee, Akeem Peter, explained that the amendments are presented on a separate page, and that councillors should trust the recommendation of the committee.“I don’t know the motive behind asking for more time, but personally, thinking without emotion or without an ulterior motive…if the committee has submitted (the 6 pages of amendment) to you for your perusal/approval, then I believe that they should trust the judgment of the committee,” he noted.“I don’t see the need for an extension of time, (where) I see the need, is for councillors to take their jobs seriously, because this is a project that has been going on for a year now,” Peter advised.In the end, the Councillors were given the extension of time and would meet on April 4 at 14:00hrs to complete discussion and vote on the amendments.Following re-negotiation, SCS and the M&CC reached a new agreement under the controversial Parking Meter Project, which will now see persons paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city. Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00-19:00hrs Monday to Friday, while parking will be free on Saturdays.Under the modified contract, both parties have agreed to have an oversight committee set up to monitor, review, and manage the operation of the project. The committee is expected to have three representatives from City Hall, 3 from SCS, and one third party with the terms of reference for the committee expected to be agreed upon at a later date.The Committee’s report noted that during the renegotiations, the subject of share profit and contractual obligations were discussed and it was agreed to have it remain the same being the 20/80 M&CC-SCS for a period of 20 years. It was also disclosed that in the event of arbitration, the proceedings would be held in Miami, despite the jurisdiction being Guyana.