See also: Congolese officials have had to send patient samples abroad for diagnosis, but workers are erecting two mobile laboratories in Kasai Occidental to permit local diagnostic testing, according to a Reuters report published today. Salvi told Reuters that the labs, supplied by the United States and Canada, could be operating by tomorrow. Chaib said the number of patients admitted to health centers and hospitals is slowly declining, according to the Reuters report. Sep 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Eight more cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total to 17, according to news services. About 400 people have been ill and more than 170 have died in the DRC outbreak, which began in April, according to reports. WHO officials said previously that the situation has been complicated by reports of cases of typhoid and Shigella dysenteriae type 1. Ebola cases in the outbreak were first confirmed on Sep 10. The cases were confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said in Geneva, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. She said 6 of the 17 Ebola patients have died. Sep 21 CIDRAP News story “Ebola outbreak in Congo still growing” The CDC tests also identified seven cases of typhoid fever and one of Shigella infection, Chaib said. Ebola is a highly contagious virus that is lethal in about 50% to 90% of cases. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the CDC. Some patients have both internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Ebola was first recognized as a distinct disease when it emerged in the DRC (then called Zaire) in 1976. The country also had outbreaks in 1995 and 1999. The eight new cases were all from the DRC’s Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province, where the previous cases were found, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The eight people were among 42 whose samples were tested by the CDC, WHO spokeswoman Christiana Salvi told AFP.
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Her call for changes to trustee boards follows on from Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank recently arguing that both diversity of members and dissenting views were important on boards. Winch also criticised that many asset owners only paid lip service to the benefits of long-term investing, and said very few had “actually defined how long they are talking about”.She was echoing comments made by fellow panellist Matthew Kiernan, chief executive of Inflection Point Capital Management, who said it was “easy to come up with a compelling case for long-termism”, but that this did not necessarily translate into action.“The reality on the ground is that there is an acute shortage in intellectual and organisational courage – that’s what’s in short supply,” he said.“In the context of the highly intermediated value chain we all live in, it is exceptionally difficult to pursue a long-term approach, despite its manifest advantages.” The make-up of trustee boards should change to ensure trustees can be “courageous” and invest for the long term, the head of research at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has argued.Helene Winch, who prior to joining the PRI was head of policy at the BT Pension Scheme, also said there was a need to increase the number of women trustees and called for a reduction of those drawn from the population of retired workers.Speaking at the RI Europe conference in London, Winch underlined the importance of trustees understanding their fiduciary duties.But she added: “We need our trustees to actually be brave when they are making their investment decisions and think outside the box. And maybe we need to reorganise the way trustees work, have a few more women, a few more non-retired people in that industry who are really driving forward investment decisions.” read more
Following the report’s recommendations, the Ministry said there would not be a product-based exclusion policy, meaning no direct impact on the fund’s fossil fuel company holdings.The fund holds large equity holdings in oil companies, with oil and gas accounting for more than 8% of its equity holdings at the end of September 2014.“The government agrees with the professional assessment of the expert group that ethically motivated exclusion of all coal and petroleum companies based on their products would not be appropriate,” the Ministry said.Minister of finance Siv Jensen said she had taken note of the report’s view and agreed using the oil fund as a policy tool on climate change was inappropriate.“The measures introduced are premised on the broad consensus concerning the role of the fund as an investor, which has facilitated the robust long-term management of our savings,” she said.However, the government will ask Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the fund’s asset manager, to review the risk in portfolio holdings where coal extraction, power generation or coal-based energy represented a large part of the business.This will be alongside its policy, as set by the Ministry, of taking climate issues into the general risk assessment of portfolio companies.Sony Kapoor, a critic of the GPFG’s investment strategy and managing director of think tank Re-Define, said the policy would not lead to any “earth-shattering” divestments.He said the new criteria-based policy could see divestments of around 1-2% of the fund’s equity holdings but that these would be the obvious and worst offenders.“The policy fundamentally ignores the sound financial management [of divestment from fossil fuels],” Kapoor said.He said the fund’s policy to hold such an exposure to oil and gas while revenues were also generated from oil sales was “financially illiterate” and that the GPFG has missed an opportunity to make a strong statement on climate change as a leading global investor.Kapoor also dismissed statements from the GPFG over the strengthening of its engagement policy, suggesting the fund had a poor record on engagement generally.When the report backing this policy was published in December 2014, it said engaging with firms would see the fund actively manage the climate change-related risk exposures.The report committee, chaired by economist Martin Skancke, chairman of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, urged NBIM to engage with regulators and standard-setters.Yngve Slyngstad, head of NBIM, has previously said more rationality was needed in the sustainable investment debate, with data underpinning investment decisions, and ethics left to the politicians.The oil fund returned 7.6% over 2014, with strong returns from its property portfolio protecting a slump in revenues due to a crash in the oil price. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is to introduce a criteria-based exclusion policy to divest from companies that make an “unacceptable” contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, the government has announced.Adopting the recommendations of a report and consultation, the Norwegian Finance Ministry said the exclusion policy would work alongside a strengthening of its engagement.The NOK6.4trn (€706bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) will introduce a “conduct-based exclusion criterion” that looks at the acts and emissions of a company that consist of greenhouse gases, divesting when it becomes unacceptable.“The criterion is broad in scope,” the Ministry said, “and not limited to specific sectors or types of greenhouse gases. It will also accommodate norm changes within this field over time.” read more
The resource statement highlighted 2C contingent gas resource of 150 Bcf as well as P50 unrisked prospective gas resource of 1.226 Tcf. Also, an independent resource statement was completed for the Judith gas field was completed on 11 July 2019. The Judith field is located inEmperor Energy’s 100 per cent owned VIC/P47 permit in the offshore GippslandBasin. Emperor said on Tuesday that the pre-FEED study would consist of several tasks, one of them is a design for a gas processing plant which would operate adjacent to and in parallel with the existing Orbost Gas Processing Plant owned by APA. The study will also include conceptdesign for a 40-kilometre subsea pipeline from Judith to a shoreline crossing, adesign for an export pipeline to the Eastern Gas Pipeline located to the northof the Orbost Gas Plant, and refinement of indicative project cost estimatesand project scheduling. The company added that the pre-FEEDstudy is scheduled to begin in July 2020 requiring four months to complete. APAwill carry out the work using a combination of in house and external expertise. The pre-FEED Agreement is the first binding agreement progressing from the MOU. As far as previous cooperation between the two companies on the project, Emperor and APA established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) relating to the Judith gas project in October 2019. It is worth noting that thedesign basis for the pre-FEED is 80mmscf/d of sales gas across a 25-yearproject life. Emperor Energy and Australia’s largest gas infrastructure company APA Group have entered into a binding agreement to progress with the pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED) for the provision of midstream infrastructure and services related to potentially produced gas from the Judith offshore gas field. Location of Judith gas field; Source: Emperor read more
But according to Castles, there is pressure on Barca chiefs from inside the dressing room to stump up the money to bring back the 27-year-old. Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles explained that both Messi and Suarez want him back, as they did last summer. He said: “There’s pressure on them to sign Neymar internally. In the camp, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez would like to see him come back. read also:Ex-Egypt coach: I urged Salah to study Messi “They pushed for that move last summer.” According to Guillem Balague, Neymar had a deal with Barcelona last summer which ensured his return to the Nou Camp, and he will push for a move again this summer. Balague said: “PSG are not opening the doors to Neymar. “Neymar had a deal with Barcelona last season because Barcelona didn’t do enough to get him but they said we will try this summer, 2020. “Neymar would like Barcelona to do that, to actually go for him. “Very, very – I’m not saying impossible because in football there are many surprises – but very unlikely.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been putting pressure on Barcelona chiefs to make another run at signing Neymar in the upcoming summer transfer window. That’s according to transfer expert Duncan Castles, who believes Barca’s top stars want the Paris Saint-Germain megastar to return once the window opens. Neymar has reportedly told his PSG team-mates that he wants a return to Barcelona. And now, his old strike partners from the Nou Camp have played their part in the Brazilian’s future. According to Castles, Messi and Suarez have both been pushing Barca chiefs to pull the trigger on a bid. PSG have told Barca it will take a bid of at least £155million in cash in order for them to part ways with their record signing. The La Liga leaders were desperate to sign him last summer, but failed to agree terms with PSG. Barca wanted to exchange players for Neymar in order to keep the price tag down, but the Parisiens had no interest and wanted the cash up front. Ahead of the upcoming window, Barca will again want to spend less on transfers and will offer up players in return. Loading… read more
RelatedPosts Gunmen invade relaxation spot in Kogi, kill one, injure many Visa Ban: Kogi Government petitions US Flood sacks over 70 communities in Kogi, displaces over 50,000 The Kogi Director of Sports, Sunday Daku, has assured the state contingent at the ongoing 2019 5th National Youth Games of the state’s readiness in building and supporting their discovered talented athletes in the various sports. Daku gave the assurance after the state’s representative in Judo, ThankGod John, was presented with the silver medal he won in the 36kg category fight. The director, apparently impressed by the performance of the state contingent so far, said that many of the athletes were just participating in the Games for the first time. Daku, who wasn’t surprised about the araes of talents playing for the state and for other states, noted that “we are putting up measures to enable us bring back our athletes featuring for other states. He said: “We shall also provide them with all necessary support and as well incorporate them into the state sports system.” While pleading with politicians, corporate bodies and well to do individuals to support grassroots sports in the state, he urged all athletes at the ongoing Games to be disciplined and give their best. Daku also assured that the sports council, in partnership with the sports ministry, will look out to develop other sports, so as to enable the state stand a chance in fully competing and winning more medals from competitions.Tags: 5th NYGKogi StateSunday Daku read more
Southampton: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has praised Jos Buttler who played a match-winning knock of 110* which came off just 55 balls in the second ODI of the five-match series which England won here in Southampton. On Saturday, Buttler smashed six fours and nine sixes in the span of just 66 minutes, and helped England post gigantic 373/3 in their 50 overs. In reply, Pakistan’s batsmen responded encouragingly. However, they could not cross the finishing line and fell short by 12 runs. “I don’t know how you bowl to him,” Arthur said after the match. “I’ve just asked the bowlers the same thing and they didn’t have an answer either. But I don’t think we’re going to stop him, so we’ve got to try to get him out,” he added.Buttler has five of the 10 fastest ODI centuries by an England batsman, having struck a 60-ball ton on his way to 150 against West Indies in Grenada in February.England skipper Eoin Morgan, who shared an unbeaten 162-run stand with Buttler, was all praise for the latter and said he was the difference between the two sides. “He seems to have a gear that not many of us have. I certainly don’t have it, but it’s great to watch,” Morgan said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS read more
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Sri Lanka cricket team, lead by veteran pacer Lasith Malinga, arrived in Guwahati this afternoon to play the T20I Series against India. The three-match series will kick off at the ACA stadium, Barsapara on January 5. The match would be followed by two more games- Indore (January 7) and Pune (January 10).Last time Sri Lanka visited Guwahati was in 1997 to play an ODI which was held at the Nehru Stadium. India won the tie by seven wickets.Assam had witnessed widespread protests against the CAA in the last month. However the situation is now normal but still there is no compromise with the security of player’s and match-officials. A huge security arrangement was made at the airport and also at the road which was used to take the bus of Sri Lanka cricket team to the hotel.Earlier, talking to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board website just before the team’s departure from Colombo, captain Lasith Malinga today said that his first plan is to win the series and for that bowlers have to play crucial role.“Our first plan is to win the series and bowlers can play a very crucial role here. In this format, whether it is IPL or Big Bash, it is bowlers who can win matches. During this tour I want to give my bowlers an opportunity to further develop.” said captain.He further added: “Our focus will now be on the forthcoming T20I World Cup. We don’t have too much time. We want to introduce new and talented players in the series and give them some time. ”It may be mentioned here that the next T20I World Cup Cricket will be held in Australia in October.Meanwhile players of Indian cricket team will arrive in Guwahati by several batches tomorrow. Guwahati will host the first match of the series and the members of Team India will assemble here from their home town.Captain Virat Kohli along with head coach Ravi Shastri will arrive in same flight from Mumbai with KL Rahul in the afternoon. Ravindra Jadeja will be the last man to land in the city. He too will fly from Mumbai and is expected to reach Guwahati at 8 PM. Team India likely to have an optional training session while the Lankans will not take any practice session tomorrow.Also Read: T20I series: Sri Lankan team to arrive today in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Anti-CAA protest: Bhakat Vaishnavites of Pithakhuwa Bor Namghar held procession in West Tezpur read more
The Daily Trojan was recognized for 10 awards at the California College Media Association awards ceremony Saturday night at San Jose State.The CCMA awarded college publications that showed excellence in the print, online, advertising and magazine categories. Judges noted the paper for having articles that were thought-provoking, well-executed and examples of solid reporting.The following students received awards for their contribution to the Daily Trojan:First place, “Best Back to School or Orientation Issue,” Christina Ellis and the Fall 2012 Editorial Board.Second place, “Best Use of Social Media,” Chloe Stepney for her coverage of the off-campus shooting on Raymond Avenue.Second place, “Best Overall Design” by Kate Mock and Christina EllisFirst place, “Best Cartoon,” Robert Calcagno for his artwork on the piece, “Is Romney’s economic policy the best for future generations?”Third place, “Best Photo Series,” Carlo Acenas for his campus reaction piece.First place, “Best Sports Column,” Joey Kaufman for his commentary on the campus “Arrogant Nation” movement.First place, “Best Sports Story,” Joey Kaufman for his story on Lane and Monte Kiffin.Second place, “Best Arts and Entertainment Column/Criticism,” Louis Lucero II for his story, “TV programs exclude middlebrow audience.”First place, “Best Personal Opinion Column,” Francesca Bessey for her article regarding USC’s open-campus policy.First place, “Best Breaking News Story,” Chloe Stepney and Melissa Caskey for their coverage of two graduate students who were shot dead.The full list of winners can be viewed on the CCMA website. read more