UN appeals for more aid for devastated Pakistan region

UN appeals for more aid for devastated Pakistan region

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, has sent out a plea for more aid for regions of Pakistan affected by this month’s devastating earthquake. He fears thousands could die if aid does not arrive soon.

The death toll from the earthquake is already feared to be at least 79,000.

“…Unlike some natural disasters, in which victims die immediately, the death toll in Pakistan is not over yet,” Annan says. “An estimated three million men, women and children are homeless. Many of them have no blankets or tents to protect them against the merciless Himalayan winter. That means a second, massive wave of death will happen if we do not step up our efforts now.

Helicopters and trucks are of the greatest need.

“The money to pay for those things has been lacking”, said Annan.”So far, we have received firm commitments for only 12 per cent of our appeal. That is $37 million US out of the $312 million that we need.”

During the massive relief effort for the Dec. 26 tsunami 80 percent of the appeal was filled in 10 days.

A major donor conference has been called for next week by Annan. He hopes it will help speed up aid.

“There are no excuses,” Annan also said. “If we are to show ourselves worthy of calling ourselves members of humankind, we must rise to this challenge.”

Emergency relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland said today that NATO needs to organize a massive air-lift if it wants to save lives.The evacuation needs to take place before winter sets in. The main taget would be small isolated villages.

NATO has been air-lifting in aid every day from it’s base in Germany. Another “air brigade” was added recently from Turkey.

The major airlift is needed “to get supplies in and people out,” Egeland told CBC News on Thursday.In order to shelter everyone who is homeless they need, “350,000 tents, which is a mind-boggling number, more than we know exist in the world, are needed…” “We have emptied all of our warehouses.”

Feeling the need to prevent the feared second wave of death, rescuers are in the process of making hard decisions. Aid workers have decided that, this weekend, the focus will switch from treating 87,000 injured to getting aid to the homeless.

“It’s a tough call but we have to face the fact that we’re going to save more lives by getting tents, shelter, food, and supplies up to the people who have nothing [rather] than continuing to bring the injured down,” said Capt. Edward Parsons, with the UN’s Humanitarian Relief Operation in Pakistan

Helicopters are “double tasking” in their trips to small villages. They drop off supplies then pick up the injured.However, the method is proving time-consuming, the need to speed up inward air-lifts is growing.

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WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergency

WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergency

Monday, August 11, 2014

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated the West African Ebola outbreak is now an international health emergency.

The current ongoing outbreak of Ebola is the deadliest since the disease was first reported in humans 40 years ago, with nearly 1,000 people reported to have been killed by the disease in this outbreak. So far three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria, have declared national emergencies in response to the outbreak, with cases also reported in Guinea. The latter country was reported to have closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia, but an official announcement later clarified they were taking medical precautions on border crossings.

Director-General of WHO Dr Margaret Chan appealed for an international response to the outbreak, calling it “the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak in the nearly four-decade history of this disease”. Reports say the comparatively underdeveloped medical infrastructure in the affected countries has hampered efforts to contain the spread of the virus, with Liberia’s health system particularly under-equipped for the pressure. Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said the health system in Liberia was “falling apart”. Health experts and aid workers from Europe and America are already working to help bring the outbreak under control, but MSF and WHO are now calling for more help.

The announcement by WHO has international law implications, and it is expected possible cases will not be allowed to leave the countries affected until it is confirmed they are clear of the virus, with the possibility of travel being denied from any region not meeting the WHO’s guidelines. WHO have also warned all nations should prepare to bring their own nationals back to home territory for treatment if infected by the virus, with cases already returned for treatment to the US and Spain.

WHO vaccine chief Jean-Marie Okwo Bele told [[Agence France-Presse|AFP] ]he expected a possible vaccine against Ebola to start clinical trials next month, stating: “Since this is an emergency, we can put emergency procedures in place […] so that we can have a vaccine available by 2015”. WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny admitted, however, to do so the bar set during the testing process would have to be lower, reflecting questions about the ethics of using comparatively untested drugs, and who they should be given to.

Meanwhile, restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the disease are reported to be causing problems among those affected in already impoverished areas. Liberia and Sierra Leone are both reported to have deployed soldiers to limit travel within these countries, with many residents reported to be worried about the effect on their trade and incomes. The Telegraph reported from interviews, there is also resistance to some measures in Liberia, where there is a strong stigma attached to the disease. This has led to many people refusing to report the deaths of family members and hand their bodies over for cremation. There have also been cases of violence towards those seeking to enforce government measures to limit the disease’s spread.

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Gps Asset Tracking Reduces Company Expenses

GPS Asset Tracking Reduces Company Expenses


James Valliere

Asset management is essential for companies with trailers and heavy equipment. Fitting them with GPS (global positioning systems) is one method of keeping track of company assets by tracking their places and controlling theft. GPS tracking helps companies with management of trailer shipping and usage of heavy equipment in various ways. This device is installed on the asset or vehicle and the business could access an automated database of data from their own dispatch office. Proper installation includes weather proofing the device which make them working efficiently in different weather conditions.

Heavy Equipment

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Location of equipment and usage such as generators, bulldozers, front end loaders and typical construction equipment is tracked by using a small device placed on the business machinery. Businesses could possibly get computerized updates on distance and use of engine hrs and could schedule maintenance as needed. Calculating activity of heavy equipment removes the need for a person to manually proceed to the area where the equipment is positioned and examine manual user logs and mileage. The business gets alerts for unexpected events, such as when the machines are fired up outside of working hrs or if the machines are moving when they shouldn\’t be. In case of robbery, the tracking device can be located quickly and easily via computer software for swift recovery.


Asset tracking involves putting a GPS device on trailers to observe their real time places. Satellites can determine the motion of trailers, regardless of what type they are. This avoids loss of products and the trailers them selves. A compact tracking device can also be attached with screws or heavy adhesive to roll-off railcars and containers. In the event one is not where it is supposed to be, the software can be quickly accessed by company dispatch or management and utilized to locate the missing asset. Refrigerated trailer tracking is also accessible with the GPS tracking device. It could track the interior temperature to make sure proper refrigeration of item. This is essential for food, perishables and hazardous material shipments.


There are other options as well, you can have GPS tracking systems that are on a for lease basis. They can be paid out in monthly installments via a contract using the fleet management business. The devices can also help companies spend less. By reducing the incidence of lost trailers, equipment and product through robbery and loss, the business will not have to replace these products as frequently. Several insurance companies also give anti-theft discounts on deductibles and/or premuims. Nearly a dozen declares have mandates allowing businesses to get discount rates when particular regulations are implemented. Additionally, when employees know they\’re being monitored, there is less down time, which increases productivity and improves efficiency on the job and saves the business money.

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Florida court blocks drug testing state workers

Florida court blocks drug testing state workers

Friday, April 27, 2012

The US state of Florida has repealed an order by the state’s governor to drug test all state employees and new hires to state agencies. The Miami federal court has said that the order is unconstitutional, violating the ban upon ‘unreasonable’ search and seizure.

Last year, Governor Rick Scott ordered 80,000 drug tests on state employees. He is a former health care executive and objects to the ruling against drug testing. “As I have repeatedly explained, I believe that drug testing state employees is a common sense means of ensuring a safe, efficient and productive workforce,” Scott said yesterday.

Howard Simon, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Florida, said, “The governor can’t order the state to search people’s bodily fluids for no reason.”

Governor Scott is also dealing with a drug testing-related lawsuit for recipients of welfare.

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Law center helps defend open source

Law center helps defend open source

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Eben Moglen, Columbia University Law Professor, will head the newSoftware Freedom Law Center (SFLC). An initial 4 million dollars has been provided by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to fund the project.

The law center will provide free legal service for open source projects and developers. In 2004 OSDL established a separate $10 million Linux Legal Defense Fund providing legal support for Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel creator and end user companies subjected to Linux-related litigation by the SCO Group. The new law center will not be affiliated with the OSDL.

“This is about taking care of the goose that laid the golden egg and not letting wolves come in the middle of the night and steal it away,” Moglen said during a press conference. “This is a legal firm not involved so much in litigating and defending as it will be for counseling and advising and nurturing non-profits and to prevent millions of dollars in litigation.”

Moglen will serve as chairman and director-counsel of the non-profit organization. Also on board as directors are: Lawrence Lessig, law professor at Stanford Law School; Daniel Weitzner, director of the World Wide Web Consortium‘s technology and society activities; and Diane Peters, general counsel at the OSDL. Daniel Ravicher, executive director of the Public Patent Foundation, will help manage as legal director.

Moglen, one of the world.s leading experts on copyright law as applied to software, will run the new Law Center from its headquarters in New York City. The Law Center will initially have two full-time intellectual property attorneys on staff and expects to expand to four attorneys later this year. Initial clients for the Law Center include the Free Software Foundation and the Samba Project.

Other services provided by the SFLC include: asset stewardship, to avoid intellectual property claim conflict; license review and compatibility analysis; legal consulting and lawyer training.

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Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak

Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak
This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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Feeding Puppies, Puppy Deworming And Health Care For Your Dog

Feeding Puppies, Puppy Deworming and Health Care for your Dog


Julia Bennet

As the holidays approach children make numerous requests to their parents for a puppy for Christmas and many of them oblige though not really having any idea of the care and responsibility involved. One of the perhaps easiest and common mistakes made in the care for puppies involves puppy de-worming and feeding puppies.

Feeding the newest edition in the family might seem easier than you think, as they appear to be great eating machines but feeding puppies people (via table) food is the worst thing you can do for your little companion. Puppies are like human babies, they have specific nutritional needs that can t be met with our food. Also considering that a lot of our food is highly processed making even more unsuitable for dogs. Also consider that certain foods, like chocolate, can make them very sick if not kill your puppy. There are numerous pet food products on the market that provides the proper nutritional feeding puppies. And just like us humans, portioning and frequency can create havoc on the newest member of the family. Puppies can grow into adult dogs that have become overweight; develop premature arthritis and joint problems; and even heart disease. Most puppies can get away with eating three times a day, just like us. Adult dogs, depending upon activity level, can get away with two meals a day. But this isn t the only thing that can affect your newest family member. Various worms can affect the absorption of nutrients for their health and well being.

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There are several worm varieties as well as parasites that can be transmitted from mother to offspring or acquired at any point thru infected grasses the dog comes in contact with. Some of these parasites develop into worms that not only feed on what the animal has ingested but also will feed on their organs, getting healthy at the expense of their host. Worms like the Whipworm, Hookworms, as well as the more commonly known Tapeworm and Roundworms (which can be a few feet long) work their way out past the intestines, into the bloodstreams and headed to other critical organs in the body eventually leading to death. Because portions of these worms maybe seen outside of the dog s body, it does not mean that they are completely gone. They are able to regenerate provided the head is still intact. Protozoan parasites like the Giardia and Coccidia which are single celled organisms can cause as much damage as the worms.

Although most breeders and pet stores make every attempt to provide the best of medical care for all the puppies in their care including de-worming, there is always a chance of them still having these parasites. Of course, there is no guarantee of this from puppy mills or private parties. Animal shelters, such as the Humane Society checks for and treats puppies and older dogs for worms. A simple procedure is used to check and treat for these parasites. As part of the annual vet visit, a check for any worms or parasites should be performed on your puppy or adult dog. This will pay off in the long run for the health of your companion.

The puppy place is your source for your health care questions. Remember your new puppy relies on you for its feeding and de-worming health care needs.

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Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre

Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre

Monday, August 27, 2012

London, England — As Paralympians ready for the Games which are set to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness center inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.

According to volunteers staffing the center, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the adjacent Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games conclude. Rooms have been structured as a gym, an auditorium, and science laboratories.

Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic venues. The newest equipment is oriented toward maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.

In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the likes of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.

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Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Five people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic, subsequently striking a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated,” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated that, “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and expressed her sympathy for the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45, police reported that the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38-year-old, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He has no prior history of psychological problems and there are no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, take place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.

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Move Your Super By Jamie Mc Intyre

By JamieMcIntyre

Australians have way too much of their superannuation tied up in the share market, and theyre following the unsound investment advice of buy and hold spruiked by financial sales people oops, sorry, financial planners.

This flawed strategy wiped out many baby boomers in the first Global Credit Crisis and its about to happen again.

Interestingly, Australians with more of their super in real estate have fared much better.

Australians simply have too much super weighted in shares.

Personally Im reallocating more of my super away from equities and into the following:

Australian land

Land appreciates faster than houses. Its a much safer, more secure investment (especially if you dont have to pay for it for a decade).

Plus by not having to pay for it for 7 to 12 years (by utilizing options) and then building a house on the land if you wish, this type of investing is a perfect way to hide from the financial storm thats coming.

Think about it. Theres no need to borrow money or pay holding costs, which can send you broke. Its leverage without the borrowing risks. And that means you can wait as long as you want.

Patience is a virtueand makes you rich when you have no borrowing costs.

US Property

Ive talked about this before however in a worse case scenario of the US economy going into a 10 year Japanese-like recession, US property will still be a phenomenal investment.

Listen; dont let the global uncertainty confuse you into thinking that the US property market shouldnt be exploited as much as possible especially whenever our dollar is above parity.

Being able to buy at rock bottom prices now (i.e. houses that were $250,000 for $80,000) with high rental returns will ensure most houses are paid off in 5 to 7 years.

And did you know rents are expected to rise further? Its true; the high amount of foreclosures is pushing former owners to become renters.

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Plus many of those former owners are happy to rent their house back and agree to rebuy from you later at a healthy profit.

Why would they want to do that? Its simple. They can still get their house back at fraction of what they paid for it. And in truth, theyre very grateful to have a second chance.

Many of these houses, even in a recession, will recover back towards at least replacement value when surplus US housing stock runs out.

But even if it somehow didntyou dont need capital growth in US Property to make a small (or large) fortune.

What about further price drops?

Its possible, but buying houses at $80,000 that were $250,000 in 2008Im more than comfortable that any price drop will be minimal.

Actually in some areas small price rises have occurred as foreign investors compete for bargains.

Rural Land

I saw the Asian Food Crisis coming 5 years ago. Now I see soft commodities booming even more and I predict Australian rural prices will boom in coming years.

Actually, heres something interesting: small farmland in the US has boomed in recent years while residential real estate has crumbled.

What About The Stock Market?

For some months now Ive been saying, hold back, because better buying opportunities will come up.

Now were starting to see some good buying opportunities. And you know what? There will be even better ones coming.

Be prepared to take advantage of the market, but dont be overweighted in equities. It will be volatile.

(Those who know how to insure shares and make money when the market drops would be having a field day recently!)

Forex & Eminis

The Australian dollar has been in a good pattern. Up to $1.10 then retracting 5 to 10 cents, then rising again.

Forex trading is only for the educated though. The same with Eminis.

If financially educated, these can be great boosters to your portfolio. But they shouldnt be your portfolio.

To be nicely balanced, Id have these more speculative strategies backed up with lower risk type strategies such as land and houses.

Gold and silver

10 years ago I told 21st Century Members to buy gold when it was around $200 an ounce.

I explained in my book What I Didnt Learn At School But Wish I Had, Americas debt based Federal Reserve System would crumble because they cant just keep printing money with no reserves.

I bet my members wish theyd bought more gold now

Id still buy gold and silver, even now. Mainly as a hedge, not so much as an investment even though theres still immense profit potential available.

In fact Im trying to go one better and trade some assets for a nice slice of a silver mine ASX listed company to dig it up rather than just buy it.

Renting shares and selling insurance

These cash-flow type strategies can be very effective. The key is doing it over quality assets that have long-term inherent value.

For example: using the Warren Buffett stock selection criteria I modelled off arguably the worlds greatest investor.

Leave this part out of the recipe and youre messing with the strategy.

Remember crisis is opportunity.

Now is the time to be increasing your financial education, to take advantage of the volatile times heading our way.

Panic or profit. Everyone has a choice.

For free educational resources on many of these strategies check out these links:

US Property http://www.21stcenturyusproperty.com

Scholarships http://www.21stcenturyscholarships.com.au

Warren Buffett Strategy http://www.wealthdvdoffer.com

Share Renting http://www.21stcenturysharerenting.com

Selling Insurance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eGsEROSccQ

See Sir Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, Eddie McGuire, Myself, and a world-class line up of internationally renowned speakers at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit.

Move Your Super by Jamie McIntyre

Jamie McIntrye

CEO of 21st Century Education

Jamie McIntyre is an authorised representative of Romad Financial Services Pty Ltd (AFSL No 238 032). Jamie is RG 146 compliant in the areas of derivatives, securities and managed investment products. He is currently authorised to provide general advice and dealing services in Derivatives, Deposit Products, Managed Investments and Securities (ASIC No. 321 315).

About the Author: Jamie McIntyre is the founder of the 21st Century Group of companies and CEO of 21st Century Education. He is also author of the bestselling book What I Didnt Learn At School But Wish I Had, successful entrepreneur, investor, sought after success coach and speaker




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