18 Nov

Indonesia says 2 more avian flu cases confirmed

first_imgDec 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s human death toll from H5N1 avian influenza rose to 11 today with the report that tests have confirmed that a man and a boy who died last week had the virus.Samples from a 39-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy tested positive at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Hariyadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health ministry, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. The CDC tests confirmed earlier test results in Indonesia.Their cases are the 15th and 16th reported as confirmed in Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet included the cases in its online tally at this writing. The WHO’s overall count currently stands at 139 cases with 71 deaths in the past 2 years.The two victims lived in different sections of Jakarta, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died Dec 13, and the boy died Dec 15, according to AFP.The Bloomberg report said the man had had no known contact with sick birds before he died, while the boy lived not far from a market where pet birds are sold.The story said community groups, soldiers, and student volunteers began a door-to-door campaign in Jakarta today to find and destroy sick birds in houses and backyards.last_img read more

20 Oct

Cala may go private

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6 Oct

An Aussie expat was the successful buyer of this Chelmer home which drew international attention

first_img94 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer. Supplied: Diakrit“The home had generated a lot of interest due to its aspirational position on what’s broadly accepted as Brisbane’s best street,’’ Mr Robson said.“Currently living in France, the buyer is Australian and moving back to Brisbane with his French wife and young child after an extended time working internationally.’’ 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerIt sold under the hammer for $2,675,000. The 1916 Queenslander was owned by a couple who were running their medical practice in Emerald so were unable to be on site on the day.The buyer was also absent. Being based overseas his brother attended and relayed the auction on the telephone.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerAN Aussie expat on the phone from France was the successful bidder for a classic Queenslander in Chelmer which sold under the hammer for $2.675 million.More than 100 people turned out to watch the auction of 94 Laurel Ave, known as Wyndamere in front of a crowd of more than 100 people. 94 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“He’s excited to come home and be with his extended family once more.’’The home retained many of its traditional features including VJ walls, high ceilings, timber floors and original windows.It had five bedrooms, a central kitchen and large decks. 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerThe home was marketed by Brad Robson and Peter May of Place Graceville.Mr Robson said there had been strong interest from overseas based buyers in the house.There were 72 groups through during the campaign, five were international buyers, seven were from interstate and the remaining were from all over Brisbane.last_img read more

29 Sep

Philips scheme replaces Aon Hewitt with PGGM as admin provider

first_imgThe €17bn Dutch pension fund of electronics giant Philips is to replace its pensions provider Aon Hewitt with PGGM as of 1 January 2016.In addition to pensions administration management, the new provider will also be tasked with policy and board support, according to PGGM, provider for the €156bn healthcare scheme PFZW.The current 10-year contract with Aon Hewitt is to expire at the end of 2015, the Philips Pensioenfonds said.PGGM indicated that the decision of the “leading” Philips Pensioenfonds was an important development in its multi-client strategy in the Dutch pensions market. Currently, PGGM provides various services to the industry-wide schemes for painters and decorators (Schilders), architects and private security (PPB), as well as the occupational scheme for doctors (SPH).In a joint venture with Rabobank, PGGM also carries out the administration of a defined contribution vehicle (PPI) for small and average-sized companies.A spokesman for PGGM said the new contract with the Philips scheme had been concluded for a five-year period.Jeroen de Munnik, institutional business chief at PGGM, said: “The combination of the company scheme that is known for its innovative approach and our expertise and experience on pensions management and board and policy support will create an excellent cooperation.”Jasper Kemme, chief executive at the Philips Pensioenfonds, said that, during the selection process, PGGM had shown itself to be a “very skilful and customer-friendly organisation”.At September-end, the scheme had 102,640 participants in total, including 14,175 employees and 57,320 pensioners.PGGM carries out the administration for 2.6m participants.BlackRock has been the pension fund’s asset manager since 2005.The management of the scheme’s indirect non-listed property was placed with BlackRock in 2013.A spokeswoman for the pension fund said the scheme’s contract with BlackRock had been concluded for an indefinite period.Aon Hewitt was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

29 Sep

UK roundup: The Pensions Regulator, Transparency Taskforce

first_imgA poll of UK company secretaries has shown support for strengthening The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) powers to block takeovers to protect pensions.In the poll, carried out by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership, 64% of company secretaries surveyed said they were in favour of this, with only 15% opposed to the idea, and 21% undecided.Simon Osborne, chief executive at the ICSA: The Governance Institute, said: “With FTSE 100 pension deficits soaring in the last year and the BHS pension debacle still fresh in people’s minds, it is little wonder we are seeing calls for more powers to be handed to The Pensions Regulator.”However, he said the organisation itself would advise some caution, arguing that it would stifle corporate transactions if pension members had the ability to block all deals. This, in turn, would drive investment out of the UK at a time when it was much needed, he said.“It might be more sensible to ensure there are robust safeguarding provisions in place in any takeover agreement so the TPR can ensure pensions’ interests are adequately protected,” Osborne said.The poll also puts more responsibility on directors to look after a company’s pension fund.Some 55% of respondents said directors’ duties should be expanded to include a specific duty of care for a company’s pension fund, while 14% were uncertain about this, and 31% opposed.The acronym ICSA stems stems from the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators, out of which the current form of the organisation has grown.In other news, the Transparency Taskforce – an organisation campaigning for greater transparency in financial services around the world – is proposing to call on the Work & Pensions Select Committee to open an inquiry into pension charges.Andy Agathangelou, founding chair of the organisation, said: “I can’t think of anything better for the cause of wanting greater transparency in the UK’s pensions and investment system, particularly in relation to costs and charges, than if the Work & Pensions Committee were to open an inquiry into the matter.”He said he thought the public interest in such an inquiry would be enough to warrant the time, effort and expense involved, and it would represent a very good use of government resources.“I say this because a 20 year old, saving £100 per month into a pension until age 65, will lose 24.6% of the value of the fund in charges if the total charges amount to 1% per annum, and the gross market return is 5% per annum,” he said.At 2% a year, total charges for the pension saver would amount to 42.55% of the value of such a fund, he said.Agathangelou said he would write an open letter to the chair of the Work & Pensions Committee, asking his committee to think about opening an inquiry.last_img read more

28 Sep

Spa grotto adds glitz to family home

first_imgThe fire pit and pizza oven area overlooks the swimming pool. Picture: supplied.The master suite includes a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite featuring double basins and a double shower with four shower heads. The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a media room, children’s retreat, family bathroom and laundry.The property comes with a 16x10m shed with power and plumbing, raised veggie gardens, fruit trees, a chicken coop and a children’s playground. The home is on the market for offers on the $900,000s through Mary-Jane Matthews of Ray White Burpengary. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The home at 9 Farry Road, Burpengary East, features open-plan living flowing out to the rear entertaining areas. Picture: supplied.“We think it’s the focal point of the home. It’s where we love to unwind and the children still haven’t lost interest in it,” Mrs Robertson said. The couple were inspired to install the showstopper pool after seeing a post on social media. “We went to school with the guy who does the rockscapes and we saw one of his designs pop up on Facebook,” Mrs Robertson said. “We got him and his dad out to see what they could do — he runs Structural Rockscapes and his dad runs Gumnut Pools Noosa.” Shabby beach shack draws in mega bucks The spa cave (right) was created in the custom pool area which includes tropical landscaping, rockscapes and a beach entry.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The father-son duo created a magnesium pool with 12m long beach entry and an eight-seater spa inside a rock cave with waterfall. “Both kids and adults absolutely love it,” Mrs Robertson said. “It was the best thing we ever did. We’ve had some huge parties here and everyone is in it.”The pool area includes tropical landscaping and a gazebo, and there is a fire pit area with pizza oven and a covered patio overlooking the pool. Inside, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the patio. The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The spa cave comes with its own waterfall. Picture: supplied.An acreage home with a spa cave reminiscent of the Playboy Mansion’s famous grotto, though a lot more family-friendly, has hit the market to the north of Brisbane. Owners Shannon and Blake Robertson built a spacious four-bedroom home on their 3,300sq m block at 9 Farry Rd, Burpengary East with their two children and pet dogs in mind. But the swimming pool with beach entry and spa grotto ended up being the highlight of the property. Living a life of luxury in a unit MORE: Tennis ace the new Thor neighbourlast_img read more

27 Sep

The tree that has forced elders to abstain from Sex in…

first_imgSome elders of one of Kenya’s tribes the  Agikuyu’  will abstain from sex  for nine days as they prepare for a ceremony to cleanse the tree which is considered to be very sacred by the community.The tree lost  one of its branches in a strong wind on Tuesday. To some it was just wood like any and so they decided to use it as timber , but the elders of the community are angered by the act of using the Mugumo tree for timber.They say the Branch that broke off on Tuesday should have been left alone to be eaten by ants and never used as timber or at least the elders should have been called to pray.Part of the trees’ branch that was being turned into timber The elders told Kenya’s Citizen TV that the tree is angry and that prayers would have at least stopped the tree from falling down.Harisson Waithaka one who was among the elders at the scene of the incident said, ”This tree was cut at the top and so it is angry. Those who were present when the branch broke off should have called the elders so that we pray for the tree to stop it’s branches from breaking off. ”Another elder said,” only old barren women can use the Mugumo as a firewood, nobody else. If a branch falls off it should be left alone to be eaten by Ants. ”The elders slaughtered a Sheep as one way to cleanse the tree and the next step is that they will have to abstain from Sex for nine days to give enough time  to find out if the tree is used for prayers or not.Are there sacred trees in your community?The big fig tree known as Mugumo The Mugumo tree is over 200 years old.center_img Often associated with the identity of the Gikuyu culture in Kenya, Mugumo trees are known for their size, strength and power. Gikuyu is one of Kenya’s many tribes.Mugumo Trees are also said to be the trees of Ngai, or the one God, who chose Mugumo trees as places to inhabit when descending from heaven to commune with the Gikuyu people as a section of the Gikuyu people believe.The Mugumos were (and often still are) sanctuaries where spiritual rituals were conducted and where people brought gifts and food for Ngai.Such trees are sometimes compared with church buildings as places where people can go to pray and invite Ngai, the owner and source of life, to bless their families and communities with “peace, abundant food, fertile women, healthy children and cattle”, according to Karangi .Mugumo is an evergreen and a type of fig, whose wood is unusable for lumber or firewood. The tree can grow as tall as 90 metres, or 295 feet, in forest or savannah and is invaluable in conserving soil moisture and increasing soil fertility.The Gikuyu people still use Mugumos for medicine, fruit, rain catchment, boundary markers, sanctuaries, fodder for cattle – especially during drought – and to hang beehives . In the past, the people would build rafts high in the branches as places of refuge from invading tribes, in particular the Maasai.Because of a current Gikuyu emphasis on Christianity, Mugumos are the center of rituals less often than they once were for circumcision, fertility, to ask for blessings and rain, and for the changing of a traditional government from one ruling generation to the next .Still, Karangi found during his fieldwork that the people continue to use their myths and songs as part of their cosmology, and key in their ‘religio-philosophical world’ is the Mugumo.  There exists “a strong association between Christian and Mugumo prayers and rituals”.last_img read more

20 Sep

McIlroy talks up Masters chances

first_img But he bounced back to win his first major title by eight shots in the US Open two months later, before adding wins in the 2012 US PGA and both the Open and US PGA last year. “I think it was the most important day of my career,” he added. “If I hadn’t had the whole unravelling and say I just made a couple of bogeys coming down the stretch and lost by one, I might not have learnt as much. “But for it all to come apart how it did I learnt an awful lot. I learnt so much about myself and my game and what I needed to do differently the next time I was in that position. “Luckily it didn’t take me long to get into a position like that again where I was leading a major and we know how that one played out. I was able to get over the line pretty comfortably.” McIlroy’s extraordinary success last year came despite the distractions of calling off his wedding to Caroline Wozniacki and a legal dispute with his former management company which cost him millions of pounds when it was finally settled in February. And he hopes he can again use the golf course as his “sanctuary” from the pressure and hype surrounding Augusta. “The golf course was my sanctuary, it was where I could get away from everything and just not have to think about it for the four or five hours that I am out there and it helped. It really did,” he added. “I was looking forward to getting to the course and playing and practising and I think it will be the same at Augusta because there will be so much hype and build up and talk about what could happen. “I know I won’t be able to wait until Thursday morning or afternoon and just get on the golf course and play golf. There is only so much you can talk about it and then you have to go out and try and play.” Rory McIlroy believes it is “unthinkable” that he will not win the Masters at some point to complete the career grand slam. And the world number one has revealed how his final-round collapse at Augusta National in 2011 was the most important day of his career. McIlroy is looking to claim his first green jacket and become just the sixth player to win all four major titles after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. “For me now it’s a career-long goal to win there to achieve something that only a handful of players have ever achieved,” the 25-year-old said in an interview with BBC Northern Ireland. “There’s something special I can achieve going into Augusta this year. You are a complete player if you can win every major because they are on different golf courses, different tests, different conditions. Not many guys have done it in history so to put my name there would be awesome. It would just be incredible. “You feel the sense of what can be achieved but I can’t think about that too much. I just have to think about trying to go out there and playing as best as I can and if I can do that hopefully my scores add up to a shot lower than anyone else’s.” McIlroy has just one top-10 finish to his name in six Masters appearances, finishing joint eighth last year despite the embarrassment of being outscored by his marker in the third round. But the 25-year-old cannot picture going through his career without slipping on at least one coveted green jacket. “During my career, yes it’s unthinkable,” he added. “If I don’t win it this year…either it’s not the right time or it isn’t your time. If I was to look back as a 60-year-old on my career and not have won a green jacket I’d obviously be very, very disappointed. “And not just one. I feel like it’s a course I can do very well at and a golf course I can hopefully win multiple times on. Obviously getting that first one is extra important and from there we can go on and maybe think about getting some others.” McIlroy held a four-shot lead going into the final round four years ago, only to collapse to a closing 80 and finish 10 shots behind the winner Charl Schwartzel. Press Associationlast_img read more

16 Sep

Clonmel team manager praises players ahead of MJC Final

first_imgThe Tipp club will look to retain the Munster Junior Cup this Sunday when they take on Shannon in Thomand Park. Having already secured the Munster Junior League Division 1 title and the Challenge Cup, Winston says his team are determined to bring all three trophies back to the club. That game on Sunday throws-in at five o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage brought to you in association with Lodge Security, Tipperary.last_img