NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, tainted Baxter flu materials, anthrax attack findings , drug-resistant malaria, homeland security, E coli in well water

first_imgFeb 26, 2009Avian flu detected in Vietnam, EnglandThe H5N1 virus struck poultry in another Vietnamese province, Dien Bien in the northern part of the country, raising the number of affected provinces to 11, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Authorities culled about 1,460 ducks and destroyed more than 1,000 eggs to stop the spread of the virus. Elsewhere, British officials have detected avian influenza at two small Bernard Matthews turkey-breeding farms in England, but have so far ruled out H5 and H7 strains, the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said today[Feb 26 Xinhua story][Feb 26 DEFRA press release]Czech lab incident updateNew details about H5N1-contaminated virus samples that caused a scare at a Czech Republic lab emerged today in a report from the Canadian Press (CP). The tainted Baxter International product was an “experimental virus material” that was supposed to contain the H3N2 virus. The product was distributed to an Austrian company to subcontractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Germany. Officials continue to investigate.[Feb 26 CP story]Scientists share anthrax investigation findingsThe chemical components of the Bacillus anthracis spores sent in letters in the 2001 bioterrorism incidents don’t match the bacteria in a flask linked to Bruce Ivins, according to experts who presented their findings at an American Society for Microbiology biodefense meeting on Feb 24, Nature News reported yesterday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Jason Bannan, however, said that spores from the flask could have been removed and grown under different conditions that exposed them to different chemicals. The FBI has alleged that Ivins, who committed suicide, mailed letters in 2001 that contained the deadly pathogen.[Feb 25 Nature News story]WHO says drug resistance could stonewall malaria controlParasite resistance to artemisinin detected at the Thailand-Cambodian border could undermine global efforts to control malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday. The parasite can adapt more easily to monotherapies, so health officials have instead supported treating uncomplicated infections with a combination therapy containing artemisinin. The WHO said it has received a $22.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help contain the spread of the resistant parasites.[Feb 25 WHO statement]White House orders homeland security reviewThe Obama administration issued its first presidential study directive (PSD) in Feb 23 ordering an interagency team to review how the White House coordinates its homeland security and counterterrorism capacities, Federal News Radio (FNR) reported yesterday. The White House has replaced homeland security directives with PSDs, FNR reported.[Feb 25 FNR story]E coli turns up in wells near outbreak siteSeventeen of 74 private wells in Locust Grove, Okla., tested positive for Escherichia coli, a pathogen that caused an outbreak linked to a local restaurant, the Tulsa World reported yesterday. The state’s attorney general has said poultry litter from area farms may have contaminated the restaurant’s water supply, which was found to contain poultry DNA earlier this month.[Feb 25 Tulsa World story]last_img read more

Department of Homeland Security Grants Pennsylvania REAL ID Enforcement Extension

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 28, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Real ID Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration has been notified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least that date.“I am thankful that DHS has recognized Pennsylvania’s efforts in becoming compliant with the REAL ID Act,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “PennDOT has been working diligently to prepare for REAL ID, and we look forward to being able to offer REAL ID-compliant products as an option for our customers.”REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. Customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov.center_img Department of Homeland Security Grants Pennsylvania REAL ID Enforcement Extensionlast_img read more

These insane dream homes will go under the hammer this Saturday

first_imgThe incredible home at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba will go to auction at 10am on Saturday.The incredible renovated property at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba will also go to auction. The shop and home at 2 Stephens St, Annerley, will also go to auction on Saturday.For more than three decades, the shop on the corner at 2 Stephens St, Annerley was the tuckshop for Junction Park State School, and the property has been in the same family for 60 years. The kitchen is galley-style, with a butlers’ pantry to the left.The renovated Queenslander has exposed brick walls, stained glass windows and decorative fretwork.There is no need to head to Wet’n’Wild to catch a dive-in movie, with a remote controlled projector screen able to wind down at the end of the pool. The property was inspired by a Sunshine Coast resort.The renovated resort-style home in on a double block of 1752sq m, and has a full-size tennis court, inground pool and spa, 12m pontoon with jetty and separate cabana-style studio. The kitchen is like a time capsule.Place Paddington agent Jesse Sherring said buyers from “across the spectrum” were interested in the property, looking to use the corner shop front for anything from a juice bar and cafe, to a place to make jam and chutneys and a home design store.Mr Sherring said the house had been renovated in the 1960s and was “a bit of a time capsule”.It will go to auction at noon, on Saturday November 3. The living and kitchen are open plan.The floors inside are a French oak basket weave, and outdoors on the veranda and around the top of the inground magna pool is a French-style feature tile.It will go under the hammer at 11am, Saturday November 3. The house at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, will go to auction on Saturday.DREAM homes galore will be going under the hammer this weekend.The split-level house at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, already has seven registered bidders, according to Ray White Ascot’s Alexander Shean. Exposed brick is one of the home’s character features.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoWhen the screen is not in use, it retracts and reveals a fireplace in the stone feature wall.The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and parking for three cars.It will go to auction at 10am, Saturday November 3. Inside 27 Sutton St, Chelmer.If you are concerned the above properties may burn a hole in your pocket, perhaps this renovator is for you — and remember — two of the above incredible houses began as humble cottages too. 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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 to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The property at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, has a large outdoor area.The agent said they had more than 80 visitors at inspections of the property, which has 557sq m of under roof living and “ticks all the boxes” for buyers. Bi-fold doors allow for a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors.A few of the property’s luxury features include 13m inground pool with spa jets, ducted zoned airconditioning, in-built speakers, ducted vacuum, gatehouse with intercom, and 20,000L of water tanks which are plumbed to toilets, laundry and outdoor hoses.The house will go to auction at 10am, Saturday November 3. A riverfront property at Chelmer will also go to auction at 10am.The luxury riverfront property at 27 Sutton St, Chelmer, will go to auction at 10am, Saturday November 3. The pool has French-style tiles around the top. The floors are French Oak basket weave.It has five bedrooms, and four bathrooms, each with Astrawalker Eco brass tapware.The main bedroom has vaulted ceilings, a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite. The kids can splash from the pool while you watch from the alfresco dining area.Mr Shean said he expected more to register for the auction of the six bedroom, three bathroom property, which is on a large 1058sq m block.“Keona Rd is known as a premier location in McDowall,” Mr Shean said.“It’s a fairly unique property for the location, with not many in that price bracket in the area.” This two-level Hampton’s honey will go under the hammer at 11am on Saturday.Just like 31 Brisbane St, 45 Hayward St at Paddington started out as a cottage too.Now it has found a new life as a two-level Hampton’s inspired honey.last_img read more