Harvard rushes to aid Japan

first_imgFor several days, Hiroko Kumaki didn’t know if her family was safe. The Harvard senior had seen the horrific images of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last Friday (March 11), centered on her hometown, Sendai.With phone lines down, she reached out to whomever she could. Eventually, she received word through a childhood friend who was able to reach her family by text message. Most of her relatives were safe, though uncertainty remained about some family members and friends, particularly those living near the crippled nuclear power plant.In response to the calamity there, Kumaki and members of the Harvard for Japan movement, together with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, are hosting “Harvard for Japan Week” through a slate of activities starting with a candlelight vigil on Monday (March 21) and ending with a benefit concert by the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association on Saturday (March 26).The events in between include a panel discussion, a film night, and a benefit concert by the Bach Society Orchestra Friday in Sanders Theatre, featuring world-renowned violin soloist and Harvard senior Ryu Goto.As initial images of destruction flowed out of Japan last week, it took only hours for members of the Harvard community to spring into action. The University’s response has expanded rapidly in the days since, as community members work to raise money and awareness, aid the flow of helpful information, and begin to discuss helpful paths forward.Harvard President Drew Faust expressed support for those caught in the destruction. “All of us have watched with profound concern and sadness as Japan has confronted the devastating events of recent days,” said Faust. “I know I speak for the whole of the Harvard community in expressing deep sympathy to those who have suffered the loss of family and friends, who have seen their homes destroyed, and who continue to face uncertainty and danger.”Just hours after hearing of the quake, the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis put up a web portal whose aim is to assist the flow of vital geographic information for anyone interested, from rescuers on the ground to supporters from afar to those who, over time, seek lessons from the tragedy.The data portal is sponsored by the Reischauer Institute, which has reconfigured its own web page to help people find information on the disaster. It features live web feeds from Japanese television stations, a link for donating to relief efforts, and a schedule of events for Harvard for Japan Week.Jorge Domínguez, vice provost for international affairs, said the University activated its international emergency response team early Friday to begin accounting for Harvard-affiliated personnel in Japan, including those at Harvard Business School’s Tokyo office, eventually ascertaining that all affiliates known to be traveling there were safe.Reischauer Institute Director Andrew Gordon, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, said it was clear early on that it would be counterproductive for people to head to Japan to help. So once it was ascertained that Harvard affiliates were safe, the conversation quickly turned to practical ways to help.In the short term, activities such as those led by the Harvard for Japan movement will show solidarity with the quake’s survivors. The medium term is less clear, Gordon said, since fellowships and summer programs involving travel to Japan may not be practical because of safety issues or because economic turmoil may limit the ability of Japanese companies to host students. On the other hand, he said, there may be opportunities for Harvard community members to volunteer with nonprofits to provide needed services. That determination, however, will have to wait.In the long term, the discussion turned to scholarship, he said. Japan’s prime minister called this disaster the worst to hit the nation since World War II, an assessment with which Gordon and other scholars of Japan agree. That being the case, and with the Internet age meaning that much of the record of the disaster is only stored electronically, the discussion has turned to how material in such a transitory medium should be preserved, perhaps by archiving periodic snapshots of the web pages of representative organizations.Closer in, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) convened medical and humanitarian relief experts on Wednesday at the Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, which was webcast live. The discussion was led by Jennifer Leaning, François Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and director of the Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and featured Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Director Michael VanRooyen, an associate professor of medicine and of public health; Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies; Takemi Professor of International Health Policy Michael Reich; and Takashi Nagata, a physician and former HSPH fellow who joined the discussion via web linkup from Tokyo.Nagata, who had spent days in the disaster zone and was planning to head back there, said the destruction was so complete and so difficult to bear that he broke down and cried several times. The panelists acknowledged that travel to Japan, except for people with specifically required skills, was unwise. They also said the Japanese government needed to do a better job of sharing information so that people in the affected areas maintained their trust in the government and continued to heed its directions.Ariana Baurley, the publicity chair of the Bach Society Orchestra, said that although a concert was long planned for next Friday (March 25), after the earthquake, orchestra members decided to make it a benefit for the Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund, as part of the Harvard for Japan events.“We were all really touched by the tragedy,” Baurley said.For a list of upcoming events and where to donate.last_img read more

Pilots’ risky flying blamed in Swiss vintage plane crash

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Swiss investigators say “high-risk flying” by the pilots of a vintage propeller plane led to a 2018 crash in the Alps that killed all 20 people on board. The 79-year-old Junkers Ju-52 operated by local airline Ju-Air crashed in southeastern Switzerland on Aug. 4, 2018. The airplane, which was carrying 17 passengers and three crew members, slammed near-vertically into a mountain. It was flying back from Locarno in southern Switzerland to its base near Zurich. The Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board said in its final report Thursday that “the pilots’ high-risk flying was a direct cause of the accident.”last_img read more

Paul Ryan added to Republican ticket

first_imgAfter much speculation, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to join his bid for the White House as his running mate. Differing opinions are emerging as to whether the addition to the GOP ticket will bolster or weaken public favor. Journalism professor Jack Colwell said the Ryan pick was made with the intention of reinvigorating the conservative base. “I think [the selection] helped initially by energizing the base, especially the very conservative and Tea Party voters, who were suspicious of Romney, and thought that maybe he was a moderate,” Colwell said. “[Romney] wanted to have the campaign focus on economic issues … he thought Ryan was kind of the ‘fiscal guy,’ chairman of the House Budget Committee.” Colwell said voter participation is likely to be the determining factor in the race. “That’s the key,” he said. “The country is pretty well split down the middle. Whichever side gets their voters to the polls could decide it.” Although the GOP ticket with Ryan stands to make gains from the right, Colwell said Ryan’s past stands on social programs and economic issues may hurt Romney’s prospects with senior citizens. “You have Medicare in the budget that [Ryan] initially passed through the House,” he said. “His proposal to have a voucher system is having real problems, especially in Florida.” Women, Colwell said, will be hesitant to vote for a ticket with the ardently pro-life candidate attached. “The big problem is that it’s not helping with women, and there’s already a big gender gap, with women, by a sizable margin, for [President Barack] Obama,” he said. Colwell said the media’s associating Ryan with recent comments made by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Miss., regarding abortion in the case of rape has created an additional challenge with the women’s vote. Ryan previous co-sponsored a bill with Akin that included an exception on prohibiting government funding of abortion in the case of “forceable” rape, Colwell said. “The worst thing is Todd Akin’s [comments],” he said. “That’s something that Romney couldn’t have envisioned. It brought up the whole abortion issue.” Sophomore Patrick Butler, director of political affairs for Notre Dame’s College Republicans, said he expects the debate to refocus on the economic issues, where the Ryan pick is bound to make a strong statement. “They want to make a very bold contrast between the current administration and how Romney will handle things,” Butler said. “It’s a very bold statement about the economy and Medicare.” Butler admitted Ryan’s tight fiscal policies are unlikely to win over many seniors, but said they may attract younger Americans concerned with the deficit. “It might help among students like us. This is our future. We kind of have to worry about [the deficit]. I’d say it really depends on how much of Ryan’s plan Romney endorses.” College Democrats president Camille Suarez said Ryan’s policies could isolate an even larger portion of the populace. “I think the Ryan pick is definitely going to lose the lower-middle class,” she said. “If you look at his budget plan, it’s going to make taxes go up for Middle America.” Suarez said his very conservative views might have more impact on the campaign process than simply winning or losing votes. “He’s kind of representing the Republican economic plan, and it’s doing a lot to polarize the election,” she said. “That isn’t good for either party, and it gives the independent voters a harder choice.” After the media frenzy surrounding the vice-presidential nomination of the then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin in 2008, Colwell said Ryan is a more reliable choice. “Ryan is no Sarah Palin,” he said. “She was not ready for primetime. I think Ryan is … If someone asks what newspapers he reads, he’ll be able to name one.” Butler said Ryan is more dependable and independent than his opposition, the sitting vice president. “Ryan can definitely hold his own,” he said. “You don’t have to be worried about what he says, unlike Joe Biden.” Butler said the Ryan choice served as a reminder for his club to stay on point. “I think it energized at least our leadership,” he said. “We have to realize we have an election coming up, and I think the Paul Ryan pick has gotten us to realize this is the home stretch.” Suarez said her club is now more driven to keep the administration in office and prevent Ryan’s policies from being implemented. “I think we’re going to focus more on the national election now he’s been nominated,” she said. “Even the [U.S. Conference of Catholic] Bishops spoke out against [Ryan’s economic plan] which raises a red flag … We need to do all we can to make sure he’s not in office.” Though Colwell said he believes Ryan is a good strategic choice for Romney, his viability as a running mate won’t be clear until November. “I thought he was a good choice, and ultimately, if Romney goes on to win, it will be analyzed as a good choice,” he said. “The jury’s out on this, the focus for weeks now is on these social issue and on what ‘legitimate rape’ is and things like that, that will just kill the Republican ticket … They’ll certainly try to avoid that, and possibly, they can get the focus on the economy.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s introduces Japan summer study abroad program

first_imgTags: Japanese culture, NAFSA, Ochanomizu University, Saint Mary’s College Saint Mary’s has teamed up with Ochanomizu University (OU) to provide students with new opportunities in Japan. The program was first proposed two years ago by Dr. Alice Yang, associate director for international education at the College. “[The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership] has been trying to offer more study abroad opportunities for our students,” Yang said in an email. “Some students expressed interest in Japan and the Japanese language in the past.”Yang said the process Saint Mary’s went through to set up its partnership with OU included a fair amount of communication with representatives from Japan. “I attended the Generation Study Abroad Summit of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in November 2016 and met Mr. Hideki Yonekawa, the [vice president] of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) at the conference,” Yang said. “I consulted with him and asked him to recommend a Japanese partner to us. I received an email from Ms. Noriko Watanabe, the Exchange Program Coordinator of Ochanomizu University in January 2017 telling me that Mr. Yonekawa recommended Saint Mary’s College to them.” The process to bring the schools together continued over the next couple months. “Ms. Watanabe and Dr. Yasuko Sasaki, [vice president] for International Relations of Ochanomizu University visited Saint Mary’s College in March 2017,” Yang said. “They met with the president and were impressed by our beautiful campus. They sent us their sample [Memorandum of Understanding] right after their visit and would like to sign an exchange agreement with Saint Mary’s College. After a couple of years, the agreement has been officially signed by both parties.” OU has historical significance that makes it appealing to Saint Mary’s, Yang said.“OU is located in Tokyo [the] capital of Japan. It was Japan’s first institution of higher education [for] women and is one of the top 10 national universities in Japan,” she said. There was a period of time when representatives from both OU and Saint Mary’s met to iron out the details. “The CWIL director, Dr. Mana Derakhshani, and I attended the 2018 [National Association of Foreign Student Advisers] Conference in Philadelphia and met with OU’s [vice president] for International Affairs again and her two staff members,” Yang said. “I visited OU for the site visit in October 2018, and Mr. Derek Matsuda, OU’s exchange program coordinator also visited SMC in November 2018. The Global Education Advisory Committee discussed and approved it. President Nekvasil signed the agreement in January 2019.” Yang said the exact specifications of the agreement involves the number of students that can be sent by both schools and what they’re doing. “The agreement allows Saint Mary’s to send up to four students to attend OU’s summer program while OU can send one student to study for a year at Saint Mary’s or two students study abroad at Saint Mary’s for one semester per year,” Yang said. OU has already sent several students to Saint Mary’s. “We hosted five [of] OU’s STEM students in March this year,” Yang said. “They stayed at Saint Mary’s for nine days, audited some science and math classes and attended some academic and cultural events. This was our first time to offer the International Women in STEM Program per the request of OU. The students had a great experience at Saint Mary’s College and had made friends with some Saint Mary’s Peace Belles. OU plans to send more students to study at Saint Mary’s College next year and extend the short-term program to two-weeks long.”The Japan program is open to all majors and class years. There are no Japanese language requirements, but students are welcome to take classes in Japanese, Yang said. Students are allowed four course options over the summer.“Four courses are offered over the summer,” Yang said. “Students can earn three credits by taking the Intensive Japanese course or one of the three English courses: Gender Equality and Leadership, Life Style in Japan and Evolution in Natural Science: From Being to Becoming. The English courses can fulfill some Sophia requirements [like] historical perspectives, intercultural competence A or B.” Student reactions to the Japan program have been positive, like that of Emily Tobias, first year math and computer science major. “I think it’s probably very useful for people who are interested in Japanese culture,” Tobias said. Some students, like first year environmental studies major Hannah Toepp, are also excited for the learning opportunities in Asia. “I think that’s a great opportunity to learn about a culture so different from our own, experience traditions that would seem out of the ordinary here and to learn about the advancements in technology that Japan is constantly developing,” Toepp said. Yang placed her own emphasis on the importance of studying in Japan. “Asia is one of the non-traditional study abroad destinations. The Japan summer program helps diversify our study abroad offerings,” Yang said. “The study abroad alumnae will bring back the knowledge and skills they learned in Japan and share their study abroad experiences with their peers on campus, which enriches students’ international and intercultural learning on campus.”Yang also said her main hope for students studying abroad in Japan is they make friendships and help contribute to the sharing of experiences. “I hope students will take the opportunity to learn the Japanese culture and Asian values,” she said. “I encourage them to make friends with Japanese students and international students from other countries and serve as cultural ambassadors by sharing the U.S. cultures with local students.”last_img read more

Jamestown Man Charged With DWAI After Visiting State Police Barracks

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after he visited the New York State Police Barracks on an unrelated matter.Troopers say James Morris, 37, was charged July 19, after he drove to State Police Headquarters in Jamestown to report damage to his vehicle from a previous incident.While interviewing Morris, Troopers said they observed him in an impaired state.Morris was placed under arrest after police say he failed standardized field sobriety tests. Morris was then processed and released with a traffic ticket.Morris is scheduled to appear in the town of Ellicott Court at a later date.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Oct. 4

first_imgThis is the second holiday season that they will have to try to get through. They must thank God for strength on Thanksgiving, struggle through Christmas to be happy, and for the New Year keep hopes for better days.I just can’t say enough about all of the overwhelming support that was given to the St. Clare’s retirees. You all showed how much you really care about these very special people.The retirees took care of our families when they needed it. I feel that all of these wonderful people tried hard to pay them back.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdam The press/media of that time was complicit with the British Empire in his destruction. Sound familiar?History does repeat itself, which certifies that the corrupt know how to sustain their power.The powerless are like the “poor of scripture.”They will always be with us, willing victims.Paging Spartacus.Edmond DayRotterdam Paper has shifted too far to the leftFor years, I was a lover of The Gazette. Now 67 years of age, it’s so astonishing how your newspaper is strictly a leftist organization. It’s so apparent that all you do is insert articles from national writers throughout the United States how bad our president is.Your take on how you attack our president has made me realize your newspaper is basically a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. Not only I, but hundreds of individuals I know have stopped purchasing your newspaper because of your huge bias.Where did the days go of down-the-middle reporting? The modern-day editor needs to take a good hard look on how your paper is suffering circulation numbers. I know this to be a fact. I’m spreading the word as well on social media on how your bias is over the top against our president. Get a spine and take a deep breath, and maybe you should rethink you position how bad your organization is now.How do you sleep at night? I would hope you print this, but I’ll gather you won’t.Mike EpliteSchenectadyTrump’s struggles have Irish similaritiesThere is a strong parallel between Irish Nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell and President Trump’s political struggles. Parnell fought the might of the British colonial system to free Ireland. President Trump struggles with the “swamp” empire.Parnell faced destruction of his character in the public arena.center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful to all who supported retireesThe St. Clare’s Hospital retirees have won the hearts of so many people. I praise our great political leaders from both parties who have been at their sides all through this horrible journey.The TV stations were wonderful showing all of us how much they really cared; the newspapers and editorial staff covered the stories as though the retirees were family, along with journalists who wrote columns that showed they were very concerned.Look at all the thoughtful people who wrote letters to the editor. There was support from lawyers, AARP lawyers, the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the state Attorney General.I would say this is a mixture of some very influential people who tried to help these loyal retirees whose lives have been ruined because their pensions were taken away. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

10 of our most popular Waste Not Want Not campaign stories

first_imgFor £10-15m the government could fund the redistribution of 100,000 tonnes of edible surplus food and drink per year. Good, tasty food currently ending up in the ground, spread on crops or burned in incinerators could instead be eaten by some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, while saving the charities on which they rely hundreds of millions.Back in January we launched our petition to help fund the cost of redistributing edible surplus food to charity and outlined a six step plan to rescue 1000,000 tonnes of edible food from the rubbish bin.  In May last year, Asda was slammed by consumers and charities for its decision to halt the sale of loose fruit and veg in its fresh aisles. We looked at the reasoning behind the move to see if there was method in the madness. You have until 3 May to sign our petition with FareShare to #FeedPeopleFirst 4. Is the wonky veg revolution happening at last? 6. How is new technology tackling food waste? In spring 2016, Tesco launched its new Perfectly Imperfect range and said UK consumers were being won round by supermarket efforts to sell so-called ‘wonky’ fruit & veg.The retailer claimed the new lines were “flying off shelves”, two-and-a-half years after it admitted to a House of Lords EU sub-committee on agriculture that it was struggling to shift misshapen fruit & veg because consumers “always pick the cream of the crop”. In June last year, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s suspended their partnership with the Real Junk Food Project following an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards. The café chain, which serves surplus stock, was under investigation for redistributing out-of-date food.  1 in 8 people go hungry in the UK, yet perfectly good food is wasted every day in food production. Agree we should #feedpeoplefirst? Add your voice to the campaign: sign the petition telling the Government to get food to those in need Months after a grassroots campaign kicked off to fight the “scandalous and absurd” waste of food in French supermarkets, the country’s Senate had given the plan its seal of approval without a whiff of protest.In this article from May 2016, we explain exactly how France forced its supermarkets to act and how the UK can learn from its example.  Sign our petition to get more surplus food to charity 2. Tesco to offer free food to staff in bid to eliminate waste 5. Sainsbury’s to hand out 1 million free fridge thermometers An initiative stemming from its food waste trial in Swadlincote, in Autumn 2016 Sainsbury’s launched its first nationwide food waste event.  Nearly two years ago we launched our Waste Not Want Not campaign to tackle the mountains of food waste piling up in the UK. Now we’re approaching our biggest milestone yet. There’s only one month left to sign up to our petition and get more surplus food to the thousands of vulnerable people in that need it, rather than it being binned or burned.We’ve gathered together some of our most popular WNWN content to inspire you to join the fight and sign our petition.,10. Waste Not Want Not: How to turn food waste into gold 1. How France is leading the way on food waste Earlier this year Tesco launched Colleague Shops – a scheme which would give staff the opportunity to take food home if it was unable to find a charity that needed it.  In May 2016 The Grocer is launched a major campaign to unite the industry, both retailers and manufacturers, to help reduce the huge amount of food waste identified in the landmark Wrap report.  3. Why did Asda decide to stop the sale of loose fruit & veg? 7. Waste Not Want Not: major new Grocer campaign to fight food waste 8. Sales of wonky fruit & veg are ‘flying’ at Tesco From apps connecting surplus food with charities, to biodegradable best- before dates and even exotic flies, the ways in which tech is tackling waste are hugely diverse. In this article from November 2016, we take you through initiatives fighting food waste and who is behind them.  9. Sainsbury’s and M&S suspend links with under-investigation Real Junk Food Project Five years after red tape relating to cosmetic standards was binned, we explored why the excuses kept on coming from the biggest supermarkets and revealed exclusive research from supermarket store managers on their thoughts about cheap wonky veg. last_img read more

Queensland’s tightest rental markets revealed

first_img Approvals data points to a property turnaround on the cards Why everyone is moving to Queensland At 8 Long St West, Graceville, this house is listed for $2500 a week with Re/Max CollectionVacancy rates also remain tight in the middle and outer rings, where renters are competing for just 2.4 per cent and 2.2 per cent of available properties.“The changing market is reflected in median rents, with three-bedroom houses, two-bedroom units and three-bedroom townhouses increasing by around 1.9 per cent over the year from March 2018 to 2019,” the report revealed. The Townsville market tightened dramatically after the floods as owners and renters desperately sought accommodation that escaped the torrent (AAP Image/Andrew Rankin)The Burdekin region, which is south of Townsville, had the state’s weakest rental market at 4.3 per cent vacancies. MORE NEWS: Inside the most expensive house for sale in the US Source: REIQ Rental Vacancy Rate ReportBy comparison, the growing appeal of the Sunshine Coast has seen its rental market tighten to 2.3 per cent, with rents also increasing by around 1.95 per cent.In the regions, rental vacancies have softened in Cairns, rising from 1.4 per cent to 2.4 per cent over the last quarter.Cairns has remained consistently tight since September 2016, with median rents jumping around 5 per cent between March 2018 and March this year. On the back of a boosted mining sector, the vacancy rate in Mackey has tightened from 2.9 per cent to 1.5 per cent — a win for landlords chasing a strong yield with rents boosted by about 6.69 per cent over the year to March.Toowoomba also continues to be a tight rental market with vacancies on 1.7 per cent, with property managers indicating that council measures to reduce the local oversupply of units is likely behind the result, according to the report.Vacancy rates in Bundaberg and Rockhampton have also tightened, with Bundy renters seeing a dramatic drop in available properties from 3.1 per cent to 1.3 per cent over the quarter.The Townsville rental market, which took a hammering after the floods, has softened but remains tight at 2.2 per cent, while rental vacancies in Gladstone remain unchanged at a healthy 3.1 per cent. “As a region, the Fraser Coast reported a vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent, pulled up slightly by Hervey Bay’s 1.4 per cent vacancy rate — making things tough for would-be renters within the region,” the report said. This house at 83 Sussex St in Maryborough is listed for $295 a week with One RealtyOne Realty Maryborough property manager Julie Neilsen said available stock was renting “quickly”, with many applications processed and finalised within 24 hours.“One property we had 17 applications but at another one, we had two … there is no rhyme or reason to it,” she said. “It is going well (for landlords) in terms of yields, and we do have some stock coming on so there are places available.”In the Greater Brisbane region, vacancy rates have been pulled in to the “tight range” due to a shrinking rental property pond in the Moreton Bay and Redlands regions, with those markets shrinking to 1.4 per cent and 1.6 per cent respectively.“Greater Brisbane’s rental market remained in the upper end of the tight range for the fifth consecutive quarter, with a vacancy rate of 2.4 per cent, up from 2.2 per cent the previous quarter,” the report revealed.“The Greater Brisbane area hasn’t seen a healthy rental market since March, 2018. “That market had been consistently healthy since December 2015, peaking in the September quarter of 2016 at 3.3 per cent and declining steadily ever since.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p360p360p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy rental affordability is a problem02:09Queensland’s tightest rental market has been revealed, with desperate property seekers competing for just 0.3 per cent of housing stock.Vacancy rates in Maryborough in the Fraser Coast region plunged from 1.6 per cent in the September quarter to a tiny 0.3 per cent, according to the latest REIQ Rental Vacancy Rate Report. MORE NEWS: This house earns more than a heart surgeon Live like a millionaire for $20k a day in the Whitsundays And 23 Yarradale St at Newmarket could be yours for $1950 a week through Living HereMore from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoBut the news has improved for renters in other areas, with the Inner Brisbane rental vacancy rate rising from 2.1 per cent (tight) to 3.3 per cent (healthy).Eadan Hockings of Living Here Cush Partners said the oversupply of new housing in the inner city market was showing signs of “correction”, and a healthy vacancy rate was a “good thing”.He said the incentives that were being offered by landlords to entice renters had “dried up”, with most properties rented within a few weeks.“These things are cyclical,” he said. “And if approvals for new developments don’t increase, I would expect that we will see rents increase as existing stock continues to be absorbed.“I would also imagine it would then tend in favour of the landlord if we then see an undersupply (of new product).”Ipswich and Logan also moved in to healthier territory with the June quarter vacancy rates increasing to 2.9 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively. On the Gold Coast, the lure of a sun and surf lifestyle had created a persistently tight rental market, but the vacancy rate has now improved to 2.8 per cent — the first time the holiday haven has moved in to the healthy range in ten quarters. “The Gold Coast’s rental market hasn’t been comfortably healthy since 2013, according to the report.Median rents for three-bedroom houses, two-bedroom units and three-bedroom townhouses on the Gold Coast have increased by around 2.2 per cent over the year from March 2018 to 2019. Brisbane designer home costs year’s private school fees to rent last_img read more

Bird flu ‘passed between humans’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Bird flu ‘passed between humans’ by: – August 7, 2013 There have been more than 130 cases of bird flu in eastern ChinaResearchers have reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the new strain of bird flu that has emerged in China.The British Medical Journal said a 32-year-old woman was infected after caring for her father. Both later died.Until now there had been no evidence of anyone catching the H7N9 virus other than after direct contact with birds.But experts stressed it does not mean the virus has developed the ability to spread easily between humans.By 30 June there had been 133 cases of H7N9 bird flu reported in eastern China and 43 deaths.Most people had visited live poultry markets or had close contact with live poultry in the week or two before they became ill.Intensive careYet researchers found that the 32-year-old woman had become infected in March after caring for her 60-year-old father in hospital.Unlike her father – who had visited a poultry market in the week before falling ill – she had no known exposure to live poultry but fell ill six days after her last contact with him.Both died in intensive care of multiple organ failure.Tests on the virus taken from both patients showed the strains were almost genetically identical, which supports the theory that the daughter was infected directly from her father rather than another source.Public health officials tested 43 close contacts of the patients but all tested negative for H7N9, suggesting the ability of the virus to spread was limited.The researchers said that while there was no evidence to suggest the virus had gained the ability to spread from person to person efficiently, this was the first case of a “probable transmission” from human to human.‘Strong warning sign’“Our findings reinforce that the novel virus possesses the potential for pandemic spread,” they concluded.Dr James Rudge, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that limited transmission between humans is not surprising and has been seen before in other bird flu viruses, such as H5N1.He added: “It would be a worry if we start to see longer chains of transmission between people, when one person infects someone else, who in turn infects more people, and so on. “And particularly if each infected case goes on to infect, on average, more than one other person, this would be a strong warning sign that we might be in the early stages of an epidemic.”An accompanying editorial in the BMJ, co-authored by Dr Rudge, concluded that while this study might not suggest that H7N9 is any closer to delivering the next pandemic, “it does provide a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant”.BBC News Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Police: Ripley County Humane Society Burglarized

first_imgOSGOOD – Officers responded to a burglary report at the Ripley County Humane Society Friday morning.Investigators say it occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the facility located at 1202 W. County Rd. 150 North in Osgood.No word yet on what was taken or who is believed to be responsible. The incident remains under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.last_img