FAO: H5N1 levels in Indonesia raise pandemic risk

first_imgMar 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that H5N1 avian influenza levels in Indonesia’s poultry are so high that conditions may be ripe for the type of viral mutation that could spark an influenza pandemic.”I am deeply concerned that the high level of virus circulation in birds in the country could create conditions for the virus to mutate and to finally cause a human influenza pandemic,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, in a press release today.Also, new H5N1 virus strains have recently emerged in Indonesia that might limit the effectiveness of the poultry vaccines used there, Domenech said.He said that Indonesia has the world’s highest H5N1 mortality rate and that human cases will keep rising unless the country and its international partners do more to stamp out the virus in birds.The FAO said the disease has hit 31 of 33 provinces in Indonesia and is endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and southern Sulawesi islands. About 20% of the country’s 1.4 billion chickens are spread among 30 million backyard flocks, putting them in close contact with people.Despite “major control efforts,” Indonesia has failed to contain the spread of the virus in poultry, Domenech said. “Indonesia is facing an uphill battle against a virus that is difficult to contain,” he said. “Major human and financial resources, stronger political commitment and strengthened coordination between central, province, and district authorities are required to improve surveillance and control measures.”Problems controlling the virus in Indonesia stem from a highly decentralized administration, poorly resourced national veterinary services, little collaboration with commercial poultry producers, and insufficient national and international financial and human resources, the FAO said. International donors have contributed $25 million to the effort so far, the agency reported.The emergence of the new H5N1 virus strains and the possible lapse in vaccine protection are under investigation by Indonesia’s agriculture ministry, with technical assistance from the FAO and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and financial assistance from the United States and Australia, the FAO said.”Also required are more investigations and the development of better poultry vaccines,” Domenech said.The FAO said it has helped train 1,350 “participatory disease surveillance and response teams” that are working to control avian flu in 193 of Indonesia’s 448 districts. By June, more than 2,000 response teams will be working in over 300 districts, the agency said.In other developments, agriculture officials in China recently informed Hong Kong’s Food and Health Bureau that the H5N1 virus struck birds in a poultry market in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. Hong Kong officials said the outbreak is China’s fifth of the year, the report said.The outbreak at the Guangzhou market killed 114 birds, and 518 others were culled to control the disease, the AP reported.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Vietnam announced on Mar 16 an outbreak in ducks in yet another province, Quang Nam in the central part of the country, according to a Mar 17 report by Thanh Nien News, a Vietnamese news service. The H5N1 virus struck 300 birds, and the remaining ducks, along with poultry on nearby farms, were culled.See also:Mar 18 FAO statementlast_img read more

Tomorrow, the presentation of a unique credit line of the Ministry of Tourism intended for private renters in tourism

first_imgNamely, this is a long-announced Microcredit Program for private renters with favorable credit funds and interest subsidies in order to increase the quality and additional supply of household facilities. Tomorrow (March 27.03), the Ministry of Tourism will present a unique credit line intended for private renters in tourism. The lowest loan amount will be HRK 20.000, and the highest HRK 375.000 with an interest rate of 2,70% for loans in HRK and 2,00% interest for loans in euros, all with a repayment period of 10 years with a grace period of one year. Currently, more than 103 thousand private and family accommodation facilities are registered in Croatia, which puts the category of family accommodation and private renters in the largest share in Croatian tourism and concludes that renters have a significant role in further profiling Croatia as a destination of quality and authentic experience.  Along with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli, the signing of the agreement will be attended by the President of the Management Board of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tamara Perko and representatives of the first commercial banks involved in the project.center_img We will find out more details and exact conditions of the microcredit program for private renters tomorrow. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism points out that they pay great attention to this category of accommodation and the desire for family accommodation to be even better, internationally recognizable and desirable tourist product intended for targeted market niches throughout the year. As previously announced from the Ministry of Tourism, one credit line will be available to individuals – renters who have a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household relating to accommodation in a room, apartment, holiday home, campsite or campsite. last_img read more

Regencies asked to waive $6m in street lighting taxes for poor households

first_imgIndonesia, like many other countries, is allocating millions of dollars to tackling the pandemic, which has killed 582 people as of Sunday, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia, while the country is also cutting tax rates across the board in shoring up economic growth.The PPJ is one out of 10 types of taxes collected by regency administrations to finance, among others, healthcare facilities and social safety net programs. Such taxes are calculated as a maximum 10 percent of each household’s electricity bill. The rate is 2.4 percent in Jakarta.Robert said PPJs contributed an average 20 percent “but up to half in some regions” of a regency’s locally generated income. Without PPJs, many regencies’ other source of income is from the issuance of building permits (IMBs). Other usual sources such as hotel, restaurant and entertainment venue taxes have dried up over the past two months due to the pandemic.An official from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, which is among several ministries pushing the tax break, said last week that the government was awaiting approval from the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), which oversees regional incomes, before expediting the plan. The government is pushing regencies to slash street lighting taxes (PPJ) for 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest homes in helping them weather the economic shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic.The plan is estimated to free up Rp 95.26 billion (US$6.1 million) in liquidity each month but also lowers each regencies’ locally generated incomes (PAD), out of which around 20 percent comes from street lighting taxes, experts told The Jakarta Post.“On one hand, regions face huge fiscal strains as they reallocate and refocus spending on the pandemic, yet on the other hand, they are losing income,” Robert Endi Jaweng of think tank Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) said on Monday. “In a few days, once the decision is made, the Office of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister will bring in the Home Affairs Ministry and we will explain this plan to each regional administration,” said the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s electricity business development director, Hendra Iswahyudi.He added that the plan was to waive PPJs for 24 million homes in the 450 volt ampere (VA) power category, the lowest out of six under existing regulations, and for 7 million homes in the second-lowest 900 VA Subsidized category.The tax break would add on to the government’s Rp 3.5 trillion electricity relief program in reducing the living costs of Indonesia’s poorest households, for whom electricity is the third highest non-food spending.The chairman of the Regency Administrations Association (APKASI), Abdullah Azwar Anas, who is also Banyuwangi regent, told the Post that government officials have discussed the plan with association leaders via video conference.“The point is, in relation to street lighting tax, I think it is a good idea as the reduction of electricity bills have really benefited the poor,” he said.Meanwhile, the Home Ministry, which oversees regional administrations, is working to put in place the necessary regulations for such a tax break.Such regulations include Ministerial Instruction No. 1/2020 that tells regents to “prioritize” spending on health care, social safety nets and economic incentives and that extends the submission deadline for regional budgets (APBD) to April 23.The Home Ministry is also revising ministerial regulation No. 33/2019 on compiling 2020 regional budgets. The revision, which is expected to come out this month, includes a clause that allows regents to factor in tax breaks in their 2020 regional budgets. Breaks include waiving, reducing or postponing payments.“It means that under that revision, we urge all regional administrations to provide tax breaks for that tax,” said the ministry’s regional revenue director Hendriwan.He added that many regencies had already implemented PPJ breaks for hotels and restaurants at the request of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), whose members are among the hardest hit by the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Olson scores first Marshalltown win

first_imgKyle Olson captured the Friday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) By Joyce Eisele Another first time win at Marshalltown came in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature as Shawn Ritter led the 18-lap event from flag to flag. Ritter weathered several cautions during the race but was never seriously threatened. Steve Meyer, who won the season opener, made great headway to finish as runner-up after starting 14th.  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 3) – Kyle Olson made his first visit to Marshalltown Speedway’s victory lane on Cliff Chambers Memorial Friday night. From there on he remained as captain of the ship, capturing his first win ever at the speedway.  Brayton Carter had a good showing as he finished as the runner-up after starting back in 16th. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods ran 18 laps and in the end it was Olson weathering the yellow flags to take home the win.  Olson started sixth but had command of the race by the time lap three was scored. center_img After a restart for a caution at lap four, Rust took off like a rocket and sailed to the top spot by the time lap five was in the books.  From there on, Rust ran away and hid from his competition, and flew under the checkers to take the win. Tim Ward took the runner-up position, getting around Gustin on the final lap. The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event went flag to flag with David Rieks leading all but that opening lap on his way to victory. Rieks pulled away as the race wound down, leaving Shannon Anderson to finish a distant runner-up.  The IMCA Late Models opened up their season at the speedway for 2019 and in their 20-lap main event it was Justin Kay taking all the marbles. Kay jumped to the immediate lead and led all 20  laps to take the easy victory going away. The most interesting battle of the race was between Joel Callahan and Todd Cooney as they fought tooth and nail for position.  It was Callahan winning the fight to take second place over Cooney in third. The evening ended with the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature. Ronn Lauritzen started on the outside of the front row and shot to the lead when the race went green. He soon had Jimmy Gustin hot on his tail and Joel Rust was coming fast.last_img read more

Syracuse’s NIT matchup against UNC Greensboro postponed to Wednesday night

first_imgSyracuse’s opening-round National Invitation Tournament game against North Carolina-Greensboro has been postponed to Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN3, SU athletics announced. The game was originally set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, and set to broadcast on ESPN.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for all of New York beginning on Tuesday. Between 12 and 18 inches of snow are projected to fall in Syracuse through Tuesday, per Weather.com. Syracuse University announced Tuesday morning it would be operating on a limited status and said “only essential services personnel should report to campus.”Said SU athletics in a statement: “After consultation with Onondaga County and City of Syracuse authorities, as well as the NCAA, and with fan and participant safety the top priority, tonight’s NIT game between Syracuse and UNCG has been postponed. It will be played Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. ESPN3 will carry the game.”The No. 1 seed Orange (18-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) narrowly missed the cut for the NCAA Tournament while the No. 8 seed Spartans (25-9, 14-4 Southern) won the SoCon regular season title but not the conference tournament.The winner of SU-UNCG will face the winner of No. 4 seed Monmouth and No. 5 seed Mississippi. The date and time for second-round matchups haven’t been announced.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on March 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more