Ecuador has revealed that it has succeeded in clearing landmines from more than 70,000 square meters. The announcement was made at the Ottawa Convention meeting, which is being held this year in Phnom Penh. Counselor Vernica Aguilar of the Ecuadorean Foreign Service said that the initial objective was to clear around 10,000 square meters, but the goal was exceeded. The delegate indicated that the figure could still rise, but that “productivity goes down when we get into the jungle and we have to do manual demining in very difficult climatological conditions.” Part of the demining was achieved with special machinery, and according to Aguilar, other areas of the country will be part of the program, which is expected to conclude in 2013. The Ottawa Convention regulates the use, storage, production, sale, and destruction of anti-personnel mines, and its mission is to free the world from these devices. By Dialogo December 02, 2011
Nov 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.In a press release yesterday, OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke encouraged employees and employers who are most likely to be exposed to avian flu to take appropriate precautions. “This guidance offers them practical tips, such as hand washing and the use of proper protective equipment, for preventing illness,” he said.The OSHA guidance, last updated in 2004, gives separate recommendations for several specific employee groups that may be most likely to encounter animals or people infected with the H5N1 virus. The groups include poultry workers, animal handlers, laboratory personnel, healthcare workers, food handlers, travelers, and Americans living abroad. The main thrust is on proper hygiene techniques, such as use of gloves and handwashing, along with respiratory protection.For many of these groups, OSHA’s guidance incorporates interim recommendations from other agencies and groups. For example, the poultry worker guidance includes from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The OSHA recommendations also incorporate CDC recommendations for lab workers, healthcare personnel, and airline workers who have contact with passengers.The longest set of recommendations is the one for poultry workers. It instructs employees on signs of possible avian flu in poultry, reviews basic infection control measures, and gives a protocol for proper protective equipment use. It includes the CDC recommendation that all unvaccinated employees receive seasonal influenza vaccine and that all workers who have direct contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces receive a prophylactic dose of antiviral medication on each day of exposure and for 1 week following their last exposure.In the food-handler recommendations, the OSHA guidance says that the two groups most at risk are restaurant cooks and those grocery store employees who handle raw chicken.Also included in the OSHA recommendations are several appendices that provide detailed information on the history of the H5N1 virus, the biology of flu viruses, the symptoms of H5N1 infection in humans, import restrictions on birds from certain countries, pandemics, and additional resources.See also:Updated OSHA guidance on protecting employees from avian fluhttp://www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/avian-flu.htmlNov 14 US Department of Labor press release on OSHA guidancehttp://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=13018
40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill was a rundown property that sold for $510,000 in February above the suburb’s median price for three-bedroom homes.BEATEN and battered, 40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill, in most buyers’ eyes was destined to be demolished. Instead it sold for above median in February and the original structure still stands. The 1968-built home previously had one owner – a long-term Cairns family – and had been sitting vacant for about a year, withering to an unliveable condition. Finding a property in need of a few repairs or upgrades is not an uncommon sight at Edge Hill, but what may come as a surprise is that this three-bedroom home sold for $510,000 through Ulysses Real Estate principal Donna Waldman. Most buyer were ready to demolish 40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill but the buyer paid above median and the structure still stands.The median price for three-bedroom houses at Edge Hill is about $480,000, according to realestate.com.au. So why would anyone pay above this, for a house they can’t immediately move in to? Ms Waldman says Goodwin St was one of the few streets where people would make exceptions to their budgets, just to get in. “You’ve got many people wanting to move into Edge Hill and they’re wanting to get in there as cheaply as possible,” Ms Waldman said. “But it was the right price for the property because Goodwin St is one of the top streets in Edge Hill. It runs right behind the botanical gardens. 40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill was a couple’s entry into the elite suburb.“You’ve got Goodwin St, Walsh St, Pine St – all these really top streets in Edge Hill right there and some of the houses there are selling for $800,000-$900,000. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“So when you look at how much they’ve (the buyers) spent on this fixer upper, and then if they spend $200,000 on it, they’re still going to come out on top.“Generally speaking, $500,000 is actually a bargain for those streets.”She said although the new owners would be set for a decent value gain, they weren’t planning on flipping after completing renovations. “They wanted to purchase something to stay in long-term. “This is their dream home. A lot of people were thinking that rather than fix it up, they’d knock it down. “They’ve just gutted it and rebuilt inside. There was no need to pull it down and it could be easily fixed up so they took advantage of that.”
THE 2019 edition of the ExxonMobil Schools Football tournament will get down to the business end today, with the Girls’ semi-finals and Boys’ quarter-finals.Set for the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue, the action begins at 12:00hrs.In the opening game from 12:00hrs, new Campbellville Secondary play Charlestown Secondary while Tucville face East Ruimveldt on pitch two.Their final will take place next Saturday.In the Boys’quarter-finals, which begin at 13:00hrs, Marian Academy will oppose Queenstown Secondary while Carmel Secondary School clash with New Campbellville on pitch two.Lodge Secondary and Cummings Lodge meet at 14:00hrs, with Plaisance Orphanage taking on Dolphin Secondary on pitch two.The semi-finals are billed for next Saturday with the final and third-place playoff scheduled for August 3.