Vietnam reports 43rd H5N1 death

first_imgJun 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A Vietnamese health ministry official announced 2 days ago that a 20-year-old man had died of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s first death from the disease in about 18 months.Trinh Quan Huan, Vietnam’s vice health minister, told Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that the man fell ill on Jun 2 and died on Jun 10, two days after he was hospitalized, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.VNA reported that the man’s family raised about two dozen fighting cocks and some ducks, the AP story said.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the man’s case, as well as four other cases reported by Vietnam over the past few weeks, the country’s H5N1 case count will rise to 98, with 43 deaths. For now, the WHO count for Vietnam stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.Two Vietnamese patients who were recently diagnosed with H5N1 infections have been released from hospitals, while two others remain under care, according to the AP report. All are from northern provinces, and all were reported to have had contact with sick or dead birds.Vietnam has been battling several poultry H5N1 outbreaks since early May. Animal-health officials today announced that almost 700 ducks and chickens died at eight farms in Bac Giang province in northern Vietnam, bringing the number of affected provinces to 16, Reuters reported.”Bird flu virus is widely present in the environment and has infected many poultry flocks. Therefore, it can happen anywhere now,” said a government statement quoting Deputy Agriculture Minister Bui Ba Bong, according to the Reuters report.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently published a report on its investigation of Vietnam’s recent bird outbreaks. It attributed the unseasonable outbreaks to an increase in the numbers of ducks, many unvaccinated, that were released to graze on newly harvested rice paddies.Meanwhile, agriculture officials in Bangladesh said today that H5N1 avian flu has spread to two farms in Jaipurhat district, prompting the culling of 7,000 chickens, according to a Reuters story.The outbreaks, which began in March, have now affected 14 of the country’s 64 districts, the Reuters report said. Bangladesh has had no confirmed human H5N1 cases.See also:WHO H5N1 case countJun 7 FAO reporthttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/vietnam.htmllast_img read more

PSA Probes Snorre Expansion Christmas Tree Fabrication

first_imgNorway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has carried out an audit of Equinor and the fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project.The objective of the audit was to ensure that fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project complied with the company’s own requirements and requirements in the regulations. A sub-goal was to follow up how the project is undertaking its supervisory duty in respect of its supplier – TechnipFMC.The audit, conducted in February this year did not identify any non-conformities, however, the PSA observed two areas with potential for improvement related to follow-up of suppliers and qualification of materials.Snorre Expansion ProjectIn July, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approved the revised plan for development and operation (PDO) for further development of the Snorre field, called the Snorre Expansion Project (SEP).The SEP is a major subsea development, and the largest improved recovery project on the Norwegian Shelf today. The project represents an investment that will contribute to 25 more years of production on Snorre.The project comprises installation of six well templates with 24 wells that will be tied back to the Snorre A platform. The plan includes an option for further expansion with additional well templates. When production started on Snorre, the expected field life was up to 2011-2014. With the contribution from SEP, calculations show that the field can have profitable production all the way through 2040.last_img read more

Basic in the second Round of the ATP Challenger in Belgium

first_imgThe BH tennis player Mirza basic qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger Tournament in Mons, Belgium, which is being played for the prize fund of 106.500 EUR.At the beginning of the tournament, Basic defeated the Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, the 189th player on the ATP list, with 7:5, 6:4.In the second round, Basic is to play against the winner of the match between the fourth holder, the Spaniard Marcel Granollers, and the German Jan-Lennard Struff.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img

The Good Fight 6 Ways to Conquer CEO Burnout

first_imgThe buck stops with the person at the top, but unfortunately so does fatigue. Learn six simple techniques for fighting CEO burnout, and get back to leading your company.Tom Searcy, CEO of Hunt Big Sales and knows what CEO burnout feels like. When he isn’t worrying about “suppliers, employees, customers, cash flow, regulation,” he’s worrying “that everything takes too *&^% long!” he admits in this guest post for Inc. And although he acknowledges that these are common frustrations among CEOs at startups, expansion companies and even midsize businesses, he outlines some easy ways to cope.Searcy advises that you start by spotting the signs of CEO burnout and sharing experiences with other chief executives — misery loves company. And as every entrepreneur knows, data drives every good decision, so go through your schedule to spot the tasks that energize you. Searcy focused on those exciting elements of his job, and went from considering “closing up shop” to spending “85% of [his] time doing those three things.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more