Curb climate change, protect environment to prevent future pandemics, countries told

first_imgLand degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are driving the rise in diseases that, like the coronavirus, are passed from animals to humans, United Nations experts said on Monday.The UN Environment Program (UNEP) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) jointly identified seven trends responsible for such diseases, known as zoonotic, calling on governments to take steps to stop future pandemics.These are: rising demand for animal protein, extraction of natural resources and urbanization, intensive and unsustainable farming, exploitation of wildlife, increased travel and transportation, food supply changes and climate change, it said. “The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of these diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead,” said UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen.”Pandemics are devastating to our lives and our economies, and as we have seen over the past months, it is the poorest and the most vulnerable who suffer the most.”To prevent future outbreaks, we must become much more deliberate about protecting our natural environment.”About 60% of known infectious diseases in humans and 75% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, she said, largely due to the increased interaction between humans, animals and the environment. Topics :center_img The new coronavirus, which is most likely to have originated in bats, has infected more than 11 million people and killed over half a million people globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University.But it is just one in a growing number of diseases – including Ebola, MERS, West Nile fever, Zika, SARS and Rift Valley fever – that have jumped from animal hosts into the human population in recent years, said the report.Around two million people, mostly in developing nations, die from neglected zoonotic diseases every year. These outbreaks not only cause severe illness and deaths, but also result in major economic losses for some of the world’s poorest.In the last two decades alone, zoonotic diseases have caused economic losses of more than $100 billion. This does not include the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to reach $9 trillion over the next few years, said the report.Most efforts to control zoonotic diseases have been reactive rather than proactive, say experts. They want governments to invest in public health, farm sustainability, end over-exploitation of wildlife and reduce climate change.Africa – home to a large portion of the world’s remaining intact rainforests as well as fast-growing human population – is at high risk of the increased emergence of zoonotic diseases – but could also provide solutions, said experts.”The situation on the continent today is ripe for intensifying existing zoonotic diseases and facilitating the emergence and spread of new ones,” said ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith.”But with their experiences with Ebola and other emerging diseases, African countries are demonstrating proactive ways to manage disease outbreaks.”He said some African nations had adopted a “One Health” approach – uniting public health, veterinary and environmental expertise which can help to identify and treat outbreaks in animals before they pass to humans.The experts urged governments to provide incentives for sustainable land use and animal husbandry and to develop strategies for producing food that do not rely on the destruction of habitats and biodiversity.Monday is World Zoonoses Day, which commemorates the work of French biologist Louis Pasteur, who successfully administered the first vaccine against rabies, a zoonotic disease, on July 6 1885.last_img read more

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A home with strong rugby union credentials has hit the market again

first_imgThe home once owned by rugby union player Quade Cooper.AUSTRALIAN rugby star Quade Cooper’s second home has come back on the market, two years after he flipped it for $1.6 million.The five bedroom, three bathroom, two car garage house at 8 McDonald Street, Hawthorne, has seen some major changes happen in that time, as Brisbane’s southside saw a boom in interest.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The Queensland Reds’ player’s old backyard still has the “one of a kind” basketball halfcourt complete with custom graffiti art that he loved.But there is no doubting how much the area has surged with new neighbours in what used to be a vacant block off his backyard.The home was sold by Cooper in July 2015.The property is set to go to auction at 12.30pm on June 8.Agents Amaya Brookman and Darcy Lord of Place — Bulimba have the property open for inspection from noon to 12.30pm today.last_img read more

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Activist asset management can ‘create alpha’, says RWC

first_imgHe told IPE: “The regulatory uncertainties relating to, for example, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, have left European investors hesitant to look to alternative strategies. But we believe that will change.”Activist strategies are expensive strategies to run. However, the value proposition is higher due to the creation of alpha.”Mannix admits activism has historically had some negative connotations, as a result of the aggressive tactics of some investors, particularly in the US, where the market dynamics are supportive of more explicitly aggressive behaviour.He believes that, in Europe, activist fund managers generally only get things done when they have a positive relationship with corporate management.He added: “It is different in the European market. There, we have to have empathy with the local market dynamics that are varied across the different countries.”RWC took over the Focus Funds from Hermes in 2012. It has three strategies – Japan, UK only and pan-Europe.Mannix said: “We saw the opportunity to reposition the focus funds in the minds of investors and have seen significant inflows into the European strategy since the teams joined us.” Activism is essentially about being an alpha creator, according to investment manager RWC.But to date, activist funds are more widespread in the US.RWC chief executive Dan Mannix said: “In Europe, there is a lack of fund managers who do this well. In addition, there is a lack of capital support from European institutions.”However, Mannix said that, thanks to recommendations – for example, those coming from the UK’s Kay review – there is an increasing belief that fund managers have a duty to be good stewards and engage with the companies they invest in, increasing the interest in pure play activist managers.last_img read more

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BP’s earnings rise in Q3

first_imgUK-based energy giant and LNG player BP reported its underlying replacement cost profit, the company’s version of net profit, of $1.86 billion for the third quarter of 2017.The company’s underlying RC profit for the quarter jumped significantly compared to the $684 million recorded in the second quarter of the current year and $933 million in the corresponding period last year.BP’s oil and gas production in the third quarter averaged 3.6 million barrels of oil equivalent a day, 14 percent higher than in the third quarter of 2016.Net debt at September 30, 2017 was $39.8 billion, compared with $32.4 billion a year ago.Commenting on the results, BP’s CEO, Bob Dudley said, “This quarter, three new Upstream projects and the highest Downstream earnings in five years, underpinned by reliable operations and disciplined spending, have generated healthy earnings and cash flow. There is still room for further improvement.”Including amounts relating to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, operating cash flow for the third quarter was $6.0 billion, compared with $2.5 billion during the corresponding period in 2016.last_img read more

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Bulker collides with small tanker off Philippine coast

first_img Image by the Philippine Coast Guard “MV Dawn Horizon skippered by Captain Jovar Arboleda failed to perform necessary action based on the advisory of Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) – Corregidor that she was nearly (approximately two nautical miles) at the collision course of MTKR Malingap,” Antonio Guiritan, RAD officer of MTKR Malingap, told PCG. The 2013-built Dawn Horizon is owned by Panama-based White Coral Maritime and commercially controlled by Japan’s NYK Line, VesselsValue’s data shows. Image by the Philippine Coast Guard The ships in question are the 207,400 dwt Capesize bulker Dawn Horizon and the 2,800 dwt small clean tanker Malingap. A Panama-flagged bulk carrier collided with a Philippine-flagged tanker off Luzon Point, Mariveles, Bataan, on 15 August 2020, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said. Following the incident, Malingap filed a marine protest against Dawn Horizon to the Coast Guard Sub-Station Mariveles. Malingap reported no physical injuries to its crew members. However, the vessel suffered damages at its starboard bow bulwark, forecastle deck starboard side, starboard side access trunk, railings, fire hydrant and fire hose box, and starboard quarter, among others as a result of the sea collision. The 2016-built Malingap is owned by Philippine company Herma Shipping and Transport.last_img read more

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Joyce Roth, 69

first_imgJoyce A. Roth, 69, of Nebraska passed away at 2pm Saturday, March 5, 2016 at her home. She was born at Glendale, Ohio on October 17, 1946. She was married to Curtis Roth on December 24, 1999 and he survives. Other survivors include one step-son Dwayne (Holly) Roth of Sunman and four grandchildren. Mrs. Roth was a former employee of the Osgood Grub Company and also NAT, a division of Gecom in North Vernon. Mrs. Roth enjoyed feeding her birds outside as well as her parakeets in the house. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 9th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with visitation beginning at 10am. Burial will be in the Otter Creek Cemetery at Nebraska. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Victorious Against Squires

first_imgBatesville 7th grade improved to 10-1 on the year with a 55-27 victory over South Dearborn. Batesville gave great effort all night, methodically wearing the opponent down. Eventually pulling away right before the half, not letting up. Scoring for the dogs; Cade Kaiser (17), Jake Chapman (8), Carson Laker (6), Will Jaisle (6), Jacob Stenger (6), Gage Pohlman (4), Javier Jimenez (4), John Meyer (2), and Grant Goldsmith (2).  8th grade moved to 7-4 after defeating South Dearborn 35-27. South Dearborn began to make a run, but a last-second three by Chris Lewis to end the 3rd quarter helped gain momentum heading into the final quarter. Offensively the Bulldogs were led by Jack Grunkemeyer with 15 points, followed by Gus Prickel (8), Chris Lewis (3), Sam Johnson (3), Conner Drake (3), and Carter Bohman (3). Batesville is back in action Thursday at home against Milan.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.last_img read more

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UEFA likely to fast-track competitions in one venue, Getafe president says

first_imgUEFA plans to complete this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions by playing all rounds from the quarter-finals onwards in one host city, according to Getafe president Angel Torres.Both competitions were put on hold at the last-16 stage in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. This led to the Champions League final in Istanbul and the Europa League showpiece in Gdansk also being postponed.“UEFA’s idea is to play the Champions League and Europa League, starting from the quarter-finals, across one match in one venue, although nothing has been confirmed yet,” Torres said on Friday.“It will come to a decision on June 17 (when the executive committee meets).”From the group stages onwards, each round of both competitions until the final are held across two matches, one being played at the home of each team.UEFA has already said it was working out a solution to the fixtures hold-up. “A working group has been set up with the participation of representatives from the leagues and clubs to examine calendar solutions and format options that would allow for the completion of the current season.“A variety of options are being looked at and no decisions have been made at this stage.”Getafe’s last 16 first leg match away to Inter Milan was postponed after fierce criticism led by Torres at the game going ahead in Italy.Italy at that time was the European epicentre of the pandemic.Sevilla’s first leg match at home to AS Roma was also postponed, although the six other first leg games did take place. The second legs of four Champions League last 16 ties still need to be played.Atletico Madrid, Paris St-Germain (PSG), Atalanta and RB Leipzig have already booked their places in the last eight.Reuters/NAN.—RelatedPosts UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw Neuer crowned Player of the Month for August UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 Tags: Champions LeagueCoronavrirusGetafeUEFAlast_img read more

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Neymar reflects on Champions League defeat

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Neymar said “losing is part of the sport” as the Paris Saint-Germain star took to his Twitter handle to congratulate Bayern Munich on being crowned Champions League winners.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that PSG were unable to cap their first Champions League final appearance with silverware, following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern in Lisbon on Sunday. Neymar was caught emotional and teary at the post-match after PSG failed to add a maiden European crown to their domestic 2019-20 title in France.Afterwards, Neymar wrote via Twitter: “Losing is part of the sport, we tried everything, and we fought until the end.“Thanks for the support and affection from everyone. Congratulations Bayern.”Kingsley Coman’s second-half header saw Bundesliga champions, Bayern, emerge triumphant as they claimed their sixth European Cup and Champions League trophy.It also saw Bayern seal a second treble in eight seasons, with PSG ending their campaign as Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee de Champions holders. Kylian Mbappe, a World Cup champion with France, also took to social media following the showpiece event.Mbappe tweeted: “Disappointed not to end this year with the best of awards, but life is made that way.“We fought with all our might. Congratulations to Bayern. And a big thank you for your support.”Tags: bayernChampions LeagueNeymarPSGlast_img read more

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