H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Pandemic declared, global case counts, Tamiflu shortage, Hong Kong closes all schools, pneumococcal vaccine

first_imgJun 11, 2009WHO declares influenza pandemic phase 6The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the novel H1N1 virus has achieved pandemic status. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced the move to pandemic alert phase 6. “The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” she said. “The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.” She noted that most cases have been mild and the epidemic been moderate in relatively well-off countries, but a “bleaker picture” may emerge as it spreads in poor countries.[Jun 11 Chan statement]Global H1N1 count nears 29,000The WHO today released its latest case count for novel H1N1 influenza worldwide: 28,774 cases and 144 deaths in 74 countries, up 1,037 cases and 3 deaths from yesterday’s numbers. Countries reporting the greatest increase in laboratory-confirmed cases since yesterday were Mexico (524 new cases), Britain (156), Australia (83), Japan (33), and China (32).[WHO update 47]Australians urged to conserve TamifluSupplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are scarce at some Australian pharmacies, prompting health minister Nicola Roxon to state that many patients with mild illnesses don’t need that drug and that government stockpiles are reserved for those at highest risk, such as those with underlying medical conditions, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported today. The country’s case count has risen to 1,275, with several hospitalizations, including four with reportedly no risk factors in intensive care units.Manitoba intensifies measures to limit novel flu spreadAmid rising novel flu cases and hospitalizations, Manitoba’s regional health authority warned residents to limit hospital visits and asked people with flulike symptoms to stay away, the Winnipeg Globe and Mail reported today. Two more people were placed on ventilators yesterday, bringing the total to 27. Many are from the province’s First Nations communities. The chief of one group said authorities are sanitizing public places and that crowded housing is contributing to flu spread.Hong Kong closes all schools after finding local clusterHong Kong’s government announced today that it has identified its first local novel H1N1 case cluster, in a school, which prompted government officials to close all schools and childcare centers from tomorrow until Jun 25. Officials also announced plans to open eight designated flu clinics on Jun 13, which could expand to 10 more sites if needed. Officials noted their approach to control the spread of the virus is moving from containment to mitigation.CDC urges pneumococcal vaccine for at-risk groupsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted interim guidance on use of the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine during the novel flu outbreak. The vaccine is still recommended for those age 65 or older and patients aged 2 to 64 who have certain high-risk conditions. However, the CDC urges that those younger than 65 who have underlying health conditions receive the vaccine, because vaccination rates are low and rates of severe novel H1N1 infections are high.[Jun 9 CDC 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine guidance]last_img read more

Booking.com has introduced a fee for the use of billing through its service

first_imgThe landlord’s e-mail address received an “unpleasant” notification from Booking.com that from June 01, 2019, they will introduce a fee for payment through its service in the amount of 1.1%. RELATED NEWS: Booking.com charges guests for your stay according to your conditions and ensures that guests pay the full amount before arrival, pointing out that one of the advantages is the same, adding that using this service helps reduce cancellations and guarantees payment in case of no-show, as well as various payment options. offer, which provides a better accommodation booking experience. As they point out from Booking.com, the purpose of this fee is to cover the processing costs of the various payment methods they offer. Thus, from June 01, 2019, in addition to the previous 15% Booking.com commission, 1,1% commission will now be added for payment through their service, which is a total Booking.com commission of 16,1% .center_img The bank’s commission and fee can be seen in the booking overview, and the bank’s fee will only be charged if you receive payment for that reservation. On the other hand, as explained by Booking.com, the bank fee will not be charged if the guest cancels the reservation within the period in which the free cancellation is possible or if he does not show up without having paid. Of course, the use of billing through Booking.com is not mandatory, and if you want to manage guest payments yourself, you can deactivate the Billing Service through Booking.com. Also, 25% VAT is charged on the total amount of Booking.com’s commission, which in the end is 20% (Booking.com commission + VAT). BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES INDEPENDENT RESERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PREVIOUS HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONlast_img read more

Edge Hill, Freshwater, Kamerunga Cairns’ most-clicked properties

first_img Iconic Cairns restaurant reborn Glenda Sibbald has owned her Old Smithfield Rd property there for five years and it comes with two large multipurpose rooms or bedrooms downstairs plus common area indoor and outdoor living zones.The downstairs section rents for $490 per week. She said the suburb was friendly and picturesque.Just a few doors along at number 61, Belle Property agent Vanessa Robinson sold the home for $1.225 million last month – a record price for the established suburb. And not too far away, Donna Waldman from Ulysses Real Estate sold 4 Rathis Close in Kamerunga in July just three weeks after it was listed. She said properties were in high demand in the suburb.“I had a number of offers on it,” Ms Waldman said. “Kamerunga is sought-after because Peace Lutheran College is nearby, and it is in the catchment for Redlynch State School and St Andrew’s Catholic College and parents are wanting to get their kids into those classes.” Plan to entice Indian visitors to Cairns SPECIAL OFFER: Cairns Post subscription just $1/week for first 8 weeks Aldi responds to FNQ’s wish for storecenter_img “It’s got things that attract potential buyers like cafes, restaurants, botanic gardens, (the) Tanks and walking tracks. “Stratford, too, is a real lifestyle suburb. Again, it’s got that village feel that people love in Edge Hill and there’s the ability to walk to coffee shops or restaurants from home. “You can also jump on a bike track and get safely to where you need to go.”Just down the road from Stratford, Freshwater did rate a mention as the second most clicked on suburb. Glenda Sibbald at her Freshwater property on Old Smithfield Rd. The suburb was second most clicked on according to realestate.com.au data for the six months to September 2019. PHOTO: ALICIA NALLY MORE NEWS Glenda Sibbald at her Freshwater property on Old Smithfield Rd. The suburb was second most clicked on according to realestate.com.au data for the six months to September 2019. PHOTO: ALICIA NALLYTHERE is no surprise as to what’s on the list of most clicked on properties in the Cairns region – rather, it’s the locations that have been left off that have raised some eyebrows.Data from realestate.com.au showed Edge Hill, Freshwater and Kamerunga were most popular with online viewers clicking 2160, 1834 and 1538 times respectively on properties in the leafy suburbs.But LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Nadine Edwards said she was surprised Stratford did not rate in the top 10.“Edge Hill is known as a premier suburb and buyers there want the proximity to everything – the CBD, the airport,” she said. CAIRNS’ MOST CLICKED ON SUBURBS More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago ■ Edge Hill: 2160 ■ Freshwater: 1834 ■ Kamerunga: 1538 ■ Brinsmead: 1530 ■ Whitfield: 1510 ■ Palm Cove: 1486 ■ Holloways Beach: 1311 ■ Bayview Heights: 1237 ■ Redlynch: 1234 ■ Kanimbla: 1144(Data from realestate.com.au and only includes stand-alone houses. Each area had to have at least four sales per month for the six months to the end of September 2019.)last_img read more