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Swiss voters reject “No Billag” initiative, save public broadcasting

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Switzerland SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Economic pressure RSF_en News Protecting media freedom and free speech when regulating digital platforms Headquarters of RTS in Geneva /AFP News SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Economic pressure Reports March 7, 2018 Swiss voters reject “No Billag” initiative, save public broadcasting Receive email alertscenter_img to go further Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal But the Swiss authorities and state broadcasters heaved a sigh of relief after the referendum on Sunday (4 March), when 71.6% of voters rejected the proposed privatization of all the state broadcast media and chose to keep paying the annual tax that funds the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG/SSR) plus 34 privately-owned local and regional TV and radio stations. The vocal if minority support for the “No Billag” initiative – which got its name from the company, Billag, that collects the tax on behalf of the state – is nonetheless indicative of growing opposition to obligatory taxpayer funding for public broadcasting both in Switzerland and other European countries. Public service broadcasting is being questioned almost everywhere. Changing media landscape The media landscape is evolving and digital technology has brought a wide range of new video services, both linear and on-demand, offering an enormous variety of content from all over the world. A single, taxpayer-funded broadcaster occupying a fixed place in the market now seems out of date. The growth of global operators such as Google with immense economic power have resulted in a surfeit of foreign content. But they invest only 2% in original content, while public service operators invest 50 to 60%. Many wonder whether taxpayer-funded broadcast media still have a place in the digital era. A report by the European Broadcasting Union says that, given all these changes, the new services now available to the public could end up eclipsing the public broadcast media. Public broadcast media nonetheless still play an essential role in the digital era as a reliable source of independent news and information. But, in order to fully carry out their public interest mission, they must continue to receive adequate funding. This is often emphasized by the Council of Europe, which says public service broadcasting organizations can obtain the necessary funding in a variety of ways, including “direct contributions from the state, licence fees, income-generating activities or a combination of these sources.” Public service broadcast media are not commercial in nature and don’t try to generate profits. They have a budget that is determined by their public service mission. In addition to sports and entertainment programmes, they have to broadcast quality news and current affairs programmes and a variety of original programmes with special social and cultural interests (in response to specific genre quotas that include news, children, minorities and languages).“Almost everywhere in Europe, public service media are being criticized or questioned, giving rise to debates about what these TV and radio stations cost, about the use of public funds and what they really contribute to the media landscape,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, head of the EU-Balkans desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “These media nonetheless play a central role, helping to guarantee democracy, social cohesion and cultural values. For this reason, we hail the decision by Switzerland’s voters to preserve a tool that is essential to the freedom to inform.”In France, almost everyone seems to agree that there is too much public broadcasting. And in the era of streaming, the discussion can no longer be limited to traditional terrestrial broadcasting. Public service broadcasting needs to be rebuilt on the basis of its mission to serve the public and to educate. As in Switzerland, the controversy is above all about public television. The French government no longer hides its desire to overhaul a sector that consumes 4.5 billion euros a year and is partly funded by a 139-euro tax that around 20 million citizens pay annually on homes “equipped with a TV set or similar device.” The current government says the sector must learn to do better with less, in part because more and more French citizens write to the tax department to say they no longer watch TV and are therefore refusing to pay this tax. The high standards of the United Kingdom’s BBC and the quality of its programmes are a model all over the world. But the TV licence fee (paid by each British household with a TV set) has been reduced, and the BBC has been the subject of budget cuts leading to lay-offs. Under a September 2016 amendment, the licence fee is now universal, regardless of how broadcasts are consumed. It will be the same in Switzerland next year, now that the “No Billag” initiative has failed. Like the SRG/SSR, “Auntie” (as the BBC is sometimes called) gets 70% of her budget from the TV licence fee but, instead of advertising, makes up the shortfall by selling documentaries, films and series to other countries. The situation is similar in Belgium, where both public broadcasting in general and the role of advertising on RTBF (Belgium’s French-language broadcaster) are the subject of debate. Because more than one language is spoken in Belgium, the media landscape resembles Switzerland’s superficially. But there are many differences. Belgium does not have an overarching national broadcasting corporation like Switzerland’s SRG/SSR. And unlike Switzerland’s French-language TV broadcaster, RTBF has a major competitor in Belgium’s French-speaking areas: RTL-TVI, a commercial TV channel owned by the RTL group. This microcosm is also braced for changes by TF1, the French commercial TV channel, which is about to introduce Belgian ads into its broadcasts to the French-speaking parts of Belgium. RTBF’s funding is also different from the Swiss system. There is no TV licence fee. RTBF gets 70% of its funding from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the French-speaking community’s government. A third of its 316-million-euro budget comes from advertising and other revenue sources. RSF’s Adès-Mével added: “At a time when the media are threatened by disinformation and fake news, it is essential that every country should have independent public service broadcast media with enough funding for them to be able to fulfil their mission, regardless of the form this funding takes, whether from an annual fee or in the form of a direct allocation from the state’s coffers.” In the Netherlands, for example, the annual fee was replaced in 2000 by a direct grant from the government’s budget. However, direct government control of the budget of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting (NPO) led almost immediately thereafter to series of drastic cuts in the NPO budget. In some countries, the public funding mechanisms have been modified. Finland and Germany implemented major reforms in 2013 because the existing tax collection mechanism (based on TV or radio set ownership) was regarded as obsolete and disconnected from reality. Finland introduced a public broadcasting tax, known as the Yle tax, that is collected annually from individuals and varies according to income. Germany now collects a public broadcasting tax from all households and commercial entities (except certain social categories) on the grounds that, regardless of location, they all have some kind of device giving them access to the available public service broadcast media. In other countries, innovative solutions have been found to complement the basic public funding. Spain, for example, decided to tax the income of telecom operators. Similar changes have occurred outside Europe, in the western hemisphere and Asia. Television continues to be the main source of news for 50% of citizens in the United States but, in the Internet and cable era, the main news programmes of networks such as ABC, CBS and NBC are becoming increasingly “sensationalist and superficial,” according to Rodney Benson, a professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. In most democracies, it would be logical for the state to intervene to offset the economic collapse of this hyper-commercial system, marked by under-production of quality news and over-production of sensationalist and misleading news, Benson told RSF. “But in the United States, any state intervention would elicit fierce opposition from a coalition of anti-government conservatives and professional journalists driven by a strict reading of the First Amendment, which in their view forbids any government intervention in the media,” he said. Mistrust of federal government intervention is the reason why the media get minimal financial support from the US government. According to Benson, government funding for public media “represents about 1 dollar per inhabitant, as against 50 to 200 in most European countries.” An increase in government support would help to improve the quality of the public media, he says. But the United States is not moving in that direction. On the contrary, even this already low level of support is now under threat. Japan is developing online services with the aim of “providing the public with immediate access to information in any place and at any time,” according to Ryoichi Ueda, the president of NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster. NHK has no advertising and gets 96.8% of its funding from a reception fee paid by viewers. This public funding also enables NHK to provide an obligatory public information service about natural disasters in a country prone to earthquakes and typhoons. Nonetheless, 20% of households with TVs refused to pay the reception fee in 2017, in many cases because they think NHK toes the government line. The debates prompted by the “No Billag” initiative reflect upheavals that are not limited to Switzerland. The controversial proposal to abolish public broadcasting was the subject of much discussion at the European level and even worldwide, indicating that, to maintain their role and their status, the public broadcast media will have to learn to reinvent themselves. November 11, 2020 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation If Swiss voters had approved the “No Billag” initiative to end taxpayer funding for statebroadcasting, Switzerland would have become the first country in Europe to abolish itspublic radio and TV services. June 26, 2020 Find out more News April 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

USU Men’s Basketball Visits UNLV Monday and Wednesday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-Monday and Wednesday, Utah State men’s basketball (12-4, 9-1 in Mountain West play) visits the Thomas & Mack Center to face UNLV (5-6, 2-2 in MWC play)  as the Mountain West conference season ensues for both squads.The Aggies are 64-12 (.842) in the Craig Smith era (66-19, .776 at Utah State; 145-74, .662 as a Division I head coach) when they outrebound opponents. The Aggies have won on the glass every game this season.The Aggies are tied for third nationally in rebounds (660) with Radford and are ranked 17th nationally in rebounds per game (41.3). Utah State is also 2nd nationally in rebounding margin per game (+11; 41.3 rebounds per game-29.7 boards per contest).Utah State has 75 blocked shots on the season, ranking the Aggies 11th nationally.The Aggies score 75.8 points per game, tying Utah State for 94th nationally in scoring offense with Colorado. Utah State surrenders 61.1 points per game. This ranks the Aggies 16th nationally in scoring defense.Utah State’s statistical leader in all major statistical categories remains Portuguese national Neemias Queta, a junior center.Queta amasses 12.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. His 45 blocked shots rank him 4th nationally while he also has 48 assists and 22 steals.Other Aggies to score in double figures on-average include redshirt junior guard Marco Anthony (10.9 points, 5.1 rebounds per game) and junior forward Justin Bean (10.2 points, 7.4 rebounds per game).UNLV scores 74.5 points per game, ranking the Rebels 121st nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, the Rebels surrender 66 points per game. This ties UNLV for 72nd nationally in scoring defense with Colorado State and Marist.Junior guard Bryce Hamilton leads the Rebels in scoring (20.3 points per game, 27th nationally) and assists (36).The only other Rebel to score in double figures is junior guard David Jenkins Jr. (14.5 points per game).UNLV’s leader on the glass is Senegalese national, senior forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (8.5 rebounds per game).Sophomore guard Caleb Grill leads the Rebels in steals with 20 and sophomore forward Moses Wood has 10 blocked shots to pace UNLV in that category.UNLV is coached by T.J. Otzelberger, who is 22-21 (.512) in his second season at Las Vegas. Otzelberger is 92-54 (.630) as a Division I head coach including his time at South Dakota State (2016-2019).The Rebels have dominated the series against the Aggies traditionally, leading 33-9. At Las Vegas, the Rebels lead the series 18-2.The Aggies have won four out of their last five games against the Rebels, however. Written by January 25, 2021 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Visits UNLV Monday and Wednesday Tags: USU Men’s Basketball Brad Jameslast_img read more

MATOS, MICHELE L. (nee: Levinson)

first_img46, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on April 20, 2018 at Bayonne Medical Center with her family by her side. Michele was employed as a sales administrator for 8 years with the Empire Office Corporation in Manhattan, NY. Michele served as past Exalted Ruler for the Elks Lodge #434 in Bayonne where she and her husband John were active members. She was instrumental in coordinating many successful fundraisers which aided Children with Special Needs and the Military and Veteran Family Committee. She was a member of the Motorcycle Committee as part of the Elks activity and enjoyed every opportunity motorcycling with her husband. Michele was predeceased by her parents, Jay and Mary Levinson (Brennan) and her nephew Malachy Byrne. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 25 years, John Matos, her two daughters, Jessica and Shannon, her sister Alyson and husband Gary Byrne, her sister-in-laws, Debbie Wagner and husband Stan, Kelly Matos and her long time companion Frankie Giordano, her nieces and nephews, Katie Matos, Matthew and David Wagner, Zachary and Kiera Byrne, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and Elks Lodge friends. Funeral arrangements by DWORZANSKI & SON Funeral Home, 20 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

Vermont best as US foreclosure activity drops to lowest level since November 2008

first_imgVermont had the lowest foreclosure activity in the nation in November, with 10 foreclosures at a rate of only 1 for every 31,262 units. North Dakota was a very distant second with 49 foreclosures for a rate of 1 in 6,395. New Hampshire had 561 foreclosures for a rate of 1 in 1,064.RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com(link is external)), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, has released its US Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings ‘ default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions ‘ were reported on 262,339 US properties in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 14 percent decrease from November 2009. One in every 492 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.‘Foreclosure activity decreased dramatically in November, with fewer than 300,000 properties receiving a foreclosure notice for the first time since February 2009,’ said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac. ‘While part of the decrease can be attributed to a seasonal drop of 7 to 10 percent that typically occurs in November, fallout from the foreclosure robo-signing controversy forced lenders and servicers to hit the pause button on many foreclosures while they scrambled to revamp their internal procedures and revise or resubmit questionable paperwork.’Both the 21 percent month-over-month decrease and 14 percent year-over-year decrease in foreclosure activity were the highest drops recorded since RealtyTrac began publishing the US Foreclosure Report in January 2005.Foreclosure Activity by TypeA total of 78,955 U.S. properties received default notices (NOD, LIS) in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 31 percent decrease from November 2009 ‘ the 10th straight annual decrease in default notices. November’s default notices total was the lowest since July 2007.Default notices in states that practice judicial foreclosures (called Lis Pendens filings) decreased 31 percent from the previous month and were down 43 percent from November 2009. Meanwhile non-judicial default notices (NOD) decreased 9 percent from the previous month and were down 12 percent from November 2009.Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time on a total of 115,956 U.S. properties in November, a 16 percent decrease from the previous month and unchanged from November 2009. Scheduled judicial foreclosure auctions (NFS) decreased 34 percent from the previous month and were down 12 percent from November 2009, while scheduled non-judicial foreclosure auctions (NTS) decreased 7 percent from the previous month but increased 5 percent from November 2009.Lenders foreclosed on 67,428 U.S. properties in November, down 28 percent from the previous month and down 12 percent from November 2009. Bank repossessions (REOs) decreased month-over-month in 37 states and the District of Columbia. November’s REO total was the lowest since May 2009, but November’s numbers pushed the year-to-date 2010 REO total to more than 980,000 ‘ already above the record year-end total for 2009.Nevada, Utah, California post top state foreclosure ratesDespite a 20 percent monthly decrease in foreclosure activity, Nevada posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the 47th straight month. One in every 99 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing in November ‘ nearly five times the national average.Thanks in part to sharp monthly drops in foreclosure activity in Arizona, Florida, California and Michigan, Utah’s foreclosure rate leapfrogged to second highest among the states in November after being sixth highest the previous month. One in every 221 Utah housing units received a foreclosure notice during the month ‘ more than twice the national average.With one in every 233 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, California posted the nation’s third highest foreclosure rate despite a nearly 14 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month and a 22 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from November 2009.Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the top 10 in November were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado.10 states account for more than 70 percent of national totalCalifornia alone accounted for 22 percent of the national total in November, with 57,378 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the month ‘ the nation’s highest state total. Default notices in California, which is primarily a non-judicial foreclosure state, decreased 11 percent from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 2 percent and bank repossessions decreased 40 percent.With 32,938 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in November, Florida posted the second highest state total despite a 42 percent drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month. Default notices in Florida, which is a judicial foreclosure state, decreased 52 percent from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 46 percent and bank repossessions decreased 20 percent.With 15,311 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in November, Michigan posted the third highest state total despite a 21 percent drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month. Default notices in Michigan, which is primarily a non-judicial foreclosure state, decreased 4 percent from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 20 percent and REOs decreased 35 percent.Georgia posted the fourth highest state total, with 14,423 properties receiving a foreclosure filing, and Texas posted the fifth highest state total, with 13,369 properties receiving a foreclosure filing. Both states ‘ which are primarily non-judicial foreclosure states with short foreclosure processes that do not require a public default notice separate from the published foreclosure auction notice ‘ documented double-digit percentage increases in scheduled auctions from the previous month but also documented double-digit percentage decreases in bank repossessions from the previous month.Other states with foreclosure activity totals among the nation’s 10 highest in November were Illinois (12,941), Nevada (11,371), Ohio (10,458), Arizona (10,384) and Pennsylvania (5,672).Top 10 metro foreclosure rates in Nevada, California and FloridaWith one in every 86 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, the Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., metro area maintained the nation’s highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more. Las Vegas foreclosure activity decreased 19 percent from the previous month but was up 21 percent from November 2009.Reno-Sparks, Nev., also posted a foreclosure rate in the top 10, at No. 8 with one in every 150 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November.Seven California cities posted foreclosure rates that ranked in the top 10: Stockton at No. 2 with one in every 130 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing; Bakersfield at No. 3 (one in 133 housing units); Modesto at No. 4 (one in 135 housing units); Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 5 (one in 144 housing units); Merced at No. 6 (one in 147 housing units); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 7 (one in 148 housing units); and Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville at No. 9 (one in 163 housing units).Big monthly drops in foreclosure activity in many Florida metro areas resulted in only one metro area in the state with a foreclosure rate ranking among the top 10: Port St. Lucie at No. 10 with one in every 173 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November.Report methodologyThe RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month ‘ broken out by type of filing. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. RealtyTrac’s report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default ‘ Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auction ‘ Notice of Trustee Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real Estate Owned, or REO properties (that have been foreclosed on and repurchased by a bank). The report does not count a property again if it receives the same type of foreclosure filing multiple times within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located. Source: IRVINE, Calif. ‘ Dec. 16, 2010 ‘ RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com(link is external)last_img read more

‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio

first_img‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required.“It allows you to inject the solar on the customer side of the meter prior to getting into the home,” said Michael Shonka, a solar installer who has put the new equipment in a half-dozen homes in the Omaha area. “This means we can cut out $1,000 to $2,000 worth of cost in the system because you don’t need electricians to go through foundations trying to get to the service panel, and you don’t need to rearrange the panel.”Some people know it as “plug and play” solar.The ConnectDER “collar” plugs into the meter socket, typically on the outside of the house, and then the meter plugs into the ConnectDER, meaning that the solar panels’ inverter connects directly with the meter without having to go through the household service panel.In Nebraska, the Omaha Public Power District approved the equipment this past summer, and the Lincoln Electric System is now evaluating it. In Ohio, utilities in Tipp City, Yellow Springs and Westerville permit the new technology, as do about a dozen other utilities from Vermont to California and Hawaii.Shonka said he is “always looking for innovations in the industry,” and heard about ConnectDER at an industry meeting.“I recognized this as being a problem because every time I went to do an installation, I ran into issues with how to make the electrical connection.” The last few feet of wiring, he said, “are very expensive. You have to get through foundations, run wire in conduit through the inside of the house, rearrange the circuit-breaker box.”Marketing the product is time-consuming, said ConnectDER’s product manager, Jon Knauer, because, “Each new market that we want to sell it into requires utility approval. Over time that gets easier, because once we have a couple utilities sign off, the others tend to follow along. We’re still in the phase of opening up new markets.”He’s hopeful that in the Midwest, with its numerous municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, the technology may spread more rapidly than in other regions.Smaller non-profit utilities “make decisions fairly quickly. The (Omaha Public Power District) approved it in a month or two, which isn’t very long. And there are a lot of statewide municipal or co-op associations that you can take the product to and say, ‘This group of utilities similar to you are doing this, and maybe you should think about doing the same.’”More: New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installationlast_img read more

Struggling to pay medical bills? Here’s how UHS and Lourdes can help

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Healthcare costs are a long debated issue, but amidst a pandemic, it’s become even more top of mind for many families. As many are laid-off, struggling to pay bills, or losing their healthcare coverage, the need for financial assistance grows. You can call UHS at 607-763-6127 or Lourdes at 607-584-5522 for more information on if you qualify. The financial assistance at both hospitals has been in place for several years now, but they say many people might not even know the help is there. The percentages of how much the patient gets off their bill is broken up into brackets based on income and family size. For some, 100 percent of their co-pay may be covered through the programs. For example, at UHS, a patient who makes $38,281 dollars a year or less would get a portion of their co-pay taken care of. At Lourdes, an individual who makes less than $51,040 dollars would qualify for assistance on their co-pay. Both UHS and Lourdes offer assistance on co-pays depending on household size and income for those with insurance, or help finding coverage for those who are uninsured. last_img read more

TV Stars Who Left Shows and Came Back: Photos

first_imgAt the end of Chicago Fire‘s sixth season, Monica Raymund, who portrayed Gabby Dawson, announced she wouldn’t be back for season 7 and was ready to move on to new projects.Luckily, fans did get a chance to say goodbye after showrunner Derek Haas begged her to come back. She appeared twice in the season 7 premiere.“Last year, Monica let me know that she wasn’t going to come back. I was in denial,” Haas told Us at the time. “So she was like, ‘Derek, I love this character and have done this character for six years, but I have bigger, other ambitions.’ So, I was like, ‘OK, s—t.’ I wrote the ending of last season, and I will admit it was not the perfect … it wasn’t what I wanted to do in my head. We had planned pretty good in Puerto Rico, I just thought Casey would go get her and bring her back. Whatever. This summer, I saw her a couple of times. The first time, she was like, ‘Derek, I’m not doing it.’ Then the second time I was like, ‘Monica, please. I’m asking for one — literally one day, one episode. Can you come back?’ I think she took pity on me and came back and did it.”- Advertisement – For others, they put the character behind them, but when a show wraps, they decide to come back. Steve Carrell, for example, decided to exit The Office — and continuously said he wouldn’t be back. However, when the show came to an end in 2013, he couldn’t help appearing for one last laugh.For more stars who have exited TV shows only to come back later, scroll through the gallery below. – Advertisement –center_img Saying goodbye is tough — staying away is even tougher. That’s the case for many stars in TV shows. Episodic TV, although it’s changing constantly in the midst of the streaming wars, isn’t a small commitment. Many dramas include 24 hour-long episodes per season, leaving little room for other projects.That said, many actors who decide it’s time to hang up their hat on a role they’ve played for years, later come back. Sometimes, they don’t even wait very long.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Indonesian dengue epidemic subsides after 58,000 cases

first_img Unusual numbers of cases were reported in 293 cities and parts of 17 provinces this year, the WHO said. All 30 provinces were affected by the outbreak. The vast majority of cases—about 52,000—occurred from January through March, according to previous reports. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness involving headaches, rashes, cramps, and back and muscle pain. Symptoms last about 2 weeks, and the disease can be fatal if supportive treatment is delayed. Dengue hemorrhagic fever, a potentially deadly complication, is characterized by high fever; hemorrhagic phenomena, often with enlargement of the liver; and in severe cases, circulatory failure. May 12, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The dengue fever epidemic in Indonesia has subsided after 58,301 cases were reported in 4 months, which rivaled the pandemic year of 1998, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). May 11 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_05_11a/en/ See also: More than 93% of the cases were in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, where moist conditions provide ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, the AFP reported. The story said large outbreaks of the disease tend to occur every 4 or 5 years.center_img Elsewhere, Vietnam had 8,784 dengue cases in the first 4 months of this year, a 47% increase from last year, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The cases included 14 deaths. There were 658 deaths among cases of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever reported from January through April, the WHO said yesterday. The case-fatality rate of 1.1% was lower than in previous years, officials said. “At the end of April the situation has returned to normal with all provinces reporting cases at a low level,” the WHO said. “Jakarta, Bali and Nus Tenggarah Timur, which were among the most affected provinces, are still being monitored closely.” A dengue pandemic in 1998 caused 1.2 million cases in 56 countries, the WHO reported. That year, Indonesia had 72,133 cases and 1,414 deaths, the agency said, adding, “The outbreak in Indonesia this year appears to be of similar magnitude.” As in 1998, Dengue 3 appeared to be the predominant virus serotype this year.last_img read more

A new visitor center has been opened in Laškovica, a new starting point for active visits to the Krka National Park

first_imgThe newly renovated movement center in Laškovica, above Roški slap, is open to visitors of the Krka National Park, as a starting point for active visits to the middle course of the Krka and as another valuable visitor content in the Krka National Park.In the newly renovated center in Laškovica there are receptions, buffet, souvenir shop, office and storage space, as well as an external bathroom. A hall with sixty seats has been arranged and equipped for conferences, lectures and education, in which the exhibition “Krka in the eyes of researchers: a river in seven stories” was set up on this occasion. Visitors will be able to get all the necessary information about the Park, buy tickets or just relax.”The public institution ‘Krka National Park’ has a clear vision of development and management of its natural and cultural capacities and continuously works on nature conservation and expansion of visitor opportunities. This place is conceived as a starting point for an active tour of the Park through 29 km of hiking trails and 470 km of bike trails, which will soon be presented to nature lovers on two wheels. Thus, we are opening a new chapter in visiting the Krka National Park, which attracts true nature lovers, eager to discover the unknown Krka, and this center will provide them with all the necessary information along the way. “, pointed out the director of the Public Institution “Krka National Park”, M.Sc. sc. Krešimir Šakić.The movement center in Laškovica will also contribute to the improvement of the visiting system at Roški slap. Due to the fact that such a functional facility has been arranged in the immediate vicinity of the site, there is less need for significant infrastructural projects on Roški slap, the second most visited site in the Krka National Park, a place of exceptional natural beauty and rich cultural and historical heritage. The public institution will connect the center in Laškovica with Roški slap and thus give additional value to the quality of visiting and the experience of the environment.last_img read more

Housing now more affordable across the nation thanks to Sydney price falls: HIA

first_imgThe HIA has released its latest Housing Affordability Index. Image: AAP/Dave Hunt.HIA’s Affordability Index is calculated for each of the eight capital cities and regional areas on a quarterly basis and takes into account latest dwelling prices, mortgage interest rates and wage developments. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“Affordability in Sydney improved by 1.9 per cent as a result of the reduction in dwelling prices over the past six months, while in Melbourne the outcome was largely unchanged as price growth remains solid,” HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said. But Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North said the index did not necessarily take account of the tighter lending standards currently in play. RECORD $11.6M BEACHFRONT SALE SWITCH ON THE LUXURY PROPERTY CONFIDENCE AT RECORD HIGH Housing affordability has improved in Australia’s capital cities, according to the HIA. Image: AAP/Sam Mooy.HOUSING affordability has improved in most of Australia’s capital cities in 2018, thanks mostly to price falls in Sydney.The Housing Industry Association’s latest Affordability Index reveals homes became 0.2 per cent more affordable in the first three months of the year.But the improvement was limited by strong home price growth in markets like Melbourne and Hobart. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Housing affordability has improved in most of Australia’s capital cities in 2018, according to the HIA. Image: AAP/Paul Miller.“In any case, in most centres, affordability is still well below the long term averages,” he noted.Mr Garrett said the current interest rate settings continued to benefit affordability, but it remained a challenge in the larger capital cities.“The root cause of the problem is that the cost of producing new houses and apartments is still too high,” he said.“Governments need to focus on solutions involving lower land costs, a more nimble planning system and a lighter taxation burden on new home building.”center_img A house for sale in Sydney. Image: AAP/Paul Miller.last_img read more