Cost of battling avian flu rising, World Bank says

first_imgDec 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Bank estimates it will cost between $1.2 and $1.5 billion to fight avian influenza over the next 2 to 3 years, a sizable increase since last January.The institution announced the total in a Nov 30 report in advance of a donors’ conference to be held in Bamako, Mali, Dec 6-8. The conference, a follow-up to one held in Beijing in January, is hosted by the government of Mali, the African Union, and the European Commission, with support from the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza.Of nearly $1.9 billion pledged in Beijing, international donors have committed $1.4 billion, according to the report. It says that a substantial portion of the commitments ($242 million) consists of loans and credits, rather than grants, from multilateral development banks.David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian and pandemic flu, told journalists at a health reporters’ conference in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec 1 that $800 million of the amount pledged at the Beijing meeting has been spent so far.The new World Bank estimate of need is about 17% more than the needs presented at the Beijing conference and reflects avian flu developments of the past year, according to the report. It says the virus has spread to 39 more countries this year, the number of human deaths has risen steadily, and the fatality rate has increased from 53% to 60%.”The largest increases in needs are in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa, which reflects both the spread of the disease to those regions and the relatively poor conditions of veterinary and public health services,” the report states.At the Beijing conference, only about $94 million (18%) in committed funds were earmarked for African or Middle Eastern countries; these countries were thought to be at low risk because they had not yet experienced any H5N1 outbreaks. The World Bank estimates Africa will need $466 million to finance its avian influenza activities. The goal for the Middle East and North Africa is $70 to $113 million.Because African countries are economically weaker and less able to respond to avian flu threats, the World Bank is urging donor countries to focus on significant grant funding rather than loans for them.The report says the needs of eastern and southern Asia will remain high, estimating the total at about $935 million. That includes at least $200 million for Indonesia, where 57 people have died of avian flu and the disease has affected 30 of 33 provinces. The World Bank says recent poultry outbreaks of H5N1 in India also contribute to the sustained funding needs for the region.See also:Nov 30 World Bank report on the worldwide cost of avian influenza prevention effortsJan 18 CIDRAP News article “$1.9 billion pledged for global avian flu battle”last_img read more

Bloodsport

first_imgAs I sit here at my computer on this very dreary Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am in a semi-fog in regards to the importance of wins and losses in the sports world. There is a tragedy, an almost unimaginable tragedy that has occurred in the Western Hemisphere. Yes I am talking about the almost “genocidal” non-response to the “army” of “grim reapers” that has invaded the small impoverished Afro-Caribbean country to the south of America, Haiti. The monumental loss of life is a burden unto itself and overwhelming but the response by the African-American community, particularly affluent Black athletes in the NFL, MLB and the NBA has been very “underwhelming.” The Afrocentric athletes from other countries and cultures take the economic and social impact of games and sports, very seriously.Everyone, at least a significant percentage of Black folk seem to be going “Lady Gaga” over a few “insensitive remarks that the CBN right-winger and so-called preacher and part-time politician Pat Robertson made in response to the horrific situation in Haiti.Robertson said in a nutshell that “something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.’ True story.” And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other and desperately poor.That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.Because there are no living Haitians to confirm their country’s alleged past pact with the devil it is difficult to corroborate or dispute Robertson’s statement.Please indulge me for a few moments while I kick it seriously with you, ladies and gents.One of the prime reasons that Haiti sits on the bottom of the economic pyramid in the Western Hemisphere is because they lack basic commodities of value that they can sell and they rarely take advantage of any opportunities that may be occasionally available to them. However, the most visible commodity exported from the Dominican Republic is baseball players.There was an article published on CBS-sports.com titled “Baseball: a Dominican cash crop.”It said “In this impoverished country the single-minded dedication to sports has paid off for many like native Dominican Sammy Sosa and Dominican-American Alex Rodriguez.“There are a lot of things we don’t produce in this corner of the Caribbean,” said Enrique Emilio Cordova, a local baseball historian. “We don’t produce much grain, we don’t have much industry. But every year we have a harvest of excellent ball players.” Dominicans outnumber any nationality other than U.S. citizens in the Major League system. Baseball not only is the national pastime, it’s an important bragging point, a crucial economic activity and a strong component of Dominican nationalism.”“The government is strongly linked to the sport of baseball,” said Cesar Cedeno, the cabinet-level secretary of sports. “What our baseball stars do to uphold and promote the country’s image, if we had to pay for that, the price would be immeasurable.”Have the Dominicans sold their soul to the devil so that a few of their young men can become rich and prosperous?Why aren’t more Black athletes giving back more of their time and money to urban America and why aren’t they trying to create and maintain positive public images as opposed to shooting themselves, and bringing guns into locker rooms?In 2009-2010 the collective payroll of the NFL was more than $6 billion (CBS sports.com). The percentage of Black athletes in the league in the last few years has hovered around 75 percent. Based on the number of players in the league and their salaries, theoretically at least Black players should reap around $4.5 billion of the windfall. If they put just 10 percent of those dollars back into the community, our inner cities could possibly benefit to the tune of between $250-300 million. I don’t even want to get into the salaries of Black players in the NBA and MLB. We do not have enough space here.On Dec. 31, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder the late, great Roberto Clemente, died in a plane crash in route to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. His body was never recovered but he died honorably attempting to help others.In times of need Black athletes and Black people must get up, put up and shut up. We must stop being the borrowers and become the lenders because the best commodity that we have to offer to the world is ourselves. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected])last_img read more

Arcata, St. Bernard’s top H-DN All-County basketball awards

first_imgEureka >> Winning sure does have its perks, and in the case of the Humboldt-Del Norte League all-county basketball honors — to the victor go the spoils. For the second time in as many season, Arcata and St. Bernard’s boys and girls basketball teams swept the top awards as the H-DN All-County teams were released on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s coaches.On the boys side, Arcata’s Thomas Nelson was named Big 5 MVP after leading the Tigers to a third-straight H-DN title and a win over …last_img

G20: Africa’s growth can stabilise the world economy

first_img“The G20 has the right mix of developing and mature economies to lay the foundation for sustainable growth,” Dr. Heather Smith (Image: B20 Australia)• G20 Task Force Australia+61 800 922 [email protected] Sulaiman PhilipGoods are made in the world. Your smartphone contains rare earth minerals mined across Africa. Different components are manufactured across the globe and, in the case of your iPhone, assembled at a factory in China before being shipped to the US. Older smartphones are shipped to the developing world, where they are refurbished and resold, or recycled for the gold, silver and platinum used in their manufacture.Until very recently American tech company Apple was the most highly valued in the world, but, it has fewer than 600 000 American employees. Across the globe however, Apple has created more than 1.6 million jobs, not including those in the retail sector.When one link in that chain breaks, then the entire interdependent and integrated world economy is threatened with failure. The effects can be devastating, as the world realised when financial markets in the US collapsed, sending ripples across the globe.In his introduction at the G20 Outreach Seminar at UNISA, vice chancellor, Mandla Makhanya, explained that the global economy was slowly backing away from that chasm, but that there was still work to be done. He pointed out that global economic activity and the meltdown in 2008 had shown governments that what it meant to be a nation had also changed irrevocably.Makhanya highlighted challenges facing nations – jobless growth and growing inequality – but added that there were people working to tackle these problems. The G20 group of nations, and its target of 2% growth, is the best hope to help reap the promise of better futures for all. “The G20 is capable of catalysing a global turnaround. They are able to grapple with challenges at a global level and can put in place workable solutions.” Australia’s plan for global economic stabilityDr Heather Smith, Australia’s G20 Sherpa and keynote speaker at the event, explained Australia’s five-point Brisbane Action Plan. Australia holds the G20’s 2014 presidency and is responsible for formulating and driving policy for the year. Its plan: 2% GDP growth over five years; attract private infrastructure development; remove obstacles to trade; create jobs and lift participation; and empower development – and how it affects Africa in particular, while hardly innovative, sounds practical and easily accomplished.Australia has chosen one of two policies to spur economic growth. The first one, austerity, would impose fiscal responsibility on debtor nations and depress economic growth, especially in Africa where economies are based on mining and agriculture. Austerity drives down the prices of precious metals by artificially curbing demand.Smith explained that Australia has chosen to stimulate growth and prosperity instead. She is cautious enough to counsel care. Australia’s path, and that of the G20, relies on government monetary and trade policy working together to offset the risks of inflation and sovereign debt. Uncontrolled, these could cause a more damaging future financial crisis.Smith explained that Australia believes open and free trade is the best way to lift Africa out of poverty. “Africa should be a growing part of the world economy; we should be lifting more people out of poverty in Africa. But we will not do it with all the trade barriers that exist between African countries.”With the rolling presidency Australia’s for 2014, it has made formulating a structured G20 African policy a priority. Using the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – a continent-wide vision and policy framework meant to accelerate economic co-operation and integration among African countries, adopted by the African Union in 2001 – G20 countries have engaged piecemeal and on an individual basis with Africa’s countries.Australian trade with Africa has been growing; its two largest African trade partners are Nigeria and South Africa and that trade now makes up a third of its foreign direct investment. Trade with Africa is not a philanthropic act on Australia’s part, nor on that of its G20 partners. It is a policy deigned to rebalance the global economy; as the economies of Europe and North America wane, Africa is seen as a new centre of demand.According to IMF research, emerging and developing markets will overtake established economies within a few years. “Asia’s middle class gave rise to the Asian Tiger economies. We see the same patterns in Africa. The African Development Bank numbers Africa’s middle class at 350 million, and it is growing. Open borders have transformed the world, and it will transform Africa. Today Africa is 30% more open to trade than it was in 1960 because governments understand the importance of free trade.”Australia’s five-point plan is intended as a guide to strengthen co-operation between developed northern economies and emerging and growing nations. Smith believes that improved infrastructure leads to improved trade, investment and employment and will eventually empower skilled workers. Opening Africa’s borders to improve trade efficiencyAccording to the World Trade Organization, cross-border trade has grown by 4% in 2014, to levels not seen before 2008. If that growth can be sustained, Africa can, trading with itself and the rest of the world, lift itself out of poverty.“G20 policies on cross-border trade will affect inequality by lifting more people out of poverty. If governments can be convinced to take action to free up trade, especially across borders, it will have a ripple effect on development issues. By not stopping trucks at the border you improve the efficiency of the supply chain, create jobs along the chain and positively affect issues like food security as well.”The core goal of Australia’s plan is stabilising the world’s economy: to return it to a semblance of its pre-2008 efficiency. The G20 believes the open markets will create opportunities for businesses in Japan to sell its TVs to customers in Europe, while a farmer in Kenya will be able to ship produce to America, without losing a third along inefficient supply routes, as easily as selling to Kenyans.“Stability as it the core of what we are trying to achieve,” Smith concluded. “We accept that the financial crisis was created in developed economies but we are all connected. We need Africa to be part of the change because the poorest of the poor were the hardest hit.”The world still faces global challenges, but as Africa has prospered members of the industrialised G20 nations have begun to look at the continent not as a charity case, but instead as the newest, most promising market, holding the promise to stabilise and rebuild the world’s economy.last_img read more

Only YOU can prevent the spread of free DP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCCorn continued to trade sideways, closing within a tight 5-cent range for the fourth week in a row.This week the USDA will release the long-awaited final 2018 yield results as well as the supply and demand report. I’m expecting a corn yield decrease and slight increase in demand. Hopefully, if this happens corn will start to inch higher.The Dec corn/Nov bean ratio moved slightly in favor of planting beans. If the U.S. and China don’t iron out a new trade detail encouraging more Chinese bean imports soon, bean prices may be in trouble down the road.Brazil’s bean crop conditions continue to slide backwards which is slightly supportive but without a growing problem in Argentina it won’t matter. This is because last year’s drought in Argentina produced much less than was forecasted. If Argentina produces a normal crop this year it will be 40% larger than last year and offset any loss of yield in Brazil. Tell your friends and neighbors to stop using free DPFebruary is when free storage from free DP (deferred pricing) opportunities start being advertised across much of the Corn Belt. Deferred pricing is when a farmer can sign over their grain to an end user and wait to price the grain until a later date. On the surface, DP seems like a win-win for farmers and end users. DP is a great way for an end user to get a supply of grain during the winter. While, farmers can move their grain now when they aren’t busy and price later during a potential rally.However, DP actually ends up hurting all farmers (those using it and those that do not). Why? When end users extend this program, it’s usually because they are having difficulty procuring enough grain to meet their needs. Typically, DP offerings spur a rush of quick ship grain. Offering DP helps the end user get through a month or two of difficult origination. But this ultimately hurts the bids end users should be willing to pay for grain right now. Why would end users push their market bids up when they are getting plenty of grain delivered? In other words, DP keeps prices artificially lower than they should be.This suppression in basis value could be 10 cents or more. This means farmers raising 175 bushels per acre could being losing $17.50 per acre of profit for this “free offer” whether they participate or not. I’ve read how farmers want to limit dicamba use during certain times of the year because their neighbors could affect their yields. So I’m amazed farmers aren’t getting more upset when their neighbors use free DP, because it hurts their wallet directly.Some farmers argue that with DP they don’t have to worry about the condition of grain in their bin or when they are going to move it. Plus, they get the flexibility of being able to selling at potentially better prices down the road. Again, this seems good on the surface; however, now the farmer is committed to the end user they delivered to and the prices that end user offers. Nearby bids for grain then tend to run at lower values versus the forward bids. This “discounted” price is another cost for that “free” DP.Another problem with “free” DP is when the average farmer places a sale order on their DP grain, it is usually for a cash price sale. End users now know where nearby farmers are willing to sell, because they can see all of the farmers’ orders they have stored for them in DP. If many farmers pick the same price point to sell their grain, the end users can then fade their basis number back leading up to a potential large pricing point. While that basis fade may only be 2to 5 cents, that “free” DP just cost a farmer another $1,000 to $2,500 (on 50,000 bushels) or $3 to $10 per acre.It only takes about 20% of farmers in an area to commit 50% of their production to “free DP” for end users to procure about a month’s worth of needed production. This can bridge end users until the next round of farmer selling right before planting season and suppress prices for all farmers locally who need higher prices to be profitable.In grain marketing nothing is ever “free.” There are always hidden costs, and for “free DP” the hidden costs hurt ALL farmers, not just the ones that participate.So encourage your neighbors to not use free DP. Tell them the common nicknames for farmers using DP….like Dumb Producers or Delaying Problems. Tell them that end users see it as a way to Double Profits. Explain how DP users help to suppress prices for all farmers. Or tell them how they are now locked into using an end user who knows what many local farmers are willing to pay for their grain, and how that will keep prices lower than actual market value. Tell them the minor conveniences they are getting come at a huge cost to not only them but YOU too.Remember, only YOU can prevent the spread of free DP. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Boxing: IBF orders purse bid for Degale vs Uzcategui

first_imgAdvertisementDegale (24-2-1, 14KOs) is coming off of a razor close decision win over Caleb Truax in a rematch this past April. Some felt as though DeGale looked sluggish at times but he was able to eke out a victory and regain his IBF super middleweight title.Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) is coming off of a very impressive performance in which he stopped Andre Dirrell in the eighth round. That fight was a rematch after their first fight ended in controversial fashion with Uzcategui being disqualified.DeGale is a talented guy but is inconsistent and a guy that some consider being a “frontrunner”.  Uzcategui, on the other hand, could be considered an underrated fighter with big power and confidence to match. No doubt this fight could be intriguing.However, it must be noted that DeGale is currently in talks to possibly face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. That could be a reason why negotiations between himself and Uzcategui haven’t went very far.Advertisementlast_img read more

a month ago​Nuno insists Wolves focused on Braga

first_img​Nuno insists Wolves focused on Bragaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno Espirito Santo insists that everyone at the club is focused on their next game – a Europa League tie against Braga.Wolves are suffering a dip in form, after suffering two successive defeats against Everton and Chelsea.They are in the bottom three in the Premier League, which is an unusual position considering their form last season.But Nuno thinks they must take things one game at a time in order to find their groove.”It’s the third season for us. We started in the Championship, Thursday we play Europa League, we are the same,” said Nuno to reporters.”We have to work hard, but we don’t stay too much time in the past, we just look at Thursday.”This is my job. It’s not when we win everything is OK, when we lose everything is bad.”That’s why I say we have to realise what happened.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoAston Villa striker Wesley: Being father at 14 forced me to chase Euro career

first_imgAston Villa striker Wesley: Being father at 14 forced me to chase Euro careerby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa striker Wesley has spoken of becoming a father at the age of 14.The Brazilian signed for the midlands club in the summer in a £22.5 million transfer from Club Brugge”I had my first child when I was 14 years old,” Wesley told Sky Sports. “It was difficult because it was during this time that I started to try and play football professionally.”I had to work in the day and then go to training in the evening.”I was 14 when I had my first kid, and 16 when I had my second. When I had my children, I told myself I had to do everything to be a football player.”Despite having two children to care for, Wesley went for broke when he was 17, embarking on a six-month trip to Spain for a trial with Atletico Madrid. It proved unsuccessful, but Wesley hailed the experience as “amazing” before heading to France, and then eventually ending up back in Brazil working in a factory where reality began to hit.”I had to get money for my kids. I would go to a team and every team said no,” Wesley added, before revealing how he ended up with AC Trencin. “I went to six teams before going to Slovakia.”When I went to the sixth team, I thought I didn’t want to play football anymore. I thought it was finished for me. Then I got a chance.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Joey Bosa Trolls Marcus Mariota, Oregon With “O, No” Instagram Post

first_imgJoey Bosa trolls Marcus Mariota with Instagram post.Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa of one of the most promising young players in the nation. He also seems to be quite skilled in the trash talk department.Tuesday morning, following his team’s 42-20 College Football Playoff National Championship win over Oregon, Bosa took to Instagram to poke a bit of fun at his opponent. We’re not sure if he’s just responding to the fact that the Ducks were favored in the contest or whether he had words with some of Oregon’s players during the game. But considering he posted a photo of Mariota lying on the ground (after this hit), with the words “O, No”, we think it’s safe to say he feels justified rubbing it all in.It’s quite likely that Mariota and Bosa will see each other at the next level. But for now, it’s Bosa and the Buckeyes who have bragging rights.last_img read more