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Federal workers abroad urged to store food, water

first_imgEditor’s note: Shortly after publication of this story, the US Consulate in Hong Kong first changed and later removed its Web page advising employees to stockpile a 12-week supply of food and water. Nov 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US State Department is advising government employees overseas to stockpile enough food and water to last up to 12 weeks in preparation for the threat of a severe influenza pandemic.A Nov 3 statement posted on the Web site of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau said the State Department recently sent guidance on “shelter-in-place” or “self-quarantine” to all diplomatic and consular posts.The statement said that overseas employees, like their stateside counterparts and private citizens, should maintain supplies of food and water for a possible pandemic. The advisory urges families to store nonperishable foods that don’t require refrigeration, preparation, or cooking. Also, families are advised to store 1 gallon of water per person per day.The Hong Kong consulate also advises US citizens in Hong Kong and other countries to prepare for water supply disruptions if infrastructure breakdowns occur during an influenza pandemic.Suggested water purification techniques include boiling for at least 10 minutes and adding specified amounts of regular Clorox bleach.The recommendation that US citizens overseas stockpile 12 weeks’ worth of food and water differs from the current federal recommendation for general pandemic preparedness. The government, on its pandemic planning Web site, recommends that US residents stockpile 2 weeks’ worth of food and water.See also:PandemicFlu.gov article “A guide for individuals and families”http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/familyguide.htmllast_img read more

Harawira seeks party direction on gay marriage

first_imgNZ Herald 21 June 2012Mana leader Hone Harawira is coming under pressure from his party to support gay marriage, despite previously expressing discomfort about it, saying he was “morally very conservative”. Mr Harawira has so far refused to say whether he will vote in favour of gay marriage if a member’s bill to allow it comes up before Parliament. However, the issue has sparked debate among his wider party membership and Mr Harawira could be asked to put aside his own views and support it. Last year, when asked about the issue at Otago University, he did not answer directly but said: “I’m not a great fan of a society of huge choice, to tell you the truth. “I might be politically radical but morally I’m very conservative.” He said some of his own family were gay, but: “I’m still on the edge on that kind of thing.” Yesterday, he said he would not give his position until the Mana Party decided on its formal policy. When asked if he still had morally conservative views about it, he said: “I have views which are relatively conservative on a range of moral issues”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10814411last_img read more

Kwakwani Combined crowned 3×3 champs!

first_imgIT was the Kwakwani combined side who walked away as champions after defeating Team Buckets 14-7 in the first Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) U-18 male three-on-three tournament at the Burnham Court last Sunday.The team featured two Kwakwani players in Stanton Rose and Jamal Gilkes and two Georgetown players in Timothy Thompson and Jonathan Mangra.The side’s dominance started from the quarter finals where they left Chasers out of sight by blowing them out 19-7. They would then move on to knock off Royal Titans in the semi-finals 12-7 and then beat Team Buckets in the finals.Meanwhile, Team Buckets left the Road Warriors looking like sick puppies with a 17-8 drubbing in their quarter-final matchup making for a good first showing. The team was awarded a walkover over Tutorial Combine for their first win.In the other games, Royal Titans downed Plaisance Warriors 10-8 while Greeks ‘n’ Sneaks defeated Charlestown Tigers. Greeks ‘n’ Sneaks crushed Jaguars 13-4 while Royal Titans defeated Tutorial Surprise in a close win 9-8. Plaisance Warriors left Clutch holding a loss after beating them 21-9.In earlier matches, Charlestown Tigers defeated Christ Church 15-5. Chasers edged PC Royals 11-9 while Road Warriors had the better of Young Warriors,beating them 5-2.With the win, the Kwakwani side will be representing Guyana in St. Lucia in February 2017 at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) 3×3 tournament.last_img read more