Editor’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.html
The Lady Eagles will face Vincennes Rivet in the semistate game at Richmond on Saturday.The Lady Eagles will be in action Saturday as they look to soar into the state finals.No. 8 Jac-Cen-Del (19-3) will meet No. 4 Vincennes Rivet (21-4) for the Class A semistate game at Richmond High School at 1 p.m. Saturday.The winner will battle either Oregon-Davis or Lafayette Central Catholic for the state championship at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute on March 8.The path to the semistate started after the Lady Eagles defeated Hauser and South Decatur for a sectional championship. Last weekend, they beat Tindley 74-30 and then a narrow 53-52 victory over White River Valley netted them a regional championshipBefore the Lady Eagles leave for the big game, students and faculty will host at a pep rally at 2:30 p.m. Friday.A fan bus for students and adults will depart from Osgood Saturday morning. If anyone is interested in catching a ride to Richmond, contact Jac-Cen-Del Schools at (812) 689-4643. It is $5 for adults.Good Luck Lady Eagles!
(ESPNCRICINFO) – The ICC has handed official warnings under its pitch and outfield monitoring process to Kingsmead in Durban and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. Kingsmead hosted the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand from August 19 to 23, and the Queen’s Park Oval the fourth Test between West Indies and India from August 18 to 22. Both matches were heavily curtailed because of outfield conditions.Andy Pycroft and Ranjan Madugalle, the match referees for the two Tests, both rated the outfields “poor” in their official reports.Madugalle and Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager, reviewed CSA’s response to the “poor” rating, while Allardice and match referee David Boon reviewed WICB’s response.Since this was the first occasion either ground had received a “poor” rating, the grounds stood to receive either a warning or a fine not exceeding US$15 000, along with “a directive for appropriate corrective action”.“The sanctions take into account Durban and Port of Spain venues’ history of producing good conditions for international cricket and commitment by both the boards to take appropriate steps to ensure similar events are not repeated in future,” an ICC release said.In all, 11 sessions out of 15 were lost to a wet and soft outfield at Kingsmead. Only 22 overs of play were possible in the Port-of-Spain Test, with no play at all on days two, three, four and five despite largely sunny weather.