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
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Southeastern’s Athletic Director Jay Artigues will accept the recognition tonight at the Southland Conference Honors Dinner at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco.”We’re extremely proud to receive the Southland Strong Community Service Award,” said Artigues. “Our department’s mission statement outlines expectations of excellence in the classroom, in the community and in competition. With 23 community service hours per student-athlete, our coaches and student-athletes are dedicating themselves to living that mission statement. We’re fortunate to be a part of a special community here in Hammond and our Lions and Lady Lions have shown their dedication and understanding of how important it is to give back.”The Southland Strong Community Service Award is given to the member institution that is most active in the community through student-athletes’ individual service hours, institution’s organized community service events and participation in Southland league-wide activities, including a campus initiative selected by each institution and the Southland Gives Back community service project during winter break. Southeastern Louisiana’s community service efforts included: SLU Move-In Mania; SLU Season of Giving; elementary school visits; Tangi humane society; assisted living facility; Hammond local food bank; sports clinics; Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center; Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program; blood drive; local recreation centers; Chappapeela sports facility; Hammond library reading; Walk, Run & Roll 5k; and City of Hammond clean-up. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana University is the Southland Strong Community Service Award winner for the 2018-19 academic year. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. Lions student-athletes combined for 7,460 community service hours over the past fall and spring seasons — the most community service hours in the Southland among 13 member institutions. The Southland Strong program recently completed its fifth year. The total for Southeastern was 2,638 more hours than the runner-up school. In total, Southland Conference student-athletes worked more than 38,000 hours — bettering the 30,000 hours completed in 2017-18. Each participating school performed more than 1,000 hours in 2018-19.
Britain’s Prince HarryGuyana will later this year be graced with the presence of Prince Harry, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn has announced.According to a statement from the High Commissioner’s office on Monday Quinn confirmed that the younger of Princess Diana’s and Prince Charles’ sons will be visiting Guyana later this year.The statement said the visit would be the first by a member of the British royal family since 2004 and comes in the year of Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. It said it was, therefore, “a particularly relevant time for such a visit”.It is part of Prince Harry’s official visit to the Caribbean in late autumn, on behalf of Her Majesty, the Queen. He is also slated to visit Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.According to the High Commissioner, the visit falls on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Barbados as well, and the 35th Anniversary of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda.Prince Harry officially visited Barbados in 2010; this will be his first official visit to all of the other countries.The visit by Prince Harry comes more than a decade after his father, Prince Charles visited Guyana. The Prince of Wales was for over a decade the Patron of the Iwokrama International Centre (IIC).