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April 17 2015


Separation Anxiety In Pets, My Pet Has Separation Anxiety

The blue tick beagle is an uncommon range of the beagle pet dog type. To get more information about this type of beagle, scroll below. We take every safety measure to make sure a safe experience for all pet dogs in our care. Yet, dog's will certainly be pet dogs and occasionally they play rough. This might suggest they end up with swellings or scratches ... nothing to be excessively worried about. If there's ever a major concern you'll be the very first to know. Stay clear of punishing your puppy for accidents. For one, your puppy will not comprehend why you're punishing. Scolding and particularly physical responses will just impart fear in your young puppy, and this can typically make the puppy try to get rid of in covert areas around the house since the puppy ends up being terrified to eliminate in your presence. 2 Significant habits.beyond house-breaking can establish when you don't make use of favorable training methods. Get a crate or den." Just like individuals, young puppies do not want to get rid of near the areas they sleep and consume. Crate-training your young puppy is a fantastic way to help the puppy to learn bladder control. 7 The crate also provides security-- a lot of pets like huddling inside something that nestles them, similar to a den in the wild. Leave the crate door open for going in and out as required when you're around. The crate needs to be a pleased location so leave toys, treats and comfy bed linen inside. The crate is not a location for penalty. Utilize this single command regularly. Make certain you only make use of the assigned potty command for the procedure of puppy house-training, and utilize it each time you take the puppy out. This enables the young puppy to associate this act with the precise command, which will certainly be a big assistance in the future, especially when in a brand-new environment or location when taking a trip, seeing relatives/friends, and so on. Being totally housebroken and completely reliable is the last result you are trying to find. Keep your puppy restricted at first. Do your best to set the puppy up for success and minimize the chances to have mishaps" by utilizing crates, pet pens, infant gates, and leashes to manage the areas to which your young puppy has gain access to. View your puppy like a hawk at all times, especially in the early stages of house-training. Keeping the young puppy on leash connected to an individual or next to a person and tethered to heavy furniture piece will certainly avoid misplacing the puppy. If you can not keep an eye on your puppy for some reason, put him in a safe and safe puppy-proofed spot (such as a crate or some other little room with simple to clean floors, such as linoleum, blocked with a child gate so you can peek in as needed).

April 14 2015


US family to try rescue effort for S.Sudanese orphans

Ben Curtis / AP

Kim Campbell at the United Nations camp on Dec. 30 before she was forced to leave 10 orphans who were in her care.

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor

An American family who fled an orphanage they set up in South Sudan because of the outbreak of fighting there, are planning to spend $6,800 on a private plane to fly back into the violence-ravaged nation to rescue 10 orphans who were in their care.

The Campbells' plan comes after the United Nations said Friday that looters had stolen 3,700 tons of food, enough to feed 220,000 people for a month, from the refugee camp where the orphans are staying.

"[The family] agreed with the Red Cross on a price of $6,800 to get a plane to Malakal," said Freddie Power, president of the North Carolina-based Keeping Hope Alive ministry which is helping the family.

"They need to get to the children because they are running out of food. They are absolutely broken and very stressed."

Brad and Kim Campbell and their two American daughters sold their home in Omaha, Neb., to set up the orphanage in the city of Malakal in 2012. They fled amid fighting on Christmas Day and made it to a refugee camp.

They tried unsuccessfully for 10 days to get travel documents for the orphans, before flying to Nairobi, Kenya, where they are staying.

The family had initially tried to secure a safe passage out of the country for the orphans. This plan was thwarted when the permit office they needed to go to file the proper paperwork was bombed and looted of its computers.

They then turned to the local governor. But he starkly informed them that, as the orphans were South Sudanese, they would be dealt with by South Sudanese officials. The governor told them the orphans would not be allowed to move to another peaceful part of the country, let alone aboard.

There are flights from Nairobi to the South Sudanese capital Juba, but flights to Malakal are hard to come by for civilians.

Power said there was no guarantee, even if they got there, that the Campbells would not again run into difficulties with travel documents.

"It's madness, people are dying everywhere and authorities are worrying about 10 children," Power said.

Government and rebel leaders signed a ceasefire Thursday, but diplomats fear the violence which has left unknown thousands dead and 500,000 displaced may be hard to overcome.



An Ebola-stricken town one month on

One month ago, Kigbal village, about three hours' drive from Sierra Leone's capital, was in the most agonising distress - ravaged by the Ebola virus, and seemingly ignored by the outside world.

The dead and dying lay on one side of the main road. Dozens of children - many told us they had lost one or both parents to Ebola - stood in an abject cluster on the far side of the tarmac.

A month later, I have come back to see what has changed.

I was so sick. I am surprised to be aliveFatu, Kigbal resident

It is an eerie feeling, as we pull up in the car, wondering how many of the people we interviewed in late October will still be alive.

We head straight to the "bad" side of the road, where most of the infections and deaths had occurred.

Health officials had privately blamed a local hospital for discharging a man with suspected malaria, who came home with what proved to be raging Ebola.

In October, we had tried to speak to two women and a two-year-old child - all suspected Ebola cases - who had been lying under a tree in the dirt in obvious distress. The mother and child had long since died, we were told.

Then I spot a familiar face.

Momo Sese 4 November 2014

When Andrew first met Momo Sese, he pleaded the team for help for his wife who was suffering from Ebola

Momo Sese 4 November 2014

Mr Sese was unable to touch his wife (pictured) who had to stay on the other side of the road from him

Momo Sese is grinning broadly as he beckons me over to his porch.

A month ago, he had begged for advice about how to help his wife, Fatu, who was weak with fever. He said he was "scared" of her.

"Welcome," says Fatu, who is sitting on the same bench as before, but now in evidently robust health. "I was so sick. I am surprised to be alive. They took us to hospital, and gave me medicine, and even an injection," she says.

"I didn't touch her. I chose not to," says Mr Sese, explaining that officials had come soon after our visit. "That's what saved us all," he says.

Momo Sese 4 December 2014

Now Momo and Fatu are reunited following her recovery from Ebola, one month on

I ask if he now feels safe to touch Fatu, and there are polite smiles and some brief confusion as he thinks I'm implying a more intimate act. Then he grins, laughs, leans over and gives his wife a big hug.

Changed man

A month ago the local paramount chief Alimamy Baymaro Lamina II showed us around Kigbal and spoke with deep anger about what he said was the utter lack of attention shown by Sierra Leonean and international humanitarian workers to the crisis here.

"I've been calling and calling and not getting any help. My people are dying," he told me.

Meeting him again in the village this time, the chief appears to be a changed man.

Mabinti Kamara, Sierra Leone

Mabinti Kamara, who Andrew Harding met on his last trip to Kigbal, has now lost both her parents to Ebola

"Now we are getting very big help. From the government. From the Europeans. When they got the message from the media, that's when we got help. I'm very happy now," he says, declaring that "we are totally having control" over Ebola.

That may be overstating the case - and a diplomatic nod towards his criticism-sensitive political bosses in Freetown - but Chief Lamina shows us a new Ebola treatment centre being opened a few miles up the road and insists that Kigbal itself is now "Ebola-free", at least for now.

Still, the outbreak has had a devastating impact on an already impoverished community. Sixteen children died, the chief tells us. A village of 300 has lost one-sixth of its population.

"He dohn die (he has died)," says Mabinti Kamara, 15, before bursting into tears and rushing away.

When we last spoke, she had just lost her mother, but had no news about her father who had been taken away a few days earlier. She is now living with an uncle.

'Vulnerable orphans'

We ask about another child - six-year-old Alusin. He and six other young children had been separated from the others in October because they were considered most at risk.


Alusin (in green) seemed unlikely to make a recovery from the virus last month, but is found alive and well

We had found them sitting in a makeshift "isolation" area, beside two adults who appeared to be dying of the virus. Alusin had told us "my head hurts". Survival seemed, frankly, unlikely.

But an hour or so later, we track down Alusin and all but one of the other children (a baby boy died), living on the outskirts of the nearby town, Port Loko.

"We will take as many [orphans] as we can, but they reckon there are 7,000 or so [nationally]," says Miriam Mason-Sesay, smiling as the children cluster around her. She runs a small British educational charity, Educaid, which operates in several towns in Sierra Leone.

Ms Mason-Sesay helped to rescue Alusin and the others about 10 days ago, moments before they were going to be taken - and almost certainly put at even greater risk of infection - in a larger Ebola treatment centre.

A nurse wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) checks on a patient at the Kenema Ebola treatment centre run by the Red Cross on November 15, 2014

Sierra Leone's president said this week the country only than one-third of beds required for the Ebola crisis

Tombstones at a cemetery at the Kenema Ebola treatment centre run by the Red Cross on November 15, 2014

The Ebola crisis has claimed more than 6,000 lives during the current epidemic in parts of West Africa

"For some they will find okay solutions within their communities. [But] our experience is that a lot of those can be very vulnerable and that's the concern really that we don't end up with lots and lots of those children again," she says, referring to the aftermath of Sierra Leone's devastating civil war, more than a decade ago.

In the new home being built on a green hillside for the children - and as many others as they can handle - Alusin and the others listen to music on a radio and try a few dance steps.

Alusin's mother, Zeinab, has been hired by Educaid to care for the children. She is in her early twenties. She had the virus, but survived. Her husband and small baby did not.

Zeinab grins broadly as she puts on a small puppet show for the children, but when I ask her about what will happen next, she goes quiet, and then outlines the poverty and uncertainty that still hover over the lives of so many broken families in places like Kigbal.

"I never went to school. I'm very young. I was married off to a husband who is now dead. I can't say anything about the future. I am resigned to whatever happens. I am prepared to do anything," she says.


Read Andrew Harding's other reports from Sierra Leone:

Kigbal village orphansline


Malaria News Feeds: Liberian boy, 10, tests positive for malaria - Toledo Blade

Published: Monday, 4/13/2015 - Updated: 4 hours ago


The 10-year-old Liberian boy at ProMedica Toledo Hospital has tested positive for malaria, Lucas County Health Department authorities have said.

The boy, who was tested for Ebola when he arrived at the hospital with a slight fever Sunday, is being treated for malaria, which is not contagious among humans, said Dr. David Grossman, health department commissioner.

Hospital workers sent a blood test to the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus Sunday night because the boy came to Ohio about a week ago from Liberia, which is one of the African countries battling Ebola, and because a fever is one symptom of the disease.

Health department officials said Sunday that no one else in the boy's family was ill and there was no reason to believe anyone in the general public was at risk of contracting the disease.

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Nigeria girls remembered one year on

Ceremonies are to be staged around the world to mark one year since more than 200 girls were abducted by Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

A procession will be held in the capital, Abuja, with 219 girls taking part to represent each missing girl.

The abduction of the girls in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria sparked global outrage, with nations such as the US and China promising to help find them.

There have been reported sightings of the girls, but none has been found.

Boko Haram say the girls have converted to Islam and been married off. One witness told the BBC that she saw more than 50 of them alive three weeks ago in the north-eastern town of Gwoza.


Analysis: Will Ross, BBC Nigeria correspondent

It has been a whole year of agony for the relatives of the missing 219 Chibok girls. There have been a few sightings of some of the abducted students but very little official information from a government that has long promised to rescue them from the clutches of Boko Haram.

One mother told the BBC she sometimes arranges her 19-year-old daughter's clothes in the hope that she is about to return home.

The scale of this conflict is so grim that the Chibok girls represent just a fraction of those seized by the jihadists. Many have escaped partly thanks to a recent military offensive - but not the Chibok girls.

Turning the tide against Boko Haram?

Who are the militants?


High-profile figures such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and US First Lady Michelle Obama were among those who drew attention to their plight on Twitter last year under the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.

Since then, campaigners have criticised the Nigerian government of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for not doing enough to find the girls and combat the six-year Boko Haram insurgency in the north, in which thousands of people have been killed.

Mr Jonathan suggested to the BBC's Newsday that political rivalries had hampered the federal government's ability to grasp the scale of the Chibok attack and respond to it, as the government of Borno state, a Boko Haram stronghold, was run by an opposition party.

"There is more politics involved than concern for the girls," he said.

Still from video

A video released by Boko Haram last year showed 136 girls, three of whom spoke to the camera

And Amnesty International say the militants have abducted 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, becoming cooks, sex slaves and fighters.

Nigeria's incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, has promised to "crush" the insurgents and said his government would "do everything in its power to bring them home".

However, he added: "As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them."


March 15 2015





Malaria News Feeds: Crores Go Down The Drain: State Tops in Malaria - The New Indian Express

BHUBANESWAR:Despite the Centre spending cores of rupees on control of vector borne diseases in Odisha, the State continues to be in the grip of the dreaded malaria. Currently, it tops the country with the highest incidence of malaria and the numbers are on the rise.

At least 36 per cent of malaria cases reported from the country in 2014 were from Odisha. In terms of malaria deaths, the official figures say it ranks third among the States.

Statistics made available by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Parliament shows that Odisha reported a whopping 3.88 lakh malaria cases last year which is more than a third of the total - 10.7 lakh cases - reported in the country.

Though the State Health and Family Welfare Department asserts that malaria cases have dropped significantly, its claims remain suspect. While the State had reported as many as 2.62 lakh malaria cases in 2012 as against 3.08 lakh in 2011 and 3.95 lakh in 2010, the latest figures by the Union Ministry reveal that the incidence is on the rise again.

Neighbouring Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, both of which are extremely malaria-prone, report much less cases in comparison. While Chhattisgarh reported 1.22 lakh cases in 2014, Jharkhand's figures stood at 96,140. Some of the North-Eastern States like Tripura and Meghalaya where the malaria death rates are the highest as per official figures, report less incidence.

Statistics also revealed that the country reported 535 malaria deaths last year and 73 cases were recorded from Odisha which is behind Tripura (96) and Meghalaya (78). Insiders reveal that the malaria deaths reported by the State Department is dubious too because of the lack of proper reporting.

Stats Speak

 Odisha reported a whopping 3.88 lakh malaria cases last year

 Of the 535 malaria deaths reported last year in the country 73 cases were recorded from Odisha

 Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, which are malaria-prone, report much less cases in comparison

State Tops in Malaria Cases

While majority of cases are either not reported - because the incidence occurs in the remote tribal pockets - the rest are referred to medical colleges and hospitals. Though the Department collects the death figures through the CDMOs who gather the information from district-level health centres, the figures from medical colleges and hospitals are never reflected properly and result in under-reporting of the cases, insiders said.

Over 80 per cent of the malaria deaths are reported from tribal districts of Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Raygada and Sundargarh.

All this is despite crores of rupees being spent by the Centre under the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme in the State. Odisha was allocated Rs 46.03 crore in 2013-14 against which Rs 24.83 crore was released. Its expenditure during the year was Rs 26.65 crore. During 2014-15, it spent the entire allocation of Rs 19.06 crore.


March 14 2015


SA concern at Nigeria 'mercenaries'

13 March 2015

Last updated at 15:13

The South African government is concerned its nationals may be working as mercenaries in Nigeria in the war against the Boko Haram militant group.

Nigerian government spokesman Mike Omeri told the BBC that foreigners were just training troops in the use of new weapons.

Nigeria has recently bought helicopter gunships and tanks from South Africa and former Soviet Union countries.

But the South African government says the men may be involved in fighting.

Nigeria and its neighbours have recently recaptured several towns and villages from Boko Haram, which is allied to Islamic State (IS).

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Thousands of people have been killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, since it began its insurgency in 2009.

Analysis by Will Ross, BBC News, Lagos:

It is hard to explain why there had to be six years of carnage in north-east Nigeria before the necessary equipment was bought and aggressive, decisive action was taken against Boko Haram.

But now the Nigerian authorities are taking all the help they can get and have achieved some success against the jihadists. Whether we call them mercenaries or military trainers, as the Nigerian government would prefer, the hired men from South Africa and the former Soviet Union are deployed in the theatre of war and some are armed.

Some have been helping train the Nigerian troops on how to use the recently acquired military equipment including helicopter gunships, tanks and armoured vehicles. But the South African authorities suspect this is cover for illegal mercenary work.

For the Nigerian government, the issue of mercenaries is a sensitive one and adds to the already difficult job of explaining why it ever became necessary for the neighbouring armies of Chad, Niger and Cameroon to deploy inside Nigeria.

It is against the law for South Africans to fight overseas for private gain.

South Africa's Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told the BBC that anyone suspected of fighting in Nigeria would be investigated by South African police.

No serving members of South Africa's armed forces were in Nigeria, the minister added.

The presence of South African mercenaries was first reported by a South African newspaper in January, and speculation intensified after a photograph circulated on Twitter last week showing a white man in a khaki T-shirt and body armour, next to a heavy-calibre machine gun.

The location of the photo was later identified as Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria, close to the fighting with Boko Haram.

Casualty confirmed

On Thursday, South African websites reported that a mercenary from the country had been killed in an incident of friendly-fire in Nigeria. Two anonymous sources speaking to the French news agency AFP confirmed the incident.

The South African government has acknowledged the death of one of its citizens in Nigeria, the New York Times reports.

"We are disturbed by the death of this one person," defence spokeswoman Joy Peters told the paper.

"Unfortunately, they went to Nigeria in their own personal capacity. We'd like to advise that this would serve as a warning to others who are considering engaging in such activities to really think twice and consider the repercussions."

Alongside South Africans, mercenaries from former Soviet Union countries are also reported to be taking part in the conflict.

In addition, regular soldiers from Chad, Niger and Cameroon have been working with the Nigerian military to recapture towns and villages in north-east Nigeria which have fallen under the control of the Islamist fighters.

Boko Haram at a glance:

Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education - Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language

Launched military operations in 2009 to create an Islamic state

Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria - has also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja

Abducted hundreds, including at least 200 schoolgirls

Controls several north-eastern towns

Launched attacks on neighbouring states

Why is Boko Haram so strong?

IS shaping Boko Haram media



Science 'has big role in solving desertification issues'

[CANCUN, MEXICO] Science has a major role to play in combating desertification, aiding climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable land management practices, especially in the developing world, a conference has heard.


During the opening session of the 3rd United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Scientific Conference in Cancun, Mexico, this week (9-12 March), Tarja Halonen, UNCCD's drylands ambassador and former president of Finland, said poverty, climate change and desertification are closely linked in their causes, impacts and solutions.


According to Halonen, women, youth and the poor are key when looking for available resources. "Majority of the farmers are women. In Africa, women produce 80 per cent of staple food. In Asia the figure is 60 per cent," she said. "Scientific works, conclusions and recommendations will play a most important role in advising decision-makers."

"This scientific conference will consider, in particular, the role of sustainable land management in building resilience and adaptation to climate change."

William Payne, UNCCD 3rd scientific conference advisory committee

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Halonen added that increased population growth will set new demands for productive land capacity, and that in 15 years' time people will need 45 per cent more food, 30 per cent more water and 50 per cent more energy, with almost half of the world's poorest people inhabiting degraded lands.


Limited access to productive resources, she explained, will increase poverty, and in addition climate change-related impacts will lead to increasing droughts and land degradation.


"This scientific conference will consider, in particular, the role of sustainable land management in building resilience and adaptation to climate change," Halonen said. "Adaptation is a necessary element of climate change management [and] despite all mitigation actions it needs careful attention, financial support, means and technology as well as capacity building."


Halonen called for adoption of agricultural methods that could cut carbon emission by 20 per cent, noting that sustainable land management can enhance carbon sequestration capacity of the soil.  


She added that communicating scientific facts with good examples to decision-makers would enable them undertake necessary commitments for tackling land degradation.


William Payne, the chair of the conference's scientific advisory committee, explained that overgrazing, soil erosion, and weeds are components of the larger phenomenon of land degradation that reduce the capacity of land to perform ecosystem functions and services that support society and development.


Payne said experts in biophysical sciences have made dramatic improvements in recent years in their ability to better understand and monitor drought, land degradation, desertification, and their component processes. For instance, through remote sensing scientists can monitor larger tracts of land with greater resolution and at a lesser cost than ever.


"Through the use of increasingly sophisticated simulation models, we can not only predict the effects of future management decision, but the impacts of past policy changes, with greater accuracy and precision," said Payne, who is a professor at the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources at the US-based University of Nevada, Reno.


He, however, observed that scientists know little about how drought, land degradation and desertification interact with various social systems around the world, or how they might interact in the future, especially under changing climate.


Disclaimer: UNCCD sponsored Ochieng' Ogodo to attend its 3rd Scientific Conference in Cancun, Mexico.


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Eight terrorist suspects arrested across Spain - The Local

Police arrested eight people as part of an anti-terrorism operation in different areas of Spain early on Friday morning.

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Pan-African centre for disease control planned

[ADDIS ABABA] African governments are planning to establish the first pan-African centre for disease control and prevention (CDC), according to a resolution passed at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit of Heads of States and Governments

A draft document approved at the summit in Ethiopia on 23-31 January this year, indicates that the centre will be established to address priority health concerns in Africa first through prevention and where needed, through detection and response. 

"The African CDC will serve as a platform for member states to share knowledge, exchange lessons learned, build capacity and provide technical assistance to each other,"

Marie Goreti Harakeye, The AU Commission

Marie Goreti Harakeye, the head of the HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and OID division in the AU's Department of Social Affairs, says the AU Commission arrived at the decision due to the health challenges facing the continent and the necessity for an accountability framework for health security to protect citizens.

"The African CDC will serve as a platform for member states to share knowledge, exchange lessons learned, build capacity and provide technical assistance to each other," Harakeye tells SciDev.Net. "The African CDC is Africa-owned and member states hold ultimate responsibility over the public health services within the borders."

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The first phase of the centre's establishment --  which has a duration of 18 months, and would have ten to 15 staff -- will start in June this year at a running cost of US$5 million mobilised from member states, according to Harakeye, who emphasises the importance of mobilising the private sector and other partners for the centre's operations.

Harekeye adds that technical support has already been obtained from the disease control and prevention centres in China, the EU, United States and other partners, including the WHO.

The centre's initial coordination office to be located at the headquarters of the AU Commission in Ethiopia will work closely with already existing centres in member countries, according to the resolution.

Harakeye says establishing a surveillance system for diseases such as Polio, Ebola and the Avian flu will be a priority, but the centre will also build its capacity to prevent and respond to natural disasters and bioterrorism.

"The establishment of the African CDC has been long awaited and will help in addressing emergencies in a timely and effective manner," says Solomon Nwaka, the executive director of Ethiopia-headquartered African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation.  

Amha Haile, the managing director of YEROAM, a public health consultancy in Ethiopia, says the establishment of an African CDC will leverage the healthcare system in the continent in many ways.

Haile adds that the centre will help Africa to focus on building its own diagnostics, research, professional and technical capacity in the health sector, tap into available resources and respond to epidemics before damage is caused, noting that the centre could also strengthen research centres at national levels.


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Opinion - More "Surprise and Delight" Please

We stopped and took some photos of the magnificent camel sculpture on the roundabout at the bottom of Femés yesterday and I immediately imagined the surprise and delight on the faces of tourists heading down to Playa Blanca on their first visit to the island. Yaiza Ayuntamiento has rightly taken plenty of criticism over recent years for some dubious planning decisions, but I believe the camels and the new windmill on the roundabout as you come in to Playa Blanca should be applauded as good decisions.

First impressions do count.

Camel family sculpture

Other town halls should take a leaf out of Yaiza's book. I can't begin to imagine what new tourists must think as they drive, or are driven into Costa Teguise for the first time. Look to the right for the first couple of  kilometres or so of the road from the circunvalacion, and you'll see a wasteland of empty buildings, overgrown with weeds and either covered in graffiti or still in breeze blocks. {If you are thinking of visiting The Canary Islands the following link has detailed information on Discounted Tenerife Family Hotels.|

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Tribute to the camel

Assuming they are still part of an on-going legal battle and therefore can't be pulled down, then at least Teguise Ayuntamiento should clean them up and put some security on them to prevent the desperately untalented graffiti artists from using them.

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Egypt unveils plans for new capital

13 March 2015

Last updated at 22:46

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The BBC's Orla Guerin: "If and when it is completed it will be about the size of Singapore with an airport larger than Heathrow"

The Egyptian government has announced plans to build a new capital to the east of the present one, Cairo.

Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the project would cost $45bn (£30bn) and take five to seven years to complete.

He said the aim was to ease congestion and overpopulation in Cairo over the next 40 years.

The announcement was made at an investment conference that aims to revive the Egyptian economy.

The gathering, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, has attracted pledges worth $12bn (£8bn) in aid and investment from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Madbouly said the population of greater Cairo, estimated at about 18 million, was expected to double within 40 years.

The Egyptian parliament and its government departments and ministries, as well as foreign embassies, would move to the new metropolis, he said.

"We are talking about a world capital," he added.

Developers say the new city - the name of which has not been revealed - would include almost 2,000 schools and colleges and more than 600 health care facilities. They say the project will create more than a million jobs.

It is planned to be built over 700 sq km (270 sq miles) and house about five million residents.

Planners say the proposed city's site "is situated along the corridor between Cairo and the Red Sea, providing linkages to significant shipping routes.

It will be built by Capital City Partners, a private real estate investment fund led by Emirati Mohamed Alabbar. Dubai businessman Mr Alabbar built the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

'Natural extension'

"It is a natural extension for the city of Cairo," Mr Alabbar told the BBC, saying that the new development would sit on the edge of the existing city.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to design something from scratch, and to design it keeping in mind the needs of the Egyptian people and the Egyptian government."

He said that the builders would be deploying the most advanced design techniques on the project, and that the city would breed "confidence" and "pride" in Egyptians.

Analysis: Orla Guerin, BBC Cairo Correspondent

The new capital is as yet unnamed, but it sounds like an Egyptian version of Shangri La. It's being billed as a smart sustainable city, on a grand scale.

If and when it's completed - and that could take years - it will be about the size of Singapore, with an airport larger than Heathrow.

The idea is to lure Egyptians away from the chaotic sprawl of Cairo - where congestion and pollution seem as constant as the waters of the Nile.

The authorities say it will spark a renaissance in the economy. Perhaps, but many here recall other flagship projects - which stalled in the past. Egyptian bureaucracy can be as enduring as the pyramids.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi can't afford this to fail. Without tangible economic progress there could be more unrest ahead.

The move follows those of a number of other countries, including Brazil and Nigeria, that have shifted their capital cities.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has praised recent economic reforms in Egypt, and urged businesses to invest in the country.

Mr Kerry was also attending the economic conference in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss ways to revive the Egyptian economy.

Dozens of major infrastructure projects have been unveiled, attracting billions of dollars' worth of outside investment. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have each pledged $4bn of investments in Egypt,

The conference comes after years of political upheaval and severe, ongoing, tensions in Egypt.

Foreign investment contracted after the 2011 uprising, from $13bn in 2007-2008 to just $2.2bn, and annual economic growth fell from 7% to about 2%.

The International Monetary Fund now envisages 3.8% growth for the financial year to July 2015, and 4.3% in 2015-2016.

Foreign direct investment was $4bn in the previous financial year, and Investment Minister Ashraf Salman says it be $8bn in this financial year.


Brit paedophiles serving life over murder to be quizzed about missing boy, 7

Lovers William Lauchlan, 37, and Charles O'Neill, 51, will be quizzed about Yeremi Vargas who vanished outside his home in Gran Canaria  

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March 05 2015


Tracing the Ebola outbreak

27 November 2014

Last updated at 00:32

By Nassos Stylianou

BBC News

Emile Ouamouno was just two years old and living in the remote Guinean village of Meliandou when he began suffering from a fever, headache and bloody diarrhoea.

In December 2013, despite his family's best efforts, the young boy died - followed within days by his three-year-old sister Philomene and their pregnant mother Sia.

This was the start of an Ebola outbreak so devastating that it would kill more than 5,000 people in a year, leave hundreds of children orphaned and affect thousands more.

The village of Meliandou sits deep within the Guinean forest region, surrounded by towering reeds and oil palm cultivations - these are believed to have attracted the fruit bats carrying the virus passed onto Emile.

In a pattern that has come to characterise the spread of this deadly virus as it tears into close-knit communities, Ebola infected village health workers before spreading to nearby districts.

But the first few deaths failed to set off any alarm bells. Meliandou, located in Guinea's Gueckedou province, is isolated. It is two hours to the nearest city on a difficult road and people are accustomed to endemic diseases with early symptoms mimicking those of Ebola.

Add to that a porous land border, with many people regularly crossing into Liberia and Sierra Leone in search of markets to sell their products, and the deadly virus was able to smoulder undetected across unsuspecting communities for three months.

Father of 'patient zero' Etienne Ouamouno

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March 03 2015


La Laguna Full Moon Race expects 2,000 runners

La Laguna, the first municipality to organise a Carrera de la Luna Llena  (Full Moon race), is already making plans for the 2015 event on March 7th.

This popular event combines sport and leisure and represents a meeting place for all the family.

Sports shop Base Deportes Natalia is responsible for organising this second edition with the collaboration of La Laguna council.

Councillor for sport, Aymara Calero said it would be another fiesta of sport and commerce which would help to bring a busy time for traders.

Last year, there were 1,600 participants over two distances and it is hoped this figure will rise to 2,000.

Pedro del Castillo, representing Deportes Base Natalia, said it was an exciting initiative, showing La Laguna was a vibrant place.

The event has been likened to the traditional White Night and there will be various activities from the morning on.

The five kilometre race  will stat at 7.30pm from the Plaza de la Catedral whilst the longer route of ten kilometres will begin at 7.45pm from the same location. {If you are thinking of traveling to The Canary Islands the following link has some more information on Cheap Gran Canaria Dog Friendly Hotels.|

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Many prizes will be up for grabs and entrants also receive treats -see www.runneringlife.com or pop in to the sports shop at  La Laguna, Plaza de La Catedral, 2; Candelaria, Centro Comercial Punta Larga Avenida Los Menceyes; Granadilla-San Isidro, Avenida Santa Cruz, 113; y La Orotava, Centro Comercial El Trompo, Local 5, Nivel 0.


March 02 2015


S Leone vice-president in quarantine

28 February 2015

Last updated at 22:53

The vice-president of Sierra Leone has put himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards died from Ebola.

Samuel Sam-Sumana said he would stay out of contact with others for 21 days as a precaution.

There was optimism the virus was on the decline in Sierra Leone at the end of last year but there has been a recent increase in confirmed cases.

Nearly 10,000 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

'Taking no chances'

Mr Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had chosen to be quarantined to "lead by example" after the death of his bodyguard, John Koroma, last week.

He told Reuters news agency that he was "very well" and showing no signs of the illness, but said he did not want to "take chances".

His staff have also been placed under observation.

He is the country's first senior government figure to subject himself to a voluntary quarantine.

Sierra Leone's Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana

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Vice-President Sam-Sumana told the BBC he was leading by example

Officials in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have pledged to achieve zero Ebola infections within the next two months.

But authorities in Sierra Leone have reinstated some restrictions in the country after a recent spate of news cases.

Of 99 cases recorded in the region in the week beginning 16 February, 63 were in Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.

4,057 Liberia

3,490 Sierra Leone

2,113 Guinea

8 Nigeria


The government in the capital, Freetown, said it was gravely concerned about the new cases.

It said many of them had been connected with maritime activities and checks on ferries and other vessels had been increased in response.

President Ernest Bai Koroma has also ordered public transport operators to reduce capacity by 25% to limit physical contact between passengers.

In all, more than 23,500 cases have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since the world's worst outbreak began in December 2013.

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage

Spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva

Fatality rate can reach 90% - but current outbreak has mortality rate of between 54% and 62%

Incubation period is two to 21 days

No proven vaccine or cure

Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery

Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus's natural host

Liberia bounces back

The basics: What you need to know

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