Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
While working (sitting on Facebook) at the office this afternoon, we heard sirens ringing from somewhere in our building. Most continued working and completely ignored the racket downstairs until one of my colleagues came in saying we must evacuate the building as the rest of the publications all seem to be leaving. Thinking it was just a drill, I thought twice about taking my camera, but decided to just in case another story popped up which I would have to go to in the area.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
SHOOT: Areas where large numbers of people congregate are going to be the early epicentres of the virus. Universities, schools, airports, stadiums, skyscrapers, bus terminusses, gyms, cinemas.
The CHS can be contacted on 021 808 3496/3494
SHOOT: Some of the oldest evidence of hominids has been discovered in Ethiopia and a 7-million-year-old Toumai fossil from Chad. But it seems the Sterkfontein Caves provided a sancturary for early man for a very long time. Many thousands of centuries.
Monday, July 27, 2009
SHOOT: Question is, where?
The SMS read: "Hi Mr Wilson. We are unable to track your specimen for influenza testing. It has not reached the NICD."
SHOOT: Why not send the following SMS: "Hi Mr Wilson. Hope you are well. If not, farewell. Have a nice day, rgds Gauteng Health Department.
Asked why Wilson would not have been quarantined at O R Tambo, Hadebe said this was not required under World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on preventing the virus's spread.
Keith Wilson, 60, was detected by a thermal scanner after arriving at O R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, two weeks ago. He was found to have a temperature of 39.4°C, and swabs were taken to be tested for swine flu.
Pinelands Medicross, who also tried to find out Wilson's swine flu results, agreed that the NICD was unreceptive.
This was 2008: http://www.nickvanderleek.com/search/label/Race%20for%20Victory
And 2007: http://www.nickvanderleek.com/2007/10/race-for-victory.html
“My parents had to wear face masks when they came into my room. My biggest concern was [the risk of] passing the virus on to them.
“Of course, I’ve heard the things in the media about this swine-flu outbreak, but you don’t actually think you’re going to get it.
SHOOT: Tamiflu is effective if treatment occurs in the early stages. The problem is when the numbers rise, and the numbers of Tamiflu doses begin to run out.
Note from the account below that this isn't a 'normal' flu after all:
- weight loss
- chronic body ache
- 'terrible' fever alternationg between cold and hot sweats
- high heart rate
“When there’s an outbreak, things are very, very busy and there’s a lot to do. I mean you can prepare for outbreaks and you can have guidelines and things set up, but it’s always different when they happen. There’s a lot of pressure and anxiety...
SHOOT: I'm sure, but I bet those lunches and puzzle sessions help. But it is no wonder there isn't a focus on H1N1 in South Africa. There are plenty of other epidemics like HIV, TB and cholera happening at the same time.
Municipal services will grind to a halt across South Africa today when about 150000 unionised workers strike for hefty salary increases and generous housing allowances.
The South African Municipal Workers Union and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union say they will take all their members out on the streets from today to press their demands for more than R10billion a year in benefits.
Samwu is demanding a minimum wage of R5000 a month, an across-the-board wage increase of R2500 a month or 15percent, whichever is greater, and 70percent of housing bonds up to R200000 or R3000 a month in rental assistance.
IOL: "In Asia they are taking the virus exceptionally seriously, yet in the UK and the Netherlands you don't hear anything at all. In the East they are fanatical about it. They scan you with a machine to take your temperature when you arrive at the airport. If you have a fever they quarantine you. I sat with an Australian student who had been quarantined for five days."
Another private school, St Stithians College, had one pupil in its preparatory school with the virus.
At Parktown Girls, principal Anthea Cereseto held an assembly to inform her pupils about swine flu
Friday, July 24, 2009
SHOOT: 700 [official] deaths might not seem like much. H5N1 by comparison took 4 years to reach 400. The actual numbers may seem quite low. of course the danger lies in the POTENTIAL for this to become a very nasty pandemic virus, a killer capable of shaving tens of millions of lives from various countries' populations. In short, it can could have a chronic impact on your life and on your community - and on the economy in your area, and globally - even if you survive.
Unprecedented demand for UK| swine flu site crashes it: 2,600 hits per second or 9.3 million an hour
SHOOT: This article, saying cases are at 55 000 per week, was posted 20 hours ago. The number has doubled again to 100 000 in the past week: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/5894771/Cases-of-swine-flu-have-doubled-to-100000-in-one-week.html
AFP:Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe by the A(H1N1) virus, which was first identified in Mexico. It gave up attempts at containment early on and is now focusing on the best way to treat infected patients.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
EASTERN CAPE WEATHER WARNING: The province is expected to be very cold and wet, with gale force winds and rough seas.
Queenstown - The main road between Fort Beaufort and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape has been closed due to heavy snow, the regional community services department warned.
"We have had to close the road because it's getting worse and there have already been one or two accidents," said Gideon Judeel, the department's director in the Lukhanji municipality.
The approximately 120km stretch was closed primarily to prevent further accidents.
"The conditions are not good," said Judeel, on his way to examine the situation, and to assess the overall impact on the communities living in the area.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
SHOOT: Face the reality of your finances, before you're wiped out. Bad decisions now will be punished, so be disciplined, and try to make good decisions. They'll be tough and less convenient than you're used to, but you might emerge as a survivor.
You are Saving Less Than 5%
Your Credit Card Balances are Rising
More Than 28% of Income Goes to Your House
Your Bills are Spiraling Out of Control